Computing memory kernels from noise reconstruction by a deterministic approach

Benjamin Rotenberg (CNRS, Paris)

Jun 23. 2021, 17:15 — 17:45

The derivation of Generalized Langevin Equations for a set of coarse-grained variables requires the ability to compute the memory kernel from the underlying dynamics of the full system. Various strategies have been proposed to achieve this goal, such as solving the integro-differential equation satisfied by the kernel or optimizing a (parametric or time-discretized) kernel to best reproduce time correlation functions. Here, we will discuss an approach based on the deterministic  reconstruction of the noise history, using the Mori-Zwanzig projection formalism and the propagation of observables according to the orthogonal dynamics. This reconstruction not only allows to compute the memory kernel but also to investigate other statistical properties of the noise, and to analyze generic projected observables [1,2]. It will be illustrated on a toy model and we will discuss some results in the case of diffusion in a simple fluid, with particular attention to the long-time behaviour and the link with inertia and hydrodynamics [3]. An alternative, stochastic approach to the reconstruction of the noise history will be presented by Hadrien Vroylandt.


[1] Two algorithms to compute projected correlation functions in molecular dynamics simulations. Carof A, Vuilleumier R and Rotenberg B. The Journal of Chemical Physics 140, 124103 (2014)

[2] Coarse graining the dynamics of nano-confined solutes: the case of ions in clays. Carof A, Marry V, Salanne M, Hansen JP, Turq P and Rotenberg B. Molecular Simulation, 40:1-3, 237-244  (2014)

[3] Molecular hydrodynamics from memory kernels. Lesniki D, Carof A, Vuilleumier R and Rotenberg B. Physical Review Letters, 116 (14), 157804 (2016)


Further Information
ESI Boltzmann Lecture Hall
Associated Event:
Memory Effects in Dynamical Processes: Theory and Computational Implementation (Online Workshop)
Christoph Dellago (U Vienna)
Anja Kuhnhold (U of Freiburg)
Hugues Meyer (U of Saarland)
Tanja Schilling (U of Freiburg)