Extended Discussion Meeting
Date: 4-6 October 2021
Location: ISCD – Sorbonne Université – 4 Place Jussieu, Paris
Organizers: S. Bonella (EPF-Lausanne), C. Hartmann (BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg), S. Huppert (Sorbonne Université), F. Pietrucci (Sorbonne Université)
Underdamped Langevin dynamics is a well-established tool to sample the classical Boltzmann distribution, or its path integral generalization by adding appropriate friction and random forcing terms to the underlying Hamiltonian equations of motion. In most implementations, the friction coefficient is position- independent and Markovian and the random force is a Gaussian white noise. Well-established theoretical results on the properties of the dynamics exist, together with effective algorithms to implement it in computer simulations of general systems.
More recently, different groups have suggested adopting Generalized Langevin equations (GLE) for a variety of purposes in atomistic and multiscale simulations. Of particular interest for this meeting are:
- Projection of high-dimensional dynamics on collective variables
- The quantum thermal bath/quantum thermostat methods
- Generalised thermostats in classical or path integral calculations.
In this extended discussion meeting, following on a previous meeting in June 2019 in Lausanne with a similar format, we shall gather experts from applied mathematics, physics, and chemistry to address the formal properties of GLEs in different contexts. We plan in-depth discussion of the state-of- the-art and the open issues. In addition to its theoretical interest, this discussion would pave the way for improved numerical implementations, fully establishing GLEs as a simulation tool and enabling to further explore their potential in new challenging applications. For example, specific items of interest will be the definition of numerical methods to reconstruct optimal GLE models from simulation (or experimental) data, and the control of the accuracy of quantum thermostat methods.