Importance of Overlap in the Analysis of Weak Exchange Interactions by Perturbation Methods

  • R. Block
  • L. Jansen


The accurate determination of exchange interactions, i.e. those which arise as a consequence of permutation symmetry of the Hamiltonian for a system considered, is one of the most difficult tasks of the quantum theory of molecules and solids. On the other hand, the general importance of exchange interactions can hardly be overestimated: starting with Heitler and London’s (1927) pioneering work on the hydrogen molecule, it has become clear that they often play an essential role in problems of molecular stability and conformation, of the cohesive energy of insulators and metals, magnetic ordering in solids with paramagnetic cations; etc. Their accurate evaluation is, consequently, a conditio sine qua non for any satisfactory theoretical analysis of properties of condensed matter.


Exchange Interaction Direct Exchange Permutation Symmetry Weak Exchange Wannier Function 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Block
    • 1
  • L. Jansen
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Theoretical ChemistryUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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