Effect of self-consistency on quasiparticles in solids

TitleEffect of self-consistency on quasiparticles in solids
Publication TypePalaiseau Article


Author Address

Bruneval, F (Reprint Author), ETH, USI Campus,Via Giuseppe Buffi 13, CH-6900 Lugano, Switzerland. Ecole Polytech, Solides Irradies Lab, UMR 7642, CNRS,CEA,DSM, F-91128 Palaiseau, France. Ecole Polytech, CNRS, Solides Irradies Lab, UMR 7642,CEA DSM, F-91128 Palaiseau, France.

Bruneval, F, Vast, N, Reining, L
Year of Publication2006
JournalPhys. Rev. B

We have evaluated the self-energy of solids within different self-consistent approximations, from bare and screened exchange to screened exchange plus Coulomb hole (COHSEX) and GW approximations. Our calculations for silicon, aluminum, and argon assess the quality of the local-density approximation (LDA) valence wave functions and density with respect to their GW counterparts. The LDA conduction wave functions are shown to be of significantly poorer quality, in particular for not highly symmetric points of the Brillouin zone. Comparing the different approaches we show that screened exchange alone is not reliable and we propose to combine a self-consistent COHSEX with a subsequent perturbative GW calculation that gives a reasonable estimate of the self-consistent GW results, at a much lower computational cost. The calculations are based on the pseudopotential method; they confirm its reliability.

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