Radial & Angular Distribution Function¶
Radial and angular distribution function (RDF & ADF) generators have been
implemented in the FOX.MultiMolecule
class.
The radial distribution function, or pair correlation function, describes how
the particale density in a system varies as a function of distance from a
reference particle. The herein implemented function is designed for
constructing RDFs between all possible (userdefined) atompairs.
Given a trajectory, mol
, stored as a FOX.MultiMolecule
instance, the RDF
can be calculated with the following
command: rdf = mol.init_rdf(atom_subset=None, low_mem=False)
.
The resulting rdf
is a Pandas dataframe, an object which is effectively a
hybrid between a dictionary and a NumPy array.
A slower, but more memory efficient, method of RDF construction can be enabled
with low_mem=True
, causing the script to only store the distance matrix
of a single molecule in memory at once. If low_mem=False
, all distance
matrices are stored in memory simultaneously, speeding up the calculation
but also introducing an additional linear scaling of memory with respect to
the number of molecules.
Note: Due to larger size of angle matrices it is recommended to use
low_mem=False
when generating ADFs.
Below is an example RDF and ADF of a CdSe quantum dot pacified with formate ligands. The RDF is printed for all possible combinations of cadmium, selenium and oxygen (Cd_Cd, Cd_Se, Cd_O, Se_Se, Se_O and O_O).
>>> from FOX import MultiMolecule, example_xyz
>>> mol = MultiMolecule.from_xyz(example_xyz)
# Default weight: np.exp(r)
>>> rdf = mol.init_rdf(atom_subset=('Cd', 'Se', 'O'))
>>> adf = mol.init_adf(r_max=8, weight=None, atom_subset=('Cd', 'Se'))
>>> adf_weighted = mol.init_adf(r_max=8, atom_subset=('Cd', 'Se'))
>>> rdf.plot(title='RDF')
>>> adf.plot(title='ADF')
>>> adf_weighted.plot(title='Distanceweighted ADF')
API¶

MultiMolecule.
init_rdf
(mol_subset=None, atom_subset=None, dr=0.05, r_max=12.0)[source] Initialize the calculation of radial distribution functions (RDFs).
RDFs are calculated for all possible atompairs in atom_subset and returned as a dataframe.
Parameters:  mol_subset (
slice
, optional) – Perform the calculation on a subset of molecules in this instance, as determined by their moleculair index. Include all \(m\) molecules in this instance ifNone
.  atom_subset (
Sequence[str]
, optional) – Perform the calculation on a subset of atoms in this instance, as determined by their atomic index or atomic symbol. Include all \(n\) atoms per molecule in this instance ifNone
.  dr (
float
) – The integration stepsize in Ångström, i.e. the distance between concentric spheres.  r_max (
float
) – The maximum to be evaluated interatomic distance in Ångström.
Returns: A dataframe of radial distribution functions, averaged over all conformations in xyz_array. Keys are of the form: at_symbol1 + ‘ ‘ + at_symbol2 (e.g.
"Cd Cd"
). Radii are used as index.Return type:  mol_subset (

MultiMolecule.
init_adf
(mol_subset=None, atom_subset=None, r_max=8.0, weight=<function neg_exp>)[source] Initialize the calculation of distanceweighted angular distribution functions (ADFs).
ADFs are calculated for all possible atompairs in atom_subset and returned as a dataframe.
Parameters:  mol_subset (
slice
, optional) – Perform the calculation on a subset of molecules in this instance, as determined by their moleculair index. Include all \(m\) molecules in this instance ifNone
.  atom_subset (
Sequence[str]
, optional) – Perform the calculation on a subset of atoms in this instance, as determined by their atomic index or atomic symbol. Include all \(n\) atoms per molecule in this instance ifNone
.  r_max (
float
) – The maximum interatomic distance (in Angstrom) for which angles are constructed. The distance cuttoff can be disabled by settings this value tonp.inf
,"np.inf"
or"inf"
.  weight (
Callable[[np.ndarray], np.ndarray]
, optional) – A callable for creating a weighting factor from interatomic distances. The callable should take an array as input and return an array. Given an angle \(\phi_{ijk}\), to the distance \(r_{ijk}\) is defined as \(max[r_{ij}, r_{jk}]\). Set toNone
to disable distance weighting.
Returns: A dataframe of angular distribution functions, averaged over all conformations in this instance.
Return type: Note
Disabling the distance cuttoff is strongly recommended (i.e. it is faster) for large values of r_max. As a rough guideline,
r_max="inf"
is roughly as fast asr_max=15.0
(though this is, of course, system dependant).Note
The ADF construction will be conducted in parralel if the DASK package is installed. DASK can be installed, via anaconda, with the following command:
conda install n FOX y c condaforge dask
. mol_subset (

FOX.recipes.
time_resolved_rdf
(mol, start=0, stop=None, step=500, **kwargs)[source] Calculate the timeresolved radial distribution function (RDF).
Examples
>>> from FOX import MultiMolecule, example_xyz >>> from FOX.recipes import time_resolved_rdf # Calculate each RDF over the course of 500 frames >>> time_step = 500 >>> mol = MultiMolecule.from_xyz(example_xyz) >>> rdf_list = time_resolved_rdf( ... mol, step=time_step, atom_subset=['Cd', 'Se'] ... )
Parameters:  mol (
MultiMolecule
) – The trajectory in question.  start (
int
) – The initial frame.  stop (
int
, optional) – The final frame. Set toNone
to iterate over all frames.  step (
int
) – The number of frames per individual RDF. Note that lower step values will result in increased numerical noise.  **kwargs (
Any
) – Further keyword arguments forinit_rdf()
.
Returns: A list of dataframes, each containing an RDF calculated over the course of step frames.
Return type: See also
init_rdf()
 Calculate the radial distribution function.
 mol (

FOX.recipes.
time_resolved_rdf
(mol, start=0, stop=None, step=500, **kwargs)[source] Calculate the timeresolved radial distribution function (RDF).
Examples
>>> from FOX import MultiMolecule, example_xyz >>> from FOX.recipes import time_resolved_rdf # Calculate each RDF over the course of 500 frames >>> time_step = 500 >>> mol = MultiMolecule.from_xyz(example_xyz) >>> rdf_list = time_resolved_rdf( ... mol, step=time_step, atom_subset=['Cd', 'Se'] ... )
Parameters:  mol (
MultiMolecule
) – The trajectory in question.  start (
int
) – The initial frame.  stop (
int
, optional) – The final frame. Set toNone
to iterate over all frames.  step (
int
) – The number of frames per individual RDF. Note that lower step values will result in increased numerical noise.  **kwargs (
Any
) – Further keyword arguments forinit_rdf()
.
Returns: A list of dataframes, each containing an RDF calculated over the course of step frames.
Return type: See also
init_rdf()
 Calculate the radial distribution function.
 mol (