The “Total Energy” Workshop has been held traditionally in Trieste every two years since 1987. This year, the Workshop is about recent progress in electronic structure methods and their applications. The aim is a critical discussion of methods and of possible combinations and challenging applications. It has become one of the most popular regular events of the international ab-initio electronic structure community. This event also has the ambition to reach out to countries where the electronic structure community is not traditionally as strong as in Europe, the USA and Japan, in coherence with the missions of its traditional host institution, the ICTP.
This event took place at the ICTP Leornado Building in the Budinich Hall. The format included 24 (long) oral presentations given by invited speakers and a total of 110 poster presentations. The workshop was attended by a total of 240 participants (including directors and speakers) from 27 countries.
Organizers: Eric Bousquet (University of Liège), Jiří Hlinka (Institute of Physics, Czech Acad. Sci.), Sabine Koerbel (Trinity College Dublin), Ladislav Kalvoda (Czech Technical University), Marek Paściak (Institute of Physics, Czech Academy of Science), Pavel Márton (Institute of Physics, Czech Academy of Science).
Sponsors: Psi-k Network, Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, University of Liège and Czech Technical University.
The goal of this ABINIT school was to teach the capabilities of the code related to ground state crystal structures (electronic density, structure relaxation, collinear and non-collinear magnetism, polarization from Berry phase, NEB, MD), response to external fields (electric and displacement field, Zeeman magnetic field) and properties obtained from linear response density functional perturbation theory (DFPT: phonons, dielectric constant, elastic and piezoelectric constants, Born effective charges, non-linear electro-optical coefficients, Raman intensities). New postprocessing techniques and tools were also tough (qAgate, Abipy, phonon projections), a preliminary introduction to the MULTIBINIT second-principles code developed aside to ABINIT to perform larger scale MD and parallelization of the code were also given. Continue reading Report on “ABINIT school on ground state and linear response properties”→
The Young Researchers’ Meeting (YRM) of the European Theoretical Spectroscopy Facility (ETSF) is an annual meeting of the first stage researchers (MSc and PhD students and Postdoctoral researchers) who work on the novel theoretical and computational approaches to study electronic and optical properties of materials.
From 24th to 26th June 2019 the ElDeBaAp workshop took place at ETH Zürich, Switzerland. This workshop gathered experts on DFT, TDDFT, density cumulant theory, Green’s function approaches and density matrix methods to discuss theoretical challenges and open problems of their approaches.
This four-day workshop brought together theorists and experimenters who work on strongly correlated nanosystems adsorbed on surfaces, or on strongly correlated electrons in general. The aim of the event was to exchange ideas and discuss perspectives and future directions of characterization and description of strongly correlated nanosystems. The topics of this workshop included:
single-atom and single-molecule magnets, magnetic anisotropy
transport through nanostructures in and out of the linear-response regime
tuning the electronic properties via interaction with external stimuli or with a substrate
electronic structure theory
advanced valence-band and core-level spectroscopies and their interpretation
The “18th International Conference on Density-Functional Theory and its Applications” was held in Alicante, Spain, in July 2019. It was the next in the great series of biennial meetings, which have taken place in Paris (1995), Vienna (1997), Rome (1999), Madrid (2001), Brussels (2003), Geneva (2005), Amsterdam (2007), Lyon (2009), Athens (2011), Durham (2013), Debrecen (2015), and Tällberg (2017).
DFT constitutes undoubtedly one of the most brilliant quantum theories developed so far, used worldwide and with outstanding applications in many scientific fields. The conference covered all range of topics, from cutting-edge developments to fascinating applications and discoveries, bringing together scientists from all around the world and from many related fields.
The scientific schedule included plenary talks (40′), invited talks (30′), contributed talks (15′), and poster sessions, with contributions to the following broad topics:
New developments for exchange-correlation functionals
Time-dependent and real-time density-functional theory
Application of density-functional theory in condensed matter physics
Application of density-functional theory in chemistry
Application of density-functional theory in materials science
The Young Researcher’s Workshop on Machine Learning for Material Science took place in the Aalto Design Factory, Espoo, Finland on date 06th-10th/05/2019. Workshop programme, abstract book, and workshop material (i.e. tutorial material, registration of talks and slides) for download can be found at https://ml4ms2019.aalto.fi/.
Below we resume the highlight of the event.
The first two days of the workshop involved introductory talks and a one-day long hands-on tutorial session. The aim of this initial workshop programme was to bestow the attendees with a pedagogical and practical introduction to the most established tools and techniques exploiting machine learning algorithms employed to solve outstanding problems in physical chemistry and chemical science.
On Monday, Dr. Luca Giringhelli introduced the attendees to the nuances of material space exploration via regularized and symbolic regression, together with a didactical intro on both supervised and unsupervised learning. The key role of descriptors that need to capture the complexity of the physical system under scrutiny was highlighted. A state of the art application to the agnostic and insightful classification of binary compounds was presented. The topics of open science, reproducibility and good use of repositories were also tackled in detail. Continue reading Young Researcher’s Workshop on Machine Learning for Material Science 2019 – report→
Daresbury: Leon Petit, Jerome Jackson, Martin Lüders
King’s College London: Mark van Schilfgaarde, Dimitar Pashov
The third Questaal school concentrated on qsGW and DMFT using the code’s new interface to the TRIQS library. A series of tutorials enabled the 31 participants (mostly post-doctoral researchers and lecturers) to setup and run calculations starting from density functional theory and working up to GW, qsGW, LDA + Bethe Salpeter (BSE), or the inclusion of ladder diagrams in W: qsGW^BSE, and DMFT. The participants were encouraged to experiment with a diverse range of materials, including itinerant magnets, f-electron systems, simple semiconductors and strongly correlated insulators.
In addition to the new TRIQS DMFT capability, the school also showcased recent developments in extending the GW self-energy by including phonon contributions and the first results of the new “Jigsaw Puzzle Orbital” basis, which is a full-potential analogue of the LMTO screening transformation which is short ranged and compact while still very precise. Continue reading 3rd Daresbury QUESTAAL School→
Ab initio (from electronic structure) calculation of complex processes in materials