Macromolecular ab initio phasing enforcing secondary and tertiary structure
Millán, Claudia; Sammito, Massimo; Usón, Isabel
2015-01-01
Ab initio phasing of macromolecular structures, from the native intensities alone with no experimental phase information or previous particular structural knowledge, has been the object of a long quest, limited by two main barriers: structure size and resolution of the data. Current approaches to extend the scope of ab initio phasing include use of the Patterson function, density modification and data extrapolation. The authors’ approach relies on the combination of locating model fragments such as polyalanine α-helices with the program PHASER and density modification with the program SHELXE. Given the difficulties in discriminating correct small substructures, many putative groups of fragments have to be tested in parallel; thus calculations are performed in a grid or supercomputer. The method has been named after the Italian painter Arcimboldo, who used to compose portraits out of fruit and vegetables. With ARCIMBOLDO, most collections of fragments remain a ‘still-life’, but some are correct enough for density modification and main-chain tracing to reveal the protein’s true portrait. Beyond α-helices, other fragments can be exploited in an analogous way: libraries of helices with modelled side chains, β-strands, predictable fragments such as DNA-binding folds or fragments selected from distant homologues up to libraries of small local folds that are used to enforce nonspecific tertiary structure; thus restoring the ab initio nature of the method. Using these methods, a number of unknown macromolecules with a few thousand atoms and resolutions around 2 Å have been solved. In the 2014 release, use of the program has been simplified. The software mediates the use of massive computing to automate the grid access required in difficult cases but may also run on a single multicore workstation (http://chango.ibmb.csic.es/ARCIMBOLDO_LITE) to solve straightforward cases. PMID:25610631
Ab initio molecular crystal structures, spectra, and phase diagrams.
Hirata, So; Gilliard, Kandis; He, Xiao; Li, Jinjin; Sode, Olaseni
2014-09-16
Conspectus Molecular crystals are chemists' solids in the sense that their structures and properties can be understood in terms of those of the constituent molecules merely perturbed by a crystalline environment. They form a large and important class of solids including ices of atmospheric species, drugs, explosives, and even some organic optoelectronic materials and supramolecular assemblies. Recently, surprisingly simple yet extremely efficient, versatile, easily implemented, and systematically accurate electronic structure methods for molecular crystals have been developed. The methods, collectively referred to as the embedded-fragment scheme, divide a crystal into monomers and overlapping dimers and apply modern molecular electronic structure methods and software to these fragments of the crystal that are embedded in a self-consistently determined crystalline electrostatic field. They enable facile applications of accurate but otherwise prohibitively expensive ab initio molecular orbital theories such as Møller-Plesset perturbation and coupled-cluster theories to a broad range of properties of solids such as internal energies, enthalpies, structures, equation of state, phonon dispersion curves and density of states, infrared and Raman spectra (including band intensities and sometimes anharmonic effects), inelastic neutron scattering spectra, heat capacities, Gibbs energies, and phase diagrams, while accounting for many-body electrostatic (namely, induction or polarization) effects as well as two-body exchange and dispersion interactions from first principles. They can fundamentally alter the role of computing in the studies of molecular crystals in the same way ab initio molecular orbital theories have transformed research practices in gas-phase physical chemistry and synthetic chemistry in the last half century. In this Account, after a brief summary of formalisms and algorithms, we discuss applications of these methods performed in our group as compelling
Volumic omit maps in ab initio dual-space phasing.
Oszlányi, Gábor; Sütő, András
2016-07-01
Alternating-projection-type dual-space algorithms have a clear construction, but are susceptible to stagnation and, thus, inefficient for solving the phase problem ab initio. To improve this behaviour new omit maps are introduced, which are real-space perturbations applied periodically during the iteration process. The omit maps are called volumic, because they delete some predetermined subvolume of the unit cell without searching for atomic regions or analysing the electron density in any other way. The basic algorithms of positivity, histogram matching and low-density elimination are tested by their solution statistics. It is concluded that, while all these algorithms based on weak constraints are practically useless in their pure forms, appropriate volumic omit maps can transform them to practically useful methods. In addition, the efficiency of the already useful reflector-type charge-flipping algorithm can be further improved. It is important that these results are obtained by using non-sharpened structure factors and without any weighting scheme or reciprocal-space perturbation. The mathematical background of volumic omit maps and their expected applications are also discussed. PMID:27357850
Progress in low-resolution ab initio phasing with CrowdPhase
Jorda, Julien; Sawaya, Michael R.; Yeates, Todd O.
2016-01-01
Ab initio phasing by direct computational methods in low-resolution X-ray crystallography is a long-standing challenge. A common approach is to consider it as two subproblems: sampling of phase space and identification of the correct solution. While the former is amenable to a myriad of search algorithms, devising a reliable target function for the latter problem remains an open question. Here, recent developments in CrowdPhase, a collaborative online game powered by a genetic algorithm that evolves an initial population of individuals with random genetic make-up (i.e. random phases) each expressing a phenotype in the form of an electron-density map, are presented. Success relies on the ability of human players to visually evaluate the quality of these maps and, following a Darwinian survival-of-the-fittest concept, direct the search towards optimal solutions. While an initial study demonstrated the feasibility of the approach, some important crystallographic issues were overlooked for the sake of simplicity. To address these, the new CrowdPhase includes consideration of space-group symmetry, a method for handling missing amplitudes, the use of a map correlation coefficient as a quality metric and a solvent-flattening step. Performances of this installment are discussed for two low-resolution test cases based on bona fide diffraction data. PMID:26960132
Progress in low-resolution ab initio phasing with CrowdPhase.
Jorda, Julien; Sawaya, Michael R; Yeates, Todd O
2016-03-01
Ab initio phasing by direct computational methods in low-resolution X-ray crystallography is a long-standing challenge. A common approach is to consider it as two subproblems: sampling of phase space and identification of the correct solution. While the former is amenable to a myriad of search algorithms, devising a reliable target function for the latter problem remains an open question. Here, recent developments in CrowdPhase, a collaborative online game powered by a genetic algorithm that evolves an initial population of individuals with random genetic make-up (i.e. random phases) each expressing a phenotype in the form of an electron-density map, are presented. Success relies on the ability of human players to visually evaluate the quality of these maps and, following a Darwinian survival-of-the-fittest concept, direct the search towards optimal solutions. While an initial study demonstrated the feasibility of the approach, some important crystallographic issues were overlooked for the sake of simplicity. To address these, the new CrowdPhase includes consideration of space-group symmetry, a method for handling missing amplitudes, the use of a map correlation coefficient as a quality metric and a solvent-flattening step. Performances of this installment are discussed for two low-resolution test cases based on bona fide diffraction data. PMID:26960132
Ramsdellite-structured LiTiO 2: A new phase predicted from ab initio calculations
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
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.
Novel high-pressure phase of ZrO{sub 2}: An ab initio prediction
Durandurdu, Murat
2015-10-15
The high-pressure behavior of the orthorhombic cotunnite type ZrO{sub 2} is explored using an ab initio constant pressure technique. For the first time, a novel hexagonal phase (Ni{sub 2}In type) within P6{sub 3}/mmc symmetry is predicted through the simulation. The Ni{sub 2}In type crystal is the densest high-pressure phase of ZrO{sub 2} proposed so far and has not been observed in other metal dioxides at high pressure before. The phase transformation is accompanied by a small volume drop and likely to occur around 380 GPa in experiment. - Graphical abstract: Post-cotunnite Ni{sub 2}In type hexagonal phase forms in zirconia at high pressure. - Highlights: • A post-cotunnite phase is predicted for ZrO{sub 2} through an ab initio simulation. • Cotunnite ZrO{sub 2} adopts the Ni{sub 2}In type structure at high pressure. • The Ni{sub 2}In type structure is the densest high-pressure phase of ZrO{sub 2} proposed so far. • The preferred mechanism in ZrO{sub 2} differs from the other metal dioxides.
Ab Initio Infrared Spectra and Electronic Response Calculations for the Insulating Phases of VO2
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Hendriks, Christopher; Huffman, Tyler; Walter, Eric; Qazilbash, Mumtaz; Krakauer, Henry
Previous studies have shown that, under doping or tensile strain and upon heating, the well-known vanadium dioxide (VO2) transition from an insulating monoclinic (M1) to a metallic rutile (R) phase progresses through a triclinic symmetry (T) phase and a magnetic monoclinic phase (M2), both of which are insulating. Structurally, this progression from M1 to R through T and M2 can be characterized by the progressive breaking of the V dimers. Investigation of the effect of these structural changes on the insulating phases of VO2 may help resolve questions surrounding the long-debated issue of the respective roles of electronic correlation and Peierls mechanisms in driving the MIT. We investigated electronic and vibrational properties of the insulating phases of VO2 in the framework of DFT+U. We will present ab initio calculations of infrared spectra and optical electronic responses for the insulating phases and compare these to available experimental measurements. Supported by ONR.
Ab initio study of the anharmonic lattice dynamics of iron at the γ -δ phase transition
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
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.
{ital Ab initio} study of silicon in the R8 phase
Pfrommer, B.G.; Cote, M.; Louie, S.G.; Cohen, M.L.
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. Our 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}
Can an ab initio three-body virial equation describe the mercury gas phase?
Wiebke, J; Wormit, M; Hellmann, R; Pahl, E; Schwerdtfeger, P
2014-03-27
We report a sixth-order ab initio virial equation of state (EOS) for mercury. The virial coefficients were determined in the temperature range from 500 to 7750 K using a three-body approximation to the N-body interaction potential. The underlying two-body and three-body potentials were fitted to highly accurate Coupled-Cluster interaction energies of Hg2 (Pahl, E.; Figgen, D.; Thierfelder, C.; Peterson, K. A.; Calvo, F.; Schwerdtfeger, P. J. Chem. Phys. 2010, 132, 114301-1) and equilateral-triangular configurations of Hg3. We find the virial coefficients of order four and higher to be negative and to have large absolute values over the entire temperature range considered. The validity of our three-body, sixth-order EOS seems to be limited to small densities of about 1.5 g cm(-3) and somewhat higher densities at higher temperatures. Termwise analysis and comparison to experimental gas-phase data suggest a small convergence radius of the virial EOS itself as well as a failure of the three-body interaction model (i.e., poor convergence of the many-body expansion for mercury). We conjecture that the nth-order term of the virial EOS is to be evaluated from the full n-body interaction potential for a quantitative picture. Consequently, an ab initio three-body virial equation cannot describe the mercury gas phase. PMID:24547987
Xiao, Haiyan J.; Gao, Fei; Zu, Xiaotao T.; Weber, William J.
2009-06-17
The high-pressure induced phase transformation from the zinc blende to rocksalt structure in SiC has been studied by ab initio molecular dynamics. The simulations show that SiC passes through tetragonal and then monoclinic intermediate states before finally forming the rock salt structure at 160 GPa. The mechanism for this phase transformation agrees well with recent ab initio MD simulations, in which the applied pressure was as high as ~600 GPa, but in the present study the transformation occurs at much lower pressure. It is found that the phase transition has to overcome an energy barrier of 0.44 eV/pair.
Equation of state and phase diagram of ammonia at high pressures from ab initio simulations.
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. PMID:23802968
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Khaliullin, Rustam Z.; Eshet, Hagai; Kühne, Thomas D.; Behler, Jörg; Parrinello, Michele
2010-03-01
An interatomic potential for the diamond and graphite phases of carbon has been created using a neural-network (NN) representation of the ab initio potential energy surface. The NN potential combines the accuracy of a first-principles description of both phases with the efficiency of empirical force fields and allows one to perform a molecular-dynamics study, of ab initio quality, of the thermodynamics of graphite-diamond coexistence. Good agreement between the experimental and calculated coexistence curves is achieved if nuclear quantum effects are included in the simulation.
Ab Initio Molecular-Dynamics Simulation of Neuromorphic Computing in Phase-Change Memory Materials.
Skelton, Jonathan M; Loke, Desmond; Lee, Taehoon; Elliott, Stephen R
2015-07-01
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. PMID:26040531
The role of anharmonicity in the ab-initio phase diagram of calcium
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
di Gennaro, Marco; Saha, Srijan Kumar; Verstraete, Matthieu Jean
2013-03-01
In the 32-119 GPa pressure range and at room temperature, a simple cubic phase was reported for calcium in many different experiments. Standard linear response theory, both within density functional perturbation theory and frozen phonon calculations, presents dynamical instabilities for simple cubic in the whole pressure range. Many other possible candidate phases, as well as several possible stabilization mechanisms for simple cubic phase, have been proposed as the result of ab-initio predictions but the role of temperature on the relative stability of the different phases has not been investigated systematically. We revisit the stability of three candidate phases of calcium for the intermediate pressure range and for various value of temperatures, taking explicitly into account thermal corrections relative to electronic as well as phononic entropy and anharmonic contributions. This corrects the discrepancies among previous theoretical results and experiments, and presents a different picture of the temperature driven phase transition, which results from dynamical anharmonic stabilization of simple cubic and de-stabilization of the tetragonal phase. Transport quantities are calculated in the stabilized phases, to provide additional points of comparison with experiments.
Role of Dynamical Instability in the Ab Initio Phase Diagram of Calcium
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Di Gennaro, Marco; Saha, Srijan Kumar; Verstraete, Matthieu J.
2013-07-01
In the 32-119 GPa pressure range and at room temperature, a simple cubic phase was reported for calcium in many different experiments. Standard linear response theory, both within density functional perturbation theory and frozen phonon calculations, presents dynamical instabilities for the simple cubic structure in the whole pressure range. Many other possible candidate phases, as well as several possible stabilization mechanisms for the simple cubic phase, have been proposed as the result of ab initio predictions but the role of temperature on the relative stability of the different phases has not been systematically investigated. We revisit the stability of the three most important candidate phases of calcium for the intermediate pressure range and for various temperatures, taking explicitly into account thermal corrections relative to electronic as well as phononic entropy and anharmonic contributions. This corrects the discrepancies among previous theoretical results and experiments and presents a different picture of the temperature driven phase transition, which results from dynamical anharmonic stabilization of simple cubic and destabilization of the tetragonal phase.
Ab initio Ti-Zr-Ni phase diagram predicts stability of icosahedral TiZrNi quasicrystals
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Hennig, R. G.; Carlsson, A. E.; Kelton, K. F.; Henley, C. L.
2005-04-01
The ab initio phase diagram determines the energetic stability of the icosahedral TiZrNi quasicrystal. The complete ab initio zero-temperature ternary phase diagram is constructed from the calculated energies of the elemental, binary and ternary Ti-Zr-Ni phases. For this, the icosahedral i -TiZrNi quasicrystal is approximated by periodic structures of up to 123 atoms/unit cell, based on a decorated-tiling model [R. G. Hennig, K. F. Kelton, A. E. Carlsson, and C. L. Henley, Phys. Rev. B 67, 134202 (2003)]. The approximant structures containing the 45-atom Bergman cluster are nearly degenerate in energy, and are all energetically stable against the competing phases. It is concluded that i -TiZrNi is a ground-state quasicrystal, as it is experimentally the low-temperature phase for its composition.
How fragility makes phase-change data storage robust: insights from ab initio simulations
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
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Zhou, Liangcai; Körmann, Fritz; Holec, David; Bartosik, Matthias; Grabowski, Blazej; Neugebauer, Jörg; Mayrhofer, Paul H.
2014-11-01
The dynamical and thermodynamic phase stabilities of the stoichiometric compound CrN including different structural and magnetic configurations are comprehensively investigated using a first-principles density functional theory (DFT) plus U (DFT +U ) approach in conjunction with experimental measurements of the thermal expansion. Comparing DFT and DFT +U results with experimental data reveals that the treatment of electron correlations using methods beyond standard DFT is crucial. The nonmagnetic face-centered cubic B1-CrN phase is both elastically and dynamically unstable, even under high pressure, while CrN phases with nonzero local magnetic moments are predicted to be dynamically stable within the framework of the DFT +U scheme. Furthermore, the impact of different treatments for the exchange-correlation (xc)-functional is investigated by carrying out all computations employing the local density approximation and generalized gradient approximation. To address finite-temperature properties, both magnetic and vibrational contributions to the free energy have been computed employing our recently developed spin-space averaging method. The calculated phase transition temperature between low-temperature antiferromagnetic and high-temperature paramagnetic (PM) CrN variants is in excellent agreement with experimental values and reveals the strong impact of the choice of the xc-functional. The temperature-dependent linear thermal expansion coefficient of CrN is experimentally determined by the wafer curvature method from a reactive magnetron sputter deposited single-phase B1-CrN thin film with dense film morphology. A good agreement is found between experimental and ab initio calculated linear thermal expansion coefficients of PM B1-CrN. Other thermodynamic properties, such as the specific heat capacity, have been computed as well and compared to previous experimental data.
Local Structure in Ab Initio Liquid Water: Signatures of Amorphous Phases
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Santra, Biswajit; Distasio, Robert A., Jr.; Martelli, Fausto; Car, Roberto
Within the framework of density functional theory, the inclusion of exact exchange and non-local van der Waals/dispersion interactions is crucial for predicting a microscopic structure of ambient liquid water that quantitatively agrees with experiment. In this work, we have used the local structure index (LSI) order parameter to analyze the local structure in such highly accurate ab initio liquid water. At ambient conditions, the LSI probability distribution, P(I), was unimodal with most water molecules characterized by more disordered high-density-like local environments. With thermal excitations removed, the resultant bimodal P(I) in the inherent potential energy surface (IPES) exhibited a 3:1 ratio between high- and low-density-like molecules, with the latter forming small connected clusters amid the predominant population. By considering the spatial correlations and hydrogen bond network topologies among water molecules with the same LSI identities, we demonstrate that the signatures of the experimentally observed low- and high-density amorphous phases of ice are present in the IPES of ambient liquid water This work was supported by the DOE: DE-SC0008626, DE-SC0005180.
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. PMID:24328234
Yoshimura, Masato; Chen, Nai-Chi; Guan, Hong-Hsiang; Chuankhayan, Phimonphan; Lin, Chien-Chih; Nakagawa, Atsushi; Chen, Chun-Jung
2016-01-01
Molecular averaging, including noncrystallographic symmetry (NCS) averaging, is a powerful method for ab initio phase determination and phase improvement. Applications of the cross-crystal averaging (CCA) method have been shown to be effective for phase improvement after initial phasing by molecular replacement, isomorphous replacement, anomalous dispersion or combinations of these methods. Here, a two-step process for phase determination in the X-ray structural analysis of a new coat protein from a betanodavirus, Grouper nervous necrosis virus, is described in detail. The first step is ab initio structure determination of the T = 3 icosahedral virus-like particle using NCS averaging (NCSA). The second step involves structure determination of the protrusion domain of the viral molecule using cross-crystal averaging. In this method, molecular averaging and solvent flattening constrain the electron density in real space. To quantify these constraints, a new, simple and general indicator, free fraction (ff), is introduced, where ff is defined as the ratio of the volume of the electron density that is freely changed to the total volume of the crystal unit cell. This indicator is useful and effective to evaluate the strengths of both NCSA and CCA. Under the condition that a mask (envelope) covers the target molecule well, an ff value of less than 0.1, as a new rule of thumb, gives sufficient phasing power for the successful construction of new structures. PMID:27377380
Yoshimura, Masato; Chen, Nai Chi; Guan, Hong Hsiang; Chuankhayan, Phimonphan; Lin, Chien Chih; Nakagawa, Atsushi; Chen, Chun Jung
2016-07-01
Molecular averaging, including noncrystallographic symmetry (NCS) averaging, is a powerful method for ab initio phase determination and phase improvement. Applications of the cross-crystal averaging (CCA) method have been shown to be effective for phase improvement after initial phasing by molecular replacement, isomorphous replacement, anomalous dispersion or combinations of these methods. Here, a two-step process for phase determination in the X-ray structural analysis of a new coat protein from a betanodavirus, Grouper nervous necrosis virus, is described in detail. The first step is ab initio structure determination of the T = 3 icosahedral virus-like particle using NCS averaging (NCSA). The second step involves structure determination of the protrusion domain of the viral molecule using cross-crystal averaging. In this method, molecular averaging and solvent flattening constrain the electron density in real space. To quantify these constraints, a new, simple and general indicator, free fraction (ff), is introduced, where ff is defined as the ratio of the volume of the electron density that is freely changed to the total volume of the crystal unit cell. This indicator is useful and effective to evaluate the strengths of both NCSA and CCA. Under the condition that a mask (envelope) covers the target molecule well, an ff value of less than 0.1, as a new rule of thumb, gives sufficient phasing power for the successful construction of new structures. PMID:27377380
Ab initio phonon limited transport
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
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)
Wang, Yi-Siang; Yin, Chih-Chien; Chao, Sheng D.
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-pair (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.
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Jaffe, Richard L.; Pattengill, Merle D.; Schwenke, David W.
1989-01-01
Strategies for constructing global potential energy surfaces from a limited number of accurate ab initio electronic energy calculations are discussed. Generally, these data are concentrated in small regions of configuration space (e.g., in the vicinity of saddle points and energy minima) and difficulties arise in generating a potential function that is globally well-behaved. Efficient computer codes for carrying out classical trajectory calculations on vector and parallel processors are also described. Illustrations are given from recent work on the following chemical systems: Ca + HF yields CaF + H, H + H + H2 yields H2 + H2, N + O2 yields NO + O and O + N2 yields NO + N. The dynamics and kinetics of metathesis, dissociation, recombination, energy transfer and complex formation processes will be discussed.
Ab initio nuclear structure theory
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Negoita, Gianina Alina
Ab initio no core methods have become major tools for understanding the properties of light nuclei based on realistic nucleon-nucleon (NN) and three-nucleon (NNN) interactions. A brief description is provided for the inter-nucleon interactions that fit two-body scattering and bound state data, as well as NNN interactions. Major new progress, including the goal of applying these interactions to solve for properties of nuclei, is limited by convergence issues. That is, with the goal of obtaining high precision solutions of the nuclear many-body Hamiltonian with no core methods (all nucleons treated on the same footing), one needs to proceed to very large basis spaces to achieve a convergence pattern suitable for extrapolation to the exact result. This thesis investigates (1) the similarity renormalization group (SRG) approach to soften the interaction, while preserving its phase shift properties, and (2) adoption of a realistic basis space using Woods-Saxon (WS) single-particle wavefunctions. Both have their advantages and limitations, discussed here. For (1), SRG was demonstrated by applying it to a realistic NN interaction, JISP16, in a harmonic oscillator (HO) representation. The degree of interaction softening achieved through a regulator parameter is examined. For (2), new results are obtained with the realistic JISP16 NN interaction in ab initio calculations of light nuclei 4He, 6He and 12C, using a WS basis optimized to minimize the ground-state energy within the truncated no core shell model. These are numerically-intensive many-body calculations. Finally, to gain insight into the potential for no core investigations of heavier nuclei, an initial investigation was obtained for the odd mass A = 47 - 49 region nuclei straddling 48Ca. The motivation for selecting these nuclei stems from the aim of preparing for nuclear double beta-decay studies of 48Ca. In these heavier systems, phenomenological additions to the realistic NN interaction determined by previous
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Durandurdu, Murat
2009-03-01
Ab initio constant pressure molecular dynamics simulations within a generalized gradient approximation (GGA) are carried out to study the structural phase transformation of ZnSe under hydrostatic and nonhydrostatic conditions. ZnSe undergoes a first-order phase transition from the zinc-blende structure to a rocksalt structure having practically identical transformation mechanisms under hydrostatic and nonhydrostatic compressions. This phase transformation is also analyzed using the enthalpy calculations. Our transition parameters and bulk properties are comparable with experimental and theoretical data. Furthermore, the influence of pressure on the electronic structure of ZnSe is investigated. It is found that the band gap energy increases nonlinearly under both hydrostatic and nonhydrostatic conditions and the effect of stress deviations on the band gap energy is small. The computed pressure coefficients and deformation potential of the band gap are in good agreement with experiments.
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 using 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.
AB INITIO AND CALPHAD THERMODYNAMICS OF MATERIALS
Turchi, P A
2004-04-14
Ab initio electronic structure methods can supplement CALPHAD in two major ways for subsequent applications to stability in complex alloys. The first one is rather immediate and concerns the direct input of ab initio energetics in CALPHAD databases. The other way, more involved, is the assessment of ab initio thermodynamics {acute a} la CALPHAD. It will be shown how these results can be used within CALPHAD to predict the equilibrium properties of multi-component alloys.
Pigozzi, Giancarlo; Janczak-Rusch, Jolanta; Passerone, Daniele; Antonio Pignedoli, Carlo; Patscheider, Joerg; Jeurgens, Lars P. H.; Antusek, Andrej; Parlinska-Wojtan, Magdalena; Bissig, Vinzenz
2012-10-29
Nano-sized Ag-Cu{sub 8nm}/AlN{sub 10nm} multilayers were deposited by reactive DC sputtering on {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(0001) substrates. Investigation of the phase constitution and interface structure of the multilayers evidences a phase separation of the alloy sublayers into nanosized grains of Ag and Cu. The interfaces between the Ag grains and the quasi-single-crystalline AlN sublayers are semi-coherent, whereas the corresponding Cu/AlN interfaces are incoherent. The orientation relationship between Ag and AlN is constant throughout the entire multilayer stack. These observations are consistent with atomistic models of the interfaces as obtained by ab initio calculations.
Ab initio study of hyperfine interaction parameters in C14 Hf and Zr Laves-phase compounds
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Belošević-Čavor, Jelena; Koteski, V.; Radaković, J.; Cekić, B.
2009-05-01
Using ab initio density-functional theory approach the electric field gradients (EFGs) and hyperfine magnetic fields (HMFs) for the isostructural C14 Laves-phase compounds HfCr2 , HfFe2 , HfMn2 , ZrCr2 , and ZrMn2 are calculated and compared with the available experimental data from time differential perturbed angular-correlation (TDPAC) spectroscopy. In addition, supercell calculations of the hyperfine interaction parameters at the nucleus of the substitutional Ta impurity are used to elucidate the role played by the Ta probe in the TDPAC measurements of Hf and Zr C14 Laves phases and solve the controversy related to the origin of the HMF in the C14 HfFe2 compound.
Chen, Ji; Ren, Xinguo; Li, Xin-Zheng; Alfè, Dario; Wang, Enge
2014-07-14
The finite-temperature phase diagram of hydrogen in the region of phase IV and its neighborhood was studied using the ab initio molecular dynamics (MD) and the ab initio path-integral molecular dynamics (PIMD). The electronic structures were analyzed using the density-functional theory (DFT), the random-phase approximation, and the diffusion Monte Carlo (DMC) methods. Taking the state-of-the-art DMC results as benchmark, comparisons of the energy differences between structures generated from the MD and PIMD simulations, with molecular and dissociated hydrogens, respectively, in the weak molecular layers of phase IV, indicate that standard functionals in DFT tend to underestimate the dissociation barrier of the weak molecular layers in this mixed phase. Because of this underestimation, inclusion of the quantum nuclear effects (QNEs) in PIMD using electronic structures generated with these functionals leads to artificially dissociated hydrogen layers in phase IV and an error compensation between the neglect of QNEs and the deficiencies of these functionals in standard ab initio MD simulations exists. This analysis partly rationalizes why earlier ab initio MD simulations complement so well the experimental observations. The temperature and pressure dependencies for the stability of phase IV were also studied in the end and compared with earlier results. PMID:25028021
Chen, Ji; Ren, Xinguo; Li, Xin-Zheng; Alfè, Dario; Wang, Enge
2014-07-14
The finite-temperature phase diagram of hydrogen in the region of phase IV and its neighborhood was studied using the ab initio molecular dynamics (MD) and the ab initio path-integral molecular dynamics (PIMD). The electronic structures were analyzed using the density-functional theory (DFT), the random-phase approximation, and the diffusion Monte Carlo (DMC) methods. Taking the state-of-the-art DMC results as benchmark, comparisons of the energy differences between structures generated from the MD and PIMD simulations, with molecular and dissociated hydrogens, respectively, in the weak molecular layers of phase IV, indicate that standard functionals in DFT tend to underestimate the dissociation barrier of the weak molecular layers in this mixed phase. Because of this underestimation, inclusion of the quantum nuclear effects (QNEs) in PIMD using electronic structures generated with these functionals leads to artificially dissociated hydrogen layers in phase IV and an error compensation between the neglect of QNEs and the deficiencies of these functionals in standard ab initio MD simulations exists. This analysis partly rationalizes why earlier ab initio MD simulations complement so well the experimental observations. The temperature and pressure dependencies for the stability of phase IV were also studied in the end and compared with earlier results.
Prediction of B1 to B10 phase transition in LuN under pressure: An ab-initio investigation
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Sahoo, B. D.; Mukherjee, D.; Joshi, K. D.; Kaushik, T. C.; Gupta, Satish C.
2016-05-01
Ab-initio total energy calculations have been performed in lutetium nitride (LuN) as a function of hydrostatic compression to understand the high pressure behavior of this compound. Our calculations predict a phase transition from ambient rocksalt type structure (B1 phase) to a tetragonal structure (B10 phase) at ~ 240 GPa. The phase transition has been identified as first order in nature with volume discontinuity of ~ 6%. The predicted high pressure phase has been found to be stable up to at least 400 GPa, the maximum pressure up to which calculations have been performed.Further, to substantiate the results of static lattice calculations analysis of lattice dynamic stability of B1 and B10 phase has been carried out at different pressures. Apart from this, we have analyzed the lattice dynamic stability CsCl type (B2) phase around the 240 GPa, the pressure reported for B1 to B2 transition in previous all-electron calculations by Gupta et al. 2013. We find that the B2 structure is lattice dynamically unstable at this pressure and remains unstable up to ~ 400 GPa, ruling out the possibility of B1 to B2 phase transition at least up to ~ 400 GPa. Further, the theoretically determined equation of state has been utilized to derive various physical quantities such as zero pressure equilibrium volume, bulk modulus, and pressure derivative of bulk modulus of B1 phase at ambient conditions.
Ab-initio calculations and phase diagram assessments of An-Al systems (An = U, Np, Pu)
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Sedmidubský, D.; Konings, R. J. M.; Souček, P.
2010-02-01
The enthalpies of formation of binary intermetallic compounds AnAl n(n=2,3,4, An=U,Np,Pu) were assessed from first principle calculations of total energies performed using full potential APW + lo technique within density functional theory ( WIEN2k). The substantial contribution to entropies, S298°, arising from lattice vibrations was calculated by direct method within harmonic crystal approximation ( Phonon software + VASP for obtaining Hellmann-Feynman forces). The electronic heat capacity and the corresponding contribution to entropy were estimated from the density of states at Fermi level obtained from electronic structure calculations. The phase diagrams of the relevant systems An-Al were calculated based on the thermodynamic data assessed from ab-initio calculations, known equilibrium and calorimetry data by employing the FactSage program.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Salke, Nilesh P.; Gupta, M. K.; Rao, Rekha; Mittal, R.; Deng, Jinxia; Xing, Xianran
2015-06-01
TaVO5 is a framework structured compound that exhibits negative thermal expansion (NTE) above room temperature, upto 1073 K. We report Raman spectroscopic investigation of TaVO5 as a function of temperature in the range 77-873 K, which confirms the reported reversible low temperature transition to monoclinic phase at 259 K. Structural stability of TaVO5 at high pressures investigated using in-situ Raman spectroscopy shows a reversible structural transition at around 0.2 GPa to a phase, which is probably the same monoclinic phase as the low temperature phase, indicating that this structural phase transition may be volume driven. From the pressure and temperature dependence of the Raman modes, some of the zone centre phonon modes, particularly, the librational modes, responsible for the NTE are identified and anharmonicity of the Raman modes is also estimated. We have found that explicit anharmonicity dominates over implicit anharmonicity and the low frequency modes have significant quartic anharmonicity. The vibrational properties in the ambient phase of TaVO5 are also investigated using ab initio calculations of phonon frequencies to understand the NTE behavior as well as to complement the Raman spectroscopic measurements. Further, the eigenvectors of specific phonon modes associated with phase transition and NTE behavior of the compound have been identified from these calculations.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Aarset, Kirsten; Hagen, Kolbjørn; Stølevik, Reidar
1997-09-01
Gas-phase electron diffraction data obtained at 23°C, together with results from ab initio molecular orbital calculations ( {HF}/{6-31 G(d)}). were used to determine the structure and conformational composition of 1,1-dichlorobutane. Of the five distinguishable conformers (AA, G + A, AG +, G + G + and G + G -), the G + A conformer was found to be the low-energy form, and the investigation also indicated that certain amounts of the AA and G + G - conformers might be present. The symbols describing the conformers refer to torsion about the C 1C 2 and C 2C 3 bonds, anti (A) with H 5C 1C 2C 3 and C 1C 2C 3C 4 torsion angles of 180° and gauche (G + or G -) with torsion angles of + 60° or 300° (-60°) respectively. The results for the principal distances ( rg) and angles (∠ α) from the combined electron diffraction/ab initio study for the G + A conformer, with estimated 2σ uncertainties, were as follows: r( C1 C2) = 1.521(4) Å, r( C2 C3) = 1.539(4) Å, r( C3 C4) = 1.546(4) Å, r( C Cl6) = 1.782(3) Å, r( CCl7) = 1.782(3) Å,
Scherrer, Arne; Vuilleumier, Rodolphe; Sebastiani, Daniel
2016-08-28
We report the first fully ab initio calculation of dynamical vibrational circular dichroism spectra in the liquid phase using nuclear velocity perturbation theory (NVPT) derived electronic currents. Our approach is rigorous and general and thus capable of treating weak interactions of chiral molecules as, e.g., chirality transfer from a chiral molecule to an achiral solvent. We use an implementation of the NVPT that is projected along the dynamics to obtain the current and magnetic dipole moments required for accurate intensities. The gauge problem in the liquid phase is resolved in a twofold approach. The electronic expectation values are evaluated in a distributed origin gauge, employing maximally localized Wannier orbitals. In a second step, the gauge invariant spectrum is obtained in terms of a scaled molecular moments, which allows to systematically include solvent effects while keeping a significant signal-to-noise ratio. We give a thorough analysis and discussion of this choice of gauge for the liquid phase. At low temperatures, we recover the established double harmonic approximation. The methodology is applied to chiral molecules ((S)-d2-oxirane and (R)-propylene-oxide) in the gas phase and in solution. We find an excellent agreement with the theoretical and experimental references, including the emergence of signals due to chirality transfer from the solute to the (achiral) solvent. PMID:27586898
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Akin-Ojo, Omololu; Song, Yang; Wang, Feng
2008-08-01
A new method called adaptive force matching (AFM) has been developed that is capable of producing high quality force fields for condensed phase simulations. This procedure involves the parametrization of force fields to reproduce ab initio forces obtained from condensed phase quantum-mechanics/molecular-mechanics (QM/MM) calculations. During the procedure, the MM part of the QM/MM is iteratively improved so as to approach ab initio quality. In this work, the AFM method has been tested to parametrize force fields for liquid water so that the resulting force fields reproduce forces calculated using the ab initio MP2 and the Kohn-Sham density functional theory with the Becke-Lee-Yang-Parr (BLYP) and Becke three-parameter LYP (B3LYP) exchange correlation functionals. The AFM force fields generated in this work are very simple to evaluate and are supported by most molecular dynamics (MD) codes. At the same time, the quality of the forces predicted by the AFM force fields rivals that of very expensive ab initio calculations and are found to successfully reproduce many experimental properties. The site-site radial distribution functions (RDFs) obtained from MD simulations using the force field generated from the BLYP functional through AFM compare favorably with the previously published RDFs from Car-Parrinello MD simulations with the same functional. Technical aspects of AFM such as the optimal QM cluster size, optimal basis set, and optimal QM method to be used with the AFM procedure are discussed in this paper.
Basak, Tista; Rao, Mala N; Gupta, M K; Chaplot, S L
2012-03-21
Inelastic neutron scattering measurements were carried out to determine the phonon density of states of ZnSe and interpreted with lattice dynamical computations (ab initio as well as a potential model). Calculations are also reported for other II-VI compounds, ZnTe and ZnS. Vibrational (phonon spectra and Grüneisen parameters), and thermal (negative thermal expansion and non-Debye specific heat) properties have been calculated and found to be in good agreement with available experimental data. This model has been further employed to study the pressure-induced solid-solid phase transitions exhibited by these compounds and the results have been compared with experimental data. Total energy calculations for zincblende and SC16 phases of ZnSe were carried out employing the pseudopotential approach under the local density approximation (LDA) as well as the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The density functional perturbation theory is applied to study the vibrational properties of the zincblende and SC16 phases of ZnSe. An investigation of the pressure dependence of the phonon frequencies shows that the existence of the (experimentally undetected) SC16 phase as a thermodynamically stable high pressure phase is impeded due to dynamical instabilities. A detailed investigation of the polarization of phonons of different energies for the various phases of these compounds indicates that in the case of the zincblende phase the low energy modes are librational, while in the rocksalt phase the low energy modes are bending modes. Further, in ZnTe the low energy bending modes display a larger amplitude of bending than that in ZnSe and ZnS. PMID:22354098
Ab initio quantum chemistry: Methodology and applications
Friesner, Richard A.
2005-01-01
This Perspective provides an overview of state-of-the-art ab initio quantum chemical methodology and applications. The methods that are discussed include coupled cluster theory, localized second-order Moller–Plesset perturbation theory, multireference perturbation approaches, and density functional theory. The accuracy of each approach for key chemical properties is summarized, and the computational performance is analyzed, emphasizing significant advances in algorithms and implementation over the past decade. Incorporation of a condensed-phase environment by means of mixed quantum mechanical/molecular mechanics or self-consistent reaction field techniques, is presented. A wide range of illustrative applications, focusing on materials science and biology, are discussed briefly. PMID:15870212
Collective rotation from ab initio theory
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Caprio, M. A.; Maris, P.; Vary, J. P.; Smith, R.
2015-08-01
Through ab initio approaches in nuclear theory, we may now seek to quantitatively understand the wealth of nuclear collective phenomena starting from the underlying internucleon interactions. No-core configuration interaction (NCCI) calculations for p-shell nuclei give rise to rotational bands, as evidenced by rotational patterns for excitation energies, electromagnetic moments and electromagnetic transitions. In this review, NCCI calculations of 7-9Be are used to illustrate and explore ab initio rotational structure, and the resulting predictions for rotational band properties are compared with experiment. We highlight the robustness of ab initio rotational predictions across different choices for the internucleon interaction.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Schmerler, Steve; Kortus, Jens
2014-02-01
We calculate the anisotropic thermal expansion of wurtzite AlN within the quasiharmonic approximation by sampling the volume as a function of two unit cell axes. From the derived Gibbs energy for the low pressure wurtzite phase and the high pressure rocksalt phase, we calculate the phase diagram. By applying ab initio molecular dynamics, we can confirm recent experimental findings regarding a temperature-driven rocksalt to wurtzite backward phase transition. We propose a detailed mechanism for the transition and predict the existence of a β-BeO type high-temperature modification of AlN. Furthermore, we find the h-MgO type intermediate structure previously reported for AlN and other compounds which show the wurtzite to rocksalt forward pressure-induced phase transition.
Ab Initio Calculated Thermodynamic Properties of Mo5SiB2 Phase and Nb5SiB2 Phase
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kim, Sungtae; Park, J. S.
2013-11-01
Due to their attractive high-temperature properties, multiphase Mo-Si-B alloys in the Mo-rich Mo-Si-B ternary system have been identified for high-temperature applications. The ternary intermetallic T2 (Mo5SiB2) phase is a central feature of the phase equilibria within this ternary system. Experimental stability analyses of the T2 phase shows its broad homogeneous composition ranges that can yield a constitutional defect structure such as vacancies for Mo-rich compositions and antisite defects for Mo-lean compositions. Previous thermodynamic model did not conform to the defect structures as reported in experiments, and thus subsequently a new sublattice thermodynamic model for the T2 phase is initiated in this study. To support the new sublattice thermodynamic model, ab initio calculations were implemented to compute formation energy data. The calculated formation energy data explain a source for broad compositional homogeneity range of T2 structure.
Campetella, Marco; Bodo, Enrico; Montagna, Maria; De Santis, Serena; Gontrani, Lorenzo
2016-03-14
We have explored by means of ab initio molecular dynamics the homologue series of 11 different ionic liquids based on the combination of the cholinium cation with deprotonated amino acid anions. We present a structural analysis of the liquid states of these compounds as revealed by accurate ab initio computations of the forces. We highlight the persistent structural motifs that see the ionic couple as the basic building block of the liquid whereby a strong hydrogen bonding network substantially determines the short range structural behavior of the bulk state. Other minor docking features of the interaction network are also discovered and described. Special cases along the series such as Cysteine and Phenylalanine are discussed in the view of their peculiar properties due to zwitterion formation and additional long-range structural organization. PMID:26979694
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Campetella, Marco; Bodo, Enrico; Montagna, Maria; De Santis, Serena; Gontrani, Lorenzo
2016-03-01
We have explored by means of ab initio molecular dynamics the homologue series of 11 different ionic liquids based on the combination of the cholinium cation with deprotonated amino acid anions. We present a structural analysis of the liquid states of these compounds as revealed by accurate ab initio computations of the forces. We highlight the persistent structural motifs that see the ionic couple as the basic building block of the liquid whereby a strong hydrogen bonding network substantially determines the short range structural behavior of the bulk state. Other minor docking features of the interaction network are also discovered and described. Special cases along the series such as Cysteine and Phenylalanine are discussed in the view of their peculiar properties due to zwitterion formation and additional long-range structural organization.
Ab initio study of H and He migrations in β-phase Sc, Y, and Er hydrides
Chen, Ru-Cheng; Yang, Li; Dai, Yunya; Zhu, Zi Qiang; Peng, SM; Long, XG; Gao, Fei; Zu, Xiaotao
2012-05-01
Ab initio calculations based on the density functional theory have been performed to investigate the migrations of hydrogen (H) and helium (He) atoms in {beta}-phase scandium (Sc), yttrium (Y), and erbium (Er) hydrides with three different ratios of H to metal. The results show that the migration mechanisms of H and He atoms mainly depend on the crystal structures of hydrides, but their energy barriers are affected by the host-lattice in metal hydrides. The formation energies of octahedral-occupancy H (H{sub oct}) and tetrahedral vacancy (V{sub tet}) pairs are almost the same (about 1.2 eV). It is of interest to note that the migration barriers of H increase with increasing host-lattice atomic number. In addition, the results show that the favorable migration mechanism of He depends slightly on the V{sub tet} in the Sc hydride, but strongly on that in the Y and Er hydrides, which may account for different behaviours of initial He release from ScT{sub 2} and ErT{sub 2}.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Hüter, Claas; Friák, Martin; Weikamp, Marc; Neugebauer, Jörg; Goldenfeld, Nigel; Svendsen, Bob; Spatschek, Robert
2016-06-01
We investigate nonlinear elastic deformations in the phase field crystal model and derived amplitude equation formulations. Two sources of nonlinearity are found, one of them is based on geometric nonlinearity expressed through a finite strain tensor. This strain tensor is based on the inverse right Cauchy-Green deformation tensor and correctly describes the strain dependence of the stiffness for anisotropic and isotropic behavior. In isotropic one- and two-dimensional situations, the elastic energy can be expressed equivalently through the left deformation tensor. The predicted isotropic low-temperature nonlinear elastic effects are directly related to the Birch-Murnaghan equation of state with bulk modulus derivative K'=4 for bcc. A two-dimensional generalization suggests K2D '=5 . These predictions are in agreement with ab initio results for large strain bulk deformations of various bcc elements and graphene. Physical nonlinearity arises if the strain dependence of the density wave amplitudes is taken into account and leads to elastic weakening. For anisotropic deformation, the magnitudes of the amplitudes depend on their relative orientation to the applied strain.
Pepin, Robert; Petrone, Alessio; Laszlo, Kenneth J; Bush, Matthew F; Li, Xiaosong; Tureček, František
2016-07-21
Ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) with density functional theory (DFT) was applied to explore conformational motions and collision cross sections (Ω) of folded (2) and extended (7) conformers of doubly charged peptide ions, (Ala-Ala-Leu-Arg + 2H)(2+), in the gas phase at 300 and 473 K. The experimental Ω of (Ala-Ala-Leu-Arg +2H)(2+) was measured as 149 ± 1.2 Å(2) at 298 K. Thermally distributed mean values of Ω for 2 and 7 at 300 and 473 K were only 0.8-1.1% larger than for the equilibrium 0 K structures. Long (>10 ps) trajectory calculations indicated entropy-driven conformational change of 2 to 7 that occurred at random within a ∼ 4 ps time window. The experimental Ω was found to fit the calculated population averaged values for 2 and 7, indicating a rapid conformer interconversion. Overall, thermal breathing had only a minor effect on the peptide ion collision cross sections. PMID:27389035
Ab-initio study of magnetic properties and phase transitions in Ga (Mn) N with Monte Carlo approach
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Sbai, Y.; Ait Raiss, A.; Salmani, E.; Bahmad, L.; Benyoussef, A.
2015-12-01
On the basis of ab-initio calculations and Monte Carlo simulations the magnetic and electronic properties of Gallium nitride (GaN) doped with the transition metal Manganese (Mn) were studied. The ab initio calculations were done using the AKAI-KKR-CPA method within the Local Density Approximation (LDA) approximation. We doped our Diluted Magnetic Semiconductor (DMS), with different concentrations of magnetic impurities Mn and plotted the density of state (DOS) for each one. Showing a half-metallic behavior and ferromagnetic state especially for Ga0.95Mn0.05N making this DMS a strong candidate for spintronic applications. Moreover, the magnetization and susceptibility of our system as a function of the temperature has been calculated and give for various system size L to study the size effect. In addition, the transition temperature was deduced from the peak of the susceptibility. The Ab initio results are in good agreement with literature especially for (x=0.05) of Mn which gives the most interesting results.
Joubert, J.-M.; Colinet, C.; Rodrigues, G.; Suzuki, P.A.; Nunes, C.A.; Coelho, G.C.; Tedenac, J.-C.
2012-06-15
The solid solution based on Nb{sub 5}Si{sub 3} (Cr{sub 5}B{sub 3} structure type, D8{sub l}, tI32, I4/mcm, No140, a=6.5767 A, c=11.8967 A) in the Nb-Si-B system was studied from the structural and thermodynamic point of view both experimentally and by ab initio calculations. Rietveld refinement of powder X-ray synchrotron data allowed to determine the boron to silicon substitution mechanism and the structural parameters. Ab initio calculations of different ordered compounds and selected disordered alloys allowed to obtain in addition to the enthalpy of formation of the solution, substitution mechanism and structural parameters which are in excellent agreement with the experimental data. The stability of the phase is discussed. - Graphial abstract: Valence-charge electron localization function in the z=0 plane of the D8{sub l} structure for the ordered compound Nb{sub 5}SiB{sub 2}. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Coupling between ab initio data and experimental results from synchrotron powder diffraction. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Excellent agreement between the two techniques for the site occupancies and internal coordinates. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Explanation of the phase stability up to Nb{sub 5}SiB{sub 2}.
Pressure-induced phase transitions of AX2-type iron pnictides: an ab initio study
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Wu, X.; Steinle-Neumann, G.; Qin, S.; Kanzaki, M.; Dubrovinsky, L.
2009-05-01
An investigation into the high-pressure behavior of AX2-type iron pnictides was conducted using first-principles calculations based on density functional theory within the generalized gradient approximation. Our results demonstrate that a phase transition from the marcasite to the CuAl2 occurs at 108 GPa for FeP2, at 92 GPa for FeAs2, and at 38 GPa for FeSb2, accompanying a semiconductor-to-metal crossover. A linear relationship between bulk moduli and the inverse specific volume is proposed to be B0 = 17 498/V0-45.9 GPa for the marcasite-type phase and B0 = 31 798/V0-67.5 GPa for the CuAl2-type phase. According to the observed structural evolutions, we claim that the regular marcasite transforms to the CuAl2-type phase and the anomalous marcasite transforms to the pyrite-type phase at high pressures.
Pressure Induced Structural Phase Transition in Actinide Monophospides: Ab Initio Calculations
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Makode, Chandrabhan; Sanyal, Sankar P.
2011-07-01
The structural and electronic properties of monophospides of Thorium, Uranium and Neptunium have been investigated using tight binding linear muffin-in-orbital (TB-LMTO) method within the local density approximation (LDA). From present study with the help of total energy calculations it is found that ThP, UP and NpP are stable in NaCl- type structure under ambient pressure. The structure stability of ThP, UP and NpP changes under the application of pressure. We predict a structural phase transition from NaCl-type (B1-phase) structure to CsCl-type (B2-phase) structure for these phospides in the pressure range of 37.0-24.0 GPa (ThP to NpP). The calculated equilibrium lattice parameters and bulk modulus are in good agreement with experimental and theoretical work.
Pressure induced structural phase transition in actinide mono-bismuthides: Ab initio calculations
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Pataiya, J.; Makode, C.; Aynyas, M.; Sanyal, Sankar P.
2013-06-01
The structural and electronic properties of mono-bismuthides of Plutonium and Americium have been investigated using tight binding linear muffin-tin-orbital (TB-LMTO) method within the local density approximation (LDA). From present study with the help of total energy calculations it is found that PuBi and AmBi are stable in NaCl - type structure under ambient pressure. The structure stability of PuBi and AmBi changes under the application of pressure. We predict a structural phase transition from NaCl-type (B1-phase) structure to CsCl-type (B2-phase) structure for these phospides in the pressure range of 45 - 4.5 GPa for PuBi and AmBi respectively. The calculated equilibrium lattice parameters and bulk modulus are in good agreement with experimental and theoretical work.
Determining the phase diagram of lithium via ab initio calculation and ramp compression
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Shulenburger, Luke; Seagle, Chris; Haill, Thomas; Harding, Eric
2015-06-01
Diamond anvil cell experiments have shown elemental lithium to have an extraordinarily complex phase diagram under pressure exhibiting numerous solid phases at pressures below 1 Mbar, as well as a complicated melting behavior. We explore this phase diagram utilizing a combination of quantum mechanical calculations and ramp compression experiments performed on Sandia National Laboratories' Z-machine. We aim to extend our knowledge of the high pressure behavior to moderate temperatures at pressures above 50 GPa with a specific focus on the melt line above 70 GPa. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Company, for the US Dept of Energy's Natl. Nuclear Security Administration under Contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.
Ab initio calculation of the thermodynamic properties and phase diagram of gallium nitride
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Zhou, Ying; Wang, Shaofeng; Wang, Rui; Jiang, Na
2013-12-01
The thermodynamic properties of gallium nitride (GaN) with wurtzite (WZ) and rocksalt (RS) phases have been investigated by carrying out the first principles-calculations, in which the density-functional theory (DFT) and density-functional perturbation theory (DFPT) have been employed. The quasiharmonic approximation (QHA) has been utilized to estimate the free energies. The phonon dispersion, thermal expansion coefficients, bulk modulus, and heat capacities are presented and provided good agreement with the previous calculation and experimental data. Furthermore, the pressure-temperature (P-T) diagram of WZ-RS phase transition of GaN is predicted and the values of transition pressure range from 32.2 GPa at 0 K to about 21 GPa at 2480 K.
Gas-phase acidities of tetrahedral oxyacids from ab initio electronic structure theory
Rustad, J.R.; Dixon, D.A.; Kubicki, J.D.; Felmy, A.R.
2000-05-04
Density functional calculations have been performed on several protonation states of the oxyacids of Si, P, V, As, Cr, and S. Structures and vibrational frequencies are in good agreement with experimental values where these are available. A reasonably well-defined correlation between the calculated gas-phase acidities and the measured pK{sub a} in aqueous solution has been found. The pK{sub a}/gas-phase acidity slopes are consistent with those derived from previous molecular mechanics calculations on ferric hydrolysis and the first two acidity constants for orthosilicic acid. The successive deprotonation of other H{sub n}TO{sub 4} species, for a given tetrahedral anion T are roughly consistent with this slope, but not to the extent that there is a universal correlation among all species.
