Computational complexity of time-dependent density functional theory

Author(s): J.D. Whitfield, M.-H. Yung, D. G. Tempel, S. Boixo, A. Aspuru-Guzik

Journal: New Journal of Physics

Volume: 16

Page(s): 083035

Year: 2014

DOI Number: 10.1088/1367-2630/16/8/083035

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Time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) is rapidly emerging as a premier method for solving dynamical many-body problems in physics and chemistry. The mathematical foundations of TDDFT are established through the formal existence of a fictitious non-interacting system (known as the Kohn–Sham system), which can reproduce the one-electron reduced probability density of the actual system. We build upon these works and show that on the interior of the domain of existence, the Kohn–Sham system can be efficiently obtained given the time-dependent density. We introduce a V-representability parameter which diverges at the boundary of the existence domain and serves to quantify the numerical difficulty of constructing the Kohn–Sham potential. For bounded values of V-representability, we present a polynomial time quantum algorithm to generate the time-dependent Kohn–Sham potential with controllable error bounds.


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