Physics of New Materials


Since a long time the shear unlimited combinatorial possibilities of chemical elements have been used to synthesize new compounds and alloys leading to an wealth of materials with new physical properties. The combination of solid state chemistry, experimental and theoretical physics is one of the key features of this field. Due to the desire and challenge to identify and theoretically describe new physical properties and new states of matter this field remains one of the most active and competitive in modern physics and may be viewed as the prime realization of Anderson’s concept of ”More is different”.
The aim of this workshop is to bring together an international group researchers from solid state chemistry, experimental as well as theoretical/computational condensed matter physics in order to discuss new developments in this field.
This is a joint project of the Laboratory for Solid State Physics, the Paul Scherrer Institute and the Institute for Theoretical Physics.

This workshop will be held in honor of Prof. Bertram Batlogg to celebrate his 60th birthday.


Date: August 23 - 25, 2010

Place: ETH Hönggerberg

Organization: Andrey Zheludev and Manfred Sigrist

Program (tentative)

Sunday, August 22
18:00 - 19:30   Reception at Hotel Coronado
Monday, August 23
8:50   Opening
9:00 R. Cava Stoichiometry, structure and bonding in iron pnictide superconductors and related phases
9:30 T.M. Rice The High-Tc Cuprates - still fascinating after a Quarter Century
10:00 F. Steglich Incipient magnetism and Kondo breakdown in heavy fermions
10:30   Coffee break
11:00 A. Morpurgo Topological properties and edge conduction of gapped bilayer graphene
11:30 J. Karpinski Single crystal of iron pnictides: influence of doping and substitutions on superconducting properties and structure
12:00 O. Fischer Understanding the tunneling spectra of HTS Cuprates
12:30   Lunch break
14:00 Z. Hiroi Rattling-induced superconductivity in the beta-pyrochlor oxides
14:30 T. Palstra Multiferroic Behavior in Inorganic-Organic Hybrid Systems
15:00 A. Weidenkaff Perovskite-type materials for energy technology
15:30   Coffee break
16:00 C. Bernhard Coexistence of magnetism and superconductivity in pnictide and cuprate high Tc superconductors
16:30 J. Mesot The pseudogap phase in high-temperature superconductors: a status report
17:00 M. Kenzelmann Evidence for magnetically-driven superconducting Q phase in
Tuesday, August 24
8:30 T. Hasegawa Interface charge transport of organic semiconductors probed by spins
9:00 C.M. Varma Violation of Onsager reciprocity in transport in underdoped cuprates
9:30 K.H. Schwarz DFT calculations with WIEN2k
10:00   Coffee break
10:25 J. Mannhart A novel approach to overcoming quantum mechanical limitations of semiconductor electronics
10:55 H.Y. Hwang Interface engineering in manganites: from diodes to transistors
Excursion and Banquet
11:45   Departure to excursion by bus from ETH Hönggerberg
(participation by invitation)
Wednesday, August 25
9:00 H. von Löhneysen Tuning ferromagnetism in LaCoO3 thin films by epitaxial strain
9:30 T. Siegrist Phase Change Materials: towards a universal data storage device?
10:00 W. Bao Neutron scattering study on structure, magnetic order and excitations of the Fe-
based superconductors
10:30   Coffee break
11:00 P. Aebi Excitons in TiSe2: evidence from ARPES experiments
11:30 A. Wallraff Quantum Optics with Superconducting Circuits: Controlling Photons, Qubits and their Interactions



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