This course provides an overview of electronic structure theory as applied to materials.

Part 1 (compulsory): Dr Paul Tangney and Dr Johannes Lischner
16 lectures and 4 rapid feedback sessions, autumn term

  • Born-Oppenheimer approximation
  • Hartree-Fock theory and beyond Hartree-Fock methods
  • Density-functional theory
  • Sommerfeld theory of metals
  • Bloch theory of electrons in crystals
  • Tight-binding methods
  • Phonons

Part 2 (optional advanced): Dr Arash Mostofi
8 discussion classes, spring term

  • Advanced concepts in density-functional theory 
  • Wannier functions
  • Electronic excitations