## [Illinois] PHYS466 2013: Atomic Scale Simulations

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Application of Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics techniques in primarily classical simulations to understand and predict properties of microscopic systems in materials science, physics, biology, and chemistry. Numerical algorithms, connections between simulation results and real properties of materials (structural or thermodynamic), and statistical and systematic error estimation using real simulation programs. Simulation project comprised of scientific research, algorithm development, and presentation

The objective of this course is to learn and apply fundamental techniques used in (primarily classical) simulations in order to help understand and predict properties of microscopic systems in materials science, physics, chemistry, and biology. The emphasis will be on connections between the simulation results and real properties of materials (structural or thermodynamic quantities), as well as numerical algorithms and systematic and statistical error estimations.

FOR WHOM? This class is oriented for graduate or advanced undergraduate students. All necessary concepts are developed in the course.

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NanoBio Node, Obaid Sarvana, George Daley

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Professor Ceperley received his BS in physics from the University of Michigan in 1971 and his Ph.D. in physics from Cornell University in 1976. After one year at the University of Paris and a second postdoc at Rutgers University, he worked as a staff scientist at both Lawrence Berkeley and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. In 1987, he joined the Department of Physics at Illinois. Professor Ceperley is a staff scientist at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at Illinois.

Professor Ceperley's work can be broadly classified into technical contributions to quantum Monte Carlo methods and contributions to our physical or formal understanding of quantum many-body systems. His most important contribution is his calculation of the energy of the electron gas, providing basic input for most numerical calculations of electronic structure. He was one of the pioneers in the development and application of path integral Monte Carlo methods for quantum systems at finite temperature, such as superfluid helium and hydrogen under extreme conditions.

Professor Ceperley is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2006.

-From Professor Ceperley's Faculty Profile

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Professor: David Ceperley

Filming: George Daley, Mor Gueye

Editing: George Daley

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University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL