Cell size in GEO OPT for a cluster or molecule

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Niharendu Choudhury

Sep 17, 2022, 2:53:41 AMSep 17
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Dear all,
Greetings to all from Mumbai, India.
What should be the cell size relative to cluster/molecule size
when GEO OPT is carried out using CP2K. Any thumb rule?

Niharendu Choudhury

Matt Watkins

Sep 23, 2022, 10:33:06 AMSep 23
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You want to have all the electron density decaying to ~0 around the molecule before it repeats, normally requires about 5A of space beyond the atom position. You want the cell to be large enough that there are no major electrostatic interactions between images. 15A^3 is normally quite sufficient - bigger if your molecule is bigger.
You can also run non-periodically using psolver wavelet and periodic none n the poisson section and periodic none in you cell section.

Niharendu Choudhury

Sep 23, 2022, 1:00:58 PMSep 23
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Dear Dr. Watkins,
Thanks for your advice. Is there any standard input file available?

N Choudhury

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