SIMPLE: Software for ab initio reconstruction of heterogeneous single-particles.
Elmlund, Dominika; Elmlund, Hans
2012-12-01
The open source software suite SIMPLE: Single-particle IMage Processing Linux Engine provides data analysis methods for single-particle cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM). SIMPLE addresses the problem of obtaining 3D reconstructions from 2D projections only, without using an input reference volume for approximating orientations. The SIMPLE reconstruction algorithm is tailored to asymmetrical and structurally heterogeneous single-particles. Its basis is global optimization with the use of Fourier common lines. The advance that enables ab initio reconstruction and heterogeneity analysis is the separation of the tasks of in-plane alignment and projection direction determination via bijective orientation search - a new concept in common lines-based strategies. Bijective orientation search divides the configuration space into two groups of paired parameters that are optimized separately. The first group consists of the rotations and shifts in the plane of the projection; the second group consists of the projection directions and state assignments. In SIMPLE, ab initio reconstruction is feasible because the 3D in-plane alignment is approximated using reference-free 2D rotational alignment. The subsequent common lines-based search hence searches projection directions and states only. Thousands of class averages are analyzed simultaneously in a matter of hours. Novice SIMPLE users get a head start via the well documented front-end. The structured, object-oriented back-end invites advanced users to develop new alignment and reconstruction algorithms. An overview of the package is presented together with benchmarks on simulated data. Executable binaries, source code, and documentation are available at http://simple.stanford.edu. PMID:22902564
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...
Feller, D.F.
1993-07-01
This collection of benchmark timings represents a snapshot of the hardware and software capabilities available for ab initio quantum chemical calculations at Pacific Northwest Laboratory`s Molecular Science Research Center in late 1992 and early 1993. The ``snapshot`` nature of these results should not be underestimated, because of the speed with which both hardware and software are changing. Even during the brief period of this study, we were presented with newer, faster versions of several of the codes. However, the deadline for completing this edition of the benchmarks precluded updating all the relevant entries in the tables. As will be discussed below, a similar situation occurred with the hardware. The timing data included in this report are subject to all the normal failures, omissions, and errors that accompany any human activity. In an attempt to mimic the manner in which calculations are typically performed, we have run the calculations with the maximum number of defaults provided by each program and a near minimum amount of memory. This approach may not produce the fastest performance that a particular code can deliver. It is not known to what extent improved timings could be obtained for each code by varying the run parameters. If sufficient interest exists, it might be possible to compile a second list of timing data corresponding to the fastest observed performance from each application, using an unrestricted set of input parameters. Improvements in I/O might have been possible by fine tuning the Unix kernel, but we resisted the temptation to make changes to the operating system. Due to the large number of possible variations in levels of operating system, compilers, speed of disks and memory, versions of applications, etc., readers of this report may not be able to exactly reproduce the times indicated. Copies of the output files from individual runs are available if questions arise about a particular set of timings.
AB INITIO AND CALPHAD THERMODYNAMICS OF MATERIALS
Turchi, P A
2004-04-14
Ab initio electronic structure methods can supplement CALPHAD in two major ways for subsequent applications to stability in complex alloys. The first one is rather immediate and concerns the direct input of ab initio energetics in CALPHAD databases. The other way, more involved, is the assessment of ab initio thermodynamics {acute a} la CALPHAD. It will be shown how these results can be used within CALPHAD to predict the equilibrium properties of multi-component alloys.
Khne, 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.
Ab initio nuclear structure theory
Negoita, Gianina Alina
Ab initio no core methods have become major tools for understanding the properties of light nuclei based on realistic nucleon-nucleon (NN) and three-nucleon (NNN) interactions. A brief description is provided for the inter-nucleon interactions that fit two-body scattering and bound state data, as well as NNN interactions. Major new progress, including the goal of applying these interactions to solve for properties of nuclei, is limited by convergence issues. That is, with the goal of obtaining high precision solutions of the nuclear many-body Hamiltonian with no core methods (all nucleons treated on the same footing), one needs to proceed to very large basis spaces to achieve a convergence pattern suitable for extrapolation to the exact result. This thesis investigates (1) the similarity renormalization group (SRG) approach to soften the interaction, while preserving its phase shift properties, and (2) adoption of a realistic basis space using Woods-Saxon (WS) single-particle wavefunctions. Both have their advantages and limitations, discussed here. For (1), SRG was demonstrated by applying it to a realistic NN interaction, JISP16, in a harmonic oscillator (HO) representation. The degree of interaction softening achieved through a regulator parameter is examined. For (2), new results are obtained with the realistic JISP16 NN interaction in ab initio calculations of light nuclei 4He, 6He and 12C, using a WS basis optimized to minimize the ground-state energy within the truncated no core shell model. These are numerically-intensive many-body calculations. Finally, to gain insight into the potential for no core investigations of heavier nuclei, an initial investigation was obtained for the odd mass A = 47 - 49 region nuclei straddling 48Ca. The motivation for selecting these nuclei stems from the aim of preparing for nuclear double beta-decay studies of 48Ca. In these heavier systems, phenomenological additions to the realistic NN interaction determined by previous fits to A = 48 nuclei are needed to fit the data. The modified Hamiltonian produces reasonable spectra for these odd mass nuclei. A look at future pathways opened up with the results presented here concludes this investigation.
Ab initio model of porous periclase
A two-phase equilibrium equation of state (EOS) for periclase (MgO) was constructed using ab initio quantum mechanics, including a rigorous calculation of quasiharmonic phonon modes. Much of the shock wave data reported for periclase is on porous material. We compared the theoretical EOS with porous data using a simple 'snowplough' treatment and also a model using finite equilibration rates suitable for continuum mechanics simulations. (This model has been applied previously to various heterogeneous explosives as well as other porous materials.) The results were consistent and matched the data well at pressures above the regime affected by strength - and ramp-wave formation - during compaction. Ab initio predictions of the response of porous material have been cited recently as a novel and advanced capability; we feel that this is a fairly routine extension to established ab initio techniques
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
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 Schrdinger 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 Schrdinge
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.
Towards hydrogen metallization: an Ab initio approach
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(H2)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)
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.
Extensively correlated ab initio potential energy and dipole moment curves are calculated for the X 1Σ+, a 3PI, A 1Σ+, and 3Σ+ states of CaO over the range 3.0 au approx. 1Σ+ is the ground state of CaO. Vertical spectra, adiabatic spectra, spectroscopic constants, curve crossings, and dipole moments are determined. The 3Σ+ results are apparently the first accurate values available. The dipole moment function is a linear function of bondlength for the PI states and 3Σ+. Two extrema occur in the dipole moment function of X 1Σ+. Combined with experimental results, this suggests that μ(X 1Σ+) exhibits a maximum near Rsub(e) in the heavy alkaline earth monoxides. The μ(A 1Σ+) increases sharply near Rsub(e). The X 1Σ+ calculations require special attention near Rsub(e): Localized ionic entities are involved which have different MO configurations and different correlation requirements. A second-order theory which correctly describes atomic correlation is necessary. The ab initio bondlengths are systematically larger than the experimental bondlengths by amounts that are greater than the expected accuracy limits of the calculations. This overestimation is also observed in KF, KCl and KOH, but ab initio bondlengths of the lighter metal alkali halides and alkaline earth monoxides agree closely with experiment. It appears that the core electrons must be responsible, possibly because of explicit core correlation requirements and/or relativistic corrections. (orig.)
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.
Ab initio energetics of nonsubstituted monocyclic pyrones
Morais, Victor M.F., E-mail: vmmorais@icbas.up.p [Instituto de Ciencias Biomedicas Abel Salazar, ICBAS, Universidade do Porto, P-4099-003 Porto (Portugal); Centro de Investigacao em Quimica, Departamento de Quimica, Faculdade de Ciencias da Universidade do Porto, Rua do Campo Alegre, 687, P-4169-007 Porto (Portugal)
2011-01-15
The monocyclic nonsubstituted pyrones were studied computationally using state-of-the-art ab initio composite computational techniques. Combination of the accurate energies so obtained with conveniently chosen isodesmic or homodesmotic chemical reactions lead to very confident predictions of their corresponding standard enthalpy of formation. The internal consistency of the results obtained from a vast number of independent chemical schemes serves as a further support of the quality of our results, which are thus proposed to establish the energetics of {alpha}-pyrone and {gamma}-pyrone.
Ab initio energetics of nonsubstituted monocyclic pyrones
The monocyclic nonsubstituted pyrones were studied computationally using state-of-the-art ab initio composite computational techniques. Combination of the accurate energies so obtained with conveniently chosen isodesmic or homodesmotic chemical reactions lead to very confident predictions of their corresponding standard enthalpy of formation. The internal consistency of the results obtained from a vast number of independent chemical schemes serves as a further support of the quality of our results, which are thus proposed to establish the energetics of α-pyrone and γ-pyrone.
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
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.
Ab initio non-relativistic spin dynamics
Ding, Feizhi; Goings, Joshua J.; Frisch, Michael J.; Li, Xiaosong
2014-12-01
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 Li3 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.
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...
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.
Ab initio path to heavy nuclei
Binder, Sven, E-mail: sven.binder@physik.tu-darmstadt.de; Langhammer, Joachim, E-mail: joachim.langhammer@physik.tu-darmstadt.de; Calci, Angelo, E-mail: angelo.calci@physik.tu-darmstadt.de; Roth, Robert, E-mail: robert.roth@physik.tu-darmstadt.de
2014-09-07
We present the first ab initio calculations of nuclear ground states up into the domain of heavy nuclei, spanning the range from {sup 16}O to {sup 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.
Ab initio path to heavy nuclei
Binder, Sven; Langhammer, Joachim; Calci, Angelo; Roth, Robert
2014-09-01
We present the first ab initio calculations of nuclear ground states up into the domain of heavy nuclei, spanning the range from 16O to 132Sn, 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.
Time-reversible ab initio molecular dynamics
Niklasson, Anders M. N.; Tymczak, C. J.; Challacombe, Matt
2007-04-01
Time-reversible ab initio molecular dynamics based on a lossless multichannel decomposition for the integration of the electronic degrees of freedom [Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 123001 (2006)] is explored. The authors present a lossless time-reversible density matrix molecular dynamics scheme. This approach often allows for stable Hartree-Fock simulations using only one single self-consistent field cycle per time step. They also present a generalization, introducing an additional "forcing" term, that in a special case includes a hybrid Lagrangian, i.e., Car-Parrinello-type, method, which can systematically be constrained to the Born-Oppenheimer potential energy surface by using an increasing number of self-consistency cycles in the nuclear force calculations. Furthermore, in analog to the reversible and symplectic leapfrog or velocity Verlet schemes, where not only the position but also the velocity is propagated, the authors propose a Verlet-type density velocity formalism for time-reversible Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics.
Ab initio alpha-alpha scattering
Elhatisari, Serdar; Rupak, Gautam; Epelbaum, Evgeny; Krebs, Hermann; Lähde, Timo A; Luu, Thomas; Meißner, Ulf-G
2015-01-01
Processes involving alpha particles and alpha-like nuclei comprise a major part of stellar nucleosynthesis and hypothesized mechanisms for thermonuclear supernovae. In an effort towards understanding alpha processes from first principles, we describe in this letter the first ab initio calculation of alpha-alpha scattering. We use lattice effective field theory to describe the low-energy interactions of nucleons and apply a technique called the adiabatic projection method to reduce the eight-body system to an effective two-cluster system. We find good agreement between lattice results and experimental phase shifts for S-wave and D-wave scattering. The computational scaling with particle number suggests that alpha processes involving heavier nuclei are also within reach in the near future.
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 quarks and gluons. PMID:26632590
Ab initio alphaalpha scattering
Elhatisari, Serdar; Lee, Dean; Rupak, Gautam; Epelbaum, Evgeny; Krebs, Hermann; Lhde, Timo A.; Luu, Thomas; Meiner, 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 carbonoxygen white-dwarf stars. In these reactions, the accurate calculation of the elastic scattering of alpha particles and alpha-like nucleinuclei with even and equal numbers of protons and neutronsis 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 alphaalpha 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 quarks and gluons.
Ab initio study of solution energy and diffusion of caesium in uranium dioxide
Gupta, F. [IRSN, DPAM, SEMIC, LETR, 13115 Saint Paul Lez Durance (France); Pasturel, A. [CNRS, Laboratoire de Physique et Modelisation des Milieux Condenses, Maison des Magisteres, 25 Avenue des Martyrs BP166, 38042 Grenoble (France); Brillant, G. [IRSN, DPAM, SEMIC, LETR, 13115 Saint Paul Lez Durance (France)], E-mail: guillaume.brillant@irsn.fr
2009-03-31
The behaviour of caesium in nuclear fuels is investigated using density functional theory (DFT). In a first step, the incorporation and solution energies of Cs in pre-existing trap sites of UO{sub 2} (vacancies, interstitials, U-O di-vacancy and Schottky trio defects) are calculated using the projector-augmented-wave (PAW) derived pseudopotentials as implemented in the Vienna ab initio simulation package (VASP). Correlation effects are taken into account within the DFT + U approach. The solubility of caesium is found to be very low, in agreement with experimental data. The migration of Cs is found to be highly anisotropic, it is controlled by uranium diffusion with an Arrhenius activation energy of 4.8 eV in hyperstoichiometric UO{sub 2+x}, in good agreement with experimental values.
On the hierarchical parallelization of ab initio simulations
Ruiz-Barragan, Sergi; Ishimura, Kazuya; Shiga, Motoyuki
2016-02-01
A hierarchical parallelization has been implemented in a new unified code PIMD-SMASH for ab initio simulation where the replicas and the Born-Oppenheimer forces are parallelized. It is demonstrated that ab initio path integral molecular dynamics simulations can be carried out very efficiently for systems up to a few tens of water molecules. The code was then used to study a Diels-Alder reaction of cyclopentadiene and butenone by ab initio string method. A reduction in the reaction energy barrier is found in the presence of hydrogen-bonded water, in accordance with experiment.
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.
Ab initio two-component Ehrenfest dynamics.
Ding, Feizhi; Goings, Joshua J; Liu, Hongbin; Lingerfelt, David B; Li, Xiaosong
2015-09-21
We present an ab initio two-component Ehrenfest-based mixed quantum/classical molecular dynamics method to describe the effect of nuclear motion on the electron spin dynamics (and vice versa) in molecular systems. The two-component time-dependent non-collinear density functional theory is used for the propagation of spin-polarized electrons while the nuclei are treated classically. We use a three-time-step algorithm for the numerical integration of the coupled equations of motion, namely, the velocity Verlet for nuclear motion, the nuclear-position-dependent midpoint Fock update, and the modified midpoint and unitary transformation method for electronic propagation. As a test case, the method is applied to the dissociation of 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. PMID:26395685
Ab initio two-component Ehrenfest dynamics
Ding, Feizhi; Goings, Joshua J.; Liu, Hongbin; Lingerfelt, David B.; Li, Xiaosong
2015-09-01
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.
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
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
Ab initio calculation of the Hoyle state
Epelbaum, Evgeny; Lee, Dean; Meißner, Ulf-G
2011-01-01
The Hoyle state plays a crucial role in the hydrogen burning of stars heavier than our sun and in the production of carbon and other elements necessary for life. This excited state of the carbon-12 nucleus was postulated by Hoyle^{1} as a necessary ingredient for the fusion of three alpha particles to produce carbon at stellar temperatures. Although the Hoyle state was seen experimentally more than a half century ago^{2,3}, nuclear theorists have not yet uncovered the nature of this state from first principles. In this letter we report the first ab initio calculation of the low-lying states of carbon-12 using supercomputer lattice simulations and a theoretical framework known as effective field theory. In addition to the ground state and excited spin-2 state, we find a resonance at -85(3) MeV with all of properties of the Hoyle state and in agreement with the experimentally observed energy. These lattice simulations provide insight into the structure of this unique state and new clues as to the amount of fine...
Ab initio thermodynamic study of defective strontium titanate
Blokhin, Evgeny
2013-01-01
In the presented thesis the perfect and defective SrTiO3 bulk crystals and their (001) surfaces are considered on ab initio level. Since the experimental study of the complex defective systems is comparatively expensive and difficult, and the computer performance has been greatly increased in the last years, the ab initio modeling became very efficient tool to be applied in this field. Additionally, there is a significant industrial demand for the investigation and improvements of the perform...
Why ferroelectricity? synchrotron radiation and ab initio answers
R. Olivera
2007-01-01
Full Text Available Una pregunta hist´orica de la f´ısica del estado s´olido est´a encontrando respuesta en nuestros tiempos: la explicaci´on a nivel at´omico del origen de la ferroelectricidad. Las ideas tradicionales sobre fen´omenos ferroel´ectricos se relacionan con el ablandamiento de los fonones en el origen de la zona de Brillouin y con funciones en forma de W para la energ´ıa libre de Landau. Las contribuciones experimentales (radiaci´on sincrotr´onica, neutrones y te´oricas (Cohen, Resta, Spaldin de la ´ultima d´ecada han esclarecido aspectos del comportamiento at´omico que conducen a la polarizaci´on espont´anea en estructuras perovskitas y asociadas. Se presenta el trabajo desarrollado por nuestro grupo interdisciplinario. Se obtienen fases ferroel´ectricas perovskitas y Aurivillius por diferentes m´etodos. Se investigan detalles finos de las estructuras cristalinas mediante radiaci´on sincrotr´onica en el Laboratorio de Radiaci´on Sincrotr´onica de Stanford. Las estructuras electr´onicas de las fases consideradas se caracterizan por m´etodos ab initio. Los experimentos de difracci´on en alta resoluci´on demuestran ruptura de simetr´ıa en un n´umero de sistemas perovskita y Aurivillius. Se discute la relaci ´on estructura-simetr´ıa- polarizaci´on. Se presenta una explicaci´on ab initio de la polarizaci´on ferroel´ectrica en perovskitas. La energ´ıa del sistema se calcula mediante el c´odigo CASTEP bajo un funcional GGA. La optimizaci´on de la energ´ıa conduce a la ruptura de simetr´ıa c´ubica, con desplazamiento del cati´on Ti fuera del centro, v´ıa una transformaci´on Jahn-Teller de segundo orden. La estructura electr´onica se investiga mediante el software BandLab, bajo un funcional LDA, con el m´etodo LMTO. La causa de la deformaci´on de la perovskita es la degeneraci´on de los orbitales Ti 3d z2 y Ti 3d (x2+y2.
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 resulting NN and NNN interactions, characterized by the order of the expansion retained (e.g. 'next-to-next-to leading order' is NNLO), provide a high-quality fit to the NN data and the A = 3 ground-state (g.s.) properties. The derivations of NN, NNN, etc. interactions within meson-exchange and {chi}EFT are well-established but are not subjects of this review. Our focus is solution of the non-relativistic quantum many-body Hamiltonian that includes these interactions using our no core shell model (NCSM) formalism. In the next section we will briefly outline the NCSM formalism and then present applications, results and extensions in later sections.
THERMODYNAMICS OF MATERIALS: FROM AB INITIO TO PHENOMENOLOGY
Turchi, P A
2004-09-24
Quantum mechanical-based (or ab initio) methods are used to predict the stability properties of materials although their application is limited to relatively simple systems in terms of structures and number of alloy components. However thermodynamics of complex multi-component alloys requires a more versatile approach afforded within the CALPHAD formalism. Despite its success, the lack of experimental data very often prevents the design of robust thermodynamic databases. After a brief survey of ab initio methodologies and CALPHAD, it will be shown how ab initio electronic structure methods can supplement in two ways CALPHAD for subsequent applications. The first one is rather immediate and concerns the direct input of ab initio energetics in CALPHAD databases. The other way, more involved, is the assessment of ab initio thermodynamics '{acute a} la CALPHAD'. It will be shown how these results can be used within CALPHAD to predict the equilibrium properties of multi-component alloys. Finally, comments will be made on challenges and future prospects.
Computation of ab initio energy savings due to magnetic interactions
Munoz, Alexander; Wagner, Lucas
The double-exchange mechanism is the traditional explanation for antiferromagnetic coupling between magnetic ions. In this theory, the energy savings within the context of a hopping model is derived from kinetic energy terms. However, the connection to ab initio energy savings to our knowledge has not been studied using an explicitly correlated theory that can obtain quantitative accuracy. Our study focuses on determining, from ab initio calculations, whether the origin of interactions in magnetic systems is explainable through conventional arguments. To this end, we investigate the contributions (kinetic, ionic, electron-electron) to the total energy of the (Mn-O-Mn)+2system using quantum Monte Carlo techniques. We will report on progress in elucidating the connection between the ab initio energy savings and the effective model energy savings that result in an antiferromagnetic interaction in this system. L.K. Wagner was supported by NSF DMR 1206242.
Ab-initio study of electronic structure and thermodynamic properties of aurates BaAu2O4 and SrAu2O4
Jezierski, Andrzej; Kaczkowski, Jakub
2016-03-01
Using ab-initio the Full-Potential Local Orbital minimum basis (FPLO) and Vienna Simulation Package (VASP) methods in the framework of the local density functional theory within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) the band structure and thermodynamic properties of aurates BaAu2O4, SrAu2O4 and BaSrAu2O4 have been studied. Ab-inito calculations have shown that these systems are semiconductors with the gap between 1.42 and 1.65 eV. The values of gaps decrease with the increase of the volume. The thermodynamic parameters (bulk modulus and Debye temperature) are calculated in the quasi-harmonic Debye-Grüneisen model. Both ab-initio methods give the similar results.
Ab initio DFT calculations of vibrational properties
Story, S. M.; Vila, F. D.; Kas, J. J.; Rehr, J. J.
2014-03-01
Vibrational properties such as EXAFS and crystallographic Debye-Waller factors, vibrational free energies, phonon self-energies, and phonon contributions to the electron spectral function, are key to understanding many aspects of materials beyond ground state electronic structure. Thus, their simulation using first principles methods is of particular importance. Many of these vibrational properties can be calculated from the dynamical matrix and electron-phonon coupling coefficients obtained from DFT calculations. Here we present a code DMVP that calculates these properties from the output of electronic structure codes such as ABINIT, Gaussian, Quantum Espresso and VASP. Our modular interfacing tool AI2PS allows us to translate the different outputs into a DMVP compatible format and generate vibrational properties in an automated way. Finally, we present some current applications that take advantage of the modular form of AI2PS to extend its capabilities to the calculation of coefficients of thermal expansion and other properties of interest such as infrared spectra. This work was supported by DOE Grant DE-FG02-97ER45623.
Ab initio quality neural-network potential for sodium
Eshet, Hagai; Khaliullin, Rustam Z; Kuhne, Thomas D.; Behler, Jorg; Parrinello, Michele
2010-01-01
An interatomic potential for high-pressure high-temperature (HPHT) crystalline and liquid phases of sodium is created using a neural-network (NN) representation of the ab initio potential energy surface. It is demonstrated that the NN potential provides an ab initio quality description of multiple properties of liquid sodium and bcc, fcc, cI16 crystal phases in the P-T region up to 120 GPa and 1200 K. The unique combination of computational efficiency of the NN potential and its ability to re...
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.
Ab Initio Nuclear Structure Theory: From Few to Many
Roth, Robert; Calci, Angelo; Langhammer, Joachim; Binder, Sven
2014-08-01
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.
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.
Introducing k-point parallelism into VASP
Maniopoulou, A.; Davidson, E. R. M.; Grau-Crespo, R.; Walsh, A.; Bush, I. J.; Catlow, C. R. A.; Woodley, S. M.
2012-01-01
For many years ab initio electronic structure calculations based upon density functional theory have been one of the main application areas in high performance computing (HPC). Typically, the KohnSham equations are solved by minimisation of the total energy functional, using a plane wave basis set for valence electrons and pseudopotentials to obviate the representation of core states. One of the best known and widely used software for performing this type of calculation is the Vienna Ab init...
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
Ab initio study of alanine polypeptide chain twisting
Solov'yov, Ilia; Yakubovich, Alexander V.; Solov'yov, Andrey V.; Greiner, Walter
2006-01-01
chains. These particular degrees of freedom are essential for the characterization of the proteins folding process. Calculations have been carried out within the ab initio theoretical framework based on the density functional theory and accounting for all the electrons in the system. We have determined...
Ab initio study of phase equilibria in TiCx
Korzhavyi, P.A.; Pourovskii, L.V.; Hugosson, H.W.; Ruban, Andrei; Johansson, B.
2002-01-01
The phase diagram for the vacancy-ordered structures in the substoichiometric TiCx (x = 0.5-1.0) has been established from Monte Carlo simulations with the long-range pair and multisite effective interactions obtained from ab initio calculations. Three ordered superstructures of vacancies (Ti2C, ...
Benrekia, A.R., E-mail: benrekia.ahmed@yahoo.com [Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Medea (Algeria); Benkhettou, N. [Laboratoire des Materiaux Magnetiques, Faculte des Sciences, Universite Djillali Liabes de Sidi Bel Abbes (Algeria); Nassour, A. [Laboratoire de Cristallographie, Resonance Magnetique et Modelisations (CRM2, UMR CNRS 7036) Institut Jean Barriol, Nancy Universite BP 239, Boulevard des Aiguillettes, 54506 Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy (France); Driz, M. [Applied Material Laboratory (AML), Electronics Department, University of Sidi bel Abbes (DZ 22000) (Algeria); Sahnoun, M. [Laboratoire de Physique Quantique de la Matiere et Modelisations Mathematique (LPQ3M), Faculty of Science and Technology,University of Mascara (Algeria); Lebegue, S. [Laboratoire de Cristallographie, Resonance Magnetique et Modelisations (CRM2, UMR CNRS 7036) Institut Jean Barriol, Nancy Universite BP 239, Boulevard des Aiguillettes, 54506 Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy (France)
2012-07-01
We present first-principles VASP calculations of the structural, electronic, vibrational, and optical properties of paraelectric SrTiO{sub 3} and KTaO{sub 3}. The ab initio calculations are performed in the framework of density functional theory with different exchange-correlation potentials. Our calculated lattice parameters, elastic constants, and vibrational frequencies are found to be in good agreement with the available experimental values. Then, the bandstructures are calculated with the GW approximation, and the corresponding band gap is used to obtain the optical properties of SrTiO{sub 3} and KTaO{sub 3}.
Ventelon, L. [CEA Saclay, Dept. des Materiaux pour le Nucleaire (DEN/DANS/DMN/SRMP), 91 - Gif-sur-Yvette (France)
2008-07-01
In the framework of the multi scale simulation of metals and alloys plasticity, the aim of this study is to develop a methodology of ab initio dislocations study and to apply it to the [111] screw dislocation in the bc iron. (A.L.B.)
Ab initio study of C14 laves phases in Fe-based systems
Pavlu J.
2012-01-01
Full Text Available Structural properties and energetics of Fe-based C14 Laves phases at various compositions (i.e. Fe2Fe, Fe2X, X2Fe, X2X, where X stands for Si, Cr, Mo, W, Ta were investigated using the pseudopotential VASP (Vienna Ab initio Simulation Package code employing the PAW-PBE (Projector Augmented Wave - Perdew Burke-Ernzerhof pseudopotentials. Full relaxation was performed for all structures studied including the reference states of elemental constituents and the equilibrium structure parameters as well as bulk moduli were found. The structure parameters of experimentally found structures were very well reproduced by our calculations. It was also found that the lattice parameters and volumes of the unit cell decrease with increasing molar fraction of iron. Thermodynamic analysis shows that the Fe2X configurations of Laves phases are more stable than the X2Fe ones. Some of the X2Fe configurations are even unstable with respect to the weighted average of the Laves phases of elemental constituents. Our calculations predict the stability of Fe2Ta. On the other hand, Fe2Mo and Fe2W are slightly unstable (3.19 and 0.68 kJ.mol-1, respectively and hypothetical structures Fe2Cr and Fe2Si are found unstable as well.
Ab-initio modelling of defect properties in B2 NiAl
Lerch, Daniel; Doessel, Kerrin; Mueller, Stefan; Heinz, Klaus [Festkoerperphysik, Universitaet Erlangen-Nuernberg, Staudtstr. 7, D- 91058 Erlangen (Germany)
2007-07-01
The strongly ordering B2 phase of the intermetallic compound NiAl is known to be stable for a broad concentration range off its stoichiometry. Evidently this is due to the existence of constitutional defects. Experimental studies hav e shown that the dominant defect types in Al rich and Al poor parts of the B2 ph ase are Ni vacancies and Ni antisites (Ni atoms on the Al sublattice) respectively. We elucidate the ordering and ground state properties of defects in B2 NiAl on the basis of ab-initio calculations. We have applied the Cluster-Expansion (CE) formalism with Density Functional Theory (DFT) and the nudged elastic band method (as implemented within the computer code VASP) supplying the required input energies, as well as activation barriers for defect diffusion. Consistent with the existence of vacancies a full description of defects in NiAl bulk is only possible if vacancies are included by treating them as a third independent component within the CE formalism. One possible choice for a complete orthonormal basis set of point functions, required in such a ternary CE, are the first two Chebychev polynomials which were chosen in this case.
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
Spin-orbit decomposition of ab initio wavefunctions
Johnson, Calvin W
2014-01-01
Although the modern shell-model picture of atomic nuclei is built from single-particle orbits with good total angular momentum $j$, leading to $j$-$j$ coupling, phenomenological models suggested decades ago that for $0p$-shell nuclides a simpler picture can be realized via coupling of total spin $S$ and total orbital angular momentum $L$. I revisit this idea with large-basis, no-core shell model (NCSM) calculations using modern \\textit{ab initio} two-body interactions, and dissect the resulting wavefunctions into their component $L$- and $S$-components. Remarkably, there is broad agreement with calculations using the phenomenological Cohen-Kurath forces, despite a gap of nearly fifty years and six orders of magnitude in basis dimensions. I suggest $L$-$S$ may be a useful tool for analyzing \\textit{ab initio} wavefunctions of light nuclei, for example in the case of rotational bands.
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...
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.
Four-body forces in ab initio nuclear structure
Schulz, Stefan; Calci, Angelo; Roth, Robert [Institut fuer Kernphysik, Technische Universitaet Darmstadt (Germany)
2014-07-01
Nucleon-nucleon (NN) and three-nucleon (3N) interactions derived from chiral effective field theory, transformed using the similarity renormalization group (SRG), have been successful in the ab initio description of nuclear-structure. Previous investigations have shown strong indications for sizable effects originating by SRG-induced four-nucleon (4N) contributions. To obtain reliable results, the 4N contributions can either be suppressed or included in nuclear-structure calculations. We present an efficient scheme to take induced as well as initial 4N forces into account by performing the SRG transformation in four-body space and extending the importance-truncated no-core shell model (IT-NCSM) for their explicit inclusion. We investigate the effect of induced forces beyond the three-body level in ab initio nuclear-structure calculations and present results for p-shell nuclei up to {sup 16}O.
Ab initio Monte Carlo investigation of small lithium clusters.
Srinivas, S.
1999-06-16
Structural and thermal properties of small lithium clusters are studied using ab initio-based Monte Carlo simulations. The ab initio scheme uses a Hartree-Fock/density functional treatment of the electronic structure combined with a jump-walking Monte Carlo sampling of nuclear configurations. Structural forms of Li{sub 8} and Li{sub 9}{sup +} clusters are obtained and their thermal properties analyzed in terms of probability distributions of the cluster potential energy, average potential energy and configurational heat capacity all considered as a function of the cluster temperature. Details of the gradual evolution with temperature of the structural forms sampled are examined. Temperatures characterizing the onset of structural changes and isomer coexistence are identified for both clusters.
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.
Ab Initio Calculations Of Light-Ion Reactions
Navratil, P; Quaglioni, S; Roth, R; Horiuchi, W
2012-03-12
The exact treatment of nuclei starting from the constituent nucleons and the fundamental interactions among them has been a long-standing goal in nuclear physics. In addition to the complex nature of nuclear forces, one faces the quantum-mechanical many-nucleon problem governed by an interplay between bound and continuum states. In recent years, significant progress has been made in ab initio nuclear structure and reaction calculations based on input from QCD employing Hamiltonians constructed within chiral effective field theory. In this contribution, we present one of such promising techniques capable of describing simultaneously both bound and scattering states in light nuclei. By combining the resonating-group method (RGM) with the ab initio no-core shell model (NCSM), we complement a microscopic cluster approach with the use of realistic interactions and a microscopic and consistent description of the clusters. We discuss applications to light nuclei scattering, radiative capture and fusion reactions.
