4.3.2. Hydrogen bond autocorrelation — MDAnalysis.analysis.hbonds.hbond_autocorrel
¶
 Author
Richard J. Gowers
 Year
2014
 Copyright
GNU Public License v3
New in version 0.9.0.
4.3.2.1. Description¶
Calculates the time autocorrelation function, \(C_x(t)\), for the hydrogen bonds in the selections passed to it. The population of hydrogen bonds at a given startpoint, \(t_0\), is evaluated based on geometric criteria and then the lifetime of these bonds is monitored over time. Multiple passes through the trajectory are used to build an average of the behaviour.
The subscript \(x\) refers to the definition of lifetime being used, either continuous or intermittent. The continuous definition measures the time that a particular hydrogen bond remains continuously attached, whilst the intermittent definition allows a bond to break and then subsequently reform and be counted again. The relevent lifetime, \(\tau_x\), can then be found via integration of this function
For this, the observed behaviour is fitted to a multi exponential function, using 2 exponents for the continuous lifetime and 3 for the intermittent lifetime.
\(C_x(t) = A_1 \exp(  t / \tau_1) + A_2 \exp(  t / \tau_2) [+ A_3 \exp(  t / \tau_3)]\)
Where the final pre expoential factor \(A_n\) is subject to the condition:
\(A_n = 1  \sum\limits_{i=1}^{n1} A_i\)
For further details see [Gowers2015].
References
 Gowers2015
Richard J. Gowers and Paola Carbone, A multiscale approach to model hydrogen bonding: The case of polyamide The Journal of Chemical Physics, 142, 224907 (2015), DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4922445
4.3.2.2. Input¶
Three AtomGroup selections representing the hydrogens, donors and
acceptors that you wish to analyse. Note that the hydrogens and
donors selections must be aligned, that is hydrogens[0] and
donors[0] must represent a bonded pair. For systems such as water,
this will mean that each oxygen appears twice in the donors AtomGroup.
The function find_hydrogen_donors()
can be used to construct the donor
AtomGroup
import MDAnalysis as mda
from MDAnalysis.analysis import hbonds
from MDAnalysis.tests.datafiles import waterPSF, waterDCD
u = mda.Universe(waterPSF, waterDCD)
hydrogens = u.select_atoms('name H*')
donors = hbonds.find_hydrogen_donors(hydrogens)
Note that this requires the Universe to have bond information. If this isn’t
present in the topology file, the
MDAnalysis.core.groups.AtomGroup.guess_bonds()
method can be used
as so
import MDAnalysis as mda
from MDAnalysis.analysis import hbonds
from MDAnalysis.tests.datafiles import GRO
# we could load the Universe with guess_bonds=True
# but this would guess **all** bonds
u = mda.Universe(GRO)
water = u.select_atoms('resname SOL and not type DUMMY')
# guess bonds only within our water atoms
# this adds the bond information directly to the Universe
water.guess_bonds()
hydrogens = water.select_atoms('type H')
# this is now possible as we guessed the bonds
donors = hbonds.find_hydrogen_donors(hydrogens)
The keyword exclusions allows a tuple of array addresses to be provided, (Hidx, Aidx),these pairs of hydrogenacceptor are then not permitted to be counted as part of the analysis. This could be used to exclude the consideration of hydrogen bonds within the same functional group, or to perform analysis on strictly intermolecular hydrogen bonding.
Hydrogen bonds are defined on the basis of geometric criteria; a HydrogenAcceptor distance of less then dist_crit and a DonorHydrogenAcceptor angle of greater than angle_crit.
The length of trajectory to analyse in ps, sample_time, is used to choose what length to analyse.
Multiple passes, controlled by the keyword nruns, through the trajectory are performed and an average calculated. For each pass, nsamples number of points along the run are calculated.
4.3.2.3. Output¶
All results of the analysis are available through the solution attribute. This is a dictionary with the following keys
results The raw results of the time autocorrelation function.
time Time axis, in ps, for the results.
 fit Results of the exponential curve fitting procedure. For the
continuous lifetime these are (A1, tau1, tau2), for the intermittent lifetime these are (A1, A2, tau1, tau2, tau3).
tau Calculated time constant from the fit.
estimate Estimated values generated by the calculated fit.
The results and time values are only filled after the run()
method,
fit, tau and estimate are filled after the solve()
method has been
used.
4.3.2.4. Worked Example for Polyamide¶
This example finds the continuous hydrogen bond lifetime between NH..O in a polyamide system. This will use the default geometric definition for hydrogen bonds of length 3.0 Å and angle of 130 degrees. It will observe a window of 2.0 ps (sample_time) and try to gather 1000 sample point within this time window (this relies upon the trajectory being sampled frequently enough). This process is repeated for 20 different start points to build a better average.
import MDAnalysis as mda
from MDAnalysis.analysis import hbonds
from MDAnalysis.tests.datafiles import TRZ_psf, TRZ
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
# load system
u = mda.Universe(TRZ_psf, TRZ)
# select atoms of interest into AtomGroups
H = u.select_atoms('name Hn')
N = u.select_atoms('name N')
O = u.select_atoms('name O')
# create analysis object
hb_ac = hbonds.HydrogenBondAutoCorrel(u,
acceptors=O, hydrogens=H, donors=N,
bond_type='continuous',
sample_time=2.0, nsamples=1000, nruns=20)
# call run to gather results
hb_ac.run()
# attempt to fit results to exponential equation
hb_ac.solve()
# grab results from inside object
tau = hb_ac.solution['tau']
time = hb_ac.solution['time']
results = hb_ac.solution['results']
estimate = hb_ac.solution['estimate']
# plot to check!
plt.plot(time, results, 'ro')
plt.plot(time, estimate)
plt.show()
4.3.2.5. Classes¶

