Chemical Physics Summer School

Many Body Techniques in Chemical Physics

June 16-28, 2002
Roger Williams University
Bristol, RI

Organizers:
Shaul Mukamel (University of Rochester)
Rudolph A Marcus (California Institute of Technology)

MISSION STATEMENT

With recent advances in computational techniques, many graduate students in theoretical chemical physics receive a good numerical training. However, connecting numerical modeling with experiment and the interpretation of numerical results requires developing models and solving them using old fashioned physically motivated approximations and using analytical techniques such as complex variable methods, Green's functions, path integral, semiclassical expansions, etc. It appears that these vital skills are now de-emphasized in many graduate programs and many students are unable to use the powerful methods and concepts, which historically form the basis for many important advances in chemical physics. In many schools the graduate course-work requirements have been considerably reduced over the past decade. Students are typically encouraged to select advisors and start their research within three months of entering the graduate programs. A lack of an adequate mathematical and physics training for theorists as well as experimentalists is now a major problem. Connecting theoretical modeling with experiment and the interpretation of numerical results requires developing models and solving them using physically-motivated approximations. Some students' idea of theory are that one focuses on running programs which they or others have written, rather than on the formulation of ideas which lead to programs and to an insightful interpretation of the numerical and experimental results. Summer schools (such as NATO's) are very common in Europe. Participants are exposed to a series of mini courses and get to interact with fellow students. Such opportunities rarely exist in the United States.

This chemical physics summer school will provide a basic survey of current theoretical and experimental techniques for chemistry and physics graduate students, post doctoral fellows and advanced senior undergraduate students. The lectures will emphasize physically-motivated approximations and the connection with current experiments. Lecturers will discuss what aspects have made their work so insightful and influential and what part may be transferable to other quite different problems and so speak to a large body of students in various fields of theory. One of the major accomplishments of the series of schools organized by Lowdin in the sixties and seventies was that they created a sense of community in quantum chemistry. We would like these schools to achieve the same goal, but for chemical physics in general.

MAIN GOALS

To expose students to tutorials in targeted subdisciplines of chemical physics.

To get students acquainted with their peers at other institutions at the early stage in their careers.

To familiarize students with state of the art techniques and topics, in greater depth than possible in normal course work.

To create a common culture for physics and chemistry students. Condensed matter physics and physical chemistry have a lot in common, and are gradually emerging into a single field. Their common denominator is much stronger than with other physics and chemistry subdisciplines such as high energy physics or organic chemistry. Yet the culture, terminology and way of thinking are very different for purely historical and anachronistic reasons. Traditional funding and rigid curriculum create additional barriers for the exchange of ideas. The school could help erasing these barriers.

NOTES

The first chemical physics summer school on analytical approaches to rate processes and time-resolved spectroscopy in condensed phases that was held on June 18 - 30, 2000 at Roger Williams College, seems to have filled a badly needed void in Graduate programs in the United States, and was enthusiastically received by the students and lecturers alike.

Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged.

PLEASE NOTE: for further information and online application, please click on the boxes (links) at the bottom of this page.

STUDENT FELLOWSHIPS

Some student fellowships will be available subject to funding which is still pending. If you are interested in applying for a fellowship, please send the following information to the Gordon Conference Research office: Your CV, a description of research interests and publications list (if any), undergraduate and graduate transcripts and two letters of recommendation.

SPONSORS

The school is sponsored by the Office of Naval Research, The National Science Foundation and the US Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences.

