Electronic structure of CuCl

A. J. Freeman, C. S. Wang, T. Jarlborg, M. Weinert, F. Wagner, C. W. Chu

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Self‐consistent energy band structure obtained by two different ab initio methods (LCAO and LMTO) shows that CuCl is a direct gap semiconductor. No indirect gap is found at ambient or high pressures as required by Rusakov's model and Abrikosov's speculations invoking Herring's “excitonium” state as the origin of superdiamagnetism or high‐temperature superconductivity in CuCl. Band gap predictions are compared with several existing experiments including new infrared absorption measurements we have performed and report here.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)445-451
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Quantum Chemistry
Issue number13 S
Publication statusPublished - 1979

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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