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  1. Toward ab initio DFT: Pairing and Optimized Effective Potential

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    Drut, Joaquin

    2010-11-01

    The quest for a universal nuclear energy density functional has stimulated research in many different areas of quantum many-body physics. Advances in the last decade have enabled quantum chemists to explicitly construct energy density functionals for the Coulomb interaction from first principles. This task was accomplished by extending the notion of density-dependent functionals to include explicit dependence on the Kohn-Sham orbitals. The resulting approach is usually called the Optimized Effective Potential (OEP). Are these developments useful in the nuclear case? Can one extend the OEP to include pairing? In this contribution we present some first answers to these and other related questions.

  2. Verification of Anderson superexchange in MnO via magnetic pair distribution function analysis and ab initio theory

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    Benjamin A. Frandsen; Brunelli, Michela; Page, Katharine; ...

    2016-05-11

    Here, we present a temperature-dependent atomic and magnetic pair distribution function (PDF) analysis of neutron total scattering measurements of antiferromagnetic MnO, an archetypal strongly correlated transition-metal oxide. The known antiferromagnetic ground-state structure fits the low-temperature data closely with refined parameters that agree with conventional techniques, confirming the reliability of the newly developed magnetic PDF method. The measurements performed in the paramagnetic phase reveal significant short-range magnetic correlations on a ~1 nm length scale that differ substantially from the low-temperature long-range spin arrangement. Ab initio calculations using a self-interaction-corrected local spin density approximation of density functional theory predict magnetic interactions dominatedmore » by Anderson superexchange and reproduce the measured short-range magnetic correlations to a high degree of accuracy. Further calculations simulating an additional contribution from a direct exchange interaction show much worse agreement with the data. Furthermore, the Anderson superexchange model for MnO is thus verified by experimentation and confirmed by ab initio theory.« less

  3. Ab initio Study of the Structural, Tautomeric, Pairing and Electronic Properties of Seleno-Derivatives of Thymine

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    Vazquez-Mayagoitia, Alvaro; Fuentes-Cabrera, Miguel A; Sumpter, Bobby G

    2009-01-01

    The structural, tautomeric, hydrogen-bonding, stacking and electronic properties of a seleno-derivative of thymine (T), denoted here as 4SeT and created by replacing O4 in T with Se, are investigated by means of ab initio computational techniques. The structural properties of T and 4SeT are very similar and the geometrical differences are mainly limited to the adjacent environment of the C-Se bond. The canonical keto form is the most stable tautomer, in gas phase and in aqueous solution, for both T and 4SeT. It is argued that the competition between two opposite trends, i.e. a decrease in the base-pairing ability andmore » an increase of the stacking interaction upon incorporation of 4SeT into a duplex, likely explains the similar experimental melting points of a seleno-derivative duplex (Se-DNA) and its native counterpart. Interestingly, the underlying electronic structure shows that replacement of O4 with Se promotes a reduction in the HOMO-LUMO gap and an increase in inter-plane coupling, which suggests that Se-DNA could be potentially useful for nanodevice applications. This finding is further supported by the fact that transfer integrals between 4SeT---A stacked base pairs are larger than those determined for similarly stacked natural T---A pairs.« less

  4. Theory of Magnetic Ordering in the Heavy Rare Earths: Ab Initio Electronic Origin of Pair- and Four-Spin Interactions

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    Mendive-Tapia, Eduardo; Staunton, Julie B.

    2017-05-01

    We describe a disordered local moment theory for long-period magnetic phases and investigate the temperature and magnetic field dependence of the magnetic states in the heavy rare earth elements (HREs), namely, paramagnetic, conical and helical antiferromagnetic (HAFM), fan, and ferromagnetic (FM) states. We obtain a generic HRE magnetic phase diagram which is consequent on the response of the common HRE valence electronic structure to f -electron magnetic moment ordering. The theory directly links the first-order HAFM-FM transition to the loss of Fermi surface nesting, induced by this magnetic ordering, as well as provides a template for analyzing the other phases and exposing where f -electron correlation effects are particularly intricate. Gadolinium, for a range of hexagonal, close-packed lattice constants c and a , is the prototype, described ab initio, and applications to other HREs are made straightforwardly by scaling the effective pair and quartic local moment interactions that emerge naturally from the theory with de Gennes factors and choosing appropriate lanthanide-contracted c and a values.

  5. Ab initio simulations on Frenkel pairs of radiation defects in corundum

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    Platonenko, A.; Piskunov, S.; Zhukovskii, Yu F.; Kotomin, E. A.

    2015-03-01

    Large scale first principles periodic calculations based on the density functional theory within the localized atomic orbital approach (DFT-LCAO) using the hybrid exchange- correlation potential B3PW have been performed in order to study the structural and electronic properties of radiation-induced Frenkel pairs Oi+VO in corundum crystal. As an initial approach, we have used conventional 2x2x1 supercell for defective α-Al2O3 lattice containing 120 atoms. After relaxation of the ideal supercell structure, the optimized doi-vo distance has been found to be ~4.5 Å while the formation energy of Frenkel pair has achieved 11.7 eV. The interstitial Oi atom, both single and a component of Oi+VO pair, spontaneously forms a dumbbell with the adjacent atom in the regular oxygen sublattice (doi-o = 1.404 Å) with the induced charge -1.1 e. On the whole, possibilities of supercell model for proper description of Frenkel pairs with changing inter-defect distance and space orientation inside corundum crystal are rather limited. This is why the alternative cluster model must be developed for this aim.

  6. Investigation of base pairs containing oxidized guanine using ab initio method and ABEEMσπ polarizable force field.

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    Liu, Cui; Wang, Yang; Zhao, Dongxia; Gong, Lidong; Yang, Zhongzhi

    2014-02-01

    The integrity of the genetic information is constantly threatened by oxidizing agents. Oxidized guanines have all been linked to different types of cancers. Theoretical approaches supplement the assorted experimental techniques, and bring new sight and opportunities to investigate the underlying microscopic mechanics. Unfortunately, there is no specific force field to DNA system including oxidized guanines. Taking high level ab initio calculations as benchmark, we developed the ABEEMσπ fluctuating charge force field, which uses multiple fluctuating charges per atom. And it was applied to study the energies, structures and mutations of base pairs containing oxidized guanines. The geometries were obtained in reference to other studies or using B3LYP/6-31+G* level optimization, which is more rational and timesaving among 24 quantum mechanical methods selected and tested by this work. The energies were determined at MP2/aug-cc-pVDZ level with BSSE corrections. Results show that the constructed potential function can accurately simulate the change of H-bond and the buckled angle formed by two base planes induced by oxidized guanine, and it provides reliable information of hydrogen bonding, stacking interaction and the mutation processes. The performance of ABEEMσπ polarizable force field in predicting the bond lengths, bond angles, dipole moments etc. is generally better than those of the common force fields. And the accuracy of ABEEMσπ PFF is close to that of the MP2 method. This shows that ABEEMσπ model is a reliable choice for further research of dynamics behavior of DNA fragment including oxidized guanine. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. State-of-the-art ab initio potential energy curve for the krypton atom pair and thermophysical properties of dilute krypton gas

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    Jäger, Benjamin, E-mail: benjamin.jaeger@uni-rostock.de; Hellmann, Robert, E-mail: robert.hellmann@uni-rostock.de; Bich, Eckard

    2016-03-21

    A new reference krypton-krypton interatomic potential energy curve was developed by means of quantum-chemical ab initio calculations for 36 interatomic separations. Highly accurate values for the interaction energies at the complete basis set limit were obtained using the coupled-cluster method with single, double, and perturbative triple excitations as well as t-aug-cc-pV5Z and t-aug-cc-pV6Z basis sets including mid-bond functions, with the 6Z basis set being newly constructed for this study. Higher orders of coupled-cluster terms were considered in a successive scheme up to full quadruple excitations. Core-core and core-valence correlation effects were included. Furthermore, relativistic effects were studied not only atmore » a scalar relativistic level using second-order direct perturbation theory, but also utilizing full four-component and Gaunt-effect computations. An analytical pair potential function was fitted to the interaction energies, which is characterized by a depth of 200.88 K with an estimated standard uncertainty of 0.51 K. Thermophysical properties of low-density krypton were calculated for temperatures up to 5000 K. Second and third virial coefficients were obtained from statistical thermodynamics. Viscosity and thermal conductivity as well as the self-diffusion coefficient were computed using the kinetic theory of gases. The theoretical results are compared with experimental data and with results for other pair potential functions from the literature, especially with those calculated from the recently developed ab initio potential of Waldrop et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 142, 204307 (2015)]. Highly accurate experimental viscosity data indicate that both the present ab initio pair potential and the one of Waldrop et al. can be regarded as reference potentials, even though the quantum-chemical methods and basis sets differ. However, the uncertainties of the present potential and of the derived properties are estimated to be considerably lower.« less

  8. Water Intensities: AB Initio VS. Experiment

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    Birk, Manfred; Wagner, Georg; Lodi, Lorenzo; Tennyson, Jonathan

    2013-06-01

    Ab initio calculations of water intensities are becoming mature and are claimed to have 1% accuracy in most cases. Experimental intensities with 1% accuracy can be achieved with some care. An intercomparison ab initio vs. experiment of water intensities for ν_{2} (H_2^{16}O, H_2^{18}O) and the 1 μm band will be given. Some brief information on the ab initio calculation will be presented while the main focus will be on the experiment and corresponding data analysis. Most of the data show agreement within 2% between ab initio and experiment but part of the data also show larger differences up to 8%. Some of the differences can be attributed to ab initio calculation errors while others originate from experiment. At present experiments are important to validate ab initio but ab initio can be very useful in validating the experiment.

  9. Ab initio studies of structural features not easily amenable to experiment. Part III. The influence of lone pair orbital interactions on molecular structure

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    Williasms, J. O.; Scarsdale, J. N.; Schäfer, Lothar; Geise, H. J.

    The characteristic structural asymmetries and distortions of A—X—Y—B systems in which an electron lone pair is at Y are discussed on the basis of the completely relaxed ab initio equilibrium geometries of a number of representative systems including various conformations of methanediol, hydrazine, 1,2-dimethylhydrazine and of compounds with CH 3 groups adjacent to —OH, —OCH 3, —NH, —NCH 3 and C(π). It is found that, regardless of quantitative overlap and energy gap factors, all calculated trends in the relative extensions of bond distances and bond angles can be correlated in every detail to qualitative predictions based only on the orientational aspects of orbital interaction concepts.

  10. N vacancy, self-interstitial diffusion, and Frenkel-pair formation/dissociation in TiN studied by ab-initio and classical molecular dynamics

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    Sangiovanni, Davide G.; Alling, Björn; Hultman, Lars; Abrikosov, Igor A.

    2015-03-01

    We use ab-initio and classical molecular dynamics (AIMD, CMD) to simulate diffusion of N vacancy and N self-interstitial point-defects in B1 TiN. The physical properties of TiN, important material system for thin film and coatings applications, are largely dictated by concentration and mobility of point defects. We determine N dilute-point-defect diffusion pathways, activation energies, attempt frequencies, and diffusion coefficients as a function of temperature. In addition, MD simulations reveal an unanticipated atomistic process, which controls the spontaneous formation of N-self-interstitial/N-vacancy pairs (Frenkel pairs) in defect-free TiN. This entails that a N lattice atom leaves its bulk position and bonds to a neighboring N lattice atom. In most cases, Frenkel-pair NI and NV recombine within a fraction of ns; 50% of these processes result in the exchange of two nitrogen lattice atoms. Occasionally, however, Frenkel-pair N-interstitial atoms permanently escape from the anion vacancy site, thus producing unpaired NI and NV point defects. The Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation (Isotope Project, 2011.0094), the Swedish Research Council (VR) Linköping Linnaeus Initiative LiLi-NFM (Grant 2008-6572), and the Swedish Government Strategic Research (Grant MatLiU 2009-00971).

  11. Topological Semimetals Studied by Ab Initio Calculations

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    Hirayama, Motoaki; Okugawa, Ryo; Murakami, Shuichi

    2018-04-01

    In topological semimetals such as Weyl, Dirac, and nodal-line semimetals, the band gap closes at points or along lines in k space which are not necessarily located at high-symmetry positions in the Brillouin zone. Therefore, it is not straightforward to find these topological semimetals by ab initio calculations because the band structure is usually calculated only along high-symmetry lines. In this paper, we review recent studies on topological semimetals by ab initio calculations. We explain theoretical frameworks which can be used for the search for topological semimetal materials, and some numerical methods used in the ab initio calculations.

  12. Ab initio phonon limited transport

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    Verstraete, Matthieu

    We revisit the thermoelectric (TE) transport properties of two champion materials, PbTe and SnSe, using fully first principles methods. In both cases the performance of the material is due to subtle combinations of structural effects, scattering, and phase space reduction. In PbTe anharmonic effects are completely opposite to the predicted quasiharmonic evolution of phonon frequencies and to frequently (and incorrectly) cited extrapolations of experiments. This stabilizes the material at high T, but also tends to enhance its thermal conductivity, in a non linear manner, above 600 Kelvin. This explains why PbTe is in practice limited to room temperature applications. SnSe has recently been shown to be the most efficient TE material in bulk form. This is mainly due to a strongly enhanced carrier concentration and electrical conductivity, after going through a phase transition from 600 to 800 K. We calculate the transport coefficients as well as the defect concentrations ab initio, showing excellent agreement with experiment, and elucidating the origin of the double phase transition as well as the new charge carriers. AH Romero, EKU Gross, MJ Verstraete, and O Hellman PRB 91, 214310 (2015) O. Hellman, IA Abrikosov, and SI Simak, PRB 84 180301 (2011)

  13. Ab Initio Study of Polonium

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    Zabidi, Noriza Ahmad; Kassim, Hasan Abu; Shrivastava, Keshav N.

    2008-05-20

    Polonium is the only element with a simple cubic (sc) crystal structure. Atoms in solid polonium sit at the corners of a simple cubic unit cell and no where else. Polonium has a valence electron configuration 6s{sup 2}6p{sup 4} (Z = 84). The low temperature {alpha}-phase transforms into the rhombohedral (trigonal) {beta} structure at {approx}348 K. The sc {alpha}-Po unit cell constant is a = 3.345 A. The beta form of polonium ({beta}-Po) has the lattice parameters, a{sub R} = 3.359 A and a rhombohedral angle 98 deg. 13'. We have performed an ab initio electronic structure calculation by usingmore » the density functional theory. We have performed the calculation with and without spin-orbit (SO) coupling by using both the LDA and the GGA for the exchange-correlations. The k-points in a simple cubic BZ are determined by R (0.5, 0.5, 0.5), {gamma} (0, 0, 0), X (0.5, 0, 0), M (0.5, 0.5, 0) and {gamma} (0, 0, 0). Other directions of k-points are {gamma} (0, 0, 0), X (0.5, 0, 0), R (0.5, 0.5, 0.5) and {gamma} (0, 0, 0). The SO splittings of p states at the {gamma} point in the GGA+SO scheme for {alpha}-Po are 0.04 eV and 0.02 eV while for the {beta}-Po these are 0.03 eV and 0.97 eV. We have also calculated the vibrational spectra for the unit cells in both the structures. We find that exchanging of a Po atom by Pb atom produces several more bands and destabilizes the {beta} phase.« less

  14. Ab initio theory and modeling of water

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    Chen, Mohan; Ko, Hsin-Yu; Remsing, Richard C.; Calegari Andrade, Marcos F.; Santra, Biswajit; Sun, Zhaoru; Selloni, Annabella; Car, Roberto; Klein, Michael L.; Perdew, John P.; Wu, Xifan

    2017-01-01

    Water is of the utmost importance for life and technology. However, a genuinely predictive ab initio model of water has eluded scientists. We demonstrate that a fully ab initio approach, relying on the strongly constrained and appropriately normed (SCAN) density functional, provides such a description of water. SCAN accurately describes the balance among covalent bonds, hydrogen bonds, and van der Waals interactions that dictates the structure and dynamics of liquid water. Notably, SCAN captures the density difference between water and ice Ih at ambient conditions, as well as many important structural, electronic, and dynamic properties of liquid water. These successful predictions of the versatile SCAN functional open the gates to study complex processes in aqueous phase chemistry and the interactions of water with other materials in an efficient, accurate, and predictive, ab initio manner. PMID:28973868

  15. Ab initio infrared and Raman spectra

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    Fredkin, D. R.; White, S. R.; Wilson, K. R.; Komornicki, A.

    1983-01-01

    It is pointed out that with increased computer power and improved computational techniques, such as the gradients developed in recent years, it is becoming practical to compute spectra ab initio, from the fundamental constants of nature, for systems of increasing complexity. The present investigation has the objective to explore several possible ab initio approaches to spectra, giving particular attention to infrared and nonresonance Raman. Two approaches are discussed. The sequential approach, in which first the electronic part and then later the nuclear part of the Born-Oppenheimer approximation is solved, is appropriate for small systems. The simultaneous approach, in which the electronic and nuclear parts are solved at the same time, is more appropriate for many-atom systems. A review of the newer quantum gradient techniques is provided, and the infrared and Raman spectral band contours for the water molecule are computed.

  16. Ab initio vel ex eventu. II

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    Thiessen, P. A.; Treder, H.-J.

    Jedes initium wird durch experimenta crucis zum eventus. Jedes theoretisch interpretierbare ex-eventu-Resultat führt auf ein neues Initium. Gerade dies ist die gemeinsame Aussage von Atomistik, Quantenmechanik und Relativitätstheorie.Translated AbstractAb initio vel ex eventu. IIEvery initium becomes an eventus by experimenta crucis. Every theoretically interpretable ex-eventu result leads to a new initium. Right this is the joint assertion of atomism, quantum mechanics, and relativity.

  17. Ab Initio Crystal Field for Lanthanides.

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    Ungur, Liviu; Chibotaru, Liviu F

    2017-03-13

    An ab initio methodology for the first-principle derivation of crystal-field (CF) parameters for lanthanides is described. The methodology is applied to the analysis of CF parameters in [Tb(Pc) 2 ] - (Pc=phthalocyanine) and Dy 4 K 2 ([Dy 4 K 2 O(OtBu) 12 ]) complexes, and compared with often used approximate and model descriptions. It is found that the application of geometry symmetrization, and the use of electrostatic point-charge and phenomenological CF models, lead to unacceptably large deviations from predictions based on ab initio calculations for experimental geometry. It is shown how the predictions of standard CASSCF (Complete Active Space Self-Consistent Field) calculations (with 4f orbitals in the active space) can be systematically improved by including effects of dynamical electronic correlation (CASPT2 step) and by admixing electronic configurations of the 5d shell. This is exemplified for the well-studied Er-trensal complex (H 3 trensal=2,2',2"-tris(salicylideneimido)trimethylamine). The electrostatic contributions to CF parameters in this complex, calculated with true charge distributions in the ligands, yield less than half of the total CF splitting, thus pointing to the dominant role of covalent effects. This analysis allows the conclusion that ab initio crystal field is an essential tool for the decent description of lanthanides. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  18. Towards ab initio Calculations with the Dynamical Vertex Approximation

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    Galler, Anna; Kaufmann, Josef; Gunacker, Patrik; Pickem, Matthias; Thunström, Patrik; Tomczak, Jan M.; Held, Karsten

    2018-04-01

    While key effects of the many-body problem — such as Kondo and Mott physics — can be understood in terms of on-site correlations, non-local fluctuations of charge, spin, and pairing amplitudes are at the heart of the most fascinating and unresolved phenomena in condensed matter physics. Here, we review recent progress in diagrammatic extensions to dynamical mean-field theory for ab initio materials calculations. We first recapitulate the quantum field theoretical background behind the two-particle vertex. Next we discuss latest algorithmic advances in quantum Monte Carlo simulations for calculating such two-particle quantities using worm sampling and vertex asymptotics, before giving an introduction to the ab initio dynamical vertex approximation (AbinitioDΓA). Finally, we highlight the potential of AbinitioDΓA by detailing results for the prototypical correlated metal SrVO3.

  19. Ab initio characterization of coupling strength for all types of dangling-bond pairs on the hydrogen-terminated Si(100)-2 × 1 surface

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    Shaterzadeh-Yazdi, Zahra; Sanders, Barry C.; DiLabio, Gino A.

    2018-04-01

    Recent work has suggested that coupled silicon dangling bonds sharing an excess electron may serve as building blocks for quantum-cellular-automata cells and quantum computing schemes when constructed on hydrogen-terminated silicon surfaces. In this work, we employ ab initio density-functional theory to examine the details associated with the coupling between two dangling bonds sharing one excess electron and arranged in various configurations on models of phosphorous-doped hydrogen-terminated silicon (100) surfaces. Our results show that the coupling strength depends strongly on the relative orientation of the dangling bonds on the surface and on the separation between them. The orientation of dangling bonds is determined by the anisotropy of the silicon (100) surface, so this feature of the surface is a significant contributing factor to variations in the strength of coupling between dangling bonds. The results demonstrate that simple models for approximating tunneling, such as the Wentzel-Kramer-Brillouin method, which do not incorporate the details of surface structure, are incapable of providing reasonable estimates of tunneling rates between dangling bonds. The results provide guidance to efforts related to the development of dangling-bond based computing elements.

  20. Germacrene D cyclization: an Ab initio investigation.

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    Setzer, William N

    2008-01-01

    Essential oils that contain large concentrations of germacrene D are typically accompanied by cadinane sesquiterpenoids. The acid-catalyzed cyclization of germacrene D to give cadinane and selinane sesquiterpenes has been computationally investigated using both density functional (B3LYP/6-31G(*)) and post Hartree-Fock (MP2/6-31G(* *)) ab initio methods. The calculated energies are in general agreement with experimentally observed product distributions, both from acid-catalyzed cyclizations as well as distribution of the compounds in essential oils.

  1. Germacrene D Cyclization: An Ab Initio Investigation

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    Setzer, William N.

    2008-01-01

    Essential oils that contain large concentrations of germacrene D are typically accompanied by cadinane sesquiterpenoids. The acid-catalyzed cyclization of germacrene D to give cadinane and selinane sesquiterpenes has been computationally investigated using both density functional (B3LYP/6-31G*) and post Hartree-Fock (MP2/6-31G* *) ab initio methods. The calculated energies are in general agreement with experimentally observed product distributions, both from acid-catalyzed cyclizations as well as distribution of the compounds in essential oils. PMID:19325722

  2. Ab initio non-relativistic spin dynamics

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    Ding, Feizhi; Goings, Joshua J.; Li, Xiaosong, E-mail: xsli@uw.edu

    2014-12-07

    Many magnetic materials do not conform to the (anti-)ferromagnetic paradigm where all electronic spins are aligned to a global magnetization axis. Unfortunately, most electronic structure methods cannot describe such materials with noncollinear electron spin on account of formally requiring spin alignment. To overcome this limitation, it is necessary to generalize electronic structure methods and allow each electron spin to rotate freely. Here, we report the development of an ab initio time-dependent non-relativistic two-component spinor (TDN2C), which is a generalization of the time-dependent Hartree-Fock equations. Propagating the TDN2C equations in the time domain allows for the first-principles description of spin dynamics.more » A numerical tool based on the Hirshfeld partitioning scheme is developed to analyze the time-dependent spin magnetization. In this work, we also introduce the coupling between electron spin and a homogenous magnetic field into the TDN2C framework to simulate the response of the electronic spin degrees of freedom to an external magnetic field. This is illustrated for several model systems, including the spin-frustrated Li{sub 3} molecule. Exact agreement is found between numerical and analytic results for Larmor precession of hydrogen and lithium atoms. The TDN2C method paves the way for the ab initio description of molecular spin transport and spintronics in the time domain.« less

  3. Ab initio non-relativistic spin dynamics.

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    Ding, Feizhi; Goings, Joshua J; Frisch, Michael J; Li, Xiaosong

    2014-12-07

    Many magnetic materials do not conform to the (anti-)ferromagnetic paradigm where all electronic spins are aligned to a global magnetization axis. Unfortunately, most electronic structure methods cannot describe such materials with noncollinear electron spin on account of formally requiring spin alignment. To overcome this limitation, it is necessary to generalize electronic structure methods and allow each electron spin to rotate freely. Here, we report the development of an ab initio time-dependent non-relativistic two-component spinor (TDN2C), which is a generalization of the time-dependent Hartree-Fock equations. Propagating the TDN2C equations in the time domain allows for the first-principles description of spin dynamics. A numerical tool based on the Hirshfeld partitioning scheme is developed to analyze the time-dependent spin magnetization. In this work, we also introduce the coupling between electron spin and a homogenous magnetic field into the TDN2C framework to simulate the response of the electronic spin degrees of freedom to an external magnetic field. This is illustrated for several model systems, including the spin-frustrated Li3 molecule. Exact agreement is found between numerical and analytic results for Larmor precession of hydrogen and lithium atoms. The TDN2C method paves the way for the ab initio description of molecular spin transport and spintronics in the time domain.

  4. Ab initio electronic properties of dual phosphorus monolayers in silicon

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    2014-01-01

    In the midst of the epitaxial circuitry revolution in silicon technology, we look ahead to the next paradigm shift: effective use of the third dimension - in particular, its combination with epitaxial technology. We perform ab initio calculations of atomically thin epitaxial bilayers in silicon, investigating the fundamental electronic properties of monolayer pairs. Quantitative band splittings and the electronic density are presented, along with effects of the layers’ relative alignment and comments on disordered systems, and for the first time, the effective electronic widths of such device components are calculated. PMID:25246862

  5. Towards Accurate Ab Initio Predictions of the Spectrum of Methane

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    Schwenke, David W.; Kwak, Dochan (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    We have carried out extensive ab initio calculations of the electronic structure of methane, and these results are used to compute vibrational energy levels. We include basis set extrapolations, core-valence correlation, relativistic effects, and Born- Oppenheimer breakdown terms in our calculations. Our ab initio predictions of the lowest lying levels are superb.

  6. Ab Initio Reactive Computer Aided Molecular Design

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    Martínez, Todd J.

    2017-03-21

    Few would dispute that theoretical chemistry tools can now provide keen insights into chemical phenomena. Yet the holy grail of efficient and reliable prediction of complex reactivity has remained elusive. Fortunately, recent advances in electronic structure theory based on the concepts of both element- and rank-sparsity, coupled with the emergence of new highly parallel computer architectures, have led to a significant increase in the time and length scales which can be simulated using first principles molecular dynamics. This then opens the possibility of new discovery-based approaches to chemical reactivity, such as the recently proposed ab initio nanoreactor. Here, we arguemore » that due to these and other recent advances, the holy grail of computational discovery for complex chemical reactivity is rapidly coming within our reach.« less

  7. Ab initio structure solution by charge flipping.

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    Oszlányi, Gábor; Süto, András

    2004-03-01

    In this paper, an extremely simple structure solution method termed charge flipping is presented. It works ab initio on high-resolution X-ray diffraction data in the manner of Fourier recycling. The real-space modification simply changes the sign of charge density below a threshold, while in reciprocal space the moduli F(obs) are retained resulting in an F(obs) map without weighting. The algorithm is tested using synthetic data for a wide range of structures, the solution statistics are analysed and the quality of reconstruction is checked. Finally, mathematical aspects of the algorithm are considered in detail, and these show that in this chaotic iteration process the solution is a limit cycle and not a fixed point.

  8. Asymptotic normalization coefficients from ab initio calculations

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    Nollett, Kenneth M.; Wiringa, R. B.

    2011-04-15

    We present calculations of asymptotic normalization coefficients (ANCs) for one-nucleon removals from nuclear states of mass numbers 3{<=}A{<=}9. Our ANCs were computed from variational Monte Carlo solutions to the many-body Schroedinger equation with the combined Argonne v{sub 18} two-nucleon and Urbana IX three-nucleon potentials. Instead of computing explicit overlap integrals, we applied a Green function method that is insensitive to the difficulties of constructing and Monte Carlo sampling the long-range tails of the variational wave functions. This method also allows computation of the ANC at the physical separation energy, even when it differs from the separation energy for the Hamiltonian.more » We compare our results, which for most nuclei are the first ab initio calculations of ANCs, with existing experimental and theoretical results and discuss further possible applications of the technique.« less

  9. Discovering chemistry with an ab initio nanoreactor

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    Wang, Lee-Ping; Titov, Alexey; McGibbon, Robert; ...

    2014-11-02

    Chemical understanding is driven by the experimental discovery of new compounds and reactivity, and is supported by theory and computation that provides detailed physical insight. While theoretical and computational studies have generally focused on specific processes or mechanistic hypotheses, recent methodological and computational advances harken the advent of their principal role in discovery. Here we report the development and application of the ab initio nanoreactor – a highly accelerated, first-principles molecular dynamics simulation of chemical reactions that discovers new molecules and mechanisms without preordained reaction coordinates or elementary steps. Using the nanoreactor we show new pathways for glycine synthesis frommore » primitive compounds proposed to exist on the early Earth, providing new insight into the classic Urey-Miller experiment. Ultimately, these results highlight the emergence of theoretical and computational chemistry as a tool for discovery in addition to its traditional role of interpreting experimental findings.« less

  10. Discovering chemistry with an ab initio nanoreactor

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    Martinez, Todd

    Traditional approaches for modeling chemical reaction networks such as those involved in combustion have focused on identifying individual reactions and using theoretical approaches to explore the underlying mechanisms. Recent advances involving graphical processing units (GPUs), commodity products developed for the videogaming industry, have made it possible to consider a distinct approach wherein one attempts to discover chemical reactions and mechanisms. We provide a brief summary of these developments and then discuss the concept behind the ``ab initio nanoreactor'' which explores the space of possible chemical reactions and molecular species for a given stoichiometry. The nanoreactor concept is exemplified with an example to the Urey-Miller reaction network which has been previously advanced as a potential model for prebiotic chemistry. We briefly discuss some of the future directions envisioned for the development of this nanoreactor concept.

  11. Ab Initio Modeling of Molecular Radiation

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    Jaffe, Richard; Schwenke, David

    2014-01-01

    Radiative emission from excited states of atoms and molecules can comprise a significant fraction of the total heat flux experienced by spacecraft during atmospheric entry at hypersonic speeds. For spacecraft with ablating heat shields, some of this radiative flux can be absorbed by molecular constituents in the boundary layer that are formed by the ablation process. Ab initio quantum mechanical calculations are carried out to predict the strengths of these emission and absorption processes. This talk will describe the methods used in these calculations using, as examples, the 4th positive emission bands of CO and the 1g+ 1u+ absorption in C3. The results of these calculations are being used as input to NASA radiation modeling codes like NeqAir, HARA and HyperRad.

  12. Ab initio alpha-alpha scattering.

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    Elhatisari, Serdar; Lee, Dean; Rupak, Gautam; Epelbaum, Evgeny; Krebs, Hermann; Lähde, Timo A; Luu, Thomas; Meißner, Ulf-G

    2015-12-03

    Processes such as the scattering of alpha particles ((4)He), the triple-alpha reaction, and alpha capture play a major role in stellar nucleosynthesis. In particular, alpha capture on carbon determines the ratio of carbon to oxygen during helium burning, and affects subsequent carbon, neon, oxygen, and silicon burning stages. It also substantially affects models of thermonuclear type Ia supernovae, owing to carbon detonation in accreting carbon-oxygen white-dwarf stars. In these reactions, the accurate calculation of the elastic scattering of alpha particles and alpha-like nuclei--nuclei with even and equal numbers of protons and neutrons--is important for understanding background and resonant scattering contributions. First-principles calculations of processes involving alpha particles and alpha-like nuclei have so far been impractical, owing to the exponential growth of the number of computational operations with the number of particles. Here we describe an ab initio calculation of alpha-alpha scattering that uses lattice Monte Carlo simulations. We use lattice effective field theory to describe the low-energy interactions of protons and neutrons, and apply a technique called the 'adiabatic projection method' to reduce the eight-body system to a two-cluster system. We take advantage of the computational efficiency and the more favourable scaling with system size of auxiliary-field Monte Carlo simulations to compute an ab initio effective Hamiltonian for the two clusters. We find promising agreement between lattice results and experimental phase shifts for s-wave and d-wave scattering. The approximately quadratic scaling of computational operations with particle number suggests that it should be possible to compute alpha scattering and capture on carbon and oxygen in the near future. The methods described here can be applied to ultracold atomic few-body systems as well as to hadronic systems using lattice quantum chromodynamics to describe the interactions of

  13. Molecular Spectroscopy by Ab Initio Methods

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    Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Langhoff, Stephen R.; Partridge, Harry; Arnold, James O. (Technical Monitor)

    1994-01-01

    Due to recent advances in methods and computers, the accuracy of ab calculations has reached a point where these methods can be used to provide accurate spectroscopic constants for small molecules; this will be illustrated with several examples. We will show how ab initio calculations where used to identify the Hermann infrared system in N2 and two band systems in CO. The identification of all three of these band systems relied on very accurate calculations of quintet states. The analysis of the infrared spectra of cool stars requires knowledge of the intensity of vibrational transitions in SiO for high nu and J levels. While experiment can supply very accurate dipole moments for nu = 0 to 3, this is insufficient to construct a global dipole moment function. We show how theory, combined by the experiment, can be used to generate the line intensities up to nu = 40 and J = 250. The spectroscopy of transition metal containing systems is very difficult for both theory and experiment. We will discuss the identification of the ground state of Ti2 and the spectroscopy of AlCu as examples of how theory can contribute to the understanding of these complex systems.

  14. Ab-initio calculations on melting of thorium

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    Mukherjee, D., E-mail: debojyoti@barc.gov.in; Sahoo, B. D.; Joshi, K. D.

    2016-05-23

    Ab-initio molecular dynamics study has been performed on face centered cubic structured thorium to determine its melting temperature at room pressure. The ion-electron interaction potential energy calculated as a function of temperature for three volumes (a{sub 0}){sup 3} and (1.02a{sub 0}){sup 3} and (1.04a{sub 0}){sup 3} increases gradually with temperature and undergoes a sharp jump at ~2200 K, ~2100 K and ~1800 K, respectively. Here, a{sub 0} = 5.043 Å is the equilibrium lattice parameter at 0 K obtained from ab-initio calculations. These jumps in interaction energy are treated as due to the onset of melting and corresponding temperatures asmore » melting point. The melting point of 2100 K is close to the experimental value of 2023 K. Further, the same has been verified by plotting the atomic arrangement evolved at various temperatures and corresponding pair correlation functions.« less

  15. Phonocatalysis. An ab initio simulation experiment

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    Kim, Kwangnam; Kaviany, Massoud, E-mail: kaviany@umich.edu

    2016-06-15

    Using simulations, we postulate and show that heterocatalysis on large-bandgap semiconductors can be controlled by substrate phonons, i.e., phonocatalysis. With ab initio calculations, including molecular dynamic simulations, the chemisorbed dissociation of XeF{sub 6} on h-BN surface leads to formation of XeF{sub 4} and two surface F/h-BN bonds. The reaction pathway and energies are evaluated, and the sorption and reaction emitted/absorbed phonons are identified through spectral analysis of the surface atomic motion. Due to large bandgap, the atomic vibration (phonon) energy transfer channels dominate and among them is the match between the F/h-BN covalent bond stretching and the optical phonons. Wemore » show that the chemisorbed dissociation (the pathway activation ascent) requires absorption of large-energy optical phonons. Then using progressively heavier isotopes of B and N atoms, we show that limiting these high-energy optical phonons inhibits the chemisorbed dissociation, i.e., controllable phonocatalysis.« less

  16. Ab Initio Nonadiabatic Quantum Molecular Dynamics.

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    Curchod, Basile F E; Martínez, Todd J

    2018-04-11

    The Born-Oppenheimer approximation underlies much of chemical simulation and provides the framework defining the potential energy surfaces that are used for much of our pictorial understanding of chemical phenomena. However, this approximation breaks down when the dynamics of molecules in excited electronic states are considered. Describing dynamics when the Born-Oppenheimer approximation breaks down requires a quantum mechanical description of the nuclei. Chemical reaction dynamics on excited electronic states is critical for many applications in renewable energy, chemical synthesis, and bioimaging. Furthermore, it is necessary in order to connect with many ultrafast pump-probe spectroscopic experiments. In this review, we provide an overview of methods that can describe nonadiabatic dynamics, with emphasis on those that are able to simultaneously address the quantum mechanics of both electrons and nuclei. Such ab initio quantum molecular dynamics methods solve the electronic Schrödinger equation alongside the nuclear dynamics and thereby avoid the need for precalculation of potential energy surfaces and nonadiabatic coupling matrix elements. Two main families of methods are commonly employed to simulate nonadiabatic dynamics in molecules: full quantum dynamics, such as the multiconfigurational time-dependent Hartree method, and classical trajectory-based approaches, such as trajectory surface hopping. In this review, we describe a third class of methods that is intermediate between the two: Gaussian basis set expansions built around trajectories.

  17. Lifshitz invariants from ab initio lattice dynamics

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    Schiaffino, Andrea; Stengel, Massimiliano

    The interaction between different order parameters is vital to explain the emergence of new functionalities (hybrid improper ferroelectricity, magnetoelectricity) in multiferroic systems. While considerable theoretical efforts have been directed in the past at studying couplings (e.g. trilinear or biquadratic) that occur in a homogeneous sample, recent research has revealed an increasing number of cases where the interesting physics emerges from inhomogeneities in some order parameter (e.g. flexoelectricity, domain walls), rather than the uniform bulk phase itself. These are usually described in phenomenological theories via symmetry-allowed gradient-mediated terms, the so-called Lifshitz invariants. Here I will present a general method to calculate such couplings ab initio, within the framework of density-functional perturbation theory. I will start with a brief overview on the most challenging aspects of these calculations, i.e. how to deal with the breakdown of the translational symmetry, and with the unusual electrostatic effects that occur in such a regime. Next, I will demonstrate this strategy in practice by presenting calculations of the most relevant gradient coefficients involving strain, octahedral tilts and polarization in ferroelastic SrTiO3. MINECO-Spain through Grants No. FIS2013-48668-C2-2-P and No. SEV-2015-0496, and by Generalitat de Catalunya (Grant No. 2014SRG301).

  18. Ab Initio Calculation of NH_3 Spectrum

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    Polyansky, Oleg; Ovsyannikov, Roman I.; Kyuberis, Aleksandra; Lodi, Lorenzo; Tennyson, Jonathan; Yurchenko, Sergei N.; Yachmenev, Andrey; Zobov, Nikolay Fedorovich

    2016-06-01

    An ab initio potential energy surface (PES) for NH_3 is computed using the methodology pioneered for water (Polyansky et al. J. Phys. Chem. A, 117, 9633 (2013)). A multireference configuration calclulations are performed at 50000 points using quadruple and 5z basis sets to give a complete basis set (CBS) extrapolation. Relativistic and adiabatic surfaces are also computed. The points are fitted to an analytical PES. The rovibrational energy levels are computed using the program TROVE in both linearized and curvilinear coordinates. Better convergence is obtained for the higher energy levels using curvilinear coordinates: an accuracy of about 1 wn is achieved for the levels up to 12 000 wn. The levels up to 18 000 wn are reproduced with the accuracy of a few wn. These results are used to assign the visible spectrum of 14NH_3 recorded by Coy and Lehmann (J. Chem. Phys., 84, 5239 (1988)). Predicted rovibrational levels for NH_2D, NHD_2, ND_3 and 15NH_3 are given.

  19. Identification and Characterization of Molecular Bonding Structures by ab initio Quasi-Atomic Orbital Analyses.

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    West, Aaron C; Duchimaza-Heredia, Juan J; Gordon, Mark S; Ruedenberg, Klaus

    2017-11-22

    The quasi-atomic analysis of ab initio electronic wave functions in full valence spaces, which was developed in preceding papers, yields oriented quasi-atomic orbitals in terms of which the ab initio molecular wave function and energy can be expressed. These oriented quasi-atomic orbitals are the rigorous ab initio counterparts to the conceptual bond forming atomic hybrid orbitals of qualitative chemical reasoning. In the present work, the quasi-atomic orbitals are identified as bonding orbitals, lone pair orbitals, radical orbitals, vacant orbitals and orbitals with intermediate character. A program determines the bonding characteristics of all quasi-atomic orbitals in a molecule on the basis of their occupations, bond orders, kinetic bond orders, hybridizations and local symmetries. These data are collected in a record and provide the information for a comprehensive understanding of the synergism that generates the bonding structure that holds the molecule together. Applications to a series of molecules exhibit the complete bonding structures that are embedded in their ab initio wave functions. For the strong bonds in a molecule, the quasi-atomic orbitals provide quantitative ab initio amplifications of the Lewis dot symbols. Beyond characterizing strong bonds, the quasi-atomic analysis also yields an understanding of the weak interactions, such as vicinal, hyperconjugative and radical stabilizations, which can make substantial contributions to the molecular bonding structure.

  20. Effect of BrU on the transition between wobble Gua-Thy and tautomeric Gua-Thy base-pairs: ab initio molecular orbital calculations

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    Nomura, Kazuya; Hoshino, Ryota; Hoshiba, Yasuhiro; Danilov, Victor I.; Kurita, Noriyuki

    2013-04-01

    We investigated transition states (TS) between wobble Guanine-Thymine (wG-T) and tautomeric G-T base-pair as well as Br-containing base-pairs by MP2 and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The obtained TS between wG-T and G*-T (asterisk is an enol-form of base) is different from TS got by the previous DFT calculation. The activation energy (17.9 kcal/mol) evaluated by our calculation is significantly smaller than that (39.21 kcal/mol) obtained by the previous calculation, indicating that our TS is more preferable. In contrast, the obtained TS and activation energy between wG-T and G-T* are similar to those obtained by the previous DFT calculation. We furthermore found that the activation energy between wG-BrU and tautomeric G-BrU is smaller than that between wG-T and tautomeric G-T. This result elucidates that the replacement of CH3 group of T by Br increases the probability of the transition reaction producing the enol-form G* and T* bases. Because G* prefers to bind to T rather than to C, and T* to G not A, our calculated results reveal that the spontaneous mutation from C to T or from A to G base is accelerated by the introduction of wG-BrU base-pair.

  1. Magnetic properties and pairing tendencies of the iron-based superconducting ladder BaFe 2 S 3 : Combined ab initio and density matrix renormalization group study

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    Patel, Niravkumar D.; Nocera, Alberto; Alvarez, Gonzalo

    2016-08-10

    The recent discovery of superconductivity under high pressure in the two-leg ladder compound BaFe 2S 3 [H. Takahashi et al., Nat. Mater. 14, 1008 (2015)] opens a broad avenue of research, because it represents the first report of pairing tendencies in a quasi-one-dimensional iron-based high-critical-temperature superconductor. Similarly, as in the case of the cuprates, ladders and chains can be far more accurately studied using many-body techniques and model Hamiltonians than their layered counterparts, particularly if several orbitals are active. In this publication, we derive a two-orbital Hubbard model from first principles that describes individual ladders of BaFe 2S 3. Themore » model is studied with the density matrix renormalization group. These first reported results are exciting for two reasons: (i) at half-filling, ferromagnetic order emerges as the dominant magnetic pattern along the rungs of the ladder, and antiferromagnetic order along the legs, in excellent agreement with neutron experiments; and (ii) with hole doping, pairs form in the strong coupling regime, as found by studying the binding energy of two holes doped on the half-filled system. In addition, orbital selective Mott phase characteristics develop with doping, with only oneWannier orbital receiving the hole carriers while the other remains half-filled. Lastly, these results suggest that the analysis of models for iron-based two-leg ladders could clarify the origin of pairing tendencies and other exotic properties of iron-based high-critical-temperature superconductors in general.« less

  2. Ab Initio Studies of Stratospheric Ozone Depletion Chemistry

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    Lee, Timothy J.; Head-Gordon, Martin; Langhoff, Stephen R. (Technical Monitor)

    1995-01-01

    An overview of the current understanding of ozone depletion chemistry, particularly with regards the formation of the so-called Antarctic ozone hole, will be presented together with an outline as to how ab initio quantum chemistry can be used to further our understanding of stratospheric chemistry. The ability of modern state-of-the art ab initio quantum chemical techniques to characterize reliably the gas-phase molecular structure, vibrational spectrum, electronic spectrum, and thermal stability of fluorine, chlorine, bromine and nitrogen oxide species will be demonstrated by presentation of some example studies. The ab initio results will be shown to be in excellent agreement with the available experimental data, and where the experimental data are either not known or are inconclusive, the theoretical results are shown to fill in the gaps and to resolve experimental controversies. In addition, ab initio studies in which the electronic spectra and the characterization of excited electronic states of halogen oxide species will also be presented. Again where available, the ab initio results are compared to experimental observations, and are used to aid in the interpretation of experimental studies.

  3. Concurrent aerogen bonding and lone pair/anion-π interactions in the stability of organoxenon derivatives: a combined CSD and ab initio study.

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    Frontera, Antonio; Bauzá, Antonio

    2017-11-15

    In this manuscript the ability of organoxenon fluorides to establish concurrent π-hole aerogen bonding and lone pair/anion-π interactions has been studied at the RI-MP2/def2-TZVP level of theory. The presence of both an aromatic system (benzene, trifluorobenzene and pentafluorobenzene) and a xenon atom makes these molecules suitable for simultaneously establishing both interactions. In this regard, we have used CH 3 CN, NH 3 , O(CH 3 ) 2 , Cl - , CN - and BF 4 - as neutral and charged electron donors, respectively. Moreover, the NBO analysis showed that orbital effects contribute to the global stabilization of the complexes studied. Furthermore, we have used Bader's theory of "atoms in molecules" to analyse and characterize the noncovalent interactions described herein from a charge-density perspective. Finally, several examples retrieved from the CSD are also included, highlighting the impact of these interactions in the solid state chemistry of Xe.

  4. Visualizing the BEC-BCS crossover in a two-dimensional Fermi gas: Pairing gaps and dynamical response functions from ab initio computations

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    Vitali, Ettore; Shi, Hao; Qin, Mingpu; Zhang, Shiwei

    2017-12-01

    Experiments with ultracold atoms provide a highly controllable laboratory setting with many unique opportunities for precision exploration of quantum many-body phenomena. The nature of such systems, with strong interaction and quantum entanglement, makes reliable theoretical calculations challenging. Especially difficult are excitation and dynamical properties, which are often the most directly relevant to experiment. We carry out exact numerical calculations, by Monte Carlo sampling of imaginary-time propagation of Slater determinants, to compute the pairing gap in the two-dimensional Fermi gas from first principles. Applying state-of-the-art analytic continuation techniques, we obtain the spectral function and the density and spin structure factors providing unique tools to visualize the BEC-BCS crossover. These quantities will allow for a direct comparison with experiments.

  5. Ab initio simulation of transport phenomena in rarefied gases.

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    Sharipov, Felix; Strapasson, José L

    2012-09-01

    Ab initio potentials are implemented into the direct simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) method. Such an implementation allows us to model transport phenomena in rarefied gases without any fitting parameter of intermolecular collisions usually extracted from experimental data. Applying the method proposed by Sharipov and Strapasson [Phys. Fluids 24, 011703 (2012)], the use of ab initio potentials in the DSMC requires the same computational efforts as the widely used potentials such as hard spheres, variable hard sphere, variable soft spheres, etc. At the same time, the ab initio potentials provide more reliable results than any other one. As an example, the transport coefficients of a binary mixture He-Ar, viz., viscosity, thermal conductivity, and thermal diffusion factor, have been calculated for several values of the mole fraction.

  6. Ab initio calculation of one-nucleon halo states

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    Rodkin, D. M.; Tchuvil'sky, Yu M.

    2018-02-01

    We develop an approach to microscopic and ab initio description of clustered systems, states with halo nucleon and one-nucleon resonances. For these purposes a basis combining ordinary shell-model components and cluster-channel terms is built up. The transformation of clustered wave functions to the uniform Slater-determinant type is performed using the concept of cluster coefficients. The resulting basis of orthonormalized wave functions is used for calculating the eigenvalues and the eigenvectors of Hamiltonians built in the framework of ab initio approaches. Calculations of resonance and halo states of 5He, 9Be and 9B nuclei demonstrate that the approach is workable and labor-saving.

  7. Ab initio no core shell model

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    Barrett, Bruce R.; Navrátil, Petr; Vary, James P.

    2012-11-17

    A long-standing goal of nuclear theory is to determine the properties of atomic nuclei based on the fundamental interactions among the protons and neutrons (i.e., nucleons). By adopting nucleon-nucleon (NN), three-nucleon (NNN) and higher-nucleon interactions determined from either meson-exchange theory or QCD, with couplings fixed by few-body systems, we preserve the predictive power of nuclear theory. This foundation enables tests of nature's fundamental symmetries and offers new vistas for the full range of complex nuclear phenomena. Basic questions that drive our quest for a microscopic predictive theory of nuclear phenomena include: (1) What controls nuclear saturation; (2) How the nuclearmore » shell model emerges from the underlying theory; (3) What are the properties of nuclei with extreme neutron/proton ratios; (4) Can we predict useful cross sections that cannot be measured; (5) Can nuclei provide precision tests of the fundamental laws of nature; and (6) Under what conditions do we need QCD to describe nuclear structure, among others. Along with other ab initio nuclear theory groups, we have pursued these questions with meson-theoretical NN interactions, such as CD-Bonn and Argonne V18, that were tuned to provide high-quality descriptions of the NN scattering phase shifts and deuteron properties. We then add meson-theoretic NNN interactions such as the Tucson-Melbourne or Urbana IX interactions. More recently, we have adopted realistic NN and NNN interactions with ties to QCD. Chiral perturbation theory within effective field theory ({chi}EFT) provides us with a promising bridge between QCD and hadronic systems. In this approach one works consistently with systems of increasing nucleon number and makes use of the explicit and spontaneous breaking of chiral symmetry to expand the strong interaction in terms of a dimensionless constant, the ratio of a generic small momentum divided by the chiral symmetry breaking scale taken to be about 1 GeV/c. The

  8. A walk through the approximations of ab initio multiple spawning

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    Mignolet, Benoit; Curchod, Basile F. E.

    2018-04-01

    Full multiple spawning offers an in principle exact framework for excited-state dynamics, where nuclear wavefunctions in different electronic states are represented by a set of coupled trajectory basis functions that follow classical trajectories. The couplings between trajectory basis functions can be approximated to treat molecular systems, leading to the ab initio multiple spawning method which has been successfully employed to study the photochemistry and photophysics of several molecules. However, a detailed investigation of its approximations and their consequences is currently missing in the literature. In this work, we simulate the explicit photoexcitation and subsequent excited-state dynamics of a simple system, LiH, and we analyze (i) the effect of the ab initio multiple spawning approximations on different observables and (ii) the convergence of the ab initio multiple spawning results towards numerically exact quantum dynamics upon a progressive relaxation of these approximations. We show that, despite the crude character of the approximations underlying ab initio multiple spawning for this low-dimensional system, the qualitative excited-state dynamics is adequately captured, and affordable corrections can further be applied to ameliorate the coupling between trajectory basis functions.

  9. The application of ab initio calculations to molecular spectroscopy

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    Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Langhoff, Stephen R.

    1989-01-01

    The state of the art in ab initio molecular structure calculations is reviewed, with an emphasis on recent developments such as full configuration-interaction benchmark calculations and atomic natural orbital basis sets. It is shown that new developments in methodology combined with improvements in computer hardware are leading to unprecedented accuracy in solving problems in spectroscopy.

  10. The application of ab initio calculations to molecular spectroscopy

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    Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Langhoff, Stephen R.

    1989-01-01

    The state of the art in ab initio molecular structure calculations is reviewed with an emphasis on recent developments, such as full configuration-interaction benchmark calculations and atomic natural orbital basis sets. It is found that new developments in methodology, combined with improvements in computer hardware, are leading to unprecedented accuracy in solving problems in spectroscopy.

  11. Bicanonical ab Initio Molecular Dynamics for Open Systems.

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    Frenzel, Johannes; Meyer, Bernd; Marx, Dominik

    2017-08-08

    Performing ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of open systems, where the chemical potential rather than the number of both nuclei and electrons is fixed, still is a challenge. Here, drawing on bicanonical sampling ideas introduced two decades ago by Swope and Andersen [ J. Chem. Phys. 1995 , 102 , 2851 - 2863 ] to calculate chemical potentials of liquids and solids, an ab initio simulation technique is devised, which introduces a fictitious dynamics of two superimposed but otherwise independent periodic systems including full electronic structure, such that either the chemical potential or the average fractional particle number of a specific chemical species can be kept constant. As proof of concept, we demonstrate that solvation free energies can be computed from these bicanonical ab initio simulations upon directly superimposing pure bulk water and the respective aqueous solution being the two limiting systems. The method is useful in many circumstances, for instance for studying heterogeneous catalytic processes taking place on surfaces where the chemical potential of reactants rather than their number is controlled and opens a pathway toward ab initio simulations at constant electrochemical potential.

  12. Perspective: Ab initio force field methods derived from quantum mechanics

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    Xu, Peng; Guidez, Emilie B.; Bertoni, Colleen; Gordon, Mark S.

    2018-03-01

    It is often desirable to accurately and efficiently model the behavior of large molecular systems in the condensed phase (thousands to tens of thousands of atoms) over long time scales (from nanoseconds to milliseconds). In these cases, ab initio methods are difficult due to the increasing computational cost with the number of electrons. A more computationally attractive alternative is to perform the simulations at the atomic level using a parameterized function to model the electronic energy. Many empirical force fields have been developed for this purpose. However, the functions that are used to model interatomic and intermolecular interactions contain many fitted parameters obtained from selected model systems, and such classical force fields cannot properly simulate important electronic effects. Furthermore, while such force fields are computationally affordable, they are not reliable when applied to systems that differ significantly from those used in their parameterization. They also cannot provide the information necessary to analyze the interactions that occur in the system, making the systematic improvement of the functional forms that are used difficult. Ab initio force field methods aim to combine the merits of both types of methods. The ideal ab initio force fields are built on first principles and require no fitted parameters. Ab initio force field methods surveyed in this perspective are based on fragmentation approaches and intermolecular perturbation theory. This perspective summarizes their theoretical foundation, key components in their formulation, and discusses key aspects of these methods such as accuracy and formal computational cost. The ab initio force fields considered here were developed for different targets, and this perspective also aims to provide a balanced presentation of their strengths and shortcomings. Finally, this perspective suggests some future directions for this actively developing area.

  13. Calcium ions in aqueous solutions: Accurate force field description aided by ab initio molecular dynamics and neutron scattering

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    Martinek, Tomas; Duboué-Dijon, Elise; Timr, Štěpán; Mason, Philip E.; Baxová, Katarina; Fischer, Henry E.; Schmidt, Burkhard; Pluhařová, Eva; Jungwirth, Pavel

    2018-06-01

    We present a combination of force field and ab initio molecular dynamics simulations together with neutron scattering experiments with isotopic substitution that aim at characterizing ion hydration and pairing in aqueous calcium chloride and formate/acetate solutions. Benchmarking against neutron scattering data on concentrated solutions together with ion pairing free energy profiles from ab initio molecular dynamics allows us to develop an accurate calcium force field which accounts in a mean-field way for electronic polarization effects via charge rescaling. This refined calcium parameterization is directly usable for standard molecular dynamics simulations of processes involving this key biological signaling ion.

  14. Ab initio calculations on porphyrins in the condensed phase

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    Day, P.N.; Wang, Z.; Pachter, R.

    1998-07-01

    Porphyrins are a promising class of materials for optical limiting applications, and in the condensed phase solvent effects have been shown to be significant. The authors report results with a method designed to simulate the effects of discrete solvent molecules, namely the effective fragment potential (EFP) approach which has been implemented for use in ab initio calculations. Further, a simulated annealing (SA) method has been implemented with the EFP solvation model in an attempt to solve the problem of multiple minima in clusters of molecules. The results with this method indicate some success on models of aqueous formamide and aqueousmore » glutamic acid. Ab initio calculations can now be carried out on porphyrins, and the solvation methods are being updated for their use on these systems.« less

  15. Ab Initio Electronic Relaxation Times and Transport in Noble Metals

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    Mustafa, Jamal I.; Bernardi, Marco; Neaton, Jeffrey B.; Louie, Steven G.

    Relaxation times employed to study electron transport in metals are typically assumed to be constants and obtained empirically using the Drude model. Here, we employ ab initio calculations to compute the electron-phonon relaxation times of Cu, Ag, and Au, and find that they vary significantly on the Fermi surface, spanning ~15 -45 fs. We compute room temperature resistivities in excellent agreement with experiment by combining GW bandstructures, Wannier-interpolated band velocities, and ab initio relaxation times. Our calculations are compared to other approximations used for the relaxation times. Additionally, an importance sampling scheme is introduced to speed up the convergence of resistivity and transport calculations by sampling directly points on the Fermi surface. This work was supported by NSF Grant No. DMR15-1508412 and U.S. DOE under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231. Computational resources have been provided by DOE at LBNL's NERSC facility.

  16. A Probabilistic Graphical Model for Ab Initio Folding.

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    Zhao, Feng; Peng, Jian; Debartolo, Joe; Freed, Karl F; Sosnick, Tobin R; Xu, Jinbo

    2009-01-01

    Despite significant progress in recent years, ab initio folding is still one of the most challenging problems in structural biology. This paper presents a probabilistic graphical model for ab initio folding, which employs Conditional Random Fields (CRFs) and directional statistics to model the relationship between the primary sequence of a protein and its three-dimensional structure. Different from the widely-used fragment assembly method and the lattice model for protein folding, our graphical model can explore protein conformations in a continuous space according to their probability. The probability of a protein conformation reflects its stability and is estimated from PSI-BLAST sequence profile and predicted secondary structure. Experimental results indicate that this new method compares favorably with the fragment assembly method and the lattice model.

  17. Augmented wave ab initio EFG calculations: some methodological warnings

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    Errico, Leonardo A.; Rentería, Mario; Petrilli, Helena M.

    2007-02-01

    We discuss some accuracy aspects inherent to ab initio electronic structure calculations in the understanding of nuclear quadrupole interactions. We use the projector augmented wave method to study the electric-field gradient (EFG) at both Sn and O sites in the prototype cases SnO and SnO 2. The term ab initio is used in the standard context of the also called first principles methods in the framework of the Density Functional Theory. As the main contributions of EFG calculations to problems in condensed matter physics are related to structural characterizations on the atomic scale, we discuss the “state of the art” on theoretical EFG calculations and make a brief critical review on the subject, calling attention to some fundamental theoretical aspects.

  18. Ab Initio Calculations Of Light-Ion Reactions

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    Navratil, P; Quaglioni, S; Roth, R

    2012-03-12

    The exact treatment of nuclei starting from the constituent nucleons and the fundamental interactions among them has been a long-standing goal in nuclear physics. In addition to the complex nature of nuclear forces, one faces the quantum-mechanical many-nucleon problem governed by an interplay between bound and continuum states. In recent years, significant progress has been made in ab initio nuclear structure and reaction calculations based on input from QCD employing Hamiltonians constructed within chiral effective field theory. In this contribution, we present one of such promising techniques capable of describing simultaneously both bound and scattering states in light nuclei. Bymore » combining the resonating-group method (RGM) with the ab initio no-core shell model (NCSM), we complement a microscopic cluster approach with the use of realistic interactions and a microscopic and consistent description of the clusters. We discuss applications to light nuclei scattering, radiative capture and fusion reactions.« less

  19. Ab initio reconstruction of difference densities by charge flipping.

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    Palatinus, Lukáš; Fleischer, Frank; Pattison, Phillip; Weber, Thomas; Steurer, Walter

    2011-01-01

    The charge-flipping algorithm in its band-flipping variant is capable of ab initio reconstructions of scattering densities with positive and negative values. It is shown that the method can be applied to reconstructions of difference electron densities of superstructures, i.e. densities obtained as a difference between the true scattering density and the average density over two or more subcells of the true structure. The amplitudes of reflections lying on the reciprocal lattice of the subcell are not required for the procedure. A series of examples shows applications of the method to the solution of superstructures in periodic crystals or quasicrystals as well as the application to ab initio solution of modulation of an incommensurately modulated structure from satellite reflections only and solution of a structure from a crystal twinned by reticular pseudomerohedry. The method is especially suited for solving pseudosymmetry problems occurring frequently in superstructures.

  20. Use of Ab Initio Theory in Studying Various Chemical Systems

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    1990-01-01

    singlet electronic ground state. t Use of Ab Initio Theory in Studying Various Chemical Systems by Michael B. Coolidge A dissertation submitted in...calculations on oxyallyl 96 4-4 Predicted AEs- T for oxyallyl and dimethyloxyallyl 97 4-5 P-ir orbital total electron population analysis 99 vi...This dream reaching fruition is due largely to the tutelage of Professor Weston T . Borden. With his guidance, I was able to bring about this body of work

  1. The study of molecular spectroscopy by ab initio methods

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    Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Langhoff, Stephen R.

    1991-01-01

    This review illustrates the potential of theory for solving spectroscopic problems. The accuracy of approximate techniques for including electron correlation have been calibrated by comparison with full configuration-interaction calculations. Examples of the application of ab initio calculations to vibrational, rotational, and electronic spectroscopy are given. It is shown that the state-averaged, complete active space self-consistent field, multireference configuration-interaction procedure provides a good approach for treating several electronic states accurately in a common molecular orbital basis.

  2. GAUSSIAN 76: An ab initio Molecular Orbital Program

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    Binkley, J. S.; Whiteside, R.; Hariharan, P. C.; Seeger, R.; Hehre, W. J.; Lathan, W. A.; Newton, M. D.; Ditchfield, R.; Pople, J. A.

    1978-01-01

    Gaussian 76 is a general-purpose computer program for ab initio Hartree-Fock molecular orbital calculations. It can handle basis sets involving s, p and d-type Gaussian functions. Certain standard sets (STO-3G, 4-31G, 6-31G*, etc.) are stored internally for easy use. Closed shell (RHF) or unrestricted open shell (UHF) wave functions can be obtained. Facilities are provided for geometry optimization to potential minima and for limited potential surface scans.

  3. Ab initio multiple cloning algorithm for quantum nonadiabatic molecular dynamics

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    Makhov, Dmitry V.; Shalashilin, Dmitrii V.; Glover, William J.

    2014-08-07

    We present a new algorithm for ab initio quantum nonadiabatic molecular dynamics that combines the best features of ab initio Multiple Spawning (AIMS) and Multiconfigurational Ehrenfest (MCE) methods. In this new method, ab initio multiple cloning (AIMC), the individual trajectory basis functions (TBFs) follow Ehrenfest equations of motion (as in MCE). However, the basis set is expanded (as in AIMS) when these TBFs become sufficiently mixed, preventing prolonged evolution on an averaged potential energy surface. We refer to the expansion of the basis set as “cloning,” in analogy to the “spawning” procedure in AIMS. This synthesis of AIMS and MCEmore » allows us to leverage the benefits of mean-field evolution during periods of strong nonadiabatic coupling while simultaneously avoiding mean-field artifacts in Ehrenfest dynamics. We explore the use of time-displaced basis sets, “trains,” as a means of expanding the basis set for little cost. We also introduce a new bra-ket averaged Taylor expansion (BAT) to approximate the necessary potential energy and nonadiabatic coupling matrix elements. The BAT approximation avoids the necessity of computing electronic structure information at intermediate points between TBFs, as is usually done in saddle-point approximations used in AIMS. The efficiency of AIMC is demonstrated on the nonradiative decay of the first excited state of ethylene. The AIMC method has been implemented within the AIMS-MOLPRO package, which was extended to include Ehrenfest basis functions.« less

  4. Melting of sodium under high pressure. An ab-initio study

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    González, D. J.; González, L. E.

    2015-08-17

    We report ab-initio molecular dynamics simulations of dense liquid/solid sodium for a pressure range from 0 to 100 GPa. The simulations have been performed with the orbital free ab-initio molecular dynamics method which, by using the electron density as the basic variable, allows to perform simulations with large samples and for long runs. The calculated melting curve shows a maximum at a pressure ≈ 30 GPa and it is followed by a long, steep decrease. These features are in good agreement with the experimental data. For various pressures along the melting curve, we have calculated several liquid static properties (pair distribution functions,more » static structure factors and short-range order parameters) in order to analyze the structural effects of pressure.« less

  5. Ab Initio Calculations of Water Line Strengths

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    Schwenke, David W.; Partridge, Harry

    1998-01-01

    We report on the determination of a high quality ab initiu potential energy surface (PES) and dipole moment function for water. This PES is empirically adjusted to improve the agreement between the computed line positions and those from the HITRAN 92 data base with J less than 6 for H2O. The changes in the PES are small, nonetheless including an estimate of core (oxygen 1s) electron correlation greatly improves the agreement with experiment. Using this adjusted PES, we can match 30,092 of the 30,117 transitions in the HITRAN 96 data base for H2O with theoretical lines. The 10,25,50,75, and 90 percentiles of the difference between the calculated and tabulated line positions are -0.11, -0.04, -0.01, 0.02, and 0.07 l/cm. Non-adiabatic effects are not explicitly included. About 3% of the tabulated line positions appear to be incorrect. Similar agreement using this adjusted PES is obtained for the oxygen 17 and oxygen 18 isotopes. For HDO, the agreement is not as good, with root-mean-square error of 0.25 l/cm for lines with J less than 6. This error is reduced to 0.02 l/cm by including a small asymmetric correction to the PES, which is parameterized by simultaneously fitting to HDO md D2O data. Scaling this correction by mass factors yields good results for T2O and HTO. The intensities summed over vibrational bands are usually in good agreement between the calculations and the tabulated results, but individual lines strengths can differ greatly. A high temperature list consisting of 307,721,352 lines is generated for H2O using our PES and dipole moment function.

  6. An ab initio-based Er–He interatomic potential in hcp Er

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    Yang, Li; ye, Yeting; Fan, K. M.

    2014-09-01

    We have developed an empirical erbium-helium (Er-He) potential by fitting to the results calculated from ab initio method. Based on the electronic hybridization between Er and He atoms, an s-band model, along with a repulsive pair potential, has been derived to describe the Er-He interaction. The atomic configurations and the formation energies of single He defects, small He interstitial clusters (Hen) and He-vacancy (HenV ) clusters obtained by ab initio calculations are used as the fitting database. The binding energies and relative stabilities of the HnVm clusters are studied by the present potential and compared with the ab initio calculations.more » The Er-He potential is also applied to study the migration of He in hcp-Er at different temperatures, and He clustering is found to occur at 600 K in hcp Er crystal, which may be due to the anisotropic migration behavior of He interstitials.« less

  7. Ab initio simulations for material properties inside Jupiter

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    French, Martin; Becker, Andreas; Lorenzen, Winfried; Nettelmann, Nadine; Bethkenhagen, Mandy; Wicht, Johannes; Redmer, Ronald

    2013-07-01

    The behavior of warm dense matter is of paramount importance for interior and dynamo models for solar and extrasolar giant planets. For instance, nonmetal-to-metal transitions (e.g. metallization in hydrogen), demixing phenomena (in H-He or C-N-O-H mixtures), and new exotic phases (e.g. with proton conduction in water and ammonia) may occur at high pressures and elevated temperatures. These effects have to be taken into account consistently in corresponding planetary models. Therefore, we apply ab initio molecular dynamics simulations based on finite-temperature density functional theory to calculate thermophysical properties of warm dense matter. In particular we determine the equation of state (thermal and caloric), material (sound velocity, specific heat) and transport properties (electrical and thermal conductivity, viscosity, diffusion coefficient) along the adiabat of Jupiter, i.e. from ambient conditions up to the multi-megabar range [1,2]. This ab initio data set can be used as input in future interior (structure) and dynamo models (magnetic fields, flow dynamics) for this planet. Similar data sets can also be compiled for interior conditions of other solar giant planets so that important problems such as the size of planetary cores necessary for the accretion of gaseous (H/He) or icy (C-N-O hydrides) envelopes, the origin, location and stability of layer boundaries, or the source of an excess (e.g. Saturn) or deficit luminosity (e.g. Uranus) can be studied. The increasing sample of extrasolar planets poses new questions that can be addressed based on such ab initio data sets, e.g. to explain the wide range of radii for planets with similar mass. [1] N. Nettelmann, A. Becker, B. Holst, R. Redmer, Astrophys. J. 750, 52 (2012). [2] M. French, A. Becker, W. Lorenzen, N. Nettelmann, M. Bethkenhagen, J. Wicht, R. Redmer, Astrophys. J. Suppl. Ser. 202, 5 (2012).

