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Questions about the band structure of solids. Band theory forms the foundation of the understanding of all solid-state devices.

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What is band inversion and how to recognize it in band structure?

Band inversion is a key ingredient of a topologically nontrivial material$^1$. What is band inversion? How to recognize it in a band structure? What conclusions can I infer if I observe band inversion ...
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Calculating HSE06 band structures on Quantum ESPRESSO

I am currently trying to figure out how to compute band structures for my system, using the hybrid functional HSE06. I'm doing this on Quantum Espresso. As I understand, there are a handful of ways to ...
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How does the mBJ potential give an accurate band gap as compared to LDA and GGA?

I am not able to understand the literature on how the modified Becke-Johnson(MBJ)$^{[1]}$ potential gives an accurate bandgap. Can someone please help? Thank you. The formula for the potential can be ...
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How to deduce phase transitions from a phonon calculation?

I came across the concept of using phonons to establish a material's dynamical stability, based on whether or not imaginary frequencies are present in its phonon band structure. What I am struggling ...
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What are some good band-structure/DOS plotting tools/styles?

I am currently using p4vasp for drawing DOS and band-structure plots, but it is not much handy in modifying the OUTPUTS. Could you please suggest any other good software or tools for that?
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How to understand the time-reversal symmetry in graphene?

A lot of references say that the Dirac cone in graphene is protected by inversion and time-reversal symmetries. How can one understand this statement? How can one show explicitly that the gapless ...
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Are there differences in accuracy and reliability between the frozen phonon method and Density Functional Perturbation Theory?

When proposing or predicting new materials, whether in the bulk or in two dimensions, it is important to discuss the stability of the system. This is usually done through thermodynamics and(or) ...
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How to ensure a smooth band structure?

I performed an HSE06 calculations using VASP and the calculated band gap is in good agreement with experiment. However the band is not smooth, with very sharp, zig-zag like features. How to improve ...
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Why is the band gap of graphene “opened” in this VASP calculation?

I used VASP to do the band structure calculation on Graphene. Originally I would expect that the Dirac cone can be observed in the K point. If we watched qualitatively, we can see this behavior. But ...
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How to separate the data plot for spin up and spin down band structure into 2 different graphs, in Pymatgen?

I am a beginner user of the Pymatgen package. In order to process the data from VASP DFT calculation software, I use Pymatgen to visualize the output band structure. When I do spin polarised band ...
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How to find the projected Hamiltonian for lowest flat-band in general?

In [1], starting with the bosonic Hamiltonian (Eqn. 1) for the dice lattice model with half flux density (with Ahronov-Bohm phases incorporated), \begin{equation} H=-t\sum_{\langle j,\mu\rangle}(a^\...
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Properties that can be deduced from Band structure and DOS

Calculation of band structure and Density of States (DOS) is ubiquitous in matter modelling research publications. What are some properties that can be deduced from a band structure plot and density ...
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conceptual problem about the energy band along the High symmetry point in the Brillouin zone

When we calculate the band structure of certain material, we only have to calculate the value along the high symmetry point which enclose the Irreducible Brillouin Zone. Why the information lie in the ...
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Tools for Valleytronic Research

Similar to spintronics, which attempts to use electron spin polarization as the bits (or possibly qubits) in a logic device, valleytronics attempts to use a combination of the spin and "valleys&...
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Rashba effect in 2D systems

Can someone explain how to verify the presence of Rashba effect from the band structure calculations?
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Deciding the number of CPUs for a DFT calculation for band structure in Quantum ESPRESSO?

If I am using Quantum ESPRESSO for bandstructure calculations, how can I know the number of CPUs necessary for such a calculation? I deal mostly with ternary transition metal oxides which have at ...
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Semi-empirical software for bands calculations

In Semiconductor Physics, one of the main parameters of interest is the band gap. It is known that, in DFT, there are functionals that underestimate it. I came across the MOPAC program, a semi-...
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What progress has been made in modelling photocatalytic reactions on semiconductor surfaces?

For example, are there any methods to allow for modeling of photo-oxidation or photo-reduction of a compound on a semiconductor surface? It appears there has been a lot of work on the bulk properties ...
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mBJ-LDA band structure calculation using VASP

I tried to create a band structure with the mBJ-LDA method using VASP. I found information that the KPOINTS file should be created according to the "0-weight (...
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Si energy band values are not matching with literature values

I have performed the DFT calculation for Silicon in Quantum ESPRESO. I have tried to calculate the electronic band structure, the shape of wiggles of bands are mostly matching but the energy values ...
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DFT vs tight-binding solutions for a Dirac cone in graphene: Why is the DFT version squeezed?

I'm a beginner at DFT calculations with VASP software. I use it to calculate the band structure of graphene and I obtain the following result: I used it to calculate the band structure of graphene ...
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Band structure and density of states disagreement (mp-19092)

My question is both specific and general. While looking through the materials project database I found this entry. The band structure reported and density of states are dramatically different it ...
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Is there an energy gap correction factor that needs to be used in DFT calculations?

I am a beginner and have performed the DFT calculation in Quantum ESPRESSO for calculation of the direct and indirect bandgap of Silicon. I found the indirect bandgap to be 0.6551 eV. Now, I have ...
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Density of States of Supercells

Are there any important considerations to make for density of state calculations for supercells? With band structures typically band unfolding schemes make things easier to understand but is there ...
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How to start with structural defects in monolayer?

First of all, thank you for your help! You are so helpful every time. I would like to calculate the influence of the structural defects on the electronic structure in the HfS2 monolayer. With VESTA ...
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Is there any software that can generate the electronic DOS of GaAs?

