DensityTool: A post-processing tool for space- and spin-resolved density of states from VASP

Published: 12 May 2022| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/26mcg4jwvd.1


The knowledge of the local electronic structure of heterogeneous solid materials is crucial for understanding their electronic, magnetic, transport, optical, and other properties. VASP, one of the mostly used packages for density-functional calculations, provides local electronic structure either by projecting the electronic wave functions on atomic spheres, or as a band-decomposed partial charge density. Here, we present a simple tool which takes the partial charge density and the energy eigenvalues calculated by VASP as input and constructs local charge and spin densities. The new data provides a much better spatial understanding than the projection on the atomic spheres. It can be visualized directly in the real space e.g. with Vesta, or averaged along planes spanned by two of the lattice vectors of the periodic unit cell. The plane-averaged local (spin) density of states can be easily plotted e.g. as color-coded data using almost any plotting program. DensityTool can be applied to visualize and understand the local electronic structure of any system calculated with VASP. We expect it to be useful especially for researchers concerned with inhomogeneous systems, such as interfaces, defects, surfaces, adsorbed molecules, or hybrid inorganic-organic composites.



Condensed Matter Physics, Computational Physics, Electronic Structure