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Title: Systematic study of finite-size effects in quantum Monte Carlo calculations of real metallic systems

We present a systematic and comprehensive study of finite-size effects in diffusion quantum Monte Carlo calculations of metals. Several previously introduced schemes for correcting finite-size errors are compared for accuracy and efficiency, and practical improvements are introduced. In particular, we test a simple but efficient method of finite-size correction based on an accurate combination of twist averaging and density functional theory. Our diffusion quantum Monte Carlo results for lithium and aluminum, as examples of metallic systems, demonstrate excellent agreement between all of the approaches considered.
Authors:
;  [1]
  1. Department of Physics, Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2AZ (United Kingdom)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22416237
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Chemical Physics; Journal Volume: 143; Journal Issue: 10; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; ACCURACY; ALUMINIUM; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; CORRECTIONS; DENSITY FUNCTIONAL METHOD; DIFFUSION; EFFICIENCY; ERRORS; LITHIUM; MONTE CARLO METHOD