Momentum distribution and renormalization factor in sodium and the electron gas

Phys Rev Lett. 2010 Aug 20;105(8):086403. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.105.086403. Epub 2010 Aug 19.


We present experimental and theoretical results on the momentum distribution and the quasiparticle renormalization factor in sodium. From an x-ray Compton-profile measurement of the valence-electron-momentum density, we derive its discontinuity at the Fermi wave vector. This yields an accurate measure of the renormalization factor that we compare with quantum Monte Carlo and G0W0 calculations performed both on crystalline sodium and on the homogeneous electron gas.