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Exotic Superconducting and Insulating Phases of Quantum Matter

January 14, 2010 – January 16, 2010

Location: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland


Organizers: Peter Armitage and Nina Markovic at Johns Hopkins University; Victor Galitski, University of Maryland; Philip Phillips, University of Illinois

The main goal of the workshop is to bring together leading experts, theorists and experimentalists, working on low-dimensional superconductivity, topological insulators, Mott systems, and ultracold atoms, as well as researchers moving into and between these fields to discuss the recent advances and new ideas with the emphasis on the relations between topological states in insulators and superconductors.

Of particular interest are:

1) Experimental realizations of topological states and their electrical transport, electro-magnetic, and thermal transport,

2) properties of the insulating phases in two-dimensional `superconducting’ films and cuprates;

3) the stability of the topological edge states in the presence of strong disorder and interactions and their sensitivity to the structure of the boundary;

4) the possibility of extending the ideas of topological band insulators to strongly interacting systems, which may lead to a the discovery of topological Mott insulators and dual correspondences to superconducting states.

5) new experimental schemes for detection of these exotic phases; and

6) discussion of new compounds that may exhibit exotic phases and new ideas for possible practical applications.


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