The density functional tight binding (DFTB) method is a fast, semi-empirical, total energy electronic structure method based upon and parameterized to density functional theory (DFT). The standard selfconsistent charge (SCC) DFTB approximates the charge fluctuations in a system using a multipole expansion truncated to the monopole term [1,2]. For systems with asymmetric charge distributions, such as might be induced by an applied external field, higher terms in the multipole expansion are likely to be important. We have extended the formalism to include dipoles (SCC+D), have implemented the method computationally, and tested it by calculating the response of various carbon nanotubes and fullerenes to an applied electric field. A comparison of polarizabilities with experimental data or more sophisticated DFT calculations indicates a substantial improvement over standard SCC-DFTB. We also discuss the issues surrounding parameterization of the new SCC+D DFTB scheme.
|Publication status||Published - 21 Apr 2016|
|Event||Graphene 2016 - Porto Antico di Genova Centro Congressi , Genova, Italy|
Duration: 19 Apr 2016 → 22 Apr 2016
|Period||19/04/16 → 22/04/16|