Insights from exact exchange-correlation kernels

N. D. Woods*, M. T. Entwistle, R. W. Godby

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The exact exchange-correlation (xc) kernel fxc(x,x′,ω) of linear response time-dependent density functional theory is computed over a wide range of frequencies for three canonical one-dimensional finite systems. Methods used to ensure the numerical robustness of fxc are set out. The frequency dependence of fxc is found to be largely due to its analytic structure, i.e., its singularities at certain frequencies, which are required in order to capture particular transitions, including those of double excitation character. However, within the frequency range of the first few interacting excitations, fxc is approximately ω independent, meaning the exact adiabatic approximation fxc(ω=0) remedies the failings of the local density approximation and random phase approximation for these lowest transitions. The key differences between the exact fxc and its common approximations are analyzed, and cannot be eliminated by exploiting the limited gauge freedom in fxc. The optical spectrum benefits from using as accurate as possible an fxc and ground-state xc potential, while maintaining exact compatibility between the two is of less importance.

Original languageEnglish
Article number125155
Number of pages12
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 29 Mar 2021

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The authors thank Michael Hutcheon and Matt Smith for helpful discussions. N.D.W. is supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) through their Centre for Doctoral Training in Computational Methods for Materials Science (Grant No. EP/L015552/1).

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