Starts 4 Apr 2013 12:30
Ends 4 Apr 2013 20:00
Central European Time
ICTP
Leonardo da Vinci Building Luigi Stasi Seminar Room
Strada Costiera, 11 I - 34151 Trieste (Italy)
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.
  • M. Poropat