Monte Carlo Simulation in Statistical Physics

An Introduction

• Kurt Binder
• Dieter W. Heermann
Book

Part of the Springer Series in Solid-State Sciences book series (SSSOL, volume 80)

1. Front Matter
Pages I-VIII
2. Kurt Binder, Dieter W. Heermann
Pages 1-4
3. Kurt Binder, Dieter W. Heermann
Pages 5-67
4. Kurt Binder, Dieter W. Heermann
Pages 68-112
5. Back Matter
Pages 113-132

Introduction

When learning very formal material one comes to a stage where one thinks one has understood the material. Confronted with a "realiife" problem, the passivity of this understanding sometimes becomes painfully elear. To be able to solve the problem, ideas, methods, etc. need to be ready at hand. They must be mastered (become active knowledge) in order to employ them successfully. Starting from this idea, the leitmotif, or aim, of this book has been to elose this gap as much as possible. How can this be done? The material presented here was born out of a series of lectures at the Summer School held at Figueira da Foz (Portugal) in 1987. The series of lectures was split into two concurrent parts. In one part the "formal material" was presented. Since the background of those attending varied widely, the presentation of the formal material was kept as pedagogic as possible. In the formal part the general ideas behind the Monte Carlo method were developed. The Monte Carlo method has now found widespread appli­ cation in many branches of science such as physics, chemistry, and biology. Because of this, the scope of the lectures had to be narrowed down. We could not give a complete account and restricted the treatment to the ap­ plication of the Monte Carlo method to the physics of phase transitions. Here particular emphasis is placed on finite-size effects.

Keywords

Monte Carlo method Solid-State Physics complex system computer simulation statistical physics

Authors and affiliations

• Kurt Binder
• 1
• Dieter W. Heermann
• 2
1. 1.Institut für PhysikJohannes Gutenberg UniversitätMainzFed. Rep. of Germany
2. 2.Institut für Theoretische PhysikUniversität HeidelbergHeidelbergFed. Rep. of Germany

Bibliographic information

• DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-30273-6
• Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1992
• Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
• eBook Packages
• Print ISBN 978-3-662-30275-0
• Online ISBN 978-3-662-30273-6
• Series Print ISSN 0171-1873