Theoretical Spectroscopy Lectures

May 13, 2013 to May 17, 2013
Location : CECAM-HQ-EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
   EPFL on iPhone
   Visa requirements


  • Valerio Olevano (CNRS Institut Neel, Grenoble, France)
  • Francesco Sottile (Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France)
  • Gian-Marco Rignanese (Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium)




ESF- Psi-k2


Electronic excitations are probed by experimental techniques such as optical absorption, EELS and photo-emission (direct or inverse). From the theory point of view, excitations and excited state properties are out of the reach of density-functional theory (DFT), which is a ground-state theory. In the last twenty years other ab-initio theories and frameworks, which are able to describe electronic excitations and spectroscopy, have become more and more used: time-dependent density-functional theory (TDDFT) and many-body perturbation theory (MBPT) or Green's function theory (GW approximation and Bethe-Salpeter equation BSE). In fact, computational solutions and codes have been developed in order to implement these theories and to provide tools to calculate excited state properties.The present school focuses on these points, covering theoretical, practical, and also numerical aspects of TDDFT and MBPT, and codes implementing them (ABINIT, DP, EXC). 

Day 1
- Introduction to Spectroscopy (Theory - 1/2 h)
- Density Functional Theory (Theory - 2 h)
- Microscopic-Macroscopic connection (Theory - 1 h)
- DFT with Abinit (hands-on - 3 h)
Day 2
- Time Dependent DFT (Theory - 2 h)
- TDDFT - Casida eqs. (Theory - 1 h)
- TDDFT with DP (hands-on - 3 h)
Day 3
- Brief round table (1/2 h)
- Introduction to Many-Body Perturbation Theory (Theory - 1 h)
- Many Body Perturbation Theory: GW approximation (Theory - 1.5 h)
- Discussion session (2-3 h)
Day 4
- MBPT and GW in practice (Theory - 1.5 h)
- GW with Abinit (hands-on - 4 h)
Day 5
- Bethe-Salpeter Equation (Theory - 1 h)
- BSE vs TDDFT (Theory - 1 h)
- BSE with EXC (hands-on - 3 h)


[1] R. M. Martin Electronic structure : Basic Theory and Practical Methods, Cambridge University Press (2004)
[2] F. Aryasetiawan and O. Gunnarsson The GW method, Rep. Prog. Phys. 61 237 (1998)
[3] G. Onida, L. Reining and A. Rubio. Electronic excitations: density-functional versus many-body Green's function approaches, Rev. Mod. Phys. 74 601 (2002)
[4] G. Strinati, Riv. Nuovo Cim. 11, 1 (1988)