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gmx-sorient - Analyze solvent orientation around solutes


gmx sorient [-f [<.xtc/.trr/...>]] [-s [<.tpr/.gro/...>]] [-n [<.ndx>]]

[-o [<.xvg>]] [-no [<.xvg>]] [-ro [<.xvg>]]
[-co [<.xvg>]] [-rc [<.xvg>]] [-b <time>] [-e <time>]
[-dt <time>] [-[no]w] [-xvg <enum>] [-[no]com] [-[no]v23]
[-rmin <real>] [-rmax <real>] [-cbin <real>]
[-rbin <real>] [-[no]pbc]


gmx sorient analyzes solvent orientation around solutes. It calculates two angles between the vector from one or more reference positions to the first atom of each solvent molecule:

  • theta_1: the angle with the vector from the first atom of the solvent molecule to the midpoint between atoms 2 and 3.
  • theta_2: the angle with the normal of the solvent plane, defined by the same three atoms, or, when the option -v23 is set, the angle with the vector between atoms 2 and 3.

The reference can be a set of atoms or the center of mass of a set of atoms. The group of solvent atoms should consist of 3 atoms per solvent molecule. Only solvent molecules between -rmin and -rmax are considered for -o and -no each frame.

-o: distribution of cos(theta_1) for rmin<=r<=rmax.

-no: distribution of cos(theta_2) for rmin<=r<=rmax.

-ro: <cos(theta_1)> and <3cos(^2theta_2)-1> as a function of the distance.

-co: the sum over all solvent molecules within distance r of cos(theta_1) and 3cos(^2(theta_2)-1) as a function of r.

-rc: the distribution of the solvent molecules as a function of r


Options to specify input files:

Trajectory: xtc trr cpt gro g96 pdb tng
Structure+mass(db): tpr gro g96 pdb brk ent
Index file

Options to specify output files:

xvgr/xmgr file
xvgr/xmgr file
xvgr/xmgr file
xvgr/xmgr file
xvgr/xmgr file

Other options:

Time of first frame to read from trajectory (default unit ps)
Time of last frame to read from trajectory (default unit ps)
Only use frame when t MOD dt = first time (default unit ps)
-[no]w (no)
View output .xvg, .xpm, .eps and .pdb files
xvg plot formatting: xmgrace, xmgr, none
-[no]com (no)
Use the center of mass as the reference position
-[no]v23 (no)
Use the vector between atoms 2 and 3
Minimum distance (nm)
Maximum distance (nm)
Binwidth for the cosine
Binwidth for r (nm)
-[no]pbc (no)
Check PBC for the center of mass calculation. Only necessary when your reference group consists of several molecules.



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June 16, 2022 2022.2