¹⁷O MAS NMR of crystalline Na₂SiO₃ (2nd order quad)

In this example, we illustrate the use of the mrsimulator objects to

  • create a quadrupolar fitting model using Simulator and SignalProcessor objects,

  • use the fitting model to perform a least-squares analysis, and

  • extract the fitting parameters from the model.

We use the LMFIT library to fit the spectrum. The following example shows the least-squares fitting procedure applied to the \(^{17}\text{O}\) MAS NMR spectrum of \(\text{Na}_{2}\text{SiO}_{3}\) [1].

Start by importing the relevant modules.

import csdmpy as cp
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
from lmfit import Minimizer

from mrsimulator import Simulator, SpinSystem, Site
from mrsimulator.method.lib import BlochDecayCTSpectrum
from mrsimulator import signal_processor as sp
from mrsimulator.utils import spectral_fitting as sf
from mrsimulator.utils import get_spectral_dimensions
from mrsimulator.spin_system.tensors import SymmetricTensor

Import the dataset

Import the experimental dataset. We use dataset file serialized with the CSDM file-format, using the csdmpy module.

filename = "https://ssnmr.org/sites/default/files/mrsimulator/Na2SiO3_O17.csdf"
experiment = cp.load(filename)

# standard deviation of noise from the dataset
sigma = 1.931335

# For spectral fitting, we only focus on the real part of the complex dataset
experiment = experiment.real

# Convert the dimension coordinates from Hz to ppm.
experiment.x[0].to("ppm", "nmr_frequency_ratio")

# plot of the dataset.
plt.figure(figsize=(4.25, 3.0))
ax = plt.subplot(projection="csdm")
ax.plot(experiment, color="black", linewidth=0.5, label="Experiment")
ax.set_xlim(100, -50)
plot 3 Na2SiO3

Create a fitting model

A fitting model is a composite of Simulator and SignalProcessor objects.

Step 1: Create initial guess sites and spin systems

O1 = Site(
    isotropic_chemical_shift=60.0,  # in ppm,
    quadrupolar=SymmetricTensor(Cq=4.2e6, eta=0.5),  # Cq in Hz

O2 = Site(
    isotropic_chemical_shift=40.0,  # in ppm,
    quadrupolar=SymmetricTensor(Cq=2.4e6, eta=0.0),  # Cq in Hz

spin_systems = [
    SpinSystem(sites=[O1], abundance=50, name="O1"),
    SpinSystem(sites=[O2], abundance=50, name="O2"),

Step 2: Create the method object. Create an appropriate method object that closely resembles the technique used in acquiring the experimental dataset. The attribute values of this method must meet the experimental conditions, including the acquisition channels, the magnetic flux density, rotor angle, rotor frequency, and the spectral/spectroscopic dimension.

In the following example, we set up a central transition selective Bloch decay spectrum method where the spectral/spectroscopic dimension information, i.e., count, spectral_width, and the reference_offset, is extracted from the CSDM dimension metadata using the get_spectral_dimensions() utility function. The remaining attribute values are set to the experimental conditions.

# get the count, spectral_width, and reference_offset information from the experiment.
spectral_dims = get_spectral_dimensions(experiment)

MAS_CT = BlochDecayCTSpectrum(
    magnetic_flux_density=9.395,  # in T
    rotor_frequency=14000,  # in Hz
    experiment=experiment,  # experimental dataset

# A method object queries every spin system for a list of transition pathways that are
# relevant for the given method. Since the method and the number of spin systems remain
# the same during the least-squares fit, a one-time query is sufficient. To avoid
# querying for the transition pathways at every iteration in a least-squares fitting,
# evaluate the transition pathways once and store it as follows
for sys in spin_systems:
    sys.transition_pathways = MAS_CT.get_transition_pathways(sys)

Step 3: Create the Simulator object and add the method and spin system objects.

sim = Simulator(spin_systems=spin_systems, methods=[MAS_CT])
sim.config.decompose_spectrum = "spin_system"

Step 4: Create a SignalProcessor class object and apply the post-simulation signal processor operations.

processor = sp.SignalProcessor(
        sp.apodization.Gaussian(FWHM="100 Hz"),
processed_dataset = processor.apply_operations(dataset=sim.methods[0].simulation).real

