From interparticle potentials to free energies - or the challenge of doing atomistic simulations with the right thermodynamics

Condensed Matter lunchtime seminar

From interparticle potentials to free energies - or the challenge of doing atomistic simulations with the right thermodynamics

  • Event time: 1:00pm
  • Event date: 4th July 2005
  • Speaker: Alfredo Caro (University of Edinburgh)
  • Location: Room 2511,

Event details

For multicomponent systems it is often hard to determine which phases will coexist. The principle is simple - it's the combination with lowest free energy - but the practicalities of finding which set of coexisting phases minimises the free energy is not.
This problem is encountered across soft condensed matter and high pressure physics, but was addressed first in the area of metallurgy. Many of the techniques used there are still being rediscovered in these other fields. This talk will cover the ways of extracting phase diagrams from interparticle interactions.

About Condensed Matter lunchtime seminars

This is a weekly series of informal talks given primarily by members of the soft condensed matter and statistical mechanics groups, but is also open to members of other groups and external visitors. The aim of the series is to promote discussion and learning of various topics at a level suitable to the broad background of the group. Everyone is welcome to attend..

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