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Title:Advancements in the Path Integral Monte Carlo Method for Many -Body Quantum Systems at Finite Temperature
Author(s):Esler, Kenneth Paul
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Ceperley, David M.
Department / Program:Physics
Discipline:Physics
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Physics, Fluid and Plasma
Abstract:After describing these advancements in methodology, we apply our new technology to fluid sodium near its liquid-vapor critical point. In particular, we explore the microscopic mechanisms which drive the continuous change from a dense metallic liquid to an expanded insulating vapor above the critical temperature. We show that the dynamic aggregation and dissociation of clusters of atoms play a significant role in determining the conductivity and that the formation of these clusters is highly density and temperature dependent. Finally, we suggest several avenues for research to further improve our simulations.
Issue Date:2006
Type:Text
Language:English
Description:208 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/80537
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3242842
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2006


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