Condensed Matter Physics in the City 2015
June 22, 2015 – July 03, 2015
London, United Kingdom
Giovanni Sordi, Royal Holloway University of London
Matthias Eschrug, Royal Holloway University of London
Sam Carr, University of Kent
Condensed Matter in the City 2015 Website
*All application received by 12:00pm GMT on Monday 25th May will be fully considered.
This programme aims to bring together condensed matter theorists and
experimentalists from around the world. The structure and programme of the
meeting are designed to foster in-depth discussion of the state of the art and
initiation of promising new lines of enquiry. The themes of the programme reflect
the new and emerging directions of the field. For 2015, we would like to propose
the following unifying theme:
New ideas for unconventional fundamental superconductivity. What lessons can we
learn by bringing the different fields back together?!
Main classes of unconventional superconductors include superfluid 3He, heavy
fermions, cuprates, organics, iron based systems. The programme will aim to foster
cross-fertilization in understanding the physics underlying the different classes of
superconductors. Some of these systems have also been serving as archetypes for
basic correlated electron physics (e.g. Mott localisation, spin liquid, and quantum
critical behaviour) and aspects of these ideas will also be discussed during the
The new angle of the programme is to explore three wide concepts:
1. Spin entanglement. Superconductors are a source of spin entanglement. The
programme will endeavour to explore this concept bringing together experts in
underdoped high-Tc cuprates and heavy fermion systems with experts of atomic
fluids. We aim to bring the He-3 communities in Lancaster, Royal Holloway,
Grenoble and Paris together with the transition metal superconductivity
2. Orbital entanglement. There is a growing evidence that orbital effects are key to
describe aspects of the iron-based superconductors, for instance. In contrast, in
cuprates and organic it seems a single band is sufficient. The programme will
endeavour to explore this concept bringing together experts in cuprates and iron
doped superconductors, to highlight commonalities and differences.
3. Topological entanglement. There is a growing interest in the topological phases
of matter. We will bring together experts in condensed matter physics with
experts in topological phases of quantum physics.
During the programme we shall also implement two special events:
1. a special outreach event on the physics of superconductivity.
2. a special conference devoted to explore the use of light to manipulate the