School on vibrational spectroscopies

It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in the
International School on Vibrational Spectroscopies: A hands-on
introduction to ABINIT, Queretaro, Mexico, March 30-April 5, 2008.

The conference is being organized thanks to a joint effort between several
institutions throughout the world such as Conacyt Mexico, CLAF, FAME project, ONR, ETSF, ICMR and Concyteq.

The six days and half school will introduce the different theoretical
techniques to calculate vibrational properties and their relation with some spectroscopies like
Raman, Infrared, Neutron, etc, and properties like elastic constants, piezoelectricity, superconductivity
and the specific heat.

We will start with the basis of
density functional theory and perturbation density functional theory. A lot of
practice time has been set up to have enough hours to understand the
concepts and get a glance on how calculations are performed. We expect to give a real inside into the ABINIT code and
its use to obtain many different properties. Many different applications will
be presented, from ferroelectrics, semiconductors, metals and others.

Participants will include graduate students, postdocs and non-experts in the field. The level of the conference will be
at an advanced graduate course.

We request all interested participants to submit an application through
our web page before January 31st, 2008:

or get in contact with the organizers through our email address

abinit [arroba]

A complete information about topics and speakers can be found in the School
web page. We expect to have money for support but we encourage you to try to
look for funding in your home country. Please be aware that we have only 80 seats
and your application should be completed as possible. It is important that you know
that if you want to be considered for support you will have to present a poster (submission is
also in our web page)

We look forward to seeing you in Queretaro.

Aldo H. Romero, CINVESTAV-Queretaro. México,
Xavier Gonze, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
Jorge Serrano, ICREA – Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya, Spain
Donald R. Hamann, Rutgers University, U.S.A.
Philippe Ghosez, Université de Liége, Belgium