Subdiscipline of theoretical physics which consists in the study of physics problems using numerical algorithms. PLEASE NOTE that questions about computational methods and/or programming are OFF-TOPIC on Physics.SE.

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Demand for computational physicists: outlook in grad school [on hold]

Is there actually a demand for computational physicists in academia or is that just a phoney reason departments use to justify having a mix of physics, math and programming? Question background ...
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Resolving General relativity and Newtonian mechanics to a computer [on hold]

I know this is considered an old subject long ridiculed by many as the folly of layman. But I work in the field of computer simulation, specifically in producing fully functional 3D interactive ...
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Programming in physics [on hold]

How important is programming in physics? I am studying physics at university and these first years there is actually no approach (as it is understandable) to what working in physics is like. Now, I ...
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What exactly is closed orbit theory and what assumptions go into it?

I am just beginning a research project on the study of closed orbits, specifically as related to hydrogen, and I wanted a little bit more information on what exactly makes something a "closed orbit". ...
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Graphene plasmonics, Integro-differential eigenvalue equation [on hold]

In my research around plasmonics in 2-Dimensional nanostructures like graphene, I encounter an eigenvalue integro-differential equation of the form: ...
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Correlation energy - is it the difference between the Hartree-Fock energy and exact energy, or Hartree-Fock PE and exact PE?

For some reason I can't find anything stating it either way explicitly. What I'm talking about is this. Is this difference referring to potential energies or just energies in general? I assume it's ...
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What is the fastest algorithm to solve a Nonlinear second order differential equation numerically

I am trying to solve a second order non linear differential equation in one variable. Using RK4 I am getting good accuracy and is working fine. But the problem is my range is very high so it will ...
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Numerical modelling of a step function in time in a hydrodynamic system. (Runge Kutta fourth order)

So I'm trying to model a hydrodynamic system that introduces a sudden "jump" in the value of a function at a specific time. The system is solved with a Runge-Kutta fourth order method. I have a ...
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Force Needed To Maintain Velocity, Increasing Mass

Hoping somebody could give me a hand with this. Unfortunately I haven't taken physics yet, my background is in math/computer science. I'm studying computational science and the problem is essentially ...
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Modeling simple laser induced population transfer via adiabatic passage in python [migrated]

I'm trying to model adiabatic passage between two levels in a three-level atom interacting with two laser fields using Scipy and Numpy.. I'm not sure if my model is wrong due to my incorrectly ...
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Density Matrix Renormalization Group (DMRG) Simulation of a String-Net Model

In the following paper, Dr. Xiao Gang-Wen et. al. introduce the idea that string-net condensed states can be represented in terms of tensor product states: http://arxiv.org/pdf/0809.2821.pdf The ...
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Mixed spin Ising Model

As we know ferrimagnets can be modeled by the Ising model. I came across this equation in "Compensation Temperature of the Mixed-Spin Ising Model on the Hexagonal Lattice" by W. Figueiredo, M. Godoy, ...
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Determing Velocity of Moons

I have a question that I believe is relatively easy to answer, I am working on an $N$-body simulation of a fictional star system and am having trouble finding the velocity of moons so that they will ...
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Mechanics - Rotational Inertia [migrated]

I am facing a problem solving a mechanical system which is shown in the scheme below. We assume that coupling of the two shafts is done with a clutch Equations: ...
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Tight binding model in a magnetic field

The standard way to treat a tight binding method in a magnetic is to replace the hopping matrix element: $t_{i,j}\rightarrow e^{i\int_i^j\mathbf{A(x)}.d\mathbf{x}}$ the so called "Peierls ...
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How to solve highly oscillating differential equation [closed]

The equation looks like: $$x''(t)+bx'(t)+c x(t)+dx^3(t)=0.$$ This is the motion of a particle in a potential $cx^2/2+dx^4/4$ with friction force $bx'$. In my case, the friction term is very small and ...
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What is the largest atom with a reliable configuration-interaction (CI) calculation?

The simplest approximation for calculating the ground state of an atom is the Hartree-Fock approximation. To get accurate result for the ground state energy, one has to do configuration-interaction ...
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Q: Any standard terminology for “gold standard” Monte Carlo solutions

The "standard" way in our field to compute scattering statistics in wave propagation problems is via a "deterministic" wave prop code operating in a Monte Carlo context where we iterate over many ...
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Connections between Density Matrix Renormalization Group and Conformal Field Theory

Can we use the density matrix renormalization group (DMRG) method to understand problems in conformal field theory? I have been trying to find some connections, but nothing is coming up when I search. ...
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What is the difference between finite displacement and linear response for calculating vibrational properties?

I see these concepts appearing in the context of calculating phonons and other vibrational properties, but I can't find a concrete explanation of the differences between linear response (DFPT) and the ...
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How to verify/falsify the existence of localised edge states numerically?

