First principles methods: A perspective from quantum Monte Carlo

Miguel A. Morales, Raymond Clay, Carlo Pierleoni, David M. Ceperley

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Quantum Monte Carlo methods are among the most accurate algorithms for predicting properties of general quantum systems. We briefly introduce ground state, path integral at finite temperature and coupled electron-ion Monte Carlo methods, their merits and limitations. We then discuss recent calculations using these methods for dense liquid hydrogen as it undergoes a molecular/atomic (metal/insulator) transition. We then discuss a procedure that can be used to assess electronic density functionals, which in turn can be used on a larger scale for first principles calculations and apply this technique to dense hydrogen and liquid water.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-321
Number of pages35
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014


  • Coupled electron-ion monte carlo
  • First-principles simulations
  • High pressure
  • Hydrogen
  • Quantum monte carlo

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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