Element: phonons

Compute the dynamical matrix.

There are two methods available to compute dymanical matrices, supercell calculations (also called 'frozen phonon approach') and density-functional perturbation theory (DFPT).

In the first case, dynamical matrices are computed by constructing a supercell (attributes ngridq and reduceq), displacing atoms in it and obtaining the dynamical matrix from the forces. As all atoms are displaced four times in each direction, and this is done for every ${\bf q}$-point, phonon calculations can become quite tedious. If the calculation was done already at an earlier point, and an existing dynamical matrix should be reused, the attribute do allows to skip a fresh calculation.

In the second case, DFPT w.r.t. phonon-like displacements of the nuclei is employed to compute the linear response of the electron density and effective potential in the unitcell from which, in turn, the linear response of the atomic forces and hence the dynamical matrices are derived.

To obtain phonon eigenvalues and eigenvectors for one or more ${\bf q}$-points, add one of the elements qpointset, interpolate, phonondispplot or phonondos.

contains: qpointset (optional)
phonondos (optional)
phonondispplot (optional)
reformatdynmat (optional)
interpolate (optional)
parts (optional)
XPath: /input/phonons

This element allows for specification of the following attributes: canonical, deltaph, do, drynumprocs, gamma, method, ngridq, reduceq

Attribute: canonical

Applies to method="dfpt" only! If the attribute canonical is set to "true", the canonical (Cartesian) displacement patterns are used. Otherwhise, irreducible representations are used (default).

Type: boolean
Default: "false"
Use: optional
XPath: /input/phonons/@canonical

Attribute: deltaph

Applies to method="sc" only!

Phonon calculations are performed by constructing a supercell corresponding to a particular ${\bf q}$-vector and making small periodic sin- and cos-like displacements of the atoms. The amplitude of this displacement, in cartesian coordinates for each component, is given by deltaph (in units of Bohr). Additionally a displacement of 2*deltaph is done, so in general each atom is displaced four times.

deltaph should not be made too large, as anharmonic terms could then become significant, neither should it be too small as this can introduce a numerical error.

Type: fortrandouble
Default: "0.03d0"
Use: optional
XPath: /input/phonons/@deltaph

Attribute: do

Specify if the phonon calculation is performed from scratch (value fromscratch), resumed from a previous calculation (value fromfile, DFPT only) or skipped (value skip.) In the latter case the dynamical matrix is read from files produced in a previous run with the same parameters. In case of a DFPT phonon calculation, value dry triggers a dry run that only generates the irreducible representations and prints the parallelization pattern.

Type: choose from:
Default: "fromscratch"
Use: optional
XPath: /input/phonons/@do

Attribute: drynumprocs

Applies to method="dfpt" only! If the attribute do is set to "dry", this number of processes is assumed for a parrallel run.

Type: integer
Default: "1"
Use: optional
XPath: /input/phonons/@drynumprocs

Attribute: gamma

Applies to method="sc" only! Determines how force constants at the $\Gamma$-point are computed. The numerical differentiation is done from (a) a displacement by deltaph and the equilibirum (onestep), (b) displacements by $\pm$deltaph (twostep), or (c) displacements by deltaph and 2deltaph (standard) for each atom in each cartesian direction. Note that options (a) requires $3N+1$ computations, whereas option (b) and (c) require $6N$ for $N$ atoms. In particular if only the $\Gamma$-point is to be computed, option (b) is more accurate and yields better eigenvectors than (a).

Type: choose from:
Default: "twostep"
Use: optional
XPath: /input/phonons/@gamma

Attribute: method

Method to compute phonons. Either "sc" for super-cell approach or "dfpt" (default) for density-functional perturbation theory.

Type: choose from:
Default: "dfpt"
Use: optional
XPath: /input/phonons/@method

Attribute: ngridq

Number of ${\bf q}$ grid points along the basis vector directions. This determines the size of the supercell. In case of a DPFT calculation this grid must be commensurate with the ${\bf k}$ grid from the groundstate element.

Type: integertriple
Default: "1 1 1"
Use: optional
XPath: /input/phonons/@ngridq

Attribute: reduceq

The attribute reduceq is set to "true" if the ${\bf q}$-point set is to be reduced with the crystal symmetries.

Type: boolean
Default: "true"
Use: optional
XPath: /input/phonons/@reduceq

Element: phonondos

Compute the phonon density of states (DOS) $g(\omega)$ and thermodynamical properties. This is done by calculating the phonon eigenvalues on a dense grid, specified by ngrdos. The DOS is output to file PHDOS.OUT. Note that $\int\limits_{\omega_{\rm min}}^{\omega_{\rm max}} d\omega\; g(\omega) = 3N_{\rm at}$

From the DOS $g(\omega)$ the following thermodynamical properties are obtained:

