|dc.description||Thesis (Ph.D.)-University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, 2007.||en_US
|dc.description.abstract||Percolation theory enters in various areas of research including critical phenomena
and phase transitions. Bond-site percolation is a generalization of pure percolation
motivated by the fact that bond-site is close to many physical realities. This work
relies on a numerical study of percolation in lattices. A lattice is a regular pattern
of sites also known as nodes or vertices connected by bonds also known as links
or edges. Sites may be occupied or unoccupied, where the concentration ps is the fraction of occupied sites. The quantity pb is the fraction of open bonds. A cluster
is a set of occupied sites connected by opened bonds.
The bond-site percolation problem is formulated as follows: we consider an infinite
lattice whose sites and bonds are at random or correlated and either allowed or
forbidden with probabilities ps and pb that any site and any bond are occupied and
open respectively. If those probabilities are small, there appears a sprinkling of isolated
clusters each consisting of occupied sites connected by open bonds surrounded
by numerous unoccupied sites. As the probabilities increase, reaching critical values
above which there is an infinitely large cluster, then percolation is taking place. This
means that one can cross the entire lattice by going successively from one occupied
site connected by a opened bond to a neighbouring occupied site. The sudden onset
of a spanning cluster happens at particular values of ps and pb, called the critical concentrations. Quantities related to cluster configuration (mean cluster and correlation length) and
individual cluster structure (size and gyration radius of clusters ) are determined
and compared for different models. In our studies, the Monte Carlo approach is applied
while some authors used series expansion and renormalization group methods.
The contribution of this work is the application of models in which the probability of
opening a bond depends on the occupancy of sites. Compared with models in which
probabilities of opening bonds are uncorrelated with the occupancy of sites, in the
suppressed bond-site percolation, the higher site occupancy is needed to reach percolation.
The approach of suppressed bond-site percolation is extended by considering
direction of percolation along bonds (directed suppressed bond-site percolation).
Fundamental results for models of suppressed bond-site percolation and directed
suppressed bond-site percolation are the numerical determination of phase boundary between the percolating and non-percolating regions. Also, it appears that the spanning cluster around critical concentration is independent on models. This is an intrinsic property of a system.||
|dc.subject||Percolation (Statistical physics)||en_US
|dc.title||Computational studies of bond-site percolation.||en_US