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  1. Ab Initio No-Core Shell Model

    Barrett, B R; Navratil, P; Vary, J P

    2011-04-11

    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

  2. Ab Initio No-Core Shell Model

    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 (χEFT) 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

  3. Structure models: from shell model to ab initio methods

    Bacca, Sonia

    2016-01-01

    A brief review of models to describe nuclear structure and reactions properties is presented, starting from the historical shell model picture and encompassing modern ab initio approaches. A selection of recent theoretical results on observables for exotic light and medium-mass nuclei is shown. Emphasis is given to the comparison with experiment and to what can be learned about three-body forces and continuum properties.

  4. Recent achievements in ab initio modelling of liquid water

    Khaliullin, Rustam Z

    2013-01-01

    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.

  5. Ab Initio Modeling of Ecosystems with Artificial Life

    Adami, C.

    2002-01-01

    Artificial Life provides the opportunity to study the emergence and evolution of simple ecosystems in real time. We give an overview of the advantages and limitations of such an approach, as well as its relation to individual-based modeling techniques. The Digital Life system Avida is introduced and prospects for experiments with ab initio evolution (evolution "from scratch"), maintenance, as well as stability of ecosystems are discussed.

  6. Ab initio and kinetic modeling studies of formic acid oxidation

    Marshall, Paul; Glarborg, Peter

    2015-01-01

    A detailed chemical kinetic model for oxidation of formic acid (HOCHO) in flames has been developed, based on theoretical work and data from literature. Ab initio calculations were used to obtain rate coefficients for reactions of HOCHO with H, O, and HO2. Modeling predictions with the mechanism...... on calculations with the kinetic model. Formic acid is consumed mainly by reaction with OH, yielding OCHO, which dissociates rapidly to CO2 + H, and HOCO, which may dissociate to CO + OH or CO2 + H, or react with H, OH, or O2 to form more stable products. The branching fraction of the HOCHO + OH...

  7. 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.

  8. Ab Initio Protein Structure Prediction Using Pathway Models

    Christopher Bystroff

    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available Ab initio prediction is the challenging attempt to predict protein structures based only on sequence information and without using templates. It is often divided into two distinct sub-problems: (a the scoring function that can distinguish native, or native-like structures, from non-native ones; and (b the method of searching the conformational space. Currently, there is no reliable scoring function that can always drive a search to the native fold, and there is no general search method that can guarantee a significant sampling of near-natives. Pathway models combine the scoring function and the search. In this short review, we explore some of the ways pathway models are used in folding, in published works since 2001, and present a new pathway model, HMMSTR-CM, that uses a fragment library and a set of nucleation/propagation-based rules. The new method was used for ab initio predictions as part of CASP5. This work was presented at the Winter School in Bioinformatics, Bologna, Italy, 10–14 February 2003.

  9. Efficient Ab initio Modeling of Random Multicomponent Alloys

    Jiang, Chao; Uberuaga, Blas P.

    2016-03-01

    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.

  10. An investigation of ab initio shell-model interactions derived by no-core shell model

    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.

  11. Ab initio no-core shell model with continuum

    Navratil, Petr

    2008-04-01

    The ab initio no-core shell model (NCSM) is a many-body approach to nuclear structure of light nuclei. The NCSM adopts an effective interaction theory to transform fundamental inter-nucleon interactions into effective interactions for a specified nucleus in a selected harmonic oscillator basis space [1]. The method is capable of predicting nuclear structure from inter-nucleon forces derived from quantum chromodynamics by means of chiral effective field theory [2]. NCSM extensions to the microscopic description of nuclear reactions are now under development. In my talk, I will first discuss our recent calculations of the ^4He total photo-absorption cross section using two- and three-nucleon interactions from chiral effective field theory [3]. I will then outline our effort to augment the NCSM by the resonating group method (RGM) technique to develop a new method capable of describing simultaneously both bound states and nuclear reactions on light nuclei [4]. This approach, which preserves translational symmetry and the Pauli principle, will allow us to calculate cross sections of reactions important for astrophysics and describe weakly-bound systems from first principles. I will present our first phase shift results for neutron scattering off ^3H, ^4He and ^7Li and proton scattering off ^3He, ^4He and ^7Be using realistic nucleon-nucleon potentials. 3mm [1] P. Navr'atil, J. P. Vary and B. R. Barrett, Phys. Rev. C 62, 054311 (2000). [2] P. Navr'atil and V. G. Gueorguiev and J. P. Vary, W. E. Ormand and A. Nogga, Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 042501 (2007). [3] S. Quaglioni and P. Navr'atil, Phys. Lett. B 652, 370 (2007). [4] S. Quaglioni and P. Navr'atil, arXiv:0712.0855.

  12. Ab Initio Calculations of Co Shielding in Model Complexes

    Elaine A. Moore

    2002-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract: Recent ab initio calculations of cobalt NMR shielding show that DFT-GIAO calculations using hybrid functionals are found to reproduce experimental values well. This method is used to calculate the variation of the cobalt NMR shielding tensor of sqaure pyramidal nitrosyl complexes with respect to the CoNO geometry and to differing basal ligands. The isotropic shielding is shown to have a large negative derivative with respect to CoX distance where X is a ligating atom.; the derivative with respect to NO distance is smaller but still significant. The zz component where z is along the CoN(NO bond is more sensitive to the basal ligands but the other two principal components are sensitive to the CoNO geometry.

  13. Exploring the speed and performance of molecular replacement with AMPLE using QUARK ab initio protein models

    Keegan, Ronan M. [STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot OX11 0FA (United Kingdom); Bibby, Jaclyn; Thomas, Jens [University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 7ZB (United Kingdom); Xu, Dong [Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, 10901 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037 (United States); Zhang, Yang [University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (United States); Mayans, Olga [University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 7ZB (United Kingdom); Winn, Martyn D. [Science and Technology Facilities Council Daresbury Laboratory, Warrington WA4 4AD (United Kingdom); Rigden, Daniel J., E-mail: drigden@liv.ac.uk [University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 7ZB (United Kingdom); STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot OX11 0FA (United Kingdom)

    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.

  14. Ab initio calculations of phosphorus and arsenic clustering parameters for the improvement of process simulation models

    Sahli, Beat [Integrated Systems Laboratory, ETH Zurich, Gloriastrasse 35, 8092 Zurich (Switzerland)], E-mail: sahli@iis.ee.ethz.ch; Vollenweider, Kilian [Integrated Systems Laboratory, ETH Zurich, Gloriastrasse 35, 8092 Zurich (Switzerland); Zographos, Nikolas; Zechner, Christoph [Synopsys Switzerland LLC, Affolternstrasse 52, 8050 Zurich (Switzerland)

    2008-12-05

    We present the results of extensive ab initio simulations for phosphorus clusters, arsenic clusters and mixed phosphorus/arsenic clusters in silicon. The specific defects and the parameters that are investigated are selected according to the needs of state-of-the-art diffusion and activation models, taking into account the availability of experimental data, the capabilities of current ab initio methods and the requirements for advanced technology development. The calculated binding energies are used to determine a good starting point for the calibration of a new clustering model implemented in an atomistic process simulator. The defect species V, I, P, PV, PI, As, AsV, AsI and clusters containing up to four dopant atoms and up to one V or I are considered in all relevant charge states. The ab initio results are discussed as well as the challenges arising in the transfer of this information into the process simulation model.

  15. Ab initio charge-carrier mobility model for amorphous molecular semiconductors

    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.

  16. Ductility improvement of Mg alloys by solid solution: Ab initio modeling, synthesis and mechanical properties

    Sandlöbes, S.; Pei, Z.; Friák, Martin; Zhu, L.-F.; Wang, F.; Zaefferer, S.; Raabe, D.; Neugebauer, J.

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 70, MAY (2014), s. 92-104. ISSN 1359-6454 Grant ostatní: GA MŠk(CZ) LM2010005 Institutional support: RVO:68081723 Keywords : Magnesium * Rare-earth elements * Ductility * Modeling * Ab initio Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 4.465, year: 2014

  17. Modelling of nuclear glasses by classical and ab initio molecular dynamics; Modelisation de verres intervenant dans le conditionnement des dechets radioactifs par dynamiques moleculaires classique et ab initio

    Ganster, P

    2004-10-15

    A calcium aluminosilicate glass of molar composition 67 % SiO{sub 2} - 12 % Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} - 21 % CaO was modelled by classical and ab initio molecular dynamics. The size effect study in classical MD shows that the systems of 100 atoms are more ordered than the larger ones. These effects are mainly due to the 3-body terms in the empirical potentials. Nevertheless, these effects are small and the structures generated are in agreement with experimental data. In such kind of glass, we denote an aluminium avoidance and an excess of non bridging oxygens which can be compensated by tri coordinated oxygens. When the dynamics of systems of 100 and 200 atoms is followed by ab initio MD, some local arrangements occurs (bond length, angular distributions). Thus, more realistic vibrational properties are obtained in ab initio MD. The modelling of thin films shows that aluminium atoms extend to the most external part of the surface and they are all tri-coordinated. Calcium atoms are set in the sub layer part of the surface and they produce a depolymerization of the network. In classical MD, tri-coordinated aluminium atoms produce an important electric field above the surface. With non bridging oxygens, they constitute attractive sites for single water molecules. (author)

  18. Raman spectroscopy, ab-initio model calculations, and conformational, equilibria in ionic liquids

    Berg, Rolf W.

    hoped that the structural resolving power of Raman spectroscopy will be appreciated by the reader, when used on crystals of known conformation and on the corresponding liquids, especially in combination with modern quantum mechanics calculations. It is hoped that these inetrdisciplinary methods will be...... spectroscopy and ab-initio molecular orbital calculations. A discussion is given, based mainly on some recent FT- Raman spectroscopic results on the model ionic liquid system of 1-butyl-3-methyl-imidazolium ([C4C1Im]+X-) salts. The rotational isomerism of the [C4C1Im]+ cation is described: the presence of anti...... instrumentation ...... 311 12.3 Brief introduction to ab-initio model calculations .... 312 12.4 Case study on Raman spectroscopy and structure of imidazolium-based ionic liquids ..... 312 12.5 Raman spectra and structure of [C4C1Im]+ liquids ..... 315 12.6 Normal mode analysis and rotational isomerism of the [C4...

  19. Ab initio modelling of the behaviour of point defects and fission products in nuclear fuel

    The aim of this work is to determine precisely the mechanisms of formation and migration of defects and fission products as well as the associated energies. Examples on uranium dioxide UO2 (standard nuclear fuel) and on uranium carbide UC (potential fuel for new generation reactors) are given. The obtained results are discussed and compared with the experimental results carried out. The ab initio method used is the Projector Augmented-Wave (PAW) method based on the density functional theory. The particular electronic properties of actinides are especially studied because, on account of their 5f orbitals more or less localized around the nucleus, it is difficult to model the actinide compounds by the DFT method. In particular, the modelling of the exchange-correlation interaction of the 5f electrons of UO2 requires approximations (as GGA+U) beyond those more currently used in ab initio calculations (LDA or GGA). (O.M.)

  20. Ab initio excited states calculations of Kr3+, probing semi-empirical modelling

    Milko, Petr; Kalus, R.; Paidarová, Ivana; Hrušák, Jan; Gadéa, F. X.

    -, 23 June (2009), s. 25. ISSN 1432-2234 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA100400501 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40400503 Keywords : cluster modelling * rare gas ions * ab initio potential energie * evaporation energies Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry http://www.springerlink.com/content/100493/?Content+Status=Accepted&sort=p_OnlineDate&sortorder=desc&v=condensed&o=20

  1. Ab Initio No-Core Shell Model Calculations Using Realistic Two- and Three-Body Interactions

    Navratil, P; Ormand, W E; Forssen, C; Caurier, E

    2004-11-30

    There has been significant progress in the ab initio approaches to the structure of light nuclei. One such method is the ab initio no-core shell model (NCSM). Starting from realistic two- and three-nucleon interactions this method can predict low-lying levels in p-shell nuclei. In this contribution, we present a brief overview of the NCSM with examples of recent applications. We highlight our study of the parity inversion in {sup 11}Be, for which calculations were performed in basis spaces up to 9{Dirac_h}{Omega} (dimensions reaching 7 x 10{sup 8}). We also present our latest results for the p-shell nuclei using the Tucson-Melbourne TM three-nucleon interaction with several proposed parameter sets.

  2. Iron -chromium alloys and free surfaces: from ab initio calculations to thermodynamic modeling

    Ferritic steels possibly strengthened by oxide dispersion are candidates as structural materials for generation IV and fusion nuclear reactors. Their use is limited by incomplete knowledge of the iron-chromium phase diagram at low temperatures and of the phenomena inducing preferential segregation of one element at grain boundaries or at surfaces. In this context, this work contributes to the multi-scale study of the model iron-chromium alloy and their free surfaces by numerical simulations. This study begins with ab initio calculations of properties related to the mixture of atoms of iron and chromium. We highlight complex dependency of the magnetic moments of the chromium atoms on their local chemical environment. Surface properties are also proving sensitive to magnetism. This is the case of impurity segregation of chromium in iron and of their interactions near the surface. In a second step, we construct a simple energy model for high numerical efficiency. It is based on pair interactions on a rigid lattice to which are given local chemical environment and temperature dependencies. With this model, we reproduce the ab initio results at zero temperature and experimental results at high temperature. We also deduce the solubility limits at all intermediate temperatures with mean field approximations that we compare to Monte Carlo simulations. The last step of our work is to introduce free surfaces in our model. We then study the effect of ab initio calculated bulk and surface properties on surface segregation.Finally, we calculate segregation isotherms. We therefore propose an evolution model of surface composition of iron-chromium alloys as a function of bulk composition. which are given local chemical environment and temperature dependencies. With this model, we reproduce the ab initio results at zero temperature and experimental results at high temperature. We also deduce the solubility limits at all intermediate temperatures with mean field approximations that

  3. Theoretical study of silicon carbide under irradiation at the nano scale: classical and ab initio modelling

    The behaviour of silicon carbide under irradiation has been studied using classical and ab initio simulations, focusing on the nano scale elementary processes. First, we have been interested in the calculation of threshold displacement energies, which are difficult to determine both experimentally and theoretically, and also the associated Frenkel pairs. In the framework of this thesis, we have carried out simulations in classical and ab initio molecular dynamics. For the classical approach, two types of potentials have been used: the Tersoff potential, which led to non satisfactory results, and a new one which has been developed during this thesis. This potential allows a better modelling of SiC under irradiation than most of the empirical potentials available for SiC. It is based on the EDIP potential, initially developed to describe defects in silicon, that we have generalized to SiC. For the ab initio approach, the feasibility of the calculations has been validated and average energies of 19 eV for the C and 38 eV for the Si sublattices have been determined, close to the values empirically used in the fusion community. The results obtained with the new potential EDIP are globally in agreement with those values. Finally, the elementary processes involved in the crystal recovery have been studied by calculating the stability of the created Frenkel pairs and determining possible recombination mechanisms with the nudged elastic band method. (author)

  4. Quantitative Comparison of a New Ab Initio Micrometeor Ablation Model with an Observationally Verifiable Standard Model

    Meisel, David D.; Szasz, Csilla; Kero, Johan

    2008-06-01

    The Arecibo UHF radar is able to detect the head-echos of micron-sized meteoroids up to velocities of 75 km/s over a height range of 80 140 km. Because of their small size there are many uncertainties involved in calculating their above atmosphere properties as needed for orbit determination. An ab initio model of meteor ablation has been devised that should work over the mass range 10-16 kg to 10-7 kg, but the faint end of this range cannot be observed by any other method and so direct verification is not possible. On the other hand, the EISCAT UHF radar system detects micrometeors in the high mass part of this range and its observations can be fit to a “standard” ablation model and calibrated to optical observations (Szasz et al. 2007). In this paper, we present a preliminary comparison of the two models, one observationally confirmable. Among the features of the ab initio model that are different from the “standard” model are: (1) uses the experimentally based low pressure vaporization theory of O’Hanlon (A users’s guide to vacuum technology, 2003) for ablation, (2) uses velocity dependent functions fit from experimental data on heat transfer, luminosity and ionization efficiencies measured by Friichtenicht and Becker (NASA Special Publication 319: 53, 1973) for micron sized particles, (3) assumes a density and temperature dependence of the micrometeoroids and ablation product specific heats, (4) assumes a density and size dependent value for the thermal emissivity and (5) uses a unified synthesis of experimental data for the most important meteoroid elements and their oxides through least square fits (as functions of temperature, density, and/or melting point) of the tables of thermodynamic parameters given in Weast (CRC Handbook of Physics and Chemistry, 1984), Gray (American Institute of Physics Handbook, 1972), and Cox (Allen’s Astrophysical Quantities 2000). This utilization of mostly experimentally determined data is the main reason for

  5. Ab initio calculations and modelling of atomic cluster structure

    Solov'yov, Ilia; Lyalin, Andrey G.; Solov'yov, Andrey V.;

    2004-01-01

    framework for modelling the fusion process of noble gas clusters is presented. We report the striking correspondence of the peaks in the experimentally measured abundance mass spectra with the peaks in the size-dependence of the second derivative of the binding energy per atom calculated for the chain...

  6. Monte Carlo shell model for ab initio nuclear structure

    The Monte Carlo Shell Model (MCSM) has been developed mainly for conventional shell-model calculations with an assumed inert core. Recently the algorithm and code itself have been heavily revised and rewritten so as to accommodate massively parallel computing environments. Now we can apply the MCSM not only to conventional shell-model calculations but also to no-core calculations. The MCSM approach proceeds through a sequence of diagonalization steps within the Hilbert subspace spanned by the deformed Slater determinants in the HO single-particle basis. Importance truncated bases are stochastically sampled so as to minimize the energy variationally. By increasing the number of importance-truncated basis, the computed energy converges from above to the exact value and gives the variational upper bound. In benchmark calculations, there is a good agreement in p-shell nuclei between the results of the MCSM and of the FCI (Full Configuration Interaction) method. The N(shell)=5 results reveal the onset of systematic convergence pattern. Further work is needed to investigate the extrapolation to the infinite basis space in the N(shell) truncation

  7. Ab initio electronic transport model with explicit solution to the linearized Boltzmann transport equation

    Faghaninia, Alireza; Ager, Joel W.; Lo, Cynthia S.

    2015-06-01

    Accurate models of carrier transport are essential for describing the electronic properties of semiconductor materials. To the best of our knowledge, the current models following the framework of the Boltzmann transport equation (BTE) either rely heavily on experimental data (i.e., semiempirical), or utilize simplifying assumptions, such as the constant relaxation time approximation (BTE-cRTA). While these models offer valuable physical insights and accurate calculations of transport properties in some cases, they often lack sufficient accuracy—particularly in capturing the correct trends with temperature and carrier concentration. We present here a transport model for calculating low-field electrical drift mobility and Seebeck coefficient of n -type semiconductors, by explicitly considering relevant physical phenomena (i.e., elastic and inelastic scattering mechanisms). We first rewrite expressions for the rates of elastic scattering mechanisms, in terms of ab initio properties, such as the band structure, density of states, and polar optical phonon frequency. We then solve the linear BTE to obtain the perturbation to the electron distribution—resulting from the dominant scattering mechanisms—and use this to calculate the overall mobility and Seebeck coefficient. Therefore, we have developed an ab initio model for calculating mobility and Seebeck coefficient using the Boltzmann transport (aMoBT) equation. Using aMoBT, we accurately calculate electrical transport properties of the compound n -type semiconductors, GaAs and InN, over various ranges of temperature and carrier concentration. aMoBT is fully predictive and provides high accuracy when compared to experimental measurements on both GaAs and InN, and vastly outperforms both semiempirical models and the BTE-cRTA. Therefore, we assert that this approach represents a first step towards a fully ab initio carrier transport model that is valid in all compound semiconductors.

  8. Ab initio modeling of 2D layered organohalide lead perovskites

    Fraccarollo, Alberto; Cantatore, Valentina; Boschetto, Gabriele; Marchese, Leonardo; Cossi, Maurizio

    2016-04-01

    A number of 2D layered perovskites A2PbI4 and BPbI4, with A and B mono- and divalent ammonium and imidazolium cations, have been modeled with different theoretical methods. The periodic structures have been optimized (both in monoclinic and in triclinic systems, corresponding to eclipsed and staggered arrangements of the inorganic layers) at the DFT level, with hybrid functionals, Gaussian-type orbitals and dispersion energy corrections. With the same methods, the various contributions to the solid stabilization energy have been discussed, separating electrostatic and dispersion energies, organic-organic intralayer interactions and H-bonding effects, when applicable. Then the electronic band gaps have been computed with plane waves, at the DFT level with scalar and full relativistic potentials, and including the correlation energy through the GW approximation. Spin orbit coupling and GW effects have been combined in an additive scheme, validated by comparing the computed gap with well known experimental and theoretical results for a model system. Finally, various contributions to the computed band gaps have been discussed on some of the studied systems, by varying some geometrical parameters and by substituting one cation in another's place.

  9. Pressure dependence of magnetic coupling in ionic solids from ab initio cluster model calculations

    Casanovas, Jordi; Illas, Francesc

    1994-11-01

    The dependence of the magnetic coupling constant, J, with the pressure has been studied by an ab initio cluster model approach in a typical ionic solid such as KNiF3. By computing J at different values of the lattice parameter R, we predict a power law of the form ‖J‖≊R-n with 10.5model described by a complete active space configuration interaction wave function in which the active orbitals correspond to the open shell of each Ni2+ cation.

  10. Realistic modelling of water/solid interfaces from ab Initio molecular dynamics

    Tocci, G.

    2014-01-01

    Water/solid interfaces are of utmost importance to a number of technological processes. Theoretical studies, based on ab initio approaches are suitable to unveil processes occurring at water/solid interfaces and can therefore be instrumental to delineate guidelines to improve the efficiency of these processes. In this thesis we study several systems of current interest using ab initio methods based on density functional theory (DFT). By going often beyond the use of standard DFT methods and a...

  11. Large basis ab initio shell model investigation of 9-Be and 11-Be

    Forssén, C; Ormand, W E; Caurier, E

    2004-01-01

    We are presenting the first ab initio structure investigation of the loosely bound 11-Be nucleus, together with a study of the lighter isotope 9-Be. The nuclear structure of these isotopes is particularly interesting due to the appearance of a parity-inverted ground state in 11-Be. Our study is performed in the framework of the ab initio no-core shell model. Results obtained using four different, high-precision two-nucleon interactions, in model spaces up to 9\\hbar\\Omega, are shown. For both nuclei, and all potentials, we reach convergence in the level ordering of positive- and negative-parity spectra separately. Concerning their relative position, the positive-parity states are always too high in excitation energy, but a fast drop with respect to the negative-parity spectrum is observed when the model space is increased. This behavior is most dramatic for 11-Be. In the largest model space we were able to reach, the 1/2+ level has dropped down to become either the first or the second excited state, depending ...

  12. Voltage-dependent parameter extraction for graphene nanoribbon interconnect model through ab initio approach

    This paper presents electrical parameter extraction for metallic graphene nanoribbon (GNR) interconnects utilizing ab initio approach. Unlike the studies taking the kinetic inductance, quantum capacitance and Fermi velocity as constant values, voltage-dependencies of these parameters are obtained for GNR transmission line model. The variations of the kinetic energy and the current by the applied voltage are taken as bases for voltage-dependent kinetic inductance calculation. Quantum capacitance and the Fermi velocity are also computed from the kinetic inductance variation. It is concluded that voltage-dependencies of the kinetic inductance and the quantum capacitance have to be taken into account for accurate GNR modelling in nanoelectronic design. - Highlights: • Metallic graphene nanoribbon interconnects are studied using ab initio approach. • Variations of the kinetic inductance (LK) and the current are obtained. • Voltage-dependency of the kinetic inductance is extracted. • The variations of quantum capacitance (CQ) and Fermi velocity are calculated. • LK and CQ change by 34% in the voltage range of 0–1 V

  13. Ab initio modeling of plasticity in HCP metals: pure zirconium and titanium and effect of oxygen

    We performed atomistic simulations to determine screw dislocations properties in pure zirconium and titanium and to explain the hardening effect attributed to oxygen alloying in both hexagonal close-packed transition metals. We used two energetic models: ab initio calculations based on the density functional theory and calculations with an empirical potential. The complete energetic profile of the screw dislocation when gliding in the different slip planes is obtained in pure Zr. Our calculations reveal the existence of a metastable configuration of the screw dislocation partially spread in the first order pyramidal plane. This configuration is responsible for the cross slip of screw dislocations from prismatic planes, the easiest glide planes, to pyramidal or basal planes. This energy profile is affected by oxygen addition. Ab initio calculations reveal two main effects: oxygen enhances pyramidal cross slip by modifying the dislocation core structure, and pins the dislocation in its metastable sessile configuration. The same modeling approach is applied to titanium. In pure Ti, the same configurations of the screw dislocation in Zr are obtained, but with different energy levels. This leads to a different gliding mechanism. The same way as in Zr, oxygen enhances pyramidal glide in Ti by modifying the dislocation core structure. Besides, oxygen atom lowers the energy of the metastable configuration but not enough to pin the dislocation in this sessile configuration. (author)

  14. Voltage-dependent parameter extraction for graphene nanoribbon interconnect model through ab initio approach

    Yamacli, Serhan, E-mail: syamacli@nny.edu.tr

    2014-07-01

    This paper presents electrical parameter extraction for metallic graphene nanoribbon (GNR) interconnects utilizing ab initio approach. Unlike the studies taking the kinetic inductance, quantum capacitance and Fermi velocity as constant values, voltage-dependencies of these parameters are obtained for GNR transmission line model. The variations of the kinetic energy and the current by the applied voltage are taken as bases for voltage-dependent kinetic inductance calculation. Quantum capacitance and the Fermi velocity are also computed from the kinetic inductance variation. It is concluded that voltage-dependencies of the kinetic inductance and the quantum capacitance have to be taken into account for accurate GNR modelling in nanoelectronic design. - Highlights: • Metallic graphene nanoribbon interconnects are studied using ab initio approach. • Variations of the kinetic inductance (L{sub K}) and the current are obtained. • Voltage-dependency of the kinetic inductance is extracted. • The variations of quantum capacitance (C{sub Q}) and Fermi velocity are calculated. • L{sub K} and C{sub Q} change by 34% in the voltage range of 0–1 V.

  15. A set of molecular models based on quantum mechanical ab initio calculations and thermodynamic data

    Eckl, Bernhard; Hasse, Hans

    2009-01-01

    A parameterization strategy for molecular models on the basis of force fields is proposed, which allows a rapid development of models for small molecules by using results from quantum mechanical (QM) ab initio calculations and thermodynamic data. The geometry of the molecular models is specified according to the atom positions determined by QM energy minimization. The electrostatic interactions are modeled by reducing the electron density distribution to point dipoles and point quadrupoles located in the center of mass of the molecules. Dispersive and repulsive interactions are described by Lennard-Jones sites, for which the parameters are iteratively optimized to experimental vapor-liquid equilibrium (VLE) data, i.e. vapor pressure, saturated liquid density, and enthalpy of vaporization of the considered substance. The proposed modeling strategy was applied to a sample set of ten molecules from different substance classes. New molecular models are presented for iso-butane, cyclohexane, formaldehyde, dimethyl...

  16. An ab initio cluster model study of the magnetic coupling in KNiF3

    Casanovas, Jordi; Illas, Francesc

    1994-06-01

    Cluster models of increasing complexity have been used to model magnetic interactions in KNiF3. These clusters contain two or four magnetic centers plus the bridge F- anions and different representations of the remaining of the crystal. The magnetic coupling constant has been obtained by computing ab initio wave functions for different spin states. These wave functions explicitly include internal and external correlation effects. Several sets of Gaussian functions have been tested and many sets of molecular orbitals have been considered in order to study the physical origin of magnetism in KNiF3. The calculated magnetic coupling constant differs from model to model but shows a fairly good convergence to the experimental result. The use of different cluster models permits to separate the magnetic coupling constant in several contributions. These are the delocalization of magnetic orbitals, the external correlation, and the collective effects normally hidden in the two body operator of the Heisenberg Hamiltonian.

  17. Unrestricted compact model potentials for ab initio embedded cluster calculations: Magnetic interactions in KNiF3

    Mejías, J. A.; Sanz, Javier Fernández

    1995-01-01

    Compact model potentials to introduce the effect of spin-dependent environments in ab initio embedded cluster calculations are reported. The groups forming the environment are described by unrestricted Hartree-Fock wave functions. The method is tested for the magnetic description of KNiF3 by using different model clusters. The cluster calculations are done at the unrestricted Hartree-Fock and unrestricted second-order perturbation levels. The obtained values are in excellent agreement with other more sophisticated ab initio calculations if some Ni-F delocalization is allowed. How the superexchange interaction is accounted for in our method is also discussed.

  18. Minimal parameter implicit solvent model for ab initio electronic structure calculations

    Dziedzic, Jacek; Skylaris, Chris-Kriton; Mostofi, Arash A; Payne, Mike C

    2011-01-01

    We present an implicit solvent model for ab initio electronic structure calculations which is fully self-consistent and is based on direct solution of the nonhomogeneous Poisson equation. The solute cavity is naturally defined in terms of an isosurface of the electronic density according to the formula of Fattebert and Gygi (J. Comp. Chem. 23, 6 (2002)). While this model depends on only two parameters, we demonstrate that by using appropriate boundary conditions and dispersion-repulsion contributions, solvation energies obtained for an extensive test set including neutral and charged molecules show dramatic improvement compared to existing models. Our approach is implemented in, but not restricted to, a linear-scaling density functional theory (DFT) framework, opening the path for self-consistent implicit solvent DFT calculations on systems of unprecedented size, which we demonstrate with calculations on a 2615-atom protein-ligand complex.

  19. Ab initio no core full configuration approach for light nuclei

    Kim, Youngman; Shin, Ik Jae; Maris, Pieter; Vary, James P.; Forssén, Christian; Rotureau, Jimmy

    2015-10-01

    Comprehensive understanding of the structure and reactions of light nuclei poses theoretical and computational challenges. Still, a number of ab initio approaches have been developed to calculate the properties of atomic nuclei using fundamental interactions among nucleons. Among them, we work with the ab initio no core full configuration (NCFC) method and ab initio no core Gamow Shell Model (GSM). We first review these approaches and present some recent results.

  20. Structure models: From shell model to ab initio methods. A brief introduction to microscopic theories for exotic nuclei

    Bacca, Sonia

    2016-04-01

    A brief review of models to describe nuclear structure and reactions properties is presented, starting from the historical shell model picture and encompassing modern ab initio approaches. A selection of recent theoretical results on observables for exotic light and medium-mass nuclei is shown. Emphasis is given to the comparison with experiment and to what can be learned about three-body forces and continuum properties.

  1. Large basis ab initio shell model investigation of 9Be and 11Be

    Forssen, C; Navratil, P; Ormand, W E; Caurier, E

    2004-11-19

    We are presenting the first ab initio structure investigation of the loosely bound {sup 11}Be nucleus, together with a study of the lighter isotope {sup 9}Be. The nuclear structure of these isotopes is particularly interesting due to the appearance of a parity-inverted ground state in {sup 11}Be. Our study is performed in the framework of the ab initio no-core shell model. Results obtained using four different, high-precision two-nucleon interactions, in model spaces up to 9{h_bar}{Omega}, are shown. For both nuclei, and all potentials, we reach convergence in the level ordering of positive- and negative-parity spectra separately. Concerning their relative position, the positive-parity states are always too high in excitation energy, but a fast drop with respect to the negative-parity spectrum is observed when the model space is increased. This behavior is most dramatic for {sup 11}Be. In the largest model space we were able to reach, the 1/2{sup +} level has dropped down to become either the first or the second excited state, depending on which interaction we use. We also observe a contrasting behavior in the convergence patterns for different two-nucleon potentials, and argue that a three-nucleon interaction is needed to explain the parity inversion. Furthermore, large-basis calculations of {sup 13}C and {sup 11}B are performed. This allows us to study the systematics of the position of the first unnatural-parity state in the N = 7 isotone and the A = 11 isobar. The {sup 11}B run in the 9{h_bar}{Omega} model space involves a matrix with dimension exceeding 1.1 x 10{sup 9}, and is our largest calculation so far. We present results on binding energies, excitation spectra, level configurations, radii, electromagnetic observables, and {sup 10}Be + n overlap functions.

  2. Tunneling of electrons via rotor-stator molecular interfaces: combined ab initio and model study

    Petreska, Irina; Pejov, Ljupco; Kocarev, Ljupco

    2015-01-01

    Tunneling of electrons through rotor-stator anthracene aldehyde molecular interfaces is studied with a combined ab initio and model approach. Molecular electronic structure calculated from first principles is utilized to model different shapes of tunneling barriers. Together with a rectangular barrier, we also consider a sinusoidal shape that captures the effects of the molecular internal structure more realistically. Quasiclassical approach with the Simmons' formula for current density is implemented. Special attention is paid on conformational dependence of the tunneling current. Our results confirm that the presence of the side aldehyde group enhances the interesting electronic properties of the pure anthracene molecule, making it a bistable system with geometry dependent transport properties. We also investigate the transition voltage and we show that confirmation dependent field emission could be observed in these molecular interfaces at realistically low voltages. The present study accompanies our previ...

  3. Raman Spectroscopy and Ab-Initio Model Calculations on Ionic Liquids

    Berg, Rolf W.

    2007-01-01

    A review of the recent developments in the study and understanding of room temperature ionic liquids are given. An intimate picture of how and why these liquids are not crystals at ambient conditions is attempted, based on evidence from crystallographical results combined with vibrational...... spectroscopy and ab-initio molecular orbital calculations. A discussion is given, based mainly on some recent FT-Raman spectroscopic results on the model ionic liquid system of 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium ([C4mim][X]) salts. The rotational isomerism of the [C4mim]þ cation is described: the presence of anti and...... gauche conformers that has been elucidated in remarkable papers by Hamaguchi et al. Such presence of a conformational equilibrium seems to be a general feature of the room temperature liquids. Then the ‘‘localized structure features’’ that apparently exist in ionic liquids are described. It is hoped that...

  4. Ab initio modelling of the behaviour of helium in americium and plutonium oxides

    By means of an ab initio plane wave pseudo potential method, plutonium dioxide and americium dioxide are modelled, and the behaviour of helium in both these materials is studied. We first show that a pseudo potential approach in the Generalized Gradient Approximation (GGA) can satisfactorily describe the cohesive properties of PuO2 and AmO2. We then calculate the formation energies of point defects (vacancies and interstitials), as well as the incorporation and solution energies of helium in PuO2 and AmO2. The results are discussed according to the incorporation site of the gas atom in the lattice and to the stoichiometry of PuO2±x and AmO2±x. (authors)

  5. Modeling and Ab initio Calculations of Thermal Transport in Si-Based Clathrates and Solar Perovskites

    He, Yuping

    2015-03-01

    We present calculations of the thermal transport coefficients of Si-based clathrates and solar perovskites, as obtained from ab initio calculations and models, where all input parameters derived from first principles. We elucidated the physical mechanisms responsible for the measured low thermal conductivity in Si-based clatherates and predicted their electronic properties and mobilities, which were later confirmed experimentally. We also predicted that by appropriately tuning the carrier concentration, the thermoelectric figure of merit of Sn and Pb based perovskites may reach values ranging between 1 and 2, which could possibly be further increased by optimizing the lattice thermal conductivity through engineering perovskite superlattices. Work done in collaboration with Prof. G. Galli, and supported by DOE/BES Grant No. DE-FG0206ER46262.

  6. Ab-initio modeling of an anion $C_{60}^-$ pseudopotential for fullerene-based compounds

    Vrubel, I I; Ivanov, V K

    2015-01-01

    A pseudopotential of $C_{60}^-$ has been constructed from ab-initio quantum-mechanical calculations. Since the obtained pseudopotential can be easily fitted by rather simple analytical approximation it can be effectively used both in classical and quantum molecular dynamics of fullerene-based compounds.

  7. Multi-scale modeling of materials: from ab-initio calculations to kinetic simulations; Modelisation multiechelle des materiaux de l'ab-initio a la cinetique

    Willaime, F. [Division de l' energie nucleaire, CEA Centre de Saclay, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Deutsch, T.; Pochet, P. [INAC, Direction des sciences de la matiere, CEA Centre de Grenoble, 38054 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France)

    2010-07-01

    Ab-initio calculation methods, for the purposes of computing electronic structures, have made it possible, since the early nineties, to simulate the properties of perfect crystalline materials (materials free of any defect). By improving such methods, and with the increasing power of supercomputers, it has now become feasible to simulate the properties of elementary defects, which may seldom be accessed directly through experiments. This has opened up a vast, fruitful field of multi-scale simulations, where such data yield the basis for realistic simulations of the kinetics of materials evolution. The kinetic Monte-Carlo method thus provides the means to model phenomena acting at the scale of a second, or even of a year. In the issue of self-diffusion in silicon, multi-scale simulation has been successful in predicting an asymmetrical behaviour: a speeding up of vacancy diffusion under compression and a tailing off under tension, and conversely, a speeding up of interstitial diffusion under tension and a falling off under compression. Multi-scale modeling has also been successful in simulating irradiation defects in iron. (A.C.)

  8. JUPITER MODELS WITH IMPROVED AB INITIO HYDROGEN EQUATION OF STATE (H-REOS.2)

    The amount and distribution of heavy elements in Jupiter gives indications on the process of its formation and evolution. Core mass and metallicity predictions, however, depend on the equations of state (EOSs) used and on model assumptions. We present an improved ab initio hydrogen EOS, H-REOS.2, and compute the internal structure and thermal evolution of Jupiter within the standard three-layer approach. The advance over our previous Jupiter models with H-REOS.1 by Nettelmann et al. is that the new models are also consistent with the observed ∼> 2 times solar heavy element abundances in Jupiter's atmosphere. Such models have a rock core mass Mc = 0-8 M⊕, total mass of heavy elements MZ = 28-32 M⊕, a deep internal layer boundary at ≥4 Mbar, and a cooling time of 4.4-5.0 Gyr when assuming homogeneous evolution. We also calculate two-layer models in the manner of Militzer et al. and find a comparable large core of 16-21 M⊕, out of which ∼11 M⊕ is helium, but a significantly higher envelope metallicity of 4.5 times solar. According to our preferred three-layer models, neither the characteristic frequency (ν0 ∼ 156 μHz) nor the normalized moment of inertia (λ ∼0.276) is sensitive to the core mass but accurate measurements could well help to rule out some classes of models.

  9. Ab initio RNA folding

    RNA molecules are essential cellular machines performing a wide variety of functions for which a specific three-dimensional structure is required. Over the last several years, the experimental determination of RNA structures through x-ray crystallography and NMR seems to have reached a plateau in the number of structures resolved each year, but as more and more RNA sequences are being discovered, the need for structure prediction tools to complement experimental data is strong. Theoretical approaches to RNA folding have been developed since the late nineties, when the first algorithms for secondary structure prediction appeared. Over the last 10 years a number of prediction methods for 3D structures have been developed, first based on bioinformatics and data-mining, and more recently based on a coarse-grained physical representation of the systems. In this review we are going to present the challenges of RNA structure prediction and the main ideas behind bioinformatic approaches and physics-based approaches. We will focus on the description of the more recent physics-based phenomenological models and on how they are built to include the specificity of the interactions of RNA bases, whose role is critical in folding. Through examples from different models, we will point out the strengths of physics-based approaches, which are able not only to predict equilibrium structures, but also to investigate dynamical and thermodynamical behavior, and the open challenges to include more key interactions ruling RNA folding. (topical review)

  10. Ab initio RNA folding

    Cragnolini, Tristan; Derreumaux, Philippe; Pasquali, Samuela

    2015-06-01

    RNA molecules are essential cellular machines performing a wide variety of functions for which a specific three-dimensional structure is required. Over the last several years, the experimental determination of RNA structures through x-ray crystallography and NMR seems to have reached a plateau in the number of structures resolved each year, but as more and more RNA sequences are being discovered, the need for structure prediction tools to complement experimental data is strong. Theoretical approaches to RNA folding have been developed since the late nineties, when the first algorithms for secondary structure prediction appeared. Over the last 10 years a number of prediction methods for 3D structures have been developed, first based on bioinformatics and data-mining, and more recently based on a coarse-grained physical representation of the systems. In this review we are going to present the challenges of RNA structure prediction and the main ideas behind bioinformatic approaches and physics-based approaches. We will focus on the description of the more recent physics-based phenomenological models and on how they are built to include the specificity of the interactions of RNA bases, whose role is critical in folding. Through examples from different models, we will point out the strengths of physics-based approaches, which are able not only to predict equilibrium structures, but also to investigate dynamical and thermodynamical behavior, and the open challenges to include more key interactions ruling RNA folding.

  11. Matching a surface complexation model with ab initio molecular dynamics: montmorillonite case

    Speciation modelling of sorption on mineral-water interfaces is performed with help of surface complexation models (SCM), suitable for diluted suspensions that seem to reach adsorption equilibrium within laboratory times. Electrostatic SCMs need several input parameters even for a relatively simple oxide mineral surface. Moreover, the electrolyte ion adsorption constants in triple layer (TL) or basic Stern (BS) models depend on the inner layer capacitance density Cl, but clear physical understanding of this parameter is missing so far. SCMs can fit acidimetric or metal titration data well at quite different combinations of input parameters, and this fact casts doubt on any interpretation of fitted parameter values in terms of microscopic physicochemical mechanisms. The problem is even deeper in SCMs for clay minerals like montmorillonite having at least two surface types: the edges exposing different (aluminol and silanol) functional groups, and the basal siloxane planes with permanent charge and ion exchange. A feasible way to overcome the caveat of SCMs is seen nowadays in relying on crystallographic data and ab initio calculations to restrict the EDL setup, species stoichiometries, and input parameter values when constructing the adsorption model. The aim of this contribution is to discuss how recent advances in sample surface characterization an d in quantum-chemistry calculations for pyrophyllite can help in putting together a multi-site-surface electrostatic SCM for montmorillonite implemented in GEM approach. The quality of macroscopic model fits is checked against the titration data. (authors)

  12. Ab initio Stellar Astrophysics: Reliable Modeling of Cool White Dwarf Atmospheres

    Kowalski, Piotr M

    2010-01-01

    Over the last decade {\\it ab initio} modeling of material properties has become widespread in diverse fields of research. It has proved to be a powerful tool for predicting various properties of matter under extreme conditions. We apply modern computational chemistry and materials science methods, including density functional theory (DFT), to solve lingering problems in the modeling of the dense atmospheres of cool white dwarfs ($T_{\\rm eff}\\rm <7000 \\, K$). Our work on the revision and improvements of the absorption mechanisms in the hydrogen and helium dominated atmospheres resulted in a new set of atmosphere models. By inclusion of the Ly-$\\rm \\alpha$ red wing opacity we successfully fitted the entire spectral energy distributions of known cool DA stars. In the subsequent work we fitted the majority of the coolest stars with hydrogen-rich models. This finding challenges our understanding of the spectral evolution of cool white dwarfs. We discuss a few examples, including the cool companion to the pulsar...

  13. Modelling of carbohydrate–aromatic interactions: ab initio energetics and force field performance

    Spiwok, V.; Lipovová, P.; Skálová, Tereza; Vondráčková, Eva; Dohnálek, Jan; Hašek, Jindřich; Králová, B.

    2005-01-01

    Roč. 19, č. 12 (2005), s. 887-901. ISSN 0920-654X R&D Projects: GA ČR GA204/02/0843; GA AV ČR KJB500500512 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : ab initio * carbohydrate recognition * C-H/.pi. interactions Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 2.082, year: 2005

  14. Ab Initio Enhanced calphad Modeling of Actinide-Rich Nuclear Fuels

    The process of fuel recycling is central to the Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative (AFCI), where plutonium and the minor actinides (MA) Am, Np, and Cm are extracted from spent fuel and fabricated into new fuel for a fast reactor. Metallic alloys of U-Pu-Zr-MA are leading candidates for fast reactor fuels and are the current basis for fast spectrum metal fuels in a fully recycled closed fuel cycle. Safe and optimal use of these fuels will require knowledge of their multicomponent phase stability and thermodynamics (Gibbs free energies). In additional to their use as nuclear fuels, U-Pu-Zr-MA contain elements and alloy phases that pose fundamental questions about electronic structure and energetics at the forefront of modern many-body electron theory. This project will validate state-of-the-art electronic structure approaches for these alloys and use the resulting energetics to model U-Pu-Zr-MA phase stability. In order to keep the work scope practical, researchers will focus on only U-Pu-Zr-m), leaving Cm for later study. The overall objectives of this project are to: Provide a thermodynamic model for U-Pu-Zr-MA for improving and controlling reactor fuels; and, Develop and validate an ab initio approach for predicting actinide alloy energetics for thermodynamic modeling

  15. Ab Initio Enhanced calphad Modeling of Actinide-Rich Nuclear Fuels

    Morgan, Dane [Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (United States); Yang, Yong Austin [Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (United States)

    2013-10-28

    The process of fuel recycling is central to the Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative (AFCI), where plutonium and the minor actinides (MA) Am, Np, and Cm are extracted from spent fuel and fabricated into new fuel for a fast reactor. Metallic alloys of U-Pu-Zr-MA are leading candidates for fast reactor fuels and are the current basis for fast spectrum metal fuels in a fully recycled closed fuel cycle. Safe and optimal use of these fuels will require knowledge of their multicomponent phase stability and thermodynamics (Gibbs free energies). In additional to their use as nuclear fuels, U-Pu-Zr-MA contain elements and alloy phases that pose fundamental questions about electronic structure and energetics at the forefront of modern many-body electron theory. This project will validate state-of-the-art electronic structure approaches for these alloys and use the resulting energetics to model U-Pu-Zr-MA phase stability. In order to keep the work scope practical, researchers will focus on only U-Pu-Zr-{Np,Am}, leaving Cm for later study. The overall objectives of this project are to: Provide a thermodynamic model for U-Pu-Zr-MA for improving and controlling reactor fuels; and, Develop and validate an ab initio approach for predicting actinide alloy energetics for thermodynamic modeling.

  16. Pharmacological Classification and Activity Evaluation of Furan and Thiophene Amide Derivatives Applying Semi-Empirical ab initio Molecular Modeling Methods

    Leszek Bober; Tomasz Baczek; Piotr Kawczak

    2012-01-01

    Pharmacological and physicochemical classification of the furan and thiophene amide derivatives by multiple regression analysis and partial least square (PLS) based on semi-empirical ab initio molecular modeling studies and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) retention data is proposed. Structural parameters obtained from the PCM (Polarizable Continuum Model) method and the literature values of biological activity (antiproliferative for the A431 cells) expressed...

  17. Tunneling of electrons via rotor-stator molecular interfaces: Combined ab initio and model study

    Petreska, Irina; Ohanesjan, Vladimir; Pejov, Ljupčo; Kocarev, Ljupčo

    2016-07-01

    Tunneling of electrons through rotor-stator anthracene aldehyde molecular interfaces is studied with a combined ab initio and model approach. Molecular electronic structure calculated from first principles is utilized to model different shapes of tunneling barriers. Together with a rectangular barrier, we also consider a sinusoidal shape that captures the effects of the molecular internal structure more realistically. Quasiclassical approach with the Simmons' formula for current density is implemented. Special attention is paid on conformational dependence of the tunneling current. Our results confirm that the presence of the side aldehyde group enhances the interesting electronic properties of the pure anthracene molecule, making it a bistable system with geometry dependent transport properties. We also investigate the transition voltage and we show that conformation-dependent field emission could be observed in these molecular interfaces at realistically low voltages. The present study accompanies our previous work where we investigated the coherent transport via strongly coupled delocalized orbital by application of Non-equilibrium Green's Function Formalism.

  18. Ground and excited states of KNiF3: An ab initio cluster-model approach

    Casanovas, Jordi; Illas, Francesc

    1994-08-01

    Finite cluster models and a variety of ab initio wave functions have been used to study the electronic structure of bulk KNiF3. Several electronic states, including the ground state and some charge-transfer excited states, have been considered. The study of the cluster-model wave functions has permitted an understanding of the nature of the chemical bond in the electronic ground state. This is found to be highly ionic and the different ionic and covalent contributions to the bonding have been identified and quantified. Finally, we have studied the charge-transfer excited states leading to the optical gap and have found that calculated and experimental values are in good agreement. The wave functions corresponding to these excited states have also been analyzed and show that although KNiF3 may be described as a ligand-to-metal charge-transfer insulator there is a strong configuration mixing with the metal-to-metal charge-transfer states.

  19. A Simple ab Initio Model for the Hydrated Electron That Matches Experiment.

    Kumar, Anil; Walker, Jonathan A; Bartels, David M; Sevilla, Michael D

    2015-08-27

    Since its discovery over 50 years ago, the "structure" and properties of the hydrated electron have been a subject for wonderment and also fierce debate. In the present work we seriously explore a minimal model for the aqueous electron, consisting of a small water anion cluster embedded in a polarized continuum, using several levels of ab initio calculation and basis set. The minimum energy "zero Kelvin" structure found for any 4-water (or larger) anion cluster, at any post-Hartree–Fock theory level, is very similar to a recently reported embedded-DFT-in-classical-water-MD simulation (Uhlig, Marsalek, and Jungwirth, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2012, 3, 3071−3075), with four OH bonds oriented toward the maximum charge density in a small central "void". The minimum calculation with just four water molecules does a remarkably good job of reproducing the resonance Raman properties, the radius of gyration derived from the optical spectrum, the vertical detachment energy, and the hydration free energy. For the first time we also successfully calculate the EPR g-factor and (low temperature ice) hyperfine couplings. The simple tetrahedral anion cluster model conforms very well to experiment, suggesting it does in fact represent the dominant structural motif of the hydrated electron. PMID:26275103

  20. Beyond Born-Mayer: Improved models for short-range repulsion in ab initio force fields

    Van Vleet, Mary J; Stone, Anthony J; Schmidt, J R

    2016-01-01

    Short-range repulsion within inter-molecular force fields is conventionally described by either Lennard-Jones (${A}/{r^{12}}$) or Born-Mayer ($A\\exp(-Br)$) forms. Despite their widespread use, these simple functional forms are often unable to describe the interaction energy accurately over a broad range of inter-molecular distances, thus creating challenges in the development of ab initio force fields and potentially leading to decreased accuracy and transferability. Herein, we derive a novel short-range functional form based on a simple Slater-like model of overlapping atomic densities and an iterated stockholder atom (ISA) partitioning of the molecular electron density. We demonstrate that this Slater-ISA methodology yields a more accurate, transferable, and robust description of the short-range interactions at minimal additional computational cost compared to standard Lennard-Jones or Born-Mayer approaches. Finally, we show how this methodology can be adapted to yield the standard Born-Mayer functional for...

  1. Determination of a silane intermolecular force field potential model from an ab initio calculation

    Intermolecular interaction potentials of the silane dimer in 12 orientations have been calculated by using the Hartree-Fock (HF) self-consistent theory and the second-order Moeller-Plesset (MP2) perturbation theory. We employed basis sets from Pople's medium-size basis sets [up to 6-311++G(3df, 3pd)] and Dunning's correlation consistent basis sets (up to the triply augmented correlation-consistent polarized valence quadruple-zeta basis set). We found that the minimum energy orientations were the G and H conformers. We have suggested that the Si-H attractions, the central silicon atom size, and electronegativity play essential roles in weakly binding of a silane dimer. The calculated MP2 potential data were employed to parametrize a five-site force field for molecular simulations. The Si-Si, Si-H, and H-H interaction parameters in a pairwise-additive, site-site potential model for silane molecules were regressed from the ab initio energies.

