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The ETSF is a knowledge center for theoretical spectroscopy nanotube and a network of researchers carrying out state-of-the-art research on theoretical and computational methods for studying electronic and optical properties of materials. The ETSF gathers the experience and know-how of more than 200 researchers in Europe and the United States, facilitating collaborations and rapid knowledge transfer. Highly efficient computational software plays a crucial role in bridging the gap between theoretical methods and real applications.

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The Computational School on Electronic Excitations in Novel Materials Using the Yambo Code will introduce participants to post-DFT simulations, in particular to many-body perturbation theory (MBPT) approaches and will provide training in the calculation of electronic and optical properties of materials.


The program will offer theoretical and technical lectures, as well as dedicated hands-on sessions where the students will learn the use of the Yambo code in a massively parallel environment and how to run post-processing tools for the analysis of the results. The main topics covered range from introductory lessons on MBPT concepts to more advanced topics in materials science. General topics include the diagrammatic approach, self-energy and quasiparticles, the GW approximation, linear response, and the Bethe-Salpeter equation. Strong focus is given on connection with experimental observables (from photoemission to absorption and photoluminescence). Advanced topics will address real-time spectroscopies, time-dependent polarization in terms of the Berry phase, computation of non-linear optical properties.

Participants are required to have a pre-existing background in DFT methods, including experience in running first principles simulations.

Due to the hands-on nature of the School, the number of participants is limited to the capacity of Adriatico Informatics Lab.

For more details and applications please follow this link:

Female scientists are encouraged to apply.

Grants: A limited number of grants are available to support the attendance of selected participants, with priority given to participants from developing countries. There is no registration fee

Thanks to the generous contribution of the MaX CoE and Psi-K, accommodation in double room is provided at the ICTP Guest Houses for all participants. Participants are free to upgrade at their own costs the accommodation to a single room accordingly to the ICTP Guest House rates.

Deadline: For applications needing financial support and/or visa:  30 November 2019

For applications not needing financial support and/or visa: 15 December 2019

The organisers: Daniele Varsano (CNR-NANO), Maurizia Palummo (University of Rome Tor Vergata), Alejandro Molina-Sánchez (INL), Conor David Hogan (CNR-ISM), Davide Sangalli (CNR-ISM), Ralph Gebauer (ICTP), Local Organiser: Ivan Girotto (ICTP)


Recent ETSF publications

Stefano Di Sabatino, JA Berger, Pina Romaniello; Many-Body Effective Energy Theory: Photoemission at Strong…JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL THEORY AND COMPUTATION 15, 5080-5086, (2019).
Robert Biele, Roberto D'Agosta; Beyond the State of the Art: Novel Approaches for Thermal…ENTROPY 21, (2019).
Lede Xian, Dante Kennes, Nicolas Tancogne-Dejean, Massimo Altarelli, Angel Rubio; Multiflat Bands and Strong Correlations in Twisted Bilayer…NANO LETTERS 19, 4934-4940, (2019).
Stefan Kurth, David Jacob, Nahual Sobrino, Gianluca Stefanucci; Nonequilibrium spectral functions from multiterminal steady…PHYSICAL REVIEW B 100, 085114, (2019).