In the tutorial folder you can find some examples of how to get started using yambopy. The first step in any calculation with yambo is to calculate the ground state proprieties using either abinit or pw.x. We don’t have support to read and write abinit input files. To do that you should use the abipy package. Included in the yambopy package we include some basic scripts to generate Quantum Espresso input files.

GW. Basic usage: Convergence and approximations (BN)

by A. Molina-Sanchez and H. P. C. Miranda

We have chosen hexagonal boron nitride to explain the use of yambopy. Along this tutorial we show how to use yambopy to make efficient convergence tests, to compare different approximations and to analyze the results.

The initial step is the ground state calculation and the non self-consistent calculation using the gs_bn.py file:

python gs_bn.py
python gs_bn.py -sn

We have set the non-self-consistent run with a wave-function cutoff of 60 Ry, 70 bands and a k-grid 12x12x1. Open the file gs_bn.py and indentify where you can change the relevant parameters of your calculation. These would be the get_inputfile to change the overall parameters and the scf for the self-consistent loop and nscf functions for the non-self consistent.

1. GW convergence

We will now have a look at the gw_conv_bn.py in which all the steps we will mention during this tutorial have their own functions.

(a) Calculations

We converge the main parameters of a GW calculation independently. We make use of the plasmon pole approximation for the dielectric function and the Newton solver to find the GW correction to the LDA eigenvalues. The quantity to converge is the band gap of the BN (conduction and valence band at the K point of the Brillouin zone). You can start the calculations using:

python gw_conv_bn.py -c

While the calculations are running, take the time to have a look at what the script is doing by having a look at the source code gw_conv_bn.py and the explanation here. We can start the input file for a GW calculation by calling the YamboIn with the right arguments:

y = YamboIn('yambo -d -g n -p p -V all',folder='gw_conv')

Find in the gw_conv_bn.py file the gw_convergence function where this line is defined. The main variables for converging the GW calculation are:

EXXRLvcs: Exchange self-energy cutoff. Pay attention to the magnitue of this cut-off. The maximum value is the electronic-density cutoff from QE, which is larger than the wave-function cutoff (ecutwfc).

BndsRnXp: Number of bands in the calculation of the dielectric function (PPA). NGsBlkXp: Cutoff of the dielectric function.

GbndRnge: Self-energy. Number of bands.

The convergence with the k-grid is done after these variables are converged and in principle is also independent of them. The convergence is set with a dictionary in which we choose the parameter and the values. Be aware of setting the right units and format for each parameter.

conv = { 'EXXRLvcs': [[1,20,40,60,80,100],'Ry'],
         'NGsBlkXp': [[0,0,1,2,3], 'Ry'],
         'BndsRnXp': [[[1,10],[1,10],[1,15],[1,20],[1,30],[1,40]]],''] ,
         'GbndRnge': [[[1,10],[1,10],[1,15],[1,20],[1,30],[1,40]],''] }

The script will create a reference input file with the first value of each parameter and then create input files with the other parameters changing according to the values specified in the list. Note that when we converge a variable, let’s say EXXRLvcs, we set all the other present in the dictionary to the given minimum value.

Be awared that some variables have a interdependence in the convergence and you should double check that changing the value of a variable does not affect the convergence of others.

The class YamboIn includes the function optimize, which is called here:


This optimization function just needs the convergence dictionary and the run instructions, given by the function:

def run(filename):
    """ Function to be called by the optimize function """
    folder = filename.split('.')[0]
    shell = bash()
    shell.add_command('cd gw_conv; %s -F %s -J %s -C %s 2> %s.log'%(yambo,filename,folder,folder,folder))

We set an interactive run, in the folder gw_conv. All the calculations will be made there with the corresponding jobname.

(b) Analysis

Once all the calculations are finished it’s time to analyse them. Before we do that, let’s look at the tools yambopy offers.

Yambopy uses the json format for posterior analysis of the results. To pack all the files in this format, there is a recipe in yambopy to automatically perform this task on a folder:


Besides the python module, yambopy can also be called in the terminal to perform some post-analysis tasks:

$ yambopy
         analysebse ->     Using ypp, you can study the convergence of BSE calculations in 2 ways:
           plotem1s ->     Plot em1s calculation
          analysegw ->     Study the convergence of GW calculations by looking at the change in band-gap value.
            mergeqp ->     Merge QP databases
               test ->     Run yambopy tests
       plotexcitons ->     Plot excitons calculation

Calling yambopy analysegw will display the help of the function:

Study the convergence of GW calculations by looking at the change in band-gap value.

The script reads from <folder> all results from <variable> calculations and display them.

Use the band and k-point options according to the size of your k-grid
and the location of the band extrema.

    Mandatory arguments are:
        folder   -> Folder containing SAVE and convergence runs.
        var      -> Variable tested (e.g. FFTGvecs)

    Optional variables are:
        -bc, --bandc   (int)  -> Lowest conduction band number
        -kc, --kpointc (int)  -> k-point index for conduction band
        -bv, --bandv   (int)  -> Highest valence band number
        -kv, --kpointv (int)  -> k-point index for valence band
        -np, --nopack  (flag) -> Do not call 'pack_files_in_folder'
        -nt, --notext  (flag) -> Do not print a text file
        -nd, --nodraw  (flag) -> Do not draw (plot) the result

Running the function selecting the bands and kpoints, together with the parameter of convergence we will obtain the convergence plot.

yambopy analysegw -bc 5 -kc 19 -bv 4 -kv 19 gw_conv EXXRLvcs
yambopy analysegw -bc 5 -kc 19 -bv 4 -kv 19 gw_conv NGsBlkXp
yambopy analysegw -bc 4 -kc 19 -bv 4 -kv 19 gw_conv BndsRnXp
yambopy analysegw -bc 5 -kc 19 -bv 4 -kv 19 gw_conv GbndRnge
_images/GW_CONV_EXXRLvcs.png _images/GW_CONV_NGsBlkXp.png _images/GW_CONV_BndsRnXp.png _images/GW_CONV_GbndRnge.png

By calling python gw_conv_bn.py -p in the terminal, these steps will be performed automatically for this tutorial and you will see the above plots.

From the convergence plot we can choose now a set of parameters and repeat the calculation for finer k-grids until we reach convergence with the k-points. We have intentionally used non-converged parameters. Nevertheless, along this week you should have gotten enough expertise to push the convergence of the parameters and determine the correct convergence set of parameters. We invite you to enter in the python script, increase the parameters and check again the convergence for larger values!

2. GW calculation on a regular grid and plot in a path in the Brillouin zone

We will work in the PPA for the screening. We have chosen the following parameters:

y = YamboIn('yambo -p p -g n -V all',folder='gw')

y['EXXRLvcs'] = [80, 'Ry']
y['BndsRnXp'] = [1,25]
y['NGsBlkXp'] = [3, 'Ry']
y['GbndRnge'] = [1,25]
y['QPkrange'] = [1,19,2,6]

We can simply run the code to calculate the GW corrections for all the points of the Brillouin zone by setting the convergence parameters in the function gw of the script and doing:

python gw_conv_bn.py -g

A clearer picture can be obtained by plotting the band structure along the symmetry points GMKG by using the analyser:

python gw_conv_bn.py -r

The image will show all the GW energies along all the k-points of the Brillouin zone. We first pack the results in a json file and subsequently we use the analyser to create the object which contains all the information.

ya = YamboAnalyser('gw')

The object ya contains all the results written in the output. We can plot any output variable. In yambopy we provide a function to plot the band structure along a given path. The BN band structure is shown below. The GW correction opens the LDA bandgap as expected.


3. Approximations of the dielectric function (COHSEX, PPA, Real axis integration)

We can use yambopy to examine different run levels. For instance, the approximations used to obtain the screening are the:

  1. Static screening or COHSEX
  2. Plasmon-pole approximation (PPA)
  3. Real axis integration.

We have set the same parameters for each run, just changing the variable name for the number of bands and the cut-off of the screening.

y = YamboIn('yambo -p c -g n -V all',folder='gw')
y['BndsRnXs'] = [1,24]
y['NGsBlkXs'] = [3,'Ry']

# PPA (Plasmon Pole Approximation)
y = YamboIn('yambo -p p -g n -V all',folder='gw')
y['BndsRnXp'] = [1,24]
y['NGsBlkXp'] = [3,'Ry']

# Real-Axis
y = YamboIn('yambo -d -g n -V all',folder='gw')
y['BndsRnXd'] = [1,24]
y['NGsBlkXd'] = [3,'Ry']

We have set the converged parameters and the function works by running:

python gw_conv_bn.py -x

We plot the band structure using the analyzer explained above.

python gw_conv_bn.py -xp

The PPA and the RA results are basically on top of each other. On the contrary, the COHSEX (static screening) makes a poor job, overestimating the bandgap correction.


