Thermal Density Functional Theory in Context
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- Pribram-Jones A., Pittalis S., Gross E.K.U., Burke K. (2014) Thermal Density Functional Theory in Context. In: Graziani F., Desjarlais M., Redmer R., Trickey S. (eds) Frontiers and Challenges in Warm Dense Matter. Lecture Notes in Computational Science and Engineering, vol 96. Springer, Cham
This chapter introduces thermal density functional theory, starting from the ground-state theory and assuming a background in quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics. We review the foundations of density functional theory (DFT) by illustrating some of its key reformulations. The basics of DFT for thermal ensembles are explained in this context, as are tools useful for analysis and development of approximations. This review emphasizes thermal DFT’s strengths as a consistent and general framework.