ICTP-SAIFR Workshop on Next Generation Quantum Materials

ICTP-SAIFR Workshop on Next Generation Quantum Materials

Start time: April 4, 2016
Ends on:  April 8, 2016
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
  • Liliana Arrachea (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  • Richard Martin (Stanford University, USA)
  • Eduardo Miranda (UNICAMP, Brazil)
  • Renata Wentzcovitch (University of Minnesota, USA)
Steering committee
  • Lucy Assali (Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil)
  • Carlos Balseiro (Centro Atomico Bariloche, Argentina)
  • Nandini Trivedi (Ohio State University, USA)
Invited speakers:
Superconductivity & Quantum Magnetism & Strongly Correlated Systems 
  • Chris Adriano* (UNICAMP, Brazil)
  • Marcos Ávila (Universidade Federal do ABC, Brazil)
  • Carlos Balseiro (Centro Atómico Bariloche, Argentina)
  • Alberto Camjayi (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  • Nicholas Curro* (University of California Davis, USA)
  • Jose Hoyos (USP-São Carlos, Brazil)
  • Ana M. Llois (CONICET – Centro Atomico Constituyentes, Argentina)
  • Eduardo Miranda (UNICAMP, Brazil)
  • Christiane Moraes-Smith* (University of Utrecht, The Netherlands)
  • Mohit Randeria* (Ohio State University, USA)
  • Richard Scalettar (University of California Davis, USA)
  • Eduardo Granado Monteiro da Silva (UNICAMP, Brazil)
  • Luis Gregório Dias da Silva (USP – São Paulo, Brazil)
  • Marcello Barbosa da Silva Neto (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • Sandro Sorella (International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), Italy)
  • Luis Foa Torres (Universidad de Córdoba, Argentina)
  • Veronica Vildosola (CONICET – Centro Atomico Constituyentes, Argentina)
Electronic Structure
  • David Ceperley* (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • Pablo Cornaglia* (Centro Atómico Bariloche, Argentina)
  • Emanuel Gull (University of Michigan, USA)
  • Jan Kunes* (Academy of Sciences Czek Republic)
  • Richard Martin (Stanford University, USA)
  • Warren Pickett (University of California Davis, USA)
  • Lucia Reining* (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France)
Topological Insulators
  • Armando Alijia* (Centro Atómico Bariloche, Argentina)
  • Liliana Arrachea (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  • Andrea Latgé (Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil)
  • Nandini Trivedi* (Ohio State University, USA)
  • Gonzalo Usaj (Centro Atómico Bariloche, Argentina)
  • Jan Zaanen (University of Leiden, UK)
 High Pressure studies of strongly correlated materials
  • Dave Mao (Carnegie Institute for Science – Washington, USA)
  • Pascoal Pagliuso* (UNICAMP, Brazil)
  • Sandro Scandolo (ICTP-Trieste, Italy)
  • Renata M Wentzcovitch (University of Minnesota, USA)
* to be confirmed
Quantum mechanical effects play a defining role in materials properties exploited by modern technologies. The electronic energy level organization in solids with weakly interacting electrons distinguishes conductors from insulators. The semiconductor electronics revolution resulted from the manipulation of materials poised between these limits whose conducting properties could be easily tipped one way or another by small gate voltages. A similar revolution is offered by manipulating properties of materials with strongly interacting electrons. An example was the discovery and application of giant magneto-resistance (GMR), summarized in the New York Times headline, “Physics of Hard Drive Wins Nobel”(D. Overbye, N.Y. Times, October 10, 2007). Equally significant has been the discovery that in addition to symmetry, topology plays a crucial role in the nature of the quantum phase. The discovery of 2D topological insulators has recently been followed by the proposal of additional topological systems, including 3D topological systems, topological superconductors, and Weyl semimetals.
This workshop aims to bring together researchers from the condensed matter and materials communities simulating quantum materials but using traditionally different approaches: a) ab initio density functional based calculations and b) spin and multi-orbital Hamiltonian models. The discovery of high Tc cuprate superconductors three decades ago exposed limitations of methods used by both communities and motivated a wealth of developments aiming to address the multi-level complexity of these materials. Since then, effective ab initio methods for strongly correlated materials have been developed and Hamiltonian models have incorporated considerably more ingredients and complexity. These two communities are no longer separated by their distinct approaches but are integrated by the common issues they address. The workshop also aims to emphasize high pressure research as a means to manipulate interaction strengths and uncover quantum phase behavior.
Representative topics in this workshop include:
1) simulation methods for strongly correlated materials (ab initio and Hamiltonian models)
2) Superconductivity (cuprates and iron pnictides and chalcogenides)
3) Topological insulators
4) Giant magnetoresistance materials
5) High pressure and temperature studies (spin crossovers in earth minerals, cobaltites, superconductivity, etc)
Application deadline: March 4, 2016
ICTP-SAIFR Workshop on Magnetic Fields in Hadron Physics
Start time: May 9, 2016
Ends on:  May 13, 2016
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
  • Alejandro Ayala (UNAM, Mexico)
  • Gastão Krein (IFT-UNESP, Brazil
  • Marcelo Loewe (PUC, Chile)
  • Cristian Villavicencio (UBB, Chile)
Confirmed speakers:
  • Gunnar Bali (Universität Regensburg, Germany)
  • Massimo D’Elia (Universitá di Pisa, Italy)
  • Cesareo Dominguez (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
  • Gergerly Endrodi (Universität Regensburg, Germany)
  • Efrain J. Ferrer (University of Texas El Paso, USA)
  • Eduardo Fraga (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro – UFRJ, Brazil)
  • Kenji Fukushima (Tokyo University, Japan)
  • Luis Hernández (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
  • Vivian de la Incera (University of Texas El Paso, USA)
  • Vladimir Miransky (Western Ontario University, Canada)
  • Ana Mizher (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico – UNAM)
  • Fernando Navarra (Universidade de São Paulo – USP, Brazil)
  • Jorge Noronha (Universidade de São Paulo-USP, Brazil)
  • Letícia Palhares (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro – UFRJ, Brazil)
  • Aurora Pérez-Martínez (Instituto de Cibernética, Matemática y Física, Cuba)
  • Marcus Benghi Pinto (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina – UFSC, Brazil)
  • Alfredo Raya (Universidad de Michoacan, Mexico)
  • Juan Cristobal Rojas (Universidad Catolica del Norte, Chile)
  • Neda Sadooghi (Sharif University of Technology, Iran)
  • Angel Sánchez (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico – UNAM)
  • Norberto Scoccola (Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica – CNEA, Argentina)
  • Igor Shovkovy (Arizona State University, USA)
  • Vladimir Skokov (Western Michigan University, USA)
  • Maria Elena Tejeda-Yeomans (Universidad de Sonora, Mexico)
  • Renato Zamora (Pontifícia Universidad Católica – PUC, Chile)
Recently there has been growing interest in the role that magnetic fields play in hadron dynamics. Scenarios where such effects may be important include peripheral heavy ion collisions and compact astrophysical objects such as neutron stars where intense fields can be produced. One of the driving motivations of the growing international community working in this area is understanding the structure of the phase diagram of Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD). Some examples of the questions this community would like to answer are: Is there a splitting in the critical line that separates the normal hadronic phase from the Quark-Gluon Plasma (QGP) phase in the presence of a magnetic field? How is the critical endpoint affected by magnetic fields? Which are the relevant phenomenological signals where magnetic corrections can be observed?
This workshop will address these kinds of questions using different approaches to the subject, allowing a fluent exchange of opinions and perspectives.
Application deadline: March 18, 2016