Workshop Details
POSTPONED TO 2022 – Enhanced Functionalities in 4 and 5d Containing Material from Large Spin-Orbit Coupling
06/23/2020 - 06/27/2020
Meeting Description:

The physics and chemistry of heavy elements, principally lanthanides and 5d transition metals, is distinguished by strong spin-orbit coupling, which can have a dramatic effect on materials properties. The scientific understanding of spin-orbit coupling in 5d atoms is especially challenging and rewarding because the 5d orbitals become involved in partially covalent bonds with neighboring anions. Interest in 4 and 5d oxides, chalcogenides, and pnictides has blossomed in recent years in response to scientific advances and applications in the areas of hard magnets, topological insulators, multiferroics, superconductors, and thermoelectrics. An in-depth comparison between theory and experiment has, however, been missing, and new cross-disciplinary theoretical- computational-experimental collaborations are needed to advance this field.

The program of the proposed workshop will focus on understanding how spin-orbit coupling enhances functionality in compounds containing 5d ions. Specifically, we wish to clarify how properties depend on control parameters such as strength of spin-orbit coupling, d-shell filling, dimensionality, structural distortions, and mixing of 3d and 5d ions for greater chemical flexibility. We will also seek to identify the key factors needed to develop materials with strong magnetocrystalline anisotropy, interesting topological properties, novel charge/orbital order or superconductor pairing mechanisms, and giant magnetoelectric, multiferroic, or magneto-optic effects. The workshop will include theorists, computational scientists, and experimentalists working actively on these topics.


The registration fee includes breakfast on each workshop day. There is also a catered picnic on Wednesday night.

We wish to ensure an intimate workshop setting, with no more than 20 to 25 participants. If you are interested in attending, but have not received an invitation, please contact the workshop organizer before registering. If you have registered for a meeting you were not invited to, you may be subject to a $100 fee.

TSRC is about expanding the frontiers of science, exploring new ideas, and building collaborations. The workshop schedule will allow for substantial unstructured time for participants to talk and think. All participants are expected to stay for the entire duration of the workshop. Scientists are encouraged to consider bringing family or friends. Telluride offers a number of options for children's camps (including Telluride Academy, Ah Haa School for the Arts, and Pinhead Institute). There is more information on childcare, camps, and family activities on TSRC's website at Please contact Cindy Fusting at for more information.

Meeting Venue:

Telluride Intermediate School
725 West Colorado Avenue Telluride, CO 81435

Telluride Science Research Center
Post Office Box 2429, Telluride CO 81435
Tel: + 970.708.4426
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