# Welcome to udkm1Dsim documentation!¶

The *udkm1Dsim* toolbox is a collection of Python classes and routines to
simulate the thermal, structural, and magnetic dynamics after laser excitation
as well as the according X-ray scattering response in one-dimensional sample
structures after ultrafast excitation.

The toolbox provides the capabilities to define arbitrary layered structures on the atomic level including a rich database of element-specific physical properties. The excitation of ultrafast dynamics is represented by an \(N\)-temperature-model which is commonly applied for ultrafast optical excitations. Structural dynamics due to thermal stresses are calculated by a linear-chain model of masses and springs. The implementation of magnetic dynamics can be easily accomplished by the user for the individual problem.

The resulting X-ray diffraction response is computed by kinematical or dynamical X-ray theory which can also include magnetic scattering.

The *udkm1Dsim* toolbox is highly modular and allows to introduce user-defined
results at any step in the simulation procedure.

The *udkm1Dsim* toolbox was initially developed for MATLAB® in the
*Ultrafast Dynamics in Condensed Matter* group of Prof. Matias Bargheer at the
*University of Potsdam*, Germany.
The MATLAB® source code is still available at
github.com/dschick/udkm1DsimML.

The current toolbox, written in Python, is maintained by Daniel Schick at the
*Max-Born-Institute*, Berlin, Germany.

# Citation¶

Please cite the current preprint if you use the toolbox in your own work:

D. Schick, *udkm1Dsim - A Python toolbox for simulating 1D ultrafast dynamics in condensed matter*,
arxiv:2102.12144 [physics.comp-ph] (2021).

You can also cite the original publication if appropriate:

D. Schick, A. Bojahr, M. Herzog, R. Shayduk, C. von Korff Schmising & M. Bargheer,
*udkm1Dsim - A Simulation Toolkit for 1D Ultrafast Dynamics in Condensed Matter*,
Comput. Phys. Commun. 185, 651 (2014)
(preprint).

# Installation¶

You can either install directly from pypi.org using the command

```
pip install udkm1Dsim
```

or if you want to work on the latest develop release you can clone udkm1Dsim from the main git repository:

```
git clone https://github.com/dschick/udkm1Dsim.git udkm1Dsim
```

To work in editable mode (source is only linked but not copied to the python site-packages), just do:

```
pip install -e ./udkm1Dsim
```

Or to do a normal install with

```
pip install ./udkm1Dsim
```

Optionally, you can also let pip install directly from the repository:

```
pip install git+https://github.com/dschick/udkm1Dsim.git
```

You can have the following optional installation to enable parallel computations, unit tests, as well as building the documentation:

```
pip install udkm1Dsim[parallel]
pip install udkm1Dsim[testing]
pip install udkm1Dsim[documentation]
```