Exotic New States in Superconducting Devices:
The Age of the Interface

Mainz, Germany: September 25th – 28th 2017

Superconducting material such as a ferromagnet, a topological insulator or a semiconductor, a range of electronic states can be induced which are radically different from either constituent material. To be able to probe these states requires a broad range of expertise, spanning basic materials science to fundamental physics modeling of interfaces and transport behaviour. At this meeting we have the opportunity to bring together scientists working on distinct and overlapping areas, such as superconductivity, magnetism, topological materials, quantum computing, and spin-electronics. This science community will have an opportunity to appreciate how these different transport phenomena are linked conceptually and thereby stimulate further understanding particularly with respect to realising useful devices with unique properties for spin-electronics and quantum computing.


Sebastian Bergeret (CSIC/DIPC)
Jason Robinson (University of Cambridge)
Kjetil Hals (JGU Mainz)

Invited Speakers

Jan Aarts (University of Leiden)
Norman Birge (Michigan State University)
Mark Blamire (University of Cambridge)
Silvano De Franceschi (CEA Grenoble)
Matthias Eschrig (Royal Holloway, London)
Mikael Fogelström (Chalmers)
Katharina Franke (Freie Universität Berlin)
Francesco Giazotto (CNR-Pisa)
Sophie Gueron (CNRS)
Ewelina Hankiewicz (Würzburg Univ.)
Tero Heikkilä (University of Jyväskylä)
Yoshi Maeno (University of Kyoto)
Leo Kouwenhoven (Delft)
Dirk Manske (MPI-Stuttgart)
Julia Meyer (CEA Grenoble)
Jagadeesh Moodera (MIT)
Yossi Paltiel (The Hebrew University)
Stuart Parkin (MPI, Halle)
Dimitri Roditchev (INSP Paris)
Charis Quay Huei Li (Université Paris-Sud)
Ilya Tokatly (University of Basque Country)
Javier Villegas (CNRS-Thales)
Felix von Oppen (FU Berlin)
Roland Wiesendanger (Hamburg)

26.09.2016 – Workshop on Antiferromagnetic Spintronics

Antiferromagnetic Spintronics

The emerging field of antiferromagnetic spintronics focuses on making antiferromagnets active elements of spintronic devices. From an application point of view, it emphasizes how to read, manipulate, and store information in these systems robustly. From the basic science point of view, it exploits the larger range of spin physics in this material due to the higher complexity of the ordered phase and order parameters.

New connections with the current ferromagnetic spintronics research have created entirely new ways of rethinking spin phenomena in antiferromagnets, while still building on long standing pioneering works in antiferromagnetic materials.

Although some prevailing concepts map directly between these fields, in many important instances the intuition built in the ferromagnetic spintronics systems can lead us astray in the antiferromagnetic systems.

The recent successes in this new area and rapid theoretical developments make this the right time for a conference on the subject.

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21.09.2016 – Quantum Spintronics: Spin Transport Through Quantum Magnetic Materials

Quantum Spintronics

The field of magnon spintronics and the field of quantum magnetism have seen tremendous progress in recent years with many break-throughs in new concepts, new techniques, and new materials. Magnon spintronics has demonstrated electrical and thermal control over spin currents through magnetic insulators in contact with normal metals. Almost all this progress has been limited to a single material magnetic insultator YIG, hence limiting the outlook of the field. In Quantum Magnetism recent developments in scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) now permit probing and fabricating spin chains and many other artificial spin systems, providing a new ground to explore quantum magnetism phenomena, as well as a much larger spectrum of quantum magnetic materials to explore.

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Non-equilibrium Quantum Matter

Mainz, Germany: May 30th - June 2nd 2017

In contrast to equilibrium quantum systems, which exist in just a tiny corner of an immense configuration space, non-equilibrium quantum many-body systems can access the totality of configuration space and represent a rich resource for novel quantum states, including light-induced quantum-coherent phases of matter, topological phases and spin textures in solids and cold atom systems. Non-equilibrium many-body quantum dynamics is perhaps the last frontier in physics, where even the basic understanding is still lacking and a number of outstanding fundamental questions are wide open. However, there has been much recent progress in exploring these fundamental aspects on both theoretical and experimental sides.

