Photoelectron properties of DNA and RNA bases from many-body perturbation theory Academic Article uri icon


  • The photoelectron properties of DNA and RNA bases are studied using many-body perturbation theory within the GW approximation, together with a recently developed Lanczos-chain approach. Calculated vertical ionization potentials, electron affinities, and total density of states are in good agreement with experimental values and photoemission spectra. The convergence benchmark demonstrates the importance of using an optimal polarizability basis in the GW calculations. A detailed analysis of the role of exchange and correlation in both many-body and density-functional theory calculations shows that while self-energy corrections are strongly orbital-dependent, they nevertheless remain almost constant for states that share the same bonding character. Finally, we report on the inverse lifetimes of DNA and RNA bases that are found to depend linearly on quasiparticle energies for all deep valence states. In general, our G 0 W 0 -Lanczos approach provides an efficient yet accurate and fully converged description of quasiparticle properties of five DNA and RNA bases. 2011 American Physical Society.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Qian, X., Umari, P., & Marzari, N.

citation count

  • 32

complete list of authors

  • Qian, Xiaofeng||Umari, Paolo||Marzari, Nicola

publication date

  • August 2011