Questions tagged [quantum-mechanics]

Refers to the branch of mechanics that deals with the mathematical description of the motion and interaction of subatomic particles, in particular electrons.

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What will break the time-reversal symmetry?

Specifically, I am interested in the time-reversal symmetry $(\mathcal{T})$ in quantum mechanics. The $\mathcal{T}$ is considered as an anti-unitary operator, namely: $$\mathcal{T}\psi(\vec{r},t)=\psi^...
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How do I figure out how many monomer configurations I need for my simulation?

I am running a quantum mechanical simulation on Psi4 for a certain number of monomers to generate data for a database. Some of these monomers are short, while some are long. At the moment, I am ...
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How to understand the formation of covalent bond from the viewpoint of wavefunction interaction?

The formation of the covalent bond is usually understood from the electron sharing, like explained by the following figure: However, this simple physical picture seemingly hinders many things. In ...
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How exact is DFT, really?

It is often claimed (e.g. here), that Density Functional Theory is in principle exact. This seems to be a very strong statement to me. Are all current limitations only of a technical nature rather ...
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Does the Schrödinger equation have unique solutions?

I am learning DFT and the Hohenberg Kohn Theorem of Existence. It says that there is a one-to-one correspondence between the external potential and the density. However the proofs that I have seen ...
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Evaluating $C_v$ for one mole $H_2$ molecules in a quantum simulation [closed]

Given an ensemble of $N$ diatomic molecules, we know that the rotational partition function is given by $$Z_r = z_r^N$$ where $$z_r = \sum_{l} (2l+1)e^{-Kl(l+1)}$$ where $K = \beta \hbar ^2 /2I$. I ...
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How to explain Density Functional Theory results to an experimentalist?

When we present our Density Functional Theory simulation results e.g. lattice parameters, stacking fault energies, band gaps, etc. to people who are experimentalists then the very first question ...
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Velocity operator for a Hamiltonian that satisfies the generalized Schrodinger equation

The velocity operator is defined as $\mathbf{v}=i[H,\mathbf{r}]$ for the Hamiltonian $H$ satisfying $H\psi=\epsilon \psi$. This can be obtained from the Ehrenfest theorem. I'm wondering if $\mathbf{v}=...
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Which method gives the most accurate electron density, and how can it be verified experimentally?

I read a paper from Science (DOI https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aah5975), “Density functional theory is straying from the path toward the exact functional”. They were trying to make a point that ...
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Interpretation of electronic band structure diagram

I want to understand the electronic band structure diagram of the following image, corresponding to $\text{MoS}_2$ (TMD): I read about DFT (density functional theory). DFT is based on solving the ...
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How to derive the effective Hamiltonian of two-dimensional TMDCs monolayers?

TMDs are transition metal dichalcogenides and have the chemical formula MX$_2$ where M is the transition metal and X is the chalcogen. An example of a TMD is MoSe$_2$. I would like to demonstrate that ...
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Anomalous Quantum Hall Effect

I am studying the transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) and I have seen webinars and articles that said that these materials exhibited the anomalous quantum Hall effect related to the curvature of ...
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Adiabatic equation related to the Berry phase for lambda with first order terms

Consider the following derivation in David Vanderbilt's book "Berry Phases in Electronic Structure Theory - Electric Polarization, Orbital Magnetization and Topological Insulators" (2018, ...
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Dynamic phase in an adiabatic system

I am trying to understand the Berry phase through the evolution of a system that evolves adiabatically. Schrodinger's equation is: \begin{equation} H(\lambda)|n(\lambda)\rangle=E_n|n(\lambda)\rangle \...
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Can Machine Learning lead to the more accurate theories and methods for matter modeling?

There's no doubt about it. Machine Learning (ML) is one of the hottest topics out there and it plays an important role in computational science. One application I have seen is to use ML and Density ...
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What are the types of Quantum Molecular Dynamics (QMD)?

In similar spirit to recent questions on Quantum Monte Carlo, ab-initio Molecular Dynamics, types of SCF, and others, I would like to ask: What are the types of Quantum Molecular Dynamics (QMD)? As I ...
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Property related with Berry curvature: $\Omega_{n,\mu\nu}=-\Omega_{n,\nu\mu}$

I read in David Vanderbilt's book named "Berry Phases in Electronic Structure Theory - Electric Polarization, Orbital Magnetization and Topological Insulators" the definition of Berry ...
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Derivation of Slater-Koster equations

I am trying to derive the Slater-Koster equations (Table. 1 of Ref. 1) for the two-centre approximation of hopping integrals between atomic orbitals. I understand that Slater-Koster approximates the ...
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On mass polarization terms

In Jensen's Introduction to Computational Chemistry it says that the total non-relativistic Hamiltonian operator, transformed to the center of mass system, can be written, in atomic units, as $$ \hat{...
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How is Poier and Jensen's Bond Capacity Model Parameterized and Optimized?

I am working on adding a charge polarization model into my own research and have been exploring a few approaches. One of the most attractive options is the Bond Capacity (BC herein) model of Paolo and ...
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How are continued fractions related to quantum materials?

In my spare time, I have been studying and analysing continued fractions. I was having a conversation with someone on Discord in a Mathematics server and he was telling me that continued fractions ...
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What are the situations/problems where Born-Oppenheimer approximation is invalid?

We use the Born-Oppenheimer approximation in both Hartree-Fock method and DFT. What are the problems where we cannot use this approximations.