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What is altra soft pseudopotential?

  1. Dec 10, 2005 #1
    I would like to know the definition of altra soft pseudopotential.(in solid state
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  3. Dec 10, 2005 #2
    An ultra soft pseudopotential is defined by the fact that you need a low cut off value for the plane waves. This means that you need a lot of plane waves to properly approximate the (valence) electron-nucleus potential. In other words, the pseudopotential yields a good approximation for the e-n-potential (and ofcourse the all electron-wavefunction) starting from a small distance away from the core electrons. The plane wave cut off is defined as the distance between the core electrons and the valence electrons of an atom.

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