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Kick-off conference on Pressure effects on Materials

The International Center for Materials Research (ICMR) at UC Santa Barbara announces a conference on Pressure effects on Materials, which will take place at UC Santa Barbara from August 22-28, 2010.

Pressure is a variable that plays a key role in a large variety of phenomena that range from large scale effects at the interior of planets to small energy scale properties such as quantum critical behavior and a diversity of exotic phase transitions in, for instance, strongly correlated electron materials. With this kick-off conference we would like to bring together scientists working in this field and to provide a forum for intense discussion and examination of the most advanced aspects of the use of high pressure for the investigation of these phenomena. The conference should further help to enhance the exchange between theoreticians and experimentalists and sets the frame for possible long-term workshops.

Topics for the workshop will include:

  • Insulator - metal transitions: Mott insulators, quantum critical phenomena
  • Pressure effects on frustrated systems
  • Synthesis of novel materials at high pressure
  • "Simple" systems under extreme conditions
  • Superconductivity under pressure
  • Ab initio calculations as a tool to investigate pressure effects on materials
  • High pressure physics in the interior of planets

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  • Miguel Alario-Franco, Universidad Complutense, Madrid
  • Sonachalam Arumugam, Bharathidasan University, India
  • Paul Attfield, University of Edinburgh
  • Masaki Azuma, Kyoto University
  • R. Boehler, Max Planck Institute, Mainz
  • Paul Chu, University of Houston
  • Marvin Cohen, University of California, Berkeley
  • Agnes Dewaele, CEA Bruyères le Châtel
  • Mikhail Eremets, Max Planck Institute, Mainz
  • Giulia Galli, University of California, Davis
  • Santiago Grigera, University of St. Andrews
  • Russell Hemley, Carnegie Institute of Washington
  • Richard Hennig, Cornell University
  • Michelle Johannes, Naval Research Lab
  • Kazushi Kanoda, University of Tokyo
  • Dennis Klug, National Research Council Canada, Ottawa
  • Gilbert Lonzarich, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, UK
  • Dave Mao, Carnegie Institute of Washington
  • Malcolm McMahon, Center for Science and Extreme Conditions, Edinburgh
  • Brian Maple, UC San Diego
  • Roman Martonak, Comenius University Bratislava
  • Artem Oganov, Stony Brook
  • Sergei Ovchinnikov, L.V. Kirensky Institute of Physics, Krasnoyarsk
  • Christian Pfleiderer, Technische Universität München
  • Warren Pickett, UC Davis
  • Kosmas Prassides, Durham University
  • Tanusri Saha-Dasgupta, BOSE National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata
  • Siddharth Saxena, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge
  • Sandro Scandolo, ICTP, Trieste
  • Ike Silvera, Harvard University
  • Katsuya Shimizu, RCMSEC, Osaka
  • Ajay Sood, Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore
  • Sergei Stishov, Russian Academy of Sciences, Troitsk
  • Viktor Struzhkin, Geophysical Laboratory, Washington D.C.
  • Karl Syassen, Max Planck Institute, Stuttgart
  • Umesh Waghmare, JNCASR, Bangalore
  • Choong-Shik Yoo, Washington State University

Workshop Organizers:

  • Mohsen Abd-Elmeguid, Physikalisches Institut, University of Cologne, Germany
  • Ganapathy Baskaran, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai, India
  • Daniel Khomskii, Physikalisches Institut, University of Cologne, Germany
  • Erio Tosatti, SISSA/ ICTP, Trieste, Italy
  • James Schilling, Physics Department, Washington University, St. Louis, USA
  • Roser Valenti, Institute of Theoretical Physics, Frankfurt University, Germany

Registration and Application Process:

Registration is closed for this workshop.

There is a $300 registration fee. Information on how to pay this registration fee will be forwarded to accepted participants at a later date. Lodging and meals will be provided and limited travel support is available. You may indicate on the application if you wish to apply for travel support.

Administrative Information:


It is recommended that you fly into the Los Angeles (LAX) or Santa Barbara (SBA) airports. If you fly into Los Angeles and are unable to get a convenient flight from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara, it is recommended that you secure transportation on the Santa Barbara Airbus, www.sbairbus.com. Be sure to get off the bus at the Goleta stop which is located at 5755 Thornwood Dr (this is the last stop). Manzanita Village has a shuttle that will provide transportation from either the Goleta Airbus stop or the Santa Barbara Airport. Once you arrive at the Goleta Airbus stop or at the Santa Barbara Aiport, please use the courtesy phone to contact Manzanita Village to arrange for your pick up (893-6161).


Lodging has been reserved for participants at Manzanita Village which is located on the UCSB campus.


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


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