Electron localization properties in high pressure hydrogen at the liquid-liquid phase transition by Coupled Electron-Ion Monte Carlo

Carlo Pierleoni, Giovanni Rillo, David M. Ceperley, Markus Holzmann

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We analyze in detail the electronic properties of high pressure hydrogen around the liquid-liquid phase transition based on Coupled Electron-Ion Monte Carlo calculations. Computing the off-diagonal single particle density matrix and the momentum distribution we discuss localization properties of the electrons. The abrupt changes of these distributions indicate a metal to insulator transition occurring together with the structural transition from the atomic to molecular fluid. We further discuss the electron-proton and electron-electron pair correlation functions, which also change abruptly at the transition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number012005
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 24 2018
Event29th IUPAP Conference on Computational Physics, CCP 2017 - , France
Duration: Jul 9 2017Jul 13 2017


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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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