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Application of the density functional theory derived orbital-free embedding potential to calculate the splitting energies of lanthanide cations in chloroelpasolite crystals

Zbiri, Mohamed ; Atanasov, Mihail ; Daul, Claude A. ; Garcia-Lastra, Juan Maria ; Wesolowski, Tomasz A.

In: Chemical Physics Letters, 2004, vol. 397(4-6), p. 441-446

Ligand field splitting energies of lanthanides Ln³⁺ (Ln = from Ce to Yb) in octahedral environment are calculated using the Hohenberg–Kohn theorems based orbital-free embedding formalism. The lanthanide cation is described at orbital level whereas its environment is represented by means of an additional term in the Kohn–Sham-like one-electron equations expressed as an explicit functional... Plus

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    Summary
    Ligand field splitting energies of lanthanides Ln³⁺ (Ln = from Ce to Yb) in octahedral environment are calculated using the Hohenberg–Kohn theorems based orbital-free embedding formalism. The lanthanide cation is described at orbital level whereas its environment is represented by means of an additional term in the Kohn–Sham-like one-electron equations expressed as an explicit functional of two electron densities: that of the cation and that of the ligands. The calculated splitting energies, which are in good agreement with the ones derived from experiment, are attributed to two main factors: (i) polarization of the electron density of the ligands, and; (ii) ion–ligand Pauli repulsion.