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Nordita Visiting PhD Student Fellowships
Deadline: Apply anytime; evaluations 15 June and 1 December.

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Nordita Winter School 2019 on Theoretical Particle Physics
[school, 21—31 Jan 2019]
Deadline: 15 December 2018
Solar Helicities in Theory and Observations: Implications for Space Weather and Dynamo Theory
[program, 4—29 Mar 2019]
Deadline: 7 January 2019
Mathematical physics of anyons and topological states of matter
[workshop, 11—16 Mar 2019]
Deadline: 1 February 2019
New Directions in Quantum Information
[program, 1—26 Apr 2019]
Deadline: 4 February 2019

Current Events

Particle Physics with Neutrons at the ESS

Particle Physics with Neutrons at the ESS


10—14 Dec 2018

Presently under construction, the European Spallation Source (ESS) will be the world's most powerful neutron source. The ESS can provide a unique program of experimental particle physics at the...

Dynamic Quantum Matter

Dynamic Quantum Matter


10—14 Dec 2018

The conventional approaches for treating condensed matter, based on Fermi liquid theory and the associated Landau-Ginzburg-Wilson approach to phase transitions, have been challenged recently, as...

QCD Meets Gravity IV

QCD Meets Gravity IV


10—14 Dec 2018

Gauge theory and general relativity are the two modern frameworks that describe the interactions of fundamental spin-1 (gluon) and spin-2 (graviton) particles, respectively. Despite significant...


Award for best doctoral dissertation

At the opening ceremony of the academic year of the University of Turku on September 4th, 2018, Nordita postdoctoral fellow Joonas Nättilä (astrophysics) was awarded a prize for his PhD dissertation "X-ray bursts as a tool to constrain the equation of state of the ultra-dense matter within Neutron stars". The prize, shared with Outi Veivo (French) and Nils Sandman (psychology), is awarded annually by the Turku Finnish University Society, which supports students and young researchers of the University of Turku. The prizes were handed over by the club chairman Risto Lammintausta. Nordita congratulates Joonas for this recognition of his skills as a researcher.

Outi Veivo, Nils Sandman and Joonas Nättilä.

Report from the Nordita program "Topological Matter Beyond the Ten-Fold Way"

The Nordita Program "Topological matter beyond the ten-fold way" took place July 2-27, 2018. It hosted a wide range of participants working on the frontier of topological condensed matter physics. The themes discussed during the Program encompass a broad spectrum of the subjects in the focus of research efforts in the field, from the interplay between symmetry and topology, role of interactions and disorder in topological states of matter up to realizations of topological phases in photonic and phononic systems. The discussions related to the interplay of electronic topology and crystal symmetries occupied a very prominent place during the Program.

In the top figure (taken from the talk by Titus Neupert) a manifestation of a higher order topological electronic state going beyond the ten-fold classification is shown: These are the special hinge states for a second order three-dimensional topological insulator protected by the product of a fourfold rotational and time-reversal symmetries. Systematic classification schemes and realizations of such topological states protected by various symmetries in different settings have been addressed during the Program, e.g. in phononic systems, besides more conventional crystalline non-magnetic and magnetic systems.

Experimental realizations and consequences of topological states have also been extensively discussed. As an illustration, the bottom figure (taken from the talk by Mohammad Hafezi) displays an experimentally realized photonic lattice hosting a Chern insulator. Furthermore, a zoo of different topological phases, protected by various symmetries, has been recently predicted, as discussed in many talks during the Program, but their experimental consequences, e.g. different responses, still remain to be explored. This seems to be a very prominent theme for future research in topological condensed matter and hopefully a subject of one of the future Nordita Programs.

The Organic Materials Database

The OMDB is an open access electronic structure database for 3-dimensional organic crystals, developed and hosted at Nordita.

Read more about the OMDB

Seminars Today

Tuesday, 11 December 2018
9:00      112:028
Event Talk J. T. Haraldsen
9:30      FA32
Event Talk Topics in Supergravity
Radu Roiban 
9:45      112:028
Event Talk P. Hofmann
Event Talk Z. Berezhiani (L'Aquila and LNGS) The nn' oscillations and neutron lifetime
Zurab Berezhiani 
10:50      FA32
Event Talk Five Loops in N=8 Supergravity
Alexander Edison 
11:15      112:028
Event Talk D. Clogherty
Event Talk Z. Tang (LANL) Proposed UCNProbe Experiment to Measure Branching n->p/n-> all
Zhaowen Tang 
13:15      Seminar Room FA32 (AlbaNova Main Building)
Understanding the Dynamic Universe with the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope
Hiranya Peiris  (SU)

Upcoming Seminars

Tuesday 11 December, 2018
No events in theoretical physics scheduled for today.

Taken from the AlbaNova Agenda

See also list of all regular theory seminars at AlbaNova

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