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Nothing is Perfect
The Quantum Mechanics of Defects

Ascona, 26-29 April 2015



  • Fabien Bruneval, CEA Saclay, Gif-sur-Yvette, France
  • Patrick Rinke, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland
  • Alfredo Pasquarello, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland


Defects permeate all fields of science. Deciphering the properties of defects experimentally remains challenging. A complementary approach is to solve the quantum mechanical equations with high performance computing. This approach is now used in materials science, chemistry, nanoscience or quantum computing. However, several limitations still hinder a general understanding of defects. Overcoming these limitations in a concerted way will be the objective of the workshop.