Interpolation of Satellite Data

PHASE ... [INTERPOLATE f1.i [f2.i ...]]

In the definition of a phase, it is possible to declare satellite data (e.g. internal atomic coordinates, cell parameters,…) using the optional INTERPOLATE keyword. The f1.i, f2.i, etc. integers are the columns in the external data file that contain the data to be interpolated.

The points at which the satellite data are interpolated can be specified with the global INTERPOLATE keyword:

INTERPOLATE
 [P]
 p1.r p2.r ..
 p3.r ..
 V
 v1.r v2.r ..
 PT
 p1.r t1.r p2.r t2.r ...
ENDINTERPOLATE

The values at which the interpolation takes place are enclosed in a INTERPOLATE…ENDINTERPOLATE environment. If P is used as the first line in the INTERPOLATE environment, then the values (p1, p2, …) are interpreted as static pressures. If V is used, then the values are interpreted as volumes. Lastly, if PT is used, values are read in pairs: first the pressure and then the temperature.

Interpolation can also be applied using the command:

INTERPOLATE INPUT [STATIC]

When the INPUT keyword is used, the pressure and temperature range used in the calculation of thermodynamic properties is also used for the interpolation. If the additional STATIC keyword is used, use the volumes of the static energy-volume grid.

The number of points in the energy-volume grid can be increased using the optional PHASE keyword:

PHASE ... EXTEND

Each phase has a maximum calculable pressure, determined by the slope of the energy-volume curve at the first (smallest) volume. If the maximum pressure of any phase is smaller than the requested pressure range, then the pressure range is automatically reduced. In some cases, this behavior is undesirable. A phase with the EXTEND keyword will not reduce the user-input pressure range.