I calculated the Transmission curves and the Density of States using TBTrans. In particular, if I have pristine graphene (just for the sake of the example), I obtain as Transmission curve and DOS respectively: Transmission curve at V=0

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How come the DOS calculated by TBTrans has these peaks while the Transmission looks perfectly fine?

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    – Laura
    Jan 23, 2023 at 9:33
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First, it is not clear which DOS you are referring too? Is it Green function, spectral function or bulk DOS? In this case, try and plot them all!

There are several aspects that determine the smoothness of the DOS and transmission plots:

  1. The $\eta$ value that determines the imaginary part of the Green function, both for the device part and the electrode part, a larger value will smooth out the DOS, at the cost of precision similarly to the electronic temperature in the fermi-dirac distribution. You should play with both $\eta$ values to see how it influences the DOS/transmission
  2. The k-point resolution, you'll generally see some van-Hove singularities in the pristine graphene case, again, if you increase the k-point sampling you'll reduce the peaks and smoothen out the functions.
  3. The transmission is generally less spiky as it involves both incoming and outgoing states, so the numerical influences of the $\eta$ becomes more apparent.

You should play with the $\eta$ and k-point sampling values to see how they are all connected.

  • $\begingroup$ This was the DOS from the Green function. When I plot the DOS for the bulk graphene, I obtain exactly the same graph as in the Transmission at V=0 as expected. Since I would like to use the DOS for comparison with the transmission, and I think I can be satisfied with the plot that I obtain for the latter, would it be correct at this point to keep all the parameters the same and compare the transmission with he bulk DOS? $\endgroup$
    – Laura
    Jan 25, 2023 at 9:39
  • $\begingroup$ That is up to you :) I don't know why you want to compare and why, generally the bulk DOS and the device DOS are not the same. In this case they should be the same, provided that the parameters are the same (see my answer). So I think you should figure out which parameter that controls this deviation. $\endgroup$
    – nickpapior
    Jan 25, 2023 at 10:13
  • $\begingroup$ Reading the manual, I see that the eta values should be TBT.Elecs.Eta for the electrodes and TBT.Contours.Eta for the device. Should one play with both of them to check their influence? $\endgroup$
    – Laura
    Jan 25, 2023 at 10:51
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    $\begingroup$ @Laura comments are "temporary" post-it notes and when they get deleted they never come back, so please try to ask new questions in new posts! $\endgroup$ Jan 26, 2023 at 15:52

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