Dear Users I performed a series of single point energy calculations on an FCC crystal by varying the lattice constant. I'm trying to generate data points to optimize the lattice constant
I was expecting the force on each atom to zero by virtue of crystalline symmetry (no internal degree of freedom). But to my surprise, the forces are not zero. Increasing the Mesh cutoff from 300 Ry to higher values didn't help either. How is it possible for the atomic forces in a crystal to be non-zero?
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