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Author(s): Simon Axelrod

Light-induced chemical processes are ubiquitous in nature and have widespread technological applications. For example, the photoisomerization of azobenzene allows a drug with an azo scaffold to be activated with light. In principle, photoswitches with useful reactive properties, such as high isomerization yields, can be identified through virtual screening with reactive simulations. In practice these simulations are rarely used for screening, since they require hundreds of trajectories and expensive quantum chemical methods to account for non-adiabatic excited state effects. Here we introduce a neural network potential to accelerate such simulations for azobenzene derivatives. The model, which is based on diabatic states, is called the diabatic artificial neural network (DANN).