International Workshop on Unconventional Superconductors

Dr Jorge Quintanilla and Dr Sudeep Ghosh join theorists and experimentals from around the world working in this exciting area

SPS Senior Lecturer Dr Jorge Quintanilla and SPS Postgraduate Research Associate Dr Sudeep Ghosh, helped organise and attended an exciting International Workshop on Unconventional Superconductors.

The International Workshop brought together 30 registered participants from 9 countries including 21 delegates from the UK and members from Austria, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Canada, the USA, Japan and China. The conference focused on New Paradigms for New Materials and was designed to develop a new understanding of superconductivity through which the more complex types of unconventional superconductivity that we are now encountering can be understood. The workshop focused strongly on materials whose unconventional nature has been uncovered recently or which clearly do not fit in with existing generalisations of BCS theory.

Covering two days at Cosener’s House in Abingdon, UK, the event was also organised to allow a lot more time for informal discussions and one-to-one conversations in this exciting field.

Topics covered included “the latest advances on well-known unconventional superconductors such as cuprate and iron-based superconductors but had a strong focus on materials whose unconventional properties have only recently come to the fore including LaNiC2, LaNiGa2 and the Re-based non-centrosymmetric superconductors, many of which break time-reversal symmetry.”

The event was part of a £840k Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) project led by the University of Kent in collaboration with the University of Bristol and in partnership with Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL). From the University of Kent, Dr Quintanilla was Chair for the organising committee and PDRA Dr Sudeep Ghosh was the Conference Secretary. Additional support was provided by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).