I have to consider a Hamiltonian given in second quantized form in real space $$H = \sum c_k^\dagger h_{kl} c_l \, ,$$ describing fermions on a 2d hypercubic lattice. The concrete form of the matrix ...
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How do I model this Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) using COMSOL? [closed]

I'm trying to model this: GaAs on-top of a heat-sink made of Copper. It's trying to simulate a type of Quantum Cascade Laser, I'm looking at the effect the temperature has by running a 10V voltage ...
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Anyonic braiding statistics from density matrix renormalization group (DMRG) simulations

How does the ground state energy of the system change when we braid two anyons? Can the braiding of anyons be simulated with a computational method such as the density matrix renormalization group, ...
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Amount of unknown parameters in compressible Euler equations

I'm looking at this page for the compressible Euler equations. To me it seems, in the 1-dimensional case, there should be 3 unknowns: density, velocity, and pressure. This is because the energy $E$ ...
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Computational physics using mathematica [closed]

So I was confused about this question on how to exactly begin to answer it. I am a novice in mathematica and I am teaching myself thus I require help in this question. From what I think I should do, ...
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Finding the initial velocity vector of an orbiting body

I'm writing a program that simulates Newton's law of universal gravitation by simply calculating the force and applying it on the objects. The simulation works very well, but now I want to simulate ...
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Using the Fourier transform to find the natural frequencies of coupled oscillators

How can I find the natural frequencies of a system consisting of a pair of coupled oscillators using Fourier transforms? The System consists of two masses and three springs. One of the springs ...
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Introduction material for lattice field simulation

I am looking for introductory material of lattice field theory simulation. It is better start from simple example (e.g. \phi^4) and include some source code. Is there any on-line or book which is ...
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Numerical solution to Schrödinger equation - eigenvalues

This is my first question on here. I'm trying to numerically solve the Schrödinger equation for the Woods-Saxon Potential and find the energy eigenvalues and eigenfunctions but I am confused about how ...
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Ising Model 2D Correlation Length

I'm using Metropolis and Wolff Clustering algorithms to estimate the spin-spin correlation function $$<s_os_r>$$ I know that this is related to the correlation length but how do we determine ...
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How to measure the spin-spin correlation in a Monte Carlo simulation of the Ising model?

I'm simulating the Ising Model in 2D up to 5D and I want to calculate the spin-spin correlation, correlation length, and critical exponent of the system. What is a good way to go about doing this? ...
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Ising model Monte Carlo simulations in 4D and 5D

I'm going to be simulating the Ising Model in 4D and above to calculate spin-spin correlations and critical exponents and am wondering how to tackle this algorithmically. For example, in 1D, use an ...
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Probability density function of a particle for computation [closed]

I'm writing a program, part of which relies on a particle being able to change location similar to a how a real particle would behave (pardon my physics). For example, on a grid of 100x100, a ...
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Why are functional representations of systems important in physics or computational physics?

This was an addendum to a previous question I asked, but I figured I should make it it's own discussion. Assuming I am able derive a functional representation for any dynamical system (dissipative, ...
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Leapfrog method in Particle-in-cell

Recently I wanted to write a 3D electromagnetic Particle-in-cell code with c++.I know that I should use leapfrog method.For example,when I calculates the position and velocity of particles,i should ...
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Is it possible to reconstruct the wavefunction of a molecule from a collection of spectra?

Spectra of a molecule can be calculated if the wavefunction is known. Is it possible to do the opposite?
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Problems while numerically computing band structure using k.p theory

I want to use k.p theory to numerically compute the band structure of a bulk semiconductor. The band I like to include are the lowest conduction band (cb), the heavy-hole (hh), the light-hole (lh) and ...
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Hard processes in particle collisions

This is in reference to a MC generator called Pythia, but has wider applicability because the phrases are used widely in particle phyiscs, even though I have not managed to find a clear, ...
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Cellular automata and time T

Reading around about various CA models I saw that there are even those who are following the track to provide a single mechanicist model of the universe. For example Gerard van 't Hooft claims that ...
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Calculating a two-dimensional orbital path with infinite granularity (non-Euler integration)

For a game I am making, I am trying to calculate the position of an orbiting object around one or more bodies. I have successfully implemented this gravity simulation by calculating the force, then ...
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How do we define capillary number in 2D (two dimensions)

In 3D the capillary number $Ca$ is defined as: $$Ca=\frac{\nu \rho U}{\gamma}$$ where $\nu$ is the kinematic viscosity ($m^2/s$), $U$ is the velocity ($m/s$)and $\gamma$ is the interfacial tension ...
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Why breakdown voltage decreases with increasing FWHM of an asperity?

I am running a simulation for a dielectric breakdown. I am getting breakdown voltage decreases with FWHM, which does not make sense as field enhancement is higher for a small width. Simulations solve ...
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Effects of terrain on outdoor sound propagation?

I'm looking for a computationally fast model for capturing the effects of varying terrain topology in far-field outdoor acoustic propagation, and was wondering if anyone had any insight or could point ...
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Textbook recommendation for computational physics

Can anyone recommend some good textbooks for undergraduate level computational physics course? I am using numerical recipe but find it not a very good textbook.
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2D room with electron-point-charges (stability)

Is there a fast way to find out stable #"point charges" & constellation for this kind of Simulation. The 2D repeating itselve in each direction till infinity, so i've a kind of symetrie here. ...
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How can the fictitious mass in the Car-Parrinello method reproduce the “real” dynamics?

In the Car-Parrinello method, to solve simultaneously the classical equations of motion for the atoms and the Kohn-Sham equations for the electrons, the following effective Lagrangian is used: $$ ...
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Molecular dynamics and detailed balance

In developing methods to perform Monte Carlo simulations one sufficient condition to preserve the stationarity of the target probability distribution is to impose detailed balance i.e. [Gardiner page ...
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Possibility of simulating quantum physics and relativity [closed]

I must be clear; this is not a 'specific' question, but rather a hypothetical one. As of now, computer physics simulations are becoming more and more advanced, and I am programming one now. I was ...
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black body simulation

black body radiation is typically understood from Planck's argument of light resonance in a box, from which the density of states is computed. Now, suppose I want to simulate a black body ...
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The use of Artificial Intelligence in physics resarch

I have been reading about a machine that observed a double pendulum and created equations that both described its motion and associated conservation laws. The authors claims: We have developed a ...