Diffusion, correlated motions and periodic boundary conditions in lipid membranes

Diffusion, correlated motions and periodic boundary conditions in lipid membranes

Soft Condensed Matter & Physics of Living Systems

Date

April 18, 2017 -
3:00pm to 4:00pm

Location

Klaus

Room

1116 West

Affiliation

Earlham College

The diffusion of lipids and proteins within membranes are crucial to a variety of biological processes. With proper physical understanding, the diffusion coefficient gives information about the size, oligomerization, and local environment. It also serves as a standard test of simulation parameters.

We will discuss the statistics involved in calculating diffusion coefficients from both simulation and single-molecule experiments. Getting this right also gives us a nice way to quantify correlated motions in both simulations and experiments. Meanwhile, simulations are typically performed in periodic boundary conditions. We find that these conditions can cause typical simulations to underestimate experiment by a factor of 3 or more.