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  1. Ab-initio phasing in protein crystallography

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    van der Plas, J. L.; Millane, Rick P.

    2000-11-01

    The central problem in the determination of protein structures form x-ray diffraction dada (x-ray crystallography) corresponds to a phase retrieval problem with undersampled amplitude data. Algorithms for this problem that have an increased radius of convergence have the potential for reducing the amount of experimental work, and cost, involved in determining protein structures. We describe such an algorithm. Application of the algorithm to a simulated crystallographic problem shows that it converges to the correct solution, with no initial phase information, where currently used algorithms fail. The results lend support to the possibility of ab initio phasing in protein crystallography.

  2. Macromolecular ab initio phasing enforcing secondary and tertiary structure

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    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

  3. Macromolecular ab initio phasing enforcing secondary and tertiary structure.

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    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.

  4. Macromolecular ab initio phasing enforcing secondary and tertiary structure.

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    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

  5. A fragmentation and reassembly method for ab initio phasing.

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    Shrestha, Rojan; Zhang, Kam Y J

    2015-02-01

    Ab initio phasing with de novo models has become a viable approach for structural solution from protein crystallographic diffraction data. This approach takes advantage of the known protein sequence information, predicts de novo models and uses them for structure determination by molecular replacement. However, even the current state-of-the-art de novo modelling method has a limit as to the accuracy of the model predicted, which is sometimes insufficient to be used as a template for successful molecular replacement. A fragment-assembly phasing method has been developed that starts from an ensemble of low-accuracy de novo models, disassembles them into fragments, places them independently in the crystallographic unit cell by molecular replacement and then reassembles them into a whole structure that can provide sufficient phase information to enable complete structure determination by automated model building. Tests on ten protein targets showed that the method could solve structures for eight of these targets, although the predicted de novo models cannot be used as templates for successful molecular replacement since the best model for each target is on average more than 4.0 Å away from the native structure. The method has extended the applicability of the ab initio phasing by de novo models approach. The method can be used to solve structures when the best de novo models are still of low accuracy. PMID:25664740

  6. Ab initio molecular dynamics study of ferroelectric phase transitions

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    Srinivasan, Varadharajan

    We have undertaken the first ever fully first-principles simulations of ferroelectric crystals at finite temperature with an aim to understand the nature of their phase transitions. In particular, we have studied the different aspects of phase transitions in two protypical ferroelectrics - PbTiO3 and KH2PO4. In PbTiO3, we have successfully reproduced the temperature-driven transition from a tetragonal to a cubic phase by using constant-pressure Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics. By defining suitable order parameters in terms of atomic displacements, we are able to monitor the approach of the cubic phase. Using a quasi-harmonic analysis, with the inclusion of a temperature dependent volume and the average thermal atomic displacements as the most basic effects of anharmonicity, we are also able to recover the softening of ferroelectric modes as well as other features seen in experiments. These observations confirm the predominantly displacive nature of the transition, while our simulations also indicate a possible build-up of disorder near the transition temperature. We have also studied the isotope effects in the ferroelectric transition in KH2PO4 by quantifying the temperature and mass dependence of the extent of delocalization of the hydrogens. Using a recently developed ab initio Open Path-integral Molecular Dynamics scheme we have calculated both the real and momentum-space distribution of the hydrogens in both protonated and deuterated KDP above and below their respective transition temperatures. We find that the two crystals not only involve different transition mechanisms but also the fluctuations above the transition temperature are of a qualitatively different nature.

  7. Volumic omit maps in ab initio dual-space phasing.

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    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

  8. Ab initio kinetics of gas phase decomposition reactions.

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    Sharia, Onise; Kuklja, Maija M

    2010-12-01

    The thermal and kinetic aspects of gas phase decomposition reactions can be extremely complex due to a large number of parameters, a variety of possible intermediates, and an overlap in thermal decomposition traces. The experimental determination of the activation energies is particularly difficult when several possible reaction pathways coexist in the thermal decomposition. Ab initio calculations intended to provide an interpretation of the experiment are often of little help if they produce only the activation barriers and ignore the kinetics of the decomposition process. To overcome this ambiguity, a theoretical study of a complete picture of gas phase thermo-decomposition, including reaction energies, activation barriers, and reaction rates, is illustrated with the example of the β-octahydro-1,3,5,7-tetranitro-1,3,5,7-tetrazocine (HMX) molecule by means of quantum-chemical calculations. We study three types of major decomposition reactions characteristic of nitramines: the HONO elimination, the NONO rearrangement, and the N-NO(2) homolysis. The reaction rates were determined using the conventional transition state theory for the HONO and NONO decompositions and the variational transition state theory for the N-NO(2) homolysis. Our calculations show that the HMX decomposition process is more complex than it was previously believed to be and is defined by a combination of reactions at any given temperature. At all temperatures, the direct N-NO(2) homolysis prevails with the activation barrier at 38.1 kcal/mol. The nitro-nitrite isomerization and the HONO elimination, with the activation barriers at 46.3 and 39.4 kcal/mol, respectively, are slow reactions at all temperatures. The obtained conclusions provide a consistent interpretation for the reported experimental data. PMID:21077597

  9. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulation of pressure-induced phase transformation of BeO

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    Xiao, H. Y.; Duan, G.; Zu, X. T.; Weber, W. J.

    2011-05-05

    Ab initio molecular dynamics (MD) method has been used to study high pressure-induced phase transformation in BeO based on the local density approximation (LDA) and the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). Both methods show that the wurtzite (WZ) and zinc blende (ZB) BeO transforms to the rocksalt (RS) structure smoothly at high pressure. The transition pressures obtained from the LDA method are about 40 GPa larger than the GGA result for both WZ → RS and ZB → RS phase transformations, and the phase transformation mechanisms revealed by the LDA and GGA methods are different. For WZ → RS phase transformations both mechanisms obtained from the LDA and GGA methods are not comparable to the previous ab initio MD simulations of WZ BeO at 700 GPa based on the GGA method. It is suggested that the phase transformation mechanisms of BeO revealed by the ab initio MD simulations are affected remarkably by the exchange–correlation functional employed and the way of applying pressure.

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  11. Progress in low-resolution ab initio phasing with CrowdPhase

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    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

  12. Progress in low-resolution ab initio phasing with CrowdPhase.

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    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

  13. Novel high-pressure phase of ZrO{sub 2}: An ab initio prediction

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    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.

  14. Ab Initio Infrared Spectra and Electronic Response Calculations for the Insulating Phases of VO2

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    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.

  15. Ab initio molecular dynamics.

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    Laasonen, Kari

    2013-01-01

    In this chapter, an introduction to ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) has been given. Many of the basic concepts, like the Hellman-Feynman forces, the difference between the Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics and AIMD, have been explained. Also a very versatile AIMD code, the CP2K, has been introduced. On the application, the emphasis was on the aqueous systems and chemical reactions. The biochemical applications have not been discussed in depth.

  16. New developments in the ``ab initio`` determination of transition metal alloy phase diagrams

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    Wolverton, C.; Asta, M.; Quannasser, S.; Dreysse, H.; de Fontaine, D.

    1992-04-01

    Certain classes of temperature-composition binary alloy phase diagrams can now be computed in an ``ab-initio`` approach. No adjustable or experimentally fitted parameter is used. The expectation value of the energy is expressed in terms of an expansion of cluster probabilities, where the prefactors, the Effective Cluster Interaction, are related to the alloy electronic structure. This framework is used to study the MoRe alloy for two situations: bulk and semi-infinite crystal bounded by a (001) surface. In both cases, good agreement with experimental data is found.

  17. New developments in the ab initio'' determination of transition metal alloy phase diagrams

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    Wolverton, C.; Asta, M. . Dept. of Physics); Quannasser, S.; Dreysse, H. . Lab. de Physique des Solides); de Fontaine, D. . Dept. of Materials Science and Mineral Engineering)

    1992-04-01

    Certain classes of temperature-composition binary alloy phase diagrams can now be computed in an ab-initio'' approach. No adjustable or experimentally fitted parameter is used. The expectation value of the energy is expressed in terms of an expansion of cluster probabilities, where the prefactors, the Effective Cluster Interaction, are related to the alloy electronic structure. This framework is used to study the MoRe alloy for two situations: bulk and semi-infinite crystal bounded by a (001) surface. In both cases, good agreement with experimental data is found.

  18. Pressure-induced phase transition in wurtzite ZnTe: an ab initio study.

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    Alptekin, Sebahaddin

    2012-03-01

    A constant pressure ab initio MD technique and density functional theory with a generalized gradient approximation (GGA) was used to study the pressure-induced phase transition in wurtzite ZnTe. A first-order phase transition from the wurtzite structure to a Cmcm structure was successfully observed in a constant-pressure molecular dynamics simulation. This phase transformation was also analyzed using enthalpy calculations. We also investigated the stability of wurtzite (WZ) and zinc-blende (ZB) phases from energy-volume calculations, and found that both structures show quite similar equations of state and transform into a Cmcm structure at 16 GPa using enthalpy calculations, in agreement with experimental observations. The transition phase, lattice parameters and bulk properties we obtained are comparable with experimental and theoretical data.

  19. Structural phase transition of CdTe: an ab initio study.

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    Alptekin, Sebahaddin

    2013-01-01

    A constant pressure ab initio MD technique and density functional theory with a generalized gradient approximation (GGA) was used to study the pressure-induced phase transition in zinc-blende CdTe. We found that CdTe undergoes a structural first-order phase transition to [Formula: see text] (binary β-tin) tetragonal structure in the constant pressure molecular dynamics simulation at 20 GPa. When the pressure was increased to 50 GPa, the phase of tetragonal structure converted to a new Imm2 orthorhombic structure. These phase transformations were also calculated by using the enthalpy calculations. Transition phases, lattice parameters and bulk properties we attained are comparable with experimental and theoretical data.

  20. Ab initio study of the anharmonic lattice dynamics of iron at the γ -δ phase transition

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    Lian, Chao-Sheng; Wang, Jian-Tao; Chen, Changfeng

    2015-11-01

    We report calculations of phonon dispersions of iron (Fe) at its γ -δ phase transition using a self-consistent ab initio lattice dynamical method in conjunction with an effective magnetic force approach via the antiferromagnetic approximation. Our results show that anharmonic phonon-phonon interactions play a crucial role in stabilizing the δ -Fe phase in the open bcc lattice. In contrast, the lattice dynamics of the close-packed fcc γ -Fe phase are dominated by magnetic interactions. Simultaneous considerations of the lattice anharmonic and magnetic interactions produced temperature-dependent phonon dispersions for δ -Fe and γ -Fe phases in excellent agreement with recent experimental measurements. The present results highlight the key role of lattice anharmonicity in determining the structural stability of iron at high temperatures, which has significant implications for other high-temperature paramagnetic metals like Ce and Pu.

  1. Can an ab initio three-body virial equation describe the mercury gas phase?

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    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

  2. Equation of state and phase diagram of ammonia at high pressures from ab initio simulations

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    Bethkenhagen, Mandy; French, Martin; Redmer, Ronald

    2013-06-01

    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.

  3. Ab initio molecular dynamics: Relationship between structural phases and the sound velocity in dense hydrogen

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    Guerrero, Carlo L.; Cuesta-Lopez, Santiago; Perlado, Jose M.

    2014-10-01

    The phase diagram and the possible stable structures of molecular solid hydrogen are intriguing physical phenomena that still remain to be fully unveiled. Particularly, its transition to metallic hydrogen at high pressures is currently a hot topic of discussion. This letter reports a simulation method that links the ab initio, quantum molecular dynamic and mechanical properties calculations to study the relation between the structural phase transitions and sound velocity in solid molecular hydrogen. The pressure range studied is from 0.1 GPa to 180 GPa, at 15 K temperature, thereby our aim is to simulate the conditions of manufacture, handling and early stages of compression of the target fuel used in confinement inertial fusion. Phase I degeneration below 1 GPa is discussed.

  4. Equation of state and phase diagram of ammonia at high pressures from ab initio simulations.

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    Bethkenhagen, Mandy; French, Martin; Redmer, Ronald

    2013-06-21

    We present an equation of state as well as a phase diagram of ammonia at high pressures and high temperatures derived from ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. The predicted phases of ammonia are characterized by analyzing diffusion coefficients and structural properties. Both the phase diagram and the subsequently computed Hugoniot curves are compared to experimental results. Furthermore, we discuss two methods that allow us to take into account nuclear quantum effects, which are of considerable importance in molecular fluids. Our data cover pressures up to 330 GPa and a temperature range from 500 K to 10,000 K. This regime is of great interest for interior models of the giant planets Uranus and Neptune, which contain, besides water and methane, significant amounts of ammonia. PMID:23802968

  5. Equation of state and phase diagram of ammonia at high pressures from ab initio simulations.

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    Bethkenhagen, Mandy; French, Martin; Redmer, Ronald

    2013-06-21

    We present an equation of state as well as a phase diagram of ammonia at high pressures and high temperatures derived from ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. The predicted phases of ammonia are characterized by analyzing diffusion coefficients and structural properties. Both the phase diagram and the subsequently computed Hugoniot curves are compared to experimental results. Furthermore, we discuss two methods that allow us to take into account nuclear quantum effects, which are of considerable importance in molecular fluids. Our data cover pressures up to 330 GPa and a temperature range from 500 K to 10,000 K. This regime is of great interest for interior models of the giant planets Uranus and Neptune, which contain, besides water and methane, significant amounts of ammonia.

  6. Ab Initio Molecular-Dynamics Simulation of Neuromorphic Computing in Phase-Change Memory Materials.

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    Skelton, Jonathan M; Loke, Desmond; Lee, Taehoon; Elliott, Stephen R

    2015-07-01

    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

  7. Ab initio energetics for modeling phase stability of the Np-U system

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    Xie, Wei; Chang, Y. Austin; Morgan, Dane

    2016-10-01

    The Np-U system has been rarely studied despite this alloy being a key binary subsystem of metallic nuclear fuels. This study aims to further the understanding of the phase stability of the Np-U system through ab initio calculations. We first examined an existing CALPHAD model based on available experimental phase boundary data. We then focused on phases of which the CALPHAD model reproduces reasonably the experimental data and examined if values of the effective Hubbard U (i.e., Ueff) parameter for Np and U fitted previously in the Np-Zr and U-Zr systems are also applicable to the Np-U system, using CALPHAD predicted enthalpies as references. We found that in general DFT + U predicts improved or at least similarly accurate enthalpies compared to standard DFT when the Ueff's used are within the ranges of single-structure optimized Ueff's (0.65-0.9 eV for Np and 1-1.5 eV for U)-for example, the multi-structure optimized Ueff's (0.9 eV for Np and 1.24 eV for U)-determined in our previous U-Zr and Np-Zr studies. Finally, we focused on the intermediate phase ζ(Np,U), which at present is poorly characterized by experiments and unsatisfactorily described in the CALPHAD model. Based on ab initio calculated formation enthalpies for ordered end members and the compound energy formalism, we predicted its site occupations as functions of composition and temperature. Our study demonstrated that Ueff's fitted for U and Np determined in the U-Zr and Np-Zr systems may be transferable to the Np-U system and also provided new prediction of the site occupations for ζ(Np,U), which may serve as reference for future experimental and modeling study of the Np-U system.

  8. The role of anharmonicity in the ab-initio phase diagram of calcium

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    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.

  9. Role of Dynamical Instability in the Ab Initio Phase Diagram of Calcium

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    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.

  10. Ab initio centroid molecular dynamics: a fully quantum method for condensed-phase dynamics simulations

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    Pavese, Marc; Berard, Daniel R.; Voth, Gregory A.

    1999-01-01

    A fully quantum molecular dynamics method is presented which combines ab initio Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics with centroid molecular dynamics. The first technique allows the forces on the atoms to be obtained from ab initio electronic structure. The second technique, given the forces on the atoms, allows one to calculate an approximate quantum time evolution for the nuclei. The combination of the two, therefore, represents the first feasible approach to simulating the fully quantum dynamics of a many-body system. An application to excess proton translocation along a model water wire will be presented.

  11. Ab initio molecular-replacement phasing for symmetric helical membrane proteins

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    Strop, Pavel; Brzustowicz, Michael R.; Brunger, Axel T.

    2007-01-01

    Obtaining phases for X-ray diffraction data can be a rate-limiting step in structure determination. Taking advantage of constraints specific to membrane proteins, an ab initio molecular-replacement method has been developed for phasing X-ray diffraction data for symmetric helical membrane proteins without prior knowledge of their structure or heavy-atom derivatives. The described method is based on generating all possible orientations of idealized transmembrane helices and using each model in a molecular-replacement search. The number of models is significantly reduced by taking advantage of geometrical and structural restraints specific to membrane proteins. The top molecular-replacement results are evaluated based on noncrystallographic symmetry (NCS) map correlation, OMIT map correlation and R free value after refinement of a polyalanine model. The feasibility of this approach is illustrated by phasing the mechanosensitive channel of large conductance (MscL) with only 4 Å diffraction data. No prior structural knowledge was used other than the number of transmembrane helices. The search produced the correct spatial organization and the position in the asymmetric unit of all transmembrane helices of MscL. The resulting electron-density maps were of sufficient quality to automatically build all helical segments of MscL including the cytoplasmic domain. The method does not require high-resolution diffraction data and can be used to obtain phases for symmetrical helical membrane proteins with one or two helices per monomer. PMID:17242512

  12. Ab initio phase stability at high temperatures and pressures in the V-Cr system

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    Landa, Alexander; Soderlind, Per; Yang, Lin

    2015-03-01

    Vanadium metal has seen a surge in research, experimental and theoretical, driven mainly by its importance in applications but also because of its surprising destabilization of the body-centered cubic (bcc) ground-state phase close to 60 GPa. The phase stability of vanadium metal and vanadium-chromium alloys at high temperatures and pressures is explored by means of first-principles electronic-structure calculations. Utilizing the self-consistent ab initio lattice dynamics approach in conjunction with density-functional theory, we show that pressure-induced mechanical instability of body-centered cubic vanadium metal, which results in formation of a rhombohedral phase at around 60 GPa at room temperatures, will prevail significant heating and compression. Furthermore, alloying with chromium decreases the temperature at which stabilization of the body-centered cubic phase occurs at elevated pressure. Computing support for this work came from the LLNL Computing Grand Challenge program. This work performed under the auspices of the U.S. DOE by LLNL under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344 and funded by the Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program at LLNL under project tracking code 11-ER-033.

  13. Ab initio Ti-Zr-Ni phase diagram predicts stability of icosahedral TiZrNi quasicrystals

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    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.

  14. Defining Condensed Phase Reactive Force Fields from ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Simulations: The Case of the Hydrated Excess Proton.

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    Knight, Chris; Maupin, C Mark; Izvekov, Sergei; Voth, Gregory A

    2010-10-12

    In this report, a general methodology is presented for the parametrization of a reactive force field using data from a condensed phase ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulation. This algorithm allows for the creation of an empirical reactive force field that accurately reproduces the underlying ab initio reactive surface while providing the ability to achieve long-time statistical sampling for large systems not possible with AIMD alone. In this work, a model for the hydrated excess proton is constructed where the hydronium cation and proton hopping portions of the model are statistically force-matched to the results of Car-Parrinello Molecular Dynamics (CPMD) simulations. The flexible nature of the algorithm also allows for the use of the more accurate classical simple point-charge flexible water (SPC/Fw) model to describe the water-water interactions while utilizing the ab initio data to create an overall multistate molecular dynamics (MS-MD) reactive model of the hydrated excess proton in water. The resulting empirical model for the system qualitatively reproduces thermodynamic and dynamic properties calculated from the ab initio simulation while being in good agreement with experimental results and previously developed multistate empirical valence bond (MS-EVB) models. The present methodology, therefore, bridges the AIMD technique with the MS-MD modeling of reactive events, while incorporating key strengths of both. PMID:26616784

  15. How fragility makes phase-change data storage robust: insights from ab initio simulations

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    Zhang, Wei; Ronneberger, Ider; Zalden, Peter; Xu, Ming; Salinga, Martin; Wuttig, Matthias; Mazzarello, Riccardo

    2014-01-01

    Phase-change materials are technologically important due to their manifold applications in data storage. Here we report on ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of crystallization of the phase change material Ag4In3Sb67Te26 (AIST). We show that, at high temperature, the observed crystal growth mechanisms and crystallization speed are in good agreement with experimental data. We provide an in-depth understanding of the crystallization mechanisms at the atomic level. At temperatures below 550 K, the computed growth velocities are much higher than those obtained from time-resolved reflectivity measurements, due to large deviations in the diffusion coefficients. As a consequence of the high fragility of AIST, experimental diffusivities display a dramatic increase in activation energies and prefactors at temperatures below 550 K. This property is essential to ensure fast crystallization at high temperature and a stable amorphous state at low temperature. On the other hand, no such change in the temperature dependence of the diffusivity is observed in our simulations, down to 450 K. We also attribute this different behavior to the fragility of the system, in combination with the very fast quenching times employed in the simulations. PMID:25284316

  16. Silicene-derived phases on Ag(111) substrate versus coverage: Ab initio studies

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    Pflugradt, P.; Matthes, L.; Bechstedt, F.

    2014-01-01

    Silicene is systematically investigated as an epitaxial overlayer on an Ag(111) substrate based on the ab initio density functional theory. The geometry and stability of five silicene-silver adsorbate systems with four coincidence lattices, √7 ×√7 on √13 ×√13 , 3×3 on 4×4, 2×2 on √7 ×√7 , and √7 ×√7 on 2√3 ×2√3 , are related to the Si coverage, biaxial strain, and preparation conditions. Their phase diagram is calculated for varying chemical potential of the Si reservoir. The scanning tunneling microscopy images calculated for the optimized atomic geometries agree with those observed experimentally. The destruction of the original honeycomb symmetry and the strong adsorbate-substrate interaction significantly influence the electronic structure. Four peeled-off silicene sheets show conical linear bands, with small gaps. However, the band edges of the 3×3 on 4×4 geometry cannot be explained in terms of gap opening between Dirac cones for symmetry reasons. We confirm the conclusion that the linear bands observed by ARPES are due to folded Ag bands.

  17. Local Structure in Ab Initio Liquid Water: Signatures of Amorphous Phases

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    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.

  18. Structural study of methyl isonicotinate by gas phase electron diffraction combined with ab initio calculations

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    Kiyono, Hajime; Kuze, Nobuhiko; Fujiwara, Hideo; Takeuchi, Hiroshi; Egawa, Toru; Konaka, Shigehiro

    1996-02-01

    The molecular structure of methyl isonicotinate was studied by gas phase electron diffraction combined with ab initio calculations. The molecular skeleton was assumed to be planar. The determined values of principal structure parameters ( rg and ∠ α) are as follows: r( NC) = 1.343(5) Å, r( C…C) ring = 1.401(3) Å, r( Cγ C) = 1.499(9) Å, r( C O) = 1.205(5) Å, r( C( O) O) = 1.331(8) Å, r( OC Me) = 1.430(8) Å, = 1.103(10) Å, ∠CNC = 117.6(9)°, ∠C βC γC β = 118.7(9)°, ∠C β,trans C γC(O) = 118.6(12), ∠C γCO = 121.4(12)°, ∠C γCO = 114.2(10)°, ∠COC = 115.4(15)°, where angled brackets denote average values and C γ,trans denotes the carbon atom which is trans to the carbonyl oxygen atom. Values in parentheses are the estimated limits of error (3σ) referring to the last significant digit. The structure of the ring in methyl isonicotinate agrees with that of pyridine within experimental error. In contrast, the structure parameters of the COOCH 3 group are significantly different from those of methyl acrylate and methyl acetate. These differences have been discussed in terms of hyperconjugation and steric effects.

  19. Ab initio study of phase transition and bulk modulus of NaH

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    Sun Xiaowei; Chen Qifeng; Chen Xiangrong; Cai Lingcang; Jing Fuqian

    2011-02-15

    The phase transition of NaH from NaCl- to CsCl-type structure is investigated by an ab initio plane-wave pseudopotential density functional theory method with the norm-conserving pseudopotential scheme in the frame of the generalized gradient approximation correction; the isothermal bulk modulus and its first and second pressure derivatives of the NaCl- and CsCl-type structures under high pressure and temperature are obtained through the quasi-harmonic Debye model. The phase transition obtained from the usual condition of equal enthalpies occurs at the pressure of 32 GPa, which is consistent with the experimental and other calculated values. Through the quasi-harmonic Debye model, in which the phononic effects are considered, the dependences of cell volume V and lattice constant a on temperature T at zero pressure, the isothermal bulk modulus B{sub 0} and its pressure derivatives B{sub 0}'and B{sub 0}'' on pressure P along isotherms 0, 300, and 600 K, are also successfully obtained. -- The isothermal bulk modulus B{sub T}, adiabatic bulk modulus B{sub S}, primitive cell volume V, and lattice constant a of an NaH with an NaCl-type structure as a function temperature T at zero pressure. When T<100 K, B nearly keeps constant; when T>100 K, B decreases dramatically as T increases. Correspondingly, when T<100 K, the primitive cell volume and lattice parameter of an NaH with an NaCl-type structure have a little change; when T>100 K, the primitive cell volume and lattice parameter changes rapidly as T increases. It is the rapid volume or lattice parameter variation that makes the bulk modulus B rapidly decrease. Display Omitted Research highlights: The transition phase of an NaH from NaCl to CsCl structure has been investigated. The relationship between B and T for an NaH at zero pressure has been given. The B{sub T} and its pressure derivatives of an NaH at high pressure have been obtained.

  20. Ab initio phasing by molecular averaging in real space with new criteria: application to structure determination of a betanodavirus.

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    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

  1. Ab initio phasing by molecular averaging in real space with new criteria: application to structure determination of a betanodavirus

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    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

  2. Ab initio phonon limited transport

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    Verstraete, Matthieu

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

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

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    Wang, Yi-Siang; Yin, Chih-Chien; Chao, Sheng D.

    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.

  4. Classical trajectory studies of gas phase reaction dynamics and kinetics using ab initio potential energy surfaces

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    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.

  5. High-level ab-initio calculation of gas-phase NMR chemical shifts and secondary isotope effects of methanol

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    Auer, Alexander A.

    2009-01-01

    In this contribution high-level ab-initio calculations of the chemical shifts of methanol including zero-point vibrational and temperature corrections are presented. For the first time, secondary isotope effects have been calculated via second order vibrational perturbation theory. In comparison with recent experimental gas-phase data and in contrast to other quantum-chemical methods the results are consistent and in very good agreement with the experimental 13C, 17O and 1H chemical shifts reported by Makulski [W. Makulski, J. Mol. Struct. 872 (2008) 81]. Secondary isotope effects can be calculated with remarkable accuracy of a few hundredths of a ppm in comparison to experiment.

  6. Ab initio study of the cubic-to-hexagonal phase transition promoted by interstitial hydrogen in iron

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    Castedo, A.; Sanchez, J.; Fullea, J.; Andrade, M. C.; de Andres, P. L.

    2011-09-01

    Using ab initio density-functional theory, we study the role of interstitial hydrogen on the energetics of the phase transformation of iron from bcc to hcp along Bain’s pathway. The impurity creates an internal stress field that can be released through a tetragonal distortion of the lattice, promoting the bcc (ferromagnetic) → fcc (frustrated antiferromagnetic) → hcp (ferromagnetic) transition. The transformation between crystal systems is accompanied by a drastic magnetic reorganization and sudden variations of the unit cell volume, which can be one of the reasons for embrittlement and mechanical failure of iron upon hydrogen adsorption.

  7. Ab Initio Study of Polonium

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

    2008-05-20

    Polonium is the only element with a simple cubic (sc) crystal structure. Atoms in solid polonium sit at the corners of a simple cubic unit cell and no where else. Polonium has a valence electron configuration 6s{sup 2}6p{sup 4} (Z = 84). The low temperature {alpha}-phase transforms into the rhombohedral (trigonal) {beta} structure at {approx}348 K. The sc {alpha}-Po unit cell constant is a = 3.345 A. The beta form of polonium ({beta}-Po) has the lattice parameters, a{sub R} = 3.359 A and a rhombohedral angle 98 deg. 13'. We have performed an ab initio electronic structure calculation by 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.

  8. Phase constitution and interface structure of nano-sized Ag-Cu/AlN multilayers: Experiment and ab initio modeling

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    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.

  9. AB INITIO AND CALPHAD THERMODYNAMICS OF MATERIALS

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    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.

  10. On the room-temperature phase diagram of high pressure hydrogen: An ab initio molecular dynamics perspective and a diffusion Monte Carlo study

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    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.