  • the zero-point energy $E_{\rm ZP} = \frac{1}{2} \int\limits_{\omega_{\rm min}}^{\omega_{\rm max}} d\omega\; \omega\, g(\omega)$
  • the vibrational internal energy $E_{\rm vib} = \frac{1}{2} \int\limits_{\omega_{\rm min}}^{\omega_{\rm max}} d\omega\; \omega\, g(\omega) \coth\frac{\omega}{2k_B T}$
  • the vibrational free energy $F_{\rm vib} = k_B T \int\limits_{\omega_{\rm min}}^{\omega_{\rm max}} d\omega\; g(\omega) \log\left(2 \sinh \frac{\omega}{2k_B T}\right)$
  • the vibrational entropy $S_{\rm vib} = \frac{E_{\rm vib}-F_{\rm vib}}{T}$
  • the heat capacity $c = k_B \int\limits_{\omega_{\rm min}}^{\omega_{\rm max}} d\omega\; g(\omega) \left(\frac{\omega}{k_B T}\right)^{\!\!\! 2} {\exp\left(\frac{\omega}{k_B T}\right)}{\left[\exp(\frac{\omega}{k_B T})-1\right]^{-2}}$

where $N_{\rm at}$ is the number of atoms in the unit cell. These quantities are computed for the temperatures, specified by ntemp and written to files THERMO.OUT and thermo.xml.

Type: no content
XPath: /input/phonons/phonondos

This element allows for specification of the following attributes: ngrdos, nsmdos, ntemp, nwdos

Attribute: ngrdos

Number of grid points in each lattice direction on which the eigenvalues are interpolated.

Type: integer
Default: "100"
Use: optional
XPath: /input/phonons/phonondos/@ngrdos

Attribute: nsmdos

Number of 3-point averaging runs to smoothen the DOS. One run corresponds to setting the DOS value for one frequency $g(\omega_i)$ to the average $1/3\:\left[g(\omega_{i-1})+g(\omega_{i})+g(\omega_{i+1})\right]$.

Type: integer
Default: "0"
Use: optional
XPath: /input/phonons/phonondos/@nsmdos

Attribute: ntemp

Number of temperatures in the range up to the maximal temperature $T_{\rm max}$ for the calculation of the thermodynamical properties from the phonon DOS This corresponds to the maximal phonon frequency $\omega_{\rm max}$ by $T_{\rm max} = \omega_{\rm max} / k_B$.

Type: integer
Default: "200"
Use: optional
XPath: /input/phonons/phonondos/@ntemp

Attribute: nwdos

Number of steps between the lowest and highest phonon frequency for the DOS.

Type: integer
Default: "500"
Use: optional
XPath: /input/phonons/phonondos/@nwdos

Element: phonondispplot

Produce a phonon dispersion plot by interpolating phonon frequencies for points on a path through the Brillouin zone. The frequencies for all phonon modes along the path are written to file PHDISP.OUT, vertex lines are written to file PHDLINES.OUT. Use the element plot1d to specify the path in reciprocal lattice vectors.

contains: plot1d
XPath: /input/phonons/phonondispplot

Element: reformatdynmat

Reads in the dynamical matrix rows from the corresponding files and outputs them as $3\times 3$ blocks for each atom combination to the file DYNMAT.OUT. A corrected dynamical matrix which fulfills the accoustic sumrule is output to the file DYNMAT_SUMRULE.OUT. It is obtained by subtracting the three lowest eigenvectors from the original matrix: $D_{ij}^{\bf q}\rightarrow D_{ij}^{\bf q}-\sum_{k=1}^3 (\omega_k^0)^2 v_{k;i}^0 v_{k;j}^0$ for all ${\bf q}$, where $\omega_k^0$ is the $k$th eigenvalue of the ${\bf q}=0$ dynamical matrix and $v_{k;i}^0$ the $i$th component of its eigenvector.

Symmetrized forms are written to the files DYNMAT_SYM.OUT and DYNMAT_SYM_SUMRULE.OUT.

Type: no content
XPath: /input/phonons/reformatdynmat

Element: interpolate

Interpolates the phonon frequencies, and optionally eigenvectors, on a given ${\bf q}$-point grid and outputs them to file PHONON_INTERPOLATE.OUT.

Type: no content
XPath: /input/phonons/interpolate

This element allows for specification of the following attributes: ngridq (required), vqloff, writeeigenvectors

Attribute: ngridq

${\bf q}$-point grid for interpolation.

Type: integertriple
Use: required
XPath: /input/phonons/interpolate/@ngridq

Attribute: vqloff

The ${\bf q}$-point offset vector in lattice coordinates.

Type: vect3d
Default: "0.0d0 0.0d0 0.0d0"
Use: optional
XPath: /input/phonons/interpolate/@vqloff

Attribute: writeeigenvectors

Set to true if the phonon eigenvectors are to be interpolated and output in addition to the phonon frequencies.

Type: boolean
Default: "false"
Use: optional
XPath: /input/phonons/interpolate/@writeeigenvectors

Reused Elements

The following elements can occur more than once in the input file. There for they are listed separately.

Data Types

The Input definition uses derived data types. These are described here.

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