 
Summary: January 29, 2008 (Tuesday) at 3:30 pm (Refreshments at 3:15 pm)
SCI 107, Metcalf Science Center, Boston University
Call: Winna Somers (wsomers@bu.edu) (617)3539320
Host: William Klein
Boston University Physics Colloquium
Joan Adler
Technion  Israel Institute of Technology
Atomistic simulation and visualization:
modeling in the world of condensed matter
Numerical modeling of condensed matter systems is a rapidly developing
field of both intrinsic and technological interest. Nanoscale systems are
natural candidates for such studies. Schroedinger's equation can only be
solved analytically for the hydrogen atom. Helium, or the hydrogen
molecule already require a numerical solution, and even nanoscale
condensed matter systems require sophisticated numerical methods.
Modeling in tandem with laboratory experiments is the ideal. In principle,
the application of Newton's equations of motion to potentials generated
from the solution of Schroedinger's equation can model any process that
can occur, and generate any measurement that can be made in the
laboratory. In practice, computational shortcuts are required even for
