Tight-binding electron-ion dynamics: A method for treating nonadiabatic processes and interactions with electromagnetic radiation Conference Paper uri icon


  • A method is introduced for simulations of the coupled dynamics of electrons and ions in a molecule or material. It is applicable to general nonadiabatic processes, including interactions with an arbitrarily intense radiation field. The field is included in the electronic Hamiltonian through a time-dependent Peierls substitution. The time-dependent Schrodinger equation is solved with an algorithm that preserves orthogonality, and the atomic forces are obtained from a generalized Ehrenfest theorem. Calculations for GaAs and Si demonstrate that the method is reliable and quantitative.

author list (cited authors)

  • Graves, J. S., & Allen, R. E.

publication date

  • January 1998