MaNEP Newsletter n°38
The association MaNEP started well into this year. Its first key-event in 2019, the bi-annual Winter School in Saas Fee was fully booked following a strong increase in the number of applicants. Focusing on symmetry and topology, its lectures reviewed central concepts of today’s condensed matter physics and received excellent feed-back.
Many thanks to the organizers, the speakers and to Johan Chang and his team who put together an outstanding program.

Training and supporting the next generation of scientists working on electronic materials has always been a priority for MaNEP. Soon five students will start their MaNEP-sponsored summer internship, a first stepping stone for a career in material science. Let me also draw your attention to the MaNEP session on correlations and topology in quantum matter at the Joint Annual Meeting of the Swiss Physical Society in Zurich (August 26-29) organized by Marta Gibert and Titus Neupert. MaNEP further supports a focus session at the SPS annual meeting on Skyrmions in magnetic materials. Support for workshops or such sessions is available from MaNEP with minimal bureaucracy. Do not hesitate to contact the steering committee if you have an idea for an event that is of interest to the MaNEP community.

This newsletter also contains an intriguing perspective on applied superconductivity, a field with exciting new developments. I also thank Ana Akrap from the University of Fribourg for sharing her experiences in getting a new research group off the ground.
I look forward to seeing you at the SPS annual meeting and wish you all a stimulating and productive summer.

Félix Baumberger

What's new?

Congratulations to

Jennifer Fowlie

Jennifer Fowlie received the Springer Thesis prize
Each year the Springer Thesis prize is awarded to a PhD work in order to recognise its scientific impact. This year, the 2018 prize in the field of physics was received by Jennifer Fowlie …

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8th MaNEP winter school

in Saas Fee

8th MaNEP winter school took place in Saas Fee
On the 3rd week of January 2019, 67 participants forming a broad distribution from the Swiss universities, together with a fair 20% of foreign attendees, were welcomed by the Zurbriggen family in Saas Fee for the 8th MaNEP winter school …

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Scientific perspective

Present and future applications of superconductivity:

Particle accelerators, medical applications and beyond

By Prof. Carmine Senatore, UNIGE and Prof. Leonid Rivkin, PSI
Since the discovery of superconductivity in 1911, this phenomenon was greeted with high hopes for groundbreaking applications. However, scientists had to face many difficulties to develop these materials in a useful conductor form and yet only six – one alloy, two intermetallic compounds and three ceramic oxides – are available commercially. After more than a century, superconducting technologies are a proven business worldwide, contributing over 7 BCHF per year to medical and high energy physics industries, but there is a potential for...

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Scientific highlights

Parental Control of Mott-Insulating La2CuO4

by Johan Chang, University of Zürich
Exposed to pressure, the lattice parameters of a material generally shrink. In turn, the electronic nearest neighbour hopping integral t increases, due to larger orbital overlap. In a Mott insulator this enhancement can trigger a bandwidth-controlled insulator-to-metal transition. Indeed, the ratio, U/t, of the electron-electron (Coulomb) interaction …

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High-Resolution Photoemission on Sr2RuO4 Reveals Correlation-Enhanced Effective Spin-Orbit Coupling and Dominantly Local Self-Energies

Figure Ana
by Anna Tamai, University of Geneva
Since the seminal work of Landau in the 1950’s, the low-temperature metallic state of materials is generally assumed to be well understood. Yet, when it comes to oxides, even good metals such as the strontium ruthenates continue to hold surprises. Landau introduced the concept of …

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Highlights publications

Discover more MaNEP Network's research and innovations trough other publication highlights.
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Talk with Ana Akrap
MaNEP Member, Professor at the University of Fribourg

Please tell us about your professional background and your main research interests ?
I’m an experimental condensed matter physicist. I study the interaction of light and matter, in order to understand and uncover new and exciting physics in materials both old and new. The main focus of my research are special kinds of materials in which electrons effectively become very...

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Upcoming events

17th International Summer School on Crystal Growth (ISSCG17)
July 21 - 26, 2019, Grady, Colorado, USA
19th International Conference on Crystal Growth and Epitaxy (ICCGE19)
July 28 - August 2, 2019, Keystone, Colorado, USA
SPS Joint Annual Meeting
August 26 - 30, 2019, University of Zürich
Bose-Einstein Condensation 2019
September 7 - 13, 2019, Sant Feliu de Guixols
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