  2. Ab-initio molecular modeling of interfaces in tantalum-carbon system

    Processing of ultrahigh temperature TaC ceramic material with sintering additives of B4C and reinforcement of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) gives rise to possible formation of several interfaces (Ta2C-TaC, TaC-CNT, Ta2C-CNT, TaB2-TaC, and TaB2-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-B4C and TaC-CNT composites. The energy of the various interfaces has been evaluated and compared with TaC-Ta2C 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 Ta2C and TaB2 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.

  3. Ab initio Based Modeling of Radiation Effects in Multi-Component Alloys: Final Scientific/Technical Report

    Dane Morgan

    2010-06-10

    The project began March 13, 2006, allocated for three years, and received a one year extension from March 13, 2009 to March 12, 2010. It has now completed 48 of 48 total months. The project was focused on using ab initio methods to gain insights into radiation induced segregation (RIS) in Ni-Fe-Cr alloys. The project had the following key accomplishments • Development of a large database of ab initio energetics that can be used by many researchers in the future for increased understanding of this system. For example, we have the first calculations showing a dramatic stabilization effect of Cr-Cr interstitial dumbbells in Ni. • Prediction of both vacancy and interstitial diffusion constants for Ni-Cr and Ni-Fe for dilute Cr and Fe. This work included generalization of widely used multifrequency models to make use of ab initio derived energetics and thermodynamics. • Prediction of qualitative trends of RIS from vacancy and interstitial mechanisms, suggesting the two types of defect fluxes drive Cr RIS in opposite directions. • Detailed kinetic Monte Carlo modeling of diffusion by vacancy mechanism in Ni-Cr as a function of Cr concentration. The results demonstrate that Cr content can have a significant effect on RIS. • Development of a quantitative RIS transport model, including models for thermodynamic factors and boundary conditions.

  4. Ab-Initio Molecular Dynamics

    Kühne, Thomas D

    2012-01-01

    Computer simulations and molecular dynamics in particular, is a very powerful method to provide detailed and essentially exact informations of classical many-body problems. With the advent of \\textit{ab-initio} molecular dynamics, where the forces are computed on-the-fly by accurate electronic structure calculations, the scope of either method has been greatly extended. This new approach, which unifies Newton's and Schr\\"odinger's equations, allows for complex simulations without relying on any adjustable parameter. This review is intended to outline the basic principles as well as a survey of the field. Beginning with the derivation of Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics, the Car-Parrinello method as well as novel hybrid scheme that unifies best of either approach are discussed. The predictive power is demonstrated by a series of applications ranging from insulators to semiconductors and even metals in condensed phases.

  5. Quantum calculations of the IR spectrum of liquid water using ab initio and model potential and dipole moment surfaces and comparison with experiment

    Liu, Hanchao; Wang, Yimin; Bowman, Joel M. [Cherry L. Emerson Center for Scientific Computation and Department of Chemistry, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia 30322 (United States)

    2015-05-21

    The calculation and characterization of the IR spectrum of liquid water have remained a challenge for theory. In this paper, we address this challenge using a combination of ab initio approaches, namely, a quantum treatment of IR spectrum using the ab initio WHBB water potential energy surface and a refined ab initio dipole moment surface. The quantum treatment is based on the embedded local monomer method, in which the three intramolecular modes of each embedded H{sub 2}O monomer are fully coupled and also coupled singly to each of six intermolecular modes. The new dipole moment surface consists of a previous spectroscopically accurate 1-body dipole moment surface and a newly fitted ab initio intrinsic 2-body dipole moment. A detailed analysis of the new dipole moment surface in terms of the coordinate dependence of the effective atomic charges is done along with tests of it for the water dimer and prism hexamer double-harmonic spectra against direct ab initio calculations. The liquid configurations are taken from previous molecular dynamics calculations of Skinner and co-workers, using the TIP4P plus E3B rigid monomer water potential. The IR spectrum of water at 300 K in the range of 0–4000 cm{sup −1} is calculated and compared with experiment, using the ab initio WHBB potential and new ab initio dipole moment, the q-TIP4P/F potential, which has a fixed-charged description of the dipole moment, and the TTM3-F potential and dipole moment surfaces. The newly calculated ab initio spectrum is in very good agreement with experiment throughout the above spectral range, both in band positions and intensities. This contrasts to results with the other potentials and dipole moments, especially the fixed-charge q-TIP4P/F model, which gives unrealistic intensities. The calculated ab initio spectrum is analyzed by examining the contribution of various transitions to each band.

  6. Ab initio modelling of the behaviour of point defects and fission products in nuclear fuel; Modelisation par le calcul ab initio du comportement des defauts ponctuels et des produits de fission dans le combustible nucleaire

    Freyss, M.; Dorado, B.; Durinck, J. [CEA Cadarache (DEN/DEC/SESC/LLCC), 13 - Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (France). Dept. d' Etudes des Combustibles

    2008-07-01

    The aim of this work is to determine precisely the mechanisms of formation and migration of defects and fission products as well as the associated energies. Examples on uranium dioxide UO{sub 2} (standard nuclear fuel) and on uranium carbide UC (potential fuel for new generation reactors) are given. The obtained results are discussed and compared with the experimental results carried out. The ab initio method used is the Projector Augmented-Wave (PAW) method based on the density functional theory. The particular electronic properties of actinides are especially studied because, on account of their 5f orbitals more or less localized around the nucleus, it is difficult to model the actinide compounds by the DFT method. In particular, the modelling of the exchange-correlation interaction of the 5f electrons of UO{sub 2} requires approximations (as GGA+U) beyond those more currently used in ab initio calculations (LDA or GGA). (O.M.)

  7. Chemical, spectroscopic, and ab initio modelling approach to interfacial reactivity applied to anion retention by siderite

    Among the many radionuclides contained in high-level nuclear waste, 79Se was identified as a potential threat to the safety of long term underground storage. However, siderite (FeCO3) is known to form upon corrosion of the waste container, and the impact of this mineral on the fate of selenium was not accounted for. In this work, the interactions between selenium oxyanions - selenate and selenite - and siderite were investigated. To this end, both experimental characterizations (solution chemistry, X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy - XAS) and theoretical studies (ab initio modelling using Density Functional Theory - DFT ) were performed. Selenite and selenate (≤ 103 M) retention experiments by siderite suspensions (75 g/L ) at neutral pH in reducing glovebox (5 % H2) showed that selenite is quantitatively immobilized by siderite after 48 h of reaction time, when selenate is only partly immobilized after 10 days. In the selenite case, XAS showed that immobilized selenium is initially present as Se(IV) probably sorbed on siderite surface. After 10 days of reaction, selenite ions are quantitatively reduced and form poorly crystalline elementary selenium. Selenite retention and reduction kinetics are therefore distinct. On the other hand, the fraction of immobilized selenate retained in the solid fraction does not appear to be significantly reduced over the probed timescale (10 days). For a better understanding of the reduction mechanism of selenite ions by siderite, the properties of bulk and perfect surfaces of siderite were modelled using DFT. We suggest that the properties of the valence electrons can be correctly described only if the symmetry of the fundamental state electronic density is lower than the experimental crystallographic symmetry. We then show that the retention of simple molecules as O2 or H2O on siderite and magnesite (10-14) perfect surfaces (perfect cleavage plane, whose surface energy is the lowest according to DFT) can be modelled with good

  8. Ab initio optimization principle for the ground states of translationally invariant strongly correlated quantum lattice models

    Ran, Shi-Ju

    2016-05-01

    In this work, a simple and fundamental numeric scheme dubbed as ab initio optimization principle (AOP) is proposed for the ground states of translational invariant strongly correlated quantum lattice models. The idea is to transform a nondeterministic-polynomial-hard ground-state simulation with infinite degrees of freedom into a single optimization problem of a local function with finite number of physical and ancillary degrees of freedom. This work contributes mainly in the following aspects: (1) AOP provides a simple and efficient scheme to simulate the ground state by solving a local optimization problem. Its solution contains two kinds of boundary states, one of which play the role of the entanglement bath that mimics the interactions between a supercell and the infinite environment, and the other gives the ground state in a tensor network (TN) form. (2) In the sense of TN, a novel decomposition named as tensor ring decomposition (TRD) is proposed to implement AOP. Instead of following the contraction-truncation scheme used by many existing TN-based algorithms, TRD solves the contraction of a uniform TN in an opposite way by encoding the contraction in a set of self-consistent equations that automatically reconstruct the whole TN, making the simulation simple and unified; (3) AOP inherits and develops the ideas of different well-established methods, including the density matrix renormalization group (DMRG), infinite time-evolving block decimation (iTEBD), network contractor dynamics, density matrix embedding theory, etc., providing a unified perspective that is previously missing in this fields. (4) AOP as well as TRD give novel implications to existing TN-based algorithms: A modified iTEBD is suggested and the two-dimensional (2D) AOP is argued to be an intrinsic 2D extension of DMRG that is based on infinite projected entangled pair state. This paper is focused on one-dimensional quantum models to present AOP. The benchmark is given on a transverse Ising

  9. Theoretical study of silicon carbide under irradiation at the nano scale: classical and ab initio modelling; Etude theorique a l'echelle nanometrique du carbure de silicium sous irradiation: modelisation classique et ab initio

    Lucas, G

    2006-10-15

    The behaviour of silicon carbide under irradiation has been studied using classical and ab initio simulations, focusing on the nano scale elementary processes. First, we have been interested in the calculation of threshold displacement energies, which are difficult to determine both experimentally and theoretically, and also the associated Frenkel pairs. In the framework of this thesis, we have carried out simulations in classical and ab initio molecular dynamics. For the classical approach, two types of potentials have been used: the Tersoff potential, which led to non satisfactory results, and a new one which has been developed during this thesis. This potential allows a better modelling of SiC under irradiation than most of the empirical potentials available for SiC. It is based on the EDIP potential, initially developed to describe defects in silicon, that we have generalized to SiC. For the ab initio approach, the feasibility of the calculations has been validated and average energies of 19 eV for the C and 38 eV for the Si sublattices have been determined, close to the values empirically used in the fusion community. The results obtained with the new potential EDIP are globally in agreement with those values. Finally, the elementary processes involved in the crystal recovery have been studied by calculating the stability of the created Frenkel pairs and determining possible recombination mechanisms with the nudged elastic band method. (author)

  10. AB INITIO Modeling of Thermomechanical Properties of Mo-Based Alloys for Fossil Energy Conversion

    Ching, Wai-Yim

    2013-12-31

    In this final scientific/technical report covering the period of 3.5 years started on July 1, 2011, we report the accomplishments on the study of thermo-mechanical properties of Mo-based intermetallic compounds under NETL support. These include computational method development, physical properties investigation of Mo-based compounds and alloys. The main focus is on the mechanical and thermo mechanical properties at high temperature since these are the most crucial properties for their potential applications. In particular, recent development of applying ab initio molecular dynamic (AIMD) simulations to the T1 (Mo{sub 5}Si{sub 3}) and T2 (Mo{sub 5}SiB{sub 2}) phases are highlighted for alloy design in further improving their properties.

  11. Ab initio atomic recombination reaction energetics on model heat shield surfaces

    Senese, Fredrick; Ake, Robert

    1992-01-01

    Ab initio quantum mechanical calculations on small hydration complexes involving the nitrate anion are reported. The self-consistent field method with accurate basis sets has been applied to compute completely optimized equilibrium geometries, vibrational frequencies, thermochemical parameters, and stable site labilities of complexes involving 1, 2, and 3 waters. The most stable geometries in the first hydration shell involve in-plane waters bridging pairs of nitrate oxygens with two equal and bent hydrogen bonds. A second extremely labile local minimum involves out-of-plane waters with a single hydrogen bond and lies about 2 kcal/mol higher. The potential in the region of the second minimum is extremely flat and qualitatively sensitive to changes in the basis set; it does not correspond to a true equilibrium structure.

  12. Precise Lifetime Measurements in Light Nuclei for Benchmarking Modern Ab-initio Nuclear Structure Models

    A new generation of ab-initio calculations, based on realistic two- and three-body forces, is having a profound impact on our view of how nuclei work. To improve the numerical methods, and the parameterization of 3-body forces, new precise data are needed. Electromagnetic transitions are very sensitive to the dynamics which drive mixing between configurations. We have made a series of precise (< 3%) measurements of electromagnetic transitions in the A=10 nuclei 10C and 10Be by using the Doppler Shift Attenuation method carefully. Many interesting features can be reproduced including the strong α clustering. New measurements on 8Be and 12Be highlight the interplay between the alpha clusters and their valence neutrons

  13. Ab initio non-relativistic spin dynamics

    Ding, Feizhi; Goings, Joshua J.; Li, Xiaosong, E-mail: xsli@uw.edu [Department of Chemistry, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 98195 (United States); Frisch, Michael J. [Gaussian, Inc., 340 Quinnipiac St, Bldg 40, Wallingford, Connecticut 06492 (United States)

    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.

  14. Semi-empirical correction of ab initio harmonic properties by scaling factors: a validated uncertainty model for calibration and prediction

    Pernot, Pascal

    2010-01-01

    Bayesian Model Calibration is used to revisit the problem of scaling factor calibration for semi-empirical correction of ab initio harmonic properties (e.g. vibrational frequencies and zero-point energies). A particular attention is devoted to the evaluation of scaling factor uncertainty, and to its effect on the accuracy of scaled properties. We argue that in most cases of interest the standard calibration model is not statistically valid, in the sense that it is not able to fit experimental calibration data within their uncertainty limits. This impairs any attempt to use the results of the standard model for uncertainty analysis and/or uncertainty propagation. We propose to include a stochastic term in the calibration model to account for model inadequacy. This new model is validated in the Bayesian Model Calibration framework. We provide explicit formulae for prediction uncertainty in typical limit cases: large and small calibration sets of data with negligible measurement uncertainty, and datasets with la...

  15. Conformational Characteristics of Poly(tetrafluoroethylene) (PTFE) Based Upon Ab Initio Electronic Structure Calculations on Model Molecules

    Smith, Grant D.; Jaffe, R. L.; Yoon, D. Y.; Arnold, James O. (Technical Monitor)

    1994-01-01

    Conformational energy contours of perfluoroalkanes, determined from ab initio calculations, confirm the well-known spitting of trans states into two minima at plus or minus 17 degrees but also show that the gauche states split as well, with minima at plus or minus 124 degrees and plus or minus 84 in order to relieve steric crowding. The directions of such split distortions from the perfectly staggered states are strongly coupled for adjacent pairs of bonds in a manner identical to the intradyad pair for poly (isobutylene) chains. These conformational characteristics are fully represented by a six-state rotational isomeric state (RIS) model for PTFE comprised of t(+), t(-), g(sup +)+, g(sup +)-, g(sup -) + and g(sup -)-states, located at the split energy minima. The resultant 6 x 6 statistical weight matrix is described by first-order interaction parameters for the g+(+) (ca. 0.6 kcal/mol) and g+- (ca. 2.0 kcal/mol) states, and second order parameters for the g(sup +)+g(sup +)+ (ca 0.6 kcal/mol) and g(sup +)+g(sup -)+ (ca. 1.0 kcal/mol) states. This six-state RIS model, without adjustment of the geometric or energy parameters as determined from the ab initio calculations, predicts the unperturbed chain dimensions and the fraction of gauche bonds as a function of temperature for PTFE in good agreement with available experimental values.

  16. Surface electron density models for accurate ab initio molecular dynamics with electronic friction

    Novko, D.; Blanco-Rey, M.; Alducin, M.; Juaristi, J. I.

    2016-06-01

    Ab initio molecular dynamics with electronic friction (AIMDEF) is a valuable methodology to study the interaction of atomic particles with metal surfaces. This method, in which the effect of low-energy electron-hole (e-h) pair excitations is treated within the local density friction approximation (LDFA) [Juaristi et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 116102 (2008), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.100.116102], can provide an accurate description of both e-h pair and phonon excitations. In practice, its applicability becomes a complicated task in those situations of substantial surface atoms displacements because the LDFA requires the knowledge at each integration step of the bare surface electron density. In this work, we propose three different methods of calculating on-the-fly the electron density of the distorted surface and we discuss their suitability under typical surface distortions. The investigated methods are used in AIMDEF simulations for three illustrative adsorption cases, namely, dissociated H2 on Pd(100), N on Ag(111), and N2 on Fe(110). Our AIMDEF calculations performed with the three approaches highlight the importance of going beyond the frozen surface density to accurately describe the energy released into e-h pair excitations in case of large surface atom displacements.

  17. Ab initio valence calculations in chemistry

    Cook, D B

    1974-01-01

    Ab Initio Valence Calculations in Chemistry describes the theory and practice of ab initio valence calculations in chemistry and applies the ideas to a specific example, linear BeH2. Topics covered include the Schrödinger equation and the orbital approximation to atomic orbitals; molecular orbital and valence bond methods; practical molecular wave functions; and molecular integrals. Open shell systems, molecular symmetry, and localized descriptions of electronic structure are also discussed. This book is comprised of 13 chapters and begins by introducing the reader to the use of the Schrödinge

  18. Discovering chemistry with an ab initio nanoreactor

    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.

  19. Ab initio molar volumes and Gaussian radii.

    Parsons, Drew F; Ninham, Barry W

    2009-02-12

    Ab initio molar volumes are calculated and used to derive radii for ions and neutral molecules using a spatially diffuse model of the electron distribution with Gaussian spread. The Gaussian radii obtained can be used for computation of nonelectrostatic ion-ion dispersion forces that underlie Hofmeister specific ion effects. Equivalent hard-sphere radii are also derived, and these are in reasonable agreement with crystalline ionic radii. The Born electrostatic self-energy is derived for a Gaussian model of the electronic charge distribution. It is shown that the ionic volumes used in electrostatic calculations of strongly hydrated cosmotropic ions ought best to include the first hydration shell. Ionic volumes for weakly hydrated chaotropic metal cations should exclude electron overlap (in electrostatic calculations). Spherical radii are calculated as well as nonisotropic ellipsoidal radii for nonspherical ions, via their nonisotropic static polarizability tensors. PMID:19140766

  20. Operator evolution for ab initio nuclear theory

    Schuster, Micah D; Johnson, Calvin W; Jurgenson, Eric D; Navratil, Petr

    2014-01-01

    The past two decades have seen a revolution in ab initio calculations of nuclear properties. One key element has been the development of a rigorous effective interaction theory, applying unitary transformations to soften the nuclear Hamiltonian and hence accelerate the convergence as a function of the model space size. For consistency, however, one ought to apply the same transformation to other operators when calculating transitions and mean values from the eigenstates of the renormalized Hamiltonian. Working in a translationally-invariant harmonic oscillator basis for the two- and three-nucleon systems, we evolve the Hamiltonian, square-radius and total dipole strength operators by the similarity renormalization group (SRG). The inclusion of up to three-body matrix elements in the 4He nucleus all but completely restores the invariance of the expectation values under the transformation. We also consider a Gaussian operator with adjustable range and find at short ranges an increased contribution from such ind...

  1. Ab initio alpha-alpha scattering.

    Elhatisari, Serdar; Lee, Dean; Rupak, Gautam; Epelbaum, Evgeny; Krebs, Hermann; Lähde, Timo A; Luu, Thomas; Meißner, Ulf-G

    2015-12-01

    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

  2. Ab initio alpha-alpha scattering

    Elhatisari, Serdar; Lee, Dean; Rupak, Gautam; Epelbaum, Evgeny; Krebs, Hermann; Lähde, Timo A.; Luu, Thomas; Meißner, Ulf-G.

    2015-12-01

    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

  3. Phase constitution and interface structure of nano-sized Ag-Cu/AlN multilayers: Experiment and ab initio modeling

    Nano-sized Ag-Cu8nm/AlN10nm multilayers were deposited by reactive DC sputtering on α-Al2O3(0001) substrates. Investigation of the phase constitution and interface structure of the multilayers evidences a phase separation of the alloy sublayers into nanosized grains of Ag and Cu. The interfaces between the Ag grains and the quasi-single-crystalline AlN sublayers are semi-coherent, whereas the corresponding Cu/AlN interfaces are incoherent. The orientation relationship between Ag and AlN is constant throughout the entire multilayer stack. These observations are consistent with atomistic models of the interfaces as obtained by ab initio calculations.

  4. Ab initio modeling of glass corrosion: Hydroxylation and chemisorption of oxalic acid at diopside and akermanite surfaces

    Using ab initio density functional theory, we have performed a systematic study of corrosion processes at pure and at hydroxylated surfaces of the silicate minerals diopside (CaMgSi2O6) and akermanite (Ca2MgSi2O7), serving as model systems for multicomponent glasses. The tendency of the cations to assume their ideal bulk coordination was identified as the driving force behind spontaneous surface relaxation and hydroxylation in an aqueous environment. Surface complexes formed after exposing the glass surfaces to oxalic acid form a protective hydrophobic layer on the surface and thus prevent the leaching of metal cations from the glass surface. This provides a description of the mechanism of glass corrosion inhibition at the atomic level: as the chemisorption energy of oxalic acid is larger than the physisorption energy of water, the former is the process that will actually occur.

  5. Ab initio simulation of transport phenomena in rarefied gases.

    Sharipov, Felix; Strapasson, José L

    2012-09-01

    Ab initio potentials are implemented into the direct simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) method. Such an implementation allows us to model transport phenomena in rarefied gases without any fitting parameter of intermolecular collisions usually extracted from experimental data. Applying the method proposed by Sharipov and Strapasson [Phys. Fluids 24, 011703 (2012)], the use of ab initio potentials in the DSMC requires the same computational efforts as the widely used potentials such as hard spheres, variable hard sphere, variable soft spheres, etc. At the same time, the ab initio potentials provide more reliable results than any other one. As an example, the transport coefficients of a binary mixture He-Ar, viz., viscosity, thermal conductivity, and thermal diffusion factor, have been calculated for several values of the mole fraction. PMID:23030889

  6. Ab initio joint density-functional theory of solvated electrodes, with model and explicit solvation

    Arias, Tomas

    2015-03-01

    First-principles guided design of improved electrochemical systems has the potential for great societal impact by making non-fossil-fuel systems economically viable. Potential applications include improvements in fuel-cells, solar-fuel systems (``artificial photosynthesis''), supercapacitors and batteries. Economical fuel-cell systems would enable zero-carbon footprint transportation, solar-fuel systems would directly convert sunlight and water into hydrogen fuel for such fuel-cell vehicles, supercapacitors would enable nearly full recovery of energy lost during vehicle braking thus extending electric vehicle range and acceptance, and economical high-capacity batteries would be central to mitigating the indeterminacy of renewable resources such as wind and solar. Central to the operation of all of the above electrochemical systems is the electrode-electrolyte interface, whose underlying physics is quite rich, yet remains remarkably poorly understood. The essential underlying technical challenge to the first principles studies which could explore this physics is the need to properly represent simultaneously both the interaction between electron-transfer events at the electrode, which demand a quantum mechanical description, and multiscale phenomena in the liquid environment such as the electrochemical double layer (ECDL) and its associated shielding, which demand a statistical description. A direct ab initio approach to this challenge would, in principle, require statistical sampling and thousands of repetitions of already computationally demanding quantum mechanical calculations. This talk will begin with a brief review of a recent advance, joint density-functional theory (JDFT), which allows for a fully rigorous and, in principle, exact representation of the thermodynamic equilibrium between a system described at the quantum-mechanical level and a liquid environment, but without the need for costly sampling. We then shall demonstrate how this approach applies in

  7. Modelling of interactions between volatile anaesthetics (halothane, enflurane) and aromatic compounds, ab initio study

    Graphical abstract: Halothane and enflurane form the blue-shifting hydrogen bonded C-H...complexes with benzene. The CCSD(T)/CBS calculated stabilization energies are about -10 kcal mol-1. - Abstract: For many years halothane and enflurane have been used clinically as volatile anaesthetics, however, their mechanism of action is still not fully understood. Recently, it has been suggested that they can act by a direct bonding to neuroreceptors containing the aromatic groups. In this work, the halothane...benzene and enflurane...benzene complexes were studied by the ab initio MP2 and CCSD(T) methods. All possible structures of the complexes were calculated by means of the counterpoise CP-corrected gradient optimization technique. It has been found that among these species, the C-H...π hydrogen bonded complexes are the most stable. The CCSD(T)/CBS calculated stabilization energies for halothane and enflurane complexes are: -10.56 and -9.72 kcal mol-1, respectively. The interaction energy is mainly dominated by the dispersion attraction. In the case of enflurane, the C-H bond shows a very small contraction (by -0.0008 A) upon complexation. This change is accompanied by the blue-shift (20 cm-1) of the C-H stretching frequency and an increase of the infrared intensity of the corresponding mode by 7 km mol-1. Similar results were obtained for the halothane complex: a small contraction of the C-H bond; an increase of the C-H stretching frequency by 11 cm-1 (blue-shift); and an increase of the infrared intensity by 37 km mol-1. In order to explain the nature of these effects, the halothane and enflurane molecules were studied in the electric field generated by benzene atoms, and Natural Bond Orbital (NBO) analyses were performed. The molecular dipole moments of these molecules were calculated with respect to the C-H bond changes. The positive dipole moment derivative obtained for halothane is in agreement with the literature data, while, in the case of enflurane, an unusual

  8. Emission spectra of p-Si and p-Si:H models generated by ab initio molecular dynamics methods

    Loustau, E R L

    2011-01-01

    We created 4 p-Si models and 4 p-Si:H models all with 50% porosity. The models contain 32, 108, 256 and 500 silicon atoms with a pore parallel to one of the simulational cell axes and a regular cross-section. We obtained the densities of states of our models by means of ab initio computational methods. We wrote a code to simulate the emission spectra of our structures considering particular excitations an decay conditions. After comparing the simulated spectra with the experimental results, we observe that the position of the maximum of the emission spectra might be related with the size of the silicon backbone for the p-Si models as the quantum confinement models say and with the hydrogen concentration for the p-Si:H structures. We conclude that the quantum confinement model can be used to explain the emission of the p-Si structures but, in the case of the p-Si:H models it is necessary to consider others theories.

  9. Dissociative chemisorption of methane on metal surfaces: Tests of dynamical assumptions using quantum models and ab initio molecular dynamics

    The dissociative chemisorption of methane on metal surfaces is of great practical and fundamental importance. Not only is it the rate-limiting step in the steam reforming of natural gas, the reaction exhibits interesting mode-selective behavior and a strong dependence on the temperature of the metal. We present a quantum model for this reaction on Ni(100) and Ni(111) surfaces based on the reaction path Hamiltonian. The dissociative sticking probabilities computed using this model agree well with available experimental data with regard to variation with incident energy, substrate temperature, and the vibrational state of the incident molecule. We significantly expand the vibrational basis set relative to earlier studies, which allows reaction probabilities to be calculated for doubly excited initial vibrational states, though it does not lead to appreciable changes in the reaction probabilities for singly excited initial states. Sudden models used to treat the center of mass motion parallel to the surface are compared with results from ab initio molecular dynamics and found to be reasonable. Similar comparisons for molecular rotation suggest that our rotationally adiabatic model is incorrect, and that sudden behavior is closer to reality. Such a model is proposed and tested. A model for predicting mode-selective behavior is tested, with mixed results, though we find it is consistent with experimental studies of normal vs. total (kinetic) energy scaling. Models for energy transfer into lattice vibrations are also examined

  10. Ab initio mass tensor molecular dynamics

    Tsuchida, Eiji

    2010-01-01

    Mass tensor molecular dynamics was first introduced by Bennett [J. Comput. Phys. 19, 267 (1975)] for efficient sampling of phase space through the use of generalized atomic masses. Here, we show how to apply this method to ab initio molecular dynamics simulations with minimal computational overhead. Test calculations on liquid water show a threefold reduction in computational effort without making the fixed geometry approximation. We also present a simple recipe for estimating the optimal ato...

  11. 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 accelerat...

  12. Ab initio vel ex eventu. II

    Thiessen, P. A.; Treder, H.-J.

    Jedes initium wird durch experimenta crucis zum eventus. Jedes theoretisch interpretierbare ex-eventu-Resultat führt auf ein neues Initium. Gerade dies ist die gemeinsame Aussage von Atomistik, Quantenmechanik und Relativitätstheorie.Translated AbstractAb initio vel ex eventu. IIEvery initium becomes an eventus by experimenta crucis. Every theoretically interpretable ex-eventu result leads to a new initium. Right this is the joint assertion of atomism, quantum mechanics, and relativity.

  13. Large-basis ab initio no-core shell model and its application to {sup 12}C

    Navratil, P.; Vary, J. P.; Barrett, B. R.

    2000-11-01

    We present the framework for the ab initio no-core nuclear shell model and apply it to obtain properties of {sup 12}C. We derive two-body effective interactions microscopically for specific model spaces from the realistic CD-Bonn and the Argonne V8' nucleon-nucleon (NN) potentials. We then evaluate binding energies, excitation spectra, radii, and electromagnetic transitions in the 0{Dirac_h}{Omega}, 2{Dirac_h}{Omega}, and 4{Dirac_h}{Omega} model spaces for the positive-parity states and the 1{Dirac_h}{Omega}, 3{Dirac_h}{Omega}, and 5{Dirac_h}{Omega} model spaces for the negative-parity states. Dependence on the model-space size, on the harmonic-oscillator frequency, and on the type of the NN potential, used for the effective interaction derivation, are studied. In addition, electromagnetic and weak neutral elastic charge form factors are calculated in the impulse approximation. Sensitivity of the form-factor ratios to the strangeness one-body form-factor parameters and to the influence of isospin-symmetry violation is evaluated and discussed. Agreement between theory and experiment is favorable for many observables, while others require yet larger model spaces and/or three-body forces. The limitations of the present results are easily understood by virtue of the trends established and previous phenomenological results.

  14. Highly scalable Ab initio genomic motif identification

    Marchand, Benoît

    2011-01-01

    We present results of scaling an ab initio motif family identification system, Dragon Motif Finder (DMF), to 65,536 processor cores of IBM Blue Gene/P. DMF seeks groups of mutually similar polynucleotide patterns within a set of genomic sequences and builds various motif families from them. Such information is of relevance to many problems in life sciences. Prior attempts to scale such ab initio motif-finding algorithms achieved limited success. We solve the scalability issues using a combination of mixed-mode MPI-OpenMP parallel programming, master-slave work assignment, multi-level workload distribution, multi-level MPI collectives, and serial optimizations. While the scalability of our algorithm was excellent (94% parallel efficiency on 65,536 cores relative to 256 cores on a modest-size problem), the final speedup with respect to the original serial code exceeded 250,000 when serial optimizations are included. This enabled us to carry out many large-scale ab initio motiffinding simulations in a few hours while the original serial code would have needed decades of execution time. Copyright 2011 ACM.

  15. Ab initio gene identification in metagenomic sequences.

    Zhu, Wenhan; Lomsadze, Alexandre; Borodovsky, Mark

    2010-07-01

    We describe an algorithm for gene identification in DNA sequences derived from shotgun sequencing of microbial communities. Accurate ab initio gene prediction in a short nucleotide sequence of anonymous origin is hampered by uncertainty in model parameters. While several machine learning approaches could be proposed to bypass this difficulty, one effective method is to estimate parameters from dependencies, formed in evolution, between frequencies of oligonucleotides in protein-coding regions and genome nucleotide composition. Original version of the method was proposed in 1999 and has been used since for (i) reconstructing codon frequency vector needed for gene finding in viral genomes and (ii) initializing parameters of self-training gene finding algorithms. With advent of new prokaryotic genomes en masse it became possible to enhance the original approach by using direct polynomial and logistic approximations of oligonucleotide frequencies, as well as by separating models for bacteria and archaea. These advances have increased the accuracy of model reconstruction and, subsequently, gene prediction. We describe the refined method and assess its accuracy on known prokaryotic genomes split into short sequences. Also, we show that as a result of application of the new method, several thousands of new genes could be added to existing annotations of several human and mouse gut metagenomes. PMID:20403810

  16. Gravitational wave signatures of ab initio two-dimensional core collapse supernova explosion models for 12 -25 M⊙ stars

    Yakunin, Konstantin N.; Mezzacappa, Anthony; Marronetti, Pedro; Yoshida, Shin'ichirou; Bruenn, Stephen W.; Hix, W. Raphael; Lentz, Eric J.; Bronson Messer, O. E.; Harris, J. Austin; Endeve, Eirik; Blondin, John M.; Lingerfelt, Eric J.

    2015-10-01

    We present the gravitational waveforms computed in ab initio two-dimensional core collapse supernova models evolved with the chimera code for progenitor masses between 12 and 25 M⊙ . All models employ multifrequency neutrino transport in the ray-by-ray approximation, state-of-the-art weak interaction physics, relativistic transport corrections such as the gravitational redshift of neutrinos, two-dimensional hydrodynamics with the commensurate relativistic corrections, Newtonian self-gravity with a general-relativistic monopole correction, and the Lattimer-Swesty equation of state with 220 MeV compressibility, and begin with the most recent Woosley-Heger nonrotating progenitors in this mass range. All of our models exhibit robust explosions. Therefore, our waveforms capture all stages of supernova development: 1) a relatively short and weak prompt signal, 2) a quiescent stage, 3) a strong signal due to convection and standing accretion shock instability activity, 4) termination of active accretion onto the proto-neutron star, and 5) a slowly increasing tail that reaches a saturation value. Fourier decomposition shows that the gravitational wave signals we predict should be observable by AdvLIGO for Galactic events across the range of progenitors considered here. The fundamental limitation of these models is in their imposition of axisymmetry. Further progress will require counterpart three-dimensional models, which are underway.

  17. Towards efficient ab initio calculations of electron scattering by polyatomic molecules: III. Modelling correlation-polarization interactions

    Čurík, Roman; Šulc, M.

    2010-01-01

    Roč. 43, č. 17 (2010), s. 175205. ISSN 0953-4075 R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) OC10046; GA MŠk OC09079; GA AV ČR KJB400400803; GA ČR GA202/08/0631 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40400503 Keywords : Ab initio calculations * Commonly used * DFT potential Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 1.902, year: 2010

  18. The particle-in-cell model for ab initio thermodynamics: implications for the elastic anisotropy of the Earth's inner core

    Gannarelli, C. M. S.; Alfe, D.; Gillan, M. J.

    2003-01-01

    We assess the quantitative accuracy of the particle-in-cell (PIC) approximation used in recent ab initio predictions of the thermodynamic properties of hexagonal-close-packed iron at the conditions of the Earth's inner core. The assessment is made by comparing PIC predictions for a range of thermodynamic properties with the results of more exact calculations that avoid the PIC approximation. It is shown that PIC gives very accurate results for some properties, but that it gives an incorrect t...

  19. Multi-scale modelling of radiation damage in Fe-Cr based on ab initio electronic structure calculations

    The efficiency of fast neutron reactors, such as for fusion, breeding and transmutation, depend strongly on the neutron radiation resistance of the materials used in the reactors. The binary Fe-Cr alloy, which has many attractive properties in this regard, is the base for the best steels of today which are, however, still not up to the required standards. Therefore, substantial effort has been devoted to finding new materials that can cope with the demands better. Experimental studies must be complemented with extensive theoretical modelling in order to understand the effects that different alloying elements has on the resistance properties of materials. To this end, the first steps of multi-scale modelling has been taken, starting out with ab initio calculations of the electronic structure of the complete concentration range range of the disordered binary Fe-C alloy. The mixing enthalpy of Fe-Cr has been quantitatively predicted and has, together with data from literature, been used in order to fit two sets of interatomic potentials for the purpose of simulating defect evolution with molecular dynamics and kinetic Monte-Carlo codes. These dedicated Fe-Cr alloy potentials are new and represent important additions to the pure element potentials that can be found in literature

  20. Multi-scale modelling of radiation damage in Fe-Cr based on ab initio electronic structure calculations

    Olsson, Paer

    2004-04-01

    The efficiency of fast neutron reactors, such as for fusion, breeding and transmutation, depend strongly on the neutron radiation resistance of the materials used in the reactors. The binary Fe-Cr alloy, which has many attractive properties in this regard, is the base for the best steels of today which are, however, still not up to the required standards. Therefore, substantial effort has been devoted to finding new materials that can cope with the demands better. Experimental studies must be complemented with extensive theoretical modelling in order to understand the effects that different alloying elements has on the resistance properties of materials. To this end, the first steps of multi-scale modelling has been taken, starting out with ab initio calculations of the electronic structure of the complete concentration range range of the disordered binary Fe-C alloy. The mixing enthalpy of Fe-Cr has been quantitatively predicted and has, together with data from literature, been used in order to fit two sets of interatomic potentials for the purpose of simulating defect evolution with molecular dynamics and kinetic Monte-Carlo codes. These dedicated Fe-Cr alloy potentials are new and represent important additions to the pure element potentials that can be found in literature.

  1. Kaolin polytypes revisited ab initio.

    Mercier, Patrick H J; Le Page, Yvon

    2008-04-01

    The well known 36 distinguishable transformations between adjacent kaolin layers are split into 20 energetically distinguishable transformations (EDT) and 16 enantiomorphic transformations, hereafter denoted EDT*. For infinitesimal energy contribution of interactions between non-adjacent layers, the lowest-energy models must result from either (a) repeated application of an EDT or (b) alternate application of an EDT and its EDT*. All modeling, quantum input preparation and interpretation was performed with Materials Toolkit, and quantum optimizations with VASP. Kaolinite and dickite are the lowest-energy models at zero temperature and pressure, whereas nacrite and HP-dickite are the lowest-enthalpy models under moderate pressures based on a rough enthalpy/pressure graph built from numbers given in the supplementary tables. Minor temperature dependence of this calculated 0 K graph would explain the bulk of the current observations regarding synthesis, diagenesis and transformation of kaolin minerals. Other stackings that we list have energies so competitive that they might crystallize at ambient pressure. A homometric pair of energetically distinguishable ideal models, one of them for nacrite, is exposed. The printed experimental structure of nacrite correctly corresponds to the stable member of the pair. In our opinion, all recent literature measurements of the free energy of bulk kaolinite are too negative by approximately 15 kJ mol(-1) for some unknown reason. PMID:18369284

  2. Ab initio long-range interaction and adiabatic channel capture model for ultracold reactions between the KRb molecules

    Buchachenko, A. A.; Stolyarov, A. V.; Szczȩśniak, M. M.; Chałasiński, G.

    2012-09-01

    The coefficients at the lowest-order electrostatic, induction, and dispersion terms of the anisotropic long-range potential between the two KRb(1Σ+) molecules are evaluated through the static and dynamic molecular properties using the ab initio coupled cluster techniques. Adiabatic channel potentials for the ground-state molecules are obtained and used for the numerical quantum capture probability calculations in the spirit of the statistical adiabatic channel models. Capture rate coefficients for indistinguishable (polarized) and distinguishable (unpolarized) molecules at temperatures below 10 μK agree well with those computed with the simple isotropic dispersion R-6 potential, but underestimate the measured ones [Ospelkaus et al., Science 327, 853 (2010), 10.1126/science.1184121] up to a factor of 3. Preliminary assessment of the effects of higher-order long-range terms, retardation of dispersion forces, and magnetic dipole-dipole interaction does not offer any clear perspectives for drastic improvement of the capture approximation for the reactions studied.

  3. The ab initio model potential method with the spin-free relativistic scheme by eliminating small components Hamiltonian

    Motegi, Kyosuke; Nakajima, Takahito; Hirao, Kimihiko; Seijo, Luis

    2001-04-01

    A relativistic ab initio model potential (AIMP) for Pt, Au, and Hg atoms has been developed using a relativistic scheme by eliminating small components (RESC) in which the 5p, 5d, and 6s electrons are treated explicitly. The quality of new RESC-AIMP has been tested by calculating the spectroscopic properties of the hydrides of these elements using the Hartree-Fock and coupled cluster with singles and doubles (CCSD) methods. The agreement with reference all-electron RESC calculations is excellent. The RESC-AIMP method is applied successfully in the investigation of the spectroscopic constants of Au2 and Hg2 using the CCSD method with a perturbative estimate of the contributions of triples. The ground state of Pt2 is also determined by RESC-AIMP with the second-order complete active space perturbation method. The results show that scalar relativistic effects on the valence properties are well described by the RESC-AIMP method. The effect on the basis set superposition error on the spectroscopic constants is also examined.

  4. Germacrene D Cyclization: An Ab Initio Investigation

    William N. Setzer

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available 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.

  5. Ab initio calculations of material strength

    Šob, Mojmír; Friák, Martin; Vitek, V.

    Tokyo : The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2003, s. 467-475. [International Symposium on Micro-Mechanical Engineering - Heat Transfer, Fluid Dynamics, Reliability and Mechanotronics.. Tsuchiura and Tsukuba (JP), 01.12.2003-03.12.2003] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA1041302; GA ČR GA202/03/1351; GA MŠk OC 523.90 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z2041904 Keywords : ab initio calculations * electronic structure * theoretical tensile strength Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism

  6. Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics: A Virtual Laboratory

    Hobbi Mobarhan, Milad

    2014-01-01

    In this thesis, we perform ab initio molecular dynamics (MD) simulations at the Hartree-Fock level, where the forces are computed on-the-fly using the Born-Oppenheimer approximation. The theory behind the Hartree-Fock method is discussed in detail and an implementation of this method based on Gaussian basis functions is explained. We also demonstrate how to calculate the analytic energy derivatives needed for obtaining the forces acting on the nuclei. Hartree-Fock calculations on the ground s...

  7. Ab initio simulation of helium inside carbon nanotubes

    In present work we consider the complex behaviour of quantum liquids like liquid He-4 inside carbon nanotubes. Interactions between helium atoms and carbon atoms of the short-length atomistic model and model with periodical boundary conditions of carbon nanotube were studied via ab initio quantum simulations. Effects of geometrical confinement of the tube on the He behaviour inside CNT (13,0) have been explored. Nanotubes with typical average diameter of 10 angstroms are under consideration.

  8. Towards an ab initio description of magnetism in ionic solids

    Illas, F.; Casanovas, J.; García-Bach, M. A.; Caballol, R.; Castell, O.

    1993-11-01

    The physical contributions to the KNiF3 magnetic exchange coupling integral have been obtained from specially designed ab initio cluster model calculations. Three important mechanisms have been identified. These are the delocalization of the magnetic orbitals into the anion ``p'' band, the variational contribution of the second-order interactions, and the many-body terms ``hidden'' in the two-body operator and the Heisenberg Hamiltonian.

  9. Kopplung von Dichtefunktional- und ab-initio-Methoden

    Goll, Erich

    2008-01-01

    Im Rahmen der Doktorarbeit wurde untersucht, inwieweit die Kopplung von Dichtefunktionalmethoden und ab-initio-Korrelationsmethoden der Quantenchemie eine Verbesserung bezüglich beider Grenzmethoden erbringt. Die Kopplung erfolgt durch eine Aufspaltung des interelektronischen Hamiltonoperators (abstoßende Coulombwechselwirkung). Die kurzreichweitige Wechselwirkung wird mit Dichtefunktionaltheorie behandelt, die langreichweitige mit Hilfe von ab-initio-Methoden. Diese Aufteilung soll dazu dien...

  10. Serine Proteases an Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Study

    De Santis, L

    1999-01-01

    In serine proteases (SP's), the H-bond between His-57 and Asp-102, and that between Gly-193 and the transition state intermediate play a crucial role for enzymatic function. To shed light on the nature of these interactions, we have carried out ab initio molecular dynamics simulations on complexes representing adducts between the reaction intermediate and elastase (one protein belonging to the SP family). Our calculations indicate the presence of a low--barrier H-bond between His-57 and Asp-102, in complete agreement with NMR experiments on enzyme--transition state analog complexes. Comparison with an ab initio molecular dynamics simulation on a model of the substrate--enzyme adduct indicates that the Gly-193--induced strong stabilization of the intermediate is accomplished by charge/dipole interactions and not by H-bonding as previously suggested. Inclusion of the protein electric field in the calculations does not affect significantly the charge distribution.

  11. Understanding phonon transport in thermoelectric materials using ab initio approaches

    Broido, David

    Good thermoelectric materials have low phonon thermal conductivity, kph. Accurate theories to describe kph are important components in developing predictive models of thermoelectric efficiency that can help guide synthesis and measurement efforts. We have developed ab initio approaches to calculate kph, in which phonon modes and phonon scattering rates are computed using interatomic force constants determined from density functional theory, and a full solution of the Boltzmann transport equation for phonons is implemented. A recent approach to calculate interatomic force constants using ab initio molecular dynamics has yielded a good description of the thermal properties of Bi2Te3. But, the complexity of new promising candidate thermoelectric materials introduces computational challenges in assessing their thermal properties. An example is germanane, a germanium based hydrogen-terminated layered semiconductor, which we will discuss in this talk.

  12. Ab-Initio Modelling Of Surface Site Reactivity And Fluid Transport In Clay Minerals Case Study: Pyrophyllite

    Pyrophyllite, Al2[Si4O10](OH)2, is the simplest structural prototype for 2:1 dioctahedral phyllosilicate. Because the net electric charge in pyrophyllite is zero, it is the best candidate for investigating the non electrostatic contribution to sorption and transport phenomena in clays. Using ab-initio simulations, we have investigated the reactivity and structure of the water-solid interface on the basal plane and edge sites of pyrophyllite. The calculations predict slightly hydrophobic behaviour of the basal plane. For the high water coverage (100), (110) and (-110), lateral facets have a lower energy than for the (010), (130) and (-130) surfaces. Analysis of the surface reactivity reveals that the =Al-OH groups are most easily protonated on the (010), (130) and (-130) facets. The =Al-O-Si= sites will be protonated on the (100), (130), (110), (-110) and (-130) surfaces. The =Al-OH2 complexes are more easily de-protonated than the =Si-OH and =Al-OH sites. A spontaneous, reversible exchange of the protons between the solution and the edge sites has been observed in ab-initio molecular dynamics simulations at 300 K. Such near-surface proton diffusion may result in a significant contribution to the diffusion coefficients measured in neutron scattering experiments. (author)

  13. ab initio Electronic Transport Model with Explicit Solution to the Linearized Boltzmann Transport Equation

    Faghaninia, Alireza; Ager III, Joel W.; Lo, Cynthia S.

    2015-01-01

    Accurate models of carrier transport are essential for describing the electronic properties of semiconductor materials. To the best of our knowledge, the current models following the framework of the Boltzmann transport equation (BTE) either rely heavily on experimental data (i.e., semi-empirical), or utilize simplifying assumptions, such as the constant relaxation time approximation (BTE-cRTA). While these models offer valuable physical insights and accurate calculations of transport propert...

  14. High throughput ab initio modeling of charge transport for bio-molecular-electronics

    Bruque, Nicolas Alexander

    2009-12-01

    Self-assembled nanostructures, composed of inorganic and organic materials, have multiple applications in the fields of engineering and nanotechnology. Experimental research using nanoscaled materials, such as semiconductor/metallic nanocrystals, nanowires (NW), and carbon nanotube (CNT)-molecular systems have potential applications in next generation nano electronic devices. Many of these molecular systems exhibit electronic device functionality. However, experimental analytical techniques to determine how the chemistry and geometry affects electron transport through these devices does not yet exist. Using theory and modeling, one can approximate the chemistry and geometry at the atomic level and also determine how the chemistry and geometry governs electron current. Nanoelectronic devices however, contain several thousand atoms which makes quantum modeling difficult. Popular atomistic modeling approaches are capable of handling small molecular systems, which are of scientific interest, but have little engineering value. The lack of large scale modeling tools has left the scientific and engineering community with a limited ability to understand, explore, and design complex systems of engineering interest. To address these issues, I have developed a high performance general quantum charge transport model based on the non-equilibrium Green function (NEGF) formalism using density functional theory (DFT) as implemented in the FIREBALL software. FIREBALL is a quantum molecular dynamics code which has demonstrated the ability to model large molecular systems. This dissertation project of integrating NEGF into FIREBALL provides researchers with a modeling tool capable of simulating charge current in large inorganic/organic systems. To provide theoretical support for experimental efforts, this project focused on CNT-molecular systems, which includes the discovery of a CNT-molecular resonant tunneling diode (RTD) for electronic circuit applications. This research also

  15. Ab initio calculation of the sound velocity of dense hydrogen: implications for models of Jupiter

    Alavi, A.; Parrinello, M.; Frenkel, D.

    1995-01-01

    First-principles molecular dynamics simulations were used to calculate the sound velocity of dense hydrogen, and the results were compared with extrapolations of experimental data that currently conflict with either astrophysical models or data obtained from recent global oscillation measurements of

  16. Ab Initio Nuclear Structure and Reaction Calculations for Rare Isotopes

    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).

  17. Ab Initio Nuclear Structure and Reaction Calculations for Rare Isotopes

    Draayer, Jerry P. [Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge, LA (United States)

    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).

  18. Ab initio calculations of reactions with light nuclei

    Quaglioni, Sofia; Hupin, Guillaume; Calci, Angelo; Navrátil, Petr; Roth, Robert

    2016-03-01

    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 to further our understanding of the fundamental interactions among nucleons, and provide accurate predictions of crucial reaction rates for nuclear astrophysics, fusion-energy research, and other applications. In this contribution we review ab initio calculations for nucleon and deuterium scattering on light nuclei starting from chiral two- and three-body Hamiltonians, obtained within the framework of the ab initio no-core shell model with continuum. This is a unified approach to nuclear bound and scattering states, in which 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.

  19. Ab initio nuclear structure - the large sparse matrix eigenvalue problem

    The structure and reactions of light nuclei represent fundamental and formidable challenges for microscopic theory based on realistic strong interaction potentials. Several ab initio methods have now emerged that provide nearly exact solutions for some nuclear properties. The ab initio no core shell model (NCSM) and the no core full configuration (NCFC) method, frame this quantum many-particle problem as a large sparse matrix eigenvalue problem where one evaluates the Hamiltonian matrix in a basis space consisting of many-fermion Slater determinants and then solves for a set of the lowest eigenvalues and their associated eigenvectors. The resulting eigenvectors are employed to evaluate a set of experimental quantities to test the underlying potential. For fundamental problems of interest, the matrix dimension often exceeds 1010 and the number of nonzero matrix elements may saturate available storage on present-day leadership class facilities. We survey recent results and advances in solving this large sparse matrix eigenvalue problem. We also outline the challenges that lie ahead for achieving further breakthroughs in fundamental nuclear theory using these ab initio approaches.

  20. Guiding ab initio calculations by alchemical derivatives

    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.

  1. Ab Initio Path to Heavy Nuclei

    Binder, Sven; Calci, Angelo; Roth, Robert

    2014-01-01

    We present the first ab initio calculations of nuclear ground states up into the domain of heavy nuclei, spanning the range from 16-O to 132-Sn based on two- plus three-nucleon interactions derived within chiral effective field theory. We employ the similarity renormalization group for preparing the Hamiltonian and use coupled-cluster theory to solve the many-body problem for nuclei with closed sub-shells. Through an analysis of theoretical uncertainties resulting from various truncations in this framework, we identify and eliminate the technical hurdles that previously inhibited the step beyond medium-mass nuclei, allowing for reliable validations of nuclear Hamiltonians in the heavy regime. Following this path we show that chiral Hamiltonians qualitatively reproduce the systematics of nuclear ground-state energies up to the neutron-rich Sn isotopes.

