Parameter-free analytic continuation for quantum many-body calculations

Mancheon Han, Hyoung Joon Choi

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We develop a reliable parameter-free analytic continuation method for quantum many-body calculations. Our method is based on a kernel grid, a causal spline, a regularization using the second-derivative roughness penalty, and the L-curve criterion. We also develop the L-curve averaged deviation to estimate the precision of our analytic continuation. To deal with statistically obtained data more efficiently, we further develop a bootstrap-averaged analytic continuation method. In the test using the exact imaginary-frequency Green's function with added statistical error, our method produces the spectral function that converges systematically to the exact one as the statistical error decreases. As an application, we simulate the two-orbital Hubbard model for various electron numbers with the dynamical-mean field theory in the imaginary time and obtain the real-frequency self-energy with our analytic continuation method, clearly identifying a non-Fermi-liquid behavior as the electron number approaches the half filling from the quarter filling. Our analytic continuation can be used widely, and it will facilitate drawing clear conclusions from imaginary-time quantum many-body calculations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number245150
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Dec 15

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  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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