Monte Carlo simulations of primitive models for ionic systems using the Wolf method

Carlos Avendaño, Alejandro Gil-Villegas

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    Abstract

    Thermodynamic and structural properties of primitive models for electrolyte solutions and molten salts were studied using NVT and NPT Monte Carlo simulations. The Coulombic interactions were simulated using the Wolf method [D. Wolf, Phys. Rev. Lett. 68, 3315 (1992); D. Wolf, P. Keblinnski, S. R. Phillpot, and J. Eggebrecht, J. Chem. Phys. 110, 8254 (1999)]. Results for 1:1 and 2:1 charge ratio electroneutral systems are presented, using the restricted and non-restricted primitive models, as well as a soft PM pair potential for a monovalent salt [J.-P. Hansen and I. R. McDonald, Phys. Rev. A 11, 2111 (1975)] that has also been used to model 2:12 and 1:20 asymmetric colloidal systems, with size ratios 1:10 and 2:15, respectively [B. Hribar, Y. V. Kalyuzhnyi, and V. Vlachy, Molec. Phys. 87, 1317 (1996)]. We present the predictions obtained for these systems using the Wolf method. Our results are in very good agreement with simulation data obtained with the Ewald sum method as well as with integral-equation theories results. We discuss the relevance of the Wolf method in the context of variable-ranged potentials in molecular thermodynamic theories for complex fluids.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1475-1486
    Number of pages11
    JournalMOLECULAR PHYSICS
    Volume104
    Issue number9
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 10 May 2006

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