An unconstrained minimization algorithm for electronic structure calculations using density functional for systems with a gap is developed to solve for nonorthogonal Wannier-like orbitals in the spirit of E. B. Stechel, A. R. Williams, and P. J. Feibelman [Phys. Rev. B 49, 10 008 (1994)]. The search for the occupied subspace is a Grassmann conjugate gradient algorithm generalized from the algorithm of A. Edelman, T. A. Arias, and S. T. Smith [SIAM J. Matrix Anal. Appl. 20, 303 (1998)]. The gradient takes into account the nonorthogonality of a local atom-centered basis, Gaussian in our implementation. With a localization constraint on the Wannier-like orbitals, well- constructed sparse matrix multiplies lead to O(N) scaling of the computationally intensive parts of the algorithm. Using silicon carbide as a test system, the accuracy, convergence, and implementation of this algorithm as a quantitative alternative to diagonalization are investigated. Results up to 1458 atoms on a single processor are presented.
|Number of pages||13968280|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 15 2001|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics