Accelerating finite-temperature Kohn-Sham density functional theory with deep neural networks

JA Ellis and L Fiedler and GA Popoola and NA Modine and JA Stephens and AP Thompson and A Cangi and S Rajamanickam, PHYSICAL REVIEW B, 104, 035120 (2021).

DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.104.035120

We present a numerical modeling workflow based on machine learning which reproduces the total energies produced by Kohn-Sham density functional theory (DFT) at finite electronic temperature to within chemical accuracy at negligible computational cost. Based on deep neural networks, our workflow yields the local density of states (LDOS) for a given atomic configuration. From the LDOS, spatially resolved, energy- resolved, and integrated quantities can be calculated, including the DFT total free energy, which serves as the Born-Oppenheimer potential energy surface for the atoms. We demonstrate the efficacy of this approach for both solid and liquid metals and compare results between independent and unified machine-learning models for solid and liquid aluminum. Our machine-learning density functional theory framework opens up the path towards multiscale materials modeling for matter under ambient and extreme conditions at a computational scale and cost that is unattainable with current algorithms.

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