Self-energy self-consistent density functional theory plus dynamical mean field theory

Self-energy self-consistent density functional theory plus dynamical mean field theory

Sumanta Bhandary Centre de Physique Théorique, Ecole Polytechnique, CNRS UMR 7644, Université Paris-Saclay, 91128 Palaiseau, France    Karsten Held Institute of Solid State Physics, TU Wien, 1040 Wien, Austria

We propose a hybrid approach which employs the dynamical mean-field theory (DMFT) self-energy for the correlated, typically rather localized orbitals and a conventional density functional theory (DFT) exchange-correlation potential for the less correlated, less localized orbitals. We implement this self-energy (plus charge density) self-consistent DFT+DMFT scheme in a basis of maximally localized Wannier orbitals using Wien2K, wien2wannier, and the DMFT impurity solver w2dynamics. As a testbed material we apply the method to SrVO and report a significant improvement as compared to previous + calculations. In particular the position of the oxygen bands is reproduced correctly, which has been a persistent hassle with unwelcome consequences for the - hybridization and correlation strength. Taking the (linearized) DMFT self-energy also in the Kohn-Sham equation renders the so-called “double-counting” problem obsolete.

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I Introduction

Density functional theory (DFT)dft1 ; dft2 is by far the most widely used method in solid state physics, owing to its immense success in predicting solid state properties such as crystal structures, ionization energies, electrical, magnetic and vibrational properties. However, treating electron correlating within an effectively single-particle framework makes it inadequate, even with the best available exchange correlation potentials, for an important class of materials: strongly correlated electron systems. This is the realm of dynamical mean field theory (DMFT) Metzner89a ; Georges92a ; Georges96a which incorporates local, dynamic correlations, and has been merged with DFT for the calculation of realistic correlated materials Anisimov97a ; Lichtenstein98a ; dmft0 ; dmft1 ; dmft2 . In DMFT, the electrons can stay at a lattice site or dynamically hop between lattice sites in order to suppress double occupation and hence the cost of the Coulomb interaction, without any symmetry breaking unlike in the static DFT+U approachldau . The method has been successfully applied to transition metals Lichtenstein98a and their oxides Held01a , moleculessbmoldftp , adatomspanda and f-electron systemsSAVRASOV ; Held01b , proving its versatility.

The early developments in this direction are “one-shot” DFT+DMFTSavrasov04 ; Minar05 ; millis_csc ; Frank ; Pouroskii07 ; Aichhorn2011 ; haule2010 ; csc_sb calculations. In a “one-shot” calculation, first a DFT calculation is converged for a given material. Subsequently the DFT Hamiltonian is supplemented with a local Coulomb interaction for the correlated orbitals and this problem is subsequently solved within the DMFT framework. The physical properties such as the spectral function, susceptibility or magnetization are calculated from this “one-shot” DMFT solution of a DFT derived Hamiltonian.

Subsequently charge self-consistent (CSC) DFT+DMFT calculations have been implemented and applied. Here, the total electronic charge density is updated after the DMFT calculation, now including effects of electronic correlations. With this updated charge density the Kohn-Sham equations of DFT are solved, a new Hamiltonian is derived which is again solved by DMFT etc. Both cycles, DFT and DMFT, are converged simultaneously. The physical properties are calculated from the converged solution. The correlation-induced change in the charge density can be significant. Hence for some materials using CSC leads to a major correction; for other materials the corrections are minute. Incorporation of this CSC correction in a site-to-site charge transfer has been studied extensively Savrasov04 ; Minar05 ; millis_csc ; Frank ; Pouroskii07 ; Aichhorn2011 ; haule2010 . More recently, also the effect of the inter-orbital and momentum-dependent charge redistribution has been studied csc_sb .

While DFT provides a reasonable starting point for both “one-shot” and CSC DFT+DMFT, the incompatibility of the DFT and DMFT approach is seen in many occasions, e. g., in so-called “” DMFT calculation for transition metal oxides Held02 ; Wang07 ; haule2010 ; Parragh2013 ; Haule2014 ; Dang2014 ; Hansmann2014 . The reason behind this is that in DFT the bands are too close to the Fermi level. Hence, there is a too strong intermixture of and bands and the -orbitals or not strongly correlated. Within the framework of DFT+DMFT, one consequently needs to introduce an adjustment to the - splitting, adjusting it either to the experimental oxygen positionDang2014 ; zhong , adding a - interaction parameterHansmann2014 , or modifying the double counting haule2010 ; Haule2014 or exchange-correlation potentials Nekrasov2012 ; Nekrasov2013 . For example, in SrVO, the proper renormalization of the t band has been obtained with an additional shift applied of the -bands as large as 5eV relative to the t bands zhong , for correcting the position of the - bands to that observed in experiment.

