CASUS Institute Seminar, Aurora Pribram-Jones, Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, Merced, USA

After completing her PhD in Chemistry from UC Irvine, where she studied with Kieron Burke as a DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellow, Aurora completed Lawrence and UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowships at LLNL and UC Berkeley. She received her BS in Chemistry from Harvey Mudd College, and her AS degrees in Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics from Foothill College. Aurora develops finite-temperature and ensemble electronic structure methods for use in materials science, quantum chemistry, and warm dense matter theory.

Abstract of the talk// In this talk, Aurora will provide a brief overview of thermal density functional theory, starting from the ground-state version of the theory and noting how the theory at non-zero temperatures is similar and where it must be different. Aurora will then focus on the interplay between temperature, interaction strength, and density dependence in density functional theories, particularly in how they influence the adiabatic connection, simulated scaling, and how these ideas can be connected to fundamental properties of matter and their limits. Aurora will close with some ideas on how to analyze and build temperature-dependent exchange-correlation functional approximations and some of our recent insights into how we can see the effects of strong interaction strength on electronic systems.

Aurora will be talking live in Görlitz. However, as the event is organized in a hybrid format that includes a videoconferencing tool by Zoom Inc., people interested in the topic have the chance to also join the talk remotely. Please ask for the login details via