4. Solvers (Newton, Secant, Green’s function)

The solvers to find the QP correction from the self-energy can also be tested. We have included the Newton and the secant method. In the resulting band structures we do not appreciate big differences. In any case it is worth to test during the convergence procedure. To run the calculation using the different solvers use:

python gw_conv_bn.py -z

Once the calculation is done, you can plot the results using:

python gw_conv_bn.py -zp

Optical absorption using the Bethe-Salpeter Equation (BN)

by H. Miranda

In this tutorial we will deal with different aspects of running a BSE calculation for optical absorption spectra using yambopy:

  1. Relevant parameters for the convergence

    1. Static dielectric function
    2. Optical absorption spectra
  2. Coulomb truncation convergence

  3. Plot excitonic wavefunctions

  4. Parallel static screening

Before you start this tutorial, make sure you did the scf and nscf runs. If you did not, you can calculate the scf -s and nscf -n using the gs_bn.py file:

python gs_bn.py -s -n

When that is done, you can start the tutorial.

1. Relevant parameters for the convergence

In this section of the tutorial we will use the bse_conv_bn.py file. To calculate the Bethe-Salpeter Kernel we need to first calculate the static dielectric screening and then the screened coulomb interaction matrix elements. The relevant convergence parameters for these two stages are:

a. Static dielectric function

FFTGvecs: number of planewaves to include. Can be smaller than the number of planewaves in the self-consistency cycle. A typical good value is around 30 Ry (should always be checked!).

BndsRnXs: number of bands to calculate the screening. A very high number of bands is needed.

NGsBlkXs: number of components for the local fields. Averages the value of the dielectric screening over a number of periodic copies of the unit cell. This parameter increases greatly increases the cost of the calculation and hence should be increased slowly. A typical good value is 2 Ry.

To run the convergence we create a dictionary with different values for the variables. The python script (bse_conv_bn.py) will create a reference input file with the first value of each parameter. Then it will create input files with the other parameters changing according to the values specified in the list.

#list of variables to optimize the dielectric screening
conv = { 'FFTGvecs': [[10,15,20,30],'Ry'],
         'NGsBlkXs': [[1,2,3,5,6], 'Ry'],
         'BndsRnXs': [[1,10],[1,20],[1,30],[1,40]] }

To run the convergence with the static dielectric function do:

python bse_conv_bn.py -r -e

As you can see, the python script is running all the calculations changing the value of the input variables. You are free to open the bse_conv_bn.py file and modify it accoridng to your own needs. Using the optimal parameters, you can run a calculation and save the dielectric screening databases ndb.em1s* to re-use them in the subsequent calculations. For that you can copy these files to the SAVE folder. yambo will only re-calculate any database if it does not find it or some parameter has changed.

Once the calculations are done you can plot the static dielectric function as a function of q points using the following commands:

yambopy plotem1s bse_conv/FFTGvecs* bse_conv/reference
yambopy plotem1s bse_conv/BndsRnXs* bse_conv/reference
yambopy plotem1s bse_conv/NGsBlkXs* bse_conv/reference
_images/bse_bn_FFTGvecs.png _images/bse_bn_BndsRnXs.png _images/bse_bn_NGsBlkXs.png

You are at this point invited to add new entries to the list of BndsRnXs in the convergence dictionary (keep it bellow or equal to the number of bands in the nscf calculation) re-run the script and plot the results again.

b. Optical absorption spectra

Once you obtained a converged dielectric screening function you can calculate the Bethe-Salpeter auxiliary Hamiltonian and obtain the excitonic states and energies diagonalizing it or calculating the optical absorption spectra with a recursive technique like the Haydock method. Recall the relevant parameters for convergence:

BSEBands: number of bands to generate the transitions. Should be as small as possible as the size of the BSE auxiliary hamiltonian has (in the resonant approximation) dimensions Nk*Nv*Nc. Another way to converge the number of transitions is using BSEEhEny. This variable selects the number of transitions based on the electron-hole energy difference.

BSENGBlk is the number of blocks for the dielectric screening average over the unit cells. This has a similar meaning as NGsBlkXs.

BSENGexx in the number of exchange components. Relatively cheap to calculate but should be as small as possible to save memory.