  8. Ab Initio Calculations Applied to Problems in Metal Ion Chemistry

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    Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Langhoff, Stephen R.; Partridge, Harry; Arnold, James O. (Technical Monitor)

    1994-01-01

    Electronic structure calculations can provide accurate spectroscopic data (such as molecular structures) vibrational frequencies, binding energies, etc.) that have been very useful in explaining trends in experimental data and in identifying incorrect experimental measurements. In addition, ab initio calculations. have given considerable insight into the many interactions that make the chemistry of transition metal systems so diverse. In this review we focus on cases where calculations and experiment have been used to solve interesting chemical problems involving metal ions. The examples include cases where theory was used to differentiate between disparate experimental values and cases where theory was used to explain unexpected experimental results.

  9. Hydrogen diffusion in liquid aluminum from ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Jakse, N.; Pasturel, A.

    2014-05-01

    Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations are used to describe the diffusion of hydrogen in liquid aluminum at different temperatures. Quasi-instantaneous jumps separating periods of localized vibrations around a mean position are found to characterize the hydrogen motion at the microscopic scale. The hydrogen motion is furthermore analyzed using the van Hove function. We highlight a non-Fickian behavior for the hydrogen diffusion due to a large spatial distribution of hydrogen jumps. We show that a generalized continuous time random walk (CTRW) model describes the experimental diffusion coefficients in a satisfactory manner. Finally, the impact of impurities and alloying elements on hydrogen diffusion in aluminum is discussed.

  10. Ab-initio theory of scanning tunneling microscopy

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    di Ventra, M.; Pantelides, S. T.

    1998-03-01

    An ab-initio theory of the Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM) has been developed by treating the sample and the tip as a single system. The theory combines density functional theory with the Kubo-Greenwood linear-response formalism for the conductivity( See, e.g., N.F. Mott in Conduction in Non-Crystalline Materials), (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1987).. The current is computed by taking into account the atomic relaxations that occur on both the surface and the tip due to their mutal interactions. Illustrative examples will be presented for the case of a clean Al(110) surface and the same surface with a vacancy.

  11. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of ion-solid interactions in zirconate pyrochlores

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    Xiao, Haiyan Y.; Weber, William J.; Zhang, Yanwen; ...

    2015-01-31

    In this paper, an ab initio molecular dynamics method is employed to study low energy recoil events in zirconate pyrochlores (A 2Zr 2O 7, A = La, Nd and Sm). It shows that both cations and anions in Nd 2Zr 2O 7 and Sm 2Zr 2O 7 are generally more likely to be displaced than those in La 2Zr 2O 7. The damage end states mainly consist of Frenkel pair defects, and the Frenkel pair formation energies in Nd 2Zr 2O 7 and Sm 2Zr 2O 7 are lower than those in La 2Zr 2O 7. These results suggest thatmore » the order–disorder structural transition more easily occurs in Nd 2Zr 2O 7 and Sm 2Zr 2O 7 resulting in a defect-fluorite structure, which agrees well with experimental observations. Our calculations indicate that oxygen migration from 48f and 8b to 8a sites is dominant under low energy irradiation. A number of new defects, including four types of cation Frenkel pairs and six types of anion Frenkel pairs, are revealed by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. The present findings may help to advance the fundamental understanding of the irradiation response behavior of zirconate pyrochlores.« less

  12. Ab initio study of hot electrons in GaAs

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    Bernardi, Marco; Vigil-Fowler, Derek; Ong, Chin Shen; Neaton, Jeffrey B.; Louie, Steven G.

    2015-01-01

    Hot carrier dynamics critically impacts the performance of electronic, optoelectronic, photovoltaic, and plasmonic devices. Hot carriers lose energy over nanometer lengths and picosecond timescales and thus are challenging to study experimentally, whereas calculations of hot carrier dynamics are cumbersome and dominated by empirical approaches. In this work, we present ab initio calculations of hot electrons in gallium arsenide (GaAs) using density functional theory and many-body perturbation theory. Our computed electron–phonon relaxation times at the onset of the Γ, L, and X valleys are in excellent agreement with ultrafast optical experiments and show that the ultrafast (tens of femtoseconds) hot electron decay times observed experimentally arise from electron–phonon scattering. This result is an important advance to resolve a controversy on hot electron cooling in GaAs. We further find that, contrary to common notions, all optical and acoustic modes contribute substantially to electron–phonon scattering, with a dominant contribution from transverse acoustic modes. This work provides definitive microscopic insight into hot electrons in GaAs and enables accurate ab initio computation of hot carriers in advanced materials. PMID:25870287

  13. Ab initio calculations of reactions of light nuclei

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    Hupin, Guillaume; Quaglioni, Sofia; Navrátil, Petr

    2017-09-01

    An ab initio (i.e., from first principles) theoretical framework capable of providing a unified description of the structure and low-energy reaction properties of light nuclei is desirable as a support tool for accurate evaluations of crucial reaction data for nuclear astrophysics, fusion-energy research, and other applications. We present an efficient many-body approach to nuclear bound and scattering states alike, known as the ab initio no-core shell model with continuum. In this approach, square-integrable energy eigenstates of the A-nucleon system are coupled to (A-A)+A target-plus-projectile wave functions in the spirit of the resonating group method to obtain an efficient description of the many-body nuclear dynamics both at short and medium distances and at long ranges. We show that predictive results for nucleon and deuterium scattering on 4He nuclei can be obtained from the direct solution of the Schröedinger equation with modern nuclear potentials.

  14. Three-cluster dynamics within an ab initio framework

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    Quaglioni, Sofia; Romero-Redondo, Carolina; Navratil, Petr

    2013-09-26

    In this study, we introduce a fully antisymmetrized treatment of three-cluster dynamics within the ab initio framework of the no-core shell model/resonating-group method. Energy-independent nonlocal interactions among the three nuclear fragments are obtained from realistic nucleon-nucleon interactions and consistent ab initio many-body wave functions of the clusters. The three-cluster Schrödinger equation is solved with bound-state boundary conditions by means of the hyperspherical-harmonic method on a Lagrange mesh. We discuss the formalism in detail and give algebraic expressions for systems of two single nucleons plus a nucleus. Using a soft similarity-renormalization-group evolved chiral nucleon-nucleon potential, we apply the method to amore » 4He+n+n description of 6He and compare the results to experiment and to a six-body diagonalization of the Hamiltonian performed within the harmonic-oscillator expansions of the no-core shell model. Differences between the two calculations provide a measure of core ( 4He) polarization effects.« less

  15. Unified ab initio approaches to nuclear structure and reactions

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    Navratil, Petr; Quaglioni, Sofia; Hupin, Guillaume; ...

    2016-04-13

    The description of nuclei starting from the constituent nucleons and the realistic interactions among them has been a long-standing goal in nuclear physics. In addition to the complex nature of the nuclear forces, with two-, three- and possibly higher many-nucleon components, one faces the quantum-mechanical many-nucleon problem governed by an interplay between bound and continuum states. In recent years, significant progress has been made in ab initio nuclear structure and reaction calculations based on input from QCD-employing Hamiltonians constructed within chiral effective field theory. After a brief overview of the field, we focus on ab initio many-body approaches—built upon the no-core shell model—that are capable of simultaneously describing both bound and scattering nuclear states, and present results for resonances in light nuclei, reactions important for astrophysics and fusion research. In particular, we review recent calculations of resonances in the 6He halo nucleus, of five- and six-nucleon scattering, and an investigation of the role of chiral three-nucleon interactions in the structure of 9Be. Further, we discuss applications to the 7Bemore » $${({\\rm{p}},\\gamma )}^{8}{\\rm{B}}$$ radiative capture. Lastly, we highlight our efforts to describe transfer reactions including the 3H$${({\\rm{d}},{\\rm{n}})}^{4}$$He fusion.« less

  16. Finite Elements in Ab Initio Electronic-Structure Calulations

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    Pask, J. E.; Sterne, P. A.

    Over the course of the past two decades, the density functional theory (DFT) (see e.g., [1]) of Hohenberg, Kohn, and Sham has proven to be an accurate and reliable basis for the understanding and prediction of a wide range of materials properties from first principles (ab initio), with no experimental input or empirical parameters. However, the solution of the Kohn-Sham equations of DFT is a formidable task and this has limited the range of physical systems which can be investigated by such rigorous, quantum mechanical means. In order to extend the interpretive and predictive power of such quantum mechanical theories further into the domain of "real materials", involving nonstoichiometric deviations, defects, grain boundaries, surfaces, interfaces, and the like; robust and efficient methods for the solution of the associated quantum mechanical equations are critical. The finite-element (FE) method (see e.g., [2]) is a general method for the solution of partial differential and integral equations which has found wide application in diverse fields ranging from particle physics to civil engineering. Here, we discuss its application to large-scale ab initio electronic-structure calculations.

  17. Theoretical ab initio study of Xenon pentafluoride anion. Mechanism of Xenon pseudorotation

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    Fleurat-Lessard, Paul; Durupthy, Olivier; Volatron, François

    2002-09-01

    Ab initio calculations have been performed on XeF 5- anion at the MP2 and CCSD(T) levels with a large basis set. Four extrema have been optimized and characterized by frequencies analysis. We find the absolute minimum to be of D 5h symmetry in accordance with the experimental data; the theoretical vibrational spectrum of this minimum is in good agreement with the experimental one. Three other extrema are found to be higher in energy depending on the angular separation of the Xenon lone pairs as predicted by the VSEPR theory. Finally the characterized transition state has been found to belong to the Xenon pseudorotation pathway.

  18. Towards accurate ab initio predictions of the vibrational spectrum of methane

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    Schwenke, David W.

    2002-01-01

    We have carried out extensive ab initio calculations of the electronic structure of methane, and these results are used to compute vibrational energy levels. We include basis set extrapolations, core-valence correlation, relativistic effects, and Born-Oppenheimer breakdown terms in our calculations. Our ab initio predictions of the lowest lying levels are superb.

  19. Surface Segregation Energies of BCC Binaries from Ab Initio and Quantum Approximate Calculations

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    Good, Brian S.

    2003-01-01

    We compare dilute-limit segregation energies for selected BCC transition metal binaries computed using ab initio and quantum approximate energy method. Ab initio calculations are carried out using the CASTEP plane-wave pseudopotential computer code, while quantum approximate results are computed using the Bozzolo-Ferrante-Smith (BFS) method with the most recent parameterization. Quantum approximate segregation energies are computed with and without atomistic relaxation. The ab initio calculations are performed without relaxation for the most part, but predicted relaxations from quantum approximate calculations are used in selected cases to compute approximate relaxed ab initio segregation energies. Results are discussed within the context of segregation models driven by strain and bond-breaking effects. We compare our results with other quantum approximate and ab initio theoretical work, and available experimental results.

  20. Ab initio electron propagator theory of molecular wires. I. Formalism.

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    Dahnovsky, Yu; Zakrzewski, V G; Kletsov, A; Ortiz, J V

    2005-11-08

    Ab initio electron propagator methodology may be applied to the calculation of electrical current through a molecular wire. A new theoretical approach is developed for the calculation of the retarded and advanced Green functions in terms of the electron propagator matrix for the bridge molecule. The calculation of the current requires integration in a complex half plane for a trace that involves terminal and Green's-function matrices. Because the Green's-function matrices have complex poles represented by matrices, a special scheme is developed to express these "matrix poles" in terms of ordinary poles. An expression for the current is derived for a terminal matrix of arbitrary rank. For a single terminal orbital, the analytical expression for the current is given in terms of pole strengths, poles, and terminal matrix elements of the electron propagator. It is shown that Dyson orbitals with high pole strengths and overlaps with terminal orbitals are most responsible for the conduction of electrical current.

  1. Thermal transport properties of antimonene: an ab initio study.

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    Wang, Shudong; Wang, Wenhua; Zhao, Guojun

    2016-11-16

    Searching for low thermal conductivity materials is crucial for thermoelectric devices. Here we report on the phonon transport properties of recently fabricated single layer antimony, antimonene [Ares, et al., Adv. Mater., 2016, 28, 6332]. Ab initio calculations in combination with the Boltzmann transport equation (BTE) for phonons show that antimonene has a low lattice thermal conductivity (15.1 W m -1 K -1 at 300 K), indicating its potential thermoelectric applications. The low lattice thermal conductivity is due to its small group velocity, low Debye temperature and large buckling height. We also investigate in detail the mode contributions to total thermal conductivity and find at low frequency that the longitudinal acoustic (LA) branch dominates the thermal conductivity. Moreover, we show that the lattice thermal conductivity of antimonene can further be reduced by minimizing the sample size. Our findings open the field for thermoelectric applications based on antimonene.

  2. Interatomic Coulombic decay widths of helium trimer: Ab initio calculations

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    Kolorenč, Přemysl, E-mail: kolorenc@mbox.troja.mff.cuni.cz; Sisourat, Nicolas; CNRS, UMR 7614, Laboratoire de Chimie Physique Matière et Rayonnement, F-75005 Paris

    2015-12-14

    We report on an extensive study of interatomic Coulombic decay (ICD) widths in helium trimer computed using a fully ab initio method based on the Fano theory of resonances. Algebraic diagrammatic construction for one-particle Green’s function is utilized for the solution of the many-electron problem. An advanced and universal approach to partitioning of the configuration space into discrete states and continuum subspaces is described and employed. Total decay widths are presented for all ICD-active states of the trimer characterized by one-site ionization and additional excitation of an electron into the second shell. Selected partial decay widths are analyzed in detail,more » showing how three-body effects can qualitatively change the character of certain relaxation transitions. Previously unreported type of three-electron decay processes is identified in one class of the metastable states.« less

  3. Fabrication and ab initio study of downscaled graphene nanoelectronic devices

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    Mizuta, Hiroshi; Moktadir, Zakaria; Boden, Stuart A.; Kalhor, Nima; Hang, Shuojin; Schmidt, Marek E.; Cuong, Nguyen Tien; Chi, Dam Hieu; Otsuka, Nobuo; Muruganathan, Manoharan; Tsuchiya, Yoshishige; Chong, Harold; Rutt, Harvey N.; Bagnall, Darren M.

    2012-09-01

    In this paper we first present a new fabrication process of downscaled graphene nanodevices based on direct milling of graphene using an atomic-size helium ion beam. We address the issue of contamination caused by the electron-beam lithography process to pattern the contact metals prior to the ultrafine milling process in the helium ion microscope (HIM). We then present our recent experimental study of the effects of the helium ion exposure on the carrier transport properties. By varying the time of helium ion bombardment onto a bilayer graphene nanoribbon transistor, the change in the transfer characteristics is investigated along with underlying carrier scattering mechanisms. Finally we study the effects of various single defects introduced into extremely-scaled armchair graphene nanoribbons on the carrier transport properties using ab initio simulation.

  4. Ab initio investigation of magnetic transport properties by Wannier interpolation

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    Yao, Yugui; Liu, Yi

    2010-03-01

    An efficient ab initio approach for the study of magnetic transport properties is developed based on the Boltzmann equation with the Wannier interpolation scheme. Using this method, we can investigate magnetoresistance [1], low field Hall coefficient, anomalous Hall effect, orbit magnetization, cyclotron motion and the effective mass, etc. As a typical application of this method, we present the band-resolved electric conductivities of MgB2 under finite magnetic fields, multiband characters for the individual bands are revealed. Combined with experimental result, fully band resolved scattering rate for each band was obtained for MgB2. It seems that the scattering from el-ph coupling or impurities affects the π1 band more weakly [2]. [4pt] [1] Yi Liu, Hai-Jun Zhang, and Yugui Yao, Phys. Rev. B 79, 245123 (2009); [0pt] [2] H. Yang, et al. Phys. Rev. Lett 101, 067001 (2008).

  5. Efficient Ab initio Modeling of Random Multicomponent Alloys

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    Jiang, Chao; Uberuaga, Blas P.

    2016-03-08

    Here, we present in this Letter a novel small set of ordered structures (SSOS) method that allows extremely efficient ab initio modeling of random multi-component alloys. Using inverse II-III spinel oxides and equiatomic quinary bcc (so-called high entropy) alloys as examples, we also demonstrate that a SSOS can achieve the same accuracy as a large supercell or a well-converged cluster expansion, but with significantly reduced computational cost. In particular, because of this efficiency, a large number of quinary alloy compositions can be quickly screened, leading to the identification of several new possible high entropy alloy chemistries. Furthermore, the SSOS methodmore » developed here can be broadly useful for the rapid computational design of multi-component materials, especially those with a large number of alloying elements, a challenging problem for other approaches.« less

  6. Advances in ab initio theories for nuclear reactions

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    Quaglioni, Sofia

    2016-09-01

    Driven by high-performance computing and new ideas, in recent years ab initio theory has made great strides in achieving a unified description of nuclear structure, clustering and reactions from the constituent nucleons and their strong and electroweak interactions. This is giving access to forefront tools and new fertile grounds to further our understanding of the nuclear force and electroweak currents in nuclei in terms of effective degrees of freedom. A fundamental understanding of nuclear reaction mechanisms and a new capability to accurately compute their properties is also relevant for nuclear astrophysics, terrestrial applications of nuclear fusion, and for using nuclei as probes of fundamental physics through, for example, neutrino-nucleus scattering. In this talk, I will present recent highlights and reflect on future perspectives for this area of nuclear theory. Prepared by LLNL under Contract No. DE-AC52-07NA27344.

  7. Ab-Initio Coupled Cluster Theory for Open Quantum Systems

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    Hagen, G.; Dean, D. J.; Papenbrock, T.; Hjorth-Jensen, M.

    2008-04-01

    We discuss peculiarities of open-quantum systems, as compared to closed quantum systems. We emphasize the importance of taking continuum degrees of freedom into account when dealing with systems with a tendency to decay through emission of fragments. In this context we introduce the Coupled-Cluster theory, and argue that this method allows for an accurate description of such systems starting from nucleon-nucleon degrees of freedom. We present Ab-initio Coupled Cluster calculations with singles and doubles excitations (CCSD) for the ground states of the helium isotopes 3-10He. The calculated masses and decay widths are in semi-quantitative agreement with experiment. The discrepancy with experiment is suspected to be attributed to the three-nucleon force (3NF) which is not included at this point.

  8. An ab initio study of the β-lactam structure

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    Vishveshwara, Saraswathi; Rao, V. S. R.

    Model compounds representing the p-lactam antibiotics have been studied by ab initio quantum chemical methods. The peptide bond length is optimized at the STO-3G level in formamide as a function of the angles at carbon and nitrogen. All ring bonds and angles in β-lactam and the peptide bond in vinyl β-lactam are optimized as a function of the external angles at nitrogen. The optimized peptide bond lengths in these model compounds compare well with the observed bond lengths in crystal structures and with their biological activities. The peptide bond is found to be sensitive to the angles at nitrogen in β-lactam and to the presence of an adjacent double bond. The energies of p-lactam conformers are studied at the 4-31G level as a function of the external angles at nitrogen; the planar form is predicted to be the most stable structure.

  9. Ab Initio Multiple Spawning Photochemical Dynamics of DMABN Using GPUs

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    Curchod, Basile F. E.; Sisto, Aaron; Martinez, Todd J.

    2016-12-15

    The ultrafast decay dynamics of 4-( N,N-dimethylamino)benzonitrile (DMABN) following photoexcitation was studied with the ab initio multiple spawning (AIMS) method, combined with GPU-accelerated linear-response time-dependent density functional theory (LR-TDDFT). We validate the LR-TDDFT method for this case and then present a detailed analysis of the first ≈200 fs of DMABN excited-state dynamics. Almost complete nonadiabatic population transfer from S 2 (the initially populated bright state) to S 1 takes place in less than 50 fs, without significant torsion of the dimethylamino (DMA) group. Significant torsion of the DMA group is only observed after the nuclear wavepacket reaches S 1 andmore » acquires locally excited electronic character. Here, our results show that torsion of the DMA group is not prerequisite for nonadiabatic transitions in DMABN, although such motion is indeed relevant on the lowest excited state (S 1).« less

  10. Isofulminic acid, HONC: Ab initio theory and microwave spectroscopy.

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    Mladenović, Mirjana; Lewerenz, Marius; McCarthy, Michael C; Thaddeus, Patrick

    2009-11-07

    Isofulminic acid, HONC, the most energetic stable isomer of isocyanic acid HNCO, higher in energy by 84 kcal/mol, has been detected spectroscopically by rotational spectroscopy supported by coupled cluster electronic structure calculations. The fundamental rotational transitions of the normal, carbon-13, oxygen-18, and deuterium isotopic species have been detected in the centimeter band in a molecular beam by Fourier transform microwave spectroscopy, and rotational constants and nitrogen and deuterium quadrupole coupling constants have been derived. The measured constants agree well with those predicted by ab initio calculations. A number of other electronic and spectroscopic parameters of isofulminic acid, including the dipole moment, vibrational frequencies, infrared intensities, and centrifugal distortion constants have been calculated at a high level of theory. Isofulminic acid is a good candidate for astronomical detection with radio telescopes because it is highly polar and its more stable isomers (HNCO, HOCN, and HCNO) have all been identified in space.

  11. High-throughput ab-initio dilute solute diffusion database

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    Wu, Henry; Mayeshiba, Tam; Morgan, Dane

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate automated generation of diffusion databases from high-throughput density functional theory (DFT) calculations. A total of more than 230 dilute solute diffusion systems in Mg, Al, Cu, Ni, Pd, and Pt host lattices have been determined using multi-frequency diffusion models. We apply a correction method for solute diffusion in alloys using experimental and simulated values of host self-diffusivity. We find good agreement with experimental solute diffusion data, obtaining a weighted activation barrier RMS error of 0.176 eV when excluding magnetic solutes in non-magnetic alloys. The compiled database is the largest collection of consistently calculated ab-initio solute diffusion data in the world. PMID:27434308

  12. Reactive Monte Carlo sampling with an ab initio potential

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    Leiding, Jeff; Coe, Joshua D.

    2016-05-04

    Here, we present the first application of reactive Monte Carlo in a first-principles context. The algorithm samples in a modified NVT ensemble in which the volume, temperature, and total number of atoms of a given type are held fixed, but molecular composition is allowed to evolve through stochastic variation of chemical connectivity. We also discuss general features of the method, as well as techniques needed to enhance the efficiency of Boltzmann sampling. Finally, we compare the results of simulation of NH 3 to those of ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD). Furthermore, we find that there are regions of state spacemore » for which RxMC sampling is much more efficient than AIMD due to the “rare-event” character of chemical reactions.« less

  13. Molybdenum-titanium phase diagram evaluated from ab initio calculations

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    Barzilai, Shmuel; Toher, Cormac; Curtarolo, Stefano; Levy, Ohad

    2017-07-01

    The design of next generation β -type titanium implants requires detailed knowledge of the relevant stable and metastable phases at temperatures where metallurgical heat treatments can be performed. Recently, a standard specification for surgical implant applications was established for Mo-Ti alloys. However, the thermodynamic properties of this binary system are not well known and two conflicting descriptions of the β -phase stability have been presented in the literature. In this study, we use ab initio calculations to investigate the Mo-Ti phase diagram. These calculations predict that the β phase is stable over a wide concentration range, in qualitative agreement with one of the reported phase diagrams. In addition, they predict stoichiometric compounds, stable at temperatures below 300 ∘C , which have not yet been detected by experiments. The resulting solvus, which defines the transition to the β -phase solid solution, therefore occurs at lower temperatures and is more complex than previously anticipated.

  14. Ab initio Eliashberg Theory: Making Genuine Predictions of Superconducting Features

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    Sanna, Antonio; Flores-Livas, José A.; Davydov, Arkadiy; Profeta, Gianni; Dewhurst, Kay; Sharma, Sangeeta; Gross, E. K. U.

    2018-04-01

    We present an application of Eliashberg theory of superconductivity to study a set of novel superconducting systems with a wide range of structural and chemical properties. The set includes three intercalated group-IV honeycomb layered structures, SH3 at 200 GPa (the superconductor with the highest measured critical temperature), the similar system SeH3 at 150 GPa, and a lithium doped mono-layer of black phosphorus. The theoretical approach we adopt is a recently developed, fully ab initio Eliashberg approach that takes into account the Coulomb interaction in a full energy-resolved fashion avoiding any free parameters like μ*. This method provides reasonable estimations of superconducting properties, including TC and the excitation spectra of superconductors.

  15. Ab Initio Calculations of Electronic Properties of Vanadium Oxides

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    Lamsal, Chiranjivi; Ravindra, N. M.

    2015-12-01

    In this comprehensive study, we have performed one-electron Kohn-Sham electronic band-structure calculations of VO2, V2O3 and V2O5 in both metallic and insulating phases, implementing a full ab initio simulation package based on Density Functional Theory, Plane Waves and Pseudopotentials (PPs). Electronic band structures are found to be influenced by crystal structure, crystal field splitting and strong hybridization between O2 p and V3 d bands. "Intermediate bands", with narrow band widths, lying just below the higher conduction bands, are observed in V2O5. Similar calculations are performed for both metallic and insulating phases of bulk VO2 and V2O3. Unlike in the metallic phase, bands corresponding to "valence electrons" considered in the PPs are found to be fully occupied in the insulating phases.

  16. Ab initio study of electron-phonon coupling in rubrene

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    Ordejón, P.; Boskovic, D.; Panhans, M.; Ortmann, F.

    2017-07-01

    The use of ab initio methods for accurate simulations of electronic, phononic, and electron-phonon properties of molecular materials such as organic crystals is a challenge that is often tackled stepwise based on molecular properties calculated in gas phase and perturbatively treated parameters relevant for solid phases. In contrast, in this work we report a full first-principles description of such properties for the prototypical rubrene crystals. More specifically, we determine a Holstein-Peierls-type Hamiltonian for rubrene, including local and nonlocal electron-phonon couplings. Thereby, a recipe for circumventing the issue of numerical inaccuracies with low-frequency phonons is presented. In addition, we study the phenyl group motion with a molecular dynamics approach.

  17. Ab initio Potential Energy Surface for H-H2

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    Partridge, Harry; Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Stallcop, James R.; Levin, Eugene

    1993-01-01

    Ab initio calculations employing large basis sets are performed to determine an accurate potential energy surface for H-H2 interactions for a broad range of separation distances. At large distances, the spherically averaged potential determined from the calculated energies agrees well with the corresponding results determined from dispersion coefficients; the van der Waals well depth is predicted to be 75 +/- (mu)E(sub h). Large basis sets have also been applied to reexamine the accuracy of theoretical repulsive potential energy surfaces. Multipolar expansions of the computed H-H2 potential energy surface are reported for four internuclear separation distances (1.2, 1.401, 1.449, and 1.7a(sub 0) of the hydrogen molecule. The differential elastic scattering cross section calculated from the present results is compared with the measurements from a crossed beam experiment.

  18. An Ab Initio Study of Alkali-C60 Complexes

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    Frick, Nathan; Hira, A. S.; Ray, A. K.

    2003-03-01

    We extend our previous work on fullerene-alkali complexes1-2 by presenting the results of an ab initio theoretical study of the alkali LiC60+, LiC60, NaC60+, NaC60, KC60+, and KC60 complexes. In the endohedral complexes for Li and Na, there is displacement of the adatom from the center. Of the ions, exohedral Li+ will sit closest to the cage, and among the neutrals, exohedral K remains closest. Bond lengths are consistently longer for the fivefold and threefold approaches. Adsorbates inside the fullerene donate negative charge to the carbons, but ions outside obtain a small amount, resulting in a polarization of the molecule. In the ion complexes, there is lowering of the orbital energy levels by 3 to 4 eV, resulting in an increase in the number of bound, but unoccupied, electronic orbitals. The HOMO-LUMO gap, of interest in superconductivity studies, is reduced by about 50 1. A.S. Hira and A.K. Ray, Phys. Rev. A 52, 141(1995); A 54, 2205(1996). 2. Ajit Hira and A. K. Ray, "An Initio Modeling of the Endohedral and Exohedral Complexes of C60Na2+ Complexes", Bull. Am. Phys. Soc. 47 (March 2002).

  19. Acquiring a record barrier height for magnetization reversal in lanthanide encapsulated fullerene molecules using DFT and ab initio calculations.

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    Singh, Mukesh Kumar; Rajaraman, Gopalan

    2016-11-29

    Ab initio calculations performed on a series of lanthanide encapsulated fullerenes reveal {DyOSc}@C 82 to be one of the best host-guest pairs to offer a barrier height exceeding 1400 cm -1 . The high-symmetry environment preserved inside the cage quenches the QTM effects up to third-excited states leading to very larger barrier heights and this opens up a new possibility of obtaining attractive SMMs based on lanthanide based endohedral metallo-fullerenes (EMFs).

  20. Heats of Segregation of BCC Binaries from ab Initio and Quantum Approximate Calculations

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    Good, Brian S.

    2004-01-01

    We compare dilute-limit heats of segregation for selected BCC transition metal binaries computed using ab initio and quantum approximate energy methods. Ab initio calculations are carried out using the CASTEP plane-wave pseudopotential computer code, while quantum approximate results are computed using the Bozzolo-Ferrante-Smith (BFS) method with the most recent LMTO-based parameters. Quantum approximate segregation energies are computed with and without atomistic relaxation, while the ab initio calculations are performed without relaxation. Results are discussed within the context of a segregation model driven by strain and bond-breaking effects. We compare our results with full-potential quantum calculations and with available experimental results.

  1. Ab initio calculation of the potential bubble nucleus 34Si

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    Duguet, T.; Somà, V.; Lecluse, S.; Barbieri, C.; Navrátil, P.

    2017-03-01

    Background: The possibility that an unconventional depletion (referred to as a "bubble") occurs in the center of the charge density distribution of certain nuclei due to a purely quantum mechanical effect has attracted theoretical and experimental attention in recent years. Based on a mean-field rationale, a correlation between the occurrence of such a semibubble and an anomalously weak splitting between low angular-momentum spin-orbit partners has been further conjectured. Energy density functional and valence-space shell model calculations have been performed to identify and characterize the best candidates, among which 34Si appears as a particularly interesting case. While the experimental determination of the charge density distribution of the unstable 34Si is currently out of reach, (d ,p ) experiments on this nucleus have been performed recently to test the correlation between the presence of a bubble and an anomalously weak 1 /2--3 /2- splitting in the spectrum of 35Si as compared to 37S. Purpose: We study the potential bubble structure of 34Si on the basis of the state-of-the-art ab initio self-consistent Green's function many-body method. Methods: We perform the first ab initio calculations of 34Si and 36S. In addition to binding energies, the first observables of interest are the charge density distribution and the charge root-mean-square radius for which experimental data exist in 36S. The next observable of interest is the low-lying spectroscopy of 35Si and 37S obtained from (d ,p ) experiments along with the spectroscopy of 33Al and 35P obtained from knock-out experiments. The interpretation in terms of the evolution of the underlying shell structure is also provided. The study is repeated using several chiral effective field theory Hamiltonians as a way to test the robustness of the results with respect to input internucleon interactions. The convergence of the results with respect to the truncation of the many-body expansion, i.e., with respect to

  2. Ab Initio Values of the Thermophysical Properties of Helium as Standards

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    Hurly, John J.; Moldover, Michael R.

    2000-01-01

    Recent quantum mechanical calculations of the interaction energy of pairs of helium atoms are accurate and some include reliable estimates of their uncertainty. We combined these ab initio results with earlier published results to obtain a helium-helium interatomic potential that includes relativistic retardation effects over all ranges of interaction. From this potential, we calculated the thermophysical properties of helium, i.e., the second virial coefficients, the dilute-gas viscosities, and the dilute-gas thermal conductivities of 3He, 4He, and their equimolar mixture from 1 K to 104 K. We also calculated the diffusion and thermal diffusion coefficients of mixtures of 3He and 4He. For the pure fluids, the uncertainties of the calculated values are dominated by the uncertainties of the potential; for the mixtures, the uncertainties of the transport properties also include contributions from approximations in the transport theory. In all cases, the uncertainties are smaller than the corresponding experimental uncertainties; therefore, we recommend the ab initio results be used as standards for calibrating instruments relying on these thermophysical properties. We present the calculated thermophysical properties in easy-to-use tabular form. PMID:27551630

  3. Transition strengths in 21 , 22 , 23Mg as tests of ab initio theory

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    Henderson, Jack; Ruotsalainen, Panu; Hackman, Greg; Experiment S1480 Team; Experiment S1624 Team; Experiment S1646 Team

    2017-09-01

    Effective charges compensate for insufficiencies arising from truncations of the nuclear model-space by performing a crude inflation of nucleon charges to account for missing electric-quadrupole (E 2) transition strength. Recent theoretical developments in ab initio nuclear theory might allow for the calculation of this strength using evolved effective-operators arising from first-principles, removing the need for effective charges and enhancing predictive power. To that end, Coulomb excitation measurements were performed of neutron-deficient 21 , 22 , 23Mg at TRIUMF-ISAC, with the goal of extracting precision E 2 strengths for comparison with state-of-the-art models. Results will be presented and compared with ab initio in-medium similarity renormalization group (IM-SRG) and symplectic no-core shell-model calculations, as well as phenomenological shell-model results. Results will also be presented in the context of mirror-pairs in the sd -shell, providing a systematic evaluation of the reproduction of E 2 strength with respect to isospin.

  4. Ab Initio Studies of Halogen and Nitrogen Oxide Species of Interest in Stratospheric Chemistry

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    Lee, Timothy J.; Langhoff, Stephen R. (Technical Monitor)

    1995-01-01

    The ability of modern state-of-the art ab initio quantum chemical techniques to characterize reliably the gas-phase molecular structure, vibrational spectrum, electronic spectrum, and thermal stability of fluorine, chlorine, bromine and nitrogen oxide species will be demonstrated by presentation of some example studies. The ab initio results are shown to be in excellent agreement with the available experimental data, and where the experimental data are either not known or are inconclusive, the theoretical results are shown to fill in the gaps and to resolve experimental controversies. In addition, ab initio studies in which the electronic spectra and the characterization of excited electronic states of halogen oxide species will also be presented. Again where available, the ab initio results are compared to experimental observations, and are used to aid in the interpretation of experimental studies.

  5. Ab-Initio Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Graphene Sheet

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    Kolev, S.; Balchev, I.; Cvetkov, K.; Tinchev, S.; Milenov, T.

    2017-01-01

    The study of graphene is important because it is a promising material for a variety of applications in the electronic industry. In the present work, the properties of а 2D periodic graphene sheet are studied with the use of ab initio molecular dynamics. DFT in the generalized gradient approximation is used in order to carry out the dynamical simulations. The PBE functional and DZVP-MOLOPT basis set are implemented in the CP2K/Quickstep package. A periodic box, consisting of 288 carbon atoms is chosen for the simulations. After geometry optimization it has dimensions 2964 x 2964 x 1500 pm and form angles of 90, 90, 60 degrees. The dynamical simulation is run for 1 ps in the NPT ensemble, at temperature T = 298.15 K. The radial distribution function shows a first peak at 142 pm, marking the bond length between carbon atoms. The density of states for the periodic systems is simulated as occupied orbitals represent the valence band and unoccupied ones the conduction band. The calculated bandgap, as expected is close to 0 eV.

  6. Ab Initio Investigation of NH_3-O_2 Exciplex

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    Haupert, L. M.; Simpson, G.; Slipchenko, L. V.

    2010-06-01

    In their recent investigation of fluorescence from poly(amido amine) (PAMAM) dendrimers, Chu and Imae suggested an exciplex composed of tertiary amine and oxygen molecules might be responsible for fluorescence in PAMAM dendrimers. In this work, we present an ab initio investigation of the electronic structure of a possible ammonia-oxygen exciplex model system using equation-of-motion coupled cluster techniques. Geometry optimization of the triplet ground state produced a weakly bound state with an equilibrium separation of ˜ 3.5 Å, and an excited state geometry scan revealed a bound, excited triplet state with an equilibrium separation of 2.02 Å, consistent with results of earlier PM3 work by Juranic et al. The energy gap between the triplet ground state and first triplet excited state of the exciplex at 2.02 Å is 412.8 nm, lending support to the exciplex hypothesis. C.-C. Chu, and T. Imae, Macromol. Rapid. Commun., 30, 89-93 (2009). I. Juranic, H. S. Rzepa, and Y. MinYan, J. Chem. Soc. Perkin Trans., 2 (1990)

  7. Ab initio calculation of infrared intensities for hydrogen peroxide

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    Rogers, J. D.; Hillman, J. J.

    1982-01-01

    Results of an ab initio SCF quantum mechanical study are used to derive estimates for the infrared intensities of the fundamental vibrations of hydrogen peroxide. Atomic polar tensors (APTs) were calculated on the basis of a 4-31G basis set, and used to derive absolute intensities for the vibrational transitions. Comparison of the APTs calculated for H2O2 with those previously obtained for H2O and CH3OH, and of the absolute intensities derived from the H2O2 APTs with those derived from APTs transferred from H2O and CH3OH, reveals the sets of values to differ by no more than a factor of two, supporting the validity of the theoretical calculation. Values of the infrared intensities obtained correspond to A1 = 14.5 km/mol, A2 = 0.91 km/mol, A3 = 0.058 km/mol, A4 = 123 km/mol, A5 = 46.2 km/mol, and A6 = 101 km/mol. Charge, charge flux and overlap contributions to the dipole moment derivatives are also computed.

  8. Massively Parallel Spectrum Slicing Eigensolver for Ab Initio Calculations

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    Keceli, Murat; Zhang, Hong; Corsetti, Fabiano; Campos, Carmen; Roman, Jose; Vazquez-Mayagoitia, Alvaro; Zapol, Peter; Wagner, Albert

    Hartree-Fock or density functional theory (DFT) based methods require the self-consistent solutions of the generalized eigenvalue problem, which means solving a similar problem many times until a convergence criteria is met. Computation of the eigensolutions (matrix diagonalization) becomes the bottleneck when the number of basis functions reaches thousands. We developed and benchmarked a PETSc and SLEPc based sparse eigensolver suitable for such applications. The eigensolver makes use of shift-and-invert parallel spectral transformations and we integrated this eigensolver into Siesta ab initio molecular dynamics package. By performing DFT energy and gradient calculations for water clusters, Boron nitride films, and polyethylene; we demonstrated up to seven-fold speed-up and better strong scaling efficiency compared to default eigensolver in Siesta. There are three main advantages of our solver compared to dense solvers: 1) reduced memory footprint, and computational complexity (exploits sparsity) 2) less global communications (does not require fast interconnects) 3) job balance and performance improvement at subsequent iterations. Moreover, in contrast to diagonalization free methods, it provides eigensolutions and it is applicable for both metals and insulators. DE-AC02-06CH11357, DE-AC02-05CH11231.

  9. Ab Initio Liquid Water Dynamics in Aqueous TMAO Solution.

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    Usui, Kota; Hunger, Johannes; Sulpizi, Marialore; Ohto, Tatsuhiko; Bonn, Mischa; Nagata, Yuki

    2015-08-20

    Ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations in trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO)-D2O solution are employed to elucidate the effects of TMAO on the reorientational dynamics of D2O molecules. By decomposing the O-D groups of the D2O molecules into specific subensembles, we reveal that water reorientational dynamics are retarded considerably in the vicinity of the hydrophilic TMAO oxygen (O(TMAO)) atom, due to the O-D···O(TMAO) hydrogen-bond. We find that this reorientational motion is governed by two distinct mechanisms: The O-D group rotates (1) after breaking the O-D···O(TMAO) hydrogen-bond, or (2) together with the TMAO molecule while keeping this hydrogen-bond intact. While the orientational slow-down is prominent in the AIMD simulation, simulations based on force field models exhibit much faster dynamics. The simulated angle-resolved radial distribution functions illustrate that the O-D···O(TMAO) hydrogen-bond has a strong directionality through the sp(3) orbital configuration in the AIMD simulation, and this directionality is not properly accounted for in the force field simulation. These results imply that care must be taken when modeling negatively charged oxygen atoms as single point charges; force field models may not adequately describe the hydration configuration and dynamics.

  10. Ab initio no-core solutions for 6Li

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    Shin, Ik Jae; Kim, Youngman; Maris, Pieter; Vary, James P.; Forssén, Christian; Rotureau, Jimmy; Michel, Nicolas

    2017-07-01

    We solve for properties of 6Li in the ab initio no-core full configuration (NCFC) approach and we separately solve for its ground state and {J}π ={2}2+ resonance with the Gamow shell model (GSM) in the Berggren basis. We employ both the JISP16 and chiral {{NNLO}}{opt} realistic nucleon-nucleon interactions and investigate the ground state energy, excitation energies, point proton root mean square (rms) radius and a suite of electroweak observables. We also extend and test methods to extrapolate the ground state energy, point proton rms radius, and electric quadrupole moment. We attain improved estimates of these observables in the NCFC approach by using basis spaces up through {N}\\max =18 that enable more definitive comparisons with experiment. Using the density matrix renormalization group approach with the JISP16 interaction, we find that we can significantly improve the convergence of the GSM treatment of the 6Li ground state and {J}π ={2}2+ resonance by adopting a natural orbital single-particle basis.

  11. Ab initio study of ice catalyzation of HOCl + HCl reaction

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    Zhou, Y.F.; Liu, C.B.

    2000-06-15

    The observations by Farman et al. revealed remarkable depletions in the total atmospheric ozone content in Antarctica. The observed total ozone decreased smoothing during the spring season from about 1975. Satellite observations have proved Antarctic ozone depletions over a very extended region, in general agreement with the local ground-based data of Farman et al. It was suggested that heterogeneous reactions occurring on particles in polar stratospheric clouds (PSCs) play a central role in the depletion of stratospheric ozone. Experiments proved that the reaction of HOCl + HCl was very slow in the gas phase, but on ice surface it wasmore » rapid. In this work the ice catalysis of HOCl + HCl reaction was investigated by using ab initio molecular orbital theory. The authors applied the Hartree-Fock self-consistent field and the second-order Moeller-Plesset perturbation theory with the basis sets of 6-31G* to the model system. The complexes and transition state were obtained along the reaction with and without the presence of ice surface. By comparing the results, a possible catalyzation mechanism of ice on the reaction is proposed.« less

  12. Ab initio studies of phosphorene island single electron transistor

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    Ray, S. J.; Venkata Kamalakar, M.; Chowdhury, R.

    2016-05-01

    Phosphorene is a newly unveiled two-dimensional crystal with immense potential for nanoelectronic and optoelectronic applications. Its unique electronic structure and two dimensionality also present opportunities for single electron devices. Here we report the behaviour of a single electron transistor (SET) made of a phosphorene island, explored for the first time using ab initio calculations. We find that the band gap and the charging energy decrease monotonically with increasing layer numbers due to weak quantum confinement. When compared to two other novel 2D crystals such as graphene and MoS2, our investigation reveals larger adsorption energies of gas molecules on phosphorene, which indicates better a sensing ability. The calculated charge stability diagrams show distinct changes in the presence of an individual molecule which can be applied to detect the presence of different molecules with sensitivity at a single molecular level. The higher charging energies of the molecules within the SET display operational viability at room temperature, which is promising for possible ultra sensitive detection applications.

  13. Predicting lattice thermal conductivity with help from ab initio methods

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    Broido, David

    2015-03-01

    The lattice thermal conductivity is a fundamental transport parameter that determines the utility a material for specific thermal management applications. Materials with low thermal conductivity find applicability in thermoelectric cooling and energy harvesting. High thermal conductivity materials are urgently needed to help address the ever-growing heat dissipation problem in microelectronic devices. Predictive computational approaches can provide critical guidance in the search and development of new materials for such applications. Ab initio methods for calculating lattice thermal conductivity have demonstrated predictive capability, but while they are becoming increasingly efficient, they are still computationally expensive particularly for complex crystals with large unit cells . In this talk, I will review our work on first principles phonon transport for which the intrinsic lattice thermal conductivity is limited only by phonon-phonon scattering arising from anharmonicity. I will examine use of the phase space for anharmonic phonon scattering and the Grüneisen parameters as measures of the thermal conductivities for a range of materials and compare these to the widely used guidelines stemming from the theory of Liebfried and Schölmann. This research was supported primarily by the NSF under Grant CBET-1402949, and by the S3TEC, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the US DOE, office of Basic Energy Sciences under Award No. DE-SC0001299.

  14. Double-walled silicon nanotubes: an ab initio investigation

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    Lima, Matheus P.

    2018-02-01

    The synthesis of silicon nanotubes realized in the last decade demonstrates multi-walled tubular structures consisting of Si atoms in {{sp}}2 and the {{sp}}3 hybridizations. However, most of the theoretical models were elaborated taking as the starting point {{sp}}2 structures analogous to carbon nanotubes. These structures are unfavorable due to the natural tendency of the Si atoms to undergo {{sp}}3. In this work, through ab initio simulations based on density functional theory, we investigated double-walled silicon nanotubes proposing layered tubes possessing most of the Si atoms in an {{sp}}3 hybridization, and with few {{sp}}2 atoms localized at the outer wall. The lowest-energy structures have metallic behavior. Furthermore, the possibility to tune the band structure with the application of a strain was demonstrated, inducing a metal-semiconductor transition. Thus, the behavior of silicon nanotubes differs significantly from carbon nanotubes, and the main source of the differences is the distortions in the lattice associated with the tendency of Si to make four chemical bonds.

  15. Ab Initio Study of KCl and AgCl Clusters.

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    McKeough, James; Hira, Ajit; Cathey, Tommy; Valdez, Alexandra

    This paper presents a theoretical study of molecular clusters that examines the chemical and physical properties of small KnCln and AgnCln clusters (n = 2 - 24). Due to combinations of attractive and repulsive long-range forces, such clusters exhibit structural and dynamical behavior different from that of homogeneous clusters. The potentially important role of these molecular species in biochemical and medicinal processes is widely known. This work applies the hybrid ab initio methods to derive the different alkali-halide (MnHn) geometries. Of particular interest is the competition between hexagonal ring geometries and rock salt structures. Electronic energies, rotational constants, dipole moments, and vibrational frequencies for these geometries are calculated. Magic numbers for cluster stability are identified and are related to the property of cluster compactness. Mapping of the singlet, triplet, and quintet, potential energy surfaces is performed. Calculations were performed to examine the interactions of these clusters with some atoms and molecules of biological interest, including O, O2, and Fe. Potential design of new medicinal drugs is explored. We will also investigate model and material dependence of the results. AMP program of the National Science Foundation.

  16. Direct ab Initio (Meta-)Surface-Hopping Dynamics.

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    Lingerfelt, David B; Williams-Young, David B; Petrone, Alessio; Li, Xiaosong

    2016-03-08

    Tractable methods for studying the molecular dynamics of chemical processes driven by electronic nonadiabaticity are highly sought after to provide insight into, for example, photochemical reaction mechanisms, molecular collisions, and thermalized electronic band structures. Starting from the time-dependent Schrödinger equation for a many-body system, a direct ab initio trajectory surface-hopping (TSH) method relying on an analytical treatment of nonadiabatic couplings between electronic states is developed in this work. An approach that combines time-dependent perturbation theory and explicit time evolution via TSH to expedite calculation of nonadiabatic transition rates, namely, meta-surface-hopping dynamics, is presented, and an extrapolatory approach using time-dependent perturbation theory for recovering unbiased transition rates is assessed. The meta-surface-hopping method is applied to the problem of estimating nonradiative relaxation rates of a photoexcited iminium ion, CH₂NH₂⁺, and evidence for internal consistency of the combined dynamics/perturbation theory approach is presented.

  17. Perovskite transparent conducting oxides: an ab initio study.

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    Dabaghmanesh, S; Saniz, R; Amini, M N; Lamoen, D; Partoens, B

    2013-10-16

    We present an ab initio study of the electronic structure and of the formation energies of various point defects in BaSnO3 and SrGeO3. We show that La and Y impurities substituting Ba or Sr are shallow donors with a preferred 1 + charge state. These defects have a low formation energy within all the suitable equilibrium growth conditions considered. Oxygen vacancies behave as shallow donors as well, preferring the 2 + charge state. Their formation energies, however, are higher in most growth conditions, indicating a limited contribution to conductivity. The calculated electron effective mass in BaSnO3, with a value of 0.21 m(e), and the very high mobility reported recently in La-doped BaSnO3 single-crystals, suggest that remarkably low scattering rates can be achieved in the latter. In the case of SrGeO3, our results point to carrier density and mobility values in the low range for typical polycrystalline TCOs, in line with experiment.

  18. Ab initio molecular dynamics calculations of ion hydration free energies

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    Leung, Kevin; Rempe, Susan B.; Lilienfeld, O. Anatole von

    2009-05-28

    We apply ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) methods in conjunction with the thermodynamic integration or '{lambda}-path' technique to compute the intrinsic hydration free energies of Li{sup +}, Cl{sup -}, and Ag{sup +} ions. Using the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof functional, adapting methods developed for classical force field applications, and with consistent assumptions about surface potential ({phi}) contributions, we obtain absolute AIMD hydration free energies ({Delta}G{sub hyd}) within a few kcal/mol, or better than 4%, of Tissandier et al.'s [J. Phys. Chem. A 102, 7787 (1998)] experimental values augmented with the SPC/E water model {phi} predictions. The sums of Li{sup +}/Cl{sup -} and Ag{supmore » +}/Cl{sup -} AIMD {Delta}G{sub hyd}, which are not affected by surface potentials, are within 2.6% and 1.2 % of experimental values, respectively. We also report the free energy changes associated with the transition metal ion redox reaction Ag{sup +}+Ni{sup +}{yields}Ag+Ni{sup 2+} in water. The predictions for this reaction suggest that existing estimates of {Delta}G{sub hyd} for unstable radiolysis intermediates such as Ni{sup +} may need to be extensively revised.« less

  19. Accurate ab initio vibrational energies of methyl chloride

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    Owens, Alec; Yurchenko, Sergei N.; Yachmenev, Andrey; Tennyson, Jonathan; Thiel, Walter

    2015-06-01

    Two new nine-dimensional potential energy surfaces (PESs) have been generated using high-level ab initio theory for the two main isotopologues of methyl chloride, CH335Cl and CH337Cl. The respective PESs, CBS-35 HL, and CBS-37 HL, are based on explicitly correlated coupled cluster calculations with extrapolation to the complete basis set (CBS) limit, and incorporate a range of higher-level (HL) additive energy corrections to account for core-valence electron correlation, higher-order coupled cluster terms, scalar relativistic effects, and diagonal Born-Oppenheimer corrections. Variational calculations of the vibrational energy levels were performed using the computer program TROVE, whose functionality has been extended to handle molecules of the form XY 3Z. Fully converged energies were obtained by means of a complete vibrational basis set extrapolation. The CBS-35 HL and CBS-37 HL PESs reproduce the fundamental term values with root-mean-square errors of 0.75 and 1.00 cm-1, respectively. An analysis of the combined effect of the HL corrections and CBS extrapolation on the vibrational wavenumbers indicates that both are needed to compute accurate theoretical results for methyl chloride. We believe that it would be extremely challenging to go beyond the accuracy currently achieved for CH3Cl without empirical refinement of the respective PESs.

  20. Ab initio calculations of the absorption spectrum of chalcone

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    Oumi, Manabu; Maurice, David; Head-Gordon, Martin

    1999-03-01

    The excitation energies and excited states of trans-chalcone ( trans-( s-cis)-1,3-diphenylpropenone), and several related molecules ( trans-( s-cis)-3-phenylpropenal, s-cis-1-phenylpropenone, propenal, trans-( s-cis)-1-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-3-phenylpropenone, trans-( s-cis)3-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-1-phenylpropenone) have been calculated using single reference ab initio molecular orbital methods, and characterized by attachment-detachment density analysis. The results suggest assignments for the lowest three electronic transitions observed experimentally for trans-( s-cis)-chalcone in solution. The extent of localization of the electronic transitions is established by calculations on the excited states of trans-( s-cis)-3-phenylpropenal, s-cis-1-phenylpropenone and propenal, as well as analysis of the chalcone calculations. Contrary to some previous work, none of these excitations are strongly delocalized over the entire molecule. Calculated substituent shifts for the hydroxy chalcones are in qualitative agreement with experimental data, and support the localized interpretation of the main π→ π* transition.

  1. Exploring the free energy surface using ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Samanta, Amit; Morales, Miguel A.; Schwegler, Eric

    2016-04-01

    Efficient exploration of configuration space and identification of metastable structures in condensed phase systems are challenging from both computational and algorithmic perspectives. In this regard, schemes that utilize a set of pre-defined order parameters to sample the relevant parts of the configuration space [L. Maragliano and E. Vanden-Eijnden, Chem. Phys. Lett. 426, 168 (2006); J. B. Abrams and M. E. Tuckerman, J. Phys. Chem. B 112, 15742 (2008)] have proved useful. Here, we demonstrate how these order-parameter aided temperature accelerated sampling schemes can be used within the Born-Oppenheimer and the Car-Parrinello frameworks of ab initio molecular dynamics to efficiently and systematically explore free energy surfaces, and search for metastable states and reaction pathways. We have used these methods to identify the metastable structures and reaction pathways in SiO2 and Ti. In addition, we have used the string method [W. E, W. Ren, and E. Vanden-Eijnden, Phys. Rev. B 66, 052301 (2002); L. Maragliano et al., J. Chem. Phys. 125, 024106 (2006)] within the density functional theory to study the melting pathways in the high pressure cotunnite phase of SiO2 and the hexagonal closed packed to face centered cubic phase transition in Ti.

  2. Ab initio modeling of decomposition in iron based alloys

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    Gorbatov, O. I.; Gornostyrev, Yu. N.; Korzhavyi, P. A.; Ruban, A. V.

    2016-12-01

    This paper reviews recent progress in the field of ab initio based simulations of structure and properties of Fe-based alloys. We focus on thermodynamics of these alloys, their decomposition kinetics, and microstructure formation taking into account disorder of magnetic moments with temperature. We review modern theoretical tools which allow a consistent description of the electronic structure and energetics of random alloys with local magnetic moments that become totally or partially disordered when temperature increases. This approach gives a basis for an accurate finite-temperature description of alloys by calculating all the relevant contributions to the Gibbs energy from first-principles, including a configurational part as well as terms due to electronic, vibrational, and magnetic excitations. Applications of these theoretical approaches to the calculations of thermodynamics parameters at elevated temperatures (solution energies and effective interatomic interactions) are discussed including atomistic modeling of decomposition/clustering in Fe-based alloys. It provides a solid basis for understanding experimental data and for developing new steels for modern applications. The precipitation in Fe-Cu based alloys, the decomposition in Fe-Cr, and the short-range order formation in iron alloys with s-p elements are considered as examples.

  3. Ab Initio Potential Energy Surface for H-H2

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    Patridge, Harry; Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Stallcop, James R.; Levin, Eugene

    1993-01-01

    Ab initio calculations employing large basis sets are performed to determine an accurate potential energy surface for H-H2 interactions for a broad range of separation distances. At large distances, the spherically averaged potential determined from the calculated energies agrees well with the corresponding results determined from dispersion coefficients; the van der Waals well depth is predicted to be 75 +/- 3 micro E(h). Large basis sets have also been applied to reexamine the accuracy of theoretical repulsive potential energy surfaces (25-70 kcal/mol above the H-H2 asymptote) at small interatomic separations; the Boothroyd, Keogh, Martin, and Peterson (BKMP) potential energy surface is found to agree with results of the present calculations within the expected uncertainty (+/- 1 kcal/mol) of the fit. Multipolar expansions of the computed H-H2 potential energy surface are reported for four internuclear separation distances (1.2, 1.401, 1.449, and 1.7a(0)) of the hydrogen molecule. The differential elastic scattering cross section calculated from the present results is compared with the measurements from a crossed beam experiment.

  4. An Ab Initio Based Potential Energy Surface for Water

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    Partridge, Harry; Schwenke, David W.; Langhoff, Stephen R. (Technical Monitor)

    1996-01-01

    We report a new determination of the water potential energy surface. A high quality ab initio potential energy surface (PES) and dipole moment function of water have been computed. This PES is empirically adjusted to improve the agreement between the computed line positions and those from the HITRAN 92 data base. The adjustment is small, nonetheless including an estimate of core (oxygen 1s) electron correlation greatly improves the agreement with experiment. Of the 27,245 assigned transitions in the HITRAN 92 data base for H2(O-16), the overall root mean square (rms) deviation between the computed and observed line positions is 0.125/cm. However the deviations do not correspond to a normal distribution: 69% of the lines have errors less than 0.05/cm. Overall, the agreement between the line intensities computed in the present work and those contained in the data base is quite good, however there are a significant number of line strengths which differ greatly.

  5. Ab initio calculations of the intermolecular chemical shift in nuclear magnetic resonance in the gas phase and for adsorbed species

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    Jameson, Cynthia J.; de Dios, Angel C.

    1992-07-01

    The chemical shifts observed in nuclear magnetic resonance experiments are the differences in shielding of the nuclear spin in different electronic environments. These are known to depend on intermolecular interactions as evidenced by density-dependent chemical shifts in the gas phase, gas-to-liquid shifts, and adsorption shifts on surfaces. We present the results of the first ab initio intermolecular chemical shielding function calculated for a pair of interacting atoms for a wide range of internuclear separations. We used the localized orbital local origin (LORG) approach of Hansen and Bouman and also investigated the second-order electron correlation contributions using second-order LORG (SOLO). The 39Ar shielding in Ar2 passes through zero at some very short distance, going through a minimum, and asymptotically approaches zero at larger separations. The 21Ne shielding function in Ne2 has a similar shape. The Drude model suggests a method of scaling that portion of the shielding function that is weighted most heavily by exp[-V(R)/kT]. The scaling factors, which have been verified in the comparison of 21Ne in Ne2 against 39Ar in Ar2 ab initio results, allows us to project out from the same 39Ar in Ar2 ab initio values the appropriate 129Xe shielding functions in the Xe-Ar, Xe-Kr, and Xe-Xe interacting pairs. These functions lead to temperature-dependent second virial coefficients of chemical shielding which agree with experiments in the gas phase. Ab initio calculations of 39Ar shielding in clusters of argon are used to model the observed 129Xe chemical shifts of Xe, Xe2,...,Xe8 trapped in the cages of zeolite NaA.

  6. Ab initio Optical Absorption by A Simple and Efficient Method: Single Excitation Configuration Interaction After Downfolding

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    Nakamura, Kazuma; Yoshimoto, Yoshihide; Arita, Ryotaro; Imada, Masatoshi; Tsuneyuki, Shinji

    2007-03-01

    We present a simple and efficient ab initio method for calculating electronic excited states and optical absorption spectra of solids. The method is based on a single-excitation configuration-interaction calculation after downfolding to model Hamiltonians represented by maximally-localized Wannier functions. Single-excitation configurations are crucially important in evaluating a linear absorption, because they can describe a so-called excitonic effect; interactions in electron-hole pairs generated by excitations. A test was performed for a semiconductor GaAs, and detailed analyses for the resulting spectra and single-excitation many-body wavefunctions are presented. This work is supported by a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research in Priority Areas, ``Development of New Quantum Simulators and Quantum Design'' (No. 17064004) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan.

  7. Ab initio intermolecular potential energy surface and thermophysical properties of nitrous oxide

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    Crusius, Johann-Philipp, E-mail: johann-philipp.crusius@uni-rostock.de; Hassel, Egon; Hellmann, Robert, E-mail: robert.hellmann@uni-rostock.de

    2015-06-28

    We present an analytical intermolecular potential energy surface (PES) for two rigid nitrous oxide (N{sub 2}O) molecules derived from high-level quantum-chemical ab initio calculations. Interaction energies for 2018 N{sub 2}O–N{sub 2}O configurations were computed utilizing the counterpoise-corrected supermolecular approach at the CCSD(T) level of theory using basis sets up to aug-cc-pVQZ supplemented with bond functions. A site-site potential function with seven sites per N{sub 2}O molecule was fitted to the pair interaction energies. We validated our PES by computing the second virial coefficient as well as shear viscosity and thermal conductivity in the dilute-gas limit. The values of these propertiesmore » are substantiated by the best experimental data.« less

  8. Ab initio atomic recombination reaction energetics on model heat shield surfaces

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    Senese, Fredrick; Ake, Robert

    1992-01-01

    Ab initio quantum mechanical calculations on small hydration complexes involving the nitrate anion are reported. The self-consistent field method with accurate basis sets has been applied to compute completely optimized equilibrium geometries, vibrational frequencies, thermochemical parameters, and stable site labilities of complexes involving 1, 2, and 3 waters. The most stable geometries in the first hydration shell involve in-plane waters bridging pairs of nitrate oxygens with two equal and bent hydrogen bonds. A second extremely labile local minimum involves out-of-plane waters with a single hydrogen bond and lies about 2 kcal/mol higher. The potential in the region of the second minimum is extremely flat and qualitatively sensitive to changes in the basis set; it does not correspond to a true equilibrium structure.

  9. Ab initio quantum chemical calculation of electron transfer matrix elements for large molecules

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    Zhang, Linda Yu; Friesner, Richard A.; Murphy, Robert B.

    1997-07-01

    Using a diabatic state formalism and pseudospectral numerical methods, we have developed an efficient ab initio quantum chemical approach to the calculation of electron transfer matrix elements for large molecules. The theory is developed at the Hartree-Fock level and validated by comparison with results in the literature for small systems. As an example of the power of the method, we calculate the electronic coupling between two bacteriochlorophyll molecules in various intermolecular geometries. Only a single self-consistent field (SCF) calculation on each of the monomers is needed to generate coupling matrix elements for all of the molecular pairs. The largest calculations performed, utilizing 1778 basis functions, required ˜14 h on an IBM 390 workstation. This is considerably less cpu time than would be necessitated with a supermolecule adiabatic state calculation and a conventional electronic structure code.

  10. Efficient conformational space exploration in ab initio protein folding simulation.

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    Ullah, Ahammed; Ahmed, Nasif; Pappu, Subrata Dey; Shatabda, Swakkhar; Ullah, A Z M Dayem; Rahman, M Sohel

    2015-08-01

    Ab initio protein folding simulation largely depends on knowledge-based energy functions that are derived from known protein structures using statistical methods. These knowledge-based energy functions provide us with a good approximation of real protein energetics. However, these energy functions are not very informative for search algorithms and fail to distinguish the types of amino acid interactions that contribute largely to the energy function from those that do not. As a result, search algorithms frequently get trapped into the local minima. On the other hand, the hydrophobic-polar (HP) model considers hydrophobic interactions only. The simplified nature of HP energy function makes it limited only to a low-resolution model. In this paper, we present a strategy to derive a non-uniform scaled version of the real 20×20 pairwise energy function. The non-uniform scaling helps tackle the difficulty faced by a real energy function, whereas the integration of 20×20 pairwise information overcomes the limitations faced by the HP energy function. Here, we have applied a derived energy function with a genetic algorithm on discrete lattices. On a standard set of benchmark protein sequences, our approach significantly outperforms the state-of-the-art methods for similar models. Our approach has been able to explore regions of the conformational space which all the previous methods have failed to explore. Effectiveness of the derived energy function is presented by showing qualitative differences and similarities of the sampled structures to the native structures. Number of objective function evaluation in a single run of the algorithm is used as a comparison metric to demonstrate efficiency.

  11. Optical properties of highly compressed polystyrene: An ab initio study

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    Hu, S. X.; Collins, L. A.; Colgan, J. P.; ...

    2017-10-16

    Using all-electron density functional theory, we have performed an ab initio study on x ray absorption spectra of highly compressed polystyrene (CH). Here, we found that the K-edge shifts in strongly coupled, degenerate polystyrene cannot be explained by existing continuum-lowering models adopted in traditional plasma physics. To gain insights into the K edge shift in warm, dense CH, we have developed a model designated as “single-mixture-in-a-box” (SMIAB), which incorporates both the lowering of continuum and the rising of Fermi surface resulting from high compression. This simple SMIAB model correctly predicts the K-edge shift of carbon in highly compressed CH inmore » good agreement with results from quantum-molecular-dynamics (QMD) calculations. Traditional opacity models failed to give the proper K-edge shifts as the CH density increased. Based on QMD calculations, we have established a first-principles opacity table (FPOT) for CH in a wide range of densities and temperatures [p = 0.1 to 100 g/cm 3 and T = 2000 to 1,000,000 K]. The FPOT gives much higher Rosseland mean opacity compared to the cold-opacity–patched astrophysics opacity table for warm, dense CH and favorably compares to the newly improved Los Alamos ATOMIC model for moderately compressed CH (pCH ≤10 g/cm 3) but remains a factor of 2 to 3 higher at extremely high densities (pCH ≥ 50 g/cm 3). We anticipate the established FPOT of CH will find important applications to reliable designs of high-energy-density experiments. Moreover, the understanding of K-edge shifting revealed in this study could provide guides for improving the traditional opacity models to properly handle the strongly coupled and degenerate conditions.« less

  12. Machine Learning Force Field Parameters from Ab Initio Data.

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    Li, Ying; Li, Hui; Pickard, Frank C; Narayanan, Badri; Sen, Fatih G; Chan, Maria K Y; Sankaranarayanan, Subramanian K R S; Brooks, Bernard R; Roux, Benoît

    2017-09-12

    Machine learning (ML) techniques with the genetic algorithm (GA) have been applied to determine a polarizable force field parameters using only ab initio data from quantum mechanics (QM) calculations of molecular clusters at the MP2/6-31G(d,p), DFMP2(fc)/jul-cc-pVDZ, and DFMP2(fc)/jul-cc-pVTZ levels to predict experimental condensed phase properties (i.e., density and heat of vaporization). The performance of this ML/GA approach is demonstrated on 4943 dimer electrostatic potentials and 1250 cluster interaction energies for methanol. Excellent agreement between the training data set from QM calculations and the optimized force field model was achieved. The results were further improved by introducing an offset factor during the machine learning process to compensate for the discrepancy between the QM calculated energy and the energy reproduced by optimized force field, while maintaining the local "shape" of the QM energy surface. Throughout the machine learning process, experimental observables were not involved in the objective function, but were only used for model validation. The best model, optimized from the QM data at the DFMP2(fc)/jul-cc-pVTZ level, appears to perform even better than the original AMOEBA force field (amoeba09.prm), which was optimized empirically to match liquid properties. The present effort shows the possibility of using machine learning techniques to develop descriptive polarizable force field using only QM data. The ML/GA strategy to optimize force fields parameters described here could easily be extended to other molecular systems.

  13. Machine Learning Force Field Parameters from Ab Initio Data

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    Li, Ying; Li, Hui; Pickard, Frank C.