Ab Initio Calculations of Co Shielding in Model Complexes
Moore, Elaine A.
2002-01-01
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 derivativ...
GAUSSIAN 76: an ab initio molecular orbital program
Gaussian 76 is a general-purpose computer program for ab initio Hartree-Fock molecular orbital calculations. It can handle basis sets involving s, p and d-type gaussian functions. Certain standard sets (STO-3G, 4-31G, 6-31G*, etc.) are stored internally for easy use. Closed shell (RHF) or unrestricted open shell (UHF) wave functions can be obtained. Facilities are provided for geometry optimization to potential minima and for limited potential surface scans
Ab initio calculation of tight-binding parameters
McMahan, A.K.; Klepeis, J.E.
1997-12-01
We calculate ab initio values of tight-binding parameters for the f- electron metal Ce and various phases of Si, from local-density functional one-electron Hamiltonian and overlap matrix elements. Our approach allows us to unambiguously test the validity of the common minimal basis and two-center approximations as well as to determine the degree of transferability of both nonorthogonal and orthogonal hopping parameters in the cases considered.
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.
Ab initio analysis of plasmon dispersion in sodium under pressure
Ibaez-Azpiroz, Julen; Rousseau, Bruno; Eiguren, Asier; Bergara, Aitor
2014-01-01
We present an ab initio study of the electronic response function of sodium in its five known metallic phases from 0 to 180 GPa at room temperature. The considered formalism is based on a interpolation scheme within time-dependent density functional theory that uses maximally localized Wannier functions, providing an accurate sampling of the reciprocal space. Besides showing an excellent agreement with inelastic x-ray scattering experiments [Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 086402 (2011), Proc. Natl....
An AB initio model for cosmic-ray modulation
Engelbrecht, N.E.; Burger, R A
2013-01-01
A proper understanding of the effects of turbulence on the diffusion and drift of cosmic rays (CRs) is of vital importance for a better understanding of CR modulation in the heliosphere. This study presents an ab initio model for CR modulation, incorporating for the first time the results yielded by a two-component turbulence transport model. This model is solved for solar minimum heliospheric conditions, utilizing boundary values chosen so that model results are in reasonable agr...
Cosmic-ray modulation: an ab initio approach
Engelbrecht, N.E.; Burger, R A
2014-01-01
A better understanding of cosmic-ray modulation in the heliosphere can only be gained through a proper understanding of the effects of turbulence on the diffusion and drift of cosmic rays. We present an ab initio model for cosmic-ray modulation, incorporating for the first time the results yielded by a two-component turbulence transport model. This model is solved for periods of minimum solar activity, utilizing boundary values chosen so that model results are in fair to ...
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.
Clustering in nuclei from ab initio nuclear lattice simulations
Meiner, Ulf-G
2015-01-01
Nuclear Lattice Effective Field Theory is a new many-body approach that is firmly rooted in the symmetries of QCD. In particular, it allows for truly ab initio calculations of nuclear structure and reactions. In this talk, I focus on the emergence of alpha-clustering in nuclei based on this approach. I also discuss various recent achievements, the deficiencies of the chiral forces used at present and the prospects to improve upon these and the calculations of nuclear properties and dynamics.
Eye Movements Data Processing for Ab Initio Military Pilot Training
Dubois,, Emilien; BLATTER, Colin; Camachon, Cyril; Hurter, Christophe
2015-01-01
French ab initio military pilots are trained to operate a new generation of aircraft equipped with glass cockpit avionics (Rafale, A400 M). However gaze scanning teachings can still be improved and remain a topic of great interest. Eye tracking devices can record trainee gaze patterns in order to compare them with correct ones. This paper presents experimentation conducted in a controlled simulation environment where trainee behaviors were analyzed with notifications given in real-time. In li...
Current rectification by asymmetric molecules: An ab initio study
Zhou, Yan-Hong; Xiao-hong ZHENG; Xu, Ying; Zeng, Zhao Yang
2006-01-01
We study current rectification effect in an asymmetric molecule HOOC-C$_6$H$_4$-(CH$_2$)$_n$ sandwiched between two Aluminum electrodes using an {\\sl ab initio} nonequilibrium Green function method. The conductance of the system decreases exponentially with the increasing number $n$ of CH$_2$. The phenomenon of current rectification is observed such that a very small current appears at negative bias and a sharp negative differential resistance at a critical positive bias when $n\\ge 2$. The re...
Nuclear forces and ab initio calculations of atomic nuclei
Meiner, Ulf-G. [Universitt Bonn, Helmholtz-Institut fr Strahlen- und Kernphysik and Bethe Center for Theoretical Physics, D-53115 Bonn (Germany); Forschungszentrum Jlich, Institut fr Kernphysik, Institute for Advanced Simulation, and Jlich Center for Hadron Physics, D-52425 Jlich (Germany)
2014-08-15
Nuclear forces and the nuclear many-body problem have been some of Gerry Brown's main topics in his so productive life as a theoretical physicist. In this talk, I outline how Gerry's work laid the foundations of the modern theory of nuclear forces and ab initio calculations of atomic nuclei. I also present some recent developments obtained in the framework of nuclear lattice simulations.
Ab initio investigation of intermolecular interactions in solid benzene
Bludsky, O.; Rubes, M.; Soldan, P.
2008-01-01
A computational strategy for the evaluation of the crystal lattice constants and cohesive energy of the weakly bound molecular solids is proposed. The strategy is based on the high level ab initio coupled-cluster determination of the pairwise additive contribution to the interaction energy. The zero-point-energy correction and non-additive contributions to the interaction energy are treated using density functional methods. The experimental crystal lattice constants of the solid benzene are r...
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
Ab initio calculations of reactions with light nuclei
Quaglioni, S; Calci, A; Navratil, P; Roth, R
2015-01-01
An {\\em 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 {\\em 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 {\\em 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...
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.
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.
Ab initio investigation of intermolecular interactions in solid benzene
Bludsky, O; Soldan, P; 10.1103/PhysRevB.77.092103
2009-01-01
A computational strategy for the evaluation of the crystal lattice constants and cohesive energy of the weakly bound molecular solids is proposed. The strategy is based on the high level ab initio coupled-cluster determination of the pairwise additive contribution to the interaction energy. The zero-point-energy correction and non-additive contributions to the interaction energy are treated using density functional methods. The experimental crystal lattice constants of the solid benzene are reproduced, and the value of 480 meV/molecule is calculated for its cohesive energy.
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.
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
Ab initio and kinetic modeling studies of formic acid oxidation
Marshall, Paul; Glarborg, Peter
2015-01-01
have been compared to the experimental results of de Wilde and van Tiggelen (1968) who measured the laminar burning velocities for HOCHO flames over a range of stoichiometries and dilution ratios. The modeling predictions are generally satisfactory. The governing reaction mechanisms are outlined based......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...
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.
Ab-Initio Shell Model with a Core
Lisetskiy, A F; Barrett, B R; Kruse, M; Navratil, P; Stetcu, I; Vary, J P
2008-06-04
We construct effective 2- and 3-body Hamiltonians for the p-shell by performing 12{h_bar}{Omega} ab initio no-core shell model (NCSM) calculations for A=6 and 7 nuclei and explicitly projecting the many-body Hamiltonians onto the 0{h_bar}{Omega} space. We then separate these effective Hamiltonians into 0-, 1- and 2-body contributions (also 3-body for A=7) and analyze the systematic behavior of these different parts as a function of the mass number A and size of the NCSM basis space. The role of effective 3- and higher-body interactions for A > 6 is investigated and discussed.
Ab Initio study of neutron drops with chiral Hamiltonians
Potter, H.D.; Fischer, S.; Maris, P.; Vary, J.P.; Binder, S.; Calci, A.; Langhammer, J.; Roth, R.
2014-01-01
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 Green's Fun...
Ab Initio study of neutron drops with chiral Hamiltonians
Potter, H D; Maris, P; Vary, J P; Binder, S; Calci, A; Langhammer, J; Roth, R
2014-01-01
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 Green's Function Monte Carlo results, where available, using Argonne v8' with three-nucleon interactions reveal important dependences on the chosen Hamiltonian.
Ab initio study on the configuration of acetone cluster
The acetone clusters are studied by ab initio calculations. HF/3-21G* method is used to optimize the configurations for all kinds of systems. B3LYP/6-31+G** method is adopted to calculate the total energy of the systems. The authors also calculate the vibration frequencies in order to investigate whether the system corresponds to stable geometries. All results show that ring structure is more stable than linear structure for the acetone clusters of (CH3COCH3)n (n = 2, 3, 4, 5)
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
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.
Fast ab initio calculation of solvent envelopes for protein structures.
Harris, G W
1995-09-01
A fast and simple method has been developed for the ab initio calculation of low-resolution solvent envelopes for macromolecular structures. In essence, a sphere of point scatterers is moved through the asymmetric unit cell in a part random, part systematic search for the configuration which corresponds to the lowest R value. The spheres correspond to the solvent regions in the cell. The program has been shown to work successfully for a number of test structures in a variety of space groups. No prior knowledge of the structures is needed, and c.p.u. requirements are extremely modest. PMID:15299798
Ab initio and model calculations on different phases of zirconia
In order to get a better understanding of the energetics of ZrO2 (zirconia) ab initio calculations with the full potential linear muffin tin orbital method (fp LMTO) have been performed on the tetragonal structure over a range of c/a and sublattice displacement. A new semi-empirical shell model is developed which makes use of Hartree-Fock calculations and includes compressible anions and quadrupolar distortions. The empirical model predicts energies for tetragonal distortion in agreement with the fp LMTO calculations. Furthermore, it enables us to understand why the seven-fold coordinated monoclinic phase is the low temperature equilibrium structure
Ab-Initio Shell Model with a Core
We construct effective 2- and 3-body Hamiltonians for the p-shell by performing 12(hbar)(Omega) ab initio no-core shell model (NCSM) calculations for A=6 and 7 nuclei and explicitly projecting the many-body Hamiltonians onto the 0(hbar)(Omega) space. We then separate these effective Hamiltonians into 0-, 1- and 2-body contributions (also 3-body for A=7) and analyze the systematic behavior of these different parts as a function of the mass number A and size of the NCSM basis space. The role of effective 3- and higher-body interactions for A > 6 is investigated and discussed
Ab initio study of neutron drops with chiral Hamiltonians
Potter, H.D., E-mail: hdpotter@iastate.edu [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011 (United States); Fischer, S., E-mail: s.fischer@stud.tu-darmstadt.de [Institut fr Kernphysik, Technische Universitt Darmstadt, 64289 Darmstadt (Germany); Maris, P., E-mail: pmaris@iastate.edu [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011 (United States); Vary, J.P., E-mail: jvary@iastate.edu [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011 (United States); Binder, S., E-mail: sven.binder@physik.tu-darmstadt.de [Institut fr Kernphysik, Technische Universitt Darmstadt, 64289 Darmstadt (Germany); Calci, A., E-mail: angelo.calci@physik.tu-darmstadt.de [Institut fr Kernphysik, Technische Universitt Darmstadt, 64289 Darmstadt (Germany); Langhammer, J., E-mail: joachim.langhammer@physik.tu-darmstadt.de [Institut fr Kernphysik, Technische Universitt Darmstadt, 64289 Darmstadt (Germany); Roth, R., E-mail: robert.roth@physik.tu-darmstadt.de [Institut fr Kernphysik, Technische Universitt Darmstadt, 64289 Darmstadt (Germany)
2014-12-12
We report ab initio calculations for neutron drops in a 10 MeV external harmonic-oscillator trap using chiral nucleonnucleon plus three-nucleon interactions. We present total binding energies, internal energies, radii and oddeven energy differences for neutron numbers N=218 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 v{sub 8}{sup ?} with three-nucleon interactions reveal important dependences on the chosen Hamiltonian.
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 nucleonnucleon plus three-nucleon interactions. We present total binding energies, internal energies, radii and oddeven energy differences for neutron numbers N=218 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.
Bernard, S.; Jollet, F.; Jomard, G.; Siberchicot, B.; Torrent, M.; Zerah, G.; Amadon, B.; Bouchet, J.; Richard, N.; Robert, G. [CEA Bruyeres-le-Chatel, 91 (France)
2005-07-01
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)
Ab initio tight-binding Hamiltonian for transition metal dichalcogenides
Fang, Shiang; Kuate Defo, Rodrick; Shirodkar, Sharmila N.; Lieu, Simon; Tritsaris, Georgios A.; Kaxiras, Efthimios
2015-11-01
We present an accurate ab initio tight-binding Hamiltonian for the transition metal dichalcogenides, MoS2, MoSe2, WS2, WSe2, with a minimal basis (the d orbitals for the metal atoms and p orbitals for the chalcogen atoms) based on a transformation of the Kohn-Sham density functional theory Hamiltonian to a basis of maximally localized Wannier functions. The truncated tight-binding Hamiltonian, with only on-site, first, and partial second neighbor interactions, including spin-orbit coupling, provides a simple physical picture and the symmetry of the main band-structure features. Interlayer interactions between adjacent layers are modeled by transferable hopping terms between the chalcogen p orbitals. The full-range tight-binding Hamiltonian can be reduced to hybrid-orbital k .p effective Hamiltonians near the band extrema that capture important low-energy excitations. These ab initio Hamiltonians can serve as the starting point for applications to interacting many-body physics including optical transitions and Berry curvature of bands, of which we give some examples.
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...
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.
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.
AB INITIO SIMULATIONS FOR MATERIAL PROPERTIES ALONG THE JUPITER ADIABAT
French, Martin; Becker, Andreas; Lorenzen, Winfried; Nettelmann, Nadine; Bethkenhagen, Mandy; Redmer, Ronald [Institut fuer Physik, Universitaet Rostock, D-18051 Rostock (Germany); Wicht, Johannes [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Sonnensystemforschung, D-37191 Katlenburg-Lindau (Germany)
2012-09-15
We determine basic thermodynamic and transport properties of hydrogen-helium-water mixtures for the extreme conditions along Jupiter's adiabat via ab initio simulations, which are compiled in an accurate and consistent data set. In particular, we calculate the electrical and thermal conductivity, the shear and longitudinal viscosity, and diffusion coefficients of the nuclei. We present results for associated quantities like the magnetic and thermal diffusivity and the kinematic shear viscosity along an adiabat that is taken from a state-of-the-art interior structure model. Furthermore, the heat capacities, the thermal expansion coefficient, the isothermal compressibility, the Grueneisen parameter, and the speed of sound are calculated. We find that the onset of dissociation and ionization of hydrogen at about 0.9 Jupiter radii marks a region where the material properties change drastically. In the deep interior, where the electrons are degenerate, many of the material properties remain relatively constant. Our ab initio data will serve as a robust foundation for applications that require accurate knowledge of the material properties in Jupiter's interior, e.g., models for the dynamo generation.
Ab initio thermodynamic model for magnesium carbonates and hydrates.
Chaka, Anne M; Felmy, Andrew R
2014-09-01
An ab initio thermodynamic framework for predicting properties of hydrated magnesium carbonate minerals has been developed using density-functional theory linked to macroscopic thermodynamics through the experimental chemical potentials for MgO, water, and CO2. Including semiempirical dispersion via the Grimme method and small corrections to the generalized gradient approximation of Perdew, Burke, and Ernzerhof for the heat of formation yields a model with quantitative agreement for the benchmark minerals brucite, magnesite, nesquehonite, and hydromagnesite. The model shows how small differences in experimental conditions determine whether nesquehonite, hydromagnesite, or magnesite is the result of laboratory synthesis from carbonation of brucite, and what transformations are expected to occur on geological time scales. Because of the reliance on parameter-free first-principles methods, the model is reliably extensible to experimental conditions not readily accessible to experiment and to any mineral composition for which the structure is known or can be hypothesized, including structures containing defects, substitutions, or transitional structures during solid state transformations induced by temperature changes or processes such as water, CO2, or O2 diffusion. Demonstrated applications of the ab initio thermodynamic framework include an independent means to evaluate differences in thermodynamic data for lansfordite, predicting the properties of Mg analogues of Ca-based hydrated carbonates monohydrocalcite and ikaite, which have not been observed in nature, and an estimation of the thermodynamics of barringtonite from the stoichiometry and a single experimental observation. PMID:24679248
Ab initio dynamics of the cytochrome P450 hydroxylation reaction
The iron(IV)-oxo porphyrin π-cation radical known as Compound I is the primary oxidant within the cytochromes P450, allowing these enzymes to affect the substrate hydroxylation. In the course of this reaction, a hydrogen atom is abstracted from the substrate to generate hydroxyiron(IV) porphyrin and a substrate-centered radical. The hydroxy radical then rebounds from the iron to the substrate, yielding the hydroxylated product. While Compound I has succumbed to theoretical and spectroscopic characterization, the associated hydroxyiron species is elusive as a consequence of its very short lifetime, for which there are no quantitative estimates. To ascertain the physical mechanism underlying substrate hydroxylation and probe this timescale, ab initio molecular dynamics simulations and free energy calculations are performed for a model of Compound I catalysis. Semiclassical estimates based on these calculations reveal the hydrogen atom abstraction step to be extremely fast, kinetically comparable to enzymes such as carbonic anhydrase. Using an ensemble of ab initio simulations, the resultant hydroxyiron species is found to have a similarly short lifetime, ranging between 300 fs and 3600 fs, putatively depending on the enzyme active site architecture. The addition of tunneling corrections to these rates suggests a strong contribution from nuclear quantum effects, which should accelerate every step of substrate hydroxylation by an order of magnitude. These observations have strong implications for the detection of individual hydroxylation intermediates during P450 catalysis
Ab Initio Thermodynamic Model for Magnesium Carbonates and Hydrates
Chaka, Anne M.; Felmy, Andrew R.
2014-03-28
An ab initio thermodynamic framework for predicting properties of hydrated magnesium carbonate minerals has been developed using density-functional theory linked to macroscopic thermodynamics through the experimental chemical potentials for MgO, water, and CO2. Including semiempirical dispersion via the Grimme method and small corrections to the generalized gradient approximation of Perdew, Burke, and Ernzerhof for the heat of formation yields a model with quantitative agreement for the benchmark minerals brucite, magnesite, nesquehonite, and hydromagnesite. The model shows how small differences in experimental conditions determine whether nesquehonite, hydromagnesite, or magnesite is the result of laboratory synthesis from carbonation of brucite, and what transformations are expected to occur on geological time scales. Because of the reliance on parameter-free first principles methods, the model is reliably extensible to experimental conditions not readily accessible to experiment and to any mineral composition for which the structure is known or can be hypothesized, including structures containing defects, substitutions, or transitional structures during solid state transformations induced by temperature changes or processes such as water, CO2, or O2 diffusion. Demonstrated applications of the ab initio thermodynamic framework include an independent means to evaluate differences in thermodynamic data for lansfordite, predicting the properties of Mg analogs of Ca-based hydrated carbonates monohydrocalcite and ikaite which have not been observed in nature, and an estimation of the thermodynamics of barringtonite from the stoichiometry and a single experimental observation.
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.
A fragmentation and reassembly method for ab initio phasing.
Shrestha, Rojan; Zhang, Kam Y J
2015-02-01
Ab initio phasing with de novo models has become a viable approach for structural solution from protein crystallographic diffraction data. This approach takes advantage of the known protein sequence information, predicts de novo models and uses them for structure determination by molecular replacement. However, even the current state-of-the-art de novo modelling method has a limit as to the accuracy of the model predicted, which is sometimes insufficient to be used as a template for successful molecular replacement. A fragment-assembly phasing method has been developed that starts from an ensemble of low-accuracy de novo models, disassembles them into fragments, places them independently in the crystallographic unit cell by molecular replacement and then reassembles them into a whole structure that can provide sufficient phase information to enable complete structure determination by automated model building. Tests on ten protein targets showed that the method could solve structures for eight of these targets, although the predicted de novo models cannot be used as templates for successful molecular replacement since the best model for each target is on average more than 4.0? away from the native structure. The method has extended the applicability of the ab initio phasing by de novo models approach. The method can be used to solve structures when the best de novo models are still of low accuracy. PMID:25664740
Why ferro electricity? synchrotron radiation and ab initio answers
An old question of solid state physics is being answered nowadays: the atomic-level understanding of ferro electricity. Traditional ideas about ferroelectric phenomena relate with softening of optical phonons at the Brillouin zone origin and with 'W-shaped' Landau free energy functions. Last decade experimental (synchrotron radiation, neutrons) and quantum-theoretical (Cohen, Resta, Spaldin) contributions have clarified detailed descriptions and explanations for atomic behavior leading to spontaneous polarization in perovskite and perovskite-related crystal structures. Work being performed by our interdisciplinary group on ferro electricity is presented. Perovskite and Aurivillius ferroelectric phases are obtained by different methods. Fine details on crystal structures are investigated by means of synchrotron radiation at Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory. Electronic structures of considered phases are theoretically characterized by ab initio methods. High-resolution diffraction experiments demonstrate several symmetry break-downs in perovskite and Aurivillius phases. The structure- symmetry-polarization relationship is discussed for a number of representative cases. Ab initio explanation of ferroelectric polarization in perovskite structures is given. Energy calculation is performed by means of CASTEP code under GGA functional. Energy optimization leads to cubic-tetragonal symmetry break-down with off-centering cation displacements via second-order Jahn-Teller effect. Electronic structure is investigated with Band Lab code, under LDA functional with LMTO method. Degeneracy of Ti 3d z2 and Ti 3d (x2 + y2) orbitals is the cause of cubic-perovskite deformation. (Author)
Why ferro electricity? synchrotron radiation and ab initio answers
Olivera, R.; Espinosa, F.; Garcia, M.; Macias, E. [Centro de Investigacion en Materiales Avanzados (CIMAV), Chihuahua (Mexico); Fuentes, M.E. [Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua (UACh), Chihuahua (Mexico); Duran, A.; Siqueiros, J. [Centro de Ciencias de la Materia Condensada (CCMC), Ensenada (Mexico)]. e-mail: luis.fuentes@cimav.edu.mx
2007-07-01
An old question of solid state physics is being answered nowadays: the atomic-level understanding of ferro electricity. Traditional ideas about ferroelectric phenomena relate with softening of optical phonons at the Brillouin zone origin and with 'W-shaped' Landau free energy functions. Last decade experimental (synchrotron radiation, neutrons) and quantum-theoretical (Cohen, Resta, Spaldin) contributions have clarified detailed descriptions and explanations for atomic behavior leading to spontaneous polarization in perovskite and perovskite-related crystal structures. Work being performed by our interdisciplinary group on ferro electricity is presented. Perovskite and Aurivillius ferroelectric phases are obtained by different methods. Fine details on crystal structures are investigated by means of synchrotron radiation at Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory. Electronic structures of considered phases are theoretically characterized by ab initio methods. High-resolution diffraction experiments demonstrate several symmetry break-downs in perovskite and Aurivillius phases. The structure- symmetry-polarization relationship is discussed for a number of representative cases. Ab initio explanation of ferroelectric polarization in perovskite structures is given. Energy calculation is performed by means of CASTEP code under GGA functional. Energy optimization leads to cubic-tetragonal symmetry break-down with off-centering cation displacements via second-order Jahn-Teller effect. Electronic structure is investigated with Band Lab code, under LDA functional with LMTO method. Degeneracy of Ti 3d z{sup 2} and Ti 3d (x{sup 2} + y{sup 2}) orbitals is the cause of cubic-perovskite deformation. (Author)
Ab initio methods to oxides, and atomic orbitals in te PAW framework
The accuracy of ab initio density functional theory calculations depends crucially on the applied exchange-correlation functional. In recent years, a true zoo of functionals has emerged in particular in the quantum chemistry community. All these developments were aimed on an improved description of different properties of molecules, solids and surfaces. In the first part of this thesis we apply four different exchange-correlation functionals (LDA, PBE, PBEsol and HSE03) to two model perovskites, namely SrTiO3 and BaTiO3. We evaluate structural, electronic and phonon properties in the high temperature cubic as well as the tetragonal distorted phase with special attention on the zone-centred phonon mode. Our results show that the ferroelectric instability strongly depends on the volume and to a lesser extent on the applied functional. The second part of the thesis concentrates on the description of the polar oxygen terminated surface of ZnO. In the simple ionic picture the surface is electrostatically unstable due to a diverging electrostatic energy and has to adopt a modified surface structure to compensate for the polarity. In a close collaboration with experiment, a novel reconstruction is suggested. The remarkable observation is that the previously investigated oxygen terminated surface behaves very different than the zinc terminated surface. The difference is explained by the different bond preferences of Zn and O atoms: as a d-element Zn atoms are more flexible than O atoms. The final part of the thesis concentrates on the implementation of a local basis set code in VASP. We derive all required formulas for an atomic orbital basis set expanded in spherical Bessel functions within the projector augmented wave framework. Particular emphasis was placed on an implementation that maintains to a very high accuracy the translational invariance of the Hamiltonian. The basis set was optimized to achieve this aim. This is demonstrated for few simple test cases. (author)
Accelerating VASP electronic structure calculations using graphic processing units
Hacene, Mohamed
2012-08-20
We present a way to improve the performance of the electronic structure Vienna Ab initio Simulation Package (VASP) program. We show that high-performance computers equipped with graphics processing units (GPUs) as accelerators may reduce drastically the computation time when offloading these sections to the graphic chips. The procedure consists of (i) profiling the performance of the code to isolate the time-consuming parts, (ii) rewriting these so that the algorithms become better-suited for the chosen graphic accelerator, and (iii) optimizing memory traffic between the host computer and the GPU accelerator. We chose to accelerate VASP with NVIDIA GPU using CUDA. We compare the GPU and original versions of VASP by evaluating the Davidson and RMM-DIIS algorithms on chemical systems of up to 1100 atoms. In these tests, the total time is reduced by a factor between 3 and 8 when running on n (CPU core + GPU) compared to n CPU cores only, without any accuracy loss. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Ab initio structural, elastic, and vibrational properties of carbon nanotubes
Snchez-Portl, D; Soler, J M; Rubio, A; Ordejn, P
1999-01-01
A study based on ab initio calculations is presented on the estructural, elastic, and vibrational properties of single-wall carbon nanotubes with different radii and chiralities. We use SIESTA, an implementation of pseudopotential-density-functional theory which allows calculations on systems with a large number of atoms per cell. Different quantities like bond distances, Young moduli, Poisson ratio and the frequencies of different phonon branches are monitored versus tube radius. The validity of expectations based on graphite is explored down to small radii, where some deviations appear related to the curvature effects. For the phonon spectra, the results are compared with the predictions of the simple zone-folding approximation. Except for the known defficiencies of this approximation in the low-frequency vibrational regions, it offers quite accurate results, even for relatively small radii.
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.
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
Symplectic ab initio no-core shell model
The present study confirms the significance of the symplectic Sp(3,R) symmetry in nuclear dynamics as unveiled, for the first time, by examinations of realistic nucleon-nucleon interactions as well as of eigenstates calculated in the framework of the ab initio No-Core Shell Model (NCSM). The results reveal that the NCSM wave functions for light nuclei highly overlap (at the ∼ 90% level) with only a few of the most deformed Sp(3,R)-symmetric basis states. This points to the possibility of achieving convergence of higher-lying collective modes and reaching heavier nuclei by expanding the NCSM basis space beyond its current limits through Sp(3,R) basis states. Furthermore the symplectic symmetry is found to be favored by the JISP 16 and CD-Bonn realistic nucleon-nucleon interactions, which points to a more fundamental origin of the symplectic symmetry. (Author)
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.
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.
Ab Initio Symmetry-Adapted No-Core Shell Model
A multi-shell extension of the Elliott SU(3) model, the SU(3) symmetry-adapted version of the no-core shell model (SA-NCSM), is described. The significance of this SA-NCSM emerges from the physical relevance of its SU(3)-coupled basis, which while it naturally manages center-of-mass spuriosity provides a microscopic description of nuclei in terms of mixed shape configurations. Since typically configurations of maximum spatial deformation dominate, only a small part of the model space suffices to reproduce the low-energy nuclear dynamics and hence, offers an effective symmetry-guided framework for winnowing of model space. This is based on our recent findings of low-spin and high-deformation dominance in realistic NCSM results and, in turn, holds promise to significantly enhance the reach of ab initio shell models.
Ab Initio Symmetry-Adapted No-Core Shell Model
Draayer, J. P.; Dytrych, T.; Launey, K. D.
2011-10-01
A multi-shell extension of the Elliott SU(3) model, the SU(3) symmetry-adapted version of the no-core shell model (SA-NCSM), is described. The significance of this SA-NCSM emerges from the physical relevance of its SU(3)-coupled basis, which - while it naturally manages center-of-mass spuriosity - provides a microscopic description of nuclei in terms of mixed shape configurations. Since typically configurations of maximum spatial deformation dominate, only a small part of the model space suffices to reproduce the low-energy nuclear dynamics and hence, offers an effective symmetry-guided framework for winnowing of model space. This is based on our recent findings of low-spin and high-deformation dominance in realistic NCSM results and, in turn, holds promise to significantly enhance the reach of ab initio shell models.
Interatomic Coulombic decay widths of helium trimer: Ab initio calculations
Koloren?, P?emysl; Sisourat, Nicolas
2015-12-01
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.
The ab-initio density matrix renormalization group in practice
Olivares-Amaya, Roberto; Hu, Weifeng; Sharma, Sandeep; Yang, Jun; Chan, Garnet Kin-Lic [Department of Chemistry, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08544 (United States); Nakatani, Naoki [Department of Chemistry, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08544 (United States); Catalysis Research Center, Hokkaido University, Kita 21 Nishi 10, Sapporo, Hokkaido 001-0021 (Japan)
2015-01-21
The ab-initio density matrix renormalization group (DMRG) is a tool that can be applied to a wide variety of interesting problems in quantum chemistry. Here, we examine the density matrix renormalization group from the vantage point of the quantum chemistry user. What kinds of problems is the DMRG well-suited to? What are the largest systems that can be treated at practical cost? What sort of accuracies can be obtained, and how do we reason about the computational difficulty in different molecules? By examining a diverse benchmark set of molecules: π-electron systems, benchmark main-group and transition metal dimers, and the Mn-oxo-salen and Fe-porphine organometallic compounds, we provide some answers to these questions, and show how the density matrix renormalization group is used in practice.
Ab Initio Large-Basis No-Core Shell Model
Barrett, B R; Navratil, P; Nogga, A; Ormand, W E; Stetcu, I; Vary, J P; Zhan, H
2005-02-11
We discuss the motivation, theory, and formulation of the ab initio No-Core Shell Model (NCSM). In this method the effective Hamiltonians are derived microscopically from realistic nucleon-nucleon (NN) and theoretical three-nucleon (NNN) potentials, as a function of the finite harmonic-oscillator (HO) basis space. We present converged results for the A = 3 and 4 nucleon systems, which are in agreement with results obtained by other exact methods, followed by results for p-shell nuclei. Binding energies, rms radii, excitation spectra, and electromagnetic properties are discussed.The favorable comparison with available data is a consequence of the underlying NN and NNN interactions rather than a phenomenological fit.
An ab initio study of the β-lactam structure
Vishveshwara, Saraswathi; Rao, V. S. R.
Model compounds representing the p-lactam antibiotics have been studied by ab initio quantum chemical methods. The peptide bond length is optimized at the STO-3G level in formamide as a function of the angles at carbon and nitrogen. All ring bonds and angles in β-lactam and the peptide bond in vinyl β-lactam are optimized as a function of the external angles at nitrogen. The optimized peptide bond lengths in these model compounds compare well with the observed bond lengths in crystal structures and with their biological activities. The peptide bond is found to be sensitive to the angles at nitrogen in β-lactam and to the presence of an adjacent double bond. The energies of p-lactam conformers are studied at the 4-31G level as a function of the external angles at nitrogen; the planar form is predicted to be the most stable structure.
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)
Transport coefficients in diamond from ab-initio calculations
Lfs, 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, S2?, in the range 0.004-0.16 ?W /cm K2.
