Journal of physics-condensed matter vol:14 issue:12 pages:3275-3283
The energy-versus-volume curve of the spin-density wave (SDW) in body-centred-cubic Cr is calculated with the density functional theory/full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (DFT/FLAPW) method using the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The predicted ground state is not the SDW, in contrast to an earlier FLAPW calculation. A conjecture is formulated that the widely varying results of the local density approximation (LDA) and GGA- and of different solution methods-can be scaled by the size of the calculated moment. As a consequence, experimentally relevant properties of the SDW can be calculated by tuning the moment. The implications of these results for the ability of DFT to describe Cr are discussed.