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Lorenzo Stella

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  1. Title: Applications of the generalized Langevin equation: Towards a realistic description of the baths

    Author(s): Ness H., Stella L., Lorenz c.D., Kantorovich L.

    Physical Review B, 91, pp. 014301- (5 January 2015)

    doi: 10.1103/PhysRevB.91.014301

    The generalized Langevin equation (GLE) method, as developed previously [L. Stella et al., Phys. Rev. B 89, 134303 (2014)], is used to calculate the dissipative dynamics of systems described at the atomic level. The GLE scheme goes beyond the commonly used bilinear coupling between the central system and the bath, and permits us to have a realistic description of both the dissipative central system and its surrounding bath. We show how to obtain the vibrational properties of a realistic bath and how to convey such properties into an extended Langevin dynamics by the use of the mapping of the bath vibrational properties onto a set of auxiliary variables. Our calculations for a model of a Lennard-Jones solid show that our GLE scheme provides a stable dynamics, with the dissipative/relaxation processes properly described. The total kinetic energy of the central system always thermalizes toward the expected bath temperature, with appropriate fluctuation around the mean value. More importantly, we obtain a velocity distribution for the individual atoms in the central system which follows the expected canonical distribution at the corresponding temperature. This confirms that both our GLE scheme and our mapping procedure onto an extended Langevin dynamics provide the correct thermostat. We also examined the velocity autocorrelation functions and compare our results with more conventional Langevin dynamics.

  2. Title: Real-space grids and the Octopus code as tools for the development of new simulation approaches for electronic systems

    Author(s): Andrade X., Strubbe D., De Giovannini U., Larsen A.H., Oliveira M.J.T., Alberdi-Rodriguez J., Varas A., Theophilou I., Helbig N., Verstraete M.J., Stella L., Nogueira F., Aspuru-Guzik A., Castro A., Marques M.A.L., Rubio A.

    Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (20 February 2015)

    doi: 10.1039/C5CP00351B

    Real-space grids are a powerful alternative for the simulation of electronic systems. One of the main advantages of the approach is the flexibility and simplicity of working directly in real space where the different fields are discretized on a grid, combined with competitive numerical performance and great potential for parallelization. These properties constitute a great advantage at the time of implementing and testing new physical models. Based on our experience with the Octopus code, in this article we discuss how the real-space approach has allowed for the recent development of new ideas for the simulation of electronic systems. Among these applications are approaches to calculate response properties, modeling of photoemission, optimal control of quantum systems, simulation of plasmonic systems, and the exact solution of the Schrödinger equation for low-dimensionality systems.