AB INITIO AND CALPHAD THERMODYNAMICS OF MATERIALS
Turchi, P A
2004-04-14
Ab initio electronic structure methods can supplement CALPHAD in two major ways for subsequent applications to stability in complex alloys. The first one is rather immediate and concerns the direct input of ab initio energetics in CALPHAD databases. The other way, more involved, is the assessment of ab initio thermodynamics {acute a} la CALPHAD. It will be shown how these results can be used within CALPHAD to predict the equilibrium properties of multi-component alloys.
THERMODYNAMICS OF MATERIALS: FROM AB INITIO TO PHENOMENOLOGY
Turchi, P A
2004-09-24
Quantum mechanical-based (or ab initio) methods are used to predict the stability properties of materials although their application is limited to relatively simple systems in terms of structures and number of alloy components. However thermodynamics of complex multi-component alloys requires a more versatile approach afforded within the CALPHAD formalism. Despite its success, the lack of experimental data very often prevents the design of robust thermodynamic databases. After a brief survey of ab initio methodologies and CALPHAD, it will be shown how ab initio electronic structure methods can supplement in two ways CALPHAD for subsequent applications. The first one is rather immediate and concerns the direct input of ab initio energetics in CALPHAD databases. The other way, more involved, is the assessment of ab initio thermodynamics '{acute a} la CALPHAD'. It will be shown how these results can be used within CALPHAD to predict the equilibrium properties of multi-component alloys. Finally, comments will be made on challenges and future prospects.
Ab Initio Studies of Metal Hexaboride Materials
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Schmidt, Kevin M.
Metal hexaborides are refractory ceramics with several qualities relevant to materials design, such as low work functions, high hardness, low thermal expansion coefficients, and high melting points, among many other properties of interest for industrial applications. Thermal and mechanical stability is a common feature provided by the covalently-bonded network boron atoms, and electronic properties can vary significantly with the resident metal. While these materials are currently employed as electron emitters and abrasives, promising uses of these materials also include catalytic applications for chemical dissociation reactions of various molecules such as hydrogen, water and carbon monoxide, for example. However, these extensions require a thorough understanding of particular mechanical and electronic properties. This dissertation is a collection of studies focused on understanding the behavior of metal hexaboride materials using computational modeling methods to investigate materials properties of these from both classical and quantum mechanical points of view. Classical modeling is performed using molecular dynamics methods with interatomic potentials obtained from density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Atomic mean-square displacements from the quasi-harmonic approximation and lattice energetic data are produced with DFT for developing the potentials. A generalized method was also developed for the inversion of cohesive energy curves of crystalline materials; pairwise interatomic potentials are extracted using detailed geometrical descriptions of the atomic interactions and a list of atomic displacements and degeneracies. The surface structure of metal hexaborides is studied with DFT using several model geometries to describe the terminal cation layouts, and these provide a basis for further studies on metal hexaboride interactions with hydrogen. The surface electronic structure calculations show that segregated regions of metal and boron
Ab initio calculations for industrial materials engineering: successes and challenges.
Wimmer, Erich; Najafabadi, Reza; Young, George A; Ballard, Jake D; Angeliu, Thomas M; Vollmer, James; Chambers, James J; Niimi, Hiroaki; Shaw, Judy B; Freeman, Clive; Christensen, Mikael; Wolf, Walter; Saxe, Paul
2010-09-29
Computational materials science based on ab initio calculations has become an important partner to experiment. This is demonstrated here for the effect of impurities and alloying elements on the strength of a Zr twist grain boundary, the dissociative adsorption and diffusion of iodine on a zirconium surface, the diffusion of oxygen atoms in a Ni twist grain boundary and in bulk Ni, and the dependence of the work function of a TiN-HfO(2) junction on the replacement of N by O atoms. In all of these cases, computations provide atomic-scale understanding as well as quantitative materials property data of value to industrial research and development. There are two key challenges in applying ab initio calculations, namely a higher accuracy in the electronic energy and the efficient exploration of large parts of the configurational space. While progress in these areas is fueled by advances in computer hardware, innovative theoretical concepts combined with systematic large-scale computations will be needed to realize the full potential of ab initio calculations for industrial applications.
AB INITIO SIMULATIONS FOR MATERIAL PROPERTIES ALONG THE JUPITER ADIABAT
French, Martin; Becker, Andreas; Lorenzen, Winfried; Nettelmann, Nadine; Bethkenhagen, Mandy; Redmer, Ronald; Wicht, Johannes
2012-09-15
We determine basic thermodynamic and transport properties of hydrogen-helium-water mixtures for the extreme conditions along Jupiter's adiabat via ab initio simulations, which are compiled in an accurate and consistent data set. In particular, we calculate the electrical and thermal conductivity, the shear and longitudinal viscosity, and diffusion coefficients of the nuclei. We present results for associated quantities like the magnetic and thermal diffusivity and the kinematic shear viscosity along an adiabat that is taken from a state-of-the-art interior structure model. Furthermore, the heat capacities, the thermal expansion coefficient, the isothermal compressibility, the Grueneisen parameter, and the speed of sound are calculated. We find that the onset of dissociation and ionization of hydrogen at about 0.9 Jupiter radii marks a region where the material properties change drastically. In the deep interior, where the electrons are degenerate, many of the material properties remain relatively constant. Our ab initio data will serve as a robust foundation for applications that require accurate knowledge of the material properties in Jupiter's interior, e.g., models for the dynamo generation.
Ab initio electronic stopping power of protons in bulk materials
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Shukri, Abdullah Atef; Bruneval, Fabien; Reining, Lucia
2016-01-01
The electronic stopping power is a crucial quantity for ion irradiation: it governs the deposited heat, the damage profile, and the implantation depth. Whereas experimental data are readily available for elemental solids, the data are much more scarce for compounds. Here we develop a fully ab initio computational scheme based on linear response time-dependent density-functional theory to predict the random electronic stopping power (RESP) of materials without any empirical fitting. We show that the calculated RESP compares well with experimental data, when at full convergence, with the inclusion of the core states and of the exchange correlation. We evaluate the unexpectedly limited magnitude of the nonlinear terms in the RESP by comparing with other approaches based on the time propagation of time-dependent density-functional theory. Finally, we check the validity of a few empirical rules of thumbs that are commonly used to estimate the electronic stopping power.
Steel — ab Initio: Quantum Mechanics Guided Design of New Fe-Based Materials
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Prahl, Ulrich; Bleck, Wolfgang; Saeed-Akbari, Alireza
This contribution reports the results of the collaborative research unit SFB 761 "Steel — ab initio", a cooperative project between RWTH Aachen University and the Max-Planck-Institute for Iron Research in Düsseldorf (MPIE) financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG). For the first time, it is exploited how ab initio approaches may lead to a detailed understanding and thus to a specific improvement of material development. The challenge lies in the combination of abstract natural science theories with rather engineering-like established concepts. Aiming at the technological target of the development of a new type of structural materials based on Fe-Mn-C alloys, the combination of ab initio and engineering methods is new, but could be followed quite successfully. Three major topics are treated in this research unit: a) development of a new method for material- and process-development based on ab initio calculations; b) design of a new class of structural materials with extraordinary property combinations; c) acceleration of development time and reduction of experimental efforts and complexity for material- and process-development. In the present work, an overview of the results of the first five years as well as an outlook for the upcoming three-year period is given.
Ab initio engineering of materials with stacked hexagonal tin frameworks
Shao, Junping; Beaufils, Clément; Kolmogorov, Aleksey N.
2016-01-01
The group-IV tin has been hypothesized to possess intriguing electronic properties in an atom-thick hexagonal form. An attractive pathway of producing sizable 2D crystallites of tin is based on deintercalation of bulk compounds with suitable tin frameworks. Here, we have identified a new synthesizable metal distannide, NaSn2, with a 3D stacking of flat hexagonal layers and examined a known compound, BaSn2, with buckled hexagonal layers. Our ab initio results illustrate that despite being an exception to the 8-electron rule, NaSn2 should form under pressures easily achievable in multi-anvil cells and remain (meta)stable under ambient conditions. Based on calculated Z2 invariants, the predicted NaSn2 may display topologically non-trivial behavior and the known BaSn2 could be a strong topological insulator. PMID:27387140
Ab initio engineering of materials with stacked hexagonal tin frameworks
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Shao, Junping; Beaufils, Clément; Kolmogorov, Aleksey N.
2016-07-01
The group-IV tin has been hypothesized to possess intriguing electronic properties in an atom-thick hexagonal form. An attractive pathway of producing sizable 2D crystallites of tin is based on deintercalation of bulk compounds with suitable tin frameworks. Here, we have identified a new synthesizable metal distannide, NaSn2, with a 3D stacking of flat hexagonal layers and examined a known compound, BaSn2, with buckled hexagonal layers. Our ab initio results illustrate that despite being an exception to the 8-electron rule, NaSn2 should form under pressures easily achievable in multi-anvil cells and remain (meta)stable under ambient conditions. Based on calculated Z2 invariants, the predicted NaSn2 may display topologically non-trivial behavior and the known BaSn2 could be a strong topological insulator.
Ab initio studies of equations of state and chemical reactions of reactive structural materials
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Zaharieva, Roussislava
subject of studies of the shock or thermally induced chemical reactions of the two solids comprising these reactive materials, from first principles, is a relatively new field of study. The published literature on ab initio techniques or quantum mechanics based approaches consists of the ab initio or ab initio-molecular dynamics studies in related fields that contain a solid and a gas. One such study in the literature involves a gas and a solid. This is an investigation of the adsorption of gasses such as carbon monoxide (CO) on Tungsten. The motivation for these studies is to synthesize alternate or synthetic fuel technology by Fischer-Tropsch process. In this thesis these studies are first to establish the procedure for solid-solid reaction and then to extend that to consider the effects of mechanical strain and temperature on the binding energy and chemisorptions of CO on tungsten. Then in this thesis, similar studies are also conducted on the effect of mechanical strain and temperature on the binding energies of Titanium and hydrogen. The motivations are again to understand the method and extend the method to such solid-solid reactions. A second motivation is to seek strained conditions that favor hydrogen storage and strain conditions that release hydrogen easily when needed. Following the establishment of ab initio and ab initio studies of chemical reactions between a solid and a gas, the next step of research is to study thermally induced chemical reaction between two solids (Ni+Al). Thus, specific new studies of the thesis are as follows: (1) Ab initio Studies of Binding energies associated with chemisorption of (a) CO on W surfaces (111, and 100) at elevated temperatures and strains and (b) adsorption of hydrogen in titanium base. (2) Equations of state of mixtures of reactive material structures from ab initio methods. (3) Ab initio studies of the reaction initiation, transition states and reaction products of intermetallic mixtures of (Ni+Al) at elevated
Ab Initio Prediction of Piezoelectricity in Two-Dimensional Materials.
Blonsky, Michael N; Zhuang, Houlong L; Singh, Arunima K; Hennig, Richard G
2015-10-27
Two-dimensional (2D) materials present many unique materials concepts, including material properties that sometimes differ dramatically from those of their bulk counterparts. One of these properties, piezoelectricity, is important for micro- and nanoelectromechanical systems applications. Using symmetry analysis, we determine the independent piezoelectric coefficients for four groups of predicted and synthesized 2D materials. We calculate with density-functional perturbation theory the stiffness and piezoelectric tensors of these materials. We determine the in-plane piezoelectric coefficient d11 for 37 materials within the families of 2D metal dichalcogenides, metal oxides, and III-V semiconductor materials. A majority of the structures, including CrSe2, CrTe2, CaO, CdO, ZnO, and InN, have d11 coefficients greater than 5 pm/V, a typical value for bulk piezoelectric materials. Our symmetry analysis shows that buckled 2D materials exhibit an out-of-plane coefficient d31. We find that d31 for 8 III-V semiconductors ranges from 0.02 to 0.6 pm/V. From statistical analysis, we identify correlations between the piezoelectric coefficients and the electronic and structural properties of the 2D materials that elucidate the origin of the piezoelectricity. Among the 37 2D materials, CdO, ZnO, and CrTe2 stand out for their combination of large piezoelectric coefficient and low formation energy and are recommended for experimental exploration.
An ab initio electronic transport database for inorganic materials
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ricci, Francesco; Chen, Wei; Aydemir, Umut; Snyder, G. Jeffrey; Rignanese, Gian-Marco; Jain, Anubhav; Hautier, Geoffroy
2017-07-01
Electronic transport in materials is governed by a series of tensorial properties such as conductivity, Seebeck coefficient, and effective mass. These quantities are paramount to the understanding of materials in many fields from thermoelectrics to electronics and photovoltaics. Transport properties can be calculated from a material's band structure using the Boltzmann transport theory framework. We present here the largest computational database of electronic transport properties based on a large set of 48,000 materials originating from the Materials Project database. Our results were obtained through the interpolation approach developed in the BoltzTraP software, assuming a constant relaxation time. We present the workflow to generate the data, the data validation procedure, and the database structure. Our aim is to target the large community of scientists developing materials selection strategies and performing studies involving transport properties.
Optical and other material properties of SiO2 from ab initio studies
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Warmbier, Robert; Mohammed, Faris; Quandt, Alexander
2014-07-01
The optical properties of photonic devices largely depend on the dielectric properties of the underlying materials. We apply modern ab initio methods to study crystalline SiO2 phases, which serve as toy models for amorphous glass. We discuss the dielectric response from the infrared to the VIS/UV, which is crucial for glass based photonic applications. Low density silica, like cristobalite, may provide a good basis for high transmission optical devices.
Halasyamani, Shiv; Fennie, Craig
2016-11-03
We have focused on the synthesis, characterization, and ab initio theory on multi-functional mixed-metal fluorides. With funding from the DOE, we have successfully synthesized and characterized a variety of mixed metal fluoride materials.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Strubbe, David A.; Grossman, Jeffrey C.
Classical inter-atomic potentials can be successful at predicting the vibrations of materials at system sizes intractable by quantum methods. However, to predict Raman spectra, electrons must be re-introduced, for example via a bond-polarizability model which attributes the polarizability to cylindrically symmetrical inter-atomic bonds. Parameters in assumed functional forms are fit to experimental spectra, and then a Raman intensity can be computed for each mode. In the case of amorphous silicon, the existing models do not show satisfactory agreement with experimental spectra. To generate a more accurate and transferable bond-polarizability model, we have instead begun with ab initio calculated Raman tensors for a set of a-Si:H structures [DA Strubbe et al., arXiv:1511.01139]. This atomistic data set al.lows us to obtain parameters and functional forms for a general model, without confounding errors from the potentials. This Raman model can be used to study large structural models with relevance for photovoltaics, such as medium- and long-range order in a-Si:H, nanocrystalline Si, amorphous/crystalline interfaces, or a-Si:H nanowires, at sizes that would be inaccessible for ab initio calculations. We analyze the applicability of this approach to other materials systems.
Impact and penetration studies: Simplified models and materials design from ab initio methods
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Jiang, Tianci
In recent impact and penetration mechanical tests, steel projectiles (AISI4340) were impacted into targets like concrete with striking velocities (1200 m/s to 1500 m/s). Results indicated a material removal from the nose of the projectile, phase changes of the projectile materials, a reduction in the length of the projectile, and a blunting of the nose shape. These observations cannot be explained by current theories and numerical integration code that are used to study impact and penetration mechanics. Thus, the objectives of the thesis research are to (a) formulate and characterize the mechanisms responsible for the material erosion of the impacting projectile and the mass loss from the nose region; and (b) to determine the physical properties of alloy steels that are important to penetration mechanics from ab initio methods. The results can be used to design new projectile materials that can provide the desired penetration characteristics. These objectives are accomplished by investigating two related problems. The first problem is to formulate simplified models that can explain the penetration mechanics. The new models include the varying cross-section nose, changes of yield stress behind the shock wave and high strain rate phase transitions. Nose erosion effects, and time-dependent penetration path can be determined by integrating ODEs. A cavity expansion theory model is used to obtain the target resistance that is responsible slowing and deforming the penetrating projectile. The second problem concerns the determination of the constitutive relations from ab initio methods. The equation of state (EOS) and magnetic moments for alloy steels are investigated by using a special quasirandom structure technique and ab initio methods. Specifically, EOS for an interstitial disordered alloy Fe1-x-yNixCy is developed. First, the EOS of iron and phase transition of iron are studied and validated. Second, Nickel is considered to investigate the substitutional disordered
Yu, Kuang; Carter, Emily A
2014-03-28
The density functional theory (DFT)+U method is an efficient and effective way to calculate the ground-state properties of strongly correlated transition metal compounds, with the effective U parameters typically determined empirically. Two ab initio methods have been developed to compute the U parameter based on either constrained DFT (CDFT) or unrestricted Hartree-Fock (UHF) theory. Previous studies have demonstrated the success of both methods in typical open-shell materials such as FeO and NiO. In this Communication we report numerical instability issues that arise for the CDFT method when applied to closed-shell transition metals, by using ZnO and Cu2O as examples. By contrast, the UHF method behaves much more robustly for both closed- and open-shell materials, making it more suitable for treating closed-shell transition metals, as well as main group elements.
High-throughput ab initio screening for two-dimensional electride materials.
Tada, Tomofumi; Takemoto, Seiji; Matsuishi, Satoru; Hosono, Hideo
2014-10-06
High-throughput ab initio screening of approximately 34000 materials in the Materials Project was conducted to identify two-dimensional (2D) electride materials, which are composed of cationic layers and anionic electrons confined in a 2D empty space. The screening was based on three indicators: (1) a positive total formal charge per formula unit; (2) layered structures for two-dimensionality; (3) empty spaces between the layer units. Three nitrides, Ca2N, Sr2N, and Ba2N, and the carbide Y2C were identified as 2D electrides, where Ca2N is the only experimentally confirmed 2D electride (Lee, K.; et al. Nature 2013, 494, 336-341). Electron density analysis using ionic radii revealed a smaller number of anionic electrons in Y2C than those in the three nitrides as a result of the partial occupation of the anionic electrons in the d orbitals of Y. In addition, no candidates were identified from the p-block elements, and thus the ab initio screening indicates that the s-block elements (i.e., alkali or alkaline-earth metals) are highly preferable as cation elements. To go beyond the database screening, a tailored modeling was conducted to determine unexplored compounds including the s-block elements that are suitable for 2D electrides. The tailored modeling found that (1) K2Cl, K2Br, Rb2Cl, and Rb2Br dialkali halides are highly plausible candidates, (2) Li2F and Na2Cl dialkali halides are highly challenging candidates, and (3) the Cs2O(1-x)F(x) halogen-doped dialkali oxide is a promising candidate.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Hafner, Jürgen
2010-09-01
During the last 20 years computer simulations based on a quantum-mechanical description of the interactions between electrons and atomic nuclei have developed an increasingly important impact on materials science, not only in promoting a deeper understanding of the fundamental physical phenomena, but also enabling the computer-assisted design of materials for future technologies. The backbone of atomic-scale computational materials science is density-functional theory (DFT) which allows us to cast the intractable complexity of electron-electron interactions into the form of an effective single-particle equation determined by the exchange-correlation functional. Progress in DFT-based calculations of the properties of materials and of simulations of processes in materials depends on: (1) the development of improved exchange-correlation functionals and advanced post-DFT methods and their implementation in highly efficient computer codes, (2) the development of methods allowing us to bridge the gaps in the temperature, pressure, time and length scales between the ab initio calculations and real-world experiments and (3) the extension of the functionality of these codes, permitting us to treat additional properties and new processes. In this paper we discuss the current status of techniques for performing quantum-based simulations on materials and present some illustrative examples of applications to complex quasiperiodic alloys, cluster-support interactions in microporous acid catalysts and magnetic nanostructures.
Hafner, Jürgen
2010-09-29
During the last 20 years computer simulations based on a quantum-mechanical description of the interactions between electrons and atomic nuclei have developed an increasingly important impact on materials science, not only in promoting a deeper understanding of the fundamental physical phenomena, but also enabling the computer-assisted design of materials for future technologies. The backbone of atomic-scale computational materials science is density-functional theory (DFT) which allows us to cast the intractable complexity of electron-electron interactions into the form of an effective single-particle equation determined by the exchange-correlation functional. Progress in DFT-based calculations of the properties of materials and of simulations of processes in materials depends on: (1) the development of improved exchange-correlation functionals and advanced post-DFT methods and their implementation in highly efficient computer codes, (2) the development of methods allowing us to bridge the gaps in the temperature, pressure, time and length scales between the ab initio calculations and real-world experiments and (3) the extension of the functionality of these codes, permitting us to treat additional properties and new processes. In this paper we discuss the current status of techniques for performing quantum-based simulations on materials and present some illustrative examples of applications to complex quasiperiodic alloys, cluster-support interactions in microporous acid catalysts and magnetic nanostructures.
Ab initio study of perovskite type oxide materials for solid oxide fuel cells
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Lee, Yueh-Lin
2011-12-01
Perovskite type oxides form a family of materials of significant interest for cathodes and electrolytes of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). These perovskites not only are active catalysts for surface oxygen reduction (OR) reactions but also allow incorporating the spilt oxygen monomers into their bulk, an unusual and poorly understood catalytic mechanism that couples surface and bulk properties. The OR mechanisms can be influenced strongly by defects in perovskite oxides, composition, and surface defect structures. This thesis work initiates a first step in developing a general strategy based on first-principles calculations for detailed control of oxygen vacancy content, transport rates of surface and bulk oxygen species, and surface/interfacial reaction kinetics. Ab initio density functional theory methods are used to model properties relevant for the OR reactions on SOFC cathodes. Three main research thrusts, which focus on bulk defect chemistry, surface defect structures and surface energetics, and surface catalytic properties, are carried to investigate different level of material chemistry for improved understanding of key physics/factors that govern SOFC cathode OR activity. In the study of bulk defect chemistry, an ab initio based defect model is developed for modeling defect chemistry of LaMnO 3 under SOFC conditions. The model suggests an important role for defect interactions, which are typically excluded in previous defect models. In the study of surface defect structures and surface energetics, it is shown that defect energies change dramatically (1˜2 eV lower) from bulk values near surfaces. Based on the existing bulk defect model with the calculated ab initio surface defect energetics, we predict the (001) MnO 2 surface oxygen vacancy concentration of (La0.9Sr0.1 )MnO3 is about 5˜6 order magnitude higher than that of the bulk under typical SOFC conditions. Finally, for surface catalytic properties, we show that area specific resistance, oxygen
Ab Initio Molecular-Dynamics Simulation of Neuromorphic Computing in Phase-Change Memory Materials.
Skelton, Jonathan M; Loke, Desmond; Lee, Taehoon; Elliott, Stephen R
2015-07-08
We present an in silico study of the neuromorphic-computing behavior of the prototypical phase-change material, Ge2Sb2Te5, using ab initio molecular-dynamics simulations. Stepwise changes in structural order in response to temperature pulses of varying length and duration are observed, and a good reproduction of the spike-timing-dependent plasticity observed in nanoelectronic synapses is demonstrated. Short above-melting pulses lead to instantaneous loss of structural and chemical order, followed by delayed partial recovery upon structural relaxation. We also investigate the link between structural order and electrical and optical properties. These results pave the way toward a first-principles understanding of phase-change physics beyond binary switching.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Michel, K. H.; ćakır, D.; Sevik, C.; Peeters, F. M.
2017-03-01
The elastic constant C11 and piezoelectric stress constant e1 ,11 of two-dimensional (2D) dielectric materials comprising h-BN, 2 H -MoS2 , and other transition-metal dichalcogenides and dioxides are calculated using lattice dynamical theory. The results are compared with corresponding quantities obtained with ab initio calculations. We identify the difference between clamped-ion and relaxed-ion contributions with the dependence on inner strains which are due to the relative displacements of the ions in the unit cell. Lattice dynamics allows us to express the inner-strain contributions in terms of microscopic quantities such as effective ionic charges and optoacoustical couplings, which allows us to clarify differences in the piezoelectric behavior between h-BN and MoS2. Trends in the different microscopic quantities as functions of atomic composition are discussed.
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
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Barabash, Sergey V.; Pramanik, Dipankar
2015-03-01
Development of low-leakage dielectrics for semiconductor industry, together with many other areas of academic and industrial research, increasingly rely upon ab initio tunneling and transport calculations. Complex band structure (CBS) is a powerful formalism to establish the nature of tunneling modes, providing both a deeper understanding and a guided optimization of materials, with practical applications ranging from screening candidate dielectrics for lowest ``ultimate leakage'' to identifying charge-neutrality levels and Fermi level pinning. We demonstrate that CBS is prone to a particular type of spurious ``phantom'' solution, previously deemed true but irrelevant because of a very fast decay. We demonstrate that (i) in complex materials, phantom modes may exhibit very slow decay (appearing as leading tunneling terms implying qualitative and huge quantitative errors), (ii) the phantom modes are spurious, (iii) unlike the pseudopotential ``ghost'' states, phantoms are an apparently unavoidable artifact of large numerical basis sets, (iv) a presumed increase in computational accuracy increases the number of phantoms, effectively corrupting the CBS results despite the higher accuracy achieved in resolving the true CBS modes and the real band structure, and (v) the phantom modes cannot be easily separated from the true CBS modes. We discuss implications for direct transport calculations. The strategy for dealing with the phantom states is discussed in the context of optimizing high-quality high- κ dielectric materials for decreased tunneling leakage.
A fragment-based approach towards ab-initio treatment of polymeric materials
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Pingale, Reshma S.; Pingale, Subhash S.; Kshirsagar, Anjali
2017-07-01
The broad range of applications of π -conjugated polymeric materials in industries such as automobiles, textiles, packaging, medical etc. have led to their extensive studies in both academic and industrial fields. Predicting the structure of these polymers is important for the study of their properties. The present work uses a `divide and conquer'-type approach for the ab-initio studies of these polymeric systems. The method employs a fragmentation technique with independent fragment optimization for obtaining optimized geometries of the oligomers of various polymeric materials such as polyfuran, polypyrrole, polythiophene and other such π -conjugated polymers. A few test calculations performed in the study provide fair concurrence between the energies and the HOMO-LUMO energy gaps obtained using the fragmentation-based approach with those obtained using the full optimization of the whole oligomer. Also, a significant reduction in time complexity occurs for the present fragment-based approach compared to the parent system optimization. The results are encouraging and prompt for studies of large polymeric materials.
Ab initio studies on the adsorption and implantation of Al and Fe to nitride materials
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Riedl, H.; Zálešák, J.; Arndt, M.; Polcik, P.; Holec, D.; Mayrhofer, P. H.
2015-09-01
The formation of transfer material products on coated cutting and forming tools is a major failure mechanism leading to various sorts of wear. To describe the atomistic processes behind the formation of transfer materials, we use ab initio to study the adsorption energy as well as the implantation barrier of Al and Fe atoms for (001)-oriented surfaces of TiN, Ti0.50Al0.50N, Ti0.90Si0.10N, CrN, and Cr0.90Si0.10N. The interactions between additional atoms and nitride-surfaces are described for pure adhesion, considering no additional stresses, and for the implantation barrier. The latter, we simplified to the stress required to implant Al and Fe into sub-surface regions of the nitride material. The adsorption energies exhibit pronounced extrema at high-symmetry positions and are generally highest at nitrogen sites. Here, the binary nitrides are comparable to their ternary counterparts and the average adhesive energy is higher (more negative) on CrN than TiN based systems. Contrary, the implantation barrier for Al and Fe atoms is higher for the ternary systems Ti0.50Al0.50N, Ti0.90Si0.10N, and Cr0.90Si0.10N than for their binary counterparts TiN and CrN. Based on our results, we can conclude that TiN based systems outperform CrN based systems with respect to pure adhesion, while the Si-containing ternaries exhibit higher implantation barriers for Al and Fe atoms. The data obtained are important to understand the atomistic interaction of metal atoms with nitride-based materials, which is valid not just for machining operations but also for any combination such as interfaces between coatings and substrates or multilayer and phase arrangements themselves.
Ab initio screening methodology applied to the search for new permanent magnetic materials
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Drebov, Nedko; Martinez-Limia, Alberto; Kunz, Lothar; Gola, Adrien; Shigematsu, Takashi; Eckl, Thomas; Gumbsch, Peter; Elsässer, Christian
2013-12-01
In this paper a computational high-throughput screening (HTS) approach to the search for alternative permanent magnetic materials is presented. Systems considered for a start are binary intermetallic compounds composed of rare-earth (RE) and transition metal (TM) elements. With the tight-binding-linear muffin-tin-orbital-atomic-sphere-approximation (TB-LMTO-ASA) method of density functional theory (DFT) a variety of RE-TM intermetallic phases is investigated and their magnetic properties are obtained at rather low computational costs. Next, interstitial elements such as boron, carbon and nitrogen in these phases are considered. For promising candidate phases with high and stable spontaneous ferromagnetic polarization, the calculated local magnetic moments and exchange coupling parameters, as obtained from TB-LMTO-ASA calculations, are then used for Monte Carlo simulations to identify candidates with sufficiently high Curie temperatures (Tc). Finally, magnetocrystalline anisotropy constants (K1) of the most promising candidate phases are calculated with accurate, potential-shape-unrestricted DFT calculations using the Vienna ab initio simulation package. The computational HTS procedure is illustrated by results for a selection of hard-magnetic RE-TM phases like RETM5, RE2TM17 and RE2TM14B.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Dézerald, Lucile; Ventelon, Lisa; Willaime, François; Clouet, Emmanuel; Rodney, David
2014-06-01
Ab initio methods, based on the Density Functional Theory (DFT), have been extensively used to study point defects and defect clusters in materials. Present HPC resources and DFT codes now allow similar investigations to be performed on dislocations. The study of these extended defects requires not only larger simulation cells but also a higher accuracy because the energy differences, which are involved, are rather small, typically 50-to-100 meV for supercells containing 50-to-500 atoms. The topology of the Peierls potential of screw dislocations with 1/2 <111>Burgers vector, i.e. the 2D energy landscape seen by these dislocations, is being completely revisited by DFT calculations. From results obtained in all body-centered cubic (bcc) transition metals, except Cr (V, Nb, Ta, Mo, W and Fe), using the PWSCF code, which is part of the Quantum-Espresso package, we concluded that the 2D Peierls potentials have two common features: the single-hump shape of the barrier between two minima of the potential, and the presence of a maximum - and not a minimum as predicted by most empirical potentials - around the split core. In iron, the topology of the Peierls potential is reversed compared to the classical sinusoidal picture: the location of the saddle point and the maximum are indeed inverted with unexpected flat regions. The first results obtained within the framework of the PRACE project, DIMAIM (DIslocations in Metals using Ab Initio Methods), started at the beginning of 2013, will also be presented. In particular, in order to address the twinning-antitwinning asymmetry often observed in bcc metals and regarded as the major contribution to the breakdown of Schmid's law, we have determined the crystal orientation dependence of the Peierls stress, i.e. the critical stress required for dislocation motion. These computationally most expensive simulations were performed on the PRACE Tier-0 system at Barcelona Supercomputing Center (Marenostrum III). The scalability results
Ab initio studies on the adsorption and implantation of Al and Fe to nitride materials
Riedl, H.; Zálešák, J.; Arndt, M.; Polcik, P.; Holec, D.; Mayrhofer, P. H.
2015-09-28
The formation of transfer material products on coated cutting and forming tools is a major failure mechanism leading to various sorts of wear. To describe the atomistic processes behind the formation of transfer materials, we use ab initio to study the adsorption energy as well as the implantation barrier of Al and Fe atoms for (001)-oriented surfaces of TiN, Ti{sub 0.50}Al{sub 0.50}N, Ti{sub 0.90}Si{sub 0.10}N, CrN, and Cr{sub 0.90}Si{sub 0.10}N. The interactions between additional atoms and nitride-surfaces are described for pure adhesion, considering no additional stresses, and for the implantation barrier. The latter, we simplified to the stress required to implant Al and Fe into sub-surface regions of the nitride material. The adsorption energies exhibit pronounced extrema at high-symmetry positions and are generally highest at nitrogen sites. Here, the binary nitrides are comparable to their ternary counterparts and the average adhesive energy is higher (more negative) on CrN than TiN based systems. Contrary, the implantation barrier for Al and Fe atoms is higher for the ternary systems Ti{sub 0.50}Al{sub 0.50}N, Ti{sub 0.90}Si{sub 0.10}N, and Cr{sub 0.90}Si{sub 0.10}N than for their binary counterparts TiN and CrN. Based on our results, we can conclude that TiN based systems outperform CrN based systems with respect to pure adhesion, while the Si-containing ternaries exhibit higher implantation barriers for Al and Fe atoms. The data obtained are important to understand the atomistic interaction of metal atoms with nitride-based materials, which is valid not just for machining operations but also for any combination such as interfaces between coatings and substrates or multilayer and phase arrangements themselves.
Cuny, Jérôme; Xie, Yu; Pickard, Chris J; Hassanali, Ali A
2016-02-09
Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy is one of the most powerful experimental tools to probe the local atomic order of a wide range of solid-state compounds. However, due to the complexity of the related spectra, in particular for amorphous materials, their interpretation in terms of structural information is often challenging. These difficulties can be overcome by combining molecular dynamics simulations to generate realistic structural models with an ab initio evaluation of the corresponding chemical shift and quadrupolar coupling tensors. However, due to computational constraints, this approach is limited to relatively small system sizes which, for amorphous materials, prevents an adequate statistical sampling of the distribution of the local environments that is required to quantitatively describe the system. In this work, we present an approach to efficiently and accurately predict the NMR parameters of very large systems. This is achieved by using a high-dimensional neural-network representation of NMR parameters that are calculated using an ab initio formalism. To illustrate the potential of this approach, we applied this neural-network NMR (NN-NMR) method on the (17)O and (29)Si quadrupolar coupling and chemical shift parameters of various crystalline silica polymorphs and silica glasses. This approach is, in principal, general and has the potential to be applied to predict the NMR properties of various materials.
Point defect modeling in materials: Coupling ab initio and elasticity approaches
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Varvenne, Céline; Bruneval, Fabien; Marinica, Mihai-Cosmin; Clouet, Emmanuel
2013-10-01
Modeling point defects at an atomic scale requires careful treatment of the long-range atomic relaxations. This elastic field can strongly affect point defect properties calculated in atomistic simulations because of the finite size of the system under study. This is an important restriction for ab initio methods which are limited to a few hundred atoms. We propose an original approach coupling ab initio calculations and linear elasticity theory to obtain the properties of an isolated point defect for reduced supercell sizes. The reliability and benefit of our approach are demonstrated for three problematic cases: the self-interstitial in zirconium, clusters of self-interstitials in iron, and the neutral vacancy in silicon.
Ab-Initio Description and Prediction of Properties of Carbon-Based and Other Non-Metallic Materials
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Bagayoko, D.; Zhao, G. L.; Hasan, S.
2001-01-01
We have resolved the long-standing problem consisting of 30%-50% theoretical underestimates of the band gaps of non-metallic materials. We describe the Bagayoko, Zhao, and Williams (BZW) method that rigorously circumvents the basis-set and variational effect presumed to be a cause of these underestimates. We present ab-initio, computational results that are in agreement with experiment for diamond (C), silicon (Si), silicon carbides (3C-SiC and 4H-SiC), and other semiconductors (GaN, BaTiO3, AlN, ZnSe, ZnO). We illustrate the predictive capability of the BZW method in the case of the newly discovered cubic phase of silicon nitride (c-Si3N4) and of selected carbon nanotabes [(10,0), and (8,4)]. Our conclusion underscores the inescapable need for the BZW method in ab-initio calculations that employ a basis set in a variational approach. Current nanoscale trends amplify this need. We estimate that the potential impact of applications of the BZW method in advancing our understanding of nonmetallic materials, in informing experiment, and particularly in guiding device design and fabrication is simply priceless.
Trevisanutto, Paolo E; Vignale, Giovanni
2016-05-28
Ab initio electronic structure calculations of two-dimensional layered structures are typically performed using codes that were developed for three-dimensional structures, which are periodic in all three directions. The introduction of a periodicity in the third direction (perpendicular to the layer) is completely artificial and may lead in some cases to spurious results and to difficulties in treating the action of external fields. In this paper we develop a new approach, which is "native" to quasi-2D materials, making use of basis function that are periodic in the plane, but atomic-like in the perpendicular direction. We show how some of the basic tools of ab initio electronic structure theory - density functional theory, GW approximation and Bethe-Salpeter equation - are implemented in the new basis. We argue that the new approach will be preferable to the conventional one in treating the peculiarities of layered materials, including the long range of the unscreened Coulomb interaction in insulators, and the effects of strain, corrugations, and external fields.
Ab-Initio Description and Prediction of Properties of Carbon-Based and Other Non-Metallic Materials
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Bagayoko, D.; Zhao, G. L.; Hasan, S.
2001-01-01
We have resolved the long-standing problem consisting of 30%-50% theoretical underestimates of the band gaps of non-metallic materials. We describe the Bagayoko, Zhao, and Williams (BZW) method that rigorously circumvents the basis-set and variational effect presumed to be a cause of these underestimates. We present ab-initio, computational results that are in agreement with experiment for diamond (C), silicon (Si), silicon carbides (3C-SiC and 4H-SiC), and other semiconductors (GaN, BaTiO3, AlN, ZnSe, ZnO). We illustrate the predictive capability of the BZW method in the case of the newly discovered cubic phase of silicon nitride (c-Si3N4) and of selected carbon nanotabes [(10,0), and (8,4)]. Our conclusion underscores the inescapable need for the BZW method in ab-initio calculations that employ a basis set in a variational approach. Current nanoscale trends amplify this need. We estimate that the potential impact of applications of the BZW method in advancing our understanding of nonmetallic materials, in informing experiment, and particularly in guiding device design and fabrication is simply priceless.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Le Page, Yvon; Saxe, Paul
2002-03-01
A symmetry-general approach for the least-squares, therefore precise, extraction of elastic coefficients for strained materials is reported. It analyzes stresses calculated ab initio for properly selected strains. The problem, its implementation, and its solution strategy all differ radically from a previous energy-strain approach that we published last year, but the normal equations turn out to be amenable to the same constrainment scheme that makes both approaches symmetry general. The symmetry considerations governing the automated selection of appropriately strained models and their Cartesian systems are detailed. The extension to materials under general stress is discussed and implemented. VASP was used for ab initio calculation of stresses. A comprehensive range of examples includes a triclinic material (kyanite) and simple materials with a range of symmetries at zero pressure, MgO under hydrostatic pressure, Ti4As3 under [001] uniaxial strain, and Si under [001] uniaxial stress. The MgO case agrees with recent experimental work including elastic coefficients as well as their first and second derivatives. The curves of elastic coefficients for Si show a gradual increase in the 33 compliance coefficient, leading to a collapse of the material at -11.7 GPa, compared with -12.0 GPa experimentally. Interpretation of results for Be using two approximations [local density (LDA), generalized gradient (GGA)], two approaches (stress strain and energy strain), two potential types (projector augmented wave and ultrasoft), and two quantum engines (VASP and ORESTES) expose the utmost importance of the cell data used for the elastic calculations and the lesser importance of the other factors. For stiffness at relaxed cell data, differences are shown to originate mostly in the considerable overestimation of the residual compressive stresses at x-ray cell data by LDA, resulting in a smaller relaxed cell, thus larger values for diagonal stiffness coefficients. The symmetry
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Lee, In-Ho; Oh, Young Jun; Kim, Sunghyun; Lee, Jooyoung; Chang, K. J.
2016-06-01
Lately, the so-called inverse method of materials design has drawn much attention, where specific material properties are initially assigned and target materials are subsequently searched for. Although this method has been successful for some problems, the success of designing complex crystal structures containing many atoms is often limited by the efficiency of the search method utilized. Here we combine the global optimization method of conformational space annealing (CSA) with first-principles quantum calculations and report a new scheme named AMADEUS (Ab initio MAterials DEsign Using cSa). We demonstrate the utility of AMADEUS through the discovery of direct band gap Si crystals. The newly-designed direct gap Si allotropes show excellent optical properties and the spectroscopic limited maximum efficiencies comparable to those of best-known non-silicon photovoltaic materials. Our scheme not only provides a new perspective for the inverse problem of materials design but also may serve as a new tool for the computational design of a wide range of materials.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Wachter, Georg; Lemell, Christoph; Burgdörfer, Joachim; Sato, Shunsuke A.; Tong, Xiao-Min; Yabana, Kazuhiro
2014-08-01
We theoretically investigate the generation of ultrafast currents in insulators induced by strong few-cycle laser pulses. Ab initio simulations based on time-dependent density functional theory give insight into the atomic-scale properties of the induced current signifying a femtosecond-scale insulator-metal transition. We observe the transition from nonlinear polarization currents during the laser pulse at low intensities to tunnelinglike excitation into the conduction band at higher laser intensities. At high intensities, the current persists after the conclusion of the laser pulse considered to be the precursor of the dielectric breakdown on the femtosecond scale. We show that the transferred charge sensitively depends on the orientation of the polarization axis relative to the crystal axis, suggesting that the induced charge separation reflects the anisotropic electronic structure. We find good agreement with very recent experimental data on the intensity and carrier-envelope phase dependence [A. Schiffrin et al., Nature (London) 493, 70 (2013)].
Jacob, Rebecca; Tate, Margaret; Banti, Yididya; Rix, Colin; Mainwaring, David E
2008-01-17
Despite the complex phenomena involved in encoding template molecule information within stable synthetic polymers to yield selective and efficient molecular recognition processes, molecularly imprinted polymers (MIP) are increasingly finding broad areas of application. Molecular interactions, both during the polymerization of the functional monomers in the presence of the template and during the processes of specific recognition after template removal, are key determinants of an effective MIP. Covalent and noncovalent template imprinting have been employed to achieve specific recognition sites. In the present study, a molecularly imprinted biocompatible polymer, having a high capacity and affinity for the dye template, nickel(II) phthalocyanine tetrasulfonic acid, has been prepared. UV-visible spectroscopy, FTIR spectroscopy, and ICP analysis were used to investigate the aspects of the synthesis, binding capacity, and adsorption kinetics of the system. Poly(allylamine) cross-linked with epichlorohydrin has been used to represent an amino-functional receptor. Binding isotherms and capacities were correlated with the degree of template removal. Kinetic studies of binding allowed diffusion mechanisms to be evaluated for the fine particulate MIP. Ab initio molecular orbital calculations were performed using Hartree-Fock, MP2, and density functional theory methods to determine the most likely mechanisms of molecular imprinting. Suitable theoretical models have been constructed to mimic the interactions between the template molecule and the polymer. Simulation of the vibrational spectra was also undertaken to make meaningful assignments to experimentally determined spectral bands resulting from these template MIP receptor interactions.
Fediai, Artem; Ryndyk, Dmitry A; Cuniberti, Gianaurelio
2016-10-05
Up to now, the electrical properties of the contacts between 3D metals and 2D materials have never been computed at a fully ab initio level due to the huge number of atomic orbitals involved in a current path from an electrode to a pristine 2D material. As a result, there are still numerous open questions and controversial theories on the electrical properties of systems with 3D/2D interfaces-for example, the current path and the contact length scalability. Our work provides a first-principles solution to this long-standing problem with the use of the modular approach, a method which rigorously combines a Green function formalism with the density functional theory (DFT) for this particular contact type. The modular approach is a general approach valid for any 3D/2D contact. As an example, we apply it to the most investigated among 3D/2D contacts-metal/graphene contacts-and show its abilities and consistency by comparison with existing experimental data. As it is applicable to any 3D/2D interface, the modular approach allows the engineering of 3D/2D contacts with the pre-defined electrical properties.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Mozafari, E.; Shulumba, N.; Steneteg, P.; Alling, B.; Abrikosov, Igor A.
2016-08-01
We present a theoretical scheme to calculate the elastic constants of magnetic materials in the high-temperature paramagnetic state. Our approach is based on a combination of disordered local moments picture and ab initio molecular dynamics (DLM-MD). Moreover, we investigate a possibility to enhance the efficiency of the simulations of elastic properties using the recently introduced method: symmetry imposed force constant temperature-dependent effective potential (SIFC-TDEP). We have chosen cubic paramagnetic CrN as a model system. This is done due to its technological importance and its demonstrated strong coupling between magnetic and lattice degrees of freedom. We have studied the temperature-dependent single-crystal and polycrystalline elastic constants of paramagentic CrN up to 1200 K. The obtained results at T = 300 K agree well with the experimental values of polycrystalline elastic constants as well as the Poisson ratio at room temperature. We observe that the Young's modulus is strongly dependent on temperature, decreasing by ˜14 % from T = 300 K to 1200 K. In addition we have studied the elastic anisotropy of CrN as a function of temperature and we observe that CrN becomes substantially more isotropic as the temperature increases. We demonstrate that the use of Birch law may lead to substantial errors for calculations of temperature induced changes of elastic moduli. The proposed methodology can be used for accurate predictions of mechanical properties of magnetic materials at temperatures above their magnetic order-disorder phase transition.
Two-Dimensional Materials from Data Filtering and Ab Initio Calculations
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Lebègue, S.; Björkman, T.; Klintenberg, M.; Nieminen, R. M.; Eriksson, O.
2013-07-01
Progress in materials science depends on the ability to discover new materials and to obtain and understand their properties. This has recently become particularly apparent for compounds with reduced dimensionality, which often display unexpected physical and chemical properties, making them very attractive for applications in electronics, graphene being so far the most noteworthy example. Here, we report some previously unknown two-dimensional materials and their electronic structure by data mining among crystal structures listed in the International Crystallographic Structural Database, combined with density-functional-theory calculations. As a result, we propose to explore the synthesis of a large group of two-dimensional materials, with properties suggestive of applications in nanoscale devices, and anticipate further studies of electronic and magnetic phenomena in low-dimensional systems.
An ab-initio Computational Method to Determine Dielectric Properties of Biological Materials
Abeyrathne, Chathurika D.; Halgamuge, Malka N.; Farrell, Peter M.; Skafidas, Efstratios
2013-01-01
Frequency dependent dielectric properties are important for understanding the structure and dynamics of biological materials. These properties can be used to study underlying biological processes such as changes in the concentration of biological materials, and the formation of chemical species. Computer simulations can be used to determine dielectric properties and atomic details inaccessible via experimental methods. In this paper, a unified theory utilizing molecular dynamics and density functional theory is presented that is able to determine the frequency dependent dielectric properties of biological materials in an aqueous solution from their molecular structure alone. The proposed method, which uses reaction field approximations, does not require a prior knowledge of the static dielectric constant of the material. The dielectric properties obtained from our method agree well with experimental values presented in the literature. PMID:23652459
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Jain, Anubhav; Persson, Kristin A.; Ceder, Gerbrand
2016-05-01
Materials innovations enable new technological capabilities and drive major societal advancements but have historically required long and costly development cycles. The Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) aims to greatly reduce this time and cost. In this paper, we focus on data reuse in the MGI and, in particular, discuss the impact of three different computational databases based on density functional theory methods to the research community. We also discuss and provide recommendations on technical aspects of data reuse, outline remaining fundamental challenges, and present an outlook on the future of MGI's vision of data sharing.
2011-11-15
919 660 8963 Abstract Empirical databases of crystal structures and thermodynamic properties are fundamental tools for materials research. Recent...for structure discovery and optimization, including uncovering of unsuspected compounds, metastable structures and correlations between various...diagrams, electronic structure and magnetic properties, gen- erated by the high-throughput framework A. This continuously updated compilation currently
Phonon transport properties of two-dimensional group-IV materials from ab initio calculations
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Peng, Bo; Zhang, Hao; Shao, Hezhu; Xu, Yuanfeng; Ni, Gang; Zhang, Rongjun; Zhu, Heyuan
2016-12-01
It has been argued that stanene has lowest lattice thermal conductivity among two-dimensional (2D) group-IV materials because of its largest atomic mass, weakest interatomic bonding, and enhanced ZA phonon scattering due to the breaking of an out-of-plane symmetry selection rule. However, we show that, although the lattice thermal conductivity κ for graphene, silicene, and germanene decreases monotonically with decreasing Debye temperature, unexpected higher κ is observed in stanene. By enforcing all the invariance conditions in 2D materials and including Ge 3 d and Sn 4 d electrons as valence electrons for germanene and stanene, respectively, the lattice dynamics in these materials are accurately described. A large acoustic-optical gap and the bunching of the acoustic-phonon branches significantly reduce phonon scattering in stanene, leading to higher thermal conductivity than germanene. The vibrational origin of the acoustic-optical gap can be attributed to the buckled structure. Interestingly, a buckled system has two competing influences on phonon transport: the breaking of the symmetry selection rule leads to reduced thermal conductivity, and the enlarging of the acoustic-optical gap results in enhanced thermal conductivity. The size dependence of thermal conductivity is investigated as well. In nanoribbons, the κ of silicene, germanene, and stanene is much less sensitive to size effect due to their short intrinsic phonon mean-free paths. This work sheds light on the nature of phonon transport in buckled 2D materials.
Phthalo-carbonitride: an ab initio prediction of a stable two-dimensional material
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Tsetseris, Leonidas
2016-06-01
Using density-functional theory calculations, we identify a stable two-dimensional carbonitride polymorph which resembles the core of phthalocyanine molecules. This so-called phthalo-carbonitride is found to be the lowest-energy polymer made of tetracyanoethylene molecules. It is a two-dimensional metal in its pristine form. Functionalization of the phthalo-cores with copper or iron atoms retains the metallic character of the material, but also adds magnetization to the system. Based on these properties and the established use of phthalocyanine molecules in various applications, the growth of phthalo-carbonitride sheets can add another multi-functional building block to the research and technology of two-dimensional materials.
Ab initio simulation of radiation damage in nuclear reactor pressure vessel materials
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Watts, Daniel; Finkenstadt, Daniel
2012-02-01
Using Kinetic Monte Carlo we developed a code to study point defect hopping in BCC metallic alloys using energetics and attempt frequencies calculated using VASP, an electronic structure software package. Our code provides a way of simulating the effects of neutron radiation on potential reactor materials. Specifically we will compare the Molybdenum-Chromium alloy system to steel alloys for use in nuclear reactor pressure vessels.
Ab-Initio Determination of Novel Crystal Structures of the Thermoelectric Material MgAgSb
Kirkham, Melanie J; Moreira Dos Santos, Antonio F; Rawn, Claudia J; Lara-Curzio, Edgar; Sharp, Jeff W.; Thompson, Alan
2012-01-01
Materials with the half-Heusler structure possess interesting electrical and magnetic properties, including potential for thermoelectric applications. MgAgSb is compositionally and structurally related to many half-Heusler materials, but has not been extensively studied. This work presents the high-temperature X-ray diffraction analysis of MgAgSb between 27 and 420 C, complemented with thermoelectric property measurements. MgAgSb is found to exist in three different structures in this temperature region, taking the half-Heusler structure at high temperatures, a Cu2Sb-related structure at intermediate temperatures, and a previously unreported tetragonal structure at room temperature. All three structures are related by a distorted Mg-Sb rocksalt-type sublattice, differing primarily in the Ag location among the available tetrahedral sites. Transition temperatures between the three phases correlate well with discontinuities in the Seebeck coefficient and electrical conductivity; the best performance occurs with the novel room temperature phase. For application of MgAgSb as a thermoelectric material, it may be desirable to develop methods to stabilize the room temperature phase at higher temperatures.
Multiscale Design of Advanced Materials based on Hybrid Ab Initio and Quasicontinuum Methods
Luskin, Mitchell
2014-03-12
This project united researchers from mathematics, chemistry, computer science, and engineering for the development of new multiscale methods for the design of materials. Our approach was highly interdisciplinary, but it had two unifying themes: first, we utilized modern mathematical ideas about change-of-scale and state-of-the-art numerical analysis to develop computational methods and codes to solve real multiscale problems of DOE interest; and, second, we took very seriously the need for quantum mechanics-based atomistic forces, and based our methods on fast solvers of chemically accurate methods.
TRIQS/DFTTools: A TRIQS application for ab initio calculations of correlated materials
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Aichhorn, Markus; Pourovskii, Leonid; Seth, Priyanka; Vildosola, Veronica; Zingl, Manuel; Peil, Oleg E.; Deng, Xiaoyu; Mravlje, Jernej; Kraberger, Gernot J.; Martins, Cyril; Ferrero, Michel; Parcollet, Olivier
2016-07-01
We present the TRIQS/DFTTools package, an application based on the TRIQS library that connects this toolbox to realistic materials calculations based on density functional theory (DFT). In particular, TRIQS/DFTTools together with TRIQS allows an efficient implementation of DFT plus dynamical mean-field theory (DMFT) calculations. It supplies tools and methods to construct Wannier functions and to perform the DMFT self-consistency cycle in this basis set. Post-processing tools, such as band-structure plotting or the calculation of transport properties are also implemented. The package comes with a fully charge self-consistent interface to the Wien2k band structure code, as well as a generic interface that allows to use TRIQS/DFTTools together with a large variety of DFT codes. It is distributed under the GNU General Public License (GPLv3).
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kanan, Dalal K.
Photoelectrochemical cells (PECs) use sunlight to drive endoergic reactions such as carbon dioxide reduction to fuels or water-splitting for renewable hydrogen production. However, materials that combine both the efficiency and low cost needed to make solar-powered catalysis a practical reality have yet to be discovered. This thesis presents methods and new design strategies for developing novel, efficient, robust, and inexpensive photocatalysts based on transition metal oxides (TMOs). Quantum mechanics methodologies are developed and tested for their ability to predict the properties of known materials and then used to predict how altering the composition by alloying and doping with abundant elements affects optical, electronic, transport, and catalytic properties. The first material considered for photocatalysis is MnO, the bio-inspired solid state analogue of the photosystem II active site. GW theory with input from hybrid DFT and ab initio DFT+U capably predicts the photoemission/inverse photoemission (PE/IPE) band gap and dielectric properties. An ab initio value of U-J = 3.5 eV for Mn2+ was determined using unrestricted Hartree-Fock theory on cluster-size-converged electrostatically embedded clusters. The lowest-lying excitations in MnO, studied using ECW theory, are found to be single Mn d → d ligand field excitations (~2.5 eV, ~108 s lifetime), followed by double d → d excitations (~5.2 eV, ~106 s lifetime), Mn 3d-4s excitations (~6.3 eV, ~10-3 s lifetime), and higher-lying O 2p → Mn 3d ligand-to-metal charge-transfer (LMCT) excitations (~10.1 eV, ~10-4 s lifetime). The longer-lived transitions should exhibit better electron-hole pair separation and enhance photoconductivity depending on ease of carrier transport. While MnO possesses suitable band edge energies, its band gap is too large for efficient sunlight absorption. We predict alloying MnO with ZnO in varying amounts reduces the PE/IPE band gap (to 2.6 eV for the 1:1 alloy) while preserving
Ab initio and experimental pre-edge investigations of the Mn K -edge XANES in oxide-type materials
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Farges, François
2005-04-01
Mn K edge ab initio FEFF8.2 calculations of the pre-edge features of the x-ray-absorption near-edge structure (XANES) region were undertaken for a series of Mn-bearing oxide-type compounds. The aim of the study is to provide a reliable method for determining quantitative and accurate redox and symmetry information for manganese. In agreement with multiplet calculations by Glatzel and co-workers, FEFF8.2 predicts a doublet and a triplet for Mn(II) and Mn(III) in octahedral symmetry, respectively, in agreement with high-resolution XANES experiments. Site distortion increases notably the contribution from dipolar transitions and, consequently, the pre-edge feature integrated area. An even more intense pre-edge feature is calculated and measured for the Td symmetry (singletlike). For Mn(IV), a triplet is predicted and measured for the Oh symmetry. However, additional transitions are found in Mn(IV)-rich compounds, that are related to metal-metal transitions. These transitions overlap strongly with the “true pre-edge,” making extraction of redox and symmetry information for Mn(IV) more challenging. However, a model of the pre-edge with pseudo-Voigt functions of fixed calculated width (based on core-hole lifetime and experimental resolution) helps to separate the contributions related to first-neighbor symmetry from those of the metal-metal pairs. Application to multivalent defective manganese oxide materials suggests that the pre-edge information varies linearly as a function of Mn redox state or symmetry but varies nonlinearly as a function of both parameters. Finally, the polymerization of the manganese networks can be estimated from the metal-metal transitions found in the pre-edge region.
Ab initio and experimental pre-edge investigations of the Mn K-edge XANES in oxide-type materials
Farges, Francois
2005-04-15
Mn K edge ab initio FEFF8.2 calculations of the pre-edge features of the x-ray-absorption near-edge structure (XANES) region were undertaken for a series of Mn-bearing oxide-type compounds. The aim of the study is to provide a reliable method for determining quantitative and accurate redox and symmetry information for manganese. In agreement with multiplet calculations by Glatzel and co-workers, FEFF8.2 predicts a doublet and a triplet for Mn(II) and Mn(III) in octahedral symmetry, respectively, in agreement with high-resolution XANES experiments. Site distortion increases notably the contribution from dipolar transitions and, consequently, the pre-edge feature integrated area. An even more intense pre-edge feature is calculated and measured for the T{sub d} symmetry (singletlike). For Mn(IV), a triplet is predicted and measured for the O{sub h} symmetry. However, additional transitions are found in Mn(IV)-rich compounds, that are related to metal-metal transitions. These transitions overlap strongly with the 'true pre-edge', making extraction of redox and symmetry information for Mn(IV) more challenging. However, a model of the pre-edge with pseudo-Voigt functions of fixed calculated width (based on core-hole lifetime and experimental resolution) helps to separate the contributions related to first-neighbor symmetry from those of the metal-metal pairs. Application to multivalent defective manganese oxide materials suggests that the pre-edge information varies linearly as a function of Mn redox state or symmetry but varies nonlinearly as a function of both parameters. Finally, the polymerization of the manganese networks can be estimated from the metal-metal transitions found in the pre-edge region.
Obtaining model parameters for real materials from ab-initio calculations: Heisenberg exchange
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Korotin, Dmitry; Mazurenko, Vladimir; Anisimov, Vladimir; Streltsov, Sergey
An approach to compute exchange parameters of the Heisenberg model in plane-wave based methods is presented. This calculation scheme is based on the Green's function method and Wannier function projection technique. It was implemented in the framework of the pseudopotential method and tested on such materials as NiO, FeO, Li2MnO3, and KCuF3. The obtained exchange constants are in a good agreement with both the total energy calculations and experimental estimations for NiO and KCuF3. In the case of FeO our calculations explain the pressure dependence of the Néel temperature. Li2MnO3 turns out to be a Slater insulator with antiferromagnetic nearest neighbor exchange defined by the spin splitting. The proposed approach provides a unique way to analyze magnetic interactions, since it allows one to calculate orbital contributions to the total exchange coupling and study the mechanism of the exchange coupling. The work was supported by a grant from the Russian Scientific Foundation (Project No. 14-22-00004).
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Böckmann, Marcus; Braun, Sebastian; Doltsinis, Nikos L.; Marx, Dominik
2013-08-01
A force field to induce isomerisation of photoswitchable azobenzene groups embedded in molecular materials has been developed in the framework of force field molecular dynamics simulations. A molecular mechanics switching potential has been tuned so as to reproduce both the correct photoisomerisation timescale and mechanism that has been generated by reference nonadiabatic ab initio molecular dynamics. As a first application, we present a force field molecular dynamics study of a prototype photoswitchable foldamer in acetonitrile as solvent. Our analyses reveal that the photoisomerisation of the azobenzene unit embedded in the foldamer occurs via the so-called NN-twist mechanism, and that there exist several distinct unfolding channels for the helix that could be exploited in novel applications of photoresponsive materials.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Olsson, Emilia; Aparicio-Anglès, Xavier; de Leeuw, Nora H.
2016-07-01
Doped LaMnO3 and SmCoO3 are important solid oxide fuel cell cathode materials. The main difference between these two perovskites is that SmCoO3 has proven to be a more efficient cathode material than LaMnO3 at lower temperatures. In order to explain the difference in efficiency, we need to gain insight into the materials' properties at the atomic level. However, while LaMnO3 has been widely studied, ab initio studies on SmCoO3 are rare. Hence, in this paper, we perform a comparative DFT + U study of the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of these two perovskites. To that end, we first determined a suitable Hubbard parameter for the Co d-electrons to obtain a proper description of SmCoO3 that fully agrees with the available experimental data. We next evaluated the impact of oxygen and cation vacancies on the geometry, electronic, and magnetic properties. Oxygen vacancies strongly alter the electronic and magnetic structures of SmCoO3, but barely affect LaMnO3. However, due to their high formation energy, their concentrations in the material are very low and need to be induced by doping. Studying the cation vacancy concentration showed that the formation of cation vacancies is less energetically favorable than oxygen vacancies and would thus not markedly influence the performance of the cathode.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Fähnle, Manfred; Drautz, Ralf; Lechermann, Frank; Singer, Reinhard; Diaz-Ortiz, Alejandro; Dosch, Helmut
2005-05-01
The cover picture from the Feature Article [1] depicts the calculated landscape of lowest formation energies for the ternary compound system Ni-Fe-Al. The figure shows for each composition the difference in the formation energy (in meV/atom) for the respective homogeneous configuration with lowest energy on the bcc and the fcc parent lattice. The phases on the fcc lattice dominate the Ni- and Al-rich regions of the Gibbs triangle.The first author Manfred Fähnle is Professor at the University of Stuttgart and member of the theory group of the department of Prof. Schütz at the Max-Planck-Institut für Metallforschung in Stuttgart. In 1980 he was awarded with the Otto-Hahn medal of the Max-Planck Society and in 1985 he received the Academy Award for Physics of the University of Göttingen. His present research interests are the static and dynamic properties of bulk and nanostructured magnetic systems, as well as the ab-initio statistical mechanics of alloys.
