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

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Outline 2015

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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.



Leni Bascones

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.

The detailed program of the course and the slides corresponding to the 2014 edition are available here.


Registration is open now. There is no registration fee. To register, please, send an e-mail to leni.bascones at gmail.com indicating: 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.


For questions write an e-mail to leni.bascones (at) gmail.com