Ensembles¶
Canonical ensemble¶

class
mchammer.ensembles.
CanonicalEnsemble
(structure: ase.atoms.Atoms, calculator: mchammer.calculators.base_calculator.BaseCalculator, temperature: float, user_tag: str = None, boltzmann_constant: float = 8.617330337217213e05, random_seed: int = None, dc_filename: str = None, data_container: str = None, data_container_write_period: float = 600, ensemble_data_write_interval: int = None, trajectory_write_interval: int = None, sublattice_probabilities: List[float] = None)[source]¶ Instances of this class allow one to simulate systems in the canonical ensemble (\(N_iVT\)), i.e. at constant temperature (\(T\)), number of atoms of each species (\(N_i\)), and volume (\(V\)).
The probability for a particular state in the canonical ensemble is proportional to the wellknown Boltzmann factor,
\[\rho_{\text{C}} \propto \exp [  E / k_B T ].\]Since the concentrations or equivalently the number of atoms of each species is held fixed in the canonical ensemble, a trial step must conserve the concentrations. This is accomplished by randomly picking two unlike atoms and swapping their identities. The swap is accepted with probability
\[P = \min \{ 1, \, \exp [  \Delta E / k_B T ] \},\]where \(\Delta E\) is the change in potential energy caused by the swap.
The canonical ensemble provides an ideal framework for studying the properties of a system at a specific concentration. Properties such as potential energy or phenomena such as chemical ordering at a specific temperature can conveniently be studied by simulating at that temperature. The canonical ensemble is also a convenient tool for “optimizing” a system, i.e., finding its lowest energy chemical ordering. In practice, this is usually achieved by simulated annealing, i.e. the system is equilibrated at a high temperature, after which the temperature is continuously lowered until the acceptance probability is almost zero. In a wellbehaved system, the chemical ordering at that point corresponds to a lowenergy structure, possibly the global minimum at that particular concentration.
 Parameters
structure (
Atoms
) – atomic configuration to be used in the Monte Carlo simulation; also defines the initial occupation vectorcalculator (
BaseCalculator
) – calculator to be used for calculating the potential changes that enter the evaluation of the Metropolis criteriontemperature (float) – temperature \(T\) in appropriate units [commonly Kelvin]
boltzmann_constant (float) – Boltzmann constant \(k_B\) in appropriate units, i.e. units that are consistent with the underlying cluster expansion and the temperature units [default: eV/K]
user_tag (str) – humanreadable tag for ensemble [default: None]
random_seed (int) – seed for the random number generator used in the Monte Carlo simulation
dc_filename (str) – name of file the data container associated with the ensemble will be written to; if the file exists it will be read, the data container will be appended, and the file will be updated/overwritten
data_container_write_period (float) – period in units of seconds at which the data container is written to file; writing periodically to file provides both a way to examine the progress of the simulation and to back up the data [default: 600 s]
ensemble_data_write_interval (int) – interval at which data is written to the data container; this includes for example the current value of the calculator (i.e. usually the energy) as well as ensembles specific fields such as temperature or the number of atoms of different species
trajectory_write_interval (int) – interval at which the current occupation vector of the atomic configuration is written to the data container.
sublattice_probabilities (List[float]) – probability for picking a sublattice when doing a random swap. This should be as long as the number of sublattices and should sum up to 1.
Example
The following snippet illustrate how to carry out a simple Monte Carlo simulation in the canonical ensemble. Here, the parameters of the cluster expansion are set to emulate a simple Ising model in order to obtain an example that can be run without modification. In practice, one should of course use a proper cluster expansion:
>>> from ase.build import bulk >>> from icet import ClusterExpansion, ClusterSpace >>> from mchammer.calculators import ClusterExpansionCalculator >>> # prepare cluster expansion >>> # the setup emulates a second nearestneighbor (NN) Ising model >>> # (zerolet and singlet ECIs are zero; only first and second neighbor >>> # pairs are included) >>> prim = bulk('Au') >>> cs = ClusterSpace(prim, cutoffs=[4.3], chemical_symbols=['Ag', 'Au']) >>> ce = ClusterExpansion(cs, [0, 0, 0.1, 0.02]) >>> # prepare initial configuration >>> structure = prim.repeat(3) >>> for k in range(5): >>> structure[k].symbol = 'Ag' >>> # set up and run MC simulation >>> calc = ClusterExpansionCalculator(structure, ce) >>> mc = CanonicalEnsemble(structure=structure, calculator=calc, ... temperature=600, ... dc_filename='myrun_canonical.dc') >>> mc.run(100) # carry out 100 trial swaps

attach_observer
(observer: mchammer.observers.base_observer.BaseObserver, tag=None)¶ Attaches an observer to the ensemble.
If the observer does not have an observation interval, then it will be set to the default_interval len(atoms).
 Parameters
observer – observer instance to attach
tag – name used in data container

property
boltzmann_constant
¶ Boltzmann constant \(k_B\) (see parameters section above)

property
calculator
¶ calculator attached to the ensemble

property
data_container
¶ data container associated with ensemble

do_canonical_swap
(sublattice_index: int, allowed_species: List[int] = None) → int¶ Carries out one Monte Carlo trial step.
 Parameters
sublattice_index – the sublattice the swap will act on
allowed_species – list of atomic numbers for allowed species
 Returns
 Return type
Returns 1 or 0 depending on if trial move was accepted or rejected

do_sgc_flip
(chemical_potentials: Dict[int, float], sublattice_index: int, allowed_species: List[int] = None) → int¶ Carries out one Monte Carlo trial step.
 Parameters
chemical_potentials –
 chemical potentials used to calculate the potential
difference
sublattice_index – the sublattice the flip will act on
allowed_species – list of atomic numbers for allowed species
 Returns
 Return type
Returns 1 or 0 depending on if trial move was accepted or rejected

do_vcsgc_flip
(phis: Dict[int, float], kappa: float, sublattice_index: int, allowed_species: List[int] = None) → int¶ Carries out one Monte Carlo trial step.
 Parameters
phis – average constraint parameters
kappa – parameter that constrains the variance of the concentration
sublattice_index – the sublattice the flip will act on
allowed_species – list of atomic numbers for allowed species
 Returns
 Return type
Returns 1 or 0 depending on if trial move was accepted or rejected

property
ensemble_parameters
¶ Returns parameters associated with the ensemble.

