Intruder Peak-Free Transient Inner-Shell Spectra Using Real-Time Simulations
Real-time methods are convenient for simulating core-level absorption spectra but suffer from nonphysical intruder peaks when using atom-centered basis sets. In transient absorption spectra, these peaks exhibit highly nonphysical time-dependent modulations in their energies and oscillator strengths. In this paper, we address the origins of these intruder peaks and propose a straightforward and effective solution based on a filtered dipole operator. In combination with real-time time-dependent density functional theory (RT-TDDFT), we demonstrate how to compute intruder-free attosecond transient X-ray absorption spectra for the aminophenol (CHNO) oxygen and nitrogen K-edges and the α-quartz (SiO) silicon L-edge. Without filtering, the computed spectra are qualitatively wrong. This procedure is suitable for both static and transient inner-shell spectroscopy studies and can easily be implemented in a range of real-time methodologies.
Publication Source (Journal or Book title)
Journal of chemical theory and computation
Yang, M., Sissay, A., Chen, M., & Lopata, K. (2022). Intruder Peak-Free Transient Inner-Shell Spectra Using Real-Time Simulations. Journal of chemical theory and computation, 18 (2), 992-1002. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jctc.1c00079