By John P. Perdew, Stefan Kurth (auth.), Carlos Fiolhais, Fernando Nogueira, Miguel A. L. Marques (eds.)

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3 Density Functionals for Non-relativistic Coulomb Systems 23 Spin Scaling Relations Spin scaling relations can be used to convert density functionals into spindensity functionals. For example, the non-interacting kinetic energy is the sum of the separate kinetic energies of the spin-up and spin-down electrons: Ts [n↑ , n↓ ] = Ts [n↑ , 0] + Ts [0, n↓ ] . 124) becomes Ts [n↑ , n↓ ] = 1 1 Ts [2n↑ ] + Ts [2n↓ ] . 126) 1 1 Ex [2n↑ ] + Ex [2n↓ ] . 127) to generate the corresponding local spin density approximations.

103), we ﬁnd [38] Ex [nγ ] = γ Ex [n] . 106) In the high-density (γ → ∞) limit, Ts [nγ ] dominates U [nγ ] and Ex [nγ ]. An example would be an ion with a ﬁxed number of electrons N and a nuclear charge Z which tends to inﬁnity; in this limit, the density and energy become essentially hydrogenic, and the eﬀects of U and Ex become relatively negligible. In the low-density (γ → 0) limit, U [nγ ] and Ex [nγ ] dominate Ts [nγ ]. We can use coordinate scaling relations to ﬁx the form of a local density approximation F [n] = d3 r f (n(r)) .

The slowly-varying limit is one in which p/s is also small [6]. 40), s(r) → sγ (r) = s(γr). 106), so their gradient expansions are Ts [n] = As d3 r n5/3 [1 + αs2 + . 184) Ex [n] = Ax d3 r n4/3 [1 + µs2 + . 185) Because there is no special direction in the uniform electron gas, there can be no term linear in ∇n. 186) ∂n via integration by parts. 185), which are fourth or higher-order in ∇, amounts to the second-order gradient expansion, which we call the gradient expansion approximation (GEA). Correlation introduces a second length scale, the screening length 1/ks , and thus another reduced density gradient t= |∇n| π = 2ks n 4 1/2 9π 4 1/6 s 1/2 rs .