Mathematical Methods in Quantum Molecular Dynamics (13w5018)


(Queen's University)

(Virginia Tech University )


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Workshop on Mathematical Methods in Quantum Molecular Dynamics " workshop from April 28th to May 3rd, 2013.

The motion of atoms in molecules and during reactions is governed by quantum mechanical equations that are easy to write down but extremely difficult to solve. The fundamental mathematical problems that prevent their solution are preventing progress in the field of molecular quantum dynamics. The workshop on Quantum Molecular Dynamics brings together chemists, physicists, and mathematicians who are working in this field. Communication between these different groups of scientists has been poor, and the workshop provides an opportunity for the groups to share information and create new lines of communication.

All three fields will benefit from this workshop. Mathematicians will learn of progress made and problems faced by chemists and physicists working in the area. Chemists and physicists will learn of techniques mathematicians have developed for addressing the difficulties they face in finding approximate solutions to the equations. Applications of this work combustion chemistry and the study of molecules that are important to atmospheric chemistry.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).