I'm trying to decide whether or not to do a project for a professor.
The project involves writing a survey paper (of high enough quality to get his research group up to speed for a peripheral project) about Quantum Monte Carlo. The application they have in mind is calculating the energy of a quantum system and comparing QMC to a different method of doing such calculations.
What sort of background knowledge is required to get a grip on QMC (enough to be able to understand the significance of foundational and some more recent papers in the field). The survey paper would be due sometime by the end of school.
Don't skip anything I really need to know - assume I only an average upper-level undergrad CS major's knowledge of physics and computer science.
Reference suggestions are very welcome.