The Fermi surface and f-valence electron count of UPt3

G J McMullan, P M C Rourke, M R Norman, A D Huxley, N Doiron-Leyraud, J Flouquet, G G Lonzarich, A McCollam, S R Julian
2008 New Journal of Physics  
Combining old and new de Haas-van Alphen (dHvA) and magnetoresistance data, we arrive at a detailed picture of the Fermi surface of the heavy fermion superconductor UPt3. Our work was partially motivated by a new proposal that two 5f valence electrons per formula unit in UPt3 are localized by correlation effects -- agreement with previous dHvA measurements of the Fermi surface was invoked in its support. Comprehensive comparison with our new observations shows that this 'partially localized'
more » ... ially localized' model fails to predict the existence of a major sheet of the Fermi surface, and is therefore less compatible with experiment than the originally proposed 'fully itinerant' model of the electronic structure of UPt3. In support of this conclusion, we offer a more complete analysis of the fully itinerant band structure calculation, where we find a number of previously unrecognized extremal orbits on the Fermi surface.
doi:10.1088/1367-2630/10/5/053029 fatcat:6diuyqaw3ndpfkw3w5q7j5mjka