From: Axel Kohlmeyer (
Date: Sat Jun 07 2008 - 12:47:19 CDT

On Sat, 7 Jun 2008, Alexandre A. Vakhrouchev wrote:

AV> Hi!
AV> To which point of molecule does dipole moment corresponds? I'd like to
AV> get angle between dipole vector and axis of nano channel, so should I
AV> take geometric center of molecule or weighted one?

the dipole vector of a molecule has no reference point
(it is not a "point dipole") as its value is by definition
translationary invariant.

thus your choice of center can be to your liking.
for the dipole monitor plugin, i chose the geometric
center (for simplicity since it does not depend on
additional information to present and/or correct).


AV> Thank you!

Axel Kohlmeyer
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