HoW exciting: Hands-on Tutorial & Workshop on Excitations in Solids 2023

A research assistant from ISSP UL’s Laboratory of Computer Modeling of Electronic Structure of Solids, Elīna Neilande, took part in the hands-on tutorial and workshop on excitations in solids titled "HoW exciting! 2023," organized by Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The event occurred in Berlin, Germany, from August 2nd to August 10th, 2023. During the event, participants were introduced to the new version of the software package "exciting" (specifically, "exciting neon"). The program featured various hands-on tutorials and workshops that showcased its capabilities and latest features. Distinguished professors, including Andris Guļāns, an associate professor from the University of Latvia, contributed to the tutorials and workshops on solid-state excitations, enriching the experience and insights gained.

The tutorials and workshops provided invaluable exposure to the core functionalities of the software package. Throughout "HoW exciting! 2023," the knowledge and experience acquired offered the chance to familiarize oneself with a novel tool capable of performing TD DFT calculations. These calculations are essential for assessing the optical properties of titanium dioxide and how they change when subjected to doping. Although there remains a need for further exploration of the exciting software package’s potential, it has already exhibited certain advantages that set it apart from other existing codes.

The aim of “How Exciting! 2023” was to survey the state-of-the-art of theoretical and computational approaches to describe different kinds of excitations (optical, magnetic, vibrational, etc.) in condensed-matter systems, to discuss future perspectives of these methodologies and their applications in various research fields, and to confront advances in theoretical and computational methods with the latest developments in experimental techniques as well as applications.

For more information, please visit the event’s homepage here.