Include dependency graph for Chebyshev.cpp:
|GenerateChebyshevMatrix (itype N, DenseMatrix< complex > &M)
|Computes an NxN matrix, where is the coefficient of in the 'th Chebyshev polynomial.
|ResizeChebyshevMatrix (itype N, DenseMatrix< complex > &M)
|Efficiently resizes an existing Chebyshev polynomial matrix to NxN, using the coefficients already computed.
|GenerateChebyshevEvolutionVector (double time, itype N, DenseVector< complex > &V)
|Computes an N-element vector, where is the coefficient of the 'th Chebyshev polynomial in the expansion of .
|ChebyshevPrep (double timestep, double prec, DenseVector< complex > &PowerCoeffs, DenseVector< double > &CoeffsBoundSeq)
|Precomputes the coefficients needed to evolve a state using ChebyshevStep(), for time
timestep, with accuracy
A standard and nontrivial task in quantum simulations is to compute the unitary evolution of a state vector:
Matrix exponentiation is nontrivial, especially if the matrix in question is very large. However, computing does not actually require computing , or even . It can be written as a power series in :
This requires only that we compute , which in turn can be done recursively if we can compute .
The Taylor expansion given above turns out to converge rather slowly; the Taylor series is optimized for local convergence at , at the cost of all larger . Other power series expansions exist, and have better global convergence properties. The power series with the best global convergence properties over a fixed intervals is the Chebyshev series:
This makes Chebyshev polynomials ideally suited for quantum state evolution. When they are generalized to matrices, the argument becomes a matrix, which typically has many eigenvalues. We want the approximation of to be accurate for all the eigenvalues. This motivates the uniform convergence of the Chebyshev polynomial expansion. It is necessary to bound the highest and lowest eigenvalues of , and then rescale energy and time so that , but once this is done, computing the correct power series is straightforward. From the rescaled time , it is possible to identify how many coefficients will be needed to approximate the matrix exponential well; beyond a critical value, the error declines exponentially.
Representing as a power series in requires first computing the Chebyshev polynomials themselves. The method GenerateChebyshevMatrix() does this via a simple recursion relation, storing the coefficient of in as an element in a (triangular) matrix. If more coefficients are needed later, ResizeChebyshevMatrix() can compute just the additional ones needed.
The second step involves computing the expansion of in Chebyshev polynomials. The method GenerateChebyshevEvolutionVector() does this using Bessel functions (borrowed from the Gnu Scientific Library), and stores the expansion in a complex vector. The coefficients of in the approximated matrix exponential can then be computed by matrix-vector multiplication.
For a particular Hamiltonian and time, ChebyshevPrep() first determines what order approximation will be required to bound the error by some very small number, then computes the coefficients. A single step of duration can then be accomplished by ChebyshevStep(). The entire process of evolving for time (including both ChebyshevPrep() and ChebyshevStep()), can be done in one step using ChebyshevEvolve().
However, taking a single step of large duration can lead to substantially increased error -- not because of error in the Chebyshev polynomials, but because the coefficients become so large for high-order approximations that they amplify rounding errors. This could very likely be taken care of by a more sophisticated method of evaluating polynomials, but this would require keeping additional temporary vectors (e.g., for several values of ), which could be memory-intensive for extremely large vectors. As an alternative, ChebyshevStepEvolve() will automatically break up large timesteps into several smaller jumps of bounded size.
While the Chebyshev polynomial method is (unlike split-operator or Cayley methods) not explicitly norm-preserving, its accuracy is so absurdly good (errors are typically in double precision) that unitarity is not a concern.