Dynamics of Emerging Quasiparticles in Topological Dirac Materials


11 Oct - 14 Oct 2020


Physikzentrum Bad Honnef

Scientific organizers:

Prof. Dr. Claudia Felser, MPI Dresden • Prof. Dr. Mark Oliver Goerbig, U Paris-Sud/FRA • Dr. Artem Pronin, U Stuttgart


Topological materials are a focus of current solid-state research. Within a few last years, the family of different topological electronic phases in solids has rapidly grown: the Dirac-and Weyl-semimetal phases have recently been accompanied by the nodal-line, type-II, and multifold topological semimetals, which often have no direct analogues in high-energy physics. Research on these novel phases and on related quantum phenomena provides new strong ties between different branches of physics. On the other hand, potential applications of topological semimetals range from high-speed opto-electronic and spintronic devices to electron superlenses and catalysts. Both, fundamental interests and potential applications, are calling for thorough theoretical and experimental investigations of these novel topological phases. The most interesting properties of and the most intriguing phenomena in these materials are due to their peculiar low-energy band structure, which often reminds the Dirac cone. The elementary excitations, existing in such electronic bands, determine the physics of the topological solid-state phases and are the focus of the current WE-Heraeus-Seminar. The seminar aims to bring together theorists and experimentalists, actively working in the area of topological Dirac materials. The experimental results obtained by (magneto-)optical, photoemission, magnetotransport, and photogalvanic measurements will be confronted with the most recent theoretical achievements in topological condensed-matter physics.

The conference language will be English. The Wilhelm and Else Heraeus-Foundation bears the cost of full-board accommodation for all participants.