Quantum Monte Carlo in the Apuan Alps IV

The fourth "Quantum Monte Carlo in the Apuan Alps" international workshop took place from the 26th of July to the 2nd of August 2008. The participants spent four hours each morning listening to quantum Monte Carlo talks, followed by afternoons of mountain walking, caving, canyoning and other activities. Notable athletic achievements by the group included ascents of Monte Forato, Pania della Croce and Monte Procinto, the first partial exploration of the Vasaio di Motrone cave, and the doling out of a heavy defeat to the thrusting young village lads in the first "Vallico Sotto Against The World" football match. The Foulkes family explored the entrance to the Rio Selvano canyon but were driven back - there's a challenge for the future. The days were concluded with evening discussions, dinner, and singing.

List of participants

Dario Alfè, Bohshiang Jong, Jordi Boronat, Dario Bressanini, Neil Drummond, Jonathan DuBois, Matthew Foulkes, Rex Godby, Richard Hennig, Randy Hood, John Jumper, Yukiumu Kita, Martin Korth, Robert Lee, Pablo López Ríos, Arne Lüchow, Ryo Maezono, Andrew Morris, Norbert Nemec, Manolo Per, Fernando Reboredo, Masanori Tachikawa, Mike Towler, Emma Drummond, Stacy Hennig, Matty Hennig, Julie Hood, Sandra Korth, Letty Foulkes, Dianne Allen, Carolyn Jumper, Samantha Keil, Saska Towler

Talks presented (password required)

Dario Alfè (d.alfe at

  • - "Melting temperature of Fe at Earth's core conditions from quantum Monte Carlo free energy calculations" [PPT]

Jordi Boronat (jordi.boronat at

  • - "Higher-order actions for path integral Monte Carlo simulations" [PDF]

Neil Drummond (ndd21 at

  • - "Quantum Monte Carlo study of the two-dimensional homogeneous electron gas" [PDF]

Jonathan DuBois (dubois9 at

  • - "Experiments in direct nodal optimization" [PDF]

Matthew Foulkes (wmc.foulkes at

  • - "DFT and QMC studies of the thermodynamics of point defects in alumina" [PDF]

Rex Godby (rwg3 at

  • - "Quantum transport beyond the independent-electron approximation" [PPT]

Richard Hennig (rhennig at

  • - "The QMC petascale project" [PDF]

Randy Hood (hood9 at

  • - "Quantum Monte Carlo studies of metals and materials with properties determined by weak dispersive interactions" [PPT]

John Jumper (jj314 at

  • - "Adaptive error control for diffusion Monte Carlo" [PDF]

Yukiumi Kita (happysea at

  • - "Multi-component quantum Monte Carlo method" [PPT]

Martin Korth (mkorth at

  • - "Quantum Monte Carlo calculations of biomacromolecule model systems" [PDF]

Robert Lee (rml38 at

  • - "QMC with biexcitons" [PDF]

Pablo López Ríos (pl275 at

  • - "Backflow sparsity" [PDF]
    - "A general Jastrow factor" [PDF]
    - "Positronium molecules" [PDF]

Arne Lüchow (luechow at

  • - "Quantum Monte Carlo calculations on Rydberg states and transition metal oxides" [PDF]

Ryo Maezono (rmaezono at

  • - "Some new random number generators tested on CASINO" [PPT]

Andrew Morris (ajm255 at

  • - "Defects in semiconductors using random structure searching" [PDF]

Norbert Nemec (nn245 at

  • - "Van der Waals forces in graphitic nanostructures" [PDF]

Manolo Per (manolo.per at

  • - "Anisotropic electron-pair densities in QMC" [PDF]

Fernando Reboredo (reboredofa at

  • - "A self-healed DMC algorithm" [PDF]
    - "QMC and GW calculations on fullerenes" [PDF]
    - Paper [PDF]

Masanori Tachikawa (tachi at

  • - "Multi component molecular orbital method for positronic compounds" [PPT]

Mike Towler (mdt26 at

  • - "Another look at pilot wave theory - De Broglie and Bohm's solution to the QM interpretation problem, together with reflections on possible connections with quantum Monte Carlo." [PDF]


  • "First, an enormous thank-you to you and Sam for your extraordinary hospitality and kindness that made QMC in the Apuan Alps a quite unforgettable experience for me, and quite unlike any other conference. The excellent science and the wonderful social programme provide a model for other conferences."

  • "First of all let me thank you again for the fantastic week."

  • "The TTI conference was very excited and very impressive for me and Yukiumi. We were also very glad to see you and all the members in the conference. Please say our regards to Saska-chan and your wife!"

  • "And, again, let me express that I enjoyed the conference very much, both the academic and the fun part. Thanks for the excellent organization."

  • " Thanks for a great conference."

  • "I enjoyed very much the workshop and it was very nice meeting you. Thank you very much for the invitation."

  • "Thank you so much for your hospitality in QMC in the Apuan Alps!! During this stay, I really enjoyed the fruitful discussions, tasty dishes, wonderful views, and exciting excursions! This stay in TTI became a memorable event for me."

  • "Thank you again for giving me the opportunity to present my work in the TTI. It is surely the greatest conference on earth."