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2nd International Workshop: Towards Room Temperature Superconductivity - SUPERHYDRIDES and MORE

December 08, 2016 (A368). The 2nd International Workshop: Towards Room Temperature Superconductivity - SUPERHYDRIDES and MORE will be held in Orange, CA, USA, from May 08-09, 2017.

The widespread enthusiasm overflowing from the success of last May’s workshop in Rome (after the discovery of superconductivity at 205 K in H3S) behooves us to band together again for what may become our newest tradition: an annually commuting conference every May focused on the acceleration of progress towards room temperature superconductivity.

We also plan to preserve the tradition of diverse participation in the same fashion as the first International Workshop: by accommodating our attendees with complimentary admission. However, to maintain safety and security for all guests, registration is mandatory and access will be restricted to registered participants only.

Find more details about the workshop and registration at https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventId=1858555 .


 

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Juelich Spring School on Topological Insulators, Skyrmions, and Majoranas

December 5, 2016 (A367).  The Research Center Juelich (FZJ), Germany, organizes the 48th IFF[1] Spring School on the topic of “Topological Insulators, Skyrmions and Majoranas”.  Lectures will start on Monday, March 27th and end on April 7th in the afternoon.   The School intends to attract graduate students, young scientists and other professionals desiring to familiarize themselves with the topic in a relatively systematic manner.   Participants are expected to have basic knowledge of condensed matter physics, material science and nanoelectronics.   The registration is now open with the deadline of January 22nd, 2017.  All the detailed information on the venue, registration, fees, lodging, etc., is available online at:

http://www.fz-juelich.de/pgi/EN/Leistungen/SchoolsAndCourses/SpringSchool/_node.html.

The discovery and studies of topological insulators gave rise to the discovery of great many topologically non-trivial materials, including topological superconductors.   Their two- and one-dimensional structures hold promise as conductors in energy-efficient superconducting computers, and may be also application-relevant in devices where zero-order Majorana fermions could exist and be controllably manipulated leading to relatively robust, i.e., fault-tolerant quantum computation.


[1] IFF is the old acronym of the FZJ Institute of Solid State Physics (Now split into four different Research Center Juelich Institutes).


 

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US Department of Energy Supports next Generation Electric Machines for Manufacturing

December 5, 2016 (A366).  On November 28, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy announced nearly $25 million for 13 projects aimed at advancing technologies for energy-efficient electric motors through applied research and development. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Next Generation Electric Machines projects will address the limitations of traditional materials and designs used in electric motor components by cost-effectively enhancing their efficiency, improving their performance, and reducing weight. This effort will support innovative approaches that will significantly improve the technology in industrial electric motors, which use approximately 70 percent of the electricity consumed by U.S. manufacturers and nearly a quarter of all electricity consumed nationally.

Besides developing innovative motor designs as well as reliable and innovative manufacturing of superconductive components, essential enabling technologies will be advanced. The program will support and boost advanced and cost-efficient manufacturing of high-performance superconducting wires to be employed at high enough temperatures where liquid nitrogen can be utilized.  

See for more information the web site http://energy.gov/eere/amo/next-generation-electric-machines-project-descriptions.


 

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MT25 Call for Abstracts

December 05, 2016 (A365).  The International Magnet Technology Conference in 2017 (MT25) will be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, from August 27 through September 01, 2017.  All the information on the Conference venue, Conference program, registration, and paper submission is available at www.MT-25.org. The Abstract submission is now open until March 03, 2017. We, the organizers of MT25, are looking forward receiving your contribution to this leading conference on Magnet Technology.

Read more about details of Abstract Submission.


 

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CEC / ICMC 2017 Call for Abstract Submission

December 02, 2016 (A364).  The 21st joint Cryogenic Engineering Conference and International Cryogenic Materials Conference (CEC/ICMC 2017) will be held in Madison, Wisconsin, USA,, from June 09 - July 13, 2017.  All information on the Conference venue, Conference program, registration, and paper submission is available at the CEC/ICMC 2017 website http://www.cec-icmc.org. The Abstract submission is now open from December 01, 2016 until February 02, 2017. You are invited to join this conference on advanced and comprehensive contributions on the developments in cryogenic engineering and cryogenic materials and to submit an abstract.

Read more about details of Abstract Submission

Download Call for Abstracts PDF.


 

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ISEC 2017 Call for Papers

November 28, 2016 (A363).  The 16th International Superconductive Electronics Conference (ISEC 2017) will be held in Sorrento, Italy from June 12th to 16th, 2017.  All the information on the Conference venue, registration, and paper submission is available at the ISEC 2017 website http://www.isec2017.org.  Specifically, Abstract submission starts on December 1st, 2016 with the deadline of January 24th, 2017.  The submission can be made only via this website, click on http://www.isec2017.org/author-information/abstract-submission/.   The Conference is organized in collaboration with CNR SPIN, IEEE CSC, ESAS, University of Napoli Federico II, and the University of Salerno.

The conference topics cover all aspects of superconducting electronics, e.g., digital circuits and systems, detectors and readout, SQUIDs and applications, high-frequency applications, quantum information processing, novel devices, materials and fabrication, packaging and cryocoolers.

In addition to traditional topics, ISEC2017 will host sessions on more innovative, cutting edge ones, including hybrids with unconventional pairing as well as quantum topological properties toward novel electronic solutions, cryogenic spintronics, interface states in topological superconductors, and insulators interfaced to superconductors.

The ISEC conference series has the consistent policy of holding no parallel sessions.  Therefore its program gives a unique opportunity to stimulate discussions among all the participants coming from a wide variety of superconductivity-related research fields. In particular, further attention will be devoted to exploring the integration of superconductivity with new electronics.  A special session will be dedicated to challenges offered by the European quantum technologies flagship.  Industrial and technological applications will receive particular attention in a large dedicated exhibition area.


 

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Applications are Currently Being Accepted for the 2017 IEEE CSC Graduate Study Fellowship in Applied Superconductivity!

November 15, 2016 (A362). Applications for the 2017 IEEE CSC Graduate Study Fellowship in Applied Superconductivity opened on November 1, 2016, and will be accepted until January 15, 2017.

Visit http://ieeecsc.org/awards/ieee-csc-fellowship-award for the application, further information, and the list of past fellowship recipients.

Prize Items: Each IEEE CSC Graduate Study Fellowship in Applied Superconductivity will consist of:

  • an honorarium of US$ 5,000,
  • a suitably inscribed certificate,
  • and a complimentary membership (or renewal) in IEEE and one of CSC's sponsoring Societies.   
Description: The fellowship is awarded annually to a current full-time graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. (or equivalent) degree in the area of applied superconductivity, at an accredited college or university of recognized standing worldwide. The intention of the award is to encourage students to enter and contribute to the field of applied superconductivity.

 
Frequency: Annually, provided suitably qualified candidates are identified.

Funds: IEEE Council on Superconductivity will provide the funding for these awards:

  • Each Award will have an associated honorarium of US $5,000.
  • Funds for this award will be provided by the IEEE Council on Superconductivity.
  • The maximum number of awards in a given year will be determined by the number of highly qualified candidates and the total Fellowship budget provided by the Council on Superconductivity for that year.
  • The IEEE Council on Superconductivity’s budget will remain net positive with the inclusion of funding for these fellowships.
Administration: This award will be administered by the IEEE Council on Superconductivity.

 

Eligibility: To be eligible, the recipient must be pursuing full-time graduate work at an accredited college/university and pursuing or planning to pursue research activities in applied superconductivity.  The applicant must have majored in engineering, materials, chemistry, physics or a related area and have received a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent from an accredited college of recognized standing worldwide. Applicants are required to submit certified transcripts from all colleges/universities attended and three letters of recommendation from college/university professors familiar with the applicant's work.  Award recipients will be selected based on the quality of their prior work, the impact of their current research or the impact of their potential research in superconductivity, and their financial need. We expect to distribute the Awards equally across the electronics, materials and large-scale areas of superconductivity.  In addition, the awards will be distributed across a diverse range of universities or colleges in terms of applications and geographical location. The CSC Graduate Fellowship in Applied Superconductivity can be awarded to an individual no more than two times. The Eligibility and Selection process shall comply with procedures and regulation established in IEEE and Council governing documents, particularly with IEEE Policy 4.4 on Awards Limitations. 

Award Committee: The Graduate Fellowship Award Committee will consist of a Chair, appointed by the President of the Council on Superconductivity, and 7 members selected by the Chair, with the approval of the CSC President. The President of the IEEE Council on Superconductivity will be an ex-officio, non-voting member. The President may appoint additional non-voting ex-officio members. The voting members should have diverse backgrounds and be distributed both geographically and among the 3 categories: electronics, materials, and large-scale superconductivity.

Schedule: Applications must be received no later than January 15, 2017. The committee will review the proposals and make a decision. The successful applicants will be informed of the award at least 8 weeks prior to the event at which the award is to be presented so that they can attend and be recognized. It is not required that awardees attend the award event to receive the award.
 
Selection/Basis for Judging: Award recipients will be selected based upon, in rank order:  the quality of their prior work, the impact of their current research, the impact of their potential research in superconductivity, and their financial need. If a conflict of interest for any voting member or ex-officio member is identified with respect to an application for the award, such as an application from a student with institutional or familial ties to the member, the member shall excuse themselves from the selection process for the application.
 

If you have any questions, please contact the IEEE Council on Superconductivity Administrator, Jennifir McGillis at jmcgillis@conferencecatalysts.com.

Thank you and best regards,

Nate Newman
Educational Grants Chair
IEEE Council on Superconductivity



The Council on Superconductivity Awards Committee is pleased to congratulate once again the winners of the 2016 IEEE Council on Superconductivity Graduate Study Fellowship:



Nikolay Bykovsky, EPFL - Swiss Plasma Center

Meysam Heydari Gharahcheshmeh, University of Houston

Bethany Niedzielski, Michigan State University

Max Sieger, Leibniz Institute for Solid State & Materials Research (IFW) Dresden
Jeroen van Nugteren, University of Twente

Xiaohang Zhang, University of Colorado / NIST



2016 Awardees from L to R: Meysam Heydari Gharahcheshmeh, Bethany Niedzielski, Max Sieger, Jeroen van Nugteren, and Xiaohang Zhang.
In front of awardees is Kathleen Amm, IEEE CSC Graduate Study Fellowship Award Committee Member, ASC 2016 General Chair.


