CR - 9th International Conference
Science and Engineering of Novel Superconductors

Ivan BOZOVIC, Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA
Davor PAVUNA, EPFL, Switzerland (Convener)
John WEI, University of Toronto, Canada
Evgeny V. ANTIPOV, Moscow State University, Russia
Neven BARISIC, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Paul C.W. CHU, University of Houston, USA
Tord CLAESON, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Guy DEUTSCHER, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
Pascal FEBVRE, University Savoie Mont Blanc, France
Fedor GOMÖRY, Institute of Electrical Engineering, Slovakia
Renato GONNELLI, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Bernhard HOLZAPFEL, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Yoshihiro IWASA, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Masatomu MURAKAMI, Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan
Yung Woo PARK, Seoul National University, Korea
Bernard RAVEAU, Lab. CRISMAT - ENSICAEN & Univ.of Caen, France
Venkat SELVAMANICKAM, University of Houston, USA
Frank STEGLICH, MPI for Chemical Physics of Solids, Germany
Denis SUNKO, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Yasutomo J. UEMURA, Columbia University, USA
Alexey USTINOV, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Tabea ARNDT, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Neven BARISIC, Vienna University of Technology, Austria & University of Zagreb, Croatia
Dario DAGHERO, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Simone DI CATALDO, Università di Roma La Sapienza, Italy
Fedor GÖMÖRY, Institute of Electrical Engineering, SAS, Slovakia
Maria IAVARONE, Temple University, SERC, USA
Erik PIATTI, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Takasada SHIBAUCHI, University of Tokyo, Japan
Wojciech TABIS, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Davor TOLI, EPFL, Switzerland
John WEI, University of Toronto, Canada
Superconductivity is a fascinating quantum phenomenon with numerous useful applications, and it is of major interest both for its fundamental and technological point of view. Since the discovery of superconductivity in the cuprates and recently in hydrides, an outburst of research activity was generated, yet a key challenge remained the understanding of mechanisms of (un)conventional superconductivity, still under debate in spite of advances in research and materials development.
Meanwhile many new superconductors have emerged, including ruthenates, cobaltates, borides, borocarbides, doped fullerenes and intercalated graphite, organic, heavy-fermion superconductors, and novel hydrides and related materials. They are all accompanied by in-depth characterization of their physical properties by means of a variety of experimental approaches and by successful applications in wires, tapes, processing in electronics and in novel nano-structured technologies.
In recent years novel families of unconventional superconductors have been discovered and have stimulated strong scientific interest: the Fe-based pnictides REFeAsO, MFe2As2, Fe(SeTe), where high-Tc superconductivity is occurring without the Cu ions (characteristic element in cuprates) and in the presence of Fe ions, suggesting in turn that magnetic interactions are the essential ingredients for the underlaying microscopic mechanism. Furthermore, latest progress in hydride superconductors will receive due attention as the latest progress is very encouraging.
This Conference follows those on the analogous topics in 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018 organized in the frame of CIMTEC. On one side it will highlight the progresses achieved along the last years in the various issues of fundamental and technological character of the already known superconducting materials. On another side, the Conference will be focused on the recently discovered materials, their characterization, synthesis and processing and the prospective applications. Following the mission of the previous conferences of this type, the focus will be on novel aspects, issues and systems, but attention will be paid as well to all superconducting-related topics, including fundamental aspects of theory, advances in synthesis, functionalization and processing and the latest progresses in the areas of the devices at  small scale and large scale ranges.
Session Topics

CR-1 Materials, structure, physical chemistry and general properties

  • Oxides (cuprates, insulating cuprates, cobaltates, ruthenates and other oxides)
  • Borides and borocarbides (MgB2 and other borides)
  • Carbon-based superconductors (fulleride, nanotubes, organic superconductors, intercaled graphite)
  • Heavy-fermions superconductors and quantum-critical materials
  • Superconducting topological insulators
  • Interface superconductivity
  • New phases and metastable superconducting high-Tc materials
  • Hydrides and related materials

CR-2 New superconductors of the pnictides and related families

  • Structural properties (XRD, neutron scattering, electron diffraction, EXAFS, XANES, STM, SEM, TEM)
  • Material processing (powder synthesis, single crystal and film growth)
  • Order parameters, pseudo-gap, tunnelling, point-contact Andreev-reflection and related experiments
  • Phase competitions, quantum critical points and other mechanisms for superconductivity
  • Multiband character and related effects
  • Superconducting fluctuations and related effects
  • Superconductivity under pressure

CR-3 Properties of superconductors (of any type)

  • Spectroscopic techniques (optical spectroscopy, IR, Microwave, Raman,  NMR, ESR, mSR,inelastic neutron scattering, Mossabuer, AFM, XAS, acoustic spectroscopy)
  • Photoemission and ARPES
  • SQUID and tunneling spectroscopies
  • Thermal, magnetic and electrical properties
  • Electric field effect, structures and devices
  • Pressure, strain and dimensionality effects

CR-4 Theory mechanisms and vortex lattice physics

  • Correlation effects, spin liquids and quantum criticality
  • Phonons, spin excitations and strong coupling
  • Stripes, phases separation and granularity effects
  • Pressure induced superconductivity
  • CDW, SDW and superconductivity competition; coexistence of magnetism and superconductivity
  • Vortex dynamics, flux pinning
  • Vortex-defect interactions, defect structures, vortex penetration

CR-5 Synthesis and processing

  • Films, multilayer, wires, tapes and coated conductors
  • Heterostructures and interface nanoengineering
  • Josephson junctions and JJ arrays
  • Nanostructured superconductors
  • Proximity and interface effects, hybrid structures
  • High pressure materials

CR-6 Applications

  • High power applications
  • Low power applications and superconducting electronics


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