Numéro
J. Phys. Colloques
Volume 41, Numéro C8, Août 1980
Fourth International Conference on Liquid and Amorphous Metals
Page(s) C8-437 - C8-440
DOI https://doi.org/10.1051/jphyscol:19808109
Fourth International Conference on Liquid and Amorphous Metals

J. Phys. Colloques 41 (1980) C8-437-C8-440

DOI: 10.1051/jphyscol:19808109

EMBEDDED MOLECULAR CLUSTER APPROACH TO THE ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE OF AMORPHOUS AND LIQUID METALS

B. Delley, D.E. Ellis et A.J. Freeman

Department of Physics and Astronomy, Northwestern University, Evanston, Il. 60201, U.S.A.


Abstract
In this approach to the electronic structure of amorphous and liquid metals, we represent the system by molecular clusters which are embedded in an external potential chosen as a suitable representation of the rest of the system. We have determined the electronic structure of a number of Cu, Zr and Cu-Zr clusters using the self-consistent discrete variational-LCAO approach within local density functional theory. Effects due to deviations from perfect crystalline symmetry are analyzed. Total densities of states used to interpret observed photo-electron spectra are found to show good agreement. Core level shifts and the concentration of conduction electrons are determined. Results are compared with predictions of the Nagel and Tauc theory and with the pseudopotential theory of stability.