  11. Ab-initio calculations and phase diagram assessments of An-Al systems (An = U, Np, Pu)

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    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.

  12. Development of a Polarizable Force Field For Proteins via Ab Initio Quantum Chemistry: First Generation Model and Gas Phase Tests

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    KAMINSKI, GEORGE A.; STERN, HARRY A.; BERNE, B. J.; FRIESNER, RICHARD A.; CAO, YIXIANG X.; MURPHY, ROBERT B.; ZHOU, RUHONG; HALGREN, THOMAS A.

    2014-01-01

    We present results of developing a methodology suitable for producing molecular mechanics force fields with explicit treatment of electrostatic polarization for proteins and other molecular system of biological interest. The technique allows simulation of realistic-size systems. Employing high-level ab initio data as a target for fitting allows us to avoid the problem of the lack of detailed experimental data. Using the fast and reliable quantum mechanical methods supplies robust fitting data for the resulting parameter sets. As a result, gas-phase many-body effects for dipeptides are captured within the average RMSD of 0.22 kcal/mol from their ab initio values, and conformational energies for the di- and tetrapeptides are reproduced within the average RMSD of 0.43 kcal/mol from their quantum mechanical counterparts. The latter is achieved in part because of application of a novel torsional fitting technique recently developed in our group, which has already been used to greatly improve accuracy of the peptide conformational equilibrium prediction with the OPLS-AA force field.1 Finally, we have employed the newly developed first-generation model in computing gas-phase conformations of real proteins, as well as in molecular dynamics studies of the systems. The results show that, although the overall accuracy is no better than what can be achieved with a fixed-charges model, the methodology produces robust results, permits reasonably low computational cost, and avoids other computational problems typical for polarizable force fields. It can be considered as a solid basis for building a more accurate and complete second-generation model. PMID:12395421

  13. Raman and ab initio investigation of negative thermal expansion material TaVO5: Insights into phase stability and anharmonicity

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    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.

  14. Molecular structure and conformational composition of 1,1-dichlorobutane: a gas-phase electron diffraction and ab initio investigation

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    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 1C 2 and C 2C 3 bonds, anti (A) with H 5C 1C 2C 3 and C 1C 2C 3C 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( CCl7) = 1.782(3) Å, = 1.106(6) Å, ∠C 1C 2C 3 = 114.4(13)°, ∠C 2C 3C 4 = 112.5(13)°, ∠CCCl 6 = 110.4(7)°, ∠CCCl 7 = 111.9(7)°, <∠CCH> = 108.9(47)°. Only average values for r(CC), r(CCl), r(CH), ∠CCC, ∠CCX and ∠CCH were determined in the least-square refinements; the differences between the values for these parameters in the same conformer and between the different conformers were kept constant at the values obtained from the ab initio molecular orbital calculations.

  15. Vibrational circular dichroism from ab initio molecular dynamics and nuclear velocity perturbation theory in the liquid phase

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    Scherrer, Arne; Vuilleumier, Rodolphe; Sebastiani, Daniel

    2016-08-01

    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.

  16. Vibrational circular dichroism from ab initio molecular dynamics and nuclear velocity perturbation theory in the liquid phase.

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    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

  17. Developing ab initio quality force fields from condensed phase quantum-mechanics/molecular-mechanics calculations through the adaptive force matching method.

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    Akin-Ojo, Omololu; Song, Yang; Wang, Feng

    2008-08-14

    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.

  18. Theoretical study of ionic liquids based on the cholinium cation. Ab initio simulations of their condensed phases

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    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.

  19. An ab initio MO study of butalene

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    Ohta, Katsuhisa; Shima, Toru

    1994-01-01

    Butalene as a structural isomer of p-benzyne has been studied by using an ab initio GVB wavefunction. The geometry of butalene, which is shown to be almost rectangular, is first optimized as a local minimum on the energy surface at the ab initio level. However, the energy barrier of conversion to p-benzyne is as small as 1.6 kcal/mol, and experimental isolation of butalene is predicted to be difficult from a force-constant analysis.

  20. Ab initio study of H and He migrations in β-phase Sc, Y, and Er hydrides

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    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}.

  1. Does Thermal Breathing Affect Collision Cross Sections of Gas-Phase Peptide Ions? An Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Study.

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    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.

  2. Nonlinear elastic effects in phase field crystal and amplitude equations: Comparison to ab initio simulations of bcc metals and graphene

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    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.

  3. Ab-initio study of magnetic properties and phase transitions in Ga (Mn) N with Monte Carlo approach

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    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.

  4. Linear free-energy relationships between a single gas-phase ab initio equilibrium bond length and experimental pKa values in aqueous solution.

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    Alkorta, Ibon; Popelier, Paul L A

    2015-02-01

    Remarkably simple yet effective linear free energy relationships were discovered between a single ab initio computed bond length in the gas phase and experimental pKa values in aqueous solution. The formation of these relationships is driven by chemical features such as functional groups, meta/para substitution and tautomerism. The high structural content of the ab initio bond length makes a given data set essentially divide itself into high correlation subsets (HCSs). Surprisingly, all molecules in a given high correlation subset share the same conformation in the gas phase. Here we show that accurate pKa values can be predicted from such HCSs. This is achieved within an accuracy of 0.2 pKa units for 5 drug molecules.

  5. Verification of ab-initio mixing enthalpy using thermodynamic simulation of phase equilibrium and the temperature dependences of the heat capacity of the bcc Fe- Cr alloys

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    Udovsky, A. L.; Vasilyev, D. A.

    2016-04-01

    The paper deals with application of physical-empirical models for the thermodynamic description of the bcc Fe-Cr alloys and phase equilibrium, as well as prediction of behavior of the temperature dependences of the specific heat of alloys. This approach allowed performing verification of ab-initio calculations results obtained by different authors for the mixing enthalpy at 0K which were used to assess the chemical part of the mixing enthalpy. Analysis of calculated phase diagram fragments and the temperature dependences of heat capacities for two alloy compositions and their comparison with experimental data, has allowed us to estimate the degree of reliability of various approximations used in ab-initio calculations, and thereby realize their verification for further practical use.

  6. Unravelling the impact of hydrocarbon structure on the fumarate addition mechanism--a gas-phase ab initio study.

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    Bharadwaj, Vivek S; Vyas, Shubham; Villano, Stephanie M; Maupin, C Mark; Dean, Anthony M

    2015-02-14

    The fumarate addition reaction mechanism is central to the anaerobic biodegradation pathway of various hydrocarbons, both aromatic (e.g., toluene, ethyl benzene) and aliphatic (e.g., n-hexane, dodecane). Succinate synthase enzymes, which belong to the glycyl radical enzyme family, are the main facilitators of these biochemical reactions. The overall catalytic mechanism that converts hydrocarbons to a succinate molecule involves three steps: (1) initial H-abstraction from the hydrocarbon by the radical enzyme, (2) addition of the resulting hydrocarbon radical to fumarate, and (3) hydrogen abstraction by the addition product to regenerate the radical enzyme. Since the biodegradation of hydrocarbon fuels via the fumarate addition mechanism is linked to bio-corrosion, an improved understanding of this reaction is imperative to our efforts of predicting the susceptibility of proposed alternative fuels to biodegradation. An improved understanding of the fuel biodegradation process also has the potential to benefit bioremediation. In this study, we consider model aromatic (toluene) and aliphatic (butane) compounds to evaluate the impact of hydrocarbon structure on the energetics and kinetics of the fumarate addition mechanism by means of high level ab initio gas-phase calculations. We predict that the rate of toluene degradation is ∼100 times faster than butane at 298 K, and that the first abstraction step is kinetically significant for both hydrocarbons, which is consistent with deuterium isotope effect studies on toluene degradation. The detailed computations also show that the predicted stereo-chemical preference of the succinate products for both toluene and butane are due to the differences in the radical addition rate constants for the various isomers. The computational and kinetic modeling work presented here demonstrates the importance of considering pre-reaction and product complexes in order to accurately treat gas phase systems that involve intra and inter

  7. The T2 phase in the Nb-Si-B system studied by ab initio calculations and synchrotron X-ray diffraction

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    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}.

  8. 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.

  9. Determining the phase diagram of lithium via ab initio calculation and ramp compression

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    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.

  10. 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.

  11. Theoretical prediction of high pressure phase transition in ScC and YC: Ab initio calculations

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    Sahoo, B. D.; Joshi, K. D.; Gupta, Satish C.

    2013-08-01

    The structural stability of ScC and YC has been analyzed under hydrostatic compression employing the first-principles calculations using the plane-wave pseudopotential method. The comparison of theoretically calculated enthalpies of rocksalt type (B1), primitive orthorhombic (Pmmn), and CsCl type (B2) structures as a function of pressure suggests that the B1 structure transforms to Pmmn phase instead of transforming to B2 phase that predicted by Soni et al. [J. Phys. Chem. Solids 72, 810 (2011)]. The pressure for B1 to Pmmn transition predicted for ScC and YC are ˜80 GPa and ˜30 GPa, respectively. To further substantiate the outcomes of our static lattice calculations, we have performed lattice dynamic calculations also. Our lattice dynamic calculations correctly demonstrate that the B1 phase is dynamically stable structure at ambient condition. Further, for both the carbides, we find that the Pmmn structure becomes dynamically stable around the transition pressure whereas the B2 structure remains unstable, supporting the B1 to Pmmn phase transition predicted by our static lattice calculations.

  12. Ab Initio Determined Phase Diagram of Clean and Solvated Muscovite Mica Surfaces.

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    Vatti, Anoop Kishore; Todorova, Mira; Neugebauer, Jörg

    2016-02-01

    Focusing on muscovite mica, the most significant phyllosilicate in the mica series, we determine its surface phase diagram employing density functional theory. Surfaces in vacuum and in more realistic environmental conditions, that is, the surface in contact with water or an ionic liquid, are considered. These results naturally explain experimental observations such as the swelling of mica when it comes into contact with water.

  13. Ab initio calculations of indium arsenide in the wurtzite phase: structural, electronic and optical properties

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    Dacal, Luis C. O.; Cantarero, A.

    2014-03-01

    Most III-V semiconductors, which acquire the zinc-blende phase as bulk materials, adopt the metastable wurtzite phase when grown in the form of nanowires. These are new semiconductors with new optical properties, in particular, a different electronic band gap when compared with that grown in the zinc-blende phase. The electronic gap of wurtzite InAs at the \\Gamma -point of the Brillouin zone ({{E}_{0}} gap) has been recently measured, {{E}_{0}}=0.46 eV at low temperature. The electronic gap at the A-point of the Brillouin zone (equivalent to the L-point in the zinc-blende structure, {{E}_{1}}) has also been obtained recently based on a resonant Raman scattering experiment. In this work, we calculate the band structure of InAs in the zinc-blende and wurtzite phases, using the full potential linearized augmented plane wave method, including spin-orbit interaction. The electronic band gap has been improved through the modified Becke-Johnson exchange-correlation potential. Both the {{E}_{0}} and {{E}_{1}} gaps agree very well with the experiment. From the calculations, a crystal field splitting of 0.122 eV and a spin-orbit splitting of 0.312 eV (the experimental value in zinc-blende InAs is 0.4 eV) has been obtained. Finally, we calculate the dielectric function of InAs in both the zinc-blende and wurtzite phases and a comparative discussion is given.

  14. High pressure phase transition and superconductivity in transition metal nitride HfN and ZrN: An ab-initio study

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    Asvini Meenaatci, A. T.; prabha, S. Kanaga; palanichamy, R. Rajeswara; Iyakutti, K.

    2012-06-01

    The high pressure structural investigations of HfN and ZrN have been studies using ab initio calculations. It is predicted that ZrN undergoes a structural phase transition from NaCl to ZB structure at around 90.17GPa whereas there is no phase transition for HfN. However at higher pressure (at 108.67GPa) HfN undergo a phase transition from ZB to WC structure. Apart from this, the ground state properties, elastic constants and superconducting transition temperature are calculated and compared with the available results.

  15. Pressure induced structural phase transition and electronic properties of actinide monophospides: Ab-initio calculations

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    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.

  16. Thermal Decomposition of the Solid Phase of Nitromethane: Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Simulations

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    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.

  17. Thermal decomposition of the solid phase of nitromethane: ab initio molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Chang, Jing; Lian, Peng; Wei, Dong-Qing; Chen, Xiang-Rong; Zhang, Qing-Ming; Gong, Zi-Zheng

    2010-10-29

    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. PMID:21231142

  18. Ab initio treatment of gas phase GeO2+ doubly charged ion

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    Mogren Al Mogren, M.; Ben Abdallah, D.; Hochlaf, M.

    2015-01-01

    Using multi reference configuration interaction methodology in connection with a large basis set, we show that GeO2+ is a metastable species either in the ground or in the electronically excited states. This confirms the observation of this dication in gas phase by mass spectrometry. In addition, we derived a set of accurate spectroscopic terms for GeO2+ bound states. At the MRCI/aug-cc-pV5Z level of theory, the adiabatic double ionization energy of GeO is computed to be ∼28.93 eV.

  19. Ab initio thermodynamics and phase diagram of solid magnesium: a comparison of the LDA and GGA.

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    Mehta, S; Price, G D; Alfè, D

    2006-11-21

    The finite temperature density functional theory and quasiharmonic lattice dynamics have been used to compute numerous thermodynamic properties of hexagonal close packed magnesium using both the local density approximation (LDA) and the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) for the exchange-correlation potential. Generally, it is found that there exist only minor differences between the LDA and GGA computed properties, with both giving good agreement with experiment. The hcp-bcc phase boundary has also been computed and is found to be in agreement with experimental observation. Again, only slight differences are found between the LDA and GGA.

  20. Dissociation of carbonic acid: gas phase energetics and mechanism from ab initio metadynamics simulations.

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    Kumar, P Padma; Kalinichev, Andrey G; Kirkpatrick, R James

    2007-05-28

    A comprehensive metadynamics study of the energetics, stability, conformational changes, and mechanism of dissociation of gas phase carbonic acid, H2CO3, yields significant new insight into these reactions. The equilibrium geometries, vibrational frequencies, and conformer energies calculated using the density functional theory are in good agreement with the previous theoretical predictions. At 315 K, the cis-cis conformer has a very short life time and transforms easily to the cis-trans conformer through a change in the O=C-O-H dihedral angle. The energy difference between the trans-trans and cis-trans conformers is very small (approximately 1 kcal/mol), but the trans-trans conformer is resistant to dissociation to carbon dioxide and water. The cis-trans conformer has a relatively short path for one of its hydroxyl groups to accept the proton from the other end of the molecule, resulting in a lower activation barrier for dissociation. Comparison of the free and potential energies of dissociation shows that the entropic contribution to the dissociation energy is less than 10%. The potential energy barrier for dissociation of H2CO3 to CO2 and H2O from the metadynamics calculations is 5-6 kcal/mol lower than in previous 0 K studies, possibly due to a combination of a finite temperature and more efficient sampling of the energy landscape in the metadynamics calculations. Gas phase carbonic acid dissociation is triggered by the dehydroxylation of one of the hydroxyl groups, which reorients as it approaches the proton on the other end of the molecule, thus facilitating a favorable H-O-H angle for the formation of a product H2O molecule. The major atomic reorganization of the other part of the molecule is a gradual straightening of the O=C=O bond. The metadynamics results provide a basis for future simulation of the more challenging carbonic acid-water system.

  1. Structure enhancement methodology using theory and experiment: gas-phase molecular structures using a dynamic interaction between electron diffraction, molecular mechanics, and ab initio data.

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    Kafka, Graeme R; Masters, Sarah L; Rankin, David W H

    2007-07-01

    A new method of incorporating ab initio theoretical data dynamically into the gas-phase electron diffraction (GED) refinement process has been developed to aid the structure determination of large, sterically crowded molecules. This process involves calculating a set of differences between parameters that define the positions of peripheral atoms (usually hydrogen), as determined using molecular mechanics (MM), and those which use ab initio methods. The peripheral-atom positions are then updated continually during the GED refinement process, using MM, and the returned positions are modified using this set of differences to account for the differences between ab initio and MM methods, before being scaled back to the average parameters used to define them, as refined from experimental data. This allows the molecule to adopt a completely asymmetric structure if required, without being constrained by the MM parametrization, whereas the calculations can be performed on a practical time scale. The molecular structures of tri-tert-butylphosphine oxide and tri-tert-butylphosphine imide have been re-examined using this new technique, which we call SEMTEX (Structure Enhancement Methodology using Theory and EXperiment).

  2. Evidence for plasma phase transition in high pressure hydrogen from ab-initio simulations

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    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.

  3. Vapor Phase Infrared Spectroscopy and Anharmonic AB Initio Fundamental Frequencies of Ammonia Borane

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    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).

  4. Ab Initio Studies of Stratospheric Ozone Depletion Chemistry

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

    1995-01-01

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

  5. Ab initio alpha-alpha scattering.

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

    2015-12-01

    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

  6. Ab initio alpha-alpha scattering.

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

    2015-12-01

    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

  7. Electronic, mechanical, phase transition, and thermo-physical properties of TMC (TM = V, Nb, and Ta): high pressure ab initio study

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    Chauhan, Mamta; Gupta, Dinesh C.

    2015-12-01

    The structural, electronic, mechanical, phase transition, and thermo-physical properties of refractory carbides, viz. VC, NbC, and TaC have been computed in stable B1 and high pressure B2 phases by means of two different ab initio calculations using pseudo- and full-potential schemes. These materials have mixed covalent-, metallic-, and ionic-type bonding. The calculations of elastic constants show the mechanical stability of these materials in B1 phase only. The brittle nature and anisotropy is observed in these materials in B1 phase. Non-central forces are present in both the phases. Elastic wave velocities and Debye temperature have also been calculated. The present results on structural, phase transition, elastic, and other properties are in reasonably good agreement with the available experimental and theoretical data. The calculations in high pressure phase need experimental verification.

  8. Photo-induced athermal phase transitions of HgX (X = S, Se, Te) by ab initio study

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    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).

  9. Gas phase NMR and ab initio molecular orbital calculations of 5-methoxy-1,3-dioxanes: a critical survey of the Gauche effect

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    Abe, Akihiro; Furuya, Hidemine; Ichimura, Noriko; Kawauchi, Susumu

    1997-02-01

    The gas-phase NMR analysis of 5-methoxy-1,3-dioxanes was carried out. The conformational energies estimated from the observed coupling constant data were compared with the results of ab initio MO calculations using d95 + (2df,p) basis set at the MP2 level. While the energy difference between the axial-out and equatorial-out forms was in a reasonable agreement, the 1,5 interaction energy between the methoxy methyl and the ring oxygens was not in accord.

  10. Realistic multiband k .p approach from ab initio and spin-orbit coupling effects of InAs and InP in wurtzite phase

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    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.

  11. Ab initio calculations of nitramine dimers

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    Koh-Fallet, Sharon; Schweigert, Igor

    2015-06-01

    Elevated temperatures and pressures are typically thought to have opposing effects on the reaction channels of nitramine decomposition. These high temperatures promote reactions with loose transition structures (positive activation entropies and volumes), such as N-N bond homolysis. Elevated pressures promote reactions with tight transition structures (negative activation entropies and volumes), such as intramolecular and intermolecular H transfer. However, no quantitative data exists regarding the range of temperatures and pressures at which these effects become pronounced. We are pursuing ab initio calculations of the corresponding unimolecular and bimolecular transition structures with the objective of estimating the relevant thermochemical parameters and quantifying the effects of elevated temperature and pressures on the corresponding rate constants. Here, we present density functional theory and complete active space calculations of gas-phase molecular dimers of nitramines as an intermediate step toward modeling transition structures directly in the condensed phase. This work was supported by the Naval Research Laboratory via the American Society for Engineering and Education and by the Office of Naval Research, both directly and through the Naval Research Laboratory.

  12. Phase Transformation in Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3} at High Pressure: in Situ Synchrotron X-Ray Diffraction Study And Ab Initio DFT Calculation

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    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.

  13. Molecular structures and conformational compositions of 2-chlorobutane and 2-bromobutane; an investigation using gas-phase electron-diffraction data and ab initio molecular orbital calculations

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    Aarset, Kirsten; Hagen, Kolbjørn; Stølevik, Reidar

    2001-06-01

    The structure and conformational composition of 2-chlorobutane and 2-bromobutane have been studied by gas-phase electron diffraction (GED) at 25°C, together with ab initio molecular orbital calculations (HF/6-311+G(d,p)). These molecules may exist as three distinguishable conformers (G+, A, and G-). The symbols refer to anti (A) with a torsion angle Φ2(X 8-C 2-C 3-C 4) of about 180° and gauche (G+ and G-) with torsion angles Φ2(X 8-C 2-C 3-C 4) of about +60° and 300°(-60°), respectively. It was not possible; from our GED-data alone, to accurately determine the conformational composition because the distance distributions for two of the conformers (G+ and G-) are very similar. The conformational composition for 2-chlorobutane obtained from the ab initio calculations (G+ 62%, A 25% G- 13%) was found to fit the experimental data quite well. For 2-bromobutane the ab initio calculated conformational composition (G+ 58%, A 28% G- 14%) did not, however, fit the experimental data. Here a much better fit was obtained by using only 10% of the A conformer and using the relative energy for the two gauche conformers, as obtained in the ab initio molecular orbital calculations, to calculate the relative amounts of the two gauche forms (G+ 73%, A 10% G- 17%). The results for the principal distances ( rg) and angles ∠ α for the G+ conformer of 2-chlorobutane, with estimated 2 σ uncertainties, obtained from the combined GED/ab initio study are: r( C1- C2)=1.524(3) Å, r( C2- C3)=1.528(3) Å, r( C3- C4)=1.539(3) Å, r( C- Cl)=1.812(3) Å, r( C- H) ave=1.098(4) Å, ∠C 1C 2C 3=111.5(16)°, ∠C 2C 3C 4=113.3(5)°, ∠C 1C 2C1=110.4(9)°. The results for the G+ conformer of 2-bromobutane are: r( C1- C2)=1.526(4) Å, r( C2- C3)=1.530(4) Å, r( C3- C4)=1.540(4) Å, r( C- Br)=1.982(5) Å, r( C- H) ave=1.111(8) Å, ∠C 1C 2C 3=112.5(16)°, ∠C 2C 3C 4=114.6(15)°, ∠C 1C 2Br=110.1(16)°. Only average values for r(C-C), r(C-H), ∠CCC, and ∠CCH could be determined in the

  14. Ab initio infrared and Raman spectra

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

    1983-01-01

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

  15. Nonlinear optics from an ab initio approach by means of the dynamical Berry phase: Application to second- and third-harmonic generation in semiconductors

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    Attaccalite, C.; Grüning, M.

    2013-12-01

    We present an ab initio real-time-based computational approach to study nonlinear optical properties in condensed matter systems that is especially suitable for crystalline solids and periodic nanostructures. The equations of motion and the coupling of the electrons with the external electric field are derived from the Berry-phase formulation of the dynamical polarization [Souza , Phys. Rev. BPRBMDO1098-012110.1103/PhysRevB.69.085106 69, 085106 (2004)]. Many-body effects are introduced by adding single-particle operators to the independent-particle Hamiltonian. We add a Hartree operator to account for crystal local effects and a scissor operator to correct the independent particle band structure for quasiparticle effects. We also discuss the possibility of accurately treating excitonic effects by adding a screened Hartree-Fock self-energy operator. The approach is validated by calculating the second-harmonic generation of SiC and AlAs bulk semiconductors: an excellent agreement is obtained with existing ab initio calculations from response theory in frequency domain [Luppi , Phys. Rev. BPRBMDO1098-012110.1103/PhysRevB.82.235201 82, 235201 (2010)]. We finally show applications to the second-harmonic generation of CdTe and the third-harmonic generation of Si.

  16. A new insight into the photochemistry of avobenzone in gas phase and acetonitrile from ab initio calculations.

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    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.

  17. A new insight into the photochemistry of avobenzone in gas phase and acetonitrile from ab initio calculations.

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    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

  18. Infrared spectroscopy and ab initio study of hydrogen bonded Cl3CD·N(CH3)3 complex in the gas phase

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    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.

  19. Ab initio melting curve of osmium

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    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.

  20. Ab initio molecular dynamics: Concepts, recent developments, and future trends

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    Iftimie, Radu; Minary, Peter; Tuckerman, Mark E.

    2005-01-01

    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

  1. Phase diagram of the CulnSe{sub 2}-CuGaSe{sub 2} pseudobinary system studied by combined ab initio density functional theory and thermodynamic calculation

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    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.

  2. Ab initio Study of HZnF

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    Hayashi, S.; Léonard, C.; Chambaud, G.

    2009-11-01

    On the basis of highly correlated ab initio calculations, an accurate determination of the electronic structure and of the rovibrational spectroscopy has been performed for the electronic ground state of the HZnF system. Using effective core pseudopotentials for the Zn and F atoms and associated aug-cc-pVQZ basis sets, we have calculated, at the multireference configuration interaction level including the Davidson correction, the three-dimensional potential energy surface of the X1Σ+ ground state. The rovibrational energy levels have been obtained variationally, and the results have been discussed and compared with existing experimental data on the ground state of the close system HZnCl, which exhibits a complicated vibration-rotation spectrum. Our analysis shows that the nature of the H-ZnF bond is quite similar to that of the H-ZnCl bond, according to their bond lengths, harmonic frequencies of the H-Zn stretching mode, and dissociation energies into H and ZnF/ZnCl. The ab initio study of the electronic ground and excited states of ZnH and ZnH+ are also presented using similar level of calculations. Characteristic constants are given for the first bounded electronic states correlating to the first two dissociation asymptotes of the neutral and ionic diatomics.

  3. Ab initio non-relativistic spin dynamics

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    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.

  4. Ab initio non-relativistic spin dynamics

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    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.

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

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

    2001-01-01

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

  6. Ab Initio No-Core Shell Model

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    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

  7. On the evaluation of thermal corrections to gas phase ab initio relative energies: implications to the conformational analysis study of cyclooctane

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    Dos Santos, Hélio F.; Rocha, Willian R.; De Almeida, Wagner B.

    2002-06-01

    In this paper we present an investigation of the influence of the thermal correction on the conformational population for the boat-chair (BC) and CROWN forms of the cyclooctane molecule, calculated using quantum mechanical ab initio Hartree-Fock (HF), MP2, MP4SDQ, CCSD and density functional methods (B3LYP, BLYP, BP86) in conjunction with various basis sets. A previous experimental gas phase electron diffraction study pointed out that the BC is either the exclusive or at least the strongly predominant form in gas phase at room temperature. We therefore analyzed the performance of various levels of calculation for the evaluation of the relative conformational population and also the role played by the thermal correction to gas phase calculated relative energies. It turns out that the thermal correction is very sensitive to the presence of low frequency modes that are indeed internal rotations and need to be treated separately, in what the cyclooctane molecule is concerned. Once internal rotations were considered, it can be seen that the HF level of calculation produces very satisfactory values for thermal correction, compared to MP2. Therefore, it can be used in single-point energy calculations employing a high correlated level of theory (MP4SDQ, CCSD), leading to a quite trustable Gibbs free energy difference data. When thermal energies are not corrected for low frequency internal rotation modes, a range of contrasting results is obtained by varying both the quantum mechanical approach and the basis set.

  8. Ab initio calculations and synthesis of the off-stoichiometric half-Heusler phase Ni{sub 1-x}Mn{sub 1+x}Sb

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    Ekholm, M.; Larsson, P.; Alling, B.; Helmersson, U.; Abrikosov, I. A.

    2010-11-15

    We perform a combined theoretical and experimental study of the phase stability and magnetism of the off-stoichiometric Ni{sub 1-x}Mn{sub 1+x}Sb in the half-Heusler crystal phase. Our work is motivated by the need for strategies to engineer the magnetism of potentially half-metallic materials, such as NiMnSb, for improved performance at elevated temperatures. By means of ab initio calculations we investigate Ni{sub 1-x}Mn{sub 1+x}Sb over the whole composition range 0{<=}x{<=}1 of Ni replacing Mn and show that at relevant temperatures, the half-Heusler phase should be thermodynamically stable up to at least x=0.20 with respect to the competing C38 structure of Mn{sub 2}Sb. Furthermore we find that half-Heusler Ni{sub 1-x}Mn{sub 1+x}Sb retains half-metallic band structure over the whole concentration range and that the magnetic moments of substitutional Mn{sub Ni} atoms display magnetic exchange interactions an order of magnitude larger than the Ni-Mn interaction in NiMnSb. We also demonstrate experimentally that the alloys indeed can be created by synthesizing off-stoichiometric Ni{sub 1-x}Mn{sub 1+x}Sb films on MgO substrates by means of magnetron sputtering.

