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Computational Many-body Methods for Nuclear Physics


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Monday, 25 June, 2012 - 09:00 to Friday, 13 July, 2012 - 11:45
ECT* Rustico 2nd floor conference room

The aim of this course is to learn how to solve complicated quantum many-body problems beyond mean field approximations using advanced numerical methods. The course aims also at understanding and implementing numerical methods and modern computational facilities. The acquired skills will enable the participants to write their own codes and to work and understand existing codes for solving complicated many-body problems. This will give the participants the necessary knowledge for tackling a broader spectrum of research problems. The course will also focus on how to write a scientific report via a final assignment which will be graded.

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Course Content

This is an advanced course on computational physics with an emphasis on quantum mechanical systems with many interacting particles. The applications and the computational methods are relevant for research problems in such diverse areas as nuclear, atomic, molecular and solid-state physics, chemistry and materials science. A theoretical understanding of the behavior of quantum-mechanical many-body systems - that is, systems containing many interacting particles - is a considerable challenge in that no exact solution can be found; instead, reliable methods are needed for approximate but accurate simulations of such systems on modern computers. New insights and a better understanding of complicated quantum mechanical systems can only be obtained via large-scale simulations. The capability to study such systems is of high relevance for both fundamental research and industrial and technological advances.

The aim of this course is to present, through various computational projects, applications of some of the most widely used many-body methods with pertinent algorithms and high-performance computing topics such as advanced parallelization techniques and object orientation. The methods and algorithms that will be studied may vary from year to year depending on teachers and the interests of the participants, but the main focus will be on nuclear physics related methods.


Francesco Pederiva Università degli Studi di Trento (Italy)