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Self-consistent hybrid functional calculations: Implications for structural, electronic, and optical properties of oxide semiconductors.

Benjamin J. Morgan, Aron Walsh, Daniel Fritsch

The development of new exchange-correlation functionals within density functional theory means that increasingly accurate information is accessible at moderate computational cost. Recently, a newly developed self-consistent hybrid functional has been proposed [Skone \textit{et al.} Phys. Rev. B \textbf{89}, 195112 (2014)], which allows for a reliable and accurate calculation of material properties using a fully \textit{ab initio} procedure. Here, we apply this new functional to wurtzite ZnO, rutile SnO$_2$, and rocksalt MgO. We present calculated structural, electronic, and optical properties, which we compare to results obtained with the PBE and PBE0 functionals. For all semiconductors considered here the self-consistent hybrid approach gives improved agreement with experimental structural data relative to the PBE0 hybrid functional for a moderate increase in computational cost, while avoiding the empiricism common to conventional hybrid functionals. The electronic properties are improved for ZnO and MgO, whereas for SnO$_2$ the PBE0 hybrid functional gives best agreement with experimental data.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1711.03120

DOI: arXiv:1711.03120v1

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