This interdisciplinary workshop brings together leading experts – both theorists and experimentalists – working in the broad field and focuses on the most exciting recent developments in non-equilibrium many-body physics including: light-induced superconductivity, topological Floquet states, soliton motion in quantum superfluids, acoustic Hawking radiation in Bose-Einstein condensates, and quantum chaos and quantum butterfly effect.

The aforementioned developments, being the main motivation for the proposed workshop, make it clear that the theme of non-equilibrium quantum physics is not specific to a particular subfield, but cuts across different seemingly unrelated disciplines, including topological insulators, superconductors, cold atoms, bosonic and fermionic, neutral superfluids, driven cold atoms systems. The theory involved is equally diverse and spans fields from classical condensed matter, to mathematical physics (integrable systems and inverse scattering methods in the context of solitons), to even general relativity (geometric descriptions of superfluid’s dynamics).

The proposed program will include representatives from all these fields and promises to lead to a lively, intellectually stimulating, and highly interdisciplinary program. There will be a poster session on one of the days, where non-speakers can present their work, too.


M. Foerst (Max Planck, Hamburg)
V. Galitski (University of Maryland)
M. Fuhrer (Monash University, Australia)
I. Spielman (University of Maryland)

Invited Speakers

Igor Aleiner (University of Columbia)
Immanuel Bloch (LMU, Munich)
Joachim Brand (Massey University, New Zealand)
Andrea Cavalleri (Max Planck, Hamburg)
Cheng Chin (University of Chicago)
Eugene Demler (Harvard)
Sriram Ganeshan (Simons Center, NY)
Jean-Claude Garreau (LU of Lille, France)
Mohammad Hafezi (JQI, Maryland)
Johannes Hofmann (Cambridge, UK)
Lev Ioffe (Rutgers)
Steve Johnson (ETH, Zurich)
Dante Kennes (Columbia)
Corinna Kollath (University of Bonn)
Nethanel Lindner (Technion)
Sebastian Loth (Max Planck, Hamburg)
Aditi Mitra (New York University)
Elena Ostrovskaya (Australian National University)
Meera Parish (Monash University, Australia)
Anatoly Polkovnikov (Boston University)
Andrew Potter (University of Texas at Austin)
Gil Refael (Caltech)
Ana-Maria Rey (University of Maryland)
Edbert Jarvis Sie (Gedik Group, MIT)
Curt von Keyerlingk (Princeton)
Jörg Schmiedmayer (VCQ, Vienna)
Jeff Steinhauer (Technion)
Sandro Stringari (University of Trento)
Chushun Tian (Tsinghua University)
Yaroslav Tserkovniak (UCLA)
Klaus Sengstock (University of Hamburg)
Grigorii Volovik (Landau Instititute and Aalto University)
Martin Zwierlein (MIT)

Entanglement in Strongly Correlated Systems

Benasque, Spain: February 5th – 18th 2017

The study of entanglement in strongly correlated systems has lived a series of important advances in recent years, in turn underpinning a better understanding of the quantum properties of matter. Concerning numerics, examples of these are e.g. new numerical methods based on tensor networks (MPS, PEPS, MERA), as well as advances in quantum Monte Carlo, exact diagonalizations, and continuous unitary transformations. From an analytical perspective there are also recent relevant developments regarding e.g. AdS/CFT methods, entanglement spectrum, string-net models, and the tensor network description of chiral topological phases.

The aim of this 2-week meeting is to bring together specialists in the field as well as newcomers at the interface of quantum information and condensed matter theory. The format of the event will alternate introductory lectures with specialized talks. During these days, spontaneous informal discussions will be encouraged by the organizers and announced throughout the day. Our plan is to have a very rich and collaborative meeting.

For more information, please also visit the website of Centro de Ciencias de Benasque

R. Orús (U. Mainz)
D. Poilblanc (CNRS / U. Toulouse)
N. Regnault (CNRS / Princeton University)

Confirmed Invited Speakers Preliminary List of Invited Participants
Xiao-Liang Qi (Stanford)
Hong-Hao Tu (MPQ)
Garnet Chan (Princeton)
Dmitry Abanin (Univ. Geneva)
Frank Pollmann (MPI-PKS)
Norbert Schuch (MPQ)
Angel Rubio (MPSD / EHU)
Naoki Kawashima (Univ. Tokyo)
Paul Fendley (Oxford)
Titus Neupert (Univ. Zurich)
Federico Becca (SISSA)
Jens Eisert (Freie Univ. Berlin)
Nathalie Guihery (CNRS)
Maciej Lewenstein (ICFO)
Jean-Paul Malrieu (CNRS)
Frederic Mila (EPFL)
German Sierra (UAM)
Frank Verstraete (Univ. Ghent)


This workshop is supported by:

International School & Conference on Nanoscience and Quantum Transport (Kiev, Ukraine)

October 8th - 14th 2016

SPICE is co-organizing this workshop. It will take place in Kiev, Ukraine.

