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Monte Carlo task in physics

  1. Sep 21, 2007 #1

    malawi_glenn

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    Hi!

    Iam about to have a home assignment to perform a monte carlo simulation of a non-trival function with several variables, that is related to our interestests of study. My interest is Nuclear physics, and I was wondering if any of you guys have suggestions for problem in nuclear physics that I can investigate? We are supposed to spend approx one week of full time studies on this task (approx 40h).
     
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  3. Sep 21, 2007 #2

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    The question as you asked is a bit too open-ended to get a meaningful answer. Some clarification that would help:
    • Where you are in school? (high school, lower undergrad, upper undergrad, ...)
    • What kind of class is this? (computer science, physics, ...)
    • Do you have to write the program? If so, do you have some monte-carlo infrastructure available, or do have to write that plus the models? Forty hours is not near enough time to do the whole kit-and-kaboodle, let alone do the analysis.
     
  4. Sep 21, 2007 #3

    malawi_glenn

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    Okay

    This is last year under graduate at university.

    Class is physics.

    I should write a code/ program when monte carlo technique is used to solve a non-trivial problem, in a topic in my field of interest, I will use octave as program I think. (also the teacher have suggestions if we dont come up with any). So therefore, I asked here =)
     
  5. Sep 21, 2007 #4

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    Hmmm. How about Rutherford scattering?
     
  6. Sep 21, 2007 #5

    malawi_glenn

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    thanx, but we did a computur laboration on Rutherford scattering in my first nuclear physics course ;)
     
  7. Sep 21, 2007 #6
    approx. solution (some restricted set) to the boltzmann-poisson diffusion equation would be cool

    another choice might be to calculate the path integral for a system of bosons (fermions would be untouchable), or scattering cross section...

    ideas are endless really..
     
  8. Sep 21, 2007 #7

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    You could extract the mass of a meson (a quark-antiquark bound state) from a path integral using a lattice. (it's a stanadrd computation in lattice gauge theory, you could find a lot of information in books or papers freely available).
     
  9. Sep 22, 2007 #8

    malawi_glenn

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    Thanx guys for all the tips, I will look them up =)
     
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