Molecular simulation methods for soft matter
MP Allen, MODELING AND SIMULATION OF NEW MATERIALS, 1091, 1-43 (2009).
Molecular simulation methods that are relevant to the study of soft condensed matter are reviewed. A short discussion of molecular interaction potentials is followed by an discussion of molecular dynamics algorithms, stochastic dynamics, and thermostatting methods. The standard Metropolis Monte Carlo algorithm is described, and a short introduction given to weighted and biased sampling methods. Throughout, examples are chosen from the field of soft condensed matter, including colloidal systems, liquid crystals, and biopolymers.
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