Communications in Mathematical Sciences

Volume 5 (2007)

Number 3

The continuum limit and QM-continuum approximation of quantum mechanical models of solids

Pages: 679 – 696



Weinan E

Jianfeng Lu


We consider the continuum limit for models of solids that arise in density functional theory and the QM-continuum approximation of such models. Two different versions of QM- continuum approximation are proposed, depending on the level at which the Cauchy-Born rule is used, one at the level of electron density and one at the level of energy. Consistency at the interface between the smooth and the non-smooth regions is analyzed. We show that if the Cauchy-Born rule is used at the level of electron density, then the resulting QM-continuum model is free of the so-called "ghost force" at the interface. We also present dynamic models that bridge naturally the Car-Parrinello method and the QM-continuum approximation.


continuum limit; QM-continuum approximation; density functional theory

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

34E05, 35Q40, 74B20, 74Q05

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