Our original tight-binding quantum chemical molecular dynamics code, "Colors", has been successfully applied to the theoretical investigation of complex materials including rare-earth elements, e.g., metal catalysts supported on a CeO2 surface. To expand our code so as to obtain a good convergence for the electronic structure of a calculation system including a rareearth element, we developed a novel algorithm to provide a constraint condition for the number of electrons occupying the selected molecular orbitais that mainly consist of 4f atomic orbitals of the rare-earth element. This novel algorithm was introduced in Colors. Using Colors, we succeeded in obtaining the classified electronic configurations of the 4f atomic orbitais of Ce4+ and reduced Ce ions in a CeO2 bulk model with one oxygen defect, which makes it difficult to obtain a good convergence using a conventional first-principles quantum chemical calculation code.
|Number of pages
|Japanese Journal of Applied Physics, Part 1: Regular Papers and Short Notes and Review Papers
|Published - Apr 24 2007
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- General Engineering
- General Physics and Astronomy