Attendees Photo

Attendees of "The Obrital-free Alternative" workshop. From left to right. Back row: Lee Collins, Sam Trickey, Luc Kazandjian, Flavien Lambert. Front row: Tomasz Wesolowski, Jim Dufty, Ann Mattsson, Jean Clérouin. Not shown: Eric Cances.

May 30-31, 2011

Jim Dufty and Sam Trickey gave invited talks at "The Orbital-free Alternative" workshop, held at the Institut Henri Poincaré, Paris, May 30-31, 2011. This was a discussion meeting sponsored by the French node of CECAM (Centre Européen de Calcul Atomique et Moléculaire). Jim's talk was entitled "Properties of the Finite Temperature Non-Interacting Density Functionals". Sam's was "Coherent Approach to Orbital-free DFT". There was ample time for really fruitful, detailed discussion.

The purpose was to assess the opportunity and need for a full CECAM workshop on orbital-free DFT. The conclusion was that the main need is to focus primarily on finite- temperature OF-DFT, with the zero-temperature problem as a crucial limiting case. Several hours were devoted to crafting a list of key elements for a proposal to CECAM to fund such a meeting. Thanks go to our colleagues Flavien Lambert and Jean Clérouin for organizing this very fruitful gathering.

A program for the meeting, including abstracts for the talks can be found here.