# gmx-sorient man page

gmx-sorient — Analyze solvent orientation around solutes

## Synopsis

````gmx sorient [`-f [<.xtc/.trr/...>]`] [`-s [<.tpr/.gro/...>]`] [`-n [<.ndx>]```]
[```-o [<.xvg>]`] [`-no [<.xvg>]`] [`-ro [<.xvg>]```]
[```-co [<.xvg>]`] [`-rc [<.xvg>]`] [`-b <time>`] [`-e <time>```]
[```-dt <time>`] [`-[no]w`] [`-xvg <enum>`] [`-[no]com`] [`-[no]v23```]
[```-rmin <real>`] [`-rmax <real>`] [`-cbin <real>```]
[```-rbin <real>`] [`-[no]pbc`]````

## Description

gmx sorient analyzes solvent orientation around solutes. It calculates two angles between the vector from one or more reference positions to the first atom of each solvent molecule:

• theta_1: the angle with the vector from the first atom of the solvent molecule to the midpoint between atoms 2 and 3.
• theta_2: the angle with the normal of the solvent plane, defined by the same three atoms, or, when the option -v23 is set, the angle with the vector between atoms 2 and 3.

The reference can be a set of atoms or the center of mass of a set of atoms. The group of solvent atoms should consist of 3 atoms per solvent molecule. Only solvent molecules between -rmin and -rmax are considered for -o and -no each frame.

-o: distribution of cos(theta_1) for rmin<=r<=rmax.

-no: distribution of cos(theta_2) for rmin<=r<=rmax.

-ro: <cos(theta_1)> and <3cos(^2theta_2)-1> as a function of the distance.

-co: the sum over all solvent molecules within distance r of cos(theta_1) and 3cos(^2(theta_2)-1) as a function of r.

-rc: the distribution of the solvent molecules as a function of r

## Options

Options to specify input files:

-f [<.xtc/.trr/…>] (traj.xtc)

Trajectory: xtc trr cpt gro g96 pdb tng

-s [<.tpr/.gro/…>] (topol.tpr)

Structure+mass(db): tpr gro g96 pdb brk ent

-n [<.ndx>] (index.ndx) (Optional)

Index file

Options to specify output files:

-o [<.xvg>] (sori.xvg)

xvgr/xmgr file

-no [<.xvg>] (snor.xvg)

xvgr/xmgr file

-ro [<.xvg>] (sord.xvg)

xvgr/xmgr file

-co [<.xvg>] (scum.xvg)

xvgr/xmgr file

-rc [<.xvg>] (scount.xvg)

xvgr/xmgr file

Other options:

-b <time> (0)

Time of first frame to read from trajectory (default unit ps)

-e <time> (0)

Time of last frame to read from trajectory (default unit ps)

-dt <time> (0)

Only use frame when t MOD dt = first time (default unit ps)

-[no]w (no)

View output .xvg, .xpm, .eps and .pdb files

-xvg <enum> (xmgrace)

xvg plot formatting: xmgrace, xmgr, none

-[no]com (no)

Use the center of mass as the reference position

-[no]v23 (no)

Use the vector between atoms 2 and 3

-rmin <real> (0)

Minimum distance (nm)

-rmax <real> (0.5)

Maximum distance (nm)

-cbin <real> (0.02)

Binwidth for the cosine

-rbin <real> (0.02)

Binwidth for r (nm)

-[no]pbc (no)

Check PBC for the center of mass calculation. Only necessary when your reference group consists of several molecules.