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Computational Nanoscience
Applications for Molecules, Clusters, and Solids

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  • Date Published: May 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107001701

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  • Computer simulation is an indispensable research tool in modeling, understanding and predicting nanoscale phenomena. However, the advanced computer codes used by researchers are too complicated for graduate students wanting to understand computer simulations of physical systems. This book gives students the tools to develop their own codes. Describing advanced algorithms, the book is ideal for students in computational physics, quantum mechanics, atomic and molecular physics, and condensed matter theory. It contains a wide variety of practical examples of varying complexity to help readers at all levels of experience. An algorithm library in Fortran 90, available online at, implements the advanced computational approaches described in the text to solve physical problems.

    • Gives students the tools needed to understand advanced computer codes and develop their own codes
    • Contains a wide variety of practical examples of varying complexity to help readers at all levels of experience
    • An algorithm library in Fortran 90, available at, gives readers the necessary software tools
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    • Date Published: May 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107001701
    • length: 444 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 181 x 25 mm
    • weight: 1.01kg
    • contains: 175 b/w illus. 33 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. 1D Problems:
    1. Variational solution of the Schrödinger equation
    2. Solution of bound state problems using a grid
    3. Solution of the Schrödinger equation for scattering states
    4. Periodic potentials: band structure in 1D
    5. Solution of time-dependent problems in quantum mechanics
    6. Solution of Poisson's equation
    Part II. 2D and 3D Systems:
    7. 3D real space approach: from quantum dots to Bose–Einstein condensates
    8. Variational calculations in 2D: quantum dots
    9. Variational calculations in 3D: atoms and molecules
    10. Monte Carlo calculations
    11. Molecular dynamics simulations
    12. Tight binding approach to electronic structure calculations
    13. Plane wave density functional calculations
    14. Density functional calculations with atomic orbitals
    15. Real-space density functional calculations
    16. Time-dependent density functional calculations
    17. Scattering and transport in nanostructures
    18. Numerical linear algebra
    Appendix: code descriptions

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    Computational Nanoscience

    Kálmán Varga, Joseph A. Driscoll

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  • Authors

    Kálmán Varga, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee
    Kálmán Varga is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Vanderbilt University. His main research interest is computational nanoscience, focusing on developing novel computational methods for electronic structure calculations.

    Joseph A. Driscoll, Bradley University, Illinois
    Joseph Driscoll has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, where his research was in the area of intelligent robotics. He has worked in industry as a software developer in the areas of Internet content delivery and bioinformatics. He was an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Middle Tennessee State University. Dr Driscoll also has a PhD in Physics, where his interests include theoretical and computational physics of nanoscale systems. In 2011 he moved to Bradley University, where he was first an Assistant Professor of Engineering Physics, and then became an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr Driscoll's primary research areas are intelligent robotics, high-performance computing, and MEMS/NEMS (micro/nano electromechanical system) device simulation. He works with neural networks, genetic algorithms, computer vision, and other forms of artificial intelligence. Many types of robots are used in his experiments, including flying, walking, and wheeled robots.

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