Spin-orbit coupling and relativistic quantum materials Coupling between motional and spin degrees of freedom of electrons in solids is a genuinely relativistic effect, which leads to a plethora of interesting phenomena and underlies the physics of some of the most exciting quantum materials discovered in recent decades. This includes topological insulators and superconductors, Weyl and Dirac semimetals, and various strongly correlated complex oxides, such as iridates and ruthenates. In a series of pedagogical lectures the school will introduce the general concept of spin-orbit coupling in atoms and in solids and then will proceed to describe various classes of materials where these effects are strongly manifested. The school is aimed at graduate students and postdocs working in experiment and theory who possess basic background in condensed matter physics.
"Superconductivity and Magnetism at the Nanoscale", June 30 - July 3, 2014. Superconductivity and magnetism are often seen as incompatible phenomena as magnetism easily destroys superconductivity. However, in some instances a coexistence with intriguing properties may ensue when, for example, the dimensions of the superconductor are reduced or the magnetic moments are very localized. Both superconductivity and magnetism are fascinating subjects on their own and they are far from being understood. In combination, they have revealed an even stranger world of effects, of which it seems that we have only scratched the surface so far. This summer school will cover the topics superconductivity and magnetism as well as the combination of the two, how they can coexist in materials and how they interact to produce new particles, such as the Majorana fermion.
"Quantum Materials", December 9 - 11, 2013. The workshop is intended to review current activities at the Max Planck - UBC Center and introduce research on quantum materials at the three participating institutions.
"Scanning Probe Microscopy for the Study of Quantum Materials", June 28 - 30, 2013. The workshop aims to bring together leading experimentalists and theoreticians to present recent advances in condensed matter physics as seen through the lens of an SPM. Particular emphasis will be put on high-resolution spectroscopy, advanced instrumentation, quasi particle interference, high-temperature superconductivity in the cuprates and pnictides, spin-polarized SPM and ultrafast time resolved SPM.
"From Quantum Matter to Quantum Information", June 24 - 27, 2013. The workshop aims to bridge the gap between the computer science and the material science aspects of quantum computation. It is focused, but not restricted to, the topics of 'Quantum computation and simulation', 'Decoherence and quantum error-correction' and 'Quantum devices'.