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 www.qwalk.org.
Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Lucas Wagner, Jeffrey C Grossman, Jeffrey B. Neaton (2007), "The Basics of Quantum Monte Carlo," https://nanohub.org/resources/2816.
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