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Knowledge of the potential energy surface In this thesis terms `potential energy landscape' and PES are used synonymously. At the time of writing searching for ``potential energy surface'' and ``potential energy landscape'' in Google yielded 259,000 and 17,800 hits, respectively. (PES) and the ability to use this knowledge grant extraordinary powers of prediction about the structure, dynamics and thermodynamics of any molecular system . A potential, also known as a force field, is used to formally specify the PES in theoretical studies.
Semen A Trygubenko 2006-04-10