CCL: Quantum Monte Carlo summer school, Tuscany - final call

 Sent to CCL by: "Mike  Towler" [mdt26]~[]
 Dear all,
 There are still some places available at the forthcoming Cambridge University
 quantum Monte Carlo summer school at the Apuan Alps Centre for Physics in
 Vallico Sotto, Tuscany next August (details below).
 If you or anyone you know would like to attend, please get in touch with me
 as soon as you can.
 Best wishes,
 Mike Towler
 |Dr. Mike Towler (mdt26 at Theory of Condensed Matter (Rm 529)|
 |  Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, Cambridge  CB3 0HE, UK |
 |Tel. +44-(0)1223-337378 OR -334256 (College)     Fax. +44-(0)1223-337356|
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          "Quantum Monte Carlo and the CASINO program V"
               Sun 1st August - Sun 8th August 2010
  Apuan Alps Centre for Physics :-: TTI, Vallico Sotto, Tuscany, Italy
 The fifth international summer school in the series "Quantum Monte Carlo
 and the CASINO program" will take place during August 2010 at the TTI
 monastery in the Tuscan Apuan Alps in Italy, organized and hosted by
 members of Cambridge University physics department's Theory of Condensed
 Matter Group. The aim of the school is to give students a thorough
 introduction to quantum Monte Carlo as a method for performing
 high-quality calculations of the electronic structure of atoms, molecules,
 and materials. The course is designed for young quantum chemists or
 theoretical physicists who have no previous experience with this
 technique, though anyone interested is welcome to take part.
 The monastery is a unique venue where the community spirit and magnificent
 location have inspired memorable workshops in the past. It is a delightful
 16th century building incorporating an ancient church, and is situated in
 the isolated but spectacular setting of the Tuscan mountain village of
 Vallico Sotto. The church is fully equipped with relevant presentation and
 computer technology, and all accommodation is on-site.  As with all events
 at the Institute, formal lectures are restricted to the mornings, and
 participants are given the freedom and space to think and to contemplate
 and discuss the issues at hand. In addition to hands-on exercises, a
 programme of healthy recreational activities will be organized in the
 afternoons, and it is hoped that by following this strict regime, together
 with breathing clean mountain air and by preparing and sampling fine
 Tuscan cuisine, the participant will be able to return home mentally and
 physically refreshed as well as better informed.
 Describing the complex behaviour of materials at the atomic level requires
 a sophisticated description of the correlated motion of the electrons.
 Quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) is an increasingly popular and explicitly
 many-body method with the unusual capability of yielding highly accurate
 results whilst also exhibiting a very favourable scaling of computational
 cost with system size. Over the last eighteen years, the Cambridge group
 have been researching QMC methods and we have created a powerful, general
 computer program - CASINO - to carry out the calculations. The school will
 focus both on the basic theory of QMC and on more advanced practical
 techniques, and will include a thorough introduction to the CASINO
 program. A background in density functional theory or similar - though not
 essential - is normally thought to be useful.
 Instructors will include the main authors of the CASINO program (Dr. Mike
 Towler, Dr. Neil Drummond and Dr. Pablo Lopez Rios) assisted by Robert Lee.
 Participants would normally need to book a flight to Pisa airport from
 where onward transportation will be arranged (though other destinations
 are possible). Details of previous schools - including photographs - are
 available under the PUBLIC EVENTS link on the TTI web site.
 Interested students should email Mike Towler (mdt26 at for
 registration and further details.