CRYSTAL14: A program for the ab initio investigation of crystalline solids

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  • Roberto Dovesi,

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    1. Dipartimento di Chimica, Centre of Excellence NIS (Nanostructured Interfaces and Surfaces), Università di Torino, Torino I-10125, Italy
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  • Roberto Orlando,

    1. Dipartimento di Chimica, Centre of Excellence NIS (Nanostructured Interfaces and Surfaces), Università di Torino, Torino I-10125, Italy
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  • Alessandro Erba,

    1. Dipartimento di Chimica, Centre of Excellence NIS (Nanostructured Interfaces and Surfaces), Università di Torino, Torino I-10125, Italy
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  • Claudio M. Zicovich-Wilson,

    1. Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
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  • Bartolomeo Civalleri,

    1. Dipartimento di Chimica, Centre of Excellence NIS (Nanostructured Interfaces and Surfaces), Università di Torino, Torino I-10125, Italy
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  • Silvia Casassa,

    1. Dipartimento di Chimica, Centre of Excellence NIS (Nanostructured Interfaces and Surfaces), Università di Torino, Torino I-10125, Italy
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  • Lorenzo Maschio,

    1. Dipartimento di Chimica, Centre of Excellence NIS (Nanostructured Interfaces and Surfaces), Università di Torino, Torino I-10125, Italy
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  • Matteo Ferrabone,

    1. Dipartimento di Chimica, Centre of Excellence NIS (Nanostructured Interfaces and Surfaces), Università di Torino, Torino I-10125, Italy
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  • Marco De La Pierre,

    1. Dipartimento di Chimica, Centre of Excellence NIS (Nanostructured Interfaces and Surfaces), Università di Torino, Torino I-10125, Italy
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  • Philippe D'Arco,

    1. Sorbonne Universités, UPMC Univ Paris 06, UMR 7193, Institut des Sciences de la Terre Paris (iSTeP), Paris, France
    2. CNRS, UMR 7193, Institut des Sciences de la Terre Paris (iSTeP), Paris, France
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  • Yves Noël,

    1. Sorbonne Universités, UPMC Univ Paris 06, UMR 7193, Institut des Sciences de la Terre Paris (iSTeP), Paris, France
    2. CNRS, UMR 7193, Institut des Sciences de la Terre Paris (iSTeP), Paris, France
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  • Mauro Causà,

    1. Dipartimento di Ingegneria Chimica, dei Materiali e della Produzione Industriale, Università di Napoli Federico II, Napoli, Italy
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  • Michel Rérat,

    1. Equipe de Chimie Physique, IPREM UMR5254, Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour, Pau, France
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  • Bernard Kirtman

    1. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Santa Barbara, California
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Abstract

The capabilities of the Crystal14 program are presented, and the improvements made with respect to the previous Crystal09 version discussed. Crystal14 is an ab initio code that uses a Gaussian-type basis set: both pseudopotential and all-electron strategies are permitted; the latter is not much more expensive than the former up to the first-second transition metal rows of the periodic table. A variety of density functionals is available, including as an extreme case Hartree–Fock; hybrids of various nature (global, range-separated, double) can be used. In particular, a very efficient implementation of global hybrids, such as popular B3LYP and PBE0 prescriptions, allows for such calculations to be performed at relatively low computational cost. The program can treat on the same grounds zero-dimensional (molecules), one-dimensional (polymers), two-dimensional (slabs), as well as three-dimensional (3D; crystals) systems. No spurious 3D periodicity is required for low-dimensional systems as happens when plane-waves are used as a basis set. Symmetry is fully exploited at all steps of the calculation; this permits, for example, to investigate nanotubes of increasing radius at a nearly constant cost (better than linear scaling!) or to perform self-consistent-field (SCF) calculations on fullerenes as large as (10,10), with 6000 atoms, 84,000 atomic orbitals, and 20 SCF cycles, on a single core in one day. Three versions of the code exist, serial, parallel, and massive-parallel. In the second one, the most relevant matrices are duplicated, whereas in the third one the matrices in reciprocal space are distributed for diagonalization. All the relevant vectors are now dynamically allocated and deallocated after use, making Crystal14 much more agile than the previous version, in which they were statically allocated. The program now fits more easily in low-memory machines (as many supercomputers nowadays are). Crystal14 can be used on parallel machines up to a high number of cores (benchmarks up to 10,240 cores are documented) with good scalability, the main limitation remaining the diagonalization step. Many tensorial properties can be evaluated in a fully automated way by using a single input keyword: elastic, piezoelectric, photoelastic, dielectric, as well as first and second hyperpolarizabilies, electric field gradients, Born tensors and so forth. Many tools permit a complete analysis of the vibrational properties of crystalline compounds. The infrared and Raman intensities are now computed analytically and related spectra can be generated. Isotopic shifts are easily evaluated, frequencies of only a fragment of a large system computed and nuclear contribution to the dielectric tensor determined. New algorithms have been devised for the investigation of solid solutions and disordered systems. The topological analysis of the electron charge density, according to the Quantum Theory of Atoms in Molecules, is now incorporated in the code via the integrated merge of the Topond package. Electron correlation can be evaluated at the Möller–Plesset second-order level (namely MP2) and a set of double-hybrids are presently available via the integrated merge with the Cryscor program. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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