Date: May 31, 2005
Creator: Ilton, Eugene S. & Bagus, Paul S.
Description: This article discusses many-body effects in the 4f x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy of the U5+ and U4+ free ions. Abstract: A strictly ab initio many-electron theory was used to calculate the 4f x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) of the free U5+ and U4+ ions. The calculations, based on relativistic Dirac-Fock self-consistent field (DF-SCF) and Dirac configuration interaction (DCI) wave functions (WF's), indicate that the atomic spectra have a considerable multiplet structure. However, the multiplet splitting, which is mainly manifest as a broadening of the 4f5/2 and 4f7/2 lines, is not as strong as for the first-row transition metals. As expected, the U4+ primary peaks are broader and have more associated satellite structure than does U5+. A comparison of a synthetic spectrum for U4+ with the observed XPS of UO2 indicates that interatomic, solid-state, effects may decrease the multiplet and spin-orbital splitting, relative to the free ion. Notably, the 7 eV satellite characteristic of UO2 is absent from the calculated XPS of U4+.
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