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What are some recent developments in density functional theory?

In the book Materials Modelling Using Density Functional Theory: Properties and Predictions by Feliciano Giustino, a timeline of milestones in DFT was given for achievements between 1964 and 1996: $$\...
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What are the types of ab initio Molecular Dynamics?

I am new to the world of Molecular Dynamics, and am curious to know exactly what is considered to be an ab initio Molecular Dynamics (AIMD) method, and how do they work? The seminal work by Roberto ...
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What are the types of charge analysis?

I am evaluating the atomic charge of a system using inter-atomic potentials and comparing with using DFT. I know about the following types of partial charge: Mulliken, Bader, Qeq. I wonder what are ...
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What are the types of DFT?

Similar to: What are the types of charge analysis?, What are the types of bond orders?, and What are some recent developments in density functional theory?, I would like to ask: What are the different ...
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What are the types of Quantum Monte Carlo?

Similar to: What are the types of SCF? What are the types of MCSCF? What are the types of ab initio Molecular Dynamics? What are the types of pseudopotentials? What are the types of DFT? What are the ...
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How to "get my feet wet" in Density Functional Theory by simulating a water molecule using Python

I just saw I am a beginner in Density Functional Theory. What are some resources that could help me to learn the basics? and it reminded me that few years ago I'd asked How can I calculate the charge ...
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What are the types of bond orders?

I am studying the interaction of a metal with a nanostructure. As we can not trust graphical software about the bond formation, I decided to analyze them using the software Multiwfn. It happens that ...
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Is there a free package with robust CASSCF functionality?

Among free software packages, which one has robust CASSCF functionality? The FCI solver can be implemented in either way, e.g., direct solver, DMRG, etc.
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What software is available to do molecular dynamics on Windows?

Is there a Windows-based molecular dynamics simulation software which is easy to use?
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What are the types of pseudopotentials?

I would like to know what are the different types of pseudopotentials, the pro and cons, and what properties can/cannot be calculated with them?
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What are the types of MCSCF?

Similar to: What are the types of SCF? What are the types of Quantum Monte Carlo? What are the types of ab initio Molecular Dynamics? What are the types of pseudopotentials? What are the types of DFT?...
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Supercomputers around the world

For a matter modelling person, the most valuable resource is computing power. For many of us, computing power at hand limits the scale of problems we can solve. There are many national supercomputing ...
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Which Linux distribution is best for Matter Modeling?

In some science fields there are efforts to provide customized distributions, so you can get a productive environment with minimum set-up overhead. For example, in high energy particle physics, we ...
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What are the tools available for point defects calculations?

It would be appreciated if you could explain one of the tools below (or another tool not listed), in the format used here (for example): What software will allow me to combine two images? What ...
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What are the different ways of calculating dispersion constants?

There are many different dispersion corrections out there. The most famous is D3 [1] (and the new D4 [2]), but there's probably other approaches too. The dispersion energy can be written as: $$ E_{\...
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What are the types of SCF?

Many of us know the most common types of SCF (though we can do better than Wikipedia at explaining them): RHF (Restricted Hartree-Fock), RKS (Restricted Kohn-Sham) [link to answer] UHF (Unrestricted ...
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What are some cloud services for computing?

A group of researchers in my university (including me), started to study the possibility to move to cloud computing services in order to run our simulations. The simulation areas include condensed ...
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What is a good programming language for matter modeling?

What is a good programming language for matter (e.g. molecular or materials) modeling? Since this is a broad field, I don't expect there to be only one answer.
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What are the pitfalls for new users of DFT?

This question is inspired from a post in another SE. Many users these days use density functional theory codes as 'black boxes' and hence its natural to expect that they would have made many mistakes ...
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What software will allow me to combine two images?

I have seen in many presentations and publications, things like a human on a molecule (for example). What software can do this? It's for a presentation I'm doing.
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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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Tools for electronic transport calculations

Electronic transport calculations play an important role in device simulation. What tools can do electronic transport calculation? I am familiar with TranSIESTA (a module of SIESTA program) and ...
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What are the common acronyms in Materials Modelling?

Many abbreviations are used in Materials Modelling. For example, we have DFT (density functional theory/discrete Fourier transform), TST (transition state theory) and MD (molecular dynamics). Which ...
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What software can be used to do QTAIM analysis?

I have a rather general question of what software packages exist to do Quantum Theory Atom in Molecule (QTAIM) analysis of periodic and non-periodic systems. Working with Gaussian I have previously ...
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What are the types of Quantum Molecular Dynamics (QMD)?

