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Pseudopotential plane-wave density functional theory (NWPW)

The NWChem plane-wave (NWPW) module uses pseudopotentials and plane-wave basis sets to perform Density Functional Theory calculations (simple introduction pw-lecture.pdf). This module complements the capabilities of the more traditional Gaussian function based approaches by having an accuracy at least as good for many applications, yet is still fast enough to treat systems containing hundreds of atoms. Another significant advantage is its ability to simulate dynamics on a ground state potential surface directly at run-time using the Car-Parrinello algorithm. This method’s efficiency and accuracy make it a desirable first principles method of simulation in the study of complex molecular, liquid, and solid state systems. Applications for this first principles method include the calculation of free energies, search for global minima, explicit simulation of solvated molecules, and simulations of complex vibrational modes that cannot be described within the harmonic approximation.

The NWPW module is a collection of three modules.

  • PSPW - (PSeudopotential Plane-Wave) A gamma point code for calculating molecules, liquids, crystals, and surfaces.
  • Band - A band structure code for calculating crystals and surfaces with small band gaps (e.g. semi-conductors and metals).
  • PAW - a (gamma point) projector augmented plane-wave code for calculating molecules, crystals, and surfaces ( This module will be deprecated in the future releases since PAW potentials have been added to PSPW )

The PSPW, Band, and PAW modules can be used to compute the energy and optimize the geometry. Both the PSPW and Band modules can also be used to find saddle points, and compute numerical second derivatives. In addition the PSPW module can also be used to perform Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics. Section PSPW Tasks describes the tasks contained within the PSPW module, section Band Tasks describes the tasks contained within the Band module, section PAW Tasks describes the tasks contained within the PAW module, and section Pseudopotential and PAW basis Libraries describes the pseudopotential library included with NWChem. The datafiles used by the PSPW module are described in section NWPW RTDB Entries and DataFiles. Car-Parrinello output data files are described in section Car-Parrinello Output Datafiles, and the minimization and Car-Parrinello algorithms are described in section Car-Parrinello Scheme for Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics. Examples of how to setup and run a PSPW geometry optimization, a Car-Parrinello simulation, a band structure minimization, and a PAW geometry optimization are presented at the end. Finally in section NWPW Capabilities and Limitations the capabilities and limitations of the NWPW module are discussed.

As of NWChem 6.6 to use PAW potentials the user is recommended to use the implementation contained in the PSPW module (see Sections ). PAW potentials are also being integrated into the BAND module. Unfortunately, the porting to BAND was not completed for the NWChem 6.6 release.

If you are a first time user of this module it is recommended that you skip the next five sections and proceed directly to the tutorials.

PSPW Tasks: Gamma Point Calculations

All input to the PSPW Tasks is contained within the compound PSPW block,

PSPW 
  ...
END

To perform an actual calculation a TASK PSPW directive is used (Section Task).

TASK PSPW

In addition to the directives listed in Task, i.e.

TASK PSPW energy 
TASK PSPW gradient 
TASK PSPW optimize 
TASK PSPW saddle 
TASK PSPW freqencies
TASK PSPW vib 

there are additional directives that are specific to the PSPW module, which are:

TASK PSPW [Car-Parrinello             ||   
           Born-Oppenheimer           ||
           Metropolis                 ||
           pspw_et                    ||
           noit_energy                ||
           stress                     ||
           pspw_dplot                 ||  
           wannier                    ||
           expand_cell                || 
           exafs                      ||
           ionize                     ||
           lcao                       ||
           rdf                        ||
           aimd_properties            ||
           translate                  ||
           psp_generator              || 
           steepest_descent           ||  
           psp_formatter              || 
           wavefunction_initializer   ||  
           v_wavefunction_initializer ||  
           wavefunction_expander       ]

Once a user has specified a geometry, the PSPW module can be invoked with no input directives (defaults invoked throughout). However, the user will probably always specify the simulation cell used in the computation, since the default simulation cell is not well suited for most systems. There are sub-directives which allow for customized application; those currently provided as options for the PSPW module are:

NWPW   
  SIMULATION_CELL            ... (see section [Simulation Cell](#Simulation_Cell)) END
  CELL_NAME <string cell_name default 'cell_default'>
  VECTORS [[input (<string input_wavefunctions default file_prefix.movecs>) || 
           [output(<string output_wavefunctions default file_prefix.movecs>)]] 
  XC (Vosko      || LDA          || PBE96         || revPBE       || PBEsol          ||   
      LDA-SIC    || LDA-SIC/2    || LDA-0.4SIC    || LDA-SIC/4    || LDA-0.2SIC    || 
      PBE96-SIC  || PBE96-SIC/2  || PBE96-0.4SIC  || PBE96-SIC/4  || PBE96-0.2SIC  || 
      revPBE-SIC || revPBE-SIC/2 || revPBE-0.4SIC || revPBE-SIC/4 || revPBE-0.2SIC || 
      PBE96-Grimme2  || PBE96-Grimme3  || PBE96-Grimme4  || BLYP-Grimme2   || BLYP-Grimme3    || BLYP-Grimme4 || 
      revPBE-Grimme2 || revPBE-Grimme3 || revPBE-Grimme4 || PBEsol-Grimme2 || PBEsol-Grimme3 || PBEsol-Grimme4 || 
      PBE0-Grimme2    || PBE0-Grimme3    || PBE0-Grimme4   || B3LYP-Grimme2  || B3LYP-Grimme3  || B3LYP-Grimme4 ||
      revPBE0-Grimme2 || revPBE0-Grimme3 || revPBE0-Grimme4 ||
      PBE0       || revPBE0      || HSE  || HF || default Vosko) 
  XC new ...(see section [Using Exchange-Correlation Potentials Available in the DFT Module](#Using_Exchange-Correlation_Potentials_Available_in_the_DFT_Module))
  DFT||ODFT||RESTRICTED||UNRESTRICTED 
  MULT <integer mult default 1>   
  CG 
  LMBFGS   
  SCF [Anderson|| simple || Broyden]  
      [CG || RMM-DIIS] 
      [density || potential]
      [ALPHA real alpha default 0.25]
      [Kerker real ekerk nodefault] 
      [ITERATIONS integer inner_iterations default 5]  
      [OUTER_ITERATIONS integer outer_iterations default 0]
  LOOP <integer inner_iteration outer_iteration default 10 100>  
  TOLERANCES <real tole tolc default 1.0e-7 1.0e-7> 
  FAKE_MASS <real fake_mass default 400000.0> 
  TIME_STEP <real time_step default 5.8> 
  EWALD_NCUT <integer ncut default 1> 
  EWALD_RCUT <real rcut default (see input description)>  
  CUTOFF  <real cutoff> 
  ENERGY_CUTOFF <real ecut default (see input description)> 
  WAVEFUNCTION_CUTOFF <real wcut default (see input description)>  
  ALLOW_TRANSLATION 
  TRANSLATION (ON || OFF)
  ROTATION (ON || OFF) 
  MULLIKEN [OFF]
  EFIELD   

  BO_STEPS <integer bo_inner_iteration bo_outer_iteration default 10 100> 
  MC_STEPS <integer mc_inner_iteration mc_outer_iteration default 10 100>
  BO_TIME_STEP  <real bo_time_step default 5.0> 
  BO_ALGORITHM [verlet|| velocity-verlet || leap-frog]
  BO_FAKE_MASS <real bo_fake_mass default 500.0> 

  SOCKET (UNIX || IPI_CLIENT) <string socketname default (see input description)>  

  MAPPING <integer mapping default 1>  
  NP_DIMENSIONS <integer npi npj default -1 -1>  
  CAR-PARRINELLO             ... (see section [Car-Parrinello](#Car-Parrinello)) END 
  STEEPEST_DESCENT           ... (see section [Steepest Descent](#STEEPEST_DESCENT)) END
  DPLOT                      ... (see section [DPLOT](#DPLOT)) END 
  WANNIER                    ... (see section [Wannier](#Wannier)) END 
  PSP_GENERATOR              ... (see section [PSP Generator](#PSP_GENERATOR))) END   

  WAVEFUNCTION_INITIALIZER   ... (see section [Wavefunction Initializer](NWPW_RETIRED.md#WAVEFUNCTION_INITIALIZER) - retired) END  
  V_WAVEFUNCTION_INITIATIZER ... (see section [Wavefunction Velocity Initializer (NWPW_RETIRED#V_WAVEFUNCTION_INITIALIZER) - retired) END  
  WAVEFUNCTION_EXPANDER      ... (see section [Wavefunction Expander](NWPW_RETIRED.md#WAVEFUNCTION_EXPANDER) - retired) END  
  INPUT_WAVEFUNCTION_FILENAME <string input_wavefunctions default file_prefix.movecs>   
 OUTPUT_WAVEFUNCTION_FILENAME <string output_wavefunctions default file_prefix.movecs>   
END

The following list describes the keywords contained in the PSPW input block.

  • cell_name - name of the simulation_cell named cell_name. See section Simulation Cell.
  • input_wavefunctions - name of the file containing one-electron orbitals
  • output_wavefunctions - name of the file that will contain the one-electron orbitals at the end of the run.
  • fake_mass - value for the electronic fake mass This parameter is not presently used in a conjugate gradient simulation.
  • time_step - value for the time step . This parameter is not presently used in a conjugate gradient simulation.
  • inner_iteration - number of iterations between the printing out of energies and tolerances
  • outer_iteration - number of outer iterations
  • tole - value for the energy tolerance.
  • tolc - value for the one-electron orbital tolerance.
  • cutoff - value for the cutoff energy used to define the wavefunction. In addition using the CUTOFF keyword automatically sets the cutoff energy for the density to be twice the wavefunction cutoff.
  • ecut - value for the cutoff energy used to define the density. Default is set to be the maximum value that will fit within the simulation_cell cell_name.
  • wcut - value for the cutoff energy used to define the one-electron orbitals. Default is set to be the maximum value that will fit within the simulation_cell cell_name.
  • ncut - value for the number of unit cells to sum over (in each direction) for the real space part of the Ewald summation. Note Ewald summation is only used if the simulation_cell is periodic.
  • rcut - value for the cutoff radius used in the Ewald summation. Note Ewald summation is only used if the simulation_cell is periodic.

Default set to be $\frac{MIN(\left| \vec{a_i} \right|)}{\pi}, i=1,2,3$.

  • (Vosko || PBE96 || revPBE || …) - Choose between Vosko et al’s LDA parameterization or the orginal and revised Perdew, Burke, and Ernzerhof GGA functional. In addition, several hybrid options.
  • MULT - optional keyword which if specified allows the user to define the spin multiplicity of the system
  • MULLIKEN - optional keyword which if specified causes a Mulliken analysis to be performed at the end of the simulation.
  • EFIELD - optional keyword which if specified causes an atomic electric field analysis to be performed at the end of the simulation.
  • ALLOW_TRANSLATION - By default the the center of mass forces are projected out of the computed forces. This optional keyword if specified allows the center of mass forces to not be zero.
  • TRANSLATION - By default the the center of mass forces are projected out of the computed forces. TRANSLATION ON allows the center of mass forces to not be zero.
  • ROTATION - By default the overall rotation is not projected out of the computed forces. ROTATION OFF projects out the overal rotation of the molecule.
  • CG - optional keyword which sets the minimizer to 1
  • LMBFGS - optional keyword which sets the minimizer to 2
  • SCF - optional keyword which sets the minimizer to be a band by band minimizer. Several options are available for setting the density or potential mixing, and the type of Kohn-Sham minimizer.
  • mapping - for a value of 1 slab FFT is used, for a value of 2 a 2d-hilbert FFT is used.

A variety of prototype minimizers can be used to minimize the energy. To use these other optimizers the following SET directive needs to be specified:

set nwpw:mimimizer 1 # Default - Grassman conjugate gradient minimizer is used to minimize the energy. 
set nwpw:mimimizer 2 # Grassman LMBFGS minimimzer is used to minimize the energy.
set nwpw:minimizer 4 # Stiefel conjugate gradient minimizer is used to minimize the energy. 
set nwpw:minimizer 5 # Band-by-band (potential) minimizer is used to minimize the energy.
set nwpw:minimizer 6 # Projected Grassman LMBFGS minimizer is used to minimize the energy.
set nwpw:minimizer 7 # Stiefel LMBFGS minimizer is used to minimize the energy.
set nwpw:minimizer 8 # Band-by-band (density) minimizer is used to minimize the energy.

Limited testing suggests that the Grassman LMBFGS minimizer is about twice as fast as the conjugate gradient minimizer. However, there are several known cases where this optimizer fails, so it is currently not a default option, and should be used with caution.

In addition the following SET directives can be specified:

set nwpw:lcao_skip .false. # Initial wavefunctions generated using an LCAO guess.  
set nwpw:lcao_skip .true. # Default - Initial wavefunctions generated using a random plane-wave guess.
set nwpw:lcao_print .false. # Default - Output not produced during the generation of the LCAO guess.   
set nwpw:lcao_print .true. # Output produced during the generation of the LCAO guess.
set nwpw:lcao_iterations 2 #specifies the number of LCAO iterations.

PAW Potentials

The PSPW code can now handle PAW potentials. To use them the pseudopotentials input block is used to redirect the code to use the paw potentials located in the default paw potential library ($NWCHEM_TOP/src/nwpw/libraryp/paw_default). For example, to redirect the code to use PAW potentials for carbon and hydrogen, the following input would be used.

nwpw 
    pseudopotentials 
      C library paw_default 
      H library paw_default 
    end  
end

Most of the capabilities of PSPW will work with PAW potentials including geometry optimization, Car-Parrinello ab initio molecular dynamics, Born-Oppenheimer ab initio molecular dynamics, Metropolis Monte-Carlo, and AIMD/MM. Unfortunately, some of the functionality is missing at this point in time such as Mulliken analysis, and analytic stresses. However these small number of missing capabilities should become available over the next couple of months in the development tree of NWChem.

Even though analytic stresses are not currently available with PAW potentials unit cell optimization can still be carried out using numerical stresses. The following SET directives can be used to tell the code to calculate stresses numerically.

set includestress  .true.              #this option tells driver to optimize the unit cell 
set includelattice .true.              #this option tells driver to optimize cell using a,b,c,alpha,beta,gamma 
set nwpw:frozen_lattice:thresh 999.0   #large number guarentees the lattice gridding does not adjust during optimization
set nwpw:cif_filename  pspw_corundum
set nwpw:stress_numerical .true. 
set nwpw:lstress_numerical .true.

PAW Implementation Notes

The main idea in the PAW method(Blochl 1994) is to project out the high-frequency components of the wavefunction in the atomic sphere region. Effectively this splits the original wavefunction into two parts:

$\psi_n(\mathbf{r}) = \tilde{\psi}_n(\mathbf{r}) + \sum_I \psi_n^I(\mathbf{r})$

The first part $\tilde{\psi}_n(\mathbf{r})$ is smooth and can be represented using a plane wave basis set of practical size. The second term is localized with the atomic spheres and is represented on radial grids centered on the atoms as

$\psi_n^I(\mathbf{r}) = \sum_{\alpha} (\varphi_{\alpha}^I(\mathbf{r})-\tilde{\varphi}_{\alpha}^I(\mathbf{r}))c_{n\alpha}^I$

where the coefficients $c_{n\alpha}^I$are given by

This decomposition can be expressed using an invertible linear transformation, $T$, is defined which relates the stiff one-electron wavefunctions $\psi_n$ to a set of smooth one-electron wavefunctions $\tilde{\psi}_n$

$\tilde{\psi}_n = T \psi_n$

$\psi_n = T^{-1} \tilde{\psi}_n$

which can be represented by fairly small plane-wave basis. The transformation $T$ is defined using a local PAW basis, which consists of atomic orbitals, $\varphi{\alpha}^I(\mathbf{r})$, smooth atomic orbitals, $\tilde{\varphi}_{\alpha}^I(\mathbf{r})$ which coincide with the atomic orbitals outside a defined atomic sphere, and projector functions, $p_{\alpha}^I(\mathbf{r})$. Where I is the atomic index and α is the orbital index. The projector functions are constructed such that they are localized within the defined atomic sphere and in addition are orthonormal to the atomic orbitals. Blöchl defined the invertible linear transformations by

The main effect of the PAW transformation is that the fast variations of the valence wave function in the atomic sphere region are projected out using local basis set, thereby producing a smoothly varying wavefunction that may be expanded in a plane wave basis set of a manageable size.

The expression for the total energy in PAW method can be separated into the following 15 terms.

The first five terms are essentially the same as for a standard pseudopotential plane-wave program, minus the non-local pseudopotential, where

$\tilde{E}_{kinetic-pw} = \sum_i \sum_{\mathbf{G}} \frac{|\mathbf{G}|^2}{2} \tilde{\psi}_i^{*}(\mathbf{G}) \tilde{\psi}_i(\mathbf{G})$

$\tilde{E}_{vlocal-pw} = \sum_{\mathbf{G}} \tilde{\rho}(\mathbf{G}) V_{local}(\mathbf{G})$

$\tilde{E}_{Coulomb-pw} = \frac{\Omega}{2} \sum_{\mathbf{G}} \frac{4\pi}{|\mathbf{G}|} \tilde{\rho}^{*}(\mathbf{G}) \tilde{\rho}(\mathbf{G})$

$\tilde{E}_{xc-pw} = \frac{\Omega}{N_1 N_2 N_3} \sum_{\mathbf{r}} \tilde{\rho}(\mathbf{r}) \epsilon_{xc}(\tilde{\rho}(\mathbf{r}))$

$E_{ion-ion} = \frac{1}{2\Omega} \sum_{\mathbf{G}} \frac{4\pi}{|\mathbf{G}|^2} \exp(\frac{|\mathbf{G}|^2}{4\epsilon}) \sum_{I,J} Z_I \exp (-i \mathbf{G} \cdot \mathbf{R}_I) Z_J \exp ( -i  \mathbf{G} \cdot \mathbf{R}_J) \\ + \frac{1}{2}\sum_{\mathbf{a}} \sum_{I,J \in |\mathbf{R}_I-\mathbf{R}_J+\mathbf{a}|} Z_I Z_J \frac{erf(\epsilon |\mathbf{R}_I-\mathbf{R}_J+\mathbf{a}|)}{|\mathbf{R}_I-\mathbf{R}_J+\mathbf{a}|} - \frac{\epsilon}{\pi}\sum_I Z_I^2 - \frac{\pi}{2\epsilon^2\Omega} \left( \sum_I Z_I \right)^2 $

The local potential in the $\tilde{E}_{vlocal-pw}$ term is the Fourier transform of

$V_{local}(\mathbf{r}) = -\sum_I Z_I \frac{\frac{|\mathbf{r}-\mathbf{R}_I|}{\sigma_I}}{|\mathbf{r}-\mathbf{R}_I|} + v_{ps}^I(|\mathbf{|\mathbf{r}-\mathbf{R}_I|})$

It turns out that for many atoms $\sigma_I$ needs to be fairly small. This results in $V_{local} (\mathbf{r})$ being stiff. However, since in the integral above this function is multiplied by a smooth density $\tilde{\rho}(\mathbf{G})$ the expansion of Vlocal(G) only needs to be the same as the smooth density. The auxiliary pseudoptential $v_{ps}^I (|\mathbf{r}-\mathbf{R}_I |)$ is defined to be localized within the atomic sphere and is introduced to remove ghost states due to local basis set incompleteness.

The next four terms are atomic based and they essentially take into account the difference between the true valence wavefunctions and the pseudowavefunctions.

The next three terms are the terms containing the compensation charge densities.

In the first two formulas the first terms are computed using plane-waves and the second terms are computed using Gaussian two center integrals. The smooth local potential in the $E_{cmp-vloc}$ term is the Fourier transform of

$\tilde{V}_{local}(\mathbf{r})=- \sum_I Z_I    \frac{ erf( \frac{ |\mathbf{r}-\mathbf{R}_I | }{\tilde{\sigma}_I })} {|r-R_I |}$

The stiff and smooth compensation charge densities in the above formula are

$\rho_{cmp}(r)=\sum_I\sum_{lm} Q_{lm}^I g_{lm}^(\sigma_I ) (r-R_I )$

$\tilde{\rho}_{cmp}(r)=\sum_I \sum_{lm} Q_{lm}^I g_{lm}^(\tilde{\sigma}_I ) (r-R_I )$

where

$Q_{lm}^I = \sum_i \sum_{\alpha\beta} <\tilde{\psi}_i|\tilde{p}_\alpha^I > <\tilde{p}_\beta^I|\tilde{\psi}_i >  \tau_{l_\alpha m_\alpha, l_\beta m_\beta}^{lm} (q_{comp}^I )_{\alpha\beta}^l$

The decay parameter $\sigma_I$ is defined the same as above, and $\tilde{\sigma}_I$ is defined to be smooth enough in order that ρ̃_cmp (r) and $\tilde{V}_{local}(r)$ can readily be expanded in terms of plane-waves.

