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Option: roll


-roll <direction> <θ> <axis>


This option allows to "roll" the system, i.e. bend it in the form of a circle, around a Cartesian axis.

The user must provide the following parameters:

With this option, the <direction> is rolled by an angle θ around the given <axis>.

An angle θ=0° means no bending (i.e. no transformation), while θ=360° means rolling the system to form a tube or cylinder (see Fig. 1 below). The axis of the tube is aligned with the given <axis>, and its radius is R=(180 L)/(2πθ), where L is the length of the box along the given <direction>. Beware that the larger the angle θ, the smaller the radius. For large angles it is recommended that the system is pseudo-2D, i.e. very thin, in the plane formed by the <direction> and the <axis>.

This option modifies the box dimensions. Along the Cartesian direction that is normal to both the <direction> and <axis>, the box dimension is increased by R[1-cos(θ)] so that the rolled system fits in the box.

Note that if you give an angle θ larger than 360°, the system will be rolled more than once, resulting in some atoms to overlap.

If a selection was defined (with the option -select) then only the selected atoms are rolled.

Fig. 1 - Illustration of the option "-roll", with <direction>=X and <axis>=Z. Left: initial system. Middle: system bent with a small angle θ. Right: system rolled all the way with an angle θ=360°.


By default the system is not rolled.


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