Psi4NumPy: An Interactive Quantum Chemistry Programming Environment for Reference Implementations and Rapid Development


Psi4NumPy demonstrates the use of efficient computational kernels from the open- source Psi4 program through the popular NumPy library for linear algebra in Python to facilitate the rapid development of clear, understandable Python computer code for new quantum chemical methods, while maintaining a relatively low execution time. Using these tools, reference implementations have been created for a number of methods, including self-consistent field (SCF), SCF response, many-body perturbation theory, coupled-cluster theory, configuration interaction, and symmetry-adapted perturbation theory. Further, several reference codes have been integrated into Jupyter notebooks, allowing background and explanatory information to be associated with the imple- mentation. Psi4NumPy tools and associated reference implementations can lower the barrier for future development of quantum chemistry methods. These implementa- tions also demonstrate the power of the hybrid C++/Python programming approach employed by the Psi4 program.