[gmx-users] Periodic Molecule's Free Energy Calculation Error
nedomacho at gmail.com
Thu Jul 13 03:12:24 CEST 2017
> I wonder if the "couple-intramol = yes" is a must. Does it have any
> influence on the output results if we turn off the intra-molecular
> non-bonded interactions of a large infinite molecule?
The answer to your question has nothing to do with Gromacs, but with
understanding the difference between crystals and biomolecules (for
which Gromacs was designed).
Also (unrelated), it is a common misconception to believe that PBC makes
something infinite -- the effective size of your system is entirely
determined by the supercell size (proof: consider the ripples in hBN and
determine the lowest wavelength of the ripple that can propagate -- it
is commensurate with the box size). In an infinite system, you can have
an immensely long wave (though not infinite, as shown by Landau a while
back). PBC does not make anything infinite, it is a mathematical way of
> There is no universal force field for HBN, so I am using a modified
> gromos54a7_atb force field, i.e., manually adding the parameters for
> boron and nitrogen to the bonded & nonbonded .itp files.
Oh, I know that there is no force fields for these structures. ;) My
question was about which Gromacs ff you were using to insert your
parameters, and, most importantly, where those parameters came from.
> The parameters are obtained from literature.
What literature? All bio-style ff adaptations of solid-state potentials
(e.g. Tersoff-Brenner for hBN) I am aware of make it very clear that
"intramolecular" interactions between atoms sharing up to a fairly
distant covalently bound neighbor are limited to bonds and angles. This
comes from the math involved in developing potentials for crystals.
There was a recent question regarding this very problem here, which was
solved by setting a larger nrexcl value. In your case, you solved it
with turning off intramolecular coupling. In fact, if you set your
nrexcl to something like 4 or 5, you may not even need to turn off the
coupling. But then again, I don't know where the parameters came from.
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