We formulate an efficient scheme to perform a Migdal-Eliashberg calculation considering the retardation effect from first principles. While the conventional approach requires a huge number of Matsubara frequencies, we show that the intermediate representation of the Green's function [H. Shinaoka, Phys. Rev. B 96, 035147 (2017)10.1103/PhysRevB.96.035147] dramatically reduces the numerical cost to solve the linearized gap equation. Without introducing any empirical parameter, we obtain a superconducting transition temperature of elemental Nb (∼10 K), which is consistent with experiment. The present result indicates that our approach has a superior performance for many superconductors for which Tc is lower than O(10) K.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics