Next: Non-selfconsistent Harris-Foulkes functional Up: Theoretical Background Previous: Residual minimization scheme, direct   Contents   Index

## Wrap-around errors -- convolutions

In this section we will discuss wrap around errors. Wrap around errors arise if the FFT meshes are not sufficiently large. It can be shown that no errors exist if the FFT meshes contain all vectors up to .

It can be shown that the charge density contains components up to , where is the 'longest plane' wave in the basis set:

The wavefunction is defined as

in real space it is given by

Using Fast Fourier transformations one can define

 (7.3)

Therefore the wavefunction can be written in real space as

 (7.4)

The charge density is simply given by

 (7.5)

in the reciprocal mesh it can be written as

 (7.6)

Inserting from equation (7.5) and from (7.3) it is very easy to show that contains Fourier-components up to .

Generally it can be shown that a the convolution of two 'functions' with Fourier-components up to and with Fourier-components up to contains Fourier-components up to .

The property of the convolution comes once again into play, when the action of the Hamiltonian onto a wavefunction is calculated. The action of the local-potential is given by

Only the components with are taken into account (see section 7.1: is added to the wavefunction during the iterative refinement of the wavefunctions , and contains only components up to ). From the previous theorem we see that contains components up to ( contains components up to ).
If the FFT-mesh contains all components up to the resulting wrap-around error is once again 0. This can be easily seen in Fig. 5.

N.B. Requests for support are to be addressed to: vasp.materialphysik@univie.ac.at