Dresden 2014 – wissenschaftliches Programm

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HL: Fachverband Halbleiterphysik

HL 27: Frontiers of electronic structure theory - Non-equilibrium phenomena at the nano-scale II (organized by O)

HL 27.3: Vortrag

Montag, 31. März 2014, 16:45–17:00, TRE Ma

Density-functional perturbation theory for lattice dynamics with numeric atom-centered orbitals — •Honghui Shang, Christian Carbogno, Patrick Rinke, and Matthias Scheffler — Fritz-Haber-Institut der MPG, Berlin

The response of the electronic structure to atomic displacements gives rise to a variety of interesting physical phenomena, which can be probed by experimental techniques such as infrared or Raman spectroscopy or neutron diffraction. The response can be conveniently computed from first principles by means of density-functional perturbation theory (DFPT). Here we present our implementation in the all-electron atom-centered numeric orbital code FHI-aims [1]. Our approach combines the accuracy of an all-electron full-potential treatment with the computationally efficiency of localised atom-centered basis sets that is necessary to study large and complex systems. We verified the accuracy of our DFPT implementation by comparing the vibrational frequencies to finite-difference reference calculations and literature values. Due to the atom-centered nature of the integration grids in FHI-aims, the portion of the grid that belongs to a certain atom also moves when this atom is displaced. Here we demonstrate that, unlike for first derivatives (i.e. forces) [2], this moving-grid-effect plays an important role for second derivatives (i.e. vibrational frequencies). Further analysis reveals that predominantly diagonal force constant terms are affected, which can be bypassed efficiently by invoking translational symmetry.

[1] V. Blum et al. Comp. Phys. Comm. 180, 2175 (2009)

[2] B. Delley, J. Chem. Phys. 94, 7245 (1991).

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