ILL Theory Group

The objectives of the ILL theory group are (1) to provide theoretical support to ILL scientists and users and (2) to develop its own projects on neutron related subjects. In this respect, we favor long term scientific collaborations rather than a service activity and try to cover a wide range of scientific domains.

Our scientific activity extends over subjects ranging from strong correlation in condensed matter to soft matter (including chemical physics, biophysics, etc.). We use a variety of techniques, from theoretical formalisms and analytical approaches to Monte Carlo/Molecular Dynamics simulation and ab-initio electronic structure calculations.

As our aim is to be an effective support to the ILL instrument scientists and users, most of our work is in direct relation with experimental projects. To be efficient in providing theoretical support however requires that we also spend some time developing new frameworks and methods.

Less visible, but also important, is our availability for informal discussion with experimentalists.

    The main subjects covered by the ILL Theory Group are:


    The main subjects we are presently working on are:

    • Unconventional magnetism
    • Multiferroics systems
    • Diffusion in heterogeneous media
    • Polymers and membranes
    • Biophysical systems
    • Spintronics
    • Interfacial and nanoconfined fluids
    • Porous materials


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