[gmx-developers] Re: Writing the electric field (and its gradient) on particular atoms during an MD simulation

John Chodera jchodera at gmail.com
Tue Apr 15 02:15:16 CEST 2008

As an addendum to this:

I believe that the electric field defined in this manner can be
computed from the force on atom i due to only the electrostatic

The gradient of the electric field only needs to be computed with
respect to the (atomic) position at the field is measured -- this
forms a 3x3 symmetric matrix. This could either be analytically
computed or could be extracted from a finite-difference approximation
to this difference -- the accuracy of finite-difference would be fine
for our purposes.

We would need to write out this information once every 20 fs, where
the simulation is usually run with a timestep of 1 fs, if this is
necessary to consider for reasons of efficiency.


- John

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