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Electronic excitations in the transition metals V, Zr, Nb, Mo, and Ta

Cornaz, A. ; Erbudak, M. ; Aebi, Philipp ; Stucki, F. ; Vanini, F.

In: Physical Review B, 1987, vol. 35, no. 7, p. 3062-3068

The np core-loss spectra and the associated deexcitation processes for the transition metals V (n=3), Zr, Nb, Mo (n=4), and Ta (n=5) have been studied in low-energy electron scattering experiments in order to investigate the dependence of their nature on the principle quantum number n. For the metals with n=3 and n=4, the measurements are accounted for in... Plus

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    The np core-loss spectra and the associated deexcitation processes for the transition metals V (n=3), Zr, Nb, Mo (n=4), and Ta (n=5) have been studied in low-energy electron scattering experiments in order to investigate the dependence of their nature on the principle quantum number n. For the metals with n=3 and n=4, the measurements are accounted for in terms of atomic transitions involving the excitation and the decay of localized d electrons. The observations on V can qualitatively be compared with published computations for isolated atoms. While the 5p core excitations for Ta resemble the gross features of the unoccupied d-band density of states, the decay processes involve, besides the conventional O2VV and O3VV Auger transitions, autoionization emission related to 5p65dN-5p55dN+1-5p65dN-1f transitions.