We are very pleased to see that this Fellowship, in such a short time since its inception, has become a very competitive and important award.

Congratulations to all of the 2016 winners!


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2017 ESAS Award for Excellence in Applied Superconductivity - Call for Nominations

 

November 03, 2016 (A361). The European Society for Applied Superconductivity (ESAS) seeks nominations for the ESAS AWARD 2017, which will be awarded at the European Conference on Applied Superconductivity (EUCAS) 2017 in Geneva, subject to the nomination of an appropriate candidate, to an individual without age restriction to "recognise excellence in advancing the knowledge of applied superconductivity over the past five years". The award will be announced in the regular ESAS (European Society for Applied Superconductivity) communications and will be presented to the award winner during EUCAS 2017 in Geneva.

Read Full Call Here


 

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Announcing The Jan Evetts Superconductor Science and Technology Award 2017

October 14, 2016 (A360). The Jan Evetts SUST Award 2017 will be presented at the European Conference on Applied Superconductivity (EUCAS) 2017 in Geneva, to recognize The Best Paper published in SUST in 2017 by an Early Career Researcher.

2017 will mark the 30th anniversary of Superconductor Science and Technology (SUST), a journal from IOP Science.  The IOP team and the SUST Editorial Board are dedicated to supporting early career researchers and are delighted to launch The Jan Evetts SUST Award, a new annual early career best SUST paper award named in fond memory of our founding Editor, Professor Jan Evetts.

Entry Criteria, important dates and deadlines can be found here.


 

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SNF Contest for Best Contributed Papers Submitted to ASC 2016

September 13, 2016 (A359). Superconductivity News Forum (SNF), http://snf.ieeecsc.org/, invites Authors of contributed ASC 2016 papers to the contest for best contributed papers in all ASC program categories.   You can compete for a very limited number of slots reserved for outstanding contributed papers.  The choice of contributions will be made by the SNF panel of reviewers and Editors.   Preprints of manuscripts submitted to SNF which receive a rating of “excellent” or “very good” without requiring any revision will be pre-published in the January 2017 Issue (with the distinct possibility of a much earlier Preview online).

The manuscript must be identical with that submitted to ASC for possible publication in IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity (TAS). The format can be either WORD or PDF.  After the hardcopy publication in TAS, each preprint will be linked to the IEEE XPLORE final online version accessible to subscribers of TAS. 

Please send submissions to superconductivityforum@ieee.org and indicate the presentation/program ID. The submission deadline is September 30, 2016.  Immediate submissions are strongly encouraged.


 

 

Latin American Conference on Superconductivity and Magnetism 2016

September 13, 2016 (A358). The Latin American Conference on Superconductivity and Magnetism 2016 will be held in Lima, Peru from October 24 - 28, 2016. LACSM2016 will highlight most recent advances on Superconductivity and Magnetism developed in Latin America. The Conference will bring plenary lectures assigned to highly reputed scientists as well as cutting-edge oral communications and poster sessions.

More information can be found at http://www.lacsm2016.org


 

 

Letter from IEEE CSC President

August 17, 2016 (A357). We reproduce below the letter from the President of IEEE Council on Superconductivity (CSC). This announcement is addressed to SNF readers who are members of IEEE, others may disregard it. In the IEEE 2016 Annual Ballot, Institute members are strongly encouraged to vote and cast a “No” against the proposed IEEE Constitutional Amendment.  

This message is of special importance and should reach all IEEE members affiliated with CSC.  Consequently, we deviate in this case from our policy to announce only news of interest to the entire superconductivity community, independent of any society affiliation.



On behalf of IEEE CSC President, Antonio della Corte
 
August 16, 2016
 

Dear Colleagues,

I am reaching out to you with an important matter relating to the governance of IEEE. This is a matter where your vote counts. Please vote "NO" on the proposed IEEE Constitutional Amendment in the upcoming Annual Ballot this summer. Below is a brief letter from colleagues who are past Presidents of IEEE, IEEE-USA, or other key IEEE units. A more detailed newsletter is included here, along with a few slides summarizing the proposed change that would be detrimental to the voice of volunteers, your voice.

Thank you and best regards,

Antonio della Corte
IEEE-CSC President


Dear IEEE Member and Affiliate of the IEEE Council on Superconductivity,

As you probably know, IEEE members will be asked to vote on a proposed constitutional amendment this year. Voting in the annual election will start on 15 August.

The governing bodies of many sections and societies have voted to oppose the amendment. The 24 societies that have so voted include the largest ones, Computer, Communications, Power and Energy, Signal Processing, Circuits and Systems, Electron Devices, Robotics and Automation, and Solid-State Circuits.

Why is there such widespread opposition?
Because, among other reasons, the amendment would enable:

  • a small group to take control of IEEE,
  • transferring of power from over 300,000 members to a small group of insiders,
  • removing regional representation from the Board of Directors thereby making it possible that, e.g., no Asian representative will be on the Board of Directors - thus breaking the link between our Sections and decisions that the Board will make,
  • removing technical activities representation from the Board of Directors thereby diminishing the voice of technology in steering IEEE's future,
  • moving vital parts of the constitution to the bylaws - which could be subject to change by a small group, on short notice.

The possible benefits of the amendment are discussed at the amendment website, https://www.ieee.org/about/corporate/election/2016_constitutional_
amendment.html
. The opponents feel that the purported benefits do not outweigh the risks and detrimental effects.

The existing IEEE constitution offers alternative, less complex ways of accomplishing the intended improvements while maintaining members at the core of the decision making process.

Additional reasons for opposing the constitutional amendment and the proposed restructuring may be found at the Washington Section's website, http://sites.ieee.org/washington/ieee-constitutional-amendment/ and at the "Loyal Opposition's" website, https://ieee2016blog.wordpress.com.

It is important to inform IEEE members about the possible consequences if this Amendment were to pass. Please share this message with others.

Charles K. Alexander
1997 IEEE President

W. Cleon Anderson
2005 IEEE President

Marc T Apter
2013 IEEE-USA President
2004-2005 IEEE Vice President, Regional Activities

Jim Isaak
2002/4 IEEE Division Director
2010 Computer Society President

Tony Ivanov
2016 IEEE Washington DC Section Chair

H. Troy Nagle
1994 IEEE President

John Vig
2009 IEEE President


 

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Important Information Regarding the October Issue of The IEEE CSC and ESAS Superconductivity News Forum (global edition)

August 17, 2016 (A356). The IEEE CSC and ESAS Superconductivity News Forum (global edition) (SNF) http://snf.ieeecsc.org/ invites each plenary and invited speaker at the ASC 2016 to pre-publish her/his manuscript of plenary talk or publish the plenary slide presentation in SNF, if no manuscript was prepared. The submission deadline for inclusion in the October 2016 Issue of SNF is September 2, 2016. Later submissions (by November 18th, 2016) should appear in the January 2017 SNF Issue. All submissions should be made electronically at superconductivityforum@ieee.org.

Each manuscript submitted to SNF will be reviewed by SNF Reviewers and Editors, independent of the ASC peer review.  Per IEEE Copyright we can only publish preprints of manuscript as submitted.  Consequently, only manuscripts not requiring any revision will be pre-published.  The manuscript must be identical with that submitted to ASC for possible publication in IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity (TAS) and should be either in the WORD or PDF format.  After the hardcopy publication in TAS, each preprint will be linked to the IEEE XPLORE final online version.

Note: Each plenary presentation will be video recorded on behalf of IEEE CSC and eventually will become accessible online at the IEEE CSC and SNF websites, but it might take some time before this happens. Submitting to SNF a slide presentation, annotated to make it comprehensible to readers not present in the audience, guarantees the fastest wide dissemination of the presented material. The PPT format provides the convenient option of annotating1. Submission in the PPT format is preferable, but the PDF format is also acceptable. Annotations will be reviewed by SNF, but the slide topical content will not.

Furthermore, SNF invites authors of contributed ASC 2016 papers to the contest for best contributed papers in all ASC program categories. They can compete for a very limited number of slots reserved for outstanding contributed papers. The choice of contributions will be made by the SNF panel of reviewers and Editors. Only preprints of manuscripts submitted to SNF will be pre-published in the January 2017 Issue that will be rated “excellent” or “very good” without requiring any revision. The manuscript must be identical with that submitted to ASC for possible publication in TAS and should be either in the WORD or PDF format.  After the hardcopy publication in TAS, each preprint will be linked to the IEEE XPLORE final online version. Submit to  superconductivityforum@ieee.org and indicate the presentation/program ID (this is mandatory).

Finally, all winners of the ASC2016 best student paper contest have the option to submit their manuscript to SNF for nearly immediate prepublication in SNF October Issue Preview without any topical SNF review, provided the manuscript doesn’t require any revision, even only formal such as typos, etc. Submit to superconductivityforum@ieee.org and indicate the presentation/program ID (this is mandatory).

1To get an idea of what type of additional information is desirable and how the annotation is to be found in a published presentation, please look on an example of annotated presentation we published recently, for example, in the current SNF Issue No. 37 open the TempMeko plenary presentation CRP73. The annotation of the 2nd, 4th and following slides can be read when hovering the mouse arrow over the small pink/yellow square icon located near the upper left corner of a slide. Such icons can be found in all published annotated SNF presentations.


 

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Summer School on Superconducting Electronics: Last Reminder

August 9, 2016 (A355).  We received the following message from the Summer School Organizers:

Dear Colleagues,

This is the last announcement to advertise the upcoming Summer school on Superconducting Electronics that will take place on September 25-30, 2016, in Pula, Sardinia, the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea.

This School is intended for students, researchers, and engineers who want to familiarize themselves with basics of superconducting electronics, and with its applications and tools. It will provide about 30 hours of lectures on superconductors, superconductivity, Josephson junctions, SQUIDs, superconducting detectors, and superconducting digital electronics. Some practical exercises are planned for the design and layout of superconducting circuits.

We still have a few places available for attending the school. If you wish to attend, you have to pre-register by the end of August. Pre-registration is necessary to be considered for acceptance by the scientific committee. Accepted applicants will be notified within a week after pre-registration, so that you can submit formal registration. 

To Supervisors: Please encourage the students and younger members of your laboratories to participate and pre-register.