Killing-Yano tensors of order n - 1
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Batista, Carlos
2014-08-01
The properties of a Killing-Yano tensor of order n-1 in an n-dimensional manifold are investigated. The integrability conditions are worked out and all metrics admitting a Killing-Yano tensor of order n-1 are found. A connection between such tensors and a generalization of the concept of angular momentum is pointed out. A theorem on how to generate closed conformal Killing vectors using the symmetries of a manifold is proved and used to find all Killing-Yano tensors of order n-1 of a maximally symmetric space.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Alnemrat, Sufian
Material science investigates the relationship between the structure of materials at the atomic or molecular scales and their macroscopic properties. Ab-initio DFT, atomistic force-field, and molecular dynamic simulations have been used to investigate the electronic, optical, structural, magnetic properties of group II-VI semiconductor nanoparticles, metal organic frameworks, amide-water complexes, and planetary core materials at the atomic and/or molecular level. Structure, density of electronic states, magnetic dipole moments, and HOMO-LUMO gaps of surface-passivated ZnnSem, Cd nTem, CdTe-core/ZnTe-shell, and ZnSe-core/CdSe-shell nanocrystals are calculated using a first principles. The intrinsic magnetic dipole moments are found to be strongly size dependent. The detailed analysis of the dipole moment as a function of particle size shows the appearance of zincblende-wurtzite polymorphism in these nano-particles. Energy-efficient adsorption processes are considered promising alternatives to traditional separation techniques. Mg-MOF-74, a magnesium-based metal organic framework, has been used as an efficient adsorbent structure for several gas separation purposes. Adsorption equilibria and kinetics of ethane, ethylene, propane, and propylene on Mg-MOF-74 were determined at temperatures of 278, 298, and 318 K and pressures up to 100 kPa. A grand canonical Monte Carlo simulation was conducted to calculate the adsorption isotherms and to explore adsorption mechanisms. I found that propylene and propane have a stronger affinity to the Mg-MOF-74 adsorbent than ethane and ethylene because of their significant dipole moments. Ab-initio molecular dynamics simulations were carried out to study the role of equilibrium volume and magnetism in Fe and FeX alloys (X=Ni, O) and their stability at earth core conditions. This study provides new insights into the pressure dependence of magnetism by tracking the hybridization between crystal orbitals for pressures up to 600 GPa in
Mayhall, Nicholas J
2016-09-13
Due to the promise of significantly enhanced photovoltaic efficiencies, significant effort has been directed toward understanding and controlling the singlet fission mechanism. Although accurate quantum chemical calculations would provide a detail-rich view of the singlet fission mechanism, this is complicated by the multiexcitonic nature of one of the key intermediates, the (1)(TT) state. Being described as two simultaneous and singlet-coupled triplet excitations on a pair of nearest neighbor monomers, the (1)(TT) state is inherently a multielectronic excitation. This fact renders most single-reference ab initio quantum chemical methods incapable of providing accurate results. This paper serves two purposes: (1) to demonstrate that the multiexciton states in singlet fission materials can be described using a spin-only Hamiltonian and with each monomer treated as a biradical and (2) to propose a very simple procedure for extracting the values for this Hamiltonian from single-reference calculations. Numerical examples are included for a number of different systems, including dimers, trimers, tetramers, and a cluster comprised of seven chromophores.
Ab-initio simulations on adhesion and material transfer between contacting Al and TiN surfaces
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Feldbauer, Gregor; Wolloch, Michael; Mohn, Peter; Redinger, Josef; Vernes, Andras
2014-03-01
Contacts of surfaces at the atomic scale are crucial in many modern applications from analytical techniques like indentation or AFM experiments to technologies such as nano- and micro-electro-mechanical-systems (N-/M-EMS). Furthermore, detailed insights into such contacts are fundamental for a better understanding of tribological processes like wear. A series of simulations is performed within the framework of Density Functional Theory (DFT) to investigate the approaching, contact and subsequent separation of two atomically flat surfaces consisting of different materials. Aluminum (Al) and titanium-nitride (TiN) slabs have been chosen as a model system representing the interaction between a soft and a hard material. The approaching and separation is simulated by moving one slab in discrete steps and allowing for electronic and ionic relaxations after each one. The simulations reveal the influences of different surface orientations ((001), (011), (111)) and alignments of the surfaces with respect to each other on the adhesion, equilibrium distance, charge distribution and material transfer between the surfaces. Material transfer is observed for configurations where the interface is stronger than the softer material.
ERIC Educational Resources Information Center
Jones, Francis R.
1993-01-01
A detailed, nonimpressionistic assessment checklist is presented for teach-yourself language packages. Two example research applications are given: a survey of a range of course packages, and an analysis of the patterns of materials used by an individual learner of Hungarian. (39 references) (Author/LB)
Si doped T6 carbon structure as an anode material for Li-ion batteries: An ab initio study
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Rajkamal, A.; Kumar, E. Mathan; Kathirvel, V.; Park, Noejung; Thapa, Ranjit
2016-11-01
First-principles calculations are performed to identify the pristine and Si doped 3D metallic T6 carbon structure (having both sp2 and sp3 type hybridization) as a new carbon based anode material. The π electron of C2 atoms (sp2 bonded) forms an out of plane network that helps to capture the Li atom. The highest Li storage capacity of Si doped T6 structure with conformation Li1.7Si1C5 produces theoretical specific capacity of 632 mAh/g which substantially exceeding than graphite. Also, open-circuit voltage (OCV) with respect to Li metal shows large negative when compared to the pristine T6 structure. This indicates modifications in terms of chemical properties are required in anode materials for practical application. Among various doped (Si, Ge, Sn, B, N) configuration, Si doped T6 structure provides a stable positive OCV for high Li concentrations. Likewise, volume expansion study also shows Si doped T6 structure is more stable with less pulverization and substantial capacity losses in comparison with graphite and silicon as an anode materials. Overall, mixed hybridized (sp2 + sp3) Si doped T6 structure can become a superior anode material than present sp2 hybridized graphite and sp3 hybridized Si structure for modern Lithium ion batteries.
Si doped T6 carbon structure as an anode material for Li-ion batteries: An ab initio study
Rajkamal, A.; Kumar, E. Mathan; Kathirvel, V.; Park, Noejung; Thapa, Ranjit
2016-01-01
First-principles calculations are performed to identify the pristine and Si doped 3D metallic T6 carbon structure (having both sp2 and sp3 type hybridization) as a new carbon based anode material. The π electron of C2 atoms (sp2 bonded) forms an out of plane network that helps to capture the Li atom. The highest Li storage capacity of Si doped T6 structure with conformation Li1.7Si1C5 produces theoretical specific capacity of 632 mAh/g which substantially exceeding than graphite. Also, open-circuit voltage (OCV) with respect to Li metal shows large negative when compared to the pristine T6 structure. This indicates modifications in terms of chemical properties are required in anode materials for practical application. Among various doped (Si, Ge, Sn, B, N) configuration, Si doped T6 structure provides a stable positive OCV for high Li concentrations. Likewise, volume expansion study also shows Si doped T6 structure is more stable with less pulverization and substantial capacity losses in comparison with graphite and silicon as an anode materials. Overall, mixed hybridized (sp2 + sp3) Si doped T6 structure can become a superior anode material than present sp2 hybridized graphite and sp3 hybridized Si structure for modern Lithium ion batteries. PMID:27892532
Ab-initio quantum transport simulation of self-heating in single-layer 2-D materials
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Stieger, Christian; Szabo, Aron; Bunjaku, Teutë; Luisier, Mathieu
2017-07-01
Through advanced quantum mechanical simulations combining electron transport and phonon transport from first-principles, self-heating effects are investigated in n-type transistors with single-layer MoS2, WS2, and black phosphorus as channel materials. The selected 2-D crystals all exhibit different phonon-limited mobility values, as well as electron and phonon properties, which have a direct influence on the increase in their lattice temperature and on the power dissipated inside their channel as a function of the applied gate voltage and electrical current magnitude. This computational study reveals (i) that self-heating plays a much more important role in 2-D materials than in Si nanowires, (ii) that it could severely limit the performance of 2-D devices at high current densities, and (iii) that black phosphorus appears less sensitive to this phenomenon than transition metal dichalcogenides.
Assessing order-(N) approach to flexible multibody dynamics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Hu, Tsay-Hsin G.; Mordfin, Theodore G.; Singh, Sudeep; Singh, Anil; Kumar, Manoj
1992-08-01
An efficient simulation has been developed to analyze the dynamics and control of spacecraft comprised of multiple flexible articulating bodies. The implementation employs a typical order-(N) multibody dynamics approach coupled with a state-of-the-art symbolic equation optimization algorithm. The relationship among computational time, system topology, number of the bodies and number of modes per body is empirically determined. For practical application in a CHAIN topology, the computational time is proportional to NB exp 1.3 NM exp 1.85, where NB is the number of bodies, and NM is the number of modes per body. Applied to the analysis of Space Station Freedom, which has a TREE topology, the order of the method is demonstrated to be proportional to NM exp A, where A varies from 1.4 to 2.0.
Ab initio dynamical vertex approximation
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Galler, Anna; Thunström, Patrik; Gunacker, Patrik; Tomczak, Jan M.; Held, Karsten
2017-03-01
Diagrammatic extensions of dynamical mean-field theory (DMFT) such as the dynamical vertex approximation (DΓ A) allow us to include nonlocal correlations beyond DMFT on all length scales and proved their worth for model calculations. Here, we develop and implement an Ab initio DΓ A approach (AbinitioDΓ A ) for electronic structure calculations of materials. The starting point is the two-particle irreducible vertex in the two particle-hole channels which is approximated by the bare nonlocal Coulomb interaction and all local vertex corrections. From this, we calculate the full nonlocal vertex and the nonlocal self-energy through the Bethe-Salpeter equation. The AbinitioDΓ A approach naturally generates all local DMFT correlations and all nonlocal G W contributions, but also further nonlocal correlations beyond: mixed terms of the former two and nonlocal spin fluctuations. We apply this new methodology to the prototypical correlated metal SrVO3.
Johnson, Clive; Moore, Elaine A; Mortimer, Michael
2005-05-01
Periodic ab initio HF calculations using the CRYSTAL code have been used to calculate (23)Na NMR quadrupole parameters for a wide range of crystalline sodium compounds including Na(3)OCl. An approach is developed that can be used routinely as an alternative to point-charge modelling schemes for the assignment of distinct lines in (23)Na NMR spectra to specific crystallographic sodium sites. The calculations are based on standard 3-21 G and 6-21 G molecular basis sets and in each case the same modified basis set for sodium is used for all compounds. The general approach is extendable to other quadrupolar nuclei. For the 3-21 G calculations a 1:1 linear correlation between experimental and calculated values of C(Q)((23)Na) is obtained. The 6-21 G calculations, including the addition of d-polarisation functions, give better accuracy in the calculation of eta((23)Na). The sensitivity of eta((23)Na) to hydrogen atom location is shown to be useful in testing the reported hydrogen-bonded structure of Na(2)HPO(4).
Ab initio phonon limited transport
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Verstraete, Matthieu
We revisit the thermoelectric (TE) transport properties of two champion materials, PbTe and SnSe, using fully first principles methods. In both cases the performance of the material is due to subtle combinations of structural effects, scattering, and phase space reduction. In PbTe anharmonic effects are completely opposite to the predicted quasiharmonic evolution of phonon frequencies and to frequently (and incorrectly) cited extrapolations of experiments. This stabilizes the material at high T, but also tends to enhance its thermal conductivity, in a non linear manner, above 600 Kelvin. This explains why PbTe is in practice limited to room temperature applications. SnSe has recently been shown to be the most efficient TE material in bulk form. This is mainly due to a strongly enhanced carrier concentration and electrical conductivity, after going through a phase transition from 600 to 800 K. We calculate the transport coefficients as well as the defect concentrations ab initio, showing excellent agreement with experiment, and elucidating the origin of the double phase transition as well as the new charge carriers. AH Romero, EKU Gross, MJ Verstraete, and O Hellman PRB 91, 214310 (2015) O. Hellman, IA Abrikosov, and SI Simak, PRB 84 180301 (2011)
Ab initio Theory of Semiconductor Nanocrystals
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Wang, Lin-Wang
2007-03-01
With blooming experimental synthesis of various nanostructures out of many semiconductor materials, there is an urgent need to calculate the electronic structures and optical properties of these nanosystems based on reliable ab initio methods. Unfortunately, due to the O(N^3) scaling of the conventional ab initio calculation methods based on the density functional theory (DFT), and the >1000 atom sizes of the most experimental nanosystems, the direct applications of these conventional ab intio methods are often difficult. Here we will present the calculated results using our O(N) scaling charge patching method (CPM) [1,2] to nanosystems up to 10,000 atoms. The CPM yields the charge density of a nanosystem by patching the charge motifs generated from small prototype systems. The CPM electron/hole eigen energies differ from the directly calculated results by only ˜10-20 meV. We will present the optical band gaps of quantum dots and wires, quantum rods, quantum dot/quantum well, and quantum dots doped with impurities. Besides good agreements with experimental measurements, we will demonstrate why it is important to perform ab initio calculations, in contrast with the continuum model k.p calculations. We will show the effects of surface polarization potentials and the internal electric fields. Finally, a linear scaling 3 dimensional fragment (LS3DF) method will be discussed. The LS3DF method can be used to calculate the total energy and atomic forces of a large nanosystem, with the results practically the same as the direct DFT method. Our work demonstrates that, with the help of supercomputers, it is now feasible to calculate the electronic structures and optical properties of >10,000 atom nanocrystals with ab initio accuracy. [1] L.W. Wang, Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 256402 (2002). [2] J. Li, L.W. Wang, Phys. Rev. B 72, 125325 (2005).
Development and Evaluation of an Order-N Formulation for Multi-Flexible Body Space Systems
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Ghosh, Tushar K.; Quiocho, Leslie J.
2013-01-01
This paper presents development of a generic recursive Order-N algorithm for systems with rigid and flexible bodies, in tree or closed-loop topology, with N being the number of bodies of the system. Simulation results are presented for several test cases to verify and evaluate the performance of the code compared to an existing efficient dense mass matrix-based code. The comparison brought out situations where Order-N or mass matrix-based algorithms could be useful.
Tea, E; Hin, C
2016-08-10
In this work, we provide a detailed analysis of phosphorene's performance as an n-type and p-type active material. This study is based on first principles calculations of the phosphorene electronic structure, and the resulting electron and hole scattering rates and lifetimes. Emphasis is put on extreme regimes commonly found in semiconductor devices, i.e. high electric fields and heavy doping, where impact ionization and Auger recombination can occur. We found that electron-initiated impact ionization is weaker than the hole-initiated process, when compared to carrier-phonon interaction rates, suggesting resilience to impact ionization initiated breakdown. Moreover, calculated minority electron lifetimes are limited by radiative recombination only, not by Auger processes, suggesting that phosphorene could achieve good quantum efficiencies in optoelectronic devices. The provided scattering rates and lifetimes are critical input data for the modeling and understanding of phosphorene-based device physics.
Ab-initio Studies Of Lithium Oxide
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Gupta, M. K.; Goel, Prabhatasree; Mittal, R.; Chaplot, S. L.
2010-12-01
Lithium oxide is an important material because of its high thermal conductivity and superionic behavior at high temperature. It behaves like a superionic conductor above 1200 K. Phonon frequencies have been calculated using ab-initio method. The calculations of phonon dispersion relation near unit cell volume corresponding to the superionic transition indicate softening of zone boundary transverse acoustic phonon mode along (110). The instability of phonon mode could lead to the dynamical disorder of lithium sub lattice. Thermal expansion and equation of states are also computed. The results compare well with our previous semi-empirical potential calculations.
Ab initio quantum chemistry: Methodology and applications
Friesner, Richard A.
2005-01-01
This Perspective provides an overview of state-of-the-art ab initio quantum chemical methodology and applications. The methods that are discussed include coupled cluster theory, localized second-order Moller–Plesset perturbation theory, multireference perturbation approaches, and density functional theory. The accuracy of each approach for key chemical properties is summarized, and the computational performance is analyzed, emphasizing significant advances in algorithms and implementation over the past decade. Incorporation of a condensed-phase environment by means of mixed quantum mechanical/molecular mechanics or self-consistent reaction field techniques, is presented. A wide range of illustrative applications, focusing on materials science and biology, are discussed briefly. PMID:15870212
Mugnaioli, Enrico; Gemmi, Mauro; Merlini, Marco; Gregorkiewitz, Michele
2016-01-01
(Nax□1 − x)5[MnO2]13 has been synthesized with x = 0.80 (4), corresponding to Na0.31[MnO2]. This well known material is usually cited as Na0.4[MnO2] and is believed to have a romanèchite-like framework. Here, its true structure is determined, ab initio, by single-crystal electron diffraction tomography (EDT) and refined both by EDT data applying dynamical scattering theory and by the Rietveld method based on synchrotron powder diffraction data (χ2 = 0.690, R wp = 0.051, R p = 0.037, R F2 = 0.035). The unit cell is monoclinic C2/m, a = 22.5199 (6), b = 2.83987 (6), c = 14.8815 (4) Å, β = 105.0925 (16)°, V = 918.90 (4) Å3, Z = 2. A hitherto unknown [MnO2] framework is found, which is mainly based on edge- and corner-sharing octahedra and comprises three types of tunnels: per unit cell, two are defined by S-shaped 10-rings, four by egg-shaped 8-rings, and two by slightly oval 6-rings of Mn polyhedra. Na occupies all tunnels. The so-determined structure excellently explains previous reports on the electrochemistry of (Na,□)5[MnO2]13. The trivalent Mn3+ ions concentrate at two of the seven Mn sites where larger Mn—O distances and Jahn–Teller distortion are observed. One of the Mn3+ sites is five-coordinated in a square pyramid which, on oxidation to Mn4+, may easily undergo topotactic transformation to an octahedron suggesting a possible pathway for the transition among different tunnel structures. PMID:27910840
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Samet, A.; Ahmed, A. Ben; Mlayah, A.; Boughzala, H.; Hlil, E. K.; Abid, Y.
2010-08-01
The tri (dimetylammonium) hexa-iodobismuthate of general formula [(CH 3) 2NH 2] 3[BiI 6] is an organic-inorganic hybrid material. The crystal lattice is composed of discrete [BiI 6] anions surrounded by dimethylamine cations. The X-ray diffraction pattern was obtained and indexed on the basis of rhombohedra unit cell with the R3¯ space group. Room temperature IR and Raman spectra of the title compound were recorded and analyzed. Semi-empirical Parameter Model three (PM3) method as well as density functional theory (DFT) calculations have been performed to derive the equilibrium geometry, vibrational wave numbers and a prediction of IR and Raman spectral activities. In this compound the bands corresponding to the cation vibrational modes show that the symmetry of these cations is distorted and they are strongly hydrogen bonded to the respective anions. The frontier molecular orbital and the energy gap between the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) and the lowest un-occupied molecular orbital (LUMO) were calculated with time dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT). The results show good consistent with the experiment and confirm the contribution of metal orbital to the HOMO-LUMO boundary.
Longo, R C; Kong, F T; KC, Santosh; Park, M S; Yoon, J; Yeon, D-H; Park, J-H; Doo, S-G; Cho, K
2014-06-21
In this work, we present a density-functional theory (DFT) investigation of the phase stability, electrochemical stability and phase transformation mechanisms of the layered and over-lithiated Mn oxides. This study includes the thermodynamic stability of Li and oxygen vacancies, to examine the electrochemical activation mechanisms of these cathode materials. The DFT calculations provide phase diagrams of the Li-Mn-O system in both physical and chemical potential spaces, including the crystals containing vacancies as independent phases. The results show the ranges of electrochemical activity for both layered LiMnO2 and over-lithiated Li2MnO3. By using a thermodynamic model analysis, we found that the required temperature for oxygen evolution and Li vacancy formation is too high to be compatible with any practical synthesis temperature. Using solid-state transition calculations, we have identified the key steps in the phase transition mechanism of the layered LiMnO2 into the spinel phase. The calculated effects of pH on the Li-Mn-O phase stability elucidated the mechanism of Mn(2+) formation from the spinel phase under acidic conditions.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Indari, E. D.; Wungu, T. D. K.; Hidayat, R.
2017-07-01
Organic lead halide perovskite material based solar cells show impressive power conversion efficiencies, which can reach above 19 percent for perovskite solar cell with methyl-ammonium cations. These efficiencies are originated from efficient photoexcitation and charge carrier transport and not observed in conventional perovskite crystals. In this preliminary research work, we therefore performed Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculation of formamidinium lead iodide (FAPI), an alternative to methyl-ammonium lead iodide (MAPI), to predict their electronic structure and density of state (DOS). The calculation result at the most stable lattice parameters show a good agreement with the experiment results. The obtained band gap energy is 1.307 eV. The valence band is dominantly formed by the 5p orbitals of I- anions, while the conduction band is dominantly formed by the 6p orbitals of Pb2+ cations. The DOS of valence band of this perovskite seems smaller compared to the case of methyl-ammonium lead iodide perovskite, which then may explain the observation of smaller power conversion efficiencies in perovskite solar cells with this formamidinium cations.
Ab-Initio Theory of Charge Transport in Organic Crystals
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Hannewald, K.; Bobbert, P. A.
2005-06-01
A theory of charge transport in organic crystals is presented. Using a Holstein-Peierls model, an explicit expression for the charge-carrier mobilities as a function of temperature is obtained. Calculating all material parameters from ab initio calculations, the theory is applied to oligo-acene crystals and a brief comparison to experiment is given.
Towards SiC Surface Functionalization: An Ab Initio Study
Cicero, G; Catellani, A
2005-01-28
We present a microscopic model of the interaction and adsorption mechanism of simple organic molecules on SiC surfaces as obtained from ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. Our results open the way to functionalization of silicon carbide, a leading candidate material for bio-compatible devices.
Ab initio non-relativistic spin dynamics
Ding, Feizhi; Goings, Joshua J.; Li, Xiaosong; Frisch, Michael J.
2014-12-07
Many magnetic materials do not conform to the (anti-)ferromagnetic paradigm where all electronic spins are aligned to a global magnetization axis. Unfortunately, most electronic structure methods cannot describe such materials with noncollinear electron spin on account of formally requiring spin alignment. To overcome this limitation, it is necessary to generalize electronic structure methods and allow each electron spin to rotate freely. Here, we report the development of an ab initio time-dependent non-relativistic two-component spinor (TDN2C), which is a generalization of the time-dependent Hartree-Fock equations. Propagating the TDN2C equations in the time domain allows for the first-principles description of spin dynamics. A numerical tool based on the Hirshfeld partitioning scheme is developed to analyze the time-dependent spin magnetization. In this work, we also introduce the coupling between electron spin and a homogenous magnetic field into the TDN2C framework to simulate the response of the electronic spin degrees of freedom to an external magnetic field. This is illustrated for several model systems, including the spin-frustrated Li{sub 3} molecule. Exact agreement is found between numerical and analytic results for Larmor precession of hydrogen and lithium atoms. The TDN2C method paves the way for the ab initio description of molecular spin transport and spintronics in the time domain.
Guiding ab initio calculations by alchemical derivatives
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
to Baben, M.; Achenbach, J. O.; von Lilienfeld, O. A.
2016-03-01
We assess the concept of alchemical transformations for predicting how a further and not-tested change in composition would change materials properties. This might help to guide ab initio calculations through multidimensional property-composition spaces. Equilibrium volumes, bulk moduli, and relative lattice stability of fcc and bcc 4d transition metals Zr, Nb, Mo, Tc, Ru, Rh, Pd, and Ag are calculated using density functional theory. Alchemical derivatives predict qualitative trends in lattice stability while equilibrium volumes and bulk moduli are predicted with less than 9% and 28% deviation, respectively. Predicted changes in equilibrium volume and bulk moduli for binary and ternary mixtures of Rh-Pd-Ag are in qualitative agreement even for predicted bulk modulus changes as large as +100% or -50%. Based on these results, it is suggested that alchemical transformations could be meaningful for enhanced sampling in the context of virtual high-throughput materials screening projects.
Mixed approach to incorporate self-consistency into order-N LCAO methods
Ordejon, P.; Artacho, E.; Soler, J.M.
1996-12-31
The authors present a method for selfconsistent Density Functional Theory calculations in which the effort required is proportional to the size of the system, thus allowing the application to problems with a very large size. The method is based on the LCAO approximation, and uses a mixed approach to obtain the Hamiltonian integrals between atomic orbitals with Order-N effort. They show the performance and the convergence properties of the method in several silicon and carbon systems, and in a DNA periodic chain.
Ab-initio study of hexagonal apatites
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Calderin, Lazaro; Stott, Malcom J.
2001-03-01
A silicon stabilized mixture of calcium phosphate phases has been recognized as playing an important role in actively resorbable coatings and in ceramics as bone materials. The nature of this material is being investigated using a variety of techniques including a combination of crystallographic analysis of measured x-ray diffraction spectra, and ab initio quantum mechanics simulations. We have used all-electron, density functional based calculations to investigate a group of hexagonal apatites. The fully relaxed crystallographic structures of hydroxyapatite, and related apatites have been obtained. We will present the results and discuss the nature of the bonding in these materials. The x-ray diffraction pattern and the infra-red spectra have also been obtained and will be compared with experiment. Acknowledgments:This work is part of a collaboration with the Applied Ceramics group of M.Sayer, and with Millenium Biologix Inc. Support of the NSERC of Canada through the award of a Co-operative R & D grant to the collaboration is acknowledged.
ICSM: An order N method for calculating electrostatic interactions added to TINKER
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Baker, Katherine; Baumketner, Andrij; Lin, Yuchun; Deng, Shaozhong; Jacobs, Donald; Cai, Wei
2013-01-01
We present an order N method for calculating electrostatic interactions that has been integrated into the molecular dynamics portion of the TINKER Molecular Modeling package. This method, introduced in a previous paper [Y. Lin, A. Baumketner, S. Deng, Z. Xu, D. Jacobs, W. Cai, An image-based reaction field method for electrostatic interactions in molecular dynamics simulations of aqueous solutions, J. Chem. Phys. 131 (2009) 154103] and termed the Image-Charge Solvation Model (ICSM), is a hybrid electrostatic approach that combines the strengths of both explicit and implicit representations of the solvent. A multiple-image method is used to calculate reaction fields due to the implicit part while the Fast Multipole Method (FMM) is used to calculate the Coulomb interactions for all charges, including the explicit part. The integrated package is validated through test simulations of liquid water. The results are compared with those obtained by the Particle Mesh Ewald (PME) method that is built in the TINKER package. Timing performance of TINKER with the integrated ICSM is benchmarked on bulk water as a function of the size of the system. In particular, timing analysis results show that the ICSM outperforms the PME for sufficiently large systems with the break-even point at around 30,000 particles in the simulated system.
Ab initio two-component Ehrenfest dynamics
Ding, Feizhi; Goings, Joshua J.; Liu, Hongbin; Lingerfelt, David B.; Li, Xiaosong
2015-09-21
We present an ab initio two-component Ehrenfest-based mixed quantum/classical molecular dynamics method to describe the effect of nuclear motion on the electron spin dynamics (and vice versa) in molecular systems. The two-component time-dependent non-collinear density functional theory is used for the propagation of spin-polarized electrons while the nuclei are treated classically. We use a three-time-step algorithm for the numerical integration of the coupled equations of motion, namely, the velocity Verlet for nuclear motion, the nuclear-position-dependent midpoint Fock update, and the modified midpoint and unitary transformation method for electronic propagation. As a test case, the method is applied to the dissociation of H{sub 2} and O{sub 2}. In contrast to conventional Ehrenfest dynamics, this two-component approach provides a first principles description of the dynamics of non-collinear (e.g., spin-frustrated) magnetic materials, as well as the proper description of spin-state crossover, spin-rotation, and spin-flip dynamics by relaxing the constraint on spin configuration. This method also holds potential for applications to spin transport in molecular or even nanoscale magnetic devices.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Hoshi, T.; Tanikawa, M.; Ishii, A.
2010-09-01
The ab initio calculation with the density functional theory and plane-wave bases is carried out for stepped Si(1 1 1)-2×1 surfaces that were predicted in a cleavage simulation by the large-scale (order- N) electronic structure theory (T. Hoshi, Y. Iguchi and T. Fujiwara, Phys. Rev. B 72 (2005) 075323). The present ab initio calculation confirms the predicted stepped structure and its bias-dependent STM image. Moreover, two (meta)stable step-edge structures are found and compared. The investigation is carried out also for Ge(1 1 1)-2×1 surfaces, so as to construct a common understanding among elements. The present study demonstrates the general importance of the hierarchical research between large-scale and ab initio electronic structure theories.
A nonrecursive order N preconditioned conjugate gradient: Range space formulation of MDOF dynamics
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Kurdila, Andrew J.
1990-01-01
While excellent progress has been made in deriving algorithms that are efficient for certain combinations of system topologies and concurrent multiprocessing hardware, several issues must be resolved to incorporate transient simulation in the control design process for large space structures. Specifically, strategies must be developed that are applicable to systems with numerous degrees of freedom. In addition, the algorithms must have a growth potential in that they must also be amenable to implementation on forthcoming parallel system architectures. For mechanical system simulation, this fact implies that algorithms are required that induce parallelism on a fine scale, suitable for the emerging class of highly parallel processors; and transient simulation methods must be automatically load balancing for a wider collection of system topologies and hardware configurations. These problems are addressed by employing a combination range space/preconditioned conjugate gradient formulation of multi-degree-of-freedom dynamics. The method described has several advantages. In a sequential computing environment, the method has the features that: by employing regular ordering of the system connectivity graph, an extremely efficient preconditioner can be derived from the 'range space metric', as opposed to the system coefficient matrix; because of the effectiveness of the preconditioner, preliminary studies indicate that the method can achieve performance rates that depend linearly upon the number of substructures, hence the title 'Order N'; and the method is non-assembling. Furthermore, the approach is promising as a potential parallel processing algorithm in that the method exhibits a fine parallel granularity suitable for a wide collection of combinations of physical system topologies/computer architectures; and the method is easily load balanced among processors, and does not rely upon system topology to induce parallelism.
Electric field response in bilayer graphene: Ab initio investigation
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Mori, Yutaro; Minamitani, Emi; Ando, Yasunobu; Kasamatsu, Shusuke; Watanabe, Satoshi
2016-11-01
Stimulated by quantum capacitance measurements, we have investigated the electric properties of bilayer graphene (BLG) with carrier doping under an external electric field using ab initio calculations. We found that the relative permittivity of BLG depends weakly on the applied electric field, and that the BLG can be regarded as a dielectric material rather than a pair of metallic films. We also found that carrier doping affects the band gap of BLG under electric fields, although carrier doping has a much smaller effect on the band gap and density of states than the application of electric fields.
Ab initio liquid water from PBE0 hybrid functional simulations
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Li, Zhaofeng; Wu, Xifan; Car, Roberto
2010-03-01
For reasons of computational efficiency, so far most ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of liquid water have been based on semi-local density functional approximations, such as PBE and BLYP. These approaches yield a liquid structure that, albeit qualitatively correct, is overstructured compared to experiment, even after nuclear quantum effects have been taken into account.footnotetextJ. A. Morrone and R. Car, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 017801(2008) A major cause of this inaccuracy is the delocalization error associated to semi-local density functional approximations, which, as a consequence, overestimate slightly the hydrogen bond strength in the liquid. In this work we adopt the PBE0 hybrid functional approximation, which, by mixing a fraction of exact (Hartree-Fock) exchange, reduces significantly the delocalization error of semi-local functionals. Our approach is based on a numerically efficient order-N implementation of exact exchange.footnotetextX. Wu, A. Selloni, and R. Car, Phys. Rev. B 79, 085102(2009) We find that PBE0 systematically improves the agreement of the simulated liquid with experiment. Our conclusion is substantiated by the calculated radial distribution functions, H-bond statistics, and molecular dipole distribution.
Ab Initio Green-Kubo Approach for the Thermal Conductivity of Solids
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Carbogno, Christian; Ramprasad, Rampi; Scheffler, Matthias
2017-04-01
We herein present a first-principles formulation of the Green-Kubo method that allows the accurate assessment of the phonon thermal conductivity of solid semiconductors and insulators in equilibrium ab initio molecular dynamics calculations. Using the virial for the nuclei, we propose a unique ab initio definition of the heat flux. Accurate size and time convergence are achieved within moderate computational effort by a robust, asymptotically exact extrapolation scheme. We demonstrate the capabilities of the technique by investigating the thermal conductivity of extreme high and low heat conducting materials, namely, Si (diamond structure) and tetragonal ZrO2 .
Ab initio theory of charge-carrier conduction in ultrapure organic crystals
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Hannewald, K.; Bobbert, P. A.
2004-08-01
We present an ab initio description of charge-carrier mobilities in organic molecular crystals of high purity. Our approach is based on Holstein's original concept of small-polaron bands but generalized with respect to the inclusion of nonlocal electron-phonon coupling. By means of an explicit expression for the mobilities as a function of temperature in combination with ab initio calculations of the material parameters, we demonstrate the predictive power of our theory by applying it to naphthalene. The results show a good qualitative agreement with experiment and provide insight into the difference between electron and hole mobilities as well as their peculiar algebraic and anisotropic temperature dependencies.
2001-04-01
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Ko, Hsin-Yu; Santra, Biswajit; Distasio, Robert A., Jr.; Wu, Xifan; Car, Roberto
Hybrid functionals are known to alleviate the self-interaction error in density functional theory (DFT) and provide a more accurate description of the electronic structure of molecules and materials. However, hybrid DFT in the condensed-phase has a prohibitively high associated computational cost which limits their applicability to large systems of interest. In this work, we present a general-purpose order(N) implementation of hybrid DFT in the condensed-phase using Maximally localized Wannier function; this implementation is optimized for massively parallel computing architectures. This algorithm is used to perform large-scale ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of liquid water, ice, and aqueous ionic solutions. We have performed simulations in the isothermal-isobaric ensemble to quantify the effects of exact exchange on the equilibrium density properties of water at different thermodynamic conditions. We find that the anomalous density difference between ice I h and liquid water at ambient conditions as well as the enthalpy differences between ice I h, II, and III phases at the experimental triple point (238 K and 20 Kbar) are significantly improved using hybrid DFT over previous estimates using the lower rungs of DFT This work has been supported by the Department of Energy under Grants No. DE-FG02-05ER46201 and DE-SC0008626.
Ab initio study of phosphaalkenes
Liu, M.
1992-01-01
This dissertation presents the application of computational chemistry to investigate a new class of organic compound-phosphaalkenes. The history of room temperature stable phosphaalkenes is a matter of the last 20 years. The existence of the C[double bond]P [pi] bond has challenged the concept that the 2p-3p [pi] bond is supposed to be very unstable and weak. Theoretical study of this type of compound can clear up the unknown properties, reactivities and reaction mechanisms of phosphaalkenes. The aim of this research is to theoretically determine the electronic and molecular properties, the chemical properties, and predict synthetic candidates for this family. Employing ab initio quantum chemistry, the authors have completed 7 related projects. First, the authors examined the reaction mechanism in the general synthesis of 1,3-diphosphallene and located the step that controls the stereo-outcome of the final product. Second, the authors predicted 4-phosphamethylenecylopropene to be a stable compound, which has been successfully synthesized after this research appeared. Third, the rotational energy surface of the rotation from s-trans to s-cis for mon- and di-phospha-1,3-butadienes were examined and concluded that the rotation does not have a high barrier. Fourth, fifth, and sixth, the authors continued their interest in phospha-1,3-butadienes and investigated [2+2] and Diels-Alder reactions. The energetics and stereo consequences of these reactions have been explored in this research. Finally, they also systematically studied the bonding properties of phosphacumulenes and provided some structural insight for this unsettled area.
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Zabidi, Noriza Ahmad; Kassim, Hasan Abu; Shrivastava, Keshav N.
2008-05-01
Polonium is the only element with a simple cubic (sc) crystal structure. Atoms in solid polonium sit at the corners of a simple cubic unit cell and no where else. Polonium has a valence electron configuration 6s26p4 (Z = 84). The low temperature α-phase transforms into the rhombohedral (trigonal) β structure at ˜348 K. The sc α-Po unit cell constant is a = 3.345 Å. The beta form of polonium (β-Po) has the lattice parameters, aR = 3.359 Å and a rhombohedral angle 98°13'. We have performed an ab initio electronic structure calculation by using the density functional theory. We have performed the calculation with and without spin-orbit (SO) coupling by using both the LDA and the GGA for the exchange-correlations. The k-points in a simple cubic BZ are determined by R (0.5, 0.5, 0.5), Γ (0, 0, 0), X (0.5, 0, 0), M (0.5, 0.5, 0) and Γ (0, 0, 0). Other directions of k-points are Γ (0, 0, 0), X (0.5, 0, 0), R (0.5, 0.5, 0.5) and Γ (0, 0, 0). The SO splittings of p states at the Γ point in the GGA+SO scheme for α-Po are 0.04 eV and 0.02 eV while for the β-Po these are 0.03 eV and 0.97 eV. We have also calculated the vibrational spectra for the unit cells in both the structures. We find that exchanging of a Po atom by Pb atom produces several more bands and destabilizes the β phase.
Zabidi, Noriza Ahmad; Kassim, Hasan Abu; Shrivastava, Keshav N.
2008-05-20
Polonium is the only element with a simple cubic (sc) crystal structure. Atoms in solid polonium sit at the corners of a simple cubic unit cell and no where else. Polonium has a valence electron configuration 6s{sup 2}6p{sup 4} (Z = 84). The low temperature {alpha}-phase transforms into the rhombohedral (trigonal) {beta} structure at {approx}348 K. The sc {alpha}-Po unit cell constant is a = 3.345 A. The beta form of polonium ({beta}-Po) has the lattice parameters, a{sub R} = 3.359 A and a rhombohedral angle 98 deg. 13'. We have performed an ab initio electronic structure calculation by using the density functional theory. We have performed the calculation with and without spin-orbit (SO) coupling by using both the LDA and the GGA for the exchange-correlations. The k-points in a simple cubic BZ are determined by R (0.5, 0.5, 0.5), {gamma} (0, 0, 0), X (0.5, 0, 0), M (0.5, 0.5, 0) and {gamma} (0, 0, 0). Other directions of k-points are {gamma} (0, 0, 0), X (0.5, 0, 0), R (0.5, 0.5, 0.5) and {gamma} (0, 0, 0). The SO splittings of p states at the {gamma} point in the GGA+SO scheme for {alpha}-Po are 0.04 eV and 0.02 eV while for the {beta}-Po these are 0.03 eV and 0.97 eV. We have also calculated the vibrational spectra for the unit cells in both the structures. We find that exchanging of a Po atom by Pb atom produces several more bands and destabilizes the {beta} phase.
Exner, Kai S; Over, Herbert
2017-05-16
Multielectron processes in electrochemistry require the stabilization of reaction intermediates (RI) at the electrode surface after every elementary reaction step. Accordingly, the bond strengths of these intermediates are important for assessing the catalytic performance of an electrode material. Current understanding of microscopic processes in modern electrocatalysis research is largely driven by theory, mostly based on ab initio thermodynamics considerations, where stable reaction intermediates at the electrode surface are identified, while the actual free energy barriers (or activation barriers) are ignored. This simple approach is popular in electrochemistry in that the researcher has a simple tool at hand in successfully searching for promising electrode materials. The ab initio TD approach allows for a rough but fast screening of the parameter space with low computational cost. However, ab initio thermodynamics is also frequently employed (often, even based on a single binding energy only) to comprehend on the activity and on the mechanism of an electrochemical reaction. The basic idea is that the activation barrier of an endergonic reaction step consists of a thermodynamic part and an additional kinetically determined barrier. Assuming that the activation barrier scales with thermodynamics (so-called Brønsted-Polanyi-Evans (BEP) relation) and the kinetic part of the barrier is small, ab initio thermodynamics may provide molecular insights into the electrochemical reaction kinetics. However, for many electrocatalytic reactions, these tacit assumptions are violated so that ab initio thermodynamics will lead to contradictions with both experimental data and ab initio kinetics. In this Account, we will discuss several electrochemical key reactions, including chlorine evolution (CER), oxygen evolution reaction (OER), and oxygen reduction (ORR), where ab initio kinetics data are available in order to critically compare the results with those derived from a
Ab initio molecular simulations with numeric atom-centered orbitals
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Blum, Volker; Gehrke, Ralf; Hanke, Felix; Havu, Paula; Havu, Ville; Ren, Xinguo; Reuter, Karsten; Scheffler, Matthias
2009-11-01
We describe a complete set of algorithms for ab initio molecular simulations based on numerically tabulated atom-centered orbitals (NAOs) to capture a wide range of molecular and materials properties from quantum-mechanical first principles. The full algorithmic framework described here is embodied in the Fritz Haber Institute "ab initio molecular simulations" (FHI-aims) computer program package. Its comprehensive description should be relevant to any other first-principles implementation based on NAOs. The focus here is on density-functional theory (DFT) in the local and semilocal (generalized gradient) approximations, but an extension to hybrid functionals, Hartree-Fock theory, and MP2/GW electron self-energies for total energies and excited states is possible within the same underlying algorithms. An all-electron/full-potential treatment that is both computationally efficient and accurate is achieved for periodic and cluster geometries on equal footing, including relaxation and ab initio molecular dynamics. We demonstrate the construction of transferable, hierarchical basis sets, allowing the calculation to range from qualitative tight-binding like accuracy to meV-level total energy convergence with the basis set. Since all basis functions are strictly localized, the otherwise computationally dominant grid-based operations scale as O(N) with system size N. Together with a scalar-relativistic treatment, the basis sets provide access to all elements from light to heavy. Both low-communication parallelization of all real-space grid based algorithms and a ScaLapack-based, customized handling of the linear algebra for all matrix operations are possible, guaranteeing efficient scaling (CPU time and memory) up to massively parallel computer systems with thousands of CPUs.
Ab initio study of hot electrons in GaAs.
Bernardi, Marco; Vigil-Fowler, Derek; Ong, Chin Shen; Neaton, Jeffrey B; Louie, Steven G
2015-04-28
Hot carrier dynamics critically impacts the performance of electronic, optoelectronic, photovoltaic, and plasmonic devices. Hot carriers lose energy over nanometer lengths and picosecond timescales and thus are challenging to study experimentally, whereas calculations of hot carrier dynamics are cumbersome and dominated by empirical approaches. In this work, we present ab initio calculations of hot electrons in gallium arsenide (GaAs) using density functional theory and many-body perturbation theory. Our computed electron-phonon relaxation times at the onset of the Γ, L, and X valleys are in excellent agreement with ultrafast optical experiments and show that the ultrafast (tens of femtoseconds) hot electron decay times observed experimentally arise from electron-phonon scattering. This result is an important advance to resolve a controversy on hot electron cooling in GaAs. We further find that, contrary to common notions, all optical and acoustic modes contribute substantially to electron-phonon scattering, with a dominant contribution from transverse acoustic modes. This work provides definitive microscopic insight into hot electrons in GaAs and enables accurate ab initio computation of hot carriers in advanced materials.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Byeon, Jaeyoung; Huh, Hyungjin; Seok, Jinmyoung
2016-07-01
In this paper, we are interested in standing waves with a vortex for the nonlinear Chern-Simons-Schrödinger equations (CSS for short). We study the existence and the nonexistence of standing waves when a constant λ > 0, representing the strength of the interaction potential, varies. We prove every standing wave is trivial if λ ∈ (0 , 1), every standing wave is gauge equivalent to a solution of the first order self-dual system of CSS if λ = 1 and for every positive integer N, there is a nontrivial standing wave with a vortex point of order N if λ > 1. We also provide some classes of interaction potentials under which the nonexistence of standing waves and the existence of a standing wave with a vortex point of order N are proved.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Liang, Chaoping; Longo, Roberto C.; Kong, Fantai; Zhang, Chenxi; Nie, Yifan; Zheng, Yongping; Kim, Jeom-Soo; Jeon, Sanghoon; Choi, SuAn; Cho, Kyeongjae
2017-02-01
In this work, we perform a comprehensive study of five phenomena of LiNi1-2xCoxMnxO2 (NCM) (x = 0-1/3) cathodes at the end of charge (phase reaction, crack propagation, Li-Ni exchange, phase transition, and oxygen evolution), using first-principle calculations within the DFT + U framework. Based on our results, we have located the obstacles toward unity efficiency and revealed that the degradation strongly depends on the Ni concentration and the depth of charge. The threshold capacities for degradation of LiyNi1-2xCoxMnxO2 are 130-140 mA·hg-1 (y < 0.5) for 1/4 ≤ x = 1/3 (33.33-50% of Ni), and 200-210 mA·hg-1 (y < 0.25) for 0 ≤ x = 1/4 (50-100% of Ni), respectively. For 1/4 ≤ x = 1/3, our results show that the origin of the degradation is the oxidation of O2-, which is the result of the pining of O-p and Ni-d bands at the valence band edge. For 0 ≤ x = 1/4, lattice distortion and Li-Ni exchange are the mechanisms responsible for the degradation of the cathode material, leading to severe structural instabilities in the Ni-rich region (x = 0.1). Our findings will help to rationally design NCM cathode materials with high-energy density, also providing possible solution mechanisms to the degradation factors, such as doping, coating or novel nanostructures, like core-shell or concentration gradient cathodes.
Melnyk, Andrew
2012-05-01
Materialism is nearly universally assumed by cognitive scientists. Intuitively, materialism says that a person's mental states are nothing over and above his or her material states, while dualism denies this. Philosophers have introduced concepts (e.g., realization and supervenience) to assist in formulating the theses of materialism and dualism with more precision, and distinguished among importantly different versions of each view (e.g., eliminative materialism, substance dualism, and emergentism). They have also clarified the logic of arguments that use empirical findings to support materialism. Finally, they have devised various objections to materialism, objections that therefore serve also as arguments for dualism. These objections typically center around two features of mental states that materialism has had trouble in accommodating. The first feature is intentionality, the property of representing, or being about, objects, properties, and states of affairs external to the mental states. The second feature is phenomenal consciousness, the property possessed by many mental states of there being something it is like for the subject of the mental state to be in that mental state. WIREs Cogn Sci 2012, 3:281-292. doi: 10.1002/wcs.1174 For further resources related to this article, please visit the WIREs website.
Ab initio infrared and Raman spectra
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Fredkin, Donald R.; Komornicki, Andrew; White, Steven R.; Wilson, Kent R.
1983-06-01
We discuss several ways in which molecular absorption and scattering spectra can be computed ab initio, from the fundamental constants of nature. These methods can be divided into two general categories. In the first, or sequential, type of approach, one first solves the electronic part of the Schrödinger equation in the Born-Oppenheimer approximation, mapping out the potential energy, dipole moment vector (for infrared absorption) and polarizability tensor (for Raman scattering) as functions of nuclear coordinates. Having completed the electronic part of the calculation, one then solves the nuclear part of the problem either classically or quantum mechanically. As an example of the sequential ab initio approach, the infrared and Raman rotational and vibrational-rotational spectral band contours for the water molecule are computed in the simplest rigid rotor, normal mode approximation. Quantum techniques are used to calculate the necessary potential energy, dipole moment, and polarizability information at the equilibrium geometry. A new quick, accurate, and easy to program classical technique involving no reference to Euler angles or special functions is developed to compute the infrared and Raman band contours for any rigid rotor, including asymmetric tops. A second, or simultaneous, type of ab initio approach is suggested for large systems, particularly those for which normal mode analysis is inappropriate, such as liquids, clusters, or floppy molecules. Then the curse of dimensionality prevents mapping out in advance the complete potential, dipole moment, and polarizability functions over the whole space of nuclear positions of all atoms, and a solution in which the electronic and nuclear parts of the Born-Oppenheimer approximation are simultaneously solved is needed. A quantum force classical trajectory (QFCT) molecular dynamic method, based on linear response theory, is described, in which the forces, dipole moment, and polarizability are computed quantum
Ab initio charge-carrier mobility model for amorphous molecular semiconductors
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Massé, Andrea; Friederich, Pascal; Symalla, Franz; Liu, Feilong; Nitsche, Robert; Coehoorn, Reinder; Wenzel, Wolfgang; Bobbert, Peter A.
2016-05-01
Accurate charge-carrier mobility models of amorphous organic molecular semiconductors are essential to describe the electrical properties of devices based on these materials. The disordered nature of these semiconductors leads to percolative charge transport with a large characteristic length scale, posing a challenge to the development of such models from ab initio simulations. Here, we develop an ab initio mobility model using a four-step procedure. First, the amorphous morphology together with its energy disorder and intermolecular charge-transfer integrals are obtained from ab initio simulations in a small box. Next, the ab initio information is used to set up a stochastic model for the morphology and transfer integrals. This stochastic model is then employed to generate a large simulation box with modeled morphology and transfer integrals, which can fully capture the percolative charge transport. Finally, the charge-carrier mobility in this simulation box is calculated by solving a master equation, yielding a mobility function depending on temperature, carrier concentration, and electric field. We demonstrate the procedure for hole transport in two important molecular semiconductors, α -NPD and TCTA. In contrast to a previous study, we conclude that spatial correlations in the energy disorder are unimportant for α -NPD. We apply our mobility model to two types of hole-only α -NPD devices and find that the experimental temperature-dependent current density-voltage characteristics of all devices can be well described by only slightly decreasing the simulated energy disorder strength.
Thermal neutron scattering law calculations using ab initio molecular dynamics
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Wormald, Jonathan; Hawari, Ayman I.
2017-09-01
In recent years, methods for the calculation of the thermal scattering law (i.e. S(α,β), where α and β are dimensionless momentum and energy transfer variables, respectively) were developed based on ab initio lattice dynamics (AILD) and/or classical molecular dynamics (CMD). While these methods are now mature and efficient, further advancement in the application of such atomistic techniques is possible using ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) methods. In this case, temperature effects are inherently included in the calculation, e.g. phonon density of states (DOS), while using ab initio force fields that eliminate the need for parameterized semi-empirical force fields. In this work, AIMD simulations were performed to predict the phonon spectra as a function of temperature for beryllium and graphite, which are representative nuclear reactor moderator and reflector materials. Subsequently, the calculated phonon spectra were utilized to predict S(α,β) using the LEAPR module of the NJOY code. The AIMD models of beryllium and graphite were 5 × 5 × 5 crystal unit cells (250 atoms and 500 atoms respectively). Electronic structure calculations for the prediction of Hellman-Feynman forces were performed using density functional theory with a GGA exchange correlation functional and corresponding core electron pseudopotentials. AIMD simulations of 1000-10,000 time-steps were performed with the canonical ensemble (NVT thermostat) for several temperatures between 300 K and 900 K. The phonon DOS were calculated as the power spectrum of the AIMD predicted velocity autocorrelation functions. The resulting AIMD phonon DOS and corresponding inelastic thermal neutron scattering cross sections at 300 K, where anharmonic effects are expected to be small, were found to be in reasonable agreement with the results generated using traditional AILD. This illustrated the validity of the AIMD approach. However, since the impact of the temperature on the phonon DOS (e.g. broadening of
Simple calculation of ab initio melting curves: Application to aluminum
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Robert, Grégory; Legrand, Philippe; Arnault, Philippe; Desbiens, Nicolas; Clérouin, Jean
2015-03-01
We present a simple, fast, and promising method to compute the melting curves of materials with ab initio molecular dynamics. It is based on the two-phase thermodynamic model of Lin et al [J. Chem. Phys. 119, 11792 (2003), 10.1063/1.1624057] and its improved version given by Desjarlais [Phys. Rev. E 88, 062145 (2013), 10.1103/PhysRevE.88.062145]. In this model, the velocity autocorrelation function is utilized to calculate the contribution of the nuclei motion to the entropy of the solid and liquid phases. It is then possible to find the thermodynamic conditions of equal Gibbs free energy between these phases, defining the melting curve. The first benchmark on the face-centered cubic melting curve of aluminum from 0 to 300 GPa demonstrates how to obtain an accuracy of 5%-10%, comparable to the most sophisticated methods, for a much lower computational cost.
Efficient Ab initio Modeling of Random Multicomponent Alloys
Jiang, Chao; Uberuaga, Blas P.
2016-03-08
Here, we present in this Letter a novel small set of ordered structures (SSOS) method that allows extremely efficient ab initio modeling of random multi-component alloys. Using inverse II-III spinel oxides and equiatomic quinary bcc (so-called high entropy) alloys as examples, we also demonstrate that a SSOS can achieve the same accuracy as a large supercell or a well-converged cluster expansion, but with significantly reduced computational cost. In particular, because of this efficiency, a large number of quinary alloy compositions can be quickly screened, leading to the identification of several new possible high entropy alloy chemistries. Furthermore, the SSOS methodmore » developed here can be broadly useful for the rapid computational design of multi-component materials, especially those with a large number of alloying elements, a challenging problem for other approaches.« less
Efficient Ab initio Modeling of Random Multicomponent Alloys.
Jiang, Chao; Uberuaga, Blas P
2016-03-11
We present in this Letter a novel small set of ordered structures (SSOS) method that allows extremely efficient ab initio modeling of random multicomponent alloys. Using inverse II-III spinel oxides and equiatomic quinary bcc (so-called high entropy) alloys as examples, we demonstrate that a SSOS can achieve the same accuracy as a large supercell or a well-converged cluster expansion, but with significantly reduced computational cost. In particular, because of this efficiency, a large number of quinary alloy compositions can be quickly screened, leading to the identification of several new possible high-entropy alloy chemistries. The SSOS method developed here can be broadly useful for the rapid computational design of multicomponent materials, especially those with a large number of alloying elements, a challenging problem for other approaches.
Ab initio study of II-(VI)2 dichalcogenides
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Olsson, P.; Vidal, J.; Lincot, D.
2011-10-01
The structural stabilities of the (Zn,Cd)(S,Se,Te)2 dichalcogenides have been determined ab initio. These compounds are shown to be stable in the pyrite phase, in agreement with available experiments. Structural parameters for the ZnTe2 pyrite semiconductor compound proposed here are presented. The opto-electronic properties of these dichalcogenide compounds have been calculated using quasiparticle GW theory. Bandgaps, band structures and effective masses are proposed as well as absorption coefficients and refraction indices. The compounds are all indirect semiconductors with very flat conduction band dispersion and high absorption coefficients. The work functions and surface properties are predicted. The Te and Se based compounds could be of interest as absorber materials in photovoltaic applications.
Ab initio study of electron-phonon coupling in rubrene
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ordejón, P.; Boskovic, D.; Panhans, M.; Ortmann, F.
2017-07-01
The use of ab initio methods for accurate simulations of electronic, phononic, and electron-phonon properties of molecular materials such as organic crystals is a challenge that is often tackled stepwise based on molecular properties calculated in gas phase and perturbatively treated parameters relevant for solid phases. In contrast, in this work we report a full first-principles description of such properties for the prototypical rubrene crystals. More specifically, we determine a Holstein-Peierls-type Hamiltonian for rubrene, including local and nonlocal electron-phonon couplings. Thereby, a recipe for circumventing the issue of numerical inaccuracies with low-frequency phonons is presented. In addition, we study the phenyl group motion with a molecular dynamics approach.
Predicting lattice thermal conductivity with help from ab initio methods
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Broido, David
2015-03-01
The lattice thermal conductivity is a fundamental transport parameter that determines the utility a material for specific thermal management applications. Materials with low thermal conductivity find applicability in thermoelectric cooling and energy harvesting. High thermal conductivity materials are urgently needed to help address the ever-growing heat dissipation problem in microelectronic devices. Predictive computational approaches can provide critical guidance in the search and development of new materials for such applications. Ab initio methods for calculating lattice thermal conductivity have demonstrated predictive capability, but while they are becoming increasingly efficient, they are still computationally expensive particularly for complex crystals with large unit cells . In this talk, I will review our work on first principles phonon transport for which the intrinsic lattice thermal conductivity is limited only by phonon-phonon scattering arising from anharmonicity. I will examine use of the phase space for anharmonic phonon scattering and the Grüneisen parameters as measures of the thermal conductivities for a range of materials and compare these to the widely used guidelines stemming from the theory of Liebfried and Schölmann. This research was supported primarily by the NSF under Grant CBET-1402949, and by the S3TEC, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the US DOE, office of Basic Energy Sciences under Award No. DE-SC0001299.
Thermal transport in nanocrystalline Si and SiGe by ab initio based Monte Carlo simulation
Yang, Lina; Minnich, Austin J.
2017-01-01
Nanocrystalline thermoelectric materials based on Si have long been of interest because Si is earth-abundant, inexpensive, and non-toxic. However, a poor understanding of phonon grain boundary scattering and its effect on thermal conductivity has impeded efforts to improve the thermoelectric figure of merit. Here, we report an ab-initio based computational study of thermal transport in nanocrystalline Si-based materials using a variance-reduced Monte Carlo method with the full phonon dispersion and intrinsic lifetimes from first-principles as input. By fitting the transmission profile of grain boundaries, we obtain excellent agreement with experimental thermal conductivity of nanocrystalline Si [Wang et al. Nano Letters 11, 2206 (2011)]. Based on these calculations, we examine phonon transport in nanocrystalline SiGe alloys with ab-initio electron-phonon scattering rates. Our calculations show that low energy phonons still transport substantial amounts of heat in these materials, despite scattering by electron-phonon interactions, due to the high transmission of phonons at grain boundaries, and thus improvements in ZT are still possible by disrupting these modes. This work demonstrates the important insights into phonon transport that can be obtained using ab-initio based Monte Carlo simulations in complex nanostructured materials. PMID:28290484
Thermal transport in nanocrystalline Si and SiGe by ab initio based Monte Carlo simulation.
Yang, Lina; Minnich, Austin J
2017-03-14
Nanocrystalline thermoelectric materials based on Si have long been of interest because Si is earth-abundant, inexpensive, and non-toxic. However, a poor understanding of phonon grain boundary scattering and its effect on thermal conductivity has impeded efforts to improve the thermoelectric figure of merit. Here, we report an ab-initio based computational study of thermal transport in nanocrystalline Si-based materials using a variance-reduced Monte Carlo method with the full phonon dispersion and intrinsic lifetimes from first-principles as input. By fitting the transmission profile of grain boundaries, we obtain excellent agreement with experimental thermal conductivity of nanocrystalline Si [Wang et al. Nano Letters 11, 2206 (2011)]. Based on these calculations, we examine phonon transport in nanocrystalline SiGe alloys with ab-initio electron-phonon scattering rates. Our calculations show that low energy phonons still transport substantial amounts of heat in these materials, despite scattering by electron-phonon interactions, due to the high transmission of phonons at grain boundaries, and thus improvements in ZT are still possible by disrupting these modes. This work demonstrates the important insights into phonon transport that can be obtained using ab-initio based Monte Carlo simulations in complex nanostructured materials.
Thermal transport in nanocrystalline Si and SiGe by ab initio based Monte Carlo simulation
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Yang, Lina; Minnich, Austin J.
2017-03-01
Nanocrystalline thermoelectric materials based on Si have long been of interest because Si is earth-abundant, inexpensive, and non-toxic. However, a poor understanding of phonon grain boundary scattering and its effect on thermal conductivity has impeded efforts to improve the thermoelectric figure of merit. Here, we report an ab-initio based computational study of thermal transport in nanocrystalline Si-based materials using a variance-reduced Monte Carlo method with the full phonon dispersion and intrinsic lifetimes from first-principles as input. By fitting the transmission profile of grain boundaries, we obtain excellent agreement with experimental thermal conductivity of nanocrystalline Si [Wang et al. Nano Letters 11, 2206 (2011)]. Based on these calculations, we examine phonon transport in nanocrystalline SiGe alloys with ab-initio electron-phonon scattering rates. Our calculations show that low energy phonons still transport substantial amounts of heat in these materials, despite scattering by electron-phonon interactions, due to the high transmission of phonons at grain boundaries, and thus improvements in ZT are still possible by disrupting these modes. This work demonstrates the important insights into phonon transport that can be obtained using ab-initio based Monte Carlo simulations in complex nanostructured materials.
Ab initio infrared and Raman spectra
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Fredkin, D. R.; White, S. R.; Wilson, K. R.; Komornicki, A.
1983-01-01
It is pointed out that with increased computer power and improved computational techniques, such as the gradients developed in recent years, it is becoming practical to compute spectra ab initio, from the fundamental constants of nature, for systems of increasing complexity. The present investigation has the objective to explore several possible ab initio approaches to spectra, giving particular attention to infrared and nonresonance Raman. Two approaches are discussed. The sequential approach, in which first the electronic part and then later the nuclear part of the Born-Oppenheimer approximation is solved, is appropriate for small systems. The simultaneous approach, in which the electronic and nuclear parts are solved at the same time, is more appropriate for many-atom systems. A review of the newer quantum gradient techniques is provided, and the infrared and Raman spectral band contours for the water molecule are computed.
Ab initio torsional potentials in silole dimers
Yamaguchi, Yoichi; Yamabe, Tokio
1996-01-05
The potential barriers for the internal rotation of silole dimers are studied theoretically using the ab initio molecular orbital method at the RHF/6-31G** level of calculations. In 2,2{prime}-bisilole, it is found that the anti-conformation is the most stable structure in the ground state and that the potential barrier height for rotation over the perpendicular conformation is 3.3 kcal/mol. 21 refs., 4 figs., 2 tabs.
Ab initio calculations of ten carbon/nitrogen cubanoids
Engelke, R. )
1993-04-07
The results of a uniform set of ab initio quantum-chemical calculations for 10 carbon/nitrogen cubanoids are presented. There are 22 possible C/N cubanoids with formulas (CH)[sub 8[minus]n]N[sub n], where 0 [le] n [le] 8. We give results for one cubanoid for each value of n; for n = 4 both the T[sub d] and C[sub 4v] structures are discussed. The geometries were optimized on the RHF/6-31G*//RHF/6-31G* energy hypersurfaces, and the stationary points so obtained were characterized by vibrational analyses. The effect of electron correlation on the energies of these structures is examined via MP2/6-31G*//RHF/6-31G* theory. All 10 structures are predicted to be stable molecules, and the vibrational analyses indicate that their geometries are well-defined by the RHF/6-31G*//energy hypersurfaces. Heats of formation are predicted via appropriate isodesmic reactions. All the structures are found to have large positive [delta]H[sub f]'s. Perhaps the most interesting result obtained is that the high-energy content of the nitrogen-rich cubanoids is not primarily due to bond strain, but rather to the high-energy content of the NN single bond. Comparisons of the ab initio [delta]H[sub f] values with semiempirical AM1, PM3, and MNDO predictions are made. If they can be synthesized and have reasonable kinetic stability, the C/N cubanoids containing four or more nitrogen atoms are likely to be important energetic materials. A brief discussion is given of the potential of these materials as propellants and explosives. 22 refs., 5 figs., 4 tabs.
Ab Initio Crystal Field for Lanthanides.
