ESQC lecturers 2022

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Daniel Crawford (Virginia Tech)
Coupled Cluster Theory (3 lectures) [ pdf 1/3  ` pdf 2/3  ` pdf 3/3 ]
Fundamentals of single-reference coupled cluster theory, including both second-quantized and diagrammatic expositions, size extensivity, perturbative corrections, excited states, analytic gradients, and strategies for efficient computer implementations.

Wim Klopper (Karlsruhe)
Basis Sets, Integrals and SCF Methods (4 lectures) [pdf 1/4   pdf 2/4   pdf 3/4   pdf 4/4 ]
Basic tools and techniques of rigorous molecular electronic structure theory, fundamental for the treatment of molecular properties. The electronic Schrödinger equation. Slater determinants and the Hartree-Fock or self-consistent field (SCF) approximation. The concepts of closed and open shell states, molecular orbitals (MOs) and spin orbitals, restricted and unrestricted SCF procedures, Koopmans' and Brillouin's theorem. Introduction of a basis set (LCAO) expansion for the MOs and the Roothaan-Hall equations. Techniques for the evaluation of integrals over Gaussian functions and direct SCF procedures. Discussions of recent developments.

Stefan Knecht (Algorithmiq Ltd/ETH Zürich)
Multiconfigurational methods: the past, present and road ahead (4 lectures) [pdf 1/1]
These lectures motivate the introduction of a multiconfigurational approach in typical use cases where a single-reference approach is bound to fail. Fundamental aspects of the MCSCF wave function ansatz, the energy expression and the solution of the resulting MCSCF equations will be discussed. In this context, we will consider MCSCF models of "the past” (for example CASSCF and RASSCF), "the present" (CASSCF-based approaches with approximate FCI solvers for large active orbital spaces) and possible new directions for MC methods. Further topics that will be covered include:
  1. the optimisation of excited states
  2. the calculation of excited-state properties
  3. the treatment of electron correlation within a MC framework beyond static correlation: perturbation theory, hybrid DFT approaches
and other contemporary approaches with their pros and cons will be briefly outlined.

Simen Kvaal (Oslo)
Mathematical methods (5 lectures) [ pdf 1/3   pdf 2/3   pdf 3/3   ]
These mathematics lectures are not really Mathematics. There are very few rigorous Theorems and Proofs. Instead, we focus on providing an inspiring guide to some of the mathematical tools that the theoretical chemist typically will need to do research. This guide includes an outline of mathematical concepts and their relations, but also pointers to good information resources online: books, courses, YouTube channels, and so on. Quantum chemistry is about computation on a computer, so the mathematical tools will be illustrated with easy-to-grasp live-coding examples and visualizations using Python, from symbolic derivation and integration to numerical solution of linear algebra problems and partial differential equations. Photo credit: Camilla E. Kottum

Frank Neese (Mülheim)
Algorithm design (1 lecture) [ pdf 1/1 ]
Efficient implementation of quantum chemical equations. Do's and don'ts of quantum chemical programming. Obtaining exact numbers in the most efficient way vs. obtaining approximate numbers efficiently
Magnetic properties (1 lecture) pdf 1/1 ]

Local correlation (1 lecture) [pdf 1/1]
Various approaches to calculating the dynamic correlation energy for large molecules: incremental methods, domain based local schemes, pair natural orbital approaches
General aspects of computational chemistry (1 lecture)
Design issues encountered in planning an actual computational chemistry study. Incentive for thinking about the goals of the computational study, but not a set of 'carved in stone' recipes. Actual example

Johannes Neugebauer (Münster)
QM/QM and QM/MM hybrid methods (2 lectures) [pdf 1/2  pdf 2/2 ]
Partitioning of Quantum Systems: From exact expressions to approximate embedding methods. Introduction to QM/MM: Mechanical vs. electronic vs. polarizable embedding. Additive vs. subtractive schemes. Averaging environment conformations. Continuum solvation models.

Patrick Norman (Stockholm)
Response theory (2 lectures) [ pdf 1/1   ]
An introduction to response functions and their use to describe the properties of ground and excited states is provided. The response functions are introduced as terms in the expansion of the the time-development of an expectation value for a Hamiltonian including a time-dependent perturbation. It is shown that the linear response function provides information about excitation energies and transition moments.

Trond Saue (Toulouse)
Second Quantization (2 lectures) [ pdf 1/2   pdf 2/2 ]
The formalism of second quantization provides an alternative representation of quantum mechanics, that is useful for orbital based models. In second quantization Slater determinants are represented by occupation number vectors in an abstract vector space, the Fock space. Operators are represented by linear combinations of products of creation and annihilation operators. The use of finite basis sets leads to deviations from the usual commutators between operators.
Relativistic Quantum Chemistry (3 lectures) [ pdf 1/1   ]
Basics of relativistic effects in the electronic structure of atoms and molecules. Relativistic theory of many-electron systems. Dirac equation and Dirac-Coulomb-Breit equation. Transformations of the Dirac equation to two-component form. Effective Core Potentials. Spin-orbit coupling in molecules. Applications of relativistic methods in heavy-element chemistry.

Stella Stopkowicz (Mainz) is unfortunately unable to come.
Molecular properties (3 lectures)
One ESQC19 lecture of Trygve Helgaker will be given by Trond SAUE [ pdf 1/3   pdf 2/3   pdf 3/3 ]
Time-independent properties are introduced with a focus on derivative theory. Numerical and analytical derivatives are compared. The distinction between variational and non-variational wave-function methods and the consequences for the determination of properties is made thereby discussing the Hellman-Feynman theorem, the 2n+1 and 2n+2 rules, and the method of Lagrange multipliers. One- and two-electron properties, molecular gradients and Hessians, geometrical perturbations and geometry-optimizations are examined.The electronic Hamiltonian in an electromagnetic field, its implications in terms of Gauge dependence, resulting computational strategies, and magnetic properties (for example NMR shieldings) are discussed.
Photo credit: Camilla E. Kottum
Peter Taylor (Tianjin)
Symmetry and Quantum-chemical Calculations (1 lecture) [ pdf 1/1 ]
In this lecture we review various aspects of molecular symmetry relevant to quantum-chemical calculations. After considering the various symmetry properties of the Hamiltonian, we focus first on the use of point-group symmetry and projection operators to obtain symmetry-adapted functions. We then briefly visit spin and the connection between second quantization and the general linear group, before concluding with some discussion of electron configurations that ties together spin, spatial, and permutational symmetries.

Julien Toulouse (Paris)
Density Functional Theory (3 lectures) [pdf 1/1]
  1. Basic DFT: Hohenberg-Kohn theorem, Levy’s constrained-search formulation, Kohn-Sham method, Practical calculations in an atomic basis, spin DFT.
  2. More advanced topics in DFT: Exchange and correlation holes, Adiabatic connection, Scaling relations, Fractional electron numbers and frontier orbital energies, Derivative discontinuity, Fundamental gap, Excitation energies.
  3. Usual approximations for the exchange-correlation energy: Local-density approximation, Generalized-gradient approximations, Meta-generalized-gradient approximations, Hybrid approximations, Double-hybrid approximations, Range-separated hybrid approximations, Semiempirical dispersion corrections.