Ab-initio phasing using nanocrystal shape transforms with incomplete unit cells
Liu, Haiguang; Zatsepin, Nadia A.; Spence, John C. H.
2014-01-01
X-ray free electron lasers are used in measuring diffraction patterns from nanocrystals in the ‘diffract-before-destroy’ mode by outrunning radiation damage. The finite-sized nanocrystals provide an opportunity to recover intensity between Bragg spots by removing the modulating function that depends on crystal shape, i.e. the transform of the crystal shape. This shape-transform dividing-out scheme for solving the phase problem has been tested using simulated examples with cubic crystals. It provides a phasing method which does not require atomic resolution data, chemical modification to the sample, or modelling based on the protein databases. It is common to find multiple structural units (e.g. molecules, in symmetry-related positions) within a single unit cell, therefore incomplete unit cells (e.g. one additional molecule) can be observed at surface layers of crystals. In this work, the effects of such incomplete unit cells on the ‘dividing-out’ phasing algorithm are investigated using 2D crystals within the projection approximation. It is found that the incomplete unit cells do not hinder the recovery of the scattering pattern from a single unit cell (after dividing out the shape transforms from data merged from many nanocrystals of different sizes), assuming that certain unit-cell types are preferred. The results also suggest that the dynamic range of the data is a critical issue to be resolved in order to apply the shape transform method practically. PMID:25075316
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Makode, Chandrabhan; Sanyal, Sankar P.
2011-09-01
We have investigated the structural and electronic properties of monophospides of thorium, uranium and neptunium. The total energy as a function of volume is obtained by means of the self-consistent tight binding linear muffin-tin-orbital (TB-LMTO) method within the local density approximation (LDA). From the present study with the help of total energy calculations it is found that ThP, UP and NpP are stable in NaCl-type structure at ambient pressure. The structural stability of ThP, UP and NpP changes under the application of pressure. We predict a structural phase transition from NaCl-type (B 1-phase) structure to CsCl-type (B 2-phase) structure for these phospides in the pressure range of 37.0-24.0 GPa (ThP-NpP). We also calculate lattice parameter ( a0), bulk modulus ( B0), band structure and density of states. From energy band diagram it is observed that ThP, UP and NpP exhibit metallic behavior. The calculated equilibrium lattice parameters and bulk modulus are in good agreement with experimental and theoretical work.
Thermal Decomposition of the Solid Phase of Nitromethane: Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Simulations
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Chang, Jing; Lian, Peng; Wei, Dong-Qing; Chen, Xiang-Rong; Zhang, Qing-Ming; Gong, Zi-Zheng
2010-10-01
The Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics simulations were employed to investigate thermal decomposition of the solid nitromethane. It is found that it undergoes chemical decomposition at about 2200 K under ambient pressure. The initiation of reactions involves both proton transfer and commonly known C-N bond cleavage. About 75 species and 100 elementary reactions were observed with the final products being H2O, CO2, N2, and CNCNC. It represents the first complete simulation of solid-phase explosive reactions reported to date, which is of far-reaching implication for design and development of new energetic materials.
Elasticity and phase stability of pyrope garnet from ab initio computation
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kawai, Kenji; Tsuchiya, Taku
2015-03-01
We study the high-pressure stability and elastic properties of Mg3Al2Si3O12 pyrope garnet using the density functional first principles computation method. Pyrope garnet is found to dissociate into an assemblage of MgSiO3 Mg-perovskite (Pv) and Al2O3 corundum (Cor) solid solutions at ∼19.7 GPa at static conditions. Then, this assemblage undergoes a phase transition to pyropic (Al-bearing) Pv at ∼65 GPa. The enthalpy of an assemblage of MgAl2O4 calcium ferrite (CF), MgPv, and stishovite (St) is less stable than that of MgPv plus Cor. A continuous reaction in the MgSiO3-Al2O3 system suggested by this study is consistent with previous experimental and computational studies but not with a recently modeled phase diagram. This implies that the formation of pyropic Pv could not cause any seismic scatterers in the mid-lower mantle. The investigated anisotropy of elastic velocities further indicates that pyrope garnet is a very isotropic mineral. Our results suggest that seismological anisotropy inferred in the upper mantle could not be due to garnet.
An ab initio study on compressibility of Al-containing MAX-phase carbides
Bai, Yuelei E-mail: baiyl.hit@gmail.com; He, Xiaodong E-mail: baiyl.hit@gmail.com; Wang, Rongguo; Zhu, Chuncheng
2013-11-07
The compressibility of Al-containing MAX carbides was investigated in details using first-principle calculations based on density functional theory. The bond stiffness and bond angle as a function of pressure were examined. The M-Al bond stiffness is about 1/3–1/2 of M-C bond stiffness. The M-C bond close to Al atoms has the highest bond stiffness in M{sub 3}AlC{sub 2} and M{sub 4}AlC{sub 3} phases, with the similar bond stiffness of the other two bonds in the latter. Generally, the bond stiffness of the strongest M-C bond increases with increasing VEC (Valence Electron Concentration), which also affects the bond stiffness of other bonds. Of most importance, the bulk moduli are 0.256 of the mean bond stiffness for three series. With increasing pressure, M-Al bond angle increases, but M-C bond angles decreases, which indicates that M-Al and M-C bonds shift towards basal plane and along c-axis, respectively. As a result, the compressibility becomes more difficult along c-axis than a-axis. Some abnormal phenomena in the compressibility of Al-containing M{sub n+1}AlX{sub n} phases with VEC = 6 are attributed to the thermodynamical instability of these compounds.
Evidence for plasma phase transition in high pressure hydrogen from ab-initio simulations
Morales, M; Pierleoni, C; Schwegler, E; Ceperley, D
2010-02-08
We have performed a detailed study of molecular dissociation in liquid hydrogen using both Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics with Density Functional Theory and Coupled Electron-Ion Monte Carlo simulations. We observe a range of densities where (dP/d{rho}){sub T} = 0 that coincides with sharp discontinuities in the electronic conductivity, which is clear evidence of the plasma phase transition for temperatures 600K {le} T {le} 1500K. Both levels of theory exhibit the transition, although Quantum Monte Carlo predicts higher transition pressures. Based on the temperature dependence of the discontinuity in the electronic conductivity, we estimate the critical point of the transition at temperatures slightly below 2000 K. We examine the influence of proton zero point motion by using Path Integral Molecular Dynamics with Density Functional Theory; the main effect is to shift the transition to lower pressures. Furthermore, we calculate the melting curve of molecular hydrogen up to pressures of 200 GPa, finding a reentrant melting line in good agreement with previous calculations. The melting line crosses the metalization line at 700 K and 220 GPa using density functional energetics and at 550 K and 290 GPa using Quantum Monte Carlo energetics.
Vapor Phase Infrared Spectroscopy and Anharmonic AB Initio Fundamental Frequencies of Ammonia Borane
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Sams, Robert L.; Xantheas, Sotiris S.; Blake, Thomas A.
2010-06-01
Ammonia borane (NH3BH3) has garnered considerable interest in recent years as a solid state hydrogen storage material for fuel cells. While many papers have been published on its physical and chemical properties, its vapor phase infrared spectrum has not yet been reported. A 1973 paper by Smith, Seshardi, and White reported the matrix isolation spectrum of ammonia borane and this has been used as the infrared spectrum of the fundamental modes of the isolated molecule since. Using a White cell with an optical path set to 68 meters and a room temperature sample, an adequate pressure-pathlength burden was achieved that allowed the moderate resolution spectrum of ammonia borane to be recorded using a Bruker IFS 120HR Fourier transform spectrometer. Additionally, first principles CCSD(T) and MP2 electronic structure calculations of the fundamental mode frequencies were performed. The harmonic frequencies were computed at the CCSD(T) level whereas anharmonic corrections were estimated at the MP2 levels of theory. The molecule has an ethane-like structure (eclipsed conformation) of C3v symmetry with five A1 symmetry vibrational modes, an inactive A2 torsional mode and six degenerate E symmetry modes. Of the five A1 modes, four were observed: sym. B-H stretch at 2298.6 cm-1 (2444 cm-1 calculated); sym. NH3 deformation 1281.8 (1271); sym. BH3 deformation 1176.5 (1182); B-N stretch 610 (593). The B-N stretch mode is very weak. Of the six E symmetry modes, four were observed: asym. N-H stretch 3419.2 (3376); asym. B-H stretch 2407.9 (2369); asym. NH3 deformation 1613.8 (1531); and the asym. BH3 deformation 1042.2 (1127). J. Smith, K.S. Seshadri and D. White, J. Molec. Spectrosc. 45 327 (1973).
Ab Initio Studies of Stratospheric Ozone Depletion Chemistry
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
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.
Ab initio alpha-alpha scattering
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Elhatisari, Serdar; Lee, Dean; Rupak, Gautam; Epelbaum, Evgeny; Krebs, Hermann; Lähde, Timo A.; Luu, Thomas; Meißner, Ulf-G.
2015-12-01
Processes such as the scattering of alpha particles (4He), 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
Ab initio alpha-alpha scattering.
Elhatisari, Serdar; Lee, Dean; Rupak, Gautam; Epelbaum, Evgeny; Krebs, Hermann; Lähde, Timo A; Luu, Thomas; Meißner, Ulf-G
2015-12-01
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
Photo-induced athermal phase transitions of HgX (X = S, Se, Te) by ab initio study
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Da-hua, Ren; Xin-lu, Cheng; Hong, Zhang
2016-07-01
Ab initio calculations of lattice constants, lattice stabilities of HgX (X = S, Se, Te) at different electronic temperatures (T e) have been performed within the density functional theory (DFT). We find that the lattice constants of HgX increase and the phonon frequencies reduce as T e increases. Especially the transverse-acoustic (TA) phonon frequencies of HgX gradually become negative with the elevation of the electron temperature. That is to say ultrafast intense laser induces lattice instabilities of HgX and athermal melting appears for the increase of laser intensity. What is more, with the X atom number increasing, the critical electronic temperatures of HgX are decreased in sequence. This result would be helpful for understanding the athermal melting processes for femtosecond laser micromachining. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11374217 and 11176020).
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Faria Junior, Paulo E.; Campos, Tiago; Bastos, Carlos M. O.; Gmitra, Martin; Fabian, Jaroslav; Sipahi, Guilherme M.
2016-06-01
Semiconductor nanowires based on non-nitride III-V compounds can be synthesized under certain growth conditions to favor the appearance of the wurtzite crystal phase. Despite reports in the literature of ab initio band structures for these wurtzite compounds, we still lack effective multiband models and parameter sets that can be simply used to investigate physical properties of such systems, for instance, under quantum confinement effects. In order to address this deficiency, in this study we calculate the ab initio band structure of bulk InAs and InP in the wurtzite phase and develop an 8 ×8 k .p Hamiltonian to describe the energy bands around the Γ point. We show that our k .p model is robust and can be fitted to describe the important features of the ab initio band structure. The correct description of the spin-splitting effects that arise due to the lack of inversion symmetry in wurtzite crystals is obtained with the k -dependent spin-orbit term in the Hamiltonian, often neglected in the literature. All the energy bands display a Rashba-like spin texture for the in-plane spin expectation value. We also provide the density of states and the carrier density as functions of the Fermi energy. Alternatively, we show an analytical description of the conduction band, valid close to the Γ point. The same fitting procedure is applied to the 6 ×6 valence band Hamiltonian. However, we find that the most reliable approach is the 8 ×8 k .p Hamiltonian for both compounds. The k .p Hamiltonians and parameter sets that we develop in this paper provide a reliable theoretical framework that can be easily applied to investigate electronic, transport, optical, and spin properties of InAs- and InP-based nanostructures.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Fischer, Dominik; Kersch, Alfred
2008-10-01
By means of ab initio simulations we investigate the influence of dopants (Si, C, Ge, Sn, Ti, and Ce) on the transition from the monoclinic to the tetragonal phase in HfO2. In this study we focus first on the internal energy only, an approach common to ab initio simulations. In the second step we go beyond this approach in considering the Helmholtz free energy by additionally taking into account the contribution of the phonon density of states. Finally we discuss the change in transition temperature in the regime of thin films based on an empirical model. We find that both the contributions of the internal energy and phonons can be understood in terms of a model relying on the ionic radius of the dopants. Among the investigated dopants silicon is identified to promote the tetragonal phase most efficiently. The effectiveness of the various dopants is compared on the basis of a qualitative phase diagram for doping concentrations up to ˜12%.
Guo, Q.X.; Zhao, Y.S.; Jiang, C.; Mao, W.L.; Wang, Z.W.; /Cornell U., CHESS
2009-06-09
Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3} was compressed at room temperature up to 44.0 GPa and then decompressed back to ambient pressure. In situ X-ray diffraction was used to monitor the structural changes in the sample. A cubic to hexagonal phase transformation was observed in Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3} for the first time. After decompression back to ambient pressure, the hexagonal phase was not quenchable and transformed to a monoclinic phase. Ab initio Density-Functional-Theory (DFT) calculations were performed to obtain theoretical data for comparison with the experimental results and elucidation of the transformation mechanism. A possible phase transformation mechanism that is consistent with the experimental results and theoretical calculations is proposed.
Ab initio infrared and Raman spectra
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Fredkin, Donald R.; Komornicki, Andrew; White, Steven R.; Wilson, Kent R.
1983-06-01
We discuss several ways in which molecular absorption and scattering spectra can be computed ab initio, from the fundamental constants of nature. These methods can be divided into two general categories. In the first, or sequential, type of approach, one first solves the electronic part of the Schrödinger equation in the Born-Oppenheimer approximation, mapping out the potential energy, dipole moment vector (for infrared absorption) and polarizability tensor (for Raman scattering) as functions of nuclear coordinates. Having completed the electronic part of the calculation, one then solves the nuclear part of the problem either classically or quantum mechanically. As an example of the sequential ab initio approach, the infrared and Raman rotational and vibrational-rotational spectral band contours for the water molecule are computed in the simplest rigid rotor, normal mode approximation. Quantum techniques are used to calculate the necessary potential energy, dipole moment, and polarizability information at the equilibrium geometry. A new quick, accurate, and easy to program classical technique involving no reference to Euler angles or special functions is developed to compute the infrared and Raman band contours for any rigid rotor, including asymmetric tops. A second, or simultaneous, type of ab initio approach is suggested for large systems, particularly those for which normal mode analysis is inappropriate, such as liquids, clusters, or floppy molecules. Then the curse of dimensionality prevents mapping out in advance the complete potential, dipole moment, and polarizability functions over the whole space of nuclear positions of all atoms, and a solution in which the electronic and nuclear parts of the Born-Oppenheimer approximation are simultaneously solved is needed. A quantum force classical trajectory (QFCT) molecular dynamic method, based on linear response theory, is described, in which the forces, dipole moment, and polarizability are computed quantum
Collective rotation from ab initio theory
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Caprio, Mark A.; Maris, Pieter; Vary, James P.
2015-10-01
The challenge of ab initio nuclear theory is to quantitatively predict the complex and highly-correlated behavior of the nuclear many-body system, starting from the underlying internucleon interactions. We may now seek to understand the wealth of nuclear collective phenomena through ab initio approaches. No-core configuration interaction (NCCI) calculations for p-shell nuclei give rise to rotational bands, as evidenced by rotational patterns for excitation energies, electromagnetic moments, and electromagnetic transitions. In this talk, the intrinsic structure of these bands is discussed, and the predicted rotational bands are compared to experiment. Supported by the US DOE under Award Nos. DE-FG02-95ER-40934, DESC0008485 (SciDAC/NUCLEI), and DE-FG02-87ER40371 and the US NSF under Award No. 0904782. Computational resources provided by NERSC (US DOE Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231).
Ab initio infrared and Raman spectra
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
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.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
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.
Ab initio Bogoliubov coupled cluster theory
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Signoracci, Angelo; Hagen, Gaute; Duguet, Thomas
2014-09-01
Coupled cluster (CC) theory has become a standard method in nuclear theory for realistic ab initio calculations of medium mass nuclei, but remains limited by its requirement of a Slater determinant reference state which reasonably approximates the nuclear system of interest. Extensions of the method, such as equation-of-motion CC, permit the calculation of nuclei with one or two nucleons added or removed from a doubly magic core, yet still only a few dozen nuclei are accessible with modern computational restrictions. In order to extend the applicability of ab initio methods to open-shell systems, the superfluid nature of nuclei must be taken into account. By utilizing Bogoliubov algebra and employing spontaneous symmetry breaking with respect to particle number conservation, superfluid systems can be treated by a single reference state. An ab initio theory to include correlations on top of a Bogoliubov reference state has been developed in the guise of standard CC theory. The formalism and first results of this Bogoliubov coupled cluster theory will be presented to demonstrate the applicability of the method.
Shi, Jingming; Cui, Wenwen; Flores-Livas, José A; San-Miguel, Alfonso; Botti, Silvana; Marques, Miguel A L
2016-03-01
Barium silicides are versatile materials that have attracted attention for a variety of applications in electronics and optoelectronics. Using an unbiased structural search based on a particle-swarm optimization algorithm combined with density functional theory calculations, we investigate systematically the ground-state phase stability and the structural diversity of Ba-Si binaries under high pressure. The phase diagram turns out to be quite intricate, with several compositions stabilizing/destabilizing as a function of pressure. In particular, we identify novel phases of BaSi, BaSi2, BaSi3, and BaSi5 that might be synthesizable experimentally over a wide range of pressures. Our results not only clarify and complete the previously known structural phase diagram, but also provide new insights for understanding the Ba-Si binary system. PMID:26923068
Ab initio investigation of phase stability of Y2Ti2O7 and Y2Zr2O7 under high pressure
Xiao, Haiyan Y.; Gao, Fei; Weber, William J.
2009-12-31
The phase stabilities of Y2Ti2O7 and Y2Zr2O7 under high pressure were investigated by ab initio methods. Pyrochlore-structured Y2Ti2O7 and defect-fluorite Y2Zr2O7 exhibit different responses to high pressure. Both the defect-fluorite and defect-cotunnite structures are energetically more stable at high pressure in Y2Ti2O7, but comparison with experimental results suggest that only the transformation to the defect-fluorite structure is kinetically favored. For Y2Zr2O7, the defect-fluorite phase should undergo a structural transformation to the defect-cotunnite state under high pressure.
Dixon, J. A.; Elliott, S. R.
2014-04-07
A large number of phase-change materials (PCMs) have been developed experimentally; however, only Ge{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 5}-based PCMs have been significantly explored using ab initio molecular-dynamics (AIMD) simulations. We present an AIMD study of the full melt/quench/anneal PC cycle for Ga-Sb materials, namely, the stoichiometric composition, GaSb, and the near-eutectic alloy, Ga{sub 16}Sb{sub 84}. The calculated electronic densities of states and optical reflectivities are compared between the amorphous and crystalline phases for both compositions, and it is shown that the contrasting opto-electronic properties of each crystalline material can be attributed to different structural transformations of Ga and Sb on crystallization from the amorphous state.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kotmool, K.; Bovornratanaraks, T.; Yoodee, K.
2015-10-01
An ab initio study of structural phase transformations and band structure under high pressure was performed on a ternary semiconductor, AgInTe2. Based on DFT within both LDA and GGA exchange-correlation, US-PP, and plane wave basis set, were employed for this work. Transition pressures and calculated parameters with transformation pathway was identified to be; chalcopyrite→cd-B1→cd-Cmcm, were in good agreement with experiments. We also predicted a higher pressure phase based on supercell with size 2×2×2 of B2 structure in which all the configuration of cation structures were accounted to compare and clarify its'cations-disordered state. The predicted structure probably appeared at around 40 GPa from cd-Cmcm to cd-B2. In the case of band structure calculation, NC-PP in which 4p10 electrons of In were not treated, was also employed in chalcopyrite at a pressure range of 0-4 GPa to improve a very narrow band gap of US-PP, and this failure will be discussed. Partial density of state (PDOS), and electronic population analysis were also calculated to finely investigate the electronic transition around the Fermi level. Our calculated results were in good agreement with experiments. The direct energy gap (Eg) was linearly proportional to pressure with increasing rate of 46.4 and 44.6 meV/GPa. In addition, at ambient conditions, Eg was equal to 1.02 eV and 0.95 eV for GGA and LDA, respectively. Band structure from all the calculations have shown a higher second band gap (Eg‧) which could occur due to crystal-field splitting.
Kojić, Marko; Petković, Milena; Etinski, Mihajlo
2016-08-10
Avobenzone (4-tert-butyl-4'-methoxydibenzoylmethane, AB) is one of the most widely used filters in sunscreens for skin photoprotection in the UVA band. The photochemistry of AB includes keto-enol tautomerization, cis-trans isomerization, rotation about the single bond and α bond cleavages of carbonyl groups. In this contribution we study chelated and non-chelated enol, rotamers Z and E, and keto tautomers of AB in the ground and excited states in gas phase and acetonitrile by means of a coupled cluster method. Our findings suggest that torsion around the double C2-C3 bond of photoexcited chelated enol leads to internal conversion to the ground state and formation of rotamer E. In addition, opening of the chelated hydrogen ring by torsion of the hydroxyl group creates non-chelated enol. The possible mechanisms of rotamer Z formation are discussed. The solvent dependent photolability is related to the relative order of the lowest triplet ππ* and nπ* states of the keto tautomer. PMID:27443629
Thermochemical data for CVD modeling from ab initio calculations
Ho, P.; Melius, C.F.
1993-12-31
Ab initio electronic-structure calculations are combined with empirical bond-additivity corrections to yield thermochemical properties of gas-phase molecules. A self-consistent set of heats of formation for molecules in the Si-H, Si-H-Cl, Si-H-F, Si-N-H and Si-N-H-F systems is presented, along with preliminary values for some Si-O-C-H species.
Ab initio no core full configuration approach for light nuclei
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kim, Youngman; Shin, Ik Jae; Maris, Pieter; Vary, James P.; Forssén, Christian; Rotureau, Jimmy
2014-07-01
Comprehensive understanding of the structure and reactions of light nuclei poses theoretical and computational challenges. Still, a number of ab initio approaches have been developed to calculate the properties of atomic nuclei using fundamental interactions among nucleons. Among them, we work with the ab initio no core full configuration (NCFC) method and ab initio no core Gamow Shell Model (GSM). We first review these approaches and present some recent results.
Ab initio no core full configuration approach for light nuclei
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kim, Youngman; Shin, Ik Jae; Maris, Pieter; Vary, James P.; Forssén, Christian; Rotureau, Jimmy
2015-10-01
Comprehensive understanding of the structure and reactions of light nuclei poses theoretical and computational challenges. Still, a number of ab initio approaches have been developed to calculate the properties of atomic nuclei using fundamental interactions among nucleons. Among them, we work with the ab initio no core full configuration (NCFC) method and ab initio no core Gamow Shell Model (GSM). We first review these approaches and present some recent results.
Infrared spectroscopy and ab initio study of hydrogen bonded Cl3CD·N(CH3)3 complex in the gas phase
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Rutkowski, K. S.; Melikova, S. M.; Linok, O. V.; Czarnik-Matusewicz, B.; Rospenk, M.
2015-02-01
FTIR spectra of the gas phase Cl3CD + TMA mixture have been studied at room temperature in ∼800-4000 cm-1 frequency domain. The formation of the H-bonded Cl3CD…TMA complex has been detected. Spectroscopic parameters of the band ascribed to the complex were evaluated. MP2 frozen core ab initio calculations have been carried out with the Pople-type 6-311++G(d,p) basis set. The equilibrium geometries and harmonic vibrational frequencies of the complex were obtained using CP-corrected gradient techniques. The ''freq = anharm'' option has been tested for Cl3CD monomer and Cl3CD…TMA complex to examine possible anharmonic effects on the vibrations localized on the proton donor. The effects of Darling-Dennison and Fermi resonances on the frequency of the stretching vibration of the CH proton donor were analyzed.
Pressure induced magnetic phase transition in RhFe3N and IrFe3N: An ab-initio study
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Puvaneswari, S.; Rajeswarapalanichamy, R.; Manikandan, M.
2016-05-01
The structural, electronic, elastic and magnetic properties of RhFe3N and IrFe3N are investigated using ab-initio calculations based on density functional theory as implemented in VASP code within the gradient generalized approximation. The non-spin polarized and spin polarized calculations are performed for these nitrides at normal and high pressures. It is found that these ternary nitrides are stable in ferromagnetic state at normal pressure. The lattice constant and bulk modulus values are calculated. The electronic structure reveals that these nitrides are metallic at normal pressure. The calculated elastic constants indicate that they are mechanically stable at ambient pressure. Ferromagnetic to nonmagnetic phase transition is observed in RhFe3N and IrFe3N at high pressure. Ferromagnetism is quenched in these nitrides at high pressure.
Ab initio melting curve of osmium
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Burakovsky, L.; Burakovsky, N.; Preston, D. L.
2015-11-01
The melting curve of osmium up to a pressure P of 500 GPa is obtained from an extensive suite of ab initio quantum molecular dynamics (QMD) simulations using the Z method. The ab initio P =0 melting point of Os is 3370 ±75 K; this range encompasses all of the available data in the literature and corroborates the conclusion of J. W. Arblaster [Platinum Metals Rev. 49, 166 (2005)], 10.1595/147106705X70264 that the melting temperature of pure Os is 3400 ±50 K and that the 3300 K typically quoted in the literature is the melting point of impure Os. The T =0 equation of state (EOS) of Os and the P dependence of the optimized c /a ratio for the hexagonal unit cell, both to pressures ˜900 GPa, are obtained in the ab initio approach as validation of its use. Although excellent agreement with the available experimental data (P ≲80 GPa) is found, it is the third-order Birch-Murnaghan EOS with B0'=5 rather than the more widely accepted B0'=4 that describes the QMD data to higher pressures, in agreement with the more recent experimental EOS by Godwal et al. The theoretical melting curve of Os obtained earlier by Joshi et al. is shown to be inconsistent with our QMD results, and the possible reason for this discrepancy is suggested. Regularities in the melting curves of Os and five other third-row transition metals (Ta, W, Re, Pt, Au) could be used to estimate the currently unknown melting curves of Hf and Ir.
Ab initio molecular dynamics: concepts, recent developments, and future trends.
Iftimie, Radu; Minary, Peter; Tuckerman, Mark E
2005-05-10
The methodology of ab initio molecular dynamics, wherein finite-temperature dynamical trajectories are generated by using forces computed "on the fly" from electronic structure calculations, has had a profound influence in modern theoretical research. Ab initio molecular dynamics allows chemical processes in condensed phases to be studied in an accurate and unbiased manner, leading to new paradigms in the elucidation of microscopic mechanisms, rationalization of experimental data, and testable predictions of new phenomena. The purpose of this work is to give a brief introduction to the technique and to review several important recent developments in the field. Several illustrative examples showing the power of the technique have been chosen. Perspectives on future directions in the field also will be given. PMID:15870204
Xue, H. T.; Tang, F. L.; Lu, W. J.; Li, X. K.; Zhang, Y.; Feng, Y. D.
2014-08-07
The phase diagram of the CuInSe{sub 2}-CuGaSe{sub 2} pseudobinary system was determined using a combination of special quasirandom structure approach, ab initio density functional theory calculations, and thermodynamic modelling. It is shown that the CuIn{sub 1−x}Ga{sub x}Se{sub 2} solution phase has a tendency to phase separation at low temperature. The calculated consolute temperature is 485 K. It is found that both the binodal and spinodal curves are significantly asymmetric and on both curves there are a local maximum and a local minimum, which have not been reported in the previous studies. Our phase diagram can well explain the finding that the inhomogeneity of CuIn{sub 0.25}Ga{sub 0.75}Se{sub 2} is higher than that of CuIn{sub 0.75}Ga{sub 0.25}Se{sub 2} at the same temperature, while the previous phase diagrams cannot. Hence, our phase diagram should be more reliable and applicable.
Ab initio non-relativistic spin dynamics
Ding, Feizhi; Goings, Joshua J.; Li, Xiaosong; Frisch, Michael J.
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 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.
Ab initio non-relativistic spin dynamics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ding, Feizhi; Goings, Joshua J.; Frisch, Michael J.; Li, Xiaosong
2014-12-01
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.
Ab Initio Neutron Drops with Chiral Hamiltonians
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Potter, Hugh; Maris, Pieter; Vary, James
2015-04-01
Ab initio calculations for neutron drops are of interest for insights into neutron-rich nuclei and neutron star matter, and for examining the neutron-only sector of nucleon-nucleon and 3-nucleon interactions. I present ab initio results calculated using the no-core shell model with 2- and 3-body chiral Hamiltonians for neutron drops up to 20 neutrons confined in a 10 MeV harmonic trap. I discuss ground state energies, internal energies, radii, and evidence for pairing. In addition, excitation energies can be used to investigate the spin-orbit splittings in the p-shell and sd -shell. Prior Green's Function Monte Carlo calculations using the Argonne v8' potential with added 3-nucleon forces serve as a comparison. Supported by DOE Grants DESC0008485 (SciDAC/NUCLEI), DE-FG02-87ER40371, and NSF Grant 0904782; computational resources provided by the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (DOE Office of Science Contract DE-AC05-00OR22725) under an INCITE award.
Towards Accurate Ab Initio Predictions of the Spectrum of Methane
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
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.
Barrett, B R; Navratil, P; Vary, J P
2011-04-11
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 nuclear 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 resulting NN
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Karoui, K.; Ben Bechir, M.; Bulou, A.; Guidara, K.; Ben Rhaiem, A.
2016-06-01
The X-ray powder diffraction pattern shows that at room temperature, [N(CH3)3H]2CuCl4is crystallized in the monoclinic system with P21/c space group. The phase transitions at T1 ≈ 292/298 K, T2 ≈ 262/264 K and T3 ≈ 241 Khave been confirmed by the differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Besides, the different phases have been studied by Raman scattering on single crystals, in the frequency range of 60-350 cm-1. The infrared and Raman spectra are attributed on the basis of ab initio calculations of the vibrational spectra. The optimized geometries, calculated vibrational frequencies, infrared intensities and Raman activities of [CuCl4]2- and [N(CH3)3H]+were calculated using the Hartree-Fock (HF) and density functional theory (B3LYP) with 3-21G, 6-31G(d) and 6-311G(d,p)basis sets. The temperature evolution of Raman spectra reveals the existence of phase transitions at T1, T2 and T3 and confirms their nature.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Parisi, Filippo; Sciascia, Luciana; Princivalle, Francesco; Merli, Marcello
2012-02-01
In order to characterize the pressure-induced decomposition of ringwoodite (γ-Mg2SiO4), the topological analysis of the electron density ρ( r), based upon the theory of atoms in molecules (AIM) developed by Bader in the framework of the catastrophe theory, has been performed. Calculations have been carried out by means of the ab initio CRYSTAL09 code at the HF/DFT level, using Hamiltonians based on the Becke- LYP scheme containing hybrid Hartree-Fock/density functional exchange-correlation terms. The equation of state at 0 K has been constructed for the three phases involved in the post-spinel phase transition (ringwoodite → Mg-perovskite + periclase) occurring at the transition zone-lower mantel boundary. The topological results show that the decomposition of the ringwoodite at high pressures is caused by a conflict catastrophe. Furthermore, topological evidences of the central role played by the oxygen atoms to facilitate the pressure-induced ringwoodite decomposition and the subsequent phase transition have been noticed.
Guiding ab initio calculations by alchemical derivatives.
to Baben, M; Achenbach, J O; von Lilienfeld, O A
2016-03-14
We assess the concept of alchemical transformations for predicting how a further and not-tested change in composition would change materials properties. This might help to guide ab initio calculations through multidimensional property-composition spaces. Equilibrium volumes, bulk moduli, and relative lattice stability of fcc and bcc 4d transition metals Zr, Nb, Mo, Tc, Ru, Rh, Pd, and Ag are calculated using density functional theory. Alchemical derivatives predict qualitative trends in lattice stability while equilibrium volumes and bulk moduli are predicted with less than 9% and 28% deviation, respectively. Predicted changes in equilibrium volume and bulk moduli for binary and ternary mixtures of Rh-Pd-Ag are in qualitative agreement even for predicted bulk modulus changes as large as +100% or -50%. Based on these results, it is suggested that alchemical transformations could be meaningful for enhanced sampling in the context of virtual high-throughput materials screening projects. PMID:26979677
Ab initio determination of light hadron masses.
Dürr, S; Fodor, Z; Frison, J; Hoelbling, C; Hoffmann, R; Katz, S D; Krieg, S; Kurth, T; Lellouch, L; Lippert, T; Szabo, K K; Vulvert, G
2008-11-21
More than 99% of the mass of the visible universe is made up of protons and neutrons. Both particles are much heavier than their quark and gluon constituents, and the Standard Model of particle physics should explain this difference. We present a full ab initio calculation of the masses of protons, neutrons, and other light hadrons, using lattice quantum chromodynamics. Pion masses down to 190 mega-electron volts are used to extrapolate to the physical point, with lattice sizes of approximately four times the inverse pion mass. Three lattice spacings are used for a continuum extrapolation. Our results completely agree with experimental observations and represent a quantitative confirmation of this aspect of the Standard Model with fully controlled uncertainties. PMID:19023076
Discovering chemistry with an ab initio nanoreactor
Wang, Lee-Ping; Titov, Alexey; McGibbon, Robert; Liu, Fang; Pande, Vijay S.; Martínez, Todd J.
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
Ab initio molar volumes and Gaussian radii.
Parsons, Drew F; Ninham, Barry W
2009-02-12
Ab initio molar volumes are calculated and used to derive radii for ions and neutral molecules using a spatially diffuse model of the electron distribution with Gaussian spread. The Gaussian radii obtained can be used for computation of nonelectrostatic ion-ion dispersion forces that underlie Hofmeister specific ion effects. Equivalent hard-sphere radii are also derived, and these are in reasonable agreement with crystalline ionic radii. The Born electrostatic self-energy is derived for a Gaussian model of the electronic charge distribution. It is shown that the ionic volumes used in electrostatic calculations of strongly hydrated cosmotropic ions ought best to include the first hydration shell. Ionic volumes for weakly hydrated chaotropic metal cations should exclude electron overlap (in electrostatic calculations). Spherical radii are calculated as well as nonisotropic ellipsoidal radii for nonspherical ions, via their nonisotropic static polarizability tensors. PMID:19140766
Discovering chemistry with an ab initio nanoreactor
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
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.
Discovering chemistry with an ab initio nanoreactor
Wang, Lee-Ping; Titov, Alexey; McGibbon, Robert; Liu, Fang; Pande, Vijay S.; Martínez, Todd J.
2014-01-01
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 from primitive compounds proposed to exist on the early Earth, providing new insight into the classic Urey-Miller experiment. 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. PMID:25411881
Guiding ab initio calculations by alchemical derivatives
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
to Baben, M.; Achenbach, J. O.; von Lilienfeld, O. A.
2016-03-01
We assess the concept of alchemical transformations for predicting how a further and not-tested change in composition would change materials properties. This might help to guide ab initio calculations through multidimensional property-composition spaces. Equilibrium volumes, bulk moduli, and relative lattice stability of fcc and bcc 4d transition metals Zr, Nb, Mo, Tc, Ru, Rh, Pd, and Ag are calculated using density functional theory. Alchemical derivatives predict qualitative trends in lattice stability while equilibrium volumes and bulk moduli are predicted with less than 9% and 28% deviation, respectively. Predicted changes in equilibrium volume and bulk moduli for binary and ternary mixtures of Rh-Pd-Ag are in qualitative agreement even for predicted bulk modulus changes as large as +100% or -50%. Based on these results, it is suggested that alchemical transformations could be meaningful for enhanced sampling in the context of virtual high-throughput materials screening projects.
Discovering chemistry with an ab initio nanoreactor.
Wang, Lee-Ping; Titov, Alexey; McGibbon, Robert; Liu, Fang; Pande, Vijay S; Martínez, Todd J
2014-12-01
Chemical understanding is driven by the experimental discovery of new compounds and reactivity, and is supported by theory and computation that provide detailed physical insight. Although 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 from primitive compounds proposed to exist on the early Earth, which provide new insight into the classic Urey-Miller experiment. 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. PMID:25411881
Discovering chemistry with an ab initio nanoreactor
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Wang, Lee-Ping; Titov, Alexey; McGibbon, Robert; Liu, Fang; Pande, Vijay S.; Martínez, Todd J.
2014-12-01
Chemical understanding is driven by the experimental discovery of new compounds and reactivity, and is supported by theory and computation that provide detailed physical insight. Although 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 from primitive compounds proposed to exist on the early Earth, which provide new insight into the classic Urey-Miller experiment. 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.
Ab Initio Modeling of Molecular Radiation
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
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.
Discovering chemistry with an ab initio nanoreactor
Wang, Lee-Ping; Titov, Alexey; McGibbon, Robert; Liu, Fang; Pande, Vijay S.; Martínez, Todd J.
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 from 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.
Ab Initio Calculation of the Hoyle State
Epelbaum, Evgeny; Krebs, Hermann; Lee, Dean; Meissner, Ulf-G.
2011-05-13
The Hoyle state plays a crucial role in the helium burning of stars heavier than our Sun and in the production of carbon and other elements necessary for life. This excited state of the carbon-12 nucleus was postulated by Hoyle as a necessary ingredient for the fusion of three alpha particles to produce carbon at stellar temperatures. Although the Hoyle state was seen experimentally more than a half century ago nuclear theorists have not yet uncovered the nature of this state from first principles. In this Letter we report the first ab initio calculation of the low-lying states of carbon-12 using supercomputer lattice simulations and a theoretical framework known as effective field theory. In addition to the ground state and excited spin-2 state, we find a resonance at -85(3) MeV with all of the properties of the Hoyle state and in agreement with the experimentally observed energy.
Ab initio derivation of model energy density functionals
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Dobaczewski, Jacek
2016-08-01
I propose a simple and manageable method that allows for deriving coupling constants of model energy density functionals (EDFs) directly from ab initio calculations performed for finite fermion systems. A proof-of-principle application allows for linking properties of finite nuclei, determined by using the nuclear nonlocal Gogny functional, to the coupling constants of the quasilocal Skyrme functional. The method does not rely on properties of infinite fermion systems but on the ab initio calculations in finite systems. It also allows for quantifying merits of different model EDFs in describing the ab initio results.
Ab Initio Studies of Halogen and Nitrogen Oxide Species of Interest in Stratospheric Chemistry
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
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.
Dietrick, Scott M; Iyengar, Srinivasan S
2012-12-11
A method of analysis is introduced to probe the spectral features obtained from ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. Here, the instantaneous mass-weighted velocities are projected onto irreducible representations constructed from discrete time translation groups comprising operations that invoke the time-domain symmetries (or periodic phase space orbits) reflected in the spectra. The projected velocities are decomposed using singular value decomposition (SVD) to construct a set of "modes" pertaining to a given frequency domain. These modes now include all anharmonicities, as sampled during the dynamics simulations. In this approach, the underlying motions are probed in a manner invariant with respect to coordinate transformations, operations being performed along the time axis rather than coordinate axes, making the analysis independent of choice of reference frame. The method is used to probe the underlying motions responsible for the doublet at ∼1000 cm(-1) in the vibrational spectrum of the H5O2(+), Zundel cation. The associated analysis results are confirmed by projecting the Fourier transformed velocities onto the harmonic normal mode coordinates and a set of mass-weighted, symmetrized Jacobi coordinates. It is found that the two peaks of the doublet are described and differentiated by their respective contributions from the proton transfer, water-water stretch, and water wag coordinates, as these are defined. Temperature dependent effects are also briefly noted. PMID:26593181
Woo, Hin-koon; Wang, Xue B.; Wang, Lai S.; Lau, Kai Chung
2005-12-01
The strength of the low-barrier hydrogen bond in hydrogen maleate in the gas phase was investigated by low-temperature photoelectron spectroscopy and ab initio calculations. Photoelectron spectra of maleic and fumaric acid monoanions (cis-/trans-HO2CCHdCHCO2 -) were obtained at low temperatures and at 193 nm photon energy. Vibrational structure was observed for trans-HO2CCHdCHCO2 - due to the OCO bending modes; however, cis-HO2CCHdCHCO2 - yielded a broad and featureless spectrum. The electron binding energy of cis-HO2CCHdCHCO2 - is about 1 eV blue-shifted relative to trans-HO2CCHdCHCO2 - due to the formation of intramolecular hydrogen bond in the cis-isomer. Theoretical calculations (CCSD(T)/ aug-cc-pVTZ and B3LYP/aug-cc-pVTZ) were carried out to estimate the strength of the intramolecular hydrogen bond in cis-HO2CCHdCHCO2 -. Combining experimental and theoretical calculations yields an estimate of 21.5 ( 2.0 kcal/mol for the intramolecular hydrogen bond strength in hydrogen maleate.
Lindenmaier, Rodica; Tipton, Nicole; Sams, Robert L; Brauer, Carolyn S; Blake, Thomas A; Williams, Stephen D; Johnson, Timothy J
2016-08-01
Hydroxyacetone (acetol) is a simple organic molecule of interest in both the astrophysical and atmospheric communities. It has recently been observed in biomass burning events and is a known degradation product of isoprene oxidation. However, its vibrational assignment has never been fully completed, and few quantitative data are available for its detection via infrared spectroscopy. Our recent acquisition of both the pressure-broadened gas-phase data and the far-IR spectra now allow for unambiguous assignment of several (new) bands. In particular, the observed C-type bands of several fundamentals (particularly in the far-infrared) and a few combination bands demonstrate that the monomer is in a planar (Cs) conformation, at least a majority of the time. As suggested by other researchers, the monomer is a cis-cis conformer stabilized by an intramolecular O-H···O═C hydrogen bond forming a five-membered planar ring structure. Band assignments in the Cs point group are justified (at least for a good fraction of the molecules in the ensemble) by the presence of the C-type bands. The results and band assignments are well confirmed by both ab initio MP2-ccpvtz calculations and GAMESS (B3LYP) theoretical calculations. In addition, using vetted methods for quantitative measurements, we report the first IR absorption band strengths of acetol (also in electronic format) that can be used for atmospheric monitoring and other applications. PMID:27397573
Ab Initio: And a New Era of Airline Pilot Training.
ERIC Educational Resources Information Center
Gesell, Laurence E.
1995-01-01
Expansion of air transportation and decreasing numbers seeking pilot training point to a shortage of qualified pilots. Ab initio training, in which candidates with no flight time are trained to air transport proficiency, could resolve the problem. (SK)
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kürkçü, Cihan; Merdan, Ziya; Öztürk, Hülya
2016-04-01
The crystal structure of CoF2 was studied theoretically using first-principles density functional theory (DFT) methods within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) and local density approximation (LDA) under rapid hydrostatic pressure up to 144 GPa. CoF2 undergoes a structural phase transformation from the rutile-type tetragonal parent phase with space group P42/mnm to the CaCl2-type orthorhombic parent phase with space group Pnnm at 64 GPa with GGA and at 96 GPa with LDA methods. Another phase transformation occurs from the CaCl2-type structure to monoclinic parent phase with space group P21/c at 96 GPa with a GGA method. These phase transitions are also studied by enthalpy and total energy calculations. According to these calculations, we obtained the first phase transformation at about 6.5 GPa both GGA and LDA methods and the later phase transformation at about 45 GPa with the GGA method.
Phonocatalysis. An ab initio simulation experiment
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kim, Kwangnam; Kaviany, Massoud
2016-06-01
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 XeF6 on h-BN surface leads to formation of XeF4 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. We 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.
Ab initio two-component Ehrenfest dynamics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ding, Feizhi; Goings, Joshua J.; Liu, Hongbin; Lingerfelt, David B.; Li, Xiaosong
2015-09-01
We present an ab initio two-component Ehrenfest-based mixed quantum/classical molecular dynamics method to describe the effect of nuclear motion on the electron spin dynamics (and vice versa) in molecular systems. The two-component time-dependent non-collinear density functional theory is used for the propagation of spin-polarized electrons while the nuclei are treated classically. We use a three-time-step algorithm for the numerical integration of the coupled equations of motion, namely, the velocity Verlet for nuclear motion, the nuclear-position-dependent midpoint Fock update, and the modified midpoint and unitary transformation method for electronic propagation. As a test case, the method is applied to the dissociation of H2 and O2. In contrast to conventional Ehrenfest dynamics, this two-component approach provides a first principles description of the dynamics of non-collinear (e.g., spin-frustrated) magnetic materials, as well as the proper description of spin-state crossover, spin-rotation, and spin-flip dynamics by relaxing the constraint on spin configuration. This method also holds potential for applications to spin transport in molecular or even nanoscale magnetic devices.
Ab Initio Studies of Calcium Carbonate Hydration.
Lopez-Berganza, Josue A; Diao, Yijue; Pamidighantam, Sudhakar; Espinosa-Marzal, Rosa M
2015-11-25
Ab initio simulations of large hydrated calcium carbonate clusters are challenging due to the existence of multiple local energy minima. Extensive conformational searches around hydrated calcium carbonate clusters (CaCO3·nH2O for n = 1-18) were performed to find low-energy hydration structures using an efficient combination of Monte Carlo searches, density-functional tight binding (DFTB+) method, and density-functional theory (DFT) at the B3LYP level, or Møller-Plesset perturbation theory at the MP2 level. This multilevel optimization yields several low-energy structures for hydrated calcium carbonate. Structural and energetics analysis of the hydration of these clusters revealed a first hydration shell composed of 12 water molecules. Bond-length and charge densities were also determined for different cluster sizes. The solvation of calcium carbonate in bulk water was investigated by placing the explicitly solvated CaCO3·nH2O clusters in a polarizable continuum model (PCM). The findings of this study provide new insights into the energetics and structure of hydrated calcium carbonate and contribute to the understanding of mechanisms where calcium carbonate formation or dissolution is of relevance. PMID:26505205
Ab initio two-component Ehrenfest dynamics
Ding, Feizhi; Goings, Joshua J.; Liu, Hongbin; Lingerfelt, David B.; Li, Xiaosong
2015-09-21
We present an ab initio two-component Ehrenfest-based mixed quantum/classical molecular dynamics method to describe the effect of nuclear motion on the electron spin dynamics (and vice versa) in molecular systems. The two-component time-dependent non-collinear density functional theory is used for the propagation of spin-polarized electrons while the nuclei are treated classically. We use a three-time-step algorithm for the numerical integration of the coupled equations of motion, namely, the velocity Verlet for nuclear motion, the nuclear-position-dependent midpoint Fock update, and the modified midpoint and unitary transformation method for electronic propagation. As a test case, the method is applied to the dissociation of H{sub 2} and O{sub 2}. In contrast to conventional Ehrenfest dynamics, this two-component approach provides a first principles description of the dynamics of non-collinear (e.g., spin-frustrated) magnetic materials, as well as the proper description of spin-state crossover, spin-rotation, and spin-flip dynamics by relaxing the constraint on spin configuration. This method also holds potential for applications to spin transport in molecular or even nanoscale magnetic devices.
Ab initio prediction of the critical thickness of a precipitate
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Sampath, S.; Janisch, R.
2013-09-01
Segregation and precipitation of second phases in metals and metallic alloys is an important phenomenon that has a strong influence on the mechanical properties of the material. Models exist that describe the growth of coherent, semi-coherent and incoherent precipitates. One important parameter of these models is the energy of the interface between matrix and precipitate. In this work we apply ab initio density functional theory calculations to obtain this parameter and to understand how it depends on chemical composition and mechanical strain at the interface. Our example is a metastable Mo-C phase, the body-centred tetragonal structure, which exists as a semi-coherent precipitate in body-centred cubic molybdenum. The interface of this precipitate is supposed to change from coherent to semi-coherent during the growth of the precipitate. We predict the critical thickness of the precipitate by calculating the different contributions to a semi-coherent interface energy by means of ab initio density functional theory calculations. The parameters in our model include the elastic strain energy stored in the precipitate, as well as a misfit dislocation energy that depends on the dislocation core width and the dislocation spacing. Our predicted critical thickness agrees well with experimental observations.
Ab Initio Construction of Magnetic Phase Diagrams in Alloys: The Case of Fe(1-x)Mn(x)Pt.
Pujari, B S; Larson, P; Antropov, V P; Belashchenko, K D
2015-07-31
A first-principles approach to the construction of concentration-temperature magnetic phase diagrams of metallic alloys is presented. The method employs self-consistent total energy calculations based on the coherent potential approximation for partially ordered and noncollinear magnetic states and is able to account for competing interactions and multiple magnetic phases. Application to the Fe(1-x)Mn(x)Pt "magnetic chameleon" system yields the sequence of magnetic phases at T=0 and the c-T magnetic phase diagram in good agreement with experiment, and a new low-temperature phase is predicted at the Mn-rich end. The importance of non-Heisenberg interactions for the description of the magnetic phase diagram is demonstrated. PMID:26274437
Ab initio study of energetics and magnetism of sigma phase in Co-Mo and Fe-Mo systems
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Pavlů, J.; Vřešťál, J.; Šob, M.
2016-02-01
We analyse, from first-principles, the energetics and magnetic ordering of sigma phases in Co-Mo and Fe-Mo systems. Total energy differences between the sigma phase and Standard Element Reference (SER) structures are calculated in the whole concentration range at equilibrium volumes by means of the linear muffin-tin orbitals method in the atomic-sphere approximation (LMTO-ASA), the full-potential linearised augmented-plane waves (FLAPW) method and the pseudopotential approach. They are compared with the enthalpy of formation of sigma phase obtained from the phase equilibria calculations at higher temperature based on the semiempirical CALPHAD (CALculation of PHAse Diagram) method. It turns out that the binary sigma phases are more stable than the weighted average of the sigma phase of elemental constituents and that this stability for Fe-Mo is higher than for Co-Mo. On the other hand it was found that the binary sigma phases do not exhibit any stability with respect to the weighted average of the SER structures. The magnetic configurations in all systems are investigated and the stabilizing effect of magnetic order in sigma phase at 0 K is presented. It turns out that the atomic magnetic moment strongly depends on the type of occupied sublattice and total composition of the alloy.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Nayak, Vikas; Verma, Udai Pratap
2016-06-01
The structural stability, electronic and optical properties of BeH2 under high pressure have been studied using the density functional theory (DFT) employing full potential-linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method. The exchange correlation functional has been solved using the generalized gradient approximation. The calculations show that BeH2 becomes unstable upon application of pressure. At a pressure of 29.40 GPa the ground state α-BeH2 transforms to hypothetical phase β-BeH2 and further at a pressure of 53.77 GPa (with respect to the ground state α-BeH2) β-BeH2 transforms to γ-BeH2. In α-BeH2 phase it remains as an insulator while in β-BeH2 phase its behavior becomes metallic. But upon further increase in pressure it becomes a semiconductor in γ-BeH2 phase. Hence the possibility of obtaining high-pressure phases with superconducting properties cannot be ruled out. There occurs a huge equilibrium volume collapse at α- to β-phase transition and relatively smaller volume changes at β- to γ-phase transition. Our obtained value of dielectric constant (3.0) for α-BeH2 is in excellent agreement with earlier reported value (3.1). Also BeH2 shows anisotropic behavior in all three studied phases.
Ab initio construction of magnetic phase diagrams in alloys: The case of Fe1-xMnxPt
Pujari, B. S.; Larson, P.; Antropov, V. P.; Belashchenko, K. D.
