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Two up spin atoms and one down spin atom in a trap. The solid red surface shows the strength of pairing and the excess up spin density by the blue net. Image courtesy of P.O. Bugnion, and G.J. Conduit.

The Electronic Structure Discussion Group (ESDG) is an informal meeting of researchers from the Cavendish Laboratory Theory of Condensed Matter (TCM) group and the Cambridge University Centre for Computational Chemistry (CUC3), together with their colleagues from the Earth Sciences (ES), Engineering (Eng) and Materials Science and Metallurgy (MSM) departments at Cambridge University. Various people from commutable universities in London also occasionally attend.

ESDG meetings are intended to promote the exchange of ideas between scientists who develop or use techniques such as density functional theory, quantum Monte Carlo, or quantum chemistry methods. Suitable subjects for presentations at ESDG meetings might include the development of novel electronic structure methods with greater accuracy or wider applicability, or the application of such methods to systems of scientific or technological importance, though we do encourage talks on any topic that people think may be of general interest to such an audience. The ESDG is currently organized by Nick Woods. Please contact him if you wish to volunteer for a talk, or if you have any questions or comments.

There will be two talks per ESDG session, a research talk, and a journal club-style talk, each lasting approximately twenty minutes. The speaker schedule, along with previous talks and slides, can be found below.

The research talk is an overview of a current research project. It is encouraged that some emphasis is placed on current difficulties and future directions. The final slide should reflect this, and present on-going tasks and open questions in order to stimulate discussion.

The journal club-style talk is a presentation of a seminal article in electronic structure theory. Alternatively, one can also present a piece of background theory with a narrative in mind. Creativity is encouraged, and one can utilise both slides and the blackboard.

ESDG meetings are on Wednesdays at 11:30am in the TCM Seminar room, top floor of the Mott Building, in the Cavendish Laboratory. See the getting here page for a map. Sandwiches are provided after the meeting has concluded, at approximately 12:30pm.

ESDG Talk Schedule and Archive

Michaelmas 2018
Research talk Journal talk Date
  Bartomeu Monserrat   Nick Woods 3 October
Gareth Conduit
Matt Evans 10 October
Can Kocer Joseph Nelson 17 October
Pere Alemany Mark Johnson 24 October
Pavao Santak Karolina Milowska 31 October
Fabiana Da Pieve Angela Harper 7 November
Stephanie Mack --- 16 November
Antonis Alvertis Michael Hutcheon 21 November
Danny Bennet Alice Shipley   28 November  
Lent 2018
Research talk Journal talk Date
Gareth Cornish --- 23 January
Andrew Fowler --- 30 January
Joseph Prentice --- 6 Febuary
Mike Entwistle --- 13 Febuary
Bo Peng --- 20 Febuary
Eszter Szekely --- 27 Febuary

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