Photonic Materials from ab-initio Theory
Accurate parameter-free calculations of optical response functions for real materials and nanostructures still represent a major challenge for computational materials science. Our project focusses on the development and application of efficient but accurate ab-initio methods that give access to the linear and nonlinear optical spectra. We explore, on the atomistic level, how the material structure, its composition and defects, but also external parameters like stress, temperature or magnetic fields influence the optical response. It thus leads to a better understanding of existing materials and contributes to the design of new photonic materials.