International Workshop on Electronic Crystals, ECRYS-2008
August 25, 2008 – August 30, 2008
Serguei Brazovskii (Laboratoire de Physique Theorique et Modeles Statistiques, Universite Paris-Sud, Orsay, France), Pierre Monceau (Institut Neel, Grenoble, France), Natasha Kirova (Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, Universite Paris-Sud, Orsay, France)
The series ECRYS of triennial International Workshops on ELECTRONIC CRYSTALS is organized in France since 1993. The meetings bring together nearly 100 researchers from many countries, including most advanced laboratories in Europe, USA, Japan.
ECRYS workshops are intended to unify various communities engaged in studies of spontaneous superstructures formed by electrons in solids, with links to related problems in physics of superconductivity and magnetism, soft and bio matters. The topic of electronic crystals embraces numerous cases of spontaneous structural aggregation of electrons in solids. Depending on Coulomb interactions, lattice involvement, spin ordering and dimensionality, the Electronic Crystals acquire forms of the Charge- and Spin- Density Waves, of interface and bulk Wigner crystals, Charge Ordered phases, Stripes, Charged Liquid Suspensions, high magnetic field induced density waves and stripes, etc.. There is a growing concern on the impact of electronic crystals in meso- and nanophysics, biophysics and soft matter.
Common problems embrace also several sister systems showing spontaneous superstructures: mixed and spin-polarized states in superconductors, magnetic patterns, colloidal crystals, etc.. While microscopic grounds may be essentially different and are very rich in their diversity, the collective properties are remarkably universal: collective transport and gigantic response due to the sliding phenomena; plasticity and all related nonlinear, nonstationary and inhomogeneous effects; glassy properties: non-stationary and memory effects, aging dynamics and rejuvenation.