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"Chemists acquainted with traditional quantum mechanics will applaud and gain drastically from this really instructive, thorough and obviously written exposition of density sensible idea: its foundation, suggestions, phrases, implementation, and function in various functions. clients of DFT for constitution, power, and molecular estate computations, in addition to response mechanism reports, are guided to the optimal offerings of the simplest tools. good done!"Paul von Ragu? Schleyer"A conspicuous gap within the computational chemist's library is properly stuffed via this ebook, which gives a wide-ranging and pragmatic view of the subject.[...It] should still justifiably turn into the favourite textual content at the topic for practitioners who target to take advantage of DFT to resolve chemical problems."J. F. Stanton, J. Am. Chem. Soc."The authors' target is to steer the chemist via easy theoretical and comparable technical points of DFT at an easy-to-understand theoretical point. They prevail admirably."P. C. H. Mitchell, Appl. Organomet. Chem."The authors have performed a very good provider to the chemical neighborhood. [...] A Chemist's consultant to Density useful concept is precisely what the identify indicates. it may be a useful resource of perception and information for plenty of chemists utilizing DFT methods to unravel chemical problems."M. Kaupp, Angew. Chem.

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As noted by Handy, 1994, these very simple and beautifully intuitive arguments in favor of density functional theory are attributed to E. B. Wilson. So the answer to the question posed in the caption to this section is certainly a loud and clear ‘Yes’. 2 The Thomas-Fermi Model Actually, the first attempts to use the electron density rather than the wave function for obtaining information about atomic and molecular systems are almost as old as is quantum mechanics itself and date back to the early work of Thomas, 1927 and Fermi, 1927.

Again, it is important to realize that J[ρ] contains also the unphysical self-interaction as already alluded to in Chapter 1. This can most easily be illustrated by considering a one-electron system: with only one electron there obviously cannot be any electronelectron Coulomb interaction. Nevertheless, even in these cases J[ρ] ≠ 0. The second term is the energy of interaction between the charge density and the charge distribution of the exchange-correlation hole. It includes the correction for the self-interaction as well as all contributions of quantum-mechanical correlation effects.

Thus, we have the first example of a genuine density functional for the enH ergy! In other words, equation (3-2) is a prescription for how to map a density ρ( r ) onto an energy E without any additional information required. In particular no recourse to the wave function is taken. Now that we have a functional expressing the energy in terms of the density, the next important step is to find a strategy for how the correct density that we need to insert into (3-2) can be identified. To this end, the Thomas-Fermi model employs the variational principle.

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