NMR shieldings from density functional perturbation theory: GIPAW versus all-electron calculations
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
de Wijs, G. A.; Laskowski, R.; Blaha, P.; Havenith, R. W. A.; Kresse, G.; Marsman, M.
2017-02-01
We present a benchmark of the density functional linear response calculation of NMR shieldings within the gauge-including projector-augmented-wave method against all-electron augmented-plane-wave+local-orbital and uncontracted Gaussian basis set results for NMR shieldings in molecular and solid state systems. In general, excellent agreement between the aforementioned methods is obtained. Scalar relativistic effects are shown to be quite large for nuclei in molecules in the deshielded limit. The small component makes up a substantial part of the relativistic corrections.
Large-scale All-electron Density Functional Theory Calculations using Enriched Finite Element Method
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kanungo, Bikash; Gavini, Vikram
We present a computationally efficient method to perform large-scale all-electron density functional theory calculations by enriching the Lagrange polynomial basis in classical finite element (FE) discretization with atom-centered numerical basis functions, which are obtained from the solutions of the Kohn-Sham (KS) problem for single atoms. We term these atom-centered numerical basis functions as enrichment functions. The integrals involved in the construction of the discrete KS Hamiltonian and overlap matrix are computed using an adaptive quadrature grid based on gradients in the enrichment functions. Further, we propose an efficient scheme to invert the overlap matrix by exploiting its LDL factorization and employing spectral finite elements along with Gauss-Lobatto quadrature rules. Finally, we use a Chebyshev polynomial based acceleration technique to compute the occupied eigenspace in each self-consistent iteration. We demonstrate the accuracy, efficiency and scalability of the proposed method on various metallic and insulating benchmark systems, with systems ranging in the order of 10,000 electrons. We observe a 50-100 fold reduction in the overall computational time when compared to classical FE calculations while being commensurate with the desired chemical accuracy. We acknowledge the support of NSF (Grant No. 1053145) and ARO (Grant No. W911NF-15-1-0158) in conducting this work.
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Boettger, Jonathan C.; Ray, Asok K.
2000-07-01
The fluorite structure light-actinide dioxides, uranium dioxide and plutonium dioxide, are both known to be prototypical Mott-Hubbard insulators, with band gaps produced by strong Coulomb correlation effects that are not adequately accounted for in traditional density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Indeed, DFT electronic structure calculations for these two actinide dioxides have been shown to incorrectly predict metallic behavior. The highly-correlated electron effects exhibited by the actinide dioxides, combined with the large relativistic effects (including spin-orbit coupling) expected for any actinide compound, provide an extreme challenge for electronic structure theorists. For this reason, few fully-self-consistent DFT calculations have been carried out for the actinide dioxides, in general, and only one for plutonium dioxide. In that calculation, the troublesome 5f electrons were treated as core electrons, and spin-orbit coupling was ignored.
All-electron Kohn-Sham density functional theory on hierarchic finite element spaces
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Schauer, Volker; Linder, Christian
2013-10-01
In this work, a real space formulation of the Kohn-Sham equations is developed, making use of the hierarchy of finite element spaces from different polynomial order. The focus is laid on all-electron calculations, having the highest requirement onto the basis set, which must be able to represent the orthogonal eigenfunctions as well as the electrostatic potential. A careful numerical analysis is performed, which points out the numerical intricacies originating from the singularity of the nuclei and the necessity for approximations in the numerical setting, with the ambition to enable solutions within a predefined accuracy. In this context the influence of counter-charges in the Poisson equation, the requirement of a finite domain size, numerical quadratures and the mesh refinement are examined as well as the representation of the electrostatic potential in a high order finite element space. The performance and accuracy of the method is demonstrated in computations on noble gases. In addition the finite element basis proves its flexibility in the calculation of the bond-length as well as the dipole moment of the carbon monoxide molecule.
All-electron Kohn–Sham density functional theory on hierarchic finite element spaces
Schauer, Volker; Linder, Christian
2013-10-01
In this work, a real space formulation of the Kohn–Sham equations is developed, making use of the hierarchy of finite element spaces from different polynomial order. The focus is laid on all-electron calculations, having the highest requirement onto the basis set, which must be able to represent the orthogonal eigenfunctions as well as the electrostatic potential. A careful numerical analysis is performed, which points out the numerical intricacies originating from the singularity of the nuclei and the necessity for approximations in the numerical setting, with the ambition to enable solutions within a predefined accuracy. In this context the influence of counter-charges in the Poisson equation, the requirement of a finite domain size, numerical quadratures and the mesh refinement are examined as well as the representation of the electrostatic potential in a high order finite element space. The performance and accuracy of the method is demonstrated in computations on noble gases. In addition the finite element basis proves its flexibility in the calculation of the bond-length as well as the dipole moment of the carbon monoxide molecule.
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Gulans, Andris; Kontur, Stefan; Meisenbichler, Christian; Nabok, Dmitrii; Pavone, Pasquale; Rigamonti, Santiago; Sagmeister, Stephan; Werner, Ute; Draxl, Claudia
2014-09-01
Linearized augmented planewave methods are known as the most precise numerical schemes for solving the Kohn-Sham equations of density-functional theory (DFT). In this review, we describe how this method is realized in the all-electron full-potential computer package, exciting. We emphasize the variety of different related basis sets, subsumed as (linearized) augmented planewave plus local orbital methods, discussing their pros and cons and we show that extremely high accuracy (microhartrees) can be achieved if the basis is chosen carefully. As the name of the code suggests, exciting is not restricted to ground-state calculations, but has a major focus on excited-state properties. It includes time-dependent DFT in the linear-response regime with various static and dynamical exchange-correlation kernels. These are preferably used to compute optical and electron-loss spectra for metals, molecules and semiconductors with weak electron-hole interactions. exciting makes use of many-body perturbation theory for charged and neutral excitations. To obtain the quasi-particle band structure, the GW approach is implemented in the single-shot approximation, known as G0W0. Optical absorption spectra for valence and core excitations are handled by the solution of the Bethe-Salpeter equation, which allows for the description of strongly bound excitons. Besides these aspects concerning methodology, we demonstrate the broad range of possible applications by prototypical examples, comprising elastic properties, phonons, thermal-expansion coefficients, dielectric tensors and loss functions, magneto-optical Kerr effect, core-level spectra and more.
Gulans, Andris; Kontur, Stefan; Meisenbichler, Christian; Nabok, Dmitrii; Pavone, Pasquale; Rigamonti, Santiago; Sagmeister, Stephan; Werner, Ute; Draxl, Claudia
2014-09-10
Linearized augmented planewave methods are known as the most precise numerical schemes for solving the Kohn-Sham equations of density-functional theory (DFT). In this review, we describe how this method is realized in the all-electron full-potential computer package, exciting. We emphasize the variety of different related basis sets, subsumed as (linearized) augmented planewave plus local orbital methods, discussing their pros and cons and we show that extremely high accuracy (microhartrees) can be achieved if the basis is chosen carefully. As the name of the code suggests, exciting is not restricted to ground-state calculations, but has a major focus on excited-state properties. It includes time-dependent DFT in the linear-response regime with various static and dynamical exchange-correlation kernels. These are preferably used to compute optical and electron-loss spectra for metals, molecules and semiconductors with weak electron-hole interactions. exciting makes use of many-body perturbation theory for charged and neutral excitations. To obtain the quasi-particle band structure, the GW approach is implemented in the single-shot approximation, known as G(0)W(0). Optical absorption spectra for valence and core excitations are handled by the solution of the Bethe-Salpeter equation, which allows for the description of strongly bound excitons. Besides these aspects concerning methodology, we demonstrate the broad range of possible applications by prototypical examples, comprising elastic properties, phonons, thermal-expansion coefficients, dielectric tensors and loss functions, magneto-optical Kerr effect, core-level spectra and more.
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Kanungo, Bikash; Gavini, Vikram
2017-01-01
We present a computationally efficient approach to perform large-scale all-electron density functional theory calculations by enriching the classical finite element basis with compactly supported atom-centered numerical basis functions that are constructed from the solution of the Kohn-Sham (KS) problem for single atoms. We term these numerical basis functions as enrichment functions, and the resultant basis as the enriched finite element basis. The compact support for the enrichment functions is obtained by using smooth cutoff functions, which enhances the conditioning and maintains the locality of the enriched finite element basis. The integrals involved in the evaluation of the discrete KS Hamiltonian and overlap matrix in the enriched finite element basis are computed using an adaptive quadrature grid that is constructed based on the characteristics of enrichment functions. Further, we propose an efficient scheme to invert the overlap matrix by using a blockwise matrix inversion in conjunction with special reduced-order quadrature rules, which is required to transform the discrete Kohn-Sham problem to a standard eigenvalue problem. Finally, we solve the resulting standard eigenvalue problem, in each self-consistent field iteration, by using a Chebyshev polynomial based filtering technique to compute the relevant eigenspectrum. We demonstrate the accuracy, efficiency, and parallel scalability of the proposed method on semiconducting and heavy-metallic systems of various sizes, with the largest system containing 8694 electrons. We obtain accuracies in the ground-state energies that are ˜1 mHa with reference ground-state energies employing classical finite element as well as Gaussian basis sets. Using the proposed formulation based on enriched finite element basis, for accuracies commensurate with chemical accuracy, we observe a staggering 50 -300 -fold reduction in the overall computational time when compared to classical finite element basis. Further, we find a
Karamanis, Panaghiotis; Maroulis, George; Pouchan, Claude
2006-02-21
We have calculated molecular geometries and electric polarizabilities for small cadmium selenide clusters. Our calculations were performed with conventional ab initio and density functional theory methods and Gaussian-type basis sets especially designed for (CdSe)(n). We find that the dipole polarizability per atom converges rapidly to the bulk value.
Viñes, Francesc; Illas, Francesc
2017-03-30
The atomic and electronic structure of stoichiometric and reduced ZnO wurtzite has been studied using a periodic relativistic all electron hybrid density functional (PBE0) approach and numeric atom-centered orbital basis set with quality equivalent to aug-cc-pVDZ. To assess the importance of relativistic effects, calculations were carried out without and with explicit inclusion of relativistic effects through the zero order regular approximation. The calculated band gap is ∼0.2 eV smaller than experiment, close to previous PBE0 results including relativistic calculation through the pseudopotential and ∼0.25 eV smaller than equivalent nonrelativistic all electron PBE0 calculations indicating possible sources of error in nonrelativistic all electron density functional calculations for systems containing elements with relatively high atomic number. The oxygen vacancy formation energy converges rather fast with the supercell size, the predicted value agrees with previously hybrid density functional calculations and analysis of the electronic structure evidences the presence of localized electrons at the vacancy site with a concomitant well localized peak in the density of states ∼0.5 eV above the top of the valence band and a significant relaxation of the Zn atoms near to the oxygen vacancy. Finally, present work shows that accurate results can be obtained in systems involving large supercells containing up to ∼450 atoms using a numeric atomic-centered orbital basis set within a full all electron description including scalar relativistic effects at an affordable cost. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Mizutani, U; Inukai, M; Sato, H; Zijlstra, E S; Lin, Q
2014-05-16
There are three key electronic parameters in elucidating the physics behind the Hume–Rothery electron concentration rule: the square of the Fermi diameter (2kF)2, the square of the critical reciprocal lattice vector and the electron concentration parameter or the number of itinerant electrons per atom e/a. We have reliably determined these three parameters for 10 Rhombic Triacontahedron-type 2/1–2/1–2/1 (N = 680) and 1/1–1/1–1/1 (N = 160–162) approximants by making full use of the full-potential linearized augmented plane wave-Fourier band calculations based on all-electron density-functional theory. We revealed that the 2/1–2/1–2/1 approximants Al13Mg27Zn45 and Na27Au27Ga31 belong to two different sub-groups classified in terms of equal to 126 and 109 and could explain why they take different e/a values of 2.13 and 1.76, respectively. Among eight 1/1–1/1–1/1 approximants Al3Mg4Zn3, Al9Mg8Ag3, Al21Li13Cu6, Ga21Li13Cu6, Na26Au24Ga30, Na26Au37Ge18, Na26Au37Sn18 and Na26Cd40Pb6, the first two, the second two and the last four compounds were classified into three sub-groups with = 50, 46 and 42; and were claimed to obey the e/a = 2.30, 2.10–2.15 and 1.70–1.80 rules, respectively.
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Mizutani, U.; Inukai, M.; Sato, H.; Zijlstra, E. S.; Lin, Q.
2014-08-01
There are three key electronic parameters in elucidating the physics behind the Hume-Rothery electron concentration rule: the square of the Fermi diameter (2kF)2, the square of the critical reciprocal lattice vector ? and the electron concentration parameter or the number of itinerant electrons per atom e/a. We have reliably determined these three parameters for 10 Rhombic Triacontahedron-type 2/1-2/1-2/1 (N = 680) and 1/1-1/1-1/1 (N = 160-162) approximants by making full use of the full-potential linearized augmented plane wave-Fourier band calculations based on all-electron density-functional theory. We revealed that the 2/1-2/1-2/1 approximants Al13Mg27Zn45 and Na27Au27Ga31 belong to two different sub-groups classified in terms of ? equal to 126 and 109 and could explain why they take different e/a values of 2.13 and 1.76, respectively. Among eight 1/1-1/1-1/1 approximants Al3Mg4Zn3, Al9Mg8Ag3, Al21Li13Cu6, Ga21Li13Cu6, Na26Au24Ga30, Na26Au37Ge18, Na26Au37Sn18 and Na26Cd40Pb6, the first two, the second two and the last four compounds were classified into three sub-groups with ? = 50, 46 and 42; and were claimed to obey the e/a = 2.30, 2.10-2.15 and 1.70-1.80 rules, respectively.
Mitin, Alexander V; van Wüllen, Christoph
2006-02-14
A two-component quasirelativistic Hamiltonian based on spin-dependent effective core potentials is used to calculate ionization energies and electron affinities of the heavy halogen atom bromine through the superheavy element 117 (eka-astatine) as well as spectroscopic constants of the homonuclear dimers of these atoms. We describe a two-component Hartree-Fock and density-functional program that treats spin-orbit coupling self-consistently within the orbital optimization procedure. A comparison with results from high-order Douglas-Kroll calculations--for the superheavy systems also with zeroth-order regular approximation and four-component Dirac results--demonstrates the validity of the pseudopotential approximation. The density-functional (but not the Hartree-Fock) results show very satisfactory agreement with theoretical coupled cluster as well as experimental data where available, such that the theoretical results can serve as an estimate for the hitherto unknown properties of astatine, element 117, and their dimers.
Lamiel-Garcia, Oriol; Ko, Kyoung Chul; Lee, Jin Yong; Bromley, Stefan T; Illas, Francesc
2017-03-10
All electron relativistic density functional theory (DFT) based calculations using numerical atom-centered orbitals have been carried out to explore the relative stability, atomic, and electronic structure of a series of stoichiometric TiO2 anatase nanoparticles explicitly containing up to 1365 atoms as a function of size and morphology. The nanoparticles under scrutiny exhibit octahedral or truncated octahedral structures and span the 1-6 nm diameter size range. Initial structures were obtained using the Wulff construction, thus exhibiting the most stable (101) and (001) anatase surfaces. Final structures were obtained from geometry optimization with full relaxation of all structural parameters using both generalized gradient approximation (GGA) and hybrid density functionals. Results show that, for nanoparticles of a similar size, octahedral and truncated octahedral morphologies have comparable energetic stabilities. The electronic structure properties exhibit a clear trend converging to the bulk values as the size of the nanoparticles increases but with a marked influence of the density functional employed. Our results suggest that electronic structure properties, and hence reactivity, for the largest anatase nanoparticles considered in this study will be similar to those exhibited by even larger mesoscale particles or by bulk systems. Finally, we present compelling evidence that anatase nanoparticles become effectively bulklike when reaching a size of ∼20 nm diameter.
Gutsev, G L; Weatherford, C W; Belay, K G; Ramachandran, B R; Jena, P
2013-04-28
The electronic and geometrical structures of the M12 and M13 clusters where M = Sc, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, and Zn along with their singly negatively and positively charged ions are studied using all-electron density functional theory within the generalized gradient approximation. The geometries corresponding to the lowest total energy states of singly and negatively charged ions of V13, Mn12, Co12, Ni13, Cu13, Zn12, and Zn13 are found to be different from the geometries of the corresponding neutral parents. The computed ionization energies of the neutrals, vertical electron detachment energies from the anions, and energies required to remove a single atom from the M13 and M13(+) clusters are in good agreement with experiment. The change in a total spin magnetic moment of the cation or anion with respect to a total spin magnetic moment of the corresponding neutral is consistent with the one-electron model in most cases, i.e., they differ by ±1.0 μ(B). Exceptions are found only for Sc12(-), Ti12(+), Mn12(-), Mn12(+), Fe12(-), Fe13(+), and Co12(+).
Self-consistent GW: All-electron implementation with localized basis functions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Caruso, Fabio; Rinke, Patrick; Ren, Xinguo; Rubio, Angel; Scheffler, Matthias
2013-08-01
This paper describes an all-electron implementation of the self-consistent GW (sc-GW) approach—i.e., based on the solution of the Dyson equation—in an all-electron numeric atom-centered orbital basis set. We cast Hedin's equations into a matrix form that is suitable for numerical calculations by means of (i) the resolution-of-identity technique to handle four-center integrals and (ii) a basis representation for the imaginary-frequency dependence of dynamical operators. In contrast to perturbative G0W0, sc-GW provides a consistent framework for ground- and excited-state properties and facilitates an unbiased assessment of the GW approximation. For excited states, we benchmark sc-GW for five molecules relevant for organic photovoltaic applications: thiophene, benzothiazole, 1,2,5-thiadiazole, naphthalene, and tetrathiafulvalene. At self-consistency, the quasiparticle energies are found to be in good agreement with experiment and, on average, more accurate than G0W0 based on Hartree-Fock or density-functional theory with the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof exchange-correlation functional. Based on the Galitskii-Migdal total energy, structural properties are investigated for a set of diatomic molecules. For binding energies, bond lengths, and vibrational frequencies sc-GW and G0W0 achieve a comparable performance, which is, however, not as good as that of exact-exchange plus correlation in the random-phase approximation and its advancement to renormalized second-order perturbation theory. Finally, the improved description of dipole moments for a small set of diatomic molecules demonstrates the quality of the sc-GW ground-state density.
All-electron Hybrid Functional Treatment of Oxides using the FLAPW Method
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Betzinger, Markus; Schlipf, Martin; Friedrich, Christoph; Ležaić, Marjana; Blügel, Stefan
2010-03-01
Hybrid functionals are a practical approximation for the exchange-correlation (xc) functional of density-functional theory. They combine a local or semi-local xc functional with nonlocal Hartree-Fock (HF) exchange and improve the band gap for semiconductors and insulators as well as the description of localized states. So far, most implementations for periodic systems employ a pseudopotential planewave approach. We present an efficient all-electron implementation in the context of the FLAPW methodology realized in the FLEUR (www.flapw.de) code. We report on the implementation of the PBE0 and HSE functionals where an auxiliary basis is constructed from products of LAPW basis functions and used to calculate the HF potential. The Coulomb matrix^1 then has a sparse form. Spatial and time-reversal symmetry is exploited in restricting the Brillouin zone sum in the nonlocal potential to an irreducible wedge. We give account on the efficiency of our concept and of the convergence of the self-consistency cycle. Finally we present results for a variety of oxides and compare those to results obtained with functionals based on the generalized gradient approximation. [1] Comput. Phys. Comm. 180, 347 (2009)
Havu, V. Blum, V.; Havu, P.; Scheffler, M.
2009-12-01
We consider the problem of developing O(N) scaling grid-based operations needed in many central operations when performing electronic structure calculations with numeric atom-centered orbitals as basis functions. We outline the overall formulation of localized algorithms, and specifically the creation of localized grid batches. The choice of the grid partitioning scheme plays an important role in the performance and memory consumption of the grid-based operations. Three different top-down partitioning methods are investigated, and compared with formally more rigorous yet much more expensive bottom-up algorithms. We show that a conceptually simple top-down grid partitioning scheme achieves essentially the same efficiency as the more rigorous bottom-up approaches.
Partition Density Functional Theory
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Wasserman, Adam
2012-02-01
Partition Density Functional Theory (PDFT) is a formally exact method for obtaining molecular properties from self-consistent calculations on isolated fragments [1,2]. For a given choice of fragmentation, PDFT outputs the (in principle exact) molecular energy and density, as well as fragment densities that sum to the correct molecular density. I describe our progress understanding the behavior of the fragment energies as a function of fragment occupations, derivative discontinuities, practical implementation, and applications of PDFT to small molecules. I also discuss implications for ground-state Density Functional Theory, such as the promise of PDFT to circumvent the delocalization error of approximate density functionals. [4pt] [1] M.H. Cohen and A. Wasserman, J. Phys. Chem. A, 111, 2229(2007).[0pt] [2] P. Elliott, K. Burke, M.H. Cohen, and A. Wasserman, Phys. Rev. A 82, 024501 (2010).
Gedanken densities and exact constraints in density functional theory
Perdew, John P.; Ruzsinszky, Adrienn; Sun, Jianwei; Burke, Kieron
2014-05-14
Approximations to the exact density functional for the exchange-correlation energy of a many-electron ground state can be constructed by satisfying constraints that are universal, i.e., valid for all electron densities. Gedanken densities are designed for the purpose of this construction, but need not be realistic. The uniform electron gas is an old gedanken density. Here, we propose a spherical two-electron gedanken density in which the dimensionless density gradient can be an arbitrary positive constant wherever the density is non-zero. The Lieb-Oxford lower bound on the exchange energy can be satisfied within a generalized gradient approximation (GGA) by bounding its enhancement factor or simplest GGA exchange-energy density. This enhancement-factor bound is well known to be sufficient, but our gedanken density shows that it is also necessary. The conventional exact exchange-energy density satisfies no such local bound, but energy densities are not unique, and the simplest GGA exchange-energy density is not an approximation to it. We further derive a strongly and optimally tightened bound on the exchange enhancement factor of a two-electron density, which is satisfied by the local density approximation but is violated by all published GGA's or meta-GGA’s. Finally, some consequences of the non-uniform density-scaling behavior for the asymptotics of the exchange enhancement factor of a GGA or meta-GGA are given.
Density-dependent covariant energy density functionals
Lalazissis, G. A.
2012-10-20
Relativistic nuclear energy density functionals are applied to the description of a variety of nuclear structure phenomena at and away fromstability line. Isoscalar monopole, isovector dipole and isoscalar quadrupole giant resonances are calculated using fully self-consistent relativistic quasiparticle randomphase approximation, based on the relativistic Hartree-Bogoliubovmodel. The impact of pairing correlations on the fission barriers in heavy and superheavy nuclei is examined. The role of pion in constructing desnity functionals is also investigated.
Density functional theory of complex transition densities.
Ernzerhof, Matthias
2006-09-28
We present an extension of Hohenberg-Kohn-Sham density functional theory to the domain of complex local potentials and complex electron densities. The approach is applicable to resonance (Siegert) [Phys. Rev. 56, 750 (1939)] states and other scattering and transport problems that can be described by a normalized state of a Hamiltonian containing a complex local potential. Such Hamiltonians are non-Hermitian and their eigenvalues are in general complex, the imaginary part being inversely proportional to the lifetime of the system. The one-to-one correspondence between complex local potentials nu and complex electron densities rho is established provided that the complex variables are sufficiently close to real local potentials and densities of nondegenerate ground states. We show that the exchange-correlation functionals, contributing to the complex energy, are determined through analytic continuation of their ground-state-theory counterparts. This implies that the exchange-correlation effects on the lifetime of a resonance are, under appropriate conditions, already determined by the functionals of the ground-state theory.
General performance of density functionals.
Sousa, Sérgio Filipe; Fernandes, Pedro Alexandrino; Ramos, Maria João
2007-10-25
The density functional theory (DFT) foundations date from the 1920s with the work of Thomas and Fermi, but it was after the work of Hohenberg, Kohn, and Sham in the 1960s, and particularly with the appearance of the B3LYP functional in the early 1990s, that the widespread application of DFT has become a reality. DFT is less computationally demanding than other computational methods with a similar accuracy, being able to include electron correlation in the calculations at a fraction of time of post-Hartree-Fock methodologies. In this review we provide a brief outline of the density functional theory and of the historic development of the field, focusing later on the several types of density functionals currently available, and finishing with a detailed analysis of the performance of DFT across a wide range of chemical properties and system types, reviewed from the most recent benchmarking studies, which encompass several well-established density functionals together with the most recent efforts in the field. Globally, an overall picture of the level of performance of the plethora of currently available density functionals for each chemical property is drawn, with particular attention being dedicated to the relative performance of the popular B3LYP density functional.
Phenomenological Relativistic Energy Density Functionals
Lalazissis, G. A.; Kartzikos, S.; Niksic, T.; Paar, N.; Vretenar, D.; Ring, P.
2009-08-26
The framework of relativistic nuclear energy density functionals is applied to the description of a variety of nuclear structure phenomena, not only in spherical and deformed nuclei along the valley of beta-stability, but also in exotic systems with extreme isospin values and close to the particle drip-lines. Dynamical aspects of exotic nuclear structure is explored using the fully consistent quasiparticle random-phase approximation based on the relativistic Hartree-Bogoliubov model. Recent applications of energy density functionals with explicit density dependence of the meson-nucleon couplings are presented.
Wave-function functionals for the density
Slamet, Marlina; Pan Xiaoyin; Sahni, Viraht
2011-11-15
We extend the idea of the constrained-search variational method for the construction of wave-function functionals {psi}[{chi}] of functions {chi}. The search is constrained to those functions {chi} such that {psi}[{chi}] reproduces the density {rho}(r) while simultaneously leading to an upper bound to the energy. The functionals are thereby normalized and automatically satisfy the electron-nucleus coalescence condition. The functionals {psi}[{chi}] are also constructed to satisfy the electron-electron coalescence condition. The method is applied to the ground state of the helium atom to construct functionals {psi}[{chi}] that reproduce the density as given by the Kinoshita correlated wave function. The expectation of single-particle operators W={Sigma}{sub i}r{sub i}{sup n}, n=-2,-1,1,2, W={Sigma}{sub i}{delta}(r{sub i}) are exact, as must be the case. The expectations of the kinetic energy operator W=-(1/2){Sigma}{sub i}{nabla}{sub i}{sup 2}, the two-particle operators W={Sigma}{sub n}u{sup n}, n=-2,-1,1,2, where u=|r{sub i}-r{sub j}|, and the energy are accurate. We note that the construction of such functionals {psi}[{chi}] is an application of the Levy-Lieb constrained-search definition of density functional theory. It is thereby possible to rigorously determine which functional {psi}[{chi}] is closer to the true wave function.
Studies in Density Functional Theory
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Lee, Hsing
The first chapter begins with reviews of density -functional theory and Green's function method. The connections between these two theories are emphasized. Then we present an approximate model of kinetic energy functional and a possible form of the universal functional is given through an equality obeyed by true ground state densities. Chapter two is aimed at developing a general formulation of the response function in density-functional theory. We first give our definition of response functions in the context of functional derivative. The parameter-differentiation technique employed greatly reduces the efforts for computations. The advantage of this method is its numerical simplicity. It is also the aim of this chapter to elucidate the connections between exchange-correlation potential and the response functions. We show that the computations of response functions in the Kohn-Sham formulation will be exact if the so-called uniqueness assumption we present here is true. Various integral formulas for nonlinear response functions are derived here for the first time. In the third chapter we demonstrate that the exchange -correlation functional given in the form of Pade approximation to gradient expansion approximation, yields excellent results when applied to atoms. The coefficients for the Pade approximation are derived by numerical fits to the exchange and exchange -correlation energies of the atoms He through Ar. The fitted non-local gradient corrections are used in the minimization of the Kohn-Sham functional to solve for the exchange and exchange-correlation total energies. The resulting standard deviations in the calculated total energies are 0.0043 for exchange only and 0.0014 for exchange-correlation. The conjoint relation of kinetic and exchange energy functionals is proposed in the fourth chapter. Supportive evidence is given numerically and theoretically. Test cases are the second-row atoms and a group of small molecules with Becke equivalent form, and
Density functionals from deep learning
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McMahon, Jeffrey
Density-functional theory is a formally exact description of a many-body quantum system in terms of its density; in practice, however, approximations to the universal density functional (DF) are necessary. Machine learning has recently been proposed as a novel approach to discover such a DF (or components of it). Conventional machine learning algorithms, however, are limited in their ability to process data in their raw form, leading to invariance and/or sensitivity issues. In this presentation, an alternative approach based on deep learning will be demonstrated. Deep learning allows computational models that are capable of discovering intricate structure in large and/or high-dimensional data sets with multiple levels of abstraction, and do not suffer from the aforementioned issues. Results from the application of this approach to the prediction of the kinetic-energy DF of noninteracting electrons will be presented. Using theoretical results from computer science, a connection between the underlying model and the theorems of Hohenberg and Kohn will also be suggested.
Density functional theory: Foundations reviewed
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Kryachko, Eugene S.; Ludeña, Eduardo V.
2014-11-01
Guided by the above motto (quotation), we review a broad range of issues lying at the foundations of Density Functional Theory, DFT, a theory which is currently omnipresent in our everyday computational study of atoms and molecules, solids and nano-materials, and which lies at the heart of modern many-body computational technologies. The key goal is to demonstrate that there are definitely the ways to improve DFT. We start by considering DFT in the larger context provided by reduced density matrix theory (RDMT) and natural orbital functional theory (NOFT), and examine the implications that N-representability conditions on the second-order reduced density matrix (2-RDM) have not only on RDMT and NOFT but, also, by extension, on the functionals of DFT. This examination is timely in view of the fact that necessary and sufficient N-representability conditions on the 2-RDM have recently been attained. In the second place, we review some problems appearing in the original formulation of the first Hohenberg-Kohn theorem which is still a subject of some controversy. In this vein we recall Lieb's comment on this proof and the extension to this proof given by Pino et al. (2009), and in this context examine the conditions that must be met in order that the one-to-one correspondence between ground-state densities and external potentials remains valid for finite subspaces (namely, the subspaces where all Kohn-Sham solutions are obtained in practical applications). We also consider the issue of whether the Kohn-Sham equations can be derived from basic principles or whether they are postulated. We examine this problem in relation to ab initio DFT. The possibility of postulating arbitrary Kohn-Sham-type equations, where the effective potential is by definition some arbitrary mixture of local and non-local terms, is discussed. We also deal with the issue of whether there exists a universal functional, or whether one should advocate instead the construction of problem
Sharkey, Keeper L; Adamowicz, Ludwik
2014-05-07
An algorithm for quantum-mechanical nonrelativistic variational calculations of L = 0 and M = 0 states of atoms with an arbitrary number of s electrons and with three p electrons have been implemented and tested in the calculations of the ground (4)S state of the nitrogen atom. The spatial part of the wave function is expanded in terms of all-electrons explicitly correlated Gaussian functions with the appropriate pre-exponential Cartesian angular factors for states with the L = 0 and M = 0 symmetry. The algorithm includes formulas for calculating the Hamiltonian and overlap matrix elements, as well as formulas for calculating the analytic energy gradient determined with respect to the Gaussian exponential parameters. The gradient is used in the variational optimization of these parameters. The Hamiltonian used in the approach is obtained by rigorously separating the center-of-mass motion from the laboratory-frame all-particle Hamiltonian, and thus it explicitly depends on the finite mass of the nucleus. With that, the mass effect on the total ground-state energy is determined.
Sharkey, Keeper L.; Adamowicz, Ludwik
2014-05-07
An algorithm for quantum-mechanical nonrelativistic variational calculations of L = 0 and M = 0 states of atoms with an arbitrary number of s electrons and with three p electrons have been implemented and tested in the calculations of the ground {sup 4}S state of the nitrogen atom. The spatial part of the wave function is expanded in terms of all-electrons explicitly correlated Gaussian functions with the appropriate pre-exponential Cartesian angular factors for states with the L = 0 and M = 0 symmetry. The algorithm includes formulas for calculating the Hamiltonian and overlap matrix elements, as well as formulas for calculating the analytic energy gradient determined with respect to the Gaussian exponential parameters. The gradient is used in the variational optimization of these parameters. The Hamiltonian used in the approach is obtained by rigorously separating the center-of-mass motion from the laboratory-frame all-particle Hamiltonian, and thus it explicitly depends on the finite mass of the nucleus. With that, the mass effect on the total ground-state energy is determined.
Scaled density functional theory correlation functionals.
Ghouri, Mohammed M; Singh, Saurabh; Ramachandran, B
2007-10-18
We show that a simple one-parameter scaling of the dynamical correlation energy estimated by the density functional theory (DFT) correlation functionals helps increase the overall accuracy for several local and nonlocal functionals. The approach taken here has been described as the "scaled dynamical correlation" (SDC) method [Ramachandran, J. Phys. Chem. A 2006, 110, 396], and its justification is the same as that of the scaled external correlation (SEC) method of Brown and Truhlar. We examine five local and five nonlocal (hybrid) DFT functionals, the latter group including three functionals developed specifically for kinetics by the Truhlar group. The optimum scale factors are obtained by use of a set of 98 data values consisting of molecules, ions, and transition states. The optimum scale factors, found with a linear regression relationship, are found to differ from unity with a high degree of correlation in nearly every case, indicating that the deviation of calculated results from the experimental values are systematic and proportional to the dynamic correlation energy. As a consequence, the SDC scaling of dynamical correlation decreases the mean errors (signed and unsigned) by significant amounts in an overwhelming majority of cases. These results indicate that there are gains to be realized from further parametrization of several popular exchange-correlation functionals.
Massively parallel density functional calculations for thousands of atoms: KKRnano
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Thiess, A.; Zeller, R.; Bolten, M.; Dederichs, P. H.; Blügel, S.
2012-06-01
Applications of existing precise electronic-structure methods based on density functional theory are typically limited to the treatment of about 1000 inequivalent atoms, which leaves unresolved many open questions in material science, e.g., on complex defects, interfaces, dislocations, and nanostructures. KKRnano is a new massively parallel linear scaling all-electron density functional algorithm in the framework of the Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker (KKR) Green's-function method. We conceptualized, developed, and optimized KKRnano for large-scale applications of many thousands of atoms without compromising on the precision of a full-potential all-electron method, i.e., it is a method without any shape approximation of the charge density or potential. A key element of the new method is the iterative solution of the sparse linear Dyson equation, which we parallelized atom by atom, across energy points in the complex plane and for each spin degree of freedom using the message passing interface standard, followed by a lower-level OpenMP parallelization. This hybrid four-level parallelization allows for an efficient use of up to 100000 processors on the latest generation of supercomputers. The iterative solution of the Dyson equation is significantly accelerated, employing preconditioning techniques making use of coarse-graining principles expressed in a block-circulant preconditioner. In this paper, we will describe the important elements of this new algorithm, focusing on the parallelization and preconditioning and showing scaling results for NiPd alloys up to 8192 atoms and 65536 processors. At the end, we present an order-N algorithm for large-scale simulations of metallic systems, making use of the nearsighted principle of the KKR Green's-function approach by introducing a truncation of the electron scattering to a local cluster of atoms, the size of which is determined by the requested accuracy. By exploiting this algorithm, we show linear scaling calculations of more
Orbital-free density functional theory implementation with the projector augmented-wave method
Lehtomäki, Jouko; Makkonen, Ilja; Harju, Ari; Lopez-Acevedo, Olga; Caro, Miguel A.
2014-12-21
We present a computational scheme for orbital-free density functional theory (OFDFT) that simultaneously provides access to all-electron values and preserves the OFDFT linear scaling as a function of the system size. Using the projector augmented-wave method (PAW) in combination with real-space methods, we overcome some obstacles faced by other available implementation schemes. Specifically, the advantages of using the PAW method are twofold. First, PAW reproduces all-electron values offering freedom in adjusting the convergence parameters and the atomic setups allow tuning the numerical accuracy per element. Second, PAW can provide a solution to some of the convergence problems exhibited in other OFDFT implementations based on Kohn-Sham (KS) codes. Using PAW and real-space methods, our orbital-free results agree with the reference all-electron values with a mean absolute error of 10 meV and the number of iterations required by the self-consistent cycle is comparable to the KS method. The comparison of all-electron and pseudopotential bulk modulus and lattice constant reveal an enormous difference, demonstrating that in order to assess the performance of OFDFT functionals it is necessary to use implementations that obtain all-electron values. The proposed combination of methods is the most promising route currently available. We finally show that a parametrized kinetic energy functional can give lattice constants and bulk moduli comparable in accuracy to those obtained by the KS PBE method, exemplified with the case of diamond.
Density functional wavelet calculation of solid state systems
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Daykov, I. P.; Engeness, T. D.; Arias, T. A.
2001-03-01
We present, to our knowledge, the first all-electron wavelet calculations of the electronic structure of solids within density functional theory. To make these calculations competitive with traditional approaches, we employ recent developments in algorithms for multiresolution analysis (MRA) which speed density functional calculations by three to four orders of magnitude[1,2]. MRA provides a fully systematic, integrated treatment of core and valence electrons and is ideal for exploring the limits of the accuracy of density functional theory in the calculation of EELS spectra, which involve matrix elements between the core and valence states. We shall present results for EELS spectra as well as the resolution of technical issues which arise in carrying out solid-state calculations within a wavelet-like basis. [1] ``Multiscale computation with interpolating wavelets,'' by Ross A. Lippert, T.A. Arias and Alan Edelman, Journal of Computational Physics, 140:2, 278--310 (1 March 1998). Preprint: http://xxx.lanl.gov/abs/cond-mat/9805283 . [2] ``Multiresolution analysis of electronic structure: semicardinal and wavelet bases,'' T.A. Arias, Reviews of Modern Physics 71:1, 267--311 (January 1999). Preprint: http://xxx.lanl.gov/abs/cond-mat/9805262 .
Basis set limit and systematic errors in local-orbital based all-electron DFT
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Blum, Volker; Behler, Jörg; Gehrke, Ralf; Reuter, Karsten; Scheffler, Matthias
2006-03-01
With the advent of efficient integration schemes,^1,2 numeric atom-centered orbitals (NAO's) are an attractive basis choice in practical density functional theory (DFT) calculations of nanostructured systems (surfaces, clusters, molecules). Though all-electron, the efficiency of practical implementations promises to be on par with the best plane-wave pseudopotential codes, while having a noticeably higher accuracy if required: Minimal-sized effective tight-binding like calculations and chemically accurate all-electron calculations are both possible within the same framework; non-periodic and periodic systems can be treated on equal footing; and the localized nature of the basis allows in principle for O(N)-like scaling. However, converging an observable with respect to the basis set is less straightforward than with competing systematic basis choices (e.g., plane waves). We here investigate the basis set limit of optimized NAO basis sets in all-electron calculations, using as examples small molecules and clusters (N2, Cu2, Cu4, Cu10). meV-level total energy convergence is possible using <=50 basis functions per atom in all cases. We also find a clear correlation between the errors which arise from underconverged basis sets, and the system geometry (interatomic distance). ^1 B. Delley, J. Chem. Phys. 92, 508 (1990), ^2 J.M. Soler et al., J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 14, 2745 (2002).
Density functional theory for carbon dioxide crystal
Chang, Yiwen; Mi, Jianguo Zhong, Chongli
2014-05-28
We present a density functional approach to describe the solid−liquid phase transition, interfacial and crystal structure, and properties of polyatomic CO{sub 2}. Unlike previous phase field crystal model or density functional theory, which are derived from the second order direct correlation function, the present density functional approach is based on the fundamental measure theory for hard-sphere repulsion in solid. More importantly, the contributions of enthalpic interactions due to the dispersive attractions and of entropic interactions arising from the molecular architecture are integrated in the density functional model. Using the theoretical model, the predicted liquid and solid densities of CO{sub 2} at equilibrium triple point are in good agreement with the experimental values. Based on the structure of crystal-liquid interfaces in different planes, the corresponding interfacial tensions are predicted. Their respective accuracies need to be tested.
Magnetic fields and density functional theory
Salsbury Jr., Freddie
1999-02-01
A major focus of this dissertation is the development of functionals for the magnetic susceptibility and the chemical shielding within the context of magnetic field density functional theory (BDFT). These functionals depend on the electron density in the absence of the field, which is unlike any other treatment of these responses. There have been several advances made within this theory. The first of which is the development of local density functionals for chemical shieldings and magnetic susceptibilities. There are the first such functionals ever proposed. These parameters have been studied by constructing functionals for the current density and then using the Biot-Savart equations to obtain the responses. In order to examine the advantages and disadvantages of the local functionals, they were tested numerically on some small molecules.
Maps of current density using density-functional methods
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Soncini, A.; Teale, A. M.; Helgaker, T.; de Proft, F.; Tozer, D. J.
2008-08-01
The performance of several density-functional theory (DFT) methods for the calculation of current densities induced by a uniform magnetic field is examined. Calculations are performed using the BLYP and KT3 generalized-gradient approximations, together with the B3LYP hybrid functional. For the latter, both conventional and optimized effective potential (OEP) approaches are used. Results are also determined from coupled-cluster singles-and-doubles (CCSD) electron densities by a DFT constrained search procedure using the approach of Wu and Yang (WY). The current densities are calculated within the CTOCD-DZ2 distributed origin approach. Comparisons are made with results from Hartree-Fock (HF) theory. Several small molecules for which correlation is known to be especially important in the calculation of magnetic response properties are considered-namely, O3, CO, PN, and H2CO. As examples of aromatic and antiaromatic systems, benzene and planarized cyclooctatetraene molecules are considered, with specific attention paid to the ring current phenomenon and its Kohn-Sham orbital origin. Finally, the o-benzyne molecule is considered as a computationally challenging case. The HF and DFT induced current maps show qualitative differences, while among the DFT methods the maps show a similar qualitative structure. To assess quantitative differences in the calculated current densities with different methods, the maximal moduli of the induced current densities are compared and integration of the current densities to yield shielding constants is performed. In general, the maximal modulus is reduced in moving from HF to B3LYP and BLYP, and further reduced in moving to KT3, OEP(B3LYP), and WY(CCSD). The latter three methods offer the most accurate shielding constants in comparison with both experimental and ab initio data and hence the more reliable route to DFT calculation of induced current density in molecules.
Spin Density Matrices for Nuclear Density Functionals with Parity Violation
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Barrett, Bruce; Giraud, Bertrand
2010-11-01
Within the context of the radial density functional [1], we apply the spin density matrix (SDM) used in atomic and molecular physics [2] to nuclear physics. The vector part of the SDM defines a ``hedgehog'' situation, which exists only if nuclear states contain some amount of parity violation. Thus, looking for the vector profile of the SDM could be used as a test for parity violation in nuclei. The difference between the scalar profile and the vector profile of the SDM will be illustrated by a toy model. [4pt] [1] B. G. Giraud, Phys. Rev. C 78, 014307 (2008).[0pt] [2] A. Goerling, Phys. Rev. A 47, 2783 (1993).
Nagy, A.
2011-09-15
A link between density and pair density functional theories is presented. Density and pair density scaling are used to derive the Euler equation in both theories. Density scaling provides a constructive way of obtaining approximations for the Pauli potential. The Pauli potential (energy) of the density functional theory is expressed as the difference of the scaled and original exchange-correlation potentials (energies).
Density Scaling of Noninteracting Kinetic Energy Functionals.
Borgoo, Alex; Tozer, David J
2013-05-14
The influence of imposing an approximate density scaling condition on a noninteracting kinetic energy functional is investigated. A simple generalized gradient approximation (GGA) is presented, which satisfies both the density scaling condition and the usual coordinate scaling condition; the remaining multiplicative constant is determined from an energy criterion. In post-Kohn-Sham calculations, noninteracting kinetic energies of the closed-shell molecules of the G1 set determined using the GGA are a modest improvement over those determined using the corresponding local functional, which does not satisfy the density scaling condition. Potential energy curves of CO, F2, and P2 exhibit binding with the GGA, compared to purely repulsive curves with the local functional. Adjusting the exponent in the GGA form in order to optimize energy accuracy violates the density scaling condition, and two of the diatomics no longer exhibit binding. Results are compared with those from other local/GGA functionals in the literature.
Improved Segmented All-Electron Relativistically Contracted Basis Sets for the Lanthanides.
Aravena, Daniel; Neese, Frank; Pantazis, Dimitrios A
2016-03-08
Improved versions of the segmented all-electron relativistically contracted (SARC) basis sets for the lanthanides are presented. The second-generation SARC2 basis sets maintain efficient construction of their predecessors and their individual adaptation to the DKH2 and ZORA Hamiltonians, but feature exponents optimized with a completely new orbital shape fitting procedure and a slightly expanded f space that results in sizable improvement in CASSCF energies and in significantly more accurate prediction of spin-orbit coupling parameters. Additionally, an extended set of polarization/correlation functions is constructed that is appropriate for multireference correlated calculations and new auxiliary basis sets for use in resolution-of-identity (density-fitting) approximations in combination with both DFT and wave function based treatments. Thus, the SARC2 basis sets extend the applicability of the first-generation DFT-oriented basis sets to routine all-electron wave function-based treatments of lanthanide complexes. The new basis sets are benchmarked with respect to excitation energies, radial distribution functions, optimized geometries, orbital eigenvalues, ionization potentials, and spin-orbit coupling parameters of lanthanide systems and are shown to be suitable for the description of magnetic and spectroscopic properties using both DFT and multireference wave function-based methods.
Whitenack, Daniel L; Wasserman, Adam
2012-04-28
Aspects of density functional resonance theory (DFRT) [D. L. Whitenack and A. Wasserman, Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 163002 (2011)], a recently developed complex-scaled version of ground-state density functional theory (DFT), are studied in detail. The asymptotic behavior of the complex density function is related to the complex resonance energy and system's threshold energy, and the function's local oscillatory behavior is connected with preferential directions of electron decay. Practical considerations for implementation of the theory are addressed including sensitivity to the complex-scaling parameter, θ. In Kohn-Sham DFRT, it is shown that almost all θ-dependence in the calculated energies and lifetimes can be extinguished via use of a proper basis set or fine grid. The highest occupied Kohn-Sham orbital energy and lifetime are related to physical affinity and width, and the threshold energy of the Kohn-Sham system is shown to be equal to the threshold energy of the interacting system shifted by a well-defined functional. Finally, various complex-scaling conditions are derived which relate the functionals of ground-state DFT to those of DFRT via proper scaling factors and a non-Hermitian coupling-constant system.
Nonlocal kinetic-energy-density functionals
Garcia-Gonzalez, P.; Alvarellos, J.E.; Chacon, E. |
1996-04-01
In this paper we present nonlocal kinetic-energy functionals {ital T}[{ital n}] within the average density approximation (ADA) framework, which do not require any extra input when applied to any electron system and recover the exact kinetic energy and the linear response function of a homogeneous system. In contrast with previous ADA functionals, these present good behavior of the long-range tail of the exact weight function. The averaging procedure for the kinetic functional (averaging the Fermi momentum of the electron gas, instead of averaging the electron density) leads to a functional without numerical difficulties in the calculation of extended systems, and it gives excellent results when applied to atoms and jellium surfaces. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}
Periodic subsystem density-functional theory
Genova, Alessandro; Pavanello, Michele; Ceresoli, Davide
2014-11-07
By partitioning the electron density into subsystem contributions, the Frozen Density Embedding (FDE) formulation of subsystem Density Functional Theory (DFT) has recently emerged as a powerful tool for reducing the computational scaling of Kohn–Sham DFT. To date, however, FDE has been employed to molecular systems only. Periodic systems, such as metals, semiconductors, and other crystalline solids have been outside the applicability of FDE, mostly because of the lack of a periodic FDE implementation. To fill this gap, in this work we aim at extending FDE to treat subsystems of molecular and periodic character. This goal is achieved by a dual approach. On one side, the development of a theoretical framework for periodic subsystem DFT. On the other, the realization of the method into a parallel computer code. We find that periodic FDE is capable of reproducing total electron densities and (to a lesser extent) also interaction energies of molecular systems weakly interacting with metallic surfaces. In the pilot calculations considered, we find that FDE fails in those cases where there is appreciable density overlap between the subsystems. Conversely, we find FDE to be in semiquantitative agreement with Kohn–Sham DFT when the inter-subsystem density overlap is low. We also conclude that to make FDE a suitable method for describing molecular adsorption at surfaces, kinetic energy density functionals that go beyond the GGA level must be employed.
Density Functionals with Broad Applicability in Chemistry
Zhao, Yan; Truhlar, Donald G.
2008-02-01
The research described in this product was performed in part in the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, a national scientific user facility sponsored by the Department of Energy's Office of Biological and Environmental Research and located at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Although density functional theory is widely used in the computational chemistry community, the most popular density functional, B3LYP, has some serious shortcomings: (i) it is better for main-group chemistry than for transition metals; (ii) it systematically underestimates reaction barrier heights; (iii) it is inaccurate for interactions dominated by mediumrange correlation energy, such as van der Waals attraction, aromatic-aromatic stacking, and alkane isomerization energies. We have developed a variety of databases for testing and designing new density functionals. We used these data to design new density functionals, called M06-class (and, earlier, M05-class) functionals, for which we enforced some fundamental exact constraints such as the uniform-electron-gas limit and the absence of self-correlation energy. Our M06-class functionals depend on spin-up and spin-down electron densities (i.e., spin densities), spin density gradients, spin kinetic energy densities, and, for nonlocal (also called hybrid) functionals, Hartree-Fock exchange. We have developed four new functionals that overcome the above-mentioned difficulties: (a) M06, a hybrid meta functional, is a functional with good accuracy “across-theboard” for transition metals, main group thermochemistry, medium-range correlation energy, and barrier heights; (b) M06- 2X, another hybrid meta functional, is not good for transition metals but has excellent performance for main group chemistry, predicts accurate valence and Rydberg electronic excitation energies, and is an excellent functional for aromatic-aromatic stacking interactions; (c) M06-L is not as accurate as M06 for barrier heights but is the most accurate
Van der Waals density functional: An appropriate exchange functional
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Cooper, Valentino R.
2010-04-01
In this Rapid Communication, an exchange functional which is compatible with the nonlocal Rutgers-Chalmers correlation functional [van der Waals density functional (vdW-DF)] is presented. This functional, when employed with vdW-DF, demonstrates remarkable improvements on intermolecular separation distances while further improving the accuracy of vdW-DF interaction energies. The key to the success of this three-parameter functional is its reduction in short-range exchange repulsion through matching to the gradient expansion approximation in the slowly varying/high-density limit while recovering the large reduced gradient, s , limit set in the revised Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (revPBE) exchange functional. This augmented exchange functional could be a solution to long-standing issues of vdW-DF lending to further applicability of density-functional theory to the study of relatively large, dispersion bound (van der Waals) complexes.
Error analysis in nuclear density functional theory
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Schunck, Nicolas; McDonnell, Jordan D.; Sarich, Jason; Wild, Stefan M.; Higdon, Dave
2015-03-01
Nuclear density functional theory (DFT) is the only microscopic, global approach to the structure of atomic nuclei. It is used in numerous applications, from determining the limits of stability to gaining a deep understanding of the formation of elements in the Universe or the mechanisms that power stars and reactors. The predictive power of the theory depends on the amount of physics embedded in the energy density functional as well as on efficient ways to determine a small number of free parameters and solve the DFT equations. In this article, we discuss the various sources of uncertainties and errors encountered in DFT and possible methods to quantify these uncertainties in a rigorous manner.
Koopmans' condition for density-functional theory
Dabo, Ismaila; Ferretti, Andrea; Poilvert, Nicolas; Marzari, Nicola; Li, Yanli; Cococcioni, Matteo
2010-09-15
In approximate Kohn-Sham density-functional theory, self-interaction manifests itself as the dependence of the energy of an orbital on its fractional occupation. This unphysical behavior translates into qualitative and quantitative errors that pervade many fundamental aspects of density-functional predictions. Here, we first examine self-interaction in terms of the discrepancy between total and partial electron removal energies, and then highlight the importance of imposing the generalized Koopmans' condition - that identifies orbital energies as opposite total electron removal energies - to resolve this discrepancy. In the process, we derive a correction to approximate functionals that, in the frozen-orbital approximation, eliminates the unphysical occupation dependence of orbital energies up to the third order in the single-particle densities. This non-Koopmans correction brings physical meaning to single-particle energies; when applied to common local or semilocal density functionals it provides results that are in excellent agreement with experimental data - with an accuracy comparable to that of GW many-body perturbation theory - while providing an explicit total energy functional that preserves or improves on the description of established structural properties.
Density functional calculation of intermolecular potentials.
Nyeland, Carl
2011-06-30
Calculations of intermolecular potentials following the density functional theory (DFT) turn out to be very complicated without using some appropriate approximations. Most often the following three approximations have been considered. In one approximation the disturbed charge distributions during collisions are reduced to sums of undisturbed charge distributions from the colliding species. In another approximation, the so-called local density approximation (LDA), one neglects the fact that the intermolecular potentials that depend on charge densities also depend on gradients in the densities. In a third approximation one assumes that the intermolecular potential can be considered as a sum of two terms: a term for the long-range geometry and a term for the short-range geometry. In this Article the three approximations mentioned will be discussed for numerical accuracy for calculations of potentials between inert gas atoms and for calculations of potentials between surfaces and inert gas atoms. In the discussion a few other approximations will be mentioned too.
Communication: Embedded fragment stochastic density functional theory
Neuhauser, Daniel; Baer, Roi; Rabani, Eran
2014-07-28
We develop a method in which the electronic densities of small fragments determined by Kohn-Sham density functional theory (DFT) are embedded using stochastic DFT to form the exact density of the full system. The new method preserves the scaling and the simplicity of the stochastic DFT but cures the slow convergence that occurs when weakly coupled subsystems are treated. It overcomes the spurious charge fluctuations that impair the applications of the original stochastic DFT approach. We demonstrate the new approach on a fullerene dimer and on clusters of water molecules and show that the density of states and the total energy can be accurately described with a relatively small number of stochastic orbitals.
Radiative Strength Functions and Level Densities
Schiller, A; Becker, J A; Bernstein, L A; Voinov, A; Guttormsen, M; Hjorth-Jensen, M; Rekstad, J; Siem, S; Mitchell, G E; Tavukcu, E
2002-08-28
Radiative strength functions and level densities have been extracted from primary {gamma}-ray spectra for {sup 27,28}Si, {sup 56,57}Fe, {sup 96,97}Mo, and several rare earth nuclei. An unexpectedly strong ({approx} 1 mb MeV) resonance at 3 MeV in the radiative strength function has been observed for well-deformed rare earth nuclei. The physical origin of this resonance and its connection to the scissors mode is discussed.
Density functional theory studies of etoricoxib
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Sachdeva, Ritika; Kaur, Prabhjot; Singh, V. P.; Saini, G. S. S.
2016-05-01
Etoricoxib is a COX-2 selective inhibitor drug with molecular formula C18H15ClN2O2S. It is primarily used for the treatment of arthritis(rheumatoid, psoriatic, osteoarthritis), ankylosing spondylitis, gout and chronic low back pain. Theoretical studies of the molecule including geometry optimization and vibrational frequency calculations were carried out with the help of density functional theory calculations using 6-311++ g (d, p) basis set and B3LYP functional.
Density functional theory: Fixing Jacob's ladder
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Car, Roberto
2016-09-01
Density functional theory calculations can be carried out with different levels of accuracy, forming a hierarchy that is often represented by the rungs of a ladder. Now a new method has been developed that significantly improves the accuracy of the 'third rung' when calculating the properties of diversely bonded systems.
Uncertainty Quantification for Nuclear Density Functional Theory
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
McDonnell, Jordan; Schunck, Nicolas; Nazarewicz, Witold; Higdon, Dave; Sarich, Jason; Wild, Stefan
2014-09-01
Nuclear density functional theory exhibits good overall agreement with measured nuclear masses for medium-mass to heavy nuclei. But the predictions of various models diverge substantially near the neutron and proton drip lines. Quantifying the theory's inherent uncertainty is essential for making reliable predictions. Through a Bayesian analysis, we calculate the theoretical uncertainty for nuclear masses obtained with a Skyrme-class energy density functional. We also assess whether a recent set of mass measurements of neutron-rich nuclei reduces the uncertainty in this model's predictions near the neutron drip line. Nuclear density functional theory exhibits good overall agreement with measured nuclear masses for medium-mass to heavy nuclei. But the predictions of various models diverge substantially near the neutron and proton drip lines. Quantifying the theory's inherent uncertainty is essential for making reliable predictions. Through a Bayesian analysis, we calculate the theoretical uncertainty for nuclear masses obtained with a Skyrme-class energy density functional. We also assess whether a recent set of mass measurements of neutron-rich nuclei reduces the uncertainty in this model's predictions near the neutron drip line. This work was supported by the US Department of Energy under Contracts No. DE-SC0008499 and No. DE-AC52-07NA27344.
Near-edge structures from first principles all-electron Bethe-Salpeter equation calculations.
Olovsson, W; Tanaka, I; Puschnig, P; Ambrosch-Draxl, C
2009-03-11
We obtain x-ray absorption near-edge structures (XANES) by solving the equation of motion for the two-particle Green's function for the electron-hole pair, the Bethe-Salpeter equation (BSE), within the all-electron full-potential linearized augmented plane wave method (FPLAPW). The excited states are calculated for the Li K-edge in the insulating solids LiF, Li(2)O and Li(2)S, and absorption spectra are compared with independent particle results using the random phase approximation (RPA), as well as supercell calculations using the core-hole approximation within density functional theory (DFT). The binding energies of strongly bound excitations are determined in the materials, and core-exciton wavefunctions are demonstrated for LiF.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Pribram-Jones, Aurora
Warm dense matter (WDM) is a high energy phase between solids and plasmas, with characteristics of both. It is present in the centers of giant planets, within the earth's core, and on the path to ignition of inertial confinement fusion. The high temperatures and pressures of warm dense matter lead to complications in its simulation, as both classical and quantum effects must be included. One of the most successful simulation methods is density functional theory-molecular dynamics (DFT-MD). Despite great success in a diverse array of applications, DFT-MD remains computationally expensive and it neglects the explicit temperature dependence of electron-electron interactions known to exist within exact DFT. Finite-temperature density functional theory (FT DFT) is an extension of the wildly successful ground-state DFT formalism via thermal ensembles, broadening its quantum mechanical treatment of electrons to include systems at non-zero temperatures. Exact mathematical conditions have been used to predict the behavior of approximations in limiting conditions and to connect FT DFT to the ground-state theory. An introduction to FT DFT is given within the context of ensemble DFT and the larger field of DFT is discussed for context. Ensemble DFT is used to describe ensembles of ground-state and excited systems. Exact conditions in ensemble DFT and the performance of approximations depend on ensemble weights. Using an inversion method, exact Kohn-Sham ensemble potentials are found and compared to approximations. The symmetry eigenstate Hartree-exchange approximation is in good agreement with exact calculations because of its inclusion of an ensemble derivative discontinuity. Since ensemble weights in FT DFT are temperature-dependent Fermi weights, this insight may help develop approximations well-suited to both ground-state and FT DFT. A novel, highly efficient approach to free energy calculations, finite-temperature potential functional theory, is derived, which has the
The problem of the universal density functional and the density matrix functional theory
Bobrov, V. B. Trigger, S. A.
2013-04-15
The analysis in this paper shows that the Hohenberg-Kohn theorem is the constellation of two statements: (i) the mathematically rigorous Hohenberg-Kohn lemma, which demonstrates that the same ground-state density cannot correspond to two different potentials of an external field, and (ii) the hypothesis of the existence of the universal density functional. Based on the obtained explicit expression for the nonrel-ativistic particle energy in a local external field, we prove that the energy of the system of more than two non-interacting electrons cannot be a functional of the inhomogeneous density. This result is generalized to the system of interacting electrons. It means that the Hohenberg-Kohn lemma cannot provide justification of the universal density functional for fermions. At the same time, statements of the density functional theory remain valid when considering any number of noninteracting ground-state bosons due to the Bose condensation effect. In the framework of the density matrix functional theory, the hypothesis of the existence of the universal density matrix functional corresponds to the cases of noninteracting particles and to interaction in the Hartree-Fock approximation.
Computing dispersion interactions in density functional theory
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Cooper, V. R.; Kong, L.; Langreth, D. C.
2010-02-01
In this article techniques for including dispersion interactions within density functional theory are examined. In particular comparisons are made between four popular methods: dispersion corrected DFT, pseudopotential correction schemes, symmetry adapted perturbation theory, and a non-local density functional - the so called Rutgers-Chalmers van der Waals density functional (vdW-DF). The S22 benchmark data set is used to evaluate the relative accuracy of these methods and factors such as scalability and transferability are also discussed. We demonstrate that vdW-DF presents an excellent compromise between computational speed and accuracy and lends most easily to full scale application in solid materials. This claim is supported through a brief discussion of a recent large scale application to H2 in a prototype metal organic framework material (MOF), Zn2BDC2TED. The vdW-DF shows overwhelming promise for first-principles studies of physisorbed molecules in porous extended systems; thereby having broad applicability for studies as diverse as molecular adsorption and storage, battery technology, catalysis and gas separations.
Density functional theory for atomic Fermi gases
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ma, Ping Nang; Pilati, Sebastiano; Troyer, Matthias; Dai, Xi
2012-08-01
The interplay between interaction and inhomogeneity for electrons in solids generates many interesting phenomena, including insulating and metallic behaviour, magnetism, superconductivity, quantum criticality and more exotic phases. Many of the same phenomena appear in ultracold fermionic atoms in optical lattices, which provide clean, controlled and tunable `quantum simulators' to explore the intriguing physics of fermionic systems. Although density functional theory (DFT) is widely used to calculate material properties, it has not yet been applied to cold atomic gases in optical lattices. Here we present a new density functional for short-range interactions (as opposed to Coulomb interactions of electrons), which renders DFT suitable for atomic Fermi gases. This grants us access to an extensive toolset, previously developed for materials simulations, to calculate the static and dynamic properties of atomic Fermi gases in optical lattices and external potentials. Ultracold atom quantum simulators can in turn be used to explore limitations of DFT functionals, and to further improve hybrid functionals, thus forming a bridge between materials simulations and atomic physics.
López Arvizu, Gregorio; Calaminici, Patrizia
2007-05-21
Density functional calculations have been performed for small nickel clusters, Ni(n), Ni(n) (+), and Ni(n)(-) (n
Recent progress in density functional theory
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Truhlar, Donald
2014-03-01
Ongoing work involves several areas of density functional theory: new methods for computing electronic excitation energies, including a new way to remove spin contamination in the spin-flip Tamm-Dancoff approximation and a configuration-interaction-corrected Tamm-Dancoff Approximation for treating conical intersections; new ways to treat open-shell states, including a reinterpreted broken-symmetry method and multi-configuration Kohn-Sham theory; a new exchange-correlation functional; new tests of density functional theory against databases for electronic transition energies and molecules and solids containing metal atoms; and applications. A selection of results will be presented. I am grateful to the following collaborators for contributions to the ongoing work: Boris Averkiev, Rebecca Carlson, Laura Fernandez, Laura Gagliardi, Chad Hoyer, Francesc Illas, Miho Isegawa, Shaohong Li, Giovanni Li Manni, Sijie Luo, Dongxia Ma, Remi Maurice, Rubén Means-Pañeda, Roberto Peverati, Nora Planas, Prasenjit Seal, Pragya Verma, Bo Wang, Xuefei Xu, Ke R. Yang, Haoyu Yu, Wenjing Zhang, and Jingjing Zheng. Supported in part by the AFOSR and U.S. DOE.
