The activation-relaxation technique (ART) is an open-ended search method for finding local transition states . While the original version used an inverted force for converging to saddle point, ART nouveau directly computes the direction of lowest curvature using the Lanczos algorithm, a very efficient iterative method that offers the fastest and most stable way to follow a local eigendirection .
It now is interfaced with LAMMPS to give access to a large number of forcefields.
Over the years, we have continued to bring improvements to the method (see, for example Refs.  and ). Besides myself, the latest version incorporates contributions from a number of people, including :
- Gerard Barkema
- Laurent Karim Béland
- Éric Cancès
- Fadwa El-Mellouhi
- Sami Mahmoud
- Mihai-Cosmin Marinica
- Eduardo Machado-Charry
- Mickaël Trochet
License and distribution
The ART nouveau software is freely distributed under GNU General License.
It can be modified and used for any purpose as long as reference is given to the appropriate references :
- G. T. Barkema and N. Mousseau, Event-based relaxation of continuous disordered systems, Phys. Rev. Lett. 77, 4358 (1996).
- R. Malek and N. Mousseau, Dynamics of Lennard-Jones clusters: A characterization of the activation-relaxation technique, Phys. Rev. E 62, 7723-7728 (2000).
- Eduardo Machado-Charry, Laurent Karim Béland, Damien Caliste, Luigi Genovese, Normand Mousseau and Pascal Pochet, Optimized energy landscape exploration using the ab initio based ART-nouveau, J. Chem Phys. 135, 034102 (2011).
ART nouveau linked to the LAMMPS library
It is now possible to use the force library from LAMMPS, a powerful MD code developed at Sandia National Labs. This version is based on version 3.0 but adds access to a large number of forcefields, extending considerably the systems that can be studied out of the box with the code.
Compiling is a bit more delicate, but you get much more flexibility.
You will find all necessary information with the package to compile ART nouveau with LAMMPS. However, to set up the LAMMPS parameters, you will have to look at the documentation prepared by the LAMMPS team.
- Brings back the possibility to use more than 1 species with SW potential (including a repulsive potential to simulate a GaAs network) and corrects a few bugs. (December 10th, 2015):
- Version correcting a few problems for compiling and adds an example with Lennard-Jones from LAMMPS (November 29th, 2015):
ART nouveau pour potentiel empirique
ART nouveau for empirical potential
This version of ART nouveau incorporates the most recent developments. The difference between this version and that for ab initio codes is mostly in the data management : when running with empirical potentials, one does not have to store configurations at every step and handle a restart at any point.
This version is therefore slightly lighter and more readable than the one in the next section. To use, mostly, for learning the method.
However, for a more efficient usage, I recommend to use the following version, from the ab-initio version, that uses, among others, FIRE for relaxing the activation, which allows for a much finer convergence of the force.
ART nouveau for ab initio forcefields
ART nouveau has also been used with ab initio codes including SIESTA  and BigDFT.
We distribute here an updated SIESTA version. As explained in the manual, this code can easily be adapted to any first-principle code. Don’t hesitate to try and to share here the interfaces that you develop!
- ART nouveau with interface to SIESTA - a number of corrections and improvements made by Jean-François Joly (October 7th, 2014) :