# compute snav/atom 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 ...

• 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

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

## 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


## Description

Define a computation that calculates a set of bispectrum components for each atom in a group.

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 theta0 defined by, In this way, all possible neighbor positions are mapped on to a subset of the 3-sphere. Points south of the latitude theta0max=rfac0*Pi are excluded.

The natural basis for functions on the 3-sphere is formed by the 4D hyperspherical harmonics U^j_m,m’(theta, phi, theta0). These functions are better known as D^j_m,m’, the elements of the Wigner D-matrices (Meremianin, Varshalovich).

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_i’ neighbor weights are dimensionless numbers that are chosen to distinguish atoms of different types, while the central atom is arbitrarily assigned a unit weight. The function fc(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’_j1m1m1’_j2m2m2’ 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. Note that the central atom is included in the expansion, so three point-correlations can be either due to three neighbors, or two neighbors and the central atom.

Compute snad/atom calculates the derivative of the bispectrum components summed separately for each 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.

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 theta0 on the 3-sphere.

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.

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 analogs to the 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.

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.

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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.


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 one column for each bispectrum component, 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 one column for each bispectrum component, the same as for compute sna/atom

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.

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.

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.

## 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,

(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).