FMH3623 Seminar Course in Atomic- scale Materials Science 6.0 credits
Seminariekurs i materialvetenskap på atomär skala
Computer-aided theoretical modeling of atomic-scale processes in materials is nowadays widely used in materials research, complementing the traditional research approaches (experiment and theory). An introduction into the techniques of atomic-scale modeling will be given within the present course. The main emphasis will be made on so-called first-principles calculations, in which the studied system is considered quantum-mechanically as a collection of electrons and nuclei, and atomistic simulations such as Monte Carlo method and molecular dynamics.
The course consists of a seminar series in Atomic-scale Materials Science (AMS), with regular participation of senior scientists, postdocs, and PhD students. The seminars are given weekly by all the seminar participants, according to the schedule maintained by the appointed Secretary (normally a PhD student). Presentations by senior researchers are to be short lectures on relevant subjects within AMS, literature reviews, or research news. Each student is given the task to review the periodic literature or a set of textbook chapters on a specific topic of first-principles or atomic-scale modeling (by agreement with the Teachers) and prepare at least 3 seminar presentations (45 min. each) about the topic.