This article describes the application of a genetic algorithm for the structural optimization of 19 50-atom clusters bound by medium-range and short-range Morse pair potentials. The GA is found to be efficient and reliable for finding the geometries corresponding to the previously published global minima [Doye JPK, Wales DJ (1997) J Chem Soc Faraday Trans 93: 4233]. Using the genetic algorithm, only a relatively small number of energy evaluations and minimizations are required to find the global minima. By contrast, a simple random search algorithm often cannot find the global minima of the larger clusters, even after many thousands of searches.
- Genetic algorithms
- Global minimization
- Morse potential
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry