Density-functional theory of atoms in strong magnetic fields

Shiwei Li, J. K. Percus

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A density-functional model of atoms in strong magnetic fields is proposed along lines parallel to Hohenberg-Kohn-Sham density-functional theory. We derive a Thomas-Fermi-Weizäcker-like (TFW) functional by using the classical-path approximation to the relevant one-particle Greens function. We also address the correlation effect between the effective potential and the magnetic field. The TFW-like model provides a simple way of calculating ground-state energies and charge densities of atoms in magnetic fields, and can be systematically improved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2344-2347
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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