  2. SurfKin: an ab initio kinetic code for modeling surface reactions.

    Le, Thong Nguyen-Minh; Liu, Bin; Huynh, Lam K

    2014-10-01

    In this article, we describe a C/C++ program called SurfKin (Surface Kinetics) to construct microkinetic mechanisms for modeling gas-surface reactions. Thermodynamic properties of reaction species are estimated based on density functional theory calculations and statistical mechanics. Rate constants for elementary steps (including adsorption, desorption, and chemical reactions on surfaces) are calculated using the classical collision theory and transition state theory. Methane decomposition and water-gas shift reaction on Ni(111) surface were chosen as test cases to validate the code implementations. The good agreement with literature data suggests this is a powerful tool to facilitate the analysis of complex reactions on surfaces, and thus it helps to effectively construct detailed microkinetic mechanisms for such surface reactions. SurfKin also opens a possibility for designing nanoscale model catalysts. PMID:25111729

  3. Ab initio modeling of the herpesvirus VP26 core domain assessed by CryoEM density

    Baker, Matthew L.; Wen Jiang; Wedemeyer, William J.; Rixon, Frazer J.; David Baker; Wah Chiu

    2006-01-01

    Efforts in structural biology have targeted the systematic determination of all protein structures through experimental determination or modeling. In recent years, 3-D electron cryomicroscopy (cryoEM) has assumed an increasingly important role in determining the structures of these large macromolecular assemblies to intermediate resolutions (6–10 Å). While these structures provide a snapshot of the assembly and its components in well-defined functional states, the resolution limits the abilit...

  4. Improving the Precision of Ab Initio Spectra Modeling by Employing Molecular Dynamics Simulations

    Andrushchenko, Valery; Benda, Ladislav; Bouř, Petr

    Düsseldorf : Heinrich Heine Universität Düsseldorf, 2014 - (Schmitt, M.). s. 103 [EUCMOS 2014. European Congress on Molecular Spectroscopy /32./. 24.08.2014-29.08.2014, Düsseldorf] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA14-03564S Grant ostatní: AV ČR(CZ) M200550902 Institutional support: RVO:61388963 Keywords : multi-scale spectra modeling * quantum chemistry * molecular dynamics Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry

  5. Theoretical modeling of inorganic nanostructures symmetry and ab-initio calculations of nanolayers, nanotubes and nanowires

    Evarestov, RA

    2015-01-01

    This book deals with the theoretical and computational simulation of monoperiodic nanostructures for different classes of inorganic substances. These simulations are related to their synthesis and experimental studies. A theoretical formalism is developed to describe 1D nanostructures with symmetric shapes and morphologies. Three types of models are considered for this aim: (i) nanotubes (rolled from 2D nanolayers and described within the formalism of line symmetry groups); (ii) nanoribbons (obtained from 2D nanolayers by their cutting along the chosen direction of translation); (iii) nanowire

  6. Ab initio modeling of defects in silicon, germanium and SiGe alloys

    Torres, V. J. B.; Coutinho, J.; Carvalho, A; Barroso, M.; Almeida, Luís; Pinto, H.; Ribeiro, R. M.

    2005-01-01

    Understanding the most elemental defects in semiconductors is a fundamental step to grasp the countless solid-state reactions that may occur during crystal growth, device processing and operation stages. The higher carrier mobilitity in SiGe alloys and germanium, when compared with silicon, and the necessity to a higher K dielectric than SiO2 makes these semiconductors the most contendors to a new generation of electronic devices. Our aim is to model self and impurity point defects in SiGe a...

  7. Ab initio electronic structure study of a model water splitting dimer complex.

    Fernando, Amendra; Aikens, Christine M

    2015-12-28

    A model manganese dimer electrocatalyst bridged by μ-OH ligands is used to investigate changes in spin states that may occur during water oxidation. We have employed restricted open-shell Hartree-Fock (ROHF), second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory (MP2), complete active space self-consistent field (CASSCF), and multireference second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory (MRMP2) calculations to investigate this system. Multiconfigurational methods like CASSCF and MRMP2 are appropriate methods to study these systems with antiferromagnetically-coupled electrons. Orbital occupations and distributions have been closely analyzed to understand the electronic details and contributions to the water splitting from manganese and oxygen atoms. The presence of Mn(IV)O˙ radical moieties has been observed in this catalytic pathway. Multiple nearly degenerate excited states were found close to the ground state in all structures. This suggests competing potential energy landscapes near the ground state may influence the reactivity of manganese complexes such as the dimers studied in this work. PMID:26593689

  8. Magnetism in Sr2CrMoO6 : A combined ab initio and model study

    Sanyal, Prabuddha; Halder, Anita; Si, Liang; Wallerberger, Markus; Held, Karsten; Saha-Dasgupta, Tanusri

    2016-07-01

    Using a combination of first-principles density functional theory (DFT) calculations and exact diagonalization studies of a first-principles derived model, we carry out a microscopic analysis of the magnetic properties of the half-metallic double perovskite compound Sr2CrMoO6 , a sister compound of the much discussed material Sr2FeMoO6 . The electronic structure of Sr2CrMoO6 , though appearing similar to Sr2FeMoO6 at first glance, shows nontrivial differences with that of Sr2FeMoO6 on closer examination. In this context, our study highlights the importance of charge transfer energy between the two transition metal sites. The change in charge transfer energy due to a shift of Cr d states in Sr2CrMoO6 compared to Fe d in Sr2FeMoO6 suppresses the hybridization between Cr t2 g and Mo t2 g. This strongly weakens the hybridization-driven mechanism of magnetism discussed for Sr2FeMoO6 . Our study reveals that, nonetheless, the magnetic transition temperature of Sr2CrMoO6 remains high since an additional superexchange contribution to magnetism arises with a finite intrinsic moment developed at the Mo site. We further discuss the situation in comparison to another related double perovskite compound, Sr2CrWO6 . We also examine the effect of correlation beyond DFT, using dynamical mean field theory.

  9. The particle-in-cell model for ab initio thermodynamics: implications for the elastic anisotropy of the Earth's inner core

    Gannarelli, C M S; Gillan, M J

    2003-01-01

    We assess the quantitative accuracy of the particle-in-cell (PIC) approximation used in recent ab initio predictions of the thermodynamic properties of hexagonal-close-packed iron at the conditions of the Earth's inner core. The assessment is made by comparing PIC predictions for a range of thermodynamic properties with the results of more exact calculations that avoid the PIC approximation. It is shown that PIC gives very accurate results for some properties, but that it gives an incorrect treatment of anharmonic lattice vibrations. In addition, our assessment does not support recent PIC-based predictions that the hexagonal c/a ratio increases strongly with increasing temperature, and we point out that this casts doubt on a proposed re-interpretation of the elastic anisotropy of the inner core.

  10. On the hierarchical parallelization of ab initio simulations

    Ruiz-Barragan, Sergi; Shiga, Motoyuki

    2016-01-01

    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.

  11. Ab initio cluster-model study of the on-top chemisorption of F and Cl on Si(111) and Ge(111) surfaces

    Illas i Riera, Francesc; Rubio Martínez, Jaime; Ricart, J M

    1985-01-01

    The interaction of atomic F and Cl with Si4H9 and Ge4H9 cluster models has been studied by using ab initio pseudopotentials and basis sets of increasing complexity. The results show that the effect of d orbitals is important in order to reproduce the experimental findings. However, the use of polarization functions in the atoms which are directly involved in the chemisorption bond leads to results which are very close to those obtained using extended basis sets. The local nature of the chemis...

  12. Nonlinear effects in evolution - an ab initio study: A model in which the classical theory of evolution occurs as a special case.

    Clerc, Daryl G

    2016-07-21

    An ab initio approach was used to study the molecular-level interactions that connect gene-mutation to changes in an organism׳s phenotype. The study provides new insights into the evolutionary process and presents a simplification whereby changes in phenotypic properties may be studied in terms of the binding affinities of the chemical interactions affected by mutation, rather than by correlation to the genes. The study also reports the role that nonlinear effects play in the progression of organs, and how those effects relate to the classical theory of evolution. Results indicate that the classical theory of evolution occurs as a special case within the ab initio model - a case having two attributes. The first attribute: proteins and promoter regions are not shared among organs. The second attribute: continuous limiting behavior exists in the physical properties of organs as well as in the binding affinity of the associated chemical interactions, with respect to displacements in the chemical properties of proteins and promoter regions induced by mutation. Outside of the special case, second-order coupling contributions are significant and nonlinear effects play an important role, a result corroborated by analyses of published activity levels in binding and transactivation assays. Further, gradations in the state of perfection of an organ may be small or large depending on the type of mutation, and not necessarily closely-separated as maintained by the classical theory. Results also indicate that organs progress with varying degrees of interdependence, the likelihood of successful mutation decreases with increasing complexity of the affected chemical system, and differences between the ab initio model and the classical theory increase with increasing complexity of the organism. PMID:27029513

  13. Chemical, spectroscopic, and ab initio modelling approach to interfacial reactivity applied to anion retention by siderite; Approche couplee chimique, spectroscopique et de modelisation ab initio a la reactivite de surface: application a la retention des anions par la siderite

    Badaut, V.

    2010-07-15

    Among the many radionuclides contained in high-level nuclear waste, {sup 79}Se was identified as a potential threat to the safety of long term underground storage. However, siderite (FeCO{sub 3}) is known to form upon corrosion of the waste container, and the impact of this mineral on the fate of selenium was not accounted for. In this work, the interactions between selenium oxyanions - selenate and selenite - and siderite were investigated. To this end, both experimental characterizations (solution chemistry, X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy - XAS) and theoretical studies (ab initio modelling using Density Functional Theory - DFT) were performed. Selenite and selenate ({<=} 10{sup 3} M) retention experiments by siderite suspensions (75 g/L) at neutral pH in reducing glovebox (5 % H{sub 2}) showed that selenite is quantitatively immobilized by siderite after 48 h of reaction time, when selenate is only partly immobilized after 10 days. In the selenite case, XAS showed that immobilized selenium is initially present as Se(IV) probably sorbed on siderite surface. After 10 days of reaction, selenite ions are quantitatively reduced and form poorly crystalline elementary selenium. Selenite retention and reduction kinetics are therefore distinct. On the other hand, the fraction of immobilized selenate retained in the solid fraction does not appear to be significantly reduced over the probed timescale (10 days). For a better understanding of the reduction mechanism of selenite ions by siderite, the properties of bulk and perfect surfaces of siderite were modelled using DFT. We suggest that the properties of the valence electrons can be correctly described only if the symmetry of the fundamental state electronic density is lower than the experimental crystallographic symmetry. We then show that the retention of simple molecules as O{sub 2} or H{sub 2}O on siderite and magnesite (10{sup -14}) perfect surfaces (perfect cleavage plane, whose surface energy is the lowest according

  14. Ab initio two-component Ehrenfest dynamics

    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 H2 and O2. 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

  15. Ab-initio study of thermoelectricity of layered tellurium compounds

    Ibarra Hernández, Wilfredo

    2015-01-01

    In this thesis, we explore the electronic, dynamic and thermoelectric properties of different tellurium-based compounds. We perform ab-initio calculations within the Vienna Ab-initio Simulation Package (VASP) that works in the framework of Density Functional Theory (DFT). For the thermoelectric properties, we use the Boltztrap code that solves the Boltzmann Transport Equations (BTE) for electrons within the Constant Relaxation Time Approximation (CRTA). This computational pa...

  16. Toward ab initio density functional theory for nuclei

    Drut, J. E.; Furnstahl, R. J.; Platter, L.

    2009-01-01

    We survey approaches to nonrelativistic density functional theory (DFT) for nuclei using progress toward ab initio DFT for Coulomb systems as a guide. Ab initio DFT starts with a microscopic Hamiltonian and is naturally formulated using orbital-based functionals, which generalize the conventional local-density-plus-gradients form. The orbitals satisfy single-particle equations with multiplicative (local) potentials. The DFT functionals can be developed starting from internucleon forces using ...

  17. Ab initio study of neutron drops with chiral Hamiltonians

    H.D. Potter

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available We report ab initio calculations for neutron drops in a 10 MeV external harmonic-oscillator trap using chiral nucleon–nucleon plus three-nucleon interactions. We present total binding energies, internal energies, radii and odd–even energy differences for neutron numbers N=2–18 using the no-core shell model with and without importance truncation. Furthermore, we present total binding energies for N=8,16,20,28,40,50 obtained in a coupled-cluster approach. Comparisons with quantum Monte Carlo results, where available, using Argonne v8′ with three-nucleon interactions reveal important dependences on the chosen Hamiltonian.

  18. Ab initio calculation of tensile strength in iron

    Friák, Martin; Šob, Mojmír; Vitek, V.

    2003-01-01

    Roč. 83, 31-34 (2003), s. 3529-3537. ISSN 1478-6435. [Multiscale Materials Modelling: Working Theory for Industry /1./. London, 17.06.2002-20.06.2002] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA1041302; GA ČR GA202/03/1351; GA MŠk OC 523.90 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z2041904 Keywords : ab initio calculations * electronic structure * theoretical tensile strength Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism

  19. Ab initio study of neutron drops with chiral Hamiltonians

    We report ab initio calculations for neutron drops in a 10 MeV external harmonic-oscillator trap using chiral nucleon–nucleon plus three-nucleon interactions. We present total binding energies, internal energies, radii and odd–even energy differences for neutron numbers N=2–18 using the no-core shell model with and without importance truncation. Furthermore, we present total binding energies for N=8,16,20,28,40,50 obtained in a coupled-cluster approach. Comparisons with quantum Monte Carlo results, where available, using Argonne v8′ with three-nucleon interactions reveal important dependences on the chosen Hamiltonian

  20. Ab initio structure determination via powder X-ray diffraction

    Digamber G Porob; T N Guru Row

    2001-10-01

    Structure determination by powder X-ray diffraction data has gone through a recent surge since it has become important to get to the structural information of materials which do not yield good quality single crystals. Although the method of structure completion when once the starting model is provided is facile through the Rietveld refinement technique, the structure solution ab initio os still not push-button technology. In this article a survey of the recent development in this area is provided with an illustration of the structure determination of -NaBi3V2O10.

  1. Isochronal annealing of electron-irradiated dilute Fe alloys modelled by an ab initio based AKMC method: Influence of solute-interstitial cluster properties

    The evolution of the microstructure of dilute Fe alloys under irradiation has been modelled using a multiscale approach based on ab initio and atomistic kinetic Monte Carlo simulations. In these simulations, both self interstitials and vacancies, isolated or in clusters, are considered. Isochronal annealing after electron irradiation experiments have been simulated in pure Fe, Fe-Cu and Fe-Mn dilute alloys, focusing on recovery stages I and II. The parameters regarding the self interstitial - solute atom interactions are based on ab initio predictions and some of these interactions have been slightly adjusted, without modifying the interaction character, on isochronal annealing experimental data. The different recovery peaks are globally well reproduced. These simulations allow interpreting the different recovery peaks as well as the effect of varying solute concentration. For some peaks, these simulations have allowed to revisit and re-interpret the experimental data. In Fe-Cu, the trapping of self interstitials by Cu atoms allows experimental results to be reproduced, although no mixed dumbbells are formed, contrary to the former interpretations. Whereas, in Fe-Mn, the favorable formation of mixed dumbbell plays an important role in the Mn effect.

  2. Modeling surface motion effects in N2 dissociation on W(110): Ab initio molecular dynamics calculations and generalized Langevin oscillator model

    Nattino, Francesco; Galparsoro, Oihana; Costanzo, Francesca; Díez Muiño, Ricardo; Alducin, Maite; Kroes, Geert-Jan

    2016-06-01

    Accurately modeling surface temperature and surface motion effects is necessary to study molecule-surface reactions in which the energy dissipation to surface phonons can largely affect the observables of interest. We present here a critical comparison of two methods that allow to model such effects, namely, the ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) method and the generalized Langevin oscillator (GLO) model, using the dissociation of N2 on W(110) as a benchmark. AIMD is highly accurate as the surface atoms are explicitly part of the dynamics, but this advantage comes with a large computational cost. The GLO model is much more computationally convenient, but accounts for lattice motion effects in a very approximate way. Results show that, despite its simplicity, the GLO model is able to capture the physics of the system to a large extent, returning dissociation probabilities which are in better agreement with AIMD than static-surface results. Furthermore, the GLO model and the AIMD method predict very similar energy transfer to the lattice degrees of freedom in the non-reactive events, and similar dissociation dynamics.

  3. AB INITIO SIMULATIONS FOR MATERIAL PROPERTIES ALONG THE JUPITER ADIABAT

    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 Grüneisen 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.

  4. Minimal model for study on Superconductivity in LaFeAsO{sub 1-x}F{sub x} based on ab-initio downfolding

    Arita, Ryotaro [Department of Applied Physics, University of Tokyo, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan); Onari, Seiichiro; Tanaka, Yukio [Department of Applied Physics, Nagoya University, Nagoya 464-8603, Japan and CREST-JST (Japan); Usui, Hidetomo; Kuroki, Kazuhiko [Department of Applied Physics and Chemistry, University of Electro -Communications, Chofu, Tokyo 182-8585 (Japan); Kontani, Hiroshi [Department of Physics, Nagoya University, Nagoya 464-8602, Japan, (Japan); Aoki, Hideo, E-mail: arita@ap.t.u-tokyo.ac.j [Department of Physics, University of Tokyo, Tokyo 113-0033 (Japan)

    2009-03-01

    We have constructed an effective model for the newly discovered iron-based superconductor LaFeAsO{sub 1-x}F{sub x} by downfolding an ab-initio electronic structure around the Fermi energy with the maximally localized Wannier functions. The model has turned out to involve all the five Fe 3d orbitals. We have then used the model to calculate the spin and charge susceptibilities with the five-band random phase approximation. The stripe-type antiferromagnetic spin instability observed in neutron scattering experiments is successfully reproduced. Superconductivity is examined by solving the linearized Eliashberg equation to identify the dominant pairing gap function. We found that the gap function has an extended-s symmetry.

  5. Pharmacological Classification and Activity Evaluation of Furan and Thiophene Amide Derivatives Applying Semi-Empirical ab initio Molecular Modeling Methods

    Leszek Bober

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Pharmacological and physicochemical classification of the furan and thiophene amide derivatives by multiple regression analysis and partial least square (PLS based on semi-empirical ab initio molecular modeling studies and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC retention data is proposed. Structural parameters obtained from the PCM (Polarizable Continuum Model method and the literature values of biological activity (antiproliferative for the A431 cells expressed as LD50 of the examined furan and thiophene derivatives was used to search for relationships. It was tested how variable molecular modeling conditions considered together, with or without HPLC retention data, allow evaluation of the structural recognition of furan and thiophene derivatives with respect to their pharmacological properties.

  6. Gravitational Wave Signatures of Ab Initio Two-Dimensional Core Collapse Supernova Explosion Models for 12-25 Solar Masses Stars

    Yakunin, Konstantin N; Marronetti, Pedro; Yoshida, Shin'ichirou; Bruenn, Stephen W; Hix, W Raphael; Lentz, Eric J; Messer, O E Bronson; Harris, J Austin; Endeve, Eirik; Blondin, John M; Lingerfelt, Eric J

    2015-01-01

    We present the gravitational waveforms computed in ab initio two-dimensional core collapse supernova models evolved with the Chimera code for progenitor masses between 12 and 25 solar masses. All models employ multi-frequency neutrino transport in the ray-by-ray approximation, state-of-the-art weak interaction physics, relativistic transport corrections such as the gravitational redshift of neutrinos, two-dimensional hydrodynamics with the commensurate relativistic corrections, Newtonian self-gravity with a general relativistic monopole correction, and the Lattimer-Swesty equation of state with 220 MeV compressibility, and begin with the most recent Woosley-Heger nonrotating progenitors in this mass range. All of our models exhibit robust explosions. Therefore, our waveforms capture all stages of supernova development: 1) a relatively short and weak prompt signal, 2) a quiescent stage, 3) a strong signal due to convection and SASI activity, 4) termination of active accretion onto the proto-neutron star, and 5...

  7. Three-cluster dynamics within an ab initio framework

    Quaglioni, S; Navrátil, P

    2013-01-01

    We introduce a fully antisymmetrized treatment of three-cluster dynamics within the ab initio framework of the no-core shell model/resonating-group method (NCSM/RGM). Energy-independent non-local 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 Schr\\"odinger 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 an $^4$He+$n+n$ description of $^6$He and compare the results to experiment and to a six-body diagonalization of the Hamiltonian performed within the harmonic-oscillator expansions of the NCSM. Differences between the two calculations provide a measure of core ($^4$He) pola...

  8. Unified ab initio approaches to nuclear structure and reactions

    Navratil, Petr; Hupin, Guillaume; Romero-Redondo, Carolina; Calci, Angelo

    2016-01-01

    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 {\\em 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 $^6$He halo nucleus, of five- and six...

  9. Ab initio dynamics of the cytochrome P450 hydroxylation reaction

    Elenewski, Justin E.; Hackett, John C, E-mail: jchackett@vcu.edu [Department of Physiology and Biophysics and The Massey Cancer Center, School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, 401 College Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219-1540 (United States)

    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.

  10. Ab Initio Studies of Stratospheric Ozone Depletion Chemistry

    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.

  11. The CALPHAD and ab-initio modelling of Z-Phase in ternary Cr-Nb-N system and advanced steels

    Kroupa, Aleš; Legut, Dominik; Pavlů, J.; Zemanová, Adéla

    Jeju : Pohang University of Science and Technology, 2010. s. 77-77. [CALPHAD /39./. 23.05.2010-28.05.2010, Jeju] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20410507 Keywords : Z-Phase * ab-initio approach * CALPHAD method Subject RIV: BJ - Thermodynamic s

  12. Towards new horizons in ab initio nuclear structure theory

    We review recent advances in ab initio nuclear structure theory, which have changed the horizons of this field. Starting from chiral effective field theory to construct the nuclear Hamiltonian and the similarity renormalization group to further soften it, we address several many-body approaches that have seen major developments over the past few years. We show that the domain of ab initio nuclear structure theory has been pushed well beyond the p-shell and that quantitative QCD-based predictions are becoming possible all the way from the proton to the neutron drip line up into the medium-mass regime. (authors)

  13. Use of ab initio quantum chemical methods in battery technology

    Deiss, E. [Paul Scherrer Inst. (PSI), Villigen (Switzerland)

    1997-06-01

    Ab initio quantum chemistry can nowadays predict physical and chemical properties of molecules and solids. An attempt should be made to use this tool more widely for predicting technologically favourable materials. To demonstrate the use of ab initio quantum chemistry in battery technology, the theoretical energy density (energy per volume of active electrode material) and specific energy (energy per mass of active electrode material) of a rechargeable lithium-ion battery consisting of a graphite electrode and a nickel oxide electrode has been calculated with this method. (author) 1 fig., 1 tab., 7 refs.

  14. P-V Relation for Mercuric Calcogenides: Ab Initio Method

    G. Misra

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Mercuric Calcogenides found many applications in electronic and optical devices as semiconducting materials. An equation of state provides useful information about the relationship between pressure (P, volume (V and temperature (T that helps to understand the behaviour of materials under the effect of high pressure and high temperature. The present paper sheds light on the electronic structure of Mercuric Calcogenides by simulating its electronic properties through ab initio method. This ab initio method is extended to derive the equation of state for Mercuric Calcogenides. The present equation of state has also been tested for the prediction of End Point. The computed results compare well with Quantum statistical data.

  15. Ab initio methods for electron-molecule collisions

    This review concentrates on the recent advances in treating the electronic aspect of the electron-molecule interaction and leaves to other articles the description of the rotational and vibrational motions. Those methods which give the most complete treatment of the direct, exchange, and correlation effects are focused on. Such full treatments are generally necessary at energies below a few Rydbergs (≅ 60 eV). This choice unfortunately necessitates omission of those active and vital areas devoted to the development of model potentials and approximate scattering formulations. The ab initio and model approaches complement each other and are both extremely important to the full explication of the electron-scattering process. Due to the rapid developments of recent years, the approaches that provide the fullest treatment are concentrated on. 81 refs

  16. 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

  17. Relativistic ab initio calculations for ion-atom collisions

    Within the independent particle model we solve the time---dependent single-particle equation using ab initio SCF-DIRAC-FOCK-SLATER wavefunctions as a basis. To reinstate the many-particle aspect of the collision system we use the inclusive probability formalism to answer experimental questions. As an example we show an application to the case of S15+ on Ar where experimental data on the K-K charge transfer are available for a wide range of impact energies from 4.7 to 90 MeV. Our molecular adiabatic calculations and the evaluation using the inclusive probability formalism show good results in the low energy range from 4.7 to 16 MeV impact energy

  18. Ab initio calculations of mechanical properties: Methods and applications

    Pokluda, J.; Černý, Miroslav; Šob, Mojmír; Umeno, Y.

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 73, AUG (2015), s. 127-158. ISSN 0079-6425 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP108/12/0311 Institutional support: RVO:68081723 Keywords : Ab initio methods * Elastic moduli * Intrinsic hardness * Stability analysis * Theoretical strength * Intrinsic brittleness/ductility Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 27.417, year: 2014

  19. Cyanogen Azide. Ionization Potentials and Ab Initio SCF MO Calculation

    Bak, Börge; Jansen, Peter; Stafast, Herbert

    1975-01-01

    The Ne(I) and He(I) photoelectron(PE) spectra of cyanogen azide, NCN3, have been recorded at high resolution. Their interpretation is achieved by comparison with the PE spectrum of HN3 and an ab initio LCGO SCF MO calculation. Deviations from Koopmans' theorem of quite different magnitudes are fo...

  20. Relaxation of Small Molecules: an ab initio Study

    CAO Yi-Gang; JIAO Zheng-Kuan; A. Antons; K. Schroeder; S. Blügel2

    2002-01-01

    Using an ab initio total energy and force method, we have relaxed several group IV and group V elementalclusters, in detail the arsenic and antimony dimers, silicon, phosphorus, arsenic and antimony tetramers. The obtainedbond lengths and cohesive energies are more accurate than other calculating methods, and in excellent agreement withthe experimental results.

  1. Ab initio study of phase equilibria in TiCx

    Korzhavyi, P.A.; Pourovskii, L.V.; Hugosson, H.W.;

    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, ...

  2. Ab initio Calculations of Charge Symmetry Breaking in the A=4 Hypernuclei

    Gazda, Daniel; Gal, A.

    2016-01-01

    Roč. 116, č. 12 (2016), s. 122501. ISSN 0031-9007 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA15-04301S Institutional support: RVO:61389005 Keywords : ab initio * shell model * four-body calculations Subject RIV: BE - Theoretical Physics Impact factor: 7.512, year: 2014

  3. Computationally efficient and quantitatively accurate multiscale simulation of solid-solution strengthening by ab initio calculation

    Ma, D.; Friák, Martin; von Pezold, J.; Raabe, D.; Neugebauer, J.

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 85, FEB (2015), s. 53-66. ISSN 1359-6454 Institutional support: RVO:68081723 Keywords : Solid-solution strengthening * DFT * Peierls–Nabarro model * Ab initio * Al alloy s Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 4.465, year: 2014

  4. Augmented wave ab initio EFG calculations: some methodological warnings

    Errico, Leonardo A. [Departamento de Fisica-IFLP (CONICET), Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, CC67 (1900) La Plata (Argentina); Renteria, Mario [Departamento de Fisica-IFLP (CONICET), Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, CC67 (1900) La Plata (Argentina); Petrilli, Helena M. [Instituto de Fisica-DFMT, Universidade de Sao Paulo, C.P. 66318, 05315-970 Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)]. E-mail: hmpetril@macbeth.if.usp.br

    2007-02-01

    We discuss some accuracy aspects inherent to ab initio electronic structure calculations in the understanding of nuclear quadrupole interactions. We use the projector augmented wave method to study the electric-field gradient (EFG) at both Sn and O sites in the prototype cases SnO and SnO{sub 2}. The term ab initio is used in the standard context of the also called first principles methods in the framework of the Density Functional Theory. As the main contributions of EFG calculations to problems in condensed matter physics are related to structural characterizations on the atomic scale, we discuss the 'state of the art' on theoretical EFG calculations and make a brief critical review on the subject, calling attention to some fundamental theoretical aspects.

  5. Augmented wave ab initio EFG calculations: some methodological warnings

    We discuss some accuracy aspects inherent to ab initio electronic structure calculations in the understanding of nuclear quadrupole interactions. We use the projector augmented wave method to study the electric-field gradient (EFG) at both Sn and O sites in the prototype cases SnO and SnO2. The term ab initio is used in the standard context of the also called first principles methods in the framework of the Density Functional Theory. As the main contributions of EFG calculations to problems in condensed matter physics are related to structural characterizations on the atomic scale, we discuss the 'state of the art' on theoretical EFG calculations and make a brief critical review on the subject, calling attention to some fundamental theoretical aspects

  6. Ab Initio Nuclear Structure Theory: From Few to Many

    We summarize recent advances in ab initio nuclear structure theory, aiming to connect few- and many-body systems in a coherent theoretical framework. Starting from chiral effective field theory to construct the nuclear Hamiltonian and the similarity renormalization group to soften it, we address several many-body approaches that have seen major developments over the past few years. We show that the domain of ab initio nuclear structure theory has been pushed well beyond the p-shell and that quantitative predictions connected to QCD via chiral effective field theory are becoming possible all the way from the proton to the neutron drip line up into the medium-mass regime. (author)

  7. The density matrix renormalization group for ab initio quantum chemistry

    Wouters, Sebastian

    2014-01-01

    During the past 15 years, the density matrix renormalization group (DMRG) has become increasingly important for ab initio quantum chemistry. Its underlying wavefunction ansatz, the matrix product state (MPS), is a low-rank decomposition of the full configuration interaction tensor. The virtual dimension of the MPS, the rank of the decomposition, controls the size of the corner of the many-body Hilbert space that can be reached with the ansatz. This parameter can be systematically increased until numerical convergence is reached. The MPS ansatz naturally captures exponentially decaying correlation functions. Therefore DMRG works extremely well for noncritical one-dimensional systems. The active orbital spaces in quantum chemistry are however often far from one-dimensional, and relatively large virtual dimensions are required to use DMRG for ab initio quantum chemistry (QC-DMRG). The QC-DMRG algorithm, its computational cost, and its properties are discussed. Two important aspects to reduce the computational co...

  8. Ab-initio calculations on melting of thorium

    Mukherjee, D.; Sahoo, B. D.; Joshi, K. D.; Kaushik, T. C.; Gupta, Satish C.

    2016-05-01

    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 (a0)3 and (1.02a0)3 and (1.04a0)3 increases gradually with temperature and undergoes a sharp jump at ~2200 K, ~2100 K and ~1800 K, respectively. Here, a0 = 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 2023K. Further, the same has been verified by plotting the atomic arrangement evolved at various temperatures and corresponding pair correlation functions.

  9. Molexpl: a tool for ab initio data exploration and visualization

    Wang, Xueying; Onofrio, Nicolas,; Strachan, Alejandro

    2015-01-01

    Density functional theory (DFT) based on ab initio theory, is a powerful method to resolve the electronic structure of atoms, molecules and solids. However, in practical, DFT is limited to few hundreds of atoms. To overcome this limitation, researchers have developed empirical interatomic potentials implemented in molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. MD ignores the movements of electrons and describes bonding and non-bonding interaction as a function of the distance between atoms called force...

  10. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulation of laser melting of silicon

    Silvestrelli, P.-L.; Alavi, A; Parrinello, M.; Frenkel, D

    1996-01-01

    The method of ab initio molecular dynamics, based on finite temperature density functional theory, is used to simulate laser heating of crystal silicon. We have found that a high concentration of excited electrons dramatically weakens the covalent bond. As a result, the system undergoes a melting transition to a metallic state. In contrast to ordinary liquid silicon, the new liquid is characterized by a high coordination number and a strong reduction of covalent bonding effects.

  11. The density matrix renormalization group for ab initio quantum chemistry

    Wouters, Sebastian

    2015-01-01

    During the past 15 years, the density matrix renormalization group (DMRG) has become increasingly important for ab initio quantum chemistry. It is used as a numerically exact solver for highly correlated regions in molecules. While the method works extremely well for one-dimensional systems, the correlated regions of interest are often far from one-dimensional. In this introductory talk, I will discuss the DMRG algorithm from a quantum information perspective, how quantum information theory h...

  12. P-V Relation for Mercuric Calcogenides: Ab Initio Method

    G. Misra; S. Tenguria; Gautam, M.

    2011-01-01

    Mercuric Calcogenides found many applications in electronic and optical devices as semiconducting materials. An equation of state provides useful information about the relationship between pressure (P), volume (V) and temperature (T) that helps to understand the behaviour of materials under the effect of high pressure and high temperature. The present paper sheds light on the electronic structure of Mercuric Calcogenides by simulating its electronic properties through ab initio method. This a...

  13. Ab-initio calculations for dilute magnetic semiconductors

    Belhadji, Brahim

    2008-01-01

    This thesis focusses on ab-initio calculations for the electronic structure and the magnetic properties of dilute magnetic semiconductors (DMS). In particular we aim at the understanding of the complex exchange interactions in these systems. Our calculations are based on density functional theory, being ideally suited for a description of the material specific properties of the considered DMS. Moreover we use the KKR Green function method in connection with the coherent potential approximatio...

  14. GAUSSIAN 76: An ab initio Molecular Orbital Program

    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.

  15. GAUSSIAN 76: an ab initio molecular orbital program

    Binkley, J. S.; Whiteside, R.; Hariharan, P. C.; Seeger, R.; Hehre, W. J.; Lathan, W. A.; Newton, M. D.; Ditchfield, R.; Pople, J. A.

    1978-06-01

    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.

  16. Der halbunendliche Kristall - Elektronische und optische Eigenschaften ab-initio

    Brodersen, Sven

    2002-01-01

    Es werden die elektronischen und optischen Eigenschaften eines kristallinen Festkörpers unter Berücksichtigung der Oberfläche mit ab-initio Methoden berechnet. Die Behandlung der Oberflächeneffekte in einer Halbraum-Geometrie erzwingt die Darstellung der Wellenfunktionen und der Dielektrischen Funktion (DK) in einer lokalen Basis. Anhand von Volumenkristallen wird die Effizienz von LCAO- Basisfunktionen demonstriert. Die Erweiterung der atomaren Orbitale mit unbesetzten Orbitalen und 'off-sit...

  17. Ab initio calculations for industrial materials engineering: successes and challenges

    Wimmer, Erich; Freeman, Clive; Christensen, Mikael; Wolf, Walter; Saxe, Paul [Materials Design, Inc., PO Box 2000, Angel Fire, NM 87710 (United States); Najafabadi, Reza; Young Jr, George A; Ballard, Jake D; Angeliu, Thomas M; Vollmer, James [Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, PO Box 1072, Schenectady, NY 12301-1072 (United States); Chambers, James J; Niimi, Hiroaki; Shaw, Judy B, E-mail: ewimmer@materialsdesign.co [Advanced CMOS, Texas Instruments Incorporated, Dallas, TX 75243 (United States)

    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{sub 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.

  18. Ab initio calculations for industrial materials engineering: successes and challenges

    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-HfO2 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.

  19. Ab initio multiple cloning algorithm for quantum nonadiabatic molecular dynamics

    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

  20. A Complete and Accurate Ab Initio Repeat Finding Algorithm.

    Lian, Shuaibin; Chen, Xinwu; Wang, Peng; Zhang, Xiaoli; Dai, Xianhua

    2016-03-01

    It has become clear that repetitive sequences have played multiple roles in eukaryotic genome evolution including increasing genetic diversity through mutation, changes in gene expression and facilitating generation of novel genes. However, identification of repetitive elements can be difficult in the ab initio manner. Currently, some classical ab initio tools of finding repeats have already presented and compared. The completeness and accuracy of detecting repeats of them are little pool. To this end, we proposed a new ab initio repeat finding tool, named HashRepeatFinder, which is based on hash index and word counting. Furthermore, we assessed the performances of HashRepeatFinder with other two famous tools, such as RepeatScout and Repeatfinder, in human genome data hg19. The results indicated the following three conclusions: (1) The completeness of HashRepeatFinder is the best one among these three compared tools in almost all chromosomes, especially in chr9 (8 times of RepeatScout, 10 times of Repeatfinder); (2) in terms of detecting large repeats, HashRepeatFinder also performed best in all chromosomes, especially in chr3 (24 times of RepeatScout and 250 times of Repeatfinder) and chr19 (12 times of RepeatScout and 60 times of Repeatfinder); (3) in terms of accuracy, HashRepeatFinder can merge the abundant repeats with high accuracy. PMID:26272474

  1. Ab initio multiple cloning algorithm for quantum nonadiabatic molecular dynamics

    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.

  2. Ab initio multiple cloning algorithm for quantum nonadiabatic molecular dynamics

    Makhov, Dmitry V.; Shalashilin, Dmitrii V. [Department of Chemistry, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT (United Kingdom); Glover, William J.; Martinez, Todd J. [Department of Chemistry and The PULSE Institute, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305, USA and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Menlo Park, California 94025 (United States)

    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.

  3. Ab initio-informed maximum entropy modeling of rovibrational relaxation and state-specific dissociation with application to the O2 + O system

    Kulakhmetov, Marat; Gallis, Michael; Alexeenko, Alina

    2016-05-01

    Quasi-classical trajectory (QCT) calculations are used to study state-specific ro-vibrational energy exchange and dissociation in the O2 + O system. Atom-diatom collisions with energy between 0.1 and 20 eV are calculated with a double many body expansion potential energy surface by Varandas and Pais [Mol. Phys. 65, 843 (1988)]. Inelastic collisions favor mono-quantum vibrational transitions at translational energies above 1.3 eV although multi-quantum transitions are also important. Post-collision vibrational favoring decreases first exponentially and then linearly as Δv increases. Vibrationally elastic collisions (Δv = 0) favor small ΔJ transitions while vibrationally inelastic collisions have equilibrium post-collision rotational distributions. Dissociation exhibits both vibrational and rotational favoring. New vibrational-translational (VT), vibrational-rotational-translational (VRT) energy exchange, and dissociation models are developed based on QCT observations and maximum entropy considerations. Full set of parameters for state-to-state modeling of oxygen is presented. The VT energy exchange model describes 22 000 state-to-state vibrational cross sections using 11 parameters and reproduces vibrational relaxation rates within 30% in the 2500-20 000 K temperature range. The VRT model captures 80 × 106 state-to-state ro-vibrational cross sections using 19 parameters and reproduces vibrational relaxation rates within 60% in the 5000-15 000 K temperature range. The developed dissociation model reproduces state-specific and equilibrium dissociation rates within 25% using just 48 parameters. The maximum entropy framework makes it feasible to upscale ab initio simulation to full nonequilibrium flow calculations.

  4. Extension of the MIRS computer package for the modeling of molecular spectra: From effective to full ab initio ro-vibrational Hamiltonians in irreducible tensor form

    The MIRS software for the modeling of ro-vibrational spectra of polyatomic molecules was considerably extended and improved. The original version [Nikitin AV, Champion JP, Tyuterev VlG. The MIRS computer package for modeling the rovibrational spectra of polyatomic molecules. J Quant Spectrosc Radiat Transf 2003;82:239-49.] was especially designed for separate or simultaneous treatments of complex band systems of polyatomic molecules. It was set up in the frame of effective polyad models by using algorithms based on advanced group theory algebra to take full account of symmetry properties. It has been successfully used for predictions and data fitting (positions and intensities) of numerous spectra of symmetric and spherical top molecules within the vibration extrapolation scheme. The new version offers more advanced possibilities for spectra calculations and modeling by getting rid of several previous limitations particularly for the size of polyads and the number of tensors involved. It allows dealing with overlapping polyads and includes more efficient and faster algorithms for the calculation of coefficients related to molecular symmetry properties (6C, 9C and 12C symbols for C3v, Td, and Oh point groups) and for better convergence of least-square-fit iterations as well. The new version is not limited to polyad effective models. It also allows direct predictions using full ab initio ro-vibrational normal mode Hamiltonians converted into the irreducible tensor form. Illustrative examples on CH3D, CH4, CH3Cl, CH3F and PH3 are reported reflecting the present status of data available. It is written in C++ for standard PC computer operating under Windows. The full package including on-line documentation and recent data are freely available at (http://www.iao.ru/mirs/mirs.htm) or (http://xeon.univ-reims.fr/Mirs/) or (http://icb.u-bourgogne.fr/OMR/SMA/SHTDS/MIRS.html) and as supplementary data from the online version of the article.

  5. Towards hydrogen metallization: an Ab initio approach; Vers la metallisation de l`hydrogene: approche AB initio

    Bernard, St

    1998-12-31

    The quest for metallic hydrogen is a major goal for both theoretical and experimental condensed matter physics. Hydrogen and deuterium have been compressed up to 200 GPa in diamond anvil cells, without any clear evidence for a metallic behaviour. Loubeyere has recently suggested that hydrogen could metallize, at pressures within experimental range, in a new Van der Waals compound: Ar(H{sub 2}){sub 2} which is characterized at ambient pressure by an open and anisotropic sublattice of hydrogen molecules, stabilized by an argon skeleton. This thesis deals with a detailed ab initio investigation, by Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics methods, of the evolution under pressure of this compound. In a last chapter, we go to much higher pressures and temperatures, in order to compare orbital and orbital free ab initio methods for the dense hydrogen plasma. (author) 109 refs.

  6. Ab initio evaluations of the He solubility in liquid Li

    Sedano, Luis A. [EURATOM-CIEMAT Assoc., Materials for Fusion Program, Bd. 43 P0.04, Avda. Complutense 22, 28040 Madrid (Spain)]. E-mail: luis.sedano@ciemat.es; Hassanein, Ahmed [Argonne Nat. Lab, 9700 South Class Av., Argonne, IL (United States)]. E-mail: hassanein@anl.gov; Sanz, Javier [ETSII-UNED, c/Juan del Rosal, 12, 28040 Madrid (E) (Spain)]. E-mail: jsanz@ind.UNED.es

    2005-11-15

    Modified embedding atom methods (MEAM) are developed to have predictions of the partial molar heat of solution (-H{sub s}) by direct simulation of metal cohesion, He-metal and He-He interaction. Transitions from crystalline Li to configurations, having the liquid Li structure's factors (h-bar (q)), are simulated ab initio. Once h-bar (q) reproduced, He atoms are added, one by one, to the Li system. Parallel lines for each case, with slopes clearly independent on the number of He atoms in the system, are obtained for energy versus pressure at given temperatures. Average differences between two adjacent parallels at zero pressure, once kinetic energy of the system discounted, represents the energy gained by an He atom when added to the Li system, related to the solution energy -H{sub s}. The molar excess entropy of gas in solution (S-bar {sub l}{sup ex}) is previously evaluated following diverse fundamental approaches: a 'thermodynamic liquid-hole' (TL-H) model for alkali liquids and a statistical-mechanics (Neff and McQuarrie's) model (SMM). Between 600 and 900 deg. C, a typical range of interest for the use of Li in fusion technology, the computed values for the (He) Henry's constant in Li range from 8x10{sup -14} to 10{sup -13} at. fr. Pa{sup -1}.

  7. Ab initio no-core solutions for $^6$Li

    Shin, Ik Jae; Maris, Pieter; Vary, James P; Forssén, Christian; Rotureau, Jimmy; Michel, Nicolas

    2016-01-01

    We solve for properties of $^6$Li in the ab initio No-Core Full Configuration approach and we separately solve for its ground state and $J^{\\pi}=2_{2}^{+}$ resonance with the Gamow Shell Model 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 radius and a suite of electroweak observables. We also extend and test methods to extrapolate the ground state energy, point proton root-mean-square radius, and electric quadrupole moment. We attain improved estimates of these observables in the No-Core Full Configuration 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 Gamow Shell Model treatment of the $^6$Li ground state and $J^{\\pi}=2_{2}^{+}$ resonance by ...

  8. Cosmic-ray modulation: an ab initio approach

    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. (author)

  9. Ab initio Nuclear structure Theory with chiral two- plus three-nucleon interactions

    Low-energy nuclear theory has entered an era of ab initio nuclear structure and reaction calculations based on input from QCD. One of the most promising paths from QCD to nuclear observables employs Hamiltonians constructed within chiral effective field theory as consistent starting point for precise ab initio nuclear structure and reaction studies. However, the full inclusion of chiral two- plus three-nucleon (NN+3N) interactions in exact and approximate many-body calculations still poses a formidable challenge. We discuss recent developments towards this goal, ranging from consistent Similarity Renormalization Group evolutions of NN+3N Hamiltonians to large-scale ab initio calculations for ground states and spectra in the Importance-Truncated No-Core Shell Model with full 3N interactions. We highlight recent achievements and discuss open issues and future perspectives for nuclear structure theory with QCD-based interactions. Moreover, we discuss successful steps towards merging ab initio structure and reaction theory and show applications to low-energy reactions in the p-shell relevant for astrophysics.

  10. Engineering Room-temperature Superconductors Via ab-initio Calculations

    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.

  11. Ab initio simulations of peptide-mineral interactions

    Hug, Susanna; Hunter, Graeme K.; Goldberg, Harvey; Karttunen, Mikko

    We performed Car-Parrinello Molecular Dynamics (CPMD) simulations of two amino acids, aspartic acid (Asp) and phophoserine (pSer), on a calcium oxalate monohydrate (COM) surface as a model of the interactions of phosphoproteins with biominerals. In our earlier work using in vitro experiments and classical Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations we have demonstrated the importance of phosphorylation of serine on the interactions of osteopontin (OPN) with COM. We used configurations from our previous classical MD simulations as a starting point for the ab initio simulations. In the case of Asp we found that the α-carboxyl and amine groups form temporary close contacts with the surface. For the dipeptide Asp-pSer the carboxyl groups form permanent close contacts with the surface and the distances of its other functional groups do not vary much. We show how the interaction of carboxyl groups with COM crystal is established and confirm the importance of phosphorylation in mediating the interactions between COM surfaces and OPN.

  12. Ab initio transport across bismuth selenide surface barriers

    Narayan, Awadhesh

    2014-11-24

    © 2014 American Physical Society. We investigate the effect of potential barriers in the form of step edges on the scattering properties of Bi2Se3(111) topological surface states by means of large-scale ab initio transport simulations. Our results demonstrate the suppression of perfect backscattering, while all other scattering processes, which do not entail a complete spin and momentum reversal, are allowed. Furthermore, we find that the spin of the surface state develops an out-of-plane component as it traverses the barrier. Our calculations reveal the existence of quasibound states in the vicinity of the surface barriers, which appear in the form of an enhanced density of states in the energy window corresponding to the topological state. For double barriers we demonstrate the formation of quantum well states. To complement our first-principles results we construct a two-dimensional low-energy effective model and illustrate its shortcomings. Our findings are discussed in the context of a number of recent experimental works.

  13. Ab initio molecular dynamics calculations of ion hydration free energies

    We apply ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) methods in conjunction with the thermodynamic integration or 'λ-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 (φ) contributions, we obtain absolute AIMD hydration free energies (ΔGhyd) 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 φ predictions. The sums of Li+/Cl- and Ag+/Cl- AIMD ΔGhyd, 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+Ni2+ in water. The predictions for this reaction suggest that existing estimates of ΔGhyd for unstable radiolysis intermediates such as Ni+ may need to be extensively revised.

  14. Ab initio simulations on rutile-based titania nanowires

    Zhukovskii, Yu F.; Evarestov, R. A.

    2012-08-01

    The rod symmetry groups for monoperiodic (1D) nanostructures have been applied for construction of models for bulk-like TiO2 nanowires (NWs) cut from a rutile-based 3D crystal along the chosen [001] and [110] directions of crystallographic axes. In this study, we have considered nanowires described by both the Ti-atom centered rotation axes as well as the hollow site centered axes passing through the interstitial positions between the Ti and O atoms closest to the axes. The most stable [001]-oriented TiO2 NWs with rhombic cross sections are found to display the energetically preferable {110} facets only while the nanowires with quasi-square sections across the [110] axis are formed by the alternating { 1bar 10 } and {001} facets. For simulations on rutile-based nanowires possessing different diameters for each NW type, we have performed large-scale ab initio Density Functional Theory (DFT) and hybrid DFT-Hartree Fock (DFT-HF) calculations with total geometry optimization within the Generalized Gradient Approximation (GGA) in the form of the Perdew-Becke-Ernzenhof (PBE) exchange-correlation functionals (PBE and PBE0, respectively), using the formalism of linear combination of localized atomic functions (LCAO). We have simulated both structural and electronic properties of TiO2 NWs depending both on orientation and position of symmetry axes as well as on diameter and morphology of nanowires.

  15. Energetics and structure in solvent: A dielectric continuum model of solvation combined with molecular mechanics, Ab Initio, and Semi-empirical molecular orbital treatments of the solute

    We present a method for computing the electrostatic component of the solvation free energy, ΔGel, of a solute molecule in the presence of solvent modeled as a dielectric continuum. The method is based on an integral form of Poisson's equation which is solved to obtain a distribution of induced polarization charge at the solute-solvent dielectric interface. The solution of Poisson's equation is obtained by application of a boundary element procedure. The method is tested by comparing its predictions of ΔGel to exact values for several model problems. The method is then used in a variety of contexts to assess its qualitative prediction ability. It is first combined with a molecular mechanics treatment of the solute to evaluate the effects of aqueous solvent on the conformational equilibria of several small molecules of interest-these are N-methyl acetamide and alanine dipeptide. For both molecules dielectric continuum solvation predicts torsional free energies of solvation that are in accord with other more complete treatments of solvation. The method is then combined with ab initio and semi-empirical molecular orbital theory for the solute. Self consistent reaction field calculations (SCRF) are performed to evaluate the correlation is in general very good. Relative agreement with experiment is best for ions where electrostatics predominate and worst for non-polar neutral molecules were electrostatics are minor. Semi-empirical configuration interaction SCRF calculations are also performed in the presence of solvent in order to determine ground-to-excited state absorption energy shifts for formaldehyde and indole mine ground-to-excited state absorption energy shifts for formaldehyde and indole when placed in water. We find a rough correlation between transition energy shifts and the dipole moments of the initial and final states involved in the transition

  16. Experimental deduction of In/Si(1 1 1) 2D phase diagram and ab initio DFT modeling of 2√3 phase

    We have carried out adsorption and residual thermal desorption experiments of Indium on Si (1 1 1) 7 x 7 reconstructed surface, in the submonolayer regime, in Ultra High Vacuum (UHV) using in situ probes such as Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES) and Low Energy Electron Diffraction (LEED). The coverage information from AES and the surface symmetry from LEED is used to draw a 2D phase diagram which characterizes each observed superstructural phases. The different superstructural phases observed are Si(1 1 1)7 x 7-In, Si(1 1 1)√3 x √3R30o-In, Si(1 1 1)4 x 1-In, Si(1 1 1)2√3 x 2√3R30o-In and Si(1 1 1)√7 x √3-In in characteristic temperature and coverage regime. In addition to the 1/3 ML, √3 x √3-In phase, we observe two additional √3 x √3-In phases at around 0.6 and 1 ML. Our careful residual thermal desorption studies yields the Si(1 1 1)2√3 x 2√3R30o-In phase which has infrequently appeared in the literature. We probe theoretically the structure of this phase according to the LEED structure and coverage measured by AES, assuming that the model for Si(1 1 1)2√3 x 2√3R30o-In is very proximal to the well established Si(1 1 1)2√3 x 2√3R30o-Sn phase, using ab initio calculation based on pseudopotentials and Density Functional Theory (DFT) to simulate an STM image of the system. Calculations show the differences in the atomic position and charge distribution in the Si(1 1 1)2√3 x 2√3R30o-In case.