get_random_sublattice_index
(probability_distribution) → int¶ Returns a random sublattice index based on the weights of the sublattice.
 Parameters
probability_distribution – probability distributions for the sublattices

property
observer_interval
¶ minimum number of steps to run Monte Carlo simulation without interruption for observation

property
observers
¶

property
random_seed
¶ seed used to initialize random number generator

run
(number_of_trial_steps: int)¶ Samples the ensemble for the given number of trial steps.
 Parameters
number_of_trial_steps – number of MC trial steps to run in total
reset_step – if True the MC trial step counter and the data container will be reset to zero and empty, respectively.
 Raises
TypeError – if number_of_trial_steps is not an int

property
step
¶ current trial step counter

property
structure
¶ current configuration (copy)

property
sublattices
¶ sublattices for the configuration being sampled

property
temperature
¶ Current temperature

update_occupations
(sites: List[int], species: List[int])¶ Updates the occupation vector of the configuration being sampled. This will change the state of the configuration in both the calculator and the configuration manager.
 Parameters
sites – indices of sites of the configuration to change
species – new occupations (species) by atomic number
 Raises
ValueError – if input lists are not of the same length

property
user_tag
¶ tag used for labeling the ensemble

write_data_container
(outfile: Union[str, bytes])¶ Updates last state of the Monte Carlo simulation and writes data container to file.
 Parameters
outfile – file to which to write
Canonical annealing¶

class
mchammer.ensembles.
CanonicalAnnealing
(structure: ase.atoms.Atoms, calculator: mchammer.calculators.cluster_expansion_calculator.ClusterExpansionCalculator, T_start: float, T_stop: float, n_steps: int, cooling_function: str = 'exponential', user_tag: str = None, boltzmann_constant: float = 8.617330337217213e05, random_seed: int = None, dc_filename: str = None, data_container_write_period: float = 600, ensemble_data_write_interval: int = None, trajectory_write_interval: int = None, sublattice_probabilities: List[float] = None)[source]¶ Instances of this class allow one to carry out simulated annealing in the canonical ensemble, i.e. the temperature is varied in predefined fashion while the composition is kept fixed. See
mchammer.ensembles.CanonicalEnsemble
for more information about the standard canonical ensemble.The canonical annealing ensemble can be useful, for example, for finding ground states or generating low energy configurations.
The temperature control scheme is selected via the
cooling_function
keyword argument, while the initial and final temperature are set via theT_start
andT_stop
arguments. Several predefined temperature control schemes are available including linear and exponential. In the latter case the temperature varies logarithmatically as a function of the MC step, emulating the exponential temperature dependence of the atomic exchange rate encountered in many materials. It is also possible to provide a user defined cooling function via the keyword argument. This function must comply with the following function header:def cooling_function(step, T_start, T_stop, n_steps): T = ... # compute temperature return T
Here
step
refers to the current MC trial step. Parameters
structure (
Atoms
) – atomic configuration to be used in the Monte Carlo simulation; also defines the initial occupation vectorcalculator (
BaseCalculator
) – calculator to be used for calculating the potential changes that enter the evaluation of the Metropolis criterionT_start (float) – temperature from which the annealing is started
T_stop (float) – final temperature for annealing
n_steps (int) – number of steps to take in the annealing simulation
cooling_function (str/function) – to use the predefined cooling functions provide a string linear or exponential, otherwise provide a function
boltzmann_constant (float) – Boltzmann constant \(k_B\) in appropriate units, i.e. units that are consistent with the underlying cluster expansion and the temperature units [default: eV/K]
user_tag (str) – humanreadable tag for ensemble [default: None]
random_seed (int) – seed for the random number generator used in the Monte Carlo simulation
dc_filename (str) – name of file the data container associated with the ensemble will be written to; if the file exists it will be read, the data container will be appended, and the file will be updated/overwritten
data_container_write_period (float) – period in units of seconds at which the data container is written to file; writing periodically to file provides both a way to examine the progress of the simulation and to back up the data [default: 600 s]
ensemble_data_write_interval (int) – interval at which data is written to the data container; this includes for example the current value of the calculator (i.e. usually the energy) as well as ensembles specific fields such as temperature or the number of atoms of different species
trajectory_write_interval (int) – interval at which the current occupation vector of the atomic configuration is written to the data container.
sublattice_probabilities (List[float]) – probability for picking a sublattice when doing a random swap. This should be as long as the number of sublattices and should sum up to 1.

property
T_start
¶ Starting temperature

property
T_stop
¶ Starting temperature

attach_observer
(observer: mchammer.observers.base_observer.BaseObserver, tag=None)¶ Attaches an observer to the ensemble.
If the observer does not have an observation interval, then it will be set to the default_interval len(atoms).
 Parameters
observer – observer instance to attach
tag – name used in data container

property
boltzmann_constant
¶ Boltzmann constant \(k_B\) (see parameters section above)

property
calculator
¶ calculator attached to the ensemble

property
data_container
¶ data container associated with ensemble

do_canonical_swap
(sublattice_index: int, allowed_species: List[int] = None) → int¶ Carries out one Monte Carlo trial step.
 Parameters
sublattice_index – the sublattice the swap will act on
allowed_species – list of atomic numbers for allowed species
 Returns
 Return type
Returns 1 or 0 depending on if trial move was accepted or rejected

do_sgc_flip
(chemical_potentials: Dict[int, float], sublattice_index: int, allowed_species: List[int] = None) → int¶ Carries out one Monte Carlo trial step.
 Parameters
chemical_potentials –
 chemical potentials used to calculate the potential
difference
sublattice_index – the sublattice the flip will act on
allowed_species – list of atomic numbers for allowed species
 Returns
 Return type
Returns 1 or 0 depending on if trial move was accepted or rejected

do_vcsgc_flip
(phis: Dict[int, float], kappa: float, sublattice_index: int, allowed_species: List[int] = None) → int¶ Carries out one Monte Carlo trial step.
 Parameters
phis – average constraint parameters
kappa – parameter that constrains the variance of the concentration
sublattice_index – the sublattice the flip will act on
allowed_species – list of atomic numbers for allowed species
 Returns
 Return type
Returns 1 or 0 depending on if trial move was accepted or rejected

property
ensemble_parameters
¶ Returns parameters associated with the ensemble.

