Interatomic potentials including chemistry

S. M. Valone, Krishna Muralidharan, Keith Runge

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Beginning from two theories, classical and quantum mechanical, as realized in terms of Newton’s second law and the time-independent Schrödinger equation, we put forth a framework for understanding the development of atomistic potentials that include chemistry. Our analysis introduces, explains, and exploits the Fragment Hamiltonian approach to the electronic structure of molecular and condensed matter systems. Illustrations of the Fragment Hamiltionian display the roles of various physical concepts in the formation of these atomistic potentials. Electron density fluctuations are clearly seen as essential to the realistic description of interatomic interactions over a large range of nuclear (ionic) configurations. Finally, we present a novel approach to the parameterization of interatomic potentials that explicitly include the effect of charge fluctuations, the environment-dependent dynamic charge potential.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpringer Series in Materials Science
Number of pages88
StatePublished - 2016

Publication series

NameSpringer Series in Materials Science
ISSN (Print)0933-033X

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science


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