# compute sna/atom command

# compute snad/atom command

# compute snap command

## Syntax

```
compute ID group-ID sna/atom rcutfac rfac0 twojmax R_1 R_2 ... w_1 w_2 ... keyword values ...
compute ID group-ID snad/atom rcutfac rfac0 twojmax R_1 R_2 ... w_1 w_2 ... keyword values ...
compute ID group-ID snav/atom rcutfac rfac0 twojmax R_1 R_2 ... w_1 w_2 ... keyword values ...
compute ID group-ID snap rcutfac rfac0 twojmax R_1 R_2 ... w_1 w_2 ... keyword values ...
```

ID, group-ID are documented in compute command

sna/atom = style name of this compute command

rcutfac = scale factor applied to all cutoff radii (positive real)

rfac0 = parameter in distance to angle conversion (0 < rcutfac < 1)

twojmax = band limit for bispectrum components (non-negative integer)

R_1, R_2,… = list of cutoff radii, one for each type (distance units)

w_1, w_2,… = list of neighbor weights, one for each type

zero or more keyword/value pairs may be appended

keyword =

*rmin0*or*switchflag*or*bzeroflag*or*quadraticflag*or*chem*or*bnormflag*or*wselfallflag**rmin0*value = parameter in distance to angle conversion (distance units)*switchflag*value =*0*or*1**0*= do not use switching function*1*= use switching function*bzeroflag*value =*0*or*1**0*= do not subtract B0*1*= subtract B0*quadraticflag*value =*0*or*1**0*= do not generate quadratic terms*1*= generate quadratic terms*chem*values =*nelements**elementlist**nelements*= number of SNAP elements*elementlist*=*ntypes*integers in range [0,*nelements*)*bnormflag*value =*0*or*1**0*= do not normalize*1*= normalize bispectrum components*wselfallflag*value =*0*or*1**0*= self-contribution only for element of central atom*1*= self-contribution for all elements

## Examples

```
compute b all sna/atom 1.4 0.99363 6 2.0 2.4 0.75 1.0 rmin0 0.0
compute db all sna/atom 1.4 0.95 6 2.0 1.0
compute vb all sna/atom 1.4 0.95 6 2.0 1.0
compute snap all snap 1.4 0.95 6 2.0 1.0
compute snap all snap 1.0 0.99363 6 3.81 3.83 1.0 0.93 chem 2 0 1
```

## Description

Define a computation that calculates a set of quantities related to the bispectrum components of the atoms in a group. These computes are used primarily for calculating the dependence of energy, force, and stress components on the linear coefficients in the snap pair_style, which is useful when training a SNAP potential to match target data.

Bispectrum components of an atom are order parameters characterizing the radial and angular distribution of neighbor atoms. The detailed mathematical definition is given in the paper by Thompson et al. (Thompson)

The position of a neighbor atom *i’* relative to a central atom *i* is
a point within the 3D ball of radius \(R_{ii'}\) = *rcutfac* \((R_i + R_i')\)

Bartok et al. (Bartok), proposed mapping this 3D ball
onto the 3-sphere, the surface of the unit ball in a four-dimensional
space. The radial distance *r* within *R_ii’* is mapped on to a third
polar angle \(\theta_0\) defined by,

In this way, all possible neighbor positions are mapped on to a subset
of the 3-sphere. Points south of the latitude \(\theta_0\) = *rfac0* \(\pi\)
are excluded.

The natural basis for functions on the 3-sphere is formed by the
representatives of *SU(2)*, the matrices \(U^j_{m,m'}(\theta, \phi, \theta_0)\).
These functions are better known as \(D^j_{m,m'}\), the elements of the Wigner
*D*-matrices (Meremianin,
Varshalovich, Mason)
The density of neighbors on the 3-sphere can be written as a sum of
Dirac-delta functions, one for each neighbor, weighted by species and
radial distance. Expanding this density function as a generalized
Fourier series in the basis functions, we can write each Fourier
coefficient as

The \(w_{\mu_{i'}}\) neighbor weights are dimensionless numbers that depend on
\(\mu_{i'}\), the SNAP element of atom *i’*, while the central atom is
arbitrarily assigned a unit weight. The function \(f_c(r)\) ensures that
the contribution of each neighbor atom goes smoothly to zero at
\(R_{ii'}\):

The expansion coefficients \(u^j_{m,m'}\) are complex-valued and they are not directly useful as descriptors, because they are not invariant under rotation of the polar coordinate frame. However, the following scalar triple products of expansion coefficients can be shown to be real-valued and invariant under rotation (Bartok).

The constants \(H^{jmm'}_{j_1 m_1 m_{1'},j_2 m_ 2m_{2'}}\)
are coupling coefficients,
analogous to Clebsch-Gordan coefficients for rotations on the
2-sphere. These invariants are the components of the bispectrum and
these are the quantities calculated by the compute *sna/atom*. They
characterize the strength of density correlations at three points on
the 3-sphere. The j2=0 subset form the power spectrum, which
characterizes the correlations of two points. The lowest-order
components describe the coarsest features of the density function,
while higher-order components reflect finer detail. Each bispectrum
component contains terms that depend on the positions of up to 4
atoms (3 neighbors and the central atom).