property
estimated_ground_state
¶ Structure with lowest observed potential during run

property
estimated_ground_state_potential
¶ Lowest observed potential during run

get_random_sublattice_index
(probability_distribution) → int¶ Returns a random sublattice index based on the weights of the sublattice.
 Parameters
probability_distribution – probability distributions for the sublattices

property
n_steps
¶ Number of steps to carry out

property
observer_interval
¶ minimum number of steps to run Monte Carlo simulation without interruption for observation

property
observers
¶

property
random_seed
¶ seed used to initialize random number generator

property
step
¶ current trial step counter

property
structure
¶ current configuration (copy)

property
sublattices
¶ sublattices for the configuration being sampled

property
temperature
¶ Current temperature

update_occupations
(sites: List[int], species: List[int])¶ Updates the occupation vector of the configuration being sampled. This will change the state of the configuration in both the calculator and the configuration manager.
 Parameters
sites – indices of sites of the configuration to change
species – new occupations (species) by atomic number
 Raises
ValueError – if input lists are not of the same length

property
user_tag
¶ tag used for labeling the ensemble

write_data_container
(outfile: Union[str, bytes])¶ Updates last state of the Monte Carlo simulation and writes data container to file.
 Parameters
outfile – file to which to write
Semigrand canonical ensemble¶

class
mchammer.ensembles.
SemiGrandCanonicalEnsemble
(structure: ase.atoms.Atoms, calculator: mchammer.calculators.base_calculator.BaseCalculator, temperature: float, chemical_potentials: Dict[str, float], boltzmann_constant: float = 8.617330337217213e05, user_tag: str = None, random_seed: int = None, dc_filename: str = None, data_container: str = None, data_container_write_period: float = 600, ensemble_data_write_interval: int = None, trajectory_write_interval: int = None, sublattice_probabilities: List[float] = None)[source]¶ Instances of this class allow one to simulate systems in the semigrand canonical (SGC) ensemble (\(N\Delta\mu_i VT\)), i.e. at constant temperature (\(T\)), total number of sites (\(N=\sum_i N_i\)), relative chemical potentials (\(\Delta\mu_i=\mu_i  \mu_1\), where \(i\) denotes the species), and volume (\(V\)).
The probability for a particular state in the SGC ensemble for a \(m\)component system can be written
\[\rho_{\text{SGC}} \propto \exp\Big[  \big( E + \sum_{i>1}^m \Delta\mu_i N_i \big) \big / k_B T \Big]\]with the relative chemical potentials \(\Delta\mu_i = \mu_i  \mu_1\) and species counts \(N_i\). Unlike the canonical ensemble, the number of the respective species (or, equivalently, the concentrations) are allowed to vary in the SGC ensemble. A trial step thus consists of randomly picking an atom and changing its identity with probability
\[P = \min \Big\{ 1, \, \exp \big[  \big( \Delta E + \sum_i \Delta \mu_i \Delta N_i \big) \big / k_B T \big] \Big\},\]where \(\Delta E\) is the change in potential energy caused by the swap.
There exists a simple relation between the differences in chemical potential and the canonical free energy \(F\). In a binary system, this relationship reads
\[\Delta \mu =  \frac{1}{N} \frac{\partial F}{\partial c} ( N, V, T, \langle c \rangle).\]Here \(c\) denotes concentration (\(c=N_i/N\)) and \(\langle c \rangle\) the average concentration observed in the simulation. By recording \(\langle c \rangle\) while gradually changing \(\Delta \mu\), one can thus in principle calculate the difference in canonical free energy between the pure phases (\(c=0\) or \(1\)) and any concentration by integrating \(\Delta \mu\) over that concentration range. In practice this requires that the average recorded concentration \(\langle c \rangle\) varies continuously with \(\Delta \mu\). This is not the case for materials with multiphase regions (such as miscibility gaps), because in such regions \(\Delta \mu\) maps to multiple concentrations. In a Monte Carlo simulation, this is typically manifested by discontinuous jumps in concentration. Such jumps mark the phase boundaries of a multiphase region and can thus be used to construct the phase diagram. To recover the free energy, however, such systems require sampling in other ensembles, such as the varianceconstrained semigrand canonical ensemble.
 Parameters
structure (
Atoms
) – atomic configuration to be used in the Monte Carlo simulation; also defines the initial occupation vectorcalculator (
BaseCalculator
) – calculator to be used for calculating the potential changes that enter the evaluation of the Metropolis criteriontemperature (float) – temperature \(T\) in appropriate units [commonly Kelvin]
chemical_potentials (Dict[str, float]) – chemical potential for each species \(\mu_i\); the key denotes the species, the value specifies the chemical potential in units that are consistent with the underlying cluster expansion
boltzmann_constant (float) – Boltzmann constant \(k_B\) in appropriate units, i.e. units that are consistent with the underlying cluster expansion and the temperature units [default: eV/K]
user_tag (str) – humanreadable tag for ensemble [default: None]
random_seed (int) – seed for the random number generator used in the Monte Carlo simulation
dc_filename (str) – name of file the data container associated with the ensemble will be written to; if the file exists it will be read, the data container will be appended, and the file will be updated/overwritten
data_container_write_period (float) – period in units of seconds at which the data container is written to file; writing periodically to file provides both a way to examine the progress of the simulation and to back up the data [default: 600 s]
ensemble_data_write_interval (int) – interval at which data is written to the data container; this includes for example the current value of the calculator (i.e. usually the energy) as well as ensembles specific fields such as temperature or the number of atoms of different species
trajectory_write_interval (int) – interval at which the current occupation vector of the atomic configuration is written to the data container.
sublattice_probabilities (List[float]) – probability for picking a sublattice when doing a random flip. This should be as long as the number of sublattices and should sum up to 1.
Example
The following snippet illustrate how to carry out a simple Monte Carlo simulation in the semicanonical ensemble. Here, the parameters of the cluster expansion are set to emulate a simple Ising model in order to obtain an example that can be run without modification. In practice, one should of course use a proper cluster expansion:
>>> from ase.build import bulk >>> from icet import ClusterExpansion, ClusterSpace >>> from mchammer.calculators import ClusterExpansionCalculator >>> # prepare cluster expansion >>> # the setup emulates a second nearestneighbor (NN) Ising model >>> # (zerolet and singlet ECIs are zero; only first and second neighbor >>> # pairs are included) >>> prim = bulk('Au') >>> cs = ClusterSpace(prim, cutoffs=[4.3], chemical_symbols=['Ag', 'Au']) >>> ce = ClusterExpansion(cs, [0, 0, 0.1, 0.02]) >>> # set up and run MC simulation (T=600 K, delta_mu=0.8 eV/atom) >>> structure = prim.repeat(3) >>> calc = ClusterExpansionCalculator(structure, ce) >>> mc = SemiGrandCanonicalEnsemble(structure=structure, calculator=calc, ... temperature=600, ... dc_filename='myrun_sgc.dc', ... chemical_potentials={'Ag': 0, 'Au': 0.8}) >>> mc.run(100) # carry out 100 trial swaps

attach_observer
(observer: mchammer.observers.base_observer.BaseObserver, tag=None)¶ Attaches an observer to the ensemble.
If the observer does not have an observation interval, then it will be set to the default_interval len(atoms).
 Parameters
observer – observer instance to attach
tag – name used in data container

property
boltzmann_constant
¶ Boltzmann constant \(k_B\) (see parameters section above)

property
calculator
¶ calculator attached to the ensemble

property
chemical_potentials
¶ chemical potentials \(\mu_i\) (see parameters section above)

