Journal article
An evolutionary algorithm to calculate the ground state of a quantum system



Publication Details
Authors:
Grigorenko, I.; Garcia, M.
Publisher:
ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Publication year:
2000
Journal:
Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
Pages range:
131-139
Volume number:
284
Start page:
131
End page:
139
Number of pages:
9
ISSN:
0378-4371

Abstract
We present a new method based on evolutionary algorithms which permits to determine efficiently the ground state of the time-independent Schrodinger equation for arbitrary external potentials. The approach relies on the variational principle. The ground-state wave function of a given Hamiltonian is found by using the procedure of survival of the fittest, starting from a population of wave functions. To perform the search for the fittest wave function we have extended a genetic algorithm to treat quantum mechanical problems. We present results for different one dimensional external potentials and compare them with analytical solutions and with other numerical methods. Our approach yields very good convergence in all cases, Potential applications of the quantum genetic algorithm presented here to more dimensions and many-body problems are discussed. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.


Keywords
genetic algorithms, quantum mechanics


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