Publication

Physical Review A - AMO

Paper

# Kinetic energy in density-functional theory

## Abstract

While Kohn-Sham theory uses the quantum-mechanical operator for kinetic energy, Thomas-Fermi theory replaces this with an effective local potential. If both theories are based on the exact universal density functional defined by Hohenberg-Kohn theory, it is an interesting question whether they should give the same results for [Formula Presented]-electron ground states. This question is examined and answered in the negative. The inconsistency is resolved only by extending the definition of functional derivatives to encompass linear operators. An exact theory must incorporate one-electron energies and occupation numbers derived from Kohn-Sham theory. © 1998 The American Physical Society.