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Phononpy siesta interface

Published: Sat 05 December 2015

Recently I gave a small contribution to the fantastic phonopy package: an interface to use the forces calculates with the Siesta code.

This interface allows the user to generate a set of supercells with some atomic displacements. After executing Siesta to obtain the force constants, the interface is able to read them onto phonopy. Using phonopy instead of the vibra package provided with Siesta might save you some computational time. This is because the vibra package does not use symmetries to reduce the number of displaced supercells while the phonopy package does.

You can then visualize the phonons in the phononwebsite:

You can obtain the phonopy package from:

Siesta website:

Check it out and tell me how it works for you!