Compute *snad/atom* calculates the derivative of the bispectrum components
summed separately for each LAMMPS atom type:

The sum is over all atoms *i’* of atom type *I*. For each atom *i*,
this compute evaluates the above expression for each direction, each
atom type, and each bispectrum component. See section below on output
for a detailed explanation.

Compute *snav/atom* calculates the virial contribution due to the
derivatives:

Again, the sum is over all atoms *i’* of atom type *I*. For each atom
*i*, this compute evaluates the above expression for each of the six
virial components, each atom type, and each bispectrum component. See
section below on output for a detailed explanation.

Compute *snap* calculates a global array containing information related
to all three of the above per-atom computes *sna/atom*, *snad/atom*,
and *snav/atom*. The first row of the array contains the summation of
*sna/atom* over all atoms, but broken out by type. The last six rows
of the array contain the summation of *snav/atom* over all atoms, broken
out by type. In between these are 3**N* rows containing the same values
computed by *snad/atom* (these are already summed over all atoms and
broken out by type). The element in the last column of each row contains
the potential energy, force, or stress, according to the row.
These quantities correspond to the user-specified reference potential
that must be subtracted from the target data when fitting SNAP.
The potential energy calculation uses the built in compute *thermo_pe*.
The stress calculation uses a compute called *snap_press* that is
automatically created behind the scenes, according to the following
command:

```
compute snap_press all pressure NULL virial
```

See section below on output for a detailed explanation of the data layout in the global array.

The value of all bispectrum components will be zero for atoms not in the group. Neighbor atoms not in the group do not contribute to the bispectrum of atoms in the group.

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.

The argument *rcutfac* is a scale factor that controls the ratio of
atomic radius to radial cutoff distance.

The argument *rfac0* and the optional keyword *rmin0* define the
linear mapping from radial distance to polar angle \(theta_0\) on the
3-sphere, given above.

The argument *twojmax* defines which
bispectrum components are generated. See section below on output for a
detailed explanation of the number of bispectrum components and the
ordered in which they are listed.

The keyword *switchflag* can be used to turn off the switching
function \(f_c(r)\).

The keyword *bzeroflag* determines whether or not *B0*, the bispectrum
components of an atom with no neighbors, are subtracted from
the calculated bispectrum components. This optional keyword
normally only affects compute *sna/atom*. However, when
*quadraticflag* is on, it also affects *snad/atom* and *snav/atom*.

The keyword *quadraticflag* determines whether or not the
quadratic combinations of bispectrum quantities are generated.
These are formed by taking the outer product of the vector
of bispectrum components with itself.
See section below on output for a
detailed explanation of the number of quadratic terms and the
ordered in which they are listed.

The keyword *chem* activates the explicit multi-element variant
of the SNAP bispectrum components. The argument *nelements*
specifies the number of SNAP elements that will be handled.
This is followed by *elementlist*, a list of integers of
length *ntypes*, with values in the range [0, *nelements* ),
which maps each LAMMPS type to one of the SNAP elements.
Note that multiple LAMMPS types can be mapped to the same element,
and some elements may be mapped by no LAMMPS type. However, in typical
use cases (training SNAP potentials) the mapping from LAMMPS types
to elements is one-to-one.

The explicit multi-element variant invoked by the *chem* keyword
partitions the density of neighbors into partial densities
for each chemical element. This is described in detail in the
paper by Cusentino et al.
The bispectrum components are indexed on
ordered triplets of elements:

where \(u^{\mu}_{j,m,m'}\) is an expansion coefficient for the partial density of neighbors of element \(\mu\)

where \(w^{self}_{\mu_{i}\mu}\) is the self-contribution, which is either 1 or 0
(see keyword *wselfallflag* below), \(\delta_{\mu\mu_{i'}}\) indicates
that the sum is only over neighbor atoms of element \(\mu\),
and all other quantities are the same as those appearing in the
original equation for \(u^j_{m,m'}\) given above.

The keyword *wselfallflag* defines the rule used for the self-contribution.
If *wselfallflag* is on, then \(w^{self}_{\mu_{i}\mu}\) = 1. If it is
off then \(w^{self}_{\mu_{i}\mu}\) = 0, except in the case
of \({\mu_{i}=\mu}\), when \(w^{self}_{\mu_{i}\mu}\) = 1.
When the *chem* keyword is not used, this keyword has no effect.

The keyword *bnormflag* determines whether or not the bispectrum
component \(B_{j_1,j_2,j}\) is divided by a factor of \(2j+1\).
This normalization simplifies force calculations because of the
following symmetry relation

This option is typically used in conjunction with the *chem* keyword,
and LAMMPS will generate a warning if both *chem* and *bnormflag*
are not both set or not both unset.