Ab initio investigation of the mechanical properties of copper
Employing the ab initio total energy method based on the density functional theory with the generalized gradient approximation, we have systematically investigated the theoretical mechanical properties of copper (Cu). The theoretical tensile strengths are calculated to be 25.3 GPa, 5.9 GPa, and 37.6 GPa for the fcc Cu single crystal in the [001], [110], and [111] directions, respectively. Among the three directions, the [110] direction is the weakest one due to the occurrence of structure transition at the lower strain and the weakest interaction of atoms between the (110) planes, while the [111] direction is the strongest direction because of the strongest interaction of atoms between the (111) planes. In terms of the elastic constants of Cu single crystal, we also estimate some mechanical quantities of polycrystalline Cu, including bulk modulus B, shear modulus G, Young's modulus Ep, and Poisson's ratio ?
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...
Ab initio theory of spin-transfer torques
We develop an ab initio material-specific theory of current induced magnetization switching. The formulation is based on non-equilibrium Green's functions (NEGF) formalism applied to the so-called spin-mixing conductance, i.e., the linear response of the spin torque exerted on a magnetic layer to a spin accumulation in an adjacent non-magnetic layer. The numerical implementation employs the local spin density approximation (LSDA) and the linear muffin-tin orbital (LMTO) method. Possible substitutional disorder is treated using the coherent potential approximation (CPA) that allows for evaluation of the coherent (ballistic) and incoherent (diffusive) parts of the spin-mixing conductance. The developed scheme is applied to a few selected magnetic layers including systems containing diluted magnetic semiconductors and Heusler alloys. Their halfmetallic character leads to enhanced spin-mixing conductances with respect to charge conductances
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
Local Structure Analysis in $Ab$ $Initio$ Liquid Water
Santra, Biswajit; Martelli, Fausto; Car, Roberto
2015-01-01
Within the framework of density functional theory, the inclusion of exact exchange and non-local van der Waals/dispersion (vdW) interactions is crucial for predicting a microscopic structure of ambient liquid water that quantitatively agrees with experiment. In this work, we have used the local structure index (LSI) order parameter to analyze the local structure in such highly accurate $ab$ $initio$ liquid water. At ambient conditions, the LSI probability distribution, P($I$), was unimodal with most water molecules characterized by more disordered high-density-like local environments. With thermal excitations removed, the resultant bimodal P($I$) in the inherent potential energy surface (IPES) exhibited a 3:1 ratio between high- and low-density-like molecules, with the latter forming small connected clusters amid the predominant population. By considering the spatial correlations and hydrogen bond network topologies $among$ water molecules with the same LSI identities, we demonstrate that the signatures of th...
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)
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.
Ab Initio Study of KCl and NaCl Clusters
Brownrigg, Clifton; Hira, Ajit; Pacheco, Jose; Salazar, Justin
2013-03-01
We continue our interest in the theoretical study of molecular clusters to examine the chemical properties of small KnCln and NanCln clusters (n = 2 - 15). The potentially important role of these molecular species in biochemical and medicinal processes is well known. This work applies the hybrid ab initio methods of quantum chemistry to derive the different alkali-halide (MnHn) geometries. Of particular interest is the competition between hexagonal ring geometries and rock salt structures. Electronic energies, rotational constants, dipole moments, and vibrational frequencies for these geometries are calculated. Magic numbers for cluster stability are identified and are related to the property of cluster compactness. Mapping of the singlet, triplet, and quintet, potential energy surfaces is performed. Calculations have been performed to examine the interactions of these clusters with some atoms and molecules of biological interest, including O, O2, and Fe. The potential for design of new medicinal drugs is explored.
NestedMICA as an ab initio protein motif discovery tool
Down Thomas A
2008-01-01
Full Text Available Abstract Background Discovering overrepresented patterns in amino acid sequences is an important step in protein functional element identification. We adapted and extended NestedMICA, an ab initio motif finder originally developed for finding transcription binding site motifs, to find short protein signals, and compared its performance with another popular protein motif finder, MEME. NestedMICA, an open source protein motif discovery tool written in Java, is driven by a Monte Carlo technique called Nested Sampling. It uses multi-class sequence background models to represent different "uninteresting" parts of sequences that do not contain motifs of interest. In order to assess NestedMICA as a protein motif finder, we have tested it on synthetic datasets produced by spiking instances of known motifs into a randomly selected set of protein sequences. NestedMICA was also tested using a biologically-authentic test set, where we evaluated its performance with respect to varying sequence length. Results Generally NestedMICA recovered most of the short (39 amino acid long test protein motifs spiked into a test set of sequences at different frequencies. We showed that it can be used to find multiple motifs at the same time, too. In all the assessment experiments we carried out, its overall motif discovery performance was better than that of MEME. Conclusion NestedMICA proved itself to be a robust and sensitive ab initio protein motif finder, even for relatively short motifs that exist in only a small fraction of sequences. Availability NestedMICA is available under the Lesser GPL open-source license from: http://www.sanger.ac.uk/Software/analysis/nmica/
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.
Wolf, T. J. A.; Kuhlman, Thomas Scheby; Schalk, O.; Martínez, T. J.; Møller, Klaus Braagaard; Stolow, A.; Unterreiner, A.-N.
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....
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.
Hydrogen adsorption on the ?-graphyne using ab initio calculations
Drogar, J.; Roknabadi, M. R.; Behdani, M.; Modarresi, M.; Kari, A.
2014-11-01
In this study, we use the Siesta ab initio code based on Density Functional Theory (DFT) to determine the feasibility of hydrogen storage on the ?-graphyne. We examined the effect of hydrogen adsorption on the structural properties, the density of states of this nano structure. Calculations were performed in the GGA and LDA approximations. We find that in the case of chemical adsorption of hydrogen, functional exchange-correlation PBE (GGA) in explaining chemical bonds have more accuracy and leads to more stable structures. Adsorption is chemical and the binding energy of single and double hydrogen adsorption is -2.28 eV and -3.48 eV, respectively. Our calculations show that the adsorption of one hydrogen atom induces a magnetic moment as 1 ?B, because of breaking of ?-bonds and generate unpaired electron and system find ferromagnetic configuration. Further analysis indicates that adsorption of second hydrogen eliminates magnetization and the semi metalic ?-graphyne structure attains a band gap of 2 eV upon hydrogenation.
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)
Predicting lattice thermal conductivity with help from ab initio methods
Broido, David
2015-03-01
The lattice thermal conductivity is a fundamental transport parameter that determines the utility a material for specific thermal management applications. Materials with low thermal conductivity find applicability in thermoelectric cooling and energy harvesting. High thermal conductivity materials are urgently needed to help address the ever-growing heat dissipation problem in microelectronic devices. Predictive computational approaches can provide critical guidance in the search and development of new materials for such applications. Ab initio methods for calculating lattice thermal conductivity have demonstrated predictive capability, but while they are becoming increasingly efficient, they are still computationally expensive particularly for complex crystals with large unit cells . In this talk, I will review our work on first principles phonon transport for which the intrinsic lattice thermal conductivity is limited only by phonon-phonon scattering arising from anharmonicity. I will examine use of the phase space for anharmonic phonon scattering and the Grneisen parameters as measures of the thermal conductivities for a range of materials and compare these to the widely used guidelines stemming from the theory of Liebfried and Schlmann. This research was supported primarily by the NSF under Grant CBET-1402949, and by the S3TEC, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the US DOE, office of Basic Energy Sciences under Award No. DE-SC0001299.
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.)
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.
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
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
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.
An Ab Initio Based Potential Energy Surface for Water
Partridge, Harry; Schwenke, David W.; Langhoff, Stephen R. (Technical Monitor)
1996-01-01
We report a new determination of the water potential energy surface. A high quality ab initio potential energy surface (PES) and dipole moment function of water have been computed. This PES is empirically adjusted to improve the agreement between the computed line positions and those from the HITRAN 92 data base. The adjustment is small, nonetheless including an estimate of core (oxygen 1s) electron correlation greatly improves the agreement with experiment. Of the 27,245 assigned transitions in the HITRAN 92 data base for H2(O-16), the overall root mean square (rms) deviation between the computed and observed line positions is 0.125/cm. However the deviations do not correspond to a normal distribution: 69% of the lines have errors less than 0.05/cm. Overall, the agreement between the line intensities computed in the present work and those contained in the data base is quite good, however there are a significant number of line strengths which differ greatly.
Ab initio calculation of ground and excited states in rhodopsin
Zhang, G. P.; George, T. F.
1998-03-01
We perform an all-electron ab initio calculation of the ground and excited states in rhodopsin. It is found that with respect to the ground state, the first-excited state has a minimum area in the regime with the dihedral angle around the bond C_11 - C_12, θ_11,12=60^o-120^o. This area is much larger that found by Birge. A detailed comparison indicates that the first singlet in Birge's work is actually the third-excited state in our calculation. From the biological point view this is very desirable as one has a wider area to change the conformation during the excitation process. However concerning the response time of the surrounding proteins (such as Asp 212, Asp 85 and Lysine 126) to the bathrhodopsin, one requires an excited state with a sufficiently long lifetime. From our calculations, we find that there are only limited number of configurations that allow an easy transition from the excited state back to the ground state, namely the dipole moment for many configurations is very weak. This helps one to understand a complete scenario how rhodopsin is excited and de-excited during isomerization.
Ab initio molecular dynamics calculations of ion hydration free energies
Leung, Kevin; von Lilienfeld, Anatole O; 10.1063/1.3137054
2010-01-01
We apply ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) methods in conjunction with the thermodynamic integration or "lambda-path" technique to compute the intrinsic hydration free energies of Li+, Cl-, and Ag+ ions. Using the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof functional, adapting methods developed for classical force field applications, and with consistent assumptions about surface potential (phi) contributions, we obtain absolute AIMD hydration free energies (Delta G(hyd)) within a few kcal/mol, or better than 4%, of Tissandier 's [J. Phys. Chem. A 102, 7787 (1998)] experimental values augmented with the SPC/E water model phi predictions. The sums of Li+/Cl- and Ag+/Cl- AIMD Delta G(hyd), which are not affected by surface potentials, are within 2.6% and 1.2 % of experimental values, respectively. We also report the free energy changes associated with the transition metal ion redox reaction Ag++Ni+-> Ag+Ni2+ in water. The predictions for this reaction suggest that existing estimates of Delta G(hyd) for unstable radiolysis interme...
Accurate ab initio vibrational energies of methyl chloride
Owens, Alec; Yurchenko, Sergei N.; Yachmenev, Andrey; Tennyson, Jonathan; Thiel, Walter
2015-06-01
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.
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.
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 ?-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.
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 ...
Ab-initio description of p-shell hypernuclei
Tremendous progress is being made on the experimental study of hypernuclei, especially on the spectroscopy of p-shell hypernuclei. Their theoretical description, however, is limited to phenomenological models or very light (i.e. s-shell) systems. We present the first ab-initio calculations of p-shell hypernuclei using chiral Hamiltonians including hyperon-nucleon and two- plus three-nucleon interactions, which to date constitute the most consistent starting-point to solving the hypernuclear many-body problem. The many-body calculations are performed in the framework of the importance-truncated no-core shell model using leading-order (LO) chiral hyperon-nucleon and chiral two- plus three-body nucleon-nucleon interactions at N3LO and N2LO, respectively. To improve convergence with respect to model space size, the interactions are evolved consistently using a similarity renormalization group transformation. We show absolute energies and spectra for selected single-lambda-hypernuclei up to the ΛLi isotope chain.
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.
Nature of magnetism in iron pnictides: an ab initio study
While it is commonly believed that magnetic-mediate pairing is the source of superconductivity in the iron-based superconductors, the nature of magnetism is still under debate. We apply ab initio molecular dynamics to investigate physical properties of LaOFePn, BaFe2Pn2 and LiFePn (Pn=As,Sb), so-called 1111, 122 and 111 compounds, respectively. We find that, with substitution of As by Sb, the stripe-type antiferromagnetic orderings are always enhanced. By calculating Pauli susceptibility, we attribute the enhancement of magnetization to the increase of instability at (π,π) when As is substituted by Sb. Furthermore, we study the magnetic and lattice properties of LaOFePn (Pn=P,As,Sb,Bi) as well as ScOFeP, ScOFeAs and YOFeP and argue that LaOFeSb would be a candidate for a superconductor with highest transition temperature among the investigated compounds. We further suggest that the absence of antiferromagnetic phase in LaOFeP and the presence in LaOFeAs are due to the competition of instability in Pauli susceptibility between (π,π) and (0,0) and therefore argue that superconductivity can only occur through doping in LaOFeSb.
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.
Ab initio calculations of correlated electron dynamics in ultrashort pulses
Feist, Johannes
2010-03-01
The availability of ultrashort and intense light pulses on the femtosecond and attosecond timescale promises to allow to directly probe and control electron dynamics on their natural timescale. A crucial ingredient to understanding the dynamics in many-electron systems is the influence of electron correlation, induced by the interelectronic repulsion. In order to study electron correlation in ultrafast processes, we have implemented an ab initio simulation of the two-electron dynamics in helium atoms. We solve the time-dependent Schr"odinger equation in its full dimensionality, with one temporal and five spatial degrees of freedom in linearly polarized laser fields. In our computational approach, the wave function is represented through a combination of time-dependent close coupling with the finite element discrete variable representation, while time propagation is performed using an Arnoldi-Lanczos approximation with adaptive step size. This approach is optimized to allow for efficient parallelization of the program and has been shown to scale linearly using up to 1800 processor cores for typical problem sizes. This has allowed us to perform highly accurate and well- converged computations for the interaction of ultrashort laser pulses with He. I will present some recent results on using attosecond and femtosecond pulses to probe and control the temporal structure of the ionization process. This work was performed in collaboration with Stefan Nagele, Renate Pazourek, Andreas Kaltenb"ack, Emil Persson, Barry I. Schneider, Lee A. Collins, and Joachim Burgd"orfer.
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
Ab initio calculations of As-vacancy interactions in silicon
Xie, J.; Chen, S.P.
1999-04-01
Atomistic simulation of a vacancy-assisted dopant diffusion in silicon needs details of the dopant-vacancy interaction, i.e., the potential as a functional of dopant-vacancy separations. In this paper, the authors present a detailed study on the energetics of As-vacancy reaction in silicon and the lattice distortions surrounding the As-vacancy defect by using an ab initio plane wave pseudopotential method and the density functional theory (DFT). A potential-energy diagram as a function of As-vacancy separation is provided, which can be used in the atomistic diffusion simulations. The authors also calculate the binding energy and the formation energy of different complexes such as AsV, As{sub 2}V and AsV{sub 2} (V represents vacancy). They find that the stable configuration of As{sub 2}V is As-V-As, while the stable configuration of AsV{sub 2} is As-V-V. The nature of the binding between As and vacancy is explained from the lattice distortions and the change of chemical bond configuration introduced by the As-vacancy complex.
Ab initio liquid water from PBE0 hybrid functional simulations
Li, Zhaofeng; Wu, Xifan; Car, Roberto
2010-03-01
For reasons of computational efficiency, so far most ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of liquid water have been based on semi-local density functional approximations, such as PBE and BLYP. These approaches yield a liquid structure that, albeit qualitatively correct, is overstructured compared to experiment, even after nuclear quantum effects have been taken into account.footnotetextJ. A. Morrone and R. Car, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 017801(2008) A major cause of this inaccuracy is the delocalization error associated to semi-local density functional approximations, which, as a consequence, overestimate slightly the hydrogen bond strength in the liquid. In this work we adopt the PBE0 hybrid functional approximation, which, by mixing a fraction of exact (Hartree-Fock) exchange, reduces significantly the delocalization error of semi-local functionals. Our approach is based on a numerically efficient order-N implementation of exact exchange.footnotetextX. Wu, A. Selloni, and R. Car, Phys. Rev. B 79, 085102(2009) We find that PBE0 systematically improves the agreement of the simulated liquid with experiment. Our conclusion is substantiated by the calculated radial distribution functions, H-bond statistics, and molecular dipole distribution.
Challenges for large scale ab initio Quantum Monte Carlo
Kent, Paul
2015-03-01
Ab initio Quantum Monte Carlo is an electronic structure method that is highly accurate, well suited to large scale computation, and potentially systematically improvable in accuracy. Due to increases in computer power, the method has been applied to systems where established electronic structure methods have difficulty reaching the accuracies desired to inform experiment without empiricism, a necessary step in the design of materials and a helpful step in the improvement of cheaper and less accurate methods. Recent applications include accurate phase diagrams of simple materials through to phenomena in transition metal oxides. Nevertheless there remain significant challenges to achieving a methodology that is robust and systematically improvable in practice, as well as capable of exploiting the latest generation of high-performance computers. In this talk I will describe the current state of the art, recent applications, and several significant challenges for continued improvement. Supported through the Predictive Theory and Modeling for Materials and Chemical Science program by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES), Department of Energy (DOE).
Ab initio 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.
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.
Ab-Initio Molecular Dynamics Acceleration Scheme with an Adaptive Machine Learning Framework
Botu, Venkatesh; Ramprasad, Rampi
2014-01-01
Quantum mechanics based ab-initio molecular dynamics (MD) simulation schemes offer an accurate and direct means to monitor the time-evolution of materials. Nevertheless, the expensive and repetitive energy and force computations required in such simulations lead to significant bottlenecks. Here, we lay the foundations for such an accelerated ab-initio MD approach integrated with a machine learning framework. The proposed algorithm learns from previously visited configurations in a continuous ...
Pierce, Levi C. T; Markwick, Phineus R.L.; McCammon, J. Andrew; Doltsinis, Nikos L.
2011-01-01
A biased potential molecular dynamics simulation approach, accelerated molecular dynamics (AMD), has been implemented in the framework of ab initio molecular dynamics for the study of chemical reactions. Using two examples, the double proton transfer reaction in formic acid dimer and the hypothetical adiabatic ring opening and subsequent rearrangement reactions in methylenecyclopropane, it is demonstrated that ab initio AMD can be readily employed to efficiently explore the reactive potential...
Ab Initio Calculations and Raman and SERS Spectral Analyses of Amphetamine Species
Berg, Rolf W.; Nrbygaard, Thomas; White, Peter C.; Abdali, Salim
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 ...
Ab initio Defect Energetics in LaBO3 Perovskite Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Materials
Lee, Yueh-Lin; Morgan, Dane; Kleis, Jesper; Rossmeisl, Jan
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 correlated electron effects. This paper discusses an approach to performing ab initio studies on these materials for SOFC applications and applies the approach to calculate vacancy formation energie...
An ab initio non-equilibrium Green's function approach to charge transport: dithiolethine
Schnurpfeil, A; Albrecht, M; Schnurpfeil, Alexander; Song, Bo; Albrecht, Martin
2005-01-01
We present a novel ab initio non-equilibrium approach to calculate the current across a molecular junction. The method rests on a wave function based full ab initio description of the central region of the junction combined with a tight binding approximation for the electrodes in the frame of the Keldysh Green's function formalism. Our procedure is demonstrated for a dithiolethine molecule between silver electrodes. The main conducting channel is identified and the full current-voltage characteristic is calculated.
Ab initio quantum chemical design of supermolecule logical devices
Tamulis, Arvydas; Rinkevicius, Zilvinas; Tamuliene, Jelena; Tamulis, Vykintas; Balevicius, Mindaugas L.; Graja, Andrzej
2001-05-01
The geometrical structure of both the ground and excited state of the azo-dyes: Disperse Orange 3 (DO3) and Ch2- C4H4-N=N-C44/H(subscript 4-CH2 molecules have been investigated applying the Hartree Fock (HF), density functional theory (DFT) methods with the Berny geometry optimization and Ames Laboratory determinant (ALDET)single- double-triple-quadra configuration interaction (SDTQ-CI) method. The investigations proved that the above-mentioned molecules can not rotate around the -N=N- bond. Thus, the alternative mechanism of the isomerization of the DO3 molecule per linear transition state has been suggested and investigated. The obtained one- and many- electron energy diagrams have been drawn. According to these diagrams the above mentioned isomerization way is possible. The mechanism of the isomerization of the azo-dyes molecule per linear transition state is suggested and investigated. The results of light induced internal molecular motions in azo-dyes molecules have been used for the design of light driven logically controlled molecular machines composed form photoactive organic molecules such as carbazole, 1,4- phenylenediamine (PhDA) and 4,5-dinitro- 9(dicyanomethylidene)-fluorene (DN9(CN)2F), Dithieno[3,2-b:2',3'-d]thiphene and Ferocene (C10H10Fe) molecules joined with -CH=CH- or -N=N- bridges. Ab initio DFT B3PW91 model using 6-311G** and Watanabe (WBTS) basis sets calculations show the stability of Sc3N and ErSc2 molecules which exist inside endohedral fullerene C80 derivatives: Sc3NC80. Analysis of electronic structure of inside clusters allowed proposing that these endohedral fullerenes might be used for electro- optical and magneto-optical switches and for information storage. We performed design of molecular logical devices based on organic electron donor and electron acceptor molecules, fullerene C60 substituted derivative CH2C60, electron donor-bridge-electron acceptor dyads and triads. Design of new series molecular implementations (MI) of two variable logic functions: AND (NAND), OR (NOR) is based on geometry optimization procedure. Molecular triggers and molecular dynamic memory were designed based on investigations of photo-excitation movements and charge transfer of aza-fullerene supermolecule (NH2)CH-NC59-NC59-CH(NO2). Our ab initio DFT B3PW91/LanL3DZ calculation of HOMO-LUMO gap in CdS nanocluster without four phenyle fragments gives value equal to 3.85 eV and the same method calculation of CdS nanocluster with four phenyle fragments gives HOMO-LUMO gap value equal to 3.66 eV. 121
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 transitions that take place before reaching the bulk melting point. The diffusion of isolated adatoms on the surface is studied and discussed. (author)
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.
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)
Ab initio investigations of zinc chalcogenides semiconductor alloys
El Haj Hassan, F. [Universite Libanaise, Faculte des sciences (I), Laboratoire de Physique de Materiaux, Elhadath, Beirut (Lebanon)]. E-mail: hassan.f@ul.edu.lb; Amrani, B. [Departement de Physique, Universite de Mascara, Mascara 29000 (Algeria); Bahsoun, F. [Universite Libanaise, Faculte des sciences (I), Laboratoire de Physique de Materiaux, Elhadath, Beirut (Lebanon)
2007-04-01
The present work performs self-consistent ab initio full potential-linearized augmented plane wave method to study the structural, electronic and thermodynamic properties of ZnS{sub x}Se{sub 1-x}, ZnS{sub x}Te{sub 1-x} and ZnSe{sub x}Te{sub 1-x} semiconductor alloys. The ground-state properties were determined for the bulk materials (ZnS, ZnSe, and ZnTe) and for their alloys in cubic phase at various concentrations (x=0.25, 0.5 and 0.75). A marginal deviation of the lattice parameter from Vegard's law was observed for ZnS{sub x}Se{sub 1-x} and ZnSe{sub x}Te{sub 1-x} alloys, while the lattice bowing of ZnS{sub x}Te{sub 1-x} alloy was found to be significant. This is mainly because of the large mismatch of the lattice parameters of the binary compounds ZnS and ZnTe. A large deviation of the bulk modulus from linear concentration dependence was observed for all the three alloys. We have also investigated the effect of composition on bonding properties and correlated it to the charge-exchange effect in the optical bowing. Using the approach of Zunger et al. [21], the microscopic origins of the gap bowing were explained. The disorder parameter (gap bowing) for the alloys of interest was found to be mainly caused by the structural relaxation contributions. The charge-exchange contributions for all the three alloys were also found to be significant. The calculated phase diagram showed a broad miscibility gap for all the alloys of interest with a high critical temperature.
Ab initio investigations of zinc chalcogenides semiconductor alloys
El Haj Hassan, F.; Amrani, B.; Bahsoun, F.
2007-04-01
The present work performs self-consistent ab initio full potential-linearized augmented plane wave method to study the structural, electronic and thermodynamic properties of ZnS xSe 1-x, ZnS xTe 1-x and ZnSe xTe 1-x semiconductor alloys. The ground-state properties were determined for the bulk materials (ZnS, ZnSe, and ZnTe) and for their alloys in cubic phase at various concentrations ( x=0.25, 0.5 and 0.75). A marginal deviation of the lattice parameter from Vegard's law was observed for ZnS xSe 1-x and ZnSe xTe 1-x alloys, while the lattice bowing of ZnS xTe 1-x alloy was found to be significant. This is mainly because of the large mismatch of the lattice parameters of the binary compounds ZnS and ZnTe. A large deviation of the bulk modulus from linear concentration dependence was observed for all the three alloys. We have also investigated the effect of composition on bonding properties and correlated it to the charge-exchange effect in the optical bowing. Using the approach of Zunger et al. [21], the microscopic origins of the gap bowing were explained. The disorder parameter (gap bowing) for the alloys of interest was found to be mainly caused by the structural relaxation contributions. The charge-exchange contributions for all the three alloys were also found to be significant. The calculated phase diagram showed a broad miscibility gap for all the alloys of interest with a high critical temperature.
Ab-initio calculations of the Optical band-gap of TiO2 thin films
Wunderlich, W; Tanemura, M; Tanemura, S; Jin, P; Kaneko, K; Terai, A; Nabatova-Gabin, N; Belkada, R; Wunderlich, Wilfried; Miao, Lei; Tanemura, Masaki; Tanemura, Sakae; Jin, Ping; Kaneko, Kenji; Terai, Asuka; Nabatova-Gabin, Nataliya; Belkada, Rachid
2004-01-01
Titanium dioxide has been extensively studied in recent decades for its important photocatalytic application in environmental purification. The search for a method to narrow the optical band-gap of TiO2 plays a key role for enhancing its photocatalytic application. The optical band gap of epitaxial rutile and anatase TiO2 thin films deposited by helicon magnetron sputtering on sapphire and on SrTiO3 substrates was correlated to the lattice constants estimated from HRTEM images and SAED. The optical band-gap of 3.03 eV for bulk-rutile increased for the thin films to 3.37 on sapphire. The band gap of 3.20 eV for bulk-anatase increases to 3.51 on SrTiO3. In order to interpret the optical band gap expansion for both phases, ab-initio calculations were performed using the Vienna ab-initio software. The calculations for rutile as well anatase show an almost linear increase of the band gap width with decreasing volume or increasing lattice constant a. The calculated band gap fits well with the experimental values. T...
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)
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 account the ortho or para state of H2 were performed, at temperatures ranging from 10 K to 100K, typically. Reliable results are found, that compare favorably to experiments. In particular, the water-molecular hydrogen system has been thoroughly computed and successfully experimentally tested 6. New projects consider other simple molecules as well as heavier systems, relevant for cometary comae and planetary high atmospheres. as part of the GNU EPrints system , and is freely redistributable under the GPL .
Ab initio calculations of aluminium-like calcium
Full text: This work presents theoretical investigation of Ca VIII ion of aluminium isoelectronic sequence. The ab initio study of Ca VIII was performed within the configuration interaction approximation in the basis of transformed radial orbitals with a variable parameter. Relativistic effects were accounted for within the Breit-Pauli approximation. The ground configuration 3s23p and excited configurations 3s3p2, 3s23d, 3p3, 3s3p3d, 3s24s, 3s24p, 3s24d, 3s24f, 3s3p4s and 3s3p4p are studied. The first calculation of energy spectra was performed in the basis of admixed configurations made by virtual excitations from 3l- and 4l-shells. The second calculation was performed in the extended basis of admixed configurations made by the virtual excitations not only from 3l- and 4l-shells, but also from the closed shells 2s- and 2p-. This way enables us to take into account core polarization effects. The obtained energy spectra of ground configuration 3s23p and excited configurations 3s3p2, 3s23d, 3p3 and 3s3p3d were compared with available data. We supplement our results with the energy spectra of highly excited configurations 3s24s, 3s24p, 3s24d, 3s24f, 3s3p4s and 3s3p4p as well. The obtained energy levels of these configurations (except 3s24p and 3s3p4p) are compared with data from literature. The comparison of the obtained results and the data presented by other authors show that the core polarization is important and has a considerable influence on the accuracy of theoretical energy spectra. The multiconfiguration wave functions determined as a result of the energy matrix diagonalization were used to calculate the wavelengths and the characteristics for the electric dipole transitions from the excited configurations. The radiative lifetimes of the excited levels were also calculated and compared with the available data. (author)
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 difference between enantiomers of chiral molecules. (author). Abstract only
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.
Ab-initio calculations of superconducting properties of YBa2Cu3O7
The authors present ab-initio calculations for the electronic structure and superconducting properties of YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO). The electronic structure was calculated using a self-consistent ab-initio LCAO method. They solved the anisotropic Eliashberg gap equation numerically. The strong coupling of the high energy optical phonons around 60--73 meV, with the electrons at the Fermi surface, leads to a high Tc in YBCO. The calculated Tc is about 89 K for μ* = 0.1. The good agreement of the calculated results with experimental measurements and the ab-initio nature of the calculations support the scenario of an anisotropic s-wave superconductor for YBCO
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.
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...
Ab Initio and Phenomenological Modeling of the Phonon Spectrum of Superhard cp-BC2N
Basalaev, Yu. M.; Kopytov, A. V.; Pavlova, T. Yu.; Poplavnoi, A. S.
2015-11-01
The phonon spectrum of hypothetical superhard cp-BC2N is calculated based on ab initio method of density functional in the center of the Brillouin zone and interpolated over the entire Brillouin zone using the Keating phenomenological model. The interaction parameters are determined by optimization of the IR- and Ramanactive frequencies for a phenomenological model by their comparison with the results of ab initio calculations. Numerical values of short-range interaction constants and charges are in agreement with the characteristics of the chemical bond calculated ab initio. These parameters have transparent physical meaning and chemical nature and can further be used for both qualitative estimations of any physical and physico-chemical quantities and quantitative calculations of the phonon spectra of a number of isostructural compounds. The Keating phenomenological model is used to study the genesis of the phonon spectrum from the spectra of sublattices.
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
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.
Density-matrix based determination of low-energy model Hamiltonians from ab initio wavefunctions
We propose a way of obtaining effective low energy Hubbard-like model Hamiltonians from ab initio quantum Monte Carlo calculations for molecular and extended systems. The Hamiltonian parameters are fit to best match the ab initio two-body density matrices and energies of the ground and excited states, and thus we refer to the method as ab initio density matrix based downfolding. For benzene (a finite system), we find good agreement with experimentally available energy gaps without using any experimental inputs. For graphene, a two dimensional solid (extended system) with periodic boundary conditions, we find the effective on-site Hubbard U∗/t to be 1.3 ± 0.2, comparable to a recent estimate based on the constrained random phase approximation. For molecules, such parameterizations enable calculation of excited states that are usually not accessible within ground state approaches. For solids, the effective Hamiltonian enables large-scale calculations using techniques designed for lattice models
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.
Ab initio study of tungsten defects near the surface
Guerrero, C. L.; Gordillo, N.; Iglesias, R.; Perlado, J. M.; Gonzalez, C.
2016-05-01
A first principles analysis of the behaviour of point defects, namely, self-interstitial atoms, a single vacancy and light impurity atoms such as H and He in tungsten is reported. These defects can be produced in the first wall of the future nuclear fusion reactors due to the high radiation fluxes present. The evolution of defects that appear in the bulk and end up reaching the surface has been followed. An energetic study has been combined with a detailed charge density analysis of the system by means of the SIESTA code. The resulting data have been validated by confronting them with those obtained with a more precise plane wave code, namely VASP. Meanwhile, the structural and the mechanical properties of the system have been positively compared with experimental measurements. Such comparisons have led us to present a new SIESTA basis for tungsten. This complete analysis establishes a nanoscopic view of the phenomena involving the presence of light atoms at native defects in tungsten, paying special attention to the vicinity of surfaces.