The scope of this meeting covers broadly electronic transport phenomena in materials and heterostructures where quantum geometric and many-body effects lead to novel behavior and functionality. Our goal is to bring together the leading scientists working in the key areas of the field as well as the young researchers and students interested in these areas. The program starts during the weekend of Oct 8-9 with introductory tutorials, aimed at the advanced undergraduate and graduate students. The main agenda will include pedagogical (60 min) lectures, technical invited (40 min) and contributed (20 min) talks, all including about 1/3 of time for discussions, a poster session, and plenty of breaks for more informal interactions.

The focus is on quantum transport in nanoscale, mesoscopic, low-dimensional heterostructures and novel quantum materials, covering, in particular, the following topics:

  • quantum transport in low-dimensional systems
  • collective spin transport and magnetic dynamics
  • (pseudo)spin textures and Berry-phase effects
  • topological insulators and graphene
  • new quantum materials and heterostructures
  • related topics in nanoscience

For more information and to register, please visit the following website:
Official Website NanoQT2016

International Organizers:
Leonid Levitov (MIT)
Yaroslav Tserkovnyak (UCLA)

SPICE Co-Organizer:
Jairo Sinova

Local Organizers:
Oleksiy Kolezhuk (TSNU Kyiv)
Valeri Lozovski (TSNU Kyiv)

Invited Speakers:

Christian Back (Universität Regensburg)
Gerrit Bauer (Tohoku University & TU Delft)
Yaroslaw Bazaliy (University of South Carolina)
Carlo Beenakker (Leiden University)
Rembert Duine (Utrecht University)
Klaus Ensslin (ETH Zürich)
Carlos Egues (Instituto de Física de São Carlos)
Benedetta Flebus (Utrecht University)
Victor Galitski (University of Maryland)
Olena Gomonay (Universität Mainz)
Francisco Guinea (IMDEA Madrid & Manchester)
Valery Gusynin (BITP Kyiv)
Bert Halperin (Harvard University)
Boris Ivanov (IMag Kyiv)
Takis Kontos (ENS Paris)
Daniel Loss (University of Basel)
Yuriy Mokrousov (RWTH Aachen & FZ Jülich)
Branislav K. Nikolic (University of Delaware)
Dmytro Pesin (University of Utah)
Mark Rudner (Copenhagen University)
Oleksandr Serha (Universität Kaiserslautern)
Andrey Shytov (Exeter University)
Jairo Sinova (Universität Mainz)
Justin Song (IHPC & NTU, Singapore)
So Takei (CUNY)
Mircea Trif (LPS Orsay)Special Presentation:
Victor Vakaryuk (Associate Editor, PRB)

Program - Quantum Spintronics: Spin Transport Through Quantum Magnetic Materials

Wednesday, September 21st

Morning Session

08:45 – 09:00 Registration
Office E. Hilp in MITP
09:00 – 09:30 Jairo Sinova, JGU Mainz:
Opening Remarks
09:30 – 10:30 Yaroslav Tserkovnyak, UCLA:
Tutorial: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Spin Superfluids: Domain Walls, Phase Slips, and Skyrmions
10:30 – 11:05 Arne Brataas, NTNU:
Spin Superfluidity and Long-Range Transport in Thin-Film Ferromagnets
11:05 – 11:35 Coffee Break
11:35 – 12:10 Daniel Loss, Basel:
Spin Currents and Transport Coefficients in Insulating Magnets
12:10 – 12:45 Gerrit Bauer, Sendai:
Spin Caloritronics with Yttrium Iron Garnet
12:45 – 14:00 Lunch + Free Discussion Time

