Neural Network Quantum Molecular Dynamics, Intermediate Range Order in GeSe2, and Neutron Scattering Experiments. Academic Article uri icon


  • A remarkable property of certain covalent glasses and their melts is intermediate range order, manifested as the first sharp diffraction peak (FSDP) in neutron-scattering experiments, as was exhaustively investigated by Price, Saboungi, and collaborators. Atomistic simulations thus far have relied on either quantum molecular dynamics (QMD), with systems too small to resolve FSDP, or classical molecular dynamics, without quantum-mechanical accuracy. We investigate prototypical FSDP in GeSe2 glass and melt using neural-network quantum molecular dynamics (NNQMD) based on machine learning, which allows large simulation sizes with validated quantum mechanical accuracy to make quantitative comparisons with neutron data. The system-size dependence of the FSDP height is determined by comparing QMD and NNQMD simulations with experimental data. Partial pair distribution functions, bond-angle distributions, partial and neutron structure factors, and ring-size distributions are presented. Calculated FSDP heights agree quantitatively with neutron scattering data for GeSe2 glass at 10 K and melt at 1100 K.

published proceedings

  • J Phys Chem Lett

altmetric score

  • 4.6

author list (cited authors)

  • Rajak, P., Baradwaj, N., Nomura, K., Krishnamoorthy, A., Rino, J. P., Shimamura, K., ... Vashishta, P.

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Rajak, Pankaj||Baradwaj, Nitish||Nomura, Ken-Ichi||Krishnamoorthy, Aravind||Rino, Jose P||Shimamura, Kohei||Fukushima, Shogo||Shimojo, Fuyuki||Kalia, Rajiv||Nakano, Aiichiro||Vashishta, Priya

publication date

  • January 2021