With best regards,
The organizers


 

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German Physical Society Spring Meeting 2017 – Low Temperature Physics

August 08, 2016 (A354).  The German Physical Society (DPG) is the worldwide largest professional association of Physicists.  Its Spring Meeting is an annual event organized at different locations in Germany, depending on the section. In the coming year 2017, the DPG Condensed Matter Section, which includes the Low Temperature Physics Professional Association (Fachverband) group, will meet in Dresden, from March 19th to 27th, 2017. We plan to inform our readers once the technical program will become accessible. It usually includes numerous sessions on superconductivity, cryogenics and related. In most recent years, presentations at these sessions have been in English rather than German.


 

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628th Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Seminar: Trends in Mesoscopic Superconductivity

July 18, 2016 (A353).  The 628th Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Seminar “Trends in Mesoscopic Superconductivity” will be held in Bad Honnef / Germany from Monday, November 14, 2016 (arrival) until Friday, November 18, 2016 (departure after lunch).  The event is funded and organized by the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus-Foundation.

The scope of the workshop ranges from topological superconductor heterostructures, over Andreev qubits, atomically thin superconductors, and spin-polarised superconductors to Shiba states and other complex Andreev states.

The recent developments of mesoscopic superconductivity include among others following topics:

  • Majorana states in topological superconductor heterostructures
  • Andreev-Qubits
  • Atomically flat superconductors, e.g. dichalcogenides
  • Superconductivity at interfaces
  • Superconducting molecular electronics
  • Spin-polarised superconductors
  • Shiba molecules
  • Complex Andreev states

The number of participants is limited to about 50. There is no registration fee. The accommodation of all participants will be covered by the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation.  All details, including the application form can be found at https://www.physik.uni-konstanz.de/weh2016/.


 

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Large Helium Gas Field Discovered in Tanzania

July 18, 2016 (A352).  The Goldschmidt Conference 2016 (see http://goldschmidt.info/2016/index) held in Yokohama, Japan, from June 26 to July 1, 2016, included a contribution of great importance to the superconductivity community.  A team of Durham and Oxford Universities and Helium One, a helium exploration company headquartered in Norway, presented a paper on the discovery of a new major helium gas field, estimated at more than double of the current US reserve.  Interested readers may find more details in Highlights HE108 and HP113.  The first is an Oxford University public release of June 27, posted by the Eureka Alert of AAAS Science News (http://www.eurekalert.org/).  The second highlight is the pertinent abstract by D. Danabalan et al. reproduced from the 2016 Goldschmidt Conference Abstracts, p. 595.


 

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1st Asian ICMC and CSSJ 50th Anniversary Conference: Registration and Abstract Submission

July 18, 2016 (A351).  1st Asian International Cryogenic Materials Conference (ICMC) and Cryogenics and Superconductivity Society of Japan (CSSJ) 50th Anniversary Conference will be held at Kanazawa, Japan, from 7th to 10th, November, 2016.  All pertinent information is available at http://www.csj.or.jp/conference/1stAsianICMC-CSSJ50/index.html.  The Registration and Abstract Submission sites are now open.

Early Bird Registration will end on 31st August, and the On-line Registration will end on 24th October. Abstract submission deadline is 31st August. The conference applications of Sponsorship & Advertisement and Exhibition are also opened. The deadline is 30th September.


 

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Applied Superconductivity Conference: Short Courses

July 15, 2016 (A350).  The Applied Superconductivity Conference (ASC) 2016 announced its Short Courses Program preceding the opening of the conference.  Pre-registration is required.  Those, who have already registered and wish to add a Short Course, should click on the link in the registration confirmation e-mailed to them - to update the registration.

 

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 German Workshop KRYO 2016

June 8, 2016 (A349).  The annual German cryogenic workshop on cryogenic components (KRYO 2016) will be held this year in Freyburg on Unstrut (Freyburg/Unstrut), Germany, from October 9th to 11th, 2016.  It is being organized under aegis of IPHT (Institut für Physikalische Hochtechnologie) in Jena. The Workshop will be chaired by Dr. Ronny Stolz.
 
Freyburg is a small historic town in a sparkling wine district of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. It is situated on the river Unstrut, 9 km northwest of Hanseatic Naumburg, 63 km from Leipzig and 231 km from Berlin. The meeting venue will be the hotel “Berghotel zum Edelacker”.
 
The program is oriented at scientists and engineers (including graduate students) from academia, research organizations and industry.  Discussed will be the newest developments and trends in the following areas:

• New Josephson junctions and hybrid devices
• Cryoelectronic components & their characterization
• SQUIDs, SQUIFs and Josephson arrays
• Cryogenic detectors
• Voltage standards and SET
•  Integrated superconducting circuits & RSFQ
• Macroscopic quantum coherence & qubits
• Microwave components 
• Cooling systems

The program includes tutorials, oral presentations and posters. Traditionally, the presentations can be made either in German or in English (in 2015 all presentations were in English). In the recent past, the Workshop was also attended by participants from other European countries. Foreign attendees are always welcome.

The deadline for abstracts and registration is August 1, 2016. The obligatory registration form is available at  https://form.jotformeu.com/61163287145354. The registration fee includes room and board, and a visit to one of the tourist attractions of the Saale-Unstrut region. It is EUR 300 for single and EUR 265 for double occupancy.

The homepage http://www.leibniz-ipht.de/kryo2016/start.html of the Workshop (in German only) is still under construction.  It already contains most of the necessary information.


 

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ESAS Winter School in Electronics 2016 - Application Deadline Extended!

May 27, 2016 (A348U).  The ESAS Winter School on Novel Frontiers in Superconducting Electronics: from Fundamental Concepts and Advanced Materials towards Future Applications that will be held from December 12th to17th, 2016, in Pozzuoli (Napoli), Italy. The school is a satellite event of the International Superconductive Electronics Conference (ISEC 2017), which will take place in Sorrento (Italy) the following year and is co-sponsored by IEEE CSC.  This School is complementary to and coordinated with the ESAS Summer School on Superconducting Electronics 2016 (see A345).

The School offers a unique possibility to learn, in a relatively short time and by direct interaction with highly qualified experts, the novel trends and the latest developments at the frontier of science, where fundamental physical effects, advanced materials, novel device concepts and methodologies in nanotechnology can lead to innovative solutions to novel electronics employing superconducting phenomena and technologies. The aim of the school is to bridge the world of fundamental phenomena and advanced materials with technological applications and to provide a background and a vision on futuristic device concepts and their applications.

The lectures will cover the following topics:

Toward energy-efficiency electronics

  • Big societal challenges, state-of-the-art and possible role of superconducting (SC) electronics

Superconducting electronics: basic aspects

  • Digital SC electronics
  • Analog SC electronics
  • Superconducting memories

Interfacing superconductivity with other functional degrees of freedom

  • Superconducting spintronics
  • Spin control through light: towards the integration with
    superconductivity
  • Semiconductor-superconductor hybrids: unconventional
    superconductivity and quantum topological order
  • Ferroelectricity and superconductivity: hybrid solutions
  • Coherent superconducting caloritronics

Superconducting fast interconnections

  • Low dimensional nanostructures, nanowires,
    2D one-layer materials ([e.g. graphene, silicene, etc.]).
  • Low dimensional superconducting electronics for fast interconnections.

The maximum number of students has been set to be 30.  Pre-registration applications must be sent to Adriana Santroni (adriana.santroni@spin.cnr.it) by October 15, 2016, together with a short CV, and a presentation letter by your supervisor, or a representative of your home institution. Non-local applicants may obtain limited financial aid to help covering the participation expenses.


 

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Fully funded PhD Project in Bulk Superconducting Materials for Motor Applications

May 19, 2016 (A347).  The Bulk Superconductivity Group in the Cambridge Engineering Department has recently achieved a world record trapped field (17.6 T) in a bulk superconductor [1], see also SNF STH21/HP83.  While this result is interesting scientifically, practical applications of bulk superconductors requires close collaboration with industry in order to determine which properties need to be addressed in order to produce technically useful materials. One potential application is to replace permanent magnets in electric motors in order to produce very high power density machines suitable for weight-sensitive applications, such as electric aircraft.

The PhD project funded at Cambridge would involve working with an industrial collaborator (Siemens AG) on exploring and optimising Bulk Superconductors for applications in rotating machines. In order to turn superconducting materials from lab toys into practical materials there are two major challenges that must be addressed. Firstly, we need to be able to understand, measure and improve the mechanical strength of these complex ceramic materials. Unusually, the practical performance of these functional materials is often limited by their simple materials properties rather than by their superconducting properties. Secondly, in order to use these materials in motors they must be magnetised in situ since they lose their ability to trap field when they warm up. How best to get magnetic field into these materials in a practical way without damage is a critical question facing companies that are considering replacing conventional permanent magnets with bulk superconductors.

This project would suit a student with a background in physics, materials science or engineering. The project is fully funded with fees paid at the EU/Home rate and a stipend of £14,296 per annum for 3.5 years. In the UK, stipends paid to PhD students do not attract Tax or NI/Social Security deductions. Ideally the student who receives this support will commence study in October 2016. The deadline for applications for PhD study at the University of Cambridge starting in October 2016 is the 30th June.

Candidates interested in this project should contact Dr John Durrell (john.durrell@eng.cam.ac.uk) for an informal discussion. More information about the work of the bulk superconductivity group may be found at http://bulk-sucon.eng.cam.ac.uk and more information about graduate study in Cambridge Engineering can be found at http://www.eng.cam.ac.uk/.

[1] http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/0953-2048/27/8/082001/ 


 

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Applied Superconductivity Conference 2016: Deadlines

May 6, 2016 (A346).  The Applied Superconductivity Conference (ASC 2016), to be held in Denver, CO, USA, from September 4th to 9th, 2016, issued a Reminder on Pending ASC Deadlines.  Those interested in attending that conference should promptly get familiar with this reminder.  Most immediate is the deadline for financial support applications set for Monday, May 16, 2016.  The Reminder above includes a link to the application process.


 

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Summer Summer School on Superconducting Electronics, 2016 : Pre-registration Period is Extended on a First Come, First Served Basis

June 15, 2016 (A345U).  A Summer School on Superconducting Electronics will be held in Pula, South Sardinia, Italy, from September 25 to 30th, 2016. This School is intended for students, researchers and engineers who want to familiarize themselves with basics of superconducting electronics and with its applications and tools. It is organized by a mostly European committee of scientists and co-sponsored by ESAS, Fluxonics, and IEEE CSC. Pre-registration is necessary to be considered for acceptance by the scientific committee.

From June 8, pre-registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis, depending on hotel rooms availability and suitability of applicants. The fee of € 680 will cover tuition, room (five nights in shared double rooms) and full board, including coffee breaks, but not the transportation.

