The effect of reciprocal-space sampling and basis set quality on the calculated conductance of a molecular junction

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Taylor & Francis Ltd.
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Molecular Simulation, 2007, 33 (11), pp. 897 - 904
Issue Date:
2007-01
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We perform density functional theory and non-equilibrium Green's function calculations of the conductance of a gold wire and a 1,4-phenylenedimethanethiol (XYL) molecule adsorbed between Au(111) electrodes using the TranSIESTA software package. The effect of varying different computational parameters is investigated. We find that the conductance is more sensitive to the reciprocal-space sampling grid than the quality of the basis set employed. The conductance can vary up to a factor of five as a result of the choice of computational parameters. We report a set of computational parameters that yields a well-converged conductance value.
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