Gary S. D. Ayton

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Domain formation is modeled on the surface of giant unilamellar vesicles using a Landau field theory model for phase coexistence coupled to elastic deformation mechanics (e.g., membrane curvature). Smooth particle applied mechanics, a form of smoothed particle continuum mechanics, is used to solve either the time-dependent Landau-Ginzburg or Cahn-Hilliard(More)
Current multiscale simulation approaches for membrane protein systems vary depending on their degree of connection to the underlying molecular scale interactions. Various approaches have been developed that include such information into coarse-grained models of both the membrane and the proteins. By contrast, other approaches employ parameterizations(More)
A method for simulating a two-component lipid bilayer membrane in the mesoscopic regime is presented. The membrane is modeled as an elastic network of bonded points; the spring constants of these bonds are parameterized by the microscopic bulk modulus estimated from earlier atomistic nonequilibrium molecular dynamics simulations for several bilayer mixtures(More)
The lateral diffusion in bilayers is modeled with a multiscale mesoscopic simulation. The methodology consists of two simulations, where the first employs atomistic models to obtain exact results for the mesoscopic model. The second simulation takes the results obtained from the first to parameterize an effective force field that is employed in a new(More)
A new methodology is presented for interfacing atomistic molecular dynamics simulations with continuum dynamics, and the approach is then applied to a model lipid bilayer system. The technique relies on a closed feedback loop in which atomistic level simulations are coupled with continuum level modeling. This approach allows for the examination of the(More)
A new diagnostic that is useful for checking the algorithmic correctness of Monte Carlo computer programs is presented. The check is made by comparing the Boltzmann temperature, which is input to the program and used to accept or reject moves, with a configurational temperature k T B config = ∇ ∇ ∇ ∇ q q Φ Φ 2 2. Here, Φ is the potential energy of the(More)
In a recent letter [Phys. Rev. Lett. 75, 2360 (1996)] we briefly discussed the existence and nature of ferroelectric order in positionally disordered dipo-lar materials. Here we report further results and give a complete description of our work. Simulations of randomly frozen and dynamically disordered dipolar soft spheres are used to study ferroelectric(More)