XIV Training Course in the Physics of Strongly Correlated Systems


Vietri sul Mare (Salerno) Italy

October 5 - 16,  2009


Announcement - First Circular - General Information


In recent years, many theoretical as well as experimental investigations in condensed matter physics have been devoted to the study of strongly correlated systems. The inherent complexity of understanding the effects of correlations makes the field intrinsically interdisciplinary, requiring a broad debate and an international collaboration to achieve reliable results. The Training Courses in the Physics of Strongly Correlated Systems - taking place in the enchanting Amalfi Coast - are aimed at graduate students and PostDoc researchers, and offer the fascinating possibility to meet selected experts belonging to different physics areas, all relevant to the investigation of strongly correlated systems. The Courses intend to promote the research in the field of highly correlated systems by putting together senior researchers with outstanding experience and promising young researchers eager to improve their skills and topical knowledge.

The Courses are opened to a limited number (around 30) of young (aged under 35) researchers. The registration fee is € 350 (Euro), and includes one copy of the Proceedings, conference kit and coffee breaks. Unfortunately, the registration fee cannot be absolutely waived. Lodging and meals (full-board accommodation in the selected Hotel: Hotel La Lucertola), for the entire duration of the course, will be of the order of € 1,200 (Euro). A significant number of grants, covering either partially or totally the full-board accommodation, will be assigned to accepted participants, upon request and after a careful screening of CVs and home institution funding capabilities. A limited number of participants will have the opportunity to deliver a seminar and contribute to the Proceedings.

In the 2009 edition, young researchers will benefit from training in scientific techniques and various methodologies under the guidance of 4 highly qualified senior researchers:

Professor Vladimir I. Anisimov
Institute of Metal Physics
Russian Academy of Sciences - Ural Division

Professor Anders W. Sandvik
Department of Physics
Boston University
Boston MA

Professor George Sawatzky
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of British Columbia
Vancouver B.C.

Professor Dieter Vollhardt
Center for Electronic Correlations and Magnetism
University of Augsburg


Professor Vladimir I. Anisimov [October 5-9, 2009]: Electronic structure calculations for systems with strong Coulomb correlations

Professor Anders W. Sandvik [October 12-16, 2009]: Computational studies of quantum spin systems.

Professor George Sawatzky [October 12-16, 2009]: Electronic structure of strongly correlated complex oxide systems.

Professor Dieter Vollhardt [October 5-9, 2009]: Theory of correlated fermionic and bosonic condensed matter.

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


The Training Course is not intended as a series of formal lectures where 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 course is spread on two weeks and sees the participation of two senior researchers per week (Monday to Friday). In the morning, each senior researcher will deliver a lecture. The afternoon sessions are devoted to training and emphasis will be on introducing young researchers to some specific problems and on guiding them through their solution. The participants will be encouraged to present their own activity. 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 Amalfi Coast.
The town is about five minutes away by car from Salerno, one hour from Naples Airport and three hours from Rome Fiumicino Airport. Short rides take to Positano, Sorrento, Herculaneum, Pompei, Paestum, Vesuvius or to the islands of Capri, Ischia, Procida (by boat).


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

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


APPLICATION FORM (to be submitted before July 17, 2009)

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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