An efficient LDA+U based tight binding approach

Simone Sanna, B. Hourahine, Th. Gallauner, Th. Frauenheim

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The functionals usually applied in DFT calculations have deficiencies in describing systems with strongly localized electrons such as transition metals or rare earth (RE) compounds. In this work, we present the self-consistent charge density based functional tight binding (SCC-DFTB) calculation scheme including LDA+U like potentials and apply it for the simulation of RE-doped GaN. DFTB parameters for the simulation of GaN and a selection of rare earth ions, where the f electrons were explicitly included in the valence, have been created. The results of the simulations were tested against experimental data (where present) and against various more sophisticated but computationally more costly DFT calculations. Our approach is found to correctly reproduce the geometry and the energetic of the studied systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5665-5670
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry A
Issue number26
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jul 2007


  • self interaction correction
  • density functional theory
  • absorption fine structure
  • doped GaN
  • electronic structure
  • complex materials
  • lattice location
  • Gallium Nitride
  • implanted GaN
  • erbium


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