2015-07-28
A first-principles approach to the construction of concentration-temperature magnetic phase diagrams of metallic alloys is presented. The method employs self-consistent total energy calculations based on the coherent potential approximation for partially ordered and noncollinear magnetic states and is able to account for competing interactions and multiple magnetic phases. The application to the Fe1–xMnxPt “magnetic chameleon” system yields the sequence of magnetic phases at T = 0 and the c-T magnetic phase diagram in good agreement with experiment, and a new low-temperature phase is predicted at the Mn-rich end. The importance of non-Heisenberg interactions for the description of the magnetic phasemore » diagram is demonstrated.« less
Ab initio calculation of the shock Hugoniot of bulk silicon
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Strickson, Oliver; Artacho, Emilio
2016-03-01
We describe how ab initio molecular dynamics can be used to determine the Hugoniot locus (states accessible by a shock wave) for materials with a number of stable phases, and with an approximate treatment of plasticity and yield, without having to simulate these phenomena directly. We consider the case of bulk silicon, with forces from density-functional theory, up to 70 GPa. The fact that shock waves can split into multiple waves due to phase transitions or yielding is taken into account here by specifying the strength of any preceding waves explicitly based on their yield strain. Points corresponding to uniaxial elastic compression along three crystal axes and a number of postshock phases are given, including a plastically yielded state, approximated by an isotropic stress configuration following an elastic wave of predetermined strength. The results compare well to existing experimental data for shocked silicon.
Pressure-induced phase transitions of AX(2)-type iron pnictides: an ab initio study.
Wu, X; Steinle-Neumann, G; Qin, S; Kanzaki, M; Dubrovinsky, L
2009-05-01
An investigation into the high-pressure behavior of AX(2)-type iron pnictides was conducted using first-principles calculations based on density functional theory within the generalized gradient approximation. Our results demonstrate that a phase transition from the marcasite to the CuAl(2) occurs at 108 GPa for FeP(2), at 92 GPa for FeAs(2), and at 38 GPa for FeSb(2), accompanying a semiconductor-to-metal crossover. A linear relationship between bulk moduli and the inverse specific volume is proposed to be B(0) = 17 498/V(0)-45.9 GPa for the marcasite-type phase and B(0) = 31 798/V(0)-67.5 GPa for the CuAl(2)-type phase. According to the observed structural evolutions, we claim that the regular marcasite transforms to the CuAl(2)-type phase and the anomalous marcasite transforms to the pyrite-type phase at high pressures. PMID:21825462
Oxidation of GaN: An ab initio thermodynamic approach
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Jackson, Adam J.; Walsh, Aron
2013-10-01
GaN is a wide-band-gap semiconductor used in high-efficiency light-emitting diodes and solar cells. The solid is produced industrially at high chemical purities by deposition from a vapor phase, and oxygen may be included at this stage. Oxidation represents a potential path for tuning its properties without introducing more exotic elements or extreme processing conditions. In this work, ab initio computational methods are used to examine the energy potentials and electronic properties of different extents of oxidation in GaN. Solid-state vibrational properties of Ga, GaN, Ga2O3, and a single substitutional oxygen defect have been studied using the harmonic approximation with supercells. A thermodynamic model is outlined which combines the results of ab initio calculations with data from experimental literature. This model allows free energies to be predicted for arbitrary reaction conditions within a wide process envelope. It is shown that complete oxidation is favorable for all industrially relevant conditions, while the formation of defects can be opposed by the use of high temperatures and a high N2:O2 ratio.
Entropy of Liquid Water from Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Spanu, Leonardo; Zhang, Cui; Galli, Giulia
2012-02-01
The debate on the structural properties of water has been mostly based on the calculation of pair correlation functions. However, the simulation of thermodynamic and spectroscopic quantities may be of great relevance for the characterization of liquid water properties. We have computed the entropy of liquid water using a two-phase thermodynamic model and trajectories generated by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations [1]. In an attempt to better understand the performance of several density functionals in simulating liquid water, we have performed ab initio molecular dynamics using semilocal, hybrid [2] and van der Waals density functionals [3]. We show that in all cases, at the experimental equilibrium density and at temperatures in the vicinity of 300 K, the computed entropies are underestimated, with respect to experiment, and the liquid exhibits a degree of tetrahedral order higher than in experiments. We also discuss computational strategies to simulate spectroscopic properties of water, including infrared and Raman spectra.[4pt] [1] C.Zhang, L.Spanu and G.Galli, J.Phys.Chem. B 2011 (in press)[0pt] [2] C.Zhang, D.Donadio, F.Gygi and G.Galli, J. Chem. Theory Comput. 7, 1443 (2011)[0pt] [3] C.Zhang, J.Wu, G.Galli and F.Gygi, J. Chem. Theory Comput. 7, 3061 (2011)
Skutterudites under pressure: An ab initio study
Ram, Swetarekha; Kanchana, V.; Valsakumar, M. C.
2014-03-07
Ab initio results on the band structure, density of states, and Fermi surface (FS) properties of LaRu{sub 4}X{sub 12} (X = P, As, Sb) are presented at ambient pressure as well as under compression. The analysis of density of states reveals the major contribution at the Fermi level to be mainly from the Ru-d and X-p states. We have a complicated Fermi surface with both electron and hole characters for all the three compounds which is derived mainly from the Ru-d and X-p states. There is also a simpler FS with hole character derived from the P-p{sub z} orbital for LaRu{sub 4}P{sub 12} and Ru-d{sub z{sup 2}} orbital in the case of As and Sb containing compounds. More interestingly, Fermi surface nesting feature is observed only in the case of the LaRu{sub 4}P{sub 12}. Under compression, we observe the topology of the complicated FS sheet of LaRu{sub 4}As{sub 12} to change around V/V{sub 0} = 0.85, leading to a behaviour similar to that of a multiband superconductor, and in addition, we have two more hole pockets centered around Γ at V/V{sub 0} = 0.8 for the same compound. Apart from this, we find the hole pocket to vanish at V/V{sub 0} = 0.8 in the case of LaRu{sub 4}Sb{sub 12} and the opening of the complicated FS sheet gets reduced. The de Haas van Alphen calculation shows the number of extremal orbits in the complicated sheet to change in As and Sb containing compounds under compression, where we also observe the FS topology to change.
Ab initio study of phase stability of NaZr2(PO4)3 under pressure
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Chinnappan, Ravi; Kaur, Gurpreet; Panigrahi, B. K.
2016-05-01
The elastic constants of NaZr2(PO4)3 were computed as a function of pressure through Density Functional Theory calculations. The behavior of elastic constants show that the rhombohedral (R-3c) NaZr2(PO4)3 becomes unstable above 8 GPa and is driven by softening of C44 through one of the Born stability criteria. High pressure equation of state and enthalpy show further that the ambient rhombohedral (R-3c)) NaZr2(PO4)3 transforms first to another rhombohedral (R3) phase and subsequently to LiZr2(PO4)3-type orthorhombic phase at pressures above 6 and 8 GPa respectively which are in agreement with recent X-ray diffraction study.
Structural phase transition and 5f-electrons localization of PuSe explored by ab initio calculations
Cui Shouxin; Feng Wenxia; Hu Haiquan; Gong Zizheng; Liu Hong
2010-04-15
An investigation into the structural phase transformation, electronic and optical properties of PuSe under high pressure was conducted by using the full potential linearized augmented plane wave plus local orbitals (FP-LAPW+lo) method, in the presence and in the absence of spin-orbit coupling (SOC). Our results demonstrate that there exists a structural phase transition from rocksalt (B 1) structure to CsCl-type (B 2) structure at the transition pressure of 36.3 GPa (without SOC) and 51.3 GPa (with SOC). The electronic density of states (DOS) for PuSe show that the f-electrons of Pu are more localized and concentrated in a narrow peak near the Fermi level, which is consistent with the experimental studies. The band structure shows that B 1-PuSe is metallic. A pseudogap appears around the Fermi level of the total density of states of B 1 phase PuSe, which may contribute to its stability. The calculated reflectivity R(omega) shows agreement with the available experimental results. Furthermore, the absorption spectrum, refractive index, extinction coefficient, energy-loss spectrum and dielectric function were calculated. The origin of the spectral peaks was interpreted based on the electronic structures. - Abstract: Graphical Abstract Legend (TOC Figure): 5f-electrons are more localized by the analysis of the density of states (SOC). The origin spectra peaks was interpreted based on electronic structures.
Ab initio study of helium behavior in titanium tritides
Liang, J. H.; Dai, Yunya; Yang, Li; Peng, SM; Fan, K. M.; Long, XG; Zhou, X. S.; Zu, Xiaotao; Gao, Fei
2013-03-01
Ab initio calculations based on density functional theory have been performed to investigate the relative stability of titanium tritides and the helium behavior in stable titanium tritides. The results show that the β-phase TiT1.5 without two tritium along the [100] direction (TiT1.5[100]) is more stable than other possible structures. The stability of titanium tritides decrease with the increased generation of helium in TiT1.5[100]. In addition, helium generated by tritium decay prefers locating at a tetrahedral site, and favorably migrates between two neighbor vacant tetrahedral sites through an intermediate octahedral site in titanium tritides, with a migration energy of 0.23 eV. Furthermore, helium is easily accumulated on a (100) plane in β-phase TiT1.5[100].
Kostko, Oleg; Ahmed, Musahid; Metz, Ricardo B.
2008-12-05
In this work we report on the detection and vacuum-ultraviolet (VUV) photoionization of gas phase SiO2 generated in situ via laser ablation of silicon in a CO2 molecular beam. The resulting species are investigated by single photon ionization with tunable VUV synchrotron radiation and mass analyzed using reflectron mass spectrometry. Photoionization efficiency (PIE) curves are recorded for SiO and SiO2 and ionization energy estimates are revealed from such measurements. A state-to-state ionizationenergy of 12.60 (+-0.05) eV is recorded by fitting two prominent peaks in the PIE curve for the following process: 1SUM O-Si-O --> 2PRODg [O-Si-O]+. Electronic structure calculations aid in the interpretation of the photoionization process and allow for identification of the symmetric stretch of 2PRODg [O-Si-O]+ which is observed in the PIE spectrum to be 0.11 eV (890 cm-1) above the ground state of the cation and agrees with the 892 cm-1 symmetric stretch frequency calculated at the CCSD(T)/aug-cc-pVTZ level.
THERMODYNAMICS OF MATERIALS: FROM AB INITIO TO PHENOMENOLOGY
Turchi, P A
2004-09-24
Quantum mechanical-based (or ab initio) methods are used to predict the stability properties of materials although their application is limited to relatively simple systems in terms of structures and number of alloy components. However thermodynamics of complex multi-component alloys requires a more versatile approach afforded within the CALPHAD formalism. Despite its success, the lack of experimental data very often prevents the design of robust thermodynamic databases. After a brief survey of ab initio methodologies and CALPHAD, it will be shown how ab initio electronic structure methods can supplement in two ways CALPHAD for subsequent applications. The first one is rather immediate and concerns the direct input of ab initio energetics in CALPHAD databases. The other way, more involved, is the assessment of ab initio thermodynamics '{acute a} la CALPHAD'. It will be shown how these results can be used within CALPHAD to predict the equilibrium properties of multi-component alloys. Finally, comments will be made on challenges and future prospects.
Ab initio study of II-(VI)2 dichalcogenides.
Olsson, P; Vidal, J; Lincot, D
2011-10-12
The structural stabilities of the (Zn,Cd)(S,Se,Te)(2) dichalcogenides have been determined ab initio. These compounds are shown to be stable in the pyrite phase, in agreement with available experiments. Structural parameters for the ZnTe(2) pyrite semiconductor compound proposed here are presented. The opto-electronic properties of these dichalcogenide compounds have been calculated using quasiparticle GW theory. Bandgaps, band structures and effective masses are proposed as well as absorption coefficients and refraction indices. The compounds are all indirect semiconductors with very flat conduction band dispersion and high absorption coefficients. The work functions and surface properties are predicted. The Te and Se based compounds could be of interest as absorber materials in photovoltaic applications. PMID:21937783
Ab initio simulation of transport phenomena in rarefied gases.
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. PMID:23030889
Ab initio computations of photodissociation products of CFC alternatives
Tai, S.; Illinger, K.H.; Kenny, J.E.
1995-12-31
Ab initio computations, have already been used to examine the energetics of the photodissociation of stratospheric chlorofluorocarbons. Our awn research has investigated the ab initio computation of vibrational frequencies and infrared intensities of CF{sub 3}CH{sub 2}F, CF{sub 3}CF{sub 2}H, and CF{sub 3}CH{sub 3}; continuing research will attempt to expand these computations to the energetics of the photodissociation of these molecules, since sane of the most common types of chlorofluorocarbon substitutes are hydrofluoroethanes.
Ab Initio Structure Analysis Using Laboratory Powder Diffraction Data
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Sasaki, Akito
Today, laboratory X-ray diffractometers are seeing increasingly wide use in the ab initio crystal structure analysis of organic powder samples. This is because optics and optical devices have been improved, making it possible to obtain precise integrated intensities of reflections in high 2-theta ranges. Another reason is that one can use direct-space methods, which do not require “high-resolution diffraction data”, much more easily than before. Described here are some key points to remember when performig ab initio crystal structure analysis using powder diffraction data from organic compounds.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Pandey, Prasenjit; Chakraborty, Tanmoy; Mukherjee, Asok K.
2013-10-01
Ab initio theory at the HF/6-311G(d,p) level has been used to compute the hydrogen bonding thermodynamics in bulk liquid ethanol. Inter-cluster hydrogen bonding is assumed to mimic the H-bonding in bulk ethanol. Rotation of the clusters has been neglected, but translational and vibrational motions are taken into account for calculating bulk thermodynamic parameters. Results are well in agreement with an earlier report [J. Chem. Phys. 116, 4212 (2002)]. For a more accurate dipole moment of monomer, MP2/6-311++G(d,p) calculation was done. Use of the computed thermodynamic data in a statistical model yields the Kirkwood-Frohlich correlation factor and the dielectric constant of ethanol (21.0) close to the experimental value, 24.3 at 298 K.
Motif based Hessian matrixfor ab initio geometry optimization ofnanostructures
Zhao, Zhengji; Wang, Lin-Wang; Meza, Juan
2006-04-05
A simple method to estimate the atomic degree Hessian matrixof a nanosystem is presented. The estimated Hessian matrix, based on themotif decomposition of the nanosystem, can be used to accelerate abinitio atomic relaxations with speedups of 2 to 4 depending on the sizeof the system. In addition, the programing implementation for using thismethod in a standard ab initio package is trivial.
Towards SiC Surface Functionalization: An Ab Initio Study
Cicero, G; Catellani, A
2005-01-28
We present a microscopic model of the interaction and adsorption mechanism of simple organic molecules on SiC surfaces as obtained from ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. Our results open the way to functionalization of silicon carbide, a leading candidate material for bio-compatible devices.
Ab initio pseudopotential band calculation of organic conductors
Ishibashi, Shoji; Kohyama, Masanori
1999-12-01
The authors have calculated the band structures of organic conductors TTF-TCNQ and {beta}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}I{sub 3} using the ab initio plane-wave pseudopotential method within the local-density approximation (LDA). The Fermi-surface shape and the origin of bands near the Fermi level are investigated for each compound.
Multiple time step integrators in ab initio molecular dynamics
Luehr, Nathan; Martínez, Todd J.; Markland, Thomas E.
2014-02-28
Multiple time-scale algorithms exploit the natural separation of time-scales in chemical systems to greatly accelerate the efficiency of molecular dynamics simulations. Although the utility of these methods in systems where the interactions are described by empirical potentials is now well established, their application to ab initio molecular dynamics calculations has been limited by difficulties associated with splitting the ab initio potential into fast and slowly varying components. Here we present two schemes that enable efficient time-scale separation in ab initio calculations: one based on fragment decomposition and the other on range separation of the Coulomb operator in the electronic Hamiltonian. We demonstrate for both water clusters and a solvated hydroxide ion that multiple time-scale molecular dynamics allows for outer time steps of 2.5 fs, which are as large as those obtained when such schemes are applied to empirical potentials, while still allowing for bonds to be broken and reformed throughout the dynamics. This permits computational speedups of up to 4.4x, compared to standard Born-Oppenheimer ab initio molecular dynamics with a 0.5 fs time step, while maintaining the same energy conservation and accuracy.
Takahasi, S. ); Curtiss, L.A.; Gosztola, D.; Koura, N. ); Loong, C.K.; Saboungi, M.L. . Materials Science Div.)
1993-04-01
The Raman and neutron scattering spectra of 46 mol% AlCl[sub 3] -54 mol% 1-ethyl-3-methyl imidazolium chloride (EMIC) and 67 mol% AlCl[sub 3] - 33 mol% EMIC melts are presented. Ab initio molecular orbital calculations have been carried out on structures of chloroaluminate anion and EMI cation and the interaction between anion and cation.
Yamaji, Youhei
2015-12-31
Recently, condensed-matter ab initio approaches to strongly correlated electrons confined in crystalline solids have been developed and applied to transition-metal oxides and molecular conductors. In this paper, an ab initio scheme based on constrained random phase approximations and localized Wannier orbitals is applied to a spin liquid candidate Na{sub 2}IrO{sub 3} and is shown to reproduce experimentally observed specific heat.
Ab initio studies of niobium defects in uranium
Xiang, S; Huang, H; Hsiung, L
2007-06-01
Uranium (U), with the addition of small amount of niobium (Nb), is stainless. The Nb is fully miscible with the high temperature phase of U and tends to segregate upon cooling below 647 C. The starting point of segregation is the configuration of Nb substitutional or interstitial defects. Using density-functional-theory based ab initio calculations, the authors find that the formation energy of a single vacancy is 1.08 eV, that of Nb substitution is 0.59 eV, that of Nb interstitial at octahedral site is 1.58 eV, and that of Nb interstitial at tetrahedral site is 2.35 eV; all with reference to a reservoir of {gamma} phase U and pure Nb. The formation energy of Nb defects correlates with the local perturbation of electron distribution; higher formation energy to larger perturbation. Based on this study, Nb atoms thermodynamically prefer to occupy substitutional sites in {gamma} phase U, and they prefer to be in individual substitutional defects than clusters.
Exploring the free energy surface using ab initio molecular dynamics.
Samanta, Amit; Morales, Miguel A; Schwegler, Eric
2016-04-28
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. PMID:27131525
Exploring the free energy surface using ab initio molecular dynamics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
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.
Lead-Chalcogenides Under Pressure: Ab-Initio Study
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Gupta, Dinesh C.; Hamid, Idris
ab-initio calculations using fully relativistic pseudo-potential have been performed to investigate the high pressure phase transition, elastic and electronic properties of lead-chalcogenides including the less known lead polonium. The calculated ground state parameters, for the rock-salt structure show good agreement with the experimental data. The enthalpy calculations show that these materials undergo a first-order phase transition from rock-salt to CsCl structure at 19.4, 15.5, 11.5 and 7.3 GPa for PbS, PbSe, PbTe and PbPo, respectively. Present calculations successfully predicted the location of the band gap at L-point of Brillouin zone as well as the value of the band gap in every case at ambient pressure. It is observed that unlike other lead-chalcogenides, PbPo is semi-metal at ambient pressure. The pressure variation of the energy gap indicates that these materials metalized under high pressures. For this purpose, the electronic structure of these materials has also been computed in parent as well as in high pressure phase.
Ab initio Raman spectroscopy of water under extreme conditions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Rozsa, Viktor; Pan, Ding; Wan, Quan; Galli, Giulia
Water exhibits one of the most complex phase diagrams of any binary compound. Despite extensive studies, the melting lines of high-pressure ice phases remain very controversial, with reports differing by hundreds of Kelvin. The boundary between ice VII and liquid phase is particularly disputed, with recent work exploring plasticity and amorphization mediating the transition. Raman measurements are often used to fingerprint melting, yet their interpretation is difficult without atomistic modeling. Here, we report a study of high P/T water where we computed Raman spectra using a method combining ab initio molecular dynamics and density functional perturbation theory, as implemented in the Qbox code. Spectra were computed for the liquid at 10 and 20 GPa, both at 1000 K, and for solid ice VII (20 GPa, 500 K). Decomposing the spectra into inter and intra molecular contributions provided insight into the dynamics of the hydrogen-bonded network at extreme conditions. The relevance of our simulation results for models of water in Earth, Uranus, and Neptune will be discussed, and an interpretation of existing experiments at high pressure will be presented.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Klein, Erik; Lukeš, Vladimír
2006-11-01
In this paper, the study of phenol and 37 compounds representing various ortho-, para-, and meta-substituted phenols is presented. Molecules and their radical structures were studied using ab initio methods with inclusion of correlation energy and DFT in order to calculate the O-H bond dissociation enthalpies (BDEs) and vertical ionization potentials (IPs). Calculated BDEs and IPs were compared with available experimental values to ascertain the suitability of used methods, especially for the description of the substituent induced changes in BDE and IP. MP2, MP3, and MP4 methods do not give reliable results, since they significantly underestimate substituent induced changes in BDE and do not reflect distinct effect of substituents related to para and meta position correctly. DFT/B3LYP method reflects the effect of substituents on BDE satisfactorily, though ΔBDEs are in narrower range than experimental values. BDE of phenol was calculated also using CCSD(T) method in various basis sets. Both, DFT and HF methods describe the effect of substituents on IP identically. However, DFT considerably underestimates individual values. HF method gives IPs in very good agreement with experimental data. Obtained results show that dependences of BDEs and IPs on Hammett constants of the substituents are linear. Linearity of DFT BDE vs. IP dependence is even better than the dependences on Hammett constants and obtained equations allow estimating of O-H BDEs of meta- and para-substituted phenols from calculated IPs.
Yaghlane, Saida Ben; Cotton, C. Eric; Francisco, Joseph S. E-mail: hochlaf@univ-mlv.fr; Linguerri, Roberto; Hochlaf, Majdi E-mail: hochlaf@univ-mlv.fr
2013-11-07
Accurate ab initio computations of structural and spectroscopic parameters for the HPS/HSP molecules and corresponding cations and anions have been performed. For the electronic structure computations, standard and explicitly correlated coupled cluster techniques in conjunction with large basis sets have been adopted. In particular, we present equilibrium geometries, rotational constants, harmonic vibrational frequencies, adiabatic ionization energies, electron affinities, and, for the neutral species, singlet-triplet relative energies. Besides, the full-dimensional potential energy surfaces (PESs) for HPS{sup x} and HSP{sup x} (x = −1,0,1) systems have been generated at the standard coupled cluster level with a basis set of augmented quintuple-zeta quality. By applying perturbation theory to the calculated PESs, an extended set of spectroscopic constants, including τ, first-order centrifugal distortion and anharmonic vibrational constants has been obtained. In addition, the potentials have been used in a variational approach to deduce the whole pattern of vibrational levels up to 4000 cm{sup −1} above the minima of the corresponding PESs.
Chen, Chung-De; Huang, Yen-Chieh; Chiang, Hsin-Lin; Hsieh, Yin-Cheng; Guan, Hong-Hsiang; Chuankhayan, Phimonphan; Chen, Chun-Jung
2014-09-01
A novel direct phase-selection method to select optimized phases from the ambiguous phases of a subset of reflections to replace the corresponding initial SAD phases has been developed. With the improved phases, the completeness of built residues of protein molecules is enhanced for efficient structure determination. Optimization of the initial phasing has been a decisive factor in the success of the subsequent electron-density modification, model building and structure determination of biological macromolecules using the single-wavelength anomalous dispersion (SAD) method. Two possible phase solutions (ϕ{sub 1} and ϕ{sub 2}) generated from two symmetric phase triangles in the Harker construction for the SAD method cause the well known phase ambiguity. A novel direct phase-selection method utilizing the θ{sub DS} list as a criterion to select optimized phases ϕ{sub am} from ϕ{sub 1} or ϕ{sub 2} of a subset of reflections with a high percentage of correct phases to replace the corresponding initial SAD phases ϕ{sub SAD} has been developed. Based on this work, reflections with an angle θ{sub DS} in the range 35–145° are selected for an optimized improvement, where θ{sub DS} is the angle between the initial phase ϕ{sub SAD} and a preliminary density-modification (DM) phase ϕ{sub DM}{sup NHL}. The results show that utilizing the additional direct phase-selection step prior to simple solvent flattening without phase combination using existing DM programs, such as RESOLVE or DM from CCP4, significantly improves the final phases in terms of increased correlation coefficients of electron-density maps and diminished mean phase errors. With the improved phases and density maps from the direct phase-selection method, the completeness of residues of protein molecules built with main chains and side chains is enhanced for efficient structure determination.
Towards an ab initio description of correlated materials
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Yee, Chuck-Hou
Strongly-correlated materials are a rich playground for physical phenomena, exhibiting complex phase diagrams with many competing orders. Ab initio insights into materials combined with physical ideas provide the ability to identify the organizing principles driving the correlated electronic behavior and pursue first-principles design of new compounds. Realistic modeling of correlated materials is an active area of research, especially with the recent merger of density functional theory (DFT) with dynamical mean-field theory (DMFT). This thesis is structured in two parts. The first describes the methods and algorithmic developments which drive advances in DFT+DMFT. In Ch. 2 and 3, we provide an overview of the two foundational theories, DMFT and DFT. In the second half of Ch. 3, we describe some of the principles guiding the combination of the two theories to form DFT+DMFT. In Ch. 4, we describe the algorithm lying at the heart of modern DFT+DMFT implementations, the hybridization expansion formulation of continuous-time quantum monte carlo (CTQMC) for the general Anderson impurity problem, as well as a fast rejection algorithm for speeding-up the local trace evaluation. The final chapter in the methods section describes an algorithm for direct sampling of the partition function, and thus the free energy and entropy, of simple Anderson impurity models within CTQMC. The second part of the thesis is a collection of applications of our ab initio approach to key correlated materials. We first apply our method to plutonium binary alloys (Ch. 6), which when supplemented with slave-boson mean-field theory, allows us to understand the observed photoemission spectra. Ch. 7 describes the computation of spectra and optical conductivity for rare-earth nickelates grown as epitaxial thin films. In the final two chapters, we turn our attention to the high-temperature superconductors. In the first, we show that the charge-transfer energy is a key chemical variable which controls
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
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.
Ab-initio calculations on melting of thorium
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Mukherjee, D.; Sahoo, B. D.; Joshi, K. D.; Kaushik, T. C.; Gupta, Satish C.
2016-05-01
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 (a0)3 and (1.02a0)3 and (1.04a0)3 increases gradually with temperature and undergoes a sharp jump at ~2200 K, ~2100 K and ~1800 K, respectively. Here, a0 = 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 as melting point. The melting point of 2100 K is close to the experimental value of 2023K. Further, the same has been verified by plotting the atomic arrangement evolved at various temperatures and corresponding pair correlation functions.
Recent progress in ab initio density matrix renormalization group methodology
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Hachmann, Johannes; Dorando, Jonathan J.; Kin-Lic Chan, Garnet
2008-03-01
We present some recent developments in the ab initio density matrix renormalization group (DMRG) method for quantum chemical problems, in particular our local, quadratic scaling algorithm [1] for low dimensional systems. This method is particularly suited for the description of strong nondynamic correlation, and allows us to compute numerically exact (FCI) correlated energies for large active spaces, up to one order of magnitude larger then can be done by conventional CASCI techniques. Other features of this method are its inherent multireference nature, compactness, variational results, size-consistency and size-extensivity. In addition we will review the problems (predominantly organic electronic materials) on which we applied the ab initio DMRG: 1) metal-insulator transition in hydrogen chains [1] 2) all-trans polyacetylene [1] 3) acenes [2] 4) polydiacetylenes [3]. References [1] Hachmann, Cardoen, Chan, JCP 125 (2006), 144101. [2] Hachmann, Dorando, Avil'es, Chan, JCP 127 (2007), 134309. [3] unpublished.
Understanding phonon transport in thermoelectric materials using ab initio approaches
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Broido, David
Good thermoelectric materials have low phonon thermal conductivity, kph. Accurate theories to describe kph are important components in developing predictive models of thermoelectric efficiency that can help guide synthesis and measurement efforts. We have developed ab initio approaches to calculate kph, in which phonon modes and phonon scattering rates are computed using interatomic force constants determined from density functional theory, and a full solution of the Boltzmann transport equation for phonons is implemented. A recent approach to calculate interatomic force constants using ab initio molecular dynamics has yielded a good description of the thermal properties of Bi2Te3. But, the complexity of new promising candidate thermoelectric materials introduces computational challenges in assessing their thermal properties. An example is germanane, a germanium based hydrogen-terminated layered semiconductor, which we will discuss in this talk.
Ab Initio Calculations Of Light-Ion Reactions
Navratil, P; Quaglioni, S; Roth, R; Horiuchi, W
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. By 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.
Spin-orbit decomposition of ab initio nuclear wave functions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Johnson, Calvin W.
2015-03-01
Although the modern shell-model picture of atomic nuclei is built from single-particle orbits with good total angular momentum j , leading to j -j coupling, decades ago phenomenological models suggested that a simpler picture for 0 p -shell nuclides can be realized via coupling of the total spin S and total orbital angular momentum L . I revisit this idea with large-basis, no-core shell-model calculations using modern ab initio two-body interactions and dissect the resulting wave functions into their component L - and S -components. Remarkably, there is broad agreement with calculations using the phenomenological Cohen-Kurath forces, despite a gap of nearly 50 years and six orders of magnitude in basis dimensions. I suggest that L -S decomposition may be a useful tool for analyzing ab initio wave functions of light nuclei, for example, in the case of rotational bands.
Exploring complex chemical reactions by ab-initio simulation
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Parrinello, Michele
1998-03-01
Recent progress in the ab-initio molecular dynamics method and the power of parallel computing, allow the detailed study of complex chemical reaction of great industrial relevance. We illustrate this unprecedented capability by investigating the second generation Ziegler-Natta catalytic process. In this inhomogeneous catalyst, a polymerization reaction is induced by TiCl4 molecules deposited on an MgCl2 solid support. A density functional based ab-initio molecular dynamics calculation conducted with a minimum of initial assumption allows to understand the nature of the catalytic center and to determine the reaction path with the associated free energy barrier. Furthermore our calculation can explain in a nontrivial way the stereo-selectivity of the process.
Ab Initio Electronic Relaxation Times and Transport in Noble Metals
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
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.
Ab initio Monte Carlo investigation of small lithium clusters.
Srinivas, S.
1999-06-16
Structural and thermal properties of small lithium clusters are studied using ab initio-based Monte Carlo simulations. The ab initio scheme uses a Hartree-Fock/density functional treatment of the electronic structure combined with a jump-walking Monte Carlo sampling of nuclear configurations. Structural forms of Li{sub 8} and Li{sub 9}{sup +} clusters are obtained and their thermal properties analyzed in terms of probability distributions of the cluster potential energy, average potential energy and configurational heat capacity all considered as a function of the cluster temperature. Details of the gradual evolution with temperature of the structural forms sampled are examined. Temperatures characterizing the onset of structural changes and isomer coexistence are identified for both clusters.
Towards AB Initio Calculation of the Circular Dichroism of Peptides
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Molteni, E.; Onida, G.; Tiana, G.
2012-08-01
In this work we plan to use ab initio spectroscopy calculations to compute circular dichroism (CD) spectra of peptides. CD provides information on protein secondary structure content; peptides, instead, remain difficult to address, due to their tendency to adopt multiple conformations in equilibrium. Therefore peptides are an interesting test-case for ab initio calculation of CD spectra. As a first application, we focus on the (83-92) fragment of HIV-1 protease, which is known to be involved in the folding and dimerization of this protein. As a preliminary step, we performed classical molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, in order to obtain a set of representative conformers of the peptide. Then, on some of the obtained conformations, we calculated absorption spectra at the independent particle, RPA and TDLDA levels, showing the presence of charge transfer excitations, and their influence on spectral features.
GAUSSIAN 76: An ab initio Molecular Orbital Program
DOE R&D Accomplishments Database
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.
The study of molecular spectroscopy by ab initio methods
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
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.
Ab initio study of optical excitations in VO2
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Coulter, John; Gali, Adam; Manousakis, Efstratios
2014-03-01
Motivated by recent experimental efforts to fabricate p-n junctions from transition metal oxides (TMOs) and a recent theoretical study claiming TMOs to be good absorbers and promising materials for efficient carrier multiplication, we study the optical properties of a prototypical TMO, the insulator M1 phase of vanadium dioxide (VO2), by ab initio methods. We applied the Bethe-Salpeter equations (BSE) to calculate the optical properties, starting from self-consistent GW quasi-particle energy levels and states. In contrast to expectations, the exciton binding energy obtained by BSE is in good agreement with the experiment. We find that the electron-electron interaction is very strong which makes this material promising for efficient carrier multiplication that might lead to an enhanced efficiency in photo-voltaics applications. To illustrate this more quantitatively, we calculated the impact ionization rate within the independent quasiparticle approximation, and find that the rate is significantly higher than silicon in the region of highest solar intensity, due to the strong multiple carrier excitations.
Ab initio study of MoS2 nanotube bundles
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Verstraete, Matthieu; Charlier, Jean-Christophe
2003-07-01
Recently, the synthesis of a new phase of MoS2I1/3 stoichiometry was reported [M. Remskar, A. Mrzel, Z. Skraba, A. Jesih, M. Ceh, J. Demšar, P. Stadelmann, F. Lévy, and D. Mihailovic, Science 292, 479 (2001)]. Electron microscope images and diffraction data were interpreted to indicate bundles of sub-nanometer-diameter single-wall MoS2 nanotubes. After experimental characterization, the structure was attributed to an assembly of “armchair” nanotubes with interstitial iodine. Using first-principles total-energy calculations, bundles of MoS2 nanotubes with different topologies and stoichiometries are investigated. All of the systems are strongly metallic. Configurations with “zigzag” structures are found to be more stable energetically than the “armchair” ones, though all of the structures have similar stabilities. After relaxation, there remain several candidates which give a lattice parameter in relative agreement with experiment. Further, spin-polarized calculations indicate that a structure with armchair tubes iodine atoms in their center acquires a very large spontaneous magnetic moment of 12μB, while the other structures are nonmagnetic. Our ab initio calculations show that in most of the other structures, the tubes are very strongly bound together, and that the compounds should be considered as a crystal, rather than as a bundle of tubes in the habitual sense.
Predicting lattice thermal conductivity with help from ab initio methods
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
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.
FTIR, Raman spectra and ab initio calculations of 2-mercaptobenzothiazole.
Rai, Amareshwar K; Singh, Rachana; Singh, K N; Singh, V B
2006-02-01
FTIR and Raman spectra of a rubber vulcanization accelerator, 2-mercaptobenzothiazole (MBT), were recorded in the solid phase. The harmonic vibrational wavenumbers, for both the toutomeric forms of MBT, as well as for its dimeric complex, have been calculated, using ab initio RHF and density functional B3LYP methods invoking different basis sets upto RHF/6-31G** and B3LYP/6-31G** and the results were compared with the experimental values. Conformational studies have been also carried out regarding its toutomeric monomer forms and its dimer form. With all the basis sets the thione form of MBT (II) is predicted to be more stable than thiol form (I) and dimeric conformation (III) is predicted to be more stable with monomeric conformations (I) and (II). Vibrational assignments have been made, and it has been found that the calculated normal mode frequencies of dimeric conformation (III) are required for the analysis of IR and Raman bands of the MBT. The predicted shift in NH- stretching vibration towards the lower wave number side with the B3LYP/6-31G** calculations for the most stable dimer form (III), is in better agreement with experimental results. The intermolecular sulfur-nitrogen distance in N-H...S hydrogen bond was found to be 3.35 angstroms from these calculations, is also in agreement to the experimental value. PMID:16098806
Ab initio study of ice catalyzation of HOCl + HCl reaction
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 was 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.
Ab Initio Nuclear Structure and Reaction Calculations for Rare Isotopes
Draayer, Jerry P.
2014-09-28
We have developed a novel ab initio symmetry-adapted no-core shell model (SA-NCSM), which has opened the intermediate-mass region for ab initio investigations, thereby providing an opportunity for first-principle symmetry-guided applications to nuclear structure and reactions for nuclear isotopes from the lightest p-shell systems to intermediate-mass nuclei. This includes short-lived proton-rich nuclei on the path of X-ray burst nucleosynthesis and rare neutron-rich isotopes to be produced by the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB). We have provided ab initio descriptions of high accuracy for low-lying (including collectivity-driven) states of isotopes of Li, He, Be, C, O, Ne, Mg, Al, and Si, and studied related strong- and weak-interaction driven reactions that are important, in astrophysics, for further understanding stellar evolution, X-ray bursts and triggering of s, p, and rp processes, and in applied physics, for electron and neutrino-nucleus scattering experiments as well as for fusion ignition at the National Ignition Facility (NIF).
Ab initio multiple cloning algorithm for quantum nonadiabatic molecular dynamics
Makhov, Dmitry V.; Shalashilin, Dmitrii V.; Glover, William J.; Martinez, Todd 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 MCE 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.
Ab Initio Study of Defect Properties in YPO4
Gao, Fei; Xiao, Haiyan Y.; Zhou, Yungang; Devanathan, Ramaswami; Hu, Shenyang Y.; Li, Yulan; Sun, Xin; Khaleel, Mohammad A.
2012-03-01
Ab initio methods based on density functional theory have been used to calculate the formation energies of intrinsic defects, including vacancies, interstitials, antisites and Frenkel pairs in YPO4 under the O-rich and Y2O3-rich, and the O-rich and Y-rich conditions. The larger size of the yttrium atom may give rise to higher formation energy of the phosphorus antisite defect. In general, the formation energies of anion interstitials are much smaller than those of cation interstitials for both conditions considered. It is of greatly interest to find that the relative stabilities among the same types of interstitials are independent of the reference states. The most stable configuration for oxygen interstitials is an O-O split interstitial near the Ta site, while the most stable configuration for cation interstitials is a tetrahedral interstitial near the Ta site. The cation split interstitials are unfavorable in YPO4, with much higher formation energies. Furthermore, the properties of Frenkel pairs are compared with those calculated using empirical potentials. The results reveal that both ab initio and empirical potential calculations show a similar trend in the formation energies of Frenkel pairs, but the formation energies obtained by empirical potentials are much larger than those calculated by ab initio method.
Ab initio multiple cloning algorithm for quantum nonadiabatic molecular dynamics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Makhov, Dmitry V.; Glover, William J.; Martinez, Todd J.; Shalashilin, Dmitrii V.
2014-08-01
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 MCE 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.
Ab initio multiple cloning algorithm for quantum nonadiabatic molecular dynamics.
Makhov, Dmitry V; Glover, William J; Martinez, Todd J; Shalashilin, Dmitrii V
2014-08-01
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 MCE 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. PMID:25106573
A Complete and Accurate Ab Initio Repeat Finding Algorithm.
Lian, Shuaibin; Chen, Xinwu; Wang, Peng; Zhang, Xiaoli; Dai, Xianhua
2016-03-01
It has become clear that repetitive sequences have played multiple roles in eukaryotic genome evolution including increasing genetic diversity through mutation, changes in gene expression and facilitating generation of novel genes. However, identification of repetitive elements can be difficult in the ab initio manner. Currently, some classical ab initio tools of finding repeats have already presented and compared. The completeness and accuracy of detecting repeats of them are little pool. To this end, we proposed a new ab initio repeat finding tool, named HashRepeatFinder, which is based on hash index and word counting. Furthermore, we assessed the performances of HashRepeatFinder with other two famous tools, such as RepeatScout and Repeatfinder, in human genome data hg19. The results indicated the following three conclusions: (1) The completeness of HashRepeatFinder is the best one among these three compared tools in almost all chromosomes, especially in chr9 (8 times of RepeatScout, 10 times of Repeatfinder); (2) in terms of detecting large repeats, HashRepeatFinder also performed best in all chromosomes, especially in chr3 (24 times of RepeatScout and 250 times of Repeatfinder) and chr19 (12 times of RepeatScout and 60 times of Repeatfinder); (3) in terms of accuracy, HashRepeatFinder can merge the abundant repeats with high accuracy. PMID:26272474
Ab initio calculations of reactions with light nuclei
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Quaglioni, Sofia; Hupin, Guillaume; Calci, Angelo; Navrátil, Petr; Roth, Robert
2016-03-01
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 to further our understanding of the fundamental interactions among nucleons, and provide accurate predictions of crucial reaction rates for nuclear astrophysics, fusion-energy research, and other applications. In this contribution we review ab initio calculations for nucleon and deuterium scattering on light nuclei starting from chiral two- and three-body Hamiltonians, obtained within the framework of the ab initio no-core shell model with continuum. This is a unified approach to nuclear bound and scattering states, in which 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.
Li, Xia; Zhang, Xiaomei; Yan, Bing
2015-05-01
Ab initio calculations have been performed on the low-lying excited and ground states of PH(+). The potential energy curves (PECs) of the Λ-S states were calculated with multi-reference configuration interaction (MRCI) method along with the basis sets at 5-ξ level. In order to improve the PECs, the Davidson(+Q) correction and the Scalar relativistic effect are included. The corresponding spectroscopic constants were determined and good agreements with the available measurement were found. The interactions of the A(2)Δ-(4)Π and 1(2)Σ(+)-(4)Π by the spin-orbit coupling (SOC) effect were well described by the spin-orbit matrix elements. The SOC effect makes the original 8 Λ-S states split into 15Ω states. The Ω=1/2 state generated from the X(2)Π state is confirmed to the ground Ω state. And the SOC splitting for the X(2)Π is calculated to be 294cm(-1). The SOC effect has large effect on the PECs of the A(2)Δ and 1(2)Σ(+) states, leading to much more shallow potential wells as well as potential barriers. The analysis of the wavefunction for the Ω states shows that the strong spin-orbit interaction exists near the crossing points of the PECs for the Λ-S states. The transition dipole moments (TDMs) of transitions A(2)Δ-X(2)Π and 1(2)Σ(-)-X(2)Π are evaluated with the MRCI wavefunction. Based on the TDMs along with the calculated Franck-Condon factors, the radiative lifetimes for the selected vibrational levels of A(2)Δ and 1(2)Σ(-) states are predicted at the microseconds (μs). Good agreement with the measurement shows that the lowest vibrational level for A(2)Δ state is almost uninfluenced by the perturbation via the SOC effect. PMID:25688687
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Li, Xia; Zhang, Xiaomei; Yan, Bing
2015-05-01
Ab initio calculations have been performed on the low-lying excited and ground states of PH+. The potential energy curves (PECs) of the Λ-S states were calculated with multi-reference configuration interaction (MRCI) method along with the basis sets at 5-ξ level. In order to improve the PECs, the Davidson(+Q) correction and the Scalar relativistic effect are included. The corresponding spectroscopic constants were determined and good agreements with the available measurement were found. The interactions of the A2Δ-4Π and 12Σ+-4Π by the spin-orbit coupling (SOC) effect were well described by the spin-orbit matrix elements. The SOC effect makes the original 8 Λ-S states split into 15 Ω states. The Ω = 1/2 state generated from the X2Π state is confirmed to the ground Ω state. And the SOC splitting for the X2Π is calculated to be 294 cm-1. The SOC effect has large effect on the PECs of the A2Δ and 12Σ+ states, leading to much more shallow potential wells as well as potential barriers. The analysis of the wavefunction for the Ω states shows that the strong spin-orbit interaction exists near the crossing points of the PECs for the Λ-S states. The transition dipole moments (TDMs) of transitions A2Δ-X2Π and 12Σ--X2Π are evaluated with the MRCI wavefunction. Based on the TDMs along with the calculated Franck-Condon factors, the radiative lifetimes for the selected vibrational levels of A2Δ and 12Σ- states are predicted at the microseconds (μs). Good agreement with the measurement shows that the lowest vibrational level for A2Δ state is almost uninfluenced by the perturbation via the SOC effect.
Wei, Yong-Kai; Ge, Ni-Na; Chen, Xiang-Rong E-mail: cyfjkf@caep.ac.cn; Ji, Guang-Fu E-mail: cyfjkf@caep.ac.cn; Cai, Ling-Cang; Gu, Zhuo-Wei
2014-03-28
The phase transition, thermoelastic, lattice dynamic, and thermodynamic properties of the cubic metallic phase AlH{sub 3} were obtained within the density-function perturbation theory. The calculated elastic modulus and phonon dispersion curves under various pressures at 0 K indicate the cubic phase is both mechanically and dynamically stable above 73 GPa. The superconducting transition temperature T{sub c} was calculated using the Allen-Dynes modification of the McMillan formula based on BCS theory. The calculations show that T{sub c} for the cubic phase AlH{sub 3} is 8.5 K (μ{sup *}=0.1) at the onset of this phase (73 GPa), while decreases to 5.7 K at 80 GPa and almost disappears at 110 GPa, consisting with experimental phenomenon that there was no superconducting transition observed down to 4 K over a wide pressure range 110–164 GPa. It is found that the soft phonon mode for branch 1, namely, the lowest acoustic mode, plays a crucial role in elevating the total EPC parameter λ of cubic AlH{sub 3}. And the evolution of T{sub c} with pressure follows the corresponding change of this soft mode, i.e. this mode is responsible for the disappearance of T{sub c} in experiments. Meanwhile, the softening of this lowest acoustic mode originates from the electronic momentum transfer from M to R point. This phenomenon provides an important insight into why drastic changes in the diffraction pattern were observed in the pressure range of 63–73 GPa in Goncharenko's experiments. Specifically, once finite electronic temperature effects are included, we find that dynamical instabilities can be removed in the phonon dispersion for P≥63 GPa, rendering the metastability of this phase in the range of 63–73 GPa, and T{sub c} (15.4 K) becomes remarkably high under the lowest possible pressure (63 GPa) compared with that of under 73 GPa (8.5 K). Our calculations open the possibility that finite temperature may allow cubic AlH{sub 3} to be
Polysiloxanes: ab initio force field and structural, conformational and thermophysical properties
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Sun, Huai; Rigby, David
1997-07-01
Various levels of ab initio calculation have been performed to determine the optimum strategy for parameterization of the valence parameters of a CFF-type force field for siloxanes and polysiloxanes. Electrostatic nonbond parameters have been determined using scaled electrostatic potential (ESP) charges adjusted for known systematic differences between ab initio and experimental data, while van der Waals nonbond parameters have been determined using a classical approach involving fitting to experimental liquid density and cohesive energy density data measured at atmospheric pressure and a single temperature for a set of four small molecules. Simulations have been performed on molecular crystals, liquids and isolated molecules, yielding results which agree favorably with available experimental data. Properties calculated include unit cell parameters and crystal densities, liquid densities from 303-473 K and 0-1800 bar, dependence of oligomer density and solubility parameters on chain length and temperature, gas-phase geometries and vibrational frequencies, and gas and liquid-phase conformational behavior.
Ab Initio Many-Body Calculations Of Nucleon-Nucleus Scattering
Quaglioni, S; Navratil, P
2008-12-17
We develop a new ab initio many-body approach capable of describing simultaneously both bound and scattering states in light nuclei, by combining the resonating-group method with the use of realistic interactions, and a microscopic and consistent description of the nucleon clusters. This approach preserves translational symmetry and Pauli principle. We outline technical details and present phase shift results for neutron scattering on {sup 3}H, {sup 4}He and {sup 10}Be and proton scattering on {sup 3,4}He, using realistic nucleon-nucleon (NN) potentials. Our A = 4 scattering results are compared to earlier ab initio calculations. We find that the CD-Bonn NN potential in particular provides an excellent description of nucleon-{sup 4}He S-wave phase shifts. We demonstrate that a proper treatment of the coupling to the n-{sup 10}Be continuum is successful in explaining the parity-inverted ground state in {sup 11}Be.
Optical and other material properties of SiO2 from ab initio studies
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Warmbier, Robert; Mohammed, Faris; Quandt, Alexander
2014-07-01
The optical properties of photonic devices largely depend on the dielectric properties of the underlying materials. We apply modern ab initio methods to study crystalline SiO2 phases, which serve as toy models for amorphous glass. We discuss the dielectric response from the infrared to the VIS/UV, which is crucial for glass based photonic applications. Low density silica, like cristobalite, may provide a good basis for high transmission optical devices.
An ab initio MIA study of TIBO derivatives R79882 and R82913
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Peeters, Anik; Van Alsenoy, C.
1995-04-01
The gas phase structure of two TIBO compounds (R79882 and R82913), potent inhibitors of the reverse transcriptase of HIV1, was studied with ab initio Hartree-Fock methods using the MIA approach. For compound R82913 the geometry of a dimer and of the respective monomers was fully optimized and compared with experiment. For compound R79882 a complete geometry optimization of 15 different conformers was performed.
Toward ab initio extremely metal poor stars
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ritter, Jeremy S.; Safranek-Shrader, Chalence; Milosavljević, Miloš; Bromm, Volker
2016-09-01
Extremely metal poor stars have been the focus of much recent attention owing to the expectation that their chemical abundances can shed light on the metal and dust yields of the earliest supernovae. We present our most realistic simulation to date of the astrophysical pathway to the first metal enriched stars. We simulate the radiative and supernova hydrodynamic feedback of a 60 M⊙ Population III star starting from cosmological initial conditions realizing Gaussian density fluctuations. We follow the gravitational hydrodynamics of the supernova remnant at high spatial resolution through its freely-expanding, adiabatic, and radiative phases, until gas, now metal-enriched, has resumed runaway gravitational collapse. Our findings are surprising: while the Population III progenitor exploded with a low energy of 1051 erg and injected an ample metal mass of 6 M⊙, the first cloud to collapse after the supernova explosion is a dense surviving primordial cloud on which the supernova blast wave deposited metals only superficially, in a thin, unresolved layer. The first metal-enriched stars can form at a very low metallicity, of only 2 - 5 × 10-4 Z⊙, and can inherit the parent cloud's highly elliptical, radially extended orbit in the dark matter gravitational potential.
Ab initio cluster study of crystalline NaF
Temple, D.K.
1992-01-01
A highly-accurate ab initio cluster model of crystalline NaF has been constructed to explore the limits of cluster methods in the treatment of ionic solids. The focus of this model was the characterization of the lattice environment and its influence on the easily-polarizable fluorine anion. The model consisted of a central all-electron fluorine anion coordinated by pseudopotentials, to represent the nearest-neighbor sodium cations, and a finite array of point charges chosen to generate the correct crystal field from the surrounding infinite ionic lattice. The wavefunction and properties of the anion were calculated using the restricted Hartree-Fock and configuration interaction techniques from quantum chemistry. An extensive analysis of basis set incompleteness errors in the anion wavefunction was performed. Important features were identified in the embedded anion, such as its distortion under the influence of the lattice compressions, its stabilization from the Madelung potential, and its changes in size due to electron correlations. Bulk properties of the rocksalt-structure (B1) NaF crystal were derived from the total mode energies, calculated as a function of the crystal volume. The properties included the zero-pressure lattice constant, cohesive energy, and bulk modulus, and the pressure-volume equation-of-state. A series of test calculations explored the relationships, and their underlying physical mechanisms, between the features of the embedded anion and the bulk properties of the crystal. These features often produced opposing changes in the properties, demonstrating the importance of a thorough and systematic treatment of the embedded anion. The most thorough test calculation gave bulk properties that were within 1% of experiment. Using an embedded anion model for the high-pressure cesium-chloride (B2) phase of NaF, the B1-to-B2 structural transition was correctly predicted at 25 GPa, in excellent agreement with the experimental values of 23 to 27 GPa.
