Atomistic simulation and visualization enable elucidation of atomistic
scale processes in problems of both intrinsic and applied interest.
When done carefully confirms or disproves
approximate models and explains and predicts experimental
Lets one SEE into the sample. Where are the hydrogen atoms hiding!
Excellent training for students going on to research in bio/nano fields.
Excellent training for students moving to industrial development.
Demanding field - requires understanding of quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, computing algorithms + field of modeling.
Computational Physics in general and atomistic simulation in particular does not get deserved recognition in the physics community in many places -
It is always a pleasure for me to come to Germany in general and Juelich in particular where some of these methods originated and are appreciated.
I conclude with thanks to four physicists who were previously active at Juelich - Kurt Binder, Dietrich Stauffer, Hans Herrmann and Wolfhard Janke as well as Michael Bachmann and Norbert Attig here today and Walter Selke in Aachen for past and hopefully future collaborations and discussions and to all of you:
For fun:[Benzene in nanotube
(Tali Mutat)] [c60 with methane(
Tali Mutat)][Bending tube(Polina Pine)]