The ab initio/classical free energy perturbation (ABC-FEP) method proposed previously by Wood et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 110, 1329 (1999)] uses classical simulations to calculate solvation free energies within an empirical potential model, then applies free energy perturbation theory to determine the effect of changing the empirical solute-solvent interactions to corresponding interactions calculated from ab initio methods. This approach allows accurate calculation of solvation free energies using an atomistic description of the solvent and solute, with interactions calculated from first principles. Results can be obtained at a feasible computational cost without making use of approximations such as a continuum solvent or an empirical cavity formation energy. As such, the method can be used far from ambient conditions, where the empirical parameters needed for approximate theories of solvation may not be available. The sources of error in the ABC-FEP method are the approximations in the ab initio method, the finite sample of configurations, and the classical solvent model. This article explores the accuracy of various approximations used in the ABC-FEP method by comparing to the experimentally well-known free energy of hydration of water at two state points (ambient conditions, and 973.15 K and 600 kg/m3). The TIP4P-FQ model [J. Chem. Phys. 101, 6141 (1994)] is found to be a reliable solvent model for use with this method, even at supercritical conditions. Results depend strongly on the ab initio method used: a gradient-corrected density functional theory is not adequate, but a localized MP2 method yields excellent agreement with experiment. Computational costs are reduced by using a cluster approximation, in which ab initio pair interaction energies are calculated between the solute and up to 60 solvent molecules, while multi-body interactions are calculated with only a small cluster (5 to 12 solvent molecules). Sampling errors for the ab initio contribution to solvation free energies are ±2 kJ/mol or less when 50-200 configurations are used. Using the largest clusters and most accurate ab initio methods, ABC-FEP predicts hydration free energies of water at both state points that agree with equations of state, within the sampling error. These results are the first calculation of a free energy of solvation at extreme conditions from a fully atomistic model with ab initio methods. (c) 2000 American Institute of Physics
Keegan, Ronan M; Bibby, Jaclyn; Thomas, Jens; Xu, Dong; Zhang, Yang; Mayans, Olga; Winn, Martyn D; Rigden, Daniel J
2015-02-01
AMPLE clusters and truncates ab initio protein structure predictions, producing search models for molecular replacement. Here, an interesting degree of complementarity is shown between targets solved using the different ab initio modelling programs QUARK and ROSETTA. Search models derived from either program collectively solve almost all of the all-helical targets in the test set. Initial solutions produced by Phaser after only 5 min perform surprisingly well, improving the prospects for in situ structure solution by AMPLE during synchrotron visits. Taken together, the results show the potential for AMPLE to run more quickly and successfully solve more targets than previously suspected. PMID:25664744
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.
Ultralong-range Rydberg Cs2 molecules investigated at the Ab initio level of theory
Rydberg molecules have been extensively investigated recently owing to rapid developments in ultracold experiments, which pave the way for their preparation. Many Rydberg molecules formed by alkali atoms, such as Rb2 and Cs2, have been produced and studied experimentally on the basis of good sources of corresponding cold atoms. On the other hand, quantitative theoretical investigations on Rydberg molecules, such as at the ab initio level, are still scarce. Very recently, an efficient method of studying Rydberg molecules at the ab initio level has been proposed. Following this method, we studied the potential energy curves and vibrational energy levels of Rydberg Cs2 molecules. (author)
Accurate tight-binding Hamiltonian matrices from ab initio calculations: Minimal basis sets
Agapito, Luis A.; Ismail-Beigi, Sohrab; Curtarolo, Stefano; Fornari, Marco; Nardelli, Marco Buongiorno
2016-01-01
Projection of Bloch states obtained from quantum-mechanical calculations onto atomic orbitals is the fastest scheme to construct ab initio tight-binding Hamiltonian matrices. However, the presence of spurious states and unphysical hybridizations of the tight-binding eigenstates has hindered the applicability of this construction. Here we demonstrate that those spurious effects are due to the inclusion of Bloch states with low projectability. The mechanism for the formation of those effects is derived analytically. We present an improved scheme for the removal of the spurious states which results in an efficient scheme for the construction of highly accurate ab initio tight-binding Hamiltonians.
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)
Ab initio Defect Energetics in LaBO3 Perovskite Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Materials
Lee, Yueh-Lin; Morgan, Dane; Kleis, Jesper; Rossmeisl, Jan
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...
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
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.
Ab initio quantum-enhanced optical phase estimation using real-time feedback control
Berni, Adriano; Gehring, Tobias; Nielsen, Bo Melholt; Hndchen, Vitus; Paris, Matteo G. A.; Andersen, Ulrik Lund
2015-01-01
quantum-enhanced and fully deterministic ab initio phase estimation protocol based on real-time feedback control. Using robust squeezed states of light combined with a real-time Bayesian adaptive estimation algorithm, we demonstrate deterministic phase estimation with a precision beyond the quantum shot...... noise limit. The demonstrated protocol opens up new opportunities for quantum microscopy, quantum metrology and quantum information processing....
Dispersion Interactions between Rare Gas Atoms: Testing the London Equation Using ab Initio Methods
Halpern, Arthur M.
2011-01-01
A computational chemistry experiment is described in which students can use advanced ab initio quantum mechanical methods to test the ability of the London equation to account quantitatively for the attractive (dispersion) interactions between rare gas atoms. Using readily available electronic structure applications, students can calculate the
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...
The phonon dispersion relations of bulk hexagonal boron nitride have been determined from inelastic x-ray scattering measurements and analyzed by ab initio calculations. Experimental data and calculations show an outstanding agreement and reconcile the controversies raised by recent experimental data obtained by electron-energy loss spectroscopy and second-order Raman scattering
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.
The Pu–U–Am system: An ab initio informed CALPHAD thermodynamic study
Highlights: • The ab initio informed CALPHAD assessment of the Am–U system has been realized. • A strong tendency toward phase separation across the whole composition range is predicted. • The ab initio informed Pu–U–Am thermodynamic database has been developed. • The solubility of Am and U in the liquid phase is improved by adding Pu. • The δ-Pu (fcc) phase is strongly stabilized by Am, on the contrary to the bcc phase. - Abstract: Phase diagram and thermodynamic properties of the Am–U system, that are experimentally unknown, are calculated using the CALPHAD method with input from ab initio electronic-structure calculations for the fcc and bcc phases. A strong tendency toward phase separation across the whole composition range is predicted. In addition, ab initio informed Pu–U and Am–Pu thermodynamic assessments are combined to build a Pu–U–Am thermodynamic database. Regarding the Pu-rich corner of the ternary system, predictions indicate that Am acts as a powerful δ-Pu (fcc) stabilizer. In the U-rich corner, similar predictions are made but to a lesser extent. In both cases, the bcc phase is destabilized and the fcc phase is enhanced. Finally, results and methodology are discussed and compared with previous assessments and guidelines are provided for further experimental studies
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
Ab initio I-V characteristics of short C-20 chains
Roland, C.; Larade, B.; Taylor, Jeremy Philip; Guo, H.
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...
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
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 alloys Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 4.465, year: 2014
Advances in the ab initio description of nuclear three-cluster systems
Romero-Redondo, Carolina; Navrátil, Petr; Hupin, Guillaume
2015-01-01
We introduce the extension of the ab initio no-core shell model with continuum to describe three-body cluster systems. We present results for the ground state of 6He and show improvements with respect to the description obtained within the no-core shell model and the no-core shell model/resonating group methods.
Advances in the ab initio description of nuclear three-cluster systems
Romero-Redondo Carolina
2016-01-01
Full Text Available We introduce the extension of the ab initio no-core shell model with continuum to describe three-body cluster systems. We present results for the ground state of 6He and show improvements with respect to the description obtained within the no-core shell model and the no-core shell model/resonating group methods.
Ab Initio Investigations of the C2F4S Isomers and of Their Interconversions
Shim, Irene; Vallano-Lorenzo, Sandra; Lisbona-Martin, Pilar; Senning, Alexander
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...
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
Experimental and ab initio DFT calculated Raman Spectrum of Sudan I, a Red Dye
Kunov-Kruse, Andreas Jonas; Kristensen, Steffen Buus; Liu, Chuan; Berg, Rolf W.
2011-01-01
The red dye Sudan I was investigated by Raman spectroscopy using different excitation wavelengths (1064, 532 and 244 nm). A calculation of the Raman spectrum based on quantum mechanical ab initio density functional theory (DFT) was made using the RB3LYP method with the 3-21G and 6-311+G(d,p) basis...
Fürst, Joachim Alexander; Hashemi, J.; 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...
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.
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
Ab-initio modeling of nonlinear magnetoelastic coupling in epitaxial films
The second-order magnetoelastic effects observed with cantilever-bending-beam experiments on epitaxial cubic films are interpreted within the framework of the nonlinear theory of magnetoelasticity. The corresponding coupling coefficients are calculated ab initio and compared with the available measured data
Ab-initio modeling of nonlinear magnetoelastic coupling in epitaxial films
Komelj, M.; Fähnle, M.
2004-05-01
The second-order magnetoelastic effects observed with cantilever-bending-beam experiments on epitaxial cubic films are interpreted within the framework of the nonlinear theory of magnetoelasticity. The corresponding coupling coefficients are calculated ab initio and compared with the available measured data.
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...
All electron ab initio investigations of the electronic states of the FeC molecule
Shim, Irene; Gingerich, Karl A.
1999-01-01
The low lying electronic states of the molecule FeC have been investigated by performing all electron ab initio multi-configuration self-consistent-field (CASSCF) and multi reference configuration interaction (MRCI) calculations. The relativistic corrections for the one electron Darwin contact te...
All Electron ab initio Investigations of the Electronic States of the MoN Molecule
Shim, Irene; Gingerich, Karl A.
1999-01-01
The low lying electronic states of the molecule MoN have been investigated by performing all electron ab initio multi-configuration self-consistent-field (CASSCF) calculations. The relativistic corrections for the one electron Darwin contact term and the relativistic mass-velocity correction have...
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 mo...
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.
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...
Ab Initio Calculations and Raman and SERS Spectral Analyses of Amphetamine Species
Berg, Rolf W.; Nørbygaard, Thomas; White, Peter C.; Abdali, Salim
2011-01-01
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 of the...
Ab initio study of spin-dependent transport in carbon nanotubes with iron and vanadium adatoms
Fürst, Joachim Alexander; Brandbyge, Mads; Jauho, Antti-Pekka; Stokbro, Kurt
2008-01-01
We present an ab initio study of spin-dependent transport in armchair carbon nanotubes with transition metal adsorbates: iron or vanadium. The method based on density functional theory and nonequilibrium Green's functions is used to compute the electronic structure and zero-bias conductance. The......, where the d-orbital selectivity is easily understood in terms of a simple tight-binding model....
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...
Pagliai, Marco; Muniz-Miranda, Maurizio; Cardini, Gianni; Schettino, Vincenzo
2011-05-01
Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations with the Car-Parrinello method have been performed on the spodumene crystal at standard conditions and high pressure. Starting from the computed trajectories, accurate Raman and infrared spectra have been obtained and compared with available experimental measurements in the low and high pressure phases. The structural and spectroscopic changes due to the pressure effects are discussed.
Abild-Pedersen, Frank; Nrskov, Jens Kehlet; Rostrup-Nielsen, Jens; Sehested, Jens; Helveg, Stig
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...
Ab initio molecular dynamics simulation of hydrogen fluoride at several thermodynamic states
Kreitmeir, M.; Bertagnolli, H.; Mortensen, Jens Jørgen; Parrinello, M.
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...
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.
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)
Ab Initio Inverstagation of the Excited States of Nucleobases and Nucleosides
Szalay, Péter G.; Fogarasi, Géza; Watson, Thomas; Perera, Ajith; Lotrich, Victor; Bartlett, Rod J.
2011-06-01
Most living bodies are exposed to sunlight, essential life sustaining processes are using this natural radiation. Sunlight has, however, several components (has a broad "spectrum") and in particular the invisible component (UV, ultraviolet) is harmful for living organisms. Scientists around the word are busy to understand what happens in the cell when it is exposed to light: it seems that the building blocks of cells and in particular those carrying the genetic information (DNA and RNA) are highly protected against this exposition. Our research focuses on the spectral properties of the building blocks of DNA and RNA, the so called nucleobases and nucleosides, in order to understand this mechanism. Due to improvement in computer technology both at hardware and software side we are now able to use the most accurate methods of ab initio quantum chemistry to investigate the spectroscopic properties of these building blocks. These calculations provide direct information on the properties of these molecules but also provide important benchmarks for cheaper methods which can be used for even larger systems. We have calculated the excited state properties for the nucleobases (cytosine, guanine and adenine), their complexes with water and with each other (Watson-Crick base pairs and stacks) as well as corresponding nucleosides at the EOM-CCSD(T)/aug-cc-pVDZ level of theory and try to answer the following questions: (1) how the order of excited states varies in different nucleobases; (2) how hydration influences the excitation energy and order of excited states; (3) is there any effect of the sugar substituent; (4) how do close lying other bases change the spectrum. The calculations involve over hundred correlated electrons and up to thousand basis functions. Such calculations are now routinely available with the recently developed ACESIII code and can make use of hundreds or even several thousand of processors. V. Lotrich, N. Flocke, M. Ponton, A. Yau, A. Perera, E. Deumens, R. J. Bartlett, J. Chem. Phys, 2008, 128, 194104.
Pinto, Anne Cybelle; Ramos, Rommel T J; Silva, Wanderson Marques; Rocha, Flávia Souza; Barbosa, Silvanira; Miyoshi, Anderson; Schneider, Maria P C; Silva, Artur; Azevedo, Vasco
2012-07-01
Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis is a bacterium which causes diseases such as caseous lymphadenitis in small ruminants, resulting in large-scale economic losses for agribusiness worldwide. Consequently, this bacterium including its transcriptional profile analysis has been the focus of various studies. Identification of the transcripts that appear under conditions that simulate the environment encountered by this bacterial species in the host is of great importance in discovering new targets for the production of more efficient vaccines. We sequenced the cDNA of Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis strain 1002, using the SOLiD V3 system, under the following conditions: osmotic stress (2 M), acidity (pH), heat shock (50 °C) and control condition (N). To identify the transcripts shared among the stimulons and integrate this information with the results from BLAST and BLAST2GO, we developed the software CoreStImulon (CSI) which allows the user to individually distinguish the genes in terms of their participation in biological processes, their function and cellular location. In the biosynthetic processes, eleven genes represented in the core stimulon and twenty genes in the control were observed. This validates the hypothesis that the organisms strategy for surviving in a hostile environment is through growth reduction. The oxidation reduction process, response to stress process, and cell adhesion are controlled by genes that contribute to bacterial cell maintenance under stress conditions; these could be involved in their pathogenicity. The methodology for identification of transcripts obtained by ab initio assembly and shared among the stimulons permitted candidates selection for vaccine studies. CSI is available at https://sourceforge.net/projects/corestimulon/. PMID:22641428
Vanduyfhuys, Louis; Vandenbrande, Steven; Verstraelen, Toon; Schmid, Rochus; Waroquier, Michel; Van Speybroeck, Veronique
2015-05-15
QuickFF is a software package to derive accurate force fields for isolated and complex molecular systems in a quick and easy manner. Apart from its general applicability, the program has been designed to generate force fields for metal-organic frameworks in an automated fashion. The force field parameters for the covalent interaction are derived from ab initio data. The mathematical expression of the covalent energy is kept simple to ensure robustness and to avoid fitting deficiencies as much as possible. The user needs to produce an equilibrium structure and a Hessian matrix for one or more building units. Afterward, a force field is generated for the system using a three-step method implemented in QuickFF. The first two steps of the methodology are designed to minimize correlations among the force field parameters. In the last step, the parameters are refined by imposing the force field parameters to reproduce the ab initio Hessian matrix in Cartesian coordinate space as accurate as possible. The method is applied on a set of 1000 organic molecules to show the easiness of the software protocol. To illustrate its application to metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), QuickFF is used to determine force fields for MIL-53(Al) and MOF-5. For both materials, accurate force fields were already generated in literature but they requested a lot of manual interventions. QuickFF is a tool that can easily be used by anyone with a basic knowledge of performing ab initio calculations. As a result, accurate force fields are generated with minimal effort. 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:25740170
The core structure and stability of the 90 degree sign partial dislocation in diamond is studied within isotropic elasticity theory and ab initio total energy calculations. The double-period reconstruction is found to be more stable than the single-period reconstruction for a broad range of stress states. The analysis of the ab initio results shows further that elasticity theory is valid for dislocation spacings as small as 10-20 Angstrom, thus allowing ab initio calculations to provide reliable parameters for continuum theory analysis. (c) 2000 The American Physical Society
Single-ion 4f element magnetism: an ab-initio look at Ln(COT)2(-).
Gendron, Frdric; Pritchard, Benjamin; Bolvin, Hlne; Autschbach, Jochen
2015-12-14
The electron densities associated with the Ln 4f shell, and spin and orbital magnetizations ('magnetic moment densities'), are investigated for the Ln(COT)2(-) series. The densities are obtained from ab-initio calculations including spin-orbit coupling. For Ln = Ce, Pr the magnetizations are also derived from crystal field models and shown to agree with the ab-initio results. Analysis of magnetizations from ab-initio calculations may be useful in assisting research on single molecule magnets. PMID:26510902
Aryal, Sita Ram
The alumino-silicate solid solution series (Al 4+2xSi2-2 xO10-x) is an important class of ceramics. Except for the end member (x=0), Al2 SiO5 the crystal structures of the other phases, called mullite, have partially occupied sites. Stoichiometric supercell models for the four mullite phases 3Al2O 3 2SiO2 2Al 2O3 SiO2, 4 Al2O3 SiO 2, 9Al2O3 SiO2, and iota-Al2 O3 (iota-alumina) are constructed starting from experimentally reported crystal structures. A large number of models were built for each phase and relaxed using the Vienna ab initio simulation package (VASP) program. The model with the lowest total energy for a given x was chosen as the representative structure for that phase. Electronic structure and mechanical properties of mullite phases were studied via first-principles calculations. Of the various phases of transition alumina, iota-Al 2O3 is the least well known. In addition structural details have not, until now, been available. It is the end member of the aluminosilicate solid solution series with x=1. Based on a high alumina content mullite phase, a structural model for iota- Al2O3 is constructed. The simulated x-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern of this model agrees well with a measured XRD pattern. The iota-Al2 O3 is a highly disordered ultra-low-density phase of alumina with a theoretical density of 2854kg/m3. Using this theoretically constructed model, elastic, thermodynamic, electronic, and spectroscopic properties of iota-Al2 O3 have been calculated and compared it with those of alpha- Al2O3 and gamma- Al2O3. Boron carbide (B4C) undergoes an amorphization under high velocity impacts. The mechanism of amorphization is not clear. Ab initio methods are used to carry out large-scale uniaxial compression simulations on two polytypes of stoichiometric boron carbide (B4C), B 11C-CBC, and B12- CCC where B11C or B12 is the 12-atom icosahedron and CBC or CCC is the three-atom chain. The simulations were performed on large supercells of 180 atoms. Simulated results indicate bending of the three-atom chain leads to the amorphization of the B 11C-CBC (B12-CCC ) at a uniaxial strain s=0.23 (0.22) and with a maximum stress of 168 (151) GPa. The mechanism of amorphization is analyzed with radial pair distribution function (RPDF), total density of states (TDOS), and the distribution of effective charges on atoms.
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...
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.
Ab initio studies of equations of state and chemical reactions of reactive structural materials
Zaharieva, Roussislava
The motivations for the research issues addressed in this thesis are based on the needs of the aerospace structural analysis and the design community. The specific focus is related to the characterization and shock induced chemical reactions of multi-functional structural-energetic materials that are also known as the reactive structural materials and their reaction capabilities. Usually motivation for selection of aerospace structural materials is to realize required strength characteristics and favorable strength to weight ratios. The term strength implies resistance to loads experienced during the service life of the structure, including resistance to fatigue loads, corrosion and other extreme conditions. Thus, basically the structural materials are single function materials that resist loads experienced during the service life of the structure. However, it is desirable to select materials that are capable of offering more than one basic function of strength. Very often, the second function is the capability to provide functions of sensing and actuation. In this thesis, the second function is different. The second function is the energetic characteristics. Thus, the choice of dual functions of the material are the structural characteristics and energetic characteristics. These materials are also known by other names such as the reactive material structures or dual functional structural energetic materials. Specifically the selected reactive materials include mixtures of selected metals and metal oxides that are also known as thermite mixtures, reacting intermetallic combinations and oxidizing materials. There are several techniques that are available to synthesize these structural energetic materials or reactive material structures and new synthesis techniques constitute an open research area. The focus of this thesis, however, is the characterization of chemical reactions of reactive material structures that involve two or more solids (or condensed matter). The 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 temperatures and strains. (4) Press-cure synthesis of Nano-nickel and nano-aluminum based reactive material structures and DTA tests to study experimentally initiation of chemical reactions, due to thermal energy input.
The Pu-U-Am system: An ab initio informed CALPHAD thermodynamic study
Perron, A.; Turchi, P. E. A.; Landa, A.; Söderlind, P.; Ravat, B.; Oudot, B.; Delaunay, F.
2015-03-01
Phase diagram and thermodynamic properties of the Am-U system, that are experimentally unknown, are calculated using the CALPHAD method with input from ab initio electronic-structure calculations for the fcc and bcc phases. A strong tendency toward phase separation across the whole composition range is predicted. In addition, ab initio informed Pu-U and Am-Pu thermodynamic assessments are combined to build a Pu-U-Am thermodynamic database. Regarding the Pu-rich corner of the ternary system, predictions indicate that Am acts as a powerful δ-Pu (fcc) stabilizer. In the U-rich corner, similar predictions are made but to a lesser extent. In both cases, the bcc phase is destabilized and the fcc phase is enhanced. Finally, results and methodology are discussed and compared with previous assessments and guidelines are provided for further experimental studies.
Bridging a gap between continuum-QCD and ab initio predictions of hadron observables
Daniele Binosi
2015-03-01
Full Text Available 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 DysonSchwinger 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.
Bridging a gap between continuum-QCD and ab initio predictions of hadron observables
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
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.
Melting of sodium under high pressure. An ab-initio study
Gonzlez, D. J.; Gonzlez, L. E.
2015-08-01
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.
Vibrational properties of a sodium tetrasilicate glass: Ab initio versus Classical Force Fields
Ispas, S; De Wispelaere, S; Kob, W
2003-01-01
We compare some vibrational properties of a sodium tetrasilicate (Na$_{2}$Si$_{4}$O$_{9}$) glass model generated by molecular dynamics simulations. The vibrational study has been carried out using a classical valence force fields approach as well as an {\\it ab initio} approach in the framework of the density functional theory. The total and partial vibrational densities of states (VDOS) are presented, and some characteristics of the vibrational modes (participation ratios, correlation lengths) are determined using both approaches. We find that the shapes of the two calculated VDOS as well as those of their corresponding partial VDOS are quite similar, especially for a low-frequency band below 550 cm${}^{-1}$. For the intermediate- and high-frequency ranges, we observe larger discrepencies between the two calculations. Polarized Raman spectra are also calculated from the {\\it ab initio} and the valence-force-field eigenvectors in the bond-polarizability approximation. We find an overall agreement between the c...
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...
Steinebrunner, Gerold; Dyson, Anthony J.; Kirchner, Barbara; Huber, Hanspeter
1998-08-01
An intermolecular potential energy surface for the carbon dioxide dimer is calculated fully ab initio using a large basis set and including electron correlation. From this potential the dimer structure and the second virial coefficients are determined. In addition, it is applied in molecular dynamics simulations to obtain the fluid structure, the pressure, the internal energy, the thermal pressure coefficient, and the molar heat at constant volume. The results are compared with those from simulations with a previous ab initio potential. In this way we gain information regarding the sensitivity of each property to the quality of the quantum chemically obtained potential. Equilibration of carbon dioxide simulations must be done with great care due to the very slow energy transfer between the intramolecular vibrations and the other degrees of freedom. This point is addressed in some detail.
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.
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 - Universit 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 [SISSAInternational School for Advanced Studies, Via Bonomea 26, 34136 Trieste (Italy); Democritos Simulation Center CNRIOM Istituto Officina dei Materiali, 34151 Trieste (Italy); Guidoni, Leonardo, E-mail: leonardo.guidoni@univaq.it [Dipartimento di Fisica, La Sapienza - Universit di Roma, piazzale Aldo Moro 5, 00185 Rome (Italy); Dipartimento di Scienze Fisiche e Chimiche, Universit 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.
A Hartree-Fock ab initio band-structure calculation employing Wannier-type orbitals
Albrecht, M; Dolg, M; Fulde, P; Stoll, H; Albrecht, Martin; Shukla, Alok; Dolg, Michael; Fulde, Peter; Stoll, Hermann
1998-01-01
An ab initio Wannier-function-based approach to electronic ground-state calculations for crystalline solids is outlined. In the framework of the linear combination of atomic orbitals method the infinite character of the solid is rigorously taken into account. The Hartree-Fock ground-state energy, cohesive energy, lattice constant and bulk modulus are calculated in a fully ab initio manner as it is demonstrated for sodium chloride, NaCl, using basis sets close to the Hartree-Fock limit. It is demonstrated that the Hartree-Fock band-structure can easily be recovered with the current approach and agrees with the one obtained from a more conventional Bloch-orbital-based calculation. It is argued that the advantage of the present approach lies in its capability to include electron correlation effects for crystalline insulators by means of well-established quantum chemical procedures.
{\\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...
Ab Initio Calculations of Even Oxygen Isotopes with Chiral Two- Plus Three-Nucleon Interactions
Hergert, H; Calci, A; Langhammer, J; Roth, R
2013-01-01
We formulate the In-Medium Similarity Renormalization Group (IM-SRG) for open-shell nuclei using a multi-reference formalism based on a generalized Wick theorem introduced in quantum chemistry. The resulting multi-reference IM-SRG (MR-IM-SRG) is used to perform the first ab initio study of even oxygen isotopes with chiral NN and 3N Hamiltonians, from the proton to the neutron drip lines. We obtain an excellent reproduction of experimental ground-state energies with quantified uncertainties, which is validated by results from the Importance-Truncated No-Core Shell Model and the Coupled Cluster method. The agreement between conceptually different many-body approaches and experiment highlights the predictive power of current chiral two- and three-nucleon interactions, and establishes the MR-IM-SRG as a promising new tool for ab initio calculations of medium-mass nuclei far from shell closures.
Ab initio no-core shell model calculations using realistic two- and three-body interactions
Navratil, P.; Ormand, W.E.; Forssen, C. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, P.O. Box 808, Livermore, CA (United States); Caurier, E. [Universite Louis Pasteur, Institut de Recherches Subatomiques, IN2P3-CNRS, Strasbourg (France)
2005-09-01
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. (orig.)
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.
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
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
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
Complex coupled-cluster approach to an ab-initio description of open quantum systems
We develop ab-initio coupled-cluster theory to describe resonant and weakly bound states along the neutron drip line. We compute the ground states of the helium chain 3-10He within coupled-cluster theory in singles and doubles (CCSD) approximation. We employ a spherical Gamow-Hartree-Fock basis generated from the low-momentum N3LO nucleon-nucleon interaction. This basis treats bound, resonant, and continuum states on an equal footing, and is therefore optimal for the description of properties of drip line nuclei where continuum features play an essential role. Within this formalism, we present an ab-initio calculation of energies and decay widths of unstable nuclei starting from realistic interactions
Ab initio study of AlxMoNbTiV high-entropy alloys
Cao, Peiyu; Ni, Xiaodong; Tian, Fuyang; Varga, Lajos K.; Vitos, Levente
2015-02-01
The AlxMoNbTiV (x = 0-1.5) high-entropy alloys (HEAs) adopt a single solid-solution phase, having the body centered cubic (bcc) crystal structure. Here we employ the ab initio exact muffin-tin orbitals method in combination with the coherent potential approximation to investigate the equilibrium volume, elastic constants, and polycrystalline elastic moduli of AlxMoNbTiV HEAs. A comparison between the ab initio and experimental equilibrium volumes demonstrates the validity and accuracy of the present approach. Our results indicate that Al addition decreases the thermodynamic stability of the bcc structure with respect to face-centered cubic and hexagonal close packed lattices. For the elastically isotropic Al0.4MoNbTiV HEAs, the valence electron concentration (VEC) is about 4.82, which is slightly different from VEC 4.72 obtained for the isotropic Gum metals and refractoryHEAs.
Ab initio calculations on the magnetic properties of transition metal complexes
Bodenstein, Tilmann; Fink, Karin
2015-12-01
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.
Crossover of cation partitioning in olivines: a combination of ab initio and Monte Carlo study
Chatterjee, Swastika; Bhattacharyya, Sirshendu; Sengupta, Surajit; Saha-Dasgupta, Tanusri
2011-04-01
We report studies based on a combination of ab initio electronic structure and Monte Carlo (MC) technique on the problem of cation partitioning among inequivalent octahedral sites, M1 and M2 in mixed olivines containing Mg2+ and Fe2+ ions. Our MC scheme uses interactions derived out of ab initio, density functional calculations carried out on measured crystal structure data. Our results show that there is no reversal of the preference of Fe for M1 over M2 as a function of temperature. Our findings do not agree with the experimental findings of Redfern et al. (Phys Chem Miner 27:630-637, 2000), but are in agreement with those of Heinemann et al. (Eur J Mineral 18:673-689, 2006) and Morozov et al. (Eur J Mineral 17:495-500, 2005).
Ab initio study of AlxMoNbTiV high-entropy alloys.
Cao, Peiyu; Ni, Xiaodong; Tian, Fuyang; Varga, Lajos K; Vitos, Levente
2015-02-25
The Al(x)MoNbTiV (x = 0-1.5) high-entropy alloys (HEAs) adopt a single solid-solution phase, having the body centered cubic (bcc) crystal structure. Here we employ the ab initio exact muffin-tin orbitals method in combination with the coherent potential approximation to investigate the equilibrium volume, elastic constants, and polycrystalline elastic moduli of Al(x)MoNbTiV HEAs. A comparison between the ab initio and experimental equilibrium volumes demonstrates the validity and accuracy of the present approach. Our results indicate that Al addition decreases the thermodynamic stability of the bcc structure with respect to face-centered cubic and hexagonal close packed lattices. For the elastically isotropic Al(0.4)MoNbTiV HEAs, the valence electron concentration (VEC) is about 4.82, which is slightly different from VEC ∼ 4.72 obtained for the isotropic Gum metals and refractory--HEAs. PMID:25640032
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...
Ab Initio Calculated and Experimentally Measured Raman Spectra of Spodumene (LiAlSi2O6)
Stangarone, C.; Prencipe, M.; Mantovani, L.; Bersani, D.; Tribaudino, M.; Lottici, P. P.
2014-06-01
Polarization Raman measurements on spodumene enabled the identification of all 30 active modes (14 Ag and 16 Bg). Ab initio CRYSTAL14 calculations (WC1LYP hamiltonian) give very good agreement for frequencies (???< 4.8 cm^-1) and intensities.
Pair potentials for alumina from ab initio results on the Al2O3 molecule
We use results from an ab initio investigation by Chang et al. on energetically low-lying stationary points of the Al2O3 molecule to determine interionic potentials for the Al-O, O-O and Al-Al pairs. Our results are discussed in the perspective of previous studies of the condensed phases of alumina, with special regard to the structure of its molten state. (author)
Ab-initio structural, elastic, and vibrational properties of carbon nanotubes
Sanchez-Portal, D.; Artacho, E.; Soler, J.M.; Rubio, A.; P. Ordejon
1998-01-01
A study based on ab initio calculations is presented on the estructural, elastic, and vibrational properties of single-wall carbon nanotubes with different radii and chiralities. We use SIESTA, an implementation of pseudopotential-density-functional theory which allows calculations on systems with a large number of atoms per cell. Different quantities like bond distances, Young moduli, Poisson ratio and the frequencies of different phonon branches are monitored versus tube radius. The validit...
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
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...
Ab initio molecular dynamics simulation of hydrogen fluoride at several thermodynamic states
Kreitmeir, M.; Bertagnolli, H.; Mortensen, Jens Jørgen; Parrinello, M.
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 its static and dynamic properties. The results obtained show good agreement with well established data, and, moreover, we were able to show significant changes within the structure depending on the sy...
Pressure induced structural and dynamical changes in liquid Si. An ab-initio study
Delisle, A.; Goznalez, D. J.; Stott, M. J.
2006-01-01
The static and dynamic properties of liquid Si at high-pressure have been studied using the orbital free ab-initio molecular dynamics method. Four thermodynamic states at pressures 4, 8, 14 and 23 GPa are considered. The calculated static structure shows qualitative agreement with the available experimental data. We analize the remarkable structural changes occurring between 8 and 14 GPa along with its effect on several dynamic properties.
