chemlab.ipython demonstration

In this notebook we'll see how to use the chemlab.ipython ipython extension to build and calculate the radial distribution function of a random box of Ar.

In [1]:
# Activate the extension
%load_ext chemlab.ipython
In [2]:
# Imports
from chemlab.db import CirDB
from chemlab.core import random_lattice_box
from chemlab.molsim.analysis import rdf # The path of this function may change in future releases

It is possible to download and display a molecule either by simply evaluate a Molecule instance as the last statement, or by using the function IPython.display.display

In [3]:
ar = CirDB().get("molecule", 'Ar')

The same thing works also for systems.

In [4]:
# Let's make a random box

s = random_lattice_box([ar], [1000], [4.0, 4.0, 4.0])
In [5]:
# Let's calculate the radial distribution function
Help on function rdf in module chemlab.molsim.analysis:

rdf(coords_a, coords_b, binsize=0.002, cutoff=1.5, periodic=None, normalize=True)
    Calculate the radial distribution function of *coords_a* against
    - coords_a: np.ndarray((3, NA))
        first set of coordinates
    - coords_b: np.ndarray((3, NB))
        coordinates to calculate the RDF against
    - periodic: np.ndarray((3, 3)) or None
        Wether or not include periodic images in the calculation
    - normalize: True or False
        gromacs-like normalization
    - cutoff: 
        where to cutoff the RDF

In [6]:
# We can seamlessly combine chemlab with ipython plotting
x, y = rdf(s.r_array, s.r_array, periodic=s.box_vectors)

plot(x, y)
[<matplotlib.lines.Line2D at 0x56a4c50>]