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Theory@Elettra is the theory group of the Elettra synchrotron radiation laboratory. The group activities are funded by the CNR-INFM DEMOCRITOS National Simulation Center and supported by Sincrotrone Trieste and by Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA).

ThE group develops and applies various quantum-mechanical techniques for the numerical simulation of matter at the nanoscale. Its mission includes

  • to develop computational spectroscopies and microscopies
  • to support the experimental activity performed in the campus by local scientists as well as by external beamline users
  • to foster the collaboration between users and external theorists

ThE group participates in the Quantum ESPRESSO project, an integrated suite of computer codes for electronic-structure calculations and materials modeling at the nanoscale.


CNR DEMOCRITOS Theory@Elettra Group
building ES4, first floor
Sincrotrone Trieste
Area Science Park
SS14, Km 163,5 Basovizza,

Observation and theory get on best when they are mixed together, both helping one another in the pursuit of truth. It is a good rule not to put overmuch confidence in a theory until it has been confirmed by observation. I hope I shall not shock the experimental physicists too much if I add that it is also a good rule not to put overmuch confidence in the observational results until they have been confirmed by theory.
Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington (1882-1944)