  17. Ab-initio study of napthelene based conducting polymer

    Ruhela, Ankur [Advanced Materials Research Group, Computational Nanoscience and Technology Lab (CNTL), ABV-Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Gwalior -474010, India and Amity Institute of Nanotechnology, Amity University, Noida-201303 (India); Kanchan, Reena, E-mail: reena.kanchan1977@gmail.com [Department of Chemistry, Jiwaji University, Gwalior-474001 (India); Srivastava, Anurag [Advanced Materials Research Group, Computational Nanoscience and Technology Lab (CNTL), ABV-Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Gwalior -474010 (India); Sinha, O. P. [Amity Institute of Nanotechnology, Amity University, Noida-201303 (India)

    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.

  18. Ab-initio study of napthelene based conducting polymer

    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

  19. Equations of state of heavy metals: ab initio approaches

    The determination of equations of states of heavy metals through ab initio calculation, i.e. without any adjustable parameter, allows to access to pressure and temperature thermodynamic conditions sometimes inaccessible to experiment. To perform such calculations, density functional theory (DFT) is a good starting point: when electronic densities are homogeneous enough, the local density approximation (LDA) remarkably accounts for thermodynamic properties of heavy metals, such as tantalum, or the light actinides, as well for static properties - equilibrium volume, elastic constants - as for dynamical quantities like phonon spectra. For heavier elements, like neptunium or plutonium, relativistic effects and strong electronic interactions must be taken into account, which requires more sophisticated theoretical approaches. (authors)

  20. Tailoring magnetoresistance at the atomic level: An ab initio study

    Tao, Kun

    2012-01-05

    The possibility of manipulating the tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR) of antiferromagnetic nanostructures is predicted in the framework of ab initio calculations. By the example of a junction composed of an antiferromagnetic dimer and a spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy tip we show that the TMR can be tuned and even reversed in sign by lateral and vertical movements of the tip. Moreover, our finite-bias calculations demonstrate that the magnitude and the sign of the TMR can also be tuned by an external voltage. © 2012 American Physical Society.

  1. Ab initio vibrational and dielectric properties of Y V O

    Vali, R.

    2009-10-01

    For the yttrium orthovanadate Y V O with a tetragonal zircon-type structure, the first complete set of Raman-active and IR-active phonon modes has been calculated using ab initio density functional perturbation theory. The calculated IR reflectivity spectra are in good agreement with available experimental data. We report the calculated frequencies of three Raman-active modes that could not be detected experimentally and a new assignment of the experimental Raman data. The contributions of each IR-active phonon modes to static dielectric tensor have been determined.

  2. Accelerating Ab Initio Nuclear Physics Calculations with GPUs

    Potter, Hugh; Maris, Pieter; Sosonkina, Masha; Vary, James; Binder, Sven; Calci, Angelo; Langhammer, Joachim; Roth, Robert; Çatalyürek, Ümit; Saule, Erik

    2014-01-01

    This paper describes some applications of GPU acceleration in ab initio nuclear structure calculations. Specifically, we discuss GPU acceleration of the software package MFDn, a parallel nuclear structure eigensolver. We modify the matrix construction stage to run partly on the GPU. On the Titan supercomputer at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, this produces a speedup of approximately 2.2x - 2.7x for the matrix construction stage and 1.2x - 1.4x for the entire run.

  3. Ab initio and atomic kinetic Monte Carlo modelling of segregation in concentrated FeCrNi alloys

    Internal structure of pressurised water reactors are made of austenitic materials. Under irradiation, the microstructure of these concentrated alloys evolves and solute segregation on grain boundaries or irradiation defects such as dislocation loops are observed to take place. In order to model and predict the microstructure evolution, a multi-scale modelling approach needs to be developed, which starts at the atomic scale. Atomic Kinetic Monte Carlo (AKMC) modelling is the method we chose to provide an insight on defect mediated diffusion under irradiation. In that approach, we model the concentrated commercial steel as a FeCrNi alloy (γ-Fe70Cr20Ni10). As no reliable empirical potential exists at the moment to reproduce faithfully the phase diagram and the interactions of the elements and point defects, we have adjusted a pair interaction model on large amount of DFT (Density Functional Theory) calculations. The point defect properties in the Fe70Cr20Ni10, and more precisely, how their formation energy depends on the local environment will be presented and some AKMC results on thermal non equilibrium segregation (TNES) and radiation induce segregation will be presented. The effect of Si on the segregation will also be discussed. Preliminary results show that it is the solute- grain boundaries interactions which drive TNES

  4. A numerical ab initio study of harmonic generation from a ring-shaped model molecule in laser fields

    Bauer, D

    2001-01-01

    When a laser pulse impinges on a molecule which is invariant under certain symmetry operations selection rules for harmonic generation (HG) arise. In other words: symmetry controls which channels are open for the deposition and emission of laser energy---with the possible application of filtering or amplification. We review the derivation of HG selection rules and study numerically the interaction of laser pulses with an effectively one-dimensional ring-shaped model molecule. The harmonic yields obtained from that model and their dependence on laser frequency and intensity are discussed. In a real experiment obvious candidates for such molecules are benzene, other aromatic compounds, or even nanotubes.

  5. Ab initio study on the magnetostructural properties of MnAs

    Sanvito, Stefano; RUNGGER, IVAN

    2006-01-01

    The magnetic and structural properties of MnAs are studied with ab initio methods, and by mapping total energies onto a Heisenberg model. The stability of the different phases is found to depend mainly on the volume and on the amount of magnetic order, confirming previous experimental findings and phenomenological models. It is generally found that for large lattice constants the ferromagnetic state is favored, whereas for small lattice constants different antiferromagnetic states can be stab...

  6. On limits of ab initio calculations of pairing gap in nuclei

    Saperstein, E. E.; Baldo, M.; Lombardo, U.; Pankratov, S. S.; Zverev, M. V.

    2010-01-01

    A brief review of recent microscopic calculations of nuclear pairing gap is given. A semi-microscopic model is suggested in which the ab-initio effective pairing interaction is supplemented with a small phenomenological addendum. It involves a parameter which is universal for all medium and heavy nuclei. Calculations for several isotopic and isotonic chains of semi-magic nuclei confirm the relevance of the model.

  7. Ab initio molecular dynamics study of liquid sodium and cesium up to critical point

    Yuryev, Anatoly A. [Institute of Metallurgy of Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Amundsen st. 101,620016, Yekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Ural Federal University, Vira st. 19, 620002, Yekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Gelchinski, Boris R. [Institute of Metallurgy of Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Amundsen st. 101,620016, Yekaterinburg (Russian Federation)

    2015-08-17

    Ab initio modeling of liquid metals Na and K is carried out using the program SIESTA. We have determined the parameters of the model (the optimal step, the number of particles, the initial state etc) and calculated a wide range of properties: the total energy, pair correlation function, coefficient of self-diffusion, heat capacity, statistics of Voronoi polyhedra, the density of electronic states up to the critical temperature.

  8. A combined chemical, spectroscopic and ab initio modelling approach to surface reactivity: application to the retention of anions by siderite

    79Selenium may be one of the few radioelements possibly migrating out of nuclear geological repositories. Selenium may yet be retain this Se, but the possible interactions between Se and siderite are yet poorly known. In this work, the interactions between selenium oxi-anions - selenate and selenite - and siderite were investigated. Solution experiments have showed that dissolved selenite (≤ 10-3 M) is quantitatively immobilized by siderite (75 g/L) after 48 h of reaction time, when selenate is only partly immobilized after 10 days. In the selenite case, XAS showed that immobilized selenium is initially present as Se(IV) probably sorbed on siderite surface. After 10 days of reaction, selenite ions are quantitatively reduced and form poorly crystalline elementary selenium. On the other hand, selenate retained b y siderite does not appear to be significantly reduced over the probed timescale (10 days). To better understand the mechanism of selenite reduction by siderite, the properties of bulk and perfect surfaces of siderite were modelled using DFT. The properties of the valence electrons could be correctly described only if the symmetry of the fundamental state electronic density is lower than the experimental crystallographic symmetry. We we modelled the retention of simple molecules as O2 or H2O on siderite and magnesite (10-14) perfect surfaces. Our results are in good agreement with the literature. Finally, the modelling of selenite surface complexes on magnesite is performed with and without hydration. (authors)

  9. Structural models of activated γ-alumina surfaces revisited: Thermodynamics, NMR and IR spectroscopies from ab initio calculations

    Ferreira, Ary R. [Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora (UFJF), Department of Chemistry, Juiz de Fora, MG 36036-330 (Brazil); Küçükbenli, Emine [École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), STI IMX THEOS, CH-1015 Lausanne (Switzerland); Gironcoli, Stefano de [Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA), Condensed Matter Theory Sector, Via Bonomea 265, I-34136 Trieste (Italy); CNR-IOM DEMOCRITOS Simulation Center, Via Bonomea 265, I-34136 Trieste (Italy); Souza, Wladmir F.; Chiaro, Sandra Shirley X. [PETROBRAS-CENPES, Ilha do Fundão, Rio de Janeiro, RJ 21941-915 (Brazil); Konstantinova, Elena [IFSudeste MG, Department of Natural Sciences, Juiz de Fora, MG 36080-001 (Brazil); Leitão, Alexandre A., E-mail: alexandre.leitao@ufjf.edu.br [Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora (UFJF), Department of Chemistry, Juiz de Fora, MG 36036-330 (Brazil)

    2013-09-23

    Highlights: • Some γ-Alumina surface models already reported in the literature were revisited. • From statistical thermodynamics experimental volcano-type curve was simulated. • From GIPAW calculations H-1 MAS NMR spectra also could be simulated. - Abstract: The activation of highly catalytic γ-alumina surfaces by thermal treatment and the description of the related chemical processes at atomic scale is a topical issue. According to a recent study [J. Am. Chem. Soc. 134 (2012) 14430], the enhanced reactivity of γ-alumina has been associated to tri-coordinated aluminum sites which supposedly are exposed exclusively on the (1 1 0) surfaces of this oxide. In this work, we explore this possibility by modeling the (1 0 0) and (1 1 0) terminations using Krokidis et al. [J. Phys. Chem. B 105 (2001) 5121] bulk structure and performing an extensive search of the most stable hydrated surface models at conditions consistent with experiment. Among the 156 structures analyzed, we identify several “metastable” models for the (1 1 0) surface with a considerable probability of containing the Al{sub III} centers at OH coverages of 9.0 and 6.0 OH/nm{sup 2}. We then test the reactivity of these sites through their Lewis acidity by simulating the CO adsorbtion on the surface and our results confirm the high reactivity of Al{sub III} centers. Based on the Gibbs free energy of the explored structures, we carry on a thermodynamical analysis at varying hydroxylation degrees and pretreatment temperatures and simulate the experimental volcano-type behavior reported in [J. Am. Chem. Soc. 134 (2012) 14430] and predict the optimum pretreatment temperature as 700 °C, in very good agreement with experimental findings. We further use infrared and solid state MAS NMR spectroscopies and reproduce the {sup 1}H MAS NMR spectra under high vacuum conditions (10{sup -5} Torr). The strong resemblance of spectra to the experimental ones in the literature [J. Phys. Chem. C 116 (2012) 834

  10. Influence of the sequence on the ab initio band structures of single and double stranded DNA models

    The solid state physical approach is widely used for the characterization of electronic properties of DNA. In the simplest case the helical symmetry is explicitly utilized with a repeat unit containing only a single nucleotide or nucleotide pair. This model provides a band structure that is easily interpretable and reflects the main characteristic features of the single nucleotide or a nucleotide pair chain, respectively. The chemical variability of the different DNA chains is, however, almost completely neglected in this way. In the present work we have investigated the effect of the different sequences on the band structure of periodic DNA models. For this purpose we have applied the Hartree–Fock crystal orbital method for single and double stranded DNA chains with two different subsequent nucleotides in the repeat unit of former and two different nucleotide pairs in the latter case, respectively. These results are compared to simple helical models with uniform sequences. The valence and conduction bands related to the stacked nucleotide bases of single stranded DNA built up only from guanidine as well as of double stranded DNA built up only from guanidine–cytidine pairs showed special properties different from the other cases. Namely, they had higher conduction and lower valence band positions and this way larger band gaps and smaller widths of these bands. With the introduction of non-uniform guanidine containing sequences band structures became more similar to each other and to the band structures of other sequences without guanidine. The maximal bandwidths of the non-uniform sequences are considerably smaller than in the case of uniform sequences implying smaller charge carrier mobilities both in the conduction and valence bands. - Highlights: • HF Energy bands in DNA. • The role of aperiodicity in the DNA band structure. • Hole mobilities in quasi-periodic DNA with broader valence bands

  11. Serious Gaming for Test & Evaluation of Clean-Slate (Ab Initio) National Airspace System (NAS) Designs

    Allen, B. Danette; Alexandrov, Natalia

    2016-01-01

    Incremental approaches to air transportation system development inherit current architectural constraints, which, in turn, place hard bounds on system capacity, efficiency of performance, and complexity. To enable airspace operations of the future, a clean-slate (ab initio) airspace design(s) must be considered. This ab initio National Airspace System (NAS) must be capable of accommodating increased traffic density, a broader diversity of aircraft, and on-demand mobility. System and subsystem designs should scale to accommodate the inevitable demand for airspace services that include large numbers of autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and a paradigm shift in general aviation (e.g., personal air vehicles) in addition to more traditional aerial vehicles such as commercial jetliners and weather balloons. The complex and adaptive nature of ab initio designs for the future NAS requires new approaches to validation, adding a significant physical experimentation component to analytical and simulation tools. In addition to software modeling and simulation, the ability to exercise system solutions in a flight environment will be an essential aspect of validation. The NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) Autonomy Incubator seeks to develop a flight simulation infrastructure for ab initio modeling and simulation that assumes no specific NAS architecture and models vehicle-to-vehicle behavior to examine interactions and emergent behaviors among hundreds of intelligent aerial agents exhibiting collaborative, cooperative, coordinative, selfish, and malicious behaviors. The air transportation system of the future will be a complex adaptive system (CAS) characterized by complex and sometimes unpredictable (or unpredicted) behaviors that result from temporal and spatial interactions among large numbers of participants. A CAS not only evolves with a changing environment and adapts to it, it is closely coupled to all systems that constitute the environment. Thus, the ecosystem that

  12. An ab initio study of plutonium oxides surfaces

    By means of first-principles calculations, we have studied the atomic structure as well as the thermodynamic stability of various plutonium dioxide surfaces in function of their environment (in terms of oxygen partial pressure and temperature). All these simulations have been performed with the ABINIT code. It is well known that DFT fails to describe correctly plutonium-based materials since 5f electrons in such systems are strongly correlated. In order to go beyond DFT, we have treated PuO2 and β-Pu2O3 in a DFT+U framework. We show that the couple of parameters (U,J) that works well for pure Pu is also well designed for describing ground state (GS) properties of these two oxides. The major improvement with respect with DFT is that we are able to predict an insulating GS in agreement with experiments. The presence of a gap in the DOS (Density of States) of plutonium oxides should play a significant role in the predicted surface reactivity. However, performing DFT+U calculations on surfaces of plutonium oxide from scratch was too ambitious. That is why we decided, as a first step, to study the stability of the (100), (110) and (111) surfaces of PuO2 in a DFT-GGA framework. For each of these orientations, we considered various terminations. These ab initio results have been introduced in a thermodynamic model which allows us to predict the relative stability of the different terminations as a function of temperature and oxygen partial pressure (pO2). We conclude that at room temperature and for pO2∼10 atm., the polar O2-(100) termination is favoured. The stabilization of such a polar stoichiometric surface is surprising and should be confirmed by DFT+U calculations before any final conclusion. (authors)

  13. Unified ab initio approaches to nuclear structure and reactions

    Navrátil, Petr; Quaglioni, Sofia; Hupin, Guillaume; Romero-Redondo, Carolina; Calci, Angelo

    2016-05-01

    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 7Be {({{p}},γ )}8{{B}} radiative capture. Finally, we highlight our efforts to describe transfer reactions including the 3H{({{d}},{{n}})}4He fusion.

  14. Ab initio calculation of valley splitting in monolayer δ-doped phosphorus in silicon.

    Drumm, Daniel W; Budi, Akin; Per, Manolo C; Russo, Salvy P; L Hollenberg, Lloyd C

    2013-01-01

    : The differences in energy between electronic bands due to valley splitting are of paramount importance in interpreting transport spectroscopy experiments on state-of-the-art quantum devices defined by scanning tunnelling microscope lithography. Using vasp, we develop a plane-wave density functional theory description of systems which is size limited due to computational tractability. Nonetheless, we provide valuable data for the benchmarking of empirical modelling techniques more capable of extending this discussion to confined disordered systems or actual devices. We then develop a less resource-intensive alternative via localised basis functions in siesta, retaining the physics of the plane-wave description, and extend this model beyond the capability of plane-wave methods to determine the ab initio valley splitting of well-isolated δ-layers. In obtaining an agreement between plane-wave and localised methods, we show that valley splitting has been overestimated in previous ab initio calculations by more than 50%. PMID:23445785

  15. Equations of state of magnesium perovskite and postperovskite: diagnostics from ab initio simulations

    Belousov, Roman; Prencipe, Mauro

    2014-01-01

    The isothermal compression of magnesium perovskite and postperovskite is examined through the F-f plot and the diagnostic plot of Vinet universal model theoretically from the ab initio quantum-mechanical calculations at the hybrid Hartree-Fock / Density Functional Theory level. A purely numerical approach, first time applied in this paper, shows that the discrepancies largely observed between studies on the perovskite and criticized in geophysical applications are due to the inadequate choice...

  16. Hyperfine tensors of nitrogen-vacancy center in diamond from \\emph{ab initio} calculations

    Gali, Adam

    2009-01-01

    We determine and analyze the charge and spin density distributions of nitrogen-vacancy (N-V) center in diamond for both the ground and excited states by \\emph{ab initio} supercell calculations. We show that the hyperfine tensor of $^{15}$N nuclear spin is negative and strongly anisotropic in the excited state, in contrast to previous models used extensively to explain electron spin resonance measurements. In addition, we detect a significant redistribution of the spin density due to excitatio...

  17. Ab Initio Studies of Shock-Induced Chemical Reactions of Inter-Metallics

    Zaharieva, Roussislava; Hanagud, Sathya

    2009-06-01

    Shock-induced and shock assisted chemical reactions of intermetallic mixtures are studied by many researchers, using both experimental and theoretical techniques. The theoretical studies are primarily at continuum scales. The model frameworks include mixture theories and meso-scale models of grains of porous mixtures. The reaction models vary from equilibrium thermodynamic model to several non-equilibrium thermodynamic models. The shock-effects are primarily studied using appropriate conservation equations and numerical techniques to integrate the equations. All these models require material constants from experiments and estimates of transition states. Thus, the objective of this paper is to present studies based on ab initio techniques. The ab inito studies, to date, use ab inito molecular dynamics. This paper presents a study that uses shock pressures, and associated temperatures as starting variables. Then intermetallic mixtures are modeled as slabs. The required shock stresses are created by straining the lattice. Then, ab initio binding energy calculations are used to examine the stability of the reactions. Binding energies are obtained for different strain components super imposed on uniform compression and finite temperatures. Then, vibrational frequencies and nudge elastic band techniques are used to study reactivity and transition states. Examples include Ni and Al.

  18. An ab initio study of plutonium oxides surfaces; Etude ab initio des surfaces d'oxydes de Pu

    Jomard, G.; Bottin, F.; Amadon, B

    2007-07-01

    By means of first-principles calculations, we have studied the atomic structure as well as the thermodynamic stability of various plutonium dioxide surfaces in function of their environment (in terms of oxygen partial pressure and temperature). All these simulations have been performed with the ABINIT code. It is well known that DFT fails to describe correctly plutonium-based materials since 5f electrons in such systems are strongly correlated. In order to go beyond DFT, we have treated PuO{sub 2} and {beta}-Pu{sub 2}O{sub 3} in a DFT+U framework. We show that the couple of parameters (U,J) that works well for pure Pu is also well designed for describing ground state (GS) properties of these two oxides. The major improvement with respect with DFT is that we are able to predict an insulating GS in agreement with experiments. The presence of a gap in the DOS (Density of States) of plutonium oxides should play a significant role in the predicted surface reactivity. However, performing DFT+U calculations on surfaces of plutonium oxide from scratch was too ambitious. That is why we decided, as a first step, to study the stability of the (100), (110) and (111) surfaces of PuO{sub 2} in a DFT-GGA framework. For each of these orientations, we considered various terminations. These ab initio results have been introduced in a thermodynamic model which allows us to predict the relative stability of the different terminations as a function of temperature and oxygen partial pressure (p{sub O{sub 2}}). We conclude that at room temperature and for p{sub O{sub 2}}{approx}10 atm., the polar O{sub 2}-(100) termination is favoured. The stabilization of such a polar stoichiometric surface is surprising and should be confirmed by DFT+U calculations before any final conclusion. (authors)

  19. Dominant Modes in Light Nuclei - Ab Initio View of Emergent Symmetries

    Draayer, J. P.; Dytrych, T.; Launey, K. D.; Dreyfuss, A. C.; Langr, D.

    2015-01-01

    An innovative symmetry-guided concept is discussed with a focus on emergent symmetry patterns in complex nuclei. In particular, the ab initio symmetry-adapted no-core shell model (SA-NCSM), which capitalizes on exact as well as partial symmetries that underpin the structure of nuclei, provides remarkable insight into how simple symmetry patterns emerge in the many-body nuclear dynamics from first principles. This ab initio view is complemented by a fully microscopic no-core symplectic shell-model framework (NCSpM), which, in turn, informs key features of the primary physics responsible for the emergent phenomena of large deformation and alpha-cluster substructures in studies of the challenging Hoyle state in Carbon-12 and enhanced collectivity in intermediate-mass nuclei. Furthermore, by recognizing that deformed configurations often dominate the low-energy regime, the SA-NCSM provides a strategy for determining the nature of bound states of nuclei in terms of a relatively small subspace of the symmetry-reorganized complete model space, which opens new domains of nuclei for ab initio investigations, namely, the intermediate-mass region, including isotopes of Ne, Mg, and Si.

  20. Conformational space of clindamycin studied by ab initio and full-atom molecular dynamics.

    Kulczycka-Mierzejewska, Katarzyna; Trylska, Joanna; Sadlej, Joanna

    2016-01-01

    Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations allow determining internal flexibility of molecules at atomic level. Using ab initio Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics (BOMD), one can simulate in a reasonable time frame small systems with hundreds of atoms, usually in vacuum. With quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) or full-atom molecular dynamics (FAMD), the influence of the environment can also be simulated. Here, we compare three types of MD calculations: ab initio BOMD, hybrid QM/MM, and classical FAMD. As a model system, we use a small antibiotic molecule, clindamycin, which is one of the lincosamide antibiotics. Clindamycin acquires two energetically stable forms and we investigated the transition between these two experimentally known conformers. We performed 60-ps BOMD simulations in vacuum, 50-ps QM/MM, and 100-ns FAMD in explicit water. The transition between two antibiotic conformers was observed using both BOMD and FAMD methods but was not noted in the QM/MM simulations. PMID:26733483

  1. Ab initio calculations on the magnetic properties of transition metal complexes

    We present a protocol for the ab initio determination of the magnetic properties of mono- and polynuclear transition metal compounds. First, we obtain the low lying electronic states by multireference methods. Then, we include spin-orbit coupling and an external magnetic field for the determination of zero-field splitting and g-tensors. For the polynuclear complexes the magnetic exchange coupling constants are determined by a modified complete active space self consistent field method. Based on the results of the ab initio calculations, magnetic data such as magnetic susceptibility or magnetization are simulated and compared to experimental data. The results obtained for the polynuclear complexes are further analysed by calculations on model complexes where part of the magnetic centers are substituted by diamagnetic ions. The methods are applied to different Co and Ni containing transition metal complexes

  2. Ab Initio Calculations and Raman and SERS Spectral Analyses of Amphetamine Species

    Berg, Rolf W.; Nørbygaard, Thomas; White, Peter C.;

    2011-01-01

    For the first time, the differences between the spectra of amphetamine and amphetamine-H+ and between different conformers are thoroughly studied by ab initio model calculations, and Raman and surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) spectra are measured for different species of amphetamine....... The spectra of amphetamine and amphetamine-H+ sampleswere obtained and assigned according to a comparison of the experimental spectra and the ab initio MO calculations, performed using the Gaussian 03W program (Gaussian, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA). The analyses were based on complete geometry minimization...... with internal bonds (sulfates, hydrogen phosphates, etc.) need to be taken into account when employing these spectra for identification purposes. These results also show how Raman spectroscopy can assist the forensic community in drug profiling studies. Furthermore, because their spectra are different...

  3. Ab-initio approach to study hydrogen diffusion in 9Cr steels

    We calculate the equilibrium energies and migration barriers of Fe, Cr and H interstitial defects in α-FeX(X=Cr). We use the ab-initio electronic structure code, SIESTA, coupled to the monomer method to find activated states (or migration barriers), in order to study atomic defects diffusion. Ab-initio calculations reveal that in the presence of Cr the H migration barriers are higher than in pure α-Fe. On the other hand, our permeation tests on 9%Cr-91%Fe alloys reveal a permeation coefficient 10 times lower and a diffusion coefficient 200 times lower than in pure, annealed iron. Focusing on our experimental results, we explore very simple model of new H trapping sites and possible migration paths that can explain the experimental observations.

  4. {\\it Ab initio} nuclear structure - the large sparse matrix eigenvalue problem

    Vary, James P; Ng, Esmond; Yang, Chao; Sosonkina, Masha

    2009-01-01

    The structure and reactions of light nuclei represent fundamental and formidable challenges for microscopic theory based on realistic strong interaction potentials. Several {\\it ab initio} methods have now emerged that provide nearly exact solutions for some nuclear properties. The {\\it ab initio} no core shell model (NCSM) and the no core full configuration (NCFC) method, frame this quantum many-particle problem as a large sparse matrix eigenvalue problem where one evaluates the Hamiltonian matrix in a basis space consisting of many-fermion Slater determinants and then solves for a set of the lowest eigenvalues and their associated eigenvectors. The resulting eigenvectors are employed to evaluate a set of experimental quantities to test the underlying potential. For fundamental problems of interest, the matrix dimension often exceeds $10^{10}$ and the number of nonzero matrix elements may saturate available storage on present-day leadership class facilities. We survey recent results and advances in solving t...

  5. Ab initio studies of magnetism in the iron chalcogenides FeTe and FeSe

    The iron chalcogenides FeTe and FeSe belong to the family of iron-based superconductors. We study the magnetism in these compounds in the normal state using the ab initio downfolding scheme developed for strongly correlated electron systems. In deriving ab initio low-energy effective models, we employ the constrained GW method to eliminate the double counting of electron correlations originating from the exchange correlations already taken into account in the density functional theory. By solving the derived ab initio effective models, we reveal that the elimination of the double counting is important in reproducing the bicollinear antiferromagnetic order in FeTe, as is observed in experiments. We also show that the elimination of the double counting induces a unique degeneracy of several magnetic orders in FeSe, which may explain the absence of the magnetic ordering. We discuss the relationship between the degeneracy and the recently found puzzling phenomena in FeSe as well as the magnetic ordering found under pressure. (author)

  6. Ab initio theoretical comparative study of magnetic coupling in KNiF3 and K2NiF4s

    Moreira, Ibério de Pinho Ribeiro; Illas i Riera, Francesc

    1997-01-01

    The origin of magnetic coupling in KNiF3 and K2 NiF4 is studied by means of an ab initio cluster model approach. By a detailed study of the mapping between eigenstates of the exact nonrelativistic and spin model Hamiltonians it is possible to obtain the magnetic coupling constant J and to compare ab initio cluster-model values with those resulting from ab initio periodic Hartree-Fock calculations. This comparison shows that J is strongly determined by two-body interactions; this is a surprisi...

  7. Accelerating ab initio path integral molecular dynamics with multilevel sampling of potential surface

    Geng, Hua Y

    2014-01-01

    A multilevel approach to sample the potential energy surface in a path integral formalism is proposed. The purpose is to reduce the required number of ab initio evaluations of energy and forces in ab initio path integral molecular dynamics (AI-PIMD) simulation, without compromising the overall accuracy. To validate the method, the internal energy and free energy of an Einstein crystal are calculated and compared with the analytical solutions. As a preliminary application, we assess the performance of the method in a realistic model, the FCC phase of dense atomic hydrogen, in which the calculated result shows that the acceleration rate is about 3 to 4 fold for a two-level implementation, and can be increased to 10 times if extrapolation is used. With only 16 beads used for the ab initio potential sampling, this method gives a well converged internal energy. The residual error in pressure is just about 3 GPa, whereas it is about 20 GPa for a plain AI-PIMD calculation with the same number of beads. The vibration...

  8. Ab initio study of II-(VI){sub 2} dichalcogenides

    Olsson, P; Vidal, J; Lincot, D, E-mail: polsson@kth.se [Institut de R and D sur l' energie photovoltaique (IRDEP), UMR 7174-EDF-CNRS-ENSCP, 6 quai Watier, 78401 Chatou Cedex (France)

    2011-10-12

    The structural stabilities of the (Zn,Cd)(S,Se,Te){sub 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 ZnTe{sub 2} 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. (paper)

  9. Ab initio calculations of grain boundaries in bcc metals

    Scheiber, Daniel; Pippan, Reinhard; Puschnig, Peter; Romaner, Lorenz

    2016-03-01

    In this study, we compute grain boundary (GB) properties for a large set of GBs in bcc transition metals with a special focus on W, Mo and Fe using ab initio density functional theory (DFT) and semi-empirical second nearest neighbour modified embedded atom method (2NN-MEAM) potentials. The GB properties include GB energies, surface energies, GB excess volume and work of separation, which we analyse and then compare to experimental data. We find that the used 2NN-MEAM potentials can predict general trends of GB properties, but do not always reproduce the GB ground state structure and energy found with DFT. In particular, our results explain the experimental finding that W and Mo prefer intergranular fracture, while other bcc metals prefer transgranular cleavage.

  10. Ab initio quantum dynamics using coupled-cluster

    Kvaal, Simen

    2012-01-01

    The curse of dimensionality (COD) limits the current state-of-the-art {\\it ab initio} propagation methods for non-relativistic quantum mechanics to relatively few particles. For stationary structure calculations, the coupled-cluster (CC) method overcomes the COD in the sense that the method scales polynomially with the number of particles while still being size-consistent and extensive. We generalize the CC method to the time domain while allowing the single-particle functions to vary in an adaptive fashion as well, thereby creating a highly flexible, polynomially scaling approximation to the time-dependent Schr\\"odinger equation. The method inherits size-consistency and extensivity from the CC method. The method is dubbed orbital-adaptive time-dependent coupled-cluster (OATDCC), and is a hierarchy of approximations to the now standard multi-configurational time-dependent Hartree method for fermions. A numerical experiment is also given.

  11. Ab initio study of the transition-metal carbene cations

    李吉海; 冯大诚; 冯圣玉

    1999-01-01

    The geometries and bonding characteristics of the first-row transition-metal carbene cations MCH2+ were investigated by ab initio molecular orbital theory (HF/LANL2DZ). All of MCH2+ are coplanar. In the closed shell structures the C bonds to M with double bonds; while in the open shell structures the partial double bonds are formed, because one of the σ and π orbitals is singly occupied. It is mainly the π-type overlap between the 2px orbital of C and 4px, 3dxz, orbitals of M+ that forms the π orbitals. The dissociation energies of C—M bond appear in periodic trend from Sc to Cu. Most of the calculated bond dissociation energies are close to the experimental ones.

  12. Ab initio electronic stopping power of protons in bulk materials

    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.

  13. Transport coefficients in diamond from ab-initio calculations

    Löfâs, Henrik; Grigoriev, Anton; Isberg, Jan; Ahuja, Rajeev

    2013-03-01

    By combining the Boltzmann transport equation with ab-initio electronic structure calculations, we obtain transport coefficients for boron-doped diamond. We find the temperature dependence of the resistivity and the hall coefficients in good agreement with experimental measurements. Doping in the samples is treated via the rigid band approximation and scattering is treated in the relaxation time approximation. In contrast to previous results, the acoustic phonon scattering is the dominating scattering mechanism for the considered doping range. At room temperature, we find the thermopower, S, in the range 1-1.6 mV/K and the power factor, S2σ, in the range 0.004-0.16 μW /cm K2.

  14. Ab-initio melting curve and principal Hugoniot of tantalum

    We report first principles calculations of the melting curve and principal Hugoniot (P - V curve) of body centered cubic (bcc) tantalum in the pressure range 0-300 GPa. A description of lattice dynamics and thermal properties of bcc Ta using finite temperature density functional theory (DFT) is presented. The approach works within the projector augmented wave (PAW) implementation of DFT and explicitly treats in valence the 5p, 6s and 5d electrons. The principal Hugoniot (P - V curve), obtained using the Rankine-Hugoniot equation, is investigated using the generalized gradient approximations (GGA). Very good agreement with the shock experiments is obtained with GGA in all the range of pressure. We also report the temperature-pressure relation on the shock Hugoniot and the full ab-initio melting curve of Ta

  15. Ab initio electronic structure and optical conductivity of bismuth tellurohalides

    Schwalbe, Sebastian; Starke, Ronald; Schober, Giulio A H; Kortus, Jens

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the electronic structure, dielectric and optical properties of bismuth tellurohalides BiTeX (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. , Makhnev et al. , and Rusinov et al. . 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.

  16. Ab initio H2O in realistic hydrophilic confinement.

    Allolio, Christoph; Klameth, Felix; Vogel, Michael; Sebastiani, Daniel

    2014-12-15

    A protocol for the ab initio construction of a realistic cylindrical pore in amorphous silica, serving as a geometric nanoscale confinement for liquids and solutions, is presented. Upon filling the pore with liquid water at different densities, the structure and dynamics of the liquid inside the confinement can be characterized. At high density, the pore introduces long-range oscillations into the water density profile, which makes the water structure unlike that of the bulk across the entire pore. The tetrahedral structure of water is also affected up to the second solvation shell of the pore wall. Furthermore, the effects of the confinement on hydrogen bonding and diffusion, resulting in a weakening and distortion of the water structure at the pore walls and a slowdown in diffusion, are characterized. PMID:25208765

  17. Ab initio design of laser pulse for controlling photochemical reactions

    With high level ab initio description of molecule-field interaction, we have developed an optimal control algorithm for manipulating molecular transformation and quantum populations. High order molecule-field interactions are fully taken into account through the use of electric-nuclear Born-Oppenheimer (ENBO) approximation. The present algorithm is demonstrated on the control of molecular post-pulse (transient)alignment and orientation. High degrees of alignment and orientation are achieved in a vibrationally selective manner by optimized infrared laser pulses of duration on the order one rotational period of molecule. To reveal the control mechanism behind the complicated optimal pulses, an analytical pulse design method is developed within the ENBO approximation, which is based on a two-state treatment of the dynamics in a Floquet picture. This analytical method is also illustrated on the control of the alignment of homonuclear diatomics. (author)

  18. Highly anisotropic thermal conductivity of arsenene: An ab initio study

    Zeraati, Majid; Vaez Allaei, S. Mehdi; Abdolhosseini Sarsari, I.; Pourfath, Mahdi; Donadio, Davide

    2016-02-01

    Elemental two-dimensional (2D) materials exhibit intriguing heat transport and phononic properties. Here we have investigated the lattice thermal conductivity of newly proposed arsenene, the 2D honeycomb structure of arsenic, using ab initio calculations. Solving the Boltzmann transport equation for phonons, we predict a highly anisotropic thermal conductivity of 30.4 and 7.8 W/mK along the zigzag and armchair directions, respectively, at room temperature. Our calculations reveal that phonons with mean free paths between 20 nm and 1 μ m provide the main contribution to the large thermal conductivity in the zigzag direction; mean free paths of phonons contributing to heat transport in the armchair directions range between 20 and 100 nm. The obtained anisotropic thermal conductivity and feasibility of synthesis, in addition to high electron mobility reported elsewhere, make arsenene a promising material for nanoelectronic applications and thermal management.

  19. Molecular ion LiHe+: ab initio study

    Highlights: ► Excited electronic states of LiHe+ are studied. ► Potential energy curves of thirteen states are calculated. ► Dipole moment and transition dipole moment functions are determined. ► Basic spectroscopic properties of the electronic states are derived. - Abstract: High level ab initio calculations are performed on the molecular ion LiHe+. Potential energy curves for the low-lying singlet and triplet electronic states are calculated using the multi-reference configuration interaction and single-reference coupled cluster methods with large basis sets. The corresponding dipole moments and transition dipole moments functions are also determined. The basic spectroscopic properties and excitation energies of the electronic states are derived from rovibrational bound state calculations.

  20. Ab initio potential energy surface and rovibrational states of HBO

    Ha, Tae-Kyu; Makarewicz, Jan

    1999-01-01

    The potential energy surface describing the large-amplitude motion of H around the BO core in the HBO molecule has been determined from ab initio calculations. This surface has been sampled by a set of 170 grid points from a two-dimensional space defined by the stretching and the bending coordinates of the H nucleus. At each grid point, the BO bond length has been optimized using the second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory with the basis set aug-cc-pVTZ. The surface has a local minimum for the linear as well as the bent configuration of HBO. A low energy barrier to the linear configuration BOH causes a large-amplitude motion and a strong rovibrational interaction in the molecule. Its rovibrational dynamics is different from the dynamics in bent or quasilinear triatomic molecules.

  1. Ab initio quantum dynamics using coupled-cluster.

    Kvaal, Simen

    2012-05-21

    The curse of dimensionality (COD) limits the current state-of-the-art ab initio propagation methods for non-relativistic quantum mechanics to relatively few particles. For stationary structure calculations, the coupled-cluster (CC) method overcomes the COD in the sense that the method scales polynomially with the number of particles while still being size-consistent and extensive. We generalize the CC method to the time domain while allowing the single-particle functions to vary in an adaptive fashion as well, thereby creating a highly flexible, polynomially scaling approximation to the time-dependent Schrödinger equation. The method inherits size-consistency and extensivity from the CC method. The method is dubbed orbital-adaptive time-dependent coupled-cluster, and is a hierarchy of approximations to the now standard multi-configurational time-dependent Hartree method for fermions. A numerical experiment is also given. PMID:22612082

  2. A Review on Ab Initio Approaches for Multielectron Dynamics

    Ishikawa, Kenichi L

    2015-01-01

    In parallel with the evolution of femtosecond and attosecond laser as well as free-electron laser technology, a variety of theoretical methods have been developed to describe the behavior of atoms, molecules, clusters, and solids under the action of those laser pulses. Here we review major ab initio wave-function-based numerical approaches to simulate multielectron dynamics in atoms and molecules driven by intense long-wavelength and/or ultrashort short-wavelength laser pulses. Direct solution of the time-dependent Schr\\"odinger equation (TDSE), though its applicability is limited to He, ${\\rm H}_2$, and Li, can provide an exact description and has been greatly contributing to the understanding of dynamical electron-electron correlation. Multiconfiguration self-consistent-field (MCSCF) approach offers a flexible framework from which a variety of methods can be derived to treat both atoms and molecules, with possibility to systematically control the accuracy. The equations of motion of configuration interactio...

  3. 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

  4. Ab initio Potential Energy Surface for H-H2

    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.

  5. An Efficient Approach to Ab Initio Monte Carlo Simulation

    Leiding, Jeff

    2013-01-01

    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, is used to substantially decorrelate configurations at which the potential of interest is evaluated, thereby dramatically reducing the number needed to build ensemble averages at a given level of precision. The efficiency of this procedure is maximized on-the-fly through variation of the reference system thermodynamic state (characterized here by its inverse temperature \\beta^0), which is otherwise unconstrained. Local density approximation (LDA) results are presented for shocked states in argon at pressures from 4 to 60 GPa. Depending on the quality of the reference potential, the acceptance probability is enhanced by factors of 1.2-28 relative to unoptimized NMC sampling, and the procedure's efficiency is found to be competitive with that of standard ab initio...

  6. Interatomic Coulombic decay widths of helium trimer: Ab initio calculations

    Kolorenč, Přemysl, E-mail: kolorenc@mbox.troja.mff.cuni.cz [Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Institute of Theoretical Physics, V Holešovičkách 2, 180 00 Prague (Czech Republic); Sisourat, Nicolas [Sorbonne Universités, UPMC Univ Paris 06, UMR 7614, Laboratoire de Chimie Physique Matière et Rayonnement, F-75005 Paris (France); CNRS, UMR 7614, Laboratoire de Chimie Physique Matière et Rayonnement, F-75005 Paris (France)

    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.

  7. Emergence of rotational bands in ab initio no-core configuration interaction calculations

    Caprio, M A; Vary, J P; Smith, R

    2015-01-01

    Rotational bands have been observed to emerge in ab initio no-core configuration interaction (NCCI) calculations for p-shell nuclei, as evidenced by rotational patterns for excitation energies, electromagnetic moments, and electromagnetic transitions. We investigate the ab initio emergence of nuclear rotation in the Be isotopes, focusing on 9Be for illustration, and make use of basis extrapolation methods to obtain ab initio predictions of rotational band parameters for comparison with experiment. We find robust signatures for rotational motion, which reproduce both qualitative and quantitative features of the experimentally observed bands.

  8. 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

  9. Hydrogen adsorption on boron doped graphene: an {\\it ab initio} study

    Miwa, R. H.; Martins, T B; Fazzio, A.

    2007-01-01

    The electronic and structural properties of (i) boron doped graphene sheets, and (ii) the chemisorption processes of hydrogen adatoms on the boron doped graphene sheets have been examined by {\\it ab initio} total energy calculations.

  10. Time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy and ab initio multiple spawning studies of hexamethylcyclopentadiene

    Wolf, T. J. A.; Kuhlman, Thomas Scheby; Schalk, O.;

    2014-01-01

    Time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy and ab initio multiple spawning were applied to the ultrafast non-adiabatic dynamics of hexamethylcyclopentadiene. The high level of agreement between experiment and theory associates wavepacket motion with a distinct degree of freedom....

  11. Ab Initio Studies of Halogen and Nitrogen Oxide Species of Interest in Stratospheric Chemistry

    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.

  12. 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. PMID:27357850

  13. Accurate ab initio vibrational energies of methyl chloride

    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, CH335Cl and CH337Cl. The respective PESs, CBS-35 HL, and CBS-37 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 3Z. Fully converged energies were obtained by means of a complete vibrational basis set extrapolation. The CBS-35 HL and CBS-37 HL PESs reproduce the fundamental term values with root-mean-square errors of 0.75 and 1.00 cm−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 CH3Cl without empirical refinement of the respective PESs

  14. Accurate ab initio vibrational energies of methyl chloride

    Owens, Alec, E-mail: owens@mpi-muelheim.mpg.de [Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Kaiser-Wilhelm-Platz 1, 45470 Mülheim an der Ruhr (Germany); Department of Physics and Astronomy, University College London, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT London (United Kingdom); Yurchenko, Sergei N.; Yachmenev, Andrey; Tennyson, Jonathan [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University College London, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT London (United Kingdom); Thiel, Walter [Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Kaiser-Wilhelm-Platz 1, 45470 Mülheim an der Ruhr (Germany)

    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.

  15. Ab-initio calculations for dilute magnetic semiconductors

    Belhadji, Brahim

    2008-03-03

    This thesis focusses on ab-initio calculations for the electronic structure and the magnetic properties of dilute magnetic semiconductors (DMS). In particular we aim at the understanding of the complex exchange interactions in these systems. Our calculations are based on density functional theory, being ideally suited for a description of the material specific properties of the considered DMS. Moreover we use the KKR Green function method in connection with the coherent potential approximation (CPA), which allows to include the random substitutional disorder in a mean field-like approximation for the electronic structure. Finally we calculate the exchange coupling constants J{sub ij} between two impurities in a CPA medium by using the Lichtenstein formula and from this calculate the Curie temperature by a numerically exact Monte Carlo method. Based on this analysis we found and investigated four different exchange mechanisms being of importance in DMS systems: Double exchange, p-d exchange, antiferromagnetic superexchanges, and ferromagnetic superexchange. A second topic we have investigated in this thesis is the pressure dependence of the exchange interactions and the Curie temperatures in (Ga,Mn)As and (In,Mn)As, using the LDA and the LDA+U approximations. Exact calculations of T{sub C} by Monte Carlo simulations show a somehow different behavior. (orig.)

  16. Ab initio studies of phoshorene island single electron transistor.

    Ray, S J; Venkata Kamalakar, M; Chowdhury, R

    2016-05-18

    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. PMID:27093536

  17. Ab initio studies of phosphorene island single electron transistor

    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.

  18. Ab initio study of MoS2 nanotube bundles

    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.

  19. Exploring the free energy surface using ab initio molecular dynamics

    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.

  20. Exploring the free energy surface using ab initio molecular dynamics.

    Samanta, Amit; Morales, Miguel A; Schwegler, Eric

    2016-04-28

    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. PMID:27131525

  1. Ab initio study of optical excitations in VO2

    Coulter, John; Gali, Adam; Manousakis, Efstratios

    2014-03-01

    Motivated by recent experimental efforts to fabricate p-n junctions from transition metal oxides (TMOs) and a recent theoretical study claiming TMOs to be good absorbers and promising materials for efficient carrier multiplication, we study the optical properties of a prototypical TMO, the insulator M1 phase of vanadium dioxide (VO2), by ab initio methods. We applied the Bethe-Salpeter equations (BSE) to calculate the optical properties, starting from self-consistent GW quasi-particle energy levels and states. In contrast to expectations, the exciton binding energy obtained by BSE is in good agreement with the experiment. We find that the electron-electron interaction is very strong which makes this material promising for efficient carrier multiplication that might lead to an enhanced efficiency in photo-voltaics applications. To illustrate this more quantitatively, we calculated the impact ionization rate within the independent quasiparticle approximation, and find that the rate is significantly higher than silicon in the region of highest solar intensity, due to the strong multiple carrier excitations.

  2. Development of materials science by Ab initio powder diffraction analysis

    Crystal structure is most important information to understand properties and behavior of target materials. Technique to analyze unknown crystal structures from powder diffraction data (ab initio powder diffraction analysis) enables us to reveal crystal structures of target materials even we cannot obtain a single crystal. In the present article, three examples are introduced to show the power of this technique in the field of materials sciences. The first example is dehydration/hydration of the pharmaceutically relevant material erythrocycin A. In this example, crystal structures of two anhydrous phases were determined from synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction data and their different dehydration/hydration properties were understood from the crystal structures. In the second example, a crystal structure of a three dimensional metal-organic-framework prepared by a mechanochemical reaction was determined from laboratory X-ray powder diffraction data and the reaction scheme has been revealed. In the third example, a crystal structure of a novel oxide-ion conductor of a new structure family was determined from synchrotron X-ray and neutron powder diffraction data which gave an important information to understand the mechanism of the oxide-ion conduction. (author)

  3. Experimental, ab initio and density functional theory studies on sulfadiazine

    Ogruc-Ildiz, Gulce; Akyuz, Sevim; Ozel, Aysen E.

    2009-04-01

    In the present study, combined experimental and computational study on molecular vibrations of free sulfadiazine has been reported. The theoretically possible stable conformers of free sulfadiazine molecule in electronically ground state were searched by means of torsion potential energy surfaces scan studies through C1 sbnd C7 sbnd S8 sbnd N8, C7 sbnd S8 sbnd N9 sbnd C10 and S8 sbnd N9 sbnd C10 sbnd N11 dihedral angles, at both semi-empirical PM3 and B3LYP/3-21G levels of theory. The final geometrical parameters for the obtained stable conformers were determined by means of geometry optimization carried out at ab initio HF/6-31G++(d,p) and DFT/B3LYP/6-31G++(d,p) theory levels. The harmonic and anharmonic vibrational wavenumbers and IR intensities were calculated at the same theory levels used in geometry optimization. The modes of the fundamental vibrations were characterized depending on their the total energy distribution (TED%). In order to fit the calculated harmonic wavenumbers to experimental ones, dual scale factors were used. The experimental infrared and Raman spectra of sulfadiazine in solid phase have been measured and compared with the calculated vibrational spectra of each conformer.

  4. Explicit Polarization (X-Pol) Potential Using ab Initio Molecular Orbital Theory and Density Functional Theory†

    Song, Lingchun; Han, Jaebeom; Lin, Yen-lin; Xie, Wangshen; Gao, Jiali

    2009-01-01

    The explicit polarization (X-Pol) method has been examined using ab initio molecular orbital theory and density functional theory. The X-Pol potential was designed to provide a novel theoretical framework for developing next-generation force fields for biomolecular simulations. Importantly, the X-Pol potential is a general method, which can be employed with any level of electronic structure theory. The present study illustrates the implementation of the X-Pol method using ab initio Hartree—Fo...

  5. Calcium filled skutterudites Ca{sub x}Co{sub 4}Sb{sub 12}: effect of the computational approach on the ab-initio modeled electronic transport properties

    Cenedese, S; Gatti, C [Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie Molecolari (CNR-ISTM), Via C. Golgi 19, 20133 Milano (Italy); Bertini, L [Dipartimento di Biotecnologie e Bioscienze, Universita degli Studi di Milano Bicocca, Piazza della Scienza 2, 20156 Milano (Italy)], E-mail: c.gatti@istm.cnr.it

    2008-06-01

    Fully filled CaCo{sub 4}Sb{sub 12} system is selected as a test case for probing how the ab-initio modeled electronic transport properties are affected by the computational level. The periodic wave functions for the various adopted models are calculated by means of the Density Functional Theory (DFT) approach using local gaussian atomic basis sets, while the relevant electronic transport properties are obtained from the band structure using the semi-classical Boltzmann transport theory. This two-step computational procedure is tested against the atomic basis set quality, the band structure adopted in the frozen band approach and the DFT functional form. From this extensive test, a reliable computational level for CaCo{sub 4}Sb{sub 12} is identified and the experimental findings on the Ca-filled systems are discussed in the light of, and compared with, the results from computations.

  6. Benchmarking ab initio binding energies of hydrogen-bonded molecular clusters based on FTIR spectroscopy

    Bork, Nicolai Christian; Du, Lin; Reiman, Heidi;

    2014-01-01

    Gibbs free binding energies in molecular complexes and clusters based on gas phase FTIR spectroscopy. The acetonitrile-HCl molecular complex is identified via its redshifted H-Cl stretching vibrational mode. We determine the Gibbs free binding energy, ΔG°295 K, to between 4.8 and 7.9 kJ mol(-1) and......Models of formation and growth of atmospheric aerosols are highly dependent on accurate cluster binding energies. These are most often calculated by ab initio electronic structure methods but remain associated with significant uncertainties. We present a computational benchmarking study of the...

  7. Ab initio simulation of effects of structural singularities in aerogel absorption potential

    In the present work simulation of Van der Waals potential between helium atom and part of silica aerogel strand by means of ab initio methods was performed. Cell with alpha quartz structure was used as building block of aerogel strand, because it is the most stable structure at low temperature, and only the surface layer of aerogel has been considered. For modeling absorption potential field in plane, summation of potential from individual building blocks has been provided. Two dimensional Van der Waals energy field was calculated for different geometries of aerogel strands. A rather deep potential well has been found in the corner formed due to aerogel strand crossing.

