The 3rd Super-PIRE REIMEI Workshop on Frontiers of Condensed Matter Physics

About the Workshop

As a wrap-up meeting of the Super-PIRE project and as an annual Workshop of the REIMEI project supported by JAEA, we have organized a Workshop in Beijing during March 17-21, 2014.

This meeting is a hybrid of 13 FCMP style one-hour lectures plus 31 usual invited talks for 30 min slots each. Due to limited availability of the slots to accommodate speakers from the US, Japan, Europe and China, we have already fixed the conference program.

As you can see in the program, you may find this meeting interesting for yourself, as well as for your post-docs and graduate students to attend. There is no registration fee.

If you are interested in coming or sending your grad students or post-docs to this meeting, we would be delighted. Probably, supports for local hotels and meals may be available to several graduate students, post-docs and also to senior members of PIRE/REIMEI projects. We will have a poster session on March 21, Friday, followed by a party for graduate students who have taken the Frontier CMP lectures during 2011 or 2012 or 2013 classes and some private seminar courses held in Columbia, Rice, Todai, Tshinghua and several other Chinese institutions. We will have about 70-100 grad students participating in this workshop from over the world.

So, if you can afford covering air travel expenses, this may be a very good opportunity for members of your research group. Please seriously consider this, and contact us as soon as possible if you are interested in this opportunity. For citizens of the US, Europe, Canada, a Chinese visa is required, and it is often necessary to arrange formal invitation letter issued by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Also, we have limited resources to support additional participants from foreign institutions. So, please contact us as soon as possible if somebody of your group is interested in attending this meeting.

Sincerely yours,

Tomo Uemura
Nan Lin Wang
Columbia University IOP Beijing


Workshop supported by IOP, NSFC, PIRE project of US NSF, Japan JAEA REIMEI.


Frontiers of Condensed Matter Physics (FCMP) Lecture Series

At Columbia and Tokyo University, we started “Frontiers of Condensed Matter Physics (CMP)” courses based on live and video-recorded ppt lectures for entry-level graduate students. In the Fall 2011 Semester, Columbia CMP faculty members, Kim, Uemura, Pasupathy, Heinz, Billinge, Pinczuk, Millis, Aleiner, Venkataraman, Osgood, together with guest lecturers Chaikin (NYU), Hasan (Princeton), Tchernysyov (JHU), Greven (Minnesota), Hill (BNL) and Fernandes (PIRE postdoc), gave one to three lectures each on subjects of their own research activities for about 20 graduate students as standard live lectures in a Columbia classroom, with special care given to pedagogical aspects so that the talks are much easier to follow compared to usual seminars or colloquia.

In the Winter-Spring semester of 2011, these lectures were broadcasted at the Physics Department of Tokyo University in a special lecture course organized by Fujimori and Kanoda (Tokyo). For every video lecture broadcast, at least one faculty member of Tokyo U., whose research field is close to the subject of the video lecture, attended the class to lead discussions and answer questions from students. Among about 20 grad students who took this course, seven Tokyo students visited Columbia in March 2012 for about a week to interact with Columbia lecturers and grad students who took the same course live in New York. Figure 1 shows a photo taken at a lunch party at Columbia attended by these Tokyo and Columbia grad students. In the 2012 Summer semester, a similar live course was organized at Tokyo University, with lectures given by leading Japanese CMP scientists Uchida, Takagi, Fujimori, Aoki, Ogata, Miyashita, Tarucha, Tokura, Nagaosa, Imada, Iwasa, and Kanoda, who gave two lectures per person for entry-level Japanese grad students in English language. Those Japanese lectures were recorded as ppt videos, and broadcasted in a classroom at Columbia in the Fall 2012 Semester (Fig. 2). About 20 CU students took this course, and 14 of them joined a 10 day tour to Tokyo and Kyoto in March 2013 to interact with Japanese lecturers/students and enjoy cultures (Fig. 3).

The video lectures at Columbia G6021 were also associated with five consecutive live lectures given by Seamus Davis of Cornell in October, 2012. Student opinion surveys indicate that the international video lectures and the tour were very popular among both Columbia and Tokyo students. These activities are based on a network generated by Super-PIRE. Financial supports for the student oversea travels were provided by Super-PIRE, Friends of Todai Foundation (in New York) and the Global Center of Excellence program of U. Tokyo.

In the Fall 2013 Semester, we organized a joint course at Columbia and Rice, connecting classrooms of the both institutions via internet with simultaneous broadcast (simulcast) of live FCMP lectures given at each institution. FCMP lectuers in 2013 included Dai, Kono, Si, Natelson, and Nevidomskii from Rice, several CMP faculties from Columbia, Uchida (Tokyo U.), Maekawa (JAEA), Chudnovskii (CUNY), Tejada (Barcelona), as well as Dimitri Basov (UCSD) who gave three consecutive lectures at Columbia as the 2013 EKA Lecturer. The Columbia-Rice cooperation activity was featured in "Rice News", which is an official University Newsmedia of Rice University. See hysics-research/

All these FCMP lectures have been recorded in high-quality vodeos of voice-synchronized ppt presentations, and some of them were made available for seminars at IOP, Tsinghua, Fudan, USTC and other Chinese Universities.

At the present Beijing FCMP Workshop, we are planning so that graduate students from Columbia, Rice, Tokyo U, as well as leading Chinese institutions can get together with leaders of the CMP field of unconventional superconductors and novel magnetic materials, with live interaction with conterpart students from foreign institutions as well as FCMP lecturers and invited speakers who are leaders in forefront researches of correlated electron systems. For this purpose, we will have a special gathering event on March 21, Friday, with oral and poster presentations by graduate students followed by a Lunch Banquet with FCMP lecturers and invited speakers. Graduate students will then have an opportunity to tour laboratories of IOP, Tsinghua, Peking and Renmin Universities.


Fig. 1 Lunch gathering at CU when
seven Tokyo grad students visited CU in March 2012 after taking CU lectures by video.
Fig. 2 Tokyo University lectures
being broadcasted in a CU class room (Pupin) for the CU Frontier CMP course G6021 (2012).
Fig. 3 CU grad students touring
Japan in 2013 March after taking a video
course G6021 in Fall 2012, and visiting Spring-8 Synchrotron Radiation Center in Harima to see a high resolution X-ray scattering facility.
Columbia (CU) - Tokyo University cooperation with FCMP lectures, and mutual
visits to foreign institutions by the students who took the lecture course