HoW exciting! 2016

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany, August 3-11, 2016






Welcome to HoW exciting! 2016

HoW exciting! 2016 consists of two closely related events, an international workshop and a hands-on tutorial about excitations in solids.

Workshop on excitations in solids (August 3-6, 2016)

Excitations in solids are among the most exciting phenomena in condensed-matter physics. In this context, the electronic-structure approach within density-functional theory (DFT) is the first level in a hierarchical set of models which are needed to quantitatively describe and understand these phenomena in real materials. The relationship of the different computational techniques and domains of applicability is still a challenging task. At the same time, advances in theoretical and computational methods go hand in hand with the progresses in experimental techniques.

The main goals of this workshop are:

  1. Surveying the state-of-the-art of theoretical and computational approaches to describe different kinds of excitations (optical, magnetic, vibrational, etc.) in solid-state materials;
  2. Discussing future perspectives of these methodologies and their applications in different research fields;
  3. Establishing collaborations and connections between theoretical and experimental groups, who are investigating excitations in materials from different perspectives.

The workshop is organized in topical sessions, including invited and contributed talks. Basic concepts will be discussed, and applications to real functional materials will be presented, with the main focus on theory but also from an experimental perspective. The major topics will comprise first-principles methodology for excitation processes in solids, including electronic excitations, electron-phonon coupling, core-excitations, and non-equilibrium processes.

Hands-on tutorial on excitations in solids (August 7-11, 2016)

This tutorial offers young scientists the opportunity to put into practice the knowledge acquired during the workshop. Hands-on exercises with the software package exciting will guide participants through the topics addressed in the workshop: From the basics of DFT to advanced topics, such as time-dependent DFT and many-body perturbation theory, as well as to their applications to real materials.

HoW exciting! 2016 will be held
at the Campus Adlershof
(HU Berlin), August 3-11, 2016.

Contributions are welcome.
The number of participants will be limited to approximately 70.
Registration is free of charge for the students of the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.

Important dates:


NEW: DEADLINE for regular registration, abstract submission, and application for financial support EXTENDED to JUNE 1.

June 5, 2016 Information about acceptance
June 20, 2016 Payment deadline for accepted applicants
June 20, 2016 End of post-deadline registration (without financial support)
August 3, 2016 Start of the workshop (13:30)
August 6, 2016 End of the workshop (12:30)
August 7, 2016 Start of the hands-on tutorial (14:00)
August 11, 2016 End of the hands-on turorial (13:30)


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