The pre-registration (application) form and all the details on the program, venue, conditions, etc., are accessible at http://usmb.fr/superconductingsummerschool. Received pre-registrations will be evaluated by the Committee. Accepted applicants will be notified within a week after pre-registration.


 

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Foundations of Cryocoolers - Short Course at ICC-19

May 6, 2016 (A344).  The Cryogenic Society of America (CSA) sponsors a short course on “Foundations of Cryocoolers” to be held in conjunction with the upcoming International Cryocooler Conference (ICC 19). Dr. Ray Radebaugh, consultant to the Applied Chemicals and Materials Division, NIST Boulder, is a world-renowned expert in the field of cryogenics. He and Prof. Marcel ter Brake, a noted leader in the cryogenics field who is on the Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Twente, the Netherlands, will discuss the latest developments in cryocooler technology and concepts. The course, involving a fee, is offered on Monday, June 20, just before ICC19 (see http://ieeecsc.org/events).

This course will review many of the advances that have been made to overcome some of cryocooling disadvantages, and then proceed to discuss new areas of research. It will begin with a study of cryocooler fundamentals, followed by a description of how these principles are used in various types of gas-cycle cryocoolers to achieve temperatures from about 2 K to 150 K. The operating principles and advantages/disadvantages of the major cryocooler types will be discussed. A new area to be covered this year is an extended discussion of microcryocoolers. More information, fees and the registration form may be found at the CSA's website (http://2csa.us/ek).  Early registration will be only on Monday, May 9th, 2016. 


 

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3rd International Workshop on Superconducting Sensors and Detectors (IWSSD2016)

May 4, 2016 (A343). The 3rd International Workshop on Superconducting Sensors and Detectors (IWSSD2016) will take place on November 14-17, 2016, at the AIST Tsukuba Campus/Japan.

IWSSD is a biennial international workshop on superconducting sensors and detectors. IWSSD provides a forum for scientists, engineers, and students in low-Tc and high-Tc application to sensors and detectors. The topics of this workshop are:

•Low-Tc devices
•High-Tc device
•Types of sensors and detectors: MKID, MMC, SQUID, SSPD, STJ, TES
•Other novel sensors and detectors
•Device physics
•Readout and signal processing
•Cryogenics and implementation
•Materials and fabrication
•Scientific instrumentation in Astronomy and other fields
•Analytical instrumentation
•Mineral exploration
•Quantum information
•Other novel application
•IEC-IEEE international standardization.

Details are available at https://unit.aist.go.jp/neri/IWSSD2016.


 

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International Workshop on Low Temperature Electronics: Call for Abstracts

April 28, 2016 (A342).  The 12th International Workshop on Low Temperature Electronics (WOLTE-12) will be held at the Memorial Union on the main campus of Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe, AZ, USA, September 18 - 21, 2016.  WOLTE is a biennial conference devoted to the presentation and exchange of the most recent advances in the field of low temperature electronics and its applications.  The covered topics are:

• Low Temperature Device Physics
• Low Temperature Detectors and Readouts
• Semiconductor and Superconductor Devices at Low Temperatures
• Digital Electronics at Low Temperatures
• Optoelectronics at Low Temperatures
• Cryogenic Systems
• Cryoelectronics Applications
• Cryogenic MEMS and NEMS
• Electronic Packaging and Interconnects

The abstract submission deadline is June 1, 2016. 
See https://wolte12.sese.asu.edu/ for all the details, including the abstract submission form.  Proceedings will be published by IOP Journal of Physics, Conference Series (JPCS).


 

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International Symposium on Temperature and Thermal Measurements in Industry and Science

April 27, 2016 (A341).   We received the 2nd announcement of the XIII International Symposium on Temperature and Thermal Measurements in Industry and Science (TEMPMEKO 2016).  It will be held at the Tatra Mountains resort Zakopane, Poland, from June 26 to July 1, 2016.  Registration is still possible.  All pertinent information is accessible at http://www.tempmeko2016.pl.


 

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Symposium Devoted to the Properties and Applications of High Temperature Superconductors in High Frequency and Fields (HTSHFF)

April 27, 2016 (A340).  The 13th international Symposium devoted to the properties and applications of High Temperature Superconductors in High Frequency and Fields (HTSHFF) will be held in San Francisco Bay Area, May 18 to 21, 2016.  We received this information late, so all symposium deadlines are past, but registration is still possible.  All pertinent information is accessible at http://www.htshff.org/


 

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1st International Workshop SUPERHYDRIDES - Towards Room Temperature Superconductivity: Hydrides and More

April 12, 2016 (A339). The 1st International Workshop SUPERHYDRIDES - Towards Room Temperature Superconductivity: Hydrides and More will be held in Rome, Italy, from May 09-10, 2016.

The recent discovery of superconductivity at 200 K in sulfur hydrides under pressure opens exciting perspectives in the search for superconductivity at room temperature and room pressure. Joint cooperative efforts in this direction, experimental and theoretical, from all the scientific community, are essential and welcome.

The workshop aims to summon the widest range of the scientific community in the field and to provide a first common space for exchange and discussion for both experienced and young researchers interested in the subject.

The deadline for registration is the 20th of April 2016.

Details are available at www.superhydrides.net .


 

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The Seventeenth Biennial IEEE Conference on Electromagnetic Field Computation

April 5, 2016 (A338).   The Seventeenth Biennial IEEE Conference on Electromagnetic Field Computation (CEFC 2016) will be held in Miami, Florida, USA, from November 13th to 16th, 2016.   All the pertinent information is available at http://www.cefc2016.org.   This meeting is organized by IEEE Magnetics Society and its Miami Section.  In the tradition of that Society, one-page digests should be submitted rather than abstracts.  The submission deadline is April 17th, 2016.   Papers will be due by November 11th, 2016.

This is the first time SNF announces this well-established meeting, as the Superconductivity Community has been submitting papers in pertinent topical areas at various applied superconductivity meetings and workshops.  However, the keywords list clearly includes superconducting materials and many devices potentially involving superconductivity.  Therefore, it may be of interest to Magnetics and Applied Superconductivity communities to compares notes on progress in electromagnetic field computation.


 

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Roger W. Boom Award Nominations

April 4, 2016 (A337).  This year, the nomination deadline for the Roger W. Boom Award of the Cryogenic Society of America (CSA) is June 15, 2016. All the details can be found at https://www.cryogenicsociety.org/about_csa/awards
/boom_criteria_and_nomination_procedure
. The Roger W. Boom Award is named in honor of the emeritus professor from the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Boom’s career spanned more than thirty years during which he motivated a great number of young scientists and engineers to pursue careers in cryogenic engineering and applied superconductivity. This award was created by the CSA to be given to a young professional (under 40 years of age) who “shows promise for making significant contributions to the fields of cryogenic engineering and applied superconductivity”. The spirit of the Boom Award is to recognize young people for their pursuit of excellence, demonstration of high standards and clear communications. The Boom Award is usually given every even-numbered year, coinciding with the Applied Superconductivity Conference.


 

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Horst Rogalla Appointed Next SNF Editor-in-Chief

March 29, 2016 (A336, PE9).  The current SNF Editor-in-Chief, Alex I. Braginski, steps down from that IEEE & ESAS volunteer position, effective March 31st, 2016.  He served from the SNF inception in 2006/2007 until present, and resigns due to age and health issues.  Nevertheless, in the 2nd quarter of 2016, he agreed to serve as Acting Editor until the newly appointed next Editor-in-Chief, Horst Rogalla, gradually takes over all current SNF activities.  Also, for the time being, Alex will remain SNF Co-Editor Electronics, until a successor is found, or at least until the end of 2016.


 

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First IEEE International Conference on Rebooting Computing (ICRC)

March 22, 2016 (A335).  The IEEE FDC initiative, Rebooting Computing is holding its first open conference October 17-19, 2016 in San Diego: the IEEE International Conference on Rebooting Computing (ICRC).

Given the importance of this topic to the Electronics community in the Council on Superconductivity and its stakeholders, as well as the attention it is generating from multiple federal funding agencies, we wanted to share with you the announcement of this conference and encourage you to participate.
http://icrc.ieee.org

Please forward this notice to others in your community who might be interested.

Best regards,

Tom Conte and Elie Track
 

Co-Chairs, IEEE Rebooting Computing.

Past Presidents of the Computer Society

and the Council on Superconductivity


 

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New SNF Associate Editor, Electronics

February 29, 2016 (A334).  We are pleased to announce that, effective immediately, the SNF Editorial Office is joined by Dr. Lixing You of SIMIT CAS (Shanghai, China).  He assumes the duties of SNF Associate Editor Electronics for Asia in the areas of Thin Film & Nanodevices (all Josephson devices inclusive), and Detectors.

Dr. You's current research concentrates on superconducting nanowire single photon detectors, and applications such as quantum information and laser ranging.  He is currently a member of the Advisory Board of Superconductor Science and Technology (SUST), and a member of IEC-TC90/WG14 (Superconducting Electronic Devices).


 

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1st International School on Numerical Modeling for Applied Superconductivity

February 11, 2016 (A333).  The 1st International School on Numerical Modeling for Applied Superconductivity will be held at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, from June 20th to 24th, 2016.  The number of participants in this School is limited to 25 students. The registration is now open until March 15th, 2016. In the case more than 25 applications are received, the International Organization Committee will make a selection; one of the selection criteria will be the registration date.

Please see the school website http://appliedsc.epfl.ch/school for all the information and registration procedure.  The registration fee is CHF 100.  The official announcement by the School Director is accessible here.


 

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Invited Sessions on Superconductivity at APS March Meeting

February 5, 2016 (A332).  The American Physical Society (APS) Division on Condensed Matter Physics organized at the March meeting in Baltimore, MD, USA (March 14th to 18th, 2016), 35 invited sessions. For the prospective attendees, we list and provide links to those sessions on superconductivity and related subjects that might be of interest:

A1. Charge Order and the Pseudogap in the Underdoped Cuprates

B3. Symmetry Breaking in Unconventional Superconductors

C1. New Developments in Iron Chalcogenide Superconductors

E1. Recent Developments in Hybrid Semiconductor-Superconductor Junctions

F3. Superconducting Spintronics

K1. Visualization of Vorticity in Quantum Fluids

L1. Design and Control of the Superconducting Order Parameter in Low Dimensions

V1. Non-Equilibrium Aspects of Electron-Boson Coupling in High Temperature Superconductors

X1. Complex Oxide Interfaces at the Nanoscale: Electronic, Magnetic and Superconducting Properties


 

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First NeuroSQUID Review Conference

January 27, 2016 (A331). First NeuroSQUID Review Conference: At the intersection of medical imaging, neurophysiology, and high-Tc superconductivity; 09 February, 2016; Gothenburg, Sweden.

