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Thus, for the α (or equivar r lently the β) electron, h αX ( r1; r2 ) is equal to minus the α- (or β-) density which equals half the total density. Thus, this hole is half the squared σg molecular orbital in H2. It is therefore delocalized over the whole molecule, representing a charge depletion of half an electron from the vicinity of each nucleus. Note that the Fermi hole is in this case completely independent of the location of the reference electron. 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.

But, how can we be sure that a certain density is really the ground state density that we are looking for? A formal prescription for how this problem should be tackled has been given through the second theorem proven by Hohenberg and Kohn in their 1964 contribution. In plain words, this theorem states that FHK[ρ], the functional that delivers the ground state energy of the system, delivers the lowest energy if and only if the input density is the true ground state density, ρ0. This is of course nothing else than our old friend, the variational principle which in the present context can be expressed as ~] = T[ρ ~] + E [ρ ~ ~ E 0 ≤ E[ρ Ne ] + E ee [ρ] .

2-25) This makes good physical sense since for electrons of unlike spin the probability of finding an electron of spin σ anywhere in space is of course the total number of electrons of this spin, i. , Nσ. This result is independent of the positions of electrons with spin σ’ ≠ σ. Also, there is no need for a self-interaction correction. The Coulomb hole will be negative and largest at the position of the reference electron since it originates from the 1/r12 electrostatic interaction which keeps electrons apart.