Step 5: The plot of the dataset and the guess spectrum.

plt.figure(figsize=(4.25, 3.0))
ax = plt.subplot(projection="csdm")
ax.plot(experiment, color="black", linewidth=0.5, label="Experiment")
ax.plot(processed_dataset, linewidth=2, alpha=0.6)
ax.set_xlim(100, -50)
plot 3 Na2SiO3

Least-squares minimization with LMFIT

Once you have a fitting model, you need to create the list of parameters to use in the least-squares fitting. For this, you may use the Parameters class from LMFIT, as described in the previous example. Here, we make use of a utility function, make_LMFIT_params(), that considerably simplifies the LMFIT parameters generation process.

Step 6: Create a list of parameters.

The make_LMFIT_params parses the instances of the Simulator and the PostSimulator objects for parameters and returns a LMFIT Parameters object.

Customize the Parameters: You may customize the parameters list, params, as desired. Here, we remove the abundance of the two spin systems and constrain it to the initial value of 50% each, and constrain eta=0 for spin system at index 1.

params["sys_1_site_0_quadrupolar_eta"].vary = False
print(params.pretty_print(columns=["value", "min", "max", "vary", "expr"]))


Name                                      Value      Min      Max     Vary     Expr
SP_0_operation_1_Gaussian_FWHM              100     -inf      inf     True     None
SP_0_operation_3_Scale_factor               200     -inf      inf     True     None
sys_0_site_0_isotropic_chemical_shift        60     -inf      inf     True     None
sys_0_site_0_quadrupolar_Cq             4.2e+06     -inf      inf     True     None
sys_0_site_0_quadrupolar_eta                0.5        0        1     True     None
sys_1_site_0_isotropic_chemical_shift        40     -inf      inf     True     None
sys_1_site_0_quadrupolar_Cq             2.4e+06     -inf      inf     True     None
sys_1_site_0_quadrupolar_eta                  0        0        1    False     None

Step 7: Perform least-squares minimization. For the user’s convenience, we also provide a utility function, LMFIT_min_function(), for evaluating the difference vector between the simulation and experiment, based on the parameters update. You may use this function directly as the argument of the LMFIT Minimizer class, as follows,

Fit Statistics

fitting methodleastsq
# function evals1206
# data points4096
# variables7
chi-square 18809.7394
reduced chi-square 4.60008301
Akaike info crit. 6257.79454
Bayesian info crit. 6302.01891


name value standard error relative error initial value min max vary
sys_0_site_0_isotropic_chemical_shift 63.5827831 0.15636850 (0.25%) 60.0 -inf inf True
sys_0_site_0_quadrupolar_Cq 4272623.28 7206.73573 (0.17%) 4200000.0 -inf inf True
sys_0_site_0_quadrupolar_eta 0.52521011 0.00394863 (0.75%) 0.5 0.00000000 1.00000000 True
sys_1_site_0_isotropic_chemical_shift 39.3485477 0.02273955 (0.06%) 40.0 -inf inf True
sys_1_site_0_quadrupolar_Cq 2400519.88 2103.00507 (0.09%) 2400000.0 -inf inf True
sys_1_site_0_quadrupolar_eta 0.00000000 0.00000000 0.0 0.00000000 1.00000000 False
SP_0_operation_1_Gaussian_FWHM 176.965463 1.63287276 (0.92%) 100.0 -inf inf True
SP_0_operation_3_Scale_factor 234.761487 0.51827455 (0.22%) 200.0 -inf inf True

Correlations (unreported correlations are < 0.100)


Step 8: The plot of the fit and the measurement dataset.

# Best fit spectrum
best_fit = sf.bestfit(sim, processor)[0].real
residuals = sf.residuals(sim, processor)[0].real

plt.figure(figsize=(4.25, 3.0))
ax = plt.subplot(projection="csdm")
ax.plot(experiment, color="black", linewidth=0.5, label="Experiment")
ax.plot(residuals, color="gray", linewidth=0.5, label="Residual")
ax.plot(best_fit, linewidth=2, alpha=0.6)
ax.set_xlabel("$^{17}$O frequency / ppm")
ax.set_xlim(100, -50)
plot 3 Na2SiO3

Total running time of the script: ( 0 minutes 22.085 seconds)

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