From: Floris Buelens (floris_buelens_at_yahoo.com)
Date: Fri Oct 22 2010 - 01:36:45 CDT
When applying a soft-core potential the derivative is no longer a linear
function of lambda. The VDW potential should be equal to dU/dl if you set
alchVdwShiftCoeff to 0, which reduces the soft core potential back to linear
scaling of Lennard-Jones.
----- Original Message ----
From: Hugh Heldenbrand <helde010_at_umn.edu>
Sent: Fri, 22 October, 2010 2:37:25
Subject: namd-l: Strange vdw_dU/dl values in thermodynamic integration
I am attempting to do thermodynamic integration calculations using parameter and
coordinate files in the AMBER format. Some of the vdw_dU/dl values that I was
getting seemed strange, so I did a test on two isolated atoms with zero charge
and the vdw parameters for the C atom type from the AMBER parm99 forcefield. In
my test the two atoms are separated by three angstroms and I decouple one of
them. My understanding is that for a lambda value of 0 the two atoms should
interact fully with a vdw_dU/dl value equal to their VDW potential energy.
However, in my output file the VDW potential energy is 0.8144, and the vdw_dU/dl
is 4.7432 for the 0th timestep.
Here are the settings that I use to make NAMD AMBER forcefield compatible:
# AMBER settings
Although in this case there aren't any 1-4 terms or rigid bonds.
Here are the TI settings that I used:
Am I misunderstanding TI vdw interactions or is this a bug?
University of Minnesota
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