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Even for rHH → ∞, where there should be one electron at each center, the Fermi hole will still remove only half of the density from the location of the reference electron. As a consequence, the attraction of the reference electron to the nucleus will be partially screened and its density will therefore be too diffuse. This is exactly what happens in the HF scheme, where the total hole is approximated solely by the Fermi hole. The too diffuse density causes a severe underestimation of the electron-nuclear attraction accompanied by a too low kinetic energy and an electron-electron repulsion which is also too low.
If, however, σ1 ≠ σ2, i. , the electrons’ spins are antiparallel, the last of the three terms in equation (2-12) will vanish due to the orthonormality of the spin functions, <α(s1) | β(s1)> = 0. 9 Note that ρ HF ( H , H ) does not necessarily vanish even for r1 = r2 . On the other 2 hand, if σ1 = σ2, i. , the electrons’ spins are parallel, the last term in equation (2-12) will , σ1 = σ 2 r r not vanish but yields <σ(si) | σ(si)> = 1 (σ = α, β). Hence, ρ HF ( H , H ) does not reduce 2 r r to the simple, uncorrelated product of individual probabilities.
This chapter introduces these Hohenberg-Kohn theorems and discusses their obvious and maybe not so obvious consequences. We also give an alternative, more modern approach, namely the Levy constraint-search scheme. We go on and discuss the question whether a physically meaningful wave function can be uniquely associated with a certain density. The common denominator in our discussion is the primacy of the applicationoriented understanding over the puristic theoretical point of view. Readers who have also an affinity towards the latter and want to learn more about the many theoretical intricacies of the Hohenberg-Kohn theorems are recommended to consult the comprehensive and theoretically sound discussions contained in Parr and Yang, 1989, Kryachko and Ludeña, 1990, Dreizler and Gross, 1995 and Eschrig, 1996.