Model-free simulation approach to molecular diffusion tensors

Abstract : In the present work, we propose a simple model-free approach for the computation of molecular diffusion tensors from molecular dynamics trajectories. The method uses a rigid body trajectory of the molecule under consideration, which is constructed a posteriori by an accumulation of quaternion-based superposition fits of consecutive conformations. From the rigid body trajectory, we compute the translational and angular velocities of the molecule and by integration of the latter also the corresponding angular trajectory. All quantities can be referred to the laboratory frame and a molecule-fixed frame. The 6 × 6 diffusion tensor is computed from the asymptotic slope of the tensorial mean square displacement and, for comparison, also from the Kubo integral of the velocity correlation tensor. The method is illustrated for two simple model systems - a water molecule and a lysozyme molecule in bulk water. We give estimations of the statistical accuracy of the calculations.
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Guillaume Chevrot, Konrad Hinsen, Gerald Kneller. Model-free simulation approach to molecular diffusion tensors. Journal of Chemical Physics, American Institute of Physics, 2013, 139 (15), pp.154110. ⟨10.1063/1.4823996⟩. ⟨hal-02070748⟩



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