    2017-08-11

    Machine learning (ML) techniques with the genetic algorithm (GA) have been applied to determine a polarizable force field parameters using only ab initio data from quantum mechanics (QM) calculations of molecular clusters at the MP2/6-31G(d,p), DFMP2(fc)/jul-cc-pVDZ, and DFMP2(fc)/jul-cc-pVTZ levels to predict experimental condensed phase properties (i.e., density and heat of vaporization). The performance of this ML/GA approach is demonstrated on 4943 dimer electrostatic potentials and 1250 cluster interaction energies for methanol. Excellent agreement between the training data set from QM calculations and the optimized force field model was achieved. The results were further improved by introducing an offset factor duringmore » the machine learning process to compensate for the discrepancy between the QM calculated energy and the energy reproduced by optimized force field, while maintaining the local “shape” of the QM energy surface. Throughout the machine learning process, experimental observables were not involved in the objective function, but were only used for model validation. The best model, optimized from the QM data at the DFMP2(fc)/jul-cc-pVTZ level, appears to perform even better than the original AMOEBA force field (amoeba09.prm), which was optimized empirically to match liquid properties. The present effort shows the possibility of using machine learning techniques to develop descriptive polarizable force field using only QM data. The ML/GA strategy to optimize force fields parameters described here could easily be extended to other molecular systems.« less

  14. The hydration structure of carbon monoxide by ab initio methods

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    Awoonor-Williams, Ernest; Rowley, Christopher N.

    2017-01-01

    The solvation of carbon monoxide (CO) in liquid water is important for understanding its toxicological effects and biochemical roles. In this paper, we use ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) and CCSD(T)-F12 calculations to assess the accuracy of the Straub and Karplus molecular mechanical (MM) model for CO(aq). The CCSD(T)-F12 CO-H2O potential energy surfaces show that the most stable structure corresponds to water donating a hydrogen bond to the C center. The MM-calculated surface incorrectly predicts that the O atom is a stronger hydrogen bond acceptor than the C atom. The AIMD simulations indicate that CO is solvated like a hydrophobic solute, with very limited hydrogen bonding with water. The MM model tends to overestimate the degree of hydrogen bonding and overestimates the atomic radius of the C atom. The calculated Gibbs energy of hydration using the TIP3P water model is in good agreement with the experiment (9.3 kJ mol-1 expt. vs 10.7 kJ mol-1 calc.). The calculated diffusivity of CO (aq) in TIP3P-model water was 5.1 ×10-5 cm2/s calc., more than double the experimental value of 2.3 ×10-5 cm2/s. The hydration energy calculated using the TIP4P-FB water model is in poorer agreement with the experiment (ΔG = 6.8 kJ/mol) but the diffusivity is in better agreement (D =2.5 ±0.1 ×10-5 cm2/s).

  15. Efficient conformational space exploration in ab initio protein folding simulation

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    Ullah, Ahammed; Ahmed, Nasif; Pappu, Subrata Dey; Shatabda, Swakkhar; Ullah, A. Z. M. Dayem; Rahman, M. Sohel

    2015-01-01

    Ab initio protein folding simulation largely depends on knowledge-based energy functions that are derived from known protein structures using statistical methods. These knowledge-based energy functions provide us with a good approximation of real protein energetics. However, these energy functions are not very informative for search algorithms and fail to distinguish the types of amino acid interactions that contribute largely to the energy function from those that do not. As a result, search algorithms frequently get trapped into the local minima. On the other hand, the hydrophobic–polar (HP) model considers hydrophobic interactions only. The simplified nature of HP energy function makes it limited only to a low-resolution model. In this paper, we present a strategy to derive a non-uniform scaled version of the real 20×20 pairwise energy function. The non-uniform scaling helps tackle the difficulty faced by a real energy function, whereas the integration of 20×20 pairwise information overcomes the limitations faced by the HP energy function. Here, we have applied a derived energy function with a genetic algorithm on discrete lattices. On a standard set of benchmark protein sequences, our approach significantly outperforms the state-of-the-art methods for similar models. Our approach has been able to explore regions of the conformational space which all the previous methods have failed to explore. Effectiveness of the derived energy function is presented by showing qualitative differences and similarities of the sampled structures to the native structures. Number of objective function evaluation in a single run of the algorithm is used as a comparison metric to demonstrate efficiency. PMID:26361554

  16. Optical properties of highly compressed polystyrene: An ab initio study

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    Hu, S. X.; Collins, L. A.; Colgan, J. P.; Goncharov, V. N.; Kilcrease, D. P.

    2017-10-01

    Using all-electron density functional theory, we have performed an ab initio study on x-ray absorption spectra of highly compressed polystyrene (CH). We found that the K -edge shifts in strongly coupled, degenerate polystyrene cannot be explained by existing continuum-lowering models adopted in traditional plasma physics. To gain insights into the K -edge shift in warm, dense CH, we have developed a model designated as "single mixture in a box" (SMIAB), which incorporates both the lowering of the continuum and the rising of the Fermi surface resulting from high compression. This simple SMIAB model correctly predicts the K -edge shift of carbon in highly compressed CH in good agreement with results from quantum molecular dynamics (QMD) calculations. Traditional opacity models failed to give the proper K -edge shifts as the CH density increased. Based on QMD calculations, we have established a first-principles opacity table (FPOT) for CH in a wide range of densities and temperatures [ρ =0.1 -100 g /c m3 and T =2000 -1 000 000 K ]. The FPOT gives much higher Rosseland mean opacity compared to the cold-opacity-patched astrophysics opacity table for warm, dense CH and favorably compares to the newly improved Los Alamos atomic model for moderately compressed CH (ρCH≤10 g /c m3 ), but remains a factor of 2 to 3 higher at extremely high densities (ρCH≥50 g /c m3 ). We anticipate the established FPOT of CH will find important applications to reliable designs of high-energy-density experiments. Moreover, the understanding of K -edge shifting revealed in this study could provide guides for improving the traditional opacity models to properly handle the strongly coupled and degenerate conditions.

  17. Ab initio study of L-orientational defect in the hydrogen-bonded pattern of liquid water

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    Kryachko, Eugene S.

    1997-10-01

    Current status of the theory of orientational defects in H-bonded pattern of liquid water is briefly reviewed. Ab initio calculated water clusters from dimer to heptamer are thoroughly analyzed in terms of H-bonded pattern. New water heptamer structure of norbornane type is found via ab initio HF 6-311G∗∗ calculation. Its normal vibrations are properly assigned. Two ab initio water hexamers that refer to orientational defects are revealed. This is the first evidence of ab initio orientational defect in H-bonded patterns of water clusters. Some properties including normal vibrations of these defects, are studied.

  18. Ab initio calculations of Gamow-Teller strengths in the s d shell

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    Saxena, Archana; Srivastava, Praveen C.; Suzuki, Toshio

    2018-02-01

    In the present work we perform a systematic shell-model study of Gamow-Teller transition-strength distributions in s d shell nuclei using ab initio effective interactions. The ab initio effective interactions are based on in-medium similarity renormalization-group and coupled-cluster effective interaction approaches. The aim of the present work is to test the predictive power of ab initio effective interactions by using the available experimental data of Gamow-Teller strength distributions in s d shell nuclei. We perform calculations for 20Ne→20F , 23Na→23Mg , 23Na→23Ne , 24Mg→24Na , 24Mg→24Al , 25Mg→25Al , 26Mg→26Na , 26Mg→26Al , 26Si→26Al , 27Al→27Si , 28Si→28P , 31P→31Si , and 32S→32P transitions. For comparison we also show the results obtained by using the phenomenological USDB Hamiltonian. The phenomenological USDB results of the Gamow-Teller (GT+ and GT-) strength distributions show reasonable agreements with the experimental data in comparison with the ab initio interactions. We also calculate the electron-capture reaction rates for 23Na(e-,ν )23Ne and 25Mg(e-,ν )25Na using ab initio and USDB interactions.

  19. Exploring the speed and performance of molecular replacement with AMPLE using QUARK ab initio protein models

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    Keegan, Ronan M.; Bibby, Jaclyn; Thomas, Jens

    2015-02-01

    Two ab initio modelling programs solve complementary sets of targets, enhancing the success of AMPLE with small proteins. AMPLE clusters and truncates ab initio protein structure predictions, producing search models for molecular replacement. Here, an interesting degree of complementarity is shown between targets solved using the different ab initio modelling programs QUARK and ROSETTA. Search models derived from either program collectively solve almost all of the all-helical targets in the test set. Initial solutions produced by Phaser after only 5 min perform surprisingly well, improving the prospects for in situ structure solution by AMPLE during synchrotron visits. Taken together, themore » results show the potential for AMPLE to run more quickly and successfully solve more targets than previously suspected.« less

  20. Electron Transport through Polyene Junctions in between Carbon Nanotubes: an Ab Initio Realization

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    Chen, Yiing-Rei; Chen, Kai-Yu; Dou, Kun-Peng; Tai, Jung-Shen; Lee, Hsin-Han; Kaun, Chao-Cheng

    With both ab initio and tight-binding model calculations, we study a system of polyene bridged armchair carbon nanotube electrodes, considering one-polyene and two-polyene cases, to address aspects of quantum transport through junctions with multiple conjugated molecules. The ab initio results of the two-polyene cases not only show the interference effect in transmission, but also the sensitive dependence of such effect on the combination of relative contact sites, which agrees nicely with the tight-binding model. Moreover, we show that the discrepancy mainly brought by ab initio relaxation provides an insight into the influence upon transmission spectra, from the junction's geometry, bonding and effective potential. This work was supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Republic of China under Grant Nos. 99-2112-M-003-012-MY2 and 103-2622-E-002-031, and the National Center for Theoretical Sciences of Taiwan.

  1. Density-matrix based determination of low-energy model Hamiltonians from ab initio wavefunctions

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    Changlani, Hitesh J.; Zheng, Huihuo; Wagner, Lucas K.

    2015-09-01

    We propose a way of obtaining effective low energy Hubbard-like model Hamiltonians from ab initio quantum Monte Carlo calculations for molecular and extended systems. The Hamiltonian parameters are fit to best match the ab initio two-body density matrices and energies of the ground and excited states, and thus we refer to the method as ab initio density matrix based downfolding. For benzene (a finite system), we find good agreement with experimentally available energy gaps without using any experimental inputs. For graphene, a two dimensional solid (extended system) with periodic boundary conditions, we find the effective on-site Hubbard U∗/t to be 1.3 ± 0.2, comparable to a recent estimate based on the constrained random phase approximation. For molecules, such parameterizations enable calculation of excited states that are usually not accessible within ground state approaches. For solids, the effective Hamiltonian enables large-scale calculations using techniques designed for lattice models.

  2. Multiobjective evolutionary algorithm with many tables for purely ab initio protein structure prediction.

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    Brasil, Christiane Regina Soares; Delbem, Alexandre Claudio Botazzo; da Silva, Fernando Luís Barroso

    2013-07-30

    This article focuses on the development of an approach for ab initio protein structure prediction (PSP) without using any earlier knowledge from similar protein structures, as fragment-based statistics or inference of secondary structures. Such an approach is called purely ab initio prediction. The article shows that well-designed multiobjective evolutionary algorithms can predict relevant protein structures in a purely ab initio way. One challenge for purely ab initio PSP is the prediction of structures with β-sheets. To work with such proteins, this research has also developed procedures to efficiently estimate hydrogen bond and solvation contribution energies. Considering van der Waals, electrostatic, hydrogen bond, and solvation contribution energies, the PSP is a problem with four energetic terms to be minimized. Each interaction energy term can be considered an objective of an optimization method. Combinatorial problems with four objectives have been considered too complex for the available multiobjective optimization (MOO) methods. The proposed approach, called "Multiobjective evolutionary algorithms with many tables" (MEAMT), can efficiently deal with four objectives through the combination thereof, performing a more adequate sampling of the objective space. Therefore, this method can better map the promising regions in this space, predicting structures in a purely ab initio way. In other words, MEAMT is an efficient optimization method for MOO, which explores simultaneously the search space as well as the objective space. MEAMT can predict structures with one or two domains with RMSDs comparable to values obtained by recently developed ab initio methods (GAPFCG , I-PAES, and Quark) that use different levels of earlier knowledge. Copyright © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  3. Comparison of DFT and ab initio QM/MM methods for modelling reaction in chorismate synthase

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    Lawan, Narin; Ranaghan, Kara E.; Manby, Frederick R.; Mulholland, Adrian J.

    2014-07-01

    Quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) methods are a popular tool in the investigation of enzyme reactions. Here, we compare B3LYP density functional theory (DFT) and ab initio QM/MM methods for modelling the conversion of 5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate to chorismate in chorismate synthase. Good agreement with experimental data is only obtained at the SCS-MP2/CHARMM27 level for a reaction mechanism in which phosphate elimination precedes proton transfer. B3LYP predicts reaction energetics that are qualitatively wrong, stressing the need for ab initio QM/MM methods, and caution in interpretation of DFT results for this enzyme.

  4. Exploring the speed and performance of molecular replacement with AMPLE using QUARK ab initio protein models.

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    Keegan, Ronan M; Bibby, Jaclyn; Thomas, Jens; Xu, Dong; Zhang, Yang; Mayans, Olga; Winn, Martyn D; Rigden, Daniel J

    2015-02-01

    AMPLE clusters and truncates ab initio protein structure predictions, producing search models for molecular replacement. Here, an interesting degree of complementarity is shown between targets solved using the different ab initio modelling programs QUARK and ROSETTA. Search models derived from either program collectively solve almost all of the all-helical targets in the test set. Initial solutions produced by Phaser after only 5 min perform surprisingly well, improving the prospects for in situ structure solution by AMPLE during synchrotron visits. Taken together, the results show the potential for AMPLE to run more quickly and successfully solve more targets than previously suspected.

  5. Exploring the speed and performance of molecular replacement with AMPLE using QUARK ab initio protein models

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    Keegan, Ronan M.; Bibby, Jaclyn; Thomas, Jens; Xu, Dong; Zhang, Yang; Mayans, Olga; Winn, Martyn D.; Rigden, Daniel J.

    2015-01-01

    AMPLE clusters and truncates ab initio protein structure predictions, producing search models for molecular replacement. Here, an interesting degree of complementarity is shown between targets solved using the different ab initio modelling programs QUARK and ROSETTA. Search models derived from either program collectively solve almost all of the all-helical targets in the test set. Initial solutions produced by Phaser after only 5 min perform surprisingly well, improving the prospects for in situ structure solution by AMPLE during synchrotron visits. Taken together, the results show the potential for AMPLE to run more quickly and successfully solve more targets than previously suspected. PMID:25664744

  6. Heats of Segregation of BCC Binaries from Ab Initio and Quantum Approximate Calculations

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    Good, Brian S.

    2003-01-01

    We compare dilute-limit segregation energies for selected BCC transition metal binaries computed using ab initio and quantum approximate energy methods. Ab initio calculations are carried out using the CASTEP plane-wave pseudopotential computer code, while quantum approximate results are computed using the Bozzolo-Ferrante-Smith (BFS) method with the most recent parameters. Quantum approximate segregation energies are computed with and without atomistic relaxation. Results are discussed within the context of segregation models driven by strain and bond-breaking effects. We compare our results with full-potential quantum calculations and with available experimental results.

  7. yambo: An ab initio tool for excited state calculations

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    Marini, Andrea; Hogan, Conor; Grüning, Myrta; Varsano, Daniele

    2009-08-01

    yambo is an ab initio code for calculating quasiparticle energies and optical properties of electronic systems within the framework of many-body perturbation theory and time-dependent density functional theory. Quasiparticle energies are calculated within the GW approximation for the self-energy. Optical properties are evaluated either by solving the Bethe-Salpeter equation or by using the adiabatic local density approximation. yambo is a plane-wave code that, although particularly suited for calculations of periodic bulk systems, has been applied to a large variety of physical systems. yambo relies on efficient numerical techniques devised to treat systems with reduced dimensionality, or with a large number of degrees of freedom. The code has a user-friendly command-line based interface, flexible I/O procedures and is interfaced to several publicly available density functional ground-state codes. Program summaryProgram title:yambo Catalogue identifier: AEDH_v1_0 Program summary URL:http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/summaries/AEDH_v1_0.html Program obtainable from: CPC Program Library, Queen's University, Belfast, N. Ireland Licensing provisions: GNU General Public Licence v2.0 No. of lines in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 149 265 No. of bytes in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 2 848 169 Distribution format: tar.gz Programming language: Fortran 95, C Computer: any computer architecture, running any flavor of UNIX Operating system: GNU/Linux, AIX, Irix, OS/X Has the code been vectorised or parallelized?: Yes RAM: 10-1000 Mbytes Classification: 7.3, 4.4, 7.2 External routines:BLAS ( http://www.netlib.org/blas/) LAPACK ( http://www.netlib.org/lapack/) MPI ( http://www-unix.mcs.anl.gov/mpi/) is optional. BLACS ( http://www.netlib.org/scalapack/) is optional. SCALAPACK ( http://www.netlib.org/scalapack/) is optional. FFTW ( http://www.fftw.org/) is optional. netCDF ( http://www.unidata.ucar.edu/software/netcdf/) is optional. Nature of problem

  8. Light focusing through a multiple scattering medium: ab initio computer simulation

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    Danko, Oleksandr; Danko, Volodymyr; Kovalenko, Andrey

    2018-01-01

    The present study considers ab initio computer simulation of the light focusing through a complex scattering medium. The focusing is performed by shaping the incident light beam in order to obtain a small focused spot on the opposite side of the scattering layer. MSTM software (Auburn University) is used to simulate the propagation of an arbitrary monochromatic Gaussian beam and obtain 2D distribution of the optical field in the selected plane of the investigated volume. Based on the set of incident and scattered fields, the pair of right and left eigen bases and corresponding singular values were calculated. The pair of right and left eigen modes together with the corresponding singular value constitute the transmittance eigen channel of the disordered media. Thus, the scattering process is described in three steps: 1) initial field decomposition in the right eigen basis; 2) scaling of decomposition coefficients for the corresponding singular values; 3) assembling of the scattered field as the composition of the weighted left eigen modes. Basis fields are represented as a linear combination of the original Gaussian beams and scattered fields. It was demonstrated that 60 independent control channels provide focusing the light into a spot with the minimal radius of approximately 0.4 μm at half maximum. The intensity enhancement in the focal plane was equal to 68 that coincided with theoretical prediction.

  9. Organic ion association in aqueous phase and ab initio-based force fields: The case of carboxylate/ammonium salts

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    Houriez, Céline; Vallet, Valérie; Réal, Florent; Meot-Ner Mautner, Michael; Masella, Michel

    2017-10-01

    We performed molecular dynamics simulations of carboxylate/methylated ammonium ion pairs solvated in bulk water and of carboxylate/methylated ammonium salt solutions at ambient conditions using an ab initio-based polarizable force field whose parameters are assigned to reproduce only high end quantum computations, at the Møller-Plesset second-order perturbation theory/complete basis set limit level, regarding single ions and ion pairs as isolated and micro-hydrated in gas phase. Our results agree with the available experimental results regarding carboxylate/ammonium salt solutions. For instance, our force field approach predicts the percentage of acetate associated with ammonium ions in CH3 COO-/CH3 NH3+ solutions at the 0.2-0.8M concentration scale to range from 14% to 35%, in line with the estimates computed from the experimental ion association constant in liquid water. Moreover our simulations predict the number of water molecules released from the ion first hydration shell to the bulk upon ion association to be about 2.0 ± 0.6 molecules for acetate/protonated amine ion pairs, 3.1 ± 1.5 molecules for the HCOO-/NH4+ pair and 3.3 ± 1.2 molecules for the CH3COO-/(CH3)4N+ pair. For protonated amine-based ion pairs, these values are in line with experiment for alkali/halide pairs solvated in bulk water. All these results demonstrate the promising feature of ab initio-based force fields, i.e., their capacity in accurately modeling chemical systems that cannot be readily investigated using available experimental techniques.

  10. Intermolecular Potentials of Methane Assessed by Second Virial Coefficients, ab Initio Dimer Interaction Energies, and Aggregate Cohesive Energies.

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    Ribeiro, Douglas S

    2017-06-01

    This study presents computations of three energy related properties for 26 previously published multisite intermolecular potentials of methane: MM2, MM3, MM2en, MM3en, MM2mc, MM3mc, MM3envir, RMK, OPLS all-atom, MUB-2, AMBER, BOYD, Williams, Sheikh, MG, Tsuzuki, E2-Gay, E4-Gay, MP4exp-6(iii), MP4exp-6(iv), Rowley-A, Rowley-B, TraPPE-EH, Ouyang, CLC, and Chao and three united atom potentials: Saager-Fischer (SF), OPLS united atom, and HFD. The three properties analyzed are the second virial coefficients for 14 temperature points in the range of 110 to 623.15 K, the interaction energies for 12 orientations of the methane dimer as a function of distance followed by a comparison to three ab initio data sets and the cohesive energy of the aggregate of 512 methane molecules. The latter computed energies are correlated to latent heat of evaporation of 11 potentials and are proposed as surrogate approximate parameters for ΔH vap for the studied potentials. The 10 best performing potentials are selected by rms order in each one of the properties and three of them are found to be present simultaneously in the three sets: Tsuzuki, MM3mc, and MM2mc. On the basis of the cohesive energy of the aggregate, a quantitative measure of the anisotropy of the potentials is proposed. The results are discussed on the basis of anisotropy, nonadditivity and ability of the potentials to reproduce ab initio data. It is concluded that the nonadditivity of the pair potentials holds and the available ab initio data did not lead to pair potentials that are cohesive enough to reproduce accurately the second virial coefficients.

  11. Uncovering the role of intra- and intermolecular motion in frustrated Lewis acid/base chemistry: ab initio molecular dynamics study of CO2 binding by phosphorus/boron frustrated Lewis pair [tBu3P/B(C6F5)3].

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    Pu, Maoping; Privalov, Timofei

    2014-05-05

    The role of the intra- and intermolecular motion, i.e., molecular vibrations and the relative motion of reactants, remains largely unexplored in the frustrated Lewis acid/base chemistry. Here, we address the issue with the ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) study of CO2 binding by a Lewis acid (LA) and a Lewis base (LB), i.e., tBu3P + CO2 + B(C6F5)3 → tBu3P-C(O)O-B(C6F5)3 ([1]). Reasonably large ensemble of AIMD trajectories propagated at 300 K from structures in the saddle region as well as trajectories propagated directly from the reactants region revealed an effect arising from significant recrossing of the saddle area. The effect is that transient complexes composed of weakly interacting reactants nearly cease to progress along the segment of the minimum energy pathway (MEP) at the saddle region for a (subpicosecond) period of time during which the dominant factor is the light-to-heavy type of relative motion of the vibrating reactants, i.e., the "bouncing"-like movement of CO2 with respect to much heavier phosphine and borane as main contributor to the mode that is perpendicular to the MEP-direction. In terms of how P···C and B···O distances change with time, the roaming-like patterns of typical AIMD trajectories, reactive and nonreactive alike, extend far beyond the saddle region. In addition to the dynamical portrayal of [1], we provide the energy-landscape perspective that takes into account the hierarchy of time scales. The verifiable implication of the effect found here is that the isotopically substituted (heavier) LB/LA "pair" should be less reactive that the "normal" and thus lighter counterpart.

  12. Matrix product operators, matrix product states, and ab initio density matrix renormalization group algorithms

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    Chan, Garnet Kin-Lic; Keselman, Anna; Nakatani, Naoki; Li, Zhendong; White, Steven R.

    2016-07-01

    Current descriptions of the ab initio density matrix renormalization group (DMRG) algorithm use two superficially different languages: an older language of the renormalization group and renormalized operators, and a more recent language of matrix product states and matrix product operators. The same algorithm can appear dramatically different when written in the two different vocabularies. In this work, we carefully describe the translation between the two languages in several contexts. First, we describe how to efficiently implement the ab initio DMRG sweep using a matrix product operator based code, and the equivalence to the original renormalized operator implementation. Next we describe how to implement the general matrix product operator/matrix product state algebra within a pure renormalized operator-based DMRG code. Finally, we discuss two improvements of the ab initio DMRG sweep algorithm motivated by matrix product operator language: Hamiltonian compression, and a sum over operators representation that allows for perfect computational parallelism. The connections and correspondences described here serve to link the future developments with the past and are important in the efficient implementation of continuing advances in ab initio DMRG and related algorithms.

  13. Ab initio charge-carrier mobility model for amorphous molecular semiconductors

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    Massé, Andrea; Friederich, Pascal; Symalla, Franz; Liu, Feilong; Nitsche, Robert; Coehoorn, Reinder; Wenzel, Wolfgang; Bobbert, Peter A.

    2016-05-01

    Accurate charge-carrier mobility models of amorphous organic molecular semiconductors are essential to describe the electrical properties of devices based on these materials. The disordered nature of these semiconductors leads to percolative charge transport with a large characteristic length scale, posing a challenge to the development of such models from ab initio simulations. Here, we develop an ab initio mobility model using a four-step procedure. First, the amorphous morphology together with its energy disorder and intermolecular charge-transfer integrals are obtained from ab initio simulations in a small box. Next, the ab initio information is used to set up a stochastic model for the morphology and transfer integrals. This stochastic model is then employed to generate a large simulation box with modeled morphology and transfer integrals, which can fully capture the percolative charge transport. Finally, the charge-carrier mobility in this simulation box is calculated by solving a master equation, yielding a mobility function depending on temperature, carrier concentration, and electric field. We demonstrate the procedure for hole transport in two important molecular semiconductors, α -NPD and TCTA. In contrast to a previous study, we conclude that spatial correlations in the energy disorder are unimportant for α -NPD. We apply our mobility model to two types of hole-only α -NPD devices and find that the experimental temperature-dependent current density-voltage characteristics of all devices can be well described by only slightly decreasing the simulated energy disorder strength.

  14. An efficient and accurate molecular alignment and docking technique using ab initio quality scoring

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    Füsti-Molnár, László; Merz, Kenneth M.

    2008-01-01

    An accurate and efficient molecular alignment technique is presented based on first principle electronic structure calculations. This new scheme maximizes quantum similarity matrices in the relative orientation of the molecules and uses Fourier transform techniques for two purposes. First, building up the numerical representation of true ab initio electronic densities and their Coulomb potentials is accelerated by the previously described Fourier transform Coulomb method. Second, the Fourier convolution technique is applied for accelerating optimizations in the translational coordinates. In order to avoid any interpolation error, the necessary analytical formulas are derived for the transformation of the ab initio wavefunctions in rotational coordinates. The results of our first implementation for a small test set are analyzed in detail and compared with published results of the literature. A new way of refinement of existing shape based alignments is also proposed by using Fourier convolutions of ab initio or other approximate electron densities. This new alignment technique is generally applicable for overlap, Coulomb, kinetic energy, etc., quantum similarity measures and can be extended to a genuine docking solution with ab initio scoring. PMID:18624561

  15. The effective fragment potential method. An approximate ab initio mo method for large molecules

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    Ohta, Katsuhisa; Yoshioka, Yasunori; Morokuma, Keiji; Kitaura, Kazuo

    1983-10-01

    The effective fragment potential (EFP) approximation within the ab initio MO method is proposed. Only the active electrons of a molecule are explicitly taken into account, the rest of the molecule being replaced by an effective potential. Considering, NH 3 as a two-electron system. the potential parameters have been determined and tested for various complexes.

  16. Ab initio calculations on the inclusion complexation of cyclobis(paraquat- p-phenylene)

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    Zhang, Ke-Chun; Liu, Lei; Mu, Ting-Wei; Guo, Qing-Xiang

    2001-01-01

    Semiempirical PM3, ab initio HF/3-21g ∗, and DFT B3LYP/6-31g ∗ calculations in vacuum and in solution were performed on the inclusion complexation of cyclobis(paraquat- p-phenylene) with nine symmetric aromatic substrates. A good correlation was found between the theoretical stabilization energies and experimental free energy changes upon complexation.

  17. An ab initio investigation of the effects of 2-exo and endo substituents on norbornane

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    Seidl, Peter Rudolf; Leal, Katia Z.; Tostes, José Glauco R.; Taft, C. A.; Hammond, Brian L.; Lester, W. A., Jr.

    1988-06-01

    Ab initio calculations using the STO-3G basis set and optimized geometries by MM2 and MNDO are used to investigate the charge distribution of norbornane bicyclo-[2.2.1]-heptane with 2-exo and endo substituents (methyl, ethyl, hydroxyl). The calculated net atomic charges using geometries obtained by both methods are analyzed.

  18. One Size Fits All? Learning Conditions and Working Memory Capacity in "Ab Initio" Language Development

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    Sanz, Cristina; Lin, Hui-Ju; Lado, Beatriz; Stafford, Catherine A.; Bowden, Harriet W.

    2016-01-01

    The article summarizes results from two experimental studies (N = 23, N = 21) investigating the extent to which working memory capacity (WMC) intervenes in "ab initio" language development under two pedagogical conditions [± grammar lesson + input-based practice + explicit feedback]. The linguistic target is the use of morphosyntax to…

  19. Ab Initio Studies of Chlorine Oxide and Nitrogen Oxide Species of Interest in Stratospheric Chemistry

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    Lee, Timothy J.; Langhoff, Stephen R. (Technical Monitor)

    1995-01-01

    The ability of modern state-of-the art ab initio quantum chemical techniques to characterize reliably the gas-phase molecular structure, vibrational spectrum, electronic spectrum, and thermal stability of chlorine oxide and nitrogen oxide species will be demonstrated by presentation of some example studies. In particular the geometrical structures, vibrational spectra, and heats of formation Of ClNO2, CisClONO, and trans-ClONO are shown to be in excellent agreement with the available experimental data, and where the experimental data are either not known or are inconclusive, the ab initio results are shown to fill in the gaps and to resolve the experimental controversy. In addition, ab initio studies in which the electronic spectra and the characterization of excited electronic states of ClONO2, HONO2, ClOOC17 ClOOH, and HOOH will also be presented. Again where available, the ab initio results are compared to experimental observations, and are used to aid in the interpretation of the experimental studies.

  20. Sphinx: merging knowledge-based and ab initio approaches to improve protein loop prediction.

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    Marks, Claire; Nowak, Jaroslaw; Klostermann, Stefan; Georges, Guy; Dunbar, James; Shi, Jiye; Kelm, Sebastian; Deane, Charlotte M

    2017-05-01

    Loops are often vital for protein function, however, their irregular structures make them difficult to model accurately. Current loop modelling algorithms can mostly be divided into two categories: knowledge-based, where databases of fragments are searched to find suitable conformations and ab initio, where conformations are generated computationally. Existing knowledge-based methods only use fragments that are the same length as the target, even though loops of slightly different lengths may adopt similar conformations. Here, we present a novel method, Sphinx, which combines ab initio techniques with the potential extra structural information contained within loops of a different length to improve structure prediction. We show that Sphinx is able to generate high-accuracy predictions and decoy sets enriched with near-native loop conformations, performing better than the ab initio algorithm on which it is based. In addition, it is able to provide predictions for every target, unlike some knowledge-based methods. Sphinx can be used successfully for the difficult problem of antibody H3 prediction, outperforming RosettaAntibody, one of the leading H3-specific ab initio methods, both in accuracy and speed. Sphinx is available at http://opig.stats.ox.ac.uk/webapps/sphinx. deane@stats.ox.ac.uk. Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online. © The Author 2017. Published by Oxford University Press.

  1. Dispersion Interactions between Rare Gas Atoms: Testing the London Equation Using ab Initio Methods

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    Halpern, Arthur M.

    2011-01-01

    A computational chemistry experiment is described in which students can use advanced ab initio quantum mechanical methods to test the ability of the London equation to account quantitatively for the attractive (dispersion) interactions between rare gas atoms. Using readily available electronic structure applications, students can calculate the…

  2. Conformational Characteristics of Poly(tetrafluoroethylene) (PTFE) Based Upon Ab Initio Electronic Structure Calculations on Model Molecules

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    Smith, Grant D.; Jaffe, R. L.; Yoon, D. Y.; Arnold, James O. (Technical Monitor)

    1994-01-01

    Conformational energy contours of perfluoroalkanes, determined from ab initio calculations, confirm the well-known spitting of trans states into two minima at plus or minus 17 degrees but also show that the gauche states split as well, with minima at plus or minus 124 degrees and plus or minus 84 in order to relieve steric crowding. The directions of such split distortions from the perfectly staggered states are strongly coupled for adjacent pairs of bonds in a manner identical to the intradyad pair for poly (isobutylene) chains. These conformational characteristics are fully represented by a six-state rotational isomeric state (RIS) model for PTFE comprised of t(+), t(-), g(sup +)+, g(sup +)-, g(sup -) + and g(sup -)-states, located at the split energy minima. The resultant 6 x 6 statistical weight matrix is described by first-order interaction parameters for the g+(+) (ca. 0.6 kcal/mol) and g+- (ca. 2.0 kcal/mol) states, and second order parameters for the g(sup +)+g(sup +)+ (ca 0.6 kcal/mol) and g(sup +)+g(sup -)+ (ca. 1.0 kcal/mol) states. This six-state RIS model, without adjustment of the geometric or energy parameters as determined from the ab initio calculations, predicts the unperturbed chain dimensions and the fraction of gauche bonds as a function of temperature for PTFE in good agreement with available experimental values.

  3. Initial hydration processes of magnesium chloride: size-selected anion photoelectron spectroscopy and ab initio calculations.

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    Feng, Gang; Liu, Cheng-Wen; Zeng, Zhen; Hou, Gao-Lei; Xu, Hong-Guang; Zheng, Wei-Jun

    2017-06-14

    To understand the initial hydration processes of MgCl 2 , we measured photoelectron spectra of MgCl 2 (H 2 O) n - (n = 0-6) and conducted ab initio calculations on MgCl 2 (H 2 O) n - and their neutral counterparts up to n = 7. A dramatic drop in the vertical detachment energy (VDE) was observed upon addition of the first water molecule to bare MgCl 2 - . This large variation in VDE can be associated with the charge-transfer-to-solvent (CTTS) effect occurring in the MgCl 2 (H 2 O) n - clusters, as hydration induces transfer of the excess electron of MgCl 2 - to the water molecules. Investigation of the separation of Cl - -Mg 2+ ion pair shows that, in MgCl 2 (H 2 O) n - anions, breaking of the first Mg-Cl bond occurs at n = 4, while breaking of the second Mg-Cl bond takes place at n = 6. For neutral MgCl 2 (H 2 O) n clusters, breaking of the first Mg-Cl bond starts at n = 7.

  4. Understanding ionic conductivity trends in polyborane solid electrolytes from ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Varley, Joel; Kweon, Kyoung; Mehta, Prateek; Shea, Patrick; Heo, Tae Wook; Stavila, Vitalie; Udovic, Terrence; Wood, Brandon

    Polyborane salts based on B12H122- , B10H102- , and their carboborane counterparts CB11H12- and CB9H10- demonstrate extraordinary Li and Na superionic conductivity that make them attractive as electrolytes in all-solid-state batteries. Their rich chemical and structural diversity creates a versatile design space that could be used to optimize materials with even higher conductivity at lower temperatures; however, many mechanistic details remain enigmatic, including reasons why certain modifications lead to improved performance. Here, we use extensive ab initio molecular dynamics simulations to broadly explore the dependence of ionic conductivity on cation/anion pair combinations for Li and Na polyborane salts. Further simulations based on Li2B12H12 as a model system are used to probe the additional influence of local perturbations, including modifications to chemistry, stoichiometry, and composition. Carbon doping, anion alloying, and cation off-stoichiometry are found to be favorable because they introduce intrinsic disorder, which facilitates local deviations from the expected cation population. Anion reorientations are also discovered to be critical for conduction, with benefits associated with lattice expansion traceable to the facilitation of anion rotation at larger volumes. This work performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.

  5. Communication: A hydrogen-bonded difluorocarbene complex: Ab initio and matrix isolation study

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    Sosulin, Ilya S.; Shiryaeva, Ekaterina S.; Tyurin, Daniil A.; Feldman, Vladimir I.

    2017-10-01

    Structure and spectroscopic features of the CF2⋯HF complexes were studied by ab initio calculations at the CCSD(T) level and matrix isolation FTIR spectroscopy. The calculations predict three stable structures. The most energetically favorable structure corresponds to hydrogen bonding of HF to the lone pair of the C atom (the interaction energy of 3.58 kcal/mol), whereas two less stable structures are the H⋯F bonded complexes (the interaction energies of 0.30 and 0.24 kcal/mol). The former species was unambiguously characterized by the absorptions in the FTIR spectra observed after X-ray irradiation of fluoroform in a xenon matrix at 5 K. The corresponding features appear at 3471 (H-F stretching), 1270 (C-F symmetric stretching, shoulder), 1175 (antisymmetric C-F stretching), and 630 (libration) cm-1, in agreement with the computational predictions. To our knowledge, it is the first hydrogen-bonded complex of dihalocarbene. Possible weaker manifestations of the H⋯F bonded complexes were also found in the C-F stretching region; however, their assignment is tentative. The H⋯C bonded complex is protected from reaction yielding a fluoroform molecule by a remarkably high energy barrier (23.85 kcal/mol), so it may be involved in various chemical reactions.

  6. Nitrogen Molecule-Ethylene Sulfide Complex Investigated by Fourier Transform Microwave Spectroscopy and AB Initio Calculation

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    Iwano, Sakae; Kawashima, Yoshiyuki; Hirota, Eizi

    2016-06-01

    We have systematically investigated the van der Waals complexes consisting of the one from each of the two groups: (Rg, CO, N_2 or CO_2) and (dimethyl ether, dimethyl sulfide, ethylene oxide or ethylene sulfide), by using Fourier transform microwave spectroscopy supplemented by ab initio MO calculations, in order to understand the dynamical behavior of van der Waals complexes and to obtain information on the potential function to internal motions in complexes. Two examples of the N_2 complex were investigated: N_2-DME (dimethyl ether), for which we reported a preliminary result and N_2-EO (ethylene oxide). In the present study we focused attention to the N_2-ES (ethylene sulfide) complex. We have detected two sets of the {b}-type transitions for the 15N_2-ES in ortho and para states, and have analyzed them by using the asymmetric-rotor program of {A}-reduction. In contrast with the N_2-EO, for which each of the ortho and para states were found split into a strong/weak pair, only some transitions of the 15N_2-ES were accompanied by two or three components. The observed spectra of the 14N_2-ES were complicated because of hyperfine splittings due to the nuclear quadrupole coupling of the two nitrogen atoms. We concluded that the N_2 moiety was located in the plane perpendicular to the C-S-C plane and bisecting the CSC angle of the ES. Two isomers were expected to exist for 15NN-ES, one with 15N in the inner and the other in the outer position, and in fact two sets of the spectra were detected. We have carried out ab initio molecular orbital calculations at the level of MP2 with basis sets 6-311++G(d, p), aug-cc-pVDZ, and aug-cc-pVTZ, to complement the information on the intracomplex motions obtained from the observed rotational spectra. Y. Kawashima, A. Sato, Y. Orita, and E. Hirota, J. Phys. Chem. A, 2012 116, 1224 Y. Kawashima, Y. Tatamitani, Y. Morita, and E. Hirota, 61st International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, TE10 (2006) Y. Kawashima and E. Hirota, J

  7. Intermolecular interactions of trifluorohalomethanes with Lewis bases in the gas phase: An ab initio study

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    Wang, Yi-Siang; Yin, Chih-Chien; Chao, Sheng D., E-mail: sdchao@spring.iam.ntu.edu.tw

    2014-10-07

    We perform an ab initio computational study of molecular complexes with the general formula CF{sub 3}X—B that involve one trifluorohalomethane CF{sub 3}X (X = Cl or Br) and one of a series of Lewis bases B in the gas phase. The Lewis bases are so chosen that they provide a range of electron-donating abilities for comparison. Based on the characteristics of their electron pairs, we consider the Lewis bases with a single n-pair (NH{sub 3} and PH{sub 3}), two n-pairs (H{sub 2}O and H{sub 2}S), two n-pairs with an unsaturated bond (H{sub 2}CO and H{sub 2}CS), and a single π-pairmore » (C{sub 2}H{sub 4}) and two π-pairs (C{sub 2}H{sub 2}). The aim is to systematically investigate the influence of the electron pair characteristics and the central atom substitution effects on the geometries and energetics of the formed complexes. The counterpoise-corrected supermolecule MP2 and coupled-cluster single double with perturbative triple [CCSD(T)] levels of theory have been employed, together with a series of basis sets up to aug-cc-pVTZ. The angular and radial configurations, the binding energies, and the electrostatic potentials of the stable complexes have been compared and discussed as the Lewis base varies. For those complexes where halogen bonding plays a significant role, the calculated geometries and energetics are consistent with the σ-hole model. Upon formation of stable complexes, the C–X bond lengths shorten, while the C–X vibrational frequencies increase, thus rendering blueshifting halogen bonds. The central atom substitution usually enlarges the intermolecular bond distances while it reduces the net charge transfers, thus weakening the bond strengths. The analysis based on the σ-hole model is grossly reliable but requires suitable modifications incorporating the central atom substitution effects, in particular, when interaction components other than electrostatic contributions are involved.« less

  8. Ab initio study of hexagonal Fe/Ru multilayers

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    Spišák, D.; Lorenz, R.; Hafner, J.

    2001-06-01

    Calculations of structural and electronic properties of hexagonal Fe/Ru multilayers, as well as of pure Fe and Ru metals, were performed using the spin-polarized density functional technique. Apart from the conventional hexagonal AB stacking of close-packed planes, an AB' stacking with atoms in a B' plane shifted over the triangle edges formed by atoms in an A plane was examined in the Fe part of the multilayers. It was concluded that the most stable solution is a ferromagnetic configuration with an AB' stacking within Fe layers with the axial ratio cFe/aRu=1.47 and with an AB stacking in Ru layers with cRu/aRu=1.60. Interfacial interdiffusion effects and antiferromagnetic order were also investigated in connection with the reported disappearance of a magnetism at the Fe/Ru interfaces. The equilibrium lattice parameters of hexagonal close-packed Fe metal, aFe=2.44 Å, cFe/aFe=1.60, were obtained for a nonmagnetic state. At an only slightly larger lattice constant an antiferromagnetic state appears. For bulk Ru the parameters aRu=2.73 Å, cRu/aRu=1.58 were found for a nonmagnetic phase with the onset of antiferromagnetism beginning at highly dilated interatomic distances.

  9. Automated property optimization via ab initio O(N) elongation method: Application to (hyper-)polarizability in DNA

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    Orimoto, Yuuichi, E-mail: orimoto.yuuichi.888@m.kyushu-u.ac.jp; Aoki, Yuriko; Japan Science and Technology Agency, CREST, 4-1-8 Hon-chou, Kawaguchi, Saitama 332-0012

    2016-07-14

    An automated property optimization method was developed based on the ab initio O(N) elongation (ELG) method and applied to the optimization of nonlinear optical (NLO) properties in DNA as a first test. The ELG method mimics a polymerization reaction on a computer, and the reaction terminal of a starting cluster is attacked by monomers sequentially to elongate the electronic structure of the system by solving in each step a limited space including the terminal (localized molecular orbitals at the terminal) and monomer. The ELG-finite field (ELG-FF) method for calculating (hyper-)polarizabilities was used as the engine program of the optimization method,more » and it was found to show linear scaling efficiency while maintaining high computational accuracy for a random sequenced DNA model. Furthermore, the self-consistent field convergence was significantly improved by using the ELG-FF method compared with a conventional method, and it can lead to more feasible NLO property values in the FF treatment. The automated optimization method successfully chose an appropriate base pair from four base pairs (A, T, G, and C) for each elongation step according to an evaluation function. From test optimizations for the first order hyper-polarizability (β) in DNA, a substantial difference was observed depending on optimization conditions between “choose-maximum” (choose a base pair giving the maximum β for each step) and “choose-minimum” (choose a base pair giving the minimum β). In contrast, there was an ambiguous difference between these conditions for optimizing the second order hyper-polarizability (γ) because of the small absolute value of γ and the limitation of numerical differential calculations in the FF method. It can be concluded that the ab initio level property optimization method introduced here can be an effective step towards an advanced computer aided material design method as long as the numerical limitation of the FF method is taken into account.« less

  10. Automated property optimization via ab initio O(N) elongation method: Application to (hyper-)polarizability in DNA

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    Orimoto, Yuuichi; Aoki, Yuriko

    2016-07-01

    An automated property optimization method was developed based on the ab initio O(N) elongation (ELG) method and applied to the optimization of nonlinear optical (NLO) properties in DNA as a first test. The ELG method mimics a polymerization reaction on a computer, and the reaction terminal of a starting cluster is attacked by monomers sequentially to elongate the electronic structure of the system by solving in each step a limited space including the terminal (localized molecular orbitals at the terminal) and monomer. The ELG-finite field (ELG-FF) method for calculating (hyper-)polarizabilities was used as the engine program of the optimization method, and it was found to show linear scaling efficiency while maintaining high computational accuracy for a random sequenced DNA model. Furthermore, the self-consistent field convergence was significantly improved by using the ELG-FF method compared with a conventional method, and it can lead to more feasible NLO property values in the FF treatment. The automated optimization method successfully chose an appropriate base pair from four base pairs (A, T, G, and C) for each elongation step according to an evaluation function. From test optimizations for the first order hyper-polarizability (β) in DNA, a substantial difference was observed depending on optimization conditions between "choose-maximum" (choose a base pair giving the maximum β for each step) and "choose-minimum" (choose a base pair giving the minimum β). In contrast, there was an ambiguous difference between these conditions for optimizing the second order hyper-polarizability (γ) because of the small absolute value of γ and the limitation of numerical differential calculations in the FF method. It can be concluded that the ab initio level property optimization method introduced here can be an effective step towards an advanced computer aided material design method as long as the numerical limitation of the FF method is taken into account.

  11. Critical and phase-equilibrium properties of an ab initio based potential model of methanol and 1-propanol using two-phase molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Patel, Sonal; Wilding, W Vincent; Rowley, Richard L

    2011-12-21

    Two-phase molecular dynamics simulations employing a Monte Carlo volume sampling method were performed using an ab initio based force field model parameterized to reproduce quantum-mechanical dimer energies for methanol and 1-propanol at temperatures approaching the critical temperature. The intermolecular potential models were used to obtain the binodal vapor-liquid phase dome at temperatures to within about 10 K of the critical temperature. The efficacy of two all-atom, site-site pair potential models, developed solely from the energy landscape obtained from high-level ab initio pair interactions, was tested for the first time. The first model was regressed from the ab initio landscape without point charges using a modified Morse potential to model the complete interactions; the second model included point charges to separate Coulombic and dispersion interactions. Both models produced equivalent phase domes and critical loci. The model results for the critical temperature, density, and pressure, in addition to the sub-critical equilibrium vapor and liquid densities and vapor pressures, are compared to experimental data. The model's critical temperature for methanol is 77 K too high while that for 1-propanol is 80 K too low, but the critical densities are in good agreement. These differences are likely attributable to the lack of multi-body interactions in the true pair potential models used here.

  12. Serious Gaming for Test & Evaluation of Clean-Slate (Ab Initio) National Airspace System (NAS) Designs

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    Allen, B. Danette; Alexandrov, Natalia

    2016-01-01

    Incremental approaches to air transportation system development inherit current architectural constraints, which, in turn, place hard bounds on system capacity, efficiency of performance, and complexity. To enable airspace operations of the future, a clean-slate (ab initio) airspace design(s) must be considered. This ab initio National Airspace System (NAS) must be capable of accommodating increased traffic density, a broader diversity of aircraft, and on-demand mobility. System and subsystem designs should scale to accommodate the inevitable demand for airspace services that include large numbers of autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and a paradigm shift in general aviation (e.g., personal air vehicles) in addition to more traditional aerial vehicles such as commercial jetliners and weather balloons. The complex and adaptive nature of ab initio designs for the future NAS requires new approaches to validation, adding a significant physical experimentation component to analytical and simulation tools. In addition to software modeling and simulation, the ability to exercise system solutions in a flight environment will be an essential aspect of validation. The NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) Autonomy Incubator seeks to develop a flight simulation infrastructure for ab initio modeling and simulation that assumes no specific NAS architecture and models vehicle-to-vehicle behavior to examine interactions and emergent behaviors among hundreds of intelligent aerial agents exhibiting collaborative, cooperative, coordinative, selfish, and malicious behaviors. The air transportation system of the future will be a complex adaptive system (CAS) characterized by complex and sometimes unpredictable (or unpredicted) behaviors that result from temporal and spatial interactions among large numbers of participants. A CAS not only evolves with a changing environment and adapts to it, it is closely coupled to all systems that constitute the environment. Thus, the ecosystem that

  13. AB INITIO PULSAR MAGNETOSPHERE: THE ROLE OF GENERAL RELATIVITY

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    Philippov, Alexander A.; Cerutti, Benoit; Spitkovsky, Anatoly

    2015-12-20

    It has recently been demonstrated that self-consistent particle-in-cell simulations of low-obliquity pulsar magnetospheres in flat spacetime show weak particle acceleration and no pair production near the poles. We investigate the validity of this conclusion in a more realistic spacetime geometry via general-relativistic particle-in-cell simulations of the aligned pulsar magnetosphere with pair formation. We find that the addition of the frame-dragging effect makes the local current density along the magnetic field larger than the Goldreich–Julian value, which leads to unscreened parallel electric fields and the ignition of a pair cascade. When pair production is active, we observe field oscillations in themore » open field bundle, which could be related to pulsar radio emission. We conclude that general-relativistic effects are essential for the existence of the pulsar mechanism in low-obliquity rotators.« less

  14. An Automated Ab Initio Framework for Identifying New Ferroelectrics

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    Smidt, Tess; Reyes-Lillo, Sebastian E.; Jain, Anubhav; Neaton, Jeffrey B.

    Ferroelectric materials have a wide-range of technological applications including non-volatile RAM and optoelectronics. In this work, we present an automated first-principles search for ferroelectrics. We integrate density functional theory, crystal structure databases, symmetry tools, workflow software, and a custom analysis toolkit to build a library of known and proposed ferroelectrics. We screen thousands of candidates using symmetry relations between nonpolar and polar structure pairs. We use two search strategies 1) polar-nonpolar pairs with the same composition and 2) polar-nonpolar structure type pairs. Results are automatically parsed, stored in a database, and accessible via a web interface showing distortion animations and plots of polarization and total energy as a function of distortion. We benchmark our results against experimental data, present new ferroelectric candidates found through our search, and discuss future work on expanding this search methodology to other material classes such as anti-ferroelectrics and multiferroics.

  15. Computational prediction of muon stopping sites using ab initio random structure searching (AIRSS).

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    Liborio, Leandro; Sturniolo, Simone; Jochym, Dominik

    2018-04-07

    The stopping site of the muon in a muon-spin relaxation experiment is in general unknown. There are some techniques that can be used to guess the muon stopping site, but they often rely on approximations and are not generally applicable to all cases. In this work, we propose a purely theoretical method to predict muon stopping sites in crystalline materials from first principles. The method is based on a combination of ab initio calculations, random structure searching, and machine learning, and it has successfully predicted the Mu T and Mu BC stopping sites of muonium in Si, diamond, and Ge, as well as the muonium stopping site in LiF, without any recourse to experimental results. The method makes use of Soprano, a Python library developed to aid ab initio computational crystallography, that was publicly released and contains all the software tools necessary to reproduce our analysis.

  16. Ab initio calculations on the magnetic properties of transition metal complexes

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    Bodenstein, Tilmann; Fink, Karin

    2015-12-01

    We present a protocol for the ab initio determination of the magnetic properties of mono- and polynuclear transition metal compounds. First, we obtain the low lying electronic states by multireference methods. Then, we include spin-orbit coupling and an external magnetic field for the determination of zero-field splitting and g-tensors. For the polynuclear complexes the magnetic exchange coupling constants are determined by a modified complete active space self consistent field method. Based on the results of the ab initio calculations, magnetic data such as magnetic susceptibility or magnetization are simulated and compared to experimental data. The results obtained for the polynuclear complexes are further analysed by calculations on model complexes where part of the magnetic centers are substituted by diamagnetic ions. The methods are applied to different Co and Ni containing transition metal complexes.

  17. Implementation of a vector potential method in an ab initio Hartree-Fock code

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    Tevekeliyska, Violina; Springborg, Michael; Champagne, Benoît; Kirtman, Bernard

    2012-12-01

    For extended systems exposed to an external, electrostatic field, the presence of the field leads to an extra term (E⃗. P⃗) to the Hamiltonian, where E⃗ is the field vector and P⃗ is the polarization of the system of interest. In order to find out how a polymer chain responds to an external electric perturbation, a field with a charge and a current term for the polarization is added to an ab initio Hartree-Fock Hamiltonian. The polarization expression is taken from an efficient vector potential approach (VPA) [1] for calculating electronic and nuclear responses of infinite periodic systems to finite electric fields and is implemented in the ab initio LCAO-SCF algorithm [3], which computes band structure of regular or helical polymers, taking into account the one-dimensional translational symmetry. A smoothing procedure for numerical differentiation of the orbital coefficients is used in order to calculate self-consistently the charge flow contribution to the polarization.

  18. Ab initio calculation of valley splitting in monolayer δ-doped phosphorus in silicon

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    2013-01-01

    The differences in energy between electronic bands due to valley splitting are of paramount importance in interpreting transport spectroscopy experiments on state-of-the-art quantum devices defined by scanning tunnelling microscope lithography. Using vasp, we develop a plane-wave density functional theory description of systems which is size limited due to computational tractability. Nonetheless, we provide valuable data for the benchmarking of empirical modelling techniques more capable of extending this discussion to confined disordered systems or actual devices. We then develop a less resource-intensive alternative via localised basis functions in siesta, retaining the physics of the plane-wave description, and extend this model beyond the capability of plane-wave methods to determine the ab initio valley splitting of well-isolated δ-layers. In obtaining an agreement between plane-wave and localised methods, we show that valley splitting has been overestimated in previous ab initio calculations by more than 50%. PMID:23445785

  19. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulation of liquid water by quantum Monte Carlo.

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    Zen, Andrea; Luo, Ye; Mazzola, Guglielmo; Guidoni, Leonardo; Sorella, Sandro

    2015-04-14

    Although liquid water is ubiquitous in chemical reactions at roots of life and climate on the earth, the prediction of its properties by high-level ab initio molecular dynamics simulations still represents a formidable task for quantum chemistry. In this article, we present a room temperature simulation of liquid water based on the potential energy surface obtained by a many-body wave function through quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) methods. The simulated properties are in good agreement with recent neutron scattering and X-ray experiments, particularly concerning the position of the oxygen-oxygen peak in the radial distribution function, at variance of previous density functional theory attempts. Given the excellent performances of QMC on large scale supercomputers, this work opens new perspectives for predictive and reliable ab initio simulations of complex chemical systems.

  20. Specific interactions between androgen receptor and its ligand: ab initio molecular orbital calculations in water.

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    Kobayashi, Ittetsu; Takeda, Ryosuke; Suzuki, Rie; Shimamura, Kanako; Ishimura, Hiromi; Kadoya, Ryushi; Kawai, Kentaro; Takimoto-Kamimura, Midori; Kurita, Noriyuki

    2017-08-01

    The Androgen Receptor (AR) is a family of nuclear receptor proteins and a ligand-activated transcription factor. Since its abnormal activation can cause the progression of prostate cancer, numerous types of antagonists against AR have been developed as promising agents for treating prostate cancers. We here investigated the specific interactions between AR and several types of non-steroid agents at an electronic level, using ab initio molecular simulations based on molecular mechanics and ab initio fragment molecular orbital (FMO) methods From the results obtained by FMO, we proposed novel agents as potent ligands against AR and investigated the binding properties between AR and these agents to confirm that some of them can bind more strongly with AR than the existing non-steroid agents and can be strongly effective ligands against AR. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Hyperfine Parameters for Aluminum Hydride: An ab Initio Molecular Orbital Study.

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    Gee, Myrlene; Wasylishen, Roderick E.

    2001-06-01

    An extensive ab initio molecular orbital study of the (27)Al nuclear spin-rotation and nuclear quadrupolar coupling constants in aluminum hydride, AlH, has been performed. The (27)Al nuclear spin-rotation constant (C( perpendicular)), calculated to be approximately 300 kHz, was neglected in a previous analysis of the hyperfine structure in the microwave spectrum (M. Goto and S. Saito, Astrophys. J. 452, L147-148 (1995)). Unfortunately, the ab initio calculations do not provide a definitive value for the aluminum nuclear quadrupolar coupling constant, but suggest a value of -49+/-4 MHz. It is apparent that the microwave study of AlH should be repeated. Copyright 2001 Academic Press.

  2. Prediction of the material with highest known melting point from ab initio molecular dynamics calculations

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    Hong, Qi-Jun; van de Walle, Axel

    2015-07-01

    Using electronic structure calculations, we conduct an extensive investigation into the Hf-Ta-C system, which includes the compounds that have the highest melting points known to date. We identify three major chemical factors that contribute to the high melting temperatures. Based on these factors, we propose a class of materials that may possess even higher melting temperatures and explore it via efficient ab initio molecular dynamics calculations in order to identify the composition maximizing the melting point. This study demonstrates the feasibility of automated and high-throughput materials screening and discovery via ab initio calculations for the optimization of "higher-level" properties, such as melting points, whose determination requires extensive sampling of atomic configuration space.

  3. Low-temperature metallic liquid hydrogen: an ab-initio path-integral molecular dynamics perspective

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    Chen, Ji; Li, Xin-Zheng; Zhang, Qianfan; Probert, Matthew; Pickard, Chris; Needs, Richard; Michaelides, Angelos; Wang, Enge

    2013-03-01

    Experiments and computer simulations have shown that the melting temperature of solid hydrogen drops with pressure above about 65 GPa, suggesting that a low temperature liquid state might exist. It has also been suggested that this liquid state might be non-molecular and metallic, although evidence for such behaviour is lacking. Using a combination of ab initio path-integral molecular dynamics and the two-phase methods, we have simulated the melting of solid hydrogen under finite temperatures. We found an atomic solid phase from 500 to 800 GPa which melts at < 200 K. Beyond this and up to pressures of 1,200 GPa a metallic atomic liquid is stable at temperatures as low as 50 K. The quantum motion of the protons is critical to the low melting temperature in this system as ab initio simulations with classical nuclei lead to a considerably higher melting temperature of ~300 K across the entire pressure range considered.

  4. Electronic properties of liquid Hg-In alloys : Ab-initio molecular dynamics study

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    Sharma, Nalini, E-mail: nalini-2808@yahoo.co.in; Ahluwalia, P. K.; Thakur, Anil

    2016-05-23

    Ab-initio molecular dynamics simulations are performed to study the structural properties of liquid Hg-In alloys. The interatomic interactions are described by ab-initio pseudopotentials given by Troullier and Martins. Three liquid Hg-In alloys (Hg{sub 10}In{sub 90}, Hg{sub 30}In{sub 70,.} Hg{sub 50}In{sub 50}, Hg{sub 70}In{sub 30}, and Hg{sub 90}Pb{sub 10}) at 299 K are considered. The calculated results for liquid Hg (l-Hg) and lead (l-In) are also drawn. Along with the calculated results of considered five liquid alloys of Hg-In alloy. The results obtained from electronic properties namely total density of state and partial density of states help to find the localmore » arrangement of Hg and In atoms and the presence of liquid state in the considered five alloys.« less

  5. Ab initio calculations on the magnetic properties of transition metal complexes

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    Bodenstein, Tilmann; Fink, Karin

    2015-12-31

    We present a protocol for the ab initio determination of the magnetic properties of mono- and polynuclear transition metal compounds. First, we obtain the low lying electronic states by multireference methods. Then, we include spin-orbit coupling and an external magnetic field for the determination of zero-field splitting and g-tensors. For the polynuclear complexes the magnetic exchange coupling constants are determined by a modified complete active space self consistent field method. Based on the results of the ab initio calculations, magnetic data such as magnetic susceptibility or magnetization are simulated and compared to experimental data. The results obtained for the polynuclearmore » complexes are further analysed by calculations on model complexes where part of the magnetic centers are substituted by diamagnetic ions. The methods are applied to different Co and Ni containing transition metal complexes.« less

  6. Nuclear quantum effects in ab initio dynamics: Theory and experiments for lithium imide

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    Ceriotti, Michele; Miceli, Giacomo; Pietropaolo, Antonino; Colognesi, Daniele; Nale, Angeloclaudio; Catti, Michele; Bernasconi, Marco; Parrinello, Michele

    2010-11-01

    Owing to their small mass, hydrogen atoms exhibit strong quantum behavior even at room temperature. Including these effects in first-principles calculations is challenging because of the huge computational effort required by conventional techniques. Here we present the first ab initio application of a recently developed stochastic scheme, which allows to approximate nuclear quantum effects inexpensively. The proton momentum distribution of lithium imide, a material of interest for hydrogen storage, was experimentally measured by inelastic neutron-scattering experiments and compared with the outcome of quantum thermostatted ab initio dynamics. We obtain favorable agreement between theory and experiments for this purely quantum-mechanical property, thereby demonstrating that it is possible to improve the modeling of complex hydrogen-containing materials without additional computational effort.

  7. Ab initio Electron Mobility and Polar Phonon Scattering in GaAs

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    Zhou, Jin-Jian; Bernardi, Marco

    In polar semiconductors and oxides, the long-range nature of the electron-phonon (e-ph) interaction is a bottleneck to compute charge transport from first principles. Here, we develop an efficient ab initio scheme to compute and converge the e-ph relaxation times (RTs) and electron mobility in polar materials. We apply our approach to GaAs, where using the Boltzmann equation with state-dependent RTs, we compute mobilities in excellent agreement with experiment at 250 -500 K. The e-ph RTs and the phonon contributions to intra-valley and inter-valley e-ph scattering are also analyzed. Our work enables efficient ab initio computations of transport and carrier dynamics in polar materials. This work was supported by the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, a DOE Energy Innovation Hub, supported through the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy under Award Number DE-SC0004993.

  8. Ab initio quantum mechanics-based free energy perturbation method for calculating relative solvation free energies.

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    Reddy, M Rami; Singh, U C; Erion, Mark D

    2007-01-30

    A free energy perturbation (FEP) method was developed that uses ab initio quantum mechanics (QM) for treating the solute molecules and molecular mechanics (MM) for treating the surroundings. Like our earlier results using AM1 semi empirical QMs, the ab initio QM/MM-based FEP method was shown to accurately calculate relative solvation free energies for a diverse set of small molecules that differ significantly in structure, aromaticity, hydrogen bonding potential, and electron density. Accuracy was similar to or better than conventional FEP methods. The QM/MM-based methods eliminate the need for time-consuming development of MM force field parameters, which are frequently required for drug-like molecules containing structural motifs not adequately described by MM. Future automation of the method and parallelization of the code for Linux 128/256/512 clusters is expected to enhance the speed and increase its use for drug design and lead optimization.

  9. Knockout reactions from p-shell nuclei : tests of ab initio structure models.

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    Grinyer, G. F.; Bazin, D.; Gade, A.

    2011-04-22

    Absolute cross sections have been determined following single neutron knockout reactions from {sup 10}Be and {sup 10}C at intermediate energy. Nucleon density distributions and bound-state wave function overlaps obtained from both variational Monte Carlo (VMC) and no core shell model (NCSM) ab initio calculations have been incorporated into the theoretical description of knockout reactions. Comparison to experimental cross sections demonstrates that the VMC approach, with the inclusion of 3-body forces, provides the best overall agreement while the NCSM and conventional shell-model calculations both overpredict the cross sections by 20% to 30% for {sup 10}Be and by 40% to 50% formore » {sup 10}C, respectively. This study gains new insight into the importance of 3-body forces and continuum effects in light nuclei and provides a sensitive technique to assess the accuracy of ab initio calculations for describing these effects.« less

  10. Ab initio NMR Confirmed Evolutionary Structure Prediction for Organic Molecular Crystals

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    Pham, Cong-Huy; Kucukbenli, Emine; de Gironcoli, Stefano

    2015-03-01

    Ab initio crystal structure prediction of even small organic compounds is extremely challenging due to polymorphism, molecular flexibility and difficulties in addressing the dispersion interaction from first principles. We recently implemented vdW-aware density functionals and demonstrated their success in energy ordering of aminoacid crystals. In this work we combine this development with the evolutionary structure prediction method to study cholesterol polymorphs. Cholesterol crystals have paramount importance in various diseases, from cancer to atherosclerosis. The structure of some polymorphs (e.g. ChM, ChAl, ChAh) have already been resolved while some others, which display distinct NMR spectra and are involved in disease formation, are yet to be determined. Here we thoroughly assess the applicability of evolutionary structure prediction to address such real world problems. We validate the newly predicted structures with ab initio NMR chemical shift data using secondary referencing for an improved comparison with experiments.

  11. Molecular dynamics simulation of liquid carbon tetrachloride using ab initio force field

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    Li, Arvin Huang-Te; Huang, Shou-Cheng; Chao, Sheng D.

    2010-01-01

    Intermolecular interaction potentials of the carbon tetrachloride dimer in 12 orientations have been calculated using the Hartree-Fock self-consistent theory and the second-order Møller-Plesset (MP2) perturbation theory. We have employed basis sets from Pople's medium size basis sets [up to 6-311++G(3df,3pd)] to Dunning's correlation consistent basis sets (up to aug-cc-pVQZ). The calculated MP2 potential data were employed to parametrize a four-site force field for molecular simulations. We performed molecular dynamics simulations using the ab initio force field and compared the simulation results to experiments. Quantitative agreements for the atomwise radial distribution functions, the self-diffusion coefficients, and the neutron and x-ray diffraction scattering functions over a wide range of experimental conditions can be obtained, thus validating the ab initio force field without using experimental data a priori.

  12. Molecular dynamics simulation of liquid carbon tetrachloride using ab initio force field.

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    Li, Arvin Huang-Te; Huang, Shou-Cheng; Chao, Sheng D

    2010-01-14

    Intermolecular interaction potentials of the carbon tetrachloride dimer in 12 orientations have been calculated using the Hartree-Fock self-consistent theory and the second-order Moller-Plesset (MP2) perturbation theory. We have employed basis sets from Pople's medium size basis sets [up to 6-311++G(3df,3pd)] to Dunning's correlation consistent basis sets (up to aug-cc-pVQZ). The calculated MP2 potential data were employed to parametrize a four-site force field for molecular simulations. We performed molecular dynamics simulations using the ab initio force field and compared the simulation results to experiments. Quantitative agreements for the atomwise radial distribution functions, the self-diffusion coefficients, and the neutron and x-ray diffraction scattering functions over a wide range of experimental conditions can be obtained, thus validating the ab initio force field without using experimental data a priori.

  13. Specific interactions between DNA and regulatory protein controlled by ligand-binding: Ab initio molecular simulation

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    Matsushita, Y.; Murakawa, T.; Shimamura, K.; Oishi, M.; Ohyama, T.; Kurita, N.

    2015-02-01

    The catabolite activator protein (CAP) is one of the regulatory proteins controlling the transcription mechanism of gene. Biochemical experiments elucidated that the complex of CAP with cyclic AMP (cAMP) is indispensable for controlling the mechanism, while previous molecular simulations for the monomer of CAP+cAMP complex revealed the specific interactions between CAP and cAMP. However, the effect of cAMP-binding to CAP on the specific interactions between CAP and DNA is not elucidated at atomic and electronic levels. We here considered the ternary complex of CAP, cAMP and DNA in solvating water molecules and investigated the specific interactions between them at atomic and electronic levels using ab initio molecular simulations based on classical molecular dynamics and ab initio fragment molecular orbital methods. The results highlight the important amino acid residues of CAP for the interactions between CAP and cAMP and between CAP and DNA.