  9. [N(CH3)3H]2CuCl4: Ab initio calculations and characterization of phase transitions by Raman spectroscopy

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    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.

  10. Discovering chemistry with an ab initio nanoreactor

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    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

  11. Ab Initio Modeling of Molecular Radiation

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    Jaffe, Richard; Schwenke, David

    2014-01-01

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

  12. Discovering chemistry with an ab initio nanoreactor

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    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.

  13. Discovering chemistry with an ab initio nanoreactor

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    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

  14. Ab Initio Calculation of the Hoyle State

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    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.

  15. Analysis of Charge-spin-orbital Fluctuations by Ab Initio Calculation and Random Phase Approximation: Application to Non-coplanar Antiferromagnet Cd2Os2O7

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    Uehara, Amane; Shinaoka, Hiroshi; Motome, Yukitoshi

    We present a systematic analysis on the basis of ab initio calculations and many-body perturbation theory for clarifying the dominant fluctuation in complex charge-spin-orbital coupled systems. For a tight-binding multiband model obtained from the maximally-localized Wannier function analysis of the band structure by the local density approximation, we take into account electron correlations at the level of random phase approximation. To identify the dominant fluctuation, we carry out the eigenmode analysis of the generalized susceptibility that includes all the multiple degrees of freedom: charge, spin, and orbital. We apply this method to the paramagnetic metallic phase of a pyrochlore oxide Cd2Os2O7, which shows a metalinsulator transition accompanied by a peculiar noncoplanar antiferromagnetic order of all-in all-out type. We find that the corresponding spin fluctuation is dominantly enhanced by the on-site Coulomb repulsions in the presence of strong spin-orbit coupling and trigonal crystal field splitting. Our results indicate that the combined method offers an effective tool for the systematic analysis of potential instabilities in strongly correlated electron materials.

  16. Polymeric nitrogen in a graphene matrix: An ab initio study

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    Timoshevskii, V.; Ji, Wei; Abou-Rachid, Hakima; Lussier, Louis-Simon; Guo, H.

    2009-09-01

    A hybrid material where polymeric nitrogen chains are sandwiched between graphene sheets in the form of a three-dimensional crystal, is predicted by means of ab initio simulations. It is demonstrated that chainlike polymeric nitrogen phase becomes stable at ambient pressure when intercalated in a multilayer graphene matrix. The physical origin of this stabilization is identified by studying the electronic properties of the system. This approach of stabilizing polymeric nitrogen by means of external three-dimensional matrix constitutes a path toward synthesizing different types of nitrogen-based high-energy materials.

  17. The gas-phase molecular structure of 1,1-diethynylsilacyclobutane as determined by means of electron diffraction and ab initio calculations

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    Dakkouri, Marwan; Grosser, Martin

    2002-06-01

    As a continuation of our systematic investigation of the effect of substituents on the ring geometry and dynamics in silacyclobutanes and in order to explore the role of the silicon atom as a mediator for electronic interactions between the attached fragments, we studied the molecular structure of 1,1-diethynylsilacyclobutane (DESCB) by means of gas-phase electron diffraction and ab initio calculations. The structural refinement of the electron diffraction data yielded the following bond lengths ( ra) and bond angles (uncertainties are 3σ): r( Si- C)=1.874(2) Å, r( Si- C)=1.817(1) Å, r(- C C-)=1.209(1) Å, r( C- C)=1.563(2) Å, ∠(C-Si-C)=79.2(6)°, ∠(C-Si-C)=106.5(6)°. The geminal Si-CC moieties were found to be bent outwards by 3.1(15)° and the puckering angle was determined to be 30.0(15)°. The evidently short Si-C bond length, which was also reproduced by the ab initio calculations, could be rationalized as being the consequence of the electronic interaction between the outer π charges of the triple bond and the 3pπ orbitals at the silicon atom. It is also likely that the conjugation of the geminal ethynyl groups leads to an enhancement of this bond contraction. Electrostatic interactions and the subsequent reduction of the covalent radius of the silicon atom may also contribute to this bond shortening. It has been found that the endocyclic Si-C bond length fits nicely within a scheme describing a monotonous decrease of the Si-C bond length with the increase of the electronegativity of the substituent in various geminally substituted silacyclobutanes. A series of related silacyclobutanes and acyclic diethynylsilanes have been studied by applying various ab initio methods and their optimized structures were compared to the structure of DESCB. Among these compounds are 1,1-dicyanosilacyclobutane (DCYSCB), which is isoelectronic to DESCB, 1,1-diethynylcyclobutane (DECB) which is isovalent to DESCB, monoethynylsilacyclobutane (MESCB

  18. Ab initio derivation of model energy density functionals

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    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.

  19. On the hierarchical parallelization of ab initio simulations

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    Ruiz-Barragan, Sergi; Ishimura, Kazuya; Shiga, Motoyuki

    2016-02-01

    A hierarchical parallelization has been implemented in a new unified code PIMD-SMASH for ab initio simulation where the replicas and the Born-Oppenheimer forces are parallelized. It is demonstrated that ab initio path integral molecular dynamics simulations can be carried out very efficiently for systems up to a few tens of water molecules. The code was then used to study a Diels-Alder reaction of cyclopentadiene and butenone by ab initio string method. A reduction in the reaction energy barrier is found in the presence of hydrogen-bonded water, in accordance with experiment.

  20. Indirect spin-spin coupling constants in CH 4, SiH 4 and GeH 4 - Gas-phase NMR experiment and ab initio calculations

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    Antušek, Andrej; Keḑziera, Dariusz; Jackowski, Karol; Jaszuński, Michał; Makulski, Włodzimierz

    2008-09-01

    New values of the indirect spin-spin coupling constants in CH 4, SiH 4 and GeH 4, derived from experiment and ab initio calculations, are reported. The new experimental values of 1J(CH), 1J(SiH) and 1J(GeH) are obtained from gas-phase NMR spectra. The dependence of the measured one-bond coupling constants on the density is analysed and the results are extrapolated to zero-density point to eliminate the effects due to intermolecular forces. In the calculation of the coupling constants, at the nonrelativistic level coupled cluster singles and doubles (CCSD) perturbation theory is used and the basis set convergence of the results is discussed. The relativistic corrections are estimated from Dirac-Hartree-Fock (DHF) calculations. The final theoretical values are obtained adding available estimates of the vibrational and temperature corrections. The agreement of the calculated and experimental 1J(XH), X = C, Si, Ge, constants is very satisfying, the differences are approximately 1-3%.

  1. Constructing Periodic Phase Space Orbits from ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Trajectories to Analyze Vibrational Spectra: Case Study of the Zundel (H5O2(+)) Cation.

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    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.

  2. Probing the Low-Barrier Hydrogen Bond in Hydrogen Maleate in the Gas Phase: A Photoelectron Spectroscopy and ab Initio Study

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    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.

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

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

    1995-01-01

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

  4. Ab Initio: And a New Era of Airline Pilot Training.

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    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)

  5. Ab initio two-component Ehrenfest dynamics

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    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.

  6. Ab initio two-component Ehrenfest dynamics

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    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.

  7. Ab Initio Studies of Calcium Carbonate Hydration.

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    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.

  8. Phonocatalysis. An ab initio simulation experiment

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    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.

  9. Ab initio study of energetics and magnetism of sigma phase in Co-Mo and Fe-Mo systems

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    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.

  10. Ab initio construction of magnetic phase diagrams in alloys: The case of Fe1-xMnxPt

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    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

  11. Ab initio calculation of the shock Hugoniot of bulk silicon

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    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.

  12. Phase transitions in double perovskite Sr{sub 2}ScSbO{sub 6}: An Ab-initio study

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    Ray, Rajyavardhan; Kumar, Uday; Sinha, T. P.

    2014-04-24

    First Principles study of the electronic properties of recently synthesized double perovskite Sr{sub 2}ScSbO{sub 6} have been performed using density functional theory. With increasing temperature, the Sr compound undergoes three structural phase transitions at 400K, 550K and 650K approximately, leading to the following sequence of phases: P21/n → I2/m → I4/m → Fm-3m. Starting from the monoclinic phase P21/n at room temperature, resulting from the Sc/Sb ordering, the electronic structure for the tetragonal I4/m at 613K and cubic Fm-3m for T≥660K has been studied in terms of the density of states and band-structure. Presence of large band gap, both direct and indirect, has been reported and analyzed.

  13. Entropy of Liquid Water from Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics

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    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)

  14. Skutterudites under pressure: An ab initio study

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    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.

  15. Thermal decomposition of solid phase nitromethane under various heating rates and target temperatures based on ab initio molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Xu, Kai; Wei, Dong-Qing; Chen, Xiang-Rong; Ji, Guang-Fu

    2014-10-01

    The Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics simulation was applied to study the thermal decomposition of solid phase nitromethane under gradual heating and fast annealing conditions. In gradual heating simulations, we found that, rather than C-N bond cleavage, intermolecular proton transfer is more likely to be the first reaction in the decomposition process. At high temperature, the first reaction in fast annealing simulation is intermolecular proton transfer leading to CH3NOOH and CH2NO2, whereas the initial chemical event at low temperature tends to be a unimolecular C-N bond cleavage, producing CH3 and NO2 fragments. It is the first time to date that the direct rupture of a C-N bond has been reported as the first reaction in solid phase nitromethane. In addition, the fast annealing simulations on a supercell at different temperatures are conducted to validate the effect of simulation cell size on initial reaction mechanisms. The results are in qualitative agreement with the simulations on a unit cell. By analyzing the time evolution of some molecules, we also found that the time of first water molecule formation is clearly sensitive to heating rates and target temperatures when the first reaction is an intermolecular proton transfer. PMID:25234607

  16. Thermal decomposition of solid phase nitromethane under various heating rates and target temperatures based on ab initio molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Xu, Kai; Wei, Dong-Qing; Chen, Xiang-Rong; Ji, Guang-Fu

    2014-10-01

    The Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics simulation was applied to study the thermal decomposition of solid phase nitromethane under gradual heating and fast annealing conditions. In gradual heating simulations, we found that, rather than C-N bond cleavage, intermolecular proton transfer is more likely to be the first reaction in the decomposition process. At high temperature, the first reaction in fast annealing simulation is intermolecular proton transfer leading to CH3NOOH and CH2NO2, whereas the initial chemical event at low temperature tends to be a unimolecular C-N bond cleavage, producing CH3 and NO2 fragments. It is the first time to date that the direct rupture of a C-N bond has been reported as the first reaction in solid phase nitromethane. In addition, the fast annealing simulations on a supercell at different temperatures are conducted to validate the effect of simulation cell size on initial reaction mechanisms. The results are in qualitative agreement with the simulations on a unit cell. By analyzing the time evolution of some molecules, we also found that the time of first water molecule formation is clearly sensitive to heating rates and target temperatures when the first reaction is an intermolecular proton transfer.

  17. Ab initio study of helium behavior in titanium tritides

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    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].

  18. A VUV photoionization measurement and ab-initio calculation of the ionization energy of gas phase SiO2

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    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.

  19. THERMODYNAMICS OF MATERIALS: FROM AB INITIO TO PHENOMENOLOGY

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    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.

  20. Ab initio study of II-(VI)2 dichalcogenides.

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    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.

  1. Ab initio computations of photodissociation products of CFC alternatives

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    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.

  2. Guided-Ion-Beam and ab Initio Study of the Li+, K+, and Rb+ Association Reactions with Gas-Phase Butanone and Cyclohexanone in Their Ground Electronic States

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    Lucas, J. M.; de Andrés, J.; López, E.; Albertí, M.; Bofill, J. M.; Bassi, D.; Ascenzi, D.; Tosi, P.; Aguilar, A.

    2009-08-01

    The association reactions between Li+, K+, and Rb+ (M) and butanone and cyclohexanone molecules under single collision conditions have been studied using a radiofrequency-guided ion-beam apparatus, characterizing the adducts by mass spectrometry. The excitation function for the [M-(molecule)]+ adducts (in arbitrary units) has been obtained at low collision energies in the 0.10 eV up to a few eV range in the center of mass frame. The measured relative cross sections decrease when collision energy increases, showing the expected energy dependence for adduct formation. The energetics and structure of the different adducts have been calculated ab initio at the MP2(full) level, showing that the M+-molecule interaction takes place through the carbonyl oxygen atom, as an example of a nontypical covalent chemical bond. The cross-section energy dependence and the role of radiative cooling rates allowing the stabilization of the collision complexes are also discussed.

  3. Bulk-phase thermodynamic properties and dielectric constant of ethanol: an ab initio quantum mechanical approach combined with a statistical model

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    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.

  4. Raman and infrared spectra of minerals from ab initio molecular dynamics simulations: The spodumene crystal

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    Pagliai, Marco; Muniz-Miranda, Maurizio; Cardini, Gianni; Schettino, Vincenzo

    2011-05-01

    Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations with the Car-Parrinello method have been performed on the spodumene crystal at standard conditions and high pressure. Starting from the computed trajectories, accurate Raman and infrared spectra have been obtained and compared with available experimental measurements in the low and high pressure phases. The structural and spectroscopic changes due to the pressure effects are discussed.

  5. Ab initio simulations of MgO under extreme conditions

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    Cebulla, Daniel; Redmer, Ronald

    2014-04-01

    We determined the phase diagram of magnesium oxide with finite-temperature density functional theory molecular dynamics simulations up to temperatures and pressures as relevant for the deep interior of super-Earths and in rocky cores of giant planets such as Jupiter. The equation of state data, the Hugoniot, and a ramp compression curve are computed and compared to earlier results from diamond anvil cell and (decaying) shock wave experiments. In addition, the dynamical electrical conductivity and the reflectivity along the experimental Hugoniot curve are calculated in order to characterize electronic structure changes under compression. The structural properties of MgO are identified using pair correlation functions and self-diffusion coefficients. The solid-solid coexistence line is calculated by comparing the free enthalpies of the B1 and the B2 phase. The free energy of the solid phases is determined via thermodynamic relations using the ab initio simulation results and phonon calculations in the harmonic approximation. Our results indicate that the solid B2 phase of MgO does not occur in the interior of the Earth but may play an important role in super-Earths and in rocky planetary cores.

  6. Motif based Hessian matrixfor ab initio geometry optimization ofnanostructures

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    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.

  7. Multiple time step integrators in ab initio molecular dynamics

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    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.

  8. Ab initio calculations in three-body cluster systems

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    Romero-Redondo, C.; Navratil, P.; Quaglioni, S.

    2013-06-10

    In this work we briefly outline the extension of the ab initio no-core shell model/Resonating group method (NCSM/RGM) to three-body cluster states. We present the results for {sup 6}He ground state within a {sup 4}He+n+n cluster basis under this approach.

  9. Computer simulation of acetonitrile and methanol with ab initio-based pair potentials

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    Hloucha, M.; Sum, A. K.; Sandler, S. I.

    2000-10-01

    This study address the adequacy of ab initio pair interaction energy potentials for the prediction of macroscopic properties. Recently, Bukowski et al. [J. Phys. Chem. A 103, 7322 (1999)] performed a comprehensive study of the potential energy surfaces for several pairs of molecules using symmetry-adapted perturbation theory. These ab initio energies were then fit to an appropriate site-site potential form. In an attempt to bridge the gap between ab initio interaction energy information and macroscopic properties prediction, we performed Gibbs ensemble Monte Carlo (GEMC) simulations using their developed pair potentials for acetonitrile and methanol. The simulations results show that the phase behavior of acetonitrile is well described by just the pair interaction potential. For methanol, on the other hand, pair interactions are insufficient to properly predict its vapor-liquid phase behavior, and its saturated liquid density. We also explored simplified forms for representing the ab initio interaction energies by refitting a selected range of the data to a site-site Lennard-Jones and to a modified Buckingham (exponential-6) potentials plus Coulombic interactions. These were also used in GEMC simulations in order to evaluate the quality and computational efficiency of these different potential forms. It was found that the phase behavior prediction for acetonitrile and methanol are highly dependent on the details of the interaction potentials developed.

  10. Lead-Chalcogenides Under Pressure: Ab-Initio Study

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    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.

  11. Ab initio Raman spectroscopy of water under extreme conditions

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    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.

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

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    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

  13. Condensed-matter ab initio approach for strongly correlated electrons: Application to a quantum spin liquid candidate

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    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.

  14. Protons in polar media: An ab initio molecular dynamics study

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    von Rosenvinge, Tycho

    1998-10-01

    The hydrates of hydrogen chloride are ionic crystals that contain hydronium (H3O+). The hydronium in the monohydrate has been reported to be statistically disordered between two possible sites related by inversion symmetry. Ab initio molecular dynamics calculations are presented for the monohydrate, as well as the di-, and tri-hydrates, of hydrogen chloride using the density functional based Car-Parrinello technique. The simulations were carried out with the goal of investigating proton disorder in these crystals. The possible role of nuclear quantum effects has been explored via path integral molecular dynamic simulations. The present results suggest that the proposed disordered sites in the monohydrate are dynamically unstable and therefore unlikely to be responsible for the reported disorder. No useful information was obtained for the dihydrate because the large unit cell leads to difficulties in carrying out the simulations. Nuclear quantum effects are shown to be important for characterizing the proton distributions in the trihydrate. The structure and dynamical behavior of liquid HF with dissolved KF have been investigated using the Car- Parrinello ab initio molecular dynamics scheme. Specifically, a system with stoichiometry KFċ2HF was studied at temperatures of 400K and 1000K. This system, which was started from a phase separated mixture, rapidly formed into solvated potassium ions and HnFn+1/sp- polyfluoride anions with n = 1, 2, 3, and 4. The resulting polyfluoride anions were classified, and their structures and dynamical behavior were compared with the known structures and spectra of crystalline compounds KF/cdot xHF and with theoretical predictions of isolated gas phase species. The present study reveals dramatic frequency shifts in the H atom vibrational modes with variation in the HF coordination number of the polyfluoride anion. In particular the FH wagging motion red shifts while the FH stretch blue shifts as n increases. The present calculations

  15. Ab initio structural and spectroscopic study of HPS{sup x} and HSP{sup x} (x = 0,+1,−1) in the gas phase

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    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.

  16. Direct phase selection of initial phases from single-wavelength anomalous dispersion (SAD) for the improvement of electron density and ab initio structure determination

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    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.

  17. Towards an ab initio description of correlated materials

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    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

  18. Direct phase selection of initial phases from single-wavelength anomalous dispersion (SAD) for the improvement of electron density and ab initio structure determination

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    Chen, Chung-De; Huang, Yen-Chieh; Chiang, Hsin-Lin; Hsieh, Yin-Cheng; Guan, Hong-Hsiang; Chuankhayan, Phimonphan; Chen, Chun-Jung

    2014-01-01

    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 (ϕ1 and ϕ2) 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 θDS list as a criterion to select optimized phases ϕam from ϕ1 or ϕ2 of a subset of reflections with a high percentage of correct phases to replace the corresponding initial SAD phases ϕSAD has been developed. Based on this work, reflections with an angle θDS in the range 35–145° are selected for an optimized improvement, where θDS is the angle between the initial phase ϕSAD and a preliminary density-modification (DM) phase ϕDM 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. PMID:25195747

  19. Direct phase selection of initial phases from single-wavelength anomalous dispersion (SAD) for the improvement of electron density and ab initio structure determination.

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    Chen, Chung-De; Huang, Yen-Chieh; Chiang, Hsin-Lin; Hsieh, Yin-Cheng; Guan, Hong-Hsiang; Chuankhayan, Phimonphan; Chen, Chun-Jung

    2014-09-01

    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 (φ1 and φ2) 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(DS) list as a criterion to select optimized phases φ(am) from φ1 or φ2 of a subset of reflections with a high percentage of correct phases to replace the corresponding initial SAD phases φ(SAD) has been developed. Based on this work, reflections with an angle θ(DS) in the range 35-145° are selected for an optimized improvement, where θ(DS) is the angle between the initial phase φ(SAD) and a preliminary density-modification (DM) phase φ(DM)(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.

  20. Ab-initio calculations on melting of thorium

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    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.

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

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

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

  2. Spin-orbit decomposition of ab initio nuclear wave functions

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    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.

  3. Towards AB Initio Calculation of the Circular Dichroism of Peptides

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    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.

  4. Ab Initio Calculations Of Light-Ion Reactions

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    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.

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

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

    1995-01-01

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

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

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    Broido, David

    2015-03-01

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

  7. Local Environment Distribution in Ab Initio Liquid Water

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    Santra, Biswajit; Distasio, Robert A., Jr.; Car, Roberto

    2013-03-01

    We have analyzed the distribution of local environments in liquid water at ambient conditions and its inherent potential energy surface (IPES) based on state-of-the-art ab initio molecular dynamics simulations performed on 128 molecules implementing hybrid PBE0 exchange [PRB 79, 085102 (2009)] and van der Waals (vdW) interactions [PRL 102, 073005 (2009)]. The local environments of molecules are characterized in terms of the local structure index (LSI) [JCP 104, 7671 (1996)] which is able to distinguish high- and low-density molecular environments. In agreement with simulations based on model potentials, we find that the distribution of LSI is unimodal at ambient conditions and bimodal in the IPES, consistent with the existence of polymorphism in amorphous phases of water. At ambient conditions spatial LSI fluctuations extend up to ~7 Å and their dynamical correlation decays on a time scale of ~3 ps, as found for density fluctuations in a recent study [PRL 106, 037801 (2011)]. DOE: DE-SC0008626, DOE: DE-SC0005180, NSF: CHE-0956500

  8. FTIR, Raman spectra and ab initio calculations of 2-mercaptobenzothiazole.

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    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

  9. GAUSSIAN 76: An ab initio Molecular Orbital Program

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

    1978-01-01

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

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

  12. Acceleration of the Convergence in ab initio Atomic Relaxations

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    Zhao, Zhengji; Wang, Lin-Wang; Meza, Juan

    2006-03-01

    Atomic relaxations is often required to accurately describe the properties of nanosystems. In ab initio calculations, a common practice is to use a standard search algorithm, such as BFGS (Broyden-Fletcher-Goldfarb-Shanno) or CG (conjugate gradient) method, which starts the atomic relaxations without any knowledge of the Hessian matrix of the system. For example, the initial Hessian in BFGS method is often set to identity, and there is no preconditioning to CG method. One way to accelerate the convergence of the atomic relaxations is to estimate an approximate Hessian matrix of the system and then use it as the initial Hessian in BFGS method or a preconditioner in CG method. Previous attempts to obtain the approximated Hessian were focused on the use of classical force field models which rely on the existence of good parameters. Here, we present an alternative method to estimate the Hessian matrix of a nanosystem. First, we decompose the system into motifs which consist of a few atoms, then calculate the Hessian matrix elements on different motif types from ab initio calculations for small prototype systems. Then we generate the Hessian Matrix of the whole system by putting together these motif Hessians. We have applied our motif-based Hessian matrix in ab initio atomic relaxations in several bulk (with/without impurity) and quantum dot systems, and have found a speed up factor of 2 to 4 depending on the system size.

  13. A highly accurate ab initio potential energy surface for methane

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

    2016-09-01

    A new nine-dimensional potential energy surface (PES) for methane has been generated using state-of-the-art ab initio theory. The PES is based on explicitly correlated coupled cluster calculations with extrapolation to the complete basis set limit and incorporates a range of higher-level additive energy corrections. These include core-valence electron correlation, higher-order coupled cluster terms beyond perturbative triples, scalar relativistic effects, and the diagonal Born-Oppenheimer correction. Sub-wavenumber accuracy is achieved for the majority of experimentally known vibrational energy levels with the four fundamentals of 12CH4 reproduced with a root-mean-square error of 0.70 cm-1. The computed ab initio equilibrium C-H bond length is in excellent agreement with previous values despite pure rotational energies displaying minor systematic errors as J (rotational excitation) increases. It is shown that these errors can be significantly reduced by adjusting the equilibrium geometry. The PES represents the most accurate ab initio surface to date and will serve as a good starting point for empirical refinement.

  14. A highly accurate ab initio potential energy surface for methane.

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

    2016-09-14

    A new nine-dimensional potential energy surface (PES) for methane has been generated using state-of-the-art ab initio theory. The PES is based on explicitly correlated coupled cluster calculations with extrapolation to the complete basis set limit and incorporates a range of higher-level additive energy corrections. These include core-valence electron correlation, higher-order coupled cluster terms beyond perturbative triples, scalar relativistic effects, and the diagonal Born-Oppenheimer correction. Sub-wavenumber accuracy is achieved for the majority of experimentally known vibrational energy levels with the four fundamentals of (12)CH4 reproduced with a root-mean-square error of 0.70 cm(-1). The computed ab initio equilibrium C-H bond length is in excellent agreement with previous values despite pure rotational energies displaying minor systematic errors as J (rotational excitation) increases. It is shown that these errors can be significantly reduced by adjusting the equilibrium geometry. The PES represents the most accurate ab initio surface to date and will serve as a good starting point for empirical refinement. PMID:27634258

  15. Diffusion in liquid Germanium using ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Kulkarni, R. V.; Aulbur, W. G.; Stroud, D.

    1996-03-01

    We describe the results of calculations of the self-diffusion constant of liquid Ge over a range of temperatures. The calculations are carried out using an ab initio molecular dynamics scheme which combines an LDA model for the electronic structure with the Bachelet-Hamann-Schlüter norm-conserving pseudopotentials^1. The energies associated with electronic degrees of freedom are minimized using the Williams-Soler algorithm, and ionic moves are carried out using the Verlet algorithm. We use an energy cutoff of 10 Ry, which is sufficient to give results for the lattice constant and bulk modulus of crystalline Ge to within 1% and 12% of experiment. The program output includes not only the self-diffusion constant but also the structure factor, electronic density of states, and low-frequency electrical conductivity. We will compare our results with other ab initio and semi-empirical calculations, and discuss extension to impurity diffusion. ^1 We use the ab initio molecular dynamics code fhi94md, developed at 1cm the Fritz-Haber Institute, Berlin. ^2 Work supported by NASA, Grant NAG3-1437.

  16. Ab Initio Nuclear Structure and Reaction Calculations for Rare Isotopes

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    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).

  17. Ab initio calculations of reactions with light nuclei

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    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.

  18. Ab initio calculations for industrial materials engineering: successes and challenges.

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    Wimmer, Erich; Najafabadi, Reza; Young, George A; Ballard, Jake D; Angeliu, Thomas M; Vollmer, James; Chambers, James J; Niimi, Hiroaki; Shaw, Judy B; Freeman, Clive; Christensen, Mikael; Wolf, Walter; Saxe, Paul

    2010-09-29

    Computational materials science based on ab initio calculations has become an important partner to experiment. This is demonstrated here for the effect of impurities and alloying elements on the strength of a Zr twist grain boundary, the dissociative adsorption and diffusion of iodine on a zirconium surface, the diffusion of oxygen atoms in a Ni twist grain boundary and in bulk Ni, and the dependence of the work function of a TiN-HfO(2) junction on the replacement of N by O atoms. In all of these cases, computations provide atomic-scale understanding as well as quantitative materials property data of value to industrial research and development. There are two key challenges in applying ab initio calculations, namely a higher accuracy in the electronic energy and the efficient exploration of large parts of the configurational space. While progress in these areas is fueled by advances in computer hardware, innovative theoretical concepts combined with systematic large-scale computations will be needed to realize the full potential of ab initio calculations for industrial applications.

  19. A highly accurate ab initio potential energy surface for methane.

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

    2016-09-14

    A new nine-dimensional potential energy surface (PES) for methane has been generated using state-of-the-art ab initio theory. The PES is based on explicitly correlated coupled cluster calculations with extrapolation to the complete basis set limit and incorporates a range of higher-level additive energy corrections. These include core-valence electron correlation, higher-order coupled cluster terms beyond perturbative triples, scalar relativistic effects, and the diagonal Born-Oppenheimer correction. Sub-wavenumber accuracy is achieved for the majority of experimentally known vibrational energy levels with the four fundamentals of (12)CH4 reproduced with a root-mean-square error of 0.70 cm(-1). The computed ab initio equilibrium C-H bond length is in excellent agreement with previous values despite pure rotational energies displaying minor systematic errors as J (rotational excitation) increases. It is shown that these errors can be significantly reduced by adjusting the equilibrium geometry. The PES represents the most accurate ab initio surface to date and will serve as a good starting point for empirical refinement.

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

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    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

  1. Ab initio study on the low-lying excited states of gas-phase PH+ cation including spin-orbit coupling

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    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.

