Re: diffusion coefficient from rmsd

From: Axel Kohlmeyer (
Date: Wed Aug 27 2008 - 22:39:52 CDT

On Thu, 28 Aug 2008, Rudra Banerjee wrote:

RB> dear friends,
RB> how i can calculate diffusion coefficient from rmsd data that we get
RB> from vmd?

you cannot. an RMSD is a different thing than a MSD.

of course you can script the calculation of the MSD
in VMD, but you'll have to make sure that your trajectory
is properly "unwrapped". even more accurate would
be to compute: d/dt msd(t) for a reasonably long period
and then average over the horizontal part and then
apply the einstein relation.

check out slide number 10 of:

or any decent textbook on theory of liquids.

RB> any idea?


RB> Please, if possible, don't send me MS Word or PowerPoint
RB> attachments
RB> Why?See:

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Axel Kohlmeyer
   Center for Molecular Modeling   --   University of Pennsylvania
Department of Chemistry, 231 S.34th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6323
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