Description of the FLEUR codes

The FLEUR code family is a program package for calculating ground-state as well as excited-state properties of solids. It is based on the full-potential linearized augmented-plane-wave (FLAPW) method [1-4]. The strength of the FLEUR code [5,6] lies in applications to bulk, semi-infinite, two- and one-dimensional solids [7], solids of all chemical elements of the periodic table, solids with complex open structures, low symmetry, with complex non-collinear magnetism [8] in combination with spin-orbit interaction [9,10], external electric fields, and the treatment of spin-dependent transport properties [11,12]. It is an all-electron method and thus treats core and valence electrons and can deal with hyperfine properties. The inclusion of local orbitals allows a systematic extension of the LAPW basis that enables a precise treatment of semicore states [13], unoccupied states [14,15], and an elimination of the linearization error in general [16]. A large variety of local and semi-local (GGA) exchange and correlation functionals are implemented, including the LDA+U approach. In recent years the code has been developed further to make contact to electronically complex materials. Hybrid functionals [17,18] and the optimized-effective-potential (OEP) method [15,19] have been implemented. Wannier functions [20] can be constructed to make contact to realistic model Hamiltonians. Excitations can be treated on the basis of the GW approximation [21,22] and ladder diagrams are included to compute spin-wave excitations [23]. The Hubbard U can be calculated in the constrained random phase approximation (cRPA) [24].


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Features of FLEUR

The FLEUR code allows you to investigate structural, electronic and magnetic properties of periodic systems, in bulk (3D), film (2D) and wire (1D) geometry. Furthermore, it provides the necessary input for the calculation of non-periodic systems (semi-infinite crystals or transport geometries) within the G-Fleur code, or for the calculation of excited state properties.

FLEUR is based on density functional theory (DFT) and is an implementation of the full-potential linearized augmented planewave (FLAPW) method, which

  • is a highly-precise all electron method
  • has a basis set equally suited for open and close-packed systems
  • is suitable for elements from the whole periodic table

Among other things, FLEUR allows to calculate

  • structural and magnetic ground state properties
  • electronic properties like bandstructures, densities of states etc.
  • charge densities, field gradients, or hyperfine fields

Although FLEUR calculations can be performed for all kinds of materials, it is especially suited for:

  • magnetic systems (collinear or non-collinear)
  • open systems (surfaces, wires, nanostructures)
  • transition metals, lanthanides, actinides