property
data_container
¶ data container associated with ensemble

do_canonical_swap
(sublattice_index: int, allowed_species: List[int] = None) → int¶ Carries out one Monte Carlo trial step.
 Parameters
sublattice_index – the sublattice the swap will act on
allowed_species – list of atomic numbers for allowed species
 Returns
 Return type
Returns 1 or 0 depending on if trial move was accepted or rejected

do_sgc_flip
(chemical_potentials: Dict[int, float], sublattice_index: int, allowed_species: List[int] = None) → int¶ Carries out one Monte Carlo trial step.
 Parameters
chemical_potentials –
 chemical potentials used to calculate the potential
difference
sublattice_index – the sublattice the flip will act on
allowed_species – list of atomic numbers for allowed species
 Returns
 Return type
Returns 1 or 0 depending on if trial move was accepted or rejected

do_vcsgc_flip
(phis: Dict[int, float], kappa: float, sublattice_index: int, allowed_species: List[int] = None) → int¶ Carries out one Monte Carlo trial step.
 Parameters
phis – average constraint parameters
kappa – parameter that constrains the variance of the concentration
sublattice_index – the sublattice the flip will act on
allowed_species – list of atomic numbers for allowed species
 Returns
 Return type
Returns 1 or 0 depending on if trial move was accepted or rejected

property
ensemble_parameters
¶ Returns parameters associated with the ensemble.

get_random_sublattice_index
(probability_distribution) → int¶ Returns a random sublattice index based on the weights of the sublattice.
 Parameters
probability_distribution – probability distributions for the sublattices

property
observer_interval
¶ minimum number of steps to run Monte Carlo simulation without interruption for observation

property
observers
¶

property
random_seed
¶ seed used to initialize random number generator

run
(number_of_trial_steps: int)¶ Samples the ensemble for the given number of trial steps.
 Parameters
number_of_trial_steps – number of MC trial steps to run in total
reset_step – if True the MC trial step counter and the data container will be reset to zero and empty, respectively.
 Raises
TypeError – if number_of_trial_steps is not an int

property
step
¶ current trial step counter

property
structure
¶ current configuration (copy)

property
sublattices
¶ sublattices for the configuration being sampled

property
temperature
¶ temperature \(T\) (see parameters section above)

update_occupations
(sites: List[int], species: List[int])¶ Updates the occupation vector of the configuration being sampled. This will change the state of the configuration in both the calculator and the configuration manager.
 Parameters
sites – indices of sites of the configuration to change
species – new occupations (species) by atomic number
 Raises
ValueError – if input lists are not of the same length

property
user_tag
¶ tag used for labeling the ensemble

write_data_container
(outfile: Union[str, bytes])¶ Updates last state of the Monte Carlo simulation and writes data container to file.
 Parameters
outfile – file to which to write
Varianceconstrained semigrand canonical ensemble¶

class
mchammer.ensembles.
VCSGCEnsemble
(structure: ase.atoms.Atoms, calculator: mchammer.calculators.base_calculator.BaseCalculator, temperature: float, phis: Dict[str, float], kappa: float, boltzmann_constant: float = 8.617330337217213e05, user_tag: str = None, random_seed: int = None, dc_filename: str = None, data_container: str = None, data_container_write_period: float = 600, ensemble_data_write_interval: int = None, trajectory_write_interval: int = None, sublattice_probabilities: List[float] = None)[source]¶ Instances of this class allow one to simulate systems in the varianceconstrained semigrand canonical (VCSGC) ensemble (\(N\phi\kappa VT\)), i.e. at constant temperature (\(T\)), total number of sites (\(N=\sum_i N_i\)), and two additional dimensionless parameters \(\phi\) and \(\kappa\), which constrain average and variance of the concentration, respectively.
The below examples treat the binary case, but the generalization of to ternaries and higherorder systems is straightforward. The probability for a particular state in the VCSGC ensemble for a \(2\)component system can be written
\[\rho_{\text{VCSGC}} \propto \exp\Big[  E / k_B T + \kappa N ( c_1 + \phi_1 / 2 )^2 \Big],\]where \(c_1\) represents the concentration of species 1, i.e. \(c_1=N_1/N\). (Please note that the quantities \(\kappa\) and \(\phi\) correspond, respectively, to \(\bar{\kappa}\) and \(\bar{\phi}\) in [SadErh12].). The \(\phi\) may refer to any of the two species. If \(\phi\) is specified for species A, an equivalent simulation can be carried out by specifying \(\phi_B\) as \(2\phi_A\). In general, simulations of \(N\)component systems requires the specification of \(\phi\) for \(N1\) elements.
Just like the semigrand canonical ensemble, the VCSGC ensemble allows concentrations to change. A trial step consists of changing the identity of a randomly chosen atom and accepting the change with probability
\[P = \min \{ 1, \, \exp [  \Delta E / k_B T + \kappa N \Delta c_1 (\phi_1 + \Delta c_1 + 2 c_1 ) ] \}.\]Note that for a sufficiently large value of \(\kappa\), say 200, the probability density \(\rho_{\text{VCSGC}}\) is sharply peaked around \(c_1=\phi_1 / 2\). In practice, this means that we can gradually change \(\phi_1\) from (using some margins) \(2.1\) to \(0.1\) and take the system continuously from \(c_1 = 0\) to \(1\). The parameter \(\kappa\) constrains the fluctuations (or the variance) of the concentration at each value of \(\phi_1\), with higher values of \(\kappa\) meaning less fluctuations. Unlike the semigrand canonical ensemble, one value of \(\phi_1\) maps to one and only one concentration also in multiphase regions. Since the derivative of the canonical free energy can be expressed in terms of parameters and observables of the VCSGC ensemble,
\[k_B T \kappa ( \phi_1 + 2 \langle c_1 \rangle ) =  \frac{1}{N} \frac{\partial F}{\partial c_1} (N, V, T, \langle c_1 \rangle ),\]this ensemble allows for thermodynamic integration across multiphase regions. This means that we can construct phase diagrams by directly comparing the free energies of the different phases. This often makes the VCSGC ensemble more convenient than the semigrand canonical ensemble when simulating materials with multiphase regions, such as alloys with miscibility gaps.
When using the VCSGC ensemble, please cite Sadigh, B. and Erhart, P., Phys. Rev. B 86, 134204 (2012) [SadErh12].
 Parameters
structure (
Atoms
) – atomic configuration to be used in the Monte Carlo simulation; also defines the initial occupation vectorcalculator (
BaseCalculator
) – calculator to be used for calculating the potential changes that enter the evaluation of the Metropolis criteriontemperature (float) – temperature \(T\) in appropriate units [commonly Kelvin]
phis (Dict[str, float]) – average constraint parameters \(\phi_i\); the key denotes the species; for a Ncomponent sublattice, there should be N  1 different \(\phi_i\) (referred to as \(\bar{\phi}\) in [SadErh12])
kappa (float) – parameter that constrains the variance of the concentration (referred to as \(\bar{\kappa}\) in [SadErh12])
boltzmann_constant (float) – Boltzmann constant \(k_B\) in appropriate units, i.e. units that are consistent with the underlying cluster expansion and the temperature units [default: eV/K]
user_tag (str) – humanreadable tag for ensemble [default: None]
random_seed (int) – seed for the random number generator used in the Monte Carlo simulation
dc_filename (str) – name of file the data container associated with the ensemble will be written to; if the file exists it will be read, the data container will be appended, and the file will be updated/overwritten
data_container_write_period (float) – period in units of seconds at which the data container is written to file; writing periodically to file provides both a way to examine the progress of the simulation and to back up the data [default: 600 s]
ensemble_data_write_interval (int) – interval at which data is written to the data container; this includes for example the current value of the calculator (i.e. usually the energy) as well as ensembles specific fields such as temperature or the number of atoms of different species
trajectory_write_interval (int) – interval at which the current occupation vector of the atomic configuration is written to the data container.
sublattice_probabilities (List[float]) – probability for picking a sublattice when doing a random flip. The list should be as long as the number of sublattices and should sum up to 1.
Example
The following snippet illustrate how to carry out a simple Monte Carlo simulation in the varianceconstrained semicanonical ensemble. Here, the parameters of the cluster expansion are set to emulate a simple Ising model in order to obtain an example that can be run without modification. In practice, one should of course use a proper cluster expansion:
>>> from ase.build import bulk >>> from icet import ClusterExpansion, ClusterSpace >>> from mchammer.calculators import ClusterExpansionCalculator >>> # prepare cluster expansion >>> # the setup emulates a second nearestneighbor (NN) Ising model >>> # (zerolet and singlet ECIs are zero; only first and second neighbor >>> # pairs are included) >>> prim = bulk('Au') >>> cs = ClusterSpace(prim, cutoffs=[4.3], chemical_symbols=['Ag', 'Au']) >>> ce = ClusterExpansion(cs, [0, 0, 0.1, 0.02]) >>> # set up and run MC simulation >>> structure = prim.repeat(3) >>> calc = ClusterExpansionCalculator(structure, ce) >>> phi = 0.6 >>> mc = VCSGCEnsemble(structure=structure, calculator=calc, ... temperature=600, ... dc_filename='myrun_vcsgc.dc', ... phis={'Au': phi}, ... kappa=200) >>> mc.run(100) # carry out 100 trial swaps

attach_observer
(observer: mchammer.observers.base_observer.BaseObserver, tag=None)¶ Attaches an observer to the ensemble.
If the observer does not have an observation interval, then it will be set to the default_interval len(atoms).
 Parameters
observer – observer instance to attach
tag – name used in data container

property
boltzmann_constant
¶ Boltzmann constant \(k_B\) (see parameters section above)

property
calculator
¶ calculator attached to the ensemble

property
data_container
¶ data container associated with ensemble

do_canonical_swap
(sublattice_index: int, allowed_species: List[int] = None) → int¶ Carries out one Monte Carlo trial step.
 Parameters
sublattice_index – the sublattice the swap will act on
allowed_species – list of atomic numbers for allowed species
 Returns
 Return type
Returns 1 or 0 depending on if trial move was accepted or rejected

do_sgc_flip
(chemical_potentials: Dict[int, float], sublattice_index: int, allowed_species: List[int] = None) → int¶ Carries out one Monte Carlo trial step.
 Parameters
chemical_potentials –
 chemical potentials used to calculate the potential
difference
sublattice_index – the sublattice the flip will act on
allowed_species – list of atomic numbers for allowed species
 Returns
 Return type
Returns 1 or 0 depending on if trial move was accepted or rejected

do_vcsgc_flip
(phis: Dict[int, float], kappa: float, sublattice_index: int, allowed_species: List[int] = None) → int¶ Carries out one Monte Carlo trial step.
 Parameters
phis – average constraint parameters
kappa – parameter that constrains the variance of the concentration
sublattice_index – the sublattice the flip will act on
allowed_species – list of atomic numbers for allowed species
 Returns
 Return type
Returns 1 or 0 depending on if trial move was accepted or rejected

property
ensemble_parameters
¶ Returns parameters associated with the ensemble.

get_random_sublattice_index
(probability_distribution) → int¶ Returns a random sublattice index based on the weights of the sublattice.
 Parameters
probability_distribution – probability distributions for the sublattices

property
kappa
¶ kappa \(\bar{\kappa}\) constrain parameter (see parameters section above)

property
observer_interval
¶ minimum number of steps to run Monte Carlo simulation without interruption for observation

property
observers
¶

property
phis
¶ phis \(\phi_i\) for all species but one (referred to as \(\bar{\phi}\) in [SadErh12])

property
random_seed
¶ seed used to initialize random number generator

run
(number_of_trial_steps: int)¶ Samples the ensemble for the given number of trial steps.
 Parameters
number_of_trial_steps – number of MC trial steps to run in total
reset_step – if True the MC trial step counter and the data container will be reset to zero and empty, respectively.
 Raises
TypeError – if number_of_trial_steps is not an int

property
step
¶ current trial step counter

property
structure
¶ current configuration (copy)

property
sublattices
¶ sublattices for the configuration being sampled

property
temperature
¶ temperature \(T\) (see parameters section above)

update_occupations
(sites: List[int], species: List[int])¶ Updates the occupation vector of the configuration being sampled. This will change the state of the configuration in both the calculator and the configuration manager.
 Parameters
sites – indices of sites of the configuration to change
species – new occupations (species) by atomic number
 Raises
ValueError – if input lists are not of the same length

property
user_tag
¶ tag used for labeling the ensemble

write_data_container
(outfile: Union[str, bytes])¶ Updates last state of the Monte Carlo simulation and writes data container to file.
 Parameters
outfile – file to which to write
Hybrid ensemble¶

