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XXI Training Course in the Physics of Strongly Correlated Systems

The Course will be held in Vietri sul Mare (Salerno, Italy) at the International Institute for Advanced Scientific Studies "E.R. Caianiello" (IIASS),, from the 2nd to the 13th of October 2017

The Training Courses - taking place in the enchanting Amalfi Coast - are aimed at graduate students and PostDoc researchers, and offer the fascinating possibility to meet selected experts belonging to different areas in Condensed Matter Physics. Every year the Training Courses cover hot topics of Condensed Matter Physics offering to the participants a deep overview from different perspectives (theoretical, experimental, phenomenological).

 This year the focus will be on:  “Novel phases in bulk and heterostructured transition metal oxides”.

  Transition-metal-oxide-based  films  and  heterostructures  are  at  the  core of next-generation nanoelectronic,  and  macroelectronic  devices  which are expected  to revolutionize fields  of  deep  social  relevance as digital information and communication  technologies, microactuation/microsensing and energy conversion. This class of materials is characterized by an unprecedented wealth of functionalities, often being relevant to different fields of application, found in compounds that are extremely similar to each other in terms of chemistry, crystal structure and fundamental mechanisms. The necessity to handle the complexity of these materials motivates efforts of solid state scientists to a higher level and the XXI Training Course is aimed to introduce young scientists to this challenging topic. The interplay of ordered phases and strong-correlations  is a timely and crucial issue in bulk oxides and heterostructures. There are many energy scales involved in the physics of oxide materials which, to be disentangled, call for the use of advanced probing techniques, as time-, space-, momentum- or energy-resolved, photon based spectroscopies. In order to understand experimental data deriving from such techniques it is central to combine methods which traditionally come from different sides of research, ranging from the first-principles methods, based on density functional theory (DFT), to advanced many-body techniques, as well as to approaches and theories able to capture the dynamics, the character of the excitations, as well as the transport properties. The aim of this training course is to introduce students to different approaches both for the analysis of the emergent phenomena in the oxide materials and the comparison of the methodologies used to address the specific aspects.  

The approach of the training course is a multidisciplinary one and will cover aspect on modelling, synthesis, analysis and applications of transition metal oxides allowing to: define methods, attract and train a new generation of researchers; establish a regular and long-lasting collaboration. 

The Training Course is not intended as a series of formal lectures where no real contact develops between lecturers and audience. The idea is to put together, for two weeks, senior and young researchers in a close and informal atmosphere. The course lasts two weeks and sees the participation of two senior researchers per week (Monday to Friday). In the morning, each senior researcher will deliver a lecture. The afternoon sessions are devoted to training and emphasis will be on introducing young researchers to some specific problems and guiding them through their solution. The participants will be encouraged to present their own activity. The aim is to help young researchers to become more familiar with different approaches and start new collaborations. 

The Course is open to a limited number (around 30) of young (aged under 35) researchers. The registration fee is € 400.00. Lodging and meals, full-board accommodation in a double room in the selected Hotel: (Hotel La Lucertola) for the entire duration of the course (13 nights: arrival on Sunday October 1, departure in the morning of Saturday October 14, 2017), will be in the order of € 1,200.00, for half-board accommodation € 975.00 and for only B&B accommodation € 780.00.
It is also possible to attend only one week of the Training Course, the first or the second. In this case the registration fee is € 300.00.
A limited number of grants, covering partially the accommodation, will be assigned to accepted participants, upon request and after a careful screening of CVs and home institution funding capabilities. A limited number of participants will have the opportunity to deliver a seminar.

In the 2017 edition, young researchers will benefit from training in scientific techniques and various methodologies under the guidance of 5 highly qualified senior researchers:


Prof. Marco Grilli
Department of Physics, University of Rome "
La Sapienza" Rome, Italy

Dr. George Jackeli
Institute for Functional Matter & Quantum Tecnologies
University of Stuttgart, Germany

Dr. Fabio Miletto Granozio
Naples, Italy

Dr. Marco Salluzzo
Naples, Italy

Dr. Alexander Yaresko
Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research
Stuttgart, Germany


Topics- Plan of the lectures:

Prof. Marco Grilli (2-6 October)
Inhomogeneity, criticality, and topology of the LaXO3/SrTiO3 (X=Al,Ti) interfaces