The Projector Augmented Wave Method ab-initio molecular dynamics with full wave functions
Blchl, P E; Schimpl, J; Bl\\"ochl, Peter E.; Schimpl, Johannes
2002-01-01
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 the 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.
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
We have devised a technique for spectral imaging using accurate ab initio electron energy loss near edge structure (ELNES) data and function field visualization. The technique is initially applied to a planar defect model in Si with different ring structures and no broken bonds where experimental probes are severely limited. The same model with B doping is also considered. It is shown that specific deviations in different energy ranges of the ELNES spectra are correlated with different structural components of the models.
Pride, Prejudice, and Penury of {\\it ab initio} transport calculations for single molecules
Evers, F.; K. Burke
2006-01-01
Recent progress in measuring the transport properties of individual molecules has triggered a substantial demand for {\\it ab initio} transport calculations. Even though program packages are commercially available and placed on custom tailored to address this task, reliable information often is difficult and very time consuming to attain in the vast majority of cases, namely when the molecular conductance is much smaller than $e^2/h$. The article recapitulates procedures for molecular transpor...
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.
Recent developments in ab-initio few-body scattering calculations including the Coulomb interaction
Recent progress on the solution of ab-initio three- and four-nucleon scattering equations in momentum space that include the correct treatment of the Coulomb interaction is reviewed; results for specific observables in reactions initiated by p + d, p + 3He and n + 3He are shown. In addition three-body calculations of d + 12C reactions are compared with equivalent CDCC calculations. Presented at the 20th Few-Body Conference, Pisa, Italy, 10-14 September 2007 (author)
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
Ab initio studies of the geometrical and electronic structure of nickel porphyrins
Piqueras, M.C.; Rohlfing, C.M. [Sandia National Labs., Livermore, CA (United States)
1997-12-31
Ab initio calculations on nickel porphyrin (NiP) and nickel tetra(t-butyl) porphrin (NiTtBuP) have been performed to analyze the conformationally dependent photophysical properties of these systems. Geometry optimizations and harmonic frequency analyses have been performed at the Hartree-Fock (HF) and second-order perturbation (MP2) theory level on NiP. For NiTtBuP, HF calculations have been carried out on domed, ruffled and waved conformers.
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...
Boron and nitrogen impurities in SiC nanoribbons: an ab initio investigation
Costa, C. D.; Morbec, J. M.
2011-01-01
Using ab initio calculations based on density-functional theory we have performed a theoretical investigation of substitutional boron and nitrogen impurities in silicon carbide (SiC) nanoribbons. We have considered hydrogen terminated SiC ribbons with zigzag and armchair edges. In both systems we verify that the boron and nitrogen atoms energetically prefer to be localized at the edges of the nanoribbons. However, while boron preferentially substitutes a silicon atom, nitrogen prefers to occu...
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.
Ab initio potential energy surface for the highly nonlinear dynamics of the KCN molecule
Prraga, H.; Arranz, F. J., E-mail: fj.arranz@upm.es; Benito, R. M., E-mail: rosamaria.benito@upm.es [Grupo de Sistemas Complejos, ETSI Agrnomos, Universidad Politcnica de Madrid, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Borondo, F., E-mail: f.borondo@uam.es [Departamento de Qumica and Instituto de Ciencias Matemticas (ICMAT), Universidad Autnoma de Madrid, Cantoblanco, 28049-Madrid (Spain)
2013-11-21
An accurate ab initio quantum chemistry study at level of quadratic configuration interaction method of the electronic ground state of the KCN molecule is presented. A fitting of the results to an analytical series expansion was performed to obtain a global potential energy surface suitable for the study of the associated vibrational dynamics. Additionally, classical Poincar surfaces of section for different energies and quantum eigenstates were calculated, showing the highly nonlinear behavior of this system.
Structural, electronic, and optical properties of ZrO2 from ab initio calculations
Garcia, Joelson Cott; Scolfaro, L. M. R.; Lino, A. T.; Freire, V. N.; Farias, G. A.; Silva, C C; Alves, H. W. Leite; S. C.P. Rodrigues; Silva Jr, E. F. da
2012-01-01
Structural, electronic, and optical properties for the cubic, tetragonal, and monoclinic crystalline phases of ZrO2, as derived from it ab initio full-relativistic calculations, are presented. The electronic structure calculations were carried out by means of the all-electron full potential linear augmented plane wave method, within the framework of the density functional theory and the local density approximation. The calculated carrier effective masses are shown to be highly anisotropic. Th...
The Role of the Exchange-Correlation Potential in ab initio Electron Transport Calculations
Ke, San-Huang; Baranger, Harold U.; Yang, Weitao
2006-01-01
The effect of the exchange-correlation potential in ab initio electron transport calculations is investigated by constructing optimized effective potentials (OEP) using different energy functionals or the electron density from second-order perturbation theory. We calculate electron transmission through two atomic chain systems, one with charge transfer and one without. Dramatic effects are caused by two factors: changes in the energy gap and the self-interaction error. The error in conductanc...
Ke, San-Huang; Baranger, Harold U.; Yang, Weitao
2007-01-01
We investigate electron transport through single conjugated molecules - including benzenedithiol, oligo-phenylene-ethynylenes of different lengths, and a ferrocene-containing molecule sandwiched between two gold electrodes with different contact structures - by using a single-particle Green function method combined with density functional theory calculation. We focus on the effect of the basis set in the ab initio calculation. It is shown that the position of the Fermi energy in the transport...
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....
Femtosecond Laser Processing of Germanium: An Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Study
Ji, Pengfei; Zhang, Yuwen
2016-01-01
An ab initio molecular dynamics study of femtosecond laser processing of germanium is presented in this paper. The method based on the finite temperature density functional theory is adopted to probe the structural change, thermal motion of the atoms, dynamic property of the velocity autocorrelation, and the vibrational density of states. Starting from a cubic system at room temperature (300 K) containing 64 germanium atoms with an ordered arrangement of 1.132 nm in each dimension, the femtos...
Influence of the ab-initio nd cross sections in the critical heavy-water benchmarks
Morillon, B; Carbonell, J
2013-01-01
The n-d elastic and breakup cross sections are computed by solving the three-body Faddeev equations for realistic and semi-realistic Nucleon-Nucleon potentials. These cross sections are inserted in the Monte Carlo simulation of the nuclear processes considered in the International Handbook of Evaluated Criticality Safety Benchmark Experiments (ICSBEP). The results obtained using thes ab initio n-d cross sections are compared with those provided by the most renown international libraries.
Ab initio statistical mechanics of surface adsorption and desorption: II. Nuclear quantum effects
Alfe, D.; Gillan, M. J.
2010-01-01
We show how the path-integral formulation of quantum statistical mechanics can be used to construct practical {\\em ab initio} techniques for computing the chemical potential of molecules adsorbed on surfaces, with full inclusion of quantum nuclear effects. The techniques we describe are based on the computation of the potential of mean force on a chosen molecule, and generalise the techniques developed recently for classical nuclei. We present practical calculations based on density functiona...
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
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
The Projector Augmented Wave Method: ab-initio molecular dynamics with full wave functions
Blöchl, Peter E.; Först, Clemens J.; Schimpl, Johannes
2002-01-01
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 the 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...
Ab-initio simulation and experimental validation of beta-titanium alloys
D. Raabe; 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...
The melting and lattice dynamics of sodium are studied by quantum molecular dynamics simulation, i.e., with allowance for anharmonicity, at pressures up to 1 Mbar and temperatures up to 1000 K. The simulation results agree well with the experimental data and our earlier calculation performed ab initio in the quasi-harmonic approximation. The simulation results demonstrate that anharmonic interactions weakly affect the melting curve and the phonon frequencies of Na up to near-melting temperatures.
Ab-initio calculation of the effect of stress on the chemical activity of graphene
de andres, P. L.; Verges, J. A.
2009-01-01
Graphene layers are stable, hard, and relatively inert. We study how tensile stress affects $\\sigma$ and $\\pi$ bonds and the resulting change in the chemical activity. Stress affects more strongly $\\pi$ bonds that can become chemically active and bind to adsorbed species more strongly. Upon stretch, single C bonds are activated in a geometry mixing $120^{o}$ and $90^{o}$; an intermediate state between $sp^{2}$ and $sp^{3}$ bonding. We use ab-initio density functional theory to study the adsor...
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
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
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
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
Ab initio GW electron-electron interaction effects in Quantum Transport
Darancet, Pierre; Ferretti, Andrea; Mayou, Didier; Olevano, Valerio
2006-01-01
We present an ab initio approach to electronic transport in nanoscale systems which includes electronic correlations through the GW approximation. With respect to Landauer approaches based on density-functional theory (DFT), we introduce a physical quasiparticle electronic-structure into a non-equilibrium Green's function theory framework. We use an equilibrium non-selfconsistent $G^0W^0$ self-energy considering both full non-hermiticity and dynamical effects. The method is applied to a real ...
Ab initio investigation of surface phonons on the (001) surface of KCl
Tütüncü, H. M.; Srivastava, G. P.
2015-07-01
We present an ab initio investigation of localised and resonant phonons on the relaxed KCl(001) surface. Our calculated results are in good accordance with recent high-resolution helium atom scattering measurements. The energy locations and atomic displacement patterns corresponding to a few characteristic surface phonons, such as the Rayleigh, Love, Wallis and Lucas modes, have been identified, and compared and contrasted with their counterparts obtained from a previous shell model calculation.
Steady-state ab initio laser theory for complex gain media
Cerjan, Alexander; Chong, Y. D.; Stone, A. Douglas
2014-01-01
We derive and test a generalization of Steady-State Ab Initio Laser Theory (SALT) to treat complex gain media. The generalized theory (C-SALT) is able to treat atomic and molecular gain media with diffusion and multiple lasing transitions, and semiconductor gain media in the free carrier approximation including fully the effect of Pauli blocking. The key assumption of the theory is stationarity of the level populations, which leads to coupled self-consistent equations for the populations and ...
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)
Thermodynamic evaluation of the Np-Zr system using CALPHAD and ab initio methods
Xiong, Wei; Xie, Wei; Morgan, Dane
2014-09-01
A new thermodynamic description of Np-Zr alloys is developed using the CALPHAD (CALculation of PHAse Diagrams) method based on available experimental information on phase equilibria, supplemented by ab initio energetics for end members that are not available in the standard CALPHAD unary database. The present thermodynamic description shows improvements compared to previous models in the predicted phase diagram when comparing to assessed reliable experimental data. Ab initio Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations are also performed on all known stable solid phases of Np-Zr alloys and the end member Np and Zr metals. Comparing to the formation energetics predicted from the CALPHAD models of both this work and a previous study we find that DFT with the Generalized Gradient Approximation (GGA) to the exchange-correlation potential overestimates the formation enthalpies of Np and Np-Zr by about 0.15 eV/atom, and the so-called DFT + U approach with a Ueff of near 0.65 eV can reduce this error by about 0.07-0.10 eV. Our comprehensive comparison between existing CALPHAD, ab initio and experimental results for Np-Zr indicates a need for further experiments on the phase equilibrium.
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)
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.
Structures of 13-atom clusters of fcc transition metals by ab initio and semiempirical calculations
Longo, R. C.; Gallego, L. J.
2006-11-01
We report the results of ab initio calculations of the structures and magnetic moments of Ni13 , Pd13 , Pt13 , Cu13 , Ag13 , and Au13 that were performed using a density-functional method that employs linear combinations of pseudoatomic orbitals as basis sets (SIESTA). Our structural results for Pt13 , Cu13 , Ag13 , and Au13 show that a buckled biplanar structure (BBP) is more stable than the icosahedral configuration, in keeping with results obtained recently by Chang and Chou [Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 133401 (2004)] using the Vienna ab initio simulation package with a plane-wave basis. However, for Ni13 and Pd13 we found that the icosahedral structure is more stable than BBP. For all these clusters, two semiempirical methods based on spherically symmetric potentials both found the icosahedral structure to be the more stable, while the modified embedded atom model method, which uses a direction-dependent potential, found BBP to be the more stable structure. When low-energy structures found in recent ab initio studies of Pt13 , Cu13 , and Au13 other than Chang and Chou were optimized with SIESTA, those reported for Pt13 and Cu13 were found to be less stable than BBP, but the two-dimensional planar configuration reported for Au13 proved to be more stable than BBP.
Modeling of nuclear glasses by classical and ab initio molecular dynamics
A calcium aluminosilicate glass of molar composition 67 % SiO2 - 12 % Al2O3 - 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 aluminum 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)
Modelling of nuclear glasses by classical and ab initio molecular dynamics
A calcium aluminosilicate glass of molar composition 67 % SiO2 - 12 % Al2O3 - 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)
Ab initio rovibrational structure of the lowest singlet state of O2-O2
Carmona-Novillo, Estela; Bartolomei, Massimiliano; Hernndez, Marta I.; Campos-Martnez, Jos; Hernndez-Lamoneda, Ramn
2012-09-01
Rovibrational bound states of the O_2(^3? ^-_g,v = 0)-O_2(^3? ^-_g,v = 0) dimer in its singlet electronic state have been obtained by solving the time-independent Schrdinger equation for the nuclear degrees of freedom. We have employed two different ab initio potential energy surfaces, based on high level multiconfigurational methods, which are expected to give upper and lower bounds for the real values of the interaction. Results are compared with spectroscopy experiments as well as with calculations using other semi ab initio and empirical interaction potentials. For the two ab initio potentials studied here, the ground vibrational state has a rectangular geometry and behaves as a semi-rigid molecule. The associated rotational constant is found in very good agreement with high resolution spectra. However, the computed dissociation energy and the frequency of the torsion mode are larger than previous experimental determinations, and possible reasons for these discrepancies are discussed. On the other hand, we have computed the splitting between the rovibrational states of the singlet and triplet electronic states and have found a fair agreement with measurements of the dimer spectra in a solid rare gas host.
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 modelthe 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 up 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 vibrational free energy of the FCC phase of dense hydrogen at 300 K is also calculated with an AI-PIMD thermodynamic integration method, which gives a result of about 0.51 eV/proton at a density of rs=0.912
Geng, Hua Y., E-mail: huay.geng@gmail.com [National Key Laboratory of Shock Wave and Detonation Physics, Institute of Fluid Physics, CAEP, P.O. Box 919-102, Mianyang, Sichuan, 621900 (China); Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Cornell University, Baker Laboratory, Ithaca, NY 14853 (United States)
2015-02-15
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 modelthe 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 up 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 vibrational free energy of the FCC phase of dense hydrogen at 300 K is also calculated with an AI-PIMD thermodynamic integration method, which gives a result of about 0.51 eV/proton at a density of r{sub s}=0.912.
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...
Geng, Hua Y.
2015-02-01
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 up 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 vibrational free energy of the FCC phase of dense hydrogen at 300 K is also calculated with an AI-PIMD thermodynamic integration method, which gives a result of about 0.51 eV/proton at a density of rs = 0.912.
Ab initio nuclear structure and reactions with chiral three-body forces
Langhammer, Joachim; Roth, Robert; Calci, Angelo [Institut fuer Kernphysik - Theoriezentrum, TU Darmstadt (Germany); Navratil, Petr [TRIUMF, Vancouver (Canada)
2014-07-01
One major ambition of ab initio nuclear theory is the description of nuclear-structure and reaction observables on equal footing. This is accomplished by combining the no-core shell model (NCSM) with the resonating-group method (RGM) to a unified ab initio approach to bound and continuum states, which is developed further to the no-core shell model with continuum (NCSMC). We present the formal developments to include three-nucleon interactions in both the NCSM/RGM and NCSMC formalism. This provides the possibility to assess the predictive power of chiral two- and three-nucleon forces in the variety of scattering observables. We study three-nucleon force effects on phase-shifts, cross sections and analyzing powers in first ab-initio studies of nucleon-{sup 4}He scattering with chiral two- and three-nucleon forces. Finally, we focus on heavier target nuclei using the NCSMC, e.g., in neutron-{sup 8}Be scattering and study the impact of the continuum on the spectrum of {sup 9}Be.
Accurate ab initio multireference configuration interaction (CI) calculations with large correlation-consistent basis sets are performed for HOCl. After extrapolation to the complete basis set limit, the ab initio data are precisely fit to give a semiglobal three-dimensional potential energy surface to describe HOCl?Cl+OH from high overtone excitation of the OH-stretch. The average absolute deviation between the ab initio and fitted energies is 4.2thinspcm-1 for energies up to 60 kcal/mol relative to the HOCl minimum. Vibrational energies of HOCl including the six overtones of the OH-stretch are computed using a vibrational-Cl method on the fitted potential and also on a slightly adjusted potential. Near-spectroscopic accuracy is obtained using the adjusted potential; the average absolute deviation between theory and experiment for 19 experimentally reported states is 4.8thinspcm-1. Very good agreement with experiment is also obtained for numerous rotational energies for the ground vibrational state, the ClO-stretch fundamental, and the fifth overtone of the OH-stretch. copyright 1998 American Institute of Physics
Density-matrix based determination of low-energy model Hamiltonians from ab initio wavefunctions.
Changlani, Hitesh J; Zheng, Huihuo; Wagner, Lucas K
2015-09-14
We propose a way of obtaining effective low energy Hubbard-like model Hamiltonians from ab initio quantum Monte Carlo calculations for molecular and extended systems. The Hamiltonian parameters are fit to best match the ab initio two-body density matrices and energies of the ground and excited states, and thus we refer to the method as ab initio density matrix based downfolding. For benzene (a finite system), we find good agreement with experimentally available energy gaps without using any experimental inputs. For graphene, a two dimensional solid (extended system) with periodic boundary conditions, we find the effective on-site Hubbard U(∗)/t to be 1.3 ± 0.2, comparable to a recent estimate based on the constrained random phase approximation. For molecules, such parameterizations enable calculation of excited states that are usually not accessible within ground state approaches. For solids, the effective Hamiltonian enables large-scale calculations using techniques designed for lattice models. PMID:26374007
7Be(p,gamma)8B S-factor from Ab Initio Wave Functions
Navratil, P; Bertulani, C A; Caurier, E
2006-10-12
There has been a significant progress in ab initio approaches to the structure of light nuclei. Starting from realistic two- and three-nucleon interactions the ab initio no-core shell model (NCSM) predicts low-lying levels in p-shell nuclei. It is a challenging task to extend ab initio methods to describe nuclear reactions. We present here a brief overview of the first steps taken toward nuclear reaction applications. In particular, we discuss our calculation of the {sup 7}Be(p,{gamma}){sup 8}B S-factor. We also present our first results of the {sup 3}He({alpha},{gamma}){sup 7}Be S-factor and of the S-factor of the mirror reaction {sup 3}H({alpha},{gamma}){sup 7}Li. The {sup 7}Be(p,{gamma}){sup 8}B and {sup 3}He({alpha},{gamma}){sup 7}Be reactions correspond to the most important uncertainties in solar model predictions of neutrino fluxes.
Heuvel, Willem Van den; Calvello, Simone; Soncini, Alessandro
2015-01-01
We present an ab initio methodology dedicated to the determination of the electronic structure and magnetic properties of ground and low-lying excited states, i.e., the crystal field levels, in lanthanide(III) complexes. Currently, the most popular and successful ab initio approach is the CASSCF/RASSI-SO method, consisting of the optimization of multiple complete active space self-consistent field (CASSCF) spin eigenfunctions, followed by full diagonalization of the spin--orbit coupling (SOC)...
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 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. (author)
Marini, Andrea
Density functional theory and many-body perturbation theory methods (such as GW and Bethe-Selpether equation) are standard approaches to the equilibrium ground and excited state properties of condensed matter systems, surfaces, molecules and other several kind of materials. At the same time ultra-fast optical spectroscopy is becoming a widely used and powerful tool for the observation of the out-of-equilibrium dynamical processes. In this case the theoretical tools (such as the Baym-Kadanoff equation) are well known but, only recently, have been merged with the ab-Initio approach. And, for this reason, highly parallel and efficient codes are lacking. Nevertheless, the combination of these two areas of research represents, for the ab-initio community, a challenging prespective as it requires the development of advanced theoretical, methodological and numerical tools. Yambo is a popular community software implementing the above methods using plane-waves and pseudo-potentials. Yambo is available to the community as open-source software, and oriented to high-performance computing. The Yambo project aims at making the simulation of these equilibrium and out-of-equilibrium complex processes available to a wide community of users. Indeed the code is used, in practice, in many countries and well beyond the European borders. Yambo is a member of the suite of codes of the MAX European Center of Excellence (Materials design at the exascale) . It is also used by the user facilities of the European Spectroscopy Facility and of the NFFA European Center (nanoscience foundries & fine analysis). In this talk I will discuss some recent numerical and methodological developments that have been implemented in Yambo towards to exploitation of next generation HPC supercomputers. In particular, I will present the hybrid MPI+OpenMP parallelization and the specific case of the response function calculation. I will also discuss the future plans of the Yambo project and its potential use as tool for science dissemination, also in third world countries. Etsf, MAX European Center of Excellence and NFFA European Center.
A new ab initio ground-state dipole moment surface for the water molecule.
Lodi, Lorenzo; Tolchenov, Roman N; Tennyson, Jonathan; Lynas-Gray, A E; Shirin, Sergei V; Zobov, Nikolai F; Polyansky, Oleg L; Csszr, Attila G; van Stralen, Joost N P; Visscher, Lucas
2008-01-28
A valence-only (V) dipole moment surface (DMS) has been computed for water at the internally contracted multireference configuration interaction level using the extended atom-centered correlation-consistent Gaussian basis set aug-cc-pV6Z. Small corrections to these dipole values, resulting from core correlation (C) and relativistic (R) effects, have also been computed and added to the V surface. The resulting DMS surface is hence called CVR. Interestingly, the C and R corrections cancel out each other almost completely over the whole grid of points investigated. The ground-state CVR dipole of H(2) (16)O is 1.8676 D. This value compares well with the best ab initio one determined in this study, 1.8539+/-0.0013 D, which in turn agrees well with the measured ground-state dipole moment of water, 1.8546(6) D. Line intensities computed with the help of the CVR DMS shows that the present DMS is highly similar to though slightly more accurate than the best previous DMS of water determined by Schwenke and Partridge [J. Chem. Phys. 113, 16 (2000)]. The influence of the precision of the rovibrational wave functions computed using different potential energy surfaces (PESs) has been investigated and proved to be small, due mostly to the small discrepancies between the best ab initio and empirical PESs of water. Several different measures to test the DMS of water are advanced. The seemingly most sensitive measure is the comparison between the ab initio line intensities and those measured by ultralong pathlength methods which are sensitive to very weak transitions. PMID:18247946
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 agreement with the experimental results. (author)
Dislocation constriction and cross-slip in Al and Ag: an ab initio study
Lu, Gang; Bulatov, Vasily V.; Kioussis, Nicholas
2002-01-01
A novel model based on the Peierls framework of dislocations is developed. The new theory can deal with a dislocation spreading at more than one slip planes. As an example, we study dislocation cross-slip and constriction process of two fcc metals, Al and Ag. The energetic parameters entering the model are determined from ab initio calculations. We find that the screw dislocation in Al can cross-slip spontaneously in contrast with that in Ag, which splits into partials and cannot cross-slip w...
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.
Simple synthesis, structure and ab initio study of 1,4-benzodiazepine-2,5-diones
Jadidi, Khosrow; Aryan, Reza; Mehrdad, Morteza; Lgger, Thomas; Ekkehardt Hahn, F.; Ng, Seik Weng
2004-04-01
A simple procedure for the synthesis of pyrido[2,1-c][1,4] benzodiazepine-6,12-dione ( 1) and 1,4-benzodiazepine-2,5-diones ( 2a- 2d), using microwave irradiation and/or conventional heating is reported. The configuration of 1 was determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. A detailed ab initio B3LYP/6-31G* calculation of structural parameters and substituent effects on ring inversion barriers (? G#) and also free energy differences (? G0) for benzodiazepines are reported.
Ab initio electronic properties of dual phosphorus monolayers in silicon
Drumm, Daniel W.; Per, Manolo C.; Budi, Akin; Hollenberg, Lloyd C.L.; Russo, Salvy P.
2014-01-01
, investigating the fundamental electronic properties of monolayer pairs. Quantitative band splittings and the electronic density are presented, along with effects of the layers’ relative alignment and comments on disordered systems, and for the first time, the effective electronic widths of such device......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...
Jagoda-Cwiklik, Barbara; Slavíček, P.; Nolting, D.; Winter, B.; Jungwirth, Pavel
2008-01-01
Roč. 112, č. 25 (2008), s. 7355-7358. ISSN 1520-6106 R&D Projects: GA MŠk LC512; GA ČR GA203/07/1006 Grant ostatní: DFG(DE) WI1327/3-1; GA ČR(CZ) GP203/07/P449 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40550506 Keywords : protenated imidazole * ab initio calculations * photoelectron spectroscopy Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 4.189, year: 2008
Ab initio study of the EFG at the N sites in imidazole
We study the nuclear quadrupole interaction at the nitrogen sites in the molecular and crystalline phases of the imidazole compound. We use PAW which is a state-of-the-art method to calculate the electronic structure and electric field gradient at the nucleus in the framework of the density functional theory. The quadrupole frequencies at both imino and amino N sites are in excellent agreement with measurements. This is the first time that the electric field gradient at crystalline imidazole is correctly treated by an ab initio theoretical approach.
Site occupancy trend of Co in Ni2MnIn: Ab initio approach
The trend of site occupation of Co at Ni sites of Ni2MnIn system is studied in austenitic phase having L21 structure by ab initio density functional theory (DFT) calculation. The Co atoms prefer to be at Ni sites rather than Mn site and are ferromagetically coupled with Ni and Mn. The ground state has tetragonal structure for Ni1.5Co0.5MnIn and Ni1.25Co0.75MnIn. The Co tends to form cluster
Woodcock, H. Lee, III; Moran, Damian; Pastor, Richard W.; Mackerell, Alexander D.; Brooks, Bernard R.
2007-01-01
A range of ab initio calculations were carried out on the axial and equatorial anomers of the model carbohydrate 2-ethoxy tetrahydropyran to evaluate the level of theory required to accurately evaluate the glycosyl dihedral angle and the anomeric ratio. Vacuum CCSD(T)/CBS extrapolations at the global minimum yield ΔE = Eequatorial − Eaxial = 1.42 kcal/mol. When corrected for solvent (by the IEFPCM model), zero-point vibrations and entropy, ΔG298 = 0.49 kcal/mol, in excellent agreement with th...
Quantum chemistry the development of ab initio methods in molecular electronic structure theory
Schaefer III, Henry F
2004-01-01
This guide is guaranteed to prove of keen interest to the broad spectrum of experimental chemists who use electronic structure theory to assist in the interpretation of their laboratory findings. A list of 150 landmark papers in ab initio molecular electronic structure methods, it features the first page of each paper (which usually encompasses the abstract and introduction). Its primary focus is methodology, rather than the examination of particular chemical problems, and the selected papers either present new and important methods or illustrate the effectiveness of existing methods in predi
Wang, Shidong; Wang, Zhao; Setyawan, Wahyu; Mingo, Natalio; Curtarolo, Stefano
2012-02-01
In order to identify promising thermoelectric materials, we study several thousand compounds from the ICSD database. In particular, we consider nano-grained sintered power thermoelectric compounds with the high-throughput ab initio AFLOW framework (http://aflowlib.org and http://materials.duke.edu/aflow.html). By regression analysis, we find that the power factor is positively correlated to electronic band gap, carrier effective mass, and the number of atoms per unit cell. This work illustrates the important role that experimental and theoretical databases can play in the development of novel materials.
Ab initio theory of NMR chemical shifts in solids and liquids
Mauri, F; Louie, S G; Mauri, Francesco; Pfrommer, Bernd G.; Louie, Steven G.
1996-01-01
We present a theory for the ab-initio computation of NMR chemical shifts (sigma) in condensed matter systems, using periodic boundary conditions. Our approach can be applied to periodic systems such as crystals, surfaces, or polymers and, with a super-cell technique, to non-periodic systems such as amorphous materials, liquids, or solids with defects. We have computed the hydrogen sigma for a set of free molecules, for an ionic crystal, LiH, and for a H-bonded crystal, HF, using density functional theory in the local density approximation. The results are in excellent agreement with experimental data.
Current rectification by simple molecular quantum dots: an ab-initio study
Larade, B.; Bratkovsky, A. M.
2003-01-01
We calculate a current rectification by molecules containing a conjugated molecular group sandwiched between two saturated (insulating) molecular groups of different length (molecular quantum dot) using an ab-initio non-equilibrium Green's function method. In particular, we study S-(CH2)m-C10H6-(CH2)n-S dithiol with Naphthalene as a conjugated central group. The rectification current ratio ~35 has been observed at m = 2 and n = 10, due to resonant tunneling through the molecular orbital (MO) ...
Second generation wave-function thermostat for ab-initio molecular dynamics
Blchl, P E
2001-01-01
A rigorous two-thermostat formulation for ab-initio molecular dynamics using the fictitious Lagrangian approach is presented. It integrates the concepts of mass renormalization and temperature control for the wave functions. The new thermostat adapts to the instantaneous kinetic energy of the nuclei and thus minimizes its influence on the dynamics. Deviations from the canonical ensemble, which are possible in the previous two-thermostat formulation, are avoided. The method uses a model for the effective mass of the wave functions, which is open to systematic improvement.
Pietrucci, Fabio; Andreoni, Wanda
2011-08-01
Social permutation invariant coordinates are introduced describing the bond network around a given atom. They originate from the largest eigenvalue and the corresponding eigenvector of the contact matrix, are invariant under permutation of identical atoms, and bear a clear signature of an order-disorder transition. Once combined with ab initio metadynamics, these coordinates are shown to be a powerful tool for the discovery of low-energy isomers of molecules and nanoclusters as well as for a blind exploration of isomerization, association, and dissociation reactions.
Vibrational energy levels for CH4 from an ab initio potential
Schwenke, D. W.; Partridge, H.
2001-01-01
Many areas of astronomy and astrophysics require an accurate high temperature spectrum of methane (CH4). The goal of the present research is to determine an accurate ab initio potential energy surface (PES) for CH4. As a first step towards this goal, we have determined a PES including up to octic terms. We compare our results with experiment and to a PES based on a quartic expansion. Our octic PES gives good agreement with experiment for all levels, while the quartic PES only for the lower levels.
Kurova, N. V., E-mail: kurova_natasha@mail.ru; Burdov, V. A. [Lobachevskii Nizhni Novgorod State University (Russian Federation)
2013-12-15
The results of ab initio calculations of the electronic structure of Si nanocrystals doped with shallow donors (Li, P) are reported. It is shown that phosphorus introduces much more significant distortions into the electronic structure of the nanocrystal than lithium, which is due to the stronger central cell potential of the phosphorus ion. It is found that the Li-induced splitting of the ground state in the conduction band of the nanocrystal into the singlet, doublet, and triplet retains its inverse structure typical for bulk silicon.
An adaptive finite-element method for large-scale ab initio molecular dynamics simulations.
Tsuchida, Eiji; Choe, Yoong-Kee; Ohkubo, Takahiro
2015-12-21
We present the current status of the finite-element method for large-scale atomistic simulations based on the density-functional theory. After a brief overview of our formulation, we describe recent developments, including the optimal choice of adaptive coordinates, an efficient implementation of the ground-state calculations, and a remedy for the eggbox effect. As a new application of our formulation, we present ab initio molecular dynamics simulations on sulfonated poly(4-phenoxybenzoyl-1,4-phenylene) (SPPBP), which is a typical example of polymer electrolyte membranes for fuel cells. PMID:25891523
Charge carrier motion in disordered conjugated polymers: a multiscale ab-initio study
Vukmirovic, Nenad; Wang, Lin-Wang
2009-11-10
We developed an ab-initio multiscale method for simulation of carrier transport in large disordered systems, based on direct calculation of electronic states and electron-phonon coupling constants. It enabled us to obtain the never seen before rich microscopic details of carrier motion in conjugated polymers, which led us to question several assumptions of phenomenological models, widely used in such systems. The macroscopic mobility of disordered poly(3- hexylthiophene) (P3HT) polymer, extracted from our simulation, is in agreement with experimental results from the literature.
