dihedral_style helix command

Accelerator Variants: helix/omp


dihedral_style helix


dihedral_style helix
dihedral_coeff 1 80.0 100.0 40.0


The helix dihedral style uses the potential

\[E = A [1 - \cos(\theta)] + B [1 + \cos(3 \theta)] + C [1 + \cos(\theta + \frac{\pi}{4})]\]

This coarse-grain dihedral potential is described in (Guo). For dihedral angles in the helical region, the energy function is represented by a standard potential consisting of three minima, one corresponding to the trans (t) state and the other to gauche states (g+ and g-). The paper describes how the \(A\), \(B\) and, \(C\) parameters are chosen so as to balance secondary (largely driven by local interactions) and tertiary structure (driven by long-range interactions).

The following coefficients must be defined for each dihedral type via the dihedral_coeff command as in the example above, or in the data file or restart files read by the read_data or read_restart commands:

  • \(A\) (energy)

  • \(B\) (energy)

  • \(C\) (energy)

Styles with a gpu, intel, kk, omp, or opt suffix are functionally the same as the corresponding style without the suffix. They have been optimized to run faster, depending on your available hardware, as discussed on the Accelerator packages page. The accelerated styles take the same arguments and should produce the same results, except for round-off and precision issues.

These accelerated styles are part of the GPU, INTEL, KOKKOS, OPENMP, and OPT packages, respectively. They are only enabled if LAMMPS was built with those packages. See the Build package page for more info.

You can specify the accelerated styles explicitly in your input script by including their suffix, or you can use the -suffix command-line switch when you invoke LAMMPS, or you can use the suffix command in your input script.

See the Accelerator packages page for more instructions on how to use the accelerated styles effectively.


This dihedral style can only be used if LAMMPS was built with the EXTRA-MOLECULE package. See the Build package doc page for more info.



(Guo) Guo and Thirumalai, Journal of Molecular Biology, 263, 323-43 (1996).