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HL 11: Frontiers in Electronic-Structure Theory - Focus on Electron-Phonon Interactions I (joint session O/CPP/DS/HL)
HL 11.5: Vortrag
Montag, 16. März 2020, 11:45–12:00, GER 38
Band structure of semiconductors and insulators from Koopmans-compliant functionals — •Riccardo De Gennaro1, Nicola Colonna2, and Nicola Marzari1 — 1Theory and Simulation of Materials (THEOS), and National Centre for Computational Design and Discovery of Novel Materials (MARVEL), École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland — 2Laboratory for Neutron Scattering and Imaging (LNS), Paul Scherrer Institute, 5232 Villigen, Switzerland
Koopmans-compliant functionals provide a novel orbital-density-dependent framework for an accurate evaluation of spectral properties, obtained imposing a generalized piecewise-linearity condition on the total energy of the system with respect to the occupation of each orbital. In crystalline materials, due to the orbital-density-dependent nature of the functionals, minimization of the total energy leads to a ground-state set of variational orbitals that are localized and break the periodicity of the underlying lattice. Despite that, thanks to the Wannier-like character of the variational orbitals, we show that the Bloch symmetry is still preserved and it is possible to describe the electronic energies through a band structure picture. In this talk I will present results for some benchmark semiconductors and insulators, obtained by unfolding the electronic bands obtained with Gamma-point-only calculations.