class
mchammer.ensembles.
HybridEnsemble
(structure: ase.atoms.Atoms, calculator: mchammer.calculators.base_calculator.BaseCalculator, temperature: float, ensemble_specs: List[Dict], probabilities: List[float] = None, boltzmann_constant: float = 8.617330337217213e05, user_tag: str = None, random_seed: int = None, dc_filename: str = None, data_container: str = None, data_container_write_period: float = 600, ensemble_data_write_interval: int = None, trajectory_write_interval: int = None)[source]¶ Instances of this class allows one to combine multiple ensembles. In particular, a dictionary should be provided for each ensemble, which must include the type (ensemble) as well as the index of the sublattice (sublattice_index). In addition, it is possible to provide a list of allowed symbols (allowed_symbols), which must represent a subset of the elements that can occupy the sites on the specified sublattice. Note that additional arguments are required for the SGC and VCSGC ensembles, namely chemical potentials (chemical_potentials) for the former and constraint parameters (phis and kappa) for the latter. For more detailed information regarding the different ensembles, please see
CanonicalEnsemble
,SemiGrandCanonicalEnsemble
, andVCSGCEnsemble
.This class is particularly useful for effectively sampling complex multicomponent systems with several active sublattices, in which case different ensembles can be defined for each of the latter. The fact that it is possible to set the allowed chemical symbols means that one can vary the concentrations of a few selected species, with the help of a VCSGC or semigrand canonical ensemble, while still allowing swaps between any two sites, using a canonical ensemble (see also the below example). It is advisable to carefully consider how to define the ensemble probabilities. By default the ensembles are weighted by the sizes of the corresponding sublattices, which should give suitable probabilities in most cases. As is shown in the example below, it might be prudent to provide different values if allowed symbols are provided as well as for cases where there are several ensembles that are active on different sublattices.
 Parameters
structure (
Atoms
) – atomic configuration to be used in the Monte Carlo simulation; also defines the initial occupation vectorcalculator (
BaseCalculator
) – calculator to be used for calculating the potential changes that enter the evaluation of the Metropolis criteriontemperature (float) – temperature \(T\) in appropriate units [commonly Kelvin]
ensemble_specs (List[Dict]) –
A list of dictionaries, which should contain the following items:
’ensemble’, which could be either “vcsgc”; “semigrand” or “canonical”, lowercase and uppercase letters or any combination thereof are accepted (required)
’sublattice_index’, index for the sublattice of interest (required)
’allowed_symbols’, list of allowed chemical symbols (default: read from ClusterSpace)
’chemical_potentials’, a dictionary of chemical potentials for each species \(\mu_i\); the key denotes the species, the value :specifies the chemical potential in units that are :consistent with the underlying cluster expansion (only :applicable and required for SGC ensembles)
’phis ‘, dictionary with average constraint parameters ‘\(\phi_i\); the key denotes the species; for a Ncomponent sublattice, there should be N  1 different phi_i (referred to as \(\bar{\phi}\) in [SadErh12]; only applicable and required for VCSGC ensembles, see also
VCSGCEnsemble
)’kappa’, parameter that constrains the variance of the ‘concentration (referred to as \(\bar{\kappa}\) in [SadErh12]; only applicable :and required for VCSGC ensembles)
probabilities (List[float]) – list of floats with the probabilities for choosing a particular ensemble with the same length as ensemble specs. If left unspecified the probabilties are weighted by the sizes of the associated sublattices
boltzmann_constant (float) – Boltzmann constant \(k_B\) in appropriate units, i.e. units that are consistent with the underlying cluster expansion and the temperature units [default: eV/K]
user_tag (str) – humanreadable tag for ensemble [default: None]
random_seed (int) – seed for the random number generator used in the Monte Carlo simulation
dc_filename (str) – name of file the data container associated with the ensemble will be written to; if the file exists it will be read, the data container will be appended, and the file will be updated/overwritten
data_container_write_period (float) – period in units of seconds at which the data container is written to file; writing periodically to file provides both a way to examine the progress of the simulation and to back up the data [default: 600 s]
ensemble_data_write_interval (int) – interval at which data is written to the data container; this includes for example the current value of the calculator (i.e. usually the energy) as well as ensembles specific fields such as temperature or the number of atoms of different species
trajectory_write_interval (int) – interval at which the current occupation vector of the atomic configuration is written to the data container.
Example
The following snippet illustrates how to carry out a simple Monte Carlo simulation using a combination of one canonical and one VCSGC ensemble. Specifically, the concentration of one species (Au) is kept constant while the others (Ag and Pd) are varied, while swaps are still allowed. Here, the parameters of the cluster expansion are set to emulate a simple Ising model in order to obtain an example that can be run without modification. In practice, one should of course use a proper cluster expansion:
>>> from ase.build import bulk >>> from icet import ClusterExpansion, ClusterSpace >>> from mchammer.calculators import ClusterExpansionCalculator >>> # prepare cluster expansion >>> # the setup emulates a second nearestneighbor (NN) Ising model >>> # (zerolet and singlet ECIs are zero; only first and second neighbor >>> # pairs are included) >>> prim = bulk('Au') >>> cs = ClusterSpace(prim, cutoffs=[4.3], ... chemical_symbols=['Ag', 'Au', 'Pd']) >>> ce = ClusterExpansion( ... cs, [0, 0, 0, 0.1, 0.1, 0.1, 0.02, 0.02, 0.02]) # define structure object >>> structure = prim.repeat(3) >>> for i, atom in enumerate(structure): >>> if i % 2 == 0: >>> atom.symbol = 'Ag' >>> elif i % 3 == 0: >>> atom.symbol = 'Pd' # the default probabilities for this case would be [0.5, 0.5], but # since the VCSGC ensemble only performs flips on a subset of all # sites on the sublattice, namely those originally occupied by Ag # and Pd atoms, specific values will be provided >>> weights = [len(structure), ... len([s for s in structure.get_chemical_symbols() if s != 'Au'])] >>> norm = sum(weights) >>> probabilities = [w / norm for w in weights] # set up and run MC simulation >>> calc = ClusterExpansionCalculator(structure, ce) >>> ensemble_specs = [ ... {'ensemble': 'canonical', 'sublattice_index': 0}, ... {'ensemble': 'vcsgc', 'sublattice_index': 0, ... 'phis': {'Ag': 0.2}, 'kappa': 200, ... 'allowed_symbols':['Ag', 'Pd']}] >>> mc = HybridEnsemble(structure=structure, calculator=calc, ... ensemble_specs=ensemble_specs, ... temperature=600, probabilities=probabilities, ... dc_filename='myrun_hybrid.dc') >>> mc.run(100) # carry out 100 trial steps

attach_observer
(observer: mchammer.observers.base_observer.BaseObserver, tag=None)¶ Attaches an observer to the ensemble.
If the observer does not have an observation interval, then it will be set to the default_interval len(atoms).
 Parameters
observer – observer instance to attach
tag – name used in data container

property
boltzmann_constant
¶ Boltzmann constant \(k_B\) (see parameters section above)

property
calculator
¶ calculator attached to the ensemble

property
data_container
¶ data container associated with ensemble

do_canonical_swap
(sublattice_index: int, allowed_species: List[int] = None) → int¶ Carries out one Monte Carlo trial step.
 Parameters
sublattice_index – the sublattice the swap will act on
allowed_species – list of atomic numbers for allowed species
 Returns
 Return type
Returns 1 or 0 depending on if trial move was accepted or rejected

do_sgc_flip
(chemical_potentials: Dict[int, float], sublattice_index: int, allowed_species: List[int] = None) → int¶ Carries out one Monte Carlo trial step.
 Parameters
chemical_potentials –
 chemical potentials used to calculate the potential
difference
sublattice_index – the sublattice the flip will act on
allowed_species – list of atomic numbers for allowed species
 Returns
 Return type
Returns 1 or 0 depending on if trial move was accepted or rejected

do_vcsgc_flip
(phis: Dict[int, float], kappa: float, sublattice_index: int, allowed_species: List[int] = None) → int¶ Carries out one Monte Carlo trial step.
 Parameters
phis – average constraint parameters
kappa – parameter that constrains the variance of the concentration
sublattice_index – the sublattice the flip will act on
allowed_species – list of atomic numbers for allowed species
 Returns
 Return type
Returns 1 or 0 depending on if trial move was accepted or rejected

property
ensemble_parameters
¶ Returns parameters associated with the ensemble.

