Efficient pseudopotentials for plane-wave calculations

Phys. Rev. B 43, 1993 – Published 15 January 1991
N. Troullier and José Luriaas Martins


We present a simple procedure to generate first-principles norm-conserving pseudopotentials, which are designed to be smooth and therefore save computational resources when used with a plane-wave basis. We found that these pseudopotentials are extremely efficient for the cases where the plane-wave expansion has a slow convergence, in particular, for systems containing first-row elements, transition metals, and rare-earth elements. The wide applicability of the pseudopotentials are exemplified with plane-wave calculations for copper, zinc blende, diamond, α-quartz, rutile, and cerium.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.43.1993

  • Received 3 August 1990
  • Published in the issue dated 15 January 1991

© 1991 The American Physical Society

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N. Troullier and José Luriaas Martins

  • Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455

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