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      Simple and efficient way of speeding up transmission calculations with \(k\)-point sampling

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          The transmissions as functions of energy are central for electron or phonon transport in the Landauer transport picture. We suggest a simple and computationally "cheap" post-processing scheme to interpolate transmission functions over \(k\)-points to get smooth well-converged average transmission functions. This is relevant for data obtained using typical "expensive" first principles calculations where the leads/electrodes are described by periodic boundary conditions. We show examples of transport in graphene structures where a speed-up of an order of magnitude is easily obtained.

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                13 May 2015
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                10.3762/bjnano.6.164
                1505.03267

                http://arxiv.org/licenses/nonexclusive-distrib/1.0/

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                Beilstein J. Nanotechnol. 2015, 6, 1603-1608
                6 pages, 4 figures
                physics.comp-ph

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