For the time being we will be focusing on DFT in our study group, but suggestions for other readings and topics are very much welcome!

- DFT in a Nutshell: Seems to be a concise overview of section I of 'The ABC of DFT', with extra questions and answers provided in the supporting information.
- Lecture given by Kieron Burke on the basics of DFT.

- Lecture notes from the University of Southampton: I found the diagrams particularly helpful for working out the external potential and then Hamiltonian for molecules
- Kitchin's DFT book: Available as a pdf or in html form, could be a useful text to use for cross referencing 'The ABC of DFT'

Date | Selected Reading or Exercises | Extras |
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08/01/16 | Reading: Section I Background (Chapters 1-5) | DFT in a Nutshell (Concise overview of section I of 'The ABC of DFT') |

15/01/16 | Exercises at the end of Chapter 1 (conceptual questions and extra exercises) | Some notes from our attempts at the questions! |

25/01/16 | Reading: 'DFT in a Nutshell' plus the questions in the paper (where answers are provided in the SI) and more of the exercises from chapter 1 of 'The ABC of DFT'. | Whiteboard notes from our Q&A session Some resources on the Thomas-Fermi method for when we tackle Q3 in the SI of 'DFT in a Nutshell': here and here |

02/02/16 | Trialling new study group format - bring along any DFT-related questions you encountered during the week or else we'll work through some excerises from 'DFT in a Nutshell' or 'The ABC of DFT'! | Photos of whiteboard notes from the study group discussions can be found here.
The main topics were Wannier functions and the Thomas Fermi Approximation. See here for some really nice slides put together by Jonathan on Wannier functions and using Wsnnier90 with VASP. We also started going through deriving the relationship between the kinetic energy density and electron density in the LDA from Thomas Fermi. |

10/02/16 | Discussion topic: Different basis sets used in DFT | Discussion was mainly focused on plane wave basis sets and pseudopotentials, board notes can be found here |

23/02/16 | Proposed discussion topics: 1) Numeric atom-centred basis sets (e.g. used in FHI-aims code) 2) What is reciprocal space? | Board notes on our discussion on reciprocal space can be found here.(Excuse the bad writing and very very elementary maths I'd forgotten how to do!) |

08/03/16 | Proposed topics: A little more on reciprocal space and onto numeric atom-centred basis sets? (Some useful links here and here. (First has a nice overview of different basis sets and the second is a paper on the FHI-aims code which uses numeric atom-cented orbitals) |