Session J2: 50th Anniversary of Physical Review Letters

11:15 AM–2:15 PM, Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Morial Convention Center Room: LaLouisiane C

Sponsoring Unit: FHP
Chair: Reinhardt Schuhmann

Abstract ID: BAPS.2008.MAR.J2.3

Abstract: J2.00003 : Condensed Matter Theory: From Models to First Principles

12:27 PM–1:03 PM

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  Marvin Cohen
    (University of California, Berkeley)

It can be argued that modern condensed matter theory (CMP) started 100 years ago. Models of materials explained many solid state phenomena and properties. However, only in the past 50 years---during the ``PRL Era''---can it be argued that a significant number of ab initio calculations for real materials have been done. After some historical comments, the primary conceptual models will be described. This discussion will be followed by examples of current theoretical work on explaining and predicting properties and phenomena associated with ``real materials.''

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