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Durham University

Department of Physics

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Publication details for Professor Stewart Clark

Heaton, Robert J., Madden, Paul A., Clark, Stewart J. & Jahn, Sandro (2006). Condensed phase ionic polarizabilities from plane wave density functional theory calculations. Journal of Chemical Physics 125(14): 144104.

Author(s) from Durham


A method is presented to allow the calculation of the dipole polarizabilities of ions and molecules in a condensed-phase coordination environment. These values will be useful for understanding the optical properties of materials and for developing simulation potentials which incorporate polarization effects. The reported values are derived from plane wave density functional theory calculations, though the method itself will apply to first-principles calculations on periodic systems more generally. After reporting results of test calculations on atoms to validate the procedure, values for the polarizabilities of the oxide ion and various cations in a range of materials are reported and compared with experimental information as well as previous theoretical results.