Ab initio no-core shell model with continuum
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Navratil, Petr
2008-04-01
The ab initio no-core shell model (NCSM) is a many-body approach to nuclear structure of light nuclei. The NCSM adopts an effective interaction theory to transform fundamental inter-nucleon interactions into effective interactions for a specified nucleus in a selected harmonic oscillator basis space [1]. The method is capable of predicting nuclear structure from inter-nucleon forces derived from quantum chromodynamics by means of chiral effective field theory [2]. NCSM extensions to the microscopic description of nuclear reactions are now under development. In my talk, I will first discuss our recent calculations of the ^4He total photo-absorption cross section using two- and three-nucleon interactions from chiral effective field theory [3]. I will then outline our effort to augment the NCSM by the resonating group method (RGM) technique to develop a new method capable of describing simultaneously both bound states and nuclear reactions on light nuclei [4]. This approach, which preserves translational symmetry and the Pauli principle, will allow us to calculate cross sections of reactions important for astrophysics and describe weakly-bound systems from first principles. I will present our first phase shift results for neutron scattering off ^3H, ^4He and ^7Li and proton scattering off ^3He, ^4He and ^7Be using realistic nucleon-nucleon potentials. 3mm [1] P. Navr'atil, J. P. Vary and B. R. Barrett, Phys. Rev. C 62, 054311 (2000). [2] P. Navr'atil and V. G. Gueorguiev and J. P. Vary, W. E. Ormand and A. Nogga, Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 042501 (2007). [3] S. Quaglioni and P. Navr'atil, Phys. Lett. B 652, 370 (2007). [4] S. Quaglioni and P. Navr'atil, arXiv:0712.0855.
Ab Initio Computation of the Energies of Circular Quantum Dots
Lohne, M. Pedersen; Hagen, Gaute; Hjorth-Jensen, M.; Kvaal, S.; Pederiva, F.
2011-01-01
We perform coupled-cluster and diffusion Monte Carlo calculations of the energies of circular quantum dots up to 20 electrons. The coupled-cluster calculations include triples corrections and a renormalized Coulomb interaction defined for a given number of low-lying oscillator shells. Using such a renormalized Coulomb interaction brings the coupled-cluster calculations with triples correlations in excellent agreement with the diffusion Monte Carlo calculations. This opens up perspectives for doing ab initio calculations for much larger systems of electrons.
The implementation of ab initio quantum chemistry calculations on transporters.
Cooper, M D; Hillier, I H
1991-06-01
The RHF and geometry optimization sections of the ab initio quantum chemistry code, GAMESS, have been optimized for a network of parallel microprocessors, Inmos T800-20 transputers, using both indirect and direct SCF techniques. The results indicate great scope for implementation of such codes on small parallel computer systems, very high efficiencies having been achieved, particularly in the cases of direct SCF and geometry optimization with large basis sets. The work, although performed upon one particular parallel system, the Meiko Computing Surface, is applicable to a wide range of parallel systems with both shared and distributed memory. PMID:1919615
Ab initio electronic properties of dual phosphorus monolayers in silicon
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
Ab initio vibrational and dielectric properties of Y V O
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Vali, R.
2009-10-01
For the yttrium orthovanadate Y V O with a tetragonal zircon-type structure, the first complete set of Raman-active and IR-active phonon modes has been calculated using ab initio density functional perturbation theory. The calculated IR reflectivity spectra are in good agreement with available experimental data. We report the calculated frequencies of three Raman-active modes that could not be detected experimentally and a new assignment of the experimental Raman data. The contributions of each IR-active phonon modes to static dielectric tensor have been determined.
Potential Dependence of Electrochemical Barriers from ab Initio Calculations.
Chan, Karen; Nørskov, Jens K
2016-05-01
We present a simple and computationally efficient method to determine the potential dependence of the activation energies for proton-electron transfer from a single ab initio barrier calculation. We show that the potential dependence of the activation energy is given by the partial charge transferred at the transition state. The method is evaluated against the potential dependence determined explicitly through multiple calculations at varying potential. We show that the transfer coefficient is given by the charge transferred from the initial to transition state, which has significant implications for electrochemical kinetics. PMID:27088442
Ab-Initio Shell Model with a Core
Lisetskiy, A F; Barrett, B R; Kruse, M; Navratil, P; Stetcu, I; Vary, J P
2008-06-04
We construct effective 2- and 3-body Hamiltonians for the p-shell by performing 12{h_bar}{Omega} ab initio no-core shell model (NCSM) calculations for A=6 and 7 nuclei and explicitly projecting the many-body Hamiltonians onto the 0{h_bar}{Omega} space. We then separate these effective Hamiltonians into 0-, 1- and 2-body contributions (also 3-body for A=7) and analyze the systematic behavior of these different parts as a function of the mass number A and size of the NCSM basis space. The role of effective 3- and higher-body interactions for A > 6 is investigated and discussed.
Ab initio Study of He Stability in hcp-Ti
Dai, Yunya; Yang, Li; Peng, SM; Long, XG; Gao, Fei; Zu, Xiaotao T.
2010-12-20
The stability of He in hcp-Ti was studied using ab initio method based on density functional theory. The results indicate that a single He atom prefers to occupy the tetrahedral site rather than the octahedral site. The interaction of He defects with Ti atoms has been used to explain the relative stabilities of He point defects in hcp-Ti. The relative stability of He defects in hcp-Ti is useful for He clustering and bubble nucleation in metal tritides, which provides the basis for development of improved atomistic models.
Ab Initio Calculations Applied to Problems in Metal Ion Chemistry
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
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.
Ab initio study of hydrogen on beryllium surfaces
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Bachurin, D. V.; Vladimirov, P. V.
2015-11-01
Static ab initio calculations were performed for five principal hexagonal close-packed beryllium surfaces: basal, prismatic (type I and II) and pyramidal (type I and II). The basal plane was found to be the most energetically favorable, while the energies of the prismatic (type I) and pyramidal (type I) planes were slightly higher followed by the type II planes. Beryllium is known to show extreme interlayer distance relaxation near the surface. Up to five outermost atomic layers were involved in surface relaxation. The presence of hydrogen on the beryllium surfaces led to a noticeable reduction of the surface energy.
An improved ab initio structure for fluorine peroxide (FOOF)
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Mack, Hans-Georg; Oberhammer, Heinz
1988-03-01
Ab initio calculations with the 6-31G* and Dunning (9s5p/4s2p) basis sets augmented with p and d functions at various levels of theory (RHF, MP2, MP3, and MP4) were carried out on F 2O 2. The best result was obtained at the MP2 level with the Dunning basis plus one set of d functions on fluorine and two sets of d functions on oxygen. These calculations reproduce the experimental bond lengths to within 0.01 Å and the angles to within the experimental uncertainties.
Ab initio study of neutron drops with chiral Hamiltonians
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Potter, H. D.; Fischer, S.; Maris, P.; Vary, J. P.; Binder, S.; Calci, A.; Langhammer, J.; Roth, R.
2014-12-01
We report ab initio calculations for neutron drops in a 10 MeV external harmonic-oscillator trap using chiral nucleon-nucleon plus three-nucleon interactions. We present total binding energies, internal energies, radii and odd-even energy differences for neutron numbers N = 2- 18 using the no-core shell model with and without importance truncation. Furthermore, we present total binding energies for N = 8 , 16 , 20 , 28 , 40 , 50 obtained in a coupled-cluster approach. Comparisons with quantum Monte Carlo results, where available, using Argonne v8‧ with three-nucleon interactions reveal important dependences on the chosen Hamiltonian.
Ab-initio study of transition metal hydrides
Sharma, Ramesh; Shukla, Seema Dwivedi, Shalini Sharma, Yamini
2014-04-24
We have performed ab initio self consistent calculations based on Full potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method to investigate the optical and thermal properties of yttrium hydrides. From the band structure and density of states, the optical absorption spectra and specific heats have been calculated. The band structure of Yttrium metal changes dramatically due to hybridization of Y sp orbitals with H s orbitals and there is a net charge transfer from metal to hydrogen site. The electrical resistivity and specific heats of yttrium hydrides are lowered but the thermal conductivity is slightly enhanced due to increase in scattering from hydrogen sites.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Geng, Hua Y.
2015-02-01
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 is 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 rs = 0.912.
Geng, Hua Y.
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 is 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.
Ab initio study of hot electrons in GaAs.
Bernardi, Marco; Vigil-Fowler, Derek; Ong, Chin Shen; Neaton, Jeffrey B; Louie, Steven G
2015-04-28
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
Ab initio dynamics of the cytochrome P450 hydroxylation reaction
Elenewski, Justin E.; Hackett, John C
2015-01-01
The iron(IV)-oxo porphyrin π-cation radical known as Compound I is the primary oxidant within the cytochromes P450, allowing these enzymes to affect the substrate hydroxylation. In the course of this reaction, a hydrogen atom is abstracted from the substrate to generate hydroxyiron(IV) porphyrin and a substrate-centered radical. The hydroxy radical then rebounds from the iron to the substrate, yielding the hydroxylated product. While Compound I has succumbed to theoretical and spectroscopic characterization, the associated hydroxyiron species is elusive as a consequence of its very short lifetime, for which there are no quantitative estimates. To ascertain the physical mechanism underlying substrate hydroxylation and probe this timescale, ab initio molecular dynamics simulations and free energy calculations are performed for a model of Compound I catalysis. Semiclassical estimates based on these calculations reveal the hydrogen atom abstraction step to be extremely fast, kinetically comparable to enzymes such as carbonic anhydrase. Using an ensemble of ab initio simulations, the resultant hydroxyiron species is found to have a similarly short lifetime, ranging between 300 fs and 3600 fs, putatively depending on the enzyme active site architecture. The addition of tunneling corrections to these rates suggests a strong contribution from nuclear quantum effects, which should accelerate every step of substrate hydroxylation by an order of magnitude. These observations have strong implications for the detection of individual hydroxylation intermediates during P450 catalysis. PMID:25681906
Three-cluster dynamics within an ab initio framework
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
Ab initio thermodynamic model for magnesium carbonates and hydrates.
Chaka, Anne M; Felmy, Andrew R
2014-09-01
An ab initio thermodynamic framework for predicting properties of hydrated magnesium carbonate minerals has been developed using density-functional theory linked to macroscopic thermodynamics through the experimental chemical potentials for MgO, water, and CO2. Including semiempirical dispersion via the Grimme method and small corrections to the generalized gradient approximation of Perdew, Burke, and Ernzerhof for the heat of formation yields a model with quantitative agreement for the benchmark minerals brucite, magnesite, nesquehonite, and hydromagnesite. The model shows how small differences in experimental conditions determine whether nesquehonite, hydromagnesite, or magnesite is the result of laboratory synthesis from carbonation of brucite, and what transformations are expected to occur on geological time scales. Because of the reliance on parameter-free first-principles methods, the model is reliably extensible to experimental conditions not readily accessible to experiment and to any mineral composition for which the structure is known or can be hypothesized, including structures containing defects, substitutions, or transitional structures during solid state transformations induced by temperature changes or processes such as water, CO2, or O2 diffusion. Demonstrated applications of the ab initio thermodynamic framework include an independent means to evaluate differences in thermodynamic data for lansfordite, predicting the properties of Mg analogues of Ca-based hydrated carbonates monohydrocalcite and ikaite, which have not been observed in nature, and an estimation of the thermodynamics of barringtonite from the stoichiometry and a single experimental observation. PMID:24679248
Ab Initio Thermodynamic Model for Magnesium Carbonates and Hydrates
Chaka, Anne M.; Felmy, Andrew R.
2014-03-28
An ab initio thermodynamic framework for predicting properties of hydrated magnesium carbonate minerals has been developed using density-functional theory linked to macroscopic thermodynamics through the experimental chemical potentials for MgO, water, and CO2. Including semiempirical dispersion via the Grimme method and small corrections to the generalized gradient approximation of Perdew, Burke, and Ernzerhof for the heat of formation yields a model with quantitative agreement for the benchmark minerals brucite, magnesite, nesquehonite, and hydromagnesite. The model shows how small differences in experimental conditions determine whether nesquehonite, hydromagnesite, or magnesite is the result of laboratory synthesis from carbonation of brucite, and what transformations are expected to occur on geological time scales. Because of the reliance on parameter-free first principles methods, the model is reliably extensible to experimental conditions not readily accessible to experiment and to any mineral composition for which the structure is known or can be hypothesized, including structures containing defects, substitutions, or transitional structures during solid state transformations induced by temperature changes or processes such as water, CO2, or O2 diffusion. Demonstrated applications of the ab initio thermodynamic framework include an independent means to evaluate differences in thermodynamic data for lansfordite, predicting the properties of Mg analogs of Ca-based hydrated carbonates monohydrocalcite and ikaite which have not been observed in nature, and an estimation of the thermodynamics of barringtonite from the stoichiometry and a single experimental observation.
Ab initio dynamics of the cytochrome P450 hydroxylation reaction
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Elenewski, Justin E.; Hackett, John C.
2015-02-01
The iron(IV)-oxo porphyrin π-cation radical known as Compound I is the primary oxidant within the cytochromes P450, allowing these enzymes to affect the substrate hydroxylation. In the course of this reaction, a hydrogen atom is abstracted from the substrate to generate hydroxyiron(IV) porphyrin and a substrate-centered radical. The hydroxy radical then rebounds from the iron to the substrate, yielding the hydroxylated product. While Compound I has succumbed to theoretical and spectroscopic characterization, the associated hydroxyiron species is elusive as a consequence of its very short lifetime, for which there are no quantitative estimates. To ascertain the physical mechanism underlying substrate hydroxylation and probe this timescale, ab initio molecular dynamics simulations and free energy calculations are performed for a model of Compound I catalysis. Semiclassical estimates based on these calculations reveal the hydrogen atom abstraction step to be extremely fast, kinetically comparable to enzymes such as carbonic anhydrase. Using an ensemble of ab initio simulations, the resultant hydroxyiron species is found to have a similarly short lifetime, ranging between 300 fs and 3600 fs, putatively depending on the enzyme active site architecture. The addition of tunneling corrections to these rates suggests a strong contribution from nuclear quantum effects, which should accelerate every step of substrate hydroxylation by an order of magnitude. These observations have strong implications for the detection of individual hydroxylation intermediates during P450 catalysis.
Ab initio dynamics of the cytochrome P450 hydroxylation reaction
Elenewski, Justin E.; Hackett, John C
2015-02-14
The iron(IV)-oxo porphyrin π-cation radical known as Compound I is the primary oxidant within the cytochromes P450, allowing these enzymes to affect the substrate hydroxylation. In the course of this reaction, a hydrogen atom is abstracted from the substrate to generate hydroxyiron(IV) porphyrin and a substrate-centered radical. The hydroxy radical then rebounds from the iron to the substrate, yielding the hydroxylated product. While Compound I has succumbed to theoretical and spectroscopic characterization, the associated hydroxyiron species is elusive as a consequence of its very short lifetime, for which there are no quantitative estimates. To ascertain the physical mechanism underlying substrate hydroxylation and probe this timescale, ab initio molecular dynamics simulations and free energy calculations are performed for a model of Compound I catalysis. Semiclassical estimates based on these calculations reveal the hydrogen atom abstraction step to be extremely fast, kinetically comparable to enzymes such as carbonic anhydrase. Using an ensemble of ab initio simulations, the resultant hydroxyiron species is found to have a similarly short lifetime, ranging between 300 fs and 3600 fs, putatively depending on the enzyme active site architecture. The addition of tunneling corrections to these rates suggests a strong contribution from nuclear quantum effects, which should accelerate every step of substrate hydroxylation by an order of magnitude. These observations have strong implications for the detection of individual hydroxylation intermediates during P450 catalysis.
AB INITIO SIMULATIONS FOR MATERIAL PROPERTIES ALONG THE JUPITER ADIABAT
French, Martin; Becker, Andreas; Lorenzen, Winfried; Nettelmann, Nadine; Bethkenhagen, Mandy; Redmer, Ronald; Wicht, Johannes
2012-09-15
We determine basic thermodynamic and transport properties of hydrogen-helium-water mixtures for the extreme conditions along Jupiter's adiabat via ab initio simulations, which are compiled in an accurate and consistent data set. In particular, we calculate the electrical and thermal conductivity, the shear and longitudinal viscosity, and diffusion coefficients of the nuclei. We present results for associated quantities like the magnetic and thermal diffusivity and the kinematic shear viscosity along an adiabat that is taken from a state-of-the-art interior structure model. Furthermore, the heat capacities, the thermal expansion coefficient, the isothermal compressibility, the Grueneisen parameter, and the speed of sound are calculated. We find that the onset of dissociation and ionization of hydrogen at about 0.9 Jupiter radii marks a region where the material properties change drastically. In the deep interior, where the electrons are degenerate, many of the material properties remain relatively constant. Our ab initio data will serve as a robust foundation for applications that require accurate knowledge of the material properties in Jupiter's interior, e.g., models for the dynamo generation.
Unified ab initio approaches to nuclear structure and reactions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Navrátil, Petr; Quaglioni, Sofia; Hupin, Guillaume; Romero-Redondo, Carolina; Calci, Angelo
2016-05-01
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 7Be {({{p}},γ )}8{{B}} radiative capture. Finally, we highlight our efforts to describe transfer reactions including the 3H{({{d}},{{n}})}4He fusion.
Ab initio tight-binding Hamiltonian for transition metal dichalcogenides
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Fang, Shiang; Kuate Defo, Rodrick; Shirodkar, Sharmila N.; Lieu, Simon; Tritsaris, Georgios A.; Kaxiras, Efthimios
2015-11-01
We present an accurate ab initio tight-binding Hamiltonian for the transition metal dichalcogenides, MoS2, MoSe2, WS2, WSe2, with a minimal basis (the d orbitals for the metal atoms and p orbitals for the chalcogen atoms) based on a transformation of the Kohn-Sham density functional theory Hamiltonian to a basis of maximally localized Wannier functions. The truncated tight-binding Hamiltonian, with only on-site, first, and partial second neighbor interactions, including spin-orbit coupling, provides a simple physical picture and the symmetry of the main band-structure features. Interlayer interactions between adjacent layers are modeled by transferable hopping terms between the chalcogen p orbitals. The full-range tight-binding Hamiltonian can be reduced to hybrid-orbital k .p effective Hamiltonians near the band extrema that capture important low-energy excitations. These ab initio Hamiltonians can serve as the starting point for applications to interacting many-body physics including optical transitions and Berry curvature of bands, of which we give some examples.
Density-matrix based determination of low-energy model Hamiltonians from ab initio wavefunctions
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 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.
Development of Novel Analytical Method for Ab Initio Powder Structural Analysis
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Sakata, Makoto; Nishibori, Eiji; Sawa, Hiroshi
Genetic Algorithm (GA) applied to ab initio structure determination from synchrotron powder diffraction is described. It seems to have an advantage over other real space methods for ab initio structure determination because of the existence of schema theorem. As an example, the case of Prednisolone Succinate is shown in some detail. Future development of GA in crystallography is briefly described.
Surface Segregation Energies of BCC Binaries from Ab Initio and Quantum Approximate Calculations
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
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.
Cao, Jun; Liu, Li-Hong; Fang, Wei-Hai; Xie, Zhi-Zhong; Zhang, Yong
2013-04-01
Azobenzene is one of the most widely used photoactive units and recently an ethylene-bridged azobenzene (BAB) was reported to have greatly enhanced conversion efficiency, quantum yield, and other favorable properties. As the first step towards exploring its photo-switchable character in real systems, we report here a systematic study on the photoisomerization dynamics between trans (E) and cis (Z) isomers in the gas phase and the CH3OH solution, using ab initio based surface hopping and molecular dynamics, which is the first report of dynamics simulation to reveal the environmental effects on BAB photoreactions. Results show that while the relatively faster S1 relaxation of the photo-induced E → Z process is only mildly affected by the solvent effect, the relatively slower S1 relaxation of the reverse reaction becomes even slower in the solution compared to the gas phase. The subsequent S0 dynamics from the conical intersection between S1 and S0 (CI_E) to Z is accelerated in solution compared to the gas phase because of avoided re-crossing to the S1 state, while the S0 dynamics from the conical intersection between S1 and S0 (CI_Z) to E are basically the same in both phases. Overall, the solvent effect was found to enhance the back-and-forth photo-switch efficiency between the Z and E isomers compared to the gas phase, while the quantum yields are reduced. But the solution yields of both the forward and backward photoreactions are still around 0.4. Therefore, BAB may have good photo-responsive properties if used as a photoactive unit in real systems. These results will facilitate future experimental and theoretical studies in this area to help design new azobenzene derivatives as photoactive units in biological processes, nanoscale devices, and photo-responsive materials. PMID:23574226
The ab-initio density matrix renormalization group in practice
Olivares-Amaya, Roberto; Hu, Weifeng; Sharma, Sandeep; Yang, Jun; Chan, Garnet Kin-Lic; Nakatani, Naoki
2015-01-21
The ab-initio density matrix renormalization group (DMRG) is a tool that can be applied to a wide variety of interesting problems in quantum chemistry. Here, we examine the density matrix renormalization group from the vantage point of the quantum chemistry user. What kinds of problems is the DMRG well-suited to? What are the largest systems that can be treated at practical cost? What sort of accuracies can be obtained, and how do we reason about the computational difficulty in different molecules? By examining a diverse benchmark set of molecules: π-electron systems, benchmark main-group and transition metal dimers, and the Mn-oxo-salen and Fe-porphine organometallic compounds, we provide some answers to these questions, and show how the density matrix renormalization group is used in practice.
Ab initio engineering of materials with stacked hexagonal tin frameworks.
Shao, Junping; Beaufils, Clément; Kolmogorov, Aleksey N
2016-01-01
The group-IV tin has been hypothesized to possess intriguing electronic properties in an atom-thick hexagonal form. An attractive pathway of producing sizable 2D crystallites of tin is based on deintercalation of bulk compounds with suitable tin frameworks. Here, we have identified a new synthesizable metal distannide, NaSn2, with a 3D stacking of flat hexagonal layers and examined a known compound, BaSn2, with buckled hexagonal layers. Our ab initio results illustrate that despite being an exception to the 8-electron rule, NaSn2 should form under pressures easily achievable in multi-anvil cells and remain (meta)stable under ambient conditions. Based on calculated Z2 invariants, the predicted NaSn2 may display topologically non-trivial behavior and the known BaSn2 could be a strong topological insulator. PMID:27387140
Ab Initio Calculations of Excited Carrier Dynamics in Gallium Nitride
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Jhalani, Vatsal; Bernardi, Marco
Bulk wurtzite GaN is the primary material for blue light-emission technology. The radiative processes in GaN are regulated by the dynamics of excited (or so-called ``hot'') carriers, through microscopic processes not yet completely understood. We present ab initio calculations of electron-phonon (e-ph) scattering rates for hot carriers in GaN. Our work combines density functional theory to compute the electronic states, and density functional perturbation theory to obtain the phonon dispersions and e-ph coupling matrix elements. These quantities are interpolated on fine Brillouin zone grids with maximally localized Wannier functions, to converge the e-ph scattering rates within 5 eV of the band edges. We resolve the contribution of the different phonon modes to the total scattering rate, and study the impact on the relaxation times of the long-range Fröhlich interaction due to the longitudinal-optical phonon modes.
Highly anisotropic thermal conductivity of arsenene: An ab initio study
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Zeraati, Majid; Vaez Allaei, S. Mehdi; Abdolhosseini Sarsari, I.; Pourfath, Mahdi; Donadio, Davide
2016-02-01
Elemental two-dimensional (2D) materials exhibit intriguing heat transport and phononic properties. Here we have investigated the lattice thermal conductivity of newly proposed arsenene, the 2D honeycomb structure of arsenic, using ab initio calculations. Solving the Boltzmann transport equation for phonons, we predict a highly anisotropic thermal conductivity of 30.4 and 7.8 W/mK along the zigzag and armchair directions, respectively, at room temperature. Our calculations reveal that phonons with mean free paths between 20 nm and 1 μ m provide the main contribution to the large thermal conductivity in the zigzag direction; mean free paths of phonons contributing to heat transport in the armchair directions range between 20 and 100 nm. The obtained anisotropic thermal conductivity and feasibility of synthesis, in addition to high electron mobility reported elsewhere, make arsenene a promising material for nanoelectronic applications and thermal management.
Ab initio study of guanine damage by hydroxyl radical.
Chaban, Galina M; Wang, Dunyou; Huo, Winifred M
2015-01-15
Multiconfigurational ab initio methods are used in this study to examine two initial reactions that take place during the OH radical attack of the DNA base guanine: a ring opening reaction and a hydrogen transfer reaction. The same reactions are also studied in the presence of a single water molecule. The ring opening reaction has a moderate barrier height of ∼20-25 kcal/mol that is relatively insensitive to the presence of water. The barrier of the H-transfer reaction, on the other hand, is lowered from ∼50 to ∼22 kcal/mol when one water molecule is added, thus becoming comparable to the barrier height of the ring opening reaction. PMID:25517252
Vibrational and ab initio molecular dynamics studies of bradykinin
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Święch, Dominika; Kubisiak, Piotr; Andrzejak, Marcin; Borowski, Piotr; Proniewicz, Edyta
2016-07-01
In this study, the comprehensive theoretical and experimental investigations of Raman (RS) and infrared absorption (IR) spectra of bradykinin (BK) are presented. The ab initio Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics (BOMD) calculations, in the presence of water molecules that form the first coordination sphere, were used for conformational analysis of the BK structure. Based on the Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations at the B3LYP/6-311G(d) level the vibrational spectra were interpreted. The calculated frequencies were scaled by means of the effective scaling frequency factor (ESFF) method. The theoretical data, which confirm the compact structure of BK in the presence of the water molecules revealed the remarkable effect of the intermolecular hydrogen bonding on the BK structural properties.
Ab initio water pair potential with flexible monomers.
Jankowski, Piotr; Murdachaew, Garold; Bukowski, Robert; Akin-Ojo, Omololu; Leforestier, Claude; Szalewicz, Krzysztof
2015-03-26
A potential energy surface for the water dimer with explicit dependence on monomer coordinates is presented. The surface was fitted to a set of previously published interaction energies computed on a grid of over a quarter million points in the 12-dimensional configurational space using symmetry-adapted perturbation theory and coupled-cluster methods. The present fit removes small errors in published fits, and its accuracy is critically evaluated. The minimum and saddle-point structures of the potential surface were found to be very close to predictions from direct ab initio optimizations. The computed second virial coefficients agreed well with experimental values. At low temperatures, the effects of monomer flexibility in the virial coefficients were found to be much smaller than the quantum effects. PMID:25687650
Reactive Monte Carlo sampling with an ab initio potential
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Leiding, Jeff; Coe, Joshua D.
2016-05-01
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 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 NH3 to those of ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD). We find that there are regions of state space for which RxMC sampling is much more efficient than AIMD due to the "rare-event" character of chemical reactions.
Efficient Ab initio Modeling of Random Multicomponent Alloys
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Jiang, Chao; Uberuaga, Blas P.
2016-03-01
We present in this Letter a novel small set of ordered structures (SSOS) method that allows extremely efficient ab initio modeling of random multicomponent alloys. Using inverse II-III spinel oxides and equiatomic quinary bcc (so-called high entropy) alloys as examples, we 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. The SSOS method developed here can be broadly useful for the rapid computational design of multicomponent materials, especially those with a large number of alloying elements, a challenging problem for other approaches.
Ab initio H2O in realistic hydrophilic confinement.
Allolio, Christoph; Klameth, Felix; Vogel, Michael; Sebastiani, Daniel
2014-12-15
A protocol for the ab initio construction of a realistic cylindrical pore in amorphous silica, serving as a geometric nanoscale confinement for liquids and solutions, is presented. Upon filling the pore with liquid water at different densities, the structure and dynamics of the liquid inside the confinement can be characterized. At high density, the pore introduces long-range oscillations into the water density profile, which makes the water structure unlike that of the bulk across the entire pore. The tetrahedral structure of water is also affected up to the second solvation shell of the pore wall. Furthermore, the effects of the confinement on hydrogen bonding and diffusion, resulting in a weakening and distortion of the water structure at the pore walls and a slowdown in diffusion, are characterized. PMID:25208765
High-throughput ab-initio dilute solute diffusion database
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
Ab initio engineering of materials with stacked hexagonal tin frameworks
Shao, Junping; Beaufils, Clément; Kolmogorov, Aleksey N.
2016-01-01
The group-IV tin has been hypothesized to possess intriguing electronic properties in an atom-thick hexagonal form. An attractive pathway of producing sizable 2D crystallites of tin is based on deintercalation of bulk compounds with suitable tin frameworks. Here, we have identified a new synthesizable metal distannide, NaSn2, with a 3D stacking of flat hexagonal layers and examined a known compound, BaSn2, with buckled hexagonal layers. Our ab initio results illustrate that despite being an exception to the 8-electron rule, NaSn2 should form under pressures easily achievable in multi-anvil cells and remain (meta)stable under ambient conditions. Based on calculated Z2 invariants, the predicted NaSn2 may display topologically non-trivial behavior and the known BaSn2 could be a strong topological insulator. PMID:27387140
Interatomic Coulombic decay widths of helium trimer: Ab initio calculations
Kolorenč, Přemysl; Sisourat, Nicolas
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, 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.
Interatomic Coulombic decay widths of helium trimer: Ab initio calculations.
Kolorenč, Přemysl; Sisourat, Nicolas
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, 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. PMID:26671378
Ab initio calculation of thermodynamic properties of silicon
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Wei, Siqing; Li, Changlin; Chou, M. Y.
1994-11-01
We present a fully ab initio calculation of the thermodynamic properties for silicon within the quasiharmonic approximation, making use of volume-dependent phonon frequencies obtained from pseudopotential local-density calculations. The temperature dependence of the thermal-expansion coefficient, specific heat (at constant volume), and other related quantities are studied. We confirm that the thermal-expansion coefficient behaves differently in three temperature regions: positive for temperature below 15 K, negative between 15 and 125 K, and positive again above 125 K. This finding agrees with experiment. The abnormal (negative) thermal-expansion coefficient at low temperatures is explained through a detailed study of mode Grüneisen parameters. Both specific-heat and thermal-expansion-coefficient values calculated are in excellent agreement with experiment up to a few hundred kelvin.
XMVB: a program for ab initio nonorthogonal valence bond computations.
Song, Lingchun; Mo, Yirong; Zhang, Qianer; Wu, Wei
2005-04-15
An ab initio nonorthogonal valence bond program, called XMVB, is described in this article. The XMVB package uses Heitler-London-Slater-Pauling (HLSP) functions as state functions, and calculations can be performed with either all independent state functions for a molecule or preferably a few selected important state functions. Both our proposed paired-permanent-determinant approach and conventional Slater determinant expansion algorithm are implemented for the evaluation of the Hamiltonian and overlap matrix elements among VB functions. XMVB contains the capabilities of valence bond self-consistent field (VBSCF), breathing orbital valence bond (BOVB), and valence bond configuration interaction (VBCI) computations. The VB orbitals, used to construct VB functions, can be defined flexibly in the calculations depending on particular applications and focused problems, and they may be strictly localized, delocalized, or bonded-distorted (semidelocalized). The parallel version of XMVB based on MPI (Message Passing Interface) is also available. PMID:15704237
Ab initio theory of NMR chemical shifts in solids
Louie, S.G. |
1997-12-31
A new formalism for ab initio calculation of the orbital magnetic susceptibility and the NMR chemical shifts in solids and liquids is presented. The approach can be applied to periodic systems such as crystals, surfaces or polymers, and with a supercell technique, to nonperiodic systems such as amorphous materials, liquids, or solids with defects. The formalism is based on the density functional theory in the local density approximation and makes use of a generalized f-sum rule to eliminate the divergent terms that plagued previous theories. Calculations have been successfully carried out for the diamagnetic susceptibility of a number of insulators and for the NMR chemical shifts of a variety of systems including free molecules, ionic crystals, hydrogen-bonded materials and amorphous carbon.
Ab initio Potential Energy Surface for H-H2
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
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.
Ab initio calculations of grain boundaries in bcc metals
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Scheiber, Daniel; Pippan, Reinhard; Puschnig, Peter; Romaner, Lorenz
2016-03-01
In this study, we compute grain boundary (GB) properties for a large set of GBs in bcc transition metals with a special focus on W, Mo and Fe using ab initio density functional theory (DFT) and semi-empirical second nearest neighbour modified embedded atom method (2NN-MEAM) potentials. The GB properties include GB energies, surface energies, GB excess volume and work of separation, which we analyse and then compare to experimental data. We find that the used 2NN-MEAM potentials can predict general trends of GB properties, but do not always reproduce the GB ground state structure and energy found with DFT. In particular, our results explain the experimental finding that W and Mo prefer intergranular fracture, while other bcc metals prefer transgranular cleavage.
Transport coefficients in diamond from ab-initio calculations
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Löfâs, Henrik; Grigoriev, Anton; Isberg, Jan; Ahuja, Rajeev
2013-03-01
By combining the Boltzmann transport equation with ab-initio electronic structure calculations, we obtain transport coefficients for boron-doped diamond. We find the temperature dependence of the resistivity and the hall coefficients in good agreement with experimental measurements. Doping in the samples is treated via the rigid band approximation and scattering is treated in the relaxation time approximation. In contrast to previous results, the acoustic phonon scattering is the dominating scattering mechanism for the considered doping range. At room temperature, we find the thermopower, S, in the range 1-1.6 mV/K and the power factor, S2σ, in the range 0.004-0.16 μW /cm K2.
Ab initio potential energy surface and rovibrational states of HBO
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ha, Tae-Kyu; Makarewicz, Jan
1999-01-01
The potential energy surface describing the large-amplitude motion of H around the BO core in the HBO molecule has been determined from ab initio calculations. This surface has been sampled by a set of 170 grid points from a two-dimensional space defined by the stretching and the bending coordinates of the H nucleus. At each grid point, the BO bond length has been optimized using the second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory with the basis set aug-cc-pVTZ. The surface has a local minimum for the linear as well as the bent configuration of HBO. A low energy barrier to the linear configuration BOH causes a large-amplitude motion and a strong rovibrational interaction in the molecule. Its rovibrational dynamics is different from the dynamics in bent or quasilinear triatomic molecules.
Ab initio engineering of materials with stacked hexagonal tin frameworks
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Shao, Junping; Beaufils, Clément; Kolmogorov, Aleksey N.
2016-07-01
The group-IV tin has been hypothesized to possess intriguing electronic properties in an atom-thick hexagonal form. An attractive pathway of producing sizable 2D crystallites of tin is based on deintercalation of bulk compounds with suitable tin frameworks. Here, we have identified a new synthesizable metal distannide, NaSn2, with a 3D stacking of flat hexagonal layers and examined a known compound, BaSn2, with buckled hexagonal layers. Our ab initio results illustrate that despite being an exception to the 8-electron rule, NaSn2 should form under pressures easily achievable in multi-anvil cells and remain (meta)stable under ambient conditions. Based on calculated Z2 invariants, the predicted NaSn2 may display topologically non-trivial behavior and the known BaSn2 could be a strong topological insulator.
Ab initio electronic stopping power of protons in bulk materials
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Shukri, Abdullah Atef; Bruneval, Fabien; Reining, Lucia
2016-01-01
The electronic stopping power is a crucial quantity for ion irradiation: it governs the deposited heat, the damage profile, and the implantation depth. Whereas experimental data are readily available for elemental solids, the data are much more scarce for compounds. Here we develop a fully ab initio computational scheme based on linear response time-dependent density-functional theory to predict the random electronic stopping power (RESP) of materials without any empirical fitting. We show that the calculated RESP compares well with experimental data, when at full convergence, with the inclusion of the core states and of the exchange correlation. We evaluate the unexpectedly limited magnitude of the nonlinear terms in the RESP by comparing with other approaches based on the time propagation of time-dependent density-functional theory. Finally, we check the validity of a few empirical rules of thumbs that are commonly used to estimate the electronic stopping power.
Isofulminic acid, HONC: Ab initio theory and microwave spectroscopy.
Mladenović, Mirjana; Lewerenz, Marius; McCarthy, Michael C; Thaddeus, Patrick
2009-11-01
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. PMID:19895013
High-throughput ab-initio dilute solute diffusion database.
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
Ab initio quantum dynamics using coupled-cluster.
Kvaal, Simen
2012-05-21
The curse of dimensionality (COD) limits the current state-of-the-art ab initio propagation methods for non-relativistic quantum mechanics to relatively few particles. For stationary structure calculations, the coupled-cluster (CC) method overcomes the COD in the sense that the method scales polynomially with the number of particles while still being size-consistent and extensive. We generalize the CC method to the time domain while allowing the single-particle functions to vary in an adaptive fashion as well, thereby creating a highly flexible, polynomially scaling approximation to the time-dependent Schrödinger equation. The method inherits size-consistency and extensivity from the CC method. The method is dubbed orbital-adaptive time-dependent coupled-cluster, and is a hierarchy of approximations to the now standard multi-configurational time-dependent Hartree method for fermions. A numerical experiment is also given. PMID:22612082
Efficient Ab initio Modeling of Random Multicomponent Alloys.
Jiang, Chao; Uberuaga, Blas P
2016-03-11
We present in this Letter a novel small set of ordered structures (SSOS) method that allows extremely efficient ab initio modeling of random multicomponent alloys. Using inverse II-III spinel oxides and equiatomic quinary bcc (so-called high entropy) alloys as examples, we 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. The SSOS method developed here can be broadly useful for the rapid computational design of multicomponent materials, especially those with a large number of alloying elements, a challenging problem for other approaches. PMID:27015491
Ab initio correlated calculations of rare-gas dimer quadrupoles
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Donchev, Alexander G.
2007-10-01
This paper reports ab initio calculations of rare gas ( RG=Kr , Ar, Ne, and He) dimer quadrupoles at the second order of Møller-Plesset perturbation theory (MP2). The study reveals the crucial role of the dispersion contribution to the RG2 quadrupole in the neighborhood of the equilibrium dimer separation. The magnitude of the dispersion quadrupole is found to be much larger than that predicted by the approximate model of Hunt. As a result, the total MP2 quadrupole moment is significantly smaller than was assumed in virtually all previous related studies. An analytical model for the distance dependence of the RG2 quadrupole is proposed. The model is based on the effective-electron approach of Jansen, but replaces the original Gaussian approximation to the electron density in an RG atom by an exponential one. The role of the nonadditive contribution in RG3 quadrupoles is discussed.
Ab Initio Screening of CO2-philic Groups.
Tian, Ziqi; Saito, Tomonori; Jiang, De-En
2015-04-23
Ab initio calculations were used to identify CO2-philic groups. Over 55 neutral molecules were screened for CO2 affinity via binding energetics. It is found that poly(ethylene oxide)s (PEO) oligomers with more than three repeating units are good CO2-binding groups, consistent with the high-performance of PEO-based materials for CO2/N2 separation. More interestingly, two triazole groups linked with a methylene chain are also excellent for CO2 binding with a favorable interaction of more than 28 kJ/mol, indicating that polymers or covalent-organic frameworks (COFs) with triazoles may be utilized for CO2 capture. This work provides a useful guide to introduce promising organic groups into polymeric membranes and COFs for CO2/N2 separation media. PMID:25825811
Ab initio methods for nuclear properties - a computational physics approach
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Maris, Pieter
2011-04-01
A microscopic theory for the structure and reactions of light nuclei poses formidable challenges for high-performance computing. Several ab-initio methods have now emerged that provide nearly exact solutions for some nuclear properties. The ab-initio no-core full configuration (NCFC) approach is based on basis space expansion methods and uses Slater determinants of single-nucleon basis functions to express the nuclear wave function. In this approach, the quantum many-particle problem becomes a large sparse matrix eigenvalue problem. The eigenvalues of this matrix give us the binding energies, and the corresponding eigenvectors the nuclear wave functions. These wave functions can be employed to evaluate experimental quantities. In order to reach numerical convergence for fundamental problems of interest, the matrix dimension often exceeds 1 billion, and the number of nonzero matrix elements may saturate available storage on present-day leadership class facilities. I discuss different strategies for distributing and solving this large sparse matrix on current multicore computer architectures, including methods to deal with with memory bottleneck. Several of these strategies have been implemented in the code MFDn, which is a parallel fortran code for nuclear structure calculations. I will show scaling behavior and compare the performance of the pure MPI version with the hybrid MPI/OpenMP code on Cray XT4 and XT5 platforms. For large core counts (typically 5,000 and above), the hybrid version is more efficient than pure MPI. With this code, we have been able to predict properties of the unstable nucleus 14F, which have since been confirmed by experiments. I will also give an overview of other recent results for nuclei in the A = 6 to 16 range with 2- and 3-body interactions. Supported in part by US DOE Grant DE-FC02-09ER41582.
Ab initio molecular dynamic study of solid-state transitions of ammonium nitrate
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Yu, Hongyu; Duan, Defang; Liu, Hanyu; Yang, Ting; Tian, Fubo; Bao, Kuo; Li, Da; Zhao, Zhonglong; Liu, Bingbing; Cui, Tian
2016-01-01
High-pressure polymorphism and phase transitions have wide ranging consequences on the basic properties of ammonium nitrate. However, the phase diagram of ammonium nitrate at high pressure and high temperature is still under debate. This study systematically investigates the phase transitions and structural properties of ammonium nitrate at a pressure range of 5-60 GPa and temperature range of 250-400 K by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. Two new phases are identified: one corresponds to the experimentally observed phase IV’ and the other is named AN-X. Simultaneously, the lattice strains play a significant role in the formation and stabilization of phase IV’, providing a reasonable explanation for experimental observation of phase IV-IV’ transition which only appears under nonhydrostatic pressure. In addition, 12 O atoms neighboring the NH (N atom in ammonium cation) atom are selected as reference system to clearly display the tanglesome rotation of ammonium cation.
Ab initio molecular dynamic study of solid-state transitions of ammonium nitrate
Yu, Hongyu; Duan, Defang; Liu, Hanyu; Yang, Ting; Tian, Fubo; Bao, Kuo; Li, Da; Zhao, Zhonglong; Liu, Bingbing; Cui, Tian
2016-01-01
High-pressure polymorphism and phase transitions have wide ranging consequences on the basic properties of ammonium nitrate. However, the phase diagram of ammonium nitrate at high pressure and high temperature is still under debate. This study systematically investigates the phase transitions and structural properties of ammonium nitrate at a pressure range of 5–60 GPa and temperature range of 250–400 K by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. Two new phases are identified: one corresponds to the experimentally observed phase IV’ and the other is named AN-X. Simultaneously, the lattice strains play a significant role in the formation and stabilization of phase IV’, providing a reasonable explanation for experimental observation of phase IV-IV’ transition which only appears under nonhydrostatic pressure. In addition, 12 O atoms neighboring the NH (N atom in ammonium cation) atom are selected as reference system to clearly display the tanglesome rotation of ammonium cation. PMID:26754622
Experimental and ab initio infrared study of chi-, kappa- and alpha-aluminas formed from gibbsite
Favaro, L.; Boumaza, A.; Roy, P.; Ledion, J.; Sattonnay, G.; Brubach, J.B.; Huntz, A.M.; Tetot, R.
2010-04-15
chi-, kappa- and alpha-alumina phases formed by dehydration of micro-grained gibbsite between 773 and 1573 K are studied using infrared spectroscopy (IR). The structural transitions evidenced by X-ray diffraction (XRD) were interpreted by comparing IR measurements with ab initio simulations (except for the chi form whose complexity does not allow a reliable simulation). For each phase, IR spectrum presents specific bands corresponding to transverse optical (TO) modes of Al-O stretching and bending under 900 cm{sup -1}. The very complex chi phase, obtained at 773 K, provides a distinctive XRD pattern in contrast with the IR absorbance appearing as a broad structure extending between 200 and 900 cm{sup -1} resembling the equivalent spectra for gamma-alumina phase. kappa-alumina is forming at 1173 K and its rich IR spectrum is in good qualitative agreement with ab initio simulations. This complexity reflects the large number of atoms in the kappa-alumina unit cell and the wide range of internuclear distances as well as the various coordinances of both Al and O atoms. Ab initio simulations suggest that this form of transition alumina demonstrates a strong departure from the simple pattern observed for other transition alumina. At 1573 K, the stable alpha-ALPHAl{sub 2}OMICRON{sub 3} develops. Its IR spectra extends in a narrower energy range as compared to transition alumina and presents characteristics features similar to model alpha-ALPHAl{sub 2}OMICRON{sub 3}. Ab initio calculations show again a very good general agreement with the observed IR spectra for this phase. In addition, for both kappa- and alpha-ALPHAl{sub 2}OMICRON{sub 3}, extra modes, measured at high energy (above 790 cm{sup -1} for kappa and above 650 cm{sup -1} for alpha), can originate from either remnant chi-alumina or from surface modes. - Graphical abstract: Infrared spectra of the sequence Gibbsite ->chi->kappa->alpha-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} obtained from 24 h calcinations of Gibbsite at 773 K, 1173 K
4He Thermophysical Properties: New Ab Initio Calculations
Hurly, John J.; Mehl, James B.
2007-01-01
Since 2000, atomic physicists have reduced the uncertainty of the helium-helium “ab initio” potential; for example, from approximately 0.6 % to 0.1 % at 4 bohr, and from 0.8 % to 0.1 % at 5.6 bohr. These results led us to: (1) construct a new inter-atomic potential ϕ07, (2) recalculate values of the second virial coefficient, the viscosity, and the thermal conductivity of 4He from 1 K to 10,000 K, and (3), analyze the uncertainties of the thermophysical properties that propagate from the uncertainty of ϕ07 and from the Born-Oppenheimer approximation of the electron-nucleon quantum mechanical system. We correct minor errors in a previous publication [J. J. Hurly and M. R. Moldover, J. Res. Nat. Inst. Standards Technol. 105, 667 (2000)] and compare our results with selected data published after 2000. The ab initio results tabulated here can serve as standards for the measurement of thermophysical properties. PMID:27110456
High-pressure study of ScVO4 by Raman scattering and ab initio calculations
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Panchal, V.; Manjón, F. J.; Errandonea, D.; Rodriguez-Hernandez, P.; López-Solano, J.; Muñoz, A.; Achary, S. N.; Tyagi, A. K.
2011-02-01
We report results of experimental and theoretical lattice-dynamics studies on scandium orthovanadate up to 35 GPa. Raman-active modes of the low-pressure zircon phase are measured up to 8.2 GPa, where the onset of an irreversible zircon-to-scheelite phase transition is detected. Raman-active modes in the scheelite structure are observed up to 16.5 GPa. Beyond 18.2 GPa we detected a gradual splitting of the Eg modes of the scheelite phase, indicating the onset of a second phase transition. Raman symmetries, frequencies, and pressure coefficients in the three phases of ScVO4 are discussed in the light of ab initio lattice-dynamics calculations that support the experimental results. The results on all the three phases of ScVO4 are compared with those previously reported for related orthovanadates.
Operator evolution for ab initio theory of light nuclei
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Schuster, Micah; Quaglioni, Sofia; Johnson, Calvin; Jurgenson, Eric; Navrátil, Petr
2014-09-01
The past two decades have seen a revolution in ab initio calculations of nuclear properties. One key element has been the development of a rigorous effective interaction theory, applying unitary transformations to soften the nuclear Hamiltonian and hence accelerate the convergence as a function of the model space size. For consistency, however, one ought to apply the same transformation to other operators when calculating transitions and mean values from the eigenstates of the renormalized Hamiltonian. Working in a translationally invariant harmonic oscillator basis for the two- and three-nucleon systems, we evolve the Hamiltonian, square radius, and total dipole strength operators by the similarity renormalization group (SRG). The inclusion of up to three-body matrix elements in the 4He nucleus all but completely restores the invariance of the expectation values under the transformation. We also consider a Gaussian operator with adjustable range; short ranges have the largest absolute renormalization when including two- and three-body induced terms, while at long ranges the induced three-body contribution takes on increased relative importance. The past two decades have seen a revolution in ab initio calculations of nuclear properties. One key element has been the development of a rigorous effective interaction theory, applying unitary transformations to soften the nuclear Hamiltonian and hence accelerate the convergence as a function of the model space size. For consistency, however, one ought to apply the same transformation to other operators when calculating transitions and mean values from the eigenstates of the renormalized Hamiltonian. Working in a translationally invariant harmonic oscillator basis for the two- and three-nucleon systems, we evolve the Hamiltonian, square radius, and total dipole strength operators by the similarity renormalization group (SRG). The inclusion of up to three-body matrix elements in the 4He nucleus all but completely restores
Debela, T. T.; Wang, X. D.; Cao, Q. P.; Zhang, D. X.; Wang, S. Y.; Wang, Cai-Zhuang; Jiang, J. Z.
2013-12-12
Atomic structure transitions of liquid niobium during solidification, at different temperatures from 3200 to 1500 K, were studied by using ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. The local atomic structure variations with temperature are investigated by using the pair-correlation function, the structure factor, the bond-angle distribution function, the Honeycutt–Anderson index, Voronoi tessellation and the cluster alignment methods. Our results clearly show that, upon quenching, the icosahedral short-range order dominates in the stable liquid and supercooled liquid states before the system transforms to crystalline body-center cubic phase at a temperature of about 1830 K.
Site occupancy trend of Co in Ni2MnIn: Ab initio approach
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Pal, Soumyadipta; Mahadevan, Priya; Biswas, C.
2015-06-01
The trend of site occupation of Co at Ni sites of Ni2MnIn system is studied in austenitic phase having L21 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 Ni1.5Co0.5MnIn and Ni1.25Co0.75MnIn. The Co tends to form cluster.
Temperature dependent mechanical properties of Mo-Si-B compounds via ab initio molecular dynamics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Dharmawardhana, C. C.; Sakidja, R.; Aryal, S.; Ching, W. Y.
2013-07-01
A new method was proposed to obtain high temperature mechanical properties with a combination of ab initio molecular dynamics and stress-strain analyses. It was applied to compounds in the Mo-Si-B ternary system, namely, T1 (Mo5Si3) and T2 (Mo5SiB2) phases. The calculated coefficient of thermal expansion, thermal expansion anisotropy, and elastic constants agree well with those from the available experiments. The method enables us to theoretically access these properties up to 2000 K.
Heats of Segregation of BCC Binaries from ab Initio and Quantum Approximate Calculations
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
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.
Ab initio calculation and anharmonic force field of hypochlorous acid, HOCl
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Halonen, L.; Ha, T.-K.
1988-03-01
Ab initio calculations on HOCl have been performed at the third-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory level to determine the equilibrium structure and the anharmonic force field. An empirical anharmonic force field based on the ab initio results is obtained using available experimental vibration-rotation data. Four of the six harmonic and six of the ten cubic force constants have been determined experimentally, the remaining values being fixed at the ab initio values. A good fit to the experimental vibration-rotation data of four isotopic species is obtained.
Ab initio construction of magnetic phase diagrams in alloys: The case of Fe_{1-x}Mn_{x}Pt
Pujari, B. S.; Larson, P.; Antropov, V. P.; Belashchenko, K. D.
2015-07-28
A first-principles approach to the construction of concentration-temperature magnetic phase diagrams of metallic alloys is presented. The method employs self-consistent total energy calculations based on the coherent potential approximation for partially ordered and noncollinear magnetic states and is able to account for competing interactions and multiple magnetic phases. The application to the Fe_{1–x}Mn_{x}Pt “magnetic chameleon” system yields the sequence of magnetic phases at T = 0 and the c-T magnetic phase diagram in good agreement with experiment, and a new low-temperature phase is predicted at the Mn-rich end. The importance of non-Heisenberg interactions for the description of the magnetic phase diagram is demonstrated.
