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Abstract

Classical molecular dynamics simulations are a common component of multi-modal analyses of scattering measurements, such as small-angle scattering and diffraction. Users of these experimental techniques often have no formal training in the theory and practice of molecular dynamics simulation, leading to the possibility of these simulations being treated as a 'black box' analysis technique. This article describes an open educational resource (OER) designed to introduce classical molecular dynamics to users of scattering methods. This resource is available as a series of interactive web pages, which can be easily accessed by students, and as an open-source software repository, which can be freely copied, modified and redistributed by educators. The topics covered in this OER include classical atomistic modelling, parameterizing interatomic potentials, molecular dynamics simulations, typical sources of error and some of the approaches to using simulations in the analysis of scattering data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)665-668
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Applied Crystallography
Volume52
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019

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An introduction to classical molecular dynamics simulation for experimental scattering users. / Mccluskey, Andrew; Grant, Robert; Symington, Adam; Snow, Tim; Doutch, James; Morgan, Benjamin; Parker, Stephen; Edler, Karen.

In: Journal of Applied Crystallography, Vol. 52, No. 3, 01.06.2019, p. 665-668.

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