The 2013 JCNS Workshop on Magnetism and Correlated Electron Systems attracted key experts and specialists from all over the world
25 October 2013
The Jülich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS) is pleased to announce the successful conclusion of its 2013 workshop “Trends and Perspectives in Neutron Scattering: Magnetism and Correlated Electron Systems” held in Tutzing, Germany, from 7 – 10 October. Seventy attendees took part in this event, which involved a total of forty invited and contributed presentations and twenty posters as part of the workshop’s programme.
The charming location of the Evangelische Akademie in Tutzing, together with the enthusiasm of the highly-motivated attendees from Europe, USA, Canada, India and Japan, created a stimulating atmosphere which resulted in numerous lively discussions throughout. The topical sessions were chosen to span an extremely wide area covering “Magnetic Nanoparticles and Nanocrystals”, “Molecular Magnets”, “Unconventional Superconductors”, “Magnetoelectrics and Multiferroics”, “Frustrated and Complex Spin Systems”, “Interface Effects in Heterostructures”, and “Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage”.
Artificially-grown multilayers of superconducting and magnetic materials, produced to an excellent standard, form the basis for the study of fascinating nanoscale effects in layers and at interfaces. In this field, neutron scattering and reflectometry is of fundamental importance for an understanding of key processes. Furthermore, polarization analysis opens a new route to the understanding of the exotic ordering phenomena in frustrated spin systems. Magnetic nanoparticles are being investigated for applications in magnetic data storage and medicine. Method development in neutron scattering now allows the study of the dynamics of these particles in solution on ever-shorter timescales, in terms of the magnetic structure of single particles and nanoparticles assemblies as well as magnetic excitations.
Thermoelectric materials for energy harvesting in waste recovery systems have found applications in niche markets. More efficient materials are urgently needed to widen the application of these devices. Inelastic scattering turns out to be an efficient tool to understand the mechanism of the low thermal conductivity in these materials. The rapid progress in the research of nanomagnetism and correlated electron effects in a variety of different materials has resulted in an ever increasing challenge to extend the limits of existing neutron instrumentation. The JCNS instrument suites at leading neutron sources are capable of meeting the most demanding of future requirements, with planned upgrades and new instruments shortly to be introduced.
JCNS contributed in total 12 oral presentations and 13 posters, underlining the key role of JCNS in neutron scattering-based research in magnetism, superconductors, thin film heterostructures and advanced instrumentation. Thomas Brückel from the Scientific Organizing Committee stated: “We thank all the leading experts in the different scientific fields for sharing their knowledge and results with us. We have seen excellent presentations throughout the workshop. The wide scope of topics initiated exchange between different communities and made the meeting a very fruitful one. I want to thank all attendees for coming to Tutzing and for their valuable contributions in terms of their talks, posters and discussions".
The next JCNS workshop will again be held in Tutzing from 6 – 9 October, 2014.