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30 Jun25 Jul 2014
Boulder, Colorado, United States
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Feb 15, 2014
Andrey Chubukov
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United States


Boulder Summer School for Condensed Matter and Materials Physics

The 2014 Boulder school will concentrate on modern aspects of superconductivity. Superconductivity is a well-known phenomenon – it has been around for over 100 years, and BCS theory for conventional s-wave superconductors is over 50 years old. Over the last few decades, however, the field of superconductivity witnessed a remarkable renewal of interest in the physics community. A number of reasons exist for this, including the discovery of unconventional (not ordinary s-wave) superconductivity in cuprates, heavy-fermions, and organic superconductors, and, more recently, in Fe-pnictides and Fe-chalcogenides as well as the fact that superconductivity in all these materials likely originates from screened Coulomb interactions rather than from electron-phonon interactions. Another, arguably the most fundamental reason, is that superconductivity in these novel materials emerges from a normal state that is very different from a conventional Fermi liquid. Finally there is the hope, based on specific theoretical predictions and non-stop improvements of the experimental techniques, to obtain chiral superconductivity, which would breaks time-reversal symmetry and exhibit a wealth of fascinating properties that are highly sought after for nano-science applications.