SUNDAY JUNE 16, 2002
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and check-in
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm - 10:00 pmEVENING SESSION
7:00 pm - 8:00 pmWalter Kohn (University of California at Santa Barbara)
"Density Functional Theory, Concepts and Challenges"
8:00 pm - 9:00 pmMichael E. Fisher (University of Maryland)
"Molecular Motors: Observations and Theory"
9:00 pm - 10:00 pmKarl Freed (University of Chicago)
"Polymer Structure and Long Time Dynamics of Protein Folding"
MONDAY JUNE 17, 2002
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmMORNING SESSION
9:00 am - 10:00 amKarl Freed (University of Chicago)
"Polymer Structure and Long Time Dynamics of Protein Folding"
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:30 amHardy Gross (Institut fur Theoretische Physik, Wurzburg Germany)
"Time Dependent Density Functional Theory"
11:30 am - 12:30 pmWalter Kohn (University of California at Santa Barbara)
"Density Functional Theory, Concepts and Challenges"
12:30 pm Lunch
5:00 pm Reception
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm - 10:00 pmEVENING SESSION
7:00 pm - 8:00 pmMichael E. Fisher (University of Maryland)
"Molecular Motors: Observations and Theory"
8:00 pm - 9:00 pmVladimir Chernyak (Corning Inc.)
"Time dependent variational techniques for bosons and fermions using generalized coherent states"
9:00 pm -10:00 pmDavid Reichman (Harvard University)
"Molecular Dynamics of Glass Transitions"
TUESDAY JUNE 18, 2002
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmMORNING SESSION
9:00 am - 10:00 amMichael E. Fisher (University of Maryland)
"Molecular Motors: Observations and Theory"
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:30 amKarl Freed (University of Chicago)
"Polymer Structure and Long Time Dynamics of Protein Folding"
11:30 am - 12:30 pmVladimir Chernyak (Corning Inc.)
"Time dependent variational techniques for bosons and fermions using generalized coherent states"
12:30 pmLunch
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm - 10:00 pmEVENING SESSION
7:00 pm - 8:00 pmHardy Gross (Institut fur Theoretische Physik, Wurzburg Germany)
"Time Dependent Density Functional Theory"
8:00 pm - 9:00 pmJasper Knoester (Institute for Theoretical Physics, Groningen, The Netherlands)
"Electronic Excitations in Molecular Aggregates"
9:00 pm- 10:00 pmDavid Reichman (Harvard University)
"Molecular Dynamics of Glass Transitions"
WEDNESDAY JUNE 19, 2002
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmMORNING SESSION
9:00 am - 10:00 amMichael E. Fisher (University of Maryland)
"Molecular Motors: Observations and Theory"
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:30 amHardy Gross (Institut fur Theoretische Physik, Wurzburg Germany)
"Time Dependent Density Functional Theory"
11:30 am - 12:30 pmKarl Freed (University of Chicago)
"Polymer Structure and Long Time Dynamics of Protein Folding"
12:30 pmLunch
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm - 10:00 pmEVENING SESSION
7:00 pm - 8:00 pmJose Onuchic (University of California at San Diego)
"Quantum and Classical Transport in Condensed Phases"
8:00 pm - 9:00 pmVladimir Chernyak (Corning Inc.)
"Cooperative optical response, collective excitations, and energy transfer in molecular structures"
9:00 pm-10:00 pmJasper Knoester (Institute for Theoretical Physics, Groningen, The Netherlands)
"Electronic Excitations in Molecular Aggregates"
THURSDAY JUNE 20, 2002
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmMORNING SESSION
9:00 am - 10:00 amHardy Gross (Institut fur Theoretische Physik, Wurzburg Germany)
"Time Dependent Density Functional Theory"
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:30 amJasper Knoester (Institute for Theoretical Physics, Groningen, The Netherlands)
"Electronic Excitations in Molecular Aggregates"
9:00 pm-10:00 pmVladimir Chernyak (Corning Inc.)
"Cooperative optical response, collective excitations, and energy transfer in molecular structures"
12:30 pmLunch
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm - 10:00 pmEVENING SESSION
7:00 pm - 8:00 pmIrwin Oppenheim (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
"Mode Coupling Theory, Glass Formation and Suspensions"
8:00 pm - 9:00 pmDavid Reichman (Harvard University)
"Molecular Dynamics of Glass Transitions"
9:00 pm-10:00 pmJose Onuchic (University of California at San Diego)
"Quantum and Classical Transport in Condensed Phases"
FRIDAY JUNE 21, 2002
7:30 am - 8:30 pmBreakfast
9:00 am-12:30 pmMORNING SESSION
9:00 am-10:00 amIrwin Oppenheim (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
"Mode Coupling Theory, Glass Formation and Suspensions"
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am-11:30 amBranka Ladanyi (Colorado State University)
"Liquid State Structure, Solvation and Dielectric Properties"
11:30 am-12:30 pmJose Onuchic (University of California at Santa Barbara)
"Quantum and Classical Transport in Condensed Phases"
12:30 pm Lunch
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm-10:00 pmEVENING SESSION
7:00 pm-8:00 pmJasper Knoester (Institute for Theoretical Physics, Groningen, The Netherlands)
"Electronic Excitations in Molecular Aggregates"
8:00 pm- 9:00 pmDavid Reichman (Harvard University)
"Molecular Dynamics of Glass Transitions"
