Using Compressive Sensing to Uncover the Alloy Genome with<br/><br/>High-Throughput Model Building

Friday, September 14, 2012 - 9:00am - 9:30am
Keller 3-180
Gus Hart (Brigham Young University)
First-principles codes can nowadays provide hundreds of high-fidelity enthalpies on thousands of alloy systems with a modest investment of a few tens of millions of CPU hours. But a mere database of enthalpies provides only the starting point for uncovering the alloy genome. What one needs to fundamentally change alloy discovery and design are complete searches over candidate structures (not just hundreds of known experimental phases) and models that can be used to simulate both kinetics and thermodynamics. Despite more than a decade of effort by many groups, developing robust models for these simulations is still a human-time-intensive endeavor. We have developed an new
approach for alloy model building that is faster and more robust that conventional approaches. We extract cluster expansion-based models from a large database ( of alloy enthalpies. Our framework will uncover, in a general way across the periodic table, the important components of such models and reveal the underlying genome of alloy physics.
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