# compute temp/sphere command¶

## Syntax¶

```
compute ID group-ID temp/sphere keyword value ...
```

ID, group-ID are documented in compute command

temp/sphere = style name of this compute command

zero or more keyword/value pairs may be appended

keyword =

*bias*or*dof**bias*value = bias-ID bias-ID = ID of a temperature compute that removes a velocity bias*dof*value =*all*or*rotate*all = compute temperature of translational and rotational degrees of freedom rotate = compute temperature of just rotational degrees of freedom

## Examples¶

```
compute 1 all temp/sphere
compute myTemp mobile temp/sphere bias tempCOM
compute myTemp mobile temp/sphere dof rotate
```

## Description¶

Define a computation that calculates the temperature of a group of spherical particles, including a contribution from both their translational and rotational kinetic energy. This differs from the usual compute temp command, which assumes point particles with only translational kinetic energy.

Both point and finite-size particles can be included in the group. Point particles do not rotate, so they have only 3 translational degrees of freedom. For 3d spherical particles, each has 6 degrees of freedom (3 translational, 3 rotational). For 2d spherical particles, each has 3 degrees of freedom (2 translational, 1 rotational).

Note

This choice for degrees of freedom (dof) assumes that all finite-size spherical particles in your model will freely rotate, sampling all their rotational dof. It is possible to use a combination of interaction potentials and fixes that induce no torque or otherwise constrain some of all of your particles so that this is not the case. Then there are less dof and you should use the compute_modify extra command to adjust the dof accordingly.

The translational kinetic energy is computed the same as is described by the compute temp command. The rotational kinetic energy is computed as 1/2 I w^2, where I is the moment of inertia for a sphere and w is the particle’s angular velocity.

Note

For 2d models, particles are treated as spheres, not disks, meaning their moment of inertia will be the same as in 3d.

A kinetic energy tensor, stored as a 6-element vector, is also calculated by this compute. The formula for the components of the tensor is the same as the above formulas, except that v^2 and w^2 are replaced by vx*vy and wx*wy for the xy component. The 6 components of the vector are ordered xx, yy, zz, xy, xz, yz.

The number of atoms contributing to the temperature is assumed to be
constant for the duration of the run; use the *dynamic* option of the
compute_modify command if this is not the case.

This compute subtracts out translational degrees-of-freedom due to
fixes that constrain molecular motion, such as fix shake and fix rigid. This means the
temperature of groups of atoms that include these constraints will be
computed correctly. If needed, the subtracted degrees-of-freedom can
be altered using the *extra* option of the
compute_modify command.

See the Howto thermostat doc page for a discussion of different ways to compute temperature and perform thermostatting.

The keyword/value option pairs are used in the following ways.

For the *bias* keyword, *bias-ID* refers to the ID of a temperature
compute that removes a “bias” velocity from each atom. This allows
compute temp/sphere to compute its thermal temperature after the
translational kinetic energy components have been altered in a
prescribed way, e.g. to remove a flow velocity profile. Thermostats
that use this compute will work with this bias term. See the doc
pages for individual computes that calculate a temperature and the doc
pages for fixes that perform thermostatting for more details.

For the *dof* keyword, a setting of *all* calculates a temperature
that includes both translational and rotational degrees of freedom. A
setting of *rotate* calculates a temperature that includes only
rotational degrees of freedom.

## Output info¶

This compute calculates a global scalar (the temperature) and a global vector of length 6 (KE tensor), which can be accessed by indices 1-6. These values can be used by any command that uses global scalar or vector values from a compute as input. See the Howto output doc page for an overview of LAMMPS output options.

The scalar value calculated by this compute is “intensive”. The vector values are “extensive”.

The scalar value will be in temperature units. The vector values will be in energy units.

## Restrictions¶

This fix requires that atoms store torque and angular velocity (omega) and a radius as defined by the atom_style sphere command.

All particles in the group must be finite-size spheres, or point particles with radius = 0.0.

## Default¶

The option defaults are no bias and dof = all.