A new release of VASP, version, is available for download now (for all holders of a valid “VASP.5.2” license)!

List of changes: We will not attempt to explicitly list changes, there are simply too many.

Changes include:

  • Bugfixes and stability enhancements.
  • Additional functionality: most notably perhaps, this version of VASP includes the SCAN metaGGA functional (and SCAN+rVV10).
  • Performance improvements for the GPU port.
  • Changes to enable compilation with the PGI compiler (tested with version >= 16.10).

NEW RELEASE: PAW datasets v.54!

After long and careful consideration we have decided to release a new set of POTCAR files (version 54) covering the periodic table.

You will find the new potentials on the download-portal.

Cheers, The VASP team.

Hybrid improper Ferroelectricity

Hybrid Improper Ferroelectricity in a Multiferroic and Magnetoelectric Metal-Organic Framework A. Stroppa, P. Barone, P. Jain, J. M. Perez-Mato, and S. Picozzi

Adv. Mater. 2013

On the basis of first-principles calculations, we design a novel Cr-based metal-organic framework to be both multiferroic and magnetoelectric. The compound shows a “double-hybrid” nature: it is a hybrid organic-inorganic compound and it shows hybrid improper ferroelectricity. Here, the coupling of non-polar distortions, such as Jahn-Teller pseudo-rotations and tilting, pave the way to a polar behavior, with the coupling being realized through hydrogen bonds.


A new release of VASP, version, is available for download now (for all holders of a valid “VASP.5.2” license)!

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It has been quite some time since the last release, but now finally a new version of p4vasp is released!

P4vasp 0.3.23 contains several improvements and bug fixes:

  • Inverse Participation Ratio available in electronic applet.
  • Speed of MD can be set in Structure viewer/Control.
  • Numeric/Numarray support has been replaced by the NumPy support (including in the velocity autocorelation applet).
  • Bug in the Dielectric function has been fixed.

Bugfix: in vdwforcefield.F

Bugfix to vdwforcefield.F: ) C6 and R0 parameters can be defined per type of atoms in the POSCAR file. Previously they could be defined only per element.

Bugfix: VASP.5.2.11 on IBM

Compiling with the xlf compiler (version and running on an IBM SP6 revealed several bugs (unbelievable what the ifort compiler is able to swallow and still produce running code).

N.B.: We recommend this update to all users, not only those using the xlf compiler.

Bugfix: in VASP.5.2.11

Bugfix to vdwforcefield.F: ) A workaround so that Grimme’s method works for Xe POTCAR files wrongly labelled “X”.

Corrected mistakes in makefile.ibm_hlrn and makefile.ibm_hlrn-serial

Bugfix: in VASP.5.2.11

Bugfix to mlwf.F: ) Projections were calculated incorrectly in the noncollinear case.

Corrected mistakes in makefile.ibm_hlrn and makefile.ibm_hlrn-serial

Bugfix: in VASP.5.2.11

Unfortunately every new release immediately triggers a few bugfixes:

Bugfix to nmr.F: ) One call to SETDIJ_AVEC_ should have been to SETDIJ_AVEC_ONE_CENTER


Bugfix to david_inner.F: ) Could not be compiled without scaLAPACK. Can be now, but will not work correctly [still heavily under development anyway].

We are very sorry for the inconvience.

A multiferroic material to search for the permanent electric dipole moment of the electron

K. Z. Rushchanskii, S. Kamba, V. Goian, P. Vaněk, M. Savinov, J. Prokleška, D. Nuzhnyy, K. Knížek, F. Laufek, S. Eckel, S. K. Lamoreaux, A. O. Sushkov, M. Ležaić, and N. A. Spaldin

Nature Materials 9, 649 (2010).

We describe the first-principles design and subsequent synthesis of a new material with the specific functionalities required for a solid-state-based search for the permanent electric dipole moment of the electron. We show computationally that perovskite-structure europium barium titanate should exhibit the required large and pressure-dependent ferroelectric polarization, local magnetic moments and absence of magnetic ordering at liquid-helium temperature. Subsequent synthesis and characterization of Eu0.5Ba0.5TiO3 ceramics confirm the predicted desirable properties.

ACFDT total energies in the RPA

Accurate Bulk Properties from Approximate Many-Body Techniques Judith Harl and Georg Kresse

Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 056401 (2009)

GW quasiparticle energies

Accurate Quasiparticle Spectra from Self-Consistent GW Calculations with Vertex Corrections

M. Shishkin, M. Marsman, and G. Kresse

Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 246403 (2007)

HSE hybrid functional

Screened hybrid density functionals applied to solids J. Paier, M. Marsman, K. Hummer, G. Kresse, I. C. Gerber, J. G. Ángyán

J. Chem. Phys. 124, 154709 (2006), and erratum: J. Chem. Phys. 125, 249901 (2006)

Linear response in the PAW

Linear optical properties in the projector-augmented wave methodology M. Gajdoš, K. Hummer, G. Kresse, J. Furthmüller, and F. Bechstedt

Phys. Rev. B 73, 045112 (2006)

PBE0 hybrid functional

The Perdew–Burke–Ernzerhof exchange-correlation functional applied to the G2-1 test set using a plane-wave basis set J. Paier, R. Hirschl, M. Marsman, G. Kresse

J. Chem. Phys. 122, 234102 (2005)

PAW paper II

From ultrasoft pseudopotentials to the projector augmented-wave method G. Kresse, D. Joubert

Phys. Rev. B 59, 1758–1775 (1999)

VASP methodology paper II

Efficient iterative schemes for ab initio total-energy calculations using a plane-wave basis set. G. Kresse, J. Furthmüller

Phys. Rev. B 54, 11169–11186 (1996)

VASP methodology paper I

Efficiency of ab-initio total energy calculations for metals and semiconductors using a plane-wave basis set. G. Kresse, J. Furthmüller

Computational Materials Science, Volume 6, Issue 1, July 1996, Pages 15-50

PAW paper I

Projector augmented-wave method P. E. Blöchl

Phys. Rev. B 50, 17953–17979 (1994)