Frontiers of Stochastic Electronic Structure Calculations
The past decade has witnessed a rapid growth in the development of stochastic electronic structure methods. Stochastic methods encompass a broad range of techniques to either treat high dimensionality or accelerate algorithms normally implemented in a deterministic style. For example, quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) techniques may sample over real space positions, determinants, or diagrams in order to incorporate electron correlation effects in a scalable way. These methods have recently been applied to strongly correlated materials and have achieved high accuracy. Stochastic algorithms have also been used to improve the scaling of methods such as density functional theory, Green function techniques, or MP2, allowing for application to much larger systems than otherwise available. Finally, the flexibility of stochastic algorithms has enabled the application of machine learning algorithms to many-body wave functions, a topic of considerable interest currently. The articles in this special issue will address recent algorithmic developments as well as applications of stochastic electronic structure methods.
Guest Editors: Kenneth Jordan, Miguel Morales, Luke Shulenburger, and Lucas Wagner with JCP Associate Editors C. David Sherill, Todd MartÃnez, and David Reichman