QEHeat: An open-source energy flux calculator for the computation of heat-transport coefficients from first principles

Published: 17 August 2021| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/c6wxkvy4z3.1


We give a detailed presentation of the theory and numerical implementation of an expression for the adiabatic energy flux in extended systems, derived from density-functional theory. This expression can be used to estimate the heat conductivity from equilibrium ab initio molecular dynamics, using the Green-Kubo linear response theory of transport coefficients. Our expression is implemented in an open-source component of the Quantum ESPRESSO suite of computer codes for quantum mechanical materials modeling, which is being made publicly available.



Condensed Matter Physics, Computational Physics, Molecular Dynamics, Heat Conduction