New paper from Matúš Dubecký and František Karlický provides important comparison of GW and QMC fundamental gaps!
Fundamental gap of fluorographene by many-body GW and fixed-node diffusion Monte Carlo methods
Matúš Dubecký, František Karlický, Stanislav Minárik, and Lubos Mitas
Fluorographene (FG) is a promising graphene-derived material with a large bandgap. Currently existing predictions of its fundamental gap (Δf) and optical gap (Δopt) significantly vary when compared with experiment. We provide here an ultimate benchmark of Δf for FG by many-body GW and fixed-node diffusion Monte Carlo (FNDMC) methods. Both approaches independently arrive at Δf ≈ 7.1 ± 0.1 eV. In addition, the Bethe–Salpeter equation enabled us to determine the first exciton binding energy, Eb = 1.92 eV. We also point to the possible misinterpretation problem of the results obtained for gaps of solids by FNDMC with single-reference trial wave functions of Bloch orbitals. We argue why instead of Δopt, in the thermodynamic limit, such an approach results in energy differences that rather correspond to Δf, and we also outline conditions when this case actually applies.