Optimization of constrained density functional theory
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
O'Regan, David D.; Teobaldi, Gilberto
2016-07-01
Constrained density functional theory (cDFT) is a versatile electronic structure method that enables ground-state calculations to be performed subject to physical constraints. It thereby broadens their applicability and utility. Automated Lagrange multiplier optimization is necessary for multiple constraints to be applied efficiently in cDFT, for it to be used in tandem with geometry optimization, or with molecular dynamics. In order to facilitate this, we comprehensively develop the connection between cDFT energy derivatives and response functions, providing a rigorous assessment of the uniqueness and character of cDFT stationary points while accounting for electronic interactions and screening. In particular, we provide a nonperturbative proof that stable stationary points of linear density constraints occur only at energy maxima with respect to their Lagrange multipliers. We show that multiple solutions, hysteresis, and energy discontinuities may occur in cDFT. Expressions are derived, in terms of convenient by-products of cDFT optimization, for quantities such as the dielectric function and a condition number quantifying ill definition in multiple constraint cDFT.
Insight and progress in density functional theory
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Yang, Weitao; Mori-Sanchez, Paula; Cohen, Aron J.
2012-12-01
Density functional theory of electronic structure is widely and successfully applied in simulations throughout engineering and sciences. However, there are spectacular failures for many predicted properties. The errors include underestimation of the barriers of chemical reactions, the band gaps of materials, the energies of dissociating molecular ions and charge transfer excitation energies. Typical DFT calculations also fail to describe degenerate or near degenerate systems, as arise in the breaking of chemical bonds, and strongly correlated materials. These errors can all be characterized and understood through the perspective of fractional charges and fractional spins introduced recently.
Modulation Based on Probability Density Functions
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Williams, Glenn L.
2009-01-01
A proposed method of modulating a sinusoidal carrier signal to convey digital information involves the use of histograms representing probability density functions (PDFs) that characterize samples of the signal waveform. The method is based partly on the observation that when a waveform is sampled (whether by analog or digital means) over a time interval at least as long as one half cycle of the waveform, the samples can be sorted by frequency of occurrence, thereby constructing a histogram representing a PDF of the waveform during that time interval.
Probability density functions in turbulent channel flow
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Dinavahi, Surya P. G.
1992-01-01
The probability density functions (pdf's) of the fluctuating velocity components, as well as their first and second derivatives, are calculated using data from the direct numerical simulations (DNS) of fully developed turbulent channel flow. It is observed that, beyond the buffer region, the pdf of each of these quantities is independent of the distance from the channel wall. It is further observed that, beyond the buffer region, the pdf's for all the first derivatives collapse onto a single universal curve and those of the second derivatives also collapse onto another universal curve, irrespective of the distance from the wall. The kinetic-energy dissipation rate exhibits log normal behavior.
Constrained density functional for noncollinear magnetism
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ma, Pui-Wai; Dudarev, S. L.
2015-02-01
Energies of arbitrary small- and large-angle noncollinear excited magnetic configurations are computed using a highly accurate constrained density functional theory approach. Numerical convergence and accuracy are controlled by the choice of Lagrange multipliers λI entering the constraining conditions. The penalty part Ep of the constrained energy functional at its minimum is shown to be inversely proportional to λI, enabling a simple, robust, and accurate iterative procedure to be followed to find a convergent solution. The method is implemented as a part of ab initio vasp package, and applied to the investigation of noncollinear B2-like and <001 > double-layer antiferromagnetic configurations of bcc iron, Fe2 dimer, and amorphous iron. Forces acting on atoms depend on the orientations of magnetic moments, and the proposed approach enables constrained self-consistent noncollinear magnetic and structural relaxation of large atomic systems to be carried out.
Band terminations in density functional theory
Afanasjev, A. V.
2008-11-15
The analysis of the terminating bands has been performed in the relativistic mean field framework. It was shown that nuclear magnetism provides an additional binding to the energies of the specific configuration and this additional binding increases with spin and has its maximum exactly at the terminating state. This suggests that the terminating states can be an interesting probe of the time-odd mean fields provided that other effects can be reliably isolated. Unfortunately, a reliable isolation of these effects is not that simple: many terms of the density functional theories contribute into the energies of the terminating states and the deficiencies in the description of those terms affect the result. The recent suggestion [H. Zdunczuk, W. Satula, and R. A. Wyss, Phys. Rev. C 71, 024305 (2005)] that the relative energies of the terminating states in the N{ne}Z,A{approx}44 mass region given by {delta}E provide unique and reliable constraints on time-odd mean fields and the strength of spin-orbit interaction in density functional theories has been reanalyzed. The current investigation shows that the {delta}E value is affected also by the relative placement of the states with different orbital angular momentum l, namely, the placement of the d (l=2) and f (l=3) states. This indicates the dependence of the {delta}E value on the properties of the central potential.
Nitrogenase structure and function relationships by density functional theory.
Harris, Travis V; Szilagyi, Robert K
2011-01-01
Modern density functional theory has tremendous potential with matching popularity in metalloenzymology to reveal the unseen atomic and molecular details of structural data, spectroscopic measurements, and biochemical experiments by providing insights into unobservable structures and states, while also offering theoretical justifications for observed trends and differences. An often untapped potential of this theoretical approach is to bring together diverse experimental structural and reactivity information and allow for these to be critically evaluated at the same level. This is particularly applicable for the tantalizingly complex problem of the structure and molecular mechanism of biological nitrogen fixation. In this chapter we provide a review with extensive practical details of the compilation and evaluation of experimental data for an unbiased and systematic density functional theory analysis that can lead to remarkable new insights about the structure-function relationships of the iron-sulfur clusters of nitrogenase.
Dispersion interactions in Density Functional Theory
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Andrinopoulos, Lampros; Hine, Nicholas; Mostofi, Arash
2012-02-01
Semilocal functionals in Density Functional Theory (DFT) achieve high accuracy simulating a wide range of systems, but miss the effect of dispersion (vdW) interactions, important in weakly bound systems. We study two different methods to include vdW in DFT: First, we investigate a recent approach [1] to evaluate the vdW contribution to the total energy using maximally-localized Wannier functions. Using a set of simple dimers, we show that it has a number of shortcomings that hamper its predictive power; we then develop and implement a series of improvements [2] and obtain binding energies and equilibrium geometries in closer agreement to quantum-chemical coupled-cluster calculations. Second, we implement the vdW-DF functional [3], using Soler's method [4], within ONETEP [5], a linear-scaling DFT code, and apply it to a range of systems. This method within a linear-scaling DFT code allows the simulation of weakly bound systems of larger scale, such as organic/inorganic interfaces, biological systems and implicit solvation models. [1] P. Silvestrelli, JPC A 113, 5224 (2009). [2] L. Andrinopoulos et al, JCP 135, 154105 (2011). [3] M. Dion et al, PRL 92, 246401 (2004). [4] G. Rom'an-P'erez, J.M. Soler, PRL 103, 096102 (2009). [5] C. Skylaris et al, JCP 122, 084119 (2005).
Chemistry by Way of Density Functional Theory
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Ricca, Alessandra; Partridge, Harry; Langohff, Stephen R.; Arnold, James O. (Technical Monitor)
1996-01-01
In this work we demonstrate that density functional theory (DFT) methods make an important contribution to understanding chemical systems and are an important additional method for the computational chemist. We report calibration calculations obtained with different functionals for the 55 G2 molecules to justify our selection of the B3LYP functional. We show that accurate geometries and vibrational frequencies obtained at the B3LYP level can be combined with traditional methods to simplify the calculation of accurate heats of formation. We illustrate the application of the B3LYP approach to a variety of chemical problems from the vibrational frequencies of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons to transition metal systems. We show that the B3LYP method typically performs better than the MP2 method at a significantly lower computational cost. Thus the B3LYP method allows us to extend our studies to much larger systems while maintaining a high degree of accuracy. We show that for transition metal systems, the B3LYP bond energies are typically of sufficient accuracy that they can be used to explain experimental trends and even differentiate between different experimental values. We show that for boron clusters the B3LYP energetics are not as good as for many of the other systems presented, but even in this case the B3LYP approach is able to help understand the experimental trends.
When Density Functional Approximations Meet Iron Oxides.
Meng, Yu; Liu, Xing-Wu; Huo, Chun-Fang; Guo, Wen-Ping; Cao, Dong-Bo; Peng, Qing; Dearden, Albert; Gonze, Xavier; Yang, Yong; Wang, Jianguo; Jiao, Haijun; Li, Yongwang; Wen, Xiao-Dong
2016-10-11
Three density functional approximations (DFAs), PBE, PBE+U, and Heyd-Scuseria-Ernzerhof screened hybrid functional (HSE), were employed to investigate the geometric, electronic, magnetic, and thermodynamic properties of four iron oxides, namely, α-FeOOH, α-Fe2O3, Fe3O4, and FeO. Comparing our calculated results with available experimental data, we found that HSE (a = 0.15) (containing 15% "screened" Hartree-Fock exchange) can provide reliable values of lattice constants, Fe magnetic moments, band gaps, and formation energies of all four iron oxides, while standard HSE (a = 0.25) seriously overestimates the band gaps and formation energies. For PBE+U, a suitable U value can give quite good results for the electronic properties of each iron oxide, but it is challenging to accurately get other properties of the four iron oxides using the same U value. Subsequently, we calculated the Gibbs free energies of transformation reactions among iron oxides using the HSE (a = 0.15) functional and plotted the equilibrium phase diagrams of the iron oxide system under various conditions, which provide reliable theoretical insight into the phase transformations of iron oxides.
Density functional theory with fractional orbital occupations.
Chai, Jeng-Da
2012-04-21
In contrast to the original Kohn-Sham (KS) formalism, we propose a density functional theory (DFT) with fractional orbital occupations for the study of ground states of many-electron systems, wherein strong static correlation is shown to be described. Even at the simplest level represented by the local density approximation (LDA), our resulting DFT-LDA is shown to improve upon KS-LDA for multi-reference systems, such as dissociation of H(2) and N(2), and twisted ethylene, while performing similar to KS-LDA for single-reference systems, such as reaction energies and equilibrium geometries. Because of its computational efficiency (similar to KS-LDA), this DFT-LDA is applied to the study of the singlet-triplet energy gaps (ST gaps) of acenes, which are "challenging problems" for conventional electronic structure methods due to the presence of strong static correlation effects. Our calculated ST gaps are in good agreement with the existing experimental and high-level ab initio data. The ST gaps are shown to decrease monotonically with the increase of chain length, and become vanishingly small (within 0.1 kcal/mol) in the limit of an infinitely large polyacene. In addition, based on our calculated active orbital occupation numbers, the ground states for large acenes are shown to be polyradical singlets.
Phases of Polonium via Density Functional Theory
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Verstraete, Matthieu J.
2010-01-01
The thermodynamical properties of the main phases of metallic polonium are examined using density functional theory. The exceptional nature of the solid-solid phase transition of α to β Po is underlined: it induces a lowering in symmetry, from cubic to rhombohedral, with increasing temperature. This is explained as the result of a delicate balance between bonding and entropic effects. Overall agreement with existing experimental data is good by state-of-the-art standards. The phonons of Po present Kohn anomalies, and it is shown that the effect of spin-orbit interactions is the inverse of that in normal metals: due to the nonspherical nature of the Fermi Surface, spin-orbit effects reduce nesting and harden most phonon frequencies.
Modeling NMR lineshapes using logspline density functions.
Raz, J; Fernandez, E J; Gillespie, J
1997-08-01
Distortions in the FID and spin echo due to magnetic field inhomogeneity are proved to have a representation as the characteristic function of some probability distribution. In the special case that the distribution is Cauchy, the model reduces to the conventional Lorentzian model. A more general and flexible representation is presented using the Fourier transform of a logspline density. An algorithm for fitting the model is described, the performance of the model and algorithm is investigated in applications to real and simulated data sets, and the logspline approach is compared to a previous Hermitian spline approach and to the Lorentzian model. The logspline model is more parsimonious than the Hermitian spline model, provides a better fit to real data, and is much less biased than the Lorentzian model.
Carrier Modulation Via Waveform Probability Density Function
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Williams, Glenn L.
2006-01-01
Beyond the classic modes of carrier modulation by varying amplitude (AM), phase (PM), or frequency (FM), we extend the modulation domain of an analog carrier signal to include a class of general modulations which are distinguished by their probability density function histogram. Separate waveform states are easily created by varying the pdf of the transmitted waveform. Individual waveform states are assignable as proxies for digital one's or zero's. At the receiver, these states are easily detected by accumulating sampled waveform statistics and performing periodic pattern matching, correlation, or statistical filtering. No fundamental physical laws are broken in the detection process. We show how a typical modulation scheme would work in the digital domain and suggest how to build an analog version. We propose that clever variations of the modulating waveform (and thus the histogram) can provide simple steganographic encoding.
Carrier Modulation Via Waveform Probability Density Function
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Williams, Glenn L.
2004-01-01
Beyond the classic modes of carrier modulation by varying amplitude (AM), phase (PM), or frequency (FM), we extend the modulation domain of an analog carrier signal to include a class of general modulations which are distinguished by their probability density function histogram. Separate waveform states are easily created by varying the pdf of the transmitted waveform. Individual waveform states are assignable as proxies for digital ONEs or ZEROs. At the receiver, these states are easily detected by accumulating sampled waveform statistics and performing periodic pattern matching, correlation, or statistical filtering. No fundamental natural laws are broken in the detection process. We show how a typical modulation scheme would work in the digital domain and suggest how to build an analog version. We propose that clever variations of the modulating waveform (and thus the histogram) can provide simple steganographic encoding.
Density-functional study of paramagnetic iron
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Zhang, Hualei; Johansson, Börje; Vitos, Levente
2011-10-01
By using density-functional theory in combination with the coherent-potential approximation and the disordered local magnetic moment picture, we demonstrate that the competing high-temperature cubic phases of paramagnetic Fe correspond to two distinct total energy minima in the tetragonal (Bain) configurational space. Both the face-centered-cubic (fcc) and the body-centered-cubic (bcc) lattices are dynamically stable, and at static conditions the fcc structure is found to be the thermodynamically stable phase. The theoretical bcc and fcc bulk parameters are in agreement with the experimental data. Due to the shallow energy minimum around the bcc structure, increasing temperature is predicted to stabilize the bcc (δ) phase against the fcc (γ) one.
Karasiev, Valentin V; Sjostrom, Travis; Trickey, S B
2012-11-01
We compare the behavior of the finite-temperature Hartree-Fock model with that of thermal density functional theory using both ground-state and temperature-dependent approximate exchange functionals. The test system is bcc Li in the temperature-density regime of warm dense matter (WDM). In this exchange-only case, there are significant qualitative differences in results from the three approaches. Those differences may be important for Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics studies of WDM with ground-state approximate density functionals and thermal occupancies. Such calculations require reliable regularized potentials over a demanding range of temperatures and densities. By comparison of pseudopotential and all-electron results at T=0 K for small Li clusters of local bcc symmetry and bond lengths equivalent to high density bulk Li, we determine the density ranges for which standard projector augmented wave (PAW) and norm-conserving pseudopotentials are reliable. Then, we construct and use all-electron PAW data sets with a small cutoff radius that are valid for lithium densities up to at least 80 g/cm{3}.
Density Functional O(N) Calculations
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ordejón, Pablo
1998-03-01
We have developed a scheme for performing Density Functional Theory calculations with O(N) scaling.(P. Ordejón, E. Artacho and J. M. Soler, Phys. Rev. B, 53), 10441 (1996) The method uses arbitrarily flexible and complete Atomic Orbitals (AO) basis sets. This gives a wide range of choice, from extremely fast calculations with minimal basis sets, to greatly accurate calculations with complete sets. The size-efficiency of AO bases, together with the O(N) scaling of the algorithm, allow the application of the method to systems with many hundreds of atoms, in single processor workstations. I will present the SIESTA code,(D. Sanchez-Portal, P. Ordejón, E. Artacho and J. M. Soler, Int. J. Quantum Chem., 65), 453 (1997) in which the method is implemented, with several LDA, LSD and GGA functionals available, and using norm-conserving, non-local pseudopotentials (in the Kleinman-Bylander form) to eliminate the core electrons. The calculation of static properties such as energies, forces, pressure, stress and magnetic moments, as well as molecular dynamics (MD) simulations capabilities (including variable cell shape, constant temperature and constant pressure MD) are fully implemented. I will also show examples of the accuracy of the method, and applications to large-scale materials and biomolecular systems.
Building a Universal Nuclear Energy Density Functional
Carlson, Joe A.; Furnstahl, Dick; Horoi, Mihai; Lust, Rusty; Nazaewicc, Witek; Ng, Esmond; Thompson, Ian; Vary, James
2012-12-30
During the period of Dec. 1 2006 – Jun. 30, 2012, the UNEDF collaboration carried out a comprehensive study of all nuclei, based on the most accurate knowledge of the strong nuclear interaction, the most reliable theoretical approaches, the most advanced algorithms, and extensive computational resources, with a view towards scaling to the petaflop platforms and beyond. The long-term vision initiated with UNEDF is to arrive at a comprehensive, quantitative, and unified description of nuclei and their reactions, grounded in the fundamental interactions between the constituent nucleons. We seek to replace current phenomenological models of nuclear structure and reactions with a well-founded microscopic theory that delivers maximum predictive power with well-quantified uncertainties. Specifically, the mission of this project has been three-fold: First, to find an optimal energy density functional (EDF) using all our knowledge of the nucleonic Hamiltonian and basic nuclear properties; Second, to apply the EDF theory and its extensions to validate the functional using all the available relevant nuclear structure and reaction data; Third, to apply the validated theory to properties of interest that cannot be measured, in particular the properties needed for reaction theory.
Internal density functional theory of molecular systems
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Nalewajski, Roman F.
1984-08-01
A thermodynamiclike theory of internal equilibrium and constrained equilibrium states of individual molecular systems is formulated, based on the Legendre transformed density functional theory (LT DFT). The molecular system (nonrelativistic, field free, Born-Oppenheimer or non-Born-Oppenheimer) is treated as the closed composite thermodynamic system, consisting of very small, rigid (open) subsystems (simple systems) containing a multi-(m)-component charged fluid in the presence of an external field. The generalized Levy constrained search construction of various ``thermodynamic'' potentials of LT DFT is given and the local Maxwell relations are derived. The reduction of various second-order partial functional derivatives (system sensitivities) in terms of few independent, basic kernels is described, using the Jacobian determinants technique. The qualitative implications for the basic kernels of the theory, from the Maxwell relations and stability criteria (generalized Le Châtelier and Le Châtelier-Braun principles) are systematically examined. Finally, possible applications of the general formalism in the thermodynamic analysis of the chemical bond, molecular stability, and chemical reactivity are identified.
Improving Density Functionals with Quantum Harmonic Oscillators
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Tkatchenko, Alexandre
2013-03-01
Density functional theory (DFT) is the most widely used and successful approach for electronic structure calculations. However, one of the pressing challenges for DFT is developing efficient functionals that can accurately capture the omnipresent long-range electron correlations, which determine the structure and stability of many molecules and materials. Here we show that, under certain conditions, the problem of computing the long-range correlation energy of interacting electrons can be mapped to a system of coupled quantum harmonic oscillators (QHOs). The proposed model allows us to synergistically combine concepts from DFT, quantum chemistry, and the widely discussed random-phase approximation for the correlation energy. In the dipole limit, the interaction energy for a system of coupled QHOs can be calculated exactly, thereby leading to an efficient and accurate model for the many-body dispersion energy of complex molecules and materials. The studied examples include intermolecular binding energies, the conformational hierarchy of DNA structures, the geometry and stability of molecular crystals, and supramolecular host-guest complexes (A. Tkatchenko, R. A. DiStasio Jr., R. Car, M. Scheffler, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 236402 (2012); R. A. DiStasio Jr., A. von Lilienfeld, A. Tkatchenko, PNAS 109, 14791 (2012); A. Tkatchenko, D. Alfe, K. S. Kim, J. Chem. Theory and Comp. (2012), doi: 10.1021/ct300711r; A. Tkatchenko, A. Ambrosetti, R. A. DiStasio Jr., arXiv:1210.8343v1).
Embedded-cluster calculations in a numeric atomic orbital density-functional theory framework
Berger, Daniel Oberhofer, Harald; Reuter, Karsten; Logsdail, Andrew J. Farrow, Matthew R.; Catlow, C. Richard A.; Sokol, Alexey A.; Sherwood, Paul; Blum, Volker
2014-07-14
We integrate the all-electron electronic structure code FHI-aims into the general ChemShell package for solid-state embedding quantum and molecular mechanical (QM/MM) calculations. A major undertaking in this integration is the implementation of pseudopotential functionality into FHI-aims to describe cations at the QM/MM boundary through effective core potentials and therewith prevent spurious overpolarization of the electronic density. Based on numeric atomic orbital basis sets, FHI-aims offers particularly efficient access to exact exchange and second order perturbation theory, rendering the established QM/MM setup an ideal tool for hybrid and double-hybrid level density functional theory calculations of solid systems. We illustrate this capability by calculating the reduction potential of Fe in the Fe-substituted ZSM-5 zeolitic framework and the reaction energy profile for (photo-)catalytic water oxidation at TiO{sub 2}(110)
Embedded-cluster calculations in a numeric atomic orbital density-functional theory framework.
Berger, Daniel; Logsdail, Andrew J; Oberhofer, Harald; Farrow, Matthew R; Catlow, C Richard A; Sherwood, Paul; Sokol, Alexey A; Blum, Volker; Reuter, Karsten
2014-07-14
We integrate the all-electron electronic structure code FHI-aims into the general ChemShell package for solid-state embedding quantum and molecular mechanical (QM/MM) calculations. A major undertaking in this integration is the implementation of pseudopotential functionality into FHI-aims to describe cations at the QM/MM boundary through effective core potentials and therewith prevent spurious overpolarization of the electronic density. Based on numeric atomic orbital basis sets, FHI-aims offers particularly efficient access to exact exchange and second order perturbation theory, rendering the established QM/MM setup an ideal tool for hybrid and double-hybrid level density functional theory calculations of solid systems. We illustrate this capability by calculating the reduction potential of Fe in the Fe-substituted ZSM-5 zeolitic framework and the reaction energy profile for (photo-)catalytic water oxidation at TiO2(110).
Label-free all-electronic biosensing in microfluidic systems
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Stanton, Michael A.
Label-free, all-electronic detection techniques offer great promise for advancements in medical and biological analysis. Electrical sensing can be used to measure both interfacial and bulk impedance changes in conducting solutions. Electronic sensors produced using standard microfabrication processes are easily integrated into microfluidic systems. Combined with the sensitivity of radiofrequency electrical measurements, this approach offers significant advantages over competing biological sensing methods. Scalable fabrication methods also provide a means of bypassing the prohibitive costs and infrastructure associated with current technologies. We describe the design, development and use of a radiofrequency reflectometer integrated into a microfluidic system towards the specific detection of biologically relevant materials. We developed a detection protocol based on impedimetric changes caused by the binding of antibody/antigen pairs to the sensing region. Here we report the surface chemistry that forms the necessary capture mechanism. Gold-thiol binding was utilized to create an ordered alkane monolayer on the sensor surface. Exposed functional groups target the N-terminus, affixing a protein to the monolayer. The general applicability of this method lends itself to a wide variety of proteins. To demonstrate specificity, commercially available mouse anti- Streptococcus Pneumoniae monoclonal antibody was used to target the full-length recombinant pneumococcal surface protein A, type 2 strain D39 expressed by Streptococcus Pneumoniae. We demonstrate the RF response of the sensor to both the presence of the surface decoration and bound SPn cells in a 1x phosphate buffered saline solution. The combined microfluidic sensor represents a powerful platform for the analysis and detection of cells and biomolecules.
Density functional theory in the solid state.
Hasnip, Philip J; Refson, Keith; Probert, Matt I J; Yates, Jonathan R; Clark, Stewart J; Pickard, Chris J
2014-03-13
Density functional theory (DFT) has been used in many fields of the physical sciences, but none so successfully as in the solid state. From its origins in condensed matter physics, it has expanded into materials science, high-pressure physics and mineralogy, solid-state chemistry and more, powering entire computational subdisciplines. Modern DFT simulation codes can calculate a vast range of structural, chemical, optical, spectroscopic, elastic, vibrational and thermodynamic phenomena. The ability to predict structure-property relationships has revolutionized experimental fields, such as vibrational and solid-state NMR spectroscopy, where it is the primary method to analyse and interpret experimental spectra. In semiconductor physics, great progress has been made in the electronic structure of bulk and defect states despite the severe challenges presented by the description of excited states. Studies are no longer restricted to known crystallographic structures. DFT is increasingly used as an exploratory tool for materials discovery and computational experiments, culminating in ex nihilo crystal structure prediction, which addresses the long-standing difficult problem of how to predict crystal structure polymorphs from nothing but a specified chemical composition. We present an overview of the capabilities of solid-state DFT simulations in all of these topics, illustrated with recent examples using the CASTEP computer program.
Density functional theory in the solid state
Hasnip, Philip J.; Refson, Keith; Probert, Matt I. J.; Yates, Jonathan R.; Clark, Stewart J.; Pickard, Chris J.
2014-01-01
Density functional theory (DFT) has been used in many fields of the physical sciences, but none so successfully as in the solid state. From its origins in condensed matter physics, it has expanded into materials science, high-pressure physics and mineralogy, solid-state chemistry and more, powering entire computational subdisciplines. Modern DFT simulation codes can calculate a vast range of structural, chemical, optical, spectroscopic, elastic, vibrational and thermodynamic phenomena. The ability to predict structure–property relationships has revolutionized experimental fields, such as vibrational and solid-state NMR spectroscopy, where it is the primary method to analyse and interpret experimental spectra. In semiconductor physics, great progress has been made in the electronic structure of bulk and defect states despite the severe challenges presented by the description of excited states. Studies are no longer restricted to known crystallographic structures. DFT is increasingly used as an exploratory tool for materials discovery and computational experiments, culminating in ex nihilo crystal structure prediction, which addresses the long-standing difficult problem of how to predict crystal structure polymorphs from nothing but a specified chemical composition. We present an overview of the capabilities of solid-state DFT simulations in all of these topics, illustrated with recent examples using the CASTEP computer program. PMID:24516184
Dynamical density functional theory for microswimmers.
Menzel, Andreas M; Saha, Arnab; Hoell, Christian; Löwen, Hartmut
2016-01-14
Dynamical density functional theory (DDFT) has been successfully derived and applied to describe on one hand passive colloidal suspensions, including hydrodynamic interactions between individual particles. On the other hand, active "dry" crowds of self-propelled particles have been characterized using DDFT. Here, we go one essential step further and combine these two approaches. We establish a DDFT for active microswimmer suspensions. For this purpose, simple minimal model microswimmers are introduced. These microswimmers self-propel by setting the surrounding fluid into motion. They hydrodynamically interact with each other through their actively self-induced fluid flows and via the common "passive" hydrodynamic interactions. An effective soft steric repulsion is also taken into account. We derive the DDFT starting from common statistical approaches. Our DDFT is then tested and applied by characterizing a suspension of microswimmers, the motion of which is restricted to a plane within a three-dimensional bulk fluid. Moreover, the swimmers are confined by a radially symmetric trapping potential. In certain parameter ranges, we find rotational symmetry breaking in combination with the formation of a "hydrodynamic pumping state," which has previously been observed in the literature as a result of particle-based simulations. An additional instability of this pumping state is revealed.
Dynamical density functional theory for microswimmers
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Menzel, Andreas M.; Saha, Arnab; Hoell, Christian; Löwen, Hartmut
2016-01-01
Dynamical density functional theory (DDFT) has been successfully derived and applied to describe on one hand passive colloidal suspensions, including hydrodynamic interactions between individual particles. On the other hand, active "dry" crowds of self-propelled particles have been characterized using DDFT. Here, we go one essential step further and combine these two approaches. We establish a DDFT for active microswimmer suspensions. For this purpose, simple minimal model microswimmers are introduced. These microswimmers self-propel by setting the surrounding fluid into motion. They hydrodynamically interact with each other through their actively self-induced fluid flows and via the common "passive" hydrodynamic interactions. An effective soft steric repulsion is also taken into account. We derive the DDFT starting from common statistical approaches. Our DDFT is then tested and applied by characterizing a suspension of microswimmers, the motion of which is restricted to a plane within a three-dimensional bulk fluid. Moreover, the swimmers are confined by a radially symmetric trapping potential. In certain parameter ranges, we find rotational symmetry breaking in combination with the formation of a "hydrodynamic pumping state," which has previously been observed in the literature as a result of particle-based simulations. An additional instability of this pumping state is revealed.
Bone mineral density, adiposity, and cognitive functions
Sohrabi, Hamid R.; Bates, Kristyn A.; Weinborn, Michael; Bucks, Romola S.; Rainey-Smith, Stephanie R.; Rodrigues, Mark A.; Bird, Sabine M.; Brown, Belinda M.; Beilby, John; Howard, Matthew; Criddle, Arthur; Wraith, Megan; Taddei, Kevin; Martins, Georgia; Paton, Athena; Shah, Tejal; Dhaliwal, Satvinder S.; Mehta, Pankaj D.; Foster, Jonathan K.; Martins, Ian J.; Lautenschlager, Nicola T.; Mastaglia, Francis; Laws, Simon M.; Martins, Ralph N.
2015-01-01
Cognitive decline and dementia due to Alzheimer's disease (AD) have been associated with genetic, lifestyle, and environmental factors. A number of potentially modifiable risk factors should be taken into account when preventive or ameliorative interventions targeting dementia and its preclinical stages are investigated. Bone mineral density (BMD) and body composition are two such potentially modifiable risk factors, and their association with cognitive decline was investigated in this study. 164 participants, aged 34–87 years old (62.78 ± 9.27), were recruited for this longitudinal study and underwent cognitive and clinical examinations at baseline and after 3 years. Blood samples were collected for apolipoprotein E (APOE) genotyping and dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) was conducted at the same day as cognitive assessment. Using hierarchical regression analysis, we found that BMD and lean body mass, as measured using DXA were significant predictors of episodic memory. Age, gender, APOE status, and premorbid IQ were controlled for. Specifically, the List A learning from California Verbal Learning Test was significantly associated with BMD and lean mass both at baseline and at follow up assessment. Our findings indicate that there is a significant association between BMD and lean body mass and episodic verbal learning. While the involvement of modifiable lifestyle factors in human cognitive function has been examined in different studies, there is a need for further research to understand the potential underlying mechanisms. PMID:25741279
Partitioned density functional approach for a Lennard-Jones fluid.
Zhou, Shiqi
2003-12-01
The existing classical density functional approach for nonuniform Lennard-Jones fluid, which is based on dividing the Lennard-Jones interaction potential into a short-range, repulsive part, and a smoothly varying, long-range, attractive tail, was improved by dividing the bulk second-order direct correlation function into strongly density-depending short-range part and weakly density-depending long-range part. The latter is treated by functional perturbation expansion truncated at the lowest order whose accuracy depends on how weakly the long-range part depends on the bulk density. The former is treated by the truncated functional perturbation expansion which is rewritten in the form of the simple weighted density approximation and incorporates the omitted higher-order terms by applying Lagrangian theorem of differential calculus to the reformulated form. The two approximations are put into the density profile equation of the density functional theory formalism to predict the density distribution for Lennard-Jones fluid in contact with a hard wall or between two hard walls within the whole density range for reduced temperature T(*)=1.35 and a density point for reduced temperature T(*)=1. The present partitioned density functional theory performs much better than several previous density functional perturbation theory approaches and a recently proposed bridge density functional approximation.
Linear-scaling density functional theory using the projector augmented wave method
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Hine, Nicholas D. M.
2017-01-01
Quantum mechanical simulation of realistic models of nanostructured systems, such as nanocrystals and crystalline interfaces, demands computational methods combining high-accuracy with low-order scaling with system size. Blöchl’s projector augmented wave (PAW) approach enables all-electron (AE) calculations with the efficiency and systematic accuracy of plane-wave pseudopotential calculations. Meanwhile, linear-scaling (LS) approaches to density functional theory (DFT) allow for simulation of thousands of atoms in feasible computational effort. This article describes an adaptation of PAW for use in the LS-DFT framework provided by the ONETEP LS-DFT package. ONETEP uses optimisation of the density matrix through in situ-optimised local orbitals rather than the direct calculation of eigenstates as in traditional PAW approaches. The method is shown to be comparably accurate to both PAW and AE approaches and to exhibit improved convergence properties compared to norm-conserving pseudopotential methods.
Keith, Todd A; Frisch, Michael J
2011-11-17
Scalar-relativistic, all-electron density functional theory (DFT) calculations were done for free, neutral atoms of all elements of the periodic table using the universal Gaussian basis set. Each core, closed-subshell contribution to a total atomic electron density distribution was separately fitted to a spherical electron density function: a linear combination of s-type Gaussian functions. The resulting core subshell electron densities are useful for systematically and compactly approximating total core electron densities of atoms in molecules, for any atomic core defined in terms of closed subshells. When used to augment the electron density from a wave function based on a calculation using effective core potentials (ECPs) in the Hamiltonian, the atomic core electron densities are sufficient to restore the otherwise-absent electron density maxima at the nuclear positions and eliminate spurious critical points in the neighborhood of the atom, thus enabling quantum theory of atoms in molecules (QTAIM) analyses to be done in the neighborhoods of atoms for which ECPs were used. Comparison of results from QTAIM analyses with all-electron, relativistic and nonrelativistic molecular wave functions validates the use of the atomic core electron densities for augmenting electron densities from ECP-based wave functions. For an atom in a molecule for which a small-core or medium-core ECPs is used, simply representing the core using a simplistic, tightly localized electron density function is actually sufficient to obtain a correct electron density topology and perform QTAIM analyses to obtain at least semiquantitatively meaningful results, but this is often not true when a large-core ECP is used. Comparison of QTAIM results from augmenting ECP-based molecular wave functions with the realistic atomic core electron densities presented here versus augmenting with the limiting case of tight core densities may be useful for diagnosing the reliability of large-core ECP models in
A half century of density functional theory
Zangwill, Andrew
2015-07-15
Today’s most popular method for calculating the electronic structure of atoms, molecules, liquids, solids, and plasmas began as a bold hypothesis: The electron density distribution completely characterizes the ground state of a many-electron system.
Validation of density-functional versus density-functional+U approaches for oxide ultrathin films
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Barcaro, Giovanni; Thomas, Iorwerth Owain; Fortunelli, Alessandro
2010-03-01
A comparison between available experimental information and the predictions of density-functional and density-functional+U approaches is presented for oxide ultrathin films grown on single-crystal metal surfaces. Prototypical examples of monolayer phases of an ionic oxide (ZnO), a late transition metal oxide (NiO), and an early transition metal oxide (TiO2) are considered. The aim is to validate the theoretical approaches, focusing on the prediction of structural features and the reproduction of scanning tunneling microscopy images, rationalized in terms of the local density of states of the systems. It is found that it is possible to reasonably estimate the optimal lattice constant of ultrathin supported films and that the inclusion of the Hubbard U term appreciably improves the accuracy of theoretical predictions, especially in the case of nonpolar ultrathin phases of a transition metal oxide. Moreover, the optimal value of U for the oxide layer at the interface with the metal support is found to differ from that appropriate for the bulk oxide, as a consequence of the intermixing of oxide and support electronic states and screening effects.
a Renormalization Group Calculation of the Velocity - and Density-Density Correlation Functions.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Cowan, Mark Timothy
The velocity-velocity correlation function of a free field theory is obtained. The renormalization group, along with a 4-varepsilon expansion, is then used to find the leading order behavior of the velocity-velocity correlation function for an interacting field theory in the high temperature phase near the critical point. The details of the calculation of the density-density correlation function for Hedgehogs, in the context of a free field theory, is presented next. Finally the renormalization group, along with a 4-varepsilon expansion, is used to find the leading order behavior of the density-density correlation function for Hedgehogs in an interacting field theory near the critical point.
Predicting Pt-195 NMR chemical shift using new relativistic all-electron basis set.
Paschoal, D; Guerra, C Fonseca; de Oliveira, M A L; Ramalho, T C; Dos Santos, H F
2016-10-05
Predicting NMR properties is a valuable tool to assist the experimentalists in the characterization of molecular structure. For heavy metals, such as Pt-195, only a few computational protocols are available. In the present contribution, all-electron Gaussian basis sets, suitable to calculate the Pt-195 NMR chemical shift, are presented for Pt and all elements commonly found as Pt-ligands. The new basis sets identified as NMR-DKH were partially contracted as a triple-zeta doubly polarized scheme with all coefficients obtained from a Douglas-Kroll-Hess (DKH) second-order scalar relativistic calculation. The Pt-195 chemical shift was predicted through empirical models fitted to reproduce experimental data for a set of 183 Pt(II) complexes which NMR sign ranges from -1000 to -6000 ppm. Furthermore, the models were validated using a new set of 75 Pt(II) complexes, not included in the descriptive set. The models were constructed using non-relativistic Hamiltonian at density functional theory (DFT-PBEPBE) level with NMR-DKH basis set for all atoms. For the best model, the mean absolute deviation (MAD) and the mean relative deviation (MRD) were 150 ppm and 6%, respectively, for the validation set (75 Pt-complexes) and 168 ppm (MAD) and 5% (MRD) for all 258 Pt(II) complexes. These results were comparable with relativistic DFT calculation, 200 ppm (MAD) and 6% (MRD). © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Density-functional Monte-Carlo simulation of CuZn order-disorder transition
Khan, Suffian N.; Eisenbach, Markus
2016-01-25
We perform a Wang-Landau Monte Carlo simulation of a Cu_{0.5}Zn_{0.5} order-disorder transition using 250 atoms and pairwise atom swaps inside a 5 x 5 x 5 BCC supercell. Each time step uses energies calculated from density functional theory (DFT) via the all-electron Korringa-Kohn- Rostoker method and self-consistent potentials. Here we find CuZn undergoes a transition from a disordered A2 to an ordered B2 structure, as observed in experiment. Our calculated transition temperature is near 870 K, comparing favorably to the known experimental peak at 750 K. We also plot the entropy, temperature, specific-heat, and short-range order as a function of internal energy.
Density-functional Monte-Carlo simulation of CuZn order-disorder transition
Khan, Suffian N.; Eisenbach, Markus
2016-01-25
We perform a Wang-Landau Monte Carlo simulation of a Cu0.5Zn0.5 order-disorder transition using 250 atoms and pairwise atom swaps inside a 5 x 5 x 5 BCC supercell. Each time step uses energies calculated from density functional theory (DFT) via the all-electron Korringa-Kohn- Rostoker method and self-consistent potentials. Here we find CuZn undergoes a transition from a disordered A2 to an ordered B2 structure, as observed in experiment. Our calculated transition temperature is near 870 K, comparing favorably to the known experimental peak at 750 K. We also plot the entropy, temperature, specific-heat, and short-range order as a function ofmore » internal energy.« less
Optical properties of alkali halide crystals from all-electron hybrid TD-DFT calculations
Webster, R. Harrison, N. M.; Bernasconi, L.
2015-06-07
We present a study of the electronic and optical properties of a series of alkali halide crystals AX, with A = Li, Na, K, Rb and X = F, Cl, Br based on a recent implementation of hybrid-exchange time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) (TD-B3LYP) in the all-electron Gaussian basis set code CRYSTAL. We examine, in particular, the impact of basis set size and quality on the prediction of the optical gap and exciton binding energy. The formation of bound excitons by photoexcitation is observed in all the studied systems and this is shown to be correlated to specific features of the Hartree-Fock exchange component of the TD-DFT response kernel. All computed optical gaps and exciton binding energies are however markedly below estimated experimental and, where available, 2-particle Green’s function (GW-Bethe-Salpeter equation, GW-BSE) values. We attribute this reduced exciton binding to the incorrect asymptotics of the B3LYP exchange correlation ground state functional and of the TD-B3LYP response kernel, which lead to a large underestimation of the Coulomb interaction between the excited electron and hole wavefunctions. Considering LiF as an example, we correlate the asymptotic behaviour of the TD-B3LYP kernel to the fraction of Fock exchange admixed in the ground state functional c{sub HF} and show that there exists one value of c{sub HF} (∼0.32) that reproduces at least semi-quantitatively the optical gap of this material.
Optical properties of alkali halide crystals from all-electron hybrid TD-DFT calculations.
Webster, R; Bernasconi, L; Harrison, N M
2015-06-07
We present a study of the electronic and optical properties of a series of alkali halide crystals AX, with A = Li, Na, K, Rb and X = F, Cl, Br based on a recent implementation of hybrid-exchange time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) (TD-B3LYP) in the all-electron Gaussian basis set code CRYSTAL. We examine, in particular, the impact of basis set size and quality on the prediction of the optical gap and exciton binding energy. The formation of bound excitons by photoexcitation is observed in all the studied systems and this is shown to be correlated to specific features of the Hartree-Fock exchange component of the TD-DFT response kernel. All computed optical gaps and exciton binding energies are however markedly below estimated experimental and, where available, 2-particle Green's function (GW-Bethe-Salpeter equation, GW-BSE) values. We attribute this reduced exciton binding to the incorrect asymptotics of the B3LYP exchange correlation ground state functional and of the TD-B3LYP response kernel, which lead to a large underestimation of the Coulomb interaction between the excited electron and hole wavefunctions. Considering LiF as an example, we correlate the asymptotic behaviour of the TD-B3LYP kernel to the fraction of Fock exchange admixed in the ground state functional cHF and show that there exists one value of cHF (∼0.32) that reproduces at least semi-quantitatively the optical gap of this material.
Optical properties of alkali halide crystals from all-electron hybrid TD-DFT calculations
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Webster, R.; Bernasconi, L.; Harrison, N. M.
2015-06-01
We present a study of the electronic and optical properties of a series of alkali halide crystals AX, with A = Li, Na, K, Rb and X = F, Cl, Br based on a recent implementation of hybrid-exchange time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) (TD-B3LYP) in the all-electron Gaussian basis set code CRYSTAL. We examine, in particular, the impact of basis set size and quality on the prediction of the optical gap and exciton binding energy. The formation of bound excitons by photoexcitation is observed in all the studied systems and this is shown to be correlated to specific features of the Hartree-Fock exchange component of the TD-DFT response kernel. All computed optical gaps and exciton binding energies are however markedly below estimated experimental and, where available, 2-particle Green's function (GW-Bethe-Salpeter equation, GW-BSE) values. We attribute this reduced exciton binding to the incorrect asymptotics of the B3LYP exchange correlation ground state functional and of the TD-B3LYP response kernel, which lead to a large underestimation of the Coulomb interaction between the excited electron and hole wavefunctions. Considering LiF as an example, we correlate the asymptotic behaviour of the TD-B3LYP kernel to the fraction of Fock exchange admixed in the ground state functional cHF and show that there exists one value of cHF (˜0.32) that reproduces at least semi-quantitatively the optical gap of this material.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Knuth, Franz; Carbogno, Christian; Atalla, Viktor; Blum, Volker; Scheffler, Matthias
2015-05-01
We derive and implement the strain derivatives of the total energy of solids, i.e., the analytic stress tensor components, in an all-electron, numeric atom-centered orbital based density-functional formalism. We account for contributions that arise in the semi-local approximation (LDA/GGA) as well as in the generalized Kohn-Sham case, in which a fraction of exact exchange (hybrid functionals) is included. In this work, we discuss the details of the implementation including the numerical corrections for sparse integrations grids which allow to produce accurate results. We validate the implementation for a variety of test cases by comparing to strain derivatives performed via finite differences. Additionally, we include the detailed definition of the overlapping atom-centered integration formalism used in this work to obtain total energies and their derivatives.
Molecular dynamics simulation of liquid water: Hybrid density functionals
Todorova, T; Seitsonen, A; Hutter, J; Kuo, W; Mundy, C
2005-09-12
The structure, dynamical and electronic properties of liquid water utilizing different hybrid density functionals were tested within the plane wave framework of first principles molecular dynamics simulations. The computational approach, which employs modified functionals with short-ranged Hartree-Fock exchange, was first tested in calculations of the structural and bonding properties of the water dimer and cyclic water trimer. Liquid water simulations were performed at the state point of 350 K at the experimental density. Simulations included three different hybrid functionals, a meta functional, four gradient corrected functionals, the local density and Hartree-Fock approximation. It is found that hybrid functionals are superior in reproducing the experimental structure and dynamical properties as measured by the radial distribution function and self diffusion constant when compared to the pure density functionals. The local density and Hartree-Fock approximations show strongly over- and under-structured liquids, respectively. Hydrogen bond analysis shows that the hybrid functionals give slightly smaller averaged numbers of hydrogen bonds and similar hydrogen bond populations as pure density functionals. The average molecular dipole moments in the liquid from the three hybrid functionals are lower than from the corresponding pure density functionals.
Introduction to Classical Density Functional Theory by a Computational Experiment
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Jeanmairet, Guillaume; Levy, Nicolas; Levesque, Maximilien; Borgis, Daniel
2014-01-01
We propose an in silico experiment to introduce the classical density functional theory (cDFT). Density functional theories, whether quantum or classical, rely on abstract concepts that are nonintuitive; however, they are at the heart of powerful tools and active fields of research in both physics and chemistry. They led to the 1998 Nobel Prize in…
Density Functional Study of 2-[(R-Phenyl)amine]-1,4-naphthalenediones.
Gómez-Sandoval, Z; Calaminici, P; Köster, A M; Lotina-Hennsen, B; King-Díaz, B; Macías-Ruvalcaba, N; Aguilar-Martínez, M; Jiménez-Estrada, M
2007-05-01
The molecular and electronic structures of a series of 2-[(R-phenyl)amine]-1,4-naphthalenediones (R = m-Me, p-Me, m-Et, p-CF3, p-Hex, p-Et, m-F, m-Cl, p-OMe, p-COMe, p-Bu, m-COOH, p-Cl, p-COOH, p-Br, m-NO2, m-CN, and p-NO2) and their anions are investigated in the framework of density functional theory. The calculations are of all-electron type using a double zeta valence polarization basis set optimized for density functional theory methods. The theoretical study shows that all compounds are nonplanar. The nonplanarity can be rationalized in terms of occupied π orbitals. A linear correlation between the measured half-wave potentials and the calculated gas-phase electron affinities is found. It holds for local as well as generalized gradient corrected functionals. Structural parameters, harmonic vibrational frequencies, and adiabatic and vertical electron affinities as well as orbital and spin density plots of the studied compounds are presented.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Losilla, S. A.; Sundholm, D.
2012-06-01
A computational scheme to perform accurate numerical calculations of electrostatic potentials and interaction energies for molecular systems has been developed and implemented. Molecular electron and energy densities are divided into overlapping atom-centered atomic contributions and a three-dimensional molecular remainder. The steep nuclear cusps are included in the atom-centered functions making the three-dimensional remainder smooth enough to be accurately represented with a tractable amount of grid points. The one-dimensional radial functions of the atom-centered contributions as well as the three-dimensional remainder are expanded using finite element functions. The electrostatic potential is calculated by integrating the Coulomb potential for each separate density contribution, using our tensorial finite element method for the three-dimensional remainder. We also provide algorithms to compute accurate electron-electron and electron-nuclear interactions numerically using the proposed partitioning. The methods have been tested on all-electron densities of 18 reasonable large molecules containing elements up to Zn. The accuracy of the calculated Coulomb interaction energies is in the range of 10-3 to 10-6 Eh when using an equidistant grid with a step length of 0.05 a0.
Rapid Bacterial Detection via an All-Electronic CMOS Biosensor
Nikkhoo, Nasim; Cumby, Nichole; Gulak, P. Glenn; Maxwell, Karen L.
2016-01-01
The timely and accurate diagnosis of infectious diseases is one of the greatest challenges currently facing modern medicine. The development of innovative techniques for the rapid and accurate identification of bacterial pathogens in point-of-care facilities using low-cost, portable instruments is essential. We have developed a novel all-electronic biosensor that is able to identify bacteria in less than ten minutes. This technology exploits bacteriocins, protein toxins naturally produced by bacteria, as the selective biological detection element. The bacteriocins are integrated with an array of potassium-selective sensors in Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor technology to provide an inexpensive bacterial biosensor. An electronic platform connects the CMOS sensor to a computer for processing and real-time visualization. We have used this technology to successfully identify both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria commonly found in human infections. PMID:27618185
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Petrenko, Taras; Kossmann, Simone; Neese, Frank
2011-02-01
In this paper, we present the implementation of efficient approximations to time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) within the Tamm-Dancoff approximation (TDA) for hybrid density functionals. For the calculation of the TDDFT/TDA excitation energies and analytical gradients, we combine the resolution of identity (RI-J) algorithm for the computation of the Coulomb terms and the recently introduced "chain of spheres exchange" (COSX) algorithm for the calculation of the exchange terms. It is shown that for extended basis sets, the RIJCOSX approximation leads to speedups of up to 2 orders of magnitude compared to traditional methods, as demonstrated for hydrocarbon chains. The accuracy of the adiabatic transition energies, excited state structures, and vibrational frequencies is assessed on a set of 27 excited states for 25 molecules with the configuration interaction singles and hybrid TDDFT/TDA methods using various basis sets. Compared to the canonical values, the typical error in transition energies is of the order of 0.01 eV. Similar to the ground-state results, excited state equilibrium geometries differ by less than 0.3 pm in the bond distances and 0.5° in the bond angles from the canonical values. The typical error in the calculated excited state normal coordinate displacements is of the order of 0.01, and relative error in the calculated excited state vibrational frequencies is less than 1%. The errors introduced by the RIJCOSX approximation are, thus, insignificant compared to the errors related to the approximate nature of the TDDFT methods and basis set truncation. For TDDFT/TDA energy and gradient calculations on Ag-TB2-helicate (156 atoms, 2732 basis functions), it is demonstrated that the COSX algorithm parallelizes almost perfectly (speedup ˜26-29 for 30 processors). The exchange-correlation terms also parallelize well (speedup ˜27-29 for 30 processors). The solution of the Z-vector equations shows a speedup of ˜24 on 30 processors. The
Petrenko, Taras; Kossmann, Simone; Neese, Frank
2011-02-07
In this paper, we present the implementation of efficient approximations to time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) within the Tamm-Dancoff approximation (TDA) for hybrid density functionals. For the calculation of the TDDFT/TDA excitation energies and analytical gradients, we combine the resolution of identity (RI-J) algorithm for the computation of the Coulomb terms and the recently introduced "chain of spheres exchange" (COSX) algorithm for the calculation of the exchange terms. It is shown that for extended basis sets, the RIJCOSX approximation leads to speedups of up to 2 orders of magnitude compared to traditional methods, as demonstrated for hydrocarbon chains. The accuracy of the adiabatic transition energies, excited state structures, and vibrational frequencies is assessed on a set of 27 excited states for 25 molecules with the configuration interaction singles and hybrid TDDFT/TDA methods using various basis sets. Compared to the canonical values, the typical error in transition energies is of the order of 0.01 eV. Similar to the ground-state results, excited state equilibrium geometries differ by less than 0.3 pm in the bond distances and 0.5° in the bond angles from the canonical values. The typical error in the calculated excited state normal coordinate displacements is of the order of 0.01, and relative error in the calculated excited state vibrational frequencies is less than 1%. The errors introduced by the RIJCOSX approximation are, thus, insignificant compared to the errors related to the approximate nature of the TDDFT methods and basis set truncation. For TDDFT/TDA energy and gradient calculations on Ag-TB2-helicate (156 atoms, 2732 basis functions), it is demonstrated that the COSX algorithm parallelizes almost perfectly (speedup ~26-29 for 30 processors). The exchange-correlation terms also parallelize well (speedup ~27-29 for 30 processors). The solution of the Z-vector equations shows a speedup of ~24 on 30 processors. The
Schlüns, Danny; Franchini, Mirko; Götz, Andreas W; Neugebauer, Johannes; Jacob, Christoph R; Visscher, Lucas
2017-02-05
We present a new implementation of analytical gradients for subsystem density-functional theory (sDFT) and frozen-density embedding (FDE) into the Amsterdam Density Functional program (ADF). The underlying theory and necessary expressions for the implementation are derived and discussed in detail for various FDE and sDFT setups. The parallel implementation is numerically verified and geometry optimizations with different functional combinations (LDA/TF and PW91/PW91K) are conducted and compared to reference data. Our results confirm that sDFT-LDA/TF yields good equilibrium distances for the systems studied here (mean absolute deviation: 0.09 Å) compared to reference wave-function theory results. However, sDFT-PW91/PW91k quite consistently yields smaller equilibrium distances (mean absolute deviation: 0.23 Å). The flexibility of our new implementation is demonstrated for an HCN-trimer test system, for which several different setups are applied. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Ab initio GW quasiparticle energies of small sodium clusters by an all-electron mixed-basis approach
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Ishii, Soh; Ohno, Kaoru; Kawazoe, Yoshiyuki; Louie, Steven G.
2001-04-01
A state-of-the-art GW calculation is carried out for small sodium clusters, Na2, Na4, Na6, and Na8. The quasiparticle energies are evaluated by employing an ab initio GW code based on an all-electron mixed-basis approach, which uses both plane waves and atomic orbitals as basis functions. The calculated ionization potential and the electron affinity are in excellent agreement with available experimental data. The exchange and correlation parts to the electron self-energy within the GW approximation are presented from the viewpoint of their size dependence. In addition, the effect of the off-diagonal elements of the self-energy corrections to the local-density-approximation exchange-correlation potential is discussed. Na2 and Na8 have a larger energy gap than Na4 and Na6, consistent with the fact that they are magic number clusters.
Density functional calculations on hydrocarbon isodesmic reactions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Fortunelli, Alessandro; Selmi, Massimo
1994-06-01
Hartree—Fock, Hartree—Fock-plus-correlation and self-consistent Kohn—Sham calculations are performed on a set of hydrocarbon isodesmic reactions, i.e. reactions among hydrocarbons in which the number and type of carbon—carbon and carbon—hydrogen bonds is conserved. It is found that neither Hartree—Fock nor Kohn—Sham methods correctly predict standard enthalpies, Δ Hr(298 K), of these reactions, even though — for reactions involving molecules containing strained double bonds — the agreement between the theoretical estimates and the experimental values of Δ Hr seems to be improved by the self-consistent solution of the Kohn—Sham equations. The remaining discrepancies are attributed to intramolecular dispersion effects, that are not described by ordinary exchange—correlation functionals, and are eliminated by introducing corrections based on a simple semi-empirical model.
A perturbative density functional theory for square-well fluids.
Jin, Zhehui; Tang, Yiping; Wu, Jianzhong
2011-05-07
We report a perturbative density functional theory for quantitative description of the structural and thermodynamic properties of square-well fluids in the bulk or at inhomogeneous conditions. The free-energy functional combines a modified fundamental measure theory to account for the short-range repulsion and a quadratic density expansion for the long-range attraction. The long-correlation effects are taken into account by using analytical expressions of the direct correlation functions of bulk fluids recently obtained from the first-order mean-spherical approximation. The density functional theory has been calibrated by extensive comparison with simulation data from this work and from the literature. The theory yields good agreement with simulation results for the radial distribution function of bulk systems and for the density profiles of square-well fluids near the surfaces of spherical cavities or in slit pores over a broad range of the parameter space and thermodynamic conditions.
Testing for parity violation in nuclei using spin density matrices for nuclear density functionals
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Barrett, B. R.; Giraud, B. G.
2015-06-01
The spin density matrix (SDM) used in atomic and molecular physics is revisited for nuclear physics, in the context of the radial density functional theory. The vector part of the SDM defines a ‘hedgehog’ situation, which exists only if nuclear states contain some amount of parity violation. A toy model is given as an illustrative example.
Postfragmentation density function for bacterial aggregates in laminar flow
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Byrne, Erin; Bortz, David M.; Dzul, Steve; Solomon, Michael; Younger, John
2011-04-01
The postfragmentation probability density of daughter flocs is one of the least well-understood aspects of modeling flocculation. We use three-dimensional positional data of Klebsiella pneumoniae bacterial flocs in suspension and the knowledge of hydrodynamic properties of a laminar flow field to construct a probability density function of floc volumes after a fragmentation event. We provide computational results which predict that the primary fragmentation mechanism for large flocs is erosion. The postfragmentation probability density function has a strong dependence on the size of the original floc and indicates that most fragmentation events result in clumps of one to three bacteria eroding from the original floc. We also provide numerical evidence that exhaustive fragmentation yields a limiting density inconsistent with the log-normal density predicted in the literature, most likely due to the heterogeneous nature of K. pneumoniae flocs. To support our conclusions, artificial flocs were generated and display similar postfragmentation density and exhaustive fragmentation.
Pérez-Jiménez, Angel J; Pérez-Jordá, José M; Illas, Francesc
2004-01-01
A new method to improve the excess spin density obtained from unrestricted Hartree-Fock wave functions in terms of natural orbitals is proposed. Using this modified excess spin density to evaluate the correlation energy by means of density functionals leads to large improvements in the computed magnetic coupling constants of several materials without need to modify the exchange contribution. This is important because it reconciles the density functional theory description with the one provided by multi-determinant wave functions. Using the present approach, the leading contribution to the magnetic coupling constant arises from electron correlation effects. The performance of the new method is illustrated on various materials including high-critical-temperature superconductors parent compounds.
Applications and validations of the Minnesota density functionals
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Zhao, Yan; Truhlar, Donald G.
2011-01-01
We discuss and review selected recent applications and validations of the Minnesota density functionals, especially the M06 family, emphasizing nanochemistry, organic, inorganic, and biological chemistry, and catalysis and highlighting the broad accuracy of these functionals as compared to previous popular functionals for thermochemistry, kinetics, and noncovalent interactions.
Density functional calculations for prediction of ultra-thin film structure and properties
Trickey, S.B.; Boettger, J.C.
1995-09-01
Most of the published theoretical and calculational effort on unsupported, ordered, ultra-thin films (``UTF``) in vacuo has focused on the thickest computationally feasible systems as models for surface properties of semi-infinite slabs. Crystalline periodic length scales in two cartesian dimensions combined with molecular- scale thickness in the third, however, make UTF`s strong candidates for the occurrence of quantum interference effects. Many UTF properties were predicted first from jellium slab models. A noteworthy prediction was that there would be large oscillations in the work function as a function of layer number. Extensive calculations on a variety of N-layers (N = 1,2,3... atomic planes) using all-electron, full-potential, local-spin-density approximation techniques show that the work function oscillation is weaker than expected but that there are significant layer-number dependences in the equilibrium lattice parameters, inter-planar spacings, electronic structure, density of states, and electronic stopping power. This paper reviews our own calculations as well as some others. Our objectives include the discernment of systematics within UTF`s, systematics in relationship to their counterpart crystals, relationship with surface properties, and appraisal of challenges to current models and methods.
Density Functional Calculations for the Neutron Star Matter at Subnormal Density
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Kashiwaba, Yu; Nakatsukasa, Takashi
The pasta phases of nuclear matter, whose existence is suggested at low density, may influence observable properties of neutron stars. In order to investigate properties of the neutron star matter, we calculate self-consistent solutions for the ground states of slab-like phase using the microscopic density functional theory with Bloch wave functions. The calculations are performed at each point of fixed average density and proton fraction (\\bar{ρ },Yp), varying the lattice constant of the unit cell. For small Yp values, the dripped neutrons emerge in the ground state, while the protons constitute the slab (crystallized) structure. The shell effect of protons affects the thickness of the slab nuclei.
Towards a more accurate van der Waals density functional
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Hamada, Ikutaro
2014-03-01
The van der Waals density functional (vdW-DF) of Dion et al. [1] has attracted considerable attention, because the functional is able to describe intra- and intermolecular bondings with different natures, e.g., covalent and van der Waals bondings in a seamless fashion within the framework of density functional theory. However, the accuracy of the functional is yet to be improved for the applications to various systems. Here I propose an exchange functional for the second version of vdW-DF [2], which improves the accuracy of vdW-DF. The keys in the improved exchange are the matching to the gradient expansion approximation in the slowly varying limit and the large density gradient behavior set in Becke's exchange (B86b)[3]. Systematic study on gas phase molecules, solids, and molecular adsorption demonstrates the applicability of the proposed functional to a wide variety of materials.
Preface: Special Topic on Advances in Density Functional Theory
Yang, Weitao
2014-05-14
This Special Topic Issue on the Advances in Density Functional Theory, published as a celebration of the fifty years of density functional theory, contains a retrospective article, a perspective article, and a collection of original research articles that showcase recent theoretical advances in the field. It provides a timely discussion reflecting a cross section of our understanding, and the theoretical and computational developments, which have significant implications in broad areas of sciences and engineering.
Reflection-Asymmetric Nuclear Deformations within the Density Functional Theory
Olsen, E; Erler, J; Nazarewicz, W.; Stoitsov, M
2012-01-01
Within the nuclear density functional theory (DFT) we study the effect of reflection- asymmetric shapes on ground-state binding energies and binding energy differences. To this end, we developed the new DFT solver axialhfb that uses an approximate second-order gradient to solve the Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov equations of superconducting DFT with the quasi-local Skyrme energy density functionals. Illustrative calculations are carried out for even- even isotopes of radium and thorium.
Gutzwiller density functional theory for correlated electron systems
Ho, K. M.; Schmalian, J.; Wang, C. Z.
2008-02-04
We develop a density functional theory (DFT) and formalism for correlated electron systems by taking as reference an interacting electron system that has a ground state wave function which exactly obeys the Gutzwiller approximation for all one-particle operators. The solution of the many-electron problem is mapped onto the self-consistent solution of a set of single-particle Schroedinger equations, analogously to standard DFT-local density approximation calculations.
Density Functional Theory with Dissipation: Transport through Single Molecules
Kieron Burke
2012-04-30
A huge amount of fundamental research was performed on this grant. Most of it focussed on fundamental issues of electronic structure calculations of transport through single molecules, using density functional theory. Achievements were: (1) First density functional theory with dissipation; (2) Pseudopotential plane wave calculations with master equation; (3) Weak bias limit; (4) Long-chain conductance; and (5) Self-interaction effects in tunneling.
Conditional Probability Density Functions Arising in Bearing Estimation
1994-05-01
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Density functional study of the electric double layer formed by a high density electrolyte.
Henderson, Douglas; Lamperski, Stanisław; Jin, Zhehui; Wu, Jianzhong
2011-11-10
We use a classical density functional theory (DFT) to study the electric double layer formed by charged hard spheres near a planar charged surface. The DFT predictions are found to be in good agreement with recent computer simulation results. We study the capacitance of the charged hard-sphere system at a range of densities and surface charges and find that the capacitance exhibits a local minimum at low ionic densities and small electrode charge. Although this charging behavior is typical for an aqueous electrolyte solution, the local minimum gradually turns into a maximum as the density of the hard spheres increases. Charged hard spheres at high density provide a reasonable first approximation for ionic liquids. In agreement with experiment, the capacitance of this model ionic liquid double layer has a maximum at small electrode charge density.
