A first-principles embedding theory that combines the salient features of density functional theory (DFT) and traditional quantum chemical methods is presented. The method involves constructing a DFT-based embedding potential and then using it as a one-electron operator within a very accurate ab initio calculation. We demonstrate how DFT calculations can be systematically improved via this procedure. The scheme is tested using two closed shell systems, a toy model Li2Mg2, and the experimentally well characterized CO/Cu(111) system. Our results are in good agreement with near full configuration interaction calculations in the former case and experimental adsorbate binding energies in the latter. This method provides the means to systematically include electron correlation in a local region of a condensed phase.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy(all)
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry