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Physics of Quantum Materials Discussion Group

We meet weekly during term time for an informal discussion of relevant topics. All are welcome to join. Location: we are currently operating in hybrid model, meaning that you have a choice (whether you are leading the discussion or are just a regular participant) to join online using Teams or in person, at Cornwallis North West seminar room 8; before joining the meeting, please familiarise yourself with our instructions and guidelines.

For any queries, please contact the seminar organiser, Dr Heidar Moradi.


Members take turns for leading the meetings, either by presenting their own research or reviewing a scientific article of choice. Whiteboard presentations are preferred (in the absence of blackboards), but screen and projector could also be used. The atmosphere of the meetings is informal and so are meant to be the presentations. Occasionally the discussion is led by one of our visitors.

If you would like to volunteer for a presentation, please add your name and a topic, below, for an available date (if you do not have editing access to this page, could you please email someone who does – currently that’s all the academics listed under “Faculty” on the “People” page).

Speakers are encouraged to email a title and abstract for their discussion to the group on the day prior to their presentation.

This year’s presentations

Term 2: 16 January-17 April, 2023, on Wednesdays at 11:00am (UK Time)

  • 08/02/23: TBA
  • 15/02/23: TBA
  • 22/02/23: TBA
  • 01/03/23: TBA
  • 08/03/23: TBA
  • 15/03/23: TBA
  • 22/03/23: TBA
  • 29/03/23: TBA

Previous Term(s):

Term 1: 26 September-16 December, 2022, on Wednesdays at 11:00am (UK Time)

  • Week 1 – 30/09/22 Note exceptional day – Friday 2pm – Dr Christopher R Winterowd, Universität Frankfurt: “Dihedral Lattice Gauge Theories on a Quantum Annealer”
  • Week 2 – 5/10/22 – Introduction to the group, mutual introductions and welcome for new members
  • Week 3 – 12/10/22  Prof. Ian McCulloch, University of Queensland
  • Week 4 – 19/10/22  Dr Bernhard Frank, TU Dresden – “Kondo heterostructures: Antiferromagnetism, Kondo screening and marginal Fermi liquid state”
  • Week 5 – 26/10/22 Jorge Quintanilla
  • Week 6 – 2/11/22  Dr Felix Werner, ENS Paris – “High-order diagrammatic expansion around BCS Hamiltonians: polarized superfluid phase of the attractive Hubbard model”
  • Week 7 – 9/11/22  Dr Xavier Waintal, CNRS Grenoble – “Learning Feynman Diagrams with Tensor Trains”
  • Week 8- 16/11/22 Dr Werner Krauth, ENS Paris – “Two-dimensional phase transition: New algorithms, new concepts”
  • Week 9 – 23/11/22  Dr Benoît Douçot, LPTHE Jussieu, Paris – “Skyrmion crystals in quantum Hall ferromagnets”
  • Week 10 – 30/11/22 – UCU Strike Day.
  • Week 11 – 7/12/22 TBD
  • Week 12 – 14/12/22 Dr Evgeny Kozik, King’s College London.

Past talks

See also the record of past group meetings (including the Quantum Theory and Simulation Discussion Group prior to September 2019) under Past Events.