Synergy between Experiment and Computation in Nanoscale Science (Synergy)

Venue: Maxwell Dworkin Building at Harvard University

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Event Date/Time: May 31, 2006 End Date/Time: Jun 03, 2006
Registration Date: May 17, 2006
Abstract Submission Date: Apr 07, 2006
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Nanoscience is interdisciplinary. Physics, chemistry and biology all lay claims to expertise in different aspects of probing and manipulating nanoscale objects. Furthermore, at the nanoscale different degrees of freedom (electronic, mechanical, photonic) commonly have overlapping energy scales inhibiting the isolation of specific phenomena. Finally, specific geometry and configuration and connection to the larger scale world are often crucial, and simplifying assumptions (e.g. “circular parabolic potential”) are inadequate. Consequently, one unifying feature of nanotechnology across all disciplines is that computational modeling is an essential component to understanding these systems and interpreting experiments in them.

In this workshop, we will discuss a varied assortment of nanoscale systems and phenomena with an emphasis on computation. The main theme of the conference, the synergy between experiment and computation, will be explored in focused presentations from experimentalists who will describe the impact of computation on their research and what their desiderata might be for future computation. Correspondingly, computational researchers will focus on the outstanding experimental puzzles that their computations address and their desiderata from the experimental world.

We will describe the computational tools that are currently available through NNIN/C and those that are being acquired specifically to dove-tail with NNIN experimental themes, from the state-of-the-art research of several groups. We will provide hands-on sessions in order for prospective users to acquire a quick rise on the often steep learning curve of complex codes.