MDAnalysis.analysis.hbonds.hbond_autocorrel.
find_hydrogen_donors
(hydrogens)[source]¶ Returns the donor atom for each hydrogen
 Parameters
hydrogens (AtomGroup) – the hydrogens that will form hydrogen bonds
 Returns
donors – the donor atom for each hydrogen, found via bond information
 Return type
New in version 0.20.0.

class
MDAnalysis.analysis.hbonds.hbond_autocorrel.
HydrogenBondAutoCorrel
(universe, hydrogens=None, acceptors=None, donors=None, bond_type=None, exclusions=None, angle_crit=130.0, dist_crit=3.0, sample_time=100, time_cut=None, nruns=1, nsamples=50, pbc=True)[source]¶ Perform a time autocorrelation of the hydrogen bonds in the system.
 Parameters
universe (Universe) – MDAnalysis Universe that all selections belong to
hydrogens (AtomGroup) – AtomGroup of Hydrogens which can form hydrogen bonds
acceptors (AtomGroup) – AtomGroup of all Acceptor atoms
donors (AtomGroup) – The atoms which are connected to the hydrogens. This group must be identical in length to the hydrogen group and matched, ie hydrogens[0] is bonded to donors[0]. For water, this will mean a donor appears twice in this group, once for each hydrogen.
bond_type (str) – Which definition of hydrogen bond lifetime to consider, either ‘continuous’ or ‘intermittent’.
exclusions (ndarray, optional) – Indices of HydrogenAcceptor pairs to be excluded. With nH and nA Hydrogens and Acceptors, a (nH x nA) array of distances is calculated, exclusions is used as a mask on this array to exclude some pairs.
angle_crit (float, optional) – The angle (in degrees) which all bonds must be greater than [130.0]
dist_crit (float, optional) – The maximum distance (in Angstroms) for a hydrogen bond [3.0]
sample_time (float, optional) – The amount of time, in ps, that you wish to observe hydrogen bonds for [100]
nruns (int, optional) – The number of different start points within the trajectory to use [1]
nsamples (int, optional) – Within each run, the number of frames to analyse [50]
pbc (bool, optional) – Whether to consider periodic boundaries in calculations [
True
]

run
(force=False)[source]¶ Run all the required passes
 Parameters
force (bool, optional) – Will overwrite previous results if they exist

save_results
(**kwds)¶ save_results is deprecated!
Saves the results to a numpy zipped array (.npz, see np.savez)
This can be loaded using np.load(filename)
 Parameters
filename (str, optional) – The desired filename [hbond_autocorrel]
Deprecated since version 0.19.0: You can instead use
np.savez(filename, time=HydrogenBondAutoCorrel.solution['time'], results=HydrogenBondAutoCorrel.solution['results'])
. save_results will be removed in release 1.0.0.

solve
(p_guess=None)[source]¶ Fit results to an multi exponential decay and integrate to find characteristic time
 Parameters
p_guess (tuple of floats, optional) – Initial guess for the leastsq fit, must match the shape of the expected coefficients
Continuous defition results are fitted to a double exponential with
scipy.optimize.leastsq()
, intermittent definition are fit to a triple exponential.The results of this fitting procedure are saved into the fit, tau and estimate keywords in the solution dict.
fit contains the coefficients, (A1, tau1, tau2) or (A1, A2, tau1, tau2, tau3)
tau contains the calculated lifetime in ps for the hydrogen bonding
estimate contains the estimate provided by the fit of the time autocorrelation function
In addition, the output of the
leastsq()
function is saved into the solution dictinfodict
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