Current density functional theory of spontaneously magnetised solids

H. Ebert*, M. Battocletti, E. K.U. Gross

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The first application of current density functional theory (CDFT) to spontaneously magnetised solids is presented. We show that non-relativistic CDFT without spin-orbit coupling does not lead to finite orbital currents. In accordance with experiment, an enhancement of the spin-orbit-induced orbital magnetic moment is found for the ferromagnets Fe and Co, while for Ni only a minor change was found compared to a plain calculation done within spin density functional theory (SDFT).

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)545-550
Number of pages6
JournalEurophysics Letters
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1997
Externally publishedYes


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