  14. Approaches to ab initio molecular replacement of α-helical transmembrane proteins.

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    Thomas, Jens M H; Simkovic, Felix; Keegan, Ronan; Mayans, Olga; Zhang, Chengxin; Zhang, Yang; Rigden, Daniel J

    2017-12-01

    α-Helical transmembrane proteins are a ubiquitous and important class of proteins, but present difficulties for crystallographic structure solution. Here, the effectiveness of the AMPLE molecular replacement pipeline in solving α-helical transmembrane-protein structures is assessed using a small library of eight ideal helices, as well as search models derived from ab initio models generated both with and without evolutionary contact information. The ideal helices prove to be surprisingly effective at solving higher resolution structures, but ab initio-derived search models are able to solve structures that could not be solved with the ideal helices. The addition of evolutionary contact information results in a marked improvement in the modelling and makes additional solutions possible.

  15. Ab initio Equation of State and Phase Diagram of MgO in the megabar regime

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    Soubiran, F.; Militzer, B.

    2017-12-01

    Accurate equations of state (EOS) and phase diagrams for silicate materials are a cornerstone of Earth, Super-Earth's and giant planet cores' models. While recent shock wave experiments have provided new data on the principal Hugoniot curve, accessing off-Hugoniot states is much more challenging. Ab initio computer simulations offer the possibility to complement the experiments in this regard. Here we report results of an extensive set of ab initio simulations of MgO in solid and liquid phases over a wide range of parameters relevant for Earth, Super-Earth's and giant planet's interiors. Using the thermodynamic integration technique, we derive a consistent EOS including free energy and entropy information. We will discuss the relative stability of different phases.

  16. Computational prediction of muon stopping sites using ab initio random structure searching (AIRSS)

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    Liborio, Leandro; Sturniolo, Simone; Jochym, Dominik

    2018-04-01

    The stopping site of the muon in a muon-spin relaxation experiment is in general unknown. There are some techniques that can be used to guess the muon stopping site, but they often rely on approximations and are not generally applicable to all cases. In this work, we propose a purely theoretical method to predict muon stopping sites in crystalline materials from first principles. The method is based on a combination of ab initio calculations, random structure searching, and machine learning, and it has successfully predicted the MuT and MuBC stopping sites of muonium in Si, diamond, and Ge, as well as the muonium stopping site in LiF, without any recourse to experimental results. The method makes use of Soprano, a Python library developed to aid ab initio computational crystallography, that was publicly released and contains all the software tools necessary to reproduce our analysis.

  17. Controlling Magnetic and Ferroelectric Order Through Geometry: Synthesis, Ab Initio Theory, Characterization of New Multi-Ferric Fluoride Materials

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    Halasyamani, Shiv; Fennie, Craig

    2016-11-03

    We have focused on the synthesis, characterization, and ab initio theory on multi-functional mixed-metal fluorides. With funding from the DOE, we have successfully synthesized and characterized a variety of mixed metal fluoride materials.

  18. Ab initio optical potentials and nucleon scattering on medium mass nuclei

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    Idini, A.; Barbieri, C.; Navrátil, P.

    2018-03-01

    We show first results for the elastic scattering of neutrons off oxygen and calcium isotopes obtained from ab initio optical potentials. The potential is derived using self-consistent Green’s function theory (SCGF) with the saturating chiral interaction NNLOsat. Calculations are compared to available scattering data and show that it is possible to reproduce low energy scattering observables in medium mass nuclei from first principles.

  19. First fully ab initio potential energy surface of methane with a spectroscopic accuracy

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    Nikitin, A. V.; Rey, M.; Tyuterev, Vl. G.

    2016-09-01

    Full 9-dimensional ab initio potential energy surfaces for the methane molecule are constructed using extended electronic structure coupled-cluster calculations with various series of basis sets following increasing X cardinal numbers: cc-pVXZ (X = 3, 4, 5, 6), aug-cc-ACVXZ (X = 3, 4, 5), and cc-pCVXZ-F12 (X = 3, 4). High-order dynamic electron correlations including triple and quadrupole excitations as well as relativistic and diagonal Born-Oppenheimer breakdown corrections were accounted for. Analytical potential functions are parametrized as non-polynomial expansions in internal coordinates in irreducible tensor representation. Vibrational energy levels are reported using global variational nuclear motion calculations with exact kinetic energy operator and a full account of the tetrahedral symmetry of CH4. Our best ab initio surface including above-mentioned contributions provides the rms (obs.-calc.) errors of less than 0.11 cm-1 for vibrational band centers below 4700 cm-1, and ˜0.3 cm-1 for all 229 assigned experimentally determined vibrational levels up to the Icosad range <7900 cm-1 without empirically adjusted parameters. These results improve the accuracy of ab initio methane vibrational predictions by more than an order of magnitude with respect to previous works. This is an unprecedented accuracy of first-principles calculations of a five-atomic molecule for such a large data set. New ab initio potential results in significantly better band center predictions even in comparison with best available empirically corrected potential energy surfaces. The issues related to the basis set extrapolation and an additivity of various corrections at this level of accuracy are discussed.

  20. Ab initio potential energy surface for the highly nonlinear dynamics of the KCN molecule

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    Párraga, H.; Arranz, F. J., E-mail: fj.arranz@upm.es; Benito, R. M., E-mail: rosamaria.benito@upm.es

    2013-11-21

    An accurate ab initio quantum chemistry study at level of quadratic configuration interaction method of the electronic ground state of the KCN molecule is presented. A fitting of the results to an analytical series expansion was performed to obtain a global potential energy surface suitable for the study of the associated vibrational dynamics. Additionally, classical Poincaré surfaces of section for different energies and quantum eigenstates were calculated, showing the highly nonlinear behavior of this system.

  1. Ab initio theory of the N2V defect in diamond for quantum memory implementation

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    Udvarhelyi, Péter; Thiering, Gergő; Londero, Elisa; Gali, Adam

    2017-10-01

    The N2V defect in diamond is characterized by means of ab initio methods relying on density functional theory calculated parameters of a Hubbard model Hamiltonian. It is shown that this approach appropriately describes the energy levels of correlated excited states induced by this defect. By determining its critical magneto-optical parameters, we propose to realize a long-living quantum memory by N2V defect, i.e., H 3 color center in diamond.

  2. Decohesion models informed by first-principles calculations: The ab initio tensile test

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    Enrique, Raúl A.; Van der Ven, Anton

    2017-10-01

    Extreme deformation and homogeneous fracture can be readily studied via ab initio methods by subjecting crystals to numerical "tensile tests", where the energy of locally stable crystal configurations corresponding to elongated and fractured states are evaluated by means of density functional method calculations. The information obtained can then be used to construct traction curves of cohesive zone models in order to address fracture at the macroscopic scale. In this work, we perform an in depth analysis of traction curves and how ab initio calculations must be interpreted to rigorously parameterize an atomic scale cohesive zone model, using crystalline Ag as an example. Our analysis of traction curves reveal the existence of two qualitatively distinct decohesion criteria: (i) an energy criterion whereby the released elastic energy equals the energy cost of creating two new surfaces and (ii) an instability criterion that occurs at a higher and size independent stress than that of the energy criterion. We find that increasing the size of the simulation cell renders parts of the traction curve inaccessible to ab initio calculations involving the uniform decohesion of the crystal. We also find that the separation distance below which a crack heals is not a material parameter as has been proposed in the past. Finally, we show that a large energy barrier separates the uniformly stressed crystal from the decohered crystal, resolving a paradox predicted by a scaling law based on the energy criterion that implies that large crystals will decohere under vanishingly small stresses. This work clarifies confusion in the literature as to how a cohesive zone model is to be parameterized with ab initio "tensile tests" in the presence of internal relaxations.

  3. Conformational properties of molecules by ab initio quantum mechanical energy minimization.

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    Pedersen, L

    1985-01-01

    The recent literature on the determination of minimum energy conformations by ab initio quantum mechanical techniques is reviewed. The availability of computer-coded analytical first and second derivatives of the Hartree-Fock energy makes possible calculations that will be of significant assistance in structure determination of molecules. A short review of recent progress in empirical energy minimization and molecular dynamics is provided. PMID:3905373

  4. An ab initio study of core-valence correlation. [in atoms

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    Partridge, H.; Bauschlicher, C. W., Jr.; Walch, S. P.; Liu, B.

    1983-01-01

    Especially in the cases of the first two columns of the periodic table, the inclusion of core-valence correlation in ab initio CI calculations yields a contraction of the atomic valence shell and improves both calculated atomic ionization potentials and atomic energy separations. For the alkali dimers Na2, K2, and Rb2, the presently calculated bond lengths are in excellent agreement with experiments when core-valence is included. In addition, the valence dissociation energies are accurate.

  5. Trapping of hydrogen and helium at dislocations in tungsten: an ab initio study

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    Bakaev, A.; Grigorev, P.; Terentyev, D.; Bakaeva, A.; Zhurkin, E. E.; Mastrikov, Yu. A.

    2017-12-01

    The interaction of H or He atoms with a core of edge and screw dislocations (SDs), with Burgers vector a 0/2≤ft< 1 1 1 \\right> , is studied by means of ab initio calculations. The results show that the edge dislocations are stronger traps for H and He compared to the SDs, while the H/He affinity to both types of dislocation is significantly weaker than to a single vacancy. The lowest energy atomic configurations are rationalized on the basis of the charge density distribution and elasticity theory considerations. The results obtained contribute to the rationalization of the thermal desorption spectroscopy analysis by attributing certain peaks of the release of plasma components to the detrapping from dislocations. Complementary molecular statics (MS) calculations are performed to validate the accuracy of the recently developed W-H-He embedded atom method (EAM) and bond-order potentials. It is revealed that the EAM potential can reproduce correctly the magnitude of the interaction of H with both dislocations as compared to the ab initio results. All the potentials underestimate significantly the He-dislocation interaction and cannot describe correctly the lowest energy positions for H and He around the dislocation core. The reason for the discrepancy between ab initio and the MS results is rationalized by the analysis of the fully relaxed atomic configurations.

  6. Density-matrix based determination of low-energy model Hamiltonians from ab initio wavefunctions

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    Changlani, Hitesh J.; Zheng, Huihuo; Wagner, Lucas K.

    2015-09-14

    We propose a way of obtaining effective low energy Hubbard-like model Hamiltonians from ab initio quantum Monte Carlo calculations for molecular and extended systems. The Hamiltonian parameters are fit to best match the ab initio two-body density matrices and energies of the ground and excited states, and thus we refer to the method as ab initio density matrix based downfolding. For benzene (a finite system), we find good agreement with experimentally available energy gaps without using any experimental inputs. For graphene, a two dimensional solid (extended system) with periodic boundary conditions, we find the effective on-site Hubbard U{sup ∗}/t tomore » be 1.3 ± 0.2, comparable to a recent estimate based on the constrained random phase approximation. For molecules, such parameterizations enable calculation of excited states that are usually not accessible within ground state approaches. For solids, the effective Hamiltonian enables large-scale calculations using techniques designed for lattice models.« less

  7. Accelerating ab initio path integral molecular dynamics with multilevel sampling of potential surface

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    Geng, Hua Y., E-mail: huay.geng@gmail.com; Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Cornell University, Baker Laboratory, Ithaca, NY 14853

    2015-02-15

    A multilevel approach to sample the potential energy surface in a path integral formalism is proposed. The purpose is to reduce the required number of ab initio evaluations of energy and forces in ab initio path integral molecular dynamics (AI-PIMD) simulation, without compromising the overall accuracy. To validate the method, the internal energy and free energy of an Einstein crystal are calculated and compared with the analytical solutions. As a preliminary application, we assess the performance of the method in a realistic model—the FCC phase of dense atomic hydrogen, in which the calculated result shows that the acceleration rate ismore » about 3 to 4-fold for a two-level implementation, and can be increased up to 10 times if extrapolation is used. With only 16 beads used for the ab initio potential sampling, this method gives a well converged internal energy. The residual error in pressure is just about 3 GPa, whereas it is about 20 GPa for a plain AI-PIMD calculation with the same number of beads. The vibrational free energy of the FCC phase of dense hydrogen at 300 K is also calculated with an AI-PIMD thermodynamic integration method, which gives a result of about 0.51 eV/proton at a density of r{sub s}=0.912.« less

  8. Materials Screening for the Discovery of New Half-Heuslers: Machine Learning versus ab Initio Methods.

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    Legrain, Fleur; Carrete, Jesús; van Roekeghem, Ambroise; Madsen, Georg K H; Mingo, Natalio

    2018-01-18

    Machine learning (ML) is increasingly becoming a helpful tool in the search for novel functional compounds. Here we use classification via random forests to predict the stability of half-Heusler (HH) compounds, using only experimentally reported compounds as a training set. Cross-validation yields an excellent agreement between the fraction of compounds classified as stable and the actual fraction of truly stable compounds in the ICSD. The ML model is then employed to screen 71 178 different 1:1:1 compositions, yielding 481 likely stable candidates. The predicted stability of HH compounds from three previous high-throughput ab initio studies is critically analyzed from the perspective of the alternative ML approach. The incomplete consistency among the three separate ab initio studies and between them and the ML predictions suggests that additional factors beyond those considered by ab initio phase stability calculations might be determinant to the stability of the compounds. Such factors can include configurational entropies and quasiharmonic contributions.

  9. An ab initio calculation of the fundamental and overtone HCl stretching vibrations for the HCl dimer

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    Jensen, Per; Bunker, P. R.; Epa, V. C.; Karpfen, A.

    1992-02-01

    We have previously determined an analytical ab initio six-dimensional potential energy surface for the HCl dimer, and have used it to determine the minimum energy path for the trans-tunneling motion. In the present paper we refine this path by fitting to data. We calculate a further 178 ab initio points in order to determine the HCl stretching energies, and HCl stretching dipole moment functions, at eight positions along the minimum energy path. We use these ab initio results to compute the stretching wavenumbers and transition moments from the v1 = v2 = 0 state to all states of (HCl) 2 that have v1 + v2 ≤ 3, where v1 and v2 are the local mode quantum numbers for the HCl stretching vibrations. In doing this calculation we have assumed an adiabatic separation of the HCl stretching motion from the other vibrational motions in the dimer, and have used the semirigid bender Hamiltonian to average over the trans-tunneling motion. We obtain the fundamental "free-H" stretch v1 at 2877 cm -1 and the fundamental "bound-H" stretch v2 at 2861 cm -1; the experimental values are 2880 and 2854 cm -1, respectively.

  10. Ab Initio Predictions of Hexagonal Zr(B,C,N) Polymorphs for Coherent Interface Design

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    Hu, Chongze; Huang, Jingsong; Sumpter, Bobby G.; ...

    2017-10-27

    Density functional theory calculations are used to explore hexagonal (HX) NiAs-like polymorphs of Zr(B,C,N) and compare with corresponding Zr(B,C,N) Hagg-like face-centered cubic rocksalt (B1) phases. While all predicted compounds are mechanically stable according to the Born-Huang criteria, only HX Zr(C,N) are found dynamically stable from ab initio molecular dynamics simulations and lattice dynamics calculations. HX ZrN emerges as a candidate structure with ground state energy, elastic constants, and extrinsic mechanical parameters comparable with those of B1 ZrN. Ab initio band structure and semi-classical Boltzmann transport calculations predict a metallic character and a monotonic increase in electrical conductivity with the numbermore » of valence electrons. Electronic structure calculations indicate that the HX phases gain their stability and mechanical attributes by Zr d- non-metal p hybridization and by broadening of Zr d bands. Furthermore, it is shown that the HX ZrN phase provides a low-energy coherent interface model for connecting B1 ZrN domains, with significant energetic advantage over an atomistic interface model derived from high resolution transmission electron microscopy images. The ab initio characterizations provided herein should aid the experimental identification of non-Hagg-like hard phases. Furthermore, the results can also enrich the variety of crystalline phases potentially available for designing coherent interfaces in superhard nanostructured materials and in materials with multilayer characteristics.« less

  11. Ab initio Study of Naptho-Homologated DNA Bases

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    Sumpter, Bobby G; Vazquez-Mayagoitia, Alvaro; Huertas, Oscar

    2008-01-01

    Naptho-homologated DNA bases have been recently used to build a new type of size expanded DNA known as yyDNA. We have used theoretical techniques to investigate the structure, tautomeric preferences, base-pairing ability, stacking interactions, and HOMO-LUMO gaps of the naptho-bases. The structure of these bases is found to be similar to that of the benzo-fused predecessors (y-bases) with respect to the planarity of the aromatic rings and amino groups. Tautomeric studies reveal that the canonical-like form of naptho-thymine (yyT) and naptho-adenine (yyA) are the most stable tautomers, leading to hydrogen-bonded dimers with the corresponding natural nucleobases that mimic the Watson-Crickmore » pairing. However, the canonical-like species of naptho-guanine (yyG) and naptho-cytosine (yyC) are not the most stable tautomers, and the most favorable hydrogen-bonded dimers involve wobble-like pairings. The expanded size of the naphto-bases leads to stacking interactions notably larger than those found for the natural bases, and they should presumably play a dominant contribution in modulating the structure of yyDNA duplexes. Finally, the HOMO-LUMO gap of the naptho-bases is smaller than that of their benzo-base counterparts, indicating that size-expansion of DNA bases is an efficient way of reducing their HOMO-LUMO gap. These results are examined in light of the available experimental evidence reported for yyT and yyC.« less

  12. Dissipative Particle Dynamics interaction parameters from ab initio calculations

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    Sepehr, Fatemeh; Paddison, Stephen J.

    2016-02-01

    Dissipative Particle Dynamics (DPD) is a commonly employed coarse-grained method to model complex systems. Presented here is a pragmatic approach to connect atomic-scale information to the meso-scale interactions defined between the DPD particles or beads. Specifically, electronic structure calculations were utilized for the calculation of the DPD pair-wise interaction parameters. An implicit treatment of the electrostatic interactions for charged beads is introduced. The method is successfully applied to derive the parameters for a hydrated perfluorosulfonic acid ionomer with absorbed vanadium cations.

  13. Matrix-isolation study and ab initio calculations of the structure and spectra of hydroxyacetone.

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    Sharma, Archna; Reva, Igor; Fausto, Rui

    2008-07-03

    The structure of hydroxyacetone (HA) isolated in an argon matrix (at 12 K) and in a neat solid phase (at 12-175 K) was characterized by using infrared (IR) spectroscopy. The interpretation of the experimental results was supported by high-level quantum chemical calculations, undertaken by using both ab initio (MP2) and density functional theory methods. A potential-energy surface scan, carried out at the MP2/6-311++G(d,p) level of theory, predicted four nonequivalent minima, Cc, Tt, Tg, and Ct, all of them doubly degenerate by symmetry. The energy barriers for conversion between most of the symmetrically related structures and also between some of the nonequivalent minima (e.g., Tg --> Tt and Ct --> Tt) are very small and stay below the zero-point vibrational level associated with the isomerization coordinate in the higher-energy form in each pair. Therefore, only Cc and Tt conformers have physical significance, with populations of 99 and 1%, respectively, in gas phase at room temperature. For the matrix-isolated compound, only the most stable Cc conformer was observed. On the other hand, the polarizable continuum model calculations indicated that in water solution, the population of Tt and Ct conformers might be high enough (ca. 6 and 11%, respectively) to enable their experimental detection, thus supporting the conclusions of a previous IR spectroscopy study [ Spectrochim. Acta A 2005, 61, 477] in which the presence of more than one HA conformer in aqueous solution was postulated. The signatures of these minor conformers, however, do not appear in the spectra of the neat HA crystal, and the crystal structure was rationalized in terms of centrosymmetric hydrogen-bonded dimers consisting of two Cc-like units. Finally, we calculated (1)H, (13)C, and (17)O NMR chemical shifts at different levels of theory and found them to agree with available experimental data.

  14. Collisional Dissociation of CO: ab initio Potential Energy Surfaces and Quasiclassical Trajectory Rate Coefficients

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    Schwenke, David W.; Jaffe, Richard L.; Chaban, Galina M.

    2016-01-01

    We have generated accurate global potential energy surfaces for CO+Ar and CO+O that correlate with atom-diatom pairs in their ground electronic states based on extensive ab initio electronic structure calculations and used these potentials in quasi-classical trajectory nuclear dynamics calculations to predict the thermal dissociation rate coefficients over 5000- 35000 K. Our results are not compatible with the 20-45 year old experimental results. For CO + Ar we obtain fairly good agreement with the experimental rate coefficients of Appleton et al. (1970) and Mick and Roth (1993), but our computed rate coefficients exhibit a stronger temperature dependence. For CO + O our dissociation rate coefficient is in close agreement with the value from the Park model, which is an empirical adjustment of older experimental results. However, we find the rate coefficient for CO + O is only 1.5 to 3.3 times larger than CO + Ar over the temperature range of the shock tube experiments (8000-15,000 K). The previously accepted value for this rate coefficient ratio is 15, independent of temperature. We also computed the rate coefficient for the CO + O ex- change reaction which forms C + O2. We find this reaction is much faster than previously believed and is the dominant process in the removal of CO at temperatures up to 16,000 K. As a result, the dissociation of CO is accomplished in two steps (react to form C+O2 and then O2 dissociates) that are endothermic by 6.1 and 5.1 eV, instead of one step that requires 11.2 eV to break the CO bond.

  15. Ab initio study of the ground and excited electronic states of the methyl radical

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    Zanchet, A.; Bañares, L.; Senent, M. L.; García-Vela, A.

    2016-01-01

    The ground and some excited electronic states of the methyl radical have been characterized by means of highly correlated ab intio techniques. The specific excited states investigated are those involved in the dissociation of the radical, namely the 3s and 3pz Rydberg states, and the A1 and B1 valence states crossing them, respectively. The C-H dissociative coordinate and the HCH bending angle were considered in order to generate the first two-dimensional ab initio representation of the potential surfaces of the above electronic states of CH3, along with the nonadiabatic couplings between them. Spectroscopic constants and frequencies calculated for the ground and bound excited states agree well with most of the available experimental data. Implications of the shape of the excited potential surfaces and couplings for the dissociation pathways of CH3 are discussed in the light of recent experimental results for dissociation from low-lying vibrational states of CH3. Based on the ab initio data some predictions are made regarding methyl photodissociation from higher initial vibrational states. PMID:27892569

  16. Carbon dioxide hydrate phase equilibrium and cage occupancy calculations using ab initio intermolecular potentials.

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    Velaga, Srinath C; Anderson, Brian J

    2014-01-16

    Gas hydrate deposits are receiving increased attention as potential locations for CO2 sequestration, with CO2 replacing the methane that is recovered as an energy source. In this scenario, it is very important to correctly characterize the cage occupancies of CO2 to correctly assess the sequestration potential as well as the methane recoverability. In order to predict accurate cage occupancies, the guest–host interaction potential must be represented properly. Earlier, these potential parameters were obtained by fitting to experimental equilibrium data and these fitted parameters do not match with those obtained by second virial coefficient or gas viscosity data. Ab initio quantum mechanical calculations provide an independent means to directly obtain accurate intermolecular potentials. A potential energy surface (PES) between H2O and CO2 was computed at the MP2/aug-cc-pVTZ level and corrected for basis set superposition error (BSSE), an error caused due to the lower basis set, by using the half counterpoise method. Intermolecular potentials were obtained by fitting Exponential-6 and Lennard-Jones 6-12 models to the ab initio PES, correcting for many-body interactions. We denoted this model as the “VAS” model. Reference parameters for structure I carbon dioxide hydrate were calculated using the VAS model (site–site ab initio intermolecular potentials) as Δμ(w)(0) = 1206 ± 2 J/mol and ΔH(w)(0) = 1260 ± 12 J/mol. With these reference parameters and the VAS model, pure CO2 hydrate equilibrium pressure was predicted with an average absolute deviation of less than 3.2% from the experimental data. Predictions of the small cage occupancy ranged from 32 to 51%, and the large cage is more than 98% occupied. The intermolecular potentials were also tested by calculating the pure CO2 density and diffusion of CO2 in water using molecular dynamics simulations.

  17. Introducing ab initio based neural networks for transition-rate prediction in kinetic Monte Carlo simulations

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    Messina, Luca; Castin, Nicolas; Domain, Christophe; Olsson, Pär

    2017-02-01

    The quality of kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC) simulations of microstructure evolution in alloys relies on the parametrization of point-defect migration rates, which are complex functions of the local chemical composition and can be calculated accurately with ab initio methods. However, constructing reliable models that ensure the best possible transfer of physical information from ab initio to KMC is a challenging task. This work presents an innovative approach, where the transition rates are predicted by artificial neural networks trained on a database of 2000 migration barriers, obtained with density functional theory (DFT) in place of interatomic potentials. The method is tested on copper precipitation in thermally aged iron alloys, by means of a hybrid atomistic-object KMC model. For the object part of the model, the stability and mobility properties of copper-vacancy clusters are analyzed by means of independent atomistic KMC simulations, driven by the same neural networks. The cluster diffusion coefficients and mean free paths are found to increase with size, confirming the dominant role of coarsening of medium- and large-sized clusters in the precipitation kinetics. The evolution under thermal aging is in better agreement with experiments with respect to a previous interatomic-potential model, especially concerning the experiment time scales. However, the model underestimates the solubility of copper in iron due to the excessively high solution energy predicted by the chosen DFT method. Nevertheless, this work proves the capability of neural networks to transfer complex ab initio physical properties to higher-scale models, and facilitates the extension to systems with increasing chemical complexity, setting the ground for reliable microstructure evolution simulations in a wide range of alloys and applications.

  18. Efficient approach to compute melting properties fully from ab initio with application to Cu

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    Zhu, Li-Fang; Grabowski, Blazej; Neugebauer, Jörg

    2017-12-01

    Applying thermodynamic integration within an ab initio-based free-energy approach is a state-of-the-art method to calculate melting points of materials. However, the high computational cost and the reliance on a good reference system for calculating the liquid free energy have so far hindered a general application. To overcome these challenges, we propose the two-optimized references thermodynamic integration using Langevin dynamics (TOR-TILD) method in this work by extending the two-stage upsampled thermodynamic integration using Langevin dynamics (TU-TILD) method, which has been originally developed to obtain anharmonic free energies of solids, to the calculation of liquid free energies. The core idea of TOR-TILD is to fit two empirical potentials to the energies from density functional theory based molecular dynamics runs for the solid and the liquid phase and to use these potentials as reference systems for thermodynamic integration. Because the empirical potentials closely reproduce the ab initio system in the relevant part of the phase space the convergence of the thermodynamic integration is very rapid. Therefore, the proposed approach improves significantly the computational efficiency while preserving the required accuracy. As a test case, we apply TOR-TILD to fcc Cu computing not only the melting point but various other melting properties, such as the entropy and enthalpy of fusion and the volume change upon melting. The generalized gradient approximation (GGA) with the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (PBE) exchange-correlation functional and the local-density approximation (LDA) are used. Using both functionals gives a reliable ab initio confidence interval for the melting point, the enthalpy of fusion, and entropy of fusion.

  19. Full Dimensional Vibrational Calculations for Methane Using AN Accurate New AB Initio Based Potential Energy Surface

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    Majumder, Moumita; Dawes, Richard; Wang, Xiao-Gang; Carrington, Tucker; Li, Jun; Guo, Hua; Manzhos, Sergei

    2014-06-01

    New potential energy surfaces for methane were constructed, represented as analytic fits to about 100,000 individual high-level ab initio data. Explicitly-correlated multireference data (MRCI-F12(AE)/CVQZ-F12) were computed using Molpro [1] and fit using multiple strategies. Fits with small to negligible errors were obtained using adaptations of the permutation-invariant-polynomials (PIP) approach [2,3] based on neural-networks (PIP-NN) [4,5] and the interpolative moving least squares (IMLS) fitting method [6] (PIP-IMLS). The PESs were used in full-dimensional vibrational calculations with an exact kinetic energy operator by representing the Hamiltonian in a basis of products of contracted bend and stretch functions and using a symmetry adapted Lanczos method to obtain eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Very close agreement with experiment was produced from the purely ab initio PESs. References 1- H.-J. Werner, P. J. Knowles, G. Knizia, 2012.1 ed. 2012, MOLPRO, a package of ab initio programs. see http://www.molpro.net. 2- Z. Xie and J. M. Bowman, J. Chem. Theory Comput 6, 26, 2010. 3- B. J. Braams and J. M. Bowman, Int. Rev. Phys. Chem. 28, 577, 2009. 4- J. Li, B. Jiang and Hua Guo, J. Chem. Phys. 139, 204103 (2013). 5- S Manzhos, X Wang, R Dawes and T Carrington, JPC A 110, 5295 (2006). 6- R. Dawes, X-G Wang, A.W. Jasper and T. Carrington Jr., J. Chem. Phys. 133, 134304 (2010).

  20. Ab initio molecular dynamics study of the reaction between Th(+) and H(2)O.

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    Zhou, Jia; Schlegel, H Bernhard

    2010-08-26

    The gas phase reaction of Th(+) with H(2)O to produce HThO(+) + H and ThO(+) + H(2) was investigated using density functional theory and coupled cluster methods. RRKM calculations of the branching ratio favor the H atomic elimination channel in disagreement with experiment. Ab initio classical trajectory calculations were carried out to obtain a better model of the molecular dynamics. The molecular dynamics simulations yield a branching ratio of ca. 80% for the H(2) elimination channel to 20% for the H atomic elimination channel in qualitative agreement with the observed ratio of 65% to 35%.

  1. Ab initio predictions on the rotational spectra of carbon-chain carbene molecules

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    Maluendes, S. A.; McLean, A. D.; Loew, G. H. (Principal Investigator)

    1992-01-01

    We predict rotational constants for the carbon-chain molecules H2C=(C=)nC, n=3-8, using ab initio computations, observed values for the earlier members in the series, H2CCC and H2CCCC with n=1 and 2, and empirical geometry corrections derived from comparison of computation and experiment on related molecules. H2CCC and H2CCCC have already been observed by radioastronomy; higher members in the series, because of their large dipole moments, which we have calculated, are candidates for astronomical searches. Our predictions can guide searches and assist in both astronomical and laboratory detection.

  2. Phonon spectrum of lead oxychloride Pb3O2Cl2: Ab initio calculation and experiment

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    Zakir'yanov, D. O.; Chernyshev, V. A.; Zakir'yanova, I. D.

    2016-02-01

    IR and Raman spectra of Pb3O2Cl2 in the range of 50-600 cm-1 have been detected for the first time. Ab initio calculations of the crystal structure and the phonon spectrum of Pb3O2Cl2 in the framework of LCAO approach have been performed by the Hartree-Fock method and in the framework of the density functional theory with the use of hybrid functionals. The results of calculations have made it possible to interpret the experimental vibration spectra and reveal silent modes, which do not manifest themselves in these spectra but influence the optical properties of the crystal.

  3. Carbon dioxide capture in 2-aminoethanol aqueous solution from ab initio molecular dynamics simulations

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    Kubota, Yoshiyuki; Ohnuma, Toshiharu; Bučko, Tomáš

    2017-03-01

    The reaction of carbon dioxide (CO2) with aqueous 2-aminoethanol (MEA) has been investigated using both blue moon ensemble and metadynamics approaches combined with ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations. The AIMD simulations predicted the spontaneous deprotonation of the intermediate compound, MEA zwitterion, and they were used to study two possible routes for subsequent proton transfer reactions: the formation of the protonated MEA and the formation of MEA carbamic acid. The free-energy curve depicted by blue moon ensemble technique supported the favorable deprotonation of MEA zwitterion. The overall free-energy profile showed the favorable formation of the ionic products of MEA carbamate ion and protonated MEA.

  4. Exploring Partonic Structure of Hadrons Using ab initio Lattice QCD Calculations.

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    Ma, Yan-Qing; Qiu, Jian-Wei

    2018-01-12

    Following our previous proposal, we construct a class of good "lattice cross sections" (LCSs), from which we can study the partonic structure of hadrons from ab initio lattice QCD calculations. These good LCSs, on the one hand, can be calculated directly in lattice QCD, and on the other hand, can be factorized into parton distribution functions (PDFs) with calculable coefficients, in the same way as QCD factorization for factorizable hadronic cross sections. PDFs could be extracted from QCD global analysis of the lattice QCD generated data of LCSs. We also show that the proposed functions for lattice QCD calculation of PDFs in the literature are special cases of these good LCSs.

  5. Ab Initio Calculations of Singlet and Triplet Excited States of Chlorine Nitrate and Nitric Acid

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    Grana, Ana M.; Lee, Timothy J.; Head-Gordon, Martin; Langhoff, Stephen R. (Technical Monitor)

    1994-01-01

    Ab initio calculations of vertical excitations to singlet and triplet excited states of chlorine nitrate and nitric acid are reported. The nature of the electronic transitions are examined by decomposing the difference density into the sum of detachment and attachment densities. Counterparts for the three lowest singlet excited states of nitric acid survive relatively unperturbed in chlorine nitrate, while other low-lying singlet states of chlorine nitrate appear to be directly dissociative in the ClO chromophore. These results suggest an assignment of the two main peaks in the experimental chlorine nitrate absorption spectrum. In addition, triplet vertical excitations and the lowest optimized triplet geometries of both molecules are studied.

  6. Electronic states of Zn2 - Ab initio calculations of a prototype for Hg2

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    Hay, P. J.; Dunning, T. H., Jr.; Raffenetti, R. C.

    1976-01-01

    The electronic states of Zn2 are investigated by ab initio polarization configuration-interaction calculations. Molecular states dissociating to Zn(1S) + Zn(1S, 3P, 1P) and Zn(3P) + Zn(3P) are treated. Important effects from states arising from Zn(+)(25) + Zn(-)(2P) are found in the potential-energy curves and electronic-transition moments. A model calculation for Hg2 based on the Zn2 curves and including spin-orbit coupling leads to a new interpretation of the emission bands in Hg vapor.

  7. Simple synthesis, structure and ab initio study of 1,4-benzodiazepine-2,5-diones

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    Jadidi, Khosrow; Aryan, Reza; Mehrdad, Morteza; Lügger, Thomas; Ekkehardt Hahn, F.; Ng, Seik Weng

    2004-04-01

    A simple procedure for the synthesis of pyrido[2,1-c][1,4] benzodiazepine-6,12-dione ( 1) and 1,4-benzodiazepine-2,5-diones ( 2a- 2d), using microwave irradiation and/or conventional heating is reported. The configuration of 1 was determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. A detailed ab initio B3LYP/6-31G* calculation of structural parameters and substituent effects on ring inversion barriers (Δ G#) and also free energy differences (Δ G0) for benzodiazepines are reported.

  8. Electronic excitation induced amorphization in titanate pyrochlores: an ab initio molecular dynamics study

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    Xiao, H. Y.; Weber, W. J.; Zhang, Y.; Zu, X. T.; Li, S.

    2015-01-01

    The response of titanate pyrochlores (A2Ti2O7, A = Y, Gd and Sm) to electronic excitation is investigated utilizing an ab initio molecular dynamics method. All the titanate pyrochlores are found to undergo a crystalline-to-amorphous structural transition under a low concentration of electronic excitations. The transition temperature at which structural amorphization starts to occur depends on the concentration of electronic excitations. During the structural transition, O2-like molecules are formed, and this anion disorder further drives cation disorder that leads to an amorphous state. This study provides new insights into the mechanisms of amorphization in titanate pyrochlores under laser, electron and ion irradiations. PMID:25660219

  9. Ramsdellite-structured LiTiO 2: A new phase predicted from ab initio calculations

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    Koudriachova, M. V.

    2008-06-01

    A new phase of highly lithiated titania with potential application as an anode in Li-rechargeable batteries is predicted on the basis of ab initio calculations. This phase has a composition LiTiO2 and may be accessed through electrochemical lithiation of ramsdellite-structured TiO2 at the lowest potential reported for titanium dioxide based materials. The potential remains constant over a wide range of Li-concentrations. The new phase is metastable with respect to a tetragonally distorted rock salt structure, which hitherto has been the only known polymorph of LiTiO2.

  10. Heat capacities of xenotime-type ceramics: An accurate ab initio prediction

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    Ji, Yaqi; Beridze, George; Bosbach, Dirk; Kowalski, Piotr M.

    2017-10-01

    Because of ability to incorporate actinides into their structure, the lanthanide phosphate ceramics (LnPO4) are considered as potential matrices for the disposal of nuclear waste. Here we present highly reliable ab initio prediction of the variation of heat capacities and the standard entropies of these compounds in zircon structure along lanthanide series (Ln = Dy, …,Lu) and validate them against the existing experimental data. These data are helpful for assessment of thermodynamic parameters of these materials in the context of using them as matrices for immobilization of radionuclides for the purpose of nuclear waste management.

  11. Exploring Partonic Structure of Hadrons Using ab initio Lattice QCD Calculations

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    Ma, Yan-Qing; Qiu, Jian-Wei

    2018-01-01

    Following our previous proposal, we construct a class of good "lattice cross sections" (LCSs), from which we can study the partonic structure of hadrons from ab initio lattice QCD calculations. These good LCSs, on the one hand, can be calculated directly in lattice QCD, and on the other hand, can be factorized into parton distribution functions (PDFs) with calculable coefficients, in the same way as QCD factorization for factorizable hadronic cross sections. PDFs could be extracted from QCD global analysis of the lattice QCD generated data of LCSs. We also show that the proposed functions for lattice QCD calculation of PDFs in the literature are special cases of these good LCSs.

  12. Ab initio study of native point defects in delafossite CuAlO2

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    Hamada, Ikutaro; Katayama-Yoshida, Hiroshi

    2005-06-01

    Ab initio calculations on important native point defects in delafossite CuAlO2 have bee performed to investigate the origin of its p-type conductivity. We have found that the oxygen interstitial has the lowest energy to form among the neutral defects considered in this work, while the formation energy of the copper vacancy is the second smallest. Our results indicate the introduction of the oxygen interstitial or the copper vacancy is considered as an efficient doping method to fabricate a low-resistive CuAlO2.

  13. Ab initio Quantum Chemical and Experimental Reaction Kinetics Studies in the Combustion of Bipropellants

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    2017-03-24

    FL, USA; 24 March 2017 Viewgraph/Briefing Charts N /A Unclassified Unclassified Unclassified SAR 30 Dr. Marcus Young N /A...Reaction is not a Simple H-abstraction Process  There is Strong Electron Repulsion Between N and O-atoms  The Significant Multi-reference Character...TS5 → CH3N + H → TS6 → CH2= N + H2  This work  Multi-reference ab initio Methods Used to Characterize Bond Breaking Processes  RRKM and Multi-well

  14. An ab initio investigation of the structure, vibrational frequencies, and intensities of HO2 and HOCl

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    Komornicki, A.; Jaffe, R. L.

    1979-01-01

    The infrared spectral intensities for HOCl and HO2 have been calculated using a new ab initio technique. Theoretical results for the geometries, vibrational frequencies, and the dipole moments of these species are also reported. All of the calculations were performed at the SCF level using near Hartree-Fock quality basis sets. The results for the molecular geometries and the vibrational frequencies are in good agreement with available experimental data. It is believed that the computed intensities are accurate to at least 50%. The results should be helpful in attempts to determine the stratospheric abundance of HOCl and HO2 by in situ infrared spectroscopic measurements.

  15. Site occupancy trend of Co in Ni{sub 2}MnIn: Ab initio approach

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    Pal, Soumyadipta, E-mail: soumyadipta.pal@gmail.com; Mahadevan, Priya; Biswas, C.

    2015-06-24

    The trend of site occupation of Co at Ni sites of Ni{sub 2}MnIn system is studied in austenitic phase having L2{sub 1} structure by ab initio density functional theory (DFT) calculation. The Co atoms prefer to be at Ni sites rather than Mn site and are ferromagetically coupled with Ni and Mn. The ground state has tetragonal structure for Ni{sub 1.5}Co{sub 0.5}MnIn and Ni{sub 1.25}Co{sub 0.75}MnIn. The Co tends to form cluster.

  16. Ab initio study of the alkaline hydrolysis of a thio-β-lactam structure

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    Coll, Miguel; Frau, Juan; Vilanova, Bartolomé; Donoso, Josefa; Muñoz, Francisco

    2000-08-01

    The alkaline hydrolysis of a thio-β-lactam in the gas phase was examined in the light of RHF and DFT ab initio calculations. The solvent effect was considered via IPCM computations. The tetrahedral intermediate for the thio-β-lactam studied is unstable, so the compound evolves directly to the corresponding thio-azethidin-2-one open ring with cleavage of the C-S bond. The end-products obtained bear a carbamate group, which suggests that the thio-β-lactam might be an effective inhibitor for β-lactamases.

  17. An ab initio and density functional theory study of radical-clock reactions.

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    Jäger, Christof M; Hennemann, Matthias; Mieszała, Andrzej; Clark, Timothy

    2008-02-15

    Density functional theory (DFT) and ab initio (CBS-RAD) calculations have been used to investigate a series of "radical clock" reactions. The calculated activation energies suggest that the barriers for these radical rearrangements are determined almost exclusively by the enthalpy effect with no evidence of significant polar effects. The ring-closure reactions to cyclopentylmethyl radical derivatives and the ring opening of cyclopropylmethyl radicals give different correlations between the calculated heat of reaction and barrier, but the two types of reaction are internally consistent.

  18. Spectroscopic properties with a combined approach of ab initio molecular dynamics and wavelet analysis

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    Pagliai, Marco; Muniz-Miranda, Francesco; Cardini, Gianni; Righini, Roberto; Schettino, Vincenzo

    2011-05-01

    In order to extract spectroscopic information from trajectories obtained by classical or ab initio molecular dynamics simulations, usually Fourier transforms are employed. In recent years wavelet transforms have been shown to be a valid alternative tool to analyze time-series, due to their capability of localizing a signal both in time and frequency. In this article wavelet transforms are applied for the analysis of Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics simulations to the purpose of time-correlating structural and spectroscopic properties of methyl acetate dissolved in water and methanol. The results demonstrate the possibility of obtaining information that may be of valuable help in the interpretation of time-resolved spectroscopic data.

  19. Graph Theory Meets Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics: Atomic Structures and Transformations at the Nanoscale

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    Pietrucci, Fabio; Andreoni, Wanda

    2011-08-01

    Social permutation invariant coordinates are introduced describing the bond network around a given atom. They originate from the largest eigenvalue and the corresponding eigenvector of the contact matrix, are invariant under permutation of identical atoms, and bear a clear signature of an order-disorder transition. Once combined with ab initio metadynamics, these coordinates are shown to be a powerful tool for the discovery of low-energy isomers of molecules and nanoclusters as well as for a blind exploration of isomerization, association, and dissociation reactions.

  20. Ab initio R-matrix calculations of e+-molecule scattering

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    Danby, Grahame; Tennyson, Jonathan

    1990-01-01

    The adaptation of the molecular R-matrix method, originally developed for electron-molecule collision studies, to positron scattering is discussed. Ab initio R-matrix calculations are presented for collisions of low energy positrons with a number of diatomic systems including H2, HF and N2. Differential elastic cross sections for positron-H2 show a minimum at about 45 deg for collision energies between 0.3 and 0.5 Ryd. The calculations predict a bound state of positronHF. Calculations on inelastic processes in N2 and O2 are also discussed.

  1. Ab initio study of energy transfer rates and impact sensitivities of crystalline explosives.

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    Bernstein, Jonathan

    2018-02-28

    Impact sensitivities of various crystalline explosives were predicted by means of plane wave-density functional theory calculations. Crystal structures and complete vibrational spectra of TATB, PETN, FOX7, TEX, 14DNI, and β-HMX molecular crystals were calculated. A correlation between the phonon-vibron coupling (which is proportionally related to the energy transfer rate between the phonon manifold and the intramolecular vibrational modes) and impact sensitivities of secondary explosives was found. We propose a method, based on ab initio calculations, for the evaluation of impact sensitivities, which consequently can assist in screening candidates for chemical synthesis of high energetic materials.

  2. Orbital free ab initio study of static and dynamic properties of some liquid transition metals

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    Bhuiyan, G. M.; Molla, Mohammad Riazuddin; Ziauddin Ahmed, A. Z.; Gonzalez, L. E.; Gonzalez, D. J.

    2017-08-01

    Several static and dynamic properties of liquid transition metals Cr, Mn and Co are studied for the first time using the orbital free ab-initio molecular dynamics simulation (OF-AIMD). This method is based on the density functional theory (DFT) which accounts for the electronic energy of the system whereas the interionic forces are derived from the electronic energy via the Hellman-Feynman theorem. The external energy functional is treated with a local pseudopotential. Results are reported for static structure factors, isothermal compressibility, diffusion coeffcients, sound velocity and viscosity and comparison is performed with the available experimental data and other theoretical calculations.

  3. Specific interactions between amyloid-β peptide and curcumin derivatives: Ab initio molecular simulations

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    Ishimura, Hiromi; Kadoya, Ryushi; Suzuki, Tomoya; Murakawa, Takeru; Shulga, Sergiy; Kurita, Noriyuki

    2015-07-01

    Alzheimer's disease is caused by accumulation of amyloid-β (Aβ) peptides in a brain. To suppress the production of Aβ peptides, it is effective to inhibit the cleavage of amyloid precursor protein (APP) by secretases. However, because the secretases also play important roles to produce vital proteins for human body, inhibitors for the secretases may have side effects. To propose new agents for protecting the cleavage site of APP from the attacking of the γ-secretase, we have investigated here the specific interactions between a short APP peptide and curcumin derivatives, using protein-ligand docking as well as ab initio molecular simulations.

  4. Pressure induced superconductivity in transition metal trihydrides: An ab-initio study

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    Kanagaprabha, S.; Asvini Meenaatci, A. T.; Rajeswarapalanichamy, R.; Iyakutti, K.

    2012-06-01

    First principles calculation were performed using ab-initio calculations to understand the electronic properties of transition metal trihydrides. The equilibrium geometries, the total DOS are obtained under various pressures. The most stable structure of the trihydrides is NaCl like structure. We estimated the average electron-phonon coupling constant, electron electron interaction parameter and superconducting Transition Temperature (Tc). Our results indicate that high superconductivity is observed in YH3 at a pressure of 40K. and is in agreement with the experimental value.

  5. Cobalt-doped ZnO nanocrystals: quantum confinement and surface effects from ab initio methods.

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    Schoenhalz, Aline L; Dalpian, Gustavo M

    2013-10-14

    Cobalt-doped ZnO nanocrystals were studied through ab initio methods based on the Density Functional Theory. Both quantum confinement and surface effects were explicitly taken into account. When only quantum confinement effects are considered, Co atoms interact through a superexchange mechanism, stabilizing an antiferromagnetic ground state. Usually, this is the case for high quality nanoparticles with perfect surface saturation. When the surfaces were considered, a strong hybridization between the Co atoms and surfaces was observed, strongly changing their electronic and magnetic properties. Our results indicated that the surfaces might qualitatively change the properties of impurities in semiconductor nanocrystals.

  6. Ab initio study of energy transfer rates and impact sensitivities of crystalline explosives

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    Bernstein, Jonathan

    2018-02-01

    Impact sensitivities of various crystalline explosives were predicted by means of plane wave-density functional theory calculations. Crystal structures and complete vibrational spectra of TATB, PETN, FOX7, TEX, 14DNI, and β-HMX molecular crystals were calculated. A correlation between the phonon-vibron coupling (which is proportionally related to the energy transfer rate between the phonon manifold and the intramolecular vibrational modes) and impact sensitivities of secondary explosives was found. We propose a method, based on ab initio calculations, for the evaluation of impact sensitivities, which consequently can assist in screening candidates for chemical synthesis of high energetic materials.

  7. Nuclear quantum effects in calculated NMR shieldings of ethylene; a Feynman path integral ? ab initio study

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    Böhm, Michael C.; Schulte, Joachim; Ramírez, Rafael

    2000-12-01

    The Feynman path integral Monte-Carlo formalism has been combined with the gauge-including atomic orbital (GIAO) approach to study the absolute magnetic shieldings of C 2H 4 under consideration of the thermal and quantum degrees of freedom of the nuclei. An ab initio Hamiltonian has been employed for the statistical averaging of NMR parameters. The spatial fluctuations of the atoms around their equilibrium positions lead to a deshielding of both types of nuclei relative to their shieldings at the minimum of the potential energy surface. This behavior is caused by quantum mechanical effects. It is supported by bondlength elongations in thermal equilibrium.

  8. Synthesis and Ab Initio/DFT Studies on 2-(4-methoxyphenyl)benzo[d]thiazole

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    Arslan, Hakan; Algül, Öztekin

    2007-01-01

    2-aminothiophenol and 4-methoxybenzaldehyde were cyclized under microwave irridation and solvent free conditions to synthesize 2-(4-methoxyphenyl)benzo[d]thiazole. The molecular structure and vibrational frequencies of the title compound in the ground state have been investigated with ab initio (HF) and density functional theory methods (BLYP, B3LYP, B3PW91 and mPW1PW91) implementing the standard 6–311G(d,p) basis set. Comparison of the observed fundamental vibrational frequencies of title compound and calculated results by HF and DFT methods indicate that B3LYP is superior to the scaled HF approach for molecular problems.

  9. Ab initio Study of Hyperconjugative Effect on Electronic Wavefunctions of 2-chloroethanol

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    Wang, Ke-dong; Zhang, Hai-xia; Liu, Yu-fang

    2011-08-01

    The electronic structure of five conformers of 2-chloroethanol was studied by ab initio calculations at B3LYP and MP2 levels of theory with aug-cc-pVTZ basis set. The existing hydrogen bond and hyperconjugation effects on the stability of 2-chloroethanol conformers were discussed on the base of natural bond orbital analyses. The result exhibits that hyper-conjugation is the main factor to determine the stability of conformers. Such effects on the electron wavefunctions of the highest-occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) of different conformers are demonstrated with electron momentum spectroscopy, exhibiting the obviously different symmetries of the HOMO wavefunctions in momentum space.

  10. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of overlapping recoil events in ThO₂.

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    Liu, B; Xiao, H Y; Zhang, Y; Weber, W J

    2013-10-02

    Ab initio molecular dynamics is used to study defect production and interactions from overlapping atomic recoil events in thoria. The pre-existing defects, charge redistribution, and structural distortion from an initial recoil event significantly affect the dynamics of defect production processes that occur from a subsequent overlapping recoil event. The final defect configurations and increase in system energy are dependent on the incident directions and sequence of the recoils. A linear relationship between system potential energy and charge transfer at the distance of closest approach between the recoil and atomic nuclei demonstrates the important role of charge transfer in the response of thoria to single and overlapping recoils.

  11. An analytical ab initio potential surface and the calculated tunneling energies for the HCl dimer

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    Bunker, P. R.; Epa, V. C.; Jensen, Per; Karpfen, Alfred

    1991-03-01

    The six-dimensional potential energy surface of the HCl dimer has been calculated ab initio at 1654 nuclear geometries [A. Karpfen, P. R. Bunker and P. Jensen, Chem. Phys., in press]. In the present paper we have fitted an analytical function to these points; the analytical function is similar to that used previously by us for the potential surface of the HF dimer. The fitted function has 38 adjustable parameters and the standard deviation of the weighted fit is 19.0 cm -1. We have determined the minimum energy path for the trans-bending tunneling motion on this surface, and have calculated the tunneling and K-rotation energies and wavefunctions. Around equilibrium the path is qualitatively similar to that for the HF dimer in that there are two equivalent hydrogen-bonded structures of Cs symmetry (which are approximately L-shaped with a "bound" and a "free" H-atom) that can tunnel through a C2 h saddle point (the "closed" C2 h saddle point). However, away from equilibrium the path is qualitatively different from that found for the HF dimer since the HCl dimer never becomes linear along the path; in fact it passes through a second C2 h saddle point (the "open" C2 h saddle point). As a result the A-rotational constant only varies slightly along the path, and this explains the experimental observation that the tunneling splitting varies little with K-type rotation for the HCl dimer, in contrast to the situation for the HF dimer. Quantitatively it is clear that errors in the ab initio calculation, errors in the fitting of an analytic function to the points, the correction to the path that is caused by the zero point motion in the other vibrations, and the coupling between the four low-frequency modes, will all be relatively more significant than they were for the HF dimer because the full six-dimensional potential is much flatter; the ab initio dissociation energy is only ˜600 cm -1, and the ab initio tunneling barrier is only ˜70 cm -1. Therefore, we modify the

  12. Vibrational energy levels for CH4 from an ab initio potential

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    Schwenke, D. W.; Partridge, H.

    2001-01-01

    Many areas of astronomy and astrophysics require an accurate high temperature spectrum of methane (CH4). The goal of the present research is to determine an accurate ab initio potential energy surface (PES) for CH4. As a first step towards this goal, we have determined a PES including up to octic terms. We compare our results with experiment and to a PES based on a quartic expansion. Our octic PES gives good agreement with experiment for all levels, while the quartic PES only for the lower levels.

  13. Elimination of the azeotropic point of acetone and methanol by 1,3-dimethylimidazolium dimethylphosphate: an ab initio calculation study.

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    Yu, Guangren; Liu, Xiaomin; Zhang, Xiaochun; Chen, Xiaochun; Liu, Zhiping; Abdeltawab, Ahmed A

    2017-03-01

    1,3-Dimethylimidazolium dimethylphosphate ([C 1 mim][DMP]) was observed experimentally to be able to eliminate the atmospheric azeotropic point of acetone and methanol, which is an important azeotrope generally encountered in furfural production and the Fischer-Tropsch process. Here, we employed ab initio calculation to understand the underlying mechanism of [C 1 mim][DMP] in eliminating the azeotropic point of acetone and methanol. Structure, energy and interaction in binary-, ternary- and quaternary-clusters composed of methanol, acetone, [C 1 mim] + or/and [DMP]‾ were calculated. The σ-hole, AIM and NBO analyses were performed to understand intermolecular interaction with electron density, electron occupancy, charge transfer and molecular orbital interaction. Hydrogen bond interaction plays a key role in azeotropic point elimination; due to the much stronger hydrogen bond interaction between methanol and [C 1 mim][DMP] than that between acetone and [C 1 mim][DMP], [C 1 mim][DMP] prefers to interact with methanol rather than acetone, and the original interaction between methanol and acetone is separated by [C 1 mim][DMP]. The hydrogen bond is from the orbital interaction between O lone-pair-electron orbitals of the hydrogen bond acceptor and σ * (C-H) or σ * (O-H) anti-bonding orbitals of the hydrogen bond donor, where remarkable electron or charge transfer occurs. These theoretical calculation results are in agreement with the experimental observation that [C 1 mim][DMP] eliminates the azeotropic point of methanol and acetone. This work shows that ab initio calculation may be employed to rationalize the design or synthesis of ionic liquids for separating azeotropes. Graphical Abstract Elimination of azeotropic point of acetone and methanol by [C 1 mim][DMP].

  14. Hydrogen storage in ammonia borane: Ab initio study of the de- and rehydrogenation mechanisms

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    Chang, Kiseok; Tománek, David; Kim, Eunja; Weck, Philippe F.

    2009-03-01

    Using ab initio density functional calculations, we study the microscopic mechanism of hydrogen release from ammonia borane (NH3BH3) and the reverse process leading to its subsequent recharging with hydrogen. Our total energy surfaces indicate the most favorable pathways to thermally convert the NH3BH3 molecular solid to the energetically preferred polymer NH2BH2 and molecular hydrogen. To prevent formation of undesirable side-products such as the cyclic compound borazine (N3B3H6) or other complexes that would prevent subsequent rehydrogenation, we propose to enclose AB in narrow carbon nanotubes. In this constrained space, we investigate possible rehydrogenation pathways using atomic and molecular hydrogen as well as selected protonation agents.

  15. Ab initio optimization principle for the ground states of translationally invariant strongly correlated quantum lattice models

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    Ran, Shi-Ju

    2016-05-01

    In this work, a simple and fundamental numeric scheme dubbed as ab initio optimization principle (AOP) is proposed for the ground states of translational invariant strongly correlated quantum lattice models. The idea is to transform a nondeterministic-polynomial-hard ground-state simulation with infinite degrees of freedom into a single optimization problem of a local function with finite number of physical and ancillary degrees of freedom. This work contributes mainly in the following aspects: (1) AOP provides a simple and efficient scheme to simulate the ground state by solving a local optimization problem. Its solution contains two kinds of boundary states, one of which play the role of the entanglement bath that mimics the interactions between a supercell and the infinite environment, and the other gives the ground state in a tensor network (TN) form. (2) In the sense of TN, a novel decomposition named as tensor ring decomposition (TRD) is proposed to implement AOP. Instead of following the contraction-truncation scheme used by many existing TN-based algorithms, TRD solves the contraction of a uniform TN in an opposite way by encoding the contraction in a set of self-consistent equations that automatically reconstruct the whole TN, making the simulation simple and unified; (3) AOP inherits and develops the ideas of different well-established methods, including the density matrix renormalization group (DMRG), infinite time-evolving block decimation (iTEBD), network contractor dynamics, density matrix embedding theory, etc., providing a unified perspective that is previously missing in this fields. (4) AOP as well as TRD give novel implications to existing TN-based algorithms: A modified iTEBD is suggested and the two-dimensional (2D) AOP is argued to be an intrinsic 2D extension of DMRG that is based on infinite projected entangled pair state. This paper is focused on one-dimensional quantum models to present AOP. The benchmark is given on a transverse Ising

  16. FREE ENERGIES OF CHEMICAL REACTIONS IN SOLUTION AND IN ENZYMES WITH AB INITIO QM/MM METHODS

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    Hu, Hao; Yang, Weitao

    2013-01-01

    Combined QM/MM methods provide an accurate and efficient energetic description of complex chemical and biological systems, leading to significant advances in the understanding of chemical reactions in solution and in enzymes. Progress in QM/MM methodology and application will be reviewed, with a focus on ab initio QM based approaches. Ab initio QM/MM methods capitalize on the accuracy and reliability of the associated quantum mechanical approaches, however at a much higher computational cost compared with semiempirical quantum mechanical approaches. Thus reaction path and activation free energy calculations based on ab initio QM/MM methods encounter unique challenges in simulation timescales and phase space sampling. Recent developments overcoming these challenges and enabling accurate free energy determination for reaction processes in solution and enzymes will be featured in this review, along with applications. PMID:18393679

  17. Ab-initio calculations of superconducting properties of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}

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    Zhao, G.L.; Bagayoko, D.

    1999-12-20

    The authors present ab-initio calculations for the electronic structure and superconducting properties of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} (YBCO). The electronic structure was calculated using a self-consistent ab-initio LCAO method. They solved the anisotropic Eliashberg gap equation numerically. The strong coupling of the high energy optical phonons around 60--73 meV, with the electrons at the Fermi surface, leads to a high {Tc} in YBCO. The calculated {Tc} is about 89 K for {mu}* = 0.1. The good agreement of the calculated results with experimental measurements and the ab-initio nature of the calculations support the scenario of an anisotropic s-wave superconductor formore » YBCO.« less

  18. Operator evolution for ab initio electric dipole transitions of 4He

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    Schuster, Micah D.; Quaglioni, Sofia; Johnson, Calvin W.; ...

    2015-07-24

    A goal of nuclear theory is to make quantitative predictions of low-energy nuclear observables starting from accurate microscopic internucleon forces. A major element of such an effort is applying unitary transformations to soften the nuclear Hamiltonian and hence accelerate the convergence of ab initio calculations as a function of the model space size. The consistent simultaneous transformation of external operators, however, has been overlooked in applications of the theory, particularly for nonscalar transitions. We study the evolution of the electric dipole operator in the framework of the similarity renormalization group method and apply the renormalized matrix elements to the calculationmore » of the 4He total photoabsorption cross section and electric dipole polarizability. All observables are calculated within the ab initio no-core shell model. Furthermore, we find that, although seemingly small, the effects of evolved operators on the photoabsorption cross section are comparable in magnitude to the correction produced by including the chiral three-nucleon force and cannot be neglected.« less

  19. Ab initio predictions of the structures and spectra of some simple thiosulfeno (XS2) free radicals

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    Zhuo, Q.; Clouthier, Dennis J.; Goddard, John D.

    1994-02-01

    Ab initio theory with split-valence plus polarization function and larger basis sets at the self-consistent field (SCF) and second order Møller-Plesset (UMP2) levels was used to predict the geometries and spectroscopic parameters for the ground and first excited electronic states of the HS2, FS2, and ClS2 free radicals. The ground-state species are predicted to be bent and may be described as having a sulfur-sulfur double bond, a sulfur-substituent single bond, and an unpaired electron which is delocalized principally over the sulfur centers. The first electronic transition involves an (n,π*) electron promotion which leads to a longer S-S bond, smaller bond angle, and greater localization of the unpaired electron on the terminal sulfur atom. The adiabatic transition energies are predicted to be at ˜6700, 13 700, and 10 600 cm-1 for HS2, FS2, and ClS2, respectively. The theoretical results are in good agreement with the rather limited amount of experimental data available. These ab initio predictions provide critical information to aid in future experimental studies of the matrix isolation or gas-phase spectra of the thiosulfeno radicals.

  20. Ab initio molecular dynamics of solvation effects on reactivity at electrified interfaces

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    Herron, Jeffrey A.; Morikawa, Yoshitada; Mavrikakis, Manos

    2016-08-01

    Using ab initio molecular dynamics as implemented in periodic, self-consistent (generalized gradient approximation Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof) density functional theory, we investigated the mechanism of methanol electrooxidation on Pt(111). We investigated the role of water solvation and electrode potential on the energetics of the first proton transfer step, methanol electrooxidation to methoxy (CH3O) or hydroxymethyl (CH2OH). The results show that solvation weakens the adsorption of methoxy to uncharged Pt(111), whereas the binding energies of methanol and hydroxymethyl are not significantly affected. The free energies of activation for breaking the C-H and O-H bonds in methanol were calculated through a Blue Moon Ensemble using constrained ab initio molecular dynamics. Calculated barriers for these elementary steps on unsolvated, uncharged Pt(111) are similar to results for climbing-image nudged elastic band calculations from the literature. Water solvation reduces the barriers for both C-H and O-H bond activation steps with respect to their vapor-phase values, although the effect is more pronounced for C-H bond activation, due to less disruption of the hydrogen bond network. The calculated activation energy barriers show that breaking the C-H bond of methanol is more facile than the O-H bond on solvated negatively biased or uncharged Pt(111). However, with positive bias, O-H bond activation is enhanced, becoming slightly more facile than C-H bond activation.

  1. A homology/ab initio hybrid algorithm for sampling near-native protein conformations.

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    Dhingra, Priyanka; Jayaram, Bhyravabhotla

    2013-08-15

    One of the major challenges for protein tertiary structure prediction strategies is the quality of conformational sampling algorithms, which can effectively and readily search the protein fold space to generate near-native conformations. In an effort to advance the field by making the best use of available homology as well as fold recognition approaches along with ab initio folding methods, we have developed Bhageerath-H Strgen, a homology/ab initio hybrid algorithm for protein conformational sampling. The methodology is tested on the benchmark CASP9 dataset of 116 targets. In 93% of the cases, a structure with TM-score ≥ 0.5 is generated in the pool of decoys. Further, the performance of Bhageerath-H Strgen was seen to be efficient in comparison with different decoy generation methods. The algorithm is web enabled as Bhageerath-H Strgen web tool which is made freely accessible for protein decoy generation (http://www.scfbio-iitd.res.in/software/Bhageerath-HStrgen1.jsp). Copyright © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  2. High Accuracy ab Initio Calculations of Rotational-Vibrational Levels of the HCN/HNC System.

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    Makhnev, Vladimir Yu; Kyuberis, Aleksandra A; Zobov, Nikolai F; Lodi, Lorenzo; Tennyson, Jonathan; Polyansky, Oleg L

    2018-02-08

    Highly accurate ab initio calculations of vibrational and rotational-vibrational energy levels of the HCN/HNC (hydrogen cyanide/hydrogen isocyanide) isomerising system are presented for several isotopologues. All-electron multireference configuration interaction (MRCI) electronic structure calculations were performed using basis sets up to aug-cc-pCV6Z on a grid of 1541 geometries. The ab initio energies were used to produce an analytical potential energy surface (PES) describing the two minima simultaneously. An adiabatic Born-Oppenheimer diagonal correction (BODC) correction surface as well as a relativistic correction surface were also calculated. These surfaces were used to compute vibrational and rotational-vibrational energy levels up to 25 000 cm -1 which reproduce the extensive set of experimentally known HCN/HNC levels with a root-mean-square deviation σ = 1.5 cm -1 . We studied the effect of nonadiabatic effects by introducing opportune radial and angular corrections to the nuclear kinetic energy operator. Empirical determination of two nonadiabatic parameters results in observed energies up to 7000 cm -1 for four HCN isotopologues (HCN, DCN, H 13 CN, and HC 15 N) being reproduced with σ = 0.37 cm -1 . The height of the isomerization barrier, the isomerization energy and the dissociation energy were computed using a number of models; our best results are 16 809.4, 5312.8, and 43 729 cm -1 , respectively.

  3. Ab Initio Calculation of Accurate Vibrational Frequencies for Molecules of Interest in Atmospheric Chemistry

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    Lee, Timothy J.; Langhoff, Stephen R. (Technical Monitor)

    1996-01-01

    Due to advances in quantum mechanical methods over the last few years, it is now possible to determine ab initio potential energy surfaces in which fundamental vibrational frequencies are accurate to within +/- 8 cm(sup -1) on average, and molecular bond distances are accurate to within +/- 0.001-0.003 A, depending on the nature of the bond. That is, the potential energy surfaces have not been scaled or empirically adjusted in any way, showing that theoretical methods have progressed to the point of being useful in analyzing spectra that are not from a tightly controlled laboratory environment, such as rovibrational spectra from the interstellar medium. Some recent examples demonstrating this accuracy win be presented and discussed. These include the HNO, CH4, C2H4, and ClCN molecules. The HNO molecule is interesting due to the very large H-N anharmonicity, while ClCN has a very large Fermi resonance. The ab initio studies for the CH4 and C2H4 molecules present the first accurate full quartic force fields of any kind (i.e., whether theoretical or empirical) for a five-atom and six-atom system, respectively.

  4. Excitonic splittings in molecular dimers: why static ab initio calculations cannot match them.

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    Ottiger, Philipp; Köppel, Horst; Leutwyler, Samuel

    2015-11-13

    After decades of research on molecular excitons, only few molecular dimers are available on which exciton and vibronic coupling theories can be rigorously tested. In centrosymmetric H-bonded dimers consisting of identical (hetero)aromatic chromophores, the monomer electronic transition dipole moment vectors subtract or add, yielding S 0 → S 1 and S 0 → S 2 transitions that are symmetry-forbidden or -allowed, respectively. Symmetry breaking by 12 C/ 13 C or H/D isotopic substitution renders the forbidden transition weakly allowed. The excitonic coupling (Davydov splitting) can then be measured between the S 0 → S 1 and S 0 → S 2 vibrationless bands. We discuss the mass-specific excitonic spectra of five H-bonded dimers that are supersonically cooled to a few K and investigated using two-color resonant two-photon ionization spectroscopy. The excitonic splittings Δ calc predicted by ab initio methods are 5-25 times larger than the experimental excitonic splittings Δ exp . The purely electronic ab initio splittings need to be reduced ("quenched"), reflecting the coupling of the electronic transition to the optically active vibrations of the monomers. The so-called quenching factors Γ < 1 can be determined from experiment ( Γ exp ) and/or calculation ( Γ calc ). The vibronically quenched splittings Γ · Δ calc are found to nicely reproduce the experimental exciton splittings.

  5. Conformational stability, r(0) structural parameters, vibrational assignments and ab initio calculations of ethyldichlorophosphine.

