Can someone share appropriate tags and method to apply Electric Field in VASP?


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I think VASP has limited electric field ability right now, but someone may come along later and correct me. If you have a surface in the Z direction, you could enable an electric field as such.

EFIELD = X # Units eV/A
IDIPOL = 3 # Z direction
LDIPOL = .TRUE. # Enable dipole corrections
  • $\begingroup$ So why is the ability "limited", maybe you could elaborate on the limitations? $\endgroup$ Jul 27, 2020 at 0:14
  • $\begingroup$ It doesn't seem to allow for point charges (or I have missed it in the documentation). The EFIELD tag is the only electric field tag I was able to find for VASP while looking over the documentation. $\endgroup$ Jul 27, 2020 at 1:55

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