We present several results relating to the contraction of generic tensor networks and discuss their application to the simulation of quantum many-body systems using variational approaches based upon tensor network states. Given a closed tensor network T, we prove that if the environment of a single tensor from the network can be evaluated with computational cost κ, then the environment of any other tensor from T can be evaluated with identical cost κ. Moreover, we describe how the set of all single tensor environments from T can be simultaneously evaluated with fixed cost 3κ. The usefulness of these results, which are applicable to a variety of tensor network methods, is demonstrated for the optimization of a multiscale entanglement renormalization Ansatz for the ground state of a one-dimensional quantum system, where they are shown to substantially reduce the computation time.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Physical Review B: Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 12 Jun 2014|