Basel Universität
Departement für Physik und Astronomie

Prof. Dr. Stefan Goedecker

Full Professor of Physics
Department of Physics und Astronomy
University of Basel
Klingelbergstrasse 82
4056 Basel

tel.: +41 (0)61 267 3743
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administrative assistants
Uta Winzer
Aicha Lang
tel.: +41 (0)61 207 37 50

Short Biography

Stefan Goedecker studied physics at the Technical University Munich and the College of William and Marry. Afterwards he obtained his Ph.D. from EPFL Lausanne. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell university and the Max-Planck Institute in Stuttgart. He then worked in the fundamental condensed matter research department of the CEA Grenoble before being appointed in 2003 full professor of Physics at the university of Basel.

Research Summary

Due to the availability of high speed computers, simulation methods are nowadays a powerful tool to determine the structure and electronic properties of condensed matter systems. We develop new algorithms for electronic structure calculations and atomistic simulations and apply them to problems in physics, nanosciences and biology. The research has interdisciplinary character, involving physics, mathematics, chemistry and computer science.

Selected Publications

(A complete list of publications can be found here or on Google scholar )

  1. Stefan Goedecker, Waldemar Hellmann and Tom Lenosky, Global Minimum Determination of the Born-Oppenheimer Surface within Density Functional Theory, Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 055501 (2005).
  2. S. Goedecker, O(N) methods for electronic structure calculations, Rev. of Mod. Phys. 71, 1085-1123, (1999).
  3. S. Goedecker and C. Umrigar, Natural orbital functional for the many electron problem , Phys. Rev. Lett. 81, 866 (1998).
  4. S. Goedecker, M. Teter and J. Hutter, Separable dual space Gaussian Pseudopotentials, Phys. Rev. B 54, 1703 (1996).
  5. S. Goedecker and A. Hoisie, Performance Optimization of Numerically Intensive Codes, SIAM publishing company, Philadelphia, USA, 2001. (ISBN 0-89871-484-2).