The final three terms are the energies that contain the core densities

$E_{valence-core}=\sum_i\sum_I\sum_{\alpha \beta}<\tilde{\psi}_i|\tilde{p}_\alpha^I >  (V_{valence-core})_{\alpha \beta}^I <\tilde{p}_\beta^I|\tilde{\psi}_i >$

$E_{kinetic-core}=\sum_c \int_0^\infty [ (\varphi_{n_c l_c}^I (r))^' (\varphi_{n_c l_c}^I (r))^' + l_c (l_c+1)  \frac{\varphi_{n_c l_c}^I (r) \varphi_{n_c l_c}^I (r)}{r^2} ]  dr$

$E_{ion-core}= \sum_I \frac{1}{2} \iint \frac{\rho_c^I (r) \rho_c^I (r')}{|r-r'|}  drdr^' - \int  \frac{\rho_c^I (r)}{|r|}  (Z_I+Z_I^{core} ) dr$

The matrix elements contained in the above formula are

$(u_{atom}^I )_{\alpha \beta} =\frac{Z_I}{4\pi} (V_{comp}^I )_{\alpha \beta}^{l=0} + \frac{2Z_I}{(\sqrt{2\pi} \sigma_I } (q_comp^I )_{\alpha \beta}^(l=0) +\delta_{m_\alpha m_\beta } \delta_{l_\alpha l_\beta } \int_0^{r_{cut}^I} [ \varphi_{n_\alpha l_\alpha}^I (r) \varphi_(n_\beta l_\beta)^I (r) \frac{-Z_I}{r} + \tilde{\varphi}_{n_\alpha l_\alpha}^I (r) \tilde{\varphi}_{n_\beta l_\beta}^I (r) (-v_{ps}^I (r)) ] dr$

$(V_{Heff}^I )_{\alpha \beta \mu \nu}^l = (V_H^I )_{\alpha\beta\mu\nu}^l - 2(V_{comp}^I )_{\alpha\beta}^l (q_{comp}^I )_{\mu\nu}^l -(v_g^I )^l (q_{comp}^I )_{\alpha\beta}^l (q_{comp}^I )_{\mu\nu}^l$

$(V_H^I )_{\alpha\beta\mu\nu}^l = \frac{4\pi}{2l+1} \int_0^{r_{cut}^I} \int_0^{r_{cut}^I} \left( \frac{r_{<}^l}{r_{>}^{l+1} } \right)( \varphi_{n_\alpha l_\alpha } (r) \varphi_{n_\beta l_\beta } (r) \varphi_{n_\mu l_\mu } (r) \varphi_{n_\nu l_\nu } (r) - \tilde{\varphi}_{n_\alpha l_\alpha } (r) \tilde{\varphi}_(n_\beta l_\beta ) (r) \tilde{\varphi}_{n_\mu l_\mu } (r) \tilde{\varphi}_{n_\nu l_\nu } (r) )  drdr'$

$(V_{comp}^I )_{\alpha\beta}^l = \frac{4\pi}{2l+1} \int_0^{r_{cut}^I} \int_0^{r_{cut}^I} \tilde{\varphi}_{n_\alpha l_\alpha } (r) \tilde{\varphi}_{n_\beta l_\beta } (r) \left( \frac{r_{<}^l}{r_{>}^{l+1} } \right) g_l^I (r')  r'^2  drdr'$

$(q_{comp}^I )_{\alpha\beta}^l = \int_0^\infty r^l \left( \varphi_{n_\alpha l_\alpha } (r) \varphi_{n_\beta l_\beta } (r)- \tilde{\varphi}_{n_\alpha l_\alpha } (r) \tilde{\varphi}_{n_\beta l_\beta } (r) \right) dr$

$(v_g^I )^l =\frac{4\sqrt{2\pi}}{ (2l+1)(2l+1)!! \sigma_I^{2l+1} }$

$\tau_{l_\alpha m_\alpha,l_\beta m_\beta}^{lm}= \int_0^{2\pi} \int_0^{\pi} T_{lm} (\theta,\phi) T_{l_\alpha m_\alpha } (\theta,\phi) T_{l_\beta m_\beta } (\theta,\phi)  \sin(\theta) d\theta d\phi$

Exchange-Correlation Potentials

DFT + U Corrections

TO DO

nwpw 
  uterm d 0.13634 0.0036749 1 
end

Langreth style vdw and vdw van der Wall functionals

These potenials that are used to augment standard exchange-correlation potentials area calculated from a double integral over a nonlocal interaction kernel, img,

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that is evaluated using the fast Fourier transformation method of Roman-Perez and Soler.

G. Roman-Perez and J. M. Soler, Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 096102 (2009).

Langreth vdw and vdw2 van der Wall functionals are currently available for the BEEF, PBE96, revPBE, PBEsol, BLYP, PBE0, revPBE0, HSE, and B3LYP exchange-correlation functionals. To use them the following keywords BEEF-vdw, BEEF-vdw2, PBE96-vdw, PBE96-vdw2, BLYP-vdw, BLYP-vdw2, revPBE-vdw, revPBE-vdw, PBEsol-vdw PBEsol-vdw2, PBE0-vdw, PBE0-vdw2, revPBE0-vdw, revPBE0-vdw2, HSE-vdw, HSE-vdw2, B3LYP-vdw, and B3LYP-vdw2 can be used in the XC input directive, e.g.

nwpw
   xc beef-vdw  
end
nwpw
   xc beef-vdw2  
end

the vdw and vdw2 functionals are defined in

(vdw) Dion M, Rydberg H, Schröder E, Langreth DC, Lundqvist BI. Van der Waals density functional for general geometries. Physical review letters. 2004 Jun 16;92(24):246401.

(vdw2) K. Lee, E. D. Murray, L. Kong, B. I. Lundqvist, and D. C. Langreth, Phys. Rev. B 82, 081101 (2010).

Grimme Dispersion Corrections

Grimme dispersion corrections are currently available for the PBE96, revPBE, PBEsol, BLYP, PBE0, revPBE0, HSE, and B3LYP exchange-correlation functionals. To use them the following keywords PBE96-Grimme2, PBE96-Grimme3, PBE96-Grimme4, BLYP-Grimme2, BLYP-Grimme3, BLYP-Grimme4, revPBE-Grimme2, revPBE-Grimme3, revPBE-Grimme4, PBEsol-Grimme2, PBEsol-Grimme3, PBEsol-Grimme4, PBE0-Grimme2, PBE0-Grimme3, PBE0-Grimme4, revPBE0-Grimme2, revPBE0-Grimme3, revPBE0-Grimme4, HSE-Grimme2, HSE-Grimme3, HSE-Grimme4, B3LYP-Grimme2, B3LYP-Grimme3, and B3LYP-Grimme4 can be used in the XC input directive, e.g.

nwpw
   xc pbe96-grimme2  
end

In these functionals Grimme2, Grimme3 and Grimme4 are defined in the following papers by S. Grimme.

Grimme2 - Commonly known as DFT-D2, S. Grimme, J. Comput. Chem., 27 (2006), 1787-1799.

Grimme3 - Commonly known as DFT-D3, S. Grimme, J. Antony, S. Ehrlich and H. Krieg A consistent and accurate ab initio parameterization of density functional dispersion correction (DFT-D) for the 94 elements H-Pu, J. Chem. Phys, 132 (2010), 154104

Grimme4 - Commonly known as DFT-D3 with BJ damping. This correction augments the Grimme3 correction by including BJ-damping, S. Grimme, J. Antony, S. Ehrlich and H. Krieg A consistent and accurate ab initio parameterization of density functional dispersion correction (DFT-D) for the 94 elements H-Pu, J. Chem. Phys, 132 (2010), 154104. S. Grimme, S. Ehrlich and L. Goerigk, J. Comput. Chem, 32 (2011), 1456-1465. This correction augments the Grimme3 correction by including BJ-damping.

If these functionals are used in a publication please include in your citations the references to Grimme’s work.

Using Exchange-Correlation Potentials Available in the DFT Module

(Warning - To use this capability in NWChem 6.6 the user must explicitly include the nwxc module in the NWCHEM_MODULES list when compiling. Unfortunately, there was too much uncertainty in how the nwxc computed higher-order derivatives used by some of the functionality in nwdft module to include it in a release for all the functionality in NWChem. We are planning to have a debug release in winter 2016 to take fix this problem. This capability is still included by default in NWChem 6.5)

The user has the option of using many of the exchange-correlation potentials available in DFT Module (see Section XC and DECOMP – Exchange-Correlation Potentials).

  XC [[acm] [b3lyp] [beckehandh] [pbe0] [bhlyp]\
      [becke97]  [becke97-1] [becke97-2] [becke97-3] [becke98] [hcth] [hcth120] [hcth147] \ 
      [hcth407] [becke97gga1] [hcth407p] \
      [optx] [hcthp14] [mpw91] [mpw1k] [xft97] [cft97] [ft97] [op] [bop] [pbeop]\
      [HFexch <real prefactor default 1.0>] \
      [becke88 [nonlocal] <real prefactor default 1.0>] \
      [xperdew91 [nonlocal] <real prefactor default 1.0>] \
      [xpbe96 [nonlocal] <real prefactor default 1.0>] \
      [gill96 [nonlocal] <real prefactor default 1.0>] \
      [lyp <real prefactor default 1.0>] \
      [perdew81 <real prefactor default 1.0>] \
      [perdew86 [nonlocal] <real prefactor default 1.0>] \
      [perdew91 [nonlocal] <real prefactor default 1.0>] \
      [cpbe96 [nonlocal] <real prefactor default 1.0>] \
      [pw91lda <real prefactor default 1.0>] \
      [slater <real prefactor default 1.0>] \
      [vwn_1 <real prefactor default 1.0>] \
      [vwn_2 <real prefactor default 1.0>] \
      [vwn_3 <real prefactor default 1.0>] \
      [vwn_4 <real prefactor default 1.0>] \
      [vwn_5 <real prefactor default 1.0>] \
      [vwn_1_rpa <real prefactor default 1.0>]]

These functional can be invoked by prepending the “new” directive before the exchange correlation potetntials in the input directive, XC new slater vwn_5.

That is, this statement in the input file

nwpw 
 XC new slater vwn_5  
end  
task pspw energy

Using this input the user has ability to include only the local or nonlocal contributions of a given functional. The user can also specify a multiplicative prefactor (the variable prefactor in the input) for the local/nonlocal component or total (for more details see Section XC and DECOMP – Exchange-Correlation Potentials). An example of this might be,

XC new becke88 nonlocal 0.72

The user should be aware that the Becke88 local component is simply the Slater exchange and should be input as such.

Any combination of the supported exchange functional options can be used. For example the popular Gaussian B3 exchange could be specified as:

XC new slater 0.8 becke88 nonlocal 0.72 HFexch 0.2

Any combination of the supported correlation functional options can be used. For example B3LYP could be specified as:

XC new vwn_1_rpa 0.19 lyp 0.81 HFexch 0.20 slater 0.80 becke88 nonlocal 0.72

and X3LYP as:

xc new vwn_1_rpa 0.129 lyp 0.871 hfexch 0.218 slater 0.782 \ 
becke88 nonlocal 0.542  xperdew91 nonlocal 0.167

Exact Exchange

Self-Interaction Corrections

The SET directive is used to specify the molecular orbitals contribute to the self-interaction-correction (SIC) term.

set pspw:SIC_orbitals <integer list_of_molecular_orbital_numbers>

This defines only the molecular orbitals in the list as SIC active. All other molecular orbitals will not contribute to the SIC term. For example the following directive specifies that the molecular orbitals numbered 1,5,6,7,8, and 15 are SIC active.

set pspw:SIC_orbitals 1 5:8 15

or equivalently

set pspw:SIC_orbitals 1 5 6 7 8 15

The following directive turns on self-consistent SIC.

set pspw:SIC_relax .false. # Default - Perturbative SIC calculation  
set pspw:SIC_relax .true. # Self-consistent SIC calculation

Two types of solvers can be used and they are specified using the following SET directive

set pspw:SIC_solver_type 1 # Default - cutoff coulomb kernel 
set pspw:SIC_solver_type 2 # Free-space boundary condition kernel

The parameters for the cutoff coulomb kernel are defined by the following SET directives:

set pspw:SIC_screening_radius <real rcut>  
set pspw:SIC_screening_power <real rpower>

Wannier

The pspw wannier task is generate maximally localized (Wannier) molecular orbitals. The algorithm proposed by Silvestrelli et al is use to generate the Wannier orbitals.

Input to the Wannier task is contained within the Wannier sub-block.

NWPW  
...  
 Wannier  
   ...   
 END 
... 
END

To run a Wannier calculation the following directive is used:

TASK PSPW Wannier

Listed below is the format of a Wannier sub-block.

NWPW  
...   
 Wannier   
  OLD_WAVEFUNCTION_FILENAME <string input_wavefunctions default input_movecs>  
  NEW_WAVEFUNCTION_FILENAME <string output_wavefunctions default input_movecs> 
 END
...  
END

The following list describes the input for the Wannier sub-block.

  • input_wavefunctions - name of pspw wavefunction file.
  • output_wavefunctions - name of pspw wavefunction file that will contain the Wannier orbitals.

Mulliken Analysis

Density of States

The “dos” option is used to turn on a density of states analysis. This option can be specified without additional parameters, i.e.

nwpw 
  dos  
end

in which case default values are used, or it can be specified with additional parameters, e.g.

nwpw
   dos 0.002 700 -0.80000 0.8000 
end

The parameters are

nwpw  
 dos  [<alpha> <npoints> <emin> <emax>] 
end

where

  • alpha value for the broadening the eigenvalues, default 0.05/27.2116 au
  • npoints number of plotting points in dos files, default 500
  • emin minimum energy in dos plots, default min(eigenvalues)-0.1 au
  • emax maximimum energy in dos plots, default max(eigenvalues)+0.1 au

The units for dos parameters are in atomic units. Note that if virtual states are specified in the pspw calculation then the virtual density of states will also be generated in addition to the filled density of states.

The following files are generated and written to the permanent_dir for restricted calculations

  • file_prefix.smear_dos_both - total density of states
  • file_prefix.smear_fdos_both - density of states of filled states
  • file_prefix.smear_vdos_both - density of states of virtual states

For unrestricted calculations

  • file_prefix.smear_dos_alpha - total density of states for up electrons
  • file_prefix.smear_dos_beta - total density of states for down electrons
  • file_prefix.smear_fdos_alpha - density of states for filled up electrons
  • file_prefix.smear_fdos_beta - density of states for filled down electrons
  • file_prefix.smear_vdos_alpha - density of states for virtual up electrons
  • file_prefix.smear_vdos_beta - density of states for virtual down electrons

The nwpw:dos:actlist variable is used to specify the atoms used to determine weights for dos generation. If the variable is not set then all the atoms are used, e.g.

set nwpw:dos:actlist 1 2 3 4

Projected Density of States

For projected density of states the “Mulliken” keyword needs to be set, e.g.

nwpw 
  Mulliken  
  dos
end

The following additional files are generated and written to the permanent_dir for restricted calculations

  • file_prefix.mulliken_dos_both_s - total s projected density of restricted states
  • file_prefix.mulliken_fdos_both_s - s projected density of states of filled restricted states
  • file_prefix.mulliken_vdos_both_s - s projected density of states of virtual restricted states
  • file_prefix.mulliken_dos_both_p - total p projected density of states
  • file_prefix.mulliken_fdos_both_p - p projected density of states of filled states
  • file_prefix.mulliken_vdos_both_p - p projected density of states of virtual states

  • file_prefix.mulliken_dos_both_all - total of projected density of filled and virtual restricted states
  • file_prefix.mulliken_fdos_both_all - total of projected density of filled restricted states
  • file_prefix.mulliken_vdos_both_all - total of projected density of states of virtual restricted states

Similarly for unrestricted calculations

  • file_prefix.mulliken_dos_alpha_s - total s projected density of up states
  • file_prefix.mulliken_fdos_alpha_s - s projected density of states of filled up states
  • file_prefix.mulliken_vdos_alpha_s - s projected density of states of virtual up states
  • file_prefix.mulliken_dos_alpha_p - total p projected density of up states
  • file_prefix.mulliken_fdos_alpha_p - p projected density of states of filled up states
  • file_prefix.mulliken_vdos_alpha_p - p projected density of states of virtual up states

  • file_prefix.mulliken_dos_alpha_all - total of projected density of filled up states
  • file_prefix.mulliken_fdos_alpha_all - total of projected density of filled up states
  • file_prefix.mulliken_vdos_alpha_all - total of projected density of states of virtual up states

  • file_prefix.mulliken_dos_beta_s - total s projected density of down states
  • file_prefix.mulliken_fdos_beta_s - s projected density of states of filled down states
  • file_prefix.mulliken_vdos_beta_s - s projected density of states of virtual down states
  • file_prefix.mulliken_dos_beta_p - total p projected density of down states
  • file_prefix.mulliken_fdos_beta_p - p projected density of states of filled down states
  • file_prefix.mulliken_vdos_beta_p - p projected density of states of virtual down states

  • file_prefix.mulliken_dos_beta_all - total of projected density of filled down states
  • file_prefix.mulliken_fdos_beta_all - total of projected density of filled down states
  • file_prefix.mulliken_vdos_beta_all - total of projected density of states of virtual down states

Point Charge Analysis

The MULLIKEN option can be used to generate derived atomic point charges from a plane-wave density. This analysis is based on a strategy suggested in the work of P.E. Blochl, J. Chem. Phys. vol. 103, page 7422 (1995). In this strategy the low-frequency components a plane-wave density are fit to a linear combination of atom centered Gaussian functions.

The following SET directives are used to define the fitting.

set nwpw_APC:Gc <real Gc_cutoff> # specifies the maximum frequency component of the density to be used in the fitting in units of au.  
set nwpw_APC:nga <integer number_gauss> # specifies the the number of Gaussian functions per atom.
set nwpw_APC:gamma <real gamma_list> # specifies the decay lengths of each atom centered Gaussian. 

We suggest using the following parameters.

set nwpw_APC:Gc 2.5
set nwpw_APC:nga 3 
set nwpw_APC:gamma 0.6 0.9 1.35  

PSPW_DPLOT: Generate Gaussian Cube Files

The pspw dplot task is used to generate plots of various types of electron densities (or orbitals) of a molecule. The electron density is calculated on the specified set of grid points from a PSPW calculation. The output file generated is in the Gaussian Cube format. Input to the DPLOT task is contained within the DPLOT sub-block.

NWPW 
...  
 DPLOT   
   ...   
 END  
... 
END

To run a DPLOT calculation the following directive is used:

TASK PSPW PSPW_DPLOT

Listed below is the format of a DPLOT sub-block.

NWPW  
...   
 DPLOT  
   VECTORS <string input_wavefunctions default input_movecs>  
   DENSITY [total||diff||alpha||beta||laplacian||potential default total]   
           <string density_name no default>  
   ELF [restricted|alpha|beta] <string elf_name no default>
   ORBITAL <integer orbital_number no default> <string orbital_name no default>  
   [LIMITXYZ [units <string Units default au>]   
   <real X_From> <real X_To> <integer No_Of_Spacings_X>   
   <real Y_From> <real Y_To> <integer No_Of_Spacings_Y>  
   <real Z_From> <real Z_To> <integer No_Of_Spacings_Z>]  
   NCELL <integer nx default 0> <integer ny default 0> <integer nz default 0>
   POSITION_TOLERANCE <real rtol default 0.001>
 END  
...  
END

The following list describes the input for the DPLOT sub-block.

VECTORS <string input_wavefunctions default input_movecs>

This sub-directive specifies the name of the molecular orbital file. If the second file is optionally given the density is computed as the difference between the corresponding electron densities. The vector files have to match.

DENSITY [total||difference||alpha||beta||laplacian||potential default total] 
        <string density_name no default>

This sub-directive specifies, what kind of density is to be plotted. The known names for total, difference, alpha, beta, laplacian, and potential.

ELF [restricted|alpha|beta] <string elf_name no default>

This sub-directive specifies that an electron localization function (ELF) is to be plotted.

ORBITAL <integer orbital_number no default> <string orbital_name no default>

This sub-directive specifies the molecular orbital number that is to be plotted.

LIMITXYZ [units <string Units default angstroms>]  
<real X_From> <real X_To> <integer No_Of_Spacings_X>  
<real Y_From> <real Y_To> <integer No_Of_Spacings_Y>  
<real Z_From> <real Z_To> <integer No_Of_Spacings_Z>

By default the grid spacing and the limits of the cell to be plotted are defined by the input wavefunctions. Alternatively the user can use the LIMITXYZ sub-directive to specify other limits. The grid is generated using No_Of_Spacings + 1 points along each direction. The known names for Units are angstroms, au and bohr.

Band Tasks: Multiple k-point Calculations

All input to the Band Tasks is contained within the compound NWPW block,

NWPW   
 ...  
END

To perform an actual calculation a Task Band directive is used (Section Task).

Task Band

Once a user has specified a geometry, the Band module can be invoked with no input directives (defaults invoked throughout). There are sub-directives which allow for customized application; those currently provided as options for the Band module are:

NWPW   
 CELL_NAME <string cell_name default cell_default> 
 ZONE_NAME <string zone_name default zone_default>  
 INPUT_WAVEFUNCTION_FILENAME <string input_wavefunctions default input_movecs>  
 OUTPUT_WAVEFUNCTION_FILENAME <string output_wavefunctions default input_movecs>  
 FAKE_MASS <real fake_mass default 400000.0>   
 TIME_STEP <real time_step default 5.8>   
 LOOP <integer inner_iteration outer_iteration default 10 100>   
 TOLERANCES <real tole tolc default 1.0e-7 1.0e-7> 
 CUTOFF <real cutoff>  
 ENERGY_CUTOFF <real ecut default (see input description)> 
 WAVEFUNCTION_CUTOFF <real wcut default (see input description)>  
 EWALD_NCUT <integer ncut default 1>] 
 EWALD_RCUT <real rcut default (see input description)> 

 XC (Vosko      || LDA          || PBE96         || revPBE       || PBEsol          ||  `  
                || HSE  || default Vosko)                                                                `  
  #Note that HSE is the only hybrid functional implemented in BAND

 DFT||ODFT||RESTRICTED||UNRESTRICTED   
 MULT <integer mult default 1>   
 CG  
 LMBFGS  
 SCF [Anderson|| simple || Broyden]  
 [CG || RMM-DIIS] [density || potential]  
 [ALPHA real alpha default 0.25]  
 [ITERATIONS integer inner_iterations default 5]  
 [OUTER_ITERATIONS integer outer_iterations default 0]

 SIMULATION_CELL  [units <string units default bohrs>]
   ... (see input description)   
 END 
 BRILLOUIN_ZONE 
   ... (see input description) 
 END 
 MONKHORST-PACK <real n1 n2 n3 default 1 1 1>
 BAND_DPLOT 
   ... (see input description)  
 END  
 MAPPING <integer mapping default 1>  
 SMEAR <sigma default 0.001> 
 [TEMPERATURE <temperature>] 
 [FERMI || GAUSSIAN || MARZARI-VANDERBILT default FERMI] 
 [ORBITALS <integer orbitals default 4>] 
END 

The following list describes these keywords.

  • cell_name - name of the simulation_cell named cell_name. See Simulation Cell.
  • input_wavefunctions - name of the file containing one-electron orbitals
  • output_wavefunctions - name that will point to file containing the one-electron orbitals at the end of the run.
  • fake_mass - value for the electronic fake mass ($\mu$). This parameter is not presently used in a conjugate gradient simulation
  • time_step - value for the time step ($\Delta t$). This parameter is not presently used in a conjugate gradient simulation.
  • inner_iteration - number of iterations between the printing out of energies and tolerances
  • outer_iteration - number of outer iterations
  • tole - value for the energy tolerance.
  • tolc - value for the one-electron orbital tolerance.
  • cutoff - value for the cutoff energy used to define the wavefunction. In addition using the CUTOFF keyword automatically sets the cutoff energy for the density to be twice the wavefunction cutoff.
  • ecut - value for the cutoff energy used to define the density. Default is set to be the maximum value that will fit within the simulation_cell cell_name.
  • wcut - value for the cutoff energy used to define the one-electron orbitals. Default is set to be the maximum value that will fix within the simulation_cell cell_name.
  • ncut - value for the number of unit cells to sum over (in each direction) for the real space part of the Ewald summation. Note Ewald summation is only used if the simulation_cell is periodic.
  • rcut - value for the cutoff radius used in the Ewald summation. Note Ewald summation is only used if the simulation_cell is periodic.

Default set to be $\frac{MIN(\left| \vec{a_i} \right|)}{\pi}, i=1,2,3$.