  2. Ab Initio Calculations of Water Line Strengths

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    Schwenke, David W.; Partridge, Harry

    1998-01-01

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

  3. Ab initio studies on phase transition, thermoelastic, superconducting and thermodynamic properties of the compressed cubic phase of AlH3

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    Wei, Yong-Kai; Ge, Ni-Na; Chen, Xiang-Rong; Ji, Guang-Fu; Cai, Ling-Cang; Gu, Zhuo-Wei

    2014-03-01

    The phase transition, thermoelastic, lattice dynamic, and thermodynamic properties of the cubic metallic phase AlH3 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 Tc was calculated using the Allen-Dynes modification of the McMillan formula based on BCS theory. The calculations show that Tc for the cubic phase AlH3 is 8.5 K (μ*=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 AlH3. And the evolution of Tc with pressure follows the corresponding change of this soft mode, i.e. this mode is responsible for the disappearance of Tc 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 Tc (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 AlH3 to be dynamically stabilized even for pressures below 73 GPa. It is reasonable to deduced that if special

  4. Ab initio studies on phase transition, thermoelastic, superconducting and thermodynamic properties of the compressed cubic phase of AlH{sub 3}

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    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

  5. Ab Initio Many-Body Calculations Of Nucleon-Nucleus Scattering

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    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.

  6. An ab initio MIA study of TIBO derivatives R79882 and R82913

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    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.

  7. Toward ab initio extremely metal poor stars

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    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.

  8. Ab initio cluster study of crystalline NaF

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    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.

  9. Ab initio molecular simulations with numeric atom-centered orbitals

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    Blum, Volker; Gehrke, Ralf; Hanke, Felix; Havu, Paula; Havu, Ville; Ren, Xinguo; Reuter, Karsten; Scheffler, Matthias

    2009-11-01

    We describe a complete set of algorithms for ab initio molecular simulations based on numerically tabulated atom-centered orbitals (NAOs) to capture a wide range of molecular and materials properties from quantum-mechanical first principles. The full algorithmic framework described here is embodied in the Fritz Haber Institute "ab initio molecular simulations" (FHI-aims) computer program package. Its comprehensive description should be relevant to any other first-principles implementation based on NAOs. The focus here is on density-functional theory (DFT) in the local and semilocal (generalized gradient) approximations, but an extension to hybrid functionals, Hartree-Fock theory, and MP2/GW electron self-energies for total energies and excited states is possible within the same underlying algorithms. An all-electron/full-potential treatment that is both computationally efficient and accurate is achieved for periodic and cluster geometries on equal footing, including relaxation and ab initio molecular dynamics. We demonstrate the construction of transferable, hierarchical basis sets, allowing the calculation to range from qualitative tight-binding like accuracy to meV-level total energy convergence with the basis set. Since all basis functions are strictly localized, the otherwise computationally dominant grid-based operations scale as O(N) with system size N. Together with a scalar-relativistic treatment, the basis sets provide access to all elements from light to heavy. Both low-communication parallelization of all real-space grid based algorithms and a ScaLapack-based, customized handling of the linear algebra for all matrix operations are possible, guaranteeing efficient scaling (CPU time and memory) up to massively parallel computer systems with thousands of CPUs.

  10. Ab initio quantum chemical study of electron transfer in carboranes

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    Pati, Ranjit; Pineda, Andrew C.; Pandey, Ravindra; Karna, Shashi P.

    2005-05-01

    The electron transfer (ET) properties of 10- and 12-vertex carboranes are investigated by the ab initio Hartree-Fock method within the Marcus-Hush (MH) two-state model and the Koopman theorem (KT) approach. The calculated value of the ET coupling matrix element, VAB, is consistently higher in the KT approach than in the MH two-state model. For the carborane molecules functionalized by -CH 2 groups at C-vertices, VAB strongly depends on the relative orientation of the planes containing the terminal -CH 2 groups. The predicted conformation dependence of VAB offers a molecular mechanism to control ET between two active centers in molecular systems.

  11. Ab-initio study of transition metal hydrides

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    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.

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

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

    1994-01-01

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

  13. Accelerating ab initio molecular dynamics simulations by linear prediction methods

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    Herr, Jonathan D.; Steele, Ryan P.

    2016-09-01

    Acceleration of ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations can be reliably achieved by extrapolation of electronic data from previous timesteps. Existing techniques utilize polynomial least-squares regression to fit previous steps' Fock or density matrix elements. In this work, the recursive Burg 'linear prediction' technique is shown to be a viable alternative to polynomial regression, and the extrapolation-predicted Fock matrix elements were three orders of magnitude closer to converged elements. Accelerations of 1.8-3.4× were observed in test systems, and in all cases, linear prediction outperformed polynomial extrapolation. Importantly, these accelerations were achieved without reducing the MD integration timestep.

  14. Exploring Transition Metal Catalyzed Reactions via AB Initio Reaction Pathways

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    Hratchian, Hrant P.

    2011-06-01

    The study and prediction of chemical reactivity is one of the most influential contributions of quantum chemistry. A central concept in the theoretical treatment of chemical reactions is the reaction pathway, which can be quite difficult to integrate accurately and efficiently. This talk will outline our developments in the integration of these pathways on ab initio potential energy surfaces. We will also describe results from recent studies on the kinetics of transition metal catalyzed reactions, including the importance of vibrational coupling to the reaction coordinate and the role of this coupling in catalytic rate enhancement.

  15. Ab-initio study of napthelene based conducting polymer

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    Ruhela, Ankur; Kanchan, Reena; Srivastava, Anurag; Sinha, O. P.

    2014-04-24

    In this paper, we have identified structural and electronic properties of conducting polymers by using DFT based ATK-VNL ab-initio tool. Naphthalene derivative structures were stabilized by varying the bond length between two atoms of the molecule C-N and C-C. We have also studied the molecular energy spectrum of naphthalene derivatives and found the HOMOLUMO for the same. A comparison of structural and electronic properties of naphthalene derivatives by attaching the functional group of amine, have been performed and found that they show good semi conducting properties.

  16. Ab Initio Computation of the Energies of Circular Quantum Dots

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    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.

  17. Ab-Initio Shell Model with a Core

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    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.

  18. Pseudorotation motion in tetrahydrofuran: an ab initio study.

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    Rayón, Víctor M; Sordo, Jose A

    2005-05-22

    The use of different models based on experimental information about the observed level splitings, rotational constants, and far-infrared transition frequencies leads to different predictions on the equilibrium geometry for tetrahydrofuran. High-level ab initio calculations [coupled cluster singles, doubles (triples)/complete basis set (second order Moller-Plesset triple, quadrupole, quintuple)+zero-point energy(anharmonic)] suggest that the equilibrium conformation of tetrahydrofuran is an envelope C(s) structure. The theoretical geometrical parameters might be helpful to plan further microwave spectroscopic studies in order to get a physical interpretation of the measurements.

  19. Ab initio study of AlxMoNbTiV high-entropy alloys.

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    Cao, Peiyu; Ni, Xiaodong; Tian, Fuyang; Varga, Lajos K; Vitos, Levente

    2015-02-25

    The Al(x)MoNbTiV (x = 0-1.5) high-entropy alloys (HEAs) adopt a single solid-solution phase, having the body centered cubic (bcc) crystal structure. Here we employ the ab initio exact muffin-tin orbitals method in combination with the coherent potential approximation to investigate the equilibrium volume, elastic constants, and polycrystalline elastic moduli of Al(x)MoNbTiV HEAs. A comparison between the ab initio and experimental equilibrium volumes demonstrates the validity and accuracy of the present approach. Our results indicate that Al addition decreases the thermodynamic stability of the bcc structure with respect to face-centered cubic and hexagonal close packed lattices. For the elastically isotropic Al(0.4)MoNbTiV HEAs, the valence electron concentration (VEC) is about 4.82, which is slightly different from VEC ∼ 4.72 obtained for the isotropic Gum metals and refractory--HEAs. PMID:25640032

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

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    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.

  1. Ab initio Calculations of Solvation Processes in Volcanic Gases

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    Lemke, K.; Seward, T.

    2006-12-01

    The structures and thermochemical properties of hydrated ions and neutral molecules play an important role in our understanding of solvent clustering and hydrogen bonding in the gas phase. Considerable effort therefore has been devoted to both the experimental and theoretical determination of stepwise hydration energies of geochemically important ions and neutral molecules with solvents, for instance H2O or H2S, over a broad range of temperatures typical of those encountered in volcanic gases. Because volcanic gases contain mutiple solute and solvent components which are subject to proton transfer, competive solvation and solvent switching, characterizing individual clusters has been a fundamental challenge to a molecular-level understanding of high temperature gas-phase solvation. However, recent advances in computational chemistry methods, especially Pople´s Gaussian (G-n) and complete basis set limit (CBS-x) model chemistries, now allow characterization of the dominant cluster structures and thermochemical properties of solute-solvent and solvent-solvent interactions in high temperature volcanic gases. Building on reported measurements of volcanic gases at Vesuvio, Italy, and Showa-Shinzan, Japan, as well as our recent investigations of ion-hydration we have re-examined the high temperature clustering equilibria of the small hydronium (H3O+) and ammonium (NH4+) ions as well as neutral ammonia and sulphur species with H2O and/or H2S using ab initio quantum chemical methods. From our study, we find that most of the gas phase ions tend to associate with a small number of H2O and H2S molecules to yield a hydrated ion cluster even at low humidities. Furthermore, inspection of van´t Hoff data demonstrate that (1) hydration energies of ions are shifted to less exergonic values as the solvent shell grows and the composition shifts from water-rich to hydrogen sulphide rich, (2) ion-cluster size increases with decreasing temperature at constant humidity, (3) attachment

  2. Three-cluster dynamics within an ab initio framework

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

    2013-09-26

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

  3. Finite Elements in Ab Initio Electronic-Structure Calulations

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

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

  4. AB INITIO SIMULATIONS FOR MATERIAL PROPERTIES ALONG THE JUPITER ADIABAT

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    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.

  5. Ab initio dynamics of the cytochrome P450 hydroxylation reaction

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    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.

  6. Unified ab initio approaches to nuclear structure and reactions

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    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.

  7. Ab initio study of hot electrons in GaAs.

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

    2015-04-28

    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.

  8. Ab Initio Thermodynamic Model for Magnesium Carbonates and Hydrates

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    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.

  9. Ab initio study of hot electrons in GaAs

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

    2015-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-09-14

    We propose a way of obtaining effective low energy Hubbard-like model Hamiltonians from ab initio quantum Monte Carlo calculations for molecular and extended systems. The Hamiltonian parameters are fit to best match the ab initio two-body density matrices and energies of the ground and excited states, and thus we refer to the method as ab initio density matrix based downfolding. For benzene (a finite system), we find good agreement with experimentally available energy gaps without using any experimental inputs. For graphene, a two dimensional solid (extended system) with periodic boundary conditions, we find the effective on-site Hubbard U{sup ∗}/t 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.

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

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

    2015-09-14

    We propose a way of obtaining effective low energy Hubbard-like model Hamiltonians from ab initio quantum Monte Carlo calculations for molecular and extended systems. The Hamiltonian parameters are fit to best match the ab initio two-body density matrices and energies of the ground and excited states, and thus we refer to the method as ab initio density matrix based downfolding. For benzene (a finite system), we find good agreement with experimentally available energy gaps without using any experimental inputs. For graphene, a two dimensional solid (extended system) with periodic boundary conditions, we find the effective on-site Hubbard U(∗)/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. PMID:26374007

  12. Epitaxial strain induced ferroelectricity in rocksalt binary compound: Hybrid functional Ab initio calculation and soft mode group theory analysis

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    Kim, Bog G.

    2011-05-01

    We have studied the detailed mechanism of epitaxial strain induced ferroelectricity in rocksalt binary compound by ab initio calculation and soft mode group theory analysis. By applying compressive strain, cubic binary rocksalt (F m3m) transforms into tetragonal (I 4/mmm) structure. With increasing compressive strain, tetragonal structure becomes unstable against spontaneous transformation to lower symmetry tetragonal structure (I 4/mm), evident both from ab initio calculation and from soft mode group theory analysis. For the tensile strain, phase transition sequence can be cubic binary rocksalt to tetragonal (I 4/mmm) and to orthorhombic structure (I m2m). From ab initio calculation and space group analysis, we propose that the epitaxial strain induced ferroelectricity of rocksalt binary compound is the generic property.

  13. Free Energies of Chemical Reactions in Solution and in Enzymes with Ab Initio Quantum Mechanics/Molecular Mechanics Methods

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    Hu, Hao; Yang, Weitao

    2008-05-01

    Combined quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) methods provide an accurate and efficient energetic description of complex chemical and biological systems, leading to significant advances in the understanding of chemical reactions in solution and in enzymes. Here we review progress in QM/MM methodology and applications, focusing on ab initio QM-based approaches. Ab initio QM/MM methods capitalize on the accuracy and reliability of the associated quantum-mechanical approaches, however, at a much higher computational cost compared with semiempirical quantum-mechanical approaches. Thus reaction-path and activation free-energy calculations based on ab initio QM/MM methods encounter unique challenges in simulation timescales and phase-space sampling. This review features recent developments overcoming these challenges and enabling accurate free-energy determination for reaction processes in solution and in enzymes, along with applications.

  14. Free energies of chemical reactions in solution and in enzymes with ab initio quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics methods.

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    Hu, Hao; Yang, Weitao

    2008-01-01

    Combined quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) methods provide an accurate and efficient energetic description of complex chemical and biological systems, leading to significant advances in the understanding of chemical reactions in solution and in enzymes. Here we review progress in QM/MM methodology and applications, focusing on ab initio QM-based approaches. Ab initio QM/MM methods capitalize on the accuracy and reliability of the associated quantum-mechanical approaches, however, at a much higher computational cost compared with semiempirical quantum-mechanical approaches. Thus reaction-path and activation free-energy calculations based on ab initio QM/MM methods encounter unique challenges in simulation timescales and phase-space sampling. This review features recent developments overcoming these challenges and enabling accurate free-energy determination for reaction processes in solution and in enzymes, along with applications.

  15. Ab Initio Treatment of Lower Mantle Mineral Solvi.

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    Jung, D. Y.; Oganov, A. R.; Schmidt, M. W.

    2006-12-01

    The lower mantle of the Earth extends from about 670 to 2980 km depth and consists mainly of MgSiO3- perovskite (~ 70 vol%), (Mg,Fe)O magnesiowüstite (~ 20 vol%) and CaSiO3-perovskite (~ 10 vol%). To obtain a realistic picture of the lower mantle, it is necessary to consider the perovskite minerals as coexisting solid solutions with a large miscibility gap, as this is the case in nature. In this work we investigate the solvi of the three binaries in the Ca-perovskite - Mg-perovskite - corundum ternary, i.e. the solid solutions relevant for the Earth's lower mantle minerals in a simplified CMAS system. It is possible to calculate thermodynamic properties, structures and energetics of the individual minerals at extreme conditions of the mantle using ab initio methods, such as the density functional theory (DFT). We use the DFT together with the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) and the projector augmented wave (PAW) method, as implemented in the VASP code. The binary solvi are modelled through a subregular solid solution model together with point defect calculations at different pressures in the lower mantle regime. Point defects in the (Ca,Mg)-perovskite system are simple substitutions, but in MgSiO3-Al2O3 there is a coupled charge substitution of 2Al3+ with Mg2+Si^{4+}. Additionally, different symmetries of the perovskite (and akimotoite/ilmenite for MgSiO3) structures have been taken into account, thus allowing for phase transitions in solid solutions. At pressures and temperatures of the lower mantle, the solvus in the (Ca,Mg)SiO3 system remains wide open and solubilities of Ca in Mg-perovskite and Mg in Ca-perovskite decrease with pressure (at constant temperature and along any adiabatic geotherm). Calculations on the MgSiO3-Al2O3 (akimotoite-corundum) solvus show higher solubilities. Still, we find it unlikely that Ca-perovskite would disappear (i.e. fully dissolve in Mg-perovskite) at conditions of the lower mantle, at last not in the simplified CMAS

  16. Summation of Parquet diagrams as an ab initio method in nuclear structure calculations

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    Bergli, Elise; Hjorth-Jensen, Morten

    2011-05-15

    Research Highlights: > We present a Green's function based approach for doing ab initio nuclear structure calculations. > In particular the sum the subset of so-called Parquet diagrams. > Applying the theory to a simple but realistic model, results in good agreement with other ab initio methods. > This opens up for ab initio calculations for medium-heavy nuclei. - Abstract: In this work we discuss the summation of the Parquet class of diagrams within Green's function theory as a possible framework for ab initio nuclear structure calculations. The theory is presented and some numerical details are discussed, in particular the approximations employed. We apply the Parquet method to a simple model, and compare our results with those from an exact solution. The main conclusion is that even at the level of approximation presented here, the results shows good agreement with other comparable ab initio approaches.

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

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    Good, Brian S.

    2003-01-01

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

  18. Ab initio study of Z2 topological phases in perovskite (111) (SrTiO3)7/(SrIrO3)2 and (KTaO3)7/(KPtO3)2 multilayers

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    Lado, J. L.; Pardo, V.; Baldomir, D.

    2013-10-01

    Honeycomb structures formed by the growth of perovskite 5d transition metal oxide heterostructures along the (111) direction in a t2g5 configuration can give rise to topological ground states characterized by a topological index ν=1, as reported by Xiao [Nat. Commun.2041-172310.1038/ncomms1602 2, 596 (2011)]. Using a combination of a tight binding model and ab initio calculations we study the multilayers (SrTiO3)7/(SrIrO3)2 and (KTaO3)7/(KPtO3)2 as a function of parity asymmetry, on-site interaction U, and uniaxial strain and determine the nature and evolution of the gap. According to our density functional theory calculations, (SrTiO3)7/(SrIrO3)2 is found to be a topological semimetal whereas (KTaO3)7/(KPtO3)2 is found to present a topological insulating phase that can be understood as the high U limit of the previous one, that can be driven to a trivial insulating phase by a perpendicular external electric field.

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

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    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.

  20. Quasi-Ab initio molecular dynamic study of Fe melting

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    Belonoshko; Ahuja; Johansson

    2000-04-17

    We have investigated the melting of hcp Fe at high pressure by employing molecular dynamics simulations in conjunction with the full potential linear muffin tin orbital method. Apart from being of fundamental value, the melting of iron at high pressure is also important for our understanding of the Earth. The subject of iron melting at high pressures is controversial. The experimental data for the iron melting temperature can be separated into two regions, "low" and "high." Here we present an ab initio simulated iron melting curve which is in agreement with the low temperatures at lower pressures, but is in excellent agreement with the high-mostly shockwave-temperatures at high pressures. A comparison with available data lends support to the presented iron melting curve.

  1. Effective pair potentials using an ab initio variational approach

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    Faussurier, Gérald; Blancard, Christophe; Silvestrelli, Pier Luigi

    2010-01-01

    We used a variational approach adapted to a quantum molecular-dynamics code to determine the best reference potential for warm dense aluminum. This ab initio variational approach was based on the Gibbs-Bogolyubov inequality. We used many-body reference systems interacting through inverse-power-law potentials, among which the Coulomb potential was a particular case defining the classical one-component plasma model. By comparisons with full quantum molecular-dynamics simulations, we found that the Coulomb potential was not always the best reference potential. We calculated the self-diffusion coefficient and the shear viscosity and discussed the results obtained using the Chisolm-Wallace relation in the warm dense matter regime.

  2. Ab Initio Calculations of Excited Carrier Dynamics in Gallium Nitride

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    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.

  3. Ab initio water pair potential with flexible monomers.

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    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.

  4. Ab initio study of guanine damage by hydroxyl radical.

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    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

  5. Ab initio engineering of materials with stacked hexagonal tin frameworks

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    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.

  6. Ab initio engineering of materials with stacked hexagonal tin frameworks.

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    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.

  7. Ab initio study of palladium and silicon carbide

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    Schuck, Paul C; Stoller, Roger E; Shrader, David

    2011-01-01

    Ab initio methods have been used to investigate the properties of Pd as impurity in bulk SiC at five charge states within the framework of density functional theory using the local density spin approximation. Pd interstitials and substitutionals have similar energy to their intrinsic counterparts. In addition, Pd substitutes for a vacancy, di-vacancy, and tri-vacancy with similar energies. Pd will also diffuse through SiC via an interstitial mechanism employing the tetrahedral sites and Pd can substitute for Si and C at positive charge states. Removing electrons (p-type doping) from SiC lowers the formation and migration energies of Pd defects in SiC for most configurations.

  8. Ab Initio Study of KCl and NaCl Clusters

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    Brownrigg, Clifton; Hira, Ajit; Pacheco, Jose; Salazar, Justin

    2013-03-01

    We continue our interest in the theoretical study of molecular clusters to examine the chemical properties of small KnCln and NanCln clusters (n = 2 - 15). The potentially important role of these molecular species in biochemical and medicinal processes is well known. This work applies the hybrid ab initio methods of quantum chemistry to derive the different alkali-halide (MnHn) geometries. Of particular interest is the competition between hexagonal ring geometries and rock salt structures. Electronic energies, rotational constants, dipole moments, and vibrational frequencies for these geometries are calculated. Magic numbers for cluster stability are identified and are related to the property of cluster compactness. Mapping of the singlet, triplet, and quintet, potential energy surfaces is performed. Calculations have been performed to examine the interactions of these clusters with some atoms and molecules of biological interest, including O, O2, and Fe. The potential for design of new medicinal drugs is explored.

  9. Ab initio and RRKM calculations of o-benzyne pyrolysis

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    Deng, Wei-Qiao; Han, Ke-Li; Zhan, Ji-Ping; He, Guo-Zhong

    1998-05-01

    Recently, a new mechanism has been provided in the phenyl pyrolysis, that is, the phenyl dissociation favours the benzyne channel by losing an H atom [H. Wang, M. Frenklach, J. Phys. Chem., 98 (1994) 11465]. In this Letter, the dissociation of o-benzyne has been investigated by means of ab initio theory. The geometries and structures of o-benzyne with its pyrolysis products C 4H 2, C 2H 2 and also the transition state were optimized at the UHF/6-31G* level. The single point energies were refined by B3LYP/6-31G* calculations. The unimolecular rate constants for o-benzyne pyrolysis in different pressures were calculated by the Rice-Ramsperger-Kassel-Marcus (RRKM) method.

  10. Efficient Ab initio Modeling of Random Multicomponent Alloys.

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    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

  11. Ab initio water pair potential with flexible monomers.

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    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

  12. Reactive Monte Carlo sampling with an ab initio potential

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    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.

  13. Ab initio X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure Cumulants

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    Vila, F.; Rehr, J. J.; Rossner, H. H.; Krappe, H. J.

    2006-03-01

    Theoretical calculations of vibrational effects in x-ray absorption spectra typically employ semi-phenomenological models, e.g. empirical force constants or correlated Debye or Einstein models. Instead we introduce an efficient and generally applicable ab initio approach based on electronic structure calculations of the dynamical matrix together with the Lanczos recursion algorithm [1] and relations between the cumulants. The approach yields 1) the thermal expansion coefficients (first cumulant of the vibrational distribution function); 2) correlated Debye-Waller factors (second cumulants) and 3) anharmonic contributions (third cumulants). Results are presented for crystalline (Cu, Au, Ge, GaAs) and molecular (GeCl4, C6H6) systems. Our results for the Debye-Waller factors agree well with experiment. [1]H.J. Krappe and H.H. Rossner, Phys. Rev. B70, 104102 (2004).

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

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    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.

  15. Ab initio engineering of materials with stacked hexagonal tin frameworks

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    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

  16. Ab Initio Force Fields for Imidazolium-Based Ionic Liquids.

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    McDaniel, Jesse G; Choi, Eunsong; Son, Chang Yun; Schmidt, J R; Yethiraj, Arun

    2016-07-21

    We develop ab initio force fields for alkylimidazolium-based ionic liquids (ILs) that predict the density, heats of vaporization, diffusion, and conductivity that are in semiquantitative agreement with experimental data. These predictions are useful in light of the scarcity of and sometimes inconsistency in experimental heats of vaporization and diffusion coefficients. We illuminate physical trends in the liquid cohesive energy with cation chain length and anion. These trends are different than those based on the experimental heats of vaporization. Molecular dynamics prediction of the room temperature dynamics of such ILs is more difficult than is generally realized in the literature due to large statistical uncertainties and sensitivity to subtle force field details. We believe that our developed force fields will be useful for correctly determining the physics responsible for the structure/property relationships in neat ILs.

  17. Ab initio Potential Energy Surface for H-H2

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

    1993-01-01

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

  18. Quantum plasmonics: from jellium models to ab initio calculations

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    Varas, Alejandro; García-González, Pablo; Feist, Johannes; García-Vidal, F. J.; Rubio, Angel

    2016-08-01

    Light-matter interaction in plasmonic nanostructures is often treated within the realm of classical optics. However, recent experimental findings show the need to go beyond the classical models to explain and predict the plasmonic response at the nanoscale. A prototypical system is a nanoparticle dimer, extensively studied using both classical and quantum prescriptions. However, only very recently, fully ab initio time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) calculations of the optical response of these dimers have been carried out. Here, we review the recent work on the impact of the atomic structure on the optical properties of such systems. We show that TDDFT can be an invaluable tool to simulate the time evolution of plasmonic modes, providing fundamental understanding into the underlying microscopical mechanisms.

  19. The ab-initio density matrix renormalization group in practice

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    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.

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

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    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

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

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    Wu, Henry; Mayeshiba, Tam; Morgan, Dane

    2016-01-01

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

  2. Vibrational and ab initio molecular dynamics studies of bradykinin

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    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.

  3. The ab-initio density matrix renormalization group in practice

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    Olivares-Amaya, Roberto; Hu, Weifeng; Nakatani, Naoki; Sharma, Sandeep; Yang, Jun; Chan, Garnet Kin-Lic

    2015-01-01

    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.

  4. 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. PMID:26754622

  5. Study of B1 (NaCl-type) to B2 (CsCl-type) pressure-induced structural phase transition in BaS, BaSe and BaTe using ab initio computations

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    Zhou, X.; Roehl, J. L.; Lind, C.; Khare, S. V.

    2013-02-01

    We have studied the pressure-induced phase transitions from NaCl-type (B1) to CsCl-type (B2) structure in BaS, BaSe and BaTe by using ab initio density functional theory computations in the local density approximation. The Buerger and WTM mechanisms were explored by mapping the enthalpy contours in two- and four-dimensional configuration space for the two mechanisms, respectively. Transition pressures for BaS, BaSe and BaTe were determined to be 5.5 GPa, 4.9 GPa and 3.4 GPa, respectively. From these configuration space landscapes, a low enthalpy barrier path was constructed for the transitions to proceed at three different pressures. We obtained barriers of 0.18, 0.16 and 0.15 eV/pair (17.4, 15.4 and 14.5 kJ mol-1) for the Buerger mechanism and 0.13, 0.13 and 0.12 eV/pair (12.5, 12.5 and 11.6 kJ mol-1) for the WTM mechanism at the transition pressures for BaS, BaSe and BaTe, respectively, indicating that the WTM mechanism is slightly more favorable in these compounds. We describe the difference between the two mechanisms by differences in their symmetry and atomic coordination.

  6. Operator evolution for ab initio theory of light nuclei

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    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

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

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    Pal, Soumyadipta Mahadevan, Priya; Biswas, C.

    2015-06-24

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

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

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    Good, Brian S.

    2004-01-01

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

  9. Ab initio construction of magnetic phase diagrams in alloys: The case of Fe1-xMnxPt

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    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 phase diagram is demonstrated.

  10. Phase transition study of confined water molecules inside carbon nanotubes: hierarchical multiscale method from molecular dynamics simulation to ab initio calculation.

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    Javadian, Soheila; Taghavi, Fariba; Yari, Faramarz; Hashemianzadeh, Seyed Majid

    2012-09-01

    In this study, the mechanism of the temperature-dependent phase transition of confined water inside a (9,9) single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) was studied using the hierarchical multi-scale modeling techniques of molecular dynamics (MD) and density functional theory (DFT). The MD calculations verify the formation of hexagonal ice nanotubes at the phase transition temperature T(c)=275K by a sharp change in the location of the oxygen atoms inside the SWCNT. Natural bond orbital (NBO) analysis provides evidence of considerable intermolecular charge transfer during the phase transition and verifies that the ice nanotube contains two different forms of hydrogen bonding due to confinement. Nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) analyses were used to demonstrate the fundamental influence of intermolecular hydrogen bonding interactions on the formation and electronic structure of ice nanotubes. In addition, the NQR analysis revealed that the rearrangement of nano-confined water molecules during the phase transition could be detected directly by the orientation of ¹⁷O atom EFG tensor components related to the molecular frame axes. The effects of nanoscale confinements in ice nanotubes and water clusters were analyzed by experimentally observable NMR and NQR parameters. These findings showed a close relationship between the phase behavior and orientation of the electronic structure in nanoscale structures and demonstrate the usefulness of NBO and NQR parameters for detecting phase transition phenomena in nanoscale confining environments.