There have been considerable efforts to improve on the exchange part of the exchange-correlation potential. Approaches in this direction include GWHedin +DMFTGWDMFT1 ; GWDMFT2 ; Tomczak12 ; GWDMFT3 and quasiparticle self-consistent GW (QSGW)QSGW1 ; QSGW2 +DMFT QSGWDMFT1 ; QSGWDMFT2 ; also hybrid functionals hydmft instead of the more widespread local density approximation (LDA) or generalized gradient approximation (GGA) exchange-correlation potential can be employed. But all of these approaches do not solve the problem of the wrong position of the oxygen band. In this paper, we propose an alternative self-energy self-consistent (-SC) DFT+DMFT scheme. For the correlated orbitals, i.e., those that acquire a Coulomb interaction in DMFT, -SC DFT+DMFT takes the (linearized) DMFT self-energy as the exchange correlation potential in a similar way as proposed by Schilfgaarde and Kotani QSGW1 ; QSGW2 for QSGW. That is, when solving the Kohn-Sham equation, these correlated orbitals sense the (linearized) DMFT self-energy instead of the conventional LDA or GGA exchange-correlation potential. For the less correlated orbitals, that do not acquire an interaction in the DMFT, the GGA is still employed. The method is self-consistent, for both electronic charge density and self-energy, and free from the double counting ambiguity. We employ the approach to SrVO and find that it renders the correct position of the oxygen -orbitals.

The outline of the paper is as follows: In Section II, we introduce the -SC DFT+DMFT. In this section, we first recapitulate the conventional steps of DFT in Section II.1, the projection onto Wannier functions in Section II.2, and DMFT in Section II.3. Carrying out these three steps constitutes a so-called “one-shot” DFT+DMFT calculation, whereas, as discussed in Section II.4, in a CSC scheme the charge recalculated after the DMFT is feed back to the Kohn-Sham equation to obtain a new one-particle Kohn-Sham Hamiltonian until self-consistency is obtained. The decisive step of the present paper, described in Section II.5, is to take not only the charge but also the DMFT self-energy as the exchange-correlation potential of the correlated orbitals when going back to the Kohn-Sham equation after the DMFT step. The proper subtraction of the Hartree term to avoid a double counting is discussed in Section II.6. An overview of the method in form of a flow diagram of the individual steps as well as of the full -SC DFT+DMFT scheme is provided in Section II.7 and Fig. 1. Section III presents the results for SrVO, and Section IV a summary and outlook.

Ii Methodology

In this section, we present the formalism and implementation of self-energy self-consistency (-SC). The actual implementation is based on the maximally localized Wannier functions (MLWF) and extends our previous CSC DFT+DMFT csc_sb implementation. Let us emphasize, that the -SC is a major improvement on the CSC: not only the charge but—based on the DMFT self-energy—also the exchange-correlation potential of the Kohn-Sham equations is changed. Specifically, our starting point is a DFT calculation within Wien2kw2k , followed by a DMFT calculation which is performed with w2dynamicsw2d using continuous-time quantum Monte Carlo (CTQMC) CTQMC as an impurity solver. The identification of localized orbitals in DMFT is done with Wien2wannierwien2wannier , an interface between Wien2kw2k and wannier90wanrev . In -SC, the self-consistency does not only include an update of the charge in the Kohn-Sham equation but further modifies the exchange-correlation potential on the basis of the linearized DMFT self-energy. This decisive step is presented in Section II.5. This way, genuine effects of electronic correlations are included in the exchange correlation-potential and a double counting is avoided.

ii.1 DFT cycle

Let us start by defining the central quantities of the -SC DFT+DMFT: the electronic charge density as the key quantity in DFT and the Greens function (or the related self-energy) as the central component of DMFT. The charge density at a given spatial position \br, is given by the equal-time Green’s function or as a sum of all Matsubara frequency:


While the local DMFT Green’s function defined at localized Wannier orbitals is given by


Here , denote the orbitals on the same site, is the inverse temperature and the factor ensures the convergence of the summation over Matsubara frequencies . The full Greens function for the solid appears in both equations and can be written as


