[Pw_forum] Silicon HSE Problem
lmartinsamos at gmail.com
Fri Apr 10 15:39:42 CEST 2015
Hi Galvin, maybe the screening_parameter ( HSE has two parameters
exx_fraction and screening_parameter) is not big/small (I never
remember if it is dividing or multiplying) enough for your small cell.
Maybe you could try to check the behavior of the total Energy
convergence with respect to variations of this parameter. (in
principle this parameter control the decay of the short range part of
the coulomb potential in your cell. If the short range part is not
small enough at the borders you may find funny results).
2015-04-10 15:20 UTC+02:00, Khara, Galvin <galvin.khara.12 at ucl.ac.uk>:
> I've been trying to use the HSE hybrid in QE to do some simulations on Si.
> I'm finding that increasing my ecutwfc is causing the total energy to
> oscillate quite significantly. This seems to indicate a big problem as this
> should always converge as it is variational.? When I use the plain PBE
> (Si.pbe-hgh.upf) pseudopotential without invoking any hybrid functional the
> energy converges as expected.
> It only starts to oscillate when I add the input_dft='hse' directive, I
> have not added anything non-standard to my input as far as I know (the
> default values for nqx, x_gamma_extrapolation, and exxdiv_treatment? are
> used). My input file is as follows,
> pseudo_dir = '~/pseudo'
> tprnfor = .true.
> tstress = .true.
> ibrav = 1, celldm(1) =10.18, nat= 8, ntyp= 1,
> ecutwfc = $alat,
> degauss=0.002, smearing='gaussian',
> scf_must_converge= .true.
> conv_thr = 1.0e-12
> mixing_beta = 0.7
> Si 28.0855 Si.pbe-hgh.upf
> ATOMIC_POSITIONS crystal
> Si 0.0 0.0 0.0
> Si 0.5 0.5 0.0
> Si 0.5 0.0 0.5
> Si 0.0 0.5 0.5
> Si 0.25 0.25 0.25
> Si 0.75 0.75 0.25
> Si 0.75 0.25 0.75
> Si 0.25 0.75 0.75
> K_POINTS gamma
> Also, I ultimately want to use the HSE hybrid to study Si at elevated
> electronic temperatures (up to 25,000 K) via fermi-dirac broadening, is this
> unrealistic / unwise with this choice of hybrid? Any help is greatly
> Galvin K,
> Ph.D Researcher,
> University College London
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