  11. Ab initio density functional theory investigation of the structural, electronic and optical properties of Ca{sub 3}Sb{sub 2} in hexagonal and cubic phases

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    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.

  12. Ab initio density functional theory investigation of the structural, electronic and optical properties of Ca3Sb2 in hexagonal and cubic phases

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    Arghavani Nia, Borhan; Sedighi, Matin; Shahrokhi, Masoud; Moradian, Rostam

    2013-11-01

    A density functional theory study of structural, electronical and optical properties of Ca3Sb2 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 Ca3Sb2 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.

  13. Ab initio calculations of As-vacancy interactions in silicon

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    Xie, J.; Chen, S.P.

    1999-04-01

    Atomistic simulation of a vacancy-assisted dopant diffusion in silicon needs details of the dopant-vacancy interaction, i.e., the potential as a functional of dopant-vacancy separations. In this paper, the authors present a detailed study on the energetics of As-vacancy reaction in silicon and the lattice distortions surrounding the As-vacancy defect by using an ab initio plane wave pseudopotential method and the density functional theory (DFT). A potential-energy diagram as a function of As-vacancy separation is provided, which can be used in the atomistic diffusion simulations. The authors also calculate the binding energy and the formation energy of different complexes such as AsV, As{sub 2}V and AsV{sub 2} (V represents vacancy). They find that the stable configuration of As{sub 2}V is As-V-As, while the stable configuration of AsV{sub 2} is As-V-V. The nature of the binding between As and vacancy is explained from the lattice distortions and the change of chemical bond configuration introduced by the As-vacancy complex.

  14. Ab initio studies of phosphorene island single electron transistor

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

    2016-05-01

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

  15. Ab initio description of the exotic unbound 7He nucleus

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    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

  16. Engineering Room-temperature Superconductors Via ab-initio Calculations

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    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.

  17. Ab Initio Study of Covalently Functionalized Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes

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    Jha, Sanjiv; Hammouri, Mahmoud; Vasiliev, Igor; Magedov, Igor; Frolova, Liliya; Kalugin, Nikolai

    2014-03-01

    The electronic and structural properties of carbon nanomaterials can be affected by chemical functionalization. We apply ab initio computational methods based on density functional theory to study the properties of graphene and single-walled carbon nanotubes functionalized with benzyne. Our calculations are carried out using the SIESTA electronic structure code combined with the generalized gradient approximation for the exchange correlation functional. The calculated binding energies, densities of states, and band structures of functionalized graphene and carbon nanotubes are analyzed in comparison with the available experimental data. The surfaces of carbon nanotubes are found to be significantly more reactive toward benzyne molecules than the surface of graphene. The strength of interaction between benzyne and carbon nanotubes is affected by the curvature of the nanotube sidewall. The binding energies of benzyne molecules attached to both semiconducting zigzag and metallic armchair nanotubes increase with decreasing the nanotube diameter. Supported by NSF CHE-1112388, NMSU GREG Award, NSF ECCS-0925988, NIH-5P20RR016480-12, and NIH- P20 GM103451.

  18. Ab initio calculations of nuclear reactions important for astrophysics

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    Navratil, Petr; Dohet-Eraly, Jeremy; Calci, Angelo; Horiuchi, Wataru; Hupin, Guillaume; Quaglioni, Sofia

    2016-09-01

    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. One of the newly developed approaches is the No-Core Shell Model with Continuum (NCSMC), capable of describing both bound and scattering states in light nuclei simultaneously. We will present NCSMC results for reactions important for astrophysics that are difficult to measure at relevant low energies, such as 3He(α,γ)7Be and 3H(α,γ)7Li and 11C(p,γ)12N radiative capture, as well as the 3H(d,n)4He fusion. We will also address prospects of calculating the 2H(α,γ)6Li capture reaction within the NCSMC formalism. Prepared in part by LLNL under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344. Supported by the U.S. DOE, OS, NP, under Work Proposal No. SCW1158, and by the NSERC Grant No. SAPIN-2016-00033. TRIUMF receives funding from the NRC Canada.

  19. An Ab Initio Based Potential Energy Surface for Water

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

    1996-01-01

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

  20. Microsolvation of methyl hydrogen peroxide: Ab initio quantum chemical approach

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    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.

  1. Ab initio modelling of methane hydrate thermophysical properties.

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    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

  2. Ab initio calculation of infrared intensities for hydrogen peroxide

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

    1982-01-01

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

  3. An efficient approach to ab initio Monte Carlo simulation

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    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.

  4. Ab initio description of p-shell hypernuclei.

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    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

  5. Ab initio calculations of free-energy reaction barriers.

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    Bucko, T

    2008-02-13

    The theoretical description of chemical reactions was until recently limited to a 'static' approach in which important parameters such as the rate constant are deduced from the local topology of the potential energy surface close to minima and saddle points. Such an approach has, however, serious limitations. The growing computational power allows us now to use advanced simulation techniques to determine entropic effects accurately for medium-sized systems at ab initio level. Recently, we have implemented free-energy simulation techniques based on molecular dynamics, in particular on the blue-moon ensemble technique and on metadynamics, in the popular DFT code VASP. In the thermodynamic integration (blue-moon ensemble) technique, the free-energy profile is calculated as the path integral over the restoring forces along a parametrized reaction coordinate. In metadynamics, an image of the free-energy surface is constructed on the fly during the simulation by adding small repulsive Gaussian-shaped hills to the Lagrangian driving the dynamics. The two methods are tested on a simple chemical reaction-the nucleophilic substitution of methyl chloride by a chlorine anion.

  6. Ab initio calculations of free-energy reaction barriers

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    Bucko, T.

    2008-02-01

    The theoretical description of chemical reactions was until recently limited to a 'static' approach in which important parameters such as the rate constant are deduced from the local topology of the potential energy surface close to minima and saddle points. Such an approach has, however, serious limitations. The growing computational power allows us now to use advanced simulation techniques to determine entropic effects accurately for medium-sized systems at ab initio level. Recently, we have implemented free-energy simulation techniques based on molecular dynamics, in particular on the blue-moon ensemble technique and on metadynamics, in the popular DFT code VASP. In the thermodynamic integration (blue-moon ensemble) technique, the free-energy profile is calculated as the path integral over the restoring forces along a parametrized reaction coordinate. In metadynamics, an image of the free-energy surface is constructed on the fly during the simulation by adding small repulsive Gaussian-shaped hills to the Lagrangian driving the dynamics. The two methods are tested on a simple chemical reaction—the nucleophilic substitution of methyl chloride by a chlorine anion.

  7. Ab Initio Potential Energy Surface for H-H2

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

    1993-01-01

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

  8. Ab initio simulations of pseudomorphic silicene and germanene bidimensional heterostructures

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    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.

  9. Rational design of electrolyte components by ab initio calculations

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    Johansson, Patrik; Jacobsson, Per

    This paper is a small review of the use of computer simulations and especially the use of standard quantum-mechanical ab initio electronic structure calculations to rationally design and investigate different choices of chemicals/systems for lithium battery electrolytes. Covered systems and strategies to enhance the performance of electrolytes will range from assisting the interpretation of vibrational spectroscopy experiments over development of potentials for molecular dynamics simulations, to the design of new lithium salts and the lithium ion coordination in liquid, polymer, and gel polymer electrolytes. Examples of studied properties include the vibrational spectra of anions and ion pairs to characterize the nature and extent of the interactions present, the lithium ion affinities of anions, important for the salt solvation and the ability to provide a high concentration of charge carriers, the HOMO energies of the anions to estimate the stability versus oxidation, the anion volumes that correlate to the anion mobility, the lithium ion coordination and dynamics to reveal the limiting steps of lithium ion transport, etc.

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

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

    2009-05-28

    We apply ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) methods in conjunction with the thermodynamic integration or '{lambda}-path' technique to compute the intrinsic hydration free energies of Li{sup +}, Cl{sup -}, and Ag{sup +} ions. Using the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof functional, adapting methods developed for classical force field applications, and with consistent assumptions about surface potential ({phi}) contributions, we obtain absolute AIMD hydration free energies ({Delta}G{sub hyd}) within a few kcal/mol, or better than 4%, of Tissandier et al.'s [J. Phys. Chem. A 102, 7787 (1998)] experimental values augmented with the SPC/E water model {phi} predictions. The sums of Li{sup +}/Cl{sup -} and Ag{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.

  11. Accurate ab initio vibrational energies of methyl chloride

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

    2015-06-28

    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.

  12. The AB Initio Mia Method: Theoretical Development and Practical Applications

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    Peeters, Anik

    The bottleneck in conventional ab initio Hartree -Fock calculations is the storage of the electron repulsion integrals because their number increases with the fourth power of the number of basis functions. This problem can be solved by a combination of the multiplicative integral approximation (MIA) and the direct SCF method. The MIA approach was successfully applied in the geometry optimisation of some biologically interesting compounds like the neurolepticum Haloperidol and two TIBO derivatives, inactivators of HIV1. In this thesis the potency of the MIA-method is shown by the application of this method in the calculation of the forces on the nuclei. In addition, the MIA method enabled the development of a new model for performing crystal field studies: the supermolecule model. The results for this model are in better agreement with experimental data than the results for the point charge model. This is illustrated by the study of some small molecules in the solid state: 2,3-diketopiperazine, formamide oxime and two polymorphic forms of glycine, alpha-glycine and beta-glycine.

  13. Photo-induced isomerization of ethylene-bridged azobenzene explored by ab initio based non-adiabatic dynamics simulation: A comparative investigation of the isomerization in the gas and solution phases

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    Cao Jun; Liu Lihong; Fang Weihai; Xie Zhizhong; Zhang Yong

    2013-04-07

    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 CH{sub 3}OH 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 S{sub 1} relaxation of the photo-induced E{yields}Z process is only mildly affected by the solvent effect, the relatively slower S{sub 1} relaxation of the reverse reaction becomes even slower in the solution compared to the gas phase. The subsequent S{sub 0} dynamics from the conical intersection between S{sub 1} and S{sub 0} (CI{sub E}) to Z is accelerated in solution compared to the gas phase because of avoided re-crossing to the S{sub 1} state, while the S{sub 0} dynamics from the conical intersection between S{sub 1} and S{sub 0} (CI{sub 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.

  14. Infrared Spectroscopy with ab initio molecular dynamics simulations : gas phase floppy peptides of increasing size and complexity, in relation with IR-MPD experiments

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    Gaigeot, Marie-Pierre

    2009-03-01

    We present finite temperature DFT-based Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics (MD) simulations for the calculation of infrared spectra of complex molecular systems, either in the gas phase or in the condensed phase. We will review the fundamentals of the method, as well as the applicability and originality of finite temperature MD simulations for the purpose of modeling infrared spectra. Illustrations are taken from the infrared spectroscopy of alanine peptides of increasing size and complexity (from dipeptides to an octo-peptide) in the gas phase, in relation with IR-MPD (Infrared Multi Photon Dissociation) experiments : 300-400 K gas-phase action spectroscopy as devised on the CLIO platform at the University of Orsay-France or on the platform developed in the group of L. Snoek at Oxford-UK. A special emphasis on vibrational anharmonicities and how they can be extracted from molecular dynamics simulations will be put forward. Furthermore, band assignments in terms of atomic movements from MD is challenging and we have introduced a general method for obtaining effective normal modes of molecular systems from MD simulations.

  15. Ab-initio modeling of an anion C- 60 pseudopotential for fullerene-based compounds

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    Vrubel, Ivan I.; Polozkov, Roman G.; Ivanov, Vadim K.

    2016-08-01

    An anion C- 60 pseudopotential is determined from an ab-initio-based approach. First, ab-initio calculations are performed to calculate the electronic charge density and the total electrostatic potential. Second, the effective dependence of the pseudopotential on the radial degree of freedom is extracted from the angular average of the total electrostatic potential. Finally, the resulting effective pseudopotential is fitted to a simple analytical form which can be applied in further dynamical simulations of fullerene-based compounds.

  16. Relative stability and phase transitions under pressure of SrTiO3: ab initio FP-LAPW within GGA-PBEsol+TB-mBJ calculations

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    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.

  17. Topologically close-packed phases in binary transition-metal compounds: matching high-throughput ab initio calculations to an empirical structure map

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    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.

  18. {ital Ab initio} full charge-density study of the atomic volume of {alpha}-phase Fr, Ra, Ac, Th, Pa, U, Np, and Pu

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    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}

  19. Ab initio-based study for adatom kinetics on AlN(0001) surfaces during metal-organic vapor-phase epitaxy growth

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    Akiyama, Toru; Nakamura, Kohji; Ito, Tomonori

    2012-06-01

    The kinetics of Al and N adatoms on reconstructed AlN(0001) surfaces under growth conditions is investigated by performing first-principles pseudopotential calculations. Our calculations reveal that the adsorption of Al adatom strongly depends on the surface reconstruction while its diffusion is not affected by the reconstruction: the adsorption of Al adatom on the surface under N-rich conditions is much easier than that under H-rich conditions. These results indicate that the growth of AlN during metal-organic vapor-phase epitaxy is prominent under N-rich conditions rather than H-rich conditions, consistent with experimentally reported growth rate difference.

  20. Fingerprints of the hydrogen bond in the photoemission spectra of croconic acid condensed phase: An x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and ab-initio study

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    Bisti, F.; Stroppa, A.; Picozzi, S.; Ottaviano, L.

    2011-05-07

    The electronic structure of Croconic Acid in the condensed phase has been studied by comparing core level and valence band x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy experiments and first principles density functional theory calculations using the Heyd-Scuseria-Ernzerhof screened hybrid functional and the GW approximation. By exploring the photoemission spectra for different deposition thicknesses, we show how the formation of the hydrogen bond network modifies the O 1s core level lineshape. Moreover, the valence band can be explained only if the intermolecular interactions are taken into account in the theoretical approach.

  1. Ab initio study of the structural phase transitions of the double perovskites Sr2MWO6 (M=Zn, Ca, Mg)

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    Petralanda, U.; Etxebarria, I.

    2014-02-01

    We study the interplay of structural distortions in double perovskites Sr2MWO6 (M = Zn, Ca, Mg) by means of first-principles calculations and group theoretical analysis. Structure relaxations of the cubic, tetragonal, and monoclinic phases show that the ground states of the three compounds are monoclinic, although the energy difference between the monoclinic and tetragonal structures is very small in the case of Sr2MgWO6. The symmetry analysis of the distortions involved in the experimental and calculated low-temperature structures shows that the amplitude of two primary distortions associated to rigid rotations of the MX6 and WO6 octahedra are dominant, although the amplitude of a third mode related to deformations of the MX6 groups can not be neglected. The energy maps of the space spanned by the three relevant modes are calculated, and the couplings among the modes are evaluated, showing that the role of a hard secondary mode (in the Landau sense) coupled trilinearly to the two primary instabilities is crucial to stabilize the monoclinic ground state. Results suggest that the key role of the trilinear coupling among three modes could be rather common. A phenomenological theory including the effects of the chemical pressure is also developed. We find that the evolution of the stiffness constants in terms of the atomic substitution follows an accurate linear dependence and that the influence of quantum saturation of the order parameters could stabilize the tetragonal phase of Sr2MgWO6.

  2. Ab initio study of pressure induced structural and electronic properties in TmPo

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    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.

  3. Sulfamerazine: Understanding the Influence of Slip Planes in the Polymorphic Phase Transformation through X-Ray Crystallographic Studies and ab Initio Lattice Dynamics.

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    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.

  4. Ab initio full-potential study of mechanical properties and magnetic phase stability of californium monopnictides (CfN and CfP)

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    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.

  5. Ab-initio study of long-period superstructures and anti-phase boundaries in Al-rich γ-TiAl (L10)-based alloys

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    Ghosh, P. S.; Arya, A.; Kulkarni, U. D.; Dey, G. K.; Hata, S.; Nakano, T.; Hagihara, K.; Nakashima, H.

    2014-04-01

    In this work, we report first-principles investigation of structural stability of all experimentally observed ordered long-period superstructures (LPSs), viz., r-Al2Ti, h-Al2Ti, Al5Ti3 along with Al5Ti3‧, Al11Ti7 and Al3Ti2 LPSs, which are observed only as short-range ordered clusters at nanoscale level in Al-rich TiAl-based alloys. We adopt a procedure based on space-filling tiling arrangement of ordered Ti2Al, Ti3Al, Ti4Al motifs and their combination along with a symmetry analysis programme to determine the unit cell and the crystallographic information of Al5Ti3‧, Al11Ti7 and Al3Ti2 LPSs in terms of L10 fcc unit cell. First-principles calculations are performed to further refine these crystallographic parameters (Wyckoff positions and lattice parameters) obtained from the above procedure. Moreover, it is found that the family of five LPSs have subgroup-supergroup relationships with γ-TiAl (Sp. gr. P4/mmm) and among themselves. Further, we find the inherent stability of r-Al2Ti + γ-TiAl and 2Al5Ti3 + γ-TiAl phase mixtures at 0 K compared to isomolecular Al3Ti2 and Al11Ti7 LPSs at their respective concentrations. The calculations of single-crystal elastic constants of Al5Ti3, Al11Ti7, Al3Ti2 and Al5Ti3‧ LPSs show all these four structures are mechanically stable. We also calculate antiphase boundary (APB) formation energies for two types of APBs, viz., type-A and type-C in ordered Al5Ti3 LPS using the supercell approach. The relaxed APB energies for type-A and type-C APBs are 15.44 and 124.16 mJ/m2, respectively.

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

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

    2016-08-23

    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

  7. Ab initio calculation of the ro-vibrational spectrum of H2F+

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    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.

  8. a Microwave and AB Initio Study of the Nitric Acid - Trimethylamine Complex

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    Sedo, Galen; Leopold, Kenneth R.

    2009-06-01

    The microwave spectrum of the gas phase nitric acid - trimethylamine complex has been observed using Fourier transform microwave spectroscopy. The experimental rotational constants and (CH{_3}){_3}{^1}{^5}N-HNO{_3} isotope shifts are consistent with a complex in which the nitric acid proton forms a hydrogen bond to the nitrogen of the amine, similar to the experimentally determined structure of H{_3}N-HNO{_3} Analysis of the hyperfine structure in both the parent and (CH{_3}){_3}{^1}{^5}N-HNO{_3} spectra made it possible to determine, unambiguously, the quadrupole coupling constants of the {^1}{^5}N nuclei in both the nitric acid and trimethylamine moieties. Ab initio calculations, using the MP2/6-311++G(2df,2pd) level of theory and basis set, have been performed and are in quantitative agreement with the available experimental data. Both the experimentally determined quadrupole coupling constants and the ab initio structure have been used to assess the degree of proton transfer occurring in the nitric acid - trimethylamine complex. These results will be compared to those obtained for the H{_3}N-HNO{_3} and HNO{_3}-(H{_2}O){_n} [n = 0 - 3] complexes and discussed in terms of how binding partner basicity and the number of solvent molecules influence the incipient ionization of nitric acid moiety. M. E. Ott, and K. R. Leopold, J. Phys. Chem. A 1999, 103,1322-1328.

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

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

    2016-09-01

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

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

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

    2016-08-01

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

  11. Structure and dynamics of bioactive phosphosilicate glasses and melts from ab initio molecular dynamics simulations

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    Tilocca, Antonio

    2007-12-01

    Ab initio (Car-Parrinello) molecular dynamics simulations were carried out to investigate the melt precursor of a modified phosphosilicate glass with bioactive properties, and to quench the melt to the vitreous state. The properties of the 3000K liquid were extensively compared with those of the final glass structure. The melt is characterized by a significant fraction of structural defects (small rings, undercoordinated and overcoordinated ions), often combined together. The creation or removal of these coordinative defects in the liquid (through Si-O bond formation or dissociation) reflects frequent exchanges within the silicate first coordination shell, which in turn dynamically modify the intertetrahedral connectivity of silicate groups. The observed dynamical variation in both the identity and the number of silicate groups linked to a tagged Si ( Qn speciation) are considered key processes in the viscous flow of silicate melts [I. Farnan and J. F. Stebbins, Science 265, 1206 (1994)]. On the other hand, phosphate groups do not show an equally marked exchange activity in the coordination shell, but can still form links with Si. Once formed, these Si-O-P bridges are rather stable, and in fact they are retained in the glass phase obtained after cooling; their formation within the present full ab initio melt-and-quench approach strongly supports their presence in melt-derived phosphosilicate glasses with bioactive applications. On the other hand, the simulations show that the fraction of structural defects rapidly decreases during the cooling, and the glass is essentially free of miscoordinated ions and small rings.

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

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    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.

  13. Chiroptical properties of unsubstituted carbohydrates: Ab initio and semiempirical studies

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    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.

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

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

    2015-08-01

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

  15. Ab initio valence-space theory for exotic nuclei

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    Holt, Jason

    2015-10-01

    Recent advances in ab initio nuclear structure theory have led to groundbreaking predictions in the exotic medium-mass region, from the location of the neutron dripline to the emergence of new magic numbers far from stability. Playing a key role in this progress has been the development of sophisticated many-body techniques and chiral effective field theory, which provides a systematic basis for consistent many-nucleon forces and electroweak currents. Within the context of valence-space Hamiltonians derived from the nonperturbative in-medium similarity renormalization group (IM-SRG) approach, I will discuss the importance of 3N forces in understanding and making new discoveries in the exotic sd -shell region. Beginning in oxygen, we find that the effects of 3N forces are decisive in explaining why 24O is the last bound oxygen isotope, validating first predictions of this phenomenon from several years ago. Furthermore, 3N forces play a key role in reproducing spectroscopy, including signatures of doubly magic 22,24O, and physics beyond the dripline. Similar improvements are obtained in new spectroscopic predictions for exotic fluorine and neon isotopes, where agreement with recent experimental data is competitive with state-of-the-art phenomenology. Finally, I will discuss first applications of the IM-SRG to effective valence-space operators, such as radii and E 0 transitions, as well as extensions to general operators crucial for our future understanding of electroweak processes, such as neutrinoless double-beta decay. This work was supported by NSERC and the NRC Canada.

  16. Lithium insertion in silicon nanowires: an ab initio study.

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    Zhang, Qianfan; Zhang, Wenxing; Wan, Wenhui; Cui, Yi; Wang, Enge

    2010-09-01

    The ultrahigh specific lithium ion storage capacity of Si nanowires (SiNWs) has been demonstrated recently and has opened up exciting opportunities for energy storage. However, a systematic theoretical study on lithium insertion in SiNWs remains a challenge, and as a result, understanding of the fundamental interaction and microscopic dynamics during lithium insertion is still lacking. This paper focuses on the study of single Li atom insertion into SiNWs with different sizes and axis orientations by using full ab initio calculations. We show that the binding energy of interstitial Li increases as the SiNW diameter grows. The binding energies at different insertion sites, which can be classified as surface, intermediate, and core sites, are quite different. We find that surface sites are energetically the most favorable insertion positions and that intermediate sites are the most unfavorable insertion positions. Compared with the other growth directions, the [110] SiNWs with different diameters always present the highest binding energies on various insertion locations, which indicates that [110] SiNWs are more favorable by Li doping. Furthermore, we study Li diffusion inside SiNWs. The results show that the Li surface diffusion has a much higher chance to occur than the surface to core diffusion, which is consistent with the experimental observation that the Li insertion in SiNWs is layer by layer from surface to inner region. After overcoming a large barrier crossing surface-to-intermediate region, the diffusion toward center has a higher possibility to occur than the inverse process.

  17. AN AB INITIO MODEL FOR COSMIC-RAY MODULATION

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    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.

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  19. An experimental guided-ion-beam and ab initio study of the ion-molecule gas-phase reactions between Li{sup +} ions and iso-C{sub 3}H{sub 7}Cl in their ground electronic state

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    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.

  20. High pressure behaviour of uranium dicarbide (UC2): Ab-initio study

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    Sahoo, B. D.; Mukherjee, D.; Joshi, K. D.; Kaushik, T. C.

    2016-08-01

    The structural stability of uranium dicarbide has been examined under hydrostatic compression employing evolutionary structure search algorithm implemented in the universal structure predictor: evolutionary Xtallography (USPEX) code in conjunction with ab-initio electronic band structure calculation method. The ab-initio total energy calculations involved for this purpose have been carried out within both generalized gradient approximations (GGA) and GGA + U approximations. Our calculations under GGA approximation predict the high pressure structural sequence of tetragonal → monoclinic → orthorhombic for this material with transition pressures of ˜8 GPa and 42 GPa, respectively. The same transition sequence is predicted by calculations within GGA + U also with transition pressures placed at ˜24 GPa and ˜50 GPa, respectively. Further, on the basis of comparison of zero pressure equilibrium volume and equation of state with available experimental data, we find that GGA + U approximation with U = 2.5 eV describes this material better than the simple GGA approximation. The theoretically predicted high pressure structural phase transitions are in disagreement with the only high experimental study by Dancausse et al. [J. Alloys. Compd. 191, 309 (1993)] on this compound which reports a tetragonal to hexagonal phase transition at a pressure of ˜17.6 GPa. Interestingly, during lowest enthalpy structure search using USPEX, we do not see any hexagonal phase to be closer to the predicted monoclinic phase even within 0.2 eV/f. unit. More experiments with varying carbon contents in UC2 sample are required to resolve this discrepancy. The existence of these high pressure phases predicted by static lattice calculations has been further substantiated by analyzing the elastic and lattice dynamic stability of these structures in the pressure regimes of their structural stability. Additionally, various thermo-physical quantities such as equilibrium volume, bulk modulus, Debye

  1. Ab-initio DFT FP-LAPW GGA and LDA TB-mBJ and SO theoretical study of structural and elastic properties of Zinc-Blende crystal phase GaAs1-xBix alloys

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    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

  2. Ab initio electron scattering cross-sections and transport in liquid xenon

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    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.

  3. Ab initio electron scattering cross-sections and transport in liquid xenon

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    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.

  4. High-pressure crystalline polyethylene studied by x-ray diffraction and ab initio simulations

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    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.

  5. Kinetic products in coordination networks: ab initio X-ray powder diffraction analysis.

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    Martí-Rujas, Javier; Kawano, Masaki

    2013-02-19

    Porous coordination networks are materials that maintain their crystal structure as molecular "guests" enter and exit their pores. They are of great research interest with applications in areas such as catalysis, gas adsorption, proton conductivity, and drug release. As with zeolite preparation, the kinetic states in coordination network preparation play a crucial role in determining the final products. Controlling the kinetic state during self-assembly of coordination networks is a fundamental aspect of developing further functionalization of this class of materials. However, unlike for zeolites, there are few structural studies reporting the kinetic products made during self-assembly of coordination networks. Synthetic routes that produce the necessary selectivity are complex. The structural knowledge obtained from X-ray crystallography has been crucial for developing rational strategies for design of organic-inorganic hybrid networks. However, despite the explosive progress in the solid-state study of coordination networks during the last 15 years, researchers still do not understand many chemical reaction processes because of the difficulties in growing single crystals suitable for X-ray diffraction: Fast precipitation can lead to kinetic (metastable) products, but in microcrystalline form, unsuitable for single crystal X-ray analysis. X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD) routinely is used to check phase purity, crystallinity, and to monitor the stability of frameworks upon guest removal/inclusion under various conditions, but rarely is used for structure elucidation. Recent advances in structure determination of microcrystalline solids from ab initio XRPD have allowed three-dimensional structure determination when single crystals are not available. Thus, ab initio XRPD structure determination is becoming a powerful method for structure determination of microcrystalline solids, including porous coordination networks. Because of the great interest across scientific

  6. An investigation of ab initio shell-model interactions derived by no-core shell model

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    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.

  7. Electronic and thermoelectric properties of InN studied using ab initio density functional theory and Boltzmann transport calculations

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    Borges, P. D.; Scolfaro, L.

    2014-12-01

    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.

  8. Electronic and thermoelectric properties of InN studied using ab initio density functional theory and Boltzmann transport calculations

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    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.