In similar spirit to recent questions on Quantum Monte Carlo, ab-initio Molecular Dynamics, types of SCF, and others, I would like to ask: What are the types of Quantum Molecular Dynamics (QMD)? As I ...
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Candidate structures for global minimum determination

What are the best packages that can generate candidate structures for quantum chemical optimization (DFT or CCSD) to find the global minimum? I am working on the gas-phase small inorganic clusters (...
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Suggestions for a good crystal structure visualization workflow

Following up on this question about freely available crystal structure visualization codes, I wish to know what procedures people follow from start to finish in preparing images of their materials for ...
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What are the types of DMRG?

The following questions have worked out very well 😊 : What are the types of Quantum Monte Carlo? What are the types of SCF? What are the types of MCSCF? What are the types of ab initio Molecular ...
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Tools for high-throughput DFT studies?

High-throughput density functional theory (DFT) calculations are used to screen for new materials and conduct fundamental research in materials science and materials innovation. It involves ...
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What are the recent developments of TDDFT to simulate the excited properties of materials?

The time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) and the many-body perturbation method (GW@BSE) are considered as the two most popular and successful methods to describe the excited-stated ...
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What are the ways to add dynamic correlation to an MCSCF wavefunction?

We recently learned about the many types of MCSCF, which treat "static" electron correlation. There are then many ways to treat further "dynamic" electron correlation to try and ...
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Special quasirandom structures vs virtual crystal approach

What are the advantages and disadvantages in using special quasirandom structures (SQS) vs virtual-crystal approximation (VCA) to simulate electronic properties of disordered alloys? You do not need ...
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What are the recent developments of GW@BSE to simulate the excited properties of materials?

A twin question related to the TDDFT method is asked in another post. But any comparisons between both methods in recent developments are welcome. The time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) ...
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Package for computing properties of excited vibrational states

We're starting to develop some calculations of the hyperfine parameters (electric field gradient, spin-rotation coupling, spin-spin coupling) with CFOUR, and we reached a limitation of the public ...
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What packages exist for building quantum Monte Carlo simulations of spin or Hubbard Hamiltonians?

What packages exist that can help someone, especially a new masters/PhD student get started with QMC on spin or Hubbard systems? As an example, for writing a stochastic series expansion QMC program ...
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How do the various programs read or write integrals in FCIDUMP format?

The FCIDUMP format was created by Peter Knowles and Nick Handy circa 1989 and now allows many electronic structure software packages to interact with each other. ...
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What are some open-source all-electron DFT alternatives to Wien2K?

Since the beginning of the century, Wien2K has proven to be a very powerful player in computational condensed matter and materials physics. Wien2K is an all-electron periodic DFT code based on the ...
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Is there a software that has implemented forces of TDDFT calculations for solids?

I'd like to investigate the structural relaxations of the excited state for periodic systems. BSE and TDDFT are two promising methods for this purpose. While there is a discussion on forces with BSE ...
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Are there any codes to study magnetic materials?

I have used a few codes for studying magnetic materials (specifically core-shell nanoparticles with an AFM shell and an FM core). These are: Vampire: For the calculation of curie temperature via ...
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What software is a software for RNA tertiary structure prediction?

It seems that the prediction of protein folding is a pretty advanced area. Are there options based on some GDT-like measure? For me, it has relevance in connection with the origin of life (cf. RNA ...
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What programs can do electron integrals and SCF calculations with more than one CPU?

Similar to this question which asks for each answer to provide one software that can do CASSCF: I am interested in software that can do integrals, SCF (Hartree-Fock), and the integral transformation, ...
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What ab initio methods are better suited to modelling disorder in materials?

In contrast to the perfect periodic bulk materials, now computational approaches are moving towards modeling ‘real’ materials or solid solutions with dopants, dislocations, grain boundaries, and ...
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Which DFT functional should I use to simulate spectra of pesticides?

I am mainly searching for functionals to calculate spectra of pesticides. I found the benchmark test from Goerigk and Grimme$^1$, but don't understand which of the functionals suits my purpose the ...
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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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What software can do RNA secondary structure prediction?

This question is a follow-up to this previous question. I have learnt there that there are reasonable ways to predict RNA tertiary structure. Here I inquire about how to predict RNA secondary ...
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Fermi energy in density functional theory

Disclaimer: Assume the questioner is a novice in DFT and condensed matter physics in general. How reliable are DFT based estimates of the fermi energy? Do different flavours of DFT affect the accuracy ...