Short Biography

Stefan Goedecker studied physics at the Technical University Munich and the College of William and Marry. Afterwards he obtained his Ph.D. from EPFL Lausanne. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell university and the Max-Planck Institute in Stuttgart. He then worked in the fundamental condensed matter research department of the CEA Grenoble before being appointed in 2003  professor of Computational Physics at the University of Basel.


Research Summary

Due to the availability of high speed computers, simulation methods are nowadays a powerful tool to determine the structure and electronic properties of condensed matter systems. We develop new algorithms for electronic structure calculations and atomistic simulations and apply them to problems in physics, nanosciences and biology. The research has interdisciplinary character, involving physics, mathematics, material sciences, chemistry and computer science.


Selected Publications

  1. Separable dual-space Gaussian pseudopotentials S. Goedecker, M. Teter, J. Hutter Physical Review B 54, 1703-1710 (1996).doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.54.1703 [pdf]
  2. Minima hopping: An efficient search method for the global minimum of the potential energy surface of complex molecular systems S. Goedecker The Journal of chemical physics 120, 9911-9917 (2004).doi:10.1063/1.1724816 [pdf]
  3. Daubechies wavelets as a basis set for density functional pseudopotential calculations Luigi Genovese, Alexey Neelov, Stefan Goedecker, Thierry Deutsch,Seyed Alireza Ghasemi, Alexander Willand, Damien Caliste, Oded Zilberberg, Mark Rayson, Anders Bergman, Reinhold Schneider The Journal of chemical physics 129, 014109 (2008).doi:10.1063/1.2949547 [pdf]