Efficient isoparametric integration over arbitrary space-filling Voronoi polyhedra for electronic structure calculations
|Title||Efficient isoparametric integration over arbitrary space-filling Voronoi polyhedra for electronic structure calculations|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2011|
|Authors||Alam A, Khan SN, Wilson BG, Johnson DD|
|Journal Title||Physical Review B|
A numerically efficient, accurate, and easily implemented integration scheme over convex Voronoi polyhedra (VP) is presented for use in ab initio electronic-structure calculations. We combine a weighted Voronoi tessellation with isoparametric integration via Gauss-Legendre quadratures to provide rapidly convergent VP integrals for a variety of integrands, including those with a Coulomb singularity. We showcase the capability of our approach by first applying it to an analytic charge-density model achieving machine-precision accuracy with expected convergence properties in milliseconds. For contrast, we compare our results to those using shape-functions and show our approach is greater than 10(5) times faster and 10(7) times more accurate. A weighted Voronoi tessellation also allows for a physics-based partitioning of space that guarantees convex, space-filling VP while reflecting accurate atomic size and site charges, as we show within KKR methods applied to Fe-Pd alloys.