Purpose of Module

To obtain accurate results with ground state Quantum Monte Carlo methods (such as Variational and Diffusion Monte Carlo) an accurate trial wave function is essential. Such a wave function for an electron system will be typically given by the product of two factors: (1) a Jastrow term J describing electronic correlations and (2) a Slater determinant of suitable single particle orbitals \phi_i

\Psi({\bf R}) = J({\bf R}) \cdot \text{Det}(\phi_i({\bf r}_j))

where R is the vector containing the position of all electrons and r_i is the position of the i-th electron. While there is great freedom in the definition of the Jastrow term, that can then be variationally optimized, the single particle orbitals have to be computed in using Density Functional Theory.

The ESInterfaceBase module provides a base class for a general interface to generate single particle orbitals for QMC simulations performed using QMCPack; implementations of specific interfaces as derived classes of ESInterfaceBase are available as separate modules.

Background Information

QMCPack is available from the github repository, and the documentation can be found at the QMCPack website

Building and testing

The ESInterfaceBase module can be found in the QMCQEPack branch of the QMCPack git repository After cloning and getting to the QMCQEPack branch with

git clone

git checkout QMCQEPack

one can proceed to build the QMCPack software, as detailed in the official QMCPack documentation, or in the manual available in the manual subdirectory in the main QMCPack directory.

The tests for this code are part of the deterministic unit tests for QMCPack, that can be run with the command

ctest -R interface

Note that the code is tested using the GCC compiler and OpenMPI.

Source Code

The source code is available available from in the QMCQEPack branch. Specifically relevant files for this module include:

  • src/Interfaces/ESInterfaceBase.cpp
  • src/Interfaces/ESInterfaceBase.h
  • src/Interfaces/InterfaceBase.cpp
  • src/Interfaces/InterfaceBase.h