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Finite-size corrections of defect energy levels involving ionic polarization

Stefano Falletta1*, Julia Wiktor2*, Alfredo Pasquarello1*

1 Chaire de Simulation à l'Echelle Atomique (CSEA), École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland

2 Department of Physics, Chalmers University of Technology, SE-412 96 Gothenburg, Sweden

* Corresponding authors emails: stefano.falletta@epfl.ch, julia.wiktor@chalmers.se, alfredo.pasquarello@epfl.ch
DOI10.24435/materialscloud:9p-g7 [version v1]

Publication date: Jul 07, 2020

How to cite this record

Stefano Falletta, Julia Wiktor, Alfredo Pasquarello, Finite-size corrections of defect energy levels involving ionic polarization, Materials Cloud Archive 2020.70 (2020), doi: 10.24435/materialscloud:9p-g7.


We develop a scheme for finite-size corrections of vertical transition energies and single-particle energy levels involving defect states with built-in ionic polarization in supercell calculations.The method accounts on an equal footing for the screening of the electrons and of the ionic polarization charge arising from the lattice distortions. We demonstrate the accuracy of our corrections for various defects in MgO and in water by comparing with the dilute limit achieved through the scaling of the system size. The general validity of our formulation is also confirmed through a sum rule that connects vertical transition energies with formation energies of structurally relaxed defects.

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File name Size Description
358 Bytes README file containing a description of all files in this record.
162.8 KiB Atomic coordinates of MgO (pristine, hole polaron, oxygen vacancy) and water
28.1 MiB Python script for the calculation of finite-size corrections
14.3 KiB Input files for electronic optimization, structural optimization, calculation of dielectric constants in MgO


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External references

Journal reference (Paper in which the method is described)
Website (Github folder containing the code for calculating finite-size corrections of defect energy levels involving ionic polarization.)


Defects Density functional calculations Dielectric properties Electric polarization Electronic structure of atoms & molecules First-principles calculations Optical absorption spectroscopy Polarons Vacancies MARVEL/DD4

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2020.70 (version v1) [This version] Jul 07, 2020 DOI10.24435/materialscloud:9p-g7