QM/MM geometry optimization with QM region in constrained symmetry

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Hi,

I am using the QM/MM method in NWChem to do some geometry optimization. I have noticed that, in principle, the QM region can be constrained to a certain point group since in NWChem the MM charges are not electrostatically embedded in the QM calculation. However, I cannot find a way to carry out such kind of calculation. I just wonder whether there is way to do that or should I edit the source code to enable such a feature?

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It would not be possible to do it in the current version. I also do not understand why it would be useful, since the MM environment would in general destroy any symmetry

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Dear Marat,

Thanks for your reply.

I am just experimenting with methods of optimizing geometry of the solute molecule in solution. It would be nice if the symmetry could be constrained during the QM/MM optimization since this would help to reduce computational costs in the subsequent high-level calculations on the solute molecule. The physical thought is, if we observed the solution dynamically over a period of time, though the symmetry of the solute would be destroyed by the MM solvents at each instant, certain symmetry would still be preserved from a statistical point of view.

According to my understanding of the QM/MM implementation in NWChem, such kind of symmetry-constrained optimization would be feasible after some modification of the source code. I just wonder which part of the code I should get started with.

Peizhi

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I have to look in the code to see if there is an easy way to do it.

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