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An alternative methodology to assess the quality of empirical potentials for small gold clusters

Mancera, Luis A.; Benoit, David M.


Luis A. Mancera

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Dr David Benoit
Senior Lecturer in Molecular Physics and Astrochemistry


We present a methodology based on local comparisons of potential energy surfaces (PES) in order to assess the quality of empirical potentials. We compare five typical empirical potentials using a criterion that shows which of these potentials resembles better a PES obtained with a high-level electronic structure method. The methodology relies on a many-body expansion in terms of normal coordinates of both the empirical and high-level theory PES. Then we investigate in a systematical way, how the features of the reference high-level theory PES are reproduced by each empirical potential in the vicinity of a given minimum energy structure. We use plane-wave density functional theory (DFT) as a reference, in particular the Perdew–Burke–Ernzerhof (PBE) exchange–correlation functional and an ultrasoft Vanderbilt pseudo potential. This study is carried out on neutral gold clusters with up to five atoms.


Mancera, L. A., & Benoit, D. M. (2015). An alternative methodology to assess the quality of empirical potentials for small gold clusters. Computational and Theoretical Chemistry, 1067(September), 24-32.

Acceptance Date May 25, 2015
Online Publication Date Jun 4, 2015
Publication Date Sep 1, 2015
Deposit Date Jun 17, 2015
Publicly Available Date Jun 17, 2015
Journal Computational and theoretical chemistry
Print ISSN 2210-271X
Electronic ISSN 2210-271X
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 1067
Issue September
Pages 24-32
Keywords Empirical potentials; Gold clusters; Potential energy surfaces
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Additional Information Authors' accepted manuscript of article published in : Computational and theoretical chemistry, 2015, v.1067.


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