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Predicting polarizabilities of silicon clusters using local chemical environments

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Cśanyi, Gábor 
Horsfield, Andrew 
Lischner, Johannes 


Abstract: Calculating polarizabilities of large clusters with first-principles techniques is challenging because of the unfavorable scaling of computational cost with cluster size. To address this challenge, we demonstrate that polarizabilities of large hydrogenated silicon clusters containing thousands of atoms can be efficiently calculated with machine learning methods. Specifically, we construct machine learning models based on the smooth overlap of atomic positions (SOAP) descriptor and train the models using a database of calculated random-phase approximation polarizabilities for clusters containing up to 110 silicon atoms. We first demonstrate the ability of the machine learning models to fit the data and then assess their ability to predict cluster polarizabilities using k-fold cross validation. Finally, we study the machine learning predictions for clusters that are too large for explicit first-principles calculations and find that they accurately describe the dependence of the polarizabilities on the ratio of hydrogen to silicon atoms and also predict a bulk limit that is in good agreement with previous studies.



Paper, machine learning polarizabilities, silicon cluster polarizabilities, predicting polarizabilities of nanoparticles, RPA polarizabilities of silicon clusters

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Machine Learning: Science and Technology

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IOP Publishing
Centre for Doctoral Training on Theory and Simulation of Materials (EP/L015579/1)
Thomas Young Centre (TYC-101)