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      Dynamical mean-field theory from a quantum chemical perspective

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          We investigate the dynamical mean-field theory (DMFT) from a quantum chemical perspective. Dynamical mean-field theory offers a formalism to extend quantum chemical methods for finite systems to infinite periodic problems within a local correlation approximation. In addition, quantum chemical techniques can be used to construct new ab-initio Hamiltonians and impurity solvers for DMFT. Here we explore some ways in which these things may be achieved. First, we present an informal overview of dynamical mean-field theory to connect to quantum chemical language. Next we describe an implementation of dynamical mean-field theory where we start from an ab-initio Hartree- Fock Hamiltonian that avoids double counting issues present in many applications of DMFT. We then explore the use of the configuration interaction hierarchy in DMFT as an approximate solver for the impurity problem. We also investigate some numerical issues of convergence within DMFT. Our studies are carried out in the context of the cubic hydrogen model, a simple but challenging test for correlation methods. Finally we finish with some conclusions for future directions.

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          2010-12-16
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          10.1063/1.3556707
          1012.3609

          http://arxiv.org/licenses/nonexclusive-distrib/1.0/

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          J. Chem. Phys. 134, 094115 (2011)
          17 pages, 6 figures
          cond-mat.str-el

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