String method for the study of rare events

Weiqing Ren, Eric Vanden Eijnden

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Abstract

We present an efficient method for computing the transition pathways, free energy barriers, and transition rates in complex systems with relatively smooth energy landscapes. The method proceeds by evolving strings, i.e., smooth curves with intrinsic parametrization whose dynamics takes them to the most probable transition path between two metastable regions in configuration space. Free energy barriers and transition rates can then be determined by a standard umbrella sampling around the string. Applications to Lennard-Jones cluster rearrangement and thermally induced switching of a magnetic film are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number052301
Pages (from-to)523011-523014
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume66
Issue number5
StatePublished - Aug 1 2002

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Energy barriers
Free energy
strings
Magnetic films
Large scale systems
free energy
Sampling
magnetic films
complex systems
sampling
curves
configurations
energy

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String method for the study of rare events. / Ren, Weiqing; Vanden Eijnden, Eric.

In: Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, Vol. 66, No. 5, 052301, 01.08.2002, p. 523011-523014.

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