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Title: Augmented Lagrangian formulation of orbital-free density functional theory

Abstract

We present an Augmented Lagrangian formulation and its real-space implementation for non-periodic Orbital-Free Density Functional Theory (OF-DFT) calculations. In particular, we rewrite the constrained minimization problem of OF-DFT as a sequence of minimization problems without any constraint, thereby making it amenable to powerful unconstrained optimization algorithms. Further, we develop a parallel implementation of this approach for the Thomas–Fermi–von Weizsacker (TFW) kinetic energy functional in the framework of higher-order finite-differences and the conjugate gradient method. With this implementation, we establish that the Augmented Lagrangian approach is highly competitive compared to the penalty and Lagrange multiplier methods. Additionally, we show that higher-order finite-differences represent a computationally efficient discretization for performing OF-DFT simulations. Overall, we demonstrate that the proposed formulation and implementation are both efficient and robust by studying selected examples, including systems consisting of thousands of atoms. We validate the accuracy of the computed energies and forces by comparing them with those obtained by existing plane-wave methods.

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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22382133
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Computational Physics; Journal Volume: 275; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2014 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; ACCURACY; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; DENSITY FUNCTIONAL METHOD; IMPLEMENTATION; KINETIC ENERGY; LAGRANGIAN FUNCTION; LIMITING VALUES; MINIMIZATION; PERIODICITY; SPACE; WAVE PROPAGATION

Citation Formats

Suryanarayana, Phanish, E-mail: phanish.suryanarayana@ce.gatech.edu, and Phanish, Deepa. Augmented Lagrangian formulation of orbital-free density functional theory. United States: N. p., 2014. Web. doi:10.1016/J.JCP.2014.07.006.
Suryanarayana, Phanish, E-mail: phanish.suryanarayana@ce.gatech.edu, & Phanish, Deepa. Augmented Lagrangian formulation of orbital-free density functional theory. United States. doi:10.1016/J.JCP.2014.07.006.
Suryanarayana, Phanish, E-mail: phanish.suryanarayana@ce.gatech.edu, and Phanish, Deepa. Wed . "Augmented Lagrangian formulation of orbital-free density functional theory". United States. doi:10.1016/J.JCP.2014.07.006.
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abstractNote = {We present an Augmented Lagrangian formulation and its real-space implementation for non-periodic Orbital-Free Density Functional Theory (OF-DFT) calculations. In particular, we rewrite the constrained minimization problem of OF-DFT as a sequence of minimization problems without any constraint, thereby making it amenable to powerful unconstrained optimization algorithms. Further, we develop a parallel implementation of this approach for the Thomas–Fermi–von Weizsacker (TFW) kinetic energy functional in the framework of higher-order finite-differences and the conjugate gradient method. With this implementation, we establish that the Augmented Lagrangian approach is highly competitive compared to the penalty and Lagrange multiplier methods. Additionally, we show that higher-order finite-differences represent a computationally efficient discretization for performing OF-DFT simulations. Overall, we demonstrate that the proposed formulation and implementation are both efficient and robust by studying selected examples, including systems consisting of thousands of atoms. We validate the accuracy of the computed energies and forces by comparing them with those obtained by existing plane-wave methods.},
doi = {10.1016/J.JCP.2014.07.006},
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year = {Wed Oct 15 00:00:00 EDT 2014},
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