Optical properties at finite temperature
In this tutorial, we will show you how to calculate optical properties including thermal effects due to the electron-phonon coupling.
This tutorial assumes that you have completed all the steps from the previous tutorial on Electron Phonon Coupling.
The tutorial is dived into different steps first we will calculate absorption at independent particle approximation,
then we will include excitonic effects, and finally, we will show how to analyze the data.
WARNING: Calculations in this tutorial are performed without double-grid, please check if the file
SAVE/ndb.PH_DoubleGrid is present in your calculations, then remove it and rerun electron-phonon coupling before proceed with optics.
Notice that there are two ways to include finite temperature effects in the BSE:
- The first is to use a full Bethe-Salpeter equation with all the coupling terms in such a way to treat complex quasi-particles that cannot be handled in standard (Hermitian) BSE, this is explained in section [Bethe-Salpeter at finite temperature (diagonalization solver)]. This approach has the advantage that one can obtain excitonic eigenvalues and eigenfunctions at finite temperature and not only the optical spectrum.
- The second method is use of a standard Hermitinan (resonant) BSE plus the inversion solver . In this case, a Lo two-particle Green's function that contains the complex quasi-particles is used in the solver to get a finite temperature spectrum. This approach has the advantage that can be used with the double-grid but it does not give access to eigenvalues and eigenfunctions of the BSE. This approach is described in the section: [Bethe-Salpeter at finite temperature (inversion solver)]
Absorption at finite temperature
Now you repeat the previous calculation but including all k-points, the last 3 valence and the first 3 conduction bands:
..... %QPkrange # [GW] QP generalized Kpoint/Band indices 1|8|2|7| % ....
and save the results of the 0K and 300K temperature in two separate folder with the -J option.
Now you can use the correction to the energy levels and the induced width to calculate the optical absorption at finite temperature. Generate the input with the command
yambo_ph -o c -V qp -F yambo.in_300K:
optics # [R] Linear Response optical properties chi # [R][CHI] Dyson equation for Chi. dipoles # [R] Oscillator strenghts (or dipoles) Chimod= "IP" # [X] IP/Hartree/ALDA/LRC/PF/BSfxc % QpntsRXd 1 | 1 | # [Xd] Transferred momenta % % BndsRnXd 2 | 7 | # [Xd] Polarization function bands % % EnRngeXd 0.000000 | 5.000000 | eV # [Xd] Energy range % % DmRngeXd 0.0100000 | 0.0100000 | eV # [Xd] Damping range % ETStpsXd= 1500 # [Xd] Total Energy steps % LongDrXd 1.000000 | 0.000000 | 0.000000 | # [Xd] [cc] Electric Field % XfnQPdb= "E W < T300/ndb.QP" # [EXTQP Xd] Database action
set the path of the ndb.QP you want to read and perform the calculations. Notice that from the QP database we read two quantities the correction to the energy levels E and the width W. In this calculation we also included a small smearing 0.01eV to mimic the electronic smearing. Run your calculations with the command:
yambo_ph -F yambo.in_300K -J T300 and do the same for the 0K case.
You can plot the results with gnuplot using the command:
plot 'o-T300.eps_q1_ip' w l t '300 K', 'o-T0.eps_q1_ip' w l t '0 K'.
Hereafter the result without and with electron-phonon coupling at two different temperatures:
The temperature effect is clearly visible in the figure.
Bethe-Salpeter at finite temperature (diagonalization solver)
In this section we will calculate the Bethe-Salpeter at finite temperature using the full-BSE.
You can generate the input using the command
yambo_ph -X s -o b -k sex -y d -V qp -F yambo.in_BSE
em1s # [R][Xs] Statically Screened Interaction optics # [R] Linear Response optical properties bss # [R] BSE solver bse # [R][BSE] Bethe Salpeter Equation. dipoles # [R] Oscillator strenghts (or dipoles) DIP_Threads=0 # [OPENMP/X] Number of threads for dipoles X_Threads=0 # [OPENMP/X] Number of threads for response functions K_Threads=0 # [OPENMP/BSK] Number of threads for response functions Chimod= "HARTREE" # [X] IP/Hartree/ALDA/LRC/PF/BSfxc BSEmod= "coupling" # [BSE] resonant/retarded/coupling BSKmod= "SEX" # [BSE] IP/Hartree/HF/ALDA/SEX/BSfxc BSSmod= "d" # [BSS] (h)aydock/(d)iagonalization/(s)lepc/(i)nversion/(t)ddft` BSENGexx= 9257 RL # [BSK] Exchange components BSENGBlk=-1 RL # [BSK] Screened interaction block size [if -1 uses all the G-vectors of W(q,G,Gp)] #WehCpl # [BSK] eh interaction included also in coupling KfnQPdb= "E W < T0/ndb.QP" # [EXTQP BSK BSS] Database action % KfnQP_E 0.500000 | 1.000000 | 1.000000 | # [EXTQP BSK BSS] E parameters (c/v) eV|adim|adim % BSEprop= "abs" # [BSS] Can be any among abs/jdos/kerr/magn/dich/photolum/esrt BSEdips= "none" # [BSS] Can be "trace/none" or "xy/xz/yz" to define off-diagonal rotation plane % BSEQptR 1 | 1 | # [BSK] Transferred momenta range % % BSEBands 2 | 7 | # [BSK] Bands range % % BEnRange 0.000000 | 5.000000 | eV # [BSS] Energy range % % BDmRange 0.010000 | 0.010000 | eV # [BSS] Damping range % BEnSteps= 1500 # [BSS] Energy steps % BLongDir 1.000000 | 0.000000 | 0.000000 | # [BSS] [cc] Electric Field % #WRbsWF # [BSS] Write to disk excitonic the WFs % BndsRnXs 1 | 12 | # [Xs] Polarization function bands % NGsBlkXs= 113 RL # [Xs] Response block size % LongDrXs 1.000000 | 0.000000 | 0.000000 | # [Xs] [cc] Electric Field % XTermKind= "none" # [X] X terminator ("none","BG" Bruneval-Gonze)
