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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 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 main computational frameworks used in materials modeling?

What are the main computational frameworks used in materials modeling? Software packages can include those designed to run on both classical and quantum devices.
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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 freely available crystal-structure visualization softwares?

I use VESTA mostly for crystal structure visualizations. What other options are available?
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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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Why do we have so many DFT codes (softwares)? Are they redundant?

Lejaeghere et. al studied reproducibility of DFT codes (softwares) by comparing 15 different codes employing 40 different potentials. The study concluded that most codes agree very well, with ...
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What are the positives and negatives of periodic DFT codes that don't use plane-wave basis sets?

Most periodic density functional theory (DFT) codes use plane-wave basis sets in conjunction with three-dimensional periodic boundary conditions. In contrast, for molecular systems of finite size, ...
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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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Since MKL is not optimized for AMD hardware, should I use a math library specific to AMD, or would an open-source one be just as good?

The codes for quantum mechanical calculations make heavy use of linear algebra, and it seems most of them delegate this task to time-tested and highly optimized libraries, instead of trying to deploy ...
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Is there a set of updated, comprehensive benchmarks for speed comparison between different quantum chemistry packages?

I've found a page dedicated to quantum chemistry packages benchmarks, on GitHub, qmspeedtest. But most results there are several years old, and so probably outdated. Is there some place where we can ...
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Great computer graphics for matter modelling

I am trying to write some code to automatically generate a judicious set of graphics from DFT/fn-DMC calculations so that users can sanity check their results quickly. My literature review has found ...
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Are there problems with the Tran-Blaha modified Becke-Johnson potential (mBJ, a.k.a. TB09) in Quantum ESPRESSO?

I have used the modified Becke-Johnson (mBJ) exchange potential before, as it was developed and implemented in Wien2K by Fabien Tran and Peter Blaha (1). In 2013, Éric Germaneau et al. implemented mBJ ...
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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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How to calculate diffraction pattern from a model of unit cell?

I remember that 20+ years ago we used a program called Powder Cell to calculate diffraction patterns from models of materials (for example, to compare it with experimental data from powder diffraction)...
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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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What is the most user friendly software for frequency visualization rendering?

I perform my calculations in Q-Chem and would like to make short movies of IR modes. As of now, I render them with IQmol, but I believe graphics properties (colors and resolution) can be much better. ...
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Plotting of natural bond orbitals (NBOs)

Which quantum chemistry programs can compute natural bond orbitals (NBOs)? Which visualisation tools can I use subsequently to plot pictures of the NBOs?
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How do I extract a molecular structure from a CIF file?

When I open a CIF file of a crystal structure in a typical molecular editor like Avogadro, then I just see a few symmetry-unique atoms scattered around the unit cell. But I don't see the full molecule ...
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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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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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Where can I find a tool or server to generate tiles nodes cordinates?

Does anyone know a tool or a server that can generate the node coordinates for different tiles? I would like to create 2D materials based in some periodic tiles like the ones in the image below: ...
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How to export a calculated Raman spectrum in Q-Chem, as a Gaussian profile?

Does anyone know how to export a calculated Raman spectrum (my calculation was performed in Q-Chem) as a data-file, which can be used to plot the profile of a Gaussian-shape spectrum (in origin, excel,...
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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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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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Excited states using ORMAS flag in GAMESS

I am trying to calculate the excited states using single reference CISD on $\ce{CH3OH},$ using ORMAS' CI-X option in GAMESS. As a test example I am using the $\ce{CH3OH}$ that has 2 core, 7 occ. ...
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Excited determinants, electronic partition function and thermochemistry calculation

While studying statistical thermodynamics I came across the partition functions, which connect the quantum world to the macroscopic world. I understand that partition functions are used to calculate ...
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Are there any open source software for calculating the rotational and translational entropy of molecules?

What is a good open source software for calculating the rotational and translational entropy of molecules? The National Institute of Standards and Technology does not provide standard molar entropy ...
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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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Empirically determining thermostat damping factor

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, tracking ...
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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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How to calculate FCI matrix elements from an FCIDUMP file

I'm interested in writing a simple program (as an exercise) that takes an FCIDUMP file (e.g. from a Molpro calculation) and can determine FCI matrix elements (e.g. to construct the entire FCI matrix ...
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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 ...