compute temp/ramp command


compute ID group-ID temp/ramp vdim vlo vhi dim clo chi keyword value ...
  • ID, group-ID are documented in compute command

  • temp/ramp = style name of this compute command

  • vdim = vx or vy or vz

  • vlo,vhi = subtract velocities between vlo and vhi (velocity units)

  • dim = x or y or z

  • clo,chi = lower and upper bound of domain to subtract from (distance units)

  • zero or more keyword/value pairs may be appended

  • keyword = units

units value = lattice or box


compute 2nd middle temp/ramp vx 0 8 y 2 12 units lattice


Define a computation that calculates the temperature of a group of atoms, after subtracting out an ramped velocity profile before computing the kinetic energy. A compute of this style can be used by any command that computes a temperature (e.g. thermo_modify, fix temp/rescale, fix npt).

The meaning of the arguments for this command which define the velocity ramp are the same as for the velocity ramp command which was presumably used to impose the velocity.

After the ramp velocity has been subtracted from the specified dimension for each atom, the temperature is calculated by the formula

\[\text{KE} = \frac{\text{dim}}{2} N k_B T,\]

where KE is the total kinetic energy of the group of atoms (sum of \(\frac12 m v^2\)), dim = 2 or 3 is the dimensionality of the simulation, \(N\) is the number of atoms in the group, \(k_B\) is the Boltzmann constant, and \(T\) is the absolute temperature.

The units keyword determines the meaning of the distance units used for coordinates (clo, chi) and velocities (vlo, vhi). A box value selects standard distance units as defined by the units command (e.g., \(\AA\) for units = real or metal). A lattice value means the distance units are in lattice spacings (i.e., velocity in lattice spacings per unit time). The lattice command must have been previously used to define the lattice spacing.

A kinetic energy tensor, stored as a six-element vector, is also calculated by this compute for use in the computation of a pressure tensor. The formula for the components of the tensor is the same as the above formula, except that \(v^2\) is replaced by \(v_x v_y\) for the \(xy\) component, and so on. The six 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.

The removal of the ramped velocity component by this fix is essentially computing the temperature after a “bias” has been removed from the velocity of the atoms. If this compute is used with a fix command that performs thermostatting then this bias will be subtracted from each atom, thermostatting of the remaining thermal velocity will be performed, and the bias will be added back in. Thermostatting fixes that work in this way include fix nvt, fix temp/rescale, fix temp/berendsen, and fix langevin.

This compute subtracts out 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 page for a discussion of different ways to compute temperature and perform thermostatting.

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 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.




The option default is units = lattice.