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Physics / KOHN, WALTER



Professor of Physics, Emeritus and Research Professor, Department of Physics, UCSB, Santa Barbara, U.S.A.

1998 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his development of the density-functional theory.

Research interests

A condensed matter theorist who has made seminal contributions to the understanding of the electronic structure of materials. He played the leading role in the development of the density functional theory, which has revolutionized scientists' approach to the electronic structure of atoms, molecules and solid materials in physics, chemistry and materials science.

Professor Kohn has also made major contributions to the physics of semiconductors, superconductivity, surface physics and catalysis.

Prizes and awards

Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1998)
Niels Bohr/UNESCO Gold Medal (1998)
Feenberg Medal (Many Body Physics) (1991)
National Medal of Science (1988)
Davisson-Germer Prize (Surface Physics) (1977)
Oliver Buckley Prize (Solid State Physics) (1960)


Density Functional Theory of Electronic Structure, J. Phys. Chem., 100 12974 (1996). With A. Becke and R. Parr.

Current-dependent Exchange-correlation Potential for Dynamical Linear Response Theory, Phys. Rev. Lett., 77, 2037 (1996). With G. Vignale.

Density Functional Theory, Conference Proceedings, Vol. 49, Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics of Condensed Matter Systems, K. Binder and G. Ciccotti eds., (SIF: Bologna (1996)). pp. 561-572.

Introduction to Landau Fermi-Liquid Theory, Strongly Interacting Fermions and High Superconductivity, Les Houches 1991 Session LVI, Institut D'Etudes Avancées De L'Otan, Nato Advanced Study Institute, July 30-August 31, 1991, eds. B. Doucot and J.Zinn-Justin, ISBN:0444- 82190-2, (Elsevier Science Ltd.: New York (1995)). p.ix-xxiii, 1-18.

The Collected Works of Eugene Paul Wigner, A.S. Wightman and J. Mehra, eds., Part A The Scientific Papers, Vol. IV, Part I: Physical Chemistry, Annotated by N. Balazs; Part II: Solid State Physics, Annotated by W. Kohn, edited by A.S. Wightman, (1997). 460pp. ISBN 3-540-56985-5.

Density Functionals: Theory and Applications., Proceedings of the Tenth Chris Engelbrecht Summer School in Theoretical Physics, Lecture Notes in Physics series, Vol. 500, D. P. Joubert, ed., (Springer-Verlag: Federal Republic of Germany (1997)).

Electronic Density Functional Theory: Recent Progress and New Directions: : Edge Electronic Structure: The Airy Gas, J.F. Dobson, M.P. Das and G. Vignale eds., (Plenum: New York (1998)). ISBN 0-306-45835-9.

Time Dependent Floquet Theory and Absence of an Adiabatic Limit, Phys. Rev. A, 56, 4045 (1997). With D.W. Hone and R. Ketzmerick.

Van der Waals Energies in Density Functional Theory, Phys. Rev. Lett., 80, 4153 (1998). With Y. Meir and D.E. Makarov.

The Edge Electron Gas, Phys. Rev. Lett., 81, 3487 (1998). With A.E. Mattson.

Nobel Lecture:
Electronic Structure of Matter-Wave Functions and Density Functionals, Revs. of Mod. Phys.,71, No.5, 1253 (Oct.1999). The Nobel Foundation 1998.

An essay on condensed matter physics in the twentieth century. Revs.of Mod. Phys., 71, No.2, S59 (1999).

APS Centenary Supplement.
Opening Remarks, International Workshop on Electron Correlatins and Material Properties, Electron Correlations and Material Properties. Gonis, et al., ed. Klwer Academic/Plenum, 1999.

Symmetry of the atomic electron density in Hartree, Hartree-Fock, and density-functional theories, Phys.Rev. A, 62,No.5, 052511(Nov.2000). With H.A. Fertig.

Foreword, Fragen an Das 21 Jahrhundert, ORF Radio Osterreich 1, Zsolnay, 2001.

Periodic Thermodynamics, Journal of Stat.Phys, 103,, No.3/4, 417-423, 2001.

Landaurer conductance without two chemical potentials, Phys. Rev.B, 63, No.15, 155304-1 - 11, 2001. With A. Kamenev.

Kohn-Sham Theory for Ground -State Ensembles, Phys.Rev. Lett. 87(9), 093001, 2001. With C.Ullrich.

An energy functional for surfaces, Journal of Chemical Physics, 115, 3441, 2001.

Degeneracy in Density Functional Theory: Topology in v- and n- Space, PRL, 2002. With C. Ullrich.

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