Lattice-switch Monte Carlo: the fcc-bcc problem

T. L. Underwood, G. J. Ackland

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Lattice-switch Monte Carlo is an efficient method for calculating the free energy difference between two solid phases, or a solid and a fluid phase. Here, we provide a brief introduction to the method, and list its applications since its inception. We then describe a lattice switch for the fcc and bcc phases based on the Bain orientation relationship. Finally, we present preliminary results regarding our application of the method to the fcc and bcc phases in the Lennard-Jones system. Our initial calculations reveal that the bcc phase is unstable, quickly degenerating into some as yet undetermined metastable solid phase. This renders conventional lattice-switch Monte Carlo intractable for this phase. Possible solutions to this problem are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Article number012030
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 3 Dec 2015


  • cond-mat.stat-mech


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