Welcome to a full-day conference with the latest research developments, interesting discussions and network opportunities!

When: Tuesday 9 Feb 2016 at 9.00-17.00
 
Where: University of Gothenburg, Medicinaregatan 3, (A2045 “Tor Bjurström”), Gothenburg, Sweden

During this conference, the audience will learn about recent advances in the fields of medical imaging, neurophysiology, and high-Tc superconductivity. It is at the interface of such multi-disciplinary endeavors where new and exciting discoveries are waiting to be made!
 
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Call for Carl C. Rosner Entrepreneurship Award Nominations (Deadline Extended)

January 27, 2016 (A330U). The deadline for submitting nominations for the Carl C. Rosner Enterpreneurship Award has been extended. The final deadline for nominations is 11 March 2016, 5 pm local time.

The Award will be presented at the 2016 Applied Superconductivity Conference in Denver, CO, USA.  Previous awardees have been:

2014: Dr. Christopher Rey/Energy-2-Power Solutions (E2P)
2012: Dr. Stuart Berkowitz/Out of the Fog Research
2010: Dr. Terry Grimm/Niowave.

Nominations can be submitted to either Dr. John Przybysz or Dr. Robert Fagaly at addresses given in the Award’s website http://ieeecsc.org/awards/ieee-council-superconductivity-carl-h-rosner-entrepreneurship-award. That website provides all the necessary information on the prize, candidate eligibility, nomination procedure, etc.


 

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APS March Meeting 2016

January 25, 2016 (A329). The American Physical Society (APS) March Meeting will be held in Baltimore, MD, USA, from March 14th to 18th, 2016. Up to 10,000 attendees are expected. The program contains numerous oral sessions on both fundamental and applied superconductivity. All the meeting information is available at https://www.aps.org/meetings/march/index.cfm. The scientific program (with abstracts) is accessible at http://meetings.aps.org/Meeting/MAR16/Content/3097.


 

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German Physical Society Spring Meeting “Regensburg 2016“

January 25, 2016 (A328).  The German Physical Society (DPG) Spring Meeting on Condensed Matter Physics (“Regensburg 2016”) will be held in Regensburg, Germany, from 6th to 11th of March, 2016.  This will be the 80th Annual Spring Meeting of DPG.  Sessions on superconductivity-related topics are mostly, but not only, within the program on Low-temperature Physics (in German “Fachverband für Tiefe Temperaturen”, acronym TT) http://www.dpg-verhandlungen.de/year/2016/conference/regensburg/part/tt  (inclusive abstracts).  General information on this meeting is available at http://regensburg16.dpg-tagungen.de/.


 

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Fifth German National Workshop ZIEHL V

January 25, 2016 (A327).  The fifth biannual German national Workshop ZIEHL V devoted to high-temperature superconductivity (HTS) in energy applications will be held in Munich, Germany, on March 15th and 16th, 2016.  The venue will be the Conference Center Perlach.  Full online information is available at http://www.ivsupra.de/ziehl/ziehl-v.html, unfortunately only in German.   In the ZIEHL V program, only one presentation title is announced in English.  In spite of its national character, past Workshops were attended also by foreign participants.  Indeed, ZIEHL is one of the prime vantage points for watching the progress in the dialogue between German and European energy industries and the applied superconductivity community in Germany.

From 2012, this biannual Workshop alternates with the “Braunschweig Seminar” dedicated to the same purpose.  Information on past ZIEHL and Braunschweig meetings can be found in SNF Event Highlights.

ZIEHL V is organized with the support of the German Federal Ministry of Economy and Siemens AG.


 

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SNS 2016 Call for Abstracts

January 12, 2016 (A326).  Registration and abstract submission is now open for the 11th International Conference on Spectroscopies in Novel Superconductors (SNS 2016), to be held in Stuttgart/Ludwigsburg on June 19-24, 2016. 

SNS 2016 will continue an illustrious series of international conferences in Argonne (1991), Sendai (1992), Santa Fe (1993); Stanford (1995), Cape Cod (1997), Chicago (2001), Sitges (2004), Sendai (2007), Shanghai (2010), and Berkeley (2013). The meeting will bring together leading experts in spectroscopy, transport, materials discovery, and theory to address current challenges at the frontier of research on superconductivity.

All of the information currently available is accessible at the SNS 2016 website http://www.fkf.mpg.de/SNS2016.


 

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IEEE CSC Call for Awards Nominations Deadline Extended

January 7, 2016 (A325U). 


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ASC 2016 Call for Abstracts

December 3, 2015 (A324).  The Applied Superconductivity Conference (ASC 2016) issued its Call for Abstracts.  The deadline for submissions is February 2nd, 2016.  That date is also the deadline for submissions to the Best Student Paper Contest.  This worldwide largest international meeting on Applied Superconductivity will be held from September 4th to 9th, 2016, at the Colorado Convention Center, Denver, Colorado, USA.  All the information currently available is accessible at the ASC 2016 website http://ascinc.org/.


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ICSM2016 Abstract Deadline Extended Until December 9th

December 1, 2015 (A323).  The International Conference on Superconductivity and Magnetism (ICSM2016), see A320, extended its abstract submission deadline until December 9 (00 GMT sharp). The submission information and the upload page are accessible at http://icsm2016.org/.


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Applications currently being accepted for the 2016 IEEE CSC Graduate Study Fellowship in Applied Superconductivity

December 1, 2015 (A322).  Reminder: Applications for the 2016 IEEE CSC Graduate Study Fellowship in Applied Superconductivity opened on November 1, 2015 and will be accepted until January 15, 2016.

Visit http://ieeecsc.org/awards/ieee-csc-fellowship-award for the application, further information, and the list of past fellowship recipients.

Prize Items: Each IEEE CSC Graduate Study Fellowship in Applied Superconductivity will consist of:

  • an honorarium of US$ 5,000,
  • a suitably inscribed certificate,
  • and a complimentary membership (or renewal) in IEEE and one of CSC's sponsoring Societies.

Description: The fellowship is awarded annually to a full-time graduate student pursuing a PhD (or equivalent) degree in the area of applied superconductivity, at an accredited college or university of recognized standing worldwide. The intention of the award is to encourage students to enter and contribute to the field of applied superconductivity.

Frequency: Annually, provided suitably qualified candidates are identified.

Funds: IEEE Council on Superconductivity will provide the funding for these awards:

  • Each Award will have an associated honorarium of US $5,000.
  • Funds for this award will be provided by the IEEE Council on Superconductivity.
  • The maximum number of awards in a given year will be determined by the number of highly qualified candidates and the total Fellowship budget provided by the Council on Superconductivity for that year.
  • The IEEE Council on Superconductivity’s budget will remain net positive with the inclusion of funding for these fellowships.

Administration: This award will be administered by the IEEE Council on Superconductivity.

Eligibility: To be eligible, the recipient must be pursuing full-time graduate work at an accredited college/university and pursuing or planning to pursue research activities in applied superconductivity.  The applicant must have majored in engineering, materials, chemistry, physics or a related area and have received a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent from an accredited college of recognized standing worldwide. Applicants are required to submit certified transcripts from all colleges/universities attended and three letters of recommendation from college/university professors familiar with the applicant's work.  Award recipients will be selected based upon the quality of their prior work, the impact of their current research or the impact of their potential research in superconductivity, and their financial need. We expect to distribute the Awards equally across the electronics, materials and large-scale areas of superconductivity.  In addition, the awards will be distributed across a diverse range of universities or colleges in terms of applications and geographical location.  The CSC Graduate Fellowship in Applied Superconductivity can be awarded to an individual no more than two times. The Eligibility and Selection process shall comply with procedures and regulation established in IEEE and Council governing documents, particularly with IEEE Policy 4.4 on Awards Limitations.

Award Committee: The Graduate Fellowship Award Committee will consist of a Chair, appointed by the President of the Council on Superconductivity, and 7 members selected by the Chair, with the approval of the CSC President. The President of the IEEE Council on Superconductivity will be an ex-officio non-voting member. The President may appoint additional non-voting ex-officio members. The voting members should have diverse backgrounds and be distributed both geographically and among the 3 categories: electronics, materials and large-scale superconductivity.

Schedule: Applications must be received no later than January 15, 2016. The committee will review the proposals and make a decision. The successful applicants will be informed of the award at least 8 weeks prior to the event at which the award is to be presented so that they can attend and be recognized. It is not required that awardees attend the award event to receive the award.

Selection/Basis for Judging: Award recipients will be selected based upon, in rank order:  the quality of their prior work, the impact of their current research, impact of their potential research in superconductivity and their financial need. If a conflict of interest for any voting member or ex-officio member is identified with respect to an application for award, such as an application from a student with institutional or familial ties to the member, the member shall excuse themselves from the selection process for the application.

If you have any questions, please contact the IEEE Council on Superconductivity Administrator, Jennifir McGillis at jmcgillis@conferencecatalysts.com.

Thank you and best regards,

Nate Newman
Graduate Fellowship Award Committee Chair
IEEE Council on Superconductivity

The Council on Superconductivity Awards Committee is pleased to congratulate once again the winners of the 2015 IEEE Council on Superconductivity Graduate Study Fellowship:

Angelo Di Bernardo, University of Cambridge
Guangze Li, The Ohio State University
Yingzhen Liu, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Emmanuele Ravaioli, University of Twente
Matthew Reagor, Yale University
Claudia Stahl, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems

We are very pleased to see that this Fellowship, in a short time since its inception, has become a very competitive and important award. Congratulations to all the 2015 winners!


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MT24: SNF Contest for Best Contributed Preprints

November 5, 2015 (A321).  The successful International Conference on Magnet Technology (MT24) was held in Seoul, Korea, from October 18 to 23rd, 2015.  We inform all authors of MT24 contributed papers submitted to IEEE Transaction on Applied Superconductivity (TASC) that SNF offers a Contest for Best Contributed Preprints.  Winning preprints and runners up will appear online in the January 2016 SNF Issue No. 35 or in a special SNF Preview of No. 36 (April 2016) to be issued in early February 2016.  The deadline for submitting to the contest a manuscript identical with that already submitted to TASC is November 20, 2015.  Interested authors should submit to superconductivityforum@ieee.org.


