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Published December 15, 1985 | Published
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Comparison of theoretical and experimental values of the number of metallic orbitals per atom in hypoelectronic and hyperelectronic metals


The statistical resonating-valence-bond theory of metals is applied in the purely theoretical calculation of the composition of the Ni--Cu alloy at the foot of the curve of saturation ferromagnetic moment, which marks the boundary between hypoelectronic and hyperelectronic metals and determines the value of the number of metallic orbitals per atom. The results, Ni44Cu56 and 0.722 metallic orbitals, agree with the observed values. This agreement provides strong support of the theory.

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© 1985 by the National Academy of Sciences. Contributed by Linus Pauling, August 8, 1985. We thank the Japan Shipbuilding Industry Foundation (Tokyo) for partial support of this research. The publication costs of this article were defrayed in part by page charge payment. This article must therefore be hereby marked "advertisement" in accordance with 18 U.S.C. §1734 solely to indicate this fact.

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