  • (Vosko || PBE96 || revPBE) - Choose between Vosko et al’s LDA parameterization or the orginal and revised Perdew, Burke, and Ernzerhof GGA functional.
  • SIMULATION_CELL (see section -sec:pspw_cell-)
  • BRILLOUIN_ZONE (see section -sec:band_brillouin_zone-)
  • MONKHORST-PACK - Alternatively, the MONKHORST-PACK keyword can be used to enter a MONKHORST-PACK sampling of the Brillouin zone.
  • smear - value for smearing broadending
  • temperature - same as smear but in units of K.
  • CG - optional keyword which sets the minimizer to 1
  • LMBFGS - optional keyword which sets the minimizer to 2
  • SCF - optional keyword which sets the minimizer to be a band by band minimizer. Several options are available for setting the density or potential mixing, and the type of Kohn-Sham minimizer.

Brillouin Zone

To supply the special points of the Brillouin zone, the user defines a brillouin_zone sub-block within the NWPW block. Listed below is the format of a brillouin_zone sub-block.

NWPW  
...   
 BRILLOUIN_ZONE 
   ZONE_NAME <string name default zone_default> 
   (KVECTOR <real k1 k2 k3 no default> <real weight default (see input description)>   
    ...)   
 END  
...  
END

The user enters the special points and weights of the Brillouin zone. The following list describes the input in detail.

  • name - user-supplied name for the simulation block.
  • k1 k2 k3 - user-supplied values for a special point in the Brillouin zone.
  • weight - user-supplied weight. Default is to set the weight so that the sum of all the weights for the entered special points adds up to unity.

Band Structure Paths

SC: gamma, m, r, x

FCC: gamma, k, l, u, w, x

BCC: gamma, h, n, p

Rhombohedral: not currently implemented

Hexagonal: gamma, a, h, k, l, m

Simple Tetragonal: gamma, a, m, r, x, z

Simple Orthorhombic: gamma, r, s, t, u, x, y, z

Body-Centered Tetragonal: gamma, m, n, p, x

Special Points of Different Space Groups (Conventional Cells)

(1) P1

(2) P-1

(3)

Screened Exchange

Density of States and Projected Density of States

The “dos” option is used to calculate density of states using broadening of the eigenvalues . This option can be specified without additional parameters, i.e.

nwpw  
  dos
end

in which case default values are used, or it can be specified with additional parameters, e.g.

nwpw  
   dos 0.002 700 -0.80000 0.8000
end

The parameters are

nwpw 
 dos  [<alpha> <npoints> <emin> <emax>]
end

where

  • alpha - value for the broadening the eigenvalues, default 0.05/27.2116 au
  • npoints - number of plotting points in dos files, default 500
  • emin - minimum energy in dos plots, default min(eigenvalues)-0.1 au
  • emax - maximimum energy in dos plots, default max(eigenvalues)+0.1 au

The units for dos parameters are in atomic units. Note that if virtual states are specified in the pspw calculation then the virtual density of states will also be generated in addition to the filled density of states.

The following files are generated and written to the permanent_dir for restricted calculations

  • file_prefix.smear_dos_both - total density of states
  • file_prefix.smear_fdos_both - density of states of filled states
  • file_prefix.smear_vdos_both - density of states of virtual states

For unrestricted calculations

  • file_prefix.smear_dos_alpha - total density of states for up electrons
  • file_prefix.smear_dos_beta - total density of states for down electrons
  • file_prefix.smear_fdos_alpha - density of states for filled up electrons
  • file_prefix.smear_fdos_beta - density of states for filled down electrons
  • file_prefix.smear_vdos_alpha - density of states for virtual up electrons
  • file_prefix.smear_vdos_beta - density of states for virtual down electrons

The nwpw:dos:actlist variable is used to specify the atoms used to determine weights for dos generation. If the variable is not set then all the atoms are used, e.g.

set nwpw:dos:actlist 1 2 3 4

For projected density of states the “Mulliken” keyword needs to be set, e.g.

nwpw
  Mulliken
  dos 
end

The following additional files are generated and written to the permanent_dir for restricted calculations

  • file_prefix.mulliken_dos_both_s - total s projected density of restricted states
  • file_prefix.mulliken_fdos_both_s - s projected density of states of filled restricted states
  • file_prefix.mulliken_vdos_both_s - s projected density of states of virtual restricted states
  • file_prefix.mulliken_dos_both_p - total p projected density of states
  • file_prefix.mulliken_fdos_both_p - p projected density of states of filled states
  • file_prefix.mulliken_vdos_both_p - p projected density of states of virtual states

  • file_prefix.mulliken_dos_both_all - total of projected density of filled and virtual restricted states
  • file_prefix.mulliken_fdos_both_all - total of projected density of filled restricted states
  • file_prefix.mulliken_vdos_both_all - total of projected density of states of virtual restricted states

Similarly for unrestricted calculations

  • file_prefix.mulliken_dos_alpha_s - total s projected density of up states
  • file_prefix.mulliken_fdos_alpha_s - s projected density of states of filled up states
  • file_prefix.mulliken_vdos_alpha_s - s projected density of states of virtual up states
  • file_prefix.mulliken_dos_alpha_p - total p projected density of up states
  • file_prefix.mulliken_fdos_alpha_p - p projected density of states of filled up states
  • file_prefix.mulliken_vdos_alpha_p - p projected density of states of virtual up states

  • file_prefix.mulliken_dos_alpha_all - total of projected density of filled up states
  • file_prefix.mulliken_fdos_alpha_all - total of projected density of filled up states
  • file_prefix.mulliken_vdos_alpha_all - total of projected density of states of virtual up states

  • file_prefix.mulliken_dos_beta_s - total s projected density of down states
  • file_prefix.mulliken_fdos_beta_s - s projected density of states of filled down states
  • file_prefix.mulliken_vdos_beta_s - s projected density of states of virtual down states
  • file_prefix.mulliken_dos_beta_p - total p projected density of down states
  • file_prefix.mulliken_fdos_beta_p - p projected density of states of filled down states
  • file_prefix.mulliken_vdos_beta_p - p projected density of states of virtual down states

  • file_prefix.mulliken_dos_beta_all - total of projected density of filled down states
  • file_prefix.mulliken_fdos_beta_all - total of projected density of filled down states
  • file_prefix.mulliken_vdos_beta_all - total of projected density of states of virtual down states

Two-Component Wavefunctions (Spin-Orbit ZORA)

BAND_DPLOT: Generate Gaussian Cube Files

The BAND BAND_DPLOT task is used to generate plots of various types of electron densities (or orbitals) of a crystal. The electron density is calculated on the specified set of grid points from a Band calculation. The output file generated is in the Gaussian Cube format. Input to the BAND_DPLOT task is contained within the BAND_DPLOT sub-block.

NWPW   
...  
 BAND_DPLOT 
   ... 
 END 
...
END

To run a BAND_DPLOT calculation the following directive is used:

TASK BAND BAND_DPLOT

Listed below is the format of a BAND_DPLOT sub-block.

NWPW
... 
 BAND_DPLOT 
   VECTORS <string input_wavefunctions default input_movecs>
   DENSITY [total||difference||alpha||beta||laplacian||potential default total] <string density_name no default>
   ELF [restricted|alpha|beta] <string elf_name no default>  
   ORBITAL (density || real || complex default density)  
           <integer orbital_number no default> 
           <integer brillion_number default 1> 
           <string orbital_name no default>  
   [LIMITXYZ [units <string Units default angstroms>]   
    <real X_From> <real X_To> <integer No_Of_Spacings_X>  
    <real Y_From> <real Y_To> <integer No_Of_Spacings_Y>  
    <real Z_From> <real Z_To> <integer No_Of_Spacings_Z>] 
 END
...
END

The following list describes the input for the BAND_DPLOT sub-block.

VECTORS <string input_wavefunctions default input_movecs>

This sub-directive specifies the name of the molecular orbital file. If the second file is optionally given the density is computed as the difference between the corresponding electron densities. The vector files have to match.

DENSITY [total||difference||alpha||beta||laplacian||potential default total] <string density_name no default>

This sub-directive specifies, what kind of density is to be plotted. The known names for total, difference, alpha, beta, laplacian, and potential.

ELF [restricted|alpha|beta] <string elf_name no default>

This sub-directive specifies that an electron localization function (ELF) is to be plotted.

ORBITAL (density || real || complex default density) <integer orbital_number no default><integer brillion_number default 1> <string orbital_name no default>

This sub-directive specifies the molecular orbital number that is to be plotted.

LIMITXYZ [units <string Units default angstroms>] 
<real X_From> <real X_To> <integer No_Of_Spacings_X>  
<real Y_From> <real Y_To> <integer No_Of_Spacings_Y>  
<real Z_From> <real Z_To> <integer No_Of_Spacings_Z>

By default the grid spacing and the limits of the cell to be plotted are defined by the input wavefunctions. Alternatively the user can use the LIMITXYZ sub-directive to specify other limits. The grid is generated using No_Of_Spacings + 1 points along each direction. The known names for Units are angstroms, au and bohr.

Car-Parrinello

The Car-Parrinello task is used to perform ab initio molecular dynamics using the scheme developed by Car and Parrinello. In this unified ab initio molecular dynamics scheme the motion of the ion cores is coupled to a fictitious motion for the Kohn-Sham orbitals of density functional theory. Constant energy or constant temperature simulations can be performed. A detailed description of this method is described in section Car-Parrinello Scheme for Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics.

Input to the Car-Parrinello simulation is contained within the Car-Parrinello sub-block.

NWPW 
... 
 Car-Parrinello  
   ...  
 END  
...
END

To run a Car-Parrinello calculation the following directives are used:

TASK PSPW Car-Parrinello   
 TASK BAND Car-Parrinello
 TASK PAW Car-Parrinello

The Car-Parrinello sub-block contains a great deal of input, including pointers to data, as well as parameter input. Listed below is the format of a Car-Parrinello sub-block.

NWPW  
...   
 Car-Parrinello   
   CELL_NAME <string cell_name default 'cell_default'>
   INPUT_WAVEFUNCTION_FILENAME <string input_wavefunctions default file_prefix.movecs>  
   OUTPUT_WAVEFUNCTION_FILENAME <string output_wavefunctions default file_prefix.movecs>   
   INPUT_V_WAVEFUNCTION_FILENAME <string input_v_wavefunctions default file_prefix.vmovecs> 
   OUTPUT_V_WAVEFUNCTION_FILENAME <string output_v_wavefunctions default file_prefix.vmovecs>  
   FAKE_MASS <real fake_mass default default 1000.0>
   TIME_STEP <real time_step default 5.0>  
   LOOP <integer inner_iteration outer_iteration default 10 1> 
   SCALING <real scale_c scale_r default 1.0 1.0>   
   ENERGY_CUTOFF <real ecut default (see input description)>   
   WAVEFUNCTION_CUTOFF <real wcut default (see input description)>   
   EWALD_NCUT <integer ncut default 1>   
   EWALD_RCUT <real rcut default (see input description)>   
    XC (Vosko      || LDA          || PBE96         || revPBE       || HF            ||    
        LDA-SIC    || LDA-SIC/2    || LDA-0.4SIC    || LDA-SIC/4    || LDA-0.2SIC    ||   
        PBE96-SIC  || PBE96-SIC/2  || PBE96-0.4SIC  || PBE96-SIC/4  || PBE96-0.2SIC  ||   
        revPBE-SIC || revPBE-SIC/2 || revPBE-0.4SIC || revPBE-SIC/4 || revPBE-0.2SIC ||   
        PBE0       || revPBE0      || default Vosko) 
   [Nose-Hoover <real Period_electron real Temperature_electron 
                 real Period_ion      real Temperature_ion     
                 integer Chainlength_electron integer Chainlength_ion default 100.0 298.15 100.0 298.15 1 1>]   
   [TEMPERATURE <real Temperature_ion      real Period_ion 
                 real Temperature_electron real Period_electron  
                 integer Chainlength_ion integer Chainlength_electron default 298.15 1200 298.15 1200.0 1 1>]   
   [SA_decay <real sa_scale_c sa_scale_r default 1.0 1.0>] 
   XYZ_FILENAME <string xyz_filename default file_prefix.xyz> 
   ION_MOTION_FILENAME <string ion_motion_filename default file_prefix.ion_motion
   EMOTION_FILENAME <string emotion_filename default file_prefix.emotion> 
   HMOTION_FILENAME <string hmotion_filename nodefault>
   OMOTION_FILENAME <string omotion_filename nodefault>
   EIGMOTION_FILENAME <string eigmotion_filename nodefault>  
 END  
...  
END

The following list describes the input for the Car-Parrinello sub-block.

  • cell_name - name of the the simulation_cell named cell_name. See section Simulation Cell.
  • input_wavefunctions - name of the file containing one-electron orbitals
  • output_wavefunctions - name of the file that will contain the one-electron orbitals at the end of the run.
  • input_v_wavefunctions - name of the file containing one-electron orbital velocities.
  • output_v_wavefunctions - name of the file that will contain the one-electron orbital velocities at the end of the run.
  • fake_mass - value for the electronic fake mass ( ).
  • time_step - value for the Verlet integration time step ().
  • inner_iteration - number of iterations between the printing out of energies.
  • outer_iteration - number of outer iterations
  • scale_c - value for the initial velocity scaling of the one-electron orbital velocities.
  • scale_r - value for the initial velocity scaling of the ion velocities.
  • ecut - value for the cutoff energy used to define the density. Default is set to be the maximum value that will fit within the simulation_cell cell_name.
  • wcut - value for the cutoff energy used to define the one-electron orbitals. Default is set to be the maximum value that will fit within the simulation_cell cell_name.
  • ncut - value for the number of unit cells to sum over (in each direction) for the real space part of the Ewald summation. Note Ewald summation is only used if the simulation_cell is periodic.
  • rcut - value for the cutoff radius used in the Ewald summation. Note Ewald summation is only used if the simulation_cell is periodic.

Default set to be $\frac{MIN(\left| \vec{a_i} \right|)}{\pi}, i=1,2,3$.

  • (Vosko || PBE96 || revPBE || …) - Choose between Vosko et al’s LDA parameterization or the orginal and revised Perdew, Burke, and Ernzerhof GGA functional. In addition, several hybrid options.
  • Nose-Hoover or Temperature - optional subblock which if specified causes the simulation to perform Nose-Hoover dynamics. If this subblock is not specified the simulation performs constant energy dynamics. See section -sec:pspw_nose- for a description of the parameters. Note that the Temperature subblock is just a reordering of the Nose-Hoover subblock.
    • Period_electron - estimated period for fictitious electron thermostat.
    • Temperature_electron - temperature for fictitious electron motion
    • Period_ion - estimated period for ionic thermostat
    • Temperature_ion - temperature for ion motion
    • Chainlength_electron - number of electron thermostat chains
    • Chainlength_ion - number of ion thermostat chains
  • SA_decay - optional subblock which if specified causes the simulation to run a simulated annealing simulation. For simulated annealing to work the Nose-Hoover subblock needs to be specified. The initial temperature are taken from the Nose-Hoover subblock. See section -sec:pspw_nose- for a description of the parameters.
    • sa_scale_c - decay rate in atomic units for electronic temperature.
    • sa_scale_r - decay rate in atomic units for the ionic temperature.
  • xyz_filename - name of the XYZ motion file generated
  • emotion_filename - name of the emotion motion file. See section EMOTION motion file for a description of the datafile.
  • hmotion_filenameh - name of the hmotion motion file. See section HMOTION motion file for a description of the datafile.
  • eigmotion_filename - name of the eigmotion motion file. See section EIGMOTION motion file for a description of the datafile.
  • ion_motion_filename - name of the ion_motion motion file. See section ION_MOTION motion file- for a description of the datafile.
  • MULLIKEN - optional keyword which if specified causes an omotion motion file to be created.
  • omotion_filename - name of the omotion motion file. See section OMOTION motion file for a description of the datafile.

When a DPLOT sub-block is specified the following SET directive can be used to output dplot data during a PSPW Car-Parrinello simulation:

set pspw_dplot:iteration_list <integer list_of_iteration_numbers>

The Gaussian cube files specified in the DPLOT sub-block are appended with the specified iteration number.

For example, the following directive specifies that at the 3,10,11,12,13,14,15, and 50 iterations Gaussian cube files are to be produced.

set pspw_dplot:iteration_list 3,10:15,50

Adding Geometry Constraints to a Car-Parrinello Simulation

The Car-Parrinello module allows users to freeze the cartesian coordinates in a simulation (Note - the Car-Parrinello code recognizes Cartesian constraints, but it does not recognize internal coordinate constraints). The +SET+ directive (Section Applying constraints in geometry optimizations) is used to freeze atoms, by specifying a directive of the form:

set geometry:actlist <integer list_of_center_numbers>

This defines only the centers in the list as active. All other centers will have zero force assigned to them, and will remain frozen at their starting coordinates during a Car-Parrinello simulation.

For example, the following directive specifies that atoms numbered 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 15 are active and all other atoms are frozen:

set geometry:actlist 1 5:8 15

or equivalently,

set geometry:actlist 1 5 6 7 8 15

If this option is not specified by entering a +SET+ directive, the default behavior in the code is to treat all atoms as active. To revert to this default behavior after the option to define frozen atoms has been invoked, the +UNSET+ directive must be used (since the database is persistent, see Section NWChem Architecture). The form of the +UNSET+ directive is as follows:

unset geometry:actlist

In addition, the Car-Parrinello module allows users to freeze bond lengths via a Shake algorithm. The following +SET+ directive shows how to do this.

set nwpw:shake_constraint "2 6 L 6.9334"

This input fixes the bond length between atoms 2 and 6 to be 6.9334 bohrs. Note that this input only recognizes bohrs.

When using constraints it is usually necessary to turn off center of mass shifting. This can be done by the following +SET+ directive.

set nwpw:com_shift .false.

Car-Parrinello Output Datafiles

XYZ motion file

Data file that stores ion positions and velocities as a function of time in XYZ format.

[line 1: ] n_ion
[line 2: ] do ii=1,n_ion
[line 2+ii: ] atom_name(ii), x(ii),y(ii),z(ii),vx(ii),vy(ii),vz(ii)
end do 
[line n_ion+3 ] n_nion 
 do ii=1,n_ion
[line n_ion+3+ii: ] atom_name(ii), x(ii),y(ii),z(ii), vx(ii),vy(ii),vz(ii) 
end do
[line 2*n_ion+4: ] ....

ION_MOTION motion file

Datafile that stores ion positions and velocities as a function of time

[line 1: ] it_out, n_ion, omega, a1.x,a1.y,a1.z, a2.x,a2,y,a2.z, a3.x,a3.y,a3.z 
[line 2: ] time 
do ii=1,n_ion
[line 2+ii: ] ii, atom_symbol(ii),atom_name(ii), x(ii),y(ii),z(ii), vx(ii),vy(ii),vz(ii)  
end do
[line n_ion+3 ] time 
do do ii=1,n_ion  
[line n_ion+3+ii: ] ii, atom_symbol(ii),atom_name(ii), x(ii),y(ii),z(ii), vx(ii),vy(ii),vz(ii) 
end do 
[line 2*n_ion+4: ] ....

EMOTION motion file

Datafile that store energies as a function of time.

[line 1: ] time, E1,E2,E3,E4,E5,E6,E7,E8,(E9,E10, if Nose-Hoover),eave,evar,have,hvar,ion_Temp 
[line 2: ] ...

where

E1 = total energy
E2 = potential energy
E3 = ficticious kinetic energy
E4 = ionic kinetic energy
E5 = orbital energy
E6 = hartree energy
E7 = exchange-correlation energy 
E8 = ionic energy
eave = average potential energy 
evar = variance of potential energy
have = average total energy
hvar = variance of total energy
ion_Temp = temperature

HMOTION motion file

Datafile that stores the rotation matrix as a function of time.

[line 1: ] time
[line 2: ] ms,ne(ms),ne(ms)
do i=1,ne(ms)
[line 2+i: ] (hml(i,j), j=1,ne(ms)
end do
[line 3+ne(ms): ] time
[line 4+ne(ms): ] ....

EIGMOTION motion file

Datafile that stores the eigenvalues for the one-electron orbitals as a function of time.

[line 1: ] time, (eig(i), i=1,number_orbitals) 
[line 2: ] ...

OMOTION motion file

Datafile that stores a reduced representation of the one-electron orbitals. To be used with a molecular orbital viewer that will be ported to NWChem in the near future.

Born-Oppenheimer Molecular Dynamics

NWPW
...
  BO_STEPS <integer bo_inner_iteration bo_outer_iteration default 10 100> 
  BO_TIME_STEP  <real bo_time_step default 5.0> 
  BO_ALGORITHM [verlet|| velocity-verlet || leap-frog]
  BO_FAKE_MASS <real bo_fake_mass default 500.0> 
END

i-PI Socket Communication

NWPW
   SOCKET (UNIX || IPI_CLIENT) <string socketname default (see input description)>
END

The NWPW module provides native communication via the i-PI socket protocol. The behavior is identical to the i-PI socket communication provided by the DRIVER module. The NWPW implementation of the SOCKET directive is better optimized for plane-wave calculations.

For proper behavior, the TASK directive should be set to GRADIENT, e.g. TASK PSPW GRADIENT or TASK BAND GRADIENT.

Metropolis Monte-Carlo

NWPW
...
  MC_STEPS <integer mc_inner_iteration mc_outer_iteration default 10 100> 
END

Free Energy Simulations

MetaDynamics

Metadynamics bias potential. Courtesy of Raymond Atta-Fynn Metadynamics234 is a powerful, non-equilibrium molecular dynamics method which accelerates the sampling of the multidimensional free energy surfaces of chemical reactions. This is achieved by adding an external time-dependent bias potential that is a function of user defined collective variables, $\bold{s}$. The bias potential discourages the system from sampling previously visited values of $\bold{s}$ (i.e., encourages the system to explore new values of $\bold{s}$). During the simulation the bias potential accumulates in low energy wells which then allows the system to cross energy barriers much more quickly than would occur in standard dynamics. The collective variable $\bold{s}$ is a generic function of the system coordinates, $\bold{R}$ (e.g. bond distance, bond angle, coordination numbers, etc.) that is capable of describing the chemical reaction of interest. $\bold{s}\left(\bold{R}\right)$ can be regarded as a reaction coordinate if it can distinguish between the reactant, transition, and products states, and also capture the kinetics of the reaction.

