Author Topic: How to hide background atom in OVITO  (Read 1418 times)


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How to hide background atom in OVITO
« on: February 06, 2017, 11:12:24 AM »
Hello dear users,
I want to visualize my nanotube with bonds and without showing the background atoms and bonds, i.e. by default the back atoms and their bonds are shown, however, I want to eliminate the backward atoms and I can only see forward atoms. for example, I want to see something like picture 1 in the attachments instead of picture 2.

Alexander Stukowski

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Re: How to hide background atom in OVITO
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2017, 09:34:16 AM »
In the reference picture you posted the hexagonal rings have been filled with semitransparent polygons. Currently, OVITO doesn't provide a function to do exactly this. You may be lucky by using OVITO's "Construct surface mesh" modifier function though. It creates a surface mesh around atomistic structures. However, it has originally been designed for solid structures, not sheet-like objects like your nanotube. I'm pretty sure it would work for a straight nanotube, but for the helical tube I'm not so sure. You probably have to play around with the "probe sphere radius" parameter.