Re: temp coupling coefficients

From: Jérôme Hénin (
Date: Tue Mar 02 2004 - 03:58:28 CST

> just to re-ask some questions regarding temperature control which I
> don't think have been answered (Satyavani Vemparala 25/2/04, Hyonseok
> Hwang 24/2/04, Wei Fu 20/2/04, Hyonseok Hwang 9/2/04).
> How does one decide what value to use for the langevin coupling
> coefficient (0.1, 5, 10?), or what is an appropriate value?

The Langevin damping coefficient determines how fast the atoms "forget" their
momentum, and how fast the lost energy is re-introduced by stochastic forces.
The bigger the coefficient, the faster temperature fluctuations are
compensated, and the farther the dynamics is from Newtonian motion (and
closer to a purely stochastic motion).
If you're interested in dynamic properties, you'll want to use coefficients as
small as possible (while still keeping the temperature reasonably constant).

For the biological systems I've simulated, values around 1 ps-1 were good
trade-offs. You should only need more if strongly exothermal phenomena happen
in your system - maybe when starting the equilibration of a new system - but
then usually you don't mind too much if temperature raises a little for a
short time.

> Is there any relationship between the langevin coupling coefficient and
> the temperature coupling coefficient in Berendsen's method?

I believe this question was not answered previously because it is not easy to
see what kind of relationship you are looking for. Since the algorithms are
really different, what relationship could there be between their parameters ?

Both coefficients are the reciprocal of a characteristic time of the
thermostat, and both are related to a friction coefficient, but as far as I
can see, the similarity ends there. For example, the Berendsen friction
coefficient depends on time, whereas the one in Langevin does not.

Also I'm not sure I understand what the use of such a relationship would be.
If you want a Berendsen coupling simulation and a Langevin simulation to be
equivalent, don't forget that Berendsen coupled MD trajectories do not sample
from the canonical ensemble.

Maybe someone on the list will have something to add on these points, though.


Jérôme Hénin
Equipe Dynamique des Assemblages Membranaires
Université Henri Poincaré / CNRS    UMR 7565
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