11th Materials Science School for Young Scientists and Students 2014 (KINKEN-WAKATE 2014)

Fundamentals and Modern Aspects of Superconductivity



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 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 among participants.

Prof. Shin-ichi Uchida
 Department of Physics, University of Tokyo, Hongo 7-3-1, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan
 National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Umezono1-1-1 ,
 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, USA

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.