Density functional theory for polymeric systems in 2D.
Słyk, Edyta; Roth, Roland; Bryk, Paweł
2016-06-22
We propose density functional theory for polymeric fluids in two dimensions. The approach is based on Wertheim's first order thermodynamic perturbation theory (TPT) and closely follows density functional theory for polymers proposed by Yu and Wu (2002 J. Chem. Phys. 117 2368). As a simple application we evaluate the density profiles of tangent hard-disk polymers at hard walls. The theoretical predictions are compared against the results of the Monte Carlo simulations. We find that for short chain lengths the theoretical density profiles are in an excellent agreement with the Monte Carlo data. The agreement is less satisfactory for longer chains. The performance of the theory can be improved by recasting the approach using the self-consistent field theory formalism. When the self-avoiding chain statistics is used, the theory yields a marked improvement in the low density limit. Further improvements for long chains could be reached by going beyond the first order of TPT.
Cooling Function in Wide Range of Density and Metallicity
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Wang, Ye; Ferland, G. J.
2013-06-01
This work focuses on how the plasma cooling function changes with density and metallicity over a wide range of temperature (104 K
Linear response of homogeneous nuclear matter with energy density functionals
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Pastore, A.; Davesne, D.; Navarro, J.
2015-03-01
Response functions of infinite nuclear matter with arbitrary isospin asymmetry are studied in the framework of the random phase approximation. The residual interaction is derived from a general nuclear Skyrme energy density functional. Besides the usual central, spin-orbit and tensor terms it could also include other components as new density-dependent terms or three-body terms. Algebraic expressions for the response functions are obtained from the Bethe-Salpeter equation for the particle-hole propagator. Applications to symmetric nuclear matter, pure neutron matter and asymmetric nuclear matter are presented and discussed. Spin-isospin strength functions are analyzed for varying conditions of density, momentum transfer, isospin asymmetry, and temperature for some representative Skyrme functionals. Particular attention is paid to the discussion of instabilities, either real or unphysical, which could manifest in finite nuclei.
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Yang, Jia-Yue; Yue, Sheng-Ying; Hu, Ming
2016-12-01
Considerable discussions have occurred about the critical role played by free electrons in the transport of heat in pure metals. In principle, any environment that can influence the dynamical behaviors of electrons would have impact on electronic thermal conductivity (κel) of metals. Over the past decades, significant progress and comprehensive understanding have been gained from theoretical, as well as experimental, investigations by taking into account the effects of various conditions, typically temperature, impurities, strain, dimensionality, interface, etc. However, the effect of external magnetic field has received less attention. In this paper, the magnetic-field dependence of electron-phonon scattering, the electron's lifetime, and κel of representative metals (Al, Ni, and Nb) are investigated within the framework of all-electron spin-density functional theory. For Al and Ni, the induced magnetization vector field and difference in electron density under external magnetic-field aggregate toward the center of unit cell, leading to the enhanced electron-phonon scattering, the damped electron's lifetime, and thus the reduced κel. On the contrary, for Nb with strong intrinsic electron-phonon interaction, the electron's lifetime and κel slightly increase as external magnetic field is enhanced. This is mainly attributed to the separately distributed magnetization vector field and difference in electron density along the corner of unit cell. This paper sheds light on the origin of influence of external magnetic field on κel for pure metals and offers a new route for robust manipulation of electronic thermal transport via applying external magnetic field.
Range Separation and Local Hybridization in Density Functional Theory†
Henderson, Thomas M.; Janesko, Benjamin G.; Scuseria, Gustavo E.
2016-01-01
Kohn–Sham density functional theory has become a standard method for modeling energetic, spectroscopic, and chemical reactivity properties of large molecules and solids. Density functional theory provides a rigorous theoretical framework for modeling the many-body exchange-correlation effects that dominate the computational cost of traditional wave function approaches. The advent of hybrid exchange-correlation functionals which incorporate a fraction of nonlocal exact exchange has solidified the prominence of density functional theory within computational chemistry. Hybrids provide accurate treatments of properties such as thermochemistry and molecular geometry. But they also exhibit some rather spectacular failures, and often contain multiple empirical parameters. This article reviews our work on developing novel exchange-correlation functionals that build upon the successes of global hybrids. We focus on more flexible functional forms, including local and range-separated hybrid functionals, constructed to obey known exact constraints and (ideally) to incorporate a minimum of empirical parametrization. The article places our work within the context of some other new approximate density functionals and discusses prospects for future work. PMID:19006280
Optimization of an exchange-correlation density functional for water
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Fritz, Michelle; Fernández-Serra, Marivi; Soler, José M.
2016-06-01
We describe a method, that we call data projection onto parameter space (DPPS), to optimize an energy functional of the electron density, so that it reproduces a dataset of experimental magnitudes. Our scheme, based on Bayes theorem, constrains the optimized functional not to depart unphysically from existing ab initio functionals. The resulting functional maximizes the probability of being the "correct" parameterization of a given functional form, in the sense of Bayes theory. The application of DPPS to water sheds new light on why density functional theory has performed rather poorly for liquid water, on what improvements are needed, and on the intrinsic limitations of the generalized gradient approximation to electron exchange and correlation. Finally, we present tests of our water-optimized functional, that we call vdW-DF-w, showing that it performs very well for a variety of condensed water systems.
Basis convergence of range-separated density-functional theory
Franck, Odile Mussard, Bastien; Luppi, Eleonora Toulouse, Julien
2015-02-21
Range-separated density-functional theory (DFT) is an alternative approach to Kohn-Sham density-functional theory. The strategy of range-separated density-functional theory consists in separating the Coulomb electron-electron interaction into long-range and short-range components and treating the long-range part by an explicit many-body wave-function method and the short-range part by a density-functional approximation. Among the advantages of using many-body methods for the long-range part of the electron-electron interaction is that they are much less sensitive to the one-electron atomic basis compared to the case of the standard Coulomb interaction. Here, we provide a detailed study of the basis convergence of range-separated density-functional theory. We study the convergence of the partial-wave expansion of the long-range wave function near the electron-electron coalescence. We show that the rate of convergence is exponential with respect to the maximal angular momentum L for the long-range wave function, whereas it is polynomial for the case of the Coulomb interaction. We also study the convergence of the long-range second-order Møller-Plesset correlation energy of four systems (He, Ne, N{sub 2}, and H{sub 2}O) with cardinal number X of the Dunning basis sets cc − p(C)V XZ and find that the error in the correlation energy is best fitted by an exponential in X. This leads us to propose a three-point complete-basis-set extrapolation scheme for range-separated density-functional theory based on an exponential formula.
Basis convergence of range-separated density-functional theory.
Franck, Odile; Mussard, Bastien; Luppi, Eleonora; Toulouse, Julien
2015-02-21
Range-separated density-functional theory (DFT) is an alternative approach to Kohn-Sham density-functional theory. The strategy of range-separated density-functional theory consists in separating the Coulomb electron-electron interaction into long-range and short-range components and treating the long-range part by an explicit many-body wave-function method and the short-range part by a density-functional approximation. Among the advantages of using many-body methods for the long-range part of the electron-electron interaction is that they are much less sensitive to the one-electron atomic basis compared to the case of the standard Coulomb interaction. Here, we provide a detailed study of the basis convergence of range-separated density-functional theory. We study the convergence of the partial-wave expansion of the long-range wave function near the electron-electron coalescence. We show that the rate of convergence is exponential with respect to the maximal angular momentum L for the long-range wave function, whereas it is polynomial for the case of the Coulomb interaction. We also study the convergence of the long-range second-order Møller-Plesset correlation energy of four systems (He, Ne, N2, and H2O) with cardinal number X of the Dunning basis sets cc - p(C)V XZ and find that the error in the correlation energy is best fitted by an exponential in X. This leads us to propose a three-point complete-basis-set extrapolation scheme for range-separated density-functional theory based on an exponential formula.
A real-space stochastic density matrix approach for density functional electronic structure.
Beck, Thomas L
2015-12-21
The recent development of real-space grid methods has led to more efficient, accurate, and adaptable approaches for large-scale electrostatics and density functional electronic structure modeling. With the incorporation of multiscale techniques, linear-scaling real-space solvers are possible for density functional problems if localized orbitals are used to represent the Kohn-Sham energy functional. These methods still suffer from high computational and storage overheads, however, due to extensive matrix operations related to the underlying wave function grid representation. In this paper, an alternative stochastic method is outlined that aims to solve directly for the one-electron density matrix in real space. In order to illustrate aspects of the method, model calculations are performed for simple one-dimensional problems that display some features of the more general problem, such as spatial nodes in the density matrix. This orbital-free approach may prove helpful considering a future involving increasingly parallel computing architectures. Its primary advantage is the near-locality of the random walks, allowing for simultaneous updates of the density matrix in different regions of space partitioned across the processors. In addition, it allows for testing and enforcement of the particle number and idempotency constraints through stabilization of a Feynman-Kac functional integral as opposed to the extensive matrix operations in traditional approaches.
Density Functional Theory for General Hard-Core Lattice Gases
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Lafuente, Luis; Cuesta, José A.
2004-09-01
We put forward a general procedure to obtain an approximate free-energy density functional for any hard-core lattice gas, regardless of the shape of the particles, the underlying lattice, or the dimension of the system. The procedure is conceptually very simple and recovers effortlessly previous results for some particular systems. Also, the obtained density functionals belong to the class of fundamental measure functionals and, therefore, are always consistent through dimensional reduction. We discuss possible extensions of this method to account for attractive lattice models.
Force Density Function Relationships in 2-D Granular Media
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Youngquist, Robert C.; Metzger, Philip T.; Kilts, Kelly N.
2004-01-01
An integral transform relationship is developed to convert between two important probability density functions (distributions) used in the study of contact forces in granular physics. Developing this transform has now made it possible to compare and relate various theoretical approaches with one another and with the experimental data despite the fact that one may predict the Cartesian probability density and another the force magnitude probability density. Also, the transforms identify which functional forms are relevant to describe the probability density observed in nature, and so the modified Bessel function of the second kind has been identified as the relevant form for the Cartesian probability density corresponding to exponential forms in the force magnitude distribution. Furthermore, it is shown that this transform pair supplies a sufficient mathematical framework to describe the evolution of the force magnitude distribution under shearing. Apart from the choice of several coefficients, whose evolution of values must be explained in the physics, this framework successfully reproduces the features of the distribution that are taken to be an indicator of jamming and unjamming in a granular packing. Key words. Granular Physics, Probability Density Functions, Fourier Transforms
Improved association in a classical density functional theory for water
Krebs, Eric J.; Schulte, Jeff B.; Roundy, David
2014-03-28
We present a modification to our recently published statistical associating fluid theory-based classical density functional theory for water. We have recently developed and tested a functional for the averaged radial distribution function at contact of the hard-sphere fluid that is dramatically more accurate at interfaces than earlier approximations. We now incorporate this improved functional into the association term of our free energy functional for water, improving its description of hydrogen bonding. We examine the effect of this improvement by studying two hard solutes (a hard hydrophobic rod and a hard sphere) and a Lennard-Jones approximation of a krypton atom solute. The improved functional leads to a moderate change in the density profile and a large decrease in the number of hydrogen bonds broken in the vicinity of the hard solutes. We find an improvement of the partial radial distribution for a krypton atom in water when compared with experiment.
New link between conceptual density functional theory and electron delocalization.
Matito, Eduard; Putz, Mihai V
2011-11-17
In this paper we give a new definition of the softness kernel based on the exchange-correlation density. This new kernel is shown to correspond to the change of electron fluctuation upon external perturbation, thus helping to bridge the gap between conceptual density functional theory and some tools describing electron localization in molecules. With the aid of a few computational calculations on diatomics we illustrate the performance of this new computational tool.
Density functional calculations of spin-wave dispersion curves.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kleinman, Leonard; Niu, Qian
1998-03-01
Extending the density functional method of Kubler et al( J. Kubler et al, J. Phys. F 18, 469 (1983) and J. Phys. Condens. Matter 1, 8155 (1989). ) for calcuating spin density wave ground states (but not making their atomic sphere approximation which requires a constant spin polarization direction in each WS sphere) we dicuss the calculation of frozen spin-wave eigenfunctions and their total energies. From these and the results of Niu's talk, we describe the calculation of spin-wave frequencies.
Density functionals that recognize covalent, metallic, and weak bonds.
Sun, Jianwei; Xiao, Bing; Fang, Yuan; Haunschild, Robin; Hao, Pan; Ruzsinszky, Adrienn; Csonka, Gábor I; Scuseria, Gustavo E; Perdew, John P
2013-09-06
Computationally efficient semilocal approximations of density functional theory at the level of the local spin density approximation (LSDA) or generalized gradient approximation (GGA) poorly describe weak interactions. We show improved descriptions for weak bonds (without loss of accuracy for strong ones) from a newly developed semilocal meta-GGA (MGGA), by applying it to molecules, surfaces, and solids. We argue that this improvement comes from using the right MGGA dimensionless ingredient to recognize all types of orbital overlap.
Perspective: Kohn-Sham density functional theory descending a staircase
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Yu, Haoyu S.; Li, Shaohong L.; Truhlar, Donald G.
2016-10-01
This article presents a perspective on Kohn-Sham density functional theory (KS-DFT) for electronic structure calculations in chemical physics. This theory is in widespread use for applications to both molecules and solids. We pay special attention to several aspects where there are both concerns and progress toward solutions. These include: 1. The treatment of open-shell and inherently multiconfigurational systems (the latter are often called multireference systems and are variously classified as having strong correlation, near-degeneracy correlation, or high static correlation; KS-DFT must treat these systems with broken-symmetry determinants). 2. The treatment of noncovalent interactions. 3. The choice between developing new functionals by parametrization, by theoretical constraints, or by a combination. 4. The ingredients of the exchange-correlation functionals used by KS-DFT, including spin densities, the magnitudes of their gradients, spin-specific kinetic energy densities, nonlocal exchange (Hartree-Fock exchange), nonlocal correlation, and subshell-dependent corrections (DFT+U). 5. The quest for a universal functional, where we summarize some of the success of the latest Minnesota functionals, namely MN15-L and MN15, which were obtained by optimization against diverse databases. 6. Time-dependent density functional theory, which is an extension of DFT to treat time-dependent problems and excited states. The review is a snapshot of a rapidly moving field, and—like Marcel Duchamp—we hope to convey progress in a stimulating way.
Perspective: Kohn-Sham density functional theory descending a staircase.
Yu, Haoyu S; Li, Shaohong L; Truhlar, Donald G
2016-10-07
This article presents a perspective on Kohn-Sham density functional theory (KS-DFT) for electronic structure calculations in chemical physics. This theory is in widespread use for applications to both molecules and solids. We pay special attention to several aspects where there are both concerns and progress toward solutions. These include: 1. The treatment of open-shell and inherently multiconfigurational systems (the latter are often called multireference systems and are variously classified as having strong correlation, near-degeneracy correlation, or high static correlation; KS-DFT must treat these systems with broken-symmetry determinants). 2. The treatment of noncovalent interactions. 3. The choice between developing new functionals by parametrization, by theoretical constraints, or by a combination. 4. The ingredients of the exchange-correlation functionals used by KS-DFT, including spin densities, the magnitudes of their gradients, spin-specific kinetic energy densities, nonlocal exchange (Hartree-Fock exchange), nonlocal correlation, and subshell-dependent corrections (DFT+U). 5. The quest for a universal functional, where we summarize some of the success of the latest Minnesota functionals, namely MN15-L and MN15, which were obtained by optimization against diverse databases. 6. Time-dependent density functional theory, which is an extension of DFT to treat time-dependent problems and excited states. The review is a snapshot of a rapidly moving field, and-like Marcel Duchamp-we hope to convey progress in a stimulating way.
Higher-order adaptive finite-element methods for Kohn–Sham density functional theory
Motamarri, P.; Nowak, M.R.; Leiter, K.; Knap, J.; Gavini, V.
2013-11-15
We present an efficient computational approach to perform real-space electronic structure calculations using an adaptive higher-order finite-element discretization of Kohn–Sham density-functional theory (DFT). To this end, we develop an a priori mesh-adaption technique to construct a close to optimal finite-element discretization of the problem. We further propose an efficient solution strategy for solving the discrete eigenvalue problem by using spectral finite-elements in conjunction with Gauss–Lobatto quadrature, and a Chebyshev acceleration technique for computing the occupied eigenspace. The proposed approach has been observed to provide a staggering 100–200-fold computational advantage over the solution of a generalized eigenvalue problem. Using the proposed solution procedure, we investigate the computational efficiency afforded by higher-order finite-element discretizations of the Kohn–Sham DFT problem. Our studies suggest that staggering computational savings—of the order of 1000-fold—relative to linear finite-elements can be realized, for both all-electron and local pseudopotential calculations, by using higher-order finite-element discretizations. On all the benchmark systems studied, we observe diminishing returns in computational savings beyond the sixth-order for accuracies commensurate with chemical accuracy, suggesting that the hexic spectral-element may be an optimal choice for the finite-element discretization of the Kohn–Sham DFT problem. A comparative study of the computational efficiency of the proposed higher-order finite-element discretizations suggests that the performance of finite-element basis is competing with the plane-wave discretization for non-periodic local pseudopotential calculations, and compares to the Gaussian basis for all-electron calculations to within an order of magnitude. Further, we demonstrate the capability of the proposed approach to compute the electronic structure of a metallic system containing 1688
Higher-order adaptive finite-element methods for Kohn-Sham density functional theory
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Motamarri, P.; Nowak, M. R.; Leiter, K.; Knap, J.; Gavini, V.
2013-11-01
We present an efficient computational approach to perform real-space electronic structure calculations using an adaptive higher-order finite-element discretization of Kohn-Sham density-functional theory (DFT). To this end, we develop an a priori mesh-adaption technique to construct a close to optimal finite-element discretization of the problem. We further propose an efficient solution strategy for solving the discrete eigenvalue problem by using spectral finite-elements in conjunction with Gauss-Lobatto quadrature, and a Chebyshev acceleration technique for computing the occupied eigenspace. The proposed approach has been observed to provide a staggering 100-200-fold computational advantage over the solution of a generalized eigenvalue problem. Using the proposed solution procedure, we investigate the computational efficiency afforded by higher-order finite-element discretizations of the Kohn-Sham DFT problem. Our studies suggest that staggering computational savings-of the order of 1000-fold-relative to linear finite-elements can be realized, for both all-electron and local pseudopotential calculations, by using higher-order finite-element discretizations. On all the benchmark systems studied, we observe diminishing returns in computational savings beyond the sixth-order for accuracies commensurate with chemical accuracy, suggesting that the hexic spectral-element may be an optimal choice for the finite-element discretization of the Kohn-Sham DFT problem. A comparative study of the computational efficiency of the proposed higher-order finite-element discretizations suggests that the performance of finite-element basis is competing with the plane-wave discretization for non-periodic local pseudopotential calculations, and compares to the Gaussian basis for all-electron calculations to within an order of magnitude. Further, we demonstrate the capability of the proposed approach to compute the electronic structure of a metallic system containing 1688 atoms using
Energy density functional for nuclei and neutron stars
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Erler, J.; Horowitz, C. J.; Nazarewicz, W.; Rafalski, M.; Reinhard, P.-G.
2013-04-01
Background: Recent observational data on neutron star masses and radii provide stringent constraints on the equation of state of neutron rich matter [Annu. Rev. Nucl. Part. Sci.ARPSDF0163-899810.1146/annurev-nucl-102711-095018 62, 485 (2012)].Purpose: We aim to develop a nuclear energy density functional that can be simultaneously applied to finite nuclei and neutron stars.Methods: We use the self-consistent nuclear density functional theory (DFT) with Skyrme energy density functionals and covariance analysis to assess correlations between observables for finite nuclei and neutron stars. In a first step two energy functionals—a high density energy functional giving reasonable neutron properties, and a low density functional fitted to nuclear properties—are matched. In a second step, we optimize a new functional using exactly the same protocol as in earlier studies pertaining to nuclei but now including neutron star data. This allows direct comparisons of performance of the new functional relative to the standard one.Results: The new functional TOV-min yields results for nuclear bulk properties (energy, rms radius, diffraction radius, and surface thickness) that are of the same quality as those obtained with the established Skyrme functionals, including SV-min. When comparing SV-min and TOV-min, isoscalar nuclear matter indicators vary slightly while isovector properties are changed considerably. We discuss neutron skins, dipole polarizability, separation energies of the heaviest elements, and proton and neutron drip lines. We confirm a correlation between the neutron skin of 208Pb and the neutron star radius.Conclusions: We demonstrate that standard energy density functionals optimized to nuclear data do not carry information on the expected maximum neutron star mass, and that predictions can only be made within an extremely broad uncertainty band. For atomic nuclei, the new functional TOV-min performs at least as well as the standard nuclear functionals, but
Bakosi, Jozsef; Ristorcelli, Raymond J
2010-01-01
Probability density function (PDF) methods are extended to variable-density pressure-gradient-driven turbulence. We apply the new method to compute the joint PDF of density and velocity in a non-premixed binary mixture of different-density molecularly mixing fluids under gravity. The full time-evolution of the joint PDF is captured in the highly non-equilibrium flow: starting from a quiescent state, transitioning to fully developed turbulence and finally dissipated by molecular diffusion. High-Atwood-number effects (as distinguished from the Boussinesq case) are accounted for: both hydrodynamic turbulence and material mixing are treated at arbitrary density ratios, with the specific volume, mass flux and all their correlations in closed form. An extension of the generalized Langevin model, originally developed for the Lagrangian fluid particle velocity in constant-density shear-driven turbulence, is constructed for variable-density pressure-gradient-driven flows. The persistent small-scale anisotropy, a fundamentally 'non-Kolmogorovian' feature of flows under external acceleration forces, is captured by a tensorial diffusion term based on the external body force. The material mixing model for the fluid density, an active scalar, is developed based on the beta distribution. The beta-PDF is shown to be capable of capturing the mixing asymmetry and that it can accurately represent the density through transition, in fully developed turbulence and in the decay process. The joint model for hydrodynamics and active material mixing yields a time-accurate evolution of the turbulent kinetic energy and Reynolds stress anisotropy without resorting to gradient diffusion hypotheses, and represents the mixing state by the density PDF itself, eliminating the need for dubious mixing measures. Direct numerical simulations of the homogeneous Rayleigh-Taylor instability are used for model validation.
Kinetic-energy density functional: Atoms and shell structure
Garcia-Gonzalez, P.; Alvarellos, J.E.; Chacon, E. |
1996-09-01
We present a nonlocal kinetic-energy functional which includes an anisotropic average of the density through a symmetrization procedure. This functional allows a better description of the nonlocal effects of the electron system. The main consequence of the symmetrization is the appearance of a clear shell structure in the atomic density profiles, obtained after the minimization of the total energy. Although previous results with some of the nonlocal kinetic functionals have given incipient structures for heavy atoms, only our functional shows a clear shell structure for most of the atoms. The atomic total energies have a good agreement with the exact calculations. Discussion of the chemical potential and the first ionization potential in atoms is included. The functional is also extended to spin-polarized systems. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}
Exploration of a modified density dependence in the Skyrme functional
Erler, J.; Reinhard, P.-G.; Kluepfel, P.
2010-10-15
A variant of the basic Skyrme-Hartree-Fock functional is considered dealing with a new form of density dependence. It employs only integer powers and thus will allow a more sound basis for projection schemes (particle number, angular momentum). We optimize the new functional with exactly the same adjustment strategy as used in an earlier study with a standard Skyrme functional. This allows direct comparisons of the performance of the new functional relative to the standard one. We discuss various observables: bulk properties of finite nuclei, nuclear matter, giant resonances, superheavy elements, and energy systematics. The new functional performs at least as well as the standard one, but offers a wider range of applicability (e.g., for projection) and more flexibility in the regime of high densities.
On the evolution of the density probability density function in strongly self-gravitating systems
Girichidis, Philipp; Konstandin, Lukas; Klessen, Ralf S.; Whitworth, Anthony P.
2014-02-01
The time evolution of the probability density function (PDF) of the mass density is formulated and solved for systems in free-fall using a simple approximate function for the collapse of a sphere. We demonstrate that a pressure-free collapse results in a power-law tail on the high-density side of the PDF. The slope quickly asymptotes to the functional form P{sub V} (ρ)∝ρ{sup –1.54} for the (volume-weighted) PDF and P{sub M} (ρ)∝ρ{sup –0.54} for the corresponding mass-weighted distribution. From the simple approximation of the PDF we derive analytic descriptions for mass accretion, finding that dynamically quiet systems with narrow density PDFs lead to retarded star formation and low star formation rates (SFRs). Conversely, strong turbulent motions that broaden the PDF accelerate the collapse causing a bursting mode of star formation. Finally, we compare our theoretical work with observations. The measured SFRs are consistent with our model during the early phases of the collapse. Comparison of observed column density PDFs with those derived from our model suggests that observed star-forming cores are roughly in free-fall.
On the Evolution of the Density Probability Density Function in Strongly Self-gravitating Systems
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Girichidis, Philipp; Konstandin, Lukas; Whitworth, Anthony P.; Klessen, Ralf S.
2014-02-01
The time evolution of the probability density function (PDF) of the mass density is formulated and solved for systems in free-fall using a simple approximate function for the collapse of a sphere. We demonstrate that a pressure-free collapse results in a power-law tail on the high-density side of the PDF. The slope quickly asymptotes to the functional form PV (ρ)vpropρ-1.54 for the (volume-weighted) PDF and PM (ρ)vpropρ-0.54 for the corresponding mass-weighted distribution. From the simple approximation of the PDF we derive analytic descriptions for mass accretion, finding that dynamically quiet systems with narrow density PDFs lead to retarded star formation and low star formation rates (SFRs). Conversely, strong turbulent motions that broaden the PDF accelerate the collapse causing a bursting mode of star formation. Finally, we compare our theoretical work with observations. The measured SFRs are consistent with our model during the early phases of the collapse. Comparison of observed column density PDFs with those derived from our model suggests that observed star-forming cores are roughly in free-fall.
Nonlinear eigenvalue problems in Density Functional Theory calculations
Fattebert, J
2009-08-28
Developed in the 1960's by W. Kohn and coauthors, Density Functional Theory (DFT) is a very popular quantum model for First-Principles simulations in chemistry and material sciences. It allows calculations of systems made of hundreds of atoms. Indeed DFT reduces the 3N-dimensional Schroedinger electronic structure problem to the search for a ground state electronic density in 3D. In practice it leads to the search for N electronic wave functions solutions of an energy minimization problem in 3D, or equivalently the solution of an eigenvalue problem with a non-linear operator.
"Sloppy" nuclear energy density functionals: Effective model reduction
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Nikšić, Tamara; Vretenar, Dario
2016-08-01
Concepts from information geometry are used to analyze parameter sensitivity for a nuclear energy density functional, representative of a class of semiempirical functionals that start from a microscopically motivated ansatz for the density dependence of the energy of a system of protons and neutrons. It is shown that such functionals are "sloppy," namely, characterized by an exponential range of sensitivity to parameter variations. Responsive to only a few stiff parameter combinations, sloppy functionals exhibit an exponential decrease of sensitivity to variations of the remaining soft parameters. By interpreting the space of model predictions as a manifold embedded in the data space, with the parameters of the functional as coordinates on the manifold, it is also shown that the exponential distribution of model manifold widths corresponds to the range of parameter sensitivity. Using the manifold boundary approximation method, we illustrate how to systematically construct effective nuclear density functionals of successively lower dimension in parameter space until sloppiness is eventually eliminated and the resulting functional contains only stiff combinations of parameters.
Density functionals for the strong-interaction limit
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Seidl, Michael; Perdew, John P.; Kurth, Stefan
2000-07-01
The strong-interaction limit of density-functional (DF) theory is simple and provides information required for an accurate resummation of DF perturbation theory. Here we derive the point-charge-plus-continuum (PC) model for that limit, and its gradient expansion. The exchange-correlation (xc) energy Exc[ρ]≡∫10dαWα[ρ] follows from the xc potential energies Wα at different interaction strengths α>=0 [but at fixed density ρ(r)]. For small α~0, the integrand Wα is obtained accurately from perturbation theory, but the perturbation expansion requires resummation for moderate and large α. For that purpose, we present density functionals for the coefficients in the asymptotic expansion Wα-->W∞+W'∞α-1/2 for α-->∞ in the PC model. WPC∞ arises from strict correlation, and W'PC∞ from zero-point vibration of the electrons around their strictly correlated distributions. The PC values for W∞ and W'∞ agree with those from a self-correlation-free meta-generalized gradient approximation, both for atoms and for atomization energies of molecules. We also (i) explain the difference between the PC cell and the exchange-correlation hole, (ii) present a density-functional measure of correlation strength, (iii) describe the electron localization and spin polarization energy in a highly stretched H2 molecule, and (iv) discuss the soft-plasmon instability of the low-density uniform electron gas.
Dynamics of localized particles from density functional theory
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Reinhardt, J.; Brader, J. M.
2012-01-01
A fundamental assumption of the dynamical density functional theory (DDFT) of colloidal systems is that a grand-canonical free-energy functional may be employed to generate the thermodynamic driving forces. Using one-dimensional hard rods as a model system, we analyze the validity of this key assumption and show that unphysical self-interactions of the tagged particle density fields, arising from coupling to a particle reservoir, are responsible for the excessively fast relaxation predicted by the theory. Moreover, our findings suggest that even employing a canonical functional would not lead to an improvement for many-particle systems, if only the total density is considered. We present several possible schemes to suppress these effects by incorporating tagged densities. When applied to confined systems, we demonstrate, using a simple example, that DDFT necessarily leads to delocalized tagged particle density distributions, which do not respect the fundamental geometrical constraints apparent in Brownian dynamics simulation data. The implication of these results for possible applications of DDFT to treat the glass transition are discussed.
Nuclear energy density functional and the nuclear α decay
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Lim, Yeunhwan; Oh, Yongseok
2017-03-01
The nuclear α decay of heavy nuclei is investigated based on the nuclear energy density functional, which leads to the α potential inside the parent nucleus in terms of the proton and neutron density profiles of the daughter nucleus. We use the Skyrme force model, Gogny force model, and relativistic mean-field model to get the nucleon density profiles inside heavy nuclei. Once the nucleon density profiles are determined, the parameters of the nuclear α potential are fitted to the observed α decay half-lives of heavy nuclei. This approach is then applied to predict unknown α decay half-lives of heavy nuclei. To estimate the Q values of unobserved α decays, we make use of the liquid droplet model.
Efficient Diffuse Basis Sets for Density Functional Theory.
Papajak, Ewa; Truhlar, Donald G
2010-03-09
Eliminating all but the s and p diffuse functions on the non-hydrogenic atoms and all diffuse functions on the hydrogen atoms from the aug-cc-pV(x+d)Z basis sets of Dunning and co-workers, where x = D, T, Q, ..., yields the previously proposed "minimally augmented" basis sets, called maug-cc-pV(x+d)Z. Here, we present extensive and systematic tests of these basis sets for density functional calculations of chemical reaction barrier heights, hydrogen bond energies, electron affinities, ionization potentials, and atomization energies. The tests show that the maug-cc-pV(x+d)Z basis sets are as accurate as the aug-cc-pV(x+d)Z ones for density functional calculations, but the computational cost savings are a factor of about two to seven.
Ab-initio simulations of materials using VASP: Density-functional theory and beyond.
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
Semilocal density functional obeying a strongly tightened bound for exchange
Sun, Jianwei; Perdew, John P.; Ruzsinszky, Adrienn
2015-01-01
Because of its useful accuracy and efficiency, density functional theory (DFT) is one of the most widely used electronic structure theories in physics, materials science, and chemistry. Only the exchange-correlation energy is unknown, and needs to be approximated in practice. Exact constraints provide useful information about this functional. The local spin-density approximation (LSDA) was the first constraint-based density functional. The Lieb–Oxford lower bound on the exchange-correlation energy for any density is another constraint that plays an important role in the development of generalized gradient approximations (GGAs) and meta-GGAs. Recently, a strongly and optimally tightened lower bound on the exchange energy was proved for one- and two-electron densities, and conjectured for all densities. In this article, we present a realistic “meta-GGA made very simple” (MGGA-MVS) for exchange that respects this optimal bound, which no previous beyond-LSDA approximation satisfies. This constraint might have been expected to worsen predicted thermochemical properties, but in fact they are improved over those of the Perdew–Burke–Ernzerhof GGA, which has nearly the same correlation part. MVS exchange is however radically different from that of other GGAs and meta-GGAs. Its exchange enhancement factor has a very strong dependence upon the orbital kinetic energy density, which permits accurate energies even with the drastically tightened bound. When this nonempirical MVS meta-GGA is hybridized with 25% of exact exchange, the resulting global hybrid gives excellent predictions for atomization energies, reaction barriers, and weak interactions of molecules. PMID:25561554
Implementation Strategies for Orbital-dependent Density Functionals
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Bento, Marsal E.; Vieira, Daniel
2016-12-01
The development of density functional theory (DFT) has been focused primarily on two main pillars: (1) the pursuit of more accurate exchange-correlation (XC) density functionals; (2) the feasibility of computational implementation when dealing with many-body systems. In this context, this work is aimed on using one-dimensional quantum systems as theoretical laboratories to investigate the implementation of orbital functionals (OFs) of density. By definition, OFs are those which depend only implicitly on the density, via an explicit formulation in terms of Kohn-Sham orbitals. Typical examples are the XC functionals arising from the Perdew-Zunger self-interaction correction (PZSIC). Formally, via Kohn-Sham equations, the implementation of OFs must be performed by means of the optimized effective potential method (OEP), which is known by requiring an excessive computational effort even when dealing with few electrons systems. Here, we proceed a systematical investigation aiming to simplify or avoid the OEP procedure, taking as reference the implementation of the PZSIC correction applied to one-dimensional Hubbard chains.
Density functional theory is straying from the path toward the exact functional.
Medvedev, Michael G; Bushmarinov, Ivan S; Sun, Jianwei; Perdew, John P; Lyssenko, Konstantin A
2017-01-06
The theorems at the core of density functional theory (DFT) state that the energy of a many-electron system in its ground state is fully defined by its electron density distribution. This connection is made via the exact functional for the energy, which minimizes at the exact density. For years, DFT development focused on energies, implicitly assuming that functionals producing better energies become better approximations of the exact functional. We examined the other side of the coin: the energy-minimizing electron densities for atomic species, as produced by 128 historical and modern DFT functionals. We found that these densities became closer to the exact ones, reflecting theoretical advances, until the early 2000s, when this trend was reversed by unconstrained functionals sacrificing physical rigor for the flexibility of empirical fitting.
Spectrum-splitting approach for Fermi-operator expansion in all-electron Kohn-Sham DFT calculations
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Motamarri, Phani; Gavini, Vikram; Bhattacharya, Kaushik; Ortiz, Michael
2017-01-01
We present a spectrum-splitting approach to conduct all-electron Kohn-Sham density functional theory (DFT) calculations by employing Fermi-operator expansion of the Kohn-Sham Hamiltonian. The proposed approach splits the subspace containing the occupied eigenspace into a core subspace, spanned by the core eigenfunctions, and its complement, the valence subspace, and thereby enables an efficient computation of the Fermi-operator expansion by reducing the expansion to the valence-subspace projected Kohn-Sham Hamiltonian. The key ideas used in our approach are as follows: (i) employ Chebyshev filtering to compute a subspace containing the occupied states followed by a localization procedure to generate nonorthogonal localized functions spanning the Chebyshev-filtered subspace; (ii) compute the Kohn-Sham Hamiltonian projected onto the valence subspace; (iii) employ Fermi-operator expansion in terms of the valence-subspace projected Hamiltonian to compute the density matrix, electron density, and band energy. We demonstrate the accuracy and performance of the method on benchmark materials systems involving silicon nanoclusters up to 1330 electrons, a single gold atom, and a six-atom gold nanocluster. The benchmark studies on silicon nanoclusters revealed a staggering fivefold reduction in the Fermi-operator expansion polynomial degree by using the spectrum-splitting approach for accuracies in the ground-state energies of ˜10-4Ha/atom with respect to reference calculations. Further, numerical investigations on gold suggest that spectrum splitting is indispensable to achieve meaningful accuracies, while employing Fermi-operator expansion.
Gonis, A.; Zhang, X. G.; Stocks, G. M.; Nicholson, D. M.
2015-10-23
Density functional theory for the case of general, N-representable densities is reformulated in terms of density functional derivatives of expectation values of operators evaluated with wave functions leading to a density, making no reference to the concept of potential. The developments provide a complete solution of the v-representability problem by establishing a mathematical procedure that determines whether a density is v-representable and in the case of an affirmative answer determines the potential (within an additive constant) as a derivative with respect to the density of a constrained search functional. It also establishes the existence of an energy functional of the density that, for v-representable densities, assumes its minimum value at the density describing the ground state of an interacting many-particle system. The theorems of Hohenberg and Kohn emerge as special cases of the formalism.
Gonis, A.; Zhang, X. G.; Stocks, G. M.; ...
2015-10-23
Density functional theory for the case of general, N-representable densities is reformulated in terms of density functional derivatives of expectation values of operators evaluated with wave functions leading to a density, making no reference to the concept of potential. The developments provide a complete solution of the v-representability problem by establishing a mathematical procedure that determines whether a density is v-representable and in the case of an affirmative answer determines the potential (within an additive constant) as a derivative with respect to the density of a constrained search functional. It also establishes the existence of an energy functional of themore » density that, for v-representable densities, assumes its minimum value at the density describing the ground state of an interacting many-particle system. The theorems of Hohenberg and Kohn emerge as special cases of the formalism.« less
Partial ionization in dense plasmas: comparisons among average-atom density functional models.
Murillo, Michael S; Weisheit, Jon; Hansen, Stephanie B; Dharma-wardana, M W C
2013-06-01
Nuclei interacting with electrons in dense plasmas acquire electronic bound states, modify continuum states, generate resonances and hopping electron states, and generate short-range ionic order. The mean ionization state (MIS), i.e, the mean charge Z of an average ion in such plasmas, is a valuable concept: Pseudopotentials, pair-distribution functions, equations of state, transport properties, energy-relaxation rates, opacity, radiative processes, etc., can all be formulated using the MIS of the plasma more concisely than with an all-electron description. However, the MIS does not have a unique definition and is used and defined differently in different statistical models of plasmas. Here, using the MIS formulations of several average-atom models based on density functional theory, we compare numerical results for Be, Al, and Cu plasmas for conditions inclusive of incomplete atomic ionization and partial electron degeneracy. By contrasting modern orbital-based models with orbital-free Thomas-Fermi models, we quantify the effects of shell structure, continuum resonances, the role of exchange and correlation, and the effects of different choices of the fundamental cell and boundary conditions. Finally, the role of the MIS in plasma applications is illustrated in the context of x-ray Thomson scattering in warm dense matter.
Partial ionization in dense plasmas: Comparisons among average-atom density functional models
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Murillo, Michael S.; Weisheit, Jon; Hansen, Stephanie B.; Dharma-wardana, M. W. C.
2013-06-01
Nuclei interacting with electrons in dense plasmas acquire electronic bound states, modify continuum states, generate resonances and hopping electron states, and generate short-range ionic order. The mean ionization state (MIS), i.e, the mean charge Z of an average ion in such plasmas, is a valuable concept: Pseudopotentials, pair-distribution functions, equations of state, transport properties, energy-relaxation rates, opacity, radiative processes, etc., can all be formulated using the MIS of the plasma more concisely than with an all-electron description. However, the MIS does not have a unique definition and is used and defined differently in different statistical models of plasmas. Here, using the MIS formulations of several average-atom models based on density functional theory, we compare numerical results for Be, Al, and Cu plasmas for conditions inclusive of incomplete atomic ionization and partial electron degeneracy. By contrasting modern orbital-based models with orbital-free Thomas-Fermi models, we quantify the effects of shell structure, continuum resonances, the role of exchange and correlation, and the effects of different choices of the fundamental cell and boundary conditions. Finally, the role of the MIS in plasma applications is illustrated in the context of x-ray Thomson scattering in warm dense matter.
Density Functional Study of Perovskite Superconductor MgCNi3
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Kumar, Jagdish; Sharma, Devina; Kumar, Ranjan; Awana, V. P. S.; Ahluwalia, P. K.
2011-12-01
We here report the first principle density functional study of MgCNi3 which crystallize in cubic perovskite structure having critical transition temperature of 8 K. The interesting aspect of this compound is that in normal state it is non magnetic in nature despite conduction electrons in it are derived from partially filled Ni d states, which typically lead to ferromagnetism in metallic Ni and many Ni-based binary alloys. To investigate the detailed microscopic origin of the non magnetic nature we have done density functional based calculations on this compound. The lattice constant is calculated using minimum energy criteria from total energy versus lattice constant plot. By taking the calculated values of lattice constant we have done the precise calculations on the compound using Full Potential Linear Augmented Plane Wave (FP-LAPW) method implemented in ELK code. The electronic density of states is found spin degenerate that corresponds to a non-magnetic ground state. The density of states (DOS) at Fermi level, N(EF) is dominated by Ni-d states. The sharp peak observed just below Fermi level corresponds to van Hove singularity (vHs). The projected density of states (PDOS) suggests a strong hybridization of Ni-3d and C-2p states which is responsible for the observed non magnetic nature of MgCNi3.
A Scalable Implementation of Van der Waals Density Functionals
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Wu, Jun; Gygi, Francois
2010-03-01
Recently developed Van der Waals density functionals[1] offer the promise to account for weak intermolecular interactions that are not described accurately by local exchange-correlation density functionals. In spite of recent progress [2], the computational cost of such calculations remains high. We present a scalable parallel implementation of the functional proposed by Dion et al.[1]. The method is implemented in the Qbox first-principles simulation code (http://eslab.ucdavis.edu/software/qbox). Application to large molecular systems will be presented. [4pt] [1] M. Dion et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 246401 (2004).[0pt] [2] G. Roman-Perez and J. M. Soler, Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 096102 (2009).
Relations among several nuclear and electronic density functional reactivity indexes
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Torrent-Sucarrat, Miquel; Luis, Josep M.; Duran, Miquel; Toro-Labbé, Alejandro; Solà, Miquel
2003-11-01
An expansion of the energy functional in terms of the total number of electrons and the normal coordinates within the canonical ensemble is presented. A comparison of this expansion with the expansion of the energy in terms of the total number of electrons and the external potential leads to new relations among common density functional reactivity descriptors. The formulas obtained provide explicit links between important quantities related to the chemical reactivity of a system. In particular, the relation between the nuclear and the electronic Fukui functions is recovered. The connection between the derivatives of the electronic energy and the nuclear repulsion energy with respect to the external potential offers a proof for the "Quantum Chemical le Chatelier Principle." Finally, the nuclear linear response function is defined and the relation of this function with the electronic linear response function is given.
Dispersion corrections to density functionals for water aromatic interactions.
Zimmerli, Urs; Parrinello, Michele; Koumoutsakos, Petros
2004-02-08
We investigate recently published methods for extending density functional theory to the description of long-range dispersive interactions. In all schemes an empirical correction consisting of a C6r(-6) term is introduced that is damped at short range. The coefficient C6 is calculated either from average molecular or atomic polarizabilities. We calculate geometry-dependent interaction energy profiles for the water benzene cluster and compare the results with second-order Møller-Plesset calculations. Our results indicate that the use of the B3LYP functional in combination with an appropriate mixing rule and damping function is recommended for the interaction of water with aromatics.
Density differences for near-Hartree-Fock atomic wave functions
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Schmider, Hartmut; Sagar, Robin P.; Smith, Vedene H., Jr.
1994-05-01
The widely used near-Hartree-Fock functions of Clementi and Roetti [At. Data Nucl. Data Tables 14, 177 (1974)] are compared with the newer functions of Bunge et al. [At. Data Nucl. Tables 53, 113 (1993)] by means of different measures of functional distance on the charge density ρ for the atoms He to Xe. The results are correlated with the energy improvement, and an empriical relation between the linear deviation in the first derivative of ρ and the total energy is reported.
Perspective: Fundamental aspects of time-dependent density functional theory
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Maitra, Neepa T.
2016-06-01
In the thirty-two years since the birth of the foundational theorems, time-dependent density functional theory has had a tremendous impact on calculations of electronic spectra and dynamics in chemistry, biology, solid-state physics, and materials science. Alongside the wide-ranging applications, there has been much progress in understanding fundamental aspects of the functionals and the theory itself. This Perspective looks back to some of these developments, reports on some recent progress and current challenges for functionals, and speculates on future directions to improve the accuracy of approximations used in this relatively young theory.
Numerical Density-to-Potential Inversions in Time-dependent Density Functional Theory
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Jensen, Daniel; Inchaustegui, Jean Pierre; Wasserman, Adam
2014-03-01
Time-dependent Density Functional Theory (TDDFT) is a formally exact method for solving the quantum many-body problem. In Kohn-Sham TDDFT, a fictitious noninteracting system is defined that exactly reproduces the time-dependent density of the interacting system. The potential that determines this noninteracting system (the time-dependent Kohn-Sham potential) has been proven to exist under certain restrictions, but finding the exact Kohn-Sham potential for a given density remains challenging. We show that this ill-posed inverse problem requires some form of regularization to produce realistic Kohn-Sham potentials. We explore various forms of regularization and illustrate how they work on simple one-dimensional model systems. We also show how our method can be applied to problems with both particle-in-a-box and periodic boundary conditions subject to oscillating electric fields.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Lei, Youming; Zheng, Fan
2016-12-01
Stochastic chaos induced by diffusion processes, with identical spectral density but different probability density functions (PDFs), is investigated in selected lightly damped Hamiltonian systems. The threshold amplitude of diffusion processes for the onset of chaos is derived by using the stochastic Melnikov method together with a mean-square criterion. Two quasi-Hamiltonian systems, namely, a damped single pendulum and damped Duffing oscillator perturbed by stochastic excitations, are used as illustrative examples. Four different cases of stochastic processes are taking as the driving excitations. It is shown that in such two systems the spectral density of diffusion processes completely determines the threshold amplitude for chaos, regardless of the shape of their PDFs, Gaussian or otherwise. Furthermore, the mean top Lyapunov exponent is employed to verify analytical results. The results obtained by numerical simulations are in accordance with the analytical results. This demonstrates that the stochastic Melnikov method is effective in predicting the onset of chaos in the quasi-Hamiltonian systems.
Lei, Youming; Zheng, Fan
2016-12-01
Stochastic chaos induced by diffusion processes, with identical spectral density but different probability density functions (PDFs), is investigated in selected lightly damped Hamiltonian systems. The threshold amplitude of diffusion processes for the onset of chaos is derived by using the stochastic Melnikov method together with a mean-square criterion. Two quasi-Hamiltonian systems, namely, a damped single pendulum and damped Duffing oscillator perturbed by stochastic excitations, are used as illustrative examples. Four different cases of stochastic processes are taking as the driving excitations. It is shown that in such two systems the spectral density of diffusion processes completely determines the threshold amplitude for chaos, regardless of the shape of their PDFs, Gaussian or otherwise. Furthermore, the mean top Lyapunov exponent is employed to verify analytical results. The results obtained by numerical simulations are in accordance with the analytical results. This demonstrates that the stochastic Melnikov method is effective in predicting the onset of chaos in the quasi-Hamiltonian systems.
Multiphase aluminum equations of state via density functional theory
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Sjostrom, Travis; Crockett, Scott; Rudin, Sven
2016-10-01
We have performed density functional theory (DFT) based calculations for aluminum in extreme conditions of both pressure and temperature, up to five times compressed ambient density, and over 1 000 000 K in temperature. In order to cover such a domain, DFT methods including phonon calculations, quantum molecular dynamics, and orbital-free DFT are employed. The results are then used to construct a SESAME equation of state for the aluminum 1100 alloy, encompassing the fcc, hcp, and bcc solid phases as well as the liquid regime. We provide extensive comparison with experiment, and based on this we also provide a slightly modified equation of state for the aluminum 6061 alloy.
Prediction of Dislocation Cores in Aluminum from Density Functional Theory
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Woodward, C.; Trinkle, D. R.; Hector, L. G., Jr.; Olmsted, D. L.
2008-02-01
The strain field of isolated screw and edge dislocation cores in aluminum are calculated using density-functional theory and a flexible boundary condition method. Nye tensor density contours and differential displacement fields are used to accurately bound Shockley partial separation distances. Our results of 5 7.5 Å (screw) and 7.0 9.5 Å (edge) eliminate uncertainties resulting from the wide range of previous results based on Peierls-Nabarro and atomistic methods. Favorable agreement of the predicted cores with limited experimental measurements demonstrates the need for quantum mechanical treatment of dislocation cores.
The force distribution probability function for simple fluids by density functional theory.
Rickayzen, G; Heyes, D M
2013-02-28
Classical density functional theory (DFT) is used to derive a formula for the probability density distribution function, P(F), and probability distribution function, W(F), for simple fluids, where F is the net force on a particle. The final formula for P(F) ∝ exp(-AF(2)), where A depends on the fluid density, the temperature, and the Fourier transform of the pair potential. The form of the DFT theory used is only applicable to bounded potential fluids. When combined with the hypernetted chain closure of the Ornstein-Zernike equation, the DFT theory for W(F) agrees with molecular dynamics computer simulations for the Gaussian and bounded soft sphere at high density. The Gaussian form for P(F) is still accurate at lower densities (but not too low density) for the two potentials, but with a smaller value for the constant, A, than that predicted by the DFT theory.
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Baker, Thomas E.; Wagner, Lucas O.; Stoudenmire, E. Miles; White, Steven R.; Burke, Kieron
2014-03-01
Kohn-Sham Density Functional Theory (DFT) is a mathematically exact method that requires approximation to the exchange correlation energy which may exclude features seen in experiment or provide inadequate estimates. Meanwhile, we may use Density Matrix Renormalization Group (DMRG), a numerical method which can accurately treat strongly correlated electrons in one dimension, to find exact DFT quantities such as the Kohn-Sham potential. We use DMRG in one dimension as a benchmark to test new functionals. Further, recommendations for calculations in two and three dimensional systems are discussed as well as computational proof of principles. We graciously acknowledge the support of the Department of Energy (DE-SC0008696). L.O.W. also thanks the Korean Global Research Network Grant (No. NRF-2010-220-C00017).
Steady-State Density Functional Theory for Finite Bias Conductances.
Stefanucci, G; Kurth, S
2015-12-09
In the framework of density functional theory, a formalism to describe electronic transport in the steady state is proposed which uses the density on the junction and the steady current as basic variables. We prove that, in a finite window around zero bias, there is a one-to-one map between the basic variables and both local potential on as well as bias across the junction. The resulting Kohn-Sham system features two exchange-correlation (xc) potentials, a local xc potential, and an xc contribution to the bias. For weakly coupled junctions the xc potentials exhibit steps in the density-current plane which are shown to be crucial to describe the Coulomb blockade diamonds. At small currents these steps emerge as the equilibrium xc discontinuity bifurcates. The formalism is applied to a model benzene junction, finding perfect agreement with the orthodox theory of Coulomb blockade.
SURFACE SYMMETRY ENERGY OF NUCLEAR ENERGY DENSITY FUNCTIONALS
Nikolov, N; Schunck, N; Nazarewicz, W; Bender, M; Pei, J
2010-12-20
We study the bulk deformation properties of the Skyrme nuclear energy density functionals. Following simple arguments based on the leptodermous expansion and liquid drop model, we apply the nuclear density functional theory to assess the role of the surface symmetry energy in nuclei. To this end, we validate the commonly used functional parametrizations against the data on excitation energies of superdeformed band-heads in Hg and Pb isotopes, and fission isomers in actinide nuclei. After subtracting shell effects, the results of our self-consistent calculations are consistent with macroscopic arguments and indicate that experimental data on strongly deformed configurations in neutron-rich nuclei are essential for optimizing future nuclear energy density functionals. The resulting survey provides a useful benchmark for further theoretical improvements. Unlike in nuclei close to the stability valley, whose macroscopic deformability hangs on the balance of surface and Coulomb terms, the deformability of neutron-rich nuclei strongly depends on the surface-symmetry energy; hence, its proper determination is crucial for the stability of deformed phases of the neutron-rich matter and description of fission rates for r-process nucleosynthesis.
Differentiable but exact formulation of density-functional theory.
Kvaal, Simen; Ekström, Ulf; Teale, Andrew M; Helgaker, Trygve
2014-05-14
The universal density functional F of density-functional theory is a complicated and ill-behaved function of the density-in particular, F is not differentiable, making many formal manipulations more complicated. While F has been well characterized in terms of convex analysis as forming a conjugate pair (E, F) with the ground-state energy E via the Hohenberg-Kohn and Lieb variation principles, F is nondifferentiable and subdifferentiable only on a small (but dense) subset of its domain. In this article, we apply a tool from convex analysis, Moreau-Yosida regularization, to construct, for any ε > 0, pairs of conjugate functionals ((ε)E, (ε)F) that converge to (E, F) pointwise everywhere as ε → 0(+), and such that (ε)F is (Fréchet) differentiable. For technical reasons, we limit our attention to molecular electronic systems in a finite but large box. It is noteworthy that no information is lost in the Moreau-Yosida regularization: the physical ground-state energy E(v) is exactly recoverable from the regularized ground-state energy (ε)E(v) in a simple way. All concepts and results pertaining to the original (E, F) pair have direct counterparts in results for ((ε)E, (ε)F). The Moreau-Yosida regularization therefore allows for an exact, differentiable formulation of density-functional theory. In particular, taking advantage of the differentiability of (ε)F, a rigorous formulation of Kohn-Sham theory is presented that does not suffer from the noninteracting representability problem in standard Kohn-Sham theory.
Optimization of a van der Waals Density Functional for water
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Fritz, Michelle; Fernandez-Serra, Marivi; Soler, Jose M.
2015-03-01
In particularly delicate systems, like liquid water, ab initio exchange and correlation functionals are simply not accurate enough for many practical applications. In these cases, fitting the functional to reference data is a sensible alternative to empirical interatomic potentials. However, a global optimization requires functional forms that depend on many parameters and the usual trial and error strategy becomes cumbersome and suboptimal. We present a general and powerful optimization scheme called data projection onto parameter space (DPPS). In an arbitrarily large parameter space, DPPS expands the vector of unknown parameters in vectors of known data. Poorly sampled subspaces are determined by the physically-motivated functional shape of ab initio functionals, using Bayes' theory to combine this prior information with reference energies and electron densities of monomers, clusters, and condensed phases of water. We aknowledge support from FIS2012-37549 (MF and JMS) and DOE Early Career Award No. DE-SC0003871 (M.-V.F.-S.)
Density versus spin-density functional in DFT+U and DFT+DMFT
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Park, Hyowon; Millis, Andrew; Marianetti, Chris
2015-03-01
The construction of multi-variable effective action theories such as DFT+U and DFT+DMFT requires the choice of a local subspace of correlated orbitals and an additional variable being either the charge density or spin density. This talk examines the differences between using charge-only and spin-dependent exchange-correlation functionals with the aim of providing guidance for constructing more sophisticated beyond-density functional theories. The widely used spin-dependent approximations to the exchange-correlation functional are found to lead to a large and in some cases unphysical effective exchange coupling within the correlated subspace. Additionally, the differences between Wannier and Projector based definitions of the correlated orbitals are examined, and only small differences are found provided that the orbitals are orthonormal and strongly localized. These results are documented in the context of the rare earth nickelates. This work is supported under the Grant DOE-ER-046169 and under the FAME grant, one of six centers of STARnet, a Semiconductor Research Corporation program sponsored by MARCO and DARPA.
Functional responses: a question of alternative prey and predator density.
Tschanz, Britta; Bersier, Louis-Felix; Bacher, Sven
2007-05-01
Throughout the study of ecology, there has been a growing realization that indirect effects among species cause complexity in food webs. Understanding and predicting the behavior of ecosystems consequently depends on our ability to identify indirect effects and their mechanisms. The present study experimentally investigates indirect interactions arising between two prey species that share a common predator. In a natural field experiment, we introduced different densities of mealworms (Tenebrio molitor), an alternative prey, to a previously studied predator-prey system in which paper wasps (Polistes dominulus) preyed on shield beetle larvae (Cassida rubiginosa). We tested if alternative prey affects predation on the first prey (i.e., the predator-dependent functional response of paper wasps) by modifying either interference among predators or the effective number of predators foraging on shield beetles. Presence of mealworms significantly reduced the effective number of predators, whereas predator interference was not affected. In this way, the experimentally introduced alternative prey altered the wasps' functional response and thereby indirectly influenced C. rubiginosa density. In all prey-density combinations offered, paper wasps constantly preferred T. molitor. This led to an asymmetrical, indirect interaction between both prey species: an increase in mealworm density significantly relaxed predation on C. rubiginosa, whereas an increase in C. rubiginosa density intensified predation on mealworms. Such asymmetrical outcomes of a fixed food preference can significantly affect the population dynamics of the species involved. In spite of the repeated finding of a Type III functional response in this system, our experiment did not reveal switching behavior in paper wasps. The variety of mechanisms underlying direct and indirect interactions within our study system exemplifies the importance of incorporating alternative prey when investigating the impact of a
Scrutinizing "Invisible" astatine: A challenge for modern density functionals.
Sergentu, Dumitru-Claudiu; David, Grégoire; Montavon, Gilles; Maurice, Rémi; Galland, Nicolas
2016-06-05
The main-group 6p elements did not receive much attention in the development of recent density functionals. In many cases it is still difficult to choose among the modern ones a relevant functional for various applications. Here, we illustrate the case of astatine species (At, Z = 85) and we report the first, and quite complete, benchmark study on several properties concerning such species. Insights on geometries, transition energies and thermodynamic properties of a set of 19 astatine species, for which reference experimental or theoretical data has been reported, are obtained with relativistic (two-component) density functional theory calculations. An extensive set of widely used functionals is employed. The hybrid meta-generalized gradient approximation (meta-GGA) PW6B95 functional is overall the best choice. It is worth noting that the range-separated HSE06 functional as well as the old and very popular B3LYP and PBE0 hybrid-GGAs appear to perform quite well too. Moreover, we found that astatine chemistry in solution can accurately be predicted using implicit solvent models, provided that specific parameters are used to build At cavities. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Predator density and the functional responses of coral reef fish
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Stier, A. C.; White, J. W.
2014-03-01
Predation is a key process driving coral reef fish population dynamics, with higher per capita prey mortality rates on reefs with more predators. Reef predators often forage together, and at high densities, they may either cooperate or antagonize one another, thereby causing prey mortality rates to be substantially higher or lower than one would expect if predators did not interact. However, we have a limited mechanistic understanding of how prey mortality rates change with predator densities. We re-analyzed a previously published observational dataset to investigate how the foraging response of the coney grouper ( Cephalopholis fulva) feeding on the bluehead wrasse ( Thalassoma bifasciatum) changed with shifts in predator and prey densities. Using a model-selection approach, we found that per-predator feeding rates were most consistent with a functional response that declines as predator density increases, suggesting either antagonistic interactions among predators or a shared antipredator behavioral response by the prey. Our findings suggest that variation in predator density (natural or anthropogenic) may have substantial consequences for coral reef fish population dynamics.
Density Functional Theory for Steady-State Nonequilibrium Molecular Junctions
Liu, Shuanglong; Nurbawono, Argo; Zhang, Chun
2015-01-01
We present a density functional theory (DFT) for steady-state nonequilibrium quantum systems such as molecular junctions under a finite bias. Based on the steady-state nonequilibrium statistics that maps nonequilibrium to an effective equilibrium, we show that ground-state DFT (GS-DFT) is not applicable in this case and two densities, the total electron density and the density of current-carrying electrons, are needed to uniquely determine the properties of the corresponding nonequilibrium system. A self-consistent mean-field approach based on two densities is then derived. The theory is implemented into SIESTA computational package and applied to study nonequilibrium electronic/transport properties of a realistic carbon-nanotube (CNT)/Benzene junction. Results obtained from our steady-state DFT (SS-DFT) are compared with those of conventional GS-DFT based transport calculations. We show that SS-DFT yields energetically more stable nonequilibrium steady state, predicts significantly lower electric current, and is able to produce correct electronic structures in local equilibrium under a limiting case. PMID:26472080
What Density Functional Theory could do for Quantum Information
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Mattsson, Ann
2015-03-01
The Hohenberg-Kohn theorem of Density Functional Theory (DFT), and extensions thereof, tells us that all properties of a system of electrons can be determined through their density, which uniquely determines the many-body wave-function. Given access to the appropriate, universal, functionals of the density we would, in theory, be able to determine all observables of any electronic system, without explicit reference to the wave-function. On the other hand, the wave-function is at the core of Quantum Information (QI), with the wave-function of a set of qubits being the central computational resource in a quantum computer. While there is seemingly little overlap between DFT and QI, reliance upon observables form a key connection. Though the time-evolution of the wave-function and associated phase information is fundamental to quantum computation, the initial and final states of a quantum computer are characterized by observables of the system. While observables can be extracted directly from a system's wave-function, DFT tells us that we may be able to intuit a method for extracting them from its density. In this talk, I will review the fundamentals of DFT and how these principles connect to the world of QI. This will range from DFT's utility in the engineering of physical qubits, to the possibility of using it to efficiently (but approximately) simulate Hamiltonians at the logical level. The apparent paradox of describing algorithms based on the quantum mechanical many-body wave-function with a DFT-like theory based on observables will remain a focus throughout. The ultimate goal of this talk is to initiate a dialog about what DFT could do for QI, in theory and in practice. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.
Exact probability-density function for phase-measurement interferometry
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ho, Keang-Po; Kahn, Joseph M.
1995-09-01
Conventional analyses of the accuracy of phase-measurement interferometry derive a figure of merit that is either a variance or a signal-to-noise ratio. We derive the probability-density function of the phase-measurement output, so that the measurement confidence interval can be determined. We include both laser phase noise and additive Gaussian noise, and we consider both unmodulated interferometers and those employing phase or frequency modulation. For both unmodulated and modulated interferometers the confidence interval can be obtained by numerical integration of the probability-density function. For the modulated interferometer we derive a series summation for the confidence interval. For both unmodulated and modulated interferometers we derive approximate analytical expressions for the confidence interval, which we show to be extremely accurate at high signal-to-noise ratios.
Excitations and benchmark ensemble density functional theory for two electrons
Pribram-Jones, Aurora; Burke, Kieron; Yang, Zeng-hui; Ullrich, Carsten A.; Trail, John R.; Needs, Richard J.
2014-05-14
A new method for extracting ensemble Kohn-Sham potentials from accurate excited state densities is applied to a variety of two-electron systems, exploring the behavior of exact ensemble density functional theory. The issue of separating the Hartree energy and the choice of degenerate eigenstates is explored. A new approximation, spin eigenstate Hartree-exchange, is derived. Exact conditions that are proven include the signs of the correlation energy components and the asymptotic behavior of the potential for small weights of the excited states. Many energy components are given as a function of the weights for two electrons in a one-dimensional flat box, in a box with a large barrier to create charge transfer excitations, in a three-dimensional harmonic well (Hooke's atom), and for the He atom singlet-triplet ensemble, singlet-triplet-singlet ensemble, and triplet bi-ensemble.