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    Darkhalil, Ikhlas D; Paquet, Charles; Waqas, Mohammad; Gounev, Todor K; Durig, James R

    2015-02-05

    Variable temperature (-60 to -100 °C) studies of ethyldichlorophosphine, CH3CH2PCl2, of the infrared spectra (4000-400 cm(-1)) dissolved in liquid xenon have been carried out. From these data, the two conformers have been identified and the enthalpy difference has been determined between the more stable trans conformer and the less stable gauche form to be 88±9 cm(-1) (1.04±0.11 kJ/mol). The percentage of abundance of the gauche conformer is estimated to be 57% at ambient temperature. The conformational stabilities have been predicted from ab initio calculations by utilizing many different basis sets up to aug-cc-pVTZ for both MP2(full) and density functional theory calculations by the B3LYP method. Vibrational assignments have been provided for both conformers which have been predicted by MP2(full)/6-31G(d) ab initio calculations to predict harmonic force fields, wavenumbers of the fundamentals, infrared intensities, Raman activities and depolarization ratios for both conformers. Estimated r0 structural parameters have been obtained from adjusted MP2(full)/6-311+G(d,p) calculations. The results are discussed and compared to the corresponding properties of some related molecules. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. Ab initio calculations of the optical properties of crystalline and liquid InSb

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    Sano, Haruyuki, E-mail: h-sano@ishikawa-nct.ac.jp; Mizutani, Goro

    2015-11-15

    Ab initio calculations of the electronic and optical properties of InSb were performed for both the crystalline and liquid states. Two sets of atomic structure models for liquid InSb at 900 K were obtained by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. To reduce the effect of structural peculiarities in the liquid models, an averaging of the two sets of the calculated electronic and optical properties corresponding to the two liquid models was performed. The calculated results indicate that, owing to the phase transition from crystal to liquid, the density of states around the Fermi level increases. As a result, the energymore » band gap opening near the Fermi level disappears. Consequently, the optical properties change from semiconductor to metallic behavior. Namely, owing to the melting of InSb, the interband transition peaks disappear and a Drude-like dispersion is observed in the optical dielectric functions. The optical absorption at a photon energy of 3.06 eV, which is used in Blu-ray Disc systems, increases owing to the melting of InSb. This increase in optical absorption is proposed to result from the increased optical transitions below 2 eV.« less

  7. Ab initio results for intermediate-mass, open-shell nuclei

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    Baker, Robert B.; Dytrych, Tomas; Launey, Kristina D.; Draayer, Jerry P.

    2017-01-01

    A theoretical understanding of nuclei in the intermediate-mass region is vital to astrophysical models, especially for nucleosynthesis. Here, we employ the ab initio symmetry-adapted no-core shell model (SA-NCSM) in an effort to push first-principle calculations across the sd-shell region. The ab initio SA-NCSM's advantages come from its ability to control the growth of model spaces by including only physically relevant subspaces, which allows us to explore ultra-large model spaces beyond the reach of other methods. We report on calculations for 19Ne and 20Ne up through 13 harmonic oscillator shells using realistic interactions and discuss the underlying structure as well as implications for various astrophysical reactions. This work was supported by the U.S. NSF (OCI-0904874 and ACI -1516338) and the U.S. DOE (DE-SC0005248), and also benefitted from the Blue Waters sustained-petascale computing project and high performance computing resources provided by LSU.

  8. Computational calculation of acetalization of benzaldehyde using acid catalysts (HCl) with computational method (Ab-Initio)

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    Yusuf, Muhammad; Sitepu, Deby Elfrinasti Br

    2017-01-01

    The computational calculation on the acetalization of benzaldehyde using acid catalysts (HCl) with computational method (Ab-Initio) has been done. The aim of this research was to studies the mechanism of benzaldehyde acetalization. The studies focus on the energy changes in the reaction coordinate. All geometry optimizations on the model of acetalization of benzaldehyde were performed with Hyperchem 8.0 (windows version) to the ab initio method using 3-21G and 6-31G* basis set. All optimized structures were also visualized by hyperchem 8.0. Based on the computational calculations, Hemiacetal 3 showed the highest energy among the others due to its lability (1399.6 kJ/mol). This step also could become as the rate determining step due to its rate which is the slowest among the others reaction. In addition, benzaldehyde dimethyl acetal (7) showed the lowest energy among the others(-6.8 kJ/mol) due to its stability which was the highest among the others.

  9. A Toolbox for Ab Initio 3-D Reconstructions in Single-particle Electron Microscopy

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    Voss, Neil R; Lyumkis, Dmitry; Cheng, Anchi; Lau, Pick-Wei; Mulder, Anke; Lander, Gabriel C; Brignole, Edward J; Fellmann, Denis; Irving, Christopher; Jacovetty, Erica L; Leung, Albert; Pulokas, James; Quispe, Joel D; Winkler, Hanspeter; Yoshioka, Craig; Carragher, Bridget; Potter, Clinton S

    2010-01-01

    Structure determination of a novel macromolecular complex via single-particle electron microscopy depends upon overcoming the challenge of establishing a reliable 3-D reconstruction using only 2-D images. There are a variety of strategies that deal with this issue, but not all of them are readily accessible and straightforward to use. We have developed a “toolbox” of ab initio reconstruction techniques that provide several options for calculating 3-D volumes in an easily managed and tightly controlled work-flow that adheres to standard conventions and formats. This toolbox is designed to streamline the reconstruction process by removing the necessity for bookkeeping, while facilitating transparent data transfer between different software packages. It currently includes procedures for calculating ab initio reconstructions via random or orthogonal tilt geometry, tomograms, and common lines, all of which have been tested using the 50S ribosomal subunit. Our goal is that the accessibility of multiple independent reconstruction algorithms via this toolbox will improve the ease with which models can be generated, and provide a means of evaluating the confidence and reliability of the final reconstructed map. PMID:20018246

  10. Ab initio quantum direct dynamics simulations of ultrafast photochemistry with Multiconfigurational Ehrenfest approach

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    Makhov, Dmitry V.; Symonds, Christopher; Fernandez-Alberti, Sebastian; Shalashilin, Dmitrii V.

    2017-08-01

    The Multiconfigurational Ehrenfest (MCE) method is a quantum dynamics technique which allows treatment of a large number of quantum nuclear degrees of freedom. This paper presents a review of MCE and its recent applications, providing a summary of the formalisms, including its ab initio direct dynamics versions and also giving a summary of recent results. Firstly, we describe the Multiconfigurational Ehrenfest version 2 (MCEv2) method and its applicability to direct dynamics and report new calculations which show that the approach converges to the exact result in model systems with tens of degrees of freedom. Secondly, we review previous ;on the fly; ab initio Multiple Cloning (AIMC-MCE) MCE dynamics results obtained for systems of a similar size, in which the calculations treat every electron and every nucleus of a polyatomic molecule on a fully quantum basis. We also review the Time Dependent Diabatic Basis (TDDB) version of the technique and give an example of its application. We summarise the details of the sampling techniques and interpolations used for calculation of the matrix elements, which make our approach efficient. Future directions of work are outlined.

  11. Ab initio molecular dynamics of solvation effects on reactivity at electrified interfaces

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    Herron, Jeffrey A.; Morikawa, Yoshitada; Mavrikakis, Manos

    2016-08-08

    Using ab initio molecular dynamics (as implemented in periodic, self-consistent (GGA-PBE) density functional theory (DFT) we investigated the mechanism of methanol electro-oxidation on Pt(111). We investigated the role of solvation and electrode potential on the energetics of the first proton transfer step, methanol electro-oxidation to methoxy (CH 3O) or hydroxymethyl (CH 2OH). The results show that solvation weakens the adsorption of methoxy to uncharged Pt(111), while the binding energy of methanol and hydroxymethyl are not significantly affected. The free energies of activation for breaking the C-H and O-H bonds in methanol were calculated through a Blue Moon Ensemble using constrainedmore » ab initio molecular dynamics. Calculated barriers for these elementary steps on unsolvated, uncharged Pt(111) are similar to results for climbing-image nudged elastic band calculations from the literature. Solvation reduces the barrier for both C-H and O-H bond activation steps with respect to their vapor phase values, though the effect is more pronounced for C-H bond activation due to less disruption of the hydrogen-bond network. The calculated activation energy barriers show that breaking the C-H bond of methanol is more facile than the O-H bond on solvated negatively biased, or uncharged Pt(111). Furthermore, with positive bias, O-H bond activation is enhanced, becoming slightly more facile than C-H bond activation.« less

  12. Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Study of Dissociation of Water under an Electric Field

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    Saitta, A. Marco; Saija, Franz; Giaquinta, Paolo V.

    2012-05-01

    The behavior of liquid water under an electric field is a crucial phenomenon in science and engineering. However, its detailed description at a microscopic level is difficult to achieve experimentally. Here we report on the first ab initio molecular-dynamics study on water under an electric field. We observe that the hydrogen-bond length and the molecular orientation are significantly modified at low-to-moderate field intensities. Fields beyond a threshold of about 0.35V/Å are able to dissociate molecules and sustain an ionic current via a series of correlated proton jumps. Upon applying even more intense fields (˜1.0V/Å), a 15%-20% fraction of molecules are instantaneously dissociated and the resulting ionic flow yields a conductance of about 7.8Ω-1cm-1, in good agreement with experimental values. This result paves the way to quantum-accurate microscopic studies of the effect of electric fields on aqueous solutions and, thus, to massive applications of ab initio molecular dynamics in neurobiology, electrochemistry, and hydrogen economy.

  13. Ab initio phonon point defect scattering and thermal transport in graphene

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    Polanco, Carlos A.; Lindsay, Lucas

    2018-01-01

    We study the scattering of phonons from point defects and their effect on lattice thermal conductivity κ using a parameter-free ab initio Green's function methodology. Specifically, we focus on the scattering of phonons by boron (B), nitrogen (N), and phosphorus substitutions as well as single- and double-carbon vacancies in graphene. We show that changes of the atomic structure and harmonic interatomic force constants locally near defects govern the strength and frequency trends of the scattering of out-of-plane acoustic (ZA) phonons, the dominant heat carriers in graphene. ZA scattering rates due to N substitutions are nearly an order of magnitude smaller than those for B defects despite having similar mass perturbations. Furthermore, ZA phonon scattering rates from N defects decrease with increasing frequency in the lower-frequency spectrum in stark contrast to expected trends from simple models. ZA phonon-vacancy scattering rates are found to have a significantly softer frequency dependence (˜ω0 ) in graphene than typically employed in phenomenological models. The rigorous Green's function calculations demonstrate that typical mass-defect models do not adequately describe ZA phonon-defect scattering rates. Our ab initio calculations capture well the trend of κ vs vacancy density from experiments, though not the magnitudes. This work elucidates important insights into phonon-defect scattering and thermal transport in graphene, and demonstrates the applicability of first-principles methods toward describing these properties in imperfect materials.

  14. Nonconventional screening of the Coulomb interaction in FexOy clusters: An ab initio study

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    Peters, L.; Şaşıoǧlu, E.; Rossen, S.; Friedrich, C.; Blügel, S.; Katsnelson, M. I.

    2017-04-01

    From microscopic point-dipole model calculations of the screening of the Coulomb interaction in nonpolar systems by polarizable atoms, it is known that screening strongly depends on dimensionality. For example, in one-dimensional systems, the short-range interaction is screened, while the long-range interaction is antiscreened. This antiscreening is also observed in some zero-dimensional structures, i.e., molecular systems. By means of ab initio calculations in conjunction with the random-phase approximation (RPA) within the FLAPW method, we study screening of the Coulomb interaction in FexOy clusters. For completeness, these results are compared with their bulk counterpart magnetite. It appears that the on-site Coulomb interaction is very well screened both in the clusters and bulk. On the other hand, for the intersite Coulomb interaction, the important observation is made that it is almost constant throughout the clusters, while for the bulk it is almost completely screened. More precisely and interestingly, in the clusters antiscreening is observed by means of ab initio calculations.

  15. Toward spectroscopically accurate global ab initio potential energy surface for the acetylene-vinylidene isomerization

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    Han, Huixian; School of Physics, Northwest University, Xi’an, Shaanxi 710069; Li, Anyang

    2014-12-28

    A new full-dimensional global potential energy surface (PES) for the acetylene-vinylidene isomerization on the ground (S{sub 0}) electronic state has been constructed by fitting ∼37 000 high-level ab initio points using the permutation invariant polynomial-neural network method with a root mean square error of 9.54 cm{sup −1}. The geometries and harmonic vibrational frequencies of acetylene, vinylidene, and all other stationary points (two distinct transition states and one secondary minimum in between) have been determined on this PES. Furthermore, acetylene vibrational energy levels have been calculated using the Lanczos algorithm with an exact (J = 0) Hamiltonian. The vibrational energies upmore » to 12 700 cm{sup −1} above the zero-point energy are in excellent agreement with the experimentally derived effective Hamiltonians, suggesting that the PES is approaching spectroscopic accuracy. In addition, analyses of the wavefunctions confirm the experimentally observed emergence of the local bending and counter-rotational modes in the highly excited bending vibrational states. The reproduction of the experimentally derived effective Hamiltonians for highly excited bending states signals the coming of age for the ab initio based PES, which can now be trusted for studying the isomerization reaction.« less

  16. Electronic Properties of Carbon at high pressure and temperature from ab-initio simulations

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    Correa, Alfredo A.; Bonev, Stanimir; Galli, Giullia; Falcone, Roger

    2004-03-01

    Ab-initio calculations [1] have shown that the band gap of diamond increases with pressure, at zero temperature. However results of Diamond Anvil Cell (DAC) experiments show a decrease of the optical gap at low T when compressing diamond up to 450 Gpa most probably due to anisotropic deformations of the structure [2]. It is yet unknown how the electronic properties of diamond vary with pressure at high temperature, in particular close to the melting line, in the range 100-1000 GPa. In order to shed light on the optical properties of diamond at high T, we have carried out a series of ab-initio simulations of metalization of diamond under pressure. Our results will be compared to recent findings of laser shock experiments on diamond [3]. This work was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Dept. of Energy at the University of California/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under contract no. W-7405-Eng-48. [1] S. Scandolo, G.L. Chiarotti, E. Tosatti. Proceedings of the Adriatico Research Conference: Simple Systems at High Pressures and Temperatures: Theory and Experiment, ICTP Science Abstract No 39 , 1997; and S. Fahy et al. Phys. Rev. B 35, 5856-5859 (1987) [2] H. K. Mao, R. J. Hemley. Nature 351, 721 (1991) and Arthur L. Ruoff, Huan Luo, and Yogesh K. Vohra. Journal of Applied Physics 69, 6413 (1991). [3] D.K.Bradley et al. (submitted for publication).

  17. Acetalization of 2-Hydroxybenzaldehyde mechanism using halogen acid catalysts based on ab initio methods

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    Yusuf, Muhammad; Roza, Destria; Nasution, Ahmad Kamil

    2017-11-01

    The computational calculation was performed on the acetalization of 2-hydroxybenzaldehyde by using ab initio method. Ab initio method is derived directly from theoretical principles with no inclusion of experimental data and this is an approximate quantum mechanical calculation. The aim of this research was to studies the acetalization of 2-hydroxybenzaldehyde mechanism using halogen acid catalysts. Computational calculation which was applied on the acetalization of 2-hydroxybenzaldehyde using halogen acid catalysts provided possible reaction steps. The first step was formation of a labile hemiacetal because it is essentially tetrahedral intermediates containing a leaving group. The second step was formation of a stable acetal. The results of computational calculation of acetalization of 2-hydroxybenzaldehyde provided possible energy change in the each step of the reaction process. A labile hemiacetal showed higher energy (481.04 kJ/mol) than 2-hydroxybenzaldehyde dimethyl acetal (65.32 kJ/mol) and 2-hydroxybenzaldehyde (0 kJ/mol) due to its instability. In general, acetalization of 2-hydroxybenzaldehyde reaction is a reversible reaction. The effect of Lewis acidity on halogen acid catalysts was also studied in this research. Based on the Mulliken charge on the H atom, it is found that HF has the highest Lewis acidity compared to other halogen acids with order HF> HCl> HBr> HI. As a result, HF was the efficient catalysts for acetalization of 2-Hydroxybenzaldehyde.

  18. Higher-order elastic constants and megabar pressure effects of bcc tungsten: Ab initio calculations

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    Vekilov, Yu. Kh.; Krasilnikov, O. M.; Lugovskoy, A. V.; Lozovik, Yu. E.

    2016-09-01

    The general method for the calculation of n th (n ≥2 ) order elastic constants of the loaded crystal is given in the framework of the nonlinear elasticity theory. For the crystals of cubic symmetry under hydrostatic compression, the two schemes of calculation of the elastic constants of second, third, and fourth order from energy-finite strain relations and stress-finite strain relations are implemented. Both techniques are applied for the calculation of elastic constants of orders from second to fourth to the bcc phase of tungsten at a 0-600 GPa pressure range. The energy and stress at the various pressures and deformations are obtained ab initio in the framework of projector augmented wave+generalized gradient approximation (PAW+GGA) method, as implemented in Vienna Ab initio Simulation Package (VASP) code. Using the obtained results, we found the pressure dependence of Grüneisen parameters for long-wave acoustic modes in this interval. The Lamé constants of second and third order were estimated for polycrystalline tungsten. The proposed method is applicable for crystals with arbitrary symmetry.

  19. Ab initio determination of the nuclear quadrupole moments of In114 , In115 , and In117

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    Errico, Leonardo A.; Rentería, Mario

    2006-03-01

    We present here ab initio determinations of the nuclear-quadrupole moment Q of hyperfine-probe-nuclear states of three different In isotopes: the 5+ 192keV excited state of In114 (probe for nuclear quadrupole alignment spectroscopy), the 9/2+ ground state of In115 (nuclear magnetic and nuclear quadrupole resonance probe), and the 3/2+ 659keV excited state of In117 (perturbed angular correlations probe). These nuclear-quadrupole moments were determined by comparing experimental nuclear-quadrupole frequencies to the electric field gradient tensor calculated with high accuracy at In sites in metallic indium within the density functional theory. These ab initio calculations were performed with the full-potential linearized augmented plane wave method. The results obtained for the quadrupole moments of In114 [Q(In114)=-0.14(1)b] are in clear discrepancy with those reported in the literature [ Q(In114)=+0.16(6)b and +0.739(12)b ]. For In115 and In117 our results are in excellent agreement with the literature and in the last case Q(In117) is determined with more precision. In the case of Q(In117) , its sign cannot be determined because standard γ-γ perturbed angular correlations experiments are not sensitive to the sign of the nuclear-quadrupole frequency.

  20. Ab initio study of the structural, electronic and optical properties of NaTaO3

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    Ece Eyi, E.; Cabuk, Suleyman

    2010-07-01

    Ab initio calculations were performed of the structural, electronic and optical properties of the cubic ( ? , tetragonal ( ? , and orthorhombic ( ? ) phases of NaTaO3 using a plane-wave pseudopotential method within the density-functional theory. Results are presented for the structural properties, electronic band structure, density of states and imaginary and real parts of the frequency-dependent linear optical response. Cubic and tetragonal NaTaO3 both have an indirect band gap, at the R-Γ and Z-Γ points, respectively, whereas, orthorhombic NaTaO3 has a direct band gap at the Γ-Γ point. The optical properties of NaTaO3 were investigated by ab initio calculation under the scissor approximation. The real and imaginary parts of the dielectric function and, hence, the optical constants (such as absorption coefficient and the electron energy-loss spectrum) were calculated. This is the first quantitative theoretical prediction of optical properties, except for absorption of the orthorhombic phase, of the NaTaO3 compound.

  1. Ab Initio Simulations of Temperature Dependent Phase Stability and Martensitic Transitions in NiTi

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    Haskins, Justin B.; Thompson, Alexander E.; Lawson, John W.

    2016-01-01

    For NiTi based alloys, the shape memory effect is governed by a transition from a low-temperature martensite phase to a high-temperature austenite phase. Despite considerable experimental and computational work, basic questions regarding the stability of the phases and the martensitic phase transition remain unclear even for the simple case of binary, equiatomic NiTi. We perform ab initio molecular dynamics simulations to describe the temperature-dependent behavior of NiTi and resolve several of these outstanding issues. Structural correlation functions and finite temperature phonon spectra are evaluated to determine phase stability. In particular, we show that finite temperature, entropic effects stabilize the experimentally observed martensite (B19') and austenite (B2) phases while destabilizing the theoretically predicted (B33) phase. Free energy computations based on ab initio thermodynamic integration confirm these results and permit estimates of the transition temperature between the phases. In addition to the martensitic phase transition, we predict a new transition between the B33 and B19' phases. The role of defects in suppressing these phase transformations is discussed.

  2. Ab initio phonon point defect scattering and thermal transport in graphene

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    Polanco, Carlos A.; Lindsay, Lucas R.

    2018-01-04

    Here, we study the scattering of phonons from point defects and their effect on lattice thermal conductivity κ using a parameter-free ab initio Green's function methodology. Specifically, we focus on the scattering of phonons by boron (B), nitrogen (N), and phosphorus substitutions as well as single- and double-carbon vacancies in graphene. We show that changes of the atomic structure and harmonic interatomic force constants locally near defects govern the strength and frequency trends of the scattering of out-of-plane acoustic (ZA) phonons, the dominant heat carriers in graphene. ZA scattering rates due to N substitutions are nearly an order of magnitudemore » smaller than those for B defects despite having similar mass perturbations. Furthermore, ZA phonon scattering rates from N defects decrease with increasing frequency in the lower-frequency spectrum in stark contrast to expected trends from simple models. ZA phonon-vacancy scattering rates are found to have a significantly softer frequency dependence (~ω 0) in graphene than typically employed in phenomenological models. The rigorous Green's function calculations demonstrate that typical mass-defect models do not adequately describe ZA phonon-defect scattering rates. Our ab initio calculations capture well the trend of κ vs vacancy density from experiments, though not the magnitudes. In conclusion, this work elucidates important insights into phonon-defect scattering and thermal transport in graphene, and demonstrates the applicability of first-principles methods toward describing these properties in imperfect materials.« less

  3. High pressure stability of lithium metatitanate and metazirconate: Insight from experiments & ab-initio calculations

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    Chitnis, Abhishek; Chakraborty, B.; Tripathi, B. M.; Tyagi, A. K.; Garg, Nandini

    2018-02-01

    Lithium metatitanate (LTO) and lithium metazirconate (LZO) are lithium rich ceramics which can be used as tritium breeder materials for thermonuclear reactors. In-situ x-ray diffraction and ab-initio studies at high pressure show that LTO has a higher bulk modulus than that of LZO. In fact these studies indicate that they are the least compressible of the known lithium rich ceramics like Li2O or Li4SiO4, which are potential candidates for blanket materials. These studies show that the TiO6 octahedra are responsible for the higher bulk modulus of LTO when compared to that of LZO. It has also been shown that the compressibility and distortion of the softer LiO6 octahedra can be controlled by altering the stacking sequence of the more rigid covalently bonded octahedra. This knowledge can be used by chemists to design new lithium based ceramics with higher bulk modulus. It was observed that LTO was stable upto 34 GPa. Ab initio DFT calculations helped to understand the anisotropy in compressibility of both LZO and LTO. This study also shows, that even though the empirical potentials developed by Vijaykumar et al. successfully determine the ambient pressure structure of lithium metatitanate, they cannot be used at non ambient conditions like high pressure [1].

  4. Liquid chloroform structure from computer simulation with a full ab initio intermolecular interaction potential

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    Yin, Chih-Chien; Li, Arvin Huang-Te; Chao, Sheng D., E-mail: sdchao@spring.iam.ntu.edu.tw

    2013-11-21

    We have calculated the intermolecular interaction energies of the chloroform dimer in 12 orientations using the second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory. Single point energies of important geometries were calibrated by the coupled cluster with single and double and perturbative triple excitation method. Dunning's correlation consistent basis sets up to aug-cc-pVQZ have been employed in extrapolating the interaction energies to the complete basis set limit values. With the ab initio potential data we constructed a 5-site force field model for molecular dynamics simulations. We compared the simulation results with recent experiments and obtained quantitative agreements for the detailed atomwise radial distribution functions.more » Our results were also consistent with previous results using empirical force fields with polarization effects. Moreover, the calculated diffusion coefficients reproduced the experimental data over a wide range of thermodynamic conditions. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first ab initio force field which is capable of competing with existing empirical force fields for liquid chloroform.« less

  5. Liquid chloroform structure from computer simulation with a full ab initio intermolecular interaction potential

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    Yin, Chih-Chien; Li, Arvin Huang-Te; Chao, Sheng D.

    2013-11-01

    We have calculated the intermolecular interaction energies of the chloroform dimer in 12 orientations using the second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory. Single point energies of important geometries were calibrated by the coupled cluster with single and double and perturbative triple excitation method. Dunning's correlation consistent basis sets up to aug-cc-pVQZ have been employed in extrapolating the interaction energies to the complete basis set limit values. With the ab initio potential data we constructed a 5-site force field model for molecular dynamics simulations. We compared the simulation results with recent experiments and obtained quantitative agreements for the detailed atomwise radial distribution functions. Our results were also consistent with previous results using empirical force fields with polarization effects. Moreover, the calculated diffusion coefficients reproduced the experimental data over a wide range of thermodynamic conditions. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first ab initio force field which is capable of competing with existing empirical force fields for liquid chloroform.

  6. Liquid chloroform structure from computer simulation with a full ab initio intermolecular interaction potential.

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    Yin, Chih-Chien; Li, Arvin Huang-Te; Chao, Sheng D

    2013-11-21

    We have calculated the intermolecular interaction energies of the chloroform dimer in 12 orientations using the second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory. Single point energies of important geometries were calibrated by the coupled cluster with single and double and perturbative triple excitation method. Dunning's correlation consistent basis sets up to aug-cc-pVQZ have been employed in extrapolating the interaction energies to the complete basis set limit values. With the ab initio potential data we constructed a 5-site force field model for molecular dynamics simulations. We compared the simulation results with recent experiments and obtained quantitative agreements for the detailed atomwise radial distribution functions. Our results were also consistent with previous results using empirical force fields with polarization effects. Moreover, the calculated diffusion coefficients reproduced the experimental data over a wide range of thermodynamic conditions. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first ab initio force field which is capable of competing with existing empirical force fields for liquid chloroform.

  7. Thermal decomposition of haloethanols: single pulse shock tube and ab initio studies

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    Rajakumar, B.; Reddy, K. P. J.; Arunan, E.

    This paper reports single pulse shock tube and ab initio studies on thermal decomposition of 2-fluoro and 2-chloroethanol at T=1000-1200 K. Both molecules have HX (X = F/Cl) and H2O molecular elimination channels. The CH3CHO formed by HX elimination is chemically active and undergoes secondary decomposition resulting in the formation of CH4, C2H6, and C2H4. A detailed kinetic simulation indicates that the formation of C2H4 could not be quantitatively explained as arising exclusively from secondary CH3CHO decomposition. Contributions from primary radical processes need to be considered to explain C2H4 quantitatively. Ab initio calculations on HX and H2O elimination reactions from the haloethanols at HF, MP2, and DFT levels with various basis sets up to 6/311++G**are reported. It is pointed out that due to strong correlations between A and Eα, comparison of these two parameters between experimental and theoretical results could be misleading.

  8. Ab initio up to the melting point: Anharmonicity and vacancies in aluminum

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    Grabowski, B.; Ismer, L.; Hickel, T.; Neugebauer, J.

    2009-03-01

    At elevated temperatures, the heat capacity of metals strongly deviates from the harmonic prediction. This was pointed out long agoootnotetextM. Born and E. Brody, Zeitschrift f"ur Physik 6, 132 (1921) and various explanations have been considered. Ab initio calculations showedootnotetextB. Grabowski, T. Hickel, J. Neugebauer, Phys. Rev. B 76, 24309 (2007) that a dominant part can be explained by quasiharmonic excitations. However, the detailed balance of further contributions, such as explicit anharmonicity and vacancies, is not clarified yet even for simple elementary metals. Aluminum is a prototypical example. Even though intensively studied, the ambiguous experimental situation has made a classification of the mechanisms impossible. To resolve the situation, we have calculated the full volume and temperature dependent ab initio free energy surface employing density-functional theory. In particular, we have included anharmonic and vacancy contributions using numerically highly efficient methods to coarse grain the configuration space. To obtain accurate vacancy energies, we have included the full spectrum of excitations: quasiharmonic, electronic, and explicitly anharmonic. The results are in contradiction to common belief, nevertheless the essential physics can be captured by a simple model.

  9. Estudio ab initio del mecanismo de la reacción HSO + O3

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    Nebot Gil, I.

    La reacción entre el radical HSO y el ozono ha sido ampliamente estudiada desde el punto de vista experimental debido a la importancia que tiene el radical HSO en la oxidación de los compuestos de azufre reductores y a que puede contribuir a la producción de H2SO4 [1-4]. Se realizaron diversos estudios teóricos sobre la cinética de la reacción entre el radical HSO y el ozono. La reacción del HSO con el ozono presenta tres canales diferentes : HSO + O3 &rightarrow &HSO2 + O2 &rightarrow &HS + 2 O2 &rightarrow &SO + OH + O2 La controversia existente entre los grupos experimentales sobre cuál de las tres vías es la predominante, se ha resuelto mediante un estudio teórico de todas ellas utilizando métodos ab initio. La estructura de todos los reactivos, productos, intermedios y estados de transición ha sido optimizada a nivel ab initio utilizando los métodos UMP2 /6-31G** y QCISD/6-31G**.

  10. Ab initio calculations of the concentration dependent band gap reduction in dilute nitrides

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    Rosenow, Phil; Bannow, Lars C.; Fischer, Eric W.; Stolz, Wolfgang; Volz, Kerstin; Koch, Stephan W.; Tonner, Ralf

    2018-02-01

    While being of persistent interest for the integration of lattice-matched laser devices with silicon circuits, the electronic structure of dilute nitride III/V-semiconductors has presented a challenge to ab initio computational approaches. The origin of the computational problems is the strong distortion exerted by the N atoms on most host materials. Here, these issues are resolved by combining density functional theory calculations based on the meta-GGA functional presented by Tran and Blaha (TB09) with a supercell approach for the dilute nitride Ga(NAs). Exploring the requirements posed to supercells, it is shown that the distortion field of a single N atom must be allowed to decrease so far that it does not overlap with its periodic images. This also prevents spurious electronic interactions between translational symmetric atoms, allowing us to compute band gaps in very good agreement with experimentally derived reference values. In addition to existing approaches, these results offer a promising ab initio avenue to the electronic structure of dilute nitride semiconductor compounds.

  11. Improved Representation of Heliospheric Magnetic Field Fluctuations in Ab Initio Models of Cosmic Ray Modulation

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    Parhi, S.; Bieber, J. W.; Matthaeus, W. H.; Burger, R. A.

    2002-12-01

    We construct a theory of solar modulation of cosmic rays using a diffusion tensor based upon ab initio turbulence and scattering theories, employing direct numerical simulations of the steady state cosmic ray transport equation to examine important factors that affect modulation. In most numerical simulations the magnetic field fluctuations, a crucial element in scattering theory, are calculated from very simple theories. Moreover, it is hard to determine these quantities everywhere in the heliosphere from these simple theories and hence these quantities are usually extraploated within 1 AU. An improved procedure would be to numerically solve the governing equations for Elsasser variables in the entire heliosphere taking into account large scale variations of density, solar wind speed etc in the inner and outer heliosphere. Added to it, the fluctuations depend on the abundance and properties of pickup ions and cross helicity of magnetic field. Hence we have taken up the task of finding the fluctuations in every point of our heliospheric domain which extends to almost 100 AU by directly integrating the equations for fluctuations in terms of Elsasser variables . More importantly, we intend to distinguish the inward and outward travelling sense of velocity-magnetic field correlation which has not been taken up in earlier modulation work. Our plan is to use the computed distribution of fluctuations in our ab initio modulation theory.

  12. Ab initio study of hydrous Mg- and Si- vacancies in forsterite: their stability and IR signatures

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    Qin, T.; Umemoto, K.; Wentzcovitch, R. M.; Hirschmann, M. M.; Kohlstedt, D. L.

    2016-12-01

    In addition to well-known hydrous phases, water or hydrogen in the mantle can be stored as hydrous defects in major mantle minerals, that is, the nominally anhydrous minerals (NAMs). Though in relatively small amounts, these defects change the physical properties of their hosts, including electrical conductivity and viscosity, properties that affect mantle processes such as convection. To understand the influence of water on mantle properties, the mechanisms of water incorporation in olivine, the most voluminous mineral in the upper mantle, must be determined. Several water incorporation mechanisms in olivine are possible, but the most likely ones are hydrogen ions substituting for Mg and Si cations. In forsterite, the Mg end member, a long-standing debate remains concerning the relative thermodynamic stability of these defects. In this study, we reinvestigate the energetics of two of these defects - (4H·)Six and (2H·)Mgx - in forsterite using ab initio calculations. We conclude that proper identification of the configurations of these defects is essential to determining their entropies and relative stability. We identify several new defect configurations that can resolve the long standing (apparent) paradox regarding their relative stability exposed by previous ab initio calculations. IR frequencies for these new configurations are also computed to help their identification in measured IR spectra.

  13. Ab Initio Potential Energy Surfaces and the Calculation of Accurate Vibrational Frequencies

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    Lee, Timothy J.; Dateo, Christopher E.; Martin, Jan M. L.; Taylor, Peter R.; Langhoff, Stephen R. (Technical Monitor)

    1995-01-01

    Due to advances in quantum mechanical methods over the last few years, it is now possible to determine ab initio potential energy surfaces in which fundamental vibrational frequencies are accurate to within plus or minus 8 cm(exp -1) on average, and molecular bond distances are accurate to within plus or minus 0.001-0.003 Angstroms, depending on the nature of the bond. That is, the potential energy surfaces have not been scaled or empirically adjusted in any way, showing that theoretical methods have progressed to the point of being useful in analyzing spectra that are not from a tightly controlled laboratory environment, such as vibrational spectra from the interstellar medium. Some recent examples demonstrating this accuracy will be presented and discussed. These include the HNO, CH4, C2H4, and ClCN molecules. The HNO molecule is interesting due to the very large H-N anharmonicity, while ClCN has a very large Fermi resonance. The ab initio studies for the CH4 and C2H4 molecules present the first accurate full quartic force fields of any kind (i.e., whether theoretical or empirical) for a five-atom and six-atom system, respectively.

  14. Ab initio and classical molecular dynamics studies of the structural and dynamical behavior of water near a hydrophobic graphene sheet.

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    Rana, Malay Kumar; Chandra, Amalendu

    2013-05-28

    The behavior of water near a graphene sheet is investigated by means of ab initio and classical molecular dynamics simulations. The wetting of the graphene sheet by ab initio water and the relation of such behavior to the strength of classical dispersion interaction between surface atoms and water are explored. The first principles simulations reveal a layered solvation structure around the graphene sheet with a significant water density in the interfacial region implying no drying or cavitation effect. It is found that the ab initio results of water density at interfaces can be reproduced reasonably well by classical simulations with a tuned dispersion potential between the surface and water molecules. Calculations of vibrational power spectrum from ab initio simulations reveal a shift of the intramolecular stretch modes to higher frequencies for interfacial water molecules when compared with those of the second solvation later or bulk-like water due to the presence of free OH modes near the graphene sheet. Also, a weakening of the water-water hydrogen bonds in the vicinity of the graphene surface is found in our ab initio simulations as reflected in the shift of intermolecular vibrational modes to lower frequencies for interfacial water molecules. The first principles calculations also reveal that the residence and orientational dynamics of interfacial water are somewhat slower than those of the second layer or bulk-like molecules. However, the lateral diffusion and hydrogen bond relaxation of interfacial water molecules are found to occur at a somewhat faster rate than that of the bulk-like water molecules. The classical molecular dynamics simulations with tuned Lennard-Jones surface-water interaction are found to produce dynamical results that are qualitatively similar to those of ab initio molecular dynamics simulations.

  15. Specific interactions between amyloid-β peptides in an amyloid-β hexamer with three-fold symmetry: Ab initio fragment molecular orbital calculations in water

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    Ishimura, Hiromi; Tomioka, Shogo; Kadoya, Ryushi; Shimamura, Kanako; Okamoto, Akisumi; Shulga, Sergiy; Kurita, Noriyuki

    2017-03-01

    The accumulation of amyloid-beta (Aβ) aggregates in brain contributes to the onset of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Recent structural analysis for the tissue obtained from AD patients revealed that Aβ aggregates have a single structure with three-fold symmetry. To explain why this structure possesses significant stability, we here investigated the specific interactions between Aβ peptides in the aggregate, using ab initio fragment molecular orbital calculations. The results indicate that the interactions between the Aβ peptides of the stacked Aβ pair are stronger than those between the Aβ peptides of the trimer with three-fold symmetry and that the charged amino-acids are important.

  16. Ab initio determination of mode coupling in HSSH - The torsional splitting in the first excited S-S stretching state

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    Herbst, Eric; Winnewisser, G.; Yamada, K. M. T.; Defrees, D. J.; Mclean, A. D.

    1989-01-01

    A mechanism for the enhanced splitting detected in the millimeter-wave rotational spectra of the first excited S-S stretching state of HSSH (disulfane) has been studied. The mechanism, which involves a potential coupling between the first excited S-S stretching state and excited torsional states, has been investigated in part by the use of ab initio theory. Based on an ab initio potential surface, coupling matrix elements have been calculated, and the amount of splitting has then been estimated by second-order perturbation theory. The result, while not in quantitative agreement with the measured splitting, lends plausibility to the assumed mechanism.

  17. Specific interactions between mycobacterial FtsZ protein and curcumin derivatives: Molecular docking and ab initio molecular simulations

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    Fujimori, Mitsuki; Sogawa, Haruki; Ota, Shintaro; Karpov, Pavel; Shulga, Sergey; Blume, Yaroslav; Kurita, Noriyuki

    2018-01-01

    Filamentous temperature-sensitive Z (FtsZ) protein plays essential role in bacteria cell division, and its inhibition prevents Mycobacteria reproduction. Here we adopted curcumin derivatives as candidates of novel inhibitors and investigated their specific interactions with FtsZ, using ab initio molecular simulations based on protein-ligand docking, classical molecular mechanics and ab initio fragment molecular orbital (FMO) calculations. Based on FMO calculations, we specified the most preferable site of curcumin binding to FtsZ and highlighted the key amino acid residues for curcumin binding at an electronic level. The result will be useful for proposing novel inhibitors against FtsZ based on curcumin derivatives.

  18. The Crystal Structure of Impurity Centers Tm^{2+} and Eu^{2+} in SrCl2: Ab Initio Calculations

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    Chernyshev, V. A.; Serdcev, A. V.; Petrov, V. P.; Nikiforov, A. E.

    2016-12-01

    Ab initio calculations of the impurity centers Tm^{2+} thulium and europium Eu^{2+} in SrCl2 and MeF2 (Me = Ca, Sr, Ba) were carried out at low (zero) temperature. The crystal structure of impurity centers was investigated. Charge density maps show that the bonds formed by the rare-earth ions have an ionic character. The crystal structures, lattice dynamics, and band structures of MeF2 and SrCl2 were calculated at low temperature. Ab initio calculations were performed in periodic CRYSTAL code within the framework of the MO LCAO approach by using hybrid DFT functionals.

  19. Atomic Spectral Methods for Ab Initio Molecular Electronic Energy Surfaces: Transitioning From Small-Molecule to Biomolecular-Suitable Approaches.

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    Mills, Jeffrey D; Ben-Nun, Michal; Rollin, Kyle; Bromley, Michael W J; Li, Jiabo; Hinde, Robert J; Winstead, Carl L; Sheehy, Jeffrey A; Boatz, Jerry A; Langhoff, Peter W

    2016-08-25

    the pairwise-atomic Hamiltonian matrices required for practical applications. These matrices can be retained as functions of scalar atomic-pair separations and employed in assembling aggregate Hamiltonian matrices, with Wigner rotation matrices providing analytical representations of their angular degrees of freedom. In this way, ab initio potential energy surfaces are obtained in the complete absence of repeated evaluations and transformations of the one- and two-electron integrals at different molecular geometries required in most ab inito molecular calculations, with large Hamiltonian matrix assembly simplified and explicit diagonalizations avoided employing partitioning and Brillouin-Wigner or Rayleigh-Schrödinger perturbation theory. Illustrative applications of the important components of the formalism, selected aspects of the scaling of the approach, and aspects of "on-the-fly" interfaces with Monte Carlo and molecular-dynamics methods are described in anticipation of subsequent applications to biomolecules and other large aggregates.

  20. Ab initio rotation-vibration energies and intensities for the HNC + molecule

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    Kraemer, W. P.; Jensen, Per; Roos, B. O.; Bunker, P. R.

    1992-05-01

    Accurate ab initio calculations at the multi-reference configuration interaction level of theory were carried out to determine the potential energy surface of the X˜2Σ+ electronic ground state of the HNC + molecular ion. The electronic energies and the electronically averaged dipole moment components were calculated at a total of 44 geometries with energies up to 14 000 cm -1 above equilibrium. Additional calculations were done to determine the barrier for isomerization to the X˜2Π electronic ground state of HCN + ( H = 1.83 eV), the adiabatic ionization potential of the parent neutral HNC (IP = 11.88 eV), the dissociation energy for the process HNC + ← H + + CN ( X˜2Σ+)(D 0 = 5.36 eV) , and the energy separation between the electronic ground state and the first excited state ( 2Π) of HNC + ( Te = 1.70 eV). An analytical function was fitted through the X˜2Σ+ ab initio points of HNC +, and relatively large stretch-bend interaction terms were obtained in the fitted function. The analytical potential function was used with the Morse Oscillator Rigid Bender Internal Dynamics Hamiltonian [ P. JENSEN, J. Mol. Spectrosc.128, 478-501 (1988); J. Chem. Soc., Faraday Trans. 284, 1315-1340 (1988)] in a variational calculation of the rotation-vibration energies with N ≤ 6 of the HNC + and DNC + molecules. This calculation neglects the possibility of the molecule tunneling into the HCN + minimum of the potential energy surface and the effects of the non-zero electronic spin in the X˜2Σ+ state of HNC +. We obtain ν1 = 3404 cm -1, ν2 = 523 cm -1, and ν3 = 2163 cm -1 for HNC +. We also calculate the vibrational transition moments using the dipole moment functions obtained from fits to the ab initio dipole moment data and obtain for HNC + that the vibrationally averaged dipole moment is 0.66 Debye in the vibrational ground state, and that the vibrational transition moments for the fundamental transitions ν1, ν2, and ν3 are 0.24, 0.48, and 0.02 Debye

  1. i-PI: A Python interface for ab initio path integral molecular dynamics simulations

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    Ceriotti, Michele; More, Joshua; Manolopoulos, David E.

    2014-03-01

    Recent developments in path integral methodology have significantly reduced the computational expense of including quantum mechanical effects in the nuclear motion in ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. However, the implementation of these developments requires a considerable programming effort, which has hindered their adoption. Here we describe i-PI, an interface written in Python that has been designed to minimise the effort required to bring state-of-the-art path integral techniques to an electronic structure program. While it is best suited to first principles calculations and path integral molecular dynamics, i-PI can also be used to perform classical molecular dynamics simulations, and can just as easily be interfaced with an empirical forcefield code. To give just one example of the many potential applications of the interface, we use it in conjunction with the CP2K electronic structure package to showcase the importance of nuclear quantum effects in high-pressure water. Catalogue identifier: AERN_v1_0 Program summary URL: http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/summaries/AERN_v1_0.html Program obtainable from: CPC Program Library, Queen’s University, Belfast, N. Ireland Licensing provisions: GNU General Public License, version 3 No. of lines in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 138626 No. of bytes in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 3128618 Distribution format: tar.gz Programming language: Python. Computer: Multiple architectures. Operating system: Linux, Mac OSX, Windows. RAM: Less than 256 Mb Classification: 7.7. External routines: NumPy Nature of problem: Bringing the latest developments in the modelling of nuclear quantum effects with path integral molecular dynamics to ab initio electronic structure programs with minimal implementational effort. Solution method: State-of-the-art path integral molecular dynamics techniques are implemented in a Python interface. Any electronic structure code can be patched to receive the atomic

  2. C and Si in the core - an experimental and ab initio approach

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    Vocadlo, L.; Alfe, D.; Wood, I. G.; Dobson, D.; Price, G. D.

    2003-04-01

    The fact that the core is largely composed of iron (Fe) was firmly established as a result of Birch's analysis of materials-density/sound-wave velocity systematics. Today we believe that the outer core is about 6 to 10% less dense than pure liquid Fe, while the solid inner core is a few percent less dense than pure Fe. From cosmochemical and other considerations, it is likely that the alloying elements in the core might include S, O, Si, H and C. It is also possible that the core contains minor amounts of other elements, such as Ni and K. Here we present our results from both experiments and ab initio computer calculations on Fe alloyed with C and Si at Earth's core conditions. Neutron diffraction experiments indicate that Fe3C will be non-magnetic at core conditions; ab initio calculations on the non-magnetic phase of Fe3C suggest that, at core P and T, its density and incompressibity are inconsistent with the observations from PREM. Calcuations on FeSi show that it adopts the CsCl structure at core pressures; this result has recently been validated by our high pressure experiments in which we were able to synthesise CsCl-FeSi. This is an extemely interesting result since CsCl-FeSi is iso-structural with bcc-Fe, and experiments have recently shown (Lin et al., 2002) that Si stabilises bcc-Fe with respect to hcp-Fe up to 80 GPa. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations have been used to calculate the chemical potentials of Fe alloys. In order to match the density jump at the inner core boundary, we predict an inner core with 8 mol% S/Si and 0.3 mol% O, and an outer core containing 10 mol % S/Si and 8 mol % O. Finally we present preliminary results for the calculated high P/T elastic constants of iron alloys as a function of composition.

  3. Ab Initio Calculations of the Interaction between CO 2 and the Acetate Ion

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    Steckel, Janice A.

    2012-11-29

    A series of ab initio calculations designed to investigate the interaction of CO{sub 2} with acetate are presented. The lowest energy structure, AC–CO{sub 2}-η{sup 2}, is predicted by CCSD(T)/aVTZ to be bound by -10.6 kcal/mol. Six of the bound complexes have binding energies on the order of -8 kcal/mol, but analysis shows that the η{sup 1}-CT complex is fundamentally different from the others. The η{sup 1}-CT complex is characterized by geometric distortion, large polarization and induction effects and charge transfer whereas the other five complexes have little geometric distortion and negligible charge transfer. The amount of charge that is transferredmore » from the anion to the CO{sub 2} in the η{sup 1}-CT complex is estimated to be about half an electron by NPA, DMA, CHELPG, and Mulliken analyses, whereas the EDA-ALMO-CTA (B3LYP) approach predicts a charge transfer of 75 me{sup –}. However, the transfer of this small amount of charge leads to an energy lowering of -56 kcal/mol, without which the complex would not be bound. The RI-MP2 geometries closely approximate those resulting from the CCSD optimizations, and the optimized second-order opposite spin (O2) method performs well for all the complexes except for the η{sup 1}-CT complex. DFT methods do not reproduce all the ab initio geometries, binding energies and/or energy ordering of these complexes although the range-separated hybrid meta-GGA (M11) and nonlocal (VV10 and vdwDF10) functionals are shown to yield results significantly better than other functionals considered for this system. The fact that there is such variation among DFT methods has implications for DFT-based ab initio molecular dynamics simulations and for the parametrization of classical force fields based on DFT calculations.« less

  4. Ab initio study of perovskite type oxide materials for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Lee, Yueh-Lin

    2011-12-01

    Perovskite type oxides form a family of materials of significant interest for cathodes and electrolytes of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). These perovskites not only are active catalysts for surface oxygen reduction (OR) reactions but also allow incorporating the spilt oxygen monomers into their bulk, an unusual and poorly understood catalytic mechanism that couples surface and bulk properties. The OR mechanisms can be influenced strongly by defects in perovskite oxides, composition, and surface defect structures. This thesis work initiates a first step in developing a general strategy based on first-principles calculations for detailed control of oxygen vacancy content, transport rates of surface and bulk oxygen species, and surface/interfacial reaction kinetics. Ab initio density functional theory methods are used to model properties relevant for the OR reactions on SOFC cathodes. Three main research thrusts, which focus on bulk defect chemistry, surface defect structures and surface energetics, and surface catalytic properties, are carried to investigate different level of material chemistry for improved understanding of key physics/factors that govern SOFC cathode OR activity. In the study of bulk defect chemistry, an ab initio based defect model is developed for modeling defect chemistry of LaMnO 3 under SOFC conditions. The model suggests an important role for defect interactions, which are typically excluded in previous defect models. In the study of surface defect structures and surface energetics, it is shown that defect energies change dramatically (1˜2 eV lower) from bulk values near surfaces. Based on the existing bulk defect model with the calculated ab initio surface defect energetics, we predict the (001) MnO 2 surface oxygen vacancy concentration of (La0.9Sr0.1 )MnO3 is about 5˜6 order magnitude higher than that of the bulk under typical SOFC conditions. Finally, for surface catalytic properties, we show that area specific resistance, oxygen

  5. Microscopic nucleon spectral function for finite nuclei featuring two- and three-nucleon short-range correlations: The model versus ab initio calculations for three-nucleon systems

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    Ciofi degli Atti, Claudio; Mezzetti, Chiara Benedetta; Morita, Hiko

    2017-04-01

    Background: Two-nucleon (2 N ) short-range correlations (SRC) in nuclei have been recently thoroughly investigated, both theoretically and experimentally and the study of three-nucleon (3 N ) SRC, which could provide important information on short-range hadronic structure, is underway. Novel theoretical ideas concerning 2 N and 3 N SRC are put forward in the present paper. Purpose: The general features of a microscopic one-nucleon spectral function which includes the effects of both 2 N and 3 N SRC and its comparison with ab initio spectral functions of the three-nucleon systems are illustrated. Methods: A microscopic and parameter-free one-nucleon spectral function expressed in terms of a convolution integral involving ab initio relative and center-of-mass (c.m.) momentum distributions of a 2 N pair and aimed at describing two- and three-nucleon short-range correlations, is obtained by using: (i) the two-nucleon momentum distributions obtained within ab initio approaches based upon nucleon-nucleon interactions of the Argonne family; (ii) the exact relation between one- and two-nucleon momentum distributions; (iii) the fundamental property of factorization of the nuclear wave function at short internucleon ranges. Results: The comparison between the ab initio spectral function of 3He and the one based upon the convolution integral shows that when the latter contains only two-nucleon short-range correlations the removal energy location of the peaks and the region around them exhibited by the ab initio spectral function are correctly predicted, unlike the case of the high and low removal energy tails; the inclusion of the effects of three-nucleon correlations brings the convolution model spectral function in much better agreement with the ab initio one; it is also found that whereas the three-nucleon short-range correlations dominate the high energy removal energy tail of the spectral function, their effects on the one-nucleon momentum distribution are almost one

  6. The Opacity of TiO from a Coupled Electronic State Calculation Parameterized by ab initio and Experimental Data

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    Schwenke, David W.; Huo, Winifred (Technical Monitor)

    1998-01-01

    We have carried out ab initio electronic structure calculations of the spin-orbit and rotation-orbit couplings among the 14 lowest electronic states of TiO and used them to predict ro-vibrational energy levels. We report on the qualitative results as well as our progress in optimizing our Hamiltonian parameters in order to improve agreement with experimental line positions,

  7. The Opacity of TiO from a Coupled Electronic State Calculation Parameterized by ab initio and Experimental Data

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    Schwenke, David W.; Huo, Winifred (Technical Monitor)

    1998-01-01

    We have carried out ab initio electronic structure calculations of the spin-orbit and rotation-orbit couplings among the 14 lowest electronic states of TiO and used them to predict ro-vibrational energy levels. We report on the qualitative results as well as our progress in optimizing our Hamiltonian parameters in order to improve agreement with experimental line positions.

  8. A photochemical metallocene route to anionic enediynes: synthesis, solid-state structures, and ab initio computations on cyclopentadienidoenediynes.

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    O'Connor, Joseph M; Baldridge, Kim K; Rodgers, Betsy L; Aubrey, Marissa; Holland, Ryan L; Kassel, W Scott; Rheingold, Arnold L

    2010-08-18

    The first demonstration of photochemical enediyne liberation from a metal complex has led to a new class of enediynes, the cyclopentadienidoenediynes, which are demonstrated to exist as air-stable solids with low ionization potentials and large dipole moments. NMR and IR spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography, and ab initio computations enable a comparison with the ubiquitous benzoenediynes.

  9. Quantum wavepacket ab initio molecular dynamics: an approach for computing dynamically averaged vibrational spectra including critical nuclear quantum effects.

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    Sumner, Isaiah; Iyengar, Srinivasan S

    2007-10-18

    We have introduced a computational methodology to study vibrational spectroscopy in clusters inclusive of critical nuclear quantum effects. This approach is based on the recently developed quantum wavepacket ab initio molecular dynamics method that combines quantum wavepacket dynamics with ab initio molecular dynamics. The computational efficiency of the dynamical procedure is drastically improved (by several orders of magnitude) through the utilization of wavelet-based techniques combined with the previously introduced time-dependent deterministic sampling procedure measure to achieve stable, picosecond length, quantum-classical dynamics of electrons and nuclei in clusters. The dynamical information is employed to construct a novel cumulative flux/velocity correlation function, where the wavepacket flux from the quantized particle is combined with classical nuclear velocities to obtain the vibrational density of states. The approach is demonstrated by computing the vibrational density of states of [Cl-H-Cl]-, inclusive of critical quantum nuclear effects, and our results are in good agreement with experiment. A general hierarchical procedure is also provided, based on electronic structure harmonic frequencies, classical ab initio molecular dynamics, computation of nuclear quantum-mechanical eigenstates, and employing quantum wavepacket ab initio dynamics to understand vibrational spectroscopy in hydrogen-bonded clusters that display large degrees of anharmonicities.

  10. Brønsted acidity of protic ionic liquids: a modern ab initio valence bond theory perspective.

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    Patil, Amol Baliram; Mahadeo Bhanage, Bhalchandra

    2016-09-21

    Room temperature ionic liquids (ILs), especially protic ionic liquids (PILs), are used in many areas of the chemical sciences. Ionicity, the extent of proton transfer, is a key parameter which determines many physicochemical properties and in turn the suitability of PILs for various applications. The spectrum of computational chemistry techniques applied to investigate ionic liquids includes classical molecular dynamics, Monte Carlo simulations, ab initio molecular dynamics, Density Functional Theory (DFT), CCSD(t) etc. At the other end of the spectrum is another computational approach: modern ab initio Valence Bond Theory (VBT). VBT differs from molecular orbital theory based methods in the expression of the molecular wave function. The molecular wave function in the valence bond ansatz is expressed as a linear combination of valence bond structures. These structures include covalent and ionic structures explicitly. Modern ab initio valence bond theory calculations of representative primary and tertiary ammonium protic ionic liquids indicate that modern ab initio valence bond theory can be employed to assess the acidity and ionicity of protic ionic liquids a priori.

  11. Interplay of I-TASSER and QUARK for template-based and ab initio protein structure prediction in CASP10

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    Zhang, Yang

    2014-01-01

    We develop and test a new pipeline in CASP10 to predict protein structures based on an interplay of I-TASSER and QUARK for both free-modeling (FM) and template-based modeling (TBM) targets. The most noteworthy observation is that sorting through the threading template pool using the QUARK-based ab initio models as probes allows the detection of distant-homology templates which might be ignored by the traditional sequence profile-based threading alignment algorithms. Further template assembly refinement by I-TASSER resulted in successful folding of two medium-sized FM targets with >150 residues. For TBM, the multiple threading alignments from LOMETS are, for the first time, incorporated into the ab initio QUARK simulations, which were further refined by I-TASSER assembly refinement. Compared with the traditional threading assembly refinement procedures, the inclusion of the threading-constrained ab initio folding models can consistently improve the quality of the full-length models as assessed by the GDT-HA and hydrogen-bonding scores. Despite the success, significant challenges still exist in domain boundary prediction and consistent folding of medium-size proteins (especially beta-proteins) for nonhomologous targets. Further developments of sensitive fold-recognition and ab initio folding methods are critical for solving these problems. PMID:23760925

  12. Interplay of I-TASSER and QUARK for template-based and ab initio protein structure prediction in CASP10.

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    Zhang, Yang

    2014-02-01

    We develop and test a new pipeline in CASP10 to predict protein structures based on an interplay of I-TASSER and QUARK for both free-modeling (FM) and template-based modeling (TBM) targets. The most noteworthy observation is that sorting through the threading template pool using the QUARK-based ab initio models as probes allows the detection of distant-homology templates which might be ignored by the traditional sequence profile-based threading alignment algorithms. Further template assembly refinement by I-TASSER resulted in successful folding of two medium-sized FM targets with >150 residues. For TBM, the multiple threading alignments from LOMETS are, for the first time, incorporated into the ab initio QUARK simulations, which were further refined by I-TASSER assembly refinement. Compared with the traditional threading assembly refinement procedures, the inclusion of the threading-constrained ab initio folding models can consistently improve the quality of the full-length models as assessed by the GDT-HA and hydrogen-bonding scores. Despite the success, significant challenges still exist in domain boundary prediction and consistent folding of medium-size proteins (especially beta-proteins) for nonhomologous targets. Further developments of sensitive fold-recognition and ab initio folding methods are critical for solving these problems. Copyright © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  13. Ab initio molecular orbital calculation considering the quantum mechanical effect of nuclei by path integral molecular dynamics

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    Shiga, Motoyuki; Tachikawa, Masanori; Miura, Shinichi

    2000-12-01

    We present an accurate calculational scheme for many-body systems composed of electrons and nuclei, by path integral molecular dynamics technique combined with the ab initio molecular orbital theory. Based upon the scheme, the simulation of a water molecule at room temperature is demonstrated, applying all-electron calculation at the Hartree-Fock level of theory.

  14. Electronic and elastic properties of yttrium gallium garnet under pressure from ab initio studies

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    Monteseguro, V.; Rodríguez-Hernández, P.; Lavín, V.; Manjón, F. J.; Muñoz, A.

    2013-05-01

    In this paper, we present an ab initio study within the framework of density functional theory employing the generalized gradient approximation applied to the study of the structural, elastic, and electronic properties of yttrium gallium garnet, Y3Ga5O12, under hydrostatic pressure. The calculated structural ground state properties are in good agreement with the available experimental data. Pressure dependence of the elastic constants and the mechanical stability are analysed up to 90 GPa, showing that the garnet is mechanically unstable above 84 GPa. We also present the electronic band structure calculations which show that upon compression the fundamental direct gap first increases up to 63 GPa and later monotonically decreases under pressure.

  15. A New Generation of Cool White Dwarf Atmosphere Models Using Ab Initio Calculations

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    Blouin, S.; Dufour, P.; Kowalski, P. M.

    2017-03-01

    Due to their high photospheric density, cool helium-rich white dwarfs (particularly DZ, DQpec and ultracool) are often poorly described by current atmosphere models. As part of our ongoing efforts to design atmosphere models suitable for all cool white dwarfs, we investigate how the ionization ratio of heavy elements and the H2-He collision-induced absorption (CIA) spectrum are altered under fluid-like densities. For the conditions encountered at the photosphere of cool helium-rich white dwarfs, our ab initio calculations show that the ionization of most metals is inhibited and that the H2-He CIA spectrum is significantly distorted for densities higher than 0.1 g/cm3.

  16. Electronic excitation induced amorphization in titanate pyrochlores: an ab initio molecular dynamics study

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    Xiao, Haiyan Y.; Weber, William J.; Zhang, Yanwen; ...

    2015-02-09

    In this study, the response of titanate pyrochlores (A 2Ti 2O 7, A = Y, Gd and Sm) to electronic excitation is investigated utilizing an ab initio molecular dynamics method. All the titanate pyrochlores are found to undergo a crystalline-to-amorphous structural transition under a low concentration of electronic excitations. The transition temperature at which structural amorphization starts to occur depends on the concentration of electronic excitations. During the structural transition, O 2-like molecules are formed, and this anion disorder further drives cation disorder that leads to an amorphous state. This study provides new insights into the mechanisms of amorphization inmore » titanate pyrochlores under laser, electron and ion irradiations.« less

  17. Ab initio electron propagator theory of molecular wires. II. Multiorbital terminal description.

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    Dahnovsky, Yu; Ortiz, J V

    2006-04-14

    Correlated, ab initio electron propagator methodology may be applied to the calculation of electrical current through a molecular wire. A new theoretical formalism is developed for the calculation of retarded and advanced Green functions in terms of the electron propagator matrix for a bridge molecule. The calculation of the current requires integration in a complex half-plane for a trace that involves terminal and Green function matrices that may have any rank. Because the latter arrays have poles represented by matrices, an alternative expression is developed in terms of ordinary poles which are (n-1)-fold degenerate or nondegenerate. For an arbitrary number of terminal orbitals, the analytical expression for the current is given in terms of pole strengths, poles, and terminal matrix elements of the electron propagator, i.e., the parameters that are found in the output of numerical calculations.

  18. Ab-initio Calculations of Electronic Properties of Boron Phosphide (BP)

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    Ejembi, John; Franklin, Lashaunda; Malozovsky, Yuriy; Bagayoko, Diola

    2014-03-01

    We present results from ab-initio, self consistent local density approximation (LDA) calculations of electronic and related properties of zinc blende boron phosphide (BP). We employed a local density approximation (LDA) potential and implemented the linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO) formalism. This implementation followed the Bagayoko, Zhao, and Williams (BZW) method, as enhanced by Ekuma and Franklin (BZW-EF). We discuss our preliminary results for the indirect band gap, from Γ to X, of Boron Phosphide. We also report calculated electron and hole effective masses for Boron Phosphide and total (DOS) and partial (pDOS) density of states. Acknowledgments: This research is funded in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Louisiana Board of Regents, through LASiGMA [Award Nos. EPS- 1003897, NSF (2010-15)-RII-SUBR] and NSF HRD-1002541, the US Department of Energy - National, Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) (Award No. DE-NA0001861), LaSPACE, and LONI-SUBR.

  19. Molecules in Ground and Excited States - AB Initio Molecular Dynamics as a Computational Tool in Chemistry

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    Falzewski, S.; Buss, V.

    2000-04-01

    The results of two ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations of mediumsized organic molecules are described, one in the (electronic) ground state, the other in the excited state. Gradients obtained from non-empirical calculation of the electronic wave function are used to drive the motions of the nuclei by a numerical first-order approximation of Newton's equations. In the first simulation, the relaxation of a monomethine dye from the planar transition state to the helically twisted minimum energy geometry is studied, a reaction which involves only the electronic ground state of the molecule. In the second example, we follow the isomerization about the central double bond of the penta-3,5-dien-1-iminium molecular ion in an electronically excited state, a reaction which serves as a model for the initial step in the visual process of the vertebrate eye. Both simulations yield reaction trajectories that agree with classical expectations and with results previously obtained by others.

  20. Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Studies of Pb m Sb n ( m + n ≤ 9) Alloy Clusters

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    Song, Bingyi; Xu, Baoqiang; Yang, Bin; Jiang, Wenlong; Chen, Xiumin; Xu, Na; Liu, Dachun; Dai, Yongnian

    2017-10-01

    Structure, stability, and dynamics of Pb m Sb n ( m + n ≤ 9) clusters were investigated using ab initio molecular dynamics. Size dependence of binding energies, the second-order energy difference of clusters, dissociation energy, HOMO-LUMO gaps, Mayer bond order, and the diffusion coefficient of Pb m Sb n clusters were discussed. Results suggest that Pb3Sb2, Pb4Sb2, and Pb5Sb4 ( n = 2 or 4) clusters have higher stability than other clusters, which is consistent with previous findings. In case of Pb-Sb alloy, the dynamics results show that Pb4Sb2 (Pb-22.71 wt pct Sb) can exist in gas phase at 1073 K (800 °C), which reasonably explains the azeotropic phenomenon, and the calculated values are in agreement with the experimental results (Pb-22 wt pct Sb).

  1. Ab initio 0 νββ matrix elements from the valence space IMSRG

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    Stroberg, Ragnar; Payne, Charlie; Holt, Jason

    2017-09-01

    Neutrinoless double beta decay poses two main challenges to nuclear theory: (1) The process has not been observed, and so there is no way to experimentally constrain an empirical effective operator for phenomenological approaches, as is done with e.g. the quenching of gA or effective charges for E2 transitions. This may be addressed by deriving the transition operator from chiral effective field theory, however this raises the second issue: (2) Nuclei of interest in searches for neutrinoless double beta decay, such as 76Ge and 136Xe, are difficult to treat with the ab initio many-body approaches needed to employ a transition operator derived from chiral effective field theory. I will discuss recent process towards overcoming these two difficulties by using the valence space in-medium similarity renormalization group approach.

  2. Ab initio determination of the proton affinities of small neutral and anionic molecules

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    DeFrees, D. J.; McLean, A. D.

    1986-01-01

    The proton affinity of a molecule in the gas phase is a fundamental measure of its basicity and is the factor controlling the course of many ion-molecule reactions. In this article, ab initio molecular orbital theory at the MP4/6-311 ++ G(3df, 3pd) level of theory is demonstrated to predict proton affinities (PA's) for small neutral and anionic bases to within 2 kcal mol-1. Furthermore, the errors are random, indicating that there are likely no systematic errors in either the experimental or theoretical PA's. Also, this level of theory is used to calibrate less sophisticated theoretical models which are suitable for larger molecules; the MP4/6-311 ++ G(2d, 2p) and MP2/6-311 ++ G(d, p) theoretical models should be particularly useful. A procedure for predicting the vibrational frequencies for anion is proposed and applied to CH3-, NH2-, OH-, and CN-.

  3. Ab initio calculations, structure, NBO and NCI analyses of Xsbnd H⋯π interactions

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    Wu, Qiyang; Su, He; Wang, Hongyan; Wang, Hui

    2018-02-01

    The performance of ab initio methods (MP2, DFT/B3LYP, random-phase approximation (RPA), CCSD(T) and QCISD(T)) in predicting interaction energy of Xsbnd H⋯π (Xsbnd H = HCCH, HCl, HF; π = C2H2, C2H4, C6H6) hydrogen complexes are assessed systematically. The CCSD(T)/CBS benchmarks of interaction energy are reported. It is found that RPA agrees well with CCSD(T)/CBS benchmarks and experimental results. CCSD(T) and QCISD(T) perform the best only when compared with CCSD(T)/CBS benchmarks, MP2 performs well only for experimental data. B3LYP provides the worst accuracy. Additionally, the equilibrium structure, interaction type of Xsbnd H⋯π hydrogen complexes are investigated by the natural bond orbital (NBO) and the non-covalent interaction index (NCI).

  4. Ab-initio study of NiGe/Ge Schottky contact

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    Vaidya, Dhirendra; Lodha, Saurabh; Ganguly, Swaroop

    2017-04-01

    Germanium is a promising material for next-generation electronic and photonic devices, and engineering ohmic contacts to it can be expected to be a key challenge therein. The sensitivity of the Schottky barrier height of the NiGe/Ge contact to the detailed interfacial structure is revealed using the ab-initio study of pseudo-epitaxial NiGe(001)/Ge(100) contact using the computationally efficient meta-generalized-gradient-approximation, which can overcome the well-known bandgap underestimation problem. The p-type Schottky barrier height for an atomically flat pseudo-epitaxial NiGe(001)/Ge(100) contact is calculated to be 260 meV, an overestimate of about 160 meV compared to experiments. However, the estimated modulation of this barrier height, by about 270 meV, due to interface morphology points to a possible explanation for this discrepancy and suggests ways to engineer the contact for lesser resistivity.

