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Summer School on Multiferroics and Beyond

DATES: July 20 - August 1, 2008
LOCATION: University of California, Santa Barbara CA 93106 USA

The International Center for Materials Research (ICMR) is pleased to announce a residential, two-week summer school on Mulftiferroic Materials and Beyond from July 20 to August 1, 2007. The school will take place on the UCSB campus. The emphasis of the school will be to present a comprehensive picture of the state of the art field of multiferroic materials with an emphasis on the theory of cross coupling, design and growth of new compounds, and on practical aspects of experimentation and interpretation of magnetic, structural, optical, and neutron data.

Science magazine recently selected its top seven "Areas to Watch" in all of science for 2008. One of their selections, and the only one in the area of Materials Science, was the field of "Multiferroics". Breakthrough of the Year: Areas to Watch

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Sang Cheong, Rutgers
  • Paul Chu, Houston
  • Michel Kenzelmann, ETH & PSI
  • Kee Hoon Kim, Seoul
  • Bernd Lorenz, Houston
  • Thomas Lottemoser, Bonn
  • Maxim Mostovoy, Groningen
  • Janice Musfeldt, Tennessee
  • Yukio Noda, Tohoku
  • Silvia Picozzi, Aquila
  • Karin Rabe, Rutgers
  • Ramamoorthy Ramesh, Berkeley
  • David Singh, ORNL
  • Nicola Spaldin, UCSB
  • Mas Subramanian, Oregon State
  • Ichiro Takeuchi, Maryland

The organizers will also give lectures to complement those of our invited speakers.

The goal of the school will be to present a comprehensive picture of the state of the art in the field of multiferroic oxides with an emphasis on the theory of the coexistence and mutual interaction of different orders and fundamental aspects of the broken symmetries, the search for new compounds exhibiting magneto-electric coupling and multiferroicity, and the novel physical phenomena that result - for instance, extremely complex magnetic phase diagrams, ferroelectricity induced by magnetic order, the rotation or complete reversal of the ferroelectric polarization in magnetic field, ferromagnetic order induced by electric as well as magnetic fields, and the discovery of new elementary excitations. The summer school will be designed to encourage cross-fertilization of ideas among the participants. Tutorials and research seminars will be presented by lecturers from chemistry, physics, and materials science disciplines. Selected "hands-on" activities will also be included. Attendees are expected to participate actively during the tutorials and to present posters describing their own research.

Click here for the school schedule.


Sang Cheong Physics, Rutgers sangc@physics.rutgers.edu web
Bernd Lorenz Houston blorenz@uh.edu  
Janice Musfeldt Tennessee musfeldt@utk.edu web
Silvia Picozzi Aquila silvia.picozzi@aquila.infn.it  
David Singh ORNL singhdj@ornl.gov  

Important information regarding the school:

Accepted participants can find detailed arrival and lodging information in the following pdf document: Multiferroics Information Packet


Shared housing will be provided in the UCSB Manzanita Village Residence Hall which is located on campus. Meals will be provided for the duration of the activity. Both housing and meals are offered free of charge to the participants.

There is no registration fee for this ICMR Summer School.

The School is part of a 6 month Research Program in Complex Oxides which also includes a workshop on Frontiers in Complex Oxides, and sponsored international exchanges to allow researchers to pursue collaborative Complex Oxides projects in laboratories that are not in their home country. For more information on the Research Program visit the program website: Oxides Program Website..

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


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