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AQUIFER (AQUila Initiatives for FERroics) - A five week research program on ferroic materials

The International Center for Materials Research (ICMR) at UC Santa Barbara announces a five week research program on ferroic materials, which will take place at L'Aquila University in italy from September 19- October 23, 2010.

The program will address the lively field of ferroic materials. Examples include but are not limited to (anti)ferromagnets, (anti)ferroelectrics, and ferroelastics. Such materials are characterized either by long-range magnetic or dipolar orders or by a spontaneous strain deformation. In this framework, multiferroics, which display more than one ferroic property, are multifunctional materials that response to more than one external perturbation in a useful way. These fascinating materials offer an exciting combination of rich fundamental physics and huge potential for technological applications.

Our research program will be designed for:

  • Young scientists (PhD students, post-docs, mostly theorists) to (start to) carry out research projects on ferroic materials, supervised by other “senior scientists” program attendees. A research stay for the whole duration of the program is envisaged

  • Senior scientists (staff, professors, both theorists and experimentalists) to give lessons, tutorials, seminars and discuss new topics for research proposals, start new collaborations, etc. In this case, shorter stays are expected (few days to few weeks)

  • The students will therefore have the opportunity to work on their research projects and, at the same time, to attend advanced seminars/tutorials and to profit from the interaction with leading experts in the field.

  • Students will have access to the Supercomputing facilities at Forschungszentrum Juelich, Germany.

    We plan:

  • Weekly seminars on ferroics, aimed at illustrating recent research results by the participants (both young and senior scientists)

  • Weekly tutorials on ferroics: (mainly given by senior scientists) similar to standard seminars, but with a strong educational character

  • Weekly “brain-storming” sessions (in small groups) aimed at finding new topics for research, starting new collaborations, etc

  • Organizers:

    Silvia Picozzi (leading organizer), CNR-SPIN L’Aquila, Italy
    Claude Ederer, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
    Craig Fennie, Cornell University, USA
    Alessio Filippetti, CNR-IOM Cagliari, Italy
    Jorge Iñiguez, ICMAB Barcelona, Spain
    Marjana Ležaic, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
    Tanusri Saha-Dasgupta, S. N. Bose Centre, India

    Invited Speakers:

    Stefan Bluegel, Forschungszentrum Juelich, DE
    Indra Dasgupta, IIT Bombay, India
    Manfred Fiebig, Univ. Bonn, DE
    Vincenzo Fiorentini, Univ. Cagliari, IT
    Philippe Ghosez, Univ. Liège, Belgium
    Juan Manuel Perez-Mato, Univ. Pais Vasco, ES
    Raffaele Resta, Univ. Trieste, Italy
    Biplab Sanyal, Uppsala Univ., SWE
    Ram Seshadri, UCSB, USA
    Nicola Spaldin, UCSB, USA
    Max Stengel, CSIC, Barcelona, ES
    Umesh Waghmare, JNCASR, India

    International Advisory Board:

    Vincenzo Fiorentini, Univ. Cagliari and CNR-IOM, Italy
    Philippe Ghosez, Univ. Liège, Belgium
    Daniel Khomskii, Univ. Koeln, Germany
    Maxim Mostovoy, Univ. Groningen, The Netherlands
    Raffaele Resta, Univ. Trieste, Italy
    Nicola Spaldin, Univ. California Santa Barbara, USA
    Ruggero Vaglio, CNR-SPIN and Univ. Napoli, Italy
    Jeroen van den Brink, IFW Dresden, Germany
    David Vanderbilt, Rutgers Univ, USA
    Umesh Waghmare, JNCASR, India

    How to Apply:

    We welcome applications for the AQUIFER program from graduate (PhD) students, post doctoral fellows and junior researchers. There is a registration fee of 100 €. Lodging and meals will be provided. Travel support is available in special cases.

    1. You can apply to the program by visiting the following link: APPLY HERE

    2. Graduate students and post doctoral fellows should, in addition to the above application, have their research supervisor email a letter of recommendation to Jennifer Ybarra at ybarra@icmr.ucsb.edu.

    Application Deadline:

    The deadline to submit an application is April 10, 2010. All applications will be acknowledged by email.


    For further details, please contact the ICMR Program Coordinator, Jennifer Ybarra, at ybarra@icmr.ucsb.edu


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