Fidimag: A Basic Simulation

This notebook is a guide to the essential commands required to write and run basic Fidimag simulations. It can be downloaded from the github repository, found here.

The first step is to import Fidimag. Numpy and Matplotlib are also imported for later use, to demonstrate visualising simulations results.

import fidimag
import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

%matplotlib inline


                       Mesh                                              Cell
      +-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+                        /            /|
     /     /     /     /     /     /     /|                       /            / |
    +-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+ |                      /            /  | dz
   /     /     /     /     /     /     /| +                     +------------+   |
  +-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+ |/          ----->      |            |   |
 /     /     /     /     /     /     /| +                       |            |   +
+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+ |/                        |            |  /
|     |     |     |     |     |     | +                         |            | /  dy
|     |     |     |     |     |     |/                          |            |/
+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+                           +------------+

We need to create a mesh. Meshes are created by specifying the dimensions of the finite difference cells, (dx, dy, dz) and the number of cells in each direction, (nx, ny, nz).

The cell dimensions are defined by dimensionless units. The dimensions of the mesh/cells are integrated by the parameter, unit_length.

In the the following example, the (cuboid) mesh consists of 50x20x1 cells (nx=50, ny=20 and nz=1), with each cell comprising of the dimensions, dx=3, dy=3 and dz=4. The unit_length = 1e-9 (nm).

Thus, the total size of the mesh is 150nm x 60nm x 4nm.

Required Fidimag Function

fidimag.common.CuboidMesh(nx, ny, nz, dx, dy, dz, unit_length)

nx, ny, nz = 50, 20, 1
dx, dy, dz = 3, 3, 4 #nm
unit_length = 1e-9 # define the unit length of the dx units to nm.

mesh = fidimag.common.CuboidMesh(nx=nx, ny=ny, nz=nz, dx=dx, dy=dy, dz=dz, unit_length=unit_length)

Creating the Simulation Object

Now we can create the simulation object.

A mesh is required to create a simulation object. We also give the simulation object a name. Is this case, we call the simulation object, ‘sim_tutorial_basics’

Required Fidimag Function

fidimag.micro.Sim(mesh, name)

sim_name = 'sim_tutorial_basics'

sim = fidimag.micro.Sim(mesh, name=sim_name)

Adding Interactions (and specifying material parameters)

The material specific interactions (and parameters) can now be added to the simulation object. Let’s first specify the material specific parameters:

Ms = 1e6  # magnetisation saturation (A/m)
A = 1e-12  # exchange energy constant (J/m)
D = 1e-3  # DMI constant (J/m**2)
Ku = 1e5  # uniaxial anisotropy constant (J/m**3)
Kaxis = (0, 0, 1)  # uniaxial anisotropy axis
H = (0, 0, 1e3)  # external magnetic field (A/m)

The simulation object, sim created earlier has a property for the saturation magnetisation, Ms which is set in the following way:

sim.Ms = 8.0e5

Now let’s add the following interactions:

  • Exchange

  • Uniaxial Anisotropy

  • Dyzaloshinskii-Moriya (bulk)

  • Zeeman Field

  • Demagnetisation

Required Fidimag Functions

to a simulation object named, sim:

  • sim.add(interaction)

where the interactions are:





uniaxial anisotropy

fidimag.micro.UniaxialAnisotropy(Ku, axis)







exchange = fidimag.micro.UniformExchange(A=A)

anis = fidimag.micro.UniaxialAnisotropy(Ku=Ku, axis=Kaxis)

dmi = fidimag.micro.DMI(D=D)

zeeman = fidimag.micro.Zeeman(H0=H)

demag = fidimag.micro.Demag()

So, at this point the Hamiltonian is created. Now, we can set parameters in the LLG equation. The sim object has properties for the values of alpha and gamma which are set in the following way:

sim.driver.alpha = 0.5
sim.driver.gamma = 2.211e5
# sim.do_precession = True

You can also specfiy whether the magnetisation spins precess or not. The sim object has a property, do_precession, which can be set to either True of False. In this example, let’s have precession:

sim.driver.do_precession = True

When both Hamiltonian and LLG equations are set, we need to set the intial magnetisation before we relax the system. Let’s set it to all point in the x-direction:

m_init = (1,0,0)

Relaxing the Simulation

The simulation object is now set up: we’re now ready to relax the magnetisation.

