Earlier this month, on 3rd of May, I was invited for a day to the
Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie Théoriques
of the Université de Lorraine in Metz.
Unlike my earlier stay in Metz stay, during the
last August, I did not manage to enjoy this beautiful city much.
Instead I passed my day with science at the lab
and presented at their seminar in a nicely informal setting:
Around a communal table, eating brioche and drinking coffee.
I have known my host, Ugo Ancarani,
already since the MES.
His research mostly revolves around
the modelling of collisions,
the interaction of light and matter leading to the ejection
of one or more electrons.
Similar to my research in molecular problems he employs
a Sturmian-based approach to solve the problem.
It was quite interesting to discuss similarities and differences
between the physics of bound states and of collision problems,
a theoretical setting I have not yet
spend a lot of time thinking about.
In general I was quite surprised by the large number of research directions,
which are dealt with in this lab.
The range covers for example quantum dynamics,
biochemistry, solvation and mixed phase problems.
I did not manage to chat with everyone,
but I think I managed to catch at least some insight
into the research in Metz.
Originating from the relation
with Ugo's work I ended up presenting
on our recent Coulomb-Sturmian
convergence results at HF level
with some outlook into future directions.
Overall I really enjoyed the atmosphere at the seminar
and the lab and
I already look forward to anther time when I might return to Metz.
As usual my slides are attached below.