Ungur, Liviu; Chibotaru, Liviu F
2017-03-13
An ab initio methodology for the first-principle derivation of crystal-field (CF) parameters for lanthanides is described. The methodology is applied to the analysis of CF parameters in [Tb(Pc)2 ](-) (Pc=phthalocyanine) and Dy4 K2 ([Dy(4) K(2) O(OtBu)(12) ]) complexes, and compared with often used approximate and model descriptions. It is found that the application of geometry symmetrization, and the use of electrostatic point-charge and phenomenological CF models, lead to unacceptably large deviations from predictions based on ab initio calculations for experimental geometry. It is shown how the predictions of standard CASSCF (Complete Active Space Self-Consistent Field) calculations (with 4f orbitals in the active space) can be systematically improved by including effects of dynamical electronic correlation (CASPT2 step) and by admixing electronic configurations of the 5d shell. This is exemplified for the well-studied Er-trensal complex (H3 trensal=2,2',2"-tris(salicylideneimido)trimethylamine). The electrostatic contributions to CF parameters in this complex, calculated with true charge distributions in the ligands, yield less than half of the total CF splitting, thus pointing to the dominant role of covalent effects. This analysis allows the conclusion that ab initio crystal field is an essential tool for the decent description of lanthanides.
AB initio infrared and Raman spectra
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Fredkin, D. R.; Komornicki, A.; White, S. R.; Wilson, K. R.
1982-08-01
We discuss several ways in which molecular absorption and scattering spectra can be computed ab initio, from the fundamental constants of nature. These methods can be divided into two general categories. In the first, or sequential, type of approach, one first solves the electronic part of the Schroedinger equation in the Born-Oppenheimer approximation, mapping out the potential energy, dipole moment vector (for infrared absorption) and polarizability tensor (for Raman scattering) as functions of nuclear coordinates. Having completed the electronic part of the calculation, one then solves the nuclear part of the problem either classically or quantum mechanically. As an example of the sequential ab initio approach, the infrared and Raman rotational and vibrational-rotational spectral band contours for the water molecule are computed in the simplest rigid rotor, normal mode approximation. Quantum techniques, are used to calculate the necessary potential energy, dipole moment, and polarizability information at the equilibrium geometry. A new quick, accurate, and easy to program classical technique involving no reference to Euler angles or special functions is developed to compute the infrared and Raman angles or special functions is developed to compute the infrared and Raman band contours for any rigid rotor, including asymmetric tops. A second, or simultaneous, type of ab initio approach is suggested for large systems, particularly those for which normal mode analysis is inappropriate, such as liquids, clusters, or floppy molecules.
Ab initio electron mobility and polar phonon scattering in GaAs
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Zhou, Jin-Jian; Bernardi, Marco
2016-11-01
In polar semiconductors and oxides, the long-range nature of the electron-phonon (e -ph ) interaction is a bottleneck to compute charge transport from first principles. Here, we develop an efficient ab initio scheme to compute and converge the e -ph relaxation times (RTs) and electron mobility in polar materials. We apply our approach to GaAs, where by using the Boltzmann equation with state-dependent RTs, we compute mobilities in excellent agreement with experiment at 250 -500 K . The e -ph RTs and the phonon contributions to intravalley and intervalley e -ph scattering are also analyzed. Our work enables efficient ab initio computations of transport and carrier dynamics in polar materials.
Ab initio calculations of the H centers in MgF2 crystals
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Abuova, F. U.; Akilbekov, A. T.; Kotomin, E. A.
2012-08-01
MgF2 with rutile structure is important wide-gap optical material with numerous applications. We present and discuss the results of calculations for basic hole defects - interstitial F atoms (called also the colour H centres). This study is based on the large scale ab initio DFT calculations using hybrid B3PW exchange-correlation functional as implemented into CRYSTAL computer code. The electronic structure, atomic geometry, charge density distribution are calculated and discussed.
Ab initio study of optical absorption spectra of semiconductors and conjugated polymers
Tiago, M.L.; Chang, Eric K.; Rohlfing, Michael; Louie, Steven G.
2000-04-30
The effects of electron-hole interaction on the optical properties of a variety of materials have been calculated using an ab initio method based on solving the Bethe-Salpeter equation. Results on selected semiconductors, insulators, and semiconducting polymers are presented. In the cases of alpha-quartz (SiO2) and poly-phenylene-vinylene, resonant excitonic states qualitatively alter the absorption spectra.
Engineering Room-temperature Superconductors Via ab-initio Calculations
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Gulian, Mamikon; Melkonyan, Gurgen; Gulian, Armen
The BCS, or bosonic model of superconductivity, as Little and Ginzburg have first argued, can bring in superconductivity at room temperatures in the case of high-enough frequency of bosonic mode. It was further elucidated by Kirzhnitset al., that the condition for existence of high-temperature superconductivity is closely related to negative values of the real part of the dielectric function at finite values of the reciprocal lattice vectors. In view of these findings, the task is to calculate the dielectric function for real materials. Then the poles of this function will indicate the existence of bosonic excitations which can serve as a "glue" for Cooper pairing, and if the frequency is high enough, and the dielectric matrix is simultaneously negative, this material is a good candidate for very high-Tc superconductivity. Thus, our approach is to elaborate a methodology of ab-initio calculation of the dielectric function of various materials, and then point out appropriate candidates. We used the powerful codes (TDDF with the DP package in conjunction with ABINIT) for computing dielectric responses at finite values of the wave vectors in the reciprocal lattice space. Though our report is concerned with the particular problem of superconductivity, the application range of the data processing methodology is much wider. The ability to compute the dielectric function of existing and still non-existing (though being predicted!) materials will have many more repercussions not only in fundamental sciences but also in technology and industry.
Du, A J; Smith, Sean C; Yao, X D; Lu, G Q
2007-08-22
The hydrogenation kinetics of Mg is slow, impeding its application for mobile hydrogen storage. We demonstrate by ab initio density functional theory (DFT) calculations that the reaction path can be greatly modified by adding transition metal catalysts. Contrasting with Ti doping, a Pd dopant will result in a very small activation barrier for both dissociation of molecular hydrogen and diffusion of atomic H on the Mg surface. This new computational finding supports-for the first time by ab initio simulation-the proposed hydrogen spillover mechanism for rationalizing experimentally observed fast hydrogenation kinetics for Pd-capped Mg materials.
Lead-Chalcogenides Under Pressure: Ab-Initio Study
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Gupta, Dinesh C.; Hamid, Idris
ab-initio calculations using fully relativistic pseudo-potential have been performed to investigate the high pressure phase transition, elastic and electronic properties of lead-chalcogenides including the less known lead polonium. The calculated ground state parameters, for the rock-salt structure show good agreement with the experimental data. The enthalpy calculations show that these materials undergo a first-order phase transition from rock-salt to CsCl structure at 19.4, 15.5, 11.5 and 7.3 GPa for PbS, PbSe, PbTe and PbPo, respectively. Present calculations successfully predicted the location of the band gap at L-point of Brillouin zone as well as the value of the band gap in every case at ambient pressure. It is observed that unlike other lead-chalcogenides, PbPo is semi-metal at ambient pressure. The pressure variation of the energy gap indicates that these materials metalized under high pressures. For this purpose, the electronic structure of these materials has also been computed in parent as well as in high pressure phase.
Challenges for large scale ab initio Quantum Monte Carlo
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kent, Paul
2015-03-01
Ab initio Quantum Monte Carlo is an electronic structure method that is highly accurate, well suited to large scale computation, and potentially systematically improvable in accuracy. Due to increases in computer power, the method has been applied to systems where established electronic structure methods have difficulty reaching the accuracies desired to inform experiment without empiricism, a necessary step in the design of materials and a helpful step in the improvement of cheaper and less accurate methods. Recent applications include accurate phase diagrams of simple materials through to phenomena in transition metal oxides. Nevertheless there remain significant challenges to achieving a methodology that is robust and systematically improvable in practice, as well as capable of exploiting the latest generation of high-performance computers. In this talk I will describe the current state of the art, recent applications, and several significant challenges for continued improvement. Supported through the Predictive Theory and Modeling for Materials and Chemical Science program by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES), Department of Energy (DOE).
Ab-initio phasing in protein crystallography
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
van der Plas, J. L.; Millane, Rick P.
2000-11-01
The central problem in the determination of protein structures form x-ray diffraction dada (x-ray crystallography) corresponds to a phase retrieval problem with undersampled amplitude data. Algorithms for this problem that have an increased radius of convergence have the potential for reducing the amount of experimental work, and cost, involved in determining protein structures. We describe such an algorithm. Application of the algorithm to a simulated crystallographic problem shows that it converges to the correct solution, with no initial phase information, where currently used algorithms fail. The results lend support to the possibility of ab initio phasing in protein crystallography.
Germacrene D Cyclization: An Ab Initio Investigation
Setzer, William N.
2008-01-01
Essential oils that contain large concentrations of germacrene D are typically accompanied by cadinane sesquiterpenoids. The acid-catalyzed cyclization of germacrene D to give cadinane and selinane sesquiterpenes has been computationally investigated using both density functional (B3LYP/6-31G*) and post Hartree-Fock (MP2/6-31G* *) ab initio methods. The calculated energies are in general agreement with experimentally observed product distributions, both from acid-catalyzed cyclizations as well as distribution of the compounds in essential oils. PMID:19325722
Molecular associations from ab initio pair potentials
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Iglesias, E.; Sordo, T. L.; Sordo, J. A.
1991-12-01
A method of building up stable molecular associations by using pair potentials from ab initio calculations is presented. The Matsuoka-Clementi-Yoshimine potential has been chosen to emulate the water-water interactions while 1-6-12 potentials are used to compute both solute-solvent and solute-solute interactions. Parameters for neutral-amino-acid-water and neutral- amino-acid-neutral-amino-acid interactions are provided by the program. Supermolecules are constructed by minimization of the interaction energy of the molecules involved. Both steepest-decent and Fletcher-Powell algorithms are available to carry out such a minimization.
Towards Accurate Ab Initio Predictions of the Spectrum of Methane
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Schwenke, David W.; Kwak, Dochan (Technical Monitor)
2001-01-01
We have carried out extensive ab initio calculations of the electronic structure of methane, and these results are used to compute vibrational energy levels. We include basis set extrapolations, core-valence correlation, relativistic effects, and Born- Oppenheimer breakdown terms in our calculations. Our ab initio predictions of the lowest lying levels are superb.
Xue, Hairong; Tang, Jing; Gong, Hao; Guo, Hu; Fan, Xiaoli; Wang, Tao; He, Jianping; Yamauchi, Yusuke
2016-08-17
PdCo bimetallic nanoparticles (NPs) anchored on three-dimensional (3D) ordered N-doped porous carbon (PdCo/NPC) were fabricated by an in situ synthesis. Within this composite, N-doped porous carbon (NPC) with an ordered mesoporous structure possesses a high surface area (659.6 m(2) g(-1)), which can facilitate electrolyte infiltration. NPC also acts as a perfect 3D conductive network, guaranteeing fast electron transport. In addition, homogeneously distributed PdCo alloy NPs (∼15 nm) combined with the doping of the N element can significantly improve the electrocatalytic activity for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). Due to the structural and material superiority, although the weight percentage of PdCo NPs (∼8 wt%) is much smaller than that of commercial Pt/C (20 wt%), the PdCo/NPC catalyst exhibits similar excellent electrocatalytic activity; however, its superior durability and methanol-tolerance ability of the ORR are as great as those of commercial Pt/C in alkaline media.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ishii, Hiroyuki; Kobayashi, Nobuhiko; Hirose, Kenji
2010-08-01
We present an order- N [O(N)] calculation method for the quantum electron transport of huge systems up to 80 million atoms. Based on the linear-response Kubo-Greenwood formula, we calculate the conductance through time-dependent diffusion coefficients using the time-dependent wave-packet diffusion approach, which treats the electron wave-packet motion with an O(N) and very high-speed calculation. Combining with molecular-dynamics simulations, we can study the temperature dependence of electron transport properties of materials from atomistic viewpoints from ballistic to diffusive regimes. We apply the present calculation method to transport of the carbon nanotubes (CNTs) with various lengths at various temperatures. In metallic CNTs, the mean-free paths are in good agreements with recent experiments, which reach about 500 nm at room temperature and increase up to several micrometers at low temperature. We find that the resistance increases almost linearly with temperature and takes larger values than expected in the quasiballistic regime. In semiconducting CNTs, the mobilities are affected strongly by the contacts with metallic electrodes through Schottky barriers. The mobilities are maximally 30000cm2/Vs and cut-off frequencies of 300 GHz at room temperature. These calculated results provide useful information to the design of CNT field-effect-transistor devices.
AIDA: ab initio domain assembly server.
Xu, Dong; Jaroszewski, Lukasz; Li, Zhanwen; Godzik, Adam
2014-07-01
AIDA: ab initio domain assembly server, available at http://ffas.burnham.org/AIDA/ is a tool that can identify domains in multi-domain proteins and then predict their 3D structures and relative spatial arrangements. The server is free and open to all users, and there is an option for a user to provide an e-mail to get the link to result page. Domains are evolutionary conserved and often functionally independent units in proteins. Most proteins, especially eukaryotic ones, consist of multiple domains while at the same time, most experimentally determined protein structures contain only one or two domains. As a result, often structures of individual domains in multi-domain proteins can be accurately predicted, but the mutual arrangement of different domains remains unknown. To address this issue we have developed AIDA program, which combines steps of identifying individual domains, predicting (separately) their structures and assembling them into multiple domain complexes using an ab initio folding potential to describe domain-domain interactions. AIDA server not only supports the assembly of a large number of continuous domains, but also allows the assembly of domains inserted into other domains. Users can also provide distance restraints to guide the AIDA energy minimization. © The Author(s) 2014. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Nucleic Acids Research.
Ab initio based polarizable force field parametrization
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Masia, Marco
2008-05-01
Experimental and simulation studies of anion-water systems have pointed out the importance of molecular polarization for many phenomena ranging from hydrogen-bond dynamics to water interfaces structure. The study of such systems at molecular level is usually made with classical molecular dynamics simulations. Structural and dynamical features are deeply influenced by molecular and ionic polarizability, which parametrization in classical force field has been an object of long-standing efforts. Although when classical models are compared to ab initio calculations at condensed phase, it is found that the water dipole moments are underestimated by ˜30%, while the anion shows an overpolarization at short distances. A model for chloride-water polarizable interaction is parametrized here, making use of Car-Parrinello simulations at condensed phase. The results hint to an innovative approach in polarizable force fields development, based on ab initio simulations, which do not suffer for the mentioned drawbacks. The method is general and can be applied to the modeling of different systems ranging from biomolecular to solid state simulations.
Ab Initio Calculations and Synthesis of Sc2InC-Y2InC Solid Solution
2010-02-03
tribological materials. It will study a solid solution of this fascinating new class of nanolaminated materials using both theoretical and experimental means...Sc2InC-Y2InC solid solution using ab initio calculations and 2) to synthesize Sc2InC-Y2InC thin films using magnetron sputtering and to determine the correlation between composition, structure, and mechanical properties thereof.
Ab initio simulations of pseudomorphic silicene and germanene bidimensional heterostructures
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Debernardi, Alberto; Marchetti, Luigi
2016-06-01
Among the novel two-dimensional (2D) materials, silicene and germanene, which are two honeycomb crystal structures composed of a monolayer of Si and Ge, respectively, have attracted the attention of material scientists because they combine the advantages of the new 2D ultimate-scaled electronics with their compatibility with industrial processes presently based on Si and Ge. We envisage pseudomorphic lateral heterostructures based on ribbons of silicene and germanene, which are the 2D analogs of conventional 3D Si/Ge superlattices and quantum wells. In spite of the considerable lattice mismatch (˜4 % ) between free-standing silicene and germanene, our ab initio simulations predict that, considering striped 2D lateral heterostructures made by alternating silicene and germanene ribbons of constant width, the silicene/germanene junction remains pseudomorphic—i.e., it maintains lattice-matched edges—up to critical ribbon widths that can reach some tens of nanometers. Such critical widths are one order of magnitude larger than the critical thickness measured in 3D pseudomorphic Si/Ge heterostructures and the resolution of state-of-the-art lithography, thus enabling the possibility of lithography patterned silicene/germanene junctions. We computed how the strain produced by the pseudomorphic growth modifies the crystal structure and electronic bands of the ribbons, providing a mechanism for band-structure engineering. Our results pave the way for lithography patterned lateral heterostructures that can serve as the building blocks of novel 2D electronics.
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Glaessgen, Edward H.; Schoeppner, Gregory A.
2006-01-01
NASA Langley Research Center has successfully developed an electron beam freeform fabrication (EBF3) process, a rapid metal deposition process that works efficiently with a variety of weldable alloys. The EBF3 process can be used to build a complex, unitized part in a layer-additive fashion, although the more immediate payoff is for use as a manufacturing process for adding details to components fabricated from simplified castings and forgings or plate products. The EBF3 process produces structural metallic parts with strengths comparable to that of wrought product forms and has been demonstrated on aluminum, titanium, and nickel-based alloys to date. The EBF3 process introduces metal wire feedstock into a molten pool that is created and sustained using a focused electron beam in a vacuum environment. Operation in a vacuum ensures a clean process environment and eliminates the need for a consumable shield gas. Advanced metal manufacturing methods such as EBF3 are being explored for fabrication and repair of aerospace structures, offering potential for improvements in cost, weight, and performance to enhance mission success for aircraft, launch vehicles, and spacecraft. Near-term applications of the EBF3 process are most likely to be implemented for cost reduction and lead time reduction through addition of details onto simplified preforms (casting or forging). This is particularly attractive for components with protruding details that would require a significantly large volume of material to be machined away from an oversized forging, offering significant reductions to the buy-to-fly ratio. Future far-term applications promise improved structural efficiency through reduced weight and improved performance by exploiting the layer-additive nature of the EBF3 process to fabricate tailored unitized structures with functionally graded microstructures and compositions.
On the hierarchical parallelization of ab initio simulations
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ruiz-Barragan, Sergi; Ishimura, Kazuya; Shiga, Motoyuki
2016-02-01
A hierarchical parallelization has been implemented in a new unified code PIMD-SMASH for ab initio simulation where the replicas and the Born-Oppenheimer forces are parallelized. It is demonstrated that ab initio path integral molecular dynamics simulations can be carried out very efficiently for systems up to a few tens of water molecules. The code was then used to study a Diels-Alder reaction of cyclopentadiene and butenone by ab initio string method. A reduction in the reaction energy barrier is found in the presence of hydrogen-bonded water, in accordance with experiment.
Comparison of SAMO and ab initio model calculations for pyrazine
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Duke, B. J.; Collins, M. P. S.
1981-04-01
The simulated ab initio molecular orbital (SAMO) technique and the ab initio model calculation of Butkus and Fink are compared for the pyrazine molecule. Both methods construct the wave function of pyrazine from wave functions of smaller pattern molecules. The methods are complimentary in that the strengths of one are often the weakness of the other. The SAMO method gives good orbital energies which are not given by the ab initio model method, while the latter is more readily extended to the ionic protonated molecules.
Ab initio derivation of model energy density functionals
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Dobaczewski, Jacek
2016-08-01
I propose a simple and manageable method that allows for deriving coupling constants of model energy density functionals (EDFs) directly from ab initio calculations performed for finite fermion systems. A proof-of-principle application allows for linking properties of finite nuclei, determined by using the nuclear nonlocal Gogny functional, to the coupling constants of the quasilocal Skyrme functional. The method does not rely on properties of infinite fermion systems but on the ab initio calculations in finite systems. It also allows for quantifying merits of different model EDFs in describing the ab initio results.
Discovering chemistry with an ab initio nanoreactor
Wang, Lee-Ping; Titov, Alexey; McGibbon, Robert; Liu, Fang; Pande, Vijay S.; Martínez, Todd J.
2014-11-02
Chemical understanding is driven by the experimental discovery of new compounds and reactivity, and is supported by theory and computation that provides detailed physical insight. While theoretical and computational studies have generally focused on specific processes or mechanistic hypotheses, recent methodological and computational advances harken the advent of their principal role in discovery. Here we report the development and application of the ab initio nanoreactor – a highly accelerated, first-principles molecular dynamics simulation of chemical reactions that discovers new molecules and mechanisms without preordained reaction coordinates or elementary steps. Using the nanoreactor we show new pathways for glycine synthesis from primitive compounds proposed to exist on the early Earth, providing new insight into the classic Urey-Miller experiment. Ultimately, these results highlight the emergence of theoretical and computational chemistry as a tool for discovery in addition to its traditional role of interpreting experimental findings.
Ab Initio Calculation of the Hoyle State
Epelbaum, Evgeny; Krebs, Hermann; Lee, Dean; Meissner, Ulf-G.
2011-05-13
The Hoyle state plays a crucial role in the helium burning of stars heavier than our Sun and in the production of carbon and other elements necessary for life. This excited state of the carbon-12 nucleus was postulated by Hoyle as a necessary ingredient for the fusion of three alpha particles to produce carbon at stellar temperatures. Although the Hoyle state was seen experimentally more than a half century ago nuclear theorists have not yet uncovered the nature of this state from first principles. In this Letter we report the first ab initio calculation of the low-lying states of carbon-12 using supercomputer lattice simulations and a theoretical framework known as effective field theory. In addition to the ground state and excited spin-2 state, we find a resonance at -85(3) MeV with all of the properties of the Hoyle state and in agreement with the experimentally observed energy.
Ab Initio Reactive Computer Aided Molecular Design.
Martínez, Todd J
2017-03-21
Few would dispute that theoretical chemistry tools can now provide keen insights into chemical phenomena. Yet the holy grail of efficient and reliable prediction of complex reactivity has remained elusive. Fortunately, recent advances in electronic structure theory based on the concepts of both element- and rank-sparsity, coupled with the emergence of new highly parallel computer architectures, have led to a significant increase in the time and length scales which can be simulated using first principles molecular dynamics. This opens the possibility of new discovery-based approaches to chemical reactivity, such as the recently proposed ab initio nanoreactor. We argue that due to these and other recent advances, the holy grail of computational discovery for complex chemical reactivity is rapidly coming within our reach.
An ab initio study of hydroxylated graphane.
Buonocore, Francesco; Capasso, Andrea; Lisi, Nicola
2017-09-14
Graphene-based derivatives with covalent functionalization and well-defined stoichiometry are highly desirable in view of their application as functional surfaces. Here, we have evaluated by ab initio calculations the energy of formation and the phase diagram of hydroxylated graphane structures, i.e., fully functionalized graphene derivatives coordinated with -H and -OH groups. We compared these structures to different hydrogenated and non-hydrogenated graphene oxide derivatives, with high level of epoxide and hydroxyl groups functionalization. Based on our calculations, stable phases of hydroxylated graphane with low and high contents of hydrogen are demonstrated for high oxygen and hydrogen partial pressure, respectively. Stable phases of graphene oxide with a mixed carbon hybridization are also found. Notably, the synthesis of hydroxylated graphane has been recently reported in the literature.
An ab initio study of hydroxylated graphane
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Buonocore, Francesco; Capasso, Andrea; Lisi, Nicola
2017-09-01
Graphene-based derivatives with covalent functionalization and well-defined stoichiometry are highly desirable in view of their application as functional surfaces. Here, we have evaluated by ab initio calculations the energy of formation and the phase diagram of hydroxylated graphane structures, i.e., fully functionalized graphene derivatives coordinated with -H and -OH groups. We compared these structures to different hydrogenated and non-hydrogenated graphene oxide derivatives, with high level of epoxide and hydroxyl groups functionalization. Based on our calculations, stable phases of hydroxylated graphane with low and high contents of hydrogen are demonstrated for high oxygen and hydrogen partial pressure, respectively. Stable phases of graphene oxide with a mixed carbon hybridization are also found. Notably, the synthesis of hydroxylated graphane has been recently reported in the literature.
Discovering chemistry with an ab initio nanoreactor
Wang, Lee-Ping; Titov, Alexey; McGibbon, Robert; ...
2014-11-02
Chemical understanding is driven by the experimental discovery of new compounds and reactivity, and is supported by theory and computation that provides detailed physical insight. While theoretical and computational studies have generally focused on specific processes or mechanistic hypotheses, recent methodological and computational advances harken the advent of their principal role in discovery. Here we report the development and application of the ab initio nanoreactor – a highly accelerated, first-principles molecular dynamics simulation of chemical reactions that discovers new molecules and mechanisms without preordained reaction coordinates or elementary steps. Using the nanoreactor we show new pathways for glycine synthesis frommore » primitive compounds proposed to exist on the early Earth, providing new insight into the classic Urey-Miller experiment. Ultimately, these results highlight the emergence of theoretical and computational chemistry as a tool for discovery in addition to its traditional role of interpreting experimental findings.« less
Ab Initio Modeling of Molecular Radiation
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Jaffe, Richard; Schwenke, David
2014-01-01
Radiative emission from excited states of atoms and molecules can comprise a significant fraction of the total heat flux experienced by spacecraft during atmospheric entry at hypersonic speeds. For spacecraft with ablating heat shields, some of this radiative flux can be absorbed by molecular constituents in the boundary layer that are formed by the ablation process. Ab initio quantum mechanical calculations are carried out to predict the strengths of these emission and absorption processes. This talk will describe the methods used in these calculations using, as examples, the 4th positive emission bands of CO and the 1g+ 1u+ absorption in C3. The results of these calculations are being used as input to NASA radiation modeling codes like NeqAir, HARA and HyperRad.
Discovering chemistry with an ab initio nanoreactor
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Martinez, Todd
Traditional approaches for modeling chemical reaction networks such as those involved in combustion have focused on identifying individual reactions and using theoretical approaches to explore the underlying mechanisms. Recent advances involving graphical processing units (GPUs), commodity products developed for the videogaming industry, have made it possible to consider a distinct approach wherein one attempts to discover chemical reactions and mechanisms. We provide a brief summary of these developments and then discuss the concept behind the ``ab initio nanoreactor'' which explores the space of possible chemical reactions and molecular species for a given stoichiometry. The nanoreactor concept is exemplified with an example to the Urey-Miller reaction network which has been previously advanced as a potential model for prebiotic chemistry. We briefly discuss some of the future directions envisioned for the development of this nanoreactor concept.
Discovering chemistry with an ab initio nanoreactor
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Wang, Lee-Ping; Titov, Alexey; McGibbon, Robert; Liu, Fang; Pande, Vijay S.; Martínez, Todd J.
2014-12-01
Chemical understanding is driven by the experimental discovery of new compounds and reactivity, and is supported by theory and computation that provide detailed physical insight. Although theoretical and computational studies have generally focused on specific processes or mechanistic hypotheses, recent methodological and computational advances harken the advent of their principal role in discovery. Here we report the development and application of the ab initio nanoreactor—a highly accelerated first-principles molecular dynamics simulation of chemical reactions that discovers new molecules and mechanisms without preordained reaction coordinates or elementary steps. Using the nanoreactor, we show new pathways for glycine synthesis from primitive compounds proposed to exist on the early Earth, which provide new insight into the classic Urey-Miller experiment. These results highlight the emergence of theoretical and computational chemistry as a tool for discovery, in addition to its traditional role of interpreting experimental findings.
Discovering chemistry with an ab initio nanoreactor.
Wang, Lee-Ping; Titov, Alexey; McGibbon, Robert; Liu, Fang; Pande, Vijay S; Martínez, Todd J
2014-12-01
Chemical understanding is driven by the experimental discovery of new compounds and reactivity, and is supported by theory and computation that provide detailed physical insight. Although theoretical and computational studies have generally focused on specific processes or mechanistic hypotheses, recent methodological and computational advances harken the advent of their principal role in discovery. Here we report the development and application of the ab initio nanoreactor--a highly accelerated first-principles molecular dynamics simulation of chemical reactions that discovers new molecules and mechanisms without preordained reaction coordinates or elementary steps. Using the nanoreactor, we show new pathways for glycine synthesis from primitive compounds proposed to exist on the early Earth, which provide new insight into the classic Urey-Miller experiment. These results highlight the emergence of theoretical and computational chemistry as a tool for discovery, in addition to its traditional role of interpreting experimental findings.
Discovering chemistry with an ab initio nanoreactor
Wang, Lee-Ping; Titov, Alexey; McGibbon, Robert; Liu, Fang; Pande, Vijay S.; Martínez, Todd J.
2014-01-01
Chemical understanding is driven by the experimental discovery of new compounds and reactivity, and is supported by theory and computation that provides detailed physical insight. While theoretical and computational studies have generally focused on specific processes or mechanistic hypotheses, recent methodological and computational advances harken the advent of their principal role in discovery. Here we report the development and application of the ab initio nanoreactor – a highly accelerated, first-principles molecular dynamics simulation of chemical reactions that discovers new molecules and mechanisms without preordained reaction coordinates or elementary steps. Using the nanoreactor we show new pathways for glycine synthesis from primitive compounds proposed to exist on the early Earth, providing new insight into the classic Urey-Miller experiment. These results highlight the emergence of theoretical and computational chemistry as a tool for discovery in addition to its traditional role of interpreting experimental findings. PMID:25411881
Ab initio alpha-alpha scattering
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Elhatisari, Serdar; Lee, Dean; Rupak, Gautam; Epelbaum, Evgeny; Krebs, Hermann; Lähde, Timo A.; Luu, Thomas; Meißner, Ulf-G.
2015-12-01
Processes such as the scattering of alpha particles (4He), the triple-alpha reaction, and alpha capture play a major role in stellar nucleosynthesis. In particular, alpha capture on carbon determines the ratio of carbon to oxygen during helium burning, and affects subsequent carbon, neon, oxygen, and silicon burning stages. It also substantially affects models of thermonuclear type Ia supernovae, owing to carbon detonation in accreting carbon-oxygen white-dwarf stars. In these reactions, the accurate calculation of the elastic scattering of alpha particles and alpha-like nuclei—nuclei with even and equal numbers of protons and neutrons—is important for understanding background and resonant scattering contributions. First-principles calculations of processes involving alpha particles and alpha-like nuclei have so far been impractical, owing to the exponential growth of the number of computational operations with the number of particles. Here we describe an ab initio calculation of alpha-alpha scattering that uses lattice Monte Carlo simulations. We use lattice effective field theory to describe the low-energy interactions of protons and neutrons, and apply a technique called the ‘adiabatic projection method’ to reduce the eight-body system to a two-cluster system. We take advantage of the computational efficiency and the more favourable scaling with system size of auxiliary-field Monte Carlo simulations to compute an ab initio effective Hamiltonian for the two clusters. We find promising agreement between lattice results and experimental phase shifts for s-wave and d-wave scattering. The approximately quadratic scaling of computational operations with particle number suggests that it should be possible to compute alpha scattering and capture on carbon and oxygen in the near future. The methods described here can be applied to ultracold atomic few-body systems as well as to hadronic systems using lattice quantum chromodynamics to describe the interactions of
Ab initio alpha-alpha scattering.
Elhatisari, Serdar; Lee, Dean; Rupak, Gautam; Epelbaum, Evgeny; Krebs, Hermann; Lähde, Timo A; Luu, Thomas; Meißner, Ulf-G
2015-12-03
Processes such as the scattering of alpha particles ((4)He), the triple-alpha reaction, and alpha capture play a major role in stellar nucleosynthesis. In particular, alpha capture on carbon determines the ratio of carbon to oxygen during helium burning, and affects subsequent carbon, neon, oxygen, and silicon burning stages. It also substantially affects models of thermonuclear type Ia supernovae, owing to carbon detonation in accreting carbon-oxygen white-dwarf stars. In these reactions, the accurate calculation of the elastic scattering of alpha particles and alpha-like nuclei--nuclei with even and equal numbers of protons and neutrons--is important for understanding background and resonant scattering contributions. First-principles calculations of processes involving alpha particles and alpha-like nuclei have so far been impractical, owing to the exponential growth of the number of computational operations with the number of particles. Here we describe an ab initio calculation of alpha-alpha scattering that uses lattice Monte Carlo simulations. We use lattice effective field theory to describe the low-energy interactions of protons and neutrons, and apply a technique called the 'adiabatic projection method' to reduce the eight-body system to a two-cluster system. We take advantage of the computational efficiency and the more favourable scaling with system size of auxiliary-field Monte Carlo simulations to compute an ab initio effective Hamiltonian for the two clusters. We find promising agreement between lattice results and experimental phase shifts for s-wave and d-wave scattering. The approximately quadratic scaling of computational operations with particle number suggests that it should be possible to compute alpha scattering and capture on carbon and oxygen in the near future. The methods described here can be applied to ultracold atomic few-body systems as well as to hadronic systems using lattice quantum chromodynamics to describe the interactions of
Ab Initio: And a New Era of Airline Pilot Training.
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Gesell, Laurence E.
1995-01-01
Expansion of air transportation and decreasing numbers seeking pilot training point to a shortage of qualified pilots. Ab initio training, in which candidates with no flight time are trained to air transport proficiency, could resolve the problem. (SK)
Ab-Initio Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Graphene Sheet
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kolev, S.; Balchev, I.; Cvetkov, K.; Tinchev, S.; Milenov, T.
2017-01-01
The study of graphene is important because it is a promising material for a variety of applications in the electronic industry. In the present work, the properties of а 2D periodic graphene sheet are studied with the use of ab initio molecular dynamics. DFT in the generalized gradient approximation is used in order to carry out the dynamical simulations. The PBE functional and DZVP-MOLOPT basis set are implemented in the CP2K/Quickstep package. A periodic box, consisting of 288 carbon atoms is chosen for the simulations. After geometry optimization it has dimensions 2964 x 2964 x 1500 pm and form angles of 90, 90, 60 degrees. The dynamical simulation is run for 1 ps in the NPT ensemble, at temperature T = 298.15 K. The radial distribution function shows a first peak at 142 pm, marking the bond length between carbon atoms. The density of states for the periodic systems is simulated as occupied orbitals represent the valence band and unoccupied ones the conduction band. The calculated bandgap, as expected is close to 0 eV.
Ab initio electronic structure and optical conductivity of bismuth tellurohalides
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Schwalbe, Sebastian; Wirnata, René; Starke, Ronald; Schober, Giulio A. H.; Kortus, Jens
2016-11-01
We investigate the electronic structure, dielectric, and optical properties of bismuth tellurohalides BiTe X (X =I , Cl, Br) by means of all-electron density functional theory. In particular, we present the ab initio conductivities and dielectric tensors calculated over a wide frequency range, and compare our results with the recent measurements by Akrap et al. [Phys. Rev. B 90, 035201 (2014), 10.1103/PhysRevB.90.035201], Makhnev et al. [Opt. Spectrosc. 117, 764 (2014), 10.1134/S0030400X14110125], and Rusinov et al. [JETP Lett. 101, 507 (2015), 10.1134/S0021364015080147]. We show how the low-frequency branch of the optical conductivity can be used to identify characteristic intra- and interband transitions between the Rashba spin-split bands in all three bismuth tellurohalides. We further calculate the refractive indices and dielectric constants, which in turn are systematically compared to previous predictions and measurements. We expect that our quantitative analysis will contribute to the general assessment of bulk Rashba materials for their potential use in spintronics devices.
Ab initio studies of the passive film formed on iron
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Hendy, S.; Walker, B.; Laycock, N.; Ryan, M.
2003-02-01
Passive metals are protected from the environment by a thin (3 5 nm) oxide film that forms on their surface. The corrosion rate of these materials is typically of the order of 0.1 μm/year, and depends on the electronic structure of the oxide layer. Here we present ab initio total-energy calculations of the passive oxide film that forms on iron at anodic potentials in weakly alkaline solutions. Surface x-ray diffraction studies have revealed that this nanocrystalline passive film has a spinel structure with a fully occupied oxygen lattice [M. F. Toney, A. J. Davenport, L. J. Oblonsky, M. P. Ryan, and C. M. Vitus, Phys. Rev. Lett. 79, 4282 (1997)]. However, the octahedral and tetrahedral iron site occupancies are found to be reduced (approximately 80% and 66%, respectively) and partial occupancy of octahedral interstitial sites is also observed (approximately 12%). We have used total-energy pseudopotential calculations to study the energetics and electronic structure of these defects and the interrelationships between site occupancies. The calculations suggest that film is metastable and may be semi-conducting. The calculations also suggest a correlation between octahedral interstitials and tetrahedral vacancies. Finally, an estimation of energy barriers in the film suggests that cation migration through the tetrahedral sublattice dominates film growth.
Ab initio molecular crystal structures, spectra, and phase diagrams.
Hirata, So; Gilliard, Kandis; He, Xiao; Li, Jinjin; Sode, Olaseni
2014-09-16
Conspectus Molecular crystals are chemists' solids in the sense that their structures and properties can be understood in terms of those of the constituent molecules merely perturbed by a crystalline environment. They form a large and important class of solids including ices of atmospheric species, drugs, explosives, and even some organic optoelectronic materials and supramolecular assemblies. Recently, surprisingly simple yet extremely efficient, versatile, easily implemented, and systematically accurate electronic structure methods for molecular crystals have been developed. The methods, collectively referred to as the embedded-fragment scheme, divide a crystal into monomers and overlapping dimers and apply modern molecular electronic structure methods and software to these fragments of the crystal that are embedded in a self-consistently determined crystalline electrostatic field. They enable facile applications of accurate but otherwise prohibitively expensive ab initio molecular orbital theories such as Møller-Plesset perturbation and coupled-cluster theories to a broad range of properties of solids such as internal energies, enthalpies, structures, equation of state, phonon dispersion curves and density of states, infrared and Raman spectra (including band intensities and sometimes anharmonic effects), inelastic neutron scattering spectra, heat capacities, Gibbs energies, and phase diagrams, while accounting for many-body electrostatic (namely, induction or polarization) effects as well as two-body exchange and dispersion interactions from first principles. They can fundamentally alter the role of computing in the studies of molecular crystals in the same way ab initio molecular orbital theories have transformed research practices in gas-phase physical chemistry and synthetic chemistry in the last half century. In this Account, after a brief summary of formalisms and algorithms, we discuss applications of these methods performed in our group as compelling
Ab-initio Study of Known and Hypothetical Metal-Organic Frameworks
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Fuentes-Cabrera, Miguel; Nicholson, Don M.
2004-03-01
Rosi et al. [1] have found that microporous Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOF) materials are candidates for hydrogen storage applications. In particular, MOF-5 was found to adsorb hydrogen up to 4.5 weight percent at 78 kelvin and 1.0 weight percent at room temperature and pressure of 20 bar. We use ab-initio techniques to investigate hydrogen adsorption, stability, and the electronic properties of known and hypothetical Metal-Organic Frameworks. [1] N.L. Rosi, J. Eckert, M. Eddaoudi, D.T. Vodak, J. Kim, M. O'Keeffe, and O.M. Yaghi
Ramsdellite-structured LiTiO 2: A new phase predicted from ab initio calculations
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Koudriachova, M. V.
2008-06-01
A new phase of highly lithiated titania with potential application as an anode in Li-rechargeable batteries is predicted on the basis of ab initio calculations. This phase has a composition LiTiO2 and may be accessed through electrochemical lithiation of ramsdellite-structured TiO2 at the lowest potential reported for titanium dioxide based materials. The potential remains constant over a wide range of Li-concentrations. The new phase is metastable with respect to a tetragonally distorted rock salt structure, which hitherto has been the only known polymorph of LiTiO2.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Wang, Shidong; Wang, Zhao; Setyawan, Wahyu; Mingo, Natalio; Curtarolo, Stefano
2011-10-01
Several thousand compounds from the Inorganic Crystal Structure Database have been considered as nanograined, sintered-powder thermoelectrics with the high-throughput ab-initio AFLOW framework. Regression analysis unveils that the power factor is positively correlated with both the electronic band gap and the carrier effective mass, and that the probability of having large thermoelectric power factors increases with the increasing number of atoms per primitive cell. Avenues for further investigation are revealed by this work. These avenues include the role of experimental and theoretical databases in the development of novel materials.
Novel silicon allotropes for photovoltaic applications from ab initio structure prediction
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Amsler, Maximilian; Goedecker, Stefan; Botti, Silvana; Marques, Miguel A. L.
2015-03-01
Sophisticated structure prediction methods have been developed and become essential tools when theoretically designing new materials with desired properties. Their successful applications to many systems at various conditions and increasing computational power have strongly contributed to their popularity. However, an accurate prediction from ab initio calculations still remains an extremely challenging task. The Minima Hopping Method is a powerful tool to find low energy structures given only the chemical composition of a system and allows the prediction of structures at any boundary condition. I will present the results of our studies on low density silicon phases with potential use in photovoltaic applications.
Heat capacities of xenotime-type ceramics: An accurate ab initio prediction
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ji, Yaqi; Beridze, George; Bosbach, Dirk; Kowalski, Piotr M.
2017-10-01
Because of ability to incorporate actinides into their structure, the lanthanide phosphate ceramics (LnPO4) are considered as potential matrices for the disposal of nuclear waste. Here we present highly reliable ab initio prediction of the variation of heat capacities and the standard entropies of these compounds in zircon structure along lanthanide series (Ln = Dy, …,Lu) and validate them against the existing experimental data. These data are helpful for assessment of thermodynamic parameters of these materials in the context of using them as matrices for immobilization of radionuclides for the purpose of nuclear waste management.
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Lawson, John W.; Bauschlicher, Charles W.; Daw, Murray
2011-01-01
Refractory materials such as metallic borides, often considered as ultra high temperature ceramics (UHTC), are characterized by high melting point, high hardness, and good chemical inertness. These materials have many applications which require high temperature materials that can operate with no or limited oxidation. Ab initio, first principles methods are the most accurate modeling approaches available and represent a parameter free description of the material based on the quantum mechanical equations. Using these methods, many of the intrinsic properties of these material can be obtained. We performed ab initio calculations based on density functional theory for the UHTC materials ZrB2 and HfB2. Computational results are presented for structural information (lattice constants, bond lengths, etc), electronic structure (bonding motifs, densities of states, band structure, etc), thermal quantities (phonon spectra, phonon densities of states, specific heat), as well as information about point defects such as vacancy and antisite formation energies.
ab initio study of hot carriers in the first picosecond after sunlight absorption in silicon.
Bernardi, Marco; Vigil-Fowler, Derek; Lischner, Johannes; Neaton, Jeffrey B; Louie, Steven G
2014-06-27
Hot carrier thermalization is a major source of efficiency loss in solar cells. Because of the subpicosecond time scale and complex physics involved, a microscopic characterization of hot carriers is challenging even for the simplest materials. We develop and apply an ab initio approach based on density functional theory and many-body perturbation theory to investigate hot carriers in semiconductors. Our calculations include electron-electron and electron-phonon interactions, and require no experimental input other than the structure of the material. We apply our approach to study the relaxation time and mean free path of hot carriers in Si, and map the band and k dependence of these quantities. We demonstrate that a hot carrier distribution characteristic of Si under solar illumination thermalizes within 350 fs, in excellent agreement with pump-probe experiments. Our work sheds light on the subpicosecond time scale after sunlight absorption in Si, and constitutes a first step towards ab initio quantification of hot carrier dynamics in materials.
Ab Initio Study of Hot Carriers in the First Picosecond after Sunlight Absorption in Silicon
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Bernardi, Marco; Vigil-Fowler, Derek; Lischner, Johannes; Neaton, Jeffrey B.; Louie, Steven G.
2014-06-01
Hot carrier thermalization is a major source of efficiency loss in solar cells. Because of the subpicosecond time scale and complex physics involved, a microscopic characterization of hot carriers is challenging even for the simplest materials. We develop and apply an ab initio approach based on density functional theory and many-body perturbation theory to investigate hot carriers in semiconductors. Our calculations include electron-electron and electron-phonon interactions, and require no experimental input other than the structure of the material. We apply our approach to study the relaxation time and mean free path of hot carriers in Si, and map the band and k dependence of these quantities. We demonstrate that a hot carrier distribution characteristic of Si under solar illumination thermalizes within 350 fs, in excellent agreement with pump-probe experiments. Our work sheds light on the subpicosecond time scale after sunlight absorption in Si, and constitutes a first step towards ab initio quantification of hot carrier dynamics in materials.
Time-domain ab initio modeling of photoinduced dynamics at nanoscale interfaces.
Wang, Linjun; Long, Run; Prezhdo, Oleg V
2015-04-01
Nonequilibrium processes involving electronic and vibrational degrees of freedom in nanoscale materials are under active experimental investigation. Corresponding theoretical studies are much scarcer. The review starts with the basics of time-dependent density functional theory, recent developments in nonadiabatic molecular dynamics, and the fusion of the two techniques. Ab initio simulations of this kind allow us to directly mimic a great variety of time-resolved experiments performed with pump-probe laser spectroscopies. The focus is on the ultrafast photoinduced charge and exciton dynamics at interfaces formed by two complementary materials. We consider purely inorganic materials, inorganic-organic hybrids, and all organic interfaces, involving bulk semiconductors, metallic and semiconducting nanoclusters, graphene, carbon nanotubes, fullerenes, polymers, molecular crystals, molecules, and solvent. The detailed atomistic insights available from time-domain ab initio studies provide a unique description and a comprehensive understanding of the competition between electron transfer, thermal relaxation, energy transfer, and charge recombination processes. These advances now make it possible to directly guide the development of organic and hybrid solar cells, as well as photocatalytic, electronic, spintronic, and other devices relying on complex interfacial dynamics.
Time-Domain Ab Initio Modeling of Photoinduced Dynamics at Nanoscale Interfaces
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Wang, Linjun; Long, Run; Prezhdo, Oleg V.
2015-04-01
Nonequilibrium processes involving electronic and vibrational degrees of freedom in nanoscale materials are under active experimental investigation. Corresponding theoretical studies are much scarcer. The review starts with the basics of time-dependent density functional theory, recent developments in nonadiabatic molecular dynamics, and the fusion of the two techniques. Ab initio simulations of this kind allow us to directly mimic a great variety of time-resolved experiments performed with pump-probe laser spectroscopies. The focus is on the ultrafast photoinduced charge and exciton dynamics at interfaces formed by two complementary materials. We consider purely inorganic materials, inorganic-organic hybrids, and all organic interfaces, involving bulk semiconductors, metallic and semiconducting nanoclusters, graphene, carbon nanotubes, fullerenes, polymers, molecular crystals, molecules, and solvent. The detailed atomistic insights available from time-domain ab initio studies provide a unique description and a comprehensive understanding of the competition between electron transfer, thermal relaxation, energy transfer, and charge recombination processes. These advances now make it possible to directly guide the development of organic and hybrid solar cells, as well as photocatalytic, electronic, spintronic, and other devices relying on complex interfacial dynamics.
Ab initio phonon scattering by dislocations
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Wang, Tao; Carrete, Jesús; van Roekeghem, Ambroise; Mingo, Natalio; Madsen, Georg K. H.
2017-06-01
Heat management in thermoelectric and power devices as well as in random access memories poses a grand challenge and can make the difference between a working and an abandoned device design. Despite the prevalence of dislocations in all these technologies, the modeling of their thermal resistance is based on 50-year-old analytical approximations, whose simplicity was driven by practical limitations rather than physical insight. We introduce an efficient ab initio approach based on Green's functions computed by two-dimensional reciprocal space integration. By combining elasticity theory and density functional theory, we calculate the scattering strength of a 90∘ misfit edge dislocation in Si. Because of the breakdown of the Born approximation, earlier literature models fail, even qualitatively. We find that a dislocation density larger than 109cm-2 is necessary to substantially influence thermal conductivity at room temperature and above. We quantify how much of the reduction of thermal conductivity measured in nanograined samples can be explained by realistic dislocation concentrations.
Ab initio calculations of nitramine dimers
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Koh-Fallet, Sharon; Schweigert, Igor
2015-06-01
Elevated temperatures and pressures are typically thought to have opposing effects on the reaction channels of nitramine decomposition. These high temperatures promote reactions with loose transition structures (positive activation entropies and volumes), such as N-N bond homolysis. Elevated pressures promote reactions with tight transition structures (negative activation entropies and volumes), such as intramolecular and intermolecular H transfer. However, no quantitative data exists regarding the range of temperatures and pressures at which these effects become pronounced. We are pursuing ab initio calculations of the corresponding unimolecular and bimolecular transition structures with the objective of estimating the relevant thermochemical parameters and quantifying the effects of elevated temperature and pressures on the corresponding rate constants. Here, we present density functional theory and complete active space calculations of gas-phase molecular dimers of nitramines as an intermediate step toward modeling transition structures directly in the condensed phase. This work was supported by the Naval Research Laboratory via the American Society for Engineering and Education and by the Office of Naval Research, both directly and through the Naval Research Laboratory.
Ab Initio Quantum Simulations of Liquid Water
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Gergely, John; Ceperley, David; Gygi, Francois
2007-03-01
Some recent efforts at simulating liquid water have employed ``ab initio'' molecular dynamics (AIMD) methods with forces from a version of density functional theory (DFT) and, in some cases, imaginary-time path integrals (PI) to study quantum effects of the protons. Although AIMD methods have met with many successes, errors introduced by the approximations and choices of simulation parameters are not fully understood. We report on path integral Monte Carlo (PIMC) studies of liquid water using DFT energies that provide quantitative benchmarks for PI-AIMD work. Specifically, we present convergence studies of the path integrals and address whether the Trotter number can be reduced by improving the form of the (approximate) action. Also, we assess 1) whether typical AIMD simulations are sufficiently converged in simulation time, i.e., if there is reason to suspect that nonergodic behavior in PI-AIMD methods leads to poor convergence, and 2) the relative efficiency of the methods. E. Schwegler, J.C. Grossman, F. Gygi, G. Galli, J. Chem. Phys 121, 5400 (2004).
Phonocatalysis. An ab initio simulation experiment
Kim, Kwangnam; Kaviany, Massoud
2016-06-15
Using simulations, we postulate and show that heterocatalysis on large-bandgap semiconductors can be controlled by substrate phonons, i.e., phonocatalysis. With ab initio calculations, including molecular dynamic simulations, the chemisorbed dissociation of XeF{sub 6} on h-BN surface leads to formation of XeF{sub 4} and two surface F/h-BN bonds. The reaction pathway and energies are evaluated, and the sorption and reaction emitted/absorbed phonons are identified through spectral analysis of the surface atomic motion. Due to large bandgap, the atomic vibration (phonon) energy transfer channels dominate and among them is the match between the F/h-BN covalent bond stretching and the optical phonons. We show that the chemisorbed dissociation (the pathway activation ascent) requires absorption of large-energy optical phonons. Then using progressively heavier isotopes of B and N atoms, we show that limiting these high-energy optical phonons inhibits the chemisorbed dissociation, i.e., controllable phonocatalysis.
Ab Initio Calculation of NH_3 Spectrum
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Polyansky, Oleg; Ovsyannikov, Roman I.; Kyuberis, Aleksandra; Lodi, Lorenzo; Tennyson, Jonathan; Yurchenko, Sergei N.; Yachmenev, Andrey; Zobov, Nikolay Fedorovich
2016-06-01
An ab initio potential energy surface (PES) for NH_3 is computed using the methodology pioneered for water (Polyansky et al. J. Phys. Chem. A, 117, 9633 (2013)). A multireference configuration calclulations are performed at 50000 points using quadruple and 5z basis sets to give a complete basis set (CBS) extrapolation. Relativistic and adiabatic surfaces are also computed. The points are fitted to an analytical PES. The rovibrational energy levels are computed using the program TROVE in both linearized and curvilinear coordinates. Better convergence is obtained for the higher energy levels using curvilinear coordinates: an accuracy of about 1 wn is achieved for the levels up to 12 000 wn. The levels up to 18 000 wn are reproduced with the accuracy of a few wn. These results are used to assign the visible spectrum of 14NH_3 recorded by Coy and Lehmann (J. Chem. Phys., 84, 5239 (1988)). Predicted rovibrational levels for NH_2D, NHD_2, ND_3 and 15NH_3 are given.
Ab initio phase diagram of iridium
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Burakovsky, L.; Burakovsky, N.; Cawkwell, M. J.; Preston, D. L.; Errandonea, D.; Simak, S. I.
2016-09-01
The phase diagram of iridium is investigated using the Z methodology. The Z methodology is a technique for phase diagram studies that combines the direct Z method for the computation of melting curves and the inverse Z method for the calculation of solid-solid phase boundaries. In the direct Z method, the solid phases along the melting curve are determined by comparing the solid-liquid equilibrium boundaries of candidate crystal structures. The inverse Z method involves quenching the liquid into the most stable solid phase at various temperatures and pressures to locate a solid-solid boundary. Although excellent agreement with the available experimental data (to ≲65 GPa) is found for the equation of state (EOS) of Ir, it is the third-order Birch-Murnaghan EOS with B0'=5 rather than the more widely accepted B0'=4 that describes our ab initio data to higher pressure (P ) . Our results suggest the existence of a random-stacking hexagonal close-packed structure of iridium at high P . We offer an explanation for the 14-layer hexagonal structure observed in experiments by Cerenius and Dubrovinsky.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Martin, G. B.; Kirtman, B.; Spera, F. J.
2010-12-01
Computational studies implementing Density Functional Theory (DFT) methods have become very popular in the Materials Sciences in recent years. DFT codes are now used routinely to simulate properties of geomaterials—mainly silicates and geochemically important metals such as Fe. These materials are ubiquitous in the Earth’s mantle and core and in terrestrial exoplanets. Because of computational limitations, most First Principles Molecular Dynamics (FPMD) calculations are done on systems of only 100 atoms for a few picoseconds. While this approach can be useful for calculating physical quantities related to crystal structure, vibrational frequency, and other lattice-scale properties (especially in crystals), it would be useful to be able to compute larger systems especially for extracting transport properties and coordination statistics. Previous studies have used codes such as VASP where CPU time increases as N2, making calculations on systems of more than 100 atoms computationally very taxing. SIESTA (Soler, et al. 2002) is a an order-N (linear-scaling) DFT code that enables electronic structure and MD computations on larger systems (N 1000) by making approximations such as localized numerical orbitals. Here we test the applicability of SIESTA to simulate geosilicates in the liquid and glass state. We have used SIESTA for MD simulations of liquid Mg2SiO4 at various state points pertinent to the Earth’s mantle and congruous with those calculated in a previous DFT study using the VASP code (DeKoker, et al. 2008). The core electronic wave functions of Mg, Si, and O were approximated using pseudopotentials with a core cutoff radius of 1.38, 1.0, and 0.61 Angstroms respectively. The Ceperly-Alder parameterization of the Local Density Approximation (LDA) was used as the exchange-correlation functional. Known systematic overbinding of LDA was corrected with the addition of a pressure term, P 1.6 GPa, which is the pressure calculated by SIESTA at the experimental
Ab Initio Studies of Stratospheric Ozone Depletion Chemistry
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Lee, Timothy J.; Head-Gordon, Martin; Langhoff, Stephen R. (Technical Monitor)
1995-01-01
An overview of the current understanding of ozone depletion chemistry, particularly with regards the formation of the so-called Antarctic ozone hole, will be presented together with an outline as to how ab initio quantum chemistry can be used to further our understanding of stratospheric chemistry. The ability of modern state-of-the art ab initio quantum chemical techniques to characterize reliably the gas-phase molecular structure, vibrational spectrum, electronic spectrum, and thermal stability of fluorine, chlorine, bromine and nitrogen oxide species will be demonstrated by presentation of some example studies. The ab initio results will be shown to be in excellent agreement with the available experimental data, and where the experimental data are either not known or are inconclusive, the theoretical results are shown to fill in the gaps and to resolve experimental controversies. In addition, ab initio studies in which the electronic spectra and the characterization of excited electronic states of halogen oxide species will also be presented. Again where available, the ab initio results are compared to experimental observations, and are used to aid in the interpretation of experimental studies.
Ab Initio Studies of Stratospheric Ozone Depletion Chemistry
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Lee, Timothy J.; Head-Gordon, Martin; Langhoff, Stephen R. (Technical Monitor)
1995-01-01
An overview of the current understanding of ozone depletion chemistry, particularly with regards the formation of the so-called Antarctic ozone hole, will be presented together with an outline as to how ab initio quantum chemistry can be used to further our understanding of stratospheric chemistry. The ability of modern state-of-the art ab initio quantum chemical techniques to characterize reliably the gas-phase molecular structure, vibrational spectrum, electronic spectrum, and thermal stability of fluorine, chlorine, bromine and nitrogen oxide species will be demonstrated by presentation of some example studies. The ab initio results will be shown to be in excellent agreement with the available experimental data, and where the experimental data are either not known or are inconclusive, the theoretical results are shown to fill in the gaps and to resolve experimental controversies. In addition, ab initio studies in which the electronic spectra and the characterization of excited electronic states of halogen oxide species will also be presented. Again where available, the ab initio results are compared to experimental observations, and are used to aid in the interpretation of experimental studies.
Ab initio studies of hydrocarbon peroxyl radicals
Besler, B.H.; Sevilla, M.D.; MacNeille, P.
1986-11-20
Extensive ab initio molecular orbital calculations have been performed for the importance series of peroxyl radicals (O/sub 2//sup .-/), HO/sub 2//sup ./, CH/sub 3/O/sub 2//sup ./, (CH/sub 3/)/sub 2/CHO/sub 2//sup ./, and (CH/sub 3/CH/sub 2/)/sub 2/CHO/sub 2//sup ./. Parameters calculated include equilibrium geometries, harmonic vibrational frequencies, dipole moments, and isotropic and anisotropic hyperfine couplings. Equilibrium geometries were of primary interest. In the two large hydrocarbon peroxyl radicals the carbon atoms and appropriate hydrogen atoms were constrained to be coplanar and the O-O group was forced to be perpendicular to the carbon chain in order to stimulate the presence of a peroxyl radical site in a polyethylene chain. Calculations were performed with large Gaussian basis sets (up to 6-311 ++G(d,p)). Calculations for HO/sub 2//sup ./ including electron correlation utilizing Moeller-Plesset perturbation theory were performed at the following levels: MP2(6-31G(d)) and 6-311G(d,p), MP3(6-311G(d,p)) and MP4SDTQ(6-311(d,p)). Calculated values are compared against the highly accurate experimental data for HO/sub 2//sup ./ known from microwave, laser magnetic resonance, and diode laser studies in order to determine the level of calculation necessary for accurate predictions. Comparison of the various calculations shows that MP2(6-31G(d)) compares favorably with MP4SDTQ(6-311G(d,p)) at a considerable savings in computation time.
Skutterudites under pressure: An ab initio study
Ram, Swetarekha; Kanchana, V.; Valsakumar, M. C.
2014-03-07
Ab initio results on the band structure, density of states, and Fermi surface (FS) properties of LaRu{sub 4}X{sub 12} (X = P, As, Sb) are presented at ambient pressure as well as under compression. The analysis of density of states reveals the major contribution at the Fermi level to be mainly from the Ru-d and X-p states. We have a complicated Fermi surface with both electron and hole characters for all the three compounds which is derived mainly from the Ru-d and X-p states. There is also a simpler FS with hole character derived from the P-p{sub z} orbital for LaRu{sub 4}P{sub 12} and Ru-d{sub z{sup 2}} orbital in the case of As and Sb containing compounds. More interestingly, Fermi surface nesting feature is observed only in the case of the LaRu{sub 4}P{sub 12}. Under compression, we observe the topology of the complicated FS sheet of LaRu{sub 4}As{sub 12} to change around V/V{sub 0} = 0.85, leading to a behaviour similar to that of a multiband superconductor, and in addition, we have two more hole pockets centered around Γ at V/V{sub 0} = 0.8 for the same compound. Apart from this, we find the hole pocket to vanish at V/V{sub 0} = 0.8 in the case of LaRu{sub 4}Sb{sub 12} and the opening of the complicated FS sheet gets reduced. The de Haas van Alphen calculation shows the number of extremal orbits in the complicated sheet to change in As and Sb containing compounds under compression, where we also observe the FS topology to change.
Ab-initio atomic level stresses in Cu-Zr crystal, liquid and glass phases
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ojha, Madhusudan; Nicholson, Don M.; Egami, Takeshi
2013-03-01
The Cu-Zr system provides interesting playground for the study of glass structure, stability, and formability and liquid dynamics. Glasses form over a wide range of concentrations while they compete against various intermetallic compounds. We have calculated from first-principles the atomic level stresses, a new tool to characterize materials, within the local approximation to Density Functional Theory (DFT) for Cu-Zr glasses and compounds from low temperature to 4500K. Comparisons between ordered crystalline compounds and liquids and glasses allow us to relate atomic level stress to relaxation of chemical short-range order and structural relaxation. The results are counter-intuitive at times; a smaller atom is under higher compressive pressure, whereas geometrically they should be under tension. Ab-initio calculations were done using Vienna Ab-initio Simulation Package (VASP) and Locally Self-consistent Multiple Scattering (LSMS) codes. The work at the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National laboratory was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Science and Engineering Division.
Real-world predictions from ab initio molecular dynamics simulations.
Kirchner, Barbara; di Dio, Philipp J; Hutter, Jürg
2012-01-01
In this review we present the techniques of ab initio molecular dynamics simulation improved to its current stage where the analysis of existing processes and the prediction of further chemical features and real-world processes are feasible. For this reason we describe the relevant developments in ab initio molecular dynamics leading to this stage. Among them, parallel implementations, different basis set functions, density functionals, and van der Waals corrections are reported. The chemical features accessible through AIMD are discussed. These are IR, NMR, as well as EXAFS spectra, sampling methods like metadynamics and others, Wannier functions, dipole moments of molecules in condensed phase, and many other properties. Electrochemical reactions investigated by ab initio molecular dynamics methods in solution, on surfaces as well as complex interfaces, are also presented.
Ab initio computations of photodissociation products of CFC alternatives
Tai, S.; Illinger, K.H.; Kenny, J.E.
1995-12-31
Ab initio computations, have already been used to examine the energetics of the photodissociation of stratospheric chlorofluorocarbons. Our awn research has investigated the ab initio computation of vibrational frequencies and infrared intensities of CF{sub 3}CH{sub 2}F, CF{sub 3}CF{sub 2}H, and CF{sub 3}CH{sub 3}; continuing research will attempt to expand these computations to the energetics of the photodissociation of these molecules, since sane of the most common types of chlorofluorocarbon substitutes are hydrofluoroethanes.
Barrett, Bruce R.; Navrátil, Petr; Vary, James P.