Covariant density functional theory: The role of the pion
Lalazissis, G. A.; Karatzikos, S.; Serra, M.; Otsuka, T.; Ring, P.
2009-10-15
We investigate the role of the pion in covariant density functional theory. Starting from conventional relativistic mean field (RMF) theory with a nonlinear coupling of the {sigma} meson and without exchange terms we add pions with a pseudovector coupling to the nucleons in relativistic Hartree-Fock approximation. In order to take into account the change of the pion field in the nuclear medium the effective coupling constant of the pion is treated as a free parameter. It is found that the inclusion of the pion to this sort of density functionals does not destroy the overall description of the bulk properties by RMF. On the other hand, the noncentral contribution of the pion (tensor coupling) does have effects on single particle energies and on binding energies of certain nuclei.
Nonequilibrium Anderson model made simple with density functional theory
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kurth, S.; Stefanucci, G.
2016-12-01
The single-impurity Anderson model is studied within the i-DFT framework, a recently proposed extension of density functional theory (DFT) for the description of electron transport in the steady state. i-DFT is designed to give both the steady current and density at the impurity, and it requires the knowledge of the exchange-correlation (xc) bias and on-site potential (gate). In this work we construct an approximation for both quantities which is accurate in a wide range of temperatures, gates, and biases, thus providing a simple and unifying framework to calculate the differential conductance at negligible computational cost in different regimes. Our results mark a substantial advance for DFT and may inform the construction of functionals applicable to other correlated systems.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Stanke, Monika; Palikot, Ewa; KÈ©dziera, Dariusz; Adamowicz, Ludwik
2016-12-01
An algorithm for calculating the first-order electronic orbit-orbit magnetic interaction correction for an electronic wave function expanded in terms of all-electron explicitly correlated molecular Gaussian (ECG) functions with shifted centers is derived and implemented. The algorithm is tested in calculations concerning the H2 molecule. It is also applied in calculations for LiH and H3+ molecular systems. The implementation completes our work on the leading relativistic correction for ECGs and paves the way for very accurate ECG calculations of ground and excited potential energy surfaces (PESs) of small molecules with two and more nuclei and two and more electrons, such as HeH-, H3+, HeH2, and LiH2+. The PESs will be used to determine rovibrational spectra of the systems.
Association between lung function and airway wall density
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Leader, J. Ken; Zheng, Bin; Fuhrman, Carl R.; Tedrow, John; Park, Sang C.; Tan, Jun; Pu, Jiantao; Drescher, John M.; Gur, David; Sciurba, Frank C.
2009-02-01
Computed tomography (CT) examination is often used to quantify the relation between lung function and airway remodeling in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In this preliminary study, we examined the association between lung function and airway wall computed attenuation ("density") in 200 COPD screening subjects. Percent predicted FVC (FVC%), percent predicted FEV1 (FEV1%), and the ratio of FEV1 to FVC as a percentage (FEV1/FVC%) were measured post-bronchodilator. The apical bronchus of the right upper lobe was manually selected from CT examinations for evaluation. Total airway area, lumen area, wall area, lumen perimeter and wall area as fraction of the total airway area were computed. Mean HU (meanHU) and maximum HU (maxHU) values were computed across pixels assigned membership in the wall and with a HU value greater than -550. The Pearson correlation coefficients (PCC) between FVC%, FEV1%, and FEV1/FVC% and meanHU were -0.221 (p = 0.002), -0.175 (p = 0.014), and -0.110 (p = 0.123), respectively. The PCCs for maxHU were only significant for FVC%. The correlations between lung function and the airway morphometry parameters were slightly stronger compared to airway wall density. MeanHU was significantly correlated with wall area (PCC = 0.720), airway area (0.498) and wall area percent (0.611). This preliminary work demonstrates that airway wall density is associated with lung function. Although the correlations in our study were weaker than a recent study, airway wall density initially appears to be an important parameter in quantitative CT analysis of COPD.
Autoionization in time-dependent density-functional theory
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kapoor, V.
2016-06-01
We compute the exact exchange-correlation potential of the time-dependent density-functional theory (TDDFT) for the correlated process of autoionization. The potential develops barriers which regulate the autoionization rate. TDDFT employing known and practicable exchange-correlation potentials does not capture any autoionization dynamics. Approximate exchange-correlation potentials capturing such dynamics would necessarily require memory effects and are unlikely to be developed, as will be illustrated.
Excitons in Time-Dependent Density-Functional Theory.
Ullrich, Carsten A; Yang, Zeng-hui
2016-01-01
This chapter gives an overview of the description of the optical and dielectric properties of bulk insulators and semiconductors in time-dependent density-functional theory (TDDFT), with an emphasis on excitons. We review the linear-response formalism for periodic solids, discuss excitonic exchange-correlation kernels, calculate exciton binding energies for various materials, and compare the treatment of excitons with TDDFT and with the Bethe-Salpeter equation.
Density functional theory across chemistry, physics and biology.
van Mourik, Tanja; Bühl, Michael; Gaigeot, Marie-Pierre
2014-03-13
The past decades have seen density functional theory (DFT) evolve from a rising star in computational quantum chemistry to one of its major players. This Theme Issue, which comes half a century after the publication of the Hohenberg-Kohn theorems that laid the foundations of modern DFT, reviews progress and challenges in present-day DFT research. Rather than trying to be comprehensive, this Theme Issue attempts to give a flavour of selected aspects of DFT.
A relativistic time-dependent density functional study of the excited states of the mercury dimer
Kullie, Ossama E-mail: ossama.kullie@unistra.fr
2014-01-14
In previous works on Zn{sub 2} and Cd{sub 2} dimers we found that the long-range corrected CAMB3LYP gives better results than other density functional approximations for the excited states, especially in the asymptotic region. In this paper, we use it to present a time-dependent density functional (TDDFT) study for the ground-state as well as the excited states corresponding to the (6s{sup 2} + 6s6p), (6s{sup 2} + 6s7s), and (6s{sup 2} + 6s7p) atomic asymptotes for the mercury dimer Hg{sub 2}. We analyze its spectrum obtained from all-electron calculations performed with the relativistic Dirac-Coulomb and relativistic spinfree Hamiltonian as implemented in DIRAC-PACKAGE. A comparison with the literature is given as far as available. Our result is excellent for the most of the lower excited states and very encouraging for the higher excited states, it shows generally good agreements with experimental results and outperforms other theoretical results. This enables us to give a detailed analysis of the spectrum of the Hg{sub 2} including a comparative analysis with the lighter dimers of the group 12, Cd{sub 2}, and Zn{sub 2}, especially for the relativistic effects, the spin-orbit interaction, and the performance of CAMB3LYP and is enlightened for similar systems. The result shows, as expected, that spinfree Hamiltonian is less efficient than Dirac-Coulomb Hamiltonian for systems containing heavy elements such as Hg{sub 2}.
Chemical reactivity in the framework of pair density functional theories.
Otero, Nicolás; Mandado, Marcos
2012-05-15
Chemical reactivity descriptors are derived within the framework of the pair density functional theory. These indices provide valuable information about bonding rearrangements and activating mechanisms upon electrophilic or nucleophilic reactions. Indices derived and tested in this work represent nonlocal counterparts of the local reactivity indices derived in the context of conceptual density functional theory (CDFT) and frequently used in reactivity studies; the Fukui function, the local softness and the dual descriptor. In this work, we show how these nonlocal indices provide a quantum chemical basis to explain the success of qualitative resonance models in chemical reactivity predictions. Also, local information is implicitly contained as CDFT indices are obtained by simple integration. As illustrative examples, we have considered in this work the Markovnikov's rule, the reactivity of enolate anion, the nucleophilic conjugate addition to α,β-unsaturated compounds and the electrophilic aromatic substitution of benzene derivatives. The densities used in this work were obtained with Hartree-Fock, Kohn-Sham DFT, and singles and doubles configuration interaction (CISD) approaches.
Surface regulated arsenenes as Dirac materials: From density functional calculations
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Yuan, Junhui; Xie, Qingxing; Yu, Niannian; Wang, Jiafu
2017-02-01
Using first principle calculations based on density functional theory (DFT), we have systematically investigated the structure stability and electronic properties of chemically decorated arsenenes, AsX (X = CN, NC, NCO, NCS and NCSe). Phonon dispersion and formation energy analysis reveal that all the five chemically decorated buckled arsenenes are energetically favorable and could be synthesized. Our study shows that wide-bandgap arsenene would turn into Dirac materials when functionalized by -X (X = CN, NC, NCO, NCS and NCSe) groups, rendering new promises in next generation high-performance electronic devices.
Advances in time-dependent current-density functional theory
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Berger, Arjan
In this work we solve the problem of the gauge dependence of molecular magnetic properties (magnetizabilities, circular dichroism) using time-dependent current-density functional theory [1]. We also present a new functional that accurately describes the optical absorption spectra of insulators, semiconductors and metals [2] N. Raimbault, P.L. de Boeij, P. Romaniello, and J.A. Berger Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 066404 (2015) J.A. Berger, Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 137402 (2015) This study has been partially supported through the Grant NEXT No. ANR-10-LABX-0037 in the framework of the Programme des Investissements d'Avenir.
Atomistic force field for alumina fit to density functional theory
Sarsam, Joanne; Finnis, Michael W.; Tangney, Paul
2013-11-28
We present a force field for bulk alumina (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}), which has been parametrized by fitting the energies, forces, and stresses of a large database of reference configurations to those calculated with density functional theory (DFT). We use a functional form that is simpler and computationally more efficient than some existing models of alumina parametrized by a similar technique. Nevertheless, we demonstrate an accuracy of our potential that is comparable to those existing models and to DFT. We present calculations of crystal structures and energies, elastic constants, phonon spectra, thermal expansion, and point defect formation energies.
Spin-density functional theory treatment of He+-He collisions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Baxter, Matthew; Kirchner, Tom; Engel, Eberhard
2016-09-01
The He+-He collision system presents an interesting challenge to theory. On one hand, a full treatment of the three-electron dynamics constitutes a massive computational problem that has not been attempted yet; on the other hand, simplified independent-particle-model based descriptions may only provide partial information on either the transitions of the initial target electrons or on the transitions of the projectile electron, depending on the choice of atomic model potentials. We address the He+-He system within the spin-density functional theory framework on the exchange-only level. The Krieger-Li-Iafrate (KLI) approximation is used to calculate the exchange potentials for the spin-up and spin-down electrons, which ensures the correct asymptotic behavior of the effective (Kohn-Sham) potential consisting of exchange, Hartree and nuclear Coulomb potentials. The orbitals are propagated with the two-center basis generator method. In each time step, simplified versions of them are fed into the KLI equations to calculate the Kohn-Sham potential, which, in turn, is used to generate the orbitals in the next time step. First results for the transitions of all electrons and the resulting charge-changing total cross sections will be presented at the conference. Work supported by NSERC, Canada.
Density functional theory and chromium: Insights from the dimers
Würdemann, Rolf; Kristoffersen, Henrik H.; Moseler, Michael; Walter, Michael
2015-03-28
The binding in small Cr clusters is re-investigated, where the correct description of the dimer in three charge states is used as criterion to assign the most suitable density functional theory approximation. The difficulty in chromium arises from the subtle interplay between energy gain from hybridization and energetic cost due to exchange between s and d based molecular orbitals. Variations in published bond lengths and binding energies are shown to arise from insufficient numerical representation of electron density and Kohn-Sham wave-functions. The best functional performance is found for gradient corrected (GGA) functionals and meta-GGAs, where we find severe differences between functionals from the same family due to the importance of exchange. Only the “best fit” from Bayesian error estimation is able to predict the correct energetics for all three charge states unambiguously. With this knowledge, we predict small bond-lengths to be exclusively present in Cr{sub 2} and Cr{sub 2}{sup −}. Already for the dimer cation, solely long bond-lengths appear, similar to what is found in the trimer and in chromium bulk.
Many-body theory and Energy Density Functionals
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Baldo, M.
2016-07-01
In this paper a method is first presented to construct an Energy Density Functional on a microscopic basis. The approach is based on the Kohn-Sham method, where one introduces explicitly the Nuclear Matter Equation of State, which can be obtained by an accurate many-body calculation. In this way it connects the functional to the bare nucleon-nucleon interaction. It is shown that the resulting functional can be performing as the best Gogny force functional. In the second part of the paper it is shown how one can go beyond the mean-field level and the difficulty that can appear. The method is based on the particle-vibration coupling scheme and a formalism is presented that can handle the correct use of the vibrational degrees of freedom within a microscopic approach.
Rayón, Víctor M; Valdés, Haydee; Díaz, Natalia; Suárez, Dimas
2008-02-01
A systematic theoretical study on several models of Zn(II) complexes has been carried out employing both ab initio correlated wave function and density functional methods. The performance of five different functionals namely PW91, PBE, B3LYP, MPWLYP1M, and TPSS in the prediction of metal-ligand bond distances, binding energies, and proton affinities has been assessed comparing the results to those obtained with the MP2 and CCSD(T) wave function methodologies. Several basis sets ranging from double-ζ up to quintuple-ζ quality have been used, including the recently developed all-electron correlation consistent basis sets for zinc. It is shown that all the tested functionals overestimate both the metal-ligand bond distances and the binding energies, being that the B3LYP and TPSS functionals are the ones that perform the best. An analysis of the metal-ligand interaction energy shows that induction and charge-transfer effects play a prominent role in the bonding of these systems, even for those complexes with the less polarizable ligands. This finding highlights the importance of a correct description of the polarization of the monomers' charge densities by any theoretical method which aims to be applied to the study of Zn(II) complexes.
Franco-Pérez, Marco; Ayers, Paul W; Gázquez, José L; Vela, Alberto
2015-12-28
We explore the local and nonlocal response functions of the grand canonical potential density functional at nonzero temperature. In analogy to the zero-temperature treatment, local (e.g., the average electron density and the local softness) and nonlocal (e.g., the softness kernel) intrinsic response functions are defined as partial derivatives of the grand canonical potential with respect to its thermodynamic variables (i.e., the chemical potential of the electron reservoir and the external potential generated by the atomic nuclei). To define the local and nonlocal response functions of the electron density (e.g., the Fukui function, the linear density response function, and the dual descriptor), we differentiate with respect to the average electron number and the external potential. The well-known mathematical relationships between the intrinsic response functions and the electron-density responses are generalized to nonzero temperature, and we prove that in the zero-temperature limit, our results recover well-known identities from the density functional theory of chemical reactivity. Specific working equations and numerical results are provided for the 3-state ensemble model.
Franco-Pérez, Marco E-mail: ayers@mcmaster.ca E-mail: avela@cinvestav.mx; Ayers, Paul W. E-mail: ayers@mcmaster.ca E-mail: avela@cinvestav.mx; Gázquez, José L. E-mail: ayers@mcmaster.ca E-mail: avela@cinvestav.mx; Vela, Alberto E-mail: ayers@mcmaster.ca E-mail: avela@cinvestav.mx
2015-12-28
We explore the local and nonlocal response functions of the grand canonical potential density functional at nonzero temperature. In analogy to the zero-temperature treatment, local (e.g., the average electron density and the local softness) and nonlocal (e.g., the softness kernel) intrinsic response functions are defined as partial derivatives of the grand canonical potential with respect to its thermodynamic variables (i.e., the chemical potential of the electron reservoir and the external potential generated by the atomic nuclei). To define the local and nonlocal response functions of the electron density (e.g., the Fukui function, the linear density response function, and the dual descriptor), we differentiate with respect to the average electron number and the external potential. The well-known mathematical relationships between the intrinsic response functions and the electron-density responses are generalized to nonzero temperature, and we prove that in the zero-temperature limit, our results recover well-known identities from the density functional theory of chemical reactivity. Specific working equations and numerical results are provided for the 3-state ensemble model.
Current density partitioning in time-dependent current density functional theory
Mosquera, Martín A.; Wasserman, Adam
2014-05-14
We adapt time-dependent current density functional theory to allow for a fragment-based solution of the many-electron problem of molecules in the presence of time-dependent electric and magnetic fields. Regarding a molecule as a set of non-interacting subsystems that individually evolve under the influence of an auxiliary external electromagnetic vector-scalar potential pair, the partition 4-potential, we show that there are one-to-one mappings between this auxiliary potential, a sharply-defined set of fragment current densities, and the total current density of the system. The partition electromagnetic (EM) 4-potential is expressed in terms of the real EM 4-potential of the system and a gluing EM 4-potential that accounts for exchange-correlation effects and mutual interaction forces between fragments that are required to yield the correct electron dynamics. We prove the zero-force theorem for the fragmented system, establish a variational formulation in terms of action functionals, and provide a simple illustration for a charged particle in a ring.
Differentiable but exact formulation of density-functional theory
Kvaal, Simen Ekström, Ulf; Helgaker, Trygve; Teale, Andrew M.
2014-05-14
The universal density functional F of density-functional theory is a complicated and ill-behaved function of the density—in particular, F is not differentiable, making many formal manipulations more complicated. While F has been well characterized in terms of convex analysis as forming a conjugate pair (E, F) with the ground-state energy E via the Hohenberg–Kohn and Lieb variation principles, F is nondifferentiable and subdifferentiable only on a small (but dense) subset of its domain. In this article, we apply a tool from convex analysis, Moreau–Yosida regularization, to construct, for any ε > 0, pairs of conjugate functionals ({sup ε}E, {sup ε}F) that converge to (E, F) pointwise everywhere as ε → 0{sup +}, and such that {sup ε}F is (Fréchet) differentiable. For technical reasons, we limit our attention to molecular electronic systems in a finite but large box. It is noteworthy that no information is lost in the Moreau–Yosida regularization: the physical ground-state energy E(v) is exactly recoverable from the regularized ground-state energy {sup ε}E(v) in a simple way. All concepts and results pertaining to the original (E, F) pair have direct counterparts in results for ({sup ε}E, {sup ε}F). The Moreau–Yosida regularization therefore allows for an exact, differentiable formulation of density-functional theory. In particular, taking advantage of the differentiability of {sup ε}F, a rigorous formulation of Kohn–Sham theory is presented that does not suffer from the noninteracting representability problem in standard Kohn–Sham theory.
Differentiable but exact formulation of density-functional theory
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kvaal, Simen; Ekström, Ulf; Teale, Andrew M.; Helgaker, Trygve
2014-05-01
The universal density functional F of density-functional theory is a complicated and ill-behaved function of the density—in particular, F is not differentiable, making many formal manipulations more complicated. While F has been well characterized in terms of convex analysis as forming a conjugate pair (E, F) with the ground-state energy E via the Hohenberg-Kohn and Lieb variation principles, F is nondifferentiable and subdifferentiable only on a small (but dense) subset of its domain. In this article, we apply a tool from convex analysis, Moreau-Yosida regularization, to construct, for any ɛ > 0, pairs of conjugate functionals (ɛE, ɛF) that converge to (E, F) pointwise everywhere as ɛ → 0+, and such that ɛF is (Fréchet) differentiable. For technical reasons, we limit our attention to molecular electronic systems in a finite but large box. It is noteworthy that no information is lost in the Moreau-Yosida regularization: the physical ground-state energy E(v) is exactly recoverable from the regularized ground-state energy ɛE(v) in a simple way. All concepts and results pertaining to the original (E, F) pair have direct counterparts in results for (ɛE, ɛF). The Moreau-Yosida regularization therefore allows for an exact, differentiable formulation of density-functional theory. In particular, taking advantage of the differentiability of ɛF, a rigorous formulation of Kohn-Sham theory is presented that does not suffer from the noninteracting representability problem in standard Kohn-Sham theory.
Generation of time histories with a specified auto spectral density and probability density function
Smallwood, D.O.
1996-08-01
It is recognized that some dynamic and noise environments are characterized by time histories which are not Gaussian. An example is high intensity acoustic noise. Another example is some transportation vibration. A better simulation of these environments can be generated if a zero mean non-Gaussian time history can be reproduced with a specified auto (or power) spectral density (ASD or PSD) and a specified probability density function (pdf). After the required time history is synthesized, the waveform can be used for simulation purposes. For example, modem waveform reproduction techniques can be used to reproduce the waveform on electrodynamic or electrohydraulic shakers. Or the waveforms can be used in digital simulations. A method is presented for the generation of realizations of zero mean non-Gaussian random time histories with a specified ASD, and pdf. First a Gaussian time history with the specified auto (or power) spectral density (ASD) is generated. A monotonic nonlinear function relating the Gaussian waveform to the desired realization is then established based on the Cumulative Distribution Function (CDF) of the desired waveform and the known CDF of a Gaussian waveform. The established function is used to transform the Gaussian waveform to a realization of the desired waveform. Since the transformation preserves the zero-crossings and peaks of the original Gaussian waveform, and does not introduce any substantial discontinuities, the ASD is not substantially changed. Several methods are available to generate a realization of a Gaussian distributed waveform with a known ASD. The method of Smallwood and Paez (1993) is an example. However, the generation of random noise with a specified ASD but with a non-Gaussian distribution is less well known.
Downlink Probability Density Functions for EOS-McMurdo Sound
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Christopher, P.; Jackson, A. H.
1996-01-01
The visibility times and communication link dynamics for the Earth Observations Satellite (EOS)-McMurdo Sound direct downlinks have been studied. The 16 day EOS periodicity may be shown with the Goddard Trajectory Determination System (GTDS) and the entire 16 day period should be simulated for representative link statistics. We desire many attributes of the downlink, however, and a faster orbital determination method is desirable. We use the method of osculating elements for speed and accuracy in simulating the EOS orbit. The accuracy of the method of osculating elements is demonstrated by closely reproducing the observed 16 day Landsat periodicity. An autocorrelation function method is used to show the correlation spike at 16 days. The entire 16 day record of passes over McMurdo Sound is then used to generate statistics for innage time, outage time, elevation angle, antenna angle rates, and propagation loss. The levation angle probability density function is compared with 1967 analytic approximation which has been used for medium to high altitude satellites. One practical result of this comparison is seen to be the rare occurrence of zenith passes. The new result is functionally different than the earlier result, with a heavy emphasis on low elevation angles. EOS is one of a large class of sun synchronous satellites which may be downlinked to McMurdo Sound. We examine delay statistics for an entire group of sun synchronous satellites ranging from 400 km to 1000 km altitude. Outage probability density function results are presented three dimensionally.
Density-dependence of functional spiking networks in vitro
Ham, Michael I; Gintautuas, Vadas; Rodriguez, Marko A; Bettencourt, Luis M A; Bennett, Ryan; Santa Maria, Cara L
2008-01-01
During development, the mammalian brain differentiates into specialized regions with unique functional abilities. While many factors contribute to this functional specialization, we explore the effect neuronal density can have on neuronal interactions. Two types of networks, dense (50,000 neurons and glia support cells) and sparse (12,000 neurons and glia support cells), are studied. A competitive first response model is applied to construct activation graphs that represent pairwise neuronal interactions. By observing the evolution of these graphs during development in vitro we observe that dense networks form activation connections earlier than sparse networks, and that link-!llltropy analysis of the resulting dense activation graphs reveals that balanced directional connections dominate. Information theoretic measures reveal in addition that early functional information interactions (of order 3) are synergetic in both dense and sparse networks. However, during development in vitro, such interactions become redundant in dense, but not sparse networks. Large values of activation graph link-entropy correlate strongly with redundant ensembles observed in the dense networks. Results demonstrate differences between dense and sparse networks in terms of informational groups, pairwise relationships, and activation graphs. These differences suggest that variations in cell density may result in different functional specialization of nervous system tissue also in vivo.
Generalized Pauli constraints in reduced density matrix functional theory
Theophilou, Iris; Helbig, Nicole; Lathiotakis, Nektarios N.; Marques, Miguel A. L.
2015-04-21
Functionals of the one-body reduced density matrix (1-RDM) are routinely minimized under Coleman’s ensemble N-representability conditions. Recently, the topic of pure-state N-representability conditions, also known as generalized Pauli constraints, received increased attention following the discovery of a systematic way to derive them for any number of electrons and any finite dimensionality of the Hilbert space. The target of this work is to assess the potential impact of the enforcement of the pure-state conditions on the results of reduced density-matrix functional theory calculations. In particular, we examine whether the standard minimization of typical 1-RDM functionals under the ensemble N-representability conditions violates the pure-state conditions for prototype 3-electron systems. We also enforce the pure-state conditions, in addition to the ensemble ones, for the same systems and functionals and compare the correlation energies and optimal occupation numbers with those obtained by the enforcement of the ensemble conditions alone.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Sissay, Adonay; Abanador, Paul; Mauger, François; Gaarde, Mette; Schafer, Kenneth J.; Lopata, Kenneth
2016-09-01
Strong-field ionization and the resulting electronic dynamics are important for a range of processes such as high harmonic generation, photodamage, charge resonance enhanced ionization, and ionization-triggered charge migration. Modeling ionization dynamics in molecular systems from first-principles can be challenging due to the large spatial extent of the wavefunction which stresses the accuracy of basis sets, and the intense fields which require non-perturbative time-dependent electronic structure methods. In this paper, we develop a time-dependent density functional theory approach which uses a Gaussian-type orbital (GTO) basis set to capture strong-field ionization rates and dynamics in atoms and small molecules. This involves propagating the electronic density matrix in time with a time-dependent laser potential and a spatial non-Hermitian complex absorbing potential which is projected onto an atom-centered basis set to remove ionized charge from the simulation. For the density functional theory (DFT) functional we use a tuned range-separated functional LC-PBE*, which has the correct asymptotic 1/r form of the potential and a reduced delocalization error compared to traditional DFT functionals. Ionization rates are computed for hydrogen, molecular nitrogen, and iodoacetylene under various field frequencies, intensities, and polarizations (angle-dependent ionization), and the results are shown to quantitatively agree with time-dependent Schrödinger equation and strong-field approximation calculations. This tuned DFT with GTO method opens the door to predictive all-electron time-dependent density functional theory simulations of ionization and ionization-triggered dynamics in molecular systems using tuned range-separated hybrid functionals.
Density functional calculation of transition metal adatom adsorption on graphene.
Mao, Yuliang; Yuan, Jianmei; Zhong, Jianxin
2008-03-19
The functionalization of graphene (a single graphite layer) by the addition of transition metal atoms of Mn, Fe and Co to its surface has been investigated computationally using density functional theory. In the calculation, the graphene surface supercell was constructed from a single layer of graphite (0001) surface separated by vertical vacuum layers 2 nm thick. We found that the center of the hexagonal ring formed by carbon from graphene is the most stable site for Mn, Fe, Co to stay after optimization. The calculated spin-polarized band structures of the graphene encapsulating the Mn adatom indicate that the conduction bands are modified and move down due to the coupling between the Mn atom and graphene. For Fe adsorbed on the graphene surface, it is semi-half-metallic, and the spin polarization P is found to be 100%. The system of Co adatom on graphene exhibits metallic electronic structure due to the density of states (DOS) peak at the band center with both majority and minority spins. Local density of states analyses indicate a larger promotion of 4s electrons into the 3d state in Fe and Co, resulting in lower local moments compared to an Mn adatom on the graphite surface.
Stochastic Time-Dependent Current-Density Functional Theory
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
D'Agosta, Roberto
2008-03-01
Static and dynamical density functional methods have been applied with a certain degree of success to a variety of closed quantum mechanical systems, i.e., systems that can be described via a Hamiltonian dynamics. However, the relevance of open quantum systems - those coupled to external environments, e.g., baths or reservoirs - cannot be overestimated. To investigate open quantum systems with DFT methods we have introduced a new theory, we have named Stochastic Time-Dependent Current Density Functional theory (S-TDCDFT) [1]: starting from a suitable description of the system dynamics via a stochastic Schrödinger equation [2], we have proven that given an initial quantum state and the coupling between the system and the environment, there is a one-to-one correspondence between the ensemble-averaged current density and the external vector potential applied to the system.In this talk, I will introduce the stochastic formalism needed for the description of open quantum systems, discuss in details the theorem of Stochastic TD-CDFT, and provide few examples of its applicability like the dissipative dynamics of excited systems, quantum-measurement theory and other applications relevant to charge and energy transport in nanoscale systems.[1] M. Di Ventra and R. D'Agosta, Physical Review Letters 98, 226403 (2007)[2] N.G. van Kampen, Stochastic processes in Physics and Chemistry, (North Holland, 2001), 2nd ed.
Time-dependent density-functional description of nuclear dynamics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Nakatsukasa, Takashi; Matsuyanagi, Kenichi; Matsuo, Masayuki; Yabana, Kazuhiro
2016-10-01
The basic concepts and recent developments in the time-dependent density-functional theory (TDDFT) for describing nuclear dynamics at low energy are presented. The symmetry breaking is inherent in nuclear energy density functionals, which provides a practical description of important correlations at the ground state. Properties of elementary modes of excitation are strongly influenced by the symmetry breaking and can be studied with TDDFT. In particular, a number of recent developments in the linear response calculation have demonstrated their usefulness in the description of collective modes of excitation in nuclei. Unrestricted real-time calculations have also become available in recent years, with new developments for quantitative description of nuclear collision phenomena. There are, however, limitations in the real-time approach; for instance, it cannot describe the many-body quantum tunneling. Thus, the quantum fluctuations associated with slow collective motions are explicitly treated assuming that time evolution of densities is determined by a few collective coordinates and momenta. The concept of collective submanifold is introduced in the phase space associated with the TDDFT and used to quantize the collective dynamics. Selected applications are presented to demonstrate the usefulness and quality of the new approaches. Finally, conceptual differences between nuclear and electronic TDDFT are discussed, with some recent applications to studies of electron dynamics in the linear response and under a strong laser field.
Nonlocal van der Waals density functional made simple and efficient
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Sabatini, Riccardo; Gorni, Tommaso; de Gironcoli, Stefano
2013-01-01
We present a simple revision of the VV10 nonlocal density functional by Vydrov and Van Voorhis [J. Chem. Phys.JCPSA60021-960610.1063/1.3521275 133, 244103 (2010)] for dispersion interactions. Unlike the original functional our modification allows nonlocal correlation energy and its derivatives to be efficiently evaluated in a plane wave framework along the lines pioneered by Román-Pérez and Soler [Phys. Rev. Lett.PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.103.096102 103, 096102 (2009)]. Our revised functional maintains the outstanding precision of the original VV10 in noncovalently bound complexes and performs well in representative covalent, ionic, and metallic solids.
Applications of large-scale density functional theory in biology
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Cole, Daniel J.; Hine, Nicholas D. M.
2016-10-01
Density functional theory (DFT) has become a routine tool for the computation of electronic structure in the physics, materials and chemistry fields. Yet the application of traditional DFT to problems in the biological sciences is hindered, to a large extent, by the unfavourable scaling of the computational effort with system size. Here, we review some of the major software and functionality advances that enable insightful electronic structure calculations to be performed on systems comprising many thousands of atoms. We describe some of the early applications of large-scale DFT to the computation of the electronic properties and structure of biomolecules, as well as to paradigmatic problems in enzymology, metalloproteins, photosynthesis and computer-aided drug design. With this review, we hope to demonstrate that first principles modelling of biological structure-function relationships are approaching a reality.
The performance of semilocal and hybrid density functionals in 3d transition-metal chemistry
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Furche, Filipp; Perdew, John P.
2006-01-01
We investigate the performance of contemporary semilocal and hybrid density functionals for bond energetics, structures, dipole moments, and harmonic frequencies of 3d transition-metal (TM) compounds by comparison with gas-phase experiments. Special attention is given to the nonempirical metageneralized gradient approximation (meta-GGA) of Tao, Perdew, Staroverov, and Scuseria (TPSS) [Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 146401 (2003)], which has been implemented in TURBOMOLE for the present work. Trends and error patterns for classes of homologous compounds are analyzed, including dimers, monohydrides, mononitrides, monoxides, monofluorides, polyatomic oxides and halogenides, carbonyls, and complexes with organic π ligands such as benzene and cyclopentadienyl. Weakly bound systems such as Ca2, Mn2, and Zn2 are discussed. We propose a reference set of reaction energies for benchmark purposes. Our all-electron results with quadruple zeta valence basis sets validate semilocal density-functional theory as the workhorse of computational TM chemistry. Typical errors in bond energies are substantially larger than in (organic) main group chemistry, however. The Becke-Perdew'86 [Phys. Rev. A 38, 3098 (1988); Phys. Rev. B 33, 8822 (1986)] GGA and the TPSS meta-GGA have the best price/performance ratio, while the TPSS hybrid functional achieves a slightly lower mean absolute error in bond energies. The popular Becke three-parameter hybrid B3LYP underbinds significantly and tends to overestimate bond distances; we give a possible explanation for this. We further show that hybrid mixing does not reduce the width of the error distribution on our reference set. The error of a functional for the s-d transfer energy of a TM atom does not predict its error for TM bond energies and bond lengths. For semilocal functionals, self-interaction error in one- and three-electron bonds appears to be a major source of error in TM reaction energies. Nevertheless, TPSS predicts the correct ground
Sublinear scaling for time-dependent stochastic density functional theory
Gao, Yi; Neuhauser, Daniel; Baer, Roi; Rabani, Eran
2015-01-21
A stochastic approach to time-dependent density functional theory is developed for computing the absorption cross section and the random phase approximation (RPA) correlation energy. The core idea of the approach involves time-propagation of a small set of stochastic orbitals which are first projected on the occupied space and then propagated in time according to the time-dependent Kohn-Sham equations. The evolving electron density is exactly represented when the number of random orbitals is infinite, but even a small number (≈16) of such orbitals is enough to obtain meaningful results for absorption spectrum and the RPA correlation energy per electron. We implement the approach for silicon nanocrystals using real-space grids and find that the overall scaling of the algorithm is sublinear with computational time and memory.
Nuclear chiral and magnetic rotation in covariant density functional theory
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Meng, Jie; Zhao, Pengwei
2016-05-01
Excitations of chiral rotation observed in triaxial nuclei and magnetic and/or antimagnetic rotations (AMR) seen in near-spherical nuclei have attracted a lot of attention. Unlike conventional rotation in well-deformed or superdeformed nuclei, here the rotational axis is not necessary coinciding with any principal axis of the nuclear density distribution. Thus, tilted axis cranking (TAC) is mandatory to describe these excitations self-consistently in the framework of covariant density functional theory (CDFT). We will briefly introduce the formalism of TAC-CDFT and its application for magnetic and AMR phenomena. Configuration-fixed CDFT and its predictions for nuclear chiral configurations and for favorable triaxial deformation parameters are also presented, and the discoveries of the multiple chiral doublets in 133Ce and 103Rh are discussed.
De Laender, Frederik; Taub, Frieda B; Janssen, Colin R
2011-12-01
Understanding whether and to what extent ecosystem functions respond to chemicals is a major challenge in environmental toxicology. The available data gathered by ecosystem-level experiments (micro- and mesocosms) often describe the responses of taxa densities to stress. However, whether these responses are proportional to the responses of associated ecosystem functions to stress is unclear. By combining a carbon budget modeling technique with data from a standardized microcosm experiment with a known community composition, we quantified three ecosystem functions (net primary production [NPP], net mesozooplankton production [NZP], and net bacterial production [NBP]) at three Cu concentrations, with a control. Changes of these ecosystem functions with increasing chemical concentrations were not always proportional to the Cu effects on the densities of the contributing functional groups. For example, Cu treatments decreased mesozooplankton density by 100-fold and increased phytoplankton density 10- to 100-fold while increasing NZP and leaving NPP unaltered. However, in contrast, Cu affected microzooplankton and the associated function (NBP) in a comparable way. We illustrate that differences in the response of phytoplankton/mesozooplankton densities and the associated ecosystem functions to stress occur because functional rates (e.g., photosynthesis rates/ingestion rates) vary among Cu treatments and in time. These variations could be explained by food web ecology but not by direct Cu effects, indicating that ecology may be a useful basis for understanding environmental effects of stressors.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Diaz, Carlos; Baruah, Tunna; Zope, Rajendra
We investigate the effect of solvent on the electronic structure of a biomimetic molecular triad that shows photoinduced charge transfer in laboratory. The supramolecular triad contains three different units - C60, porphyrin, and beta-carotenoid. We have performed classical molecular dynamics simulation of the triad surrounded by 15000 water molecules using NAMD for 20 nanoseconds. Subsequently, we performed an all-electron density functional calculations (DFT) using large basis sets on the 50 snap-shots taken from the molecular dynamics simulation. The solvent effects in the DFT calculations are treated using both the explicit water molecules as well as using the point charge representation of water. The excitation energies and absorption spectra show that the polar solvent induces significant changes in the electronic structure of the triad.
Characterizing the Spatial Density Functions of Neural Arbors
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Teeter, Corinne Michelle
Recently, it has been proposed that a universal function describes the way in which all arbors (axons and dendrites) spread their branches over space. Data from fish retinal ganglion cells as well as cortical and hippocampal arbors from mouse, rat, cat, monkey and human provide evidence that all arbor density functions (adf) can be described by a Gaussian function truncated at approximately two standard deviations. A Gaussian density function implies that there is a minimal set of parameters needed to describe an adf: two or three standard deviations (depending on the dimensionality of the arbor) and an amplitude. However, the parameters needed to completely describe an adf could be further constrained by a scaling law found between the product of the standard deviations and the amplitude of the function. In the following document, I examine the scaling law relationship in order to determine the minimal set of parameters needed to describe an adf. First, I find that the at, two-dimensional arbors of fish retinal ganglion cells require only two out of the three fundamental parameters to completely describe their density functions. Second, the three-dimensional, volume filling, cortical arbors require four fundamental parameters: three standard deviations and the total length of an arbor (which corresponds to the amplitude of the function). Next, I characterize the shape of arbors in the context of the fundamental parameters. I show that the parameter distributions of the fish retinal ganglion cells are largely homogenous. In general, axons are bigger and less dense than dendrites; however, they are similarly shaped. The parameter distributions of these two arbor types overlap and, therefore, can only be differentiated from one another probabilistically based on their adfs. Despite artifacts in the cortical arbor data, different types of arbors (apical dendrites, non-apical dendrites, and axons) can generally be differentiated based on their adfs. In addition, within
Graphene oxide and adsorption of chloroform: A density functional study
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kuisma, Elena; Hansson, C. Fredrik; Lindberg, Th. Benjamin; Gillberg, Christoffer A.; Idh, Sebastian; Schröder, Elsebeth
2016-05-01
Chlorinated hydrocarbon compounds are of environmental concerns, since they are toxic to humans and other mammals, and are widespread, and exposure is hard to avoid. Understanding and improving methods to reduce the amount of the substances are important. We present an atomic-scale calculational study of the adsorption of chlorine-based substance chloroform (CHCl3) on graphene oxide, as a step in estimating the capacity of graphene oxide for filtering out such substances, e.g., from drinking water. The calculations are based on density functional theory, and the recently developed consistent-exchange functional for the van der Waals density-functional method is employed. We obtain values of the chloroform adsorption energy varying from roughly 0.2 to 0.4 eV per molecule. This is comparable to previously found results for chloroform adsorbed directly on clean graphene, using similar calculations. In a wet environment, like filters for drinking water, the graphene will not stay clean and will likely oxidize, and thus adsorption onto graphene oxide, rather than clean graphene, is a more relevant process to study.
Progress at the interface of wave-function and density-functional theories
Gidopoulos, Nikitas I.
2011-04-15
The Kohn-Sham (KS) potential of density-functional theory (DFT) emerges as the minimizing effective potential in a variational scheme that does not involve fixing the unknown single-electron density. Using Rayleigh Schroedinger (RS) perturbation theory (PT), we construct ab initio approximations for the energy difference, the minimization of which determines the KS potential directly - thereby bypassing DFT's traditional algorithm to search for the density that minimizes the total energy. From second-order RS PT, we obtain variationally stable energy differences to be minimized, solving the severe problem of variational collapse of orbital-dependent exchange-correlation functionals based on second-order RS PT.
Electron response in van der Waals density functionals
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Hyldgaard, Per
2013-03-01
There is significant interest in density functional theory (DFT) of dispersive or van der Waals (vdW) interactions and in DFT studies of sparse systems where vdW forces contribute to the cohesion and behavior. The Rutgers-Chalmers van der Waals density functional (vdW-DF) method [PRL 92, 246401 (2004); PRB 76, 125112 (2007)] is a nonempirical approach to calculate vdW bonding and for DFT characterizations of sparse matter. The vdW-DF framework is defined by a single exchange-correlation density functional that rests on a plasmon-type description for both semilocal components and for a parameter-free evaluation of nonlocal correlation. My talk summarizes a set of vdW-DF studies that seeks to map and analyze details in the vdW-DF electron-response nature. The purpose is in part to extract consequences that can facilitate an experiment-theory comparison that goes beyond binding geometries and energies. The aim is also to seek implications that can help develop the vdW-DF framework. I present an analysis of the relative importance of morphology, screening (image-plane formation), and collective effects in the vdW-DF description of molecular systems. In addition, I compare vdW-DF results with Cu(111) experiments that tests the electron-response behavior in terms of adsorption-induced band shifts, the form of the overall light-molecule physisorption potential, and the corrugation in the kinetic-energy repulsion of molecules at surfaces. Overall, the vdW-DF studies suggest the importance of benchmarking vdW methods across different length scales and by exploring the variation that arise when related structures have a different balance between exchange repulsion and vdW attraction.
Quantification of Uncertainties in Nuclear Density Functional Theory
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Schunck, N.; McDonnell, J. D.; Higdon, D.; Sarich, J.; Wild, S.
2015-01-01
Reliable predictions of nuclear properties are needed as much to answer fundamental science questions as in applications such as reactor physics or data evaluation. Nuclear density functional theory is currently the only microscopic, global approach to nuclear structure that is applicable throughout the nuclear chart. In the past few years, a lot of effort has been devoted to setting up a general methodology to assess theoretical uncertainties in nuclear DFT calculations. In this paper, we summarize some of the recent progress in this direction. Most of the new material discussed here will be be published in separate articles.
Density Functional Study of the structural properties in Tamoxifen
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
de Coss-Martinez, Romeo; Tapia, Jorge A.; Quijano-Quiñones, Ramiro F.; Canto, Gabriel I.
2013-03-01
Using the density functional theory, we have studied the structural properties of Tamoxifen. The calculations were performed with two methodological approaches, which were implemented in SIESTA and Spartan codes. For SIESTA, we considerate a linear combination of atomic orbitals method, using pseudopotentials and the van der Waals approximation for the exchange-correlation potential. Here we analyzed and compared the atomic structure between our results and other theoretical study. We found differences in the bond lengths between the results, that could be attributed to code approaches in each one. This work was supported under Grant FOMIX 2011-09 N: 170297 of Ph.D. A. Tapia.
Density Functional Theory Investigation of Sodium Azide at High Pressure
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Steele, Brad; Landerville, Aaron; Oleynik, Ivan
2013-03-01
Sodium azide is intriguing because it could potentially be used as a precursor to a high-nitrogen energetic material. Furthermore, recent absorption and Raman spectroscopic results have shown that novel nitrogen structures may indeed be attainable from sodium azide. First-principles density functional theory calculations were performed to characterize possible novel crystalline structures of sodium azide including their atomic structure, vibrational properties, Raman spectra, and equation of state up to 90 GPa. Calculated Raman peaks and intensities show good agreement with experiment.
Density Functional Theory Investigation of Sodium Azide at High Pressure
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Steele, Brad; Landerville, Aaron; Oleynik, Ivan
2013-06-01
Sodium azide is being investigated as a potential precursor to a high-nitrogen content energetic material. Changes in the experimentally measured raman spectra under compression and high temperature indicate that a structural change may have taken place. Accurate mode assignments of new peaks arising in the raman spectra have been inconclusive. In this work, the first order raman spectra of sodium azide's alpha and beta phases are calculated using Density Function Pertubation Theory (DFPT) under compression and expansion. Normal mode assignments are made and compared to experiment. In addition, the equation of state of both phases is obtained up to 90 GPa.
Classical density functional study of wetting transitions on nanopatterned surfaces
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Yatsyshin, P.; Parry, A. O.; Rascón, C.; Kalliadasis, S.
2017-03-01
Even simple fluids on simple substrates can exhibit very rich surface phase behaviour. To illustrate this, we consider fluid adsorption on a planar wall chemically patterned with a deep stripe of a different material. In this system, two phase transitions compete: unbending and pre-wetting. Using microscopic density-functional theory, we show that, for thin stripes, the lines of these two phase transitions may merge, leading to a new two-dimensional-like wetting transition occurring along the walls. The influence of intermolecular forces and interfacial fluctuations on this phase transition and at complete pre-wetting are considered in detail.
Relativistic Energy Density Functionals: Exotic modes of excitation
Vretenar, D.; Paar, N.; Marketin, T.
2008-11-11
The framework of relativistic energy density functionals has been applied to the description of a variety of nuclear structure phenomena, not only in spherical and deformed nuclei along the valley of {beta}-stability, but also in exotic systems with extreme isospin values and close to the particle drip-lines. Dynamical aspects of exotic nuclear structure have been investigated with the relativistic quasiparticle random-phase approximation. We present results for the evolution of low-lying dipole (pygmy) strength in neutron-rich nuclei, and charged-current neutrino-nucleus cross sections.
Determining Ionospheric Irregularity Spectral Density Function from Japan GEONET
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Lay, E. H.; Light, M. E.; Parker, P. A.; Carrano, C. S.; Haaser, R. A.
2015-12-01
Japan's GEONET GPS network is the densest GPS monitoring network in the world, with 1200+ receivers over the area of Japan. Measuring and calibrating the integrated total electron content (TEC) from each station has been done in many cases to provide detailed maps of ionospheric disturbances over Japan. We use TEC measurements from Japan's GEONET array to determine an empirically derived description of the 2-dimensional scale sizes of spatial irregularities above Japan. The contributions from various scale sizes will be included in a statistical description for the irregularity spectral density (ISD) function. We will compare the statistics of the spatial irregularities between calm and moderately scintillated conditions.
Augmented Lagrangian method for constrained nuclear density functional theory
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Staszczak, A.; Stoitsov, M.; Baran, A.; Nazarewicz, W.
2010-10-01
The augmented Lagrangiam method (ALM), widely used in quantum chemistry constrained optimization problems, is applied in the context of the nuclear Density Functional Theory (DFT) in the self-consistent constrained Skyrme Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov (CHFB) variant. The ALM allows precise calculations of multi-dimensional energy surfaces in the space of collective coordinates that are needed to, e.g., determine fission pathways and saddle points; it improves the accuracy of computed derivatives with respect to collective variables that are used to determine collective inertia; and is well adapted to supercomputer applications.
Dynamical density functional theory with hydrodynamic interactions in confined geometries
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Goddard, B. D.; Nold, A.; Kalliadasis, S.
2016-12-01
We study the dynamics of colloidal fluids in both unconfined geometries and when confined by a hard wall. Under minimal assumptions, we derive a dynamical density functional theory (DDFT) which includes hydrodynamic interactions (HI; bath-mediated forces). By using an efficient numerical scheme based on pseudospectral methods for integro-differential equations, we demonstrate its excellent agreement with the full underlying Langevin equations for systems of hard disks in partial confinement. We further use the derived DDFT formalism to elucidate the crucial effects of HI in confined systems.
Application of Density Functional Theory to Systems Containing Metal Atoms
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.
2006-01-01
The accuracy of density functional theory (DFT) for problems involving metal atoms is considered. The DFT results are compared with experiment as well as results obtained using the coupled cluster approach. The comparisons include geometries, frequencies, and bond energies. The systems considered include MO2, M(OH)+n, MNO+, and MCO+2. The DFT works well for frequencies and geometries, even in case with symmetry breaking; however, some examples have been found where the symmetry breaking is quite severe and the DFT methods do not work well. The calculation of bond energies is more difficult and examples of successes as well as failures of DFT will be given.
Probability Density Function at the 3D Anderson Transition
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Rodriguez, Alberto; Vasquez, Louella J.; Roemer, Rudolf
2009-03-01
The probability density function (PDF) for the wavefunction amplitudes is studied at the metal-insulator transition of the 3D Anderson model, for very large systems up to L^3=240^3. The implications of the multifractal nature of the state upon the PDF are presented in detail. A formal expression between the PDF and the singularity spectrum f(α) is given. The PDF can be easily used to carry out a numerical multifractal analysis and it appears as a valid alternative to the more usual approach based on the scaling law of the general inverse participation rations.
Atomic volumes and polarizabilities in density-functional theory.
Kannemann, Felix O; Becke, Axel D
2012-01-21
Becke and Johnson introduced an ad hoc definition of atomic volume [J. Chem. Phys. 124, 014204 (2006)] in order to obtain atom-in-molecule polarizabilities from free-atom polarizabilities in their nonempirical exchange-hole dipole moment model of dispersion interactions. Here we explore the dependence of Becke-Johnson atomic volumes on basis sets and density-functional approximations and provide reference data for all atoms H-Lr. A persuasive theoretical foundation for the Becke-Johnson definition is also provided.
Nuclear clustering in the energy density functional approach
Ebran, J.-P.; Khan, E.; Nikšić, T.; Vretenar, D.
2015-10-15
Nuclear Energy Density Functionals (EDFs) are a microscopic tool of choice extensively used over the whole chart to successfully describe the properties of atomic nuclei ensuing from their quantum liquid nature. In the last decade, they also have proved their ability to deal with the cluster phenomenon, shedding a new light on its fundamental understanding by treating on an equal footing both quantum liquid and cluster aspects of nuclei. Such a unified microscopic description based on nucleonic degrees of freedom enables to tackle the question pertaining to the origin of the cluster phenomenon and emphasizes intrinsic mechanisms leading to the emergence of clusters in nuclei.
Lithium adsorption on graphite from density functional theory calculations.
Valencia, Felipe; Romero, Aldo H; Ancilotto, Francesco; Silvestrelli, Pier Luigi
2006-08-03
The structural, energetic, and electronic properties of the Li/graphite system are studied through density functional theory (DFT) calculations using both the local spin density approximation (LSDA), and the gradient-corrected Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (PBE) approximation to the exchange-correlation energy. The calculations were performed using plane waves basis, and the electron-core interactions are described using pseudopotentials. We consider a disperse phase of the adsorbate comprising one Li atom for each 16 graphite surface cells, in a slab geometry. The close contact between the Li nucleus and the graphene plane results in a relatively large binding energy (larger than 1.1 eV). A detailed analysis of the electronic charge distribution, density difference distribution, and band structures indicates that one valence electron is entirely transferred from the atom to the surface, which gives rise to a strong interaction between the resulting lithium ion and the cloud of pi electrons in the substrate. We show that it is possible to explain the differences in the binding of Li, Na, and K adatoms on graphite considering the properties of the corresponding cation/aromatic complexes.
Ab initio molecular dynamics using hybrid density functionals.
Guidon, Manuel; Schiffmann, Florian; Hutter, Jürg; VandeVondele, Joost
2008-06-07
Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations with hybrid density functionals have so far found little application due to their computational cost. In this work, an implementation of the Hartree-Fock exchange is presented that is specifically targeted at ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of medium sized systems. We demonstrate that our implementation, which is available as part of the CP2K/Quickstep program, is robust and efficient. Several prescreening techniques lead to a linear scaling cost for integral evaluation and storage. Integral compression techniques allow for in-core calculations on systems containing several thousand basis functions. The massively parallel implementation respects integral symmetry and scales up to hundreds of CPUs using a dynamic load balancing scheme. A time-reversible multiple time step scheme, exploiting the difference in computational efficiency between hybrid and local functionals, brings further time savings. With extensive simulations of liquid water, we demonstrate the ability to perform, for several tens of picoseconds, ab initio molecular dynamics based on hybrid functionals of systems in the condensed phase containing a few thousand Gaussian basis functions.
Ab initio molecular dynamics using hybrid density functionals
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Guidon, Manuel; Schiffmann, Florian; Hutter, Jürg; Vandevondele, Joost
2008-06-01
Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations with hybrid density functionals have so far found little application due to their computational cost. In this work, an implementation of the Hartree-Fock exchange is presented that is specifically targeted at ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of medium sized systems. We demonstrate that our implementation, which is available as part of the CP2K/Quickstep program, is robust and efficient. Several prescreening techniques lead to a linear scaling cost for integral evaluation and storage. Integral compression techniques allow for in-core calculations on systems containing several thousand basis functions. The massively parallel implementation respects integral symmetry and scales up to hundreds of CPUs using a dynamic load balancing scheme. A time-reversible multiple time step scheme, exploiting the difference in computational efficiency between hybrid and local functionals, brings further time savings. With extensive simulations of liquid water, we demonstrate the ability to perform, for several tens of picoseconds, ab initio molecular dynamics based on hybrid functionals of systems in the condensed phase containing a few thousand Gaussian basis functions.
Uncertainty Quantification and Propagation in Nuclear Density Functional Theory
Schunck, N; McDonnell, J D; Higdon, D; Sarich, J; Wild, S M
2015-03-17
Nuclear density functional theory (DFT) is one of the main theoretical tools used to study the properties of heavy and superheavy elements, or to describe the structure of nuclei far from stability. While on-going eff orts seek to better root nuclear DFT in the theory of nuclear forces, energy functionals remain semi-phenomenological constructions that depend on a set of parameters adjusted to experimental data in fi nite nuclei. In this paper, we review recent eff orts to quantify the related uncertainties, and propagate them to model predictions. In particular, we cover the topics of parameter estimation for inverse problems, statistical analysis of model uncertainties and Bayesian inference methods. Illustrative examples are taken from the literature.
Towards the island of stability with relativistic energy density functionals
Prassa, V.; Niksic, T.; Lalazissis, G. A.; Vretenar, D.
2012-10-20
Relativistic energy density functionals (REDF) provide a complete and accurate, global description of nuclear structure phenomena. Modern semi-empirical functionals, adjusted to the nuclear matter equation of state and to empirical masses of deformed nuclei, are applied to studies of shapes of superheavy nuclei. The theoretical framework is tested in a comparison to empirical masses, quadrupole deformations, and energy barriers of actinide nuclei. The model is used in a self-consistent mean-field calculation of spherical, axial and triaxial shapes of superheavy nuclei, alpha-decay energies and lifetimes. The effect of explicit treatment of collective correlations is analyzed in calculations that consistently use a collective Hamiltonian model based on REDFs.
BUILDING A UNIVERSAL NUCLEAR ENERGY DENSITY FUNCTIONAL (UNEDF)
Nazarewicz, Witold
2012-07-01
The long-term vision initiated with UNEDF is to arrive at a comprehensive, quantitative, and unified description of nuclei and their reactions, grounded in the fundamental interactions between the constituent nucleons. We seek to replace current phenomenological models of nuclear structure and reactions with a well-founded microscopic theory that delivers maximum predictive power with well-quantified uncertainties. Specifically, the mission of this project has been three-fold: First, to find an optimal energy density functional (EDF) using all our knowledge of the nucleonic Hamiltonian and basic nuclear properties. Second, to apply the EDF theory and its extensions to validate the functional using all the available relevant nuclear structure and reaction data. Third, to apply the validated theory to properties of interest that cannot be measured, in particular the properties needed for reaction theory.
A numerical efficient way to minimize classical density functional theory.
Edelmann, Markus; Roth, Roland
2016-02-21
The minimization of the functional of the grand potential within the framework of classical density functional theory in three spatial dimensions can be numerically very demanding. The Picard iteration, that is often employed, is very simple and robust but can be rather slow. While a number of different algorithms for optimization problems have been suggested, there is still great need for additional strategies. Here, we present an approach based on the limited memory Broyden algorithm that is efficient and relatively simple to implement. We demonstrate the performance of this algorithm with the minimization of an inhomogeneous bulk structure of a fluid with competing interactions. For the problems we studied, we find that the presented algorithm improves performance by roughly a factor of three.
Molecular acidity: A quantitative conceptual density functional theory description.
Liu, Shubin; Schauer, Cynthia K; Pedersen, Lee G
2009-10-28
Accurate predictions of molecular acidity using ab initio and density functional approaches are still a daunting task. Using electronic and reactivity properties, one can quantitatively estimate pKa values of acids. In a recent paper [S. B. Liu and L. G. Pedersen, J. Phys. Chem. A 113, 3648 (2009)], we employed the molecular electrostatic potential (MEP) on the nucleus and the sum of valence natural atomic orbital (NAO) energies for the purpose. In this work, we reformulate these relationships on the basis of conceptual density functional theory and compare the results with those from the thermodynamic cycle method. We show that MEP and NAO properties of the dissociating proton of an acid should satisfy the same relationships with experimental pKa data. We employ 27 main groups and first to third row transition metal-water complexes as illustrative examples to numerically verify the validity of these strong linear correlations. Results also show that the accuracy of our approach and that of the conventional method through the thermodynamic cycle are statistically similar.
Nuclear charge radii: density functional theory meets Bayesian neural networks
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Utama, R.; Chen, Wei-Chia; Piekarewicz, J.
2016-11-01
The distribution of electric charge in atomic nuclei is fundamental to our understanding of the complex nuclear dynamics and a quintessential observable to validate nuclear structure models. The aim of this study is to explore a novel approach that combines sophisticated models of nuclear structure with Bayesian neural networks (BNN) to generate predictions for the charge radii of thousands of nuclei throughout the nuclear chart. A class of relativistic energy density functionals is used to provide robust predictions for nuclear charge radii. In turn, these predictions are refined through Bayesian learning for a neural network that is trained using residuals between theoretical predictions and the experimental data. Although predictions obtained with density functional theory provide a fairly good description of experiment, our results show significant improvement (better than 40%) after BNN refinement. Moreover, these improved results for nuclear charge radii are supplemented with theoretical error bars. We have successfully demonstrated the ability of the BNN approach to significantly increase the accuracy of nuclear models in the predictions of nuclear charge radii. However, as many before us, we failed to uncover the underlying physics behind the intriguing behavior of charge radii along the calcium isotopic chain.
Direct Neutron Capture Calculations with Covariant Density Functional Theory Inputs
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Zhang, Shi-Sheng; Peng, Jin-Peng; Smith, Michael S.; Arbanas, Goran; Kozub, Ray L.
2014-09-01
Predictions of direct neutron capture are of vital importance for simulations of nucleosynthesis in supernovae, merging neutron stars, and other astrophysical environments. We calculate the direct capture cross sections for E1 transitions using nuclear structure information from a covariant density functional theory as input for the FRESCO coupled-channels reaction code. We find good agreement of our predictions with experimental cross section data on the double closed-shell targets 16O, 48Ca, and 90Zr, and the exotic nucleus 36S. Extensions of the technique for unstable nuclei and for large-scale calculations will be discussed. Predictions of direct neutron capture are of vital importance for simulations of nucleosynthesis in supernovae, merging neutron stars, and other astrophysical environments. We calculate the direct capture cross sections for E1 transitions using nuclear structure information from a covariant density functional theory as input for the FRESCO coupled-channels reaction code. We find good agreement of our predictions with experimental cross section data on the double closed-shell targets 16O, 48Ca, and 90Zr, and the exotic nucleus 36S. Extensions of the technique for unstable nuclei and for large-scale calculations will be discussed. Supported by the U.S. Dept. of Energy, Office of Nuclear Physics.
Fluids Density Functional Theory of Diblock Copolymers for Electrolyte Applications
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Brown, Jonathan R.; Hall, Lisa M.
We use classical, fluids density functional theory (fDFT) to study microphase separation in block copolymer systems. We are motivated by systems used as battery electrolytes or in other transport applications, in which the two blocks of the system have different mechanical, dielectric, and transport properties that allow one phase to act as a charge/penetrant carrier and the other to make the film mechanically strong. We find density profiles of penetrants, showing to what degree they segregate into the A phase and their concentration near the interface, depending on the penetrant-A and penetrant-B interaction strengths as well as the A-B segregation strength. We also study the effect of tapering, or adding a gradient region (taper) between the pure A and B blocks of an AB diblock copolymer; the taper changes in composition along its length from pure A to pure B (or from B to A for an inverse taper). The effect of both penetrants and tapering on microphase domain spacing as a function of segregation strength will be discussed. Adjusting taper length allows one to tune the phase behavior of the system for easier processing or access to specific desired microphase structures. Based upon work supported by NSF Grant 1454343 and DOE Grant SC0014209.
Garcia-Aldea, David; Alvarellos, J. E.
2008-02-15
We propose a kinetic energy density functional scheme with nonlocal terms based on the von Weizsaecker functional, instead of the more traditional approach where the nonlocal terms have the structure of the Thomas-Fermi functional. The proposed functionals recover the exact kinetic energy and reproduce the linear response function of homogeneous electron systems. In order to assess their quality, we have tested the total kinetic energies as well as the kinetic energy density for atoms. The results show that these nonlocal functionals give as good results as the most sophisticated functionals in the literature. The proposed scheme for constructing the functionals means a step ahead in the field of fully nonlocal kinetic energy functionals, because they are capable of giving better local behavior than the semilocal functionals, yielding at the same time accurate results for total kinetic energies. Moreover, the functionals enjoy the possibility of being evaluated as a single integral in momentum space if an adequate reference density is defined, and then quasilinear scaling for the computational cost can be achieved.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Mattsson, Thomas R.
2007-06-01
Atomistic simulations employing Density Functional Theory (DFT) have recently emerged as a powerful way of increasing our understanding of materials and processes in high energy density physics. Knowledge of the properties of water (equation of state, electrical conductivity, diffusion, low-energy opacity) is essential for correctly describing the physics of giant planets as well as shock waves in water. Although a qualitative picture of water electrical conductivity has emerged, the necessary quantitative information is scarce over a wide range of temperature and density. Since experiments can only access certain areas of phase space, and often require modeling as a part of the analysis, Quantum Molecular Dynamics simulations play a vital role. Using finite-temperature density functional theory (FT-DFT), we have investigated the structure and electronic conductivity of water across three phase transitions (molecular liquid/ ionic liquid/ superionic/ electronic liquid). The ionic contribution to the conduction is calculated from proton diffusion and the electronic contribution is calculated using the Kubo-Greenwood formula. The calculations are performed with VASP, a plane-wave pseudo-potential code. There is a rapid transition to ionic conduction at 2000 K and 2 g/cm^3, whereas electronic conduction dominates at temperatures at and above 6000 K&[tilde;1]. Contrary to earlier results using the Car-Parrinello method&[tilde;2], we predict that the fluid bordering the superionic phase is conducting above 4000 K and 100 GPa. Our comprehensive use of FT-DFT explains the new findings. The calculated conductivity is compared to experimental data. I gratefully acknowledge Mike Desjarlais, my collaborator in this effort. The LDRD office at Sandia supported this work. Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin Company, for the United States Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ulian, Gianfranco; Valdrè, Giovanni
2015-07-01
Pyrophyllite has a significant role in both geophysics as a hydrous phase, which can recycle water into the Earth's mantle, and many industrial applications, such as petroleum and civil engineering. However, very few works have been proposed to fully characterize the thermodynamic properties of this mineral, especially at atomic scale. In the present work, we report structural, vibrational, thermochemical and thermophysical properties of pyrophyllite, calculated at the density functional theory level with the hybrid B3LYP functional, all-electron Gaussian-type orbitals and taking into account a correction to include dispersive forces. V( P, T) data at 300 K fit with isothermal third-order Birch-Murnaghan equations of state and yield K T 0 = 46.57 GPa, K' = 10.51 and V 0 = 213.67 Å3, where K T 0 is the thermal bulk modulus at 0 GPa, K' is the first derivative and V 0 is the volume at zero pressure, in very good agreement with recent experimental results obtained by in situ single-crystal synchrotron XRD. The compressional behaviour is highly anisotropic, with axial compressibility in ratio β( a):β( b):β( c) = 1.218:1.000:4.188. Pyrophyllite bulk modulus, thermal expansion coefficients and heat capacity at different P- T conditions are provided. The results of this kind of analysis can be useful in both geophysical and technological applications of the mineral and expand the high-temperature and high-pressure knowledge of this phase at physical conditions that are still difficult to obtain by experimental means. The simulated vibrational spectrum can also be used as a guideline by other authors in their experimental investigation of pyrophyllite.
