The Monte Carlo method in condensed matter physics

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Kurt Binder, Artur Baumgärtner
Springer-Verlag, 1992 - Science - 392 pages
The "Monte Carlo method" is a method of computer simulation of a system with many degrees of freedom, and thus it has widespread applications in science. It takes its name from the use of random numbers to simulate statistical fluctuations in order to numerically gen- erate probability distributions (which cannot otherwise be known explicitly, since the systems considered are so complex). The Monte Carlo method then yields numerically exact information on "model systems." Such simulations serve two purposes: one can check the extent to which a model system approximates a real system; or one may check the validity of approximations made in analytical theories. This book summarizes recent progress obtained in the implementation of this method and with the general analysis of results, and gives concise reviews of recent applications. These applications include simulations of growth processes far from equilibrium, interfacial phenomena, quantum and classical fluids, polymers, quantum problems on lattices, and random systems.

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Vectorisation of Monte Carlo Programs for Lattice Models
Parallel Algorithms for Statistical Physics Problems

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Kurt Binder received his Ph.D. in 1969 at the Technical University of Vienna. His thesis dealt with Monte Carlo simulations of Ising and Heisenberg magnets, and since then he has pioneered the development of Monte Carlo simulation methods in statistical physics. From 1969 until 1974 Kurt Binder worked at the Technical University in Munich, interrupted by a stay as IBM postdoctoral fellow in Zurich in 1972 73. After a year at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ (1974) and a first appointment as Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Saarbr cken back in Germany (1974 1977), he was awarded a joint appointment as Full Professor at the University of Cologne and as one of the Directors of the Institute of Solid State Research at J lich (1977 1983). He has held his present position as Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Mainz, Germany, since 1983, and since 1989 he has also been an external member of the Max-Planck-Institut for Polymer Research at Mainz. Kurt Binder has authored/co-authored more than 900 research publications and edited 5 books dealing with computer simulations. Kurt Binder received the Max Planck Medal of the German Physical Society in 1993. He also acts as Editorial Board member of several journals and has served as Chairman of the IUPAP Commission on Statistical Physics. In 2001 he was awarded the Berni Alder CECAM prize from the European Physical Society. In 2007 he received the Boltzmann Medal from the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, and was named one of the first Gutenberg Fellows at the University of Mainz.

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