  9. General Rule of Negative Effective Ueff System & Materials Design of High-Tc Superconductors by ab initio Calculations

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    Katayama-Yoshida, Hiroshi; Nakanishi, Akitaka; Uede, Hiroki; Takawashi, Yuki; Fukushima, Tetsuya; Sato, Kazunori

    2014-03-01

    Based upon ab initio electronic structure calculation, I will discuss the general rule of negative effective U system by (1) exchange-correlation-induced negative effective U caused by the stability of the exchange-correlation energy in Hund's rule with high-spin ground states of d5 configuration, and (2) charge-excitation-induced negative effective U caused by the stability of chemical bond in the closed-shell of s2, p6, and d10 configurations. I will show the calculated results of negative effective U systems such as hole-doped CuAlO2 and CuFeS2. Based on the total energy calculations of antiferromagnetic and ferromagnetic states, I will discuss the magnetic phase diagram and superconductivity upon hole doping. I also discuss the computational materials design method of high-Tc superconductors by ab initio calculation to go beyond LDA and multi-scale simulations.

  10. AB INITIO Modeling of Thermomechanical Properties of Mo-Based Alloys for Fossil Energy Conversion

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    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.

  11. Ab initio calculations on etching of graphite and diamond surfaces by atomic hydrogen

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    Kanai, C.; Watanabe, K.; Takakuwa, Y.

    2001-06-15

    Etching of graphite and hydrogenated diamond C(100) 2{times}1 surfaces by irradiating atomic hydrogen, which is one of the key reactions to promote epitaxial diamond growth by chemical vapor deposition, has been investigated by ab initio pseudopotential calculations. We demonstrate the reaction pathways and determine the activation energies for breaking C-C bonds on the surfaces by irradiating hydrogen atoms. The activation energy for C-C bond breaking on graphite is found to be only one-half of that on the hydrogenated diamond surface. This indicates that graphite, which is a typical nondiamond phase unnecessarily generated on the diamond surface during epitaxial growth, can be selectively eliminated by atomic hydrogen, resulting in methane desorption. Our result supports the growth rate enhancement in diamond epitaxy observed in a recent experiment by gas-source molecular beam epitaxy under hydrogen beam irradiation.

  12. Classical Magnetic Dipole Moments for the Simulation of Vibrational Circular Dichroism by ab Initio Molecular Dynamics.

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    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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Evolution of local atomic structure during solidification of Al2Au liquid: An ab initio study

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    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.

  18. Diffusion Coefficients in Liquid and Grain Boundary Predicted by Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics

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    Jablonski, P.D.; Liu, Z.; Fang, H.; Wang, B.

    2011-04-01

    Molecular dynamics (MD) is a powerful tool to probe the thermodynamic and kinetic properties of solid, glass and liquid phases. In classical molecular dynamics (CMD), empirical models are used to describe the force by considering bond, bend and dihedral angle contributions with parameters fitted to experimental data or first-principles calculations of small clusters. In the ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD), the forces are calculated on the fly using the first-principles density functional theory as discussed above. In the present work, we use AIMD simulations to follow the random walk of atoms in the liquid state. Based on the mean square displacements (MSD), the diffusion coefficients are calculated from the Einstein equation. Furthermore, we extend this approach to understand the diffusion in grain boundaries.

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

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

  20. 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.

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

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    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.

  2. Ab initio calculations of free energy barriers for chemical reactions in solution: proton transfer in [FHF]-.

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    Muller, R P; Warshel, A

    1996-01-01

    This paper describes a hybrid ab initio quantum mechanical/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) method for calculating activation free energies of chemical reactions in solution, using molecular mechanics force fields for the solvent and an ab initio technique that incorporates the potential from the solvent in its Hamiltonian for the solute. The empirical valence bond (EVB) method is used as a reference potential for the ab initio free energy calculation, and drives the reaction along the proper coordinate, thus overcoming problems encountered by direct attempts to use molecular orbital methods in calculations of activation free energies. The utility of our method is illustrated by calculating the activation free energy for proton transfer between fluoride ions in the [FHF]-system, in both polar and nonpolar solution.

  3. Thermochemistry of Aqueous Hydroxyl Radical from Advances in Photoacoustic Calorimetry and ab Initio Continum Solvation Theory

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    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.

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-02-01

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

  6. Exploring the ab initio/classical free energy perturbation method: The hydration free energy of water

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    Sakane, Shinichi; Yezdimer, Eric M.; Liu, Wenbin; Barriocanal, Jose A.; Doren, Douglas J.; Wood, Robert H.

    2000-08-01

    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

  7. Ab initio study of collective excitations in a disparate mass molten salt.

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    Bryk, Taras; Klevets, Ivan

    2012-12-14

    Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations and the approach of generalized collective modes are applied for calculations of spectra of longitudinal and transverse collective excitations in molten LiBr. Dispersion and damping of low- and high-frequency branches of collective excitations as well as wave-number dependent relaxing modes were calculated. The main mode contributions to partial, total, and concentration dynamic structure factors were estimated in a wide region of wave numbers. A role of polarization effects is discussed from comparison of mode contributions to concentration dynamic structure factors calculated for molten LiBr from ab initio and classical rigid ion simulations.

  8. Accurate ab initio quartic force fields for borane and BeH2

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    Martin, J. M. L.; Lee, Timothy J.

    1992-01-01

    The quartic force fields of BH3 and BeH2 have been computed ab initio using an augmented coupled cluster (CCSD(T)) method and basis sets of spdf and spdfg quality. For BH3, the computed spectroscopic constants are in very good agreement with recent experimental data, and definitively confirm misassignments in some older work, in agreement with recent ab initio studies. Using the computed spectroscopic constants, the rovibrational partition function for both molecules has been constructed using a modified direct numerical summation algorithm, and JANAF-style thermochemical tables are presented.

  9. 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.

  10. Calculation of rotation-vibration energy levels of the ammonia molecule based on an ab initio potential energy surface

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    Polyansky, Oleg L.; Ovsyannikov, Roman I.; Kyuberis, Aleksandra A.; Lodi, Lorenzo; Tennyson, Jonathan; Yachmenev, Andrey; Yurchenko, Sergei N.; Zobov, Nikolai F.

    2016-09-01

    An ab initio potential energy surface (PES) for gas-phase ammonia NH3 has been computed using the methodology pioneered for water (Polyansky et al., 2013). Multireference configuration interaction calculations are performed at about 50 000 points using the aug-cc-pCVQZ and aug-cc-pCV5Z basis sets and basis set extrapolation. Relativistic and adiabatic surfaces are also computed. The points are fitted to a suitable analytical form, producing the most accurate ab initio PES for this molecule available. The rotation-vibration energy levels are computed using nuclear motion program TROVE in both linearised and curvilinear coordinates. Better convergence is obtained using curvilinear coordinates. Our results are used to assign the visible spectrum of 14NH3 recorded by Coy and Lehmann (1986). Rotation-vibration energy levels for the isotopologues NH2D, NHD2, ND3 and 15NH3 are also given. An ab initio value for the dissociation energy D0 of 14NH3 is also presented.

  11. Ab-initio simulations of materials using VASP: Density-functional theory and beyond.

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    Hafner, Jürgen

    2008-10-01

    During the past decade, computer simulations based on a quantum-mechanical description of the interactions between electrons and between electrons and atomic nuclei have developed an increasingly important impact on solid-state physics and chemistry and on materials science-promoting not only a deeper understanding, but also the possibility to contribute significantly to materials design for future technologies. This development is based on two important columns: (i) The improved description of electronic many-body effects within density-functional theory (DFT) and the upcoming post-DFT methods. (ii) The implementation of the new functionals and many-body techniques within highly efficient, stable, and versatile computer codes, which allow to exploit the potential of modern computer architectures. In this review, I discuss the implementation of various DFT functionals [local-density approximation (LDA), generalized gradient approximation (GGA), meta-GGA, hybrid functional mixing DFT, and exact (Hartree-Fock) exchange] and post-DFT approaches [DFT + U for strong electronic correlations in narrow bands, many-body perturbation theory (GW) for quasiparticle spectra, dynamical correlation effects via the adiabatic-connection fluctuation-dissipation theorem (AC-FDT)] in the Vienna ab initio simulation package VASP. VASP is a plane-wave all-electron code using the projector-augmented wave method to describe the electron-core interaction. The code uses fast iterative techniques for the diagonalization of the DFT Hamiltonian and allows to perform total-energy calculations and structural optimizations for systems with thousands of atoms and ab initio molecular dynamics simulations for ensembles with a few hundred atoms extending over several tens of ps. Applications in many different areas (structure and phase stability, mechanical and dynamical properties, liquids, glasses and quasicrystals, magnetism and magnetic nanostructures, semiconductors and insulators, surfaces

  12. Quantum ring-polymer contraction method: Including nuclear quantum effects at no additional computational cost in comparison to ab initio molecular dynamics.

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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. PMID:27176426

  13. Quantum ring-polymer contraction method: Including nuclear quantum effects at no additional computational cost in comparison to ab initio molecular dynamics

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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.

  14. Ab initio lattice stability of fcc and hcp Fe-Mn random alloys.

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    Gebhardt, T; Music, D; Hallstedt, B; Ekholm, M; Abrikosov, I A; Vitos, L; Schneider, J M

    2010-07-28

    We have studied the lattice stability of face centred cubic (fcc) versus hexagonal close packed (hcp) Fe-Mn random alloys using ab initio calculations. In the calculations we considered the antiferromagnetic order of local moments, which for fcc alloys models the magnetic configuration of this phase at room temperature (below its Néel temperature) as well as their complete disorder, corresponding to paramagnetic fcc and hcp alloys. For both cases, the results are consistent with our thermodynamic calculations, obtained within the Calphad approach. For the room temperature magnetic configuration, the cross-over of the total energies of the hcp phase and the fcc phase of Fe-Mn alloys is at the expected Mn content, whereas for the magnetic configuration above the fcc Néel temperature, the hcp lattice is more stable within the whole composition range studied. The increase of the total energy difference between hcp and antiferromagnetic fcc due to additions of Mn as well as the stabilizing effect of antiferromagnetic ordering on the fcc phase are well displayed. These results are of relevance for understanding the deformation mechanisms of these random alloys.

  15. Ab initio calculation of structural stability, electronic and optical properties of Ag{sub 2}Se

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    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.

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

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

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

    2016-07-01

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

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

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

    2016-07-01

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

  19. New approaches for molecular conformer force field analysis in combination with ab initio results

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    Kuramshina, G. M.; Pentin, Yu. A.; Yagola, A. G.

    1999-10-01

    Ab initio and DFT results on harmonic force constants for trans- and gauche-conformers of CH 3CH 2CH 2Cl, CF 3CH 2CH 2Cl and CCl 3CH 2CH 2Cl are used for formulating constraints in molecular force field models described compounds with hindered internal rotation around the C-C bond.

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

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

    2016-07-01

    Current descriptions of the ab initio density matrix renormalization group (DMRG) algorithm use two superficially different languages: an older language of the renormalization group and renormalized operators, and a more recent language of matrix product states and matrix product operators. The same algorithm can appear dramatically different when written in the two different vocabularies. In this work, we carefully describe the translation between the two languages in several contexts. First, we describe how to efficiently implement the ab initio DMRG sweep using a matrix product operator based code, and the equivalence to the original renormalized operator implementation. Next we describe how to implement the general matrix product operator/matrix product state algebra within a pure renormalized operator-based DMRG code. Finally, we discuss two improvements of the ab initio DMRG sweep algorithm motivated by matrix product operator language: Hamiltonian compression, and a sum over operators representation that allows for perfect computational parallelism. The connections and correspondences described here serve to link the future developments with the past and are important in the efficient implementation of continuing advances in ab initio DMRG and related algorithms. PMID:27394094

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

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    Halpern, Arthur M.

    2011-01-01

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

  2. The Use of Ab Initio Wavefunctions in Line-Shape Calculations for Water Vapor

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    Gamache, Robert R.; Lamouroux, Julien; Schwenke, David W.

    2014-06-01

    In semi-classical line-shape calculations, the internal motions of the colliding pair are treated via quantum mechanics and the collision trajectory is determined by classical dynamics. The quantum mechanical component, i.e. the determination of reduced matrix elements (RME) for the colliding pair, requires the wavefunctions of the radiating and the perturbing molecules be known. Here the reduced matrix elements for collisions in the ground vibrational state of water vapor are calculated by two methods and compared. First, wavefunctions determined by diagonalizing an effective (Watson) Hamiltonian are used to calculate the RMEs and, second, the ab initio wavefunctions of Partridge and Schwenke are used. While the ground vibrational state will yield the best approximation of the wavefunctions from the effective Hamiltonian approach, this study clearly identifies problems for states not included in the fit of the Hamiltonian and for extrapolated states. RMEs determined using ab initio wavefunctions use ˜100000 times more computational time; however, all ro-vibrational interactions are included. Hence, the ab initio approach will yield better RMEs as the number of vibrational quanta exchanged in the optical transition increases, resulting in improvements in calculated half-widths and line shifts. It is important to note that even for pure rotational transitions the use of ab initio wavefunctions will yield improved results.

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

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    Füsti-Molnár, László; Merz, Kenneth M.

    2008-01-01

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

  4. Investigation of polarization effects in the gramicidin A channel from ab initio molecular dynamics simulations

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    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.

  5. Investigation of polarization effects in the gramicidin A channel from ab initio molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Timko, Jeff; Kuyucak, Serdar

    2012-11-28

    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.

  6. Ab initio structure determination from prion nanocrystals at atomic resolution by MicroED

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    Sawaya, Michael R.; Rodriguez, Jose; Cascio, Duilio; Collazo, Michael J.; Shi, Dan; Reyes, Francis E.; Gonen, Tamir; Eisenberg, David S.

    2016-01-01

    Electrons, because of their strong interaction with matter, produce high-resolution diffraction patterns from tiny 3D crystals only a few hundred nanometers thick in a frozen-hydrated state. This discovery offers the prospect of facile structure determination of complex biological macromolecules, which cannot be coaxed to form crystals large enough for conventional crystallography or cannot easily be produced in sufficient quantities. Two potential obstacles stand in the way. The first is a phenomenon known as dynamical scattering, in which multiple scattering events scramble the recorded electron diffraction intensities so that they are no longer informative of the crystallized molecule. The second obstacle is the lack of a proven means of de novo phase determination, as is required if the molecule crystallized is insufficiently similar to one that has been previously determined. We show with four structures of the amyloid core of the Sup35 prion protein that, if the diffraction resolution is high enough, sufficiently accurate phases can be obtained by direct methods with the cryo-EM method microelectron diffraction (MicroED), just as in X-ray diffraction. The success of these four experiments dispels the concern that dynamical scattering is an obstacle to ab initio phasing by MicroED and suggests that structures of novel macromolecules can also be determined by direct methods. PMID:27647903

  7. Ab initio atomistic thermodynamics study on the oxidation mechanism of binary and ternary alloy surfaces

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    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.

  8. Ab initio calculation of the electronic absorption spectrum of liquid water

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    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.

  9. Efficient ab-initio thermodynamic calculations at high pressure and temperature

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    Wilson, Hugh

    2014-03-01

    Prediction of solubility properties and phase diagrams under conditions of high temperature and pressure requires the computation of the Gibbs free energies of materials, a property not directly accessible from molecular dynamics trajectories. Two-step coupling constant integration methods have previously achieved success in the computation of free energies of fluid, solid, and superionic phases of materials by connecting the ab-initio system of interest to a non-interacting reference system via a series of thermodynamic integration steps. These methods, however, require a series of time-consuming and computationally awkward integrations over molecular dynamics trajectories, limiting the utility of the method. Here we propose and demonstrate a method for more efficiently carrying out the same thermodynamic integration without the need for separate molecular dynamics runs, and show how it may be used to carry out the integration up to an order of magnitude more efficiently, in a massively parallel manner, and without the need for code modification. Applications of thermodynamic integration including core solubility in Jupiter and Saturn, and superionic-to-superionic phase transitions in Uranus and Neptune, will be discussed.

  10. Ab Initio Enhanced calphad Modeling of Actinide-Rich Nuclear Fuels

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    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.

  11. Ab initio thermochemistry of some geochemically relevant molecules in the system Cr-O-H-Cl

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    Ottonello, G.; Vetuschi Zuccolini, M.

    2005-07-01

    A complete theoretical model chemistry algorithm (TMCA) for the prediction of thermodynamic properties of geochemically relevant gaseous and aqueous complexes, based on molecular quantum mechanics, is presented and discussed. Cr species are selected as a case study due to the high nuclear mass and the complex electronic structure of this transition metal. The various derived magnitudes are internally consistent and sufficiently accurate to warrant comparison with the existing (and often conflictual) experimental data and literature estimates. The TMCA is based on density functional theory (DFT) B3LYP/6-31G(d,p) gas phase computations followed by computation of solvation effects by the integral polarized continuum model approach at HF/STO-3G level. Energy corrections due to relativistic effects and electron-electron correlation are accounted for by a newly developed periodic function based on computed ionization potentials and electron affinity of the central metal. Electrostatic entropy contributions to the bulk solvation entropy are accounted for by a Born-model equation based on the electrostatic component of the Integral Equation Formalism—Polarized Continuum Model (IEFPCM) coupling work. As an ancillary result, the TMCA model confirms the validity of the absolute solvation energy terms of the aqueous proton. The TMCA model is of general validity and could be eventually adopted as a standard procedure in the ab initio assessment of gas-phase and aqueous-phase energetics of geochemically relevant species.

  12. Ab initio calculation of the electronic absorption spectrum of liquid water

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    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.

  13. Ab initio approaches for the determination of heavy element energetics: Ionization energies of trivalent lanthanides (Ln = La-Eu)

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    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.

  14. Conformations of 1,2-dimethoxypropane and 5-methoxy-1,3-dioxane: are ab initio quantum chemistry predictions accurate?

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    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.

  15. Ab initio diffuse-interface model for lithiated electrode interface evolution

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    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.

  16. Ab initio diffuse-interface model for lithiated electrode interface evolution.

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    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

  17. Determination of the AlN Sublimation Growth Precursors from ab initio Modeling

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    Li, Yanxin; Brenner, Donald

    2003-03-01

    Concentrations of gas-phase species and their supersaturation with respect to crystal growth in an AlN sublimation chamber were calculated using an ab initio model that considers 16 gas-phase species. To determine the degree of supersaturation, two calculations were carried out. In the first, concentrations were calculated subject to experimental pressure and temperature conditions with no constraints on the amount of N and Al. In the second calculation, the concentrations were constrained such that the amount of N and Al matched that at the solid source, mimicking a chamber where the inlet N2 and sublimation source are the only sources of Al and N. The calculations predict that Al is supersaturated and in high concentration, and therefore is likely a growth precursor in agreement with assumptions in prior modeling studies. In contrast, while our calculations show that N2 is present in high concentrations, it is not supersaturated and therefore is not a growth precursor, in contrast to assumptions made in prior models. Instead, our calculations show that Al3N, while in lower concentration than N2, is supersaturated and therefore is likely a sourcs for N addition to the crystal. This result resolves apparent discrepancies in the literature in which the sticking coefficient for N2, which must be assumed very small to match experimental growth rates, varies from model to model.

  18. Ab initio many-body calculations of nucleon-4He scattering with three-nucleon forces

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    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

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

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    Allen, B. Danette; Alexandrov, Natalia

    2016-01-01

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

  20. Experimental and ab initio studies of the reactive processes in gas phase i-C{sub 3}H{sub 7}Br and i-C{sub 3}H{sub 7}OH collisions with potassium ions

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    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.

  1. 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

  2. Carbonate-Bridged Lanthanoid Triangles: Single-Molecule Magnet Behavior, Inelastic Neutron Scattering, and Ab Initio Studies.

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    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

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

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    González, D. J.; González, L. E.

    2015-08-17

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

  4. Effects of Mg II and Ca II ionization on ab-initio solar chromosphere models

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    Rammacher, W.; Cuntz, M.

    1991-01-01

    Acoustically heated solar chromosphere models are computed considering radiation damping by (non-LTE) emission from H(-) and by Mg II and Ca II emission lines. The radiative transfer equations for the Mg II k and Ca II K emission lines are solved using the core-saturation method with complete redistribution. The Mg II k and Ca II K cooling rates are compared with the VAL model C. Several substantial improvements over the work of Ulmschneider et al. (1987) are included. It is found that the rapid temperature rises caused by the ionization of Mg II are not formed in the middle chromosphere, but occur at larger atmospheric heights. These models represent the temperature structure of the 'real' solar chromosphere much better. This result is a major precondition for the study of ab-initio models for solar flux tubes based on MHD wave propagation and also for ab-initio models for the solar transition layer.

  5. Accelerating chemical reactions: Exploring reactive free-energy surfaces using accelerated ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Pierce, Levi C. T.; Markwick, Phineus R. L.; McCammon, J. Andrew; Doltsinis, Nikos L.

    2011-01-01

    A biased potential molecular dynamics simulation approach, accelerated molecular dynamics (AMD), has been implemented in the framework of ab initio molecular dynamics for the study of chemical reactions. Using two examples, the double proton transfer reaction in formic acid dimer and the hypothetical adiabatic ring opening and subsequent rearrangement reactions in methylenecyclopropane, it is demonstrated that ab initio AMD can be readily employed to efficiently explore the reactive potential energy surface, allowing the prediction of chemical reactions and the identification of metastable states. An adaptive variant of the AMD method is developed, which additionally affords an accurate representation of both the free-energy surface and the mechanism associated with the chemical reaction of interest and can also provide an estimate of the reaction rate. PMID:21548673

  6. 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

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

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    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.

  8. Conformational space of clindamycin studied by ab initio and full-atom molecular dynamics.

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    Kulczycka-Mierzejewska, Katarzyna; Trylska, Joanna; Sadlej, Joanna

    2016-01-01

    Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations allow determining internal flexibility of molecules at atomic level. Using ab initio Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics (BOMD), one can simulate in a reasonable time frame small systems with hundreds of atoms, usually in vacuum. With quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) or full-atom molecular dynamics (FAMD), the influence of the environment can also be simulated. Here, we compare three types of MD calculations: ab initio BOMD, hybrid QM/MM, and classical FAMD. As a model system, we use a small antibiotic molecule, clindamycin, which is one of the lincosamide antibiotics. Clindamycin acquires two energetically stable forms and we investigated the transition between these two experimentally known conformers. We performed 60-ps BOMD simulations in vacuum, 50-ps QM/MM, and 100-ns FAMD in explicit water. The transition between two antibiotic conformers was observed using both BOMD and FAMD methods but was not noted in the QM/MM simulations. PMID:26733483

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

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    Hong, Qi-Jun; van de Walle, Axel

    2015-07-01

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

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

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

    2015-04-14

    Although liquid water is ubiquitous in chemical reactions at roots of life and climate on the earth, the prediction of its properties by high-level ab initio molecular dynamics simulations still represents a formidable task for quantum chemistry. In this article, we present a room temperature simulation of liquid water based on the potential energy surface obtained by a many-body wave function through quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) methods. The simulated properties are in good agreement with recent neutron scattering and X-ray experiments, particularly concerning the position of the oxygen-oxygen peak in the radial distribution function, at variance of previous density functional theory attempts. Given the excellent performances of QMC on large scale supercomputers, this work opens new perspectives for predictive and reliable ab initio simulations of complex chemical systems. PMID:25877566

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

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

    2015-04-01

    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.

  12. 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.

  13. Ethanol decomposition on transition metal nanoparticles during carbon nanotube growth: ab initio molecular dynamics study

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    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.

  14. Ab initio calculations on twisted graphene/hBN: Electronic structure and STM image simulation

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    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.

  15. Like-charge guanidinium pairing from molecular dynamics and ab initio calculations.

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    Vazdar, Mario; Vymětal, Jiři; Heyda, Jan; Vondrášek, Jiři; Jungwirth, Pavel

    2011-10-20

    Pairing of guanidinium moieties in water is explored by molecular dynamics simulations of short arginine-rich peptides and ab initio calculations of a pair of guanidinium ions in water clusters of increasing size. Molecular dynamics simulations show that, in an aqueous environment, the diarginine guanidinium like-charged ion pairing is sterically hindered, whereas in the Arg-Ala-Arg tripeptide, this pairing is significant. This result is supported by the survey of protein structure databases, where it is found that stacked arginine pairs in dipeptide fragments exist solely as being imposed by the protein structure. In contrast, when two arginines are separated by a single amino acid, their guanidinium groups can freely approach each other and they frequently form stacked pairs. Molecular dynamics simulations results are also supported by ab initio calculations, which show stabilization of stacked guanidinium pairs in sufficiently large water clusters.

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

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

    2015-02-27

    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.

  17. Conformational studies by liquid crystal NMR and ab initio calculations: methyl nicotinate and methyl isonicotinate

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    Kon, Masao; Kurokawa, Hideki; Takeuchi, Hiroshi; Konaka, Shigehiro

    1992-04-01

    Conformational properties of methyl nicotinate and methyl isonicotinate have been studied by liquid crystal 1H-NMR spectroscopy combined with ab initio calculations. The solvent used is a mixture of 80 mol.% of EBBA and 20 mol.% of MBBA.Ab initio calculations have been performed with 4-21G and MINI-4 basis sets to estimate molecular structures and the potential functions for internal rotation. Some structural parameters and the energy difference between rotational isomers have been refined by using observed dipolar coupling constants. The correlation between internal rotation and reorientational molecular motion has been taken into account according to the theory of Emsley, Luckhurst and Stockley. The parameters of the mean external potential are found to take similar values for methyl nicotinate and methyl isonicotinate. The energy difference of the two stable conformers of methyl nicotinate is in agreement with the analysis neglecting the correlation between the two motions.

  18. 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.

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

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    Bodenstein, Tilmann; Fink, Karin

    2015-12-31

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

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

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

    2015-04-14

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

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

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    2013-01-01

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

  2. An ab initio potential function for the ν13 vibrational mode of 1,3-butadiene

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    Senent, M. L.

    1995-06-01

    The restricted potential of the ν13 torsional mode of 1,3-butadiene has been determined from ab initio calculations. The relative energy and geometry of the second rotamer were calculated with the optimized couple cluster method with double substitutions. This ab initio level provides that the second stable structure attaches to a gauche form situated at 140.8°. The potential energy function was obtained by fitting to a symmetry-adapted Fourier series the total electronic energies of several selected conformations. These energies were calculated by the Möller-Plesset perturbation theory up to the second order (MP2) with full and partial optimization of the geometry. Torsional Raman band positions and fundamental frequencies were determined from the periodic potentials with a good agreement with experimental data. The convenience of performing fully optimized calculations to determine the restricted function is also refuted.

  3. Ab initio studies of equations of state and chemical reactions of reactive structural materials

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    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

  4. 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.

  5. Ab Initio No-Core Shell Model Calculations Using Realistic Two- and Three-Body Interactions

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    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.

  6. Ab initio calculation of relative ion concentrations of protonated water clusters at equilibrium

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    Lee, E. P. F.; Dyke, J. M.; Wilders, A. E.; Watts, P.

    Relative concentrations of protonated water clusters, H(H2O)+n, are determined for the equilibria H(H2O)+n-1 + H2O ⇌ H(H2O)+n (for n = 1, …, 5), by ab initio molecular-orbital calculations (at the MP2/6-31G* level), using standard thermodynamic and statistical-mechanical methods. The calculated relative cluster-ion concentrations, at water concentrations of between 1 and 90 ppm at 308 K, are compared with the corresponding relative ion intensities measured with an ion-mobility mass spectrometer. The comparison shows that the observed cluster-ion intensity distributions agree well with those found from ab initio calculations for an equilibrium mixture of protonated water clusters.

  7. A global ab initio potential for HCN/HNC, exact vibrational energies, and comparison to experiment

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    Bentley, Joseph A.; Bowman, Joel M.; Gazdy, Bela; Lee, Timothy J.; Dateo, Christopher E.

    1992-01-01

    An ab initio (i.e., from first principles) calculation of vibrational energies of HCN and HNC is reported. The vibrational calculations were done with a new potential derived from a fit to 1124 ab initio electronic energies which were calculated using the highly accurate CCSD(T) coupled-cluster method in conjunction with a large atomic natural orbital basis set. The properties of this potential are presented, and the vibrational calculations are compared to experiment for 54 vibrational transitions, 39 of which are for zero total angular momentum, J = 0, and 15 of which are for J = 1. The level of agreement with experiment is unprecedented for a triatomic with two nonhydrogen atoms, and demonstrates the capability of the latest computational methods to give reliable predictions on a strongly bound triatomic molecule at very high levels of vibrational excitation.

