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Course 4: Density functional theory and self-consistent methods

The second edition of Course 4 on Density Functional Theory was given at the University of York in York, UK from July 17 to August 6, 2016. The principal lecturers were Jacek Dobaczewski (University of York, UK and Jyvaskyla, Finland), Andrea Idini (University of Surrey, UK), Alessandro Pastore (University of York, UK), and Nicolas Schunck (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA). The written course materials and videos of the lectures are freely available.
Contact: Jacek Dobaczewski (jacek.dobaczewski@york.ac.uk).

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The course will focus on Energy Density Functional (EDF) theory and its applications to nuclear structure. The core concepts of density functional theory will be introduced covering Hartree–Fock methods, their extension to symmetry breaking cases (HFB, deformation) and infinite matter, nuclear collective motion and excitations (RPA), and the properties of functionals. Particular emphasis will be placed on guided exercises and on the development of a computer code that can solve a typical (simplified) problem of nuclear density functional theory. The course will run full-time for three weeks and consist of 45h of lectures and directed exercises, about 75h devoted to a computational project, and a final assignment. The total workload will amount to 150 hours, corresponding to 6 ECTS in Europe.

Prospective student participants are expected to have operating programming skills in Fortran or C++ or Python or related programming languages and proficiency in quantum mechanics. Preparatory modules on second quantization, and related fundamental topics, will be provided during the course but students are expected to familiarize with these concepts prior to attendance.

To know more about the course contents and outline, please follow this link.

The first edition of Course 4 on Density Functional Theory ran at the ECT* in Trento, in collaboration with the University of Trento, from July 14 to August 1, 2014. The course materials from the first edition (projects, slides, programs, discussion groups, etc.) can be found here.