Density Functional Calculations for Atomic Clusters

  • R. O. Jones
Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSB, volume 42)


The density functional approach to the calculation of electronic properties of surfaces and amorphous materials has played a central role in the lectures of this school. In this approach it is possible, within a single-particle picture, to derive equations which determine the total energy of an interacting system of electrons in an external field. An approximation to the exchange-correlation energy functional is unavoidable, but can be justified to a very considerable extent /1/. Perhaps less evident is the relationship between atomic clusters and surfaces or disordered systems, and the motivation for performing cluster calculations in the context of chemisorption will be discussed in Sec. II. In Sec. III, we discuss the solution of the density functional equations for clusters using the linear muffin-tin orbital method of Andersen /2/, and note some of the advantages of the scheme. Before examining larger clusters, it is essential to perform detailed calculations for small molecules, in order to test the ability of the density functional method to describe chemical bonding in cases where extensive data, both theoretical and experimental, are available. In Sec. IV, therefore, we discuss the bonding in some s-and sp-bonded diatomic molecules. There are pronounced trends which correlate well with the form of the valence functions of the constituent atoms and shed light on the use of pseudopotentials in density functional theory.


Cohesive Energy Density Functional Method Constituent Atom Density Functional Calculation Density Functional Approach 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. O. Jones
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für FestkörperforschungKernforschungsanlage JülichJülichGermany

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