Neural network potential from bispectrum components: A case study on crystalline silicon

H Yanxon and D Zagaceta and BC Wood and Q Zhu, JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 153, 054118 (2020).

DOI: 10.1063/5.0014677

In this article, we present a systematic study on developing machine learning force fields (MLFFs) for crystalline silicon. While the main- stream approach of fitting a MLFF is to use a small and localized training set from molecular dynamics simulations, it is unlikely to cover the global features of the potential energy surface. To remedy this issue, we used randomly generated symmetrical crystal structures to train a more general Si-MLFF. Furthermore, we performed substantial benchmarks among different choices of material descriptors and regression techniques on two different sets of silicon data. Our results show that neural network potential fitting with bispectrum coefficients as descriptors is a feasible method for obtaining accurate and transferable MLFFs.

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