I now need to get the interaction force between two groups of atoms. The potential I use is MEAM, including embedding energy part.
Based on the documentation, ‘Compute group/group’ commend can only handle pairwise part, am I right?
Does anyone have good way to handle this force calculation? Any suggestion is highly appreciated!
Thanks for your help!
What does the force between 2 groups of atoms
mean for a multi-body potential like MEAM? I don't
think it is a well-defined quantity.
sorry, i may not state my problem very well. I have Al/Si system described by MEAM and a Al bulk compressed by a Si indenter. Now I want to get the force between the Si indenter and Al bulk. How can I obtained them?
Thanks a lot!
Again, if there are Si indenter atoms interacting with Al bulk atoms
via MEAM, there are a variety of many-body interactions that
MEAM computes. How to bookkeep which force comes from
which atom in a many-body interaction is not clear at all and
LAMMPS doesn't attempt it.
You could just sum up the total force on all bulk (or indenter) atoms.
Since force between bulk atoms will presumably sum to zero, then
the net force would be from the indenter? You can sum per-atom
force over a group with the compute reduce command.
You would have to subtract out any boundary forces you impose.
Yeah, Thanks for your explanation. I will try the way you suggest.