[gmx-users] Re:The effect of coulomb-modifier and vdw-modifier in Verlet cutoff scheme

Mark Abraham mark.j.abraham at gmail.com
Fri May 24 08:54:45 CEST 2013

You don't "turn on" those modifiers, you choose to shift the potential. (In
the future there might be more options.) Shifting the potential is quite
different from the action of vdwtype=shift, see manual 4.1, 7.3. The
potential should be the integral of the force, if you want it to mean
anything. Whether that's important depends what you're doing and want to
observe. The potential is irrelevant if you are just sampling space to see
what is there, but it's critical if you're trying to compute thermodynamic


On Thu, May 23, 2013 at 10:46 PM, Bin Liu <fdusuperstring at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear Mark,
> Could you elaborate on your answer? In my group cutoff scheme, I used
> ns_type         = grid          ; search neighboring grid cels
> nstlist         = 5                 ; 10 fs
> rlist           = 1.3           ; short-range neighborlist cutoff (in nm)
> rcoulomb        = 1.3           ; short-range electrostatic cutoff (in nm)
> rvdw            = 1.0           ; short-range van der Waals cutoff (in nm)
> vdwtype         = Shift
> rvdw_switch     = 0.9
> What is the advantage of turning on coulomb-modifier and vdw-modifier in
> terms of physical or chemical accuracy of simulations? Thanks.
> Bin
> Those modifiers shift only the potential, as manual 7.3 points out. So the
> forces and sampling are unaffected, so it does not surprise me that APL is
> unaffected by the use of such a shift. If your group cutoff scheme was
> unbuffered (rlist <= max(rcoulcomb,rvdw) and nstlist > 1), then if the
> observed difference is significant, then that could be the reason.
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