Afternoon Session

14:00 – 15:00 Burkhard Hillebrands, TU Kaiserslautern:
Tutorial: Magnon Supercurrents in a Room Temperature Magnon Condensate
15:00 – 15:35 Ilya Krivorotov, UC Irvine:
Condensation of Magnons Driven by Thermal Gradients
15:35 – 16:05 Break
16:05 – 16:40 Alexander Serga, Kaiserslautern:
Bottleneck Accumulation of Hybrid Bosons in a Ferrimagnet
16:40 – 17:15 Benedetta Flebus, Utrecht:
Two-Fluid Theory for Spin Superfluidity in Magnetic Insulators

Thursday, September 22nd

Morning Session

09:30 – 10:30 Sebastian Gönnenwein, Dresden:
Tutorial: Non-local Magnon Transport in YIG/Pt Nanostructures
10:30 – 11:05 Eiji Saitoh, Sendai:
Spin Current Generators
11:05 – 11:35 Break
11:35 – 12:10 Ludo J. Cornelissen, Groningen:
Exchange Magnon Spin Transport in the Magnetic Insulator Yttrium Garnet
12:10 – 12:45 Teruo Ono, Kyoto:
Current-induced Asymmetric Magnetoresistance via Spin Flip Scattering
12:45 – 14:00 Lunch + Free Discussion Time

Afternoon Session

14:00 – 15:00 Amir Yacoby, Harvard:
Imaging Magnetic Textures and Spin Excitations Using NV Centers in Diamond
15:00 – 15:35 Dirk Schuricht, Utrecht:
Non-Equilibrium Transport Properties of Spin-Dependent Nanostructures
15:35 – 16:05 Coffee Break
16:05 – 16:40 Fabian Heidrich-Meisner, Munich:
Spin Transport in Low-Dimensional Quantum Magnets
16:40 – 17:15 Christian Rüegg, PSI:
Quantum Magnets as Switches for Quantum Spintronnics
19:30 Conference Dinner Heiliggeist

Friday, September 23rd

Morning Session

09:30 – 10:30 Allan MacDonald, UT Austin:
Tutorial: Topological Spintronics
10:30 – 11:05 So Takei, CUNY:
Spin Superfluidity in the ν=0 Quantum Hall State of Graphene
11:05 – 11:35 Coffee Break
11:35 – 12:10 Hans-Benjamin Braun, Dublin:
Quantum Aspects of Topological Magnets – Theory and Neutron Scattering Results
12:10 – 12:45 Peter Kopietz, Frankfurt:
Rayleigh-Jeans Condensation of Pumped Magnons in Thin Film Ferromagnets
12:45 – 14:00 Lunch

Afternoon Session

14:00 – 15:00 Oleg Starykh, Utah:
Tutorial: A panoply of Orders Near Quantum Lifshitz Point of a Frustrated Ferromagnet
15:00 – 15:35 David G. Cahill, UIUC:
Picosecond Spin Caloritronics
15:35 – 16:05 Coffee Break
16:05 – 16:40 Wolfgang Wernsdorfer, Néel Institute:
16:40 – 17:30 Rembert Duine, Yaroslav Tserkovnyak, Jairo Sinova
Closing Remarks

Quantum Spintronics: Spin Transport Through Quantum Magnetic Materials

September 21st - 23rd 2016

The field of magnon spintronics and the field of quantum magnetism have seen tremendous progress in recent years with many break-throughs in new concepts, new techniques, and new materials. Magnon spintronics has demonstrated electrical and thermal control over spin currents through magnetic insulators in contact with normal metals. Almost all this progress has been limited to a single material magnetic insultator YIG, hence limiting the outlook of the field. In Quantum Magnetism recent developments in scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) now permit probing and fabricating spin chains and many other artificial spin systems, providing a new ground to explore quantum magnetism phenomena, as well as a much larger spectrum of quantum magnetic materials to explore.

This workshop brings together these two communities, magnon spintronics and quantum magnetism, to explore new directions that exploit each others strengths. The goals of the workshop are:

1. For the quantum magnetism community to get up to speed on the recent developments in electrical control and detection of spin currents through magnetic insulators.
2. For the spintronics community to learn about new quantum magnetic materials that may host phases with exotic spin transport properties, such as spin superfluids and Bose glasses.
Topics include the spin Seebeck effect, spin pumping in ferromagnet/normal metal heterostructures, magnon Bose-Einstein condensation and spin superfluidity, spin and heat transport through magnetic insulators.


