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October 19, 2017
Large Scale Many-Body Pertubation Theory Calculations: Software, Data and Applications
  • Dr. Marco Govoni, Institute for Molecular Engineering and Materials Science Division, Institute for Molecular Engineering, The University of Chicago
  • Reception at 3:30pm in Dow 208
  • Seminar at 4pm in Dow 107
  • Abstract: One of the main tools used in first principle simulations of materials is Density Functional Theory (DFT); however, several of the approximate exchange and correlation functionals do not provide the level of accuracy required for predictive calculations of excited state properties. The application to large systems of more accurate post-DFT approaches such as Many-Body Perturbation Theory (MBPT) -- for example to heterogeneous systems, nanostructured, disordered, and defective materials -- has been hindered by high computational costs. In this talk, recent methodological developments in MBPT calculations will be discussed, as implemented in the open source code WEST [1]. Results using a formulation that does not require the explicit calculation of virtual states will be presented for photoelectron spectra of aqueous solutions [2] and spin defects in insulators [3]. We will discuss online data collections which contain benchmarking results. Simplifications of MBPT calculations based on the use of static response properties, such as dielectric-dependent hybrid functionals [4], will also be presented. We will also briefly discuss the ongoing activities of the Midwest Integrated Center for Computational Materials (MICCoM) [5].

    [1]; M. Govoni et al., J. Chem. Theory Comput. 11, 2680 (2015).
    [2] A. Gaiduk et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc. Commun. 138, 6912 (2016); T.A. Pham et al., Science Advances 3 (6), 1603210 (2017).
    [3] H. Seo et al., Sci. Rep. 6, 20803 (2016).
    [4] J. Skone et al., Phys. Rev. B 89, 195112 (2014); J. Skone et al., Phys. Rev. B 93, 235106 (2016); N. Brawand et al., Phys. Rev. X 6, 041002 (2016).

October 26, 2017

November 2, 2017
Particle Physics
  • Dr. Andrew Walker-Loud, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Reception at 3:30pm in Dow 208
  • Seminar at 4pm in Dow 107

November 16, 2017
Experimental Solid State Physics
  • Dr. William Ratcliff II, National Institute of Standards and Technologies
  • Reception at 3:30pm in Dow 208
  • Seminar at 4pm in Dow 107

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