Optimization in Physics
This project represents a joint effort of theoretical physicists and mathematicians to address the problem of finding the global minimum of functions arising in physical applications.
Although numerous techniques and algorithms exist to tackle the problems, not always are they put to best use. The application of a given algorithm to a specific problem should be done taking into account the structure of the function to be minimized, in particular the process by which this function is evaluated. In some cases a combination of different techniques is the most efficient way to solve the problem. Examples of the successful application of this approach are the Car-Parrinello and Langevin dynamics techniques of molecular dynamics.
Starting date: 19-02-1999
End date: 30-09-2002
Financing: 17957 Euros Euros
Financing entity: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Project ID: D
Group person*month: 38
- Orlando Olavo Aragão Aleixo e Neves de Oliveira
- Fernando Manuel da Silva Nogueira
- Pedro Almeida Vieira Alberto