9:00 pm-10:00 pmBranka Ladanyi (Colorado State University)
"Liquid State Structure, Solvation and Dielectric Properties"
SATURDAY JUNE 22, 2002
FREE DAY
SUNDAY JUNE 23, 2002
7:30 am - 8:30 pmBreakfast
9:00 am-12:30 pm MORNING SESSION
9:00 am-10:00 amIrwin Oppenheim (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
"Mode Coupling Theory, Glass Formation and Suspensions"
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am -11:30 amBranka Ladanyi (Colorado State University)
"Liquid State Structure, Solvation and Dielectric Properties"
11:30 am-12:30 pmJimmie Doll (Brown University)
"Classical and Quantum Monte Carlo Techniques"
12:30 pmLunch
2:00 pm Ilias Perakis (Vanderbilt University)
"Coherent ultrafast dynamics of strongly correlated systems"
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm - 10:00 pmEVENING SESSION
7:00 pm - 8:00 pmIrwin Oppenheim (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
"Mode Coupling Theory, Glass Formation and Suspensions"
8:00 pm - 9:00 pmJose Onuchic (University of California at Santa Barbara)
"Quantum and Classical Transport in Condensed Phases"
9:00 pm-10:00 pmJimmie Doll (Brown University)
"Classical and Quantum Monte Carlo Techniques"
MONDAY JUNE 24, 2002
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmMORNING SESSION
9:00 am - 10:00 amMorrel Cohen (Rutgers University)
"Density Functional Theory of Chemical Reactivity"
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:30 amRon Elber (Cornell University)
"Slow Processes in Molecular Biophysics"
11:30 am - 12:30 pmHartmut Haug (Institut fur Theoretische Physik, Frankfurt, Germany)
"Quantum Kinetics for Ultrafast Spectroscopy of Semiconductors"
12:30 pm Lunch
2:00 pm Ilias Perakis (Vanderbilt University)
"Coherent ultrafast dynamics of strongly correlated systems"
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm - 10:00 pmEVENING SESSION
7:00 pm - 8:00 pmCarmela Valdemoro (Instituto Matematicas Fisica Fundamental, Madrid, Spain)
"Reduced Density Matrices in Electronic Structure Theory"
8:00 pm - 9:00 pmBranka Ladanyi (Colorado State University)
"Liquid State Structure, Solvation and Dielectric Properties"
9:00 pm-10:00 pmYoshitaka Tanimura (Institute for Molecular Science, Okazaki, Japan)
"Path Integrals, Fokker Planck Equations and Stochastic Dynamics"
TUESDAY JUNE 25, 2002
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmMORNING SESSION
9:00 am - 10:00 amMorrel Cohen (Rutgers University)
"Density Functional Theory of Chemical Reactivity"
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:30 amJimmie Doll (Brown University)
"Classical and Quantum Monte Carlo Techniques"
11:30 am - 12:30 pmHartmut Haug (Institut fur Theoretische Physik, Frankfurt, Germany)
"Quantum Kinetics for Ultrafast Spectroscopy of Semiconductors"
12:30 pm Lunch
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm - 10:00 pmEVENING SESSION
7:00 pm - 8:00 pmCarmela Valdemoro (Instituto Matematicas Fisica Fundamental, Madrid, Spain)
"Reduced Density Matrices in Electronic Structure Theory"
8:00 pm - 9:00 pmYoshitaka Tanimura (Institute for Molecular Science, Okazaki, Japan)
"Path Integrals, Fokker Planck Equations and Stochastic Dynamics"
9:00 pm- 10:00 pmRon Elber (Cornell University)
"Slow Processes in Molecular Biophysics"
WEDNESDAY JUNE 26, 2002
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmMORNING SESSION
9:00 am - 10:00 amHartmut Haug (Institut fur Theoretische Physik, Frankfurt, Germany)
"Quantum Kinetics for Ultrafast Spectroscopy of Semiconductors"
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:30 amYoshitaka Tanimura (Institute for Molecular Science, Okazaki, Japan)
"Path Integrals, Fokker Planck Equations and Stochastic Dynamics"
11:30 am - 12:30 pmJimmie Doll (Brown University)
"Classical and Quantum Monte Carlo Techniques"
12:30 pmLunch
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm - 10:00 pmEVENING SESSION
7:00 pm - 8:00 pmMorrel Cohen (Rutgers University)
"Density Functional Theory of Chemical Reactivity"
8:00 pm - 9:00 pmRon Elber (Cornell University)
"Slow Processes in Molecular Biophysics"
9:00 pm-10:00 pmCarmela Valdemoro (Instituto Matematicas Fisica Fundamental, Madrid, Spain)
"Reduced Density Matrices in Electronic Structure Theory"
THURSDAY JUNE 27, 2002
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmMORNING SESSION
9:00 am - 10:00 amHartmut Haug (Institut fur Theoretische Physik, Frankfurt, Germany)
"Quantum Kinetics for Ultrafast Spectroscopy of Semiconductors"
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:30 amCarmela Valdemoro (Instituto Matematicas Fisica Fundamental, Madrid, Spain)
"Reduced Density Matrices in Electronic Structure Theory"
11:30 am - 12:30 pmMorrel Cohen (Rutgers University)
"Density Functional Theory of Chemical Reactivity"
12:30 pmLunch
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm - 10:00 pmEVENING SESSION
7:00 pm - 8:00 pmYoshitaka Tanimura (Institute for Molecular Science, Okazaki, Japan)
"Path Integrals, Fokker Planck Equations and Stochastic Dynamics"
8:00 pm - 9:00 pmRon Elber (Cornell University)
"Slow Processes in Molecular Biophysics"
9:00 pmGeneral Discussion
FRIDAY JUNE 28, 2002
7:30 am - 8:30 pmBreakfast
9:00 am Departure

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