Successful Autumn-School on Correlated Electrons 2013
More than 100 young researchers interested in “Emergent Phenomena in Correlated Matter”
16 October, 2013
In the week of 23-27 September, Jülich was the destination of more than 100 young researchers working in the field of strongly correlated materials. Continuing the successful tradition started with the Autumn School on Correlated Electrons in 2011, the programme of 17 lectures given by internationally-renowned scientists was aimed at bringing young investigators quickly up to speed to pursue original research of their own. The programme proved so attractive, that many unregistered young and even senior researchers of Forschungszentrum Jülich attended, often bringing the lecture room to the limits of its capacity.
The School, led by Prof. Eva Pavarini, Institute for Advanced Simulation (IAS), and Prof. Erik Koch, German Research School for Simulation Sciences (GRS), focused this year on emergent phenomena in correlated matter. Besides introductory lectures on density functional theory, Monte Carlo methods and many-body techniques, two sets of lectures addressed the focus areas of correlated magnetism and superconductivity. The programme was completed by introductions to modern non-perturbative many-body simulations.
The format of the school, with 90-minute lectures and ample time for discussions, was particularly popular with the students, as it gave them the chance to enter into direct contact with world-leaders in their field of research. "I have never before had the opportunity to discuss with so many famous people that I only knew from the literature" marvelled one of the participants.
In addition, a poster session allowed students to present their projects and to expand their network in the global research community represented by participants from 20 countries, besides Germany and countries within the EU, including the USA, Canada, India, Brazil, Turkey, Egypt, Algeria, and even Sudan, Ethiopia and Nigeria. Ten of the international participants received Travel Awards from the Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter (ICAM). ICAM also sponsored three overseas speakers, while many of the European speakers were supported by the DFG Research Unit 1346 "Dynamical Mean-Field Approach with Predictive Power for Strongly Correlated Materials".
To enhance their impact, all lecturers prepared comprehensive lecture notes, which were printed as a book that was ready for the beginning of the school. These lecture notes fill an acute gap between introductory textbooks and the research literature as became apparent by the high demand also outside the school. To be as widely accessible as possible, the book has been made available via Open Access:
Eva Pavarini, Erik Koch, and Ulrich Schollwöck (Eds.)
Emergent Phenomena in Correlated Matter
Modeling and Simulation, Vol. 3
Verlag des Forschungszentrum Jülich, 2013
520 p., ISBN 978-3-89336-884-6