NANOPHASE Research Training Network (2000-2004)

Nanoscale photon absorption and spectroscopy with electrons


NANOPHASE was the title of a Research Training Network funded through the European Commission's 5th Framework Improving Human Potential and the Socio-Economic Knowledge Base (IHP) programme. The network contract (HPRN-CT-2000-00167) was concluded between the European Commission and the participants on 1st June 2000 with a duration of 48 months.

The NANOPHASE groups went on to form, with others, the Nanoquanta Network of Excellence and, subsequently, the European Theoretical Spectroscopy Facility.

The Network

The Network comprised seven teams, based in the following institutions:

Fritz Haber Institute, Berlin (Theory Department)
Friedrich Schiller University, Jena
(Institut für Festkörpertheorie und Theoretische Optik)
Lund University
(Department of Theoretical Physics)
CNRS/Ecole Polytechnique, Paris
(Laboratoire des Solides Irradiés)
University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
(Dipartimento di Fisica)
University of the Basque Country, San Sebastián (Donostia)
(Departamento de Fisica de Materiales)
University of York
(Department of Physics)

The overall topic of the Network was the theory of nanometre-scale structures - atomic clusters, quantum dots on surfaces or embedded in materials, quantum wires, and molecules adsorbed on surfaces - and the spectroscopic processes that can be used to characterise those structures, their electronic and optical properties, and their growth. Nanostructures are expected to underlie much of future technology, based in most cases on their optical and electronic properties. Our aim is to produce a detailed description and understanding of these properties, together with state-of-the-art ab initio computer simulation software. Research topics included studies of the spectral function (including quasiparticle energies), optical absorption spectrum and electron energy loss spectrum of various zero- and one-dimensional systems and surfaces on which they are adsorbed. The Network funded postdoctoral Research Fellowships and/or PhD students in each of the seven teams.

Network publications

A list of NANOPHASE and other relevant publications is available here

Network Meetings

1995 EPSI workshop (Rome, September 1995)

1996 EXCAM workshop (Paris, September 1996)

1997 EXCAM workshop (Lyon, September 1997)

The 1998 EXCAM meeting was held as part of the 1998 Workshop on Spectroscopy of Electronic Excitations in Materials (Valladolid, September 1998).

The 1999 EXCAM meeting was held as part of the CECAM Workshop on Calculation of Electronic Excitations in Finite and Infinite Systems, Lyon, France, 1-3 September 1999.

The 2000 NANOPHASE meeting was held on 19 and 22 July 2000 in Lyon, before and after a CECAM workshop (20-22 July) on electronic excited states organised by the network.

The 2001 NANOPHASE meeting was held as a stand-alone event (for Network members only, not associated with an international workshop) in Lyon, 12-13 October 2001.

The 2002 NANOPHASE meeting was held in the afternoon of 22 September 2002 in Lyon, preceding a CECAM workshop (23-25 September) on Ab Initio Theoretical Approaches to the Electronic Structure and Optical Spectra of Materials organised by the network.

The 2003 NANOPHASE meeting preceded the workshop "Ab initio Electrons Excitations Theory: Towards Systems of Biological Interest" organised by the network in San Sebastián (Donostia), Spain, 21-24 September 2003.

1st NANOPHASE/NANOQUANTA Young Researchers' Meeting, 6-8 May 2004, École Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France

The series continues under the aegis of the NANOQUANTA Network

Network Internal Web Pages

Nanophase Members' web pages (restricted)

Nanophase Administration web pages (restricted)

Please contact the Coordinator, Rex Godby, for further information about the Network in general, or to send comments on these web pages.