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Alexander P. Koufos and Dimitrios A. Papaconstantopoulos Electronic structure of francium International Journal of Quantum Chemistry 113

Article first published online: 13 MAY 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/qua.24466

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Little is known about the properties of the heaviest alkali metal, francium. This article provides the first electronic structure study of francium while completing a systematic study of the other alkalis. Theoretically, the alkalis should become superconductors under pressure. Lithium has been the only one experimentally verified. This study suggests that the increased d-character of the states at the Fermi level is the mechanism for superconductivity under pressure.

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