Technical Report 2009-021

Global Error Control of the Time-Propagation for the Schrödinger Equation with a Time-Dependent Hamiltonian

Katharina Kormann, Sverker Holmgren, and Hans O. Karlsson

September 2009

We use a posteriori error estimation theory to derive a relation between local and global error in the propagation for the time-dependent Schrödinger equation. Based on this result, we design a class of h,p-adaptive Magnus-Lanczos propagators capable of controlling the global error of the time-stepping scheme by only solving the equation once. We provide results for models of several different small molecules including bounded and dissociative states, illustrating the efficiency and wide applicability of the new methods.

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