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- Joint ICTP/SISSA PhD Programme in Physics and Mathematics
- Joint PhD Programme, Earth Science and Fluid Mechanics
- Physics PhD Program
- Joint Masters in Physics
- Joint ICTP/Collegio Carlo Alberto Program in Economics
- International Master, Physics of Complex Systems
- Master of Advanced Studies in Medical Physics
- Masters in High Performance Computing

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With about 30 members, an intense programme of workshops, a constant flow of visitors, and close collaborations with local scientific institutions such as SISSA, Elettra, and the University of Trieste, the Condensed Matter and Statistical Physics (CMSP) section is a vibrant international research environment for scientists from every corner of the world.

Research in the CMSP section spans some of the most exciting areas of theoretical condensed matter physics, including the physics of nanostructures, of many-body quantum systems at, or far from equilibrium, the computer simulations of fluids and solids with atomistic, molecular and electronic structure methods, and the design of new materials for renewable energy applications.

8 Aug 2017

Three share prize for building foundations of quantum information science

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2017-09-07 11:30:00
2017-09-07 12:30:00
ICTP Seminar Series in Condensed Matter and Statistical Physics: to be announced
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7 Sep 2017

» ICTP Seminar Series in Condensed Matter and Statistical Physics: to be announced

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2017-09-19 14:00:00
2017-09-19 15:00:00
CMSP Special Series of Lectures on Nanomechanics meets Spintronics - Part I: Mechanically Controlled Electronic Spin in Electric Weak Links
Inefficient screening of electric fields in nanoconductors makes electric manipulation of electronic transport in nanodevices possible. Accordingly, electrostatic (charge) gating is routinely used to affect and control the Coulomb electrostatics and quantum interference in modern nanodevices. Besides their charge, another (quantum mechanical) property of electrons — their spin — is at the heart of modern spintronics, a term implying that a number of magnetic and electrical properties of small systems are simultaneously harvested for device applications. In this presentation the possibility to achieve “spin gating” of mesoscopic devices [1], i.e. the possibility of an external spin control of the electronic properties of nanodevices is discussed. Rather than the Coulomb interaction, which is responsible for electric charge gating, we consider spin gating resulting from the Rashba type of electronic spin-orbit coupling. We show that electric weak links in the form of a nanowire that can be bent gives rise to a possibility for a mechanical control of the spin gating effect, since bending the nanowire affects the trajectory of the electron and therefore the spin-orbit interaction. Mechanically and microwave activated spin currents and superconducting currents in non-superconducting [2] and superconducting [3] devices will be discussed as examples of such a spin-mechanical manipulation.
1. R. I. Shekhter and M. Jonson, Spin gating of mesoscopic devices, Synth. Met. 216, 2-10 (2016).
2. R. I. Shekhter, O. Entin-Wohlman and A. Aharony, Suspended nanowire as a mechanically controlled Rashba spin splitter, Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 176602 (2013).
3. R.I. Shekhter, O. Entin-Wohlman, M. Jonson, and A. Aharony, Rashba splitting of Cooper Pairs, Phys. Rev. Lett, 116, 217001 (2016).
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19 Sep 2017

» CMSP Special Series of Lectures on Nanomechanics meets Spintronics - Part I: Mechanically Controlled Electronic Spin in Electric Weak Links

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2017-09-19 15:15:00
2017-09-19 16:15:00
CMSP Special Series of Lectures on Nanomechanics meets Spintronics - Part II: Spin Blockade Based Mesoscopic Heat Engine
I will consider a mesoscopic nanomechanical weak link where electronic transport between leads is blocked by a spin blockade. Namely, a suspended nanowire which is coupled to two oppositely polarized half-metals and subjected to a nonuniform magnetic field. It will be shown that in such system a temperature drop between the leads can significantly affect the dynamics of a mechanical degree of freedom. In particular, it is demonstrated that, under certain conditions, the stationary distribution of the mechanical subsystem has a Boltzmann form with an effective temperature, which is lower than the temperature of the “cold” lead; this seems rather counterintuitive. We also find that a change in the direction of the temperature gradient can result in the generation of mechanical vibrations rather than the heating of the mechanical subsystem. Therefore, the system resembles a nanoelectromechanical heat engine. We derive a criterion for the mechanical instability and estimate the amplitude of the resulting self-sustained oscillations.
1. J Atalaya, LY Gorelik, Spintronics-based mesoscopic heat engine Physical Review B 85 , 245309, (2012); P Stadler, W Belzig and G Rastelli, Ground state cooling of a carbon nano-mechanical resonator by spin-polarized current. Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 047201 (2014)
2. A. Vikström, A. M. Eriksson, S. I. Kulinich, and L. Y. Gorelik, Nanoelectromechanical heat engine based on electron-electron interaction, Phys. Rev. Lett. 117, 247701, 2016
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19 Sep 2017

