Michele Pavanello

Michele Pavanello

Assistant Professor

email: m.pavanello@rutgers.edu

office phone: 973-353-3468


Curriculum Vitae

What I am reading these days...

November 2016
If you know me, you also know that I am a proud Italian. Let by this blind patriotism, I convinced myself that the Thomas-Fermi theory actually was first theorized by Fermi. Both Fermi and Thomas have papers dated 1927 in which they describe the theory:

  • Enrico Fermi, "Un Metodo Statistico per la Determinazione di alcune Prioprieta' dell'Atomo", Rend. Accad. Naz. Lincei, v.6, pp.602-607 (1927) PDF
  • L. A. Thomas, "The calculation of atomic fields", Proc. Camb. Phil. Soc., v.23, pp.542-548 (1927) PDF
Unfortunately, reading the originals I noticed that Thomas read his finding in November 1926 (article published on January 1927) while Fermi read his finding on December 1927.

September 2015
The interactions between solute and solvent are not simply polarization, they involve purely quantum-mechanical interactions such as dispersion and entanglement. Simple systems once again provide best arguments for understanding complex concepts:

August 2015
This time, rather than reading, I found out this neat trick to obtain bibtex entries from a doi number:
curl -LH "Accept: application/x-bibtex" http://dx.doi.org/[doi number here]
I have included the above in a bash function in .bashrc. This cuts down the paper writing time by a good 20%!

August 2014
Density scaling is a very tricky business. It is fascinating how coordinate scaling (as opposed to other types) holds a great deal of correct physics. This paper by Kieron Burke's group made me lose some precious hours of sleep:

June 2014
To break symmetry, or not to break symmetry? The Scuseria group took "the variational principle at face value" and analyzed in depth broken-symmetry solutions (generalized Hartree-Fock) for applications to bond dissociation:

October 2013
Decay of surface effects is strongly affected by dimensionality! Matt Reuter came up with a nice, simple, and convincing model:

February 2013
How do charges move in organic semiconductors? Tough questions are better answered by simple arguments:

December 2012
Thanks to Neepa Maitra for pointing out this great paper on dye-sensitized solar cells:

Hey PCM, doing OK?

September 2012
Longuet-Higgins was a very good speaker. This lovely paper is just one example:

Simply a good paper!