KfnQP_E is the scissor operator for the BSE. The first value is the rigid scissor, the second and third the stretching for the conduction and valence respectively. The optical absorption spectra is obtained in a range of energies given by BEnRange and the number of frequencies in the interval is BEnSteps.

The dictionary of convergence in this case is:

#list of variables to optimize the BSE
conv = { 'BSEEhEny': [[[1,10],[1,12],[1,14]],'eV'],
         'BSENGBlk': [[0,1,2], 'Ry'],
         'BSENGexx': [[10,15,20],'Ry']}

All these variables do not change the dielectric screening, so you can calculate it once and put the database in the SAVE folder to make the calculations faster. To run these BSE part of the calculation do:

python bse_conv_bn.py -r -b

Once the calculations are done you can plot the optical absorption spectra:

yambopy analysebse bse_conv BSENGBlk
yambopy analysebse bse_conv BSENGexx
yambopy analysebse bse_conv BSEEhEny
_images/bse_bn_BSENGBlk_spectra.png _images/bse_bn_BSENGBlk_excitons.png _images/bse_bn_BSENGexx_spectra.png _images/bse_bn_BSENGexx_excitons.png _images/bse_bn_BSEEhEny_spectra.png _images/bse_bn_BSEEhEny_excitons.png

2. Coulomb truncation convergence

Here we will check how the dielectric screening changes with vacuum spacing between layers and including a coulomb truncation technique. For that we define a loop where we do a self-consistent ground state calculation, non self-consistent calculation, create the databases and run a yambo BSE calculation for different vacuum spacings.

To analyze the data we will:

  1. plot the dielectric screening
  2. check how the different values of the screening change the absorption spectra

In the folder tutorials/bn/ you find the python script bse_cutoff.py. This script takes some time to be executed, you can run both variants without the cutoff and with the cutoff -c simultaneously to save time. You can run this script with:

python bse_cutoff.py -r -t4    # without coulomb cutoff
python bse_cutoff.py -r -c -t4 # with coulomb cutoff

where -t specifies the number of MPI threads to use. The main loop changes the layer_separation variable using values from a list in the header of the file. In the script you can find how the functions scf, ncf and database are defined.

3. Plot the dielectric function

In a similar way as what was done before we can now plot the dielectric function for different layer separations:

yambopy plotem1s bse_cutoff/*/*     # without coulomb cutoff
yambopy plotem1s bse_cutoff_cut/*/* # with coulomb cutoff
_images/bn_em1s_cutoff.png _images/bn_em1s_cutoff_cut.png

In these figures it is clear that the long-range part of the coulomb interaction (q=0 in reciprocal space) is truncated, i. e. it is forced to go to zero.

2. Plot the absorption

You can also plot how the absorption spectra changes with the cutoff using:

python bse_cutoff.py -p
python bse_cutoff.py -p -c
_images/bn_bse_cutoff_cut.png _images/bn_bse_cutoff.png

As you can see, the spectra is still changing with the vaccum spacing, you should increase the vacuum until convergence. For that you can add larger values to the layer_separations list and run the calculations and analysis again.

3. Excitonic wavefunctions

In this example we show how to use the yambopy to plot the excitonic wavefunctions that result from a BSE calculation. The script we will use this time is: bse_bn.py. Be aware the parameters specified for the calculation are not high enough to obtain a converged result. To run the BSE calculation do:

python bse_bn.py -r

Afterwards you can run a basic analysis of the excitonic states and store the wavefunctions of the ones that are more optically active and plot their wavefunctions in reciprocal space. Plots in real space are also possible using yambopy (by calling ypp). In the analysis code you have:

#get the absorption spectra
#'yambo' -> was the jobstring '-J' used when running yambo
#'bse'   -> folder where the job was run
a = YamboBSEAbsorptionSpectra('yambo',path='bse')

# Here we choose which excitons to read
# min_intensity -> choose the excitons that have at least this intensity
# max_energy    -> choose excitons with energy lower than this
# Degen_Step    -> take only excitons that have energies more different than Degen_Step
excitons = a.get_excitons(min_intensity=0.001,max_energy=7,Degen_Step=0.01)

# read the wavefunctions
# Cells=[13,13,1]   #number of cell repetitions
# Hole=[0,0,6+.5]   #position of the hole in cartesian coordinates (Bohr units)
# FFTGvecs=10       #number of FFT vecs to use, larger makes the
#                   #image smoother, but takes more time to plot
                    Cells=[13,13,1],Hole=[0,0,6+.5], FFTGvecs=10,wf=True)


The class YamboBSEAbsorptionSpectra() reads the absorption spectra obtained with explicit diagonalization of the BSE matrix. yambo if the job_string identifier used when running yambo, bse is the name of the folder where the job was run. The function get_excitons() runs ypp to obtain the exitonic states and their intensities. The function get_wavefunctions() also calls ypp and reads the reciprocal (and optionally real space) space wavefunctions and finally we store all the data in a json file.

