Optical Response and Band Structure of LiCoO2 Including Electron-Hole Interaction Effects

Santosh Kumar Radha, Walter R.L. Lambrecht, Brian Cunningham, Myrta Grüning, Dimitar Pashov, Mark Van Schilfgaarde

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The optical response functions and band structures of LiCoO2 are studied at different levels of approximation, from density functional theory (DFT) in the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) to quasiparticle self-consistent QSGW (with G for Green's function and W for screened Coulomb interaction) without and with ladder diagrams (QSGŴ) and the Bethe Salpeter Equation (BSE) approach. The QSGW method is found to strongly overestimate the band gap and electron-hole or excitonic effects are found to be important. They lower the quasiparticle gap by only about 11% but the lowest energy peaks in absorption are found to be excitonic in nature. The contributions from different band to band transitions and the relation of excitons to band-to-band transitions are analyzed. The excitons are found to be strongly localized. A comparison to experimental data is presented.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number115120
Number of pages10
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number11
StatePublished - 15 Sep 2021

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NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5F00-80986


  • Bethe Salpeter Equation
  • Coulomb interaction
  • density functional theory (DFT)
  • electron-hole
  • excitonic
  • generalized gradient approximation (GGA)
  • Green's function
  • ladder diagrams
  • LiCoO2
  • QSGW^
  • quasiparticle gap
  • quasiparticle self-consistent QSGW


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