Order parameters for macromolecules: Application to multiscale simulation

A. Singharoy, S. Cheluvaraja, P. Ortoleva

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Order parameters (OPs) characterizing the nanoscale features of macromolecules are presented. They are generated in a general fashion so that they do not need to be redesigned with each new application. They evolve on time scales much longer than 10-14 s typical for individual atomic collisions/vibrations. The list of OPs can be automatically increased, and completeness can be determined via a correlation analysis. They serve as the basis of a multiscale analysis that starts with the N-atom Liouville equation and yields rigorous Smoluchowski/Langevin equations of stochastic OP dynamics. Such OPs and the multiscale analysis imply computational algorithms that we demonstrate in an application to ribonucleic acid structural dynamics for 50 ns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number044104
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 28 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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