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Photoemission investigation of the electronic structure of Fe-Pd and Fe-Pt alloys


Horn,  Karsten
Fritz Haber Institute, Max Planck Society;


Haak,  Henrik
Fritz Haber Institute, Max Planck Society;

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van Acker, J. F., Weijs, P. J. W., Fuggle, J. C., Horn, K., Haak, H., & Buschow, K. H. J. (1991). Photoemission investigation of the electronic structure of Fe-Pd and Fe-Pt alloys. Physical Review B, 43(11), 8903-8910. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.43.8903.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0009-F5A9-4
A photoemission investigation of Fe-Pd and Fe-Pt transition-metal alloys, using ∼50–150-eV synchrotron radiation, is presented. We consider in particular the spectral distribution of Fe states when approaching the dilute limit. By means of the Cooper minimum in the 4d and 5d photoionization cross section, we identify structures that have mainly Fe minority- or Fe majority-spin character. The relative position of these peaks is discussed in terms of the covalent interaction between Fe 3d and Pd or Pt d states. Also, the strong resemblance between the distribution of Fe states in the Pd-based and in the Pt-based alloys is demonstrated. We find a consistent behavior of interacting d states towards the dilute limit. It is concluded that the Fe states that are observed in the photoemission spectra of the dilute alloys have mainly majority-spin character and are, because of the covalent interaction with host states, widely distributed over the energy range of the host d band. The Fe minority-spin band, which is centered near the Fermi level, gradually empties with increasing Fe dilution.