Computing Methods for Physics (Condensed Matter) 2021-2022

The main objective of Computing Methods for Physics is to provide an introduction to up-to-date computational methods currently used in our fields of research; this is why four different courses (channels) are offered under one title.

This channel is mainly intended for students enrolled in the Condensed-Matter track. Its goal is to provide the students with the theoretical background and the hands-on experience of three numerical approaches within the field of condensed matter physics: (a) the Hartree-Fock method, historically the first mean-field approximation to electronic states of atoms and molecules; (b) the density-functional theory and the pseudopotential theory, two crucial ingredients for today's first-principles predictions of electronic states, structural energies and interatomic forces in real molecules and solids; (c) the quantum (variational, diffusion, path-integral) Monte Carlo methods, their applicability and the motivations of their use in the numerical study of quantum many-body systems (solid or liquid helium, the electron gas, electrons in atoms and molecules).