Coarse-graining of many-body path integrals: Theory and numerical approximations

WH Ryu and YN Han and GA Voth, JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 150, 244103 (2019).

DOI: 10.1063/1.5097141

Feynman's imaginary time path integral approach to quantum statistical mechanics provides a theoretical formalism for including nuclear quantum effects (NQEs) in simulation of condensed matter systems. Sinitskiy and Voth J. Chem. Phys. 143, 094104 (2015) have presented the coarse- grained path integral (CG-PI) theory, which provides a reductionist coarse-grained representation of the imaginary time path integral based on the quantum-classical isomorphism. In this paper, the many-body generalization of the CG-PI theory is presented. It is shown that the N interacting particles obeying quantum Boltzmann statistics can be represented as a system of N pairs of classical-like pseudoparticles coupled to each other analogous to the pseudoparticle pair of the one- body theory. Moreover, we present a numerical CG-PI (n-CG-PI) method applying a simple approximation to the coupling scheme between the pseudoparticles due to numerical challenges of directly implementing the full many-body CG-PI theory. Structural correlations of two liquid systems are investigated to demonstrate the performance of the n-CG-PI method. Both the many-body CG-PI theory and the n-CG-PI method not only present reductionist views of the many-body quantum Boltzmann statistics but also provide theoretical and numerical insight into how to explicitly incorporate NQEs in the representation of condensed matter systems with minimal additional degrees of freedom. Published under license by AIP Publishing.

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