Electronic correlations in Fe at Earth's inner core conditions: effect of alloying with Ni
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We have studied the body-centered cubic (bcc), face-centered cubic (fcc) and hexagonal close-packed (hcp) phases of Fe alloyed with 25 at. % of Ni at Earth's core conditions using an ab initio local density approximation + dynamical mean-field theory (LDA+DMFT) approach. The alloys have been modeled by ordered crystal structures based on the bcc, fcc, and hcp unit cells with minimum possible cell size allowing for the proper composition. 0ur calculations demonstrate that the strength of electronic correlations on the Fe 3d shell is highly sensitive to the phase and local environment. In the bcc phase the 3d electrons at the Fe site with Fe only nearest neighbors remain rather strongly correlated even at extreme pressure-temperature conditions, with the local and uniform magnetic susceptibility exhibiting a Curie-Weiss-like temperature evolution and the quasi-particle lifetime r featuring a non-Fermi-liquid temperature dependence. In contrast, for the corresponding Fe site in the hcp phase we predict a weakly-correlated Fermi-liquid state with a temperature- independent local susceptibility and a quadratic temperature dependence of r. The iron sites with nickel atoms in the local environment exhibit behavior in the range between those two extreme cases, with the strength of correlations gradually increasing along the hcp-fcc- bcc sequence. Further, the inter-site magnetic interactions in the bcc and hcp phases are also strongly affected by the presence of Ni nearest neighbors. The sensitivity to the local environment is related to modifications of the Fe partial density of states due to mixing with Ni 3d-states.
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-97380OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-97380DiVA: diva2:647328