The VII edition of the ICMM-CSIC Course Emergence of Quantum Phases in Novel Materials breaks its own records

The Materials Science Institute of Madrid (ICMM-CSIC) is hosting, from Sept. 11 to Sept. 15, the VII edition of the Postgraduate Course Emergence of Quantum Phases in Novel Materials, which in this edition has a new structure of 'school'.

80 people have come to our center to learn about the effects of interactions and topology in materials and low-dimensional systems. The students come from 35 different institutions and 16 countries. "55% of the participating people are from foreign institutions", says Leni Bascones, ICMM-CSIC researcher and coordinator of the course.

During this week, "we are focusing on the fundamental concepts and discussing experimental results in real materials and devices", adds Bascones. She explains that in this edition, as well as lectures, the course has changed to a 'school' with two poster sessions allowing the attendees to show their research on the topic. The reception of the change has been tremendous, with more applicants than ever. "It's our record, we are happy", recognizes Bascones.

This is a CSIC postgraduate and free course designed for experimentalists and theorists with varying experience levels, including master’s students, PhD candidates, postdocs, and permanent staff. To fully benefit from it, it is necessary to have a solid understanding of quantum mechanics, solid-state physics, Fermi-Dirac statistics, and second quantization.

The event is offered by members of the Department of Theory and Simulations of Materials of Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (ICMM-CSIC) and Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Lecturers are Ramón Aguado, Leni Bascones, María José Calderón (all from ICMM), and Alberto Cortijo (UAM/CSIC).