School on Density Functional Theory and Quantum Information Theory

October 23-26, 2017

São Paulo, Brazil


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Quantum information theory (QIT) has attracted great attention in recent years for combining abstract concepts from quantum mechanics with technological applications — indeed the first commercially related products have already been proposed. Consequences of such interest are a deeper theoretical understanding of fundamental quantum mechanical concepts such as entanglement, and important improvements in nanotechnology where the quantum control over nanoscale systems has sharpened related experimental techniques.

Density functional theory (DFT) has been for many years a well-established theoretical framework to quantitatively calculate the physical properties of real systems, including low-dimensional systems and nanostructures. DFT asserts that all information on a quantum system is contained in its ground-state density, a quantity that is amenable to measurement and has a classical interpretation. DFT is then an excellent framework to develop practical tools for calculating quantum information-related properties for real systems: there is therefore much common ground with QIT and stimulating research to be performed at the interface.

This school is for students and young researchers interested in fields related to condensed matter physics and quantum information theory. During the school participants will familiarize themselves with fundamental concepts on density functional theory and quantum information theory. There is no registration fee and limited funds are available for travel and local expenses. The School will be followed by the Workshop Density Functional Theory meets Quantum Information Theory. The application for the school automatically includes participation in the workshop. 

From September 22-29 ICTP-SAIFR is organizing the Minicourse on Machine Learning for Many-Body Physics. The online application is and more information can be found on the website.


  • Vivian Vanessa França (IQ/UNESP, Brazil)
  • Alexandre Reilly Rocha (IFT/UNESP, Brazil)
  • Klaus Capelle (UFABC, Brazil)
  • Irene D’Amico (University of York, UK)


Giovanni Vignale (University of Missouri, USA): Density Functional Theory
Christian Schilling (University of Oxford, UK): Quantum Information Theory
Eberhard Gross (Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics, Germany) & Irene D’Amico (University of York, UK): Interface between Density Functional Theory and Quantum Information Theory





Online application is now closed.


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