We propose an ab initio method to evaluate the core-valence-valence Auger spectrum of systems with filled valence bands. The method is based on the Cini-Sawatzky theory and aims at estimating the parameters by first-principles calculations in the framework of density-functional theory (DFT). Photoemission energies and the interaction energy for the two holes in the final state are evaluated by performing DFT simulations for the system with varied population of electronic levels. Transition matrix elements are taken from atomic results. The approach takes into account the nonsphericity of the density of states of the emitting atom, spin-orbit interaction in core and valence, and nonquadratic terms in the total-energy expansion with respect to fractional occupation numbers. It is tested on two benchmark systems, Zn and Cu metals, leading in both cases to L23M45M45 Auger peaks within 2 eV from the experimental ones. Detailed analysis is presented on the relative weight of the various contributions considered in our method, providing the basis for future development. Especially problematic is the evaluation of the hole-hole interaction for systems with broad valence bands: our method underestimates its value in Cu, while we obtain excellent results for this quantity in Zn.

Fratesi, G., Trioni, M., Brivio, G., Ugenti, S., Perfetto, E., & Cini, M. (2008). Ab initio calculation of CVV Auger spectra for closed-shell systems. PHYSICAL REVIEW. B, CONDENSED MATTER AND MATERIALS PHYSICS, 78(20), 205111 [10.1103/PhysRevB.78.205111].

Ab initio calculation of CVV Auger spectra for closed-shell systems

BRIVIO, GIANPAOLO;
2008

Abstract

We propose an ab initio method to evaluate the core-valence-valence Auger spectrum of systems with filled valence bands. The method is based on the Cini-Sawatzky theory and aims at estimating the parameters by first-principles calculations in the framework of density-functional theory (DFT). Photoemission energies and the interaction energy for the two holes in the final state are evaluated by performing DFT simulations for the system with varied population of electronic levels. Transition matrix elements are taken from atomic results. The approach takes into account the nonsphericity of the density of states of the emitting atom, spin-orbit interaction in core and valence, and nonquadratic terms in the total-energy expansion with respect to fractional occupation numbers. It is tested on two benchmark systems, Zn and Cu metals, leading in both cases to L23M45M45 Auger peaks within 2 eV from the experimental ones. Detailed analysis is presented on the relative weight of the various contributions considered in our method, providing the basis for future development. Especially problematic is the evaluation of the hole-hole interaction for systems with broad valence bands: our method underestimates its value in Cu, while we obtain excellent results for this quantity in Zn.
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ab initio calculations, Auger electron spectra, copper, density functional theory, electronic density of states, photoelectron spectra, spin-orbit interactions, valence bands, zinc
English
Fratesi, G., Trioni, M., Brivio, G., Ugenti, S., Perfetto, E., & Cini, M. (2008). Ab initio calculation of CVV Auger spectra for closed-shell systems. PHYSICAL REVIEW. B, CONDENSED MATTER AND MATERIALS PHYSICS, 78(20), 205111 [10.1103/PhysRevB.78.205111].
Fratesi, G; Trioni, M; Brivio, G; Ugenti, S; Perfetto, E; Cini, M
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