We propose a simple gradient-dependent bound for the exchange-correlation energy (sLL), based on the recent nonlocal bound derived by Lewin and Lieb. We show that sLL is equivalent to the original Lieb-Oxford bound in rapidly varying density cases, but it is tighter for slowly varying density systems. To show the utility of the sLL bound we apply it to the construction of simple semilocal and nonlocal exchange and correlation functionals. In both cases improved results, with respect to the use of Lieb-Oxford bound, are obtained, showing the power of the sLL bound.
American Physical Society
28 Jan 2015
Volume: 91 Issue: 4 Pages: 041120
Physical Review B