FO - 8th International Conference
Science and Engineering of Novel Superconductors

Ivan BOZOVIC, Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA
Davor PAVUNA, Ecole Polytechnique Federale, Switzerland  (Convener)
John WEI, University of Toronto, Canada
Henri ALLOUL, Université Paris Sud, France
Evgeny V. ANTIPOV, Moscow State University, Russia
Elisa BAGGIO-SAITOVITCH, CBPF - Ministerio de Ciencia e Tecnologia, Brazil
Arun BANSIL, Northeastern University, USA
Neven BARISIC, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Mark BLAMIRE, Cambridge University, UK
Alexandre I. BUZDIN, Université Bordeaux 1, France
Paolo CALVANI, Università di Roma La Sapienza, Italy
Paul C.W. CHU, University of Houston, USA
Guy DEUTSCHER, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
Mikhail EREMETS, Max Planck Institute, Germany
Ali GENCER, Ankara University, Turkey
Fedor GOMÖRY, Institute of Electrical Engineering, Slovakia
Renato GONNELLI, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Hideo HOSONO, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Yoshihiro IWASA, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Peter B. LITTLEWOOD, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
Victor V. MOSHCHALKOV, KU Leuven, Belgium
Masatomu MURAKAMI, Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan
Yung Woo PARK, Seoul National University, Korea
Zoran RADOVIC, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Bernard RAVEAU, Lab. CRISMAT - ENSICAEN & Univ.of Caen, France
Paul SEIDEL, Friedrich-Schiller-Univesität Jena, Germany
Frank STEGLICH, MPI for Chemical Physics of Solids, Germany
Denis SUNKO, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Jeffery TALLON, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Yoshinori TOKURA, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Yasutomo J. UEMURA, Columbia University, USA
Dirk VAN DER MAREL, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Andrey VARLAMOV, INFM and Università di Roma Tor Vergata, Italy
Harald W. WEBER, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Superconductivity is a complex and fascinating macroscopic quantum phenomenon with a variety of useful applications, and it is of major interest both for its fundamental aspects as well for its prospective impact on future technology. Since the discovery of superconductivity in the cuprates and huge outburst of research activity that it generated, a key challenge remained the understanding of mechanisms of unconventional superconductivity, still under debate in spite of many  relevant advances in research and materials development.
Meanwhile many new superconductors have emerged, including ruthenates, cobaltates, borides, borocarbides, doped fullerenes and intercalated graphite, organic, heavy-fermion superconductors, and recently hydrides and related materials. They are all accompanied by in-depth characterization of their physical properties by means of a variety of experimental approaches and by successful applications in wires, tapes, processing in electronics and in novel nano-structured technologies.
In recent years novel families of unconventional superconductors have been discovered and have stimulated strong scientific interest: the Fe-based pnictides REFeAsO, MFe2As2, Fe(SeTe), where high-Tc superconductivity is occurring without the Cu ions (characteristic element in cuprates) and in the presence of Fe ions, suggesting in turn that magnetic interactions are the essential ingredients for the underlaying microscopic mechanism. Furthermore, latest progress in hydride superconductors will receive due attention as the latest progress is very encouraging.
This Conference follows those on the analogous topics in 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014 organized in the frame of CIMTEC. On one side it will highlight the progresses achieved along the last years in the various issues of fundamental and technological character of the already known superconducting materials. On another side, the Conference will be focused on the recently discovered materials, their characterization, synthesis and processing and the prospective applications. Following the mission of the previous conferences of this type, the focus will be on novel aspects, issues and systems, but attention will be paid as well to all superconducting-related topics, including fundamental aspects of theory, advances in synthesis, functionalization and processing and the latest progresses in the areas of the devices at  small scale and large scale ranges.
Session Topics

FO-1 Materials, structure, physical chemistry and general properties

  • Oxides (cuprates, insulating cuprates, cobaltates, ruthenates and other oxides)
  • Borides and borocarbides (MgB2 and other borides)
  • Carbon-based superconductors (fulleride, nanotubes, organic superconductors, intercaled graphite)
  • Heavy-fermions superconductors and quantum-critical materials
  • Superconducting topological insulators
  • Interface superconductivity
  • New phases and metastable superconducting high-Tc materials
  • Hydrides and related materials

FO-2 New superconductors of the pnictides and related families

  • Structural properties (XRD, neutron scattering, electron diffraction, EXAFS, XANES, STM, SEM, TEM)
  • Material processing (powder synthesis, single crystal and film growth)
  • Order parameters, pseudo-gap, tunnelling, point-contact Andreev-reflection and related experiments
  • Phase competitions, quantum critical points and other mechanisms for superconductivity
  • Multiband character and related effects
  • Superconducting fluctuations and related effects
  • Superconductivity under pressure

FO-3 Properties of superconductors (of any type)

  • Spectroscopic techniques (optical spectroscopy, IR, Microwave, Raman, NMR, ESR, mSR, inelastic neutron scattering, Mossabuer, AFM, XAS, acoustic spectroscopy)
  • Photoemission and ARPES
  • SQUID and tunneling spectroscopies
  • Thermal, magnetic and electrical properties
  • Electric field effect, structures and devices
  • Pressure, strain and dimensionality effects

FO-4 Theory and mechanisms (for normal and superconducting states)

  • Correlation effects, spin liquids and quantum criticality
  • Phonons, spin excitations and strong coupling
  • Inhomogeneous order parameters
  • Stripes, phases separation and granularity effects
  • Pressure induced superconductivity
  • CDW, SDW and superconductivity competition; coexistence of magnetism and superconductivity
  • Unconvential superconductors: phenomenology and theory

FO-5 Vortex lattice physics

  • Vortex dynamics
  • Understanding and control of flux pinning
  • Electromagnetic characterization of superconductors over wide parameters ranges
  • Vortex-defect interactions, defect structures, vortex penetration
  • Complex vortex phases and related phenomena

FO-6 Synthesis and processing

  • Films, multilayer, wires, tapes and coated conductors
  • Heterostructures and interface nanoengineering
  • Josephson junctions and JJ arrays
  • Nanostructured superconductors
  • Proximity and interface effects, hybrid structures
  • High pressure materials

FO-7 Power applications

  • Cables, transformers, motors and generators, current limiters and magnets
  • Magnetic energy storage, high field magnets and accelerator technology
  • MRI and MEG novel devices
  • New prospective applications

FO-8 Low power applications and superconducting electronics

  • Microwave filters and passive devices
  • Josephson and digital devices
  • Novel SQUID systems, hybrid electronic devices
  • Superconducting qubits
  • Single photon nanosized detectors


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