## SIESTA Tutorial ZCAM, June 2014

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This is a four-day hands-on tutorial on the use of the SIESTA code,
aimed at students and researchers from
different disciplines who already use, or plan to use, SIESTA in their
work and who would like to understand its essential foundations and to
learn how to apply the code effectively.

Apart from the consideration of standard tasks implemented in most
ab-initio codes, such as how to calculate the electronic (band)
structure, perform structure (geometry) relaxation, calculate lattice
vibrations or run molecular dynamics simulations, the specific SIESTA
topics to be covered include the generation and use of
pseudopotentials, the construction of basis sets of strictly localized
numerical atomic orbitals, and basic notions about the efficient
computation of the matrix elements with linear scaling methods and the
role the real-space grid.

The tutorial will consist of "theory" lectures followed by "how-to" and
practical "hands-on" sessions. Some basic knowledge of
quantum mechanics, solid-state physics, and statistical physics will
be assumed, along with basic knowledge of UNIX.

Please note that the level of this school is basic-intermediate, and
just a few advanced topics will be covered. Hence, people with
moderate experience using SIESTA would probably profit more from one
of the specialized topical schools that we occasionally offer.

In this connection, note that another SIESTA Tutorial, including a
introduction to TranSiesta, will be held in Tel Aviv from 8 to 11
September 2014. More information about it is available here.