The biasing is achieved by “flooding” the energy landscape with repulsive Gaussian “hills” centered on the current location of $\bold{s}\left(\bold{R}\right)$ at a constant time interval $\Delta t$. If the height of the Gaussians is constant in time then we have standard metadynamics; if the heights vary (slowly decreased) over time then we have well-tempered metadynamics. In between the addition of Gaussians, the system is propagated by normal (but out of equilibrium) dynamics. Suppose that the dimension of the collective space is $d$, i.e. $\bold{s}\left(\bold{R}\right)=\left\{s_1\left(\bold{R}\right),s_2\left(\bold{R}\right),\ldots,s_d\left(\bold{R}\right)\right\}$ and that prior to any time $t$ during the simulation, $N +1$ Gaussians centered on $\bold{S}^{t_g}$ are deposited along the trajectory of $\bold{s}\left(\bold{R}\right)$ at times $t_g = 0, \Delta t, 2\Delta t, \ldots ,N\Delta t$. Then, the value of the bias potential, $V$, at an arbitrary point, $\bold{s}\left(\bold{R}\right)=\left\{s_1\left(\bold{R}\right),s_2\left(\bold{R}\right),\ldots,s_d\left(\bold{R}\right)\right\}$, along the trajectory of $\bold{s}\left(\bold{R}\right)$ at time $t$ is given by

where $W(t)=W_0 \exp\left(-\frac{V_{meta}\left(\bold{s},t-\Delta t\right)}{k_B T_{tempered}}\right)$ is the time-dependent Gaussian height. $\sigma_i \,(i=1,2,\ldots,d)$ and $W_0$ are width and initial height respectively of Gaussians, and $T_{tempered}$ is the tempered metadynamics temperature. $T_{tempered}=0$ corresponds to standard molecular dynamics because $W(t)=0$ and therfore there is no bias. $T_{tempered}=\infty$ corresponds to standard metadynamics since in this case $W(t)=W_0$=constant. A positive, finite value of $T_{tempered}$ (eg. $T_{tempered}$ >=1500 K) corresponds to well-tempered metadynamics in which .

For sufficiently large $t$, the history potential $V_{meta}\left(\bold{s},t\right)$ will nearly flatten the free energy surface, $F(\bold{s})$, along $\bold{S}$ and an unbiased estimator of F(s) is given by

$F(\bold{s}) = -\left(1+\frac{T}{T_{tempered}}\right)\lim_{t \to \infty} V_{meta}(\bold{s},t)$

Input

Input to a metadynamics simulation is contained within the METADYNAMICS sub-block. Listed below is the the format of a METADYNAMICS sub-block,

NWPW  
 METADYNAMICS
    [
    BOND <integer atom1_index no default> <integer atom2_index no default> 
         [W <real w default 0.00005>]  
         [SIGMA <real sigma default 0.1>] 
         [RANGE <real a b default (see input description)>]  
         [NRANGE <integer nrange default 501>] 
    ...]  
    [
    ANGLE <integer atom1_index no default> <integer atom2_index no default> <integer atom3_index no default>  
         [W <real w default 0.00005>] 
         [SIGMA <real sigma default 0.1>]
         [RANGE <real a b default 0]
         [NRANGE <integer nrange default 501>]  
    ...]
    [
    COORD_NUMBER [INDEX1 <integer_list atom1_indexes no default>][INDEX2 <integer_list atom2_indexes no default>]  
         [SPRIK] 
         [N <real n default 6.0>]
         [M <real m default 12.0>]
         [R0 <real r0 default 3.0>]  

         [W <real w default 0.00005>] 
         [SIGMA <real sigma default 0.1>] 
         [RANGE <real a b no default>]  
         [NRANGE <integer nrange default 501>] 
    ...] 
    [  
    N-PLANE  <integer atom1_index no default> <integer_list atom_indexes no default>  
         [W <real w default 0.00005>]   
         [SIGMA <real sigma default 0.1>]  
         [RANGE <real a b no default>] 
         [NRANGE <integer nrange default 501>]  
         [NVECTOR <real(3) nx ny nz>] 
    ...] 
    [UPDATE <integer meta_update default 1>]  
    [PRINT_SHIFT <integer print_shift default 0>]
    [TEMPERED <real tempered_temperature no default>]  
    [BOUNDARY <real w_boundary sigma_boundary no default>]
  END
END

Multiple collective variables can be defined at the same time, e.g.

NWPW  
 METADYNAMICS 
    BOND 1 8  W 0.0005 SIGMA 0.1 
    BOND 1 15 W 0.0005 SIGMA 0.1 
  END
END

will produce a two-dimensional potential energy surface.

TAMD - Temperature Accelerated Molecular Dynamics

Input

Collective Variables

Bond Distance Collective Variable

This describes the bond distance between any pair of atoms $i$ and $j$:

$s\left(r_{ij}\right) = \left \vert \bold{r}_{i}-\bold{r}_j\right\vert = r_{ij}$

Angle Collective Variable

This describes the bond angle formed at $i$ by the triplet

Coordination Collective Variable

The coordination number collective variable is defined as

$s\left(r_{ij},r_{0}\right) =\sum_{i,j}\xi_{ij}$

where the summation over $i$ and $j$ runs over two types of atoms, $\xi_{ij}$ is the weighting function, and $r_{0}$ is the cut-off distance. In the standard procedure for computing the coordination number, $\xi_{ij}$ =1 if $r_{ij}&lt;r_{0}$, otherwise $\xi_{ij}$ =0, implying that $\xi_{ij}$ is not continuous when $r_{ij}=r_{0}$. To ensure a smooth and continuous definition of the coordination number, we adopt two variants of the weighting function. The first variant is

$\xi_{ij} = \frac{1-\left(r_{ij}/r_{0}\right)^n}{1-\left(r_{ij}/r_{0}\right)^m}$

where $n$ and $m$ are integers (m > n) chosen such that $\xi_{ij}\approx 1$ when and $\xi_{ij}\rightarrow 0$ when $r_{ij}$ is much larger than $r_{0}$. For example, the parameters of the O-H coordination in water is well described by $r_{0}$ =1.6 Å, $n=6$ and $m=18$. In practice, $n$ and $m$ must tuned for a given $r_{0}$ to ensure that $\xi_{ij}$ is smooth and satisfies the above mentioned properties, particularly the large $r_{ij}$

The second form of the weighting function, which is due to Sprik, is

$\xi_{ij}=\frac{1}{1 + \exp\left[n\left(r_{ij}-r_{0}\right)\right]}$

In this definition $\xi_{ij}$ is analogous to the Fermi function and its width is controlled by the parameter $\frac{1}{n}$. Large and small values of $n$ respectively correspond to sharp and soft transitions at $r_{ij} = r_{0}$. Furthermore $\xi_{ij}$ should approach 1 and 0 when and respectively. In practice $n$ =6-10 Å $^{-1}$. For example, a good set of parameters of the O-H coordination in water is $r_{0}$ =1.4 Å and $n$ =10 Å $^{-1}$.

N-Plane Collective Variable

The N-Plane collective variable is useful for probing the adsorption of adatom/admolecules to a surface. It is defined as the average distance of the adatom/admolecule from a given layer in the slab along the surface normal:

$s = Z_{ads}-\frac{1}{N_{plane}}\sum_{i=1}^{N_{plane}}Z_i$

where $Z_{ads}$ denotes the position of the adatom/admolecule/impurity along the surface normal (here, we assume the surface normal to be the z-axis) and the summation over $i$ runs over $N_{plane}$ atoms at $Z_i$ which form the layer. The layer could be on the face or in the interior of the slab.

User defined Collective Variable

Extended X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure (EXAFS) - Integration with FEFF6L

Frozen Phonon Calculations

Steepest Descent

The functionality of this task is now performed automatically by the PSPW and BAND. For backward compatibility, we provide a description of the input to this task.

The steepest_descent task is used to optimize the one-electron orbitals with respect to the total energy. In addition it can also be used to optimize geometries. This method is meant to be used for coarse optimization of the one-electron orbitals.

Input to the steepest_descent simulation is contained within the steepest_descent sub-block.

NWPW   
...   
 STEEPEST_DESCENT   
   ...   
 END   
...  
END

To run a steepest_descent calculation the following directive is used:

TASK PSPW steepest_descent  
TASK BAND steepest_descent 

The steepest_descent sub-block contains a great deal of input, including pointers to data, as well as parameter input. Listed below is the format of a STEEPEST_DESCENT sub-block.

NWPW  
...   
 STEEPEST_DESCENT   
   CELL_NAME <string cell_name>   
   [GEOMETRY_OPTIMIZE]   
   INPUT_WAVEFUNCTION_FILENAME <string input_wavefunctions default file_prefix.movecs>   
   OUTPUT_WAVEFUNCTION_FILENAME <string output_wavefunctions default file_prefix.movecs>   
   FAKE_MASS <real fake_mass default 400000.0>   
   TIME_STEP <real time_step default 5.8>   
   LOOP <integer inner_iteration outer_iteration default 10 1>   
   TOLERANCES <real tole tolc tolr default 1.0d-9 1.0d-9 1.0d-4>   
   ENERGY_CUTOFF <real ecut default (see input desciption)>   
   WAVEFUNCTION_CUTOFF <real wcut default (see input description)>   
   EWALD_NCUT <integer ncut default 1>   
   EWALD_RCUT <real rcut default (see input description)>   
   XC (Vosko      || LDA          || PBE96         || revPBE       || HF            ||    
       LDA-SIC    || LDA-SIC/2    || LDA-0.4SIC    || LDA-SIC/4    || LDA-0.2SIC    ||   
       PBE96-SIC  || PBE96-SIC/2  || PBE96-0.4SIC  || PBE96-SIC/4  || PBE96-0.2SIC  ||   
       revPBE-SIC || revPBE-SIC/2 || revPBE-0.4SIC || revPBE-SIC/4 || revPBE-0.2SIC ||   
       PBE0       || revPBE0      || default Vosko)   
   [MULLIKEN]  
 END  
...  
END

The following list describes the input for the STEEPEST_DESCENT sub-block.

  • cell_name - name of the simulation_cell named cell_name. See Simulation Cell.
  • GEOMETRY_OPTIMIZE - optional keyword which if specified turns on geometry optimization.
  • input_wavefunctions - name of the file containing one-electron orbitals
  • output_wavefunctions - name of the file tha will contain the one-electron orbitals at the end of the run.
  • fake_mass - value for the electronic fake mass
  • time_step - value for the time step .
  • inner_iteration - number of iterations between the printing out of energies and tolerances
  • outer_iteration - number of outer iterations
  • tole - value for the energy tolerance.
  • tolc - value for the one-electron orbital tolerance.
  • tolr - value for the ion position tolerance.
  • ecut - value for the cutoff energy used to define the density. Default is set to be the maximum value that will fit within the simulation_cell cell_name.
  • wcut - value for the cutoff energy used to define the one-electron orbitals. Default is set to be the maximum value that will fit within the simulation_cell cell_name.
  • ncut - value for the number of unit cells to sum over (in each direction) for the real space part of the Ewald summation. Note Ewald summation is only used if the simulation_cell is periodic.
  • rcut - value for the cutoff radius used in the Ewald summation. Note Ewald summation is only used if the simulation_cell is periodic.

Default set to be $\frac{MIN(\left| \vec{a_i} \right|)}{\pi}, i=1,2,3$.

  • (Vosko || PBE96 || revPBE || …) - Choose between Vosko et al’s LDA parameterization or the orginal and revised Perdew, Burke, and Ernzerhof GGA functional. In addition, several hybrid options (hybrid options are not available in BAND).
  • MULLIKEN - optional keyword which if specified causes a Mulliken analysis to be performed at the end of the simulation.

Simulation Cell

The simulation cell parameters are entered by defining a simulation_cell sub-block within the PSPW block. Listed below is the format of a simulation_cell sub-block.

NWPW 
...   
 SIMULATION_CELL  [units <string units default bohrs>]
    CELL_NAME <string name default 'cell_default'>  
    BOUNDARY_CONDITIONS (periodic || aperiodic default periodic) 
    LATTICE_VECTORS   
      <real a1.x a1.y a1.z default 20.0 0.0 0.0> 
      <real a2.x a2.y a2.z default 0.0 20.0 0.0>   
      <real a3.x a3.y a3.z default 0.0 0.0 20.0> 
    NGRID <integer na1 na2 na3 default 32 32 32> 
  END 
...  
END

Basically, the user needs to enter the dimensions, gridding and boundary conditions of the simulation cell. The following list describes the input in detail.

  • name - user-supplied name for the simulation block.
  • periodic - keyword specifying that the simulation cell has periodic boundary conditions.
  • aperiodic - keyword specifying that the simulation cell has free-space boundary conditions.
  • a1.x a1.y a1.z - user-supplied values for the first lattice vector
  • a2.x a2.y a2.z - user-supplied values for the second lattice vector
  • a3.x a3.y a3.z - user-supplied values for the third lattice vector
  • na1 na2 na3 - user-supplied values for discretization along lattice vector directions.

Alternatively, instead of explicitly entering lattice vectors, users can enter the unit cell using the standard cell parameters, a, b, c, $\alpha$, $\beta$, and $\gamma$, by using the LATTICE block. The format for input is as follows:

NWPW 
... 
 SIMULATION_CELL [units <string units default bohrs>]  
   ...   
   LATTICE   
     [lat_a <real a default 20.0>]  
     [lat_b <real b default 20.0>]  
     [lat_c <real c default 20.0>] 
     [alpha <real alpha default 90.0>]  
     [beta <real beta default 90.0>] 
     [gamma <real gamma default 90.0>]  
   END 
   ...   
 END
...
END

The user can also enter the lattice vectors of standard unit cells using the keywords SC, FCC, BCC, for simple cubic, face-centered cubic, and body-centered cubic respectively. Listed below is an example of the format of this type of input.

NWPW 
... 
 SIMULATION_CELL [units <string units default bohrs>]
   SC 20.0 
   .... 
 END
...
END

Finally, the lattice vectors from the unit cell can also be defined using the fractional coordinate input in the GEOMETRY input (see section Geometry Lattice Parameters). Listed below is an example of the format of this type of input for an 8 atom silicon carbide unit cell.

geometry units au  
 system crystal 
   lat_a 8.277
   lat_b 8.277   
   lat_c 8.277   
   alpha 90.0  
   beta 90.0   
   gamma 90.0   
 end
 Si -0.50000 -0.50000 -0.50000
 Si  0.00000  0.00000 -0.50000 
 Si  0.00000 -0.50000  0.00000
 Si -0.50000  0.00000  0.00000  
 C  -0.25000 -0.25000 -0.25000  
 C   0.25000  0.25000 -0.25000 
 C   0.25000 -0.25000  0.25000 
 C  -0.25000  0.25000  0.25000  
end

Warning - Currently only the “system crystal” option is recognized by NWPW. The “system slab” and “system polymer” options will be supported in the future.

Unit Cell Optimization

The PSPW module using the DRIVER geometry optimizer can optimize a crystal unit cell. Currently this type of optimization works only if the geometry is specified in fractional coordinates. The following SET directive is used to tell the DRIVER geometry optimizer to optimize the crystal unit cell in addition to the geometry.

set includestress .true.

SMEAR - Fractional Occupation of the Molecular Orbitals

The smear keyword to turn on fractional occupation of the molecular orbitals in PSPW and BAND calculations

SMEAR <sigma default 0.001> [TEMPERATURE <temperature>]
                            [FERMI || GAUSSIAN || MARZARI-VANDERBILT default FERMI]
                            [ORBITALS <integer orbitals default 4>]

Fermi-Dirac (FERMI), Gaussian, and Marzari-Vanderbilt broadening functions are available. The ORBITALS keyword is used to change the number of virtual orbitals to be used in the calculation. Note to use this option the user must currently use the SCF minimizer. The following SCF options are recommended for running fractional occupation

SCF Anderson outer_iterations 0 Kerker 2.0

Spin Penalty Functions

Spin-penalty functions makes it easier to define antiferromagnetic structures. These functions are implemented by adding a scaling factor to the non-local psp for up/down spins on atoms and angular momentum that you specify.

Basically, the pseudopotential energy

$E_{psp}= \sum_{\sigma=\uparrow,\downarrow} \sum_{i=1}^{n_{elc}^\sigma} \sum_{I=1}^{n_{ions}} \left( &lt;\psi_i^\sigma|V_{local}^{I}|\psi_i^\sigma&gt;  + \sum_{l=0}^{l_{max}^I} \sum_{m=-l}^{l} \sum_{n=1}^{n_{max}^I} \sum_{n'=1}^{n_{max}^I} &lt;\psi_i^\sigma|P_{nlm}^I&gt; h_{l,n,n'}^I &lt;P_{n'lm}^{I}|\psi_i^\sigma&gt; \right)$

was modified to

$E_{psp}= \sum_{\sigma=\uparrow,\downarrow} \sum_{i=1}^{n_{elc}^\sigma} \sum_{I=1}^{n_{ions}} \left( &lt;\psi_i^\sigma|V_{local}^{I}|\psi_i^\sigma&gt;  + \sum_{l=0}^{l_{max}^I} \sum_{m=-l}^{l} \sum_{n=1}^{n_{max}^I} \sum_{n'=1}^{n_{max}^I}  \left(1-\delta_{l,l^\sigma} \delta_{I,ionlist^\sigma}(\xi^\sigma-1)\right) &lt;\psi_i^\sigma|P_{nlm}^I&gt; h_{l,n,n'}^I &lt;P_{n'lm}^{I}|\psi_i^\sigma&gt; \right)$

An example input is as follows:

title "hematite 10 atoms"

start hema10

memory 1900 mb

permanent_dir ./perm
scratch_dir   ./perm

geometry center noautosym noautoz print
 system crystal
   lat_a 5.42 
   lat_b 5.42 
   lat_c 5.42 
   alpha 55.36  
   beta  55.36  
   gamma 55.36  
 end
Fe                  0.355000   0.355000   0.355000
Fe                  0.145000   0.145000   0.145000  
Fe                 -0.355000  -0.355000  -0.355000  
Fe                  0.855000   0.855000   0.855000  
O                   0.550000  -0.050000   0.250000  
O                   0.250000   0.550000  -0.050000  
O                  -0.050000   0.250000   0.550000  
O                  -0.550000   0.050000  -0.250000  
O                  -0.250000  -0.550000   0.050000  
O                   0.050000  -0.250000  -0.550000\  
end  

nwpw
  virtual 8
  odft
  ewald_rcut 3.0
  ewald_ncut 8 
  xc pbe96
  lmbfgs 
  mult 1
  dplot
     density diff diff1.cube
  end

  #spin penalty functions  
  pspspin up   d -1.0 1:2  
  pspspin down d -1.0 3:4  
end
task pspw energy 
task pspw pspw_dplot  

nwpw
  pspspin off
  dplot
     density diff diff2.cube
  end  
end 
task pspw energy
task pspw pspw_dplot

AIMD/MM (QM/MM)

A QM/MM capability is available that is integrated with PSPW module and can be used with Car-Parrinello simulations. Currently, the input is not very robust but it is straightforward. The first step to run a QM/MM simulations is to define the MM atoms in the geometry block. The MM atoms must be at the end of the geometry and a carat, ” ^ “, must be appended to the end of the atom name, e.g.

geometry units angstrom nocenter noautosym noautoz print xyz  
 C -0.000283 0.000106 0.000047  
 Cl -0.868403 1.549888 0.254229  
 Cl 0.834043 -0.474413 1.517103  
 Cl -1.175480 -1.275747 -0.460606  
 Cl 1.209940 0.200235 -1.310743  
 O^ 0.3226E+01 -0.4419E+01 -0.5952E+01   
 H^ 0.3193E+01 -0.4836E+01 -0.5043E+01   
 H^ 0.4167E+01 -0.4428E+01 -0.6289E+01  
 O^ 0.5318E+01 -0.3334E+01 -0.1220E+01  
 H^ 0.4978E+01 -0.3040E+01 -0.2113E+01  
 H^ 0.5654E+01 -0.2540E+01 -0.7127E+00  
end

Another way to specify the MM atoms is to use the mm_tags option which appends the atoms with a ” ^ “.

geometry units angstrom nocenter noautosym noautoz print xyz  
 C -0.000283 0.000106 0.000047  
 Cl -0.868403 1.549888 0.254229  
 Cl 0.834043 -0.474413 1.517103  
 Cl -1.175480 -1.275747 -0.460606  
 Cl 1.209940 0.200235 -1.310743  
 O 0.3226E+01 -0.4419E+01 -0.5952E+01   
 H 0.3193E+01 -0.4836E+01 -0.5043E+01   
 H 0.4167E+01 -0.4428E+01 -0.6289E+01  
 O 0.5318E+01 -0.3334E+01 -0.1220E+01  
 H 0.4978E+01 -0.3040E+01 -0.2113E+01  
 H 0.5654E+01 -0.2540E+01 -0.7127E+00  
end  
NWPW  
  QMMM  
    mm_tags 6:11  
  END  
END

The option “mm_tags off” can be used to remove the ” ^ ” from the atoms, i.e.

NWPW  
  QMMM  
     mm_tags 6:11 off  
  END  
END 

Next the pseudopotentials have be defined for the every type of MM atom contained in the geometry blocks. The following local pseudopotential suggested by Laio, VandeVondele and Rothlisberger can be automatically generated.

The following input To define this pseudopo the O^ MM atom using the following input

NWPW   
 QMMM   
   mm_psp O^ -0.8476 4 0.70   
 END  
END

defines the local pseudopotential for the O^ MM atom , where $Z_{ion}=-0.8476$, $n_{\sigma}=4$, and $r_c=0.7$. The following input can be used to define the local pseudopotentials for all the MM atoms in the geometry block defined above

NWPW   
 QMMM   
   mm_psp O^ -0.8476 4 0.70   
   mm_psp H^ 0.4238 4 0.40   
 END  
END

Next the Lenard-Jones potentials for the QM and MM atoms need to be defined. This is done as as follows

NWPW   
 QMMM   
   lj_ion_parameters C 3.41000000d0 0.10d0   
   lj_ion_parameters Cl 3.45000000d0 0.16d0   
   lj_ion_parameters O^ 3.16555789d0 0.15539425d0   
 END  
END

Note that the Lenard-Jones potential is not defined for the MM H atoms in this example. The final step is to define the MM fragments in the simulation. MM fragments are a set of atoms in which bonds and angle harmonic potentials are defined, or alternatively shake constraints are defined. The following input defines the fragments for the two water molecules in the above geometry,

NWPW   
 QMMM   
   fragment spc   
     size 3                  #size of fragment   
     index_start 6:9:3       #atom index list that defines the start of   
                             # the fragments (start:final:stride)  
     bond_spring 1 2 0.467307856 1.889726878   #bond i j Kspring r0   
     bond_spring 1 3 0.467307856 1.889726878   #bond i j Kspring r0   
     angle_spring 2 1 3 0.07293966 1.910611932 #angle i j k Kspring theta0   
   end   
 END  
END

The fragments can be defined using shake constraints as

NWPW   
 QMMM   
   fragment spc   
     size 3                  #size of fragment   
     index_start 6:9:3       #atom index list that defines the start of   
                             # the fragments (start:final:stride)  
     shake units angstroms 1 2 3 cyclic 1.0 1.632993125 1.0   
   end   
 END  
END

Alternatively, each water could be defined independently as follows.

