A Correlation-Energy Functional for Addition to the Hartree-Fock Energy

  • Leslie C. Wilson
  • Stanislav Ivanov


This article concerns the Wilson-Levy (WL) correlation-energy functional, Wigner-like with gradients, which was developed in 1990. Its numerical success in density functional theory (DFT) has been limited when used as part of a full DFT calculation. It has nonetheless been shown to be surprisingly accurate when used with Hartree-Fock densities as a “tack-on” functional to the completed Hartree-Fock energy. Fuentealba and Savin in 1994 pointed out that the WL yields better ionization potentials and dissociation energies for a number of atoms and molecules than other DFT correlation-energy functional when used in that way. Here possible reasons for this will be discussed.


Density Functional Theory Local Density Approximation Correlation Energy Uniform Scaling Density Functional Theory Functional 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leslie C. Wilson
    • 1
    • 2
  • Stanislav Ivanov
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Chemistry DepartmentLoyola UniversityNew OrleansUSA
  2. 2.Quantum Theory GroupTulane UniversityNew OrleansUSA
  3. 3.Chemistry DepartmentTulane UniversityNew OrleansUSA

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