Traveling through potential energy landscapes of disordered materials: The activation-relaxation technique

  title={Traveling through potential energy landscapes of disordered materials: The activation-relaxation technique},
  author={Normand Mousseau and Gerard T. Barkema},
  journal={Physical Review E},
A detailed description of the activation-relaxation technique (ART) is presented. This method defines events in the configurational energy landscape of disordered materials such as amorphous semiconductors, glasses and polymers, in a two-step process: first, a configuration is activated from a local minimum to a nearby saddle point; next, the configuration is relaxed to a new minimum; this allows for jumps over energy barriers much higher than what can be reached with standard techniques. Such… 

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