Welcome to the homepage of

Computational Physics subgroup 

Group leader: Dr. Yoon Tiem Leong

We are a subgroup within the theoretical and computational physics research group in the School of Physics, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, 11800 USM, Penang. Our main activities concentrate on teaching and research. The major part of our research concentrates on the application of theoretical and computational methods, including the use of software packages, for the determination of materials properties at the atomistic level. Molecular Dynamics (MD), Quantum Monte Carlo (QMC), Density Functional Theory (DFT), Density Functional Tight-Binding (DFTB), Finite-Difference Time-Domain (FDTD) methods form the theoretical foundation for most of our work. The materials of our interest range from atomic clusters to superconductivity in cuprates to 2D nanomaterials (e.g. graphene) to crystalline solids and other nanoscale structures. We study their structural, electronic, thermal, and optical properties. For some early account on the establishment of this subgroup, read the article on the blog posted around 2009, http://tlyoon.blogspot.com/2009/11/my-computational-physics-research.html. A long term proposal to advance the aspiration of the subgroup has recently been proposed to the school of physics. It is a much formal and complete plan than the 2009 blog article, see http://tlyoon.blogspot.tw/2013/07/my-proposal-for-computational-materials.html. For a brief intro to computational materials physics, the core business we are doing, read the power point presentation here, prepared by our main research collaborator Dr. Lim Thong Leng from MMU Melaka campus.

Indeed, the scope of our research field is wider than most conventional research groups of such kind.