Excitons are pairs of electrons and holes inside a solid material that together behave like a single particle. It has long been suspected that when many such excitons exist in the same piece of matter, they can form a Bose-Einstein condensate. However, actually proving that Bose-Einstein condensation of excitons occurs in any real material has been a challenge for physicists for decades. Experimental evidence of such a state has been found!
A comment about the discovery: Spontaneous Bose-Einstein condensation of excitons
The scientific article: Signatures of exciton condensation in a transition metal dichalcogenide
Trieste was selected to host the EuroScience Open Forum, the most important European event dedicated to science, technology, society and policy. The event will take place from 4 to 10 July 2020. TRIESTE ESOF 2020
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A postdoctoral position is available at the Condensed matter group of SISSA/ISAS (International School of Advanced Studies), in the group of of Massimo Capone, starting in Summer/Fall 2017.
The research activity is focused on strongly correlated materials close to Mott transitions using many-body approaches like Dynamical Mean-Field Theory, Gutzwiller approximation and slave-particle approaches in combination with Density-Functional Theory.
These approaches will be applied to explore the properties of iron-based superconductors, iridates and transition-metal oxides, but also fullerides and other organic materials, exploring the relation between many-body physics and functional properties of the materials. We will also explore non-equilibrium dynamics of these systems in close collaboration with experimental groups.
An experience in the above mentioned approaches is highly desirable. Candidates with some experience in the combined use of DFT and many-body approaches are ideal for the position.
The position is for two years with a possible one-year renewal.
Interested applicants should send a CV, list of publications, research interests, and the names of two references to email@example.com.
Let conclude our 2016 with 10 amazing stories of science selected by David Grimm, online editor of Science: Top 10 fovorite science news stories of 2016
“This year’s Laureates opened the door on an unknown world where matter exists in strange states. The Nobel Prize in Physics 2016 is awarded with one half to David J. Thouless, University of Washington, Seattle, and the other half to F. Duncan M. Haldane, Princeton University, and J. Michael Kosterlitz, Brown University, Providence. Their discoveries have brought about breakthroughs in the theoretical understanding of matter’s mysteries and created new perspectives on the development of innovative materials.
The three Laureates’ use of topological concepts in physics was decisive for their discoveries. Topology is a branch of mathematics that describes properties that only change step-wise. Using topology as a tool, they were able to astound the experts. ”
Read more about this year’s prize
Popular Science Background
We arrived at the end of the 7th International Conference The New Generation in Strongly Correlated Electrons Systems 2016.
It was a nice week rich of nice talks and fruitful and interesting discussions. Here you can find some of the nice talks presented during the week!
The 7th International Conference New Generation in Strongly Correlated Electrons Systems 2016 will take place from the 26th to the 30th of September 2016 at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste (Italy).