Jiang, Jin-Wu; Zhao, Junhua; Zhou, Kun; Rabczuk, Timon
2012-01-01
The upper limit of the thermal conductivity and the mechanical strength are predicted for the polyethylene chain, by performing the {\\it ab initio} calculation and applying the quantum mechanical non-equilibrium Green's function approach. Specially, there are two main findings from our calculation: (1). the thermal conductivity can reach a high value of 310 W/K/m in a 100 nm polyethylene chain at room temperature; (2). the Young's modulus in the polyethylene chain is as high as 374.5 GPa, and...
Lithium incorporation at the MoS2/graphene interface: an ab initio investigation
Miwa, Roberto H.; Scopel, Wanderla L.
2013-01-01
Based on ab initio calculations, we examine the incorporation of Li atoms in the MoS2/graphene interface. We find that the intercalated Li atoms are energetically more stable than Li atoms adsorbed on the MoS2 surface. The intercalated atoms interact with both graphene sheet and MoS2 layer, increasing the Li binding energies. However, the equilibrium geometries are ruled by the MoS2 layer, where the intercalated Li atoms lie on the top (Li_T) and hollow (Li_H) sites of the MoS2 layer. We calc...
Ab initio adiabatic and quasidiabatic potential energy surfaces of H++ CN system
Bhargava Anusuri; Sanjay Kumar
2016-02-01
We present restricted geometry (collinear and perpendicular approaches of proton) ab initio three dimensional potential energy surfaces for H++ CN system. The calculations were performed at the internally contracted multi-reference configuration interaction level of theory using Dunning’s correlation consistent polarized valence triple zeta basis set. Adiabatic and quasidiabatic surfaces have been computed for the ground and the first excited electronic states. Nonadiabatic effects arising from radial coupling have been analyzed in terms of nonadiabatic coupling matrix elements and coupling potentials.
Curchod, Basile F. E.; Rauer, Clemens; Marquetand, Philipp; González, Leticia; Martínez, Todd J.
2016-03-01
Full multiple spawning is a formally exact method to describe the excited-state dynamics of molecular systems beyond the Born-Oppenheimer approximation. However, it has been limited until now to the description of radiationless transitions taking place between electronic states with the same spin multiplicity. This Communication presents a generalization of the full and ab initio multiple spawning methods to both internal conversion (mediated by nonadiabatic coupling terms) and intersystem crossing events (triggered by spin-orbit coupling matrix elements) based on a spin-diabatic representation. The results of two numerical applications, a model system and the deactivation of thioformaldehyde, validate the presented formalism and its implementation.
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
ab initio calculations on alkali atom - rare gas Van Der Waals clusters
Lee, Bo Soon; Lee, Sung Yul [Kyunghee Univ., Yongin (Korea, Republic of)
2000-06-01
ab initio calculations are presented for M-Rg and M-Rg{sub 2} (M=Li, Na, Rg=He, Ar) can der Waals clusters. Internuclear distances and binding energies of LiHe, LiAr and NaAr obtained by all-electron MP2/(6-311++G(3df, 3pd)) method are in good agreement with experimental values. Calculated properties of LiHe{sub 2}, LiAr{sub 2}, NaHe{sub 2} and NaAr{sub 2} are also reported.
Ab Initio Calculations of Singlet and Triplet Excited States of Chlorine Nitrate and Nitric Acid
Grana, Ana M.; Lee, Timothy J.; Head-Gordon, Martin; Langhoff, Stephen R. (Technical Monitor)
1994-01-01
Ab initio calculations of vertical excitations to singlet and triplet excited states of chlorine nitrate and nitric acid are reported. The nature of the electronic transitions are examined by decomposing the difference density into the sum of detachment and attachment densities. Counterparts for the three lowest singlet excited states of nitric acid survive relatively unperturbed in chlorine nitrate, while other low-lying singlet states of chlorine nitrate appear to be directly dissociative in the ClO chromophore. These results suggest an assignment of the two main peaks in the experimental chlorine nitrate absorption spectrum. In addition, triplet vertical excitations and the lowest optimized triplet geometries of both molecules are studied.
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)
Exploring proton transfer in 1,2,3-triazole-triazolium dimer with ab initio method
Li, Ailin; Yan, Tianying; Shen, Panwen [Department of Material Chemistry, Institute of New Energy Material Chemistry, Nankai University, Tianjin, 300071 (China)
2011-02-01
Ab initio calculations are utilized to search for transition state structures for proton transfer in the 1,2,3-triazole-triazolium complexes on the basis of optimized dimers. The result suggests six transition state structures for single proton transfer in the complexes, most of which are coplanar. The energy barriers, between different stable and transition states structures with zero point energy (ZPE) corrections, show that proton transfer occurs at room temperature with coplanar configuration that has the lowest energy. The results clearly support that reorientation gives triazole flexibility for proton transfer. (author)
Pride, Prejudice, and Penury of {\\it ab initio} transport calculations for single molecules
Evers, F
2006-01-01
Recent progress in measuring the transport properties of individual molecules has triggered a substantial demand for {\\it ab initio} transport calculations. Even though program packages are commercially available and placed on custom tailored to address this task, reliable information often is difficult and very time consuming to attain in the vast majority of cases, namely when the molecular conductance is much smaller than $e^2/h$. The article recapitulates procedures for molecular transport calculations from the point of view of time-dependent density functional theory. Emphasis is describing the foundations of the ``standard method''. Pitfalls will be uncovered and the domain of applicability discussed.
Kozlov, Maxim I.; Poddubnyy, Vladimir V.; Glebov, Ilya O.; Belov, Aleksandr S.; Khokhlov, Daniil V.
2016-02-01
The electronic properties of light-harvesting complexes determine the efficiency of energy transfer in photosynthetic antennae. Ab initio calculations of the electronic properties of bacteriochlorophylls (composing the LH1 complex of the purple bacteria Thermochromatium tepidum) were performed. Based on these calculations, the excitonic Hamiltonian of a native cyclic complex and the Hamiltonians of open complexes with several removed bacteriochlorophylls were constructed. Absorption spectra calculated based on these Hamiltonians agree well with the experimental data. We found that the parameters of interaction between the neighboring bacteriochlorophylls are significantly larger than the empirical parameters suggested previously.
Ab initio-Theory of Point Defects and Defect Complexes in SiC
Mattausch, Alexander
2005-01-01
The work investigates the intrinsic and extrinsic defects in SiC by means of an ab initio approach based on density functional theory. This includes the study of the migration of the defects as well as the impact of the intrinsic defects on the annealing of the implantation damage and on the dopant diffusion. The vibrational signatures of carbon-related defects and defect aggregates are obtained, allowing a comparison with the photoluminescence data. We show in this work that the silicon and ...
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 10.5
Elastic Properties of CaSiO3 Perovskite from ab initio Molecular Dynamics
Shigeaki Ono
2013-01-01
Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations were performed to investigate the elasticity of cubic CaSiO3 perovskite at high pressure and temperature. All three independent elastic constants for cubic CaSiO3 perovskite, C11, C12, and C44, were calculated from the computation of stress generated by small strains. The elastic constants were used to estimate the moduli and seismic wave velocities at the high pressure and high temperature characteristic of the Earth’s interior. The dependence of temp...
A study on defect energy in UO{sub 2} lattice using ab initio DFT
Kim, Sung Ryul; Kim, Yong Uhn [Chungbuk National University, Cheongju (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Hee Moon; Park, Chang Je; Jin, Young Gwan; Ahn, Sang Bok [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Yun, Youn Suk [Paul Scherrer Institute, Villigen (Switzerland); Park, Kwang Heon [Kyunghee University, Yongin (Korea, Republic of)
2012-05-15
The behavior of fission gases is an important limiting factor for the nuclear fuel performance, as fission gas release affects the pressure and temperature of the fuel rod. The point defects are a major diffusion channel for fission gases. The defect energies and mobility energies are needed to know the fission gas mobility in point defect. In this study, we performed ab initio total energy calculations to investigate the defect energies and employed a large super cell containing 96 atoms to decrease defect-defect interaction. The formation energy of intrinsic defects indicates that the accuracy of the present modeling is significantly improved, compared with previous studies
Ab initio quantum chemistry: A source of ideas for lattice gauge theorists
Ab initio quantum chemistry is an emerging computational area that is fifty years ahead of lattice gauge theory, a principal competitor for supercomputer time, and a rich source of new ideas and new approaches to the computation of many fermion systems. An overview of the history, current prospects and future frontiers of quantum chemistry is given, with special emphasis on lessons for lattice gauge theory. Particular reference is given to the role of Gaussian basis functions (in place of grids) and analytic (as opposed to Monte Carlo) methods. The main recommendation to lattice gauge theorists is for greater emphasis on infinite momentum frame studies, using Gaussian basis functions. (orig.)
Ab initio calculations of 14N and 15N hyperfine structures
Jönsson, P; Nemouchi, M; Godefroid, M
2010-01-01
Hyperfine structure parameters are calculated for the 2p2(3P)3s 4P_J, 2p2(3P)3p 4Po_J and 2p2(3P)3p 4Do_J levels, using the ab initio multiconfiguration Hartree-Fock method. The theoretical hyperfine coupling constants are in complete disagreement with the experimental values of Jennerich et al. (EPJD 40(2006), 81) deduced from the analysis of the near-infrared Doppler-free saturated absorption spectra.
Formation and stability of cellular carbon foam structures: an ab initio study.
Zhu, Zhen; Tomnek, David
2012-09-28
We use ab initio density functional calculations to study the formation and structural as well as thermal stability of cellular foamlike carbon nanostructures. These systems with a mixed sp(2)/sp(3) bonding character may be viewed as bundles of carbon nanotubes fused to a rigid contiguous 3D honeycomb structure that can be compressed more easily by reducing the symmetry of the honeycombs. The foam may accommodate the same type of defects as graphene, and its surface may be stabilized by terminating caps. We postulate that the foam may form under nonequilibrium conditions near grain boundaries of a carbon-saturated metal surface. PMID:23030101
Ab Initio Cosmological Simulations of CR7 as an Active Black Hole
Smidt, Joseph; Wiggins, Brandon K.; 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 ...
Ab initio many-body calculations of the 4He photo-absorption cross section
Schuster, Micah D; Johnson, Calvin W; Jurgenson, Eric D; Navratil, Petr
2013-01-01
A major goal of nuclear theory is to make quantitative calculations of low-energy nuclear observables starting from microscopic internucleon forces. Computationally, this is complicated by the large model spaces needed to reach convergence in many-body approaches, such as the no-core shell model (NCSM). In recent years, the similarity renormalization group (SRG) has provided a powerful and versatile means to soften interactions for ab initio structure calculations, thus leading to convergence within smaller model spaces. Here we compute the 4He total photo absorption cross section and study, for the first time, the consistency of the SRG approach in a continuum observable.
Ab initio calculations of the optical properties of ions in glass
There is interest in the optical properties of ions in insulating glasses for various applications. This paper addresses the task of predicting optical properties of ions in glass from first principles given only the physics of the constituent atoms. The prospects for developing such ab initio-computation procedures are gleaned from examining the progress made in understanding the properties of dopant ions in crystals. It is probable that in 20 years, there will be reliable procedures for predicting optical properties of ions in crystals, but the development of corresponding procedures for complex glasses is a herculean task. The use of computer simulations is addressed
Ab initio Path Integral Molecular Dynamics Based on Fragment Molecular Orbital Method
Fujita, Takatoshi; Watanabe, Hirofumi; Tanaka, Shigenori
2009-10-01
We have developed an ab initio path integral molecular dynamics method based on the fragment molecular orbital method. This FMO-PIMD method can treat both nuclei and electrons quantum mechanically, and is useful to simulate large hydrogen-bonded systems with high accuracy. After a benchmark calculation for water monomer, water trimer and glycine pentamer have been studied using the FMO-PIMD method to investigate nuclear quantum effects on structure and molecular interactions. The applicability of the present approach is demonstrated through a number of test calculations.
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.
An ab initio approach to spin transport in magnetic tunnel junctions with disorder
Franz, Christian
2015-01-01
In this work we investigate the spin(-dependent) transport in FeCo/MgO/FeCo magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJ) using advanced ab initio methods. Here, a special focus lies on the impact of the disordered alloy leads with varying Co concentration. The central effect in these MTJs is the dependence of the tunneling probability of the conduction electrons on their symmetry character (symmetry selection); this is a result of the epitaxial MgO barrier. In combination with the band structure of the...
The hydrogen diffusion in liquid aluminum alloys from ab initio molecular dynamics.
Jakse, N; Pasturel, A
2014-09-01
We study the hydrogen diffusion in liquid aluminum alloys through extensive ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. At the microscopic scale, we show that the hydrogen motion is characterized by a broad distribution of spatial jumps that does not correspond to a Brownian motion. To determine the self-diffusion coefficient of hydrogen in liquid aluminum alloys, we use a generalized continuous time random walk model recently developed to describe the hydrogen diffusion in pure aluminum. In particular, we show that the model successfully accounts the effects of alloying elements on the hydrogen diffusion in agreement with experimental features. PMID:25194378
Using Kubo's linear response theory, we derive expressions for the frequency-dependent electrical conductivity (Kubo-Greenwood formula), thermopower, and thermal conductivity in a strongly correlated electron system. These are evaluated within ab initio molecular dynamics simulations in order to study the thermoelectric transport coefficients in dense liquid hydrogen, especially near the nonmetal-to-metal transition region. We also observe significant deviations from the widely used Wiedemann-Franz law, which is strictly valid only for degenerate systems, and give an estimate for its valid scope of application toward lower densities.
The electronic transport properties of monolayer graphene with extreme physical deformation are studied using ab initio calculations. The aim is to explore the influence of physical bending on transport properties and identify the most important geometrical parameter. The transmission spectra are relatively insensitive to the geometrical parameters in low-energy regions-even in the extreme case of uniaxial bending. The results suggest that graphene, with its superb electromechanical robustness, could serve as a viable nanoscale material platform in a wide spectrum of applications such as photovoltaics, flexible electronics, and 3D carbon chips.
We present exemplary results of extensive studies of mechanical, electronic and transport properties of covalent functionalization of graphene monolayers (GML). We report new results of ab initio studies for covalent functionalization of GML with ?NH2 groups up to 12.5 % concentration. Our studies are performed in the framework of the density functional theory (DFT) and non-equilibrium Greens function (NEGF). We discuss the stability (adsorption energy), elastic moduli, electronic structure, band gaps, and effective electron masses as a function of the density of the adsorbed molecules. We also show the conductance and current voltage I(V) characteristics for these systems
Shaughnessy, M C; Jones, R E
2016-02-01
We develop and demonstrate a method to efficiently use density functional calculations to drive classical dynamics of complex atomic and molecular systems. The method has the potential to scale to systems and time scales unreachable with current ab initio molecular dynamics schemes. It relies on an adapting dataset of independently computed Hellmann-Feynman forces for atomic configurations endowed with a distance metric. The metric on configurations enables fast database lookup and robust interpolation of the stored forces. We discuss mechanisms for the database to adapt to the needs of the evolving dynamics, while maintaining accuracy, and other extensions of the basic algorithm. PMID:26669825
Ab initio simulation of particle momentum distributions in high-pressure water
Applying pressure to water reduces the average oxygen-oxygen distance, and facilitates the delocalisation of protons along the hydrogen bond. This pressure-induced delocalisation is further enhanced by the quantum nature of hydrogen nuclei, which is very significant even well above room temperature. Here we will evaluate the quantum kinetic energy and the particle momentum distribution of hydrogen and oxygen nuclei in water at extreme pressure, using ab initio path integral molecular dynamics. We will show that (transient) dissociation of water molecules induce measurable changes in the kinetic energy hydrogen atoms, although current deep inelastic scattering experiments are probably unable to capture the heterogeneity of the sample
Cobalt-doped ZnO nanocrystals: quantum confinement and surface effects from ab initio methods.
Schoenhalz, Aline L; Dalpian, Gustavo M
2013-10-14
Cobalt-doped ZnO nanocrystals were studied through ab initio methods based on the Density Functional Theory. Both quantum confinement and surface effects were explicitly taken into account. When only quantum confinement effects are considered, Co atoms interact through a superexchange mechanism, stabilizing an antiferromagnetic ground state. Usually, this is the case for high quality nanoparticles with perfect surface saturation. When the surfaces were considered, a strong hybridization between the Co atoms and surfaces was observed, strongly changing their electronic and magnetic properties. Our results indicated that the surfaces might qualitatively change the properties of impurities in semiconductor nanocrystals. PMID:23942732
Experimental and ab initio study of the photofragmentation of DNA and RNA sugars
The photoelectron-photoion-photoion coincidence method is used to measure the photodissociation of doubly charged D-ribose (C5H10O5), the RNA sugar molecules, and 2-deoxy-D-ribose (C5H10O4), the DNA sugar molecules, following normal Auger decay after initial C 1s and O 1s core ionizations. The fragment identification is facilitated by measuring isotopically labeled D-ribose, such as D-ribose deuterated at C(1), and with 13C at the C(5) position. Ab initio quantum chemistry calculations are used to gain further insight into the abundant appearance of the CHO+ fragment.
Solvent effects on 2-methoxyethanol conformers: an ab initio DFT study using the SCI-PCModel
Gil, Francisco P. S. C.; Teixeira-Dias, J. J. C.
1999-01-01
The four stable conformers of 2-methoxyethanol, CH3O-CH2-CH2-OH (tgg', ggg', ttg and ttt) are studied by ab initio calculations using the SCRF theory and the SCI-PCModel to assess solvent effects on the structure and vibrational spectra of this compound. Full geometry optimizations were carried out at the B3LYP/6-311+G(3df,2df,2p)//B3LYP/6-31G(d) level, and normal mode calculations were performed within the harmonic approximation using the B3LYP/6-31G(d) derived force fields. The solvent, her...
Atomic ionization of germanium by neutrinos from an ab initio approach
An ab initio calculation of atomic ionization of germanium by neutrinos was carried out in the framework of multiconfiguration relativistic random phase approximation and benchmarked by related atomic structure and photoabsorption data. This improves over the conventional approach based on scattering off free electrons whose validity at sub-keV energy transfer is questionable. Limits on neutrino magnetic moments are derived using reactor neutrino data taken with low threshold germanium detectors. Future applications of these atomic techniques will greatly reduce the atomic uncertainties in low-energy neutrino and dark matter detections.
Ishimura, Hiromi; Kadoya, Ryushi; Suzuki, Tomoya; Murakawa, Takeru; Shulga, Sergiy; Kurita, Noriyuki
2015-07-01
Alzheimer's disease is caused by accumulation of amyloid-β (Aβ) peptides in a brain. To suppress the production of Aβ peptides, it is effective to inhibit the cleavage of amyloid precursor protein (APP) by secretases. However, because the secretases also play important roles to produce vital proteins for human body, inhibitors for the secretases may have side effects. To propose new agents for protecting the cleavage site of APP from the attacking of the γ-secretase, we have investigated here the specific interactions between a short APP peptide and curcumin derivatives, using protein-ligand docking as well as ab initio molecular simulations.
Magnetoelastic effects in ultrathin epitaxial Ni films: an ab initio study
The effect of the nonlinear magnetoelastic coupling on the magnetostrictive stress and the magnetic anisotropy of epitaxially grown ultrathin Ni films with large epitaxial strain is investigated by the ab initio density functional electron theory. The nonlinear coupling has a considerable influence on the magnetostrictive stress, in agreement with the experimental results from the optical bending beam technique, but a weaker influence on the stress-induced magnetic anisotropy. Estimates are given for the nonlinear magnetoelastic coupling coefficients m1γ,2 and m2γ,2. The results are compared with those for Fe
Precise Ab-initio prediction of terahertz vibrational modes in crystalline systems
Jepsen, Peter Uhd; Clark, Stewart J.
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....
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
Raman and ab initio studies of simple and binary 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium ionic liquids
Berg, R.W.; Deetlefs, M.; Seddon, K.R.; Shim, Irene; Thompson, J.M.
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...... calculations. The previously reported anti and gauche forms of the [C(4)mim](+) cation have been observed, and this study reveals this to be a general feature of the long-chain I-alkyl derivatives. Analysis of mixtures Of [C(6)mim]Cl and [C(6)mim][PF6] has provided information on the nature of the hydrogen...
High-level ab initio studies using the 6-311G(3d/f, 2p) basis set with electron correlation included at the second-order Moller Plesset perturbation theory are reported. At this level, full geometry optimization was performed, followed by calculation of the vibrational IR spectrum. Predicted molecular parameters (bond lengths, bond angles, dipole moment, rotational constants) and vibrational IR spectra (harmonic wave numbers, absolute intensities) of formaldehyde and its deuterated species agree very well with the experimental data
Ab-initio molecular treatment of the symmetric Mg2+-Mg charge transfer process
Amami, M.; Moussa, A.; Zaidi, A.; Lahmar, S.; Bacchus-Montabonel, M. C.
2016-02-01
Potential energy curves of the MgMg2+ molecular system in the lowest electronic states as well as radial and rotational couplings between these states are obtained from ab-initio calculations at the CASSCF/MRCI level of theory using large basis sets. These data are used to investigate, via the semi-classical molecular close coupling method, the single symmetric charge transfer processes of Mg2+-Mg collisions in the [1.0-650] keV laboratory energy range. Total and partial cross sections for the expected capture channels are calculated and compared with the available experimental and theoretical results.
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.
Ab initio calculation of the spectrum and structure of $^{16}$O
Epelbaum, Evgeny; Lähde, Timo A; Lee, Dean; Meißner, Ulf-G; Rupak, Gautam
2013-01-01
We present ab initio lattice calculations of the low-energy even-parity states of $^{16}$O using chiral nuclear effective field theory. We find good agreement with the empirical energy spectrum, and with the electromagnetic properties and transition rates. For the ground state, we find that the nucleons are arranged in a tetrahedral configuration of alpha clusters. For the first excited spin-0 state, we find that the predominant structure is a square configuration of alpha clusters, with rotational excitations that include the first spin-2 state.
Ab initio calculations of {sup 14}N and {sup 15}N hyperfine structures
Joensson, P [Center for Technology Studies, Malmoe University, 205-06 Malmoe (Sweden); Carette, T; Godefroid, M [Chimie Quantique et Photophysique, CP160/09, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Av. F.D. Roosevelt 50, B-1050 Brussels (Belgium); Nemouchi, M, E-mail: mrgodef@ulb.ac.b [Laboratoire d' Electronique Quantique, Faculte de Physique, USTHB, BP32, El-Alia, Algiers (Algeria)
2010-06-14
Hyperfine structure parameters are calculated for the 2p{sup 2}({sup 3}P)3s {sup 4}P{sub J}, 2p{sup 2}({sup 3}P)3p {sup 4}P{sup o}{sub J} and 2p{sup 2}({sup 3}P)3p {sup 4}D{sup o}{sub J} levels, using the ab initio multiconfiguration Hartree-Fock method. The theoretical hyperfine coupling constants are in complete disagreement with the experimental values of Jennerich et al deduced from the analysis of the near-infrared Doppler-free saturated absorption spectra.
Mechanical properties of graphite oxides: Ab initio simulations and continuum theory
Incze, Andrei; Pasturel, Alain; Peyla, Philippe
2004-12-01
The mechanical properties of oxidized graphitic layers are calculated by atomic ab initio simulations and continuum theory of elasticity. The adsorption of atomic oxygen atoms induces a nanocorrugation as well as a local bonding reinforcement that modify the bending coefficient of a graphite layer. As a matter of fact, a surface oxygen composition of 12.5% leads to an increase of the rigidity coefficient by more than a factor of 40. We thus demonstrate that oxidation also has a considerable impact on the mechanical properties of graphite structures.
Paulo Meneghelli
2001-01-01
Full Text Available Possible reasons of low reactivities of some N-(2-X-benzoyl imidazoles utilising ab initio Hartree-Fock calculations have been studied in imidazole-catalyzed hydrolysis. The elucidation of its molecular structures display that the inhibition of resonance, between the carbonyl group and the aromatic moiety, due to steric effects are very much important than that a possible stabilization of the reactant state by a donor-acceptor effects interaction between the orto nitro group of benzene ring and the imidazole ring.
Testing the density matrix expansion against ab initio calculations of trapped neutron drops
Microscopic input to a universal nuclear energy density functional can be provided through the density matrix expansion (DME), which has recently been revived and improved. Several DME implementation strategies are tested for neutron drop systems in harmonic traps by comparing to Hartree-Fock (HF) and ab initio no-core full configuration (NCFC) calculations with a model interaction (Minnesota potential). The new DME with exact treatment of Hartree contributions is found to best reproduce HF results and supplementing the functional with fit Skyrme-like contact terms shows systematic improvement toward the full NCFC results.
Testing the density matrix expansion against ab initio calculations of trapped neutron drops
Bogner, S K; Hergert, H; Kortelainen, M; Maris, P; Stoitsov, M; Vary, J P
2011-01-01
Microscopic input to a universal nuclear energy density functional can be provided through the density matrix expansion (DME), which has recently been revived and improved. Several DME implementation strategies are tested for neutron drop systems in harmonic traps by comparing to Hartree-Fock (HF) and ab initio no-core full configuration (NCFC) calculations with a model interaction (Minnesota potential). The new DME with exact treatment of Hartree contributions is found to best reproduce HF results and supplementing the functional with fit Skyrme-like contact terms shows systematic improvement toward the full NCFC results.
Abinitio prediction of the critical thickness of a precipitate.
Sampath, S; Janisch, R
2013-09-01
Segregation and precipitation of second phases in metals and metallic alloys is an important phenomenon that has a strong influence on the mechanical properties of the material. Models exist that describe the growth of coherent, semi-coherent and incoherent precipitates. One important parameter of these models is the energy of the interface between matrix and precipitate. In this work we apply ab initio density functional theory calculations to obtain this parameter and to understand how it depends on chemical composition and mechanical strain at the interface.Our example is a metastable Mo-C phase, the body-centred tetragonal structure, which exists as a semi-coherent precipitate in body-centred cubic molybdenum. The interface of this precipitate is supposed to change from coherent to semi-coherent during the growth of the precipitate. We predict the critical thickness of the precipitate by calculating the different contributions to a semi-coherent interface energy by means of ab initio density functional theory calculations. The parameters in our model include the elastic strain energy stored in the precipitate, as well as a misfit dislocation energy that depends on the dislocation core width and the dislocation spacing. Our predicted critical thickness agrees well with experimental observations. PMID:23896820
A theoretical study of Ti nanoparticle effect on sodium water reaction: Using ab initio calculation
Kim, Soo Jae; Park, Gunyeop [Department of Mechanical Engineering, POSTECH, Pohang, Gyungbuk 790-784 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Moo Hwan [Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety, Yuseong, Daejeon 305-338 (Korea, Republic of); Park, Hyun Sun, E-mail: hejsunny@postech.ac.kr [Division of Advanced Nuclear Engineering, POSTECH, Pohang, Gyungbuk 790-784 (Korea, Republic of); Baek, JeHyun [Department of Mechanical Engineering, POSTECH, Pohang, Gyungbuk 790-784 (Korea, Republic of)
2015-01-15
Highlights: • We report effectiveness and possible mechanisms of Na atom and Ti nanoparticle surface interaction to the sodium water reaction. • Chemical interaction between Na atom and Ti nanoparticle surface was evaluated by ab initio calculation with density functional theory. • Covalent like metallic Na adsorbed atomic layer onto Ti(0 0 0 1) surface was found and its strength was evaluated as 1.65 eV. • We postulate that strong chemical interaction between Na atoms and Ti NP surface increase both hydration energy and activation energy required initiate SWR. - Abstract: The sodium–water reaction (SWR) is a serious impediment to development of sodium fast cooled nuclear reactors. The reaction can be suppressed by suspending 2 at% of 10-nm Ti nanoparticles (NPs) in liquid Na, but the mechanisms by which the Ti NPs suppress the SWR are not known. In this study, ab initio calculation revealed a strong chemical bond with interaction strength 1.65 eV (64.5 kT at 298 K) between Na atoms and the Ti NP surface. We postulate that this interaction with Ti atoms causes a layer of Na atoms to form on the Ti NP surface, and that this layer increases both hydration energy and the activation energy required to initiate SWR. As a result, these interactions suppress the SWR by reducing effective reaction area.
Horn?ek, Jan; Kaprlov, Petra; Bou?, Petr
2007-08-01
An algorithm allowing simulating vibrational spectra from classical time-dependent trajectories was applied for infrared absorption, vibrational circular dichroism, Raman, and Raman optical activity of model harmonic systems. The implementation of the theory within the TINKER molecular dynamics (MD) program package was tested with ab initio harmonic force fields in order to determine the feasibility for more extended MD simulations. The results suggest that sufficiently accurate frequencies can be simulated with integration time steps shorter than about 0.5fs. For a given integration time step, lower vibrational frequencies (0-2000cm-1) could be reproduced with a higher accuracy than higher-frequency vibrational modes (e.g., O-H and C-H stretching). In principle, the algorithm also provides correct intensities for ideal systems. In applied simulations, however, the intensity profiles are affected by an unrealistic energy distribution between normal modes and a slow energy relaxation. Additionally, the energy fluctuations may cause weakening of the intensities on average. For ab initio force fields, these obstacles could be overcome by an arbitrary normal mode energy correction. For general MD simulations, averaging of many shorter MD trajectories started with randomly distributed atomic velocities provided the best spectral shapes. ?-pinene, D-gluconic acid, formaldehyde dimer, and the acetylprolineamide molecule were used in the tests.
Ab initio calculations of the optical properties of crystalline and liquid InSb
Sano, Haruyuki; Mizutani, Goro
2015-11-01
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.
Ab Initio Study of Hot Carriers in the First Picosecond after Sunlight Absorption in Silicon
Bernardi, Marco; Vigil-Fowler, Derek; Lischner, Johannes; Neaton, Jeffrey B.; Louie, Steven G.
2014-06-01
Hot carrier thermalization is a major source of efficiency loss in solar cells. Because of the subpicosecond time scale and complex physics involved, a microscopic characterization of hot carriers is challenging even for the simplest materials. We develop and apply an ab initio approach based on density functional theory and many-body perturbation theory to investigate hot carriers in semiconductors. Our calculations include electron-electron and electron-phonon interactions, and require no experimental input other than the structure of the material. We apply our approach to study the relaxation time and mean free path of hot carriers in Si, and map the band and k dependence of these quantities. We demonstrate that a hot carrier distribution characteristic of Si under solar illumination thermalizes within 350 fs, in excellent agreement with pump-probe experiments. Our work sheds light on the subpicosecond time scale after sunlight absorption in Si, and constitutes a first step towards ab initio quantification of hot carrier dynamics in materials.
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
Ground state analytical ab initio intermolecular potential for the Cl2-water system
Hormain, Laureline; Monnerville, Maurice; Toubin, Cline; Duflot, Denis; Pouilly, Brigitte; Briquez, Stphane; Bernal-Uruchurtu, Margarita I.; Hernndez-Lamoneda, Ramn
2015-04-01
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 Cl2 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 Cl2 - H2O complex. The potential fitted to reproduce the three minima structures of 1:1 complex is validated by the comparison of ab initio results of Cl2 interacting with an increasing number of water molecules. Finally, the model potential is used to study the physisorption of Cl2 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.