2012-11-17
A long-standing goal of nuclear theory is to determine the properties of atomic nuclei based on the fundamental interactions among the protons and neutrons (i.e., nucleons). By adopting nucleon-nucleon (NN), three-nucleon (NNN) and higher-nucleon interactions determined from either meson-exchange theory or QCD, with couplings fixed by few-body systems, we preserve the predictive power of nuclear theory. This foundation enables tests of nature's fundamental symmetries and offers new vistas for the full range of complex nuclear phenomena. Basic questions that drive our quest for a microscopic predictive theory of nuclear phenomena include: (1) What controls nuclear saturation; (2) How the nuclear shell model emerges from the underlying theory; (3) What are the properties of nuclei with extreme neutron/proton ratios; (4) Can we predict useful cross sections that cannot be measured; (5) Can nuclei provide precision tests of the fundamental laws of nature; and (6) Under what conditions do we need QCD to describe nuclear structure, among others. Along with other ab initio nuclear theory groups, we have pursued these questions with meson-theoretical NN interactions, such as CD-Bonn and Argonne V18, that were tuned to provide high-quality descriptions of the NN scattering phase shifts and deuteron properties. We then add meson-theoretic NNN interactions such as the Tucson-Melbourne or Urbana IX interactions. More recently, we have adopted realistic NN and NNN interactions with ties to QCD. Chiral perturbation theory within effective field theory ({chi}EFT) provides us with a promising bridge between QCD and hadronic systems. In this approach one works consistently with systems of increasing nucleon number and makes use of the explicit and spontaneous breaking of chiral symmetry to expand the strong interaction in terms of a dimensionless constant, the ratio of a generic small momentum divided by the chiral symmetry breaking scale taken to be about 1 GeV/c. The resulting NN
Ab initio study of magnetic single layer MPX3 metal-phosphorous-trichalcogenides
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Chittari, Bheema Lingam; Hwang, Euyheon; Jung, Jeil; MacDonald, Allan H.
We analyze the electronic structure of two dimensional (2D) MPX3 (M= V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, and X = S, Se, Te) transition metal thiophosphates, viewing them as single layer van der Waals materials that can exhibit magnetic order. Our ab initio calculations for MPX3 single layer compounds predict both semiconducting phases with variable band gap sizes and metallic phases, and an intimate interplay between magnetic order and the presence of a gap. A systematic trend of decreasing band gaps in antiferromagnetic states is observed as the chalcogen atoms S, Se, and Te change from smaller to larger atomic number, Ferromagnetic, antiferromagnetic, and nonmagnetic phases, and lattice constant changes accompanied by distortions in crystal symmetry, occur as the metal atom is varied. The sensitive interdependence between magnetic, structural, and electronic properties suggests the important potential of this class of 2D magnetic van der Waals materials for strain and field-effect carrier tunable spintronics.
Large-scale ab initio investigation of lithium intercalation in single-walled nanotubes
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Meunier, V.; Roland, Ch.; Bernholc, J.
2001-03-01
Both experiments and theory have shown that carbon nanotubes can take up more Li per carbon atom than graphite. There is therefore considerable interest in carbon nanotubes as a material for energy storage. To assess the usefulness of nanotubes as a battery material, we have carried out large-scale ab initio simulations of Li adsorption on both individual nanotubes and in nanotube ropes. Specific issues addressed include the effects of metallicity on Li adsorption, charge transfer effects, and the effects of topological defects (e.g., 5-7 pairs that form in highly strained nanotubes or during growth, larger 8-membered rings and open-ended nanotube fragments) in either localizing the Li ions, or in enhancing the permeability of the defective nanotubes. Furthermore, in order to understand the dynamics of Li motion, we have calculated activation energies for diffusive jumps of Li ions along and across nanotube walls both inside and outside nanotubes.
Ab Initio Theory of Coherent Laser-Induced Magnetization in Metals
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Berritta, Marco; Mondal, Ritwik; Carva, Karel; Oppeneer, Peter M.
2016-09-01
We present the first materials specific ab initio theory of the magnetization induced by circularly polarized laser light in metals. Our calculations are based on nonlinear density matrix theory and include the effect of absorption. We show that the induced magnetization, commonly referred to as inverse Faraday effect, is strongly materials and frequency dependent, and demonstrate the existence of both spin and orbital induced magnetizations which exhibit a surprisingly different behavior. We show that for nonmagnetic metals (such as Cu, Au, Pd, Pt) and antiferromagnetic metals the induced magnetization is antisymmetric in the light's helicity, whereas for ferromagnetic metals (Fe, Co, Ni, FePt) the imparted magnetization is only asymmetric in the helicity. We compute effective optomagnetic fields that correspond to the induced magnetizations and provide guidelines for achieving all-optical helicity-dependent switching.
ab initio MD simulations of geomaterials with ~1000 atoms
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Martin, G. B.; Kirtman, B.; Spera, F. J.
2009-12-01
In the last two decades, ab initio studies of materials using Density Functional Theory (DFT) have increased exponentially in popularity. DFT codes are now used routinely to simulate properties of geomaterials--mainly silicates and geochemically important metals such as Fe. These materials are ubiquitous in the Earth’s mantle and core and in terrestrial exoplanets. Because of computational limitations, most First Principles Molecular Dynamics (FPMD) calculations are done on systems of only ~100 atoms for a few picoseconds. While this approach can be useful for calculating physical quantities related to crystal structure, vibrational frequency, and other lattice-scale properties (especially in crystals), it is statistically marginal for duplicating physical properties of the liquid state like transport and structure. In MD simulations in the NEV ensemble, temperature (T), and pressure (P) fluctuations scale as N-1/2; small particle number (N) systems are therefore characterized by greater statistical state point location uncertainty than large N systems. Previous studies have used codes such as VASP where CPU time increases with N2, making calculations with N much greater than 100 impractical. SIESTA (Soler, et al. 2002) is a DFT code that enables electronic structure and MD computations on larger systems (N~103) by making some approximations, such as localized numerical orbitals, that would be useful in modeling some properties of geomaterials. Here we test the applicability of SIESTA to simulate geosilicates, both hydrous and anhydrous, in the solid and liquid state. We have used SIESTA for lattice calculations of brucite, Mg(OH)2, that compare very well to experiment and calculations using CRYSTAL, another DFT code. Good agreement between more classical DFT calculations and SIESTA is needed to justify study of geosilicates using SIESTA across a range of pressures and temperatures relevant to the Earth’s interior. Thus, it is useful to adjust parameters in
Application of ab-initio calculations to modeling of nanoscale diffusion and activation in silicon
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Diebel, Milan
As ULSI devices enter the nanoscale, ultra-shallow and highly electrically active junctions become necessary. New materials and 3D device structures as well as new process technologies are under exploration to meet the requirements of future devices. A detailed understanding of the atomistic mechanisms of point-defect/dopant interactions which govern diffusion and activation behavior is required to overcome the challenges in building these devices. This dissertation describes how ab-initio calculations can be used to develop physical models of diffusion and activation in silicon. A hierarchy of approaches (ab-initio, kinetic lattice Monte Carlo, continuum) is used to bridge the gaps in time scale and system size between atomistic calculations and nanoscale devices. This modeling approach is demonstrated by investigating two very different challenges in process technology: F co-implantation and stress effects on dopant diffusion/activation. In the first application, ab-initio calculations are used to understand anomalous F diffusion behavior. A set of strongly bound fluorine vacancy complexes (FnVm ) were found. The decoration of vacancies/dangling silicon bonds by fluorine leads to fluorine accumulating in vacancy rich regions, which explains the fluorine redistribution behavior reported experimentally. The revealed interactions of F with point-defects explain the benefits of F co-implantation for B and P activation and diffusion. Based on the insight gained, a simplified F diffusion model at the continuum level (50--100 nm scale) is extracted that accounts for co-implantation effects on B and P for various implant energies and doses. The second application addresses the effect of stress on point-defect/dopant equilibrium concentration, diffusion, and activation. A methodology is developed to extract detailed stress effects from ab-initio calculations. The approach is used to extract induced strains and elasticity tensors for various defects and impurities in order
Bicanonical ab Initio Molecular Dynamics for Open Systems.
Frenzel, Johannes; Meyer, Bernd; Marx, Dominik
2017-08-08
Performing ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of open systems, where the chemical potential rather than the number of both nuclei and electrons is fixed, still is a challenge. Here, drawing on bicanonical sampling ideas introduced two decades ago by Swope and Andersen [ J. Chem. Phys. 1995 , 102 , 2851 - 2863 ] to calculate chemical potentials of liquids and solids, an ab initio simulation technique is devised, which introduces a fictitious dynamics of two superimposed but otherwise independent periodic systems including full electronic structure, such that either the chemical potential or the average fractional particle number of a specific chemical species can be kept constant. As proof of concept, we demonstrate that solvation free energies can be computed from these bicanonical ab initio simulations upon directly superimposing pure bulk water and the respective aqueous solution being the two limiting systems. The method is useful in many circumstances, for instance for studying heterogeneous catalytic processes taking place on surfaces where the chemical potential of reactants rather than their number is controlled and opens a pathway toward ab initio simulations at constant electrochemical potential.
A Initio Pseudopotentials and Structural Properties of Metals.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Lam, Pui Kwong
The Ab initio pseudopotential method and the density functional approach are employed to study the structural properties of metals. The aim of this study is to gain both a qualitative and quantitative understanding of the connection between the macroscopic structural properties of metals and the microscopic core-valence and valence -valence interactions. Emphasis is placed on metals because relatively simple models can be applied in conjunction with the ab initio method to study trends in the structural properties. This thesis is organized as followed: (1) The analytic behavior of the pseudopotentials are examined in order to get acquainted with their variations across the periodic table. The variations of these potentials are in accord with the chemical trends exhibited by the elements. (2) Detailed calculations and analyses of the various structural properties of Al and Be are presented. These properties include equilibrium lattice constant, bulk modulus, cohesive energy, Poisson ratio, phonon frequencies, elastic constants, and temperature and pressure induced crystal phase transitions. The dependence of these properties on the pseudopotentials are extracted from the ab initio calculations. (3) Simple models which generalize some of these relationships between the structural properties and the pseudopotentials are presented. A preliminary application of the ab initio pseudopotential method to a more complicated system, V(,3)Si, is also discussed.
Multiple time step integrators in ab initio molecular dynamics
Luehr, Nathan; Martínez, Todd J.; Markland, Thomas E.
2014-02-28
Multiple time-scale algorithms exploit the natural separation of time-scales in chemical systems to greatly accelerate the efficiency of molecular dynamics simulations. Although the utility of these methods in systems where the interactions are described by empirical potentials is now well established, their application to ab initio molecular dynamics calculations has been limited by difficulties associated with splitting the ab initio potential into fast and slowly varying components. Here we present two schemes that enable efficient time-scale separation in ab initio calculations: one based on fragment decomposition and the other on range separation of the Coulomb operator in the electronic Hamiltonian. We demonstrate for both water clusters and a solvated hydroxide ion that multiple time-scale molecular dynamics allows for outer time steps of 2.5 fs, which are as large as those obtained when such schemes are applied to empirical potentials, while still allowing for bonds to be broken and reformed throughout the dynamics. This permits computational speedups of up to 4.4x, compared to standard Born-Oppenheimer ab initio molecular dynamics with a 0.5 fs time step, while maintaining the same energy conservation and accuracy.
Ab initio interatomic potentials and the thermodynamic properties of fluids.
Vlasiuk, Maryna; Sadus, Richard J
2017-07-14
Monte Carlo simulations with accurate ab initio interatomic potentials are used to investigate the key thermodynamic properties of argon and krypton in both vapor and liquid phases. Data are reported for the isochoric and isobaric heat capacities, the Joule-Thomson coefficient, and the speed of sound calculated using various two-body interatomic potentials and different combinations of two-body plus three-body terms. The results are compared to either experimental or reference data at state points between the triple and critical points. Using accurate two-body ab initio potentials, combined with three-body interaction terms such as the Axilrod-Teller-Muto and Marcelli-Wang-Sadus potentials, yields systematic improvements to the accuracy of thermodynamic predictions. The effect of three-body interactions is to lower the isochoric and isobaric heat capacities and increase both the Joule-Thomson coefficient and speed of sound. The Marcelli-Wang-Sadus potential is a computationally inexpensive way to utilize accurate two-body ab initio potentials for the prediction of thermodynamic properties. In particular, it provides a very effective way of extending two-body ab initio potentials to liquid phase properties.
Motif based Hessian matrixfor ab initio geometry optimization ofnanostructures
Zhao, Zhengji; Wang, Lin-Wang; Meza, Juan
2006-04-05
A simple method to estimate the atomic degree Hessian matrixof a nanosystem is presented. The estimated Hessian matrix, based on themotif decomposition of the nanosystem, can be used to accelerate abinitio atomic relaxations with speedups of 2 to 4 depending on the sizeof the system. In addition, the programing implementation for using thismethod in a standard ab initio package is trivial.
Ab initio interatomic potentials and the thermodynamic properties of fluids
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Vlasiuk, Maryna; Sadus, Richard J.
2017-07-01
Monte Carlo simulations with accurate ab initio interatomic potentials are used to investigate the key thermodynamic properties of argon and krypton in both vapor and liquid phases. Data are reported for the isochoric and isobaric heat capacities, the Joule-Thomson coefficient, and the speed of sound calculated using various two-body interatomic potentials and different combinations of two-body plus three-body terms. The results are compared to either experimental or reference data at state points between the triple and critical points. Using accurate two-body ab initio potentials, combined with three-body interaction terms such as the Axilrod-Teller-Muto and Marcelli-Wang-Sadus potentials, yields systematic improvements to the accuracy of thermodynamic predictions. The effect of three-body interactions is to lower the isochoric and isobaric heat capacities and increase both the Joule-Thomson coefficient and speed of sound. The Marcelli-Wang-Sadus potential is a computationally inexpensive way to utilize accurate two-body ab initio potentials for the prediction of thermodynamic properties. In particular, it provides a very effective way of extending two-body ab initio potentials to liquid phase properties.
The application of ab initio calculations to molecular spectroscopy
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Langhoff, Stephen R.
1989-01-01
The state of the art in ab initio molecular structure calculations is reviewed, with an emphasis on recent developments such as full configuration-interaction benchmark calculations and atomic natural orbital basis sets. It is shown that new developments in methodology combined with improvements in computer hardware are leading to unprecedented accuracy in solving problems in spectroscopy.
The application of ab initio calculations to molecular spectroscopy
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Langhoff, Stephen R.
1989-01-01
The state of the art in ab initio molecular structure calculations is reviewed with an emphasis on recent developments, such as full configuration-interaction benchmark calculations and atomic natural orbital basis sets. It is found that new developments in methodology, combined with improvements in computer hardware, are leading to unprecedented accuracy in solving problems in spectroscopy.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Galler, Anna; Gunacker, Patrik; Tomczak, Jan; Thunström, Patrik; Held, Karsten
Recently, approaches such as the dynamical vertex approximation (D ΓA) or the dual-fermion method have been developed. These diagrammatic approaches are going beyond dynamical mean field theory (DMFT) by including nonlocal electronic correlations on all length scales as well as the local DMFT correlations. Here we present our efforts to extend the D ΓA methodology to ab-initio materials calculations (ab-initio D ΓA). Our approach is a unifying framework which includes both GW and DMFT-type of diagrams, but also important nonlocal correlations beyond, e.g. nonlocal spin fluctuations. In our multi-band implementation we are using a worm sampling technique within continuous-time quantum Monte Carlo in the hybridization expansion to obtain the DMFT vertex, from which we construct the reducible vertex function using the two particle-hole ladders. As a first application we show results for transition metal oxides. Support by the ERC project AbinitioDGA (306447) is acknowledged.
Ab initio quantum Monte Carlo calculations of ground-state properties of manganese's oxides
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Sharma, Vinit; Krogel, Jaron T.; Kent, P. R. C.; Reboredo, Fernando A.
One of the critical scientific challenges of contemporary research is to obtain an accurate theoretical description of the electronic properties of strongly correlated systems such as transition metal oxides and rare-earth compounds, since state-of-art ab-initio methods based on approximate density functionals are not always sufficiently accurate. Quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) methods, which use statistical sampling to evaluate many-body wave functions, have the potential to answer this challenge. Owing to the few fundamental approximations made and the direct treatment of electron correlation, QMC methods are among the most accurate electronic structure methods available to date. We assess the accuracy of the diffusion Monte Carlo method in the case of rocksalt manganese oxide (MnO). We study the electronic properties of this strongly-correlated oxide, which has been identified as a suitable candidate for many applications ranging from catalysts to electronic devices. ``This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Sciences and Engineering Division.'' Ab initio quantum Monte Carlo calculations of ground-state properties of manganese's oxides.
Ab initio prediction of the critical thickness of a precipitate.
Sampath, S; Janisch, R
2013-09-04
Segregation and precipitation of second phases in metals and metallic alloys is an important phenomenon that has a strong influence on the mechanical properties of the material. Models exist that describe the growth of coherent, semi-coherent and incoherent precipitates. One important parameter of these models is the energy of the interface between matrix and precipitate. In this work we apply ab initio density functional theory calculations to obtain this parameter and to understand how it depends on chemical composition and mechanical strain at the interface.Our example is a metastable Mo-C phase, the body-centred tetragonal structure, which exists as a semi-coherent precipitate in body-centred cubic molybdenum. The interface of this precipitate is supposed to change from coherent to semi-coherent during the growth of the precipitate. We predict the critical thickness of the precipitate by calculating the different contributions to a semi-coherent interface energy by means of ab initio density functional theory calculations. The parameters in our model include the elastic strain energy stored in the precipitate, as well as a misfit dislocation energy that depends on the dislocation core width and the dislocation spacing. Our predicted critical thickness agrees well with experimental observations.
Kinetic products in coordination networks: ab initio X-ray powder diffraction analysis.
Martí-Rujas, Javier; Kawano, Masaki
2013-02-19
Porous coordination networks are materials that maintain their crystal structure as molecular "guests" enter and exit their pores. They are of great research interest with applications in areas such as catalysis, gas adsorption, proton conductivity, and drug release. As with zeolite preparation, the kinetic states in coordination network preparation play a crucial role in determining the final products. Controlling the kinetic state during self-assembly of coordination networks is a fundamental aspect of developing further functionalization of this class of materials. However, unlike for zeolites, there are few structural studies reporting the kinetic products made during self-assembly of coordination networks. Synthetic routes that produce the necessary selectivity are complex. The structural knowledge obtained from X-ray crystallography has been crucial for developing rational strategies for design of organic-inorganic hybrid networks. However, despite the explosive progress in the solid-state study of coordination networks during the last 15 years, researchers still do not understand many chemical reaction processes because of the difficulties in growing single crystals suitable for X-ray diffraction: Fast precipitation can lead to kinetic (metastable) products, but in microcrystalline form, unsuitable for single crystal X-ray analysis. X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD) routinely is used to check phase purity, crystallinity, and to monitor the stability of frameworks upon guest removal/inclusion under various conditions, but rarely is used for structure elucidation. Recent advances in structure determination of microcrystalline solids from ab initio XRPD have allowed three-dimensional structure determination when single crystals are not available. Thus, ab initio XRPD structure determination is becoming a powerful method for structure determination of microcrystalline solids, including porous coordination networks. Because of the great interest across scientific
Ab initio computational applications to complex biomolecular systems
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Liang, Lei
A series of biomaterial related systems---including water and DNA molecules---have been studied using ab initio (first-principles) methods. By investigating the properties of water as the preliminary step, the hydrogen bond (HB) interactions, which play important roles in biomolecules, were better understood from the quantum mechanical viewpoint. The calculated K-edge x-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectra of all 340 oxygen atoms in the model have been accumulated to reproduce the experimental one. The spectra were shown to be very sensitive to the HB configurations of O atoms, which could be used to elucidate the subtle structural variations in complex biomolecules. The simulation of single-molecule DNA overstretching experiments under torsionally constrained condition has been carried out afterwards. The initial DNA models were stretched stepwisely and eventually gained an extension of 1.5-fold (150% x the original length). The variation of total energy, atomic configuration, and the electronic structure during this process were analyzed in details. At the extension of ˜1.3-fold, the ring opening reactions occurred in the backbones. The backbone nicks appeared at elongations of ˜1.40-fold. The whole process was accompanied by HB breaking and charge transfers. We have proposed an overstretched structure named O-DNA (Opened-DNA) to clarify the confusion in understanding the behavior of DNA under high force load. With more experiences gained, a comprehensive methodology revealing the underlying principles of bioprocesses from the quantum mechanical viewpoint eventually come up. For the purpose of better computational accuracy, the scheme of implementing the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) exchange-correlation functionals into the Orthogonalized Linear Combination of Atomic Orbitals (OLCAO) program suite has been discussed, and the computational efficiency has been analyzed correspondingly. Moreover, the parallel strategy for performing
Ab-initio kinetics and thermodynamics studies of ammonia-borane for hydrogen storage
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Miranda, Caetano R.; Ceder, Gerbrand
2007-03-01
Ammonia-borane (BH3NH3) is a promising chemical hydrogen storage material given its high gravimetry and volumetric properties. However, the ammonia-borane (AB) thermal hydrogen release is not very efficient, being mainly limited by the kinetics of hydrogenation. Using ab initio calculations, we have investigated the thermodynamics and kinetics of hydrogen release on AB by calculating the free energies of the H2 release reactions for different possible decomposition products. Our results indicate that AB regeneration through the ammonia-borane polymeric and borazine-cyclotriborazane cycles is very unlikely due to the strong exothermic character of the reactions. The kinetics of hydrogen release is further investigated with the recently developed metadynamics method. This method allows us to calculate the multidimensional free energy surface of hydrogen release on AB. Our simulations reveal the atomistic mechanism of hydrogenation and provide the free energies barriers and transition states involved in inter and intramolecule H2 release on AB.
Efficient Ab initio Modeling of Random Multicomponent Alloys
Jiang, Chao; Uberuaga, Blas P.
2016-03-08
Here, we present in this Letter a novel small set of ordered structures (SSOS) method that allows extremely efficient ab initio modeling of random multi-component alloys. Using inverse II-III spinel oxides and equiatomic quinary bcc (so-called high entropy) alloys as examples, we also demonstrate that a SSOS can achieve the same accuracy as a large supercell or a well-converged cluster expansion, but with significantly reduced computational cost. In particular, because of this efficiency, a large number of quinary alloy compositions can be quickly screened, leading to the identification of several new possible high entropy alloy chemistries. Furthermore, the SSOS method developed here can be broadly useful for the rapid computational design of multi-component materials, especially those with a large number of alloying elements, a challenging problem for other approaches.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Moradian, Rostam; Behzad, Somayeh; Chegel, Raad
2009-06-01
We present the results of ab initio density functional theory calculations on the energetic, and geometric and electronic structure of Li-intercalated ( 6,6) silicon carbide nanotube (SiCNT) bundles. Our results show that intercalation of lithium leads to the significant changes in the geometrical structure. The most prominent effect of Li intercalation on the electronic band structure is a shift of the Fermi energy which occurs as a result of charge transfer from lithium to the SiCNTs. All the Li-intercalated ( 6,6) SiCNT bundles are predicted to be metallic representing a substantial change in electronic properties relative to the undoped bundle, which is a wide band gap semiconductor. Both inside of the nanotube and the interstitial space are susceptible for intercalation. The present calculations suggest that the SiCNT bundle is a promising candidate for the anode material in battery applications.
Impact of oxygen on the 300-K isotherm of Laser Megajoule ablator using ab initio simulation
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Colin-Lalu, P.; Recoules, V.; Salin, G.; Huser, G.
2015-11-01
The ablator material for inertial confinement fusion (ICF) capsules on the Laser Mégajoule is a glow-discharge polymer (GDP) plastic. Its equation of state (EOS) is of primary importance for the design of such capsules, since it has direct consequences on shock timing and is essential to mitigate hydrodynamic instabilities. Using ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD), we have investigated the 300-K isotherm of amorphous CH1.37O0.08 plastic, whose structure is close to GDP plastic. The 300-K isotherm, which is often used as a cold curve within tabular EOS, is an important contribution of the EOS in the multimegabar pressure range. AIMD results are compared to analytic models within tabular EOS, pointing out large discrepancies. In addition, we show that the effect of oxygen decreases 300-K isotherm pressure by 10%-15%. The implication of these observations is the ability to improve ICF target performance, which is essential to achieve fusion ignition.
Excitons in Mg(OH)2 and Ca(OH)2 from ab initio calculations
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Pishtshev, A.; Karazhanov, S. Zh.; Klopov, M.
2014-09-01
By using ab initio calculations with the HSE06 hybrid functional and GW approximation combined with numerical solution of the Bethe Salpeter equation (GW-BSE) we predict the existence of diverse number of excitonic states in multifunctional hydroxides X(OH)2 (X=Mg and Ca) that were not previously reported experimentally or theoretically. The imaginary part of the dielectric function and the reflectivity spectra show very strong peaks corresponding to the electron-hole pair states of large binding energy. The origin of the excitons is attributed to strong localization of the hole and the electron associated with oxygen 2px,2py occupied states as well as to oxygen and earth metal s empty states, respectively. The results have important implications for different applications of the materials in optoelectronic devices.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Nomura, Yusuke; Arita, Ryotaro
2015-12-01
We formulate an ab initio downfolding scheme for electron-phonon-coupled systems. In this scheme, we calculate partially renormalized phonon frequencies and electron-phonon coupling, which include the screening effects of high-energy electrons, to construct a realistic Hamiltonian consisting of low-energy electron and phonon degrees of freedom. We show that our scheme can be implemented by slightly modifying the density functional-perturbation theory (DFPT), which is one of the standard methods for calculating phonon properties from first principles. Our scheme, which we call the constrained DFPT, can be applied to various phonon-related problems, such as superconductivity, electron and thermal transport, thermoelectricity, piezoelectricity, dielectricity, and multiferroicity. We believe that the constrained DFPT provides a firm basis for the understanding of the role of phonons in strongly correlated materials. Here, we apply the scheme to fullerene superconductors and discuss how the realistic low-energy Hamiltonian is constructed.
Ab initio Prediction of Martensitic and Intermartensitic Phase Boundaries in Ni-Mn-Ga.
Dutta, B; Çakır, A; Giacobbe, C; Al-Zubi, A; Hickel, T; Acet, M; Neugebauer, J
2016-01-15
Despite the importance of martensitic transformations of Ni-Mn-Ga Heusler alloys for their magnetocaloric and shape-memory properties, the martensitic part of their phase diagrams is not well determined. Using an ab initio approach that includes the interplay of lattice and vibrational degrees of freedom we identify an intermartensitic transformation between a modulated and a nonmodulated phase as a function of excess Ni and Mn content. Based on an evaluation of the theoretical findings and experimental x-ray diffraction data for Mn-rich alloys, we are able to predict the phase diagram for Ni-rich alloys. In contrast to other mechanisms discussed for various material systems in the literature, we herewith show that the intermartensitic transformation can be understood solely using thermodynamic concepts.
Ab Initio Vibrational Levels For HO2 and Vibrational Splittings for Hydrogen Atom Transfer
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Barclay, V. J.; Dateo, Christopher E.; Hamilton, I. P.; Arnold, James O. (Technical Monitor)
1994-01-01
We calculate vibrational levels and wave functions for HO2 using the recently reported ab initio potential energy surface of Walch and Duchovic. There is intramolecular hydrogen atom transfer when the hydrogen atom tunnels through a T-shaped saddle point separating two equivalent equilibrium geometries, and correspondingly, the energy levels are split. We focus on vibrational levels and wave functions with significant splitting. The first three vibrational levels with splitting greater than 2/cm are (15 0), (0 7 1) and (0 8 0) where V(sub 2) is the O-O-H bend quantum number. We discuss the dynamics of hydrogen atom transfer; in particular, the O-O distances at which hydrogen atom transfer is most probable for these vibrational levels. The material of the proposed presentation was reviewed and the technical content will not reveal any information not already in the public domain and will not give any foreign industry or government a competitive advantage.
Ab Initio Vibrational Levels For HO2 and Vibrational Splittings for Hydrogen Atom Transfer
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Barclay, V. J.; Dateo, Christopher E.; Hamilton, I. P.; Arnold, James O. (Technical Monitor)
1994-01-01
We calculate vibrational levels and wave functions for HO2 using the recently reported ab initio potential energy surface of Walch and Duchovic. There is intramolecular hydrogen atom transfer when the hydrogen atom tunnels through a T-shaped saddle point separating two equivalent equilibrium geometries, and correspondingly, the energy levels are split. We focus on vibrational levels and wave functions with significant splitting. The first three vibrational levels with splitting greater than 2/cm are (15 0), (0 7 1) and (0 8 0) where V(sub 2) is the O-O-H bend quantum number. We discuss the dynamics of hydrogen atom transfer; in particular, the O-O distances at which hydrogen atom transfer is most probable for these vibrational levels. The material of the proposed presentation was reviewed and the technical content will not reveal any information not already in the public domain and will not give any foreign industry or government a competitive advantage.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Huser, G.; Recoules, V.; Ozaki, N.; Sano, T.; Sakawa, Y.; Salin, G.; Albertazzi, B.; Miyanishi, K.; Kodama, R.
2015-12-01
Plastic materials (CH) doped with mid-Z elements are used as ablators in inertial confinement fusion (ICF) capsules and in their surrogates. Hugoniot equation of state (EOS) and electronic properties of CH doped with germanium (at 2.5% and 13% dopant fractions) are investigated experimentally up to 7 Mbar using velocity and reflectivity measurements of shock fronts on the GEKKO laser at Osaka University. Reflectivity and temperature measurements were updated using a quartz standard. Shocked quartz reflectivity was measured at 532 and 1064 nm. Theoretical investigation of shock pressure and reflectivity was then carried out by ab initio simulations using the quantum molecular dynamics (QMD) code abinit and compared with tabulated average atom EOS models. We find that shock states calculated by QMD are in better agreement with experimental data than EOS models because of a more accurate description of ionic structure. We finally discuss electronic properties by comparing reflectivity data to a semiconductor gap closure model and to QMD simulations.
Electronic and optical properties of K-doped ZnO: Ab initio study
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Aimouch, D. E.; Meskine, S.; Hayn, R.; Zaoui, A.; Boukortt, A.
2016-08-01
We present the results of ab initio calculations of K-doped ZnO in the wurtzite structure using a supercell of 32 atoms and density functional theory. A complete analysis of its electronic, optical and magnetic properties is provided. The local spin density approximation (LSDA) has been used to analyze the density of states and to understand the K influence at different concentration values. The material is revealed to become a p-type doped semiconductor. The optical constant or refractive index, the dielectric function, and the absorption coefficient were determined and show a good agreement with available experimental data. Potassium doping leads to an absorption peak at about 380 nm. That peak might improve the absorption characteristics of ZnO for solar cell or optical applications.
Voltage and capacity control of polyaniline based organic cathodes: An ab initio study
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Chen, Yingqian; Manzhos, Sergei
2016-12-01
Polyaniline (PANI) is a promising organic cathode material for electrochemical batteries. Its specific capacity is limited by irreversible formation of pernigraniline base, and its energy density is limited by the voltage which could be improved. We present an ab initio study of PANI and PANI functionalized with functional groups which lead to increased voltage and stabilization of the pernigraniline salt. Specifically, the oxidation potential achieved by functionalization with CN on the nitrogen is computed to be 1.3 V higher than that of pristine PANI oligomer, leading to a higher voltage, and the formation of the pernigraniline base is predicted to be simultaneously suppressed, leading to a higher reversible capacity. Therefore, functionalized PANI could be a promising candidate organic cathode for Li-ion batteries.
High Level Ab Initio Kinetics as a Tool for Astrochemistry
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Klippenstein, Stephen
2015-05-01
We will survey the application of ab initio theoretical kinetics to reactions of importance to astrochemistry. Illustrative examples will be taken from our calculations for (i) interstellar chemistry, (ii) Titan's atmospheric chemistry, and (iii) the chemistry of extrasolar giant planets. The accuracy of various aspects of the calculations will be summarized including (i) the underlying ab initio electronic structure calculations, (ii) the treatment of the high pressure recombination process, and (iii) the treatment of the pressure dependence of the kinetics. The applications will consider the chemistry of phosphorous on giant planets, the kinetics of water dimerization, the chemistry of nitrogen on Titan's atmosphere, as well as various reactions of interstellar chemistry interest such as the recombination of OH with H, and O(3P) reacting with C2H5, CH2, and CCS. Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division.
Separable metamaterials: analytical ab-initio homogenization and chirality
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ciattoni, Alessandro; Rago, Domenico; Rizza, Carlo
2016-11-01
We investigate the ab-initio homogenization of separable metamaterials with factorized dielectric permittivity profiles, which can be achieved through suitable grey-scale permittivity design techniques. Separability allows such metamaterials to be physically regarded as the superposition of three fictitious 1D generating media. We prove that, in the long-wavelength limit, separable metamaterials admit a simple and analytical description of their electromagnetic bi-anisotropic response, which can be reconstructed from the properties of the 1D generating media. Our approach provides a strategy that allows the full ab-initio and flexible design of a complex bianisotropic response by using the simple and well-known properties of 1D metamaterials.
Ab-initio calculations on melting of thorium
Mukherjee, D. Sahoo, B. D.; Joshi, K. D.; Kaushik, T. C.; Gupta, Satish C.
2016-05-23
Ab-initio molecular dynamics study has been performed on face centered cubic structured thorium to determine its melting temperature at room pressure. The ion-electron interaction potential energy calculated as a function of temperature for three volumes (a{sub 0}){sup 3} and (1.02a{sub 0}){sup 3} and (1.04a{sub 0}){sup 3} increases gradually with temperature and undergoes a sharp jump at ~2200 K, ~2100 K and ~1800 K, respectively. Here, a{sub 0} = 5.043 Å is the equilibrium lattice parameter at 0 K obtained from ab-initio calculations. These jumps in interaction energy are treated as due to the onset of melting and corresponding temperatures as melting point. The melting point of 2100 K is close to the experimental value of 2023 K. Further, the same has been verified by plotting the atomic arrangement evolved at various temperatures and corresponding pair correlation functions.
Ab initio calculations of light-ion fusion reactions
Hupin, G.; Quaglioni, S.; Navratil, P.
2012-10-20
The exact treatment of nuclei starting from the constituent nucleons and the fundamental interactions among them has been a long-standing goal in nuclear physics. Above all nuclear scattering and reactions, which require the solution of the many-body quantum-mechanical problem in the continuum, represent an extraordinary theoretical as well as computational challenge for ab initio approaches. The ab initio No-Core Shell Model/Resonating-Group Method (NCSM/RGM) complements a microscopic cluster technique with the use of realistic interactions, and a microscopic and consistent description of the nucleon clusters. This approach is capable of describing simultaneously both bound and scattering states in light nuclei. Recent applications to light nuclei scattering and fusion reactions relevant to energy production in stars and Earth based fusion facilities, such as the deuterium-{sup 3}He fusion, are presented. Progress toward the inclusion of the three nucleon force into the formalism is outlined.
Ab Initio Calculations Of Light-Ion Reactions
Navratil, P; Quaglioni, S; Roth, R; Horiuchi, W
2012-03-12
The exact treatment of nuclei starting from the constituent nucleons and the fundamental interactions among them has been a long-standing goal in nuclear physics. In addition to the complex nature of nuclear forces, one faces the quantum-mechanical many-nucleon problem governed by an interplay between bound and continuum states. In recent years, significant progress has been made in ab initio nuclear structure and reaction calculations based on input from QCD employing Hamiltonians constructed within chiral effective field theory. In this contribution, we present one of such promising techniques capable of describing simultaneously both bound and scattering states in light nuclei. By combining the resonating-group method (RGM) with the ab initio no-core shell model (NCSM), we complement a microscopic cluster approach with the use of realistic interactions and a microscopic and consistent description of the clusters. We discuss applications to light nuclei scattering, radiative capture and fusion reactions.
Ab initio Monte Carlo investigation of small lithium clusters.
Srinivas, S.
1999-06-16
Structural and thermal properties of small lithium clusters are studied using ab initio-based Monte Carlo simulations. The ab initio scheme uses a Hartree-Fock/density functional treatment of the electronic structure combined with a jump-walking Monte Carlo sampling of nuclear configurations. Structural forms of Li{sub 8} and Li{sub 9}{sup +} clusters are obtained and their thermal properties analyzed in terms of probability distributions of the cluster potential energy, average potential energy and configurational heat capacity all considered as a function of the cluster temperature. Details of the gradual evolution with temperature of the structural forms sampled are examined. Temperatures characterizing the onset of structural changes and isomer coexistence are identified for both clusters.
Spin-orbit decomposition of ab initio nuclear wave functions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Johnson, Calvin W.
2015-03-01
Although the modern shell-model picture of atomic nuclei is built from single-particle orbits with good total angular momentum j , leading to j -j coupling, decades ago phenomenological models suggested that a simpler picture for 0 p -shell nuclides can be realized via coupling of the total spin S and total orbital angular momentum L . I revisit this idea with large-basis, no-core shell-model calculations using modern ab initio two-body interactions and dissect the resulting wave functions into their component L - and S -components. Remarkably, there is broad agreement with calculations using the phenomenological Cohen-Kurath forces, despite a gap of nearly 50 years and six orders of magnitude in basis dimensions. I suggest that L -S decomposition may be a useful tool for analyzing ab initio wave functions of light nuclei, for example, in the case of rotational bands.
Ab initio theories for light nuclei and neutron stars
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Gezerlis, Alexandros
2016-09-01
In this talk I will touch upon several features of modern ab initio low-energy nuclear theory. I will start by discussing what ``ab initio'' means in this context. Specifically, I will spend some time going over nucleon-nucleon and three-nucleon interactions and their connections with the underlying theory of Quantum Chromodynamics. I will then show how these interactions are used to describe light nuclei using essentially exact few-body methods. I will then discuss heavier systems, especially those of astrophysical relevance, as well as the methods used to tackle them. This work was supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada and the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).
Study of Nuclear Clustering from an Ab Initio Perspective
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kravvaris, Konstantinos; Volya, Alexander
2017-08-01
We put forward a new ab initio approach that seamlessly bridges the structure, clustering, and reactions aspects of the nuclear quantum many-body problem. The configuration interaction technique combined with the resonating group method based on a harmonic oscillator basis allows us to treat the reaction and multiclustering dynamics in a translationally invariant way and preserve the Pauli principle. Our presentation includes studies of Be,108 and an exploration of 3 α clustering in 12C.
GAUSSIAN 76: An ab initio Molecular Orbital Program
DOE R&D Accomplishments Database
Binkley, J. S.; Whiteside, R.; Hariharan, P. C.; Seeger, R.; Hehre, W. J.; Lathan, W. A.; Newton, M. D.; Ditchfield, R.; Pople, J. A.
1978-01-01
Gaussian 76 is a general-purpose computer program for ab initio Hartree-Fock molecular orbital calculations. It can handle basis sets involving s, p and d-type Gaussian functions. Certain standard sets (STO-3G, 4-31G, 6-31G*, etc.) are stored internally for easy use. Closed shell (RHF) or unrestricted open shell (UHF) wave functions can be obtained. Facilities are provided for geometry optimization to potential minima and for limited potential surface scans.
Ab Initio-Based Predictions of Hydrocarbon Combustion Chemistry
2015-07-15
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Thermochemical data for CVD modeling from ab initio calculations
Ho, P.; Melius, C.F.
1993-12-31
Ab initio electronic-structure calculations are combined with empirical bond-additivity corrections to yield thermochemical properties of gas-phase molecules. A self-consistent set of heats of formation for molecules in the Si-H, Si-H-Cl, Si-H-F, Si-N-H and Si-N-H-F systems is presented, along with preliminary values for some Si-O-C-H species.
The study of molecular spectroscopy by ab initio methods
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Langhoff, Stephen R.
1991-01-01
This review illustrates the potential of theory for solving spectroscopic problems. The accuracy of approximate techniques for including electron correlation have been calibrated by comparison with full configuration-interaction calculations. Examples of the application of ab initio calculations to vibrational, rotational, and electronic spectroscopy are given. It is shown that the state-averaged, complete active space self-consistent field, multireference configuration-interaction procedure provides a good approach for treating several electronic states accurately in a common molecular orbital basis.
High pressure behaviour of uranium dicarbide (UC2): Ab-initio study
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Sahoo, B. D.; Mukherjee, D.; Joshi, K. D.; Kaushik, T. C.
2016-08-01
The structural stability of uranium dicarbide has been examined under hydrostatic compression employing evolutionary structure search algorithm implemented in the universal structure predictor: evolutionary Xtallography (USPEX) code in conjunction with ab-initio electronic band structure calculation method. The ab-initio total energy calculations involved for this purpose have been carried out within both generalized gradient approximations (GGA) and GGA + U approximations. Our calculations under GGA approximation predict the high pressure structural sequence of tetragonal → monoclinic → orthorhombic for this material with transition pressures of ˜8 GPa and 42 GPa, respectively. The same transition sequence is predicted by calculations within GGA + U also with transition pressures placed at ˜24 GPa and ˜50 GPa, respectively. Further, on the basis of comparison of zero pressure equilibrium volume and equation of state with available experimental data, we find that GGA + U approximation with U = 2.5 eV describes this material better than the simple GGA approximation. The theoretically predicted high pressure structural phase transitions are in disagreement with the only high experimental study by Dancausse et al. [J. Alloys. Compd. 191, 309 (1993)] on this compound which reports a tetragonal to hexagonal phase transition at a pressure of ˜17.6 GPa. Interestingly, during lowest enthalpy structure search using USPEX, we do not see any hexagonal phase to be closer to the predicted monoclinic phase even within 0.2 eV/f. unit. More experiments with varying carbon contents in UC2 sample are required to resolve this discrepancy. The existence of these high pressure phases predicted by static lattice calculations has been further substantiated by analyzing the elastic and lattice dynamic stability of these structures in the pressure regimes of their structural stability. Additionally, various thermo-physical quantities such as equilibrium volume, bulk modulus, Debye
A highly accurate ab initio potential energy surface for methane
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Owens, Alec; Yurchenko, Sergei N.; Yachmenev, Andrey; Tennyson, Jonathan; Thiel, Walter
2016-09-01
A new nine-dimensional potential energy surface (PES) for methane has been generated using state-of-the-art ab initio theory. The PES is based on explicitly correlated coupled cluster calculations with extrapolation to the complete basis set limit and incorporates a range of higher-level additive energy corrections. These include core-valence electron correlation, higher-order coupled cluster terms beyond perturbative triples, scalar relativistic effects, and the diagonal Born-Oppenheimer correction. Sub-wavenumber accuracy is achieved for the majority of experimentally known vibrational energy levels with the four fundamentals of 12CH4 reproduced with a root-mean-square error of 0.70 cm-1. The computed ab initio equilibrium C-H bond length is in excellent agreement with previous values despite pure rotational energies displaying minor systematic errors as J (rotational excitation) increases. It is shown that these errors can be significantly reduced by adjusting the equilibrium geometry. The PES represents the most accurate ab initio surface to date and will serve as a good starting point for empirical refinement.
Ab initio rotation-vibration spectra of HCN and HNC
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Harris, Gregory J.; Polyansky, Oleg L.; Tennyson, Jonathan
2002-03-01
We have calculated an ab initio HCN/HNC linelist for all transitions up to J=25 and 18 000 cm -1 above the zero point energy. This linelist contains more than 200 million lines each with frequencies and transition dipoles. The linelist has been calculated using our semi-global HCN/HNC VQZANO+PES and dipole moment surface, which were reported in van Mourik et al. (J. Chem. Phys. 115 (2001) 3706). With this linelist we synthesise absorption spectra of HCN and HNC at 298 K and we present the band centre and band transition dipoles for the bands which are major features in these spectra. Several of the HCN bands and many of the HNC bands have not been previously studied. Our line intensities reproduce via fully ab initio methods the unusual intensity structure of the HCN CN stretch fundamental (00 01) for the first time and also the forbidden (02 20) HCN bending overtone. We also compare the J=1→0 pure rotational transition dipole in the HCN/HNC ground and vibrationally excited states with experimental and existing ab initio results.
Ab initio multiple cloning algorithm for quantum nonadiabatic molecular dynamics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Makhov, Dmitry V.; Glover, William J.; Martinez, Todd J.; Shalashilin, Dmitrii V.
2014-08-01
We present a new algorithm for ab initio quantum nonadiabatic molecular dynamics that combines the best features of ab initio Multiple Spawning (AIMS) and Multiconfigurational Ehrenfest (MCE) methods. In this new method, ab initio multiple cloning (AIMC), the individual trajectory basis functions (TBFs) follow Ehrenfest equations of motion (as in MCE). However, the basis set is expanded (as in AIMS) when these TBFs become sufficiently mixed, preventing prolonged evolution on an averaged potential energy surface. We refer to the expansion of the basis set as "cloning," in analogy to the "spawning" procedure in AIMS. This synthesis of AIMS and MCE allows us to leverage the benefits of mean-field evolution during periods of strong nonadiabatic coupling while simultaneously avoiding mean-field artifacts in Ehrenfest dynamics. We explore the use of time-displaced basis sets, "trains," as a means of expanding the basis set for little cost. We also introduce a new bra-ket averaged Taylor expansion (BAT) to approximate the necessary potential energy and nonadiabatic coupling matrix elements. The BAT approximation avoids the necessity of computing electronic structure information at intermediate points between TBFs, as is usually done in saddle-point approximations used in AIMS. The efficiency of AIMC is demonstrated on the nonradiative decay of the first excited state of ethylene. The AIMC method has been implemented within the AIMS-MOLPRO package, which was extended to include Ehrenfest basis functions.
Ab initio 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.
Diffusion in liquid Germanium using ab initio molecular dynamics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kulkarni, R. V.; Aulbur, W. G.; Stroud, D.
1996-03-01
We describe the results of calculations of the self-diffusion constant of liquid Ge over a range of temperatures. The calculations are carried out using an ab initio molecular dynamics scheme which combines an LDA model for the electronic structure with the Bachelet-Hamann-Schlüter norm-conserving pseudopotentials^1. The energies associated with electronic degrees of freedom are minimized using the Williams-Soler algorithm, and ionic moves are carried out using the Verlet algorithm. We use an energy cutoff of 10 Ry, which is sufficient to give results for the lattice constant and bulk modulus of crystalline Ge to within 1% and 12% of experiment. The program output includes not only the self-diffusion constant but also the structure factor, electronic density of states, and low-frequency electrical conductivity. We will compare our results with other ab initio and semi-empirical calculations, and discuss extension to impurity diffusion. ^1 We use the ab initio molecular dynamics code fhi94md, developed at 1cm the Fritz-Haber Institute, Berlin. ^2 Work supported by NASA, Grant NAG3-1437.
Ab Initio Theory of Light-ion Reactions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Navrátil, Petr; Quaglioni, Sofia; Roth, Robert
2011-09-01
The exact treatment of nuclei starting from the constituent nucleons and the fundamental interactions among them has been a long-standing goal in nuclear physics. Above all nuclear scattering and reactions, which require the solution of the many-body quantum-mechanical problem in the continuum, represent a theoretical and computational challenge for ab initio approaches. After a brief overview of the field, we present a new ab initio many-body approach capable of describing simultaneously both bound and scattering states in light nuclei. By combining the resonating-group method (RGM) with the ab initio no-core shell model (NCSM), we complement a microscopic cluster technique with the use of realistic interactions and a microscopic and consistent description of the clusters. We show results for neutron and proton scattering on light nuclei, including p-7Be and n-8He. We also highlight the first results of the d-3He and d-3H fusion calculations obtained within this approach.
Ab Initio Nuclear Structure and Reaction Calculations for Rare Isotopes
Draayer, Jerry P.
2014-09-28
We have developed a novel ab initio symmetry-adapted no-core shell model (SA-NCSM), which has opened the intermediate-mass region for ab initio investigations, thereby providing an opportunity for first-principle symmetry-guided applications to nuclear structure and reactions for nuclear isotopes from the lightest p-shell systems to intermediate-mass nuclei. This includes short-lived proton-rich nuclei on the path of X-ray burst nucleosynthesis and rare neutron-rich isotopes to be produced by the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB). We have provided ab initio descriptions of high accuracy for low-lying (including collectivity-driven) states of isotopes of Li, He, Be, C, O, Ne, Mg, Al, and Si, and studied related strong- and weak-interaction driven reactions that are important, in astrophysics, for further understanding stellar evolution, X-ray bursts and triggering of s, p, and rp processes, and in applied physics, for electron and neutrino-nucleus scattering experiments as well as for fusion ignition at the National Ignition Facility (NIF).
Ab initio multiple cloning algorithm for quantum nonadiabatic molecular dynamics.
Makhov, Dmitry V; Glover, William J; Martinez, Todd J; Shalashilin, Dmitrii V
2014-08-07
We present a new algorithm for ab initio quantum nonadiabatic molecular dynamics that combines the best features of ab initio Multiple Spawning (AIMS) and Multiconfigurational Ehrenfest (MCE) methods. In this new method, ab initio multiple cloning (AIMC), the individual trajectory basis functions (TBFs) follow Ehrenfest equations of motion (as in MCE). However, the basis set is expanded (as in AIMS) when these TBFs become sufficiently mixed, preventing prolonged evolution on an averaged potential energy surface. We refer to the expansion of the basis set as "cloning," in analogy to the "spawning" procedure in AIMS. This synthesis of AIMS and MCE allows us to leverage the benefits of mean-field evolution during periods of strong nonadiabatic coupling while simultaneously avoiding mean-field artifacts in Ehrenfest dynamics. We explore the use of time-displaced basis sets, "trains," as a means of expanding the basis set for little cost. We also introduce a new bra-ket averaged Taylor expansion (BAT) to approximate the necessary potential energy and nonadiabatic coupling matrix elements. The BAT approximation avoids the necessity of computing electronic structure information at intermediate points between TBFs, as is usually done in saddle-point approximations used in AIMS. The efficiency of AIMC is demonstrated on the nonradiative decay of the first excited state of ethylene. The AIMC method has been implemented within the AIMS-MOLPRO package, which was extended to include Ehrenfest basis functions.
Ab initio multiple cloning algorithm for quantum nonadiabatic molecular dynamics
Makhov, Dmitry V.; Shalashilin, Dmitrii V.; Glover, William J.; Martinez, Todd J.
2014-08-07
We present a new algorithm for ab initio quantum nonadiabatic molecular dynamics that combines the best features of ab initio Multiple Spawning (AIMS) and Multiconfigurational Ehrenfest (MCE) methods. In this new method, ab initio multiple cloning (AIMC), the individual trajectory basis functions (TBFs) follow Ehrenfest equations of motion (as in MCE). However, the basis set is expanded (as in AIMS) when these TBFs become sufficiently mixed, preventing prolonged evolution on an averaged potential energy surface. We refer to the expansion of the basis set as “cloning,” in analogy to the “spawning” procedure in AIMS. This synthesis of AIMS and MCE allows us to leverage the benefits of mean-field evolution during periods of strong nonadiabatic coupling while simultaneously avoiding mean-field artifacts in Ehrenfest dynamics. We explore the use of time-displaced basis sets, “trains,” as a means of expanding the basis set for little cost. We also introduce a new bra-ket averaged Taylor expansion (BAT) to approximate the necessary potential energy and nonadiabatic coupling matrix elements. The BAT approximation avoids the necessity of computing electronic structure information at intermediate points between TBFs, as is usually done in saddle-point approximations used in AIMS. The efficiency of AIMC is demonstrated on the nonradiative decay of the first excited state of ethylene. The AIMC method has been implemented within the AIMS-MOLPRO package, which was extended to include Ehrenfest basis functions.
Timoshenko, J.; Shivhare, A.; Scott, R. W.; ...
2016-06-30
We adopted ab-initio X-ray Absorption Near Edge Structure (XANES) modelling for structural refinement of local environments around metal impurities in a large variety of materials. Our method enables both direct modelling, where the candidate structures are known, and the inverse modelling, where the unknown structural motifs are deciphered from the experimental spectra. We present also estimates of systematic errors, and their influence on the stability and accuracy of the obtained results. We illustrate our approach by following the evolution of local environment of palladium atoms in palladium-doped gold thiolate clusters upon chemical and thermal treatments.
Ab initio and experimental studies of glow-discharge polymer used in Laser MégaJoule capsules
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Colin-Lalu, Pierre; Huser, Gaël; Recoules, Vanina; Salin, Gwenael; CEA DAM DIF Team
2015-06-01
Equations of state tables used in Initial Confinement Fusion capsule design tools are highly dependent on the cold curve in the multimegabar range. Original ab-initio molecular dynamic simulations were performed to get accurate cold curves of glow-discharge polymer (GDP) plastics. Furthermore the effect of oxygen absorption by GDP structure is studied on the cold curve, as well as its impact on the Hugoniot curves. Results are compared with Hugoniot experimental data obtained in a recent experiment at the LULI2000 laser facility in France. This study leads to improve equation of states knowledge of ablator materials, which is of primary importance for NIF and LMJ experiments.
Ab initio and experimental studies of glow-discharge polymer used in laser mégajoule capsules
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Colin-Lalu, P.; Recoules, V.; Salin, G.; Huser, G.
2017-01-01
The equations of state tables used in Inertial Confinement Fusion Capsule design tools are highly dependent on the cold curve in the multimegabar pressure range. Original ab initio molecular dynamic simulations were performed to get accurate cold curves of glow-discharge polymer (GDP) plastics. Furthermore the effect of oxygen absorption by GDP structure is studied on the cold curve, as well as its impact on the Hugoniot curves. Results are compared with the Hugoniot experimental data obtained in a recent experiment at the LULI2000 laser facility in France. This study leads to improve the equation of states knowledge of ablator materials, which is of primary importance for NIF and LMJ experiments.
Timoshenko, Janis; Shivhare, Atal; Scott, Robert W J; Lu, Deyu; Frenkel, Anatoly I
2016-07-20
We adopted ab initio X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) modeling for structural refinement of local environments around metal impurities in a large variety of materials. Our method enables both direct modeling, where the candidate structures are known, and the inverse modeling, where the unknown structural motifs are deciphered from the experimental spectra. We present also estimates of systematic errors, and their influence on the stability and accuracy of the obtained results. We illustrate our approach by revealing the evolution of local environment of palladium atoms in palladium-doped gold thiolate clusters upon chemical and thermal treatments.
Combined electron beam imaging and ab initio modeling of T{sub 1} precipitates in Al-Li-Cu alloys
Dwyer, C.; Weyland, M.; Chang, L. Y.; Muddle, B. C.
2011-05-16
Among the many considerable challenges faced in developing a rational basis for advanced alloy design, establishing accurate atomistic models is one of the most fundamental. Here we demonstrate how advanced imaging techniques in a double-aberration-corrected transmission electron microscope, combined with ab initio modeling, have been used to determine the atomic structure of embedded 1 nm thick T{sub 1} precipitates in precipitation-hardened Al-Li-Cu aerospace alloys. The results provide an accurate determination of the controversial T{sub 1} structure, and demonstrate how next-generation techniques permit the characterization of embedded nanostructures in alloys and other nanostructured materials.
Ab Initio Studies of Surfaces and Interfaces
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Garrity, Kevin F.
2011-12-01
Over the past 50 years, our ability to design and fabricate materials and devices with ever-smaller components has improved to the point that many technologies are crucially dependent on surfaces and interfaces. As this process continues, the atomic details of these surfaces and interfaces will take on increasing importance, both in understanding the behavior of existing structures as well as proposing and testing new materials and devices. First principles techniques are especially well-suited for exploring these systems, as they have the predictive capability required to understand the new phenomena which emerge at atomic length scales. In this work, we use first principles density functional theory to explore the properties of a variety of interesting surfaces and interfaces. First, we consider the thermodynamics and kinetics of Sr and La deposition on semiconductor surfaces, which is the first step in epitaxial oxide growth on semiconductors. Using this knowledge, we propose a method for growing LaAlO3 on epitaxially on Si. In addition, we explore the surface chemistry of a ferroelectric (PbTiO3) as a function a polarization in order to understand its applications to advanced catalysis. Finally, we investigate the coupling of phonons through an epitaxial interface between SrTiO3 and La 1-xSrxMnO 3, where an interfacial coupling of atomic motion is used to dynamically modulate the conductivity of a La1-xSr xMnO3 thin film.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Aoki, Masaru I.; Tsumuraya, Kazuo
1997-08-01
We study pressure-induced glass-to-crystal transitions in the sodium system. We apply an order-N ab initio molecular-dynamics (MD) method to study the transition. We use an isothermal-isobaric condition with an orbital-free density functional. The system contains 128 atoms in a supercell. We simulate the system at temperatures higher and lower than the glass-transition temperature Tg=120 K. At 50 K the pressure enhances the onset of crystallization from the glass. The system crystallizes at pressures greater than 2.75 GPa during which the crystalline atoms appear after the complete annihilation of the icosahedral clusters. At 290 K the system crystallizes at 10-3 GPa, during which the atoms appear before the annihilation of the clusters. The application of 1 GPa at this temperature retards the crystallization which is consistent with experiments on metallic glasses. Crystallization occurs after the clusters annihilate completely which is the same feature as the transitions at 50 K. The existence of the clusters disturbs the crystallization at high pressures irrespective of temperature. The icosahedral clusters are unstable and transform to other clusters at high pressures, although the clusters are elastically stable and the hardest within +/-0.07 GPa at 0 K [Masaru I. Aoki and Kazuo Tsumuraya, J. Chem. Phys. 104, 6719 (1996)]. The MD methods with the empirical pair potential is found to be insufficient to simulate the transition in this system.
International Conference on Energetic Materials
2007-11-02
M. Suceska, Brodarski Institute, Zagreb, CROATIA 14. Physics of Nitrozoamine combustion as a monopropellant and as an ingredient of modern...material studied in a high speed piston driven compaction experiment J.F. Moxnes, FFI, Kjeller, N G. Odegardstuen, Nammo Raufoss AS, Raufoss, N A...RUSSIA 26. Ab initio study of mechanism of gas-phase monomolecular destruction of Nitroethylene A.G. Shamov, G.M. Khrapkovskii, Kazan State
Ab initio approach for gap plasmonics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Hohenester, Ulrich; Draxl, Claudia
2016-10-01
Gap plasmonics deals with the properties of surface plasmons in the narrow region between two metallic nanoparticles forming the gap. For subnanometer gap distances, electrons can tunnel between the nanoparticles, leading to the emergence of novel charge-transfer plasmons. These are conveniently described within the quantum corrected model by introducing an artificial material with a tunnel conductivity inside the gap region. Here we develop a methodology for computing such tunnel conductivities within the first-principles framework of density functional theory and apply our approach to a jellium model representative for sodium. We show that the frequency dependence of the tunnel conductivity at infrared and optical frequencies can be significantly more complicated than previously thought.
Phonon dispersion of Cu oxides from ab initio DFPT+U+J calculations
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Cococcioni, M.; Himmetoglu, B.; Floris, A.
2012-12-01
After almost three decades from its discovery high Tc superconductivity is still waiting for a comprehensive explanation. Ab initio computer simulations can play a very important role in clarifying the physics of high Tc superconductors. One particular aspect, still under investigation, is the role played by the electron-phonon coupling in the onset of superconductivity at finite doping. To explore the effects of this coupling on the behavior of these materials is a formidable task as it requires the ability to efficiently compute phonons and to precisely capture the effects of electronic correlation (the parent materials of high Tc superconductors are, in general, correlated oxides). In this work we present the latest extension of density functional perturbation theory (DFPT - used to compute the vibrational properties of materials) to the corrected DFT+U+J functional we recently introduced to study the effects of electronic correlation on Cu oxides. The phonon frequencies and modes of CaCuO2, a prototype of high Tc parent materials, are computed and discussed in comparison with available experiments and calculations based on "standard" DFT approximations. This new numerical tool will be very important to investigate the role of electron-phonon couplings on the structural and transport properties of many transition-metal minerals for which electronic localization and magnetism play a very important role.
Ab initio Mapping of Interlayer Coupling in Transition Metal Dichalcogenides and Graphene
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Fang, Shiang; Kaxiras, Efthimios
Two-dimensional layered materials cover a wide variety of physics phenomena, such as topological phases, superconductivity, magnetism and charge density waves. Owing to the layered geometry and the van der Waals interactions in between, stacks of these van der Waals layered materials provide a venue to create a heterostructure with various physics properties. The interaction between different physics properties is particular interesting to engineer the material with the desired properties. One of the crucial ingredient in understanding the heterostructure is the interlayer coupling in between. In the literature, such kind of coupling has been proposed in various empirical forms. However, a true ab initio coupling model is still lacking. For the first time, here we have derived such interlayer coupling model from the first principle calculations based on the Wannier transformation of graphene stacks. We further investigate the Fermi velocity renormalization, van Hove singularities and the moire pattern for electron localization. Such microscopic understanding of the interlayer coupling would shed light on orbital hybridization and transport in multilayer stacks. This work was supported by the STC Center for Integrated Quantum Materials, NSF Grant No. DMR-1231319, and by ARO MURI Award No. W911NF-14-0247.
Ab initio study of thermoelectric properties of doped SnO{sub 2} superlattices
Borges, P.D.; Silva, D.E.S.; Castro, N.S.; Ferreira, C.R.; Pinto, F.G.; Tronto, J.; Scolfaro, L.
2015-11-15
Transparent conductive oxides, such as tin dioxide (SnO{sub 2}), have recently shown to be promising materials for thermoelectric applications. In this work we studied the thermoelectric properties of Fe-, Sb- and Zn-uniformly doping and co-doping SnO{sub 2}, as well as of Sb and Zn planar (or delta)-doped layers in SnO{sub 2} forming oxide superlattices (SLs). Based on the semiclassical Boltzmann transport equations (BTE) in conjunction with ab initio electronic structure calculations, the Seebeck coefficient (S) and figure of merit (ZT) are obtained for these systems, and are compared with available experimental data. The delta doping approach introduces a remarkable modification in the electronic structure of tin dioxide, when compared with the uniform doping, and colossal values for ZT are predicted for the delta-doped oxide SLs. This result is a consequence of the two-dimensional electronic confinement and the strong anisotropy introduced by the doped planes. In comparison with the uniformly doped systems, our predictions reveal a promising use of delta-doped SnO{sub 2} SLs for enhanced S and ZT, which emerge as potential candidates for thermoelectric applications. - Graphical abstract: Band structure and Figure of merit for SnO2:Sb superlattice along Z direction, P. D. Borges, D. E. S. Silva, N. S. Castro, C. R. Ferreira, F. G. Pinto, J. Tronto and L. Scolfaro, Ab initio study of thermoelectric properties of doped SnO2 superlattices. - Highlights: • Thermoelectric properties of SnO{sub 2}-based alloys and superlattices. • High figure of merit is predicted for planar-doped SnO{sub 2} superlattices. • Nanotechnology has an important role for the development of thermoelectric devices.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Yabana, Kazuhiro
2017-05-01
Ab-initio density functional theory (DFT) has been successful for calculations of ground state properties of various materials. Time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) is an extension of the DFT and can describe electron dynamics in molecules, nano-structures, and solids induced by optical electric fields. We have been developing a computational method to describe electron dynamics in a crystalline solid under an irradiation of an ultrashort laser pulse, solving the time-dependent Kohn-Sham equation in real time. The method can be used for an ab-initio description of light-matter interactions. We further couple the electron dynamics calculation with the macroscopic Maxwell equations in a multiscale implementation. It can describe laser pulse propagation in dielectrics and, in particular,the energy transfer from the laser pulse to electrons in dielectrics without any empirical parameters. We apply the method to analyze recent experiments utilizing attosecond spectroscopy methods. We show a few examples. One is for the ultrafast changes of dielectric properties of diamond during the irradiation of an intense few-cycle laser pulse. We mimic the pump-probe measurement employing the multiscale Maxwell + TDDFT simulation. We clarified that the dynamical Franz-Keldysh effect is responsible for the mechanism. The other is to identify the onset of the energy transfer from the laser pulse to SiO_2 when we increase the intensity of the laser pulse. We are currently extending the analysis to obtain a clear and intuitive understanding for the initial stage of laser damage processes.
