Section: MIT Photonic-Bands Package (1)Updated: January 27, 2000Local indexUp
mpb-data - transformations of HDF5 files output by MPB
mpb-data is a utility to perform additional processing and
transformations of HDF5 files output by MPB, the MIT Photonic-Bands
program. In particular, it is designed to make the output more
amenable to visualization by reformatting it into a rectangular grid,
extending it to multiple periods, and rescaling the data.
MIT Photonic Bands (MPB) is a free program to compute the band
structures (dispersion relations) and electromagnetic modes of
periodic dielectric structures.
HDF5 is a free, portable binary format and supporting library developed
by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University
of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. A single
file can contain multiple data sets; by default,
operates on all of the MPB-produced datasets in the file, but this can
be changed via the
option, or by using the syntax HDF5FILE:DATASET.
writes its output datasets as additional datasets in the input file(s), with "-new" appended to the dataset names. Alternatively, it can write its output to a separate file, specified by the
Note also that, by default, the output datasets are identical to the
input datasets; you must use one or more of the options below to
specify a transformation (e.g. the -r/-e and
options are very useful).
Display help on the command-line options and usage.
Print the version number and copyright info for mpb-data.
Write output datasets to
(for the first input file only) rather than as additional datasets in
the input file(s) (the default).
Output a rectangular cell with the same volume as the cell of the
input data. This option is particularly useful for visualizing data
from non-orthogonal unit cells (e.g. a triangular lattice), as
otherwise the data will appear skewed or warped in most graphics
programs. This option should almost always be accompanied by the
-n option to ensure a uniform resolution.
As the -r option, but also make the first axis of the output along
the x,y,z direction (in Cartesian coordinates) instead of along
the first lattice vector as for -r.
grid points per lattice unit ("a"). This is useful not only for interpolating
to finer (or coarser) resolutions, but also to ensure that the resolution
is uniform in each direction (to prevent the data from looking distorted
when you visualize it).
-xmx, -ymy, -zmz
to output multiple periods in the corresponding lattice directions.
to use a particular slice of a two- or three-dimensional dataset. e.g.
causes the output of 3.2 periods in the first lattice direction. The
default is to output only a single period.
periods in each lattice direction; equivalent to:
The output has the first two dimensions (x and y) transposed. This
is useful in conjunction with the parallel (MPI) version of MPB,
which for performance reasons outputs all arrays with the first two
can undo this transposition.
Pixellized output. Normally, the input data is linearly interpolated to
the output grid, but the
option causes it to instead use the nearest grid point in the input data.
This is useful, for example, if you want to study the discretization of the
from the input files; otherwise, the first dataset from each file is used.
Alternatively, use the syntax HDF5FILE:DATASET, which allows you
to specify a different dataset for each file.
You can use the
command (included with hdf5) to find the names of datasets within a file.