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Vibrational frequency of C2

  1. Dec 7, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    The proposed problem is to find the vibrational frequency of a carbon dimer C2. Then I have to write and run an MD simulation to find the period of oscillations and compare the two.

    This is part of a final project for a computational/numerical methods course I am taking. Up until now, we have done nothing but numerical computations, but the professor decided it would be good for us to know what it is like to solve a real physics problem. The only prerequisite for this course is experience in programming, so I am not very far along in my physics (through Modern I: intro to quantum and classical dynamics). I am a bit overwhelmed, so any help is greatly appreciated.

    2. Relevant equations

    where [tex]E_{bs}[/tex] is the sum of electronic eigenvalues over all occupied states, and
    [tex]E_{rep}[/tex] is a short-ranged repulsive energy.


    where [tex]\phi\left(r_{ij}\right)[/tex] is a pairwise potential between atoms i and j, and f is a functional expressed as a 4th-order polynomial with argument [tex]\sum{j}\phi\left(r_{ij}\right)[/tex].

    [tex]s\left(r\right)=\left(r_{0}/r\right)^{n}exp\left(n\left[-\left(r/r_{c}\right)^{n_{c}}+\left(r_{0}/r_{c}\right)^{n_{c}}\right] \right)[/tex]

    [tex]\phi\left(r\right)=\phi_{0}\left(d_{0}/r\right)^{m}exp\left(m\left[-\left(r/d_{c}\right)^{m_{c}}+\left(d_{0}/d_{c}\right)^{m_{c}}\right] \right)[/tex]

    where [tex]r_{0}[/tex] denotes the nearest-neighbor atomic separations, and [tex]n, n_{c}, r_{c}, \phi_{0}, m, d_{c}, and m_{c}[/tex] are parameters that need to be determined.

    These equations are from A transferable tight-binding potential for carbon by C H Xu et al. They describe the process of finding the total energy for diamond.

    3. The attempt at a solution
    In order to calculate the vibrational frequency, I need to calculate the total energy of the molecule. Once I have the total energy, I can plot the energy as a function of the inter-atomic distance and take the second derivative to find the spring constant and calculate the vibrational frequency.

    For Ebs, the electronic eigenvalues can be obtained by solving an empirical tight-binding Hamiltonian [tex]H_{TB}[/tex]. The off-diagonal are described by a set of orthogonal sp3 two-center hopping parameters, [tex]V_{ss\sigma}[/tex],
    [tex]V_{sp\sigma}[/tex], [tex]V_{pp\sigma}[/tex], and [tex]V_{pp\pi}[/tex], scaled with interatomic separation r as a function of s(r); and the on-site elements are the atomic orbital energies of the corresponding atom.

    This is all I know. I know what is necessary to get Ebs, but I don't know how to construct the matrix. I don't know what dimensions it should be, but I suspect 8x8 because carbon is tetravalent, and I don't really understand what the elements should be. Are the diagonal elements found from the Hamiltonian? What are the hopping parameters for the off-diagonal elements?

    If anyone has a good article or webpage that might help me, it would also be appreciated.
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  3. Dec 8, 2009 #2
    sorry, I am still having issues with this, so i am bumping the thread to make it more visible
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