Reaching for the stars with density functional theory

Accurately modeling warm dense matter deep inside astrophysical objects is a grand challenge.The associated thermodynamic states are characterized by solid-state densities, temperatures ofthousands of Kelvin, and GPa pressures. The extreme of the conditions can vary gravely dependingon the mass, radius, and composition of the studied object ranging from several GPa in planetarymantles to millions of GPa at the center of stellar interiors. A method that has proven highlysuccessful in describing this peculiar state of matter is density functional theory moleculardynamics (DFT-MD). [more]
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