Towards ab Initio Thermodynamics of the Electron Gas at Strong Degeneracy
Abstract
Recently a number of theoretical studies of the uniform electron gas (UEG) at finite temperature have appeared that are of relevance for dense plasmas, warm dense matter and laser excited solids and thermodynamic density functional theory simulations. In particular, restricted path integral Monte Carlo (RPIMC) results became available which, however, due to the Fermion sign problem, are confined to moderate quantum degeneracy, i.e. low to moderate densities. We have recently developed an alternative approachconfiguration PIMC [T. Schoof {\em et al.}, Contrib. Plasma Phys. {\bf 51}, 687 (2011)] that allows one to study the so far not accessible high degeneracy regime. Here we present the first step towards UEG simulations using CPIMC by studying implementation and performance of the method for the model case of $N=4$ particles. We also provide benchmark data for the total energy.
 Publication:

Contributions to Plasma Physics
 Pub Date:
 February 2015
 DOI:
 10.1002/ctpp.201400072
 arXiv:
 arXiv:1409.6534
 Bibcode:
 2015CoPP...55..136S
 Keywords:

 Condensed Matter  Quantum Gases
 EPrint:
 Contrib. Plasma Phys. 55, 136143 (2015)