One- and two-center physical space partitioning of the energy in the density functional theory

P. Salvador, I. Mayer

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A conceptually new approach is introduced for the decomposition of the molecular energy calculated at the density functional theory level of theory into sum of one- and two-atomic energy components, and is realized in the "fuzzy atoms" framework. (Fuzzy atoms mean that the three-dimensional physical space is divided into atomic regions having no sharp boundaries but exhibiting a continuous transition from one to another.) The new scheme uses the new concept of "bond order density" to calculate the diatomic exchange energy components and gives them unexpectedly close to the values calculated by the exact (Hartree-Fock) exchange for the same Kohn-Sham orbitals.

Original languageEnglish
Article number234113
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2 2007


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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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