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Ultrafast Phenomena in Cooperative Systems
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Meeting Cycle

24 Months

Conference Description

This research conference presents a forum for discussion on optically induced non-equilibrium dynamics and photoinduced phase transitions in cooperative condensed matter systems. The main focus of the conference is on time dependent properties of fundamental and quasi-particle excitations, induced solid-solid and solid-liquid phase transitions, and on the electronic and magnetic switching phenomena.

Recent studies include the study of nuclear motion in single molecules, revealing the relaxation mechanisms of charge excitations in correlated solids, and induced ferroelectricity in molecular crystals. One characteristic of the approach is that the system investigated is no longer in strict thermodynamic equilibrium, even though this deviation might be marginal. It may be either in an excited state whose decay into other degrees of freedom is being probed, yielding information unavailable to conventional time-averaged frequency domain spectroscopies, or in a metastable state with fundamentally different physical properties.

Typical topics include: Ultrafast quasi-particle dynamics in superconductors, colossal magneto-resistance materials, low dimensional charge and spin density wave compounds, insulators, Kondo systems and heavy fermion compounds; Time domain studies of structural, electronic, magnetic and orbital degrees of freedom; Optically induced magnetic, ferroelectric, metal-insulator and solid-liquid phase transitions; Ultrafast magnetic and electronic switching phenomena.

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Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.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 "Ultrafast Phenomena in Cooperative Systems" 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)
2018 Ultrafast Phenomena in Cooperative Systems
Understanding Fundamental Dynamics and Manipulating Time-Dependent Properties in Complex Nonequilibrium Matter
Feb 4-9 Hotel Galvez Robert Schoenlein
2016 Ultrafast Phenomena in Cooperative Systems
Revealing Coupled Interactions in Complex Matter – Towards Control of Material Properties
Feb 14-19 Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Martin Wolf
2014 Ultrafast Phenomena in Cooperative Systems
Nonequilibrium Complex Matter Studied on Elementary Time Scales
Feb 2-7 Ventura Beach Marriott Keith A. Nelson
2012 Ultrafast Phenomena in Cooperative Systems
Understanding Complex Matter Far from Equilibrium and on Elementary Time Scales
Feb 19-24 Hotel Galvez Alfred Leitenstorfer
2010 Ultrafast Phenomena in Cooperative Systems Feb 28 - Mar 5 Hotel Galvez Tony F. Heinz
2008 Ultrafast Phenomena in Cooperative Systems Feb 3-8 Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Antoinette J. Taylor
Andrea Cavalleri
2006 Ultrafast Phenomena in Cooperative Systems Feb 5-10 Santa Ynez Valley Marriott Paul Van Loosdrecht
Jure Demsar
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