Dr. Peter Derlet

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Condensed Matter Theory Group >>

Paul Scherrer Institute
5232 Villigen PSI

Telephone: +41 56 310 3164
E-mail: peter.derlet@psi.ch

Research Activities/Specialties

Peter Derlet is a senior staff scientist within the Condensed Matter Theory group at the Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland. He specializes in the atomistic modeling of materials science related issues using both ab initio and semi-empirical methods. His fields of interest are:
  • The mechanical properties of materials with complex defect structures.
  • The dynamical properties of local and extended defects.
  • The theoretical development and implementation of reliable semi-empirical models of inter-atomic interaction.
  • The development of simulation tools to model the experimental measurement of structural disorder using neutrons, photons and electrons.
  • Classical magnetization dynamics in micro- and meso-scopic magnetic systems.
  • The vibrational and configurational dynamics of structural glasses well below the glass transition temperature.
  • Avalanche statistics using simplified dislocation dynamics geometries.
  • The development of potential energy landscape exploration algorithms for use in the study of structural and magnetic excitations.

Selected Activity

Recent and current collaborators

  • Andreas Adelmann, LSM-PSI, Switzerland
  • Peter Arbenz, Dep. Informatik, ETHZ, Switzerland
  • Uli Aschauer, Chemistry, UniBern, Switzerland
  • Dan Gianola, University of Pennsylvania, USA
  • Christoph Hauri, SwissFEL-PSI, Switzerland
  • Laura Heyderman, NUM-PSI, Switzerland
  • Péter Ispánovity, Department of Materials Physics, Eötövs University, Budapest
  • Armin Kleibert, SLS-PSI, Switzerland
  • Joerg Loeffler, Inst. Metallforschung, ETHZ, Switzerland
  • Robert Maaß, University of Goettingen, Germany
  • Jean-François Molinari, Computational Solid Mechanics Laboratory, EPFL, Switzerland
  • Nicola Spaldin, Materials Theory, ETHZ, Switzerland

Current and past PhD. Projects within CMT

  • Soyong Jekal 2016-, (Geometrical characterization of atomic structure and evolution in atomistically simulated model bulk metallic glasses; Thesis director, Prof. J. Loeffler, ETHZ)
  • Dominik Schildknecht 2016-, (Two dimensional dipolar XY systems with disorder; Thesis Director, Prof. L. J. Heyderman, ETHZ/PSI)
  • Soumya Swayamjyoti 2012-2016, (Atomistic Modelling of Structural Glasses; Thesis director, Prof. J. Loeffler, ETHZ)
  • Araceli Valles Sales 2010-2013, (Vibrational Properties of Amorphous Solids; Thesis directors, Profs. D. Crespo and E. Pineda, UPC-BarcelonaTech)

Open positions

No open PhD positions are available at this moment.

Current Teaching

  • 2016-, Lecturer at ETHZ, Zurich, Projects in Statistical Thermodynamics
  • 2015-, Lecturer at EPFL, Lausanne, Powder technology Masters Course, Introduction to Numerical Modelling

Recent/upcoming Invited talks

  • Invited talk, Multiscale Materials Modeling Conference: Structure, Statistics and Mechanics in Crystal Dislocation Plasticity, Osaka, Japan, October 28 to November 2, 2018
  • Seminar talk, Dep. of Physics, EPFL, July 13th, 2017, "Thermally active two dimensional artificial spin-ice systems: experiment and simulation"
  • Seminar talk, Interdisciplinary Centre of Advanced Materials Simulation (ICAMS), University of Bochum, Germany, June 22, 2017, "Low energy structural excitations in amorphous solids, and their role in relaxation and plasticity”
  • CECAM workshop, Challenges in crystal plasticity: from discrete dislocations to continuum models, CECAM-Lugano, Lugano, Switzerland, February 27 to March 1, 2017
  • CCMX Summer School, Multiscale Modelling of Materials, EPFL Lausanne, August 29-31, 2016, "Introduction to molecular dynamics"
  • Seminar talk, Technische Universität Darmstadt, June 22nd, 2016, "Thermally activated structural excitations in a model amorphous solid"
  • Seminar talk, Institut für Materialphysik, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, June 7th, 2016, "Thermally activated structural excitations in a model amorphous solid"
  • Invited talk, DPG Spring Meeting, Regensburg, Germany, March 21st-26th 2016, "Critical stresses in intermittent plasticity and the transition to macroscopic yield"
  • Seminar talk, Civil Engineering Department, EPFL Lausanne, September 4th, 2014, "A probabilistic explanation for the size-effect in crystal plasticity"
  • CCMX Summer School, Atomistic Scale Modelling of Materials, EPFL Lausanne, September 1-3, 2014, "What are the biggest challenges for modelling metals?"
  • CCMX Summer School, Atomistic Scale Modelling of Materials, EPFL Lausanne, September 1-3, 2014, "Potential based methods"
  • 13th PSI Summer School on Condensed Matter Research, Exploring time, energy and length scales in condensed matter, Institut Montana, Zug, Switzerland, August 9-15 2014, "Two dimensional artificial spin ice: experiment and simulation"
  • March APS Meeting, Denver, Colorado, US, "Thermally active two dimensional artificial spin-ice systems: experiment and simulation."
  • Seminar Talk, Institute of Materials, University of Goettingen, Germany, 2013, "Simplified dislocation dynamics modelling of micro-plasticity"
  • Seminar Talk, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Pennsylavania, Philedelphia, USA, 2012, "Thermally active structural glasses: extreme value statistics, freezing and low temperature deformation."
  • Seminar Talk, Joint User's Meeting at PSI, Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland, September 11th, 2011, "Langevin Dynamics and probing the atomic scale"
  • Seminar Talk, Department of Physics, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway, April 11th 2011, "Understanding disorder and how metallic glasses yield"
  • Invited Talk, Spring Meeting, Swiss Association of Computational Chemistry, Bern, Switzerland, February 18th 2011, "Semi-empirical atomistic modelling of itinerant magnetic systems"

Extra-curricular activities and contributions

  • MRS Spring 2018 symposium organiser for "Strain localization, avalanches and intermittent deformation mechanisms", Phoenix, USA, 2018.
  • MRS Fall 2012 symposium TT organiser for "Defects and Microstructure Complexity in Materials", Boston, USA, 2012.
  • Organizer for a CECAM workshop entitled "Interatomic potentials for transition metals and their compounds", Zurich, Switzerland, 2010.
  • MRS Fall 2009 lead symposium GG organiser for "Plasticity in confined volumes: simulations and experiments", Boston, USA, 2009
  • Member of international advisory committee for "EMMM09: Electron microscopy and multi-scale modelling", Zurich, Switzerland, 2009
  • Contributor to the GENSYS (Grand European Initiative on Nanoscience and Technology at Neutron and Synchrotron Radiation Sources) White paper detailing the role of simulation in the analysis and interpretation of leading edge elastic and in-elastic scattering experiments, 2008

Preprints and papers under review/in press


Ordered in terms of most recent (click to go to DOI link, most papers available via my research gate page)

2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002-1991