Sampling large deviation functions and order-disorder in trajectory space"

David Chandler
University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley)

Non-equilibrium phase transitions are order-disorder phenomenon in trajectory space. Numerical studies of such transitions is done with Importance sampling of trajectory space. Suitable versions of transition path sampling can be used to carry out this sampling. This describes some of these versions, and relates the procedures to large deviation function for the equilibrium distribution functional of trajectories. One application provides an understanding of the glass transition.

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