International Workshop on 'New challenges in Reduced Density Matrix Functional Theory: Symmetries, time-evolution and entanglement'

September 26, 2017 to September 29, 2017
Location : CECAM-HQ-EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
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Effective Hamiltonians in RDMFT and single particle propeties

Nektarios Lathiotakis
Theoretical and Physical Chemistry Institute Athens, Greece


In DFT, the electron density of any interacting particle system in the ground state is reproduced by an independent electron system, the Kohn Sham system. Thus KS theory, apart from leading to a system of single particle equations that are solved self-consistently, it offers a very useful single-particle description from which spectral properties like orbital energies, electronic bands and densities of states are routinely used to characterize physical systems and describe several phenomena. On the contrary, in RDMFT, there is no "default" single particle Hamiltonian like KS in DFT. Ionization energies, however, can be obtained by applying Extended Koopmans' theorem [1]. There are several attempts to define effective Hamitlonians in RDMFT [2] with mainly two targets: (1) to minimize effectively the total energy in RDMFT which is a relatively complicated task and (2) to define a useful single particle picture. In the present talk, we review several Hamiltonian schemes that have been proposed for RDMFT. We focus on the local-RDMFT [3] in which the occupation numbers are given as usual by minimizing the energy functional but the natural orbitals are replaced by those orbitals that optimize the same energy functional under the constraint that they obey a single particle Schroedinger equation with a local potential. We present applications of local RDMFT [4] as well as recent ideas to improve its efficiency and performance [5]. We also compare the effective potential of local RDMFT with that obtained by inverting the density of a full RDMFT minimization [6].


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[4] N. N. Lathiotakis, N. Helbig, A. Rubio, and N. I. Gidopoulos, J. Chem. Phys. 141 164120 (2014); Iris Theophilou, Nektarios N. Lathiotakis, Nikitas I. Gidopoulos, Angel Rubio, Nicole Helbig, J. Chem. Phys. 143 054106 (2015).
[5] N. N. Lathiotakis, N. I. Gidopoulos, (to be published).
[6] Iris Theophilou, Nektarios N. Lathiotakis, (to be published).