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conference "Dynamic Quantum Matter"
chaired by Alexander Balatsky (Nordita and U. of Connecticut) , Jason Haraldsen (U. of Northern Florida) , Johan Hellsvik (Nordita) , Jonas Weissenrieder (KTH Royal Institute of Technology) , Jens Bardarson (KTH Royal Institute of Technology) , Annica Black-Schaffer (Uppsala University) , Philip Hofmann (Aarhus U.)
  from Monday 10 December 2018 (09:00)
to Friday 14 December 2018 (18:00)
at Nordita, Stockholm ( 112:028 )


Nordita, Stockholm, Sweden


  • Entangled and competing orders
  • Dynamic multiferroicity and coupled critical points
  • Dynamic orders and time orders
  • Transient dynamics and correlations
  • Dynamics of hidden orders
  • Discoveries of classical active matter
  • Dynamics of classical and quantum fluids
  • Hidden and odd frequency orders

Over the past century, the starting points in nearly any new study of condensed matter have been Fermi liquid theory and the associated Landau-Ginzburg-Wilson approach to phase transitions, supplemented with important concepts including localization and classification according to symmetry. These ideas are based on the fundamental notion of an ordered state characterized by a Landau order parameter and the emergence of quasiparticles corresponding to the broken symmetry that can often be approximated as non-interacting. This paradigm has been remarkably successful, with the most prominent example being the BCS theory of superconductivity and a Fermi liquid theory.

The conventional approaches for treating condensed matter described above have therefore been challenged recently. We see a growing library of states that do not display classic Fermi liquid behavior or conventional Landau orders, e.g., topological and non-local orders that go beyond the Landau-Ginzburg-Wilson approach. We also witness discoveries of many materials that exist on the verge of transitions to different types of ordered states. As a result, the conventional notion of well-defined quasiparticles no longer applies.

These developments are encapsulated within the new category of condensed matter known as “quantum materials”, which has stimulated a host of new ideas based on unconventional correlated, entangled, and topological orders. Importantly, entangled orders, where the description of one order is incomplete without specifying its entangled counterpart, are purely quantum in nature and thus inherent to these materials. These materials have been challenging to understand and model with traditional approaches, but also offer great potential for new functionalities (e.g., using multiferroic materials) tuned by varying external conditions (e.g., temperature and doping). Microscopic features (e.g., correlations, entanglement, novel orders in time domain like odd frequency superconductivity and topology) that determine the properties of quantum materials naturally reveal themselves in the time domain, since their temporal evolution is governed by the full Hamiltonian, which contains interactions. These interactions determine transient correlations and coherences in quantum materials.

Attendant with the developments on theory and modeling we see a rapid rise of new probes of matter, most prominently, MAX IV and ESS that are capable of revealing a new and exciting behavior of quantum matter at the short time scale with high spatial resolution.

In a broader context, similar developments impact research on classical matter. To stimulate the exchange of ideas between classical and quantum matter research we will also have a lecture on the dynamic classical matter.

The workshop is coordinated with the KTH Materials Dialogue Day which is an annual event for materials related research at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. The 2018 Materials Dialogue Day takes place December 13 and is on the topic Quantum Materials.

Program and abstracts


[Abstract booklet]

Confirmed invited participants

  • Stefano Bonetti (Stockholm University)
  • Piers Coleman (Rutgers University)
  • Philip Hofmann (Aarhus University)
  • Tsuyoshi Kimura (Tokyo University)
  • Johan H. Mentink (Radboud University)
  • Anna Pertsova (Nordita)
  • Christian Rüegg (Paul-Scherrer Institute)
  • Zhi-Xun Shen (Stanford University)
  • Oscar Tjernberg (KTH Royal Institute of Technology)
  • Björn Trauzettel (University of Würzburg)
  • Mats Wallin (KTH Royal Institute of Technology)
  • John Wettlaufer (Yale University and Nordita)
  • Val Zwiller (KTH Royal Institute of Technology)


Apply here. Application deadline: 2 November 2018.


