Orbital-Free Density-Functional Theory Simulations of the Dynamic Structure Factor of Warm Dense Aluminum

TG White and S Richardson and BJB Crowley and LK Pattison and JWO Harris and G Gregori, PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS, 111, 175002 (2013).

DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.111.175002

Here, we report orbital-free density-functional theory (OF DFT) molecular dynamics simulations of the dynamic ion structure factor of warm solid density aluminum at T = 0.5 eV and T = 5 eV. We validate the OF DFT method in the warm dense matter regime through comparison of the static and thermodynamic properties with the more complete Kohn-Sham DFT. This extension of OF DFT to dynamic properties indicates that previously used models based on classical molecular dynamics may be inadequate to capture fully the low frequency dynamics of the response function.

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