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Earth Sciences at the University of Fribourg

Bern-Fribourg Master in Earth Sciences


Details of Courses

COURSE TITLE: Atomistic simulations of geo-materials
LECTURERS: Prof. S. Churakov
SCOPE:Atomistic modelling of natural fluid, minerals and their interfaces
CATEGORY: Modelling
ECTS Credits:2
PREREQUISITES: Minimal knowledge of Unix (Linux)
FORMAT:5 lectures and 5 hands-on exercises
FREQUENCY:biennially in fall semester, held in odd years
CONTENTS:Molecular Dynamics (MD) and Monte Carlo (MC) simulations are widely used for interpretation of spectroscopic data or theoretical prediction of physical properties of geomaterials and fluids at extreme conditions. In this course students will learn background of MD and MC simulation and get hands on popular simulation packages. By the end of the course students will be able to set up the simulation on their own and derive physical properties of studied material (e.g. diffusion of ions in water, elastic properties of minerals, vibrational spectra, etc).
ASSESSMENT:Oral examination 50% plus practical work 50%

(prer): Courses with prerequisites.


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