[Pw_forum] Why uspp Hf has the p state weights in pdos analysis?

Lorenzo Paulatto paulatto at sissa.it
Tue Aug 26 13:34:51 CEST 2008

On Mar, Agosto 26, 2008 13:17, Hongsheng Zhao wrote:
>  I use the Hf 5d2 6s2 in the uspp scheme for my research, in the pdos
>  analysis of my results, I can also find the Hf's p state weights in pdos
>  analysis.  Why does this happen?

Dear Hongsheng Zhao,
in order to make a good pseudopotential it is normally necessary to
include at least one projector (semi-local potential) per angular
momentum. Even if the 6p state is empty in isolated Hf you cannot exclude
a priori that it will not play any role in a chemical environment.
We should have more detail on the pseudopotential itself to give you more
insight; but whomever have generated the pseudo has probably inserted a
projector for the 6p state, or used it to generate the local potential.


Lorenzo Paulatto
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