NWPW   
 QMMM   
   fragment spc1   
     size 3                  #size of fragment   
     index_start 6           #atom index list that defines the start of   
                             #the fragments   
     bond_spring 1 2 0.467307856 1.889726878 #bond i j Kspring r0   
     bond_spring 1 3 0.467307856 1.889726878 #bond i j Kspring r0   
     angle_spring 2 1 3 0.07293966 1.910611932 #angle i j k Kspring theta0   
   end   
   fragment spc2   
     size 3                  #size of fragment   
     index_start 9           #atom index list that defines the start of   
                             #the fragments   
     shake units angstroms 1 2 3 cyclic 1.0 1.632993125 1.0   
   end   
 END  
END

PSP_GENERATOR

A one-dimensional pseudopotential code has been integrated into NWChem. This code allows the user to modify and develop pseudopotentials. Currently, only the Hamann and Troullier-Martins norm-conserving pseudopotentials can be generated. In future releases, the pseudopotential library (section Pseudopotential and PAW basis Libraries) will be more complete, so that the user will not have explicitly generate pseudopotentials using this module.

Input to the PSP_GENERATOR task is contained within the PSP_GENERATOR sub-block.

NWPW   
...   
 PSP_GENERATOR   
   ...   
 END   
...  
END

To run a PSP_GENERATOR calculation the following directive is used:

TASK PSPW PSP_GENERATOR

Listed below is the format of a PSP_GENERATOR sub-block.

NWPW  
...   
 PSP_GENERATOR   
   PSEUDOPOTENTIAL_FILENAME: <string psp_name>   
   ELEMENT: <string element>   
   CHARGE: <real charge>   
   MASS_NUMBER: <real mass_number>   
   ATOMIC_FILLING: <integer ncore nvalence> ( (1||2||...) (s||p||d||f||...) <real filling>  ...)

   [CUTOFF: <integer lmax> ( (s||p||d||f||g) <real rcut> ...) ] 

   PSEUDOPOTENTIAL_TYPE: (TROULLIER-MARTINS || HAMANN default HAMANN)   
   SOLVER_TYPE: (PAULI || SCHRODINGER default PAULI)   
   EXCHANGE_TYPE: (dirac || PBE96 default DIRAC)   
   CORRELATION_TYPE: (VOSKO || PBE96 default VOSKO)   
   [SEMICORE_RADIUS: <real rcore>]

 END  
...   
END

The following list describes the input for the PSP_GENERATOR sub-block.

  • psp_name - name that points to a.
  • element - Atomic symbol.
  • charge - charge of the atom
  • mass - mass number for the atom
  • ncore - number of core states
  • nvalence - number of valence states.
  • ATOMIC_FILLING:.....(see below)
  • filling - occupation of atomic state
  • CUTOFF:....(see below)
  • rcore - value for the semicore radius (see below)

ATOMIC_FILLING Block

This required block is used to define the reference atom which is used to define the pseudopotential. After the ATOMIC_FILLING: line, the core states are listed (one per line), and then the valence states are listed (one per line). Each state contains two integer and a value. The first integer specifies the radial quantum number, $n$, the second integer specifies the angular momentum quantum number, $l$, and the third value specifies the occupation of the state.

For example to define a pseudopotential for the Neon atom in the state could have the block

ATOMIC_FILLING: 1 2   
 1 s 2.0 #core state - 1s^2   
 2 s 2.0 #valence state - 2s^2   
 2 p 6.0 #valence state - 2p^6

for a pseudopotential with a $2s$ and $2p$ valence electrons or the block

ATOMIC_FILLING: 3 0   
 1 s 2.0 #core state   
 2 s 2.0 #core state   
 2 p 6.0 #core state

could be used for a pseudopotential with no valence electrons.

CUTOFF

This optional block specifies the cutoff distances used to match the all-electron atom to the pseudopotential atom. For Hamann pseudopotentials defines the distance where the all-electron potential is matched to the pseudopotential, and for Troullier-Martins pseudopotentials defines the distance where the all-electron orbital is matched to the pseudowavefunctions. Thus the definition of the radii depends on the type of pseudopotential. The cutoff radii used in Hamann pseudopotentials will be smaller than the cutoff radii used in Troullier-Martins pseudopotentials.

For example to define a softened Hamann pseudopotential for Carbon would be

ATOMIC_FILLING: 1 2   
 1 s 2.0   
 2 s 2.0   
 2 p 2.0  
CUTOFF: 2  
 s 0.8   
 p 0.85   
 d 0.85

while a similarly softened Troullier-Marting pseudopotential for Carbon would be

ATOMIC_FILLING: 1 2   
 1 s 2.0   
 2 s 2.0   
 2 p 2.0  
CUTOFF: 2   
 s 1.200   
 p 1.275   
 d 1.275

SEMICORE_RADIUS

Specifying the SEMICORE_RADIUS option turns on the semicore correction approximation proposed by Louie et al (S.G. Louie, S. Froyen, and M.L. Cohen, Phys. Rev. B, 26(, 1738, (1982)). This approximation is known to dramatically improve results for systems containing alkali and transition metal atoms.

The implementation in the PSPW module defines the semi-core density, , by using the sixth-order polynomial

This expansion was suggested by Fuchs and Scheffler (M. Fuchs, and M. Scheffler, Comp. Phys. Comm.,119,67 (1999)), and is better behaved for taking derivatives (i.e. calculating ionic forces) than the expansion suggested by Louie et al.

PAW Tasks: Legacy Implementation

(This capability is now available in PSPW. It is recommended that this module only be used for testing purposes. )

All input to the PAW Tasks is contained within the compound NWPW block,

NWPW   
 ...  
END

To perform an actual calculation a TASK PAW directive is used (Task).

TASK PAW

In addition to the directives listed in Task, i.e.

TASK paw energy   
TASK paw gradient   
TASK paw optimize   
TASK paw saddle   
TASK paw freqencies   
TASK paw vib

there are additional directives that are specific to the PSPW module, which are:

TASK PAW [Car-Parrinello || steepest_descent ]

Once a user has specified a geometry, the PAW module can be invoked with no input directives (defaults invoked throughout). There are sub-directives which allow for customized application; those currently provided as options for the PAW module are:

NWPW   
 CELL_NAME <string cell_name default 'cell_default'>   
 [GEOMETRY_OPTIMIZE]   
 INPUT_WAVEFUNCTION_FILENAME <string input_wavefunctions default input_movecs>   
 OUTPUT_WAVEFUNCTION_FILENAME <string output_wavefunctions default input_movecs>   
 FAKE_MASS <real fake_mass default 400000.0>   
 TIME_STEP <real time_step default 5.8>   
 LOOP <integer inner_iteration outer_iteration default 10 100>   
 TOLERANCES <real tole tolc default 1.0e-7 1.0e-7>   
 CUTOFF <real cutoff>   
 ENERGY_CUTOFF <real ecut default (see input description)>   
 WAVEFUNCTION_CUTOFF <real wcut default (see input description)>   
 EWALD_NCUT <integer ncut default 1>]   
 EWALD_RCUT <real rcut default (see input description)>   
 XC (Vosko || PBE96 || revPBE default Vosko)   
 DFT||ODFT||RESTRICTED||UNRESTRICTED   
 MULT <integer mult default 1>   
 INTEGRATE_MULT_L <integer imult default 1>  
 SIMULATION_CELL   
   ... (see input description)   
 END   
 CAR-PARRINELLO   
   ... (see input description)   
 END  
 MAPPING <integer mapping default 1>  
END 

The following list describes these keywords.

  • cell_name - name of the the simulation_cell named cell_name. The current version of PAW only accepts periodic unit cells. See Simulation Cell.
  • GEOMETRY_OPTIMIZE - optional keyword which if specified turns on geometry optimization.
  • input_wavefunctions - name of the file containing one-electron orbitals
  • output_wavefunctions - name of the file that will contain the one-electron orbitals at the end of the run.
  • fake_mass - value for the electronic fake mass . This parameter is not presently used in a conjugate gradient simulation
  • time_step - value for the time step ($\Delta t$). This parameter is not presently used in a conjugate gradient simulation.
  • inner_iteration - number of iterations between the printing out of energies and tolerances
  • outer_iteration - number of outer iterations
  • tole - value for the energy tolerance.
  • tolc - value for the one-electron orbital tolerance.
  • cutoff - value for the cutoff energy used to define the wavefunction. In addition using the CUTOFF keyword automatically sets the cutoff energy for the density to be twice the wavefunction cutoff.
  • ecut - value for the cutoff energy used to define the density. Default is set to be the maximum value that will fit within the simulation_cell cell_name.
  • wcut - value for the cutoff energy used to define the one-electron orbitals. Default is set to be the maximum value that will fix within the simulation_cell cell_name.
  • ncuth - value for the number of unit cells to sum over (in each direction) for the real space part of the smooth compensation summation.
  • rcut - value for the cutoff radius used in the smooth compensation summation.

Default set to be $\frac{MIN(\left| \vec{a_i} \right|)}{\pi}, i=1,2,3$.

  • (Vosko || PBE96 || revPBE) - Choose between Vosko et al’s LDA parametrization or the original and revised Perdew, Burke, and Ernzerhof GGA functional.
  • MULT - optional keyword which if specified allows the user to define the spin multiplicity of the system
  • INTEGRATE_MULT_L - optional keyword which if specified allows the user to define the angular XC integration of the augmented region
  • SIMULATION_CELL (see Simulation Cell )
  • CAR-PARRINELLO (see Car-Parrinello )
  • mapping - for a value of 1 slab FFT is used, for a value of 2 a 2d-Hilbert FFT is used.

Pseudopotential and PAW basis Libraries

A library of pseudopotentials used by PSPW and BAND is currently available in the directory $NWCHEM_TOP/src/nwpw/libraryp/pspw_default

The elements listed in the following table are present:

 H                                                  He  
-------                              ------------------  
 Li Be                               B  C  N  O  F  Ne  
-------                             -------------------  
 Na Mg                               Al Si P  S  Cl Ar  
-------------------------------------------------------  
 K  Ca Sc Ti V  Cr Mn Fe Co Ni Cu Zn Ga Ge As Se Br Kr           
-------------------------------------------------------  
 Rb Sr Y  Zr Nb Mo Tc Ru Rh Pd Ag Cd In Sn Sb Te I  Xe  
-------------------------------------------------------  
 Cs Ba La Hf Ta W  Re Os Ir Pt Au Hg Tl Pb Bi Po At Rn  
-------------------------------------------------------  
 Fr Ra .   
-----------------  
         ------------------------------------------  
          .  .  .  .  .  .  Gd .  .  .  .  .  .  .                        
         ------------------------------------------  
          .  .  U  .  Pu .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        
         ------------------------------------------

The pseudopotential libraries are continually being tested and added. Also, the PSPW program can read in pseudopotentials in CPI and TETER format generated with pseudopotential generation programs such as the OPIUM package of Rappe et al. The user can request additional pseudopotentials from Eric J. Bylaska at (Eric.Bylaska@pnl.gov).

Similarly, a library of PAW basis used by PAW is currently available in the directory $NWCHEM_TOP/src/nwpw/libraryp/paw_default

 H                                                  He  
-------                              -----------------  
 Li Be                               B  C  N  O  F  Ne  
-------                             ------------------  
 Na Mg                               Al Si P  S  Cl Ar  
------------------------------------------------------  
 K  Ca Sc Ti V  Cr Mn Fe Co Ni Cu Zn Ga Ge As Se Br Kr           
------------------------------------------------------  
 .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
------------------------------------------------------  
 .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
------------------------------------------------------  
 .  .  .   
-----------------           
         ------------------------------------------  
          .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .                        
         ------------------------------------------  
          .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        
         ------------------------------------------

Currently there are not very many elements available for PAW. However, the user can request additional basis sets from Eric J. Bylaska at (Eric.Bylaska@pnl.gov).

A preliminary implementation of the HGH pseudopotentials (Hartwigsen, Goedecker, and Hutter) has been implemented into the PSPW module. To access the pseudopotentials the pseudopotentials input block is used. For example, to redirect the code to use HGH pseudopotentials for carbon and hydrogen, the following input would be used.

nwpw   
...   
 pseudopotentials   
  C library HGH_LDA   
  H library HGH_LDA   
 end   
...  
end

The implementation of HGH pseudopotentials is rather limited in this release. HGH pseudopotentials cannot be used to optimize unit cells, and they do not work with the MULLIKEN option. They also have not yet been implemented into the BAND structure code.
To read in pseudopotentials in CPI format the following input would be used.

nwpw   
...   
 pseudopotentials   
  C CPI c.cpi   
  H CPI h.cpi   
 end   
...  
end

In order for the program to recognize the CPI format the CPI files, e.g. c.cpi have to be prepended with the “” keyword.

To read in pseudopotentials in TETER format the following input would be used.

nwpw   
...   
 pseudopotentials   
  C TETER c.teter   
  H TETER h.teter   
 end   
...  
end

In order for the program to recognize the TETER format the TETER files, e.g. c.teter have to be prepended with the “” keyword.

If you wish to redirect the code to a different directory other than the default one, you need to set the environmental variable NWCHEM_NWPW_LIBRARY to the new location of the libraryps directory.

NWPW RTDB Entries and Miscellaneous DataFiles

Input to the PSPW and Band modules are contained in both the RTDB and datafiles. The RTDB is used to store input that the user will need to directly specify. Input of this kind includes ion positions, ion velocities, and simulation cell parameters. The datafiles are used to store input, such the one-electron orbitals, one-electron orbital velocities, formatted pseudopotentials, and one-dimensional pseudopotentials, that the user will in most cases run a program to generate.

Ion Positions

The positions of the ions are stored in the default geometry structure in the RTDB and must be specified using the GEOMETRY directive.

Ion Velocities

The velocities of the ions are stored in the default geometry structure in the RTDB, and must be specified using the GEOMETRY directive.

Wavefunction Datafile

The one-electron orbitals are stored in a wavefunction datafile. This is a binary file and cannot be directly edited. This datafile is used by steepest_descent and Car-Parrinello tasks and can be generated using the wavefunction_initializer or wavefunction_expander tasks.

Velocity Wavefunction Datafile

The one-electron orbital velocities are stored in a velocity wavefunction datafile. This is a binary file and cannot be directly edited. This datafile is automatically generated the first time a Car-Parrinello task is run.

Formatted Pseudopotential Datafile

The pseudopotentials in Kleinman-Bylander form expanded on a simulation cell (3d grid) are stored in a formatted pseudopotential datafile (PSPW-“atomname.vpp”, BAND-“atomname.cpp”, PAW-“atomname.jpp”). These are binary files and cannot be directly edited. These datafiles are automatically generated.

One-Dimensional Pseudopotential Datafile

The one-dimensional pseudopotentials are stored in a one-dimensional pseudopotential file (“atomname.psp”). This is an ASCII file and can be directly edited with a text editor or can be generated using the pspw_generator task. However, these datafiles are usually atomatically generated.

The data stored in the one-dimensional pseudopotential file is

character*2 element :: element name   
integer charge :: valence charge of ion   
real mass :: mass of ion   
integer lmax :: maximum angular component   
real rcut(lmax) :: cutoff radii used to define pseudopotentials   
integer nr :: number of points in the radial grid   
real dr :: linear spacing of the radial grid    
real r(nr):: one-dimensional radial grid   
real Vpsp(nr,lmax) :: one-dimensional pseudopotentials   
real psi(nr,lmax) :: one-dimensional pseudowavefunctions   
real r_semicore :: semicore radius   
real rho_semicore(nr) :: semicore density  

and the format of it is:

[line 1: ] element [line 2: ] charge mass lmax  
[line 3: ] (rcut(l), l=1,lmax)  
[line 4: ] nr dr  
[line 5: ] r(1) (Vpsp(1,l), l=1,lmax)  
[line 6: ] ....  
[line nr+4: ] r(nr) (Vpsp(nr,l), l=1,lmax)  
[line nr+5: ] r(1) (psi(1,l), l=1,lmax) [line nr+6: ] ....  
[line 2*nr+4:] r(nr) (psi(nr,l), l=1,lmax)  
[line 2*nr+5:] r_semicore  
if (r_semicore read) then  
 [line 2*nr+6:] r(1) rho_semicore(1)  
 [line 2*nr+7:] ....  
 [line 3*nr+5:] r(nr) rho_semicore(nr)  
end if

Car-Parrinello Scheme for Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics

Car and Parrinello developed a unified scheme for doing ab initio molecular dynamics by combining the motion of the ion cores and a fictitious motion for the Kohn-Sham orbitals of density-functional theory (R. Car and M. Parrinello, Phys. Rev. Lett. 55, 2471, (1985) - simple introduction cpmd-lecture.pdf). At the heart of this method they introduced a fictitious kinetic energy functional for the Kohn-Sham orbitals.

$\begin{align}KE \left ( \left \{ \psi_{i,\sigma}(\vec{r}) \right \} \right ) = \sum_{i,\sigma}^{occ} \int d\vec{r}\ \mu \left | \dot{\psi}_{i,\sigma}(\vec{r}) \right | ^2\end{align}$"

Given this kinetic energy the constrained equations of motion are found by taking the first variation of the auxiliary Lagrangian.

$\begin{align} = \sum_{i,\sigma}^{occ} \int d\vec{r}\ \mu \left | \dot{\psi}_{i,\sigma}(\vec{r}) \right | ^2;     + \frac{1}{2} \sum_{I} M_I \left | \dot{\vec{R}}_{I} \right | ^2 - E \left [ \left \{ \psi_{i,\sigma}(\vec{r}) \right \} , \left \{ \vec{R}_I \right \} \right ] \\ + \sum_{ij,\sigma} \Lambda_{ij,\sigma} \left ( \int d\vec{r}\ \psi_{i,\sigma}^{*}(\vec{r}) \psi_{j,\sigma}(\vec{r}) - \delta_{ij\sigma} \right )\end{align}$

Which generates a dynamics for the wavefunctions $\psi_{i,\sigma}(\vec{r})$ and atoms positions $\vec{R}_I$ through the constrained equations of motion:

where $\mu$ is the fictitious mass for the electronic degrees of freedom and $M_I$ are the ionic masses. The adjustable parameter $\mu$ is used to describe the relative rate at which the wavefunctions change with time. $\Lambda_{ij,\sigma}$ are the Lagrangian multipliers for the orthonormalization of the single-particle orbitals $\psi_{i,\sigma}(\vec{r})$. They are defined by the orthonormalization constraint conditions and can be rigorously found. However, the equations of motion for the Lagrange multipliers depend on the specific algorithm used to integrate the Eqns. above.

For this method to give ionic motions that are physically meaningful the kinetic energy of the Kohn-Sham orbitals must be relatively small when compared to the kinetic energy of the ions. There are two ways where this criterion can fail. First, the numerical integrations for the Car-Parrinello equations of motion can often lead to large relative values of the kinetic energy of the Kohn-Sham orbitals relative to the kinetic energy of the ions. This kind of failure is easily fixed by requiring a more accurate numerical integration, i.e. use a smaller time step for the numerical integration. Second, during the motion of the system a the ions can be in locations where there is an Kohn-Sham orbital level crossing, i.e. the density-functional energy can have two states that are nearly degenerate. This kind of failure often occurs in the study of chemical reactions. This kind of failure is not easily fixed and requires the use of a more sophisticated density-functional energy that accounts for low-lying excited electronic states.

Verlet Algorithm for Integration

Integrating the Eqns. above using the Verlet algorithm results in

In this molecular dynamic procedure we have to know variational derivative and the matrix $\Lambda_{ij,\sigma}$. The variational derivative can be analytically found and is

To find the matrix $\Lambda_{ij,\sigma}$ we impose the orthonormality constraint on $\psi_{i,\sigma}^{t+\Delta t}$ to obtain a matrix Riccatti equation, and then Riccatti equation is solved by an iterative solution.

Constant Temperature Simulations: Nose-Hoover Thermostats

Nose-Hoover Thermostats for the electrons and ions can also be added to the Car-Parrinello simulation. In this type of simulation thermostats variables $x_e$ and $x_R$ are added to the simulation by adding the auxiliary energy functionals to the total energy.

In these equations, the average kinetic energy for the ions is

where $f$ is the number of atomic degrees of freedom, $k_B$ is Boltzmann’s constant, and T is the desired t emperature. Defining the average fictitious kinetic energy of the electrons is not as straightforward. Blöchl and Parrinello (P.E. Blöchl and M. Parrinello, Phys. Rev. B, 45, 9413, (1992)) have suggested the following formula for determining the average fictitious kinetic energy

where $\mu$ is the fictitious electronic mass, $M$ is average mass of one atom, and is the kinetic energy of the electrons.

Blöchl and Parrinello suggested that the choice of mass parameters, $Q_e$, and $Q_R$ should be made such that the period of oscillating thermostats should be chosen larger than the typical time scale for the dynamical events of interest but shorter than the simulation time.

where $P_{ion}$ and $P_{electron}$ are the periods of oscillation for the ionic and fictitious electronic thermostats.

In simulated annealing simulations the electronic and ionic Temperatures are scaled according to an exponential cooling schedule,

where $T_e^0$ and $T_{ionic}^0$ are the initial temperatures, and $\tau_e$ and $\tau_{ionic}$ are the cooling rates in atomic units.

NWPW Tutorial 1: S2 dimer examples with PSPW

A description of all the examples in NWPW Tutorial 1 can be found in the attached pdf nwpwexample1.pdf

Total energy of S2 dimer with LDA approximation

(input:Media:s2-example1.nw, output:Media:s2-example1.nwout)

In this example, the total energy of the S2 dimer using LDA approximation for the exchange-correlation functional is calculated.

 echo  
 title "total energy of s2-dimer LDA/30Ry with PSPW method"  
 scratch_dir   ./scratch  
 permanent_dir ./perm  
 start s2-pspw-energy  
 geometry  
 S 0.0 0.0 0.0  
 S 0.0 0.0 1.88  
 end  
 nwpw  
   simulation_cell  
     SC 20.0  
   end  
   cutoff 15.0  
   mult 3  
   xc lda  
   lmbfgs  
 end  
 task pspw energy

The energies from the simulation will be

 ...  
 ==  Summary Of Results  ==  

  number of electrons: spin up=    7.00000  down=    5.00000 (real space)  

  total     energy    :  -0.2041363137E+02 (   -0.10207E+02/ion)  
  total orbital energy:  -0.4944372503E+01 (   -0.41203E+00/electron)  
  hartree   energy    :   0.1680529987E+02 (    0.14004E+01/electron)  
  exc-corr  energy    :  -0.4320620600E+01 (   -0.36005E+00/electron)  
  ion-ion   energy    :   0.8455644190E-02 (    0.42278E-02/ion)  

  kinetic (planewave) :   0.7529965882E+01 (    0.62750E+00/electron)  
  V_local (planewave) :  -0.4506036741E+02 (   -0.37550E+01/electron)  
  V_nl    (planewave) :   0.4623635248E+01 (    0.38530E+00/electron)  
  V_Coul  (planewave) :   0.3361059973E+02 (    0.28009E+01/electron)  
  V_xc.   (planewave) :  -0.5648205953E+01 (   -0.47068E+00/electron)  
  Virial Coefficient  :  -0.1656626150E+01  

  orbital energies:  
     -0.2001309E+00 (  -5.446eV)  
     -0.2001309E+00 (  -5.446eV)  
     -0.3294434E+00 (  -8.965eV)    -0.2991148E+00 (  -8.139eV)  
     -0.3294435E+00 (  -8.965eV)    -0.2991151E+00 (  -8.139eV)  
     -0.3582269E+00 (  -9.748eV)    -0.3352434E+00 (  -9.123eV)  
     -0.5632339E+00 ( -15.326eV)    -0.5246249E+00 ( -14.276eV)  
     -0.7642738E+00 ( -20.797eV)    -0.7413909E+00 ( -20.174eV)  

  Total PSPW energy   :  -0.2041363137E+02  
 ...

