Longtime convergence of the temperature-accelerated molecular dynamics method

Gabriel Stoltz, Eric Vanden-Eijnden

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The equations of the temperature-accelerated molecular dynamics (TAMD) method for the calculations of free energies and partition functions are analyzed. Specifically, the exponential convergence of the law of these stochastic processes is established, with a convergence rate close to the one of the limiting, effective dynamics at higher temperature obtained with infinite acceleration. It is also shown that the invariant measures of TAMD are close to a known reference measure, with an error that can be quantified precisely. Finally, a central limit theorem is proven, which allows the estimation of errors on properties calculated by ergodic time averages. These results not only demonstrate the usefulness and validity range of the TAMD equations, but they also permit in principle to adjust the parameter in these equations to optimize their efficiency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3748-3769
Number of pages22
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jul 4 2018


  • Poisson equation
  • longtime convergence
  • molecular dynamics
  • stochastic differential equation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Applied Mathematics


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