Ground state analytical ab initio intermolecular potential for the Cl2-water system
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 Cl2 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 Cl2 ? H2O complex. The potential fitted to reproduce the three minima structures of 1:1 complex is validated by the comparison of ab initio results of Cl2 interacting with an increasing number of water molecules. Finally, the model potential is used to study the physisorption of Cl2 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
Ab initio design of elastically isotropic TiZrNbMoVx high-entropy alloys
Highlights: • The refractory high-entropy alloys are studied with ab initio theory. • We study the effect of alloying elements on the elastic parameters. • We propose an criterion of elastically isotropic refractory high-entropy alloys. - Abstract: The TiZrVNb and TiZrNbMoVx (x = 0–1.5) high-entropy alloys (HEAs) are single-phase solid solutions having the body centered cubic crystallographic structure. Here we use the ab initio exact muffin-tin orbitals method in combination with the coherent potential approximation to study the equilibrium bulk properties of the above refractory HEAs. We provide a detailed investigation of the effect of alloying elements on the electronic structure and elastic parameters. Our results indicate that vanadium enhances the anisotropy of TiZrNbMoVx. As an application of the present theoretical database, we verify the often quoted correlation between the valence electron concentration (VEC) and the micro-mechanical properties in the case of multi-component alloys. Furthermore, we predict that the present HEAs become elastically isotropic for VEC∼4.72
Ab Initio Potential Energy Surfaces and the Calculation of Accurate Vibrational Frequencies
Lee, Timothy J.; Dateo, Christopher E.; Martin, Jan M. L.; Taylor, Peter R.; Langhoff, Stephen R. (Technical Monitor)
1995-01-01
Due to advances in quantum mechanical methods over the last few years, it is now possible to determine ab initio potential energy surfaces in which fundamental vibrational frequencies are accurate to within plus or minus 8 cm(exp -1) on average, and molecular bond distances are accurate to within plus or minus 0.001-0.003 Angstroms, depending on the nature of the bond. That is, the potential energy surfaces have not been scaled or empirically adjusted in any way, showing that theoretical methods have progressed to the point of being useful in analyzing spectra that are not from a tightly controlled laboratory environment, such as vibrational spectra from the interstellar medium. Some recent examples demonstrating this accuracy will be presented and discussed. These include the HNO, CH4, C2H4, and ClCN molecules. The HNO molecule is interesting due to the very large H-N anharmonicity, while ClCN has a very large Fermi resonance. The ab initio studies for the CH4 and C2H4 molecules present the first accurate full quartic force fields of any kind (i.e., whether theoretical or empirical) for a five-atom and six-atom system, respectively.
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...
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...
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
Ab initio simulation of elastic and mechanical properties of Zn- and Mg-doped hydroxyapatite (HAP).
Aryal, Sitaram; Matsunaga, Katsuyuki; Ching, Wai-Yim
2015-07-01
Hydroxyapatite (HAP) is an important bioceramic which constitutes the mineral components of bones and hard tissues in mammals. It is bioactive and used as bioceramic coatings for metallic implants and bone fillers. HAP readily absorbs a large amount of impurities. Knowledge on the elastic and mechanical properties of impurity-doped HAP is a subject of great importance to its potential for biomedical applications. Zn and Mg are the most common divalent cations HAP absorbs. Using density function theory based ab initio methods, we have carried out a large number of ab initio calculations to obtain the bulk elastic and mechanical properties of HAP with Zn or Mg doped in different concentration at the Ca1 and Ca2 sites using large 352-atom supercells. Detailed information on their dependece on the concetraion of the substitued impurity is obtained. Our results show that Mg enhances overall elastic and bulk mechanical properties whereas Zn tends to degrade except at low concentrations. At a higher concentration, the mechanical properties of Zn and Mg doped HAP also depend significantly on impurity distribution between the Ca1 and Ca2 sites. There is a strong evidence that Zn prefers Ca2 site for substituion whereas Mg has no such preference. These results imply that proper control of dopant concentration and their site preference must carefully considered in using doped HAP for specific biomedical applications. PMID:25918859
Han, Huixian [Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131 (United States); School of Physics, Northwest University, Xi’an, Shaanxi 710069 (China); Li, Anyang; Guo, Hua, E-mail: hguo@unm.edu [Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131 (United States)
2014-12-28
A new full-dimensional global potential energy surface (PES) for the acetylene-vinylidene isomerization on the ground (S{sub 0}) electronic state has been constructed by fitting ∼37 000 high-level ab initio points using the permutation invariant polynomial-neural network method with a root mean square error of 9.54 cm{sup −1}. The geometries and harmonic vibrational frequencies of acetylene, vinylidene, and all other stationary points (two distinct transition states and one secondary minimum in between) have been determined on this PES. Furthermore, acetylene vibrational energy levels have been calculated using the Lanczos algorithm with an exact (J = 0) Hamiltonian. The vibrational energies up to 12 700 cm{sup −1} above the zero-point energy are in excellent agreement with the experimentally derived effective Hamiltonians, suggesting that the PES is approaching spectroscopic accuracy. In addition, analyses of the wavefunctions confirm the experimentally observed emergence of the local bending and counter-rotational modes in the highly excited bending vibrational states. The reproduction of the experimentally derived effective Hamiltonians for highly excited bending states signals the coming of age for the ab initio based PES, which can now be trusted for studying the isomerization reaction.
A new full-dimensional global potential energy surface (PES) for the acetylene-vinylidene isomerization on the ground (S0) electronic state has been constructed by fitting ∼37 000 high-level ab initio points using the permutation invariant polynomial-neural network method with a root mean square error of 9.54 cm−1. The geometries and harmonic vibrational frequencies of acetylene, vinylidene, and all other stationary points (two distinct transition states and one secondary minimum in between) have been determined on this PES. Furthermore, acetylene vibrational energy levels have been calculated using the Lanczos algorithm with an exact (J = 0) Hamiltonian. The vibrational energies up to 12 700 cm−1 above the zero-point energy are in excellent agreement with the experimentally derived effective Hamiltonians, suggesting that the PES is approaching spectroscopic accuracy. In addition, analyses of the wavefunctions confirm the experimentally observed emergence of the local bending and counter-rotational modes in the highly excited bending vibrational states. The reproduction of the experimentally derived effective Hamiltonians for highly excited bending states signals the coming of age for the ab initio based PES, which can now be trusted for studying the isomerization reaction
Ab initio estimate of Hubbard model parameters: A simple procedure applied to BEDT-TTF salts
We describe a simple procedure to extract the parameters of the one-band Hubbard model from a set of ab initio calculations on a dimeric unit. The method applies to narrow band solids with negligible orbital relaxation. In this paper we consider a specific system, ?-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu[N(CN)2]Br, but the proposed procedure is of general applicability. From a detailed discussion of the ab initio data, we extract a few general criteria of wide applicability about the relative magnitude of the empirical model parameters. We prove that the Hubbard model, including both on-site and inter-site electron-electron interactions, is a reliable model for systems with negligible orbital relaxation, apart from particular geometrical arrangements. The hopping parameter (t), as well as the intersite electronic repulsion (V), are barely affected by the chemical environment. On the contrary, the on-site energy and the on-site repulsion (the Hubbard h and U) show an appreciable dependence on the chemical environment, through a dependence of the frontier and core energies on the surrounding potential. copyright 1997 The American Physical Society
Symmetry-Adapted Ab Initio Shell Model for Nuclear Structure Calculations
An innovative concept, the symmetry-adapted ab initio shell model, that capitalizes on partial as well as exact symmetries that underpin the structure of nuclei, is discussed. This framework is expected to inform the leading features of nuclear structure and reaction data for light and medium mass nuclei, which are currently inaccessible by theory and experiment and for which predictions of modern phenomenological models often diverge. We use powerful computational and group-theoretical algorithms to perform ab initio CI (configuration-interaction) calculations in a model space spanned by SU(3) symmetry-adapted many-body configurations with the JISP16 nucleon-nucleon interaction. We demonstrate that the results for the ground states of light nuclei up through A = 16 exhibit a strong dominance of low-spin and high-deformation configurations together with an evident symplectic structure. This, in turn, points to the importance of using a symmetry-adapted framework, one based on an LS coupling scheme with the associated spatial configurations organized according to deformation.
Ab initio calculations of the optical properties of crystalline and liquid InSb
Haruyuki Sano
2015-11-01
Full Text Available 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.
Globally accurate ab initio based potential energy surface of H2O+(X 4A″)
Song, Yu-Zhi; Zhang, Yuan; Zhang, Lu-Lu; Gao, Shou-Bao; Meng, Qing-Tian
2015-06-01
A globally accurate potential energy surface is reported for the electronic ground-state H2O+. The ab initio energies utilized to map the potential energy surface are calculated at the multireference configuration interaction method employing the aug-cc-pVQZ basis set and the full valence complete active space wave function as reference. In order to improve accuracy of the resulting raw ab initio energies, they are then extrapolated to the complete basis set limit and most importantly to the full configuration-interaction limit by semiempirically correcting the dynamical correlation using the double many-body expansion-scaled external correlation method. The topographical features of the current potential energy surface were examined in detail, which agree nicely with those of other theoretical work. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11304185 and 11074151), China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (Grant No. 2014M561957), the Postdoctoral Innovation Project of Shandong Province, China (Grant No. 201402013), and the Shandong Provincial Natural Science Foundation, China (Grant No. ZR2014AM022).
Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of ion–solid interactions in zirconate pyrochlores
In this study, an ab initio molecular dynamics method is employed to study low energy recoil events in zirconate pyrochlores (A2Zr2O7, A = La, Nd and Sm). It shows that both cations and anions in Nd2Zr2O7 and Sm2Zr2O7 are generally more likely to be displaced than those in La2Zr2O7. The damage end states mainly consist of Frenkel pair defects, and the Frenkel pair formation energies in Nd2Zr2O7 and Sm2Zr2O7 are lower than those in La2Zr2O7. These results suggest that the order–disorder structural transition more easily occurs in Nd2Zr2O7 and Sm2Zr2O7 resulting in a defect-fluorite structure, which agrees well with experimental observations. Our calculations indicate that oxygen migration from 48f and 8b to 8a sites is dominant under low energy irradiation. A number of new defects, including four types of cation Frenkel pairs and six types of anion Frenkel pairs, are revealed by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. The present results may help to advance the fundamental understanding of the irradiation response behavior of zirconate pyrochlores
Ab initio calculation of the ro-vibrational spectrum of H2F+
Kyuberis, Aleksandra A.; Lodi, Lorenzo; Zobov, Nikolai F.; Polyansky, Oleg L.
2015-10-01
An ab initio study of the rotation-vibrational spectrum of the electronic ground state of the (gas-phase) fluoronium ion H2F+ is presented. A new potential energy surface (PES) and a new dipole moment surface (DMS) were produced and used to compute rotation-vibrational energy levels, line positions and line intensities. Our computations achieve an accuracy of 0.15 cm-1 for the fundamental vibrational frequencies, which is about 50 times more accurate than previous ab initio results. The computed room-temperature line list should facilitate the experimental observations of new H2F+ lines, in particular of yet unobserved overtone transitions. The H2F+ molecular ion, which is isoelectronic to water, has a non-linear equilibrium geometry but a low-energy barrier to linearity at about 6000 cm-1. As a result the effects of so-called quantum monodromy become apparent already at low bending excitations. An analysis of excited bends in terms of quantum monodromy is presented.
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}.
Highlights: Some studies related to the vibrational wave functions mapping phenomenon are reviewed. The core-excited vibrational wave functions were mapped using dissociative and bound final states. High-resolution experimental data is accompanied by ab initio calculations. The mapping phenomenon allows one to extract constants of the molecular potentials. The mapping techniques are general and can be applied for the study of many systems. - Abstract: The recent development of high brightness 3rd generation soft X-ray sources and high energy resolution electron spectrometers made it possible to accurately trace quantum phenomena associated to the vibrational dynamics in core-excited molecules. The present paper reviews the recent results on mapping of vibrational wave functions and molecular potentials based on electron spectroscopy. We discuss and compare the mapping phenomena in various systems, stressing the advantages of the resonant X-ray scattering for studying of the nuclear dynamics and spectroscopic constants of small molecules. The experimental results discussed in the paper are most often accompanied by state-of-the-art ab initio calculations allowing for a deeper understanding of the quantum effects. Besides its fundamental interest, the vibrational wave function mapping is shown to be useful for the analysis of core- and valence-excited molecular states based on the reflection principle
K. F. Sichilongo
2015-10-01
Full Text Available The gas phase ion chemistry of coumarins using electron ionization (EI, positive chemical ionization (PCI and negative chemical ionization (NCI in a time of flight and quadrupole mass spectrometer (qMS coupled to a gas chromatograph is outlined. The observations in NCI mode were complimented with Ab initio calculations. This was because NCI gave enhanced signals in contrast to EI and PCI and therefore could serve as a potential ionization method for quantitative analysis. For the two classes of analytes that were examined here, i.e. methyl and acetyl coumarin derivatives, experimental data showed that the methyl derivatives underwent dissociative electron capture to produce ions of the type [MH] while the acetyl derivatives underwent resonance electron capture to produce ions of the type M?. The M? type of ions were more intense than the earlier. Ab initio calculations showed higher electron affinities in the acetyl than the methyl derivatives. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/bcse.v29i3.15
Phase diagrams from ab-initio calculations: Re-W and Fe-B
The CALPHAD (CaLculation of Phase Diagrams) method relies on Gibbs energy databases and is of limited predictive power in cases where only limited experimental data is available for constructing the Gibbs energy databases. This is problematic for, e.g., the calculation of the phase transformation kinetics within phase field simulations that not only require the thermodynamic equilibrium data but also information on metastable phases. Such information is difficult to obtain directly from experiment but ab-initio calculations may supplement experimental databases as they comprise metastable phases and arbitrary chemical compositions. We present simulations for two prototypical systems: Re-W and Fe-B. For both systems we calculate the heat of formation for an extensive set of structures using ab-initio calculations and employ the total energies in CALPHAD in order to determine the corresponding phase diagrams. We account for the configurational entropy within the Bragg-Williams approximation and neglect the phenomenological excess-term that is commonly used in CALPHAD as well as the contribution of phonons and electronic excitations to the free energy. According to our calculations the complex intermetallic phases in Re-W are stabilized by the configurational entropy. For Fe-B, we calculate metastable and stable phase diagrams including recently predicted new stable phases.
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
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.
Kimberg, Victor, E-mail: victor.kimberg@pks.mpi.de [Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Nöthnitzer Straße 38, 01187 Dresden (Germany); Miron, Catalin, E-mail: miron@synchrotron-soleil.fr [Synchrotron SOLEIL, l’Orme des Merisiers, Saint-Aubin, BP 48, FR-91192 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex (France)
2014-08-15
Highlights: • Some studies related to the vibrational wave functions mapping phenomenon are reviewed. • The core-excited vibrational wave functions were mapped using dissociative and bound final states. • High-resolution experimental data is accompanied by ab initio calculations. • The mapping phenomenon allows one to extract constants of the molecular potentials. • The mapping techniques are general and can be applied for the study of many systems. - Abstract: The recent development of high brightness 3{sup rd} generation soft X-ray sources and high energy resolution electron spectrometers made it possible to accurately trace quantum phenomena associated to the vibrational dynamics in core-excited molecules. The present paper reviews the recent results on mapping of vibrational wave functions and molecular potentials based on electron spectroscopy. We discuss and compare the mapping phenomena in various systems, stressing the advantages of the resonant X-ray scattering for studying of the nuclear dynamics and spectroscopic constants of small molecules. The experimental results discussed in the paper are most often accompanied by state-of-the-art ab initio calculations allowing for a deeper understanding of the quantum effects. Besides its fundamental interest, the vibrational wave function mapping is shown to be useful for the analysis of core- and valence-excited molecular states based on the reflection principle.
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
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)
A theoretical study of Ti nanoparticle effect on sodium water reaction: Using ab initio calculation
Highlights: We report effectiveness and possible mechanisms of Na atom and Ti nanoparticle surface interaction to the sodium water reaction. Chemical interaction between Na atom and Ti nanoparticle surface was evaluated by ab initio calculation with density functional theory. Covalent like metallic Na adsorbed atomic layer onto Ti(0 0 0 1) surface was found and its strength was evaluated as 1.65 eV. We postulate that strong chemical interaction between Na atoms and Ti NP surface increase both hydration energy and activation energy required initiate SWR. - Abstract: The sodiumwater reaction (SWR) is a serious impediment to development of sodium fast cooled nuclear reactors. The reaction can be suppressed by suspending 2 at% of 10-nm Ti nanoparticles (NPs) in liquid Na, but the mechanisms by which the Ti NPs suppress the SWR are not known. In this study, ab initio calculation revealed a strong chemical bond with interaction strength 1.65 eV (64.5 kT at 298 K) between Na atoms and the Ti NP surface. We postulate that this interaction with Ti atoms causes a layer of Na atoms to form on the Ti NP surface, and that this layer increases both hydration energy and the activation energy required to initiate SWR. As a result, these interactions suppress the SWR by reducing effective reaction area
Evolved Chiral NN+3N Hamiltonians for Ab Initio Nuclear Structure Calculations
Roth, Robert; Langhammer, Joachim; Binder, Sven
2013-01-01
We discuss the building blocks for a consistent inclusion of chiral three-nucleon (3N) interactions into ab initio nuclear structure calculations beyond the lower p-shell. We highlight important technical developments, such as the similarity renormalization group (SRG) evolution in the 3N sector, a JT-coupled storage scheme for 3N matrix elements with efficient on-the-fly decoupling, and the importance truncated no-core shell model with 3N interactions. Together, these developments make converged ab initio calculations with explicit 3N interactions possible also beyond the lower p-shell. We analyze in detail the impact of various truncations of the SRG-evolved Hamiltonian, in particular the truncation of the harmonic-oscillator model space used for solving the SRG flow equations and the omission of the induced beyond-3N contributions of the evolved Hamiltonian. Both truncations lead to sizable effects in the upper p-shell and beyond and we present options to remedy these truncation effects. The analysis of th...
Evolved chiral NN +3N Hamiltonians for ab initio nuclear structure calculations
Roth, Robert; Calci, Angelo; Langhammer, Joachim; Binder, Sven
2014-08-01
We discuss the building blocks for a consistent inclusion of chiral three-nucleon (3N) interactions into ab initio nuclear structure calculations beyond the lower p shell. We highlight important technical developments, such as the similarity renormalization group (SRG) evolution in the 3N sector, a JT-coupled storage scheme for 3N matrix elements with efficient on-the-fly decoupling, and the importance-truncated no-core shell model with 3N interactions. Together, these developments make converged ab initio calculations with explicit 3N interactions possible also beyond the lower p shell. We analyze in detail the impact of various truncations of the SRG-evolved Hamiltonian, in particular the truncation of the harmonic-oscillator model space used for solving the SRG flow equations and the omission of the induced beyond-3N contributions of the evolved Hamiltonian. Both truncations lead to sizable effects in the upper p shell and beyond and we present options to remedy these truncation effects. The analysis of the different truncations is a first step towards a systematic uncertainty quantification of all stages of the calculation.
Ab initio many-body calculations of nucleon-nucleus scattering
Quaglioni, Sofia
2009-01-01
We develop a new ab initio many-body approach capable of describing simultaneously both bound and scattering states in light nuclei, by combining the resonating-group method with the use of realistic interactions, and a microscopic and consistent description of the nucleon clusters. This approach preserves translational symmetry and Pauli principle. We outline technical details and present phase shift results for neutron scattering on 3H, 4He and 10Be and proton scattering on 3He and 4He, using realistic nucleon-nucleon (NN) potentials. Our A=4 scattering results are compared to earlier ab initio calculations. We find that the CD-Bonn NN potential in particular provides an excellent description of nucleon-4He S-wave phase shifts. On the contrary, the experimental nucleon-4He P-wave phase shifts are not well reproduced by any NN potential we use. We demonstrate that a proper treatment of the coupling to the n-10Be continuum is successful in explaining the parity-inverted ground state in 11Be.
Deviational simulation of phonon transport in graphene ribbons with ab initio scattering
We present a deviational Monte Carlo method for solving the Boltzmann-Peierls equation with ab initio 3-phonon scattering, for temporally and spatially dependent thermal transport problems in arbitrary geometries. Phonon dispersion relations and transition rates for graphene are obtained from density functional theory calculations. The ab initio scattering operator is simulated by an energy-conserving stochastic algorithm embedded within a deviational, low-variance Monte Carlo formulation. The deviational formulation ensures that simulations are computationally feasible for arbitrarily small temperature differences, while the stochastic treatment of the scattering operator is both efficient and exhibits no timestep error. The proposed method, in which geometry and phonon-boundary scattering are explicitly treated, is extensively validated by comparison to analytical results, previous numerical solutions and experiments. It is subsequently used to generate solutions for heat transport in graphene ribbons of various geometries and evaluate the validity of some common approximations found in the literature. Our results show that modeling transport in long ribbons of finite width using the homogeneous Boltzmann equation and approximating phonon-boundary scattering using an additional homogeneous scattering rate introduces an error on the order of 10% at room temperature, with the maximum deviation reaching 30% in the middle of the transition regime.
Boese, A D; Martin, J M L; Marx, D; Chandra, Amalendu; Martin, Jan M.L.; Marx, Dominik
2003-01-01
The ammonia dimer (NH3)2 has been investigated using high--level ab initio quantum chemistry methods and density functional theory (DFT). The structure and energetics of important isomers is obtained to unprecedented accuracy without resorting to experiment. The global minimum of eclipsed C_s symmetry is characterized by a significantly bent hydrogen bond which deviates from linearity by about 20 degrees. In addition, the so-called cyclic C_{2h} structure is extremely close in energy on an overall flat potential energy surface. It is demonstrated that none of the currently available (GGA, meta--GGA, and hybrid) density functionals satisfactorily describe the structure and relative energies of this nonlinear hydrogen bond. We present a novel density functional, HCTH/407+, designed to describe this sort of hydrogen bond quantitatively on the level of the dimer, contrary to e.g. the widely used BLYP functional. This improved functional is employed in Car-Parrinello ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of liq...
Ionization dynamics of the water trimer: A direct ab initio MD study
Highlights: ? We calculated ionization dynamics of water trimer. ? Direct ab initio molecular dynamics (MD) method is applied. ? Proton transfer dynamics were discussed. ? The proton transfer process calculated are well reproduced in recent experiments. - Abstract: Ionization dynamics of the cyclic water trimer (H2O)3 have been investigated by means of direct ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) method. Two reaction channels, complex formation and OH dissociation, were found following the ionization of (H2O)3. In both channels, first, a proton was rapidly transferred from H2O+ to H2O (time scale is ?15 fs after the ionization). In complex channel, an ionradical contact pair (H3O+OH) solvated by the third water molecule was formed as a long-lived H3O+(OH)H2O complex. In OH dissociation channel, the second proton transfer further takes place from H3O+(OH) to H2O (time scale is 50100 fs) and the OH radical is separated from the H3O+. At the same time, the OH dissociation takes place when the excess energy is efficiently transferred into the kinetic energy of OH radical. The OH dissociation channel is significantly minor, and almost all product channels were the complex formation. The reaction mechanism was discussed on the basis of theoretical results
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.
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.
Recent progress with large-scale ab initio calculations: the CONQUEST code
Bowler, D. R.; Choudhury, R.; Gillan, M. J.; Miyazaki, T.
While the success of density functional theory (DFT) has led to its use in a wide variety of fields such as physics, chemistry, materials science and biochemistry, it has long been recognised that conventional methods are very inefficient for large complex systems, because the memory requirements scale as N 2 and the cpu requirements as N 3 (where N is the number of atoms). The principles necessary to develop methods with linear scaling of the cpu and memory requirements with system size (O(N ) methods) have been established for more than ten years, but only recently have practical codes showing this scaling for DFT started to appear. We report recent progress in the development of the Conquest code, which performs O(N ) DFT calculations on parallel computers, and has a demonstrated ability to handle systems of over 10000 atoms. The code can be run at different levels of precision, ranging from empirical tight-binding, through ab initio tight-binding, to full ab initio , and techniques for calculating ionic forces in a consistent way at all levels of precision will be presented. Illustrations are given of practical Conquest calculations in the strained Ge/Si(001) system.
Estudio ab initio del mecanismo de la reacción HSO + O3
Nebot Gil, I.
La reacción entre el radical HSO y el ozono ha sido ampliamente estudiada desde el punto de vista experimental debido a la importancia que tiene el radical HSO en la oxidación de los compuestos de azufre reductores y a que puede contribuir a la producción de H2SO4 [1-4]. Se realizaron diversos estudios teóricos sobre la cinética de la reacción entre el radical HSO y el ozono. La reacción del HSO con el ozono presenta tres canales diferentes : HSO + O3 &rightarrow &HSO2 + O2 &rightarrow &HS + 2 O2 &rightarrow &SO + OH + O2 La controversia existente entre los grupos experimentales sobre cuál de las tres vías es la predominante, se ha resuelto mediante un estudio teórico de todas ellas utilizando métodos ab initio. La estructura de todos los reactivos, productos, intermedios y estados de transición ha sido optimizada a nivel ab initio utilizando los métodos UMP2 /6-31G** y QCISD/6-31G**.
Accelerating Ab Initio Path Integral Simulations via Imaginary Multiple-Timestepping.
Cheng, Xiaolu; Herr, Jonathan D; Steele, Ryan P
2016-04-12
This work investigates the use of multiple-timestep schemes in imaginary time for computationally efficient ab initio equilibrium path integral simulations of quantum molecular motion. In the simplest formulation, only every n(th) path integral replica is computed at the target level of electronic structure theory, whereas the remaining low-level replicas still account for nuclear motion quantum effects with a more computationally economical theory. Motivated by recent developments for multiple-timestep techniques in real-time classical molecular dynamics, both 1-electron (atomic-orbital basis set) and 2-electron (electron correlation) truncations are shown to be effective. Structural distributions and thermodynamic averages are tested for representative analytic potentials and ab initio molecular examples. Target quantum chemistry methods include density functional theory and second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory, although any level of theory is formally amenable to this framework. For a standard two-level splitting, computational speedups of 1.6-4.0x are observed when using a 4-fold reduction in time slices; an 8-fold reduction is feasible in some cases. Multitiered options further reduce computational requirements and suggest that quantum mechanical motion could potentially be obtained at a cost not significantly different from the cost of classical simulations. PMID:26966920
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
Chiral three-nucleon interactions in ab-initio nuclear structure and reactions
The prediction of nuclear structure and reaction observables based on nuclear Hamiltonians including two- and three-nucleon (NN+3N) interactions derived from chiral effective field theory constitutes a challenging task for ab-initio nuclear theory. In particular, the consistent inclusion of 3N interactions requires formal extensions of the many-body methods and, at the same time, causes a significant increase of the computational cost. This work presents the necessary steps for the inclusion and the subsequent application of 3N interactions in different ab-initio nuclear structure and reaction approaches. The first part is dedicated to the preparation of the chiral nuclear forces before they enter the many-body methods. It addresses the similarity renormalization group (SRG) as a tool to soften the initial chiral interactions and its generalization to consistently include 3N interactions. Moreover, the technically important 3N matrix-element management in a convenient basis for the subsequent many-body methods including an efficient storage scheme is discussed. In addition, a possibility to derive approximative schemes for 3N interactions using normal ordering is presented. In the second part the SRG-evolved chiral NN+3N Hamiltonians are applied in nuclear structure calculations using the importance truncated no-core shell model (IT-NCSM) as well as coupled-cluster theory. The impact of SRG-induced and chiral 3N interactions on ground-state energies and low-energy spectra of different p-shell nuclei is studied, including a sensitivity analysis concerning uncertainties of the chiral interactions in the 12C and 10B spectra. Furthermore, the first ab-initio study of even oxygen isotopes with explicit 3N interactions is presented, and by means of the normal-ordered two-body approximation the ground-state energy systematics of selected closed-shell nuclei throughout the calcium, nickel, and tin isotopic chains are obtained in qualitative agreement with experiment. The third part of this work focuses on 3N interactions in ab-initio nuclear scattering approaches. This includes a detailed discussion of the inclusion of 3N interactions in the no-core shell model combined with the resonating-group method (NCSM/RGM) with emphasis on the ability to treat targets beyond the lightest nuclei. The extended formalism is then applied to nucleon-4He scattering, where the 3N interaction overall improves scattering phase shifts, differential cross sections and analyzing powers. Finally, the no-core shell model with continuum approach, which constitutes a unified ab-initio approach to bound and scattering states resulting from the combination of the NCSM and the NCSM/RGM, is generalized to 3N interactions and applied to the neutron-8Be system to study the impact of the continuum on the 9Be energy levels. The results demonstrate the importance of the consistent treatment of continuum states.
Lee, Jeehye
2010-01-01
We present the first systematic {\\em ab initio} study of anti-ferrodistortive (AFD) order in Ruddlesden-Popper (RP) phases of strontium titanate, Sr$_{1+n}$Ti$_n$O$_{3n+1}$, as a function of both compressive epitaxial strain and phase number $n$. We find all RP phases to exhibit AFD order under a significant range of strains, recovering the bulk AFD order as $\\sim 1/n^2$. A Ginzburg-Landau Hamiltonian generalized to include inter-octahedral interactions reproduces our {\\em ab initio} results well, opening a pathway to understanding other nanostructured perovskite systems.
Herbst, Eric; Winnewisser, G.; Yamada, K. M. T.; Defrees, D. J.; Mclean, A. D.
1989-01-01
A mechanism for the enhanced splitting detected in the millimeter-wave rotational spectra of the first excited S-S stretching state of HSSH (disulfane) has been studied. The mechanism, which involves a potential coupling between the first excited S-S stretching state and excited torsional states, has been investigated in part by the use of ab initio theory. Based on an ab initio potential surface, coupling matrix elements have been calculated, and the amount of splitting has then been estimated by second-order perturbation theory. The result, while not in quantitative agreement with the measured splitting, lends plausibility to the assumed mechanism.
Electron-ion structure factors, calculated in ab initio molecular dynamics simulations, are reported for several binary liquids with different kinds of chemical bonding: metallic liquid alloy Bi–Pb, molten salt RbF, and liquid water. We derive analytical expressions for the long-wavelength asymptotes of the partial electron-ion structure factors of binary systems and show that the analytical results are in good agreement with the ab initio simulation data. The long-wavelength behaviour of the total charge structure factors for the three binary liquids is discussed
A theoretical-spectroscopy, ab-initio-based study of the electronic ground state of 121SbH3
Yurchenko, Sergei N.; Carvajal Zaera, Miguel; Yachmenev, Andrey; Thiel, Walter; Jensen, Per
2010-01-01
For the stibine isotopologue (SbH3)-Sb-121, we report improved theoretical calculations of the vibrational energies below 8000 cm- and simulations of the rovibrational spectrum in the 0-8000 cm(-1) region. The calculations are based on a refined ab initio potential energy surface and on a new dipole moment surface obtained at the coupled cluster CCSD(T) level. The theoretical results are compared with the available experimental data in order to validate the ab initio surfaces and the TROVE co...
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.
Kedziera, Dariusz; Mentel, Łukasz; Żuchowski, Piotr S.; Knoop, Steven
2015-06-01
We have obtained accurate ab initio +4Σ quartet potentials for the diatomic metastable triplet helium+alkali-metal (Li, Na, K, Rb) systems, using all-electron restricted open-shell coupled cluster singles and doubles with noniterative triples corrections CCSD(T) calculations and accurate calculations of the long-range C6 coefficients. These potentials provide accurate ab initio quartet scattering lengths, which for these many-electron systems is possible, because of the small reduced masses and shallow potentials that result in a small amount of bound states. Our results are relevant for ultracold metastable triplet helium+alkali-metal mixture experiments.
Palacios Clemente, Pablo; Aguilera Bonet, Irene; Wahnón Benarroch, Perla
2008-01-01
In this work, we present frozen phonon and linear response ab-initio research into the vibrational properties of the CuGaS2 chalcopyrite and transition metal substituted (CuGaS2)M alloys. These systems are potential candidates for developing a novel solar-cell material with enhanced optoelectronic properties based in the implementation of the intermediate-band concept. We have previously carried out ab-initio calculations of the electronic properties of these kinds of chalcopyrite metal alloy...
Janisch, Rebecca; Hartmaier, Alexander
2010-01-01
We have performed ab-initio tensile tests of bulk Al along different tensile axes, as well as perpendicular to different grain boundaries to determine mechanical properties such as interface energy, work of separation and theoretical strength. We show that all the different investigated geometries exhibit energy-displacement curves that can be brought into coincindence in the spirit of the well known UBER curve. This simplyfies significantly the calculation of ab-initio tensile strengths for the whole parameter space of grain boundaries.
