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Theoretical magnetism

Published 2001-01-21

Since the beginning of 2006 STINT supports an institutional collaboration between the Department of Physics, Uppsala University, and the Institute of Physics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, and the Charles University, Prague. The total sum allocated for a four-year period is 2.4 million SEK.

The topic of the collaboration is “theoretical magnetism”, which implies the theoretical and computational modeling of magnetic phenomena and materials. The collaboration has just recently completed its first two years. During this period, an intensive exchange between Sweden and the Czech Republic has developed. Sixteen researchers from Uppsala University, including eight PhD students, went for a scientific exchange visit to Prague and sixteen researchers from the Czech Republic came to Uppsala.

The Czech and Swedish partners share a strong interest in the theory of magnetism, yet, due to a historical development, use different scientific techniques. In the Czech Republic, foremost analytical many-body techniques have been employed, while at Uppsala University computational approaches are heavily being used. Through a combination of these methods a fertile collaboration has evolved; so far, nearly twenty joint publications have appeared. Higher education at Uppsala University has benefited, too, from the collaboration. Prof. Vaclav Janis from the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, who is a world-leading expert in many-body condensed matter physics, has given two courses on this topic for master and PhD students at Uppsala University. Also, two joint workshops “Frontiers in Theoretical Magnetism” have been organized, one in Prague and one in Uppsala. Through the collaboration new contacts to other research groups in Uppsala and Prague have been established.

The reason for the success I believe is that it is important to identify a partner with which there exists a natural overlap in the scientific research. Regarding the scientific research that has been carried out, for us it is of great value to work together with a partner institute that has a high scientific level.

Olle Eriksson
Department of Physics
Uppsala University

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