  8. Ab Initio Computation of Dynamical Properties: Pressure Broadening

    Wiesenfeld, Laurent; Drouin, Brian

    2014-06-01

    Rotational spectroscopy of polar molecules is the main observational tool in many areas of astrophysics, for gases of low densities (n ˜ 102 - 108 cm-3). Spectral line shapes in astrophysical media are largely dominated by turbulence-induced Doppler effects and natural line broadening are negligible. However line broadening remains an important tool for denser gases, like planetary high atmospheres. Understanding the excitation schemes of polar molecules requires the knowledge of excitation transfer rate due to collisional excitation, between the polar molecule and the ambient gas, usually H2. Transport properties in ionized media also require a precise knowledge of momentum transfer rates by elastic collisions. In order to assess the theoretically computed cross section and energy/momentum transfer rates, direct absolute experiments are scarce. The best way is to measure not individual scattering events but rather the global effect of the buffer gas, thanks to the pressure broadening cross sections, whose magnitude can be measured without any scaling parameters. At low temperatures, both elastic and inelastic scattering amplitudes are tested. At higher temperature, depending on the interaction strength, only inelastic scattering cross section are shown to play a significant role 1 ,2. Thanks to the advances of computer capabilities, it has become practical to compute spectral line parameters fromab initio quantum chemistry. In particular, the theory of rotational line broadening is readily incorporated into scattering quantum dynamical theory, like close-coupling schemes. The only approximations used in the computation are the isolated collision/isolated line approximations. We compute the non-binding interaction potential with high precision quantum chemistry and fit the resulting ab initio points onto a suitable functional. We have recently computed several such systems, for molecules in H2 buffer gas: H2O,3 H2CO,4 HCO+ .5 Detailed computations taking into

  9. Relevance of 4f-3d exchange to finite-temperature magnetism of rare-earth permanent magnets: An ab-initio-based spin model approach for NdFe12N

    Matsumoto, Munehisa; Akai, Hisazumi; Harashima, Yosuke; Doi, Shotaro; Miyake, Takashi

    2016-06-01

    A classical spin model derived ab initio for rare-earth-based permanent magnet compounds is presented. Our target compound, NdFe12N, is a material that goes beyond today's champion magnet compound Nd2Fe14B in its intrinsic magnetic properties with a simpler crystal structure. Calculated temperature dependence of the magnetization and the anisotropy field agrees with the latest experimental results in the leading order. Having put the realistic observables under our numerical control, we propose that engineering 5d-electron-mediated indirect exchange coupling between 4f-electrons in Nd and 3d-electrons from Fe would most critically help enhance the material's utility over the operation-temperature range.

  10. Embedding parameters in ab initio theory to develop approximations based on molecular similarity

    Tanha, Matteus; Kaul, Shiva; Cappiello, Alexander; Gordon, Geoffrey J; Yaron, David J

    2015-01-01

    A means to take advantage of molecular similarity to lower the computational cost of electronic structure theory is explored, in which parameters are embedded into a low-cost, low-level (LL) ab initio model and adjusted to obtain agreement with results from a higher-level (HL) ab initio model. A parametrized LL (pLL) model is created by multiplying selected matrix elements of the Hamiltonian operators by scaling factors that depend on element types. Various schemes for applying the scaling factors are compared, along with the impact of making the scaling factors linear functions of variables related to bond lengths, atomic charges, and bond orders. The models are trained on ethane and ethylene, substituted with -NH2, -OH and -F, and tested on substituted propane, propylene and t-butane. Training and test datasets are created by distorting the molecular geometries and applying uniform electric fields. The fitted properties include changes in total energy arising from geometric distortions or applied fields, an...

  11. Ab initio quantum transport calculations using plane waves

    Garcia-Lekue, A.; Vergniory, M. G.; Jiang, X. W.; Wang, L. W.

    2015-08-01

    We present an ab initio method to calculate elastic quantum transport at the nanoscale. The method is based on a combination of density functional theory using plane wave nonlocal pseudopotentials and the use of auxiliary periodic boundary conditions to obtain the scattering states. The method can be applied to any applied bias voltage and the charge density and potential profile can either be calculated self-consistently, or using an approximated self-consistent field (SCF) approach. Based on the scattering states one can straightforwardly calculate the transmission coefficients and the corresponding electronic current. The overall scheme allows us to obtain accurate and numerically stable solutions for the elastic transport, with a computational time similar to that of a ground state calculation. This method is particularly suitable for calculations of tunneling currents through vacuum, that some of the nonequilibrium Greens function (NEGF) approaches based on atomic basis sets might have difficulty to deal with. Several examples are provided using this method from electron tunneling, to molecular electronics, to electronic devices: (i) On a Au nanojunction, the tunneling current dependence on the electrode-electrode distance is investigated. (ii) The tunneling through field emission resonances (FERs) is studied via an accurate description of the surface vacuum states. (iii) Based on quantum transport calculations, we have designed a molecular conformational switch, which can turn on and off a molecular junction by applying a perpendicular electric field. (iv) Finally, we have used the method to simulate tunnel field-effect transistors (TFETs) based on two-dimensional transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs), where we have studied the performance and scaling limits of such nanodevices and proposed atomic doping to enhance the transistor performance.

  12. Lithium Insertion In Silicon Nanowires: An ab Initio Study

    Zhang, Qianfan

    2010-09-08

    The ultrahigh specific lithium ion storage capacity of Si nanowires (SiNWs) has been demonstrated recently and has opened up exciting opportunities for energy storage. However, a systematic theoretical study on lithium insertion in SiNWs remains a challenge, and as a result, understanding of the fundamental interaction and microscopic dynamics during lithium insertion is still lacking. This paper focuses on the study of single Li atom insertion into SiNWs with different sizes and axis orientations by using full ab initio calculations. We show that the binding energy of interstitial Li increases as the SiNW diameter grows. The binding energies at different insertion sites, which can be classified as surface, intermediate, and core sites, are quite different. We find that surface sites are energetically the most favorable insertion positions and that intermediate sites are the most unfavorable insertion positions. Compared with the other growth directions, the [110] SiNWs with different diameters always present the highest binding energies on various insertion locations, which indicates that [110] SiNWs are more favorable by Li doping. Furthermore, we study Li diffusion inside SiNWs. The results show that the Li surface diffusion has a much higher chance to occur than the surface to core diffusion, which is consistent with the experimental observation that the Li insertion in SiNWs is layer by layer from surface to inner region. After overcoming a large barrier crossing surface-to-intermediate region, the diffusion toward center has a higher possibility to occur than the inverse process. © 2010 American Chemical Society.

  13. Ab-initio molecular dynamics for metallic systems

    This thesis deals with the problem of performing first-principles electronic structure calculations in metallic systems, with the goal of bringing ab-initio quantum-mechanical molecular dynamics simulations for these systems to the same level of computational cost, efficiency and accuracy that are now obtained for semiconductors and insulators. The problem is first reviewed from the theoretical and methodological point of view, with a presentation of the current state of research. In particular, the formulation of the electronic structure problem as a Density-Functional-Theory constrained minimization is examined in detail, as well as the description of metallic systems via generalized electronic free energy functionals. A novel reformulation of the problem is here proposed, using the language of Ensemble Density Functional Theory, and a variational realization of it is developed and implemented. The dramatic improvement in the efficiency for the convergence to the electronic ground-state is discussed and explained. The role of the fictitious electronic temperature is examined, as well as its contribution to controlling the errors originating from inadequate sampling of the Brillouin Zone. The associated systematic errors are also examined, and non-selfconsistent and self-consistent estimates for these errors in the energies and the ionic forces are made explicit. The novel technique of cold smearing is introduced. The new method of Ensemble Density Functional Theory, in conjunction with the cold smearing, is shown to reach the proposed goal of greatly improving our current efficiency and accuracy for molecular dynamics simulations, making them affordable at the level of currently available computational power. The method is applied to the study of the finite temperature properties of bulk aluminium and aluminium surfaces, to identify the microscopical processes that give rise to the premelting of the (110) surface and to show evidence for the different phase

  14. Ab initio calculations of the optical properties of crystalline and liquid InSb

    Ab initio calculations of the electronic and optical properties of InSb were performed for both the crystalline and liquid states. Two sets of atomic structure models for liquid InSb at 900 K were obtained by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. To reduce the effect of structural peculiarities in the liquid models, an averaging of the two sets of the calculated electronic and optical properties corresponding to the two liquid models was performed. The calculated results indicate that, owing to the phase transition from crystal to liquid, the density of states around the Fermi level increases. As a result, the energy band gap opening near the Fermi level disappears. Consequently, the optical properties change from semiconductor to metallic behavior. Namely, owing to the melting of InSb, the interband transition peaks disappear and a Drude-like dispersion is observed in the optical dielectric functions. The optical absorption at a photon energy of 3.06 eV, which is used in Blu-ray Disc systems, increases owing to the melting of InSb. This increase in optical absorption is proposed to result from the increased optical transitions below 2 eV

  15. Experimental and ab initio investigations on textured Li–Mn–O spinel thin film cathodes

    Fischer, J., E-mail: Julian.Fischer@kit.edu [Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute for Applied Materials (IAM), Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany); Music, D. [RWTH Aachen University, Materials Chemistry, Kopernikusstrasse 10, 52074 Aachen (Germany); Bergfeldt, T.; Ziebert, C.; Ulrich, S.; Seifert, H.J. [Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute for Applied Materials (IAM), Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany)

    2014-12-01

    This paper describes the tailored preparation of nearly identical lithium–manganese–oxide thin film cathodes with different global grain orientations. The thin films were synthesized by rf magnetron sputtering from a LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4}-target in a pure argon plasma. Under appropriate processing conditions, thin films with a cubic spinel structure and a nearly similar density and surface topography but different grain orientation, i.e. (111)- and (440)-textured films, were achieved. The chemical composition was determined by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy and carrier gas hot extraction. The constitution- and microstructure were evaluated by X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. The surface morphology and roughness were investigated by scanning electron and atomic force microscopy. The differently textured films represent an ideal model system for studying potential effects of grain orientation on the lithium ion diffusion and electrochemical behavior in LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4}-based thin films. They are nearly identical in their chemical composition, atomic bonding behavior, surface-roughness, morphology and thickness. Our initial ab initio molecular dynamics data indicate that Li ion transport is faster in (111)-textured structure than in (440)-textured one. - Highlights: • Thin film model system of differently textured cubic Li–Mn–O spinels. • Investigation of the Li–Mn–O thin film mass density by X-ray reflectivity. • Ab initio molecular dynamics simulation on Li ion diffusion in LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4}.

  16. Embedding parameters in ab initio theory to develop well-controlled approximations based on molecular similarity

    Tanha, Matteus; Cappiello, Alex; Gordon, Geoffrey J; Yaron, David J

    2013-01-01

    A means to take advantage of molecular similarity to lower the computational cost of electronic structure theory is proposed, in which parameters are embedded into a low-cost, low-level (LL) ab initio theory and adjusted to obtain agreement with a higher level (HL) ab initio theory. This approach is explored by training such a model on data for ethane and testing the resulting model on methane, propane and butane. The electronic distribution of the molecules is varied by placing them in strong electrostatic environments consisting of random charges placed on the corners of a cube. The results find that parameters embedded in HF/STO-3G theory can be adjusted to obtain agreement, to within about 2 kcal/mol, with results of HF/6-31G theory. Obtaining this level of agreement requires the use of parameters that are functions of the bond lengths, atomic charges, and bond orders within the molecules. The argument is made that this approach provides a well-controlled means to take advantage of molecular similarity in...

  17. Ab initio many-body calculations of nucleon scattering on ^16O

    Navratil, Petr; Quaglioni, Sofia; Roth, Robert

    2008-10-01

    We develop a new ab initio many-body approachootnotetextS. Quaglioni and P. Navratil, arXiv:0804.1560. capable of describing simultaneously both bound and scattering states in light nuclei, by combining the resonating-group methodootnotetextY. C. Tang et al., Phys. Rep. 47, 167 (1978); K. Langanke and H. Friedrich, Advances in Nuclear Physics, Plenum, New York, 1987. with the ab initio no-core shell model (NCSM).ootnotetextP. Navratil, J. P. Vary, and B. R. Barrett, Phys. Rev. Lett. 84, 5728 (2000); Phys. Rev. C 62, 054311 (2000). In this way, we complement a microscopic-cluster technique with the use of realistic interactions, and a microscopic and consistent description of the nucleon clusters, while preserving Pauli principle and translational symmetry. We will present results for low-energy nucleon scattering on ^16O and for A=17 bound states obtained using realistic nucleon-nucleon potentials. The ^16O wave functions are calculated within the importance-truncated NCSMootnotetextR. Roth and P. Navratil, Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 092501 (2007). that allows the use of model spaces up to 18φ and ultimately enables to reach convergence of phase-shifts and other observables. Prepared by LLNL under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344. Support from the U.S. DOE/SC/NP (Work Proposal No. SCW0498), and from the U. S. Department of Energy Grant DE-FC02-07ER41457 is acknowledged.

  18. Experimental and ab initio investigations on textured Li–Mn–O spinel thin film cathodes

    This paper describes the tailored preparation of nearly identical lithium–manganese–oxide thin film cathodes with different global grain orientations. The thin films were synthesized by rf magnetron sputtering from a LiMn2O4-target in a pure argon plasma. Under appropriate processing conditions, thin films with a cubic spinel structure and a nearly similar density and surface topography but different grain orientation, i.e. (111)- and (440)-textured films, were achieved. The chemical composition was determined by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy and carrier gas hot extraction. The constitution- and microstructure were evaluated by X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. The surface morphology and roughness were investigated by scanning electron and atomic force microscopy. The differently textured films represent an ideal model system for studying potential effects of grain orientation on the lithium ion diffusion and electrochemical behavior in LiMn2O4-based thin films. They are nearly identical in their chemical composition, atomic bonding behavior, surface-roughness, morphology and thickness. Our initial ab initio molecular dynamics data indicate that Li ion transport is faster in (111)-textured structure than in (440)-textured one. - Highlights: • Thin film model system of differently textured cubic Li–Mn–O spinels. • Investigation of the Li–Mn–O thin film mass density by X-ray reflectivity. • Ab initio molecular dynamics simulation on Li ion diffusion in LiMn2O4

  19. Ground state analytical ab initio intermolecular potential for the Cl{sub 2}-water system

    Hormain, Laureline; Monnerville, Maurice, E-mail: maurice.monnerville@univ-lille1.fr; Toubin, Céline; Duflot, Denis; Pouilly, Brigitte; Briquez, Stéphane [Laboratoire de Physique des Lasers Atomes et Molécules, Unité Mixte de Recherche (UMR) 8523, Université Lille I, Bât. P5, 59655 Villeneuve d’Ascq Cedex (France); Bernal-Uruchurtu, Margarita I.; Hernández-Lamoneda, Ramón [Centro de Investigaciones Químicas, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos, Cuernavaca 62209, México (Mexico)

    2015-04-14

    The chlorine/water interface is of crucial importance in the context of atmospheric chemistry. Modeling the structure and dynamics at this interface requires an accurate description of the interaction potential energy surfaces. We propose here an analytical intermolecular potential that reproduces the interaction between the Cl{sub 2} molecule and a water molecule. Our functional form is fitted to a set of high level ab initio data using the coupled-cluster single double (triple)/aug-cc-p-VTZ level of electronic structure theory for the Cl{sub 2} − H{sub 2}O complex. The potential fitted to reproduce the three minima structures of 1:1 complex is validated by the comparison of ab initio results of Cl{sub 2} interacting with an increasing number of water molecules. Finally, the model potential is used to study the physisorption of Cl{sub 2} on a perfectly ordered hexagonal ice slab. The calculated adsorption energy, in the range 0.27 eV, shows a good agreement with previous experimental results.

  20. Comparison between Gaussian-type orbitals and plane wave ab initio density functional theory modeling of layer silicates: Talc [Mg{sub 3}Si{sub 4}O{sub 10}(OH){sub 2}] as model system

    Ulian, Gianfranco; Valdrè, Giovanni, E-mail: giovanni.valdre@unibo.it [Dipartimento di Scienze Biologiche e Geologico-Ambientali, Centro di Ricerca Interdisciplinare di Biomineralogia, Cristallografia e Biomateriali, Università di Bologna “Alma Mater Studiorum” Piazza di Porta San Donato 1, 40126 Bologna (Italy); Tosoni, Sergio [Departament de Química Física and Institut de Química Teòrica i Computacional (IQTCUB), Universitat de Barcelona, C/ Martí i Franquès 1, E-08028 Barcelona (Spain)

    2013-11-28

    The quantum chemical characterization of solid state systems is conducted with many different approaches, among which the adoption of periodic boundary conditions to deal with three-dimensional infinite condensed systems. This method, coupled to the Density Functional Theory (DFT), has been proved successful in simulating a huge variety of solids. Only in relatively recent years this ab initio quantum-mechanic approach has been used for the investigation of layer silicate structures and minerals. In the present work, a systematic comparison of different DFT functionals (GGA-PBEsol and hybrid B3LYP) and basis sets (plane waves and all-electron Gaussian-type orbitals) on the geometry, energy, and phonon properties of a model layer silicate, talc [Mg{sub 3}Si{sub 4}O{sub 10}(OH){sub 2}], is presented. Long range dispersion is taken into account by DFT+D method. Results are in agreement with experimental data reported in literature, with minimal deviation given by the GTO/B3LYP-D* method regarding both axial lattice parameters and interaction energy and by PW/PBE-D for the unit-cell volume and angular values. All the considered methods adequately describe the experimental talc infrared spectrum.

  1. Comparison between Gaussian-type orbitals and plane wave ab initio density functional theory modeling of layer silicates: Talc [Mg3Si4O10(OH)2] as model system

    Ulian, Gianfranco; Tosoni, Sergio; Valdrè, Giovanni

    2013-11-01

    The quantum chemical characterization of solid state systems is conducted with many different approaches, among which the adoption of periodic boundary conditions to deal with three-dimensional infinite condensed systems. This method, coupled to the Density Functional Theory (DFT), has been proved successful in simulating a huge variety of solids. Only in relatively recent years this ab initio quantum-mechanic approach has been used for the investigation of layer silicate structures and minerals. In the present work, a systematic comparison of different DFT functionals (GGA-PBEsol and hybrid B3LYP) and basis sets (plane waves and all-electron Gaussian-type orbitals) on the geometry, energy, and phonon properties of a model layer silicate, talc [Mg3Si4O10(OH)2], is presented. Long range dispersion is taken into account by DFT+D method. Results are in agreement with experimental data reported in literature, with minimal deviation given by the GTO/B3LYP-D* method regarding both axial lattice parameters and interaction energy and by PW/PBE-D for the unit-cell volume and angular values. All the considered methods adequately describe the experimental talc infrared spectrum.

  2. Comparison between Gaussian-type orbitals and plane wave ab initio density functional theory modeling of layer silicates: Talc [Mg3Si4O10(OH)2] as model system

    The quantum chemical characterization of solid state systems is conducted with many different approaches, among which the adoption of periodic boundary conditions to deal with three-dimensional infinite condensed systems. This method, coupled to the Density Functional Theory (DFT), has been proved successful in simulating a huge variety of solids. Only in relatively recent years this ab initio quantum-mechanic approach has been used for the investigation of layer silicate structures and minerals. In the present work, a systematic comparison of different DFT functionals (GGA-PBEsol and hybrid B3LYP) and basis sets (plane waves and all-electron Gaussian-type orbitals) on the geometry, energy, and phonon properties of a model layer silicate, talc [Mg3Si4O10(OH)2], is presented. Long range dispersion is taken into account by DFT+D method. Results are in agreement with experimental data reported in literature, with minimal deviation given by the GTO/B3LYP-D* method regarding both axial lattice parameters and interaction energy and by PW/PBE-D for the unit-cell volume and angular values. All the considered methods adequately describe the experimental talc infrared spectrum

  3. Transport and optical properties of warm dense aluminum in the two-temperature regime: Ab initio calculation and semiempirical approximation

    Knyazev, D. V.; Levashov, P. R.

    2014-01-01

    This work is devoted to the investigation of transport and optical properties of liquid aluminum in the two-temperature case. At first optical properties, static electrical and thermal conductivities were obtained in the \\textit{ab initio} calculation. The \\textit{ab initio} calculation is based on the quantum molecular dynamics, density functional theory and the Kubo-Greenwood formula. The semiempirical approximation was constructed based on the results of the \\textit{ab initio} caculation. ...

  4. Structure and Raman spectra in cryolitic melts: simulations with an ab initio interaction potential.

    Cikit, Serpil; Akdeniz, Zehra; Madden, Paul A

    2014-01-30

    The Raman spectra of cryolitic melts have been calculated from molecular dynamics computer simulations using a polarizable ionic potential obtained by force-fitting to ab initio electronic structure calculations. Simulations which made use of this ab initio derived polarizable interaction potential reproduced the structure and dynamical properties of crystalline cryolite, Na3AlF6, rather well. The transferability of the potential model from solid state to the molten state is tested by comparing results for the Raman spectra of melts of various compositions with those previously obtained with empirically developed potentials and with experimental data. The shapes of the spectra and their evolution with composition in the mixtures conform quite well to those seen experimentally, and we discuss the relationship between the bands seen in the spectra and the vibrational modes of the AlFn((3–n)) coordination complexes which are found in the NaF/AlF3 mixtures. The simulations thus enable a link between the structure of the melt as derived through Raman spectroscopy and through diffraction experiments. We report results for quantities which relate to the degree of cross-linking between these coordination complexes and the diffusive properties of ions. PMID:24432905

  5. Liquid chloroform structure from computer simulation with a full ab initio intermolecular interaction potential

    We have calculated the intermolecular interaction energies of the chloroform dimer in 12 orientations using the second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory. Single point energies of important geometries were calibrated by the coupled cluster with single and double and perturbative triple excitation method. Dunning's correlation consistent basis sets up to aug-cc-pVQZ have been employed in extrapolating the interaction energies to the complete basis set limit values. With the ab initio potential data we constructed a 5-site force field model for molecular dynamics simulations. We compared the simulation results with recent experiments and obtained quantitative agreements for the detailed atomwise radial distribution functions. Our results were also consistent with previous results using empirical force fields with polarization effects. Moreover, the calculated diffusion coefficients reproduced the experimental data over a wide range of thermodynamic conditions. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first ab initio force field which is capable of competing with existing empirical force fields for liquid chloroform

  6. Ab initio quantum chemistry in parallel-portable tools and applications

    Harrison, R.J.; Shepard, R. (Argonne National Lab., IL (United States)); Kendall, R.A. (Battelle Pacific Northwest Lab., Richland, WA (United States))

    1991-01-01

    In common with many of the computational sciences, ab initio chemistry faces computational constraints to which a partial solution is offered by the prospect of highly parallel computers. Ab initio codes are large and complex (O(10{sup 5}) lines of FORTRAN), representing a significant investment of communal effort. The often conflicting requirements of portability and efficiency have been successfully resolved on vector computers by reliance on matrix oriented kernels. This proves inadequate even upon closely-coupled shared-memory parallel machines. We examine the algorithms employed during a typical sequence of calculations. Then we investigate how efficient portable parallel implementations may be derived, including the complex multi-reference singles and doubles configuration interaction algorithm. A portable toolkit, modeled after the Intel iPSC and the ANL-ACRF PARMACS, is developed, using shared memory and TCP/IP sockets. The toolkit is used as an initial platform for programs portable between LANS, Crays and true distributed-memory MIMD machines. Timings are presented. 53 refs., 4 tabs.

  7. Emergent properties of nuclei from ab initio coupled-cluster calculations

    Hagen, G.; Hjorth-Jensen, M.; Jansen, G. R.; Papenbrock, T.

    2016-06-01

    Emergent properties such as nuclear saturation and deformation, and the effects on shell structure due to the proximity of the scattering continuum and particle decay channels are fascinating phenomena in atomic nuclei. In recent years, ab initio approaches to nuclei have taken the first steps towards tackling the computational challenge of describing these phenomena from Hamiltonians with microscopic degrees of freedom. This endeavor is now possible due to ideas from effective field theories, novel optimization strategies for nuclear interactions, ab initio methods exhibiting a soft scaling with mass number, and ever-increasing computational power. This paper reviews some of the recent accomplishments. We also present new results. The recently optimized chiral interaction NNLO{}{{sat}} is shown to provide an accurate description of both charge radii and binding energies in selected light- and medium-mass nuclei up to 56Ni. We derive an efficient scheme for including continuum effects in coupled-cluster computations of nuclei based on chiral nucleon–nucleon and three-nucleon forces, and present new results for unbound states in the neutron-rich isotopes of oxygen and calcium. The coupling to the continuum impacts the energies of the {J}π =1/{2}-,3/{2}-,7/{2}-,3/{2}+ states in {}{17,23,25}O, and—contrary to naive shell-model expectations—the level ordering of the {J}π =3/{2}+,5/{2}+,9/{2}+ states in {}{53,55,61}Ca. ).

  8. Ab initio many-body calculations of light nuclei neutron and proton scattering

    Quaglioni, Sofia

    2008-10-01

    One of the greatest challenges of nuclear physics today is the development of a quantitative microscopic theory of low-energy reactions on light nuclei. At the same time, technical progress on the theoretical front is urgent to match the major experimental advances in the study of exotic nuclei at the radioactive beam facilities. We build a new ab initio many-body approachootnotetextS. Quaglioni and P. Navratil, arXiv:0804.1560. capable of describing simultaneously both bound and scattering states in light nuclei, by combining the resonating-group methodootnotetextY. C. Tang et al., Phys. Rep. 47, 167 (1978); K. Langanke and H. Friedrich, Advances in Nuclear Physics, chapter 4., Plenum, New York, 1987. with the ab initio no-core shell model.ootnotetextP. Navratil, J. P. Vary, and B. R. Barrett, Phys. Rev. Lett. 84, 5728 (2000); Phys. Rev. C 62, 054311 (2000).. In this way, we complement a microscopic-cluster technique with the use of realistic interactions, and a microscopic and consistent description of the nucleon clusters, while preserving Pauli principle and translational symmetry. I will present results for neutron and proton scattering on light nuclei, including n- and p-^4He phase shifts, and low-lying states of one-neutron halo p-shell nuclei, obtained using realistic nucleon-nucleon potentials. In particular, I will address the parity inversion of the ^11Be ground state.

  9. Ab initio quantum chemistry in parallel-portable tools and applications

    In common with many of the computational sciences, ab initio chemistry faces computational constraints to which a partial solution is offered by the prospect of highly parallel computers. Ab initio codes are large and complex (O(105) lines of FORTRAN), representing a significant investment of communal effort. The often conflicting requirements of portability and efficiency have been successfully resolved on vector computers by reliance on matrix oriented kernels. This proves inadequate even upon closely-coupled shared-memory parallel machines. We examine the algorithms employed during a typical sequence of calculations. Then we investigate how efficient portable parallel implementations may be derived, including the complex multi-reference singles and doubles configuration interaction algorithm. A portable toolkit, modeled after the Intel iPSC and the ANL-ACRF PARMACS, is developed, using shared memory and TCP/IP sockets. The toolkit is used as an initial platform for programs portable between LANS, Crays and true distributed-memory MIMD machines. Timings are presented. 53 refs., 4 tabs

  10. Ab initio study on electron excitation and electron transfer in tryptophan-tyrosine system

    In this article, ab initio calculation has been performed to evaluate the transition energy of electronic excitation in tryptophan and tyrosine by using semiempirical molecular orbital method AM1 and complete active space self-consistent field method. The solvent effect has been considered by means of the conductor-like screening model. After geometric optimizations of isolated tryptophan and tyrosine, and their corresponding radicals and cations, reaction heat of these electron transfer reactions have been obtained by the means of complete active space self-consistent field method. The transition energies from the ground state, respectively, to the lowest excited state and to the lowest triplet state of these two amino acids are also calculated and compared with the experimentally observed values. The ionization potential and electron affinity are also calculated for tryptophan and tyrosine employing Koopmans' theorem and ab initio calculation. Compared with the experimental measurements, the theoretical results are found satisfactory. Theoretical results give good explanations on the experimental phenomena that N3· can preferably oxide the side chain of tryptophan residue and then the electron transfer from tyrosine residue to tryptophan residue follows in peptides involving tryptophan and tyrosine

  11. Efficacy of the SU(3) scheme for ab initio large-scale calculations beyond the lightest nuclei

    Dytrych, T; Launey, K D; Draayer, J P; Vary, J P; Langr, D; Saule, E; Caprio, M A; Catalyurek, U; Sosonkina, M

    2016-01-01

    We report on the computational characteristics of ab initio nuclear structure calculations in a symmetry-adapted no-core shell model (SA-NCSM) framework. We examine the computational complexity of the current implementation of the SA-NCSM approach, dubbed LSU3shell, by analyzing ab initio results for 6Li and 12C in large harmonic oscillator model spaces and SU(3)-selected subspaces. We demonstrate LSU3shell's strong-scaling properties achieved with highly-parallel methods for computing the many-body matrix elements. Results compare favorably with complete model space calculations and significant memory savings are achieved in physically important applications. In particular, a well-chosen symmetry-adapted basis affords memory savings in calculations of states with a fixed total angular momentum in large model spaces while exactly preserving translational invariance.

  12. Ab initio calculation of molecular energies including parity violating interactions

    A new approach, RHF-CIS, based on the perturbation of the ground state RHF wave function by the CIS excitations, has been implemented for evaluation of energy of parity violating interaction in molecules, Epv. The earlier approach, RHF-SDE, was based on the perturbation of the RHF ground states by the single-determinant ''excitations'' (SDE). The results obtained show the dramatic difference between Epv values in the RHF-CIS framework and those in the RHF-SDE framework: the Epv values of the RHF-CIS formalism are more than one order of magnitude greater compared to the RHF-SDE formalism as well as the corresponding tensor components. The maximal total value obtained for hydrogen peroxide in the RHF-CIS framework is 3.661 X 10-19 EH (DZ** basis set) while the maximal Epv value for the RHF-SDE formalism is just 3.635 X 10-20 EH (TZ basis set). It is remarkable that both in the RFH-CIS and in the RHF-SDE approaches the diagonal tensor components of Epv strictly follow the geometry of a molecule and are always different from zero at chiral conformations. The zeros of the total Epv at chiral geometries are now found to be the results of the interplay between the diagonal tensor components values. We have carried out exhaustive analysis of the RHF-SDE formalism and found that it is not sufficiently accurate for studies of Epv. To this end, we have completely reproduced the previous work, which has been done in the RHF-SDE frame-work, and developed it further, studying how the RHF-SDE results vary when changing size and quality of basis sets. This last resource does not save the RHF-SDE formalism for evaluations of Epv from the general failure. Packages of FORTRAN routines called ENWEAK/RHFSDE-93 and ENWEAK/RHFCIS-94 have been developed which run on top of an ab initio MO package. We used 6-31G and 6-31G**, DZ and DZ**, TZ and TZ**, and (10s, 6p,**) basis sets. We will discuss the importance of the present results for possible measurement of the parity violating energy

  13. Efficient ab initio free energy calculations by classically assisted trajectory sampling

    Wilson, Hugh F.

    2015-12-01

    A method for efficiently performing ab initio free energy calculations based on coupling constant thermodynamic integration is demonstrated. By the use of Boltzmann-weighted sums over states generated from a classical ensemble, the free energy difference between the classical and ab initio ensembles is readily available without the need for time-consuming integration over molecular dynamics trajectories. Convergence and errors in this scheme are discussed and characterised in terms of a quantity representing the degree of misfit between the classical and ab initio systems. Smaller but still substantial efficiency gains over molecular dynamics are also demonstrated for the calculation of average properties such as pressure and total energy for systems in equilibrium.

  14. Electrical resistivity of NaPb compound-forming liquid alloy using ab initio pseudopotentials

    Anil Thakur; N S Negi; P K Ahluwalla

    2005-08-01

    The study of electrical resistivity of compound-forming liquid alloy, NaPb, is presented as a function of concentration. Hard sphere diameters of Na and Pb are obtained through the interionic pair potentials evaluated using Troullier and Martins ab initio pseudopotential, which have been used to calculate the partial structure factors (). Considering the liquid alloy to be a ternary mixture, Ziman formula, modified for complex formation has been used for calculating resistivity of binary liquid alloys. Form factors are calculated using ab initio pseudopotentials. The results suggest that Ziman formalism, when used with ab initio pseudopotentials, are quite successful in explaining the electrical resistivity data of compound-forming binary liquid alloys.

  15. An Efficient Time-Stepping Scheme for Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Simulations

    Tsuchida, Eiji

    2016-08-01

    In ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of real-world problems, the simple Verlet method is still widely used for integrating the equations of motion, while more efficient algorithms are routinely used in classical molecular dynamics. We show that if the Verlet method is used in conjunction with pre- and postprocessing, the accuracy of the time integration is significantly improved with only a small computational overhead. We also propose several extensions of the algorithm required for use in ab initio molecular dynamics. The validity of the processed Verlet method is demonstrated in several examples including ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of liquid water. The structural properties obtained from the processed Verlet method are found to be sufficiently accurate even for large time steps close to the stability limit. This approach results in a 2× performance gain over the standard Verlet method for a given accuracy. We also show how to generate a canonical ensemble within this approach.

  16. Matrix Product Operators, Matrix Product States, and ab initio Density Matrix Renormalization Group algorithms

    Chan, Garnet Kin-Lic; Nakatani, Naoki; Li, Zhendong; White, Steven R

    2016-01-01

    Current descriptions of the ab initio 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 par...

  17. On the role of hydrogen filled vacancies on the embrittlement of zirconium: An ab initio investigation

    Olsson, Pär A. T.; Kese, Kwadwo; Alvarez Holston, Anna-Maria

    2015-12-01

    In this work we report the results of an ab initio study of the influence of hydrogen filled vacancies on the mechanical properties of zirconium. The modelling shows that hydrogen filled vacancies contribute to a lowering of the surface energy and an increase in the unstable stacking fault energy, which implies a reduction in ductility. The increase in unstable stacking fault energy suggests that the defects promote a change in the dislocation glide mechanism from prismatic to basal slip. To investigate the cleavage energetics, we model the decohesion process. For describing the interplanar interaction we adopt an extended version of Rose's universal binding energy relation, which is found to reproduce the behaviour accurately. The results of the modelling imply that the work of fracture and peak stress decrease as a result of the presence of hydrogen filled vacancies.

  18. Experimental and ab initio investigations of microscopic properties of laser-shocked Ge-doped ablator

    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.

  19. Ab initio study of the compound-energy modeling of multisublattice structures: The (hP6) Ni{sub 2}In-type intermetallics of the Ni–In–Sn system

    Ramos de Debiaggi, S., E-mail: susana.ramos@fain.uncoma.edu.ar [Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Buenos Aires 1400, 8300 Neuquén (Argentina); Instituto de Investigación y Desarrollo en Ingeniería de Procesos, Biotecnología y Energías Alternativas – CONICET-UNCo (Argentina); González Lemus, N.V. [Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Buenos Aires 1400, 8300 Neuquén (Argentina); Deluque Toro, C. [Grupo de Nuevos Materiales, Universidad de la Guajira, Riohacha (Colombia); Fernández Guillermet, A. [CONICET - Instituto Balseiro, Centro Atómico Bariloche, Avda. Bustillo 9500, 8400 Bariloche (Argentina)

    2015-01-15

    Highlights: • A DFT study of the compounds involved in CALPHAD modeling of the Ni–In–Sn (hP6) phase. • Several three-sublattice compounds of Ni, In, Sn and vacancies are studied ab initio. • Structural, cohesive and thermodynamic properties and the electronic DOS are reported. • Trends in calculated properties are correlated with changes in electronic structure. • A picture of the chemical bonding trends for these s-p/d type compounds is discussed. - Abstract: The thermodynamic modeling of non-stoichiometric, multisublattice intermetallic phases using the Compound-Energy Formalism (CEF) involves the determination of parameters representing the Gibbs energy (G{sub m}) of binary compounds, the so-called “end-member compounds” (EMCs), which are often metastable or hypothetical. In current CALPHAD (i.e., “Calculation of Phase Diagrams”) work, these quantities are treated as free parameters to be determined by searching for the best fit to the available information in the optimization procedure. The general purpose of this paper is to propose a theoretical approach to the study of the EMCs which makes use of density-functional-theory (DFT) ab initio calculations. The present method is applied to the EMCs involved in the CEF modeling of the non-stoichiometric (hP6) Ni{sub 2}In-structure type phase of the Ni–In and Ni–In–Sn systems using the three-sublattice models (Ni){sub 1}(Ni,Va){sub 1}(In,Ni){sub 1} and (Ni,Va){sub 1}(Ni,Va){sub 1}(In,Ni,Sn){sub 1}, respectively. By means of systematic ab initio projected augmented waves (PAW) calculations using the VASP code we study the EMCs involved in the CEF formulations of the G{sub m} for this phase in the binary and the ternary systems. Specifically, we study the twelve EMCs corresponding to the following sublattice occupations: (Ni){sub 1}(Ni){sub 1}(In){sub 1}, which is usually described as Ni:Ni:In (i.e., a compound with formula “Ni{sub 2}In”), Ni:Ni:Ni (i.e., “Ni{sub 3}”), Ni:Ni:Sn (

  20. Accurate evaluation of magnetic coupling between atoms with numerous open shells: An ab initio method

    Gellé, A.; Varignon, J.; Lepetit, M.-B.

    2009-11-01

    We propose a new ab initio method designed for the accurate calculation of effective exchange integrals between atoms with numerous open shells. This method applies to ferromagnetic as well as antiferromagnetic exchange, direct or ligand-mediated exchange. Test calculations on high spin transition metal oxides such as KNiF3, Ba2CoS3 or YMnO3 exhibit a very good accuracy compared either to the best ab initio calculations —when those are feasible— and with experimental evaluations.

  1. Ab initio calculations versus polarized neutron diffraction for the spin density of free radicals

    The determination of the magnetization distribution using polarized neutron diffraction has played a key role during the last twenty years in the field of molecular magnetism. This distribution can also be obtained by first principle ab initio calculations. Such calculations always rely on approximations and the question that arises is to know whether the obtained results are reliable enough to represent accurately the properties of these molecules. The comparison between polarized neutron experimental results and ab initio calculations has turned to provide stringent tests for these methods. In the resent article a comparison between experimental and theoretical results is made and is illustrated by examples based on magnetic free radicals. (author)

  2. reaxFF Reactive Force Field for Disulfide Mechanochemistry, Fitted to Multireference ab Initio Data.

    Müller, Julian; Hartke, Bernd

    2016-08-01

    Mechanochemistry, in particular in the form of single-molecule atomic force microscopy experiments, is difficult to model theoretically, for two reasons: Covalent bond breaking is not captured accurately by single-determinant, single-reference quantum chemistry methods, and experimental times of milliseconds or longer are hard to simulate with any approach. Reactive force fields have the potential to alleviate both problems, as demonstrated in this work: Using nondeterministic global parameter optimization by evolutionary algorithms, we have fitted a reaxFF force field to high-level multireference ab initio data for disulfides. The resulting force field can be used to reliably model large, multifunctional mechanochemistry units with disulfide bonds as designed breaking points. Explorative calculations show that a significant part of the time scale gap between AFM experiments and dynamical simulations can be bridged with this approach. PMID:27415976

  3. High-pressure physical properties of magnesium silicate post-perovskite from ab initio calculations

    Zi-Jiang Liu; Xiao-Wei Sun; Cai-Rong Zhang; Jian-Bu Hu; Ling-Cang Cai; Qi-Feng Chen

    2012-08-01

    The structure, thermodynamic and elastic properties of magnesium silicate (MgSiO3) post-perovskite at high pressure are investigated with quasi-harmonic Debye model and ab initio method based on the density functional theory (DFT). The calculated structural parameters of MgSiO3 post-perovskite are consistent with the available experimental results and the recent theoretical results. The Debye temperature, heat capacity and thermal expansion coefficient at high pressures and temperatures are predicted using the quasi-harmonic Debye model. The elastic constants are calculated using stress–strain relations. A complete elastic tensor of MgSiO3 post-perovskite is determined in the wide pressure range. The calculated elastic anisotropic factors and directional bulk modulus show that MgSiO3 post-perovskite possesses high elastic anisotropy.

  4. A-dependence of the Spectra of the F Isotopes from ab initio Calculations

    Barrett, Bruce R.; Dikmen, Erdal; Maris, Pieter; Vary, James P.; Shirokov, Andrey M.

    2016-03-01

    Using a succession of Okubo-Lee-Suzuki transformations within the No Core Shell Model (NCSM) formalism, we derive an ab initio, non-perturbative procedure for calculating the input for standard shell-model (SSM) calculations within one major shell. We have used this approach for calculating the spectra of the F isotopes from A=18 to A=25, so as to study the A-dependence of the results. In particular, we are interested in seeing if the theoretical input is weak enough, so that a single set of two-body effective interactions can be used for all of the F isotopes investigated. We will present results from SSM calculations based on input obtained with the JISP16 nucleon-nucleon interaction in an initial 4 ℏΩ NCSM basis space. This work supported in part by TUBITAK-BIDEB, the US DOE, the US NSF, NERSC, and the Russian Ministry of Education and Science.

  5. Ab initio determination of the instability growth rate of warm dense beryllium-deuterium interface

    Wang, Cong; Zhang, Ping, E-mail: zhang-ping@iapcm.ac.cn [Institute of Applied Physics and Computational Mathematics, P.O. Box 8009, Beijing 100088 (China); Center for Applied Physics and Technology, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Li, Zi; Li, DaFang [Institute of Applied Physics and Computational Mathematics, P.O. Box 8009, Beijing 100088 (China)

    2015-10-15

    Accurate knowledge about the interfacial unstable growth is of great importance in inertial confinement fusion. During implosions, the deuterium-tritium capsule is driven by laser beams or X-rays to access the strongly coupled and partially degenerated warm dense matter regime. At this stage, the effects of dissipative processes, such as diffusion and viscosity, have significant impact on the instability growth rates. Here, we present ab initio molecular dynamics simulations to determine the equations of state and the transport coefficients. Several models are used to estimate the reduction in the growth rate dispersion curves of Rayleigh-Taylor and Richtmyer-Meshkov instabilities with considering the presence of these dissipative effects. We show that these instability growth rates are effectively reduced when considering diffusion. The findings provide significant insights into the microscopic mechanism of the instability growth at the ablator-fuel interface and will refine the models used in the laser-driven hydrodynamic instability experiments.

  6. Ab initio determination of the instability growth rate of warm dense beryllium-deuterium interface

    Wang, Cong; Li, Zi; Li, DaFang; Zhang, Ping

    2015-10-01

    Accurate knowledge about the interfacial unstable growth is of great importance in inertial confinement fusion. During implosions, the deuterium-tritium capsule is driven by laser beams or X-rays to access the strongly coupled and partially degenerated warm dense matter regime. At this stage, the effects of dissipative processes, such as diffusion and viscosity, have significant impact on the instability growth rates. Here, we present ab initio molecular dynamics simulations to determine the equations of state and the transport coefficients. Several models are used to estimate the reduction in the growth rate dispersion curves of Rayleigh-Taylor and Richtmyer-Meshkov instabilities with considering the presence of these dissipative effects. We show that these instability growth rates are effectively reduced when considering diffusion. The findings provide significant insights into the microscopic mechanism of the instability growth at the ablator-fuel interface and will refine the models used in the laser-driven hydrodynamic instability experiments.

  7. Ab initio determination of the instability growth rate of warm dense beryllium-deuterium interface

    Accurate knowledge about the interfacial unstable growth is of great importance in inertial confinement fusion. During implosions, the deuterium-tritium capsule is driven by laser beams or X-rays to access the strongly coupled and partially degenerated warm dense matter regime. At this stage, the effects of dissipative processes, such as diffusion and viscosity, have significant impact on the instability growth rates. Here, we present ab initio molecular dynamics simulations to determine the equations of state and the transport coefficients. Several models are used to estimate the reduction in the growth rate dispersion curves of Rayleigh-Taylor and Richtmyer-Meshkov instabilities with considering the presence of these dissipative effects. We show that these instability growth rates are effectively reduced when considering diffusion. The findings provide significant insights into the microscopic mechanism of the instability growth at the ablator-fuel interface and will refine the models used in the laser-driven hydrodynamic instability experiments

  8. Electron-scattering form factors for 6Li in the ab initio symmetry-guided framework

    Dytrych, T; Launey, K D; Draayer, J P; Maris, P; Vary, J P; Langr, D; Oberhuber, T

    2015-01-01

    We present an ab initio symmetry-adapted no-core shell-model description for $^{6}$Li. We study the structure of the ground state of $^{6}$Li and the impact of the symmetry-guided space selection on the charge density components for this state in momentum space, including the effect of higher shells. We accomplish this by investigating the electron scattering charge form factor for momentum transfers up to $q \\sim 4$ fm$^{-1}$. We demonstrate that this symmetry-adapted framework can achieve significantly reduced dimensions for equivalent large shell-model spaces while retaining the accuracy of the form factor for any momentum transfer. These new results confirm the previous outcomes for selected spectroscopy observables in light nuclei, such as binding energies, excitation energies, electromagnetic moments, E2 and M1 reduced transition probabilities, as well as point-nucleon matter rms radii.

  9. Ab initio investigation of barium-scandium-oxygen coatings on tungsten for electron emitting cathodes

    Vlahos, Vasilios; Booske, John H.; Morgan, Dane

    2010-02-01

    Microwave, x-ray, and radio-frequency radiation sources require a cathode emitting electrons into vacuum. Thermionic B-type dispenser cathodes consist of BaxOz coatings on tungsten (W), where the surface coatings lower the W work function and enhance electron emission. The new and promising class of scandate cathodes modifies the B-type surface through inclusion of Sc, and their superior emissive properties are also believed to stem from the formation of a low work function surface alloy. In order to better understand these cathode systems, density-functional theory (DFT)-based ab initio modeling is used to explore the stability and work function of BaxScyOz on W(001) monolayer-type surface structures. It is demonstrated how surface depolarization effects can be calculated easily using ab initio calculations and fitted to an analytic depolarization equation. This approach enables the rapid extraction of the complete depolarization curve (work function versus coverage relation) from relatively few DFT calculations, useful for understanding and characterizing the emitting properties of novel cathode materials. It is generally believed that the B-type cathode has some concentration of Ba-O dimers on the W surface, although their structure is not known. Calculations suggest that tilted Ba-O dimers are the stable dimer surface configuration and can explain the observed work function reduction corresponding to various dimer coverages. Tilted Ba-O dimers represent a new surface coating structure not previously proposed for the activated B-type cathode. The thermodynamically stable phase of Ba and O on the W surface was identified to be the Ba0.25O configuration, possessing a significantly lower Φ value than any of the Ba-O dimer configurations investigated. The identification of a more stable Ba0.25O phase implies that if Ba-O dimers cover the surface of emitting B-type cathodes, then a nonequilibrium steady state must dominate the emitting surface. The identification of

  10. Ab initio theoretical comparative study of magnetic coupling in KNiF3sand K2 NiF4s

    de P. R. Moreira, Ibério; Illas, Francesc

    1997-02-01

    The origin of magnetic coupling in KNiF3 and K2 NiF4 is studied by means of an ab initio cluster model approach. By a detailed study of the mapping between eigenstates of the exact nonrelativistic and spin model Hamiltonians it is possible to obtain the magnetic coupling constant J and to compare ab initio cluster-model values with those resulting from ab initio periodic Hartree-Fock calculations. This comparison shows that J is strongly determined by two-body interactions; this is a surprising and unexpected result. The importance of the ligands surrounding the basic metal-ligand-metal interacting unit is reexamined by using two different partitions and the constrained space orbital variation method of analysis. This decomposition enables us to show that this effect is basically environmental. Finally, dynamical electronic correlation effects have found to be critical in determining the final value of the magnetic coupling constant.

  11. Charge Transfer in FeO: A combined Molecular-Dynamics and Ab Initio Study

    Molecular dynamics simulations and ab initio electronic structure calculations were carried out to determine the rate of charge transfer in stoichiometric w-stite (FeO). The charge transfer of interest occurs by II/III valence interchange between nearest-neighbor Fe atoms, with the Fe(III) constituting a ''hole'' electronic defect. There are two possible nearest-neighbor charge transfers in the FeO lattice, which occur between edge-sharing or corner-sharing FeO6 octahedra. Molecular dynamics simulations predict charge transfer rates of 3.7x1011 and 1.9x109 s-1 for the edge and corner transfers, respectively, in good agreement with those calculated using an ab initio cluster approach (1.6x1011 and 8.0x108 s-1, respectively). The calculated rates are also similar to those along basal and c-axis directions in hematite (?-Fe2O3) determined previously. Therefore, as is the case for hematite, w-stite is predicted to show anisotropic electrical conductivity. Our findings indicate that a rigid ion model does not give acceptable results, thus showing the need to account for the change in polarizability of the system upon charge transfer. Our model achieves this by using a simple mechanical shell model. By calculating the electronic coupling matrix elements for many transition state configurations obtained from the molecular dynamics simulations, we found evidence that the position of the bridging oxygen atoms can greatly affect the amount electronic coupling between the donor and acceptor states. Finally, we address the effect of oxygen vacancies on the charge transfer. It was found that an oxygen vacancy not only creates a driving force for holes to transport away from the vacancy (or equivalently for electrons to diffuse toward the vacancy) but also lowers the free energy barriers for charge transfer. In addition, the reorganization energy significantly differed from the non-defective case in a small radius around the defect

  12. i-PI: A Python interface for ab initio path integral molecular dynamics simulations

    Ceriotti, Michele; More, Joshua; Manolopoulos, David E.

    2014-03-01

    Recent developments in path integral methodology have significantly reduced the computational expense of including quantum mechanical effects in the nuclear motion in ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. However, the implementation of these developments requires a considerable programming effort, which has hindered their adoption. Here we describe i-PI, an interface written in Python that has been designed to minimise the effort required to bring state-of-the-art path integral techniques to an electronic structure program. While it is best suited to first principles calculations and path integral molecular dynamics, i-PI can also be used to perform classical molecular dynamics simulations, and can just as easily be interfaced with an empirical forcefield code. To give just one example of the many potential applications of the interface, we use it in conjunction with the CP2K electronic structure package to showcase the importance of nuclear quantum effects in high-pressure water. Catalogue identifier: AERN_v1_0 Program summary URL: http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/summaries/AERN_v1_0.html Program obtainable from: CPC Program Library, Queen’s University, Belfast, N. Ireland Licensing provisions: GNU General Public License, version 3 No. of lines in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 138626 No. of bytes in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 3128618 Distribution format: tar.gz Programming language: Python. Computer: Multiple architectures. Operating system: Linux, Mac OSX, Windows. RAM: Less than 256 Mb Classification: 7.7. External routines: NumPy Nature of problem: Bringing the latest developments in the modelling of nuclear quantum effects with path integral molecular dynamics to ab initio electronic structure programs with minimal implementational effort. Solution method: State-of-the-art path integral molecular dynamics techniques are implemented in a Python interface. Any electronic structure code can be patched to receive the atomic

  13. Predictive Nuclear Many-Body Theory with Ab Initio Methods: A Brief Survey and A Look Ahead

    Hergert, Heiko

    2015-10-01

    The reach of ab initio many-body techniques has increased tremendously in recent years, owing to new developments in many-body theory as well as advances in their numerical implementation. Coupled Cluster, Self-Consistent Green's Function, and In-Medium Similarity Renormalization Group (IM-SRG) calculations are routinely performed for isotopes in the A ~ 100 region. Moreover, these techniques have been extended to tackle open-shell nuclei, either directly or through the auxiliary step of deriving valence-space interactions for use with existing Shell Model technology. One of the most powerful aspects of ab initio methods is their capability to provide results for energies and other observables with systematic uncertainties. Together with new accurate nuclear forces (and operators) derived from Chiral Effective Field Theory, they provide a consistent framework--and a road map--for a predictive description of nuclei. This will have a critical impact on the search for the limits of nuclear existence, tests of fundamental symmetries (e.g., the search for neutrinoless double beta decay), our understanding of quenching and effective charges in phenomenological Shell Model calculations etc. Using the Multi-Reference IM-SRG as a representative example, I will survey the current capabilities of ab initio methods with an emphasis on uncertainty quantification, highlight successes in the description of ground-state properties and spectra, and preview upcoming developments like the construction of consistent transition operators.

