c/a anomalies, thermoelectric power and electronic topological transitions in Cd

B. K. Godwal, S. Meenakshi, R. S. Rao, V. Vijayakumar

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Thermoelectric power (TEP) measurements up to 6.9 GPa pressure and the total energy calculations for the axial ratio (c/a) variation with compression were carried out for cadmium. We find two anomalies as compared to a single anomaly observed in the experimental X-ray diffraction (XRD) data. The first anomaly at V/ V0 = 0.95 is due to electronic topological transition (ETT) and correlates well with our TEP data, and with the anomaly observed in the existing resistivity data. The second anomaly at V/V0 = 0.85 correlates well with the recent high-precision imaging plate-based XRD data. We attribute the 4d-orbital overlap, coupled with transfer of electrons from d to s states as the cause of this anomaly. This finding is in contrast to the existing understanding in zinc, where the c/a anomaly is attributed to the destruction of a giant Kohn anomaly by ETT. Non-destruction of the giant Kohn anomaly in cadmium shows that the Fermi surface of Cd is different from that of Zn at high pressures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)747-751
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • A. Metals
  • C. High pressure
  • C. ab initio calculations
  • D. Electronic structure
  • D. Fermi surface

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry (all)
  • Materials Science (all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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