Finite-size scaling as a cure for supercell approximation errors in calculations of neutral native defects in InP

Castleton, CWM ORCID: 0000-0001-6790-6569 and Mirbt, S, 2004. Finite-size scaling as a cure for supercell approximation errors in calculations of neutral native defects in InP. Physical Review B, 70 (19), p. 195202. ISSN 1098-0121

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Abstract

The relaxed and unrelaxed formation energies of neutral antisites and interstitial defects in InP are calculated using ab initio density functional theory and simple cubic supercells of up to 512 atoms. The finite-size errors in the formation energies of all the neutral defects arising from the supercell approximation are examined and corrected for using finite-size scaling methods, which are shown to be a very promising approach to the problem. Elastic errors scale linearly, while the errors arising from charge multipole interactions between the defect and its images in the periodic boundary conditions have a linear plus a higher order term, for which a cubic provides the best fit. These latter errors are shown to be significant even for neutral defects. Instances are also presented where even the 512 atom supercell is not sufficiently converged. Instead, physically relevant results can be obtained only by finite-size scaling the results of calculations in several supercells, up to and including the 512 atom cell and in extreme cases possibly even including the 1000 atom supercell.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Physical Review B
Creators: Castleton, C.W.M. and Mirbt, S.
Publisher: American Physical Society
Date: 8 November 2004
Volume: 70
Number: 19
ISSN: 1098-0121
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1103/PhysRevB.70.195202DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:19
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:26
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11138

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