Computational nuclear quantum many-body problem: The UNEDF project

S. Bogner, A. Bulgac, J. Carlson, J. Engel, G. Fann, R. J. Furnstahl, S. Gandolfi, G. Hagen, M. Horoi, C. Johnson, M. Kortelainen, E. Lusk, P. Maris, H. Nam, P. Navratil, W. Nazarewicz, E. Ng, G. P.A. Nobre, E. Ormand, T. PapenbrockJ. Pei, S. C. Pieper, S. Quaglioni, K. J. Roche, J. Sarich, N. Schunck, M. Sosonkina, J. Terasaki, I. Thompson, J. P. Vary, S. M. Wild

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The UNEDF project was a large-scale collaborative effort that applied high-performance computing to the nuclear quantum many-body problem. The primary focus of the project was on constructing, validating, and applying an optimized nuclear energy density functional, which entailed a wide range of pioneering developments in microscopic nuclear structure and reactions, algorithms, high-performance computing, and uncertainty quantification. UNEDF demonstrated that close associations among nuclear physicists, mathematicians, and computer scientists can lead to novel physics outcomes built on algorithmic innovations and computational developments. This review showcases a wide range of UNEDF science results to illustrate this interplay.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2235-2250
Number of pages16
JournalComputer Physics Communications
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2013


  • Carlo
  • Configuration interaction
  • Coupled-cluster method
  • Density functional theory
  • Effective field theory
  • High-performance computing
  • Monte
  • Quantum


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