The use of a pseudopotential to replace the core electron density within electronic structure calculations of Kohn-Sham type is proposed. An heuristic derivation of such a potential is given. Within the local exchange-correlation scheme, the pseudopotential employed is precisely equivalent to solving a frozen-core problem; this is quite different from the situation encountered in using pseudopotentials in Hartree-Fock calculations, where additional approximations are involved. Numerical results for several excited and ionic states of first row atoms are given: the errors due to the frozen core are less than 10-3 hartree.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Surfaces and Interfaces