  5. Investigating anomalous thermal expansion of copper halides by inelastic neutron scattering and ab initio phonon calculations.

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    Gopakumar, Abhijith M; Gupta, M K; Mittal, R; Rols, S; Chaplot, S L

    2017-05-17

    We investigate the detailed lattice dynamics of copper halides, CuX (X = Cl, Br, and I), using neutron inelastic scattering measurements and ab initio calculations aimed at a comparative study of their thermal expansion behavior. We identify the low energy phonons which soften with pressure and are responsible for negative thermal expansion. The eigenvector analysis of these modes suggests that softening of the transverse-acoustic modes would lead to NTE in these compounds. The calculations are in very good agreement with our measurements of phonon spectra and thermal expansion behavior as reported in the literature. Our calculations at high pressure further reveal that a large difference in negative thermal expansion behavior in these compounds is associated with the difference in the unit cell volume.

  6. Many-Body Potentials for Aqueous Be2+ Derived from ab Initio Calculations.

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    Winter, Nicolas D

    2016-12-08

    An effective three-body potential for the aqueous Be 2+ ion has been constructed from a large number of high-level ab initio cluster calculations. The new potential was validated in subsequent molecular dynamics simulations of both gas phase ion-water clusters and bulk liquid. The structures of the first and second solvation shells were studied using radial distribution functions and angular distribution functions. The vibrational spectrum of Be 2+ and first shell waters was examined by computing power spectra from the molecular dynamics simulations. The observed bands showed reasonable agreement with experimental spectroscopic frequencies. The potential of mean force for water exchange between the first and second solvation shells was calculated and the energy barrier for exchange was found to have improved agreement with experiment relative to two-body force fields. Examination of the solvation structure near the transition state yielded results consistent with an associative mechanism.

  7. Flexible Force Field Parameterization through Fitting on the Ab Initio-Derived Elastic Tensor

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    2017-01-01

    Constructing functional forms and their corresponding force field parameters for the metal–linker interface of metal–organic frameworks is challenging. We propose fitting these parameters on the elastic tensor, computed from ab initio density functional theory calculations. The advantage of this top-down approach is that it becomes evident if functional forms are missing when components of the elastic tensor are off. As a proof-of-concept, a new flexible force field for MIL-47(V) is derived. Negative thermal expansion is observed and framework flexibility has a negligible effect on adsorption and transport properties for small guest molecules. We believe that this force field parametrization approach can serve as a useful tool for developing accurate flexible force field models that capture the correct mechanical behavior of the full periodic structure. PMID:28661672

  8. Vibrational Frequencies of Fractionally Charged Molecular Species: Benchmarking DFT Results against ab Initio Calculations.

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    Bâldea, Ioan

    2017-03-23

    Recent advances in nano/molecular electronics and electrochemistry made it possible to continuously tune the fractional charge q of single molecules and to use vibrational spectroscopic methods to monitor such changes. Approaches to compute vibrational frequencies ω(q) of fractionally charged species based on the density functional theory (DFT) are faced with an important issue: the basic quantity used in these calculations, the total energy, should exhibit piecewise linearity with respect to the fractional charge, but approximate, commonly utilized exchange correlation functionals do not obey this condition. In this paper, with the aid of a simple and representative example, we benchmark results for ω(q) obtained within the DFT against ab initio methods, namely, coupled cluster singles and doubles and also second- and third-order Møller-Plesset perturbation) expansions. These results indicate that, in spite of missing the aforementioned piecewise linearity, DFT-based values ω(q) can reasonably be trusted.

  9. The C4H radical and the diffuse interstellar bands. An ab initio study

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    Kolbuszewski, Marcin

    1994-01-01

    An ab initio study of the low-lying electronic states of C4H has been presented where the species studied has a chi(2)sigma(+) ground state and two low lying pi states. Based on the vertical and adiabatic excitation energies between those states it is suggested that the 4428 A diffuse interstellar band is not carried by C4H. The application of the particle in a box model shows strong coincidences between the strong DIB's and predicted wavelengths of pi-pi transitions in C(2n)H series. Based on those coincidences, it is suggested the C(2n)H species as good candidates for carriers of diffuse interstellar bands.

  10. A theoretical study of benzaldehyde derivatives as tyrosinase inhibitors using Ab initio calculated NQCC parameters.

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    Rafiee, Marjan; Javaheri, Masoumeh

    2015-09-01

    Tyrosinase is a multifunctional copper-containing enzyme. It can catalyze two distinct reactions of melanin synthesis and benzaldehyde derivatives, which are potential tyrosinase inhibitors. To find the relationships between charge distributions of benzaldehyde and their pharmaceutical behavior, the present study aimed at investigating nuclear quadrupole coupling constants of quadrupolare nuclei in the functional benzaldehyde group and calculating some its derivatives. In addition, the differences between the electronic structures of various derivatives of this depigmenting drug were examined. All ab initio calculations were carried out using Gaussian 03. The results predicted benzaldehyde derivatives to be bicentral inhibitors; nevertheless, the oxygen or hydrogen contents of the aldehyde group were not found to be the only active sites. Furthermore with the presence of the aldehyde group, the terminal methoxy group in C4 was found to contribute to tyrosinase inhibitory activities. In addition, an oxygen atom with high charge density in the side chain was found to play an important role in its inhibitory effect.

  11. Atomic carbon chains as spin-transmitters: An ab initio transport study

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    Fürst, J. A.; Brandbyge, M.; Jauho, A.-P.

    2010-08-01

    An atomic carbon chain joining two graphene flakes was recently realized in a ground-breaking experiment by Jin et al. (Phys. Rev. Lett., 102 (2009) 205501). We present ab initio results for the electron transport properties of such chains and demonstrate complete spin-polarization of the transmission in large energy ranges. The effect is due to the spin-polarized zig-zag edge terminating each graphene flake causing a spin-splitting of the graphene πz bands, and the chain states. Transmission occurs when the graphene π-states resonate with similar states in the strongly hybridized edges and chain. This effect should in general hold for any π-conjugated molecules bridging the zig-zag edges of graphene electrodes. The polarization of the transmission can be controlled by chemically or mechanically modifying the molecule, or by applying an electrical gate.

  12. Electronic and optical properties of K-doped ZnO: Ab initio study

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    Aimouch, D. E.; Meskine, S.; Hayn, R.; Zaoui, A.; Boukortt, A.

    2016-08-01

    We present the results of ab initio calculations of K-doped ZnO in the wurtzite structure using a supercell of 32 atoms and density functional theory. A complete analysis of its electronic, optical and magnetic properties is provided. The local spin density approximation (LSDA) has been used to analyze the density of states and to understand the K influence at different concentration values. The material is revealed to become a p-type doped semiconductor. The optical constant or refractive index, the dielectric function, and the absorption coefficient were determined and show a good agreement with available experimental data. Potassium doping leads to an absorption peak at about 380 nm. That peak might improve the absorption characteristics of ZnO for solar cell or optical applications.

  13. Ab Initio Simulations of Water Dynamics in Aqueous TMAO Solutions: Temperature and Concentration Effects.

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    Stirnemann, Guillaume; Duboué-Dijon, Elise; Laage, Damien

    2017-12-14

    We use ab initio molecular dynamics simulation to study the effect of hydrophobic groups on the dynamics of water molecules in aqueous solutions of trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO). We show that hydrophobic groups induce a moderate (<2-fold) slowdown of water reorientation and hydrogen-bond dynamics in dilute solutions, but that this slowdown rapidly increases with solute concentration. In addition, the slowdown factor is found to vary very little with temperature, thus suggesting an entropic origin. All of these results are in quantitative agreement with prior classical molecular dynamics simulations and with the previously suggested excluded-volume model. The hydrophilic TMAO headgroup is found to affect water dynamics more strongly than the hydrophobic moiety, and the magnitude of this slowdown is very sensitive to the strength of the water-solute hydrogen-bond.

  14. Ab initio potential energy surfaces and quantum dynamics for polyatomic bimolecular reactions.

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    Fu, Bina; Zhang, Donghui

    2018-03-26

    There has been great progress in the development of potential energy surfaces (PESs) and quantum dynamics calculations in the gas phase. The establishment of fitting procedure for highly accurate PESs and new developments in quantum reactive scattering on reliable PESs allow accurate characterization of reaction dynamics beyond triatomic systems. This review will give the recent development in our group in constructing ab initio PESs based on the neural networks, and the time-dependent wave packet calculations for bimolecular reactions beyond three atoms. Bimolecular reactions of current interest to the community, namely, OH+H2, H+H2O, OH+CO, H+CH4 and Cl+CH4 are focused on. Quantum mechanical characterization of these reactions uncovers interesting dynamical phenomena with an unprecedented level of sophistication, and has greatly advanced our understanding of polyatomic reaction dynamics.

  15. Selective sensing of ethylene and glucose using carbon-nanotube-based sensors: An ab initio investigation

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    Li, Yan; Hodak, Miroslav; Lu, Wenchang; Bernholc, Jerry

    Functionalized carbon nanotubes have great potential for nanoscale sensing applications, yet many aspects of their sensing mechanisms are not understood. We investigate two paradigmatic sensor configurations for detection of biologically important molecules through ab initio calculations: a non-covalently functionalized nanotube for glucose detection and a covalently functionalized nanotube for ethylene detection. Despite of their structural and chemical simplicities, glucose and ethylene control key life processes of humans and plants, respectively. We evaluate the sensors' electrical conductance and transmission coefficients at the full density-functional theory level via the non-equilibrium Green's function method. A clear atomistic picture emerges about the mechanisms involved in glucose and ethylene sensing. While functionalized semiconducting nanotubes exhibit good sensitivities in both cases, the current through metallic nanotubes is only weakly affected by analyte attachment. We also investigate the effects of band gaps of the nanotubes and changes to the receptors on the detection sensitivities. These quantitative results can guide the design of improved sensors.

  16. Ab initio electronic structure, magnetism, and magnetocrystalline anisotropy of UGa2

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    Diviš, Martin; Richter, Manuel; Eschrig, Helmut; Steinbeck, Lutz

    1996-04-01

    Ab initio electronic structure calculations for the intermetallic compound UGa2 were performed using an optimized linear combination of atomic orbitals method based on the local spin density approximation. Three separate calculations were done treating the uranium 5f states as band states and as localized states with occupation two and three, respectively. In the itinerant approach, spin and orbital moments, magnetocrystalline anisotropy, and the Sommerfeld constant were calculated and found to deviate significantly from the related experimental data. In the localized approach, crystal field parameters were obtained for the 5f states, which have been treated by self-interaction corrected local-density theory. This approach with 5f2 occupation is shown to provide reasonable results for the anisotropy of the susceptibility, for the field dependence of the magnetic moments, and for the Sommerfeld constant.

  17. Ab initio multiple cloning simulations of pyrrole photodissociation: TKER spectra and velocity map imaging

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    Makhov, Dmitry V.; Saita, Kenichiro; Martinez, Todd J.; ...

    2014-12-11

    In this study, we report a detailed computational simulation of the photodissociation of pyrrole using the ab initio Multiple Cloning (AIMC) method implemented within MOLPRO. The efficiency of the AIMC implementation, employing train basis sets, linear approximation for matrix elements, and Ehrenfest configuration cloning, allows us to accumulate significant statistics. We calculate and analyze the total kinetic energy release (TKER) spectrum and Velocity Map Imaging (VMI) of pyrrole and compare the results directly with experimental measurements. Both the TKER spectrum and the structure of the velocity map image (VMI) are well reproduced. Previously, it has been assumed that the isotropicmore » component of the VMI arises from long time statistical dissociation. Instead, our simulations suggest that ultrafast dynamics contributes significantly to both low and high energy portions of the TKER spectrum.« less

  18. Ab initio investigation of electronic properties of the magnesium hydride molecular ion.

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    Khemiri, Noura; Dardouri, Riadh; Oujia, Brahim; Gadéa, Florent Xavier

    2013-09-12

    In this work, adiabatic potential energy curves, spectroscopic constants, dipole moments, and vibrational levels for numerous electronic states of magnesium hydride molecular ion (MgH(+)) are computed. These properties are determined by the use of an ab initio method involving a nonempirical pseudopotential for the magnesium core (Mg), the core polarization potential (CPP), the l-dependent cutoff functions and the full valence configuration interaction (FCI). The molecular ion is thus treated as a two-electron system. Our calculations on the MgH(+) molecular ion extend previous theoretical works to numerous electronic excited states in the various symmetries. A good agreement with the available theoretical and experimental works is obtained for the spectroscopic constants, the adiabatic potential energy curves, and the dipole moments for the lowest states of MgH(+).

  19. Quantifying Ab Initio Equation of State Errors for Hydrogen-Helium Mixtures

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    Clay, Raymond; Morales, Miguel

    2017-06-01

    In order to produce predictive models of Jovian planets, an accurate equation of state for hydrogen-helium mixtures is needed over pressure and temperature ranges spanning multiple orders of magnitude. While extensive theoretical work has been done in this area, previous controversies regarding the equation of state of pure hydrogen have demonstrated exceptional sensitivity to approximations commonly employed in ab initio calculations. To this end, we present the results of our quantum Monte Carlo based benchmarking studies for several major classes of density functionals. Additionally, we expand upon our published results by considering the impact that ionic finite size effects and density functional errors translate to errors in the equation of state. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-mission laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  20. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations investigating proton transfer in perfluorosulfonic acid functionalized carbon nanotubes.

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    Habenicht, Bradley F; Paddison, Stephen J; Tuckerman, Mark E

    2010-08-21

    Proton dissociation and transfer were examined with ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations of carbon nanotubes (CNT) functionalized with perfluorosulfonic acid (-CF(2)SO(3)H) groups with 1-3 H(2)O/SO(3)H. The CNT systems were constructed both with and without fluorine atoms covalently bound to the walls to elucidate the effects of the presence of a strongly hydrophobic environment, the fluorine, on proton dissociation, hydration, and stabilization. The simulations revealed that the dissociated proton was preferentially stabilized as a hydrated hydronium cation (i.e., Eigen like) in the fluorinated CNTs but as a Zundel (H(5)O(2)(+)) cation in the nonfluorinated CNTs. This feature is attributed to the fluorine atoms forming hydrogen bonds with the water molecules coordinated to the central hydronium ion.

  1. Structural Properties of Semiconductors by AB Initio Total-Energy Calculations: Surfaces and Bulk Systems.

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    Jin, Jian-Min

    "Total-energy calculations", whereby the total energy of a system of atoms is calculated as the sum of partial interactions, can be carried out empirically or ab initio (or a combination of the two). The ab initio approach is the most accurate, and deals with the electron -electron and electron-ion interactions within the framework of density-functional and pseudopotential theories, respectively. The recent development of iterative techniques, i.e., Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics and direct-minimization methods, makes the solution of the effective one-electron Schrodinger equations more efficient than conventional matrix-diagonalization techniques, extending the range of application of ab initio approaches to systems containing about 100 atoms with current computational technology. Our first application is concerned with the Si(100) surface, where we examine two problems: First we propose and study a novel mechanism for growth on crystal surfaces. We find that a defect (here a vacancy just beneath the top layer of the surface) can act as a site for nucleation, since the energies of adatoms deposited at the defect are always lower than those on the perfect surface. Second, we study the relaxation of a Ge overlayer, and find that the Ge dimers adopt an asymmetric configuration, in agreement with recent experimental results. Our calculations also reveal that the (2 times 2) and c(4 times 4) reconstructed structures have approximately the same energy, implying that either one of these two could be the ground state of the Ge/Si(100) surface. A second application is the study of the equilibrium structure of the InP(100) surface as a function of In coverage (Theta). We find the low-coverage (Theta = 0.25), non-dimerized (2 times 4) surface to yield the lowest energy per In atom, and therefore to possibly constitute the ground-state structure of the surface, even though it has not been observed experimentally. Nevertheless, we find the In-dimerized surfaces at all

  2. Melting of hydrogen bonds in uracil derivatives probed by infrared spectroscopy and ab initio molecular dynamics.

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    Szekrényes, Zsolt; Kamarás, Katalin; Tarczay, György; Llanes-Pallás, Anna; Marangoni, Tomas; Prato, Maurizio; Bonifazi, Davide; Björk, Jonas; Hanke, Felix; Persson, Mats

    2012-04-19

    The thermal response of hydrogen bonds is a crucial aspect in the self-assembly of molecular nanostructures. To gain a detailed understanding of their response, we investigated infrared spectra of monomers and hydrogen-bonded dimers of two uracil-derivative molecules, supported by density functional theory calculations. Matrix isolation spectra of monomers, temperature dependence in the solid state, and ab initio molecular dynamics calculations give a comprehensive picture about the dimer structure and dynamics of such systems as well as a proper assignment of hydrogen-bond affected bands. The evolution of the hydrogen bond melting is followed by calculating the C═O···H-N distance distributions at different temperatures. The result of this calculation yields excellent agreement with the H-bond melting temperature observed by experiment.

  3. Refined ab initio gene predictions of Heterorhabditis bacteriophora using RNA-seq.

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    Vadnal, Jonathan; Granger, Olivia G; Ratnappan, Ramesh; Eleftherianos, Ioannis; O'Halloran, Damien M; Hawdon, John M

    2018-03-09

    Interest has recently grown in developing the entomopathogenic nematode Heterorhabditis bacteriophora as a model to genetically dissect the process of parasitic infection. Despite the availability of a full genome assembly, there is substantial variation in gene model accuracy. Here, a methodology is presented for leveraging RNA-seq evidence to generate improved annotations using ab initio gene prediction software. After alignment of reads and subsequent generation of a RNA-seq supported annotation, the new gene prediction models were verified on a selection of genes by comparison with sequenced 5' and 3' rapid amplification of cDNA ends products. By utilising a whole transcriptome for genome annotation, the current reference annotation was enriched, demonstrating the importance of coupling transcriptional data with genome assemblies. Copyright © 2018 Australian Society for Parasitology. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. An ab initio study of the equilibrium geometry and vibrational frequencies of hydrazine

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    Machado, Francisco B. C.; Roberto-Neto, Orlando

    2002-01-01

    Accurate optimized equilibrium geometries, harmonic frequencies and rotational constants of the gauche conform (C 2 symmetry) of hydrazine (N 2H 4) have been calculated employing a large series of basis sets and several ab initio methods. Our best estimate computed equilibrium geometries are r NN=1.434 Å, r NHi=1.013 Å, r NHo=1.010 Å, θNNH i=111.3°, θNNH o=106.8° and θH iNNH o=89.7°. These predictions were used as reference in the analysis of the experimental and theoretical data, and we expected that the present results could guide future investigations in this direction.

  5. Ab initio and phenomenological studies of the static response of neutron matter

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    Buraczynski, Mateusz; Gezerlis, Alexandros

    2017-04-01

    We investigate the problem of periodically modulated strongly interacting neutron matter. We carry out ab initio nonperturbative auxiliary-field diffusion Monte Carlo calculations using an external sinusoidal potential in addition to phenomenological two- and three-nucleon interactions. Several choices for the wave function ansatz are explored and special care is taken to extrapolate finite-sized results to the thermodynamic limit. We perform calculations at various densities as well as at different strengths and periodicities of the one-body potential. Our microscopic results are then used to constrain the isovector term from energy-density functional theories of nuclei at many different densities, while making sure to separate isovector contributions from bulk properties. Lastly, we use our results to extract the static density-density linear response function of neutron matter at different densities. Our findings provide insights into inhomogeneous neutron matter and are related to the physics of neutron-star crusts and neutron-rich nuclei.

  6. Haber Process Made Efficient by Hydroxylated Graphene: Ab Initio Thermochemistry and Reactive Molecular Dynamics.

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    Chaban, Vitaly V; Prezhdo, Oleg V

    2016-07-07

    The Haber-Bosch process is the main industrial method for producing ammonia from diatomic nitrogen and hydrogen. We use a combination of ab initio thermochemical analysis and reactive molecular dynamics to demonstrate that a significant increase in the ammonia production yield can be achieved using hydroxylated graphene and related species. Exploiting the polarity difference between N2/H2 and NH3, as well as the universal proton acceptor behavior of NH3, we demonstrate a strong shift of the equilibrium of the Haber-Bosch process toward ammonia (ca. 50 kJ mol(-1) enthalpy gain and ca. 60-70 kJ mol(-1) free energy gain). The modified process is of significant importance to the chemical industry.

  7. Ab initio simulation of hydrogen bonding in ices under ultra-high pressure

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    Tian, Linan; Kolesnikov, Alexander I; Li, Jichen

    2012-01-01

    In this article, as continuation of the previous publication (P. Zhang, L. Tian, Z. P. Zhang, G. Shao, and J. C. Li, J. Chem. Phys. 137, 044504 (2012)), we report a series of computational simulation results for ices using ab initio DFT methods. The results not only reproduced the main feature of inelastic neutron scattering spectra for ice Ih, but also other phases of ice such as VII and VIII. Furthermore, pressure dependent simulations for ice I and VIII have led us to obtain the spectra for the symmetrical structure of ice X. The transition from normal ice to themore » symmetrical form shows an extraordinary behaviour of H-bonding in term of vibrations associated with inter- and intra-molecular bonds, revealing a range of phenomena which was not seen before.« less

  8. Ab Initio Vibrational Levels For HO2 and Vibrational Splittings for Hydrogen Atom Transfer

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    Barclay, V. J.; Dateo, Christopher E.; Hamilton, I. P.; Arnold, James O. (Technical Monitor)

    1994-01-01

    We calculate vibrational levels and wave functions for HO2 using the recently reported ab initio potential energy surface of Walch and Duchovic. There is intramolecular hydrogen atom transfer when the hydrogen atom tunnels through a T-shaped saddle point separating two equivalent equilibrium geometries, and correspondingly, the energy levels are split. We focus on vibrational levels and wave functions with significant splitting. The first three vibrational levels with splitting greater than 2/cm are (15 0), (0 7 1) and (0 8 0) where V(sub 2) is the O-O-H bend quantum number. We discuss the dynamics of hydrogen atom transfer; in particular, the O-O distances at which hydrogen atom transfer is most probable for these vibrational levels. The material of the proposed presentation was reviewed and the technical content will not reveal any information not already in the public domain and will not give any foreign industry or government a competitive advantage.

  9. Fully ab initio calculation of the resonant one-phonon Raman intensity of graphene

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    Reichardt, Sven; Wirtz, Ludger

    We developed a fully ab initio, many-body perturbation theory approach for the calculation of resonant, one-phonon Raman spectra. Our general approach is applicable to any material and here we present its application to the case of graphene. Our diagrammatic, first-principles approach allows us to go beyond and improve on an earlier theoretical study by Basko, which relied on an analytical calculation in certain limits. We investigate the dependence of the G peak intensity on both the excitation energy and Fermi level. Furthermore, our method allows us to identify the relevant electronic quantum pathways and to demonstrate the importance of the contributions from non-resonant electronic transitions. We also applied our approach to the calculation of the resonant one-phonon Raman spectrum of MoS2, with our results being in good agreement with experimental data. SR acknowledges financial support from the National Research Fund (FNR) Luxembourg.

  10. Temperature dependence of the interlayer exchange coupling in magnetic multilayers: ab-initio approach

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    Weinberger, Peter; Drchal, Václav; Kudrnovský, Josef; Bruno, Patrick; Dederichs, Peter

    1998-03-01

    The temperature dependence of interlayer exchange coupling (IEC) is studied theoretically on ab initio level. We employ the spin-polarized surface Green function technique within the tight-binding linear muffin-tin orbital method and the Lloyd formulation of the IEC together with an efficient method to calculate the integrals involving the Fermi-Dirac distribution based on representation of integrands by a sum of complex exponentials. We have found for Co/Cu/Co(001) trilayers with varying thicknesses N of spacer and magnetic layers the dependence on the temperature T basically of the form ζ/sinh(ζ), where ζ=const. NT, as predicted by the theory.(P. Bruno, Phys. Rev. B52, 411 (1995))

  11. Trends in magnetism of free Rh clusters via relativistic ab-initio calculations.

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    Šipr, O; Ebert, H; Minár, J

    2015-02-11

    A fully relativistic ab-initio study on free Rh clusters of 13-135 atoms is performed to identify general trends concerning their magnetism and to check whether concepts which proved to be useful in interpreting magnetism of 3d metals are applicable to magnetism of 4d systems. We found that there is no systematic relation between local magnetic moments and coordination numbers. On the other hand, the Stoner model appears well-suited both as a criterion for the onset of magnetism and as a guide for the dependence of local magnetic moments on the site-resolved density of states at the Fermi level. Large orbital magnetic moments antiparallel to spin magnetic moments were found for some sites. The intra-atomic magnetic dipole Tz term can be quite large at certain sites but as a whole it is unlikely to affect the interpretation of x-ray magnetic circular dichroism experiments based on the sum rules.

  12. Carbon diffusion in molten uranium: an ab initio molecular dynamics study

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    Garrett, Kerry E.; Abrecht, David G.; Kessler, Sean H.; Henson, Neil J.; Devanathan, Ram; Schwantes, Jon M.; Reilly, Dallas D.

    2018-04-01

    In this work we used ab initio molecular dynamics within the framework of density functional theory and the projector-augmented wave method to study carbon diffusion in liquid uranium at temperatures above 1600 K. The electronic interactions of carbon and uranium were described using the local density approximation (LDA). The self-diffusion of uranium based on this approach is compared with literature computational and experimental results for liquid uranium. The temperature dependence of carbon and uranium diffusion in the melt was evaluated by fitting the resulting diffusion coefficients to an Arrhenius relationship. We found that the LDA calculated activation energy for carbon was nearly twice that of uranium: 0.55 ± 0.03 eV for carbon compared to 0.32 ± 0.04 eV for uranium. Structural analysis of the liquid uranium-carbon system is also discussed.

  13. {ital Ab initio} study of silicon in the R8 phase

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    Pfrommer, B.G.; Cote, M.; Louie, S.G.

    1997-09-01

    We present a detailed {ital ab initio} study of the electronic and structural properties of the recently discovered R8 phase of silicon. Within the framework of density-functional theory in the local-density approximation and using pseudopotentials with a plane-wave basis, we study the energetics of the R8 phase compared to the other tetrahedrally bonded diamond, {beta}-Sn, and BC8 phases. The bonding properties and the pressure dependence of the bond lengths of the BC8 and R8 phases are investigated. An analysis of the band structure reveals that R8 silicon could be a semimetal or semiconductor with a small, indirect band gap. Ourmore » computed density of states of R8 silicon shows a sharpening of the valence-band edge similar to the one observed for amorphous silicon. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}« less

  14. Ab initio survey of the electronic structure of tetrahedrally bonded phases of silicon

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    Malone, Brad D.; Sau, Jay D.; Cohen, Marvin L.

    2008-07-01

    We present an ab initio study of the electronic structure of a number of high-pressure metastable phases of silicon with tetrahedral bonding. The phases studied include all experimentally determined phases that result from decompression from the metallic β -Sn phase, namely, the BC8 (Si III), hexagonal diamond (Si IV), and R8 (Si XII) phases. In addition to these we have also studied the hypothetical ST12 structure that is found upon decompression from β -Sn in germanium. We find that the local-density approximation incorrectly predicts the R8 phase to be semimetallic and that the quasiparticle spectrum exhibits a band gap. The effective masses found in R8 suggest that R8 may be useful for high-mobility applications. In addition, the ST12 phase is found to have a large density of electronic states at the band edge which could lead to interesting superconducting behavior.

  15. Experimental and ab initio study of Ta-doped ZnO semiconductor

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    Muñoz, E. L.; Richard, D.; Eversheim, P. D.; Rentería, M.

    2010-04-01

    In this work, we present γ-γ Perturbed-Angular-Correlation results in polycrystalline ZnO semiconductor implanted with 181Hf(→181Ta) probes. Calculations in Ta-doped ZnO were carried out using the Full-Potential Augmented Plane Wave plus local orbital method in a supercell and varying self-consistently the charge state of the impurity. Ta is a triple donor impurity with respect to Zn2 + in ZnO and thus it can loose 1, 2 or 3 donor electrons under certain circumstances. As expected, the comparison between the experimental Electric-Field-Gradient tensor results and our ab initio predictions shows that the Ta impurity is in an ionized charge state at room temperature.

  16. Communication: GAIMS—generalized ab initio multiple spawning for both internal conversion and intersystem crossing processes

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    Curchod, Basile F. E.; Rauer, Clemens; Marquetand, Philipp

    2016-03-11

    Full Multiple Spawning is a formally exact method to describe the excited-state dynamics of molecular systems beyond the Born-Oppenheimer approximation. However, it has been limited until now to the description of radiationless transitions taking place between electronic states with the same spin multiplicity. This Communication presents a generalization of the full and ab initio Multiple Spawning methods to both internal conversion (mediated by nonadiabatic coupling terms) and intersystem crossing events (triggered by spin-orbit coupling matrix elements) based on a spin-diabatic representation. Lastly, the results of two numerical applications, a model system and the deactivation of thioformaldehyde, validate the presented formalismmore » and its implementation.« less

  17. Communication: GAIMS—Generalized Ab Initio Multiple Spawning for both internal conversion and intersystem crossing processes

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    Curchod, Basile F. E.; Martínez, Todd J., E-mail: toddjmartinez@gmail.com; SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Menlo Park, California 94025

    2016-03-14

    Full multiple spawning is a formally exact method to describe the excited-state dynamics of molecular systems beyond the Born-Oppenheimer approximation. However, it has been limited until now to the description of radiationless transitions taking place between electronic states with the same spin multiplicity. This Communication presents a generalization of the full and ab initio multiple spawning methods to both internal conversion (mediated by nonadiabatic coupling terms) and intersystem crossing events (triggered by spin-orbit coupling matrix elements) based on a spin-diabatic representation. The results of two numerical applications, a model system and the deactivation of thioformaldehyde, validate the presented formalism andmore » its implementation.« less

  18. Exploring the Photophysical Properties of Molecular Systems Using Excited State Accelerated ab Initio Molecular Dynamics

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    2012-01-01

    In the present work, we employ excited state accelerated ab initio molecular dynamics (A-AIMD) to efficiently study the excited state energy landscape and photophysical topology of a variety of molecular systems. In particular, we focus on two important challenges for the modeling of excited electronic states: (i) the identification and characterization of conical intersections and crossing seams, in order to predict different and often competing radiationless decay mechanisms, and (ii) the description of the solvent effect on the absorption and emission spectra of chemical species in solution. In particular, using as examples the Schiff bases formaldimine and salicylidenaniline, we show that A-AIMD can be readily employed to explore the conformational space around crossing seams in molecular systems with very different photochemistry. Using acetone in water as an example, we demonstrate that the enhanced configurational space sampling may be used to accurately and efficiently describe both the prominent features and line-shapes of absorption and emission spectra. PMID:22904696

  19. Optimized Structures and Proton Affinities of Fluorinated Dimethyl Ethers: An Ab Initio Study

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    Orgel, Victoria B.; Ball, David W.; Zehe, Michael J.

    1996-01-01

    Ab initio methods have been used to investigate the proton affinity and the geometry changes upon protonation for the molecules (CH3)2O, (CH2F)2O, (CHF2)2O, and (CF3)2O. Geometry optimizations were performed at the MP2/3-2 I G level, and the resulting geometries were used for single-point energy MP2/6-31G calculations. The proton affinity calculated for (CH3)2O was 7 Kjoule/mole from the experimental value, within the desired variance of +/- 8Kjoule/mole for G2 theory, suggesting that the methodology used in this study is adequate for energy difference considerations. For (CF3)20, the calculated proton affinity of 602 Kjoule/mole suggests that perfluorinated ether molecules do not act as Lewis bases under normal circumstances; e.g. degradation of commercial lubricants in tribological applications.

  20. Ab Initio Molecular-Dynamics Simulation of Neuromorphic Computing in Phase-Change Memory Materials.

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    Skelton, Jonathan M; Loke, Desmond; Lee, Taehoon; Elliott, Stephen R

    2015-07-08

    We present an in silico study of the neuromorphic-computing behavior of the prototypical phase-change material, Ge2Sb2Te5, using ab initio molecular-dynamics simulations. Stepwise changes in structural order in response to temperature pulses of varying length and duration are observed, and a good reproduction of the spike-timing-dependent plasticity observed in nanoelectronic synapses is demonstrated. Short above-melting pulses lead to instantaneous loss of structural and chemical order, followed by delayed partial recovery upon structural relaxation. We also investigate the link between structural order and electrical and optical properties. These results pave the way toward a first-principles understanding of phase-change physics beyond binary switching.

  1. Formation Dynamics of Potassium-Based Graphite Intercalation Compounds: An Ab Initio Study

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    Jiang, Xiankai; Song, Bo; Tománek, David

    2018-04-01

    This paper is a contribution to the Physical Review Applied collection in memory of Mildred S. Dresselhaus. We use ab initio molecular dynamics simulations to study the microscopic dynamics of potassium intercalation in graphite. Upon adsorbing on graphite from the vapor phase, K atoms transfer their valence charge to the substrate. K atoms adsorbed on the surface diffuse rapidly along the graphene basal plane and eventually enter the interlayer region following a "U -turn" across the edge, gaining additional energy. This process is promoted at higher coverages associated with higher K pressure, leading to the formation of a stable intercalation compound. We find that the functionalization of graphene edges is an essential prerequisite for intercalation since bare edges reconstruct and reconnect, closing off the entry channels for the atoms.

  2. 3,5-Difluorobenzonitrile: ab initio calculations, FTIR and Raman spectra

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    Rastogi, V. K.; Palafox, M. Alcolea; Tanwar, R. P.; Mittal, Lalit

    2002-07-01

    Geometry, vibrational wavenumbers and several thermodynamic parameters were calculated using ab initio quantum chemical methods for the 3,5-difluorobenzonitrile molecule. The results were compared with the experimental values. With the help of three specific scaling procedures, the observed vibrational wavenumbers in FTIR and Raman spectra were analysed and assigned to different normal modes of the molecule. Most of the modes have wavenumbers in the expected range and the error obtained was in general very low. Using PEDs the contributions were determined for the different modes to each wavenumber. From the PED, it is apparent that the frequency corresponding to CN stretching contains 87% contribution from the CN stretching force constant and it mixes with the CCN stretching mode 13 to the extent of 12%. Other general conclusions were also deduced.

  3. Ab initio fully relativistic calculations of x-ray spectra of highly charged ions

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    Kotochigova, S.; Kirby, K. P.; Tupitsyn, I.

    2007-11-15

    We have developed and applied an ab initio fully relativistic method for precise calculations of outer-shell transitions in highly charged ions. This method is based on the multiconfiguration Dirac-Fock-Sturm theory in combination with Brillouin-Wigner many-body perturbation theory. We demonstrate the capability of the method through calculations of the 3s, 3d{yields}2p transitions in Fe XIX. The basis set, constructed out of Dirac-Fock and Sturm one-electron wave functions, allows calculations with an accuracy of less than a few 10{sup -3} A for the wavelengths and better than 1% for the oscillator strengths. Some of the transitions given here have not been observedmore » or calculated previously.« less

  4. Nonadiabatic Ab initio multichannel quantum defect theory applied to absolute experimental absorption intensities in H(2).

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    Glass-Maujean, M; Jungen, Ch

    2009-11-26

    The positions and intensities of the Q(N) (N = 1-4) X1 Sigma(g)+ --> nppi1 Pi(u)- (n = 2 to approximately 30) absorption transitions of H2 have been calculated by multichannel quantum defect theory. The computations are based on the quantum chemical ab initio clamped nuclei potential curves and absorption dipole transition moments for n = 2-4 of Wolniewicz and Staszewska (J. Mol. Spectrosc. 2003, 220, 45). The resulting Einstein spontaneous Einstein A coefficients are in good agreement with those derived from the absolute intensity measurements of Glass-Maujean et al. (Mol. Phys. 2007, 105, 1535). The results reveal widespread vibronic intensity perturbations in the Q(N) Rydberg series, whereas the line frequencies are comparatively little affected by nonadiabatic effects.

  5. Equation of state and phase diagram of ammonia at high pressures from ab initio simulations.

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    Bethkenhagen, Mandy; French, Martin; Redmer, Ronald

    2013-06-21

    We present an equation of state as well as a phase diagram of ammonia at high pressures and high temperatures derived from ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. The predicted phases of ammonia are characterized by analyzing diffusion coefficients and structural properties. Both the phase diagram and the subsequently computed Hugoniot curves are compared to experimental results. Furthermore, we discuss two methods that allow us to take into account nuclear quantum effects, which are of considerable importance in molecular fluids. Our data cover pressures up to 330 GPa and a temperature range from 500 K to 10,000 K. This regime is of great interest for interior models of the giant planets Uranus and Neptune, which contain, besides water and methane, significant amounts of ammonia.

  6. Ab initio study of the anharmonic lattice dynamics of iron at the γ -δ phase transition

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    Lian, Chao-Sheng; Wang, Jian-Tao; Chen, Changfeng

    2015-11-01

    We report calculations of phonon dispersions of iron (Fe) at its γ -δ phase transition using a self-consistent ab initio lattice dynamical method in conjunction with an effective magnetic force approach via the antiferromagnetic approximation. Our results show that anharmonic phonon-phonon interactions play a crucial role in stabilizing the δ -Fe phase in the open bcc lattice. In contrast, the lattice dynamics of the close-packed fcc γ -Fe phase are dominated by magnetic interactions. Simultaneous considerations of the lattice anharmonic and magnetic interactions produced temperature-dependent phonon dispersions for δ -Fe and γ -Fe phases in excellent agreement with recent experimental measurements. The present results highlight the key role of lattice anharmonicity in determining the structural stability of iron at high temperatures, which has significant implications for other high-temperature paramagnetic metals like Ce and Pu.

  7. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulation study of successive hydrogenation reactions of carbon monoxide producing methanol

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    Pham, Thi Nu; Ono, Shota; Ohno, Kaoru, E-mail: ohno@ynu.ac.jp

    2016-04-14

    Doing ab initio molecular dynamics simulations, we demonstrate a possibility of hydrogenation of carbon monoxide producing methanol step by step. At first, the hydrogen atom reacts with the carbon monoxide molecule at the excited state forming the formyl radical. Formaldehyde was formed after adding one more hydrogen atom to the system. Finally, absorption of two hydrogen atoms to formaldehyde produces methanol molecule. This study is performed by using the all-electron mixed basis approach based on the time dependent density functional theory within the adiabatic local density approximation for an electronic ground-state configuration and the one-shot GW approximation for an electronicmore » excited state configuration.« less

  8. Electronic states of lithium passivated germanium nanowires: An ab-initio study

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    Trejo, A.; Carvajal, E.; Vázquez-Medina, R.; Cruz-Irisson, M.

    2014-05-01

    A study of the electronic and structural properties of germanium nanowires (GeNWs) was performed using the ab-initio Density Functional Theory within the generalized gradient approximation where electron-ion interactions are described by ultrasoft pseudopotentials. To study the effects of the lithium in the surface of the GeNWs we compare the electronic band structures of Hydrogen passivated GeNWs with those of partial and totally Li passivated GeNWs. The nanowires were constructed in the [001], [111] and [110] directions, using the supercell model to create different wire diameters. The results show that in the case of partial Li passivation there are localized orbitals near the valence band maximum, which would create a p-doped-kind of state. The total Li passivation created metallic states for all the wires.

  9. Dynamical Screening and Ionic Conductivity in Water from Ab Initio Simulations

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    French, Martin; Hamel, Sebastien; Redmer, Ronald

    2011-10-01

    We present a method to calculate ionic conductivities of complex fluids from ab initio simulations. This is achieved by combining density functional theory molecular dynamics simulations with polarization theory. Conductivities are then obtained via a Green-Kubo formula using time-dependent effective charges of electronically screened ions. The method is applied to two different phases of warm dense water. We observe large fluctuations in the effective charges; protons can transport effective charges greater than +e for ultrashort time scales. Furthermore, we compare our results with a simpler model of ionic conductivity in water that is based on diffusion coefficients. Our approach can be directly applied to study ionic conductivities of electronically insulating materials of arbitrary composition, e.g., complex molecular mixtures under such extreme conditions that occur deep inside giant planets.

  10. Ab initio high-resolution single-particle 3D reconstructions: the symmetry adapted functions way.

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    Estrozi, Leandro F; Navaza, Jorge

    2010-12-01

    A protocol to attain high-resolution single-particle reconstructions is presented. The protocol is the concatenation of two procedures: one to obtain an ab initio low-resolution reconstruction, the other to determine a fixed point of the consecutive applications of fast projection matching and 3D reconstruction. It is a reciprocal space formulation where the Fourier coefficients of the 3D scattering density are expressed in terms of symmetry adapted functions and the 2D particle images are represented by their Fourier-Bessel transforms. The new protocol shows advantages in terms of speed and accuracy when compared to other methods currently in use. We illustrate its performance as applied to high-resolution cryo-electron micrographs of rotavirus. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. Ab initio Study of Nitrogen-14 Nuclear Quadrupole Coupling and NMR Signal Linewidths in Some Azoles

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    Jaszuński, Michał; Rizzo, Antonio

    1998-07-01

    Ab initio values of Nitrogen 14N Nuclear Quadrupole Coupling Constants (NQCC's) are calculated for a series of methyl-substituted azoles in the Multiconfigurational SCF (MCSCF) approximation. The four triazoles and two tetrazoles studied here are all isoelectronic. This enabled us to use the same level of approximation - basis set and active space -for all the molecules. The computed NQCC's are used to estimate the relative widths of the 14N NMR signals, assuming an identical effect of molecular tumbling for all the nuclei in a molecule and neglecting solvent effects. The linewidths for the unsubstituted N atoms are, in agreement with experiment, much larger than for the methyl-substituted N atom. For the 1-methyl-tetrazole we present also the NMR shielding and spin-spin coupling constants and discuss in some more detail the dependence of all calculated NMR properties on the basis set and correlation effects.

  12. The large amplitude motions of methylamine from the perspective of the highly correlated ab initio methods

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    Senent, M. L.

    2018-01-01

    CCSD(T)-F12 theory in connection with extended basis sets is employed to determine the electronic ground state spectroscopic parameters of methylamine at low temperatures. The geometry, the rotational constants, all the fundamental frequencies, the dipole moment and its components, and the centrifugal distortion constants, are provided. The ground vibrational state rotational constants were found to be A0 = 103067.15 MHz, B0 = 22588.29 MHz, and C0 = 21710.50 MHz and the dipole moment to be 1.4071D. Fermi displacements of the vibrational bands are predicted. The low vibrational energy levels corresponding to the large amplitude motions are determine variationally using a flexible three-dimensional model depending on three variables: the HNH bending, the NH2 wagging and the CH3 torsional coordinates. The computed levels are compared with previous experimental and calculated energies. Methylamine parameters are very sensitive to the level of ab initio calculations.

  13. Ab Initio Calculations of the Electronic Structures and Biological Functions of Protein Molecules

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    Zheng, Haoping

    2003-04-01

    The self-consistent cluster-embedding (SCCE) calculation method reduces the computational effort from M3 to about M1 (M is the number of atoms in the system) with unchanged calculation precision. So the ab initio, all-electron calculation of the electronic structure and biological function of protein molecule becomes a reality, which will promote new proteomics considerably. The calculated results of two real protein molecules, the trypsin inhibitor from the seeds of squash Cucurbita maxima (CMTI-I, 436 atoms) and the Ascaris trypsin inhibitor (912 atoms, two three-dimensional structures), are presented. The reactive sites of the inhibitors are determined and explained. The precision of structure determination of inhibitors are tested theoretically.

  14. Ab Initio Calculations of the Electronic Structures and Biological Functions of Protein Molecules

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    Zheng, Haoping

    The self-consistent cluster-embedding (SCCE) calculation method reduces the computational effort from M3 to about M1 (M is the number of atoms in the system) with precise calculations. Thus the ab initio, all-electron calculation of the electronic structure and biological function of protein molecule has become a reality, which will promote new proteomics considerably. The calculated results of two real protein molecules, the trypsin inhibitor from the seeds of squash Cucurbita maxima (CMTI-I, 436 atoms) and the ascaris trypsin inhibitor (912 atoms, two three-dimensional structures), will be presented in this paper. The reactive sites of the inhibitors are determined and explained. The accuracy of structure determination of the inhibitors are tested theoretically.

  15. Ab initio study of the outer valence ionization potentials and electron affinities of benzocycloalkenes

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    Galasso, V.

    1990-03-01

    Ab initio many-body calculations according to Cederbaum's outer-valence Green-function formalism have been carried out on the ionization potentials of bicyclo[4.1.0]hepta-1,3,5-triene, bicyclo[4.2.0]octa-1,3,5-triene, tricyclo[5.1.0.0 3,5]octa-1,3(5),6-triene, tricyclo[6.2.0.0 3,6]deca-1,3(6),7-triene, and tricyclo[5.2.0.0 3,5]nona-1,3(5),6-triene. The sequence of the first two negative electron affinities is analysed by using estimates based on Koopmans' theorem.

  16. Progress towards an ab initio real-time treatment of warm dense matter

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    Baczewski, Andrew; Cangi, Attila; Hansen, Stephanie; Jensen, Daniel

    2017-10-01

    Time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) provides an accurate description of equilibrium properties of warm dense matter, such as the dynamic structure factor (Baczewski et al., Phys. Rev. Lett., 116(11), 2016). While non-equilibrium properties, such as stopping power, have also been demonstrated to be within the grasp of TDDFT, the ultrafast isochoric heating of condensed matter into the warm dense state, enabled by recent advances in XFELs, remains beyond its capabilities. In this talk, we will describe the successes of and continuing challenges for TDDFT for warm dense matter, and present progress towards a more complete ab initio treatment of isochoric x-ray heating. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-mission laboratory managed and operated by National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Honeywell International, Inc., for the DOE's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-NA0003525.

  17. Ab initio study of a Y-doped ∑31 grain boundary in alumina

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    Chen, Jun; Xu, Yun; Chen, Dongquan; Zhang, Jinglin

    2008-11-01

    The atomic structures and energetics of clean and Y-doped general grain boundary (GB) ∑31/(0001) models in α-Al2O3 are studied by a series of high precision ab initio calculations. A large supercell with 700 atoms and periodic boundary conditions is adopted for undoped and Y-doped GB with different substitution sites and concentrations. It is shown that Y atoms preferably segregate to the central column of the 7-member Al ring. This is explained as more favorable bond formation for Y in this position and lower GB energy. The calculated GB formation energy for the clean and Y-doped cases is respectively 3.99 and 3.67 J/m2. On the average, the GB region in ∑31 has a slightly lower charge density than the bulk crystalline region. In addtition, the GB induces a long ranged asymmetric electrostatic potential distribution on each side of the grain boundary.

  18. A-dependence of the Spectra of the F Isotopes from ab initio Calculations

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    Barrett, Bruce R.; Dikmen, Erdal; Maris, Pieter; Vary, James P.; Shirokov, Andrey M.

    2016-03-01

    Using a succession of Okubo-Lee-Suzuki transformations within the No Core Shell Model (NCSM) formalism, we derive an ab initio, non-perturbative procedure for calculating the input for standard shell-model (SSM) calculations within one major shell. We have used this approach for calculating the spectra of the F isotopes from A=18 to A=25, so as to study the A-dependence of the results. In particular, we are interested in seeing if the theoretical input is weak enough, so that a single set of two-body effective interactions can be used for all of the F isotopes investigated. We will present results from SSM calculations based on input obtained with the JISP16 nucleon-nucleon interaction in an initial 4 ℏΩ NCSM basis space. This work supported in part by TUBITAK-BIDEB, the US DOE, the US NSF, NERSC, and the Russian Ministry of Education and Science.

  19. Exploring Partonic Structure of Hadrons Using ab initio Lattice QCD Calculations

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    Ma, Yan-Qing; Qiu, Jian-Wei

    2018-01-10

    Following our previous proposal, we construct a class of good "lattice cross sections" (LCSs), from which we can study the partonic structure of hadrons from ab initio lattice QCD calculations. These good LCSs, on the one hand, can be calculated directly in lattice QCD, and on the other hand, can be factorized into parton distribution functions (PDFs) with calculable coefficients, in the same way as QCD factorization for factorizable hadronic cross sections. PDFs could be extracted from QCD global analysis of the lattice QCD generated data of LCSs. In conclusion, we also show that the proposed functions for lattice QCDmore » calculation of PDFs in the literature are special cases of these good LCSs.« less

  20. Downfolding electron-phonon Hamiltonians from ab initio calculations: Application to K3 picene

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    Giovannetti, Gianluca; Casula, Michele; Werner, Philipp; Mauri, Francesco; Capone, Massimo

    2014-09-01

    We propose an electron-phonon parametrization which is constructed to reproduce target geometry and harmonic frequencies taken from first principles calculations or experiment. With respect to standard electron-phonon models, it adds a "double-counting" correction, which takes into account the lattice deformation as the system is dressed by low-energy electron-phonon processes. We show the importance of this correction by studying potassium-doped picene (K3 picene), recently claimed to be a superconductor with a Tc of up to 18 K. The Hamiltonian parameters are derived from ab initio density functional theory, and the lattice model is solved by dynamical mean-field theory. Our calculations include the effects of electron-electron interactions and local electron-phonon couplings. Even with the inclusion of a strongly coupled molecular phonon, the Hubbard repulsion prevails and the system is an insulator with a small Mott gap of ≈0.2 eV.

  1. Rotational Energy Transfer of N2 Determined Using a New Ab Initio Potential Energy Surface

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    Huo, Winifred M.; Stallcop, James R.; Partridge, Harry; Langhoff, Stephen R. (Technical Monitor)

    1997-01-01

    A new N2-N2 rigid-rotor surface has been determined using extensive Ab Initio quantum chemistry calculations together with recent experimental data for the second virial coefficient. Rotational energy transfer is studied using the new potential energy surface (PES) employing the close coupling method below 200 cm(exp -1) and coupled state approximation above that. Comparing with a previous calculation based on the PES of van der Avoird et al.,3 it is found that the new PES generally gives larger cross sections for large (delta)J transitions, but for small (delta)J transitions the cross sections are either comparable or smaller. Correlation between the differences in the cross sections and the two PES will be attempted. The computed cross sections will also be compared with available experimental data.

  2. Ab initio potential energy surface and vibration-rotation energy levels of beryllium monohydroxide.

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    Koput, Jacek

    2017-01-05

    The accurate potential energy surface of beryllium monohydroxide, BeOH, in its ground electronic state X 2A' has been determined from ab initio calculations using the coupled-cluster approach in conjunction with the correlation-consistent core-valence basis sets up to septuple-zeta quality. The higher-order electron correlation, scalar relativistic, and adiabatic effects were taken into account. The BeOH molecule was confirmed to be bent at equilibrium, with the BeOH angle of 141.2° and the barrier to linearity of 129 cm -1 . The vibration-rotation energy levels of the BeOH and BeOD isotopologues were predicted using a variational approach and compared with recent experimental data. The results can be useful in a further analysis of high-resolution vibration-rotation spectra of these interesting species. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  3. Ab initio potential energy surface and vibration-rotation energy levels of sulfur dioxide.

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    Koput, Jacek

    2017-05-05

    An accurate potential energy surface of sulfur dioxide, SO 2 , in its ground electronic state X∼ 1A1 has been determined from ab initio calculations using the coupled-cluster approach in conjunction with the correlation-consistent basis sets up to septuple-zeta quality. The results obtained with the conventional and explicitly correlated coupled-cluster methods are compared. The role of the core-electron correlation, higher-order valence-electron correlation, scalar relativistic, and adiabatic effects in determining the structure and dynamics of the SO 2 molecule is discussed. The vibration-rotation energy levels of the 32 SO 2 and 34 SO 2 isotopologues were predicted using a variational approach. It was shown that the inclusion of the aforementioned effects was mandatory to attain the "spectroscopic" accuracy. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  4. Ab-initio calculations for energy transfer from ultrashort laser pulse to dielectrics (Conference Presentation)

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    Yabana, Kazuhiro

    2017-05-01

    Ab-initio density functional theory (DFT) has been successful for calculations of ground state properties of various materials. Time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) is an extension of the DFT and can describe electron dynamics in molecules, nano-structures, and solids induced by optical electric fields. We have been developing a computational method to describe electron dynamics in a crystalline solid under an irradiation of an ultrashort laser pulse, solving the time-dependent Kohn-Sham equation in real time. The method can be used for an ab-initio description of light-matter interactions. We further couple the electron dynamics calculation with the macroscopic Maxwell equations in a multiscale implementation. It can describe laser pulse propagation in dielectrics and, in particular,the energy transfer from the laser pulse to electrons in dielectrics without any empirical parameters. We apply the method to analyze recent experiments utilizing attosecond spectroscopy methods. We show a few examples. One is for the ultrafast changes of dielectric properties of diamond during the irradiation of an intense few-cycle laser pulse. We mimic the pump-probe measurement employing the multiscale Maxwell + TDDFT simulation. We clarified that the dynamical Franz-Keldysh effect is responsible for the mechanism. The other is to identify the onset of the energy transfer from the laser pulse to SiO_2 when we increase the intensity of the laser pulse. We are currently extending the analysis to obtain a clear and intuitive understanding for the initial stage of laser damage processes.

  5. Emergent properties of nuclei from ab initio coupled-cluster calculations

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    Hagen, G.; Hjorth-Jensen, M.; Jansen, G. R.; ...

    2016-05-17

    Emergent properties such as nuclear saturation and deformation, and the effects on shell structure due to the proximity of the scattering continuum and particle decay channels are fascinating phenomena in atomic nuclei. In recent years, ab initio approaches to nuclei have taken the first steps towards tackling the computational challenge of describing these phenomena from Hamiltonians with microscopic degrees of freedom. Our endeavor is now possible due to ideas from effective field theories, novel optimization strategies for nuclear interactions, ab initio methods exhibiting a soft scaling with mass number, and ever-increasing computational power. We review some of the recent accomplishments. We also present new results. The recently optimized chiral interaction NNLOmore » $${}_{{\\rm{sat}}}$$ is shown to provide an accurate description of both charge radii and binding energies in selected light- and medium-mass nuclei up to 56Ni. We derive an efficient scheme for including continuum effects in coupled-cluster computations of nuclei based on chiral nucleon–nucleon and three-nucleon forces, and present new results for unbound states in the neutron-rich isotopes of oxygen and calcium. Finally, the coupling to the continuum impacts the energies of the $${J}^{\\pi }=1/{2}^{-},3/{2}^{-},7/{2}^{-},3/{2}^{+}$$ states in $${}^{\\mathrm{17,23,25}}$$O, and—contrary to naive shell-model expectations—the level ordering of the $${J}^{\\pi }=3/{2}^{+},5/{2}^{+},9/{2}^{+}$$ states in $${}^{\\mathrm{53,55,61}}$$Ca.« less

  6. Ab Initio Protein Structure Assembly Using Continuous Structure Fragments and Optimized Knowledge-based Force Field

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    Xu, Dong; Zhang, Yang

    2012-01-01

    Ab initio protein folding is one of the major unsolved problems in computational biology due to the difficulties in force field design and conformational search. We developed a novel program, QUARK, for template-free protein structure prediction. Query sequences are first broken into fragments of 1–20 residues where multiple fragment structures are retrieved at each position from unrelated experimental structures. Full-length structure models are then assembled from fragments using replica-exchange Monte Carlo simulations, which are guided by a composite knowledge-based force field. A number of novel energy terms and Monte Carlo movements are introduced and the particular contributions to enhancing the efficiency of both force field and search engine are analyzed in detail. QUARK prediction procedure is depicted and tested on the structure modeling of 145 non-homologous proteins. Although no global templates are used and all fragments from experimental structures with template modeling score (TM-score) >0.5 are excluded, QUARK can successfully construct 3D models of correct folds in 1/3 cases of short proteins up to 100 residues. In the ninth community-wide Critical Assessment of protein Structure Prediction (CASP9) experiment, QUARK server outperformed the second and third best servers by 18% and 47% based on the cumulative Z-score of global distance test-total (GDT-TS) scores in the free modeling (FM) category. Although ab initio protein folding remains a significant challenge, these data demonstrate new progress towards the solution of the most important problem in the field. PMID:22411565

  7. Integration of QUARK and I-TASSER for ab initio protein structure prediction in CASP11

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    Zhang, Wenxuan; Yang, Jianyi; He, Baoji; Walker, Sara Elizabeth; Zhang, Hongjiu; Govindarajoo, Brandon; Virtanen, Jouko; Xue, Zhidong; Shen, Hong-Bin; Zhang, Yang

    2015-01-01

    We tested two pipelines developed for template-free protein structure prediction in the CASP11 experiment. First, the QUARK pipeline constructs structure models by reassembling fragments of continuously distributed lengths excised from unrelated proteins. Five free-modeling (FM) targets have the model successfully constructed by QUARK with a TM-score above 0.4, including the first model of T0837-D1, which has a TM-score=0.736 and RMSD=2.9 Å to the native. Detailed analysis showed that the success is partly attributed to the high-resolution contact map prediction derived from fragment-based distance-profiles, which are mainly located between regular secondary structure elements and loops/turns and help guide the orientation of secondary structure assembly. In the Zhang-Server pipeline, weakly scoring threading templates are re-ordered by the structural similarity to the ab initio folding models, which are then reassembled by I-TASSER based structure assembly simulations; 60% more domains with length up to 204 residues, compared to the QUARK pipeline, were successfully modeled by the I-TASSER pipeline with a TM-score above 0.4. The robustness of the I-TASSER pipeline can stem from the composite fragment-assembly simulations that combine structures from both ab initio folding and threading template refinements. Despite the promising cases, challenges still exist in long-range beta-strand folding, domain parsing, and the uncertainty of secondary structure prediction; the latter of which was found to affect nearly all aspects of FM structure predictions, from fragment identification, target classification, structure assembly, to final model selection. Significant efforts are needed to solve these problems before real progress on FM could be made. PMID:26370505

  8. Integration of QUARK and I-TASSER for Ab Initio Protein Structure Prediction in CASP11.

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    Zhang, Wenxuan; Yang, Jianyi; He, Baoji; Walker, Sara Elizabeth; Zhang, Hongjiu; Govindarajoo, Brandon; Virtanen, Jouko; Xue, Zhidong; Shen, Hong-Bin; Zhang, Yang

    2016-09-01

    We tested two pipelines developed for template-free protein structure prediction in the CASP11 experiment. First, the QUARK pipeline constructs structure models by reassembling fragments of continuously distributed lengths excised from unrelated proteins. Five free-modeling (FM) targets have the model successfully constructed by QUARK with a TM-score above 0.4, including the first model of T0837-D1, which has a TM-score = 0.736 and RMSD = 2.9 Å to the native. Detailed analysis showed that the success is partly attributed to the high-resolution contact map prediction derived from fragment-based distance-profiles, which are mainly located between regular secondary structure elements and loops/turns and help guide the orientation of secondary structure assembly. In the Zhang-Server pipeline, weakly scoring threading templates are re-ordered by the structural similarity to the ab initio folding models, which are then reassembled by I-TASSER based structure assembly simulations; 60% more domains with length up to 204 residues, compared to the QUARK pipeline, were successfully modeled by the I-TASSER pipeline with a TM-score above 0.4. The robustness of the I-TASSER pipeline can stem from the composite fragment-assembly simulations that combine structures from both ab initio folding and threading template refinements. Despite the promising cases, challenges still exist in long-range beta-strand folding, domain parsing, and the uncertainty of secondary structure prediction; the latter of which was found to affect nearly all aspects of FM structure predictions, from fragment identification, target classification, structure assembly, to final model selection. Significant efforts are needed to solve these problems before real progress on FM could be made. Proteins 2016; 84(Suppl 1):76-86. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  9. Ab initio study of thermoelectric properties of doped SnO{sub 2} superlattices

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    Borges, P.D., E-mail: pdborges@gmail.com; Silva, D.E.S.; Castro, N.S.

    2015-11-15

    Transparent conductive oxides, such as tin dioxide (SnO{sub 2}), have recently shown to be promising materials for thermoelectric applications. In this work we studied the thermoelectric properties of Fe-, Sb- and Zn-uniformly doping and co-doping SnO{sub 2}, as well as of Sb and Zn planar (or delta)-doped layers in SnO{sub 2} forming oxide superlattices (SLs). Based on the semiclassical Boltzmann transport equations (BTE) in conjunction with ab initio electronic structure calculations, the Seebeck coefficient (S) and figure of merit (ZT) are obtained for these systems, and are compared with available experimental data. The delta doping approach introduces a remarkable modificationmore » in the electronic structure of tin dioxide, when compared with the uniform doping, and colossal values for ZT are predicted for the delta-doped oxide SLs. This result is a consequence of the two-dimensional electronic confinement and the strong anisotropy introduced by the doped planes. In comparison with the uniformly doped systems, our predictions reveal a promising use of delta-doped SnO{sub 2} SLs for enhanced S and ZT, which emerge as potential candidates for thermoelectric applications. - Graphical abstract: Band structure and Figure of merit for SnO2:Sb superlattice along Z direction, P. D. Borges, D. E. S. Silva, N. S. Castro, C. R. Ferreira, F. G. Pinto, J. Tronto and L. Scolfaro, Ab initio study of thermoelectric properties of doped SnO2 superlattices. - Highlights: • Thermoelectric properties of SnO{sub 2}-based alloys and superlattices. • High figure of merit is predicted for planar-doped SnO{sub 2} superlattices. • Nanotechnology has an important role for the development of thermoelectric devices.« less

  10. 14N NQR lineshape in nanocrystals: An ab initio investigation of urea

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    Gregorovič, Alan

    2017-05-01

    14N nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) lineshapes mostly contain information of low interest, although in nanocrystals they may display some unexpected behaviour. In this work, we present an ab initio computational study of the 14N NQR lineshapes in urea nanocrystals as a function of the nanocrystal size and geometry, focusing on the surface induced broadening of the lineshapes. The lineshapes were obtained through a calculation of the electric field gradient for each nitrogen site in the nanocrystal separately, taking into account the individual crystal field by embedding the molecule of interest in a suitable lattice of point multipoles representing other urea molecules in the nanocrystal. The small influence of distant molecules is found with a series expansion, using the in-crystal Sternheimer shieldings which we also calculated ab initio. We have considered nanocrystals with two geometries: a sphere and a cube, with characteristic sizes between 5 and 100 nm. Our calculations suggest that there is a dramatic difference between the linewidths for the two geometries. For spheres, we find a steep drop in linewidths at ˜10 nm; at 5 nm the linewidth is ˜11 kHz, whereas for sizes above 20 nm the linewidth is practically negligible (<100 Hz). For cubes, on the other hand, we find a steady 1/size decrease, from 12 kHz at 10 nm to 1.2 kHz at 100 nm. This analysis is important for 14N NQR spectroscopy of crystalline pharmaceuticals, where nanoparticles are increasingly more often embedded in some sort of matrix. Although this is only a theoretical analysis, we believe that this work can serve as a guidance for the forthcoming experimental analysis.

  11. Ab initio molecular dynamics with nuclear quantum effects at classical cost: Ring polymer contraction for density functional theory.

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    Marsalek, Ondrej; Markland, Thomas E

    2016-02-07

    Path integral molecular dynamics simulations, combined with an ab initio evaluation of interactions using electronic structure theory, incorporate the quantum mechanical nature of both the electrons and nuclei, which are essential to accurately describe systems containing light nuclei. However, path integral simulations have traditionally required a computational cost around two orders of magnitude greater than treating the nuclei classically, making them prohibitively costly for most applications. Here we show that the cost of path integral simulations can be dramatically reduced by extending our ring polymer contraction approach to ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. By using density functional tight binding as a reference system, we show that our ring polymer contraction scheme gives rapid and systematic convergence to the full path integral density functional theory result. We demonstrate the efficiency of this approach in ab initio simulations of liquid water and the reactive protonated and deprotonated water dimer systems. We find that the vast majority of the nuclear quantum effects are accurately captured using contraction to just the ring polymer centroid, which requires the same number of density functional theory calculations as a classical simulation. Combined with a multiple time step scheme using the same reference system, which allows the time step to be increased, this approach is as fast as a typical classical ab initio molecular dynamics simulation and 35× faster than a full path integral calculation, while still exactly including the quantum sampling of nuclei. This development thus offers a route to routinely include nuclear quantum effects in ab initio molecular dynamics simulations at negligible computational cost.

  12. Ab initio molecular dynamics with nuclear quantum effects at classical cost: Ring polymer contraction for density functional theory

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    Marsalek, Ondrej; Markland, Thomas E., E-mail: tmarkland@stanford.edu

    2016-02-07

    Path integral molecular dynamics simulations, combined with an ab initio evaluation of interactions using electronic structure theory, incorporate the quantum mechanical nature of both the electrons and nuclei, which are essential to accurately describe systems containing light nuclei. However, path integral simulations have traditionally required a computational cost around two orders of magnitude greater than treating the nuclei classically, making them prohibitively costly for most applications. Here we show that the cost of path integral simulations can be dramatically reduced by extending our ring polymer contraction approach to ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. By using density functional tight binding asmore » a reference system, we show that our ring polymer contraction scheme gives rapid and systematic convergence to the full path integral density functional theory result. We demonstrate the efficiency of this approach in ab initio simulations of liquid water and the reactive protonated and deprotonated water dimer systems. We find that the vast majority of the nuclear quantum effects are accurately captured using contraction to just the ring polymer centroid, which requires the same number of density functional theory calculations as a classical simulation. Combined with a multiple time step scheme using the same reference system, which allows the time step to be increased, this approach is as fast as a typical classical ab initio molecular dynamics simulation and 35× faster than a full path integral calculation, while still exactly including the quantum sampling of nuclei. This development thus offers a route to routinely include nuclear quantum effects in ab initio molecular dynamics simulations at negligible computational cost.« less

  13. Chalcogen 'like-like' Interactions Involving Trisulphide and Triselenide Compounds: A Combined CSD and Ab Initio Study.

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    Bauzá, Antonio; Frontera, Antonio

    2018-03-19

    In this manuscript, we combined a search in the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) and ab initio calculations (RI-MP2/def2-TZVPD level of theory) to analyze the ability of trisulphide and triselenide moieties to establish chalcogen 'like-like' interactions. A preliminary CSD inspection revealed two predominant structural patterns, depending on the anti or syn conformation adopted by the substituents of the S₃/Se₃ bridge, leading to bifurcated or double chalcogen bonding interactions, respectively. In order to analyze these two relevant structural motifs we have used a series of S and Se derivatives Ch₃X₂ (Ch = S and Se and X = H, F, CN, and CF₃) which act as both electron donor (using the lone pairs) and acceptor (using the σ-holes) entities. Besides, we have carried out "atoms in molecules" (AIM) and natural bonding orbital (NBO) analyses to further describe and characterize the chalcogen bonding interactions described herein. As far as we know, chalcogen···chalcogen interactions involving trichalconides (S₃/Se₃) have not been previously described in literature a may be of great importance in the preparation and characterization of new solids based on this subclass of σ-hole bonding.