Structural optimization of S2 dimer with LDA approximation

(input:Media:s2-example2.nw, output:Media:s2-example2.nwout)

In this example, the structure of the S$_2$ dimer using results generated from prior energy calculation is calculated. Since most of the parameters are already stored in the run-time database the input is very simple.

 echo  
 title "optimization of s2-dimer LDA/30Ry with PSPW method"  
 scratch_dir   ./scratch  
 permanent_dir ./perm  
 restart s2-pspw-energy  
 driver  
    maxiter 20  
    xyz s2  
 end  
 task pspw optimize

As the optimization process consists of series of total energy evaluations the contents of the output file are very much similar to that in Example I. At each step the total energy and force information will be outputed as follows

   Step       Energy      Delta E   Gmax     Grms     Xrms     Xmax   Walltime  
   ---- ---------------- -------- -------- -------- -------- -------- --------  
 @    1     -20.41364254 -7.1D-05  0.00004  0.00004  0.00605  0.01048      7.8

The best way to keep track of the optimization calculation is to run the following grep command on the output file.

 grep @ outputfile  

 @ Step       Energy      Delta E   Gmax     Grms     Xrms     Xmax   Walltime  
 @ ---- ---------------- -------- -------- -------- -------- -------- --------  
 @    0     -20.41357202  0.0D+00  0.00672  0.00672  0.00000  0.00000      1.5  
 @    1     -20.41364254 -7.1D-05  0.00004  0.00004  0.00605  0.01048      7.8  
 @    2     -20.41364256 -2.3D-08  0.00020  0.00020  0.00003  0.00005      9.7  
 @    2     -20.41364256 -2.3D-08  0.00020  0.00020  0.00003  0.00005      9.7

The optimized energy and geometry will be

 ...  
       ----------------------  
       Optimization converged  
       ----------------------  


   Step       Energy      Delta E   Gmax     Grms     Xrms     Xmax   Walltime  
   ---- ---------------- -------- -------- -------- -------- -------- --------  
 @    2     -20.41364256 -2.3D-08  0.00020  0.00020  0.00003  0.00005      9.7  
                                      ok       ok       ok       ok          



                                 Z-matrix (autoz)  
                                 --------   

  Units are Angstrom for bonds and degrees for angles  

       Type          Name      I     J     K     L     M      Value     Gradient  
       ----------- --------  ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ---------- ----------  
     1 Stretch                  1     2                       1.89115    0.00020  



                          Geometry "geometry" -> "geometry"  
                          ---------------------------------  

  Output coordinates in angstroms (scale by  1.889725989 to convert to a.u.)  

   No.       Tag          Charge          X              Y              Z  
  ---- ---------------- ---------- -------------- -------------- --------------  
     1 S                   16.0000     0.00000000     0.00000000    -0.94557591  
     2 S                   16.0000     0.00000000     0.00000000     0.94557591  

 ...

Frequency calculation of S$_2$ dimer with LDA approximation

(input:Media:s2-example3.nw, output:Media:s2-example3.nwout)

In this example, the vibrational frequency of the S$_2$ dimer using results generated from prior geometry optimization is calculated. Since most of the parameters are already stored in the run-time database the input is very simple.

 echo  
 title "frequency calculation of s2-dimer LDA/30Ry with PSPW method"  
 scratch_dir   ./scratch  
 permanent_dir ./perm  
 restart s2-pspw-energy  
 freq  
    animate  
 end  
 task pspw freq

The frequency and thermodynamic analysis generated

 ...  
  Temperature                      =   298.15K  
  frequency scaling parameter      =   1.0000  


  Linear Molecule  

  Zero-Point correction to Energy  =    1.034 kcal/mol  (  0.001647 au)  
  Thermal correction to Energy     =    2.579 kcal/mol  (  0.004110 au)  
  Thermal correction to Enthalpy   =    3.171 kcal/mol  (  0.005054 au)  

  Total Entropy                    =   52.277 cal/mol-K  
    - Translational                =   38.368 cal/mol-K (mol. weight =  63.9441)  
    - Rotational                   =   13.630 cal/mol-K (symmetry #  =        2)  
    - Vibrational                  =    0.279 cal/mol-K  

  Cv (constant volume heat capacity) =    5.750 cal/mol-K  
    - Translational                  =    2.979 cal/mol-K  
    - Rotational                     =    1.986 cal/mol-K  
    - Vibrational                    =    0.785 cal/mol-K  
 ...  
  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------  
  Normal Eigenvalue ||           Projected Infra Red Intensities  
   Mode   [cm**-1]  || [atomic units] [(debye/angs)**2] [(KM/mol)] [arbitrary]  
  ------ ---------- || -------------- ----------------- ---------- -----------  
     1        0.000 ||    0.000030           0.001         0.029       0.000  
     2        0.000 ||    2.466908          56.914      2404.864      15.000  
     3        0.000 ||    2.466908          56.914      2404.864      15.000  
     4        0.000 ||    2.466908          56.914      2404.864      15.000  
     5        0.000 ||    2.466908          56.914      2404.864      15.000  
     6      723.419 ||    0.000000           0.000         0.000       0.000  
  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------  
 ...

Ab initio molecular dynamics simulation (Car-Parrinello) of S$_2$ dimer using the LDA approximation

(input:Media:s2-example4.nw, output:Media:s2-example4.nwout Media:s2-md.xyz Media:s2-md.emotion.dat )

In this example, a constant energy Car-Parrinello simulation of S$_2$ dimer using LDA approximation is calculated. A brief introduction to the Car-Parrinello method can be found in cpmd-lecture.pdf

 echo  
 title "AIMD simulation of s2-dimer"  
 scratch_dir   ./scratch  
 permanent_dir ./perm  
 start s2-md  
 geometry  
 S 0.0 0.0 0.0  
 S 0.0 0.0 1.95  
 end  
 nwpw  
   simulation_cell  
     SC 20.0  
   end  
   cutoff 15.0  
   mult 3  
   xc lda  
   lmbfgs  
   car-parrinello  
     time_step 5.0  
     fake_mass 600.0  
     loop 1 1000  
     xyz_filename s2-md.xyz  
   end  
 end  
 task pspw energy  
 task pspw car-parrinello

A plotting program (e.g. gnuplot, xmgrace) can be used to look at the total, potential, kinetic energies, contained in the s2-md.emotion file (see section EMOTION motion file for datafile format) i.e.,

 seattle-1604% gnuplot  

       G N U P L O T  
       Version 4.0 patchlevel 0  
       last modified Thu Apr 15 14:44:22 CEST 2004  
       System: Linux 2.6.18-194.8.1.el5  

       Copyright (C) 1986 - 1993, 1998, 2004  
       Thomas Williams, Colin Kelley and many others  

       This is gnuplot version 4.0.  Please refer to the documentation  
       for command syntax changes.  The old syntax will be accepted  
       throughout the 4.0 series, but all save files use the new syntax.  

       Type help to access the on-line reference manual.  
       The gnuplot FAQ is available from  
               <http://www.gnuplot.info/faq/>  

       Send comments and requests for help to  
               <gnuplot-info@lists.sourceforge.net>  
       Send bugs, suggestions and mods to  
               <gnuplot-bugs@lists.sourceforge.net>  


 Terminal type set to 'x11'  
 gnuplot> plot "s2-md.emotion","s2-md.emotion" using 1:3  
 gnuplot> 

The following plot shows the Car-Parrinello $^3\Sigma_g^-$ S$_2$ energy surface generated from the simulation.

s2-md

Ab initio molecular dynamics simulation (Born-Oppenheimer) of S<sub2 dimer using the LDA approximation

(input:Media:s2-example5.nw, output:Media:s2-example5.nwout Media:s2-bomd.xyz Media:s2-bomd.emotion.dat ) In this example, a constant energy Born-Oppenheimer simulation of S2 dimer using LDA approximation is calculated.

title "AIMD simulation of s2-dimer" 
echo

scratch_dir   ./scratch
permanent_dir ./perm

start s2-bomd  

geometry
S 0.0 0.0 0.0
S 0.0 0.0 1.95
end

nwpw 
  simulation_cell
    SC 20.0 
  end
  cutoff 15.0  
  mult 3 
  xc lda 
  lmbfgs 
end
task pspw energy 

nwpw 
   bo_steps 1 500 
   bo_time_step 10.0  
end 
task pspw born-oppenheimer

The following plot shows the $^3\Sigma_g^-$ S$_2$ energy surface generated from the simulation.

s2-bomd

NWPW Tutorial 2: Using PSPW Car-Parrinello Simulated Annealing Simulations to Optimize Structures

In principle quantum mechanical calculations can be used to determine the structure of any chemical system. One chooses a structure, calculates the total energy of the system, and repeats the calculation for all possible geometries. Of course the major limitation of this approach is that the number of local minima structures increases dramatically with system size and the cost of quantum mechanical calculations also increases dramatically with system size. Not surprisingly most quantum mechanical calculations limit the number of structures to be calculated by using experimental results or chemical intuition. One could speed up the calculations by using simplified inter-atomic force fields instead of quantum mechanical calculations. However, inter-atomic forces fields have many simplifying assumptions that can severely limit their predictability. Another approach is to use ab initio molecular dynamics methods combined with simulated annealing. These methods are quite robust and allow strongly interacting many body systems to be studied by direct dynamics simulation without the introduction of empirical interactions. In these methods, the atomic forces are calculated from ab initio calculations that are performed “on-the-fly” as the molecular dynamics trajectory is generated.

The following examples demonstrate how to use the ab initio molecular dynamics methods and simulated annealing strategies of NWChem to determine the lowest energy structures of the B$_{12}$ cluster. This example is based on a study performed by Kiran Boggavarapu et al.. One might expect from chemical intuition that lowest energy structure of B$_{12}$ will be an icosahedran, since B$_{12}$ icosahedra are a common structural unit found in many boron rich materials. Despite this prevalence, ab initio calculations performed by several researchers have suggested that B$_{12}$, as well as B$_{12}^+$ and B$_{12}^-$, will have a more open geometry.

boron

Simulated Annealing Using Constant Energy Simulation

(input:Media:b12-example2a.nw, output:Media:b12-example2a.nwout Media:b12.00.xyz Media:b12.00.emotion.dat Media:b12.01.xyz Media:b12.01.emotion.dat)

This example uses a series of constant energy Car-Parrinello simulations with velocity scaling to do simulated annealing. The initial four Car-Parrinello simulations are used to heat up the system to several thousand Kelvin. Then the system is cooled down thru a series of constant energy simulations in which the electronic and ionic velocities are scaled by 0.99 at the start of each Car-Parrinello simulation. Energy minimization calculations are used periodically in this simulation to bring the system back down to Born-Oppenheimer surface. This is necessary because of electronic heating.

The Car-Parrinello keyword “scaling” scales the wavefunction and ionic velocities at the start of the simulation. The following input is used to increase the ionic velocities by a factor of two at the start of the Car-Parrinello simulation.

Key Input

...
Car-Parrinello  
fake_mass 500.0
time_step 5.0 
loop 10 100  
** scaling 1.0 2.0**  
emotion_filename b12.00.emotion
xyz_filename     b12.00.xyz
end 
...

Output

...        
     wavefnc cutoff= 10.000  fft= 42x 42x 42(     6027 waves     1004 per task)  

technical parameters:  
     translation contrained  
     time step=      5.00     ficticious mass=     500.0  
     **cooling/heatting rates: 0.10000E+01 (psi)
0.20000E+01
(ion)**  
     maximum iterations =    1000 (   10 inner  100 outer )  
     initial kinetic energy:  0.99360E-05 (psi)   0.27956E-03 (ion)  
                                                  0.20205E-28 (c.o.m.)  
     **after scaling: 0.99360E-05 (psi) 0.11182E-02
(ion)**  
     **increased energy: 0.00000E+00 (psi)
0.83868E-03 (ion)**  

Constant Energy Simulation           
...

The program checks to see if the initial input ionic velocities have a non-zero center of mass velocity. If there is a non-zero center of mass velocity in the system then by default the program removes it. To turn off this feature set the following

 nwpw 
    translation on  
 end

or

 set nwpw:com_shift .false.

Simulated Annealing Using Constant Temperature Simulation

(input:Media:b12-example2b.nw, output:Media:b12-example2b.nwout Media:b12.10.xyz Media:b12.10.emotion.dat Media:b12.11.xyz.gz Media:b12.11.emotion.dat)

(mpeg movie of simulation: Media:boron.mpg)

The simulated annealing calculation in this example uses a constant temperature Car-Parrinello simulation with an exponential cooling schedule,

$T(t)=T_0e^{-t/\tau}$

where T0 and τ are an initial temperature and a time scale of cooling, respectively. In the present calculations T0=3500K and τ=4.134e+4 au (1.0 ps) were used and the thermostat masses were kept fixed to the initial values determined by T=Te=3500K and (2π/ω)=250 a.u. (6 fs). Annealing proceeded for 50000 steps, until a temperature of 10K was reached. After which, the metastable structure is optimized using the driver optimizer. The keyword SA_decay is used to enter the decay rates, τelectron and τion, used in the simulated annealing algorithm in the constant temperature car-parrinello simulation. The decay rates are in units of au (conversion 1 au = 2.41889e-17 seconds).

Key Input

 ….
 Car-Parrinello  
 SA_decay 4.134d4 4.134d4 #decay rate in units of au (1au=2.41889e-17seconds)  
 ….

NWPW Tutorial 3: using isodesmic reaction energies to estimate gas-phase thermodynamics

(isodesmic.pdf isodesmic.tgz)

The development of a computational scheme that can accurately predict reaction energies requires some care. As shown in Table 1 energy errors associated with ab initio calculations can be quite high. Even though ab initio electronic structure methods are constantly being developed and improved upon, these methods are rarely able to give heat of formations of a broad class of molecules with error limits of less than a few kcal/mol. Only when very large basis sets such as the correlation-consistent basis sets, high level treatments of correlation energy such as coupled cluster methods (CCSD(T)), and small correction factors such as core-valence correlation energies and relativistic effects, are included will the heat of formation from ab initio electronic structure methods be accurate to within one kcal/mol. Although one can now accurately calculate the heats of formation of molecules with up to 6 first row atoms, such high-level calculations are extremely demanding and scale computationally as $N^7$ for $N$ basis functions.

Examples of these types of large errors are shown in the following Table, where the enthalpies of formation of CCl$_3$SH are calculated by using atomization energies from different levels of ab initio theory.

MP2/cc-pVDZ LDA/DZVP2 BP91/DZVP2 B3LYP/DZVP2 G2 Theory
ΔH $_f^o$ +4.9 -80.0 -2.6 +26.5 -13.0

Table 1: Standard enthalpy of formation (ΔH$_f^o$(298K) for CCl$_3$SH in kcal/mol from atomization energies with various electronic structure methods. Results taken from reference [2].

Differences of up to 106.5 kcal/mol are found between different levels of theory. This example demonstrates that care must be taken in choosing the appropriate method for calculating the heats of formation from total atomization energies.

The difficulties associated with calculating absolute heats of formation from atomization energies can be avoided by using a set of isodesmic reactions[1]. The defining property of an isodesmic reaction - that there are an equal number of like bonds on the left-hand and right-hand sides of the reaction - helps to minimize the error in the reaction energy. These reactions are designed to separate out the interactions between molecular subsistents and non-bonding electrons from the direct bonding interactions by having the direct bonding interactions largely canceling one another. This separation is quite attractive. Most ab initio methods give substantial errors when estimating direct bonding interactions due to the computational difficulties associated with electron pair correlation, whereas ab initio methods are expected to be more accurate for estimating neighboring interactions and long-range through-bond effects.

The following isodesmic reaction can be used determine the enthalpy of formation for CCl$_3$SH that is significantly more accurate than the estimates based on atomization energies.

CCl$_3$SH + CH$_4$ $\rightarrow$ CH$_3$SH + CCl$_3$H, ΔH$_r$(calc).

The first step is to calculate the reaction enthalpy of this reaction from electronic, thermal and vibrational energy differences at 298.15K at a consistent level of theory. The defining property of an isodesmic reaction that there are an equal number of like bonds on the left-hand and right-hand sides of the reaction helps to minimize the error in the calculation of the reaction energy. The enthalpy of formation of CCl$_3$SH can then be calculated by using Hess’s law with the calculated enthalpy change and the experimentally known heats of formation of the other 3 species (see Table 3).

ΔH$_f$(CCl$_3$SH) = ΔH$_f$(CH$_3$SH)(exp) + ΔH$_f$(CCl$_3$H)(exp) - ΔH$_f$(CH$_4$)(exp)- ΔH$_r$(calc).

In this example, try to design and run NWPW simulations that can be used to estimate the enthalpy of formation for CCl$_3$SH using its atomization energy and using the reaction enthalpy of the isodesmic reaction and compare your results to Table 2. Be careful to make sure that you use the same cutoff energy for all the simulations (.e.g. cutoff 35.0). You might also try to estimate enthalpies of formation for CHCl$_2$SH and CH$_2$ClSH. Also try designing simulations that use the SCF, DFT, MP2, and TCE modules.

CCl$_3$SH + CH$_4$ $\rightarrow$ CH$_3$SH + CCl$_3$H

Un-optimized geometries for CCl$_3$SH, CH$_3$SH, CCl$_3$H and CH$_4$ which are needed to design your simulations are contained in the file Media:thermodynamics.xyz. You will also need to calculate the energies for the H, C, S, and Cl atoms to calculate the atomization energies. The multiplicities for these atoms are 2, 3, 3 and 2 respectively. You will also need to calculate the enthalpy of a molecule. The enthalpy of a molecule at 298.15K is sum of the total energy and a thermal correction to the enthalpy. A good estimate for the thermal correction to the enthalpy can be obtained from a frequency calculation, i.e.

H = E + H$_{correction}$

Thermodynamic output from a frequency calculation:

Temperature                      =   298.15K  
frequency scaling parameter      =   1.0000  

Zero-Point correction to Energy  =   27.528 kcal/mol  (  0.043869 au)  
Thermal correction to Energy     =   29.329 kcal/mol  (  0.046739 au)

The following line contains the value for H$_{correction}$

Thermal correction to Enthalpy   =   29.922 kcal/mol  (  0.047683 au)

Total Entropy                    =   44.401 cal/mol-K  
  - Translational                =   34.246 cal/mol-K (mol. weight =  16.0313)  
  - Rotational                   =   10.060 cal/mol-K (symmetry #  =       12)  
  - Vibrational                  =    0.095 cal/mol-K  

Cv (constant volume heat capacity) =    6.503 cal/mol-K  
  - Translational                  =    2.979 cal/mol-K  
  - Rotational                     =    2.979 cal/mol-K  
  - Vibrational                    =    0.544 cal/mol-K

Compounds MP2/cc-pVDZ LDA/DZVP2 BP91/DZVP2 B3LYP/DZVP2 G2 Experiment
(isodesmic) (isodesmic) (isodesmic) (isodesmic) (atomization)
CCl$_3$SH -13.40 -11.86 -8.68 -7.64 -12.95
CHCl$_2$SH -11.48 -11.07 -8.66 -7.92 -11.52
CH$_2$ClSH -7.01 -6.66 -5.44 -5.20 -6.98
CH$_3$SH -4.76 -5.34

Table 2: Gas-phase standard enthalpies of formation ( ΔH$_f^o$(298K)) in kcal/mol from isodesmic reactions and G2 Theory calculations taken from [3].

Compounds ΔH$_f^o$(298K)
H 52.095
C 171.291
S 66.636
Cl 29.082
CCl$_4$ -24.59
CCl$_3$H -24.65
CCl$_2$H$_2$ -22.10
CClH$_3$ -19.32
CH$_4$ -17.88
CH$_3$SH -5.34

Table 3: Miscellaneous experimental gas-phase enthalpies of formation (kcal/mol) taken from [3].

  1. Hehre, W. J., L. Radom, P.v.R. Schleyer, and J.A. Pople Ab Initio Molecular Orbital Theory; John Wiley & Sons: New York, 1986).
  2. E.J. Bylaska, D.A. Dixon, and A.R. Felmy(2000), “The Free Energies of Reactions of Chlorinated Methanes with Aqueous Monovalent Anions: Application of ab initio Electronic Structure Theory”, J. Phys. Chem. A, 104(3), 610-617.
  3. Chase, M. W., Jr. Phys. Chem. Ref. Data, Monograph No. 9 1998, 9, 1-1951.

NWPW Tutorial 4: AIMD/MM simulation of CCl$_4$ + 64 H$_2$O

(input:Media:ccl4-64water.nw, output:Media:ccl4-64water.nwout)

In this section we show how use the PSPW module to perform a Car-Parrinello AIMD/MM simulation for a CCl$_4$ molecule in a box of 64 H$_2$O. Before running a PSPW Car-Parrinello simulation the system should be on the Born-Oppenheimer surface, i.e. the one-electron orbitals should be minimized with respect to the total energy (i.e. task pspw energy). In this example, default pseudopotentials from the pseudopotential library are used for C, Cl, O^ and H^, exchange correlation functional is PBE96, The boundary condition is periodic, and with a side length of 23.577 Bohrs and has a cutoff energy is 50 Ry). The time step and fake mass for the Car-Parrinello run are specified to be 5.0 au and 600.0 au, respectively.

NWPW Tutorial 5: Optimizing the Unit Cell and Geometry of Diamond

diamong The PSPW and BAND codes can be used to determine structures and energies for a wide range of crystalline systems. It can also be used to generate band structure and density of state plots.

