My research interests consist of algorithmic development of Monte Carlo methods for simulating systems in statistical physics and the use of current methods to investigate problems inspired by biochemistry. As an application, I carry out computer simulations of coarse-grained protein models, using Wang-Landau and multicanonical Monte Carlo sampling, with the goal of gaining insight into the protein folding process.
"Statistical Physics Meets Biochemistry: Wang-Landau Sampling of the HP Model of Protein Folding", A. C. K. Farris, T. Wüst, and D. P. Landau, Am. J. Phys., Manuscript in Preparation.
"Histogram-Free Multicanonical Monte Carlo Sampling to Calculate the Density of States", A. C. K. Farris, Y. W. Li, and M. Eisenbach, Comput. Phys. Commun., Accepted.
"The Role of Chain-Stiffness in Lattice Protein Models: A Replica-Exchange Wang-Landau Study", A. C. K. Farris, G. Shi, T. Wüst, and D. P. Landau, J. Chem. Phys., Accepted.
"Effects of Stiffness on Low Energy States in a Lattice Protein Model for Crambin", A. C. K. Farris, G. Shi, T. Wüst, and D. P. Landau, J. Phys.: Conf. Ser. 1012, 012008 (2018).
"Folding in a semi-flexible lattice model for Crambin", G. Shi, A. C. K. Farris, T. Wüst, and D. P. Landau, J. Phys.: Conf. Ser. 686, 012001 (2016).
"Renormalization group solution of the Chutes & Ladder model", L. A. Ball, A. C. K. Farris, and S. Boettcher, Physica A 421, 171-179 (2015).
Landau was elected at the General Assembly Meeting of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
CompPhys17 is the 18th International NTZ-Workshop on New Developments in Computational Physics
The IX Brazilian Meeting on Simulational Physics included participants from Argentina, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the U.S.A, in addition to multiple Brazilian institutions.
Center Director David P. Landau has been awarded a "Doctor Honoris Causa" by the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.