A Survey on Reptation Quantum Monte Carlo

  • Wai Kong Yuen
  • Stuart M. Rothstein
Part of the Progress in Theoretical Chemistry and Physics book series (PTCP, volume 22)


We review the conceptual and mathematical foundations of reptation quantum Monte Carlo and its variants, placing them in the context of other path integral-based methods and the commonly-used diffusion Monte Carlo method. We describe quantum Monte Carlo sampling from the pure distribution, and strategies to improve the efficiency of this sampling. This is followed by a compilation of applications to electronic structure problems and to those in condensed matter physics. We conclude by reflecting on potential improvements of quantum Monte Carlo algorithms and how they will evolve with developments in high performance computing.


Acceptance Probability Diffusion Move Imaginary Time Rotational Spectrum Mixed Distribution 
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This work was supported, in part, by grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wai Kong Yuen
    • 1
  • Stuart M. Rothstein
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsBrock UniversitySt. CatharinesCanada
  2. 2.Departments of Chemistry and PhysicsBrock UniversitySt. CatharinesCanada

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