Mathematics Colloquium

Fermion Monte Carlo

Speaker: Malvin Kalos, Lawrence Livermore National Labs

Location: Warren Weaver Hall 1302

Date: Monday, April 11, 2011, 3:45 p.m.


This talk will outline Monte Carlo methods that enable numerical solution of the many-body non-relativistic Schroedinger Equation. They permit computations with no uncontrolled approximations for the ground states of bosonic systems. Because the Pauli principle imposes a non-local constraint on the solution, extension to fermionic systems has proved much more difficult. The algorithmic barriers will be outlined, together with techniques that overcome them. The latter include the use of populations of pairs of random walkers that carry opposite algebraic signs; correlation of the diffusion of the pair; cancellation of pairs that become close; the use of different permutations to achieve statistical stability; and importance sampling.