potfit was originally developed by Peter Brommer during his diploma thesis and doctoral thesis work at the Institute for Theoretical and Applied Physics in Stuttgart.
This work was funded through the DFG, Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 382 “Simulation physikalischer Prozesse auf Hochleistungsrechnern”, Projekt C14 “Molekulardynamik von Quasikristallen”. Work is continued through Collaborative Research Centre 716 “Dynamische Simulation von Systemen mit großen Teilchenzahlen”, project B.1 “Molekulardynamik großer Systeme mit weit reichenden Wechselwirkungen”.
Daniel Schopf implemented analytic potentials as a part of his diploma thesis and also added ADP potentials.
This work was funded by the European Network of Excellence - Complex Metallic Alloys. Current funding is provided by the DFG, project TR 154/24-2 in the Framework of the DFG-Paketantrag PAK 36 “Physical Properties of Complex Metallic Alloys (PPCMA)”.