ICFO International School on the Frontiers of Light

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  • Venue: ICFO - Auditorium
  • Address: Mediterranean Technology Park, Av. Carl Friedrich Gauss, 3, 08860 Castelldefels
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Quantum materials have macroscopic properties that are governed by interacting particles, or by entanglement, or giving rise to collective excitations known as quasiparticles. This school aims to direct our vision into a new horizon of science and technology based on quantum materials, from advanced superconducting materials, to van der Waals materials, moiré quantum matter, collective phenomena, strong light-matter interactions and more. The school will introduce advanced theoretical and experimental tools used to study quantum materials, and provide a glimpse of the wealth of potential applications, ranging from high-energy experimental and theoretical physics, to materials science and energy storage.



This 4-day School is organised in partnership with Prof. Pablo Jarillo of MIT and will cover topics including: 2D Materials, van der Waals hetero-structures, twistronics, near-field microscopy, STM, cavity QED materials engineering, topology, quantum batteries, etc.

Frontiers of Light Schools aim at giving talented young researchers and students worldwide a first introduction to a thematic research area and a taste of an international research environment. They will incorporate a dynamic and social learning environment beyond participating in lectures, including group discussions, direct interactions with the lecturers, student talks, poster presentations, and visits to labs.


ICFO will offer up to 5 SPIE@ICFO Chair Travel Fellowships for selected students to attend the school.

Two SPIE@ICFO Chair Research Internships to conduct a project with an ICFO research group are also available on a competitive basis to outstanding students selected to attend the school.

ICFO students and researchers who would like to attend should apply through the following link by May 8 2022.


Invited Lecturers & Speakers:


Organising Committee: Prof. Dr. Frank Koppens (ICFO), Prof. Dr. Pablo Jarrillo-Herrero (MIT), Prof. Dr. Robert Sewell (ICFO).


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This event is part of the GraphCAT initiative, the Graphene Community of Catalonia.

The GraphCAT project (001-P-001702) is co-financed by the European Union Regional Development Fund within the framework of the ERDF Operational Program of Catalonia 2014-2020 with the support of the Department de Recerca i Universitats, with a grant of 50% of total cost eligible.



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