Continuum variational and diffusion quantum Monte Carlo calculations

Needs, R. J. and Towler, M. D. and Drummond, Neil and Lopez Rios, P. (2009) Continuum variational and diffusion quantum Monte Carlo calculations. Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 22 (2). ISSN 1361-648X

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Abstract

This topical review describes the methodology of continuum variational and diffusion quantum Monte Carlo calculations. These stochastic methods are based on many-body wavefunctions and are capable of achieving very high accuracy. The algorithms are intrinsically parallel and well suited to implementation on petascale computers, and the computational cost scales as a polynomial in the number of particles. A guide to the systems and topics which have been investigated using these methods is given. The bulk of the article is devoted to an overview of the basic quantum Monte Carlo methods, the forms and optimization of wavefunctions, performing calculations under periodic boundary conditions, using pseudopotentials, excited-state calculations, sources of calculational inaccuracy, and calculating energy differences and forces.

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Journal Article
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Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter
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55597
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Deposited On:
10 Jul 2012 08:04
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Yes
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Published
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01 Jul 2020 09:50