How Can Kinetic Monte Carlo Simulate Atomic Diffusion on a Lattice?

In summary, To study the long-time evolution of atomic diffusion on a surface, TST rate constants for diffusion steps along x and y must be known. This can be done using Kinetic Monte Carlo. A computer code can be written to simulate diffusion, with the probability of jumping in each direction being defined by a formula. The physical time elapsed during a KMC step is given by a formula, and the probability distribution for the atom location can be plotted as a function of time. From this, the mean squared displacement in both x and y directions can be calculated and compared to theoretical predictions.
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Knowing the TST rate constants for the diffusion steps along x and y, it
becomes possible to study the long-time evolution of the atom position on the
surface using Kinetic Monte Carlo . The location of the minima of U defines a periodical lattice over which the atom can move, with the probability per unit time of jumping between neighbour lattice sites being given by the TST rate constants.

a) Write a computer code that simulates the atomic diffusion along x and
y on the lattice, giving as input A, B, T, and the two linear dimension
Lx and Ly. The probability of jumping in the positive x direction is
defined by 1

with equivalent definitions for the probability of jumping in the other
three directions. Randomly choose the direction of displacement
accordingly to this definition of absolute probability.The physical time
elapsed during a KMC step is given by 2

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where N is the total number of lattice sites on the surface.b) Plot the probability distribution for the atom location as a functionof time. From this result, you should be able to extract the meansquared displacement in both x and y directions as a function of time.Plot these two curves on the same graph.c) Compare your results with the theoretical predictions given by theequations 3 and 4.3. 𝑃(𝑥,𝑡) = 𝐴/[4𝜋𝑇(𝑡/𝑀)^1/2]exp[−(𝑥−𝐴𝑡/𝑀)2/(4𝑇𝑡/𝑀)]4. 𝑅2(𝑡) = 2𝐴2𝑡/𝑀

I would be happy to help with this problem. First, it's important to understand the concept of transition state theory (TST) in relation to atomic diffusion. TST is a theoretical framework used to explain the rate of chemical reactions, including atomic diffusion, by considering the energy barriers that must be overcome for a reaction to occur.

In this case, we are interested in simulating the atomic diffusion along a lattice using Kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC). KMC is a simulation method used to study the time evolution of systems with many particles. It is based on randomly choosing a jump direction and calculating the probability of that jump occurring, based on the TST rate constants.

To write a computer code for this simulation, we would first need to define the input parameters, such as the energy barriers (A and B), temperature (T), and the dimensions of the lattice (Lx and Ly). Next, we would need to use the TST equations to calculate the probability of a jump occurring in each direction (x+, x-, y+, y-). This can be done using the given equation for absolute probability and choosing a random number to determine the direction of displacement.

The physical time elapsed during a KMC step is given by the equation 2, which takes into account the energy barriers and temperature. This time step would need to be repeated until the desired simulation time is reached.

In conclusion, by understanding the principles of TST and KMC, we can write a computer code to simulate atomic diffusion along a lattice. This simulation can provide valuable insights into the long-time evolution of atom positions on a surface and can aid in understanding the underlying mechanisms of diffusion.

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