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Title: Implementation and benchmark of a long-range corrected functional in the density functional based tight-binding method

Bridging the gap between first principles methods and empirical schemes, the density functional based tight-binding method (DFTB) has become a versatile tool in predictive atomistic simulations over the past years. One of the major restrictions of this method is the limitation to local or gradient corrected exchange-correlation functionals. This excludes the important class of hybrid or long-range corrected functionals, which are advantageous in thermochemistry, as well as in the computation of vibrational, photoelectron, and optical spectra. The present work provides a detailed account of the implementation of DFTB for a long-range corrected functional in generalized Kohn-Sham theory. We apply the method to a set of organic molecules and compare ionization potentials and electron affinities with the original DFTB method and higher level theory. The new scheme cures the significant overpolarization in electric fields found for local DFTB, which parallels the functional dependence in first principles density functional theory (DFT). At the same time, the computational savings with respect to full DFT calculations are not compromised as evidenced by numerical benchmark data.
Authors:
;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. Department of Theoretical Physics, University of Regensburg, 93040 Regensburg (Germany)
  2. BCCMS, University of Bremen, 28359 Bremen (Germany)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22493211
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Chemical Physics; Journal Volume: 143; Journal Issue: 18; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; AFFINITY; BENCHMARKS; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; DENSITY FUNCTIONAL METHOD; ELECTRIC FIELDS; FUNCTIONALS; IMPLEMENTATION; IONIZATION POTENTIAL; MOLECULES; THERMOCHEMICAL DIAGRAMS; THERMOCHEMICAL PROCESSES