The school was held on 29th September at Institute for Materials Research,
Tohoku University. Four professors gave lectures on superconductivity from
both experimental and theoretical points of view. Over 40 students and
researchers attended the school and learned many aspects of research of
superconductivity. At the Short Talk Session, several participants gave
a contributed presentation on their research. Senior scientists kindly
made contrastive suggestions and comments on the talks, and we very much
enjoyed the discussion.
Since the discovery of superconductivity in the liquid mercury over 100 years ago, this most well-known phenomenon has been observed in many single
elements and intermetallic compounds at low temperature. About 50 years
later, in 1957, the so-called BCS (Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer) theory was
established for conventional superconductivity mediated by electron-phonon
coupling with the low transition-temperature. However, subsequently, there
appear unconventional (not ordinary s-wave) superconductors such as cuprates,
heavy fermions, iron-pnictides and so on. In these novel materials, superconductivity
arises from a correlated-electron system that is different from a conventional
Fermi liquid. Thus, the exploration of high-Tc materials in complex systems
and understanding their electronic states are exciting and challenging
issues in the materials science and physics.
The KINKEN-WAKATE shcool will provide an opportunity to learn fundamentals
of superconductivity and modern aspects of research on superconductivity.
Four world-famous professors on this important subject will give lectures.
We expect that young students and researchers attend this shcool to learn
the supercoductivity and to exchange information on their own research
Prof. Shin-ichi Uchida
Department of Physics, University of Tokyo, Hongo 7-3-1, Tokyo 113-0033,
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST),
Tsukuba 305-8568, Japan
Prof. Martin Greven
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55414, USA
Prof. Yasutomo J. Uemura
Department of Physics, Columbia University, New York, New York 10027,
Prof. Oleg P. Sushkov
School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Sydney 2052, Australia
KINKEN-WAKATE is supported by International Collaboration Center
(ICC-IMR), Institute for Materials Research (IMR), Tohoku University.