Berlin 2015 – wissenschaftliches Programm
O 85.4: Vortrag
Donnerstag, 19. März 2015, 16:00–16:15, MA 004
Many-body dispersion meets non-local density functionals: A unified approach for van der Waals correlations — •Jan Hermann, Matthias Scheffler, and Alexandre Tkatchenko — Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Berlin, Germany
It is an ongoing challenge to develop an efficient method for van der Waals (vdW) non-local correlation within DFT which would be both accurate and broadly applicable. Current approaches can be loosely divided into the fragment-based ones, two-point density functionals and methods based on the density-density response function. The fragment-based models utilize parameters not derivable from the electron density. Two-point approaches are explicit density functionals, but difficult to generalize to include many-body correlations.
Here, we show that these seemingly contrasting approaches can be unified within a single framework based on the adiabatic-connection formalism in the random-phase approximation. We use a local response-function model from the VV09 functional  together with the many-body dispersion approach to create an atom-based model with no external parameters. We introduce a consistent correlation-functional-based coupling of the short- and long-range correlation energy. We show that this unification provides new insights into the different approaches, naturally deals with the partitioning of ionic and delocalized states and paves path towards self-consistent description of many-body vdW correlations.
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