This file can then be easily plotted with another python script. To run this part of the code you can do:

python bse_bn.py -a  #this will generate absorptionspectra.json
yambopy plotexcitons absorptionspectra.json #this will plot it

You can tune the parameters min_intensity and max_energy and obtain more or less excitons. Degen_Step is used to not consider excitons that are degenerate in energy. The reason is that when representing the excitonic wavefunction, degenerate states should be represented together. This value should in general be very small in order to not combine excitons that have energies close to each other but are not exactly degenerate. You should then obtain plots similar (these ones were generated on a 30x30 k-point grid) to the figures presented here:

_images/absorption_bn.png _images/excitons_bn.png

Again, be aware that this figures serve only to show the kind of representation that can be obtained with yambo, ypp and yambopy. Further convergence tests need to be performed to obtain accurate results, but that is left to the user. You are invited to re-run the nscf loop with more k-points and represent the resulting wavefunctions.

You can now visualize these wavefunctions in real space using our online tool: http://henriquemiranda.github.io/excitonwebsite/

For that, go to the website, and in the Excitons section select absorptionspectra.json file using the Custom File. You should see on the right part the absorption spectra and on the left the representation of the wavefunction in real space. Alternatively you can vizualize the individually generated .xsf files using xcrysden.

4. Parallel static screening

In this tutorial we will show how you can split the calculation of the dielectric function in different jobs using yambopy. The dielectric function can then be used to calculate the excitonic states using the BSE.

The idea is that in certain clusters it is advantageous to split the jobs as much as possible. The dielectric function is calculated for different momentum transfer (q-points) over the brillouin zone. Each calculation is independent and can run at the same time. Using the yambo parallelization you can separate the dielectric function calculation among many cpus using the variable q in X_all_q_CPU and X_all_q_ROLEs. The issue is that you still need to make a big reservation and in some cases there is load imbalance (some nodes end up waiting for others). Splitting in smaller jobs can help your jobs to get ahead in the queue and avoid the load imbalance. If there are many free nodes you might end up running all the q-points at the same time.

The idea is quite simple: you create an individual input file for each q-point, submit each job separately, collect the results and do the final BSE step (this method should also apply for a GW calculation).

2. Parallel Dielectric function

To run the dielectric function in parallel do:

python bse_par_bn.py -r -t2

Here we tell yambo to calculate the dielectric function. We read the number of q-points the system has and generate one input file per q-point. Next we tell yambo to calculate the first q-point. yambo will calculate the dipoles and the dielectric function at the first q-point. Once the calculation is done we copy the dipoles to the SAVE directory. After that we run each q-point calculation as a separate job. Here the user can decide to submit one job per q-point on a cluster or use the python multiprocessing module to submit the jobs in parallel. In this example we use the second option.

from yambopy import *
import os
import multiprocessing

yambo = "yambo"
folder = "bse_par"
nthreads = 2 #create two simultaneous jobs

#create the yambo input file
y = YamboIn('yambo -r -b -o b -V all',folder=folder)

y['FFTGvecs'] = [30,'Ry']
y['NGsBlkXs'] = [1,'Ry']
y['BndsRnXs'] = [[1,30],'']

#get the number of q-points
startk,endk = map(int,y['QpntsRXs'][0])

#prepare the q-points input files
jobs = []
for nk in xrange(1,endk+1):
    y['QpntsRXs'] = [[nk,nk],'']
    if nk != 1:
        jobs.append('cd %s; %s -F yambo_q%d.in -J yambo_q%d -C yambo_q%d 2> log%d'%(folder,yambo,nk,nk,nk,nk))

#calculate first q-point and dipoles
os.system('cd %s; %s -F yambo_q1.in -J yambo_q1 -C yambo_q1'%(folder,yambo))
#copy dipoles to save
os.system('cp %s/yambo_q1/ndb.dip* %s/SAVE'%(folder,folder))

p = multiprocessing.Pool(nthreads)
p.map(run_job, jobs)

3. BSE

Once the dielectric function is calculated, it is time to collect the data in one folder and do the last step of the calculation: generate the BSE Hamiltonian, diagonalize it and calculate the absorption.

