Emergence of Quantum Phases in Novel Materials
The 2015 edition of the course will take place on September, 21-25th at
Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid
Overview of the Course
The goal of the course is to give an overview of the effect of interactions
and topology in correlated materials and low dimensional devices.
Band theory describes electrons as independent quantum particles which
interact with the ionic lattice. Interactions are
responsible for the insulating behavior of some materials which are expected
to be metallic or for the increase of the
resistivity with decreasing temperature in metals with magnetic impurities.
In many cases interactions
tend to localize the electrons at the lattice
sites.They are also behind the appearance of magnetic
or superconducting phases. In the course we will justify the success of band
theory (Fermi liquid theory) and describe its
main failures (Luttinger liquids and Mott physics). We will see how collective
behavior emerges in phase transitions.
Differences between classical and quantum transitions and the effect of low
dimensionality will be discussed. The different
behavior of localized and itinerant electrons as well as their interplay will
be addressed when discussing magnetism, heavy
fermion and superconducting states.We will also introduce
topological phases. In each of these topics we will emphasize
the essential concepts and discuss
experimental results in real materials and devices.
The course is addressed to both experimentalists and theorists. Material of
the course will be given in Spanish only if all the
students dominate this language. In other case lectures will be in English.
Slides are in English. Knowledge of band theory at
the level of undergraduate studies (physics or similar) is necessary to
follow the course.
Dates and Venue
The course will take place from 21-25th September, 2015, at the Seminar Room of the
Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (ICMM-CSIC), click
here for directions.
Lectures will be given from 09:30 to 13:00 and 14:30 to 16:30 from Monday 21th to Thursday 24th and from 09:30 to 13:00
on Friday 25th
The course will cover:
You can see the tentative program, clicking here.
- Electronic correlations in Novel Materials: Theory of Fermi liquid, Mott physics, Luttinger liquids
- Broken symmetry phases: Magnetism and Superconductivity
- Classical and Quantum Phase Transitions
- Kondo physics
- Topological phases and topological superconductivity.
The detailed program of the course and the slides corresponding to the 2014 edition are available
Registration is open now.
There is no registration fee. To register, please, send an e-mail to
leni.bascones at gmail.com
Due to limited number of participants we encourage people to register as soon as possible.
This course is offered within the
CSIC's Postgraduate Courses Program.
Certificates will be given to registered participants which attend the course.
Name and Last Name.
Degree (physics, chemistry, master, PhD, ...)
Brief description of previous research, if any, which include experience
(PhD candidate, postdoc), topic of research,
techniques used in the research, as well as main research interests.
For questions write an e-mail to leni.bascones (at) gmail.com