Exchange-Correlation Catastrophe in Cu-Au: A Challenge for Semilocal Density Functional Approximations

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  • Li Yun Tian
  • Henrik Levämäki
  • Matti Ropo
  • Kalevi Kokko
  • Ágnes Nagy
  • Levente Vitos


  • Royal Institute of Technology
  • Dalian University of Technology
  • University of Turku
  • Tampere University of Technology
  • Aalto University
  • University of Debrecen
  • Uppsala University
  • Hungarian Academy of Sciences


Semilocal density functional approximations occupy the second rung of the Jacob's ladder model and are thus expected to have certain limits to their applicability. A recent study [Y. Zhang, G. Kresse, and C. Wolverton, Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 075502 (2014)] hypothesizes that the formation energy, being one of the key quantities in alloy theory, would be beyond the grasp of semilocal density functional theory (DFT). Here, we explore the physics of semilocal DFT formation energies and shed light on the connection between the accuracy of the formation energy and the ability of a semilocal approximation to produce accurate lattice constants. We demonstrate that semilocal functionals designed to perform well for alloy constituents can concomitantly solve the problem of alloy formation energies.


JulkaisuPhysical Review Letters
TilaJulkaistu - 1 elokuuta 2016
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA1 Julkaistu artikkeli, soviteltu

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