Round atoms are not the only objects that AViz can visualize.
Capabilities for spins, ellipses, and polymers have been prepared.
To date, only the spin option has been actualised. Examples include:
The spin configurations were generated by Shan-Ho Tsai of UGA,
visualizations by Riki from the Technion.
As well as helping in our research projects,
AViz is proving useful for teaching
purposes. The educational applications have been prepared as
undergraduate or Computational Physics Course projects by physics and
materials science students.
- Spins visualized as
cones, color used to show tilt, with lighter color indicating a
lower z-component. See also a visualization with the
reverse color code,
lighter color indicating a larger z-component.
(Opinions on which is better are welcome, see this
where they are side-by-side.) When this project is completed it will
be presented on
together with careful instructions.
- It is also useful to tilt the sample
and to use lighting rather than color shading to indicate
Zooming in to the sample helps visualize a
three dimensional sample.
- Assorted lattices, including superconductors, fullerenes and systems
of interest in materials science -
- Bravias lattices and amino acids - Shahar Rosen - see
- Bootstrap Percolation - Uri Levy -m=3.
Similar QT/mesa/OpenGL techniques have also been used for
other interactive visualization codes.
Some 50 Computational Physics projects (including those mentioned above) for
many topics can be found
here or on our