ChecMatE: A workflow package to automatically generate machine learning potentials and phase diagrams for semiconductor alloys

YX Guo and YB Zhuang and JL Shi and J Cheng, JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 159, 094801 (2023).

DOI: 10.1063/5.0166858

Semiconductor alloy materials are highly versatile due to their adjustable properties; however, exploring their structural space is a challenging task that affects the control of their properties. Traditional methods rely on ad hoc design based on the understanding of known chemistry and crystallography, which have limitations in computational efficiency and search space. In this work, we present ChecMatE (Chemical Material Explorer), a software package that automatically generates machine learning potentials (MLPs) and uses global search algorithms to screen semiconductor alloy materials. Taking advantage of MLPs, ChecMatE enables a more efficient and cost-effective exploration of the structural space of materials and predicts their energy and relative stability with ab initio accuracy. We demonstrate the efficacy of ChecMatE through a case study of the InxGa1-xN system, where it accelerates structural exploration at reduced costs. Our automatic framework offers a promising solution to the challenging task of exploring the structural space of semiconductor alloy materials.

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