Yanao, Tomohiro and Koon, Wang S. and Marsden, Jerrold E. and Kevrekidis, Ioannis G. (2007) Collective coordinates and the mechanism for conformational transitions of complex molecules. Proceedings in Applied Mathematics and Mechanics, 7 (1). pp. 1080503-1080504. ISSN 1617-7061 http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20101026-074214900
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Reduction of dimensionality is crucial for the deeper understanding of the mechanism for large-amplitude conformational transitions of complex molecules. By taking up a six-atomcluster as an illustrative example, we present a general methodology to understand conformational transitions of molecules in terms of the low-dimensional dynamics of molecular gyration radii. The dynamics of gyration radii is generally governed by the interplay between the ordinary potential force and a dynamical force called the internal centrifugal force. We show that the internal centrifugal force can be more important than the original potential barrier and gives rise to a new dynamical barrier that truly dominates the conformational transitions of the system. This kind of dynamical effect should be crucially important in a wide class of molecular reaction dynamics.
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|Official Citation:||Yanao, T., W. S. Koon, et al. (2007). "Collective coordinates and the mechanism for conformational transitions of complex molecules." PAMM 7(1): 1080503-1080504.|
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|Deposited By:||Ruth Sustaita|
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