# Questions tagged [numerical-convergence]

For questions about numerical convergence in molecular and materials modeling questions.

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### The relationship between average eigenvalue and convergence performance in VASP?

I meet some convergence problems when doing self-consistent field calculation in VASP, I find some parameters on VASP wiki that might be able to tune the convergence performance. But I don't quite ...
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### What are the physical reasons if the SCF doesn't converge?

I've been mostly using ab initio methods as a routine calculation tool, so even though I know some things from the theoretical side, I still have mostly hands-on experience. One of the things that I ... 97 views

### Use of higher-order integrators in molecular dynamics?

The usual verlet integration scheme for propagating molecular dynamics according to Newton's equations of motion looks like the following: $$x(t+\Delta t)=2x(t)-x(t-\Delta t)+a(t)\Delta t^2$$ This ...
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### What are the advantages of the Davidson diagonalization method over other sparse matrix diagonalization methods?

I am interested to understand the advantages of the Davidson diagonalization method over other sparse matrix diagonalization routines. For instance, Intel MKL.
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### How to make SCF converge in SIESTA?

I am trying to optimize some 4 atom Ni clusters. There are 4 types: one linear, one zigzag, one 2D and one 3D. Using the setup below, I don't get the calculations to converge even after 1000 SCF steps ...
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### DFT Vasp calculation not converging when doing a SCF calculation for monolayer MoS2 [closed]

I am trying to calculate the electronic structure of Monolayer Molybdenum Disulfide ($\ce{MoS_2}$) using Vasp. However, I encounter problems with convergence. It does not seem that my calculations ...
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### SCF Calculation not converging after two decimal places in Quantum ESPRESSO

I have been trying to do geometrical optimization for ZnSe Quantum Dots using Quantum ESPRESSO. The convergence is very slow, so slow that even after 200 iterations I could not get convergence. I ...
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### Why does the VASP electronic step not stop after getting converged?

I have just implemented VASP code with Gamma K-point, POSCAR of 128-atom supercell and INCAR like this: ...
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### Is it possible to get complex numbers as solutions for a secular determinant in simple Hückel method (SHM)?

Past semester we revisited the Hückel molecular orbital theory at class. One day I was trying to solve some problems with SymPy, a Python module that is a computer algebra system (CAS), and noticed ...
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### DFT Knowledge Check for Posed Problem

Currently I am trying to apply to a graduate program overseas. They require me to include a research proposal in my application. My topic of interest is computational materials science. So, one ...
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### Smearing and charge balance for tungsten with interstitial oxygen in Quantum ESPRESSO

What smearing would be ideal for a bcc W with interstitial O atom. I am running 3x3x3 unit cells with one N interstitial. I am having convergence issues in relax ...
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### Charge density convergence within VASP using spin polarized DFT+U

I am noticing a possible convergence problem in a magnetic $U$ system I am studying. In the OSZICAR file I often see the rms(c) value go to about ...
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### Are there examples of ab initio predictions on small molecules without the "major approximations"?

In most textbooks the precise Schrödinger euqation of a molecule is given (and the "beautiful thing" stops here), then born oppenheimer approximation is made, then layers of other ...
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### Failure of CP2K density functional software to converge for a 64 Si atom amorphous structure

The structure was created using Stillinger Weber with LAMMPS. The command I used was the following: ...
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### Are there any other options beyond increasing the k-sampling and the number of unoccupied bands, to achieve better results?

I am trying to determine the optical properties of bulk Aluminium and related alloys using Quantum ESPRESSO. I am using both the epsilon.x and the simple.x modules to get wavelength-dependent ...
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### How big should a supercell be in phonon calculations?

Is 2x2x2 enough, or is larger needed? I know that a convergence test must be carried out, but increasing supercell size enormously increases computational time, and I am using the Python program ...
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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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### Convergence by energy and/or density?

The SCF is an iterative procedure to produce the ground state energy and wavefunction for Hartree-Fock, MCSCF, and DFT. Due to the iteration, one needs to establish convergence criteria. Depending on ...