Longo, R C; Kong, F T; KC, Santosh; Park, M S; Yoon, J; Yeon, D-H; Park, J-H; Doo, S-G; Cho, K
2014-06-21
In this work, we present a density-functional theory (DFT) investigation of the phase stability, electrochemical stability and phase transformation mechanisms of the layered and over-lithiated Mn oxides. This study includes the thermodynamic stability of Li and oxygen vacancies, to examine the electrochemical activation mechanisms of these cathode materials. The DFT calculations provide phase diagrams of the Li-Mn-O system in both physical and chemical potential spaces, including the crystals containing vacancies as independent phases. The results show the ranges of electrochemical activity for both layered LiMnO2 and over-lithiated Li2MnO3. By using a thermodynamic model analysis, we found that the required temperature for oxygen evolution and Li vacancy formation is too high to be compatible with any practical synthesis temperature. Using solid-state transition calculations, we have identified the key steps in the phase transition mechanism of the layered LiMnO2 into the spinel phase. The calculated effects of pH on the Li-Mn-O phase stability elucidated the mechanism of Mn(2+) formation from the spinel phase under acidic conditions. PMID:24776820
Arghavani Nia, Borhan; Sedighi, Matin; Shahrokhi, Masoud; Moradian, Rostam
2013-11-15
A density functional theory study of structural, electronical and optical properties of Ca{sub 3}Sb{sub 2} compound in hexagonal and cubic phases is presented. In the exchange–correlation potential, generalized gradient approximation (PBE-GGA) has been used to calculate lattice parameters, bulk modulus, cohesive energy, dielectric function and energy loss spectra. The electronic band structure of this compound has been calculated using the above two approximations as well as another form of PBE-GGA, proposed by Engle and Vosko (EV-GGA). It is found that the hexagonal phase of Ca{sub 3}Sb{sub 2} has an indirect gap in the Γ→N direction; while in the cubic phase there is a direct-gap at the Γ point in the PBE-GGA and EV-GGA. Effects of applying pressure on the band structure of the system studied and optical properties of these systems were calculated. - Graphical abstract: A density functional theory study of structural, electronic and optical properties of Ca{sub 3}Sb{sub 2} compound in hexagonal and cubic phases is presented. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Physical properties of Ca{sub 3}Sb{sub 2} in hexagonal and cubic phases are investigated. • It is found that the hexagonal phase is an indirect gap semiconductor. • Ca{sub 3}Sb{sub 2} is a direct-gap semiconductor at the Γ point in the cubic phase. • By increasing pressure the semiconducting band gap and anti-symmetry gap are decreased.
Melting curves of metals by ab initio calculations
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Minakov, Dmitry; Levashov, Pavel
2015-06-01
In this work we used several ab initio approaches to reproduce melting curves and discussed their abilities, advantages and drawbacks. We used quasiharmonic appoximation and Lindemann criterion to build melting curves in wide region of pressures. This approach allows to calculate the total free energy of electrons and phonons, so it is possible to obtain all thermodynamic properties in the crystalline state. We also used quantum molecular dynamics simulations to investigate melting at various pressures. We explored the size-effect of the heat until it melts (HUM) method in detail. Special attention was paid to resolve the boundaries of the melting region on density. All calculations were performed for aluminum, copper and gold. Results were in good agreement with available experimental data. Also we studied the influence of electronic temperature on melting curves. It turned out that the melting temperature increased with the rise of electron temperature at normal density and had non-monotonic behavior at higher densities. This work is supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation (Project No. 3.522.2014/K).
Ab initio simulation of gap discrete breathers in strained graphene
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Lobzenko, I. P.; Chechin, G. M.; Bezuglova, G. S.; Baimova, Yu. A.; Korznikova, E. A.; Dmitriev, S. V.
2016-03-01
The methods of the density functional theory were used for the first time for the simulation of discrete breathers in graphene. It is demonstrated that breathers can exist with frequencies lying in the gap of the phonon spectrum, induced by uniaxial tension of a monolayer graphene sheet in the "zigzag" direction (axis X), polarized in the "armchair" direction (axis Y). The found gap breathers are highly localized dynamic objects, the core of which is formed by two adjacent carbon atoms located on the Y axis. The atoms surrounding the core vibrate at much lower amplitudes along both the axes ( X and Y). The dependence of the frequency of these breathers on amplitude is found, which shows a soft type of nonlinearity. No breathers of this type were detected in the gap induced by stretching along the Y axis. It is shown that the breather vibrations may be approximated by the Morse oscillators, the parameters of which are determined from ab initio calculations. The results are of fundamental importance, as molecular dynamics calculations based on empirical potentials cannot serve as a reliable proof of the existence of breathers in crystals.
Ab initio studies of phoshorene island single electron transistor.
Ray, S J; Venkata Kamalakar, M; Chowdhury, R
2016-05-18
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. PMID:27093536
Ab initio studies of phosphorene island single electron transistor
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
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.
An Ab Initio Based Potential Energy Surface for Water
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
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.
Ab initio description of the exotic unbound 7He nucleus
Baroni, Simone; Navratil, Petr; Quaglioni, Sofia
2013-01-11
In this study, the neutron-rich unbound 7He nucleus has been the subject of many experimental investigations. While the ground-state 3/2– resonance is well established, there is a controversy concerning the excited 1/2– resonance reported in some experiments as low lying and narrow (ER~1 MeV, Γ≤1 MeV) while in others as very broad and located at a higher energy. This issue cannot be addressed by ab initio theoretical calculations based on traditional bound-state methods. We introduce a new unified approach to nuclear bound and continuum states based on the coupling of the no-core shell model, a bound-state technique, with the no-coremore » shell model combined with the resonating-group method, a nuclear scattering technique. Our calculations describe the ground-state resonance in agreement with experiment and, at the same time, predict a broad 1/2– resonance above 2 MeV.« less
Ab initio investigation of grain boundary cohesion in Al alloys
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Zhang, Shengjun; Kontsevoi, Oleg Y.; Freeman, A. J.; Olson, G. B.
2010-03-01
Strength and hardness of aluminum alloys can be substantially increased by alloying with Mg, Zn, Cu, Si, and other elements. The main drawback of Al alloys is their susceptibility to stress corrosion cracking, which is caused by alloying impurities segregated at grain boundaries. We investigated the embrittling and cohesion-enhancing effects of impurities on a σ5(012)[100] grain boundary in Al by means of the full-potential linearized augmented plane-wave (FLAPW) method within the framework of the Rice-Wang thermodynamic model and within the ab initio tensile test approach. We calculated segregation energies, analyzed local atomic configurations, electronic structures and spatial charge density distributions around segregated impurities, and identified the roles of atomic size and the bonding behavior of the impurity with the surrounding Al atoms. The results show that He, H and Na are strong embrittlers, Zn is a weak embrittler, while Sc, B, Cu and Mg are cohesion enhancers. We further evaluated the effect of co-alloying with two or more elements on grain boundary strength. This work provides a fundamental basis for the design of high strength Al alloys.
Ab Initio Simulation of the Photoelectron Spectrum for Methoxy Radical
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Cheng, Lan; Weichman, Marissa L.; Kim, Jongjin B.; Ichino, Takatoshi; Neumark, Daniel; Stanton, John F.
2015-06-01
A theoretical simulation of the photoelectron spectrum for the ground state of methoxy radical is reported based on the quasidiabatic model Hamiltonian originally proposed by Köppel, Domcke, and Cederbaum. The parameters in the model Hamiltonian have been obtained from ab initio coupled-cluster calculations. The linear and quadratic force constants have been calculated using equation-of-motion coupled-cluster ionization potential method with the singles, doubles, and triples (EOMIP-CCSDT) truncation scheme together with atomic natural orbital basis sets of triple-zeta quality (ANO1). The cubic and quartic force constants have been obtained from EOMIP-CCSD calculations with ANO basis sets of double-zeta quality (ANO0), and the spin-orbit coupling constant has been computed at the EOMIP-CCSD/pCVTZ level. The nuclear Schroedinger equation has been solved using the Lanzcos algorithm to obtain vibronic energy levels as well as the corresponding intensities. The simulated spectrum compares favorably with the recent high-resolution slow electron velocity-map imaging experiment for vibronic levels up to 2000 cm-1.
TOPICAL REVIEW: Ab initio symplectic no-core shell model
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Dytrych, T.; Sviratcheva, K. D.; Draayer, J. P.; Bahri, C.; Vary, J. P.
2008-12-01
The no-core shell model (NCSM) is a prominent ab initio method that yields a good description of the low-lying states in few-nucleon systems as well as in more complex p-shell nuclei. Nevertheless, its applicability is limited by the rapid growth of the many-body basis with larger model spaces and increasing number of nucleons. The symplectic no-core shell model (Sp-NCSM) aspires to extend the scope of the NCSM beyond the p-shell region by augmenting the conventional spherical harmonic oscillator basis with the physically relevant symplectic \\SpR{3} symmetry-adapted configurations of the symplectic shell model that describe naturally the monopole-quadrupole vibrational and rotational modes, and also partially incorporate α-cluster correlations. In this review, the models underpinning the Sp-NCSM approach, namely, the NCSM, the Elliott SU(3) model and the symplectic shell model, are discussed. Following this, a prescription for constructing translationally invariant symplectic configurations in the spherical harmonic oscillator basis is given. This prescription is utilized to unveil the extent to which symplectic configurations enter into low-lying states in 12C and 16O nuclei calculated within the framework of the NCSM with the JISP16 realistic nucleon-nucleon interaction. The outcomes of this proof-of-principle study are presented in detail.
Microsolvation of methyl hydrogen peroxide: Ab initio quantum chemical approach
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kulkarni, Anant D.; Rai, Dhurba; Bartolotti, Libero J.; Pathak, Rajeev K.
2009-08-01
Methyl hydrogen peroxide (MHP), one of the simplest organic hydroperoxides, is a strong oxidant, with enhanced activity in aqueous ambience. The present study investigates, at the molecular level, the role of hydrogen bonding that is conducive to cluster formation of MHP with water molecules from its peroxide end, with the methyl group remaining hydrophobic for up to five water molecules. Ab initio quantum chemical computations on MHP⋯(H2O)n, [n =1-5] are performed at second order Møller-Plesset (MP2) perturbation theory employing the basis sets 6-31G(d,p) and 6-311++G(2d,2p) to study the cluster formation of MHP with water molecules from its peroxide end and hydrophobic hydration due to the methyl group. Successive addition of water molecules alters the hydrogen bonding pattern, which leads to changes in overall cluster geometry and in turn to IR vibrational frequency shifts. Molecular co-operativity in these clusters is gauged directly through a detailed many-body interaction energy analysis. Molecular electrostatic potential maps are shown to have a bearing on predicting further growth of these clusters, which is duly corroborated through sample calculations for MHP⋯(H2O)8. Further, a continuum solvation model calculation for energetically stable clusters suggests that this study should serve as a precursor for pathways to aqueous solvation of MHP.
Ab initio modelling of methane hydrate thermophysical properties.
Jendi, Z M; Servio, P; Rey, A D
2016-04-21
The key thermophysical properties of methane hydrate were determined using ab initio modelling. Using density functional theory, the second-order elastic constants, heat capacity, compressibility, and thermal expansion coefficient were calculated. A wide and relevant range of pressure-temperature conditions were considered, and the structures were assessed for stability using the mean square displacement and radial distribution functions. Methane hydrate was found to be elastically isotropic with a linear dependence of the bulk modulus on pressure. Equally significant, multi-body interactions were found to be important in hydrates, and water-water interactions appear to strongly influence compressibility like in ice Ih. While the heat capacity of hydrate was found to be higher than that of ice, the thermal expansion coefficient was significantly lower, most likely due to the lower rigidity of hydrates. The mean square displacement gave important insight into stability, heat capacity, and elastic moduli, and the radial distribution functions further confirmed stability. The presented results provide a much needed atomistic thermoelastic characterization of methane hydrates and are essential input for the large-scale applications of hydrate detection and production. PMID:27019976
Engineering Room-temperature Superconductors Via ab-initio Calculations
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Gulian, Mamikon; Melkonyan, Gurgen; Gulian, Armen
The BCS, or bosonic model of superconductivity, as Little and Ginzburg have first argued, can bring in superconductivity at room temperatures in the case of high-enough frequency of bosonic mode. It was further elucidated by Kirzhnitset al., that the condition for existence of high-temperature superconductivity is closely related to negative values of the real part of the dielectric function at finite values of the reciprocal lattice vectors. In view of these findings, the task is to calculate the dielectric function for real materials. Then the poles of this function will indicate the existence of bosonic excitations which can serve as a "glue" for Cooper pairing, and if the frequency is high enough, and the dielectric matrix is simultaneously negative, this material is a good candidate for very high-Tc superconductivity. Thus, our approach is to elaborate a methodology of ab-initio calculation of the dielectric function of various materials, and then point out appropriate candidates. We used the powerful codes (TDDF with the DP package in conjunction with ABINIT) for computing dielectric responses at finite values of the wave vectors in the reciprocal lattice space. Though our report is concerned with the particular problem of superconductivity, the application range of the data processing methodology is much wider. The ability to compute the dielectric function of existing and still non-existing (though being predicted!) materials will have many more repercussions not only in fundamental sciences but also in technology and industry.
Ab initio simulations of pseudomorphic silicene and germanene bidimensional heterostructures
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Debernardi, Alberto; Marchetti, Luigi
2016-06-01
Among the novel two-dimensional (2D) materials, silicene and germanene, which are two honeycomb crystal structures composed of a monolayer of Si and Ge, respectively, have attracted the attention of material scientists because they combine the advantages of the new 2D ultimate-scaled electronics with their compatibility with industrial processes presently based on Si and Ge. We envisage pseudomorphic lateral heterostructures based on ribbons of silicene and germanene, which are the 2D analogs of conventional 3D Si/Ge superlattices and quantum wells. In spite of the considerable lattice mismatch (˜4 % ) between free-standing silicene and germanene, our ab initio simulations predict that, considering striped 2D lateral heterostructures made by alternating silicene and germanene ribbons of constant width, the silicene/germanene junction remains pseudomorphic—i.e., it maintains lattice-matched edges—up to critical ribbon widths that can reach some tens of nanometers. Such critical widths are one order of magnitude larger than the critical thickness measured in 3D pseudomorphic Si/Ge heterostructures and the resolution of state-of-the-art lithography, thus enabling the possibility of lithography patterned silicene/germanene junctions. We computed how the strain produced by the pseudomorphic growth modifies the crystal structure and electronic bands of the ribbons, providing a mechanism for band-structure engineering. Our results pave the way for lithography patterned lateral heterostructures that can serve as the building blocks of novel 2D electronics.
Ab Initio Investigation of NH_3-O_2 Exciplex
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
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)
Accurate ab initio vibrational energies of methyl chloride
Owens, Alec; Yurchenko, Sergei N.; Yachmenev, Andrey; Tennyson, Jonathan; Thiel, Walter
2015-06-28
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, CH{sub 3}{sup 35}Cl and CH{sub 3}{sup 37}Cl. The respective PESs, CBS-35{sup HL}, and CBS-37{sup 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 {sub 3}Z. Fully converged energies were obtained by means of a complete vibrational basis set extrapolation. The CBS-35{sup HL} and CBS-37{sup HL} PESs reproduce the fundamental term values with root-mean-square errors of 0.75 and 1.00 cm{sup −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 CH{sub 3}Cl without empirical refinement of the respective PESs.
Ab Initio Potential Energy Surface for H-H2
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
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.
Ab initio description of p-shell hypernuclei.
Wirth, Roland; Gazda, Daniel; Navrátil, Petr; Calci, Angelo; Langhammer, Joachim; Roth, Robert
2014-11-01
We present the first ab initio calculations for p-shell single-Λ hypernuclei. For the solution of the many-baryon problem, we develop two variants of the no-core shell model with explicit Λ and Σ(+),Σ(0),Σ(-) hyperons including Λ-Σ conversion, optionally supplemented by a similarity renormalization group transformation to accelerate model-space convergence. In addition to state-of-the-art chiral two- and three-nucleon interactions, we use leading-order chiral hyperon-nucleon interactions and a recent meson-exchange hyperon-nucleon interaction. We validate the approach for s-shell hypernuclei and apply it to p-shell hypernuclei, in particular to (Λ)(7)Li, (Λ)(9)Be, and (Λ)(13)C. We show that the chiral hyperon-nucleon interactions provide ground-state and excitation energies that generally agree with experiment within the cutoff dependence. At the same time we demonstrate that hypernuclear spectroscopy provides tight constraints on the hyperon-nucleon interactions. PMID:25415901
Ab initio SCF calculations on hydrogen bonded cresol isomers
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Pohl, M.; Kleinermanns, K.
1988-12-01
Ab initio GAUSSIAN 80 calculations with two different basis sets (STO-3G and 4 31 G*) were performed on hydrogen bonded cresol isomers for comparison with experimental data from free jet fluorescence excitation spectroscopy. For m-cresol, the calculated barriers for hindered internal rotation of the OH-group and the CH3-group are in good agreement with experiment. The calculations show the trans-linear configuration of p-cresol· B-clusters ( B = H2O, CH3OH) to be more stable than the all-planar configuration. This agrees with CI calculations and microwave spectroscopic investigations of the water dimer. Calculations of both the intermolecular stretch and bend frequencies of p-cresol· B-clusters show little dependence on the all-planar or trans-linear configuration but a strong dependence on the choice of the basis set. With the minimal basis set STO-3G, the vibrational energies are generally too high. The agreement between the calculated vibrational frequencies from the 4 31 G* basis set and the experimental values is fair.
Ab initio calculation of double ionization of atoms
Serov, V. V.
2013-02-15
The Solov'ev-Vinitsky method was used to perform an ab initio calculation of the triple-differential cross section for the double single-photon photoionization of helium for the case of equal emitted-electron energies. A Gaussian width {gamma} describing angular electron-electron correlations at the total electron energy E taking values in range between 0.1 and 100 eV was obtained for this cross section. The results agree with available experimental data, but they raise a doubt as to whether the well-known Wannier law {gamma} {proportional_to} E{sup 1/4} is applicable at experimentally accessible energies. The Gaussian width {gamma} was investigated as a function of the total emitted-electron energy for targets that have a strongly asymmetric configuration of the initial state-specifically, a negative atomic-hydrogen ion H{sup -} and heliumin the 1s2s{sup 1}S and 1s3s{sup 1}S excited states. It was found that this function, {gamma}(E), had a maximum at low energies. It was also shown that, at low energies, the dependence of the double-differential cross section on the angle between the emitted-electron momenta for the targets indicated above differed substantially from the Gaussian dependence, featuring maxima whose number was equal to the number of radial nodes in the initial state. This opens new possibilities for a qualitative analysis of the electron structure of targets.
Ab initio calculation of infrared intensities for hydrogen peroxide
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
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.
Ab initio simulations of peptide-mineral interactions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Hug, Susanna; Hunter, Graeme K.; Goldberg, Harvey; Karttunen, Mikko
We performed Car-Parrinello Molecular Dynamics (CPMD) simulations of two amino acids, aspartic acid (Asp) and phophoserine (pSer), on a calcium oxalate monohydrate (COM) surface as a model of the interactions of phosphoproteins with biominerals. In our earlier work using in vitro experiments and classical Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations we have demonstrated the importance of phosphorylation of serine on the interactions of osteopontin (OPN) with COM. We used configurations from our previous classical MD simulations as a starting point for the ab initio simulations. In the case of Asp we found that the α-carboxyl and amine groups form temporary close contacts with the surface. For the dipeptide Asp-pSer the carboxyl groups form permanent close contacts with the surface and the distances of its other functional groups do not vary much. We show how the interaction of carboxyl groups with COM crystal is established and confirm the importance of phosphorylation in mediating the interactions between COM surfaces and OPN.
Ab initio study of the phenol-water cation radical
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Hobza, Pavel; Burcl, Rudolf; Špirko, Vladimír; Dopfer, Otto; Müller-Dethlefs, Klaus; Schlag, Edward W.
1994-07-01
The phenol-water cation radical has been investigated by ab initio theory using the spin-restricted open-shell Hartree-Fock and spin-restricted open-shell second-order Møller-Plesset theories with 3-21G*(O) and 6-31G* basis sets. The full geometrical optimization was performed for several hydrogen-bonded structures and one hemibonded structure. Clearly, the most stable structure has been found for Cs symmetry with the linear hydrogen bond between the proton of the OH group of the phenol cation radical and the oxygen of the water, and the water hydrogens pointing away from the phenyl ring. For this structure harmonic (and for some intermolecular modes anharmonic) vibrational frequencies have been computed for various isotopic complexes. The computed shifts of phenol-localized intramolecular modes on complexation and on deuteration as well as the calculated intermolecular frequencies of the different isotopic complexes allow for an assignment of vibrational frequencies observed in the experimental zero-kinetic-energy (ZEKE) photoelectron spectra. Five out of a possible six intermolecular vibrations and several intramolecular modes have been assigned, including the 18b vibration which shows a strong blue shift in frequency upon complexation. Structure and properties of the phenol-water cation radical are compared with those of the corresponding neutral complex.
An efficient approach to ab initio Monte Carlo simulation
Leiding, Jeff; Coe, Joshua D.
2014-01-21
We present a Nested Markov chain Monte Carlo (NMC) scheme for building equilibrium averages based on accurate potentials such as density functional theory. Metropolis sampling of a reference system, defined by an inexpensive but approximate potential, was used to substantially decorrelate configurations at which the potential of interest was evaluated, thereby dramatically reducing the number needed to build ensemble averages at a given level of precision. The efficiency of this procedure was maximized on-the-fly through variation of the reference system thermodynamic state (characterized here by its inverse temperature β{sup 0}), which was otherwise unconstrained. Local density approximation results are presented for shocked states of argon at pressures from 4 to 60 GPa, where—depending on the quality of the reference system potential—acceptance probabilities were enhanced by factors of 1.2–28 relative to unoptimized NMC. The optimization procedure compensated strongly for reference potential shortcomings, as evidenced by significantly higher speedups when using a reference potential of lower quality. The efficiency of optimized NMC is shown to be competitive with that of standard ab initio molecular dynamics in the canonical ensemble.
Accurate ab initio vibrational energies of methyl chloride.
Owens, Alec; Yurchenko, Sergei N; Yachmenev, Andrey; Tennyson, Jonathan; Thiel, Walter
2015-06-28
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, CH3 (35)Cl and CH3 (37)Cl. 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. PMID:26133427
Accurate ab initio vibrational energies of methyl chloride
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
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.
Ab initio study of the bonding in diatomic nickel
Noell, J.O.; Newton, M.D.; Hay, P.J.; Martin, R.L.; Bobrowicz, F.W.
1980-09-01
Hartree--Fock, GVB, and configuration interaction calculations were performed for diatomic nickel using an ab initio effective core potential. A basis set specifically optimized for the /sup 3/D state of atomic nickel is found to be far superior to the more common basis obtained from the /sup 3/F atomic state. Correlation effects are found to be significant in determining the bond energy. In particular, the two electrons of the s--s bond must be appropriately correlated. In addition, correlation effects which one would interpret as being principally intra-atomic in character are found to have a marked effect on the molecular properties. The theoretically predicted bond dissociation energy (D/sub e/) of 43.4 kcal/mol is significantly lower than the experimental estimate of 55 +- 5 kcal/mol. However, molecular partition functions calculated using the present results indicate that the experimental value should be revised downward to a value of approx.46 +- 5 kcal/mol, in good agreement with our calculations. An interatomic distance of 4.27 bohr is computed and compared with experimental estimates. Spectroscopic parameters for dipole-allowed transitions from the ground state were determined from SCF and GVB calculations and discussed in relation to the experimentally observed visible and ultraviolet spectra attributed to Ni/sub 2/.
Ab initio effective interactions for s d -shell valence nucleons
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Dikmen, E.; Lisetskiy, A. F.; Barrett, B. R.; Maris, P.; Shirokov, A. M.; Vary, J. P.
2015-06-01
We perform ab initio no-core shell-model calculations for A =18 and 19 nuclei in a 4 ℏ Ω , or Nmax=4 , model space by using the effective JISP16 and chiral N3LO nucleon-nucleon potentials and transform the many-body effective Hamiltonians into the 0 ℏ Ω model space to construct the A -body effective Hamiltonians in the s d shell. We separate the A -body effective Hamiltonians with A =18 and A =19 into inert core, one-, and two-body components. Then we use these core, one-, and two-body components to perform standard shell-model calculations for the A =18 and A =19 systems with valence nucleons restricted to the s d shell. Finally, we compare the standard shell-model results in the 0 ℏ Ω model space with the exact no-core shell-model results in the 4 ℏ Ω model space for the A =18 and A =19 systems and find good agreement.
Amide N-oxides: an ab initio molecular orbital study
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Greenberg, Arthur; DuBois, Thomas D.
2001-06-01
There are no known examples of amide N-oxides. The present study employs ab initio molecular orbital calculations at the 6-3G ∗ level to explore potential target molecules in this class. Bridgehead bicyclic lactams appear to be attractive targets for oxidation to form the corresponding N-oxides because they have reduced (or zero) amide resonance energy. The amide N-oxide linkage is predicted to have a ca. 9-10 kcal/mol rotational barrier due to eclipsing of nonbonded oxygen atoms in the transition state. The linkage has a nearly flat conformational ( ΦON-CO) profile in the range 120-240° and this suggests that a very sterically hindered acyclic amide N-oxide may be a practical synthetic target. The oxidation of strained amides is calculated to be highly exothermic if dimethyldioxirane is employed. This reagent is predicted to react appreciably exothermically with normal, stable amides such as N, N-dimethylacetamide, thus offering the potential for generating and studying such relatively unstable amide N-oxides at low temperatures.
Ab initio simulations on rutile-based titania nanowires
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Zhukovskii, Yu F.; Evarestov, R. A.
2012-08-01
The rod symmetry groups for monoperiodic (1D) nanostructures have been applied for construction of models for bulk-like TiO2 nanowires (NWs) cut from a rutile-based 3D crystal along the chosen [001] and [110] directions of crystallographic axes. In this study, we have considered nanowires described by both the Ti-atom centered rotation axes as well as the hollow site centered axes passing through the interstitial positions between the Ti and O atoms closest to the axes. The most stable [001]-oriented TiO2 NWs with rhombic cross sections are found to display the energetically preferable {110} facets only while the nanowires with quasi-square sections across the [110] axis are formed by the alternating { 1bar 10 } and {001} facets. For simulations on rutile-based nanowires possessing different diameters for each NW type, we have performed large-scale ab initio Density Functional Theory (DFT) and hybrid DFT-Hartree Fock (DFT-HF) calculations with total geometry optimization within the Generalized Gradient Approximation (GGA) in the form of the Perdew-Becke-Ernzenhof (PBE) exchange-correlation functionals (PBE and PBE0, respectively), using the formalism of linear combination of localized atomic functions (LCAO). We have simulated both structural and electronic properties of TiO2 NWs depending both on orientation and position of symmetry axes as well as on diameter and morphology of nanowires.
Ab initio molecular dynamics calculations of ion hydration free energies
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{sup +}/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.
Ab initio modeling of the motional Stark effect on MAST
De Bock, M. F. M.; Conway, N. J.; Walsh, M. J.; Carolan, P. G.; Hawkes, N. C.
2008-10-15
A multichord motional Stark effect (MSE) system has recently been built on the MAST tokamak. In MAST the {pi} and {sigma} lines of the MSE spectrum overlap due to the low magnetic field typical for present day spherical tokamaks. Also, the field curvature results in a large change in the pitch angle over the observation volume. The measured polarization angle does not relate to one local pitch angle but to an integration over all pitch angles in the observation volume. The velocity distribution of the neutral beam further complicates the measurement. To take into account volume effects and velocity distribution, an ab initio code was written that simulates the MSE spectrum on MAST. The code is modular and can easily be adjusted for other tokamaks. The code returns the intensity, polarized fraction, and polarization angle as a function of wavelength. Results of the code are presented, showing the effect on depolarization and wavelength dependence of the polarization angle. The code is used to optimize the design and calibration of the MSE diagnostic.
Ab initio prediction of the critical thickness of a precipitate.
Sampath, S; Janisch, R
2013-09-01
Segregation and precipitation of second phases in metals and metallic alloys is an important phenomenon that has a strong influence on the mechanical properties of the material. Models exist that describe the growth of coherent, semi-coherent and incoherent precipitates. One important parameter of these models is the energy of the interface between matrix and precipitate. In this work we apply ab initio density functional theory calculations to obtain this parameter and to understand how it depends on chemical composition and mechanical strain at the interface.Our example is a metastable Mo-C phase, the body-centred tetragonal structure, which exists as a semi-coherent precipitate in body-centred cubic molybdenum. The interface of this precipitate is supposed to change from coherent to semi-coherent during the growth of the precipitate. We predict the critical thickness of the precipitate by calculating the different contributions to a semi-coherent interface energy by means of ab initio density functional theory calculations. The parameters in our model include the elastic strain energy stored in the precipitate, as well as a misfit dislocation energy that depends on the dislocation core width and the dislocation spacing. Our predicted critical thickness agrees well with experimental observations. PMID:23896820
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Benallou, Yassine; Soudini, Belabbas; Amara, Kadda
2014-04-01
In this paper, we report a density functional study of the structural, electronic and pressure-induced solid-solid phase transitions of SrTiO3. These first-principles calculations have been performed using the full potential linearized augmented plane wave method (FP-LAPW) within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) developed by Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhor for solids (PBEsol). The calculated structural parameters like the lattice parameters, the bulk modulus B and their pressure derivative B‧ are used to analyze the relative stability and phase transitions under pressure of SrTiO3. Calculations were done for the cubic (Pm-3m), tetragonal (I4/mcm, P4/mbm, P4mm) and orthorhombic (Cmcm, Pnma) structures where we found that the tetragonal I4/mcm phase is the most stable structure compared to the other structures at T = 0 K and P = 0 GPa. For the electronic properties calculations, the exchange and correlation effects were treated by the Tran-Blaha modified Becke-Johnson (TB-mBJ) potential to prevent the shortcoming of the underestimation of the energy gaps in both LDA and GGA approximations. The obtained results are compared to available experimental data and to other theoretical calculations.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Hammerschmidt, T.; Bialon, A. F.; Pettifor, D. G.; Drautz, R.
2013-11-01
In steels and single-crystal superalloys the control of the formation of topologically close-packed (TCP) phases is critical for the performance of the material. The structural stability of TCP phases in multi-component transition-metal alloys may be rationalized in terms of the average valence-electron count \\bar {N} and the composition-dependent relative volume-difference \\overline {\\Delta V/V} . We elucidate the interplay of these factors by comparing density-functional theory calculations to an empirical structure map based on experimental data. In particular, we calculate the heat of formation for the TCP phases A15, C14, C15, C36, χ, μ and σ for all possible binary occupations of the Wyckoff positions. We discuss the isovalent systems V/Nb-Ta to highlight the role of atomic-size difference and observe the expected stabilization of C14/C15/C36/μ by \\overline {\\Delta V/V} at ΔN = 0 in V-Ta. In the systems V/Nb-Re, we focus on the well-known trend of A15 → σ → χ stability with increasing \\bar {N} and show that the influence of \\overline {\\Delta V/V} is too weak to stabilize C14/C15/C36/μ in Nb-Re. As an example for a significant influence of both \\bar {N} and \\overline {\\Delta V/V} , we also consider the systems Cr/Mo-Co. Here the sequence A15 → σ → χ is observed in both systems but in Mo-Co the large size-mismatch stabilizes C14/C15/C36/μ. We also include V/Nb-Co that cover the entire valence range of TCP stability and also show the stabilization of C14/C15/C36/μ. Moreover, the combination of a large volume-difference with a large mismatch in valence-electron count reduces the stability of the A15/σ/χ phases in Nb-Co as compared to V-Co. By comparison to non-magnetic calculations we also find that magnetism is of minor importance for the structural stability of TCP phases in Cr/Mo-Co and in V/Nb-Co.
Vitos, L.; Kollar, J.; Skriver, H.L.
1997-02-01
We have used a full charge-density technique based on the linear muffin-tin orbitals method in first-principles calculations of the atomic volumes of the light actinides including Fr, Ra, and Ac in their low-temperature crystallographic phases. The good agreement between the theoretical and experimental values along the series support the picture of itinerant 5f electronic states in Th to Pu. The increased deviation between theory and experiment found in Np and Pu may be an indication of correlation effects not included in the local density approximation. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}
Ab Initio Study of Binary and Ternary Nb3(X,Y) A15 Intermetallic Phases (X,Y = Al, Ge, Si, Sn)
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Papadimitriou, Ioannis; Utton, Claire; Scott, Andrew; Tsakiropoulos, Panos
2015-02-01
Elastic and thermodynamic properties of binary and ternary A15 phases containing Al, Ge, Si, and Sn were studied using the first-principles pseudopotential plane-wave method based on density functional theory. The temperature dependence of the enthalpy of formation for the A15 intermetallics is reported using the quasiharmonic approximation. Elastic properties of the studied compounds were calculated at T = 0 K and were in agreement with the measured values reported in the literature. The elastic properties and thermodynamic data for the metastable A15-Nb3Si are reported for the first time. The Nb3Si has the highest bulk, shear, and Young's modulus values and is predicted to be less ductile than the other three binary A15 intermetallics. The calculations suggest (i) that Al and Sn have a positive effect on the ductility of the A15 compounds of this study, (ii) that Ge as a ternary addition has a ductilizing effect only in the A15-Nb3Si, and (iii) that Si as a ternary addition has a negative effect on the ductility of all the A15 compounds of the present study. The linear thermal expansion coefficients of the Nb, Al, the A15 Nb3Al, Nb3Ge, Nb3Sn, and Nb3Si (A15) phases are reported. The Sn and Al additions in the Nb3Si stabilize the A15 structure, while the Ge addition has the opposite effect, stabilizing the tP32 Nb3Si.
Ab initio study of pressure induced structural and electronic properties in TmPo
Makode, Chandrabhan Pataiya, Jagdish; Sanyal, Sankar P.; Panwar, Y. S.; Aynyas, Mahendra
2015-06-24
We report an ab initio calculation of pressure induced structural phase transition and electronic properties of Thulium Polonide (TmPo).The total energy as a function of volume is obtained by means of self-consistent tight binding linear muffin-tin-orbital (TB-LMTO) method within the local density approximation (LDA). It is found that TmPo is stable in NaCl-type (B{sub 1}-phase) structure to CsCl-type (B{sub 2}-phase) structure of this compound in the pressure range of 7.0 GPa. We also calculate the lattice parameter (a{sub 0}), bulk modulus (B{sub 0}), band structure and density of states. From energy diagram it is observed that TmPo exhibit metallic behavior. The calculated values of equilibrium lattice parameter and bulk modulus are in general good agreement.
Viennois, Romain; Jund, Philippe; Colinet, Catherine; Tedenac, Jean-Claude
2012-09-15
First principles calculations are done for Mg{sub 2}X (X=Si, Ge or Sn) antifluorite compounds and their solid solutions in order to investigate their pseudo-binary phase diagram. The formation energies of the end-member compounds agree qualitatively with the experiments. For X=Si and Ge, there is a complete solubility, but we observe a miscibility gap in the pseudo-binary phase diagram Mg{sub 2}Si-Mg{sub 2}Sn. This agrees with the most recent experiments and phase diagram assessments. Calculated electronic properties of Mg{sub 2}Si{sub 1-x}Sn{sub x} alloys qualitatively agree with experiments and in particular the energy bandgap decreases when Si is substituted by Sn. Supercell calculations are also done in order to determine the most stable defects and the doping induced by these defects in the three end-member compounds. We find that the intrinsic n-doping in pure Mg{sub 2}Si can be attributed to the presence of magnesium atoms in interstitial positions. In Mg{sub 2}Ge and Mg{sub 2}Sn, since other defects are stable, they can be also of p-type. - Graphical abstract: Evidence of a miscibility gap from the plot of the formation energy vs x{sub Si} (silicon content) for the solid solutions Mg{sub 2}Si-Mg{sub 2}Sn. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer First-principles study of the stability of Mg{sub 2}Si-Mg{sub 2}X alloys (X=Ge or Sn) and their defects. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Mg{sub 2}Si-Mg{sub 2}Ge alloys form a complete series of solid solutions. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Miscibility gap is found in Mg{sub 2}Si-Mg{sub 2}Sn alloys. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Interstitial defects are more stable in Mg{sub 2}Si and induce n-doping.
Pallipurath, Anuradha R; Skelton, Jonathan M; Warren, Mark R; Kamali, Naghmeh; McArdle, Patrick; Erxleben, Andrea
2015-10-01
Understanding the polymorphism exhibited by organic active-pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), in particular the relationships between crystal structure and the thermodynamics of polymorph stability, is vital for the production of more stable drugs and better therapeutics, and for the economics of the pharmaceutical industry in general. In this article, we report a detailed study of the structure-property relationships among the polymorphs of the model API, Sulfamerazine. Detailed experimental characterization using synchrotron radiation is complemented by computational modeling of the lattice dynamics and mechanical properties, in order to study the origin of differences in millability and to investigate the thermodynamics of the phase equilibria. Good agreement is observed between the simulated phonon spectra and mid-infrared and Raman spectra. The presence of slip planes, which are found to give rise to low-frequency lattice vibrations, explains the higher millability of Form I compared to Form II. Energy/volume curves for the three polymorphs, together with the temperature dependence of the thermodynamic free energy computed from the phonon frequencies, explains why Form II converts to Form I at high temperature, whereas Form III is a rare polymorph that is difficult to isolate. The combined experimental and theoretical approach employed here should be generally applicable to the study of other systems that exhibit polymorphism. PMID:26317333
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Amari, S.; Bouhafs, B.
2016-09-01
Based on the first-principles methods, the structural, elastic, electronic, properties and magnetic ordering of californium monopnictides CfX (X = P) have been studied using the full-potential augmented plane wave plus local orbitals (FP-L/APW + lo) method within the framework of density functional theory (DFT). The electronic exchange correlation energy is described by generalized gradient approximation GGA and GGA+U (U is the Hubbard correction). The GGA+U method is applied to the rare-earth 5f states. We have calculated the lattice parameters, bulk modulii and the first pressure derivatives of the bulk modulii. The elastic properties of the studied compounds are only investigated in the most stable calculated phase. In order to gain further information, we have calculated Young's modulus, shear modulus, anisotropy factor and Kleinman parameter by the aid of the calculated elastic constants. The results mainly show that californium monopnictides CfX (X = P) have an antiferromagnetic spin ordering. Density of states (DOS) and charge densities for both compounds are also computed in the NaCl (B1) structure.
Ab initio calculation of the ro-vibrational spectrum of H2F+
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kyuberis, Aleksandra A.; Lodi, Lorenzo; Zobov, Nikolai F.; Polyansky, Oleg L.
2015-10-01
An ab initio study of the rotation-vibrational spectrum of the electronic ground state of the (gas-phase) fluoronium ion H2F+ is presented. A new potential energy surface (PES) and a new dipole moment surface (DMS) were produced and used to compute rotation-vibrational energy levels, line positions and line intensities. Our computations achieve an accuracy of 0.15 cm-1 for the fundamental vibrational frequencies, which is about 50 times more accurate than previous ab initio results. The computed room-temperature line list should facilitate the experimental observations of new H2F+ lines, in particular of yet unobserved overtone transitions. The H2F+ molecular ion, which is isoelectronic to water, has a non-linear equilibrium geometry but a low-energy barrier to linearity at about 6000 cm-1. As a result the effects of so-called quantum monodromy become apparent already at low bending excitations. An analysis of excited bends in terms of quantum monodromy is presented.
Ab initio calculations of the optical properties of crystalline and liquid InSb
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Sano, Haruyuki; Mizutani, Goro
2015-11-01
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 energy 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.
Ab initio molecular dynamics of solvation effects on reactivity at electrified interfaces.
Herron, Jeffrey A; Morikawa, Yoshitada; Mavrikakis, Manos
2016-08-23
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. PMID:27503889
Ab initio calculations of the optical properties of crystalline and liquid InSb
Sano, Haruyuki; 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 energy 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.
Ab initio many-body calculations of light nuclei neutron and proton scattering
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Quaglioni, Sofia
2008-10-01
One of the greatest challenges of nuclear physics today is the development of a quantitative microscopic theory of low-energy reactions on light nuclei. At the same time, technical progress on the theoretical front is urgent to match the major experimental advances in the study of exotic nuclei at the radioactive beam facilities. We build a new ab initio many-body approachootnotetextS. Quaglioni and P. Navratil, arXiv:0804.1560. capable of describing simultaneously both bound and scattering states in light nuclei, by combining the resonating-group methodootnotetextY. C. Tang et al., Phys. Rep. 47, 167 (1978); K. Langanke and H. Friedrich, Advances in Nuclear Physics, chapter 4., Plenum, New York, 1987. with the ab initio no-core shell model.ootnotetextP. Navratil, J. P. Vary, and B. R. Barrett, Phys. Rev. Lett. 84, 5728 (2000); Phys. Rev. C 62, 054311 (2000).. In this way, we complement a microscopic-cluster technique with the use of realistic interactions, and a microscopic and consistent description of the nucleon clusters, while preserving Pauli principle and translational symmetry. I will present results for neutron and proton scattering on light nuclei, including n- and p-^4He phase shifts, and low-lying states of one-neutron halo p-shell nuclei, obtained using realistic nucleon-nucleon potentials. In particular, I will address the parity inversion of the ^11Be ground state.
Ab initio many-body calculations of nucleon scattering on ^16O
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Navratil, Petr; Quaglioni, Sofia; Roth, Robert
2008-10-01
We develop a new ab initio many-body approachootnotetextS. Quaglioni and P. Navratil, arXiv:0804.1560. capable of describing simultaneously both bound and scattering states in light nuclei, by combining the resonating-group methodootnotetextY. C. Tang et al., Phys. Rep. 47, 167 (1978); K. Langanke and H. Friedrich, Advances in Nuclear Physics, Plenum, New York, 1987. with the ab initio no-core shell model (NCSM).ootnotetextP. Navratil, J. P. Vary, and B. R. Barrett, Phys. Rev. Lett. 84, 5728 (2000); Phys. Rev. C 62, 054311 (2000). In this way, we complement a microscopic-cluster technique with the use of realistic interactions, and a microscopic and consistent description of the nucleon clusters, while preserving Pauli principle and translational symmetry. We will present results for low-energy nucleon scattering on ^16O and for A=17 bound states obtained using realistic nucleon-nucleon potentials. The ^16O wave functions are calculated within the importance-truncated NCSMootnotetextR. Roth and P. Navratil, Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 092501 (2007). that allows the use of model spaces up to 18φ and ultimately enables to reach convergence of phase-shifts and other observables. Prepared by LLNL under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344. Support from the U.S. DOE/SC/NP (Work Proposal No. SCW0498), and from the U. S. Department of Energy Grant DE-FC02-07ER41457 is acknowledged.
Ab initio quantum transport calculations using plane waves
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Garcia-Lekue, A.; Vergniory, M. G.; Jiang, X. W.; Wang, L. W.
2015-08-01
We present an ab initio method to calculate elastic quantum transport at the nanoscale. The method is based on a combination of density functional theory using plane wave nonlocal pseudopotentials and the use of auxiliary periodic boundary conditions to obtain the scattering states. The method can be applied to any applied bias voltage and the charge density and potential profile can either be calculated self-consistently, or using an approximated self-consistent field (SCF) approach. Based on the scattering states one can straightforwardly calculate the transmission coefficients and the corresponding electronic current. The overall scheme allows us to obtain accurate and numerically stable solutions for the elastic transport, with a computational time similar to that of a ground state calculation. This method is particularly suitable for calculations of tunneling currents through vacuum, that some of the nonequilibrium Greens function (NEGF) approaches based on atomic basis sets might have difficulty to deal with. Several examples are provided using this method from electron tunneling, to molecular electronics, to electronic devices: (i) On a Au nanojunction, the tunneling current dependence on the electrode-electrode distance is investigated. (ii) The tunneling through field emission resonances (FERs) is studied via an accurate description of the surface vacuum states. (iii) Based on quantum transport calculations, we have designed a molecular conformational switch, which can turn on and off a molecular junction by applying a perpendicular electric field. (iv) Finally, we have used the method to simulate tunnel field-effect transistors (TFETs) based on two-dimensional transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs), where we have studied the performance and scaling limits of such nanodevices and proposed atomic doping to enhance the transistor performance.
Internal dynamics in azetidine: A microwave and ab initio study
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
López, Juan C.; Blanco, Susana; Lesarri, Alberto; Alonso, José L.
2001-02-01
The internal dynamics of interconversion between equivalent conformations due to the coupling between ring puckering and NH inversion in azetidine has been investigated by rotational spectroscopy and ab initio computations. Analysis of the rotational spectra in the 8-220 GHz region has been completed for the ground state and first four excited states of the ring-puckering vibration. Rotational transitions exhibit a characteristic doubling originated by tunneling between equivalent conformations through a C2v barrier, which is related to symmetric (A1) and antisymmetric (B1) inversion states. Additionally, nuclear quadrupole hyperfine structure arising from the N nucleus could be resolved for low-J transitions. Accurate rotational and centrifugal distortion parameters together with the energy difference between inversion states derived from μc-type inversion transitions have been derived for each ring-puckering state using a two-state Hamiltonian. An effective monodimensional reduced potential function for the ring-puckering vibration V(X)=10.82(X4+14.29X-8.93X2-0.28X3) has been found consistent with the observed experimental variation of the rotational and centrifugal distortion constants with ring-puckering. This asymmetric single minimum potential function supports the existence of only one stable equatorial form. The barrier to interconversion between equivalent equatorial conformers, related to the C2v conformation of azetidine in which the ring atoms and the NH group are coplanar, has been estimated to range between 1900 and 2600 cm-1. The strong dependence of the dipole moment and quadrupole coupling constants with ring-puckering vibrational state evidence structural changes that occur along the ring-puckering coordinate.
Cosmic-Ray Modulation: an Ab Initio Approach
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Engelbrecht, N. E.; Burger, R. A.
2014-10-01
A better understanding of cosmic-ray modulation in the heliosphere can only be gained through a proper understanding of the effects of turbulence on the diffusion and drift of cosmic rays. We present an ab initio model for cosmic-ray modulation, incorporating for the first time the results yielded by a two-component turbulence transport model. This model is solved for periods of minimum solar activity, utilizing boundary values chosen so that model results are in fair to good agreement with spacecraft observations of turbulence quantities, not only in the solar ecliptic plane but also along the out-of-ecliptic trajectory of the Ulysses spacecraft. These results are employed as inputs for modelled slab and 2D turbulence energy spectra. The latter spectrum is chosen based on physical considerations, with a drop-off at the very lowest wavenumbers commencing at the 2D outerscale. There currently exist no models or observations for this quantity, and it is the only free parameter in this study. The modelled turbulence spectra are used as inputs for parallel mean free path expressions based on those derived from quasi-linear theory and perpendicular mean free paths from extended nonlinear guiding center theory. Furthermore, the effects of turbulence on cosmic-ray drifts are modelled in a self-consistent way, employing a recently developed model for drift along the wavy current sheet. The resulting diffusion coefficients and drift expressions are applied to the study of galactic cosmic-ray protons and antiprotons using a three-dimensional, steady-state cosmic-ray modulation code, and sample solutions in fair agreement with multiple spacecraft observations are presented.
Chiroptical properties of unsubstituted carbohydrates: Ab initio and semiempirical studies
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Parra C., Alejandro
Ab initio calculations support assignment of the vacuum ultraviolet circular dichroism (CD) of simple saccharides to 11A 1 --> 21B1 and 11A 1 --> 11A2 transitions centered on the oxygen atoms of the acetal group treated as two weakly coupled ether chromophores. The calculations are consistent with assignments previously made on the basis of a deconvolution of CD spectra. Estimates of the oxygen centered contributions to magnetic transition dipole moments were made. Semiempirical calculations were performed to model the NaD molar optical rotation of 1,6- and 3,6- anhydrosugars. For 1,6-anhydrosugars, current parameters produce reasonable agreement with experimental values. For 3,6-anhydrosugars, modifications to the ether parameters had to be introduced. The most relevant included a reorientation of the bond-centered s-->s* transition dipole charges in the ether chromophore to a C2v orientation, and a shift from prolate polarizability ellipsoids to general ellipsoids. These changes result in good agreement with experimental Na D molar rotations for 3,6-anhydrosugars. A low energy CD band arises in 3,6- and 1,6-anhydrosugars when agreement with the experimental NaD molar rotations is achieved. It is proposed that this band is a real feature in the spectrum. The origin of the band is primarily the interaction between b1 symmetry- oriented transition dipoles in the COC groups with other transition dipoles in the molecule. Comparison with experimental spectra leads to an assignment of this band to 11A1 --> 21B1 transitions centered on the COC groups.
Efficient conformational space exploration in ab initio protein folding simulation.
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. PMID:26361554
AN AB INITIO MODEL FOR COSMIC-RAY MODULATION
Engelbrecht, N. E.; Burger, R. A.
2013-07-20
A proper understanding of the effects of turbulence on the diffusion and drift of cosmic rays (CRs) is of vital importance for a better understanding of CR modulation in the heliosphere. This study presents an ab initio model for CR modulation, incorporating for the first time the results yielded by a two-component turbulence transport model. This model is solved for solar minimum heliospheric conditions, utilizing boundary values chosen so that model results are in reasonable agreement with spacecraft observations of turbulence quantities in the solar ecliptic plane and along the out-of-ecliptic trajectory of the Ulysses spacecraft. These results are employed as inputs for modeled slab and two-dimensional (2D) turbulence energy spectra. The modeled 2D spectrum is chosen based on physical considerations, with a drop-off at the very lowest wavenumbers. There currently exist no models or observations for the wavenumber where this drop-off occurs, and it is considered to be the only free parameter in this study. The modeled spectra are used as inputs for parallel mean free path expressions based on those derived from quasi-linear theory and perpendicular mean free paths from extended nonlinear guiding center theory. Furthermore, the effects of turbulence on CR drifts are modeled in a self-consistent way, also employing a recently developed model for wavy current sheet drift. The resulting diffusion and drift coefficients are applied to the study of galactic CR protons and antiprotons using a 3D, steady-state CR modulation code, and sample solutions in fair to good agreement with multiple spacecraft observations are presented.
Efficient conformational space exploration in ab initio protein folding simulation
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
Lucas, J. M.; Andres, J. de; Sogas, J.; Alberti, M.; Aguilar, A.; Bofill, J. M.; Bassi, D.; Ascenzi, D.; Tosi, P.
2009-07-14
Reactive collisions between Li{sup +} ions and i-C{sub 3}H{sub 7}Cl molecules have been studied in the 0.20-12.00 eV center-of-mass energy range using an octopole radio frequency guided-ion beam apparatus recently developed in our laboratory. At low collision energies, dehydrohalogenation reactions giving rise to Li(C{sub 3}H{sub 6}){sup +} and Li(HCl){sup +} are the main reaction channels, while at higher ones C{sub 3}H{sub 7}{sup +} and C{sub 2}H{sub 3}{sup +} become dominant, all their reactive cross sections having been measured as a function of the collision energy. To obtain information about the potential energy surfaces (PESs) on which the reactive processes take place, ab initio calculations at the MP2 level have been performed. For dehydrohalogenations, the reactive ground singlet PES shows ion-molecule adduct formation in both the reactant and product sides of the surface. Following the minimum energy path connecting both minima, an unstable intermediate and the corresponding barriers, both lying below the reactant's energy, have been characterized. The entrance channel ion-molecule adduct is also involved in the formation of C{sub 3}H{sub 7}{sup +}, which then generates C{sub 2}H{sub 3}{sup +} via an CH{sub 4} unimolecular elimination. A qualitative interpretation of the experimental results based on ab initio calculations is also included.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Menezla, S.; Kadri, A.; Zitouni, K.; Djelal, A.; Djermouni, M.; Hallouche, A.; Zaoui, A.
