Simulation Methods in Physics II SS 2014
- Lecture (2 SWS) and Tutorials "Simulationsmethoden in der Praxis" (2 SWS)
- JP. Dr. Maria Fyta, (Lecture), Prof. Dr. [Christian Holm]; Dr. Jens Smiatek; Mr. Bibek Adhikari; Mr. Narayanan Krishnamoorthy Anand (Tutorials)
- Course language
- Time: Thursdays, 11:30 - 13:00, ICP, Allmandring 3, Seminarroom 1
Exception: the lecture on 17.04 will be moved to another day (more information soon). There will be two lectures in the week 21-25.04 and NO lecture on the 05.06.
- Time: TBA, ICP, Allmandring 3, CIP-Pool
The tutorials have their own title "Simulationsmethoden in der Praxis", as they can be attended independently of the lecture and are in fact part part of the Physics MSc module "Fortgeschrittene Simulationsmethoden" and not of the module that contains the lecture "Simulation Methods in Physics II".
The lecture is accompanied by hands-on-tutorials which will take place in the CIP-Pool of the ICP, Allmandring 3. They consist of practical exercises at the computer, like small programming tasks, simulations, visualization and data analysis. The tutorials build on each other, therefore continuous attendance is expected.
The course intends to give an overview about modern simulation methods used in physics today. The stress of the lecture will be to introduce different approaches to simulate a problem, hence we will not go too to deep into specific details but rather try to cover a broad range of methods. For an idea about the content look at the lecture schedule.
We expect the participants to have basic knowledge in classical and statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, electrodynamics, and partial differential equations, as well as knowledge of a programming language. The knowledge of the previous course Simulation Methods I is expected.
- 1. Attendance of the exercise classes
- 2. Obtaining 50% of the possible marks in each worksheet
The final grade will be determined from the final oral examination.
Useful online resources
- Roethlisberger, Tavernarelli, EPFL, Lausanne, 2011: Introduction to electronic structure methods.
- E-Book: Kieron Burke et al.,University of California, 2007: E-Book: The ABC of DFT.
- Linux cheat sheet here (53 KB).
- A good and freely available book about using Linux: Introduction to Linux by M. Garrels
- Be careful when using Wikipedia as a resource. It may contain a lot of useful information, but also a lot of nonsense, because anyone can write it.
Date Subject Resources 10.04.2014 Introduction, electronic stucture 15.04.2014 Elements of quantum mechanics, Hartree and Hartree-Fock approximations 22.04.2014 Density functional theory (DFT), functionals, pseudopotentials 24.04.2014 Time-dependent density functional theory, post-Hartree-Fock methods 01.05.2014 Holiday (Labor Day) 08.05.2014 Water models (explicit, implicit), Born model of solvation 15.05.2014 Coarse-grained models, simulations of macromolecules and soft matter 22.05.2014 Long range interactions in periodic boundary conditions 29.05.2014 Holiday (Christi Himmelfahrt) 12.06.2014 Holiday (Pfingsten) Implicit solvent models 19.06.2014 Holiday (Fronleichnam) 26.06.2014 Poisson-Boltzmann theory, charged polymers 03.07.2014 Hydrodynamic methods: DPD, Lattice-Boltzmann 10.07.2014 Advanced MC/MD methods 17.07.2014 Free energy methods
- The tutorials will take place in the ICP CIP-Pool. Day and time will be announced
- New worksheets are handed out every two weeks. The first worksheet will be handed out on Thu. 17.04. The following week is dedicated to working on problems related to the last worksheet. Homework in the form of a report should be sent to the responsible tutor (Bibek Adhikari or Narayanan Krishnamoorthy Anand) before the next worksheet will be handed out. The two-week cycle ends with the discussion of results of the previous worksheet and handing out a new one.
- Assessment of the tutorials
Each task within the tutorial is assigned a given number of points. Each student should have 50 % of the points from each tutorial as a prerequisite for the oral examination.
There is an oral examination at the end of the semester. All students having obtained 50% of the points from each tutorial are eligible to take the exam. The duration of the exam depends on the module this lecture is part of. Briefly,
- BSc/MSc Physik, Modul "Simulationsmethoden in der Physik"
- 60 min exam (contents from both parts SMI + SMII will be examined)
- International MSc Physics, Elective Module "Simulation Techniques in Physics II" (240918-005)
- 30 min exam (content only from SMII will be examined).
- BSc/MSc SimTech, Modul "Simulationsmethoden in der Physik für SimTech II"
- 40 min (content from SMII will be examined).