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How to build a nanocluster?

What are the software tools (if possible open source) or methods we can use for constructing a nanocluster, most preferably with high symmetry such as icosahedron, octahedron, cuboctahedron etc. ?
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Understanding QuantumEspresso Toolbox through Maestro

Anyone here uses Quantum Espresso through Maestro can tell me a bit more about the calculation panel setting: I understand that -npools option must be divisible by ...
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Is there any code for local-orbital ab initio tight binding molecular dynamics other than fireball?

I was searching for a local-orbital ab-initio tight binding implementation of molecular dynamics and Ive found a code called fireball. Ive tried to compile it but the code seems to be buggy and there ...
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Band structure output from Exciting - what are the X units?

I'm using Exciting Code to calculate some electronic band structures. Starting with the example of Si I get sensible output and can plot BAND.OUT and BAND-QP.OUT using PLOT-gwbands.py or directly in ...
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How to calculate Transport coeffiecients for 0 D systems?

I would like to calculate the thermal transport coefficients like Thermal Conductivity, Seebeck coefficient etc for thermoelectric 0 D systems (quantum dots, nanoclusters ..etc). For bulk materials, ...
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Interpreting Critic2 charge analysis in metallic systems

I'm using Critic2 software to perform post-processing of the charge density of metallic alloys. With the charge density obtained from the Self-Consistent-Field calculation (for that I'm using Quantum ...
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Calculating/Visualizing electronic density from orbital information written in the Molden format

I'm trying to obtain an electron density from orbital information written in the Molden format by the formula, $$ \rho(\mathbf{r}) = \sum_{i}^{occ} |\phi_{i}(\mathbf{r})|^{2}. \tag{1} $$ Is there any ...
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Recalculate atom positions to account for periodic boundary conditions

I have the output of a simulation done using Periodic boundary conditions (PBC), however, the atom positions have been resolved, i.e. there are atoms outside the PBC-box now. Is there a software/...
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Recent developments in QM/MM for Molecular Dynamics

I am looking for new QM/MM methodologies which have recently developed and implemented into MD packages. Any applications or molecular systems studies with these methods can be used as an example as ...
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Software for Exact Diagonalization of quantum spin Hamiltonians in 1D and 2D

I'm looking for software (which can also run in parallel) for Exact Diagonalization of Quantum Spin Hamiltonians in 1D and 2D (e.g. Heisenberg Model) consisting of a large number of spin sites. There ...
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What's the best way to compare two DFT codes?

What's the most efficient way to compare the two DFT codes in terms of computation time, basis sets (for example, one plane wave vs one atomic orbitals), functional performance, etc.?
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How to create a Potential Energy Surface in Chemcraft?

The Chemcraft website says that it is possible to create a potential energy surface. Nevertheless, it doesn't work for my Gaussian scan job. ...
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Calculating RMSF in VMD

As a part of my coursework I have to calculate root mean square of fluctuation (RMSF) of a protein trajectory over the last 5 nanoseconds of simulation. I have used the inbuilt ...
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Why do we need to build a supercell to use the DFPT in Phonopy interfaced with VASP?

The following passage about the merits of density-functional perturbation theory (DFPT) is extracted from this seminal paper: Phonons and related crystal properties from density-functional ...
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Generating SOAP descriptors in python

What is the best python package to construct Smooth Overlap of Atomic Positions (SOAP) descriptors given SMILES representation of a molecule? Is this even possible without providing 3D geometry? An ...
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Can you list some useful code snippets for processing quantum ESPRESSO output files?

I know that this is quite general. But we have all written code for processing output files from various dft codes. The functionality of which, may range from analysing time traces to finding ...
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What is a chemputer?

I first saw the term "chemputer" when reading about the work of Neil Ostlund (who you may know as one of the authors of the famous book "Modern Quantum Chemistry"). Based on the ...
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What are the trade-offs setting DIRSCF to either .TRUE. or .FALSE. (the default) in GAMESS (US)?

The first software I used to run calculations was Gaussian09. When submitting a input, I used to see a pattern of resource usage where the allocated CPU quickly maxed out, remaining high most of the ...
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How better is PAW available in VASP when compared to that present in PS Library?

Papers with DFT calculations that use VASP work with PAW pseudopotentials which are also available in PS Library. I assume they are different since VASP is commercial. Given that, how different are ...
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Computer simulation of squeezing flexible objects with force

I am looking for any software, or scientific works, or search phrase in the field of simulating graphic modeling of squeezing objects. I would like to simulate packing very oddly shaped soft elastic ...
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What are some ways to model disequilibrium processes with current software?

Its normally that case that most material modeling techniques rely on energy minimizations, which result in the equilibrium solutions for most chemical of physical processes. While this is great for ...
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Empirically determining thermostat damping factor

tl;dr Is there a way to determine an appropriate thermostat damping factor given a timestep size and a numerical integration method? I am computing a set of simulations in LAMMPS, using ReaxFF, ...
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Fix deposit and USER-REAXC: pre-allocating memory for atoms when using LAMMPS with ReaxFF

I would like to use "fix deposit" with ReaxFF to add atoms to a simulation in which I deposit molecules on a surface. I have built working scripts for my system with other force fields. ...
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Can I use two different codes?