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 calculation. One way to get around this, is to write a dump file, and use the rerun command to compute the bispectrum components 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:**

Compute *sna/atom* calculates a per-atom array, each column
corresponding to a particular bispectrum component. The total number
of columns and the identity of the bispectrum component contained in
each column depend of the value of *twojmax*, as
described by the following piece of python code:

```
for j1 in range(0,twojmax+1):
for j2 in range(0,j1+1):
for j in range(j1-j2,min(twojmax,j1+j2)+1,2):
if (j>=j1): print j1/2.,j2/2.,j/2.
```

For even twojmax = 2(*m*-1), \(K = m(m+1)(2m+1)/6\), the *m*-th pyramidal number. For odd twojmax = 2 *m*-1, \(K = m(m+1)(m+2)/3\), twice the *m*-th tetrahedral number.

Note

the *diagonal* keyword allowing other possible choices
for the number of bispectrum components was removed in 2019,
since all potentials use the value of 3, corresponding to the
above set of bispectrum components.

Compute *snad/atom* evaluates a per-atom array. The columns are
arranged into *ntypes* blocks, listed in order of atom type *I*. Each
block contains three sub-blocks corresponding to the *x*, *y*, and *z*
components of the atom position. Each of these sub-blocks contains *K*
columns for the *K* bispectrum components, the same as for compute *sna/atom*

Compute *snav/atom* evaluates a per-atom array. The columns are
arranged into *ntypes* blocks, listed in order of atom type *I*. Each
block contains six sub-blocks corresponding to the *xx*, *yy*, *zz*,
*yz*, *xz*, and *xy* components of the virial tensor in Voigt
notation. Each of these sub-blocks contains *K*
columns for the *K* bispectrum components, the same as for compute *sna/atom*

Compute *snap* evaluates a global array.
The columns are arranged into
*ntypes* blocks, listed in order of atom type *I*. Each block
contains one column for each bispectrum component, the same as for compute
*sna/atom*. A final column contains the corresponding energy, force component
on an atom, or virial stress component. The rows of the array appear
in the following order:

1 row:

*sna/atom*quantities summed for all atoms of type*I*3*

*N*rows:*snad/atom*quantities, with derivatives w.r.t. x, y, and z coordinate of atom*i*appearing in consecutive rows. The atoms are sorted based on atom ID.6 rows:

*snav/atom*quantities summed for all atoms of type*I*

For example, if *K* =30 and ntypes=1, the number of columns in the per-atom
arrays generated by *sna/atom*, *snad/atom*, and *snav/atom*
are 30, 90, and 180, respectively. With *quadratic* value=1,
the numbers of columns are 930, 2790, and 5580, respectively.
The number of columns in the global array generated by *snap*
are 31, and 931, respectively, while the number of rows is
1+3**N*+6, where *N* is the total number of atoms.

If the *quadratic* keyword value is set to 1, then additional
columns are generated, corresponding to
the products of all distinct pairs of bispectrum components. If the
number of bispectrum components is *K*, then the number of distinct pairs
is *K*(*K*+1)/2.
For compute *sna/atom* these columns are appended to existing *K* columns.
The ordering of quadratic terms is upper-triangular,
(1,1),(1,2)…(1,*K*),(2,1)…(*K*-1,*K*-1),(*K*-1,*K*),(*K*,*K*).
For computes *snad/atom* and *snav/atom* each set of *K*(*K*+1)/2
additional columns is inserted directly after each of sub-block
of linear terms i.e. linear and quadratic terms are contiguous.
So the nesting order from inside to outside is bispectrum component,
linear then quadratic, vector/tensor component, type.

If the *chem* keyword is used, then the data is arranged into \(N_{elem}^3\)
sub-blocks, each sub-block corresponding to a particular chemical labeling
\(\kappa\lambda\mu\) with the last label changing fastest.
Each sub-block contains *K* bispectrum components. For the purposes
of handling contributions to force, virial, and quadratic combinations,
these \(N_{elem}^3\) sub-blocks are treated as a single block
of \(K N_{elem}^3\) columns.

These values can be accessed by any command that uses per-atom values from a compute as input. See the Howto output doc page for an overview of LAMMPS output options. To see how this command can be used within a Python workflow to train SNAP potentials, see the examples in FitSNAP.

## Restrictions

These computes are part of the SNAP package. They are only enabled if LAMMPS was built with that package. See the Build package doc page for more info.

## Default

The optional keyword defaults are *rmin0* = 0,
*switchflag* = 1, *bzeroflag* = 1, *quadraticflag* = 0,
*bnormflag* = 0, *wselfallflag* = 0

**(Thompson)** Thompson, Swiler, Trott, Foiles, Tucker, under review, preprint
available at arXiv:1409.3880

**(Bartok)** Bartok, Payne, Risi, Csanyi, Phys Rev Lett, 104, 136403 (2010).

**(Meremianin)** Meremianin, J. Phys. A, 39, 3099 (2006).

**(Varshalovich)** Varshalovich, Moskalev, Khersonskii, Quantum Theory
of Angular Momentum, World Scientific, Singapore (1987).

**(Mason)** J. K. Mason, Acta Cryst A65, 259 (2009).

**(Cusentino)** Cusentino, Wood, and Thompson, J Phys Chem A, xxx, xxxxx, (2020)