Path-integral Monte Carlo calculation of the kinetic energy of condensed lithium

Claudia Filippi, David M. Ceperley

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We report path-integral Monte Carlo calculations of the kinetic energy of condensed lithium for several temperatures in both the solid and liquid phases. The excess kinetic energy of lithium decreases from about 10.4% of the classical value at 300 K to 3.2% at 520 K indicating a very slow decay with temperature. A Wigner-Kirkwood perturbation treatment of quantum effects to order ℏ2 gives a satisfactory agreement with the path-integral results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)252-257
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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