#gather all the files
if not os.path.isdir('%s/yambo'%folder):
os.system('cp %s/yambo_q1/ndb.em* %s/yambo'%(folder,folder))
os.system('cp %s/*/ndb.em*_fragment* %s/yambo'%(folder,folder))

y = YamboIn('yambo -r -b -o b -k sex -y d -V all',folder=folder)
y['FFTGvecs'] = [30,'Ry']
y['NGsBlkXs'] = [1,'Ry']
y['BndsRnXs'] = [[1,30],'']
y['BSEBands'] = [[3,6],'']
y['BEnSteps'] = [500,'']
y['BEnRange'] = [[0.0,10.0],'eV']
y['KfnQP_E']  = [2.91355133,1.0,1.0] #some scissor shift

print('running yambo')
os.system('cd %s; %s -F yambo_run.in -J yambo'%(folder,yambo))

3. Collect and plot the results

You can then plot the data as before:

python bse_par_bn.py -p

This will execute the following code:

#collect the data

#plot the results using yambo analyser
y = YamboAnalyser()
print y

You should obtain a plot like this:


Real Time Simulations (Si)

by A. Molina Sánchez

We start with the calculation of the ground state properties using the script gs_si.py in the tutorials/si folder. We will create self-consistent data (folder scf) and a non-self consistent data (folder nscf). All the real-time calculations are realized inside the folder rt.

In order to perform real-time simulations we need to perform some preliminary steps:

  • Creating the files containing the electron-phonon matrix elements: We use quantum espresso (‘ph.x’). The grid used for obtaining the eletron-phonon matrix elements must be the same than for the real-time simulations. See in the yambo website more information about the methodology.
python gkkp_si.py

The script will create a folder GKKP inside rt. GKKP contains all the electron-phonon matrix elements in the full Brillouin zone.

  • Breaking symmetries. The action of an external field breaks the symmetry of the system. We need to break the symmetries according with the direction of the polarization of the incident light. When we run for first time:
python rt_si.py

yambopy check if the SAVE exists inside rt. If not, it breaks the symmetries. We can select linear or circular polarized light. The light polarization must be the same along all the calculations. Here we select a field along x-axis:

ypp['Efield1'] = [ 1, 0, 0]  # Field in the X-direction

The circular polarized field must be set as follows:

ypp['Efield1'] = [ 1, 0, 0]  # Circular polarization
ypp['Efield2'] = [ 0, 1, 0]

If everything is OK we have to find inside rt the folder SAVE and GKKP. Now we can start the real-time simulations. We discuss the following run levels.

1. Collisions.

yambo -r -e -v c -V all

Calculation of the collisions files. This step is mandatory to run any real-time simulation. We calculate the matrix elements related with the electronic correlation (see Ref. PRB 84, 245110 (2011)). We have several choices for the potential approximation (we use COHSEX in this tutorial).


The variables for the collisions are very similar to a Bethe-Salpeter (BSE) run. First, we start calculating the static dielectric function. It follows the calculation of the Kernel components for the electron-hole states of interest. In addition, we have several cutoffs to be set, in a similar way than in the case of the BSE.

run['NGsBlkXs']  = [100,'mHa']  # Cut-off of the dielectric function
run['BndsRnXs' ] = [1,30]       # Bands of the dielectric function
run['COLLBands'] = [2,7]        # States participating in the dynamics.
run['HARRLvcs']  = [5,'Ha']     # Hartree term: Equivalent to BSENGexx in the BSE run-level
run['EXXRLvcs']  = [100,'mHa']  # Forck term:   Equivalent to BSENGBlk in the BSE run-level
run['CORRLvcs']  = [100,'mHa']  # Correlation term: Not appearing in BSE.

In general, we use the converged parameters of the BSE to set the variables of the collisions run. For parallel runs (see section for parallel advices) a common recipe is to parallelize only in k points.

