Computing the density of states by Monte Carlo
- Event time: 1:00pm
- Event date: 13th May 2002
- Speaker: Professor Alastair Bruce (Formerly School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Edinburgh)
- Location: Room 2511, James Clerk Maxwell Building (JCMB) James Clerk Maxwell Building Peter Guthrie Tait Road Edinburgh EH9 3FD GB
The density of states (DOS) function G(E,M...) prescribes the number of distinct microscopic states consistent with macroscopic properties E,M... It is the key to all aspects of equilibrium phase behaviour. I will review recent work by Wang and Landau  which introduces a new(ish) Monte Carlo technique for computing the DOS. Applications include systems with first order transitions and systems with rough energy landscapes.  F Wang and DP Landau, Phys Rev Lett 86, 2050 (2001) Phys. Rev. E 64, 56101 (2001)
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