Efficient and general algorithms for path integral Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


In path integral molecular dynamics, efficient sampling of the phase space is not guaranteed due to the stiff harmonic part of the action arising from the quantum kinetic energy. This problem has been eliminated by incorporating a sufficient number of thermostats into the dynamical scheme and by introducing a transformation of the path "bead" variables. In this paper, an efficient Car-Parrinello path integral molecular dynamics algorithm, sufficiently general to include the use of ultrasoft pseudopotentials is introduced. Difficulties encountered when combining thermostats and transformations of the Cartesian "bead" coordinates with the generalized orthonormality condition are circumvented by employing a constrained nonorthogonal orbital method.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5579-5588
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number14
StatePublished - 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


Dive into the research topics of 'Efficient and general algorithms for path integral Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this