3 years ago

Nonlinear Network description for many-body quantum systems in continuous space.

Markus Holzmann, Saverio Moroni, Michele Ruggeri

We show that the recently introduced iterative backflow renormalization can be interpreted as a general neural network in continuum space with non-linear functions in the hidden units. We use this wave function within Variational Monte Carlo for liquid $^4$He in two and three dimensions, where we typically find a tenfold increase in accuracy over currently used wave functions. Furthermore, subsequent stages of the iteration procedure define a set of increasingly good wave functions, each with its own variational energy and variance of the local energy: extrapolation of these energies to zero variance gives values in close agreement with the exact values. For two dimensional $^4$He, we also show that the iterative backflow wave function can describe both the liquid and the solid phase with the same functional form -a feature shared with the Shadow Wave Function, but now joined by much higher accuracy. We also achieve significant progress for liquid $^3$He in three dimensions, improving previous variational and fixed-node energies for this very challenging fermionic system.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1711.01993

DOI: arXiv:1711.01993v1

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