Electronic Properties of Modern Materials

Nov 17. till Nov 19.

Electronic Properties of Modern Materials

This meeting will bring together physicists, chemists and materials scientists using sychrotron, neutron, and muon sources as well as low-temperature, computational and theoretical techniques to investigate magnets, superconductors, multiferroics and other advanced materials.

17/11/20152015-11-17 - 19/11/20152015-11-19
Diamond Light Source, Oxfordshire, UK


Advanced electronic materials are one of the most exciting research frontiers in the physical sciences. Electron-electron correlations generate ever more surprising collective states with novel symmetries, novel topologies and new types of excitations. Many of these materials interact with electric an magnetic fields in new ways, offering the prospect of disruptive technologies. Understanding and controlling such complex forms of quantum matter requires cutting-edge facilities and ground-breaking ideas.

This meeting will be a focal point for the community of physicists, chemists and materials scientists using synchrotron, neutron, and muon sources as well as low-temperature, computational and theoretical techniques to investigate magnets, superconductors, multiferroics and other advanced materials. Specifically it aims to: foster links between the Diamond and ISIS user communities in the fields of strongly correlated electrons/magnetism/superconductivity (both physics and chemistry); showcase Diamond's capabilities in these areas; and foster links between the theory and experimental communities.


  • Quantum Magnetism
  • Frustrated Magnetism
  • Unconventional pairing in superconductors
  • Multiferroic order
  • Topological defects and excitations
  • Topological order and quantum phase transitions

Keynote and Invited Speakers (confirmed)

  • James Annett (University of Bristol)
    “Spin-orbit coupling and unconventional pairing in multiband superconductors”
  • Felix Baumberger (PSI, Switzerland)
    “Fermi Pockets and Pseudogap in Lightly Doped Strontium Iridates”
  • Joseph Betouras (University of Loughborough)
    “Lifshitz transitions in interacting fermions: the paradigm of sodium cobaltate”
  • Alessandro Bombardi (Diamond Light Source)
    “Polarization flip and magnetic structure evolution in GdMn2O5
  • Steve Bramwell (University College, London)
    “Phase order in superfluid helium films”
  • Claudio Castelnovo (University of Cambridge)
    “Critical dynamics and fi nite-time scaling in spin ice systems”
  • Laurent Chapon (Institut Laue Langeving)
    “Pure magneto-chiral domain in the langasite compound Ba3NbFe3Si2O14: Can it induce ferroelectricity?”
  • Lucy Clark (University of St Andrews)
    “Kagome Antiferromagnets”
  • Simon Clarke (University of Oxford)
    Title TBA
  • Radu Coldea (University of Oxford)
    “Unconventional magnetic order in the harmonic honeycomb iridates, implications for Kitaev physics”
  • Steve Collins (Diamond Light Source)
    “X-ray Diffraction Studies of Polar Crystals and Weak Ferromagnets”
  • James Dracott (EPSRC)
    Title TBA
  • Matthias Eschrig (Royal Holloway, University of London)
    “The road to superconducting spintronics”
  • Phillipe Ghosez (University of Liège)
    “The trilinear coupling of lattice modes : a promising pathway to achieve electric control of electronic properties in perovskites”
  • Sean Giblin (Cardiff University)
    “Exploring spin ice out of equilibrium”
  • Andrew Goodwin (University of Oxford)
    “Hidden order from geometric frustration: spin-liquid GGG and spin-free AgAu(CN)2
  • Colin Greaves (University of Birmingham)
    “ Geometrical and chemically induced magnetic frustration”
  • Thorsten Hesjedal (Oxford)
    “Topological Insulators - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”
  • Adrian Hillier (ISIS)
    “Unconventional pairing in superconductors”
  • George Jackeli (MPI for Solid State Research, Stuttgart)
    “Magnetic exchange, order and excitations in spin-orbit Mott insulators”
  • Gerrit van der Laan (Diamond Light Source)
    Opening address: “Shining X-Rays on Modern Materials”
  • Stephen Lovesey (Diamond Light Source / STFC)
    “Ordered state of magnetic charge in the pseudo-gap phase of a cuprate superconductor HgBa2CuO4+8
  • Paul McClarty (ISIS)
    “Excitations in the pyrochlore magnet Yb2Ti2O7
  • Des McMorrow (University College, London)
    “Metal insulator phase transitions in 5d transition metal oxides”
  • Toby Perrings (ISIS)
    Closing address: title TBA
  • Matt Rosseinsky (University of Liverpool)
    “Strategies for design of room temperature multiferroic magnetoelectric oxides”
  • Nicola Spaldin (ETH Zurich)
    “Hidden Monopolar Order in Magnetoelectrics”
  • Jon Taylor “The role of the fermi surface in a frustrated itinerant magnet”


The meeting will take the format of an intensive workshop held over 2.5 days. Each session will be focused on a particular topic, with a keynote talk at the start and several invited and contributed talks following it. All the talks will take place in Diamond House, meeting room G53/54. The sequential format is intended to encourage inter-disciplinarity and facilitate one-to-one discussoins.

Contributed posters will be displayed throughout the workshop in the Diamond House Atrium alongside information stands from our sponsors.

Outline Programme:


Organising Committee

  • D D Khalyavin, ISIS Facility
  • Timur Kim (L), Diamond Light Source
  • Frank Kruger (L), University College London, ISIS Facility & Hubbard Theory Consortium
  • Emma McCabe, University of Kent
  • Jorge Quintanilla (C), University of Kent & Hubbard Theory Consortium
  • Silvia Ramos, University of Kent
  • Mark Senn, University of Oxford

(C) Meeting coordinator
(L) Local organising sub-committee

More information & Registration

For more detailed information please visit our delegate information pages here

This workshop is now full and registration is now closed.


The organisers gratefully acknowledge financial and in-kind contributions from



Magnetism Group – Superconductivity Group