Quantum Physics Division
Faculty of PhysicsAdam Mickiewicz University

Parallel-Tempering Monte-Carlo Simulation with Feedback-Optimized Algorithm Applied to a Coil-to-Globule Transition of a Lattice Homopolymer

K. Lewandowski1 , P. Knychała1 , M. Banaszak1

1 Faculty of Physics, Adam Mickiewicz University, Umultowska 85, 61-614, Poznan, Poland

Computational Methods in Science and Technology, 16(1), 29-35 (2010)


We present a study of the parallel tempering (replica exchange) Monte Carlo method, with special focus on the feedback-optimized parallel tempering algorithm, used for generating an optimal set of simulation temperatures. This method is applied to a lattice simulation of a homopolymer chain undergoing a coil-to-globule transition upon cooling. We select the optimal number of replicas for dfferent chain lengths, N = 25, 50 and 75, using replica's round-trip time in temperature space, in order to determine energy, specific heat, and squared end-to-end distance of the homopolymer chain for the selected temperatures. We also evaluate relative merits of this optimization method.


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