» CMSP Special Series of Lectures on Nanomechanics meets Spintronics - Part II: Spin Blockade Based Mesoscopic Heat Engine

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2017-10-19 11:30:00
2017-10-19 12:30:00
ICTP Seminar Series in Condensed Matter and Statistical Physics: to be announced
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19 Oct 2017

» ICTP Seminar Series in Condensed Matter and Statistical Physics: to be announced

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2017-09-04 08:00:00
2017-09-15 22:00:00
Advanced School and Workshop on Quantum Science and Quantum Technologies | (smr 3145)
The School (4-9 September 2017) covers a broad selection of fundamental topics in quantum science and quantum technology, treated at an advanced level. The Workshop (11-15 September 2017) aims at a comprehensive overview on research in quantum science and technology, including recent results, current trends, and future perspectives.
The purpose of the School is to provide an up-to-date, state of the art knowledge on some of the most important aspects of fundamtental quantum physics, quantum information, and quantum technologies, covering both theoretical and experimental aspects. The targeted audience includes advanced undergraduate and PhD students, as well as post-doctoral fellows and junior researchers. Special attention will be devoted to the training of scientists from emerging countries in line with the fundamental mission of the ICTP. The Workshop brings together a mix of established experts and emerging young researchers to give an in-depth overview on some of the most significant recent research results and on current, cutting-edge research trends in quantum information and quantum technologies. The targeted audience matches that of the School.
Topics:
• Fundamental Theory: Entanglement, Coherence, Correlations
• Quantum Technologies: Quantum Information, Computation, Sensing, Estimation, Metrology
• Quantum Simulations
• Quantum Thermodynamics
• Quantum Information and Condensed Matter Physics
• Open Quantum Systems
• Algorithms and Optimization
• Ultracold Atoms
• Trapped Ions
• Circuit QED
• Photonics and Photonic Networks
• Spintronics
Lecturers at the School:
G. CARLEO (ETH, Zürich)
J. EISERT (FU, Berlin) *tbc
F. GERBIER (LKB, Paris)
V. GIOVANNETTI (SNS, Pisa)
G. KIRCHMAIR (Universität Innsbruck) *tbc
B. KRAUS (Universität Innsbruck)
D. LOSS (Universität Basel)
M. PATERNOSTRO (Queen’s University, Belfast)
M.B. PLENIO (Universität Ulm)
H. PRICE (Università di Trento)
N. SCHUCH (MPG, München)
E. SOLANO (University of the Basque Country, Bilbao)
J. WRACHTRUP (Universität Stuttgart)
C. WUNDERLICH (Universität Siegen)
Invited Speakers at the Workshop:
D. ANGELAKIS (TUC Crete and CQT, Singapore)
S. BLATT (MPG, München)
G. CARLEO (ETH, Zürich)
A. CELI (ICFO, Barcelona)
M. DALMONTE (ICTP, Trieste)
J. EISERT (FU, Berlin)
M. FLEISCHHAUER (Universität Kaiserslautern)
M. GENOVESE (INRIM, Torino) *tbc
F. GERBIER (LKB, Paris)
G. GIEDKE (University of the Basque Country, Bilbao)
V. GIOVANNETTI (SNS, Pisa)
C. GROSS (MPG, München)
P. HAUKE (Universität Heidelberg)
A. IMAMOGLU (ETH, Zürich) *tbc
D. JAKSCH (University of Oxford)
T. KIPPENBERG (EPFL, Lausanne) *tbc
G. KIRCHMAIR (Universität Innsbruck)
B. KRAUS (Universität Innsbruck)
S. V. KUSMINSKIY (FAU, Erlangen)
D. LOSS (Universität Basel)
S. PAESANI (University of Bristol)
M. PATERNOSTRO (Queen’s University, Belfast)
M.B. PLENIO (Universität Ulm) *tbc
M. RIZZI (Universität Mainz)
N. SCHUCH (MPG, München)
E. SOLANO (University of the Basque Country, Bilbao)
A. STRELTSOV (University of Technology, Gdánsk)
L. TAGLIACOZZO (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow)
G. TOTH (EHU, Bilbao)
A. TROMBETTONI (CNR-IOM, Trieste)
J. TURA BRUGUES (ICFO, Barcelona)
V. VEDRAL (University of Oxford)
P. WALTHER (Universität Wien)
C. WUNDERLICH (Universität Siegen)
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4 Sep 2017
- 15 Sep 2017

