[QE-users] Problem using SCAN calculating energy of atomic oxygen

Filippo Savazzi filo.savazzi at gmail.com
Wed Nov 21 17:55:32 CET 2018

Dear QE users,

I’m Filippo Savazzi, a PhD student from Politecnico di Torino, Italy.
I’m using QE since a couple of years, and just browsing the archives of this mailing list or enquiring the mighty google I’ve been lucky enough that this is actually the first time I have to post a question.
Thanks everybody for the indirect support you gave me in these years.

I’m calculating absorption energies of oxygen on a coronene molecule, as part of a little evaluation of different available XC functionals that I’m doing. I’m calculating the absorption energy both with respect to the molecular oxygen and with atomic oxygen.
My problems arise when I try to calculate the energy of a single atom of oxygen using SCAN. In this case the energy diverges until the SCF fails. I have no troubles running the calculation on the actual system (coronene + bridged O), neither on a molecular oxygen (triplet O2); the  issue is just localised on the single oxygen atom. My first guess was that the implementation of SCAN has either troubles in dealing with isolated systems or with spin polarization, but I ruled out these issues when I was able to calculate the single point energy of an oxygen molecule. Are you aware of any other problems using SCAN in these conditions?
In the following I attach the input for pw.x I’m using, as well as a brief example of the SCF part in the output. I already played with cell dimension (thinking too much vacuum could have been the problem), as well as with ecutwfc and ecutrho (so indirectly with the integration grid), and then, just to give it a chance, with the diagonalization method and beta-mixing. 

Thank you in advance for your attention.


Filippo Savazzi, PhD Student
Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy

   calculation = ’scf',
   pseudo_dir = '/home/filippo/pseudo',
   diagonalization = 'cg',
   electron_maxstep = 300,
   mixing_mode = 'local-TF',
   mixing_beta = 0.7,
   conv_thr =  1.0d-7,
O 15.99 O_ONCV_PBE-1.0.upf
O        0.0000   0.0000   0.0000


 Dense  grid:   540376 G-vectors     FFT dimensions: ( 128, 128, 128)

     Estimated max dynamical RAM per process >     116.06 MB

     Estimated total dynamical RAM >       1.36 GB
     Generating pointlists ...
     new r_m :   0.4125 (alat units)  8.2500 (a.u.) for type    1

     Initial potential from superposition of free atoms

     starting charge    5.99905, renormalised to    6.00000

     negative rho (up,down):  4.917E-05 4.917E-05
     Starting wfcs are random

     total cpu time spent up to now is        3.1 secs

     Self-consistent Calculation

     iteration #  1     ecut=   100.00 Ry     beta= 0.70
     CG style diagonalization
     ethr =  1.00E-02,  avg # of iterations =  9.6

     negative rho (up,down):  1.044E-03 1.363E-03

     total cpu time spent up to now is      240.5 secs

     total energy              =    2429.63502350 Ry
     Harris-Foulkes estimate   =     -31.41616940 Ry
     estimated scf accuracy    <       3.28037744 Ry

     total magnetization       =     2.00 Bohr mag/cell
     absolute magnetization    =     2.00 Bohr mag/cell

     iteration #  2     ecut=   100.00 Ry     beta= 0.70
     CG style diagonalization
     c_bands:  4 eigenvalues not converged
     ethr =  1.00E-02,  avg # of iterations = 13.6

     negative rho (up,down):  2.824E-03 3.815E-03

     total cpu time spent up to now is      331.7 secs

     total energy              =   33638.43350785 Ry
     Harris-Foulkes estimate   =     318.68713998 Ry
     estimated scf accuracy    <       0.37936007 Ry

     total magnetization       =     2.00 Bohr mag/cell
     absolute magnetization    =     2.00 Bohr mag/cell

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