A theory is presented which accounts for the dynamical generation of a hybridization gap with nodes in the Kondo insulating materials CeNiSn and CeRhSb. We show that Hund’s interactions acting on virtual 4f2 configurations of the cerium ion can act to dynamically select the shape of the cerium ion by generating a Weiss field which couples to the shape of the ion. In low symmetry crystals where the external crystal fields are negligible, this process selects a nodal Kondo semimetal state as the lowest energy configuration. © 2000 The American Physical Society.
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Physical Review Letters
Moreno, J., & Coleman, P. (2000). Gap-anisotropic model for the narrow-gap kondo insulators. Physical Review Letters, 84 (2), 342-345. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.84.342