Role of screened exact exchange in accurately describing properties of transition metal oxides: Modeling defects in LaAlO3
El-Mellouhi, Fedwa; Brothers, Edward N.; Lucero, Melissa J.; Scuseria, Gustavo E.
The properties of many intrinsic defects in the wide-band-gap semiconductor LaAlO3 are studied using the screened hybrid functional of Heyd, Scuseria, and Ernzerhof (HSE) [J. Chem. Phys. 118, 8207 (2003)]. As in pristine structures, exact exchange included in the screened hybrid functional alleviates the band-gap underestimation problem, which is common to semilocal functionals; this allows accurate prediction of defect properties. We propose correction-free defect energy levels for bulk LaAlO3 computed using HSE that might serve as a guide in the interpretation of photoluminescence experiments.