Cuny, Jerome; Korchagina, Kseniia; Menakbi, Chemseddine; Mineva, Tzonka
2017-03-01
Application of ab initio molecular dynamics to study free energy surfaces (FES) is still not commonly performed because of the extensive sampling required. Indeed, it generally necessitates computationally costly simulations of more than several hundreds of picoseconds. To achieve such studies, efficient density functional theory (DFT) formalisms, based on various levels of approximate computational schemes, have been developed, and provide a good alternative to commonly used DFT implementations. We report benchmark results on the conformational change FES of alanine dipeptide obtained with auxiliary density functional theory (ADFT) and second- and third-order density functional tight-binding (DFTB) methods coupled to metadynamics simulations. The influence of an explicit water solvent is also studied with DFTB, which was made possible by its lower computational cost compared to ADFT. Simulations lengths of 2.1 and 15 ns were achieved with ADFT and DFTB, respectively, in a reasonably short computational time. ADFT leads to a free energy difference (ΔF eq-ax) of ∼ -3 kcal mol(-1) between the two low energy conformers, C7eq and C7ax, which is lower by only 1.5 kcal mol(-1) than the ΔF eq-ax computed with DFTB. The two minima in ADFT FES are separated by an energy barrier of 9 kcal mol(-1), which is higher than the DFTB barriers by 2-4 kcal mol(-1). Despite these small quantitative differences, the DFTB method reveals FES shapes, confor-mation geometries and energies of the stationary points in good agreement with these found with ADFT. This validates the promising applicability of DFTB to FES of reactions occurring in larger-size systems placed in complex environments.
Structural Stability and Functional Remodeling of High-Density Lipoproteins
Gursky, Olga
2015-01-01
Lipoproteins are protein-lipid nanoparticles that transport lipids in circulation and are central in atherosclerosis and other disorders of lipid metabolism. Apolipoproteins form flexible structural scaffolds and important functional ligands on the particle surface and direct lipoprotein metabolism. Lipoproteins undergo multiple rounds of metabolic remodeling that is crucial to lipid transport. Important aspects of this remodeling, including apolipoprotein dissociation and particle fusion, are mimicked in thermal or chemical denaturation and are modulated by free energy barriers. Here we review our biophysical studies that revealed kinetic mechanism of lipoprotein stabilization and unraveled its structural basis. The main focus is on high-density lipoprotein (HDL). An inverse correlation between stability and functions of various HDLs in cholesterol transport suggests functional role of structural disorder. A mechanism for conformational adaptation of the major HDL proteins, apoA-I and apoA-II, to the increasing lipid load is proposed. Together, these studies help understand why HDL form discrete subclasses separated by kinetic barriers, which have distinct composition, conformation and functional properties. Understanding these properties may help improve HDL quality and develop novel therapies for cardiovascular disease. PMID:25749369
Abnormal Functional Connectivity Density in Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.
Zhang, Youxue; Xie, Bing; Chen, Heng; Li, Meiling; Liu, Feng; Chen, Huafu
2016-05-01
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that occurs in individuals who have experienced life-threatening mental traumas. Previous neuroimaging studies have indicated that the pathology of PTSD may be associated with the abnormal functional integration among brain regions. In the current study, we used functional connectivity density (FCD) mapping, a novel voxel-wise data-driven approach based on graph theory, to explore aberrant FC through the resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging of the PTSD. We calculated both short- and long-range FCD in PTSD patients and healthy controls (HCs). Compared with HCs, PTSD patients showed significantly increased long-range FCD in the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC), but no abnormal short-range FCD was found in PTSD. Furthermore, seed-based FC analysis of the left DLPFC showed increased connectivity in the left superior parietal lobe and visual cortex of PTSD patients. The results suggested that PTSD patients experienced a disruption of intrinsic long-range functional connections in the fronto-parietal network and visual cortex, which are associated with attention control and visual information processing.
Daubechies wavelets for linear scaling density functional theory.
Mohr, Stephan; Ratcliff, Laura E; Boulanger, Paul; Genovese, Luigi; Caliste, Damien; Deutsch, Thierry; Goedecker, Stefan
2014-05-28
We demonstrate that Daubechies wavelets can be used to construct a minimal set of optimized localized adaptively contracted basis functions in which the Kohn-Sham orbitals can be represented with an arbitrarily high, controllable precision. Ground state energies and the forces acting on the ions can be calculated in this basis with the same accuracy as if they were calculated directly in a Daubechies wavelets basis, provided that the amplitude of these adaptively contracted basis functions is sufficiently small on the surface of the localization region, which is guaranteed by the optimization procedure described in this work. This approach reduces the computational costs of density functional theory calculations, and can be combined with sparse matrix algebra to obtain linear scaling with respect to the number of electrons in the system. Calculations on systems of 10,000 atoms or more thus become feasible in a systematic basis set with moderate computational resources. Further computational savings can be achieved by exploiting the similarity of the adaptively contracted basis functions for closely related environments, e.g., in geometry optimizations or combined calculations of neutral and charged systems.
Towards simple orbital-dependent density functionals for molecular dissociation
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Zhang, Igor Ying; Richter, Patrick; Scheffler, Matthias
2015-03-01
Density functional theory (DFT) is one of the leading first-principles electronic-structure theories. However, molecular dissociation remains a challenge, because it requires a well-balanced description of the drastically different electronic structure at different bond lengths. One typical and well-documented case is the dissociation of both H2+ and H2, for which all popular DFT functionals fail. We start from the Bethe-Goldstone equation to propose a simple orbital-dependent correlation functional which generalizes the linear adiabatic connection approach. The resulting scheme is based on second-order perturbation theory (PT2), but includes the self-consistent coupling of electron-hole pairs, which ensures the correct H2 dissociation limit and gives a finite correlation energy for systems with a (near)-degenerate energy gap. This coupling PT2-like (CPT2) approximation delivers a significant improvement over all existing functionals for both H2 and H2+ dissociation. We will demonstrate the reason for this improvement analytically for H2 in a minimal basis.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
García-Aldea, David; Alvarellos, J. E.
2009-03-01
We present several nonlocal exchange energy density functionals that reproduce the linear response function of the free electron gas. These nonlocal functionals are constructed following a similar procedure used previously for nonlocal kinetic energy density functionals by Chac'on-Alvarellos-Tarazona, Garc'ia-Gonz'alez et al., Wang-Govind-Carter and Garc'ia-Aldea-Alvarellos. The exchange response function is not known but we have used the approximate response function developed by Utsumi and Ichimaru, even we must remark that the same ansatz can be used to reproduce any other response function with the same scaling properties. We have developed two families of new nonlocal functionals: one is constructed with a mathematical structure based on the LDA approximation -- the Dirac functional for the exchange - and for the second one the structure of the second order gradient expansion approximation is took as a model. The functionals are constructed is such a way that they can be used in localized systems (using real space calculations) and in extended systems (using the momentum space, and achieving a quasilinear scaling with the system size if a constant reference electron density is defined).
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Klüppelberg, Daniel A.; Betzinger, Markus; Blügel, Stefan
2015-01-01
We analyze the accuracy of the atomic force within the all-electron full-potential linearized augmented plane-wave (FLAPW) method using the force formalism of Yu et al. [Phys. Rev. B 43, 6411 (1991), 10.1103/PhysRevB.43.6411]. A refinement of this formalism is presented that explicitly takes into account the tail of high-lying core states leaking out of the muffin-tin sphere and considers the small discontinuities of LAPW wave function, density, and potential at the muffin-tin sphere boundaries. For MgO and EuTiO3 it is demonstrated that these amendments substantially improve the acoustic sum rule and the symmetry of the force constant matrix. Sum rule and symmetry are realized with an accuracy of μ Htr /aB .
McCarthy, Shane P; Thakkar, Ajit J
2011-01-28
All-electron correlation energies E(c) are not very well-known for atoms with more than 18 electrons. Hence, coupled-cluster calculations in carefully designed basis sets are combined with fully converged second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory (MP2) computations to obtain fairly accurate, nonrelativistic E(c) values for the 12 closed-shell atoms from Ar to Rn. These energies will be useful for the evaluation and parameterization of density functionals. The results show that MP2 overestimates ∣E(c)∣ for heavy atoms. Spin-component scaling of the MP2 correlation energy is used to provide a simple explanation for this overestimation.
Benchmarking Density Functionals for Chemical Bonds of Gold.
Kepp, Kasper P
2017-03-09
Gold plays a major role in nanochemistry, catalysis, and electrochemistry. Accordingly, hundreds of studies apply density functionals to study chemical bonding with gold, yet there is no systematic attempt to assess the accuracy of these methods applied to gold. This paper reports a benchmark against 51 experimental bond enthalpies of AuX systems and seven additional polyatomic and cationic molecules. Twelve density functionals were tested, covering meta functionals, hybrids with variable HF exchange, double-hybrid, dispersion-corrected, and nonhybrid GGA functionals. The defined benchmark data set probes all types of bonding to gold from very electronegative halides that force Au(+) electronic structure, via covalently bonded systems, hard and soft Lewis acids and bases that either work against or complement the softness of gold, the Au2 molecule probing gold's bond with itself, and weak bonds between gold and noble gases. Zero-point vibrational corrections are relatively small for Au-X bonds, ∼ 11-12 kJ/mol except for Au-H bonds. Dispersion typically provides ∼5 kJ/mol of the total bond enthalpy but grows with system size and is 10 kJ/mol for AuXe and AuKr. HF exchange and LYP correlation produce weaker bonds to gold. Most functionals provide similar trend accuracy, though somewhat lower for M06 and M06L, but very different numerical accuracy. Notably, PBE and TPSS functionals with dispersion display the smallest numerical errors and very small mean signed errors (0-6 kJ/mol), i.e. no bias toward over- or under-binding. Errors are evenly distributed versus atomic number, suggesting that relativistic effects are treated fairly; the mean absolute error is almost halved from B3LYP (45 kJ/mol) to TPSS and PBE (23 kJ/mol, including difficult cases); 23 kJ/mol is quite respectable considering the diverse bonds to gold and the complication of relativistic effects. Thus, studies that use DFT with effective core potentials for gold chemistry, with no alternative due
Cluster density functional theory for lattice models based on the theory of Möbius functions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Lafuente, Luis; Cuesta, José A.
2005-08-01
Rosenfeld's fundamental-measure theory for lattice models is given a rigorous formulation in terms of the theory of Möbius functions of partially ordered sets. The free-energy density functional is expressed as an expansion in a finite set of lattice clusters. This set is endowed with a partial order, so that the coefficients of the cluster expansion are connected to its Möbius function. Because of this, it is rigorously proven that a unique such expansion exists for any lattice model. The low-density analysis of the free-energy functional motivates a redefinition of the basic clusters (zero-dimensional cavities) which guarantees a correct zero-density limit of the pair and triplet direct correlation functions. This new definition extends Rosenfeld's theory to lattice models with any kind of short-range interaction (repulsive or attractive, hard or soft, one or multicomponent ...). Finally, a proof is given that these functionals have a consistent dimensional reduction, i.e. the functional for dimension d' can be obtained from that for dimension d (d' < d) if the latter is evaluated at a density profile confined to a d'-dimensional subset.
Object-oriented Development of an All-electron Gaussian Basis DFT Code for Periodic Systems
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Alford, John
2005-03-01
We report on the construction of an all-electron Gaussian-basis DFT code for systems periodic in one, two, and three dimensions. This is in part a reimplementation of algorithms in the serial code, GTOFF, which has been successfully applied to the study of crystalline solids, surfaces, and ultra-thin films. The current development is being carried out in an object-oriented parallel framework using C++ and MPI. Some rather special aspects of this code are the use of density fitting methodologies and the implementation of a generalized Ewald technique to do lattice summations of Coulomb integrals, which is typically more accurate than multipole methods. Important modules that have already been created will be described, for example, a flexible input parser and storage class that can parse and store generically tagged data (e.g. XML), an easy to use processor communication mechanism, and the integrals package. Though C++ is generally inferior to F77 in terms of optimization, we show that careful redesigning has allowed us to make up the run-time performance difference in the new code. Timing comparisons and scalability features will be presented. The purpose of this reconstruction is to facilitate the inclusion of new physics. Our goal is to study orbital currents using modified gaussian bases and external magnetic field effects in the weak and ultra-strong ( ˜10^5 T) field regimes. This work is supported by NSF-ITR DMR-0218957.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ihrig, Arvid Conrad; Wieferink, Jürgen; Zhang, Igor Ying; Ropo, Matti; Ren, Xinguo; Rinke, Patrick; Scheffler, Matthias; Blum, Volker
2015-09-01
A key component in calculations of exchange and correlation energies is the Coulomb operator, which requires the evaluation of two-electron integrals. For localized basis sets, these four-center integrals are most efficiently evaluated with the resolution of identity (RI) technique, which expands basis-function products in an auxiliary basis. In this work we show the practical applicability of a localized RI-variant (‘RI-LVL’), which expands products of basis functions only in the subset of those auxiliary basis functions which are located at the same atoms as the basis functions. We demonstrate the accuracy of RI-LVL for Hartree-Fock calculations, for the PBE0 hybrid density functional, as well as for RPA and MP2 perturbation theory. Molecular test sets used include the S22 set of weakly interacting molecules, the G3 test set, as well as the G2-1 and BH76 test sets, and heavy elements including titanium dioxide, copper and gold clusters. Our RI-LVL implementation paves the way for linear-scaling RI-based hybrid functional calculations for large systems and for all-electron many-body perturbation theory with significantly reduced computational and memory cost.
Density functional theory based generalized effective fragment potential method
Nguyen, Kiet A. E-mail: ruth.pachter@wpafb.af.mil; Pachter, Ruth E-mail: ruth.pachter@wpafb.af.mil; Day, Paul N.
2014-06-28
We present a generalized Kohn-Sham (KS) density functional theory (DFT) based effective fragment potential (EFP2-DFT) method for the treatment of solvent effects. Similar to the original Hartree-Fock (HF) based potential with fitted parameters for water (EFP1) and the generalized HF based potential (EFP2-HF), EFP2-DFT includes electrostatic, exchange-repulsion, polarization, and dispersion potentials, which are generated for a chosen DFT functional for a given isolated molecule. The method does not have fitted parameters, except for implicit parameters within a chosen functional and the dispersion correction to the potential. The electrostatic potential is modeled with a multipolar expansion at each atomic center and bond midpoint using Stone's distributed multipolar analysis. The exchange-repulsion potential between two fragments is composed of the overlap and kinetic energy integrals and the nondiagonal KS matrices in the localized molecular orbital basis. The polarization potential is derived from the static molecular polarizability. The dispersion potential includes the intermolecular D3 dispersion correction of Grimme et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 132, 154104 (2010)]. The potential generated from the CAMB3LYP functional has mean unsigned errors (MUEs) with respect to results from coupled cluster singles, doubles, and perturbative triples with a complete basis set limit (CCSD(T)/CBS) extrapolation, of 1.7, 2.2, 2.0, and 0.5 kcal/mol, for the S22, water-benzene clusters, water clusters, and n-alkane dimers benchmark sets, respectively. The corresponding EFP2-HF errors for the respective benchmarks are 2.41, 3.1, 1.8, and 2.5 kcal/mol. Thus, the new EFP2-DFT-D3 method with the CAMB3LYP functional provides comparable or improved results at lower computational cost and, therefore, extends the range of applicability of EFP2 to larger system sizes.
Specification of optical components using the power spectral density function
Lawson, J.K.; Wolfe, C.R.; Manes, K.R.; Trenholme, J.B.; Aikens, D.M.; English, R.E. Jr.
1995-06-20
This paper describes the use of Fourier techniques to characterize the wavefront of optical components, specifically, the use of the power spectral density, (PSD), function. The PSDs of several precision optical components will be shown. Many of the optical components of interest to us have square, rectangular or irregularly shaped apertures with major dimensions up-to 800 mm. The wavefronts of components with non-circular apertures cannot be analyzed with Zernicke polynomials since these functions are an orthogonal set for circular apertures only. Furthermore, Zernicke analysis is limited to treating low frequency wavefront aberrations; mid-spatial scale and high frequency error are expressed only as ``residuals.`` A more complete and powerful representation of the optical wavefront can be obtained by Fourier analysis in 1 or 2 dimensions. The PSD is obtained from the amplitude of frequency components present in the Fourier spectrum. The PSD corresponds to the scattered intensity as a function of scattering angle in the wavefront and can be used to describe the intensity distribution at focus. The shape of a resultant wavefront or the focal spot of a complex multi-component laser system can be calculated and optimized using the PSDs of individual optical components which comprise it.
Density Functional Theory Study on Interaction between Catechin and Thymine
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Cai, Wan-fei; Zheng, Yan; Li, Lai-cai; Tian, An-min
2012-12-01
The interacting patterns and mechanism of the catechin and thymine have been investigated with the density functional theory Becke's three-parameter nonlocal exchange functional and the Lee, Yang, and Parr nonlocal correlation functional (B3LYP) method by 6-31+G* basis set. Thirteen stable structures for the catechin-thymine complexes have been found which form two hydrogen bonds at least. The vibrational frequencies are also studied at the same level to analyze these complexes. The results indicated that catechin interacted with thymine by three different hydrogen bonds as N—H···O, C—H···O, O—H···O and the complexes are mainly stabilized by the hydrogen bonding interactions. Theories of atoms in molecules and natural bond orbital have been adopted to investigate the hydrogen bonds involved in all systems. The interaction energies of all complexes have been corrected for basis set superposition error, which are from -18.15 kJ/mol to -32.99 kJ/mol. The results showed that the hydrogen bonding contribute to the interaction energies dominantly. The corresponding bonds stretching motions in all complexes are red-shifted relative to that of the monomer, which is in agreement with experimental results.
Insights into phase transitions and entanglement from density functional theory
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Wei, Bo-Bo
2016-11-01
Density functional theory (DFT) has met great success in solid state physics, quantum chemistry and in computational material sciences. In this work we show that DFT could shed light on phase transitions and entanglement at finite temperatures. Specifically, we show that the equilibrium state of an interacting quantum many-body system which is in thermal equilibrium with a heat bath at a fixed temperature is a universal functional of the first derivatives of the free energy with respect to temperature and other control parameters respectively. This insight from DFT enables us to express the average value of any physical observable and any entanglement measure as a universal functional of the first derivatives of the free energy with respect to temperature and other control parameters. Since phase transitions are marked by the nonanalytic behavior of free energy with respect to control parameters, the physical quantities and entanglement measures may present nonanalytic behavior at critical point inherited from their dependence on the first derivative of free energy. We use two solvable models to demonstrate these ideas. These results give new insights for phase transitions and provide new profound connections between entanglement and phase transitions in interacting quantum many-body physics.
Particle-vibration coupling within covariant density functional theory
Litvinova, E.; Ring, P.; Tselyaev, V.
2007-06-15
Covariant density functional theory, which has so far been applied only within the framework of static and time-dependent mean-field theory, is extended to include particle-vibration coupling (PVC) in a consistent way. Starting from a conventional energy functional, we calculate the low-lying collective vibrations in the relativistic random phase approximation (RRPA) and construct an energy-dependent self-energy for the Dyson equation. The resulting Bethe-Salpeter equation in the particle-hole (p-h) channel is solved in the time blocking approximation (TBA). No additional parameters are used, and double counting is avoided by a proper subtraction method. The same energy functional, i.e., the same set of coupling constants, generates the Dirac-Hartree single-particle spectrum, the static part of the residual p-h interaction, and the particle-phonon coupling vertices. Therefore, a fully consistent description of nuclear excited states is developed. This method is applied for an investigation of damping phenomena in the spherical nuclei with closed shells {sup 208}Pb and {sup 132}Sn. Since the phonon coupling terms enrich the RRPA spectrum with a multitude of p-hxphonon components, a noticeable fragmentation of the giant resonances is found, which is in full agreement with experimental data and with results of the semiphenomenological nonrelativistic approach.
Building A Universal Nuclear Energy Density Functional (UNEDF)
Joe Carlson; Dick Furnstahl; Mihai Horoi; Rusty Lusk; Witek Nazarewicz; Esmond Ng; Ian Thompson; James Vary
2012-09-30
During the period of Dec. 1 2006 - Jun. 30, 2012, the UNEDF collaboration carried out a comprehensive study of all nuclei, based on the most accurate knowledge of the strong nuclear interaction, the most reliable theoretical approaches, the most advanced algorithms, and extensive computational resources, with a view towards scaling to the petaflop platforms and beyond. The long-term vision initiated with UNEDF is to arrive at a comprehensive, quantitative, and unified description of nuclei and their reactions, grounded in the fundamental interactions between the constituent nucleons. We seek to replace current phenomenological models of nuclear structure and reactions with a well-founded microscopic theory that delivers maximum predictive power with well-quantified uncertainties. Specifically, the mission of this project has been three-fold: first, to find an optimal energy density functional (EDF) using all our knowledge of the nucleonic Hamiltonian and basic nuclear properties; second, to apply the EDF theory and its extensions to validate the functional using all the available relevant nuclear structure and reaction data; third, to apply the validated theory to properties of interest that cannot be measured, in particular the properties needed for reaction theory. The main physics areas of UNEDF, defined at the beginning of the project, were: ab initio structure; ab initio functionals; DFT applications; DFT extensions; reactions.
Density functional theory for comprehensive orbital energy calculations.
Nakata, Ayako; Tsuneda, Takao
2013-08-14
This study reveals the reason core 1s orbital energies and the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) energies of hydrogen and rare gas atoms are underestimated by long-range corrected (LC) density functional theory (DFT), which quantitatively reproduces the HOMO energies of other systems and the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) energies. Applying the pseudospectral regional (PR) self-interaction correction (SIC) drastically improved the underestimated orbital energies in LC-DFT calculations, while maintaining or improving the accuracies in the calculated valence HOMO and LUMO energies. This indicates that the self-interaction error in exchange functionals causes the underestimations of core 1s orbital energies and the HOMO energies of hydrogen and rare gas atoms in LC-DFT calculations. To clarify the reason for the improvement, the fractional occupation dependences of total electronic energies and orbital energies were examined. The calculated results clearly showed that the LC-PR functional gives almost linear dependences of total electronic energies for a slight decrease in the occupation number of core 1s orbitals, although this linear dependence disappears for significant decrease due to the shrinking of exchange self-interaction regions. It was also clarified that the PRSIC hardly affects the occupation number dependences of the total electronic energies and orbital energies for the fractional occupations of HOMOs and LUMOs. As a result, it was concluded that core orbital energies are obtained accurately by combining LC-DFT with PRSIC.
Density functional theory and phytochemical study of 8-hydroxyisodiospyrin
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ullah, Zakir; Ata-ur-Rahman; Fazl-i-Sattar; Rauf, Abdur; Yaseen, Muhammad; Hassan, Waseem; Tariq, Muhammad; Ayub, Khurshid; Tahir, Asif Ali; Ullah, Habib
2015-09-01
Comprehensive theoretical and experimental studies of a natural product, 8-hydroxyisodiospyrin (HDO) have been carried out. Based on the correlation of experimental and theoretical data, an appropriate computational model was developed for obtaining the electronic, spectroscopic, and thermodynamic parameters of HDO. First of all, the exact structure of HDO is confirmed from the nice correlation of theory and experiment, prior to determination of its electroactive nature. Hybrid density functional theory (DFT) is employed for all theoretical simulations. The experimental and predicted IR and UV-vis spectra [B3LYP/6-31+G(d,p) level of theory] have excellent correlation. Inter-molecular non-covalent interaction of HDO with different gases such as NH3, CO2, CO, H2O is investigated through geometrical counterpoise (gCP) i.e., B3LYP-gCP-D3/6-31G∗ method. Furthermore, the inter-molecular interaction is also supported by geometrical parameters, electronic properties, thermodynamic parameters and charge analysis. All these characterizations have corroborated each other and confirmed the electroactive nature (non-covalent interaction ability) of HDO for the studied gases. Electronic properties such as Ionization Potential (IP), Electron Affinities (EA), electrostatic potential (ESP), density of states (DOS), HOMO, LUMO, and band gap of HDO have been estimated for the first time theoretically.
Nuclear structure and dynamics with density functional theory
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Stetcu, Ionel
2015-10-01
Even in the absence of ab initio methods capable of tackling heavy nuclei without restrictions, one can obtain an ab initio description of ground-state properties by means of the density functional theory (DFT), and its extension to superfluid systems in its local variant, the superfluid local density approximation (SLDA). Information about the properties of excited states can be obtained in the same framework by using an extension to the time-dependent (TD) phenomena. Unlike other approaches in which the nuclear structure information is used as a separate input into reaction models, the TD approach treats on the same footing the nuclear structure and dynamics, and is well suited to provide more reliable description for a large number of processes involving heavy nuclei, from the nuclear response to electroweak probes, to nuclear reactions, such as neutron-induced reactions, or nuclear fusion and fission. Such processes, sometimes part of integrated nuclear systems, have important applications in astrophysics, energy production, global security, etc. In this talk, I will present the simulation of a simple reaction, that is the Coulomb excitation of a 238U nucleus, and discuss the application of the TD-DFT formalism to the description of induced fission. I gratefully acknowledge partial support of the U.S. Department of Energy through an Early Career Award of the LANL/LDRD Program.
Density Functional Plus Dynamical Mean Field Theory of Correlated Oxides
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Millis, Andrew
2015-03-01
The density functional plus dynamical mean field method is outlined and a few recent successes including applications to spin crossover molecules, oxide superlattices and metal-insulator transitions in bulk transition metals are outlined. Insights from the method into the essential role played by lattice distortions (both rotations and bond length changes) in determining the phase diagrams of correlated materials are presented. The key theoretical issue of the double counting correction is outlined, different approaches are compared, and a connection to the energy level differences between strongly and weakly correlated orbitals is presented. Charge transfer across oxide interfaces shown to depend crucially on the double counting correction, suggesting that experiments on oxide superlattices may provide insights into this important problem. Future directions are discussed. This work is performed in collaboration with Jia Chen, Hung Dang, Hyowon Park and Chris Marianetti. This research supported by the DOE Office of Science, Grant ER 046169.
Time-dependent density functional theory for quantum transport.
Zheng, Xiao; Chen, GuanHua; Mo, Yan; Koo, SiuKong; Tian, Heng; Yam, ChiYung; Yan, YiJing
2010-09-21
Based on our earlier works [X. Zheng et al., Phys. Rev. B 75, 195127 (2007); J. S. Jin et al., J. Chem. Phys. 128, 234703 (2008)], we propose a rigorous and numerically convenient approach to simulate time-dependent quantum transport from first-principles. The proposed approach combines time-dependent density functional theory with quantum dissipation theory, and results in a useful tool for studying transient dynamics of electronic systems. Within the proposed exact theoretical framework, we construct a number of practical schemes for simulating realistic systems such as nanoscopic electronic devices. Computational cost of each scheme is analyzed, with the expected level of accuracy discussed. As a demonstration, a simulation based on the adiabatic wide-band limit approximation scheme is carried out to characterize the transient current response of a carbon nanotube based electronic device under time-dependent external voltages.
Vibrational spectroscopy and density functional theory study of 4-mercaptophenol
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Li, Ran; Ji, Wei; Chen, Lei; Lv, Haiming; Cheng, Jianbo; Zhao, Bing
2014-03-01
In this paper, 4-mercaptophenol (4-MPH) was designed as a model molecule for theoretical and experimental studies of the molecule structure. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations have been performed to predict the IR and Raman spectra for the molecule. In addition, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and Raman spectra of the compound have been obtained experimentally. All FTIR and Raman bands of the compound obtained experimentally were assigned based on the modeling results obtained at the B3LYP/6-311 + G** level. Our calculated vibrational frequencies are in good agreement with the experimental vales. The molecular electrostatic potential surface calculation was performed and the result suggested that the 4-MPH has two hydrogen bond donors and three hydrogen bond acceptors. HOMO-LUMO gap was also obtained theoretically at B3LYP/6-311 + G** level.
Density functional theory and simulations of colloidal triangular prisms.
Marechal, Matthieu; Dussi, Simone; Dijkstra, Marjolein
2017-03-28
Nanopolyhedra form a versatile toolbox to investigate the effect of particle shape on self-assembly. Here we consider rod-like triangular prisms to gauge the effect of the cross section of the rods on liquid crystal phase behavior. We also take this opportunity to implement and test a previously proposed version of fundamental measure density functional theory (0D-FMT). Additionally, we perform Monte Carlocomputer simulations and we employ a simpler Onsager theory with a Parsons-Lee correction. Surprisingly and disappointingly, 0D-FMT does not perform better than the Tarazona and Rosenfeld's version of fundamental measure theory (TR-FMT). Both versions of FMT perform somewhat better than the Parsons-Lee theory. In addition, we find that the stability regime of the smectic phase is larger for triangular prisms than for spherocylinders and square prisms.
Machine-learned approximations to Density Functional Theory Hamiltonians
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Hegde, Ganesh; Bowen, R. Chris
2017-02-01
Large scale Density Functional Theory (DFT) based electronic structure calculations are highly time consuming and scale poorly with system size. While semi-empirical approximations to DFT result in a reduction in computational time versus ab initio DFT, creating such approximations involves significant manual intervention and is highly inefficient for high-throughput electronic structure screening calculations. In this letter, we propose the use of machine-learning for prediction of DFT Hamiltonians. Using suitable representations of atomic neighborhoods and Kernel Ridge Regression, we show that an accurate and transferable prediction of DFT Hamiltonians for a variety of material environments can be achieved. Electronic structure properties such as ballistic transmission and band structure computed using predicted Hamiltonians compare accurately with their DFT counterparts. The method is independent of the specifics of the DFT basis or material system used and can easily be automated and scaled for predicting Hamiltonians of any material system of interest.
Native defects in Tl6SI4: Density functional calculations
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Shi, Hongliang; Du, Mao-Hua
2015-05-01
Tl6SI4 is a promising room-temperature semiconductor radiation detection material. Here, we report density functional calculations of native defects and dielectric properties of Tl6SI4. Formation energies and defect levels of native point defects and defect complexes are calculated. Donor-acceptor defect complexes are shown to be abundant in Tl6SI4. High resistivity can be obtained by Fermi level pinning by native donor and acceptor defects. Deep donors that are detrimental to electron transport are identified and methods to mitigate such problem are discussed. Furthermore, we show that mixed ionic-covalent character of Tl6SI4 gives rise to enhanced Born effective charges and large static dielectric constant, which provides effective screening of charged defects and impurities.
Direct recursive identification of the Preisach hysteresis density function
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ruderman, Michael
2013-12-01
In this paper, a novel direct method of recursive identification of the Preisach hysteresis density function is proposed. Using the discrete dynamic Preisach model, which is a state-space realization of the classical scalar Preisach model, the method is designed based on the output increment error. After giving the general formulation, the identification scheme implemented for a discretized Preisach plane is introduced and evaluated through the use of numerical simulations. Two cases of Gaussian mixtures are considered for mapping the hysteresis system to be identified. The parameter convergence is shown for a low-pass filtered white-noise input. Further, the proposed identification method is applied to a magnetism-related application example, where the flux linkage hysteresis of a proportional solenoid is assumed from the measurements, and then the inverse of a standard demagnetization procedure is utilized as the identification sequence.
The photochemistry of transition metal complexes using density functional theory.
Garino, Claudio; Salassa, Luca
2013-07-28
The use of density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent DFT (TD-DFT) to study the photochemistry of metal complexes is becoming increasingly important among chemists. Computational methods provide unique information on the electronic nature of excited states and their atomic structure, integrating spectroscopy observations on transient species and excited-state dynamics. In this contribution, we present an overview on photochemically active transition metal complexes investigated by DFT. In particular, we discuss a representative range of systems studied up to now, which include CO- and NO-releasing inorganic and organometallic complexes, haem and haem-like complexes dissociating small diatomic molecules, photoactive anti-cancer Pt and Ru complexes, Ru polypyridyls and diphosphino Pt derivatives.
Machine-learned approximations to Density Functional Theory Hamiltonians.
Hegde, Ganesh; Bowen, R Chris
2017-02-15
Large scale Density Functional Theory (DFT) based electronic structure calculations are highly time consuming and scale poorly with system size. While semi-empirical approximations to DFT result in a reduction in computational time versus ab initio DFT, creating such approximations involves significant manual intervention and is highly inefficient for high-throughput electronic structure screening calculations. In this letter, we propose the use of machine-learning for prediction of DFT Hamiltonians. Using suitable representations of atomic neighborhoods and Kernel Ridge Regression, we show that an accurate and transferable prediction of DFT Hamiltonians for a variety of material environments can be achieved. Electronic structure properties such as ballistic transmission and band structure computed using predicted Hamiltonians compare accurately with their DFT counterparts. The method is independent of the specifics of the DFT basis or material system used and can easily be automated and scaled for predicting Hamiltonians of any material system of interest.
Self-consistent polarization density functional theory: Application to Argon
Maerzke, Katie A.; Murdachaew, Garold; Mundy, Christopher J.; Schenter, Gregory K.; Siepmann, J. I.
2009-03-12
We present a comprehensive set of results for argon, a case study in weak interactions, using the selfconsistent polarization density functional theory (SCP-DFT). With minimal parameterization, SCPDFT is found is give excellent results for the dimer interaction energy, the second virial coefficient, the liquid structure, and the lattice constant and cohesion energy of the face-centered cubic (fcc) crystal compared to both accurate theoretical and experimental benchmarks. Thus, SCP-DFT holds promise as a fast, efficient, and accurate method for performing ab initio dynamics that include additional polarization and dispersion interactions for large, complex systems involving solvation and bond breaking. This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Chemical Sciences program. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is operated by Battelle for DOE.
Nitrotyrosine adsorption on defective graphene: A density functional theory study
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Majidi, R.; Karami, A. R.
2015-06-01
We have applied density functional theory to study adsorption of nitrotyrosine on perfect and defective graphene sheets. The graphene sheets with Stone-Wales (SW) defect, pentagon-nonagon (5-9) single vacancy, and pentagon-octagon-pentagon (5-8-5) double vacancy were considered. The calculations of adsorption energy showed that nitrotyrosine presents a more strong interaction with defective graphene rather than with perfect graphene sheet. The order of interaction strength is: SW>5-9>5-8-5>perfect graphene. It is found that the electronic properties of perfect and defective graphene are sensitive to the presence of nitrotyrosine. Hence, graphene sheets can be considered as a good sensor for detection of nitrotyrosine molecule which is observed in connection with several human disorders, such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease.
Density Functional Approach and Random Matrix Theory in Proteogenesis
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Yamanaka, Masanori
2017-02-01
We study the energy-level statistics of amino acids by random matrix theory. The molecular orbital and the Kohn-Sham orbital energies are calculated using ab initio and density-functional formalisms for 20 different amino acids. To generate statistical data, we performed a multipoint calculation on 10000 molecular structures produced via a molecular dynamics simulation. For the valence orbitals, the energy-level statistics exhibit repulsion, but the universality in the random matrix cannot be determined. For the unoccupied orbitals, the energy-level statistics indicate an intermediate distribution between the Gaussian orthogonal ensemble and the semi-Poisson statistics for all 20 different amino acids. These amino acids are considered to be in a type of critical state.
Native defects in Tl6SI4: Density functional calculations
Shi, Hongliang; Du, Mao -Hua
2015-05-05
In this study, Tl6SI4 is a promising room-temperature semiconductor radiation detection material. Here, we report density functional calculations of native defects and dielectric properties of Tl6SI4. Formation energies and defect levels of native point defects and defect complexes are calculated. Donor-acceptor defect complexes are shown to be abundant in Tl6SI4. High resistivity can be obtained by Fermi level pinning by native donor and acceptor defects. Deep donors that are detrimental to electron transport are identified and methods to mitigate such problem are discussed. Furthermore, we show that mixed ionic-covalent character of Tl6SI4 gives rise to enhanced Born effective charges andmore » large static dielectric constant, which provides effective screening of charged defects and impurities.« less
Descriptions of carbon isotopes within the energy density functional theory
Ismail, Atef; Cheong, Lee Yen; Yahya, Noorhana; Tammam, M.
2014-10-24
Within the energy density functional (EDF) theory, the structure properties of Carbon isotopes are systematically studied. The shell model calculations are done for both even-A and odd-A nuclei, to study the structure of rich-neutron Carbon isotopes. The EDF theory indicates the single-neutron halo structures in {sup 15}C, {sup 17}C and {sup 19}C, and the two-neutron halo structures in {sup 16}C and {sup 22}C nuclei. It is also found that close to the neutron drip-line, there exist amazing increase in the neutron radii and decrease on the binding energies BE, which are tightly related with the blocking effect and correspondingly the blocking effect plays a significant role in the shell model configurations.
Density functional theory for inhomogeneous associating chain fluids.
Bryk, P; Sokołowski, S; Pizio, O
2006-07-14
We propose a nonlocal density functional theory for associating chain molecules. The chains are modeled as tangent spheres, which interact via Lennard-Jones (12,6) attractive interactions. A selected segment contains additional, short-ranged, highly directional interaction sites. The theory incorporates an accurate treatment of the chain molecules via the intramolecular potential formalism and should accurately describe systems with strongly varying external fields, e.g., attractive walls. Within our approach we investigate the structure of the liquid-vapor interface and capillary condensation of a simple model of associating chains with only one associating site placed on the first segment. In general, the properties of inhomogeneous associating chains depend on the association energy. Similar to the bulk systems we find the behavior of associating chains of a given length to be in between that for the nonassociating chains of the same length and that for the nonassociating chains twice as large.
Density functional theory studies of HCOOH decomposition on Pd(111)
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Scaranto, Jessica; Mavrikakis, Manos
2016-08-01
The investigation of formic acid (HCOOH) decomposition on transition metal surfaces is important to derive useful insights for vapor phase catalysis involving HCOOH and for the development of direct HCOOH fuel cells (DFAFC). Here we present the results obtained from periodic, self-consistent, density functional theory (DFT-GGA) calculations for the elementary steps involved in the gas-phase decomposition of HCOOH on Pd(111). Accordingly, we analyzed the minimum energy paths for HCOOH dehydrogenation to CO2 + H2 and dehydration to CO + H2O through the carboxyl (COOH) and formate (HCOO) intermediates. Our results suggest that HCOO formation is easier than COOH formation, but HCOO decomposition is more difficult than COOH decomposition, in particular in the presence of co-adsorbed O and OH species. Therefore, both paths may contribute to HCOOH decomposition. CO formation goes mainly through COOH decomposition.
Machine-learned approximations to Density Functional Theory Hamiltonians
Hegde, Ganesh; Bowen, R. Chris
2017-01-01
Large scale Density Functional Theory (DFT) based electronic structure calculations are highly time consuming and scale poorly with system size. While semi-empirical approximations to DFT result in a reduction in computational time versus ab initio DFT, creating such approximations involves significant manual intervention and is highly inefficient for high-throughput electronic structure screening calculations. In this letter, we propose the use of machine-learning for prediction of DFT Hamiltonians. Using suitable representations of atomic neighborhoods and Kernel Ridge Regression, we show that an accurate and transferable prediction of DFT Hamiltonians for a variety of material environments can be achieved. Electronic structure properties such as ballistic transmission and band structure computed using predicted Hamiltonians compare accurately with their DFT counterparts. The method is independent of the specifics of the DFT basis or material system used and can easily be automated and scaled for predicting Hamiltonians of any material system of interest. PMID:28198471
Density functional theory study of hexagonal carbon phases.
Wang, Zhibin; Gao, Faming; Li, Na; Qu, Nianrui; Gou, Huiyang; Hao, Xianfeng
2009-06-10
It is reported frequently that the new carbon phases may be harder than diamond (Wang et al 2004 Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. 101 13699 and Mao et al 2003 Science 302 425). However, the mechanism is still unclear. In this paper we systematically investigate the structural, electronic, and mechanical properties of the diamond polytypes using first-principles density functional calculations. The results show that the bulk modulus and shear modulus for the hexagonal form of diamond approach those of diamond, suggesting they might be hard and low compressibility materials. According to the semiempirical method for hardness based on the Mulliken overlap population, the hardnesses for hexagonal forms have been evaluated and compared to diamond. The results indicate that these phases are superhard. More importantly, the bonds in some specific directions of the hexagonal phases are harder than those in diamond, which may lead to the noticeable indentation marks on the diamond anvils observed in experiments.
Reproducibility in density functional theory calculations of solids.
Lejaeghere, Kurt; Bihlmayer, Gustav; Björkman, Torbjörn; Blaha, Peter; Blügel, Stefan; Blum, Volker; Caliste, Damien; Castelli, Ivano E; Clark, Stewart J; Dal Corso, Andrea; de Gironcoli, Stefano; Deutsch, Thierry; Dewhurst, John Kay; Di Marco, Igor; Draxl, Claudia; Dułak, Marcin; Eriksson, Olle; Flores-Livas, José A; Garrity, Kevin F; Genovese, Luigi; Giannozzi, Paolo; Giantomassi, Matteo; Goedecker, Stefan; Gonze, Xavier; Grånäs, Oscar; Gross, E K U; Gulans, Andris; Gygi, François; Hamann, D R; Hasnip, Phil J; Holzwarth, N A W; Iuşan, Diana; Jochym, Dominik B; Jollet, François; Jones, Daniel; Kresse, Georg; Koepernik, Klaus; Küçükbenli, Emine; Kvashnin, Yaroslav O; Locht, Inka L M; Lubeck, Sven; Marsman, Martijn; Marzari, Nicola; Nitzsche, Ulrike; Nordström, Lars; Ozaki, Taisuke; Paulatto, Lorenzo; Pickard, Chris J; Poelmans, Ward; Probert, Matt I J; Refson, Keith; Richter, Manuel; Rignanese, Gian-Marco; Saha, Santanu; Scheffler, Matthias; Schlipf, Martin; Schwarz, Karlheinz; Sharma, Sangeeta; Tavazza, Francesca; Thunström, Patrik; Tkatchenko, Alexandre; Torrent, Marc; Vanderbilt, David; van Setten, Michiel J; Van Speybroeck, Veronique; Wills, John M; Yates, Jonathan R; Zhang, Guo-Xu; Cottenier, Stefaan
2016-03-25
The widespread popularity of density functional theory has given rise to an extensive range of dedicated codes for predicting molecular and crystalline properties. However, each code implements the formalism in a different way, raising questions about the reproducibility of such predictions. We report the results of a community-wide effort that compared 15 solid-state codes, using 40 different potentials or basis set types, to assess the quality of the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof equations of state for 71 elemental crystals. We conclude that predictions from recent codes and pseudopotentials agree very well, with pairwise differences that are comparable to those between different high-precision experiments. Older methods, however, have less precise agreement. Our benchmark provides a framework for users and developers to document the precision of new applications and methodological improvements.
The "JK-only" approximation in density matrix functional and wave function theory.
Kollmar, Christian
2004-12-15
Various energy functionals applying the "JK-only" approximation which leads to two-index two-electron integrals instead of four-index two-electron integrals in the electron-electron interaction term of the electronic energy are presented. Numerical results of multiconfiguration self-consistent field calculations for the best possible "JK-only" wave function are compared to those obtained from the pair excitation multiconfiguration self-consistent (PEMCSCF) method and two versions of density matrix functional theory. One of these is derived making explicit use of some necessary conditions for N representability of the second-order density matrix. It is shown that this method models the energy functional based on the best possible "JK-only" wave function with good accuracy. The calculations also indicate that only a minor fraction of the total correlation energy is incorporated by "JK-only" approaches for larger molecules.
Origin of anomeric effect: A density functional steric analysis
Huang, Ying; Zhong, Ai-Guo; Yang, Qinsong; Liu, Shubin
2011-01-01
The anomeric effect (the tendency of heteroatomic substituents adjacent to a heteroatom within the cyclohexane ring to prefer the axial orientation instead of the sterically less hindered equatorial position) is traditionally explained through either the dipole moment repulsion or the hyperconjugation effect. In this work, by employing our recent work in density functional steric analysis, we provide a novel two-component explanation, which is consistent with the common belief in chemistry that the effect has a stereoelectronic origin. With α-D-glucopyranose as the prototype, we systematically explore its conformational space and generate 32 isomers, leading to a total of 80 axial–equatorial conformation pairs. The energy difference analysis of these pairs shows that while statistically speaking the tendency is valid, the anomeric effect is not always true and can be violated. Three energy components, exchange–correlation, classical electrostatic, and density functional steric, are found to be directly proportional to the total energy difference between axial and equatorial isomers. We also found that the total dipole moment change, not the hyperconjugation effect, is a reasonable indicator of the total energy difference. However, all these correlations alone are not strong enough to provide a compellingly convincing explanation for the general validity of the effect. With the help of strong correlations between energy components, an explanation with two energy components, steric and electrostatic, was proposed in this work. We show that the axial–equatorial energy difference in general, with the anomeric effect as a special case, is dictated by two factors of the stereoelectronic origin, steric hindrance and classical electrostaticinteractions, synchronously working together. Another explanation in terms of exchange–correlation and electrostaticinteractions has also been obtained in this work.
Jordan, Daniel K; Mazziotti, David A
2005-02-22
Two classes of linear-scaling methods to replace diagonalization of the one-particle Hamiltonian matrix in density functional theory are compared to each other. Purification takes a density matrix with the correct eigenfunctions and corrects the occupation numbers; density matrix minimization takes a density matrix with correct occupation numbers and corrects the eigenfunctions by rotating the orbitals. Computational comparisons are performed through modification of the MondoSCF program on water clusters and the protein endothelin. A purification scheme and a density matrix minimization scheme, based on the 1,2-contracted Schrodinger equation [D. A. Mazziotti, J. Chem. Phys. 115, 8305 (2001)] are implemented in large systems.
Reduced density-matrix functional theory: Correlation and spectroscopy
Di Sabatino, S.; Romaniello, P.; Berger, J. A.; Reining, L.
2015-07-14
In this work, we explore the performance of approximations to electron correlation in reduced density-matrix functional theory (RDMFT) and of approximations to the observables calculated within this theory. Our analysis focuses on the calculation of total energies, occupation numbers, removal/addition energies, and spectral functions. We use the exactly solvable Hubbard dimer at 1/4 and 1/2 fillings as test systems. This allows us to analyze the underlying physics and to elucidate the origin of the observed trends. For comparison, we also report the results of the GW approximation, where the self-energy functional is approximated, but no further hypothesis is made concerning the approximations of the observables. In particular, we focus on the atomic limit, where the two sites of the dimer are pulled apart and electrons localize on either site with equal probability, unless a small perturbation is present: this is the regime of strong electron correlation. In this limit, using the Hubbard dimer at 1/2 filling with or without a spin-symmetry-broken ground state allows us to explore how degeneracies and spin-symmetry breaking are treated in RDMFT. We find that, within the used approximations, neither in RDMFT nor in GW, the signature of strong correlation is present, when looking at the removal/addition energies and spectral function from the spin-singlet ground state, whereas both give the exact result for the spin-symmetry broken case. Moreover, we show how the spectroscopic properties change from one spin structure to the other.
A density functional for core-valence correlation energy
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Ranasinghe, Duminda S.; Frisch, Michael J.; Petersson, George A.
2015-12-01
A density functional, ɛCV-DFT(ρc, ρv), describing the core-valence correlation energy has been constructed as a linear combination of ɛLY Pcorr(ρc), ɛV WN5corr(ρc, ρv), ɛPBEcorr(ρc, ρv), ɛSlaterex(ρc, ρv), ɛHCTHex(ρc, ρv), ɛHFex(ρc, ρv), and F CV -DFT (" separators=" N i , Z i ) , a function of the nuclear charges. This functional, with 6 adjustable parameters, reproduces (±0.27 kcal/mol rms error) a benchmark set of 194 chemical energy changes including 9 electron affinities, 18 ionization potentials, and 167 total atomization energies covering the first- and second-rows of the periodic table. This is almost twice the rms error (±0.16 kcal/mol) obtained with CCSD(T)/MTsmall calculations, but less than half the rms error (±0.65 kcal/mol) obtained with MP2/GTlargeXP calculations, and somewhat smaller than the rms error (±0.39 kcal/mol) obtained with CCSD/MTsmall calculations. The largest positive and negative errors from ɛCV-DFT(ρc, ρv) were 0.88 and -0.75 kcal/mol with the set of 194 core-valence energy changes ranging from +3.76 kcal/mol for the total atomization energy of propyne to -9.05 kcal/mol for the double ionization of Mg. Evaluation of the ɛCV-DFT(ρc, ρv) functional requires less time than a single SCF iteration, and the accuracy is adequate for any model chemistry based on the CCSD(T) level of theory.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Park, Hyowon; Millis, Andrew J.; Marianetti, Chris A.
2015-07-01
Modern extensions of density functional theory such as the density functional theory plus U and the density functional theory plus dynamical mean field theory require choices, including selection of variable (charge vs spin density) for the density functional and specification of the correlated subspace. This paper examines these issues in the context of the "plus U" extensions of density functional theory, in which additional correlations on specified correlated orbitals are treated using a Hartree-Fock approximation. Differences between using charge-only or spin-density-dependent exchange-correlation functionals and between Wannier and projector-based definitions of the correlated orbitals are considered on the formal level and in the context of the structural energetics of the rare-earth nickelates. It is demonstrated that theories based on spin-dependent exchange-correlation functionals can lead to large and in some cases unphysical effective on-site exchange couplings. Wannier and projector-based definitions of the correlated orbitals lead to similar behavior near ambient pressure, but substantial differences are observed at large pressures. Implications for other beyond density functional methods such as the combination of density functional and dynamical mean field theory are discussed.
Augmented Lagrangian formulation of orbital-free density functional theory
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Suryanarayana, Phanish; Phanish, Deepa
2014-10-01
We present an Augmented Lagrangian formulation and its real-space implementation for non-periodic Orbital-Free Density Functional Theory (OF-DFT) calculations. In particular, we rewrite the constrained minimization problem of OF-DFT as a sequence of minimization problems without any constraint, thereby making it amenable to powerful unconstrained optimization algorithms. Further, we develop a parallel implementation of this approach for the Thomas-Fermi-von Weizsacker (TFW) kinetic energy functional in the framework of higher-order finite-differences and the conjugate gradient method. With this implementation, we establish that the Augmented Lagrangian approach is highly competitive compared to the penalty and Lagrange multiplier methods. Additionally, we show that higher-order finite-differences represent a computationally efficient discretization for performing OF-DFT simulations. Overall, we demonstrate that the proposed formulation and implementation are both efficient and robust by studying selected examples, including systems consisting of thousands of atoms. We validate the accuracy of the computed energies and forces by comparing them with those obtained by existing plane-wave methods.
Self-interaction corrections in density functional theory
Tsuneda, Takao; Hirao, Kimihiko
2014-05-14
Self-interaction corrections for Kohn-Sham density functional theory are reviewed for their physical meanings, formulations, and applications. The self-interaction corrections get rid of the self-interaction error, which is the sum of the Coulomb and exchange self-interactions that remains because of the use of an approximate exchange functional. The most frequently used self-interaction correction is the Perdew-Zunger correction. However, this correction leads to instabilities in the electronic state calculations of molecules. To avoid these instabilities, several self-interaction corrections have been developed on the basis of the characteristic behaviors of self-interacting electrons, which have no two-electron interactions. These include the von Weizsäcker kinetic energy and long-range (far-from-nucleus) asymptotic correction. Applications of self-interaction corrections have shown that the self-interaction error has a serious effect on the states of core electrons, but it has a smaller than expected effect on valence electrons. This finding is supported by the fact that the distribution of self-interacting electrons indicates that they are near atomic nuclei rather than in chemical bonds.
Density functional computations for inner-shell excitation spectroscopy
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Hu, Ching-Han; Chong, Delano P.
1996-11-01
The 1 s → π ∗ inner-shell excitation spectra of seven molecules have been studied using density functional theory along with the unrestricted generalized transition state (uGTS) approach. The exchange-correlation potential is based on a combined functional of Becke's exchange (B88) and Perdew's correlation (P86). A scaling procedure based on Clementi and Raimondi's rules for atomic screening is applied to the cc-pVTZ basis set of atoms where a partial core-hole is created in the uGTS calculations. The average absolute deviation between our predicted 1 s → π ∗ excitations eneergies and experimental values is only 0.16 eV. Singlet-triplet splittings of C 1 s → π ∗ transitions of CO, C 2H 2, C 2H 4, and C 6H 6 also agree with experimental observations. The average absolute deviation of our predicted core-electron binding energies and term values is 0.23 and 0.29 eV, respectively.
Density functional steric analysis of linear and branched alkanes.
Ess, Daniel H; Liu, Shubin; De Proft, Frank
2010-12-16
Branched alkane hydrocarbons are thermodynamically more stable than straight-chain linear alkanes. This thermodynamic stability is also manifest in alkane bond separation energies. To understand the physical differences between branched and linear alkanes, we have utilized a novel density functional theory (DFT) definition of steric energy based on the Weizäcker kinetic energy. Using the M06-2X functional, the total DFT energy was partitioned into a steric energy term (E(s)[ρ]), an electrostatic energy term (E(e)[ρ]), and a fermionic quantum energy term (E(q)[ρ]). This analysis revealed that branched alkanes have less (destabilizing) DFT steric energy than linear alkanes. The lower steric energy of branched alkanes is mitigated by an equal and opposite quantum energy term that contains the Pauli component of the kinetic energy and exchange-correlation energy. Because the steric and quantum energy terms cancel, this leaves the electrostatic energy term that favors alkane branching. Electrostatic effects, combined with correlation energy, explains why branched alkanes are more stable than linear alkanes.
Density Functional Steric Analysis of Linear and Branched Alkanes
Ess, Daniel H.; Liu, Shubin; De Proft, Frank
2010-11-18
Branched alkane hydrocarbons are thermodynamically more stable than straight-chain linear alkanes. This thermodynamic stability is also manifest in alkane bond separation energies. To understand the physical differences between branched and linear alkanes, we have utilized a novel density functional theory (DFT) definition of steric energy based on the Weizäcker kinetic energy. Using the M06-2X functional, the total DFT energy was partitioned into a steric energy term (E_{e}[[ρ]), an electrostatic energy term (E_{e}[ρ]), and a fermionic quantum energy term (E_{q}[[ρ]). This analysis revealed that branched alkanes have less (destabilizing) DFT steric energy than linear alkanes. The lower steric energy of branched alkanes is mitigated by an equal and opposite quantum energy term that contains the Pauli component of the kinetic energy and exchange-correlation energy. Because the steric and quantum energy terms cancel, this leaves the electrostatic energy term that favors alkane branching. Electrostatic effects, combined with correlation energy, explains why branched alkanes are more stable than linear alkanes.
Hardness of FeB4: density functional theory investigation.
Zhang, Miao; Lu, Mingchun; Du, Yonghui; Gao, Lili; Lu, Cheng; Liu, Hanyu
2014-05-07
A recent experimental study reported the successful synthesis of an orthorhombic FeB4 with a high hardness of 62(5) GPa [H. Gou et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 157002 (2013)], which has reignited extensive interests on whether transition-metal borides compounds will become superhard materials. However, it is contradicted with some theoretical studies suggesting transition-metal boron compounds are unlikely to become superhard materials. Here, we examined structural and electronic properties of FeB4 using density functional theory. The electronic calculations show the good metallicity and covalent Fe-B bonding. Meanwhile, we extensively investigated stress-strain relations of FeB4 under various tensile and shear loading directions. The calculated weakest tensile and shear stresses are 40 GPa and 25 GPa, respectively. Further simulations (e.g., electron localization function and bond length along the weakest loading direction) on FeB4 show the weak Fe-B bonding is responsible for this low hardness. Moreover, these results are consistent with the value of Vickers hardness (11.7-32.3 GPa) by employing different empirical hardness models and below the superhardness threshold of 40 GPa. Our current results suggest FeB4 is a hard material and unlikely to become superhard (>40 GPa).
Metallophilic interactions from dispersion-corrected density-functional theory
Otero-de-la-Roza, Alberto Mallory, Joel D.; Johnson, Erin R.
2014-05-14
In this article, we present the first comprehensive study of metallophilic (aurophilic) interactions using dispersion-corrected density-functional theory. Dispersion interactions (an essential component of metallophilicity) are treated using the exchange-hole dipole moment (XDM) model. By comparing against coupled-cluster benchmark calculations on simple dimers, we show that LC-ωPBE-XDM is a viable functional to study interactions between closed-shell transition metals and that it performs uniformly better than second-order Møller-Plesset theory, the basic computational technique used in previous works. We apply LC-ωPBE-XDM to address several open questions regarding metallophilicity, such as the interplay between dispersion and relativistic effects, the interaction strength along group 11, the additivity of homo- and hetero-metallophilic effects, the stability of [E(AuPH{sub 3}){sub 4}]{sup +} cations (E = N, P, As, Sb), and the role of metallophilic effects in crystal packing. We find that relativistic effects explain the prevalence of aurophilicity not by stabilizing metal-metal contacts, but by preventing gold from forming ionic structures involving bridge anions (which are otherwise common for Ag and Cu) as a result of the increased electron affinity of the metal. Dispersion effects are less important than previously assumed and their stabilization contribution is relatively independent of the metal.
Extracting electron transfer coupling elements from constrained density functional theory
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Wu, Qin; Van Voorhis, Troy
2006-10-01
Constrained density functional theory (DFT) is a useful tool for studying electron transfer (ET) reactions. It can straightforwardly construct the charge-localized diabatic states and give a direct measure of the inner-sphere reorganization energy. In this work, a method is presented for calculating the electronic coupling matrix element (Hab) based on constrained DFT. This method completely avoids the use of ground-state DFT energies because they are known to irrationally predict fractional electron transfer in many cases. Instead it makes use of the constrained DFT energies and the Kohn-Sham wave functions for the diabatic states in a careful way. Test calculations on the Zn2+ and the benzene-Cl atom systems show that the new prescription yields reasonable agreement with the standard generalized Mulliken-Hush method. We then proceed to produce the diabatic and adiabatic potential energy curves along the reaction pathway for intervalence ET in the tetrathiafulvalene-diquinone (Q-TTF-Q) anion. While the unconstrained DFT curve has no reaction barrier and gives Hab≈17kcal /mol, which qualitatively disagrees with experimental results, the Hab calculated from constrained DFT is about 3kcal /mol and the generated ground state has a barrier height of 1.70kcal/mol, successfully predicting (Q-TTF-Q)- to be a class II mixed-valence compound.
Acrolein impairs the cholesterol transport functions of high density lipoproteins.
Chadwick, Alexandra C; Holme, Rebecca L; Chen, Yiliang; Thomas, Michael J; Sorci-Thomas, Mary G; Silverstein, Roy L; Pritchard, Kirkwood A; Sahoo, Daisy
2015-01-01
High density lipoproteins (HDL) are considered athero-protective, primarily due to their role in reverse cholesterol transport, where they transport cholesterol from peripheral tissues to the liver for excretion. The current study was designed to determine the impact of HDL modification by acrolein, a highly reactive aldehyde found in high abundance in cigarette smoke, on the cholesterol transport functions of HDL. HDL was chemically-modified with acrolein and immunoblot and mass spectrometry analyses confirmed apolipoprotein crosslinking, as well as acrolein adducts on apolipoproteins A-I and A-II. The ability of acrolein-modified HDL (acro-HDL) to serve as an acceptor of free cholesterol (FC) from COS-7 cells transiently expressing SR-BI was significantly decreased. Further, in contrast to native HDL, acro-HDL promotes higher neutral lipid accumulation in murine macrophages as judged by Oil Red O staining. The ability of acro-HDL to mediate efficient selective uptake of HDL-cholesteryl esters (CE) into SR-BI-expressing cells was reduced compared to native HDL. Together, the findings from our studies suggest that acrolein modification of HDL produces a dysfunctional particle that may ultimately promote atherogenesis by impairing functions that are critical in the reverse cholesterol transport pathway.
Augmented Lagrangian formulation of orbital-free density functional theory
Suryanarayana, Phanish Phanish, Deepa
2014-10-15
We present an Augmented Lagrangian formulation and its real-space implementation for non-periodic Orbital-Free Density Functional Theory (OF-DFT) calculations. In particular, we rewrite the constrained minimization problem of OF-DFT as a sequence of minimization problems without any constraint, thereby making it amenable to powerful unconstrained optimization algorithms. Further, we develop a parallel implementation of this approach for the Thomas–Fermi–von Weizsacker (TFW) kinetic energy functional in the framework of higher-order finite-differences and the conjugate gradient method. With this implementation, we establish that the Augmented Lagrangian approach is highly competitive compared to the penalty and Lagrange multiplier methods. Additionally, we show that higher-order finite-differences represent a computationally efficient discretization for performing OF-DFT simulations. Overall, we demonstrate that the proposed formulation and implementation are both efficient and robust by studying selected examples, including systems consisting of thousands of atoms. We validate the accuracy of the computed energies and forces by comparing them with those obtained by existing plane-wave methods.
Computational characterization of sodium selenite using density functional theory.
Barraza-Jiménez, Diana; Flores-Hidalgo, Manuel Alberto; Galvan, Donald H; Sánchez, Esteban; Glossman-Mitnik, Daniel
2011-04-01
In this theoretical study we used density functional theory to calculate the molecular and crystalline structures of sodium selenite. Our structural results were compared with experimental data. From the molecular structure we determined the ionization potential, electronic affinity, and global reactivity parameters like electronegativity, hardness, softness and global electrophilic index. A significant difference in the IP and EA values was observed, and this difference was dependent on the calculation method used (employing either vertical or adiabatic energies). Thus, values obtained for the electrophilic index (2.186 eV from vertical energies and 2.188 eV from adiabatic energies) were not significantly different. Selectivity was calculated using the Fukui functions. Since the Mulliken charge study predicted a negative value, it is recommended that AIM should be used in selectivity characterization. It was evident from the selectivity index that sodium atoms are the most sensitive sites to nucleophilic attack. The results obtained in this work provide data that will aid the characterization of compounds used in crop biofortification.
Antisites in III-V semiconductors: Density functional theory calculations
Chroneos, A.; Tahini, H. A.; Schwingenschlögl, U.; Grimes, R. W.
