Publications by authors named "Simon Divilov"

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Critical analysis of the response function in low dimensional materials.

J Phys Condens Matter 2021 Feb 26. Epub 2021 Feb 26.

Departamento de Fisica de la Materia Condensada, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Cantoblanco, Madrid, 28049, SPAIN.

The presence of sharp peaks in the real part of the static dielectric response function are usually accepted as indication of charge or spin instabilities in a material. However, there are misconceptions that Fermi surface (FS) nesting guarantees a peak in the response function like in one-dimensional systems, and, in addition, response function matrix elements between empty and occupied states are usually considered of secondary importance and typically set to unity like in the free electron gas case. In this work, we explicitly show, through model systems and real materials, within the framework of density functional theory, that predictions about the peaks in the response function, using FS nesting and constant matrix elements yields erroneous conclusions. We find that the inclusion of the matrix elements completely alters the structure of the response function. In all the cases studied other than the one-dimensional case we find that the inclusion of matrix elements washes out the structure found with constant matrix elements. Our conclusion is that it is imperative to calculate the full response function, with matrix elements, when making predictions about instabilities in novel materials.
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February 2021