The continuum limit and QM-continuum approximation of quantum mechanical models of solids. (English) Zbl 1141.35046

Summary: 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.


35Q40 PDEs in connection with quantum mechanics
74Q05 Homogenization in equilibrium problems of solid mechanics
82D20 Statistical mechanics of solids
81V25 Other elementary particle theory in quantum theory
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