2014-07-14
Density functional based simulation, corrected for finite size effects, is used to investigate systematically the formation of antisite defects in III-V semiconductors (III = Al, Ga, and In and V = P, As, and Sb). Different charge states are modelled as a function of the Fermi level and under different growth conditions. The formation energies of group III antisites (III{sub V}{sup q}) decrease with increasing covalent radius of the group V atom though not group III radius, whereas group V antisites (V{sub III}{sup q}) show a consistent decrease in formation energies with increase in group III and group V covalent radii. In general, III{sub V}{sup q} defects dominate under III-rich conditions and V{sub III}{sup q} under V-rich conditions. Comparison with equivalent vacancy formation energy simulations shows that while antisite concentrations are always dominant under stoichiometric conditions, modest variation in growth or doping conditions can lead to a significantly higher concentration of vacancies.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ulian, Gianfranco; Valdrè, Giovanni
2015-02-01
The knowledge of the P, T behavior of talc is very important in mineralogical-petrological and geophysical research fields because talc can be considered a hydrous phase that can recycle water into the Earth's mantle and also an important mineral in both industrial and technological applications. However, very few works have been presented to fully characterize the thermodynamic properties of this mineral, especially at atomic scale. In a previous work, we modeled the structural and mechanical properties of talc using the B3LYP-D* hybrid density functional, which included a correction for the dispersive forces and all-electron Gaussian-type orbital basis sets. The results were in good agreement with single-crystal X-ray and neutron diffraction experimental data. Here, we extend the investigation to the thermochemical and thermophysical properties of talc using the same density functional approach and the quasi-harmonic approximation, providing the thermal equation of state, the heat capacity and the entropy of the mineral at different P, T conditions.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ulian, Gianfranco; Valdrè, Giovanni
2014-08-01
The knowledge of the P, T behavior of talc is very important in mineralogical-petrological and geophysical research fields because talc can be considered a hydrous phase that can recycle water into the Earth's mantle and also an important mineral in both industrial and technological applications. However, very few works have been presented to fully characterize the thermodynamic properties of this mineral, especially at atomic scale. In a previous work, we modeled the structural and mechanical properties of talc using the B3LYP-D* hybrid density functional, which included a correction for the dispersive forces and all-electron Gaussian-type orbital basis sets. The results were in good agreement with single-crystal X-ray and neutron diffraction experimental data. Here, we extend the investigation to the thermochemical and thermophysical properties of talc using the same density functional approach and the quasi-harmonic approximation, providing the thermal equation of state, the heat capacity and the entropy of the mineral at different P, T conditions.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Lipparini, Enrico; Pederiva, Francesco
2016-08-01
The time dependent local isospin density approximation (TDLIDA) has been extended to the study of the transverse isospin response function in nuclear matter with an arbitrary neutron-proton asymmetry parameter ξ . The energy density functional has been chosen in order to fit existing accurate quantum Monte Carlo calculations with a density dependent potential. The evolution of the response with ξ in the Δ Tz=±1 channels is quite different. While the strength of the Δ Tz=+1 channel disappears rather quickly by increasing the asymmetry, the Δ Tz=-1 channel develops a stronger and stronger collective mode that in the regime typical of neutron star matter at β equilibrium almost completely exhausts the excitation spectrum of the system. The neutrino mean free paths obtained from the TDLIDA responses are strongly dependent on ξ and on the presence of collective modes, leading to a sizable difference with respect to the prediction of the Fermi gas model.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Lovett, Ronald
1988-06-01
All predictive theories for the spatial variation of the density in an inhomogeneous system can be constructed by approximating exact, nonlinear integral equations which relate the density and pair correlation functions of the system. It is shown that the set of correct kernels in the exact integral equations for the density is on the boundary between the set of kernels for which the integral equations have no solution for the density and the set for which the integral equations have a multiplicity of solutions. Thus arbitrarily small deviations from the correct kernel can make these integral equations insoluble. A heuristic model equation is used to illustrate how the density functional problem can be so sensitive to the approximation made to the correlation function kernel and it is then shown explicitly that this behavior is realized in the relation between the density and the direct correlation function and in the lowest order BGYB equation. Functional equations are identified for the kernels in these equations which are satisified by the correct kernels, which guarantee a unique solution to the integral equations, and which provide a natural constraint on approximations which can be used in density functional theory. It is also shown that this sensitive behavior is a general property of density functional problems and that the methodology for constructing the constraints is equally general. A variety of applications of density functional theory are reviewed to illustrate practical consequences of this sensitivity.
Velocity analysis with local event slopes related probability density function
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Zhang, Peng; Lu, Wenkai; Zhang, Yingqiang
2015-12-01
Macro velocity model plays a key role in seismic imaging and inversion. The performance of traditional velocity analysis methods is degraded by multiples and amplitude-versus-offset (AVO) anomalies. Local event slopes, containing the subsurface velocity information, have been widely used to accomplish common time-domain seismic processing, imaging and velocity estimation. In this paper, we propose a method for velocity analysis with probability density function (PDF) related to local event slopes. We first estimate local event slopes with phase information in the Fourier domain. An adaptive filter is applied to improve the performance of slopes estimator in the low signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) situation. Second, the PDF is approximated with the histogram function, which is related to attributes derived from local event slopes. As a graphical representation of the data distribution, the histogram function can be computed efficiently. By locating the ray path of the first arrival on the semblance image with straight-ray segments assumption, automatic velocity picking is carried out to establish velocity model. Unlike local event slopes based velocity estimation strategies such as averaging filters and image warping, the proposed method does not make the assumption that the errors of mapped velocity values are symmetrically distributed or that the variation of amplitude along the offset is slight. Extension of the method to prestack time-domain migration velocity estimation is also given. With synthetic and field examples, we demonstrate that our method can achieve high resolution, even in the presence of multiples, strong amplitude variations and polarity reversals.
Understanding density functional theory (DFT) and completing it in practice
Bagayoko, Diola
2014-12-15
We review some salient points in the derivation of density functional theory (DFT) and of the local density approximation (LDA) of it. We then articulate an understanding of DFT and LDA that seems to be ignored in the literature. We note the well-established failures of many DFT and LDA calculations to reproduce the measured energy gaps of finite systems and band gaps of semiconductors and insulators. We then illustrate significant differences between the results from self consistent calculations using single trial basis sets and those from computations following the Bagayoko, Zhao, and Williams (BZW) method, as enhanced by Ekuma and Franklin (BZW-EF). Unlike the former, the latter calculations verifiably attain the absolute minima of the occupied energies, as required by DFT. These minima are one of the reasons for the agreement between their results and corresponding, experimental ones for the band gap and a host of other properties. Further, we note predictions of DFT BZW-EF calculations that have been confirmed by experiment. Our subsequent description of the BZW-EF method ends with the application of the Rayleigh theorem in the selection, among the several calculations the method requires, of the one whose results have a full, physics content ascribed to DFT. This application of the Rayleigh theorem adds to or completes DFT, in practice, to preserve the physical content of unoccupied, low energy levels. Discussions, including implications of the method, and a short conclusion follow the description of the method. The successive augmentation of the basis set in the BZW-EF method, needed for the application of the Rayleigh theorem, is also necessary in the search for the absolute minima of the occupied energies, in practice.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Motamarri, Phani; Gavini, Vikram
2014-09-01
We present a subspace projection technique to conduct large-scale Kohn-Sham density functional theory calculations using higher-order spectral finite-element discretization. The proposed method treats both metallic and insulating materials in a single framework and is applicable to both pseudopotential as well as all-electron calculations. The key ideas involved in the development of this method include: (i) employing a higher-order spectral finite-element basis that is amenable to mesh adaption; (ii) using a Chebyshev filter to construct a subspace, which is an approximation to the occupied eigenspace in a given self-consistent field iteration; (iii) using a localization procedure to construct a nonorthogonal localized basis spanning the Chebyshev filtered subspace; and (iv) using a Fermi-operator expansion in terms of the subspace-projected Hamiltonian represented in the nonorthogonal localized basis to compute relevant quantities like the density matrix, electron density, and band energy. We demonstrate the accuracy and efficiency of the proposed approach on benchmark systems involving pseudopotential calculations on aluminum nanoclusters up to 3430 atoms and on alkane chains up to 7052 atoms, as well as all-electron calculations on silicon nanoclusters up to 3920 electrons. The benchmark studies revealed that accuracies commensurate with chemical accuracy can be obtained with the proposed method, and a subquadratic-scaling with system size was observed for the range of materials systems studied. In particular, for the alkane chains—representing an insulating material—close to linear scaling is observed, whereas, for aluminum nanoclusters—representing a metallic material—the scaling is observed to be O (N1.46). For all-electron calculations on silicon nanoclusters, the scaling with the number of electrons is computed to be O (N1.75). In all the benchmark systems, significant computational savings have been realized with the proposed approach, with
Filtered density function approach for reactive transport in groundwater
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Suciu, Nicolae; Schüler, Lennart; Attinger, Sabine; Knabner, Peter
2016-04-01
Spatial filtering may be used in coarse-grained simulations (CGS) of reactive transport in groundwater, similar to the large eddy simulations (LES) in turbulence. The filtered density function (FDF), stochastically equivalent to a probability density function (PDF), provides a statistical description of the sub-grid, unresolved, variability of the concentration field. Besides closing the chemical source terms in the transport equation for the mean concentration, like in LES-FDF methods, the CGS-FDF approach aims at quantifying the uncertainty over the whole hierarchy of heterogeneity scales exhibited by natural porous media. Practically, that means estimating concentration PDFs on coarse grids, at affordable computational costs. To cope with the high dimensionality of the problem in case of multi-component reactive transport and to reduce the numerical diffusion, FDF equations are solved by particle methods. But, while trajectories of computational particles are modeled as stochastic processes indexed by time, the concentration's heterogeneity is modeled as a random field, with multi-dimensional, spatio-temporal sets of indices. To overcome this conceptual inconsistency, we consider FDFs/PDFs of random species concentrations weighted by conserved scalars and we show that their evolution equations can be formulated as Fokker-Planck equations describing stochastically equivalent processes in concentration-position spaces. Numerical solutions can then be approximated by the density in the concentration-position space of an ensemble of computational particles governed by the associated Itô equations. Instead of sequential particle methods we use a global random walk (GRW) algorithm, which is stable, free of numerical diffusion, and practically insensitive to the increase of the number of particles. We illustrate the general FDF approach and the GRW numerical solution for a reduced complexity problem consisting of the transport of a single scalar in groundwater
Marana, Naiara L.; Albuquerque, Anderson R.; La Porta, Felipe A.; Longo, Elson; Sambrano, Julio R.
2016-05-15
Periodic density functional theory calculations with the B3LYP hybrid functional and all-electron Gaussian basis set were performed to simulate the structural and electronic properties as well as the strain and formation energies of single-walled ZnO nanotubes (SWZnONTs) and Carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) with different chiralities as functions of their diameters. For all SWZnONTs, the band gap, strain energy, and formation energy converge to ~4.5 eV, 0.0 eV/atom, and 0.40 eV/atom, respectively. This result suggests that the nanotubes are formed more easily from the surface than from the bulk. For SWCNTs, the strain energy is always positive, while the formation energy is negative for armchair and zigzag nanotubes, therefore suggesting that these types of nanotubes can be preferentially formed from the bulk. The electronic properties of SWCNTs depend on the chirality; all armchair nanotubes are metallic, while zigzag and chiral nanotubes can be metallic or semiconducting, depending on the n and m vectors. - Graphical abstract: DFT/B3LYP were performed to simulate the structural and electronic properties as well as the strain and formation energies of SWZnONTs and SWCNTs with different chiralities as functions of their diameters. - Highlights: • The energies of SWZnONTs converge for chirality with diameters up 20 Å. • SWCNTs electronic properties depend on the chirality. • The properties of SWZnONTs are very similar to those of monolayer surface.
Spin propensities of octahedral complexes from density functional theory.
Mortensen, Sara R; Kepp, Kasper P
2015-04-30
The fundamental balance between high- and low-spin states of transition metal systems depends on both the metal ion and the ligands surrounding it, as often visualized by the spectrochemical series. Most density functionals do not reproduce this balance, and real spin state propensities depend on orbital pairing and vibrational entropies absent in the spectrochemical series. Thus, we systematically computed the tendency toward high or low spin of "text-book" octahedral metal complexes versus ligand and metal type, using eight density functionals. Dispersion effects were generally <5 kJ/mol, favoring low-spin states. Zero-point energies favored high-spin states up to 33 kJ/mol for strong ligands, but down to a few kilojoules per mole for weak ligands. Vibrational entropy also favored high-spin states up to 40 kJ/mol, most for strong ligands. Jahn-Teller distortion in Co(II) low-spin states, particularly stable d(6) low-spin states, and entropy corrections were consistent with experiment. Entropy and zero-point energy corrections were markedly lower for Co(II) and Mn(III), viz., the differential ligand field stabilization energy, and can only be ignored for weak ligands. The data enable simple assessment of spin state propensities versus ligand and metal type and reveal, e.g., that CN(-) is consistently weaker than CO for M(II) but stronger than CO for M(III) and SCN(-) and NCS(-) change order in M(II) versus M(III) complexes. Contrary to expectation based on the spectrochemical series, Cl(-) and Br(-) are very close in spin state propensity because the pairing penalty for low spin is smaller in Br(-). Thus, for the M(II) complexes, we find a consensus order of Br(-) ∼ Cl(-) < H2O < SCN(-) < NCS(-) ∼ NH3 < CN(-) < CO, whereas for the M(III) complexes, an approximate order is Br(-) ∼ Cl(-) < H2O ∼ NCS(-) ∼ SCN(-)< NH3 < CO < CN(-).
Subsystem functional and the missing ingredient of confinement physics in density functionals.
Armiento, Rickard Roberto; Mattsson, Ann Elisabet; Hao, Feng
2010-08-01
The subsystem functional scheme is a promising approach recently proposed for constructing exchange-correlation density functionals. In this scheme, the physics in each part of real materials is described by mapping to a characteristic model system. The 'confinement physics,' an essential physical ingredient that has been left out in present functionals, is studied by employing the harmonic-oscillator (HO) gas model. By performing the potential {yields} density and the density {yields} exchange energy per particle mappings based on two model systems characterizing the physics in the interior (uniform electron-gas model) and surface regions (Airy gas model) of materials for the HO gases, we show that the confinement physics emerges when only the lowest subband of the HO gas is occupied by electrons. We examine the approximations of the exchange energy by several state-of-the-art functionals for the HO gas, and none of them produces adequate accuracy in the confinement dominated cases. A generic functional that incorporates the description of the confinement physics is needed.
Dai, Yafei; Li, Zhenyu; Yang, Jinlong
2015-08-06
The atomically precise edge chlorination of nanographenes has recently been reported as a crucial technology of functionalization through which the planar structure and optical properties of nanographenes can be significantly changed. To check the effects of molecular size, geometrical symmetry and edge functionalization of nanographenes on their optical properties, a series of nanographenes is studied in the framework of density functional theory with the B3LYP functional. Our results indicate that edge functionalization remarkably changes the nonlinear optical properties and increases the anisotropy of nanographenes compared to the effects of the molecular size and system geometric symmetry. Furthermore, the nonlinear optical properties of nanographenes can be tuned by precise edge functionalization, which opens a new avenue for using nanographenes as nonlinear optical materials.
Global and local curvature in density functional theory
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Zhao, Qing; Ioannidis, Efthymios I.; Kulik, Heather J.
2016-08-01
Piecewise linearity of the energy with respect to fractional electron removal or addition is a requirement of an electronic structure method that necessitates the presence of a derivative discontinuity at integer electron occupation. Semi-local exchange-correlation (xc) approximations within density functional theory (DFT) fail to reproduce this behavior, giving rise to deviations from linearity with a convex global curvature that is evidence of many-electron, self-interaction error and electron delocalization. Popular functional tuning strategies focus on reproducing piecewise linearity, especially to improve predictions of optical properties. In a divergent approach, Hubbard U-augmented DFT (i.e., DFT+U) treats self-interaction errors by reducing the local curvature of the energy with respect to electron removal or addition from one localized subshell to the surrounding system. Although it has been suggested that DFT+U should simultaneously alleviate global and local curvature in the atomic limit, no detailed study on real systems has been carried out to probe the validity of this statement. In this work, we show when DFT+U should minimize deviations from linearity and demonstrate that a "+U" correction will never worsen the deviation from linearity of the underlying xc approximation. However, we explain varying degrees of efficiency of the approach over 27 octahedral transition metal complexes with respect to transition metal (Sc-Cu) and ligand strength (CO, NH3, and H2O) and investigate select pathological cases where the delocalization error is invisible to DFT+U within an atomic projection framework. Finally, we demonstrate that the global and local curvatures represent different quantities that show opposing behavior with increasing ligand field strength, and we identify where these two may still coincide.
Calaminici, Patrizia; Janetzko, Florian; Köster, Andreas M; Mejia-Olvera, Roberto; Zuniga-Gutierrez, Bernardo
2007-01-28
Density functional theory optimized basis sets for gradient corrected functionals for 3d transition metal atoms are presented. Double zeta valence polarization and triple zeta valence polarization basis sets are optimized with the PW86 functional. The performance of the newly optimized basis sets is tested in atomic and molecular calculations. Excitation energies of 3d transition metal atoms, as well as electronic configurations, structural parameters, dissociation energies, and harmonic vibrational frequencies of a large number of molecules containing 3d transition metal elements, are presented. The obtained results are compared with available experimental data as well as with other theoretical data from the literature.
Density-functional study of plutonium monoxide monohydride
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Qiu, Ruizhi; Lu, Haiyan; Ao, Bingyun; Tang, Tao; Chen, Piheng
2017-03-01
The structural, electronic, mechanical, optical, thermodynamic properties of plutonium monoxide monohydride (PuOH) are studied by density-functional calculations within the framework of LDA/GGA and LDA/GGA+U. From the total energy calculation, the lowest-energy crystal structure of PuOH is predicted to have space group F 4 bar 3 m (No. 216). Within the LDA+U framework, the calculated lattice parameter of F 4 bar 3 m -PuOH is in good agreement with the experimental value and the corresponding ground state is predicted to be an antiferromagnetic charge-transfer insulator. Furthermore, we investigate the bonding character of PuOH by analyzing the electron structure and find that there are a stronger Pu-O bond and a weaker Pu-H bond. The mechanical properties including the elastic constants, elastic moduli and Debye's temperature, and the optical properties including the reflectivity and absorption coefficient are also calculated. We then compute the phonon spectrum which verified the dynamical stability of F 4 bar 3 m -PuOH. Some thermodynamic quantities such as the specific heat are evaluated. Finally we calculate the formation energy of PuOH, and the reaction energies for the oxidation of PuOH and PuOH-coated Pu, which are in reasonable agreement with the experimental values.
Dynamical Density Functional Theory and Hydrodynamic Interactions in Confined Systems
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Goddard, Benjamin; Nold, Andreas; Kalliadasis, Serafim
2016-11-01
Colloidal systems consist of nano- to micrometer-sized particles suspended in a bath of many more, much smaller and much lighter particles. Motion of the colloidal particles through the bath, e.g. when driven by external forces such as gravity, induces flows in the bath. These flows in turn impart forces on the colloid particles. These bath-mediated forces, known as Hydrodynamic Interactions (HIs) strongly influence the dynamics of the colloid particles. This is particularly true in confined systems, in which the presence of walls substantially modifies the HIs compared to unbounded geometries. For many-particle systems, the many of degrees of freedom prohibit a direct solution of the underlying stochastic equations and a reduced model is necessary. We employ elements from the statistical mechanics of classical fluids, namely Dynamical Density Functional Theory (DDFT), the computational complexity of which is independent of the number of particles to include both inter-particle and particle-wall HI and demonstrate the physical importance of using the correct description of HIs in confined systems. In addition, DDFT allows us to isolate and investigate different components of HIs. Supported by EPSRC Grant EP/L025159.
Benchmark Study of Density Cumulant Functional Theory: Thermochemistry and Kinetics.
Copan, Andreas V; Sokolov, Alexander Yu; Schaefer, Henry F
2014-06-10
We present an extensive benchmark study of density cumulant functional theory (DCFT) for thermochemistry and kinetics of closed- and open-shell molecules. The performance of DCFT methods (DC-06, DC-12, ODC-06, and ODC-12) is compared to that of coupled-electron pair methods (CEPA0 and OCEPA0) and coupled-cluster theory (CCSD and CCSD(T)) for the description of noncovalent interactions (A24 database), barrier heights of hydrogen-transfer reactions (HTBH38), radical stabilization energies (RSE30), adiabatic ionization energies (AIE), and covalent bond stretching in diatomic molecules. Our results indicate that out of four DCFT methods the ODC-12 method is the most reliable and accurate DCFT formulation to date. Compared to CCSD, ODC-12 shows superior results for all benchmark tests employed in our study. With respect to coupled-pair theories, ODC-12 outperforms CEPA0 and shows similar accuracy to the orbital-optimized CEPA0 variant (OCEPA0) for systems at equilibrium geometries. For covalent bond stretching, ODC-12 is found to be more reliable than OCEPA0. For the RSE30 and AIE data sets, ODC-12 shows competitive performance with CCSD(T). In addition to benchmark results, we report new reference values for the RSE30 data set computed using coupled cluster theory with up to perturbative quadruple excitations.
Van der Waals interactions in density functional theory
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Langreth, David C.
2009-03-01
The van der Waals density functional which we introduced half a decade agoootnotetextM. Dion et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 246401 (2004). and its self-consistent generalizationootnotetextT. Thonhauser et al., Phys. Rev. B 76, 125112 (2007). will be briefly reviewed. There are many collaborators in the application review that will follow, not only those who worked in the physics department at Rutgers% ootnotetextMaxime Dion, Aaron Puzder, T. Thonhauser, Valentino R. Cooper, Shen Li, Eamonn Murray, Lingzhu Kong, and Kyuho Lee. and at Chalmers,% ootnotetextHenrik Rydberg, Svetla Chakarova-K"ack, Jesper Kleis, Elsebeth Schr"oder, Per Hyldgaard, and Bengt I. Lundqvist. but also at Denmarks Technical University,% ootnotetextAndrei Kelkkanen, Poul G. Moses, Jesper Kleis, and Bengt I. Lundqvist. the chemistry department at Rutgers,% ootnotetextKonhoa Li, Jing Li, Yves Chabal, and Wilma K. Olson. and most recently at the University of Texas at Dallas.% ootnotetextNour Nijem and Yves Chabal. I will expand on our recent review article,ootnotetextD. C. Langreth et al., J. Phys. Cond. Mat. (in press). which hopefully will be published before the present talk, and include applications by other groups not listed below. If possible, I will also review results from a more recent collaboration to study nucleosomal DNA and beyond.
Numerical methods for high-dimensional probability density function equations
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Cho, H.; Venturi, D.; Karniadakis, G. E.
2016-01-01
In this paper we address the problem of computing the numerical solution to kinetic partial differential equations involving many phase variables. These types of equations arise naturally in many different areas of mathematical physics, e.g., in particle systems (Liouville and Boltzmann equations), stochastic dynamical systems (Fokker-Planck and Dostupov-Pugachev equations), random wave theory (Malakhov-Saichev equations) and coarse-grained stochastic systems (Mori-Zwanzig equations). We propose three different classes of new algorithms addressing high-dimensionality: The first one is based on separated series expansions resulting in a sequence of low-dimensional problems that can be solved recursively and in parallel by using alternating direction methods. The second class of algorithms relies on truncation of interaction in low-orders that resembles the Bogoliubov-Born-Green-Kirkwood-Yvon (BBGKY) framework of kinetic gas theory and it yields a hierarchy of coupled probability density function equations. The third class of algorithms is based on high-dimensional model representations, e.g., the ANOVA method and probabilistic collocation methods. A common feature of all these approaches is that they are reducible to the problem of computing the solution to high-dimensional equations via a sequence of low-dimensional problems. The effectiveness of the new algorithms is demonstrated in numerical examples involving nonlinear stochastic dynamical systems and partial differential equations, with up to 120 variables.
Parameterizing deep convection using the assumed probability density function method
Storer, R. L.; Griffin, B. M.; Höft, J.; ...
2015-01-06
Due to their coarse horizontal resolution, present-day climate models must parameterize deep convection. This paper presents single-column simulations of deep convection using a probability density function (PDF) parameterization. The PDF parameterization predicts the PDF of subgrid variability of turbulence, clouds, and hydrometeors. That variability is interfaced to a prognostic microphysics scheme using a Monte Carlo sampling method. The PDF parameterization is used to simulate tropical deep convection, the transition from shallow to deep convection over land, and midlatitude deep convection. These parameterized single-column simulations are compared with 3-D reference simulations. The agreement is satisfactory except when the convective forcing ismore » weak. The same PDF parameterization is also used to simulate shallow cumulus and stratocumulus layers. The PDF method is sufficiently general to adequately simulate these five deep, shallow, and stratiform cloud cases with a single equation set. This raises hopes that it may be possible in the future, with further refinements at coarse time step and grid spacing, to parameterize all cloud types in a large-scale model in a unified way.« less
Parameterizing deep convection using the assumed probability density function method
Storer, R. L.; Griffin, B. M.; Hoft, Jan; Weber, J. K.; Raut, E.; Larson, Vincent E.; Wang, Minghuai; Rasch, Philip J.
2015-01-06
Due to their coarse horizontal resolution, present-day climate models must parameterize deep convection. This paper presents single-column simulations of deep convection using a probability density function (PDF) parameterization. The PDF parameterization predicts the PDF of subgrid variability of turbulence, clouds, and hydrometeors. That variability is interfaced to a prognostic microphysics scheme using a Monte Carlo sampling method.The PDF parameterization is used to simulate tropical deep convection, the transition from shallow to deep convection over land, and mid-latitude deep convection.These parameterized single-column simulations are compared with 3-D reference simulations. The agreement is satisfactory except when the convective forcing is weak. The same PDF parameterization is also used to simulate shallow cumulus and stratocumulus layers. The PDF method is sufficiently general to adequately simulate these five deep, shallow, and stratiform cloud cases with a single equation set. This raises hopes that it may be possible in the future, with further refinements at coarse time step and grid spacing, to parameterize all cloud types in a large-scale model in a unified way.
Parameterizing deep convection using the assumed probability density function method
Storer, R. L.; Griffin, B. M.; Höft, J.; ...
2014-06-11
Due to their coarse horizontal resolution, present-day climate models must parameterize deep convection. This paper presents single-column simulations of deep convection using a probability density function (PDF) parameterization. The PDF parameterization predicts the PDF of subgrid variability of turbulence, clouds, and hydrometeors. That variability is interfaced to a prognostic microphysics scheme using a Monte Carlo sampling method. The PDF parameterization is used to simulate tropical deep convection, the transition from shallow to deep convection over land, and mid-latitude deep convection. These parameterized single-column simulations are compared with 3-D reference simulations. The agreement is satisfactory except when the convective forcing ismore » weak. The same PDF parameterization is also used to simulate shallow cumulus and stratocumulus layers. The PDF method is sufficiently general to adequately simulate these five deep, shallow, and stratiform cloud cases with a single equation set. This raises hopes that it may be possible in the future, with further refinements at coarse time step and grid spacing, to parameterize all cloud types in a large-scale model in a unified way.« less
Numerical methods for high-dimensional probability density function equations
Cho, H.; Venturi, D.; Karniadakis, G.E.
2016-01-15
In this paper we address the problem of computing the numerical solution to kinetic partial differential equations involving many phase variables. These types of equations arise naturally in many different areas of mathematical physics, e.g., in particle systems (Liouville and Boltzmann equations), stochastic dynamical systems (Fokker–Planck and Dostupov–Pugachev equations), random wave theory (Malakhov–Saichev equations) and coarse-grained stochastic systems (Mori–Zwanzig equations). We propose three different classes of new algorithms addressing high-dimensionality: The first one is based on separated series expansions resulting in a sequence of low-dimensional problems that can be solved recursively and in parallel by using alternating direction methods. The second class of algorithms relies on truncation of interaction in low-orders that resembles the Bogoliubov–Born–Green–Kirkwood–Yvon (BBGKY) framework of kinetic gas theory and it yields a hierarchy of coupled probability density function equations. The third class of algorithms is based on high-dimensional model representations, e.g., the ANOVA method and probabilistic collocation methods. A common feature of all these approaches is that they are reducible to the problem of computing the solution to high-dimensional equations via a sequence of low-dimensional problems. The effectiveness of the new algorithms is demonstrated in numerical examples involving nonlinear stochastic dynamical systems and partial differential equations, with up to 120 variables.
Density functional theory investigation of sodium azide at high pressure
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Steele, B. A.; Landerville, A. C.; Oleynik, I. I.
2014-05-01
High pressure experiments utilizing Raman spectroscopy indicate that the a phase of sodium azide undergoes a polymeric phase transition at high pressure. In this work, the structural and vibrational properties, including the first order Raman and infrared spectra, of the a phase of sodium azide are calculated using first-principles density functional theory up to 92 GPa. The equation of state of α NaN3 is obtained within the quasi-harmonic approximation at various temperatures. Each Raman-active mode blue shifts under compression whereas the doubly degenerate IR-active azide bending mode red-shifts under compression. However, at 70 GPa, the intensity of the Bu IR-active bending mode decreases substantially, and a new distorted azide bending lattice mode appears in the IR spectrum. In contrast to the bending mode, this new mode blue-shifts under compression. No new modes appear in the Raman spectra at high pressure, indicating that the changes in the Raman spectrum seen in experiment at high pressure are signs of new high nitrogen content structures, but not due to sodium azide.
Density functional theory study of phase IV of solid hydrogen
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Pickard, Chris J.; Martinez-Canales, Miguel; Needs, Richard J.
2012-06-01
We have studied solid hydrogen up to pressures of 300 GPa and temperatures of 350 K using density functional theory methods and have found “mixed structures” that are more stable than those predicted earlier. Mixed structures consist of alternate layers of strongly bonded molecules and weakly bonded graphene-like sheets. Quasiharmonic vibrational calculations show that mixed structures are the most stable at room temperature over the pressure range 250-295 GPa. These structures are stabilized with respect to strongly bonded molecular phases at room temperature by the presence of lower frequency vibrational modes arising from the graphene-like sheets. Our results for the mixed structures are consistent with the experimental Raman data [M. I. Eremets and I. A. Troyan, Nat. Mater.1476-112210.1038/nmat3175 10, 927 (2011) and R. T. Howie , Phys. Rev. Lett.PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.108.125501 108, 125501 (2012)]. We find that mixed phases are reasonable structural models for phase IV of hydrogen.
DENSITY-FUNCTIONAL STUDY OF THE U-ZR SYSTEM
Landa, A; Soderlind, P; Turchi, P
2008-06-25
Density-functional formalism is applied to study the phase equilibria in the U-Zr system. The obtained ground-state properties of the {gamma} (bcc) and {delta} (C32) phases are in good agreement with experimental data. The decomposition curve for the {gamma}-based U-Zr solutions is calculated. Our calculations confirm that experimentally observed 'partial' ordering of the alloy components in the {delta}-UZr{sub 2} (AlB{sub 2}) phase, in which Zr atoms occupy the 'Al' position and the two 'B' sites are randomly shared by the U and Zr atoms, is the most energetically favorable within the C32 structure. We argue that stabilization of the {delta}-UZr{sub 2} phase relative to the {alpha}-Zr (hcp) structure is due to an increase of the Zr d-band occupancy that occurs when U is alloyed with Zr. A comparison with stabilization of the {omega}-phase (also C32) in Zr under compression is made.
Density functional and neutron diffraction studies of lithium polymer electrolytes.
Baboul, A. G.
1998-06-26
The structure of PEO doped with lithium perchlorate has been determined using neutron diffraction on protonated and deuterated samples. The experiments were done in the liquid state. Preliminary analysis indicates the Li-O distance is about 2.0 {angstrom}. The geometries of a series of gas phase lithium salts [LiCF{sub 3}SO{sub 3}, Li(CF{sub 3}SO{sub 2}){sub 2}N, Li(CF{sub 3}SO{sub 2}){sub 2}CH, LiClO{sub 4}, LiPF{sub 6}, LiAsF{sub 6}] used in polymer electrolytes have been optimized at B3LYP/6-31G(d) density functional level of theory. All local minima have been identified. For the triflate, imide, methanide, and perchlorate anions, the lithium cation is coordinated to two oxygens and have binding energies of ca 141 kcal/mol at the B3LYP/6-311+G(3df,2p)/B3LYP/6-31G* level of theory. For the hexafluoroarsenate and hexafluorophosphate the lithium cation is coordinated to three oxygens and have binding energies of ca. 136 kcal/mol.
Excess electrons in ice: a density functional theory study.
Bhattacharya, Somesh Kr; Inam, Fakharul; Scandolo, Sandro
2014-02-21
We present a density functional theory study of the localization of excess electrons in the bulk and on the surface of crystalline and amorphous water ice. We analyze the initial stages of electron solvation in crystalline and amorphous ice. In the case of crystalline ice we find that excess electrons favor surface states over bulk states, even when the latter are localized at defect sites. In contrast, in amorphous ice excess electrons find it equally favorable to localize in bulk and in surface states which we attribute to the preexisting precursor states in the disordered structure. In all cases excess electrons are found to occupy the vacuum regions of the molecular network. The electron localization in the bulk of amorphous ice is assisted by its distorted hydrogen bonding network as opposed to the crystalline phase. Although qualitative, our results provide a simple interpretation of the large differences observed in the dynamics and localization of excess electrons in crystalline and amorphous ice films on metals.
Probability Density Function Analysis of Turbulent Condensation Using GPU Hardware
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Keedy, Ryan; Riley, James; Aliseda, Alberto
2014-11-01
Growth of liquid droplets by condensation is an important phenomenon in many environmental and industrial applications. In a homogenous, supersaturated environment, condensation will tend to narrow the diameter distribution of a poly-disperse collection of droplets. However, free shear turbulence can broaden the diameter distribution due to intermittency in the mixing and by subjecting droplets to non-Gaussian supersaturation statistics. In order to understand the condensation behavior of water droplets in a turbulent flow, it is necessary to understand the dispersion of the droplets and transported scalars. We describe a hybrid approach for predicting droplet growth and dispersion in a turbulent mixing layer and compare our computational predictions to experimental data. The approach utilizes a finite-volume code to calculate the fluid velocity field and a particle-mesh Monte Carlo method to track the locations and thermodynamics of the large number of stochastic particles throughout the domain required to resolve the Probability Density Function of the water vapor and droplets. The particle tracking algorithm is designed to take advantage of the computational power of a large number of GPU cores, with significant speed-up when compared against a baseline CPU configuration.
Density Functional Theory for Phase-Ordering Transitions
Wu, Jianzhong
2016-03-30
Colloids display astonishing structural and dynamic properties that can be dramatically altered by modest changes in the solution condition or an external field. This complex behavior stems from a subtle balance of colloidal forces and intriguing mesoscopic and macroscopic phase transitions that are sensitive to the processing conditions and the dispersing environment. Whereas the knowledge on the microscopic structure and phase behavior of colloidal systems at equilibrium is now well-advanced, quantitative predictions of the dynamic properties and the kinetics of phase-ordering transitions in colloids are not always realized. Many important mesoscopic and off-equilibrium colloidal states remain poorly understood. The proposed research aims to develop a new, unifying approach to describe colloidal dynamics and the kinetics of phase-ordering transitions based on accomplishments from previous work for the equilibrium properties of both uniform and inhomogeneous systems and on novel concepts from the state-of-the-art dynamic density functional theory. In addition to theoretical developments, computational research is designed to address a number of fundamental questions on phase-ordering transitions in colloids, in particular those pertinent to a competition of the dynamic pathways leading to various mesoscopic structures, off-equilibrium states, and crystalline phases. By providing a generic theoretical framework to describe equilibrium, metastable as well as non-ergodic phase transitions concurrent with the colloidal self-assembly processes, accomplishments from this work will have major impacts on both fundamental research and technological applications.
Density functional theory study of oxygen migration in molten carbonate
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Lei, Xueling; Haines, Kahla; Huang, Kevin; Qin, Changyong
2016-02-01
The process of oxygen migration in alkali molten carbonate salts has been examined using density functional theory method. All geometries were optimized at the B3LYP/6-31G(d) level, while single point energy corrections were performed using MP4 and CCSD(T). At TS, a O-O-O linkage is formed and O-O bond forming and breaking is concerted. A cooperative "cogwheel" mechanism as described in the equation of CO42- + CO32- → CO32- ⋯O ⋯ CO32- → CO32- + CO42- is involved. The energy barrier is calculated to be 103.0, 136.3 and 127.9 kJ/mol through an intra-carbonate pathway in lithium, sodium and potassium carbonate, respectively. The reliability and accuracy of B3LYP/6-31G(d) were confirmed by CCSD(T). The calculated low values of activation energy indicate that the oxygen transfer in molten carbonate salts is fairly easy. In addition, it is found that lithium carbonate is not only a favorable molten carbonate salt for better cathode kinetics, but also it is widely used for reducing the melting point of Li/Na and Li/K eutectic MC mixtures. The current results imply that the process of oxygen reduction in MC modified cathodes is facilitated by the presence of MC, resulting in an enhancement of cell performance at low operating temperatures.
Density functional studies of model cerium oxide nanoparticles.
Loschen, Christoph; Migani, Annapaola; Bromley, Stefan T; Illas, Francesc; Neyman, Konstantin M
2008-10-01
Density functional plane-wave calculations have been performed to investigate a series of ceria nanoparticles (CeO2-x)(n), n
Embedding germanium in graphene: A density functional theory study
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Xu, Zhuo; Li, Yangping; Tan, Tingting; Liu, Zhengtang
2017-03-01
Based on the density functional theory, we investigate the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of graphene sheet with substitutional Ge atoms in both single and double vacancies, and graphene sheet with Ge-chain impurity. We find the substitutional Ge is chemically bonded to graphene, and is more stable in the double vacancy site. The electronic properties indicate that metallic and semiconductor states with a range of band gaps from 0 to 0.87 eV could be obtained depending on different substitution sites, concentrations, and vacancy types. Magnetic moment is observed in graphene with single vacancy. Tunable electronic behaviors are also observed in graphene sheet with Ge-chain impurity, and a magnetic moment of 2.9 μB is observed in single Ge-chain incorporated 4 × 4 graphene supercell. From these investigations, we conclude that by doping of Ge in vacancy-contained graphene, it could provide great advantages for its application in future nanoscale devices.
Predicting Stability Constants for Uranyl Complexes Using Density Functional Theory
Vukovic, Sinisa; Hay, Benjamin P.; Bryantsev, Vyacheslav S.
2015-04-02
The ability to predict the equilibrium constants for the formation of 1:1 uranyl:ligand complexes (log K_{1 }values) provides the essential foundation for the rational design of ligands with enhanced uranyl affinity and selectivity. We also use density functional theory (B3LYP) and the IEFPCM continuum solvation model to compute aqueous stability constants for UO_{2}^{2+} complexes with 18 donor ligands. Theoretical calculations permit reasonably good estimates of relative binding strengths, while the absolute log K_{1} values are significantly overestimated. Accurate predictions of the absolute log K_{1} values (root mean square deviation from experiment < 1.0 for log K_{1} values ranging from 0 to 16.8) can be obtained by fitting the experimental data for two groups of mono and divalent negative oxygen donor ligands. The utility of correlations is demonstrated for amidoxime and imide dioxime ligands, providing a useful means of screening for new ligands with strong chelate capability to uranyl.
Predicting Stability Constants for Uranyl Complexes Using Density Functional Theory
Vukovic, Sinisa; Hay, Benjamin P.; Bryantsev, Vyacheslav S.
2015-04-02
The ability to predict the equilibrium constants for the formation of 1:1 uranyl:ligand complexes (log K1 values) provides the essential foundation for the rational design of ligands with enhanced uranyl affinity and selectivity. We also use density functional theory (B3LYP) and the IEFPCM continuum solvation model to compute aqueous stability constants for UO22+ complexes with 18 donor ligands. Theoretical calculations permit reasonably good estimates of relative binding strengths, while the absolute log K1 values are significantly overestimated. Accurate predictions of the absolute log K1 values (root mean square deviation from experiment < 1.0 for log K1 values ranging from 0more » to 16.8) can be obtained by fitting the experimental data for two groups of mono and divalent negative oxygen donor ligands. The utility of correlations is demonstrated for amidoxime and imide dioxime ligands, providing a useful means of screening for new ligands with strong chelate capability to uranyl.« less
Shamov, Grigory A
2012-06-18
Free and ligated oxide clusters of thorium(IV) and uranium(IV) were studied with density functional theory using all-electron scalar relativistic method, as well as energy-consistent relativistic f-in-core pseudopotentials. The main driving force for the cluster formation is the sintering of the dioxoactinide moieties, which is more favorable for thorium(IV) than for uranium(IV) because, for the latter, a penalty for bending of the uranyl(IV) is to be paid. We assumed that the rhombic structural motif that exists already in the (AnO(2))(2) dimer could be a guide to explaining the preference for the existing An(6)O(8)-type clusters. On the basis of this, we have theoretically explored the possibility of the existence of similar (zonohedric) polyhedral actinide oxide clusters and found that the next possible cluster would be of An(12)O(20) stoicheometry. We have predicted by our DFT computations that the corresponding zonohedral clusters would be minima on the potential energy surface. The alternating An-O rhombic structural motif also offers a possible explanation of the existence and stoichiometry of the only nonfluorite cluster thus far, the An(12)O(20), which is nonzonohedral, nonconvex, but still a rhombic polyhedron. Our relativistic all electron DFT computations of both free cationic and ligated clusters predict that preparation of the larger clusters is not forbidden thermodynamically. We have also found that for the uranium(IV), oxide dimer and hexamer clusters are antiferromagnetic, broken spin singlet in their ground state, while ligated [U(6)O(8)] clusters prefer an all high-spin electronic configuration.
Symmetry Energy as a Function of Density and Mass
Danielewicz, Pawel; Lee, Jenny
2007-10-26
Energy in nuclear matter is, in practice, completely characterized at different densities and asymmetries, when the density dependencies of symmetry energy and of energy of symmetric matter are specified. The density dependence of the symmetry energy at subnormal densities produces mass dependence of nuclear symmetry coefficient and, thus, can be constrained by that latter dependence. We deduce values of the mass dependent symmetry coefficients, by using excitation energies to isobaric analog states. The coefficient systematic, for intermediate and high masses, is well described in terms of the symmetry coefficient values of a{sub a}{sup V} = (31.5-33.5) MeV for the volume coefficient and a{sub a}{sup S} = (9-12) MeV for the surface coefficient. These two further correspond to the parameter values describing density dependence of symmetry energy, of L{approx}95 MeV and K{sub sym}{approx}25 MeV.
Density functional study of condensation in capped capillaries
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Yatsyshin, P.; Savva, N.; Kalliadasis, S.
2015-07-01
We study liquid adsorption in narrow rectangular capped capillaries formed by capping two parallel planar walls (a slit pore) with a third wall orthogonal to the two planar walls. The most important transition in confined fluids is arguably condensation, where the pore becomes filled with the liquid phase which is metastable in the bulk. Depending on the temperature T, the condensation in capped capillaries can be first-order (at T≤slant {{T}\\text{cw}} ) or continuous (at T\\gt {{T}\\text{cw}} ), where {{T}\\text{cw}} is the capillary wetting temperature. At T \\gt {{T}\\text{cw}} , the capping wall can adsorb mesoscopic amounts of metastable under-condensed liquid. The onset of condensation is then manifested by the continuous unbinding of the interface between the liquid adsorbed on the capping wall and the gas filling the rest of the capillary volume. In wide capped capillaries there may be a remnant of wedge filling transition, which is manifested by the adsorption of liquid drops in the corners. Our classical statistical mechanical treatment predicts a possibility of three-phase coexistence between gas, corner drops and liquid slabs adsorbed on the capping wall. In sufficiently wide capillaries we find that thick prewetting films of finite length may be nucleated at the capping wall below the boundary of the prewetting transition. Prewetting then proceeds in a continuous manner manifested by the unbinding interface between the thick and thin films adsorbed on the side walls. Our analysis is based on a detailed numerical investigation of the density functional theory for the fluid equilibria for a number of illustrative case studies.
Antioxidant Properties of Kynurenines: Density Functional Theory Calculations
2016-01-01
Kynurenines, the main products of tryptophan catabolism, possess both prooxidant and anioxidant effects. Having multiple neuroactive properties, kynurenines are implicated in the development of neurological and cognitive disorders, such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Huntington's diseases. Autoxidation of 3-hydroxykynurenine (3HOK) and its derivatives, 3-hydroxyanthranilic acid (3HAA) and xanthommatin (XAN), leads to the hyperproduction of reactive oxygen species (ROS) which damage cell structures. At the same time, 3HOK and 3HAA have been shown to be powerful ROS scavengers. Their ability to quench free radicals is believed to result from the presence of the aromatic hydroxyl group which is able to easily abstract an electron and H-atom. In this study, the redox properties for kynurenines and several natural and synthetic antioxidants have been calculated at different levels of density functional theory in the gas phase and water solution. Hydroxyl bond dissociation enthalpy (BDE) and ionization potential (IP) for 3HOK and 3HAA appear to be lower than for xanthurenic acid (XAA), several phenolic antioxidants, and ascorbic acid. BDE and IP for the compounds with aromatic hydroxyl group are lower than for their precursors without hydroxyl group. The reaction rate for H donation to *O-atom of phenoxyl radical (Ph-O*) and methyl peroxy radical (Met-OO*) decreases in the following rankings: 3HOK ~ 3HAA > XAAOXO > XAAENOL. The enthalpy absolute value for Met-OO* addition to the aromatic ring of the antioxidant radical increases in the following rankings: 3HAA* < 3HOK* < XAAOXO* < XAAENOL*. Thus, the high free radical scavenging activity of 3HAA and 3HOK can be explained by the easiness of H-atom abstraction and transfer to O-atom of the free radical, rather than by Met-OO* addition to the kynurenine radical. PMID:27861556
Laser Spectroscopy and Density Functional Study on Niobium Dimer Cation
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Aydin, Metin; Lombardi, John R.
2009-06-01
Resonant multiphoton fragmentation spectra of niobium dimer cation (Nb2+) have been obtained by utilizing laser vaporization of a Nb metal target. Ions are mass-selected with a time-of-flight mass spectrometer followed by a mass gate, then fragmented with a pulsed dye laser, and the resulting fragment ions are detected with a second time-of-flight reflectron mass spectrometer and multichannel plate. Photon resonances are detected by monitoring ion current as a function of fragmentation laser wavelength. A rich, but complex spectrum of the cation is obtained. The bands display a characteristic multiplet structure that may be interpreted as due to transitions from the ground state X^{4}{Σ}^{-}({Ω}g) to several excited states, X^{4}{Π}({Ω}u) and X^{4}{Σ}(^{-}{Ω}u). The ground state X^{4}{Σ}^{-}({Ω}g) is derived from the electron configuration ({π}{_u})^{4} (1{σ}{_g})^{2}(2{σ}{_g})^{1} ({δ}{_g})^{2}. The two spin-orbit components are split by 145 cm^{-1} due to a strong second-order isoconfigurational spin-orbit interaction with the low-lying ^{2}{Σ}^{+}({Ω}g) state. The vibrational frequencies of the ground sate and the excited state of Nb2+ are identified as well as molecular spin-orbit constants (A{_S}{_O}) in the excited state. The electronic structure of niobium dimer cation was investigated using density functional theory. For the electronic ground state, the predicted spectroscopic properties were in good agreement with experiment. Calculations on excited states reveal congested manifolds of quartet and doublet electronic states in the range 0-30,000 cm^{-1}, reflecting the multitude of possible electronic promotions among the 4d- and 5s-based molecular orbitals. Comparisons are drawn between Nb^{+}{_2} and the prevalent isoelectronic molecules V^{+}{_2}/NbV^{+}/Nb{_2}/V{_2}/NbV. M. Aydin and John R. Lombardi J. Phys. Chem. A. xx XXXX 2009.
Stoitsov, M.; Kortelainen, M.; Schunck, N.; Bogner, S. K.; Gebremariam, B.; Duguet, T.
2010-11-15
In a recent series of articles, Gebremariam, Bogner, and Duguet derived a microscopically based nuclear energy density functional by applying the density matrix expansion (DME) to the Hartree-Fock energy obtained from chiral effective field theory two- and three-nucleon interactions. Owing to the structure of the chiral interactions, each coupling in the DME functional is given as the sum of a coupling constant arising from zero-range contact interactions and a coupling function of the density arising from the finite-range pion exchanges. Because the contact contributions have essentially the same structure as those entering empirical Skyrme functionals, a microscopically guided Skyrme phenomenology has been suggested in which the contact terms in the DME functional are released for optimization to finite-density observables to capture short-range correlation energy contributions from beyond Hartree-Fock. The present article is the first attempt to assess the ability of the newly suggested DME functional, which has a much richer set of density dependencies than traditional Skyrme functionals, to generate sensible and stable results for nuclear applications. The results of the first proof-of-principle calculations are given, and numerous practical issues related to the implementation of the new functional in existing Skyrme codes are discussed. Using a restricted singular value decomposition optimization procedure, it is found that the new DME functional gives numerically stable results and exhibits a small but systematic reduction of our test {chi}{sup 2} function compared to standard Skyrme functionals, thus justifying its suitability for future global optimizations and large-scale calculations.
Fattebert, J
2008-07-29
We describe an iterative algorithm to solve electronic structure problems in Density Functional Theory. The approach is presented as a Subspace Accelerated Inexact Newton (SAIN) solver for the non-linear Kohn-Sham equations. It is related to a class of iterative algorithms known as RMM-DIIS in the electronic structure community. The method is illustrated with examples of real applications using a finite difference discretization and multigrid preconditioning.
Advanced Density Functional Theory Methods for Materials Science
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Demers, Steven
In this work we chiefly deal with two broad classes of problems in computational materials science, determining the doping mechanism in a semiconductor and developing an extreme condition equation of state. While solving certain aspects of these questions is well-trodden ground, both require extending the reach of existing methods to fully answer them. Here we choose to build upon the framework of density functional theory (DFT) which provides an efficient means to investigate a system from a quantum mechanics description. Zinc Phosphide (Zn3P2) could be the basis for cheap and highly efficient solar cells. Its use in this regard is limited by the difficulty in n-type doping the material. In an effort to understand the mechanism behind this, the energetics and electronic structure of intrinsic point defects in zinc phosphide are studied using generalized Kohn-Sham theory and utilizing the Heyd, Scuseria, and Ernzerhof (HSE) hybrid functional for exchange and correlation. Novel 'perturbation extrapolation' is utilized to extend the use of the computationally expensive HSE functional to this large-scale defect system. According to calculations, the formation energy of charged phosphorus interstitial defects are very low in n-type Zn3P2 and act as 'electron sinks', nullifying the desired doping and lowering the fermi-level back towards the p-type regime. Going forward, this insight provides clues to fabricating useful zinc phosphide based devices. In addition, the methodology developed for this work can be applied to further doping studies in other systems. Accurate determination of high pressure and temperature equations of state is fundamental in a variety of fields. However, it is often very difficult to cover a wide range of temperatures and pressures in an laboratory setting. Here we develop methods to determine a multi-phase equation of state for Ta through computation. The typical means of investigating thermodynamic properties is via 'classical' molecular
Nishimoto, Yoshio
2015-09-07
We develop a formalism for the calculation of excitation energies and excited state gradients for the self-consistent-charge density-functional tight-binding method with the third-order contributions of a Taylor series of the density functional theory energy with respect to the fluctuation of electron density (time-dependent density-functional tight-binding (TD-DFTB3)). The formulation of the excitation energy is based on the existing time-dependent density functional theory and the older TD-DFTB2 formulae. The analytical gradient is computed by solving Z-vector equations, and it requires one to calculate the third-order derivative of the total energy with respect to density matrix elements due to the inclusion of the third-order contributions. The comparison of adiabatic excitation energies for selected small and medium-size molecules using the TD-DFTB2 and TD-DFTB3 methods shows that the inclusion of the third-order contributions does not affect excitation energies significantly. A different set of parameters, which are optimized for DFTB3, slightly improves the prediction of adiabatic excitation energies statistically. The application of TD-DFTB for the prediction of absorption and fluorescence energies of cresyl violet demonstrates that TD-DFTB3 reproduced the experimental fluorescence energy quite well.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Putaja, A.; Eich, F. G.; Baldsiefen, T.; Räsänen, E.
2016-03-01
Physically valid and numerically efficient approximations for the exchange and correlation energy are critical for reduced-density-matrix-functional theory to become a widely used method in electronic structure calculations. Here we examine the physical limits of power functionals of the form f (n ,n') =(nn')α for the scaling function in the exchange-correlation energy. To this end we obtain numerically the minimizing momentum distributions for the three- and two-dimensional homogeneous electron gas, respectively. In particular, we examine the limiting values for the power α to yield physically sound solutions that satisfy the Lieb-Oxford lower bound for the exchange-correlation energy and exclude pinned states with the condition n (k )<1 for all wave vectors k . The results refine the constraints previously obtained from trial momentum distributions. We also compute the values for α that yield the exact correlation energy and its kinetic part for both the three- and two-dimensional electron gas. In both systems, narrow regimes of validity and accuracy are found at α ≳0.6 and at rs≳10 for the density parameter, corresponding to relatively low densities.
Exohedral functionalization of the icosahedral cluster Si 20H 20: a density functional theory study
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Pichierri, Fabio; Kumar, Vijay; Kawazoe, Yoshiyuki
2004-01-01
We report results of density functional theory calculations on three derivatives of the recently predicted hydrogenated silicon fullerene cluster Si 20H 20 using the B3PW91 hybrid exchange-correlation functional with the 6-311+G(d) basis set. The cluster has been exohedrally functionalized by replacing one of its H atoms with -CH 2OH, -COOH, and -CONH 2. The resulting functionalized clusters have nearly the same HOMO-LUMO gaps as that of the perhydrogenated silicon fullerene leading to the possibility of developing new silicon fullerene-based molecules for medico-biological applications. The deprotonated Si 20H 19(COO -) cluster displays a very large permanent dipole moment along with a strongly localized HOMO on its carboxyl group.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Mattsson, Ann E.; Wills, John M.
2013-03-01
The inability to computationally describe the physics governing the properties of actinides and their alloys is the poster child of failure of existing Density Functional Theory exchange-correlation functionals. The intricate competition between localization and delocalization of the electrons, present in these materials, exposes the limitations of functionals only designed to properly describe one or the other situation. We will discuss the manifestation of this competition in real materials and propositions on how to construct a functional able to accurately describe properties of these materials. I addition we will discuss both the importance of using the Dirac equation to describe the relativistic effects in these materials, and the connection to the physics of transition metal oxides. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.
Stoitsov, M. V.; Kortelainen, Erno M; Bogner, S. K.; Duguet, T.; Furnstahl, R. J.; Gebremariam, B.; Schunck, N.
2010-01-01
In a recent series of papers, Gebremariam, Bogner, and Duguet derived a microscopically-based nuclear energy density functional by applying the Density Matrix Expansion (DME) to the Hartree-Fock energy obtained from chiral effective field theory (EFT) two- and three-nucleon interactions. Due to the structure of the chiral interactions, each coupling in the DME functional is given as the sum of a coupling constant arising from zero-range contact interactions and a coupling function of the density arising from the finite-range pion exchanges. Since the contact contributions have essentially the same structure as those entering empirical Skyrme functionals, a microscopically guided Skyrme phenomenology has been suggested in which the contact terms in the DME functional are released for optimization to finite-density observables to capture short-range correlation energy contributions from beyond Hartree-Fock. The present paper is the first attempt to assess the ability of the newly suggested DME functional, which has a much richer set of density dependencies than traditional Skyrme functionals, to generate sensible and stable results for nuclear applications. The results of the first proof-of-principle calculations are given, and numerous practical issues related to the implementation of the new functional in existing Skyrme codes are discussed. Using a restricted singular value decomposition (SVD) optimization procedure, it is found that the new DME functional gives numerically stable results and exhibits a small but systematic reduction in {chi}^{2} compared to standard Skyrme functionals, thus justifying its suitability for future global optimizations and large-scale calculations.
Nonparametric Estimation of Distribution and Density Functions with Applications.
1982-05-01
have been used: kurtosis, Hogg’s Q statistic, and percentile ratios. Applications of the discriminants in parametric estimation problem can be found...particularly in the sense of parametric estimation (Ref 108). Reiss proposes minimum distance estimators of unimodal densities. He proves consistency and...in distribution and density estimation, and goodness of fit testing. 129 The next chapter will venture into the realm of parametric estimation using
Tellgren, E I; Teale, A M; Furness, J W; Lange, K K; Ekström, U; Helgaker, T
2014-01-21
We present a novel implementation of Kohn-Sham density-functional theory utilizing London atomic orbitals as basis functions. External magnetic fields are treated non-perturbatively, which enable the study of both magnetic response properties and the effects of strong fields, using either standard density functionals or current-density functionals-the implementation is the first fully self-consistent implementation of the latter for molecules. Pilot applications are presented for the finite-field calculation of molecular magnetizabilities, hypermagnetizabilities, and nuclear magnetic resonance shielding constants, focusing on the impact of current-density functionals on the accuracy of the results. Existing current-density functionals based on the gauge-invariant vorticity are tested and found to be sensitive to numerical details of their implementation. Furthermore, when appropriately regularized, the resulting magnetic properties show no improvement over standard density-functional results. An advantage of the present implementation is the ability to apply density-functional theory to molecules in very strong magnetic fields, where the perturbative approach breaks down. Comparison with high accuracy full-configuration-interaction results show that the inadequacies of current-density approximations are exacerbated with increasing magnetic field strength. Standard density-functionals remain well behaved but fail to deliver high accuracy. The need for improved current-dependent density-functionals, and how they may be tested using the presented implementation, is discussed in light of our findings.
Density functional theory study of the oligomerization of carboxylic acids.
Di Tommaso, Devis; Watson, Ken L
2014-11-20
We present a density functional theory [M06-2X/6-31+G(d,p)] study of the structures and free energies of formation of oligomers of four carboxylic acids (formic acid, acetic acid, tetrolic acid, and benzoic acid) in water, chloroform, and carbon tetrachloride. Solvation effects were treated using the SMD continuum solvation model. The low-lying energy structures of molecular complexes were located by adopting an efficient search procedure to probe the potential energy surfaces of the oligomers of carboxylic acids (CA)n (n = 2-6). The free energies of the isomers of (CA)n in solution were determined as the sum of the electronic energy, vibrational-rotational-translational gas-phase contribution, and solvation free energy. The assessment of the computational protocol adopted in this study with respect to the dimerization of acetic acid, (AA)2, and formic acid, (FA)2, located new isomers of (AA)2 and (FA)2 and gave dimerization constants in good agreement with the experimental values. The calculation of the self-association of acetic acid, tetrolic acid, and benzoic acid shows the following: (i) Classic carboxylic dimers are the most stable isomer of (CA)2 in both the gas phase and solution. (ii) Trimers of carboxylic acid are stable in apolar aprotic solvents. (iii) Molecular clusters consisting of two interacting classic carboxylic dimers (CA)4,(D+D) are the most stable type of tetramers, but their formation from the self-association of classic carboxylic dimers is highly unfavorable. (iv) For acetic acid and tetrolic acid the reactions (CA)2 + 2CA → (CA)4,(D+D) and (CA)3 + CA → (CA)4,(D+D) are exoergonic, but these aggregation pathways go through unstable clusters that could hinder the formation of tetrameric species. (v) For tetrolic acid the prenucleation species that are more likely to form in solution are dimeric and trimeric structures that have encoded structural motifs resembling the α and β solid forms of tetrolic acid. (vi) Stable tetramers of
Density Functional Theory Calculations of Mass Transport in UO2
Andersson, Anders D.; Dorado, Boris; Uberuaga, Blas P.; Stanek, Christopher R.
2012-06-26
In this talk we present results of density functional theory (DFT) calculations of U, O and fission gas diffusion in UO{sub 2}. These processes all impact nuclear fuel performance. For example, the formation and retention of fission gas bubbles induce fuel swelling, which leads to mechanical interaction with the clad thereby increasing the probability for clad breach. Alternatively, fission gas can be released from the fuel to the plenum, which increases the pressure on the clad walls and decreases the gap thermal conductivity. The evolution of fuel microstructure features is strongly coupled to diffusion of U vacancies. Since both U and fission gas transport rates vary strongly with the O stoichiometry, it is also important to understand O diffusion. In order to better understand bulk Xe behavior in UO{sub 2{+-}x} we first calculate the relevant activation energies using DFT techniques. By analyzing a combination of Xe solution thermodynamics, migration barriers and the interaction of dissolved Xe atoms with U, we demonstrate that Xe diffusion predominantly occurs via a vacancy-mediated mechanism. Since Xe transport is closely related to diffusion of U vacancies, we have also studied the activation energy for this process. In order to explain the low value of 2.4 eV found for U migration from independent damage experiments (not thermal equilibrium) the presence of vacancy clusters must be included in the analysis. Next we investigate species transport on the (111) UO{sub 2} surface, which is motivated by the formation of small voids partially filled with fission gas atoms (bubbles) in UO{sub 2} under irradiation. Surface diffusion could be the rate-limiting step for diffusion of such bubbles, which is an alternative mechanism for mass transport in these materials. As expected, the activation energy for surface diffusion is significantly lower than for bulk transport. These results are further discussed in terms of engineering-scale fission gas release models
Lymphatic vessel density and function in experimental bladder cancer
Saban, Marcia R; Towner, Rheal; Smith, Nataliya; Abbott, Andrew; Neeman, Michal; Davis, Carole A; Simpson, Cindy; Maier, Julie; Mémet, Sylvie; Wu, Xue-Ru; Saban, Ricardo
2007-01-01
Background The lymphatics form a second circulatory system that drains the extracellular fluid and proteins from the tumor microenvironment, and provides an exclusive environment in which immune cells interact and respond to foreign antigen. Both cancer and inflammation are known to induce lymphangiogenesis. However, little is known about bladder lymphatic vessels and their involvement in cancer formation and progression. Methods A double transgenic mouse model was generated by crossing a bladder cancer-induced transgenic, in which SV40 large T antigen was under the control of uroplakin II promoter, with another transgenic mouse harboring a lacZ reporter gene under the control of an NF-κB-responsive promoter (κB-lacZ) exhibiting constitutive activity of β-galactosidase in lymphatic endothelial cells. In this new mouse model (SV40-lacZ), we examined the lymphatic vessel density (LVD) and function (LVF) during bladder cancer progression. LVD was performed in bladder whole mounts and cross-sections by fluorescent immunohistochemistry (IHC) using LYVE-1 antibody. LVF was assessed by real-time in vivo imaging techniques using a contrast agent (biotin-BSA-Gd-DTPA-Cy5.5; Gd-Cy5.5) suitable for both magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and near infrared fluorescence (NIRF). In addition, IHC of Cy5.5 was used for time-course analysis of co-localization of Gd-Cy5.5 with LYVE-1-positive lymphatics and CD31-positive blood vessels. Results SV40-lacZ mice develop bladder cancer and permitted visualization of lymphatics. A significant increase in LVD was found concomitantly with bladder cancer progression. Double labeling of the bladder cross-sections with LYVE-1 and Ki-67 antibodies indicated cancer-induced lymphangiogenesis. MRI detected mouse bladder cancer, as early as 4 months, and permitted to follow tumor sizes during cancer progression. Using Gd-Cy5.5 as a contrast agent for MRI-guided lymphangiography, we determined a possible reduction of lymphatic flow within the
Understanding trichloroethylene chemisorption to iron surfaces using density functional theory.