Ab initio guided design of bcc Mg-Li alloys for ultra light-weight applications
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Friák, Martin; Counts, William Art; Raabe, Dierk; Neugebauer, Jörg
2009-03-01
Ab initio calculations are becoming increasingly useful to engineers interested in designing new alloys because these calculations are able to accurately predict basic material properties only knowing the atomic composition of the material. In this paper, fundamental physical properties (like formation energies and elastic constants) of 11 bcc Mg-Li compounds are calculated using density-functional theory (DFT) and compared with available experimental data. These DFT-determined properties are in turn used to calculate engineering parameters like (i) specific Young's modulus (Y/ρ) or (ii) bulk over shear modulus ratio (B/G) differentiating between brittle and ductile behavior. The engineering parameters are then used to identify alloys that have optimal mechanical properties needed for a light weight structural material. It was found that the stiffest bcc magnesium-lithium alloys contain about 70 at.% Mg while the most ductile alloys have 0-20 at.% Mg. The specific modulus for alloys with 70 at.% Mg is equal to that of Al-Mg alloys. An Ashby map containing Y/ρ vs. B/G shows that it is not possible to increase both Y/ρ and B/G by changing only the composition or local order of a binary alloy (W. A. Counts, M. Fri'ak, D. Raabe and J. Neugebauer, Acta Mater 57 (2009) 69-76).
SGO: A fast engine for ab initio atomic structure global optimization by differential evolution
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Chen, Zhanghui; Jia, Weile; Jiang, Xiangwei; Li, Shu-Shen; Wang, Lin-Wang
2017-10-01
As the high throughout calculations and material genome approaches become more and more popular in material science, the search for optimal ways to predict atomic global minimum structure is a high research priority. This paper presents a fast method for global search of atomic structures at ab initio level. The structures global optimization (SGO) engine consists of a high-efficiency differential evolution algorithm, accelerated local relaxation methods and a plane-wave density functional theory code running on GPU machines. The purpose is to show what can be achieved by combining the superior algorithms at the different levels of the searching scheme. SGO can search the global-minimum configurations of crystals, two-dimensional materials and quantum clusters without prior symmetry restriction in a relatively short time (half or several hours for systems with less than 25 atoms), thus making such a task a routine calculation. Comparisons with other existing methods such as minima hopping and genetic algorithm are provided. One motivation of our study is to investigate the properties of magnetic systems in different phases. The SGO engine is capable of surveying the local minima surrounding the global minimum, which provides the information for the overall energy landscape of a given system. Using this capability we have found several new configurations for testing systems, explored their energy landscape, and demonstrated that the magnetic moment of metal clusters fluctuates strongly in different local minima.
Ab initio Study of He Stability in hcp-Ti
Dai, Yunya; Yang, Li; Peng, SM; Long, XG; Gao, Fei; Zu, Xiaotao T.
2010-12-20
The stability of He in hcp-Ti was studied using ab initio method based on density functional theory. The results indicate that a single He atom prefers to occupy the tetrahedral site rather than the octahedral site. The interaction of He defects with Ti atoms has been used to explain the relative stabilities of He point defects in hcp-Ti. The relative stability of He defects in hcp-Ti is useful for He clustering and bubble nucleation in metal tritides, which provides the basis for development of improved atomistic models.
Ab initio quantum chemical study of electron transfer in carboranes
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Pati, Ranjit; Pineda, Andrew C.; Pandey, Ravindra; Karna, Shashi P.
2005-05-01
The electron transfer (ET) properties of 10- and 12-vertex carboranes are investigated by the ab initio Hartree-Fock method within the Marcus-Hush (MH) two-state model and the Koopman theorem (KT) approach. The calculated value of the ET coupling matrix element, VAB, is consistently higher in the KT approach than in the MH two-state model. For the carborane molecules functionalized by -CH 2 groups at C-vertices, VAB strongly depends on the relative orientation of the planes containing the terminal -CH 2 groups. The predicted conformation dependence of VAB offers a molecular mechanism to control ET between two active centers in molecular systems.
Ab-initio study of transition metal hydrides
Sharma, Ramesh; Shukla, Seema Dwivedi, Shalini Sharma, Yamini
2014-04-24
We have performed ab initio self consistent calculations based on Full potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method to investigate the optical and thermal properties of yttrium hydrides. From the band structure and density of states, the optical absorption spectra and specific heats have been calculated. The band structure of Yttrium metal changes dramatically due to hybridization of Y sp orbitals with H s orbitals and there is a net charge transfer from metal to hydrogen site. The electrical resistivity and specific heats of yttrium hydrides are lowered but the thermal conductivity is slightly enhanced due to increase in scattering from hydrogen sites.
Morphing ab initio potential energy curve of beryllium monohydride
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Špirko, Vladimír
2016-12-01
Effective (mass-dependent) potential energy curves of the ground electronic states of 9BeH, 9BeD, and 9BeT are constructed by morphing a very accurate MR-ACPF ab initio potential of Koput (2011) within the framework of the reduced potential energy curve approach of Jenč (1983). The morphing is performed by fitting the RPC parameters to available experimental ro-vibrational data. The resulting potential energy curves provide a fairly quantitative reproduction of the fitted data. This allows for a reliable prediction of the so-far unobserved molecular states in terms of only a small number of fitting parameters.
Ab initio investigation of supported Au-Mn nanowires
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Tsysar, K. M.; Kolesnikov, S. V.; Sitnikov, I. I.; Saletsky, A. M.
2017-05-01
We present an ab initio study of surface supported Au-Mn nanowires. Three different substrates are discussed: Cu(110), stepped Cu(111) and Si(001) surface. The emergence of stable antiferromagnetic (AFM) solutions in Au-Mn nanowires was found in all three cases. We found the nonzero magnetic moments of Mn atoms, however, the bulk of manganese is paramagnetic. The critical temperature of the Au-Mn wires is calculated by means of kinetic Monte Carlo simulation. The strong size-effect of the critical temperature is demonstrated.
Ab initio evidence for nonthermal characteristics in ultrafast laser melting
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Lian, Chao; Zhang, S. B.; Meng, Sheng
2016-11-01
Laser melting of semiconductors has been observed for almost 40 years; surprisingly, it is not well understood where most theoretical simulations show a laser-induced thermal process. Ab initio nonadiabatic simulations based on real-time time-dependent density functional theory reveal intrinsic nonthermal melting of silicon, at a temperature far below the thermal melting temperature of 1680 K. Both excitation threshold and time evolution of diffraction intensity agree well with experiment. Nonthermal melting is attributed to excitation-induced drastic changes in bonding electron density, and the subsequent decrease in the melting barrier, rather than lattice heating as previously assumed in the two-temperature models.
Ab initio study of C + H3+ reactions
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Talbi, D.; DeFrees, D. J.
1991-01-01
The reaction C + H3+ --> CH(+) + H2 is frequently used in models of dense interstellar cloud chemistry with the assumption that it is fast, i.e. there are no potential energy barriers inhibiting it. Ab initio molecular orbital study of the triplet CH3+ potential energy surface (triplet because the reactant carbon atom is a ground state triplet) supports this hypothesis. The reaction product is 3 pi CH+; the reaction is to exothermic even though the product is not in its electronic ground state. No path has been found on the potential energy surface for C + H3+ --> CH2(+) + H reaction.
Communication: Ab initio Joule-Thomson inversion data for argon
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Wiebke, Jonas; Senn, Florian; Pahl, Elke; Schwerdtfeger, Peter
2013-02-01
The Joule-Thomson coefficient μH(P, T) is computed from the virial equation of state up to seventh-order for argon obtained from accurate ab initio data. Higher-order corrections become increasingly more important to fit the low-temperature and low-pressure regime and to avoid the early onset of divergence in the Joule-Thomson inversion curve. Good agreement with experiment is obtained for temperatures T > 250 K. The results also illustrate the limitations of the virial equation in regions close to the critical temperature.
Ab Initio Study of Phase Equilibria in TiCx
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Korzhavyi, P. A.; Pourovskii, L. V.; Hugosson, H. W.; Ruban, A. V.; Johansson, B.
2002-01-01
The phase diagram for the vacancy-ordered structures in the substoichiometric TiCx ( x = 0.5-1.0) has been established from Monte Carlo simulations with the long-range pair and multisite effective interactions obtained from ab initio calculations. Three ordered superstructures of vacancies ( Ti2C, Ti3C2, and Ti6C5) are found to be ground state configurations. Their stability has been verified by full-potential total energy calculations of the fully relaxed structures.
Accelerating ab initio molecular dynamics simulations by linear prediction methods
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Herr, Jonathan D.; Steele, Ryan P.
2016-09-01
Acceleration of ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations can be reliably achieved by extrapolation of electronic data from previous timesteps. Existing techniques utilize polynomial least-squares regression to fit previous steps' Fock or density matrix elements. In this work, the recursive Burg 'linear prediction' technique is shown to be a viable alternative to polynomial regression, and the extrapolation-predicted Fock matrix elements were three orders of magnitude closer to converged elements. Accelerations of 1.8-3.4× were observed in test systems, and in all cases, linear prediction outperformed polynomial extrapolation. Importantly, these accelerations were achieved without reducing the MD integration timestep.
Cooperative effects in spherical spasers: Ab initio analytical model
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Bordo, V. G.
2017-06-01
A fully analytical semiclassical theory of cooperative optical processes which occur in an ensemble of molecules embedded in a spherical core-shell nanoparticle is developed from first principles. Both the plasmonic Dicke effect and spaser generation are investigated for the designs in which a shell/core contains an arbitrarily large number of active molecules in the vicinity of a metallic core/shell. An essential aspect of the theory is an ab initio account of the feedback from the core/shell boundaries which significantly modifies the molecular dynamics. The theory provides rigorous, albeit simple and physically transparent, criteria for both plasmonic superradiance and surface plasmon generation.
Ab Initio and Ab Exitu No-Core Shell Model
Vary, J P; Navratil, P; Gueorguiev, V G; Ormand, W E; Nogga, A; Maris, P; Shirokov, A
2007-10-02
We outline two complementary approaches based on the no core shell model (NCSM) and present recent results. In the ab initio approach, nuclear properties are evaluated with two-nucleon (NN) and three-nucleon interactions (TNI) derived within effective field theory (EFT) based on chiral perturbation theory (ChPT). Fitting two available parameters of the TNI generates good descriptions of light nuclei. In a second effort, an ab exitu approach, results are obtained with a realistic NN interaction derived by inverse scattering theory with off-shell properties tuned to fit light nuclei. Both approaches produce good results for observables sensitive to spin-orbit properties.
Ab-Initio Shell Model with a Core
Lisetskiy, A F; Barrett, B R; Kruse, M; Navratil, P; Stetcu, I; Vary, J P
2008-06-04
We construct effective 2- and 3-body Hamiltonians for the p-shell by performing 12{h_bar}{Omega} ab initio no-core shell model (NCSM) calculations for A=6 and 7 nuclei and explicitly projecting the many-body Hamiltonians onto the 0{h_bar}{Omega} space. We then separate these effective Hamiltonians into 0-, 1- and 2-body contributions (also 3-body for A=7) and analyze the systematic behavior of these different parts as a function of the mass number A and size of the NCSM basis space. The role of effective 3- and higher-body interactions for A > 6 is investigated and discussed.
Ab-initio study of napthelene based conducting polymer
Ruhela, Ankur; Kanchan, Reena; Srivastava, Anurag; Sinha, O. P.
2014-04-24
In this paper, we have identified structural and electronic properties of conducting polymers by using DFT based ATK-VNL ab-initio tool. Naphthalene derivative structures were stabilized by varying the bond length between two atoms of the molecule C-N and C-C. We have also studied the molecular energy spectrum of naphthalene derivatives and found the HOMOLUMO for the same. A comparison of structural and electronic properties of naphthalene derivatives by attaching the functional group of amine, have been performed and found that they show good semi conducting properties.
Pseudorotation motion in tetrahydrofuran: an ab initio study.
Rayón, Víctor M; Sordo, Jose A
2005-05-22
The use of different models based on experimental information about the observed level splitings, rotational constants, and far-infrared transition frequencies leads to different predictions on the equilibrium geometry for tetrahydrofuran. High-level ab initio calculations [coupled cluster singles, doubles (triples)/complete basis set (second order Moller-Plesset triple, quadrupole, quintuple)+zero-point energy(anharmonic)] suggest that the equilibrium conformation of tetrahydrofuran is an envelope C(s) structure. The theoretical geometrical parameters might be helpful to plan further microwave spectroscopic studies in order to get a physical interpretation of the measurements.
Communication: Ab initio Joule-Thomson inversion data for argon.
Wiebke, Jonas; Senn, Florian; Pahl, Elke; Schwerdtfeger, Peter
2013-02-21
The Joule-Thomson coefficient μ(H)(P, T) is computed from the virial equation of state up to seventh-order for argon obtained from accurate ab initio data. Higher-order corrections become increasingly more important to fit the low-temperature and low-pressure regime and to avoid the early onset of divergence in the Joule-Thomson inversion curve. Good agreement with experiment is obtained for temperatures T > 250 K. The results also illustrate the limitations of the virial equation in regions close to the critical temperature.
Ab Initio Calculations Applied to Problems in Metal Ion Chemistry
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Langhoff, Stephen R.; Partridge, Harry; Arnold, James O. (Technical Monitor)
1994-01-01
Electronic structure calculations can provide accurate spectroscopic data (such as molecular structures) vibrational frequencies, binding energies, etc.) that have been very useful in explaining trends in experimental data and in identifying incorrect experimental measurements. In addition, ab initio calculations. have given considerable insight into the many interactions that make the chemistry of transition metal systems so diverse. In this review we focus on cases where calculations and experiment have been used to solve interesting chemical problems involving metal ions. The examples include cases where theory was used to differentiate between disparate experimental values and cases where theory was used to explain unexpected experimental results.
Ab Initio Calculations Applied to Problems in Metal Ion Chemistry
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Langhoff, Stephen R.; Partridge, Harry; Arnold, James O. (Technical Monitor)
1994-01-01
Electronic structure calculations can provide accurate spectroscopic data (such as molecular structures) vibrational frequencies, binding energies, etc.) that have been very useful in explaining trends in experimental data and in identifying incorrect experimental measurements. In addition, ab initio calculations. have given considerable insight into the many interactions that make the chemistry of transition metal systems so diverse. In this review we focus on cases where calculations and experiment have been used to solve interesting chemical problems involving metal ions. The examples include cases where theory was used to differentiate between disparate experimental values and cases where theory was used to explain unexpected experimental results.
Towards accurate ab initio predictions of the vibrational spectrum of methane
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Schwenke, David W.
2002-01-01
We have carried out extensive ab initio calculations of the electronic structure of methane, and these results are used to compute vibrational energy levels. We include basis set extrapolations, core-valence correlation, relativistic effects, and Born-Oppenheimer breakdown terms in our calculations. Our ab initio predictions of the lowest lying levels are superb.
ICME for Crashworthiness of TWIP Steels: From Ab Initio to the Crash Performance
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Güvenç, O.; Roters, F.; Hickel, T.; Bambach, M.
2015-01-01
During the last decade, integrated computational materials engineering (ICME) emerged as a field which aims to promote synergetic usage of formerly isolated simulation models, data and knowledge in materials science and engineering, in order to solve complex engineering problems. In our work, we applied the ICME approach to a crash box, a common automobile component crucial to passenger safety. A newly developed high manganese steel was selected as the material of the component and its crashworthiness was assessed by simulated and real drop tower tests. The crashworthiness of twinning-induced plasticity (TWIP) steel is intrinsically related to the strain hardening behavior caused by the combination of dislocation glide and deformation twinning. The relative contributions of those to the overall hardening behavior depend on the stacking fault energy (SFE) of the selected material. Both the deformation twinning mechanism and the stacking fault energy are individually well-researched topics, but especially for high-manganese steels, the determination of the stacking-fault energy and the occurrence of deformation twinning as a function of the SFE are crucial to understand the strain hardening behavior. We applied ab initio methods to calculate the stacking fault energy of the selected steel composition as an input to a recently developed strain hardening model which models deformation twinning based on the SFE-dependent dislocation mechanisms. This physically based material model is then applied to simulate a drop tower test in order to calculate the energy absorption capacity of the designed component. The results are in good agreement with experiments. The model chain links the crash performance to the SFE and hence to the chemical composition, which paves the way for computational materials design for crashworthiness.
Alam, Todd
2013-07-29
The impacts of local polymer chain conformations on the methine and carbonyl 13C-NMR chemical shifts for polyethylene acrylic acid p(E-AA) copolymers were predicted using ab initio methods. Using small molecular cluster models, the magnitude and sign of the γ-gauche torsional angle effect, along with the impact of local tetrahedral structure distortions near the carbonyl group, on the 13C-NMR chemical shifts were determined. These 13C-NMR chemical shift variations were compared to the experimental trends observed for precise p(E-AA) copolymers as a function acid group spacing and degree of zinc-neutralization in the corresponding p(E-AA) ionomers. These ab initio calculations address the future ability of 13C-NMR chemical shift variations to provide information about the local chain conformations in p(E-AA) copolymer materials.
Surface Segregation Energies of BCC Binaries from Ab Initio and Quantum Approximate Calculations
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Good, Brian S.
2003-01-01
We compare dilute-limit segregation energies for selected BCC transition metal binaries computed using ab initio and quantum approximate energy method. Ab initio calculations are carried out using the CASTEP plane-wave pseudopotential computer code, while quantum approximate results are computed using the Bozzolo-Ferrante-Smith (BFS) method with the most recent parameterization. Quantum approximate segregation energies are computed with and without atomistic relaxation. The ab initio calculations are performed without relaxation for the most part, but predicted relaxations from quantum approximate calculations are used in selected cases to compute approximate relaxed ab initio segregation energies. Results are discussed within the context of segregation models driven by strain and bond-breaking effects. We compare our results with other quantum approximate and ab initio theoretical work, and available experimental results.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ohta, Yasuhito; Ohta, Koji; Kinugawa, Kenichi
2004-01-01
An ab initio centroid molecular dynamics (CMD) method is developed by combining the CMD method with the ab initio molecular orbital method. The ab initio CMD method is applied to vibrational dynamics of diatomic molecules, H2 and HF. For the H2 molecule, the temperature dependence of the peak frequency of the vibrational spectral density is investigated. The results are compared with those obtained by the ab initio classical molecular dynamics method and exact quantum mechanical treatment. It is shown that the vibrational frequency obtained from the ab initio CMD approaches the exact first excitation frequency as the temperature lowers. For the HF molecule, the position autocorrelation function is also analyzed in detail. The present CMD method is shown to well reproduce the exact quantum result for the information on the vibrational properties of the system.
Ab initio calculations of reactions of light nuclei
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Hupin, Guillaume; Quaglioni, Sofia; Navrátil, Petr
2017-09-01
An ab initio (i.e., from first principles) theoretical framework capable of providing a unified description of the structure and low-energy reaction properties of light nuclei is desirable as a support tool for accurate evaluations of crucial reaction data for nuclear astrophysics, fusion-energy research, and other applications. We present an efficient many-body approach to nuclear bound and scattering states alike, known as the ab initio no-core shell model with continuum. In this approach, square-integrable energy eigenstates of the A-nucleon system are coupled to (A-A)+A target-plus-projectile wave functions in the spirit of the resonating group method to obtain an efficient description of the many-body nuclear dynamics both at short and medium distances and at long ranges. We show that predictive results for nucleon and deuterium scattering on 4He nuclei can be obtained from the direct solution of the Schröedinger equation with modern nuclear potentials.
An Ab Initio Study of Alkali-C60 Complexes
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Frick, Nathan; Hira, A. S.; Ray, A. K.
2003-03-01
We extend our previous work on fullerene-alkali complexes1-2 by presenting the results of an ab initio theoretical study of the alkali LiC60+, LiC60, NaC60+, NaC60, KC60+, and KC60 complexes. In the endohedral complexes for Li and Na, there is displacement of the adatom from the center. Of the ions, exohedral Li+ will sit closest to the cage, and among the neutrals, exohedral K remains closest. Bond lengths are consistently longer for the fivefold and threefold approaches. Adsorbates inside the fullerene donate negative charge to the carbons, but ions outside obtain a small amount, resulting in a polarization of the molecule. In the ion complexes, there is lowering of the orbital energy levels by 3 to 4 eV, resulting in an increase in the number of bound, but unoccupied, electronic orbitals. The HOMO-LUMO gap, of interest in superconductivity studies, is reduced by about 50 1. A.S. Hira and A.K. Ray, Phys. Rev. A 52, 141(1995); A 54, 2205(1996). 2. Ajit Hira and A. K. Ray, "An Initio Modeling of the Endohedral and Exohedral Complexes of C60Na2+ Complexes", Bull. Am. Phys. Soc. 47 (March 2002).
Unified ab initio approaches to nuclear structure and reactions
Navratil, Petr; Quaglioni, Sofia; Hupin, Guillaume; ...
2016-04-13
The description of nuclei starting from the constituent nucleons and the realistic interactions among them has been a long-standing goal in nuclear physics. In addition to the complex nature of the nuclear forces, with two-, three- and possibly higher many-nucleon components, one faces the quantum-mechanical many-nucleon problem governed by an interplay between bound and continuum states. In recent years, significant progress has been made in ab initio nuclear structure and reaction calculations based on input from QCD-employing Hamiltonians constructed within chiral effective field theory. After a brief overview of the field, we focus on ab initio many-body approaches—built upon the no-core shell model—that are capable of simultaneously describing both bound and scattering nuclear states, and present results for resonances in light nuclei, reactions important for astrophysics and fusion research. In particular, we review recent calculations of resonances in the 6He halo nucleus, of five- and six-nucleon scattering, and an investigation of the role of chiral three-nucleon interactions in the structure of 9Be. Further, we discuss applications to the 7Bemore » $${({\\rm{p}},\\gamma )}^{8}{\\rm{B}}$$ radiative capture. Lastly, we highlight our efforts to describe transfer reactions including the 3H$${({\\rm{d}},{\\rm{n}})}^{4}$$He fusion.« less
Ab initio dynamics of the cytochrome P450 hydroxylation reaction
Elenewski, Justin E.; Hackett, John C
2015-01-01
The iron(IV)-oxo porphyrin π-cation radical known as Compound I is the primary oxidant within the cytochromes P450, allowing these enzymes to affect the substrate hydroxylation. In the course of this reaction, a hydrogen atom is abstracted from the substrate to generate hydroxyiron(IV) porphyrin and a substrate-centered radical. The hydroxy radical then rebounds from the iron to the substrate, yielding the hydroxylated product. While Compound I has succumbed to theoretical and spectroscopic characterization, the associated hydroxyiron species is elusive as a consequence of its very short lifetime, for which there are no quantitative estimates. To ascertain the physical mechanism underlying substrate hydroxylation and probe this timescale, ab initio molecular dynamics simulations and free energy calculations are performed for a model of Compound I catalysis. Semiclassical estimates based on these calculations reveal the hydrogen atom abstraction step to be extremely fast, kinetically comparable to enzymes such as carbonic anhydrase. Using an ensemble of ab initio simulations, the resultant hydroxyiron species is found to have a similarly short lifetime, ranging between 300 fs and 3600 fs, putatively depending on the enzyme active site architecture. The addition of tunneling corrections to these rates suggests a strong contribution from nuclear quantum effects, which should accelerate every step of substrate hydroxylation by an order of magnitude. These observations have strong implications for the detection of individual hydroxylation intermediates during P450 catalysis. PMID:25681906
Three-cluster dynamics within an ab initio framework
Quaglioni, Sofia; Romero-Redondo, Carolina; Navratil, Petr
2013-09-26
In this study, we introduce a fully antisymmetrized treatment of three-cluster dynamics within the ab initio framework of the no-core shell model/resonating-group method. Energy-independent nonlocal interactions among the three nuclear fragments are obtained from realistic nucleon-nucleon interactions and consistent ab initio many-body wave functions of the clusters. The three-cluster Schrödinger equation is solved with bound-state boundary conditions by means of the hyperspherical-harmonic method on a Lagrange mesh. We discuss the formalism in detail and give algebraic expressions for systems of two single nucleons plus a nucleus. Using a soft similarity-renormalization-group evolved chiral nucleon-nucleon potential, we apply the method to amore » 4He+n+n description of 6He and compare the results to experiment and to a six-body diagonalization of the Hamiltonian performed within the harmonic-oscillator expansions of the no-core shell model. Differences between the two calculations provide a measure of core (4He) polarization effects.« less
Ab initio thermodynamic model for magnesium carbonates and hydrates.
Chaka, Anne M; Felmy, Andrew R
2014-09-04
An ab initio thermodynamic framework for predicting properties of hydrated magnesium carbonate minerals has been developed using density-functional theory linked to macroscopic thermodynamics through the experimental chemical potentials for MgO, water, and CO2. Including semiempirical dispersion via the Grimme method and small corrections to the generalized gradient approximation of Perdew, Burke, and Ernzerhof for the heat of formation yields a model with quantitative agreement for the benchmark minerals brucite, magnesite, nesquehonite, and hydromagnesite. The model shows how small differences in experimental conditions determine whether nesquehonite, hydromagnesite, or magnesite is the result of laboratory synthesis from carbonation of brucite, and what transformations are expected to occur on geological time scales. Because of the reliance on parameter-free first-principles methods, the model is reliably extensible to experimental conditions not readily accessible to experiment and to any mineral composition for which the structure is known or can be hypothesized, including structures containing defects, substitutions, or transitional structures during solid state transformations induced by temperature changes or processes such as water, CO2, or O2 diffusion. Demonstrated applications of the ab initio thermodynamic framework include an independent means to evaluate differences in thermodynamic data for lansfordite, predicting the properties of Mg analogues of Ca-based hydrated carbonates monohydrocalcite and ikaite, which have not been observed in nature, and an estimation of the thermodynamics of barringtonite from the stoichiometry and a single experimental observation.
Emission Spectroscopy and Ab Initio Calculations for TaN
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ram, R. S.; Liévin, J.; Bernath, P. F.
2002-10-01
The emission spectra of TaN have been investigated in the region 3000-35 000 cm -1 using a Fourier transform spectrometer. The spectra were observed in a tantalum hollow-cathode lamp by discharging a mixture of 1.5 Torr of Ne and about 6 mTorr of N 2. In addition to previously known bands, numerous additional bands were observed and assigned to a number of new transitions. The spectroscopic properties of the low-lying electronic states of TaN were also predicted by ab initio calculations. A 1Σ + state, with equilibrium constants of Be=0.457 852 1(48) cm -1, α e=0.002 235 9(67) cm -1, and Re=1.683 099 9(88) Å, has been identified as the ground state of TaN based on our experimental observations supported by the ab initio results. The first excited state has been identified as the a3Δ 1 spin component at 2827 cm -1 above the ground state. To higher energies, the states become difficult to assign because of their Hund's case (c) behavior and extensive interactions between the spin components of the electronic terms.
Implementation of renormalized excitonic method at ab initio level.
Zhang, Hongjiang; Malrieu, Jean-Paul; Ma, Haibo; Ma, Jing
2012-01-05
The renormalized excitonic method [Hajj et al., Phys Rev B 2005, 72, 224412], in which the excited state of the whole system may be described as a linear combination of local excitations, has been implemented at ab initio level. Its performance is tested on the ionization potential and the energy gap between singlet ground state and lowest triplet for linear molecular hydrogen chains and more realistic systems, such as polyenes and polysilenes, using full configuration interaction (FCI) wave functions with a minimal basis set. The influence of different block sizes and the extent of interblock interactions are investigated. It has been demonstrated that satisfactory results can be obtained if the near degeneracies between the model space and the outer space are avoided and if interactions between the next-nearest neighbor blocks are considered. The method can be used with larger basis sets and other accurate enough ab initio evaluations (instead of FCI) of local excited states, from blocks, or from dimers or trimers of blocks. It provides a new possibility to accurately and economically describe the low-lying delocalized excited states of large systems, even inhomogeneous ones.
Ab initio dynamics of the cytochrome P450 hydroxylation reaction
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Elenewski, Justin E.; Hackett, John C.
2015-02-01
The iron(IV)-oxo porphyrin π-cation radical known as Compound I is the primary oxidant within the cytochromes P450, allowing these enzymes to affect the substrate hydroxylation. In the course of this reaction, a hydrogen atom is abstracted from the substrate to generate hydroxyiron(IV) porphyrin and a substrate-centered radical. The hydroxy radical then rebounds from the iron to the substrate, yielding the hydroxylated product. While Compound I has succumbed to theoretical and spectroscopic characterization, the associated hydroxyiron species is elusive as a consequence of its very short lifetime, for which there are no quantitative estimates. To ascertain the physical mechanism underlying substrate hydroxylation and probe this timescale, ab initio molecular dynamics simulations and free energy calculations are performed for a model of Compound I catalysis. Semiclassical estimates based on these calculations reveal the hydrogen atom abstraction step to be extremely fast, kinetically comparable to enzymes such as carbonic anhydrase. Using an ensemble of ab initio simulations, the resultant hydroxyiron species is found to have a similarly short lifetime, ranging between 300 fs and 3600 fs, putatively depending on the enzyme active site architecture. The addition of tunneling corrections to these rates suggests a strong contribution from nuclear quantum effects, which should accelerate every step of substrate hydroxylation by an order of magnitude. These observations have strong implications for the detection of individual hydroxylation intermediates during P450 catalysis.
Ab initio dynamics of the cytochrome P450 hydroxylation reaction
Elenewski, Justin E.; Hackett, John C
2015-02-14
The iron(IV)-oxo porphyrin π-cation radical known as Compound I is the primary oxidant within the cytochromes P450, allowing these enzymes to affect the substrate hydroxylation. In the course of this reaction, a hydrogen atom is abstracted from the substrate to generate hydroxyiron(IV) porphyrin and a substrate-centered radical. The hydroxy radical then rebounds from the iron to the substrate, yielding the hydroxylated product. While Compound I has succumbed to theoretical and spectroscopic characterization, the associated hydroxyiron species is elusive as a consequence of its very short lifetime, for which there are no quantitative estimates. To ascertain the physical mechanism underlying substrate hydroxylation and probe this timescale, ab initio molecular dynamics simulations and free energy calculations are performed for a model of Compound I catalysis. Semiclassical estimates based on these calculations reveal the hydrogen atom abstraction step to be extremely fast, kinetically comparable to enzymes such as carbonic anhydrase. Using an ensemble of ab initio simulations, the resultant hydroxyiron species is found to have a similarly short lifetime, ranging between 300 fs and 3600 fs, putatively depending on the enzyme active site architecture. The addition of tunneling corrections to these rates suggests a strong contribution from nuclear quantum effects, which should accelerate every step of substrate hydroxylation by an order of magnitude. These observations have strong implications for the detection of individual hydroxylation intermediates during P450 catalysis.
Ab Initio Thermodynamic Model for Magnesium Carbonates and Hydrates
Chaka, Anne M.; Felmy, Andrew R.
2014-03-28
An ab initio thermodynamic framework for predicting properties of hydrated magnesium carbonate minerals has been developed using density-functional theory linked to macroscopic thermodynamics through the experimental chemical potentials for MgO, water, and CO2. Including semiempirical dispersion via the Grimme method and small corrections to the generalized gradient approximation of Perdew, Burke, and Ernzerhof for the heat of formation yields a model with quantitative agreement for the benchmark minerals brucite, magnesite, nesquehonite, and hydromagnesite. The model shows how small differences in experimental conditions determine whether nesquehonite, hydromagnesite, or magnesite is the result of laboratory synthesis from carbonation of brucite, and what transformations are expected to occur on geological time scales. Because of the reliance on parameter-free first principles methods, the model is reliably extensible to experimental conditions not readily accessible to experiment and to any mineral composition for which the structure is known or can be hypothesized, including structures containing defects, substitutions, or transitional structures during solid state transformations induced by temperature changes or processes such as water, CO2, or O2 diffusion. Demonstrated applications of the ab initio thermodynamic framework include an independent means to evaluate differences in thermodynamic data for lansfordite, predicting the properties of Mg analogs of Ca-based hydrated carbonates monohydrocalcite and ikaite which have not been observed in nature, and an estimation of the thermodynamics of barringtonite from the stoichiometry and a single experimental observation.
The ab initio study of unconventional superconductivity in CeCoIn5 and FeSe
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ptok, Andrzej; Kapcia, Konrad J.; Piekarz, Przemysław; Oleś, Andrzej M.
2017-06-01
The electronic structure and shape of the Fermi surface are known to be of fundamental importance for the superconducting instability in real materials. We demonstrate that such an instability may be explored by static Cooper pair susceptibility renormalized by pairing interaction and present an efficient method of its evaluation using Wannier orbitals derived from ab initio calculation. As an example, this approach is used to search for an unconventional superconducting phase of the Fulde-Ferrell-Larkin-Ovchinnikov (FFLO) type in a heavy-fermion compound CeCoIn5 and an iron-based superconductor FeSe. The results suggest that the FFLO superconducting phase occurs at finite magnetic field in both materials.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ko, Hsin-Yu; Distasio, Robert A., Jr.; Santra, Biswajit; Car, Roberto
2014-03-01
Pyridine has recently been investigated as a potentially effective material for use in artificial light harvesting.In this work, we propose the use of ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) to gain valuable physical insight into the artificial photosynthetic processes occurring in condensed-phase pyridine, the study of which has been limited to semi-empirical force fields to date.For this purpose, we introduce an accurate and efficient AIMD method, based on density functional theory (DFT) and a self-consistent pairwise description of van der Waals (vdW) interactions, for use in finite temperature and pressure (NPT) simulations on pyridine and several pyridine-like molecular crystals (PLMCs). Utilizing this approach, we demonstrate that vdW forces play a crucial role in the theoretical prediction of the structure and density of pyridine and PLMCs, and therefore must be accounted for in studies of these potential alternative energy materials. DOE: DE-SC0008626, NSF: DMS-1065894.
Ab initio study of the thermodynamic properties and the phonon calculations of Zircon and Reidite
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Chaudhari, Mrunalkumar; Du, Jincheng
2011-03-01
Zircon and Reidite are the polymorphs of Zirconium Silicate which find its importance geologically, because of its natural hosting to various radioactive elements in the crust of the earth. High permittivity also makes it a promising material for the gate dielectric material in metal-oxide semiconductors. Knowledge of the thermodynamic properties and the phonon based calculations is very critical to understand the high temperature and high pressure properties in order to consider its application as an effective natural storage for the radioactive wastes. These properties are thoroughly studied both computationally and experimentally for zircon, while significantly less attention was paid to reidite in the literature. The thermodynamic properties and phonon calculations of Zircon and Reidite were studied using ab initio based periodic density-functional theory (DFT) based calculations using the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). Various properties such as free energy, internal energy, entropy, heat capacity and thermal displacement as a function of temperature is calculated using the PHONON software. Various phonon based density of states and dispersion curves are calculated and compared with the experimental data. No first principles based computational results were reported up to now. Calculated bulk properties agree very well with the experimental data in the literature.
Ab initio calculations for dissociative hydrogen adsorption on lithium oxide surfaces
Sutjianto, A. |; Tam, S.W.; Curtiss, L.A.; Johnson, C.E.; Pandey, R.
1994-12-01
Lithium ceramics are one class of materials being considered as tritium breeders for fusion technology,and hydrogen is known to enhance the release of tritium from lithium ceramic materials. Dissociative hydrogen chemisorption on the Li{sub 2}O surfaces of the (100), (110), and (111) planes has been investigated with ab initio Hartree-Fock calculations. Calculations for unrelaxed crystal Li{sub 2}O structures indicated that except for the (100) surface, the (110) and (111) surfaces are stable. Results on the heterolytic sites of n-layer (110) (where n {ge} 2) slabs and three-layer (111) slabs suggest that dissociative hydrogen chemisorption is endothermic. For a one-layer (110) slab at 100% surface coverage, the dissociative hydrogen chemisorption is exothermic, forming OH{sup {minus}} and Li{sup +}H{sup {minus}}Li{sup +}. The results also indicate that the low coordination environment in surface step structures, such as kinks and ledges, may plan an important role in the hydrogen chemisorption process. On the homolytic sites of the (110) and (111) surfaces, there is no hydrogen chemisorption.
Ab initio calculation of optical constants from visible to x-ray energies
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Prange, M. P.; Rivas, G.; Ankudinov, A. L.; Rehr, J. J.
2004-03-01
We present a semi-automated approach for ab initio calculations of optical constants of materials from the visible to the hard x-ray energies. The approach is based on a generalization of the real space Green's formalism implemented in the FEFF8 spectroscopy code to include optical spectra. The method includes self-consistent potentials, core-hole and self-energy effects, inelastic losses and a full- or high order multiple-scattering. The procedure is based on calculations of the imaginary part of the dielectric function ɛ2 summed over all edges, from which other optical constants are derived using Kramers-Kronig transforms and analytical relations. These constants include the complex index of refraction, the real part of the dielectric function, and energy loss spectra. In contrast to standard atomic tables, the calculations include solid-state corrections, such as fine structure, Debye-Waller factors, lifetime broadening, etc. Typical results for several materials are presented and compared with experiment.
Al-Terkawi, Abdal-Azim; Scholz, Gudrun; Buzanich, Ana Guilherme; Reinsch, Stefan; Emmerling, Franziska; Kemnitz, Erhard
2017-05-09
New fluorinated coordination polymers were prepared mechanochemically by milling the alkaline earth metal hydroxides M(II)(OH)2·xH2O (M(II): Ca, Sr) with tetrafluoroisophthalic acid (H2mBDC-F4). The structures of [{Ca(mBDC-F4)(H2O)2}·H2O] (1) and [{Sr(mBDC-F4)(H2O)2}·H2O] (2) were determined based on ab initio calculations and their powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) data. The compounds are isomorphous and crystallize in the orthorhombic space group P212121. The determined structures were validated by using extended X-ray absorption (EXAFS) data. The new materials were thoroughly characterized using elemental analysis, thermal analysis, magic angle spinning NMR, and attenuated total reflection-infrared spectroscopy. Further characterization methods such as BET, dynamic vapor sorption, and scanning electron microscopy imaging were also used. Our investigations indicate that mechanochemistry is an efficient method for preparing such materials.
Ab initio calculations of the vibrational and dielectric properties of PbSnTe alloys
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Scolfaro, Luisa; Rezende Neto, A. R.; Leite Alves, H. W.; Petersen, J. E.; Myers, T. H.; Borges, P. D.
Thermoelectric devices have promise in dealing with the challenges of the growing demand for alternative clean energy and Te-based materials well-known candidates for them. Recently, we have shown that the high values for the dielectric constant, together with anharmonic LA-TO coupling, reduces the lattice thermal conductivity and enhances the electronic conductivity in PbTe. Also, it was shown that by alloying this material with Se, the electronic conductivity of the alloys is also enhanced. But, it is not clear if the same occurs when alloying with Sn. We show, in this work, our ab initio results for the vibrational and dielectric properties of Pb1-xSnxTe alloys. The calculations were carried out by using the Density Functional Theory, and the alloys were described by both the Virtual Crystal Approximation and Cluster Expansion Method. Our results show that the anharmonic LA-TO coupling enhances and reach its maximum for Sn concentration values of 0.75, corresponding to the maximum value for the dielectric constant, which is higher than that obtained for PbTe
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Neukirch, Amanda; Nei, Wanyi; Pedesseau, Laurent; Even, Jacky; Katan, Claudine; Mohite, Aditya; Tretiak, Segrei
2015-03-01
The need for an inexpensive, clean, and plentiful source of energy has generated large amounts of research in an assortment of solution processed organic and hybrid organic-inorganic solar cells. A relative newcomer to the field of solution processed photovoltaics is the lead halide perovskite solar cell. In the past 5 years, the efficiencies of devices made from this material have increased from 3.5% to nearly 20%. Despite the rapid development of organic-inorganic perovskite solar cells, a thorough understanding of the fundamental photophysical processes driving the high performance of these devices is not well understood. I am using state-of-the-art ab initio computational techniques in order to characterize the properties at the interface of perovskite devices in order to aide in materials design and device engineering. I will present an in-depth analysis of the electronic and optical properties of bulk and surface states of pure and mixed halide systems. The high-level static quantum mechanical calculations, including spin-orbit-coupling and the many body GW approach, identify the key electronic states involved in photoinduced dynamics. This knowledge provides important information on how the optical properties change with variations to the system. Supported by the DOE, the LANL LDRD program XW11, and CNLS.
High pressure behaviour of uranium dicarbide (UC{sub 2}): Ab-initio study
Sahoo, B. D. Mukherjee, D.; Joshi, K. D.; Kaushik, T. C.
2016-08-28
The structural stability of uranium dicarbide has been examined under hydrostatic compression employing evolutionary structure search algorithm implemented in the universal structure predictor: evolutionary Xtallography (USPEX) code in conjunction with ab-initio electronic band structure calculation method. The ab-initio total energy calculations involved for this purpose have been carried out within both generalized gradient approximations (GGA) and GGA + U approximations. Our calculations under GGA approximation predict the high pressure structural sequence of tetragonal → monoclinic → orthorhombic for this material with transition pressures of ∼8 GPa and 42 GPa, respectively. The same transition sequence is predicted by calculations within GGA + U also with transition pressures placed at ∼24 GPa and ∼50 GPa, respectively. Further, on the basis of comparison of zero pressure equilibrium volume and equation of state with available experimental data, we find that GGA + U approximation with U = 2.5 eV describes this material better than the simple GGA approximation. The theoretically predicted high pressure structural phase transitions are in disagreement with the only high experimental study by Dancausse et al. [J. Alloys. Compd. 191, 309 (1993)] on this compound which reports a tetragonal to hexagonal phase transition at a pressure of ∼17.6 GPa. Interestingly, during lowest enthalpy structure search using USPEX, we do not see any hexagonal phase to be closer to the predicted monoclinic phase even within 0.2 eV/f. unit. More experiments with varying carbon contents in UC{sub 2} sample are required to resolve this discrepancy. The existence of these high pressure phases predicted by static lattice calculations has been further substantiated by analyzing the elastic and lattice dynamic stability of these structures in the pressure regimes of their structural stability. Additionally, various thermo-physical quantities such as
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Prezhdo, Oleg V.
2008-07-01
The article presents the current perspective on the nature of photoexcited states in semiconductor quantum dots (QDs). The focus is on multiple excitons and photo-induced electron-phonon dynamics in PbSe and CdSe QDs, and the advocated view is rooted in the results of ab initio studies in both energy and time domains. As a new type of material, semiconductor QDs represent the borderline between chemistry and physics, exhibiting both molecular and bulk-like properties. Similar to atoms and molecules, the electronic spectra of QD show discrete bands. Just as bulk semiconductors, QDs comprise multiple copies of the elementary unit cell, and are characterized by valence and conduction bands. The electron-phonon coupling in QDs is weaker than in molecules, but stronger than in bulk semiconductors. Unlike either material, the QD properties can be tuned continuously by changing QD size and shape. The molecular and bulk points of view often lead to contradicting conclusions. For example, the molecular view suggests that the excitations in QDs should exhibit strong electron-correlation (excitonic) effects, and that the electron-phonon relaxation should be slow due to the discrete nature of the optical bands and the mismatch of the electronic energy gaps with vibrational frequencies. In contrast, a finite-size limit of bulk properties indicates that the kinetic energy of quantum confinement should be significantly greater than excitonic effects and that the electron-phonon relaxation inside the quasi-continuous bands should be efficient. Such qualitative differences have generated heated discussions in the literature. The great potential of QDs for a variety of applications, including photovoltaics, spintronics, lasers, light-emitting diodes, and field-effect transistors makes it crutual to settle the debates. By synthesizing different viewpoints and presenting a unified atomistic picture of the excited state processes, our ab initio analysis clarifies the controversies
Strongly correlated materials.
Morosan, Emilia; Natelson, Douglas; Nevidomskyy, Andriy H; Si, Qimiao
2012-09-18
Strongly correlated materials are profoundly affected by the repulsive electron-electron interaction. This stands in contrast to many commonly used materials such as silicon and aluminum, whose properties are comparatively unaffected by the Coulomb repulsion. Correlated materials often have remarkable properties and transitions between distinct, competing phases with dramatically different electronic and magnetic orders. These rich phenomena are fascinating from the basic science perspective and offer possibilities for technological applications. This article looks at these materials through the lens of research performed at Rice University. Topics examined include: Quantum phase transitions and quantum criticality in "heavy fermion" materials and the iron pnictide high temperature superconductors; computational ab initio methods to examine strongly correlated materials and their interface with analytical theory techniques; layered dichalcogenides as example correlated materials with rich phases (charge density waves, superconductivity, hard ferromagnetism) that may be tuned by composition, pressure, and magnetic field; and nanostructure methods applied to the correlated oxides VO₂ and Fe₃O₄, where metal-insulator transitions can be manipulated by doping at the nanoscale or driving the system out of equilibrium. We conclude with a discussion of the exciting prospects for this class of materials.
Quarti, Claudio; Mosconi, Edoardo; De Angelis, Filippo
2015-04-14
The last two years have seen the unprecedentedly rapid emergence of a new class of solar cells, based on hybrid organic-inorganic halide perovskites. The success of this class of materials is due to their outstanding photoelectrochemical properties coupled to their low cost, mainly solution-based, fabrication techniques. Solution processed materials are however often characterized by an inherent flexible structure, which is hardly mapped into a single local minimum energy structure. In this perspective, we report on the interplay between structural and electronic properties of hybrid lead iodide perovskites investigated using ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations, which allow the dynamical simulation of disordered systems at finite temperature. We compare the prototypical MAPbI3 (MA = methylammonium) perovskite in its cubic and tetragonal structure with the trigonal phase of FAPbI3 (FA = formamidinium), investigating different starting arrangements of the organic cations. Despite the relatively short time scale amenable to AIMD, typically a few tens of ps, this analysis demonstrates the sizable structural flexibility of this class of materials, showing that the instantaneous structure could significantly differ from the time and thermal averaged structure. We also highlight the importance of the organic-inorganic interactions in determining the fluxional properties of this class of materials. A peculiar spatial localization of the valence and conduction band edges is also found, with a dynamics in the range of 0.1 ps, which is associated with the positional dynamics of the organic cations within the cubo-octahedral perovskite cage. This asymmetry in the spatial localization of the band edges is expected to ease exciton dissociation and assist the initial stages of charge separation, possibly constituting one of the key factors for the impressive photovoltaic performances of hybrid lead-iodide perovskites.
Molecular tailoring approach: a route for ab initio treatment of large clusters.
Sahu, Nityananda; Gadre, Shridhar R
2014-09-16
Conspectus Chemistry on the scale of molecular clusters may be dramatically different from that in the macroscopic bulk. Greater understanding of chemistry in this size regime could greatly influence fields such as materials science and atmospheric and environmental chemistry. Recent advances in experimental techniques and computational resources have led to accurate investigations of the energies and spectral properties of weakly bonded molecular clusters. These have enabled researchers to learn how the physicochemical properties evolve from individual molecules to bulk materials and to understand the growth patterns of clusters. Experimental techniques such as infrared, microwave, and photoelectron spectroscopy are the most popular and powerful tools for probing molecular clusters. In general, these experimental techniques do not directly reveal the atomistic details of the clusters but provide data from which the structural details need to be unearthed. Furthermore, the resolution of the spectral properties of energetically close cluster conformers can be prohibitively difficult. Thus, these investigations of molecular aggregates require a combination of experiments and theory. On the theoretical front, researchers have been actively engaged in quantum chemical ab initio calculations as well as simulation-based studies for the last few decades. To obtain reliable results, there is a need to use correlated methods such as Møller-Plesset second order method, coupled cluster theory, or dispersion corrected density functional theory. However, due to nonlinear scaling of these methods, optimizing the geometry of large clusters still remains a formidable quantum chemistry challenge. Fragment-based methods, such as divide-and-conquer, molecular tailoring approach (MTA), fragment molecular orbitals, and generalized energy-based fragmentation approach, provide alternatives for overcoming the scaling problem for spatially extended molecular systems. Within MTA, a large
Ab initio calculations of the melting temperatures of refractory bcc metals.
Wang, L G; van de Walle, A
2012-01-28
We present ab initio calculations of the melting temperatures for bcc metals Nb, Ta and W. The calculations combine phase coexistence molecular dynamics (MD) simulations using classical embedded-atom method potentials and ab initio density functional theory free energy corrections. The calculated melting temperatures for Nb, Ta and W are, respectively, within 3%, 4%, and 7% of the experimental values. We compare the melting temperatures to those obtained from direct ab initio molecular dynamics simulations and see if they are in excellent agreement with each other. The small remaining discrepancies with experiment are thus likely due to inherent limitations associated with exchange-correlation energy approximations within density-functional theory.
Heats of Segregation of BCC Binaries from ab Initio and Quantum Approximate Calculations
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Good, Brian S.
2004-01-01
We compare dilute-limit heats of segregation for selected BCC transition metal binaries computed using ab initio and quantum approximate energy methods. Ab initio calculations are carried out using the CASTEP plane-wave pseudopotential computer code, while quantum approximate results are computed using the Bozzolo-Ferrante-Smith (BFS) method with the most recent LMTO-based parameters. Quantum approximate segregation energies are computed with and without atomistic relaxation, while the ab initio calculations are performed without relaxation. Results are discussed within the context of a segregation model driven by strain and bond-breaking effects. We compare our results with full-potential quantum calculations and with available experimental results.
Ab initio path integral ring polymer molecular dynamics: Vibrational spectra of molecules
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Shiga, Motoyuki; Nakayama, Akira
2008-01-01
The path integral ring polymer molecular dynamics method is combined with 'on-the-fly' ab initio electronic structure calculations and applied to vibrational spectra of small molecules, LiH and H 2O, at the room temperature. The results are compared with those of the numerically exact solution and ab initio path integral centroid molecular dynamics calculation. The peak positions in the calculated spectra are found to be reasonable, showing the red-shift due to potential anharmonicity. This unification enables the investigation of real-time quantum dynamics of chemically complex molecular systems on the ab initio Born-Oppenheimer potential energy surface.
Ab initio Potential Energy Surface for H-H2
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Partridge, Harry; Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Stallcop, James R.; Levin, Eugene
1993-01-01
Ab initio calculations employing large basis sets are performed to determine an accurate potential energy surface for H-H2 interactions for a broad range of separation distances. At large distances, the spherically averaged potential determined from the calculated energies agrees well with the corresponding results determined from dispersion coefficients; the van der Waals well depth is predicted to be 75 +/- (mu)E(sub h). Large basis sets have also been applied to reexamine the accuracy of theoretical repulsive potential energy surfaces. Multipolar expansions of the computed H-H2 potential energy surface are reported for four internuclear separation distances (1.2, 1.401, 1.449, and 1.7a(sub 0) of the hydrogen molecule. The differential elastic scattering cross section calculated from the present results is compared with the measurements from a crossed beam experiment.
Ab Initio Finite-Temperature Electronic Absorption Spectrum of Formamide.
Besley, Nicholas A; Doltsinis, Nikos L
2006-11-01
A combination of Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics (CP-MD) and high-level ab initio quantum chemical calculations has been used to calculate the electronic absorption spectrum of formamide at finite temperatures. Thermally broadened spectra have been obtained by averaging over a large number of single-point multireference configuration interaction excitation energies calculated for geometries sampled from a CP-MD simulation. Electronic excitation spectra of possible contaminants ammonia and formamidic acid have also been computed. Ammonia exhibits a strong peak in the shoulder region of the experimental formamide spectrum at 6.5 eV, and formamidic acid has a strong absorption above 7.5 eV. The calculations reproduce the shape of the experimental absorption spectrum, in particular, the low-energy shoulder of the main peak, and demonstrate how finite-temperature electronic absorption spectra can be computed from first principles.
Ab initio correlated calculations of rare-gas dimer quadrupoles
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Donchev, Alexander G.
2007-10-01
This paper reports ab initio calculations of rare gas ( RG=Kr , Ar, Ne, and He) dimer quadrupoles at the second order of Møller-Plesset perturbation theory (MP2). The study reveals the crucial role of the dispersion contribution to the RG2 quadrupole in the neighborhood of the equilibrium dimer separation. The magnitude of the dispersion quadrupole is found to be much larger than that predicted by the approximate model of Hunt. As a result, the total MP2 quadrupole moment is significantly smaller than was assumed in virtually all previous related studies. An analytical model for the distance dependence of the RG2 quadrupole is proposed. The model is based on the effective-electron approach of Jansen, but replaces the original Gaussian approximation to the electron density in an RG atom by an exponential one. The role of the nonadditive contribution in RG3 quadrupoles is discussed.
Ab initio study of helium behavior in titanium tritides
Liang, J. H.; Dai, Yunya; Yang, Li; Peng, SM; Fan, K. M.; Long, XG; Zhou, X. S.; Zu, Xiaotao; Gao, Fei
2013-03-01
Ab initio calculations based on density functional theory have been performed to investigate the relative stability of titanium tritides and the helium behavior in stable titanium tritides. The results show that the β-phase TiT1.5 without two tritium along the [100] direction (TiT1.5[100]) is more stable than other possible structures. The stability of titanium tritides decrease with the increased generation of helium in TiT1.5[100]. In addition, helium generated by tritium decay prefers locating at a tetrahedral site, and favorably migrates between two neighbor vacant tetrahedral sites through an intermediate octahedral site in titanium tritides, with a migration energy of 0.23 eV. Furthermore, helium is easily accumulated on a (100) plane in β-phase TiT1.5[100].
An ab initio study on anionic aerogen bonds
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Esrafili, Mehdi D.; Mohammadian-Sabet, Fariba
2017-01-01
An ab initio study is carried out to investigate the anionic aerogen bonds in complexes of KrO3, XeO3 and XeOF2 with F-, Cl-, Br-, CN-, NC-, N3-, SH-, SCN-, NCS-, OH- and OCH3- anions. All of the anionic aerogen bonds analyzed here have a partial covalent character. Charge transfer from the anion to the Kr-O or Xe-O σ∗ orbital stabilizes these complexes and leads to a sizable redshift in the corresponding stretching frequencies. The J(Kr-O) or J(Xe-O) spin-spin coupling constants can be regarded as a useful tool for the characterization of strength of the anionic aerogen-bonded complexes.
Ab initio dynamical exchange interactions in frustrated antiferromagnets
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Simoni, Jacopo; Stamenova, Maria; Sanvito, Stefano
2017-08-01
The ultrafast response to an optical pulse excitation of the spin-spin exchange interaction in transition metal antiferromagnets is studied within the framework of the time-dependent spin-density functional theory. We propose a formulation for the full dynamical exchange interaction, which is nonlocal in space, and it is derived starting from ab initio arguments. Then, we investigate the effect of the laser pulse on the onset of the dynamical process. It is found that we can distinguish two types of excitations, both activated immediately after the action of the laser pulse. While the first one can be associated to a Stoner-like excitation and involves the transfer of spin from one site to another, the second one is related to the ultrafast modification of a Heisenberg-like exchange interaction and can trigger the formation of spin waves in the first few hundred femtoseconds of the time evolution.
Ab initio quantum transport in atomic carbon chains
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Botello-Méndez, Andrés R.; Charlier, Jean-Christophe; Banhart, Florian; NAPS Team; Carbyne Collaboration
2015-03-01
Carbyne, the sp-hybridized phase of carbon, is still a missing link in the family of carbon allotropes. Recently, detailed electrical measurements and first-principles electronic transport calculations have been performed on monoatomic carbon chains. When the 1D system is under strain, the current-voltage curves exhibit a semiconducting behavior, which corresponds to the polyyne structure of the atomic chain with alternating single and triple bonds. Conversely, when the chain is unstrained, the ohmic behavior is observed in agreement with the metallic cumulene structure with double bonds, confirming recent theoretical predictions, namely that a metal-insulator transition can be induced by adjusting the strain. The key role of the contacting leads is also scrutinized by ab initio quantum conductance calculations, explaining the rectifying behavior measured in monoatomic carbon chains in a non-symmetric contact configuration.
Ab initio modeling of TiO2 nanotubes
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Szieberth, Dénes; Ferrari, Anna Maria; Noel, Yves; Ferrabone, Matteo
2010-01-01
TiO2 nanotubes constructed from a lepidocrocite-like TiO2 layer were investigated with ab initio methods employing the periodic CRYSTAL code. The dependence of strain energies, structural and electronic properties on the tube diameter was investigated in the 18-57 Å range. Nanotubes constructed by a (0,n) rollup proved to be the most stable at all diameters. All three types of rollup undergo significant reconstruction at diameters <25 Å. All investigated structures possess a high (~5.4 eV) band gap compared to bulk TiO2 phases (3.96 and 4.63 eV for rutile and anatase calculated with the same functional and basis set).
Quantum plasmonics: from jellium models to ab initio calculations
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Varas, Alejandro; García-González, Pablo; Feist, Johannes; García-Vidal, F. J.; Rubio, Angel
2016-08-01
Light-matter interaction in plasmonic nanostructures is often treated within the realm of classical optics. However, recent experimental findings show the need to go beyond the classical models to explain and predict the plasmonic response at the nanoscale. A prototypical system is a nanoparticle dimer, extensively studied using both classical and quantum prescriptions. However, only very recently, fully ab initio time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) calculations of the optical response of these dimers have been carried out. Here, we review the recent work on the impact of the atomic structure on the optical properties of such systems. We show that TDDFT can be an invaluable tool to simulate the time evolution of plasmonic modes, providing fundamental understanding into the underlying microscopical mechanisms.
Reactive Monte Carlo sampling with an ab initio potential
Leiding, Jeff; Coe, Joshua D.
2016-05-04
Here, we present the first application of reactive Monte Carlo in a first-principles context. The algorithm samples in a modified NVT ensemble in which the volume, temperature, and total number of atoms of a given type are held fixed, but molecular composition is allowed to evolve through stochastic variation of chemical connectivity. We also discuss general features of the method, as well as techniques needed to enhance the efficiency of Boltzmann sampling. Finally, we compare the results of simulation of NH3 to those of ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD). Furthermore, we find that there are regions of state space formore » which RxMC sampling is much more efficient than AIMD due to the “rare-event” character of chemical reactions.« less
Interatomic Coulombic decay widths of helium trimer: Ab initio calculations
Kolorenč, Přemysl; Sisourat, Nicolas
2015-12-14
We report on an extensive study of interatomic Coulombic decay (ICD) widths in helium trimer computed using a fully ab initio method based on the Fano theory of resonances. Algebraic diagrammatic construction for one-particle Green’s function is utilized for the solution of the many-electron problem. An advanced and universal approach to partitioning of the configuration space into discrete states and continuum subspaces is described and employed. Total decay widths are presented for all ICD-active states of the trimer characterized by one-site ionization and additional excitation of an electron into the second shell. Selected partial decay widths are analyzed in detail, showing how three-body effects can qualitatively change the character of certain relaxation transitions. Previously unreported type of three-electron decay processes is identified in one class of the metastable states.
Ab initio electron propagator theory of molecular wires. I. Formalism.
Dahnovsky, Yu; Zakrzewski, V G; Kletsov, A; Ortiz, J V
2005-11-08
Ab initio electron propagator methodology may be applied to the calculation of electrical current through a molecular wire. A new theoretical approach is developed for the calculation of the retarded and advanced Green functions in terms of the electron propagator matrix for the bridge molecule. The calculation of the current requires integration in a complex half plane for a trace that involves terminal and Green's-function matrices. Because the Green's-function matrices have complex poles represented by matrices, a special scheme is developed to express these "matrix poles" in terms of ordinary poles. An expression for the current is derived for a terminal matrix of arbitrary rank. For a single terminal orbital, the analytical expression for the current is given in terms of pole strengths, poles, and terminal matrix elements of the electron propagator. It is shown that Dyson orbitals with high pole strengths and overlaps with terminal orbitals are most responsible for the conduction of electrical current.
Molybdenum-titanium phase diagram evaluated from ab initio calculations
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Barzilai, Shmuel; Toher, Cormac; Curtarolo, Stefano; Levy, Ohad
2017-07-01
The design of next generation β -type titanium implants requires detailed knowledge of the relevant stable and metastable phases at temperatures where metallurgical heat treatments can be performed. Recently, a standard specification for surgical implant applications was established for Mo-Ti alloys. However, the thermodynamic properties of this binary system are not well known and two conflicting descriptions of the β -phase stability have been presented in the literature. In this study, we use ab initio calculations to investigate the Mo-Ti phase diagram. These calculations predict that the β phase is stable over a wide concentration range, in qualitative agreement with one of the reported phase diagrams. In addition, they predict stoichiometric compounds, stable at temperatures below 300 ∘C , which have not yet been detected by experiments. The resulting solvus, which defines the transition to the β -phase solid solution, therefore occurs at lower temperatures and is more complex than previously anticipated.
Ab Initio Study of KCl and NaCl Clusters
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Brownrigg, Clifton; Hira, Ajit; Pacheco, Jose; Salazar, Justin
2013-03-01
We continue our interest in the theoretical study of molecular clusters to examine the chemical properties of small KnCln and NanCln clusters (n = 2 - 15). The potentially important role of these molecular species in biochemical and medicinal processes is well known. This work applies the hybrid ab initio methods of quantum chemistry to derive the different alkali-halide (MnHn) geometries. Of particular interest is the competition between hexagonal ring geometries and rock salt structures. Electronic energies, rotational constants, dipole moments, and vibrational frequencies for these geometries are calculated. Magic numbers for cluster stability are identified and are related to the property of cluster compactness. Mapping of the singlet, triplet, and quintet, potential energy surfaces is performed. Calculations have been performed to examine the interactions of these clusters with some atoms and molecules of biological interest, including O, O2, and Fe. The potential for design of new medicinal drugs is explored.