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ICSM 2016 Call for Abstracts

October 22, 2012 (A320).  We received the following call for abstracts (deadline of November 27th, 2015) signed by the ICSM 2016 Scientific Program Coordinator:

…..It is our great pleasure to announce the call for abstracts and online registrations open for the 5th International Conference on Superconductivity and Magnetism (ICSM2016) between 24 -30 April, 2016. ICSM2016 will be held in Sentido Lykia Resort & Spa and Liberty Lykia Hotels Fethiye-Ölüdeniz (Blue Lagoon) with a contract special to the attendees. All conference activities together with associated exhibition will take place at the hotel's Convention Centre with the state-of art facilities.

ICSM2016 is now accepting abstract submissions for oral and poster presentations. Note that all participants including invited speakers are urged to make their abstract submissions via our online submission system only. Other types of submissions such as e-mail attachments will not be processed. Due to an effectively large number of submissions from the eminent scientists, we only have a few invited slots in some sessions, though, we do have some available slots for contributed talks, and there is some space for poster presentations.

Very distinctive and high profile invited speakers including potential Nobel laureates (http://icsm2016.org/scientific-program/) will participate at the conference and deliver talks on their most recent research advancements. If you are willing to submit an abstract, please enter your details on the submission page and upload your abstract at http://icsm2016.org/conference. The deadline is set as 27th November 2015. We of course appreciate earlier submissions as the online system will get busy as the time goes. You may please explore the website - http://icsm2016.org, where you can find core information about the conference and topics.

Participants are strongly encouraged to emphasize the presentation of new, unpublished work. It is to be ensured that discussions enlighten the outcome and the unsolved questions, and explore new directions.  The conference platform involving educational courses prior to ICSM2016 (April 21st - 24th, 2016) will be a unique opportunity for young scientists to gain information, training and experience in their skilled field from the world class best established scientists and experts in Superconductivity, Magnetism, Cryogenics and their Applications. There will also be fundamental courses as an introduction for students with no previous experience in the topics of the conference. Please feel free to forward this "call "to your colleagues who may be interested to contribute to the technical sessions.

Ölüdeniz is a well known touristic town with a pedestrian friendly coast conveniently located 12 km away from the historic town of Fethiye. The participants can also enjoy vibrant city life with cultural features. Fethiye/Ölüdeniz (Blue Lagoon) is easily accessible via Dalaman International Airport offering many European and International Flights, in addition to various connections via Istanbul. The Dalaman Airport is about 70 km away from the ICSM venue hotel, with good climate, stunning views and the most natural surrounding attractions.

ICSM2016 offers a unique traditional hospitality and a renewed enthusiasm for the profession, which will envelope you throughout your stay in a truly world-class scientific event. You may keep updated at the website for further information on the conference.

We look forward to welcoming you at ICSM2016 in Fethiye next year in the spring.

Yours Faithfully,

Dr. Ali Bozbey,
Scientific Program Coordinator
TOBB Economy and Technology University
Ankara - Turkey


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WE Heraeus Seminar “Superconducting Materials on Their Way from Physics to Applications”

October 19, 2015 (A319).  A WE-Heraeus Seminar titled "Superconducting materials on their way from physics to applications" is scheduled on February 18-20, 2016 in Bad Honnef, Germany, in the beautiful Physikzentrum Bad Honnef (http://www.dpg-physik.de/dpg/pbh/haus/ambiente.html), about 20 km south of Bonn.

We are organizing this seminar under the auspices of the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation (http://www.we-heraeus-stiftung.de/). This private foundation was founded in 1963 to promote research and education in the natural sciences, especially physics, and is considered the most important private funding institution for physics in Germany. One of its principal activities is the organization of seminars. What is the motivation behind this seminar?  In a nutshell: to bridge the gap between the development of superconducting materials and their use in practical power and magnet applications, where there are still several practical questions that need to be answered. This is possible only through joint efforts by physicists, materials scientists and engineers.

This Heraeus seminar proposes to bring together some of the world’s authorities in superconductivity to discuss present status of research in this fascinating field and its future directions. A key feature of this event is that it will involve exchanges between physicists, material scientists, and engineers, so that the discussion will cover the most diversified aspects of and points of view on superconductivity. Among the invited speakers will be people from the industrial world, in order to strengthen the link between the investigation of basic properties of superconducting materials and the realization of practical devices that need to be competitive on the market. Poster sessions where young researchers can present the results of their work in relevant areas are also planned.

The seminar will consist of 45-minute presentations (about 18 in total), each followed by an open discussion. The limited number of participants (about 18 invited speakers + 55 young researchers) will favor interaction and discussion. The final program will be defined at the end of October 2015, but here one can see a tentative list of speakers: 
http://www.itep.kit.edu/english/1061.php.

This seminar is a great opportunity for students and young researchers (Masters and PhD students, postdocs) to learn about the state-of-the-art in superconducting materials and applications, and to interact with leading scientists.
    
The Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation covers the full board accommodation at the Physikzentrum Bad Honnef (water, but not other beverages, is included in meals) for the invited speakers and for the participants from public institutions. Attendees from commercial organizations unfortunately cannot be supported by the non-profit Foundation. A daily fee of 72,- Euro (full board accommodation) will be charged.

The organizers invite young researchers to apply and to contribute to the poster session using the application link on this page: http://www.itep.kit.edu/english/1059.php.

The application deadline is 15.12.2015 and a final confirmation of acceptance will be sent at the beginning of 2016.

We are looking forward to receiving your applications and to seeing you in Bad Honnef.

Bernhard Holzapfel and Francesco Grilli (Organizers)


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Abstract Submission for ICEC26-ICMC2016- Deadline Monday, October 19

October 12, 2015 (A318). ICEC-26 and ICMC 2016 will be held March 7-11, 2016, at the Manekshaw Centre, New Delhi, India, hosted jointly by the Inter-University Accelerator Centre and the Indian Cryogenic Council.

Abstracts are due Monday, October 19.

The scope of the conference is: 

1. Large-Scale Refrigeration, Liquefaction
2. Cryogenic Systems, Facilities, and Testing
3. Heat Transfer and Thermal Insulation
4. Cryocoolers (Aerospace/Non-Aerospace))
5. Thermophysical Properties of Fluids
6. Physical Properties of Cryogenic Materials
7. Cryogenics for Fusion Devices
8. Cryogenics and Superconductivity for Power Applications
9. Cryogenic Instrumentation and Control
10. Space Cryogenics
11. HTS Bulk, Thin Films and Coated Conductors
12. BSCCO, MgB2, FeAs-Based and New Materials
13. Low Temperature Superconductors (Nb-Ti, Nb3Sn, V3Ga and Nb3Al)
14. Superconducting Wires and Cables 
 
The main objective of the ICEC 26 - ICMC 2016 conferences is to bring together researchers from R&D institutions, universities and industries, to stimulate fruitful exchange and dissemination of information and ideas in the field of cryogenic engineering and materials. Futuristic trends in the ongoing large superconducting and cryogenic projects are expected to be the focus. Early registration discount available through January 18.

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Per Magnelind, New SNF Associate Editor

September 17, 2015 (A317).  Effective immediately, Per Magnelind of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), USA, is the new SNF Associate Editor Electronics (Biomagnetism and ULF-MRI).  He takes over from Michelle Espy, previously the leader of LANL’s SQUID Team, who resigned following her change of assignment within LANL.  We welcome Per and thank Michelle for her past editorial efforts!

Per Magnelind received his PhD in Physics in 2006 from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. In 2007 he joined Los Alamos National Laboratory where he is now a scientist with a main focus on ultra-low-field MR applications using SQUID-based systems.

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MRS Spring 2016: Symposium EP13 Call for Papers

September 16, 2015 (A316).  The call for abstracts is now open for Symposium EP13 [http://www.mrs.org/spring-2016-call-for-papers-ep13/] - Tailoring Superconductors—  Materials and Devices from Basic Science to Applications at the forthcoming March 28-April 1, 2016 Spring MRS meeting in Phoenix, AZ. This is the latest in a long running line of spring meeting symposia and aims to attract researchers interested in all materials aspects of Superconductivity. This year the Symposium is sponsored by, among others, the European Society for Applied Superconductivity (ESAS).  The EP13 abstract submission closes on October 15, 2015, 11:59 p.m. ET (Eastern US time).

Superconducting materials are inherently complex materials systems with significant potential for "tailoring" or “design” for specific applications. This symposium will explore the development and application of superconducting materials in both well established and emerging applications, such as quantum computing, power transmission, MRI, detectors and rotating machinery. Contributions are encouraged across all superconducting materials; including low-Tc superconductors, A15 materials, cuprate superconductors, MgB2, NbN and Iron Based Superconductors. Emphasis will be placed on the challenges facing the development of fundamental materials and their applications as well as those specifically involved in facilitating a transition from basic science and discovery to applications.

Invited speakers include:

Mark Ainslie (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
Najib Cheggour (National Institute of Science and Technology, USA)
Alexander Golubov (University of Twente, Netherlands)
Amit Goyal (SUNY-Buffalo, USA)
Laura Gozzelino (Politecnico di Torino, Italy)
Takafumi Hatano (Nagoya University, Japan)
Dirk Johrendt (University of Munich, Germany)
Anna Kario (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)
Qiang Li (Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA)
Yanwei Ma (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
Philip Moll (Max Planck Institute - CPfS, Germany)
Seung-Hyun Moon (SuNAM, Republic of Korea)
Luigi Muzzi (ENEA, Italy)
Takayoshi Nakashima (Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd, Japan)
Anna Palau (ICMAB-CSIC, Spain)
Johannes Pedarnig (Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria)
Marty Rupich (AMSC, USA)
Paul Seidel (University of Jena, Germany)
Venkat Selvamanickam (University of Houston, USA)
Susannah Speller (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
Chiara Tarantini (Florida State University, USA)

Thanks to support from EP13 sponsors, this year the Symposium Organizers will be offering a prize for the best student contribution.

