We present a method for fast computation of the density of states of binary systems. The contributions of each of the components to the density of states can be separated based on the conditional independence of the individual components' degrees of freedom. The conditions establishing independence are the degrees of freedom of the interfacial region between the two components. The separate contributions of the components to the density of states can then be calculated using the Wang-Landau algorithm [Wang, F.; Landau, D. P. Phys. Rev. Lett. 2001, 86, 2050]. We apply this method to a 2D lattice model of a hydrophobic homopolytmer in water that exhibits protein-like cold, pressure, and thermal unfolding. The separate computation of the protein and water density of states contributions is faster and more accurate than the combined simulation of both components and allows for the investigation of larger systems.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry