As those of you who have been there at the meeting in Würzburg already know, the next PhD Students’ Meeting of the Forschegruppe will be held in Münich this year. This will be a 1 or 2 day get together where the PhD students in the research group will have a chance to present their work to each other and have discussions and it will also involve some invited lectures on a topic that we will choose shortly. The planned date of the meeting is around the beginning of the next winter semester, i.e. around the first half of October. However, since it might be hard to get good invited lecturers on such short notice, it is possible that we might have to postpone it to a later date. The goal of this group is to discuss and decide on the questions about the PhD meeting, such as the topic of the invited lectures, the exact date, whether it should be 1 or 2 days, etc.
The first important thing to decide is the topic of the invited lectures and (after the topic is settled) who to invite to give lectures. The ideas that came up in Würzburg were the following:
– Floquet (periodically driven) systems
– Machine learning tools for many-body physics
– State of the art on the Hubbard model (mostly in 2D)
If you have other suggestions for possible topics, don’t hesitate to share them. The plan is to gather ideas and have a vote sometime next week. Also, if you have a good lecturer in mind for any of the topics, please let us know.
Hello everyone again,
A lot of time has passed since my original post, it is mostly my fault that I didn’t stress it more, but I was also hoping for more of a response on your part. I write a number of possible topics for the PhD meeting in my post and I am still waiting for some feedback on which of these you guys are interested in and whether you have any alternative suggestions.
I think the topic of machine learning was also brought up for the school we are having in Marburg this February. Although I find this topic very fascinating I think having it at our meeting would be an overkill then.
To this date, I could not come up with better ideas than the initial topics Floquet and 2D Hubbard Model Overviews.
During my studies, I have dealt with neither and so they intrigue me both.
Although i am interested to see where machine learning may have a future in solid state physics, the initial entry barrier and terminology needed is maybe too much for such a short timespan, even if it was the only topic. But then again, I am probably not the only one who visited some university course about machine learning in the past…
I totally agree, that machine learning, though being a fascinating topic, might run a little bit out of scope for the time we have at the meeting.
I think the Hubbard model can be a reasonable topic especially with respect to the recent developments concerning optical pumped, transient superconductivity and the possible relation to an internal dynamic symmetry (see e.g. doi:10.1038/nphys2205).
The most relevant topic for me too would be the recent developments for the Hubbard model.
And regarding the length of the meeting, I would go for 2 days, so the schedule to not be too packed. (And in my case, as I have to make a 4-5 hours train ride to Münich, I would probably have to stay 2 days anyway)
I’m not sure whether I can join. Nevertheless, I think it’s always a nice idea to get an overview over some physical field in such an event. I think to get an overview of all the buzzwords flying around is quite crucial. Therefore I think, having a talk about new developments in the Hubbard model could be nice if you think so (are there many?). The last time we had many-body localization talks by Frank Pollmann and Jens Bardarson, and before that topological states of matter by Kai Schmidt. Maybe something on quantum matter out of equilibrium could also be nice. A possible speaker would be Markus Heyl from MPIPKS Dresden.
So far the Hubbard model seems to be the most popular topic. I also like the idea of quantum matter out of equilibrium. The Floquet thing was intended as a subtopic of that, but it can also be somewhat different, for example the things Markus Heyl is doing are indeed very interesting. How do you guys feel about that?