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Monte Carlo cluster algorithm for fluid phase transitions in highly size-asymmetrical binary mixtures


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Ashton, D. J., Liu, J., Luijten, E. and Wilding, N. B., 2010. Monte Carlo cluster algorithm for fluid phase transitions in highly size-asymmetrical binary mixtures. Journal of Chemical Physics, 133 (19), 194102.

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    Abstract

    Highly size-asymmetrical fluid mixtures arise in a variety of physical contexts, notably in suspensions of colloidal particles to which much smaller particles have been added in the form of polymers or nanoparticles. Conventional schemes for simulating models of such systems are hamstrung by the difficulty of relaxing the large species in the presence of the small one. Here we describe how the rejection-free geometrical cluster algorithm of Liu and Luijten [J. Liu and E. Luijten, Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 035504 (2004)] can be embedded within a restricted Gibbs ensemble to facilitate efficient and accurate studies of fluid phase behavior of highly size-asymmetrical mixtures. After providing a detailed description of the algorithm, we summarize the bespoke analysis techniques of [Ashton et al., J. Chem. Phys. 132, 074111 (2010)] that permit accurate estimates of coexisting densities and critical-point parameters. We apply our methods to study the liquid-vapor phase diagram of a particular mixture of Lennard-Jones particles having a 10: 1 size ratio. As the reservoir volume fraction of small particles is increased in the range of 0%-5%, the critical temperature decreases by approximately 50%, while the critical density drops by some 30%. These trends imply that in our system, adding small particles decreases the net attraction between large particles, a situation that contrasts with hard-sphere mixtures where an attractive depletion force occurs.

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    Item Type Articles
    CreatorsAshton, D. J., Liu, J., Luijten, E. and Wilding, N. B.
    DOI10.1063/1.3495996
    DepartmentsFaculty of Science > Physics
    Publisher StatementAshton_JCP_2010_133_194102.pdf: Copyright 2010 American Institute of Physics. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and the American Institute of Physics. This article appeared in Journal of Chemical Physics, 133 (19), 194102 and may be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.3495996
    RefereedYes
    StatusPublished
    ID Code22210

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