Harris-type van der Waals density functional scheme
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2013
Biomolecular systems that involve thousands of atoms are difficult to address with standard density functional theory (DFT) calculations. With the development of sparse-matter methods such as the van der Waals density functional (vdW-DF) method [M. Dion et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 246401 (2004)], it is now possible to include the dispersive forces in DFT which are necessary to describe the cohesion and behavior of these systems. vdW-DF implementations can be as efficient as those for traditional DFT. Yet, the computational costs of self-consistently determining the electron wave functions and hence the kinetic-energy repulsion still limit the scope of sparse-matter DFT. We propose to speed up sparse-matter calculations by using the Harris scheme [J. Harris, Phys. Rev. B 31, 1770 (1985)]; that is, we propose to perform electronic relaxations only for separated fragments (molecules) and use a superposition of fragment densities as a starting point to obtain the total energy non-self-consistently. We evaluate the feasibility of this approach for an adaption of the Harris scheme for non-self-consistent vdW-DF (sfd-vdW-DF). We study four molecular dimers with varying degrees of polarity and find that the sfd scheme accurately reproduces standard non-self-consistent vdW-DF for van der Waals dominated systems but is less accurate for those dominated by polar interactions. Results for the S22 set of typical organic molecular dimers are promising.