In this input file we asked Yambo to include finite temperature quasi-particle in the BSE with the line
KfnQPdb= "E W < T0/ndb.QP" , notice that we also introduce an additional rigid shift of 0.5 eV to mimic the GW correction with the line
0.500000 | 1.000000 | 1.000000 | \# [EXTQP BSK BSS] E parameters (c/v) eV|adim|adim. You can now run the calculation with the command
yambo_ph -F yambo.in_BSE -J T0_BSE
In principle you can calculate the GW correction following the this tutorial and then merge the corresponding ndb.QP database with the one of the electron-phonon coupling using the command
ypp -qpdb m.
Notice that we changed the BSE type to "coupling" because you need the full Bethe-Salpeter to deal with complex quasi-particles.
Now we do the same calculation at T = 300 K. Copy the previous input file
cp yambo.in_BSE yambo.in_BSE_300. Then modify where the code reads the QP database :
KfnQPdb= "E W < T300/ndb.QP" # [EXTQP BSK BSS] Database action
Run the command with
yambo_ph -F yambo.in_BSE_300 -J T300_BSE
Finally, you should be able to plot the absorption spectra from the outputs in gnuplot :
plot 'o-T0_BSE.eps_q1_diago_bse' w l t '0 K', 'o-T300_BSE.eps_q1_diago_bse' w l t '300 K'
In this calculation we have made different approximations:
1) we did not include the renormalization of excitons due to the change of the screening potential W with temperature. Including electron-phonon coupling in the dielectric constant by changing the line
XfnQPdb= "none" is unfortunately not enough, for a discussion see ref. 
2) The electron-phonon coupling should enter in the BSE through the exciton-phonon matrix elements and not from the single-particle self-energy, as we have done in this tutorial. The approximation used in this tutorial is valid for not too strong bound excitons, and in general it generated a finite life-time also for the lowest exciton in direct materials that is not correct. For a discussion see refs. and .
3) we did not include scattering between exciton and phonons, therefore our results do not contain phonon-assisted absorption peaks, you can include these terms by finite difference displacements see refs. .
Results of BSE at finite temperature can be analized in the same way of standard BSE. You can plot exciton binging energy as a function of the temperature, exciton wave-function and so, see Exciton Plot tutorial.
For example if you sort exciton with the command
ypp_ph -e s -J T0_BSE for the case T=0K, in addition to the exciton energy now you will find its line-width in the files .
# # Maximum Residual Value = .77136E+05 # # E [ev] Strength Index W [meV] # ............... 2.82974172 0.388171151E-1 335.000000 11.9707289 2.82976580 0.110338017 334.000000 11.9676380 2.82979798 0.992550552 333.000000 11.9646358 2.83366466 0.177820283E-2 336.000000 6.12744808 2.83368802 0.183327938E-3 338.000000 6.12689734 2.83369708 0.679280609E-3 337.000000 6.12836981 2.87943292 0.146849517E-3 332.000000 2.51892495 2.87945318 0.295515812E-3 331.000000 2.51745558 2.89804840 0.539837289E-3 330.000000 1.42265606 2.93557525 0.532299697 329.000000 12.5491867 2.93559408 0.214365616 391.000000 12.5504198 2.93561029 0.175688639 390.000000 12.5498590 2.97320676 0.158064649E-3 388.000000 9.35168839 2.97321057 0.300355150E-4 408.000000 9.35530090 2.97321224 0.931323011E-4 389.000000 9.35327435 2.97682190 0.551215744E-4 405.000000 8.87609196
Notice that in the files you will find many excitons with negative energy due the anti-resonant part of the full-BSE.
Excitonic Eliashberg Functions
If you run the BSE and save the excitonic wave-functions (uncomment the flag
WRbsWF in the BSE input file), tt is possible to plot the excitonic Eliashberg Functions with the command
ypp_ph -e e.
For an interpretation of these functions see the discussion in reference 
Bethe-Salpeter at finite temperature (inversion solver)
It is possible to take into account complex quasi-particles in the BSE solution by means of the inversion procedure.
The idea is to construct an Lo (Eq. 5 of Ref.) that includes the electron-phonon corrections including the imaginary part.
