|CCL 08.08.03 Quantum Monte Carlo and the CASINO program III - Summer School, Vallico Sotto, Tuscany|
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Subject: 08.08.03 Quantum Monte Carlo and the CASINO program III - Summer School, Vallico Sotto, Tuscany
"Quantum Monte Carlo and the CASINO program III" ================================================ Sun 3rd August - Sun 10th August 2008 The Towler Institute, via del Collegio, Vallico Sotto, Tuscany, Italy http://www.vallico.net/tti/qmcatcp_08/announcement.html A4 POSTER FOR THE SCHOOL AVAILABLE HERE : http://www.vallico.net/tti/qmcatcp_08/poster.jpg The third international summer school in the series "Quantum Monte Carlo and the CASINO program" will take place during August 2008 at the Towler Institute monastery in the Tuscan Apuan Alps, organized and hosted by members of Cambridge University physics department's Theory of Condensed Matter (TCM) Group. The aim of the school is to give students a thorough introduction to quantum Monte Carlo as a method for performing high-quality calculations of the electronic structure of real materials. The course is designed for young scientists who have no previous experience with this technique, though anyone interested is welcome to take part. Describing the complex behaviour of materials at the atomic level requires a sophisticated description of the correlated motion of the electrons. Quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) is an increasingly popular and explicitly many-body method with the unusual capability of yielding highly accurate results whilst also exhibiting a very favourable scaling of computational cost with system size. Over the last seventeen years, the Cambridge group have been researching QMC methods and we have created a powerful, general computer program - CASINO - to carry out the calculations. The school will focus both on the basic theory of QMC and on more advanced practical techniques, and will include a thorough introduction to the CASINO program. A background in density functional theory or similar is normally thought to be useful. The monastery is a delightful 16th century building incorporating an ancient church, and is situated in the isolated but spectacular setting of the Tuscan mountain village of Vallico Sotto. It is fully equipped with state of the art presentation and computer technology. All accommodation is on-site. There is a strictly-enforced policy for all events at the Institute that considerable time should be set aside for mountain hikes, caving, canyon walking, swimming in thermal baths, eating in wonderful local restaurants, visits to classical concerts in Lucca and Barga, and similar activities. Instructors will include the main authors of the CASINO program, (Prof. Richard Needs, Dr. Mike Towler, Dr. Neil Drummond, and Dr. Pablo Lopez Rios) and possibly others. The cost of the school for one week including accommodation will be around 400 GBP. Participants would need to arrange a flight to Pisa airport from where onward transportation will be arranged. Interested students should contact Mike Towler (mdt26 at cam.ac.uk) for registration and further details.NOTE THAT E-MAIL ADDRESSES HAVE BEEN MODIFIED!!!
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