Dynamical as well as equilibrium properties of model Ce systems are investigated in both the intermediate-valence and nearly integral-valence (Kondo) regimes at finite temperatures. With self-consistent account of hybridization effects between the conduction bands and the highly correlated 4 f states, the 4 f-electron density of states ρ4 f(ε) and the dynamical magnetic susceptibility χ(ω) are derived. Equilibrium properties such as the static magnetic susceptibility and the averaged 4 f-electron number are also computed within the same approximation scheme that neglects intersite interactions between different Ce ions. In the intermediate-valence regime the calculated line-shape of Im χ(ω)/ω is close to the Lorentzian at high temperatures, but at low temperatures there appears an inelastic peak. In the Kondo regime it is shown that a sharp peak in ρ4 f(ε) develops at the Fermi level as the temperature decreases. The line-shape of Im χ(ω)/ω is shown to be close to the Lorentzian at all temperatures. The half-width is considerably enhanced over the Korringa value expected for the local-moment system. The temperature dependence of the half-width agrees qualitatively with experimental results in Kondo compounds such as CeB6, CeCu2Si2 and CeAl3.
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- Condensed Matter Physics