Critical dynamics of a dynamical version of the classical heisenberg model

D. C. Rapaport, D. P. Landau

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We have performed large-scale molecular dynamics simulations of a dynamical variant of the classical Heisenberg model in which the spins are replaced by interacting "linear molecules," each of which has two rotational degrees of freedom. The Hamiltonian consists of rotational kinetic-energy terms as well as nearest-neighbor Heisenberg-like interactions [Formula Presented], where [Formula Presented] is a unit vector specifying the orientation of the molecule at lattice site [Formula Presented]. Systems of size up to [Formula Presented] spins on the simple cubic lattice have been studied, and thermostatting is used to maintain strictly constant temperature. We determined the dynamic structure function from the time- and space-displaced correlation functions, and found good agreement with the predictions of the dynamic scaling theory with a dynamic critical exponent of [Formula Presented]. Results are compared and contrasted with data from spin-dynamics calculations on classical Heisenberg ferromagnets and antiferromagnets.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4696-4702
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1996


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