Quantum Monte Carlo methods for fermionic systems : beyond the fixed-node approximation

Dugan, Nazım
Developments are made on the quantum Monte Carlo methods towards increasing the precision and the stability of the non fixed-node projector calculations of fermions. In the first part of the developments, the wavefunction correction scheme, which was developed to increase the precision of the di usion Monte Carlo (DMC) method, is applied to non fixed-node DMC to increase the precision of such fermion calculations which do not have nodal error. The benchmark calculations indicate a significant decrease of statistical error due to the usage of the correction scheme in such non fixed-node calculations. The second part of the developments is about the modifications of the wavefunction correction scheme for having a stable non fixed-node DMC algorithm for fermions. The minus signed walkers of the non fixed-node calculations are avoided by these modifications in the developed stable algorithm. However, the accuracy of the method decreases, especially for larger systems, as a result of the discussed modifications to overcome the sign instability.


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Citation Formats
N. Dugan, “Quantum Monte Carlo methods for fermionic systems : beyond the fixed-node approximation,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2010.