13-14 November 2018
Europe/Zurich timezone


PSI Condensed Matter Retreat 2018

Tuesday & Wednesday, November 13 & 14, 2018

Venue & Directions:          
EMPA Akademie Dübendorf - please use public transport.

Abstracts: October 28, 2018
Registration: October 28, 2018

Exchange ideas and foster networking between young and senior condensed matter scientists at PSI, in particular between those using neutrons/muons/photons. That is, mainly – but not exclusively – from LNS, LMU, LDM, LMX, LSM, LSC, LMN, LAP and LNO.

PhD students, postdocs and staff scientists

In view of SwissFEL's upcoming user operation, this year we give an emphasis to ultrafast science. However, all research areas on condensed matter will be represented. Consequently, all young PSI scientists are strongly encouraged to submit a contribution.
Main topics that will be covered are:
  • Driven systems & pump-probe experiments
  • Topological insulators and topological phases
  • Quantum magnetism & frustrated magnetism
  • Superconductivity (unconventional; interplay with other orders;…)
  • Quantum criticality
  • Strong spin-orbit coupling in correlated electron systems
  • Ferroics & multiferroics
  • Blue sky (new ideas, visions, new projects; other topics)

Regular talks and posters should primarily be presented by PhD students, postdocs and junior staff scientists. Aim for a clear presentation of the project which is accessible to a large spectrum of condensed matter physicists. In particular, a short, pedagogic introduction to the specific topic is requested for every presentation.

Regular talks (15+5 min.):
Talk about a specific project.
The main focus should be given to recent results and open questions.
May include posters which have been presented at a conference/workshop during the last months.
Of course, the posters may also be new ...

Flash talks (5 min.):
Short talks (typically three slides) will be selected from the poster contributions by a PhD student committee.

Plenary talk (60 min.):
Introductory lecture on ultrafast x-ray science. Given by Massimo Altarelli, former Managing Director of the European XFEL in Hamburg.

Few overview/summary talks:
Given by a department/lab head or senior scientist to present an overview of the deparment's/lab's activities, e.g. which activities do exist, which topics are investigated, what instrumentation is available and what are projects next in line. 
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