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XIII Training Course in the Physics of Strongly Correlated Systems


Vietri sul Mare (Salerno) Italy

6 - 17 October 2008


Announcement - First Circular - General Information


Experimental and theoretical research in the physics of strongly correlated systems has been growing more and more in the last decades. The complexity of the correlation problem makes the field intrinsically interdisciplinary (Chemistry, Material Science, Solid State and Condensed Matter Physics) and requires an international coordination in order to achieve reliable results. The School, which is aimed at advanced graduate students and young PostDocs, will offer the possibility to meet, in one closed setting, experts from different areas of Physics (theoreticians, experimentalists and numerical physicists) involved into the investigation of strongly correlated systems.

The course is opened to a limited number (≈ 30) of young (aged under 35) researchers. The registration fee, which includes a copy of the proceedings, coffee breaks and conference material, is € 350. The staying expenses (accommodation and full lodging at the conference hotel) are about of € 1,100 per person in a shared double room. A limited number of grants fully or partly covering the staying expenses will be assigned, upon request and evaluation of curricula and explicit/presumed fund raising capabilities, to accepted participants.

In 2008, participants will benefit of the training of the following senior researchers:

Professor Gabriel Aeppli
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University College London
United Kingdom

Professor Peter Littlewood
Department of Physics
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom

Professor Manfred Sigrist
ETH Zürich
Institut f. Theoretische Physik

Professor Matthias Troyer
ETH Zürich
Institut f. Theoretische Physik


Professor Gabriel Aeppli [13-17 October 2008]: Quantum magnetism in insulators

Professor Peter Littlewood [13-17 October 2008]: Novel quantum condensates in excitonic matter

Professor Manfred Sigrist [6-10 October 2008]: Introduction to Unconventional Superconductivity

Professor Matthias Troyer [6-10 October 2008]: Quantum Monte Carlo methods

A detailed bibliography related to the topics of the Training Course will be sent with the second circular. This is to favour a background preparation for further discussion and operative research activity.


The course is organized not as usual workshops or schools where formal lectures are delivered and no real contact develops between lecturers and audience. The idea is to put together for two weeks senior and young researchers in a close and informal atmosphere. The aim of the course is on training. The course is organized on two weeks with two senior researchers per week. In the morning each senior researcher will deliver a lecture. The afternoon sessions are devoted to training and effort will be put on introducing young researchers to some specific problems and to guide them. The participants will be encouraged to present their own activity. Seminars on specific topics will be organized. The aim is to help young researchers to become more familiar with different approaches and to start new collaborations.


(i) Morning session from 9.00 to 13.30, with two lectures (two hours each) by the two speakers;
(ii) Afternoon session from 15.00 to 18.00, devoted to training (one hour for students' seminars, two hours for lecturers' training session).


Vietri (from Veteri, its ancient Roman name) sul Mare (on the sea) is located within walking distance from Salerno and marks the beginning of the world-wide famous Amalfi Coast. Itcan be reached in one hour, by bus/trainfrom Naples Airport and in three hours from Rome Airport. Short rides, by bus/train take to Positano, Sorrento, Herculaneum, Pompei, Paestum, Vesuvius or, by boat, to the islands of Capri, Ischia, Procida.



ORGANIZING COMMITTEE: A. Avella, F. Mancini, M. Marinaro

SPONSORS: Università degli Studi di Salerno – Dipartimento di Fisica “E. R. Caianiello”, International Institute od Advanced Scientific Studies (IIASS), European Science Foundation (ESF).


APPLICATION FORM (to be submitted before July 18, 2008)

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List of Registered Applicants

For further information please contact:


Dr. Adolfo Avella

Dipartimento di Fisica "E.R. Caianiello"

Università degli Studi di Salerno

Via S. Allende

I-84081 Baronissi (SA)



Tel. +39 089 965418

Fax: +39 089 965275


E-mail: avella@physics.unisa.it

Web page: http://www.physics.unisa.it/Homepage.asp?avella


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