Zhang, Nianliu; Luo, Jing; Blowers, Paul; Farrell, James
2008-03-15
This research investigated the thermodynamic favorability and resulting structures for chemical adsorption of trichloroethylene (TCE) to metallic iron using periodic density functional theory (DFT). Three initial TCE positions having the plane defined by HCC atoms parallel to the iron surface resulted in formation of three different chemisorption complexes between carbon atoms in TCE and the iron surface. The Cl-bridge initial configuration with the HCC plane of TCE perpendicular to the iron surface did not result in C-Fe bond formation. The most energetically favorable complex formed at the C-bridge site where the initial configuration had the C=C bond in TCE at a bridge site between adjacent iron atoms. In the C-bridge complex, one C atom formed two a bonds to different Fe atoms, while the second C atom formed a sigma bond with a second Fe atom. Surface complexation atthe C-bridge site resulted in scission of all three C-Cl bonds and also resulted in a shortening of the C==C bond to a distance intermediate between a double and a triple bond. Initial configurations with the C==C bond adsorbed at top or hollow sites on the iron surface resulted in formation of C-Fe a bonds between a single C and two adjacent Fe atoms, and the scission of only two C==Cl bonds. Bond angles and bond lengths indicated that there were no changes in bond order of the C==C bond for top and hollow adsorption. Chemisorption at the C-bridge site had an activation energy of 49 kJ/mol and an early transition state where all three C-CI bonds were activated. The early transition state and the loss of all three Cl atoms upon chemisorption are consistent with most experimental observations that TCE undergoes complete dechlorination in one interaction with the iron surface. The absence of chemisorption and scission of only two C--Cl bonds at the Cl-bridge site is consistent with experimental observations that trace amounts of chloroacetylene may also be produced from reactions of TCE with iron.
Internal rotations of aromatic polyamides: a density functional theory study
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Nishikawa, Joe; Imase, Tatsuya; Koike, Masao; Fukuda, Kaoru; Tokita, Masatoshi; Watanabe, Junji; Kawauchi, Susumu
2005-05-01
Internal rotations of benzanilide ( BA) and 4-(4'-aminobenzamido)benzoic acid ( AA) were investigated by density functional theory (DFT) calculations. B3LYP/6-31G* optimization for both BA and AA structures gives non-planar trans structures as the most stable conformers with lower energy of 4.60 and 5.08 kcal/mol than cis ones, respectively. The amide bond and aniline moiety are found to be coplanar in transBA, while in trans phenyl benzoate ( PB) the ester bond and benzoyl moiety are coplanar. The relaxed potential energy surface (PES) scans were then carried out with rotations of three single bonds, i.e. amide bond and both adjacent bonds. The discontinuous point is found on the relaxed PES for the amide bond rotation. This indicates that inversion of a pyramidal amino group is involved with the amide bond rotation. Therefore, two transition states (TSs) arise for rotation around the amide bond. Two TS structures ( TS-1 and TS-2) were optimized for both BA and AA, and their activation energies were estimated as 14.34 kcal/mol ( TS-1) and 16.27 kcal/mol ( TS-2) for BA, and 12.20 kcal/mol ( TS-1) for AA, respectively. The TS-2 structure for AA failed to be optimized. The activation energy for the amide bond rotation, which is larger than that of 7.90 kcal/mol for PB, as well as the coplanarity in aromatic amide is ascribed to the partial double bond character of amide bond. This is also confirmed by the Wiberg bond index (bond order). The chain persistence length for poly(4-benzamide) was estimated by the rotation matrix formalism using the calculated structural parameters of transAA. The estimated value of 1131 Å is longer than our previously calculated value of corresponding aromatic polyester, 364 Å for poly( p-hydroxybenzoic acid) [T. Imase, S. Kawauchi, J. Watanabe, Macromol. Theory Simul. 10 (2001) 434].
Zinc surface complexes on birnessite: A density functional theory study
Kwon, Kideok D.; Refson, Keith; Sposito, Garrison
2009-01-05
Biogeochemical cycling of zinc is strongly influenced by sorption on birnessite minerals (layer-type MnO2), which are found in diverse terrestrial and aquatic environments. Zinc has been observed to form both tetrahedral (Zn{sup IV}) and octahedral (Zn{sup VI}) triple-corner-sharing surface complexes (TCS) at Mn(IV) vacancy sites in hexagonal birnessite. The octahedral complex is expected to be similar to that of Zn in the Mn oxide mineral, chalcophanite (ZnMn{sub 3}O{sub 7} {center_dot} 3H{sub 2}O), but the reason for the occurrence of the four-coordinate Zn surface species remains unclear. We address this issue computationally using spin-polarized Density Functional Theory (DFT) to examine the Zn{sub IV}-TCS and Zn{sup VI}-TCS species. Structural parameters obtained by DFT geometry optimization were in excellent agreement with available experimental data on Zn-birnessites. Total energy, magnetic moments, and electron-overlap populations obtained by DFT for isolated Zn{sup IV}-TCS revealed that this species is stable in birnessite without a need for Mn(III) substitution in the octahedral sheet and that it is more effective in reducing undersaturation of surface O at a Mn vacancy than is Zn{sub VI}-TCS. Comparison between geometry-optimized ZnMn{sub 3}O{sub 7} {center_dot} 3H{sub 2}O (chalcophanite) and the hypothetical monohydrate mineral, ZnMn{sub 3}O{sub 7} {center_dot} H{sub 2}O, which contains only tetrahedral Zn, showed that the hydration state of Zn significantly affects birnessite structural stability. Finally, our study also revealed that, relative to their positions in an ideal vacancy-free MnO{sub 2}, Mn nearest to Zn in a TCS surface complex move toward the vacancy by 0.08-0.11 {angstrom}, while surface O bordering the vacancy move away from it by 0.16-0.21 {angstrom}, in agreement with recent X-ray absorption spectroscopic analyses.
Ghosh, Soumen; Sonnenberger, Andrew L; Hoyer, Chad E; Truhlar, Donald G; Gagliardi, Laura
2015-08-11
The correct description of charge transfer in ground and excited states is very important for molecular interactions, photochemistry, electrochemistry, and charge transport, but it is very challenging for Kohn-Sham (KS) density functional theory (DFT). KS-DFT exchange-correlation functionals without nonlocal exchange fail to describe both ground- and excited-state charge transfer properly. We have recently proposed a theory called multiconfiguration pair-density functional theory (MC-PDFT), which is based on a combination of multiconfiguration wave function theory with a new type of density functional called an on-top density functional. Here we have used MC-PDFT to study challenging ground- and excited-state charge-transfer processes by using on-top density functionals obtained by translating KS exchange-correlation functionals. For ground-state charge transfer, MC-PDFT performs better than either the PBE exchange-correlation functional or CASPT2 wave function theory. For excited-state charge transfer, MC-PDFT (unlike KS-DFT) shows qualitatively correct behavior at long-range with great improvement in predicted excitation energies.
Density Dependent Functional Forms Drive Compensation in Populations Exposed to Stressors
The interaction between density dependence (DD) and environmental stressors can result in a compensatory or synergistic response in population growth, and population models that use density-independent demographic rates or generic DD functions may be introducing bias into managem...
Error estimates for density-functional theory predictions of surface energy and work function
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
De Waele, Sam; Lejaeghere, Kurt; Sluydts, Michael; Cottenier, Stefaan
2016-12-01
Density-functional theory (DFT) predictions of materials properties are becoming ever more widespread. With increased use comes the demand for estimates of the accuracy of DFT results. In view of the importance of reliable surface properties, this work calculates surface energies and work functions for a large and diverse test set of crystalline solids. They are compared to experimental values by performing a linear regression, which results in a measure of the predictable and material-specific error of the theoretical result. Two of the most prevalent functionals, the local density approximation (LDA) and the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof parametrization of the generalized gradient approximation (PBE-GGA), are evaluated and compared. Both LDA and GGA-PBE are found to yield accurate work functions with error bars below 0.3 eV, rivaling the experimental precision. LDA also provides satisfactory estimates for the surface energy with error bars smaller than 10%, but GGA-PBE significantly underestimates the surface energy for materials with a large correlation energy.
Exact density functional and wave function embedding schemes based on orbital localization
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Hégely, Bence; Nagy, Péter R.; Ferenczy, György G.; Kállay, Mihály
2016-08-01
Exact schemes for the embedding of density functional theory (DFT) and wave function theory (WFT) methods into lower-level DFT or WFT approaches are introduced utilizing orbital localization. First, a simple modification of the projector-based embedding scheme of Manby and co-workers [J. Chem. Phys. 140, 18A507 (2014)] is proposed. We also use localized orbitals to partition the system, but instead of augmenting the Fock operator with a somewhat arbitrary level-shift projector we solve the Huzinaga-equation, which strictly enforces the Pauli exclusion principle. Second, the embedding of WFT methods in local correlation approaches is studied. Since the latter methods split up the system into local domains, very simple embedding theories can be defined if the domains of the active subsystem and the environment are treated at a different level. The considered embedding schemes are benchmarked for reaction energies and compared to quantum mechanics (QM)/molecular mechanics (MM) and vacuum embedding. We conclude that for DFT-in-DFT embedding, the Huzinaga-equation-based scheme is more efficient than the other approaches, but QM/MM or even simple vacuum embedding is still competitive in particular cases. Concerning the embedding of wave function methods, the clear winner is the embedding of WFT into low-level local correlation approaches, and WFT-in-DFT embedding can only be more advantageous if a non-hybrid density functional is employed.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ye, Zhencheng; Cai, Jun; Liu, Honglai; Hu, Ying
2005-11-01
Density and chain conformation profiles of square-well chains between two parallel walls were studied by using density-functional theory. The free energy of square-well chains is separated into two contributions: the hard-sphere repulsion and the attraction. The Heaviside function is used as the weighting function for both of the two parts. The equation of state of Hu et al. is used to calculate the excess free energy of the repulsive part. The equation of state of statistical associating fluid theory for chain molecules with attractive potentials of variable range [A. Gil-Villegas et al. J. Chem. Phys. 106, 4168 (1997)] is used to calculate the excess free energy of the attractive part. Because the wall is inaccessible to a mass center of a longer chain, there exists a sharp fall in the distribution of end-to-end distance near the wall as the chain length increases. When the average density of the system is not too low, the prediction of this work is in good agreement with computer simulation results for the density profiles and the chain conformation over a wide range of chain length, temperature, and attraction strength of the walls. However, when the average density and the temperature are very low, the prediction deviates to a certain degree from the computer simulation results for molecules with long chain length. A more accurate functional approximation is needed.
Density functional theory study on oligosilane-functionalized C60 fullerene
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Yoshizawa, Saori; Abe, Shigeaki; Mutoh, Mami; Kusaka, Teruo; Nakamura, Mariko; Yoshida, Yasuhiro; Iida, Junichiro; Kawabata, Hiroshi; Tachikawa, Hiroto
2017-01-01
Oligosilane-functionalized C60 fullerenes [namely, C60-(SiH2) n -H, n = 1-4] have been investigated by the density functional theory (DFT) method to elucidate the structures and electronic states of oligosilane-radical added fullerene. The DFT calculation showed that oligosilane radicals bind to the carbon atom of C60 in the on-top site, and a strong Si-C heterojunction is formed. The binding energies of oligosilane radicals to C60 were calculated to be 24.6-28.2 kcal/mol at the CAM-B3LYP/6-311G(d,p) level. The electronic states of oligosilane-functionalized fullerenes C60-(SiH2) n -H are discussed on the basis of theoretical results.
Sundararajan, Mahesh; Sinha, Vivek; Bandyopadhyay, Tusar; Ghosh, Swapan K
2012-05-03
The feasibility of using cucurbituril host molecule as a probable actinyl cation binders candidate is investigated through density functional theory based calculations. Various possible binding sites of the cucurbit[5]uril host molecule to uranyl are analyzed and based on the binding energy evaluations, μ(5)-binding is predicted to be favored. For this coordination, the structure, vibrational spectra, and binding energies are evaluated for the binding of three actinyls in hexa-valent and penta-valent oxidation states with functionalized cucurbiturils. Functionalizing cucurbituril with methyl and cyclohexyl groups increases the binding affinities of actinyls, whereas fluorination decreases the binding affinities as compared to the native host molecule. Surprisingly hydroxylation of the host molecule does not distinguish the oxidation state of the three actinyls.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Robledo, L. M.
2010-06-01
I discuss the inadequacy of the 'projected density' prescription to be used in density-dependent forces/functionals when calculations beyond mean field are pursued. The case of calculations aimed at the symmetry restoration of mean fields obtained with effective realistic forces of the Skyrme or Gogny type is considered in detail. It is shown that, at least for the restoration of spatial symmetries like rotations, translations or parity, the above prescription yields catastrophic results for the energy that drive the intrinsic wave-function to configurations with infinite deformation, thereby preventing its use both in projection after and before variation.
Reimers, Jeffrey R; Solomon, Gemma C; Gagliardi, Alessio; Bilić, Ante; Hush, Noel S; Frauenheim, Thomas; Di Carlo, Aldo; Pecchia, Alessandro
2007-07-05
A review is presented of the nonequilibrium Green's function (NEGF) method "gDFTB" for evaluating elastic and inelastic conduction through single molecules employing the density functional tight-binding (DFTB) electronic structure method. This focuses on the possible advantages that DFTB implementations of NEGF have over conventional methods based on density functional theory, including not only the ability to treat large irregular metal-molecule junctions with high nonequilibrium thermal distributions but perhaps also the ability to treat dispersive forces, bond breakage, and open-shell systems and to avoid large band lineup errors. New results are presented indicating that DFTB provides a useful depiction of simple gold-thiol interactions. Symmetry is implemented in DFTB, and the advantages it brings in terms of large savings of computational resources with significant increase in numerical stability are described. The power of DFTB is then harnessed to allow the use of gDFTB as a real-time tool to discover the nature of the forces that control inelastic charge transport through molecules and the role of molecular symmetry in determining both elastic and inelastic transport. Future directions for the development of the method are discussed.
Surface energy and work function of fcc and bcc crystals: Density functional study
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Wang, Jian; Wang, Shao-Qing
2014-12-01
The surface energies and work functions for six close-packed surfaces of 19 common fcc and bcc metals in the periodic table have been systematically calculated by means of the density functional theory (DFT) method. The accuracy of the results is established in comparison with the experimental and other theoretical values. The variations of work functions with the surface crystallographic orientation display a good regularity. For alkali metals, the work functions follow the sequence Φ(110) > Φ(133) > Φ(311) > Φ(120) > Φ(100) > Φ(111). But for the same crystal structure of bcc transition metals (Nb, Mo, Ta, W), the order is Φ(110) > Φ(133) > Φ(120) > Φ(111) > Φ(311) > Φ(100). The work functions for 3d, 4d and 5d transition fcc metals also display an obvious regularity and ordered as Φ(111) > Φ(100) > Φ(211) > Φ(123) > Φ(310) > Φ(110). Particular attention is paid to the surface energies anisotropy with the same crystal structure metals and the variations present a good regularity, too. Especially, a roughly inverse proportional relationship between the surface energy and work function is found.
Nazarian, Ara; Araiza Arroyo, Francisco J; Rosso, Claudio; Aran, Shima; Snyder, Brian D
2011-09-02
Mechanical testing has been regarded as the gold standard to investigate the effects of pathologies on the structure-function properties of the skeleton. Tensile properties of cancellous and cortical bone have been reported previously; however, no relationships describing these properties for rat bone as a function of volumetric bone mineral density (ρ(MIN)), apparent density or bone volume fraction (BV/TV) have been reported in the literature. We have shown that at macro level, compression and torsion properties of rat cortical and cancellous bone can be well described as a function of BV/TV, apparent density or ρ(MIN) using non-destructive micro-computed tomographic imaging and mechanical testing to failure. Therefore, the aim of this study is to derive a relationship expressing the tensile properties of rat cortical bone as a function of BV/TV, apparent density or ρ(MIN) over a range of normal and pathologic bones. We used bones from normal, ovariectomized and osteomalacic animals. All specimens underwent micro-computed tomographic imaging to assess bone morphometric and densitometric indices and uniaxial tension to failure. We obtained univariate relationships describing 74-77% of the tensile properties of rat cortical bone as a function of BV/TV, apparent density or ρ(MIN) over a range of density and common skeletal pathologies. The relationships reported in this study can be used in the structural rigidity to provide a non-invasive method to assess the tensile behavior of bones affected by pathology and/or treatment options.
Petit, Laurence; Maldivi, Pascale; Adamo, Carlo
2005-09-01
The calculation of the absorption spectra of four families of transition-metal complexes (Ni(CO)4, MnO4(-), MF6 (M = Cr, Mo, W) and CpM(CO)2 (M = Rh, Ir)) has been undertaken to unravel the influence of basis sets onto excitation energies, oscillator strengths, and assignments. Three among the most common pseudopotentials, with the corresponding valence basis sets, and two all-electron basis sets have been used for the metal center description in the framework of the time dependent Density Functional Theory (TD-DFT). Our results show that this approach does not particularly depend on the basis set used on the metal atoms. Furthermore, the chosen functional PBE0 provides transitions in good agreement with experiments, and it provides an accuracy of about 0.3 eV, comparable to that of refined post-Hartree-Fock methods.
Derivation of dynamical density functional theory using the projection operator technique.
Español, Pep; Löwen, Hartmut
2009-12-28
Density functional theory is a particular case of a general theory of conjugate variables that serves as the basis of the projection operator technique. By using this technique we derive a general dynamical version of density functional theory which involves a generalized diffusion tensor. The diffusion tensor is given by a Green-Kubo expression. For Brownian dynamics of dilute colloidal suspensions, the standard dynamical density functional theory is recovered.
Stretched hydrogen molecule from a constrained-search density-functional perspective
Valone, Steven M; Levy, Mel
2009-01-01
Constrained-search density functional theory gives valuable insights into the fundamentals of density functional theory. It provides exact results and bounds on the ground- and excited-state density functionals. An important advantage of the theory is that it gives guidance in the construction of functionals. Here they engage constrained search theory to explore issues associated with the functional behavior of 'stretched bonds' in molecular hydrogen. A constrained search is performed with familiar valence bond wavefunctions ordinarily used to describe molecular hydrogen. The effective, one-electron hamiltonian is computed and compared to the corresponding uncorrelated, Hartree-Fock effective hamiltonian. Analysis of the functional suggests the need to construct different functionals for the same density and to allow a competition among these functions. As a result the correlation energy functional is composed explicitly of energy gaps from the different functionals.
Ruggenthaler, Michael; Penz, Markus; van Leeuwen, Robert
2015-05-27
In this work we review the mapping from densities to potentials in quantum mechanics, which is the basic building block of time-dependent density-functional theory and the Kohn-Sham construction. We first present detailed conditions such that a mapping from potentials to densities is defined by solving the time-dependent Schrödinger equation. We specifically discuss intricacies connected with the unboundedness of the Hamiltonian and derive the local-force equation. This equation is then used to set up an iterative sequence that determines a potential that generates a specified density via time propagation of an initial state. This fixed-point procedure needs the invertibility of a certain Sturm-Liouville problem, which we discuss for different situations. Based on these considerations we then present a discussion of the famous Runge-Gross theorem which provides a density-potential mapping for time-analytic potentials. Further we give conditions such that the general fixed-point approach is well-defined and converges under certain assumptions. Then the application of such a fixed-point procedure to lattice Hamiltonians is discussed and the numerical realization of the density-potential mapping is shown. We conclude by presenting an extension of the density-potential mapping to include vector-potentials and photons.
Stability Analysis and Stabilization of Nonlinear Systems via Locally Defined Density Functions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Masubuchi, Izumi
This paper considers local stability analysis of nonlinear systems with deriving a positively invariant set based on the Rantzer's stability theory by using density functions. We define a notion of locally defined density functions around an equilibrium that give monotonously increasing positive measures near the equilibrium of a nonlinear system. Under certain assumptions, it is shown that some level set of a locally defined density function is a positively invariant set where almost all of the system trajectories converge to the equilibrium. We also mention an SOS (sum-of-squares) formulation for synthesis of a nonlinear gain via locally defined density functions.
Particle number and probability density functional theory and A-representability.
Pan, Xiao-Yin; Sahni, Viraht
2010-04-28
In Hohenberg-Kohn density functional theory, the energy E is expressed as a unique functional of the ground state density rho(r): E = E[rho] with the internal energy component F(HK)[rho] being universal. Knowledge of the functional F(HK)[rho] by itself, however, is insufficient to obtain the energy: the particle number N is primary. By emphasizing this primacy, the energy E is written as a nonuniversal functional of N and probability density p(r): E = E[N,p]. The set of functions p(r) satisfies the constraints of normalization to unity and non-negativity, exists for each N; N = 1, ..., infinity, and defines the probability density or p-space. A particle number N and probability density p(r) functional theory is constructed. Two examples for which the exact energy functionals E[N,p] are known are provided. The concept of A-representability is introduced, by which it is meant the set of functions Psi(p) that leads to probability densities p(r) obtained as the quantum-mechanical expectation of the probability density operator, and which satisfies the above constraints. We show that the set of functions p(r) of p-space is equivalent to the A-representable probability density set. We also show via the Harriman and Gilbert constructions that the A-representable and N-representable probability density p(r) sets are equivalent.
Accurate van der Waals coefficients from density functional theory
Tao, Jianmin; Perdew, John P.; Ruzsinszky, Adrienn
2012-01-01
The van der Waals interaction is a weak, long-range correlation, arising from quantum electronic charge fluctuations. This interaction affects many properties of materials. A simple and yet accurate estimate of this effect will facilitate computer simulation of complex molecular materials and drug design. Here we develop a fast approach for accurate evaluation of dynamic multipole polarizabilities and van der Waals (vdW) coefficients of all orders from the electron density and static multipole polarizabilities of each atom or other spherical object, without empirical fitting. Our dynamic polarizabilities (dipole, quadrupole, octupole, etc.) are exact in the zero- and high-frequency limits, and exact at all frequencies for a metallic sphere of uniform density. Our theory predicts dynamic multipole polarizabilities in excellent agreement with more expensive many-body methods, and yields therefrom vdW coefficients C6, C8, C10 for atom pairs with a mean absolute relative error of only 3%. PMID:22205765
Filtered Density Function for Subgrid Scale Modeling of Turbulent Combustion
2009-02-25
Turbulent Jet Flow, in Knight, D . and Sakell, L ., editors, Recent Advances in DNS and LES, Fluid Mechanics and its Applications, Vol. 54, pp. 155-166...Simulations: Application to a Turbulent Piloted Methane/Air Diffusion Flame (Sandia D ), Combust. Flame, 145( l -2):88-104 (2006). [29] Jones, W. P., Navarro...density form of SFDF, was developed by Jaberi et al. [14,15] and Garrick et al. [16]. The marginal velocity FDF (VFDF) was developed by Gicquel et
Morzan, Uriel N; Ramírez, Francisco F; Oviedo, M Belén; Sánchez, Cristián G; Scherlis, Damián A; Lebrero, Mariano C González
2014-04-28
This article presents a time dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) implementation to propagate the Kohn-Sham equations in real time, including the effects of a molecular environment through a Quantum-Mechanics Molecular-Mechanics (QM-MM) hamiltonian. The code delivers an all-electron description employing Gaussian basis functions, and incorporates the Amber force-field in the QM-MM treatment. The most expensive parts of the computation, comprising the commutators between the hamiltonian and the density matrix-required to propagate the electron dynamics-, and the evaluation of the exchange-correlation energy, were migrated to the CUDA platform to run on graphics processing units, which remarkably accelerates the performance of the code. The method was validated by reproducing linear-response TDDFT results for the absorption spectra of several molecular species. Two different schemes were tested to propagate the quantum dynamics: (i) a leap-frog Verlet algorithm, and (ii) the Magnus expansion to first-order. These two approaches were confronted, to find that the Magnus scheme is more efficient by a factor of six in small molecules. Interestingly, the presence of iron was found to seriously limitate the length of the integration time step, due to the high frequencies associated with the core-electrons. This highlights the importance of pseudopotentials to alleviate the cost of the propagation of the inner states when heavy nuclei are present. Finally, the methodology was applied to investigate the shifts induced by the chemical environment on the most intense UV absorption bands of two model systems of general relevance: the formamide molecule in water solution, and the carboxy-heme group in Flavohemoglobin. In both cases, shifts of several nanometers are observed, consistently with the available experimental data.
Morzan, Uriel N.; Ramírez, Francisco F.; Scherlis, Damián A. E-mail: mcgl@qb.ffyb.uba.ar; Lebrero, Mariano C. González E-mail: mcgl@qb.ffyb.uba.ar
2014-04-28
This article presents a time dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) implementation to propagate the Kohn-Sham equations in real time, including the effects of a molecular environment through a Quantum-Mechanics Molecular-Mechanics (QM-MM) hamiltonian. The code delivers an all-electron description employing Gaussian basis functions, and incorporates the Amber force-field in the QM-MM treatment. The most expensive parts of the computation, comprising the commutators between the hamiltonian and the density matrix—required to propagate the electron dynamics—, and the evaluation of the exchange-correlation energy, were migrated to the CUDA platform to run on graphics processing units, which remarkably accelerates the performance of the code. The method was validated by reproducing linear-response TDDFT results for the absorption spectra of several molecular species. Two different schemes were tested to propagate the quantum dynamics: (i) a leap-frog Verlet algorithm, and (ii) the Magnus expansion to first-order. These two approaches were confronted, to find that the Magnus scheme is more efficient by a factor of six in small molecules. Interestingly, the presence of iron was found to seriously limitate the length of the integration time step, due to the high frequencies associated with the core-electrons. This highlights the importance of pseudopotentials to alleviate the cost of the propagation of the inner states when heavy nuclei are present. Finally, the methodology was applied to investigate the shifts induced by the chemical environment on the most intense UV absorption bands of two model systems of general relevance: the formamide molecule in water solution, and the carboxy-heme group in Flavohemoglobin. In both cases, shifts of several nanometers are observed, consistently with the available experimental data.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Morzan, Uriel N.; Ramírez, Francisco F.; Oviedo, M. Belén; Sánchez, Cristián G.; Scherlis, Damián A.; Lebrero, Mariano C. González
2014-04-01
This article presents a time dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) implementation to propagate the Kohn-Sham equations in real time, including the effects of a molecular environment through a Quantum-Mechanics Molecular-Mechanics (QM-MM) hamiltonian. The code delivers an all-electron description employing Gaussian basis functions, and incorporates the Amber force-field in the QM-MM treatment. The most expensive parts of the computation, comprising the commutators between the hamiltonian and the density matrix—required to propagate the electron dynamics—, and the evaluation of the exchange-correlation energy, were migrated to the CUDA platform to run on graphics processing units, which remarkably accelerates the performance of the code. The method was validated by reproducing linear-response TDDFT results for the absorption spectra of several molecular species. Two different schemes were tested to propagate the quantum dynamics: (i) a leap-frog Verlet algorithm, and (ii) the Magnus expansion to first-order. These two approaches were confronted, to find that the Magnus scheme is more efficient by a factor of six in small molecules. Interestingly, the presence of iron was found to seriously limitate the length of the integration time step, due to the high frequencies associated with the core-electrons. This highlights the importance of pseudopotentials to alleviate the cost of the propagation of the inner states when heavy nuclei are present. Finally, the methodology was applied to investigate the shifts induced by the chemical environment on the most intense UV absorption bands of two model systems of general relevance: the formamide molecule in water solution, and the carboxy-heme group in Flavohemoglobin. In both cases, shifts of several nanometers are observed, consistently with the available experimental data.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Glossman, M. Daniel; Castro, Eduardo A.
1989-05-01
By using an approximate analytical trial density and the consideration of an energy density functional which includes a modified gradient correction, the relationship between the zeroth-order and the first gradient correction is tested and the results compared with those obtained through the use of Hartree-Fock-Roothaan-Clementi densities.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Liu, Wenjian; Franke, Robert; Dolg, Michael
1999-03-01
Structural and energetic properties of the experimentally yet unknown gas-phase molecule mercury(IV) fluoride HgF 4 have been calculated with three independent quantum-chemical approaches accounting for relativistic and electron correlation effects. All-electron 4-component density functional and scalar relativistic direct perturbation theory as well as valence-only quasi-relativistic pseudopotential calculations predict HgF 4 to be thermodynamically stable by at least 19 kJ/mol with respect to HgF 2 and F 2, and by at least 690 kJ/mol with respect to atomization. The Hg-F bond length and the totally symmetric Hg-F stretching mode are predicted to be 1.910±0.015 Å and 565±25 cm -1, respectively. HgCl 4 is predicted to be unstable with respect to HgCl 2 and Cl 2. The ionization potentials and excitation energies of the Hg atom and its cations are presented.
Ameri, Shideh Kabiri; Singh, Pramod K; Dokmeci, Mehmet R; Khademhosseini, Ali; Xu, Qiaobing; Sonkusale, Sameer R
2014-04-15
We present a portable lab-on-chip device for high-throughput trapping and lysis of single cells with in-situ impedance monitoring in an all-electronic approach. The lab-on-chip device consists of microwell arrays between transparent conducting electrodes within a microfluidic channel to deliver and extract cells using alternating current (AC) dielectrophoresis. Cells are lysed with high efficiency using direct current (DC) electric fields between the electrodes. Results are presented for trapping and lysis of human red blood cells. Impedance spectroscopy is used to estimate the percentage of filled wells with cells and to monitor lysis. The results show impedance between electrodes decreases with increase in the percentage of filled wells with cells and drops to a minimum after lysis. Impedance monitoring provides a reasonably accurate measurement of cell trapping and lysis. Utilizing an all-electronic approach eliminates the need for bulky optical components and cameras for monitoring.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Rury, Aaron S.; Mansour, Kamjou; Yu, Nan
2015-07-01
This study examines the capability to significantly suppress the frequency noise of a semiconductor distributed feedback diode laser using a universally applicable approach: a combination of a high-Q crystalline whispering gallery mode microresonator reference and the Pound-Drever-Hall locking scheme using an all-electronic servo loop. An out-of-loop delayed self-heterodyne measurement system demonstrates the ability of this approach to reduce a test laser's absolute line width by nearly a factor of 100. In addition, in-loop characterization of the laser stabilized using this method demonstrates a 1-kHz residual line width with reference to the resonator frequency. Based on these results, we propose that utilization of an all-electronic loop combined with the use of the wide transparency window of crystalline materials enable this approach to be readily applicable to diode lasers emitting in other regions of the electromagnetic spectrum, especially in the UV and mid-IR.
Element orbitals for Kohn-Sham density functional theory
Lin, Lin; Ying, Lexing
2012-05-08
We present a method to discretize the Kohn-Sham Hamiltonian matrix in the pseudopotential framework by a small set of basis functions automatically contracted from a uniform basis set such as planewaves. Each basis function is localized around an element, which is a small part of the global domain containing multiple atoms. We demonstrate that the resulting basis set achieves meV accuracy for 3D densely packed systems with a small number of basis functions per atom. The procedure is applicable to insulating and metallic systems.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Solovyeva, Alisa; Pavanello, Michele; Neugebauer, Johannes
2012-05-01
Subsystem density-functional theory (DFT) is a powerful and efficient alternative to Kohn-Sham DFT for large systems composed of several weakly interacting subunits. Here, we provide a systematic investigation of the spin-density distributions obtained in subsystem DFT calculations for radicals in explicit environments. This includes a small radical in a solvent shell, a π-stacked guanine-thymine radical cation, and a benchmark application to a model for the special pair radical cation, which is a dimer of bacteriochlorophyll pigments, from the photosynthetic reaction center of purple bacteria. We investigate the differences in the spin densities resulting from subsystem DFT and Kohn-Sham DFT calculations. In these comparisons, we focus on the problem of overdelocalization of spin densities due to the self-interaction error in DFT. It is demonstrated that subsystem DFT can reduce this problem, while it still allows to describe spin-polarization effects crossing the boundaries of the subsystems. In practical calculations of spin densities for radicals in a given environment, it may thus be a pragmatic alternative to Kohn-Sham DFT calculations. In our calculation on the special pair radical cation, we show that the coordinating histidine residues reduce the spin-density asymmetry between the two halves of this system, while inclusion of a larger binding pocket model increases this asymmetry. The unidirectional energy transfer in photosynthetic reaction centers is related to the asymmetry introduced by the protein environment.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Oettel, M.; Görig, S.; Härtel, A.; Löwen, H.; Radu, M.; Schilling, T.
2010-11-01
We perform a comparative study of the free energies and the density distributions in hard-sphere crystals using Monte Carlo simulations and density functional theory (employing Fundamental Measure functionals). Using a recently introduced technique [T. Schilling and F. Schmid, J. Chem. Phys. 131, 231102 (2009)10.1063/1.3274951] we obtain crystal free energies to a high precision. The free energies from fundamental measure theory are in good agreement with the simulation results and demonstrate the applicability of these functionals to the treatment of other problems involving crystallization. The agreement between fundamental measure theory and simulations on the level of the free energies is also reflected in the density distributions around single lattice sites. Overall, the peak widths and anisotropy signs for different lattice directions agree, however, it is found that fundamental measure theory gives slightly narrower peaks with more anisotropy than seen in the simulations. Among the three types of fundamental measure functionals studied, only the White Bear II functional [H. Hansen-Goos and R. Roth, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 18, 8413 (2006)10.1088/0953-8984/18/37/002] exhibits sensible results for the equilibrium vacancy concentration and a physical behavior of the chemical potential in crystals constrained by a fixed vacancy concentration.
Density Functional Theory (dft) Simulations of Shocked Liquid Xenon
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Mattsson, Thomas R.; Magyar, Rudolph J.
2009-12-01
Xenon is not only a technologically important element used in laser technologies and jet propulsion, but it is also one of the most accessible materials in which to study the metal-insulator transition with increasing pressure. Because of its closed shell electronic configuration, xenon is often assumed to be chemically inert, interacting almost entirely through the van der Waals interaction, and at liquid density, is typically modeled well using Leonard-Jones potentials. However, such modeling has a limited range of validity as xenon is known to form compounds under normal conditions and likely exhibits considerably more chemistry at higher densities when hybridization of occupied orbitals becomes significant. We present DFT-MD simulations of shocked liquid xenon with the goal of developing an improved equation of state. The calculated Hugoniot to 2 MPa compares well with available experimental shock data. Sandia is a mul-tiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin Company, for the United States Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Lykissa, Iliana; Li, Shu-Yi; Ramzan, Muhammad; Chakraborty, Sudip; Ahuja, Rajeev; Granqvist, Claes G.; Niklasson, Gunnar A.
2014-05-01
Thin films of V2O5 were prepared by sputter deposition onto transparent and electrically conducting substrates and were found to be X-ray amorphous. Their electrochemical density of states was determined by chronopotentiometry and displayed a pronounced low-energy peak followed by an almost featureless contribution at higher energies. These results were compared with density functional theory calculations for amorphous V2O5. Significant similarities were found between measured data and computations; specifically, the experimental low-energy peak corresponds to a split-off part of the conduction band apparent in the computations. Furthermore, the calculations approximately reproduce the experimental band gap observed in optical measurements.
Tabacchi, G; Hutter, J; Mundy, C
2005-04-07
A combined linear response--frozen electron density model has been implemented in a molecular dynamics scheme derived from an extended Lagrangian formalism. This approach is based on a partition of the electronic charge distribution into a frozen region described by Kim-Gordon theory, and a response contribution determined by the instaneous ionic configuration of the system. The method is free from empirical pair-potentials and the parameterization protocol involves only calculations on properly chosen subsystems. They apply this method to a series of alkali halides in different physical phases and are able to reproduce experimental structural and thermodynamic properties with an accuracy comparable to Kohn-Sham density functional calculations.
From dilute matter to the equilibrium point in the energy-density-functional theory
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Yang, C. J.; Grasso, M.; Lacroix, D.
2016-09-01
Due to the large value of the scattering length in nuclear systems, standard density-functional theories based on effective interactions usually fail to reproduce the nuclear Fermi-liquid behavior both at very low densities and close to equilibrium. Guided on one side by the success of the Skyrme density functional and, on the other side, by resummation techniques used in effective field theories for systems with large scattering lengths, a new energy-density functional is proposed. This functional, adjusted on microscopic calculations, reproduces the nuclear equations of state of neutron and symmetric matter at various densities. Furthermore, it provides reasonable saturation properties as well as an appropriate density dependence for the symmetry energy.
Full canonical information from grand-potential density-functional theory.
de Las Heras, Daniel; Schmidt, Matthias
2014-12-05
We present a general and formally exact method to obtain the canonical one-body density distribution and the canonical free energy from direct decomposition of classical density functional results in the grand ensemble. We test the method for confined one-dimensional hard-core particles for which the exact grand potential density functional is explicitly known. The results agree to within high accuracy with those from exact methods and our Monte Carlo many-body simulations. The method is relevant for treating finite systems and for dynamical density functional theory.
McKechnie, Scott; Booth, George H.; Cohen, Aron J.; Cole, Jacqueline M.
2015-05-21
The best practice in computational methods for determining vertical ionization energies (VIEs) is assessed, via reference to experimentally determined VIEs that are corroborated by highly accurate coupled-cluster calculations. These reference values are used to benchmark the performance of density functional theory (DFT) and wave function methods: Hartree-Fock theory, second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory, and Electron Propagator Theory (EPT). The core test set consists of 147 small molecules. An extended set of six larger molecules, from benzene to hexacene, is also considered to investigate the dependence of the results on molecule size. The closest agreement with experiment is found for ionization energies obtained from total energy difference calculations. In particular, DFT calculations using exchange-correlation functionals with either a large amount of exact exchange or long-range correction perform best. The results from these functionals are also the least sensitive to an increase in molecule size. In general, ionization energies calculated directly from the orbital energies of the neutral species are less accurate and more sensitive to an increase in molecule size. For the single-calculation approach, the EPT calculations are in closest agreement for both sets of molecules. For the orbital energies from DFT functionals, only those with long-range correction give quantitative agreement with dramatic failing for all other functionals considered. The results offer a practical hierarchy of approximations for the calculation of vertical ionization energies. In addition, the experimental and computational reference values can be used as a standardized set of benchmarks, against which other approximate methods can be compared.
Afanasjev, A. V.
2015-10-15
The assessment of the global performance of the state-of-the-art covariant energy density functionals and related theoretical uncertainties in the description of ground state observables has recently been performed. Based on these results, the correlations between global description of binding energies and nuclear matter properties of covariant energy density functionals have been studied in this contribution.
Noguchi, Yoshifumi; Ohno, Kaoru
2010-04-15
The optical absorption spectra of sodium clusters (Na{sub 2n}, n{<=} 4) are calculated by using an all-electron first-principles GW+Bethe-Salpeter method with the mixed-basis approach within the Tamm-Dancoff approximation. In these small systems, the excitonic effect strongly affects the optical properties due to the confinement of exciton in the small system size. The present state-of-the-art method treats the electron-hole two-particle Green's function by incorporating the ladder diagrams up to the infinite order and therefore takes into account the excitonic effect in a good approximation. We check the accuracy of the present method by comparing the resulting spectra with experiments. In addition, the effect of delocalization in particular in the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital in the GW quasiparticle wave function is also discussed by rediagonalizing the Dyson equation.
Helbig, N.; Fuks, J. I.; Verstraete, M. J.; Marques, M. A. L.; Tokatly, I. V.; Rubio, A.
2011-03-15
We present a local density approximation (LDA) for one-dimensional (1D) systems interacting via the soft-Coulomb interaction based on quantum Monte Carlo calculations. Results for the ground-state energies and ionization potentials of finite 1D systems show excellent agreement with exact calculations obtained by exploiting the mapping of an N-electron system in d dimensions onto a single electron in Nxd dimensions, properly symmetrized by the Young diagrams. We conclude that 1D LDA is of the same quality as its three-dimensional (3D) counterpart, and we infer conclusions about 3D LDA. The linear and nonlinear time-dependent responses of 1D model systems using LDA, exact exchange, and the exact solution are investigated and show very good agreement in both cases, except for the well-known problem of missing double excitations. Consequently, the 3D LDA is expected to be of good quality beyond the linear response. In addition, the 1D LDA should prove useful in modeling the interaction of atoms with strong laser fields, where this specific 1D model is often used.
Exact density functional theory for ideal polymer fluids with nearest neighbor bonding constraints
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Woodward, Clifford E.; Forsman, Jan
2008-08-01
We present a new density functional theory of ideal polymer fluids, assuming nearest-neighbor bonding constraints. The free energy functional is expressed in terms of end site densities of chain segments and thus has a simpler mathematical structure than previously used expressions using multipoint distributions. This work is based on a formalism proposed by Tripathi and Chapman [Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 087801 (2005)]. Those authors obtain an approximate free energy functional for ideal polymers in terms of monomer site densities. Calculations on both repulsive and attractive surfaces show that their theory is reasonably accurate in some cases, but does differ significantly from the exact result for longer polymers with attractive surfaces. We suggest that segment end site densities, rather than monomer site densities, are the preferred choice of ``site functions'' for expressing the free energy functional of polymer fluids. We illustrate the application of our theory to derive an expression for the free energy of an ideal fluid of infinitely long polymers.
Evaluation of Density Functionals and Basis Sets for Carbohydrates
Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)
Correlated ab initio wave function calculations using MP2/aug-cc-pVTZ model chemistry have been performed for three test sets of gas phase saccharide conformations to provide reference values for their relative energies. The test sets consist of 15 conformers of alpha and beta-D-allopyranose, 15 of ...
Carlson, Rebecca K; Li Manni, Giovanni; Sonnenberger, Andrew L; Truhlar, Donald G; Gagliardi, Laura
2015-01-13
Kohn-Sham density functional theory, resting on the representation of the electronic density and kinetic energy by a single Slater determinant, has revolutionized chemistry, but for open-shell systems, the Kohn-Sham Slater determinant has the wrong symmetry properties as compared to an accurate wave function. We have recently proposed a theory, called multiconfiguration pair-density functional theory (MC-PDFT), in which the electronic kinetic energy and classical Coulomb energy are calculated from a multiconfiguration wave function with the correct symmetry properties, and the rest of the energy is calculated from a density functional, called the on-top density functional, that depends on the density and the on-top pair density calculated from this wave function. We also proposed a simple way to approximate the on-top density functional by translation of Kohn-Sham exchange-correlation functionals. The method is much less expensive than other post-SCF methods for calculating the dynamical correlation energy starting with a multiconfiguration self-consistent-field wave function as the reference wave function, and initial tests of the theory were quite encouraging. Here, we provide a broader test of the theory by applying it to bond energies of main-group molecules and transition metal complexes, barrier heights and reaction energies for diverse chemical reactions, proton affinities, and the water dimerization energy. Averaged over 56 data points, the mean unsigned error is 3.2 kcal/mol for MC-PDFT, as compared to 6.9 kcal/mol for Kohn-Sham theory with a comparable density functional. MC-PDFT is more accurate on average than complete active space second-order perturbation theory (CASPT2) for main-group small-molecule bond energies, alkyl bond dissociation energies, transition-metal-ligand bond energies, proton affinities, and the water dimerization energy.
Wang, Jinlan; Zhu, Liyan; Zhang, Xiuyun; Yang, Mingli
2008-09-11
The dipole polarizabilities of Co(n)Bz(m), (n, m = 1-4, m = n, n + 1) clusters are studied by means of an all-electron gradient-corrected density functional theory and finite field method. The dipole moments are relatively large for most of the clusters, implying their asymmetric structures. The total polarizability increases rapidly as cluster size, whereas the average polarizability shows "odd-even" oscillation with relatively large values at (n, n + 1). The polarizabilities exhibit clear shape-dependent variation, and the sandwich structures have systematically larger polarizability and anisotropy than the rice-ball isomers. The dipole polarizabilities are further analyzed in terms of the highest occupied molecular orbital-lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (HOMO-LUMO) gap, ionization potential, and electron delocalization volume. We conclude that the polarizability variations are determined by the interplay between the geometrical and electronic properties of the clusters.
Peverati, Roberto; Truhlar, Donald G
2014-03-13
Kohn-Sham density functional theory is in principle an exact formulation of quantum mechanical electronic structure theory, but in practice we have to rely on approximate exchange-correlation (xc) functionals. The objective of our work has been to design an xc functional with broad accuracy across as wide an expanse of chemistry and physics as possible, leading--as a long-range goal--to a functional with good accuracy for all problems, i.e. a universal functional. To guide our path towards that goal and to measure our progress, we have developed-building on earlier work of our group-a set of databases of reference data for a variety of energetic and structural properties in chemistry and physics. These databases include energies of molecular processes, such as atomization, complexation, proton addition and ionization; they also include molecular geometries and solid-state lattice constants, chemical reaction barrier heights, and cohesive energies and band gaps of solids. For this paper, we gather many of these databases into four comprehensive databases, two with 384 energetic data for chemistry and solid-state physics and another two with 68 structural data for chemistry and solid-state physics, and we test two wave function methods and 77 density functionals (12 Minnesota meta functionals and 65 others) in a consistent way across this same broad set of data. We especially highlight the Minnesota density functionals, but the results have broader implications in that one may see the successes and failures of many kinds of density functionals when they are all applied to the same data. Therefore, the results provide a status report on the quest for a universal functional.
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Liang, Wenkel; Isborn, Christine M.; Li, Xiaosong
2009-11-01
The calculation of doubly excited states is one of the major problems plaguing the modern day excited state workhorse methodology of linear response time dependent Hartree-Fock (TDHF) and density function theory (TDDFT). We have previously shown that the use of a resonantly tuned field within real-time TDHF and TDDFT is able to simultaneously excite both the α and β electrons to achieve the two-electron excited states of minimal basis H2 and HeH+ [C. M. Isborn and X. Li, J. Chem. Phys. 129, 204107 (2008)]. We now extend this method to many electron systems with the use of our Car-Parrinello density matrix search (CP-DMS) with a first-principles fictitious mass method for wave function optimization [X. Li, C. L. Moss, W. Liang, and Y. Feng, J. Chem. Phys. 130, 234115 (2009)]. Real-time TDHF/TDDFT is used during the application of the laser field perturbation, driving the electron density toward the doubly excited state. The CP-DMS method then converges the density to the nearest stationary state. We present these stationary state doubly excited state energies and properties at the HF and DFT levels for H2, HeH+, lithium hydride, ethylene, and butadiene.
Yang, Weitao; Mori-Sánchez, Paula; Cohen, Aron J
2013-09-14
The exact conditions for density functionals and density matrix functionals in terms of fractional charges and fractional spins are known, and their violation in commonly used functionals has been shown to be the root of many major failures in practical applications. However, approximate functionals are designed for physical systems with integer charges and spins, not in terms of the fractional variables. Here we develop a general framework for extending approximate density functionals and many-electron theory to fractional-charge and fractional-spin systems. Our development allows for the fractional extension of any approximate theory that is a functional of G(0), the one-electron Green's function of the non-interacting reference system. The extension to fractional charge and fractional spin systems is based on the ensemble average of the basic variable, G(0). We demonstrate the fractional extension for the following theories: (1) any explicit functional of the one-electron density, such as the local density approximation and generalized gradient approximations; (2) any explicit functional of the one-electron density matrix of the non-interacting reference system, such as the exact exchange functional (or Hartree-Fock theory) and hybrid functionals; (3) many-body perturbation theory; and (4) random-phase approximations. A general rule for such an extension has also been derived through scaling the orbitals and should be useful for functionals where the link to the Green's function is not obvious. The development thus enables the examination of approximate theories against known exact conditions on the fractional variables and the analysis of their failures in chemical and physical applications in terms of violations of exact conditions of the energy functionals. The present work should facilitate the calculation of chemical potentials and fundamental bandgaps with approximate functionals and many-electron theories through the energy derivatives with respect to the
Predicting Infrared Spectra of Nerve Agents Using Density Functional Theory
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Zhang, Y.-P.; Wang, H.-T.; Zheng, W.-P.; Sun, C.; Bai, Y.; Guo, X.-D.; Sun, H.
2016-09-01
Vibration frequencies of four nerve agents and two simulators are calculated using B3LYP coupled with ten basis sets. To evaluate the accuracy of calculated spectra, root mean square error (RMSE) and weighted cross-correlation average (WCCA) are considered. The evaluation shows that B3LYP/6-311+g(d,p) performs best in predicting infrared spectra, and polarization functions are found to be more important than diffusion functions in spectra simulation. Moreover, B3LYP calculation underestimates frequencies related to the P atom. The WCCA metric derives 1.008 as a unique scaling factor for calculated frequencies. The results indicate that the WCCA metric can identify six agents based on calculated spectra.
A Density Functional for Liquid 3He Based on the Aziz Potential
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Barranco, M.; Hernández, E. S.; Mayol, R.; Navarro, J.; Pi, M.; Szybisz, L.
2006-09-01
We propose a new class of density functionals for liquid 3He based on the Aziz helium-helium interaction screened at short distances by the microscopically calculated two-body distribution function g(r). Our aim is to reduce to a minumum the unavoidable phenomenological ingredients inherent to any density functional approach. Results for the homogeneous liquid and droplets are presented and discussed.
Configurational study of amino-functionalized silica surfaces: A density functional theory modeling.
Hozhabr Araghi, Samira; Entezari, Mohammad H; Sadeghi Googheri, Mohammad Sadegh
2015-06-01
Despite extensive studies of the amino-functionalized silica surfaces, a comprehensive investigation of the effects of configuration and hydrolysis of 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilan (APTES) molecules attached on silica has not been studied yet. Therefore, the methods of quantum mechanics were used for the study of configuration and hydrolysis forms of APTES molecules attached on the surface. For this purpose, five different categories based on the number of hydrolyzed ethoxy groups including 16 configurations were designed and analyzed by the density functional theory (DFT) method. The steric hindrance as an effective factor on the stability order was extracted from structural analysis. Other impressive parameters such as the effects of hydrogen bond and electron delocalization energy were obtained by using the atoms in molecules (AIM) and natural bond orbitals (NBO) theories. Consequently, it was found that the stability of configurations was attributed to steric effects, hydrogen bond numbers and electron delocalization energy. The maximum stability was achieved when at least two of these parameters cooperate with each other.
Weighted density-functional theory for simple fluids: Prewetting of a Lennard-Jones fluid
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Sweatman, M. B.
2002-01-01
The prewetting of a Lennard-Jones fluid is studied using weighted density-functional theory. The intrinsic Helmholtz free-energy functional is separated into repulsive and attractive contributions. An accurate functional for hard spheres is used for the repulsive functional and a weighted density-functional method is used for the attractive part. The results for this theory are compared against mean-field density-functional theory, the theory of Velasco and Tarazona [E. Velasco and P. Tarazona, J. Chem. Phys. 91, 7916 (1989)] and grand canonical ensemble simulation results. The results demonstrate that the weighted density functional for attractive forces may offer a significant increase in accuracy over the other theories. The density-functional and simulation results also indicate that a previous estimate of the wetting temperature for a model of the interaction of argon with solid carbon dioxide, obtained from simulations [J. E. Finn and P. A. Monson, Phys. Rev. A, 39, 6402 (1989)], is incorrect. The weighted density-functional method indicates that triple-point prewetting is observed for this model potential.
Kamal, C; Ghanty, T K; Banerjee, Arup; Chakrabarti, Aparna
2009-10-28
We employ all-electron ab initio time-dependent density functional theory based method to calculate the long-range dipole-dipole dispersion coefficient, namely, the van der Waals (vdW) coefficient (C(6)) between fullerenes and finite-length carbon nanotubes as well as between these structures and different small molecules. Our aim is to accurately estimate the strength of the long-range vdW interaction in terms of the C(6) coefficients between these systems and also compare these values as a function of shape and size. The dispersion coefficients are obtained via Casimir-Polder relation. The calculations are carried out with the asymptotically correct exchange-correlation potential-the statistical average of orbital potential. It is observed from our calculations that the C(6) coefficients of the carbon nanotubes increase nonlinearly with length, which implies a much stronger vdW interaction between the longer carbon nanostructures compared with the shorter ones. Additionally, it is found that the values of C(6) and polarizability are about 40%-50% lower for the carbon cages when compared with the results corresponding to the quasi-one-dimensional nanotubes with equivalent number of atoms. From our calculations of the vdW coefficients between the small molecules and the carbon nanostructures, it is observed that for H(2), the C(6) value is much larger compared with that of He. It is found that the rare gas atoms have very low values of vdW coefficient with the carbon nanostructures. In contrast, it is found that other gas molecules, including the ones that are environmentally important, possess much higher C(6) values. Carbon tetrachloride as well as chlorine molecule show very high C(6) values with themselves as well as with the carbon nanostructures. This is due to the presence of the weakly bound seven electrons in the valence state for the halogen atoms, which makes these compounds much more polarizable compared with the others.
Weijtens, M E; Hart, E H; Bolhuis, R L
2000-01-01
Genetically engineered expression of tumor-specific single chain antibody chimeric receptors (ch-Rec) on human T lymphocytes endow these cells with the parental monoclonal antibody (mAb) dictated tumor specificity and may be useful for clinical immuno-genetherapy. Therefore it was of importance to assess how the densities of tumor-specific receptors and tumor associated antigens (TAA), respectively, affect primary human T lymphocyte functions in relation to target cell susceptibilities to lysis. We therefore studied the functional balance between ch-Rec densities on human T lymphocytes and TAA on tumor cells. The gene construct encoding a ch-Rec derived from (1) a renal carcinoma cell (RCC) specific mouse mAb (G250), and (2) the human signal transducing Fc(epsilon)RI gamma-chain was used. To obtain ch-RecHIGH-POS and ch-RecLOW-POS T lymphocytes, two distinct retroviral vectors were used to introduce the gene constructs into primary human T lymphocytes. Levels of ch-Rec-redirected T lymphocyte mediated tumor cell lysis, as well as lymphokine production were determined using RCC lines as target/stimulator cells, which express either no or increasing densities of the TAA. A functional and dynamic balance between ch-Rec densities on cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) on the one hand and TAA densities on RCCs on the other, was found. In short, ch-RecHIGH-POS CTLs are triggered by TAAHIGH-POS as well as TAALOW-POS RCCs to lyse tumor cells and produce (IFN-gamma and TNF-alpha) lymphokine. In contrast, ch-RecLOW-POS T lymphocytes are only triggered for cytolysis and lymphokine production by relatively TAAHIGH-POS RCCs. In conclusion, (1) the activation of T lymphocyte responses is co-determined by the expression levels of the ch-Rec on T lymphocytes and the TAA on tumor cells and (2) at relatively high T lymphocyte ch-Rec expression levels the CTLs lyse tumor cells with a wide range of TAA densities. Gene Therapy (2000) 7, 35-42.
All-electron GW quasiparticle band structures of group 14 nitride compounds
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Chu, Iek-Heng; Kozhevnikov, Anton; Schulthess, Thomas C.; Cheng, Hai-Ping
2014-07-01
We have investigated the group 14 nitrides (M3N4) in the spinel phase (γ-M3N4 with M = C, Si, Ge, and Sn) and β phase (β-M3N4 with M = Si, Ge, and Sn) using density functional theory with the local density approximation and the GW approximation. The Kohn-Sham energies of these systems have been first calculated within the framework of full-potential linearized augmented plane waves (LAPW) and then corrected using single-shot G0W0 calculations, which we have implemented in the modified version of the Elk full-potential LAPW code. Direct band gaps at the Γ point have been found for spinel-type nitrides γ-M3N4 with M = Si, Ge, and Sn. The corresponding GW-corrected band gaps agree with experiment. We have also found that the GW calculations with and without the plasmon-pole approximation give very similar results, even when the system contains semi-core d electrons. These spinel-type nitrides are novel materials for potential optoelectronic applications because of their direct and tunable band gaps.
All-electron GW quasiparticle band structures of group 14 nitride compounds
Chu, Iek-Heng; Cheng, Hai-Ping; Kozhevnikov, Anton; Schulthess, Thomas C.
2014-07-28
We have investigated the group 14 nitrides (M{sub 3}N{sub 4}) in the spinel phase (γ-M{sub 3}N{sub 4} with M = C, Si, Ge, and Sn) and β phase (β-M{sub 3}N{sub 4} with M = Si, Ge, and Sn) using density functional theory with the local density approximation and the GW approximation. The Kohn-Sham energies of these systems have been first calculated within the framework of full-potential linearized augmented plane waves (LAPW) and then corrected using single-shot G{sub 0}W{sub 0} calculations, which we have implemented in the modified version of the Elk full-potential LAPW code. Direct band gaps at the Γ point have been found for spinel-type nitrides γ-M{sub 3}N{sub 4} with M = Si, Ge, and Sn. The corresponding GW-corrected band gaps agree with experiment. We have also found that the GW calculations with and without the plasmon-pole approximation give very similar results, even when the system contains semi-core d electrons. These spinel-type nitrides are novel materials for potential optoelectronic applications because of their direct and tunable band gaps.
Dane, Markus; Gonis, Antonios
2016-07-05
Based on a computational procedure for determining the functional derivative with respect to the density of any antisymmetric N-particle wave function for a non-interacting system that leads to the density, we devise a test as to whether or not a wave function known to lead to a given density corresponds to a solution of a Schrödinger equation for some potential. We examine explicitly the case of non-interacting systems described by Slater determinants. Here, numerical examples for the cases of a one-dimensional square-well potential with infinite walls and the harmonic oscillator potential illustrate the formalism.
Bartel, J.; Bencheikh, K.; Meyer, J.
2008-02-15
For a one-body Hamiltonian obtained from the energy-density functional associated with a Skyrme effective interaction, including a tensor force, semiclassical functional densities are derived in the framework of the Extended Thomas-Fermi method, in spherical symmetry, for the kinetic energy and spin-orbit density. The structure of the self-consistent mean-field potentials constructed with such semiclassical functionals is studied. The impact of the tensor force in particular on the spin-orbit form factor clearly indicates the necessity of including such tensor-force terms in the theoretical description of atomic nuclei and their possible influence on the shell structure of exotic nuclei.
A Density Functional Study of the Americium (001) Surface
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Gao, Da; Ray, Asok Kumar
2006-03-01
Electronic structure properties of the fcc americium (001) surface, modeled by periodically repeated fcc Am (001) surface slabs, have been studied with the full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method. The alternative basis set APW+lo is used inside the atomic spheres for chemically important orbitals that are difficult to converge, whereas LAPW is used for others. The core states are treated fully relativistically and for valence states, two levels of treatments are implemented: (1) a scalar relativistic scheme including the mass-velocity correction and the Darwin s-shift and (2) a fully relativistic scheme with spin-orbit coupling included in a second variational treatment using the scalar-relativistic eigenfunctions as basis. Our results indicate that the ground state of Am (001) surface is anti-ferromagnetic. The quantum size effects in the surface energies and the work functions of the (001) fcc americium ultra thin films (UTF) have been examined up to seven layers. In addition, the Am (001) surface properties are compared with our earlier study of the Am (111) surface.
Enzymatic catalysis: the emerging role of conceptual density functional theory.
Roos, Goedele; Geerlings, Paul; Messens, Joris
2009-10-15
Experimentalists and quantum chemists are living in a different world. A wealth of theoretical enzymology-related publications is hardly known by experimentalists, and vice versa. Our aim is to bring both worlds together and to show the powerful possibilities of a multidisciplinary approach to study subtle details of complicated enzymatic processes to a broad readership. MD simulations and QM/MM approaches often focus on the calculation of reaction paths based on activation energies, which is a time-consuming task. A valuable alternative is the reactivity descriptors founded in conceptual DFT like softness, electrophilicity, and the Fukui function, which describe the kinetic aspects of a reaction in terms of the response to perturbations in N and/or upsilon(r), typical for a chemical reaction, of the reagents in the ground state. As such, the relative energies at the beginning of the reaction predict a sequence of activation energies only based on the properties of the reactants (Figure 5 ). In 2003, Geerlings et al. published a key review giving a detailed description of the principles and concepts of conceptual DFT and highlighting its success to study generalized acid/base reactions including addition, substitution, and elimination reactions. Since the time that this review appeared, conceptual DFT has proven its strength in literally hundreds of papers with application to organic and inorganic reactions. Its role in unravelling enzymatic reaction mechanisms, in handling experimentally difficult accessible biochemical problems, and in the interpretation of biochemical experimental observations is emerging and very promising.
Towards a Microscopic Reaction Description Based on Energy Density Functionals
Nobre, G A; DIetrich, F S; Escher, J E; Thompson, I J; Dupuis, M; Terasaki, J; Engel, J
2011-09-26
A microscopic calculation of reaction cross sections for nucleon-nucleus scattering has been performed by explicitly coupling the elastic channel to all particle-hole excitations in the target and one-nucleon pickup channels. The particle-hole states may be regarded as doorway states through which the flux flows to more complicated configurations, and subsequently to long-lived compound nucleus resonances. Target excitations for {sup 40,48}Ca, {sup 58}Ni, {sup 90}Zr and {sup 144}Sm were described in a random-phase framework using a Skyrme functional. Reaction cross sections obtained agree very well with experimental data and predictions of a state-of-the-art fitted optical potential. Couplings between inelastic states were found to be negligible, while the pickup channels contribute significantly. The effect of resonances from higher-order channels was assessed. Elastic angular distributions were also calculated within the same method, achieving good agreement with experimental data. For the first time observed absorptions are completely accounted for by explicit channel coupling, for incident energies between 10 and 70 MeV, with consistent angular distribution results.
Predicting C-H/pi interactions with nonlocal density functional theory.
Hooper, Joe; Cooper, Valentino R; Thonhauser, Timo; Romero, Nichols A; Zerilli, Frank; Langreth, David C
2008-04-21
We examine the performance of a recently developed nonlocal density functional in predicting a model noncovalent interaction, namely the weak bond between an aromatic pi system and an aliphatic C--H group. The new functional is a significant improvement over traditional density functionals, providing results which compare favorably to high-level quantum-chemistry techniques, but at considerably lower computational cost. Interaction energies in several model C--H/pi systems are in good general agreement with coupled-cluster calculations, though equilibrium distances are consistently overpredicted when using the revPBE functional for exchange. The new functional predicts changes in energy upon addition of halogen substituents correctly.
