This is part of the colvar module

Calculate the radius of gyration, or other properties related to it.

The different properties can be calculated and selected by the TYPE keyword: the Radius of Gyration (RADIUS); the Trace of the Gyration Tensor (TRACE); the Largest Principal Moment of the Gyration Tensor (GTPC_1); the middle Principal Moment of the Gyration Tensor (GTPC_2); the Smallest Principal Moment of the Gyration Tensor (GTPC_3); the Asphericiry (ASPHERICITY); the Acylindricity (ACYLINDRICITY); the Relative Shape Anisotropy (KAPPA2); the Smallest Principal Radius Of Gyration (GYRATION_3); the Middle Principal Radius of Gyration (GYRATION_2); the Largest Principal Radius of Gyration (GYRATION_1). A derivation of all these different variants can be found in [110]

The radius of gyration is calculated using:

\[ s_{\rm Gyr}=\Big ( \frac{\sum_i^{n} m_i \vert {r}_i -{r}_{\rm COM} \vert ^2 }{\sum_i^{n} m_i} \Big)^{1/2} \]

with the position of the center of mass \({r}_{\rm COM}\) given by:

\[ {r}_{\rm COM}=\frac{\sum_i^{n} {r}_i\ m_i }{\sum_i^{n} m_i} \]

The radius of gyration usually makes sense when atoms used for the calculation are all part of the same molecule. When running with periodic boundary conditions, the atoms should be in the proper periodic image. This is done automatically since PLUMED 2.2, by considering the ordered list of atoms and rebuilding the broken entities using a procedure that is equivalent to that done in WHOLEMOLECULES . Notice that rebuilding is local to this action. This is different from WHOLEMOLECULES which actually modifies the coordinates stored in PLUMED.

In case you want to recover the old behavior you should use the NOPBC flag. In that case you need to take care that atoms are in the correct periodic image.


The following input tells plumed to print the radius of gyration of the chain containing atoms 10 to 20.

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