Spin textures: Magnetism meets Plasmonics

Workshop, July 23rd - 25th 2024

Spin textures in solids originate from the complex interaction between electrons and atoms. In particular, the collective behavior of electrons is often key to emergent physical properties. For example, the spins of localized as well as itinerant electrons can interact to realize statically (meta-) stable magnetic spin textures, including spin-spirals, vortices, skyrmions, multi-q structures, i.e., magnetic arrangements characterized by multiple wave vectors in their magnetic order parameter.
Alternatively, electrons can be excited collectively by electromagnetic waves such that the electrons oscillate to realize plasmons. Being highly endowed with tunability, the field of plasmonics, has rapidly emulated several interesting spin structures.
In both fields, skyrmions and topological excitations play a crucial role spurred by the idea of robust states of matter for applications including storage and information technology. While there are a lot of similarities between magnetic and electromagnetic spin textures there are also key differences in their physics. For example, each field has its individual challenges to realize tailored spin textures: While a limitation in magnetism is that certain competing interactions are required to realize spin structures, in plasmonics certain field components are prohibited hindering the formation of arbitrary spin structures. External stimuli are interesting for both research fields to manipulate the unique magnetic and electronic properties of the excitations.
This workshop aims to bring together experts from both magnetism and plasmonics to foster the discovery of new spin textures.

This workshop is organized by SPICE as part of the Gutenberg International Conference Center (GICC) at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU). The GICC is funded through the German Research Foundation’s (DFG) university allowance in the Excellence Strategy program and aims at fostering JGU as a national and international research hub. By organizing regular conferences and workshops in fields of excellent JGU research, the GICC provides a platform to build interest networks and collaborations – to promote exchange and dialog among academics and research groups from all over the world.

If you are interested in this SPICE-Workshop, please click the button below, to apply before May 6th, 2024. If your application is successful, you will be contacted in May 2024 with a link to register. The conference fee is 450 euros. Accommodation is not included. The online conference fee (live in Zoom participation) is 50 euros. Poster Sessions and Poster Flash Presentations will be organized only for those attending in person.


Maria Azhar, University of Duisburg-Essen
Pascal Dreher, University of Duisburg-Essen
Karin Everschor-Sitte, University of Duisburg-Essen
Frank Meyer zu Heringdorf, University of Duisburg-Essen

Invited Speakers

Martin Aeschlimann, RPTU
Aisha Aqeel, TUM
Ady Arie, Tel-Aviv University
Thomas Bauer, University of Amsterdam
Guy Bartal, Technion
Konstanin Bliokh, RIKEN
Tim Davis, Melbourne& Stuttgart
Nina Del Ser, University Köln
Mark Dennis, University of Birmingham
Bettina Frank, Stuttgart
Harald Giessen, Stuttgart
Alexandra Kalashnikova, Ioffe
Naëmi Leo, Loughborough University
Kai Litzius, University of Augsburg
Ingrid Mertig, University Halle
Maxim Mostovoy, Groningen
Yukitoshi Motome, Uni Tokyo
Christian Pfleiderer, TU München
Bernd Rellinghaus, TU Dresden
Kirsten Von Bergmann, University Hamburg
Anatoly Zayats, King's College London