Ab initio electronic and lattice dynamical properties of cerium dihydride
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Gurel, Tanju; Eryigit, Resul
2007-03-01
The rare-earth metal hydrides are interesting systems because of the dramatic structural and electronic changes due to the hydrogen absorption and desorption. Among them, cerium dihydride (CeH2) is one of the less studied rare-earth metal-hydride. To have a better understanding, we have performed an ab initio study of electronic and lattice dynamical properties of CeH2 by using pseudopotential density functional theory within local density approximation (LDA) and a plane-wave basis. Electronic band structure of CeH2 have been obtained within LDA and as well as GW approximation. Lattice dynamical properties are calculated using density functional perturbation theory. The phonon spectrum is found to contain a set of high-frequency (˜ 850-1000 cm-1) optical bands, mostly hydrogen related, and low frequency cerium related acoustic modes climbing to 160 cm^ -1 at the zone boundary.
Ab initio simulation of permanent densification in silica glass
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ryuo, Emina; Wakabayashi, Daisuke; Koura, Akihide; Shimojo, Fuyuki
2017-08-01
To clarify the microscopic structure of densified Si O2 glass, we have conducted ab initio molecular-dynamics simulations on the decompression process of Si O2 glass in its relaxed state from high pressures up to 40 GPa. When decompressed from high pressures above at least 15 GPa, the density and structure always converge to those of densified glass, while the coordination number of silicon decreases to four rapidly. This is in good agreement with previous experimental studies and strongly suggests that densified glass behaves as a high-pressure polymorph of Si O2 glass. In comparison to ordinary glass, although the coordination number of densified glass is almost the same, the size of an intermediate-range network consisting of Si O4 tetrahedra is smaller. Detailed analyses clarify that Si O4 tetrahedra in densified glass are deformed and the Si-O bonds are less covalent.
Ab Initio energetics of SiO bond cleavage.
Hühn, Carolin; Erlebach, Andreas; Mey, Dorothea; Wondraczek, Lothar; Sierka, Marek
2017-10-15
A multilevel approach that combines high-level ab initio quantum chemical methods applied to a molecular model of a single, strain-free SiOSi bridge has been used to derive accurate energetics for SiO bond cleavage. The calculated SiO bond dissociation energy and the activation energy for water-assisted SiO bond cleavage of 624 and 163 kJ mol(-1) , respectively, are in excellent agreement with values derived recently from experimental data. In addition, the activation energy for H2 O-assisted SiO bond cleavage is found virtually independent of the amount of water molecules in the vicinity of the reaction site. The estimated reaction energy for this process including zero-point vibrational contribution is in the range of -5 to 19 kJ mol(-1) . © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
High-throughput ab-initio dilute solute diffusion database
Wu, Henry; Mayeshiba, Tam; Morgan, Dane
2016-01-01
We demonstrate automated generation of diffusion databases from high-throughput density functional theory (DFT) calculations. A total of more than 230 dilute solute diffusion systems in Mg, Al, Cu, Ni, Pd, and Pt host lattices have been determined using multi-frequency diffusion models. We apply a correction method for solute diffusion in alloys using experimental and simulated values of host self-diffusivity. We find good agreement with experimental solute diffusion data, obtaining a weighted activation barrier RMS error of 0.176 eV when excluding magnetic solutes in non-magnetic alloys. The compiled database is the largest collection of consistently calculated ab-initio solute diffusion data in the world. PMID:27434308
Ab initio simulations of liquid carbon monoxide at high pressure
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Leonhardi, Tanis C.; Militzer, Burkhard
2017-03-01
Carbon monoxide occurs as a volatile species in the interiors of terrestrial planets, and as a disequilibrium atmospheric constituent in the giant planets. It plays an important role during the accretionary stages of planet formation reacting with gases to form compounds such as CH4 and H2O. The structure of carbon monoxide is unknown over the majority of the temperature and pressure regime in giant planet interiors. Here we perform ab initio molecular dynamics simulations to characterize CO to 140 GPa and 5,000 K. We find that CO is stable as a molecular liquid at lower P-T conditions, as a polymeric liquid at higher P-T conditions found in ice giant interiors, and as a plasma at high-T.
Ab initio study of the electronic transport properties of silicates.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Soubiran, F.; Militzer, B.
2016-12-01
The Kepler spacecraft led to the discovery of numerous Super-Earths planets. Little is known about them, as there is no equivalent in the Solar System. It is uncertain whether they have a convective mantle like the Earth. It is also unclear if their mantle is insulating or conducting. In the latter case, for instance, the mantle could generate a magnetic field via dynamo processes. In order to better understand the properties of the silicates under pressure-temperature conditions relevant for the interiors of Super-Earth, we performed ab initio simulations based on density functional theory. We specifically explored the electronic transport properties, conductivity and reflectivity, to characterize their behavior in their different phases. We find that liquid and solid silicates behave differently and discuss consequences for the planetary interiors.
Amplitudes and overlaps in ab initio calculations of light nuclei
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Nollett, Kenneth
2016-09-01
Some clustering properties of nuclei are usefully interpreted in terms of overlap functions. These functions are projections of an A-body nucleus onto an (A - 1) -body core and an additional nucleon, or an (A - 4) -body core and an additional alpha particle, at varying separation. Long-range limits of overlaps are given by asymptotic normalization constants (ANCs), which suffice to model some reaction processes; their shorter-range parts are also needed to interpret some types of experiments. Naively, one computes overlaps from wave functions using their definition. However, there is an integral relation that allows more accurate calculations from approximate wave functions, using exact terms from the nucleon-nucleon potential. I will describe calculations by this method of overlap functions and ANCs for both nucleon and alpha emission from ab initio variational Monte Carlo wave functions. I will also describe the use of overlaps to probe small components of wave functions like those arising from hadronic parity violation.
The ab-initio density matrix renormalization group in practice
Olivares-Amaya, Roberto; Hu, Weifeng; Sharma, Sandeep; Yang, Jun; Chan, Garnet Kin-Lic; Nakatani, Naoki
2015-01-21
The ab-initio density matrix renormalization group (DMRG) is a tool that can be applied to a wide variety of interesting problems in quantum chemistry. Here, we examine the density matrix renormalization group from the vantage point of the quantum chemistry user. What kinds of problems is the DMRG well-suited to? What are the largest systems that can be treated at practical cost? What sort of accuracies can be obtained, and how do we reason about the computational difficulty in different molecules? By examining a diverse benchmark set of molecules: π-electron systems, benchmark main-group and transition metal dimers, and the Mn-oxo-salen and Fe-porphine organometallic compounds, we provide some answers to these questions, and show how the density matrix renormalization group is used in practice.
Advances in ab initio theories for nuclear reactions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Quaglioni, Sofia
2016-09-01
Driven by high-performance computing and new ideas, in recent years ab initio theory has made great strides in achieving a unified description of nuclear structure, clustering and reactions from the constituent nucleons and their strong and electroweak interactions. This is giving access to forefront tools and new fertile grounds to further our understanding of the nuclear force and electroweak currents in nuclei in terms of effective degrees of freedom. A fundamental understanding of nuclear reaction mechanisms and a new capability to accurately compute their properties is also relevant for nuclear astrophysics, terrestrial applications of nuclear fusion, and for using nuclei as probes of fundamental physics through, for example, neutrino-nucleus scattering. In this talk, I will present recent highlights and reflect on future perspectives for this area of nuclear theory. Prepared by LLNL under Contract No. DE-AC52-07NA27344.
Vibrational and ab initio molecular dynamics studies of bradykinin
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Święch, Dominika; Kubisiak, Piotr; Andrzejak, Marcin; Borowski, Piotr; Proniewicz, Edyta
2016-07-01
In this study, the comprehensive theoretical and experimental investigations of Raman (RS) and infrared absorption (IR) spectra of bradykinin (BK) are presented. The ab initio Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics (BOMD) calculations, in the presence of water molecules that form the first coordination sphere, were used for conformational analysis of the BK structure. Based on the Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations at the B3LYP/6-311G(d) level the vibrational spectra were interpreted. The calculated frequencies were scaled by means of the effective scaling frequency factor (ESFF) method. The theoretical data, which confirm the compact structure of BK in the presence of the water molecules revealed the remarkable effect of the intermolecular hydrogen bonding on the BK structural properties.
Isofulminic acid, HONC: Ab initio theory and microwave spectroscopy.
Mladenović, Mirjana; Lewerenz, Marius; McCarthy, Michael C; Thaddeus, Patrick
2009-11-07
Isofulminic acid, HONC, the most energetic stable isomer of isocyanic acid HNCO, higher in energy by 84 kcal/mol, has been detected spectroscopically by rotational spectroscopy supported by coupled cluster electronic structure calculations. The fundamental rotational transitions of the normal, carbon-13, oxygen-18, and deuterium isotopic species have been detected in the centimeter band in a molecular beam by Fourier transform microwave spectroscopy, and rotational constants and nitrogen and deuterium quadrupole coupling constants have been derived. The measured constants agree well with those predicted by ab initio calculations. A number of other electronic and spectroscopic parameters of isofulminic acid, including the dipole moment, vibrational frequencies, infrared intensities, and centrifugal distortion constants have been calculated at a high level of theory. Isofulminic acid is a good candidate for astronomical detection with radio telescopes because it is highly polar and its more stable isomers (HNCO, HOCN, and HCNO) have all been identified in space.
Ab initio calculations of nuclear widths via an integral relation
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Nollett, Kenneth M.
2012-10-01
I describe the computation of energy widths of nuclear states using an integral over the interaction region of ab initio variational Monte Carlo wave functions, and I present calculated widths for many states. I begin by presenting relations that connect certain short-range integrals to widths. I then present predicted widths for 5⩽A⩽9 nuclei, and I compare them against measured widths. They match the data more closely and with less ambiguity than estimates based on spectroscopic factors. I consider the consequences of my results for identification of observed states in 8B, 9He, and 9Li. I also examine failures of the method and conclude that they generally involve broad states and variational wave functions that are not strongly peaked in the interaction region. After examining bound-state overlap functions computed from a similar integral relation, I conclude that overlap calculations can diagnose cases in which computed widths should not be trusted.
Approximate ab initio calculations of electronic structure of amorphous silicon
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Durandurdu, M.; Drabold, D. A.; Mousseau, N.
2000-12-01
We report on ab initio calculations of electronic states of two large and realistic models of amorphous silicon generated using a modified version of the Wooten-Winer-Weaire algorithm and relaxed, in both cases, with a Keating and a modified Stillinger-Weber potentials. The models have no coordination defects and a very narrow bond-angle distribution. We compute the electronic density-of-states and pay particular attention to the nature of the band-tail states around the electronic gap. All models show a large and perfectly clean optical gap and realistic Urbach tails. Based on these results and the extended quasi-one-dimensional stringlike structures observed for certain eigenvalues in the band tails, we postulate that the generation of model a-Si without localized states might be achievable under certain circumstances.
Ab initio water pair potential with flexible monomers.
Jankowski, Piotr; Murdachaew, Garold; Bukowski, Robert; Akin-Ojo, Omololu; Leforestier, Claude; Szalewicz, Krzysztof
2015-03-26
A potential energy surface for the water dimer with explicit dependence on monomer coordinates is presented. The surface was fitted to a set of previously published interaction energies computed on a grid of over a quarter million points in the 12-dimensional configurational space using symmetry-adapted perturbation theory and coupled-cluster methods. The present fit removes small errors in published fits, and its accuracy is critically evaluated. The minimum and saddle-point structures of the potential surface were found to be very close to predictions from direct ab initio optimizations. The computed second virial coefficients agreed well with experimental values. At low temperatures, the effects of monomer flexibility in the virial coefficients were found to be much smaller than the quantum effects.
Ab Initio Multiple Spawning Photochemical Dynamics of DMABN Using GPUs
Curchod, Basile F. E.; Sisto, Aaron; Martinez, Todd J.
2016-12-15
The ultrafast decay dynamics of 4-(N,N-dimethylamino)benzonitrile (DMABN) following photoexcitation was studied with the ab initio multiple spawning (AIMS) method, combined with GPU-accelerated linear-response time-dependent density functional theory (LR-TDDFT). We validate the LR-TDDFT method for this case and then present a detailed analysis of the first ≈200 fs of DMABN excited-state dynamics. Almost complete nonadiabatic population transfer from S2 (the initially populated bright state) to S1 takes place in less than 50 fs, without significant torsion of the dimethylamino (DMA) group. Significant torsion of the DMA group is only observed after the nuclear wavepacket reaches S1 and acquires locally excited electronicmore » character. Here, our results show that torsion of the DMA group is not prerequisite for nonadiabatic transitions in DMABN, although such motion is indeed relevant on the lowest excited state (S1).« less
Ab-initio theory of spin fluctuations in magnets
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Antropov, Vladimir; Ke, Liqin; van Schilfgaarde, Mark; Katsnelson, Mikhael
2011-03-01
We propose a framework for a true ab initio theory of magnetism, based on many-body perturbation theory (MPBT). It fits in naturally with methods based MPBT such as the GW approximation; but the approach can be implemented as an extension to any existing static method for electronic structure such as the local spin density approximation to density functional theory, to include spin fluctuations. Initially we calculated the spin fluctuation contributions using random phase approximation. The self consistency procedure similar to the one used in Moryia-Kawabata theory can be naturally implemented. The fluctuation dissipation theorem is used to calculate the reduction of the mean field magnetic moment in itinerant magnets. The applications of the technique includes traditional 3d ferromagnetic metals, their alloys and compounds and 5f systems.
High-throughput ab-initio dilute solute diffusion database
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Wu, Henry; Mayeshiba, Tam; Morgan, Dane
2016-07-01
We demonstrate automated generation of diffusion databases from high-throughput density functional theory (DFT) calculations. A total of more than 230 dilute solute diffusion systems in Mg, Al, Cu, Ni, Pd, and Pt host lattices have been determined using multi-frequency diffusion models. We apply a correction method for solute diffusion in alloys using experimental and simulated values of host self-diffusivity. We find good agreement with experimental solute diffusion data, obtaining a weighted activation barrier RMS error of 0.176 eV when excluding magnetic solutes in non-magnetic alloys. The compiled database is the largest collection of consistently calculated ab-initio solute diffusion data in the world.
The ab-initio density matrix renormalization group in practice.
Olivares-Amaya, Roberto; Hu, Weifeng; Nakatani, Naoki; Sharma, Sandeep; Yang, Jun; Chan, Garnet Kin-Lic
2015-01-21
The ab-initio density matrix renormalization group (DMRG) is a tool that can be applied to a wide variety of interesting problems in quantum chemistry. Here, we examine the density matrix renormalization group from the vantage point of the quantum chemistry user. What kinds of problems is the DMRG well-suited to? What are the largest systems that can be treated at practical cost? What sort of accuracies can be obtained, and how do we reason about the computational difficulty in different molecules? By examining a diverse benchmark set of molecules: π-electron systems, benchmark main-group and transition metal dimers, and the Mn-oxo-salen and Fe-porphine organometallic compounds, we provide some answers to these questions, and show how the density matrix renormalization group is used in practice.
Ab initio Potential Energy Surface for H-H2
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Partridge, Harry; Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Stallcop, James R.; Levin, Eugene
1993-01-01
Ab initio calculations employing large basis sets are performed to determine an accurate potential energy surface for H-H2 interactions for a broad range of separation distances. At large distances, the spherically averaged potential determined from the calculated energies agrees well with the corresponding results determined from dispersion coefficients; the van der Waals well depth is predicted to be 75 +/- (mu)E(sub h). Large basis sets have also been applied to reexamine the accuracy of theoretical repulsive potential energy surfaces. Multipolar expansions of the computed H-H2 potential energy surface are reported for four internuclear separation distances (1.2, 1.401, 1.449, and 1.7a(sub 0) of the hydrogen molecule. The differential elastic scattering cross section calculated from the present results is compared with the measurements from a crossed beam experiment.
Ab initio MCDHF calculations of electron-nucleus interactions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Bieroń, Jacek; Froese Fischer, Charlotte; Fritzsche, Stephan; Gaigalas, Gediminas; Grant, Ian P.; Indelicato, Paul; Jönsson, Per; Pyykkö, Pekka
2015-05-01
We present recent advances in the development of atomic ab initio multiconfiguration Dirac-Hartree-Fock theory, implemented in the GRASP relativistic atomic structure code. For neutral atoms, the deviations of properties calculated within the Dirac-Hartree-Fock (DHF) method (based on independent particle model of an atomic cloud) are usually dominated by electron correlation effects, i.e. the non-central interactions of individual electrons. We present the recent advances in accurate calculations of electron correlation effects in small, medium, and heavy neutral atoms. We describe methods of systematic development of multiconfiguration expansions leading to systematic, controlled improvement of the accuracy of the ab initio calculations. These methods originate from the concept of the complete active space (CAS) model within the DHF theory, which, at least in principle, permits fully relativistic calculations with full account of electron correlation effects. The calculations within the CAS model on currently available computer systems are feasible only for very light systems. For heavier atoms or ions with more than a few electrons, restrictions have to be imposed on the multiconfiguration expansions. We present methods and tools, which are designed to extend the numerical calculations in a controlled manner, where multiconfiguration expansions account for all leading electron correlation effects. We show examples of applications of the GRASP code to calculations of hyperfine structure constants, but the code may be used for calculations of arbitrary bound-state atomic properties. In recent years it has been applied to calculations of atomic and ionic spectra (transition energies and rates), to determinations of nuclear electromagnetic moments, as well as to calculations related to interactions of bound electrons with nuclear electromagnetic moments leading to violations of discrete symmetries.
Putungan, Darwin Barayang; Lin, Shi-Hsin; Kuo, Jer-Lai
2016-07-27
We systematically investigated the potential of single-layer VS2 polytypes as Na-battery anode materials via density functional theory calculations. We found that sodiation tends to inhibit the 1H-to-1T structural phase transition, in contrast to lithiation-induced transition on monolayer MoS2. Thus, VS2 can have better structural stability in the cycles of charging and discharging. Diffussion of Na atom was found to be very fast on both polytypes, with very small diffusion barriers of 0.085 eV (1H) and 0.088 eV (1T). Ab initio random structure searching was performed in order to explore stable configurations of Na on VS2. Our search found that both the V top and the hexagonal center sites are preferred adsorption sites for Na, with the 1H phase showing a relatively stronger binding. Notably, our random structures search revealed that Na clusters can form as a stacked second layer at full Na concentration, which is not reported in earlier works wherein uniform, single-layer Na adsorption phases were assumed. With reasonably high specific energy capacity (232.91 and 116.45 mAh/g for 1H and 1T phases, respectively) and open-circuit voltage (1.30 and 1.42 V for 1H and 1T phases, respectively), VS2 is a promising alternative material for Na-ion battery anodes with great structural sturdiness. Finally, we have shown the capability of the ab initio random structure searching in the assessment of potential materials for energy storage applications.
Machine-learned and codified synthesis parameters of oxide materials.
Kim, Edward; Huang, Kevin; Tomala, Alex; Matthews, Sara; Strubell, Emma; Saunders, Adam; McCallum, Andrew; Olivetti, Elsa
2017-09-12
Predictive materials design has rapidly accelerated in recent years with the advent of large-scale resources, such as materials structure and property databases generated by ab initio computations. In the absence of analogous ab initio frameworks for materials synthesis, high-throughput and machine learning techniques have recently been harnessed to generate synthesis strategies for select materials of interest. Still, a community-accessible, autonomously-compiled synthesis planning resource which spans across materials systems has not yet been developed. In this work, we present a collection of aggregated synthesis parameters computed using the text contained within over 640,000 journal articles using state-of-the-art natural language processing and machine learning techniques. We provide a dataset of synthesis parameters, compiled autonomously across 30 different oxide systems, in a format optimized for planning novel syntheses of materials.
Ab Initio Studies of Halogen and Nitrogen Oxide Species of Interest in Stratospheric Chemistry
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Lee, Timothy J.; Langhoff, Stephen R. (Technical Monitor)
1995-01-01
The ability of modern state-of-the art ab initio quantum chemical techniques to characterize reliably the gas-phase molecular structure, vibrational spectrum, electronic spectrum, and thermal stability of fluorine, chlorine, bromine and nitrogen oxide species will be demonstrated by presentation of some example studies. The ab initio results are shown to be in excellent agreement with the available experimental data, and where the experimental data are either not known or are inconclusive, the theoretical results are shown to fill in the gaps and to resolve experimental controversies. In addition, ab initio studies in which the electronic spectra and the characterization of excited electronic states of halogen oxide species will also be presented. Again where available, the ab initio results are compared to experimental observations, and are used to aid in the interpretation of experimental studies.
Ab Initio Studies of Halogen and Nitrogen Oxide Species of Interest in Stratospheric Chemistry
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Lee, Timothy J.; Langhoff, Stephen R. (Technical Monitor)
1995-01-01
The ability of modern state-of-the art ab initio quantum chemical techniques to characterize reliably the gas-phase molecular structure, vibrational spectrum, electronic spectrum, and thermal stability of fluorine, chlorine, bromine and nitrogen oxide species will be demonstrated by presentation of some example studies. The ab initio results are shown to be in excellent agreement with the available experimental data, and where the experimental data are either not known or are inconclusive, the theoretical results are shown to fill in the gaps and to resolve experimental controversies. In addition, ab initio studies in which the electronic spectra and the characterization of excited electronic states of halogen oxide species will also be presented. Again where available, the ab initio results are compared to experimental observations, and are used to aid in the interpretation of experimental studies.
Ferromagnetic ordering of Cr and Fe doped p-type diamond: An ab initio study
Benecha, E. M.; Lombardi, E. B.
2014-02-21
Ferromagnetic ordering of transition metal dopants in semiconductors holds the prospect of combining the capabilities of semiconductors and magnetic systems in single hybrid devices for spintronic applications. Various semiconductors have so far been considered for spintronic applications, but low Curie temperatures have hindered room temperature applications. We report ab initio DFT calculations on the stability and magnetic properties of Fe and Cr impurities in diamond, and show that their ground state magnetic ordering and stabilization energies depend strongly on the charge state and type of co-doping. We predict that divacancy Cr{sup +2} and substitutional Fe{sup +1} order ferromagnetically in p-type diamond, with magnetic stabilization energies (and magnetic moment per impurity ion) of 16.9 meV (2.5 μ{sub B}) and 33.3 meV (1.0 μ{sub B}), respectively. These magnetic stabilization energies are much larger than what has been achieved in other semiconductors at comparable impurity concentrations, including the archetypal dilute magnetic semiconductor GaAs:Mn. In addition, substitutional Fe{sup +1} exhibits a strong half-metallic character, with the Fermi level crossing bands in only the spin down channel. These results, combined with diamond’s extreme properties, demonstrate that Cr or Fe dopedp-type diamond may successfully be considered in the search for room temperature spintronic materials.
Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of low energy recoil events in MgO
Petersen, B. A.; Liu, B.; Weber, W. J.; ...
2017-01-11
In this paper, low-energy recoil events in MgO are studied using ab initio molecular dynamics simulations to reveal the dynamic displacement processes and final defect configurations. Threshold displacement energies, Ed, are obtained for Mg and O along three low-index crystallographic directions, [100], [110], and [111]. The minimum values for Ed are found along the [110] direction consisting of the same element, either Mg or O atoms. Minimum threshold values of 29.5 eV for Mg and 25.5 eV for O, respectively, are suggested from the calculations. For other directions, the threshold energies are considerably higher, 65.5 and 150.0 eV for Omore » along [111] and [100], and 122.5 eV for Mg along both [111] and [100] directions, respectively. These results show that the recoil events in MgO are partial-charge transfer assisted processes where the charge transfer plays an important role. Finally, there is a similar trend found in other oxide materials, where the threshold displacement energy correlates linearly with the peak partial-charge transfer, suggesting this behavior might be universal in ceramic oxides.« less
Equation of state of paramagnetic CrN from ab initio molecular dynamics
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Steneteg, Peter; Alling, Björn; Abrikosov, Igor A.
2012-04-01
The equation of state for chromium nitride has been debated in the literature in connection with a proposed collapse of its bulk modulus following the pressure-induced transition from the paramagnetic cubic phase to the antiferromagnetic orthorhombic phase [F. Rivadulla , Nature Mater.1476-112210.1038/nmat2549 8, 947 (2009); B. Alling , Nature Mater.1476-112210.1038/nmat2722 9, 283 (2010)]. Experimentally the measurements are complicated due to the low transition pressure, while theoretically the simulation of magnetic disorder represents a major challenge. Here a first-principles method is suggested for the calculation of thermodynamic properties of magnetic materials in their high-temperature paramagnetic phase. It is based on ab initio molecular dynamics and simultaneous redistributions of the disordered but finite local magnetic moments. We apply this disordered local moments molecular dynamics method to the case of CrN and simulate its equation of state. In particular the debated bulk modulus is calculated in the paramagnetic cubic phase and is shown to be very similar to that of the antiferromagnetic orthorhombic CrN phase for all considered temperatures.
An ab-initio coupled mode theory for near field radiative thermal transfer.
Chalabi, Hamidreza; Hasman, Erez; Brongersma, Mark L
2014-12-01
We investigate the thermal transfer between finite-thickness planar slabs which support surface phonon polariton modes (SPhPs). The thickness-dependent dispersion of SPhPs in such layered materials provides a unique opportunity to manipulate and enhance the near field thermal transfer. The key accomplishment of this paper is the development of an ab-initio coupled mode theory that accurately describes all of its thermal transfer properties. We illustrate how the coupled mode parameters can be obtained in a direct fashion from the dispersion relation of the relevant modes of the system. This is illustrated for the specific case of a semi-infinite SiC substrate placed in close proximity to a thin slab of SiC. This is a system that exhibits rich physics in terms of its thermal transfer properties, despite the seemingly simple geometry. This includes a universal scaling behavior of the thermal conductance with the slab thickness and spacing. The work highlights and further increases the value of coupled mode theories in rapidly calculating and intuitively understanding near-field transfer.
Ferromagnetic ordering of Cr and Fe doped p-type diamond: An ab initio study
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Benecha, E. M.; Lombardi, E. B.
2014-02-01
Ferromagnetic ordering of transition metal dopants in semiconductors holds the prospect of combining the capabilities of semiconductors and magnetic systems in single hybrid devices for spintronic applications. Various semiconductors have so far been considered for spintronic applications, but low Curie temperatures have hindered room temperature applications. We report ab initio DFT calculations on the stability and magnetic properties of Fe and Cr impurities in diamond, and show that their ground state magnetic ordering and stabilization energies depend strongly on the charge state and type of co-doping. We predict that divacancy Cr+2 and substitutional Fe+1 order ferromagnetically in p-type diamond, with magnetic stabilization energies (and magnetic moment per impurity ion) of 16.9 meV (2.5 μB) and 33.3 meV (1.0 μB), respectively. These magnetic stabilization energies are much larger than what has been achieved in other semiconductors at comparable impurity concentrations, including the archetypal dilute magnetic semiconductor GaAs:Mn. In addition, substitutional Fe+1 exhibits a strong half-metallic character, with the Fermi level crossing bands in only the spin down channel. These results, combined with diamond's extreme properties, demonstrate that Cr or Fe dopedp-type diamond may successfully be considered in the search for room temperature spintronic materials.
Ab initio Study of Transition metal binding to the Prion Protein
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Cox, Daniel L.; Singh, Rajiv R. P.; Pan, Jianping
2004-03-01
Fundamental understanding of the prion protein (PrP) is of critical public health importance in view of mad cow and chronic wasting diseases. In recent years, it has been shown that the normal form (PrP^c) binds copper^1), and the structure of the copper binding domain has been elaborated. Hypotheses about toxicity associated with binding of other metals (notably manganese) have been put forward, Accordingly, using the ab initio SIESTA density functional theory code^2), we calculated the binding energy E_B(M) of M-(PrP) complexes relative to initially uncomplexed M ions, with M=Cu,Ni,Zn,Mn and (PrP)^* the minimal binding domain. The binding energy trend is E_B(Ni)>E_B(Cu)>E_B(Zn)>E_B(Mn), consistent with recent experiments apart from the surprising stability of Ni. We will also present preliminary results for binding of initially complexed M ions. *-Supported by U.S. DOE, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Materials Research 1) G.S. Jackson et al., Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. (USA) 98, 8531 (2001). 2) P. Ordejón, et al., Phys. Rev. B53, R10441 (1996); J.M. Soler et al., J. Phys. Cond. Matt. 14, 2745 (2002).
Effective mass and Fermi surface complexity factor from ab initio band structure calculations
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Gibbs, Zachary M.; Ricci, Francesco; Li, Guodong; Zhu, Hong; Persson, Kristin; Ceder, Gerbrand; Hautier, Geoffroy; Jain, Anubhav; Snyder, G. Jeffrey
2017-02-01
The effective mass is a convenient descriptor of the electronic band structure used to characterize the density of states and electron transport based on a free electron model. While effective mass is an excellent first-order descriptor in real systems, the exact value can have several definitions, each of which describe a different aspect of electron transport. Here we use Boltzmann transport calculations applied to ab initio band structures to extract a density-of-states effective mass from the Seebeck Coefficient and an inertial mass from the electrical conductivity to characterize the band structure irrespective of the exact scattering mechanism. We identify a Fermi Surface Complexity Factor:
Ab-initio atomic level stresses in Cu-Zr systems
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ojha, Madhusudan; Nicholson, Don M.; Egami, Takeshi
2014-03-01
In our recent studies [D. M. Nicholson, Madhusudan Ojha and Takeshi Egami, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 25 435505 (2013)] we have calculated ab-initio atomic level stresses in the simple B2 Cu-Zr system, Cu50Zr50 liquid and glass and have found tremendous atomic level stress in the B2 structure due to strong bonding between Cu and Zr and significantly smaller atomic level stresses in liquid and glass due to reduced chemical order. We have extended our studies to additional structures and stoichiometries. On the basis of these results we discuss the relationship between short-range order, bonding, electronic density of states and atomic level stress. We are searching for an explanation of the unique position of Zr as a promotor of glass forming ability. We report the differences in atomic level stress, bonding, and density of states when Ti, Y, and Nb replace Zr on fixed structures. The work at the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Science and Engineering Division.
Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of nitromethane under shock initiation conditions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Decker, S. A.; Chau, D.; Woo, T. K.; Zhang, F.
Detonation theories for homogeneous, condensed energetic materials have focused on 1-d analysis in which the detonation ignition physics forms the most difficult part. The classic ZND model considers detonation ignition through a frozen shock transition followed by an induction period, in which the shock temperature induces vibrational, rotational and electronic excitation followed by molecular dissociation (i.e., thermal decomposition). The frozen shock assumption has been the topic of debate and an alternative model has been proposed whereby detonation ignition arises from excitation of the translational degrees of freedom in the shock front [1]. This raises an important postulation of detonation ignition of molecular condensed matter being initiated by non-equilibrium kinetic events within the shock front rather than equilibrium thermal molecular dissociation due to the shock temperature. Experimental support for this hypothesis must be derived from observations inside the shock front thereby requiring measurements on the time scale of 10-2-1 ps, which remains beyond the scope of current experimental techniques. However, the recent development of ab initio molecular dynamics simulations offers an alternative approach to elucidate possible mechanisms of detonation ignition. These methods are based on first-principle quantum mechanical calculations that allow for the simulation of chemical processes at the atomic level. Molecular dynamics simulations of bimolecular collisions using density functional theories serve as a most simplified model for shock-induced dissociation [2-3], while multimolecular collisions including neighbourhood molecules serve as a simple model for shock dissociation in bulk liquid [4].
An Ab Initio Exciton Model Including Charge-Transfer Excited States
Li, Xin; Parrish, Robert M.; Liu, Fang; ...
2017-06-15
Here, the Frenkel exciton model is a useful tool for theoretical studies of multichromophore systems. We recently showed that the exciton model could be used to coarse-grain electronic structure in multichromophoric systems, focusing on singly excited exciton states. However, our previous implementation excluded charge-transfer excited states, which can play an important role in light-harvesting systems and near-infrared optoelectronic materials. Recent studies have also emphasized the significance of charge-transfer in singlet fission, which mediates the coupling between the locally excited states and the multiexcitonic states. In this work, we report on an ab initio exciton model that incorporates charge-transfer excited statesmore » and demonstrate that the model provides correct charge-transfer excitation energies and asymptotic behavior. Comparison with TDDFT and EOM-CC2 calculations shows that our exciton model is robust with respect to system size, screening parameter, and different density functionals. Inclusion of charge-transfer excited states makes the exciton model more useful for studies of singly excited states and provides a starting point for future construction of a model that also includes double-exciton states.« less
Ab initio investigation into the stability and electronic properties of GaN-nanowires
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Carter, D. J.; Gale, J. D.; Delley, B.; Stampfl, C.
2006-03-01
Recent reports of successful fabrication of high quality gallium nanostructures such as quantum dots, nanocrystallites and nanowires, eg. [1], open the door to their possible role as important nanoscale building blocks for future optoelectronic, high-temperature/power and spintronic device applications. In the present work we perform ab initio calculations, using the DMol^3 [2] and SIESTA [3] codes, for wurtzite GaN nanowires. We have examined nanowires in the [0001], [1010], and [1120] directions, and investigated the stability, electronic and atomic structures as a function of nanowire radius. We found that only nanowires in the [0001] direction are stable, and that wires in the other directions can be stabilised by saturating dangling bonds with hydrogen. We have also investigated the properties of key point defects and dopants. [1] J. C. Johnson, et al. Nature Materials 1, 106 (2002). [2] B. Delley, J. Chem. Phys. 92, 508 (1990); ibid 113, 7756 (2000). [3] J.M. Soler, et al. J. Phys.: Condens. Matter. 14, 2745 (2002).
Ab initio 0 K isotherm for crystalline 1,1-diamino-2,2-dinitroethylene
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kuklja, Maija M.; Zerilli, Frank J.; Peiris, Suhithi M.
2003-06-01
The ab initio calculation of the 0 K isotherm of the organic molecular crystal 1,1-diamino-2,2-dinitroethylene (C2H4N4O4), also known as FOX-7, is accomplished by means of solutions of the many-body Schrödinger equation in a periodic crystal lattice. It was found that the Hartree-Fock method is adequate to represent the behavior of the material and that, in general, density functional methods give inferior results. Initially, calculations were done assuming rigid molecules under compression. In further calculations the internal molecular bond lengths were optimized for each value of compression. Finally, calculations were performed in which all the molecular coordinates were optimized. The results are compared with experimental x-ray diffraction data obtained by compressing samples in diamond anvil cells. Excellent agreement is obtained when the molecular coordinates are completely optimized. In addition, FOX-7 is highly anisotropic and this anisotropy must be taken into account to obtain good agreement with hydrostatic compression data.
Ab initio diffuse-interface model for lithiated electrode interface evolution
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Stournara, Maria E.; Kumar, Ravi; Qi, Yue; Sheldon, Brian W.
2016-07-01
The study of chemical segregation at interfaces, and in particular the ability to predict the thickness of segregated layers via analytical expressions or computational modeling, is a fundamentally challenging topic in the design of novel heterostructured materials. This issue is particularly relevant for the phase-field (PF) methodology, which has become a prominent tool for describing phase transitions. These models rely on phenomenological parameters that pertain to the interfacial energy and thickness, quantities that cannot be experimentally measured. Instead of back-calculating these parameters from experimental data, here we combine a set of analytical expressions based on the Cahn-Hilliard approach with ab initio calculations to compute the gradient energy parameter κ and the thickness λ of the segregated Li layer at the LixSi-Cu interface. With this bottom-up approach we calculate the thickness λ of the Li diffuse interface to be on the order of a few nm, in agreement with prior experimental secondary ion mass spectrometry observations. Our analysis indicates that Li segregation is primarily driven by solution thermodynamics, while the strain contribution in this system is relatively small. This combined scheme provides an essential first step in the systematic evaluation of the thermodynamic parameters of the PF methodology, and we believe that it can serve as a framework for the development of quantitative interface models in the field of Li-ion batteries.
Thermal transport properties of bulk and monolayer MoS2: an ab-initio approach
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Bano, Amreen; Khare, Preeti; Gaur, N. K.
2017-05-01
The transport properties of semiconductors are key to the performance of many solid-state devices (transistors, data storage, thermoelectric cooling and power generation devices, etc). In recent years simulation tools based on first-principles calculations have been greatly improved, being able to obtain the fundamental ground-state properties of materials accurately. The quasi harmonic thermal properties of bulk and monolayer of MoS2 has been computed with ab initio periodic simulations based of density functional theory (DFT). The temperature dependence of bulk modulus, specific heat, thermal expansion and gruneisen parameter have been calculated in our work within the temperature range of 0K to 900K with projected augmented wave (PAW) method using generalized gradient approximation (GGA). Our results show that the optimized lattice parameters are in good agreement with the earlier reported works and also for thermoelastic parameter, i.e. isothermal bulk modulus (B) at 0K indicates that monolayer MoS2 (48.5 GPa)is more compressible than the bulk structure (159.23 GPa). The thermal expansion of monolayer structure is slightly less than the bulk. Similarly, other parameters like heat capacity and gruneisen parameter shows different nature which is due to the confinement of 3 dimensional structure to 2 dimension (2D) for improving its transport characteristics.
Ab-initio Electronic, Transport and Related Properties of Zinc Blende Boron Arsenide (zb-BAs)
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Nwigboji, Ifeanyi H.; Malozovsky, Yuriy; Bagayoko, Diola
We present results from ab-initio, self-consistent density functional theory (DFT) calculations of electronic, transport, and bulk properties of zinc blende boron arsenide (zb-BAs). We utilized a local density approximation (LDA) potential and the linear combination of atomic orbital (LCAO) formalism. Our computational technique follows the Bagayoko, Zhao, and Williams method, as enhanced by Ekuma and Franklin. Our results include electronic energy bands, densities of states, and effective masses. We explain the agreement between these findings, including the indirect band gap, and available, corresponding, experimental ones. This work confirms the capability of DFT to describe accurately properties of materials, provided the computations adhere to the conditions of validity of DFT [AIP Advances, 4, 127104 (2014)]. Acknowledgments: This work was funded in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Louisiana Board of Regents, through LASiGMA [Award Nos. EPS- 1003897, NSF (2010-15)-RII-SUBR] and NSF HRD-1002541, the US Department of Energy - National, Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) (Award No. DE- NA0002630), LaSPACE, and LONI-SUBR.
Ab-initio molecular modeling of interfaces in tantalum-carbon system
Balani, Kantesh; Mungole, Tarang; Bakshi, Srinivasa Rao; Agarwal, Arvind
2012-03-15
Processing of ultrahigh temperature TaC ceramic material with sintering additives of B{sub 4}C and reinforcement of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) gives rise to possible formation of several interfaces (Ta{sub 2}C-TaC, TaC-CNT, Ta{sub 2}C-CNT, TaB{sub 2}-TaC, and TaB{sub 2}-CNT) that could influence the resultant properties. Current work focuses on interfaces developed during spark plasma sintering of TaC-system and performing ab initio molecular modeling of the interfaces generated during processing of TaC-B{sub 4}C and TaC-CNT composites. The energy of the various interfaces has been evaluated and compared with TaC-Ta{sub 2}C interface. The iso-surface electronic contours are extracted from the calculations eliciting the enhanced stability of TaC-CNT interface by 72.2%. CNTs form stable interfaces with Ta{sub 2}C and TaB{sub 2} phases with a reduction in the energy by 35.8% and 40.4%, respectively. The computed Ta-C-B interfaces are also compared with experimentally observed interfaces in high resolution TEM images.
Ab initio prediction of electronic, transport and bulk properties of Li2S
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Malozovsky, Yuriy; Franklin, Lashounda; Ekuma, Chinedu; Bagayoko, Diola
2015-08-01
In this paper, we present results from ab initio, self-consistent, local density approximation (LDA) calculations of electronic and related properties of cubic antifluorite (anti-CaF2) lithium sulfide (Li2S). Our nonrelativistic computations implemented the linear combination of atomic orbital (LCAO) formalism following the Bagayoko, Zhao and Williams method, as enhanced by Ekuma and Franklin (BZW-EF). Consequently, using several self-consistent calculations with increasing basis sets, we searched for the smallest basis set that yields the absolute minima of the occupied energies. The outcomes of the calculation with this basis set, called the optimal basis set, have the full physical content of density functional theory (DFT). Our calculated indirect band gap, from Γ to X, is 3.723 eV, for the low temperature experimental lattice constant of 5.689 Å. The predicted indirect band gap of 3.702 eV is obtained for the computationally determined equilibrium lattice constant of 5.651 Å. We have also calculated the total density of states (DOS) and partial densities of states (pDOS), electron and hole effective masses and the bulk modulus of Li2S. Due to a lack of experimental results, most of the calculated ones reported here are predictions for this material suspected of exhibiting a high temperature superconductivity similar to that of MgB2.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Buczek, P.; Borisov, V.; Bersier, C.; Ostanin, S.; Sandratskii, L.; Staunton, J. B.; Gross, E. K. U.; Mertig, I.; Ernst, A.
2012-02-01
et al. Motivated by a experimental reports on possible high temperature superconductivity in palladium hydride [Tripodi ,Physica C 388-389, 571 (2003)], we present a first principle study of spin fluctuations, electron-phonon coupling and critical temperature in PdHx, 0 <=x <=1. A prerequisite for any qualitative study of exchange-enhanced materials is the knowledge of spin flip fluctuation spectrum. It is generally believed [Berk & Schrieffer, Phys. Rev. Lett., 17, 433 (1966)] that the ferromagnetic-like paramagnons of Pd are destructive for the conventional, i.e. s-wave, superconductivity. We describe them using linear response time dependent density functional theory, recently implemented to study complex metals [Buczek ,Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 097205 (2010)] . We find that hydrogenation suppresses the intense spin fluctuations of pure Pd, driving it away from a magnetic critical point. Under the assumption of s-wave pairing, this could lead to the formation of the superconducting state. The ab-initio estimated electron-phonon coupling is strong enough to support superconductivity. Please look for the complementary contribution of Christophe Bersier.
Silicon and Germanium Nanostructures for Photovoltaic Applications: Ab-Initio Results
2010-01-01
Actually, most of the electric energy is being produced by fossil fuels and great is the search for viable alternatives. The most appealing and promising technology is photovoltaics. It will become truly mainstream when its cost will be comparable to other energy sources. One way is to significantly enhance device efficiencies, for example by increasing the number of band gaps in multijunction solar cells or by favoring charge separation in the devices. This can be done by using cells based on nanostructured semiconductors. In this paper, we will present ab-initio results of the structural, electronic and optical properties of (1) silicon and germanium nanoparticles embedded in wide band gap materials and (2) mixed silicon-germanium nanowires. We show that theory can help in understanding the microscopic processes important for devices performances. In particular, we calculated for embedded Si and Ge nanoparticles the dependence of the absorption threshold on size and oxidation, the role of crystallinity and, in some cases, the recombination rates, and we demonstrated that in the case of mixed nanowires, those with a clear interface between Si and Ge show not only a reduced quantum confinement effect but display also a natural geometrical separation between electron and hole. PMID:21076696
Ab-initio Calculation of the XANES of Lithium Phosphates and LiFePO4
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Yiu, Y. M.; Yang, Songlan; Wang, Dongniu; Sun, Xueliang; Sham, T. K.
2013-04-01
Lithium iron phosphate has been regarded as a promising cathode material for the next generation lithium ion batteries due to its high specific capacity, superior thermal and cyclic stability [1]. In this study, the XANES (X-ray Absorption Near Edge Structure) spectra of lithium iron phosphate and lithium phosphates of various compositions at the Li K, P L3,2, Fe M3,2 and O K-edges have been simulated self-consistently using ab-initio calculations based on multiple scattering theory (the FEFF9 code) and DFT (Density Functional Theory, the Wien2k code). The lithium phosphates under investigation include LiFePO4, γ-Li3PO4, Li4P2O7 and LiPO3. The calculated spectra are compared to the experimental XANES recorded in total electron yield (TEY) and fluorescence yield (FLY). This work was carried out to assess the XANES of possible phases presented in LiFePO4 based Li ion battery applications [2].
Ab initio calculation of the crystalline structure and IR spectrum of polymers: nylon 6 polymorphs.
Quarti, Claudio; Milani, Alberto; Civalleri, Bartolomeo; Orlando, Roberto; Castiglioni, Chiara
2012-07-19
State-of-the-art computational methods in solid-state chemistry were applied to predict the structural and spectroscopic properties of the α and γ crystalline polymorphs of nylon 6. Density functional theory calculations augmented with an empirical dispersion correction (DFT-D) were used for the optimization of the two different crystal structures and of the isolated chains, characterized by a different regular conformation and described as one-dimensional infinite chains. The structural parameters of both crystalline polymorphs were correctly predicted, and new insight into the interplay of conformational effects, hydrogen bonding, and van der Waals interactions in affecting the properties of the crystal structures of polyamides was obtained. The calculated infrared spectra were compared to experimental data; based on computed vibrational eigenvectors, assignment of the infrared absorptions of the two nylon 6 polymorphs was carried out and critically analyzed in light of previous investigations. On the basis of a comparison of the computed and experimental IR spectra, a set of marker bands was identified and proposed as a tool for detecting and quantifying the presence of a given polymorph in a real sample: several marker bands employed in the past were confirmed, whereas some of the previous assignments are criticized. In addition, some new marker bands are proposed. The results obtained demonstrate that accurate computational techniques are now affordable for polymers characterization, opening the way to several applications of ab initio modeling to the study of many families of polymeric materials.
Ab initio phasing of X-ray powder diffraction patterns by charge flipping.
Wu, Jinsong; Leinenweber, Kurt; Spence, John C H; O'Keeffe, Michael
2006-08-01
Determining crystal structures from powder X-ray diffraction data remains a challenging problem in materials science. By embedding a Le-Bail-like procedure within the recently discovered charge-flipping phasing algorithm, an extremely simple, fast and effective ab initio method has been developed to determine phases directly from indexed powder diffraction patterns. The algorithm solves the degeneracy problem by applying spherical averaging for overlapping Bragg reflections, while solving the phase problem by using the Oszlányi-Süto charge-flipping algorithm. The processes of peak decomposition and phasing are integrated within the same iteration, and a dynamic support is used. The Fienup hybrid input-output algorithm is also incorporated to minimize stagnation. The ability of the algorithm to find structure-factor phases rapidly is found to assist with the fundamental problem of degeneracy (overlapping reflections) which is intrinsic to powder diffraction data. Space-group and chemical-composition information are not needed as inputs, and can be determined from the result. The method is illustrated using several experimental powder patterns of indifferent quality.
Ab initio calculations of phonon transport in ZnO and ZnS
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Bachmann, M.; Czerner, M.; Edalati-Boostan, S.; Heiliger, C.
2012-05-01
We present an approach to calculate ballistic phonon transport that combines the atomistic Green's function (AGF) method with ab initio results. For the interatomic potential we use the harmonic approach. The equilibrium positions of the atoms and the interatomic force constants (ifcs) are calculated using the ABINIT program package [X. Gonze et al., Z. Kristallogr. 220, 558 (2005)], which is based on density functional theory. Therefore, the presented approach is parameter free. From the Green's function of the system we determine the density of states as well as the transmission function. The thermal conductance is obtained within the linear response regime. We apply this approach to bulk ZnO and bulk ZnS. Transmission functions for different transport directions for each material are presented. A comparison of the transmission function shows, that a ZnO/ZnS interface could be a promising phonon blocker. Adding such interfaces in ZnO or ZnS based thermoelectric devices could therefore increase the figure of merit.
An ab initio HCN/HNC rotational-vibrational line list and opacity function for astronomy
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Harris, Gregory John
HCN/HNC is an important molecule which is found throughout the universe. For example HCN/HNC is known to exist in comets, planetary atmospheres and the interstellar medium. HCN is also an important opacity source in carbon rich stars (C-stars). HCN masers have been observed in the circumstellar material around these C-stars and also in galaxies. Jorgensen and co-workers investigated model carbon star atmospheres in which they included HCN as an opacity source. They found that including a HCN opacity function had a remarkable effect: the atmosphere expanded by five times and the pressure of the atmosphere in the surface layers dropped by one or two orders of magnitude. This suggests that a full and detailed treatment of the rotational-vibrational spectrum of HCN/HNC could have a profound effect on the models of carbon stars, this provides the main motivation in this work. The temperatures of the stars in which HCN is an important opacity source Teff = 2000 - 3000 K. If HCN and HNC are in thermodynamic equilibrium it would be expected that HNC as well as HCN are found in significant populations. The transition dipoles of the fundamental bands of HNC are more than twice as strong as their HCN counter parts. These factors mean that both HCN and HNC will be considered, which makes a semiglobal treatment of the [H,C,N] system necessary. In this thesis an ab initio HCN/HNC linelist, from which accurate spectra and opacity functions can be calculated, is computed. Within this thesis I present least squares fits for ab initio semiglobal potential energy, dipole moment, relativistic correction and adiabatic correction surfaces. The potential energy surface (PES) is morphed for HNC geometries of the potential to improve the HNC representation of the surface. The PES and dipole moment surface (DMS) are used to perform quantum mechanical nuclear motion (rotational-vibrational) calculations with the DVR3D suite of codes. Preliminary calculations are made to optimise a ro
Designing thin film materials — Ternary borides from first principles
Euchner, H.; Mayrhofer, P.H.
2015-01-01
Exploiting the mechanisms responsible for the exceptional properties of aluminum based nitride coatings, we apply ab initio calculations to develop a recipe for designing functional thin film materials based on ternary diborides. The combination of binary diborides, preferring different structure types, results in supersaturated metastable ternary systems with potential for phase transformation induced effects. For the exemplary cases of MxW1 − xB2 (with M = Al, Ti, V) we show by detailed ab initio calculations that the respective ternary solid solutions are likely to be experimentally accessible by modern depositions techniques. PMID:26082562
2015-06-28
Charts 3. DATES COVERED (From - To) June 2015-June 2015 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE AB INITIO QUANTUM CHEMICAL REACTION KINETICS: RECENT APPLICATIONS IN...Unlimited. 13. SUPPLEMENTARY NOTES Briefing Charts presented at 9th Int. Conf. Chemical Kinetics; Ghent, Belgium; 28 Jun 2015. PA#15351. 14. ABSTRACT...ghanshyam.vaghjiani@us.af.mil Ab initio Quantum Chemical Reaction Kinetics: Recent Applications in Combustion Chemistry Ghanshyam L. Vaghjiani* DISTRIBUTION A
Experimental and ab initio study of the mechanical properties of hydroxyapatite
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Snyders, R.; Music, D.; Sigumonrong, D.; Schelnberger, B.; Jensen, J.; Schneider, J. M.
2007-05-01
The authors have studied the elastic properties of radio frequency sputtered phase pure, stoichiometric, and dense hydroxyapatite films by nanoindentation. The measured elastic modulus values have been compared to ab initio calculated data. The calculation technique was based on the determination of all elastic constants. The calculated and measured elastic modulus values differ by ˜10%. The good agreement indicates that the elasticity of hydroxyapatite can be described using ab initio calculations, establishing the elastic modulus thereof.
González-Cataldo, F.; Wilson, Hugh F.; Militzer, B.
2014-05-20
By combining density functional molecular dynamics simulations with a thermodynamic integration technique, we determine the free energy of metallic hydrogen and silica, SiO{sub 2}, at megabar pressures and thousands of degrees Kelvin. Our ab initio solubility calculations show that silica dissolves into fluid hydrogen above 5000 K for pressures from 10 and 40 Mbars, which has implications for the evolution of rocky cores in giant gas planets like Jupiter, Saturn, and a substantial fraction of known extrasolar planets. Our findings underline the necessity of considering the erosion and redistribution of core materials in giant planet evolution models, but they also demonstrate that hot metallic hydrogen is a good solvent at megabar pressures, which has implications for high-pressure experiments.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Erba, A.; Mahmoud, A.; Belmonte, D.; Dovesi, R.
2014-03-01
A computational strategy is devised for the accurate ab initio simulation of elastic properties of crystalline materials under pressure. The proposed scheme, based on the evaluation of the analytical stress tensor and on the automated computation of pressure-dependent elastic stiffness constants, is implemented in the CRYSTAL solid state quantum-chemical program. Elastic constants and related properties (bulk, shear and Young moduli, directional seismic wave velocities, elastic anisotropy index, Poisson's ratio, etc.) can be computed for crystals of any space group of symmetry. We apply such a technique to the study of high-pressure elastic properties of three silicate garnet end-members (namely, pyrope, grossular, and andradite) which are of great geophysical interest, being among the most important rock-forming minerals. The reliability of this theoretical approach is proved by comparing with available experimental measurements. The description of high-pressure properties provided by several equations of state is also critically discussed.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Tatemizo, N.; Imada, S.; Miura, Y.; Yamane, H.; Tanaka, K.
2017-03-01
The valence band (VB) structures of wurtzite AlCrN (Cr concentration: 0-17.1%), which show optical absorption in the ultraviolet-visible-infrared light region, were investigated via photoelectron yield spectroscopy (PYS), x-ray/ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS/UPS), and ab initio density of states (DOS) calculations. An obvious photoelectron emission threshold was observed ~5.3 eV from the vacuum level for AlCrN, whereas no emission was observed for AlN in the PYS spectra. Comparisons of XPS and UPS VB spectra and the calculated DOS imply that Cr 3d states are formed both at the top of the VB and in the AlN gap. These data suggest that Cr doping could be a viable option to produce new materials with relevant energy band structures for solar photoelectric conversion.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Samin, Adib; Li, Xiang; Zhang, Jinsuo; Mariani, R. D.; Unal, Cetin
2015-12-01
For liquid-sodium-cooled fast nuclear reactor systems, it is crucial to understand the behavior of lanthanides and other potential fission products in liquid sodium or other liquid metal solutions such as liquid cesium-sodium. In this study, we focus on lanthanide behavior in liquid sodium. Using ab initio molecular dynamics, we found that the solubility of cerium in liquid sodium at 1000 K was less than 0.78 at. %, and the diffusion coefficient of cerium in liquid sodium was calculated to be 5.57 × 10-9 m2/s. Furthermore, it was found that cerium in small amounts may significantly alter the heat capacity of the liquid sodium system. Our results are consistent with the experimental results for similar materials under similar conditions.
Samin, Adib; Li, Xiang; Zhang, Jinsuo; Mariani, R. D.; Unal, Cetin
2015-12-21
For liquid-sodium-cooled fast nuclear reactor systems, it is crucial to understand the behavior of lanthanides and other potential fission products in liquid sodium or other liquid metal solutions such as liquid cesium-sodium. In this study, we focus on lanthanide behavior in liquid sodium. Using ab initio molecular dynamics, we found that the solubility of cerium in liquid sodium at 1000 K was less than 0.78 at. %, and the diffusion coefficient of cerium in liquid sodium was calculated to be 5.57 × 10{sup −9} m{sup 2}/s. Furthermore, it was found that cerium in small amounts may significantly alter the heat capacity of the liquid sodium system. Our results are consistent with the experimental results for similar materials under similar conditions.
Guo, Xun; Zhang, Xitong; Zhao, Shijun; Huang, Qing; Xue, Jianming
2016-01-07
Density functional theory (DFT) calculation is employed to study the adsorption properties of Pb and Cu on recently synthesized two-dimensional materials MXenes, including Ti3C2, V2C1 and Ti2C1. The influence of surface decoration with functional groups such as H, OH and F have also been investigated. Most of these studied MXenes exhibit excellent capability to adsorb Pb and Cu, especially the adsorption capacity of Pb on Ti2C1 is as high as 2560 mg g(-1). Both the binding energies and the adsorption capacities are sensitive to the functional groups attached to the MXenes' surface. Ab initio molecular dynamics (ab-init MD) simulation confirms that Ti2C1 remains stable at room temperature after adsorbing Pb atoms. Our calculations imply that these newly emerging two-dimensional MXenes are promising candidates for wastewater treatment and ion separation.
Atomic structure of amorphous Mg40Cu35Ti25 alloy: An ab initio molecular dynamics study
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Durandurdu, Murat
2013-01-01
Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations are carried out to model amorphous Mg40Cu35Ti25 and its local structural packing are investigated using a variety of analyzing techniques. Cu-atoms commonly form 12 fold coordinated clusters and some of which are perfect or defective types icosahedrons, implying an icosohedral short range order around Cu atoms. Mg and Ti atoms, on the other hand, favor to structure in higher coordinated polyhedrons. The coordination number of Ti atoms is slightly less than Mg atoms. The immiscibility effect between Ti and Mg is reflected by a low fraction of Mg-Ti bonding in the model. The atomic packing of Mg40Cu35Ti25 appears to be noticeably different from that of Mg-Cu-X (X=Y and Gd) metallic glasses even though all these materials exhibit primarily the same type of bonding natures.
Erba, A. Mahmoud, A.; Dovesi, R.; Belmonte, D.
2014-03-28
A computational strategy is devised for the accurate ab initio simulation of elastic properties of crystalline materials under pressure. The proposed scheme, based on the evaluation of the analytical stress tensor and on the automated computation of pressure-dependent elastic stiffness constants, is implemented in the CRYSTAL solid state quantum-chemical program. Elastic constants and related properties (bulk, shear and Young moduli, directional seismic wave velocities, elastic anisotropy index, Poisson's ratio, etc.) can be computed for crystals of any space group of symmetry. We apply such a technique to the study of high-pressure elastic properties of three silicate garnet end-members (namely, pyrope, grossular, and andradite) which are of great geophysical interest, being among the most important rock-forming minerals. The reliability of this theoretical approach is proved by comparing with available experimental measurements. The description of high-pressure properties provided by several equations of state is also critically discussed.
Electronic and mechanical properties of ZnX (X = S, Se and Te)--An ab initio study
Verma, Ajay Singh; Sharma, Sheetal; Jindal, Vijay Kumar; Sarkar, Bimal Kumar
2011-12-12
Zinc chalcogenides (ZnX, X = S, Se and Te) have been increasing attention as wide and direct band gap semiconductor for blue and ultraviolet optical devices. This paper analyzes electronic and mechanical properties of these materials by ab initio pseudo-potential method that uses non conserving pseudopotentials in fully nonlocal form, as implemented in SIESTA code. In this approach the local density approximation (LDA) is used for the exchange-correlation (XC) potential. The calculations are given for band gap, elastic constants (C{sub 11}, C{sub 12} and C{sub 44}), shear modulus, and Young's modulus. The results are in very good agreement with previous theoretical calculations and available experimental data.
Erba, A; Mahmoud, A; Belmonte, D; Dovesi, R
2014-03-28
A computational strategy is devised for the accurate ab initio simulation of elastic properties of crystalline materials under pressure. The proposed scheme, based on the evaluation of the analytical stress tensor and on the automated computation of pressure-dependent elastic stiffness constants, is implemented in the CRYSTAL solid state quantum-chemical program. Elastic constants and related properties (bulk, shear and Young moduli, directional seismic wave velocities, elastic anisotropy index, Poisson's ratio, etc.) can be computed for crystals of any space group of symmetry. We apply such a technique to the study of high-pressure elastic properties of three silicate garnet end-members (namely, pyrope, grossular, and andradite) which are of great geophysical interest, being among the most important rock-forming minerals. The reliability of this theoretical approach is proved by comparing with available experimental measurements. The description of high-pressure properties provided by several equations of state is also critically discussed.
Ab initio calculation of the potential bubble nucleus 34Si
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Duguet, T.; Somà, V.; Lecluse, S.; Barbieri, C.; Navrátil, P.
2017-03-01
Background: The possibility that an unconventional depletion (referred to as a "bubble") occurs in the center of the charge density distribution of certain nuclei due to a purely quantum mechanical effect has attracted theoretical and experimental attention in recent years. Based on a mean-field rationale, a correlation between the occurrence of such a semibubble and an anomalously weak splitting between low angular-momentum spin-orbit partners has been further conjectured. Energy density functional and valence-space shell model calculations have been performed to identify and characterize the best candidates, among which 34Si appears as a particularly interesting case. While the experimental determination of the charge density distribution of the unstable 34Si is currently out of reach, (d ,p ) experiments on this nucleus have been performed recently to test the correlation between the presence of a bubble and an anomalously weak 1 /2--3 /2- splitting in the spectrum of 35Si as compared to 37S. Purpose: We study the potential bubble structure of 34Si on the basis of the state-of-the-art ab initio self-consistent Green's function many-body method. Methods: We perform the first ab initio calculations of 34Si and 36S. In addition to binding energies, the first observables of interest are the charge density distribution and the charge root-mean-square radius for which experimental data exist in 36S. The next observable of interest is the low-lying spectroscopy of 35Si and 37S obtained from (d ,p ) experiments along with the spectroscopy of 33Al and 35P obtained from knock-out experiments. The interpretation in terms of the evolution of the underlying shell structure is also provided. The study is repeated using several chiral effective field theory Hamiltonians as a way to test the robustness of the results with respect to input internucleon interactions. The convergence of the results with respect to the truncation of the many-body expansion, i.e., with respect to
Protons in polar media: An ab initio molecular dynamics study
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
von Rosenvinge, Tycho
1998-10-01
The hydrates of hydrogen chloride are ionic crystals that contain hydronium (H3O+). The hydronium in the monohydrate has been reported to be statistically disordered between two possible sites related by inversion symmetry. Ab initio molecular dynamics calculations are presented for the monohydrate, as well as the di-, and tri-hydrates, of hydrogen chloride using the density functional based Car-Parrinello technique. The simulations were carried out with the goal of investigating proton disorder in these crystals. The possible role of nuclear quantum effects has been explored via path integral molecular dynamic simulations. The present results suggest that the proposed disordered sites in the monohydrate are dynamically unstable and therefore unlikely to be responsible for the reported disorder. No useful information was obtained for the dihydrate because the large unit cell leads to difficulties in carrying out the simulations. Nuclear quantum effects are shown to be important for characterizing the proton distributions in the trihydrate. The structure and dynamical behavior of liquid HF with dissolved KF have been investigated using the Car- Parrinello ab initio molecular dynamics scheme. Specifically, a system with stoichiometry KFċ2HF was studied at temperatures of 400K and 1000K. This system, which was started from a phase separated mixture, rapidly formed into solvated potassium ions and HnFn+1/sp- polyfluoride anions with n = 1, 2, 3, and 4. The resulting polyfluoride anions were classified, and their structures and dynamical behavior were compared with the known structures and spectra of crystalline compounds KF/cdot xHF and with theoretical predictions of isolated gas phase species. The present study reveals dramatic frequency shifts in the H atom vibrational modes with variation in the HF coordination number of the polyfluoride anion. In particular the FH wagging motion red shifts while the FH stretch blue shifts as n increases. The present calculations
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Bruzzone, Samantha; Fiori, Gianluca
2011-11-01
We present an ab-initio study of electron mobility and electron-phonon coupling in chemically modified graphene, considering fluorinated and hydrogenated graphene at different percentage coverage. Hexagonal boron carbon nitrogen is also investigated due the increased interest shown by the research community towards this material. In particular, the deformation potentials are computed by means of density functional theory, while the carrier mobility is obtained according to the Takagi model (S. Takagi, A. Toriumi, and H. Tango, IEEE Trans. Electron Devices 41, 2363 (1994)). We will show that graphene with a reduced degree of hydrogenation can compete, in terms of mobility, with silicon technology.