Here, is the chemical potential and the one-particle Hamiltonian of the Kohn-Sham equation consisting of the kinetic energy operator and the effective Kohn-Sham (KS) potential . In a DFT calculation, the KS potential has an explicit dependence on the total electronic charge and consists of an external potential due to the nuclei (ions), a Hartree potential , describing the electron-electron Coulomb repulsion and an exchange-correlation potential , i.e., . Altogether this yields


There are several existing formulation of the latter, such as using LDA lda , GGA gga or hybrid functionalsmbj ; b3lyp . For our calculations on -SC, we have employed GGA but this is of little importance as the potential will be replaced by a newly formulated one that is obtained from the self-energy, . The DFT self-consistency cycle (“DFT cycle”) hence consists of the following two steps:

(i) The calculation of the exchange correlation potential from the electronic charge distribution .

(ii) The solution of the Kohn-Sham equation [written in Eq. (3) in form of a Green’s function] and the recalculation of the the charge [through Eq.(1)] provide together the second step .

ii.2 Wannier projection

Our starting point is a self-consistent DFT calculation with a converged electronic charge density. At this point is calculated with GGA. The next step is to construct a localized orbital basis, in which DMFT is applied. To this end, we employ MLWFs, which are constructed by a Fourier transform of the DFT Bloch waves :


Here, is the unitary transformation matrix, the volume of the unit cell, () denotes the band indices of the Bloch waves (Wannier functions). Here and in the following hats denote matrices (operators) in the orbital indices. In Eq. (5), we restrict ourselves to an isolated band window with Bloch waves. This window may, e.g., include the - or -orbitals of a transition metal oxide or, as in our example below, plus oxygen -orbital. In the scheme of maximally localized Wannier functionswanrev , the spread (spatial extension) of the Wannier functions describing the DFT bandstructure in the given energy window is minimized; and is obtained from this minimization.

In general, the target bands are “entangled” with other, less important bands—at least at a few \tk-points. These bands are projected out by a so-called “disentanglement” procedure. That is, at each \tk-point, there is a set of Bloch functions which is larger than or equal to the number of target bands, i.e., . The disentanglement transformation takes the form


Here, the band index belongs to the outer window” with Bloch wave functions, while label the target bands. Hence, the disentanglement matrix is a rectangular matrix. A Fourier transformation of leads to the Wannier orbitals in \tk-space


and the corresponding Wannier Hamiltonian


The two equations correspond to the case without and with disentanglement.

ii.3 DMFT cycle

The Hamiltonian is supplemented with a local Coulomb interaction, and the resulting lattice problem is solved in DMFT by mapping it onto an auxiliary impurity problem, which is solved self-consistently in DMFTGeorges92a ; Georges96a . Here, either the non-interacting Green’s function of the impurity problem or the local self-energy can be considered as a dynamical mean field. The DMFT formalism consists of the following four steps: (i) The \tk-integrated lattice Dyson equation yields the local interacting Green’s function


from the local self-energy and one-particle Kohn-Sham Hamiltonian ; \tk-points are considered in the reducible Brillouin Zone.

(ii) The impurity Dyson equation provides the non-interacting impurity Green’s function


(iii) Solving the Anderson impurity problem (AIM) defined by and gives interacting Green’s function


This is numerically the most involved step; we employ the continuous-time quantum Monte-Carlo method CTQMC in the w2dynamics implementationw2d to this end.

(iv) Applying the impurity Dyson equation a second time once again gives the self-energy


In the DMFT self-consistency cycle (“DMFT cycle”), the obtained self-energy is now used again in step (i) to recalculate a new local Green’s function until a convergence is achieved. The “one-shot DFT+DMFT” ends after a full “DFT cycle” and one subsequent “DMFT cycle”. Physical quantities, e. g., spectral function, susceptibility etc. are extracted at this point. Both in a charge CSC and -SC DFT-DMFT one goes instead back to the DFT-part as discussed in the following.

ii.4 Recalculation of the charge density

For the -SCapproach, we now go one step further. We construct a new electronic charge density °(as has been done before) and a new exchange correlation potential for the correlated sub-space. The total charge density is separable into two parts; (i) the correlated part, , formed by the correlated orbitals (typically the - or -orbitals) and (ii) the non-interacting part, , formed by the rest of the system, i.e.:


Including the DMFT correlations, can be calculated from the local DMFT Green’s function as follows:


Here, is the expectation value of the occupation operator in the localized Wannier orbitals basis , which can be directly calculated from the equal time (or Matsubara sum) of the corresponding DMFT Green’s function which is again a matrix with respect to the orbitals. For a faster convergence of the Matsubara sum, it is advisable to express as


Here, the functional behavior of at higher frequency is considered by a model Green’s function , and provides the analytical frequency sum of .


