The Unit for isovalue in cut3d

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The Unit for isovalue in cut3d

Postby wangyongphysik » Mon Dec 24, 2012 11:58 am

Dear all,

I did some ground state calculations with ABINIT code, and then used "cut3d" to generate the "xsf" file to plot the isosurface of the charge density distribution . However, I am not sure what is the unit used here for the isovalue. Is it "e/A^{3}" or "e/"Bohr^{3}" or something else ?
I am looking forward to your replies.
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Re: The Unit for isovalue in cut3d

Postby ckunka » Tue May 15, 2018 11:07 pm

Did you ever find an answer? I too would like to know the units of the electronic density in the .xsf file.

From the below page, the density output files (_DEN) seem to be in electrons/Bohr^3. I'm just not sure if I should assume this unit is maintained in .xsf.

https://www.abinit.org/sites/default/fi ... outputfile

I didn't see any mention of units here:
https://www.abinit.org/sites/default/fi ... _help.html
https://www.abinit.org/sites/default/fi ... tools.html
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Re: The Unit for isovalue in cut3d

Postby gmatteo » Wed May 16, 2018 12:11 am

From the below page, the density output files (_DEN) seem to be in electrons/Bohr^3. I'm just not sure if I should assume this unit is maintained in .xsf.


Yes, the density is in electrons/Bohr^3 (the same units used internally in the code).

Note that the lattice vectors and the atomic positions in the header of the XSF file are in Angstrom
(the XSF format specifies Angstrom units for the structural parameters but there's no metadata for the dimension of the scalar field)
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Re: The Unit for isovalue in cut3d

Postby ckunka » Wed May 16, 2018 5:52 pm

Thanks!

It's strange that both Bohr and Angstrom are used in the same file...
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