Random-walk simulation of diffusion-controlled processes among static traps

Sang Bub Lee, In Chan Kim, C. A. Miller, S. Torquato

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We present computer-simulation results for the trapping rate (rate constant) k associated with diffusion-controlled reactions among identical, static spherical traps distributed with an arbitrary degree of impenetrability using a Pearson random-walk algorithm. We specifically consider the penetrable-concentric-shell model in which each trap of diameter is composed of a mutually impenetrable core of diameter , encompassed by a perfectly penetrable shell of thickness (1-)/2: =0 corresponding to randomly centered or fully penetrable traps and =1 corresponding to totally impenetrable traps. Trapping rates are calculated accurately from the random-walk algorithm at the extreme limits of (=0 and 1) and at an intermediate value (=0.8), for a wide range of trap densities. Our simulation procedure has a relatively fast execution time. It is found that k increases with increasing impenetrability at fixed trap concentration. These exact data are compared with previous theories for the trapping rate. Although a good approximate theory exists for the fully-penetrable-trap case, there are no currently available theories that can provide good estimates of the trapping rate for a moderate to high density of traps with nonzero hard cores (>0).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11833-11839
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number16
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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