Boosting the efficiency of ab initio electron-phonon coupling calculations through dual interpolation

10 Jul 2020  ·  Chaves Anderson S., Antonelli Alex, Larson Daniel T., Kaxiras Efthimios ·

The coupling between electrons and phonons in solids plays a central role in describing many phenomena, including superconductivity and thermoelecric transport. Calculations of this coupling are exceedingly demanding as they necessitate integrations over both the electron and phonon momenta, both of which span the Brillouin zone of the crystal, independently... We present here an ab initio method for efficiently calculating electron-phonon mediated transport properties by dramatically accelerating the computation of the double integrals with a dual interpolation technique that combines maximally localized Wannier functions with symmetry-adapted plane waves. The performance gain in relation to the current state-of-the-art Wannier-Fourier interpolation is approximately 2n_s \times M, where n_s is the number of crystal symmetry operations and M, a number in the range 5 - 60, governs the expansion in star functions. We demonstrate with several examples how our method performs some ab initio calculations involving electron-phonon interactions. read more

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