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Why does orbital-free DFT scale linearly with system size?

In answering another question here (Is there any relevant DFT formalism apart from the Kohn-Sham approach?), I came across numerous statements that Orbital-Free DFT should scale linearly with system ...
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How to determine, a priori, whether a compound has multireference character?

We say a system has multireference character if it is not well described at the SCF level by a single configuration/Slater determinant. Not accounting for this can lead to errors in post-SCF methods, ...
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What are the “smart algorithms” applied to solve the “curse of dimensionality”?

The "curse of dimensionality" is an ubiquitous issue arising in both electronic structure and quantum molecular dynamics, which refers to the exponential scaling of computational cost with ...
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How to overcome the exponential wall encountered in full configurational interaction methods?

Similar to how a molecular orbital, also known as a 1-electron wavefunction, can be represented with a linear combination of “basis” functions, e.g., atomic orbitals (LCAO): $$\Phi(\mathbf{r})=\sum_i^...
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Derivation of Slater-Koster equations

I am trying to derive the Slater-Koster equations (Table. 1 of Ref. 1) for the two-centre approximation of hopping integrals between atomic orbitals. I understand that Slater-Koster approximates the ...
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How can quantum computing accelerate materials modeling?

Materials modeling is very computationally intensive and first-principles simulation of a real system of reasonable size typically involves the use of classical supercomputers. How can quantum ...
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What is the largest system that has been studied by the coupled cluster method?

This is parallel to the analogous question about the largest DFT calculation: What is the largest material that has been studied using density functional theory? I assume we allow high performance ...
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When do relativistic effects need to be explicitly included?

For many applications with heavy metals, pseudopotentials can be used to include some amount of relativistic effects. But for what sort of systems does it become necessary to actually use a ...
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How to incorporate the effect of spin-orbit coupling in electronic structure calculation

Since the effect of spin-orbit coupling plays an important role in many transition metal complexes, what are the common methods to incorporate the effect of spin-orbit coupling?
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How to identify a semi-metal from the band structure?

Wikipedia says A semimetal is a material with a very small overlap between the bottom of the conduction band and the top of the valence band. How small/unique the overlap should be so that we can ...
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Can DFT be considered an ab initio method?

Note added afterwards: This question also has excellent answers on the Chemistry Stack Exchange: Is density functional theory an ab initio method? I have very little experience with DFT, but coming ...
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What approaches are employed to treat amorphous materials?

A lot of materials electronic structure research focuses on periodic structures like polymers, nanotubes/sheets, Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) and crystals, which makes them amenable to PBC ...
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Methods for visualising aromaticity

I was wondering what tools there are for visualising aromaticity and anti-aromaticity in molecules, to what quantum chemistry programs they are interfaced, and what other relevant features they have. ...
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When should geometry relaxation not be performed?

My understanding is that geometry relaxation (i.e. letting the nuclei follow the force gradients of the PES until they reach local minima) should usually be performed in order to get the correct ...
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What are some codes available for Dynamical Mean Field Theory (DMFT)?

One particularly field of matter modeling is that of strongly correlated materials, heavy-fermion compounds with partially filled 4f or 5f orbitals. In brief, these are materials whose complex ...
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How is group theory used to deduce which of these integrals are equal to 0?

The number of all two-electron integrals: $$ \tag{1} \langle \phi_1 \phi_2|\phi_3\phi_4 \rangle = \int d^3\mathbf r' \int d^3\mathbf r'' \, \phi_1(\mathbf r'') \, \phi_2(\mathbf r') \frac{1}{|\mathbf ...
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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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Is there a software that can do derivatives with respect to user defined vibrational modes? [closed]

I'm doing some property calculations that depend on a sum of derivatives of some quantity with respect to normal vibrational modes. I was hoping to find some physical intuition relating the type of ...
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How to calculate energy of a molecule in an aligned electric field?

So I am aware that many quantum chemical codes are able to add external fields to molecular calculations (for example to calculate polarizabilities). I also know that in some (eg. Orca) you have some ...
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What is the largest system for which vibrationally resolved electronic spectra have been simulated using ML-MCTDH?

Multi-layer Multi-configuration time-dependent Hartree (ML-MCTDH) is a method widely used for simulation of vibrationally resolved electronic spectra that incorporate the coupling between vibrational ...
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Gaussian-type orbitals vs Slater-type orbitals in terms of computational efficiency

When creating molecular orbitals via the linear combination of atomic orbitals method I am told that Slater orbitals provide a more accurate representation whilst Gaussian orbitals are computationally ...
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What are the computational limits of explicitly correlated methods?

Expanding the $N$-electron wavefunction in terms of Slater determinants (as in CI and CC theory) could lead to a very slow convergence to its basis set limit because such expansions can't give an ...
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Approximation of Dyson's Equation

I've been trying to learn about Green's function in the context of computational chemistry by reading Szabo and Ostlund's Modern Quantum Chemistry. I've reached a section about the one particle many ...
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What is a good practical way to determine whether or not I need to use a multiconfigurational method?

