Density functional theory for superconductors

N. N. Lathiotakis, M. A.L. Marques, M. Lüders, L. Fast, E. K.U. Gross*

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Two recently proposed exchange-correlation functionals describing the superconducting phase of matter are reviewed and further explored: Whereas the first is a generalization of the local density approximation dealing with purely electronic correlations, the second is a functional derived from Kohn-Sham perturbation theory that includes electronic and phononic correlations on the same footing. Superconducting properties of simple metals obtained with the latter functional agree rather well with experimental results.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)790-797
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Quantum Chemistry
Issue number5 SPEC. ISS.
StatePublished - 15 Sep 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Critical temperature
  • Density functional theory
  • Exchange and correlation
  • Phonon-induced superconductivity
  • Theory of superconductors


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