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Quantum harmonic oscillator, zero-point energy, and the quantum number n

The energy of a quantum harmonic oscillator is given as, \begin{equation} E_{qho} = \left(n + \frac{1}{2}\right)\hbar\omega,\;\;\;\;\;\; n = 0,1,2,3,... \tag{1} \end{equation} I understand the ...
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On the nature of zero-point energy (ZPE)

The harmonic approximation gives a non-zero kinetic energy at 0 K for which Heisenberg's uncertainty principle is used as an explanation. A particle at 0 K couldn't be stationary because that would ...
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VASP output energy

Which VASP output energy, after sigma -> 0 or before, do you use when combining with zero point energy and vibrational entropy obtained via vtst tools? (Vtst tools provide the vibrational frequencies ...