UBC Department Colloquium: Daniel Massatt

  • Date: 03/17/2023
  • Time: 15:00
Daniel Massatt, Louisiana State University

University of British Columbia


Convergence of the Planewave Approximations for Quantum Incommensurate Systems


Incommensurate structures arise from stacking single layers of low-dimensional materials on top of one another with misalignment such as an in-plane twist in orientation. While these structures are of significant physical interest, they pose many theoretical challenges due to the loss of periodicity. In this paper, we characterize the density of states of Schrödinger operators in the weak sense for the incommensurate system and develop novel numerical methods to approximate them. In particular, we (i) justify the thermodynamic limit of the density of states in the real space formulation; and (ii) propose efficient numerical schemes to evaluate the density of states based on planewave approximations and reciprocal space sampling. We present both rigorous analysis and numerical simulations to support the reliability and efficiency of our numerical algorithms.

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Location: Hybrid - ESB 2012 and Zoom (Meeting ID: 682 8556 4037; Password: 636252)


Time: 3pm Pacific


*Refreshments at 2.30pm at ESB 4133.