I’m planning to run a calculation of single electron transfer where my system goes from singlet to triplet biradical (presumably). So I’m wondering how to decide if I need to use milticonfigurational ...
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How to model phase transitions at critical regions in a magnetic system?

Is there any first principle method available to study phase transitions at the critical region for ferromagnetism (FM) or antiferromagnetism (AFM)?
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How to make heterostructure/heterojunction structure?

How can I make a heterostructure or a heterojunction of ZnO/MgZnO for optimization with WIEN2k code?
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Total spin and/or multiplicity for transition metal ions?

I am trying to input various charge states of various transition metal ion species into DFT calculations. The program requires an input of multiplicity = 2*(total spin) + 1. I have an undergraduate-...
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What do the rows and columns of a Fock matrix represent?

I am using the pyscf code, where the Fock matrix can be obtained by: ...
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Is Heisenberg model or in its simplier form Ising model a good approximation to study magnetic systems?

Heisenberg model $$\hat{H}=-\sum_{\langle i j\rangle}J\hat{S}_i\hat{S}_j$$ And in its simplified version, the Ising model $$\hat{H}=-\sum_{\langle ij\rangle}J\hat{S}_i^z\hat{S}_j^z$$ are widely ...
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What are some of the advantages and disadvantages when using shape consistent pseudopotentials as compared to energy consistent pseduopotentials

From the literature as well as the answer to the question What is the meaning of energy-consistent and shape-consistent in the context of pseudopotentials? I can see that the key difference between ...
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What are the practical limitations of R12/F12 methods?

Electron correlation methods based on an expansion of the $N$-electron wavefunction in terms of Slater determinants have a slow basis set convergence. Moreover, explicitly correlated methods (such as ...
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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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What is the mathematical condition that ensure that the self-consistent field (SCF) procedure must converge?

We know that there is convergence issue of DFT method on study real molecular system. It would be conducive if people could pre-determine if the SCF procedure is converge analytically before starting ...
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How to convert Unified Pseudopotential Format (UPF) into Ultrasoft Pseudopotential (USPP) format?

I am working on DFT code having plane wave along xy axis and bspline in z direction. For calculating the properties of TMD materials, spin orbit coupling must be included but i did not find fully ...
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Avoiding charge-migration in electronic structure calculations with solvent-like environments

When performing electronic structure calculations on a molecule one can surround it with point charges to mimic a solvent environment and lend polarization effects. There is a bit of a caveat ...
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Codes for post-processing Gaussian cube files?

I have generated MOs of a molecular system and I need to recreate its electronic density via $\rho(r)=\sum_{A_i}|\psi_i(\mathbf{r})|^2$ where $A$ is a set of occupied MOs. I am trying to do this via ...
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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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Quantifying electronic overlap?

I am trying to understand how to quantify the electronic interaction/conduction/overlap between two metal cores at varying distances. As someone who works primarily with classical MD, and has less ...
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How does one project out the translations and rotations from a hessian?

I've recently written a simple code to numerically compute the hessian of some function (at a point). Most electronic structure packages will compute the hessian and then project out the translations ...
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Incorporation of empty d-electrons of a p-block element in calculations in VASP?

Is it possible to incorporate the empty d-orbitals of a p-block element (suppose it is chlorine) into a VASP calculation? If yes, what is the standard procedure to incorporate these orbitals.
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Increasing k-point grid to take DOS calculation

I was trying to compute some electronic properties for Pd using SIESTA and VASP for some computer practicals in my university, specially focused on band structure and density of states (DOS) using LDA ...
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How can I simulate the work function given by Ultraviolet Photoelectron Spectrum (UPS)?

How can I simulate the work function given by Ultraviolet Photoelectron Spectrum (UPS) of a molecule or a molecular crystal? I thought it is an easy job: Just do a geometry optimization and get the ...
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What is the electrical behavior of the material with this band gap?

Presently I am doing DFT calculations to analyse the electronic structure of a material. I got the band structure as shown in the figure. I would like to know the electrical behavior of this material. ...
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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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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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How is the Bloch equation derived?

I am reading a textbook on many-electron theory, which gives a Bloch equation in its generalized form: $$\tag{1} [\Omega,H_0]P=Q(V\Omega-\Omega V_{eff})P, $$ where $P$ denotes the projection from ...
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Is this G16 molecular hyperpolarizability error reproducible in other software?

I was trying to calculate the hyperpolarizability $\beta$ of a cluster of two water molecules in Gaussian16 using the route card: ...
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Approach for Higher Order Response Properties

There are three (at least that I'm aware of) commonly used approaches to obtain linear response properties (e.g electric polarizability, optical rotation, NMR shielding tensors) Sum over states: The ...
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Error while doing a band structure calculation in Quantum ESPRESSO

I have been using BURAI GUI of Quantum ESPRESSO to calculate the optical properties of ZnSe quantum dots. But first I wanted to calculate the electronic band structure. After running the calculation ...
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For which materials is the Bethe lattice a good model to compute the density of states of the conduction band? [closed]

The Bethe lattice is exactly solvable in the limit where each lattice site has an infinite number of nearest-neighbors. In this limit it yields a semi-circular density of states in the conduction band....