Nordita provides a limited number of rooms in the Stockholm apartment hotel BizApartments free of charge for accepted participants.

Please be aware that unfortunately, scammers sometimes approach participants claiming to be able to provide accommodation and asking for credit card details. Please do not give this information to them. For successful applicants, Nordita will be in touch via email regarding accommodation. If you are in any doubt about the legitimacy of an approach, please get in contact with the organisers.

Sponsored by:

Nordita Villum Center for Dirac Materials Knut och Alice Wallenbergs Stiftelse KTH - Royal Institute of Technology Institute for Materials Science, LANL University of North Florida

files agenda pdf 

Monday 10 December 2018 toptop
08:30  Registration (30')

09:00->12:30    Session I (Chair Balatsky)
09:00  Opening remarks (A. Balatsky and J. Hellsvik) (15')
09:15  Z.X. Shen (45')
10:00  M. Wallin (45')
10:45  Coffee break (45')
11:30  A. Pertsova (30')
12:00  Y. Kedem (30')
12:30  Lunch - Albanova University Center (1h30')

14:00->17:00    Session II (Chair A. Black-Schaffer)
14:00  B. Trauzettel (45')
14:45  V. Zwiller (45')
15:30  Coffee break (30')
16:00  Round table discussion (1h00')
17:00  Welcome reception (3h00')

Tuesday 11 December 2018 toptop

09:00->12:30    Session III (Chair O. Tjernberg)
09:00  J. T. Haraldsen (45')
09:45  P. Hofmann (45')
10:30  Coffee break (45')
11:15  D. Clogherty (30')
11:45  K. Dunnett (30')
12:30  Lunch - Albanova University Center (1h30')

14:00->17:15    Session IV (Chair B. Trauzettel)
14:00  A. Black-Schaffer (45')
14:45  F. Parhizgar (30')
15:30  Coffee break (30')
16:00  Round table discussion (1h00')

Wednesday 12 December 2018 toptop

09:00->12:45    Session V (Chair J. Bardarson)
09:00  P. Coleman (45')
09:45  A. Balatsky (45')
10:30  Coffee break (45')
11:15  S. Bonetti (45')
12:00  Ch. Rüegg (45')
12:45  Lunch - Albanova University Center (1h15')

14:00->17:00    Session VI (Chair J. Hellsvik)
14:00  J. Wettlaufer (45')
14:45  C. Verdozzi (45')
15:30  Coffee break (30')
16:00  Round table discussion (45')
18:00  Workshop dinner, Albanova (3h00')

Thursday 13 December 2018 toptop

09:00->16:00    KTH Materials Dialogue Day 2018 (Location: Oskar Klein, AlbaNova Universitetscentrum )
09:00  Welcome and introduction (J. Weissenrieder) (10')
09:10  Anna Delin: Quantum materials - an overview (40')
09:50  Hermann Dürr: Non-equilibrium nanoscale control of charge, spin and lattice motion in magnetic materials (40')
10:30  Coffee break (20')
10:50  Serguei Molodtsov: European XFEL: Superior tool for studying correlated quantum materials (30')
11:20  Balasubramian Thiagarajan: Capabilities and status of Bloch, Veritas and Softi MAX beamlines at MAX IV (30')
11:50  Lunch (1h10')
13:00  Pascale Deen: Neutrons and quantum materials (30')
13:30  Tsuyoshi Kimura: Magnetoelectric effect in visible light range due to ferroic order of magnetoelectric-active multipole moments (30')
14:00  Johan H. Mentink: Simulating ultrafast quantum magnetism with machine learning (30')
14:30  Peter Hedström: Swedish beamline at Petra III (20')
14:50  Coffee break (25')
15:15  Atac Imamoglu: Physics with atomically thin mirrors (45')

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