Institute of Solid State Research - Quantum-Theory of Materials (IFF-1), Forschungszentrum Jülich
The analysis and computation of electronic properties of solid-state systems relevant for basic science and practical applications in collaboration with experimentalists is the hallmark of our research. An important asset of our institute is the competence in developing conceptual and computational methods (density functional theory and beyond, wave-packet propagation, diagram techniques). Emphasis is on the investigation of complex magnetism, magnetism in reduced dimensions, spin-dependent electronic transport phenomena, collective excitations and quasi-particles. A second research theme is nano-scale tribology, friction, adhesion, plastic deformation. Computational materials science research is established by combining first-principles results with macroscopic methods (molecular dynamics, Monte Carlo).