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Workshop: Machine Learning and the Physical Sciences

First principles physics-informed neural network for quantum wavefunctions and eigenvalue surfaces

Marios Mattheakis · Gabriel R. Schleder · Daniel Larson · Efthimios Kaxiras


Physics-informed neural networks have been widely applied to learn general parametric solutions of differential equations. Here, we propose a neural network to discover parametric eigenvalue and eigenfunction surfaces of quantum systems. We apply our method to solve the hydrogen molecular ion. This is an ab initio deep learning method that solves the Schrödinger equation with the Coulomb potential yielding realistic wavefunctions that include a cusp at the ion positions. The neural solutions are continuous and differentiable functions of the interatomic distance and their derivatives are analytically calculated by applying automatic differentiation. Such a parametric and analytical form of the solutions is useful for further calculations such as the determination of force fields

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