Iterative Reconstruction of Memory Kernels

G Jung and M Hanke and F Schmid, JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL THEORY AND COMPUTATION, 13, 2481-2488 (2017).

DOI: 10.1021/acs.jctc.7b00274

In recent years, it has become increasingly popular-to construct coarse- grained models with non-Markovian dynamics to account for an incomplete separation of time Scales. One challenge of a systematic coarse-graining procedure is the extraction of the dynamical properties, namely, the memory kernel, from equilibrium all-atom simulation. In this article, we propose an iterative method for memory reconstruction from dynamical correlation functions. Compared to previously proposed noniterative techniques, it ensures by construction that the target correlation functions of the original fine-grained systems are reproduced accurately by the coarse-grained system, regardless of time step and discretization effects. Furthermore, we also propose a new numerical integrator for generalized Langevin equations that is significantly more accurate than the more commonly used generalization of the velocity Verlet integrator. We demonstrate the performance of the above-described methods using the example of backflow-induced memory in the Brownian diffusion of a single colloid. For this system, we are able to reconstruct realistic coarse- grained dynamics with time steps about 200 times larger than those used in the original molecular dynamics simulations.

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