» Advanced School and Workshop on Quantum Science and Quantum Technologies | (smr 3145)

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2017-09-11 08:00:00
2017-09-15 22:00:00
Workshop on Quantum Science and Quantum Technologies | (smr 3183)
The School (4-9 September 2017) covers a broad selection of fundamental topics in quantum science and quantum technology, treated at an advanced level. The Workshop (11-15 September 2017) aims at a comprehensive overview on research in quantum science and technology, including recent results, current trends, and future perspectives.
The purpose of the School is to provide an up-to-date, state of the art knowledge on some of the most important aspects of fundamtental quantum physics, quantum information, and quantum technologies, covering both theoretical and experimental aspects. The targeted audience includes advanced undergraduate and PhD students, as well as post-doctoral fellows and junior researchers. Special attention will be devoted to the training of scientists from emerging countries in line with the fundamental mission of the ICTP. The Workshop brings together a mix of established experts and emerging young researchers to give an in-depth overview on some of the most significant recent research results and on current, cutting-edge research trends in quantum information and quantum technologies. The targeted audience matches that of the School.
Topics:
• Fundamental Theory: Entanglement, Coherence, Correlations
• Quantum Technologies: Quantum Information, Computation, Sensing, Estimation, Metrology
• Quantum Simulations
• Quantum Thermodynamics
• Quantum Information and Condensed Matter Physics
• Open Quantum Systems
• Algorithms and Optimization
• Ultracold Atoms
• Trapped Ions
• Circuit QED
• Photonics and Photonic Networks
• Spintronics
Lecturers at the School:
G. CARLEO (ETH, Zürich)
J. EISERT (FU, Berlin) *tbc
F. GERBIER (LKB, Paris)
V. GIOVANNETTI (SNS, Pisa)
G. KIRCHMAIR (Universität Innsbruck) *tbc
B. KRAUS (Universität Innsbruck)
D. LOSS (Universität Basel)
M. PATERNOSTRO (Queen’s University, Belfast)
M.B. PLENIO (Universität Ulm)
H. PRICE (Università di Trento)
N. SCHUCH (MPG, München)
E. SOLANO (University of the Basque Country, Bilbao)
J. WRACHTRUP (Universität Stuttgart)
C. WUNDERLICH (Universität Siegen)
Invited Speakers at the Workshop:
D. ANGELAKIS (TUC Crete and CQT, Singapore)
S. BLATT (MPG, München)
G. CARLEO (ETH, Zürich)
A. CELI (ICFO, Barcelona)
M. DALMONTE (ICTP, Trieste)
J. EISERT (FU, Berlin)
M. FLEISCHHAUER (Universität Kaiserslautern)
M. GENOVESE (INRIM, Torino) *tbc
F. GERBIER (LKB, Paris)
G. GIEDKE (University of the Basque Country, Bilbao)
V. GIOVANNETTI (SNS, Pisa)
C. GROSS (MPG, München)
P. HAUKE (Universität Heidelberg)
A. IMAMOGLU (ETH, Zürich) *tbc
D. JAKSCH (University of Oxford)
T. KIPPENBERG (EPFL, Lausanne) *tbc
G. KIRCHMAIR (Universität Innsbruck)
B. KRAUS (Universität Innsbruck)
S. V. KUSMINSKIY (FAU, Erlangen)
D. LOSS (Universität Basel)
S. PAESANI (University of Bristol)
M. PATERNOSTRO (Queen’s University, Belfast)
M.B. PLENIO (Universität Ulm) *tbc
M. RIZZI (Universität Mainz)
N. SCHUCH (MPG, München)
E. SOLANO (University of the Basque Country, Bilbao)
A. STRELTSOV (University of Technology, Gdánsk)
L. TAGLIACOZZO (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow)
G. TOTH (EHU, Bilbao)
A. TROMBETTONI (CNR-IOM, Trieste)
J. TURA BRUGUES (ICFO, Barcelona)
V. VEDRAL (University of Oxford)
P. WALTHER (Universität Wien)
C. WUNDERLICH (Universität Siegen)
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11 Sep 2017
- 15 Sep 2017

