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On the limitations of the DFT+U approach to energetics of actinides

Bajaj, Saurabh and Sevik, Cem and Çağin, Tahir and Garay, Andres and Turchi, P.E.A. and Arróyave, Raymundo (2012) On the limitations of the DFT+U approach to energetics of actinides. Computational Materials Science, 59 . pp. 48-56. ISSN 0927-0256.

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Scalar-relativistic density functional theory calculations are performed on three phases of Np within the framework of LSDA+U approach. Material properties examined include lattice parameters, atomic volumes, bulk modulus, magnetic moments, and cohesive energies. Dependence of these properties as a function of the Hubbard-type Coulomb U parameter is investigated, and it is observed that beyond the optimized value at which resulting properties compare well with experimental data, calculations suggest anomalously large changes in volumes supplemented by magnetic transitions. Several reasons that may have caused these instabilities in our calculations are discussed, and which should be considered by those resorting to DFT+U techniques for predicting phase stability in actinides and their alloys.

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Bajaj, Saurabh0000-0003-0216-9697
Çağin, Tahir0000-0002-3665-0932
Additional Information:© 2012 Elsevier B.V. Received 16 October 2011. Revised 13 February 2012. Accepted 15 February 2012. Available online 17 March 2012. This work has been performed under the auspices of the US DOE by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under contract No. DE-AC52–07NA27344. The authors acknowledge the Texas A & M Supercomputing Facility (, the Chemical Engineering Cluster at Texas A&M University, as well as the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin for providing computing resources useful in conducting the research reported in this work.
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Department of Energy (DOE)DE-AC52–07NA27344
Subject Keywords:Density functional theory; LSDA plus U; Hubbard-type Coulomb U parameter; Phase stability
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Official Citation:Saurabh Bajaj, Cem Sevik, Tahir Cagin, Andres Garay, P.E.A. Turchi, Raymundo Arróyave, On the limitations of the DFT+U approach to energetics of actinides, Computational Materials Science, Volume 59, June 2012, Pages 48-56, ISSN 0927-0256, 10.1016/j.commatsci.2012.02.023.
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