The Basics of Quantum Monte Carlo

By Lucas Wagner1, Jeffrey C Grossman2, Jeffrey B. Neaton3

1. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology 3. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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Quantum Monte Carlo is a highly accurate method to approximately solve the Schrodinger equation. I explain quantum Monte Carlo in a way that should be accessible to someone who is somewhat familiar with quantum mechanics. The discussion is mostly conceptual.


Lucas Wagner is a postdoctoral researcher in the Computational Nanosciences group at UC Berkeley, under the supervision of Dr. Jeffrey Grossman. One of his PhD projects was the development of a general purpose quantum Monte Carlo program available under the GPL at

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