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Advanced settings


The number of threads can be controlled using the command <Maximum_Number_of_Threads>


For optimal performances, we recommended that <Maximum_Number_of_Threads> does not exceed the number of physical cores (when hyperthreading is activated, the number of physical cores is half the one on logical processsors).

Parallization in case of combined Temperature-Voltage sweep

In the case where a combined Temperature-Voltage sweep is used, there are two levels of parallelization. The first is at the level of the command <Threads> in the <SweepParameters> section.

 <Threads>6</Threads> <!-- Parallelization for Temperature-Voltage sweep -->

The second level of parallelization occurs in the <Simulation_Parameter> section:


In this example, the total number of threads will be <Threads>* <Maximum_Number_of_Threads> = 6*2 = 12.

Contributions of individual scattering processes

The following command allow to display self-energies and spectral functions for some specific mechanisms, like e.g. scattering due to optical phonons:


This command is only for analysis purpose, and has no influence on the other calculated quantities. It only involves an additionnal calculation of self-energies and Green's functions. In each basis folder, a folder with the name of the scattering process will appear, containing the retarded self-energy and the spectral function arising only from the specific scattering mechanism. Hence this spectral function gives the contribution to broadening of an individual scattering process.

Asymetric interface roughness

It is possible to specify asymetric interface roughness using the following command (note: this feature is currently not working due to syntax changes).


   <InterfaceAutoCorrelationType> 0 </InterfaceAutoCorrelationType>
   <Correlation_Length_in_XY unit="nm"> 8 </Correlation_Length_in_XY>

   <Asymmetric_Interfaces> yes </Asymmetric_Interfaces>
   <Amplitude_in_Z_Left>  0.1 </Amplitude_in_Z_Left>
   <Amplitude_in_Z_Right> 0.2 </Amplitude_in_Z_Right>


Output format for 2D plots

By default, 2D plots are output in a VTK format (files with a .vtr extension). Gnuplot files are also generated (in a file explorer, double click on the file to generate the gnuplot figure).

In addition, to output 2D plots in a AVS/Express format (.fld extension), the following command “<FLD_format>” can be added in the <Output> section of the input file.

The following commands can be used to control the output formats:


Scaling 1D wavefunctions

In order to scale the output of the square of the wavefunctions (1D plots), the following command can be used:

qcl/advanced_settings.txt · Last modified: 2018/07/10 09:34 by thomas.grange