[Wien] A question about RMT and AIM

Laurence Marks L-marks at northwestern.edu
Mon Nov 27 15:41:02 CET 2006

Aim is a hard calculation to get right because there is not currently
any really good algorithm for finding the BCP and surface, and it is
done by a brute force search method. What can certainly create
problems are:

1) The discontinuities at the RMT's. You need to use very high clm's
(in case.in2) to reduce this; for a small calculation like you have
you may want to use an lapw basis set (rather than APW+lo) since this
has no discontinuity. (I have a small utility to calculate the

2) Insufficient sampling. At the end of case.outputaim there are some
error guesstimates which are approximately correct (within a factor of
2). If these are large you need to increase the sampling in

3) Using too large an initial R and/or too large steps.

In general, calculations with smaller RMT's should be more reliable
albeit slower.

On 11/27/06, G.C.ZHOU <gc_zhou1982 at 163.com> wrote:
>  Dear Professor and users:
>  I am doing the AIM calculation of ZnO, it has three
> structure:wurtzite,zinc-blende and rocksalt.
>  when I do the calculation of BCP,the other setting are all same,I find RMT
> affect the result very greatly.
> the structure is wurtzite,
>    and set R(Zn)=1.75, R(O)=1.85, the Laplace of BCP is 5.003;
>    when set R(Zn)=1.85, R(O)=1.90, the Laplace of BCP is 0.580,and the
> position of BCP is not correct.
> the structure is zinc-blende,
>   and set R(Zn)=1.75, R(O)=1.85, the Laplace of BCP is 4.993;
>   when set R(Zn)=1.85, R(O)=1.90, I can't find the BCP.
> the structure is rocksalt,
>   and set R(Zn)=1.75, R(O)=1.85, the Laplace of BCP is 4.511;
>   when set R(Zn)=1.94, R(O)=2.10, the Laplace of BCP is 3.256;
> I am puzzled with this results, but the two results of evety structure are
> too different with only the RMT is changing. And the Laplace of rocksalt's
> BCP tells that, in the rocksalt structure, the covanlent of Zn-O bond turns
> more then wurtzite, it's contrary with our earlier cognition, which is the
> bonding became more ionic in this structure.
> even worse, when I reduce the RMT, the laplace will turns smaller yet.
> I set RKmax=9.0, LM=10, and set Ecut=-6.5Ry, there is no electron leak out.
> and use x lapw -c to do the program.
> Can tell me why the BCP change so much in different RMT, and which
> result should I take as the right one.
>  Any advices is welcome!
> Thanks.
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Laurence Marks
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