Speaker: Multiple Speakers
Time: October 22 - 25, 2015
Coupling between motional and spin degrees of freedom of electrons in solids is a genuinely relativistic effect, which leads to a plethora of interesting phenomena and underlies the physics of some of the most exciting quantum materials discovered in recent decades. This includes topological insulators and superconductors, Weyl and Dirac semimetals, and various strongly correlated complex oxides, such as iridates and ruthenates. In a series of pedagogical lectures the summer school will introduce the general concept of spin-orbit coupling in atoms and in solids and then will proceed to describe various classes of materials where these effects are strongly manifested. The school is aimed at graduate students and postdocs working in both experiment and theory who possess basic background in condensed matter physics.