  14. Transport and optical properties of warm dense aluminum in the two-temperature regime: Ab initio calculation and semiempirical approximation

    Knyazev, D V

    2014-01-01

    This work is devoted to the investigation of transport and optical properties of liquid aluminum in the two-temperature case. At first optical properties, static electrical and thermal conductivities were obtained in the \\textit{ab initio} calculation. The \\textit{ab initio} calculation is based on the quantum molecular dynamics, density functional theory and the Kubo-Greenwood formula. The semiempirical approximation was constructed based on the results of the \\textit{ab initio} caculation. The approximation yields the dependences $\\sigma_{1_\\mathrm{DC}}\\propto1/T_i^{0.25}$ and $K\\propto T_e/T_i^{0.25}$ for the static electrical conductivity and thermal conductivity, respectively. The approximation is valid for liquid aluminum at $\\rho=2.70$~g/cm$^3$, 3~kK~$\\leq T_i\\leq T_e\\leq20$~kK. Our results are well described by the Drude model with the effective relaxation time $\\tau\\propto T_i^{-0.25}$. We have compared our results with a number of other models. They are all reduced in the low-temperature limit to th...

  15. Determination of the orientation of azathioprine adsorbed on a silver electrode by SERS and ab initio calculations

    Chen, Shi-Ping; Qiao, Zhuahong; Vivoni, Alberto; Hosten, Charles M.

    2003-10-01

    We report the SERS spectrum of azthioprine (AZA) on a silver electrode surface and the results of normal mode calculations using empirical and ab initio calculations of the 6-mercaptopurione (6-MP) component of AZA. The empirical calculations were done with a Urey-Bradley force field (UBFF) and the ab initio calculations with the STO-3G basis set using the UHF, MP2 and BLYP methods. From the difference between the SERS and solid spectra, we determined that AZA attaches edge-on to the surface through the N3 site on the 6-MP component of the molecule. The UBFF calculation on an Ag adatom-molecule model reproduced most of the main observed frequency shifts in the SERS spectrum. With a similar model, the ab initio calculations yielded frequency shifts in the same direction as the one observed for the in-plane normal modes, but they yielded opposite shifts for the out-of-plane normal modes. This phenomenon may be attributed to a face-on interaction of the 6-MP component with a neighboring adatom made possible by an inclination of the molecule on the surface.

  16. Probing defects and correlations in the hydrogen-bond network of ab initio water

    Gasparotto, Piero; Ceriotti, Michele

    2016-01-01

    The hydrogen-bond network of water is characterized by the presence of coordination defects relative to the ideal tetrahedral network of ice, whose fluctuations determine the static and time-dependent properties of the liquid. Because of topological constraints, such defects do not come alone, but are highly correlated coming in a plethora of different pairs. Here we discuss in detail such correlations in the case of ab initio water models and show that they have interesting similarities to regular and defective solid phases of water. Although defect correlations involve deviations from idealized tetrahedrality, they can still be regarded as weaker hydrogen bonds that retain a high degree of directionality. We also investigate how the structure and population of coordination defects is affected by approximations to the inter-atomic potential, finding that in most cases, the qualitative features of the hydrogen bond network are remarkably robust.

  17. Modern Ab Initio Approaches and Applications in Few-Nucleon Physics with A \\ge 4

    Leidemann, Winfried

    2012-01-01

    We present an overview of the evolution of ab initio methods for few-nucleon systems with A \\ge 4, tracing the progress made that today allows precision calculations for these systems. First a succinct description of the diverse approaches is given. In order to identify analogies and differences the methods are grouped according to different formulations of the quantum mechanical many-body problem. Various significant applications from the past and present are described. We discuss the results with emphasis on the developments following the original implementations of the approaches. In particular we highlight benchmark results which represent important milestones towards setting an ever growing standard for theoretical calculations. This is relevant for meaningful comparisons with experimental data. Such comparisons may reveal whether a specific force model is appropriate for the description of nuclear dynamics.

  18. An ab initio variationally computed room-temperature line list for SO3

    Underwood, Daniel S; Yurchenko, Sergei N

    2013-01-01

    {\\it Ab initio} potential energy and dipole moment surfaces are computed for sulfur trioxide (SO$_3$) at the CCSD(T)-F12b level of theory and appropriate triple-zeta basis sets. These surfaces are fitted and used, with a slight correction for the equilibrium S--O distance, to compute pure rotational and rotation-vibraton spectra of \\sothree\\ using the variational nuclear motion program TROVE. The calculations considered transitions in the region 0--4000 \\cm\\ with rotational states up to J=85. The resulting line list of 349~348~513 transitions is appropriate for modelling room temperature SO3 spectra. Good agreement is found with the observed infrared absorption spectra and the calculations are used to place the measured relative intensities on an absolute scale. A list of 10~878 experimental transitions is provided in a form suitable for inclusion in standard atmospheric and planetary spectroscopic databases.

  19. An ab initio variationally computed room-temperature line list for (32)S(16)O3.

    Underwood, Daniel S; Tennyson, Jonathan; Yurchenko, Sergei N

    2013-07-01

    Ab initio potential energy and dipole moment surfaces are computed for sulfur trioxide (SO3) at the CCSD(T)-F12b level of theory with appropriate triple-zeta basis sets. The analytical representations of these surfaces are used, with a slight correction, to compute pure rotational and rotation-vibration spectra of (32)S(16)O3 using the variational nuclear motion program TROVE. The calculations considered transitions in the region 0-4000 cm(-1) with rotational states up to J = 85. The resulting line list of 174,674,257 transitions is appropriate for modelling room temperature (32)S(16)O3 spectra. Good agreement is found with the observed infrared absorption spectra and the calculations are used to place the measured relative intensities on an absolute scale. A list of 10,878 experimental transitions is provided in a form suitable for inclusion in standard atmospheric and planetary spectroscopic databases. PMID:23579443

  20. Ab initio theory for current-induced molecular switching: Melamine on Cu(001)

    Ohto, Tatsuhiko

    2013-05-28

    Melamine on Cu(001) is mechanically unstable under the current of a scanning tunneling microscope tip and can switch among configurations. However, these are not equally accessible, and the switching critical current depends on the bias polarity. In order to explain such rich phenomenology, we have developed a scheme to evaluate the evolution of the reaction paths and activation barriers as a function of bias, which is rooted in the nonequilibrium Green\\'s function method implemented within density functional theory. This, combined with the calculation of the inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy signal, allows us to identify the vibrational modes promoting the observed molecular conformational changes. Finally, once our ab initio results are used within a resonance model, we are able to explain the details of the switching behavior, such as its dependence on the bias polarity, and the noninteger power relation between the reaction rate constants and both the bias voltage and the electric current. © 2013 American Physical Society.

  1. Ab Initio Calculation of Structure and Thermodynamic Properties of Zintl Aluminide SrAl2

    Fu, Zhi-Jian; Jia, Li-Jun; Xia, Ji-Hong; Tang, Ke; Li, Zhao-Hong; Sun, Xiao-Wei; Chen, Qi-Feng

    2015-12-01

    The structural and thermodynamic properties of the orthorhombic and cubic structure SrAl2 at pressure and temperature are investigated by using the ab initio plane-wave pseudopotential density functional theory methodwithin the generalised gradient approximation (GGA). The calculated lattice parameters are in agreement with the available experimental data and other theoretical results. The phase transition predicted takes place at 0.5 GPa from the orthorhombic to the cubic structure at zero temperature. The thermodynamic properties of the zinc-blende structure SrAl2 are calculated by the quasi-harmonic Debye model. The pressure-volume relationship and the variations inthe thermal expansion α are obtained systematically in the pressure and temperature ranges of 0-5 GPa and 0-500 K, respectively.

  2. Ab initio electron scattering cross-sections and transport in liquid xenon

    Boyle, G. J.; McEachran, R. P.; Cocks, D. G.; Brunger, M. J.; Buckman, S. J.; Dujko, S.; White, R. D.

    2016-09-01

    Ab initio fully differential cross-sections for electron scattering in liquid xenon are developed from a solution of the Dirac–Fock scattering equations, using a recently developed framework (Boyle et al 2015 J. Chem. Phys. 142 154507) which considers multipole polarizabilities, a non-local treatment of exchange, and screening and coherent scattering effects. A multi-term solution of Boltzmann’s equation accounting for the full anisotropic nature of the differential cross-section is used to calculate transport properties of excess electrons in liquid xenon. The results were found to agree to within 25% of the measured mobilities and characteristic energies over the reduced field range of 10‑4–1 Td. The accuracies are comparable to those achieved in the gas phase. A simple model, informed by highly accurate gas-phase cross-sections, is presented to improve the liquid cross-sections, which was found to enhance the accuracy of the transport coefficient calculations.

  3. The {\\it ab initio} calculation of spectra of open shell diatomic molecules

    Tennyson, Jonathan; McKemmish, Laura K; Yurchenko, Sergei N

    2016-01-01

    The spectra (rotational, rotation-vibrational or electronic) of diatomic molecules due to transitions involving only closed-shell ($^1\\Sigma$) electronic states follow very regular, simple patterns and their theoretical analysis is usually straightforward. On the other hand, open-shell electronic states lead to more complicated spectral patterns and, moreover, often appear as a manifold of closely lying electronic states, leading to perturbations with even larger complexity. This is especially true when at least one of the atoms is a transition metal. Traditionally these complex cases have been analysed using approaches based on perturbation theory, with semi-empirical parameters determined by fitting to spectral data. Recently the needs of two rather diverse scientific areas have driven the demand for improved theoretical models of open-shell diatomic systems based on an \\emph{ab initio} approach, these areas are ultracold chemistry and the astrophysics of "cool" stars, brown dwarfs and most recently extraso...

  4. Ab initio determination of effective electron-phonon coupling factor in copper

    Ji, Pengfei

    2016-01-01

    The electron temperature T_e dependent electron density of states g({\\epsilon}), Fermi-Dirac distribution f({\\epsilon}), and electron-phonon spectral function {\\alpha}^2 F({\\Omega}) are computed as prerequisites before achieving effective electron-phonon coupling factor. The obtained is implemented into a molecular dynamics (MD) and two-temperature model (TTM) coupled simulation of femtosecond laser heating. By monitoring temperature evolutions of electron and lattice subsystems, the result utilizing G_(e-ph) from ab initio calculation, shows a faster decrease of T_e and increase of T_l than those using G_(e-ph) from phenomenological treatment. The approach of calculating G_(e-ph) and its implementation into MD-TTM simulation is applicable to other metals.

  5. Ab-initio calculations of charge symmetry breaking in the A=4 hypernuclei

    Gazda, Daniel

    2015-01-01

    We report on ab-initio NCSM calculations of the A=4 mirror Lambda hypernuclei Lambda-4H and Lambda-4He, using the Bonn-Juelich LO chiral EFT YN potentials plus a CSB Lambda0--Sigma0 mixing vertex. In addition to reproducing rather well the 0+ (g.s.) and 1+ (exc.) binding energies, these four-body calculations demonstrate for the first time that the observed CSB splitting of mirror levels, reaching hundreds of keV for 0+ (g.s.), can be reproduced using realistic theoretical interaction models, although with a non-negligible momentum cutoff dependence. Our results are discussed in relation to recent measurements of the Lambda-4H (0+ g.s.) binding energy [MAMI A1 Collaboration, Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 232501 (2015)] and the Lambda-4He (1+ exc.) excitation energy [J-PARC E13 Collaboration, Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 222501 (2015)].

  6. Extend of hydrogen coverage of Si(001) under chemical vapor deposition conditions from ab initio approaches

    Rosenow, Phil

    2016-01-01

    The extent of hydrogen coverage of the Si(001)c(4x2) surface in the presence of hydrogen gas has been studied with dispersion corrected density functional theory. Electronic energy contributions are well described using a hybrid functional. The temperature dependence of the coverage in thermodynamic equilibrium was studied computing the phonon spectrum in a supercell approach. As an approximation to these demanding computations, an interpolated phonon approach was found to give comparable accuracy. The simpler ab initio thermodynamic approach is not accurate enough for the system studied, even if corrections by the Einstein model for surface vibrations are considered. The on-set of H2 desorption from the fully hydrogenated surface is predicted to occur at temperatures around 750 K. Strong changes in hydrogen coverage are found between 1000 and 1200 K in good agreement with previous reflectance anisotropy spectroscopy experiments. These findings allow a rational choice for the surface state in the computationa...

  7. Ab initio determination of effective electron-phonon coupling factor in copper

    Ji, Pengfei; Zhang, Yuwen

    2016-04-01

    The electron temperature Te dependent electron density of states g (ε), Fermi-Dirac distribution f (ε), and electron-phonon spectral function α2 F (Ω) are computed as prerequisites before achieving effective electron-phonon coupling factor Ge-ph. The obtained Ge-ph is implemented into a molecular dynamics (MD) and two-temperature model (TTM) coupled simulation of femtosecond laser heating. By monitoring temperature evolutions of electron and lattice subsystems, the result utilizing Ge-ph from ab initio calculation shows a faster decrease of Te and increase of Tl than those using Ge-ph from phenomenological treatment. The approach of calculating Ge-ph and its implementation into MD-TTM simulation is applicable to other metals.

  8. Impact of oxygen on the 300-K isotherm of Laser Megajoule ablator using ab initio simulation

    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.

  9. A room temperature CO$_2$ line list with ab initio computed intensities

    Zak, Emil; Polyansky, Oleg L; Lodi, Lorenzo; Zobov, Nikolay F; Tashkun, Sergey A; Perevalov, Valery I

    2016-01-01

    Atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations are being closely monitored by remote sensing experiments which rely on knowing line intensities with an uncertainty of 0.5% or better. We report a theoretical study providing rotation-vibration line intensities substantially within the required accuracy based on the use of a highly accurate {\\it ab initio} dipole moment surface (DMS). The theoretical model developed is used to compute CO$_2$ intensities with uncertainty estimates informed by cross comparing line lists calculated using pairs of potential energy surfaces (PES) and DMS's of similar high quality. This yields lines sensitivities which are utilized in reliability analysis of our results. The final outcome is compared to recent accurate measurements as well as the HITRAN2012 database. Transition frequencies are obtained from effective Hamiltonian calculations to produce a comprehensive line list covering all $^{12}$C$^{16}$O$_2$ transitions below 8000 cm$^{-1}$ and stronger than 10$^{-30}$ cm / molecule at ...

  10. Quantum transition state dynamics of the cyclooctatetraene unimolecular reaction on ab initio potential energy surfaces

    Tokizaki, Chihiro; Yoshida, Takahiko; Takayanagi, Toshiyuki

    2016-05-01

    The cyclooctatetraene (COT) anion has a stable D4h structure that is similar to the transition state configurations of the neutral C-C bond-alternation (D4h ↔ D8h ↔ D4h) and ring-inversion (D2d ↔ D4h ↔ D2d) unimolecular reactions. The previously measured photodetachment spectrum of COT- revealed the reaction dynamics in the vicinity of the two transition states on the neutral potential energy surface. In this work, the photodetachment spectrum is calculated quantum mechanically on ab initio-level potential energy surfaces within a three degree-of-freedom reduced-dimensionality model. Very good agreement has been obtained between theory and experiment, providing reliable interpretations for the experimental spectrum. A detailed picture of the reactive molecular dynamics of the COT unimolecular reaction in the transition state region is also discussed.

  11. Ab initio calculation of ionization potential and electron affinity in solid-state organic semiconductors

    Kang, Youngho; Jeon, Sang Ho; Cho, Youngmi; Han, Seungwu

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the vertical ionization potential (IP) and electron affinity (EA) of organic semiconductors in the solid state that govern the optoelectrical property of organic devices using a fully ab initio way. The present method combines the density functional theory and many-body perturbation theory based on G W approximations. To demonstrate the accuracy of this approach, we carry out calculations on several prototypical organic molecules. Since IP and EA depend on the molecular orientation at the surface, the molecular geometry of the surface is explicitly considered through the slab model. The computed IP and EA are in reasonable and consistent agreements with spectroscopic data on organic surfaces with various molecular arrangements. However, the transport gaps are slightly underestimated in calculations, which can be explained by different screening effects between surface and bulk regions.

  12. Ab initio based investigation of interstitial interactions and Snoek relaxation in Nb-O

    Dmitriev, V. V.; Blanter, M. S.; Ruban, A. V.; Johansson, B.

    2012-02-01

    Chemical and strain-induced effective pair interactions of interstitial oxygen atoms in bcc Nb have been determined in supercell first-principles calculations using Vienna ab initio simulation package (VASP). The strain-induced interactions are in reasonable agreement with those obtained earlier within a phenomenological microscopic Krivoglaz-Kanzaki-Khachaturyan model (KKKM). At the same time, the chemical interactions, which have been considered to be small in earlier theoretical considerations, turned out to be dominating at the first several coordination shells. The obtained interactions have been used in calculations of the concentration- and temperature-dependence of the internal friction Snoek peak. The theoretical results are found to be in good agreement with the existing experimental data.

  13. Deuteron-induced nucleon transfer reactions within an ab initio framework: First application to p -shell nuclei

    Raimondi, Francesco; Hupin, Guillaume; Navrátil, Petr; Quaglioni, Sofia

    2016-05-01

    Background: Low-energy transfer reactions in which a proton is stripped from a deuteron projectile and dropped into a target play a crucial role in the formation of nuclei in both primordial and stellar nucleosynthesis, as well as in the study of exotic nuclei using radioactive beam facilities and inverse kinematics. Ab initio approaches have been successfully applied to describe the 3H (d ,n )4He and 3He(d ,p )4He fusion processes. Purpose: An ab initio treatment of transfer reactions would also be desirable for heavier targets. In this work, we extend the ab initio description of (d ,p ) reactions to processes with light p -shell nuclei. As a first application, we study the elastic scattering of deuterium on 7Li and the 7Li(d ,p )8Li transfer reaction based on a two-body Hamiltonian. Methods: We use the no-core shell model to compute the wave functions of the nuclei involved in the reaction, and describe the dynamics between targets and projectiles with the help of microscopic-cluster states in the spirit of the resonating group method. Results: The shapes of the excitation functions for deuterons impinging on 7Li are qualitatively reproduced up to the deuteron breakup energy. The interplay between d -7Li and p -8Li particle-decay channels determines some features of the 9Be spectrum above the d +7Li threshold. Our prediction for the parity of the 17.298 MeV resonance is at odds with the experimental assignment. Conclusions: Deuteron stripping reactions with p -shell targets can now be computed ab initio, but calculations are very demanding. A quantitative description of the 7Li(d ,p )8Li reaction will require further work to include the effect of three-nucleon forces and additional decay channels and to improve the convergence rate of our calculations.

  14. All-electron ab initio investigations of the electronic states of the NiC molecule

    Shim, Irene; Gingerich, Karl. A.

    The low-lying electronic states of NiC are investigated by all-electron ab initio multi-configuration self-consistent-field (CASSCF) calculations including relativistic corrections. The electronic structure of NiC is interpreted as perturbed antiferromagnetic couplings of the localized angular...

  15. Optical Spectroscopy of the Bulk and Interfacial Hydrated Electron from Ab Initio Calculations

    Uhlig, Frank; Herbert, J. M.; Coons, M. P.; Jungwirth, Pavel

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 118, č. 35 (2014), s. 7507-7515. ISSN 1089-5639 R&D Projects: GA ČR GBP208/12/G016 Institutional support: RVO:61388963 Keywords : hydrated electron * optical spectrum * ab initio molecular dynamics Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 2.693, year: 2014

  16. Mechanical properties of carbynes investigated by ab initio total-energy calculations

    Castelli, Ivano E.; Salvestrini, Paolo; Manini, Nicola

    2012-01-01

    As sp carbon chains (carbynes) are relatively rigid molecular objects, can we exploit them as construction elements in nanomechanics? To answer this question, we investigate their remarkable mechanical properties by ab initio total-energy simulations. In particular, we evaluate their linear...

  17. Ab initio calculation of the lifetimes of 4p and 3d levels of Ca+

    We have done an ab initio calculation based on the Brueckner approximation for the lifetimes of 4p2P and 3d2D levels of Ca+. The results of the Brueckner approximation differ from experiment by 2.5%. With leading third-order corrections included, our results agree with the latest accurate experiment within a 1% difference

  18. Atomic carbon chains as spin-transmitters: An ab initio transport study

    Fürst, Joachim Alexander; Brandbyge, Mads; Jauho, Antti-Pekka

    2010-01-01

    An atomic carbon chain joining two graphene flakes was recently realized in a ground-breaking experiment by Jin et al. (Phys. Rev. Lett., 102 (2009) 205501). We present ab initio results for the electron transport properties of such chains and demonstrate complete spin-polarization of the transmi...

  19. Ab initio and work function and surface energy anisotropy of LaB6

    Uijttewaal, M. A.; de Wijs, G. A.; de Groot, R. A.

    2006-01-01

    Lanthanum hexaboride is one of the cathode materials most used in high-power electronics technology, but the many experimental results do not provide a consistent picture of the surface properties. Therefore, we report the first ab initio calculations of the work functions and surface energies of th

  20. Ab initio study of long-period superstructures in close-packed A3B compounds

    Rosengaard, N. M.; Skriver, Hans Lomholt

    1994-01-01

    We have performed ab initio calculations of the stability of one-dimensional long-period superstructures in Cu3Pd, Cu3Al, and Ag3Mg by means of an interface Green's function technique based on the linear-muffin-tin-orbitals method within the tight-binding and atomic-sphere approximations. The...

  1. Mechanisms for catalytic carbon nanofiber growth studied by ab initio density functional theory calculations

    Abild-Pedersen, Frank; Nørskov, Jens Kehlet; Rostrup-Nielsen, Jens;

    2006-01-01

    Mechanisms and energetics of graphene growth catalyzed by nickel nanoclusters were studied using ab initio density functional theory calculations. It is demonstrated that nickel step-edge sites act as the preferential growth centers for graphene layers on the nickel surface. Carbon is transported...

  2. Investigation of the Hydroxylation Mechanism of Noncoupled Copper Oxygenases by Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Simulations

    Meliá, C.; Ferrer, S.; Řezáč, Jan; Parisel, O.; Reinaud, O.; Moliner, V.; de la Lande, A.

    2013-01-01

    Roč. 19, č. 51 (2013), s. 17328-17337. ISSN 0947-6539 Institutional support: RVO:61388963 Keywords : ab initio calculations * copper * electron transfer * enzymes * molecular dynamics * reaction mechanisms Subject RIV: CC - Organic Chemistry Impact factor: 5.696, year: 2013

  3. Ab initio molecular dynamics approach to a quantitative description of ion pairing in water

    Pluhařová, Eva; Maršálek, Ondřej; Schmidt, B.; Jungwirth, Pavel

    2013-01-01

    Roč. 4, č. 23 (2013), s. 4177-4181. ISSN 1948-7185 R&D Projects: GA ČR GBP208/12/G016 Institutional support: RVO:61388963 Keywords : ion pairing * charge transfer * water * ab initio molecular dynamics Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 6.687, year: 2013

  4. Stabilization of Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Simulations at Large Time Steps

    Tsuchida, Eiji

    2014-01-01

    The Verlet method is still widely used to integrate the equations of motion in ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. We show that the stability limit of the Verlet method may be significantly increased by setting an upper limit on the kinetic energy of each atom with only a small loss in accuracy. The validity of this approach is demonstrated for molten lithium fluoride.

  5. Ab initio Defect Energetics in LaBO3 Perovskite Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Materials

    Lee, Yueh-Lin; Morgan, Dane; Kleis, Jesper;

    2009-01-01

    Perovskite materials of the form ABO3 are a promising family of compounds for use in solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) cathodes. Study of the physics of these compounds under SOFC conditions with ab initio methods is particularly challenging due to high temperatures, exchange of oxygen with O2 gas, and...

  6. Ab initio I-V characteristics of short C-20 chains

    Roland, C.; Larade, B.; Taylor, Jeremy Philip;

    2002-01-01

    We have calculated the I-V characteristics of short chains of C-20 molecular cages between Al and Au leads with an ab initio formalism. The results indicate that a linear chain of such molecules acts primarily as metallic nanowires. The transmission, however, depends sensitively both on the...

  7. Ab initio electronic properties of dual phosphorus monolayers in silicon

    Drumm, Daniel W.; Per, Manolo C.; Budi, Akin;

    2014-01-01

    In the midst of the epitaxial circuitry revolution in silicon technology, we look ahead to the next paradigm shift: effective use of the third dimension - in particular, its combination with epitaxial technology. We perform ab initio calculations of atomically thin epitaxial bilayers in silicon, ...

  8. Raman and ab initio studies of simple and binary 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium ionic liquids

    Berg, R.W.; Deetlefs, M.; Seddon, K.R.;

    2005-01-01

    Raman spectra of the ionic liquids, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate ([C(4)mim][PF6]), 1-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ([C(6)mim]Cl), and 1-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate ([C(6)mim][PF6]), and binary mixtures thereof, have been assigned using ab initio MP2...

  9. Conformational Sampling by Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Simulations Improves NMR Chemical Shift Predictions

    Dračínský, Martin; Möller, H. M.; Exner, T. E.

    2013-01-01

    Roč. 9, č. 8 (2013), s. 3806-3815. ISSN 1549-9618 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA13-24880S Institutional support: RVO:61388963 Keywords : ab initio molecular dynamics * NMR spectroscopy * DFT calculations * hydration Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 5.310, year: 2013

  10. Ab Initio Calculations of Deuterium Isotope Effects on Chemical Shifts of Salt-Bridged Lysines

    Ullah, Saif; Ishimoto, Takayoshi; Williamson, Mike P.;

    2011-01-01

    Deuterium isotope effects measure the change in chemical shift on substitution of a proton by deuterium. They have been calculated by direct treatment of the H/D nuclear quantum effect using a multicomponent ab initio molecular orbital method based on a non-Born−Oppenheimer approximation. This me...

  11. Study on the surface hydroxyl group on solid breeding materials by ab-initio calculations

    Tanaka, Satoru; Taniguchi, Masaki [Tokyo Univ. (Japan). Faculty of Engineering

    1996-10-01

    The nature of -OH on the surface of Li{sub 2}O was analyzed with the ab-initio quantum chemical calculation technique. Calculation results showed that the stretching vibration of O-H is affected by the chemical species around the -OH. (author)

  12. Ab Initio Studies of Chlorine Oxide and Nitrogen Oxide Species of Interest in Stratospheric Chemistry

    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.

  13. Ab initio ground state phenylacetylene-argon intermolecular potential energy surface and rovibrational spectrum

    Cybulski, Hubert; Fernandez, Berta; Henriksen, Christian; Felker, Peter M.

    2012-01-01

    We evaluate the phenylacetylene-argon intermolecular potential energy surface by fitting a representative number of ab initio interaction energies to an analytic function. These energies are calculated at a grid of intermolecular geometries, using the CCSD(T) method and the aug-cc-pVDZ basis set...

  14. Hexamethylcyclopentadiene: time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy and ab initio multiple spawning simulations

    Wolf, T. J. A.; Kuhlman, Thomas Scheby; Schalk, O.;

    2014-01-01

    comparing time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (TRPES) with ab initio multiple spawning (AIMS) simulations on the MS-MR-CASPT2 level of theory. We disentangle the relationship between two phenomena that dominate the immediate molecular response upon light absorption: a spectrally dependent delay of the...

  15. Predicting materials for solar energy conversion: ab-initio spectroscopy of heterogeneous interfaces

    Galli, Giulia

    We will discuss some progress in predicting materials for solar energy conversion using ab initio calculations, in particular we will focus on heterogeneous interfaces between photo-electrodes and water and between nanocomposites. We will also address the problem of building much needed tighter connections between computational and laboratory experiments.

  16. Ab Initio Investigations of the C2F4S Isomers and of Their Interconversions

    Shim, Irene; Vallano-Lorenzo, Sandra; Lisbona-Martin, Pilar;

    2003-01-01

    The transition states and the activation energies for the unobserved isomerization reactions between the three possible C2F4S isomers with divalent sulfur, trifluorothioacetyl fluoride 1, tetrafluorothiirane 2, and trifluoroethenesulfenyl fluoride 3, have been determined by ab initio Hartree-Fock...

  17. Matrix product operators, matrix product states, and ab initio density matrix renormalization group algorithms.

    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. PMID:27394094

  18. Matrix product operators, matrix product states, and ab initio density matrix renormalization group algorithms

    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.

  19. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulation of hydrogen fluoride at several thermodynamic states

    Kreitmeir, M.; Bertagnolli, H.; Mortensen, Jens Jørgen;

    2003-01-01

    Liquid hydrogen fluoride is a simple but interesting system for studies of the influence of hydrogen bonds on physical properties. We have performed ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of HF at several thermodynamic states, where we examine the microscopic structure of the liquid as well as...

  20. Deuteron-induced nucleon transfer reactions within an ab initio framework: First application to p-shell nuclei

    Raimondi, Francesco; Navrátil, Petr; Quaglioni, Sofia

    2016-01-01

    Background: Low-energy transfer reactions in which a proton is stripped from a deuteron projectile and dropped into a target play a crucial role in the formation of nuclei in both primordial and stellar nucleosynthesis, as well as in the study of exotic nuclei using radioactive beam facilities and inverse kinematics. Ab initio approaches have been successfully applied to describe the $^3$H$(d,n)^4$He and $^3$He$(d,p)^4$He fusion processes. Purpose: An ab initio treatment of transfer reactions would also be desirable for heavier targets. In this work, we extend the ab initio description of $(d,p)$ reactions to processes with light $p$-shell nuclei. As a first application, we study the elastic scattering of deuterium on $^7$Li and the ${}^{7}$Li($d$,$p$)${}^{8}$Li transfer reaction based on a two-body Hamiltonian. Methods: We use the no-core shell model to compute the wave functions of the nuclei involved in the reaction, and describe the dynamics between targets and projectiles with the help of microscopic-clu...

  1. Investigation of polarization effects in the gramicidin A channel from ab initio molecular dynamics simulations

    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.

  2. Coordination modes and bonding of sulfur oxides on transition metal surfaces: combined ab initio and BOC-MP results

    Seller, Harrell; Shustorovich, Evgeny

    1996-02-01

    Binding energies for sulfur oxides, SO x, x = 1-3, have been determined for several coordination modes on silver, gold and palladium surfaces employing ab initio quantum chemical methods and the bond order conservation Morse potential (BOC-MP) method. SO 2 coordination was studied in the most detail. In general the agreement between the BOC-MP and ab initio binding energies is good for the (111) surfaces of silver and palladium with both methods predicting that, in the zero coverage limit, di-coordination via S,O and O,O will be more favorable energetically than mono-coordination via S. In the case of chemisorption on the Pd (110) surface the two methods agree well for the cases in which there are formulas for the BOC-MP binding energies. In going from the (111) surfaces to the (110) surfaces of silver and palladium the ab initio calculations predict that the preferred chemisorption site shifts from the bridge site to the hollow site. On the silver surfaces the net charge transferred to the adsorbate as judged from the Mulliken populations correlates roughly with the binding energy. No significant charge transfer was found on the palladium surfaces. Our SO 2 chemisorption calculations indicate that the work functions of the metal surfaces examined should increase upon mono-S adsorption, increase to a lesser extent upon di S,O adsorption and may even decrease upon di O,O adsorption. Ab initio calculations provide evidence of the existence of SO 2 surface dimers. The binding energy predicted by the BOC-MP model for SO 3 in the bridging site agrees well with the ab initio result for SO 3 di-coordinated in the long bridge of the Ag(110) surface. The methods yield similar predictions for the case of SO on silver. Our modeling provides a coherent picture consistent with many aspects of the experimental literature. We present some model predictions, particularly the di O,O coordination mode for SO 2, that require verification experimentally.

  3. Relaxation of Small Molecules:an ab initio Study

    CAOYi-Gang; A.Antons; 等

    2002-01-01

    Using an ab inito total energy and force method,we have relaxed several group IV and group V elemental clusters,in detail the arsenic and antimony dimers,silicon,phosphorus,arsenic and antimony tetraners,The obtained bond lengths and cohesive energies are more accurate than other calculating methods,and in excellent agreement with the experimental results.

  4. Properties of Zr – 12.5 % Nb and Zr – 25 % Nb Alloys with hcp and bcc Lattices: ab-initio Modeling

    V.O. Kharchenko

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Ab-initio calculations of the electronic structure for Zr – 12.5 % Nb and Zr – 25 % Nb alloys are done using density functional theory, method of linearized augmented plane-wave approximation and generalized gradient approximation. The structural and energetic properties, such as the electron densities, densities of states, energetically and X-ray spectra in the case of the hcp and bcc lattices are calculated. Optimal values for the lattice constants are found. The most favorable structure for each studied alloy is defined.

  5. Axisymmetric Ab Initio Core-Collapse Supernova Simulations of 12-25 M_sol Stars

    Bruenn, Stephen W; Hix, W Raphael; Lentz, Eric J; Messer, O E Bronson; Lingerfelt, Eric J; Blondin, John M; Endeve, Eirik; Marronetti, Pedro; Yakunin, Konstantin N

    2012-01-01

    We present an overview of four ab initio axisymmetric core-collapse supernova simulations employing detailed spectral neutrino transport computed with our CHIMERA code and initiated from Woosley & Heger (2007) progenitors of mass 12, 15, 20, and 25 M_sol. All four models exhibit shock revival over \\sim 200 ms (leading to the possibility of explosion), driven by neutrino energy deposition. Hydrodynamic instabilities that impart substantial asymmetries to the shock aid these revivals, with convection appearing first in the 12 M_sol model and the standing accretion shock instability (SASI) appearing first in the 25 M_sol model. Three of the models have developed pronounced prolate morphologies (the 20 M_sol model has remained approximately spherical). By 500 ms after bounce the mean shock radii in all four models exceed 3,000 km and the diagnostic explosion energies are 0.33, 0.66, 0.65, and 0.70 Bethe (B = $10^{51}$ ergs) for the 12, 15, 20, and 25 M_sol models, respectively, and are increasing. The three l...

  6. Chemisorption of group-III metals on the Si(111) and Ge(111) surfaces: An ab initio study

    Ricart, J M; Rubio Martínez, Jaime; Illas i Riera, Francesc

    1990-01-01

    Chemisorption of group-III metal adatoms on Si(111) and Ge(111) has been studied through the ab initio Hartree-Fock method including nonempirical pseudopotentials and using cluster models to simulate the surface. Three different high-symmetry sites (atop, eclipsed, and open) have been considered by using X4H9, X4H7, and X6H9 (X=Si,Ge) cluster models. In a first step, ideal surface geometries have been used. Metal-induced reconstruction upon chemisorption has also been taken into account. Equi...

  7. Continuum-atomistic simulation of picosecond laser heating of copper with electron heat capacity from ab initio calculation

    Ji, Pengfei

    2016-01-01

    On the basis of ab initio quantum mechanics (QM) calculation, the obtained electron heat capacity is implemented into energy equation of electron subsystem in two temperature model (TTM). Upon laser irradiation on the copper film, energy transfer from the electron subsystem to the lattice subsystem is modeled by including the electron-phonon coupling factor in molecular dynamics (MD) and TTM coupled simulation. The results show temperature and thermal melting difference between the QM-MD-TTM integrated simulation and pure MD-TTM coupled simulation. The successful construction of the QM-MD-TTM integrated simulation provide a general way that is accessible to other metals in laser heating.

  8. Specific interactions between DNA and regulatory protein controlled by ligand-binding: Ab initio molecular simulation

    Matsushita, Y., E-mail: kurita@cs.tut.ac.jp; Murakawa, T., E-mail: kurita@cs.tut.ac.jp; Shimamura, K., E-mail: kurita@cs.tut.ac.jp; Oishi, M., E-mail: kurita@cs.tut.ac.jp; Ohyama, T., E-mail: kurita@cs.tut.ac.jp; Kurita, N., E-mail: kurita@cs.tut.ac.jp [Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Toyohashi University of Technology, Tempaku-cho, Toyohashi, Aichi, 441-8580 (Japan)

    2015-02-27

    The catabolite activator protein (CAP) is one of the regulatory proteins controlling the transcription mechanism of gene. Biochemical experiments elucidated that the complex of CAP with cyclic AMP (cAMP) is indispensable for controlling the mechanism, while previous molecular simulations for the monomer of CAP+cAMP complex revealed the specific interactions between CAP and cAMP. However, the effect of cAMP-binding to CAP on the specific interactions between CAP and DNA is not elucidated at atomic and electronic levels. We here considered the ternary complex of CAP, cAMP and DNA in solvating water molecules and investigated the specific interactions between them at atomic and electronic levels using ab initio molecular simulations based on classical molecular dynamics and ab initio fragment molecular orbital methods. The results highlight the important amino acid residues of CAP for the interactions between CAP and cAMP and between CAP and DNA.

  9. Specific interactions between DNA and regulatory protein controlled by ligand-binding: Ab initio molecular simulation

    The catabolite activator protein (CAP) is one of the regulatory proteins controlling the transcription mechanism of gene. Biochemical experiments elucidated that the complex of CAP with cyclic AMP (cAMP) is indispensable for controlling the mechanism, while previous molecular simulations for the monomer of CAP+cAMP complex revealed the specific interactions between CAP and cAMP. However, the effect of cAMP-binding to CAP on the specific interactions between CAP and DNA is not elucidated at atomic and electronic levels. We here considered the ternary complex of CAP, cAMP and DNA in solvating water molecules and investigated the specific interactions between them at atomic and electronic levels using ab initio molecular simulations based on classical molecular dynamics and ab initio fragment molecular orbital methods. The results highlight the important amino acid residues of CAP for the interactions between CAP and cAMP and between CAP and DNA

  10. Bridging a gap between continuum-QCD and ab initio predictions of hadron observables

    Binosi, Daniele; Papavassiliou, Joannis; Roberts, Craig D

    2014-01-01

    Within contemporary hadron physics there are two common methods for determining the momentum-dependence of the interaction between quarks: the top-down approach, which works toward an ab initio computation of the interaction via direct analysis of the gauge-sector gap equations; and the bottom-up scheme, which aims to infer the interaction by fitting data within a well-defined truncation of those equations in the matter sector that are relevant to bound-state properties. We unite these two approaches by demonstrating that the renormalisation-group-invariant running-interaction predicted by contemporary analyses of QCD's gauge sector coincides with that required in order to describe ground-state hadron observables using a nonperturbative truncation of QCD's Dyson-Schwinger equations in the matter sector. This bridges a gap that had lain between nonperturbative continuum-QCD and the ab initio prediction of bound-state properties.

  11. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulation of liquid water by quantum Monte Carlo

    Although liquid water is ubiquitous in chemical reactions at roots of life and climate on the earth, the prediction of its properties by high-level ab initio molecular dynamics simulations still represents a formidable task for quantum chemistry. In this article, we present a room temperature simulation of liquid water based on the potential energy surface obtained by a many-body wave function through quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) methods. The simulated properties are in good agreement with recent neutron scattering and X-ray experiments, particularly concerning the position of the oxygen-oxygen peak in the radial distribution function, at variance of previous density functional theory attempts. Given the excellent performances of QMC on large scale supercomputers, this work opens new perspectives for predictive and reliable ab initio simulations of complex chemical systems

  12. Liquid Be, Ca and Ba. An orbital-free ab-initio molecular dynamics study

    Several static and dynamic properties of liquid beryllium (l-Be), liquid calcium (l-Ca) and liquid barium (l-Ba) near their triple point have been evaluated by the orbital-free ab initio molecular dynamics method (OF-AIMD), where the interaction between valence electrons and ions is described by means of local pseudopotentials. These local pseudopotentials used were constructed through a force-matching process with those obtained from a Kohn-Sham ab initio molecular dynamics study (KS-AIMD) of a reduced system with non-local pseudopotentials. The calculated static structures show good agreement with the available experimental data, including an asymmetric second peak in the structure factor which has been linked to the existence of a marked icosahedral short-range order in the liquid. As for the dynamic properties, we obtain collective density excitations whose associated dispersion relations exhibit a positive dispersion

  13. Ultracold mixtures of metastable He and Rb: Scattering lengths from ab initio calculations and thermalization measurements

    Knoop, S.; Żuchowski, P. S.; KÈ©dziera, D.; Mentel, Ł.; Puchalski, M.; Mishra, H. P.; Flores, A. S.; Vassen, W.

    2014-08-01

    We have investigated the ultracold interspecies scattering properties of metastable triplet He and Rb. We performed state-of-the-art ab initio calculations of the relevant interaction potential, and measured the interspecies elastic cross section for an ultracold mixture of metastable triplet He4 and Rb87 in a quadrupole magnetic trap at a temperature of 0.5 mK. Our combined theoretical and experimental study gives an interspecies scattering length a4+87=+17-4+1a0, which prior to this work was unknown. More general, our work shows the possibility of obtaining accurate scattering lengths using ab initio calculations for a system containing a heavy, many-electron atom, such as Rb.

  14. Ab initio studies of equations of state and chemical reactions of reactive structural materials

    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

  15. Study of atomic structure of liquid Hg-In alloys using ab-initio molecular dynamics

    Sharma, Nalini; Ahluwalia, P. K. [Department of Physics, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla(HP)-171005 (India); Thakur, Anil [Department of Physics, Govt. P. G. College Solan (HP)-173212 (India)

    2015-05-15

    Ab-initio molecular dynamics simulations are performed to study the structural properties of liquid Hg-In alloys. The interatomic interactions are described by ab-initio pseudopotentials given by Troullier and Martins. Five liquid Hg-In mixtures (Hg{sub 10}In{sub 90}, Hg{sub 30}In{sub 70}, Hg{sub 50}In{sub 50}, Hg{sub 70}In{sub 30} and Hg{sub 90}In{sub 10}) at 299K are considered. The radial distribution function g(r) and structure factor S(q) of considered alloys are compared with respective experimental results for liquid Hg (l-Hg) and (l-In). The radial distribution function g(r) shows the presence of short range order in the systems considered. Smooth curves of Bhatia-Thornton partial structure factors factor shows the presence of liquid state in the considered alloys.

  16. Study of atomic structure of liquid Hg-In alloys using ab-initio molecular dynamics

    Ab-initio molecular dynamics simulations are performed to study the structural properties of liquid Hg-In alloys. The interatomic interactions are described by ab-initio pseudopotentials given by Troullier and Martins. Five liquid Hg-In mixtures (Hg10In90, Hg30In70, Hg50In50, Hg70In30 and Hg90In10) at 299K are considered. The radial distribution function g(r) and structure factor S(q) of considered alloys are compared with respective experimental results for liquid Hg (l-Hg) and (l-In). The radial distribution function g(r) shows the presence of short range order in the systems considered. Smooth curves of Bhatia-Thornton partial structure factors factor shows the presence of liquid state in the considered alloys

  17. Emergent properties of nuclei from ab initio coupled-cluster calculations

    Hagen, G; Hjorth-Jensen, M; Papenbrock, T

    2016-01-01

    Emergent properties such as nuclear saturation and deformation, and the effects on shell structure due to the proximity of the scattering continuum and particle decay channels are fascinating phenomena in atomic nuclei. In recent years, ab initio approaches to nuclei have taken the first steps towards tackling the computational challenge of describing these phenomena from Hamiltonians with microscopic degrees of freedom. This endeavor is now possible due to ideas from effective field theories, novel optimization strategies for nuclear interactions, ab initio methods exhibiting a soft scaling with mass number, and ever-increasing computational power. This paper reviews some of the recent accomplishments. We also present new results. The recently optimized chiral interaction NNLO$_{\\rm sat}$ is shown to provide an accurate description of both charge radii and binding energies in selected light- and medium-mass nuclei up to $^{56}$Ni. We derive an efficient scheme for including continuum effects in coupled-clust...

  18. Ab initio calculations on twisted graphene/hBN: Electronic structure and STM image simulation

    Correa, J. D.; Cisternas, E.

    2016-09-01

    By performing ab initio calculations we obtained theoretical scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images and studied the electronic properties of graphene on a hexagonal boron-nitrite (hBN) layer. Three different stack configurations and four twisted angles were considered. All calculations were performed using density functional theory, including van der Waals interactions as implemented in the SIESTA ab initio package. Our results show that the electronic structure of graphene is preserved, although some small changes are induced by the interaction with the hBN layer, particularly in the total density of states at 1.5 eV under the Fermi level. When layers present a twisted angle, the density of states shows several van Hove singularities under the Fermi level, which are associated to moiré patterns observed in theoretical STM images.

  19. Direct calculation of equilibrium constants for isotopic exchange reactions by ab initio molecular orbital theory

    The ability of simple levels of ab initio molecular orbital theory to describe with reasonable accuracy the energetics of isotopic exchange processes is demonstrated. Three levels of ab initio molecular orbital theory have been surveyed. The first two levels are single-determinant Hartree-Foch methods utilizing the 3-21G split-valence and 6-31G* polarization basis sets. The third level, which is computationally the most complex, uses the 6-31G* basis set but allows for partial account of electron correlation by way of Moller-Plesset perturbation theory terminated at second order. Theoretical and spectroscopic equilibrium constants for reactions XH + XD reversible XD + H2 where XD is a hydride of the first row of the periodic table are tabulated

  20. Properties of metals during the heating by intense laser irradiation using ab initio simulations

    Holst, Bastian; Recoules, Vanina; Torrent, Marc; Mazevet, Stephane

    2011-10-01

    Ultrashort laser pulses irradiating a target heat the electrons to very high temperatures. In contrast, the ionic lattice is unaffected on the time scale of the laser pulse since the heat capacity of electrons is much smaller than that of the lattice. This non-equilibrium system can be described as a composition of two subsystems: one consisting of hot electrons and the other of an ionic lattice at low temperature. We studied the effect of this intense electronic excitations on the optical properties of gold using ab initio simulations. We additionally use ab initio linear response to compute the phonon spectrum and the electron-phonon coupling constant within Density Functional Theory for several electronic temperatures of few eV. LULI, Ecole Polytechnique, CNRS, CEA, UPMC, 91128 Palaiseau, France.

  1. Ab-initio molecular dynamics simulation of liquid water by Quantum Monte Carlo

    Zen, Andrea; Mazzola, Guglielmo; Guidoni, Leonardo; Sorella, Sandro

    2014-01-01

    Despite liquid water is ubiquitous in chemical reactions at roots of life and climate on earth, the prediction of its properties by high-level ab initio molecular dynamics simulations still represents a formidable task for quantum chemistry. In this article we present a room temperature simulation of liquid water based on the potential energy surface obtained by a many-body wave function through quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) methods. The simulated properties are in excellent agreement with recent neutron scattering and X-ray experiments, particularly concerning the position of the oxygen-oxygen peak in the radial distribution function, at variance of previous Density Functional Theory attempts. Given the excellent performances of QMC on large scale supercomputers, this work opens new perspectives for predictive and reliable ab-initio simulations of complex chemical systems.

  2. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulation of liquid water by quantum Monte Carlo

    Zen, Andrea, E-mail: a.zen@ucl.ac.uk [Dipartimento di Fisica, “La Sapienza” - Università di Roma, piazzale Aldo Moro 5, 00185 Rome (Italy); London Centre for Nanotechnology, University College London, London WC1E 6BT (United Kingdom); Luo, Ye, E-mail: xw111luoye@gmail.com; Mazzola, Guglielmo, E-mail: gmazzola@phys.ethz.ch; Sorella, Sandro, E-mail: sorella@sissa.it [SISSA–International School for Advanced Studies, Via Bonomea 26, 34136 Trieste (Italy); Democritos Simulation Center CNR–IOM Istituto Officina dei Materiali, 34151 Trieste (Italy); Guidoni, Leonardo, E-mail: leonardo.guidoni@univaq.it [Dipartimento di Fisica, “La Sapienza” - Università di Roma, piazzale Aldo Moro 5, 00185 Rome (Italy); Dipartimento di Scienze Fisiche e Chimiche, Università degli Studi dell’ Aquila, via Vetoio, 67100 L’ Aquila (Italy)

    2015-04-14

    Although liquid water is ubiquitous in chemical reactions at roots of life and climate on the earth, the prediction of its properties by high-level ab initio molecular dynamics simulations still represents a formidable task for quantum chemistry. In this article, we present a room temperature simulation of liquid water based on the potential energy surface obtained by a many-body wave function through quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) methods. The simulated properties are in good agreement with recent neutron scattering and X-ray experiments, particularly concerning the position of the oxygen-oxygen peak in the radial distribution function, at variance of previous density functional theory attempts. Given the excellent performances of QMC on large scale supercomputers, this work opens new perspectives for predictive and reliable ab initio simulations of complex chemical systems.

  3. A fully ab initio potential energy surface for ClH2 reactive system

    2000-01-01

    An ab initio analytical potential energy surface called BW3 for the ClH2 reactive system is presented. The fit of this surface is based on about 1 200 ab initio energy points, computed with multi-reference configuration interaction(MRCI) and scaling external correlation (SEC) method and a very large basis set. The precision in the fit is very high. The BW3 surface could reproduce correctly the dissociation energy of H2 and HCl, and the endothermicity of the Cl + H2 abstraction reaction. For the Cl + H2 abstraction reaction, the saddle point of BW3 lies in collinear geometries, and the barrier height is 32.84 kJ/mol; for the H + ClH exchange reaction, the barrier of BW3 is also linear, with a height of 77.40 kJ/mol.

  4. A fully ab initio potential energy surface for C1H2 reactive system

    边文生; 刘成卜; H.J.Werner

    2000-01-01

    An ab initio analytical potential energy surface called BW3 for the CIH2 reactive system is presented. The fit of this surface is based on about 1 200 ab initio energy points, computed with multi-reference configuration interaction(MRCI) and scaling external correlation (SEC) method and a very large basis set. The precision in the fit is very high. The BW3 surface could reproduce correctly the dissociation energy of H2 and HCI, and the endothermicity of the Cl + H2 abstraction reaction. For the Cl + H2 abstraction reaction, the saddle point of BW3 lies in collinear geometries, and the barrier height is 32.84 kJ/mol; for the H + CIH exchange reaction, the barrier of BW3 is also linear, with a height of 77.40 kJ/mol.

  5. Electronic properties of liquid Hg-In alloys : Ab-initio molecular dynamics study

    Sharma, Nalini; Thakur, Anil; Ahluwalia, P. K.

