Prediction of molecular-dynamics simulation results using feedforward neural networks: reaction of a C2 dimer with an activated diamond (100) surface.
ABSTRACT A new approach involving neural networks combined with molecular dynamics has been used for the determination of reaction probabilities as a function of various input parameters for the reactions associated with the chemical-vapor deposition of carbon dimers on a diamond (100) surface. The data generated by the simulations have been used to train and test neural networks. The probabilities of chemisorption, scattering, and desorption as a function of input parameters, such as rotational energy, translational energy, and direction of the incident velocity vector of the carbon dimer, have been considered. The very good agreement obtained between the predictions of neural networks and those provided by molecular dynamics and the fact that, after training the network, the determination of the interpolated probabilities as a function of various input parameters involves only the evaluation of simple analytical expressions rather than computationally intensive algorithms show that neural networks are extremely powerful tools for interpolating the probabilities and rates of chemical reactions. We also find that a neural network fits the underlying trends in the data rather than the statistical variations present in the molecular-dynamics results. Consequently, neural networks can also provide a computationally convenient means of averaging the statistical variations inherent in molecular-dynamics calculations. In the present case the application of this method is found to reduce the statistical uncertainty in the molecular-dynamics results by about a factor of 3.5.