Electronic structure and magnetic properties of Tb1-δNi2Mnx alloys (δ=0, 0.04 and 0 &x ;1) are investigated within the Coherent Potential Approximation (CPA) taking into account the strong electronic correlations (U) in Tb f-shell and the spin-orbit coupling (SO) in f-Tb, d-Ni, and d-Mn shells. Explicit consideration of electronic correlations and spin-orbit coupling is necessary for correct description of f-levels positions in the spectrum. Both vacancy in Tb site and manganese impurity in Tb and Ni sites cause the decrease of the total magnetic moment value J keeping its direction . The absolute value of |J| decreases linearly with the increase of Mn impurity concentration; the ratio of |J|(Tb0.96Ni2Mn1)/|J|(Tb0.96Ni2) is 0.66 which agrees well with experiment.
- coherent potential approximation
- electronic structure
- magnetic properties
- spin-orbit coupling
- strong electronic correlations