School on Modern Topics in Condensed Matter Physics
(28 January to 8 February 2013)
The Institute of Advanced Studies at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), the Graphene Research Centre at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) jointly organized the School on Modern Topics in Condensed Matter Physics in Singapore. The School’s aims were to introduce modern concepts and methods in condensed matter physics, with a focus towards the physics in low dimensions. The lectures covered areas from both experimental and theoretical points of views, such as strong correlations and frustration in low dimensions, topological phases and topological insulators, interfaces, heterostructures and their new phases, two dimensional crystals, competing and exotic orders in complex materials, and techniques and advances in material science.
Among the lecturers was a Nobel Prize Winner, Professor Albert Fert who was appointed as a Lee Kong Chian Distinguished Professor in relation to his visit to Singapore.
Professor Albert Fert is a French physicist and one of the discoverers of giant magnetoresistance, a finding which brought about a breakthrough in gigabyte hard disks. For his contribution, he was awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physics together with Peter Grünberg. Currently, he is an Emeritus Professor at Université Paris-Sud in Orsay and Scientific Director of a joint laboratory ('Unité mixte de recherche') between the National Scientific Research Centre and Thales Group.