Regular Article

Theoretical Chemistry in Belgium

Volume 6 of the series Highlights in Theoretical Chemistry pp 181-187


Ewald-type formulas for Gaussian-basis studies of one-dimensionally periodic systems

  • Joseph G. FripiatAffiliated withLaboratoire de Chimie Théorique, Unité de chimie physique théorique et structurale, FUNDP–University of Namur Email author 
  • , Frank E. HarrisAffiliated withDepartment of Physics, University of UtahQuantum Theory Project, University of Florida


The history of computations at Namur and elsewhere on the electronic structures of stereoregular polymers is briefly reviewed to place the work reported here in the context of related efforts. Our earlier publications described methods for the formal inclusion of Ewald-type convergence acceleration in band-structure computations based on Gaussian-type orbitals, and that work is here extended to include a discussion of the calculation of total energies. It is noted that the continuous nature of the electronic density leads to different functional forms than are encountered for point-charge lattice sums. Examples are provided to document the correctness and convergence properties of the formulation.


Total energy Stereoregular polymers Ewald method