Note that is, in general, not diagonal in Wannier representation. To calculate the analytical sum, , we diagonalize . If is the ’s eigenvectors and the ’s eigenvalue of , we get


The operator is then transformed to the Bloch basis utilizing the unitary and the disentanglement matrices, and :


From this, the correlated charge density is finally obtained as:


The remaining density is calculated within DFT and added to to obtain the total electronic charge density.

Figure 1: Schematic representation of the -SC DFT+DMFT. In an “one shot” DFT+DMFT calculation, the DFT Hamiltonian is not updated and both the DFT and DMFT cycle close individually, i.e., we have the orange and green arrows in the schematic,. In a -SC DFT+DMFT caculation, neither DFT nor DMFT is iterated individually. Instead, both steps are closed together, i.e., we have the green arrows in the schematic, but not the orange ones.

ii.5 Recalculation of the exchange-correlation potential from the DMFT self-energy

The next step is the key aspect of the -SC DFT+DMFT approach: recalculating the exchange-correlation potential for the next iteration step on the DFT side. The Hartree potential, is calculated as usual from the total density, including the effect of electronic correlations on the density. The exchange-correlation (XC) potential for the next step is however not derived from the total charge density (e.g. using the GGA functional) as in previous CSC DFT+DMFT calculations. Instead, we have adapted the following assumption: If the correlated orbitals are fairly localized, the XC potential can be divided into two parts:


Here,  correspond to the XC potential for the correlated subspace and  accounts for the XC of the rest of the system. To determine these two XC potentials, we first calculate and from the corresponding densities and , respectively, employing the GGA functional for both densities. From these, we obtain also the difference . This procedure has the following advantage: the total XC potential,  , calculated from includes the core-valance interaction and the interaction between correlated and uncorrelated subspace . Even after subtraction of , will still possess that part of the interaction. Only the XC potential stemming from the interaction within the correlated subspace is taken out in . Similar subtractions of the -contributions to the exchange-correlation potential have been done before Nekrasov2012 ; Nekrasov2013 ; Haule2015 , but not the next step: taking the DMFT self-energy for the exchange-correlation potential instead.

That is, we employ a new XC potential within the correlated subspace, , which is given by the (linearized) DMFT self-energy, . By construction, is local (in Wannier space) and represented in Matsubara frequencies. Because of frequency-dependence cannot be employed directly in the one-particle Kohn-Sham equation.

As we focus on the low energy part of the spectrum, we linearize the self-energy around zero frequency


This linearized self-energy is still frequency-dependent and still cannot be included in the Kohn-Sham equations which is based on a frequency-independent Hamiltonian. But thanks to the linearized self-energy, we can use the fact that the relevant self-energy, when determining the eigenvalues of the Kohn-Sham equation, is taken for a particular frequency: the frequency that is equal to the Kohn-Sham eigenvalue.

Hence we can approximate Eq. (26) by a Hermitian operator


One further technical complication is that we do not have the self-energy for real frequencies. Hence, we instead estimate the (constant plus) linear behavior as following:


For the results below we take the limit in Eq. (29) by simply considering the value at the lowest Matsubara frequency, but more complicated fitting procedures may be taken.

We also have to take into account that the DMFT self-energy contains a Hartree contribution. This is to be subtracted from the XC potential since the same is already included in the effective KS-potential, i.e.,


Here, one can deduce the Hartree term of DMFT as


from the spin-orbital-resolved occupations of the Wannier orbitals, and the equivalent formula for the opposite spin.

Since we need the exchange correlation potential in real space , we now have to transform the (linearized) self-energy back to the Bloch basis utilizing the pre-obtained transformation matrices (without and with disentanglement):


Finally, the exchange-correlation potential within the correlated sub-space can be written on a radial grid as,


In the Kohn-Sham equation we henceforth employ the XC potential or the following one-particle Hamiltonian instead of Eq. (4):


ii.6 Exact double counting subtraction

In the -SC formalism, the part of the self-energy used as exchange correlation within the correlated subspace is now explicitly defined through Eq. (35). One can hence subtract this contribution exactly when calculating the DMFT Green’s function in Eq. (10), simply by setting


where comes from the previous iteration.

