TITLE

Constrained dynamics and extraction of normal modes from ab initio molecular dynamics: Application to ammonia

AUTHOR(S)
Siddick, M. M.; Ackland, G. J.; Morrison, C. A.
PUB. DATE
August 2006
SOURCE
Journal of Chemical Physics;8/14/2006, Vol. 125 Issue 6, p064707
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
We present a methodology for extracting phonon data from ab initio Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics calculations of molecular crystals. Conventional ab initio phonon methods based on perturbations are difficult to apply to lattice modes because the perturbation energy is dominated by intramolecular modes. We use constrained molecular dynamics to eliminate the effect of bond bends and stretches and then show how trajectories can be used to isolate and define in particular, the eigenvalues and eigenvectors of modes irrespective of their symmetry or wave vector. This is done by k-point and frequency filtering and projection onto plane wave states. The method is applied to crystalline ammonia: the constrained molecular dynamics allows a significant speedup without affecting structural or vibrational modes. All Γ point lattice modes are isolated: the frequencies are in agreement with previous studies; however, the mode assignments are different.
ACCESSION #
22567409

 

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