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Known limitations and bugs of WIEN2k

©2001 by P. Blaha, K. Schwarz and J. Luitz


This section will be updated regularly as problems get fixed (or new appear)


  • Centered monoclinic lattices: Only settings with a monoclinic angle gamma (B-setting, or in WIEN-terms a CXZ lattice) are allowed. You must transform your setting to this one. You can use the Bilbao crystallographic server and its SETSTRU (structure utilities) program. For instance for SG#15 we need one of the "B" settings (often B2/b11, but this depends on the initial setting of your structure, but you should be able to find the right one by noting which yields as monoclinic angle gamma); for SG#12 we need (B112/m) or (B2/m11), .... After transformation always check if the multiplicities are still correct and after "x nn" if the distances are correct with the ones given in the experimental papers.
  • In spin-orbit calculations forces are not yet implemented . However, it is possible to switch-off SO for light elements (eg. oxygens) and keep SO only for the heavy ones. In this case, the forces on the atoms without SO are still ok and can be used for structural optimization.
  • In spin-orbit calculations with relativistic local orbitals (RLO's) the EFG (and also the dipolar Hyperfinefields) are wrong. Use RLO's only for energies. Also optics does not work with RLO's.
  • The optic package does not work with relativistic local orbitals, but multiple LOs (hight Energy LOs) can be used.
  • Plotting wavefunctions using lapw7 does work with (L)APW+lo, but only with ONE lo. It does not work with relativistic local orbitals.
  • The irrep package does not work for k-points at the surface of a BZ for non-symmorphic spacegroups, since the corresponding (more complicated) group theory is not implemented. Eventually you may shift the k-points at the surface slightly away to break this special symmetry.
  • Possible problems with stack size on a Mac and W2kutils: A rather unclear situation happens sometimes ?? on Mac systems. In case of problems you may try to comment the call to W2kutils. Make sure you set stacksizes to unlimeted yourself.
  • Case sensitive file system on a Mac: Since WIEN2k uses files like case.inm and case.inM, you should convert your file system to be case sensitive.



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