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{The Dark Side of the Force is a pathway to \\
many ab...
...e consider to be unnatural.}
{George Lucas, Revenge of the Sith}
Knowledge of the potential energy surface[1] 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 $ ^{\text \textregistered }$ 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 [9]. A potential, also known as a force field, is used to formally specify the PES in theoretical studies.


Semen A Trygubenko 2006-04-10