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# GGA COMPAT

**GGA_COMPAT** = .TRUE. | .FALSE.

Default: **GGA_COMPAT** = .TRUE.

Description: This flag restores the full lattice symmetry for gradient corrected functionals.

For gradient corrected functionals the
exchange correlation functional might break the symmetry of
the Bravais lattice slightly for non cubic cells (this
includes primitive fcc and bcc lattices).
The origin of this problem is subtle and relates to the fact that the gradient
field breaks the lattice symmetry for non-cubic lattices.
To fix this, a spherical cutoff is applied to the gradient field
for **GGA_COMPAT** = .*FALSE*.,
e.g. for all reciprocal lattice vectors that exceed a certain cutoff length
the gradient field as well as the charge density is set to
zero before calculating the exchange correlation energy and potential.
The cutoff
is determined automatically so that the cutoff sphere
is fully inscribed in the parallelepiped defined by the FFT grid in
the reciprocal space.

Since this flag restores the full lattice symmetry for gradient corrected functionals, and we therefore recommend to set

GGA_COMPAT = .FALSE.

for all gradient corrected calculations. For compatibility reasons,
the default is **GGA_COMPAT** = *.TRUE.* until VASP.5.2.
However, setting the flag usually changes the energy only in the sub meV energy range
(0.1 meV), and for most results it does matter little how
**GGA_COMPAT** is set. The most important exception are magnetic
anisotropies, for which we strongly recommend to set **GGA_COMPAT** = .*FALSE*.