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Autumn School on Correlated Electrons a Great Success: From Models to Materials

19 September, 2012

Participants of the Autumn-School on Correlated Electrons 2012: From Models to MaterialsParticipants of the Autumn-School on Correlated Electrons 2012: From Models to Materials
Source: Forschungszentrum Jülich

Eighty young researchers working in the emerging field of strongly correlated materials from 15 different countries took part in the Autumn School “Correlated Electrons 2012: From Models to Materials” held at Forschungszentrum Jülich from 3-7 September. Following the highly successful Autumn School on Correlated Electrons 2011 “Hands-on LDA+DMFT”, this year’s programme of 17 lectures given by internationally-renowned scientists aimed to bring young investigators quickly up to speed in order to pursue original research of their own. The programme proved so attractive, that the large number of unregistered young and even senior researchers of the Forschungszentrum brought the lecture room often to its capacity limits.

The School, led by Prof. Eva Pavarini, Institute for Advanced Simulation (IAS)/Peter Grünberg Institute (PGI), and Prof. Erik Koch, German Research School for Simulation Sciences (GRS), covered all aspects of the realistic modelling of strongly correlated materials, starting from ab-initio techniques and their extensions, via the construction of model Hamiltonians, to modern numerical methods for solving complex many-body problems and for extracting dynamical response functions to compare with experiments. Two additional lectures explored the relation between the many-body problem and the concepts of quantum information.

Students particularly liked that the format of the school with 90-minute lectures and ample time for discussions gave them the opportunity to get into a direct exchange of ideas with world-leaders in their field of research. "I am so happy that I have the chance to directly ask my questions to these famous people that I only knew from their papers," enthused a participant. In addition, a poster session allowed students to present their projects and to expand their network in the global research community represented by participants from 15 countries, including, besides Germany and the EU, the USA, Russia, India, Japan, Argentina, South-Africa, Iran, and Algeria. Many of the German students were supported by grants from the DFG Research Unit 1346 "Dynamical Mean-Field Approach with Predictive Power for Strongly Correlated Materials", while ten of the international participants received Travel Awards from the Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter (ICAM).

To support their lectures the teachers of the school prepared comprehensive lecture notes, which were printed as a book that was available at the beginning of the school. That these lecture notes fill an acute gap between introductory textbooks and the research literature became apparent by the high demand also outside the school. To be as widely accessible as possible, the book has been made available via Open Access:

Eva Pavarini, Erik Koch, Frithjof Anders, Mark Jarrell (Eds.)
Correlated Electrons: From Models to Materials
Modeling and Simulation, Vol. 2
Verlag des Forschungszentrum Jülich, 2012
450 p., ISBN 978-3-89336-796-2

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