Efficiency of pseudo-spectral algorithms with Anderson mixing for the SCFT of periodic block-copolymer phases

  • P. Stasiak
  • M. W. Matsen
Regular Article


This study examines the numerical accuracy, computational cost, and memory requirements of self-consistent field theory (SCFT) calculations when the diffusion equations are solved with various pseudo-spectral methods and the mean-field equations are iterated with Anderson mixing. The different methods are tested on the triply periodic gyroid and spherical phases of a diblock-copolymer melt over a range of intermediate segregations. Anderson mixing is found to be somewhat less effective than when combined with the full-spectral method, but it nevertheless functions admirably well provided that a large number of histories is used. Of the different pseudo-spectral algorithms, the 4th-order one of Ranjan, Qin and Morse performs best, although not quite as efficiently as the full-spectral method.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Stasiak
    • 1
  • M. W. Matsen
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Mathematical and Physical SciencesUniversity of ReadingWhiteknights, ReadingUK

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