Quantum Monte Carlo

Computational and Applied Mathematics Colloquium

Meeting Details

For more information about this meeting, contact Hope Shaffer, Jinchao Xu, Kris Jenssen.

Speaker: James Anderson, Penn State University, Department of Chemistry

Abstract: Quantum Monte Carlo is the term applied to several numerical > methods using Monte Carlo techniques to obtain solutions to > Schrodinger's time-independent equation of quantum mechanics. The most > important of these methods, diffusion Quantum Monte Carlo, was originally > suggested by Fermi and discussed by Ulam in the 1940's. In this > variation the Schrodinger equation is simulated as a modified diffusion > equation with a collection of particles undergoing random walks. With the > aid of high-speed computers the method has been applied with remarkable > success to a variety of quantum mechanical problems in chemistry and physics. > > (( Note: 'Schrodinger' twice above should have an umlaut o. )) >


Room Reservation Information

Room Number: 106 McAllister

Date: 02/01/2008

Time: 3:35pm - 4:25pm