2014-08-20
Ab Initio Potential Energy Surfaces in Studies of Gas-Phase Reactions of Energetic Molecules The focus of this research was to apply efficient...methods for using ab initio potential energy surfaces (PESs) computed with high levels of quantum chemistry theory to predict chemical reaction properties...in non peer-reviewed journals: Methods for Using Ab Initio Potential Energy Surfaces in Studies of Gas-Phase Reactions of Energetic Molecules Report
Ab initio calculation of infrared intensities for hydrogen peroxide
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Rogers, J. D.; Hillman, J. J.
1982-01-01
Results of an ab initio SCF quantum mechanical study are used to derive estimates for the infrared intensities of the fundamental vibrations of hydrogen peroxide. Atomic polar tensors (APTs) were calculated on the basis of a 4-31G basis set, and used to derive absolute intensities for the vibrational transitions. Comparison of the APTs calculated for H2O2 with those previously obtained for H2O and CH3OH, and of the absolute intensities derived from the H2O2 APTs with those derived from APTs transferred from H2O and CH3OH, reveals the sets of values to differ by no more than a factor of two, supporting the validity of the theoretical calculation. Values of the infrared intensities obtained correspond to A1 = 14.5 km/mol, A2 = 0.91 km/mol, A3 = 0.058 km/mol, A4 = 123 km/mol, A5 = 46.2 km/mol, and A6 = 101 km/mol. Charge, charge flux and overlap contributions to the dipole moment derivatives are also computed.
Ab Initio Potential Energy Surface for H-H2
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Patridge, Harry; Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Stallcop, James R.; Levin, Eugene
1993-01-01
Ab initio calculations employing large basis sets are performed to determine an accurate potential energy surface for H-H2 interactions for a broad range of separation distances. At large distances, the spherically averaged potential determined from the calculated energies agrees well with the corresponding results determined from dispersion coefficients; the van der Waals well depth is predicted to be 75 +/- 3 micro E(h). Large basis sets have also been applied to reexamine the accuracy of theoretical repulsive potential energy surfaces (25-70 kcal/mol above the H-H2 asymptote) at small interatomic separations; the Boothroyd, Keogh, Martin, and Peterson (BKMP) potential energy surface is found to agree with results of the present calculations within the expected uncertainty (+/- 1 kcal/mol) of the fit. Multipolar expansions of the computed H-H2 potential energy surface are reported for four internuclear separation distances (1.2, 1.401, 1.449, and 1.7a(0)) of the hydrogen molecule. The differential elastic scattering cross section calculated from the present results is compared with the measurements from a crossed beam experiment.
Ab initio calculations of nuclear reactions important for astrophysics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Navratil, Petr; Dohet-Eraly, Jeremy; Calci, Angelo; Horiuchi, Wataru; Hupin, Guillaume; Quaglioni, Sofia
2016-09-01
In recent years, significant progress has been made in ab initio nuclear structure and reaction calculations based on input from QCD employing Hamiltonians constructed within chiral effective field theory. One of the newly developed approaches is the No-Core Shell Model with Continuum (NCSMC), capable of describing both bound and scattering states in light nuclei simultaneously. We will present NCSMC results for reactions important for astrophysics that are difficult to measure at relevant low energies, such as 3He(α,γ)7Be and 3H(α,γ)7Li and 11C(p,γ)12N radiative capture, as well as the 3H(d,n)4He fusion. We will also address prospects of calculating the 2H(α,γ)6Li capture reaction within the NCSMC formalism. Prepared in part by LLNL under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344. Supported by the U.S. DOE, OS, NP, under Work Proposal No. SCW1158, and by the NSERC Grant No. SAPIN-2016-00033. TRIUMF receives funding from the NRC Canada.
Ab initio Raman spectroscopy of water under extreme conditions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Rozsa, Viktor; Pan, Ding; Wan, Quan; Galli, Giulia
Water exhibits one of the most complex phase diagrams of any binary compound. Despite extensive studies, the melting lines of high-pressure ice phases remain very controversial, with reports differing by hundreds of Kelvin. The boundary between ice VII and liquid phase is particularly disputed, with recent work exploring plasticity and amorphization mediating the transition. Raman measurements are often used to fingerprint melting, yet their interpretation is difficult without atomistic modeling. Here, we report a study of high P/T water where we computed Raman spectra using a method combining ab initio molecular dynamics and density functional perturbation theory, as implemented in the Qbox code. Spectra were computed for the liquid at 10 and 20 GPa, both at 1000 K, and for solid ice VII (20 GPa, 500 K). Decomposing the spectra into inter and intra molecular contributions provided insight into the dynamics of the hydrogen-bonded network at extreme conditions. The relevance of our simulation results for models of water in Earth, Uranus, and Neptune will be discussed, and an interpretation of existing experiments at high pressure will be presented.
Ab initio predictions of the symmetry energy and recent constraints
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Sammarruca, Francesca
2017-01-01
The symmetry energy plays a crucial role in the structure and the dynamics of neutron-rich systems, including the formation of neutron skins, the location of neutron drip lines, as well as intriguing correlations with the structure of compact stars. With experimental efforts in progress or being planned to shed light on the less known aspects of the nuclear chart, microscopic predictions based on ab initio approaches are very important. In recent years, chiral effective field theory has become popular because of its firm connection with quantum chromodynamics and its systematic approach to the development of nuclear forces. Predictions of the symmetry energy obtained from modern chiral interactions will be discussed in the light of recent empirical constraints extracted from heavy ion collisions at 400 MeV per nucleon at GSI. Applications of our equations of state to neutron-rich systems will also be discussed, with particular emphasis on neutron skins, which are sensitive to the density dependence of the symmetry energy.
Ab Initio Study of Covalently Functionalized Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Jha, Sanjiv; Hammouri, Mahmoud; Vasiliev, Igor; Magedov, Igor; Frolova, Liliya; Kalugin, Nikolai
2014-03-01
The electronic and structural properties of carbon nanomaterials can be affected by chemical functionalization. We apply ab initio computational methods based on density functional theory to study the properties of graphene and single-walled carbon nanotubes functionalized with benzyne. Our calculations are carried out using the SIESTA electronic structure code combined with the generalized gradient approximation for the exchange correlation functional. The calculated binding energies, densities of states, and band structures of functionalized graphene and carbon nanotubes are analyzed in comparison with the available experimental data. The surfaces of carbon nanotubes are found to be significantly more reactive toward benzyne molecules than the surface of graphene. The strength of interaction between benzyne and carbon nanotubes is affected by the curvature of the nanotube sidewall. The binding energies of benzyne molecules attached to both semiconducting zigzag and metallic armchair nanotubes increase with decreasing the nanotube diameter. Supported by NSF CHE-1112388, NMSU GREG Award, NSF ECCS-0925988, NIH-5P20RR016480-12, and NIH- P20 GM103451.
Ab initio modelling of methane hydrate thermophysical properties.
Jendi, Z M; Servio, P; Rey, A D
2016-04-21
The key thermophysical properties of methane hydrate were determined using ab initio modelling. Using density functional theory, the second-order elastic constants, heat capacity, compressibility, and thermal expansion coefficient were calculated. A wide and relevant range of pressure-temperature conditions were considered, and the structures were assessed for stability using the mean square displacement and radial distribution functions. Methane hydrate was found to be elastically isotropic with a linear dependence of the bulk modulus on pressure. Equally significant, multi-body interactions were found to be important in hydrates, and water-water interactions appear to strongly influence compressibility like in ice Ih. While the heat capacity of hydrate was found to be higher than that of ice, the thermal expansion coefficient was significantly lower, most likely due to the lower rigidity of hydrates. The mean square displacement gave important insight into stability, heat capacity, and elastic moduli, and the radial distribution functions further confirmed stability. The presented results provide a much needed atomistic thermoelastic characterization of methane hydrates and are essential input for the large-scale applications of hydrate detection and production.
Local structure analysis in ab initio liquid water
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Santra, Biswajit; DiStasio, Robert A., Jr.; Martelli, Fausto; Car, Roberto
2015-09-01
Within the framework of density functional theory, the inclusion of exact exchange and non-local van der Waals/dispersion (vdW) interactions is crucial for predicting a microscopic structure of ambient liquid water that quantitatively agrees with experiment. In this work, we have used the local structure index (LSI) order parameter to analyse the local structure in such highly accurate ab initio liquid water. At ambient conditions, the LSI probability distribution, P(I ), was unimodal with most water molecules characterised by more disordered high-density-like local environments. With thermal excitations removed, the resultant bimodal P(I ) in the inherent potential energy surface (IPES) exhibited a 3:1 ratio between high-density- and low-density-like molecules, with the latter forming small connected clusters amid the predominant population. By considering the spatial correlations and hydrogen bond network topologies among water molecules with the same LSI identities, we demonstrate that the signatures of the experimentally observed low- and high-density amorphous phases of ice are present in the IPES of ambient liquid water. Analysis of the LSI autocorrelation function uncovered a persistence time of ∼ 4 ps - a finding consistent with the fact that natural thermal fluctuations are responsible for transitions between these distinct yet transient local aqueous environments in ambient liquid water.
Local Environment Distribution in Ab Initio Liquid Water
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Santra, Biswajit; Distasio, Robert A., Jr.; Car, Roberto
2013-03-01
We have analyzed the distribution of local environments in liquid water at ambient conditions and its inherent potential energy surface (IPES) based on state-of-the-art ab initio molecular dynamics simulations performed on 128 molecules implementing hybrid PBE0 exchange [PRB 79, 085102 (2009)] and van der Waals (vdW) interactions [PRL 102, 073005 (2009)]. The local environments of molecules are characterized in terms of the local structure index (LSI) [JCP 104, 7671 (1996)] which is able to distinguish high- and low-density molecular environments. In agreement with simulations based on model potentials, we find that the distribution of LSI is unimodal at ambient conditions and bimodal in the IPES, consistent with the existence of polymorphism in amorphous phases of water. At ambient conditions spatial LSI fluctuations extend up to ~7 Å and their dynamical correlation decays on a time scale of ~3 ps, as found for density fluctuations in a recent study [PRL 106, 037801 (2011)]. DOE: DE-SC0008626, DOE: DE-SC0005180, NSF: CHE-0956500
An efficient approach to ab initio Monte Carlo simulation.
Leiding, Jeff; Coe, Joshua D
2014-01-21
We present a Nested Markov chain Monte Carlo (NMC) scheme for building equilibrium averages based on accurate potentials such as density functional theory. Metropolis sampling of a reference system, defined by an inexpensive but approximate potential, was used to substantially decorrelate configurations at which the potential of interest was evaluated, thereby dramatically reducing the number needed to build ensemble averages at a given level of precision. The efficiency of this procedure was maximized on-the-fly through variation of the reference system thermodynamic state (characterized here by its inverse temperature β(0)), which was otherwise unconstrained. Local density approximation results are presented for shocked states of argon at pressures from 4 to 60 GPa, where-depending on the quality of the reference system potential-acceptance probabilities were enhanced by factors of 1.2-28 relative to unoptimized NMC. The optimization procedure compensated strongly for reference potential shortcomings, as evidenced by significantly higher speedups when using a reference potential of lower quality. The efficiency of optimized NMC is shown to be competitive with that of standard ab initio molecular dynamics in the canonical ensemble.
Electronic structure and conductivity of ferroelectric hexaferrite: Ab initio calculations
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Knížek, K.; Novák, P.; Küpferling, M.
2006-04-01
Ba0.5Sr1.5Zn2Fe12O22 is a promising multiferroic compound in which the electric polarization is intimately connected to the magnetic state. In principle, ferroelectrity might exist above the room temperature, but the electrical conductivity that increases with increasing temperature limits it to temperatures below ≈130K . We present results of an ab initio electronic structure calculation of the (BaSr)Zn2Fe12O22 system. To improve the description of strongly correlated 3d electrons of iron, the GGA+U method is used. The results show that the electrical conductivity strongly depends on relative fractions of iron and zinc in the tetrahedral sublattice that belongs to the spinel block of the hexaferrite structure. If this sublattice is fully occupied by zinc, the system is an insulator with a gap of ≈1.5eV . If it is occupied equally by Fe and Zn the gap decreases by a factor of 2, and the system is metallic when this sublattice is filled by iron only.
Ab initio description of the exotic unbound 7He nucleus
Baroni, Simone; Navratil, Petr; Quaglioni, Sofia
2013-01-11
In this study, the neutron-rich unbound 7He nucleus has been the subject of many experimental investigations. While the ground-state 3/2– resonance is well established, there is a controversy concerning the excited 1/2– resonance reported in some experiments as low lying and narrow (ER~1 MeV, Γ≤1 MeV) while in others as very broad and located at a higher energy. This issue cannot be addressed by ab initio theoretical calculations based on traditional bound-state methods. We introduce a new unified approach to nuclear bound and continuum states based on the coupling of the no-core shell model, a bound-state technique, with the no-coremore » shell model combined with the resonating-group method, a nuclear scattering technique. Our calculations describe the ground-state resonance in agreement with experiment and, at the same time, predict a broad 1/2– resonance above 2 MeV.« less
Structure of diamond(100) stepped surfaces from ab initio calculations
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Alfonso, Dominic; Drabold, David; Ulloa, Sergio
1996-02-01
We present theoretical studies of relaxations of monoatomic 0953-8984/8/6/005/img6 and 0953-8984/8/6/005/img7 steps on the diamond(100)-(20953-8984/8/6/005/img81) surface employing an ab initio molecular dynamics simulation method that is based on density functional theory. Stable dimer structures are found in the upper and lower planes of the step surfaces in agreement with experiment. Significant atomic relaxations occur near the step edges of 0953-8984/8/6/005/img9 and 0953-8984/8/6/005/img7 stepped surfaces induced by the creation of the steps. Atomic H adsorption on these step surfaces to form monohydride structures is energetically favourable. We also simulate the presence of radical sites near the step edges of 0953-8984/8/6/005/img11, 0953-8984/8/6/005/img7 and 0953-8984/8/6/005/img9 and local reconstruction involving the dimer containing the radical sites is found. Electronic charge density profiles of the filled states near the Fermi level show features associated with the dimer structures.
Ab initio no-core solutions for 6Li
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Shin, Ik Jae; Kim, Youngman; Maris, Pieter; Vary, James P.; Forssén, Christian; Rotureau, Jimmy; Michel, Nicolas
2017-07-01
We solve for properties of 6Li in the ab initio no-core full configuration (NCFC) approach and we separately solve for its ground state and {J}π ={2}2+ resonance with the Gamow shell model (GSM) in the Berggren basis. We employ both the JISP16 and chiral {{NNLO}}{opt} realistic nucleon-nucleon interactions and investigate the ground state energy, excitation energies, point proton root mean square (rms) radius and a suite of electroweak observables. We also extend and test methods to extrapolate the ground state energy, point proton rms radius, and electric quadrupole moment. We attain improved estimates of these observables in the NCFC approach by using basis spaces up through {N}\\max =18 that enable more definitive comparisons with experiment. Using the density matrix renormalization group approach with the JISP16 interaction, we find that we can significantly improve the convergence of the GSM treatment of the 6Li ground state and {J}π ={2}2+ resonance by adopting a natural orbital single-particle basis.
Perovskite transparent conducting oxides: an ab initio study.
Dabaghmanesh, S; Saniz, R; Amini, M N; Lamoen, D; Partoens, B
2013-10-16
We present an ab initio study of the electronic structure and of the formation energies of various point defects in BaSnO3 and SrGeO3. We show that La and Y impurities substituting Ba or Sr are shallow donors with a preferred 1 + charge state. These defects have a low formation energy within all the suitable equilibrium growth conditions considered. Oxygen vacancies behave as shallow donors as well, preferring the 2 + charge state. Their formation energies, however, are higher in most growth conditions, indicating a limited contribution to conductivity. The calculated electron effective mass in BaSnO3, with a value of 0.21 m(e), and the very high mobility reported recently in La-doped BaSnO3 single-crystals, suggest that remarkably low scattering rates can be achieved in the latter. In the case of SrGeO3, our results point to carrier density and mobility values in the low range for typical polycrystalline TCOs, in line with experiment.
Moderate-Cost Ab Initio Thermochemistry with Chemical Accuracy.
Ganyecz, Ádám; Kállay, Mihály; Csontos, József
2017-09-12
A moderate-cost ab initio composite model chemistry including the explicitly correlated CCSD(T*)(F12) and conventional coupled-cluster methods up to perturbative quadruple excitations along with correlation consistent basis sets is developed. The model, named diet-HEAT-F12, is also augmented with diagonal Born-Oppenheimer and scalar relativistic corrections. The methods and basis sets used for the calculation of the individual components are selected to reproduce, as close as possible, without using any fitted parameters, the benchmark HEAT contributions. A well-defined recipe for calculating size-dependent 95% confidence intervals was also worked out for the model. The reliability of the protocol was checked using the W4-11 data set as well as a disjoint set of 23 accurate atomization energies collected from the literature and obtained by the procedure of Feller, Peterson, and Dixon. The best error statistics for the test set was yielded by the diet-HEAT-F12 protocol among the models W3X, W3X-L, and W3-F12 considered.
Ab initio study of MoS2 nanotube bundles
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Verstraete, Matthieu; Charlier, Jean-Christophe
2003-07-01
Recently, the synthesis of a new phase of MoS2I1/3 stoichiometry was reported [M. Remskar, A. Mrzel, Z. Skraba, A. Jesih, M. Ceh, J. Demšar, P. Stadelmann, F. Lévy, and D. Mihailovic, Science 292, 479 (2001)]. Electron microscope images and diffraction data were interpreted to indicate bundles of sub-nanometer-diameter single-wall MoS2 nanotubes. After experimental characterization, the structure was attributed to an assembly of “armchair” nanotubes with interstitial iodine. Using first-principles total-energy calculations, bundles of MoS2 nanotubes with different topologies and stoichiometries are investigated. All of the systems are strongly metallic. Configurations with “zigzag” structures are found to be more stable energetically than the “armchair” ones, though all of the structures have similar stabilities. After relaxation, there remain several candidates which give a lattice parameter in relative agreement with experiment. Further, spin-polarized calculations indicate that a structure with armchair tubes iodine atoms in their center acquires a very large spontaneous magnetic moment of 12μB, while the other structures are nonmagnetic. Our ab initio calculations show that in most of the other structures, the tubes are very strongly bound together, and that the compounds should be considered as a crystal, rather than as a bundle of tubes in the habitual sense.
An Ab Initio Based Potential Energy Surface for Water
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Partridge, Harry; Schwenke, David W.; Langhoff, Stephen R. (Technical Monitor)
1996-01-01
We report a new determination of the water potential energy surface. A high quality ab initio potential energy surface (PES) and dipole moment function of water have been computed. This PES is empirically adjusted to improve the agreement between the computed line positions and those from the HITRAN 92 data base. The adjustment is small, nonetheless including an estimate of core (oxygen 1s) electron correlation greatly improves the agreement with experiment. Of the 27,245 assigned transitions in the HITRAN 92 data base for H2(O-16), the overall root mean square (rms) deviation between the computed and observed line positions is 0.125/cm. However the deviations do not correspond to a normal distribution: 69% of the lines have errors less than 0.05/cm. Overall, the agreement between the line intensities computed in the present work and those contained in the data base is quite good, however there are a significant number of line strengths which differ greatly.
Accurate ab initio vibrational energies of methyl chloride
Owens, Alec; Yurchenko, Sergei N.; Yachmenev, Andrey; Tennyson, Jonathan; Thiel, Walter
2015-06-28
Two new nine-dimensional potential energy surfaces (PESs) have been generated using high-level ab initio theory for the two main isotopologues of methyl chloride, CH{sub 3}{sup 35}Cl and CH{sub 3}{sup 37}Cl. The respective PESs, CBS-35{sup HL}, and CBS-37{sup HL}, are based on explicitly correlated coupled cluster calculations with extrapolation to the complete basis set (CBS) limit, and incorporate a range of higher-level (HL) additive energy corrections to account for core-valence electron correlation, higher-order coupled cluster terms, scalar relativistic effects, and diagonal Born-Oppenheimer corrections. Variational calculations of the vibrational energy levels were performed using the computer program TROVE, whose functionality has been extended to handle molecules of the form XY {sub 3}Z. Fully converged energies were obtained by means of a complete vibrational basis set extrapolation. The CBS-35{sup HL} and CBS-37{sup HL} PESs reproduce the fundamental term values with root-mean-square errors of 0.75 and 1.00 cm{sup −1}, respectively. An analysis of the combined effect of the HL corrections and CBS extrapolation on the vibrational wavenumbers indicates that both are needed to compute accurate theoretical results for methyl chloride. We believe that it would be extremely challenging to go beyond the accuracy currently achieved for CH{sub 3}Cl without empirical refinement of the respective PESs.
Ab initio studies of niobium defects in uranium
Xiang, S; Huang, H; Hsiung, L
2007-06-01
Uranium (U), with the addition of small amount of niobium (Nb), is stainless. The Nb is fully miscible with the high temperature phase of U and tends to segregate upon cooling below 647 C. The starting point of segregation is the configuration of Nb substitutional or interstitial defects. Using density-functional-theory based ab initio calculations, the authors find that the formation energy of a single vacancy is 1.08 eV, that of Nb substitution is 0.59 eV, that of Nb interstitial at octahedral site is 1.58 eV, and that of Nb interstitial at tetrahedral site is 2.35 eV; all with reference to a reservoir of {gamma} phase U and pure Nb. The formation energy of Nb defects correlates with the local perturbation of electron distribution; higher formation energy to larger perturbation. Based on this study, Nb atoms thermodynamically prefer to occupy substitutional sites in {gamma} phase U, and they prefer to be in individual substitutional defects than clusters.
Melting curves of metals by ab initio calculations
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Minakov, Dmitry; Levashov, Pavel
2015-06-01
In this work we used several ab initio approaches to reproduce melting curves and discussed their abilities, advantages and drawbacks. We used quasiharmonic appoximation and Lindemann criterion to build melting curves in wide region of pressures. This approach allows to calculate the total free energy of electrons and phonons, so it is possible to obtain all thermodynamic properties in the crystalline state. We also used quantum molecular dynamics simulations to investigate melting at various pressures. We explored the size-effect of the heat until it melts (HUM) method in detail. Special attention was paid to resolve the boundaries of the melting region on density. All calculations were performed for aluminum, copper and gold. Results were in good agreement with available experimental data. Also we studied the influence of electronic temperature on melting curves. It turned out that the melting temperature increased with the rise of electron temperature at normal density and had non-monotonic behavior at higher densities. This work is supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation (Project No. 3.522.2014/K).
Ab initio study of the far infrared spectrum of glycine
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Senent, M. L.; Villa, M.; Domínguez-Gómez, R.; Fernández-Clavero, A.
In glycine, four large amplitude vibrations, the three internal rotations of the CC, COH, and CN bonds, and the amine group inversion are responsible for the nonrigidity of the molecule. They present 12 potential energy surface minima corresponding to eight different conformers. The energy levels for the four motions mentioned above and the HNH bending were determined using ab initio calculations and three different flexible models in one, two, and three dimensions. For this purpose, eight different MP4/cc-pVTZ potential energy surfaces, five one-dimensional for each internal coordinate, one two-dimensional potential depending on the amine wagging and bending coordinates, and one three-dimensional potential depending on the three internal rotation coordinates, were calculated. For the most stable conformer, the harmonic frequencies corresponding to the HNH bending, NH2 inversion, and the CC, COH, and CN torsions were calculated at 1677, 955, 65, 657, and 218 cm-1, and the anharmonic fundamental frequencies to be 1454, 803, 78, 522, and 175 cm-1 with the one-dimensional model. The NHN bending and amine wagging fundamentals are determined to be 1688, and 799 with the two-dimensional model. The fundamentals of the CC, COH and CN torsions were calculated to be 86, 546, and 189 cm-1 with the three-dimensional model.
Ab initio studies of phosphorene island single electron transistor
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ray, S. J.; Venkata Kamalakar, M.; Chowdhury, R.
2016-05-01
Phosphorene is a newly unveiled two-dimensional crystal with immense potential for nanoelectronic and optoelectronic applications. Its unique electronic structure and two dimensionality also present opportunities for single electron devices. Here we report the behaviour of a single electron transistor (SET) made of a phosphorene island, explored for the first time using ab initio calculations. We find that the band gap and the charging energy decrease monotonically with increasing layer numbers due to weak quantum confinement. When compared to two other novel 2D crystals such as graphene and MoS2, our investigation reveals larger adsorption energies of gas molecules on phosphorene, which indicates better a sensing ability. The calculated charge stability diagrams show distinct changes in the presence of an individual molecule which can be applied to detect the presence of different molecules with sensitivity at a single molecular level. The higher charging energies of the molecules within the SET display operational viability at room temperature, which is promising for possible ultra sensitive detection applications.
Ab initio theory of perpendicular magnetotransport in metallic multilayers
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kudrnovský, J.; Drchal, V.; Blaas, C.; Weinberger, P.; Turek, I.; Bruno, P.
2000-12-01
The current-perpendicular-to-plane (CPP) magnetotransport of a metallic sample sandwiched by two ideal leads is described at an ab initio level. The so-called ``active'' part of the system is either a trilayer consisting of two magnetic slabs of finite thickness separated by a nonmagnetic spacer or a multilayer formed by alternating magnetic and nonmagnetic layers. We use a transmission matrix formulation of the conductance based on surface Green's functions as formulated by means of the tight-binding linear muffin-tin orbital method. The formalism is extended to the case of lateral supercells with random arrangements of atoms of two types, which in turn allows to deal with specular and diffusive scattering on equal footing, and which is applicable also to the case of noncollinear alignments of the magnetization in the layers. Applications refer to fcc-based Co/Cu/Co(001) trilayers and multilayers, considering in detail the effect of substitutional alloying in the spacer and in the magnetic layers, as well as interdiffusion at the interfaces.
Ab Initio Multiple Spawning Photochemical Dynamics of DMABN Using GPUs
Curchod, Basile F. E.; Sisto, Aaron; Martinez, Todd J.
2016-12-15
The ultrafast decay dynamics of 4-(N,N-dimethylamino)benzonitrile (DMABN) following photoexcitation was studied with the ab initio multiple spawning (AIMS) method, combined with GPU-accelerated linear-response time-dependent density functional theory (LR-TDDFT). We validate the LR-TDDFT method for this case and then present a detailed analysis of the first ≈200 fs of DMABN excited-state dynamics. Almost complete nonadiabatic population transfer from S_{2} (the initially populated bright state) to S_{1} takes place in less than 50 fs, without significant torsion of the dimethylamino (DMA) group. Significant torsion of the DMA group is only observed after the nuclear wavepacket reaches S_{1} and acquires locally excited electronic character. Here, our results show that torsion of the DMA group is not prerequisite for nonadiabatic transitions in DMABN, although such motion is indeed relevant on the lowest excited state (S_{1}).
Ab initio calculations of correlated electron dynamics in ultrashort pulses
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Feist, Johannes
2010-03-01
The availability of ultrashort and intense light pulses on the femtosecond and attosecond timescale promises to allow to directly probe and control electron dynamics on their natural timescale. A crucial ingredient to understanding the dynamics in many-electron systems is the influence of electron correlation, induced by the interelectronic repulsion. In order to study electron correlation in ultrafast processes, we have implemented an ab initio simulation of the two-electron dynamics in helium atoms. We solve the time-dependent Schr"odinger equation in its full dimensionality, with one temporal and five spatial degrees of freedom in linearly polarized laser fields. In our computational approach, the wave function is represented through a combination of time-dependent close coupling with the finite element discrete variable representation, while time propagation is performed using an Arnoldi-Lanczos approximation with adaptive step size. This approach is optimized to allow for efficient parallelization of the program and has been shown to scale linearly using up to 1800 processor cores for typical problem sizes. This has allowed us to perform highly accurate and well- converged computations for the interaction of ultrashort laser pulses with He. I will present some recent results on using attosecond and femtosecond pulses to probe and control the temporal structure of the ionization process. This work was performed in collaboration with Stefan Nagele, Renate Pazourek, Andreas Kaltenb"ack, Emil Persson, Barry I. Schneider, Lee A. Collins, and Joachim Burgd"orfer.
Exploring the free energy surface using ab initio molecular dynamics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Samanta, Amit; Morales, Miguel A.; Schwegler, Eric
2016-04-01
Efficient exploration of configuration space and identification of metastable structures in condensed phase systems are challenging from both computational and algorithmic perspectives. In this regard, schemes that utilize a set of pre-defined order parameters to sample the relevant parts of the configuration space [L. Maragliano and E. Vanden-Eijnden, Chem. Phys. Lett. 426, 168 (2006); J. B. Abrams and M. E. Tuckerman, J. Phys. Chem. B 112, 15742 (2008)] have proved useful. Here, we demonstrate how these order-parameter aided temperature accelerated sampling schemes can be used within the Born-Oppenheimer and the Car-Parrinello frameworks of ab initio molecular dynamics to efficiently and systematically explore free energy surfaces, and search for metastable states and reaction pathways. We have used these methods to identify the metastable structures and reaction pathways in SiO2 and Ti. In addition, we have used the string method [W. E, W. Ren, and E. Vanden-Eijnden, Phys. Rev. B 66, 052301 (2002); L. Maragliano et al., J. Chem. Phys. 125, 024106 (2006)] within the density functional theory to study the melting pathways in the high pressure cotunnite phase of SiO2 and the hexagonal closed packed to face centered cubic phase transition in Ti.
Ab initio modeling of decomposition in iron based alloys
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Gorbatov, O. I.; Gornostyrev, Yu. N.; Korzhavyi, P. A.; Ruban, A. V.
2016-12-01
This paper reviews recent progress in the field of ab initio based simulations of structure and properties of Fe-based alloys. We focus on thermodynamics of these alloys, their decomposition kinetics, and microstructure formation taking into account disorder of magnetic moments with temperature. We review modern theoretical tools which allow a consistent description of the electronic structure and energetics of random alloys with local magnetic moments that become totally or partially disordered when temperature increases. This approach gives a basis for an accurate finite-temperature description of alloys by calculating all the relevant contributions to the Gibbs energy from first-principles, including a configurational part as well as terms due to electronic, vibrational, and magnetic excitations. Applications of these theoretical approaches to the calculations of thermodynamics parameters at elevated temperatures (solution energies and effective interatomic interactions) are discussed including atomistic modeling of decomposition/clustering in Fe-based alloys. It provides a solid basis for understanding experimental data and for developing new steels for modern applications. The precipitation in Fe-Cu based alloys, the decomposition in Fe-Cr, and the short-range order formation in iron alloys with s-p elements are considered as examples.
Volumic omit maps in ab initio dual-space phasing.
Oszlányi, Gábor; Sütő, András
2016-07-01
Alternating-projection-type dual-space algorithms have a clear construction, but are susceptible to stagnation and, thus, inefficient for solving the phase problem ab initio. To improve this behaviour new omit maps are introduced, which are real-space perturbations applied periodically during the iteration process. The omit maps are called volumic, because they delete some predetermined subvolume of the unit cell without searching for atomic regions or analysing the electron density in any other way. The basic algorithms of positivity, histogram matching and low-density elimination are tested by their solution statistics. It is concluded that, while all these algorithms based on weak constraints are practically useless in their pure forms, appropriate volumic omit maps can transform them to practically useful methods. In addition, the efficiency of the already useful reflector-type charge-flipping algorithm can be further improved. It is important that these results are obtained by using non-sharpened structure factors and without any weighting scheme or reciprocal-space perturbation. The mathematical background of volumic omit maps and their expected applications are also discussed.
Ab initio molecular dynamics calculations of ion hydration free energies.
Leung, Kevin; Rempe, Susan B; von Lilienfeld, O Anatole
2009-05-28
We apply ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) methods in conjunction with the thermodynamic integration or "lambda-path" technique to compute the intrinsic hydration free energies of Li(+), Cl(-), and Ag(+) ions. Using the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof functional, adapting methods developed for classical force field applications, and with consistent assumptions about surface potential (phi) contributions, we obtain absolute AIMD hydration free energies (DeltaG(hyd)) within a few kcal/mol, or better than 4%, of Tissandier et al.'s [J. Phys. Chem. A 102, 7787 (1998)] experimental values augmented with the SPC/E water model phi predictions. The sums of Li(+)/Cl(-) and Ag(+)/Cl(-) AIMD DeltaG(hyd), which are not affected by surface potentials, are within 2.6% and 1.2 % of experimental values, respectively. We also report the free energy changes associated with the transition metal ion redox reaction Ag(+)+Ni(+)-->Ag+Ni(2+) in water. The predictions for this reaction suggest that existing estimates of DeltaG(hyd) for unstable radiolysis intermediates such as Ni(+) may need to be extensively revised.
Ab Initio Investigation of NH_3-O_2 Exciplex
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Haupert, L. M.; Simpson, G.; Slipchenko, L. V.
2010-06-01
In their recent investigation of fluorescence from poly(amido amine) (PAMAM) dendrimers, Chu and Imae suggested an exciplex composed of tertiary amine and oxygen molecules might be responsible for fluorescence in PAMAM dendrimers. In this work, we present an ab initio investigation of the electronic structure of a possible ammonia-oxygen exciplex model system using equation-of-motion coupled cluster techniques. Geometry optimization of the triplet ground state produced a weakly bound state with an equilibrium separation of ˜ 3.5 Å, and an excited state geometry scan revealed a bound, excited triplet state with an equilibrium separation of 2.02 Å, consistent with results of earlier PM3 work by Juranic et al. The energy gap between the triplet ground state and first triplet excited state of the exciplex at 2.02 Å is 412.8 nm, lending support to the exciplex hypothesis. C.-C. Chu, and T. Imae, Macromol. Rapid. Commun., 30, 89-93 (2009). I. Juranic, H. S. Rzepa, and Y. MinYan, J. Chem. Soc. Perkin Trans., 2 (1990)
Ab Initio Potential Energy Surface for H-H2
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Patridge, Harry; Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Stallcop, James R.; Levin, Eugene
1993-01-01
Ab initio calculations employing large basis sets are performed to determine an accurate potential energy surface for H-H2 interactions for a broad range of separation distances. At large distances, the spherically averaged potential determined from the calculated energies agrees well with the corresponding results determined from dispersion coefficients; the van der Waals well depth is predicted to be 75 +/- 3 micro E(h). Large basis sets have also been applied to reexamine the accuracy of theoretical repulsive potential energy surfaces (25-70 kcal/mol above the H-H2 asymptote) at small interatomic separations; the Boothroyd, Keogh, Martin, and Peterson (BKMP) potential energy surface is found to agree with results of the present calculations within the expected uncertainty (+/- 1 kcal/mol) of the fit. Multipolar expansions of the computed H-H2 potential energy surface are reported for four internuclear separation distances (1.2, 1.401, 1.449, and 1.7a(0)) of the hydrogen molecule. The differential elastic scattering cross section calculated from the present results is compared with the measurements from a crossed beam experiment.
An Ab Initio Based Potential Energy Surface for Water
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Partridge, Harry; Schwenke, David W.; Langhoff, Stephen R. (Technical Monitor)
1996-01-01
We report a new determination of the water potential energy surface. A high quality ab initio potential energy surface (PES) and dipole moment function of water have been computed. This PES is empirically adjusted to improve the agreement between the computed line positions and those from the HITRAN 92 data base. The adjustment is small, nonetheless including an estimate of core (oxygen 1s) electron correlation greatly improves the agreement with experiment. Of the 27,245 assigned transitions in the HITRAN 92 data base for H2(O-16), the overall root mean square (rms) deviation between the computed and observed line positions is 0.125/cm. However the deviations do not correspond to a normal distribution: 69% of the lines have errors less than 0.05/cm. Overall, the agreement between the line intensities computed in the present work and those contained in the data base is quite good, however there are a significant number of line strengths which differ greatly.
Ab initio solution of macromolecular crystal structures without direct methods.
McCoy, Airlie J; Oeffner, Robert D; Wrobel, Antoni G; Ojala, Juha R M; Tryggvason, Karl; Lohkamp, Bernhard; Read, Randy J
2017-04-04
The majority of macromolecular crystal structures are determined using the method of molecular replacement, in which known related structures are rotated and translated to provide an initial atomic model for the new structure. A theoretical understanding of the signal-to-noise ratio in likelihood-based molecular replacement searches has been developed to account for the influence of model quality and completeness, as well as the resolution of the diffraction data. Here we show that, contrary to current belief, molecular replacement need not be restricted to the use of models comprising a substantial fraction of the unknown structure. Instead, likelihood-based methods allow a continuum of applications depending predictably on the quality of the model and the resolution of the data. Unexpectedly, our understanding of the signal-to-noise ratio in molecular replacement leads to the finding that, with data to sufficiently high resolution, fragments as small as single atoms of elements usually found in proteins can yield ab initio solutions of macromolecular structures, including some that elude traditional direct methods.
Ab initio investigation of the electronic and geometric structure of zincblende Ga1-xTlxAs alloys
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Mankefors, S.; Svensson, S. P.
2000-02-01
Unique extensive ab initio band structure calculations have been performed to investigate the electronic and atomic structural dependency on the Tl concentration of (Tl, Ga)As. No approximations of the surrounding material are made, but the entire problem is addressed in full-scale calculations. Lattice constants, bond lengths, band structure, effective mass and bulk modulus were calculated, some for the first time ever for any material with this method. As a result of the choice of theoretical method, very detailed geometrical information on lattice distortions and bond length distributions was discovered. These symmetry-breaking lattice distortions were found to affect the band structure. The bands varied smoothly over the entire composition range, except in the region where the material changed from semiconducting to semi-metallic character; a split-off band was found to exist for a small concentration interval before the conduction band reached the valence band. The effective mass was shown to decrease for increasing Tl concentration up to 23%, supporting earlier predictions of enhanced electron transport properties in this alloy system. Calculations of bulk modulus and thermodynamic stability of the alloy indicated that the material in zincblende form may be more stable the higher the temperature is.
An investigation of ab initio shell-model interactions derived by no-core shell model
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Wang, XiaoBao; Dong, GuoXiang; Li, QingFeng; Shen, CaiWan; Yu, ShaoYing
2016-09-01
The microscopic shell-model effective interactions are mainly based on the many-body perturbation theory (MBPT), the first work of which can be traced to Brown and Kuo's first attempt in 1966, derived from the Hamada-Johnston nucleon-nucleon potential. However, the convergence of the MBPT is still unclear. On the other hand, ab initio theories, such as Green's function Monte Carlo (GFMC), no-core shell model (NCSM), and coupled-cluster theory with single and double excitations (CCSD), have made many progress in recent years. However, due to the increasing demanding of computing resources, these ab initio applications are usually limited to nuclei with mass up to A = 16. Recently, people have realized the ab initio construction of valence-space effective interactions, which is obtained through a second-time renormalization, or to be more exactly, projecting the full-manybody Hamiltonian into core, one-body, and two-body cluster parts. In this paper, we present the investigation of such ab initio shell-model interactions, by the recent derived sd-shell effective interactions based on effective J-matrix Inverse Scattering Potential (JISP) and chiral effective-field theory (EFT) through NCSM. In this work, we have seen the similarity between the ab initio shellmodel interactions and the interactions obtained by MBPT or by empirical fitting. Without the inclusion of three-body (3-bd) force, the ab initio shell-model interactions still share similar defects with the microscopic interactions by MBPT, i.e., T = 1 channel is more attractive while T = 0 channel is more repulsive than empirical interactions. The progress to include more many-body correlations and 3-bd force is still badly needed, to see whether such efforts of ab initio shell-model interactions can reach similar precision as the interactions fitted to experimental data.
Non-equilibrium dynamics in disordered materials: Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ohmura, Satoshi; Nagaya, Kiyonobu; Shimojo, Fuyuki; Yao, Makoto
2015-08-01
The dynamic properties of liquid B2O3 under pressure and highly-charged bromophenol molecule are studied by using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations based on density functional theory (DFT). Diffusion properties of covalent liquids under high pressure are very interesting in the sense that they show unexpected pressure dependence. It is found from our simulation that the magnitude relation of diffusion coefficients for boron and oxygen in liquid B2O3 shows the anomalous pressure dependence. The simulation clarified the microscopic origin of the anomalous diffusion properties. Our simulation also reveals the dissociation mechanism in the coulomb explosion of the highly-charged bromophenol molecule. When the charge state n is 6, hydrogen atom in the hydroxyl group dissociates at times shorter than 20 fs while all hydrogen atoms dissociate when n is 8. After the hydrogen dissociation, the carbon ring breaks at about 100 fs. There is also a difference on the mechanism of the ring breaking depending on charge states, in which the ring breaks with expanding (n = 6) or shrink (n = 8).
Modeling Disordered Materials with a High Throughput ab-initio Approach
2015-11-13
energy. The valence band of ZnS more closely resembles that of its extreme concentration counterpart at xSe = 1.00 ( ZnSe ) than the others. The extreme... ZnSe (second ordinate axis) accounts for the expected systematic deviation in DFT calculations [32]. Only the lowest empirical Egap trends are shown
Glensk, A; Grabowski, B; Hickel, T; Neugebauer, J
2015-05-15
We derive the Gibbs energy including the anharmonic contribution due to phonon-phonon interactions for an extensive set of unary fcc metals (Al, Ag, Au, Cu, Ir, Ni, Pb, Pd, Pt, Rh) by combining density-functional-theory (DFT) calculations with efficient statistical sampling approaches. We show that the anharmonicity of the macroscopic system can be traced back to the anharmonicity in local pairwise interactions. Using this insight, we derive and benchmark a highly efficient approach which allows the computation of anharmonic contributions using a few T=0 K DFT calculations only.
Ab-initio Computational Modeling Of Complex Magnetism In Spintronic Materials
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Sanyal, Biplab; Iuşan, Diana M.; Knut, Ronny; Grânäs, Oscar; Eriksson, Olle
2008-04-01
In this paper, we present the results of density functional based first-principles electronic structure calculations for diluted magnetic semiconductors (DMS) used in semiconductor spintronics. We show that due to disorder, short ranged interactions and low concentration of dopants, magnetic percolation plays an important role in determining the Curie temperature. Using our calculated first principles parameters in Monte-Carlo simulations (MCS), we demonstrate this for Mn doped NiTiSn Heusler alloy. We also show how defects affect the properties of DMS, e.g., Mn doped ZnO. It will be shown that one can have a sizable Curie temperature with a certain combination of defects. One of the main obstacles to obtain well characterized properties of DMS is the wide variation of sample quality obtained from different growth conditions, e.g., in spinodal decomposition leading to an inhomogeneous system consisting of clusters of magnetic dopants. We will demonstrate this by MCS of the inhomogeneous growth in Mn doped GaAs.
Non-equilibrium dynamics in disordered materials: Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations
Ohmura, Satoshi; Nagaya, Kiyonobu; Yao, Makoto; Shimojo, Fuyuki
2015-08-17
The dynamic properties of liquid B{sub 2}O{sub 3} under pressure and highly-charged bromophenol molecule are studied by using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations based on density functional theory (DFT). Diffusion properties of covalent liquids under high pressure are very interesting in the sense that they show unexpected pressure dependence. It is found from our simulation that the magnitude relation of diffusion coefficients for boron and oxygen in liquid B{sub 2}O{sub 3} shows the anomalous pressure dependence. The simulation clarified the microscopic origin of the anomalous diffusion properties. Our simulation also reveals the dissociation mechanism in the coulomb explosion of the highly-charged bromophenol molecule. When the charge state n is 6, hydrogen atom in the hydroxyl group dissociates at times shorter than 20 fs while all hydrogen atoms dissociate when n is 8. After the hydrogen dissociation, the carbon ring breaks at about 100 fs. There is also a difference on the mechanism of the ring breaking depending on charge states, in which the ring breaks with expanding (n = 6) or shrink (n = 8)
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Bertoldi, Dalía S.; Ramos, Susana B.; Guillermet, Armando Fernández
2017-08-01
We present a theoretical analysis of the equation of state (EOS) of metals using a quasi-harmonic Einstein model with a dimensionless cohesive energy versus distance function (F(z)) involving the Wigner-Seitz radius and a material-dependent scaling length, as suggested in classical works by Rose, Ferrante, Smith and collaborators. Using this model, and ;universal; values for the function and its first and second derivatives at the equilibrium distance (z=0), three general interrelations between EOS parameters and the cohesive energy are obtained. The first correlation involves the bulk modulus, and the second, the thermal expansion coefficient. In order to test these results an extensive database is developed, which involves available experimental data, and results of current ab initio density-functional-theory calculations using the VASP code. In particular, the 0 K values for volume, bulk modulus, its pressure derivative, and the cohesive energy of 27 elements belonging to the first (Sc, Ti, V, Cr, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn), second (Y, Zr, Nb, Mo, Tc, Ru, Rh, Pd, Ag, Cd) and third (Hf, Ta, W, Re, Os, Ir, Pt, Au) transition row of the Periodic Table are calculated ab initio and used to test the present results. The third correlation obtained, allows an evaluation of the third derivative of F(z) at z=0 for the current elements. With this new information, a discussion is presented of the possibility of finding a ;universal; F(z) versus z function able to account accurately for the pressure derivative of the bulk modulus of the transition elements.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Orimoto, Yuuichi; Aoki, Yuriko
2016-07-01
An automated property optimization method was developed based on the ab initio O(N) elongation (ELG) method and applied to the optimization of nonlinear optical (NLO) properties in DNA as a first test. The ELG method mimics a polymerization reaction on a computer, and the reaction terminal of a starting cluster is attacked by monomers sequentially to elongate the electronic structure of the system by solving in each step a limited space including the terminal (localized molecular orbitals at the terminal) and monomer. The ELG-finite field (ELG-FF) method for calculating (hyper-)polarizabilities was used as the engine program of the optimization method, and it was found to show linear scaling efficiency while maintaining high computational accuracy for a random sequenced DNA model. Furthermore, the self-consistent field convergence was significantly improved by using the ELG-FF method compared with a conventional method, and it can lead to more feasible NLO property values in the FF treatment. The automated optimization method successfully chose an appropriate base pair from four base pairs (A, T, G, and C) for each elongation step according to an evaluation function. From test optimizations for the first order hyper-polarizability (β) in DNA, a substantial difference was observed depending on optimization conditions between "choose-maximum" (choose a base pair giving the maximum β for each step) and "choose-minimum" (choose a base pair giving the minimum β). In contrast, there was an ambiguous difference between these conditions for optimizing the second order hyper-polarizability (γ) because of the small absolute value of γ and the limitation of numerical differential calculations in the FF method. It can be concluded that the ab initio level property optimization method introduced here can be an effective step towards an advanced computer aided material design method as long as the numerical limitation of the FF method is taken into account.
Orimoto, Yuuichi; Aoki, Yuriko
2016-07-14
An automated property optimization method was developed based on the ab initio O(N) elongation (ELG) method and applied to the optimization of nonlinear optical (NLO) properties in DNA as a first test. The ELG method mimics a polymerization reaction on a computer, and the reaction terminal of a starting cluster is attacked by monomers sequentially to elongate the electronic structure of the system by solving in each step a limited space including the terminal (localized molecular orbitals at the terminal) and monomer. The ELG-finite field (ELG-FF) method for calculating (hyper-)polarizabilities was used as the engine program of the optimization method, and it was found to show linear scaling efficiency while maintaining high computational accuracy for a random sequenced DNA model. Furthermore, the self-consistent field convergence was significantly improved by using the ELG-FF method compared with a conventional method, and it can lead to more feasible NLO property values in the FF treatment. The automated optimization method successfully chose an appropriate base pair from four base pairs (A, T, G, and C) for each elongation step according to an evaluation function. From test optimizations for the first order hyper-polarizability (β) in DNA, a substantial difference was observed depending on optimization conditions between "choose-maximum" (choose a base pair giving the maximum β for each step) and "choose-minimum" (choose a base pair giving the minimum β). In contrast, there was an ambiguous difference between these conditions for optimizing the second order hyper-polarizability (γ) because of the small absolute value of γ and the limitation of numerical differential calculations in the FF method. It can be concluded that the ab initio level property optimization method introduced here can be an effective step towards an advanced computer aided material design method as long as the numerical limitation of the FF method is taken into account.
Castellano, O; Bermúdez, Y; Giffard, M; Mabon, G; Cubillan, N; Sylla, M; Nguyen-Phu, X; Hinchliffe, A; Soscún, H
2005-11-17
The geometries and the static dipole (hyper)polarizabilities (alpha, beta, gamma) of a series of aromatic anions were investigated at the ab initio (HF, MP2, and MP4) and density functional theory DFT (B3LYP) levels of theory. The anions chosen for the present study are the benzenethiolate (Ph-S-), benzenecarboxylate (Ph-CO2-), benzenesulfinate (Ph-SO2-), benzenesulfonate (Ph-SO3-), and 1,3-benzenedicarboxylate (1,3-Ph-(CO2)2(2-)). For benzenethiolate anion, additional alpha, beta, and gamma calculations were performed at the coupled cluster CCSD level with MP2 optimized geometries. The standard diffuse and polarized 6-31+G(d,p) basis set was employed in conjunction to the ab initio and DFT methods. Additional HF calculations were performed with the 6-311++G(3d,3p) basis set for all the anions. The correlated electric properties were evaluated numerically within the formalism of finite field. The optimized geometries were analyzed in terms of the few reports about the phenolate and sulfonate ions. The results show that electron correlation effects on the polarizabilities are very important in all the anion series. Was found that Ph-SO2- is highly polarizable in terms of alpha and beta, and the Ph-S- is the highest second hyperpolarizable in the series. The results of alpha were rationalized in terms of the analysis of the polarization of charge based in Mulliken atomic population and the structural features of the optimized geometries of anions, whereas the large differences in the beta and gamma values in the series were respectively interpreted in terms of the bond length alternation BLA and the separation of charge in the aromatic ring by effects of the substitution. These results allowed us to suggest the benzenesulfinate and benzenethiolate anions as promising candidates that should be incorporated in ionic materials for second and third-order nonlinear optical devices.
Dissociation of NaCl in water from ab initio molecular dynamics simulations.
Timko, Jeff; Bucher, Denis; Kuyucak, Serdar
2010-03-21
We perform ab initio molecular dynamics simulations to study the dissociation of NaCl in water. The potential of mean force (PMF) between the two ions is determined using the constrained-force method. The simulation windows corresponding to the contact and solvent-separated minima, and the transition state in between, are further analyzed to determine the changes in the properties of hydration waters such as coordination number, dipole moment, and orientation. The ab initio results are compared with those obtained from classical molecular dynamics simulations of aqueous NaCl using several common force fields. The ab initio PMF is found to have a shallower contact minimum and a smaller transition barrier compared with the classical ones. Also the binding free energy calculated from the ab initio PMF almost vanishes whereas it is negative for all the classical PMFs. Water dipole moments are observed to exhibit little change during dissociation, indicating that description of NaCl with a nonpolarizable force field may be feasible. However, overcoordination of the ion pair at all distances remains as a serious shortcoming of the current classical models. The ab initio results presented here provide useful guidance for alternative parametrizations of the nonpolarizable force fields as well as the polarizable ones currently under construction.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Chauhan, Mamta; Gupta, Dinesh C.
2015-12-01
The structural, electronic, mechanical, phase transition, and thermo-physical properties of refractory carbides, viz. VC, NbC, and TaC have been computed in stable B1 and high pressure B2 phases by means of two different ab initio calculations using pseudo- and full-potential schemes. These materials have mixed covalent-, metallic-, and ionic-type bonding. The calculations of elastic constants show the mechanical stability of these materials in B1 phase only. The brittle nature and anisotropy is observed in these materials in B1 phase. Non-central forces are present in both the phases. Elastic wave velocities and Debye temperature have also been calculated. The present results on structural, phase transition, elastic, and other properties are in reasonably good agreement with the available experimental and theoretical data. The calculations in high pressure phase need experimental verification.
Dixon, J. A.; Elliott, S. R.
2014-04-07
A large number of phase-change materials (PCMs) have been developed experimentally; however, only Ge{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 5}-based PCMs have been significantly explored using ab initio molecular-dynamics (AIMD) simulations. We present an AIMD study of the full melt/quench/anneal PC cycle for Ga-Sb materials, namely, the stoichiometric composition, GaSb, and the near-eutectic alloy, Ga{sub 16}Sb{sub 84}. The calculated electronic densities of states and optical reflectivities are compared between the amorphous and crystalline phases for both compositions, and it is shown that the contrasting opto-electronic properties of each crystalline material can be attributed to different structural transformations of Ga and Sb on crystallization from the amorphous state.
First-principles modeling of materials for nuclear energy applications
Dmitriev, Andrey I. Nikonov, Anton Yu.; Ponomareva, Alena V.; Abrikosov, Igor A.; Barannikova, Svetlana A.
2014-11-14
We discuss recent developments in the field of ab initio electronic structure theory and its use for studies of materials for nuclear energy applications. We review state-of-the-art simulation methods that allow for an efficient treatment of effects due to chemical and magnetic disorder, and illustrate their predictive power with examples of two materials systems, Fe-Cr-Ni alloys and Zr-Nb alloys.
MURI Center for Materials Chemistry in the Space Environment
2006-11-30
coordinates for reactions associated with O( P ) processing of hydrocarbon materials. This ab initio information was used to fit PM3 semi-empirical...capability, coupled with our extant ability to generate supersonic beams of O( P ) and O( D) atoms, gives us unprecedented control over reactivity studies...reaction associated with O( P ) processing of hydrocarbon materials. Electronic structure calculations based on multiconfiguration wave functions were used
Ab initio molecular dynamics of heme in cytochrome c.
Furlan, Sara; Penna, Giovanni La; Banci, Lucia; Mealli, Carlo
2007-02-08
Ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) calculations, based on the Car-Parrinello method, have been carried out for three models of heme c that is present in cytochrome c. Both the reduced (Fe(II)) and oxidized (Fe(III)) forms have been analyzed. The simplest models (1R and 1O, respectively) consist of a unsubstituted porphyrin (with no side chains) and two axially coordinated imidazole and ethylmethylthioether ligands. Density functional theory optimizations of these models confirm the basic electronic features and are the starting point for building more complex derivatives. AIMD simulations were performed after reaching the thermal stability at T = 300 K. The evolution of the Fe-L(ax) bond strengths is examined together with the relative rotations of the imidazole and methionine about the axial vector, which appear rather independent from each other. The next models (2R and 2O) contain side chains at the heme to better simulate the actual active site. It is observed that two adjacent propionate groups induce some important effects. The axial Fe-Sdelta bond is only weakened in 2R but is definitely cleaved in the oxidized species 2O. Also the mobility of the Im ligand seems to be reduced by the formation of a strong hydrogen bond that involves the Im Ndelta1-Hdelta1 bond and one carboxylate group. In 2O the interaction becomes so strong that a proton transfer occurs and the propionic acid is formed. Finally, the models 3 include a free N-methyl-acetamide molecule to mimic a portion of the protein backbone. This influences the orientation of carboxylate groups and limits the amount of their hydrogen bonding with the Im ligand. Residual electrostatic interactions are maintained, which are still able to modulate the dissociation of the methionine from the heme.
Efficient conformational space exploration in ab initio protein folding simulation
Ullah, Ahammed; Ahmed, Nasif; Pappu, Subrata Dey; Shatabda, Swakkhar; Ullah, A. Z. M. Dayem; Rahman, M. Sohel
2015-01-01
Ab initio protein folding simulation largely depends on knowledge-based energy functions that are derived from known protein structures using statistical methods. These knowledge-based energy functions provide us with a good approximation of real protein energetics. However, these energy functions are not very informative for search algorithms and fail to distinguish the types of amino acid interactions that contribute largely to the energy function from those that do not. As a result, search algorithms frequently get trapped into the local minima. On the other hand, the hydrophobic–polar (HP) model considers hydrophobic interactions only. The simplified nature of HP energy function makes it limited only to a low-resolution model. In this paper, we present a strategy to derive a non-uniform scaled version of the real 20×20 pairwise energy function. The non-uniform scaling helps tackle the difficulty faced by a real energy function, whereas the integration of 20×20 pairwise information overcomes the limitations faced by the HP energy function. Here, we have applied a derived energy function with a genetic algorithm on discrete lattices. On a standard set of benchmark protein sequences, our approach significantly outperforms the state-of-the-art methods for similar models. Our approach has been able to explore regions of the conformational space which all the previous methods have failed to explore. Effectiveness of the derived energy function is presented by showing qualitative differences and similarities of the sampled structures to the native structures. Number of objective function evaluation in a single run of the algorithm is used as a comparison metric to demonstrate efficiency. PMID:26361554
Ab initio molecular dynamics of liquid hydrogen chloride
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Dubois, Vincent; Pasquarello, Alfredo
2005-03-01
We carried out an ab initio molecular dynamics simulation of liquid hydrogen chloride (ℓ-HCl) at a temperature of 313 K. Comparison with inelastic neutron scattering data shows that the simulation achieves an overall good description of the structural correlations, improving significantly upon a description based on classical interaction potentials. Despite some minor differences between theory and experiment in the H-H partial structure factor, the simulation gives a description of the hydrogen bonding in impressive agreement with experiment, for both the amount and the bond-length distribution of the bonds. In the simulation, 40% of the molecules are nonbonded, while the hydrogen-bonded chains are short, principally consisting of dimers (25%) and trimers (15%). Neighboring molecules in the simulation are found to form L-shaped arrangements, like in the isolated (HCl)2 dimer and in crystalline phases of HCl. The time correlation of the molecular-axis orientation is found to be characterized by a very short decay time (0.13 ps), consistent with the short length of the hydrogen-bonded chains. Other dynamical properties investigated in this work include the diffusion coefficient and the vibrational density of states. We evaluated the molecular dipole of the HCl molecule in the liquid using a definition based on the coupling of rotational modes to an external electric field. The average dipole moment (1.53 D) derived in this way is found to be considerably larger than for the isolated molecule (1.11 D). Our results show that the dipole moment in ℓ-HCl undergoes large fluctuations, both in orientation and in modulus. Upon the onset of an external field, such dipole fluctuations concur to reduce the fluctuations of the dielectric response.
The hydration structure of carbon monoxide by ab initio methods
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Awoonor-Williams, Ernest; Rowley, Christopher N.
2017-01-01
The solvation of carbon monoxide (CO) in liquid water is important for understanding its toxicological effects and biochemical roles. In this paper, we use ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) and CCSD(T)-F12 calculations to assess the accuracy of the Straub and Karplus molecular mechanical (MM) model for CO(aq). The CCSD(T)-F12 CO-H2O potential energy surfaces show that the most stable structure corresponds to water donating a hydrogen bond to the C center. The MM-calculated surface incorrectly predicts that the O atom is a stronger hydrogen bond acceptor than the C atom. The AIMD simulations indicate that CO is solvated like a hydrophobic solute, with very limited hydrogen bonding with water. The MM model tends to overestimate the degree of hydrogen bonding and overestimates the atomic radius of the C atom. The calculated Gibbs energy of hydration using the TIP3P water model is in good agreement with the experiment (9.3 kJ mol-1 expt. vs 10.7 kJ mol-1 calc.). The calculated diffusivity of CO (aq) in TIP3P-model water was 5.1 ×10-5 cm2/s calc., more than double the experimental value of 2.3 ×10-5 cm2/s. The hydration energy calculated using the TIP4P-FB water model is in poorer agreement with the experiment (ΔG = 6.8 kJ/mol) but the diffusivity is in better agreement (D =2.5 ±0.1 ×10-5 cm2/s).
Cosmic-Ray Modulation: an Ab Initio Approach
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Engelbrecht, N. E.; Burger, R. A.
2014-10-01
A better understanding of cosmic-ray modulation in the heliosphere can only be gained through a proper understanding of the effects of turbulence on the diffusion and drift of cosmic rays. We present an ab initio model for cosmic-ray modulation, incorporating for the first time the results yielded by a two-component turbulence transport model. This model is solved for periods of minimum solar activity, utilizing boundary values chosen so that model results are in fair to good agreement with spacecraft observations of turbulence quantities, not only in the solar ecliptic plane but also along the out-of-ecliptic trajectory of the Ulysses spacecraft. These results are employed as inputs for modelled slab and 2D turbulence energy spectra. The latter spectrum is chosen based on physical considerations, with a drop-off at the very lowest wavenumbers commencing at the 2D outerscale. There currently exist no models or observations for this quantity, and it is the only free parameter in this study. The modelled turbulence spectra are used as inputs for parallel mean free path expressions based on those derived from quasi-linear theory and perpendicular mean free paths from extended nonlinear guiding center theory. Furthermore, the effects of turbulence on cosmic-ray drifts are modelled in a self-consistent way, employing a recently developed model for drift along the wavy current sheet. The resulting diffusion coefficients and drift expressions are applied to the study of galactic cosmic-ray protons and antiprotons using a three-dimensional, steady-state cosmic-ray modulation code, and sample solutions in fair agreement with multiple spacecraft observations are presented.
Ab initio valence-space theory for exotic nuclei
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Holt, Jason
2015-10-01
Recent advances in ab initio nuclear structure theory have led to groundbreaking predictions in the exotic medium-mass region, from the location of the neutron dripline to the emergence of new magic numbers far from stability. Playing a key role in this progress has been the development of sophisticated many-body techniques and chiral effective field theory, which provides a systematic basis for consistent many-nucleon forces and electroweak currents. Within the context of valence-space Hamiltonians derived from the nonperturbative in-medium similarity renormalization group (IM-SRG) approach, I will discuss the importance of 3N forces in understanding and making new discoveries in the exotic sd -shell region. Beginning in oxygen, we find that the effects of 3N forces are decisive in explaining why 24O is the last bound oxygen isotope, validating first predictions of this phenomenon from several years ago. Furthermore, 3N forces play a key role in reproducing spectroscopy, including signatures of doubly magic 22,24O, and physics beyond the dripline. Similar improvements are obtained in new spectroscopic predictions for exotic fluorine and neon isotopes, where agreement with recent experimental data is competitive with state-of-the-art phenomenology. Finally, I will discuss first applications of the IM-SRG to effective valence-space operators, such as radii and E 0 transitions, as well as extensions to general operators crucial for our future understanding of electroweak processes, such as neutrinoless double-beta decay. This work was supported by NSERC and the NRC Canada.
