Overcoming the minimum image constraint using the closest point search
DM Rogers, JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR GRAPHICS & MODELLING, 68, 197-205 (2016).
Finding the set of nearest images of a point in a simulation cell with periodic (torus) boundary conditions is of central importance for molecular dynamics algorithms. To compute all pairwise distances closer than a given cutoff in linear time requires region-based neighbor- listing algorithms. Available algorithms encounter increasing difficulties when the cutoff distance exceeds half the shortest cell length. This work provides details on two ways to directly and efficiently generate region-region interaction lists in n-dimensional space, free from the minimum image restriction. The solution is based on a refined version of existing algorithms solving the closest vector problem. A self-contained discussion of lattice reduction methods for efficient higher-dimensional searches is also provided. In the MD setting, these reduction criteria provide useful guidelines for lattice compaction. (C) 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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