  8. Study of atomic structure of liquid Hg-In alloys using ab-initio molecular dynamics

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    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.

  9. Liquid Be, Ca and Ba. An orbital-free ab-initio molecular dynamics study

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    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.

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

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    Drumm, Daniel W; Budi, Akin; Per, Manolo C; Russo, Salvy P; L Hollenberg, Lloyd C

    2013-02-27

    : 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%.

  11. Electronic and structural properties of nitrogen adsorbed Nb(100) surfaces: An ab initio study

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    Carvalho, P. A. S.; Miwa, R. H.

    2013-08-01

    We have performed an ab initio total energy investigation of the electronic and structural properties of nitrogen adsorbed Nb(100) surface, N/Nb(100). We find an energetic preference for the nitrogen adsorption on the hollow sites of the Nb(100) surface. Upon the presence of N adatoms, there is a reduction of the electronic density of states near the Fermi level. However, the metallic character of the Nb(100) surface has been maintained. The (occupied) electronic states of N adatoms are resonant within the valence band of Nb(100), mostly lying at 4 eV below the Fermi level. Further investigations reveal the formation of energetically stable N/Nb(100)-(n × 1) phase, being the (2 × 1), (5 × 1), and (10 × 1) the most likely ones. Those (n × 1) structures are composed by NbN stripes separated by N vacancy lines. Our scanning tunneling microscopy simulations indicate the formation of bright lines lying on the Nb atoms neighboring the (dark) N vacancy lines, giving rise to an anisotropic electronic structure on the N/Nb(100)-(n × 1) surface. That is, the metallic character of the surface has been strengthened along the vacancy-lines.

  12. Synthesis, characterization and ab initio simulation of magnesium-substituted hydroxyapatite.

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    Ren, F; Leng, Y; Xin, R; Ge, X

    2010-07-01

    The substitution of magnesium in hydroxyapatite (HA) was examined in HA nano-crystals synthesized by the wet-chemical precipitation method at 90 degrees C. Comprehensive characterization techniques, including X-ray diffraction, X-ray fluorescence, field emission scanning electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis and Rietveld refinement, provided experimental evidence of the effects of Mg substitution on the phase, crystallinity, chemical composition, crystal size, morphology, thermal stability and crystal lattice structure of HA. A computational study using ab initio generalized gradient approximation density functional theory was performed to reveal changes in lattice parameters and preferential calcium sites for Mg substitution in HA. The experimental results showed that a limited amount of Mg (Mg/(Mg+Ca) between 5 and 7 mol.%) could successfully substitute for Ca in HA. HA crystallites became smaller and more irregular, and they formed greater agglomerates with Mg substitution. Mg substitution resulted in decreases in the crystallinity and thermal stability of HA. The lattice constants, a and c, decreased with increasing Mg substitution. The simulation results revealed that the Ca(1) sites in HA lattices were energetically favored sites for Mg substitution.

  13. TOPICAL REVIEW: Ab initio molecular dynamics: basic concepts, current trends and novel applications

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    Tuckerman, Mark E.

    2002-12-01

    The field of ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD), in which finite temperature molecular dynamics (MD) trajectories are generated with forces obtained from accurate 'on the fly' electronic structure calculations, is a rapidly evolving and growing technology that allows chemical processes in condensed phases to be studied in an accurate and unbiased way. This article is intended to present the basics of the AIMD method as well as to provide a broad survey of the state of the art of the field and showcase some of its capabilities. Beginning with a derivation of the method from the Born-Oppenheimer approximation, issues including the density functional representation of electronic structure, basis sets, calculation of observables and the Car-Parrinello extended Lagrangian algorithm are discussed. A number of example applications, including liquid structure and dynamics and aqueous proton transport, are presented in order to highlight some of the current capabilities of the approach. Finally, advanced topics such as inclusion of nuclear quantum effects, excited states and scaling issues are addressed.

  14. Ab initio calculations of the reaction pathways for methane decomposition over the Cu (111) surface.

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    Gajewski, Grzegorz; Pao, Chun-Wei

    2011-08-14

    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

  15. Photochemistry of hydrogen bonded heterocycles probed by photodissociation experiments and ab initio methods.

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    Slavíček, Petr; Fárník, Michal

    2011-07-14

    In this perspective article, we focus on the photochemistry of five-membered nitrogen containing heterocycles (pyrrole, imidazole and pyrazole) in clusters. These heterocycles represent paradigmatic structures for larger biologically active heterocyclic molecules and complexes. The dimers of the three molecules are also archetypes of different bonding patterns: N-H···π interaction, N-H···N hydrogen bond and double hydrogen bond. We briefly review available data on photochemistry of the title molecules in the gas phase, but primarily we focus on the new reaction channels opened upon the complexation with other heterocycles or solvent molecules. Based on ab initio calculations we discuss various possible reactions in the excited states of the clusters: (1) hydrogen dissociation, (2) hydrogen transfer between the heterocyclic units, (3) molecular ring distortion, and (4) coupled electron-proton transfer. The increasing photostability with complexity of the system can be inferred from experiments with photodissociation in these clusters. A unified view on photoinduced processes in five-membered N-heterocycles is provided. We show that even though different deactivation channels are energetically possible for the complexed heterocycles, in most cases the major result is a fast reconstruction of the ground state. The complexed or solvated heterocycles are thus inherently photostable although the stability can in principle be achieved via different reaction routes.

  16. Ab initio Structure Determination of Mg10Ir19B16

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    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.

  17. Ab initio Mapping of Interlayer Coupling in Transition Metal Dichalcogenides and Graphene

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    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.

  18. Ab-initio Calculation of the XANES of Lithium Phosphates and LiFePO4

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    Yiu, Y. M.; Yang, Songlan; Wang, Dongniu; Sun, Xueliang; Sham, T. K.

    2013-04-01

    Lithium iron phosphate has been regarded as a promising cathode material for the next generation lithium ion batteries due to its high specific capacity, superior thermal and cyclic stability [1]. In this study, the XANES (X-ray Absorption Near Edge Structure) spectra of lithium iron phosphate and lithium phosphates of various compositions at the Li K, P L3,2, Fe M3,2 and O K-edges have been simulated self-consistently using ab-initio calculations based on multiple scattering theory (the FEFF9 code) and DFT (Density Functional Theory, the Wien2k code). The lithium phosphates under investigation include LiFePO4, γ-Li3PO4, Li4P2O7 and LiPO3. The calculated spectra are compared to the experimental XANES recorded in total electron yield (TEY) and fluorescence yield (FLY). This work was carried out to assess the XANES of possible phases presented in LiFePO4 based Li ion battery applications [2].

  19. An ab initio study of the polytypism in InP

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    Dacal, Luis C. O.; Cantarero, A.

    2016-01-01

    The existence of polytypism in semiconductor nanostructures gives rise to the appearance of stacking faults which many times can be treated as quantum wells. In some cases, despite of a careful growth, the polytypism can be hardly avoided. In this work, we perform an ab initio study of zincblende stacking faults in a wurtzite InP system, using the supercell approach and taking the limit of low density of narrow stacking faults regions. Our results confirm the type II band alignment between the phases, producing a reliable qualitative description of the band gap evolution along the growth axis. These results show an spacial asymmetry in the zincblende quantum wells, that is expected due to the fact that the wurtzite stacking sequence (ABAB) is part of the zincblende one (ABCABC), but with an unexpected asymmetry between the valence and the conduction bands. We also present results for the complex dielectric function, clearly showing the influence of the stacking on the homostructure values and surprisingly proving that the correspondent bulk results can be used to reproduce the polytypism even in the limit we considered. PMID:27666092

  20. Geometry of AN Isolated Dimer of Imidazole Characterised by Rotational Spectroscopy and AB Initio Calculations

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    Mullaney, John C.; Zaleski, Daniel P.; Tew, David Peter; Walker, Nick; Legon, Anthony

    2016-06-01

    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)o. 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.

  1. Extent of hydrogen coverage of Si(001) under chemical vapor deposition conditions from ab initio approaches

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    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).

  2. Ab-initio molecular modeling of interfaces in tantalum-carbon system

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    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.

  3. Conductivity of carbon-based molecular junctions from ab-initio methods

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    Li, Xiao-Fei; Luo, Yi

    2014-12-01

    Carbon nanomaterials (CNMs) are prompting candidates for next generational electronics. In this review we provide a mini overview of recent results on the conductivity of carbon-based molecular junctions obtained from ab-initio methods. CNMs used as nanoelectrodes and molecular materials in molecular junctions are discussed. The functionalities that include the nanomechanically controlled molecular conductance switches, negative differential resistance devices, and electronic rectifiers realized by using CNMs have been demonstrated.

  4. Ab initio molecular dynamics study of liquid sodium and cesium up to critical point

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    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.

  5. Methylchloride adsorbed on Si(0 0 1): an ab initio study

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    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.

  6. Ab initio calculations in a uniform magnetic field using periodic supercells

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    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.

  7. On limits of ab initio calculations of pairing gap in nuclei

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    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.

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

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

    2016-09-01

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

  9. Steady-state ab initio laser theory for N-level lasers.

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    Cerjan, Alexander; Chong, Yidong; Ge, Li; Stone, A Douglas

    2012-01-01

    We show that Steady-state Ab initio Laser Theory (SALT) can be applied to find the stationary multimode lasing properties of an N-level laser. This is achieved by mapping the N-level rate equations to an effective two-level model of the type solved by the SALT algorithm. This mapping yields excellent agreement with more computationally demanding N-level time domain solutions for the steady state.

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

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    Pedersen, L

    1985-01-01

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

  11. Incorporating Ab Initio energy into threading approaches for protein structure prediction

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    2011-01-01

    Background Native structures of proteins are formed essentially due to the combining effects of local and distant (in the sense of sequence) interactions among residues. These interaction information are, explicitly or implicitly, encoded into the scoring function in protein structure prediction approaches—threading approaches usually measure an alignment in the sense that how well a sequence adopts an existing structure; while the energy functions in Ab Initio methods are designed to measure how likely a conformation is near-native. Encouraging progress has been observed in structure refinement where knowledge-based or physics-based potentials are designed to capture distant interactions. Thus, it is interesting to investigate whether distant interaction information captured by the Ab Initio energy function can be used to improve threading, especially for the weakly/distant homologous templates. Results In this paper, we investigate the possibility to improve alignment-generating through incorporating distant interaction information into the alignment scoring function in a nontrivial approach. Specifically, the distant interaction information is introduced through employing an Ab Initio energy function to evaluate the “partial” decoy built from an alignment. Subsequently, a local search algorithm is utilized to optimize the scoring function. Experimental results demonstrate that with distant interaction items, the quality of generated alignments are improved on 68 out of 127 query-template pairs in Prosup benchmark. In addition, compared with state-to-art threading methods, our method performs better on alignment accuracy comparison. Conclusions Incorporating Ab Initio energy functions into threading can greatly improve alignment accuracy. PMID:21342587

  12. Well-characterized sequence features of eukaryote genomes and implications for ab initio gene prediction.

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    Huang, Ying; Chen, Shi-Yi; Deng, Feilong

    2016-01-01

    In silico analysis of DNA sequences is an important area of computational biology in the post-genomic era. Over the past two decades, computational approaches for ab initio prediction of gene structure from genome sequence alone have largely facilitated our understanding on a variety of biological questions. Although the computational prediction of protein-coding genes has already been well-established, we are also facing challenges to robustly find the non-coding RNA genes, such as miRNA and lncRNA. Two main aspects of ab initio gene prediction include the computed values for describing sequence features and used algorithm for training the discriminant function, and by which different combinations are employed into various bioinformatic tools. Herein, we briefly review these well-characterized sequence features in eukaryote genomes and applications to ab initio gene prediction. The main purpose of this article is to provide an overview to beginners who aim to develop the related bioinformatic tools. PMID:27536341

  13. Structures of 13-atom clusters of fcc transition metals by ab initio and semiempirical calculations

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    Longo, R. C.; Gallego, L. J.

    2006-11-01

    We report the results of ab initio calculations of the structures and magnetic moments of Ni13 , Pd13 , Pt13 , Cu13 , Ag13 , and Au13 that were performed using a density-functional method that employs linear combinations of pseudoatomic orbitals as basis sets (SIESTA). Our structural results for Pt13 , Cu13 , Ag13 , and Au13 show that a buckled biplanar structure (BBP) is more stable than the icosahedral configuration, in keeping with results obtained recently by Chang and Chou [Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 133401 (2004)] using the Vienna ab initio simulation package with a plane-wave basis. However, for Ni13 and Pd13 we found that the icosahedral structure is more stable than BBP. For all these clusters, two semiempirical methods based on spherically symmetric potentials both found the icosahedral structure to be the more stable, while the modified embedded atom model method, which uses a direction-dependent potential, found BBP to be the more stable structure. When low-energy structures found in recent ab initio studies of Pt13 , Cu13 , and Au13 other than Chang and Chou were optimized with SIESTA, those reported for Pt13 and Cu13 were found to be less stable than BBP, but the two-dimensional planar configuration reported for Au13 proved to be more stable than BBP.

  14. 7Be(p,gamma)8B S-factor from Ab Initio Wave Functions

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    Navratil, P; Bertulani, C A; Caurier, E

    2006-10-12

    There has been a significant progress in ab initio approaches to the structure of light nuclei. Starting from realistic two- and three-nucleon interactions the ab initio no-core shell model (NCSM) predicts low-lying levels in p-shell nuclei. It is a challenging task to extend ab initio methods to describe nuclear reactions. We present here a brief overview of the first steps taken toward nuclear reaction applications. In particular, we discuss our calculation of the {sup 7}Be(p,{gamma}){sup 8}B S-factor. We also present our first results of the {sup 3}He({alpha},{gamma}){sup 7}Be S-factor and of the S-factor of the mirror reaction {sup 3}H({alpha},{gamma}){sup 7}Li. The {sup 7}Be(p,{gamma}){sup 8}B and {sup 3}He({alpha},{gamma}){sup 7}Be reactions correspond to the most important uncertainties in solar model predictions of neutrino fluxes.

  15. Ab initio quantum mechanical models of peptide helices and their vibrational spectra.

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    Bour, Petr; Kubelka, Jan; Keiderling, Timothy A

    2002-10-01

    Structural parameters for standard peptide helices (alpha, 3(10), 3(1) left-handed) were fully ab initio optimized for Ac-(L-Ala)(9)-NHMe and for Ac-(L-Pro)(9)-NHMe (poly-L-proline-PLP I and PLP II-forms), in order to better understand the relative stability and minimum energy geometries of these conformers and the dependence of the ir absorption and vibrational CD (VCD) spectra on detailed variation in these conformations. Only the 3(10)-helical Ala-based conformation was stable in vacuum for this decaamide structure, but both Pro-based conformers minimized successfully. Inclusion of solvent effects, by use of the conductor-like screening solvent model (COSMO), enabled ab initio optimizations [at the DFT/B3LYP/SV(P) level] without any constraints for the alpha- and 3(10)-helical Ala-based peptides as well as the two Pro-based peptides. The geometries obtained compare well with peptide chain torsion angles and hydrogen-bond distances found for these secondary structure types in x-ray structures of peptides and proteins. For the simulation of VCD spectra, force field and intensity response tensors were obtained ab initio for the complete Ala-based peptides in vacuum, but constrained to the COSMO optimized torsional angles, due to limitations of the solvent model. Resultant spectral patterns reproduce well many aspects of the experimental spectra and capture the differences observed for these various helical types.

  16. In pursuit of the ab initio limit for conformational energy prototypes

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    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.

  17. Structure and mechanical properties of cement and intermetallic compounds via ab-initio simulations

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    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

  18. Ab initio calculation of x-ray absorption of iron up to 3 Mbar and 8000 K

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    Mazevet, S.; Recoules, V.; Bouchet, J.; Guyot, F.; Harmand, M.; Ravasio, A.; Benuzzi-Mounaix, A.

    2014-03-01

    Using ab initio simulations within the generalized gradient approximation, we calculate x-ray absorption near edge spectra (XANES) at the iron K edge throughout the high-pressure phase diagram and up to extreme density and temperature conditions that are representative of the Earth's inner core (up to 3 Mbar and 8000 K). We show that XANES spectra near the Fe K edge exhibit clear signatures for the different high-temperature, high-pressure phases of iron. This suggests that XANES spectroscopy might be used to resolve ongoing controversies regarding both the high-pressure melting curve of iron and the nature of the solid phases undergoing melting up to several Mbar. In contrast to diffraction measurements, it also offers a severe constraint for density functional theory predictions of the transport properties of iron by providing direct information on the electronic structure of iron at these extreme conditions.

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

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    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

  20. Thermodynamically constrained correction to ab initio equations of state

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    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.

  1. Ab Initio Simulation Beryllium in Solid Molecular Hydrogen: Elastic Constant

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    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.

  2. Verification of Anderson Superexchange in MnO via Magnetic Pair Distribution Function Analysis and ab initio Theory.

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    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

  3. Predominance of the Kitaev interaction in a three-dimensional honeycomb iridate: From ab initio to spin model

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    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.

  4. Verification of Anderson Superexchange in MnO via Magnetic Pair Distribution Function Analysis and ab initio Theory

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    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.

  5. Conformation and tautomerism of methoxy-substituted 4-phenyl-4-thiazoline-2-thiones: a combined crystallographic and ab initio investigation.

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    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

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

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

  7. Ab-Initio Description and Prediction of Properties of Carbon-Based and Other Non-Metallic Materials

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    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.

  8. Probing the Si(001) surface with a Si tip: An ab initio study

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    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.

  9. Structural properties of rutherfordium: An ab-initio study

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    Gyanchandani, Jyoti; Sikka, S. K.

    2012-01-01

    The structural and electronic properties of rutherfordium, the latest group IV B element, have been evaluated by first principles density functional theory in scalar relativistic formalism with and without spin-orbit coupling and compared with its 5d homologue Hf. It is found that Rf will crystallize in the hexagonal close packed structure as in Hf. However, under pressure, it will have different sequence of phase transitions than Hf: hcp→bcc instead of hcp→ω→bcc. An explanation is offered for this difference in terms of the competition between the band structure and the Ewald energy contributions.

  10. FEFF5: An ab initio multiple scattering XAFS code

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    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.

  11. Ab initio calculations of the photoionization of diatomic molecules

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    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.

  12. Unified ab initio treatment of attosecond photoionization and Compton scattering

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    Yudin, G. L.; Bondar, D. I.; Patchkovskii, S.; Corkum, P. B.; Bandrauk, A. D.

    2009-10-01

    We present a new theoretical approach to attosecond laser-assisted photo- and Compton ionization. Attosecond x-ray absorption and scattering are described by \\hat{\\mathscr{S}}^{(1,2)} -matrices, which are coherent superpositions of 'monochromatic' \\skew{3}\\hat{S}^{(1,2)} -matrices in a laser-modified Furry representation. Besides refining the existing theory of the soft x-ray photoelectron attosecond streak camera and spectral phase interferometry (ASC and ASPI), we formulate a theory of hard x-ray photoelectron and Compton ASC and ASPI. The resulting scheme has a simple structure and leads to closed-form expressions for ionization amplitudes. We investigate Compton electron interference in the separable Coulomb-Volkov continuum with both Coulomb and laser fields treated non-perturbatively. We find that at laser-field intensities below 1013 Wcm-2 normalized Compton lines almost coincide with the lines obtained in the laser-free regime. At higher intensities, attosecond interferences survive integration over electron momenta, and feature prominently in the Compton lines themselves. We define a regime where the electron ground-state density can be measured with controllable accuracy in an attosecond time interval. The new theory provides a firm basis for extracting photo- and Compton electron phases and atomic and molecular wavefunctions from experimental data.

  13. Metallic VS2 Monolayer Polytypes as Potential Sodium-Ion Battery Anode via ab Initio Random Structure Searching.

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    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

  14. Metallic VS2 Monolayer Polytypes as Potential Sodium-Ion Battery Anode via ab Initio Random Structure Searching.

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    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.

  15. An experimental and ab initio study on the abiotic reduction of uranyl by ferrous iron

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    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

  16. CL-20 photodecomposition: ab initio foundations for identification of products.

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    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. PMID:18262832

  17. CL-20 photodecomposition: Ab initio foundations for identification of products

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    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.

  18. Ab Initio Thermochemistry and Elastic Properties of Alkaline Earth Hydrides

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    Hector, Louis, Jr.; Herbst, Jan; Wolf, Walter; Saxe, Paul

    2006-03-01

    In addition to comprising a scientifically interesting class of materials, the binary alkaline earth hydrides are important components of hydrogen sorption/desorption reactions. Of critical importance for predicting the thermodynamic stability of hydrides is the enthalpy of hydride formation, δH, which links the temperature and pressure of hydrogen sorption via the van't Hoff relation. We compare LDA and GGA predictions of the heats of formation and elastic properties of alkaline earth metals and their binary hydrides BeH2, MgH2, CaH2, SrH2, and BaH2 using a plane wave density functional method. Phonon calculations using the direct method enabled prediction of the zero point energies of each material and the 0K and 298K heats of formation. We also computed the 0K and 298K cohesive energies for the alkaline earth metals. Born effective charge tensors were computed via the Berry phase method and enabled prediction of the phonon dispersion curves with LO/TO zone center splittings. It was found that the LO/TO splittings have no effect on the computed zero point energies and heats of formation. The elastic constants were computed with a least squares fitting method using a set of sequentially-applied strains to improve the accuracy of each calculation. Comparison of results from the least squares methodology with prior results using the Hartree-Fock method suggest that the former is substantially more accurate for predicting hydride elastic properties.

  19. Ab initio structure determination of n-diamond.

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    Li, Da; Tian, Fubo; Chu, Binhua; Duan, Defang; Sha, Xiaojing; Lv, Yunzhou; Zhang, Huadi; Lu, Nan; Liu, Bingbing; Cui, Tian

    2015-08-24

    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.

  20. Treatment of dilute clusters of methanol and water by ab initio quantum mechanical calculations.

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    Ruckenstein, Eli; Shulgin, Ivan L; Tilson, Jeffrey L

    2005-02-10

    Large molecular clusters can be considered as intermediate states between gas and condensed phases, and information about them can help us understand condensed phases. In this paper, ab initio quantum mechanical methods have been used to examine clusters formed of methanol and water molecules. The main goal was to obtain information about the intermolecular interactions and the structure of methanol/water clusters at the molecular level. The large clusters (CH(4)O...(H(2)O)(12) and H(2)O...(CH(4)O)(10)) containing one molecule of one component (methanol or water) and many (12, 10) molecules of the other component were considered. Møller-Plesset perturbation theory (MP2) was used in the calculations. Several representative cluster geometries were optimized, and nearest-neighbor interaction energies were calculated for the geometries obtained in the first step. The results of the calculations were compared to the available experimental information regarding the liquid methanol/water mixtures and to the molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations, and good agreement was found. For the CH(4)O...(H(2)O)(12) cluster, it was shown that the molecules of water can be subdivided into two classes: (i) H bonded to the central methanol molecule and (ii) not H bonded to the central methanol molecule. As expected, these two classes exhibited striking energy differences. Although they are located almost the same distance from the carbon atom of the central methanol molecule, they possess very different intermolecular interaction energies with the central molecule. The H bonding constitutes a dominant factor in the hydration of methanol in dilute aqueous solutions. For the H(2)O...(CH(4)O)(10) cluster, it was shown that the central molecule of water has almost three H bonds with the methanol molecules; this result differs from those in the literature that concluded that the average number of H bonds between a central water molecule and methanol molecules in dilute solutions of

  1. Crystal structure and magnetism in α -RuCl3 : An ab initio study

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    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.

  2. Acido-base behavior of hydroxamic acids: experimental and ab initio studies on hydroxyureas.

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    Vrcek, Ivana Vinković; Kos, Ivan; Weitner, Tin; Birus, Mladen

    2008-11-20

    The values of Ka, DeltaSa, and DeltaHa for deprotonation of hydroxyurea (HU) and N-methylhydroxyurea (NMHU), as targeted compounds, and for betainohydroxamic acid, were potentiometrically determined. Although NMHU has two and HU even three deprotonation sites, the measurements confirm that they behave as weak acids with a single pK a approximately 10. Comparison with analogous thermodynamic parameters previously determined for series of monohydroxamic acids reveals deviations from a DeltaSa, vs DeltaHa plot for HU and NMHU, raising the question of the dissociation site of hydroxureas in water. In addition to the deprotonation of the hydroxyl oxygen, ab initio calculations performed at the MP2/6-311++G(d,p) level of theory for these two compounds indicate a notable participation of the nitrogen deprotonation site in HU. The calculations for the isolated, monohydrate, trihydrate, and decahydrate molecular and anionic forms of hydroxyureas support the importance of hydrogen bonding in the gas and aqueous phases. The hydroxylamino nitrogen in HU is the most acidic site in water, contributing approximately 94% to the overall deprotonation process at 25 degrees C. On the contrary, the hydroxylamino oxygen is by far the most favored deprotonation site in NMHU, contributing almost 100% in aqueous medium. The predicted participations of two deprotonation sites in HU, calculated at the MP2/6-311++G(d,p) level of theory, combined with the calculated relative reaction enthalpy and entropy for the deprotonation, satisfactorily explain the observed deviation from linearity of DeltaHa vs DeltaSa, plot. There is no such a simple explanation for acid-base behavior of NMHU.

  3. Insights into the function of silver as an oxidation catalyst by ab initio atomistic thermodynamics

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    Li, Wei-Xue; Stampfl, Catherine; Scheffler, Matthias

    2003-10-01

    To help understand the high activity of silver as an oxidation catalyst, e.g., for the oxidation of ethylene to epoxide and the dehydrogenation of methanol to formaldehyde, the interaction and stability of many different oxygen species at the Ag(111) surface has been studied for a wide range of coverages. Through calculation of the free energy, as obtained from density-functional theory and taking into account the temperature and pressure via the oxygen chemical potential, we obtain the phase diagram of O/Ag(111). Our results reveal that a thin surface-oxide structure is most stable for the temperature and pressure range of ethylene epoxidation and we propose it (and possibly other similar structures) contains the species actuating the catalysis. For higher temperatures, low coverages of chemisorbed oxygen are most stable, which could also play a role in oxidation reactions. For temperatures greater than about 775 K there are no stable oxygen species, except for the possibility of O atoms adsorbed at undercoordinated surface sites (i.e., imperfections, defects). At low temperatures (≲400 K at atmospheric pressure), provided kinetic limitations can be overcome, thicker oxidelike structures are predicted. Due to their low thermal stability, however, they can be ruled out as playing an important role in the heterogeneous reactions under technical conditions. Bulk dissolved oxygen and a molecular ozonelike species adsorbed at a surface vacancy, as have been proposed in the literature, are found to be energetically unfavorable. The employed theoretical approach for calculating free energies and predicting the lowest energy structures in contact with species in the environment (“ab initio, atomistic thermodynamics”), affords investigation of a system that seamlessly connects standard (T=0 K) density-functional theory results, characteristic of “typical” theoretical surface science studies, through to those valid for the conditions of catalysis. Though the error

  4. Ab initio calculation of Ti NMR shieldings for titanium oxides and halides

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    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 ∠ TiOH 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.

  5. Microsolvation of LiBO2 in water: anion photoelectron spectroscopy and ab initio calculations.

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    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.

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

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    Steckel, Janice A.

    2012-11-29

    A series of ab initio calculations designed to investigate the interaction of CO{sub 2} with acetate are presented. The lowest energy structure, AC–CO{sub 2}-η{sup 2}, is predicted by CCSD(T)/aVTZ to be bound by -10.6 kcal/mol. Six of the bound complexes have binding energies on the order of -8 kcal/mol, but analysis shows that the η{sup 1}-CT complex is fundamentally different from the others. The η{sup 1}-CT complex is characterized by geometric distortion, large polarization and induction effects and charge transfer whereas the other five complexes have little geometric distortion and negligible charge transfer. The amount of charge that is 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.

