A new approach for electronic heat conduction in molecular dynamics simulations
MW Ullah and M Ponga, MODELLING AND SIMULATION IN MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING, 27, 075008 (2019).
We present a new approach for the two-temperature molecular dynamics (MD) model for coupled simulations of electronic and phonon heat conduction in nanoscale systems. The proposed method uses a master equation to perform heat conduction of the electronic temperature eschewing the need to use a basis set to evaluate operators. This characteristic allows us to seamlessly couple the electronic heat conduction model with MD codes without the need to introduce an auxiliary mesh. We implemented the methodology in the large-scale atomic/molecular massively parallel simulator code, and through multiple examples, we validated the methodology. We then study the effect of electron-phonon interaction in high energy irradiation simulations and the effect of laser pulse on metallic materials. We show that the model provides an atomic level description in complex geometries of energy transfer between electrons and phonons. Thus, the proposed approach provides an alternative way to the two-temperature MD models. The parallel performance and some aspects of the implementation are presented.
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