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Novel Monte Carlo method to calculate the central charge and critical exponents  Paul J.M. Bastiaansen
; Hubert J.F. Knops
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10 Oct 1997  Journal:  Phys.Rev. E57 (1998) 37843796  Subject:  Statistical Mechanics  condmat.statmech  Abstract:  A typical problem with Monte Carlo simulations in statistical physics is that they do not allow for a direct calculation of the free energy. For systems at criticality, this means that one cannot calculate the central charge in a Monte Carlo simulation. We present a novel finite size scaling technique for twodimensional systems on a geometry of LxM, and focus on the scaling behavior in M/L. We show that the finite size scaling behavior of the stress tensor, the operator that governs the anisotropy of the system, allows for a determination of the central charge and critical exponents. The expectation value of the stress tensor can be calculated using Monte Carlo simulations. Unexpectedly, it turns out that the stress tensor is remarkably insensitive for critical slowing down, rendering it an easy quantity to simulate. We test the method for the Ising model (with central charge c=1/2), the AshkinTeller model (c=1), and the Fmodel (also c=1).  Source:  arXiv, condmat/9710098  Services:  Forum  Review  PDF  Favorites 


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