  14. Ab initio electronic stopping power and threshold effect of channeled slow light ions in HfO2

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    Li, Chang-Kai; Wang, Feng; Liao, Bin; OuYang, Xiao-Ping; Zhang, Feng-Shou

    2017-09-01

    We present an ab initio study of the electronic stopping power of protons and helium ions in an insulating material, HfO2. The calculations are carried out in channeling conditions with different impact parameters by employing Ehrenfest dynamics and real-time, time-dependent density functional theory. The satisfactory comparison with available experiments demonstrates that this approach provides an accurate description of electronic stopping power. The velocity-proportional stopping power is predicted for protons and helium ions in the low-energy region, which conforms to the linear response theory. Due to the existence of a wide band gap, a threshold effect in the extremely low velocity regime below excitation is expected. For protons, the threshold velocity is observable, while it does not appear in the case of helium ions. This indicates the existence of extra energy-loss channels beyond the electron-hole pair excitation when helium ions are moving through the crystal. To analyze it, we checked the charge state of the moving projectiles and an explicit charge exchange behavior between the ions and host atoms was found. The missing threshold effect for helium ions is attributed to the charge transfer, which also contributes to energy loss of the ion.

  15. Ab initio and density functional calculations on the pericyclic vs pseudopericyclic mode of conjugated nitrile ylide 1, 5-electrocyclizations

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    Fabian; Kappe; Bakulev

    2000-01-14

    Ab initio (MP2/6-311+G and MP4(SDTQ)/6-311+G//MP2/6-311+G) and density functional (B3LYP/6-311+G) calculations on the ring closure reactions of conjugated nitrile ylides 1a-e, 3, and 6 to the corresponding oxazoles 2a, 5, 7, and 8; thiazoles 2b and 4; imidazole 2c; and pyrroles 2d and 2e, respectively, are reported. Vinyl nitrile ylides 1d and 1e cyclize with a substantially higher barrier than nitrile ylides containing a heteroatom. Geometric features as well as electronic structures as obtained by NBO analysis are indicative of a pericyclic, monorotatory 1, 5-electrocyclization of 1d and 1e. For nitrile ylides where X = heteroatom, a pseudopericyclic heteroelectrocyclization pathway, characterized by in-plane attack of the heteroatom's lone pair at the nitrile ylide group, is found. For 3 and 6, where two different cyclization products are possible, the calculated barriers and reaction energies are in line with the experimentally observed direction of reaction. Vinyl nitrile ylides 1d and 1e are characterized by an allene, acyl substituted derivatives 1a, 1b, 3, and 6 by a propargyl type structure. The nitrogen derivative 1c represents an intermediate case.

  16. Prediction of probable mutations in influenza virus hemagglutinin protein based on large-scale ab initio fragment molecular orbital calculations.

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    Yoshioka, Akio; Fukuzawa, Kaori; Mochizuki, Yuji; Yamashita, Katsumi; Nakano, Tatsuya; Okiyama, Yoshio; Nobusawa, Eri; Nakajima, Katsuhisa; Tanaka, Shigenori

    2011-09-01

    Ab initio electronic-state calculations for influenza virus hemagglutinin (HA) trimer complexed with Fab antibody were performed on the basis of the fragment molecular orbital (FMO) method at the second and third-order Møller-Plesset (MP2 and MP3) perturbation levels. For the protein complex containing 2351 residues and 36,160 atoms, the inter-fragment interaction energies (IFIEs) were evaluated to illustrate the effective interactions between all the pairs of amino acid residues. By analyzing the calculated data on the IFIEs, we first discussed the interactions and their fluctuations between multiple domains contained in the trimer complex. Next, by combining the IFIE data between the Fab antibody and each residue in the HA antigen with experimental data on the hemadsorption activity of HA mutants, we proposed a protocol to predict probable mutations in HA. The proposed protocol based on the FMO-MP2.5 calculation can explain the historical facts concerning the actual mutations after the emergence of A/Hong Kong/1/68 influenza virus with subtype H3N2, and thus provides a useful methodology to enumerate those residue sites likely to mutate in the future. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Hydroxyl-functionalized 1-(2-hydroxyethyl)-3-methyl imidazolium ionic liquids: thermodynamic and structural properties using molecular dynamics simulations and ab initio calculations.

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    Fakhraee, Mostafa; Zandkarimi, Borna; Salari, Hadi; Gholami, Mohammad Reza

    2014-12-11

    The influences of hydroxyl functional group (-OH) on the thermodynamic and structural properties of ionic liquids (ILs) composed of 1-(2-Hydroxyethyl)-3-methyl imidazolium ([C2OHmim](+)) cation and the six different conventional anions, including [Cl](-), [NO3](-), [BF4](-), [PF6](-), [TfO](-), and [Tf2N](-) have been extensively investigated using classical molecular dynamics (MD) simulations combined with ab initio calculations over a wide range of temperature (298-550 K). The volumetric thermodynamic properties, enthalpy of vaporization, cohesive energy density, Hildebrand solubility parameter, and heat capacity at constant pressure were estimated at desired temperature. The simulated densities were in good agreement with the experimental data with a slight overestimation. The interionic interaction of selected ILs was also computed using both the MD simulations and ab initio calculations. It was found that the highest association of cation and anion is attributed to [C2OHmim][Cl] followed by [C2OHmim][NO3], and [C2OHmim][Tf2N] with the bulkiest anion has the weakest interionic interaction among chosen ILs. The similar trend of interactions energies was nearly observed from cohesive energy density results. Additional structural details were comprehensively yielded by calculating radial distribution functions (RDFs) and spatial distribution function (SDFs) at 358 K. The most stable configurations of isolated and dimer ion pairs of these ILs were in excellent consistency with RDFs and SDFs results. Significant changes in arrangement of anions around the [C2OHmim](+) cation in comparison with conventional imidazolium-based ILs can be inferred from the MD simulations and ab initio results. Also, microscopic structural properties disclosed that the most strong cation-cation interaction is ascribed to the hydroxyl-functionalized ILs composed of bulkier anions, whereas ILs incorporating [Cl](-) and [NO3](-) anions are mainly involved in cation-anion interactions. The

  18. Quantum calculations of the IR spectrum of liquid water using ab initio and model potential and dipole moment surfaces and comparison with experiment

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    Liu, Hanchao; Wang, Yimin; Bowman, Joel M.

    2015-05-01

    The calculation and characterization of the IR spectrum of liquid water have remained a challenge for theory. In this paper, we address this challenge using a combination of ab initio approaches, namely, a quantum treatment of IR spectrum using the ab initio WHBB water potential energy surface and a refined ab initio dipole moment surface. The quantum treatment is based on the embedded local monomer method, in which the three intramolecular modes of each embedded H2O monomer are fully coupled and also coupled singly to each of six intermolecular modes. The new dipole moment surface consists of a previous spectroscopically accurate 1-body dipole moment surface and a newly fitted ab initio intrinsic 2-body dipole moment. A detailed analysis of the new dipole moment surface in terms of the coordinate dependence of the effective atomic charges is done along with tests of it for the water dimer and prism hexamer double-harmonic spectra against direct ab initio calculations. The liquid configurations are taken from previous molecular dynamics calculations of Skinner and co-workers, using the TIP4P plus E3B rigid monomer water potential. The IR spectrum of water at 300 K in the range of 0-4000 cm-1 is calculated and compared with experiment, using the ab initio WHBB potential and new ab initio dipole moment, the q-TIP4P/F potential, which has a fixed-charged description of the dipole moment, and the TTM3-F potential and dipole moment surfaces. The newly calculated ab initio spectrum is in very good agreement with experiment throughout the above spectral range, both in band positions and intensities. This contrasts to results with the other potentials and dipole moments, especially the fixed-charge q-TIP4P/F model, which gives unrealistic intensities. The calculated ab initio spectrum is analyzed by examining the contribution of various transitions to each band.

  19. Quantum calculations of the IR spectrum of liquid water using ab initio and model potential and dipole moment surfaces and comparison with experiment.

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    Liu, Hanchao; Wang, Yimin; Bowman, Joel M

    2015-05-21

    The calculation and characterization of the IR spectrum of liquid water have remained a challenge for theory. In this paper, we address this challenge using a combination of ab initio approaches, namely, a quantum treatment of IR spectrum using the ab initio WHBB water potential energy surface and a refined ab initio dipole moment surface. The quantum treatment is based on the embedded local monomer method, in which the three intramolecular modes of each embedded H2O monomer are fully coupled and also coupled singly to each of six intermolecular modes. The new dipole moment surface consists of a previous spectroscopically accurate 1-body dipole moment surface and a newly fitted ab initio intrinsic 2-body dipole moment. A detailed analysis of the new dipole moment surface in terms of the coordinate dependence of the effective atomic charges is done along with tests of it for the water dimer and prism hexamer double-harmonic spectra against direct ab initio calculations. The liquid configurations are taken from previous molecular dynamics calculations of Skinner and co-workers, using the TIP4P plus E3B rigid monomer water potential. The IR spectrum of water at 300 K in the range of 0-4000 cm(-1) is calculated and compared with experiment, using the ab initio WHBB potential and new ab initio dipole moment, the q-TIP4P/F potential, which has a fixed-charged description of the dipole moment, and the TTM3-F potential and dipole moment surfaces. The newly calculated ab initio spectrum is in very good agreement with experiment throughout the above spectral range, both in band positions and intensities. This contrasts to results with the other potentials and dipole moments, especially the fixed-charge q-TIP4P/F model, which gives unrealistic intensities. The calculated ab initio spectrum is analyzed by examining the contribution of various transitions to each band.

  20. Physical origins of weak H2 binding on carbon nanostructures: Insight from ab initio studies of chemically functionalized graphene nanoribbons

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    Ulman, Kanchan; Bhaumik, Debarati; Wood, Brandon C.; Narasimhan, Shobhana

    2014-05-01

    We have performed ab initio density functional theory calculations, incorporating London dispersion corrections, to study the absorption of molecular hydrogen on zigzag graphene nanoribbons whose edges have been functionalized by OH, NH2, COOH, NO2, or H2PO3. We find that hydrogen molecules always preferentially bind at or near the functionalized edge, and display induced dipole moments. Binding is generally enhanced by the presence of polar functional groups. The largest gains are observed for groups with oxygen lone pairs that can facilitate local charge reorganization, with the biggest single enhancement in adsorption energy found for "strong functionalization" by H2PO3 (115 meV/H2 versus 52 meV/H2 on bare graphene). We show that for binding on the "outer edge" near the functional group, the presence of the group can introduce appreciable contributions from Debye interactions and higher-order multipole electrostatic terms, in addition to the dominant London dispersion interactions. For those functional groups that contain the OH moiety, the adsorption energy is linearly proportional to the number of lone pairs on oxygen atoms. Mixed functionalization with two different functional groups on a graphene edge can also have a synergistic effect, particularly when electron-donating and electron-withdrawing groups are combined. For binding on the "inner edge" somewhat farther from the functional group, most of the binding again arises from London interactions; however, there is also significant charge redistribution in the π manifold, which directly reflects the electron donating or withdrawing capacity of the functional group. Our results offer insight into the specific origins of weak binding of gas molecules on graphene, and suggest that edge functionalization could perhaps be used in combination with other strategies to increase the uptake of hydrogen in graphene. They also have relevance for the storage of hydrogen in porous carbon materials, such as activated

  1. Physical origins of weak H 2 binding on carbon nanostructures: Insight from ab initio studies of chemically functionalized graphene nanoribbons

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    Ulman, Kanchan; Bhaumik, Debarati; Wood, Brandon C.; ...

    2014-05-05

    Here, we have performed ab initio density functional theory calculations, incorporating London dispersion corrections, to study the absorption of molecular hydrogen on zigzag graphene nanoribbons whose edges have been functionalized by OH, NH 2, COOH, NO 2, or H 2PO 3. We find that hydrogen molecules always preferentially bind at or near the functionalized edge, and display induced dipole moments. Binding is generally enhanced by the presence of polar functional groups. Furthermore, the largest gains are observed for groups with oxygen lone pairs that can facilitate local charge reorganization, with the biggest single enhancement in adsorption energy found for “strongmore » functionalization” by H 2PO 3 (115 meV/H 2 versus 52 meV/H 2 on bare graphene). We show that for binding on the “outer edge” near the functional group, the presence of the group can introduce appreciable contributions from Debye interactions and higher-order multipole electrostatic terms, in addition to the dominant London dispersion interactions. For those functional groups that contain the OH moiety, the adsorption energy is linearly proportional to the number of lone pairs on oxygen atoms. Mixed functionalization with two different functional groups on a graphene edge can also have a synergistic effect, particularly when electron-donating and electron-withdrawing groups are combined. For binding on the “inner edge” somewhat farther from the functional group, most of the binding again arises from London interactions; however, there is also significant charge redistribution in the π manifold, which directly reflects the electron donating or withdrawing capacity of the functional group. These results offer insight into the specific origins of weak binding of gas molecules on graphene, and suggest that edge functionalization could perhaps be used in combination with other strategies to increase the uptake of hydrogen in graphene. They also have relevance for the storage of hydrogen

  2. Ab initio thermochemistry using optimal-balance models with isodesmic corrections: The ATOMIC protocol

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    Bakowies, Dirk

    2009-04-01

    A theoretical composite approach, termed ATOMIC for Ab initio Thermochemistry using Optimal-balance Models with Isodesmic Corrections, is introduced for the calculation of molecular atomization energies and enthalpies of formation. Care is taken to achieve optimal balance in accuracy and cost between the various components contributing to high-level estimates of the fully correlated energy at the infinite-basis-set limit. To this end, the energy at the coupled-cluster level of theory including single, double, and quasiperturbational triple excitations is decomposed into Hartree-Fock, low-order correlation (MP2, CCSD), and connected-triples contributions and into valence-shell and core contributions. Statistical analyses for 73 representative neutral closed-shell molecules containing hydrogen and at least three first-row atoms (CNOF) are used to devise basis-set and extrapolation requirements for each of the eight components to maintain a given level of accuracy. Pople's concept of bond-separation reactions is implemented in an ab initio framework, providing for a complete set of high-level precomputed isodesmic corrections which can be used for any molecule for which a valence structure can be drawn. Use of these corrections is shown to lower basis-set requirements dramatically for each of the eight components of the composite model. A hierarchy of three levels is suggested for isodesmically corrected composite models which reproduce atomization energies at the reference level of theory to within 0.1 kcal/mol (A), 0.3 kcal/mol (B), and 1 kcal/mol (C). Large-scale statistical analysis shows that corrections beyond the CCSD(T) reference level of theory, including coupled-cluster theory with fully relaxed connected triple and quadruple excitations, first-order relativistic and diagonal Born-Oppenheimer corrections can normally be dealt with using a greatly simplified model that assumes thermoneutral bond-separation reactions and that reduces the estimate of these

  3. R0 Structural parameters, conformational, vibrational studies and ab initio calculations of cyanocyclopentane.

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    Sawant, Dattatray K; Klaassen, Joshua J; Gounev, Todor K; Durig, James R

    2015-12-05

    The infrared and Raman spectra (3100-50 cm(-1)) of the gas, liquid or solution, and solid have been recorded of cyanocyclopentane, c-C5H9CN. Variable temperature (-60 to -100°C) studies of the infrared spectra (3100-400cm(-1)) of the sample dissolved in liquid xenon have been carried out. From these data, both the envelope-equatorial (Eq) and Ax conformers have been identified and their relative stabilities obtained. The enthalpy difference has been determined to be 55 ± 12 cm(-1) (0.66 ± 0.14 kJ/mol) with the Eq conformer the more stable form. The percentage of the Ax conformer is estimated to be 45±1% at ambient temperature. The conformational stabilities have been predicted from ab initio calculations by utilizing several different basis sets up to aug-cc-pVTZ from both MP2(full) and density functional theory calculations by the B3LYP method. Vibrational assignments have been made for the observed bands for both conformers with initial predictions by MP2(full)/6-31G(d) ab initio calculations to obtain harmonic force constants, wavenumbers, infrared intensities, Raman activities and depolarization ratios for both conformers. The r0 structural parameter values for the Eq[Ax] form are; for the heavy atom distances (Å): CN=1.160 [1.160] (3); Cα-C=1.463 [1.463] (3); Cα-Cβ, Cβ'=1.543 [1.545] (3); Cβ-Cγ, Cγ'=1.540 [1.541] (3); Cγ-Cγ'=1.552 [1.553] (3) and angles (°): ∠Cα-CN=179.0 [178.9] (5); ∠CβCα-C=113.1 [110.1] (5); ∠CβCαCβ'=103.0 [102.1] (5); ∠CαCβCγ=104.1 [104.8] (5); ∠CβCγCγ'=106.3 [106.0] (5). The results are discussed and compared to the corresponding properties of some related molecules. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. Microwave, structural, conformational, vibrational studies and ab initio calculations of isocyanocyclopentane.

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    Durig, James R; Klaassen, Joshua J; Sawant, Dattatray K; Deodhar, Bhushan S; Panikar, Savitha S; Gurusinghe, Ranil M; Darkhalil, Ikhlas D; Tubergen, Michael J

    2015-02-05

    The infrared and Raman spectra (3200-50 cm(-1)) of the gas, liquid or solution, and solid have been recorded of isocyanocyclopentane, c-C5H9NC. FT-microwave studies have also been carried out and 23 transitions were recorded for the envelope-axial (Ax) conformer. Variable temperature (-65 to -100 °C) studies of the infrared spectra (3200-400 cm(-1)) dissolved in liquid xenon have been carried out. From these data, both the Ax and envelope-equatorial (Eq) conformers have been identified and their relative stabilities obtained. The enthalpy difference has been determined to be 102±10 cm(-1) (1.21±0.11 kJ mol(-1)) with the Ax conformer the more stable form. The percentage of the Eq conformer is estimated to be 38±1% at ambient temperature. The conformational stabilities have been predicted from ab initio calculations by utilizing several different basis sets up to aug-cc-pVTZ from both MP2(full) and density functional theory calculations by the B3LYP method. Vibrational assignments have been made for the observed bands for both conformers with initial predictions by MP2(full)/6-31G(d) ab initio calculations to obtain harmonic force constants, wavenumbers, infrared intensities, Raman activities and depolarization ratios for both conformers. The structural parameter values for the Ax form are; for the heavy atom distances (Å): C≡N = 1.176 (3); Cα-N=1.432 (3); Cα-Cβ,Cβ'=1.534 (3); Cβ-Cγ,Cγ'=1.542 (3); Cγ-Cγ'=1.554 (3) and angles (°):∠Cα-N≡C=177.8 (5); ∠CβCα-N=110.4 (5);

  5. High pressure behaviour of uranium dicarbide (UC{sub 2}): Ab-initio study

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    Sahoo, B. D., E-mail: bdsahoo@barc.gov.in; Mukherjee, D.; Joshi, K. D.

    2016-08-28

    The structural stability of uranium dicarbide has been examined under hydrostatic compression employing evolutionary structure search algorithm implemented in the universal structure predictor: evolutionary Xtallography (USPEX) code in conjunction with ab-initio electronic band structure calculation method. The ab-initio total energy calculations involved for this purpose have been carried out within both generalized gradient approximations (GGA) and GGA + U approximations. Our calculations under GGA approximation predict the high pressure structural sequence of tetragonal → monoclinic → orthorhombic for this material with transition pressures of ∼8 GPa and 42 GPa, respectively. The same transition sequence is predicted by calculations within GGA + U also with transition pressuresmore » placed at ∼24 GPa and ∼50 GPa, respectively. Further, on the basis of comparison of zero pressure equilibrium volume and equation of state with available experimental data, we find that GGA + U approximation with U = 2.5 eV describes this material better than the simple GGA approximation. The theoretically predicted high pressure structural phase transitions are in disagreement with the only high experimental study by Dancausse et al. [J. Alloys. Compd. 191, 309 (1993)] on this compound which reports a tetragonal to hexagonal phase transition at a pressure of ∼17.6 GPa. Interestingly, during lowest enthalpy structure search using USPEX, we do not see any hexagonal phase to be closer to the predicted monoclinic phase even within 0.2 eV/f. unit. More experiments with varying carbon contents in UC{sub 2} sample are required to resolve this discrepancy. The existence of these high pressure phases predicted by static lattice calculations has been further substantiated by analyzing the elastic and lattice dynamic stability of these structures in the pressure regimes of their structural stability. Additionally, various thermo-physical quantities such

  6. Proton transport in triflic acid pentahydrate studied via ab initio path integral molecular dynamics.

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    Hayes, Robin L; Paddison, Stephen J; Tuckerman, Mark E

    2011-06-16

    Trifluoromethanesulfonic acid hydrates provide a well-defined system to study proton dissociation and transport in perfluorosulfonic acid membranes, typically used as the electrolyte in hydrogen fuel cells, in the limit of minimal water. The triflic acid pentahydrate crystal (CF(3)SO(3)H·5H(2)O) is sufficiently aqueous that it contains an extended three-dimensional water network. Despite it being extended, however, long-range proton transport along the network is structurally unfavorable and would require considerable rearrangement. Nevertheless, the triflic acid pentahydrate crystal system can provide a clear picture of the preferred locations of local protonic defects in the water network, which provides insights about related structures in the disordered, low-hydration environment of perfluorosulfonic acid membranes. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations reveal that the proton defect is most likely to transfer to the closest water that has the expected presolvation and only contains water in its first solvation shell. Unlike the tetrahydrate of triflic acid (CF(3)SO(3)H·4H(2)O), there is no evidence of the proton preferentially transferring to a water molecule bridging two of the sulfonate groups. However, this could be an artifact of the crystal structure since the only such water molecule is separated from the proton by long O-O distances. Hydrogen bonding criteria, using the two-dimensional potential of mean force, are extracted. Radial distribution functions, free energy profiles, radii of gyration, and the root-mean-square displacement computed from ab initio path integral molecular dynamics simulations reveal that quantum effects do significantly extend the size of the protonic defect and increase the frequency of proton transfer events by nearly 15%. The calculated IR spectra confirm that the dominant protonic defect mostly exists as an Eigen cation but contains some Zundel ion characteristics. Chain lengths and ring sizes determined from the

  7. Microwave, structural, conformational, vibrational studies and ab initio calculations of isocyanocyclopentane

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    Durig, James R.; Klaassen, Joshua J.; Sawant, Dattatray K.; Deodhar, Bhushan S.; Panikar, Savitha S.; Gurusinghe, Ranil M.; Darkhalil, Ikhlas D.; Tubergen, Michael J.

    2015-02-01

    The infrared and Raman spectra (3200-50 cm-1) of the gas, liquid or solution, and solid have been recorded of isocyanocyclopentane, c-C5H9NC. FT-microwave studies have also been carried out and 23 transitions were recorded for the envelope-axial (Ax) conformer. Variable temperature (-65 to -100 °C) studies of the infrared spectra (3200-400 cm-1) dissolved in liquid xenon have been carried out. From these data, both the Ax and envelope-equatorial (Eq) conformers have been identified and their relative stabilities obtained. The enthalpy difference has been determined to be 102 ± 10 cm-1 (1.21 ± 0.11 kJ mol-1) with the Ax conformer the more stable form. The percentage of the Eq conformer is estimated to be 38 ± 1% at ambient temperature. The conformational stabilities have been predicted from ab initio calculations by utilizing several different basis sets up to aug-cc-pVTZ from both MP2(full) and density functional theory calculations by the B3LYP method. Vibrational assignments have been made for the observed bands for both conformers with initial predictions by MP2(full)/6-31G(d) ab initio calculations to obtain harmonic force constants, wavenumbers, infrared intensities, Raman activities and depolarization ratios for both conformers. The structural parameter values for the Ax form are; for the heavy atom distances (Å): Ctbnd N = 1.176 (3); Cαsbnd N = 1.432 (3); Cαsbnd Cβ,Cβ‧ = 1.534 (3); Cβsbnd Cγ,Cγ‧ = 1.542 (3); Cγsbnd Cγ‧ = 1.554 (3) and angles (°): ∠Cαsbnd Ntbnd C = 177.8 (5); ∠CβCαsbnd N = 110.4 (5); ∠CβCαCβ‧ = 102.9 (5); ∠CαCβCγ = 103.6 (5); ∠CβCγCγ‧ = 105.9 (5). The results are discussed and compared to the corresponding properties of some related molecules.

  8. Speciation of magnesium in monohydrocalcite: XANES, ab initio and geochemical modeling

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    Fukushi, Keisuke; Suzuki, Yuma; Kawano, Jun; Ohno, Takeshi; Ogawa, Masahiro; Yaji, Toyonari; Takahashi, Yoshio

    2017-09-01

    Monohydrocalcite (MHC: CaCO3·H2O), a rare carbonate mineral formed under surface conditions, is usually observed in nature as containing a variable amount of Mg, with a 0.007-0.45 Mg/Ca mole ratio. The variable Mg composition in MHC is anticipated as a promising proxy to assess paleo-hydrochemistry especially in saline lakes. Although the roles of Mg on the formation and stability of MHC have been studied intensively, the Mg speciation in MHC has remained unclear and controversial. This study examined Mg speciation in MHC using X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES), ab initio molecular simulation, and geochemical modeling. Mg-XANES spectra of MHC with different Mg/Ca ratios prepared from mixing solutions of Na2CO3, CaCl2 and MgCl2 revealed that the Mg in MHC is a mixture of amorphous Mg carbonate (AMC) and other Mg containing phase. The contribution of AMC to total Mg is negatively correlated to the crystallinity of MHC. Results show that AMC might play a protective role in the crystallization and the transformation to stable calcium carbonates. Ab initio calculation of Mg2+ substitution into MHC showed that a limited amount of Mg2+ can be incorporated into the MHC structure. Six-fold coordination of Mg2+ is substituted for eight-fold coordination of Ca2+ in the MHC structure. The other type of Mg in MHC revealed from the XANES analyses most likely corresponds to the structural Mg in MHC. The contribution of the structural Mg is almost constant at 0.06 in Mg/Ca, representing the limit of solid solubility of Mg in MHC. The solubility products of the MHC with the limit of solid solubility of Mg and the AMC associated with MHC were estimated from the reacted solution compositions. Prediction of the Mg/Ca ratio as a function of the initial solution conditions using solubility reasonably reproduces the observed apparent Mg/Ca ratios in MHC from the present study and earlier studies. The apparent Mg/Ca ratio of MHC is useful to elucidate water chemistry

  9. Time-domain ab initio studies of photoinduced electron dynamics in nanoscale semiconductors

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    Prezhdo, Oleg

    2010-03-01

    Design of novel materials for energy harvesting and storage requires an understanding of the dynamical response on the nanometer scale. We have developed state-of-the-art non-adiabatic molecular dynamics techniques and implemented them within time-dependent density functional theory in order to model the ultrafast processes in these materials at the atomistic level and in real time. Quantum dots (QD) are quasi-zero dimensional structures with a unique combination of molecular and bulk properties. As a result, QDs exhibit new physical phenomena such as the electron-phonon relaxation bottleneck and carrier multiplication, which have the potential to greatly increase solar cell efficiencies. Photoinduced charge separation across molecular/bulk interfaces drives the dye-sensitized semiconductor solar cell. A subject of active research, it creates many challenges due to the stark differences between the quantum states of molecular and periodic systems, as well as the different sets of theories and experimental tools used by physicists and chemists. Our time-domain atomistic simulations create a detailed picture of these materials. By comparing and contrasting their properties, we provide a unifying description of quantum dynamics on the nanometer scale, resolve several highly debated issues, and generate theoretical guidelines for development of novel systems for energy harvesting and storage. [4pt] [1] O. V. Prezhdo ``Photoinduced dynamics in semiconductor quantum-dots: insights from time-domain ab initio studies'', Acc. Chem. Res., available online.[0pt] [2] O. V. Prezhdo, W. R. Duncan, V. V. Prezhdo, ``Photoinduced electron dynamics at semiconductor interfaces: a time-domain ab initio prospective'', Prog. Surf. Science, 84, 39 (2009).[0pt] [3] O. V. Prezhdo, et al., ``Dynamics of the photoexcited electron at the chromophore-semiconductor interface'', Acc. Chem. Res., 41, 339 (2008).[0pt] [4] W. R. Duncan, O. V. Prezhdo, ``Theoretical studies of photoinduced electron

  10. Large scale ab initio calculations of extended defects in materials: screw dislocations in bcc metals

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    Dézerald, Lucile; Ventelon, Lisa; Willaime, François; Clouet, Emmanuel; Rodney, David

    2014-06-01

    Ab initio methods, based on the Density Functional Theory (DFT), have been extensively used to study point defects and defect clusters in materials. Present HPC resources and DFT codes now allow similar investigations to be performed on dislocations. The study of these extended defects requires not only larger simulation cells but also a higher accuracy because the energy differences, which are involved, are rather small, typically 50-to-100 meV for supercells containing 50-to-500 atoms. The topology of the Peierls potential of screw dislocations with 1/2 <111>Burgers vector, i.e. the 2D energy landscape seen by these dislocations, is being completely revisited by DFT calculations. From results obtained in all body-centered cubic (bcc) transition metals, except Cr (V, Nb, Ta, Mo, W and Fe), using the PWSCF code, which is part of the Quantum-Espresso package, we concluded that the 2D Peierls potentials have two common features: the single-hump shape of the barrier between two minima of the potential, and the presence of a maximum - and not a minimum as predicted by most empirical potentials - around the split core. In iron, the topology of the Peierls potential is reversed compared to the classical sinusoidal picture: the location of the saddle point and the maximum are indeed inverted with unexpected flat regions. The first results obtained within the framework of the PRACE project, DIMAIM (DIslocations in Metals using Ab Initio Methods), started at the beginning of 2013, will also be presented. In particular, in order to address the twinning-antitwinning asymmetry often observed in bcc metals and regarded as the major contribution to the breakdown of Schmid's law, we have determined the crystal orientation dependence of the Peierls stress, i.e. the critical stress required for dislocation motion. These computationally most expensive simulations were performed on the PRACE Tier-0 system at Barcelona Supercomputing Center (Marenostrum III). The scalability results

  11. Multiple excitons and the electron phonon bottleneck in semiconductor quantum dots: An ab initio perspective

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    Prezhdo, Oleg V.

    2008-07-01

    The article presents the current perspective on the nature of photoexcited states in semiconductor quantum dots (QDs). The focus is on multiple excitons and photo-induced electron-phonon dynamics in PbSe and CdSe QDs, and the advocated view is rooted in the results of ab initio studies in both energy and time domains. As a new type of material, semiconductor QDs represent the borderline between chemistry and physics, exhibiting both molecular and bulk-like properties. Similar to atoms and molecules, the electronic spectra of QD show discrete bands. Just as bulk semiconductors, QDs comprise multiple copies of the elementary unit cell, and are characterized by valence and conduction bands. The electron-phonon coupling in QDs is weaker than in molecules, but stronger than in bulk semiconductors. Unlike either material, the QD properties can be tuned continuously by changing QD size and shape. The molecular and bulk points of view often lead to contradicting conclusions. For example, the molecular view suggests that the excitations in QDs should exhibit strong electron-correlation (excitonic) effects, and that the electron-phonon relaxation should be slow due to the discrete nature of the optical bands and the mismatch of the electronic energy gaps with vibrational frequencies. In contrast, a finite-size limit of bulk properties indicates that the kinetic energy of quantum confinement should be significantly greater than excitonic effects and that the electron-phonon relaxation inside the quasi-continuous bands should be efficient. Such qualitative differences have generated heated discussions in the literature. The great potential of QDs for a variety of applications, including photovoltaics, spintronics, lasers, light-emitting diodes, and field-effect transistors makes it crutual to settle the debates. By synthesizing different viewpoints and presenting a unified atomistic picture of the excited state processes, our ab initio analysis clarifies the controversies

  12. AB Initio Study of the Structure and Spectroscopic Properties of Halogenated Thioperoxy Radicals

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    Munoz, Luis A.; Binning, R. C., Jr.; Weiner, Brad R.; Ishikawa, Yasuyuki

    1997-01-01

    Thioperoxy (XSO or XOS) radicals exist in a variety of chemical environments, and they have as a consequence drawn some interest. HSO, an important species in the chemistry of the troposphere, has been examined both experimentally. The halogenated (X = F, Cl or Br) peroxy species and isovalent thioperoxy species have been studied less, but they too are potentially interesting because oxidized sulfur species and halogen sources are present in the atmosphere. Learning the fate of XSO and XOS radicals is important to understanding the atmospheric oxidation chemistry of sulfur compounds. Of these, FSO and ClSO are particularly interesting because they have been directly detected spectroscopically. Recent studies in our laboratory on the photochemistry of thionyl halides (X2SO; where X = F or Cl) have suggested new ways to generate XSO species. The laser-induced photodissociation of thionyl fluoride, F2SO, at 193 nm and thionyl chloride, ClSO, at 248 nm is characterized by a radical mechanism, X2SO -> XSO + X. The structure of FSO has been characterized experimentally by Endo et cd. employing microwave spectroscopy. Using the unrestricted Hartree-Fock (UHF) self-consistent field (SCF) method, Sakai and Morokuma computed the electronic structure of the ground (sup 2)A" and the first excited (sup 2)A' states of FSO. Electron correlation was not taken into account in their study. In a laser photodissociation experiment, Huber et al. identified ClSO mass spectromctrically. ClSO has also been detected in low temperature matrices by EPR and in the gas phase by far IR laser magnetic resonance. Although the structure of FSO is known in detail, the only study, experimental or theoretical, of CISO has been an ab initio HFSCF study by Hinchliffe. Electron correlation corrections were also excluded from this study. In order to better understand the isomerization and dissociation dynamics of the radical species, we have performed ab initio correlated studies of the potential energy

  13. Efficacy of the SU(3) scheme for ab initio large-scale calculations beyond the lightest nuclei

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    Dytrych, T.; Maris, Pieter; Launey, K. D.

    2016-06-09

    We report on the computational characteristics of ab initio nuclear structure calculations in a symmetry-adapted no-core shell model (SA-NCSM) framework. We examine the computational complexity of the current implementation of the SA-NCSM approach, dubbed LSU3shell, by analyzing ab initio results for 6Li and 12C in large harmonic oscillator model spaces and SU(3)-selected subspaces. We demonstrate LSU3shell's strong-scaling properties achieved with highly-parallel methods for computing the many-body matrix elements. Results compare favorably with complete model space calculations and signi cant memory savings are achieved in physically important applications. In particular, a well-chosen symmetry-adapted basis a ords memory savings in calculations ofmore » states with a fixed total angular momentum in large model spaces while exactly preserving translational invariance.« less

  14. On the feasibility of ab initio electronic structure calculations for Cu using a single s orbital basis

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    Hegde, Ganesh, E-mail: ganesh.h@ssi.samsung.com; Bowen, R. Chris

    2015-10-15

    The accuracy of a single s-orbital representation of Cu towards enabling multi-thousand atom ab initio calculations of electronic structure is evaluated in this work. If an electrostatic compensation charge of 0.3 electron per atom is used in this basis representation, the electronic transmission in bulk and nanocrystalline Cu can be made to compare accurately to that obtained with a Double Zeta Polarized basis set. The use of this representation is analogous to the use of single band effective mass representation for semiconductor electronic structure. With a basis of just one s-orbital per Cu atom, the representation is extremely computationally efficientmore » and can be used to provide much needed ab initio insight into electronic transport in nanocrystalline Cu interconnects at realistic dimensions of several thousand atoms.« less

  15. Efficacy of the SU(3) scheme for ab initio large-scale calculations beyond the lightest nuclei

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    Dytrych, T.; Maris, P.; Launey, K. D.; ...

    2016-06-22

    We report on the computational characteristics of ab initio nuclear structure calculations in a symmetry-adapted no-core shell model (SA-NCSM) framework. We examine the computational complexity of the current implementation of the SA-NCSM approach, dubbed LSU3shell, by analyzing ab initio results for 6Li and 12C in large harmonic oscillator model spaces and SU3-selected subspaces. We demonstrate LSU3shell’s strong-scaling properties achieved with highly-parallel methods for computing the many-body matrix elements. Results compare favorably with complete model space calculations and significant memory savings are achieved in physically important applications. In particular, a well-chosen symmetry-adapted basis affords memory savings in calculations of states withmore » a fixed total angular momentum in large model spaces while exactly preserving translational invariance.« less

  16. The crystal structure of rare earth impurity centers R3+ in Y3Al5O12: Ab Initio calculations

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    Chernyshev, Vladimir A.; Serdcev, Alexander V.; Petrov, Vladislav P.; Nikiforov, Anatoliy E.; Avram, Calin N.; Avram, Nicolae M.

    2017-12-01

    In this paper we carried out the ab initio calculations of the impurity centers Y3Al5O12: R3+ (R= La-Lu) by investigation doped crystal structure and its elastic properties. The crystal structure of impurity centers was investigated and the elastic constants of the crystals RE3Al5O12 (RE=Y, La-Lu) were calculated. The effect of hydrostatic pressure on the elastic properties of RE3Al5O12 (RE=Y, La-Lu) was investigated also. Ab initio calculations were performed in periodic CRYSTAL code within the framework of the MO LCAO approach by using hybrid DFT functionals. The results obtained can be used to interpret experimental data and predict the new properties of YAG: R3+ laser materials.

  17. Deuteron-induced nucleon transfer reactions within an ab initio framework: First application to p -shell nuclei

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    Raimondi, Francesco; Hupin, Guillaume; Navratil, Petr; ...

    2016-05-10

    Low-energy transfer reactions in which a proton is stripped from a deuteron projectile and dropped into a target play a crucial role in the formation of nuclei in both primordial and stellar nucleosynthesis, as well as in the study of exotic nuclei using radioactive beam facilities and inverse kinematics. Here, ab initio approaches have been successfully applied to describe the 3H(d,n) 4He and 3He(d,p) 4He fusion processes. An ab initio treatment of transfer reactions would also be desirable for heavier targets. In this work, we extend the ab initio description of (d,p) reactions to processes with light p-shell nuclei. Asmore » a first application, we study the elastic scattering of deuterium on 7Li and the 7Li(d,p) 8Li transfer reaction based on a two-body Hamiltonian. We use the no-core shell model to compute the wave functions of the nuclei involved in the reaction, and describe the dynamics between targets and projectiles with the help of microscopic-cluster states in the spirit of the resonating group method. The shapes of the excitation functions for deuterons impinging on 7Li are qualitatively reproduced up to the deuteron breakup energy. The interplay between d– 7Li and p– 8Li particle-decay channels determines some features of the 9Be spectrum above the d+ 7Li threshold. Our prediction for the parity of the 17.298 MeV resonance is at odds with the experimental assignment. Deuteron stripping reactions with p-shell targets can now be computed ab initio, but calculations are very demanding. Finally, a quantitative description of the 7Li(d,p) 8Li reaction will require further work to include the effect of three-nucleon forces and additional decay channels and to improve the convergence rate of our calculations.« less

  18. Deuteron-induced nucleon transfer reactions within an ab initio framework: First application to p -shell nuclei

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    Raimondi, Francesco; Hupin, Guillaume; Navrátil, Petr; Quaglioni, Sofia

    2016-05-01

    Background: Low-energy transfer reactions in which a proton is stripped from a deuteron projectile and dropped into a target play a crucial role in the formation of nuclei in both primordial and stellar nucleosynthesis, as well as in the study of exotic nuclei using radioactive beam facilities and inverse kinematics. Ab initio approaches have been successfully applied to describe the 3H (d ,n )4He and 3He(d ,p )4He fusion processes. Purpose: An ab initio treatment of transfer reactions would also be desirable for heavier targets. In this work, we extend the ab initio description of (d ,p ) reactions to processes with light p -shell nuclei. As a first application, we study the elastic scattering of deuterium on 7Li and the 7Li(d ,p )8Li transfer reaction based on a two-body Hamiltonian. Methods: We use the no-core shell model to compute the wave functions of the nuclei involved in the reaction, and describe the dynamics between targets and projectiles with the help of microscopic-cluster states in the spirit of the resonating group method. Results: The shapes of the excitation functions for deuterons impinging on 7Li are qualitatively reproduced up to the deuteron breakup energy. The interplay between d -7Li and p -8Li particle-decay channels determines some features of the 9Be spectrum above the d +7Li threshold. Our prediction for the parity of the 17.298 MeV resonance is at odds with the experimental assignment. Conclusions: Deuteron stripping reactions with p -shell targets can now be computed ab initio, but calculations are very demanding. A quantitative description of the 7Li(d ,p )8Li reaction will require further work to include the effect of three-nucleon forces and additional decay channels and to improve the convergence rate of our calculations.

  19. Determination of the electronic energy levels of colloidal nanocrystals using field-effect transistors and Ab-initio calculations.

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    Bisri, Satria Zulkarnaen; Degoli, Elena; Spallanzani, Nicola; Krishnan, Gopi; Kooi, Bart Jan; Ghica, Corneliu; Yarema, Maksym; Heiss, Wolfgang; Pulci, Olivia; Ossicini, Stefano; Loi, Maria Antonietta

    2014-08-27

    Colloidal nanocrystals electronic energy levels are determined by strong size-dependent quantum confinement. Understanding the configuration of the energy levels of nanocrystal superlattices is vital in order to use them in heterostructures with other materials. A powerful method is reported to determine the energy levels of PbS nanocrystal assemblies by combining the utilization of electric-double-layer-gated transistors and advanced ab-initio theory. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  20. Data files for ab initio calculations of the lattice parameter and elastic stiffness coefficients of bcc Fe with solutes

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    Fellinger, Michael R.; Hector, Jr., Louis G.; Trinkle, Dallas R.

    2016-11-29

    Here, we present computed datasets on changes in the lattice parameter and elastic stiffness coefficients of BCC Fe due to substitutional Al, B, Cu, Mn, and Si solutes, and octahedral interstitial C and N solutes. The data is calculated using the methodology based on density functional theory (DFT). All the DFT calculations were performed using the Vienna Ab initio Simulations Package (VASP). The data is stored in the NIST dSpace repository.

  1. Ab initio MP2/GIAO/NBO study of the δ- syn-axial effect in 13C NMR spectroscopy

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    Koch, A.; Mikhova, B.; Kleinpeter, E.

    2004-06-01

    The 13C chemical shifts of 20 rigid bicyclic compounds have been calculated with ab initio HF and MP2 methods. The calculations showed very good reproducibility of the experimental values. The molecular orbital interactions in the rigid, nearly planar δ- syn-axial fragments in the isomeric groups of norbornane derivatives 1.x-4.x were studied in detail and were employed to explain the deshielding δ- syn-axial effect in 13C NMR spectroscopy.

  2. Weak interactions in Graphane/BN systems under static electric fields—A periodic ab-initio study

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    Steinkasserer, Lukas Eugen Marsoner, E-mail: marsoner@zedat.fu-berlin.de; MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, School of Chemical and Physical Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington, P.O. Box 600, 6140 Wellington; Gaston, Nicola

    2015-04-21

    Ab-initio calculations via periodic Hartree-Fock (HF) and local second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory (LMP2) are used to investigate the adsorption properties of combined Graphane/boron nitride systems and their response to static electric fields. It is shown how the latter can be used to alter both structural as well as electronic properties of these systems.

  3. Ab initio study of the electron energy loss function in a graphene-sapphire-graphene composite system

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    Despoja, Vito; Djordjević, Tijana; Karbunar, Lazar; Radović, Ivan; Mišković, Zoran L.

    2017-08-01

    The propagator of a dynamically screened Coulomb interaction W in a sandwichlike structure consisting of two graphene layers separated by a slab of Al2O3 (or vacuum) is derived from single-layer graphene response functions and by using a local dielectric function for the bulk Al2O3 . The response function of graphene is obtained using two approaches within the random phase approximation (RPA): an ab initio method that includes all electronic bands in graphene and a computationally less demanding method based on the massless Dirac fermion (MDF) approximation for the low-energy excitations of electrons in the π bands. The propagator W is used to derive an expression for the effective dielectric function of our sandwich structure, which is relevant for the reflection electron energy loss spectroscopy of its surface. Focusing on the range of frequencies from THz to mid-infrared, special attention is paid to finding an accurate optical limit in the ab initio method, where the response function is expressed in terms of a frequency-dependent conductivity of graphene. It was shown that the optical limit suffices for describing hybridization between the Dirac plasmons in graphene layers and the Fuchs-Kliewer phonons in both surfaces of the Al2O3 slab, and that the spectra obtained from both the ab initio method and the MDF approximation in the optical limit agree perfectly well for wave numbers up to about 0.1 nm-1. Going beyond the optical limit, the agreement between the full ab initio method and the MDF approximation was found to extend to wave numbers up to about 0.3 nm-1 for doped graphene layers with the Fermi energy of 0.2 eV.

  4. Thermal properties of molecular crystals through dispersion-corrected quasi-harmonic ab initio calculations: the case of urea.

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    Erba, Alessandro; Maul, Jefferson; Civalleri, Bartolomeo

    2016-01-31

    An ab initio quantum-mechanical theoretical framework is presented to compute the thermal properties of molecular crystals. The present strategy combines dispersion-corrected density-functional-theory (DFT-D), harmonic phonon dispersion, quasi-harmonic approximation to the lattice dynamics for thermal expansion and thermodynamic functions, and quasi-static approximation for anisotropic thermo-elasticity. The proposed scheme is shown to reliably describe thermal properties of the urea molecular crystal by a thorough comparison with experimental data.

  5. Ab initio shock waves in silicon: efficiently locating the Hugoniot locus with first-principles molecular dynamics

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    Strickson, Oliver; Artacho, Emilio; Nikiforakis, Nikos

    2015-06-01

    Silicon exhibits a rich phase diagram, with several high pressure phases accessible to shock waves. We provide the Hugoniot locus of bulk silicon from ab initio molecular dynamics with forces from density-functional theory, up to 100 GPa, with points corresponding to a number of post-shock phases. We describe an annealing procedure to obtain a Hugoniot locus in a computationally efficient manner. The results compare well to existing experimental data for shocked silicon.

  6. Structure models: From shell model to ab initio methods. A brief introduction to microscopic theories for exotic nuclei

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    Bacca, Sonia

    2016-04-01

    A brief review of models to describe nuclear structure and reactions properties is presented, starting from the historical shell model picture and encompassing modern ab initio approaches. A selection of recent theoretical results on observables for exotic light and medium-mass nuclei is shown. Emphasis is given to the comparison with experiment and to what can be learned about three-body forces and continuum properties.

  7. Mirnacle: machine learning with SMOTE and random forest for improving selectivity in pre-miRNA ab initio prediction.

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    Marques, Yuri Bento; de Paiva Oliveira, Alcione; Ribeiro Vasconcelos, Ana Tereza; Cerqueira, Fabio Ribeiro

    2016-12-15

    MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are key gene expression regulators in plants and animals. Therefore, miRNAs are involved in several biological processes, making the study of these molecules one of the most relevant topics of molecular biology nowadays. However, characterizing miRNAs in vivo is still a complex task. As a consequence, in silico methods have been developed to predict miRNA loci. A common ab initio strategy to find miRNAs in genomic data is to search for sequences that can fold into the typical hairpin structure of miRNA precursors (pre-miRNAs). The current ab initio approaches, however, have selectivity issues, i.e., a high number of false positives is reported, which can lead to laborious and costly attempts to provide biological validation. This study presents an extension of the ab initio method miRNAFold, with the aim of improving selectivity through machine learning techniques, namely, random forest combined with the SMOTE procedure that copes with imbalance datasets. By comparing our method, termed Mirnacle, with other important approaches in the literature, we demonstrate that Mirnacle substantially improves selectivity without compromising sensitivity. For the three datasets used in our experiments, our method achieved at least 97% of sensitivity and could deliver a two-fold, 20-fold, and 6-fold increase in selectivity, respectively, compared with the best results of current computational tools. The extension of miRNAFold by the introduction of machine learning techniques, significantly increases selectivity in pre-miRNA ab initio prediction, which optimally contributes to advanced studies on miRNAs, as the need of biological validations is diminished. Hopefully, new research, such as studies of severe diseases caused by miRNA malfunction, will benefit from the proposed computational tool.

  8. Assignment of the UV photoelectron spectra of the azoles by Ab initio multi-reference configuration interaction calculations

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    Palmer, M. H.; Beveridge, A. J.

    1987-01-01

    Ab initio multi-reference CI calculations have been performed on pyrrole, pyrazole, imidazole, each of the triazoles and tetrazole. The tautomerism of these species is discussed, and the UV photoelectron spectra are reinterpreted in the light of the CI data. Many shake-up states are evident above ≈ 14 eV; these can cause difficulties in the positioning of LP N states by CI methods.

  9. Crystal structure and vibrational properties of RFe3(BO3)4 (R = Ce - Lu) ferroborate crystal: ab initio calculations

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    Petrov, V. P.; Chernyshev, V. A.; Nikiforov, A. E.

    2017-01-01

    The ab initio calculations of the crystal structure and lattice dynamics of ferroborate crystal family RFe3(BO3)4 (R = Ce, Pm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu), S.G. R32, has been carried out within the framework of the MO LCAO approach by using density functional theory and effective 4f-in-core pseudopotential for rare earth element. The fully optimized geometry as well as vibrational frequencies has been calculated.

  10. REVIEWS OF TOPICAL PROBLEMS Oxide nanostructures on a Nb surface and related systems: experiments and ab initio calculations

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    Kuznetsov, Mikhail V.; Razinkin, A. S.; Ivanovskii, Alexander L.

    2011-01-01

    This review discusses the state of the art in two related research areas: the surfaces of niobium and of its related group IV-VI transition metals, and surface (primarily oxide) nanostructures that form on niobium (and group IV-VI d-metals) due to gas adsorption or impurity diffusion from the bulk. Experimental (X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, photoelectron diffraction, scanning tunneling microscopy) and theoretical (ab initio simulation) results on d-metal surfaces are summarized and reviewed.

  11. Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in Mn2VIn (001) films: An ab initio study

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    Zipporah, Muthui; Robinson, Musembi; Julius, Mwabora; Arti, Kashyap

    2018-05-01

    First principles study of the magnetic anisotropy of Mn2VIn (001) films show perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA), which increases as a function of the thickness of the film. Density functional theory (DFT) as implemented in the Vienna Ab initio simulation package (VASP) is employed here to perform a comprehensive theoretical investigation of the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of the Mn2VIn(001) films of varying thickness. Our calculations were performed on fully relaxed structures, with five to seventeen mono layers (ML). The degree of spin polarization is higher in the (001) Mn2VIn thin films as compared to the bulk in contrast to what is usually the case and as in Mn2VAl, which is isoelectronic to Mn2VIn as well as inCo2VIn (001) films studied for comparison. Tetragonal distortions are found in all the systems after relaxation. The distortion in the Mn2VIn system persists even for the 17ML thin film, resulting in PMA in the Mn2VIn system. This significant finding has potential to contribute to spin transfer torque (STT) and magnetic random access memory MRAM applications, as materials with PMA derived from volume magnetocrystalline anisotropy are being proposed as ideal magnetic electrodes.

  12. Ab initio potential energy surfaces and nonadiabatic collision dynamics in H(+)+O(2) system.

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    Amaran, Saieswari; Kumar, Sanjay

    2008-04-21

    The adiabatic potential energy surfaces for the lowest five electronic states of (3)A" symmetry for the H(+)+O(2) collision system have been obtained at the multireference configuration interaction level of accuracy using Dunning's correlation consistent polarized valence triple zeta basis set. The radial nonadiabatic coupling terms and the mixing angle between the lowest two electronic states (1 (3)A" and 2 (3)A"), which adiabatically correlate in the asymptotic limit to H((2)S)+O(2) (+)(X (2)Pi(g)) and H(+)+O(2)(X (3)Sigma(g)(-)), respectively, have been computed using ab initio procedures at the same level of accuracy to yield the corresponding quasidiabatic potential energy matrix. The computed strengths of the vibrational coupling matrix elements reflect the trend observed for inelastic vibrational excitations of O(2) in the experiments at collision energy of 9.5 eV. The quantum dynamics has been preformed on the newly obtained coupled quasidiabatic potential energy surfaces under the vibrational close-coupling rotational infinite-order sudden framework at the experimental collision energy of 9.5 eV. The present theoretical results for vibrational elastic/inelastic excitations of O(2) are in overall good agreement with the available experimental data obtained from the proton energy-loss spectra in molecular beam experiments [F. A. Gianturco et al., J. Phys. B 14, 667 (1981)]. The results for the complementary charge transfer processes are also presented at this collision energy.

  13. Microwave Spectra and AB Initio Studies of the Ne-Acetone Complex

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    Gao, Jiao; Thomas, Javix; Xu, Yunjie; Jäger, Wolfgang

    2015-06-01

    Microwave spectra of the neon-acetone van der Waals complex were measured using a cavity-based molecular beam Fourier-transform microwave spectrometer in the region from 5 to 18 GHz. Both 20Ne and 22Ne containing isotopologues were studied and both c- and weaker a-type rotational transitions were observed. The transitions are split into multiplets due to the internal rotation of two methyl groups in acetone. Electronic structure calculations were done at the MP2 level of theory with the 6-311++g (2d, p) basis set for all atoms and the internal rotation barrier height of the methyl groups was determined to be about 2.8 kJ/mol. The ab initio rotational constants were the basis for our spectroscopic searches, but the multiplet structures and floppiness of the complex made the quantum number assignment very difficult. The assignment was finally achieved with the aid of constructing closed frequency loops and predicting internal rotation splittings using the XIAM code. Analyses of the spectra yielded rotational and centrifugal distortion constants, as well as internal rotation parameters, which were interpreted in terms of structure and internal dynamics of the complex. H. Hartwig and H. Dreizler, Z. Naturforsch. A 51, 923 (1996).

  14. Ab-Initio Computations of Electronic and Related Properties of cubic Lithium Selenide (Li2Se)

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    Goita, Abdoulaye; Nwigboji, Ifeanyi H.; Malozovsky, Yuriy; Bagayoko, Diola

    We present theoretical predictions, from ab-initio, self-consistent calculations, of electronic and related properties of cubic lithium selenide (Li2Se). We employed a local density approximation (LDA) potential and the linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO). We performed the computations following the Bagayoko, Zhao, and Williams (BZW) method, as enhanced by Ekuma and Franklin (BZW-EF). Our results include electronic energies, total and partial densities of states, effective masses, and the bulk modulus. The theoretical equilibrium lattice constant is 5.882 Å. We found cubic Li2Se to have a direct band gap of 4.363 eV (prediction), at Γ. This gap is 4.065 eV for a room temperature lattice constant of 6.017 Å. The calculated bulk modulus is 31.377 GPa. Acknowledgments: This work was funded in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Louisiana Board of Regents, through LASiGMA [Award Nos. EPS- 1003897, NSF (2010-15)-RII-SUBR] and NSF HRD-1002541, the US Department of Energy - National, Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) (Award No. DE- NA0002630), LaSPACE, and LONI-SUBR.

  15. Ab-initio Calculations of Accurate Electronic Properties of ZnS

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    Khamala, Bethuel; Franklin, Loushanda; Malozovski, Yuriy; Stewart, Anthony; Bagayoko, Diola; Bagayoko Research Group Team

    2014-03-01

    We present the results from ab-initio, self consistent, local density approximation (LDA) calculations of the electronic and related properties of zinc-blende zinc sulphide (zb-ZnS). We employed the Ceperley and Alder LDA potential and the linear combination of atomic orbital (LCAO) formalism in our non-relativistic computations. The implementation of the LCAO formalism followed the Bagayoko, Zhao, and Williams method as enhanced by Ekuma and Franklin (BZW-EF). The BZW-EF method includes a methodical search for the optimal basis set that yields the minima of the occupied energies. This search entails increasing the size of the basis set and related modifications of angular symmetry and of radial orbitals. Our calculated, direct gap of 3.725 eV, at the Γ point, is in excellent agreement with experiment. We have also calculated the total (DOS) and partial (pDOS) densities of states, electron and hole effective masses and total energies that agree very well with available, corresponding experimental results. Acknowledgement: This research is funded in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Louisiana Board of Regents, through LASiGMA [Award Nos. EPS- 1003897, NSF (2010-15)-RII-SUBR] and NSF HRD-1002541, the US Department of Energy - National, Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) (Award No. DE-NA0001861), LaSPACE, and LONI-SUBR.

  16. Electronic properties of InP in terms of an ab-initio LDA

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    Malozovsky, Yuriy; Franklin, Lashounda; Ekuma, Chinedu; Zhao, Guang-Lin; Bagayoko, Diola

    2012-02-01

    We present results from ab-initio local density approximation (LDA) calculations of electronic and related properties of zinc blende indium phosphide (InP). Our computations employed the Ceperley and Alder LDA potential and the linear combination of atomic orbital (LCAO) formalism. The implementation of the LCAO formalism followed the Bagayoko, Zhao, and Williams (BZW) method. Consequently, we solved self consistently both the Kohn sham equation and the one giving the ground state charge density in terms of the wave functions of the occupied states. Self-consistency, for the latter equation, requires a search for the optimal basis set. This search entails increases of the size of the basis set and the related modifications of angular symmetry and of available radial functions. Our calculated, direct band gap of 1.398 eV (1.40 eV), at the ? point, is in excellent agreement with experimental values. The calculated density of states (DOS) also agree with experimental finding. The calculated electron and hole effective masses differ by 10% from some corresponding experimental ones. We discuss the equilibrium lattice constant and optical properties.

  17. Ab-initio Electronic, Transport and Related Properties of Zinc Blende Boron Arsenide (zb-BAs)

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    Nwigboji, Ifeanyi H.; Malozovsky, Yuriy; Bagayoko, Diola

    We present results from ab-initio, self-consistent density functional theory (DFT) calculations of electronic, transport, and bulk properties of zinc blende boron arsenide (zb-BAs). We utilized a local density approximation (LDA) potential and the linear combination of atomic orbital (LCAO) formalism. Our computational technique follows the Bagayoko, Zhao, and Williams method, as enhanced by Ekuma and Franklin. Our results include electronic energy bands, densities of states, and effective masses. We explain the agreement between these findings, including the indirect band gap, and available, corresponding, experimental ones. This work confirms the capability of DFT to describe accurately properties of materials, provided the computations adhere to the conditions of validity of DFT [AIP Advances, 4, 127104 (2014)]. Acknowledgments: This work was funded in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Louisiana Board of Regents, through LASiGMA [Award Nos. EPS- 1003897, NSF (2010-15)-RII-SUBR] and NSF HRD-1002541, the US Department of Energy - National, Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) (Award No. DE- NA0002630), LaSPACE, and LONI-SUBR.

  18. Ab initio prediction of electronic, transport and bulk properties of Li2S

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    Malozovsky, Yuriy; Franklin, Lashounda; Ekuma, Chinedu; Bagayoko, Diola

    2015-08-01

    In this paper, we present results from ab initio, self-consistent, local density approximation (LDA) calculations of electronic and related properties of cubic antifluorite (anti-CaF2) lithium sulfide (Li2S). Our nonrelativistic computations implemented the linear combination of atomic orbital (LCAO) formalism following the Bagayoko, Zhao and Williams method, as enhanced by Ekuma and Franklin (BZW-EF). Consequently, using several self-consistent calculations with increasing basis sets, we searched for the smallest basis set that yields the absolute minima of the occupied energies. The outcomes of the calculation with this basis set, called the optimal basis set, have the full physical content of density functional theory (DFT). Our calculated indirect band gap, from Γ to X, is 3.723 eV, for the low temperature experimental lattice constant of 5.689 Å. The predicted indirect band gap of 3.702 eV is obtained for the computationally determined equilibrium lattice constant of 5.651 Å. We have also calculated the total density of states (DOS) and partial densities of states (pDOS), electron and hole effective masses and the bulk modulus of Li2S. Due to a lack of experimental results, most of the calculated ones reported here are predictions for this material suspected of exhibiting a high temperature superconductivity similar to that of MgB2.

  19. Ab-initio Electronic and Structural Properties of Rutile Titanium Dioxide

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    Ekuma, Chinedu E.; Bagayoko, Diola

    2011-10-01

    Ab-initio, self-consistent electronic energy bands of rutile TiO2 are reported within the local density functional approximation (LDA). Our first principle, non-relativistic and ground state calculations employed a local density functional approximation (LDA) potential and the linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO). Within the framework of the Bagayoko-Zhao-Williams (BZW) method, we solved self-consistently both the Kohn-Sham equation and the equation giving the ground state charge density in terms of the wave functions of the occupied states. Our calculated band structure shows that there is significant O 2p-Ti 3d hybridization in the valence bands. These bands are well separated from the conduction bands by an indirect band gap of 2.95 eV, from Γ to R. Consequently, this work predicts that rutile TiO2 is an indirect band gap material, as all other gaps from our calculations are larger than 2.95 eV. We found a slightly larger, direct band gap of 3.05 eV, at the Γ point, in excellent agreement with experiment. Our calculations reproduced the peaks in the measured conduction and valence bands densities of states, within experimental uncertainties. We also calculated electron effective mass. Our structural optimization led to lattice parameters of 4.65 and 2.97 Å for a0 and c0, respectively with a u parameter of 0.3051 and a bulk modulus of 215 GPa.

  20. Ab-Initio Calculations of Electronic Properties of InP and GaP

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    Malozovsky, Y.; Franklin, L.; Ekuma, E. C.; Zhao, G. L.; Bagayoko, D.

    2013-06-01

    We present results from ab-initio, self-consistent local density approximation (LDA) calculations of electronic and related properties of zinc blende indium phosphide (InP) and gallium phosphide (GaP). We employed a LDA potential and implemented the linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO) formalism. This implementation followed the Bagayoko, Zhao and Williams (BZW) method, as enhanced by Ekuma and Franklin (BZW-EF). This method searches for the optimal basis set that yields the minima of the occupied energies. This search entails increases of the size of the basis set and the related modifications of angular symmetry and of radial orbitals. Our calculated, direct band gap of 1.398 eV (1.40 eV), at the Γ point, is in excellent agreement with experimental values, for InP, and our preliminary result for the indirect gap of GaP is 2.135 eV, from the Γ to X high symmetry points. We have also calculated electron and hole effective masses for both InP and GaP. These calculated properties also agree with experimental findings. We conclude that the BZW-EF method could be employed in calculations of electronic properties of high-Tc superconducting materials to explain their complex properties.

  1. Ab-initio Calculation of Optoelectronic and Structural Properties of Cubic Lithium Oxide (Li2O)

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    Ziegler, Joshua; Polin, Daniel; Malozovsky, Yuriy; Bagayoko, Diola

    Using the Bagayoko, Zhao, and Williams (BZW) method, as enhanced by Ekuma and Franklin (BZW-EF), we performed ab-initio, density functional theory (DFT) calculations of optoelectronic, transport, and bulk properties of Li2S. In so doing, we avoid ``band gap'' and problems plaguing many DET calculations [AIP Advances 4, 127104 (2014)]. We employed a local density approximation (LDA) potential and the linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO). With the BZW-EF method, our results possess the full, physical content of DFT and agree with available, corresponding experimental ones. In particular, we found a room temperature indirect band gap of 6.659 eV that compares favorably with experimental values ranging from 5 to 7.99 eV. We also calculated total and partial density of states (DOS and PDOS), effective masses of charge carriers, the equilibrium lattice constant, and the bulk modulus. Acknowledgments: This work was funded in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Louisiana Board of Regents, through LASiGMA [Award Nos. EPS- 1003897, NSF (2010-15)-RII-SUBR] and NSF HRD-1002541, the US Department of Energy - National, Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) (Award Nos. DE-NA0001861 and DE- NA0002630), LaSPACE, and LONI-SUBR.

  2. Ab-initio Calculations of Electronic Properties of InP and GaP

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    Malozovsky, Yuriy; Franklin, Lashounda; Ekuma, Chinedu; Zhao, Guang-Lin; Bagayoko, Diola

    2013-03-01

    We present results from ab-initio, self consistent local density approximation (LDA) calculations of electronic and related properties of zinc blende indium and gallium phosphides (InP & GaP) We employed a local density approximation (LDA) potential and implemented the linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO) formalism. This implementation followed the Bagayoko, Zhao, and Williams (BZW) method, as enhanced by Ekuma and Franklin (BZW-EF). This method searches for the optimal basis set that yields the minima of the occupied energies. This search entails methodically increasing the size of the basis set, up to the optimal one, and the accompanying enrichment of angular symmetry and of radial orbitals. Our calculated, direct band gap of 1.398 eV (1.40 eV) for InP, at the Γ point, is in excellent agreement with experimental values. We discuss our preliminary results for the indirect band gap, from Γ to X, of GaP. We also report calculated electron and hole effective masses for both InP and GaP and the total (DOS) and partial (pDOS) densities of states. This work was funded in part by the National Science Foundation and the Louisiana Board of Regents, through LASiGMA and LS-LAMP, [EPS-1003897, No. NSF (2010-15)-RII-SUBR, and HRD-1002541] and by the Louisiana Optical Network Initiative (LONI) at SUBR.

  3. Ab-initio Calculations of Accurate Electronic Properties of Wurzite AlN

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    Nwigboji, Ifeanyi; Malozovsky, Yuriy; Bagayoko, Diola; Bagayoko Research Group Team

    2014-03-01

    We present results from ab-initio, self consistent local density approximation (LDA) calculations of electronic and related properties of wurtzite Aluminum Nitride (w-AlN). Our non-relativistic computations employed the Ceperley and Alder LDA potential and the linear combination of atomic orbital (LCAO) formalism. The implementation of the LCAO formalism followed the Bagayoko, Zhao, and Williams' method as enhanced by Ekuma and Franklin (BZW-EF). The BZW-EF method verifiably obtains the minima of the occupied energies; these minima provide the most variationally and physically valid density functional theory (DFT) description of the ground states of materials under study. Our preliminary results for w-AlN show that w-AlN has a direct band gap of 5.82 eV at the Γ point. The preliminary energy bands were obtained with a basis set comprising 48 functions. None of the several, larger basis sets tested to date led to occupied energies lower than those obtained with the above 48. While most previous LDA calculations are 2 eV smaller or more than the experimental value of 5.9 eV that is in excellent agreement with our finding, considering the typical experimental uncertainty of 0.2 eV for absorption measurements on AlN. We also discuss our calculated density of states (DOS) and partial densities of states (pDOS).

  4. Ab-initio Computation of the Electronic, transport, and Bulk Properties of Calcium Oxide.

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    Mbolle, Augustine; Banjara, Dipendra; Malozovsky, Yuriy; Franklin, Lashounda; Bagayoko, Diola

    We report results from ab-initio, self-consistent, local Density approximation (LDA) calculations of electronic and related properties of calcium oxide (CaO) in the rock salt structure. We employed the Ceperley and Alder LDA potential and the linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO) formalism. Our calculations are non-relativistic. We implemented the LCAO formalism following the Bagayoko, Zhao, and Williams (BZW) method, as enhanced by Ekuma and Franklin (BZW-EF). The BZW-EF method involves a methodical search for the optimal basis set that yields the absolute minima of the occupied energies, as required by density functional theory (DFT). Our calculated, indirect band gap of 6.91eV, from towards the L point, is in excellent agreement with experimental value of 6.93-7.7eV, at room temperature (RT). We have also calculated the total (DOS) and partial (pDOS) densities of states as well as the bulk modulus. Our calculated bulk modulus is in excellent agreement with experiment. Work funded in part by the US Department of Energy (DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) (Award No.DE-NA0002630), the National Science Foundation (NSF) (Award No, 1503226), LaSPACE, and LONI-SUBR.

  5. Ab initio protein folding simulations using atomic burials as informational intermediates between sequence and structure.

