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24 Months

Conference Description

The field of superconductivity was revived in 1986 by the stunning discovery of superconductivity at 35 K in the La1.85Ba0.15CuO4 compound. In 1987, the now famous YBa2Cu3O7 material was found to be superconducting at 90 K, above liquid nitrogen temperature. The challenge thus launched - what mechanism for such a high temperature superconductivity, which reaches nowadays 135K in a Hg based copper oxide) – is unanswered so far (2006).

The pace of discovery of new materials as well as their seemingly very unusual properties eventually led to a series of Gordon conferences very much focused on the cuprates materials from 1997 to 2003. GRC were indeed a privileged place to discuss the relevance of new physics, which appeared to be ubiquitous in these materials. Im particular, vortex matter was actively discussed (1997-2001). Since then, GRCs have been mostly devoted to electronic properties. The normal state became the center of a still active controversy: the “pseudo gap” in both the spin and charge channel has been discussed in all GRCs since 1998. In 2001, novel superconducting materials (mainly oxides) with unusual gap symmetry were evaluated. Heavy fermions have been an vivid topic since 2001 also, because of their remarkable phase diagram. The compelling evidence for electronic modulation in the real space as well as in the k space (stripes, checker board patterns) has been quickly developing: these spectacular Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Angle Resolved Photoemission results presented at the 2001 GRC are still a very active topic of discussion for the understanding of the phase diagram. Noticeably, “conventional” spectroscopy data (neutrons, tunneling, optics) becoming ever more accurate, were always discussed along the years.

Last but not least, each GRC brought up a wealth of new theoretical ideas. There is by now more and more compelling evidence suggesting to reconsider the well known paradigms (e.g. Fermi liquid) and to investigate further the emergence of new concepts (e.g. RVB) out of yet not fully understood physics (e.g. doped Mott insulator). The 2007 GRC is somewhat special, as it was organized as an interdisciplinary conference, so as to suitably celebrate the 50th anniversary of BCS theory (1957).

What is a GRC? Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.

Related Conference

This Gordon Research Conference (GRC) series is related to the "Superconductivity" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series. Although a related GRS will typically be scheduled in conjunction with its parent GRC each time it meets, that may not always be the case. Refer to the individual meetings in the Meeting History section below for more details. For more information about the associated Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series, click here.

What is a GRS? Gordon Research Seminars (GRS) are 2-day meetings that bring graduate students and post-docs together to discuss their cutting edge research among peers and mentors. Each GRS immediately precedes an associated Gordon Research Conference (GRC), and topics addressed at the GRS relate closely to the GRC.

Meeting History

YearMeeting NameDatesConference SiteChair(s)
2017 Superconductivity
Novel Trends in Superconductivity of Correlated Electrons
Jun 4-9 Waterville Valley Andrey Chubukov
Dmitri N. Basov
2015 Superconductivity
Unconventional Superconductivity: Materials and Mechanisms
May 24-29 The Chinese University of Hong Kong Hai-Hu Wen
2013 Superconductivity May 12-17 Les Diablerets Conference Center Bernhard Keimer
2011 Superconductivity Jun 5-10 Waterville Valley Ali Yazdani
2009 Superconductivity Jun 7-12 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Fuchun Zhang
2007 Superconductivity Sep 9-14 Les Diablerets Conference Center Nicole Bontemps
2006 Superconductivity Jan 22-27 Santa Ynez Valley Marriott J.C. Seamus Davis
2004 Superconductivity Sep 19-24 The Queen's College Dirk Van Der Marel
2003 Superconductivity Jan 12-17 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express Thomas Timusk
2001 Superconductivity Sep 9-14 The Queen's College Peter B. Littlewood
Victor J. Emery
2000 Superconductivity Feb 13-18 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express M. Brian Maple
1998 Superconductivity Sep 6-11 The Queen's College Colin E. Gough
Bertram Batlogg
1997 Superconductivity Jan 12-17 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express Douglas K. Finnemore
1995 Superconductivity Sep 17-22 Les Diablerets Conference Center Richard L. Greene
Oystein Fischer
1994 Superconductivity Jan 2-7 Casa Sirena Hotel James D. Jorgensen
1993 Superconductivity Jan 4-8 Casa Sirena Hotel David C. Johnston
1992 Superconductivity Jan 6-10 Casa Sirena Hotel George W. Crabtree
1991 Superconductivity Feb 25 - Mar 1 Ventura Beach Marriott Angelica Stacy
1990 Superconductivity Mar 19-23 Ventura Beach Marriott M. Brian Maple
1989 Superconductivity Feb 27 - Mar 3 Ventura Beach Marriott Arthur W. Sleight
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