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.)
van Genderen, E; Clabbers, M T B; Das, P P; Stewart, A; Nederlof, I; Barentsen, K C; Portillo, Q; Pannu, N S; Nicolopoulos, S; Gruene, T; Abrahams, J P
2016-03-01
Until recently, structure determination by transmission electron microscopy of beam-sensitive three-dimensional nanocrystals required electron diffraction tomography data collection at liquid-nitrogen temperature, in order to reduce radiation damage. Here it is shown that the novel Timepix detector combines a high dynamic range with a very high signal-to-noise ratio and single-electron sensitivity, enabling ab initio phasing of beam-sensitive organic compounds. Low-dose electron diffraction data (∼0.013 e(-) Å(-2) s(-1)) were collected at room temperature with the rotation method. It was ascertained that the data were of sufficient quality for structure solution using direct methods using software developed for X-ray crystallography (XDS, SHELX) and for electron crystallography (ADT3D/PETS, SIR2014). PMID:26919375
Ab initio study of the low-lying electronic states of the CaO molecule
Khalil, Hossain; Brites, Vincent; Quere, Frederic Le [Universite Paris-Est, Laboratoire de Modelisation et Simulation Multi Echelle, UMR 8208 CNRS, Batiment Lavoisier, 5 boulevard Descartes, Champs sur Marne, 77454 Marne-la-Vallee, Cedex 2 (France); Leonard, Celine, E-mail: celine.leonard@univ-paris-est.fr [Universite Paris-Est, Laboratoire de Modelisation et Simulation Multi Echelle, UMR 8208 CNRS, Batiment Lavoisier, 5 boulevard Descartes, Champs sur Marne, 77454 Marne-la-Vallee, Cedex 2 (France)
2011-07-28
Graphical abstract: Highly correlated ab initio calculations have been performed for an accurate determination of the electronic structure of the low-lying electronic states of the CaO molecule. The computations are done using the aug-cc-pV5Z basis set for O and the cc-pCV5Z for Ca. The potential energy curves for the molecular states correlating to the lowest three asymptotes are calculated at the CASSCF level. The potential curves of the lowest five molecular states, X{sup 1}{Sigma}{sup +}, a{sup 3}{Pi}, A'{sup 1{Pi}}, b{sup 3}{Sigma}{sup +} and A{sup 1}{Sigma}{sup +}, and the corresponding dipole moment functions have been determined using internally contracted multi-reference configuration interaction approaches. The spectroscopic constants associated with these electronic states are compared to experimental values. The corresponding electronic wavefunctions have also been analyzed using the dipole moment functions. Display Omitted Highlights: {yields} The five lowest electronic states of Cao have been determined ab initio at a high level of accuracy. {yields} Large active space, core-valence correlation and configuration interaction are required. {yields} The multi-configurational nature of the electronic ground state is confirmed as well as its monovalent and divalent ionic nature using dipole moment analysis. {yields} These interacting potentials will serve for future obtention of spin-rovibronic levels. - Abstract: Highly correlated ab initio calculations have been performed for an accurate determination of the electronic structure of the low-lying electronic states of the CaO molecule. The computations are done using the aug-cc-pV5Z basis set for O and the cc-pCV5Z for Ca. The potential energy curves for the molecular states correlating to the lowest three asymptotes are calculated at the CASSCF level. The potential curves of the lowest five molecular states, X{sup 1}{Sigma}{sup +}, a{sup 3}{Pi}, A'{sup 1}{Pi}, b{sup 3}{Sigma}{sup +} and A{sup 1}{Sigma}{sup +}, and the corresponding dipole moment functions have been determined using internally contracted multi-reference configuration interaction approaches. The spectroscopic constants associated with these electronic states are compared to experimental values. The corresponding electronic wavefunctions have also been analyzed using the dipole moment functions.
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 a stable and low work function Ba0.25Sc0.25O structure suggests that addition of Sc to the B-type cathode surface could form this alloy structure under operating conditions, leading to improved cathode performance and stability. Detailed comparison to previous experimental results of BaxScyOz on W surface coatings are made to both validate the modeling and aid in interpretation of experimental data. The studies presented here demonstrate that ab initio methods are powerful for understanding the fundamental physics of electron emitting materials systems and can potentially aid in the development of improved cathodes.
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 OHanlon (A userss 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 (Allens Astrophysical Quantities 2000). This utilization of mostly experimentally determined data is the main reason for calling this an ab initio model and is made necessary by the fact that individual average meteoroid mass densities are now derivable from Arecibo observations.
Ab initio identification of human microRNAs based on structure motifs
Wiuf Carsten
2007-12-01
Full Text Available Abstract Background MicroRNAs (miRNAs are short, non-coding RNA molecules that are directly involved in post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression. The mature miRNA sequence binds to more or less specific target sites on the mRNA. Both their small size and sequence specificity make the detection of completely new miRNAs a challenging task. This cannot be based on sequence information alone, but requires structure information about the miRNA precursor. Unlike comparative genomics approaches, ab initio approaches are able to discover species-specific miRNAs without known sequence homology. Results MiRPred is a novel method for ab initio prediction of miRNAs by genome scanning that only relies on (predicted secondary structure to distinguish miRNA precursors from other similar-sized segments of the human genome. We apply a machine learning technique, called linear genetic programming, to develop special classifier programs which include multiple regular expressions (motifs matched against the secondary structure sequence. Special attention is paid to scanning issues. The classifiers are trained on fixed-length sequences as these occur when shifting a window in regular steps over a genome region. Various statistical and empirical evidence is collected to validate the correctness of and increase confidence in the predicted structures. Among other things, we propose a new criterion to select miRNA candidates with a higher stability of folding that is based on the number of matching windows around their genome location. An ensemble of 16 motif-based classifiers achieves 99.9 percent specificity with sensitivity remaining on an acceptable high level when requiring all classifiers to agree on a positive decision. A low false positive rate is considered more important than a low false negative rate, when searching larger genome regions for unknown miRNAs. 117 new miRNAs have been predicted close to known miRNAs on human chromosome 19. All candidate structures match the free energy distribution of miRNA precursors which is significantly shifted towards lower free energies. We employed a human EST library and found that around 75 percent of the candidate sequences are likely to be transcribed, with around 35 percent located in introns. Conclusion Our motif finding method is at least competitive to state-of-the-art feature-based methods for ab initio miRNA discovery. In doing so, it requires less previous knowledge about miRNA precursor structures while programs and motifs allow a more straightforward interpretation and extraction of the acquired knowledge.
Realization of prediction of materials properties by ab initio computer simulation
Yoshiyuki Kawazoe
2003-01-01
Ab initio treatment is becoming realistic to predict physical, chemical, and even mechanical properties of academically and industrially interesting materials. There is, however, some limitation in size and time of the system up to the order of several hundred atoms and ∼ 1 pico second, even if we use the fastest supercomputer efficiently. Therefore, it is very difficult to simulate realistic materials with grain boundaries and important reactions like diffusion in materials. To improve this situation, two ways have been invented. One way is to upgrade approximations to match the necessary levels according to inhomogeneous electron gas theory beyond the present day standard, i.e. local density approximation (LDA). The reason is simply that the system we are interested in is composed of many particles interacting with Coulomb forces governed by quantum mechanics. (Complete knowledge is available, and only what we should do is to make better approximations to explain the phenomena!). Another is to extract the necessary parameters from the ab initio calculations on systems with limited number of atoms, and apply these results into cluster variation, direct, or any other sophisticated methods based on classical concepts such as statistical mechanics. In this paper, several typical examples recently worked out by our research group are introduced to indicate that these methodologies are actually possible to be successfully used to predict materials properties before experiments based on the present day state-of-art supercomputing systems. It includes scientific visualization of the results of ab initio molecular dynamics simulation on atom insertion process to C60 and to carbon nanotube, tight-binding calculation of single electron conductance properties in nanotube to create nano-scale diode virtually by computer, which will be a base of future nanoscale electric device in nanometer size, Li + H reaction without Born–Oppenheimer approximation, structural phase transitions in perovskite materials under very high pressure in earth by direct method, and prediction of wavelength of emitted light from Na clusters with GW (G = Green function-vertex, W = screened Coulomb interaction) approximation.
Improved parametric fits for the HeH2 ab initio energy surface
A brief history of the development of ab initio calculations for the HeH2 quasi-molecule energy surface, and the parametric fits to these ab initio calculations, is presented. The concept of 'physical reasonableness' of the parametric fit is discussed. Several new improved parametric fits for the energy surface, meeting these requirements, are then proposed. One fit extends the Russek-Garcia parametric fit for the deep repulsion region to include r-dependent parameters, resulting in a more physically reasonable fit with smaller average error. This improved surface fit is applied to quasi-elastic collisions of He on H2 in the impulse approximation. Previous classical calculations of the scaled inelastic vibrorotational excitation energy distributions are improved with this more accurate parametric fit of the energy surface and with the incorporation of quantum effects in vibrational excitation. It is shown that Sigmund's approach in developing his scaling law is incomplete in the contribution of the three-body interactions to vibrational excitation of the H2 molecule is concerned. The Sigmund theory is extended to take into account for r-dependency of three-body interactions. A parametric fit for the entire energy surface from essentially 0 ≤R≤∞ and 1.2≤r≤1.6 a.u., where R is the intermolecular spacing and r is the hydrogen bonding length, is also presented. This fit is physically reasonable in all asymptotic limits. This first, full surface parametric fit is based primarily upon a composite of ab initio studies by Russek and Garcia and Meyer, Hariharan and Kutzelnigg. Parametric fits for the H2(1sσg)2, H2+(1sσg), H2+(2pσu) and (LiH2)+ energy surfaces are also presented. The new parametric fits for H2, H2+(1sσg) are shown to be improvements over the well-known Morse potentials for these surfaces
We report a highly correlated multireference configuration interaction calculation of the near-equilibrium potential energy surface of ozone using a large correlation consistent basis set. Three-dimensional analytical expressions are obtained for the potential energy and dipole moment functions using least-squares fits to ab initio points near the C2v equilibrium geometry. Low-lying vibrational band origins of 16O3 and some of its isotopic variants are calculated using the ab initio potential energy function. The calculated fundamental frequencies for the symmetric stretching and bending vibrations are within about 3 cm-1 of the observed values, while that for the antisymmetric stretch deviates from experiment by about 13 cm-1. The agreement with experiment can be significantly improved if the ab initio potential energy function is scaled in the antisymmetric stretching coordinate. Absolute infrared absorption intensities are also calculated using ab initio electric dipole moment functions and in good agreement with the available experimental data. (c) 2000 American Institute of Physics
Tsuzuki, Seiji
2015-12-01
The origin of the directionality of hydrogen bond and halogen bond was studied by ab initio molecular orbital calculations and by analysis of the electrostatic energy using distributed multipoles. The calculations clearly show that the electrostatic interaction is mainly responsible for the directionality of hydrogen bond and halogen bond, although the orbital-orbital interaction was often claimed as the cause of the directionality.
Ab-initio study of magnetic properties and phase transitions in Ga (Mn) N with Monte Carlo approach
Sbai, Y.; Ait Raiss, A.; Salmani, E. [LMPHE (URAC 12), Faculty of Science, Mohammed V University, Av. Ibn Batouta, Rabat (Morocco); Bahmad, L., E-mail: Bahmad@fsr.ac.ma [LMPHE (URAC 12), Faculty of Science, Mohammed V University, Av. Ibn Batouta, Rabat (Morocco); Benyoussef, A. [LMPHE (URAC 12), Faculty of Science, Mohammed V University, Av. Ibn Batouta, Rabat (Morocco); Institute of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnologies, MAScIR, Rabat (Morocco); Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology, Rabat (Morocco)
2015-12-15
On the basis of ab-initio calculations and Monte Carlo simulations the magnetic and electronic properties of Gallium nitride (GaN) doped with the transition metal Manganese (Mn) were studied. The ab initio calculations were done using the AKAI–KKR–CPA method within the Local Density Approximation (LDA) approximation. We doped our Diluted Magnetic Semiconductor (DMS), with different concentrations of magnetic impurities Mn and plotted the density of state (DOS) for each one. Showing a half-metallic behavior and ferromagnetic state especially for Ga{sub 0.95}Mn{sub 0.05}N making this DMS a strong candidate for spintronic applications. Moreover, the magnetization and susceptibility of our system as a function of the temperature has been calculated and give for various system size L to study the size effect. In addition, the transition temperature was deduced from the peak of the susceptibility. The Ab initio results are in good agreement with literature especially for (x=0.05) of Mn which gives the most interesting results. - Highlights: • The AKAI–KKR–CPA method has been applied to study the doped compound GaN:Mn. • The local density approximation (LDA) has been applied. • The ab-initio calculations have been performed. • The density of states (DOS) have been plotted for differents doping concentrations, using Monte Carlo simulations.
Weak interactions in Graphane/BN systems under static electric fieldsA periodic ab-initio study
Ab-initio calculations via periodic Hartree-Fock (HF) and local second-order Mller-Plesset perturbation theory (LMP2) are used to investigate the adsorption properties of combined Graphane/boron nitride systems and their response to static electric fields. It is shown how the latter can be used to alter both structural as well as electronic properties of these systems
Malika Mellaoui; Salah Belaidi
2011-01-01
The geometric, electronic structure, effect of the substitution, and structure physical-chemistry relationship for oxazoles derivatives have been studied by ab initio and DFT theory. In the present work, the calculated values, namely, net charges, bond lengths, dipole moments, electron affinities, heats of formation, and QSAR properties are reported and discussed in terms of the reactivity of oxazole derivatives.
Shim, Irene; Gingerich, K. A.
The three lowest-lying electronic states of RuC, (1)Sigma(+), (3)Delta, and (1)Delta, have been investigated by performing all-electron ab initio multi-configuration self-consistent-field (CASSCF) and multi-reference configuration interaction (MRCI) calculations including relativistic corrections...
Pedersen, Kim Vestergaard; Christensen, Henrik; Shim, Irene; Senning, Alexander Erich Eugen
Trichlorothioacetyl chloride 1, tetrachlorothiirane 2, and trichloroethenesulfenyl chloride 3 and the equilibria between them have been investigated by ab initio Hartree-Fock (HF), Møller-Plesset second order perturbation (MP2) calculations, and by Gaussian-3 theory, G3(MP2). The transition state...
Electronic states and nature of bonding in the molecule MoC by all electron ab initio calculations
Shim, Irene; Gingerich, Karl A.
1997-01-01
In the present work all electron ab initio multiconfiguration self-consistent-held (CASSCF) and multireference configuration interaction (MRCI) calculations have been carried out to determine the low-lying electronic states of the molecule MoC. The relativistic corrections for the one electron Da...
Åstrand, P.-O.; Bak, K.L.; Sauer, S.P.A.
The two lowest singlet excitation energies of 26 2-imidazolyl-2-thiazolylazo compounds have been investigated by ab initio methods within the second-order polarization propagator approximation (SOPPA). Various combinations of 4- and 5-substituents at both the imidazole and thiazole units have been...
Boron and nitrogen impurities in SiC nanoribbons: an ab initio investigation.
Costa, C D; Morbec, J M
2011-05-25
Using ab initio calculations based on density-functional theory we have performed a theoretical investigation of substitutional boron and nitrogen impurities in silicon carbide (SiC) nanoribbons. We have considered hydrogen terminated SiC ribbons with zigzag and armchair edges. In both systems we verify that the boron and nitrogen atoms energetically prefer to be localized at the edges of the nanoribbons. However, while boron preferentially substitutes a silicon atom, nitrogen prefers to occupy a carbon site. In addition, our electronic-structure calculations indicate that (i) substitutional boron and nitrogen impurities do not affect the semiconducting character of the armchair SiC nanoribbons, and (ii) the half-metallic behavior of the zigzag nanoribbons is maintained in the presence of substitutional boron impurities. In contrast, nitrogen atoms occupying edge carbon sites transform half-metallic zigzag nanoribbons into metallic systems. PMID:21540516
Ab initio investigation of the aqueous solvation of the nitrate ion.
Pruitt, Spencer R; Brorsen, Kurt R; Gordon, Mark S
2015-10-28
The surface affinity of the nitrate ion in aqueous clusters is investigated with a variety of theoretical methods. A sampling of structures in which the nitrate ion is solvated by 32 water molecules is optimized using second order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory (MP2). Four of these MP2 optimized structures are used as starting points for fully ab initio molecular dynamics simulations at the dispersion corrected restricted Hartree-Fock (RHF-D) level of theory. The nitrate ion solvated by 16, 32, and 64 water molecules is also investigated with umbrella sampling molecular dynamics simulations using QM/MM methodology, where the nitrate ion is modeled with MP2 and the water molecules are described using either the non-empirical effective fragment potential (EFP) or the empirical TIP5P potential. The turning point between surface and interior solvation of the nitrate ion is predicted to lie around a cluster size of 64 water molecules. PMID:26412597
Pang, X. Y.; Janisch, R.; Hartmaier, A.
2016-01-01
Based on ab initio density functional theory (DFT) calculations we derive an analytical expression for the interplanar potential of grain boundaries and single crystals as a function of coupled tensile and shear displacements. This energy function captures even details of the grain boundary behaviour, such as the tension-softening of the shear instability of aluminium grain boundaries, with good accuracy. The good agreement between the analytical model and the DFT calculations is achieved by introducing two new characteristic parameters, namely the position of the generalised unstable stacking fault with respect to the stable stacking fault, and the ratio of stable and unstable generalised stacking fault energies. One of the potentials parameters also serves as a criterion to judge if a grain boundary deforms via crack propagation or dislocation nucleation. We suggest this potential function for application in continuum models, where constitutive relationships for grain boundaries need to be derived from a sound physical model.
Ab initio study on the reaction between uranium and O2
Optimized geometries, total energies and electronic structures of some gaseous atoms and molecules of uranium-oxygen system are calculated with harmonic vibration analysis using ab initio method. The potential energy surfaces (PESs) of the uranium oxidation process are also constructed. The calculated optimized geometries, infrared vibrational frequencies and the first ionized potential energies are in well accordance with available experimental data. Although U6p, U7s and U6d valence orbital electrons take part in the formation of U-O bond, the U5f electrons play an dominant role in this process and because the energies of U5f, U6d, U7s and Uds atomic orbitals are close to each other, these orbitals may hybrid and interact with O2p orbital, simultaneously, to form molecular orbitals of uranium oxides. The PESs show that different reaction modes result in different product geometries
You, Y., E-mail: greatyouyuan@163.com [National Key Laboratory for Precision Hot Processing of Metals, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Yan, M.F., E-mail: yanmufu@hit.edu.cn [National Key Laboratory for Precision Hot Processing of Metals, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China)
2013-05-15
C and N atoms are the most frequent foreign interstitial atoms (FIAs), and often incorporated into the surface layers of steels to enhance their properties by thermochemical treatments. Al, Si, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Co, Ni, Cu, Nb and Mo are the most common alloying elements in steels, also can be called foreign substitutional atoms (FSAs). The FIA and FSA interactions play an important role in the diffusion of C and N atoms, and the microstructures and mechanical properties of surface modified layers. Ab initio calculations based on the density functional theory are carried out to investigate FIA interactions with FSA in ferromagnetic bcc iron. The FIA–FSA interactions are analyzed systematically from five aspects, including interaction energies, density of states (DOS), bond populations, electron density difference maps and local magnetic moments.
You, Y.; Yan, M. F.
2013-05-01
C and N atoms are the most frequent foreign interstitial atoms (FIAs), and often incorporated into the surface layers of steels to enhance their properties by thermochemical treatments. Al, Si, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Co, Ni, Cu, Nb and Mo are the most common alloying elements in steels, also can be called foreign substitutional atoms (FSAs). The FIA and FSA interactions play an important role in the diffusion of C and N atoms, and the microstructures and mechanical properties of surface modified layers. Ab initio calculations based on the density functional theory are carried out to investigate FIA interactions with FSA in ferromagnetic bcc iron. The FIA-FSA interactions are analyzed systematically from five aspects, including interaction energies, density of states (DOS), bond populations, electron density difference maps and local magnetic moments.
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.
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)].
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.
Feynman path integral - ab initio investigation of the excited-state properties of benzene
The Feynman path integral Monte Carlo formalism has been combined with an ab initio configuration interaction scheme to study the excited singlet states of benzene under consideration of the nuclear degrees of freedom. Transition energies and oscillator strengths, which have been evaluated as ensemble averages over large sets of nuclear configurations, are correlated with single-configuration results derived for the D6h minimum of benzene. The quantum fluctuations of the benzene nuclei cause a strong redistribution of transition intensities. Transitions which are dipole allowed in the rigid D6h geometry of C6H6 lose intensity due to vibronic coupling; vice versa for transitions which are dipole forbidden in the D6h case. (author)
Barbosa, Marcelo
A review about the nuclear properties, namely the nuclear moments (magnetic dipole moment and electric quadrupole moment) and their interaction with electromagnetic fields external to the nucleus (hyperfine interactions), as well as the angular distribution of radiation produced by $\\gamma$-decay, is presented. A detailed description about the theory of Perturbed Angular Correlations was done, including the comparison between $\\gamma-\\gamma$- correlations and $e^{-}- \\gamma$ correlations. For dynamic nuclear interactions, an introduction to the theory of stochastic states in PAC was performed. We focused on ab-initio implementation of observables for analyzing fluctuating quadrupole hyperfine interactions on time dependent perturbed angular correlations experiments. The development of computacional codes solving the full problem, adapted to fit data obtained on single crystals or polycrystals for two-state transient fields with any axial symmetry and orientation was the main purpose of this work. The final pa...
Thomas, Martin; Kirchner, Barbara
2016-02-01
We present a new approach for calculating vibrational circular dichroism spectra by ab initio molecular dynamics. In the context of molecular dynamics, these spectra are given by the Fourier transform of the cross-correlation function of magnetic dipole moment and electric dipole moment. We obtain the magnetic dipole moment from the electric current density according to the classical definition. The electric current density is computed by solving a partial differential equation derived from the continuity equation and the condition that eddy currents should be absent. In combination with a radical Voronoi tessellation, this yields an individual magnetic dipole moment for each molecule in a bulk phase simulation. Using the chiral alcohol 2-butanol as an example, we show that experimental spectra are reproduced very well. Our approach requires knowing only the electron density in each simulation step, and it is not restricted to any particular electronic structure method. PMID:26771403
Ab initio spectroscopic characterization of borane, BH, in its X1?+ electronic state.
Koput, Jacek
2015-11-15
The accurate potential energy and electric dipole moment functions of borane, BH, in its X1?+ electronic state have been determined from ab initio calculations using the multireference averaged coupled-pair functional method in conjunction with the correlation-consistent core-valence basis sets up to septuple-zeta quality. The higher-order electron correlation, scalar relativistic, adiabatic, and nonadiabatic effects were discussed. Vibration-rotation energy levels of the (11)BH, (11)BD, (10)BH, and (10)BD isotopologues were predicted to near "spectroscopic" accuracy. For the main isotopologue (11)BH, the adiabatic dissociation energy D0 and the effective equilibrium internuclear distance r(e) were predicted to be 28,469??10 cm(-1) and 1.23214??0.0001 , respectively. PMID:26444679
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.
Ab initio molecular dynamic study of solid-state transitions of ammonium nitrate
Yu, Hongyu; Duan, Defang; Liu, Hanyu; Yang, Ting; Tian, Fubo; Bao, Kuo; Li, Da; Zhao, Zhonglong; Liu, Bingbing; Cui, Tian
2016-01-01
High-pressure polymorphism and phase transitions have wide ranging consequences on the basic properties of ammonium nitrate. However, the phase diagram of ammonium nitrate at high pressure and high temperature is still under debate. This study systematically investigates the phase transitions and structural properties of ammonium nitrate at a pressure range of 560?GPa and temperature range of 250400?K by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. Two new phases are identified: one corresponds to the experimentally observed phase IV and the other is named AN-X. Simultaneously, the lattice strains play a significant role in the formation and stabilization of phase IV, providing a reasonable explanation for experimental observation of phase IV-IV transition which only appears under nonhydrostatic pressure. In addition, 12 O atoms neighboring the NH (N atom in ammonium cation) atom are selected as reference system to clearly display the tanglesome rotation of ammonium cation.
i-PI: A Python interface for ab initio path integral molecular dynamics simulations
Ceriotti, Michele; Manolopoulos, David E
2014-01-01
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.
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.
Jaffe, Richard L.; Pattengill, Merle D.; Schwenke, David W.
1989-01-01
Strategies for constructing global potential energy surfaces from a limited number of accurate ab initio electronic energy calculations are discussed. Generally, these data are concentrated in small regions of configuration space (e.g., in the vicinity of saddle points and energy minima) and difficulties arise in generating a potential function that is globally well-behaved. Efficient computer codes for carrying out classical trajectory calculations on vector and parallel processors are also described. Illustrations are given from recent work on the following chemical systems: Ca + HF yields CaF + H, H + H + H2 yields H2 + H2, N + O2 yields NO + O and O + N2 yields NO + N. The dynamics and kinetics of metathesis, dissociation, recombination, energy transfer and complex formation processes will be discussed.
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.
Ab initio adiabatic and diabatic energies and dipole moments of the RbH molecule
For nearly all the states dissociating below the ionic limit [i.e., Rb (5s, 5p, 4d, 6s, 6p, 5d, 7s, and 4f )+H (1s)] in 1?+ and 3?+ symmetries, we present an adiabatic and diabatic study. Adiabatic results are also reported for 1?, 3?, 1?, and 3? symmetries. The ab initio calculations rely on pseudopotential, operatorial core-valence correlation, and full valence configuration-interaction approaches, combined to an efficient diabatization procedure. For the low-lying states, our vibrational level spacings and spectroscopic constants are in good agreement with the available experimental data. Diabatic potentials and dipole moments are analyzed, revealing the strong imprint of ionic state in the 1?+ adiabatic states while improving the results. As for LiH, vibrational spacing of the A state is bracketed by our results, with and without the improvement, taking into account the diabatic representation. Experimental suggestions are also given
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.
Ab initio prediction of threshold displacement energies in ZrC
Zheng, Ming-Jie; Szlufarska, Izabela; Morgan, Dane
2016-04-01
The threshold displacement energies (Ed) of C and Zr atoms in ZrC have been determined using ab initio molecular dynamics simulation. The values of Ed have been predicted along the three main high-symmetry crystallographic directions [001], [011], and [111], and the averaged Ed values are 16 eV and 37 eV for the C and Si sublattices, respectively. We further explore the dependence of Ed on small deviations from these high-symmetry directions and on the presence of C vacancies, which are often encountered in ZrCx alloys. The trends in values are explained in terms of the structural and chemical properties of ZrC. The predicted Ed values provide relevant parameters for future modeling of radiation damage in ZrC.
Ab initio study on the dynamics of furfural at the liquid-solid interfaces
Dang, Hongli; Xue, Wenhua; Shields, Darwin; Liu, Yingdi; Jentoft, Friederike; Resasco, Daniel; Wang, Sanwu
2013-03-01
Catalytic biomass conversion sometimes occurs at the liquid-solid interfaces. We report ab initio molecular dynamics simulations at finite temperatures for the catalytic reactions involving furfural at the water-Pd and water-Cu interfaces. We found that, during the dynamic process, the furan ring of furfural prefers to be parallel to the Pd surface and the aldehyde group tends to be away from the Pd surface. On the other hand, at the water-Cu(111) interface, furfural prefers to be tilted to the Cu surface while the aldehyde group is bonded to the surface. In both cases, interaction of liquid water and furfural is identified. The difference of dynamic process of furfural at the two interfaces suggests different catalytic reaction mechanisms for the conversion of furfural, consistent with the experimental investigations. Supported by DOE (DE-SC0004600). Simulations and calculations were performed on XSED's and NERSC's supercomputers
Decarboxylation of furfural on Pd(111): Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations
Xue, Wenhua; Dang, Hongli; Shields, Darwin; Liu, Yingdi; Jentoft, Friederike; Resasco, Daniel; Wang, Sanwu
2013-03-01
Furfural conversion over metal catalysts plays an important role in the studies of biomass-derived feedstocks. We report ab initio molecular dynamics simulations for the decarboxylation process of furfural on the palladium surface at finite temperatures. We observed and analyzed the atomic-scale dynamics of furfural on the Pd(111) surface and the fluctuations of the bondlengths between the atoms in furfural. We found that the dominant bonding structure is the parallel structure in which the furfural plane, while slightly distorted, is parallel to the Pd surface. Analysis of the bondlength fluctuations indicates that the C-H bond is the aldehyde group of a furfural molecule is likely to be broken first, while the C =O bond has a tendency to be isolated as CO. Our results show that the reaction of decarbonylation dominates, consistent with the experimental measurements. Supported by DOE (DE-SC0004600). Simulations and calculations were performed on XSEDE's and NERSC's supercomputers.
Quantum fluctuations and isotope effects in ab initio descriptions of water
Wang, Lu; Markland, Thomas E
2014-01-01
Nuclear quantum effects, such as zero-point energy and tunneling, cause significant changes to the structure and dynamics of hydrogen bonded systems such as liquid water. However, due to the current inability to simulate liquid water using an exact description of its electronic structure, the interplay between nuclear and electronic quantum effects remains unclear. Here we use simulations that incorporate the quantum mechanical nature of both the nuclei and electrons to provide a fully ab initio determination of the particle quantum kinetic energies, free energy change upon exchanging hydrogen for deuterium and the isotope fractionation ratio in water. These properties, which selectively probe the quantum nature of the nuclear degrees of freedom, allow us to make direct comparison to recent experiments and elucidate how electronic exchange and correlation and nuclear quantum fluctuations determine the structure of the hydrogen bond in water.
Ab-initio study of magnetism behavior in TiO2 semiconductor with structural defects
Zarhri, Z.; Houmad, M.; Ziat, Y.; El Rhazouani, O.; Slassi, A.; Benyoussef, A.; El Kenz, A.
2016-05-01
Magnetic, electronic and structural properties of titanium dioxide material with different structural defects are studied using the first-principles ab-initio calculations and the Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker method (KKR) combined with the coherent potential approximation (CPA) method in connection with the local density approximation (LDA). We investigated all structural defects in rutile TiO2 such as Titanium interstitial (Tii), Titanium anti-sites (Tio), Titanium vacancies (VTi), Oxygen interstitial (Oi), Oxygen anti-sites (OTi) and oxygen vacancies (Vo). Mechanisms of hybridization and interaction between magnetic atoms are investigated. The transition temperature is computed using the Mean Field Approximation (MFA).Magnetic stability energy of ferromagnetic and disordered local moment states is calculated to determine the most stable state. Titanium anti-sites have a half-metallic aspect. We also studied the change type caused by structural defects in this material.
Thermoelectric properties of amorphous ZnO-based materials using ab initio methods
Roy, Anindya; Cheng, Yu-Ting; Falk, Michael L.
2015-03-01
We use a combination of computational methods - molecular dynamics and density functional theory, to predict thermoelectric properties of amorphous ZnO-based materials. We use BoltzTraP to calculate properties such as Seebeck coefficient and electrical conductivity within semiclassical Boltzman transport theory, and compare with available experimental results. Additionally, we investigate the change in the thermoelectric parameters caused by alloying amorphous ZnO with tin and other elements. Our preliminary calculations suggest that the thermoelectric performance of amorphous ZnO is on par with the crystalline counterpart. This is encouraging - since amorphous materials are yet to be studied in depth for their potential as thermoelectric materials, and they could see much improvement with sustained effort. Also, while ab initio methods are routinely used to predict properties of crystalline systems, their application in amorphous systems is a less-explored area.
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.
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 ...
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...
We present new, generally applicable protocols for the computation of the coupling parameter, J, of excitation energy transfer with quantum chemical ab initio methods. The protocols allow to select the degree of approximation and computational demand such that they are applicable for realistic systems and still allow to control the quality of the approach. We demonstrate the capabilities of the different protocols using the CO dimer as a first example. Correlation effects are found to scale J by a factor of about 0.7 which is in good agreement to earlier results obtained for the ethene dimer. The various levels of the protocol allow to assess the influence of ionic configurations and the polarisation within the dimer. Further, the interplay between the Foerster and Dexter contribution to J is investigated. The computations also show error compensation within approximations that are widely used for extended systems as in particular the transition density cube method
Raman Spectroscopy and Ab-Initio Model Calculations on Ionic Liquids
Berg, Rolf W.
2007-01-01
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...... the structural resolving power of Raman spectroscopy will be appreciated by the reader. It is of remarkable use on crystals of known different conformations and on the corresponding liquids, especially in combination with modern quantum mechanics calculations. It is hoped that these interdisciplinary...... methods will be applied to many more systems in the future. A few examples will be discussed....