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Seminar Talk: Prof. Werner Krauth

Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris

25 Sep 2013 11:00
25 Sep 2013 12:00
Sem. room A1-3/Bldg. 04.6


The hard-disk model has exerted outstanding influence on computational physics and statistical mechanics. Decades ago, hard disks were the first system to be studied by Markov-chain Monte Carlo methods and by molecular dynamics. It was in hard disks, through numerical simulations, that a two-dimensional melting transition was first seen to occur even though such systems cannot develop long-range crystalline order.
Analysis of the system was made difficult by the absence of adequate simulation methods.In recent years, we have developed a number of powerful Monte Carlo algorithms for hard disks and related systems. I will in particular show how the powerful event-chain Monte Carlo algorithm has allowed us to show that hard disks melt with a first-order transition from the liquid to the hexatic and a continuous transition from the hexatic to the solid. I will finish with discussions on the general theory of two-dimensional melting and on the generalizations of the event-chain algorithm.


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