Optimizing the Unit Cell and Geometry for an 8 Atom Supercell of Diamond with PSPW

(input:Media:diamond-pspw.nw, output:Media:diamond-pspw.nwout, Media:diamond.opt.cif)

(input:Media:catom-pspw.nw, output:Media:catom-pspw.nwout)

The following example uses the PSPW module to optimize the unit cell and geometry for a diamond crystal. The fractional coordinates and the unit cell are defined in the geometry block. The simulation_cell block is not needed since NWPW automatically uses the unit cell defined in the geometry block.

title "Diamond 8 atom cubic cell - geometry and unit cell optimization"  
echo  

permanent_dir ./perm  
scratch_dir   ./scratch  

start diamond  

memory 950 mb  

#**** Enter the geometry using fractional coordinates ****  
geometry center noautosym noautoz print   
  system crystal   
    lat_a 3.56d0   
    lat_b 3.56d0   
    lat_c 3.56d0   
    alpha 90.0d0   
    beta  90.0d0   
    gamma 90.0d0   
  end  
  C -0.50000d0 -0.50000d0 -0.50000d0  
  C  0.00000d0  0.00000d0 -0.50000d0  
  C  0.00000d0 -0.50000d0  0.00000d0  
  C -0.50000d0  0.00000d0  0.00000d0  
  C -0.25000d0 -0.25000d0 -0.25000d0  
  C  0.25000d0  0.25000d0 -0.25000d0  
  C  0.25000d0 -0.25000d0  0.25000d0  
  C -0.25000d0  0.25000d0  0.25000d0  
end  

nwpw   
  ewald_rcut 3.0  
  ewald_ncut 8  #The default value of 1 needs to be increased for small cells  
  lmbfgs  
  xc pbe96  
end  

driver   
  clear   
  maxiter 40  
end  

set nwpw:cif_filename diamond.opt  # create a CIF file containing optimization history   
set includestress .true.           # this option tells driver to optimize the unit cell  
task pspw optimize ignore

The optimized energy and geometry will be

 ...  
     ----------------------  
     Optimization converged  
     ----------------------  

  Step       Energy      Delta E   Gmax     Grms     Xrms     Xmax   Walltime  
  ---- ---------------- -------- -------- -------- -------- -------- --------  
@    6     -45.07688304 -1.1D-07  0.00037  0.00021  0.00002  0.00003    174.5  
                                    ok       ok       ok       ok    



                        Geometry "geometry" -> "geometry"  
                        ---------------------------------  

Output coordinates in angstroms (scale by  1.889725989 to convert to a.u.)  

 No.       Tag          Charge          X              Y              Z  
---- ---------------- ---------- -------------- -------------- --------------  
   1 C                    6.0000     1.82723789     1.82729813     1.82705440  
   2 C                    6.0000     0.00000857    -0.00006053     1.82730027  
   3 C                    6.0000    -0.00000584     1.82706061     0.00002852  
   4 C                    6.0000     1.82712018     0.00006354    -0.00002544  
   5 C                    6.0000     2.74074195     2.74072805     2.74088522  
   6 C                    6.0000     0.91366407     0.91370055     2.74064976  
   7 C                    6.0000     0.91351181     2.74080771     0.91352917  
   8 C                    6.0000     2.74078843     0.91348115     0.91365446  

     Lattice Parameters   
     ------------------   

     lattice vectors in angstroms (scale by  1.889725989 to convert to a.u.)  

     a1=<   3.654   0.000   0.000 >  
     a2=<   0.000   3.654   0.000 >  
     a3=<   0.000   0.000   3.654 >  
     a=       3.654 b=      3.654 c=       3.654  
     alpha=  90.000 beta=  90.000 gamma=  90.000  
     omega=    48.8  

     reciprocal lattice vectors in a.u.  

     b1=<   0.910   0.000   0.000 >  
     b2=<   0.000   0.910   0.000 >  
     b3=<   0.000   0.000   0.910 >  

     Atomic Mass   
     -----------   

     C                 12.000000  


==============================================================================  
                               internuclear distances  
------------------------------------------------------------------------------  
      center one      |      center two      | atomic units |  angstroms  
------------------------------------------------------------------------------  
   5 C                |   1 C                |     2.99027  |     1.58238  
   6 C                |   1 C                |     2.99027  |     1.58238  
   6 C                |   2 C                |     2.99027  |     1.58238  
   7 C                |   1 C                |     2.99026  |     1.58238  
   7 C                |   3 C                |     2.99027  |     1.58238  
   8 C                |   1 C                |     2.99027  |     1.58238  
   8 C                |   4 C                |     2.99027  |     1.58238  
------------------------------------------------------------------------------  
                        number of included internuclear distances:          7  
==============================================================================  

==============================================================================  
                                internuclear angles  
------------------------------------------------------------------------------  
       center 1       |       center 2       |       center 3       |  degrees  
------------------------------------------------------------------------------  
   5 C                |   1 C                |   6 C                |   109.46  
   5 C                |   1 C                |   7 C                |   109.48  
   5 C                |   1 C                |   8 C                |   109.48  
   6 C                |   1 C                |   7 C                |   109.47  
   6 C                |   1 C                |   8 C                |   109.46  
   7 C                |   1 C                |   8 C                |   109.48  
   1 C                |   6 C                |   2 C                |   109.48  
   1 C                |   7 C                |   3 C                |   109.47  
   1 C                |   8 C                |   4 C                |   109.47  
------------------------------------------------------------------------------  
                           number of included internuclear angles:          9  
==============================================================================  ...

The C-C bond distance after the geometry optimization is 1.58 Angs. and agrees very well with the experimental value of 1.54 Angs.. Another quantity that can be calculated from this simulation is the cohesive energy.The cohesive energy of a crystal is the energy needed to separate the atoms of the solid into isolated atoms, i.e.

$\begin{align} E_{coh}= -\left( E_{solid} - \sum_{a} E_{atom}^a  \right)  \end{align}$

where $E_{solid}$ is the energy of the solid and $E_{atom}^a$ are the energies of the isolated atoms. In order to calculate the cohesive energy the energy of an isolated carbon atom at the same level of theory and cutoff energy will need to be calculated. The following input can be used to the energy of an isolated carbon atom.

(input:file:catom-pspw.nw, output:file:catom-pspw.nwout)

title "triplet carbon atom at pbe96 level using a large unit cell"  
start c1-pspw  
memory 1400 mb  

permanent_dir ./perm  
scratch_dir   ./scratch  

geometry  
C 0 0 0  
end  

nwpw  
   simulation_cell  
      FCC 38.0     #large unit cell   
      boundary_conditions   periodic  # periodic boundary conditions are used by default.  
      #boundary_conditions aperiodic  # free-space (or aperiodic) boundary conditions could also be used.  
   end  
   xc pbe96  
   mult 3  
  lmbfgs  
end  
task pspw energy

The total energy from the simulation will be

Total PSPW energy : -0.5421213534E+01

Using this energy and energy of diamond the cohesive energy per atom is calculated to be

This value is substantially lower than the experimental value of $7.37eV$! It turns out this error is a result of the unit cell being too small for the diamond calculation (or too small of a Brillioun zone sampling). In the next section, we show how increasing the Brillouin zone sampling reduces the error in the calculated cohesive energy.

Optimizing the Unit Cell for an 8 Atom Supercell of Diamond with BAND

(input:Media:diamond-band.nw, output:Media:diamond-band.nwout)

In this example the BAND module is used to optimize the unit cell and geometry for a diamond crystal at different Brillouin zone samplings.

title "Diamond 8 atom cubic cell - geometry and unit cell optimization"   
echo  

permanent_dir ./perm  
scratch_dir   ./scratch  

start diamond-band  

memory 1950 mb  

#**** Enter the geometry using fractional coordinates ****  
geometry center noautosym noautoz print   
  system crystal   
    lat_a 3.58d0   
    lat_b 3.58d0   
    lat_c 3.58d0   
    alpha 90.0d0   
    beta  90.0d0   
    gamma 90.0d0   
  end  
  C -0.50000d0 -0.50000d0 -0.50000d0  
  C  0.00000d0  0.00000d0 -0.50000d0  
  C  0.00000d0 -0.50000d0  0.00000d0  
  C -0.50000d0  0.00000d0  0.00000d0  
  C -0.25000d0 -0.25000d0 -0.25000d0  
  C  0.25000d0  0.25000d0 -0.25000d0  
  C  0.25000d0 -0.25000d0  0.25000d0  
  C -0.25000d0  0.25000d0  0.25000d0  
end  
set includestress    .true.   # option tells driver to optimize the unit cell  
set nwpw:zero_forces .true.   # option zeros the forces on the atoms--> only lattice parameters optimized  

nwpw   
  ewald_rcut 3.0  
  ewald_ncut 8    #The default value of 1 needs to be increased  
  lmbfgs  
  xc pbe96  
end  

#1x1x1 k-point mesh  
nwpw   
  monkhorst-pack 1 1 1  
end  
set nwpw:cif_filename diamond111.opt  
driver; clear; maxiter 40; end; task band optimize ignore

#2x2x2 k-point mesh  
nwpw   
  monkhorst-pack 2 2 2  
end  
set nwpw:cif_filename diamond222.opt  
driver; clear; maxiter 40; end; task band optimize ignore

#3x3x3 k-point mesh  
nwpw   
  monkhorst-pack 3 3 3  
end  
set nwpw:cif_filename diamond333.opt  
driver; clear; maxiter 40; end; task band optimize ignore

#4x4x4 k-point mesh  
nwpw   
  monkhorst-pack 4 4 4   
end  
set nwpw:cif_filename diamond444.opt  
driver; clear; maxiter 40; end; task band optimize ignore

#5x5x5 k-point mesh  
nwpw   
  monkhorst-pack 5 5 5  
end  
set nwpw:cif_filename diamond555.opt  
driver; clear; maxiter 40; end; task band optimize ignore

The following figure shows a plot of the cohesive energy and C-C bond distance versus the Brillouin zone sampling. As can be seen in this figure the cohesive energy (w/o zero-point correction) and C-C bond distance agree very well with the experimental values of 7.37 eV (including zero-point correction) and 1.54 Angs.

Using BAND to Optimize the Unit Cell for a 2 Atom Primitive Cell of Diamond

(input:Media:diamond-fcc.nw, output:Media:diamond-fcc.nwout.gz)

In this example the BAND module is used to optimize a 2 atom unit cell for a diamond crystal at different Brillouin zone samplings. The optimized energy and geometry will be (Monkhorst-Pack sampling of 11x11x11)

     ----------------------  
     Optimization converged  
     ----------------------  

  Step       Energy      Delta E   Gmax     Grms     Xrms     Xmax   Walltime  
  ---- ---------------- -------- -------- -------- -------- -------- --------  
@    1     -11.40586236  5.2D-07  0.00039  0.00018  0.00002  0.00003    662.0  
                                     ok       ok       ok       ok    



                         Geometry "geometry" -> "geometry"  
                         ---------------------------------  

 Output coordinates in angstroms (scale by  1.889725989 to convert to a.u.)  

  No.       Tag          Charge          X              Y              Z  
 ---- ---------------- ---------- -------------- -------------- --------------  
    1 C                    6.0000     0.00000000     0.00000000     0.00000000  
    2 C                    6.0000     0.72201500     1.25056532     0.51054180  

      Lattice Parameters   
      ------------------   

      lattice vectors in angstroms (scale by  1.889725989 to convert to a.u.)  

      a1=<   2.165   1.251   0.001 >  
      a2=<   0.001   2.500   0.001 >  
      a3=<   0.722   1.251   2.041 >  
      a=       2.500 b=      2.500 c=       2.500  
      alpha=  59.966 beta=  59.966 gamma=  59.966  
      omega=    11.0  

      reciprocal lattice vectors in a.u.  

      b1=<   1.536  -0.768   0.000 >  
      b2=<   0.000   1.330   0.000 >  
      b3=<  -0.543  -0.543   1.629 >  

      Atomic Mass   
      -----------   

      C                 12.000000  


 ==============================================================================  
                                internuclear distances  
 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------  
       center one      |      center two      | atomic units |  angstroms  
 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------  
    2 C                |   1 C                |     2.89435  |     1.53162  
 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------  
                         number of included internuclear distances:          1  
 ==============================================================================

The following figure shows a plot of the cohesive energy and C-C bond distance versus the Brillouin zone sampling for the 8 atom SC unit cell and the 2 atom FCC unit cell.

Using BAND to Calculate the Band Structures of Diamond

(input:Media:diamond-structure.nw, output:Media:diamond-structure.nwout, file:diamondfcc.restricted_band.dat)

The following example uses the BAND module to calculate the band structure for the FCC cell of the a diamond crystal. The fractional coordinates and the unit cell are defined in the geometry block. The simulation_cell block is not needed since NWPW automatically uses the unit cell defined in the geometry block.

title "Diamond 2 atom fcc cell Brillouin sampling=9x9x9 M-P - Band structure plot"  
echo  

permanent_dir ./perm  
scratch_dir   ./scratch  

start diamondfcc  

memory 1950 mb  

#**** Enter the geometry using fractional coordinates ****  
geometry center noautosym noautoz print   
  system crystal   
    lat_a 2.500d0   
    lat_b 2.500d0   
    lat_c 2.500d0   
    alpha 60.0d0   
    beta  60.0d0   
    gamma 60.0d0   
  end  
 C  0.00000d0  0.00000d0  0.00000d0  
 C  0.25000d0  0.25000d0  0.25000d0  
end  

nwpw  
  ewald_rcut 3.0  
  ewald_ncut 8    #The default value of 1 needs to be increased  
  lmbfgs  
  xc pbe96  

  monkhorst-pack 9 9 9  
end  

#need to run "task band energy" before "task band structure" can be run  
task band energy  

nwpw  
   virtual 16  
   brillouin_zone  
     zone_name fccpath  
     path fcc l gamma x w k gamma  
   end  
   zone_structure_name fccpath  
end  
task band structure

This calculation outputs the file:diamondfcc.restricted_band.dat) data file in the permanent_directory. A plotting (e.g. gnuplot or xmgrace) can be used to display the band structure.

Using BAND to Calculate the Density of States of Diamond

(2 atom cell - input:diamond-dos.nw output:diamond-dos.nwout, diamond-dos.dos.dat (8 atom cell - input:diamond-dos8.nw output: diamond-dos8.nwout.gz, diamond-dos8.dos.dat

There are two possible ways to use the BAND module to calculate the density and projected density of states. The first approach just uses the eigenvalues generated from an energy calculation to generate a density of states. The following example uses this strategy to calculate the density of states and projected density of states of diamond.

title "Diamond 2 atom fcc cell Brillouin sampling=9x9x9 M-P - density of states plot"  
echo  

permanent_dir ./perm  
scratch_dir   ./scratch  

start diamond-dos  

memory 1950 mb  

#**** Enter the geometry using fractional coordinates ****  
geometry center noautosym noautoz print   
  system crystal   
    lat_a 2.500d0   
    lat_b 2.500d0   
    lat_c 2.500d0   
    alpha 60.0d0   
    beta  60.0d0   
    gamma 60.0d0   
  end  
 C  0.00000d0  0.00000d0  0.00000d0  
 C  0.25000d0  0.25000d0  0.25000d0  
end  

nwpw  
  ewald_rcut 3.0  
  ewald_ncut 8    #The default value of 1 needs to be increased  
  lmbfgs  
  xc pbe96  

  monkhorst-pack 9 9 9  
  dos                   # dos keyword tells the code to calculate dos at the end of an energy calculation
  mulliken              # turn on projected density of states
  virtual 8             # include 8 virtual states
end  

task band energy  

The other approach uses the band structure code to calculate the eigenvalues given a precomputed density. The approach is slower than the first approach, however, it can be used to substantially increase the number of k-points and virtual orbitals used to generate the density of states. The following example demonstrates this capability to calculate the density of states and projected density of states of the diamond crystal.

title "Diamond 2 atom fcc cell Brillouin sampling=9x9x9 M-P - density of states plot"  
echo  

permanent_dir ./perm  
scratch_dir   ./scratch  

start diamond-dos  

memory 1950 mb  

#**** Enter the geometry using fractional coordinates ****  
geometry center noautosym noautoz print   
  system crystal   
    lat_a 2.500d0   
    lat_b 2.500d0   
    lat_c 2.500d0   
    alpha 60.0d0   
    beta  60.0d0   
    gamma 60.0d0   
  end  
 C  0.00000d0  0.00000d0  0.00000d0  
 C  0.25000d0  0.25000d0  0.25000d0  
end  

nwpw  
  ewald_rcut 3.0  
  ewald_ncut 8    #The default value of 1 needs to be increased  
  lmbfgs  
  xc pbe96  

  monkhorst-pack 9 9 9  
end  

#need to run "task band energy" before "task band dos" can be run  
task band energy  

nwpw  
   virtual 26                     #26 virtual orbitals included in the DOS calculation  
   dos 0.002 700 -1.00000 2.0000  #alpha npoints emin emax,....,change default energy range and gridding. note alpha not used in task band dos calculations
   dos-grid 11 11 11  
   mulliken                       # mulliken keyword used to turn on projected density of states
end  
task band dos

This calculation outputs the diamond-dos.dos.dat data file in the permanent_directory. A plotting (e.g. gnuplot or xmgrace) can be used to display the density of states.

Calculate the Phonon Spectrum of Diamond

title "Diamond 2 atom fcc cell Brillouin sampling=9x9x9 M-P - Phonon spectra"  
echo  

permanent_dir ./perm  
scratch_dir   ./scratch  

start diamond-dos  

memory 1950 mb  

#**** Enter the geometry using fractional coordinates ****  
geometry center noautosym noautoz print   
  system crystal   
    lat_a 2.500d0   
    lat_b 2.500d0   
    lat_c 2.500d0   
    alpha 60.0d0   
    beta  60.0d0   
    gamma 60.0d0   
  end  
 C  0.00000d0  0.00000d0  0.00000d0  
 C  0.25000d0  0.25000d0  0.25000d0  
end  

nwpw  
  ewald_rcut 3.0  
  ewald_ncut 8    #The default value of 1 needs to be increased  
  lmbfgs  
  xc pbe96  

  monkhorst-pack 9 9 9  
end  

task band energy  
task band freq

NWPW Tutorial 6: optimizing the unit cell of nickel with fractional occupation

(input:Media:Ni-band.nw output:Media:Ni-band.nwout) The following example demonstrates how to uses the BAND module to optimize the unit cell and geometry for FCC cell of Nickel metal

title "Ni FCC metal, monkhorst-pack=3x3x3, 5x5x5, and 7x7x7, fermi smearing, xc=pbe96"  
echo  

start Ni-band  

memory 1900 mb  

permanent_dir ./perm  
scratch_dir   ./scratch  

geometry units angstroms center noautosym noautoz print  
 system crystal  
    lat_a 3.5451d0  
    lat_b 3.5451d0  
    lat_c 3.5454d0  
    alpha 90.0d0  
    beta  90.0d0  
    gamma 90.0d0  
  end  

Ni 0.000000   0.000000   0.000000  
Ni 0.000000   0.500000   0.500000   
Ni 0.500000   0.000000   0.500000   
Ni 0.500000   0.500000   0.000000  
end  
set nwpw:cif_filename Ni-band  
set nwpw:zero_forces .true.  
set includestress    .true.  

#turn on pseudopotential filtering   
set nwpw:kbpp_ray .true.  
set nwpw:kbpp_filter .true.  

nwpw  
   #fractional occupation  
   smear fermi   

   #scf option used with smear  
   scf anderson outer_iterations 0 kerker 2.0    

   ewald_ncut 8  
   ewald_rcut 3.0  
   xc pbe96  
   monkhorst-pack 3 3 3  
   np_dimensions -1 -1 4   
end  

#generate initial wavefunctions w/ low cutoff energy  
nwpw  
   loop 10 10  
   cutoff 10.0  
end  
task band energy  

#increase cutoff energy and number of iterations  
nwpw  
   cutoff 50.0  
   loop 10 100  
end

#3x3x3 k-point mesh  
nwpw   
  monkhorst-pack 3 3 3  
end  
set nwpw:cif_filename nickel333.opt  
driver; clear; maxiter 40; end; task band optimize ignore

#5x5x5 k-point mesh  
nwpw   
  monkhorst-pack 5 5 5  
end  
set nwpw:cif_filename nickel555.opt  
driver; clear; maxiter 40; end; task band optimize ignore

#7x7x7 k-point mesh  
nwpw   
  monkhorst-pack 7 7 7  
end  
set nwpw:cif_filename nickel777.opt  
driver; clear; maxiter 40; end; task band optimize ignore

The following figure shows a plot of the cohesive energy and Ni-Ni bond distance versus the Brillouin zone sampling. As can be seen in this figure the cohesive energy (w/o zero-point correction) and Ni-Ni bond distance agree very well with the experimental values of 4.44 eV (including zero-point correction) and 2.49 Angs.

NWPW Tutorial 7: Optimizing the unit cells with symmetry: Diamond with Fd-3m symmetry and Brucite with P-3m1 symmetry

(Diamond example, input:Media:diamond-symmetry.nw, output:Media:diamond-symmetry.nwout)

(Brucite example, input:Media:brucite-symmetry.nw, output:Media:brucite-symmetry.nwout)

The following example uses the BAND module to optimize the unit cell and geometry for a Diamond crystal with Fd-3m symmetry. The fractional coordinates, unit cell, and symmetry are defined in the geometry block.

title "Diamond 8 atom cubic cell generated using Fd-3m symmetry - geometry and unit cell optimization" 
echo 

memory 1500 mb

permanent_dir ./perm
scratch_dir   ./scratch

start diamond-symmetry  


geometry nocenter noautosym noautoz print 
 system crystal 
   lat_a 3.58 
   lat_b 3.58 
   lat_c 3.58  
   alpha 90.0  
   beta  90.0  
   gamma 90.0  
 end
symmetry Fd-3m
C 0.0 0.0 0.0
end 
set nwpw:cif_filename diamond-symmetry

#turn on pseudopotential filtering  
set nwpw:kbpp_ray    .true.
set nwpw:kbpp_filter .true.

#***** setup the nwpw Band code - 3x3x3 k-point mesh ****  
nwpw
  ewald_rcut 3.0
  ewald_ncut 8
  xc pbe96  
  lmbfgs
  monkhorst-pack 3 3 3
  np_dimensions -1 -1 4
end  

set includestress  .true.   # tell driver to optimize unit cell
set includelattice .true.   # tell driver to optimize with a,b,c,alpha,beta,gamma
task band optimize ignore

The optimized geometry will also contain the information about the symmetry being used

....  
     ----------------------  
     Optimization converged  
     ----------------------  


 Step       Energy      Delta E   Gmax     Grms     Xrms     Xmax   Walltime  
 ---- ---------------- -------- -------- -------- -------- -------- --------  
@    7     -45.62102901 -4.1D-07  0.00010  0.00003  0.00019  0.00060    287.1  
                                     ok       ok       ok       ok    



                        Geometry "geometry" -> "geometry"  
                        ---------------------------------  

Output coordinates in angstroms (scale by  1.889725989 to convert to a.u.)  

