Incorporating configurational-bias Monte Carlo into the Wang-Landau algorithm for continuous molecular systems
Configurational-bias Monte Carlo has been incorporated into the Wang-Landau method. Although the Wang-Landau algorithm enables the calculation of the complete density of states, its applicability to continuous molecular systems has been limited to simple models. With the inclusion of more advanced sampling techniques, such as configurational-bias, the Wang-Landau method can be used to simulate complex chemical systems. The accuracy and efficiency of the method is assessed using as a test case systems of linear alkanes represented by a united-atom model. With strict convergence criteria, the density of states derived from the Wang-Landau algorithm yields the correct heat capacity when compared to conventional Boltzmann sampling simulations.