Classical mean-field approach for thermodynamics: Ab initio thermophysical properties of cerium

Yi Wang

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For evaluating the vibrational contribution of the lattice ion to the total free energy, an attempt is made to propose a classical mean-field model without involving any adjustable parameter, where the mean-field potential (Formula presented) seen by the lattice ion, is simply constructed in terms of the 0 K total energy. It is shown that as a second-order approximation of the mean-field potential, the well-known Dugdale and MacDonald expression of the Grüneisen parameter (Formula presented) is explicitly deduced. Furthermore, an ab initio scheme for calculating the various kinds of thermodynamic properties of a substance is developed. Our approach permits efficient computation. By taking Ce metal as a prototype, the ab initio calculated results show that at 590 K, the γ-Ce is more stable than α-Ce, and the experimental 300 K isotherm and the Hugoniot state are reproduced excellently.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)R11863-R11866
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number18
StatePublished - 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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