We study for the first time the effect of the dependence of meta generalized gradient approximation (MGGA) for the exchange-correlation energy on its input, the kinetic energy density, through the dimensionless inhomogeneity parameter, α, that characterizes the extent of orbital overlap. This leads to a simple MGGA exchange functional, which interpolates between the single-orbital regime, where α = 0, and the slowly varying density regime, where α ≈ 1, and then extrapolates to α → ∞. When combined with a variant of the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof GGA correlation, the resulting MGGA performs equally well for atoms, molecules, surfaces, and solids.
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