Scientific Organizers
Rembert Duine, Institute for Theoretical Physics, Netherlands
Yaroslav Tserkovnyak, UCLA, US

SPICE Co-Organizer
Jairo Sinova

In Cooperation with the


Invited Speakers

Gerrit Bauer (Tohoku)
Arne Brataas (NTNU)
Hans-Benjamin Braun (Dublin)
David G. Cahill (UIUC)
Ludo J. Cornelissen (Groningen)
Benedetta Flebus (Utrecht)
Sebastian Gönnenwein (Munich)
Fabian Heidrich-Meissner (Munich)
Burkard Hillebrands (Kaiserslautern)
Peter Kopietz (Frankfurt)
Ilya Krivorotov (UC Irvine)
Daniel Loss (Basel)
Allan MacDonald (UT Austin)
Tamara Nunner (Berlin )
Teruo Ono (Kyoto)
Christian Rüegg (PSI Villigen)
Subir Sachdev (Harvard)
Eiji Saitoh  (Sendai)
Dirk Schuricht (Utrecht)
Alexander Serga (Kaiserslautern)
Oleg Starykh (Univ. of Utah)
So Takei (New York)
Wolfgang Wernsdorfer (Néel)
Amir Yacoby (Harvard)


This workshop was partially supported by :

Spin orbit coupling and spin mechanics

Gomonay,Helen: Antiferromagnetic Spintronics
Hillebrands, Burkard: Spin Transport Using Magnon Gases
Ieda, Jun'Ichi: Interface Magnetic Anisotropy Induced by Rashba Effect
Jakob, Gerhard: Thermal conductivities in YIG
Kläui, Matthias: TBA 
Krüger, Benjamin: TBA
Lee, Kyujee:  Spin-orbit Torque
Matsuo, Mamoru : Mechanical Generation of Spin Current
Mori, Michiyasu: Spin Hall Effect in Cu Alloys and Phonon Hall Effect: Skew Scattering of Electrons and Phonons
Reeve, Robert: Spin currents and spin dynamics
Saitoh, Eiji: Spin Current Generation
Shiomi,Yuki: Spin Pumping Experiments in Topological Insulators and Skyrmion Crystals
Sinova, Jairo: Spin-Orbit torques
Yamane, Yuta: Spin Transports in Dynamical Antiferromagnetic textures
Yan, Peng: Thermodynamic Magnon Recoil for Domain wall motion
Yasuoka, Hiroshi: NMR in Skyrmion Phase
Ziman, Tim: Spin Hall Effect and Skew Scattering in Co-operatively Ordered Magnetic Systems

Workshop on "Spin Orbit Coupling and Spin Mechanics"

October 23rd - October 24th 2015 at the SPICE Center

The 29th REIMEI and ERATO-SQR workshop focused on effects of the spin-orbit interaction and the coupling of the spin and lattice degrees of freedom in magnetic nanostructures.

The spin Hall effect has moved into the mainstream of magnetism by generating so-called spin-orbit torques on proximity magnets and being an efficient spin current detector. The electrical and thermal actuation of the magnetization of insulators with extremely high quality factors of the magnetization dynamics has focused attention on the bosonic degrees of freedom in spintronics and the importance of the spin-lattice and spin-rotation couplings.

Photos: Sabrina Hopp

The scope of the workshop covered the following topics:

  • The magnon-phonon interaction in a magnetic insulator (YIG) to better understand acoustically induced spin pumping and the spin Seebeck effect.
  • Materials with large spin-orbit interaction examined by combining density functional theory in the local density approximation with the quantum Monte Carlo technique.
  • The effects of spin-orbit interaction on the magnetization dynamics of ferro-, feri-, and antiferro-magnets and their heterostructures.
  • Spin current generation in solids and fluids.


Jairo Sinova, Jun'ichi Ieda

Co-sponsored by
REIMEI Research Fund (ASRC-JAEA)
ERATO Spin Quantum Rectification Project (JST)

Confirmed Speakers and Participants

Gomonay, Helen
Ieda, Jun'ichi
Maekawa, Sadamichi
Matsuo, Mamoru
Mori, Michiyasu
Sinova, Jairo
Yamane, Yuta
Yan, Peng
Ziman, Tim
Hillebrands, Burkard
Jakob, Gerhard
Kläui, Mathias
Lee, Kyuioon
Saitoh, Eiji
Shiomi, Yuki
Yasuoka, Hiroshi





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