The HANDE-QMC project: open-source stochastic quantum chemistry from the ground state up

28 Nov 2018  ·  James S. Spencer, Nick S. Blunt, Seonghoon Choi, Jiri Etrych, Maria-Andreea Filip, W. M. C. Foulkes, Ruth S. T. Franklin, Will J. Handley, Fionn D. Malone, Verena A. Neufeld, Roberto Di Remigio, Thomas W. Rogers, Charles J. C. Scott, James J. Shepherd, William A. Vigor, Joseph Weston, RuQing Xu, Alex J. W. Thom ·

Building on the success of Quantum Monte Carlo techniques such as diffusion Monte Carlo, alternative stochastic approaches to solve electronic structure problems have emerged over the last decade. The full configuration interaction quantum Monte Carlo (FCIQMC) method allows one to systematically approach the exact solution of such problems, for cases where very high accuracy is desired. The introduction of FCIQMC has subsequently led to the development of coupled cluster Monte Carlo (CCMC) and density matrix quantum Monte Carlo (DMQMC), allowing stochastic sampling of the coupled cluster wave function and the exact thermal density matrix, respectively. In this article we describe the HANDE-QMC code, an open-source implementation of FCIQMC, CCMC and DMQMC, including initiator and semi-stochastic adaptations. We describe our code and demonstrate its use on three example systems; a molecule (nitric oxide), a model solid (the uniform electron gas), and a real solid (diamond). An illustrative tutorial is also included.

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Computational Physics