# Sternheimer linear response

The Sternheimer approach to perturbation theory allows efficient calculations of linear and non-linear response properties. 1

The basis of this method, just as in standard perturbation theory, is to calculate the variation of the wave-functions $\psi^{1}$ under a given perturbing potential. The advantage of the method is that the variations are obtained by solving the linear equation

$$(H^0-\epsilon^0 + \omega )|\psi^{1}>=-P_{\rm c} H^{1}|\psi^{0}>\ ,$$

that only depends on the occupied states instead of requiring an (infinite) sum over unoccupied states. In the case of (time-dependent) density functional theory the variation of the Hamiltonian includes a term that depends on the variation of the density, so this equation must be solved self-consistently.

To run a Sternheimer calculation with Octopus, the only previous calculation you need is a ground-state calculation. For this tutorial we will use a water molecule, with this basic input file for the ground state:


CalculationMode = gs

%Coordinates
'O'  |  0.000000  | -0.553586  |  0.000000
'H'  |  1.429937  |  0.553586  |  0.000000
'H'  | -1.429937  |  0.553586  |  0.000000
%

Spacing = 0.435
ConvRelDens = 1e-6


We use a tighter setting on SCF convergence (ConvRelDens) which will help the ability of the Sternheimer calculation to converge numerically, and we increase a bit the size of the box as response calculations tend to require more space around the molecule than ground-state calculations to be converged. 2

After the ground-state calculation is finished, we change the run mode to em_resp, to run a calculation of the electric-dipole response:


CalculationMode = em_resp


Next, to specify the frequency of the response we use the EMFreqs block; in this case we will use three values 0.00, 0.15 and 0.30 {{< Hartree > }}:


%EMFreqs
3 | 0.0 | 0.3
%


and we will also specify a small imaginary part to the frequency of 0.1 eV , which avoids divergence on resonance:


EMEta = 0.1*eV


and finally we add a specification of the linear solver, which will greatly speed things up compared to the default:


LinearSolver = qmr_dotp
ExperimentalFeatures = yes


In the run, you will see calculations for each frequency for the ‘‘x’’, ‘‘y’’, and ‘‘z’’ directions, showing SCF iterations, each having linear-solver iterations for the individual states' $\psi^{1}$, labelled by the k-point/spin (ik) and state (ist). The norm of $\psi^{1}$, the number of linear-solver iterations (iter), and the residual $\left|(H^0-\epsilon^0 + \omega )|\psi^{1}>+P_{\rm c} H^{1}|\psi^{0}>\right|$ are shown for each. First we see the static response:


****************** Linear-Response Polarizabilities ******************
Wavefunctions type: Complex
Calculating response for   3 frequencies.
**********************************************************************

Info: Calculating response for the x-direction and frequency 0.0000.
Info: EM Resp. restart information will be written to 'restart/em_resp'.
Info: EM Resp. restart information will be read from 'restart/em_resp'.

** Warning:
**   Unable to read response wavefunctions from 'wfs_x_f1+': Initializing to zero.

Info: Finished reading information from 'restart/em_resp'.
--------------------------------------------
LR SCF Iteration:   1
Frequency:             0.000000 Eta :             0.003675
ik  ist                norm   iters            residual
1    1            0.216316      21        0.110754E-03
1    2            1.573042      21        0.286815E-02
1    3            1.620482      21        0.973599E-02
1    4            1.177410      21        0.540540E-03

Info: Writing states. 2016/01/14 at 19:50:27

Info: Finished writing states. 2016/01/14 at 19:50:27

SCF Residual:     0.122899E+01 (abs),     0.153623E+00 (rel)


Later will come the dynamical response. The negative state indices listed indicate response for $-\omega$. For each frequency, the code will try to use a saved response density from the closest previously calculated frequency.


Info: Calculating response for the x-direction and frequency 0.1500.
Info: EM Resp. restart information will be written to 'restart/em_resp'.
Info: EM Resp. restart information will be read from 'restart/em_resp'.
Info: Finished reading information from 'restart/em_resp'.
--------------------------------------------
LR SCF Iteration:   1
Frequency:             0.150000 Eta :             0.003675
ik  ist                norm   iters            residual
1    1            0.181350       8        0.136183E-02
1   -1            0.240803      19        0.794480E-04
1    2            0.953447       8        0.508247E-02
1   -2            1.708845      19        0.166997E-02
1    3            0.864834       8        0.858907E-02
1   -3            1.780595      19        0.984578E-02
1    4            0.725681       8        0.529092E-02
1   -4            1.421823      19        0.536713E-03


At the end, you will have a directory called em_resp containing a subdirectory for each frequency calculated, each in turn containing eta (listing $\eta$ = 0.1 eV ), alpha (containing the real part of the polarizability tensor), and cross_section (containing the cross-section for absorption, based on the imaginary part of the polarizability).

For example, em_resp/freq_0.0000/alpha says


# Polarizability tensor [b^3]
10.238694           -0.000000           -0.000000
0.000000           10.771834           -0.000000
-0.000000           -0.000000            9.677212
Isotropic average           10.229247


Exercise: compare results for polarizability or cross-section to a calculation from time-propagation or the Casida approach.

1. Xavier Andrade, Silvana Botti, Miguel Marques and Angel Rubio, Time-dependent density functional theory scheme for efficient calculations of dynamic (hyper)polarizabilities, J. Chem. Phys 126 184106 (2007); ↩︎

2. F. D. Vila, D. A. Strubbe, Y. Takimoto, X. Andrade, A. Rubio, S. G. Louie, and J. J. Rehr, Basis set effects on the hyperpolarizability of CHCl<sub>3</sub>: Gaussian-type orbitals, numerical basis sets and real-space grids, J. Chem. Phys. 133 034111 (2010); ↩︎