Symposium EP13 Organizers are:

John Durrell
University of Cambridge
Department of Engineering
United Kingdom
Tel 44-1223-331693, john.durrell@eng.cam.ac.uk

Luisa Chiesa
Tufts University
Mechanical Engineering
USA
Tel 617-627-4575, luisa.chiesa@tufts.edu

Kazumasa Iida
Nagoya University
Graduate School of Engineering
Japan
Tel 81-52-789-3853, iida@nuap.nagoya-u.ac.jp

Takanobu Kiss
Kyushu University
Department of Electrical Engineering
Japan
Tel 81-92-802-3686, kiss@sc.kyushu-u.ac.jp

Marina Putti
Università di Genova
CNR-SPIN and Dipartimento di Fisica
Italy
Tel 39-010-3536383, putti@fisica.unige.it
 


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EUCAS 2015: SNF Contest for Best Contributed Preprints

September 11, 2015 (A315).  The very successful EUCAS 2015 conference held in Lyon, France, September 6 to 10th, 2015, is over.  In addition to announcing it at the meeting, we inform all authors of EUCAS 2015 contributed papers submitted to IEEE Transaction on Applied Superconductivity (TASC) that SNF offers a Contest for Best Contributed Preprints.  Winning preprints and runners up will appear online, by early or mid-November 2015, in a special SNF Preview of No. 35 (January 2016).  The deadline for submitting to the contest a manuscript identical with that submitted to TASC is September 30, 2015.  Interested authors should submit to superconductivityforum@ieee.org.


 

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Final Program of the KRYO 2015 Workshop

September 15, 2015 (A314U).  The final program of the KRYO 2015 German Workshop to be held at Burg Warberg near Braunschweig, Germany, from September 27 to 29, 2015 (see Regional and National Meetings/Europe) is accessible here. Titles of presentations are in English..


 

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Technical Program of MT-24 is Now Accessible Online

September 1, 2015 (A313).  The Organizers of MT-24, The International Conference on Magnet Technology to be held at COEX in Seoul, Korea, from October 18 to 23, 2015, posted the full technical program of this conference on the MT-24 website, http://www.mt24.org.


 

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ESAS 2015 Young Researcher Prizes

August 22, 2015 (A312).  This is of interest only to EUCAS 2015 attendees.  Nominations and self-nominations are currently accepted for the 2015 Young Researcher Prizes.  Each interested candidate is required to submit via e-mail the following material to the Awards Committee:

  1. A short CV (1 page).
  2. A summary of the work with a general statement of capabilities and accomplishments in the field (half a page),
  3. A list of publications.

At EUCAS, all candidates will be required to present their poster or oral in person. Applicants will need to commit to being present at the awards ceremony on September 10th 2015. The deadline for submissions is September 1st 2015.

Please send the application file(s) to bernhard.holzapfel@kit.edu. In the e-mail subject please indicate: “ESAS Prize”.


 

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The 9th FLUXONICS RSFQ Design Workshop

August 3, 2015 (A311).  The 9th FLUXONICS RSFQ Design Workshop will be held in Chambéry, Savoie, France, on September 11, 2015.  The workshop is of possible interest to those who want to get familiar with design and simulation of superconductive electronic circuits and the development of emerging applications.  This workshop is usually held every two years at the University of Technology Ilmenau, Germany. However, it is held this year in Savoie, as as satellite workshop of EUCAS 2015, due to the proximity to Lyon, France (one hour from Lyon by direct bus or train), where EUCAS 2015 will be held.

Flyer and the location map are available on the download section of the IMEP-LAHC page.  The preliminary agenda is here.

Those wishing to participate in this free-of-charge Workshop, should contact either Prof. P. Febvre or H. Toepfer or by the end of August 2015 to indicate arrival and departure dates and affiliation.  You may also request reservation of a hotel room in Chambéry at University Savoie Mont Blanc preferential rates, on a first come first served basis.

More information about the venue and social event on Thursday afternoon/evening will be sent to registered people by September 1st.


 

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The 8th Asian Conference on Applied Superconductivity and Cryogenics (ACASC 2015)

July 30, 2015 (A310).  The 8th Asian Conference on Applied Superconductivity and Cryogenics (ACASC 2015) will be held in November 22-25, 2015 in Hangzhou, China.  Professors Liangzhen Lin, Chair of International Organizing Committee, and Limin Qiu, Chair of Local Organization Committee, wrote:

“We are pleased to invite you to participate in ACASC 2015. It has become a fruitful platform for scientists, engineers, and technologists from universities, industries, and institutions to present latest developments of practical superconductors and the technology based on superconductors and cryogenics mainly from the Asian countries. Note that participation is open to all countries in the world. You can find more information and register for the conference on the webpage:

www.doe.zju.edu.cn/ACASC2015

We are looking forward to meeting you in the coming fall in Hangzhou, China.”


 

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Slide Presentations at the 8th Braunschweig Superconductivity Seminar Accessible

July 22, 2015 (A309).  The 8th Braunschweig Superconductivity Seminar (see A297U) was held on June 16 and 17, 2015 (Tuesday and Wednesday).  The organizers put the slide presentations given at the seminar on its website https://elenia.rz.tu-bs.de/index.php?id=46. The page itself in German is only, but some of the slide presentations are in English. The presentations are listed at the bottom of the page, beginning with SLS Di 2 (five  presentations on Tuesday are marked “Di”, and seven of Wednesday: “Mi”).  The first given on Wednesday was an overview of the first year successful operation of the Ampacity cable in the center of the city of Essen, Germany.


 

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Early Online Registration of MT-24 Delayed

July 8, 2015 (A308).  Early online registration for the 24th International Conference on Magnet Technology (MT-24), initially to open on June 1st and presently scheduled for July 6th, is further delayed because the MT-24 credit card payment system is being replaced.  This is due to the recent change in Korean payment security regulations.  The opening of MT-24 early registration will be announced separately.


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Update on EUCAS 2015

June 18, 2015 (A307).  The 12th European Conference on Applied Superconductivity (EUCAS 2015) is to be held in Lyon, France, on September 6–10, 2015, see A292. The International Program Committee received over 1050 abstract submissions. The program is now complete and will go online shortly, watch for it at http://www.eucas2015.org. The deadline for submitting paper manuscripts for possible publication in a special issue of IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity is Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

The early registration deadline is now extended from June 25th to July 1, 2015.

For interested exhibitors there are still some exhibit booths available.  All detailed information is available at http://www.eucas2015.org.


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The APS Medal for Exceptional Achievement in Research

Call for Nominations

May 28, 2015 (A306).  The APS Medal for Exceptional Achievement in Research recognizes contributions of the highest level that advance our knowledge and understanding of the physical universe in all its facets. This is the first Societywide award that honors researchers across all fields of physics and APS is currently seeking nominations for the inaugural medal. The nomination deadline is August 1, 2015.

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The first medal will be awarded in 2016 and carries a prize of $50,000, a certificate citing the contribution made by the recipient, and an allowance for travel to the ceremony at which the medal will be presented.

Serving a diverse and inclusive community of physicists worldwide is a primary goal for APS. Nominations of qualified women and members of underrepresented minority groups are especially encouraged.


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EUCAS 2015 Student Financial Assistance

 

May 28, 2015 (A305).  The EUCAS 2015 Conference, in partnership with the IEEE Council on Superconductivity (IEEE CSC), provides financial assistance to eligible students, helping them to attend EUCAS 2015.  The assistance is to waive the registration fee, but not to cover travel expenses.

Any full-time MSc and PhD student who submitted an accepted abstract, and intends to participate in the conference, is eligible to apply for financial assistance. The application form to be filled online is accessible at the conference website: http://www.eucas2015.org/  under “Registration/Financial Support”.   Each application will be analyzed by the Selection Committee checking the applicant’s status. The recipients of the aid are required to be present during the entire conference.

The form submission deadline is June 15, 2015, together with the applicant’s CV, and a short letter of support from his supervisor. The applicant will be notified on the decision by e-mail.


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Annual Call for Updates and New Entries to the Europe Guide to Superconductivity-related Activities

 

May 22, 2015 (A304).  The IEEE CSC and ESAS Europe Guide to Superconductivity-related Activities http://europe.guide.ieeecsc.org/ announces the annual call for updates to entries presently included in the Guide, and for new entries still missing in the Guide listing.  To reach those involved in activities not presently included, we distribute this call also to our readers worldwide, asking those outside of Europe and Africa to simply disregard it1. Please submit updates and new entries by June 15, 2015, if at all possible. 

Please note that in early 2015 we implemented in the Guide our new partly automated software, which facilitates revisions and new submissions.  To report a change or revision to an existing Guide Entry, you should visit that Entry’s web page and click the link text “here” in the text at the bottom of the Entry - “Corrections or additions to this entry may be submitted by clicking here”.  This will send a notification to the Guide Editor, and store the form submission in the database.

New entries are submitted through the “Submit New Entry” button on the right side of the Guide homepage.  It leads to the submission form “Create Organization” to be filled and submitted for publication, after acceptance by the Editor.

We appreciate your help in making the Europe Guide fully representative and up-to-date.

Israel, Russia and Turkey, are included in this Guide even if geographically fully or partly located in Asia.


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*FINAL REMINDER* 2015 ESAS Award for Excellence in Applied Superconductivity - Call for Nominations

 

May 22, 2015 (A303). Nominations for the 2015 ESAS Award for Excellence in Applied Superconductivity are now being accepted. Submit your nomination by May 31, 2015.
For more information use the link below!

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Reminder: Deadline for Abstract Submission of PASREG 2015, Liège, Belgium

May 05, 2015 (A302U) Updated abstract submission deadline (Friday, May 8th) of the 9th International Workshop on Processing and Applications of Superconducting (RE)BCO Large Grain Materials (PASREG 2015)- Liege (Belgium) 2-4 September 2015.

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Dear Colleagues, 

We are pleased to extend the deadline for abstract submission at the PASREG 2015 conference by one week, i.e. Friday May 8, 2015. This new abstract deadline will be firm.

Conference topics include :

    1. Processing of bulk HTS (e.g. (RE)BCO, BiSCCO) and other bulk superconductors (MgB2, pnictides,etc.) 
    2. Characterization of bulk superconductors, including levitation properties 
    3. Magnetization and activation techniques 
    4. Optimization of critical currents, flux pinning, grain size, strength of materials, etc. 
    5. Bulk-type hybrid and composite materials 
    6. Applications of bulk superconducting materials 

Further details about the conference topics, venue and abstract submission process can be found at the conference website:

 http://www.aimontefiore.org/pasreg2015/

Note that for the 2015 edition, the PASREG proceedings will be published the Institute of Physics (IoP) Publishing, UK, in two forms: a volume of the open-access Journal of Physics: Conference Series and a ‘Special Issue’ of Superconductor Science and Technology (for invited papers and a selection of contributed papers made during the conference).

