Re: dielectric constant assignment

From: Axel Kohlmeyer (
Date: Mon Nov 09 2009 - 07:22:35 CST

On Mon, Nov 9, 2009 at 7:22 AM, Rajiv Abhyankar
<> wrote:
> Dear All,
> I am doing an SMD calculation on a protein solvated in water box. I want to
> know what dielectric constant I should assign to my system-1 as for vacuum
> or 80 as for water.The reason for my confusion is that I feel that if I
> assign a value of 80, the even those charges that are not in the water

dear rajiv,

perhaps you should first consider what changing the value of the dielectric
constant does: it will scale down _all_ electrostatic interactions. this only
makes sense, if you have no solvent and want to (crudely) simulate the
effect of a solvent in a continuum approach.


> environment but are in the protein environment will be affected and will
> give a wrong value of the electrostatic energy.
> Rajiv

Dr. Axel Kohlmeyer
Institute for Computational Molecular Science
College of Science and Technology
Temple University, Philadelphia PA, USA.

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