2. Time-dependent with a delta pulse.

yambo -q p

The delta pulse real time simulation is the equivalent to the Bethe-Salpeter equation in the time domain (if we use the COHSEX potential). We have to set the propagation variables: (i) time interval, (ii) duration of the simulation, and (iii) integrator. We have also to set the intensity of the delta pulse.

run['GfnQP_Wv']   = [0.10,0.00,0.00]    # Constant damping valence
run['GfnQP_Wc']   = [0.10,0.00,0.00]    # Constant damping conduction

run['RTstep']      = [ 100 ,'as']  # Interval
run['NETime']      = [ 300 ,'fs']  # Duration
run['Integrator']  = "RK2 RWA"     # Runge-Kutta propagation

run['Field1_kind'] = "DELTA"          # Type of pulse
run['Field1_Int']  = [ 100, 'kWLm2']  # Intensity pulse

run['IOtime']      = [ [0.050, 0.050, 0.100], 'fs' ]

The IOtime intervals specify the time interval to write (i) carriers, (ii) green’s functions and (iii) output. In general, we can set high values to avoid frequent IO and hence slow simulations. Only in the case where we need the data to calculate the Fourier Transform (as in the case of the delta pulse, we set this variable to lower values). The constant dampings GfnQP_Wv and GfnQP_Wc are dephasing constants, responsible of the decaying of the polarization. They are the finite-time equivalent to the finite broadening of the Bethe-Salpeter solver (BDmRange).

A mandatory test to check if yambo_rt is running properly is to confront the BSE spectra with the obtained using yambo_rt (use the script kbe-spectra.py). Observe how the KBE spectra is identical to the BSE spectra except for intensities bigger than 1E5. Beyond this value we are not longer in the linear response regime.


3. Time-dependent with a gaussian pulse.

yambo -q p

The run-level is identical for that of the delta pulse. However, we have to set more variables related with the pulse kind. In order to generate a sizable amount of carriers, the pulse should be centered at the excitonic peaks (obtained from the delta pulse spectra). The damping parameter determines the duration of the pulse. We can also chose linear or circular polarization (see later the section for circular polarization). Be aware of setting the duration of the simulation accordingly with the duration of the pulse.

run['Field1_kind'] = "QSSIN"
run['Field1_Damp'] = [  50,'fs']         # Duration of the pulse
run['Field1_Freq'] = [[2.3,2.3],'eV']    # Excitation frequency
run['Field1_Int']  = [ 1, 'kWLm2']       # Intensity pulse

In general, for any pulse create a population of carriers (electron-holes). One sign that simulation is running well is that the number of electrons and holes is the same during all the simulation. Below we show the typical output for a simulation of a gaussian pulse, the number of carriers increases until the intensity of the pulse becomes zero.


Besides the delta and gaussian pulse we can use others as the sin pulse. Below we have a brief summary of the three pulses, showing the external field and the number of carriers. Observe than the sinusoidal pulse is active along all the simulation time, therefore we are always creating carriers. After certain time the number of electrons will exceed the charge acceptable in a simulation of linear response. The polarization follows the field. In the case of the delta pulse, we see a zero-intensity field and a constant number of carriers. Thus, the pulse is only active at the initial time and afterwards the polarization decays due to the the finite lifetime given by GfnQP_Wv and GfnQP_Wc.


4. Time-dependent with a gaussian pulse and dissipation

The Kadanoff-Baym equation implemented in yambo includes dissipation mechanisms such as (i) electron-phonon scattering, (ii) electron-electron scattering and (iii) electron-photon scattering. In the following subsections we use a gaussian pulse with the parameters given above.

4.1 Electron-phonon interaction

yambo -q p -s p

In order to include electron-phonon dissipation, previously we need to create the electron-phonon matrix elements. We call the script gkkp_sii.py. We can check

python gkkp_si.py

This script runs QE to calculate the matrix elements and then ypp_ph to convert them to the yambo format. If everything is right we find a folder call GKKP inside rt. GKKP contains all the electron-phonon matrix elements in the full Brillouin zone. The variables related to the dissipation are

run['LifeExtrapSteps'] = [ [1.0,1.0], 'fs' ]
run['BoseTemp']        = [ 0, 'K']
run['ElPhModes']       = [ 1, 9]
run.arguments.append('LifeExtrapolation')     # If commented:   Lifetimes are constant

