Tables for
Volume F
Crystallography of biological macromolecules
Edited by E. Arnold, D. M. Himmel and M. G. Rossmann

International Tables for Crystallography (2012). Vol. F, ch. 22.1, p. 707   | 1 | 2 |

Section van der Waals surface (VDWS)

M. Gersteina* and F. M. Richardsa

aDepartment of Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry, 266 Whitney Avenue, Yale University, PO Box 208114, New Haven, CT 06520, USA
Correspondence e-mail: van der Waals surface (VDWS)

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The area of the van der Waals surface will be calculated by the various area algorithms (see Section 22.2.2[link] in Chapter 22.2) when the probe radius is set to zero. This is a mathematical calculation only. There is no physical procedure that will measure van der Waals surface area directly. From a mathematical point of view, it is just the first of a set of solvent-accessible surfaces calculated with differing probe radii.

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