get_random_sublattice_index
(probability_distribution) → int¶ Returns a random sublattice index based on the weights of the sublattice.
 Parameters
probability_distribution – probability distributions for the sublattices

property
observer_interval
¶ minimum number of steps to run Monte Carlo simulation without interruption for observation

property
observers
¶

property
probabilities
¶ Ensemble propabilities

property
random_seed
¶ seed used to initialize random number generator

run
(number_of_trial_steps: int)¶ Samples the ensemble for the given number of trial steps.
 Parameters
number_of_trial_steps – number of MC trial steps to run in total
reset_step – if True the MC trial step counter and the data container will be reset to zero and empty, respectively.
 Raises
TypeError – if number_of_trial_steps is not an int

property
step
¶ current trial step counter

property
structure
¶ current configuration (copy)

property
sublattices
¶ sublattices for the configuration being sampled

property
temperature
¶ Current temperature

property
trial_steps_per_ensemble
¶ Number of Monte Carlo trial steps for each ensemble

update_occupations
(sites: List[int], species: List[int])¶ Updates the occupation vector of the configuration being sampled. This will change the state of the configuration in both the calculator and the configuration manager.
 Parameters
sites – indices of sites of the configuration to change
species – new occupations (species) by atomic number
 Raises
ValueError – if input lists are not of the same length

property
user_tag
¶ tag used for labeling the ensemble

write_data_container
(outfile: Union[str, bytes])¶ Updates last state of the Monte Carlo simulation and writes data container to file.
 Parameters
outfile – file to which to write
WangLandau ensemble¶
For analysis functions see here.

class
mchammer.ensembles.
WangLandauEnsemble
(structure: ase.atoms.Atoms, calculator: mchammer.calculators.base_calculator.BaseCalculator, energy_spacing: float, energy_limit_left: float = None, energy_limit_right: float = None, trial_move: str = 'swap', fill_factor_limit: float = 1e06, flatness_check_interval: int = None, flatness_limit: float = 0.8, window_search_penalty: float = 2.0, user_tag: str = None, dc_filename: str = None, data_container: str = None, random_seed: int = None, data_container_write_period: float = 600, ensemble_data_write_interval: int = None, trajectory_write_interval: int = None, sublattice_probabilities: List[float] = None)[source]¶ Instances of this class allow one to sample a system using the WangLandau (WL) algorithm, see Phys. Rev. Lett. 86, 2050 (2001) [WanLan01a]. The WL algorithm enables one to acquire the density of states (DOS) as a function of energy, from which one can readily calculate many thermodynamic observables as a function of temperature. To this end, the WL algorithm accumulates both the microcanonical entropy \(S(E)\) and a histogram \(H(E)\) on an energy grid with a predefined spacing (
energy_spacing
).The algorithm is initialized as follows.
Generate an initial configuration.
Initialize counters for the microcanonical entropy \(S(E)\) and the histogram \(H(E)\) to zero.
Set the fill factor \(f=1\).
It then proceeds as follows.
Propose a new configuration (see
trial_move
).Accept or reject the new configuration with probability
\[P = \min \{ 1, \, \exp [ S(E_\mathrm{new})  S(E_\mathrm{cur}) ] \},\]where \(E_\mathrm{cur}\) and \(E_\mathrm{new}\) are the energies of the current and new configurations, respectively.
Update the microcanonical entropy \(S(E)\leftarrow S(E) + f\) and histogram \(H(E) \leftarrow H(E) + 1\) where \(E\) is the energy of the system at the end of the move.
Check the flatness of the histogram \(H(E)\). If \(H(E) > \chi \langle H(E)\rangle\,\forall E\) reset the histogram \(H(E) = 0\) and reduce the fill factor \(f \leftarrow f / 2\). The parameter \(\chi\) is set via
flatness_limit
.If \(f\) is smaller than
fill_factor_limit
terminate the loop, otherwise return to 1.
The microcanonical entropy \(S(E)\) and the histogram along with related information are written to the data container every time \(f\) is updated. Using the density \(\rho(E) = \exp S(E)\) one can then readily compute various thermodynamic quantities, including, e.g., the average energy:
\[\left<E\right> = \frac{\sum_E E \rho(E) \exp(E / k_B T)}{ \sum_E \rho(E) \exp(E / k_B T)}\] Parameters
structure (
Atoms
) – atomic configuration to be used in the WangLandau simulation; also defines the initial occupation vectorcalculator (
BaseCalculator
) – calculator to be used for calculating potential changestrial_move (str) – One can choose between two different trial moves for generating new configurations. In a ‘swap’ move two sites are selected and their occupations are swapped; in a ‘flip’ move one site is selected and its occupation is flipped to a different species. While ‘swap’ moves conserve the concentrations of the species in the system, ‘flip’ moves allow one in principle to sample the full composition space.
energy_spacing (float) – defines the bin size of the energy grid on which the microcanonical entropy \(S(E)\), and thus the density \(\exp S(E)\), is evaluated; the spacing should be small enough to capture the features of the density of states; too small values will, however, render the convergence very tedious if not impossible
energy_limit_left (float) – defines the lower limit of the energy range within which the microcanonical entropy \(S(E)\) will be sampled. By default (None) no limit is imposed. Setting limits can be useful if only a part of the density of states is required.
energy_limit_right (float) – defines the upper limit of the energy range within which the microcanonical entropy \(S(E)\) will be sampled. By default (None) no limit is imposed. Setting limits can be useful if only a part of the density of states is required.
fill_factor_limit (float) – If the fill_factor \(f\) falls below this value, the WL sampling loop is terminated.
flatness_check_interval (int) – For computational efficiency the flatness condition is only evaluated every
flatness_check_interval
th trial step. By default (None
)flatness_check_interval
is set to 1000 times the number of sites instructure
, i.e. 1000 Monte Carlo sweeps.flatness_limit (float) – The histogram \(H(E)\) is deemed sufficiently flat if \(H(E) > \chi \left<H(E)\right>\,\forall E\).
flatness_limit
sets the parameter \(\chi\).window_search_penalty (float) – If energy_limit_left and/or energy_limit_right have been provided, a modified acceptance probability, \(P=\min\{1,\,\exp[C_\mathrm{WSP}(d_\mathrm{new} d_\mathrm{cur})]\}\), will be used until a configuration is found within the interval of interest. This parameter, specifically, corresponds to \(C_\mathrm{WSP}\), which controls how strongly moves that lead to an increase in the distance, i.e. difference in energy divided by the energy spacing, to the energy window (\(d_\mathrm{new}> d_\mathrm{cur}\)) should be penalized. A higher value leads to a lower acceptance probability for such moves.
user_tag (str) – humanreadable tag for ensemble [default: None]
dc_filename (str) – name of file the data container associated with the ensemble will be written to; if the file exists it will be read, the data container will be appended, and the file will be updated/overwritten
random_seed (int) – seed for the random number generator used in the Monte Carlo simulation
ensemble_data_write_interval (int) – interval at which data is written to the data container; this includes for example the current value of the calculator (i.e. usually the energy) as well as ensembles specific fields such as temperature or the number of atoms of different species
data_container_write_period (float) – period in units of seconds at which the data container is written to file; writing periodically to file provides both a way to examine the progress of the simulation and to back up the data [default: 600 s]
trajectory_write_interval (int) – interval at which the current occupation vector of the atomic configuration is written to the data container.
sublattice_probabilities (List[float]) – probability for picking a sublattice when doing a random swap. The list must contain as many elements as there are sublattices and it needs to sum up to 1.
Example
The following snippet illustrates how to carry out a WangLandau simulation. For the purpose of demonstration, the parameters of the cluster expansion are set to obtain a twodimensional square Ising model, one of the systems studied in the original work by Wang and Landau:
>>> from ase import Atoms >>> from icet import ClusterExpansion, ClusterSpace >>> from mchammer.calculators import ClusterExpansionCalculator >>> from mchammer.ensembles import WangLandauEnsemble >>> # prepare cluster expansion >>> prim = Atoms('Au', positions=[[0, 0, 0]], cell=[1, 1, 10], pbc=True) >>> cs = ClusterSpace(prim, cutoffs=[1.1], chemical_symbols=['Ag', 'Au']) >>> ce = ClusterExpansion(cs, [0, 0, 2]) >>> # prepare initial configuration >>> structure = prim.repeat((4, 4, 1)) >>> for k in range(8): ... structure[k].symbol = 'Ag' >>> # set up and run WangLandau simulation >>> calculator = ClusterExpansionCalculator(structure, ce) >>> mc = WangLandauEnsemble(structure=structure, ... calculator=calculator, ... energy_spacing=1, ... dc_filename='ising_2d_run.dc') >>> mc.run(number_of_trial_steps=len(structure)*1000) # in practice one requires more steps

