Thanks to an initiative of Denise and the help of our universally talented student assistant and Bavaria enthusiast Alex, SPICE and the INSPIRE group hosted their own Oktoberfest and likely the first Oktoberfest in the history of Spintronics. From the traditional Oktoberfest-Bier, an especially tasty brew that is only available during the Oktoberfest season to the appropriate Bavarian music and Weißwurst (white sausage), all the essentials had been organised. Thus it is not surprising that, even if neither binge drinking nor any dancing on the tables were observed (as customary at the original event), the ambiance was great. In the midst of a public which was just as international as the one in Munich, our guest Barry Zink had the opportunity to experience some German local colour.
INSPIRE and the Kläui Lab are now having monthly meetings to intensify the exchange between the theorists and experimentalists of the institute bringing together the two perspectives on nanoelectronic phenomena in order to generate synergies and facilitate intensified future collaborations.
The talks that were held at this month's joint meeting of the INSPIRE Group and the Kläui Lab were:
Kai Litzius: Progress and Problems – Skyrmions and their Dynamics in Thin Magnetic Layers
Jacob Gailes: Ab-initio calculations of the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction and transport in
From June 29 to July 2, the second official SPICE Workshop took place in Schloß Waldthausen. An international group of 51 participants from different disciplines came together in the scenic castle to share their expertise on a new class of materials known as bad metals and its behavior in Mott Systems. This fundamental emergent physics topic is now being applied in the design and fabrication of new devices such as resistance-switching devices, novel power transistors, as well as “synaptic” devices that mimic the function of the neuron, to name just a few of the possibilities. Yet, The so-called “Bad-metal” behavior phenomenon is often viewed as one of the key unresolved signatures of strong correlation physics. Thirty-two invited speakers from different European countries, Japan, the USA, China, India and Brasil contributed their perspectives on the fundamental issues associated with the new type of phase transition observed in Bad Metals, and its many consequences for material science and technology. Furthermore, 19 poster presentations and four tutorials were given.
From May 22 to 26, the SPICE Workshop on Computational Quantum Magnetism took place. The who is who of researchers in the field met in the scenic setting of Schloß Waldthausen which lies in Lennebergwald, a natural reserve in immediate vicinity to Mainz. 64 participants from 42 affiliations in 19 countries came together to spent five days working on the most advanced computational techniques to study complex magnetic materials to examine the latest developments and challenges. The intensive program covering a wide range of aspects connected to Computational Quantum Magnetism incorporated various scientific talks and tutorials, as well as a poster session with numerous contributions from the students.
Yesterday, Prof. Dr. Georg Krausch, the president of Johannes Gutenberg-Universität and Prof. Dr. Jairo Sinova, director of SPICE, inaugurated the Spin Phenomena Interdisciplinary Center at the festive opening ceremony in the tradition-steeped hall of Atrium Maximum. After more than a year of getting settled and building up the Center, Sinova and his team now officially start tackling their mission. In his speech, Sinova defined that mission as the advancement of spin related materials science by globally connecting nature, cultures and people.
From February 26-28, Jairo Sinova took part in the Humboldt-Kolloquium Research Excellence in a Globalised World - Experiences and Challenges from a Brasilian-German Perspective in Sao Paulo. He delivered the keynote lecture Spintronics Research à la Humboldt: globally connecting nature, cultures, and people. In his lecture he outlined the interdisciplinarity of Spintronics research, its connection to the Humboldt spirit of doing research, and its connection to the new center SPICE, that he is starting here in Mainz with the help of his Humboldt Foundation Professorship award and the support of JGU.
The Humboldt-Kolloquium gathered many former and future Humboldtians, dignitaries from many other German agencies present in Latin America, such as the DAAD (Dr. Martina Schulze), DFG (Der. Dietrich Halm), and the Max Planck Society (Dr. Andreas Trepte), as well as the German ambassador in Brazil (Dirk Brengelmann), the president of CAPES (Dr. Jorge Almeida Guimaraes), the president of the Universität of Bayreuth (Prof. Dr. Stefan Leibe), the director of the Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut Berlin (Dr. Barbara Göbel), and a member of the German Bundestag (Dr. Gesine Lötzsch).