|Title:||ATOMISTIC SIMULATION and VISUALIZATION: modeling in the world of condensed matter|
|Place:||Lidow Complex, room 620|
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 picoseconds at the nanoscale.
I will give an introduction to atomistic simulation and visualization with examples from our models of melting of metals and studies of carbon allotropes such as nanotubes and nanodiamonds, and compare the results with laboratory experiments.
Visualizations for hydrogen atom wavefunctions made with our visualization software and useful for teaching purposes will also be shown.