The cross disciplinary field of theoretical physics at Institut NEEL involves more than 20 permanent researchers carrying on fundamental research in condensed matter and statistical mechanics by both an analytical and also a numerical methodology.
We develop theory, models, approximations, simulation algorithms and computer codes, and we apply all these tools to study real systems and calculate physical observables. Our interests involve structural atomic properties and phase diagrams, magnetic properties, electronic structure, various spectroscopies, superconductivity and quantum transport, in systems ranging from solids to nanostructures. The general purpose is to understand and interpret experimentally observed properties, as well as to predict new interesting phenomenology. Our work is very often in collaboration with experimentalists and in close connection with experiments carried on within the Institut Néel, as well as outside.
The most of whom are organized in 3 research groups : Condensed Matter Theory and Statistical Physics, Theory and Numerical Simulation of Electronic Properties, Theory for Nanoscience. Some examples of Néel theoretical transverse axes of research are :
We are involved in several national and European networks. A computing center constituted of one common cluster and several servers is available for our numerical simulations.