Time Integrator Parameters

In order to do so, we need to specify the value of dt for the time integration. By default this is set to dt=1e-11.

We also need to tell the simulation when to stop, through the desired stoppping precision, stopping_dmdt. By default this is set to stopping_dmdt=0.01.

The maximum number of steps, max_steps the time integrator take also needs to be specified. By default this is set to 1000.

Data Saving Parameters

Within the relax function, when to save the magnetisation, save_m_steps, and vtk files of the magnetisation, save_vtk_steps, are also specified. By default they are set to save every 100 steps that the integrator takes. The final magnetisation is also saved. In this example we save the spatial magnetisation every 10 time steps.

When the relax function is called, a text file containing simulation data (including time, energies and average magnetisation) is created with the name sim_name.txt.

Sub-directories for the (spatial) magnetisation and vtk files are also created with the names, sim_name_npys and sim_name_vtks respectively, where the relevant data is subsequently saved. The names of these files are m_*.npy and m_*******.vts respectively, where * is replaced with the time integrator step (with leading zeros for the vts (vtk) file).

Required Fidimag Function

sim.relax(dt, stopping_dmdt, max_steps, save_m_steps, save_vtk_steps)

sim.driver.relax(dt=1e-11, stopping_dmdt=0.01, max_steps=200, save_m_steps=10, save_vtk_steps=100)

Inspecting the data

Now that a simulation has run, it is useful to inspect and visualise the generated data.

Structure of (spatial) m array

The spatial magnetisation array from the last relaxation step can be accessed via sim.spin. We also saved the spatial magnetisation for all time steps into the folder sim_basics_tutorial_npys.

The structure of sim.spin (and the also the data saved in the .npy files) is an 1-dimensional. For a mesh with n cells, the components are ordered as follows:

[mx(0), my(0), mz(0), mx(1), my(1), mz(1), ..., mx(n), my(n), mz(n)]

where the numbering of the mesh cell adheres to the following convention:

 .'       .:|
|       |:::|
|   30  |::;+-------+-------+-------+-------+-------+
|       |;'       .:| 11  .'  12  .'  13  .'  14  .:|
|       |       |:::| .'   7  .'   8  .'   9  .:|:::|
|   15  |  16   |::;+-------+-------+-------+:::|:::+
|       |       |;'       .'      .'      .:|:::|::'
|       |       |       |       |       |:::|:.'
|   0   |   1   |   2   |   3   |   4   |:::+'
|       |       |       |       |       |::'

Plotting m (spatial)

There are built-in functions in fidimag to restructure this 1-D array, which is useful for creating spatial plots of the magnetisation. These are

Required Fidimag Function

TODO: write built-in helper functions!!

m = sim.spin
m.shape = (-1,3)
mz = m[:,2]
#the data shape should be (ny,nx) rather than (nx,ny)
mz.shape = (ny,nx)
plt.xlabel('x (nm)')
plt.ylabel('y (nm)')

Plotting m (average)

It is also useful to plot the average components of m over time.

1d_domain_wall.ipynb              sim_tutorial_basics_vtks/
current-driven-domain-wall.ipynb  spin-polarised-current-driven-skyrmion.ipynb
isolated_skyrmion.ipynb           spin-waves-in-periodic-system.ipynb                      standard_problem_4.ipynb
sanitize_file                     tutorial-basics.ipynb
sim_tutorial_basics_npys/         tutorial-docker-container.ipynb
f  = fidimag.common.fileio.DataReader('sim_tutorial_basics.txt')
mz = f.datadic['m_z']
t = f.datadic['time']
plt.plot(t/1e-9, mz)
plt.xlabel("time (ns)")
plt.ylabel(r"$\left\langle \mathrm{m}_{\mathrm{z}} \right\rangle$", fontsize=14)
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