5 Density Functional Theory

5.10 Asymptotically Corrected Exchange-Correlation Potentials

No GGA exchange functional can simultaneously produce the correct contribution to the exchange energy density and exchange potential in the asymptotic region of molecular systems,931 and existing GGA exchange-correlation (XC) potentials decay much faster than the correct -1/r XC potential in the asymptotic region.151 High-lying occupied orbitals and low-lying virtual orbitals are therefore too loosely bound, and -εHOMO becomes far smaller than the ionization energy, despite the exact condition that these should be the same for the exact functional.930, 1007 Moreover, response properties may be poorly predicted from TDDFT calculations with GGA functionals.930 Long-range corrected hybrid DFT (LRC-DFT), described in Section 5.6, has greatly remedied this situation, but is more expensive that KS-DFT with GGA functionals due to the use of Hatree-Fock exchange. The asymptotic corrections described in this section are designed to remedy the same problems but within the GGA framework.