Implementation of ultrasoft pseudopotentials in ab initio molecular dynamics

Kari Laasonen, Roberto Car, Changyol Lee, David Vanderbilt

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A scheme for the construction of ultrasoft separable pseudopotentials recently proposed by Vanderbilt is tested in the context of Car-Parrinello ab initio molecular-dynamics calculations on atoms and molecules. For the case of oxygen, the transferability of the pseudopotential is demonstrated by comparing the calculated properties of molecular O2 and O3 with those obtained from conventional approaches. Converged results are obtained using plane-wave-basis cutoffs of only 25 Ry. Forces can be calculated efficiently, and a molecular-dynamics simulation of molecular vibration is demonstrated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6796-6799
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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