» Workshop on Quantum Science and Quantum Technologies | (smr 3183)

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2017-09-18 08:00:00
2017-09-22 22:00:00
Advanced School on Foundations and Applications of Nanomechanics | (smr 3147)
This school introduces the science of nanomechanical systems, a flourishing field of research. Nanomechanical systems are of interest both for their potential in terms of fundamental quantum physics as well as for applications in sensitive measurements, quantum information, and other areas. This Advanced School will recapitulate the foundations of nanomechanical systems and introduce the key concepts behind nano- and optomechanical technologies. The breadth of the field will be covered in six series of lectures delivered by internationally renowned experts. The pedagogical part of the school will be complemented by a series of about 20 invited presentations of state-of-the-art research. A crucial part of the school, in addition to the lectures and talks, will be the active contribution of the participants, which will be encouraged and fostered by several means: During the first week of the school, designated timeslots for tutorial classes will enable students to practice their skills in analytical as well as numerical methods, and will include problem solving and presentation of scientific results. The participants will work in small teams on research-type mini-projects.
Lecturers:
Yaroslav M. Blanter, TU Delft
Mark Dykman, Michigan State University
Jack Harris, Yale University
Klemens Hammerer, Leibniz University Hannover
Oriol Romero-Isart, IQOQI Innsbruck
John D. Teufel, NIST Boulder
For the 2nd week workshop Foundations and Applications of Nanomechanics
25 - 29 September 2017, go to link: http://indico.ictp.it/event/8169/
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18 Sep 2017
- 22 Sep 2017

» Advanced School on Foundations and Applications of Nanomechanics | (smr 3147)

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2017-09-25 08:00:00
2017-09-29 22:00:00
Foundations and Applications of Nanomechanics | (smr 3177)
The study of nanomechanical systems has evolved into a substantial and growing field of research. The interest in nanomechanical systems is fueled by their applicability to a wide range of problems: In addition to the ability to use these solid-state systems to investigate fundamental quantum physics and to target the frontiers of quantum mechanics, these systems also have applications in classical and quantum information technology and as ultrasensitive detectors of mass, displacement, acceleration, force or spin. As a result, research directions such as cavity optomechanics and nanoelectromechanics today attract a significant number of researchers from around the world. By their nature, nanomechanical systems are interdisciplinary, since they can couple to electrical circuits or optical cavities, and have potential applications in nano- and optomechanical technologies.
This workshop will highlight recent experimental and theoretical breakthroughs at the forefront of international research, and bring together international experts from the various fields of nanomechancs.
Research Talks on:
• Optomechanics;
• Nanoelectromechanics;
• Nanomechanical arrays;
• Sensing;
• Photonic crystals for optomechanics;
• Diamond nanomechanics;
• Nanotubes and graphene for nanomechanics; • surface-acoustic waves;
• Coupling to superconducting circuits;
• Microwave-to-optics conversion;
• Quantum effects;
• Foundational questions;
• Entanglement;
• and others
Speakers:
Adrian Bachtold, ICFO Barcelona
Miles Blencowe, Dartmouth University
Warwick Bowen, University of Queensland
Tal Carmon, Technion
Aashish Clerk, McGill University
Eddy Collin, Institut NÉEL CNRS
Per Delsing, Chalmers
Rosario Fazio, ICTP Trieste
Simon Gröblacher, TU Delft
Shahal Ilani, Weizmann Institute
Ania Jayich, UC Santa Barbara
Hubert Krenner, University of Augsburg
Peter Leek, Oxford University
Francesco Marin, University of Florence
Andreas Nunnenkamp, Cambridge University
Vittorio Peano, University of Malta
Martino Poggio, Basel University
Cindy Regal, JILA Boulder
Amir Safavi-Naeini, Stanford University
Albert Schliesser, Niels Bohr Institute Copenhagen
Signe Seidelin, University of Grenoble
Gary Steele, TU Delft
Philipp Treutlein, University of Basel
Mukund Vengalattore, Cornell University
David Vitali, University of Camerino
Wolfgang Wernsdorfer, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Andre Xuereb, University of Malta
Yun-Feng Xiao, Peking University
For the 1st week Advanced School on Foundations and Applications of Nanomechanics 18 - 22 September 2017, go to link:
http://indico.ictp.it/event/7991/
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25 Sep 2017
- 29 Sep 2017

» Foundations and Applications of Nanomechanics | (smr 3177)

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