[Pw_forum] kpoints for transmission calculations and complex band structures?

Filipe Camargo Dalmatti Alves Lima flima at if.usp.br
Fri Sep 11 05:34:25 CEST 2015

Dear Fang,

Unfornately I don't have any experience with the systems you are
investigating, but I'll add my comments that might provide you some

The answer for your question is simple but will require some effort to
accomplish it: you must test your system and make sure the properties are

Convergence means the following: As you increase a given parameter that you
are tracking, the results are not changing anymore.

In order to achieve that for your systems, I would recommend two things:

1) Look for the literature and check the parameters they used the same

2) Do a series of tests increasing the parameters at a point that the
properties you are investigating are not changing anymore. We all know that
for some systems these tests might be prohibitive (this is why the step 1
is so important). In that case, go for the best grid you can simulate and
honestly note that on the reports. Just to remember you, if the DOS and
total energy are converged, your tests for band structure can be only NSCF.
But please MAKE A BACKUP of your ".save"  folder (if you are using the
wf_collect=.true.) because the NSCF messes up with the restart.

I hope you find at least part of these insights useful.

Best regards,


On Sun, Sep 6, 2015 at 8:31 AM, Yue-Wen Fang <yuewen.fang at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear all,
> For a  junction, e.g. Fe/MgO/Fe MTJ with a=b=2.8, c = 34 angstrom, a
> general DOS  calculation usually require a kgrid as 11*11*1, however, could
> anyone tell me how many kpoints do I need to set for it in transmission
> calculation and complex band structure calculation, respectively?
> Thank you in advance!
> Bests
> Fang
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