 No.       Tag          Charge          X              Y              Z  
---- ---------------- ---------- -------------- -------------- --------------  
   1 C                    6.0000     0.00000000     0.00000000     0.00000000  
   2 C                    6.0000     0.00000000     1.76715074     1.76715074  
   3 C                    6.0000     1.76715074     1.76715074     0.00000000  
   4 C                    6.0000     1.76715074     0.00000000     1.76715074  
   5 C                    6.0000     2.65072611     0.88357537     2.65072611  
   6 C                    6.0000     0.88357537     0.88357537     0.88357537  
   7 C                    6.0000     0.88357537     2.65072611     2.65072611  
   8 C                    6.0000     2.65072611     2.65072611     0.88357537  

     Lattice Parameters   
     ------------------   

     lattice vectors in angstroms (scale by  1.889725989 to convert to a.u.)  

     a1=<   3.534   0.000   0.000 >  
     a2=<   0.000   3.534   0.000 >  
     a3=<   0.000   0.000   3.534 >  
     a=       3.534 b=      3.534 c=       3.534  
     alpha=  90.000 beta=  90.000 gamma=  90.000  
     omega=    44.1  

     reciprocal lattice vectors in a.u.  

     b1=<   0.941   0.000   0.000 >  
     b2=<   0.000   0.941   0.000 >  
     b3=<   0.000   0.000   0.941 >  

     Atomic Mass   
     -----------   

     C                 12.000000  


     Symmetry information  
     --------------------  

Group name                  Fd-3m  
Group number            227  
Group order             192  
No. of unique centers     1  
Setting number            1  

     Symmetry unique atoms  

    1  

==============================================================================  
                               internuclear distances  
------------------------------------------------------------------------------  
      center one      |      center two      | atomic units |  angstroms  
------------------------------------------------------------------------------  
   5 C                |   4 C                |     2.89203  |     1.53040  
   6 C                |   1 C                |     2.89203  |     1.53040  
   6 C                |   2 C                |     2.89203  |     1.53040  
   6 C                |   3 C                |     2.89203  |     1.53040  
   6 C                |   4 C                |     2.89203  |     1.53040  
   7 C                |   2 C                |     2.89203  |     1.53040  
   8 C                |   3 C                |     2.89203  |     1.53040  
------------------------------------------------------------------------------  
                        number of included internuclear distances:          7  
==============================================================================  



==============================================================================  
                                internuclear angles  
------------------------------------------------------------------------------  
       center 1       |       center 2       |       center 3       |  degrees  
------------------------------------------------------------------------------  
   6 C                |   2 C                |   7 C                |   109.47  
   6 C                |   3 C                |   8 C                |   109.47  
   5 C                |   4 C                |   6 C                |   109.47  
   1 C                |   6 C                |   2 C                |   109.47  
   1 C                |   6 C                |   3 C                |   109.47  
   1 C                |   6 C                |   4 C                |   109.47  
   2 C                |   6 C                |   3 C                |   109.47  
   2 C                |   6 C                |   4 C                |   109.47  
   3 C                |   6 C                |   4 C                |   109.47  
------------------------------------------------------------------------------  
                           number of included internuclear angles:          9  
==============================================================================

The following example uses the BAND module to optimize the unit cell and geometry for a Brucite crystal (Mg(OH)2 with P-3m1 symmetry.

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title "brucite testing - using P-3m1 symmetry"  
echo  

memory 1500 mb  

permanent_dir ./perm  
scratch_dir      ./scratch  

geometry nocenter noautosym noautoz print   
 system crystal   
   lat_a 3.14979  
   lat_b 3.14979  
   lat_c 4.7702  
   alpha 90.0  
   beta  90.0  
   gamma 120.0  
 end  
symmetry P-3m1  
Mg   0.00000   0.00000  0.00000  
O   0.33333   0.66667   0.22030  
H   0.33333   0.66667   0.41300  
end   
set nwpw:cif_filename brucite  

#turn on pseudopotential filtering   
set nwpw:kbpp_ray .true.  
set nwpw:kbpp_filter .true.  

#***** setup the nwpw gamma point code ****  
nwpw  
  ewald_rcut 3.0  
  ewald_ncut 8  
  xc pbe96  
  lmbfgs  
  monkhorst-pack 3 3 2  
  #np_dimensions -1 -1 4  
end  

driver  
  clear  
  maxiter 31  
end  

set includestress  .true.          # tell driver to optimize unit cell  
set includelattice .true.  

task band optimize ignore

Optimizing Brucite, which is a soft layered material (2.5-3 Mohs scale), is more difficult to optimize than a hard material such as Diamond. For these types of materials using symmetry can often result in a faster optimization. For example, with symmetry the optimization converges within 20 to 30 geometry optimization steps,

@ Step       Energy      Delta E   Gmax     Grms     Xrms     Xmax   Walltime  
@ ---- ---------------- -------- -------- -------- -------- -------- --------  
@    0     -34.39207476  0.0D+00  0.24673  0.10223  0.00000  0.00000    172.7  
@    1     -34.39340208 -1.3D-03  0.00872  0.00302  0.00198  0.00485    328.5  
....  
@   20     -34.39042736 -1.2D-05  0.00195  0.00083  0.00440  0.01964   3019.2  
@   21     -34.39043463 -7.3D-06  0.00028  0.00011  0.00493  0.02042   3150.6  
@   22     -34.39043484 -2.1D-07  0.00043  0.00014  0.00002  0.00008   3278.5  
@   22     -34.39043484 -2.1D-07  0.00043  0.00014  0.00002  0.00008   3278.5

whereas, without symmetry the optimization may not be converged even at 100 geometry steps (input:Media:brucite-nosymmetry.nw, output:Media:brucite-nosymmetry.nwout).

@ Step       Energy      Delta E   Gmax     Grms     Xrms     Xmax   Walltime  
@ ---- ---------------- -------- -------- -------- -------- -------- --------  
@    0     -34.39207476  0.0D+00  0.24673  0.10250  0.00000  0.00000     18.4  
@    1     -34.39340765 -1.3D-03  0.02963  0.00715  0.00202  0.00500     30.7  
...  
@   49     -34.39027641 -2.1D-06  0.01870  0.00646  0.00074  0.00202    595.7  
@   50     -34.39027503  1.4D-06  0.01962  0.00669  0.00069  0.00197    608.4  
...  
@  100     -34.39034236 -3.8D-07  0.00380  0.00150  0.00036  0.00132   1155.3  
@  101     -34.39034431 -1.9D-06  0.00305  0.00118  0.00012  0.00045   1166.8  
@  102     -34.39034449 -1.8D-07  0.00370  0.00144  0.00006  0.00020   1177.9  
...

NWPW Tutorial 8: NVT Metropolis Monte-Carlo Simulations

In this example the PSPW module is used to run an NVT simulation for a diamond crystal using the a Metropolis Monte-Carlo algorithm.

NVT Metropolis Monte-Carlo Trajectory (Markov Chain) for diamond,
T=300K.

title "Metropolis NVT simulation of diamond - this input is used to put the system in equilibrium"  
echo  

start diamond-nvt  

#permanent_dir ./perm  
#scratch_dir   ./perm  

#**** Enter the geometry using fractional coordinates ****  
geometry center noautosym noautoz print   
system crystal   
   lat_a 3.56d0   
   lat_b 3.56d0   
   lat_c 3.56d0   
   alpha 90.0d0   
   beta  90.0d0   
   gamma 90.0d0   
end  
C -0.50000d0 -0.50000d0 -0.50000d0  
C  0.00000d0  0.00000d0 -0.50000d0  
C  0.00000d0 -0.50000d0  0.00000d0  
C -0.50000d0  0.00000d0  0.00000d0  
C -0.25000d0 -0.25000d0 -0.25000d0  
C  0.25000d0  0.25000d0 -0.25000d0  
C  0.25000d0 -0.25000d0  0.25000d0  
C -0.25000d0  0.25000d0  0.25000d0  
end  
set nwpw:cif_filename diamond_nvt_234  

###### setup the nwpw gamma point code ######  
set nwpw:kbpp_ray .true.  
set nwpw:kbpp_filter .true.  
set nwpw:frozen_lattice:thresh 999.0  
nwpw  
   lmbfgs  
   ewald_rcut 3.0  
   ewald_ncut 8  
   xc pbe  
end  
task pspw energy  

##### optimize the unit cell #####  
set includestress  .true.  #this option tells driver to optimize the unit cell  
set includelattice .true.  #this option tells driver to optimize cell using a,b,c,alpha,beta,gamma   
driver  
   clear  
   maxiter 51  
end  
task pspw optimize ignore  

####################################################################################  
###### setup Metropolis NVT code - input will change in a forthcoming release ######  
####################################################################################  
set nwpw:mc_seed 234              # Seed for random number generator  
set nwpw:mc_algorithm 1            # 1-NVT; 2-NPT  
set nwpw:mc_aratio 0.234           # targeted acceptance ratio  
set nwpw:mc_ddx 0.1                # parameter used to adjust geometry dispacement to have sampling with targeted acceptance  
set nwpw:mc_temperature 300.0      # Temperature in K  
set nwpw:mc_step_size   0.250      # initial geometry displacement step size  

nwpw  
   mc_steps 10 100  #total number of iterations = 10*100, number of iterations between step size adjustments = 10  
   cpmd_properties on  
end  
task pspw Metropolis

NWPW Tutorial 9: NPT Metropolis Monte-Carlo Simulations

In this example the PSPW module is used to run an NPT simulation for a diamond crystal using the a Metropolis Monte-Carlo algorithm.

(input:Media:diamond-metropolis.nw, output:Media:diamond-metropolis.nwout.gz, datafiles:Media:diamond-metropolis.emotion.gz, Media:diamond-metropolis.ion_motion.gz, Media:diamond-metropolis.xyz.gz, Media:diamond_metropolis_1234.cif.gz)

title "Metropolis NPT simulation of diamond - this input is used to put the system in equilibrium"  
echo  

start diamond-metropolis  

#permanent_dir ./perm  
#scratch_dir   ./perm  

#**** Enter the geometry using fractional coordinates ****  
geometry center noautosym noautoz print   
  system crystal   
    lat_a 3.56d0   
    lat_b 3.56d0   
    lat_c 3.56d0   
    alpha 90.0d0   
    beta  90.0d0   
    gamma 90.0d0    
  end  
 C -0.50000d0 -0.50000d0 -0.50000d0  
 C  0.00000d0  0.00000d0 -0.50000d0  
 C  0.00000d0 -0.50000d0  0.00000d0  
 C -0.50000d0  0.00000d0  0.00000d0  
 C -0.25000d0 -0.25000d0 -0.25000d0  
 C  0.25000d0  0.25000d0 -0.25000d0  
 C  0.25000d0 -0.25000d0  0.25000d0  
 C -0.25000d0  0.25000d0  0.25000d0  
end  
set nwpw:cif_filename pspw_metropolis  

###### setup the nwpw gamma point code ######  
set nwpw:kbpp_ray .true.  
set nwpw:kbpp_filter .true.  
set nwpw:frozen_lattice:thresh 999.0  
nwpw  
   lmbfgs  
   ewald_rcut 3.0  
   ewald_ncut 8  
   xc pbe  
end  
task pspw energy  


####################################################################################  
###### setup Metropolis NPT code - input will change in a forthcoming release ######  
####################################################################################  
set nwpw:mc_seed 1234              # Seed for random number generator  
set nwpw:mc_algorithm 2            # 1-NVT; 2-NPT  
set nwpw:mc_aratio 0.234           # targeted acceptance ratio  
set nwpw:mc_ddx 0.1                # parameter used to adjust geometry dispacement to have sampling with targeted acceptance  
set nwpw:mc_ddv 0.1                # parameter used to adjust volume change to have sampling with targeted acceptance  
set nwpw:mc_temperature 300.0      # Temperature in K  
set nwpw:mc_step_size   0.250      # geometry displacement step size  
set nwpw:mc_volume_step 0.130      # volume displacement step size  

nwpw  
   bo_steps 10 100  #total number of iterations = 10*100, number of iterations between step size adjustments = 10  
end  
task pspw Metropolis

(inputs:Media:diamond-metropolis-sampling.nw.tgz)

(python analysis program:Media:makehistogram.gz)

[WE27972:~/Projects/NWChem/Metropolis] bylaska% makehistogram -t 300 -c 2 1235/diamond-metropolis-1235.emotion 1236/diamond-metropolis-1236.emotion   
1237/diamond-metropolis-1237.emotion 1238/diamond-metropolis-1238.emotion 1239/diamond-metropolis-1239.emotion 1240/diamond-metropolis-1240.emotion   
1241/diamond-metropolis-1241.emotion 1242/diamond-metropolis-1242.emotion 1243/diamond-metropolis-1243.emotion 1244/diamond-metropolis-1244.emotion   
1245/diamond-metropolis-1245.emotion 1246/diamond-metropolis-1246.emotion 1248/diamond-metropolis-1248.emotion 1249/diamond-metropolis-1249.emotion   
makehistogram Program  
len(args)= 14  

unitconversion  = 1.0  
temperature (K) = 300  
RT (au)         = 0.000949482834326  ( 0.5958  kcal/mol)  

data columns -1 = [1]  
data rows (n)   = 52000  

delta (au)       = 0.01  
xmin-delta (au)  = -45.08080365  
xmax+delta (au)  = -45.05079515  

data averaging:  
- xbar       (au)           = -45.0668093497  
- S2_{n-1}   (au)           = 1.08378343101e-05  
- <exp((x-xmin)/RT)> (au)   = 5293374903.39  
- <exp((x-xbar)/RT)> (au)   = 2102.44405413  
- Free energy               = -45.0595449934  
- Free energy1              = -45.0595449934  

histogram distribution parameters:  
- number of bins (Rice k) = 75  
- bin width               = 0.00040552027027  
- norm                    = 1.0  
- xbar (au)               = -45.0668107987  (error= -1.44908364064e-06 )  
- S2_{n-1} (au)           = 1.0858459744e-05  (error= 2.06254339582e-08 )  
- <exp((x-xmin)/RT)> (au) = 5184600342.01  (error= -108774561.378 )  
- <exp((x-xbar)/RT)> (au) = 2062.38570923  (error= -40.0583449011 )  
- Free energy               = -45.0595647078  (error= -1.9714360235e-05 )  
- Free energy1              = -45.0595647078  (error= -1.9714360235e-05 )  
- histogram plot file     = histogram.dat  

normal distribution parameters:  
- average x (input xbar)                   = -45.0668093497  
- unbiased sample variance (input S2_(n-1))= 1.08378343101e-05  
- xbar-xmin                                = 0.0139943003357  
- norm                    = 0.99998877936  
- xbar (au)               = -45.0663035243  (error= 0.000505825397738 )  
- S2_{n-1} (au)           = 1.1091077321e-05  (error= 2.53243010936e-07 )  
- <exp((x-xmin)/RT)> (au) = 943482808.939  (error= -4349892094.45 )  
- <exp((x-xbar)/RT)> (au) = 219.968603653  (error= -1882.47545048 )  
- Free energy               = -45.061182503  (error= -0.00163750957643 )  
- Free energy1              = -45.061182503  (error= -0.00163750957643 )  
- normal distribution plot file = normdist.dat  
- number data points = 1500  

gamma distribution parameters:  
- alpha0= 18.0700715921  
- beta0 = 1291.24508969  
- xmin + alpha0/beta0 = -45.0668093497  
- alpha = 18.5003178357  
- beta  = 1321.98948086  
- xmin + alpha/beta   = -45.0668093497  
- norm                    = 0.999923464137 0.99993569948  
- xbar (au)               = -45.0633614482 -45.0639126423  (error= 0.00344790150088 0.00289670733491 )  
- S2_{n-1} (au)           = 2.27110055327e-05 1.89632753897e-05  (error= 1.18731712226e-05 8.12544107961e-06 )  
- <exp((x-xmin)/RT)> (au) = 7932775654.26 7060892836.07  (error= 2639400750.87 1767517932.68 )  
- <exp((x-xbar)/RT)> (au) = 83.43400035 132.707151194  (error= -2019.01005378 -1969.73690294 )  
- Free energy               = -45.059160883 -45.0592714327  (error= 0.000384110406969 0.000273560709338 )  
- Free energy1              = -45.059160883 -45.0592714327  (error= 0.000384110406969 0.000273560709338 )  
- gamma distribution plot file = gammadist.dat  
- number data points = 1500  

Hausdorff distribution parameters:  
- xmin = -45.08080365  
- xmax = -45.05079515  
- number moments     = 15  
  -- < x^0 >    =    1.000000000000000  
  -- < x^1 >    =    0.466344546904007  
  -- < x^2 >    =    0.229512222180349  
  -- < x^3 >    =    0.119040323347820  
  -- < x^4 >    =    0.064946164109284  
  -- < x^5 >    =    0.037186896798964  
  -- < x^6 >    =    0.022287980659815  
  -- < x^7 >    =    0.013942929105868  
  -- < x^8 >    =    0.009076370636747  
  -- < x^9 >    =    0.006128509645342  
  -- < x^10 >   =    0.004278147917961  
  -- < x^11 >   =    0.003077410986590  
  -- < x^12 >   =    0.002273768533280  
  -- < x^13 >   =    0.001720304299285  
  -- < x^14 >   =    0.001328990330385  
- norm                    = 1.0000000003  
- xbar (au)               = -45.066809363  (error= -1.33426993898e-08 )  
- S2_{n-1} (au)           = 1.08376258908e-05  (error= -2.08419282206e-10 )  
- <exp((x-xmin)/RT)> (au) = 5423305875.35  (error= 129930971.958 )  
- <exp((x-xbar)/RT)> (au) = 2154.08083332  (error= 51.6367791881 )  
- Free energy               = -45.0595219689  (error= 2.30245307122e-05 )  
- Free energy1              = -45.0595219689  (error= 2.30245307122e-05 )  
- Hausdorff moment history file = moment_hist.dat  
- Hausdorff distribution plot file = hausdorff.dat  
- number data points = 1500


NWPW Tutorial 9: Free Energy Simulations

A description of using the WHAM method for generating free energy of the gas-phase dissociation reaction CH$_3$Cl $\rightarrow$ CH$_3$+Cl can be found in the attached pdf (nwchem-new-pmf.pdf)

PAW Tutorial

Optimizing a water molecule

The following input deck performs for a water molecule a PSPW energy calculation followed by a PAW energy calculation and a PAW geometry optimization calculation. The default unit cell parameters are used (SC=20.0, ngrid 32 32 32). In this simulation, the first PAW run optimizes the wavefunction and the second PAW run optimizes the wavefunction and geometry in tandem.

title "paw steepest descent test"  
start paw_test 
charge 0 
geometry units au nocenter noautoz noautosym  
O      0.00000    0.00000    0.01390 
H     -1.49490    0.00000   -1.18710  
H      1.49490    0.00000   -1.18710  
end 
nwpw  
  time_step 15.8  
  ewald_rcut 1.50  
  tolerances 1.0d-8 1.0d-8  
end  
set nwpw:lcao_iterations 1  
set nwpw:minimizer 2  
task pspw energy  
task paw energy  
nwpw  
  time_step 5.8  
  geometry_optimize  
  ewald_rcut 1.50  
  tolerances 1.0d-7 1.0d-7 1.0d-4  
end
task paw steepest_descent 
task paw optimize

Optimizing a unit cell and geometry for Silicon-Carbide

The following example demonstrates how to uses the PAW module to optimize the unit cell and geometry for a silicon-carbide crystal.

title "SiC 8 atom cubic cell - geometry and unit cell optimization" 
start SiC
#**** Enter the geometry using fractional coordinates ****  
geometry units au center noautosym noautoz print
 system crystal
   lat_a 8.277d0
   lat_b 8.277d0 
   lat_c 8.277d0  
   alpha 90.0d0  
   beta  90.0d0
   gamma 90.0d0
 end 
Si    -0.50000d0  -0.50000d0  -0.50000d0
Si     0.00000d0   0.00000d0  -0.50000d0  
Si     0.00000d0  -0.50000d0   0.00000d0 
Si    -0.50000d0   0.00000d0   0.00000d0
C     -0.25000d0  -0.25000d0  -0.25000d0
C      0.25000d0   0.25000d0  -0.25000d0 
C      0.25000d0  -0.25000d0   0.25000d0
C     -0.25000d0   0.25000d0   0.25000d0  
end  
#***** setup the nwpw gamma point code ****  
nwpw
  simulation_cell 
    ngrid 16 16 16
  end
  ewald_ncut 8 
end  
set nwpw:minimizer 2
set nwpw:psi_nolattice .true.  # turns of unit cell checking for wavefunctions 
driver
  clear 
  maxiter 40  
end
set includestress .true.         # this option tells driver to optimize the unit cell
set nwpw:stress_numerical .true. #currently only numerical stresses implemented in paw
task paw optimize

Running a Car-Parrinello Simulation

In this section we show how use the PAW module to perform a Car-Parrinello molecular dynamic simulation for a $C_2$ molecule at the LDA level. Before running a PAW Car-Parrinello simulation the system should be on the Born-Oppenheimer surface, i.e. the one-electron orbitals should be minimized with respect to the total energy (i.e. task pspw energy). The input needed is basically the same as for optimizing the geometry of a $C_2$ molecule at the LDA level,except that and additional Car-Parrinello sub-block is added.

In the following example we show the input needed to run a Car-Parrinello simulation for a $C_2$ molecule at the LDA level. In this example, default pseudopotentials from the pseudopotential library are used for C, the boundary condition is free-space, the exchange correlation functional is LDA, The boundary condition is free-space, and the simulation cell cell is aperiodic and cubic with a side length of 10.0 Angstroms and has 40 grid points in each direction (cutoff energy is 44 Ry). The time step and fake mass for the Car-Parrinello run are specified to be 5.0 au and 600.0 au, respectively.

start c2_paw_lda_md  
title "C2 restricted singlet dimer, LDA/44Ry - constant energy Car-Parrinello simulation"
geometry  
 C    -0.62 0.0 0.0 
 C     0.62 0.0 0.0 
end
pspw 
  simulation_cell units angstroms  
     boundary_conditions aperiodic 
     lattice 
       lat_a 10.00d0  
       lat_b 10.00d0
       lat_c 10.00d0
     end  
     ngrid 40 40 40
  end  
  Car-Parrinello 
    fake_mass 600.0
    time_step 5.0 
    loop 10 10  
  end 
end 
set nwpw:minimizer 2
task paw energy
task paw Car-Parrinello

NWPW Capabilities and Limitations

  • Hybrid Functionals (e.g. PBE0, LDA-SIC) only work in PSPW.
  • Wannier orbital task only works in PSPW.
  • AIMD/MM simulation only works with PSPW.

Questions and Difficulties

Questions and encountered problems should be reported to the NWChem Community Forum or to Eric J. Bylaska, Eric.Bylaska@pnl.gov