Nanophase Research Training Network

European Union

Status: finished project
Starting date 
1 January 2000
Ending date 
31 December 2004

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.


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