Topology Matters

Mainz, Germany: July 25th - 28th 2017

In recent years the concepts of topology have entered strikingly all areas of physics, interlinking many previously unrelated areas of research.New topological materials and topological phases with exotic properties have been discovered at a rapid pace. However, these new phases are still being studied primarily within their own sub-disciplines of condensed matter, with not enough interaction among them to explore new emerging paths to hybrid and multifunctional advanced materials.

The workshop "Topology Matters" aims to bring together the top scientists in the fields of spintronics, superconductivity, topological insulators, and multiferroics in order to explore their connections via topology. The rapid developments in each of these fields, and the emerging importance of topology in all of them makes this workshop very timely.

The mathematical concept of topology enters nowadays in many different physical realizations. In this conference we would like to explicitly cover the subfields of spintronics, superconductivity, topological insulators, and multiferroics where in the last decade tremendous progress has been made.

Each of the sub-disciplines is interesting in its own and exploits the mathematical concept of topology. Recently some sporadic studies have shown the potential for merging the concepts developed in each sub-discipline by creating hybrid systems that contain tunable properties relevant to each sub-discipline. Merging their efforts can exploit synergies and create new paths towards these important multi-functional advance materials. Here, it is fascinating to study how the different topological properties of the corresponding materials enter, intermix and give rise to new physics (e.g. by merging topological properties in real space and momentum space).

Therefore, at the workshop we do not plan to strictly separate the subfields but instead encourage to also present and discuss the interdisciplinary research aspects.

The conference will be planed family friendly. We encourage having partners/children joining for the conference. Child care will be arranged if needed. Moreover, all social gatherings (besides the scientific program) and the conference dinner will be planed family friendly.


J. Sinova (JGU, Mainz)
K. Everschor-Sitte (JGU, Mainz)

Invited Speakers

M. Aronson (TAMU)
M. Bibes (CNRS/Thales)
C. Draxl (HU Berlin)
B. Dupé (JGU Mainz)
C. Felser (MPI Dresden)
A. Fert (UMP CNRS/Thales)
K. Franke (FU Berlin)
L. Glazman (Yale University)
E. Hankiewicz (Würzburg)
M. Hentschel (TU Ilmenau)
M. Hermanns (Köln)
L. J. Heyderman (ETH Zürich - PSI)
N. Leo (PSI Villigen)
A. H. MacDonald (University of Texas)
L. W. Molenkamp (University Würzburg)
N. Nagaosa (RIKEN)
G. Platero (ICM Madrid)
E. Soergel (University Bonn)
L. Steinke (TAMU)
S. G. E. te Velthuis (Argonne)
R. Valentí (GU Frankfurt)
K. von Bergmann (University of Hamburg)
A. Yacoby (Harvard)
M. Yi (UC Berkeley)