Electrostatic Potential Visualizations

The animations in the left column are the typical way in which electrostatic potentials are displayed.  The surface is an isosurface of the electron density – a single three dimensional contour surface.  The colors are mapped according to the electrostatic potential at the point in space on the isosurface – red for negative, blue for positive with a rainbow gradient between.  This only displays information about the electrostatic potential on the (arbitrarily) chosen surface. What is missing is the spatial information about how the electrostatic potential varies in space. 

In animations in the right column, the electrostatic potential is color mapped in space as well.  Now for the first time we have a good look at the electrostatic potential as it is in space, beyond the single isosurface.

For more information or suggestions for improvement in these visualizations please email me at laverman@chem.ucsb.edu

Thanks for looking,

Leroy E. Laverman
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106