The early years of quantum Monte Carlo (1): the ground state
Physics Department, ULB, Bruxelles, Belgium
Accepted: 26 April 2021
Published online: 8 June 2021
The history of the development of Monte Carlo methods to solve the many-body problem in quantum mechanics is presented. The relation starts with the early attempts on first available computers just after the war and extends until the years 80s with the celebrated calculation of the electron gas by Ceperley and Alder. Usage is made of an interview of David Ceperley by the author.
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