attach_observer
(observer: mchammer.observers.base_observer.BaseObserver, tag=None)¶ Attaches an observer to the ensemble.
If the observer does not have an observation interval, then it will be set to the default_interval len(atoms).
 Parameters
observer – observer instance to attach
tag – name used in data container

property
calculator
¶ calculator attached to the ensemble

property
converged
¶ True if convergence has been achieved

property
data_container
¶ data container associated with ensemble

property
ensemble_parameters
¶ Returns parameters associated with the ensemble.

property
fill_factor
¶ current value of fill factor

property
fill_factor_history
¶ evolution of the fill factor in the WangLandau algorithm (key=MC trial step, value=fill factor)

property
fill_factor_limit
¶ If the fill_factor \(f\) falls below this value, the WangLandau sampling loop is terminated.

property
flatness_check_interval
¶ number of MC trial steps between checking the flatness condition

property
flatness_limit
¶ The histogram \(H(E)\) is deemed sufficiently flat if \(H(E) > \chi \left<H(E)\right>\,\forall E\) where
flatness_limit
sets the parameter \(\chi\).

get_random_sublattice_index
(probability_distribution) → int¶ Returns a random sublattice index based on the weights of the sublattice.
 Parameters
probability_distribution – probability distributions for the sublattices

property
observer_interval
¶ minimum number of steps to run Monte Carlo simulation without interruption for observation

property
observers
¶

property
random_seed
¶ seed used to initialize random number generator

run
(number_of_trial_steps: int)[source]¶ Samples the ensemble for the given number of trial steps.
 Parameters
number_of_trial_steps – maximum number of MC trial steps to run in total (the run will terminate earlier if fill_factor_limit is reached)
reset_step – if True the MC trial step counter and the data container will be reset to zero and empty, respectively.
 Raises
TypeError – if number_of_trial_steps is not an int

property
step
¶ current trial step counter

property
structure
¶ current configuration (copy)

property
sublattices
¶ sublattices for the configuration being sampled

update_occupations
(sites: List[int], species: List[int])¶ Updates the occupation vector of the configuration being sampled. This will change the state of the configuration in both the calculator and the configuration manager.
 Parameters
sites – indices of sites of the configuration to change
species – new occupations (species) by atomic number
 Raises
ValueError – if input lists are not of the same length

property
user_tag
¶ tag used for labeling the ensemble

mchammer.ensembles.wang_landau_ensemble.
get_bins_for_parallel_simulations
(n_bins: int, energy_spacing: float, minimum_energy: float, maximum_energy: float, overlap: int = 4, bin_size_exponent: float = 1.0) → List[Tuple[float, float]][source]¶ Generates a list of energy bins (lower and upper bound) suitable for parallel WangLandau simulations. For the latter, the energy range is split up into a several bins (
n_bins
). Each bin is then sampled in a separate WangLandau simulation. Once the density of states in the individual bins has been converged the total density of states can be constructed by patching the segments back together. To this end, one requires some over overlap between the segments (overlap
).The function returns a list of tuples. Each tuple provides the lower (
energy_limit_left
) and upper (energy_limit_right
) bound of one bin, which are then to be used to setenergy_limit_left
andenergy_limit_right
when initializing aWangLandauEnsemble
instance.N.B.: The leftmost/rightmost bin has no lower/upper bound (set to
None
). Parameters
n_bins – number of bins
energy_spacing – defines the bin size of the energy grid used by the WangLandau simulation, see
WangLandauEnsemble
for detailsminimum_energy – an estimate for the lowest energy to be encountered in this system
maximum_energy – an estimate for the highest energy to be encountered in this system
overlap – amount of overlap between bins in units of
energy_spacing
bin_size_exponent – Expert option: This parameter allows one to generate a nonuniform distribution of bin sizes. If
bin_size_exponent
is smaller than one bins at the lower and upper end of the energy range (specified viaminimum_energy
andmaximum_energy
) will be shrunk relative to the bins in the middle of the energy range. In principle this can be used one to achieve a more even distribution of computational load between the individual WangLandau simulations.