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Crystals 2017, 7(1), 9; doi:10.3390/cryst7010009

The Physics of the Hume-Rothery Electron Concentration Rule

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Nagoya Industrial Science Research Institute, 1-13 Yotsuya-dori, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-0819, Japan
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Department of Physics, Aichi University of Education, Kariya-shi, Aichi 448-8542, Japan
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Academic Editor: Enrique Macia Barber
Received: 17 October 2016 / Revised: 10 December 2016 / Accepted: 13 December 2016 / Published: 6 January 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Structure and Properties of Quasicrystals 2016)

Abstract

For a long time we have shared the belief that the physics of the Hume-Rothery electron concentration rule can be deepened only through thorough investigation of the interference phenomenon of itinerant electrons with a particular set of lattice planes, regardless of whether d-states are involved near the Fermi level or not. For this purpose, we have developed the FLAPW-Fourier theory (Full potential Linearized Augmented Plane Wave), which is capable of determining the square of the Fermi diameter, ( 2 k F ) 2 , and the number of itinerant electrons per atom, e/a, as well as the set of lattice planes participating in the interference phenomenon. By determining these key parameters, we could test the interference condition and clarify how it contributes to the formation of a pseudogap at the Fermi level. Further significant progress has been made to allow us to equally handle transition metal (TM) elements and their compounds. A method of taking the center of gravity energy for energy distribution of electrons with a given electronic state has enabled us to eliminate the d-band anomaly and to determine effective ( 2 k F ) 2 , and e/a, even for systems involving the d-band or an energy gap across the Fermi level. The e/a values for 54 elements covering from Group 1 up to Group 16 in the Periodic Table, including 3d-, 4d- and 5d-elements, were determined in a self-consistent manner. The FLAPW-Fourier theory faces its limit only for elements in Group 17 like insulating solids Cl and their compounds, although the value of e/a can be determined without difficulty when Br becomes metallic under high pressures. The origin of a pseudogap at the Fermi level for a large number of compounds has been successfully interpreted in terms of the interference condition, regardless of the bond-types involved in the van Arkel-Ketelaar triangle map. View Full-Text
Keywords: Hume-Rothery electron concentration rule; interference condition; pseudogap Hume-Rothery electron concentration rule; interference condition; pseudogap
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