Fermi-Löwdin orbital self-interaction correction using the strongly constrained and appropriately normed meta-GGA functional

Yoh Yamamoto, Carlos M. Diaz, Luis Basurto, Koblar A. Jackson, Tunna Baruah, Rajendra R. Zope

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Despite the success of density functional approximations (DFAs) in describing the electronic properties of many-electron systems, the most widely used approximations suffer from self-interaction errors (SIEs) that limit their predictive power. Here, we describe the effects of removing SIE from the strongly constrained and appropriately normed (SCAN) meta-generalized gradient approximation using the Fermi-Löwdin Orbital Self-Interaction Correction (FLOSIC) method. FLOSIC is a size-extensive implementation of the Perdew-Zunger self-interaction correction (PZ-SIC) formalism. We find that FLOSIC-SCAN calculations require careful treatment of numerical details and an integration grid that yields reliable accuracy with this approach. We investigate the performance of FLOSIC-SCAN for predicting a wide array of properties and find that it provides better results than FLOSIC-LDA and FLOSIC-PBE in nearly all cases. It also gives better predictions than SCAN for orbital energies and dissociation energies where self-interaction effects are known to be important, but total energies and atomization energies are made worse. For these properties, we also investigate the use of the self-consistent FLOSIC-SCAN density in the SCAN functional and find that this DFA@FLOSIC-DFA approach yields improved results compared to pure, self-consistent SCAN calculations. Thus, FLOSIC-SCAN provides improved results over the parent SCAN functional in cases where SIEs are dominant, and even when they are not, if the SCAN@FLOSIC-SCAN method is used.

Original languageEnglish
Article number154105
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number15
StatePublished - Oct 21 2019


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