Multi-center semi-empirical quantum models for carbon under extreme thermodynamic conditions

N Goldman, CHEMICAL PHYSICS LETTERS, 622, 128-136 (2015).

DOI: 10.1016/j.cplett.2014.11.037

We report on the development of many-body density functional tight binding (DFTB) models for carbon, which include either explicit or implicit calculation of multi-center terms in the Hamiltonian. We show that all of our methods yield accurate eigenstates and eigenfunctions for both ambient diamond and transitions to molten, metallic states. We then determine a three-body repulsive energy to compute accurate equation of state and structural properties for carbon under these conditions. Our results indicate a straightforward approach by which many-body effects can be included in DFTB, thus extending the method to a wide variety of systems and thermodynamic conditions. (c) 2014 Published by Elsevier B.V.

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