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    van der Linden, Marx Gomes; Ferreira, Diogo César; de Oliveira, Leandro Cristante; Onuchic, José N; de Araújo, Antônio F Pereira

    2014-07-01

    The three-dimensional structure of proteins is determined by their linear amino acid sequences but decipherment of the underlying protein folding code has remained elusive. Recent studies have suggested that burials, as expressed by atomic distances to the molecular center, are sufficiently informative for structural determination while potentially obtainable from sequences. Here we provide direct evidence for this distinctive role of burials in the folding code, demonstrating that burial propensities estimated from local sequence can indeed be used to fold globular proteins in ab initio simulations. We have used a statistical scheme based on a Hidden Markov Model (HMM) to classify all heavy atoms of a protein into a small number of burial atomic types depending on sequence context. Molecular dynamics simulations were then performed with a potential that forces all atoms of each type towards their predicted burial level, while simple geometric constraints were imposed on covalent structure and hydrogen bond formation. The correct folded conformation was obtained and distinguished in simulations that started from extended chains for a selection of structures comprising all three folding classes and high burial prediction quality. These results demonstrate that atomic burials can act as informational intermediates between sequence and structure, providing a new conceptual framework for improving structural prediction and understanding the fundamentals of protein folding. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  6. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of low energy recoil events in MgO

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    Petersen, B. A.; Liu, B.; Weber, W. J.; ...

    2017-01-11

    In this paper, low-energy recoil events in MgO are studied using ab initio molecular dynamics simulations to reveal the dynamic displacement processes and final defect configurations. Threshold displacement energies, E d, are obtained for Mg and O along three low-index crystallographic directions, [100], [110], and [111]. The minimum values for E d are found along the [110] direction consisting of the same element, either Mg or O atoms. Minimum threshold values of 29.5 eV for Mg and 25.5 eV for O, respectively, are suggested from the calculations. For other directions, the threshold energies are considerably higher, 65.5 and 150.0 eVmore » for O along [111] and [100], and 122.5 eV for Mg along both [111] and [100] directions, respectively. These results show that the recoil events in MgO are partial-charge transfer assisted processes where the charge transfer plays an important role. Finally, there is a similar trend found in other oxide materials, where the threshold displacement energy correlates linearly with the peak partial-charge transfer, suggesting this behavior might be universal in ceramic oxides.« less

  7. 360⁰ -View of Quantum Theory and Ab Initio Simulation at Extreme Conditions: 2014 Sanibel Symposium

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    Cheng, Hai-Ping

    2016-09-02

    The Sanibel Symposium 2014 was held February 16-21, 2014, at the King and Prince, St. Simons Island, GA. It was successful in bringing condensed-matter physicists and quantum chemists together productively to drive the emergence of those specialties. The Symposium had a significant role in preparing a whole generation of quantum theorists. The 54th Sanibel meeting looked to the future in two ways. We had 360⁰-View sessions to honor the exceptional contributions of Rodney Bartlett (70), Bill Butler (70), Yngve Öhrn (80), Fritz Schaefer (70), and Malcolm Stocks (70). The work of these five has greatly impacted several generations of quantummore » chemists and condensed matter physicists. The “360⁰” is the sum of their ages. More significantly, it symbolizes a panoramic view of critical developments and accomplishments in theoretical and computational chemistry and physics oriented toward the future. Thus, two of the eight 360⁰-View sessions focused specifically on younger scientists. The 360⁰-View program was the major component of the 2014 Sanibel meeting. Another four sessions included a sub-symposium on ab initio Simulations at Extreme Conditions, with focus on getting past the barriers of present-day Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics by advances in finite-temperature density functional theory, orbital-free DFT, and new all-numerical approaches.« less

  8. Ab initio study on the structural and electronic properties of water surrounding a multifunctional nanoprobe

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    Xia, Xiuli; Shao, Yuanzhi

    2018-02-01

    We report the magneto-electric behavior of a dual-modality biomedical nanoprobe, a ternary nanosystem consisting of gold and gadolinia clusters and water molecules, with the effect of both nanoclusters on the structural and electronic properties of water. The hydrogen-oxygen bond lengths and angles as well as electronic charges of water molecules surrounding both nanoclusters were calculated using Hubbard U corrected density functional theory aided by molecular dynamics approach. The calculations reveal existence of a magneto-electric interaction between gold and gadolinium oxide nanoclusters, which influences the physical properties of surrounding water remarkably. A broader (narrower) distribution of Hsbnd O bond lengths (Hsbnd Osbnd H bond angles) was observed at the presence of either gold or gadolinia nanoclusters. The presence of Gd6O9 cluster leads to the larger charges of neighbour oxygen atoms. The distribution of oxygen atom charges becomes border when both Gd6O9 and Au13 clusters coexist. Ab initio calculation provides a feasible approach to explore the most essential interactions among functional components of a multimodal nanoprobe applied in aqueous environment.

  9. Switchable magnetic moment in cobalt-doped graphene bilayer on Cu(111): An ab initio study

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    Souza, Everson S.; Scopel, Wanderlã L.; Miwa, R. H.

    2016-06-01

    In this work, we have performed an ab initio theoretical investigation of substitutional cobalt atoms in the graphene bilayer supported on the Cu(111) surface (Co/GBL/Cu). Initially, we examined the separated systems, namely, graphene bilayer adsorbed on Cu(111) (GBL/Cu) and a free standing Co-doped GBL (Co/GBL). In the former system, the GBL becomes n -type doped, where we map the net electronic charge density distribution along the GBL-Cu(111) interface. The substitutional Co atom in Co/GBL lies between the graphene layers, and present a net magnetic moment mostly due to the unpaired Co-3 dz2 electrons. In Co/GBL/Cu, we found that the Cu(111) substrate rules (i) the energetic stability, and (ii) the magnetic properties of substitutional Co atoms in the graphene bilayer. In (i), the substitutional Co atom becomes energetically more stable lying on the GBL surface, and in (ii), the magnetic moment of Co/GBL has been quenched due to the Cu(111) → Co/GBL electronic charge transfer. We verify that such a charge transfer can be tuned upon the application of an external electric field, and thus mediated by a suitable change on the electronic occupation of the Co-dz2 orbitals, we found a way to switch-on and -off the magnetization of the Co-doped GBL adsorbed on the Cu(111) surface.

  10. An Ab Initio Exciton Model Including Charge-Transfer Excited States

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    Li, Xin; Parrish, Robert M.; Liu, Fang

    2017-06-15

    Here, the Frenkel exciton model is a useful tool for theoretical studies of multichromophore systems. We recently showed that the exciton model could be used to coarse-grain electronic structure in multichromophoric systems, focusing on singly excited exciton states. However, our previous implementation excluded charge-transfer excited states, which can play an important role in light-harvesting systems and near-infrared optoelectronic materials. Recent studies have also emphasized the significance of charge-transfer in singlet fission, which mediates the coupling between the locally excited states and the multiexcitonic states. In this work, we report on an ab initio exciton model that incorporates charge-transfer excited statesmore » and demonstrate that the model provides correct charge-transfer excitation energies and asymptotic behavior. Comparison with TDDFT and EOM-CC2 calculations shows that our exciton model is robust with respect to system size, screening parameter, and different density functionals. Inclusion of charge-transfer excited states makes the exciton model more useful for studies of singly excited states and provides a starting point for future construction of a model that also includes double-exciton states.« less

  11. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of threshold displacement energies in SrTiO3

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    Liu, Bin; Xiao, Haiyan; Zhang, Yanwen

    2013-01-01

    Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations have been carried out to study low-energy recoil events in SrTiO3. The threshold displacement energies are shown to be strongly dependent on both the orientation and the corresponding atomic arrangement. The minimum threshold displacement energies are 13 eV for an O recoil along the <100> O-O chain, 25 eV for a Sr recoil along the <100> Sr-Sr chain and 38 eV for a Ti recoil along the <110> Ti-Ti chain. The weighted average threshold displacement energies along the primary crystallographic directions are 35.7, 53.5 and > 64.9 eV for O, Sr and Ti, respectively. Themore » interstitial configurations produced by the recoil events are <100> and <111> split-interstitials for O and Sr, respectively, together with a Ti interstitial occupying a distorted bridge position between two Sr sites. It is found that the recoil events in SrTiO3 are partial- charge transfer assisted processes, and the partial- charge transfer plays an important role in these recoil events.« less

  12. Au55, a stable glassy cluster: results of ab initio calculations.

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    Vollath, Dieter; Holec, David; Fischer, Franz Dieter

    2017-01-01

    Structure and properties of small nanoparticles are still under discussion. Moreover, some thermodynamic properties and the structural behavior still remain partially unknown. One of the best investigated nanoparticles is the Au 55 cluster, which has been analyzed experimentally and theoretically. However, up to now, the results of these studies are still inconsistent. Consequently, we have carried out the present ab initio study of the Au 55 cluster, using up-to-date computational concepts, in order to clarify these issues. Our calculations have confirmed the experimental result that the thermodynamically most stable structure is not crystalline, but it is glassy. The non-crystalline structure of this cluster was validated by comparison of the coordination numbers with those of a crystalline cluster. It was found that, in contrast to bulk materials, glass formation is connected to an energy release that is close to the melting enthalpy of bulk gold. Additionally, the surface energy of this cluster was calculated using two different theoretical approaches resulting in values close to the surface energy for bulk gold. It shall be emphasized that it is now possible to give a confidence interval for the value of the surface energy.

  13. Ab initio calculations of magnetic properties of the interstitially doped YFe{sub 11}Mo compound

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    Kokorina, E. E., E-mail: kokorina@iep.uran.ru; Medvedev, M. V.; Nekrasov, I. A., E-mail: nekrasov@iep.uran.ru

    2016-02-15

    The recent increase in the number of studies of RFe{sub 11–x}M{sub x} compounds is related to their promising application as permanent magnets. However, the insufficiently high value of the Curie temperature T{sub C} of these compounds is a barrier to their widespread use. The increase in the Curie temperature of these compounds is achieved by doping with the light nonmetallic atoms such as hydrogen, nitrogen, and carbon. In this paper, it is shown numerically that this doping leads to drastic changes of the electronic band dispersions in a wide energy region around the Fermi level. This in turn changes valuesmore » of the magnetic moments of ions and Heisenberg exchange interaction parameters. The values of ab initio calculated magnetic moments and direct exchange interaction parameters make it possible to calculate the Curie temperatures for both parent and nitrogen-doped compounds within the mean-field approach to the Heisenberg model in the sample of YFe{sub 11}Mo, a typical representative of the R(Fe,M){sub 12}L class. Theoretical values of T{sub C} obtained for YFe{sub 11}Mo and YFe{sub 11}MoN (514 and 723 K respectively) are consistent with experimental ones (472 and 664 K) with an accuracy of 10%. Also, the calculated increase in T{sub C} upon nitrogenization (about 200 K) is in good agreement with the experimental data.« less

  14. Initial hydration behavior of sodium iodide dimer: photoelectron spectroscopy and ab initio calculations.

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    Li, Ren-Zhong; Hou, Gao-Lei; Liu, Cheng-Wen; Xu, Hong-Guang; Zhao, Xiang; Gao, Yi Qin; Zheng, Wei-Jun

    2016-01-07

    We investigated (NaI)2(-)(H2O)n (n = 0-6) clusters to examine the initial solvation process of (NaI)2 in water, using negative ion photoelectron spectroscopy and theoretical calculations. The structures of these clusters and their neutrals were determined by comparing ab initio calculations with experimental results. It is found that bare (NaI)2(-) is a L-shaped structure and the corresponding neutral is a rhombus. In (NaI)2(-)(H2O), the water molecule prefers to interact with the middle Na atom of the L-shaped (NaI)2(-). For (NaI)2(-)(H2O)n clusters with n = 2-3, two types of structures are nearly degenerate in energy: one is L-shaped and the other is pyramid-shaped. As for (NaI)2(-)(H2O)n with n = 4-6, the dominant structures are pyramid-shaped. For the anionic clusters, one of the Na-I distances increases abruptly when n = 2; for the neutral clusters, rapid lengthening of the Na-I distances occurs when n = 4. Additionally, analyses of the reduced density gradient were carried out, and the results reveal that Na(+)-water interactions dominate in (NaI)2(-)(H2O)n for n≤ 4, whereas I(-)-water and water-water interactions are significantly enhanced when n increases to 5.

  15. Surface Stability and Growth Kinetics of Compound Semiconductors: An Ab Initio-Based Approach

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    Kangawa, Yoshihiro; Akiyama, Toru; Ito, Tomonori; Shiraishi, Kenji; Nakayama, Takashi

    2013-01-01

    We review the surface stability and growth kinetics of III-V and III-nitride semiconductors. The theoretical approach used in these studies is based on ab initio calculations and includes gas-phase free energy. With this method, we can investigate the influence of growth conditions, such as partial pressure and temperature, on the surface stability and growth kinetics. First, we examine the feasibility of this approach by comparing calculated surface phase diagrams of GaAs(001) with experimental results. In addition, the Ga diffusion length on GaAs(001) during molecular beam epitaxy is discussed. Next, this approach is systematically applied to the reconstruction, adsorption and incorporation on various nitride semiconductor surfaces. The calculated results for nitride semiconductor surface reconstructions with polar, nonpolar, and semipolar orientations suggest that adlayer reconstructions generally appear on the polar and the semipolar surfaces. However, the stable ideal surface without adsorption is found on the nonpolar surfaces because the ideal surface satisfies the electron counting rule. Finally, the stability of hydrogen and the incorporation mechanisms of Mg and C during metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy are discussed. PMID:28811438

  16. Ab initio Calculations of Charge Symmetry Breaking in the A=4 Hypernuclei.

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    Gazda, Daniel; Gal, Avraham

    2016-03-25

    We report on ab initio no-core shell model calculations of the mirror Λ hypernuclei _{Λ}^{4}H and _{Λ}^{4}He, using the Bonn-Jülich leading-order chiral effective field theory hyperon-nucleon potentials plus a charge symmetry breaking Λ-Σ^{0} mixing vertex. In addition to reproducing rather well the 0_{g.s.}^{+} and 1_{exc}^{+} binding energies, these four-body calculations demonstrate for the first time that the observed charge symmetry breaking splitting of mirror levels, reaching hundreds of keV for 0_{g.s.}^{+}, can be reproduced using realistic theoretical interaction models, although with a non-negligible momentum cutoff dependence. Our results are discussed in relation to recent measurements of the _{Λ}^{4}H(0_{g.s.}^{+}) binding energy at the Mainz Microtron [A. Esser et al. (A1 Collaboration), Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 232501 (2015)] and the _{Λ}^{4}He(1_{exc}^{+}) excitation energy [T.O. Yamamoto et al. (J-PARC E13 Collaboration), Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 222501 (2015)].

  17. Specific interactions between zinc metalloproteinase and its inhibitors: Ab initio fragment molecular orbital calculations.

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    Ara, Ayami; Kadoya, Ryushi; Ishimura, Hiromi; Shimamura, Kanako; Sylte, Ingebrigt; Kurita, Noriyuki

    2017-08-01

    Bacteria secrete the enzyme pseudolysin (PLN) to degrade exocellular proteins, and the produced peptides are used as a nutrient for the bacteria. It is thus expected that inhibition of PLN can suppress bacterial growth. Since such inhibitors do not attack to bacteria directly, the risk of producing drug-resistance bacteria is less. However, endogenous proteinases such as the matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) have active site similar to that of PLN, and there is a possibility that PLN inhibitors also inhibit the activity of MMPs, resulting in a loss of substrate degradation by these proteinases. Therefore, agents that inhibit the activity of only PLN and not MMPs are required. In the present study, we select two compounds (ARP101 and LM2) and investigate their specific interactions with PLN and MMPs by use of ab initio molecular simulations. Based on the results, we propose several novel compounds as candidates for potent PLN inhibition and investigate their binding properties with PLN, elucidating that the compound, in which a toluene group is introduced into LM2, has larger binding energy with PLN compared with the pristine LM2. Therefore, this compound is suggested to be a potent PLN inhibitor. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. New Approach for Investigating Reaction Dynamics and Rates with Ab Initio Calculations.

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    Fleming, Kelly L; Tiwary, Pratyush; Pfaendtner, Jim

    2016-01-21

    Herein, we demonstrate a convenient approach to systematically investigate chemical reaction dynamics using the metadynamics (MetaD) family of enhanced sampling methods. Using a symmetric SN2 reaction as a model system, we applied infrequent metadynamics, a theoretical framework based on acceleration factors, to quantitatively estimate the rate of reaction from biased and unbiased simulations. A systematic study of the algorithm and its application to chemical reactions was performed by sampling over 5000 independent reaction events. Additionally, we quantitatively reweighed exhaustive free-energy calculations to obtain the reaction potential-energy surface and showed that infrequent metadynamics works to effectively determine Arrhenius-like activation energies. Exact agreement with unbiased high-temperature kinetics is also shown. The feasibility of using the approach on actual ab initio molecular dynamics calculations is then presented by using Car-Parrinello MD+MetaD to sample the same reaction using only 10-20 calculations of the rare event. Owing to the ease of use and comparatively low-cost of computation, the approach has extensive potential applications for catalysis, combustion, pyrolysis, and enzymology.

  19. How fragility makes phase-change data storage robust: insights from ab initio simulations

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    Zhang, Wei; Ronneberger, Ider; Zalden, Peter; Xu, Ming; Salinga, Martin; Wuttig, Matthias; Mazzarello, Riccardo

    2014-01-01

    Phase-change materials are technologically important due to their manifold applications in data storage. Here we report on ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of crystallization of the phase change material Ag4In3Sb67Te26 (AIST). We show that, at high temperature, the observed crystal growth mechanisms and crystallization speed are in good agreement with experimental data. We provide an in-depth understanding of the crystallization mechanisms at the atomic level. At temperatures below 550 K, the computed growth velocities are much higher than those obtained from time-resolved reflectivity measurements, due to large deviations in the diffusion coefficients. As a consequence of the high fragility of AIST, experimental diffusivities display a dramatic increase in activation energies and prefactors at temperatures below 550 K. This property is essential to ensure fast crystallization at high temperature and a stable amorphous state at low temperature. On the other hand, no such change in the temperature dependence of the diffusivity is observed in our simulations, down to 450 K. We also attribute this different behavior to the fragility of the system, in combination with the very fast quenching times employed in the simulations. PMID:25284316

  20. Enzyme Active Site Interactions by Raman/FTIR, NMR, and Ab Initio Calculations

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    Deng, Hua

    2017-01-01

    Characterization of enzyme active site structure and interactions at high resolution is important for the understanding of the enzyme catalysis. Vibrational frequency and NMR chemical shift measurements of enzyme-bound ligands are often used for such purpose when X-ray structures are not available or when higher resolution active site structures are desired. This review is focused on how ab initio calculations may be integrated with vibrational and NMR chemical shift measurements to quantitatively determine high-resolution ligand structures (up to 0.001 Å for bond length and 0.01 Å for hydrogen bonding distance) and how interaction energies between bound ligand and its surroundings at the active site may be determined. Quantitative characterization of substrate ionic states, bond polarizations, tautomeric forms, conformational changes and its interactions with surroundings in enzyme complexes that mimic ground state or transition state can provide snapshots for visualizing the substrate structural evolution along enzyme-catalyzed reaction pathway. Our results have shown that the integration of spectroscopic studies with theoretical computation greatly enhances our ability to interpret experimental data and significantly increases the reliability of the theoretical analysis. PMID:24018325

  1. Geometry of an Isolated Dimer of Imidazole Characterised by Rotational Spectroscopy and Ab Initio Calculations.

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    Mullaney, John C; Zaleski, Daniel P; Tew, David P; Walker, Nicholas R; Legon, Anthony C

    2016-04-18

    An isolated, gas-phase dimer of imidazole is generated through laser vaporisation of a solid rod containing a 1:1 mixture of imidazole and copper in the presence of an argon buffer gas undergoing supersonic expansion. The complex is characterised through broadband rotational spectroscopy and is shown to have a twisted, hydrogen-bonded geometry. Calculations at the CCSD(T)(F12*)/cc-pVDZ-F12 level of theory confirm this to be the lowest-energy conformer of the imidazole dimer. The distance between the respective centres of mass of the imidazole monomer subunits is determined to be 5.2751(1) Å, and the twist angle γ describing rotation of one monomer with respect to the other about a line connecting the centres of mass of the monomers is determined to be 87.9(4)°. Four out of six intermolecular parameters in the model geometry are precisely determined from the experimental rotational constants and are consistent with results calculated ab initio. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  2. Quadrupolar NMR Relaxation from ab Initio Molecular Dynamics: Improved Sampling and Cluster Models versus Periodic Calculations.

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    Philips, Adam; Marchenko, Alex; Truflandier, Lionel A; Autschbach, Jochen

    2017-09-12

    Quadrupolar NMR relaxation rates are computed for 17 O and 2 H nuclei of liquid water, and of 23 Na + , and 35 Cl - in aqueous solution via Kohn-Sham (KS) density functional theory ab initio molecular dynamics (aiMD) and subsequent KS electric field gradient (EFG) calculations along the trajectories. The calculated relaxation rates are within about a factor of 2 of experimental results and improved over previous aiMD simulations. The relaxation rates are assessed with regard to the lengths of the simulations as well as configurational sampling. The latter is found to be the more limiting factor in obtaining good statistical sampling and is improved by averaging over many equivalent nuclei of a system or over several independent trajectories. Further, full periodic plane-wave basis calculations of the EFGs are compared with molecular-cluster atomic-orbital basis calculations. The two methods deliver comparable results with nonhybrid functionals. With the molecular-cluster approach, a larger variety of electronic structure methods is available. For chloride, the EFG computations benefit from using a hybrid KS functional.

  3. Regioselective synthesis and ab initio calculations of fused heterocycles thermally and under microwave irradiation.

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    Salem, Mostafa E; Ahmed, Ashour A; Shaaban, Mohamed R; Shibl, Mohamed F; Farag, Ahmad M

    2015-09-05

    Pyrazolo[1,5-a]pyrimidine, triazolo[1,5-a]pyrimidine, and pyrimido[1,2-a]benzimidazole, pyrido[1,2-a]benzimidazole ring systems incorporating phenylsulfonyl moiety were synthesized via the reaction of 3-(N,N-dimethylamino)-1-(thiophen-2-yl)-2-(phenylsulfonyl)prop-2-en-1-one derivatives with the appropriate aminoazoles as 1,3-binucleophiles and 1H-benzimidazol-2-ylacetonitrile using conventional methods as well as microwave irradiation. The regioselectivity of the cyclocondensation reactions was confirmed both experimentally by alternative synthesis of reaction products and theoretically using ab initio quantum chemical calculations namely the Density Functional Theory (DFT). The theoretical work was carried out using the Becke, three parameter, Lee-Yang-Parr hybrid functional (B3LYP) combined with the 6-311++G(d,p) basis set. It was found that the final cyclocondensation reaction product depends mainly on the initial addition to the activated double bond by the nitrogen atom of the 1,3-binucleophiles that has the higher electron density. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. Born-Oppenheimer ab initio QM/MM Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Enzyme Reactions

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    Zhou, Yanzi; Wang, Shenglong; Li, Yongle; Zhang, Yingkai

    2016-01-01

    There are two key requirements for reliably simulating enzyme reactions: one is a reasonably accurate potential energy surface to describe the bond forming/breaking process as well as to adequately model the heterogeneous enzyme environment; the other is to perform extensive sampling since an enzyme system consists of at least thousands of atoms and its energy landscape is very complex. One attractive approach to meet both daunting tasks is Born-Oppenheimer ab initio QM/MM molecular dynamics simulation (aiQM/MM-MD) with umbrella sampling. In this chapter, we describe our recently developed pseudobond Q-Chem–Amber interface, which employs a combined electrostatic-mechanical embedding scheme with periodic boundary condition and the particle mesh Ewald method for long-range electrostatics interactions. In our implementation, Q-Chem and the sander module of Amber are combined at the source code level without using system calls, and all necessary data communications between QM and MM calculations are achieved via computer memory. We demonstrate the applicability of this pseudobond Q-Chem–Amber interface by presenting two examples, one reaction in aqueous solution and one enzyme reaction. Finally, we describe our established aiQM/MM-MD enzyme simulation protocol, which has been successfully applied to study more than a dozen enzymes. PMID:27498636

  5. Ab initio structure determination from prion nanocrystals at atomic resolution by MicroED

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    Sawaya, Michael R.; Rodriguez, Jose; Cascio, Duilio; Collazo, Michael J.; Shi, Dan; Reyes, Francis E.; Gonen, Tamir; Eisenberg, David S.

    2016-01-01

    Electrons, because of their strong interaction with matter, produce high-resolution diffraction patterns from tiny 3D crystals only a few hundred nanometers thick in a frozen-hydrated state. This discovery offers the prospect of facile structure determination of complex biological macromolecules, which cannot be coaxed to form crystals large enough for conventional crystallography or cannot easily be produced in sufficient quantities. Two potential obstacles stand in the way. The first is a phenomenon known as dynamical scattering, in which multiple scattering events scramble the recorded electron diffraction intensities so that they are no longer informative of the crystallized molecule. The second obstacle is the lack of a proven means of de novo phase determination, as is required if the molecule crystallized is insufficiently similar to one that has been previously determined. We show with four structures of the amyloid core of the Sup35 prion protein that, if the diffraction resolution is high enough, sufficiently accurate phases can be obtained by direct methods with the cryo-EM method microelectron diffraction (MicroED), just as in X-ray diffraction. The success of these four experiments dispels the concern that dynamical scattering is an obstacle to ab initio phasing by MicroED and suggests that structures of novel macromolecules can also be determined by direct methods. PMID:27647903

  6. Raman spectroscopic features of the neutral vacancy in diamond from ab initio quantum-mechanical calculations.

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    Baima, Jacopo; Zelferino, Alessandro; Olivero, Paolo; Erba, Alessandro; Dovesi, Roberto

    2016-01-21

    Quantum-mechanical ab initio calculations are performed to elucidate the vibrational spectroscopic features of a common irradiation-induced defect in diamond, i.e. the neutral vacancy. Raman spectra are computed analytically through a Coupled-Perturbed-Hartree-Fock/Kohn-Sham approach as a function of both different defect spin states and defect concentration. The experimental Raman features of defective diamond located in the 400-1300 cm(-1) spectral range, i.e. below the first-order line of pristine diamond at 1332 cm(-1), are well reproduced, thus corroborating the picture according to which, at low damage densities, this spectral region is mostly affected by non-graphitic sp(3) defects. No peaks above 1332 cm(-1) are found, thus ruling out previous tentative assignments of different spectral features (at 1450 and 1490 cm(-1)) to the neutral vacancy. The perturbation introduced by the vacancy to the thermal nuclear motion of carbon atoms in the defective lattice is discussed in terms of atomic anisotropic displacement parameters (ADPs), computed from converged lattice dynamics calculations.

  7. Hydration of potassium iodide dimer studied by photoelectron spectroscopy and ab initio calculations.

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    Li, Ren-Zhong; Zeng, Zhen; Hou, Gao-Lei; Xu, Hong-Guang; Zhao, Xiang; Gao, Yi Qin; Zheng, Wei-Jun

    2016-11-14

    We measured the photoelectron spectra of (KI) 2 - (H 2 O) n (n = 0-3) and conducted ab initio calculations on (KI) 2 - (H 2 O) n anions and their corresponding neutrals up to n = 6. Two types of spectral features are observed in the experimental spectra of (KI) 2 - (H 2 O) and (KI) 2 - (H 2 O) 2 , indicating that two types of isomers coexist, in which the high EBE feature corresponds to the hydrated chain-like (KI) 2 - while the low EBE feature corresponds to the hydrated pyramidal (KI) 2 - . In (KI) 2 - (H 2 O) 3 , the (KI) 2 - unit prefers a pyramidal configuration, and one of the K-I distances is elongated significantly, thus a K atom is firstly separated out from the (KI) 2 - unit. As for the neutrals, the bare (KI) 2 has a rhombus structure, and the structures of (KI) 2 (H 2 O) n are evolved from the rhombus (KI) 2 unit by the addition of H 2 O. When the number of water molecules reaches 4, the K-I distances have significant increment and one of the I atoms prefers to leave the (KI) 2 unit. The comparison of (KI) 2 (H 2 O) n and (NaI) 2 (H 2 O) n indicates that it is slightly more difficult to pry apart (KI) 2 than (NaI) 2 via hydration, which is in agreement with the lower solubility of KI compared to that of NaI.

  8. Resolving the Origins of Crystalline Anharmonicity Using Terahertz Time-Domain Spectroscopy and ab Initio Simulations.

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    Ruggiero, Michael T; Zeitler, J Axel

    2016-11-17

    Anharmonicity has been shown to be an important piece of the fundamental framework that dictates numerous observable phenomena. In particular, anharmonicity is the driving force of vibrational relaxation processes, mechanisms that are integral to the proper function of numerous chemical processes. However, elucidating its origins has proven difficult due to experimental and theoretical challenges, specifically related to separating the anharmonic contributions from other unrelated effects. While no one technique is particularly suited for providing a complete picture of anharmonicity, by combining multiple complementary methods such a characterization can be made. In this study the role of individual atomic interactions on the anharmonic properties of crystalline purine, the building block of many DNA and RNA nucleobases, is studied by experimental terahertz time-domain spectroscopy and first-principles density functional theory (DFT) and ab initio molecular dynamics simulations (AIMD). In particular, the detailed vibrational information provided by the DFT calculations is used to interpret the atomic origins of anharmonic-related effects as determined by the AIMD calculations, which are in good agreement with the experimental data. The results highlight that anharmonicity is especially pronounced in the intermolecular interactions, particularly along the amine hydrogen bond coordinate, and yields valuable insight into what is similarly observed complex biosystems and crystalline solids.

  9. Morse-Smale Analysis of Ion Diffusion in Ab Initio Battery Materials Simulations

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    Gyulassy, Attila; Knoll, Aaron; Lau, Kah Chun

    2017-06-03

    Ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations are increasingly useful in modeling, optimizing and synthesizing materials in energy sciences. In solving Schrödinger’s equation, they generate the electronic structure of the simulated atoms as a scalar field. However, methods for analyzing these volume data are not yet common in molecular visualization. The Morse-Smale complex is a proven, versatile tool for topological analysis of scalar fields. In this paper, we apply the discrete Morse-Smale complex to analysis of first-principles battery materials simulations. We consider a carbon nanosphere structure used in battery materials research, and employ Morse-Smale decomposition to determine the possible lithium ionmore » diffusion paths within that structure. Our approach is novel in that it uses the wavefunction itself as opposed distance fields, and that we analyze the 1-skeleton of the Morse-Smale complex to reconstruct our diffusion paths. Furthermore, it is the first application where specific motifs in the graph structure of the complete 1-skeleton define features, namely carbon rings with specific valence. We compare our analysis of DFT data with that of a distance field approximation, and discuss implications on larger classical molecular dynamics simulations.« less

  10. Ab initio prediction of superdense tetragonal and monoclinic polymorphs of carbon

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    Li, Zhen-Zhen; Wang, Jian-Tao; Xu, Li-Fang; Chen, Changfeng

    2016-11-01

    The design and synthesis of three-dimensional denser carbons are one of the hot issues in condensed matter physics because of their fascinating properties. Here we identify by ab initio calculations several tetragonal and monoclinic polymorphs of carbon that adopt the t 32 , t 32* , m 32 , and m 32* structures in P 4 ¯21c , P 43212 , P 21/c , and C 2 symmetry, respectively. These carbon polymorphs have large 32-atom unit cells in all-s p3 bonding networks comprising five- and six-membered rings that are dynamically stable, as verified by a phonon mode analysis. Electronic band structure calculations show that they are insulators with band gaps in the range of 5.19-5.41 eV, close to the calculated band gap of 5.34 eV for diamond. Remarkably, these carbon phases possess an extremely high atom number density exceeding that of diamond. The present results establish different types of carbon phases and offer insights into their outstanding structural and electronic properties.

  11. Conformational study of glyoxal bis(amidinohydrazone) by ab initio methods

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    Mannfors, B.; Koskinen, J. T.; Pietilä, L.-O.

    1997-08-01

    We report the first ab initio molecular orbital study on the ground state of the endiamine tautomer of glyoxal bis(amidinohydrazone) (or glyoxal bis(guanylhydrazone), GBG) free base. The calculations were performed at the following levels of theory: Hartree-Fock, second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory and density functional theory (B-LYP and B3-LYP) as implemented in the Gaussian 94 software. The standard basis set 6-31G(d) was found to be sufficient. The default fine grid of Gaussian 94 was used in the density functional calculations. Molecular properties, such as optimized structures, total energies and the electrostatic potential derived (CHELPG) atomic charges, were studied as functions of C-C and N-N conformations. The lowest energy conformation was found to be all- trans, in agreement with the experimental solid-state structure. The second conformer with respect to rotation around the central C-C bond was found to be the cis conformer with an MP2//HF energy of 4.67 kcal mol -1. For rotation around the N-N bond the energy increased monotonically from the trans conformation to the cis conformation, the cis energy being very high, 22.01 kcal mol -1 (MP2//HF). The atomic charges were shown to be conformation dependent, and the bond charge increments and especially the conformational changes of the bond charge increments were found to be easily transferable between structurally related systems.

  12. Ab initio simulations of hydrogen in the inner and outer core of the Earth

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    Militzer, B.; Tagawa, S.; Hirose, K.; Wahl, S. M.

    2016-12-01

    Since the seminal work by Birch, it is known that light elements must be present in the inner and outer core of the Earth. However, the actual composition of the light, alloying component has remained elusive. While the density deficit in the core can be explained with various light elements, matching the observed velocities of seismic compressional and shear waves has remained a particular challenge. With ab initio molecular dynamics simulations at typical core temperatures, we investigate with whether the presence of hydrogen in the Earth's core can explain the seismic velocities. Because of their small size, hydrogen atoms occupy interstitial sites in hexagonal-close packed iron lattice. At high temperature, we find that the presence of hydrogen weakens the bonds between the iron atoms, which offers an explanation for the some of the observed seismic observation. Within the molecular dynamics framework, we also perform elasticity calculations and derive the hydrogen partitioning coefficient between the liquid and solid iron. The latter calculations are based on fully Gibbs free energies that we derived with thermodynamic integration method. We put together a model for a hydrogen-rich Earth's core and discuss possible formation scenarios.

  13. The vibration properties of the (n,0) boron nitride nanotubes from ab initio quantum chemical simulations.

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    Erba, A; Ferrabone, M; Baima, J; Orlando, R; Rérat, M; Dovesi, R

    2013-02-07

    The vibration spectrum of single-walled zigzag boron nitride (BN) nanotubes is simulated with an ab initio periodic quantum chemical method. The trend towards the hexagonal monolayer (h-BN) in the limit of large tube radius R is explored for a variety of properties related to the vibrational spectrum: vibration frequencies, infrared intensities, oscillator strengths, and vibration contributions to the polarizability tensor. The (n,0) family is investigated in the range from n = 6 (24 atoms in the unit cell and tube radius R = 2.5 Å) to n = 60 (240 atoms in the cell and R = 24.0 Å). Simulations are performed using the CRYSTAL program which fully exploits the rich symmetry of this class of one-dimensional periodic systems: 4n symmetry operators for the general (n,0) tube. Three sets of infrared active phonon bands are found in the spectrum. The first one lies in the 0-600 cm(-1) range and goes regularly to zero when R increases; the connection between these normal modes and the elastic and piezoelectric constants of h-BN is discussed. The second (600-800 cm(-1)) and third (1300-1600 cm(-1)) sets tend regularly, but with quite different speed, to the optical modes of the h-BN layer. The vibrational contribution of these modes to the two components (parallel and perpendicular) of the polarizability tensor is also discussed.

  14. The vibration properties of the (n,0) boron nitride nanotubes from ab initio quantum chemical simulations

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    Erba, A.; Ferrabone, M.; Baima, J.; Orlando, R.; Rérat, M.; Dovesi, R.

    2013-02-01

    The vibration spectrum of single-walled zigzag boron nitride (BN) nanotubes is simulated with an ab initio periodic quantum chemical method. The trend towards the hexagonal monolayer (h-BN) in the limit of large tube radius R is explored for a variety of properties related to the vibrational spectrum: vibration frequencies, infrared intensities, oscillator strengths, and vibration contributions to the polarizability tensor. The (n,0) family is investigated in the range from n = 6 (24 atoms in the unit cell and tube radius R = 2.5 Å) to n = 60 (240 atoms in the cell and R = 24.0 Å). Simulations are performed using the CRYSTAL program which fully exploits the rich symmetry of this class of one-dimensional periodic systems: 4n symmetry operators for the general (n,0) tube. Three sets of infrared active phonon bands are found in the spectrum. The first one lies in the 0-600 cm-1 range and goes regularly to zero when R increases; the connection between these normal modes and the elastic and piezoelectric constants of h-BN is discussed. The second (600-800 cm-1) and third (1300-1600 cm-1) sets tend regularly, but with quite different speed, to the optical modes of the h-BN layer. The vibrational contribution of these modes to the two components (parallel and perpendicular) of the polarizability tensor is also discussed.

  15. Ab initio adiabatic and diabatic energies and dipole moments of the CaH+ molecular ion.

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    Habli, Héla; Dardouri, Riadh; Oujia, Brahim; Gadéa, Florent Xavier

    2011-12-08

    The diabatic and adiabatic potential-energy curves and permanent and transition dipole moments of the highly excited states of the CaH(+) molecular ion have been computed as a function of the internuclear distance R for a large and dense grid varying from 2.5 to 240 au. The adiabatic results are determined by an ab initio approach involving a nonempirical pseudopotential for the Ca core, operatorial core-valence correlation, and full valence configuration interaction. The molecule is thus treated as a two-electron system. The diabatic potential energy curves have been calculated using an effective metric combined to the effective Hamiltonian theory. The diabatic potential-energy curves and their permanent dipole moments for the (1)∑(+) symmetry are examined and corroborate the high imprint of the ionic state in the adiabatic representation. Taking the benefit of the diabatization approach, correction of hydrogen electron affinity was taken into account leading to improved results for the adiabatic potentials but also the permanent and transition electric dipole moments.

  16. ab Initio Diabatic energies and dipole moments of the electronic states of RbLi molecule.

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    Dardouri, Riadh; Habli, Héla; Oujia, Brahim; Gadéa, Florent Xavier

    2013-09-15

    For all states dissociating below the ionic limit Li(-) Rb(+) , we perform a diabatic study for (1) Σ(+) electronic states dissociating into Rb (5s, 5p, 4d, 6s, 6p, 5d, 7s, 4f) + Li (2s, 2p, 3s). Furthermore, we present the diabatic results for the 1-11 (3) σ, 1-8 (1,3) Π, and 1-4 (1,3) Δ states. The present calculations on the RbLi molecule are complementary to previous theoretical work on this system, including recently observed electronic states that had not been calculated previously. The calculations rely on ab-initio pseudopotential, core polarization potential operators for the core-valence correlation and full valence configuration interaction approaches, combined to an efficient diabatization procedure. For the low-lying states, diabatic potentials and permanent dipole moments are analyzed, revealing the strong imprint of the ionic state in the (1) Σ(+) adiabatic states. The transition dipole moment is used to evaluate the radiative lifetimes of the vibrational levels trapped in the 2 (1) Σ(+) excited states for the first time. In addition to the bound-bound contribution, the bound-free term has been evaluated using the Franck-Condon approximation and also exactly added to the total radiative lifetime. Copyright © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  17. Ab initio study of point defects near stacking faults in 3C-SiC

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    Xi, Jianqi; Liu, Bin; Zhang, Yanwen; ...

    2016-07-02

    Interactions between point defects and stacking faults in 3C-SiC are studied using an ab initio method based on density functional theory. The results show that the discontinuity of the stacking sequence considerably affects the configurations and behavior of intrinsic defects, especially in the case of silicon interstitials. The existence of an intrinsic stacking fault (missing a C-Si bilayer) shortens the distance between the tetrahedral-center site and its second-nearest-neighboring silicon layer, making the tetrahedral silicon interstitial unstable. Instead of a tetrahedral configuration with four C neighbors, a pyramid-like interstitial structure with a defect state within the band gap becomes a stablemore » configuration. In addition, orientation rotation occurs in the split interstitials that has diverse effects on the energy landscape of silicon and carbon split interstitials in the stacking fault region. Moreover, our analyses of ionic relaxation and electronic structure of vacancies show that the built-in strain field, owing to the existence of the stacking fault, makes the local environment around vacancies more complex than that in the bulk.« less

  18. How fragility makes phase-change data storage robust: insights from ab initio simulations.

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    Zhang, Wei; Ronneberger, Ider; Zalden, Peter; Xu, Ming; Salinga, Martin; Wuttig, Matthias; Mazzarello, Riccardo

    2014-10-06

    Phase-change materials are technologically important due to their manifold applications in data storage. Here we report on ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of crystallization of the phase change material Ag4In3Sb67Te26 (AIST). We show that, at high temperature, the observed crystal growth mechanisms and crystallization speed are in good agreement with experimental data. We provide an in-depth understanding of the crystallization mechanisms at the atomic level. At temperatures below 550 K, the computed growth velocities are much higher than those obtained from time-resolved reflectivity measurements, due to large deviations in the diffusion coefficients. As a consequence of the high fragility of AIST, experimental diffusivities display a dramatic increase in activation energies and prefactors at temperatures below 550 K. This property is essential to ensure fast crystallization at high temperature and a stable amorphous state at low temperature. On the other hand, no such change in the temperature dependence of the diffusivity is observed in our simulations, down to 450 K. We also attribute this different behavior to the fragility of the system, in combination with the very fast quenching times employed in the simulations.

  19. Vibrational spectrum, ab initio calculations, conformational stabilities and assignment of fundamentals of 1,2-dibromopropane

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    LaPlante, Arthur J.; Stidham, Howard D.

    2009-10-01

    The mid and far infrared and the Raman spectrum of 1,2-dibromopropane is reported in solid, liquid and gas. Several bands reported by earlier workers are not present in the spectrum of the purified material. Ab initio calculations of optimized geometry, energy, dipole moment, molar volume, vibrational spectrum and normal coordinate calculation were performed using the density functional B3LYP/6-311++g(3df,2pd), and the results used to assist a complete assignment of the 81 fundamental modes of vibrations of the three conformers of 1,2-dibromopropane. Relative energies found conformer A the lowest with G and G' at 815.6 and 871.4 cm -1 higher. The temperature dependence of the Raman spectrum of the liquid was investigated in the CCC bending region and the relative energies determined. It was found that the G' and G conformers lie 236 ± 11 and 327 ±11 cm -1, respectively above the A conformer, leading to the room temperature composition of the liquid as A, 65 ± 1; G', 21 ± 1; G, 14 ± 1%. It is apparent that the calculated highest energy conformer G' is stabilized more than the G conformer in the liquid. The G' conformer has the lowest molar volume effectively changing the interaction distance between conformers in the liquid, and enhancing the effect of its dipole moment.

  20. Vibrational spectrum, ab initio calculations, conformational stabilities and assignment of fundamentals of 1,2-dibromopropane.

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    LaPlante, Arthur J; Stidham, Howard D

    2009-10-15

    The mid and far infrared and the Raman spectrum of 1,2-dibromopropane is reported in solid, liquid and gas. Several bands reported by earlier workers are not present in the spectrum of the purified material. Ab initio calculations of optimized geometry, energy, dipole moment, molar volume, vibrational spectrum and normal coordinate calculation were performed using the density functional B3LYP/6-311++g(3df,2pd), and the results used to assist a complete assignment of the 81 fundamental modes of vibrations of the three conformers of 1,2-dibromopropane. Relative energies found conformer A the lowest with G and G' at 815.6 and 871.4 cm(-1) higher. The temperature dependence of the Raman spectrum of the liquid was investigated in the CCC bending region and the relative energies determined. It was found that the G' and G conformers lie 236+/-11 and 327+/-11 cm(-1), respectively above the A conformer, leading to the room temperature composition of the liquid as A, 65+/-1; G', 21+/-1; G, 14+/-1%. It is apparent that the calculated highest energy conformer G' is stabilized more than the G conformer in the liquid. The G' conformer has the lowest molar volume effectively changing the interaction distance between conformers in the liquid, and enhancing the effect of its dipole moment.

  1. Combined XAFS Spectroscopy and Ab Initio Study on the Characterization of Iron Incorporation by Montmorillonite.

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    Kéri, Annamária; Dähn, Rainer; Krack, Matthias; Churakov, Sergey V

    2017-09-19

    Iron occurs in clay minerals in both ferric and ferrous forms. Depending on its oxidation state and the environmental conditions, it can participate in redox reactions and influence the sorption processes at surfaces of clay minerals. Knowing the oxidation state and the preferential structural position of Fe 2+ and Fe 3+ is essential for the detailed understanding of the mechanism and kinetics of such processes. In this study, molecular dynamics (MD) calculations based on density functional theory (DFT+U) were applied to simulate the incorporated Fe in bulk montmorillonite and to explain the measured Fe K-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) spectra. The analysis of the experimental data and simulation results suggested that iron in montmorillonite is preferentially incorporated as Fe 3+ into the octahedral layer. The simulations showed that there is no preferential occupation of cis- or trans-sites by Fe 2+ and Fe 3+ in bulk montmorillonite. A very good agreement between the ab initio simulated and the measured XAFS spectra demonstrate the robustness of the employed simulation approach.

  2. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of liquid water using high quality meta-GGA functionals

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    Ruiz Pestana, Luis; Mardirossian, Narbe; Head-Gordon, Martin

    2017-02-27

    We have used ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) to characterize water properties using two meta-generalized gradient approximation (meta-GGA) functionals, M06-L-D3 and B97M-rV, and compared their performance against a standard GGA corrected for dispersion, revPBE-D3, at ambient conditions (298 K, and 1 g cm –3 or 1 atm). Simulations of the equilibrium density, radial distribution functions, self-diffusivity, the infrared spectrum, liquid dipole moments, and characterizations of the hydrogen bond network show that all three functionals have overcome the problem of the early AIMD simulations that erroneously found ambient water to be highly structured, but they differ substantially among themselves in agreementmore » with experiment on this range of water properties. We show directly using water cluster data up through the pentamer that revPBE-D3 benefits from a cancellation of its intrinsic functional error by running classical trajectories, whereas the meta-GGA functionals are demonstrably more accurate and would require the simulation of nuclear quantum effects to realize better agreement with all cluster and condensed phase properties.« less

  3. A fragment-based approach towards ab-initio treatment of polymeric materials

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    Pingale, Reshma S.; Pingale, Subhash S.; Kshirsagar, Anjali

    2017-07-01

    The broad range of applications of π -conjugated polymeric materials in industries such as automobiles, textiles, packaging, medical etc. have led to their extensive studies in both academic and industrial fields. Predicting the structure of these polymers is important for the study of their properties. The present work uses a `divide and conquer'-type approach for the ab-initio studies of these polymeric systems. The method employs a fragmentation technique with independent fragment optimization for obtaining optimized geometries of the oligomers of various polymeric materials such as polyfuran, polypyrrole, polythiophene and other such π -conjugated polymers. A few test calculations performed in the study provide fair concurrence between the energies and the HOMO-LUMO energy gaps obtained using the fragmentation-based approach with those obtained using the full optimization of the whole oligomer. Also, a significant reduction in time complexity occurs for the present fragment-based approach compared to the parent system optimization. The results are encouraging and prompt for studies of large polymeric materials.

  4. A Comparison of the ab Initio Calculated and Experimental Conformational Energies of Alkylcyclohexanes

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    Freeman, Fillmore; Tsegai, Zufan M.; Kasner, Marc L.; Hehre, Warren J.

    2000-05-01

    Ab initio 6-31G(d) and MP2/6-31G(d)//6-31G(d) methods were used to calculate the energies of the rotamers of the chair conformers of alkylcyclohexanes and trimethylsilylcyclohexane. The MP2/6-31G(d)//6-31G(d) calculated conformational energies ( ? or A values, in kcal/mol) of the alkylcyclohexanes (Me = 1.96; Et = 1.80; Pr = 1.73 iso-Pr = 1.60; t-Bu = 5.45; neo-pent = 1.32) and trimethylsilylcyclohexane (SiMe3 = 2.69) are similar to the experimental values. Plots of the calculated conformational energies for the alkylcyclohexanes and trimethylsilylcyclohexane versus their experimental values are linear (slope = 1.253 and r = .993 for 6-31G(d) and slope = 1.114 and r = .982 for MP2/6-31G(d)//6-31G(d)). The conformational energies are determined primarily by steric effects which include gauche (synclinal) interactions and repulsive nonbonded interactions in both the axial and equatorial conformers.

  5. Ab initio excited states from the in-medium similarity renormalization group

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    Parzuchowski, N. M.; Morris, T. D.; Bogner, S. K.

    2017-04-01

    We present two new methods for performing ab initio calculations of excited states for closed-shell systems within the in-medium similarity renormalization group (IMSRG) framework. Both are based on combining the IMSRG with simple many-body methods commonly used to target excited states, such as the Tamm-Dancoff approximation (TDA) and equations-of-motion (EOM) techniques. In the first approach, a two-step sequential IMSRG transformation is used to drive the Hamiltonian to a form where a simple TDA calculation (i.e., diagonalization in the space of 1 p 1 h excitations) becomes exact for a subset of eigenvalues. In the second approach, EOM techniques are applied to the IMSRG ground-state-decoupled Hamiltonian to access excited states. We perform proof-of-principle calculations for parabolic quantum dots in two dimensions and the closed-shell nuclei 16O and 22O. We find that the TDA-IMSRG approach gives better accuracy than the EOM-IMSRG when calculations converge, but it is otherwise lacking the versatility and numerical stability of the latter. Our calculated spectra are in reasonable agreement with analogous EOM-coupled-cluster calculations. This work paves the way for more interesting applications of the EOM-IMSRG approach to calculations of consistently evolved observables such as electromagnetic strength functions and nuclear matrix elements, and extensions to nuclei within one or two nucleons of a closed shell by generalizing the EOM ladder operator to include particle-number nonconserving terms.

  6. Ab initio random structure search for 13-atom clusters of fcc elements

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    Chou, J. P.; Hsing, C. R.; Wei, C. M.; Cheng, C.; Chang, C. M.

    2013-03-01

    The 13-atom metal clusters of fcc elements (Al, Rh, Ir, Ni, Pd, Pt, Cu, Ag, Au) were studied by density functional theory calculations. The global minima were searched for by the ab initio random structure searching method. In addition to some new lowest-energy structures for Pd13 and Au13, we found that the effective coordination numbers of the lowest-energy clusters would increase with the ratio of the dimer-to-bulk bond length. This correlation, together with the electronic structures of the lowest-energy clusters, divides the 13-atom clusters of these fcc elements into two groups (except for Au13, which prefers a two-dimensional structure due to the relativistic effect). Compact-like clusters that are composed exclusively of triangular motifs are preferred for elements without d-electrons (Al) or with (nearly) filled d-band electrons (Ni, Pd, Cu, Ag). Non-compact clusters composed mainly of square motifs connected by some triangular motifs (Rh, Ir, Pt) are favored for elements with unfilled d-band electrons.

  7. Ab Initio and DFT Conformational Studies of Propanal, 2-Butanone, and Analogous Imines and Enamines.

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    Zhong, Haizhen; Stewart, Eugene L; Kontoyianni, Maria; Bowen, J Phillip

    2005-03-01

    The potential energy surfaces (PES) of 2-butanone, 2-butanimine, 1-butenamine, propanal, and propanimine have been explored with ab initio and DFT calculations at the RHF/6-311G**, MP2/6-311G**, and B3LYP/6-311G** levels of theory. In agreement with previous experimental and computational results, the PES provides two minima for each of the above molecules with the exception of 2-butanone, which clearly shows three distinct minima. Factors influencing the conformational preferences are also elaborated. Our calculations suggest that for 2-butanone and propanal, the steric and the bond dipole interactions are primarily responsible for the conformational preferences of these compounds. Additional charge-charge interactions might also play an important role in determining the imine conformations. For enamines, however, steric interactions play a critical role, with bond dipole interactions exerting some influence. Our results also suggest that for imine formation from butanone and/or propanal, the imine is the predominant product, not the enamine, which is consistent with experimental observations. Therefore, these calculations should provide a better understanding of the ketone/aldehyde to imine and enamine transformations. This transformation may introduce an important imine moiety for the analogues of trans-N-methyl-4-(1-naphthylvinyl)pyridine (NVP), a choline acetyltransferase (ChAT) inhibitor.

  8. Ab-initio calculations of electronic, transport, and structural properties of boron phosphide

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    Ejembi, J. I.; Nwigboji, I. H.; Franklin, L.

    2014-09-14

    We present results from ab-initio, self-consistent density functional theory calculations of electronic and related properties of zinc blende boron phosphide (zb-BP). We employed a local density approximation potential and implemented the linear combination of atomic orbitals formalism. This technique follows the Bagayoko, Zhao, and Williams method, as enhanced by the work of Ekuma and Franklin. The results include electronic energy bands, densities of states, and effective masses. The calculated band gap of 2.02 eV, for the room temperature lattice constant of a=4.5383 Å, is in excellent agreement with the experimental value of 2.02±0.05 eV. Our result for the bulk modulus,more » 155.7 GPa, agrees with experiment (152–155 GPa). Our predictions for the equilibrium lattice constant and the corresponding band gap, for very low temperatures, are 4.5269 Å and 2.01 eV, respectively.« less

  9. Ab initio random structure searching of organic molecular solids: assessment and validation against experimental data.

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    Zilka, Miri; Dudenko, Dmytro V; Hughes, Colan E; Williams, P Andrew; Sturniolo, Simone; Franks, W Trent; Pickard, Chris J; Yates, Jonathan R; Harris, Kenneth D M; Brown, Steven P

    2017-10-04

    This paper explores the capability of using the DFT-D ab initio random structure searching (AIRSS) method to generate crystal structures of organic molecular materials, focusing on a system (m-aminobenzoic acid; m-ABA) that is known from experimental studies to exhibit abundant polymorphism. Within the structural constraints selected for the AIRSS calculations (specifically, centrosymmetric structures with Z = 4 for zwitterionic m-ABA molecules), the method is shown to successfully generate the two known polymorphs of m-ABA (form III and form IV) that have these structural features. We highlight various issues that are encountered in comparing crystal structures generated by AIRSS to experimental powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) data and solid-state magic-angle spinning (MAS) NMR data, demonstrating successful fitting for some of the lowest energy structures from the AIRSS calculations against experimental low-temperature powder XRD data for known polymorphs of m-ABA, and showing that comparison of computed and experimental solid-state NMR parameters allows different hydrogen-bonding motifs to be discriminated.

  10. Room temperature linelists for CO2 asymmetric isotopologues with ab initio computed intensities

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    Zak, Emil J.; Tennyson, Jonathan; Polyansky, Oleg L.; Lodi, Lorenzo; Zobov, Nikolay F.; Tashkun, Sergei A.; Perevalov, Valery I.

    2017-12-01

    The present paper reports room temperature line lists for six asymmetric isotopologues of carbon dioxide: 16O12C18O (628), 16O12C17O (627), 16O13C18O (638),16O13C17O (637), 17O12C18O (728) and 17O13C18O (738), covering the range 0-8000 cm-1. Variational rotation-vibration wavefunctions and energy levels are computed using the DVR3D software suite and a high quality semi-empirical potential energy surface (PES), followed by computation of intensities using an ab initio dipole moment surface (DMS). A theoretical procedure for quantifying sensitivity of line intensities to minor distortions of the PES/DMS renders our theoretical model as critically evaluated. Several recent high quality measurements and theoretical approaches are discussed to provide a benchmark of our results against the most accurate available data. Indeed, the thesis of transferability of accuracy among different isotopologues with the use of mass-independent PES is supported by several examples. Thereby, we conclude that the majority of line intensities for strong bands are predicted with sub-percent accuracy. Accurate line positions are generated using an effective Hamiltonian, constructed from the latest experiments. This study completes the list of relevant isotopologues of carbon dioxide; these line lists are available to remote sensing studies and inclusion in databases.

  11. Ab Initio -Based Bond Order Potential to Investigate Low Thermal Conductivity of Stanene Nanostructures

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    Cherukara, Mathew J.; Narayanan, Badri; Kinaci, Alper

    2016-08-28

    We introduce a bond order potential (BOP) for stanene based on an ab initio derived training data set. The potential is optimized to accurately describe the energetics, as well as thermal and mechanical properties of a free-standing sheet, and used to study diverse nanostructures of stanene, including tubes and ribbons. As a representative case study, using the potential, we perform molecular dynamics simulations to study stanene’s structure and temperature-dependent thermal conductivity. We find that the structure of stanene is highly rippled, far in excess of other 2-D materials (e.g., graphene), owing to its low in-plane stiffness (stanene: ~ 25 N/m;more » graphene: ~ 480 N/ m). The extent of stanene’s rippling also shows stronger temperature dependence compared to that in graphene. Furthermore, we find that stanene based nanostructures have significantly lower thermal conductivity compared to graphene based structures owing to their softness (i.e., low phonon group velocities) and high anharmonic response. Our newly developed BOP will facilitate the exploration of stanene based low dimensional heterostructures for thermoelectric and thermal management applications.« less

  12. Face-Centred Cubic Iron: Ab Initio Calculations of Sound Velocities in the Lunar Core

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    Wood, M. C.; Wood, I. G.; Vočadlo, L.

    2017-12-01

    Studies, such as the reanalysis of the Apollo lunar seismograms [1], have shown that the Moon has undergone differentiation and possesses a small core. The composition of the lunar core is not well constrained, and many compositional models have been suggested including combinations of iron, nickel, and light elements such as sulphur and carbon [e.g. 1, 2, 3, 4], and other more exotic compositions [5]. Additional constraints are crucial to our understanding of the Moon, including its formation, the dynamics of its interior, and a lunar dynamo. We use ab initio molecular dynamics simulations to calculate elastic constants of face-centred cubic (fcc) iron and iron alloys and hence sound velocities at lunar core conditions, at 5-6 GPa and 1,300-1,900 K [3]. The results from these simulations will then be compared with the data from the Apollo seismograms and experimental data to help form a description of the lunar interior. [1] Weber et al. (2011) Science 331, 309-312. [2] Dasgupta et al. (2009) Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 73, 6678-6692. [3] Antonangeli et al. (2015) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 112, 3916-3919. [4] Righter et al. (2017) Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 463, 323-332. [5] Wieczorek & Zuber (2002) Lunar Planet. Sci. 33, abstract 1384.

  13. Ti adatom diffusion on TiN(001): Ab initio and classical molecular dynamics simulations

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    Sangiovanni, D. G.; Edström, D.; Hultman, L.; Petrov, I.; Greene, J. E.; Chirita, V.

    2014-09-01

    Ab initio and classical molecular dynamics (AIMD and CMD) simulations reveal that Ti adatoms on TiN(001) surfaces migrate between neighboring fourfold hollow sites primarily along in-plane < 100 > channels. < 100 > and < 110 > single jumps, as well as < 100 > double jump rates, obtained directly from MD runs as a function of temperature, are used to determine diffusion activation energies Ea, and attempt frequencies A, for the three preferred Ti adatom migration pathways on TiN(001). From transition rates Aexp[- Ea / (kBT)], we determine adatom surface distribution probabilities as a function of time, which are used to calculate adatom diffusion coefficients Ds(T). AIMD and CMD predictions are consistent and complementary. Using CMD, we investigate the effect on the adatom jump rate of varying the phonon wavelength degrees of freedom by progressively increasing the supercell size. We find that long-wavelength phonons significantly contribute to increasing adatom mobilities at temperatures ≤ 600 K, but not at higher temperatures. Finally, by directly tracking the Ti adatom mean-square displacement during CMD runs, we find that Ti adatom jumps are highly correlated on TiN(001), an effect that yields lower Ds values (Dscorr) than those estimated from uncorrelated transition probabilities. The temperature-dependent diffusion coefficient is Dscorr (T) = (4.5 × 10- 4 cm2 s- 1) exp[- 0.55 eV / (kBT)].

  14. Ab initio quasiparticle bandstructure of ABA and ABC-stacked graphene trilayers

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    Menezes, Marcos; Capaz, Rodrigo; Louie, Steven

    2013-03-01

    We obtain the quasiparticle band structure of ABA and ABC-stacked graphene trilayers through ab initio density functional theory (DFT) and many-body quasiparticle calculations within the GW approximation. To interpret our results, we fit the DFT and GW π bands to a low energy tight-binding model, which is found to reproduce very well the observed features near the K point. The values of the extracted hopping parameters are reported and compared with available theoretical and experimental data. For both stackings, the quasiparticle corrections lead to a renormalization of the Fermi velocity, an effect also observed in previous calculations on monolayer graphene. They also increase the separation between the higher energy bands, which is proportional to the nearest neighbor interlayer hopping parameter γ1. Both features are brought to closer agreement with experiment through the quasiparticle corrections. Finally, other effects, such as trigonal warping, electron-hole assymetry and energy gaps are discussed in terms of the associated parameters. This work was supported by the Brazilian funding agencies: CAPES, CNPq, FAPERJ and INCT-Nanomateriais de Carbono. It was also supported by NSF grant No. DMR10-1006184 and U.S. DOE under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231.

  15. Two-stage folding of HP-35 from ab initio simulations

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    Lei, Hongxing; Duan, Yong

    2009-01-01

    Accurate ab initio simulation of protein folding is a critical step toward elucidation of protein folding mechanisms. In this report, we demonstrate highly accurate folding of the 35-residue villin headpiece subdomain (HP35) by all-atom molecular dynamics simulations using AMBER ff03 and the generalized-Born solvation model. In a set of twenty microsecond-long simulations, the protein folded to the native state in multiple trajectories with the lowest Cα-RMSD being 0.39 Å for residues 2–34 (excluding residues 1 and 35). The native state had the highest population among all sampled conformations and the center of most populated cluster had a Cα-RMSD of 1.63 Å. Folding of this protein can be described as a two-stage process that followed a well-defined pathway. In the first stage, formation of helices II and III as a folding intermediate constituted the rate-limiting step and was initiated at a folding nucleus around residues Phe17 and Pro21. The folding intermediate further acted as a template that facilitated the folding and docking of helix I in the second stage. Detailed descriptions of the folding kinetics and the roles of key residues are presented. PMID:17512537

  16. Characterization of adsorbed water in MIL-53(Al) by FTIR spectroscopy and ab-initio calculations

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    Salazar, J. M.; Weber, G.; Simon, J. M.; Bezverkhyy, I.; Bellat, J. P.

    2015-03-01

    Here, we report ab-initio calculations developed with a twofold purpose: understand how adsorbed water molecules alter the infrared spectrum of the metal-organic framework MIL-53(Al) and to investigate which are the associated physico-chemical processes. The analyzed structures are the two anhydrous narrow (np⊘) and large (lp⊘) pore forms and the hydrated narrow pore form (np-H2O) of the MIL-53(Al). For these structures, we determined their corresponding infrared spectra (FTIR) and we identified the vibrational modes associated to the dominant spectral lines. We show that wagging and scissoring modes of CO2 give flexibility to the structure for facilitating the lp⊘- np⊘ transition. In our studies, this transition is identified by eight vibrational modes including the δCH(18a) vibrational mode currently used to identify the mentioned transition. We report an exhaustive band identification of the infrared spectra associated to the analyzed structures. Moreover, the FTIR for the np-H2O structure allowed us to identify four types of water molecules linked to the host structure by one to three hydrogen bonds.

  17. Characterization of adsorbed water in MIL-53(Al) by FTIR spectroscopy and ab-initio calculations.

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    Salazar, J M; Weber, G; Simon, J M; Bezverkhyy, I; Bellat, J P

    2015-03-28

    Here, we report ab-initio calculations developed with a twofold purpose: understand how adsorbed water molecules alter the infrared spectrum of the metal-organic framework MIL-53(Al) and to investigate which are the associated physico-chemical processes. The analyzed structures are the two anhydrous narrow (np⊘) and large (lp⊘) pore forms and the hydrated narrow pore form (np-H2O) of the MIL-53(Al). For these structures, we determined their corresponding infrared spectra (FTIR) and we identified the vibrational modes associated to the dominant spectral lines. We show that wagging and scissoring modes of CO2 give flexibility to the structure for facilitating the lp⊘- np⊘ transition. In our studies, this transition is identified by eight vibrational modes including the δCH(18a) vibrational mode currently used to identify the mentioned transition. We report an exhaustive band identification of the infrared spectra associated to the analyzed structures. Moreover, the FTIR for the np-H2O structure allowed us to identify four types of water molecules linked to the host structure by one to three hydrogen bonds.

  18. Ab initio many-body calculations of nucleon- 4He scattering with three-nucleon forces

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    Hupin, Guillaume; Langhammer, Joachim; Navratil, Petr; ...

    2013-11-27

    We extend the ab initio no-core shell model/resonating-group method to include three-nucleon (3N) interactions for the description of nucleon-nucleus collisions. We outline the formalism, give algebraic expressions for the 3N-force integration kernels, and discuss computational aspects of two alternative implementations. The extended theoretical framework is then applied to nucleon- 4He elastic scattering using similarity-renormalization-group (SRG)-evolved nucleon-nucleon plus 3N potentials derived from chiral effective field theory. We analyze the convergence properties of the calculated phase shifts and explore their dependence upon the SRG evolution parameter. We include up to six excited states of the 4He target and find significant effects frommore » the inclusion of the chiral 3N force, e.g., it enhances the spin-orbit splitting between the 3/2 – and 1/2 – resonances and leads to an improved agreement with the phase shifts obtained from an accurate R-matrix analysis of the five-nucleon experimental data. As a result, we find remarkably good agreement with measured differential cross sections at various energies below the d+ 3H threshold, while analyzing powers manifest larger deviations from experiment for certain energies and angles.« less

  19. Tautomeric preferences and electron delocalization in biurets, thiobiurets, and dithiobiurets: An ab initio study

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    Adane, Legesse; Bharatam, Prasad V.

    In several literature reports biuret and its sulfur analogs are reported to exist in their diketo form with general formula H2N bond CX bond NH bond CY bond NH2 (X = O, Y = O, biuret; X = Y = S, dithiobiuret; and X = O, Y = S, thiobiuret). On the other hand, recently reported results on the electronic structure of biguanide analogs (X = Y = NH)demonstrated that a form equivalent to diketo is not the preferred structure. Thus, a systematic ab initio study on the tautomeric preferences of biuret and its sulfur analogs (dithiobiuret and thiobiuret) has been carried out. The results indicate that an interplay of conjugative stabilization and intramolecular hydrogen bonding to play a role in tautomeric preferences. Energy and geometric parameters, natural bond orbital analyses have been employed to understand the chemistry of the title compounds. The results indicate that unlike biguanides, these compounds prefer diketo forms containing hydrogen on the bridging nitrogen (N4) and in a trans-arrangement (1a-4a). However, tautomerization of these keto forms to the corresponding enol isomers was also found to be highly probable.

  20. Unified ab initio formulation of flexoelectricity and strain-gradient elasticity

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    Stengel, Massimiliano

    2016-06-01

    The theory of flexoelectricity and that of nonlocal elasticity are closely related, and are often considered together when modeling strain-gradient effects in solids. Here I show, based on a first-principles lattice-dynamical analysis, that their relationship is much more intimate than previously thought, and their consistent simultaneous treatment is crucial for obtaining correct physical answers. In particular, I identify a gauge invariance in the theory, whereby the energies associated to strain-gradient elasticity and flexoelectrically induced electric fields are individually reference dependent, and only when summed up they yield a well-defined result. To illustrate this, I construct a minimal thermodynamic functional incorporating strain-gradient effects, and establish a formal link between the continuum description and ab initio phonon dispersion curves to calculate the relevant tensor quantities. As a practical demonstration, I apply such a formalism to bulk SrTiO3, where I find an unusually strong contribution of nonlocal elasticity, mediated by the interaction between the ferroelectric soft mode and the transverse acoustic branches. These results have important implications towards the construction of well-defined thermodynamic theories where flexoelectricity and ferroelectricity coexist. More generally, they open exciting new avenues for the implementation of hierarchical multiscale concepts in the first-principles simulation of crystalline insulators.