Boulder School 2010: Computational and Conceptual Approaches to Quantum Many-Body Systems

July 6 - July 30, 2010

Scientific Coordinators

Matt Hastings, Microsoft Station Q
Barbara Terhal, IBM Watson
Simon Trebst, Microsoft Station Q
Matthias Troyer, ETH Zurich
Steven White, UC Irvine

Site Coordinator

Leo Radzihovsky, University of Colorado

The 2010 summer school will cover a broad range of modern numerical approaches to strongly correlated quantum many-body systems and materials. This will also include novel ideas coming from the quantum information community, in particular various approaches based on tensor network states and entanglement renormalization methods. These method-oriented presentations will be complemented by a substantial number of phenomenological and application oriented lectures.

Group Photo

Public Lectures

Steven White, UC Irvine
Chaos, Quantum Mechanics and Computers
Wednesday, July 14th, 7pm
Patrick Lee, MIT
Superconductors and Magnets: Strange bedfellows of the quantum world
Tuesday, July 27th, 7pm

Expected lecturers and seminar speakers

Bryan Clark, Princeton
Adrian Feiguin, Wyoming
Matthew Fisher, Caltech
Matt Hastings, Station Q
David Huse, Princeton
Andreas Läuchli, MPI Dresden
Patrick Lee, MIT
Roger Melko, Waterloo
Andrew Millis, Columbia
Ashwin Nayak, Waterloo
Gil Refael, Caltech
Ulrich Schollwöck, Munich
Thomas Schulthess, Oak Ridge
Barbara Terhal, IBM Watson
Simon Trebst, Station Q
Nandini Trivedi, Ohio State
Matthias Troyer, ETH Zurich
Frank Verstraete, Vienna
Ashvin Vishwanath, UC Berkeley
Philipp Werner, ETH Zurich
Steven White, UC Irvine


The method-oriented lectures will give pedagogical introductions to a variety of numerical approaches including classical Monte Carlo and various flavors of quantum Monte Carlo, exact diagonalization, the density matrix renormalization group, series expansions, dynamical mean-field theory, and quantum impurity solvers. These lectures will be complemented by an introduction to high-performance computing and parallel programming as well as hands-on tutorials of open-source numerical codes.

On the quantum information side lecturers will cover tensor network states, entanglement renormalization approaches, and an introduction to computational complexity theory and its classification of computational problems encountered in many-body systems.

The phenomenological lectures will feature a broad mix of topics including (dis)ordered boson systems, frustrated magnetism, spin liquids and exotic phases, cold atoms, and strongly correlated fermion systems.