Implementation and testing of Lanczos-based algorithms for Random-Phase Approximation eigenproblems

Myrta Grüning, Andrea Marini, Xavier Gonze

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The treatment of the Random-Phase Approximation Hamiltonians, encountered in different frameworks, like time-dependent density functional theory or Bethe-Salpeter equation, is complicated by their non-Hermicity. Compared to their Hermitian Hamiltonian counterparts, computational methods for the treatment of non-Hermitian Hamiltonians are often less efficient and less stable, sometimes leading to the breakdown of the method. Recently [Grüning et al. Nano Lett. 8 (2009) 2820], we have identified that such Hamiltonians are usually pseudo-Hermitian. Exploiting this property, we have implemented an algorithm of the Lanczos type for Random-Phase Approximation Hamiltonians that benefits from the same stability and computational load as its Hermitian counterpart, and applied it to the study of the optical response of carbon nanotubes. We present here the related theoretical grounds and technical details, and study the performance of the algorithm for the calculation of the optical absorption of a molecule within the Bethe-Salpeter equation framework.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2148-2156
Number of pages9
JournalComputational Materials Science
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - May 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Bethe-Salpeter equation
  • Iterative solvers
  • Tamm-Dancoff approximation
  • Time-dependent density functional theory


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