Bethe-Slater curve

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A Bethe-Slater curve. Elements above the horizontal axis are ferromagnetic, and those below are antiferromagnetic.


Bethe-Slater curve (plural Bethe-Slater curves)

  1. A chart showing the exchange energy for transition metals as a function of the ratio of the interatomic distance to the radius of the electron shell. It illustrates why certain metals are ferromagnetic and others are antiferromagnetic.