Professor G J Ackland, FRSE
Graeme is a member of the following School research institute and research areas:
Professor of computer simulation, University of Edinburgh 2003-date
Fulbright Distinguished fellow, Princeton and Rutgers 2001-2
Reader, Universtity of Edinburgh 1999-
Lecturer, University of Edinburgh 1990-
Postdoc, University of Pennsylvania, 1988-89
PhD student (theoretical physics) University of Oxford 1984-87
Undergraduate student (physics) University of Oxford 1982-84
Undergraduate student (engineering) University of Oxford 1981-82
Current research interests
High pressure crystal structures
Materials, especially alloy mechanical behaviours
Phase transitions, thermodynamics calculations
Neolithic transition in Europe
Daisyworld and astrobiology
Computer simulation and Theoretical Physics applied to many interacting objects.
Molecular dynamics of metals.
Interatomic force model for use in molecular dynamics
Density Functional Theory calculations in materials and planetary science, in particular under high pressure.
Simulations of radiation damage in fusion and fission reactors
Theoretical Ecology - foodwebs and daisyworlds.
Theoretical prehistoric sociology: development/stability of society, cultural hitchhiking, neolithic transition
Algorithmic non-equilibrium economics - poverty, imperfect information and spatial variation.
My research in a nutshell
Head of ICMCS
Bengt Tegner (Graduated 2014)
Con Healy (Graduated 2014)
Rachel Husband (Graduated 2015)
Graham Galloway (Graduated 2014)
I am programme coordinator for the Theoretical Physics Programme.
Theoretical physics is the mainstream course at UoE for students who are more interested in theoratical aspects of physics than experimental one. It essentially offers the option of taking more formal and mathematical courses, at the expense of laboratory work.
I am chairman of the MSc in High Performance computing, delivered by EPCC.
I teach the Junior Honours course in thermodynamics, currently packaged as 50% of the "Thermal Physics" module. This is the introductory level course in the subject, taking students from heat capacity, bulk modulus to entropy and phase transitions.
I run a very wide range of Intermediate Masters and Senior Honours projects, all of which are unique, feature an as-yet-unsolved physics problem and (therefore) run once only if successful. Often these lead to refereed journal publications for the student, the most recent such examples being on radiation-resitant steel and on thermodynamics of the sudoku puzzle.
I contribute an annual poultry-related question to physics skills, and have a page of amusing/difficult problems
Graeme currently offers the following PhD project opportunities:
Graeme has featured in the following recent School news stories:
- Rapid Equilibration by algorithmic quenching the ringing mode in molecular dynamics DOI, MRS Advances, p. 1-9
- Relating melting trends and elasticity in simple metals DOI, Physical Review B, 93
- Lattice-switch Monte Carlo: the fcc-bcc problem DOI, Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 640, 1
- High temperature oxidation resistance in titanium-niobium alloys DOI, Journal of alloys and compounds, 643, p. 100-105
- Transition metal solute interactions with point defects in fcc iron from first principles DOI, Physical Review B: Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, 92, 1