Classical Langevin dynamics for model Hamiltonians

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We propose a scheme for extending the model Hamiltonian method developed originally for studying the equilibrium properties of complex perovskite systems to include Langevin dynamics. The extension is based on Zwanzig's treatment of nonlinear generalized Langevin's equations. The parameters entering the equations of motion are to be determined by mapping from first-principles calculations, as in the original model Hamiltonian method. The scheme makes possible, in principle, the study of the dynamics and kinetics of structural transformations inaccessible to the original model Hamiltonian method. Moreover, we show that the equilibrium properties are governed by an effective Hamiltonian which differs from that used in previous work by a term which captures the coherent part of the previously ignored dynamical interaction with the omitted degrees of freedom. We describe how the additional information required for the Langevin equations can be obtained by a minor extension of the previous mapping.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)252-259
Number of pages8
JournalPhysica Status Solidi (B) Basic Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 2003
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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