mass I value
- I = atom type (see asterisk form below)
- value = mass
mass 1 1.0 mass * 62.5 mass 2* 62.5
The I index can be specified in one of two ways. An explicit numeric value can be used, as in the 1st example above. Or a wild-card asterisk can be used to set the mass for multiple atom types. This takes the form “*” or “*n” or “n*” or “m*n”. If N = the number of atom types, then an asterisk with no numeric values means all types from 1 to N. A leading asterisk means all types from 1 to n (inclusive). A trailing asterisk means all types from n to N (inclusive). A middle asterisk means all types from m to n (inclusive).
A line in a data file that follows the “Masses” keyword specifies mass using the same format as the arguments of the mass command in an input script, except that no wild-card asterisk can be used. For example, under the “Masses” section of a data file, the line that corresponds to the 1st example above would be listed as
Note that the mass command can only be used if the atom style requires per-type atom mass to be set. Currently, all but the sphere and ellipsoid and peri styles do. They require mass to be set for individual particles, not types. Per-atom masses are defined in the data file read by the read_data command, or set to default values by the create_atoms command. Per-atom masses can also be set to new values by the set mass or set density commands.
If you define a hybrid atom style which includes one (or more) sub-styles which require per-type mass and one (or more) sub-styles which require per-atom mass, then you must define both. However, in this case the per-type mass will be ignored; only the per-atom mass will be used by LAMMPS.
The mass assigned to any type or atom must be > 0.0.
Related commands: none