# Monte Carlo task in physics

1. Sep 21, 2007

### malawi_glenn

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).

2. Sep 21, 2007

### D H

Staff Emeritus
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.

3. Sep 21, 2007

### malawi_glenn

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 =)

4. Sep 21, 2007

### D H

Staff Emeritus

5. Sep 21, 2007

### malawi_glenn

thanx, but we did a computur laboration on Rutherford scattering in my first nuclear physics course ;)

6. Sep 21, 2007

### quetzalcoatl9

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..

7. Sep 21, 2007

### nrqed

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).

8. Sep 22, 2007

### malawi_glenn

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