Use the plugin to support inputs of Quantum Espresso projwfc.x executable. Computes the projections of atomic orbitals, \(|g_i>\) onto bloch wavefunctions \(|\psi_{nk}>\), that is \(<g_i|\psi_{nk}>\). Also computes the DOS as a function of energy, and the PDOS for each \(|g_i>\). The \(|g_i>\) orbitals are found using the PseudoPotential used for the PW calculation. See the projwfc doc see the QE documentation for more details.

Supported codes

  • tested from projwfc.x v.5.1.2 onwards


  • parent_calculation, A PW calculation. It is also recommended that a bands calculation be used as the parent for the best viewing results, though this is not mandatory.
  • parameters, class Dict Input parameters of projwfc.x, as a nested dictionary, mapping the input of QE. See the QE documentation for the full list of variables and their meaning.


There are several output nodes that can be created by the plugin. All output nodes can be accessed with the calculation.out method.

  • output_parameters Dict Contains the wall time of the run, as well as any warnings that may occurred.

  • projections ProjectionData Contains the projections which store the orbitals, pdos arrays, and projection arrays.

    • orbitals RealhydrogenOrbital which can be called using:


      are essentially collections of dictionaries whose elements describe a real-space hydrogen-like orbital descriptors as keys. These keys, and their values, can be found using orbital.get_orbital_dict(). For example running the following commands on the output of a projwfc output for BaTiO3:

      projection = my_projwfc_calc.outputs.projections # the projection data
      this_orbital = projection.get_orbitals()[0]  # first element in a list of orbitals
      this_orbital.get_orbital_dict() # retrieves the orbital dictionary

      Would have typical output such as the following:

      {'angular_momentum': 0,
       'diffusivity': None,
       'kind_name': u'Ba',
       'magnetic_number': 0,
       'module_name': 'realhydrogen',
       'position': [0.0, 0.0, 0.0],
       'radial_nodes': 0,
       'spin': None,
       'spin_orientation': None,
       'x_orientation': None,
       'z_orientation': None}

      Where this particular orbital would be the one associated with an ‘1S’ orbital (see angular_momentum, magnetic_number and radial_nodes) centered at [0.0,0.0,0.0] (position) in the cell which is where a Ba atom lies (kind_name). Note that many descriptors have the value of None, meaning the plugin did not attempt to find associated values for these parameters, this is normal. You can call specific orbitals by passing dictionary keys during the get_orbitals() command. For example:


      will call all of the orbitals stored. But if we only wanted to recall all of the ‘P’ orbitals on any oxygen we could use:



      this_dict = {'kind_name':'O','angular_momentum':1}


      If you want to quickly find what angular_momentum and magnetic_number is associated with which common orbital name you can use the convenience method get_quantum_numbers_from_name

      • projections, arrays showing the \(<g_i|\psi_{nk}>\) projections where \(|g_i>\) will be associated with a specific orbital and \(|\psi_{nk}>\) are the bloch waves. They can be called using:


        Where this_dict can be a dictionary to retrieve specific projections, with the exact same syntax described earlier for orbitals. Typical output would be:

        [(orbital_1, projectionarray_1), (orbital_2, projectionarray_2),...]


In the case where spin-polarized calculations are used in the parent, there will be two output projections. One each for spin up and spin down.

  • pdos, arrays showing the pdos for a given orbital, \(|g_i>\) Again, this uses the same orbital dictionary syntax described in orbitals. Typical output would be:

    [(orbital_1, energyarray_1, pdosarray_1), (orbital_2, energyarray_2, pdosarray_2),...]

    where the pdosarrays show the projected density of state for a given orbital using the energyarrays as their ‘axis’

  • bands BandsData Parsed energy for each band \(E_{nk} = <\psi_{nk}|H|\psi_{nk}>\). The projections output will have a reference to the bands accessible using projection.get_reference_bandsdata()


In the case where spin-polarized calculations are used in the parent, there will be two output bands. One each for spin up and spin down.

  • Dos XyData Contains the absolute Dos, which should not be confused with the sum of all the pdos. The energy axis and dos can be found using:


    Which will return the tuples (in order):

    (u'Energy', Energy_array, 'eV')
    (u'Dos', Dos_array, 'states/eV')

    Where the Energy_array is a numpy array given the energy values and the Dos_array is a numpy array giving the Dos values for each energy in the Energy_array.


Errors of the parsing are reported in the log of the calculation (accessible with the verdi calculation logshow command). Moreover, they are stored in the Dict under the key warnings, and are accessible with Calculation.res.warnings.