Excitation energies from time-dependent density functional theory using exact and approximate potentials

M. Petersilka*, E. K.U. Gross, Kieron Burke

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The role of the exchange-correlation potential and the exchange-correlation kernel in the calculation of excitation energies from time-dependent density functional theory is studied. Excitation energies of the helium and beryllium atoms are calculated, both from the exact Kohn-Sham ground-state potential and from two orbital-dependent approximations. These are exact exchange and self-interaction corrected local density approximation (SIC-LDA), both calculated using Krieger-Li-Iafrate approximation. For the exchange-correlation kernels, three adiabatic approximations were tested: the local density approximation, exact exchange, and SIC-LDA. The choice of the ground-state exchange-correlation potential has the largest impact on the absolute position of most excitation energies. In particular, orbital-dependent approximate potentials result in a uniform shift of the transition energies to the Rydberg states.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)534-554
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Quantum Chemistry
Issue number4-5
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Symposium on Atomic,Molecular, and Condensed Matter Theory - St. Augustine, FL, USA
Duration: 25 Feb 20003 Mar 2000


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