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How accurate are the most accurate calculations?

Taking into account the fact that the theory of quantum gravity does not exist and the QED calculations are not possible for most realistic chemical systems, what levels of accuracy can we expect from ...
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DeepMind just announced a breakthrough in protein folding, what are the consequences?

There was some recent media reporting about a purported Google breakthrough on applying machine learning techniques to tackle the protein folding problem, as told for example in this news article, ...
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Is there a set of updated, comprehensive benchmarks for speed comparison between different quantum chemistry packages?

I've found a page dedicated to quantum chemistry packages benchmarks, on GitHub, qmspeedtest. But most results there are several years old, and so probably outdated. Is there some place where we can ...
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Convergence by energy and/or density?

The SCF is an iterative procedure to produce the ground state energy and wavefunction for Hartree-Fock, MCSCF, and DFT. Due to the iteration, one needs to establish convergence criteria. Depending on ...
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Where is the extended Hückel method (EHM) still used today?

The extended Hückel method (EHM) proved to be very useful through time, but there are better and affordable models today. One interesting thing about the model is the independence of the Hamiltonian ...
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What functions other than Gaussians are used for orbital basis sets?

The Gaussian function $\propto\exp((x-a)^2/b)$ with $b>0$ is one of the most common functions used in molecular modelling (e.g. Gaussian type orbitals). What are some examples of applications of ...
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What are the steps to prepare a surface for molecular adsorption simulations on it?

I want to study the interaction of a given surface with some molecules. How should I prepare the surface for that kind of simulation? By prepare the surface I mean how many atom layers, how many of ...
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Bond length from infrared spectra?

It's been taught by my lecturer that infrared (IR) spectra are widely used for chemical bonding determination. My question is: is it possible to calculate bond lengths according to the IR spectra? If ...
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Materials Modeling with Raspberry Pi?

Does anyone have any knowledge or direction for creating a homemade Beowolf cluster for materials modeling?I would like to be able to run my own "hobby" simulations at home, so a low energy, ...
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How to make the input generator plugin work in Avogadro 2 on GNU/Linux?

It seems Avogadro was phased out in Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa) and derivatives like Mint 20 (Ulyana). Now the version available in the repositories is Avogadro 2. If you had Avogadro installed in 18....
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How do I extract a molecular structure from a CIF file?

When I open a CIF file of a crystal structure in a typical molecular editor like Avogadro, then I just see a few symmetry-unique atoms scattered around the unit cell. But I don't see the full molecule ...
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Types of Discrete molecular models

It is often assumed in cheminformatics that molecules with similar physical structure tend to have similar chemical properties [1]. Based on this, our group has used discrete graphs as a model for the ...
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What are the factors to consider before docking 2 proteins?

With no background in biological science, I need help with docking 2 proteins together. This issue is with regards to SARS-CoV-2. The 2 proteins are Spike glycoprotein and membrane protein. What are ...
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Are there any open source software for calculating the rotational and translational entropy of molecules?

What is a good open source software for calculating the rotational and translational entropy of molecules? The National Institute of Standards and Technology does not provide standard molar entropy ...
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How to rectify the error “Lost atoms: original 28437 current 3659” in LAMMPS?

I have modeled a complex structure of a protein and a Carbon nano-cone (used as an indenter to the protein) using PACKMOL. The LAMMPS data file of the complex structure consists of 4 atom types (C O N ...
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What is the largest system for which vibrationally resolved electronic spectra have been simulated using ML-MCTDH?

Multi-layer Multi-configuration time-dependent Hartree (ML-MCTDH) is a method widely used for simulation of vibrationally resolved electronic spectra that incorporate the coupling between vibrational ...
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Rule-of-thumb for Morse potential cutoff in molecular dynamics?

Is there a rule-of-thumb for selecting a cutoff for the Morse potential in molecular dynamics simulation? For instance, is it typically some multiple of the equilibrium distance?
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Binding energy calculation for Zn atom on armchair graphene slab?

I am trying to repeat the result of this paper for Zn absorbed on the armchair graphene slab. The relaxed top and side structures are the following: The relaxed structure is almost the same as the ...
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Unable to recreate data for benzene from paper in GROMACS 2020.5

I have been trying to simulate benzene in OPLSS-AA forcefield as per this paper: https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/ct2002122. I have been at a loss, since I believe I have everything running as per the ...
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What is the “overcoherence problem” in Ehrenfest dynamics?

I am a novice in Ehrenfest dynamics and would like to know why Ehrenfest dynamics suffers from the "overcoherence problem"?
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Normalization condition in evaluating the radial distribution function for a hard-spheres system

I am trying to simulate a 3D hard-spheres in a box system in python. The idea behind this is that I have to create a system in a 1-by-1-by-1 box with periodic boundary conditions and with $N = 500$ ...
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What is the meaning of energy-consistent and shape-consistent in the context of pseudopotentials?

I am trying to use pseudopotentials to model scattering from heavy molecules. However, I am confused by some of the terminologies of pseudopotentials/ECPs: Norm-conserving according to Wikipedia and ...
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Conductivity Computations of Molecular Wires [closed]

I am interested to compute the conductivity properties of some molecular organic wires in SIESTA. Since I am new in SIESTA, I would appreciate a guide for beginners to this field.