Can I use one code for geometry optimization and another code for a single point calculation on that optimized geometry? Can one publish results like that?
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How to make the input generator plugin work in Avogadro 2 on GNU/Linux?

It seems Avogadro was phased out in Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa) and derivatives like Mint 20 (Ulyana). Now the version available in the repositories is Avogadro 2. If you had Avogadro installed in 18....
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Why the Open Babel submenu is faded out in Avogadro 2 and I can't optimize geometry in Mint 20?

It seems Avogadro was phased out in Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa) and derivatives like Mint 20 (Ulyana). Now the version available in the repositories is Avogadro 2. If you had Avogadro installed in 18....
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Which non-commercial softwares can be used to model amorphous carbon?

I have a fair idea of generating and modeling crystalline materials but what non commercial software programs can be used to model amorphous carbon of a specific dimension, say a $6\times6\times6$ Å ...
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Is there a software that can calculate collision cross-sections involving molecules with several atoms?

What software currently can be accessibly used to calculate collision cross section using the geometries obtained from DFT? In my case, Q-Chem is used for geometry optimization. The goal is to compute ...
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How to build a simulation model for a molecular dynamics simulation

I have got aggregate of 4 non-protein compounds I would submit for molecular dynamics simulation. The problem is I can't find software capable to do that. Amber, GROMACS, LAMMPS, all of them require ...
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Collective variable to determine the number of bonds in the shortest Hydrogen bond wire [closed]

I am trying to program a collective variable in PLUMED which is basically the number of bonds in the shortest Hydrogen bond wire in a system of water molecules. I plan to use the HBond_Matrix from ...
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Docking proteins with glycans

Do you know of a good software or web server tool that helps doing docking of proteins with rather large glycans? An example I'm interested in is tens of dimers of sugars (or similar), docked to ...
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Is there any code that runs WHAM starting from histograms rather than time series?

I'm looking for a way to run the Weighted Histogram Analsys Method, but I don't have a time series to feed to the code as usually happens, but rather I have histograms coming from the debiasing of a ...
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What are the advantages of different point defects calculation tools?

As far as I know, there are mainly PyCDT, PyDEF, pylada and some part of pymatgen. As a new user to those tools, which one would be a good choice? pycdt: Python Charge Defects Toolkit (PyCDT) is a ...
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Moving from VASP to CASTEP for bulk crystal and surface calculations

Can someone that works with CASTEP and VASP explain to me how a workflow might change between the two programs? I am very familiar with VASP but have not used CASTEP before. As an example, assuming ...
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Freely available constrained DFT implementations

What free quantum chemistry packages that have constrained DFT (CDFT) implemented? A google search does not reveal anything, perhaps there may exist a better resource to find the packages.
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Atom legend in VESTA

Is it possible to to display the atom legend in VESTA and export the structure including the legend as a vector/raster image? I found this discussion from 2013 requesting this feature. Has it been ...
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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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What resources are available to learn how to do something in VASP?

Apart from what is obvious (from a Google Search), what are the various resources available if I want to learn how to do something in VASP (for example, starting an HSE06 calculation)?
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Simulated low energy electron diffraction (LEED) patterns

What modern software supports the generation of LEED patterns? It seems most LEED simulation packages are quite old and do not work on modern hardware. Is there something that prevents common ...
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What are some free programs to do docking?

I'm interested in doing molecular docking. What are some free programs for it and what are their pros and cons?
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Create an image from scratch with the vectors that represent the Berry phase for parallel transport (classic system)

I want to represent parallel transport as in the following figure, but next to this figure I would like to place a diagram with the two arrows (of the initial state and of the final state that are ...
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Which software programs can be used to study SRR (split ring resonator) based meta-material and its cloaking properties

I have been studying about metamaterials and their amazing abilities to interact with EM Waves. I came across a concept called Metamaterial cloaking (something like Harry Potter's invisible cloak ...
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Is python sufficient for serious tensor network or DMRG calculations?

There are enough tensor-network/DMRG packages that support python (ALPS, OpenMPS, pyUni10) that it would seem (to an outsider) that it's possible to do some substantial work with DMRG without messing ...
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Which non-commercial software can be used to dock two proteins?

I need to dock 2 proteins involved in SARS-CoV-2. They are the spike glycoprotein & membrane protein. I need them to be docked as described in the image below. Since there are many docking ...
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Setting multiple new atype/dtype/itype with LAMMPS fix bond/create

When creating a new bond in a LAMMPS simulation with the command fix/bond create it is likely new angles/dihedrals/impropers be need to be set. This can be done with the atype/dtype/itype arguments ...
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For software that does not support FCIDUMP format, what format is used and how can we get the software to interact with FCIDUMP integrals?

Complementary to this question: How do the various programs read or write integrals in FCIDUMP format? which attempts to list all electronic structure packages that support the ...
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What does the Neighbor command do in LAMMPS?

I frequently see LAMMPS codes, and almost all of them have the neighbor 0.5 bin command. I completely studied the LAMMPS manual for the neighbour command and did ...
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Why am I losing bonds when I use PACKMOL on two proteins?

I recently started using PACKMOL to pack a few proteins together. I wrote this PACKMOL code: ...
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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 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 ...