1. Crystal and electronic structure of LXO/STO interface. Phenomenology: XAS, photoemission, ARPES, magnetic susceptibility, transport, Rashba spin-orbit coupling (RSOC).
2. Inhomogeneity of LXO/STO interfaces: experimental evidences. The percolative Superconductor-Metal-transition. Theoretical treatment: Effective Medium Theory and RRN modelling.
3. A primer on quantum critical points, scaling, dynamical critical index and so on. Superconductor-Metal-Transition: an example of quantum critical point.
4. Interplay between charge-density and Cooper-pair fluctuations: a road to new anomalous criticality. Rashba spin-orbit coupling, a road to spintronic applications: Spin-Hall effect, Edelstein effect, Inverse Edelstein effect (I).
5. Rashba spin-orbit coupling, a road to spintronic applications: Spin-Hall effect, Edelstein effect, Inverse Edelstein effect (II). Topological state and Majorana fermions in LXO/STO.

Dr. George Jackeli (9-13 October)
Spin-orbital interplay in bulk and reduced dimensional correlated oxides

1. Introduction: Mott insulator, Orbital degeneracy, Spin-orbital exchange interactions.
2. Spin-orbital frustration: Geometrical frustration, order-by-disorder, Unusual ordered/disorder states.
3. Spin-orbit coupled Mott insulators: Local electronic structure and spin-orbital entanglement, Exchange interactions in pseudo-spin bases.
4. Effective models and experimental implications: Layered Iridates, Ruthenates, and Vanadates, Molybdates and Osmates on frustrated lattices.
5. Emergent novel states at the oxide interfaces: Polar catastrophe, collective electronic reconstructions, Spin, orbital and charge order at interfaces and superlattices.

Dr. Fabio Miletto Granozio and Dr. Marco Salluzzo (2-6 October)
X-ray spectroscopy on oxides heterostructures - Growth of epitaxial thin films and heterostructures - Road to spintronic applications

1. Growth of epitaxial thin films and heterostructures: physical mechanisms, deposition techniques, in-situ monitoring and strain effects. 
2. Two-Dimensional electron gases at oxide interfaces. What do we know about the carriers origin and the mechanisms that determine their density, mobility and spatial extension?
3. xide Technology Roadmap. Discussion on the possible applications of oxide films and heterostructures: which ones can potentially have a technological impact within a decade?
4. X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy on Oxides and Oxide heterostructures.
5. The physics of the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 2DEG: orbital reconstruction; magnetism, in-gap states and Nanoscale inhomogeneities; structural relaxation in LAO/STO investigated by grazing incidence x-ray Diffraction.

Dr. Alexander Yaresko (9-13 October)
Properties of transition metal oxides from band structure calculations

1. Basics of band structure calculations Density functional theory; approximations to exchange correlation potential; methods.
2. Strong correlations and band structure LDA+U approximation; DMFT
3. Electronic structure of 5d transition metal oxides Spin-orbit coupling; non-collinear magnetism.
4. Calculations of effective magnetic interactions Spin-spiral calculations; magnetic force theorem.
5. Properties of multilayered structures Effects of reduced dimensionality; surface and interface states.


(i) Morning session from 9.00 to 13.30: two lectures (two hours each) delivered by two lecturers;
(ii) Afternoon session from 15.00 to 18.00: devoted to training (one hour for students' seminars, two hours for lecturers' training session).

Vietri (from Veteri, its ancient Roman name) sul Mare (on sea) is located within walking distance from Salerno and marks the beginning of the Amalfi Coast. The town is about five minutes drive from Salerno , one hour from Naples Airport and three hours from Rome Fiumicino Airport. Short rides take to Positano, Sorrento, Herculaneum, Pompeii, Paestum, the Vesuvius or to the islands of Capri, Ischia, Procida (by boat).

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The Director of the Course: Ferdinando Mancini
The Coordinator of the Course: Roberta Citro
Local Supporting Organizers: Antonio Leo and Francesco Romeo


APPLICATION FORM (to be submitted no later than August 31, 2017):

Application form and logistic information are available at:

For further information please contact:

Dr. Roberta Citro

Dipartimento di Fisica "E.R. Caianiello"
Università degli Studi di Salerno
Via Giovanni Paolo II, 132
I-84081 Fisciano (SA)

Tel. 39 089 96 9187
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