The charge density is an important physical quantity obtained from first-principles calculations based on density functional theory (DFT). Much useful information about the investigated materials can be extracted from it, such as chemical bonding, charge transfer, and orbital hybridization. Here I post this question to ask:

What can we learn by inspecting charge densities calculated with DFT?

Here is an example answer to this question following this paper:

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The author compares the differential charge density accumulation between bilayer PtS$_2$ and MoS$_2$ and concludes the bilayer PtS$_2$ will host a more strong interlayer coupling due to the significant charge accumulation.

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    $\begingroup$ I might be missing the point, but I think it would be hard to write down a complete list. If you know the charge density, then in principle you can determine the electronic Hamiltonian (by the first HK theorem) and therefore nearly anything. Are you asking about common ways DFT charge densities are processed in practice? $\endgroup$ – wcw Oct 12 at 12:43
  • $\begingroup$ @wcw maybe what you just said in the comment, is precisely what should be put in an answer. $\endgroup$ – Nike Dattani Oct 12 at 16:46
  • $\begingroup$ This question is very vague, unlike a lot of these one-topic-per-answer sort of questions this is too intractable to do as multiple answers. As a single answer, there will surely be a lot of overlap. I think this should either be closed or narrowed significantly in scope. $\endgroup$ – Tristan Maxson Oct 12 at 17:46
  • $\begingroup$ Does @Jack care to weigh in? $\endgroup$ – wcw Oct 12 at 19:45
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks for clarifying Jack. I think it's an interesting question and worth keeping, although I agree with @TristanMaxon that it is very broad and may not elicit a definitive answer. (Also I made a few edits for extra clarity - hope you don't mind!) $\endgroup$ – wcw Oct 13 at 16:45

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