2015-12-01
We present an ab-initio theoretical study of structural and elastic properties of GaAs1-xBix alloys in the Zinc-Blende (ZB) phase. We use a recent version of Wien2k package code based on Density Functional Theory (DFT) Full Potential and Linearized Augmented Plane Waves (FP-LAPW) method including recent Tran-Blaha modified Becke-Johnson correction of the exchange potential (TB-mBJ) and the spin-orbit interaction (SO). The calculations are performed within the Local Density Approximation (LDA) as well as the Generalized Gradient Approximation (GGA). We study first the structural properties of GaAs1-xBix alloys by solving Murnaghan equation of state. Our results show that the ZB phase is the lowest equilibrium crystal structure of GaAs1-xBix in the whole alloy composition range, in agreement with previous theoretical predictions. The variations versus Bi contents of the ZB GaAs1-xBix lattice constant a0, bulk modulus B0 and its pressure derivative B0‧ are also found very close to other theoretical and experimental data, but with much smaller bowing effects indicating a better resolution thanks to TB-mBJ correction. The variations of B0 versus the reverse equilibrium volume of the unit cell (1/V0) are found to be described by the simple linear empirical expression B0 = -0.21068 + 0.16695/V0 which is close to the theoretical prediction for III-V semiconductors with, however, somewhat lower linear coefficients values, suggesting a more metallic behavior. In a second part of this work, we use Birch-Murnaghan approach to study the elastic properties of GaAs1-xBix alloys. The elastic stiffness coefficients, C11, C12 and C44, and their variations versus alloy composition were determined for ZB GaAs1-xBix alloy. Their values in GaAs and GaBi binary compounds are found in very good agreement with available experimental and/or theoretical data. Their variations in GaAs1-xBix alloy show a monotonic decrease with increasing Bi contents, indicating a softening behavior as is
High-pressure crystalline polyethylene studied by x-ray diffraction and ab initio simulations
Fontana, L.; Vinh, Diep Q.; Santoro, M.; Gorelli, F. A.; Hanfland, M.
2007-05-01
Crystalline polyethylene was investigated under pressure between 0 and 40 GPa, up to 280 deg. C, by means of synchrotron x-ray powder diffraction and ab initio calculations. A rich polymorphism was unveiled, consisting of two new high-pressure monoclinic phases, in addition to the well-known orthorhombic one, which appear reversibly, although with strong hysteresis, upon increasing pressure above 6 GPa (P2{sub 1}/m, Z{sub chain}=1) and 14-16 GPa (A2/m, Z{sub chain}=2), respectively. The equation of state was determined for the three solid phases. We find that polyethylene is characterized by a sharp separation between strong covalent intrachain and weaker interchain interactions up to the maximum investigated pressure, which, in turn, places the ultimate chemical stability limit of polyethylene far beyond these thermodynamic conditions.
Ab initio electron scattering cross-sections and transport in liquid xenon
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Boyle, G. J.; McEachran, R. P.; Cocks, D. G.; Brunger, M. J.; Buckman, S. J.; Dujko, S.; White, R. D.
2016-09-01
Ab initio fully differential cross-sections for electron scattering in liquid xenon are developed from a solution of the Dirac–Fock scattering equations, using a recently developed framework (Boyle et al 2015 J. Chem. Phys. 142 154507) which considers multipole polarizabilities, a non-local treatment of exchange, and screening and coherent scattering effects. A multi-term solution of Boltzmann’s equation accounting for the full anisotropic nature of the differential cross-section is used to calculate transport properties of excess electrons in liquid xenon. The results were found to agree to within 25% of the measured mobilities and characteristic energies over the reduced field range of 10‑4–1 Td. The accuracies are comparable to those achieved in the gas phase. A simple model, informed by highly accurate gas-phase cross-sections, is presented to improve the liquid cross-sections, which was found to enhance the accuracy of the transport coefficient calculations.
An investigation of ab initio shell-model interactions derived by no-core shell model
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Wang, XiaoBao; Dong, GuoXiang; Li, QingFeng; Shen, CaiWan; Yu, ShaoYing
2016-09-01
The microscopic shell-model effective interactions are mainly based on the many-body perturbation theory (MBPT), the first work of which can be traced to Brown and Kuo's first attempt in 1966, derived from the Hamada-Johnston nucleon-nucleon potential. However, the convergence of the MBPT is still unclear. On the other hand, ab initio theories, such as Green's function Monte Carlo (GFMC), no-core shell model (NCSM), and coupled-cluster theory with single and double excitations (CCSD), have made many progress in recent years. However, due to the increasing demanding of computing resources, these ab initio applications are usually limited to nuclei with mass up to A = 16. Recently, people have realized the ab initio construction of valence-space effective interactions, which is obtained through a second-time renormalization, or to be more exactly, projecting the full-manybody Hamiltonian into core, one-body, and two-body cluster parts. In this paper, we present the investigation of such ab initio shell-model interactions, by the recent derived sd-shell effective interactions based on effective J-matrix Inverse Scattering Potential (JISP) and chiral effective-field theory (EFT) through NCSM. In this work, we have seen the similarity between the ab initio shellmodel interactions and the interactions obtained by MBPT or by empirical fitting. Without the inclusion of three-body (3-bd) force, the ab initio shell-model interactions still share similar defects with the microscopic interactions by MBPT, i.e., T = 1 channel is more attractive while T = 0 channel is more repulsive than empirical interactions. The progress to include more many-body correlations and 3-bd force is still badly needed, to see whether such efforts of ab initio shell-model interactions can reach similar precision as the interactions fitted to experimental data.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Autrey, Daniel; Choo, Jaebum; Laane, Jaan
2000-10-01
The ring-twisting vibration of 1,3-cyclohexadiene has been studied using Raman and infrared spectroscopy of the molecule in the vapor phase. The Raman spectrum shows five ring-twisting transitions in the 150 - 200 cm-1 region. The far-infrared spectrum shows only two transitions for this vibration, which is infrared forbidden in the C_2v (planar) approximation. Three ring-twisting combination bands were also observed off a fundamental vibration at 926.1 cm-1. A coordinate dependent kinetic energy expansion for the ring-twisting motion was calculated, and this was used to determine the ring-twisting potential function. Ab initio calculations were performed using Moller-Plesset perturbation theory (MP2) using different basis sets. The barrier to planarity of 1150 cm-1 was determined from the spectroscopic data. The various ab initio calculations gave barriers to planarity in the 1197 - 1593 cm-1 range.
Ab initio molecular dynamics studies of the structure and dynamics of molten SexTe1-x alloys
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Lomba, E.; Katcho, N. A.; Otero-Díaz, L. C.
2005-10-01
We calculate the microscopic structure and dynamics of molten SexTe1-x alloys ( x=0.3 , 0.5, 0.7) at 748 K by means of ab initio molecular dynamics. We present results for the static and dynamic structure factors, diffusion coefficients, and frequency spectra, in addition to the electronic density of states. Both the results for the structural and dynamic properties are in relatively good agreement with the available experimental data, despite the known shortcomings of ab initio techniques for the limiting case x=0 . The results also indicate that, as expected, the increase in the number of Te atoms augments the metallic character of the sample in close connection with a corresponding disruption of the Se chain network that dominates the structure of the condensed phases of pure selenium.
Borges, P. D. E-mail: lscolfaro@txstate.edu; Scolfaro, L. E-mail: lscolfaro@txstate.edu
2014-12-14
The thermoelectric properties of indium nitride in the most stable wurtzite phase (w-InN) as a function of electron and hole concentrations and temperature were studied by solving the semiclassical Boltzmann transport equations in conjunction with ab initio electronic structure calculations, within Density Functional Theory. Based on maximally localized Wannier function basis set and the ab initio band energies, results for the Seebeck coefficient are presented and compared with available experimental data for n-type as well as p-type systems. Also, theoretical results for electric conductivity and power factor are presented. Most cases showed good agreement between the calculated properties and experimental data for w-InN unintentionally and p-type doped with magnesium. Our predictions for temperature and concentration dependences of electrical conductivity and power factor revealed a promising use of InN for intermediate and high temperature thermoelectric applications. The rigid band approach and constant scattering time approximation were utilized in the calculations.
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Vlahos, Vasilios; Booske, John H.; Morgan, Dane
2010-02-01
Microwave, x-ray, and radio-frequency radiation sources require a cathode emitting electrons into vacuum. Thermionic B-type dispenser cathodes consist of BaxOz coatings on tungsten (W), where the surface coatings lower the W work function and enhance electron emission. The new and promising class of scandate cathodes modifies the B-type surface through inclusion of Sc, and their superior emissive properties are also believed to stem from the formation of a low work function surface alloy. In order to better understand these cathode systems, density-functional theory (DFT)-based ab initio modeling is used to explore the stability and work function of BaxScyOz on W(001) monolayer-type surface structures. It is demonstrated how surface depolarization effects can be calculated easily using ab initio calculations and fitted to an analytic depolarization equation. This approach enables the rapid extraction of the complete depolarization curve (work function versus coverage relation) from relatively few DFT calculations, useful for understanding and characterizing the emitting properties of novel cathode materials. It is generally believed that the B-type cathode has some concentration of Ba-O dimers on the W surface, although their structure is not known. Calculations suggest that tilted Ba-O dimers are the stable dimer surface configuration and can explain the observed work function reduction corresponding to various dimer coverages. Tilted Ba-O dimers represent a new surface coating structure not previously proposed for the activated B-type cathode. The thermodynamically stable phase of Ba and O on the W surface was identified to be the Ba0.25O configuration, possessing a significantly lower Φ value than any of the Ba-O dimer configurations investigated. The identification of a more stable Ba0.25O phase implies that if Ba-O dimers cover the surface of emitting B-type cathodes, then a nonequilibrium steady state must dominate the emitting surface. The identification of
AB INITIO Modeling of Thermomechanical Properties of Mo-Based Alloys for Fossil Energy Conversion
Ching, Wai-Yim
2013-12-31
In this final scientific/technical report covering the period of 3.5 years started on July 1, 2011, we report the accomplishments on the study of thermo-mechanical properties of Mo-based intermetallic compounds under NETL support. These include computational method development, physical properties investigation of Mo-based compounds and alloys. The main focus is on the mechanical and thermo mechanical properties at high temperature since these are the most crucial properties for their potential applications. In particular, recent development of applying ab initio molecular dynamic (AIMD) simulations to the T1 (Mo{sub 5}Si{sub 3}) and T2 (Mo{sub 5}SiB{sub 2}) phases are highlighted for alloy design in further improving their properties.
Ab Initio Calculation of Structure and Thermodynamic Properties of Zintl Aluminide SrAl2
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Fu, Zhi-Jian; Jia, Li-Jun; Xia, Ji-Hong; Tang, Ke; Li, Zhao-Hong; Sun, Xiao-Wei; Chen, Qi-Feng
2015-12-01
The structural and thermodynamic properties of the orthorhombic and cubic structure SrAl2 at pressure and temperature are investigated by using the ab initio plane-wave pseudopotential density functional theory methodwithin the generalised gradient approximation (GGA). The calculated lattice parameters are in agreement with the available experimental data and other theoretical results. The phase transition predicted takes place at 0.5 GPa from the orthorhombic to the cubic structure at zero temperature. The thermodynamic properties of the zinc-blende structure SrAl2 are calculated by the quasi-harmonic Debye model. The pressure-volume relationship and the variations inthe thermal expansion α are obtained systematically in the pressure and temperature ranges of 0-5 GPa and 0-500 K, respectively.
Evolution of local atomic structure during solidification of Al2Au liquid: An ab initio study
Xiong, L H; Lou, H B; Wang, X D; Debela, T T; Cao, Q P; Zhang, D X; Wang, S Y; Wang, C Z; Jiang, J Z
2014-04-01
The local atomic structure evolution in Al2Au alloy during solidification from 2000 K to 400 K was studied by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations and analyzed using the structure factor, pair correlation functions, bond angle distributions, the Honeycutt-Anderson (HA) index and Voronoi tessellation methods. It was found that the icosahedral-like clusters are negligible in the Al2Au stable liquid and supercooled liquid states, and the most abundant clusters are those having HA indices of 131 and 120 or Voronoi indices of < 0,4,4,0 >, < 0,3, 6,0 > and < 0,4,4,2 > with coordination numbers of 8, 9 and 10, respectively. These clusters are similar to the local atomic structures in the CaF2-type Al2Au crystal, revealing the existence of structure heredity between liquid and crystalline phase in Al2Au alloy. (C) 2014 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Thomas, Martin; Kirchner, Barbara
2016-02-01
We present a new approach for calculating vibrational circular dichroism spectra by ab initio molecular dynamics. In the context of molecular dynamics, these spectra are given by the Fourier transform of the cross-correlation function of magnetic dipole moment and electric dipole moment. We obtain the magnetic dipole moment from the electric current density according to the classical definition. The electric current density is computed by solving a partial differential equation derived from the continuity equation and the condition that eddy currents should be absent. In combination with a radical Voronoi tessellation, this yields an individual magnetic dipole moment for each molecule in a bulk phase simulation. Using the chiral alcohol 2-butanol as an example, we show that experimental spectra are reproduced very well. Our approach requires knowing only the electron density in each simulation step, and it is not restricted to any particular electronic structure method. PMID:26771403
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-.
Polymerization transition in liquid AsS under pressure: An ab initio molecular dynamics study
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Ohmura, Satoshi; Shimojo, Fuyuki
2011-12-01
We study the pressure dependence of the structural and electronic properties of liquid AsS by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. We confirm that liquid AsS consists of As4S4 molecules at ambient pressure, as in the crystalline state. With increasing pressure, a structural transition from molecular to polymeric liquid occurs near 2 GPa, which is eventually followed by metallization. The pressure dependence of the density and diffusion coefficients changes qualitatively with this transition. We find that, during metallization in the polymeric phase at higher pressures, the remnants of covalent interactions between atoms play an important role in the dynamics, i.e., the As-S bond length becomes longer with increasing pressure and the diffusion coefficients have a local maximum near 5 GPa. When the pressure approaches about 15 GPa, the covalent nature of the liquid becomes quite weak. These results explain recent experiments on the pressure dependence of the viscosity.
Ab initio study of heterojunction discontinuities in the ZnO/Cu2O system
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Zemzemi, M.; Alaya, S.; Ben Ayadi, Z.
2014-06-01
Solar cells based on transparent conductive oxides such as ZnO/Cu2O constitute a very advanced way to build high-performance cells. In this work, we are interested in the characterization of the interface through nanoscale modeling based on ab initio approaches (density functional theory, local density approximation, and pseudopotential). This work aims to build a supercell containing a heterojunction ZnO/Cu2O and study the structural properties and the discontinuity of the valence band (band offset) from a semiconducting to another phase. We build a zinc oxide in the wurtzite structure along [0001] on which we place the copper oxide in the hexagonal (CdI2-type) structure. We choose the method of Van de Walle and Martin to calculate the energy offset. This approach fits well the density functional theory. Our calculation of the band offset gives a value that corresponds to other experimental and theoretical values.
Probing Defects and Correlations in the Hydrogen-Bond Network of ab Initio Water.
Gasparotto, Piero; Hassanali, Ali A; Ceriotti, Michele
2016-04-12
The hydrogen-bond network of water is characterized by the presence of coordination defects relative to the ideal tetrahedral network of ice, whose fluctuations determine the static and time-dependent properties of the liquid. Because of topological constraints, such defects do not come alone but are highly correlated coming in a plethora of different pairs. Here we discuss in detail such correlations in the case of ab initio water models and show that they have interesting similarities to regular and defective solid phases of water. Although defect correlations involve deviations from idealized tetrahedrality, they can still be regarded as weaker hydrogen bonds that retain a high degree of directionality. We also investigate how the structure and population of coordination defects is affected by approximations to the interatomic potential, finding that, in most cases, the qualitative features of the hydrogen-bond network are remarkably robust. PMID:26881726
Effect of composition on antiphase boundary energy in Ni3Al based alloys: Ab initio calculations
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Gorbatov, O. I.; Lomaev, I. L.; Gornostyrev, Yu. N.; Ruban, A. V.; Furrer, D.; Venkatesh, V.; Novikov, D. L.; Burlatsky, S. F.
2016-06-01
The effect of composition on the antiphase boundary (APB) energy of Ni-based L 12-ordered alloys is investigated by ab initio calculations employing the coherent potential approximation. The calculated APB energies for the {111} and {001} planes reproduce experimental values of the APB energy. The APB energies for the nonstoichiometric γ' phase increase with Al concentration and are in line with the experiment. The magnitude of the alloying effect on the APB energy correlates with the variation of the ordering energy of the alloy according to the alloying element's position in the 3 d row. The elements from the left side of the 3 d row increase the APB energy of the Ni-based L 12-ordered alloys, while the elements from the right side slightly affect it except Ni. The way to predict the effect of an addition on the {111} APB energy in a multicomponent alloy is discussed.
Ab initio calculations of the reaction pathways for methane decomposition over the Cu (111) surface
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Gajewski, Grzegorz; Pao, Chun-Wei
2011-08-01
Growth of large-area, few-layer graphene has been reported recently through the catalytic decomposition of methane (CH4) over a Cu surface at high temperature. In this study, we used ab initio calculations to investigate the minimum energy pathways of successive dehydrogenation reactions of CH4 over the Cu (111) surface. The geometries and energies of all the reaction intermediates and transition states were identified using the climbing image nudged elastic band method. The activation barriers for CH4 decomposition over this Cu surface are much lower than those in the gas phase; furthermore, analysis of electron density differences revealed significant degrees of charge transfer between the adsorbates and the Cu atoms along the reaction path; these features reveal the role of Cu as the catalytic material for graphene growth. All the dehydrogenation reactions are endothermic, except for carbon dimer (C2) formation, which is, therefore, the most critical step for subsequent graphene growth, in particular, on Cu (111) surface.
Ring closure in dioxin formation process: An ab initio molecular dynamics study
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Farajian, Amir A.; Mikami, Masuhiro; Ordejón, Pablo; Tanabe, Kazutoshi
2001-10-01
The four possible mechanisms of ring closure in dioxin formation from chlorophenols are studied using ab initio molecular dynamics, within generalized gradient approximation. Free energy barriers, derived as the potential of mean constraint force, directly lead to a static approximation for the transition rates. We show, however, that the static approximation overestimates the actual rates by 33%-345%, depending on the intermediate/temperature. Comparing our results with the available experimental data, we conclude that, contrary to what is widely assumed, the pathways starting from two chlorophenols are not among the most dominant pathways in the formation of highly toxic dioxins, at least in the gas phase. This signifies the role of catalysts and/or other precursors.
An ab initio study of three (ethane-1,2 diol/water) complexes
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Manivet, Philippe; Masella, Michel
1998-05-01
Three (ethane-1,2 diol/water) complexes have been studied using ab initio calculations at the MP2 level. In two complexes, the ethane-1,2 diol structure is close to its gas phase experimental structure (presence of an intramolecular hydrogen bond HB and the O-C-C-O dihedral angle is gauche) while the intramolecular HB is disrupted by the presence of a water molecule in the third ( tGg'a). Computations have shown that most of the experimental observations regarding the solvation of ethane-1,2 diol in water may be reproduced only by considering the tGg'a complex (absence of intramolecular HB, O-C-C-O dihedral angle of 72-74°), which is also more stable than the other two by 2 kcal mol -1.
Ab Initio Study of BiFeO3: Thermodynamic Stability Conditions.
Heifets, E; Kotomin, E A; Bagaturyants, A A; Maier, J
2015-07-16
BiFeO3 is investigated intensively, mainly as a multiferroic material. In this paper, the state-of-the-art ab initio hybrid functional approach with atomic basis sets was employed for a study of the stability range of BiFeO3 with respect to its decomposition into binary oxides and elementary metals, as a function of temperature and oxygen partial pressure. The calculated atomic and electronic structure of BiFeO3 was compared with previous LDA+U calculations using plane-wave basis sets. Based on performed calculations, the phase diagram was constructed, which allows us to predict the stability region of stoichiometric BiFeO3. PMID:26266871
Efficient ab initio free energy calculations by classically assisted trajectory sampling
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Wilson, Hugh F.
2015-12-01
A method for efficiently performing ab initio free energy calculations based on coupling constant thermodynamic integration is demonstrated. By the use of Boltzmann-weighted sums over states generated from a classical ensemble, the free energy difference between the classical and ab initio ensembles is readily available without the need for time-consuming integration over molecular dynamics trajectories. Convergence and errors in this scheme are discussed and characterised in terms of a quantity representing the degree of misfit between the classical and ab initio systems. Smaller but still substantial efficiency gains over molecular dynamics are also demonstrated for the calculation of average properties such as pressure and total energy for systems in equilibrium.
Ab Initio and Phenomenological Modeling of the Phonon Spectrum of Superhard cp-BC2N
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Basalaev, Yu. M.; Kopytov, A. V.; Pavlova, T. Yu.; Poplavnoi, A. S.
2015-11-01
The phonon spectrum of hypothetical superhard cp-BC2N is calculated based on ab initio method of density functional in the center of the Brillouin zone and interpolated over the entire Brillouin zone using the Keating phenomenological model. The interaction parameters are determined by optimization of the IR- and Ramanactive frequencies for a phenomenological model by their comparison with the results of ab initio calculations. Numerical values of short-range interaction constants and charges are in agreement with the characteristics of the chemical bond calculated ab initio. These parameters have transparent physical meaning and chemical nature and can further be used for both qualitative estimations of any physical and physico-chemical quantities and quantitative calculations of the phonon spectra of a number of isostructural compounds. The Keating phenomenological model is used to study the genesis of the phonon spectrum from the spectra of sublattices.
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.
Keegan, Ronan M.; Bibby, Jaclyn; Thomas, Jens; Xu, Dong; Zhang, Yang; Mayans, Olga; Winn, Martyn D.; Rigden, Daniel J.
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, the results show the potential for AMPLE to run more quickly and successfully solve more targets than previously suspected.
An ab initio-based Er–He interatomic potential in hcp Er
Yang, Li; ye, Yeting; Fan, K. M.; Shen, Huahai; Peng, Shuming; Long, XG; Zhou, X. S.; Zu, Xiaotao; Gao, Fei
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. 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.
An Efficient Time-Stepping Scheme for Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Simulations
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Tsuchida, Eiji
2016-08-01
In ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of real-world problems, the simple Verlet method is still widely used for integrating the equations of motion, while more efficient algorithms are routinely used in classical molecular dynamics. We show that if the Verlet method is used in conjunction with pre- and postprocessing, the accuracy of the time integration is significantly improved with only a small computational overhead. We also propose several extensions of the algorithm required for use in ab initio molecular dynamics. The validity of the processed Verlet method is demonstrated in several examples including ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of liquid water. The structural properties obtained from the processed Verlet method are found to be sufficiently accurate even for large time steps close to the stability limit. This approach results in a 2× performance gain over the standard Verlet method for a given accuracy. We also show how to generate a canonical ensemble within this approach.
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.
Autrey, Thomas; Brown, Aaron K.; Camaioni, Donald M.; Dupuis, Michel; Foster, Nancy S.; Getty, April D.
2004-03-31
Photoacoustic signals from dilute ({approx}30 mM) solutions of H{sub 2}O{sub 2} were measured over the temperature range from 10-45 C to obtain the reaction enthalpy and volume change for H{sub 2}O{sub 2}(aq) {yields} 2 OH(aq) from which we ultimately determined {Delta}{sub f}G{sup o}, {Delta}{sub f}H{sup o} and partial molal volume, v{sup o}, of OH (aq). We find {Delta}{sub r}H = 46.8 {+-} 1.4 kcal/mol, which is 4 kcal/mol smaller than the gas phase bond energy, and {Delta}V{sub r} = 6.5 {+-} 0.4 mL/mol. The v{sup o} for OH in water is 14.4 {+-} 0.4 mL/ml: smaller than the v{sup o} of water. Using ab initio continuum theory, the hydration free energy is calculated to be -3.9 {+-} 0.3 kcal/mol (for standard states in number density concentration units) by a novel approach devised to capture in the definition of the solute cavity the strength and specific interactions of the solute with a water solvent molecule. The shape of the cavity is defined by ''rolling'' a 3 dimensional electron density isocontour of water on the ab initio water-OH minimum interaction surface. The value of the contour is selected to reproduce the volume of OH in water. We obtain for OH(aq): {Delta}{sub f}H{sup o} = -0.2 {+-} 1.4 and {Delta}{sub f}G{sup o} = 5.8 {+-} 0.4 kcal/mol that are in agreement with literature values. The results provide confidence in the pulsed PAC technique for measuring aqueous thermochemistry of radicals and open the way to obtaining thermochemistry for most radicals that can be formed by reaction of OH with aqueous substrates while advancing the field of continuum solvation theory towards ab initio-defined solute cavities.
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.
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.
Sakane, Shinichi; Yezdimer, Eric M.; Liu, Wenbin; Barriocanal, Jose A.; Doren, Douglas J.; Wood, Robert H.
2000-08-15
The ab initio/classical free energy perturbation (ABC-FEP) method proposed previously by Wood et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 110, 1329 (1999)] uses classical simulations to calculate solvation free energies within an empirical potential model, then applies free energy perturbation theory to determine the effect of changing the empirical solute-solvent interactions to corresponding interactions calculated from ab initio methods. This approach allows accurate calculation of solvation free energies using an atomistic description of the solvent and solute, with interactions calculated from first principles. Results can be obtained at a feasible computational cost without making use of approximations such as a continuum solvent or an empirical cavity formation energy. As such, the method can be used far from ambient conditions, where the empirical parameters needed for approximate theories of solvation may not be available. The sources of error in the ABC-FEP method are the approximations in the ab initio method, the finite sample of configurations, and the classical solvent model. This article explores the accuracy of various approximations used in the ABC-FEP method by comparing to the experimentally well-known free energy of hydration of water at two state points (ambient conditions, and 973.15 K and 600 kg/m3). The TIP4P-FQ model [J. Chem. Phys. 101, 6141 (1994)] is found to be a reliable solvent model for use with this method, even at supercritical conditions. Results depend strongly on the ab initio method used: a gradient-corrected density functional theory is not adequate, but a localized MP2 method yields excellent agreement with experiment. Computational costs are reduced by using a cluster approximation, in which ab initio pair interaction energies are calculated between the solute and up to 60 solvent molecules, while multi-body interactions are calculated with only a small cluster (5 to 12 solvent molecules). Sampling errors for the ab initio contribution to
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John, Christopher; Spura, Thomas; Habershon, Scott; Kühne, Thomas D.
2016-04-01
We present a simple and accurate computational method which facilitates ab initio path-integral molecular dynamics simulations, where the quantum-mechanical nature of the nuclei is explicitly taken into account, at essentially no additional computational cost in comparison to the corresponding calculation using classical nuclei. The predictive power of the proposed quantum ring-polymer contraction method is demonstrated by computing various static and dynamic properties of liquid water at ambient conditions using density functional theory. This development will enable routine inclusion of nuclear quantum effects in ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of condensed-phase systems.
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Durig, J. R.; Shen, S.; Guirgis, G. A.
2001-01-01
The far infrared spectrum from 370 to 50 cm -1 of gaseous 2-bromoethanol, BrCH 2CH 2OH, was recorded at a resolution of 0.10 cm -1. The fundamental O-H torsion of the more stable gauche ( Gg') conformer, where the capital G refers to internal rotation around the C-C bond and the lower case g to the internal rotation around the C-O bond, was observed as a series of Q-branch transitions beginning at 340 cm -1. The corresponding O-H torsional modes were observed for two of the other high energy conformers, Tg (285 cm -1) and Tt (234 cm -1). The heavy atom asymmetric torsion (rotation around C-C bond) for the Gg' conformer has been observed at 140 cm -1. Variable temperature (-63 to -100°C) studies of the infrared spectra (4000-400 cm -1) of the sample dissolved in liquid xenon have been recorded. From these data the enthalpy differences have been determined to be 411±40 cm -1 (4.92±0.48 kJ/mol) for the Gg'/ Tt and 315±40 cm -1 (3.76±0.48 kJ/mol) for the Gg'/ Tg, with the Gg' conformer the most stable form. Additionally, the infrared spectrum of the gas, and Raman spectrum of the liquid phase are reported. The structural parameters, conformational stabilities, barriers to internal rotation and fundamental frequencies have been obtained from ab initio calculations utilizing different basis sets at the restricted Hartree-Fock or with full electron correlation by the perturbation method to second order. The theoretical results are compared to the experimental results when appropriate. Combining the ab initio calculations with the microwave rotational constants, r0 adjusted parameters have been obtained for the three 2-haloethanols (F, Cl and Br) for the Gg' conformers.
Hu, Hao; Yang, Weitao
2013-01-01
Determining the free energies and mechanisms of chemical reactions in solution and enzymes is a major challenge. For such complex reaction processes, combined quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) method is the most effective simulation method to provide an accurate and efficient theoretical description of the molecular system. The computational costs of ab initio QM methods, however, have limited the application of ab initio QM/MM methods. Recent advances in ab initio QM/MM methods allowed the accurate simulation of the free energies for reactions in solution and in enzymes and thus paved the way for broader application of the ab initio QM/MM methods. We review here the theoretical developments and applications of the ab initio QM/MM methods, focusing on the determination of reaction path and the free energies of the reaction processes in solution and enzymes. PMID:24146439
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Ansari, R.; Faghihnasiri, M.; Malakpour, S.; Sahmani, S.
2015-07-01
In the current investigation, ab initio calculations are performed to explore the influence of electric field on the mechanical properties of bilayer boron nitride with AB stacking order (AB-2LBN). To accomplish this, density functional theory (DFT) within the framework of generalized gradient approximation (GGA) is implemented. It is demonstrated that the electric field has significant effects on Young's modulus and Poisson's ratio of AB-2LBN when its magnitude is small. With increasing the magnitude of electric field, these effects diminish so that the mechanical properties with and without considering the electric field become approximately identical. Also, it is shown that the equilibrium strain energy decreases linearly by increasing the magnitude of applied electric field.
Xiao, Hai Yan; Gao, Fei; Zu, Xiaotao T.; Weber, William J.
2010-02-04
High-pressure induced zinc blende to rocksalt phase transition in GaN has been investigated by ab initio molecular dynamics method to characterize the transformation mechanism at the atomic level. It was shown that at 100 GPa GaN passes through tetragonal and monoclinic states before rocksalt structure is formed. The transformation mechanism is consistent with that for other zinc blende semiconductors obtained from the same method. Detailed structural analysis showed that there is no bond breaking involved in the phase transition.
Ab initio electronic structure study for TTF-TCNQ under uniaxial compression
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ishibashi, Shoji; Hashimoto, Tamotsu; Kohyama, Masanori; Terakura, Kiyoyuki
2004-04-01
We have investigated the electronic structure of TTF-TCNQ under uniaxial compression with ab initio plane-wave pseudopotential calculations within the local-density approximation and generalized gradient approximation. Depending on the compression direction, the constituent molecules are deformed in different ways. Along with these structural deformations, quasi-one-dimensional Fermi surfaces show dramatic changes in their shapes and sizes.
Dispersion Interactions between Rare Gas Atoms: Testing the London Equation Using ab Initio Methods
ERIC Educational Resources Information Center
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…
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
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.
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. PMID:27394094
Predicting materials for solar energy conversion: ab-initio spectroscopy of heterogeneous interfaces
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Galli, Giulia
We will discuss some progress in predicting materials for solar energy conversion using ab initio calculations, in particular we will focus on heterogeneous interfaces between photo-electrodes and water and between nanocomposites. We will also address the problem of building much needed tighter connections between computational and laboratory experiments.
CVRQD ab initio ground-state adiabatic potential energy surfaces for the water molecule.
Barletta, Paolo; Shirin, Sergei V; Zobov, Nikolai F; Polyansky, Oleg L; Tennyson, Jonathan; Valeev, Edward F; Császár, Attila G
2006-11-28
The high accuracy ab initio adiabatic potential energy surfaces (PESs) of the ground electronic state of the water molecule, determined originally by Polyansky et al. [Science 299, 539 (2003)] and called CVRQD, are extended and carefully characterized and analyzed. The CVRQD potential energy surfaces are obtained from extrapolation to the complete basis set of nearly full configuration interaction valence-only electronic structure computations, augmented by core, relativistic, quantum electrodynamics, and diagonal Born-Oppenheimer corrections. We also report ab initio calculations of several quantities characterizing the CVRQD PESs, including equilibrium and vibrationally averaged (0 K) structures, harmonic and anharmonic force fields, harmonic vibrational frequencies, vibrational fundamentals, and zero-point energies. They can be considered as the best ab initio estimates of these quantities available today. Results of first-principles computations on the rovibrational energy levels of several isotopologues of the water molecule are also presented, based on the CVRQD PESs and the use of variational nuclear motion calculations employing an exact kinetic energy operator given in orthogonal internal coordinates. The variational nuclear motion calculations also include a simplified treatment of nonadiabatic effects. This sophisticated procedure to compute rovibrational energy levels reproduces all the known rovibrational levels of the water isotopologues considered, H(2) (16)O, H(2) (17)O, H(2) (18)O, and D(2) (16)O, to better than 1 cm(-1) on average. Finally, prospects for further improvement of the ground-state adiabatic ab initio PESs of water are discussed. PMID:17144700
Ab initio charge-carrier mobility model for amorphous molecular semiconductors
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
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.
Ab initio calculation of structural stability, electronic and optical properties of Ag{sub 2}Se
Rameshkumar, S.; Jayalakshmi, V.; Jaiganesh, G.; Palanivel, B.
2015-06-24
The structural stability, electronic and optical properties of Ag{sub 2}Se compound is studied using ab initio packages. Ag{sub 2}Se is found to crystallize in orthorhombic structure with two different space groups i.e. P2{sub 1}2{sub 1}2{sub 1} (No. 19) and P222{sub 1} (No. 17). For this compound in these two space groups, the total energy has been computed as a function of volume. Our calculated results suggest that the P2{sub 1}2{sub 1}2{sub 1}–phase is more stable than that of the P222{sub 1}–phase. The band structure calculation show that Ag{sub 2}Se is semimetallic with an overlap of about 0.014 eV in P2{sub 1}2{sub 1}2{sub 1}–phase whereas is metallic in nature in P222{sub 1}–phase. Moreover, the optical properties including the dielectric function, energy loss spectrum are obtained and analysed.
Ab initio study of hydrogen-halo rotation in ammonia borane
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Welchman, Evan; Thonhauser, T.
2014-03-01
The van der Waals crystal ammonia borane NH3BH3 is a promising hydrogen-storage material due to its large gravimetric storage density. In an isolated molecule, the H atoms reside in halos about either end of a central B-N backbone with three-fold rotational symmetry. However, in the solid phase at ambient temperature and pressure, experiments reveal a tetragonal unit cell with a four-fold rotational symmetry about the same axis, creating a geometric incompatibility. Using ab initio calculations at the DFT level (with vdW-DF to capture crucial van der Waals interactions), we elucidate this incompatibility by simulating the behavior of the hydrogen-halos and their substituent H atoms. We use Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics at several different temperatures to simulate behavior in the solid and NEB calculations to find barriers to rotation in solid and gas phase. We find that at room temperature the halos can rotate several degrees per fs and that the four-fold symmetry thus results from a time average. We further show that in the solid phase the complex network of dihydrogen bonds affects the torsional barrier for the halos, and thus their rate of rotation in the solid phase, contributing to the experimentally observed positional uncertainty. Supported by NSF DMR-1145968.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Timko, Jeff; Kuyucak, Serdar
2012-11-01
Polarization is an important component of molecular interactions and is expected to play a particularly significant role in inhomogeneous environments such as pores and interfaces. Here we investigate the effects of polarization in the gramicidin A ion channel by performing quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and comparing the results with those obtained from classical MD simulations with non-polarizable force fields. We consider the dipole moments of backbone carbonyl groups and channel water molecules as well as a number of structural quantities of interest. The ab initio results show that the dipole moments of the carbonyl groups and water molecules are highly sensitive to the hydrogen bonds (H-bonds) they participate in. In the absence of a K+ ion, water molecules in the channel are quite mobile, making the H-bond network highly dynamic. A central K+ ion acts as an anchor for the channel waters, stabilizing the H-bond network and thereby increasing their average dipole moments. In contrast, the K+ ion has little effect on the dipole moments of the neighboring carbonyl groups. The weakness of the ion-peptide interactions helps to explain the near diffusion-rate conductance of K+ ions through the channel. We also address the sampling issue in relatively short ab initio MD simulations. Results obtained from a continuous 20 ps ab initio MD simulation are compared with those generated by sampling ten windows from a much longer classical MD simulation and running each window for 2 ps with ab initio MD. Both methods yield similar results for a number of quantities of interest, indicating that fluctuations are fast enough to justify the short ab initio MD simulations.
Ab initio calculation of the electronic absorption spectrum of liquid water
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Martiniano, Hugo F. M. C.; Galamba, Nuno; Cabral, Benedito J. Costa
2014-04-01
The electronic absorption spectrum of liquid water was investigated by coupling a one-body energy decomposition scheme to configurations generated by classical and Born-Oppenheimer Molecular Dynamics (BOMD). A Frenkel exciton Hamiltonian formalism was adopted and the excitation energies in the liquid phase were calculated with the equation of motion coupled cluster with single and double excitations method. Molecular dynamics configurations were generated by different approaches. Classical MD were carried out with the TIP4P-Ew and AMOEBA force fields. The BLYP and BLYP-D3 exchange-correlation functionals were used in BOMD. Theoretical and experimental results for the electronic absorption spectrum of liquid water are in good agreement. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between the structure of liquid water predicted by the different models and the electronic absorption spectrum. The theoretical gas to liquid phase blue-shift of the peak positions of the electronic absorption spectrum is in good agreement with experiment. The overall shift is determined by a competition between the O-H stretching of the water monomer in liquid water that leads to a red-shift and polarization effects that induce a blue-shift. The results illustrate the importance of coupling many-body energy decomposition schemes to molecular dynamics configurations to carry out ab initio calculations of the electronic properties in liquid phase.
Ab initio calculation of the electronic absorption spectrum of liquid water
Martiniano, Hugo F. M. C.; Galamba, Nuno; Cabral, Benedito J. Costa
2014-04-28
The electronic absorption spectrum of liquid water was investigated by coupling a one-body energy decomposition scheme to configurations generated by classical and Born-Oppenheimer Molecular Dynamics (BOMD). A Frenkel exciton Hamiltonian formalism was adopted and the excitation energies in the liquid phase were calculated with the equation of motion coupled cluster with single and double excitations method. Molecular dynamics configurations were generated by different approaches. Classical MD were carried out with the TIP4P-Ew and AMOEBA force fields. The BLYP and BLYP-D3 exchange-correlation functionals were used in BOMD. Theoretical and experimental results for the electronic absorption spectrum of liquid water are in good agreement. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between the structure of liquid water predicted by the different models and the electronic absorption spectrum. The theoretical gas to liquid phase blue-shift of the peak positions of the electronic absorption spectrum is in good agreement with experiment. The overall shift is determined by a competition between the O–H stretching of the water monomer in liquid water that leads to a red-shift and polarization effects that induce a blue-shift. The results illustrate the importance of coupling many-body energy decomposition schemes to molecular dynamics configurations to carry out ab initio calculations of the electronic properties in liquid phase.
Ab initio study of the magnetostructural properties of MnAs
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Rungger, Ivan; Sanvito, Stefano
2006-07-01
The magnetic and structural properties of MnAs are studied with ab initio methods and by mapping total energies onto a Heisenberg model. The stability of the different phases is found to depend mainly on the volume and on the amount of magnetic order, confirming previous experimental findings and phenomenological models. It is generally found that for large lattice constants the ferromagnetic state is favored, whereas for small lattice constants different antiferromagnetic states can be stabilized. In the ferromagnetic state the structure with minimal energy is always hexagonal, whereas it becomes orthorhombically distorted if there is an antiferromagnetic alignment of the magnetic moments in the hexagonal plane. For the paramagnetic state the stable cell is found to be orthorhombic up to a critical lattice constant of about 3.7Å , above which it remains hexagonal. This leads to the second-order structural phase transition between paramagnetic states at about 400K , where the lattice parameter increases above this critical value with rising temperature due to the thermal expansion. We also evaluate the magnetic susceptibility as a function of temperature, from which a semiquantitative description of the MnAs phase diagram emerges.
Ab Initio Enhanced calphad Modeling of Actinide-Rich Nuclear Fuels
Morgan, Dane; Yang, Yong Austin
2013-10-28
The process of fuel recycling is central to the Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative (AFCI), where plutonium and the minor actinides (MA) Am, Np, and Cm are extracted from spent fuel and fabricated into new fuel for a fast reactor. Metallic alloys of U-Pu-Zr-MA are leading candidates for fast reactor fuels and are the current basis for fast spectrum metal fuels in a fully recycled closed fuel cycle. Safe and optimal use of these fuels will require knowledge of their multicomponent phase stability and thermodynamics (Gibbs free energies). In additional to their use as nuclear fuels, U-Pu-Zr-MA contain elements and alloy phases that pose fundamental questions about electronic structure and energetics at the forefront of modern many-body electron theory. This project will validate state-of-the-art electronic structure approaches for these alloys and use the resulting energetics to model U-Pu-Zr-MA phase stability. In order to keep the work scope practical, researchers will focus on only U-Pu-Zr-{Np,Am}, leaving Cm for later study. The overall objectives of this project are to: Provide a thermodynamic model for U-Pu-Zr-MA for improving and controlling reactor fuels; and, Develop and validate an ab initio approach for predicting actinide alloy energetics for thermodynamic modeling.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Liu, Shi-Yu; Liu, Shiyang; Li, De-Jun; Wang, Sanwu; Guo, Jing; Shen, Yaogen
2015-02-01
Utilizing a combination of ab initio density-functional theory and thermodynamics formalism, we have established the microscopic mechanisms for oxidation of the binary and ternary alloy surfaces and provided a clear explanation for the experimental results of the oxidation. We construct three-dimensional surface phase diagrams (SPDs) for oxygen adsorption on three different Nb-X(110) (X = Ti, Al or Si) binary alloy surfaces. On the basis of the obtained SPDs, we conclude a general microscopic mechanism for the thermodynamic oxidation, that is, under O-rich conditions, a uniform single-phase SPD (type I) and a nonuniform double-phase SPD (type II) correspond to the sustained complete selective oxidation and the non-sustained partial selective oxidation by adding the X element, respectively. Furthermore, by revealing the framework of thermodynamics for the oxidation mechanism of ternary alloys through the comparison of the surface energies of two separated binary alloys, we provide an understanding for the selective oxidation behavior of the Nb ternary alloy surfaces. Using these general microscopic mechanisms, one could predict the oxidation behavior of any binary and multi-component alloy surfaces based on thermodynamics considerations.
Ab initio study of basal slip in Nb(2)AlC.
Music, Denis; Sun, Zhimei; Voevodin, Andrey A; Schneider, Jochen M
2006-05-01
Using ab initio calculations, we have studied shearing in Nb(2)AlC, where NbC and Al layers are interleaved. The stress-strain analysis of this deformation mode reveals Nb-Al bond breaking, while the Nb-C bond length decreases by 4.1%. Furthermore, there is no evidence for phase transformation during deformation. This is consistent with basal slip and may be understood on the basis of the electronic structure: bands below the Fermi level are responsible for the dd bonding between NbC basal planes and only a single band with a weak dd interaction is not resistant to shearing, while all other bands are unaffected. The Al-Nb bonding character can be described as mainly metallic with weak covalent-ionic contributions. Our study demonstrates that Al layers move with relative ease under shear strain. Phase conservation upon shearing is unusual for carbides and may be due to the layered nature of the phase studied. Here, we describe the electronic origin of basal slip in Nb(2)AlC, the atomic mechanism which enables reversible plasticity in this class of materials. PMID:21690790
Liu, Shi-Yu; Liu, Shiyang; Li, De-Jun; Wang, Sanwu; Guo, Jing; Shen, Yaogen
2015-02-14
Utilizing a combination of ab initio density-functional theory and thermodynamics formalism, we have established the microscopic mechanisms for oxidation of the binary and ternary alloy surfaces and provided a clear explanation for the experimental results of the oxidation. We construct three-dimensional surface phase diagrams (SPDs) for oxygen adsorption on three different Nb-X(110) (X = Ti, Al or Si) binary alloy surfaces. On the basis of the obtained SPDs, we conclude a general microscopic mechanism for the thermodynamic oxidation, that is, under O-rich conditions, a uniform single-phase SPD (type I) and a nonuniform double-phase SPD (type II) correspond to the sustained complete selective oxidation and the non-sustained partial selective oxidation by adding the X element, respectively. Furthermore, by revealing the framework of thermodynamics for the oxidation mechanism of ternary alloys through the comparison of the surface energies of two separated binary alloys, we provide an understanding for the selective oxidation behavior of the Nb ternary alloy surfaces. Using these general microscopic mechanisms, one could predict the oxidation behavior of any binary and multi-component alloy surfaces based on thermodynamics considerations.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Granzow, B.; Klaeboe, P.; Sablinskas, V.
1995-04-01
Four alcohols with the formulas C(CH 2OH) x(CH 3) 4- x (x=1,2,3,4) have been investigated by IR and Raman spectroscopy at different temperatures from the crystalline phases to the plastic phases and the melts. Solution spectra in different solvents have also been obtained. The alcohols with the highest vapour pressures, 2,2-dimethyl-1-propanol and 2,2-dimethyl-1,3-propanediol were studied in argon and nitrogen matrices at 4.5 K using the hot nozzle technique. As observed for the corresponding halogenated compounds, the alcohols are expected to have conformational equilibria due to restricted rotations around the C-C bonds in the plastic phases, the melts and in solution. Additional conformers from rotations around the C-O bonds cannot be excluded. The energies and frequencies of the expected conformations were determined by ab initio calculations using a 3-21 G∗ basis set and compared with the experimental values. The data reveal that the {G}/{G} ( C2) conformer is the most stable in 2,2-dimethyl-1,3-propanediol, while in 2-hydroxymethyl-2-methyl-1,3-propanediol the C1 conformer is more stable than both C3 and Cs with enthalpy differences of 2.9 and 3.7 kJ mol -1, respectively.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
French, Martin
2010-11-01
Since the interior structure of giant planets inside or outside our solar system cannot be probed directly by experiments, planetary models have been developed to gain further insight. Such models require accurate equations of state (EOS) for the major components (H, He, and heavier compounds like water) up to extreme thermodynamic conditions (pressures of several ten megabars and temperatures of more than ten thousand degrees Kelvin) [1]. Ab initio methods that combine finite temperature density functional theory (FT-DFT) for the electrons with classical molecular dynamics (MD) for the ions have proven to be a powerful tool to calculate such accurate EOS data. In addition, the FT-DFT-MD also generates structural information, transport and optical properties and, most important, information on phase diagrams and demixing regions. Based on our recently calculated ab initio data for H, He, and water, we derive interior models of Saturn and Jupiter and discuss the role of H-He demixing [2] and of the plasma phase transition in hydrogen on the planetary interiors. We also present new models for Uranus and Neptune which offer conditions to allow the formation of the exotic superionic phase of water [3]. The ab initio data can also be applied in planetary evolution scenarios and dynamo simulations of solar and extrasolar planets.[4pt] [1] J. J. Fortney, N. Nettelmann, Space Sci. Rev. 152, 423 (2010)[0pt] [2] W. Lorenzen, B. Holst, R. Redmer, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 115701 (2009)[0pt] [3] M. French, T. R. Mattsson, N. Nettelmann, R. Redmer, Phys. Rev. B 79, 054107 (2009)
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Smith, Grant D.; Jaffe, Richard L.; Yoon, Do. Y.
1998-06-01
High-level ab initio quantum chemistry calculations are shown to predict conformer populations of 1,2-dimethoxypropane and 5-methoxy-1,3-dioxane that are consistent with gas-phase NMR vicinal coupling constant measurements. The conformational energies of the cyclic ether 5-methoxy-1,3-dioxane are found to be consistent with those predicted by a rotational isomeric state (RIS) model based upon the acyclic analog 1,2-dimethoxypropane. The quantum chemistry and RIS calculations indicate the presence of strong attractive 1,5 C(H 3)⋯O electrostatic interactions in these molecules, similar to those found in 1,2-dimethoxyethane.
Ab initio search for novel bipolar magnetic semiconductors: Layered YZnAsO doped with Fe and Mn
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Bannikov, V. V.; Ivanovskii, A. L.
2013-02-01
Very recently, the newest class of spintronic materials, where reversible spin polarization can be controlled by applying gate voltage: so-called bipolar magnetic semiconductors (Xingxing Li et al., arXiv:1208.1355) was proposed. In this work, a novel way to creation of bipolar magnetic semiconductors by doping of non-magnetic semiconducting 1111 phases with magnetic d n < 10 atoms is discussed using ab initio calculations of layered YZnAsO doped with Fe and Mn. In addition, more complex materials with several spectral intervals with opposite 100% spin polarization where multiple gate-controlled spin-polarization can be expected are proposed.
Peterson, Charles; Penchoff, Deborah A.; Wilson, Angela K.
2015-11-21
An effective approach for the determination of lanthanide energetics, as demonstrated by application to the third ionization energy (in the gas phase) for the first half of the lanthanide series, has been developed. This approach uses a combination of highly correlated and fully relativistic ab initio methods to accurately describe the electronic structure of heavy elements. Both scalar and fully relativistic methods are used to achieve an approach that is both computationally feasible and accurate. The impact of basis set choice and the number of electrons included in the correlation space has also been examined.
Ab initio investigation of CaO-ZnO alloys under high pressure
Sha, Xiaojing; Tian, Fubo; Li, Da; Duan, Defang; Chu, Binhua; Liu, Yunxian; Liu, Bingbing; Cui, Tian
2015-01-01
CaxZn1–xO alloys are potential candidates to achieve wide band-gap, which might significantly promote the band gap engineering and heterojunction design. We performed a crystal structure search for CaO-ZnO system under pressure, using an ab initio evolutionary algorithm implemented in the USPEX code. Four stable ordered CaxZn1–xO structures are found in the pressure range of 8.7–60 GPa. We further constructed the pressure vs. composition phase diagram of CaO-ZnO alloys based on the detailed enthalpy calculations. With the increase in Ca concentration, the CaO-ZnO alloy first undergoes a hexagonal to monoclinic transition, and then transforms back to a hexagonal phase. At Above 9 GPa, there is no cubic structure in the alloys, in contrast to the insostructural components (B1-B1). The band gap of the CaxZn1–xO alloy shows an almost linear increase as a function of the Ca concentration. We also investigated the variation regularity of the band gap under pressure. PMID:26183060
Ab initio diffuse-interface model for lithiated electrode interface evolution
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Stournara, Maria E.; Kumar, Ravi; Qi, Yue; Sheldon, Brian W.
2016-07-01
The study of chemical segregation at interfaces, and in particular the ability to predict the thickness of segregated layers via analytical expressions or computational modeling, is a fundamentally challenging topic in the design of novel heterostructured materials. This issue is particularly relevant for the phase-field (PF) methodology, which has become a prominent tool for describing phase transitions. These models rely on phenomenological parameters that pertain to the interfacial energy and thickness, quantities that cannot be experimentally measured. Instead of back-calculating these parameters from experimental data, here we combine a set of analytical expressions based on the Cahn-Hilliard approach with ab initio calculations to compute the gradient energy parameter κ and the thickness λ of the segregated Li layer at the LixSi-Cu interface. With this bottom-up approach we calculate the thickness λ of the Li diffuse interface to be on the order of a few nm, in agreement with prior experimental secondary ion mass spectrometry observations. Our analysis indicates that Li segregation is primarily driven by solution thermodynamics, while the strain contribution in this system is relatively small. This combined scheme provides an essential first step in the systematic evaluation of the thermodynamic parameters of the PF methodology, and we believe that it can serve as a framework for the development of quantitative interface models in the field of Li-ion batteries.
Ab initio diffuse-interface model for lithiated electrode interface evolution.
