[Pw_forum] Bands.x not ordering bands correctly

Henry J Seeley hseeley at uoregon.edu
Fri Jan 15 02:47:46 CET 2016

Stefano (or anyone else who may know a solution to this issue),

I uncommented the write line, and used "make pp" to remake my bands.x 
executable, but I am not obtaining any print-outs of abs(pro). How can I 
get this information to appear?


On 2016/01/13 14:29, stefano de gironcoli wrote:
> Hi Hank,
>    bulk PbS has 2 atom per cell. why do you need 20-30 ?
>    bands.x "follows" a band based on the overlap of the wfcs in two
> neighboring points..
>    it accepts the band on the basis of a rather small overlap threshold
> ... somewhere around line 350 in $espresso_root/PP/src/bands.f90
> pro=cgracsc(nkb,becp%k(:,jbnd),becpold%k(:,idx(ibnd)), &
>                           nhm, ntyp, nh, qq, nat, ityp, ngm, NEW, old, 
> upf)
>                   ENDIF
> !                 write(6,'(3i5,f15.10)') ik,idx(ibnd), jbnd, abs(pro)
>                   IF (abs (pro) > 1.d-2 ) THEN
>                      il (idx(ibnd),ik) = jbnd
>                      GOTO 10
>                   ENDIF
> ...
>     this is probably ok in most cases when there are few bands to chose
> from and only one is the "right one". In your case there are many bands
> and maybe there are many not too wrong bands that fulfill the
> threshold..:-(
>     I would try to
>     1) uncomment the write statement and see what are the typical 
> values
> of abs(pro) you get.
>       if everything is fine there should be only one jbnd band for each
> idx(ibnd) band that is significantly different from zero (much more 
> than
> 1.d-2 i would expect).. If you have more than one jbnd band that 
> exceeds
> the threshold for a given examined idx(ibnd) then the code may do the
> wrong assignment
>     2) if this is the origin of the problem i would try to play with 
> the
> threshold to induce the code to make the proper assignment
>     using a finer k point grid should also work but I would say that 15
> points in a 20-30 atom cell should already be enough !
>    good luck,
>    stefano
> On 13/01/2016 21:52, Henry J Seeley wrote:
>> Hello everyone,
>> I'm using bands.x to assign eigenvalues to specific bands of PbS. I 
>> have
>> fairly large supercells (20-30 atoms), so my bands are dense with lots
>> of crossings. When I run bands.x it incorrectly assigns bands 
>> resulting
>> in erratic band diagrams (e.g., bands suddenly jump across the bandgap
>> to connect conduction and valence eigenvalues). What are the potential
>> causes of this error?
>> Perhaps I am not sampling my k-points densely enough; I have
>> approximately 10-15 points per sampling line. I plan on increasing 
>> this
>> density to 50 kpts per line, and will report back if this solves the
>> problem. I am somewhat in a rush to get these results though, so if
>> anyone has some insight it would be much appreciated.
>> Also, assuming there is a solution to this problem, is band.x capable 
>> of
>> sorting a 2D grid of kpoints into bands? I am interesting in 
>> generating
>> contour maps.
>> Thank you,
>> Hank Seeley
>> Chemistry PhD student
>> University of Oregon
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