Neutral band gap of carbon by quantum Monte Carlo methods

V. Gorelov, Y. Yang, M. Ruggeri, D. M. Ceperley, C. Pierleoni, M. Holzmann

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We present a method of calculating the energy gap of a charge-neutral excitation using only ground-state calculations. We report Quantum Monte Carlo calculations of Γ → Γ and Γ → X particle-hole excitation energies in diamond carbon. We analyze the finite-size effect and find the same 1/L decay rate as that in a charged excitation, where L is the linear extension of the supercell. This slow decay is attributed to the delocalized nature of the excitation in supercells too small to accommodate excitonic binding effects. At larger system sizes, the apparent 1/L decay crosses over to a 1/L3 behavior. Estimation of the scale of exciton binding can be used to correct finite-size effects of neutral gaps.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number33701
JournalCondensed Matter Physics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2023


  • band gap
  • diamond
  • electronic structure
  • excitons
  • first-principles calculations
  • quantum Monte Carlo

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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