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Ultrafast Phenomena in Cooperative Systems
Gordon Research Conference

Understanding Fundamental Dynamics and Manipulating Time-Dependent Properties in Complex Nonequilibrium Matter


February 4-9, 2018


Hotel Galvez
Galveston, TX Site Information


Robert Schoenlein

Vice Chair:
Steven L. Johnson

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by January 7, 2018. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

This research conference provides a forum for discussion of nonequilibrium dynamics in condensed matter systems exhibiting collective or cooperative phenomena. The main subjects are time-dependent properties of excitations, electronic phase transitions, spin dynamics and exotic magnetic phenomena, structural phase transitions, and ultrafast processes in nanoscale structures or systems with reduced dimensionality. Discussions include a broad range of material systems which share common underlying physics, and dynamics characterized by coupled degrees of freedom.

Modern ultrafast spectroscopy and scattering methods are powerful tools to reveal material dynamics and couplings at the fundamental timescales of electronic and atomic motion. They further provide means for dynamic control of material properties through coherent field interaction, charge/spin excitation, transient pressure, atomic strain and displacement. Intense femtosecond pulses are now readily available across the THz, infrared, visible, ultraviolet, and X-ray regions of the electromagnetic spectrum, enabling advanced time-resolved investigations. Ultrafast electron diffraction and photoelectron emission provide information complementary to electromagnetic probes.

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, and magnetic degrees of freedom and their corresponding excitations and interactions; optically induced magnetic, ferroelectric and multiferroic, metal-insulator, and solid-liquid phase transitions; ultrafast magnetic and electronic switching phenomena; correlation effects in excitonic systems; ultrafast few-particle and collective effects in solid-state nanosystems; ultrafast dynamics in novel quantum materials such as graphene or topological insulators; optical control over near and far-from-equilibrium dynamics.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Ultrafast Phenomena in Cooperative Systems" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.


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Preliminary Program

The topics and speakers for the conference sessions are displayed below (italics denote discussion leaders). The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program, which will include the complete meeting schedule, as well as the talk titles for all speakers. The detailed program will be available by October 4, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Low-Dimensional Materials and Topological Phases
    (Nuh Gedik / Tony Heinz / Dragan Mihailovic)
  • Exotic Magnetism and Spin Phenomena
    (Jean-Yves Bigot / Alexi Kimel / Martin Aeschlimann / Paul Van Loosdrecht)
  • Metastable Phases, Photo-Induced Transitions and Cooperative Phenomena
    (Venkatraman Gopalan / Andrea Cavalleri / Richard Averitt)
  • Theory of Nonequilibrium Materials Processes
    (Thomas Devereaux / Andrew Millis / Eugene Demler / Nicola Spaldin)
  • Molecular Materials
    (Martin Wolf / Aaron Lindenberg / Maxim Pchenitchnikov)
  • Correlated Materials and Heterostructures
    (Kai Rossnagel / Alessandra Lanzara / Patrick Kirchmann / Luca Perfetti)
  • Coherent Control, Strong Field Phenomena and Quantum Optics
    (Keith Nelson / Alfred Leitenstorfer / Thomas Feurer)
  • Materials Heterogeneity and Fluctuations
    (Sujoy Roy / Daniele Fausti / Oleg Shpyrko / Mariano Trigo)
  • Young Investigator Presentations
    (Steven Johnson)
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