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Applications of the Monte Carlo Method in Statistical Physics

  • Kurt Binder

Part of the Topics in Current Physics book series (TCPHY, volume 36)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. D. Levesque, J. J. Weis, J. P. Hansen
    Pages 37-91
  3. K. E. Schmidt, M. H. Kalos
    Pages 125-143
  4. A. Baumgärtner
    Pages 145-180
  5. Y. Saito, H. Müller-Krumbhaar
    Pages 223-240
  6. K. Binder, D. Stauffer
    Pages 241-275
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 299-314

About this book

Introduction

Monte Carlo computer simulations are now a standard tool in scientific fields such as condensed-matter physics, including surface-physics and applied-physics problems (metallurgy, diffusion, and segregation, etc. ), chemical physics, including studies of solutions, chemical reactions, polymer statistics, etc. , and field theory. With the increasing ability of this method to deal with quantum-mechanical problems such as quantum spin systems or many-fermion problems, it will become useful for other questions in the fields of elementary-particle and nuclear physics as well. The large number of recent publications dealing either with applications or further development of some aspects of this method is a clear indication that the scientific community has realized the power and versatility of Monte Carlo simula­ tions, as well as of related simulation techniques such as "molecular dynamics" and "Langevin dynamics," which are only briefly mentioned in the present book. With the increasing availability of recent very-high-speed general-purpose computers, many problems become tractable which have so far escaped satisfactory treatment due to prac­ tical limitations (too small systems had to be chosen, or too short averaging times had to be used). While this approach is admittedly rather expensive, two cheaper alternatives have become available, too: (i) array or vector processors specifical­ ly suited for wide classes of simulation purposes; (ii) special purpose processors, which are built for a more specific class of problems or, in the extreme case, for the simulation of one single model system.

Keywords

Applications Monte Carlo method Monte-Carlo-Methode Physics Statistische Physik statistical physics

Editors and affiliations

  • Kurt Binder
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für FestkörperforschungKernforschungsanlage JülichJülich 1Fed. Rep. of Germany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-96788-7
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1984
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-96790-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-96788-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0342-6793
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