Let us note again that the Hartree term enters only once in form of but not in thanks to the subtraction in Eq. (30); using instead of for the double-counting warranties that the Hartree term cancels for the self-energy.

In -SC DFT+DMFT, the ambiguity of the double counting term is hence avoided altogether. The correlated orbitals that acquire a Coulomb interaction in DMFT obtain a linearized in the Kohn-Sham equation which is known exactly and can be hence subtracted as when going back to the DMFT side.

Indeed after subtracting in Eq. (10) not even the linearization approximation of the self-energy enters the DMFT Green’s function any longer—but the full, frequency dependent DMFT self-energy. The linearization and including it as in the Kohn-Sham potential only serves the purpose that the Kohn-Sham wave functions and eigenvalues include some potential effects of the DMFT self-energy. On the DMFT side the full self-energy is taken; and no further XC potential within the correlated subspace.

ii.7 Flow diagram of -Sc Dft+dmft

The full -SC DFT+DMFT, altogether consists of the following workflow, as depicted schematically in Fig. 1:

  • A converged charge density is obtained within DFT to have a reasonable electronic structure to start with (upper left part of Fig. 1). The target bands are identified as a prelude for the Wannier projection. In the following -SC DFT+DMFT cycles (green arrows in Fig. 1), a single DFT iteration is performed with an updated DFT Kohn-Sham Hamiltonian (i.e., without the orange arrow in the upper left part). The XC potential for the correlated sub-space is supplemented with the one obtained from the DMFT self-energy as discussed in Section II.5. For this step, we employ the modified Wien2k program package.

  • Maximally localized Wannier functions are computed within the target subspace as explained in Eqs. (5)-(7) (upper right section of Fig. 1). The DFT Kohn-Sham Hamiltonian is transformed into the Wannier basis following Eq. (8). We employ wien2wannier wien2wannier and Wannier90 wanrev to this end.

  • A single DMFT cycle is performed using w2dynamicsw2d (lower right part of Fig. 1). This provides the self-energy , local Green’s function , and the DMFT chemical potential , which is fixed to the particle number. It needs to be noted that at this point is used as double counting term and is calculated accordingly. Moreover, for practical purposes, it is beneficial to start with a converged “one-shot” DFT + DMFT calculation. Further, a mixing (under-relaxation) between old and new DMFT self-energy is employed.

  • The correlated charge distribution as well as the XC potential are updated (lower left part of Fig. 1). At first, is calculated from the DMFT Green’s functions, as in Eq. (16). As described in Eqs. (23)-(23), is transformed back to the DFT eigenbasis to calculate the correlated charge distribution in real space. In a similar fashion, the XC potential in the correlated sub-space is calculated from the DMFT self-energy through Eq. (30) and transformed back to DFT eigenbasis as presented in Eqs. (32), on a radial grid by employing Eq. (34).

  • The new DFT+DMFT charge density is compared with the old density. If the difference does not match the convergence criteria, the new density is mixed with the old density, serving as the new density. The charge density of the correlated orbitals is then used to calculate , which provides as described in Eq. (25). The exchange correlation potential in the KS Hamiltonian is updated with and according to Eq. (35). At the same time, the DMFT self-energy is also compared for two consecutive iterations for convergence.

Iii Results

The -SC DFT+DMFT scheme is applied to SrVO, a testbed material for methodological developments for strongly correlated electrons systems. The cubic perovskite structure of SrVO results in degenerate t bands near Fermi energy that are singly occupied and unoccupied bands. Bulk SrVO exhibits a strongly correlated metallic behavior and the electronic features are mostly governed by partially filled t bands. In DFT+DMFT schemes, one typically treats isolated t bands with explicit electron correlation in DMFT—coined “-only” model. As a consequence of the DMFT correlations, the wide band of DFT are renormalized by factor of about 0.5, yielding a strongly correlated metal. Additional lower and upper Hubbard peaks appears at -1.7 eV and 2.5 eV, respectivelysvoexptheo ; Pavarini03 ; Liebsch03a ; Nekrasov05a ; Nekrasov05b . In the energy range of the latter, also the bands are located. The agreement of the t spectral function with experiment is reasonably goodsvoexptheo . SrVO has also been studied in GW+DMFT by various groups Tomczak12 ; P7:Casula12b ; Taranto13 ; Tomczak14 ; bohenke ; GWDMFT3 . GW+DMFT yields a somewhat better position of the lower Hubbard bandTomczak12 ; Taranto13 ; Tomczak14 but does not solve the problem with the wrong position of the oxygen -bands Tomczak12 ; Tomczak14 ; GWDMFT3 .