I want to calculate the density of states of GaAs conduction band (preferably each valley like Gamma, L and X). Is there any software available where I can easily generate DOS? Has the DOS of GaAs ...
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Separation of valence bands in transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs)

The image below refers to a phenomenon that occurs in TMDCs (transition metal dichalcogenides) monolayers that allowed the development of valleytronics. Why are there separate bands of different ...
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What's the crystal orbital Hamiltonian population?

What's the crystal orbital Hamiltonian population (COHP) or the crystal orbital overlap population (COOP)? What's the relation between the bandstructure or density of states (DOS) and COHP/COOP? Why ...
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How can I properly attach ligands to a surface?

The main aim of my venture is to study the effect of the presence of surface ions on the band structure of Si slab using Quantum ESPRESSO. I've tried to use iQmol to attach ligands to the surface. The ...
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What does a density of states (DOS) plot show?

I have plotted the density of states using GGA-PBE exchange correlation functional for magnesium silcide but I really do not know what the equations involved are in this process, and how they relate ...
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How to know optimal K-points grid values for good DFT calculation?

I am doing DFT calculations with pw.x executable in Quantum Espresso. For this we have to choose right K-points grid in order to perform error-less calculation. But I have no idea about how can I ...
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How to create a KPOINTS file (k-path) for 4x4x1 supercell bandstructure calculation?

How to generate or create the correct KPOINTS ( K-PATH) file for a 4x4x1 supercell bandstructure calculation ? Is there a software compatible with vasp can do that ?...
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Plotting density of states of Fe(BCC) using Quantum ESPRESSO

I have run the DFT calculation and plotted DOS of Fe(BCC) in Quantum ESPRESSO. I have attached the plot: (click on image to see clearly) But It's a wrong plot as it is not matched with the referenced ...
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k-points value in KPOINTS file for the VASP band calculation

I'm a new VASP user, especially for the band structure calculations. I see that KPOINTS files are different for the GO/SP calculations and band calculations. For example in here it shows KPOINTS file ...
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About the surface Greens function method for calculating the surface state

Currently I'm using some software package to do the data analysis from the DFT calculation so that I can study the surface state of some topological insulator. I found that the method they use is ...
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Spin considerations for the bandgap and optical excitations

What are the consequences for the bandgap if the conduction band edge and valence band edge are contributed by different spins? Are there any driving forces that prevent an excitation from spin up to ...
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How to model an anti-ferromagnetic crystal in quantum ESPRESSO properly?

I'm fairly new to DFT. I would like to plot the DOS and band structure of Cobalt Oxide (CoO). But since CoO is anti ferro magnetic, how would I approach the problem? would I create an input file ...
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How to remove the fake k-points from vasprun.xml file in the calculation of HSE06 band structure?

Is there any script that can remove fake k-points from a vasprun.xml file for HSE06 band structure calculation? Because removing it manually is a time-consuming ...
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Band structure of Weyl semimetal?

Weyl semimetals are topological quantum materials whose low energy excitations emerges as massles Weyl Fermions. They have a band touching point near the Fermi level called Weyl node. What is ...
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How can I draw the energy bands for the first and second zones of Brillouin? Is it conductor or insulator? [closed]

I want to draw the energy ($E$) diagrams for a simple cubic cell of parameter $a$, where each atom provides two electrons for the almost free electron levels for planes [100], [110] and [111]. I ...
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How to make a good HSE06 bandstructure for TMDC monolayer material (e.g.: WS2) in terms of VASP calculation INPUTS?

I want to perform HSE06 band-structure calculation of a WS2 monolayerwhich has the following POSCAR with ...
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How to calculate the band structure of a protein molecule

I want to calculate the band structure of a protein molecule. How can I do it using Siesta of Gaussian? I am thinking about QE/VASP as the number of atoms are 600 and computationally it is not ...
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Can the fermi level of a semiconductor be below the valence band?

I was looking at the data on this page for a NiWO4 calculation. I can see unoccupied bands near the fermi level that appear to be below the band gap. What does this actually mean physically or is it ...
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How to derive the k-path for monoclinic lattice structure?

Good afternoon all, My post is inquiring about the mathematical derivation behind the Monoclinic crystal structure (c axis unique). The Brillouin zone (BZ) I really would like to derive is shown below:...
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What is the meaning of fat bands?

I came across the band structure colored as bellow1: As you can see, each band was colored depending of the atom contribution to each band. Googling, I found it was done using the concept of fat ...
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Absolute Valence and Conductance Band Position

Experimentally, determining the absolute valence and conductance band positions can be difficult. While DFT often underestimates band gaps, experimentally the band gap is a far more accessible ...
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PT-symmetry leading to spin-degenerate band structures

I am trying to understand the fundamental physics of a kind of problem. I will introduce a specific example and then list some of the broader qualms I hold. I have observed many band structures, be it ...
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Phonon Calculations for Bilayer 2D systems

I am facing problems in calculating the phonon band structure for bilayer 2D systems. While the band structure mostly shows positive frequencies for the 1 layer system, going to 2 layers makes some ...
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Is the non-trivial band topology in a system, caused by spin-orbit-coupling or band inversion? [closed]

How can we know that the non-trivial band topology in a system is driven by spin-orbit coupling (SOC) or by band inversion? Based on my understanding, SOC causes the band inversion and makes the ...
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Supercell band structure unfolding advantages

I understand that some codes allow for or have external tools to perform band unfolding in super cell calculations. Normally these codes give band structures that are somewhat grainy and not nearly ...