AN AB INITIO MODEL FOR COSMIC-RAY MODULATION
Engelbrecht, N. E.; Burger, R. A.
2013-07-20
A proper understanding of the effects of turbulence on the diffusion and drift of cosmic rays (CRs) is of vital importance for a better understanding of CR modulation in the heliosphere. This study presents an ab initio model for CR modulation, incorporating for the first time the results yielded by a two-component turbulence transport model. This model is solved for solar minimum heliospheric conditions, utilizing boundary values chosen so that model results are in reasonable agreement with spacecraft observations of turbulence quantities in the solar ecliptic plane and along the out-of-ecliptic trajectory of the Ulysses spacecraft. These results are employed as inputs for modeled slab and two-dimensional (2D) turbulence energy spectra. The modeled 2D spectrum is chosen based on physical considerations, with a drop-off at the very lowest wavenumbers. There currently exist no models or observations for the wavenumber where this drop-off occurs, and it is considered to be the only free parameter in this study. The modeled spectra are used as inputs for parallel mean free path expressions based on those derived from quasi-linear theory and perpendicular mean free paths from extended nonlinear guiding center theory. Furthermore, the effects of turbulence on CR drifts are modeled in a self-consistent way, also employing a recently developed model for wavy current sheet drift. The resulting diffusion and drift coefficients are applied to the study of galactic CR protons and antiprotons using a 3D, steady-state CR modulation code, and sample solutions in fair to good agreement with multiple spacecraft observations are presented.
Efficient conformational space exploration in ab initio protein folding simulation.
Ullah, Ahammed; Ahmed, Nasif; Pappu, Subrata Dey; Shatabda, Swakkhar; Ullah, A Z M Dayem; Rahman, M Sohel
2015-08-01
Ab initio protein folding simulation largely depends on knowledge-based energy functions that are derived from known protein structures using statistical methods. These knowledge-based energy functions provide us with a good approximation of real protein energetics. However, these energy functions are not very informative for search algorithms and fail to distinguish the types of amino acid interactions that contribute largely to the energy function from those that do not. As a result, search algorithms frequently get trapped into the local minima. On the other hand, the hydrophobic-polar (HP) model considers hydrophobic interactions only. The simplified nature of HP energy function makes it limited only to a low-resolution model. In this paper, we present a strategy to derive a non-uniform scaled version of the real 20×20 pairwise energy function. The non-uniform scaling helps tackle the difficulty faced by a real energy function, whereas the integration of 20×20 pairwise information overcomes the limitations faced by the HP energy function. Here, we have applied a derived energy function with a genetic algorithm on discrete lattices. On a standard set of benchmark protein sequences, our approach significantly outperforms the state-of-the-art methods for similar models. Our approach has been able to explore regions of the conformational space which all the previous methods have failed to explore. Effectiveness of the derived energy function is presented by showing qualitative differences and similarities of the sampled structures to the native structures. Number of objective function evaluation in a single run of the algorithm is used as a comparison metric to demonstrate efficiency.
Ab initio calculations of ^12C and neutron drops
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Pieper, Steven C.
2009-10-01
Ab initio calculations of nuclei, which treat a nucleus as a system of A nucleons interacting by realistic two- and three-nucleon forces, have made tremendous progress in the last 15 years. This is a result of better Hamiltonians, rapidly increasing computer power, and new or improved many-body methods. Three methods are principally being used: Green's function Monte Carlo (GFMC), no-core shell model, and coupled cluster. In the limit of large computer resources, all three methods produce exact eigenvalues of a given nuclear Hamiltonian. With DOE SciDAC and INCITE support, all three methods are using the largest computers available today. Under the UNEDF SciDAC grant, the Argonne GFMC program was modified to efficiently use more than 2000 processors. E. Lusk (Argonne), R.M. Butler (Middle Tennessee State U.) and I have developed an Asynchronous Dynamic Load-Balancing (ADLB) library. In addition all the cores in a node are used via OpenMP as one ADLB/MPI client. In this way we obtain very good scalability up to 30,000 processors on Argonne's IBM Blue Gene/P. Two systems of particular interest that require this computer power are ^12C and neutron drops. V.R. Pandharipande (UIUC, deceased), J. Carlson (LANL), R.B. Wiringa (Argonne), and I have developed new trial wave functions that explicitly contain the three-alpha particle structure of ^12C. These are being used with the Argonne V18 and Illinois-7 potentials which reproduce the energies of 51 states in 3<=A<=12 nuclei with an rms error of 600,eV. Neutron drops are collections of neutrons confined in an artificial external well and interacting with realistic NN and NNN potentials. Their properties can be used as ``experimental data'' for developing energy-density functionals.
Resonance and aromaticity: an ab initio valence bond approach.
Rashid, Zahid; van Lenthe, Joop H; Havenith, Remco W A
2012-05-17
Resonance energy is one of the criteria to measure aromaticity. The effect of the use of different orbital models is investigated in the calculated resonance energies of cyclic conjugated hydrocarbons within the framework of the ab initio Valence Bond Self-Consistent Field (VBSCF) method. The VB wave function for each system was constructed using a linear combination of the VB structures (spin functions), which closely resemble the Kekulé valence structures, and two types of orbitals, that is, strictly atomic (local) and delocalized atomic (delocal) p-orbitals, were used to describe the π-system. It is found that the Pauling-Wheland's resonance energy with nonorthogonal structures decreases, while the same with orthogonalized structures and the total mean resonance energy (the sum of the weighted off-diagonal contributions in the Hamiltonian matrix of orthogonalized structures) increase when delocal orbitals are used as compared to local p-orbitals. Analysis of the interactions between the different structures of a system shows that the resonance in the 6π electrons conjugated circuits have the largest contributions to the resonance energy. The VBSCF calculations also show that the extra stability of phenanthrene, a kinked benzenoid, as compared to its linear counterpart, anthracene, is a consequence of the resonance in the π-system rather than the H-H interaction in the bay region as suggested previously. Finally, the empirical parameters for the resonance interactions between different 4n+2 or 4n π electrons conjugated circuits, used in Randić's conjugated circuits theory or Herdon's semi-emprical VB approach, are quantified. These parameters have to be scaled by the structure coefficients (weights) of the contributing structures.
Uniaxial phase transition in Si: Ab initio calculations
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Cheng, C.
2003-04-01
Based on a previously proposed thermodynamic analysis, [C. Cheng, W. H. Huang, and H. J. Li, Phys. Rev. B 63, 153202 (2001)] we study the relative stabilities of five Si phases under uniaxial compression using ab initio methods. The five phases are diamond, βSn, simple-hexagonal (sh), simple-cubic, and hexagonal closed-packed structures. The possible phase-transition patterns were investigated by considering the phase transitions between any two chosen phases of the five phases. By analyzing the different contributions to the relative phase stability, we identified the most important factors in reducing the phase-transition pressures at uniaxial compression. We also show that it is possible to have phase transitions occur only when the phases are under uniaxial compression, in spite of no phase transition when under hydrostatic compression. Taking all five phases into consideration, the phase diagram at uniaxial compression was constructed for pressures up to 20 GPa. The stable phases were found to be diamond, βSn, and sh structures, i.e., the same as those when under hydrostatic condition. According to the phase diagram, direct phase transition from the diamond to the sh phase is possible if the applied uniaxial pressures, on increasing, satisfy the condition Px>Pz. Similarly, the sh-to-βSn transition on increasing pressures is also possible if the applied uniaxial pressures are varied from the condition of Px>Pz, on which the phase of sh is stable to the condition Px
Optical properties of surfaces with supercell ab initio calculations: Local-field effects
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Tancogne-Dejean, Nicolas; Giorgetti, Christine; Véniard, Valérie
2015-12-01
Surface optical and electronic properties are crucial for material science and have implications in fields as various as nanotechnology, nonlinear optics, and spectroscopies. In particular, the huge variation of electronic density perpendicular to the surface is expected to play a key role in absorption due to local-field effects. Numerous state-of-the-art theoretical and numerical ab initio formalisms developed for studying these properties are based on supercell approaches, in reciprocal space, due to their efficiency. In this paper, we show that the standard scheme fails for the out-of-plane optical response of the surface. This response is interpreted using the "effective-medium theory" with vacuum and also in terms of interaction between replicas, as the supercell approach implies a periodicity which is absent in the real system. We propose an alternative formulation, also based on the supercell, for computing the macroscopic dielectric function. Application to the clean Si(001) 2 ×1 surface allows us to present the effect of the local fields for both peak positions and line shape on the bulk and surface contributions. It shows how local fields built up for the in-plane and out-of-plane dielectric responses of the surface. In addition to their conceptual impact, our results explain why the standard approach gives reliable predictions for the in-plane components, leading to correct reflectance anisotropy spectra. Our scheme can be further generalized to other low-dimensional geometries, such as clusters or nanowires, and open the way to nonlinear optics for surfaces.
Complementary ab initio and X-ray nanodiffraction studies of Ta2O5
Hollerweger, R.; Holec, D.; Paulitsch, J.; Bartosik, M.; Daniel, R.; Rachbauer, R.; Polcik, P.; Keckes, J.; Krywka, C.; Euchner, H.; Mayrhofer, P.H.
2015-01-01
The complex structure of Ta2O5 led to the development of various structural models. Among them, superstructures represent the most stable configurations. However, their formation requires kinetic activity and long-range ordering processes, which are hardly present during physical vapor deposition. Based on nano-beam X-ray diffraction and concomitant ab initio studies, a new metastable orthorhombic basic structure is introduced for Ta2O5 with lattice parameters a = 6.425 Å, b = 3.769 Å and c = 7.706 Å. The unit cell containing only 14 atoms, i.e. two formula unit blocks in the c direction, is characterized by periodically alternating the occupied oxygen site between two possible positions in succeeding 002-planes. This structure can be described by the space group 53 (Pncm) with four Wyckoff positions, and exhibits an energy of formation of −3.209 eV atom−1. Among all the reported basic structures, its energy of formation is closest to those of superstructures. Furthermore, this model exhibits a 2.5 eV band gap, which is closer to experimental data than the band gap of any other basic-structure model. The sputtered Ta2O5 films develop only a superstructure if annealed at temperatures >800 °C in air or vacuum. Based on these results and the conveniently small unit cell size, it is proposed that the basic-structure model described here is an ideal candidate for both structure and electronic state descriptions of orthorhombic Ta2O5 materials. PMID:25642136
Six low-strain zinc-blende half metals: An ab initio investigation
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Pask, J. E.; Yang, L. H.; Fong, C. Y.; Pickett, W. E.; Dag, S.
2003-06-01
A class of spintronic materials, the zinc-blende (ZB) half metals, has recently been synthesized in thin-film form. We apply all-electron and pseudopotential ab initio methods to investigate the electronic and structural properties of ZB Mn and Cr pnictides and carbides, and find six compounds to be half metallic at or near their respective equilibrium lattice constants, making them excellent candidates for growth at low strain. Based on these findings, we further propose substrates on which the growth may be accomplished with minimum strain. Our findings are supported by the recent successful synthesis of ZB CrAs on GaAs and ZB CrSb on GaSb, where our predicted equilibrium lattice constants are within 0.5% of the lattice constants of the substrates on which the growth was accomplished. We confirm previous theoretical results for ZB MnAs, but find ZB MnSb to be half metallic at its equilibrium lattice constant, whereas previous work has found it to be only nearly so. We report here two low-strain half metallic ZB compounds, CrP and MnC, and suggest appropriate substrates for each. Unlike the other five compounds, we predict ZB MnC to become/remain half metallic with compression rather than expansion, and to exhibit metallicity in the minority- rather than majority-spin channel. These fundamentally different properties of MnC can be connected to substantially greater p-d hybridization and d-d overlap, and correspondingly larger bonding-antibonding splitting and smaller exchange splitting. We examine the relative stability of each of the six ZB compounds against NiAs and MnP structures, and find stabilities for the compounds not yet grown comparable to those already grown.
Brand, Holmann V
2005-07-21
We present a computational study of hydrostatic compression effects on the pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) energetic material up to 22.7 GPa by means of the ab initio all-electron periodic Hartree-Fock quantum mechanical method with the STO-3G Gaussian basis set. We fitted the calculated volume-energy relation to the energy SJEOS polynomial function from which we obtained the compression dependence of the pressure (P), the bulk modulus (B), and its pressure derivative (B'). We also fitted the experimental volume-pressure relation to the pressure SJEOS polynomial function, which allowed us to calculate the experimental bulk modulus (B(exp)) and its pressure derivative (). Our calculated values, B = 6.73 GPa and B' = 24.63, are in reasonable agreement with the values B(exp) = 8.48 GPa and = 14.42 from our fit to the experimental X-ray data and with the value B(exp) = 9.8 GPa that was derived from the experimental elastic constants. In addition, we present a discussion on how the lattice vectors and the internal coordinates (i.e., bond lengths, bond angles, and torsion angles) of the C(CH(2)ONO(2))(4) molecules in the PETN lattice change during hydrostatic compression of the crystal. Our calculated results suggest that the C(CH(2)ONO(2))(4) molecules cannot be considered as being rigid but are in fact flexible, accommodating lattice compression through torsions, bendings in their bond angles, and contractions in their bond lengths. At pressures higher than about 8 GPa, however, both the C(CH(2)ONO(2))(4) molecules and the c lattice vector seem to stiffen somewhat. The a lattice vector does not exhibit this stiffening. As a consequence, the pressure dependence of the c/a ratio shows a minimum at about 8 GPa.
Rings and ladders in biology - fast ab initio simulations of polypeptides and DNA.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Lewis, James P.
1996-03-01
Throughout the years, developments of first principles methods have allowed a theoretical investigation of a wide variety of materials from semiconductors to zeolites. However, ab initio methods have not been widespread in the area of large biological systems. Several recent advances in theoretical techniques have prompted us to examine the possibility of simulating large biological systems. Linear scaling methods have been developed to avoid the N^3 computational roadblock due to matrix diagonalization, and a hydrogen-bonding model has been developed to correctly model weak intermolecular interactions within a tight-binding like local orbital framework.(J. Ortega, J. P. Lewis, O. F. Sankey Phys. Rev. B. 50), 10516 (1994); J. P. Lewis and O. F. Sankey, Biophys. J. 69, 1068 (1995). With these developments, a simulation of a dehydrated 10 basepair poly(dG) -- poly(dC) segment of DNA will be described. Results for the electronic structure of this relaxed structure will be discussed. In addition, a simulation of this relaxed structure, involving 1932 steps, was performed to determine the dynamical matrix. The corresponding vibrational spectrum was found and trends will be compared with experimental work.(Work done in collaboration with Otto F. Sankey and Pablo Ordejón) In addition, theoretical results on the energetics, electronic, vibrational and elastic properties of cyclic peptide systems cyclo[(D-Ala-Glu-D-Ala-Gln)_m], where m=1-4, will be presented. Experimentally, these cyclic peptide nanotubes have been shown to be excellent for transporting of ions and glucose across membranes, the attempt to simulate the placement of a dopant into the nanotube structure and the effects on the electronic structure will be discussed.(Work done in collaboration with Otto F. Sankey and Norma H. Pawley)
An ab initio-based Er–He interatomic potential in hcp Er
Yang, Li; ye, Yeting; Fan, K. M.; Shen, Huahai; Peng, Shuming; Long, XG; Zhou, X. S.; Zu, Xiaotao; Gao, Fei
2014-09-01
We have developed an empirical erbium-helium (Er-He) potential by fitting to the results calculated from ab initio method. Based on the electronic hybridization between Er and He atoms, an s-band model, along with a repulsive pair potential, has been derived to describe the Er-He interaction. The atomic configurations and the formation energies of single He defects, small He interstitial clusters (Hen) and He-vacancy (HenV ) clusters obtained by ab initio calculations are used as the fitting database. The binding energies and relative stabilities of the HnVm clusters are studied by the present potential and compared with the ab initio calculations. The Er-He potential is also applied to study the migration of He in hcp-Er at different temperatures, and He clustering is found to occur at 600 K in hcp Er crystal, which may be due to the anisotropic migration behavior of He interstitials.
Ab Initio potential grid based docking: From High Performance Computing to In Silico Screening
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de Jonge, Marc R.; Vinkers, H. Maarten; van Lenthe, Joop H.; Daeyaert, Frits; Bush, Ian J.; van Dam, Huub J. J.; Sherwood, Paul; Guest, Martyn F.
2007-09-01
We present a new and completely parallel method for protein ligand docking. The potential of the docking target structure is obtained directly from the electron density derived through an ab initio computation. A large subregion of the crystal structure of Isocitrate Lyase, was selected as docking target. To allow the full ab initio treatment of this region special care was taken to assign optimal basis functions. The electrostatic potential is tested by docking a small charged molecule (succinate) into the binding site. The ab initio grid yields a superior result by producing the best binding orientation and position, and by recognizing it as the best. In contrast the same docking procedure, but using a classical point-charge based potential, produces a number of additional incorrect binding poses, and does not recognize the correct pose as the best solution.
Electron Transport through Polyene Junctions in between Carbon Nanotubes: an Ab Initio Realization
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Chen, Yiing-Rei; Chen, Kai-Yu; Dou, Kun-Peng; Tai, Jung-Shen; Lee, Hsin-Han; Kaun, Chao-Cheng
With both ab initio and tight-binding model calculations, we study a system of polyene bridged armchair carbon nanotube electrodes, considering one-polyene and two-polyene cases, to address aspects of quantum transport through junctions with multiple conjugated molecules. The ab initio results of the two-polyene cases not only show the interference effect in transmission, but also the sensitive dependence of such effect on the combination of relative contact sites, which agrees nicely with the tight-binding model. Moreover, we show that the discrepancy mainly brought by ab initio relaxation provides an insight into the influence upon transmission spectra, from the junction's geometry, bonding and effective potential. This work was supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Republic of China under Grant Nos. 99-2112-M-003-012-MY2 and 103-2622-E-002-031, and the National Center for Theoretical Sciences of Taiwan.
Ab initio calculation of (hyper)polarizabilities using a sum-over-states formalism.
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Taylor, Caroline M.; Chaudhuri, Rajat K.; Potts, Davin M.; Freed, Karl F.
2001-03-01
Hyperpolarizabilities are relevant to a wide range of non-linear optical properties. Ab initio computations often require a high level of correlation for accurate determination of β and γ , and especially of thier frequency dependence. While sum-over-states methods are widely used within semi-empirical frameworks, they have not been employed with high level ab initio methods because of the computational costs associated with calculating a sufficient number of states. The effective valence shell Hamiltonian method (H^v) is a highly correlated, size-extensive, ab initio, multireference, perturbative (``perturb-then-diagonalize'') method. A single H^v calculation yields a large number of states, making it ideal for use with the sum-over-states fomalism for determination of molecular properties. The method has been used to calculate the (hyper)polarizabilities of small polyene systems.
Global exploration of the energy landscape of solids on the ab initio level.
Doll, K; Schön, J C; Jansen, M
2007-12-14
Predicting which crystalline modifications can be present in a chemical system requires the global exploration of its energy landscape. Due to the large computational effort involved, in the past this search for sufficiently stable minima has been performed employing a variety of empirical potentials and cost functions followed by a local optimization on the ab initio level. However, this entails the risk of overlooking important modifications that are not modeled accurately using empirical potentials. In order to overcome this critical limitation, we develop an approach to employ ab initio energy functions during the global optimization phase of the structure prediction. As an example, we perform a global exploration of the landscape of LiF on the ab initio level and show that the relevant crystalline modifications are found during the search.
Keegan, Ronan M.; Bibby, Jaclyn; Thomas, Jens; Xu, Dong; Zhang, Yang; Mayans, Olga; Winn, Martyn D.; Rigden, Daniel J.
2015-02-01
Two ab initio modelling programs solve complementary sets of targets, enhancing the success of AMPLE with small proteins. AMPLE clusters and truncates ab initio protein structure predictions, producing search models for molecular replacement. Here, an interesting degree of complementarity is shown between targets solved using the different ab initio modelling programs QUARK and ROSETTA. Search models derived from either program collectively solve almost all of the all-helical targets in the test set. Initial solutions produced by Phaser after only 5 min perform surprisingly well, improving the prospects for in situ structure solution by AMPLE during synchrotron visits. Taken together, the results show the potential for AMPLE to run more quickly and successfully solve more targets than previously suspected.
Classical and ab-initio molecular dynamic simulation of an amorphous silica surface
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Mischler, C.; Kob, W.; Binder, K.
2002-08-01
We present the results of a classical molecular dynamic simulation as well as of an ab-initio molecular dynamic simulation of an amorphous silica surface. In the case of the classical simulation we use the potential proposed by van Beest et al. (BKS) whereas the ab-initio simulation is done with a Car-Parrinello method (CPMD). We find that the surfaces generated by BKS have a higher concentration of defects (e.g., concentration of two-membered rings) than those generated with CPMD. In addition also the distribution functions of the angles and of the distances are different for the short rings. Hence we conclude that whereas the BKS potential is able to correctly reproduce the surface on the length scale beyond ≈5 Å, it is necessary to use an ab-initio method to reliably predict the structure at small scales.
Huang, Ying; Chen, Shi-Yi; Deng, Feilong
2016-01-01
In silico analysis of DNA sequences is an important area of computational biology in the post-genomic era. Over the past two decades, computational approaches for ab initio prediction of gene structure from genome sequence alone have largely facilitated our understanding on a variety of biological questions. Although the computational prediction of protein-coding genes has already been well-established, we are also facing challenges to robustly find the non-coding RNA genes, such as miRNA and lncRNA. Two main aspects of ab initio gene prediction include the computed values for describing sequence features and used algorithm for training the discriminant function, and by which different combinations are employed into various bioinformatic tools. Herein, we briefly review these well-characterized sequence features in eukaryote genomes and applications to ab initio gene prediction. The main purpose of this article is to provide an overview to beginners who aim to develop the related bioinformatic tools.
Density-matrix based determination of low-energy model Hamiltonians from ab initio wavefunctions.
Changlani, Hitesh J; Zheng, Huihuo; Wagner, Lucas K
2015-09-14
We propose a way of obtaining effective low energy Hubbard-like model Hamiltonians from ab initio quantum Monte Carlo calculations for molecular and extended systems. The Hamiltonian parameters are fit to best match the ab initio two-body density matrices and energies of the ground and excited states, and thus we refer to the method as ab initio density matrix based downfolding. For benzene (a finite system), we find good agreement with experimentally available energy gaps without using any experimental inputs. For graphene, a two dimensional solid (extended system) with periodic boundary conditions, we find the effective on-site Hubbard U(∗)/t to be 1.3 ± 0.2, comparable to a recent estimate based on the constrained random phase approximation. For molecules, such parameterizations enable calculation of excited states that are usually not accessible within ground state approaches. For solids, the effective Hamiltonian enables large-scale calculations using techniques designed for lattice models.
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Vogiatzis, Konstantinos D.; Mavrandonakis, Antreas; Klopper, Wim; Froudakis, George
2009-08-01
The separation, capture and storage of carbon dioxide from the flue gas is an environmental and economical problem of significant importance. Zeolites and activated carbons have been used from the industries in order to reduce the emissions of CO2. A new family of materials, the metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), has been recently proposed as an efficient substitute of the abovementioned materials. In particular, materials based on zinc complexes with imidazo-like aromatic compounds which builds frameworks similar with those of Zeolites (Zeolite-Imidazolium Frameworks, ZIFs), have the potential for efficient separation of CO2 from CO and CH4. [1]. Weak interactions between carbon dioxide and heterocyclic aromatic compounds are being examined with high accuracy ab initio methods. CO2 has zero dipole moment but a significant quadrupole moment enables it to operate as a weak acid or weak base, according to his environment. Nitrogen-containing aromatic compounds act as electron donors, while CO2 acts as an electron acceptor. Electrostatic interactions induce a non-permanent dipole moment on CO2 and the complex is stabilized by in-plane hydrogen bonds between the charged oxygens of CO2 and nearby hydrogen of the aromatic molecule. In addition, dispersion forces from the electron correlation contribute to the interaction energy. By using explicitly correlated methods (MP2-F12/aug-cc-pVTZ) [2] and by adding the contribution from the triples excitations, calculated with a smaller basis (6-311++G**), we reach to an approximate CCSD(T) complete basis set result. [3] Extrapolation schemes were used in order to reach the MP2 basis set limit and compare it with the CCSD(T)/CBS result. Those results are in excellent agreement with the explicitly correlated MP2-F12. In addition, our complexes are being investigated with DFT methods that calculate separately the dispersion energy (DFT-D) [4] and modified MP2 which scaling of spin pair correlation [5]. DFT-D results are in good
Temperature dependent phonon properties of thermoelectric materials
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Hellman, Olle; Broido, David; Fultz, Brent
2015-03-01
We present recent developments using the temperature dependent effective potential technique (TDEP) to model thermoelectric materials. We use ab initio molecular dynamics to generate an effective Hamiltonian that reproduce neutron scattering spectra, thermal conductivity, phonon self energies, and heat capacities. Results are presented for (among others) SnSe, Bi2Te3, and Cu2Se proving the necessity of careful modelling of finite temperature properties for strongly anharmonic materials. Supported by the Swedish Research Council (VR) Project Number 637-2013-7296.
Mercier, Patrick H J; Le Page, Yvon; Whitfield, Pamela S; Mitchell, Lyndon D; Davidson, Isobel J; White, T J
2005-12-01
Experimental structure refinements and ab initio simulation results for 18 published, fully ordered P6(3)/m (A;{\\rm I}_4)(A;{\\rm II}_6)(BO4)6X2 apatite end-member compositions have been analyzed in terms of a geometric crystal-chemical model that allows the prediction of unit-cell parameters (a and c) and all atom coordinates. To an accuracy of +/- 0.025 A, the magnitude of c was reproduced from crystal-chemical parameters characterizing chains of ...-A(II)-O3-B-O3-A(II)-... atoms, whereas that of a was determined from those describing (A(I)O6)-(BO4) polyhedral arrangements. The c/a ratio could be predicted to +/-0.2% using multi-variable functions based on geometric crystal-chemical model predictions, but could not be ascribed to the adjustment of a single crystal-chemical parameter. The correlations observed between algebraically independent crystal-chemical parameters representing the main observed polyhedral distortions reveal them as the minimum-energy solution to accommodate misfit components within this flexible structure type. For materials with given composition, good agreement (within +/- 0.5-2.0%) of ab initio crystal-chemical parameters was observed with only those from single-crystal refinements with R 4.0% was not as good, while the scatter with those from Rietveld refinements was considerable. Accordingly, ab initio cell data, atomic coordinates and crystal-chemical parameters were reported here for the following compositions awaiting experimental work: (Zn,Hg)10(PO4)6(Cl,F)2, (Ca,Cd)10(VO4)6Cl2 and (Ca,Pb,Cd)10(CrO4)6Cl2.
Accurate ab initio quartic force fields for borane and BeH2
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Martin, J. M. L.; Lee, Timothy J.
1992-01-01
The quartic force fields of BH3 and BeH2 have been computed ab initio using an augmented coupled cluster (CCSD(T)) method and basis sets of spdf and spdfg quality. For BH3, the computed spectroscopic constants are in very good agreement with recent experimental data, and definitively confirm misassignments in some older work, in agreement with recent ab initio studies. Using the computed spectroscopic constants, the rovibrational partition function for both molecules has been constructed using a modified direct numerical summation algorithm, and JANAF-style thermochemical tables are presented.
Ab initio study of collective excitations in a disparate mass molten salt.
Bryk, Taras; Klevets, Ivan
2012-12-14
Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations and the approach of generalized collective modes are applied for calculations of spectra of longitudinal and transverse collective excitations in molten LiBr. Dispersion and damping of low- and high-frequency branches of collective excitations as well as wave-number dependent relaxing modes were calculated. The main mode contributions to partial, total, and concentration dynamic structure factors were estimated in a wide region of wave numbers. A role of polarization effects is discussed from comparison of mode contributions to concentration dynamic structure factors calculated for molten LiBr from ab initio and classical rigid ion simulations.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
de Boer, K.; Jansen, A. P. J.; van Santen, R. A.
1994-06-01
We have developed a new method for deriving parameters for the shell model of silica polymorphs. All parameters for the shell model are derived in a self-consistent way from ab initio energy surfaces, polarizabilities and dipole moments of small clusters. This yields an ab initio partial charge shell model potential. The predictive power of our potential is demonstrated by presenting predictions for the structure of α-quartz, α-cristobalite, coesite, stishovite and the IR spectrum of α-quartz which are compared with experiment and predictions of the widely used potentials of Jackson and Catlow, and Kramer, Farragher, van Beest and van Santen.
Keegan, Ronan M.; Bibby, Jaclyn; Thomas, Jens; Xu, Dong; Zhang, Yang; Mayans, Olga; Winn, Martyn D.; Rigden, Daniel J.
2015-01-01
AMPLE clusters and truncates ab initio protein structure predictions, producing search models for molecular replacement. Here, an interesting degree of complementarity is shown between targets solved using the different ab initio modelling programs QUARK and ROSETTA. Search models derived from either program collectively solve almost all of the all-helical targets in the test set. Initial solutions produced by Phaser after only 5 min perform surprisingly well, improving the prospects for in situ structure solution by AMPLE during synchrotron visits. Taken together, the results show the potential for AMPLE to run more quickly and successfully solve more targets than previously suspected. PMID:25664744
Keegan, Ronan M; Bibby, Jaclyn; Thomas, Jens; Xu, Dong; Zhang, Yang; Mayans, Olga; Winn, Martyn D; Rigden, Daniel J
2015-02-01
AMPLE clusters and truncates ab initio protein structure predictions, producing search models for molecular replacement. Here, an interesting degree of complementarity is shown between targets solved using the different ab initio modelling programs QUARK and ROSETTA. Search models derived from either program collectively solve almost all of the all-helical targets in the test set. Initial solutions produced by Phaser after only 5 min perform surprisingly well, improving the prospects for in situ structure solution by AMPLE during synchrotron visits. Taken together, the results show the potential for AMPLE to run more quickly and successfully solve more targets than previously suspected.
Heats of Segregation of BCC Binaries from Ab Initio and Quantum Approximate Calculations
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Good, Brian S.
2003-01-01
We compare dilute-limit segregation energies for selected BCC transition metal binaries computed using ab initio and quantum approximate energy methods. Ab initio calculations are carried out using the CASTEP plane-wave pseudopotential computer code, while quantum approximate results are computed using the Bozzolo-Ferrante-Smith (BFS) method with the most recent parameters. Quantum approximate segregation energies are computed with and without atomistic relaxation. Results are discussed within the context of segregation models driven by strain and bond-breaking effects. We compare our results with full-potential quantum calculations and with available experimental results.
Khaliullin, Rustam Z; Kühne, Thomas D
2013-10-14
The application of newly developed first-principle modeling techniques to liquid water deepens our understanding of the microscopic origins of its unusual macroscopic properties and behaviour. Here, we review two novel ab initio computational methods: second-generation Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics and decomposition analysis based on absolutely localized molecular orbitals. We show that these two methods in combination not only enable ab initio molecular dynamics simulations on previously inaccessible time and length scales, but also provide unprecedented insights into the nature of hydrogen bonding between water molecules. We discuss recent applications of these methods to water clusters and bulk water.
Ab initio Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Water Under Static and Shock Compressed Conditions
Goldman, N; Fried, L E; Mundy, C J; Kuo, I W; Curioni, A; Reed, E
2007-07-25
We report herein a series of ab initio simulations of water under both static and shocked conditions. We have calculated the coherent x-ray scattering intensity of several phases of water under high pressure, using ab initio Density Functional Theory (DFT). We provide new atomic scattering form factors for water at extreme conditions, which take into account frequently neglected changes in ionic charge and electron delocalization. We have also simulated liquid water undergoing shock loading of velocities from 5-11 km/s using the Multi-Scale Shock Technique (MSST). We show that Density Functional Theory (DFT) molecular dynamics results compare extremely well to experiments on the water shock Hugoniot.
X-ray absorption Debye-Waller factors from ab initio molecular dynamics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Vila, F. D.; Lindahl, V. E.; Rehr, J. J.
2012-01-01
An ab initio equation of motion method is introduced to calculate the temperature-dependent mean-square vibrational amplitudes σ2 which appear in the Debye-Waller factors in x-ray absorption, x-ray scattering, and related spectra. The approach avoids explicit calculations of phonon modes, and is based instead on calculations of the displacement-displacement time correlation function from ab initio density functional theory molecular dynamics simulations. The method also yields the vibrational density of states and thermal quantities such as the lattice free energy. Illustrations of the method are presented for a number of systems and compared with other methods and experiment.
A density functional and ab initio investigation of the p-aminobenzoic acid molecule
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Lago, A. F.; Dávalos, J. Z.; de Brito, A. Naves
2007-08-01
The p-aminobenzoic acid (C 7H 7NO 2) molecule has been investigated at different levels of theory. DFT methods (B3LYP and PBE1PBE), second order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory (MP2) and composite ab initio methods (G3MP2 and CBS) have been employed, in conjunction with large basis sets. Important informations on the electronic structure and thermochemistry of this molecule have been extracted, and the performance of the density functional and ab initio methods has been evaluated, based on the comparison of the calculated and the available experimental data.
Ab initio study of the optical properties of carbon nanotubes
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Chang, Eric
2006-03-01
We present an ab initio study of the optical properties of carbon nanotubes. We use state-of-the-art electronic structure methods based on many-body perturbation theory to compute the optical absorption and resonance Raman spectra of large tubes which have up to 200 atoms [1,2]. Our symmetry-based method makes the study of large tubes feasible within the many- body framework and also allows us to understand the symmetry properties of the excitons and selection rules. We include a study of the so-called dark excitons which are crucial for understanding luminescence efficiency in carbon nanotubes. The mechanism that explains the dark-bright splitting can be understood within our symmetry-based approach. Finally, we present an analysis of the two-photon spectra for several carbon nanotubes, a theoretical analysis which, in conjunction with combined one- and two-photon experiments, allows one to measure the binding energy of excitons. We find in all cases that the excitonic binding energy is large, ranging from 0.5 to 0.9 eV depending on the diameter of the tube, and that the excitonic wavefunction is Wannier-like and extended over many atoms. Our studies for the one- and two-photon absorption and resonance Raman spectra have been fruitful for understanding the corresponding experiments. In particular, our theoretical results are in good agreement with one- and two-photon absorption experiments [3-5]. The results for resonance Raman show that such a spectroscopic technique is a good alternative to optical absorption since it allows for the selection of tubes of a given diameter while probing the same excited states. 1. E.K. Chang, G. Bussi, A. Ruini, and E. Molinari, Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 196401 (2004). 2. E.K. Chang, G. Bussi, A. Ruini, and E. Molinari, Phys. Rev. B 72, 195423 (2005). 3. M. Y. Sfeir et al., Science 306, 1540 (2004). 4. J. Maultzsch et al., to be published in Phys. Rev. B, see also cond-mat/0505150. 5. Z. M. Li et. al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 87, 127401 (2001).
Ab initio Calculations of Solvation Processes in Volcanic Gases
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Lemke, K.; Seward, T.
2006-12-01
The structures and thermochemical properties of hydrated ions and neutral molecules play an important role in our understanding of solvent clustering and hydrogen bonding in the gas phase. Considerable effort therefore has been devoted to both the experimental and theoretical determination of stepwise hydration energies of geochemically important ions and neutral molecules with solvents, for instance H2O or H2S, over a broad range of temperatures typical of those encountered in volcanic gases. Because volcanic gases contain mutiple solute and solvent components which are subject to proton transfer, competive solvation and solvent switching, characterizing individual clusters has been a fundamental challenge to a molecular-level understanding of high temperature gas-phase solvation. However, recent advances in computational chemistry methods, especially Pople´s Gaussian (G-n) and complete basis set limit (CBS-x) model chemistries, now allow characterization of the dominant cluster structures and thermochemical properties of solute-solvent and solvent-solvent interactions in high temperature volcanic gases. Building on reported measurements of volcanic gases at Vesuvio, Italy, and Showa-Shinzan, Japan, as well as our recent investigations of ion-hydration we have re-examined the high temperature clustering equilibria of the small hydronium (H3O+) and ammonium (NH4+) ions as well as neutral ammonia and sulphur species with H2O and/or H2S using ab initio quantum chemical methods. From our study, we find that most of the gas phase ions tend to associate with a small number of H2O and H2S molecules to yield a hydrated ion cluster even at low humidities. Furthermore, inspection of van´t Hoff data demonstrate that (1) hydration energies of ions are shifted to less exergonic values as the solvent shell grows and the composition shifts from water-rich to hydrogen sulphide rich, (2) ion-cluster size increases with decreasing temperature at constant humidity, (3) attachment
Ab-initio Simulations of Molten Ni Alloys
2010-04-01
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Foyevtsova, Kateryna; Krogel, Jaron T; Kim, Jeongnim; Kent, Paul R; Dagotto, Elbio R; Reboredo, Fernando A
2014-01-01
In view of the continuous theoretical efforts aimed at an accurate microscopic description of the strongly correlated transition metal oxides and related materials, we show that with continuum quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) calculations it is possible to obtain the value of the spin superexchange coupling constant of a copper oxide in a quantitatively excellent agreement with experiment. The variational nature of the QMC total energy allows us to identify the best trial wave function out of the available pool of wave functions, which makes the approach essentially free from adjustable parameters and thus truly ab initio. The present results on magnetic interactions suggest that QMC is capable of accurately describing ground state properties of strongly correlated materials.
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Tokatly, I. V.; Krasovskii, E. E.; Vignale, Giovanni
2015-01-01
The broken inversion symmetry at the surface of a metallic film (or, more generally, at the interface between a metallic film and a different metallic or insulating material) greatly amplifies the influence of the spin-orbit interaction on the surface properties. The best known manifestation of this effect is the momentum-dependent splitting of the surface-state energies (Rashba effect). Here we show that the same interaction also generates a spin polarization of the bulk states when an electric current is driven through the bulk of the film. For a semi-infinite jellium model, which is representative of metals with a closed Fermi surface, we prove as a theorem that regardless of the shape of the confinement potential, the induced surface spin density at each surface is given by S =-γ ℏ z ̂×j , where j is the particle current density in the bulk, z ̂ the unit vector normal to the surface, and γ =ℏ/4 m c2 contains only fundamental constants. For a general metallic solid, γ becomes a material-specific parameter that controls the strength of the interfacial spin-orbit coupling. Our theorem, combined with an ab initio calculation of the spin polarization of the current-carrying film, enables a determination of γ , which should be useful in modeling the spin-dependent scattering of quasiparticles at the interface.
Long, Run; Fang, Weihai; Akimov, Alexey V
2016-02-18
We report ab initio time-domain simulations of nonradiative electron-hole recombination and electronic dephasing in ideal and defect-containing monolayer black phosphorus (MBP). Our calculations predict that the presence of phosphorus divacancy in MBP (MBP-DV) substantially reduces the nonradiative recombination rate, with time scales on the order of 1.57 ns. The luminescence line width in ideal MBP of 150 meV is 2.5 times larger than MBP-DV at room temperature, and is in excellent agreement with experiment. We find that the electron-hole recombination in ideal MBP is driven by the 450 cm(-1) vibrational mode, whereas the recombination in the MBP-DV system is driven by a broad range of vibrational modes. The reduced electron-phonon coupling and increased bandgap in MBP-DV rationalize slower recombination in this material, suggesting that electron-phonon energy losses in MBP can be minimized by creating suitable defects in semiconductor device material.
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Massé, Andrea; Friederich, Pascal; Symalla, Franz; Liu, Feilong; Meded, Velimir; Coehoorn, Reinder; Wenzel, Wolfgang; Bobbert, Peter A.
2017-03-01
In this study, we investigate on the basis of ab initio calculations how the morphology, molecular on-site energies, reorganization energies, and charge transfer integral distribution affect the hopping charge transport and the exciton formation process in disordered organic semiconductors. We focus on three materials applied frequently in organic light-emitting diodes: α -NPD , TCTA, and Spiro-DPVBi. Spatially correlated disorder and, more importantly, superexchange contributions to the transfer integrals, are found to give rise to a significant increase of the electric field dependence of the electron and hole mobility. Furthermore, a material-specific correlation is found between the HOMO and LUMO energy on each specific molecular site. For α -NPD and TCTA, we find a positive correlation between the HOMO and LUMO energies, dominated by a Coulombic contribution to the energies. In contrast, Spiro-DPVBi shows a negative correlation, dominated by a conformational contribution. The size and sign of this correlation have a strong influence on the exciton formation rate.
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Cole, Jacqueline M.; Hickstein, Daniel D.
2013-11-01
Structure-property relationships are established in the nonlinear optical (NLO) material, zinc tris(thiourea)sulfate (ZTS), via an experimental charge-density study, x-ray constrained wave-function refinement, and quantum-mechanical calculations. The molecular charge-transfer characteristics of ZTS, that are important for NLO activity, are topologically analyzed via a multipolar refinement of high-resolution x-ray diffraction data, which is supported by neutron diffraction measurements. The extent to which each chemical bond is ionic or covalent in nature is categorized by Laplacian-based bonding classifiers of the electron density; these include bond ellipticities, energy densities, and the local source function. Correspondingly, the NLO origins of ZTS are judged to best resemble those of organic NLO materials. The molecular dipole moment, μi, and (hyper)polarizability coefficients, αij and βijk, are calculated from the experimental diffraction data using the x-ray constrained wave-function method. Complementary gas-phase ab initio quantum-mechanical calculations of μi, αij, and βijk offer a supporting comparison. When taken alone, the experimental charge-density analysis does not fare well in deriving μi, αij, or βijk, which is not entirely surprising given that the associated calculations are only generally valid for organic molecules. However, by refining the x-ray data within the constrained wave-function method, the evaluations of μi, αij, and βijk are shown to agree very well with those from ab initio calculations and show remarkable normalization to experimental refractive index measurements. The small differences observed between ab initio and x-ray constrained wave-function refinement results can be related directly to gas- versus solid-state phase differences. μi is found to be 28.3 Debye (gas phase) and 29.7 Debye (solid state) while βijk coefficients are not only significant but are also markedly three dimensional in form. Accordingly
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Chan, Garnet Kin-Lic; Keselman, Anna; Nakatani, Naoki; Li, Zhendong; White, Steven R.
2016-07-01
Current descriptions of the ab initio density matrix renormalization group (DMRG) algorithm use two superficially different languages: an older language of the renormalization group and renormalized operators, and a more recent language of matrix product states and matrix product operators. The same algorithm can appear dramatically different when written in the two different vocabularies. In this work, we carefully describe the translation between the two languages in several contexts. First, we describe how to efficiently implement the ab initio DMRG sweep using a matrix product operator based code, and the equivalence to the original renormalized operator implementation. Next we describe how to implement the general matrix product operator/matrix product state algebra within a pure renormalized operator-based DMRG code. Finally, we discuss two improvements of the ab initio DMRG sweep algorithm motivated by matrix product operator language: Hamiltonian compression, and a sum over operators representation that allows for perfect computational parallelism. The connections and correspondences described here serve to link the future developments with the past and are important in the efficient implementation of continuing advances in ab initio DMRG and related algorithms.
An efficient and accurate molecular alignment and docking technique using ab initio quality scoring
Füsti-Molnár, László; Merz, Kenneth M.
2008-01-01
An accurate and efficient molecular alignment technique is presented based on first principle electronic structure calculations. This new scheme maximizes quantum similarity matrices in the relative orientation of the molecules and uses Fourier transform techniques for two purposes. First, building up the numerical representation of true ab initio electronic densities and their Coulomb potentials is accelerated by the previously described Fourier transform Coulomb method. Second, the Fourier convolution technique is applied for accelerating optimizations in the translational coordinates. In order to avoid any interpolation error, the necessary analytical formulas are derived for the transformation of the ab initio wavefunctions in rotational coordinates. The results of our first implementation for a small test set are analyzed in detail and compared with published results of the literature. A new way of refinement of existing shape based alignments is also proposed by using Fourier convolutions of ab initio or other approximate electron densities. This new alignment technique is generally applicable for overlap, Coulomb, kinetic energy, etc., quantum similarity measures and can be extended to a genuine docking solution with ab initio scoring. PMID:18624561
Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of a binary system of ionic liquids.
Brüssel, Marc; Brehm, Martin; Voigt, Thomas; Kirchner, Barbara
2011-08-14
This work presents first insights into the structural properties of a binary mixture of ionic liquids from the perspective of ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. Simulations were carried out for a one-to-one mixture of 1-ethyl-3-methyl-imidazolium thiocyanate and 1-ethyl-3-methyl-imidazolium chloride and compared to pure 1-ethyl-3-methyl-imidazolium thiocyanate.
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Lee, Timothy J.; Langhoff, Stephen R. (Technical Monitor)
1995-01-01
The ability of modern state-of-the art ab initio quantum chemical techniques to characterize reliably the gas-phase molecular structure, vibrational spectrum, electronic spectrum, and thermal stability of chlorine oxide and nitrogen oxide species will be demonstrated by presentation of some example studies. In particular the geometrical structures, vibrational spectra, and heats of formation Of ClNO2, CisClONO, and trans-ClONO are shown to be in excellent agreement with the available experimental data, and where the experimental data are either not known or are inconclusive, the ab initio results are shown to fill in the gaps and to resolve the experimental controversy. In addition, ab initio studies in which the electronic spectra and the characterization of excited electronic states of ClONO2, HONO2, ClOOC17 ClOOH, and HOOH will also be presented. Again where available, the ab initio results are compared to experimental observations, and are used to aid in the interpretation of the experimental studies.
The Use of Ab Initio Wavefunctions in Line-Shape Calculations for Water Vapor
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Gamache, Robert R.; Lamouroux, Julien; Schwenke, David W.
2014-06-01
In semi-classical line-shape calculations, the internal motions of the colliding pair are treated via quantum mechanics and the collision trajectory is determined by classical dynamics. The quantum mechanical component, i.e. the determination of reduced matrix elements (RME) for the colliding pair, requires the wavefunctions of the radiating and the perturbing molecules be known. Here the reduced matrix elements for collisions in the ground vibrational state of water vapor are calculated by two methods and compared. First, wavefunctions determined by diagonalizing an effective (Watson) Hamiltonian are used to calculate the RMEs and, second, the ab initio wavefunctions of Partridge and Schwenke are used. While the ground vibrational state will yield the best approximation of the wavefunctions from the effective Hamiltonian approach, this study clearly identifies problems for states not included in the fit of the Hamiltonian and for extrapolated states. RMEs determined using ab initio wavefunctions use ˜100000 times more computational time; however, all ro-vibrational interactions are included. Hence, the ab initio approach will yield better RMEs as the number of vibrational quanta exchanged in the optical transition increases, resulting in improvements in calculated half-widths and line shifts. It is important to note that even for pure rotational transitions the use of ab initio wavefunctions will yield improved results.
Ab initio prediction of vacancy properties in concentrated alloys: The case of fcc Cu-Ni
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Zhang, Xi; Sluiter, Marcel H. F.
2015-05-01
Vacancy properties in concentrated alloys continue to be of great interest because nowadays ab initio supercell simulations reach a scale where even defect properties in disordered alloys appear to be within reach. We show that vacancy properties cannot generally be extracted from supercell total energies in a consistent manner without a statistical model. Essential features of such a model are knowledge of the chemical potential and imposition of invariants. In the present work, we derive the simplest model that satisfies these requirements and we compare it with models in the literature. As illustration we compute ab initio vacancy properties of fcc Cu-Ni alloys as a function of composition and temperature. Ab initio density functional calculations were performed for SQS supercells at various compositions with and without vacancies. Various methods of extracting alloy vacancy properties were examined. A ternary cluster expansion yielded effective cluster interactions (ECIs) for the Cu-Ni-Vac system. Composition and temperature dependent alloy vacancy concentrations were obtained using statistical thermodynamic models with the ab initio ECIs. An Arrhenius analysis showed that the heat of vacancy formation was well represented by a linear function of temperature. The positive slope of the temperature dependence implies a negative configurational entropy contribution to the vacancy formation free energy in the alloy. These findings can be understood by considering local coordination effects.
Dispersion Interactions between Rare Gas Atoms: Testing the London Equation Using ab Initio Methods
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Halpern, Arthur M.
2011-01-01
A computational chemistry experiment is described in which students can use advanced ab initio quantum mechanical methods to test the ability of the London equation to account quantitatively for the attractive (dispersion) interactions between rare gas atoms. Using readily available electronic structure applications, students can calculate the…
Ab initio calculations on the inclusion complexation of cyclobis(paraquat- p-phenylene)
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Zhang, Ke-Chun; Liu, Lei; Mu, Ting-Wei; Guo, Qing-Xiang
2001-01-01
Semiempirical PM3, ab initio HF/3-21g ∗, and DFT B3LYP/6-31g ∗ calculations in vacuum and in solution were performed on the inclusion complexation of cyclobis(paraquat- p-phenylene) with nine symmetric aromatic substrates. A good correlation was found between the theoretical stabilization energies and experimental free energy changes upon complexation.
An efficient method for electron-atom scattering using ab-initio calculations
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Xu, Yuan; Yang, Yonggang; Xiao, Liantuan; Jia, Suotang
2017-02-01
We present an efficient method based on ab-initio calculations to investigate electron-atom scatterings. Those calculations profit from methods implemented in standard quantum chemistry programs. The new approach is applied to electron-helium scattering. The results are compared with experimental and other theoretical references to demonstrate the efficiency of our method.
Computer simulation of acetonitrile and methanol with ab initio-based pair potentials
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Hloucha, M.; Sum, A. K.; Sandler, S. I.
2000-10-01
This study address the adequacy of ab initio pair interaction energy potentials for the prediction of macroscopic properties. Recently, Bukowski et al. [J. Phys. Chem. A 103, 7322 (1999)] performed a comprehensive study of the potential energy surfaces for several pairs of molecules using symmetry-adapted perturbation theory. These ab initio energies were then fit to an appropriate site-site potential form. In an attempt to bridge the gap between ab initio interaction energy information and macroscopic properties prediction, we performed Gibbs ensemble Monte Carlo (GEMC) simulations using their developed pair potentials for acetonitrile and methanol. The simulations results show that the phase behavior of acetonitrile is well described by just the pair interaction potential. For methanol, on the other hand, pair interactions are insufficient to properly predict its vapor-liquid phase behavior, and its saturated liquid density. We also explored simplified forms for representing the ab initio interaction energies by refitting a selected range of the data to a site-site Lennard-Jones and to a modified Buckingham (exponential-6) potentials plus Coulombic interactions. These were also used in GEMC simulations in order to evaluate the quality and computational efficiency of these different potential forms. It was found that the phase behavior prediction for acetonitrile and methanol are highly dependent on the details of the interaction potentials developed.
Dispersion Interactions between Rare Gas Atoms: Testing the London Equation Using ab Initio Methods
ERIC Educational Resources Information Center
Halpern, Arthur M.
2011-01-01
A computational chemistry experiment is described in which students can use advanced ab initio quantum mechanical methods to test the ability of the London equation to account quantitatively for the attractive (dispersion) interactions between rare gas atoms. Using readily available electronic structure applications, students can calculate the…
Predicting vapor-liquid phase equilibria with augmented ab initio interatomic potentials
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Vlasiuk, Maryna; Sadus, Richard J.
2017-06-01
The ability of ab initio interatomic potentials to accurately predict vapor-liquid phase equilibria is investigated. Monte Carlo simulations are reported for the vapor-liquid equilibria of argon and krypton using recently developed accurate ab initio interatomic potentials. Seventeen interatomic potentials are studied, formulated from different combinations of two-body plus three-body terms. The simulation results are compared to either experimental or reference data for conditions ranging from the triple point to the critical point. It is demonstrated that the use of ab initio potentials enables systematic improvements to the accuracy of predictions via the addition of theoretically based terms. The contribution of three-body interactions is accounted for using the Axilrod-Teller-Muto plus other multipole contributions and the effective Marcelli-Wang-Sadus potentials. The results indicate that the predictive ability of recent interatomic potentials, obtained from quantum chemical calculations, is comparable to that of accurate empirical models. It is demonstrated that the Marcelli-Wang-Sadus potential can be used in combination with accurate two-body ab initio models for the computationally inexpensive and accurate estimation of vapor-liquid phase equilibria.
Chan, Garnet Kin-Lic; Keselman, Anna; Nakatani, Naoki; Li, Zhendong; White, Steven R
2016-07-07
Current descriptions of the ab initio density matrix renormalization group (DMRG) algorithm use two superficially different languages: an older language of the renormalization group and renormalized operators, and a more recent language of matrix product states and matrix product operators. The same algorithm can appear dramatically different when written in the two different vocabularies. In this work, we carefully describe the translation between the two languages in several contexts. First, we describe how to efficiently implement the ab initio DMRG sweep using a matrix product operator based code, and the equivalence to the original renormalized operator implementation. Next we describe how to implement the general matrix product operator/matrix product state algebra within a pure renormalized operator-based DMRG code. Finally, we discuss two improvements of the ab initio DMRG sweep algorithm motivated by matrix product operator language: Hamiltonian compression, and a sum over operators representation that allows for perfect computational parallelism. The connections and correspondences described here serve to link the future developments with the past and are important in the efficient implementation of continuing advances in ab initio DMRG and related algorithms.
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Lee, Timothy J.; Langhoff, Stephen R. (Technical Monitor)
1995-01-01
The ability of modern state-of-the art ab initio quantum chemical techniques to characterize reliably the gas-phase molecular structure, vibrational spectrum, electronic spectrum, and thermal stability of chlorine oxide and nitrogen oxide species will be demonstrated by presentation of some example studies. In particular the geometrical structures, vibrational spectra, and heats of formation Of ClNO2, CisClONO, and trans-ClONO are shown to be in excellent agreement with the available experimental data, and where the experimental data are either not known or are inconclusive, the ab initio results are shown to fill in the gaps and to resolve the experimental controversy. In addition, ab initio studies in which the electronic spectra and the characterization of excited electronic states of ClONO2, HONO2, ClOOC17 ClOOH, and HOOH will also be presented. Again where available, the ab initio results are compared to experimental observations, and are used to aid in the interpretation of the experimental studies.
Ab initio phonon properties of half-Heusler NiTiSn, NiZrSn and NiHfSn.
Andrea, Luc; Hug, Gilles; Chaput, Laurent
2015-10-28
A theoretical investigation of phonon properties from first-principles calculations is carried out for the half-Heusler compounds NiXSn, [Formula: see text], Zr and Hf. The crystal structures are optimised via ab initio calculations within the framework of density functional theory. The phonon properties are retrieved from harmonic and anharmonic interatomic force constants calculations using the finite size displacements method and many-body perturbation theory. A solution to the linearized phonon Boltzmann transport equation is then used to compute the ab initio thermal conductivities. For X = Ti, Zr and Hf, we found 15.4, 13.3 and 15.8 W m(-1) K(-1) at 300 K, respectively. Thanks to a spectral analysis of the velocities and lifetimes we were able appreciate the differences in the thermal conductivities between the three compounds under study. Our results provide insights to understand the behaviour of the thermal conductivity and therefore to improve the thermoelectric figure of merit for such materials.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Marini, Andrea
Density functional theory and many-body perturbation theory methods (such as GW and Bethe-Selpether equation) are standard approaches to the equilibrium ground and excited state properties of condensed matter systems, surfaces, molecules and other several kind of materials. At the same time ultra-fast optical spectroscopy is becoming a widely used and powerful tool for the observation of the out-of-equilibrium dynamical processes. In this case the theoretical tools (such as the Baym-Kadanoff equation) are well known but, only recently, have been merged with the ab-Initio approach. And, for this reason, highly parallel and efficient codes are lacking. Nevertheless, the combination of these two areas of research represents, for the ab-initio community, a challenging prespective as it requires the development of advanced theoretical, methodological and numerical tools. Yambo is a popular community software implementing the above methods using plane-waves and pseudo-potentials. Yambo is available to the community as open-source software, and oriented to high-performance computing. The Yambo project aims at making the simulation of these equilibrium and out-of-equilibrium complex processes available to a wide community of users. Indeed the code is used, in practice, in many countries and well beyond the European borders. Yambo is a member of the suite of codes of the MAX European Center of Excellence (Materials design at the exascale) . It is also used by the user facilities of the European Spectroscopy Facility and of the NFFA European Center (nanoscience foundries & fine analysis). In this talk I will discuss some recent numerical and methodological developments that have been implemented in Yambo towards to exploitation of next generation HPC supercomputers. In particular, I will present the hybrid MPI+OpenMP parallelization and the specific case of the response function calculation. I will also discuss the future plans of the Yambo project and its potential use as
yambo: An ab initio tool for excited state calculations
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Marini, Andrea; Hogan, Conor; Grüning, Myrta; Varsano, Daniele
2009-08-01
yambo is an ab initio code for calculating quasiparticle energies and optical properties of electronic systems within the framework of many-body perturbation theory and time-dependent density functional theory. Quasiparticle energies are calculated within the GW approximation for the self-energy. Optical properties are evaluated either by solving the Bethe-Salpeter equation or by using the adiabatic local density approximation. yambo is a plane-wave code that, although particularly suited for calculations of periodic bulk systems, has been applied to a large variety of physical systems. yambo relies on efficient numerical techniques devised to treat systems with reduced dimensionality, or with a large number of degrees of freedom. The code has a user-friendly command-line based interface, flexible I/O procedures and is interfaced to several publicly available density functional ground-state codes. Program summaryProgram title:yambo Catalogue identifier: AEDH_v1_0 Program summary URL:http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/summaries/AEDH_v1_0.html Program obtainable from: CPC Program Library, Queen's University, Belfast, N. Ireland Licensing provisions: GNU General Public Licence v2.0 No. of lines in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 149 265 No. of bytes in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 2 848 169 Distribution format: tar.gz Programming language: Fortran 95, C Computer: any computer architecture, running any flavor of UNIX Operating system: GNU/Linux, AIX, Irix, OS/X Has the code been vectorised or parallelized?: Yes RAM: 10-1000 Mbytes Classification: 7.3, 4.4, 7.2 External routines:BLAS ( http://www.netlib.org/blas/) LAPACK ( http://www.netlib.org/lapack/) MPI ( http://www-unix.mcs.anl.gov/mpi/) is optional. BLACS ( http://www.netlib.org/scalapack/) is optional. SCALAPACK ( http://www.netlib.org/scalapack/) is optional. FFTW ( http://www.fftw.org/) is optional. netCDF ( http://www.unidata.ucar.edu/software/netcdf/) is optional. Nature of problem
Timko, Jeff; Kuyucak, Serdar
2012-11-28
Polarization is an important component of molecular interactions and is expected to play a particularly significant role in inhomogeneous environments such as pores and interfaces. Here we investigate the effects of polarization in the gramicidin A ion channel by performing quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and comparing the results with those obtained from classical MD simulations with non-polarizable force fields. We consider the dipole moments of backbone carbonyl groups and channel water molecules as well as a number of structural quantities of interest. The ab initio results show that the dipole moments of the carbonyl groups and water molecules are highly sensitive to the hydrogen bonds (H-bonds) they participate in. In the absence of a K(+) ion, water molecules in the channel are quite mobile, making the H-bond network highly dynamic. A central K(+) ion acts as an anchor for the channel waters, stabilizing the H-bond network and thereby increasing their average dipole moments. In contrast, the K(+) ion has little effect on the dipole moments of the neighboring carbonyl groups. The weakness of the ion-peptide interactions helps to explain the near diffusion-rate conductance of K(+) ions through the channel. We also address the sampling issue in relatively short ab initio MD simulations. Results obtained from a continuous 20 ps ab initio MD simulation are compared with those generated by sampling ten windows from a much longer classical MD simulation and running each window for 2 ps with ab initio MD. Both methods yield similar results for a number of quantities of interest, indicating that fluctuations are fast enough to justify the short ab initio MD simulations.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Timko, Jeff; Kuyucak, Serdar
2012-11-01
Polarization is an important component of molecular interactions and is expected to play a particularly significant role in inhomogeneous environments such as pores and interfaces. Here we investigate the effects of polarization in the gramicidin A ion channel by performing quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and comparing the results with those obtained from classical MD simulations with non-polarizable force fields. We consider the dipole moments of backbone carbonyl groups and channel water molecules as well as a number of structural quantities of interest. The ab initio results show that the dipole moments of the carbonyl groups and water molecules are highly sensitive to the hydrogen bonds (H-bonds) they participate in. In the absence of a K+ ion, water molecules in the channel are quite mobile, making the H-bond network highly dynamic. A central K+ ion acts as an anchor for the channel waters, stabilizing the H-bond network and thereby increasing their average dipole moments. In contrast, the K+ ion has little effect on the dipole moments of the neighboring carbonyl groups. The weakness of the ion-peptide interactions helps to explain the near diffusion-rate conductance of K+ ions through the channel. We also address the sampling issue in relatively short ab initio MD simulations. Results obtained from a continuous 20 ps ab initio MD simulation are compared with those generated by sampling ten windows from a much longer classical MD simulation and running each window for 2 ps with ab initio MD. Both methods yield similar results for a number of quantities of interest, indicating that fluctuations are fast enough to justify the short ab initio MD simulations.
Predicted phototoxicities of carbon nano-material by quantum mechanical calculations
The purpose of this research is to develop a predictive model for the phototoxicity potential of carbon nanomaterials (fullerenols and single-walled carbon nanotubes). This model is based on the quantum mechanical (ab initio) calculations on these carbon-based materials and compa...
Superhard sp3 carbon allotrope: Ab initio calculations
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Zhang, Zhiguo; Liu, Hanyu; Zhang, Miao
2014-11-01
We have systematically studied the structural, electronic and mechanical properties of a novel superhard sp3 carbon allotrope (Amm2-carbon) based on the density functional theory (DFT). This carbon allotrope was identified using a developed methodology in the theoretical design of superhard materials based on the CALYPSO algorithm, and predicted to be more stable than graphite for pressures above 16.6 GPa. It is found to be dynamically stable and a semiconductor with an insulator with a direct band gap of approximately 4.18 eV. Moreover, the calculated elastic constants for Amm2-carbon satisfy the stability condition. Calculations of bulk modulus and hardness indicate that this Amm2-carbon is an ultra-incompressible and superhard material. Furthermore, we extensively investigated the stress-strain relations of Amm2-carbon under various tensile and shear loading directions. The present results indicate Amm2-carbon is a superhard material.