  7. Electronic Structures of Anti-Ferromagnetic Tetraradicals: Ab Initio and Semi-Empirical Studies.

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    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

  8. Ab initio studies of anisotropic magnetism in uranium and cerium monopnictides and monochalcogenides

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    Collins, Eric Mason

    We have applied two ab initio based methods to investigate the origin in the electronic structure of the unusual magnetic behavior of the cerium and uranium monopnictides and monochalcogenides. First, we have carried out spin-polarized electronic structure calculations, based on the full potential linear muffin tin (FPLMTO) method, with spin polarization (orbital polarization only via spin-orbit coupling) and also with orbital polarization correction. Second, we have carried out ab initio based calculations synthesizing (1) a phenomenological theory of orbitally driven magnetism based on the Anderson and Kondo, lattice model which incorporates explicitly the hybridization induced and the Coulomb exchange interactions on an equal footing, and (2) FPLMTO electronic structure calculations allowing a first principles evaluation of all the parameters entering the model Hamiltonian. For the cerium compounds, we also include the crystal field interactions on an equal footing with the hybridization and Coulomb exchange interactions with a scaling determined by experiment. The results for the uranium compound calculations show that both methods are limited to the extremes to which they are best suited. The pure band structure calculations provide the best agreement for the lighter uranium compounds, while the model hamiltonian approach provides better agreement for the heavier uranium compounds. In the case of the cerium compounds, while the pure FPLMTO calculations yield values for the magnetic moment in agreement with experiment for the lighter cerium chalcogenides, they fail to give, even qualitatively, the magnetic properties for all other systems. On the other hand, the ab initio based model Hamiltonian calculations reveal for the first time the interplay of hybridization, Coulomb exchange, and crystal field interactions across the cerium series, and give results for the low-temperature moment and ordering temperature in excellent agreement with experiment, for the

  9. An Ab Initio Approach Towards Engineering Fischer-Tropsch Surface Chemistry

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    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

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

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

    2014-06-01

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

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

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

    1976-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-07-01

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

  13. Structural and magnetic properties of Tcn@C60 endohedral metallofullerenes: An ab initio study

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    Kim, Eunja; Weck, Philippe F.; Czerwinski, Kenneth R.; Tománek, David

    2010-03-01

    We use ab initio spin density functional calculations to study the equilibrium structure and magnetic properties of Tcn@C60 endohedral metallofullerenes. The radionuclide ^99mTc is well established in biomedicine as a potent in vivo diagnostic radiopharmaceutical; its encapsulation in the inert C60 shell is expected to limit possible cytotoxicity of radiometal nanoparticles catabolized by the biological host. We find that C60 can endohedrally accommodate Tcn clusters with up to n=7. The encapsulation does not change significantly the structure of the enclosed clusters, but reduces the magnetic moment due to a stronger Tc--C hybridization for the larger clusters.

  14. Ab initio molecular simulations on specific interactions between amyloid beta and monosaccharides

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    Nomura, Kazuya; Okamoto, Akisumi; Yano, Atsushi; Higai, Shin'ichi; Kondo, Takashi; Kamba, Seiji; Kurita, Noriyuki

    2012-09-01

    Aggregation of amyloid β (Aβ) peptides, which is a key pathogenetic event in Alzheimer's disease, can be caused by cell-surface saccharides. We here investigated stable structures of the solvated complexes of Aβ with some types of monosaccharides using molecular simulations based on protein-ligand docking and classical molecular mechanics methods. Moreover, the specific interactions between Aβ and the monosaccharides were elucidated at an electronic level by ab initio fragment molecular orbital calculations. Based on the results, we proposed which type of monosaccharide prefers to have large binding affinity to Aβ and inhibit the Aβ aggregation.

  15. Scalable numerical approach for the steady-state ab initio laser theory

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    Esterhazy, S.; Liu, D.; Liertzer, M.; Cerjan, A.; Ge, L.; Makris, K. G.; Stone, A. D.; Melenk, J. M.; Johnson, S. G.; Rotter, S.

    2014-08-01

    We present an efficient and flexible method for solving the non-linear lasing equations of the steady-state ab initio laser theory. Our strategy is to solve the underlying system of partial differential equations directly, without the need of setting up a parametrized basis of constant flux states. We validate this approach in one-dimensional as well as in cylindrical systems, and demonstrate its scalability to full-vector three-dimensional calculations in photonic-crystal slabs. Our method paves the way for efficient and accurate simulations of microlasers which were previously inaccessible.

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

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    Pietrucci, Fabio; Andreoni, Wanda

    2011-08-01

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

  17. Ab initio calculations of the electronic structure of silicon nanocrystals doped with shallow donors (Li, P)

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    Kurova, N. V. Burdov, V. A.

    2013-12-15

    The results of ab initio calculations of the electronic structure of Si nanocrystals doped with shallow donors (Li, P) are reported. It is shown that phosphorus introduces much more significant distortions into the electronic structure of the nanocrystal than lithium, which is due to the stronger central cell potential of the phosphorus ion. It is found that the Li-induced splitting of the ground state in the conduction band of the nanocrystal into the singlet, doublet, and triplet retains its inverse structure typical for bulk silicon.

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

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    Danby, Grahame; Tennyson, Jonathan

    1990-01-01

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

  19. Structure and lattice dynamics of PrFe3(BO3)4: Ab initio calculation

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

    2016-06-01

    The crystal structure and phonon spectrum of PrFe3(BO3)4 are ab initio calculated in the context of the density functional theory. The ion coordinates in the unit cell of a crystal and the lattice parameters are evaluated from the calculations. The types and frequencies of the fundamental vibrations, as well as the line intensities of the IR spectrum, are determined. The elastic constants of the crystal are calculated. A "seed" frequency of the vibration strongly interacting with the electron excitation on the praseodymium ion is obtained for low-frequency A 2 mode. The calculated results are in agreement with the known experimental data.

  20. Ab initio study on electronically excited states of lithium isocyanide, LiNC

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    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.

  1. Reactivity of a sodium atom in vibrationally excited water clusters: An ab initio molecular dynamics study

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    Cwiklik, Lukasz; Kubisiak, Piotr; Kulig, Waldemar; Jungwirth, Pavel

    2008-07-01

    We investigated the reaction between a sodium atom and water molecules in both small and medium-size vibrationally excited water clusters using ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. Formation of NaOH was observed in small ( n = 4, 5) clusters, while water dissociation and subsequent geminate recombination accompanied by a transient formation of a Na +-OH - pair occurred in a 34 water cluster. Our results show that the initial step of the vibrationally excited reaction between a single sodium atom and water does not shut off in larger clusters and that it can also occur in the bulk water, however, more sodium atoms are likely required to stabilize the product.

  2. Ab initio based force field and molecular dynamics simulations of crystalline TATB.

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    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

  3. An ab initio quartic force field and the fundamental frequencies of o-benzyne

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    Bludský, Ota; Pirko, Vladimír; Kobayashi, Rika; Jørgensen, Poul

    1994-10-01

    The ab initio SCF, MCSCF and MP2 molecular energies, gradients and Hessians have been evaluated at 33 points for the ground electronic state of the o-benzyne molecule. The corresponding potential energy surfaces have been fitted to obtain a quartic force field from which the fundamental frequencies have been determined using second-order perturbation theory. Theoretical predictions reproduce the majority of the experimental data to a degree of agreement which allows a complete assignment of all the fundamental frequencies of o-benzyne.

  4. Ab initio calculations of one-electron-scattering properties of ethyne (acetylene) and ethylene molecules

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    Tripathi, A.N.; Smith, V.H. Jr. K7L3N6); Kaijser, P.; Siemens, A.G. ); Diercksen, G.H.F. )

    1990-03-01

    Isotropic scattering functions and Compton profiles together with their directional components for several directions relevant to the molecular structure of C{sub 2}H{sub 2} and C{sub 2}H{sub 4} have been evaluated for {ital ab} {ital initio} self-consistent field and configuration-interaction wave functions. The internally folded density (reciprocal form factor) {ital B}({ital r}) is calculated and discussed as are various momentum expectation values. Comparison is made with available experimental and other theoretical results.

  5. An accurate potential energy curve for helium based on ab initio calculations

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    Janzen, A. R.; Aziz, R. A.

    1997-07-01

    Korona, Williams, Bukowski, Jeziorski, and Szalewicz [J. Chem. Phys. 106, 1 (1997)] constructed a completely ab initio potential for He2 by fitting their calculations using infinite order symmetry adapted perturbation theory at intermediate range, existing Green's function Monte Carlo calculations at short range and accurate dispersion coefficients at long range to a modified Tang-Toennies potential form. The potential with retardation added to the dipole-dipole dispersion is found to predict accurately a large set of microscopic and macroscopic experimental data. The potential with a significantly larger well depth than other recent potentials is judged to be the most accurate characterization of the helium interaction yet proposed.

  6. Matrix IR spectrum and ab initio SCF calculations of molecular SiS sub 2

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    Schnoeckel, H.; Koeppe, R. )

    1989-06-21

    In solid argon molecular SiS{sub 2} is generated by a reaction of SiS with S atoms. The antisymmetric stretching vibration {nu}{sub as}(SiS) is observed at 918 cm{sup {minus}1}. Bonding and structure (force constants from experimentally observed frequencies and results from ab initio SCF calculations) of SiS{sub 2} are compared with that of the similar molecules: CO, CS, CO{sub 2}, COS, CS{sub 2}, SiO, SiS, SiO{sub 2}, and SiOS.

  7. Converging sequences in the ab initio no-core shell model

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    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.

  8. Efficient Use of an Adapting Database of Ab Initio Calculations To Generate Accurate Newtonian Dynamics.

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    Shaughnessy, M C; Jones, R E

    2016-02-01

    We develop and demonstrate a method to efficiently use density functional calculations to drive classical dynamics of complex atomic and molecular systems. The method has the potential to scale to systems and time scales unreachable with current ab initio molecular dynamics schemes. It relies on an adapting dataset of independently computed Hellmann-Feynman forces for atomic configurations endowed with a distance metric. The metric on configurations enables fast database lookup and robust interpolation of the stored forces. We discuss mechanisms for the database to adapt to the needs of the evolving dynamics, while maintaining accuracy, and other extensions of the basic algorithm.

  9. Ab Initio Electronic Structure Calculations of Cytochrome P450 -- Ligand Interactions

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    Segall, M. D.; Payne, M. C.; Ellis, S. W.; Tucker, G. T.

    1997-03-01

    The Cytochrome P450 superfamily of enzymes are of great interest in pharmacology as they participate in an enormous range of physiological processes including drug deactivation and xenobiotic detoxification. We apply ab initio electronic structure calculations to model the interactions of the haem molecule at the P450 active site with substrate and inhibitor ligands. These calculations, based on density function theory, were performed with the CETEP code which uses a plane wave basis set and pseudopotentials to perform efficient LDA, GGA and spin dependent calculations. A change in the spin state of the haem iron atom is observed on binding of a substrate molecule, consistent with the accepted reaction mechanism.

  10. Charge carrier motion in disordered conjugated polymers: a multiscale ab-initio study

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    Vukmirovic, Nenad; Wang, Lin-Wang

    2009-11-10

    We developed an ab-initio multiscale method for simulation of carrier transport in large disordered systems, based on direct calculation of electronic states and electron-phonon coupling constants. It enabled us to obtain the never seen before rich microscopic details of carrier motion in conjugated polymers, which led us to question several assumptions of phenomenological models, widely used in such systems. The macroscopic mobility of disordered poly(3- hexylthiophene) (P3HT) polymer, extracted from our simulation, is in agreement with experimental results from the literature.

  11. Ab initio potentials of F+Li{sub 2} accessible at ultracold temperatures

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    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.

  12. Transport coefficients of helium-argon mixture based on ab initio potential.

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    Sharipov, Felix; Benites, Victor J

    2015-10-21

    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. PMID:26493894

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

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

    2004-04-01

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

  14. Peculiarities of geminal atom interaction in chloro-containing imidazoles using ab initio calculations

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    Feshin, V. P.; Feshina, E. V.

    2000-07-01

    The results of ab initio calculations at the RHF/6-31G ∗ level of 1-methyl-4-chloro- and -5-chloroimidazoles as well as of 1-methyl-4,5-dichloroimidazoles with total optimization of their geometry were presented. They were used for the interpretation of peculiarities of an influence of the "pyridine" and "pyrrole" N atoms on the electron distribution of the Cl atoms in these molecules and of their 35Cl NQR frequencies. These peculiarities are caused by the different space electron distribution of these N atoms that causes the different polarization of the geminal Cl atom p-electron shell.

  15. A high-precision ab initio determination of the equilibrium geometry and force field of HOC(+)

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    Defrees, D. J.; Bunker, P. R.; Binkley, J. S.; Mclean, A. D.

    1987-01-01

    The results of an ab initio molecular orbital investigation of the isoformyl cation, HOC(+), shape are reported. The effects of expanding the basis set to near the Hartree-Fock limit and of electron correlation were examined, and the results indicate that near the Hartree-Fock limit the HOC(+) is linear. An analytic potential function is presented, from which the calculated rotational energies are only 0.03 percent different from the experimental values. This represents a nearly two orders of magnitude reduction in error from earlier work.

  16. The role of Metals in Amyloid Aggregation: A Test Case for ab initio Simulations

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    Minicozzi, V.; Rossi, G. C.; Stellato, F.; Morante, S.

    2007-12-26

    First principle ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of the Car-Parrinello type have proved to be of invaluable help in understanding the microscopic mechanisms of chemical bonding both in solid state physics and in structural biophysics. In this work we present as test cases the study of the Cu coordination mode in two especially important examples: Prion protein and {beta}-amyloids. Using medium size PC-clusters as well as larger parallel platforms, we are able to deal with systems comprising 300 to 500 atoms and 1000 to 1500 electrons for as long as 2-3 ps. We present structural results which confirm indications coming from NMR and XAS data.

  17. Communication: GAIMS—Generalized Ab Initio Multiple Spawning for both internal conversion and intersystem crossing processes

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    Curchod, Basile F. E.; Rauer, Clemens; Marquetand, Philipp; González, Leticia; Martínez, Todd J.

    2016-03-01

    Full multiple spawning is a formally exact method to describe the excited-state dynamics of molecular systems beyond the Born-Oppenheimer approximation. However, it has been limited until now to the description of radiationless transitions taking place between electronic states with the same spin multiplicity. This Communication presents a generalization of the full and ab initio multiple spawning methods to both internal conversion (mediated by nonadiabatic coupling terms) and intersystem crossing events (triggered by spin-orbit coupling matrix elements) based on a spin-diabatic representation. The results of two numerical applications, a model system and the deactivation of thioformaldehyde, validate the presented formalism and its implementation.

  18. Initial oxidation of TiAl: An ab-initio investigation

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    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.

  19. DAMMIF, a program for rapid ab-initio shape determination in small-angle scattering

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    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.

  20. The hydrogen diffusion in liquid aluminum alloys from ab initio molecular dynamics.

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    Jakse, N; Pasturel, A

    2014-09-01

    We study the hydrogen diffusion in liquid aluminum alloys through extensive ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. At the microscopic scale, we show that the hydrogen motion is characterized by a broad distribution of spatial jumps that does not correspond to a Brownian motion. To determine the self-diffusion coefficient of hydrogen in liquid aluminum alloys, we use a generalized continuous time random walk model recently developed to describe the hydrogen diffusion in pure aluminum. In particular, we show that the model successfully accounts the effects of alloying elements on the hydrogen diffusion in agreement with experimental features.

  1. Temperature-Dependent Diffusion Coefficients from ab initio Computations: Hydrogen in Nickel

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    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.

  2. Ab initio description of second-harmonic generation from crystal surfaces

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    Tancogne-Dejean, Nicolas; Giorgetti, Christine; Véniard, Valérie

    2016-09-01

    We propose an ab initio framework to derive the dielectric and the second-order susceptibility tensors for crystal surfaces. The single-surface response is extracted from a supercell scheme. We evaluate macroscopic quantities, taking into account the local fields. The first- and second-order susceptibilities are evaluated within time-dependent density functional theory, in the long-wavelength limit. We apply our formalism to the calculation of the second-harmonic generation for clean and hydrogenated silicon surfaces. The agreement with measured second-order susceptibility components is significantly better, illustrating the importance of local-field effects.

  3. Efficient Use of an Adapting Database of Ab Initio Calculations To Generate Accurate Newtonian Dynamics.

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    Shaughnessy, M C; Jones, R E

    2016-02-01

    We develop and demonstrate a method to efficiently use density functional calculations to drive classical dynamics of complex atomic and molecular systems. The method has the potential to scale to systems and time scales unreachable with current ab initio molecular dynamics schemes. It relies on an adapting dataset of independently computed Hellmann-Feynman forces for atomic configurations endowed with a distance metric. The metric on configurations enables fast database lookup and robust interpolation of the stored forces. We discuss mechanisms for the database to adapt to the needs of the evolving dynamics, while maintaining accuracy, and other extensions of the basic algorithm. PMID:26669825

  4. Ab initio no core calculations of light nuclei and preludes to Hamiltonian quantum field theory

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    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.

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

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    Schwenke, D. W.; Partridge, H.

    2001-01-01

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

  6. Ab Initio Identification of the Nitrogen Diffusion Mechanism in SIlicon

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    Stoddard, Nathan; Pichler, Peter; Duscher, Gerd J M; Windl, Wolfgang

    2005-01-01

    In this Letter, we present ab initio results identifying a new diffusion path for the nitrogen pair complex in silicon, resulting in an effective diffusivity of 67exp(-2.38 eV/kT) cm{sup 2}/s. This nudged elastic band result is compared with other nitrogen diffusion paths and mechanisms, and is determined to have unmatched agreement with experimental results. It is also shown that careful consideration of total energy corrections and use of a fully temperature-dependent diffusion prefactor have modest but important effects on the calculation of diffusivity for paired and for interstitial nitrogen.

  7. Ab initio calculations of the ground and excited states of I 2- and ICl -

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    Maslen, P. E.; Faeder, J.; Parson, R.

    1996-12-01

    We performed all-electron ab initio calculations of the first six states of I 2- and ICl - using a multi-reference configuration interaction method. Spin-orbit coupling is included via an empirical one-electron operator and has a large effect on the dissociation energy. The ground state dissociation energies were in error by 20-30%, probably due to deficiencies in the one electron basis sets. The electronic wavefunctions at the equilibrium geometry were used to calculate the electronic absorption spectrum from the ground state, and good agreement was found with the experimental data.

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

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

    1994-01-01

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

  9. Ab initio structure modelling of complex thin-film oxides: thermodynamical stability of TiC/thin-film alumina.

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    Rohrer, J; Ruberto, C; Hyldgaard, P

    2010-01-13

    We present a strategy to identify energetically favourable oxide structures in thin-film geometries. Thin-film candidate configurations are constructed from a pool of sublattices of stable and metastable oxide bulk phases. Favourable stoichiometric compositions and atomic geometries are identified by comparing total and Gibbs free energies of the relaxed configurations. This strategy is illustrated for thin-film alumina on TiC, materials which are commonly fabricated by chemical vapour deposition (CVD) and used as wear-resistant multilayer coatings. Based on the standard implementation of ab initio thermodynamics, with an assumption of equilibrium between molecular O(2) and the oxide, we predict a stability preference of TiC/alumina configurations that show no binding across the interface. This result is seemingly in conflict with the wear-resistant character of the material and points towards a need for extending standard ab initio thermodynamics to account for relevant growth environments. PMID:21386219

  10. Ab Initio Many-Body Calculations Of n-3H, n-4He, p-3,4He, And n-10Be Scattering

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    Quaglioni, S; Navratil, P

    2008-03-26

    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 present phase shifts 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 potentials. Our A = 4 scattering results are compared to earlier ab initio calculations. We demonstrate that a proper treatment of the coupling to the n-{sup 10}Be continuum is essential to explain the parity-inverted ground state in {sup 11}Be.

  11. Water at a hydrophilic solid surface probed by ab-initio molecular dynamics: inhomogeneous thin layers of dense fluid

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    Cicero, G; Grossman, J; Galli, G; Catellani, A

    2005-01-28

    We present a microscopic model of the interface between liquid water and a hydrophilic, solid surface, as obtained from ab-initio molecular dynamics simulations. In particular, we focused on the (100)surface of cubic SiC, a leading candidate semiconductor for bio-compatible devices. Our results show that, in the liquid in contact with the clean substrate, molecular dissociation occurs in a manner unexpectedly similar to that observed in the gas phase. After full hydroxylation takes place, the formation of a thin ({approx}3 {angstrom})interfacial layer is observed, which has higher density than bulk water and forms stable hydrogen bonds with the substrate. The liquid does not uniformly wet the surface, rather molecules preferably bind along directions parallel to the Si dimer rows. Our calculations also predict that one dimensional confinement between two hydrophilic surfaces at about 1.3 nm distance does not affect the structural and electronic properties of the whole water sample.

  12. Toluene Valence and Rydberg Excitations as Studied by ab initio Calculations and Vacuum Ultraviolet (VUV) Synchrotron Radiation.

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    Serralheiro, C; Duflot, D; da Silva, F Ferreira; Hoffmann, S V; Jones, N C; Mason, N J; Mendes, B; Limão-Vieira, P

    2015-08-27

    The electronic spectroscopy of isolated toluene in the gas phase has been investigated using high-resolution photoabsorption spectroscopy in the 4.0-10.8 eV energy range, with absolute cross-section measurements derived. We present the first set of ab initio calculations (vertical energies and oscillator strengths), which we use in the assignment of valence and Rydberg transitions of the toluene molecule. The spectrum reveals several new features not previously reported in the literature, with particular relevance to 7.989 and 8.958 eV, which are here tentatively assigned to the π*(17a') ← σ(15a') and 1π*(10a″) ← 1π(14a') transitions, respectively. The measured absolute photoabsorption cross sections have been used to calculate the photolysis lifetime of toluene in the upper stratosphere (20-50 km).

  13. Toluene Valence and Rydberg Excitations as Studied by ab initio Calculations and Vacuum Ultraviolet (VUV) Synchrotron Radiation.

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    Serralheiro, C; Duflot, D; da Silva, F Ferreira; Hoffmann, S V; Jones, N C; Mason, N J; Mendes, B; Limão-Vieira, P

    2015-08-27

    The electronic spectroscopy of isolated toluene in the gas phase has been investigated using high-resolution photoabsorption spectroscopy in the 4.0-10.8 eV energy range, with absolute cross-section measurements derived. We present the first set of ab initio calculations (vertical energies and oscillator strengths), which we use in the assignment of valence and Rydberg transitions of the toluene molecule. The spectrum reveals several new features not previously reported in the literature, with particular relevance to 7.989 and 8.958 eV, which are here tentatively assigned to the π*(17a') ← σ(15a') and 1π*(10a″) ← 1π(14a') transitions, respectively. The measured absolute photoabsorption cross sections have been used to calculate the photolysis lifetime of toluene in the upper stratosphere (20-50 km). PMID:26244250

  14. Quasiparticle electronic structure and optical absorption of diamond nanoparticles from ab initio many-body perturbation theory

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    Yin, Huabing; Ma, Yuchen Mu, Jinglin; Liu, Chengbu; Hao, Xiaotao; Yi, Zhijun

    2014-06-07

    The excited states of small-diameter diamond nanoparticles in the gas phase are studied using the GW method and Bethe-Salpeter equation (BSE) within the ab initio many-body perturbation theory. The calculated ionization potentials and optical gaps are in agreement with experimental results, with the average error about 0.2 eV. The electron affinity is negative and the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital is rather delocalized. Precise determination of the electron affinity requires one to take the off-diagonal matrix elements of the self-energy operator into account in the GW calculation. BSE calculations predict a large exciton binding energy which is an order of magnitude larger than that in the bulk diamond.

  15. Ultrafast transformation of graphite to diamond: An ab initio molecular dynamics study of graphite under shock compression

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    Mundy, Christopher J.; Curioni, Alessandro; Kuo, I-F W.; Goldman, Nir; Reed, Evan; Fried, Larry; Ianuzzi, Marcella

    2008-05-14

    This work was performed while I was LLNL. We present an extremely large scale ab initio calculation of the transformation of graphite to diamond under shock compression utilizing Car-Parrinello Molecular Dynamics (CPMD) in conjunction with the Multi-scale Shock Method (MSSM). Our results indicate that the transition from graphite to diamond is Martensitic, in agreement with experimental observations. We find that a shock of 12 km/s forms a short-lived layered diamond phase that eventually relaxes to a cubic diamond state. Moreover, access to the electronic structure allows the computation of the x-ray absorption spectra (XAS) to characterize the final states. The XAS spectra and wide angle x-ray scattering spectra (WAXS) confirm the presence of a cubic diamond final state.

  16. Vibrational spectra and molecular mechanics and ab initio calculations for 1,3-dioxole. Confirmation of non-planarity

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    Cortez, Enriqueta; Laane, Jaan

    1995-02-01

    Infrared and Raman spectra of the vapor, liquid, and solid phases of 1,3-dioxole have been recorded and analyzed. Much of the spectra can be interpreted assuming C2v symmetry. However, several combination bands with the ring-puckering vibration along with the observation of an otherwise inactive mode confirm the non-planarity of this molecule. The observed frequencies are compared with predicted values from molecular mechanics (MM3) and ab initio (STO3-21G∗) calculations. These calculated values provide useful estimates but about half of them differ from the observed values by more than 50 cm -1. Several predicted values disagree by more than 200 cm -1.

  17. Ab initio theory of magnetic-field-induced odd-frequency two-band superconductivity in MgB2

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    Aperis, Alex; Maldonado, Pablo; Oppeneer, Peter M.

    2015-08-01

    We develop the anisotropic Eliashberg framework for superconductivity in the presence of an applied magnetic field. Using as input the ab initio calculated electron and phonon band structures and electron-phonon coupling, we solve self-consistently the anisotropic Eliashberg equations for the archetypal superconductor MgB2. We find two self-consistent solutions, time-even two-band superconductivity, as well as unconventional time-odd s -wave spin triplet two-band superconductivity emerging with applied field. We provide the full momentum, frequency, and spin-resolved dependence and magnetic field-temperature phase diagrams of the time-even and time-odd superconducting pair amplitudes and predict fingerprints of this novel odd-frequency state in tunneling experiments.

  18. Ab initio quantum chemical and mixed quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) methods for studying enzymatic catalysis.

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    Friesner, Richard A; Guallar, Victor

    2005-01-01

    We describe large scale ab initio quantum chemical and mixed quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) methods for studying enzymatic reactions. First, technical aspects of the methodology are reviewed, including the hybrid density functional theory (DFT) methods that are typically employed for the QM aspect of the calculations, and various approaches to defining the interface between the QM and MM regions in QM/MM approaches. The modeling of the enzymatic catalytic cycle for three examples--methane monooxygenase, cytochrome P450, and triose phosphate isomerase--are discussed in some depth, followed by a brief summary of other systems that have been investigated by ab initio methods over the past several years. Finally, a discussion of the qualitative and quantitative conclusions concerning enzymatic catalysis that are available from modern ab initio approaches is presented, followed by a conclusion briefly summarizing future prospects.

  19. Evolution of atomic structure in Al75Cu25 liquid from experimental and ab initio molecular dynamics simulation studies.

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    Xiong, L H; Yoo, H; Lou, H B; Wang, X D; Cao, Q P; Zhang, D X; Jiang, J Z; Xie, H L; Xiao, T Q; Jeon, S; Lee, G W

    2015-01-28

    X-ray diffraction and electrostatic levitation measurements, together with the ab initio molecular dynamics simulation of liquid Al(75)Cu(25) alloy have been performed from 800 to 1600 K. Experimental and ab initio molecular dynamics simulation results match well with each other. No abnormal changes were experimentally detected in the specific heat capacity over total hemispheric emissivity and density curves in the studied temperature range for a bulk liquid Al(75)Cu(25) alloy measured by the electrostatic levitation technique. The structure factors gained by the ab initio molecular dynamics simulation precisely coincide with the experimental data. The atomic structure analyzed by the Honeycutt-Andersen index and Voronoi tessellation methods shows that icosahedral-like atomic clusters prevail in the liquid Al(75)Cu(25) alloy and the atomic clusters evolve continuously. All results obtained here suggest that no liquid-liquid transition appears in the bulk liquid Al(75)Cu(25) alloy in the studied temperature range. PMID:25524926

  20. Correlations between ab initio and experimental data for isolated H-bonded complexes of water with nitrogen bases

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    Maes, G.; Smets, J.; Adamowicz, L.; McCarthy, W.; Van Bael, M. K.; Houben, L.; Schoone, K.

    1997-06-01

    Correlations between selected ab initio predicted and experimentally observed properties of 1:1 H-bonded complexes of pyridines, pyrimidines, and imidazoles with water are investigated. Relationships are found between the experimental properties of proton affinity and water frequency shift, and the ab initio calculated bond distances, interaction energies and water frequency shifts. It is also found that well-defined relations can be established between calculated and observed properties for the pyridine complexes, but these cannot be reliably extended to the other N-base systems. The similarities demonstrate that the presently available ab initio methods are useful in predicting the experimental behaviour of H-bonded systems, but only for closely related molecules.