Dresden 2014 – wissenschaftliches Programm

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HL: Fachverband Halbleiterphysik

HL 77: Frontiers of electronic structure theory - Non-equilibrium phenomena at the nano-scale V (organized by O)

HL 77.2: Vortrag

Mittwoch, 2. April 2014, 16:30–16:45, TRE Ma

DFT+Frontier Orbital U — •Emine Kucukbenli and Nicola Marzari — Theory and Simulation of Materials, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (CH)

Piecewise linearity of the total energy with respect to occupations is not only a fundamental property that should be obeyed by any exact energy functional, but also a starting point to improve approximate functionals that are used in practical applications.

DFT+U enforces piecewise linearity on the Hubbard manifold [1], and it has been shown to greatly improve the accuracy of density- functional theory for transition-metal complexes, thanks to its correction of self-interaction errors [2]. However, it still performs poorly in complexes where significant covalency is present, and intersite corrections (so-called DFT+U+V) have been introduced to improve these challenging cases [3].

Here, we revisit piecewise linearity within the DFT+U and DFT+U+V correction schemes, and explore a novel approach where self-interaction corrections are applied directly to the frontier orbitals. We test this approach on model transition metal complexes, where highly accurate reference results can be established, and on small molecules with varying degrees of covalency.

References: [1] M. Coccoccioni and S. de Gironcoli, Phys. Rev. B 71, 35105 (2005). [2] H. J. Kulik, M. Cococcioni, D. A. Scherlis and N. Marzari, Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 103001 (2006). [3] V. Leiria Campo Jr and M. Cococcioni, J. Phys. Cond. Matt. 22, 055602 (2010); H. J. Kulik and N. Marzari, J. Chem. Phys. 134, 094103 (2011).

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