Quantal Density Functional Theory (Paperback)Viraht Sahni (author)
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Density functional theory is an important and widely used tool in many-body physics that has found applications in atomic, molecular, solid-state and nuclear physics. It is used principally to determine the electronic structure of these complex systems. Sahni has developed a new approach, termed quantal density functional theory, which simplifies the process of solving the computational problem and at the same time, gives insight into the underlying quantum mechanics. Further, the book describes Schroedinger theory from the new perspective of fields and quantal sources. It also explains the physics underlying the functionals and functional derivatives of traditional DFT
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 421 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 14 mm
Edition: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2004
"Gives physical insight because it renders the many-fermion problem in as close to a classical mechanical and electrodynamical form as can be imagined... It is an interesting, unconventional, and useful contribution to the DFT literature. "
-- INT. J. QUANTUM CHEM.
"This book shows how in an entirely new way, it becomes plausible to use the wave function within the broad context of DFT, thus redirecting the present computational approach of attempting to approximate the presently unknown, and thus largely mysterious, HK energy functional of the density. The claim is that the simplicity of the equations of DFT is retained on the one hand, while on the other hand, ridding them of their mystery, as contained in the Kohn-Sham (KS) local potential ... The book describes all quantum systems, including atoms and molecules, in terms of the fields inherent to the systems deriving from their quantal sources. Indeed, an innovation of QDFT is to identify all such fields, and to explicitly write their dependence upon the various quantal sources. The result is a description of quantum chemistry that is as close to a classical description as one may imagine....
"All readers interested in how DFT fits within the larger theoretical structure of quantum theory will profit from this book. It marshals an effective argument for the existence of a specifically Q-DFT view of the density as cardinal object of quantum theory. To accept that argument in its entirety is to see Q-DFT as the fulfillment of the HK theorem promise, to turn the density into all the quantum properties of a chemical system. That in turn could lead to a conceptual and computational revolution within quantum chemistry, the like of which has not been seen since the original HK and KS papers of some 40 years ago." - J. CHEM. EDUCATION (L. Massa, CUNY)
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