# compute orientorder/atom command

## Syntax

```
compute ID group-ID orientorder/atom keyword values ...
```

ID, group-ID are documented in compute command

orientorder/atom = style name of this compute command

one or more keyword/value pairs may be appended

keyword =

*cutoff*or*nnn*or*degrees*or*components**cutoff*value = distance cutoff*nnn*value = number of nearest neighbors*degrees*values = nlvalues, l1, l2,...*components*value = ldegree

## Examples

```
compute 1 all orientorder/atom
compute 1 all orientorder/atom degrees 5 4 6 8 10 12 nnn NULL cutoff 1.5
compute 1 all orientorder/atom degrees 4 6 components 6 nnn NULL cutoff 3.0
```

## Description

Define a computation that calculates a set of bond-orientational
order parameters *Ql* for each atom in a group. These order parameters
were introduced by Steinhardt et al. as a way to
characterize the local orientational order in atomic structures.
For each atom, *Ql* is a real number defined as follows:

The first equation defines the spherical harmonic order parameters.
These are complex number components of the 3D analog of the 2D order
parameter *qn*, which is implemented as LAMMPS compute
hexorder/atom.
The summation is over the *nnn* nearest
neighbors of the central atom.
The angles theta and phi are the standard spherical polar angles
defining the direction of the bond vector *rij*.
The second equation defines *Ql*, which is a
rotationally invariant scalar quantity obtained by summing
over all the components of degree *l*.

The optional keyword *cutoff* defines the distance cutoff
used when searching for neighbors. The default value, also
the maximum allowable value, is the cutoff specified
by the pair style.

The optional keyword *nnn* defines the number of nearest
neighbors used to calculate *Ql*. The default value is 12.
If the value is NULL, then all neighbors up to the
specified distance cutoff are used.

The optional keyword *degrees* defines the list of order parameters to
be computed. The first argument *nlvalues* is the number of order
parameters. This is followed by that number of integers giving the
degree of each order parameter. Because *Q*2 and all odd-degree order
parameters are zero for atoms in cubic crystals (see
Steinhardt), the default order parameters are *Q*4,
*Q*6, *Q*8, *Q*10, and *Q*12. For the FCC crystal with *nnn* =12, *Q*4
= sqrt(7/3)/8 = 0.19094…. The numerical values of all order
parameters up to *Q*12 for a range of commonly encountered
high-symmetry structures are given in Table I of Mickel et al..

The optional keyword *components* will output the components of the
normalized complex vector *Ybar_lm* of degree *ldegree*, which must be
explicitly included in the keyword *degrees*. This option can be used
in conjunction with compute coord_atom to
calculate the ten Wolde’s criterion to identify crystal-like
particles, as discussed in ten Wolde.

The value of *Ql* is set to zero for atoms not in the
specified compute group, as well as for atoms that have less than
*nnn* neighbors within the distance cutoff.

The neighbor list needed to compute this quantity is constructed each time the calculation is performed (i.e. each time a snapshot of atoms is dumped). Thus it can be inefficient to compute/dump this quantity too frequently.

Note

If you have a bonded system, then the settings of special_bonds command can remove pairwise interactions between atoms in the same bond, angle, or dihedral. This is the default setting for the special_bonds command, and means those pairwise interactions do not appear in the neighbor list. Because this fix uses the neighbor list, it also means those pairs will not be included in the order parameter. This difficulty can be circumvented by writing a dump file, and using the rerun command to compute the order parameter for snapshots in the dump file. The rerun script can use a special_bonds command that includes all pairs in the neighbor list.

**Output info:**

This compute calculates a per-atom array with *nlvalues* columns,
giving the *Ql* values for each atom, which are real numbers on the
range 0 <= *Ql* <= 1.

If the keyword *components* is set, then the real and imaginary parts
of each component of (normalized) *Ybar_lm* will be added to the
output array in the following order: Re(*Ybar_-m*) Im(*Ybar_-m*)
Re(*Ybar_-m+1*) Im(*Ybar_-m+1*) … Re(*Ybar_m*) Im(*Ybar_m*). This
way, the per-atom array will have a total of *nlvalues*+2*(2*l*+1)
columns.

These values can be accessed by any command that uses per-atom values from a compute as input. See Section 6.15 for an overview of LAMMPS output options.

## Restrictions

none

## Default

The option defaults are *cutoff* = pair style cutoff, *nnn* = 12,
*degrees* = 5 4 6 8 10 12 i.e. *Q*4, *Q*6, *Q*8, *Q*10, and *Q*12.

**(Steinhardt)** P. Steinhardt, D. Nelson, and M. Ronchetti,
Phys. Rev. B 28, 784 (1983).

**(Mickel)** W. Mickel, S. C. Kapfer, G. E. Schroeder-Turkand, K. Mecke,
J. Chem. Phys. 138, 044501 (2013).

**(tenWolde)** P. R. ten Wolde, M. J. Ruiz-Montero, D. Frenkel,
J. Chem. Phys. 104, 9932 (1996).