In this work, we report potential energy surfaces (PESs) of the sodium dimer calculated by variational (VMC) and lattice-regularized diffusion Monte Carlo (LRDMC). The VMC calculation is accurate for determining the equilibrium distance and the qualitative shape of the experimental PES. Remarkably, after the application of the LRDMC projection to this single determinant ansatz, namely, the Jastrow Antisymmetrized Geminal Power (JAGP), chemical accuracy (∼1 kcal/mol) is reached in the binding energy, and the obtained equilibrium internuclear distance and harmonic vibrational frequency are in very good agreement with the experimental ones. This outcome is crucially dependent on the quality of the optimization used to determine the best possible trial function within the chosen ansatz. The strategy adopted in this work is to minimize the variational energy by initializing the trial function with the density functional theory (DFT) single determinant ansatz expanded exactly in the same atomic basis used for the corresponding VMC and LRDMC calculations. This atomic basis is reshaped ad-hoc for QMC calculations. Indeed, we multiply the standard Gaussian-type atomic orbitals by a one-body Jastrow factor, satisfying, in this way, the electron-ion cusp conditions. In order to achieve these important advantages, we have defined a very efficient DFT algorithm in the mentioned basis, by estimating the corresponding matrix elements on a mesh, and by using a much finer mesh grid in the vicinity of nuclei.
All-Electron Quantum Monte Carlo with Jastrow Single Determinant Ansatz: Application to the Sodium Dimer / Nakano, K.; Maezono, R.; Sorella, S.. - In: JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL THEORY AND COMPUTATION. - ISSN 1549-9618. - 15:7(2019), pp. 4044-4055.
|Titolo:||All-Electron Quantum Monte Carlo with Jastrow Single Determinant Ansatz: Application to the Sodium Dimer|
|Autori:||Nakano, K.; Maezono, R.; Sorella, S.|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2019|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jctc.9b00295|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Journal article|