We present a novel method for the accurate numerical determination of the phase behavior of fluid mixtures having large particle-size asymmetries. By incorporating the recently developed geometric cluster algorithm within a restricted Gibbs ensemble, we are able to probe directly the density and concentration fluctuations that drive phase transitions, but that are inaccessible to conventional simulation algorithms. We develop a finite-size scaling theory that relates these density fluctuations to those of the grand-canonical ensemble, thereby enabling accurate location of critical points and coexistence curves of multicomponent fluids. Several illustrative examples are presented.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)