APPLICATIONS OF PATH INTEGRAL LANGEVIN DYNAMICS TO WEAKLY BOUND CLUSTERS AND BIOLOGICAL MOLECULES
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Publisher:Ohio State University
We present the use of path integral molecular dynamics (PIMD) in conjunction with the path integral Langevin equation thermostat for sampling systems that exhibit nuclear quantum effects, notably those at low temperatures or those consisting mainly of hydrogen or helium. To test this approach, the internal energy of doped helium clusters are compared with white-noise Langevin thermostatting and high precision path integral monte carlo (PIMC) simulations. We comment on the structural evolution of these clusters in the absence of rotation and exchange as a function of cluster size. To quantify the importance of both rotation and exchange in our PIMD simulation, we compute band origin shifts for (He)$_N$-CO$_2$ as a function of cluster size and compare to previously published experimental and theoretical shifts. A convergence study is presented to confirm the systematic error reduction introduced by increasing path integral beads for our implementation in the Molecular Modelling Toolkit (MMTK) software package. Applications to carbohydrates are explored at biological temperatures by calculating both equilibrium and dynamical properties using the methods presented.
Author Institution: Department of Chemistry, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario; N2L 3G1, Canada; Centre de Biophysique Moleculaire, CNRS, Rue Charles Sadron, 45071 Orleans, France; Department of Chemistry, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario; N2L 3G1, Canada
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