The variable LifeExtrapSteps sets the extrapolation steps to calculate the electron-phonon lifetimes. If commented, lifetimes are assumed constants. We can set the lattice temperature with BoseTemp and the number of modes entering in the simulation ElPhModes. In order to account of the temperature effects in a realistic ways the electron and hole damping GfnQP_Wv and GfnQP_Wc should be update for each temperature run. In most semiconductors, they are proportional to the electronic density of states. The second element of the array multiply the density of states by the given values. For instance, we could set:

run['GfnQP_Wv']   = [0.00,0.10,0.00]    # Constant damping valence
run['GfnQP_Wc']   = [0.00,0.10,0.00]    # Constant damping conduction

Below we show the carrier dynamics simulation including the electron-phonon dissipation of electrons and holes. We have made the example for two different temperatures. We only show the lifetimes of electrons and holes for 0 and 300 K. At each time step we show the mean value of the electron-phonon lifetime. We can observe that increases for larger temperature (see the Electron-phonon tutorial). Moreover, when the systems tends to the final state the mean EP lifetimes reachs a constant value.


4.2 Electron-electron interaction

yambo -q p -s e

The inclusion of the electron-electron scattering needs the calculation of the electron-electron collisions files.

5. Use of Double-Grid in carrier dynamics simulation

The convergence of the results with the k-grid is a delicate issue in carrier dynamics simulations. In order to mitigate the simulation time we can use a double-grid. In our example we create the double-grid in three steps.

  1. We run a non-self-consistent simulation for a larger grid (4x4x4 in the silicon example). We find the results in the folder nscf-dg.
  2. We break the symmetries accordingly with our polarization field using the scripts. We indicate the output folder rt-dg, the prefix si and the polarization 100.
python break-symm.py -i nscf-dg -o rt-dg -p si -s 100
  1. We have created the script map-symm.py to map the coarse grid in the fine grid.
python map-symm.py -i rt-dg -o rt dg-4x4x4

The folder dg-4x4x4 is inside the rt folder. We will find a netCDF file ndb.Double_Grid. In order to tell yambo to read the Double-grid we have to indicate the folder name inside the -J option. In our example

yambo_rt -F 04_PUMP -J 'qssin,col-hxc,dg-4x4x4'

We can activate the double-grid in the python script rt_si.py by selecting:

job['DG'] = (True,'dg-4x4x4')

We can also check if yambo is reading correctly the double-grid in the report file. We have to find the lines:

[02.05] Double K-grid

K-points             : 103
Bands                :  8

Electron-Phonon interaction (Si)

by A. Molina Sánchez

1. Ground State and non-self consistent calculation

Electron-phonon interaction calculations requires to obtain electronic states, phonon states and the interaciton between them. An extended study can be found in the Thesis of Elena Cannuccia.

Go to the tutorial folder and run the ground state calculation using the gs_si.py file:

python gs_si.py

The script will run a relaxation of the structure, read the optimized cell parameter and create a new input file that is used to run a self-consistent (scf) cycle and a non self-consistent (nscf) cycle using the charge density calculated on the previous run.

The self-consistent data are used to obtain the derivative of the potential. The non-self-consistent data are used, together with the potential derivative, for deriving the electron-phonon matrix elements.


The script elph_pw_si.py calculates the electron-phonon matrix elements. It follows the indications of the flowchart, using the scf and nscf data. All the files used by QE are stored in the directory work. Finally, it transform the files from the QE format to the netCDF format used by yambo. It creates the folder elphon.

2. Electron-phonon calculations

The second step requires the script elph_qp_si.py. If the electron-phonon matrix elements have been successfully created and stored in elphon/SAVE we are ready to calculate the electron-phonon correction of the eigenvalues at several temperatures, or to examine the spectral function of each quasi-particle state. A detailed tutorial of the capabilities of the module electron-phonon of yambo is also available in the yambo electron-phonon tutorial.

If we run:

python elph_qp_si.py -r

Yambo will calculate the quasi-particle correction and the spectral functions for the top of the valence band and the bottom of the conduction band (states 4 and 5). In order to plot the results we type:

python elph_qp_si.py -p

The QP correction due to the electron-phonon interaction are usually much smaller than those obtained with the GW approximation.


We can also plot the spectral function for a given state (n,k), i. e., the imaginary part of the Green’s function. This is a useful check of the validity of the QP approximation. A well-defined QP state will show a single-peak spectral function (or a clearly predominant one). A recent application in single-layer MoS2 is available here.


We can play with more options by selecting the appropiate variables from the script elph_qp_si.py. For instance we can: (i) select only the Fan or Debye-Waller term, (ii) calculation on the on-mass-shell approximation, (iii) print the Eliashberg functions, etc.