Density Functional Theory: Fundamentals and Applications in Condensed Matter Physics (11w5121)

Arriving in Banff, Alberta Sunday, January 23 and departing Friday January 28, 2011


(Ecole des Ponts and INRIA)

(University of California, Santa Barbara)

(University of British Columbia)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Density Functional Theory: Fundamentals and Applications in Condensed Matter Physics" workshop from January 23 to January 28, 2011.

The properties of a material can be understood in terms of the interactions between its constituent atoms. This interaction is described by Quantum Mechanics. However, the equations describing this interaction are too complex. Density Functional Theory, developed by Walter Kohn and collaborators, is an attractive alternative. Its impact was so large that Walter Kohn received the Nobel prize for it in 1998. To make this theory a practical computational tool, much needs to be done, and that is the main topic of the workshop.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).