|CCL 06.08.27 Time-dependent Density-Functional Theory: Prospects and Applications, School & Workshop, Benasque, Spain|
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Subject: 06.08.27 Time-dependent Density-Functional Theory: Prospects and Applications, School & Workshop, Benasque, Spain
SECOND: Psi-k/NANOQUANTA SCHOOL + WORKSHOP PROPOSAL Time-Dependent Density-Functional Theory: Prospects and Applications August 27th to September 11th 2006 Benasque Center for Physics, Spain http://benasque.ecm.ub.es/2006tddft/2006tddft.htm Organizers: *) E. K. U. Gross Institut fuer Theoretische Physik, Freie Universitaet Berlin Arnimallee 14, D-14195 Berlin, Germany *) Miguel A. L. Marques and Fernando Nogueira Dep. de Fsica, Faculdade de Cincias e Tecnologia, Universidade de Coimbra and Centro de Fsica Computacional Rua Larga, 3004-516 Coimbra, Portugal *) Angel Rubio Dpto. Fisica de Materiales, Facultad de Quimicas U. Pais Vasco, 20018 San Sebastian/Donostia, Spain History and Scientific motivation: --------------------------------- The first School and workshop was hosted by the Benasque Center for Science, Spain from August 28th to September 12th, 2004. The aim of the school was to introduce theoretical, practical, and numerical aspects of time-dependent density-functional theory (TDDFT) to young graduate students, post-docs and even older scientists that are envisaging a project for which TDDFT would be the tool of choice. The use of TDDFT is increasing, and it is fast becoming one of the tools of choice to get accurate and reliable predictions for excited-state properties in solid state physics, chemistry and biophysics, both in the linear and non-linear regimes. This interest has been motivated by the recent developments of TDDFT (and time-dependent current functional theory) and include the description of photo-absorption cross section of molecules and nanostructures, electron-ion dynamics in the excited state triggered by either a small or high intense laser fields, van der Waals interactions, development of new functionals coping with memory and non-locality effects, applications to biological systems (chromophores), transport phenomena, optical spectra of solids and low-dimensional structures (as nanotubes, polymers, surfaces...). Following our previous experience, the most efficient scheme for training of young researchers in these techniques is to have a school where the basic theory is taught followed by a workshop that introduces them to the forefront research in the field. The school should have an equal share of theoretical and practical classes. This would ease the learning of the techniques and would provide the students with the practical knowledge of the numerical aspects and difficulties, while also introducing them to well-established open source numerical codes. At the end of the school, students should have sufficient working knowledge to pursue their projects at their home institution. The school will be followed by an international workshop, where the new developments of TDDFT and Many-Body Techniques for the calculation of excitations will be discussed. Students attending the school will be encouraged to attend the workshop, so they can get in contact with state of the art research in the field. The purpose of the workshop is to bring together leading experts in all these fields with different backgrounds, like density functional, many-body, nuclear physics and quantum chemists. This will allow the exchange of ideas between the different fields and the creation of links between the traditionally separated communities. We believe that the intense and informal discussion which is possible in this kind of workshops can contribute to the formation of a strong community in the field of TDDFT. Location/Timing --------------- We plan to organize this event at the ``Benasque Center for Science'', Benasque, Spain, from August 27, 2006 to September 10, 2006. Benasque is a beautiful town in the heart of the Pyrenees. The school will take place from August 27 (Day 0 - arrival of students for the school) to September 6, and the workshop will start September 6 (arrival of participants to the workshop) and finish on September 11 (departure of all participants). See http://benasque.ecm.ub.es/ . Participants ------------ The call for participation will be mainly directed to students and scientists specialized on computational physics, quantum chemistry and biophysics. We will limit the number of students to the school to 35 and participants to the workshop to less than 100, in order to ensure a maximum interaction between all the scientists participating. Attendance of graduate students and postdocs will be strongly encouraged through the inclusion of short contributed talks and a poster session. Furthermore, we will award to PhD students who present an outstanding poster short oral presentations. Applications/Support: -------------------- School/Workshop: All persons who wish to participate should fill out the application form at http://benasque.ecm.ub.es/2006tddft/2006tddft.htm In the comments section, please indicate if you wish to participate in the Summer Summer School or in the Workshop (or in both). School only: As we have a very limited number of places for the school (35), students will be selected from among an open pool of applicants who have demonstrated a strong interest in computational sciences, applied to chemistry, physics, materials science and biology. Therefore, in order that we can make a reasonable selection, we ask that *all* candidates include in the comments section the following information: *) Date of birth *) Sex *) Motivation/Why they want to come (just a couple of lines is enough) *) What is their current and previous positions (if PhD or Post- doc state your supervisor). We will *not* accept applications that do not include this information. Furthermore, we will give priority to students willing to participate in both the Summer School and the Workshop. We also have a certain number of grants available that cover traveling and part of the stay in Benasque. If you want to apply for a grant, please indicate explicitly that you wish to be supported in the comments section, and explain why (just a couple of lines is enough). For participants coming from the USA, please check the following address for support: http://www.mcc.uiuc.edu/travel/NOTE THAT E-MAIL ADDRESSES HAVE BEEN MODIFIED!!!
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