Slave-boson mean-field theory of the Mott transition in the two-band Hubbard model
ETH Hönggerberg, 8093 Zürich, Switzerland
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Published online: 9 December 2005
We apply the slave-boson approach of Kotliar and Ruckenstein to the two-band Hubbard model with an Ising like Hund's rule coupling and bands of different widths. On the mean-field level of this approach we investigate the Mott transition and observe both separate and joint transitions of the two bands depending on the choice of the inter- and intra-orbital Coulomb interaction parameters. The mean-field calculations allow for a simple physical interpretation and can confirm several aspects of previous work. Beside the case of two individually half-filled bands we also examine what happens if the original metallic bands possess fractional filling either due to finite doping or due to a crystal field which relatively shifts the atomic energy levels of the two orbitals. For appropriate values of the interaction and of the crystal field we can observe a band insulating state and a ferromagnetic metal.
PACS: 71.30.+h – Metal-insulator transitions and other electronic transitions / 71.20.Be – Transition metals and alloys / 71.27.+a – Strongly correlated electron systems; heavy fermions / 71.10.Fd – Lattice fermion models (Hubbard model, etc.)
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