Spin-orbit effects on a gold-based superatom: A relativistic Jellium model

Alvaro Muñoz-Castro, Ramiro Arratia-Perez

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The inclusion of relativistic effects always brings to the scientific community great and stimulating surprises. To consider the spin-orbit term, which accounts for the interaction between the spatial and spin coordinates, requires the use of double point groups of symmetry in order to solve the Dirac equation or the two component approximation to it, leading to total angular momenta (j) functions, atomic or molecular spinors, instead of pure orbital angular momenta (ℓ), atomic or molecular orbitals. Large and small components, derived from the Dirac treatment, depict wavefunctions corresponding to fermions, electrons, which are described for the first time for a superatom case. In addition, their behavior is revisited in order to clarify the effects of the inclusion of the spin-orbit coupling into the electronic structure calculations, which can be extended to other superatoms, clusters, molecules and atoms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1408-1411
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jan 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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