Density functional theory
By: L. Rademaker

Lecture on density functional theory
Date: 12-13 March 2020
Time: 16h-18h (Thursday)
Time: 12h30-14h30 (Friday)
Place: Datcha seminar room

Exact Diagonalization
By: C. Repellin

Lecture on exact diagonalization
Date: 22-23 April 2020
Time: 16h-18h


Date: TBD

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Some important informations

For participants:

What is the goal?

Young theorists often find themselves having to learn new numerical and analytical tools for their careers. More often then not, this is a painful process full of setbacks and wasted hours. We aim to help a bit... TBXS is a set of self-contained lectures where you will gather all the necessary ingredients to sucessfully use a new tool in your work. You will also learn the most common pitfalls, saving you time and neurons!

Who is the target audience?

Anyone interested in learning new methods to solve many-body problems. Unless stated otherwise, TBX seminars don't require previous knowledge beyond Quantum Mechanics and basic programming skills.

Is this another boring seminar where I just understand the motivation?

Hope not! Unlike other talks, the TBXS is not intended for you to learn some cutting-edge topic in an area nor do you need any previous knowledge. A TBXS must be self-contained and focused on a specific tool which can be used to tackle different problems. During the lecture you will actually get your hands dirty and apply the tool!

Can this really be useful?

Yes. Traditionally, when introducing some tool we start from the theoretical context and it takes several hours of coursework to get to the first running code or the first solved problem. Here, we instruct the speakers to directly jump to the simplest possible application of the tool and gradually increase the complexity from there. At the end of a TBXS, you should know how to apply the tool, its limitations and most common pitfalls.

Where are the seminars?

The seminars will be held in the Datcha seminar room, between École de Physique and Sciences I. Enter the Datcha building from the main door (next to the ticket machine), climb the stairs, enter the corridor ahead and voilà.

For speakers:

Who can give a TBX seminar?

Any motivated graduate and post-graduate student with expertice in some relevant tool. Relevant tools should be applicable to solve at least a large class of problems in many-body physics.

Why should I give a TBX seminar?

We know that preparing a lecture takes some time and effort but it is not wasted effort. At the end of the TBXS, series we will compile the lectures notes and send them to publication in SciPost.

I'm interested in giving a seminar, where should I start?

Send us an email to and let's chat. Once the topic is approved, you can start working on the lectures notes and slides using the templates below.


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