Dielectric function and other optical properties

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This tutorial calculates optical properties of PbTe using lm or lm. There is a full potential tutorial for PbTe as well as an ASA tutorial. See either of those tutorials to build the self-consistent density.

You can begin this tutorial once you have the self-consistent density in hand.



The full-potential (FP) and the Atomic Spheres Approximation (ASA) implementations of the code executed through lmf and lm respectively, have the capacity to preform a number of equilibrium and non-equilibrium optical and electronic calculations. This tutorial will only focus on the equilibrium calculation for optical properties and the joint density of states (JDOS), non-equilibrium modes will be covered here(HYPERLINKTHIS).

Input File

Using the optics mode for calculating JDOS or the imaginary part of the complex dielectric function can be done in two steps. The first step is to include a new category in the control file with associated tokens, an example of what needs to be included for a simple calculation is shown below:


the category above describes all necessary information needed to calculate the imaginary part of the complex dielectric function. The tokens above indicate an optics calculation mode 1 which is the imaginary part of the dielectric function, calculated for an energy range of (−1,0) Ry (indicated by WINDOW token) with an energy mesh density of 1001 using the enhanced tetrahedron integration method (determined through LTET). Further more the token FREE=F should be added to the start category in the control file.

Preforming calculations

To preform this calculation simply add the text above to the ctrl file (in this tutorial we will use lm and GaAs) and invoke:

$ lm -vnit=1 ctrl.pbte

or equivalently for the FP implementation

$ lmf -vnit=1 ctrl.pbte

(NOTE: the START category is not used in full-potential calculations and hence can be ignored)additional switches are added to restrict the number of iteration to one, it is also recommended to include the switch --rs=1,0 for FP calculations which will read the saved density from disk but will not update the electron density; this insures that all calculations after self-consistent calculation are preformed on the same density.

Output file

The output file of the optics mode can vary by mode, for the mode above the file will be named opt.pbte, and will contain 4 columns and 1002 rows in the standard Questaal format for 2D arrays. The first row contains brief metadata; the columns from left to right are energy value (in Ry), followed by values for the imaginary part of the dielectric function for three orientations of the electric field polarization.

Further Optics Modes

Imaginary part of the dielectric function

The optics mode=1 used above calculates the dielectric function for the nonmagnetic cases (HAM_NSPIN=1) or analytic implementation of SOC(HAM_SO=1), in the cases of polarized spin or perturbation based implementation of SOC OPTICS_MODE=1 only calculates Imϵ\epsilon for spin up, to preform the same calculation for spin down electrons OPTICS_MODE=2 must be used.

Single and Joint Density of States(DOS)

It is possible to calculate Single DOS and the Joint DOS (JDOS) through the optics category of the control file. These calculations are preformed by simply using OPTICS_MODE-1 to -4 for JDOS calculations, and -5 and -6 for density calculations and running the lm or lm as describe for Imϵ\epsilon calculations above. The six modes described above correlate to

           -1: generate JDOS, similarly to mode=1 this generates complete JDOS in case of unpolarized spins and  so=1, otherwise JDOS for spin 1
           -2: generate JDOS for spin 2, similarly to mode=2 this generates JDOS for the second spin  in cases of polarized spin and so=3
           -3: generate JDOS between spin 1 and spin 2
           -4: generate JDOS between spin 2 and spin 1
           -5: generate single DOS for spin 1
           -6: generate single DOS for spin 2

The output files for all six optics modes described above consists of 2 columns ( the number of rows is OPTICS_NPTS plus and additional meta data line), the first of which is energy (in Ry) followed by the corresponding JDOS or DOS values.

Resolving output

Both lm and lmf offer a range of option to resolve Imϵ\epsilon,DOS and JDOS through OPTICS_PART, OPTICS_FILBND and OPTICS_EMPBND, the options described here apply to all of the optics modes described above (Imϵ\epsilon,JDOS and DOS).

Occupied and unoccupied bands

It is possible to perform any of the optics mode calculations described above for a restricted number of bands, this can greatly speed up the calculation and allow for isolation and identification of individual band contributions. To restrict the bands involved in the calculation simply provide a range of values for occupied and unoccupied bands through OPTICS_PART, OPTICS_FILBND and OPTICS_EMPBND respectively. Below is an example of an optics category which calculates the contribution to Imϵ\epsilon from the highest two valence bands and the lowest two conduction bands for silicon:

          FILBND=4,5 EMPBND=6,7

The optics output file generated with restricted bands will have the same name and format as unrestricted band calculations, which has been described previously in this tutorial.

Resolve by k,ϵk,\epsilon and band to band contribution

The optical and electronic properties described above can also be separated by band to band contribution through OPTICS_PART=1, this method has the advantage that the band to band contributions for a number of bands can be preformed quickly. The output of optical calculations while using OPTICS_PART=1 is poptt.pbte_{: style=”color: green”} the format of this file differs from opt.pbte. Details of output format for OPTICS_PART=1 can be found here.

The contributions to the optical and electronic properties can also be resolved by contributions from single k-points, this can be achieved by preforming the optical calculations above with the added switch OPTICS_PART=2. A full tutorial for this option is provided here.

Finally options OPTICS_PART=1 and OPTICS_PART=2 can be preformed simultaneously, the output of this option is described here.

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