27th UGA Center for Simulational Physics Workshop begins Feb. 24

Athens, Ga. – The 27th Annual Center for Simulational Physics Workshop at the University of Georgia will be held the week of Feb. 24-28. “Recent Developments in Computer Simulation Studies in Condensed Matter Physics” is hosted by the UGA Center for Simulational Physics and will be held in Room 322 of the physics building on the UGA campus. The workshop is open but registration is required. Registration is free for UGA students and faculty and $100 for all others.

The annual workshop highlights recent advances in applications, algorithms and parallel implementations of computer simulation methods for the study of condensed matter systems. Topics of interest include Monte Carlo, molecular dynamics, and other numerical studies of such physical problems as materials growth, structural and magnetic phase transitions, polymers, surfaces, nanostructures, strongly correlated electron systems and models of exotic quantum phases. Other areas of interest include interfaces, granular flow, diffusion, genomics, membranes and protein folding, free energy determinations and quantum computing.

The UGA workshop welcomes participants from six continents to campus for the weeklong event. Invited speakers include Kurt Binder (University of Mainz) and Robert Swendsen (Carnegie Mellon University), both adjunct professors in the UGA department of physics and astronomy. Binder was the 1993 recipient of the Max Planck Medal (previous winners include Albert Einstein and Werner Heisenberg), and Swendsen was awarded the 2014 Aneesur Rahman Prize for Computational Physics by the American Physical Society.

“This annual workshop has become an internationally recognized event in the simulational physics community,” said David Landau, Distinguished Research Professor of Physics and director of the Center for Simulational Physics. “The event provides an opportunity for students and faculty at UGA to rub elbows with the world’s leading experts without having to leave home.”

More information about the workshop is available at http://www.csp.uga.edu/.