School on Electron-Phonon Physics from First Principles
19-23 March 2018, Miramare, Trieste, Italy
From 19th to 23rd March 2018 the first school entirely devoted to first-principles calculations of electron-phonon interactions was held at the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics on the Miramare seafront in Trieste. This school welcomed 72 participants from 28 countries, and 14 staff members among lecturers, teaching assistants, and organizers. The event was sponsored jointly by the ICTP, the Psi-k organization, and the UK JC Maxwell Node of CECAM.
The purpose of this school was to offer training into ab initio calculations of many properties relating to the electron-phonon interaction, with a focus on applications in condensed matter physics, materials physics, and nanoscience. As the accuracy, efficiency, and predictive power of ab initio computational methods keep improving steadily, calculations of electron-phonon interactions are becoming more accessible, and the number of groups moving into this field has been increasing rapidly during the last five years. Furthermore, as materials genomics and high-throughput materials discovery expand towards ever more realistic calculations of materials at finite temperature, it is expected that this field will continue to grow and will eventually become a core component of materials design. In this broad context it was felt that the time was ripe for introducing advanced training courses on electron-phonon physics and the most recent ab initio approaches in this area. Continue reading School on Electron-Phonon Physics from First Principles