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Numerical solution of large scale Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov equations

Abstract

The Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov (HFB) theory is the starting point for treating superconducting systems. However, the computational cost for solving large scale HFB equations can be much larger than that of the Hartree-Fock equations, particularly when the Hamiltonian matrix is sparse, and the number of electrons N is relatively small compared to the matrix size Nb. We first provide a concise and relatively self-contained review of the HFB theory for general finite sized quantum systems, with special focus on the treatment of spin symmetries from a linear algebra perspective. We then demonstrate that the pole expansion and selected inversion (PEXSI) method can be particularly well suited for solving large scale HFB equations. For a Hubbard-Type Hamiltonian, the cost of PEXSI is at most (Nb2) for both gapped and gapless systems, which can be significantly faster than the standard cubic scaling diagonalization methods. We show that PEXSI can solve a two-dimensional Hubbard-Hofstadter model with Nb up to 2.88 × 106, and the wall clock time is less than 100 s using 17 280 CPU cores. This enables the simulation of physical systems under experimentally realizable magnetic fields, which cannot be otherwise simulated with smaller systems.

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