Electronic levels and electrical response of periodic molecular structures from plane-wave orbital-dependent calculations

Yanli Li, Ismaila Dabo

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Abstract

Plane-wave electronic-structure predictions based upon orbital-dependent density-functional theory (OD-DFT) approximations, such as hybrid density-functional methods and self-interaction density-functional corrections, are severely affected by computational inaccuracies in evaluating electron interactions in the plane-wave representation. These errors arise from divergence singularities in the plane-wave summation of electrostatic and exchange interaction contributions. Auxiliary-function corrections are reciprocal-space countercharge corrections that cancel plane-wave singularities through the addition of an auxiliary function to the point-charge electrostatic kernel that enters into the expression of interaction terms. At variance with real-space countercharge corrections that are employed in the context of density-functional theory (DFT), reciprocal-space corrections are computationally inexpensive, making them suited to more demanding OD-DFT calculations. Nevertheless, there exists much freedom in the choice of auxiliary functions and various definitions result in different levels of performance in eliminating plane-wave inaccuracies. In this work we derive exact point-charge auxiliary functions for the description of molecular structures of arbitrary translational symmetry, including the yet unaddressed one-dimensional case. In addition, we provide a critical assessment of different reciprocal-space countercharge corrections and demonstrate the improved accuracy of point-charge auxiliary functions in predicting the electronic levels and electrical response of conjugated polymers from plane-wave OD-DFT calculations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number155127
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume84
Issue number15
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 18 2011

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electronic levels
Molecular structure
plane waves
molecular structure
orbitals
Density functional theory
density functional theory
electrostatic charge
Exchange interactions
Conjugated polymers
interactions
Coulomb interactions
Electronic structure
Electrostatics
divergence
electron scattering
electrostatics
electronic structure
Electrons
polymers

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  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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