    2016-05-01

    Ab-initio molecular dynamics simulations are performed to study the structural properties of liquid Hg-In alloys. The interatomic interactions are described by ab-initio pseudopotentials given by Troullier and Martins. Three liquid Hg-In alloys (Hg10In90, Hg30In70,. Hg50In50, Hg70In30, and Hg90Pb10) at 299 K are considered. The calculated results for liquid Hg (l-Hg) and lead (l-In) are also drawn. Along with the calculated results of considered five liquid alloys of Hg-In alloy. The results obtained from electronic properties namely total density of state and partial density of states help to find the local arrangement of Hg and In atoms and the presence of liquid state in the considered five alloys.

  6. Melting of sodium under high pressure. An ab-initio study

    González, D. J.; González, L. E. [Departamento de Física Teórica, Atómica y Optica, Universidad de Valladolid, 47011 Valladolid (Spain)

    2015-08-17

    We report ab-initio molecular dynamics simulations of dense liquid/solid sodium for a pressure range from 0 to 100 GPa. The simulations have been performed with the orbital free ab-initio molecular dynamics method which, by using the electron density as the basic variable, allows to perform simulations with large samples and for long runs. The calculated melting curve shows a maximum at a pressure ≈ 30 GPa and it is followed by a long, steep decrease. These features are in good agreement with the experimental data. For various pressures along the melting curve, we have calculated several liquid static properties (pair distribution functions, static structure factors and short-range order parameters) in order to analyze the structural effects of pressure.

  7. Ab Initio Calculations for the BaTiO3 (001) Surface Structure

    XUE Xu-Yan; WANG Chun-Lei; ZHONG Wei-Lie

    2004-01-01

    @@ The ab initio method within the local density approximation is applied to calculate cubic BaTiO3 (001) surface relaxation and rumpling for two different terminations (BaO and TiO2). Our calculations demonstrate that cubic perovskite BaTiO3 crystals possess surface polarization, accompanied by the presence of the relevant electric field.We analyse their electronic structures (band structure, density of states and the electronic density redistribution with emphasis on the covalency effects). The results are also compared with that of the previous ab initio calculations. Considerable increases of Ti-O chemical bond covalency nearby the surface have been observed.The band gap reduces especially for the TiO2 termination.

  8. Implementation of a vector potential method in an ab initio Hartree-Fock code

    Tevekeliyska, Violina; Springborg, Michael; Champagne, Benoît; Kirtman, Bernard

    2012-12-01

    For extended systems exposed to an external, electrostatic field, the presence of the field leads to an extra term (E⃗. P⃗) to the Hamiltonian, where E⃗ is the field vector and P⃗ is the polarization of the system of interest. In order to find out how a polymer chain responds to an external electric perturbation, a field with a charge and a current term for the polarization is added to an ab initio Hartree-Fock Hamiltonian. The polarization expression is taken from an efficient vector potential approach (VPA) [1] for calculating electronic and nuclear responses of infinite periodic systems to finite electric fields and is implemented in the ab initio LCAO-SCF algorithm [3], which computes band structure of regular or helical polymers, taking into account the one-dimensional translational symmetry. A smoothing procedure for numerical differentiation of the orbital coefficients is used in order to calculate self-consistently the charge flow contribution to the polarization.

  9. Large-scale ab initio configuration interaction calculations for light nuclei

    In ab-initio Configuration Interaction calculations, the nuclear wavefunction is expanded in Slater determinants of single-nucleon wavefunctions and the many-body Schrodinger equation becomes a large sparse matrix problem. The challenge is to reach numerical convergence to within quantified numerical uncertainties for physical observables using finite truncations of the infinite-dimensional basis space. We discuss strategies for constructing and solving the resulting large sparse matrix eigenvalue problems on current multicore computer architectures. Several of these strategies have been implemented in the code MFDn, a hybrid MPI/OpenMP Fortran code for ab-initio nuclear structure calculations that can scale to 100,000 cores and more. Finally, we will conclude with some recent results for 12C including emerging collective phenomena such as rotational band structures using SRG evolved chiral N3LO interactions.

  10. Experimental studies and ab initio calculations on characteristics of the C state of SF2 radical

    SF2 radicals were generated by a pulsed dc discharge in the mixture gas beam of SF2 and Ar. The (2+1) resonance-enhanced multiphoton ionization (REMPI) excitation spectroscopy of SF2 radical was obtained between 325 and 365 nm. The SF+ ion signals were also observed in the same wavelength range. The analysis shows that the spectrum can be assigned as the two-photon resonant excitation of SF2 radical (B-tilde1 B1 and (C-tilde1 A1 states). And also, ab initio calculations suggest that the C-tilde state is a bonding state with Rydberg characteristic. The potential energy surfaces (PESs) of SF2 and SF2+ by ab initio calculations suggest that SF+ ions originate from dissociation processes of excited SF2+ ions. (author)

  11. An efficient time-stepping scheme for ab initio molecular dynamics simulations

    Tsuchida, Eiji

    2015-01-01

    In ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of real-world problems, the simple Verlet method is still widely used for integrating the equations of motion, while more efficient algorithms are routinely used in classical molecular dynamics. We show that if the Verlet method is used in conjunction with pre- and postprocessing, the accuracy of the time integration is significantly improved with only a small computational overhead. The validity of the processed Verlet method is demonstrated in several examples including ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of liquid water. The structural properties obtained from the processed Verlet method are found to be sufficiently accurate even for large time steps close to the stability limit. This approach results in a 2x performance gain over the standard Verlet method for a given accuracy.

  12. Ab initio molecular dynamics with nuclear quantum effects at classical cost: ring polymer contraction for density functional theory

    Marsalek, Ondrej

    2015-01-01

    Path integral molecular dynamics simulations, combined with an ab initio evaluation of interactions using electronic structure theory, incorporate the quantum mechanical nature of both the electrons and nuclei, which are essential to accurately describe systems containing light nuclei. However, path integral simulations have traditionally required a computational cost around two orders of magnitude greater than treating the nuclei classically, making them prohibitively costly for most applications. Here we show that the cost of path integral simulations can be dramatically reduced by extending our ring polymer contraction approach to ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. By using density functional tight binding as a reference system, we show that our ab initio ring polymer contraction (AI-RPC) scheme gives rapid and systematic convergence to the full path integral density functional theory result. We demonstrate the efficiency of this approach in ab initio simulations of liquid water and the reactive pro...

  13. Hydrogen adsorption in ZIF-7: A DFT and ab-initio molecular dynamics study

    Dixit, Mudit; Major, Dan Thomas; Pal, Sourav

    2016-05-01

    Primary H2 adsorption sites in a zeolitic imidazolate framework, ZIF-7, are identified using ab-initio density functional theory (DFT) based molecular dynamics annealing simulations. The simulations suggest several low energy adsorption sites. The effect of light transition metal decoration on hydrogen storage properties was studied. Our ab-intio DFT calculations illustrate that decorating the ZIF with Sc increases both the number of H2 molecules, as well as the H2 binding energy. The binding energy (∼25 kJ/mol per H2) at 8H2 loading in the pore, suggests that Sc-ZIFs can be potential candidates for hydrogen storage.

  14. Ab Initio Studies on Hematite Surface and the Adsorption of Phosphate

    Swati Chaudhury; Chandrika Varadachari; Kunal Ghosh

    2014-01-01

    This investigation explores the ab initio DFT method for understanding surface structure of hematite and the nature and energetics of phosphate adsorption. Using the full potential linearized plane wave method (FP-LAPW), we derived the structure and energies of various magnetic forms of hematite. The antiferromagnetic (AFM) form was observed to be the most stable. Hematite surfaces with Fe-termination, O-termination, or OH-termination were studied. The OH-terminated surface was the most stabl...

  15. Investigation of metal-insulator like transition through the ab initio density matrix renormalization group approach

    Fertitta, E.; Paulus, B.; Barcza, G.; Legeza, Ö.

    2014-01-01

    We have studied the Metal-Insulator like Transition (MIT) in lithium and beryllium ring-shaped clusters through ab initio Density Matrix Renormalization Group (DMRG) method. Performing accurate calculations for different interatomic distances and using Quantum Information Theory (QIT) we investigated the changes occurring in the wavefunction between a metallic-like state and an insulating state built from free atoms. We also discuss entanglement and relevant excitations among the molecular or...

  16. Ab initio calculation of positron distribution, ACAR and lifetime in TTF-TCNQ

    We have performed ab initio calculations of positron distribution, ACAR and lifetime in the quasi-one-dimensional organic conductor TTF-TCNQ. The electronic structure is obtained within the LDA, while the positron state is calculated either with the LDA or with the GGA. Except the positron lifetime, differences between the LDA and GGA results are rather small. The obtained results are compared with our previous experiments and calculations.

  17. Ab initio calculation of positron distribution, ACAR and lifetime in TTF-TCNQ

    Ishibashi, Shoji; Kohyama, Masanori

    2000-06-01

    We have performed ab initio calculations of positron distribution, ACAR and lifetime in the quasi-one-dimensional organic conductor TTF-TCNQ. The electronic structure is obtained within the LDA, while the positron state is calculated either with the LDA or with the GGA. Except the positron lifetime, differences between the LDA and GGA results are rather small. The obtained results are compared with our previous experiments and calculations.

  18. Projector augmented wave method: ab initio molecular dynamics with full wave functions

    Peter E Blöchl; Clemens J Först; Johannes Schimpl

    2003-01-01

    A brief introduction to the projector augmented wave method is given and recent developments are reviewed. The projector augmented wave method is an all-electron method for efficient ab initio molecular dynamics simulations with full wave functions. It extends and combines the traditions of existing augmented wave methods and the pseudopotential approach. Without sacrificing efficiency, the PAW method avoids transferability problems of the pseudopotential approach and it has been valuable to predict properties that depend on the full wave functions.

  19. How Is Acetylcholinesterase Phosphonylated by Soman? An Ab Initio QM/MM Molecular Dynamics Study

    Sirin, Gulseher Sarah; Zhang, Yingkai

    2014-01-01

    Acetylcholinesterase (AChE) is a crucial enzyme in the cholinergic nerve system that hydrolyzes acetylcholine (ACh) and terminates synaptic signals by reducing the effective concentration of ACh in the synaptic clefts. Organophosphate compounds irreversibly inhibit AChEs, leading to irreparable damage to nerve cells. By employing Born–Oppenheimer ab initio QM/MM molecular dynamics simulations with umbrella sampling, a state-of-the-art approach to simulate enzyme reactions, we have characteriz...

  20. Ab Initio Study on the Anti-HIV Activities of Hydroxyflavones

    ZHANG Yu

    2005-01-01

    Flavone and 95 hydroxyflavones have been studied with ab initio method, and their total energies, atomic charges, dipole moments, multipole moments, molecular orbital compositions, orbital energies etc. were obtained. Among them the relationship between total atomic charges and activities against HIV is basically in accordance with the experimental results. The beneficial references are provided for the extraction and synthesis of strong active anti-HIV medicines.

  1. Ab-initio simulation and experimental validation of beta-titanium alloys

    Raabe, D.; Sander, B.; Friák, M.; Ma, D.; Neugebauer, J.

    2008-01-01

    In this progress report we present a new approach to the ab-initio guided bottom up design of beta-Ti alloys for biomedical applications using a quantum mechanical simulation method in conjunction with experiments. Parameter-free density functional theory calculations are used to provide theoretical guidance in selecting and optimizing Ti-based alloys with respect to three constraints: (i) the use of non-toxic alloy elements; (ii) the stabilization of the body centered cubic beta phase at roo...

  2. \\textit{Ab initio} calculation of transport and optical properties of aluminum: influence of simulation parameters

    Knyazev, D. V.; Levashov, P. R.

    2013-01-01

    This work is devoted to the \\textit{ab initio} calculation of transport and optical properties of aluminum. The calculation is based on the quantum molecular dynamics simulation, density functional theory and the Kubo-Greenwood formula. Mainly the calculations are performed for liquid aluminum at near-normal densities for the temperatures from melting up to 20000 K. The results on dynamic electrical conductivity, static electrical conductivity and thermal conductivity are obtained and compare...

  3. Large scale ab initio calculations based on three levels of parallelization

    Bottin, François; Leroux, Stéphane; Knyazev, Andrew; Zérah, Gilles

    2007-01-01

    We suggest and implement a parallelization scheme based on an efficient multiband eigenvalue solver, called the locally optimal block preconditioned conjugate gradient LOBPCG method, and using an optimized three-dimensional (3D) fast Fourier transform (FFT) in the ab initio}plane-wave code ABINIT. In addition to the standard data partitioning over processors corresponding to different k-points, we introduce data partitioning with respect to blocks of bands as well as spatial partitioning in t...

  4. Ab initio study of one-dimensional disorder on III-V semiconductor surfaces

    Romanyuk, Olexandr; Grosse, F.; Braun, W.

    2010-01-01

    Roč. 7, č. 2 (2010), s. 330-333. ISSN 1862-6351 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR KAN300100802 Grant ostatní: German Resarch Fondation(DE) GZ:436 TSE 113/62/0-1 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100521 Keywords : atomic disorder * ab initio * semiconductor * reconstruction Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism

  5. Ab initio study of antiphase boundaries and stacking faults in L12 and DO22 compounds

    Rosengaard, N. M.; Skriver, Hans Lomholt

    1994-01-01

    We have performed ab initio calculations of the energies of antiphase boundaries as well as complex and superlattice intrinsic stacking faults in nine intermetallic compounds observed in the face-centered-cubic L1(2) and DO22 structures. The calculations were performed by means of a Green's funct......'s function technique based on the linear-muffin-tin-orbitals method within the tight-binding and atomic-sphere approximations....

  6. Ab initio study of phase transformations in transition-metal disilicides

    Káňa, Tomáš; Šob, Mojmír; Vitek, V.

    2011-01-01

    Roč. 19, č. 7 (2011), s. 919-926. ISSN 0966-9795 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA100100920; GA MŠk(CZ) OC10008 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20410507 Keywords : silicides various * phase transformation * plastic deformation mechanisms * defects * dislocation geometry and arrangement * ab-initio calculations * aero- engine components Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 1.649, year: 2011

  7. Ab initio study of ideal tensile strength and mechanical stability of transition-metal disilicides

    Friák, Martin; Šob, Mojmír; Vitek, V.

    2003-01-01

    Roč. 68, č. 18 (2003), s. 184101-1 - 181101-10. ISSN 0163-1829 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA1041302; GA ČR GA202/03/1351; GA MŠk OC 523.90 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z2041904 Keywords : ab initio calculations * electronic structure * theoretical tensile strength Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 2.962, year: 2003

  8. Capillary affinity electrophoresis and ab initio calculation studies on complexation of valinomycin with Na+ ion

    Ehala, Sille; Dybal, Jiří; Makrlík, E.; Kašička, Václav

    2009-01-01

    Roč. 32, č. 4 (2009), s. 597-604. ISSN 1615-9306 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA203/06/1044; GA ČR(CZ) GA203/08/1428; GA AV ČR 1ET400500402 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40550506; CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : capillary affinity electrophoresis * valinomycin * ab initio calculation Subject RIV: CB - Analytical Chemistry, Separation Impact factor: 2.551, year: 2009

  9. Ab initio study of thermodynamic, electronic, magnetic, structural, and elastic properties of Ni4N allotropes

    Hemzalová, P.; Friák, Martin; Šob, Mojmír; Ma, D.; Udyansky, A.; Raabe, D.; Neugebauer, J.

    2013-01-01

    Roč. 88, č. 17 (2013), Art. no. 174103. ISSN 1098-0121 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP108/12/0311; GA ČR GD106/09/H035; GA AV ČR IAA100100920 Institutional support: RVO:68081723 Keywords : nitrides * ab initio * thermodynamics * elasticity Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 3.664, year: 2013

  10. Ab initio theory of galvanomagnetic phenomena in ferromagnetic metals and disordered alloys

    Turek, Ilja; Kudrnovsky, Josef; Drchal, Vaclav

    2011-01-01

    We present an ab initio theory of transport quantities of metallic ferromagnets developed in the framework of the fully relativistic tight-binding linear muffin-tin orbital method. The approach is based on the Kubo-Streda formula for the conductivity tensor, on the coherent potential approximation for random alloys, and on the concept of interatomic electron transport. The developed formalism is applied to pure 3d transition metals (Fe, Co, Ni) and to random Ni-based ferromagnetic alloys (Ni-...

  11. Ab initio simulations of liquid NaSn alloys: Zintl anions and network formation

    Schoene, M.; Kaschner, R.; Seifert, G

    1994-01-01

    Using the Car-Parrinello technique, ab initio molecular dynamics simulations are performed for liquid NaSn alloys in five different compositions (20, 40, 50, 57 and 80 % sodium). The obtained structure factors agree well with the data from neutron scattering experiments. The measured prepeak in the structure factor is reproduced qualitatively for most compositions. The calculated and measured positions of all peaks show the same trend as function of the composition.\\\\ The dynamic simulations ...

  12. Electronic transport properties of fullerene functionalized carbon nanotubes: Ab initio and tight-binding calculations

    Fürst, Joachim Alexander; J Hashemi; Markussen, Troels; Brandbyge, Mads; Jauho, Antti-Pekka; Nieminen, R. M.

    2009-01-01

    Fullerene functionalized carbon nanotubes-NanoBuds-form a novel class of hybrid carbon materials, which possesses many advantageous properties as compared to the pristine components. Here, we report a theoretical study of the electronic transport properties of these compounds. We use both ab initio techniques and tight-binding calculations to illustrate these materials' transmission properties and give physical arguments to interpret the numerical results. Specifically, above the Fermi energy...

  13. Electronic transport properties of fullerene functionalized carbon nanotubes: Ab initio and tight-binding calculations

    Fürst, J. A.; J Hashemi; Markussen, T.; Brandbyge, M.; Jauho, A.P.; Nieminen, Risto M.

    2009-01-01

    Fullerene functionalized carbon nanotubes—NanoBuds—form a novel class of hybrid carbon materials, which possesses many advantageous properties as compared to the pristine components. Here, we report a theoretical study of the electronic transport properties of these compounds. We use both ab initio techniques and tight-binding calculations to illustrate these materials’ transmission properties and give physical arguments to interpret the numerical results. Specifically, above the Fermi energy...

  14. Ab initio studies on the lattice thermal conductivity of silicon clathrate frameworks II and VIII

    Härkönen, Ville J.; Karttunen, Antti J.

    2015-01-01

    The lattice thermal conductivities of silicon clathrate frameworks II and VIII are investigated by using ab initio lattice dynamics and iterative solution of the linearized Boltzmann transport equation(BTE) for phonons. Within the temperature range 100-350 K, the clathrate structures II and VIII were found to have lower lattice thermal conductivity values than silicon diamond structure (d-Si) by factors of 1/2 and 1/5, respectively. The main reason for the lower lattice thermal conductivity o...

  15. Surface Tension of Ab Initio Liquid Water at the Water-Air Interface

    Nagata, Yuki; Ohto, Tatsuhiko; Bonn, Mischa; Kühne, Thomas D.

    2016-01-01

    We report calculations of the surface tension of the water-air interface using ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations. We investigate the simulation cell size dependence of the surface tension of water from force field molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, which show that the calculated surface tension increases with increasing simulation cell size, thereby illustrating that a correction for finite size effects is required for the small system used in the AIMD simulation. The AIMD sim...

  16. Photochemistry of hydrogen bonded heterocycles probed by photodissociation experiments and ab initio methods

    Slavíček, Petr; Fárník, Michal

    2011-01-01

    Roč. 13, č. 26 (2011), s. 12123-12137. ISSN 1463-9076 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA203/09/0422; GA ČR GAP208/11/0161 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40400503 Keywords : photochemistry * hydrogen bonded heterocycles * ab initio methods Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 3.573, year: 2011

  17. A Deep Learning Network Approach to ab initio Protein Secondary Structure Prediction

    Spencer, Matt; Eickholt, Jesse; Cheng, Jianlin

    2014-01-01

    Ab initio protein secondary structure (SS) predictions are utilized to generate tertiary structure predictions, which are increasingly demanded due to the rapid discovery of proteins. Although recent developments have slightly exceeded previous methods of SS prediction, accuracy has stagnated around 80% and many wonder if prediction cannot be advanced beyond this ceiling. Disciplines that have traditionally employed neural networks are experimenting with novel deep learning techniques in atte...

  18. Ab initio studies of the kinetic isotope effect of the CH4 + OH atmospheric reaction

    Lasaga, Antonio C.; Gibbs, G. V.

    1991-07-01

    High level ab initio calculations have been carried out on the C-13 - C-12 kinetic isotope effect of the CH4 + OH reaction in the atmosphere. The results agree quite well with both the absolute value of the isotope effect and the temperature dependence of the effect, based on new experimental data. The calculated kinetic isotope effect supports a bigger effect of biomass burning on the methane global budget.

  19. The onset of ion solvation by ab initio calculations: Comparison of water and methanol

    Pluhařová, Eva; Jungwirth, Pavel

    2008-01-01

    Roč. 73, 6/7 (2008), s. 733-744. ISSN 0010-0765 R&D Projects: GA MŠk LC512; GA ČR GA203/07/1006 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40550506 Keywords : ions * water cluster * methanol * ab initio calculations Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 0.784, year: 2008

  20. Ab InitioStudy 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.

    2014-01-01

    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 e...

  1. Insights into Materials Properties from Ab Initio Theory : Diffusion, Adsorption, Catalysis & Structure

    Blomqvist, Andreas

    2010-01-01

    In this thesis, density functional theory (DFT) calculations and DFT based ab initio molecular dynamics simulations have been employed in order to gain insights into materials properties like diffusion, adsorption, catalysis, and structure. In transition metals, absorbed hydrogen atoms self-trap due to localization of metal d-electrons. The self-trapping state is shown to highly influence hydrogen diffusion in the classical over-barrier jump temperature region. Li diffusion in Li-N-H systems ...

  2. DNA oligonucleotide-cis-platin Binding: Ab initio interpretation of the vibrational spectra

    Andrushchenko, Valery; Wieser, H.; Bouř, Petr

    2007-01-01

    Roč. 111, č. 39 (2007), s. 9714-9723. ISSN 1089-5639 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA400550702; GA ČR GA202/07/0732 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40550506 Keywords : cis-platin * DNA * vibrational spektra * ab initio Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 2.918, year: 2007

  3. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations with linear scaling: application to liquid ethanol

    The structural and dynamical properties of liquid ethanol (C2H5OH) at ambient conditions have been studied by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations using a large supercell containing 125 molecules (1125 atoms). The results obtained from a trajectory of 10 ps are found to be in good agreement with available experimental data. Without sacrificing accuracy, the computational cost of simulations is reduced by more than a factor of four by the linear scaling algorithm based on the augmented orbital minimization method

  4. Temperature dependent surface relaxation for Al(110) and Mg(10-10) studied by orbital free ab initio molecular dynamics

    Gonzalez, Luis E.; Gonzalez, David J

    2006-01-01

    We have performed orbital free ab initio molecular dynamics simulations in order to study the thermal behaviour of two open surfaces of solid metallic systems, namely the (110) face of fcc Al and the (10-10) face of hcp Mg. Our results reproduce qualitatively both the experimental measurements and previous ab initio calculations performed with the more costly Kohn-Sham approach of Density Functional Theory. These calculations can be viewed as a validation test of the orbital free method for s...

  5. Ab-initio chemical potentials of solid and liquid solutions and the chemistry of the Earth's core

    Alfe, D.; Gillan, M. J.; Price, G. D.

    2001-01-01

    A general set of methods is presented for calculating chemical potentials in solid and liquid mixtures using {\\em ab initio} techniques based on density functional theory (DFT). The methods are designed to give an {\\em ab initio} approach to treating chemical equilibrium between coexisting solid and liquid solutions, and particularly the partitioning ratio of solutes between such solutions. For the liquid phase, the methods are based on the general technique of thermodynamic integration, appl...

  6. In pursuit of the ab initio limit for conformational energy prototypes

    Császár, Attila G.; Allen, Wesley D.; Schaefer, Henry F.

    1998-06-01

    The convergence of ab initio predictions to the one- and n-particle limits has been systematically explored for several conformational energy prototypes: the inversion barriers of ammonia, water, and isocyanic acid, the torsional barrier of ethane, the E/Z rotamer separation of formic acid, and the barrier to linearity of silicon dicarbide. Explicit ab initio results were obtained with atomic-orbital basis sets as large as [7s6p5d4f3g2h1i/6s5p4d3f2g1h] and electron correlation treatments as extensive as fifth-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory (MP5), the full coupled-cluster method through triple excitations (CCSDT), and Brueckner doubles theory including perturbational corrections for both triple and quadruple excitations [BD(TQ)]. Subsequently, basis set and electron correlation extrapolation schemes were invoked to gauge any further variations in arriving at the ab initio limit. Physical effects which are tacitly neglected in most theoretical work have also been quantified by computations of non-Born-Oppenheimer (BODC), relativistic, and core correlation shifts of relative energies. Instructive conclusions are drawn for the pursuit of spectroscopic accuracy in theoretical conformational analyses, and precise predictions for the key energetic quantities of the molecular prototypes are advanced.

  7. Role of ab-initio calculations in elucidating properties of hydrated and ammoniated electrons

    The properties of solvated electrons are analyzed in terms of a self-consistent modified continuum model based on the techniques of ab initio molecular quantum mechanics. The model is semiclassical in spirit, employing the quantum mechanical density for the excess charge and the first solvation shell in conjunction with classical electrostatics, and is developed in a general form which can be straightforwardly applied to special cases of interest, such as the solvated mono- and dielectron complexes. The advantages and disadvantages of the technique are discussed in relation to other more empirical approaches. Computational results are presented for excess electrons (mono- and dielectrons) in water and ammonia, and the role of long-range polarization of the medium in localizing the excess charge is analyzed. The variationally determined ground states are characterized in terms of equilibrium solvation shell geometry (appreciable cavities are implied for both water and ammonia), solvation energy, photoionization energy, and charge distribution. The finding of negative spin densities at the first solvent shell protons underscores the importance of a many electron theoretical treatment. Preliminary results for excited states are also reported. The calculated results are compared with experimental and other theoretical data, and the sensitivity of the results to various features of the model is discussed. Particular attention is paid to the number of solvent molecules required to trap the excess electron

  8. Classical ab initio van der Waals interactions from many-body dispersion and multipole machine learning models trained in chemical space

    Bereau, Tristan; von Lilienfeld, O Anatole

    2015-01-01

    Accurate predictions of van der Waals forces require faithful models of dispersion, permanent and induced multipole-moments, as well as penetration and repulsion. We introduce a universal combined physics- and data-driven model of dispersion and multipole-moment contributions, respectively. Atomic multipoles are estimated "on-the-fly" for any organic molecule in any conformation using a machine learning approach trained on quantum chemistry results for tens of thousands of atoms in varying chemical environments drawn from thousands of organic molecules. Globally neutral, cationic, and anionic molecular charge states can be treated with individual models. Dispersion interactions are included via recently-proposed classical many-body potentials. For nearly one thousand intermolecular dimers, this approximate van der Waals model is found to reach an accuracy similar to that of state-of-the-art force fields, while bypassing the need for parametrization. Estimates of cohesive energies for the benzene crystal confi...

  9. Extension of the MIRS computer package for the modeling of molecular spectra : from effective to full ab initio ro-vibrational hamiltonians in irreducible tensor form

    Nikitin, Andrei; Champion, Jean Paul; Tyuterev, Vladimir

    2012-01-01

    The MIRS software for the modeling of ro-vibrational spectra of polyatomic molecules was considerably extended and improved. The original version (Nikitin, et al. JQSRT, 2003, pp. 239--249) was especially designed for separate or simultaneous treatments of complex band systems of polyatomic molecules. It was set up in the frame of effective polyad models by using algorithms based on advanced group theory algebra to take full account of symmetry properties. It has been successfully used for predictions and data fitting (positions and intensities) of numerous spectra of symmetric and spherical top molecules within the vibration extrapolation scheme. The new version offers more advanced possibilities for spectra calculations and modeling by getting rid of several previous limitations particularly for the size of polyads and the number of tensors involved. It allows dealing with overlapping polyads and includes more efficient and faster algorithms for the calculation of coefficients related to molecular symmetry ...

  10. Ab initio study of the optical phonons in 1D antiferromagnet Ca2CuO3

    Hoang, Nam Nhat; Nguyen, Thu Hang; Nguyen, Chau

    2008-01-01

    In the spin 1/2 antiferromagnetic Ca2CuO3 the optical excitation along 1D a Cu-O chain showed the enrichment of forbidden peaks that could not be explained by the group theory. We present the cluster-model ab initio study of these optical phonons based on the Hartree-Fock SCF calculation with the 3-21G basic set. The obtained results showed very good agreement with the observed data. The Cu-O resonances generally showed the lower shifts in Ca2CuO3 than in pure CuO and were primarily composed ...

  11. Ab-initio Simulation Structure of the Compound La0.5Li0.5TiO3

    S.A. Kalkuta

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Crystal structure of the ion conductor La0.5Li0.5TiO3 with high-precision ab-initio method FLAPW was studied. Total energies of six model ordered structures of La0.5Li0.5TiO3 with different type of distribution of lanthanum and lithium atoms were calculated. Energetically favorable position of lithium ions was defined. Paths of motion of lithium ions in the lattice and energy barrier that lithium ions have to overcome with this motion were found.

  12. Solvation structure of glucosamine in aqueous solution as studied by Monte Carlo simulation using ab initio fitted potential

    Siraleartmukul, Krisana; Siriwong, Khatcharin; Remsungnen, Tawun; Muangsin, Nongnuj; Udomkichdecha, Werasak; Hannongbua, Supot

    2004-09-01

    The solvation structure of glucosamine in aqueous solution was investigated using Monte Carlo simulation at 298 K. The MCY rigid water model and ab initio glucosamine-water fitted potential were applied. The first hydration shell appears at 4.6 Å from the center of glucosamine with a coordination number of seven water molecules where one water lies in the ligand's plane while two and four of them are about 2-4 Å above and below the plane, respectively. Furthermore, the mobility distribution and orientation of the water molecules around the ligand have been intensively investigated and reported.

  13. Ab initio investigation of the surface properties of dispenser B-type and scandate thermionic emission cathodes

    Vlahos, Vasilios; Lee, Yueh-Lin; Booske, John H.; Morgan, Dane; Turek, Ladislav; Kirshner, Mark; Kowalczyk, Richard; Wilsen, Craig

    2009-05-01

    Scandate cathodes (BaxScyOz on W) are important thermionic electron emission materials whose emission mechanism remains unclear. Ab initio modeling is used to investigate the surface properties of both scandate and traditional B-type (Ba-O on W) cathodes. We demonstrate that the Ba-O dipole surface structure believed to be present in active B-type cathodes is not thermodynamically stable, suggesting that a nonequilibrium steady state dominates the active cathode's surface structure. We identify a stable, low work function BaxScyOz surface structure, which may be responsible for some scandate cathode properties and demonstrate that multicomponent surface coatings can lower cathode work functions.

  14. Semi-empirical and ab initio DFT modeling of the spin-Hamiltonian parameters for Fe6+: K2MO4 (M = S, Cr, Se)

    In this paper we calculated the spin-Hamiltonian parameters (g factors g||, g⊥ and zero field splitting parameter D) for Fe6+ ions doped in K2MO4 (M = S, Cr, Se) crystals, taking into account the actual site symmetry of the Fe6+ impurity ion. The suggested method is based on the successful application of two different approaches: the crystal field theory (CFT) and density functional based (DFT). Within the CFT model we used the cluster approach and the perturbation theory method, based on the crystal field parameters, which were calculated in the superposition model. Within the DFT approach the calculations were done at the self-consistent field (SCF) by solving the coupled perturbed SCF equations. Comparison with experimental data shows that the obtained results are quite satisfactory, which proves applicability of the suggested calculating technique. (paper)

  15. Semi-empirical and ab initio DFT modeling of the spin-Hamiltonian parameters for Fe6+: K2MO4 (M = S, Cr, Se)

    Avram, N. M.; Brik, M. G.; Andreici, E.-L.

    2014-09-01

    In this paper we calculated the spin-Hamiltonian parameters (g factors {{g}||}, {{g}\\bot } and zero field splitting parameter D) for Fe6+ ions doped in K2MO4 (M = S, Cr, Se) crystals, taking into account the actual site symmetry of the Fe6+ impurity ion. The suggested method is based on the successful application of two different approaches: the crystal field theory (CFT) and density functional based (DFT). Within the CFT model we used the cluster approach and the perturbation theory method, based on the crystal field parameters, which were calculated in the superposition model. Within the DFT approach the calculations were done at the self-consistent field (SCF) by solving the coupled perturbed SCF equations. Comparison with experimental data shows that the obtained results are quite satisfactory, which proves applicability of the suggested calculating technique.

  16. Investigation of microstructure evolution during self-annealing in thin Cu films by combining mesoscale level set and ab initio modeling

    Hallberg, Håkan; Olsson, Pär A. T.

    2016-05-01

    Microstructure evolution in thin Cu films during room temperature self-annealing is investigated by means of a mesoscale level set model. The model is formulated such that the relative, or collective, influence of anisotropic grain boundary energy, mobility and heterogeneously distributed stored energy can be investigated. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations are performed in the present work to provide the variation of grain boundary energy for different grain boundary configurations. The stability of the predominant (111) fiber texture in the as-deposited state is studied as well as the stability of some special low-Σ grain boundaries. Further, the numerical model allows tracing of the grain size distribution and occurrence of abnormal grain growth during self-annealing. It is found that abnormal grain growth depends mainly on the presence of stored energy variations, whereas anisotropic grain boundary energy or mobility is insufficient to trigger any abnormal growth in the model. However, texture dependent grain boundary properties, mobility in particular, contribute to an increased content of low-Σ boundaries in the annealed microstructure. The increased presence of such boundaries is also promoted by stored energy variations. In addition, if the stored energy variations are sufficient the coexisting (111) and (001) texture components in the as-deposited state will evolve into a (001) dominated texture during annealing. Further, it is found that whereas stored energy variations promote the stability of the (001) texture component, anisotropic grain boundary energy and mobility tend to work the other way and stabilize the (111) component at the expense of (001) grains.

  17. Ab initio STM and STS simulations on magnetic and nonmagnetic metallic surfaces

    Dick, Alexey

    2008-04-14

    The aim of this work was to provide an in-depth understanding of a new generation of scan- ning tunneling microscopy experiments, performed employing different regimes of the STM: the spectroscopy-mode (the so-called Fourier Transformed STM, FT-STM), and the spin-sensitive mode (the so-called spin-polarized STM, SP-STM). In the present thesis ab initio tools are proposed that are based on DFT calculations to theoretically predict and analyze such types of the STM. The first part of this thesis focusses on the simulation of FT-STM, the mode that allows to probe local dispersion properties of the electrons at the surface. In order to provide the theoretical counterpart of the experimental FT-STM spectra we have introduced a new implicit approach that is derived from Tersoff-Hamann theory of the STM. The importance of an accurate description of surface wavefunctions at 5-15 A above the surface as well as the spurious quantum- size effects have been discussed in detail together with approaches to obtain converged FT-STM images. We applied our method to FT-STM experiments performed on Ag(110) surfaces. In the second part of the thesis we discuss the modeling of the spin-resolved STM, the mode that allows to characterize the magnetic structure of a surface. As a case system we studied here the magnetically-ordered transition-metal nitride surface Mn{sub 3}N{sub 2}(010). Because SP-STM experiments did not allow a conclusive understanding of the surface structure, we have first employed ab initio thermodynamics to figure out the most stable magnetic and atomic configuration of the surface that are consistent with experiments. To simulate SP-STM images on the most stable Mn{sub 3}N{sub 2}(010) surface we have employed the spin-generalized transfer-Hamiltonian formalism, assuming that the tip wavefunctions have dominant radial symmetry (s-like tip). (orig.)

  18. Ab Initio Cosmological Simulations of CR7 as an Active Black Hole

    Smidt, Joseph; Johnson, Jarrett L

    2016-01-01

    We present the first ab initio cosmological simulations of a CR7-like object which approximately reproduce the observed line widths and strengths. In our model, CR7 is powered by a massive (2.23 x 10^7 M_Sun), accreting (0.25 Eddington) supermassive black hole (BH). Our model takes into account multi-dimensional effects, X-ray feedback, secondary ionizations and primordial chemistry. We estimate Ly-alpha line widths by post-processing simulation output with Monte Carlo radiative transfer and calculate emissivity contributions from radiative recombination and collisional excitation. We find the luminosities in the Lyman-alpha and He II 1640 angstrom lines to be 5.0 x 10^44 and 2.4 x 10^43 erg/s, respectively, in agreement with the observed values of > 8.3 x 10^43 and 2.0 x 10^43 erg/s. We also find that the black hole heats the halo and renders it unable to produce stars as required to keep the halo metal free. These results demonstrate the viability of the BH hypothesis for CR7 in a cosmological context. Assu...

  19. Amorphous Ge quantum dots embedded in crystalline Si: ab initio results

    We study amorphous Ge quantum dots embedded in a crystalline Si matrix through structure modeling and simulation using ab initio density functional theory including spin–orbit interaction and quasiparticle effects. Three models are generated by replacing a spherical region within diamond Si by Ge atoms and creating a disordered bond network with appropriate density inside the Ge quantum dot. After total-energy optimisations of the atomic geometry we compute the electronic and optical properties. We find three major effects: (i) the resulting nanostructures adopt a type-I heterostructure character; (ii) the lowest optical transitions occur only within the Ge quantum dots, and do not involve or cross the Ge–Si interface. (iii) for larger amorphous Ge quantum dots, with diameters of about 2.0 and 2.7 nm, absorption peaks appear in the mid-infrared spectral region. These are promising candidates for intense luminescence at photon energies below the gap energy of bulk Ge. (paper)

  20. Ab initio study of the magnetostructural properties of MnAs

    Rungger, Ivan; Sanvito, Stefano

    2006-07-01

    The magnetic and structural properties of MnAs are studied with ab initio methods and by mapping total energies onto a Heisenberg model. The stability of the different phases is found to depend mainly on the volume and on the amount of magnetic order, confirming previous experimental findings and phenomenological models. It is generally found that for large lattice constants the ferromagnetic state is favored, whereas for small lattice constants different antiferromagnetic states can be stabilized. In the ferromagnetic state the structure with minimal energy is always hexagonal, whereas it becomes orthorhombically distorted if there is an antiferromagnetic alignment of the magnetic moments in the hexagonal plane. For the paramagnetic state the stable cell is found to be orthorhombic up to a critical lattice constant of about 3.7Å , above which it remains hexagonal. This leads to the second-order structural phase transition between paramagnetic states at about 400K , where the lattice parameter increases above this critical value with rising temperature due to the thermal expansion. We also evaluate the magnetic susceptibility as a function of temperature, from which a semiquantitative description of the MnAs phase diagram emerges.

  1. Nonlocal torque operators in ab initio theory of the Gilbert damping in random ferromagnetic alloys

    Turek, I.; Kudrnovský, J.; Drchal, V.

    2015-12-01

    We present an ab initio theory of the Gilbert damping in substitutionally disordered ferromagnetic alloys. The theory rests on introduced nonlocal torques which replace traditional local torque operators in the well-known torque-correlation formula and which can be formulated within the atomic-sphere approximation. The formalism is sketched in a simple tight-binding model and worked out in detail in the relativistic tight-binding linear muffin-tin orbital method and the coherent potential approximation (CPA). The resulting nonlocal torques are represented by nonrandom, non-site-diagonal, and spin-independent matrices, which simplifies the configuration averaging. The CPA-vertex corrections play a crucial role for the internal consistency of the theory and for its exact equivalence to other first-principles approaches based on the random local torques. This equivalence is also illustrated by the calculated Gilbert damping parameters for binary NiFe and FeCo random alloys, for pure iron with a model atomic-level disorder, and for stoichiometric FePt alloys with a varying degree of L 10 atomic long-range order.

  2. Ab initio calculation of the pair potentials of MgB2

    Ab initio calculations on model clusters of MgB2 are presented to estimate the pairing potentials of superconductivity. The total energies of the clusters for the restricted Hartree-Fock (RHF) type and unrestricted Hartree-Fock (UHF) type singlet ground states and the triplet state are calculated by the hybrid DFT method of Gaussian G03 program. The energy difference between the UHF singlet state and the triplet state is correlated to the superconducting energy gap 2Δ. The highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) and the next HOMO are composed of mostly the 2pσ and the 3s orbitals of boron and 3pσ orbitals of magnesium. These orbitals constitute the spin polarized singlet state which represent the superconducting state. The vibrational frequencies of the singlet and the triplet states are calculated on a model cluster, Mg8B16H10, to find vibrational frequencies, and the results are used to interpret the isotope effects of 10B and 11B for the transition temperatures

  3. Microstructure from joint analysis of experimental data and ab initio interactions: Hydrogenated amorphous silicon

    Biswas, Parthapratim, E-mail: Partha.Biswas@usm.edu [Department of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS 39406 (United States); Department of Physics and Astronomy, Condensed Matter and Surface Science Program, Ohio University, Ohio 45701 (United States); Drabold, D. A., E-mail: drabold@ohio.edu [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Condensed Matter and Surface Science Program, Ohio University, Ohio 45701 (United States); Atta-Fynn, Raymond, E-mail: attafynn@uta.edu [Department of Physics, The University of Texas, Arlington, Texas 76019 (United States)

    2014-12-28

    A study of the formation of voids and molecular hydrogen in hydrogenated amorphous silicon is presented based upon a hybrid approach that involves inversion of experimental nuclear magnetic resonance data in conjunction with ab initio total-energy relaxations in an augmented solution space. The novelty of this approach is that the voids and molecular hydrogen appear naturally in the model networks unlike conventional approaches, where voids are created artificially by removing silicon atoms from the networks. Two representative models with 16 and 18 at. % of hydrogen are studied in this work. The result shows that the microstructure of the a-Si:H network consists of several microvoids and few molecular hydrogen for concentration above 15 at. % H. The microvoids are highly irregular in shape and size, and have a linear dimension of 5–7 Å. The internal surface of a microvoid is found to be decorated with 4–9 hydrogen atoms in the form of monohydride Si–H configurations as observed in nuclear magnetic resonance experiments. The microstructure consists of (0.9–1.4)% hydrogen molecules of total hydrogen in the networks. These observations are consistent with the outcome of infrared spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance, and calorimetry experiments.

  4. Ab initio Calculations of Charge Symmetry Breaking in the A =4 Hypernuclei

    Gazda, Daniel; Gal, Avraham

    2016-03-01

    We report on ab initio no-core shell model calculations of the mirror Λ hypernuclei H4Λ and He4Λ , using the Bonn-Jülich leading-order chiral effective field theory hyperon-nucleon potentials plus a charge symmetry breaking Λ -Σ0 mixing vertex. In addition to reproducing rather well the 0g.s . + and 1exc+ binding energies, these four-body calculations demonstrate for the first time that the observed charge symmetry breaking splitting of mirror levels, reaching hundreds of keV for 0g.s . +, can be reproduced using realistic theoretical interaction models, although with a non-negligible momentum cutoff dependence. Our results are discussed in relation to recent measurements of the H4Λ(0g.s . +) binding energy at the Mainz Microtron [A. Esser et al. (A1 Collaboration), Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 232501 (2015)] and the He4Λ(1exc+) excitation energy [T.O. Yamamoto et al. (J-PARC E13 Collaboration), Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 222501 (2015)].

  5. Ab initio Mapping of Interlayer Coupling in Transition Metal Dichalcogenides and Graphene

    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.

  6. Investigation of the Fe3+ centers in perovskite KMgF3 through a combination of ab initio (density functional theory) and semi-empirical (superposition model) calculations

    Analyses of the local crystal and electronic structure in the vicinity of Fe3+ centers in perovskite KMgF3 crystal have been carried out in a comprehensive manner. A combination of density functional theory (DFT) and a semi-empirical superposition model (SPM) is used for a complete analysis of all Fe3+ centers in this study for the first time. Some quantitative information has been derived from the DFT calculations on both the electronic structure and the local geometry around Fe3+ centers. All of the trigonal (K-vacancy case, K-Li substitution case, and normal trigonal Fe3+ center case), FeF5O cluster, and tetragonal (Mg-vacancy and Mg-Li substitution cases) centers have been taken into account based on the previously suggested experimental and theoretical inferences. The collaboration between the experimental data and the results of both DFT and SPM calculations provides us to understand most probable structural model for Fe3+ centers in KMgF3

  7. Assessing the Accuracy of Various Ab Initio Methods for Geometries and Excitation Energies of Retinal Chromophore Minimal Model by Comparison with CASPT3 Results.

    Grabarek, Dawid; Walczak, Elżbieta; Andruniów, Tadeusz

    2016-05-10

    The effect of the quality of the ground-state geometry on excitation energies in the retinal chromophore minimal model (PSB3) was systematically investigated using various single- (within Møller-Plesset and coupled-cluster frameworks) and multiconfigurational [within complete active space self-consistent field (CASSCF) and CASSCF-based perturbative approaches: second-order CASPT2 and third-order CASPT3] methods. Among investigated methods, only CASPT3 provides geometry in nearly perfect agreement with the CCSD(T)-based equilibrium structure. The second goal of the present study was to assess the performance of the CASPT2 methodology, which is popular in computational spectroscopy of retinals, in describing the excitation energies of low-lying excited states of PSB3 relative to CASPT3 results. The resulting CASPT2 excitation energy error is up to 0.16 eV for the S0 → S1 transition but only up to 0.06 eV for the S0 → S2 transition. Furthermore, CASPT3 excitation energies practically do not depend on modification of the zeroth-order Hamiltonian (so-called IPEA shift parameter), which does dramatically and nonsystematically affect CASPT2 excitation energies. PMID:27049438

  8. Ab initio, mean field theory and series expansions calculations study of electronic and magnetic properties of antiferromagnetic MnSe alloys

    Masrour, R., E-mail: rachidmasrour@hotmail.com [Laboratory of Materials, Processes, Environment and Quality, Cady Ayyed University, National School of Applied Sciences, BP. 63, 46000 Safi (Morocco); LMPHE (URAC 12), Faculty of Science, Mohammed V-Agdal University, Rabat (Morocco); Hlil, E.K. [Institut Néel, CNRS et Université Joseph Fourier, BP 166, F-38042 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Hamedoun, M. [Institute of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnologies, MAScIR, Rabat (Morocco); Benyoussef, A. [LMPHE (URAC 12), Faculty of Science, Mohammed V-Agdal University, Rabat (Morocco); Institute of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnologies, MAScIR, Rabat (Morocco); Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology, Rabat (Morocco); Mounkachi, O.; El Moussaoui, H. [Institute of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnologies, MAScIR, Rabat (Morocco)

    2014-06-01

    Self-consistent ab initio calculations, based on DFT (Density Functional Theory) approach and using FLAPW (Full potential Linear Augmented Plane Wave) method, are performed to investigate both electronic and magnetic properties of the MnSe lattice. Polarized spin and spin–orbit coupling are included in calculations within the framework of the antiferromagnetic state between two adjacent Mn lattices. Magnetic moments considered to lie along (001) axes are computed. Obtained data from ab initio calculations are used as input for the high temperature series expansions (HTSEs) calculations to compute other magnetic parameters. The zero-field high temperature static susceptibility series of the spin −4.28 nearest-neighbor Ising model on face centered cubic (fcc) and lattices is thoroughly analyzed by means of a power series coherent anomaly method (CAM). The exchange interaction between the magnetic atoms and the Néel temperature are deduced using the mean filed and HTSEs theories. - Highlights: • Ab initio calculations are used to investigate both electronic and magnetic properties of the MnSe alloys. • Obtained data from ab initio calculations are used as input for the HTSEs. • The Néel temperature is obtained for MnSe alloys.

  9. Hydrogen atom injection into carbon surfaces by comparison between Monte-Carlo, molecular dynamics and ab-initio calculations

    Full text: To understand the plasma-wall interaction on divertor plates, we investigate the interaction of hydrogen atoms and carbon materials used in the high heat flux components by the use of the following simulations. Monte-Carlo (MC) method based on binary collision approximation can calculate the sputtering process of hydrogen atoms on the carbon material quickly. Classical molecular dynamics (MD) method employs multi-body potential models and can treat realistic structures of crystal and molecule. The ab-initio method can calculate electron energy in quantum mechanics, which is regarded as realistic potential for atoms. In the present paper, the interaction of the hydrogen and the carbon material is investigated using the multi-scale (MC, MD and ab-initio) methods. The bombardment of hydrogen atoms onto the carbon material is simulated by the ACAT-code of the MC method, which cannot represent the structure of crystal, and the MD method using modified reactive empirical bond order (REBO) potential, which treats single crystal graphite and amorphous carbon. Consequently, we clarify that the sputtering yield and the reflection rate calculated by the ACAT-code agree with those on the amorphous carbon calculated by the MD. Moreover, there are many kinds of REBO potential for the MD. Adsorption, reflection and penetration rates between a hydrogen atom and a graphene surface are calculated by the MD simulations using the two kinds of potential model. For the incident energy of less than 1 eV, the MD simulation using the modified REBO potential, which is based on Brenner's REBO potential in 2002, shows that reflection is dominant, while the most popular Brenner's REBO potential in 1990 shows that adsorption is dominant. This reflection of the low energy injection is caused by a small potential barrier for the hydrogen atom in the modified REBO potential. The small potential barrier is confirmed by the ab-initio calculations, which are hybrid DFT (B3LYP/cc-pVDZ), ab-initio

  10. Axisymmetric Ab Initio Core-Collapse Supernova Simulations of 12--25 Solar Mass Stars

    Bruenn, S. W. [Florida Atlantic University; Mezzacappa, Anthony [ORNL; Hix, William Raphael [ORNL; Lentz, E. J. [University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) & Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL); Messer, Bronson [ORNL; Lingerfelt, Eric J [ORNL; Blondin, J. M. [North Carolina State University; Endeve, Eirik [ORNL; Marronetti, Pedro [Florida Atlantic University; Yakunin, Konstantin [Florida Atlantic University

    2013-01-01

    We present an overview of four ab initio axisymmetric core-collapse supernova simulations employing detailed spectral neutrino transport computed with our CHIMERA code and initiated from Woosley & Heger (2007) progenitors of mass 12, 15, 20, and 25 M_sun. All four models exhibit shock revival over ~ 200 ms (leading to the possibility of explosion), driven by neutrino energy deposition. Hydrodynamic instabilities that impart substantial asymmetries to the shock aid these revivals, with convection appearing first in the 12 solar mass model and the standing accretion shock instability (SASI) appearing first in the 25 solar mass model. Three of the models have developed pronounced prolate morphologies (the 20 solar mass model has remained approximately spherical). By 500 ms after bounce the mean shock radii in all four models exceed 3,000 km and the diagnostic explosion energies are 0.33, 0.66, 0.65, and 0.70 Bethe (B=10^{51} ergs) for the 12, 15, 20, and 25 solar mass models, respectively, and are increasing. The three least massive of our models are already sufficiently energetic to completely unbind the envelopes of their progenitors (i.e., to explode), as evidenced by our best estimate of their explosion energies, which first become positive at 320, 380, and 440 ms after bounce. By 850 ms the 12 solar mass diagnostic explosion energy has saturated at 0.38 B, and our estimate for the final kinetic energy of the ejecta is ~ 0.3 B, which is comparable to observations for lower-mass progenitors.