Ensemble density variational methods with self- and ghost-interaction-corrected functionals
Pastorczak, Ewa; Pernal, Katarzyna
2014-05-14
Ensemble density functional theory (DFT) offers a way of predicting excited-states energies of atomic and molecular systems without referring to a density response function. Despite a significant theoretical work, practical applications of the proposed approximations have been scarce and they do not allow for a fair judgement of the potential usefulness of ensemble DFT with available functionals. In the paper, we investigate two forms of ensemble density functionals formulated within ensemble DFT framework: the Gross, Oliveira, and Kohn (GOK) functional proposed by Gross et al. [Phys. Rev. A 37, 2809 (1988)] alongside the orbital-dependent eDFT form of the functional introduced by Nagy [J. Phys. B 34, 2363 (2001)] (the acronym eDFT proposed in analogy to eHF – ensemble Hartree-Fock method). Local and semi-local ground-state density functionals are employed in both approaches. Approximate ensemble density functionals contain not only spurious self-interaction but also the so-called ghost-interaction which has no counterpart in the ground-state DFT. We propose how to correct the GOK functional for both kinds of interactions in approximations that go beyond the exact-exchange functional. Numerical applications lead to a conclusion that functionals free of the ghost-interaction by construction, i.e., eDFT, yield much more reliable results than approximate self- and ghost-interaction-corrected GOK functional. Additionally, local density functional corrected for self-interaction employed in the eDFT framework yields excitations energies of the accuracy comparable to that of the uncorrected semi-local eDFT functional.
Introduction to Density Functional Theory: Calculations by Hand on the Helium Atom
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Baseden, Kyle A.; Tye, Jesse W.
2014-01-01
Density functional theory (DFT) is a type of electronic structure calculation that has rapidly gained popularity. In this article, we provide a step-by-step demonstration of a DFT calculation by hand on the helium atom using Slater's X-Alpha exchange functional on a single Gaussian-type orbital to represent the atomic wave function. This DFT…
Putz, Mihai V.
2009-01-01
The density matrix theory, the ancestor of density functional theory, provides the immediate framework for Path Integral (PI) development, allowing the canonical density be extended for the many-electronic systems through the density functional closure relationship. Yet, the use of path integral formalism for electronic density prescription presents several advantages: assures the inner quantum mechanical description of the system by parameterized paths; averages the quantum fluctuations; behaves as the propagator for time-space evolution of quantum information; resembles Schrödinger equation; allows quantum statistical description of the system through partition function computing. In this framework, four levels of path integral formalism were presented: the Feynman quantum mechanical, the semiclassical, the Feynman-Kleinert effective classical, and the Fokker-Planck non-equilibrium ones. In each case the density matrix or/and the canonical density were rigorously defined and presented. The practical specializations for quantum free and harmonic motions, for statistical high and low temperature limits, the smearing justification for the Bohr’s quantum stability postulate with the paradigmatic Hydrogen atomic excursion, along the quantum chemical calculation of semiclassical electronegativity and hardness, of chemical action and Mulliken electronegativity, as well as by the Markovian generalizations of Becke-Edgecombe electronic focalization functions – all advocate for the reliability of assuming PI formalism of quantum mechanics as a versatile one, suited for analytically and/or computationally modeling of a variety of fundamental physical and chemical reactivity concepts characterizing the (density driving) many-electronic systems. PMID:20087467
Putz, Mihai V
2009-11-10
The density matrix theory, the ancestor of density functional theory, provides the immediate framework for Path Integral (PI) development, allowing the canonical density be extended for the many-electronic systems through the density functional closure relationship. Yet, the use of path integral formalism for electronic density prescription presents several advantages: assures the inner quantum mechanical description of the system by parameterized paths; averages the quantum fluctuations; behaves as the propagator for time-space evolution of quantum information; resembles Schrödinger equation; allows quantum statistical description of the system through partition function computing. In this framework, four levels of path integral formalism were presented: the Feynman quantum mechanical, the semiclassical, the Feynman-Kleinert effective classical, and the Fokker-Planck non-equilibrium ones. In each case the density matrix or/and the canonical density were rigorously defined and presented. The practical specializations for quantum free and harmonic motions, for statistical high and low temperature limits, the smearing justification for the Bohr's quantum stability postulate with the paradigmatic Hydrogen atomic excursion, along the quantum chemical calculation of semiclassical electronegativity and hardness, of chemical action and Mulliken electronegativity, as well as by the Markovian generalizations of Becke-Edgecombe electronic focalization functions - all advocate for the reliability of assuming PI formalism of quantum mechanics as a versatile one, suited for analytically and/or computationally modeling of a variety of fundamental physical and chemical reactivity concepts characterizing the (density driving) many-electronic systems.
Density-functional theory for polar fluids at functionalized surfaces. I. Fluid-wall association
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Tripathi, Sandeep; Chapman, Walter G.
2003-12-01
We present a novel perturbation density-functional theory (DFT) to describe adsorption of associating fluids on surfaces activated with polar sites to which fluid molecules can bond or associate, such as water adsorbing on activated carbon, silica, clay minerals, etc. Association is modeled within the framework of first order thermodynamic perturbation theory (TPT1). In this first of two papers, we explore in detail the changes brought about in a system due to fluid-wall (FW) association. Hence fluid-fluid association is not considered here. However, the theory can be coupled with existing DF theories of associating fluids to study the interplay between the wall-fluid and fluid-fluid association as is shown in a future paper by S. Tripathi. The proposed theory, in excellent agreement with simulations, shows that FW association significantly changes the fluid structure and adsorption behavior. The theory accurately predicts the distribution of bonded and nonbonded species away from the surface, adsorption characteristics and surface coverage over a range of conditions commonly found in several real systems. The most striking feature of the theory is that in addition to properties away from the wall, it also estimates the distribution of the fluid along the surface, or the three-dimensional (3D) structure, despite being one-dimensional (1D) in form.
Screened-exchange density functionals with broad accuracy for chemistry and solid-state physics.
Peverati, Roberto; Truhlar, Donald G
2012-12-21
We present two new exchange-correlation functionals for hybrid Kohn-Sham electronic structure calculations based on the nonseparable functional form introduced recently in the N12 and MN12-L functionals but now with the addition of screened Hartree-Fock exchange. The first functional depends on the density and the density gradient and is called N12-SX; the second functional depends on the density, the density gradient, and the kinetic energy density and is called MN12-SX. Both new functionals include a portion of the Hartree-Fock exchange at short-range, but Hartree-Fock exchange is screened at long range. The accuracies of the two new functionals are compared to those of the recent N12 and MN12-L local functionals to show the effect of adding screened exchange, are compared to the previously best available screened exchange functional, HSE06, and are compared to the best available global-hybrid generalized gradient approximation (GGA) and to a high-performance long-range-corrected meta-GGA.
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Mcclelland, J.; Silk, J.
1979-01-01
The evolution of the two-point correlation function for the large-scale distribution of galaxies in an expanding universe is studied on the assumption that the perturbation densities lie in a Gaussian distribution centered on any given mass scale. The perturbations are evolved according to the Friedmann equation, and the correlation function for the resulting distribution of perturbations at the present epoch is calculated. It is found that: (1) the computed correlation function gives a satisfactory fit to the observed function in cosmological models with a density parameter (Omega) of approximately unity, provided that a certain free parameter is suitably adjusted; (2) the power-law slope in the nonlinear regime reflects the initial fluctuation spectrum, provided that the density profile of individual perturbations declines more rapidly than the -2.4 power of distance; and (3) both positive and negative contributions to the correlation function are predicted for cosmological models with Omega less than unity.
Double-hybrid density-functional theory with meta-generalized-gradient approximations
Souvi, Sidi M. O. Sharkas, Kamal; Toulouse, Julien
2014-02-28
We extend the previously proposed one-parameter double-hybrid density-functional theory [K. Sharkas, J. Toulouse, and A. Savin, J. Chem. Phys. 134, 064113 (2011)] to meta-generalized-gradient-approximation (meta-GGA) exchange-correlation density functionals. We construct several variants of one-parameter double-hybrid approximations using the Tao-Perdew-Staroverov-Scuseria (TPSS) meta-GGA functional and test them on test sets of atomization energies and reaction barrier heights. The most accurate variant uses the uniform coordinate scaling of the density and of the kinetic energy density in the correlation functional, and improves over both standard Kohn-Sham TPSS and second-order Møller-Plesset calculations.
Bigelow, Robin T; Semenov, Yevgeniy R; Anson, Eric; du Lac, Sascha; Ferrucci, Luigi; Agrawal, Yuri
2016-10-01
Animal studies have demonstrated that experimentally induced vestibular ablation leads to a decrease in bone mineral density, through mechanisms mediated by the sympathetic nervous system. Loss of bone mineral density is a common and potentially morbid condition that occurs with aging, and we sought to investigate whether vestibular loss is associated with low bone mineral density in older adults. We evaluated this question in a cross-sectional analysis of data from the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging (BLSA), a large, prospective cohort study managed by the National Institute on Aging (N = 389). Vestibular function was assessed with cervical vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (cVEMPs), a measure of saccular function. Bone mineral density was assessed using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA). In two-way t test analysis, we observed that individuals with reduced vestibular physiologic function had significantly lower bone mineral density. In adjusted multivariate linear regression analyses, we observed that older individuals with reduced vestibular physiologic function had significantly lower bone mineral density, specifically in weight-bearing hip and lower extremity bones. These results suggest that the vestibular system may contribute to bone homeostasis in older adults, notably of the weight-bearing hip bones at greatest risk of osteoporotic fracture. Further longitudinal analysis of vestibular function and bone mineral density in humans is needed to characterize this relationship and investigate the potential confounding effect of physical activity.
Accurate Semilocal Density Functional for Condensed-Matter Physics and Quantum Chemistry.
Tao, Jianmin; Mo, Yuxiang
2016-08-12
Most density functionals have been developed by imposing the known exact constraints on the exchange-correlation energy, or by a fit to a set of properties of selected systems, or by both. However, accurate modeling of the conventional exchange hole presents a great challenge, due to the delocalization of the hole. Making use of the property that the hole can be made localized under a general coordinate transformation, here we derive an exchange hole from the density matrix expansion, while the correlation part is obtained by imposing the low-density limit constraint. From the hole, a semilocal exchange-correlation functional is calculated. Our comprehensive test shows that this functional can achieve remarkable accuracy for diverse properties of molecules, solids, and solid surfaces, substantially improving upon the nonempirical functionals proposed in recent years. Accurate semilocal functionals based on their associated holes are physically appealing and practically useful for developing nonlocal functionals.
Accurate Semilocal Density Functional for Condensed-Matter Physics and Quantum Chemistry
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Tao, Jianmin; Mo, Yuxiang
2016-08-01
Most density functionals have been developed by imposing the known exact constraints on the exchange-correlation energy, or by a fit to a set of properties of selected systems, or by both. However, accurate modeling of the conventional exchange hole presents a great challenge, due to the delocalization of the hole. Making use of the property that the hole can be made localized under a general coordinate transformation, here we derive an exchange hole from the density matrix expansion, while the correlation part is obtained by imposing the low-density limit constraint. From the hole, a semilocal exchange-correlation functional is calculated. Our comprehensive test shows that this functional can achieve remarkable accuracy for diverse properties of molecules, solids, and solid surfaces, substantially improving upon the nonempirical functionals proposed in recent years. Accurate semilocal functionals based on their associated holes are physically appealing and practically useful for developing nonlocal functionals.
Bresnahan, Caitlin G; Reinhardt, Clorice R; Bartholow, Thomas G; Rumpel, John P; North, Michael; Bhattacharyya, Sudeep
2015-01-08
The π-π stacking interaction between lumiflavin and a number of π-electron-rich molecules has been studied by density functional theory using several new-generation density functionals. Six known lumiflavin-aromatic adducts were used and the models were evaluated by comparing the geometry and energetics with experimental results. The study found that dispersion-corrected and hybrid functionals with larger (>50%) Hartree-Fock exchanges produced superior results in modeling thermodynamic characteristics of these complexes. The functional producing the best energetics for these model systems was used to study the stacking interactions of lumiflavin with biologically relevant aromatic groups. Additionally, the reduction of flavin-in the presence of both a hydride donor and a nondonor π-electronic system was also studied. Weak interactions were observed in the stacked lumiflavin complexes of benzene, phenol, and indole, mimicking phenyl alanine, tryptophan, and tyrosine side chains, respectively, of an enzyme. The stacked complex of naphthalene and flavin showed little change in flavin's redox potential indicating insignificant effect on the thermodynamics of the hydride transfer reaction. In contrast, the hydride transfer reaction with the hydride donor N-methyl nicotinamide tells a different story, as the transition state was found to be strongly impacted by the stacking interactions. A comparison of performance between the density functional theory (DFT) and the computationally less expensive dispersion-corrected self-consistent density functional tight-binding (SCC-DFTB-D) theory revealed that the latter produces consistent energetics for this hydride transfer reaction and additional DFT-computed perturbative corrections could significantly improve these results.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Drăghici, S.; Proştean, O.; Răduca, E.; Haţiegan, C.; Hălălae, I.; Pădureanu, I.; Nedeloni, M.; (Barboni Haţiegan, L.
2017-01-01
In this paper a method with which a set of characteristic functions are associated to a LDPC code is shown and also functions that represent the evolution density of messages that go along the edges of a Tanner graph. Graphic representations of the density evolution are shown respectively the study and simulation of likelihood threshold that render asymptotic boundaries between which there are decodable codes were made using MathCad V14 software.
Jung, J.; Alvarellos, J.E.; Garcia-Gonzalez, P.; Godby, R.W.
2004-05-01
The complex nature of electron-electron correlations is made manifest in the very simple but nontrivial problem of two electrons confined within a sphere. The description of highly nonlocal correlation and self-interaction effects by widely used local and semilocal exchange-correlation energy density functionals is shown to be unsatisfactory in most cases. Even the best such functionals exhibit significant errors in the Kohn-Sham potentials and density profiles.
Covariant Density Functional Theory--highlights on recent progress and applications
Meng, J.; Li, J.; Zhao, P. W.; Liang, H. Z.; Yao, J. M.
2011-05-06
The density functional theory with a few number of parameters allows a very successful phenomenological description of ground state properties of nuclei all over the nuclear chart. The recent progress on the application of the covariant density functional theory (CDFT) for nuclear structure and astrophysics as well as its extensions by the group in Beijing is summarized. In particular, its application to magnetic moments is discussed in details.
Time-dependent density functional theory for strong-field ionization by circularly polarized pulses
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Chirilă, Ciprian C.; Lein, Manfred
2017-03-01
By applying time-dependent density functional theory to a two-dimensional multielectron atom subject to strong circularly polarized light pulses, we confirm that the ionization of p orbitals with defined angular momentum depends on the sense of rotation of the applied field. A simple ad-hoc modification of the adiabatic local-density exchange-correlation functional is proposed to remedy its unphysical behavior under orbital depletion.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Nazrul Rosli, Ahmad; Fatimah Wahab, Izzati; Zabidi, Noriza Ahmad; Abu Kassim, Hasan
2015-06-01
Sodium intercalation in graphite (GIC-Na) was investigated by the first principle calculation. The structure of GIC-Na was calculated using density functional theory (DFT) with the aid of CASTEP module of Material Studio. The exchange correlation functional has been treat by local density approximation (LDA) and generalized gradient approximation (GGA). It was shown that, unlike potassium GIC and lithium GIC, the band gap of GIC-Na was not induced and has same value of band gap with bulk graphite.
Ground-state properties of third-row elements with nonlocal density functionals
Bagno, P.; Jepsen, O.; Gunnarsson, O.
1989-07-15
The cohesive energy, the lattice parameter, and the bulk modulus of third-row elements are calculated using the Langreth-Mehl-Hu (LMH), the Perdew-Wang (PW), and the gradient expansion functionals. The PW functional is found to give somewhat better results than the LMH functional and both are found to typically remove half the errors in the local-spin-density (LSD) approximation, while the gradient expansion gives worse results than the local-density approximation. For Fe both the LMH and PW functionals correctly predict a ferromagnetic bcc ground state, while the LSD approximation and the gradient expansion predict a nonmagnetic fcc ground state.
Density functional calculations for a high energy density compound of formula C6H 6-n (NO 2) n.
Chi, Wei-Jie; Li, Lu-Lin; Li, Bu-Tong; Wu, Hai-Shun
2012-08-01
A series of polynitroprismanes, C(6)H(6-n )(NO(2))(n) (n = 1-6) intended for use as high energy density compounds (HEDCs) were designed computationally. Their electronic structures, heats of formation, interactions between nitro groups, specific enthalpies of combustion, bond dissociation energies, and explosive performances (detonation velocities and detonation pressures) were calculated using density functional theory (DFT) with the 6-311 G** basis set. The results showed that all of the polynitroprismanes had high positive heats of formation that increased with the number of substitutions for the prismane derivatives, while the specific enthalpy of combustion decreased as the number of nitro groups increased. In addition, the range of enthalpy of combustion reducing is getting smaller. Interactions between ortho (vicinal) groups deviate from the group additivity rule and decrease as the number of nitro groups increases. In terms of thermodynamic stability, all of the polynitroprismanes had higher bond dissociation energies (BDEs) than RDX and HMX. Detonation velocities and detonation pressures were estimated using modified Kamlet-Jacobs equations based on the heat of detonation (Q) and the theoretical density of the molecule (ρ). It was found that ρ, D, and P are strongly linearly related to the number of nitro groups. Taking both their energetic properties and thermal stabilities into account, pentanitroprismane and hexanitroprismane are potential candidate HEDCs.
Weck, Philippe F.; Kim, Eunja
2015-06-11
The structure, lattice dynamics and thermodynamic properties of bulk technetium were investigated within the framework of density functional theory. The phonon density of states spectrum computed with density functional perturbation theory closely matches inelastic coherent neutron scattering measurements. The thermal properties of technetium were derived from phonon frequencies calculated within the quasi-harmonic approximation (QHA), which introduces a volume dependence of phonon frequencies as a part of the anharmonic effect. As a result, the predicted thermal expansion and isobaric heat capacity of technetium are in excellent agreement with available experimental data for temperatures up to ~1600 K.
First-principles derivation of density-functional formalism for quenched-annealed systems.
Lafuente, Luis; Cuesta, José A
2006-10-01
We derive from first principles (without resorting to the replica trick) a density-functional theory for fluids in quenched disordered matrices (QA-DFT). We show that the disorder-averaged free energy of the fluid is a functional of the average density profile of the fluid as well as the pair correlation of the fluid and matrix particles. For practical reasons it is preferable to use another functional: the disorder-averaged free energy plus the fluid-matrix interaction energy, which, for fixed fluid-matrix interaction potential, is a functional only of the average density profile of the fluid. When the matrix is created as a quenched configuration of another fluid, the functional can be regarded as depending on the density profile of the matrix fluid as well. In this situation, the replica Ornstein-Zernike equations which do not contain the blocking parts of the correlations can be obtained as functional identities in this formalism, provided the second derivative of this functional is interpreted as the connected part of the direct correlation function. The blocking correlations are totally absent from QA-DFT, but nevertheless the thermodynamics can be entirely obtained from the functional. We apply the formalism to obtain the exact functional for an ideal fluid in an arbitrary matrix, and discuss possible approximations for nonideal fluids.
First-principles derivation of density-functional formalism for quenched-annealed systems
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Lafuente, Luis; Cuesta, José A.
2006-10-01
We derive from first principles (without resorting to the replica trick) a density-functional theory for fluids in quenched disordered matrices (QA-DFT). We show that the disorder-averaged free energy of the fluid is a functional of the average density profile of the fluid as well as the pair correlation of the fluid and matrix particles. For practical reasons it is preferable to use another functional: the disorder-averaged free energy plus the fluid-matrix interaction energy, which, for fixed fluid-matrix interaction potential, is a functional only of the average density profile of the fluid. When the matrix is created as a quenched configuration of another fluid, the functional can be regarded as depending on the density profile of the matrix fluid as well. In this situation, the replica Ornstein-Zernike equations which do not contain the blocking parts of the correlations can be obtained as functional identities in this formalism, provided the second derivative of this functional is interpreted as the connected part of the direct correlation function. The blocking correlations are totally absent from QA-DFT, but nevertheless the thermodynamics can be entirely obtained from the functional. We apply the formalism to obtain the exact functional for an ideal fluid in an arbitrary matrix, and discuss possible approximations for nonideal fluids.
Śmiga, Szymon; Fabiano, Eduardo; Constantin, Lucian A; Della Sala, Fabio
2017-02-14
The development of semilocal models for the kinetic energy density (KED) is an important topic in density functional theory (DFT). This is especially true for subsystem DFT, where these models are necessary to construct the required non-additive embedding contributions. In particular, these models can also be efficiently employed to replace the exact KED in meta-Generalized Gradient Approximation (meta-GGA) exchange-correlation functionals allowing to extend the subsystem DFT applicability to the meta-GGA level of theory. Here, we present a two-dimensional scan of semilocal KED models as linear functionals of the reduced gradient and of the reduced Laplacian, for atoms and weakly bound molecular systems. We find that several models can perform well but in any case the Laplacian contribution is extremely important to model the local features of the KED. Indeed a simple model constructed as the sum of Thomas-Fermi KED and 1/6 of the Laplacian of the density yields the best accuracy for atoms and weakly bound molecular systems. These KED models are tested within subsystem DFT with various meta-GGA exchange-correlation functionals for non-bonded systems, showing a good accuracy of the method.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Śmiga, Szymon; Fabiano, Eduardo; Constantin, Lucian A.; Della Sala, Fabio
2017-02-01
The development of semilocal models for the kinetic energy density (KED) is an important topic in density functional theory (DFT). This is especially true for subsystem DFT, where these models are necessary to construct the required non-additive embedding contributions. In particular, these models can also be efficiently employed to replace the exact KED in meta-Generalized Gradient Approximation (meta-GGA) exchange-correlation functionals allowing to extend the subsystem DFT applicability to the meta-GGA level of theory. Here, we present a two-dimensional scan of semilocal KED models as linear functionals of the reduced gradient and of the reduced Laplacian, for atoms and weakly bound molecular systems. We find that several models can perform well but in any case the Laplacian contribution is extremely important to model the local features of the KED. Indeed a simple model constructed as the sum of Thomas-Fermi KED and 1/6 of the Laplacian of the density yields the best accuracy for atoms and weakly bound molecular systems. These KED models are tested within subsystem DFT with various meta-GGA exchange-correlation functionals for non-bonded systems, showing a good accuracy of the method.
Density functional theory for d- and f-electron materials and compounds
Mattson, Ann E.; Wills, John M.
2016-02-12
Here, the fundamental requirements for a computationally tractable Density Functional Theory-based method for relativistic f- and (nonrelativistic) d-electron materials and compounds are presented. The need for basing the Kohn–Sham equations on the Dirac equation is discussed. The full Dirac scheme needs exchange-correlation functionals in terms of four-currents, but ordinary functionals, using charge density and spin-magnetization, can be used in an approximate Dirac treatment. The construction of a functional that includes the additional confinement physics needed for these materials is illustrated using the subsystem-functional scheme. If future studies show that a full Dirac, four-current based, exchange-correlation functional is needed, the subsystem functional scheme is one of the few schemes that can still be used for constructing functional approximations.
Density functional theory for d- and f-electron materials and compounds
Mattson, Ann E.; Wills, John M.
2016-02-12
Here, the fundamental requirements for a computationally tractable Density Functional Theory-based method for relativistic f- and (nonrelativistic) d-electron materials and compounds are presented. The need for basing the Kohn–Sham equations on the Dirac equation is discussed. The full Dirac scheme needs exchange-correlation functionals in terms of four-currents, but ordinary functionals, using charge density and spin-magnetization, can be used in an approximate Dirac treatment. The construction of a functional that includes the additional confinement physics needed for these materials is illustrated using the subsystem-functional scheme. If future studies show that a full Dirac, four-current based, exchange-correlation functional is needed, the subsystemmore » functional scheme is one of the few schemes that can still be used for constructing functional approximations.« less
Gillet, Natacha; Berstis, Laura; Wu, Xiaojing; Gajdos, Fruzsina; Heck, Alexander; de la Lande, Aurélien; Blumberger, Jochen; Elstner, Marcus
2016-09-09
In this paper, four methods to calculate charge transfer integrals in the context of bridge-mediated electron transfer are tested. These methods are based on density functional theory (DFT). We consider two perturbative Green's function effective Hamiltonian methods (first, at the DFT level of theory, using localized molecular orbitals; second, applying a tight-binding DFT approach, using fragment orbitals) and two constrained DFT implementations with either plane-wave or local basis sets. To assess the performance of the methods for through-bond (TB)-dominated or through-space (TS)-dominated transfer, different sets of molecules are considered. For through-bond electron transfer (ET), several molecules that were originally synthesized by Paddon-Row and co-workers for the deduction of electronic coupling values from photoemission and electron transmission spectroscopies, are analyzed. The tested methodologies prove to be successful in reproducing experimental data, the exponential distance decay constant and the superbridge effects arising from interference among ET pathways. For through-space ET, dedicated p-stacked systems with heterocyclopentadiene molecules were created and analyzed on the basis of electronic coupling dependence on donor-acceptor distance, structure of the bridge, and ET barrier height. The inexpensive fragment-orbital density functional tight binding (FODFTB) method gives similar results to constrained density functional theory (CDFT) and both reproduce the expected exponential decay of the coupling with donor-acceptor distances and the number of bridging units. Finally, these four approaches appear to give reliable results for both TB and TS ET and present a good alternative to expensive ab initio methodologies for large systems involving long-range charge transfers.
Gillet, Natacha; Berstis, Laura; Wu, Xiaojing; ...
2016-09-09
In this paper, four methods to calculate charge transfer integrals in the context of bridge-mediated electron transfer are tested. These methods are based on density functional theory (DFT). We consider two perturbative Green's function effective Hamiltonian methods (first, at the DFT level of theory, using localized molecular orbitals; second, applying a tight-binding DFT approach, using fragment orbitals) and two constrained DFT implementations with either plane-wave or local basis sets. To assess the performance of the methods for through-bond (TB)-dominated or through-space (TS)-dominated transfer, different sets of molecules are considered. For through-bond electron transfer (ET), several molecules that were originally synthesizedmore » by Paddon-Row and co-workers for the deduction of electronic coupling values from photoemission and electron transmission spectroscopies, are analyzed. The tested methodologies prove to be successful in reproducing experimental data, the exponential distance decay constant and the superbridge effects arising from interference among ET pathways. For through-space ET, dedicated p-stacked systems with heterocyclopentadiene molecules were created and analyzed on the basis of electronic coupling dependence on donor-acceptor distance, structure of the bridge, and ET barrier height. The inexpensive fragment-orbital density functional tight binding (FODFTB) method gives similar results to constrained density functional theory (CDFT) and both reproduce the expected exponential decay of the coupling with donor-acceptor distances and the number of bridging units. Finally, these four approaches appear to give reliable results for both TB and TS ET and present a good alternative to expensive ab initio methodologies for large systems involving long-range charge transfers.« less
Gillet, Natacha; Berstis, Laura; Wu, Xiaojing; Gajdos, Fruzsina; Heck, Alexander; de la Lande, Aurélien; Blumberger, Jochen; Elstner, Marcus
2016-10-11
In this article, four methods to calculate charge transfer integrals in the context of bridge-mediated electron transfer are tested. These methods are based on density functional theory (DFT). We consider two perturbative Green's function effective Hamiltonian methods (first, at the DFT level of theory, using localized molecular orbitals; second, applying a tight-binding DFT approach, using fragment orbitals) and two constrained DFT implementations with either plane-wave or local basis sets. To assess the performance of the methods for through-bond (TB)-dominated or through-space (TS)-dominated transfer, different sets of molecules are considered. For through-bond electron transfer (ET), several molecules that were originally synthesized by Paddon-Row and co-workers for the deduction of electronic coupling values from photoemission and electron transmission spectroscopies, are analyzed. The tested methodologies prove to be successful in reproducing experimental data, the exponential distance decay constant and the superbridge effects arising from interference among ET pathways. For through-space ET, dedicated π-stacked systems with heterocyclopentadiene molecules were created and analyzed on the basis of electronic coupling dependence on donor-acceptor distance, structure of the bridge, and ET barrier height. The inexpensive fragment-orbital density functional tight binding (FODFTB) method gives similar results to constrained density functional theory (CDFT) and both reproduce the expected exponential decay of the coupling with donor-acceptor distances and the number of bridging units. These four approaches appear to give reliable results for both TB and TS ET and present a good alternative to expensive ab initio methodologies for large systems involving long-range charge transfers.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Nault, Zachary; Cancio, Antonio
2013-03-01
Much recent development in DFT has focused on improving GGAs. Two schemes are second order GGA (SOGGA) and the APBE which builds the GGA from atomic systems and not the HEG. Both of these have been tested within an all electron (AE) environment, providing the most accurate results. The focus of many simulations, however, is on large systems using pseudopotentials (PsP's). Are these PsP calculations, which rely on functionals tested in an AE environment, accurately reproducing the AE ground state properties? If not, can the deficiencies be identified? To assess this, we use the PsP generator APE, using the functional library libXC which works with the PsP package ABINIT and the AE package Elk. We generate standard Troullier-Martin PsP's based on common and new XC functionals (LDA, PBE, PBEsol, APBE, SOGGA) and test their performance in 13 solids (Na, Li, Al, C, Si, GaAs, NaCl, LiF, LiCl, Cu, Pd, Rh, and Ag). We measure how well three ground state properties (lattice constant, bulk modulus, and cohesive energy) are calculated with PsP's as compared to the corresponding AE calculations.
Shells of charge: a density functional theory for charged hard spheres
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Roth, Roland; Gillespie, Dirk
2016-06-01
A functional for the electrostatic excess free-energy for charged, hard sphere fluids is proposed. The functional is derived from two complementary, but equivalent, interpretations of the mean spherical approximation (MSA). The first combines fundamental measure theory (FMT) from hard-core interactions with the idea that MSA can be interpreted in terms of the interaction spherical shells of charge. This formulation gives the free-energy density as a function of weighted densities. When all the ions have the same size, the functional adopts an FMT-like form. The second in effect ‘functionalizes’ the derivation of MSA; that is, it generalizes the MSA as a functional-based version of MSA (fMSA). This formulation defines the free-energy density as a function of a position-dependent MSA screening parameter and the weighted densities of the FMT approach. This FMT/fMSA functional is shown to give accurate density profiles, as compared to Monte Carlo simulations, under a wide range of ion concentrations, size asymmetries, and valences.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Vasta, M.; Di Paola, M.
In this paper an approximate explicit probability density function for the analysis of external oscillations of a linear and geometric nonlinear simply supported beam driven by random pulses is proposed. The adopted impulsive loading model is the Poisson White Noise , that is a process having Dirac's delta occurrences with random intensity distributed in time according to Poisson's law. The response probability density function can be obtained solving the related Kolmogorov-Feller (KF) integro-differential equation. An approximated solution, using path integral method, is derived transforming the KF equation to a first order partial differential equation. The method of characteristic is then applied to obtain an explicit solution. Different levels of approximation, depending on the physical assumption on the transition probability density function, are found and the solution for the response density is obtained as series expansion using convolution integrals.
Garcia-Aldea, David; Alvarellos, J. E.
2007-11-15
We study two families of approximate nonlocal kinetic-energy functionals that include a full von Weizsaecker functional, and that have nonlocal terms with the mathematical structure of the Thomas-Fermi functional. The functionals recover the exact kinetic energy and the linear response function of a homogeneous electron system. The first family is a generalization of a successful previous nonlocal functional. The second family is proposed in the paper, and is designed to obtain functionals suitable for use in both localized and extended systems. Furthermore, this family has been designed to be evaluated by a single integration in momentum space when a constant reference density is used. The atomic total kinetic energies are in good agreement with the exact calculations. The kinetic-energy density corresponding to each functional has been assessed to control its quality. The results show that, in general, these functionals behave better than both the Thomas-Fermi and all semilocal generalized gradient approximation functionals when describing the kinetic-energy density of atoms, providing a better description of the nonlocal effects of the kinetic energy of electron systems.
Pedotransfer functions for Irish soils - estimation of bulk density (ρb) per horizon type
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Reidy, B.; Simo, I.; Sills, P.; Creamer, R. E.
2016-01-01
Soil bulk density is a key property in defining soil characteristics. It describes the packing structure of the soil and is also essential for the measurement of soil carbon stock and nutrient assessment. In many older surveys this property was neglected and in many modern surveys this property is omitted due to cost both in laboratory and labour and in cases where the core method cannot be applied. To overcome these oversights pedotransfer functions are applied using other known soil properties to estimate bulk density. Pedotransfer functions have been derived from large international data sets across many studies, with their own inherent biases, many ignoring horizonation and depth variances. Initially pedotransfer functions from the literature were used to predict different horizon type bulk densities using local known bulk density data sets. Then the best performing of the pedotransfer functions were selected to recalibrate and then were validated again using the known data. The predicted co-efficient of determination was 0.5 or greater in 12 of the 17 horizon types studied. These new equations allowed gap filling where bulk density data were missing in part or whole soil profiles. This then allowed the development of an indicative soil bulk density map for Ireland at 0-30 and 30-50 cm horizon depths. In general the horizons with the largest known data sets had the best predictions, using the recalibrated and validated pedotransfer functions.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Mo, Yuxiang; Car, Roberto; Staroverov, Viktor N.; Scuseria, Gustavo E.; Tao, Jianmin
2017-01-01
Recently, Tao and Mo developed a semilocal exchange-correlation density functional. The exchange part of this functional is derived from a density-matrix expansion corrected to reproduce the fourth-order gradient expansion of the exchange energy in the slowly-varying-density limit, while the correlation part is based on the Tao-Perdew-Staroverov-Scuseria (TPSS) correlation functional, with a modification for the low-density limit. In the present paper, the Tao-Mo (TM) functional is assessed by computing various properties of solids and jellium surfaces. This includes 22 lattice constants and bulk moduli, 30 band gaps, seven cohesive energies, and jellium surface exchange and correlation energies for the density parameter rs in the range from 2 to 3 bohr. Our calculations show that the TM approximation can yield consistently high accuracy for most properties considered here, with mean absolute errors (MAEs) of 0.025 Å for lattice constants, 7.0 GPa for bulk moduli, 0.08 eV/atom for cohesive energies, and 35 erg /c m2 for surface exchange-correlation energies. The MAE in band gaps is larger than that of TPSS, but slightly smaller than the errors of the local spin-density approximation, Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof generalized gradient approximation, and revised TPSS. However, band gaps are still underestimated, particularly for large-gap semiconductors, compared to the Heyd-Scuseria-Ernzerhof nonlocal screened hybrid functional.
Bulk Properties of Transition Metals: A Challenge for the Design of Universal Density Functionals.
Janthon, Patanachai; Luo, Sijie Andy; Kozlov, Sergey M; Viñes, Francesc; Limtrakul, Jumras; Truhlar, Donald G; Illas, Francesc
2014-09-09
Systematic evaluation of the accuracy of exchange-correlation functionals is essential to guide scientists in their choice of an optimal method for a given problem when using density functional theory. In this work, accuracy of one Generalized Gradient Approximation (GGA) functional, three meta-GGA functionals, one Nonseparable Gradient Approximation (NGA) functional, one meta-NGA, and three hybrid GGA functionals was evaluated for calculations of the closest interatomic distances, cohesive energies, and bulk moduli of all 3d, 4d, and 5d bulk transition metals that have face centered cubic (fcc), hexagonal closed packed (hcp), or body centered cubic (bcc) structures (a total of 27 cases). Our results show that including the extra elements of kinetic energy density and Hartree-Fock exchange energy density into gradient approximation density functionals does not usually improve them. Nevertheless, the accuracies of the Tao-Perdew-Staroverov-Scuseria (TPSS) and M06-L meta-GGAs and the MN12-L meta-NGA approach the accuracy of the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (PBE) GGA, so usage of these functionals may be advisable for systems containing both solid-state transition metals and molecular species. The N12 NGA functional is also shown to be almost as accurate as PBE for bulk transition metals, and thus it could be a good choice for studies of catalysis given its proven good performance for molecular species.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Washiyama, K.; Bennaceur, K.; Avez, B.; Bender, M.; Heenen, P.-H.; Hellemans, V.
2012-11-01
Background: Symmetry restoration and configuration mixing in the spirit of the generator coordinate method based on energy density functionals have become widely used techniques in low-energy nuclear structure physics. Recently, it has been pointed out that these techniques are ill defined for standard Skyrme functionals, and a regularization procedure has been proposed to remove the resulting spuriosities from such calculations. This procedure imposes an integer power of the density for the density-dependent terms of the functional. At present, only dated parametrizations of the Skyrme interaction fulfill this condition.Purpose: To construct a set of parametrizations of the Skyrme energy density functional for multireference energy density functional calculations with regularization using the state-of-the-art fitting protocols.Method: The parametrizations were adjusted to reproduce ground-state properties of a selected set of doubly magic nuclei and properties of nuclear matter. Subsequently, these parameter sets were validated against properties of spherical and deformed nuclei.Results: Our parameter sets successfully reproduce the experimental binding energies and charge radii for a wide range of singly magic nuclei. Compared to the widely used SLy5 and to the SIII parametrization that has integer powers of the density, a significant improvement of the reproduction of the data is observed. Similarly, a good description of the deformation properties at A˜80 was obtained.Conclusions: We have constructed new Skyrme parametrizations with integer powers of the density and validated them against a broad set of experimental data for spherical and deformed nuclei. These parametrizations are tailor-made for regularized multireference energy density functional calculations and can be used to study correlations beyond the mean field in atomic nuclei.
Tao, Jianmin; Perdew, John P; Staroverov, Viktor N; Scuseria, Gustavo E
2008-01-01
We construct a nonlocal density functional approximation with full exact exchange, while preserving the constraint-satisfaction approach and justified error cancellations of simpler semilocal functionals. This is achieved by interpolating between different approximations suitable for two extreme regions of the electron density. In a 'normal' region, the exact exchange-correlation hole density around an electron is semilocal because its spatial range is reduced by correlation and because it integrates over a narrow range to -1. These regions are well described by popular semilocal approximations (many of which have been constructed nonempirically), because of proper accuracy for a slowly-varying density or because of error cancellation between exchange and correlation. 'Abnormal' regions, where non locality is unveiled, include those in which exchange can dominate correlation (one-electron, nonuniform high-density, and rapidly-varying limits), and those open subsystems of fluctuating electron number over which the exact exchange-correlation hole integrates to a value greater than -1. Regions between these extremes are described by a hybrid functional mixing exact and semi local exchange energy densities locally (i.e., with a mixing fraction that is a function of position r and a functional of the density). Because our mixing fraction tends to 1 in the high-density limit, we employ full exact exchange according to the rigorous definition of the exchange component of any exchange-correlation energy functional. Use of full exact exchange permits the satisfaction of many exact constraints, but the nonlocality of exchange also requires balanced nonlocality of correlation. We find that this nonlocality can demand at least five empirical parameters (corresponding roughly to the four kinds of abnormal regions). Our local hybrid functional is perhaps the first accurate size-consistent density functional with full exact exchange. It satisfies other known exact constraints
Methane dissociation on Pt(111): Searching for a specific reaction parameter density functional
Nattino, Francesco Migliorini, Davide; Kroes, Geert-Jan; Bonfanti, Matteo
2016-01-28
The theoretical description of methane dissociating on metal surfaces is a current frontier in the field of gas-surface dynamics. Dynamical models that aim at achieving a highly accurate description of this reaction rely on potential energy surfaces based on density functional theory calculations at the generalized gradient approximation. We focus here on the effect that the exchange-correlation functional has on the reactivity of methane on a metal surface, using CHD{sub 3} + Pt(111) as a test case. We present new ab initio molecular dynamics calculations performed with various density functionals, looking also at functionals that account for the van der Waals (vdW) interaction. While searching for a semi-empirical specific reaction parameter density functional for this system, we find that the use of a weighted average of the PBE and the RPBE exchange functionals together with a vdW-corrected correlation functional leads to an improved agreement with quantum state-resolved experimental data for the sticking probability, compared to previous PBE calculations. With this semi-empirical density functional, we have also investigated the surface temperature dependence of the methane dissociation reaction and the influence of the rotational alignment on the reactivity, and compared our results with experiments.
Nonperturbative spectral-density function for the Anderson model at arbitrary temperatures
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Neal, Henry L.
1991-01-01
Using a nonperturbative self-energy solution for the nondegenerate Anderson model, the temperature-dependent spectral-density function is calculated in the symmetric limit. The function is found to give reliable results for all values of the parameter u and inverse temperature beta.
1994-10-12
additional study, Transcendental Meditation was associated with decreased lymphocyte ~-adrenoreceptors (Mills et ai, 1990). However, whether... meditation attenuated the effects of stress on ~ receptor number was not addressed. Whether receptor density corresponds to function before, during, and...One study found that practicing Transcendental Meditation was related to decreased numbers of functional ~-adrenoreceptors 94 on lymphocytes
Description of correlated densities for few-electron atoms by simple functional forms
Porras, I.; Arias de Saavedra, F.
1999-02-20
Simple analytical functional forms for the electron density of two- and three-electron atoms which reproduce fairly the correlated (exact) values are presented. The procedure is based on the fitting of an auxiliary f(r) function which has adequate properties for this purpose and can be extended to more complex atoms.
Time-dependent density functional theory for many-electron systems interacting with cavity photons.
Tokatly, I V
2013-06-07
Time-dependent (current) density functional theory for many-electron systems strongly coupled to quantized electromagnetic modes of a microcavity is proposed. It is shown that the electron-photon wave function is a unique functional of the electronic (current) density and the expectation values of photonic coordinates. The Kohn-Sham system is constructed, which allows us to calculate the above basic variables by solving self-consistent equations for noninteracting particles. We suggest possible approximations for the exchange-correlation potentials and discuss implications of this approach for the theory of open quantum systems. In particular we show that it naturally leads to time-dependent density functional theory for systems coupled to the Caldeira-Leggett bath.
Two-component hybrid time-dependent density functional theory within the Tamm-Dancoff approximation
Kühn, Michael; Weigend, Florian
2015-01-21
We report the implementation of a two-component variant of time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) for hybrid functionals that accounts for spin-orbit effects within the Tamm-Dancoff approximation (TDA) for closed-shell systems. The influence of the admixture of Hartree-Fock exchange on excitation energies is investigated for several atoms and diatomic molecules by comparison to numbers for pure density functionals obtained previously [M. Kühn and F. Weigend, J. Chem. Theory Comput. 9, 5341 (2013)]. It is further related to changes upon switching to the local density approximation or using the full TDDFT formalism instead of TDA. Efficiency is demonstrated for a comparably large system, Ir(ppy){sub 3} (61 atoms, 1501 basis functions, lowest 10 excited states), which is a prototype molecule for organic light-emitting diodes, due to its “spin-forbidden” triplet-singlet transition.
Two-component hybrid time-dependent density functional theory within the Tamm-Dancoff approximation
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Kühn, Michael; Weigend, Florian
2015-01-01
We report the implementation of a two-component variant of time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) for hybrid functionals that accounts for spin-orbit effects within the Tamm-Dancoff approximation (TDA) for closed-shell systems. The influence of the admixture of Hartree-Fock exchange on excitation energies is investigated for several atoms and diatomic molecules by comparison to numbers for pure density functionals obtained previously [M. Kühn and F. Weigend, J. Chem. Theory Comput. 9, 5341 (2013)]. It is further related to changes upon switching to the local density approximation or using the full TDDFT formalism instead of TDA. Efficiency is demonstrated for a comparably large system, Ir(ppy)3 (61 atoms, 1501 basis functions, lowest 10 excited states), which is a prototype molecule for organic light-emitting diodes, due to its "spin-forbidden" triplet-singlet transition.
Improved description of soft layered materials with van der Waals density functional theory.
Graziano, Gabriella; Klimeš, Jiří; Fernandez-Alonso, Felix; Michaelides, Angelos
2012-10-24
The accurate description of van der Waals forces within density functional theory is currently one of the most active areas of research in computational physics and chemistry. Here we report results on the structural and energetic properties of graphite and hexagonal boron nitride, two layered materials where interlayer binding is dominated by van der Waals forces. Results from several density functionals are reported, including the optimized Becke88 van der Waals (optB88-vdW) and the optimized PBE van der Waals (optPBE-vdW) (Klimeš et al 2010 J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 22 022201) functionals. Where comparison to experiment and higher-level theory is possible, the results obtained from the two new van der Waals density functionals are in good agreement. An analysis of the physical nature of the interlayer binding in both graphite and hexagonal boron nitride is also reported.
Kinetic Energy of Hydrocarbons as a Function of Electron Density and Convolutional Neural Networks.
Yao, Kun; Parkhill, John
2016-03-08
We demonstrate a convolutional neural network trained to reproduce the Kohn-Sham kinetic energy of hydrocarbons from an input electron density. The output of the network is used as a nonlocal correction to conventional local and semilocal kinetic functionals. We show that this approximation qualitatively reproduces Kohn-Sham potential energy surfaces when used with conventional exchange correlation functionals. The density which minimizes the total energy given by the functional is examined in detail. We identify several avenues to improve on this exploratory work, by reducing numerical noise and changing the structure of our functional. Finally we examine the features in the density learned by the neural network to anticipate the prospects of generalizing these models.
Two-component hybrid time-dependent density functional theory within the Tamm-Dancoff approximation.
Kühn, Michael; Weigend, Florian
2015-01-21
We report the implementation of a two-component variant of time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) for hybrid functionals that accounts for spin-orbit effects within the Tamm-Dancoff approximation (TDA) for closed-shell systems. The influence of the admixture of Hartree-Fock exchange on excitation energies is investigated for several atoms and diatomic molecules by comparison to numbers for pure density functionals obtained previously [M. Kühn and F. Weigend, J. Chem. Theory Comput. 9, 5341 (2013)]. It is further related to changes upon switching to the local density approximation or using the full TDDFT formalism instead of TDA. Efficiency is demonstrated for a comparably large system, Ir(ppy)3 (61 atoms, 1501 basis functions, lowest 10 excited states), which is a prototype molecule for organic light-emitting diodes, due to its "spin-forbidden" triplet-singlet transition.
Downs, Cynthia J.; Stewart, Kelley M.; Dick, Brian L.
2015-01-01
Natural selection favors individuals that respond with effective and appropriate immune responses to macro or microparasites. Animals living in populations close to ecological carrying capacity experience increased intraspecific competition, and as a result are often in poor nutritional condition. Nutritional condition, in turn, affects the amount of endogenous resources that are available for investment in immune function. Our objective was to understand the relationship between immune function and density dependence mediated by trade-offs between immune function, nutritional condition, and reproduction. To determine how immune function relates to density-dependent processes, we quantified bacteria killing ability, hemolytic-complement activity, and nutritional condition of North American elk (Cervus elaphus) from populations maintained at experimentally high- and low-population densities. When compared with elk from the low-density population, those from the high-density population had higher bacteria killing ability and hemolytic-complement activity despite their lower nutritional condition. Similarly, when compared with adults, yearlings had higher bacteria killing ability, higher hemolytic-complement activity, and lower nutritional condition. Pregnancy status and lactational status did not change either measure of constitutive immunity. Density-dependent processes affected both nutritional condition and investment in constitutive immune function. Although the mechanism for how density affects immunity is ambiguous, we hypothesize two possibilities: (i) individuals in higher population densities and in poorer nutritional condition invested more into constitutive immune defenses, or (ii) had higher parasite loads causing higher induced immune responses. Those explanations are not mutually exclusive, and might be synergistic, but overall our results provide stronger support for the hypothesis that animals in poorer nutritional condition invest more in
Downs, Cynthia J; Stewart, Kelley M; Dick, Brian L
2015-01-01
Natural selection favors individuals that respond with effective and appropriate immune responses to macro or microparasites. Animals living in populations close to ecological carrying capacity experience increased intraspecific competition, and as a result are often in poor nutritional condition. Nutritional condition, in turn, affects the amount of endogenous resources that are available for investment in immune function. Our objective was to understand the relationship between immune function and density dependence mediated by trade-offs between immune function, nutritional condition, and reproduction. To determine how immune function relates to density-dependent processes, we quantified bacteria killing ability, hemolytic-complement activity, and nutritional condition of North American elk (Cervus elaphus) from populations maintained at experimentally high- and low-population densities. When compared with elk from the low-density population, those from the high-density population had higher bacteria killing ability and hemolytic-complement activity despite their lower nutritional condition. Similarly, when compared with adults, yearlings had higher bacteria killing ability, higher hemolytic-complement activity, and lower nutritional condition. Pregnancy status and lactational status did not change either measure of constitutive immunity. Density-dependent processes affected both nutritional condition and investment in constitutive immune function. Although the mechanism for how density affects immunity is ambiguous, we hypothesize two possibilities: (i) individuals in higher population densities and in poorer nutritional condition invested more into constitutive immune defenses, or (ii) had higher parasite loads causing higher induced immune responses. Those explanations are not mutually exclusive, and might be synergistic, but overall our results provide stronger support for the hypothesis that animals in poorer nutritional condition invest more in
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Garber, Donald P.
1993-01-01
A probability density function for the variability of ensemble averaged spectral estimates from helicopter acoustic signals in Gaussian background noise was evaluated. Numerical methods for calculating the density function and for determining confidence limits were explored. Density functions were predicted for both synthesized and experimental data and compared with observed spectral estimate variability.
Laury, Marie L; Carlson, Matthew J; Wilson, Angela K
2012-11-15
Calculated harmonic vibrational frequencies systematically deviate from experimental vibrational frequencies. The observed deviation can be corrected by applying a scale factor. Scale factors for: (i) harmonic vibrational frequencies [categorized into low (<1000 cm(-1)) and high (>1000 cm(-1))], (ii) vibrational contributions to enthalpy and entropy, and (iii) zero-point vibrational energies (ZPVEs) have been determined for widely used density functionals in combination with polarization consistent basis sets (pc-n, n = 0,1,2,3,4). The density functionals include pure functionals (BP86, BPW91, BLYP, HCTH93, PBEPBE), hybrid functionals with Hartree-Fock exchange (B3LYP, B3P86, B3PW91, PBE1PBE, mPW1K, BH&HLYP), hybrid meta functionals with the kinetic energy density gradient (M05, M06, M05-2X, M06-2X), a double hybrid functional with Møller-Plesset correlation (B2GP-PLYP), and a dispersion corrected functional (B97-D). The experimental frequencies for calibration were from 41 organic molecules and the ZPVEs for comparison were from 24 small molecules (diatomics, triatomics). For this family of basis sets, the scale factors for each property are more dependent on the functional selection than on basis set level, and thus allow for a suggested scale factor for each density functional when employing polarization consistent basis sets (pc-n, n = 1,2,3,4). A separate scale factor is recommended when the un-polarized basis set, pc-0, is used in combination with the density functionals.
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Reshak, A. H.; Abu-Jafar, M. S.; Al-Douri, Y.
2016-06-01
The first principles study of the (001) two symmetric n-type interfaces between two insulating perovskites, the nonpolar SrTiO3 (STO), and the polar LaAlO3 (LAO) was performed. We have analyzed the formation of metallic interface states between the STO and LAO heterointerfaces by using the all-electron full-potential linearized augmented plane-wave approach based on the density functional theory, within the local density approximation, the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof generalized gradient approximation (PBE-GGA), and the Engel-Vosko GGA (EVGGA) formalism. It has been found that some bands cross the Fermi energy level (EF), forming a metallic nature of two symmetric n-type 6.5STO/1.5LAO interfaces with density of states at EF, N(EF) of about 3.56 (state/eV/unit cell), and bare electronic specific heat coefficient (γ) of about 0.62 mJ/(mol cell K2). The electronic band stature and the partial density of states in the vicinity of EF are mainly originated from Ti1,2,3,4-3dxy orbitals. These bands are responsible for the metallic behavior and the forming of the Fermi surface of the two symmetric n-type 6.5STO/1.5LAO interfaces. To obtain a clear map of the valence band electronic charge density distribution of the two symmetric n-type 6.5STO/1.5LAO interfaces, we have investigated the bond's nature and the interactions between the atoms. It reveals that the charge is attracted towards O atoms as it is clear that the O atoms are surrounded by uniform blue spheres which indicate the maximum charge accumulation.
Pedotransfer functions for Irish soils - estimation of bulk density (ρb) per horizon type
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Reidy, B.; Simo, I.; Sills, P.; Creamer, R. E.
2015-10-01
Soil bulk density is a key property in defining soil characteristics. It describes the packing structure of the soil and is also essential for the measurement of soil carbon stock and nutrient assessment. In many older surveys this property was neglected and in many modern surveys this property is omitted due to cost both in laboratory and labour and in cases where the core method cannot be applied. To overcome these oversights pedotransfer functions are applied using other known soil properties to estimate bulk density. Pedotransfer functions have been derived from large international datasets across many studies, with their own inherent biases, many ignoring horizonation and depth variances. Initially pedotransfer functions from the literature were used to predict different horizon types using local known bulk density datasets. Then the best performing of the pedotransfer functions, were selected to recalibrate and then were validated again using the known data. The predicted co-efficient of determination was 0.5 or greater in 12 of the 17 horizon types studied. These new equations allowed gap filling where bulk density data was missing in part or whole soil profiles. This then allowed the development of an indicative soil bulk density map for Ireland at 0-30 and 30-50 cm horizon depths. In general the horizons with the largest known datasets had the best predictions, using the recalibrated and validated pedotransfer functions.
Semilocal exchange hole with an application to range-separated density functionals
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Tao, Jianmin; Bulik, Ireneusz W.; Scuseria, Gustavo E.
2017-03-01
The exchange-correlation hole is a central concept in density functional theory. It not only provides justification for an exchange-correlation energy functional but also serves as a local ingredient for nonlocal range-separated density functionals. However, due to the nonlocal nature, modeling the conventional exact exchange hole presents a great challenge to density functional theory. In this work, we propose a semilocal exchange hole underlying the Tao-Perdew-Staroverov-Scuseria (TPSS) meta-generalized gradient approximation functional. Our model is distinct from previous ones not only at small separation between an electron and the hole around the electron but also in the way it interpolates between rapidly varying and slowly varying densities. Here the interpolation is determined by the wave-vector analysis on the infinite-barrier model for a jellium surface. Numerical tests show that our exchange-hole model mimics the conventional exact one quite well for atoms. As a simple application, we apply the hole model to construct a TPSS-based range-separated functional. We find that this range-separated functional can substantially improve the band gaps and barrier heights of TPSS, without losing much accuracy for atomization energies.
Synergy between pair coupled cluster doubles and pair density functional theory
Garza, Alejandro J.; Bulik, Ireneusz W.; Henderson, Thomas M.; Scuseria, Gustavo E.
2015-01-28
Pair coupled cluster doubles (pCCD) has been recently studied as a method capable of accounting for static correlation with low polynomial cost. We present three combinations of pCCD with Kohn–Sham functionals of the density and on-top pair density (the probability of finding two electrons on top of each other) to add dynamic correlation to pCCD without double counting. With a negligible increase in computational cost, these pCCD+DFT blends greatly improve upon pCCD in the description of typical problems where static and dynamic correlations are both important. We argue that—as a black-box method with low scaling, size-extensivity, size-consistency, and a simple quasidiagonal two-particle density matrix—pCCD is an excellent match for pair density functionals in this type of fusion of multireference wavefunctions with DFT.
Quantum fluid density functional theory of time-dependent phenomena: Ion-atom collisions
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Deb, B. M.; Chattaraj, P. K.
1988-07-01
Using a recently proposed kinetic energy density functional and an amalgamation of density functional theory with quantum fluid dynamics, a time-dependent Kohn-Sham-type equation in three-dimensional space, which is a new non-linear Schrödinger equation, has been derived. The equation is also derived through the stochastic interpretation of quantum mechanics. A molecular "thermodynamic" viewpoint is suggested in terms of space-time-dependent quantities. Numerical solution of the above equation yields the time-dependent charge density, current density, effective potential and chemical potential. Perspective plots of these quantities for the proton-neon 25 keV head-on collision are presented.
Moustakidis, Ch. C.; Lalazissis, G. A.; Niksic, T.; Vretenar, D.; Ring, P.
2010-06-15
The transition density n{sub t} and pressure P{sub t} at the inner edge between the liquid core and the solid crust of a neutron star are analyzed using the thermodynamical method and the framework of relativistic nuclear energy density functionals. Starting from a functional that has been carefully adjusted to experimental binding energies of finite nuclei, and varying the density dependence of the corresponding symmetry energy within the limits determined by isovector properties of finite nuclei, we estimate the constraints on the core-crust transition density and pressure of neutron stars: 0.086 fm{sup -3}<=n{sub t}<0.090 fm{sup -3} and 0.3 MeV fm{sup -3}
A density functional theory for colloids with two multiple bonding associating sites.
Haghmoradi, Amin; Wang, Le; Chapman, Walter G
2016-06-22
Wertheim's multi-density formalism is extended for patchy colloidal fluids with two multiple bonding patches. The theory is developed as a density functional theory to predict the properties of an associating inhomogeneous fluid. The equation of state developed for this fluid depends on the size of the patch, and includes formation of cyclic, branched and linear clusters of associated species. The theory predicts the density profile and the fractions of colloids in different bonding states versus the distance from one wall as a function of bulk density and temperature. The predictions from our theory are compared with previous results for a confined fluid with four single bonding association sites. Also, comparison between the present theory and Monte Carlo simulation indicates a good agreement.
Ability of nonperturbative density-functional theories to stabilize arbitrary solids
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Kyrlidis, Agathagelos; Brown, Robert A.
1991-12-01
The effects of solid structure and interatomic potential are investigated for density-functional theories based on the definition of a weighted or effective density for approximating the solid phase in terms of the uniform liquid. The introduction of solidlike structure to the modified-weighted-density-approximation (MWDA) theory of Denton and Ashcroft [Phys. Rev. A 39, 4701 (1989)] leads to loss of existence of the weighted density for a system of hard spheres. This behavior is more pronounced for loose crystalline structures, such as the diamond lattice. By contrast, the generalized-effective-liquid-approximation theory (GELA) of Lutsko and Baus [Phys. Rev. A 41, 6647 (1990)] always predicts single-valued weighted densities in the cases studied here. The thermodynamic mapping, which is the core of both of the MWDA and GELA approximations, is ineffective for Lennard-Jones fluids, according to a criterion for the relative stability of the solid phase evaluated using liquid-state information.
Effects of taurine and housing density on renal function in laying hens*
Ma, Zi-li; Gao, Yang; Ma, Hai-tian; Zheng, Liu-hai; Dai, Bin; Miao, Jin-feng; Zhang, Yuan-shu
2016-01-01
This study investigated the putative protective effects of supplemental 2-aminoethane sulfonic acid (taurine) and reduced housing density on renal function in laying hens. We randomly assigned fifteen thousand green-shell laying hens into three groups: a free range group, a low-density caged group, and a high-density caged group. Each group was further divided equally into a control group (C) and a taurine treatment group (T). After 15 d, we analyzed histological changes in kidney cells, inflammatory mediator levels, oxidation and anti-oxidation levels. Experimental data revealed taurine supplementation, and rearing free range or in low-density housing can lessen morphological renal damage, inflammatory mediator levels, and oxidation levels and increase anti-oxidation levels. Our data demonstrate that taurine supplementation and a reduction in housing density can ameliorate renal impairment, increase productivity, enhance health, and promote welfare in laying hens. PMID:27921400
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Shukri, Seyfan Kelil
2017-01-01
We have done Kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC) simulations to investigate the effect of charge carrier density on the electrical conductivity and carrier mobility in disordered organic semiconductors using a lattice model. The density of state (DOS) of the system are considered to be Gaussian and exponential. Our simulations reveal that the mobility of the charge carrier increases with charge carrier density for both DOSs. In contrast, the mobility of charge carriers decreases as the disorder increases. In addition the shape of the DOS has a significance effect on the charge transport properties as a function of density which are clearly seen. On the other hand, for the same distribution width and at low carrier density, the change occurred on the conductivity and mobility for a Gaussian DOS is more pronounced than that for the exponential DOS.
Effects of taurine and housing density on renal function in laying hens.
Ma, Zi-Li; Gao, Yang; Ma, Hai-Tian; Zheng, Liu-Hai; Dai, Bin; Miao, Jin-Feng; Zhang, Yuan-Shu
This study investigated the putative protective effects of supplemental 2-aminoethane sulfonic acid (taurine) and reduced housing density on renal function in laying hens. We randomly assigned fifteen thousand green-shell laying hens into three groups: a free range group, a low-density caged group, and a high-density caged group. Each group was further divided equally into a control group (C) and a taurine treatment group (T). After 15 d, we analyzed histological changes in kidney cells, inflammatory mediator levels, oxidation and anti-oxidation levels. Experimental data revealed taurine supplementation, and rearing free range or in low-density housing can lessen morphological renal damage, inflammatory mediator levels, and oxidation levels and increase anti-oxidation levels. Our data demonstrate that taurine supplementation and a reduction in housing density can ameliorate renal impairment, increase productivity, enhance health, and promote welfare in laying hens.
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Ghasemi, S. Alireza; Hofstetter, Albert; Saha, Santanu; Goedecker, Stefan
2015-07-01
Based on an analysis of the short-range chemical environment of each atom in a system, standard machine-learning-based approaches to the construction of interatomic potentials aim at determining directly the central quantity, which is the total energy. This prevents, for instance, an accurate description of the energetics of systems in which long-range charge transfer or ionization is important. We propose therefore not to target directly with machine-learning methods the total energy but an intermediate physical quantity, namely, the charge density, which then in turn allows us to determine the total energy. By allowing the electronic charge to distribute itself in an optimal way over the system, we can describe not only neutral but also ionized systems with unprecedented accuracy. We demonstrate the power of our approach for both neutral and ionized NaCl clusters where charge redistribution plays a decisive role for the energetics. We are able to obtain chemical accuracy, i.e., errors of less than a millihartree per atom compared to the reference density functional results for a huge data set of configurations with large structural variety. The introduction of physically motivated quantities which are determined by the short-range atomic environment via a neural network also leads to an increased stability of the machine-learning process and transferability of the potential.
The correlation function for density perturbations in an expanding universe. II - Nonlinear theory
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Mcclelland, J.; Silk, J.
1977-01-01
A formalism is developed to find the two-point and higher-order correlation functions for a given distribution of sizes and shapes of perturbations which are randomly placed in three-dimensional space. The perturbations are described by two parameters such as central density and size, and the two-point correlation function is explicitly related to the luminosity function of groups and clusters of galaxies
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Cavallo, A.; Cosenza, F.; de Cesare, L.
2001-12-01
The two-time retarded and advanced Green's function technique is formulated in nonextensive classical statistical mechanics within the optimal Lagrange multiplier framework. The main spectral properties are presented and a spectral decomposition for the spectral density is obtained. Finally, the nonextensive version of the spectral density method is given and its effectiveness is tested by exploring the equilibrium properties of a classical ferromagnetic spin chain.
Density-functional calculations of the surface tension of liquid Al and Na
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Stroud, D.; Grimson, M. J.
1984-01-01
Calculations of the surface tensions of liquid Al and Na are described using the full ionic density functional formalism of Wood and Stroud (1983). Surface tensions are in good agreement with experiment in both cases, with results substantially better for Al than those found previously in the gradient approximation. Preliminary minimization with respect to surface profile leads to an oscillatory profile superimposed on a nearly steplike ionic density disribution; the oscillations have a wavellength of about a hardsphere diameter.