Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 47, Issue 21, pp 7472–7481 | Cite as

Electron–phonon coupling and charge-transfer excitations in organic systems from many-body perturbation theory

The Fiesta code, an efficient Gaussian-basis implementation of the GW and Bethe–Salpeter formalisms
  • Carina Faber
  • Ivan Duchemin
  • Thierry Deutsch
  • Claudio Attaccalite
  • Valerio Olevano
  • Xavier Blase
First Principles Computations


We review in this article recent developments within the framework of ab initio many-body perturbation theory aiming at providing an accurate description of the electronic and excitonic properties of π-conjugated organic systems currently used in organic photovoltaic cells. In particular, techniques such as the GW and Bethe–Salpeter formalisms are being benchmarked for acenes, fullerenes, porphyrins, phthalocyanines, and other molecules of interest for solar energy applications. It is shown that not only the electronic properties, but also the electron–phonon coupling matrix elements, and the charge-transfer excitations in donor/acceptor complexes, are accurately described. The present calculations on molecules containing up to a hundred atoms are based on a recently developed Gaussian auxiliary basis implementation of the GW and Bethe–Salpeter formalism, including full dynamics with contour-deformation techniques, as implemented in the Fiesta code.


Fullerene Density Functional Theory Pentacene TCNE Auxiliary Basis 
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Computing time has been provided by the local CIMENT and national IDRIS supercomputing (Project no. 100063) centers in Grenoble and Orsay, respectively. The authors acknowledge Dr. Laflamme Janssen, Pr. Michel Côté, and Pr. Erich Runge, with whom parts of the work presented in this review were achieved, and Pr. Mark Casida for useful discussions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carina Faber
    • 1
  • Ivan Duchemin
    • 2
  • Thierry Deutsch
    • 2
  • Claudio Attaccalite
    • 1
  • Valerio Olevano
    • 1
  • Xavier Blase
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut Néel, CNRS/UJFGrenoble, Cedex 09France
  2. 2.Laboratoire de Simulation Atomistique (L_Sim), SP2M, INAC, CEA-UJFGrenobleFrance

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