  11. A Comparative Study of Ab-Initio Thermal Conductivity Approaches: The Case of Cubic Boron Nitride

    Mukhopadhyay, Saikat; Lindsay, Lucas; Broido, David; Stewart, Derek

    2013-03-01

    Given its high strength and large thermal conductivity, cubic boron nitride (cBN) provides an important complement to diamond films for heat spreading applications. However, cBN, in contrast to diamond, is a polar material with significant LO-TO splitting in the phonon dispersion. In this talk, we examine the lattice thermal conductivity of cBN using several approaches based on first principles calculations. These approaches include: (1) an analytic modified Callaway-Debye model that relies on parameters from ab-initio harmonic force constants, (2) a fully self-consistent calculation of the thermal conductivity that links an iterative solution of the phonon Boltzmann transport equation (BTE) with harmonic and anharmonic interatomic force constants. The force constants for the BTE are calculated using two approaches: density functional perturbation theory and a real-space supercell approach. We will compare the results from these approaches, highlight the role of normal phonon-phonon scattering, and also examine the impact of optical modes and LO-TO splitting. In addition, we will discuss how isotope scattering affects thermal conductivity and compare this to other boron nitride structures (hexagonal BN, BN sheets and BN nanotubes).

  12. Ab initio many-body calculations of nucleon-4He scattering with three-nucleon forces

    Hupin, Guillaume; Navrátil, Petr; Quaglioni, Sofia; Calci, Angelo; Roth, Robert

    2013-01-01

    We extend the ab initio no-core shell model/resonating-group method to include three-nucleon (3N) interactions for the description of nucleon-nucleus collisions. We outline the formalism, give algebraic expressions for the 3N-force integration kernels, and discuss computational aspects of two alternative implementations. The extended theoretical framework is then applied to nucleon-4He scattering using similarity-renormalization-group (SRG) evolved nucleon-nucleon plus three-nucleon potentials derived from chiral effective field theory. We analyze the convergence properties of the calculated phase shifts and explore their dependence upon the SRG evolution parameter. We include up to six excited states of the 4He target and find significant effects from the inclusion of the chiral 3N force, e.g., it enhances the spin-orbit splitting between the 3/2- and 1/2- resonances and leads to an improved agreement with the phase shifts obtained from an accurate R-matrix analysis of the five-nucleon experimental data. We ...

  13. Ab initio study of Cr interactions with point defects in bcc Fe

    Full text of publication follows. Ferritic martensitic steels are candidate structural materials for fast neutron reactors, and in particular high-Cr reduced-activation steels. In Fe-Cr alloys, Cr plays a major role in the radiation-induced evolution of the mechanical properties. Using ab initio calculations based on density functional theory, the properties of Cr in α-Fe have been investigated. The intrinsic point defect formation energies were found to be larger in model bcc Cr as compared to those in ferromagnetic bcc Fe. The interactions of Cr with point defects (vacancy and self interstitials) have been characterised. Single Cr atoms interact weakly with vacancies but significantly with self-interstitial atoms. Mixed interstitials of any interstitial symmetry are bound. Configurations where two Cr atoms are in nearest neighbour position are generally unfavourable in bcc Fe except when they are a part of a interstitial complex. Mixed interstitials do not have as strong directional stability as pure Fe interstitials have. The effects on the results using the atom description scheme of either the ultrasoft pseudo-potential (USPP) or the projector augmented wave (PAW) formalisms are connected to the differences in local magnetic moments that the two methods predict. As expected for the Fe-Cr system, the results obtained using the PAW method are more reliable than the ones obtained with USPP. (authors)

  14. Direct molecular simulation of nitrogen dissociation based on an ab initio potential energy surface

    Valentini, Paolo, E-mail: vale0142@umn.edu; Schwartzentruber, Thomas E., E-mail: schwart@aem.umn.edu; Bender, Jason D., E-mail: jbender73@gmail.com; Nompelis, Ioannis, E-mail: nompelis@umn.edu; Candler, Graham V., E-mail: candler@umn.edu [Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455 (United States)

    2015-08-15

    The direct molecular simulation (DMS) approach is used to predict the internal energy relaxation and dissociation dynamics of high-temperature nitrogen. An ab initio potential energy surface (PES) is used to calculate the dynamics of two interacting nitrogen molecules by providing forces between the four atoms. In the near-equilibrium limit, it is shown that DMS reproduces the results obtained from well-established quasiclassical trajectory (QCT) analysis, verifying the validity of the approach. DMS is used to predict the vibrational relaxation time constant for N{sub 2}–N{sub 2} collisions and its temperature dependence, which are in close agreement with existing experiments and theory. Using both QCT and DMS with the same PES, we find that dissociation significantly depletes the upper vibrational energy levels. As a result, across a wide temperature range, the dissociation rate is found to be approximately 4–5 times lower compared to the rates computed using QCT with Boltzmann energy distributions. DMS calculations predict a quasi-steady-state distribution of rotational and vibrational energies in which the rate of depletion of high-energy states due to dissociation is balanced by their rate of repopulation due to collisional processes. The DMS approach simulates the evolution of internal energy distributions and their coupling to dissociation without the need to precompute rates or cross sections for all possible energy transitions. These benchmark results could be used to develop new computational fluid dynamics models for high-enthalpy flow applications.

  15. Ab initio study of a Y-doped Σ31 grain boundary in alumina

    2008-01-01

    The atomic structures and energetics of clean and Y-doped general grain boundary (GB) Σ31/(0001) models in α-Al2O3 are studied by a series of high precision ab initio calculations. A large supercell with 700 atoms and periodic boundary conditions is adopted for undoped and Y-doped GB with different substitution sites and con-centrations. It is shown that Y atoms preferably segregate to the central column of the 7-member Al ring. This is explained as more favorable bond formation for Y in this position and lower GB energy. The calculated GB formation energy for the clean and Y-doped cases is respectively 3.99 and 3.67 J/m2. On the average, the GB region in Σ31 has a slightly lower charge density than the bulk crystalline region. In addtition, the GB induces a long ranged asymmetric electrostatic potential distri-bution on each side of the grain boundary.

  16. Extent of hydrogen coverage of Si(001) under chemical vapor deposition conditions from ab initio approaches

    Rosenow, Phil; Tonner, Ralf

    2016-05-01

    The extent of hydrogen coverage of the Si(001) c(4 × 2) surface in the presence of hydrogen gas has been studied with dispersion corrected density functional theory. Electronic energy contributions are well described using a hybrid functional. The temperature dependence of the coverage in thermodynamic equilibrium was studied computing the phonon spectrum in a supercell approach. As an approximation to these demanding computations, an interpolated phonon approach was found to give comparable accuracy. The simpler ab initio thermodynamic approach is not accurate enough for the system studied, even if corrections by the Einstein model for surface vibrations are considered. The on-set of H2 desorption from the fully hydrogenated surface is predicted to occur at temperatures around 750 K. Strong changes in hydrogen coverage are found between 1000 and 1200 K in good agreement with previous reflectance anisotropy spectroscopy experiments. These findings allow a rational choice for the surface state in the computational treatment of chemical reactions under typical metal organic vapor phase epitaxy conditions on Si(001).

  17. Ab initio calculation of the electronic absorption spectrum of liquid water

    The electronic absorption spectrum of liquid water was investigated by coupling a one-body energy decomposition scheme to configurations generated by classical and Born-Oppenheimer Molecular Dynamics (BOMD). A Frenkel exciton Hamiltonian formalism was adopted and the excitation energies in the liquid phase were calculated with the equation of motion coupled cluster with single and double excitations method. Molecular dynamics configurations were generated by different approaches. Classical MD were carried out with the TIP4P-Ew and AMOEBA force fields. The BLYP and BLYP-D3 exchange-correlation functionals were used in BOMD. Theoretical and experimental results for the electronic absorption spectrum of liquid water are in good agreement. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between the structure of liquid water predicted by the different models and the electronic absorption spectrum. The theoretical gas to liquid phase blue-shift of the peak positions of the electronic absorption spectrum is in good agreement with experiment. The overall shift is determined by a competition between the O–H stretching of the water monomer in liquid water that leads to a red-shift and polarization effects that induce a blue-shift. The results illustrate the importance of coupling many-body energy decomposition schemes to molecular dynamics configurations to carry out ab initio calculations of the electronic properties in liquid phase

  18. Direct molecular simulation of nitrogen dissociation based on an ab initio potential energy surface

    The direct molecular simulation (DMS) approach is used to predict the internal energy relaxation and dissociation dynamics of high-temperature nitrogen. An ab initio potential energy surface (PES) is used to calculate the dynamics of two interacting nitrogen molecules by providing forces between the four atoms. In the near-equilibrium limit, it is shown that DMS reproduces the results obtained from well-established quasiclassical trajectory (QCT) analysis, verifying the validity of the approach. DMS is used to predict the vibrational relaxation time constant for N2–N2 collisions and its temperature dependence, which are in close agreement with existing experiments and theory. Using both QCT and DMS with the same PES, we find that dissociation significantly depletes the upper vibrational energy levels. As a result, across a wide temperature range, the dissociation rate is found to be approximately 4–5 times lower compared to the rates computed using QCT with Boltzmann energy distributions. DMS calculations predict a quasi-steady-state distribution of rotational and vibrational energies in which the rate of depletion of high-energy states due to dissociation is balanced by their rate of repopulation due to collisional processes. The DMS approach simulates the evolution of internal energy distributions and their coupling to dissociation without the need to precompute rates or cross sections for all possible energy transitions. These benchmark results could be used to develop new computational fluid dynamics models for high-enthalpy flow applications

  19. Ab initio calculation of the electronic absorption spectrum of liquid water

    Martiniano, Hugo F. M. C.; Galamba, Nuno [Grupo de Física Matemática da Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Professor Gama Pinto 2, 1649-003 Lisboa (Portugal); Cabral, Benedito J. Costa, E-mail: ben@cii.fc.ul.pt [Grupo de Física Matemática da Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Professor Gama Pinto 2, 1649-003 Lisboa (Portugal); Departamento de Química e Bioquímica, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa, 1749-016 Lisboa (Portugal); Instituto de Física da Universidade de São Paulo, CP 66318, 05314-970 São Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2014-04-28

    The electronic absorption spectrum of liquid water was investigated by coupling a one-body energy decomposition scheme to configurations generated by classical and Born-Oppenheimer Molecular Dynamics (BOMD). A Frenkel exciton Hamiltonian formalism was adopted and the excitation energies in the liquid phase were calculated with the equation of motion coupled cluster with single and double excitations method. Molecular dynamics configurations were generated by different approaches. Classical MD were carried out with the TIP4P-Ew and AMOEBA force fields. The BLYP and BLYP-D3 exchange-correlation functionals were used in BOMD. Theoretical and experimental results for the electronic absorption spectrum of liquid water are in good agreement. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between the structure of liquid water predicted by the different models and the electronic absorption spectrum. The theoretical gas to liquid phase blue-shift of the peak positions of the electronic absorption spectrum is in good agreement with experiment. The overall shift is determined by a competition between the O–H stretching of the water monomer in liquid water that leads to a red-shift and polarization effects that induce a blue-shift. The results illustrate the importance of coupling many-body energy decomposition schemes to molecular dynamics configurations to carry out ab initio calculations of the electronic properties in liquid phase.

  20. Why does bromine square palladium off? An ab initio study of brominated palladium and its nanomorphology.

    Yoo, Su-Hyun; Lee, Ji-Hwan; Delley, Bernard; Soon, Aloysius

    2014-09-14

    A first-principles description and prediction of brominated nanocrystals of Pd is presented. In particular, we conducted an extensive study of the adsorption behaviour of Br on various Pd surfaces (including both low and high Miller-index surfaces) as a function of its surface coverage. By coupling our calculated surface energies with ab initio (electrochemical) thermodynamics and the Gibbs-Wulff shape model, we find that the relative stability of the Pd surfaces is strongly modified by Br, allowing high Miller-index surfaces of Pd (namely the (210) surface) to become competitively favourable at moderate concentrations of Br. We also show that Pd nanoparticles assume a cube-like crystal shape at high concentrations of Br, exposing mainly the (100) facets with a Br surface coverage of 0.5 ML. This not only confirms and explains recent solution synthesis results, but also provides a quantitative atomic picture of the exposed surface facets, which is crucial in understanding the local surface chemistry of shape-controlled nanoparticles for better nanocatalyst design. PMID:25075669

  1. Computing the energy-dependent width of temporary anions from L2 ab initio methods

    Different ab initio methods for computing the non-local energy-dependent width function Γ(E) associated with resonance states of molecular anions are studied. Two new L2 approaches to Γ(E) are developed in the contexts of the complex absorbing potential (CAP) and the stabilization methods. Using a model potential and the prototypical 2Πg shape-type resonance of N2-, the two new methods and the established Stieltjes imaging technique are compared. Special emphasis is put on a robust performance for low-quality basis sets as well as on the choice of the discrete state describing the 'bound part' of the resonance. In particular, the CAP method turns out to yield satisfactory results even if only atom-centred Gaussian basis sets are employed provided that the absorption is adapted to the energy. The choice of the discrete state has a marked influence on the calculated width function, and from the viewpoint of computing Γ(E) a box-stabilized discrete state is recommended. (author)

  2. Ab initio molecular dynamics of the reaction of quercetin with superoxide radical

    Lespade, Laure

    2016-08-01

    Superoxide plays an important role in biology but in unregulated concentrations it is implicated in a lot of diseases such as cancer or atherosclerosis. Antioxidants like flavonoids are abundant in plant and are good scavengers of superoxide radical. The modeling of superoxide scavenging by flavonoids from the diet still remains a challenge. In this study, ab initio molecular dynamics of the reaction of the flavonoid quercetin toward superoxide radical has been carried out using Car-Parrinello density functional theory. The study has proven different reactant solvation by modifying the number of water molecules surrounding superoxide. The reaction consists in the gift of a hydrogen atom of one of the hydroxyl groups of quercetin to the radical. When it occurs, it is relatively fast, lower than 100 fs. Calculations show that it depends largely on the environment of the hydroxyl group giving its hydrogen atom, the geometry of the first water layer and the presence of a certain number of water molecules in the second layer, indicating a great influence of the solvent on the reactivity.

  3. Unified ab initio formulation of flexoelectricity and strain-gradient elasticity

    Stengel, Massimiliano

    2016-06-01

    The theory of flexoelectricity and that of nonlocal elasticity are closely related, and are often considered together when modeling strain-gradient effects in solids. Here I show, based on a first-principles lattice-dynamical analysis, that their relationship is much more intimate than previously thought, and their consistent simultaneous treatment is crucial for obtaining correct physical answers. In particular, I identify a gauge invariance in the theory, whereby the energies associated to strain-gradient elasticity and flexoelectrically induced electric fields are individually reference dependent, and only when summed up they yield a well-defined result. To illustrate this, I construct a minimal thermodynamic functional incorporating strain-gradient effects, and establish a formal link between the continuum description and ab initio phonon dispersion curves to calculate the relevant tensor quantities. As a practical demonstration, I apply such a formalism to bulk SrTiO3, where I find an unusually strong contribution of nonlocal elasticity, mediated by the interaction between the ferroelectric soft mode and the transverse acoustic branches. These results have important implications towards the construction of well-defined thermodynamic theories where flexoelectricity and ferroelectricity coexist. More generally, they open exciting new avenues for the implementation of hierarchical multiscale concepts in the first-principles simulation of crystalline insulators.

  4. Ab initio quasiparticle bandstructure of ABA and ABC-stacked graphene trilayers

    Menezes, Marcos; Capaz, Rodrigo; Louie, Steven

    2013-03-01

    We obtain the quasiparticle band structure of ABA and ABC-stacked graphene trilayers through ab initio density functional theory (DFT) and many-body quasiparticle calculations within the GW approximation. To interpret our results, we fit the DFT and GW π bands to a low energy tight-binding model, which is found to reproduce very well the observed features near the K point. The values of the extracted hopping parameters are reported and compared with available theoretical and experimental data. For both stackings, the quasiparticle corrections lead to a renormalization of the Fermi velocity, an effect also observed in previous calculations on monolayer graphene. They also increase the separation between the higher energy bands, which is proportional to the nearest neighbor interlayer hopping parameter γ1. Both features are brought to closer agreement with experiment through the quasiparticle corrections. Finally, other effects, such as trigonal warping, electron-hole assymetry and energy gaps are discussed in terms of the associated parameters. This work was supported by the Brazilian funding agencies: CAPES, CNPq, FAPERJ and INCT-Nanomateriais de Carbono. It was also supported by NSF grant No. DMR10-1006184 and U.S. DOE under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231.

  5. Ab initio calculation of the electronic absorption spectrum of liquid water

    Martiniano, Hugo F. M. C.; Galamba, Nuno; Cabral, Benedito J. Costa

    2014-04-01

    The electronic absorption spectrum of liquid water was investigated by coupling a one-body energy decomposition scheme to configurations generated by classical and Born-Oppenheimer Molecular Dynamics (BOMD). A Frenkel exciton Hamiltonian formalism was adopted and the excitation energies in the liquid phase were calculated with the equation of motion coupled cluster with single and double excitations method. Molecular dynamics configurations were generated by different approaches. Classical MD were carried out with the TIP4P-Ew and AMOEBA force fields. The BLYP and BLYP-D3 exchange-correlation functionals were used in BOMD. Theoretical and experimental results for the electronic absorption spectrum of liquid water are in good agreement. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between the structure of liquid water predicted by the different models and the electronic absorption spectrum. The theoretical gas to liquid phase blue-shift of the peak positions of the electronic absorption spectrum is in good agreement with experiment. The overall shift is determined by a competition between the O-H stretching of the water monomer in liquid water that leads to a red-shift and polarization effects that induce a blue-shift. The results illustrate the importance of coupling many-body energy decomposition schemes to molecular dynamics configurations to carry out ab initio calculations of the electronic properties in liquid phase.

  6. PSI3: an open-source Ab Initio electronic structure package.

    Crawford, T Daniel; Sherrill, C David; Valeev, Edward F; Fermann, Justin T; King, Rollin A; Leininger, Matthew L; Brown, Shawn T; Janssen, Curtis L; Seidl, Edward T; Kenny, Joseph P; Allen, Wesley D

    2007-07-15

    PSI3 is a program system and development platform for ab initio molecular electronic structure computations. The package includes mature programming interfaces for parsing user input, accessing commonly used data such as basis-set information or molecular orbital coefficients, and retrieving and storing binary data (with no software limitations on file sizes or file-system-sizes), especially multi-index quantities such as electron repulsion integrals. This platform is useful for the rapid implementation of both standard quantum chemical methods, as well as the development of new models. Features that have already been implemented include Hartree-Fock, multiconfigurational self-consistent-field, second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory, coupled cluster, and configuration interaction wave functions. Distinctive capabilities include the ability to employ Gaussian basis functions with arbitrary angular momentum levels; linear R12 second-order perturbation theory; coupled cluster frequency-dependent response properties, including dipole polarizabilities and optical rotation; and diagonal Born-Oppenheimer corrections with correlated wave functions. This article describes the programming infrastructure and main features of the package. PSI3 is available free of charge through the open-source, GNU General Public License. PMID:17420978

  7. Electromechanical effects in carbon nanotubes: Ab initio and analytical tight-binding calculations

    Verissimo-Alves, M.; Koiller, Belita; Chacham, H.; Capaz, R. B.

    2003-04-01

    We perform ab initio calculations of charged graphene and single-wall carbon nanotubes (CNTs). A wealth of electromechanical behaviors is obtained. (1) Both nanotubes and graphene expand upon electron injection. (2) Upon hole injection, metallic nanotubes and graphene display a nonmonotonic behavior. Upon increasing hole densities, the lattice constant initially contracts, reaches a minimum, and then starts to expand. The hole densities at minimum lattice constants are 0.3 |e|/atom for graphene and between 0.1 and 0.3|e|/atom for the metallic nanotubes studied. (3) Semiconducting CNT’s with small diameters (d≲20 Å) always expand upon hole injection. (4) Semiconducting CNT’s with large diameters (d≳20 Å) display a behavior intermediate between those of metallic and large-gap CNT’s. (5) The strain versus extra charge displays a linear plus power-law behavior, with characteristic exponents for graphene, metallic, and semiconducting CNT’s. All these features are physically understood within a simple tight-binding total-energy model.

  8. Ab-initio calculation of the photonuclear cross section of $^{10}$B

    Kruse, M K G; Johnson, C W

    2015-01-01

    We present for the first-time the photonuclear cross section of $^{10}$B calculated within the ab-initio No Core Shell Model framework. Realistic two-nucleon (NN) chiral forces up to next-to-next-to-next-order (N3LO), which have been softened by the similarity renormalization group method (SRG) to $\\lambda=2.02$ fm$^{-1}$, were utilized. The electric-dipole response function is calculated using the Lanczos method. The effects of the continuum were accounted for by including neutron escape widths derived from R-matrix theory. The calculated cross section agrees well with experimental data in terms of structure as well as in absolute peak height, $\\sigma_{\\rm max}=4.85~{\\rm mb}$ at photon energy $\\omega=23.61~{\\rm MeV}$, and integrated cross section $85.36\\, {\\rm MeV \\cdotp mb}$. We test the Brink hypothesis by calculating the electric-dipole response for the first five positive-parity states in $^{10}$B and verify that dipole excitations built upon the ground- and excited states have similar characteristics.

  9. The vibrational behavior of silica clusters at the glass transition: Ab initio calculations and thermodynamic implications.

    Ottonello, G; Zuccolini, M Vetuschi; Belmonte, D

    2010-09-14

    We present the results of a computational investigation with ab initio procedures of the structure-energy and vibrational properties of silica clusters in a dielectric continuum with dielectric constant ε=3.8, through density functional theory/B3LYP gas phase calculations coupled with a polarized continuum model approach [integral equation formalism applied to a polarized continuum (IEFPCM)] and those of the periodical structure D(6h) which leads to the α-cristobalite polymorph of silica when subjected to symmetry operations with the same functional within the linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO) approximation and in the framework of Bloch's theorem. Based on the computed energies and vibrational features, an aggregate of the D(6h) network and the monomer locally ordered in the short-medium range and both present in the glass in a mutual arrangement lacking of spatial continuity reproduces satisfactorily the experimentally observed low T heat capacity and the deviation from the Debye T(3) law. Above T(g), the experimental heat capacity of the liquid is perfectly reproduced summing to the internal modes the translational and rotational contributions to the bulk heat capacity and subtracting the (acoustic) terms arising from coherent motion (no longer existent). PMID:20849179

  10. Geometry of an Isolated Dimer of Imidazole Characterised by Rotational Spectroscopy and Ab Initio Calculations.

    Mullaney, John C; Zaleski, Daniel P; Tew, David P; Walker, Nicholas R; Legon, Anthony C

    2016-04-18

    An isolated, gas-phase dimer of imidazole is generated through laser vaporisation of a solid rod containing a 1:1 mixture of imidazole and copper in the presence of an argon buffer gas undergoing supersonic expansion. The complex is characterised through broadband rotational spectroscopy and is shown to have a twisted, hydrogen-bonded geometry. Calculations at the CCSD(T)(F12*)/cc-pVDZ-F12 level of theory confirm this to be the lowest-energy conformer of the imidazole dimer. The distance between the respective centres of mass of the imidazole monomer subunits is determined to be 5.2751(1) Å, and the twist angle γ describing rotation of one monomer with respect to the other about a line connecting the centres of mass of the monomers is determined to be 87.9(4)°. Four out of six intermolecular parameters in the model geometry are precisely determined from the experimental rotational constants and are consistent with results calculated ab initio. PMID:26812549

  11. Ab-initio electron scattering cross-sections and transport in liquid xenon

    Boyle, Greg; Cocks, Daniel; Brunger, Michael; Buckman, Steve; Dujko, Sasa; White, Ron

    2016-01-01

    Ab-initio electron - liquid phase xenon fully differential cross-sections for electrons scattering in liquid xenon are developed from a solution of the Dirac-Fock scattering equations, using a recently developed framework [1] which considers multipole polarizabilities, a non-local treatment of exchange, and screening and coherent scattering effects. A multi-term solution of Boltzmann's equation accounting for the full anisotropic nature of the differential cross-section is used to calculate transport properties of excess electrons in liquid xenon. The results were found to agree to within 25% of the measured mobilities and characteristic energies over the reduced field range of 10^{-4} to 1 Td. The accuracies are comparable to those achieved in the gas phase. A simple model, informed by highly accurate gas-phase cross-sections, is presented to transform highly accurate gas-phase cross-sections to improve the liquid cross-sections, which was found to enhance the accuracy of the transport coefficient calculatio...

  12. Ab initio Study on Structures and Isomerization of Magnesium Fluorosilylenoid H2SiFMgF

    Yi-jian Zhang; Mei-jiang Li; Guo-qiao Lai; Da-cheng Feng; Sheng-yu Feng

    2008-01-01

    The structures and isomerization of magnesium fluorosilylenoid H2SiFMgF were investigated by ab initio molecular orbital theory. Four equilibrium structures and three isomeric transition states were located and fully optimized at the B3LYP/6-31G(d,p) and G3MP2B3 levels, respectively. Based on the B3LYP/6-31G(d,p) optimized geometries, harmonic frequencies of various structures were obtained and 29Si chemical shifts were calculated. The solvent effects were investigated by means of the polarizable continuum model using THF as a solvent at B3LYP/6-31G(d,p) level. Isomerization paths for isomers were confirmed by in-trinsic reaction coordinate calculations. The calculated results show that tetrahedral structure has the lowest energy and is the most stable; tetrahedral, three-membered ring, and p-complex structures are suggested to be the experimentally detectable ones; and σ-complex structure has the highest energy and will not exist.

  13. Periodic arrays of intercalated atoms in twisted bilayer graphene: An ab initio investigation

    Miwa, R. H.; Venezuela, P.; Morell, Eric Suárez

    2015-09-01

    We have performed an ab initio investigation of transition metals (TMs =Mo ,Ru ,Co ,andPt ) embedded in twisted bilayer graphene (tBG) layers. Our total energy results reveal that, triggered by the misalignment between the graphene layers, Mo and Ru atoms may form a quasiperiodic (triangular) array of intercalated atoms. In contrast, the formation of those structures is not expected for the other TMs, the Co and Pt atoms. The net magnetic moment (m ) of Mo and Ru atoms may be quenched upon intercalation, depending on the stacking region (AA or AB). For instance, we find a magnetic moment of 0.3 μB(1.8 μB) for Ru atoms intercalated between the AA (AB) regions of the stacked twisted layers. Through simulated scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images, we verify that the presence of intercalated TMs can be identified by the formation of bright (hexagonal) spots lying on the graphene surface.

  14. Challenges for ab initio defect modeling

    Deak, Peter [U. Bremen, Bremen Center for Computational Materials Science, POB 330440, D-28334 Bremen (Germany)], E-mail: deak@bccms.uni-bremen.de; Aradi, Balint; Frauenheim, Thomas [U. Bremen, Bremen Center for Computational Materials Science, POB 330440, D-28334 Bremen (Germany); Gali, Adam [Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Dept. Atomic Physics, H-1521 Budapest (Hungary)

    2008-12-05

    Supercell calculations using density functional theory with local or semi-local exchange functionals have proved to be a very successful tool in defect engineering, apparently leading to some degree of overconfidence lately. With a case study on selected defects, we demonstrate that the approximations involved in these functionals lead not only to an underestimation of the gap but also to related errors in the total energy difference of two defect configurations (be these in the same or different charge states). Sometimes the error is so serious, that even the common expectation: 'DFT provides the correct ground state' is refuted. We also demonstrate, that semi-empirical hybrid exchange functionals, which reproduce the correct band gap, give good total energy differences even in these cases. In such calculations, the position of Kohn-Sham gap levels with respect to the band edges gives a good estimation of the vertical ionization energy. Based on that, we propose a simple correction scheme for checking the necessity of extended total energy calculations with a hybrid functional.

  15. Polyradical character and spin frustration in fullerene molecules: An ab initio non-collinear Hartree--Fock study

    Jiménez-Hoyos, Carlos A; Scuseria, Gustavo E

    2014-01-01

    Most {\\em ab initio} calculations on fullerene molecules have been carried out based on the paradigm of the H\\"uckel model. This is consistent with the restricted nature of the independent-particle model underlying such calculations, even in single-reference-based correlated approaches. On the other hand, previous works on some of these molecules using model Hamiltonians have clearly indicated the importance of short-range inter-atomic spin-spin correlations. In this work, we consider {\\em ab initio} non-collinear Hartree--Fock (HF) solutions for representative fullerene systems: the bowl, cage, ring, and pentagon isomers of C$_{20}$, and the larger C$_{30}$, C$_{36}$, C$_{60}$, C$_{70}$, and C$_{84}$ fullerene cages. In all cases but the ring we find that the HF minimum corresponds to a truly non-collinear solution with a torsional spin density wave. Optimized geometries at the generalized HF (GHF) level lead to fully symmetric structures, even in those cases where Jahn-Teller distortions have been previousl...

  16. Ambient-Potential Composite Ewald Method for ab Initio Quantum Mechanical/Molecular Mechanical Molecular Dynamics Simulation.

    Giese, Timothy J; York, Darrin M

    2016-06-14

    A new approach for performing Particle Mesh Ewald in ab initio quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical (QM/MM) simulations with extended atomic orbital basis sets is presented. The new approach, the Ambient-Potential Composite Ewald (CEw) method, does not perform the QM/MM interaction with Mulliken charges nor electrostatically fit charges. Instead the nuclei and electron density interact directly with the MM environment, but in a manner that avoids the use of dense Fourier transform grids. By performing the electrostatics with the underlying QM density, the CEw method avoids self-consistent field instabilities that have been encountered with simple charge mapping procedures. Potential of mean force (PMF) profiles of the p-nitrophenyl phosphate dissociation reaction in explicit solvent are computed from PBE0/6-31G* QM/MM molecular dynamics simulations with various electrostatic protocols. The CEw profiles are shown to be stable with respect to real-space Ewald cutoff, whereas the PMFs computed from truncated and switched electrostatics produce artifacts. PBE0/6-311G**, AM1/d-PhoT, and DFTB2 QM/MM simulations are performed to generate two-dimensional PMF profiles of the phosphoryl transesterification reactions with ethoxide and phenoxide leaving groups. The semiempirical models incorrectly produce a concerted ethoxide mechanism, whereas PBE0 correctly produces a stepwise mechanism. The ab initio reaction barriers agree more closely to experiment than the semiempirical models. The failure of Mulliken-charge QM/MM-Ewald is analyzed. PMID:27171914

  17. A Reasonable Ab Initio Cosmological Constant Without Holography

    Trout, Aaron D

    2012-01-01

    We give a well-motivated explanation for the origin of dark energy, claiming that it arises from a small residual negative scalar-curvature present even in empty spacetime. The vacuum has this residual curvature because spacetime is fundamentally discrete and there are more ways for a discrete geometry to have negative curvature than positive. We explicitly compute this effect in the well-known {\\em dynamical triangulations} (DT) model for quantum gravity and the predicted cosmological constant $\\Lambda$ agrees with observation. We begin by almost completely characterizing the DT-model's vacuum energies in dimension three. Remarkably, the energy gap between states comes in increments of [\\Delta\\mathcal{A} =\\frac{\\ell}{8\\mathcal{V}}] in natural units, where $\\ell$ is the "Planck length" in the model and $\\mathcal{V}$ is the volume of the universe. Then, using only vacua in the $N$ energy levels nearest zero, where $N$ is the universe's radius in units of $\\ell$, we apply our model to the current co-moving spat...

  18. Self energy corrections to the ''ab initio'' band structure: Chromium

    We describe the effect of many particle corrections to improve the electronic energy spectrum calculated in the framework of the Density Functional Formalism (DFF). We show that it is possible to consider an n particle diagram like a correction to the DFF results for electronic structure, if we take into account the electron-electron interaction with non-zero transmitted momentum q or energy ε. The model is proposed for calculating the leading term of the self-energy expansion as a power series in interactions, i.e. the second order term under the conditions q=O and ε≠O. This model is illustrated by calculating the electronic band structure and optical properties of anti ferromagnetic chromium. The self-energy correction leads to a better agreement between the theoretical calculations and experimental measurements of electronic properties. (author). 40 refs, 5 figs, 3 tabs

  19. 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 weighte...

  20. Dissipative Particle Dynamics interaction parameters from ab initio calculations

    Sepehr, Fatemeh; Paddison, Stephen J.

    2016-02-01

    Dissipative Particle Dynamics (DPD) is a commonly employed coarse-grained method to model complex systems. Presented here is a pragmatic approach to connect atomic-scale information to the meso-scale interactions defined between the DPD particles or beads. Specifically, electronic structure calculations were utilized for the calculation of the DPD pair-wise interaction parameters. An implicit treatment of the electrostatic interactions for charged beads is introduced. The method is successfully applied to derive the parameters for a hydrated perfluorosulfonic acid ionomer with absorbed vanadium cations.

  1. An Ab Initio Study on Silicon and Germanium Nanotubes

    Pradhan, Prachi

    2005-03-01

    First principles calculations using hybrid density functional theory have been performed to examine the electronic and geometric structure properties of single-walled silicon (SWSiNT) and germanium (SWGeNT) nanotubes. Finite clusters XmHn^ (X = Si or Ge) are used to model the nanotubes (e.g. the smallest SWSiNT is modeled as Si60H12). Hydrogen termination is done to simulate the effect of longer tubes as well as to take care of end effects. A pseudopotential basis set has been used for the silicon atoms^1 and complete geometry optimizations of the structures has been carried out using the Gaussian 03 suite of programs.^2 Computer simulations predict that the existence and stability of the nanotubes are highly dependent on the ratio of the sp^2 to sp^3 hybridization. Results will be presented on cohesive energies, HOMO- LUMO gaps, and other electronic structure properties and their dependence on the tube diameter. We will discuss the density of states (DOS) to explain the possible metallic or semi-conducting character of the tubes. Detailed comparisons with published data in the literature will also be presented. * Work supported, in part, by the Welch Foundation, Houston, Texas (Grant No. Y-1525). ^1 P. J. Hay and W. R. Wadt, J. Chem. Phys. 82, 270 (1985). ^2 Gaussian03, Revision A.1, M. J. Frisch et al., Gaussian Inc., Pittsburgh, PA , 2003.

  2. Ab initio study of hydrogen adsorption in MOF-5.

    Sillar, Kaido; Hofmann, Alexander; Sauer, Joachim

    2009-03-25

    Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are promising adsorbents for hydrogen storage. Density functional theory and second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory (MP2) are used to calculate the interaction energies between H(2) and individual structural elements of the MOF-5 framework. The strongest interaction, DeltaH(77) = -7.1 kJ/mol, is found for the alpha-site of the OZn(4)(O(2)Ph)(6) nodes. We show that dispersion interactions and zero-point vibrational energies must be taken into account. Comparison of calculations done under periodic boundary conditions for the complete structure with those done for finite models cut from the MOF-5 framework shows that the interactions with H(2) originate mainly from the local environment around the adsorption site. When used within a Multi-Langmuir model, the MP2 results reproduce measured adsorption isotherms (the predicted amount is 6 wt % at 77 K and 40 bar) if we assume that the H(2) molecules preserve their rotational degrees of freedom in the adsorbed state. This allows to discriminate between different isotherms measured for different MOF-5 samples and to reliably predict isotherms for new MOF structures. PMID:19253977

  3. Ab initio theory of helix <-> coil phase transition

    Yakubovich, Alexander V.; Solov'yov, Ilia; Solov'yov, Andrey V.;

    2008-01-01

    In this paper, we suggest a theoretical method based on the statistical mechanics for treating the alpha-helix <-> random coil transition in alanine polypeptides. We consider this process as a first-order phase transition and develop a theory which is free of model parameters and is based solely on...... fundamental physical principles. It describes essential thermodynamical properties of the system such as heat capacity, the phase transition temperature and others from the analysis of the polypeptide potential energy surface calculated as a function of two dihedral angles, responsible for the polypeptide...... twisting. The suggested theory is general and with some modification can be applied for the description of phase transitions in other complex molecular systems (e.g. proteins, DNA, nanotubes, atomic clusters, fullerenes)....

  4. Ab Initio Simulation Beryllium in Solid Molecular Hydrogen: Elastic Constant

    Guerrero, Carlo L.; Perlado, Jose M.

    2016-03-01

    In systems of inertial confinement fusion targets Deuterium-Tritium are manufactured with a solid layer, it must have specific properties to increase the efficiency of ignition. Currently there have been some proposals to model the phases of hydrogen isotopes and hence their high pressure, but these works do not allow explaining some of the structures present at the solid phase change effect of increased pressure. By means of simulation with first principles methods and Quantum Molecular Dynamics, we compare the structural difference of solid molecular hydrogen pure and solid molecular hydrogen with beryllium, watching beryllium inclusion in solid hydrogen matrix, we obtain several differences in mechanical properties, in particular elastic constants. For C11 the difference between hydrogen and hydrogen with beryllium is 37.56%. This may produce a non-uniform initial compression and decreased efficiency of ignition.

  5. First results of ab initio simulations of scintillation detector characteristics

    We describe a new Monte-Carlo-simulation which models output signals of scintillator-photomultiplier tube (PMT) pairs . For the whole simulation from the initial photon-cascade within the scintillator to the final pulse as it is digitized at the output of the PMT only values from the scintillator's and PMT's technical manuals are used, no parameters need to be adapted. We find an excellent agreement between sampled and simulated signals. This allows to determine the influence of single parameters independent from the others. With a special focus on positron lifetime as well as perturbed angular correlation spectrometers, which have high demands on the γ-photon incidence time determination's accuracy, the influence of the tts-parameter on the detector's overall time resolution was studied in detail.

  6. Electronic Structure of Silicon Nanowires Matrix from Ab Initio Calculations.

    Monastyrskii, Liubomyr S; Boyko, Yaroslav V; Sokolovskii, Bogdan S; Potashnyk, Vasylyna Ya

    2016-12-01

    An investigation of the model of porous silicon in the form of periodic set of silicon nanowires has been carried out. The electronic energy structure was studied using a first-principle band method-the method of pseudopotentials (ultrasoft potentials in the basis of plane waves) and linearized mode of the method of combined pseudopotentials. Due to the use of hybrid exchange-correlation potentials (B3LYP), the quantitative agreement of the calculated value of band gap in the bulk material with experimental data is achieved. The obtained results show that passivation of dangling bonds with hydrogen atoms leads to substantial transformation of electronic energy structure. At complete passivation of the dangling silicon bonds by hydrogen atoms, the band gap value takes the magnitude which substantially exceeds that for bulk silicon. The incomplete passivation gives rise to opposite effect when the band gap value decreases down the semimetallic range. PMID:26768147

  7. Ab initio calculation of chromium oxide containing Ti dopant

    Highlights: ► Microstructure changes in chromium oxide due to the Ti doping. ► Discovery of magnetism in Ti-doped α-Cr2O3 crystal. ► Explanation of the origin of n-type electrical conductivity. ► Detailed analysis of electronic properties and density of states. ► As to authors’ knowledge, Ti-doped crystal is studied for the first time by the DFT. - Abstract: First-principles computations based on the density functional theory within the generalised gradient approximation and introduced intra-atomic interaction term for strongly correlated electrons (DFT + U method) has been used in this work. Ti impurity doping in the α-Cr2O3 crystal has been carried out considering single defect model within the periodic crystalline structure. Atomic displacements, Bader charges on atoms have been computed showing that Ti dopant converts the chemical bonding in its neighbourhood into more ionic one. The defect-local microstructure is such as there exist general tendency of atomic rearrangements away with respect to the Ti imperfection. It is found that defect incorporation produces some local changes upon the band structure of the material and also induces a metallic state. That implies n-type electrical conductivity in the Ti-doped α-Cr2O3 crystals and relates our work directly to a number of experimental studies in this area. Our results provide evidence over change in magnetic moments in the vicinity of defect, which means that the chromium oxide doped with Ti impurity might not act as an antiferromagnetic substance.

  8. Ab initio calculation of chromium oxide containing Ti dopant

    Maldonado, Frank [Grupo de Fisicoquimica de Materiales, Universidad Tecnica Particular de Loja, Apartado 11-01-608, Loja (Ecuador); Novillo, Corina [Escuela de Ingenieria Quimica, Universidad Tecnica Particular de Loja, Apartado 11-01-608, Loja (Ecuador); Stashans, Arvids, E-mail: arvids@utpl.edu.ec [Grupo de Fisicoquimica de Materiales, Universidad Tecnica Particular de Loja, Apartado 11-01-608, Loja (Ecuador)

    2012-01-17

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Microstructure changes in chromium oxide due to the Ti doping. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Discovery of magnetism in Ti-doped {alpha}-Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} crystal. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Explanation of the origin of n-type electrical conductivity. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Detailed analysis of electronic properties and density of states. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer As to authors' knowledge, Ti-doped crystal is studied for the first time by the DFT. - Abstract: First-principles computations based on the density functional theory within the generalised gradient approximation and introduced intra-atomic interaction term for strongly correlated electrons (DFT + U method) has been used in this work. Ti impurity doping in the {alpha}-Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} crystal has been carried out considering single defect model within the periodic crystalline structure. Atomic displacements, Bader charges on atoms have been computed showing that Ti dopant converts the chemical bonding in its neighbourhood into more ionic one. The defect-local microstructure is such as there exist general tendency of atomic rearrangements away with respect to the Ti imperfection. It is found that defect incorporation produces some local changes upon the band structure of the material and also induces a metallic state. That implies n-type electrical conductivity in the Ti-doped {alpha}-Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} crystals and relates our work directly to a number of experimental studies in this area. Our results provide evidence over change in magnetic moments in the vicinity of defect, which means that the chromium oxide doped with Ti impurity might not act as an antiferromagnetic substance.

  9. Ab initio simulations and neutron scattering studies of structure and dynamics in PdH

    The work presented in this PhD thesis is concerned with the interpretation of the neutron scattering measurements from the palladium hydrogen system by means of ab initio electronic structure calculations. The motivation of performing such calculations was due to recent neutron scattering studies on this system that showed a strong directional dependence to the dynamical structure factor together with a complex dependence on energy. Here we attempt to describe the origin of these features by ab initio simulations of the dynamical structure factor. The method assumes an adiabatic separation of the motion of the proton and palladium atoms. The proton wave functions are calculated by a direct solution of the associated single-particle Schroedinger equation using a plane wave basis set method and a mapping of the adiabatic surface. The Fourier components of the adiabatic potential are obtained from LDA pseudopotential calculations. Using Fermi's golden rule within the Born approximation we were then able to calculate the dynamical structure factor, S(Q,ω), for exciting the proton from its ground state to various excited states as a function of the magnitude and direction of the scattering wave vector. The results are in agreement with the inelastic neutron scattering spectra and allow us to identify the origin of previous inexplicable features, in particular the strong directional dependence to the experimental data. The method was extended to investigate the expansion of the equilibrium lattice constant as a function of the H isotope when the zero-point energy of the proton/deuterium is explicitly taken into account in the relaxation process. The results we obtained predicted a bigger lattice constant for the hydride, as expected. Furthermore, other complex ab initio calculations were carried out in order to describe the origin of the large optic dispersion, seen previously in the coherent neutron scattering data. Our calculated dispersion proved to be in good

  10. Verification of Anderson Superexchange in MnO via Magnetic Pair Distribution Function Analysis and ab initio Theory

    Frandsen, Benjamin A.; Brunelli, Michela; Page, Katharine; Uemura, Yasutomo J.; Staunton, Julie B.; Billinge, Simon J. L.

    2016-05-01

    We present a temperature-dependent atomic and magnetic pair distribution function (PDF) analysis of neutron total scattering measurements of antiferromagnetic MnO, an archetypal strongly correlated transition-metal oxide. The known antiferromagnetic ground-state structure fits the low-temperature data closely with refined parameters that agree with conventional techniques, confirming the reliability of the newly developed magnetic PDF method. The measurements performed in the paramagnetic phase reveal significant short-range magnetic correlations on a ˜1 nm length scale that differ substantially from the low-temperature long-range spin arrangement. Ab initio calculations using a self-interaction-corrected local spin density approximation of density functional theory predict magnetic interactions dominated by Anderson superexchange and reproduce the measured short-range magnetic correlations to a high degree of accuracy. Further calculations simulating an additional contribution from a direct exchange interaction show much worse agreement with the data. The Anderson superexchange model for MnO is thus verified by experimentation and confirmed by ab initio theory.

  11. Coordination properties of a metal chelator clioquinol to Zn(2+) studied by static DFT and ab initio molecular dynamics.

    Rodríguez-Santiago, Luis; Alí-Torres, Jorge; Vidossich, Pietro; Sodupe, Mariona

    2015-05-28

    Several lines of evidence supporting the role of metal ions in amyloid aggregation, one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease (AD), have turned metal ion chelation into a promising therapeutic treatment. The design of efficient chelating ligands requires proper knowledge of the electronic and molecular structure of the complexes formed, including their hydration properties. Among various potential chelators, clioquinol (5-chloro-7-iodo-8-hydroxyquinoline, CQH) has been evaluated with relative success in in vitro experiments and even in phase 2 clinical trials. Clioquinol interacts with Zn(ii) to lead to a binary metal/ligand 1 : 2 stoichiometric complex in which the phenolic group of CQH is deprotonated, resulting in Zn(CQ)2 neutral complexes, to which additional water molecules may coordinate. In the present work, the coordinative properties of clioquinol in aqueous solution have been analyzed by means of static, minimal cluster based DFT calculations and explicit solvent ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. Results from static calculations accounting for solvent effects by means of polarized continuum models suggest that the preferred metal coordination environment is tetrahedral Zn(CQ)2, whereas ab initio molecular dynamics simulations point to quasi degenerate penta Zn(CQ)2(H2O) and hexa Zn(CQ)2(H2O)2 coordinated complexes. The possible reasons for these discrepant results are discussed. PMID:25939963

  12. Ab Initio Quality NMR Parameters in Solid-State Materials Using a High-Dimensional Neural-Network Representation.

    Cuny, Jérôme; Xie, Yu; Pickard, Chris J; Hassanali, Ali A

    2016-02-01

    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. PMID:26730889

  13. Verification of Anderson Superexchange in MnO via Magnetic Pair Distribution Function Analysis and ab initio Theory.

    Frandsen, Benjamin A; Brunelli, Michela; Page, Katharine; Uemura, Yasutomo J; Staunton, Julie B; Billinge, Simon J L

    2016-05-13

    We present a temperature-dependent atomic and magnetic pair distribution function (PDF) analysis of neutron total scattering measurements of antiferromagnetic MnO, an archetypal strongly correlated transition-metal oxide. The known antiferromagnetic ground-state structure fits the low-temperature data closely with refined parameters that agree with conventional techniques, confirming the reliability of the newly developed magnetic PDF method. The measurements performed in the paramagnetic phase reveal significant short-range magnetic correlations on a ∼1  nm length scale that differ substantially from the low-temperature long-range spin arrangement. Ab initio calculations using a self-interaction-corrected local spin density approximation of density functional theory predict magnetic interactions dominated by Anderson superexchange and reproduce the measured short-range magnetic correlations to a high degree of accuracy. Further calculations simulating an additional contribution from a direct exchange interaction show much worse agreement with the data. The Anderson superexchange model for MnO is thus verified by experimentation and confirmed by ab initio theory. PMID:27232042

  14. The electronic structure of wurtzite and zincblende AlN: an ab initio comparative study

    This work deals with the electronic properties, in different crystal phases, of AlN (wurtzite and zincblende) compounds computed using an all electron ab initio linearized augmented plane wave method. Results include band structure, total and partial density of states, charge density and the ionicity factor. Most of the calculated band parameters, of direct bandgap, total- and upper-valence bandwidths and antisymmetric gap for wurtzite-AlN are close to those of c-AlN to within 1%. The charge distributions have similar features, meaning that AlN has the same ionicity factor in both structures. (author)

  15. Ab initio molecular orbital calculations on ion pair-water complexes of metal halides and oxides

    Mohandas, P; Singh, S.; Chandrasekhar, J

    1994-01-01

    Ab initio MO calculations are performed on a series of ion-molecular and ion pair-molecular complexes of H2O + MX (MX = LiF, LiCl, NaCl, BeO and MgO) systems. BSSE-corrected stabilization energies, optimized geometrical parameters, internal force constants and harmonic vibrational frequencies have been evaluated for all the structures of interest. The trends observed in the geometrical parameters and other properties calculated for the mono-hydrated contact ion pair complexes parallel those c...

  16. Monte Carlo methods in AB initio quantum chemistry quantum Monte Carlo for molecules

    Lester, William A; Reynolds, PJ

    1994-01-01

    This book presents the basic theory and application of the Monte Carlo method to the electronic structure of atoms and molecules. It assumes no previous knowledge of the subject, only a knowledge of molecular quantum mechanics at the first-year graduate level. A working knowledge of traditional ab initio quantum chemistry is helpful, but not essential.Some distinguishing features of this book are: Clear exposition of the basic theory at a level to facilitate independent study. Discussion of the various versions of the theory: diffusion Monte Carlo, Green's function Monte Carlo, and release n

  17. Transport coefficients of helium-argon mixture based on ab initio potential.

    Sharipov, Felix; Benites, Victor J

    2015-10-21

    The viscosity, thermal conductivity, diffusion coefficient, and thermal diffusion factor of helium-argon mixtures are calculated for a wide range of temperature and for various mole fractions up to the 12th order of the Sonine polynomial expansion with an ab initio intermolecular potential. The calculated values for these transport coefficients are compared with other data available in the open literature. The comparison shows that the obtained transport coefficients of helium-argon mixture have the best accuracy for the moment. PMID:26493894

  18. Real-space ab-initio electronic structure calculations using SfePy

    Cimrman, R.; Novák, Matyáš; Kolman, Radek; Vackář, Jiří

    Plzeň: University of West Bohemia, 2015 - (Adámek, V.). s. 21-22 ISBN 978-80-261-0568-8. [Computational Mechanics 2015 /31./- conference with international participation /31./. 09.11.2015-11.11.2015, Špičák] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP108/11/0853; GA ČR(CZ) GAP101/12/2315 Institutional support: RVO:61388998 ; RVO:68378271 Keywords : real-space ab-initio electronic structure calculations * finite element method * isogeometric analysis Subject RIV: BE - Theoretical Physics

  19. Precise Ab-initio prediction of terahertz vibrational modes in crystalline systems

    Jepsen, Peter Uhd; Clark, Stewart J.

    2007-01-01

    We use a combination of experimental THz time-domain spectroscopy and ab-initio density functional perturbative theory to accurately predict the terahertz vibrational spectrum of molecules in the crystalline phase. Our calculations show that distinct vibrational modes found in solid-state materials...... are best described as phonon modes with strong coupling to the intramolecular degrees of freedom. Hence a computational method taking the periodicity of the crystal lattice as well as intramolecular motion into account is a prerequisite for the correct prediction of vibrational modes in such materials....

  20. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulation study of successive hydrogenation reactions of carbon monoxide producing methanol

    Pham, Thi Nu; Ono, Shota; Ohno, Kaoru

    2016-04-01

    Doing ab initio molecular dynamics simulations, we demonstrate a possibility of hydrogenation of carbon monoxide producing methanol step by step. At first, the hydrogen atom reacts with the carbon monoxide molecule at the excited state forming the formyl radical. Formaldehyde was formed after adding one more hydrogen atom to the system. Finally, absorption of two hydrogen atoms to formaldehyde produces methanol molecule. This study is performed by using the all-electron mixed basis approach based on the time dependent density functional theory within the adiabatic local density approximation for an electronic ground-state configuration and the one-shot GW approximation for an electronic excited state configuration.