Quantum microscopic vs. classical macroscopic calculations on the phenomenon of electrostatic influence
CNRS, Case A62, Université Paul Cézanne, Faculté de
Saint-Jérôme, 13397 Marseille Cedex 20, France
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Published online: 11 October 2005
In order to compare microscopic and macroscopic approaches to the phenomenon of electrostatic influence, we have studied the atomic charges of an electric conductor, obtained either from macroscopic classical electrostatics, or microscopic quantum ab initio calculations. A torus was chosen as conducting material, built from valence monoelectronic atoms and influenced by an external point charge. The classical electric charges are obtained by integrating the macroscopic density over “atomic" sectors. This density is determined from a numerical integration of linearized electrostatic equations. The quantum charges are defined from Natural Orbitals in MP2/6-31G* calculations on clusters of different sizes. The overall agreement is good, with reasonable discrepancies due (i) to the continuity of the macroscopic model, which ignores the oscillations on atomic distances; and (ii) to the linearity constraint in the macroscopic equations.
PACS: 31.15.Ar – Ab initio calculations / 41.20.Cv – Electrostatics; Poisson and Laplace equations, boundary-value problems / 71. – Electronic structure of bulk materials
© EDP Sciences, Società Italiana di Fisica, Springer-Verlag, 2005