Stournara, Maria E; Kumar, Ravi; Qi, Yue; Sheldon, Brian W
2016-07-01
The study of chemical segregation at interfaces, and in particular the ability to predict the thickness of segregated layers via analytical expressions or computational modeling, is a fundamentally challenging topic in the design of novel heterostructured materials. This issue is particularly relevant for the phase-field (PF) methodology, which has become a prominent tool for describing phase transitions. These models rely on phenomenological parameters that pertain to the interfacial energy and thickness, quantities that cannot be experimentally measured. Instead of back-calculating these parameters from experimental data, here we combine a set of analytical expressions based on the Cahn-Hilliard approach with ab initio calculations to compute the gradient energy parameter κ and the thickness λ of the segregated Li layer at the Li_{x}Si-Cu interface. With this bottom-up approach we calculate the thickness λ of the Li diffuse interface to be on the order of a few nm, in agreement with prior experimental secondary ion mass spectrometry observations. Our analysis indicates that Li segregation is primarily driven by solution thermodynamics, while the strain contribution in this system is relatively small. This combined scheme provides an essential first step in the systematic evaluation of the thermodynamic parameters of the PF methodology, and we believe that it can serve as a framework for the development of quantitative interface models in the field of Li-ion batteries. PMID:27575197
Ab initio many-body calculations of nucleon-4He scattering with three-nucleon forces
Hupin, Guillaume; Langhammer, Joachim; Navratil, Petr; Quaglioni, Sofia; Calci, Angelo; Roth, Robert
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 from themore » 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
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
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
López, E.; Lucas, J. M.; Andrés, J. de; Albertí, M.; Aguilar, A.; Bofill, J. M.; Bassi, D.
2014-10-28
Collisions between potassium ions and neutral i-C{sub 3}H{sub 7}Br and i-C{sub 3}H{sub 7}OH, all in their electronic ground state, have been studied in the 0.10–10.00 eV center of mass (CM) collision energy range, using the radiofrequency-guided ion beam technique. In K{sup +} + i-C{sub 3}H{sub 7}Br collisions KHBr{sup +} formation was observed and quantified, while the analogous KH{sub 2}O{sup +} formation in K{sup +} + i-C{sub 3}H{sub 7}OH was hardly detected. Moreover, formation of the ion-molecule adducts and their decomposition leading to C{sub 3}H{sub 7}{sup +} and either KBr or KOH, respectively, have been observed. For all these processes, absolute cross-sections were measured as a function of the CM collision energy. Ab initio structure calculations at the MP2 level have given information about the potential energy surfaces (PESs) involved. In these, different stationary points have been characterized using the reaction coordinate method, their connectivity being ensured by using the intrinsic-reaction-coordinate method. From the measured excitation function for KHBr{sup +} formation the corresponding thermal rate constant at 303 K has been calculated. The topology of the calculated PESs allows an interpretation of the main features of the reaction dynamics of both systems, and in particular evidence the important role played by the potential energy wells in controlling the reactivity for the different reaction channels.
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Pan, Chunhua; Guirgis, Gamil A.; Durig, James R.
2005-05-01
The infrared (3100-40 cm -1) spectra of gaseous and solid and Raman (3200-20 cm -1) spectra of liquid 2-chloroethylsilyl chloride, ClCH 2CH 2SiH 2Cl, have been recorded. There are five possible stable conformers, Gg, Tg, Gt, Tt and Gg' for this molecule where the capital letter G ( gauche) or T ( trans) refer to rotation around the C-C bond and the lower case letters to rotation around the Si-C bond. Most ab initio calculations at the MP2(full) level predicted the order of the stability as Tg>Gg>Gt>Tt>Gg' whereas all density function theory calculations with the B3LYP method predicted the stability as Tg>Tt>Gg>Gt>Gg'. The four more stable conformers have been identified in the fluid phases with the Tg rotamer the only form remaining in the solid. Variable temperature (-105 to -150 °C) studies of the infrared spectra of the samples dissolved in liquid krypton have been recorded and the enthalpy differences determined to be: 50±20 (0.59±0.24 kJ/mol), 172±17 (2.06±0.20 kJ/mol) and 290±40 cm -1 (3.45±0.48 kJ/mol) for the Tg/Gg, Tg/Gt and Tg/Tt conformer pairs with the Tg conformer the most stable form. It is estimated that there is 42±2% of the Tg form, 33±1% of the Gg form, 20±2% of the Gt form, and 5±1% of the Tt form present at ambient temperature. A relatively complete vibrational assignment is proposed for the Tg conformer and many of the fundamentals have been identified for the other three (Gg, Gt and Tt) conformers based on the ab initio MP2(full)/6-31G(d) predicted frequencies, the relative infrared and Raman spectral intensities, and infrared band contours which are supported by normal coordinate calculations. Since the predicted energies between Tg and Gg' conformers from all calculations are very large, it is not surprising that no evidence in either the infrared or Raman spectra could be found for the Gg' conformer. The geometrical parameters, harmonic force constants, vibrational frequencies, infrared intensities, Raman activities
On Possible Pitfalls in ab initio QM/MM Minimization Approaches For Studies of Enzymatic Reactions
Klähn, Marco; Braun-Sand, Sonja; Rosta, Edina; Warshel, Arieh
2006-01-01
Reliable studies of enzymatic reactions by combined quantum mechanics /molecular mechanics (QM/MM) approaches, with an ab initio description of the quantum region, presents a major challenge to computational chemists. The main problem is the need for a very large computer time for the evaluation of the QM energy, which in turn makes it extremely challenging to perform proper configurational sampling. A seemingly reasonable alternative is to perform energy minimization studies of the type used in gas phase ab initio studies. However, it is hard to see why such an approach should give reliable results in protein active sites. In order to examine the problems with energy minimization QM/MM approaches we chose the hypothetical reaction of a metaphosphate ion with water in the Ras•GAP complex. This hypothetical reaction served as a simple benchmark reaction. The possible problems with the QM/MM minimization were explored by generating several protein configurations from long MD simulations and using energy minimization and scanning of the reaction coordinates to evaluate the corresponding potential energy surfaces of the reaction for each of these different protein configurations. Comparing these potential energy surfaces, we found major variations of the minima of the different total potential energy surfaces. Furthermore, the reaction energies and activation energies also varied significantly even for similar protein configurations. The specific coordination of a magnesium ion, present in the active center of the protein complex, turned out to influence the energetics of the reaction in a major way and a direct coordination to the reactant leads to an increase of the activation energy by 17 kcal/mol. This study demonstrates that energy minimizations starting from a single protein structure could lead to major errors in calculations of activation free energies and binding free energies. Thus we believe that extensive samplings of the configurational space of the
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
Giansiracusa, Marcus J; Vonci, Michele; Van den Heuvel, Willem; Gable, Robert W; Moubaraki, Boujemaa; Murray, Keith S; Yu, Dehong; Mole, Richard A; Soncini, Alessandro; Boskovic, Colette
2016-06-01
Optimization of literature synthetic procedures has afforded, in moderate yield, homogeneous and crystalline samples of the five analogues Na11[{RE(OH2)}3CO3(PW9O34)2] (1-RE; RE = Y, Tb, Dy, Ho, and Er). Phase-transfer methods have allowed isolation of the mixed salts (Et4N)9Na2[{RE(OH2)}3CO3(PW9O34)2] (2-RE; RE = Y and Er). The isostructural polyanions in these compounds are comprised of a triangular arrangement of trivalent rare-earth ions bridged by a μ3-carbonate ligand and sandwiched between two trilacunary Keggin {PW9O34} polyoxometalate ligands. Alternating-current (ac) magnetic susceptibility studies of 1-Dy, 1-Er, and 2-Er reveal the onset of frequency dependence for the out-of-phase susceptibility in the presence of an applied magnetic field at the lowest measured temperatures. Inelastic neutron scattering (INS) spectra of 1-Ho and 1-Er exhibit transitions between the lowest-lying crystal-field (CF) split states of the respective J = 8 and (15)/2 ground-state spin-orbit multiplets of the Ho(III) and Er(III) ions. Complementary ab initio calculations performed for these two analogues allow excellent reproduction of the experimental magnetic susceptibility and low-temperature magnetization data and are in reasonable agreement with the experimental INS data. The ab initio calculations reveal that the slight difference in coordination environments of the three Ln(III) ions in each complex gives rise to differences in the CF splitting that are not insignificant. This theoretical result is consistent with the observation of multiple relaxation processes by ac magnetic susceptibility and the broadness of the measured INS peaks. The ab initio calculations also indicate substantial mixing of the MJ contributions to the CF split energy levels of each Ln(III) ion. Calculations indicate that the CF ground states of the Ho(III) centers in 1-Ho are predominantly comprised of contributions from small MJ, while those of the Er(III) centers in 1-Er are predominantly
Melting of sodium under high pressure. An ab-initio study
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, static structure factors and short-range order parameters) in order to analyze the structural effects of pressure.
Ab initio calculations on the magnetic properties of transition metal complexes
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 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.
Yadav, J.S.; Hermsmeier, M.; Gund, T. )
1989-01-01
We have calculated the net atomic charges and molecular electrostatic potentials of two potent nicotinic acetylcholine receptor agonists, isoarecolone and acetylpiperazine, by three different methods to see how well they correlate and if the simplest method gives the same predictive results. The calculational methods involved calculating net atomic charges by semiempirical (MNDO from MOPAC) and ab initio (Mulliken) and ab initio (potential derived) at STO-3G basis set level. Some deviations were observed when comparisons were made atom by atom, but when group comparisons were made, good correlations were observed. When these partial charges were used to calculate the respective molecular electrostatic potentials on the van der Waals surface, very good correlations were obtained. This study shows that for routine electrostatic calculations, semiempirical MNDO Calculations give similar results and thus lead to similar predictions.
Ab initio molecular dynamics simulation of liquid water by quantum Monte Carlo
Zen, Andrea; Luo, Ye Mazzola, Guglielmo Sorella, Sandro; Guidoni, Leonardo
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.
B28: the smallest all-boron cage from an ab initio global search
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Zhao, Jijun; Huang, Xiaoming; Shi, Ruili; Liu, Hongsheng; Su, Yan; King, R. Bruce
2015-09-01
Our ab initio global searches reveal the lowest-energy cage for B28, which is built from two B12 units and prevails over the competing structural isomers such as planar, bowl, and tube. This smallest boron cage extends the scope of all-boron fullerene and provides a new structural motif of boron clusters and nanostructures.Our ab initio global searches reveal the lowest-energy cage for B28, which is built from two B12 units and prevails over the competing structural isomers such as planar, bowl, and tube. This smallest boron cage extends the scope of all-boron fullerene and provides a new structural motif of boron clusters and nanostructures. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Planar isomer structures of B28 and spatial distributions of front molecular orbitals. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr04034e
Ab initio investigation of light-induced relativistic spin-flip effects in magneto-optics
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Mondal, Ritwik; Berritta, Marco; Carva, Karel; Oppeneer, Peter M.
2015-05-01
Excitation of a metallic ferromagnet such as Ni with an intensive femtosecond laser pulse causes an ultrafast demagnetization within approximately 300 fs. It was proposed that the ultrafast demagnetization measured in femtosecond magneto-optical experiments could be due to relativistic light-induced processes. We perform an ab initio investigation of the influence of relativistic effects on the magneto-optical response of Ni. To this end, first, we develop a response theory formulation of the additional appearing ultrarelativistic terms in the Foldy-Wouthuysen transformed Dirac Hamiltonian due to the electromagnetic field, and second, we compute the influence of relativistic light-induced spin-flip transitions on the magneto-optics. Our ab initio calculations of relativistic spin-flip optical excitations predict that these can give only a very small contribution (≤0.1 %) to the laser-induced magnetization change in Ni.
DFT and ab initio quantum chemical studies on p-cyanobenzoic acid
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Arjunan, V.; Rani, T.; Varalakshmy, L.; Mohan, S.; Tedlamelekot, F.
2011-05-01
The Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and FT-Raman spectra of p-cyanobenzoic acid (CBA) have been recorded in the range 4000-400 and 4000-100 cm -1, respectively. The complete vibrational assignment and analysis of the fundamental modes of the compound were carried out using the observed FTIR and FT-Raman data. The vibrational frequencies determined experimentally were compared with theoretical wavenumbers obtained from ab initio HF and DFT-B3LYP gradient calculations employing 6-31G**, 6-311++G** and cc-pVTZ basis sets for the optimised geometry of the compound. The geometry and normal modes of vibration obtained from the HF and DFT methods are in good agreement with the experimental data. The normal coordinate analysis was also carried out with ab initio force fields utilising Wilson's FG matrix method. The interactions of cyano and carboxylic acid groups with the skeletal vibrational modes were investigated.
Point defect modeling in materials: Coupling ab initio and elasticity approaches
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Varvenne, Céline; Bruneval, Fabien; Marinica, Mihai-Cosmin; Clouet, Emmanuel
2013-10-01
Modeling point defects at an atomic scale requires careful treatment of the long-range atomic relaxations. This elastic field can strongly affect point defect properties calculated in atomistic simulations because of the finite size of the system under study. This is an important restriction for ab initio methods which are limited to a few hundred atoms. We propose an original approach coupling ab initio calculations and linear elasticity theory to obtain the properties of an isolated point defect for reduced supercell sizes. The reliability and benefit of our approach are demonstrated for three problematic cases: the self-interstitial in zirconium, clusters of self-interstitials in iron, and the neutral vacancy in silicon.
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 27Al nuclear spin-rotation and nuclear quadrupolar coupling constants in aluminum hydride, AlH, has been performed. The 27Al nuclear spin-rotation constant (C⊥), 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.
Study of atomic structure of liquid Hg-In alloys using ab-initio molecular dynamics
Sharma, Nalini; Ahluwalia, P. K.; Thakur, Anil
2015-05-15
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. Five liquid Hg-In mixtures (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}In{sub 10}) at 299K are considered. The radial distribution function g(r) and structure factor S(q) of considered alloys are compared with respective experimental results for liquid Hg (l-Hg) and (l-In). The radial distribution function g(r) shows the presence of short range order in the systems considered. Smooth curves of Bhatia-Thornton partial structure factors factor shows the presence of liquid state in the considered alloys.
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.
Knockout reactions from p-shell nuclei : tests of ab initio structure models.
Grinyer, G. F.; Bazin, D.; Gade, A.; Tostevin, J. A.; Adrich, P.; Bowen, M. D.; Brown, B. A.; Campbell, C. M.; Cook, J. M.; Glasmacher, T.; McDaniel, S.; Navratil, P.; Obertelli, A.; Quaglioni, S.; Siwek, K.; Terry, J. R.; Weisshaar, D.; Wiringa, R. B.
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% for {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.
Knockout Reactions from p-Shell Nuclei: Tests of Ab Initio Structure Models
Grinyer, G. F.; Bazin, D.; Adrich, P.; Obertelli, A.; Weisshaar, D.; Gade, A.; Bowen, M. D.; Brown, B. A.; Campbell, C. M.; Cook, J. M.; Glasmacher, T.; McDaniel, S.; Siwek, K.; Terry, J. R.; Tostevin, J. A.; Navratil, P.; Quaglioni, S.; Wiringa, R. B.
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% for {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.
Properties of metals during the heating by intense laser irradiation using ab initio simulations
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Holst, Bastian; Recoules, Vanina; Torrent, Marc; Mazevet, Stephane
2011-10-01
Ultrashort laser pulses irradiating a target heat the electrons to very high temperatures. In contrast, the ionic lattice is unaffected on the time scale of the laser pulse since the heat capacity of electrons is much smaller than that of the lattice. This non-equilibrium system can be described as a composition of two subsystems: one consisting of hot electrons and the other of an ionic lattice at low temperature. We studied the effect of this intense electronic excitations on the optical properties of gold using ab initio simulations. We additionally use ab initio linear response to compute the phonon spectrum and the electron-phonon coupling constant within Density Functional Theory for several electronic temperatures of few eV. LULI, Ecole Polytechnique, CNRS, CEA, UPMC, 91128 Palaiseau, France.
Ab Initio No-Core Shell Model Calculations Using Realistic Two- and Three-Body Interactions
Navratil, P; Ormand, W E; Forssen, C; Caurier, E
2004-11-30
There has been significant progress in the ab initio approaches to the structure of light nuclei. One such method is the ab initio no-core shell model (NCSM). Starting from realistic two- and three-nucleon interactions this method can predict low-lying levels in p-shell nuclei. In this contribution, we present a brief overview of the NCSM with examples of recent applications. We highlight our study of the parity inversion in {sup 11}Be, for which calculations were performed in basis spaces up to 9{Dirac_h}{Omega} (dimensions reaching 7 x 10{sup 8}). We also present our latest results for the p-shell nuclei using the Tucson-Melbourne TM three-nucleon interaction with several proposed parameter sets.
Ab initio studies of equations of state and chemical reactions of reactive structural materials
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Zaharieva, Roussislava
subject of studies of the shock or thermally induced chemical reactions of the two solids comprising these reactive materials, from first principles, is a relatively new field of study. The published literature on ab initio techniques or quantum mechanics based approaches consists of the ab initio or ab initio-molecular dynamics studies in related fields that contain a solid and a gas. One such study in the literature involves a gas and a solid. This is an investigation of the adsorption of gasses such as carbon monoxide (CO) on Tungsten. The motivation for these studies is to synthesize alternate or synthetic fuel technology by Fischer-Tropsch process. In this thesis these studies are first to establish the procedure for solid-solid reaction and then to extend that to consider the effects of mechanical strain and temperature on the binding energy and chemisorptions of CO on tungsten. Then in this thesis, similar studies are also conducted on the effect of mechanical strain and temperature on the binding energies of Titanium and hydrogen. The motivations are again to understand the method and extend the method to such solid-solid reactions. A second motivation is to seek strained conditions that favor hydrogen storage and strain conditions that release hydrogen easily when needed. Following the establishment of ab initio and ab initio studies of chemical reactions between a solid and a gas, the next step of research is to study thermally induced chemical reaction between two solids (Ni+Al). Thus, specific new studies of the thesis are as follows: (1) Ab initio Studies of Binding energies associated with chemisorption of (a) CO on W surfaces (111, and 100) at elevated temperatures and strains and (b) adsorption of hydrogen in titanium base. (2) Equations of state of mixtures of reactive material structures from ab initio methods. (3) Ab initio studies of the reaction initiation, transition states and reaction products of intermetallic mixtures of (Ni+Al) at elevated
Large-scale ab initio configuration interaction calculations for light nuclei
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Maris, Pieter; Metin Aktulga, H.; Caprio, Mark A.; Çatalyürek, Ümit V.; Ng, Esmond G.; Oryspayev, Dossay; Potter, Hugh; Saule, Erik; Sosonkina, Masha; Vary, James P.; Yang, Chao; Zhou, Zheng
2012-12-01
In ab-initio Configuration Interaction calculations, the nuclear wavefunction is expanded in Slater determinants of single-nucleon wavefunctions and the many-body Schrodinger equation becomes a large sparse matrix problem. The challenge is to reach numerical convergence to within quantified numerical uncertainties for physical observables using finite truncations of the infinite-dimensional basis space. We discuss strategies for constructing and solving the resulting large sparse matrix eigenvalue problems on current multicore computer architectures. Several of these strategies have been implemented in the code MFDn, a hybrid MPI/OpenMP Fortran code for ab-initio nuclear structure calculations that can scale to 100,000 cores and more. Finally, we will conclude with some recent results for 12C including emerging collective phenomena such as rotational band structures using SRG evolved chiral N3LO interactions.
Song, Lingchun; Han, Jaebeom; Lin, Yen-lin; Xie, Wangshen; Gao, Jiali
2010-01-01
The explicit polarization (X-Pol) method has been examined using ab initio molecular orbital theory and density functional theory. The X-Pol potential was designed to provide a novel theoretical framework for developing next-generation force fields for biomolecular simulations. Importantly, the X-Pol potential is a general method, which can be employed with any level of electronic structure theory. The present study illustrates the implementation of the X-Pol method using ab initio Hartree—Fock theory and hybrid density functional theory. The computational results are illustrated by considering a set of bimolecular complexes of small organic molecules and ions with water. The computed interaction energies and hydrogen bond geometries are in good accord with CCSD(T) calculations and B3LYP/aug-cc-pVDZ optimizations. PMID:19618944
Ab initio calculation of valley splitting in monolayer δ-doped phosphorus in silicon.
Drumm, Daniel W; Budi, Akin; Per, Manolo C; Russo, Salvy P; L Hollenberg, Lloyd C
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
Ab initio calculations on twisted graphene/hBN: Electronic structure and STM image simulation
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Correa, J. D.; Cisternas, E.
2016-09-01
By performing ab initio calculations we obtained theoretical scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images and studied the electronic properties of graphene on a hexagonal boron-nitrite (hBN) layer. Three different stack configurations and four twisted angles were considered. All calculations were performed using density functional theory, including van der Waals interactions as implemented in the SIESTA ab initio package. Our results show that the electronic structure of graphene is preserved, although some small changes are induced by the interaction with the hBN layer, particularly in the total density of states at 1.5 eV under the Fermi level. When layers present a twisted angle, the density of states shows several van Hove singularities under the Fermi level, which are associated to moiré patterns observed in theoretical STM images.
Liquid Be, Ca and Ba. An orbital-free ab-initio molecular dynamics study
Rio, B. G. del; González, L. E.
2015-08-17
Several static and dynamic properties of liquid beryllium (l-Be), liquid calcium (l-Ca) and liquid barium (l-Ba) near their triple point have been evaluated by the orbital-free ab initio molecular dynamics method (OF-AIMD), where the interaction between valence electrons and ions is described by means of local pseudopotentials. These local pseudopotentials used were constructed through a force-matching process with those obtained from a Kohn-Sham ab initio molecular dynamics study (KS-AIMD) of a reduced system with non-local pseudopotentials. The calculated static structures show good agreement with the available experimental data, including an asymmetric second peak in the structure factor which has been linked to the existence of a marked icosahedral short-range order in the liquid. As for the dynamic properties, we obtain collective density excitations whose associated dispersion relations exhibit a positive dispersion.
Electronic properties of liquid Hg-In alloys : Ab-initio molecular dynamics study
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Sharma, Nalini; Thakur, Anil; Ahluwalia, P. K.
2016-05-01
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 (Hg10In90, Hg30In70,. Hg50In50, Hg70In30, and Hg90Pb10) 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 local arrangement of Hg and In atoms and the presence of liquid state in the considered five alloys.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Knoop, S.; Żuchowski, P. S.; KÈ©dziera, D.; Mentel, Ł.; Puchalski, M.; Mishra, H. P.; Flores, A. S.; Vassen, W.
2014-08-01
We have investigated the ultracold interspecies scattering properties of metastable triplet He and Rb. We performed state-of-the-art ab initio calculations of the relevant interaction potential, and measured the interspecies elastic cross section for an ultracold mixture of metastable triplet He4 and Rb87 in a quadrupole magnetic trap at a temperature of 0.5 mK. Our combined theoretical and experimental study gives an interspecies scattering length a4+87=+17-4+1a0, which prior to this work was unknown. More general, our work shows the possibility of obtaining accurate scattering lengths using ab initio calculations for a system containing a heavy, many-electron atom, such as Rb.
Ab initio calculation of valley splitting in monolayer δ-doped phosphorus in silicon
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
Implementation of a vector potential method in an ab initio Hartree-Fock code
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
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.
Matsushita, Y. Murakawa, T. Shimamura, K. Oishi, M. Ohyama, T. Kurita, N.
2015-02-27
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.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Shibuta, Yasushi; Shimamura, Kohei; Oguri, Tomoya; Arifin, Rizal; Shimojo, Fuyuki; Yamaguchi, Shu
2015-03-01
The growth mechanism of carbon nanotubes (CNT) has been widely discussed both from experimental and computational studies. Regarding the computational studies, most of the studies focuses on the aggregation of isolate carbon atoms on the catalytic metal nanoparticle, whereas the initial dissociation of carbon source molecules should affect the yield and quality of the products. On the other hand, we have studied the dissociation process of carbon source molecules on the metal surface by the ab initio molecular dynamics simulation. In the study, we investigate the ethanol dissociation on Pt and Ni clusters by ab initio MD simulations to discuss the initial stage of CNT growth by alcohol CVD technique. Part of this research is supported by the Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (a) (No. 24686026) from MEXT, Japan.
Hydrogen adsorption in ZIF-7: A DFT and ab-initio molecular dynamics study
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Dixit, Mudit; Major, Dan Thomas; Pal, Sourav
2016-05-01
Primary H2 adsorption sites in a zeolitic imidazolate framework, ZIF-7, are identified using ab-initio density functional theory (DFT) based molecular dynamics annealing simulations. The simulations suggest several low energy adsorption sites. The effect of light transition metal decoration on hydrogen storage properties was studied. Our ab-intio DFT calculations illustrate that decorating the ZIF with Sc increases both the number of H2 molecules, as well as the H2 binding energy. The binding energy (∼25 kJ/mol per H2) at 8H2 loading in the pore, suggests that Sc-ZIFs can be potential candidates for hydrogen storage.
Transport coefficients of helium-argon mixture based on ab initio potential
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Sharipov, Felix; Benites, Victor J.
2015-10-01
The viscosity, thermal conductivity, diffusion coefficient, and thermal diffusion factor of helium-argon mixtures are calculated for a wide range of temperature and for various mole fractions up to the 12th order of the Sonine polynomial expansion with an ab initio intermolecular potential. The calculated values for these transport coefficients are compared with other data available in the open literature. The comparison shows that the obtained transport coefficients of helium-argon mixture have the best accuracy for the moment.
On limits of ab initio calculations of pairing gap in nuclei
Saperstein, E. E.; Baldo, M.; Lombardo, U.; Pankratov, S. S.; Zverev, M. V.
2011-11-15
A brief review of recent microscopic calculations of nuclear pairing gap is given. A semi-microscopic model is suggested in which the ab initio effective pairing interaction is supplemented with a small phenomenological addendum. It involves a parameter which is universal for all medium and heavy nuclei. Calculations for several isotopic and isotonic chains of semi-magic nuclei confirm the relevance of the model.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Yurchenko, Sergei N.; Carvajal, Miguel; Thiel, Walter; Jensen, Per
2006-09-01
We report a six-dimensional CCSD(T)/aug-cc-pVTZ dipole moment surface for the electronic ground state of PH 3 computed ab initio on a large grid of 10 080 molecular geometries. Parameterized, analytical functions are fitted through the ab initio data, and the resulting dipole moment functions are used, together with a potential energy function determined by refining an existing ab initio surface in fittings to experimental wavenumber data, for simulating absorption spectra of the first three polyads of PH 3, i.e., ( ν2, ν4), ( ν1, ν3, 2 ν2, 2 ν4, ν2 + ν4), and ( ν1 + ν2, ν3 + ν2, ν1 + ν4, ν3 + ν4, 2 ν2 + ν4, ν2 + 2 ν4, 3 ν2, 3 ν4). The resulting theoretical transition moments show excellent agreement with experiment. A line-by-line comparison of the simulated intensities of the ν2/ ν4 band system with 955 experimental intensity values reported by Brown et al. [L.R. Brown, R.L. Sams, I. Kleiner, C. Cottaz, L. Sagui, J. Mol. Spectrosc. 215 (2002) 178-203] gives an average absolute percentage deviation of 8.7% (and a root-mean-square deviation of 0.94 cm -1 for the transition wavenumbers). This is very remarkable since the calculations rely entirely on ab initio dipole moment surfaces and do not involve any adjustment of these surfaces to reproduce the experimental intensities. Finally, we predict the line strengths for transitions between so-called cluster levels (near-degenerate levels formed at high rotational excitation) for J up to 60.
Ab initio study of the ν(CO 2) mode in EDA complexes
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Jamróz, M. H.; Dobrowolski, J. Cz.; Bajdor, K.; Borowiak, M. A.
1995-04-01
Stabilization energy, geometry and ν2 mode of CO 2 molecule in EDA complexes with organic electron donors are ab initio modeled using SPARTAN program. We prove that the splitting of ν2 mode, observed previously in IR spectra, is an effect of removing the double degeneracy of this mode in the complex resulted from the deformation of CO 2 moiety. The dependence of the deformation on complex stabilization energy is discussed.
Ab initio calculation of positron distribution, ACAR and lifetime in TTF-TCNQ
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ishibashi, Shoji; Kohyama, Masanori
2000-06-01
We have performed ab initio calculations of positron distribution, ACAR and lifetime in the quasi-one-dimensional organic conductor TTF-TCNQ. The electronic structure is obtained within the LDA, while the positron state is calculated either with the LDA or with the GGA. Except the positron lifetime, differences between the LDA and GGA results are rather small. The obtained results are compared with our previous experiments and calculations.
Methylchloride adsorbed on Si(0 0 1): an ab initio study
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Preuss, M.; Schmidt, W. G.; Seino, K.; Bechstedt, F.
2004-07-01
We present ab initio calculations of the adsorption of methylchloride (CH 3Cl) on Si(0 0 1). Among multiple plausible adsorption geometries, we find five thermodynamically favorable configurations. These lead to strong geometrical changes in the Si surface structure as well as to significant charge transfer processes. The stability of the adsorption structures is discussed in terms of electrostatics. The results are compared to recent experimental and theoretical findings.
Ab initio molecular dynamics study of liquid sodium and cesium up to critical point
Yuryev, Anatoly A.; Gelchinski, Boris R.
2015-08-17
Ab initio modeling of liquid metals Na and K is carried out using the program SIESTA. We have determined the parameters of the model (the optimal step, the number of particles, the initial state etc) and calculated a wide range of properties: the total energy, pair correlation function, coefficient of self-diffusion, heat capacity, statistics of Voronoi polyhedra, the density of electronic states up to the critical temperature.
Manson, S.T.; Miller, J.H.
1987-01-01
Ab initio calculations of single and double differential cross sections for ionization by fast, charged particles within the framework of the Born approximation are presented. In addition, a semi-empirical method based on the asymptotic Bethe-Born expansion is also discussed. Both are applied to ionization of helium by electrons and protons in an effort to assess their accuracy and validity. Agreement with experiment is quite good. The implications for other targets is discussed.
Ab initio calculations in a uniform magnetic field using periodic supercells
Cai, W; Galli, G
2003-10-21
We present a formulation of ab initio electronic structure calculations in a finite magnetic field, which retains the simplicity and efficiency of techniques widely used in first principles molecular dynamics simulations, based on plane-wave basis sets and Fourier transforms. In addition we discuss results obtained with this method for the energy spectrum of interacting electrons in quantum wells, and for the electronic properties of dense fluid deuterium in a uniform magnetic field.
Surface magnetism of the carbon foam: An ab-initio theoretical study
Yu, Guodong; Jiang, Liwei; Zheng, Yisong
2014-08-11
By means of ab-initio calculations, we study the surface magnetism of carbon foam, a carbon allotrope constructed by both the sp{sup 2} and sp{sup 3} hybridized carbon atoms. It is found that the sp{sup 3}-terminated surface and sp{sup 2}-terminated surface with hydrogen saturation (sp{sup 2}H) have the antiferromagnetic and ferromagnetic ground states, respectively. And the corresponding phase transition temperatures of these two surfaces are estimated to exceed 100 K. In addition, the magnetic moment of the sp{sup 2}H surface can be effectively modulated by strain. More interestingly, at the level of generalized gradient approximation, as the lattice are stretched, a bulk bandgap will open. And in such a bandgap, the sp{sup 2}H surface states can form spin polarized Dirac cones at K(K′) point. Thus, in the vicinity of the Fermi level, only the electron with a specific spin behaves like a Dirac Fermion.
Feng, Wen-Ling; Tian, Shan Xi
2015-03-12
Dissociative electron attachment (DEA) processes of six low-lying conformers (1-6) of dialanine in the gas phase are investigated by using ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. The incoming electron is captured and primarily occupies the virtual molecular orbital π*, which is followed by the different dissociation processes. The electron attachments to conformers 1 and 2 having the stronger N-H···N and O-H···O intramolecular hydrogen bonds do not lead to fragmentations, but two different backbone bonds are broken in the DEAs to conformers 3 (or 4) and 6, respectively. It is interesting that the hydrogen abstraction of -NH from the terminal methyl group -CH3 is found in the roaming dissociation of the temporary anion of conformer 3. The present simulations enable us to have more insights into the peptide backbone bond breaks in the DEA process and demonstrate a promising way toward understanding of the radiation damages of complicated biological system. PMID:25679256
Ab-initio molecular modeling of interfaces in tantalum-carbon system
Balani, Kantesh; Mungole, Tarang; Bakshi, Srinivasa Rao; Agarwal, Arvind
2012-03-15
Processing of ultrahigh temperature TaC ceramic material with sintering additives of B{sub 4}C and reinforcement of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) gives rise to possible formation of several interfaces (Ta{sub 2}C-TaC, TaC-CNT, Ta{sub 2}C-CNT, TaB{sub 2}-TaC, and TaB{sub 2}-CNT) that could influence the resultant properties. Current work focuses on interfaces developed during spark plasma sintering of TaC-system and performing ab initio molecular modeling of the interfaces generated during processing of TaC-B{sub 4}C and TaC-CNT composites. The energy of the various interfaces has been evaluated and compared with TaC-Ta{sub 2}C interface. The iso-surface electronic contours are extracted from the calculations eliciting the enhanced stability of TaC-CNT interface by 72.2%. CNTs form stable interfaces with Ta{sub 2}C and TaB{sub 2} phases with a reduction in the energy by 35.8% and 40.4%, respectively. The computed Ta-C-B interfaces are also compared with experimentally observed interfaces in high resolution TEM images.
An ab initio investigation of some hydrogen-bonded complexes of methanethiol
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Bricknell, Bradley C.; Ford, Thomas A.
2010-07-01
The hydrogen-bonded complexes formed between methanethiol, as proton donor, and trimethyl amine, dimethyl ether, methyl fluoride, trimethyl phosphine, dimethyl sulphide and methyl chloride, as proton acceptors, have been studied by means of ab initio calculations at the second order level of Møller-Plesset perturbation theory and using the 6-311++G(d,p) basis set. The hydrogen bond energies were found to correlate with the gas phase basicities of the proton acceptors. The increases of the SH bond lengths, the shifts of the wavenumbers of the SH stretching modes and the increases of their infrared intensities were also found to be dependent on the interaction energies. The results for the CH 3SH·S(CH 3) 2 complex are anomalous, and this is attributed to deficiencies with the basis set used for sulphur. The data for the CH 3SH complex closely mirror the behaviour of the corresponding complexes of CH 3OH and (CH 3) 2NH, with the perturbations of the various properties varying consistently in the order CH 3OH > (CH 3) 2NH > CH 3SH.
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. PMID:26812549
Parametrization and Validation of Coarse Grained Force-Fields Derived from ab Initio Calculations.
Prampolini, Giacomo
2006-05-01
A novel multisite interaction potential, suitable for computer simulations of complex materials as liquid crystals or polymers, is proposed and parametrized. Its validation is achieved through Monte Carlo numerical experiments at constant temperature and pressure, performed on the p-n-phenyls series and a typical mesogenic molecule (5CB). The model is constructed by connecting an array of anisotropic Gay-Berne sites and a collection of isotropic Lennard-Jones sites. The former mimics the rigid planar six-membered rings of the molecule, while the latter represents the flexible chain, if present. Such intermolecular potential, coupled with an intramolecular part to account for molecular flexibility, is parametrized from ab initio information only, obtained through the recently proposed Fragmentation-Reconstruction Method (FRM). Computer simulations are performed on all systems by exploring phase behavior at several temperatures and by comparing the resulting thermodynamic and structural properties with the relevant experimental data. Despite the simplicity of the present models, the good agreement with the experimental measures suggests the possibility of adopting such hybrid potentials for those systems with a large number of atoms, where high computational cost does not allow the use of more accurate atomistic potentials. PMID:26626663
Rosenow, Phil; Tonner, Ralf
2016-05-28
The extent of hydrogen coverage of the Si(001) c(4 × 2) surface in the presence of hydrogen gas has been studied with dispersion corrected density functional theory. Electronic energy contributions are well described using a hybrid functional. The temperature dependence of the coverage in thermodynamic equilibrium was studied computing the phonon spectrum in a supercell approach. As an approximation to these demanding computations, an interpolated phonon approach was found to give comparable accuracy. The simpler ab initio thermodynamic approach is not accurate enough for the system studied, even if corrections by the Einstein model for surface vibrations are considered. The on-set of H2 desorption from the fully hydrogenated surface is predicted to occur at temperatures around 750 K. Strong changes in hydrogen coverage are found between 1000 and 1200 K in good agreement with previous reflectance anisotropy spectroscopy experiments. These findings allow a rational choice for the surface state in the computational treatment of chemical reactions under typical metal organic vapor phase epitaxy conditions on Si(001). PMID:27250324
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Rosenow, Phil; Tonner, Ralf
2016-05-01
The extent of hydrogen coverage of the Si(001) c(4 × 2) surface in the presence of hydrogen gas has been studied with dispersion corrected density functional theory. Electronic energy contributions are well described using a hybrid functional. The temperature dependence of the coverage in thermodynamic equilibrium was studied computing the phonon spectrum in a supercell approach. As an approximation to these demanding computations, an interpolated phonon approach was found to give comparable accuracy. The simpler ab initio thermodynamic approach is not accurate enough for the system studied, even if corrections by the Einstein model for surface vibrations are considered. The on-set of H2 desorption from the fully hydrogenated surface is predicted to occur at temperatures around 750 K. Strong changes in hydrogen coverage are found between 1000 and 1200 K in good agreement with previous reflectance anisotropy spectroscopy experiments. These findings allow a rational choice for the surface state in the computational treatment of chemical reactions under typical metal organic vapor phase epitaxy conditions on Si(001).
Ab initio Structure Determination of Mg10Ir19B16
Xu, Qiang; Klimczuk, T.; Gortenmulder, T.; Jansen, J.; McGuire, Michael A; Cava, R. J.; Zandbergen, H
2009-01-01
The ab initio structure determination of a novel unconventional noncentro-symmetric superconductor Mg{sub 10}Ir{sub 19}B{sub 16} (T{sub c} = 5 K) has been performed using a method that involves a combination of experimental data and calculations. Electron diffraction, X-ray powder diffraction, phase estimation routines, quantum mechanical calculations, high-resolution electron microscopy, and structural chemistry arguments are used. With the strengths of different methods used to eliminate the ambiguities encountered in others, the complete structure, including a very light B atom, has been determined with a high accuracy from impure polycrystalline powder samples, which suggests that the type of analysis described may be used to successfully address other similar intractable problems. The solved structure of Mg{sub 10}Ir{sub 19}B{sub 16} shows a complex nature that irregular coordination environments preclude a conversional description of compact packing of coordination polyhedra; however, it can be easier understood as ordered in an onion-skin-like series of nested polyhedra.
Ab initio calculations of the reaction pathways for methane decomposition over the Cu (111) surface.
Gajewski, Grzegorz; Pao, Chun-Wei
2011-08-14
Growth of large-area, few-layer graphene has been reported recently through the catalytic decomposition of methane (CH(4)) over a Cu surface at high temperature. In this study, we used ab initio calculations to investigate the minimum energy pathways of successive dehydrogenation reactions of CH(4) over the Cu (111) surface. The geometries and energies of all the reaction intermediates and transition states were identified using the climbing image nudged elastic band method. The activation barriers for CH(4) decomposition over this Cu surface are much lower than those in the gas phase; furthermore, analysis of electron density differences revealed significant degrees of charge transfer between the adsorbates and the Cu atoms along the reaction path; these features reveal the role of Cu as the catalytic material for graphene growth. All the dehydrogenation reactions are endothermic, except for carbon dimer (C(2)) formation, which is, therefore, the most critical step for subsequent graphene growth, in particular, on Cu (111) surface. PMID:21842949
Ab initio Mapping of Interlayer Coupling in Transition Metal Dichalcogenides and Graphene
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Fang, Shiang; Kaxiras, Efthimios
Two-dimensional layered materials cover a wide variety of physics phenomena, such as topological phases, superconductivity, magnetism and charge density waves. Owing to the layered geometry and the van der Waals interactions in between, stacks of these van der Waals layered materials provide a venue to create a heterostructure with various physics properties. The interaction between different physics properties is particular interesting to engineer the material with the desired properties. One of the crucial ingredient in understanding the heterostructure is the interlayer coupling in between. In the literature, such kind of coupling has been proposed in various empirical forms. However, a true ab initio coupling model is still lacking. For the first time, here we have derived such interlayer coupling model from the first principle calculations based on the Wannier transformation of graphene stacks. We further investigate the Fermi velocity renormalization, van Hove singularities and the moire pattern for electron localization. Such microscopic understanding of the interlayer coupling would shed light on orbital hybridization and transport in multilayer stacks. This work was supported by the STC Center for Integrated Quantum Materials, NSF Grant No. DMR-1231319, and by ARO MURI Award No. W911NF-14-0247.
Noell, J.O.; Hay, P.J.
1982-08-25
Ab initio molecular orbital methods utilizing relativistic core potentials and correlated wave functions are employed to examine the oxidative addition reactions H/sub 2/ + Pt(PH/sub 3/)/sub 2/..-->..cis-Pt(PH/sub 3/)/sub 2/H/sub 2/ and H/sub 2/ + Pt(P(CH/sub 3/)/sub 3/)/sub 2/..-->..cis-Pt(P(CH/sub 3/)/sub 3/)/sub 2/H/sub 2/. For this symmetry-allowed process, an activation barrier of 17 kcal/mol and an exothermicity of 7 kcal/mol are calculated at the SCF level for the PH/sub 3/ liquid; similar values are obtained for the P(CH/sub 3/)/sub 3/ ligand. This implies a barrier of 24 kcal/mol for the reverse reductive elimination reaction. These values were not significantly altered in MC-SCF or CI calculations. This barrier is consistent with available data in the analogous process in six-coordinate complexes but is puzzling in light of the paucity of known four-coordinate cis dihydrides. The reaction is analyzed in terms of three phases: initial repulsion, partial transfer of charge from the platinum to the hydrogen, and final metal-hydrogen bond formation. The relative energies of the cis and trans isomers are also discussed.
Ottonello, G; Zuccolini, M Vetuschi; Belmonte, D
2010-09-14
We present the results of a computational investigation with ab initio procedures of the structure-energy and vibrational properties of silica clusters in a dielectric continuum with dielectric constant ε=3.8, through density functional theory/B3LYP gas phase calculations coupled with a polarized continuum model approach [integral equation formalism applied to a polarized continuum (IEFPCM)] and those of the periodical structure D(6h) which leads to the α-cristobalite polymorph of silica when subjected to symmetry operations with the same functional within the linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO) approximation and in the framework of Bloch's theorem. Based on the computed energies and vibrational features, an aggregate of the D(6h) network and the monomer locally ordered in the short-medium range and both present in the glass in a mutual arrangement lacking of spatial continuity reproduces satisfactorily the experimentally observed low T heat capacity and the deviation from the Debye T(3) law. Above T(g), the experimental heat capacity of the liquid is perfectly reproduced summing to the internal modes the translational and rotational contributions to the bulk heat capacity and subtracting the (acoustic) terms arising from coherent motion (no longer existent). PMID:20849179
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Rossi, Mariana; Blum, Volker; Scheffler, Matthias
2012-02-01
Helices are one of the most abundant secondary structure ``building blocks" of polypeptides and proteins. Here, we explore helix stabilization as a function of peptide length and temperature [harmonic approximation to the vibrational free energy (FE)], for the alanine-based peptide, Ac-Alan-LysH^+ n=4-15, in the gas phase. For n=4-8, we predict the lowest energy structures in density-functional theory, using the van der Waals (vdW) corrected[1] PBE exchange-correlation potential. α-helices become the lowest energy structures at n 7-8 on the potential energy surface, but only barely and if including vdW interactions. At finite temperatures, the helices are further stabilized over compact conformers. While the vibrational entropy is the leading stabilizing term at 300 K, also the zero-point-energies favor the helical structures. For n>=8, the α-helix should be the only accessible conformer in the FE surface at 300 K, in agreement with experiment[2] and with our own comparison[3] of calculated ab initio anharmonic IR spectra to experimental IR multiple photon dissociation data for n=5, 10, and 15. [1] Tkatchenko and Scheffler, PRL 102, 073055 (2009); [2] Kohtani and Jarrold, JACS 108, 8454 (2004); [3] Rossi et al., JPCL 1, 3465 (2010).
Ab initio based thermal property predictions at a low cost: An error analysis
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Lejaeghere, Kurt; Jaeken, Jan; Van Speybroeck, Veronique; Cottenier, Stefaan
2014-01-01
Ab initio calculations often do not straightforwardly yield the thermal properties of a material yet. It requires considerable computational efforts, for example, to predict the volumetric thermal expansion coefficient αV or the melting temperature Tm from first principles. An alternative is to use semiempirical approaches. They relate the experimental values to first-principles predictors via fits or approximative models. Before applying such methods, however, it is of paramount importance to be aware of the expected errors. We therefore quantify these errors at the density-functional theory level using the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof functional for several semiempirical approximations of αV and Tm, and compare them to the errors from fully ab initio methods, which are computationally more intensive. We base our conclusions on a benchmark set of 71 ground-state elemental crystals. For the thermal expansion coefficient, it appears that simple quasiharmonic theory, in combination with different approximations to the Grüneisen parameter, provides a similar overall accuracy as exhaustive first-principles phonon calculations. For the melting temperature, expensive ab initio molecular-dynamics simulations still outperform semiempirical methods.
Dominant Modes in Light Nuclei - Ab Initio View of Emergent Symmetries
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Draayer, J. P.; Dytrych, T.; Launey, K. D.; Dreyfuss, A. C.; Langr, D.
2015-01-01
An innovative symmetry-guided concept is discussed with a focus on emergent symmetry patterns in complex nuclei. In particular, the ab initio symmetry-adapted no-core shell model (SA-NCSM), which capitalizes on exact as well as partial symmetries that underpin the structure of nuclei, provides remarkable insight into how simple symmetry patterns emerge in the many-body nuclear dynamics from first principles. This ab initio view is complemented by a fully microscopic no-core symplectic shell-model framework (NCSpM), which, in turn, informs key features of the primary physics responsible for the emergent phenomena of large deformation and alpha-cluster substructures in studies of the challenging Hoyle state in Carbon-12 and enhanced collectivity in intermediate-mass nuclei. Furthermore, by recognizing that deformed configurations often dominate the low-energy regime, the SA-NCSM provides a strategy for determining the nature of bound states of nuclei in terms of a relatively small subspace of the symmetry-reorganized complete model space, which opens new domains of nuclei for ab initio investigations, namely, the intermediate-mass region, including isotopes of Ne, Mg, and Si.
In pursuit of the ab initio limit for conformational energy prototypes
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Császár, Attila G.; Allen, Wesley D.; Schaefer, Henry F.
1998-06-01
The convergence of ab initio predictions to the one- and n-particle limits has been systematically explored for several conformational energy prototypes: the inversion barriers of ammonia, water, and isocyanic acid, the torsional barrier of ethane, the E/Z rotamer separation of formic acid, and the barrier to linearity of silicon dicarbide. Explicit ab initio results were obtained with atomic-orbital basis sets as large as [7s6p5d4f3g2h1i/6s5p4d3f2g1h] and electron correlation treatments as extensive as fifth-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory (MP5), the full coupled-cluster method through triple excitations (CCSDT), and Brueckner doubles theory including perturbational corrections for both triple and quadruple excitations [BD(TQ)]. Subsequently, basis set and electron correlation extrapolation schemes were invoked to gauge any further variations in arriving at the ab initio limit. Physical effects which are tacitly neglected in most theoretical work have also been quantified by computations of non-Born-Oppenheimer (BODC), relativistic, and core correlation shifts of relative energies. Instructive conclusions are drawn for the pursuit of spectroscopic accuracy in theoretical conformational analyses, and precise predictions for the key energetic quantities of the molecular prototypes are advanced.
Plotnikov, Nikolay; Kamerlin, Shina Caroline Lynn; Warshel, Arieh
2011-01-01
Recent years have seen tremendous effort in the development of approaches with which to obtain quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) free energies for reactions in the condensed phase. Nevertheless, there remain significant challenges to address, particularly the high computational cost involved in performing proper configurational sampling and in particular in obtaining ab initio QM/MM (QM(ai)/MM) free energy surfaces. One increasingly popular approach that seems to offer an ideal way to progress in this direction is the elegant metadynamics (MTD) approach. However, in the current work we point out the subtle efficiency problems associated with this approach, and illustrate that we have at hand what is arguably a more powerful approach. More specifically, we demonstrate the effectiveness of an updated version of our original idea of using a classical reference potential for QM(ai)/MM calculations [J. Phys. Chem. B. 102 (1998), 2293)], which we refer to as “paradynamics” (PD). This approach is based on the use of an empirical valence bond (EVB) reference potential, which is already similar to the real ab initio potential. The reference potential is fitted to the ab initio potential by an iterative and, to a great degree, automated refinement procedure. The corresponding free energy profile is then constructed using the refined EVB potential, and the linear response approximation (LRA) is used to evaluate the QM(ai)/MM activation free energy barrier. The automated refinement of the EVB surface (and thus the reduction of the difference between the reference and ab initio potentials) is a key factor in accelerating the convergence of the LRA approach. We apply our PD approach to a test reaction, namely the SN2 reaction between chloride ion and methyl chloride, and demonstrate that, at present, this approach is far more powerful and cost effective than the metadynamics approach (at least in its current implementation). We also discuss the general features
Structure and mechanical properties of cement and intermetallic compounds via ab-initio simulations
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Dharmawardhana, Chamila Chathuranga
Calcium silicate hydrates comprise a class of minerals formed synthetically during Portland cement hydration or naturally through various geological processes. The importance of these minerals is immense since they are the primary binding phases for Portland cement derived construction materials. Efforts spanning centuries have been devoted to understand the structural aspects of cohesion in these minerals. In recent years, the focus has progressively turned to atomic level comprehension. Structurally these minerals can range from crystalline to highly disordered amorphous phases. This thesis focuses upon unraveling the nature of chemical bonding in a large subset of calcium silicate hydrate (CSH) crystals. Thus their electronic structure was calculated and bonding mechanisms were investigated quantitatively. Results highlight a wide range of contributions from each type of bonding (Si-O, Ca-O, O-H and hydrogen bond) with respect to silicate polymerization, crystal symmetry, water and OH content. Consequently, total bond order density (TBOD) was designated as the overall single criterion for characterizing crystal cohesion. The TBOD categorization indicates that a rarely known orthorhombic phase Suolunite is closest to the ideal composition and structure of cement. Present work finds the relationship of partial bond order density (PBOD) of each bond species, especially HBs to the mechanical properties of CSH crystals. This can be used as a basis to validate existing C-S-H models and to build improved ones. This work goes further and validates the recently proposed models (2014) for C-S-H (I) phase on the same basis of proposed electronic structure parameters. Then the respective Calcium aluminosilicate hydrates C-A-S-H (I) phase models are proposed. Finally, these results lead to improved interpretations and construction of realistic atomistic models of cement hydrates. Ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) could be vital to solve critical problems in complex
Ab Initio Studies of Shock-Induced Chemical Reactions of Inter-Metallics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Zaharieva, Roussislava; Hanagud, Sathya
2009-06-01
Shock-induced and shock assisted chemical reactions of intermetallic mixtures are studied by many researchers, using both experimental and theoretical techniques. The theoretical studies are primarily at continuum scales. The model frameworks include mixture theories and meso-scale models of grains of porous mixtures. The reaction models vary from equilibrium thermodynamic model to several non-equilibrium thermodynamic models. The shock-effects are primarily studied using appropriate conservation equations and numerical techniques to integrate the equations. All these models require material constants from experiments and estimates of transition states. Thus, the objective of this paper is to present studies based on ab initio techniques. The ab inito studies, to date, use ab inito molecular dynamics. This paper presents a study that uses shock pressures, and associated temperatures as starting variables. Then intermetallic mixtures are modeled as slabs. The required shock stresses are created by straining the lattice. Then, ab initio binding energy calculations are used to examine the stability of the reactions. Binding energies are obtained for different strain components super imposed on uniform compression and finite temperatures. Then, vibrational frequencies and nudge elastic band techniques are used to study reactivity and transition states. Examples include Ni and Al.
