An efficient Monte-Carlo method for calculating free energy in long-range interacting systems

Kazuya Watanabe, Munetaka Sasaki

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Abstract

We present an efficient Monte-Carlo method for long-range interacting systems to calculate free energy as a function of an order parameter. In this method, a variant of the Wang-Landau method regarding the order parameter is combined with the stochastic cutoff method, which has recently been developed for long-range interacting systems. This method enables us to calculate free energy in long-range interacting systems with reasonable computational time despite the fact that no approximation is involved. This method is applied to a three-dimensional magnetic dipolar system to measure free energy as a function of magnetization. By using the present method, we can calculate free energy for a large system size of 163 spins despite the presence of long-range magnetic dipolar interactions. We also discuss the merits and demerits of the present method in comparison with the conventional Wang-Landau method in which free energy is calculated from the joint density of states of energy and order parameter.

Original languageEnglish
Article number093001
Journaljournal of the physical society of japan
Volume80
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Sep 1

Keywords

  • Free energy measurement
  • Long-range interacting system
  • Magnetic dipolar system
  • Monte Carlo
  • Wang-Landau method

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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