pair_style lj/switch3/coulgauss/long command


pair_style style args
  • style = lj/switch3/coulgauss/long
  • args = list of arguments for a particular style
lj/switch3/coulgauss/long args = cutoff (cutoff2) width
  cutoff  = global cutoff for LJ (and Coulombic if only 1 arg) (distance units)
  cutoff2 = global cutoff for Coulombic (optional) (distance units)
  width  = width parameter of the smoothing function (distance units)


pair_style lj/switch3/coulgauss/long    12.0 3.0
pair_coeff 1  0.2 2.5 1.2

pair_style lj/switch3/coulgauss/long   12.0 10.0 3.0
pair_coeff 1  0.2 2.5 1.2


The lj/switch3/coulgauss style evaluates the LJ vdW potential


, which goes smoothly to zero at the cutoff r_c as defined by the switching function


where w is the width defined in the arguments. This potential is combined with Coulomb interaction between Gaussian charge densities:


where qi and qj are the charges on the 2 atoms, epsilon is the dielectric constant which can be set by the dielectric command, gamma_i and gamma_j are the widths of the Gaussian charge distribution and erf() is the error-function. This style has to be used in conjunction with the kspace_style command

If one cutoff is specified it is used for both the vdW and Coulomb terms. If two cutoffs are specified, the first is used as the cutoff for the vdW terms, and the second is the cutoff for the Coulombic term.

The following coefficients must be defined for each pair of atoms types via the pair_coeff command as in the examples above, or in the data file or restart files read by the read_data or read_restart commands:

  • epsilon (energy)
  • sigma (distance)
  • gamma (distance)

Mixing, shift, table, tail correction, restart, rRESPA info:

Shifting the potential energy is not necessary because the switching function ensures that the potential is zero at the cut-off.


These styles are part of the USER-YAFF package. They are only enabled if LAMMPS was built with that package. See the Build package doc page for more info.