One can include non-interacting -bands within DMFT in a co-called “+” calculation. However, the energy difference between and bands derived ab initio in DFT is underestimated. Consequently there is a too strong hybridization between and orbitals, and the effective orbitals have a significant contribution. This in turn means that the occupation is much larger than one. A + calculation with interaction in the t bands and no interaction in the uncorrelated bands hence yields only a weakly correlated solution with too wide t bands around the Fermi energy and no Hubbard bands Held02 ; Wang07 ; haule2010 ; Parragh2013 ; Haule2014 ; Dang2014 ; Hansmann2014 .

Figure 2: (Color online) One-shot DFT+DMFT for SrVO at =9.5 eV and =0.75 eV. The k-dependent spectral function is plotted together with the DFT band structure (white dotted lines) along high symmetry lines of the Brillouin zone.

A - interaction Hansmann2014 or an ad-hoc “double-counting” term Dang2014 ; zhong , which corrects the onsite energies of the -orbitals to the experimental position, needs to be introduced in order to obtain a proper Hubbard peak below Fermi energy, as observed in experiment. Let us note that the origin of this peak, has been debated. Namely, within a GW+extended DMFT calculationbohenke it has been identified as a plasmon peak, which is however much less pronounced than in experiment, while Backes et al.ovac identified it coming form oxygen vacancy in a GW+DMFT framework. Altogether, this leaves + DFT+DMFT calculations in a quite unsatisfactory state, relying on parameter tuning or ad-hoc corrections of the -level or exchange correlation potential for getting the correct position of the oxygen -level.

In our implementation, we employ instead the DMFT self-energy as the (self-consistently updated) exchange-correlation potential for the orbitals of SrVO. That is, the GGA potential is only used for the less correlated oxygen orbitals, whereas for the correlated, localized orbitals the local DMFT self-energy from a + calculation is used. In principle, this DMFT potential should also be employed for the orbitals, but since these are essentially unoccupied, the DMFT self-energy would reduce to a Hartree term which is included in the GGA as well.

In Fig.2, we first present the \tk-dependent spectral function of SrVO as obtained in a + model within a standard one-shot DFT+DMFT calculation, using =9.5 eV, =0.75 eV, zero and , and room temperature (=40). Fully localized limit (FLL) double counting term is considered here. Let us note that within a - model the impurity orbitals are more localized compared to those in a -only model, causing larger values of the interaction parameters than in -only calculation. The specific values are chosen following Aryasetiawan et al.clda and will be considered for all the calculations, presented in this article.

The band renormalization is reasonable with 0.48. However, the -bands appear around -2 eV to -7 eV, which does not agree with the experimental photoemission spectra morikawa ; svoexptheo ; svo_expt ; svo_arpes . As explained before, the -bands have to be adjusted to describe photoemission spectra. In SrVO, the required shift is as large as 5.0 eV zhong , which combined with the large (9.5 eV) of Ref. clda, would even result in an insulating solution.

Next, we turn to the -SCDFT+DMFT, which does not necessitate such an ad-hoc shift and treats SrVO in a completely ab-initio manner. As mentioned in section II, we started from a converged ‘one-shot’ DFT+DMFT self-energy (i.e. from the solution of Fig. 2) . Upon -SC self-consistency we however obtain the solution Fig. 3. The position of the -bands with respect to the -bands has improved significantly, with an excellent agreement with experimental spectra (without any adjustable parameters as is obtained from Ref. clda, ). In addition, interestingly, over the iteration in -SC, also the dispersion of the -bands is slightly changed compared to that DFT.

Figure 3: (Color online) Same as Fig. 2 but now with -SC.

