Other functions

Self-consistent phonons

hiphive.self_consistent_phonons.self_consistent_harmonic_model(atoms_ideal, calc, cs, T, alpha, n_iterations, n_structures, parameters_start=None, fit_kwargs={})[source]

Constructs a set of self-consistent second-order force constants that provides the closest match to the potential energy surface at a the specified temperature.

  • atoms_ideal (ase.Atoms) – ideal structure

  • calc (ASE calculator object) – calculator to be used as reference potential

  • cs (ClusterSpace) – clusterspace onto which to project the reference potential

  • T (float) – temperature in K

  • alpha (float) – stepsize in optimization algorithm

  • n_iterations (int) – number of iterations in poor mans

  • n_structures (int) – number of structures to use when fitting

  • parameters_start (numpy.ndarray) – parameters from which to start the optimization

  • fit_kwargs (dict) – kwargs to be used in the fitting process (via Optimizer)


sequence of parameter vectors generated while iterating to self-consistency

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This module contains various support/utility functions.

class hiphive.utilities.Shell(types, distance, count=0)[source]

Neighbor Shell class

  • types (list or tuple) – atomic types for neighbor shell

  • distance (float) – interatomic distance for neighbor shell

  • count (int) – number of pairs in the neighbor shell

hiphive.utilities.extract_parameters(fcs, cs)[source]

Extracts parameters from force constants.

TODO: Rename this function with more explanatory name?

This function can be used to extract parameters to create a ForceConstantPotential from a known set of force constants. The return values come from NumPy’s lstsq function.

Return type

Tuple[ndarray, ndarray, int, ndarray]


  • x ({(N,), (N, K)} ndarray) – Least-squares solution. If b is two-dimensional, the solutions are in the K columns of x.

  • residuals ({(1,), (K,), (0,)} ndarray) – Sums of residuals; squared Euclidean 2-norm for each column in b - a*x. If the rank of a is < N or M <= N, this is an empty array. If b is 1-dimensional, this is a (1,) shape array. Otherwise the shape is (K,).

  • rank (int) – Rank of matrix a.

  • s ((min(M, N),) ndarray) – Singular values of a.

hiphive.utilities.find_permutation(atoms, atoms_ref)[source]

Returns the best permutation of atoms for mapping one configuration onto another.

  • atoms (Atoms) – configuration to be permuted

  • atoms_ref (Atoms) – configuration onto which to map


After obtaining the permutation via p = find_permutation(atoms1, atoms2) the reordered structure atoms1[p] will give the closest match to atoms2.

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hiphive.utilities.get_displacements(atoms, atoms_ideal, cell_tol=0.0001)[source]

Returns the the smallest possible displacements between a displaced configuration relative to an ideal (reference) configuration.


  • atoms (Atoms) – configuration with displaced atoms

  • atoms_ideal (Atoms) – ideal configuration relative to which displacements are computed

  • cell_tol (float) – cell tolerance; if cell missmatch more than tol value error is raised

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hiphive.utilities.get_neighbor_shells(atoms, cutoff, dist_tol=1e-05)[source]

Returns a list of neighbor shells.

Distances are grouped into shells via the following algorithm:

  1. Find smallest atomic distance d_min

  2. Find all pair distances in the range d_min + 1 * dist_tol

  3. Construct a shell from these and pop them from distance list

  4. Go to 1.

  • atoms (Atoms) – configuration used for finding shells

  • cutoff (float) – exclude neighbor shells which have a distance larger than this value

  • dist_tol (float) – distance tolerance

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hiphive.utilities.prepare_structure(atoms, atoms_ideal, calc=None)[source]

Prepare a structure in the format suitable for a StructureContainer.

  • atoms (Atoms) – input structure

  • atoms_ideal (Atoms) – reference structure relative to which displacements are computed

  • calc (Optional[SinglePointCalculator]) – ASE calculator used for computing forces


prepared ASE atoms object with forces and displacements as arrays

Return type

ASE atoms object

hiphive.utilities.prepare_structures(structures, atoms_ideal, calc=None)[source]

Prepares a set of structures in the format suitable for adding them to a StructureContainer.

structures should represent a list of supercells with displacements while atoms_ideal should provide the ideal reference structure (without displacements) for the given structures.

The structures that are returned will have their positions reset to the ideal structures. Displacements and forces will be added as arrays to the atoms objects.

If no calculator is provided, then there must be an ASE SinglePointCalculator <ase.calculators.singlepoint> object attached to the structures or the forces should already be attached as arrays to the structures.

If a calculator is provided then it will be used to compute the forces for all structures.


The following example illustrates the use of this function:

db = connect('dft_training_structures.db')
training_structures = [row.toatoms() for row in db.select()]
training_structures = prepare_structures(training_structures, atoms_ideal)
for s in training_structures:
  • structures (List[Atoms]) – list of input displaced structures

  • atoms_ideal (Atoms) – reference structure relative to which displacements are computed

  • calc (Optional[SinglePointCalculator]) – ASE calculator used for computing forces


Return type

list of prepared structures with forces and displacements as arrays

Enforcing rotational sum rules

hiphive.core.rotational_constraints.enforce_rotational_sum_rules(cs, parameters, sum_rules=None, alpha=1e-06)[source]

Enforces rotational sum rules by projecting parameters.


The interface to this function might change in future releases.

  • cs (ClusterSpace) – the underlying cluster space

  • parameters (numpy.ndarray) – parameters to be constrained

  • sum_rules (list(str)) – type of sum rules to enforce; possible values: ‘Huang’, ‘Born-Huang’

  • ridge_alpha (float) – hyperparameter to the ridge regression algorithm; keyword argument passed to the optimizer; larger values specify stronger regularization, i.e. less correction but higher stability [default: 1e-6]


constrained parameters

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The rotational sum rules can be enforced to the parameters before constructing a force constant potential as illustrated by the following snippet:

cs = ClusterSpace(reference_structure, cutoffs)
sc = StructureContainer(cs)
# add structures to structure container
opt = Optimizer(sc.get_fit_data())
new_params = enforce_rotational_sum_rules(cs, opt.parameters,
    sum_rules=['Huang', 'Born-Huang'])
fcp = ForceConstantPotential(cs, new_params)