In order to generate the input you can type:
yambo_ph -X s -o b -k sex -y i -V qp
em1s # [R][Xs] Statically Screened Interaction optics # [R] Linear Response optical properties bss # [R] BSE solver bse # [R][BSE] Bethe Salpeter Equation. dipoles # [R] Oscillator strenghts (or dipoles) DIP_Threads=0 # [OPENMP/X] Number of threads for dipoles X_Threads=0 # [OPENMP/X] Number of threads for response functions K_Threads=0 # [OPENMP/BSK] Number of threads for response functions Chimod= "HARTREE" # [X] IP/Hartree/ALDA/LRC/PF/BSfxc BSEmod= "resonant" # [BSE] resonant/retarded/coupling BSKmod= "SEX" # [BSE] IP/Hartree/HF/ALDA/SEX/BSfxc BSSmod= "i" # [BSS] (h)aydock/(d)iagonalization/(s)lepc/(i)nversion/(t)ddft` BSENGexx= 9257 RL # [BSK] Exchange components BSENGBlk=-1 RL # [BSK] Screened interaction block size [if -1 uses all the G-vectors of W(q,G,Gp)] #WehCpl # [BSK] eh interaction included also in coupling KfnQPdb= "E W < T0/ndb.QP" # [EXTQP BSK BSS] Database action KfnQP_INTERP_NN= 1 # [EXTQP BSK BSS] Interpolation neighbours (NN mode) KfnQP_INTERP_shells= 20.00000 # [EXTQP BSK BSS] Interpolation shells (BOLTZ mode) KfnQP_DbGd_INTERP_mode= "NN" # [EXTQP BSK BSS] Interpolation DbGd mode % KfnQP_E 0.500000 | 1.000000 | 1.000000 | # [EXTQP BSK BSS] E parameters (c/v) eV|adim|adim % BSEprop= "abs" # [BSS] abs/kerr/magn/dichr trace % BSEQptR 1 | 1 | # [BSK] Transferred momenta range % % BSEBands 2 | 7 | # [BSK] Bands range % % BEnRange 0.00000 | 5.00000 | eV # [BSS] Energy range % % BDmRange 0.010000 | 0.010000 | eV # [BSS] Damping range % BEnSteps= 1500 # [BSS] Energy steps % BLongDir 1.000000 | 0.000000 | 0.000000 | # [BSS] [cc] Electric Field % #WRbsWF # [BSS] Write to disk excitonic the WFs XfnQPdb= "none" # [EXTQP Xd] Database action % BndsRnXs 1 | 12 | # [Xs] Polarization function bands % NGsBlkXs= 113 RL # [Xs] Response block size % LongDrXs 1.000000 | 0.000000 | 0.000000 | # [Xs] [cc] Electric Field % XTermKind= "none" # [X] X terminator ("none","BG" Bruneval-Gonze)
then if you run the job you will get the spectrum at finite temperature. Notice that with the inversion solver you can choose if you want the BSE with or without the coupling by changing the
This approach can be combined with double-grid as explained here: Speed up dielectric constant calculations using the double-grid method with Yambo . Yambo automatically will interpolate quasi-particle corrections on the fine grid.
Notice that BSE inversion can become unfeasible for large BSE matrices.
Nota bene: if you use the inversion solver you just get the optical spectra, but you do not have access to the excitonic eigenvalues and eigenvectors and by consequence you cannot plot the excitonic wave-function or print the excitonic Eliashberg functions.
Phonon-assisted density of states
Even if exciton-phonon scattering is not included in the BSE at finite temperature, it is possible to plot the phonon-assisted density of states (DOS) for light emission, defined as:
where Eql is the energy of the l-exciton at q-momentum, ωqλ is the phonon energy, nB is the Bose function, exciton are weighted with a Boltzamn factor and Emin is the lowest exciton energy in the all BZ.
In order to calculate these DOS you need to solve BSE for all the q-points for the lowest excitons, you can use SLEPC library to speed up calculations, then you need a converged phonon calculations.
Then you interpolate phonon on a dense phonon grid using
matdyn.x utility in QE, and Yambo will interpolate exicton on the same grid.
Here we present an example for hBN that is an indirect semiconductor.
ypp_ph -e p you will get:
BoseTemp= 50 K # Bosonic Temperature excitons # [R] Excitonic properties ph_ass_dos # [R] Phonon-assisted DOS States= "1 - 4" # Index of the BS state(s) PHfreqF= "./bn.freq_54" # PWscf format file containing the phonon frequencies % DOSERange 5.000000 | 5.500000 | eV # Energy range % DOSESteps= 1000 # Energy steps DOS_broad= 0.004 eV # Broadening of the DOS
where "bn.freq_54" is the file produced by matdyn.x with the input:
&input asr='simple', flfrc='bn.fc', flfrq='bn.freq_54', dos=.true., fldos='bn.dos', ndos=2 nk1=54, nk2=54, nk3=18 /
and the BSE was calculated on a 18x18x6 grid. The final spectra will be:
where the DOS has been shifted to match the experimental peaks. Notice that the peak intensities are complitely off, because of the lack of the exciton-phonon matrix elements.
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