Thermal density functional theory in context

Aurora Pribram-Jones, Stefano Pittalis, E. Gross, Kieron Burke

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This chapter introduces thermal density functional theory, starting from the ground-state theory and assuming a background in quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics.We review the foundations of density functional theory (DFT) by illustrating some of its key reformulations. The basics of DFT for thermal ensembles are explained in this context, as are tools useful for analysis and development of approximations. This review emphasizes thermal DFT’s strengths as a consistent and general framework.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)25-60
Number of pages36
JournalLecture Notes in Computational Science and Engineering
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We would like to thank the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics for organization of Workshop IV: Computational Challenges in Warm Dense Matter and for hosting APJ during the Computational Methods in High Energy Density Physics long program. APJ thanks the U.S. Department of Energy (DE-FG02-97ER25308), SP and KB thank the National Science Foundation (CHE-1112442), and SP and EKUG thank European Community’s FP7, CRONOS project, Grant Agreement No. 280879.

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© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014.


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