Tempering and Annealing in a Verdier-Stockmayer Polymer

E. R. Obias, R. S. Banzon


Two Monte Carlo methods, simulated annealing and parallel tempering, were applied to a Verdier-Stockmayer polymer. The efficiency of the two algorithms in exploring the lowest energy state possible for the model polymers was measured by the number of energy-degenerate configurations (configurations that have the same energy but are structurally different). Parallel tempering consistently explored more energy-degenerate configurations as compared with simulated annealing.

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