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Course material: Physics 852 Density Functional Theory: Fundamentals and Applications

For a little ppt spiel I gave on using clickers in intro physics: click here

Research interests: in theoretical chemical physics, largely in density functional theory, also in semiclassical methods and quantum chaos. Most recently, the emphasis has been on time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT), a method to describe electronic excitations and dynamics in atomic, molecular, chemical systems and solids.
Fundamental development: investigating properties of the exact functionals in order to guide the development of accurate approximations eg. memory-dependence, from non-adiabatic effects in the linear response regime, to how memory affects species in intense fields. This has a wide range of implications and applications: electronic excitation energies and spectra, double excitations, highly excited Rydberg states, quantum control in intense fields. A recent emphasis has been on time-dependent current-density functional theory (TDCDFT) which is a neat way to go beyond the adiabatic approximation and include spatial non-local dependence.

We’re grateful to our funders, now and in the past: NSF, DOE, Cottrell Scholar Program of Research Corporation, ACS PRF, Hunter College Gender Equity Program, Research Corporation of CUNY

  • Want to hear more?! Come to the 2013 Gordon Research Conference in TDDFT  link here, Aug 11-16, 2013, Biddeford Maine. This will be preceded by a Gordon Research Seminar, aimed at students and postdocs.

          Most of my Publications are available here .

My education:
     B.Sc.(Hons)   University of Otago, New Zealand    (1993). (Undergrad advisor Rob Ballagh)
     Ph.D.   Harvard University, U.S.A.    (1998).   Thesis directed by Rick Heller.
     Postdoc'ed in Bill Miller's chemical physics group at Berkeley, and in Kieron Burke's density functional theory group at Rutgers.


Group members are here

Some useful links:

Lectures on TDDFT at the 2010 Benasque School and Workshop

Ground-state DFT tutorials at the 2010 March APS (John Perdew and Kieron Burke)  

TDDFT tutorials at the 2010 March APS (Carsten Ullrich and me)

Department Seminars: Hunter Physics Department Colloquiua

Often-used journals: Physical Review Letters, Journal of Chemical Physics, Physical Review A, Physical Review B, Chemical Physics Letters, ArXiv pre-print server
Web search: Google
Train schedules: NJ Transit NY-Trenton , Amtrak
NYC Subway: Map
News: N.Y.Times, BBC, NZ Herald ·


Weather: N.Y.C.

Some other favourite links:
Pictures of my littlest colleagues, and more with beloved Dida. 
Interested in math? Chris Woodward's home page
A beautiful country New Zealand (where I grew up!)

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