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Dr Nikitas Gidopoulos

Associate Professor in the Department of Physics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43633
Room number: 331

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Research Groups

Centre for Materials Physics

  • First Principles Calculations

Department of Physics

Teaching Areas

  • CMP Postgraduate Taught Course: Theory of Electronic Structure (8 hours/year.)
  • Foundations of Physics 3B: Statistical Physics (17 hours/year.)


Chapter in book

  • Pernal, Katarzyna, Gidopoulos, Nikitas I & Pastorczak, Ewa (2016). Chapter Eleven - Excitation Energies of Molecules from Ensemble Density Functional Theory: Multiconfiguration Approaches. In Electron Correlation in Molecules – ab initio Beyond Gaussian Quantum Chemistry. Hoggan, Philip E & Ozdogan, Telhat Elsevier. 73: 199-229.
  • Gidopoulos, N.I. & Lathiotakis, N.N. (2015). Chapter Six – Constrained Local Potentials for Self-Interaction Correction. In Advances in Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics. Arimondo, E., Berman, Paul R. & Lin, Chun Amsterdam: Academic Press. 64: 129-142.

Journal Article

  • Callow, Timothy J. & Gidopoulos, Nikitas I. (2018). Optimal power series expansions of the Kohn-Sham potential. The European Physical Journal B 91(10): 209.
  • Pitts, Tom, Gidopoulos, Nikitas & Lathiotakis, N. (2018). Performance of the Constrained Minimization of the Total Energy in Density Functional Approximations: the Electron Repulsion Density and Potential. The European Physical Journal B 91(6): 130.
  • Hollins, T.W., Clark, S.J. , Refson, K. & Gidopoulos, N.I. (2017). A local Fock-exchange potential in Kohn–Sham equations. Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 29(4): 04LT01.
  • Clark, Stewart J., Hollins, Thomas W., Refson, Keith & Gidopoulos, Nikitas I. (2017). Self-interaction free local exchange potentials applied to metallic systems. Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 29(37): 374002.
  • Blair, Alexander, Kroukis, Aristeidis & Gidopoulos, N.I. (2015). A correction for the Hartree-Fock density of states for jellium without screening. The Journal of Chemical Physics 142(8): 084116.
  • Theophilou, I., Lathiotakis, N.N., Gidopoulos, N.I., Rubio, A. & Helbig, N. (2015). Orbitals from local RDMFT: Are they Kohn-Sham or Natural Orbitals? The Journal of Chemical Physics 143(5): 054106.
  • Langridge, S., Watson, G. M. Gibbs, D., Betouras, J.J. Gidopoulos, N.I. , Pollmann, F., Long, M.W., Vettier, C. & Lander, G.H. (2014). Distinct Magnetic Phase Transition at the Surface of an Antiferromagnet. Physical Review Letters 112(16): 167201.
  • Gidopoulos, N.I. & Gross, E.K.U. (2014). Electronic non-adiabatic states: towards a density functional theory beyond the Born–Oppenheimer approximation. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences 372(2011): 20130059.
  • Lathiotakis, N.N., Helbig, N., Rubio, A. & Gidopoulos, N.I. (2014). Local reduced-density-matrix-functional theory: Incorporating static correlation effects in Kohn-Sham equations. Physical Review A: atomic, molecular and optical physics 90(3): 032511.
  • Pastorczak, E. Gidopoulos, N.I. & Pernal, K. (2013). Calculation of electronic excited states of molecules using the Helmholtz free-energy minimum principle. Physical Review A 87(6): 062501.
  • Calvani, D, Cuccoli, A, Gidopoulos, NI & Verrucchi, P (2013). Dynamics of Open Quantum Systems Using Parametric Representation with Coherent States. Open Systems & Information Dynamics 20(03): 1340002 [12 pages].
  • Calvani, D., Cuccoli, A. Gidopoulos, N.I. & Verrucchi, P. (2013). Parametric representation of open quantum systems and cross-over from quantum to classical environment. PNAS - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 110(17): 6748-6753.
  • Gidopoulos, N.I. & Lathiotakis, N.N. (2013). Reply to “Comment on ‘Nonanalyticity of the optimized effective potential with finite basis sets’ ”. Physical Review A 88(4): 046502.
  • Gidopoulos, N.I. & Lathiotakis, N.N. (2012). Constraining density functional approximations to yield self-interaction free potentials. The Journal of Chemical Physics 136(22): 224109
  • Gidopoulos, N.I. & Lathiotakis, N.N. (2012). Nonanalyticity of the optimized effective potential with finite basis sets. Physical Review A: atomic, molecular and optical physics 85(5): 052508.
  • Gidopoulos, N.J. (2011). Progress at the interface of wave-function and density-functional theories. Physical Review A: atomic, molecular and optical physics 83(4): 040502.