Exploring the free energy surface using ab initio molecular dynamics
Samanta, Amit; Morales, Miguel A.; Schwegler, Eric
2016-04-22
Efficient exploration of the configuration space and identification of metastable structures are challenging from both computational as well as algorithmic perspectives. Here, we extend the recently proposed orderparameter aided temperature accelerated sampling schemes to efficiently and systematically explore free energy surfaces, and search for metastable states and reaction pathways within the framework of density functional theory based molecular dynamics. The sampling method is applied to explore the relevant parts of the configuration space in prototypical materials SiO2 and Ti to identify the different metastable structures corresponding to different phases in these materials. In addition, we use the string method inmore » collective variables to study the melting pathways in the high pressure cotunnite phase of SiO2 and the hcp to fcc phase transition in Ti.« less
Thermodynamically constrained correction to ab initio equations of state
French, Martin; Mattsson, Thomas R.
2014-07-07
We show how equations of state generated by density functional theory methods can be augmented to match experimental data without distorting the correct behavior in the high- and low-density limits. The technique is thermodynamically consistent and relies on knowledge of the density and bulk modulus at a reference state and an estimation of the critical density of the liquid phase. We apply the method to four materials representing different classes of solids: carbon, molybdenum, lithium, and lithium fluoride. It is demonstrated that the corrected equations of state for both the liquid and solid phases show a significantly reduced dependence of the exchange-correlation functional used.
Periodic arrays of intercalated atoms in twisted bilayer graphene: An ab initio investigation
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Miwa, R. H.; Venezuela, P.; Morell, Eric Suárez
2015-09-01
We have performed an ab initio investigation of transition metals (TMs =Mo ,Ru ,Co ,andPt ) embedded in twisted bilayer graphene (tBG) layers. Our total energy results reveal that, triggered by the misalignment between the graphene layers, Mo and Ru atoms may form a quasiperiodic (triangular) array of intercalated atoms. In contrast, the formation of those structures is not expected for the other TMs, the Co and Pt atoms. The net magnetic moment (m ) of Mo and Ru atoms may be quenched upon intercalation, depending on the stacking region (AA or AB). For instance, we find a magnetic moment of 0.3 μB(1.8 μB) for Ru atoms intercalated between the AA (AB) regions of the stacked twisted layers. Through simulated scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images, we verify that the presence of intercalated TMs can be identified by the formation of bright (hexagonal) spots lying on the graphene surface.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kim, Heung-Sik; Kin-Ho Lee, Eric; Kim, Yong Baek
2015-12-01
The recently discovered three-dimensional hyperhoneycomb iridate, β-Li2IrO3, has raised hopes for the realization of the dominant Kitaev interaction between spin-orbit entangled local moments due to its near-ideal lattice structure. If true, this material may lie close to the sought-after quantum spin-liquid phase in three dimensions. Utilizing ab initio electronic structure calculations, we first show that the spin-orbit entangled basis, j\\text{eff} = 1/2 , correctly captures the low-energy electronic structure. The effective spin model derived in the strong-coupling limit supplemented by the ab initio results is shown to be dominated by the Kitaev interaction. We demonstrated that the possible range of parameters is consistent with a non-coplanar spiral magnetic order found in a recent experiment. All of these analyses suggest that β-Li2IrO3 may be the closest among known materials to the Kitaev spin-liquid regime.
Benjamin A. Frandsen; Brunelli, Michela; Page, Katharine; Uemura, Yasutomo J.; Staunton, Julie B.; Billinge, Simon J. L.
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
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Frandsen, Benjamin A.; Brunelli, Michela; Page, Katharine; Uemura, Yasutomo J.; Staunton, Julie B.; Billinge, Simon J. L.
2016-05-01
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 dominated 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. The Anderson superexchange model for MnO is thus verified by experimentation and confirmed by ab initio theory.
Frandsen, Benjamin A; Brunelli, Michela; Page, Katharine; Uemura, Yasutomo J; Staunton, Julie B; Billinge, Simon J L
2016-05-13
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 dominated 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. The Anderson superexchange model for MnO is thus verified by experimentation and confirmed by ab initio theory. PMID:27232042
Rodríguez-Santiago, Luis; Alí-Torres, Jorge; Vidossich, Pietro; Sodupe, Mariona
2015-05-28
Several lines of evidence supporting the role of metal ions in amyloid aggregation, one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease (AD), have turned metal ion chelation into a promising therapeutic treatment. The design of efficient chelating ligands requires proper knowledge of the electronic and molecular structure of the complexes formed, including their hydration properties. Among various potential chelators, clioquinol (5-chloro-7-iodo-8-hydroxyquinoline, CQH) has been evaluated with relative success in in vitro experiments and even in phase 2 clinical trials. Clioquinol interacts with Zn(ii) to lead to a binary metal/ligand 1 : 2 stoichiometric complex in which the phenolic group of CQH is deprotonated, resulting in Zn(CQ)2 neutral complexes, to which additional water molecules may coordinate. In the present work, the coordinative properties of clioquinol in aqueous solution have been analyzed by means of static, minimal cluster based DFT calculations and explicit solvent ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. Results from static calculations accounting for solvent effects by means of polarized continuum models suggest that the preferred metal coordination environment is tetrahedral Zn(CQ)2, whereas ab initio molecular dynamics simulations point to quasi degenerate penta Zn(CQ)2(H2O) and hexa Zn(CQ)2(H2O)2 coordinated complexes. The possible reasons for these discrepant results are discussed. PMID:25939963
Balti, Monaem; Norberg, Bernadette; Efrit, Mohamed Lotfi; Lanners, Steve; Wouters, Johan
2016-05-01
4-Phenyl-4-thiazoline-2-thiol is an active pharmaceutical compound, one of whose activities is as a human indolenamine dioxygenase inhibitor. It has been shown recently that in both the solid state and the gas phase, the thiazolinethione tautomer should be preferred. As part of both research on this lead compound and a medicinal chemistry program, a series of substituted arylthiazolinethiones have been synthesized. The molecular conformations and tautomerism of 4-(2-methoxyphenyl)-4-thiazoline-2-thione and 4-(4-methoxyphenyl)-4-thiazoline-2-thione, both C10H9NOS2, are reported and compared with the geometry deduced from ab initio calculations [PBE/6-311G(d,p)]. Both the crystal structure analyses and the calculations establish the thione tautomer for the two substituted arylthiazolinethiones. In the crystal structure of the 2-methoxyphenyl regioisomer, the thiazolinethione unit was disordered over two conformations. Both isomers exhibit similar hydrogen-bond patterns [R2(2)(8) motif] and form dimers. The crystal packing is further reinforced by short S...S interactions in the 2-methoxyphenyl isomer. The conformations of the two regioisomers correspond to stable geometries calculated from an ab initio energy-relaxed scan. PMID:27146572
Ab-Initio Description and Prediction of Properties of Carbon-Based and Other Non-Metallic Materials
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Bagayoko, D.; Zhao, G. L.; Hasan, S.
2001-01-01
We have resolved the long-standing problem consisting of 30%-50% theoretical underestimates of the band gaps of non-metallic materials. We describe the Bagayoko, Zhao, and Williams (BZW) method that rigorously circumvents the basis-set and variational effect presumed to be a cause of these underestimates. We present ab-initio, computational results that are in agreement with experiment for diamond (C), silicon (Si), silicon carbides (3C-SiC and 4H-SiC), and other semiconductors (GaN, BaTiO3, AlN, ZnSe, ZnO). We illustrate the predictive capability of the BZW method in the case of the newly discovered cubic phase of silicon nitride (c-Si3N4) and of selected carbon nanotabes [(10,0), and (8,4)]. Our conclusion underscores the inescapable need for the BZW method in ab-initio calculations that employ a basis set in a variational approach. Current nanoscale trends amplify this need. We estimate that the potential impact of applications of the BZW method in advancing our understanding of nonmetallic materials, in informing experiment, and particularly in guiding device design and fabrication is simply priceless.
Ab Initio Simulation Beryllium in Solid Molecular Hydrogen: Elastic Constant
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Guerrero, Carlo L.; Perlado, Jose M.
2016-03-01
In systems of inertial confinement fusion targets Deuterium-Tritium are manufactured with a solid layer, it must have specific properties to increase the efficiency of ignition. Currently there have been some proposals to model the phases of hydrogen isotopes and hence their high pressure, but these works do not allow explaining some of the structures present at the solid phase change effect of increased pressure. By means of simulation with first principles methods and Quantum Molecular Dynamics, we compare the structural difference of solid molecular hydrogen pure and solid molecular hydrogen with beryllium, watching beryllium inclusion in solid hydrogen matrix, we obtain several differences in mechanical properties, in particular elastic constants. For C11 the difference between hydrogen and hydrogen with beryllium is 37.56%. This may produce a non-uniform initial compression and decreased efficiency of ignition.
Probing the Si(001) surface with a Si tip: An ab initio study
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kantorovich, Lev; Hobbs, Chris
2006-06-01
Topographic noncontact atomic force microscopy (NC-AFM) images of the p(2×1) and c(4×2) reconstructions of the Si(001) surface are simulated for the cases of weak and strong tip-surface interactions and various temperatures using ab initio density functional theory. In the simulations the surface is imaged by a sharp silicon tip with a single dangling bond at its apex. At a very close approach to the surface, the tip flips a surface dimer when positioned close to its lower atom. The energy barriers for an individual flipped surface dimer to regain its initial configuration are calculated to be ˜0.1eV , implying that the surface should be able to “heal” itself at all but extremely low temperatures during one oscillation cycle of the cantilever. Thus, at small enough temperatures, T⩽70K , and large frequency shifts, the imaging process is dominated by tip induced dimer flip events resulting in a permanent deformation of the surface and an apparent p(2×1) symmetric phase to be observed. No dissipation is expected as the tip oscillations are conservative at these conditions. At intermediate temperatures, 70K⩽T⩽200K , the flipped dimers are able to return to the ground state during each tip oscillation, resulting in continuous healing of the surface and thus large dissipation is expected. At T⩾200K dimers flip back and forth easily resulting in an apparent symmetric p(2×1) phase and noticeable dissipation. At small frequency shifts the dimers do not flip, still the upper dimer atoms are imaged as bright so that surface reconstruction can easily be determined. The possibility of manipulating the orientation of dimers at low temperatures and large frequency shifts by means of preprogrammed scan directions, is also discussed.
Silicate-Metal Partitioning of Trace Elements: An Exploratory Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Study
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Künzel, D.; Jahn, S.
2014-12-01
Partition coefficients of trace elements are very important for the reconstruction of Earth formation and evolution processes. As such processes typically take place at extreme conditions of pressure and temperature, it is still challenging to obtain experimental data. However, recent developments in super-computing facilities and in computational methods have made it possible to obtain supplementing information on melts and element partitioning from ab initio atomistic calculations. The model system used in this pilot study consists of two different melts: a simple Fe-Ni alloy representing the metal and a silicate phase with a varying ratio of Fe and Mg ((Fe,Mg)2SiO4). Traces of Ni or Cr are added to each system. Molecular dynamics simulations based on density functional theory are initially run at 2500 K and ambient pressure, using the CPMD and CP2K software packages. Conditions are chosen so that the results can be compared to available experimental data in order to assess the feasibility of the approach and the quality of its results. However, preliminary results at increased pressure and temperature conditions that are more relevant for core formation will be presented as well. The results of the calculations include information on the melt structure, such as coordination environment, nearest neighbor distance and x-ray diffraction structure factors. The calculations at ambient pressure show that the behavior of Ni atoms in the silicate melt shows similarities to Mg and differs clearly from Fe. First results with a Cr trace show that it resembles Fe rather than Ni. Furthermore, thermodynamic integration is able to provide thermodynamic information about the exchange of trace elements between both phases. It is possible to obtain the energy difference connected to this exchange, which can then be used to estimate partition factors. First results on the Ni partitioning will be presented.
Matrix-isolation study and ab initio calculations of the structure and spectra of hydroxyacetone.
Sharma, Archna; Reva, Igor; Fausto, Rui
2008-07-01
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. PMID:18537231
Putungan, Darwin Barayang; Lin, Shi-Hsin; Kuo, Jer-Lai
2016-07-27
We systematically investigated the potential of single-layer VS2 polytypes as Na-battery anode materials via density functional theory calculations. We found that sodiation tends to inhibit the 1H-to-1T structural phase transition, in contrast to lithiation-induced transition on monolayer MoS2. Thus, VS2 can have better structural stability in the cycles of charging and discharging. Diffussion of Na atom was found to be very fast on both polytypes, with very small diffusion barriers of 0.085 eV (1H) and 0.088 eV (1T). Ab initio random structure searching was performed in order to explore stable configurations of Na on VS2. Our search found that both the V top and the hexagonal center sites are preferred adsorption sites for Na, with the 1H phase showing a relatively stronger binding. Notably, our random structures search revealed that Na clusters can form as a stacked second layer at full Na concentration, which is not reported in earlier works wherein uniform, single-layer Na adsorption phases were assumed. With reasonably high specific energy capacity (232.91 and 116.45 mAh/g for 1H and 1T phases, respectively) and open-circuit voltage (1.30 and 1.42 V for 1H and 1T phases, respectively), VS2 is a promising alternative material for Na-ion battery anodes with great structural sturdiness. Finally, we have shown the capability of the ab initio random structure searching in the assessment of potential materials for energy storage applications. PMID:27373121
Ab initio calculations of the photoionization of diatomic molecules
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Lefebvre-Brion, Helene; Raşeev, Georges
2003-01-01
A review is presented of the calculation of photoionization spectra, particularly in the spectral range where electron autoionization of diatomic molecules takes place. In addition to some interesting results obtained over years that compare favourably with experiment, the emphasis here is put on the relation between the methods developed for the calculation of observables associated with the continuum energy spectrum of the electrons and the Alchemy system of programs. This system of programs serves as a basis for initial and intermediate calculations. The examples presented show that diatomic molecules not only in gas phase but also oriented in space or physisorbed at surfaces may be studied readily.
FEFF5: An ab initio multiple scattering XAFS code
Rehr, J.J.; Zabinsky, S.I.
1992-12-31
FEFF5 is an efficient automated code which calculates multiple scattering (MS) curved wave XAFS spectra for molecules and solids. The theoretical ingredients and approximations contained in the code are revised, with the aim of describing the how XAFS spectra are efficiently simulated. The FEFF5 code consists of 4 independent modules: a scattering potential and phase shift module, a path finder module, a scattering amplitude module and an XAFS module. Multiple scattering Debye-Waller factors are built in using a correlated Debye model.
An experimental and ab initio study on the abiotic reduction of uranyl by ferrous iron
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Taylor, S. D.; Marcano, M. C.; Rosso, K. M.; Becker, U.
2015-05-01
It is important to understand the mechanisms controlling the removal of uranyl from solution from an environmental standpoint, particularly whether soluble Fe(II) is capable of reducing soluble U(VI) to insoluble U(IV). Experiments were performed to shed light into discrepancies of recent studies about precipitation of U-containing solids without changing oxidation states versus precipitation/reduction reactions, especially with respect to the kinetics of these reactions. To understand the atomistic mechanisms, thermodynamics, and kinetics of these redox processes, ab initio electron transfer (ET) calculations, using Marcus theory, were applied to study the reduction of U(VI)aq to U(V)aq by Fe(II)aq (the first rate-limiting ET-step). Outer-sphere (OS) and inner-sphere (IS) Fe-U complexes were modeled to represent simple species within a homogeneous environment through which ET could occur. Experiments on the chemical reduction were performed by reacting 1 mM Fe(II)aq at pH 7.2 with high (i.e., 0.16 mM) and lower (i.e., 0.02 mM) concentrations of U(VI)aq. At higher U concentration, a rapid decrease in U(VI)aq was observed within the first hour of reaction. XRD and XPS analyses of the precipitates confirmed the presence of (meta)schoepite phases, where up to ∼25% of the original U was reduced to U4+ and/or U5+-containing phases. In contrast, at 0.02 mM U, the U(VI)aq concentration remained fairly constant for the first 3 h of reaction and only then began to decrease due to slower precipitation kinetics. XPS spectra confirm the partial chemical reduction U associated with the precipitate (up to ∼30%). Thermodynamic calculations support that the reduction of U(VI)aq to U(IV)aq by Fe(II)aq is energetically unfavorable. The batch experiments in this study show U(VI) is removed from solution by precipitation and that transitioning to a heterogeneous system in turn enables the solid U phase to be partially reduced. Ab initio ET calculations revealed that OS ET is
CL-20 photodecomposition: Ab initio foundations for identification of products
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kholod, Yana; Kosenkov, Dmytro; Okovytyy, Sergiy; Gorb, Leonid; Qasim, Mohammad; Leszczynski, Jerzy
2008-11-01
1,5-Dihydrodiimidazo[4,5-b:4'5'e]pyrazine, 1H-imidazo[4,5-b]pyrazine, and 1H-imidazole were considered as possible products of 2,4,6,8,10,12-hexanitro-2,4,6,8,10,12-hexaazaisowurtzitane (CL-20) photodecomposition. Since we took as a reference the product obtained after CL-20 irradiation in methanol solution, the nature of intermolecular bonds between heterocycles under study and methanol molecules was analyzed in detail. Existing hydrogen bonds were found to be quite strong, so dependence of calculations results on an influence of solvent was taken into account using both the polarizable continuum model (PCM) and the supermolecular approach. Electronic spectra of 1,5-dihydrodiimidazo[4,5-b:4'5'e]pyrazine, 1H-imidazo[4,5-b]pyrazine and 1H-imidazole were simulated using time dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) and single-excitation configuration interaction (CIS) method. We observed that TD-DFT excitation energies are lower if compared to corresponding values obtained by the CIS method. Results of calculations with PCM and the supermolecular approach are very close. It was found that differences between calculated gas phase excitation energies and those values obtained by applying solvent models increases when the number of conjugated bonds in a molecule increases. Oscillator strengths of UV bands of the considered molecules are higher in the gas phase than in modeled methanol solutions. We found that the predicted spectrum of 1H-imidazole is in close agreement with the experimental UV spectrum of the CL-20 photolysis product.
Ab initio structure determination of n-diamond.
Li, Da; Tian, Fubo; Chu, Binhua; Duan, Defang; Sha, Xiaojing; Lv, Yunzhou; Zhang, Huadi; Lu, Nan; Liu, Bingbing; Cui, Tian
2015-01-01
A systematic computational study on the crystal structure of n-diamond has been performed using first-principle methods. A novel carbon allotrope with hexagonal symmetry R32 space group has been predicted. We name it as HR-carbon. HR-carbon composed of lonsdaleite layers and unique C3 isosceles triangle rings, is stable over graphite phase above 14.2 GPa. The simulated x-ray diffraction pattern, Raman, and energy-loss near-edge spectrum can match the experimental results very well, indicating that HR-carbon is a likely candidate structure for n-diamond. HR-carbon has an incompressible atomic arrangement because of unique C3 isosceles triangle rings. The hardness and bulk modulus of HR-carbon are calculated to be 80 GPa and 427 GPa, respectively, which are comparable to those of diamond. C3 isosceles triangle rings are very important for the stability and hardness of HR-carbon. PMID:26299905
Ab initio structure determination of n-diamond
Li, Da; Tian, Fubo; Chu, Binhua; Duan, Defang; Sha, Xiaojing; Lv, Yunzhou; Zhang, Huadi; Lu, Nan; Liu, Bingbing; Cui, Tian
2015-01-01
A systematic computational study on the crystal structure of n-diamond has been performed using first-principle methods. A novel carbon allotrope with hexagonal symmetry R32 space group has been predicted. We name it as HR-carbon. HR-carbon composed of lonsdaleite layers and unique C3 isosceles triangle rings, is stable over graphite phase above 14.2 GPa. The simulated x-ray diffraction pattern, Raman, and energy-loss near-edge spectrum can match the experimental results very well, indicating that HR-carbon is a likely candidate structure for n-diamond. HR-carbon has an incompressible atomic arrangement because of unique C3 isosceles triangle rings. The hardness and bulk modulus of HR-carbon are calculated to be 80 GPa and 427 GPa, respectively, which are comparable to those of diamond. C3 isosceles triangle rings are very important for the stability and hardness of HR-carbon. PMID:26299905
Towards microscopic ab initio calculations of astrophysical S-factors
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Neff, Thomas; Feldmeier, Hans; Langanke, Karlheinz
2011-04-01
Low energy capture cross sections are calculated within a microscopic many-body approach using an effective Hamiltonian derived from the Argonne V18 potential. The dynamics is treated within Fermionic Molecular Dynamics (FMD) which uses a Gaussian wave-packet basis to represent the many-body states. A phase-shift equivalent effective interaction derived within the Unitary Correlation Operator Method (UCOM) that treats explicitly short-range central and tensor correlations is employed. As a first application the 3He(α,γ)7Be reaction is presented. Within the FMD approach the microscopic many-body wave functions of the 3/2- and 1/2- bound states in 7Be as well as the many-body scattering states in the 1/2+, 3/2+ and 5/2+ channels are calculated as eigenstates of the same microscopic effective Hamiltonian. Finally the S-factor is calculated from E1 transition matrix elements between the many-body scattering and bound states. For 3He(α, γ)7Be the S-factor agrees very well, both in absolute normalization and energy dependence, with the recent experimental data from the Weizmann, LUNA, Seattle and ERNA experiments. For the 3H(α, γ)7Li reaction the calculated S-factor is about 15% above the data.
The ab initio simulation of the Earth's core.
Alfè, D; Gillan, M J; Vocadlo, L; Brodholt, J; Price, G D
2002-06-15
The Earth has a liquid outer and solid inner core. It is predominantly composed of Fe, alloyed with small amounts of light elements, such as S, O and Si. The detailed chemical and thermal structure of the core is poorly constrained, and it is difficult to perform experiments to establish the properties of core-forming phases at the pressures (ca. 300 GPa) and temperatures (ca. 5000-6000 K) to be found in the core. Here we present some major advances that have been made in using quantum mechanical methods to simulate the high-P/T properties of Fe alloys, which have been made possible by recent developments in high-performance computing. Specifically, we outline how we have calculated the Gibbs free energies of the crystalline and liquid forms of Fe alloys, and so conclude that the inner core of the Earth is composed of hexagonal close packed Fe containing ca. 8.5% S (or Si) and 0.2% O in equilibrium at 5600 K at the boundary between the inner and outer cores with a liquid Fe containing ca. 10% S (or Si) and 8% O. PMID:12804276
Quarti, Claudio; Mosconi, Edoardo; De Angelis, Filippo
2015-04-14
The last two years have seen the unprecedentedly rapid emergence of a new class of solar cells, based on hybrid organic-inorganic halide perovskites. The success of this class of materials is due to their outstanding photoelectrochemical properties coupled to their low cost, mainly solution-based, fabrication techniques. Solution processed materials are however often characterized by an inherent flexible structure, which is hardly mapped into a single local minimum energy structure. In this perspective, we report on the interplay between structural and electronic properties of hybrid lead iodide perovskites investigated using ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations, which allow the dynamical simulation of disordered systems at finite temperature. We compare the prototypical MAPbI3 (MA = methylammonium) perovskite in its cubic and tetragonal structure with the trigonal phase of FAPbI3 (FA = formamidinium), investigating different starting arrangements of the organic cations. Despite the relatively short time scale amenable to AIMD, typically a few tens of ps, this analysis demonstrates the sizable structural flexibility of this class of materials, showing that the instantaneous structure could significantly differ from the time and thermal averaged structure. We also highlight the importance of the organic-inorganic interactions in determining the fluxional properties of this class of materials. A peculiar spatial localization of the valence and conduction band edges is also found, with a dynamics in the range of 0.1 ps, which is associated with the positional dynamics of the organic cations within the cubo-octahedral perovskite cage. This asymmetry in the spatial localization of the band edges is expected to ease exciton dissociation and assist the initial stages of charge separation, possibly constituting one of the key factors for the impressive photovoltaic performances of hybrid lead-iodide perovskites. PMID:25766785
Crystal structure and magnetism in α -RuCl3 : An ab initio study
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kim, Heung-Sik; Kee, Hae-Young
2016-04-01
α -RuCl3 has been proposed recently as an excellent playground for exploring Kitaev physics on a two-dimensional (2D) honeycomb lattice. However, structural clarification of the compound has not been completed, which is crucial in understanding the physics of this system. Here, using ab initio electronic structure calculations, we study a full three-dimensional (3D) structure of α -RuCl3 , including the effects of spin-orbit coupling (SOC) and electronic correlations. The three major results are as follows: (i) SOC suppresses dimerization of Ru atoms, which exists in other Ru compounds such as isostructural Li2RuO3 , and makes the honeycomb closer to an ideal one. (ii) The nearest-neighbor Kitaev exchange interaction between the jeff=1 /2 pseudospin strongly depends on the Ru-Ru distance and the Cl position, originating from the nature of the edge-sharing geometry. (iii) The optimized 3D structure without electronic correlations has P 3 ¯1 m space-group symmetry independent of SOC, but including electronic correlation changes the optimized 3D structure to either C 2 /m or C m c 21 within 0.1 meV per formula unit (f.u.) energy difference. The reported P 3112 structure is also close in energy. The interlayer spin-exchange coupling is a few percent of the in-plane spin-exchange terms, confirming that α -RuCl3 is close to a 2D system. We further suggest how to increase the Kitaev term via tensile strain, which sheds light in realizing the Kitaev spin-liquid phase in this system.
Ab initio calculation of Ti NMR shieldings for titanium oxides and halides
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Tossell, J. A.
Titanium NMR shielding constants have been calculated using ab initio coupled Hartree-Fock perturbation theory and polarized double-zeta basis sets for TiF 4, TiF 62-, TiCI 4, Ti(OH) 4, Ti(OH 2) 64+, Ti(OH) 4O, and Ti(OH) 3O -. In all cases the calculations were performed at Hartree-Fuck energy-optimized geometries. For Ti(OH) 4 a S4-symmetry geometry with nonlinear ∠ TiOH was employed. Relative shieldings are in reasonable agreement with experiment for TiF 62-, TiCI 4, and Ti(OR) 4, where R = H or alkyl. Ti(OH 2) 64+ is predicted to be more highly shielded than Ti(OH) 4 by about 340 ppm. The five-coordinate complex Ti(OH) 4O, whose calculated structure matches well that measured by extended X-ray absorption fine structure in K 2O · TiO 2 · SiO 2 glass, is actually deshielded compared to Ti(OH) 4 by about 40 ppm. X-ray absorption-near-edge spectral energies have also been calculated for TiF 4, TiCI 4, Ti(OH) 4, and Ti(OH) 4O using an equivalent ionic core virtual-orbital method and the observed reduction in term energy for the five-coordinate species compared to Ti(OH) 4 has been reproduced. Replacement of the H atoms in Ti(OH) 4 by point charges has only a slight effect upon σTi, suggesting a possible means of incorporating second-neighbor effects in NMR calculations for condensed phases.
Ab initio analysis on the interaction of CO2 binding to peracetated D-glucopyranose.
Honghong, Chang; Congcong, Yang; Xing, Li; Wenlong, Wei; Xianyong, Pang; Yan, Qiao
2014-06-01
CO2-philes can be utilized as additives, surfactants, and a potential phase-change physical solvent or absorbent for CO2, so the design and synthesis of CO2-philes typically non-fluorous compounds is important to develop more application areas of CO2. Researchers have recently reported that peracetated D-glucopyranose has high solubility in CO2. In order to study the interaction properties between sugar acetates with CO2, 1,2-di-O-acetyl-α-D-glucopyranose and 1,2-di-O-acetyl-β-D-glucopyranose were decided as substrates after initial chemical stimulations with peracetated D-glucopyranose, and the complex model was one CO2 molecule combined with one sugar substrate (1:1). Ab initio calculations of these two systems were accomplished including geometry optimizations with HF/3-21G, B3LYP/6-31+G**, and single point energies calibration with MP2/aug-cc-pVDZ. The results indicated that hydrogen atoms can interact with CO2 by C-H··O hydrogen bond, but the dominant ones are the interactions of oxygen atoms in substrates with a CO2 molecule. It was also found that the binding energies increased when more oxygen atoms of substrate interacted with CO2, but were not affected by their chemical environment. The interaction of sugar substrate with CO2 is distance related, and should be an electrostatic interaction not only Lewis acid-Lewis base and hydrogen bond interactions. Therefore, it can be expected that one CO2-phile could interact with more CO2 molecules if more acetate-like groups or oxygen atoms were introduced into the molecular structure based on all these results, and this can be a guideline for design CO2-philes. PMID:24844392
Microsolvation of LiBO2 in water: anion photoelectron spectroscopy and ab initio calculations.
Zeng, Zhen; Hou, Gao-Lei; Song, Jian; Feng, Gang; Xu, Hong-Guang; Zheng, Wei-Jun
2015-04-14
The microsolvation of LiBO2 in water was investigated by conducting anion photoelectron spectroscopy and ab initio studies on the LiBO2(H2O)n(-) (n = 0-5) clusters. By comparing calculations with experiments, the structures of these clusters and their corresponding neutrals were assigned, and their structural evolutions were revealed. During the anionic structural evolution with n increasing to 5, hydroxyborate and metaborate channels were identified and the metaborate channel is more favorable. For the hydroxyborate structures, the anionic Li(+)-BO2(-) ion pair reacts with a water molecule to produce the LiBO(OH)2(-) moiety and three water molecules tend to dissolve this moiety. In the metaborate channel, two types of solvent-separated ion pair (SSIP) geometries were determined as the ring-type and linear-type. The transition from the contact ion pair (CIP) to the ring-type of SSIP starts at n = 3, while that to the linear-type of SSIP occurs at n = 4. In neutral LiBO2(H2O)n clusters, the first water molecule prefers to react with the Li(+)-BO2(-) ion pair to generate the LiBO(OH)2 moiety, analogous to the bulk crystal phase of α-LiBO2 with two O atoms substituted by two OH groups. The Li-O distance in the LiBO(OH)2 moiety increases with the increasing number of water molecules and elongates abruptly at n = 4. Our studies provide new insight into the initial dissolution of LiBO2 salt in water at the molecular level and may be correlated to the bulk state. PMID:25758204
Ab initio studies on the adsorption and implantation of Al and Fe to nitride materials
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Riedl, H.; Zálešák, J.; Arndt, M.; Polcik, P.; Holec, D.; Mayrhofer, P. H.
2015-09-01
The formation of transfer material products on coated cutting and forming tools is a major failure mechanism leading to various sorts of wear. To describe the atomistic processes behind the formation of transfer materials, we use ab initio to study the adsorption energy as well as the implantation barrier of Al and Fe atoms for (001)-oriented surfaces of TiN, Ti0.50Al0.50N, Ti0.90Si0.10N, CrN, and Cr0.90Si0.10N. The interactions between additional atoms and nitride-surfaces are described for pure adhesion, considering no additional stresses, and for the implantation barrier. The latter, we simplified to the stress required to implant Al and Fe into sub-surface regions of the nitride material. The adsorption energies exhibit pronounced extrema at high-symmetry positions and are generally highest at nitrogen sites. Here, the binary nitrides are comparable to their ternary counterparts and the average adhesive energy is higher (more negative) on CrN than TiN based systems. Contrary, the implantation barrier for Al and Fe atoms is higher for the ternary systems Ti0.50Al0.50N, Ti0.90Si0.10N, and Cr0.90Si0.10N than for their binary counterparts TiN and CrN. Based on our results, we can conclude that TiN based systems outperform CrN based systems with respect to pure adhesion, while the Si-containing ternaries exhibit higher implantation barriers for Al and Fe atoms. The data obtained are important to understand the atomistic interaction of metal atoms with nitride-based materials, which is valid not just for machining operations but also for any combination such as interfaces between coatings and substrates or multilayer and phase arrangements themselves.
Electronic Structures of Anti-Ferromagnetic Tetraradicals: Ab Initio and Semi-Empirical Studies.
Zhang, Dawei; Liu, Chungen
2016-04-12
The energy relationships and electronic structures of the lowest-lying spin states in several anti-ferromagnetic tetraradical model systems are studied with high-level ab initio and semi-empirical methods. The Full-CI method (FCI), the complete active space second-order perturbation theory (CASPT2), and the n-electron valence state perturbation theory (NEVPT2) are employed to obtain reference results. By comparing the energy relationships predicted from the Heisenberg and Hubbard models with ab initio benchmarks, the accuracy of the widely used Heisenberg model for anti-ferromagnetic spin-coupling in low-spin polyradicals is cautiously tested in this work. It is found that the strength of electron correlation (|U/t|) concerning anti-ferromagnetically coupled radical centers could range widely from strong to moderate correlation regimes and could become another degree of freedom besides the spin multiplicity. Accordingly, the Heisenberg-type model works well in the regime of strong correlation, which reproduces well the energy relationships along with the wave functions of all the spin states. In moderately spin-correlated tetraradicals, the results of the prototype Heisenberg model deviate severely from those of multi-reference electron correlation ab initio methods, while the extended Heisenberg model, containing four-body terms, can introduce reasonable corrections and maintains its accuracy in this condition. In the weak correlation regime, both the prototype Heisenberg model and its extended forms containing higher-order correction terms will encounter difficulties. Meanwhile, the Hubbard model shows balanced accuracy from strong to weak correlation cases and can reproduce qualitatively correct electronic structures, which makes it more suitable for the study of anti-ferromagnetic coupling in polyradical systems. PMID:26963572
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Faghaninia, Alireza; Ager, Joel W.; Lo, Cynthia S.
2015-06-01
Accurate models of carrier transport are essential for describing the electronic properties of semiconductor materials. To the best of our knowledge, the current models following the framework of the Boltzmann transport equation (BTE) either rely heavily on experimental data (i.e., semiempirical), or utilize simplifying assumptions, such as the constant relaxation time approximation (BTE-cRTA). While these models offer valuable physical insights and accurate calculations of transport properties in some cases, they often lack sufficient accuracy—particularly in capturing the correct trends with temperature and carrier concentration. We present here a transport model for calculating low-field electrical drift mobility and Seebeck coefficient of n -type semiconductors, by explicitly considering relevant physical phenomena (i.e., elastic and inelastic scattering mechanisms). We first rewrite expressions for the rates of elastic scattering mechanisms, in terms of ab initio properties, such as the band structure, density of states, and polar optical phonon frequency. We then solve the linear BTE to obtain the perturbation to the electron distribution—resulting from the dominant scattering mechanisms—and use this to calculate the overall mobility and Seebeck coefficient. Therefore, we have developed an ab initio model for calculating mobility and Seebeck coefficient using the Boltzmann transport (aMoBT) equation. Using aMoBT, we accurately calculate electrical transport properties of the compound n -type semiconductors, GaAs and InN, over various ranges of temperature and carrier concentration. aMoBT is fully predictive and provides high accuracy when compared to experimental measurements on both GaAs and InN, and vastly outperforms both semiempirical models and the BTE-cRTA. Therefore, we assert that this approach represents a first step towards a fully ab initio carrier transport model that is valid in all compound semiconductors.
Ho, T.; Rabitz, H.
1996-02-01
A general interpolation method for constructing smooth molecular potential energy surfaces (PES{close_quote}s) from {ital ab} {ital initio} data are proposed within the framework of the reproducing kernel Hilbert space and the inverse problem theory. The general expression for an {ital a} {ital posteriori} error bound of the constructed PES is derived. It is shown that the method yields globally smooth potential energy surfaces that are continuous and possess derivatives up to second order or higher. Moreover, the method is amenable to correct symmetry properties and asymptotic behavior of the molecular system. Finally, the method is generic and can be easily extended from low dimensional problems involving two and three atoms to high dimensional problems involving four or more atoms. Basic properties of the method are illustrated by the construction of a one-dimensional potential energy curve of the He{endash}He van der Waals dimer using the exact quantum Monte Carlo calculations of Anderson {ital et} {ital al}. [J. Chem. Phys. {bold 99}, 345 (1993)], a two-dimensional potential energy surface of the HeCO van der Waals molecule using recent {ital ab} {ital initio} calculations by Tao {ital et} {ital al}. [J. Chem. Phys. {bold 101}, 8680 (1994)], and a three-dimensional potential energy surface of the H{sup +}{sub 3} molecular ion using highly accurate {ital ab} {ital initio} calculations of R{umlt o}hse {ital et} {ital al}. [J. Chem. Phys. {bold 101}, 2231 (1994)]. In the first two cases the constructed potentials clearly exhibit the correct asymptotic forms, while in the last case the constructed potential energy surface is in excellent agreement with that constructed by R{umlt o}hse {ital et} {ital al}. using a low order polynomial fitting procedure. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}
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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).
Ab Initio Calculations of the Interaction between CO _{2} and the Acetate Ion
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 transferred 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.
An Ab Initio Approach Towards Engineering Fischer-Tropsch Surface Chemistry
Matthew Neurock; David A. Walthall
2006-05-07
One of the greatest societal challenges over the next decade is the production of cheap, renewable energy for the 10 billion people that inhabit the earth. This will require the development of various different energy sources potentially including fuels derived from methane, coal, and biomass and alternatives sources such as solar, wind and nuclear energy. One approach will be to synthesize gasoline and other fuels from simpler hydrocarbons such as CO derived from methane or other U.S. based sources such as coal. Syngas (CO and H{sub 2}) can be readily converted into higher molecular weight hydrocarbons through Fischer-Tropsch synthesis. Fischer-Tropsch synthesis involves the initiation or activation of CO and H{sub 2} bonds, the subsequent propagation steps including hydrogenation and carbon-carbon coupling, followed by chain termination reactions. Commercially viable catalysts include supported Co and Co-alloys. Over the first two years of this project we have used ab initio methods to determine the adsorption energies for all reactants, intermediates, and products along with the overall reaction energies and their corresponding activation barriers over the Co(0001) surface. Over the third year of the project we developed and advanced an ab initio-based kinetic Monte Carlo simulation code to simulate Fischer Tropsch synthesis. This report details our work over the last year which has focused on the derivation of kinetic parameters for the elementary steps involved in FT synthesis from ab initio density functional theoretical calculations and the application of the kinetic Monte Carlo algorithm to simulate the initial rates of reaction for FT over the ideal Co(0001) surface. The results from our simulations over Co(0001) indicate the importance of stepped surfaces for the activation of adsorbed CO. In addition, they demonstrate that the dominant CH{sub x}* surface intermediate under steady state conditions is CH*. This strongly suggests that hydrocarbon coupling
Ab initio potentials of F+Li2 accessible at ultracold temperatures
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Wright, K. W. A.; Lane, Ian C.
2010-09-01
Ab initio calculations for the strongly exoergic Li2+F harpoon reaction are presented using density-functional theory, complete active space self-consistent field, and multireference configuration interaction methods to argue that this reaction would be an ideal candidate for investigation with ultracold molecules. The lowest six states are calculated with the aug-correlation-consistent polarized valence triple-zeta basis set and at least two can be accessed by a ground rovibronic Li2 molecule with zero collision energy at all reaction geometries. The large reactive cross section (characteristic of harpoon reactions) and chemiluminescent products are additional attractive features of these reactions.
Temperature-Dependent Diffusion Coefficients from ab initio Computations: Hydrogen in Nickel
E Wimmer; W Wolf; J Sticht; P Saxe; C Geller; R Najafabadi; G Young
2006-03-16
The temperature-dependent mass diffusion coefficient is computed using transition state theory. Ab initio supercell phonon calculations of the entire system provide the attempt frequency, the activation enthalpy, and the activation entropy as a function of temperature. Effects due to thermal lattice expansion are included and found to be significant. Numerical results for the case of hydrogen in nickel demonstrate a strong temperature dependence of the migration enthalpy and entropy. Trapping in local minima along the diffusion path has a pronounced effect especially at low temperatures. The computed diffusion coefficients with and without trapping bracket the available experimental values over the entire temperature range between 0 and 1400 K.
Electronic states of Zn2 - Ab initio calculations of a prototype for Hg2
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
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.
Converging sequences in the ab initio no-core shell model
Forssen, C.; Vary, J. P.; Caurier, E.; Navratil, P.
2008-02-15
We demonstrate the existence of multiple converging sequences in the ab initio no-core shell model. By examining the underlying theory of effective operators, we expose the physical foundations for the alternative pathways to convergence. This leads us to propose a revised strategy for evaluating effective interactions for A-body calculations in restricted model spaces. We suggest that this strategy is particularly useful for applications to nuclear processes in which states of both parities are used simultaneously, such as for transition rates. We demonstrate the utility of our strategy with large-scale calculations in light nuclei.
Ab initio prediction of protein structure with both all-atom and simplified force fields
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Scheraga, Harold
2004-03-01
Using only a physics-based ab initio method, and both all-atom (ECEPP/3) and simplified united-residue (UNRES) force fields, global optimization of both potential functions with Monte Carlo-plus-Minimization (MCM) and Conformational Space Annealing (CSA), respectively, provides predicted structures of proteins without use of knowledge-based information. The all-atom approach has been applied to the 46-residue protein A, and the UNRES approach has been applied to larger CASP targets. The predicted structures will be described.
Simple synthesis, structure and ab initio study of 1,4-benzodiazepine-2,5-diones
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
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.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kozlov, Maxim I.; Poddubnyy, Vladimir V.; Glebov, Ilya O.; Belov, Aleksandr S.; Khokhlov, Daniil V.
2016-02-01
The electronic properties of light-harvesting complexes determine the efficiency of energy transfer in photosynthetic antennae. Ab initio calculations of the electronic properties of bacteriochlorophylls (composing the LH1 complex of the purple bacteria Thermochromatium tepidum) were performed. Based on these calculations, the excitonic Hamiltonian of a native cyclic complex and the Hamiltonians of open complexes with several removed bacteriochlorophylls were constructed. Absorption spectra calculated based on these Hamiltonians agree well with the experimental data. We found that the parameters of interaction between the neighboring bacteriochlorophylls are significantly larger than the empirical parameters suggested previously.
Initial oxidation of TiAl: An ab-initio investigation
Bakulin, Alexander V. Kulkova, Svetlana E.; Hu, Qing-Miao; Yang, Rui
2014-11-14
We present ab-initio investigation of oxygen adsorption up to two monolayer coverage on the stoichiometric TiAl(100) surface to illustrate the initial oxidation stage. The formation of band gap near the Fermi level demonstrates the transformation from metal to oxide surface with increasing oxygen coverage. The oxidation of Ti rather than Al is observed from our electronic structure calculations. The energy barriers of oxygen diffusion between different sites on surface as well as in subsurface and bulk region are derived. It is shown that the diffusion of oxygen is much easier on the surface than that into the subsurface region.
A comparative ab initio and DFT study of polyaniline leucoemeraldine base and its oligomers.
Mishra, Abhishek Kumar; Tandon, Poonam
2009-11-01
Ab initio Hartree-Fock (HF) and density functional theory (DFT) calculations are being performed to investigate the geometric, vibrational, and electronic properties of the polyaniline leucoemeraldine base (PANI-LB). Vibrational spectra of PANI-LB have been analyzed using the DFT oligomer approach, and complete assignments are being reported. Lower region spectral assignments of the PANI-LB which were not being reported earlier are being done in the present work. DFT calculations with the 6-31G** basis set produce very good results of not only vibrational modes but also of energy band gap. PMID:19827802
Ab initio study on electronically excited states of lithium isocyanide, LiNC
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Yasumatsu, Hisato; Jeung, Gwang-Hi
2014-01-01
The electronically excited states of the lithium isocyanide molecule, LiNC, were studied by means of ab initio calculations. The bonding nature of LiNC up to ˜10 eV is discussed on the basis of the potential energy surfaces according to the interaction between the ion-pair and covalent states. The ion-pair states are described by Coulomb attractive interaction in the long distance range, while the covalent ones are almost repulsive or bound with a very shallow potential dent. These two states interact each other to form adiabatic potential energy surfaces with non-monotonic change in the potential energy with the internuclear distance.
Vibrational energy levels for CH4 from an ab initio potential
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
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.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
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.
An ab initio molecular dynamics study of the roaming mechanism of the H2+HOC+ reaction
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Yu, Hua-Gen
2011-08-01
We report here a direct ab initio molecular dynamics study of the p-/o-H2+HOC+ reaction on the basis of the accurate SAC-MP2 potential energy surface. The quasi-classical trajectory method was employed. This work largely focuses on the study of reaction mechanisms. A roaming mechanism was identified for this molecular ion-molecule reaction. The driving forces behind the roaming mechanism were thoroughly investigated by using a trajectory dynamics approach. In addition, the thermal rate coefficients of the H2+HOC+ reaction were calculated in the temperature range [25, 300] K and are in good agreement with experiments.
Ab initio no core calculations of light nuclei and preludes to Hamiltonian quantum field theory
Vary, J. P.; Maris, P.; Honkanen, H.; Li, J.; Shirokov, A. M.; Brodsky, S. J.; Harindranath, A.
2009-12-17
Recent advances in ab initio quantum many-body methods and growth in computer power now enable highly precise calculations of nuclear structure. The precision has attained a level sufficient to make clear statements on the nature of 3-body forces in nuclear physics. Total binding energies, spin-dependent structure effects, and electroweak properties of light nuclei play major roles in pinpointing properties of the underlying strong interaction. Eventually, we anticipate a theory bridge with immense predictive power from QCD through nuclear forces to nuclear structure and nuclear reactions. Light front Hamiltonian quantum field theory offers an attractive pathway and we outline key elements.
Ab initio no core calculations of light nuclei and preludes to Hamiltonian quantum field theory
Vary, J.P.; Maris, P.; Shirokov, A.M.; Honkanen, H.; li, J.; Brodsky, S.J.; Harindranath, A.; Teramond, G.F.de; /Costa Rica U.
2009-08-03
Recent advances in ab initio quantum many-body methods and growth in computer power now enable highly precise calculations of nuclear structure. The precision has attained a level sufficient to make clear statements on the nature of 3-body forces in nuclear physics. Total binding energies, spin-dependent structure effects, and electroweak properties of light nuclei play major roles in pinpointing properties of the underlying strong interaction. Eventually,we anticipate a theory bridge with immense predictive power from QCD through nuclear forces to nuclear structure and nuclear reactions. Light front Hamiltonian quantum field theory offers an attractive pathway and we outline key elements.
DAMMIF, a program for rapid ab-initio shape determination in small-angle scattering
Franke, Daniel; Svergun, Dmitri I.
2009-01-01
DAMMIF, a revised implementation of the ab-initio shape-determination program DAMMIN for small-angle scattering data, is presented. The program was fully rewritten, and its algorithm was optimized for speed of execution and modified to avoid limitations due to the finite search volume. Symmetry and anisometry constraints can be imposed on the particle shape, similar to DAMMIN. In equivalent conditions, DAMMIF is 25–40 times faster than DAMMIN on a single CPU. The possibility to utilize multiple CPUs is added to DAMMIF. The application is available in binary form for major platforms.
Phosphine adsorption and dissociation on the Si(001) surface: An ab initio survey of structures
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Warschkow, O.; Wilson, H. F.; Marks, N. A.; Schofield, S. R.; Curson, N. J.; Smith, P. V.; Radny, M. W.; McKenzie, D. R.; Simmons, M. Y.
2005-09-01
We report a comprehensive ab initio survey of possible dissociation intermediates of phosphine (PH3) on the Si(001) surface. We assign three scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) features, commonly observed in room-temperature dosing experiments, to PH2+H , PH+2H , and P+3H species, respectively, on the basis of calculated energetics and STM simulation. These assignments and a time series of STM images which shows these three STM features converting into another, allow us to outline a mechanism for the complete dissociation of phosphine on the Si(001) surface. This mechanism closes an important gap in the understanding of the doping process of semiconductor devices.
Ab initio predictions on the rotational spectra of carbon-chain carbene molecules
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
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.
Thorium in tungsten: construction of interatomic EAM potentials from ab initio data
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Eberhard, Bernd; Haider, Ferdinand
2013-07-01
The interatomic interaction potential of tungsten and thorium crystals and those of hypothetical tungsten and thorium alloys within the embedded atom approach are considered. The corresponding Ansatz functions are fitted against full potential linear augmented plane wave data of real tungsten- and thorium- and hypothetical tungsten-thorium-crystals. The result is interatomic potentials, ready for use within classical molecular dynamics schemes. A cross check of the resulting force scheme derived by comparison of ab initio and classical molecular dynamics data is provided. Furthermore, we used the potentials to calculate the phonon dispersion relations, which then serve as an additional check.
Ab initio potentials of F+Li{sub 2} accessible at ultracold temperatures
Wright, K. W. A.; Lane, Ian C.
2010-09-15
Ab initio calculations for the strongly exoergic Li{sub 2}+F harpoon reaction are presented using density-functional theory, complete active space self-consistent field, and multireference configuration interaction methods to argue that this reaction would be an ideal candidate for investigation with ultracold molecules. The lowest six states are calculated with the aug-correlation-consistent polarized valence triple-zeta basis set and at least two can be accessed by a ground rovibronic Li{sub 2} molecule with zero collision energy at all reaction geometries. The large reactive cross section (characteristic of harpoon reactions) and chemiluminescent products are additional attractive features of these reactions.
Ab initio pseudopotential calculation for TTF-TCNQ and TSeF-TCNQ
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ishibashi, Shoji; Kohyama, Masanori
2000-09-01
We have investigated the electronic structure of the quasi-one-dimensional organic conductor TTF-TCNQ [at room temperature (RT) and 100 K] and TSeF-TCNQ (RT), which have isomorphic crystal structure, by an ab initio plane-wave pseudopotential band calculation. To express the exchange and correlation energy for electrons, we used both the local density approximation and generalized gradient approximation for comparison. For each case, electronic band dispersions were calculated along several symmetric lines and tight-binding parameters were evaluated. The Fermi surface shape was also obtained. The six sets of results (for three structures and two approximations) were compared systematically.
Fully ab initio finite-size corrections for charged-defect supercell calculations.
Freysoldt, Christoph; Neugebauer, Jörg; Van de Walle, Chris G
2009-01-01
In ab initio theory, defects are routinely modeled by supercells with periodic boundary conditions. Unfortunately, the supercell approximation introduces artificial interactions between charged defects. Despite numerous attempts, a general scheme to correct for these is not yet available. We propose a new and computationally efficient method that overcomes limitations of previous schemes and is based on a rigorous analysis of electrostatics in dielectric media. Its reliability and rapid convergence with respect to cell size is demonstrated for charged vacancies in diamond and GaAs. PMID:19257218
Ab initio based force field and molecular dynamics simulations of crystalline TATB.
Gee, Richard H; Roszak, Szczepan; Balasubramanian, Krishnan; Fried, Laurence E
2004-04-15
An all-atom force field for 1,3,5-triamino-2,4,6-trinitrobenzene (TATB) is presented. The classical intermolecular interaction potential for TATB is based on single-point energies determined from high-level ab initio calculations of TATB dimers. The newly developed potential function is used to examine bulk crystalline TATB via molecular dynamics simulations. The isobaric thermal expansion and isothermal compression under hydrostatic pressures obtained from the molecular dynamics simulations are in good agreement with experiment. The calculated volume-temperature expansion is almost one dimensional along the c crystallographic axis, whereas under compression, all three unit cell axes participate, albeit unequally. PMID:15267608