The scenario can be further clarified by inspecting the \tk-integrated spectral function, Fig. 4, which compares our -SC-spectra with photoemission spectroscopy (PES) by K. Morikawa et al.morikawa . Here, the central t quasiparticle peak is to a minor extent more renormalized than the ‘one-shot’ DFT+DMFT calculation: the -factor is 0.4. The lower and upper Hubbard peaks appear around -1.7 eV and 2.2 eV, respectively. These can also be seen in the \tk-resolved spectra in Fig.3. The positions of the Hubbard bands well agrees with the PES spectrum. Please keep in mind that more bulk-sensitive PES has a larger weight in the quasiparticle peak than in the lower Hubbard band, similar as in our -SC DFT+DMFT calculation svoexptheo . Further, there is additional spectral weight of the orbitals (not included in our calculations as these are unoccupied) which should be located slightly above our upper Hubbard band, as was already discussed in the very first DFT+DMFT calculations svoexptheo .

The main improvement with respect to previous DFT+DMFT calculations is that we also obtain an excellent description of the position of the oxygen orbitals without any adjustable parameter or ad-hoc --shift. This includes their width and relative weight to the -bands and , in particular, their splitting into two subgroups of oxygen orbitals: out of 9 orbitals the first branch consists of 6 orbitals with a peak at -5.2 eV while the rest are peaked at -6.4 eV. A substantial shift of the -orbitals in the right direction has already been obtained when taking out the -electron contribution from the exchange correlation potential Nekrasov2012 ; Nekrasov2013 ; Haule2015 . But replacing it by the DMFT self-energy in -SC DFT+DMFT is not only more appealing from a fundamental point of view, it also gives a larger shift to the correct experimental position.111 To check any sort of dependence of converged result on the starting point, we considered several starting points. The starting self-energies, in this respect, are obtained from DMFT calculations, performed with Hamiltonians where -levels are shifted by 1.75 eV and 5.0 eV. Once -SC is started, the shift in the Hamiltonian is taken off and as the double counting is calculated from the self-energy itself, the method remains double counting free. The dotted lines in Fig. 4 refer to those calculations which essentially produces an indifferent result, confirming the robustness of the method.

Figure 4: (Color online) Comparison of calculated spectral function and experimental photoemission spectra (PES) by K. Morikawa et al.morikawa . The black circles/dots present experimental results. The red solid line represents -t spectra while blue and green solid lines correspond to . =9.5 eV and =0.75 eV.

Iv Summary and Outlook

We have introduced the -SC DFT+DMFT method which is free from any double counting problem, and employed it to SrVO. It yields largely improved results, in particular with regard to the position of the oxygen -bands, which has been a major shortcoming of previous DFT+DMFT calculations. The essential step is to take the DMFT self-energy as the exchange-correlation potential of the correlated orbitals in the Kohn-Sham equation of the “DFT step”. As the latter is a one-particle equation, we must employ a linearized self-energy at the proper quasiparticle-energy in a similar manner as in QSGW QSGW1 ; QSGW2 .

However, when going back to the “DMFT step” this self-energy is readily replaced by the correct, frequency-dependent DMFT self-energy, using the many-body Dyson equation. Hence, solving the Kohn-Sham equations with the linearized self-energy can be seen as an intermediate step, only to adjust the one-particle orbitals to the actuality of electronic correlations. Thereafter the self-energy with its full frequency dependence is taken again.

This is not fully correct, since for the less correlated orbitals we still take the plain vanilla GGA potential of DFT. One might be tempted to extend the correlated subspace to all orbitals, using a DMFT self-energy also for these. Indeed, this is what is done in QSGW. However, we believe that in contrast to the QSGW this is not adequate for -SC DFT+DMFT since the local DMFT self-energy should only provide a proper exchange-correlation potential for the more localized orbitals, typically the - or -orbitals of a transition metal oxide, lanthanide or actinide. For these orbitals the local correlations as described in DMFT are prevalent. For the more extended, e.g., -orbitals, on the other hand the exchange-part is more important. This can be described to a large extent by the GGA, at least for metals.

Using a combination of DMFT self-energy for the correlated orbitals and GW for the less correlated orbitals, and feeding both back to the Kohn-Sham equation in a linearized form is at least appealing, and possibly even better than -SC DFT+DMFT method, pending extensive further implementations and examination which are beyond the scope of the present paper. An even further step is to include also non-local correlations beyond which is possible using the ab initio dynamical vertex approximation (DA) AbinitioDGA ; DGA ; RMP , and to feed the obtained non-local self-energy back to the Kohn-Sham equation in the same way as we do in the present paper for the local DMFT self-energy. The decisive step has been however already done in the present paper which shows that using a linearized DMFT-like self-energy in the Kohn-Sham equation does not only work properly but also yields largely improved results compared to previous + calculations.


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