 We look forward to seeing you in Liege, Belgium

 On behalf of the organizing committee,

 Philippe Vanderbemden and Benoit Vanderheyden

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University of Liège
Department of Electrical Engineering and
Computer Science (Montefiore Institute) B28,
Sart-Tilman,
B-4000 Liège,
Belgium

 


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Videos of ASC 2014 Talks Are Accessible Online

 

April 29, 2015 (A301).  With most unfortunate delay, we announce that videos of plenary and some other ASC 2014 special presentations are now accessible in the CSC Video Library  http://ieeecsc.org/pages/csc-video-library.
The other presentations are those of:

  1. Special Session “SQUIDs 50th Anniversary”, and
  2. Special Session “10 Years Beyond 50th Anniversary of High Field Superconductivity”.

The Library includes also videos of talks given at the Gordon Donaldson Memorial Session on SQUID Magnetometry of the International Superconductor Electronics Conference 2013 (ISEC 2013), and those of the ASC 2012 Special Session “Josephson (Effect) 50th Anniversary”.

From now on, the CSC Video Library is accessible also in the SNF home page “Resources”.


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HEPTech:  Academia – Industry Matching Event on Cryogenics to be held on June 04 – 05, 2015 in Grenoble, France

 

April 24, 2015 (A300). Cryogenics has widely contributed to the recent major successes of High Energy Physics (HEP). And conversely, HEP has pushed cryogenic engineering developments to a high level of technical excellence. HEPTech, together with CNRS, CEA, the University of Grenoble, Lanef, ILL, CERN, the University of Twente, and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, is organizing an Academia Industry Matching Event on Cryogenics, in Grenoble at the CCI (“Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Grenoble”), scheduled for the 4th and 5th of June 2015.

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2015 ESAS Summer School Registration is Open

 

March 29, 2015 (A299). The 2015 ESAS Summer School on Materials and Applications on Superconductivity is now open for registration. This year the ESAS summer school is hosted by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and will take place between 20 - 24 July, 2015 at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

This summer school will provide basic lectures on superconducting physics and important phenomena, state-of-the-art material development, and a broad range of superconducting applications covering:

  • Fundamentals of superconductivity
  • LTS and HTS materials, HTS conductors
  • Applications: Electrical and power engineering, magnets, etc.
  • Superconducting electronics
  • Modelling and simulation

Visits to the superconducting laboratories at the Institute of Technical Physics will be included, with opportunities to interact with the professional staff and graduate students.

The summer school will be of interest for Students (Bachelor, Diploma, Master, PhD), for Post-Docs, for engineers and scientists, and for those who want to learn more about the fascination of superconductivity.

For further details and registration please visit the school website at http://school.esas.org.


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VORTEX IX to Be Held at Rhodes, Greece

March 27, 2015 (A298). As a satellite of EUCAS 2015, VORTEX IX: Vortex Matter in Nanostructured Superconductors will be organized at Rhodes, Greece from 12 – 17 September, 2015.

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8th Superconductivity Seminar in Braunschweig

April 20, 2015 (A297U).The program of the biannual 8th German Seminar on Superconductivity for power grid to be held on June 16 and 17, 2015, and traditionally called the "Braunschweiger Supraleiterseminar", is now available here. The website of the event containing all the information is https://elenia.rz.tu-bs.de/index.php?id=46 (in German only). Additional information can be obtained from Mr. Nicholas Hill, n.hill@tu-braunschweig.de.

This meeting is usually characterized by a vivid and frank exchange of opinions between the power utilities and proponents of the HTS superconducting components for the power grid.  Presentations and comments in both German and English are possible.

Free-of-charge registration is possible by e-mail at supraleiterseminar-elenia@tu.braunschweig.de. The registration deadline is May 29, 2015. Please provide: (1) Your title (Ms/Mr/Dr./Prof.), (2) Name (Adam Sample), (3) Affiliation (Dept. Y, Organization Z).


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*REMINDER* 2015 ESAS Award for Excellence in Applied Superconductivity - Call for Nominations

March 24, 2015 (A296). Nominations for the 2015 ESAS Award for Excellence in Applied Superconductivity are now being accepted. Submit your nomination by May 31, 2015.

For more information use the link below!

Nomination Information


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SNF Launches New IEEE Council on Superconductivity (CSC) Service: The Continental Guides to Superconductivity-Related Activities

March 17, 2015 (A295).  SNF is pleased to announce the launch of a new IEEE Council on Superconductivity (CSC) service: the Continental Guides to Superconductivity-Related Activities.  Continental Guides are modeled after the successful Guide to European Superconductivity-Related Activities , a joint project of the CSC and the European Society for Applied Superconductivity (ESAS), launched already in 2007.  At present, the Continental Guides are separate for each continent or geographic area.  Eventually, they might be integrated into one global database.

The new Guides, together with the existing Europe and Africa Guide, should become a global, searchable database of organizations participating in superconductivity-related activities.  Research, development, design, manufacturing, characterization and applications are to be included.  This database is intended to stimulate interaction and cooperation between active groups and institutions, both in Europe and worldwide. It can also become useful for assessment and funding purposes, for example, by government and other agencies. 

All new Guides hereby announce their call for new entries and ask for broad participation from university research groups, national and other laboratories or institutes, and private companies.  Please click on “continental guides”, choose the appropriate continent, and on the home page click “Submit New Entry” to obtain the form to be filled and submitted online.  The Europe and Africa Guide will separately announce a call for updates to the existing European database.


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MT24 2nd Call for Abstracts

February 27, 2015 (A294). We received the 2nd MT24 Call for Abstracts in the form of the following message from the Chairs of MT24:

"We are pleased to invite you to submit your abstract(s) to the 24th International Conference on Magnet Technology (MT 24) to be held at COEX, Seoul, Korea, on October 18-23, 2015. The MT conference is a major international forum for scientists and engineers to present and discuss the latest research results, ideas, and developments in all areas of magnet technology and their applications. Individuals involved in magnet science and technology are strongly encouraged to submit their contributions and attend the conference. Papers accepted after peer review will be published in the special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity."

For more information use the link below!


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*FINAL REMINDER* IEEE CSC Call for Awards Nominations

February 23, 2015 (A293). Nominations for the IEEE CSC Awards in Applied Superconductivity are now being accepted. Submit your nomination by February 28, 2015.

For more information use the link below!
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EUCAS 2015 Call for Abstracts

February 20, 2015 (A292).  We received the EUCAS 2015 Call for Abstracts in the form of the following message from the Chairs of EUCAS 2015:
 
Dear Colleagues,
 
We are very pleased to invite you to submit your abstract(s) to the 12th European Conference on Applied Superconductivity (EUCAS 2015) to be held in Lyon, France, on September 6–10, 2015.
 
Abstract submission is now open up to March 27, 2015.
Please go to http://www.eucas2015.org and then to “submission” tab on the left.
 
Three special sessions will be organized with keynotes and round tables:
-           “Industry-utility” session
-           “Superconducting computer” session
-           “Modelling for applications” session
 
We remind you that for the first time papers accepted after peer review will be published in a special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity in 2016. Your contribution will be then published in one of the reference peer-reviewed journal in our community.
 
If you are a company or a research institute do not miss the exhibition and the sponsorship.
 
Do not hesitate to transfer this announcement to your colleagues.
 
We are waiting for your contributions and are looking forward to meeting you in Lyon!
 
Yours sincerely,
 
Pascal Tixador, EUCAS 2015 Conference Chairman 
Jean-Louis Soubeyroux, EUCAS 2015 Scientific Program Committee Chairman
 

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MT-24: 24th International Conference on Magnet Technology, 2015

February 10, 2015 (A291). The 24th International Conference on Magnet Technology will be held in Seoul, Korea from October 18 – 23, 2015. Important information can be found here

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German Physical Society Spring Meeting „Berlin 15“

 

February 3, 2015 (A290).  The German Physical Society (DPG) Spring Meeting on Condensed Matter Physics (“Berlin 15”) will be held in Berlin, Germany, from 15th to 20th of March, 2015.  Sessions on superconductivity-related topics are essentially within the program on Low-temperature Physics (in German “Fachverband für Tiefe Temperaturen”, acronym TT) http://www.dpg-verhandlungen.de/year/2015/conference/berlin/part/tt (inclusive abstracts).  General information on “Berlin 15” is available at http://berlin15.dpg-tagungen.de/programm/index.html

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APS March Meeting 2015

February 3, 2015 (A289).  The American Physical Society (APS) March Meeting will be held in San Antonio, TX, USA, from March 2nd to 6th, 2015.  The program contains very numerous oral sessions on both fundamental and applied superconductivity.  All the meeting information is available at http://www.aps.org/meetings/march/index.cfm.  The scientific program (with abstracts) epitome is accessible at http://meeting.aps.org/Meeting/MAR15/APS_epitome and the session index at http://meeting.aps.org/Meeting/MAR15/sessionindex2

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CEC/ICMC 2015: Extended Deadline for Abstract Submission

January 25, 2015 (A288). The Cryogenic Engineering Conference – International Cryogenic Materials Conference, CEC/ICMC 2015, Tucson, USA, June 28 – July 02, 2015 has extended the deadline for abstract submission to February 04, 2015.

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M2S2015 Conference: Registration and Extended Deadline for Abstract Submission

January 22, 2015 (A287). The 11th International Conference on Materials & Mechanisms of Superconductivity, M2S2015, CICG Geneva, Switzerland, August 23 – 28, 2015 has extended the deadline for abstract submission to February 15, 2015.

M2S2015 Conference: Extended Deadline for Abstract Submission

The Organizing Committee acknowledges the numerous contributions already submitted. To compensate for the holiday break and also to give additional opportunity to scientists who wish to present exciting data or novel concepts, the deadline for abstract submission has been extended to February 15th, 2015 for oral presentations. We are looking forward to your exciting contribution and to meet you in Geneva at M2S2015!

Abstracts for poster presentation can be submitted until June 30th, 2015.

Follow this link to register and/or submit your abstract(s).

The M2S2015 conference is the 11th conference in the successful series of tri-annual conferences on materials and mechanisms of superconductivity. The first one took place in 1988 in Interlaken in the wake of the discovery of high superconductivity by the Swiss Nobel Prize winners Georges Bednorz and Karl Alex Müller.

The meeting has since then taken place in Palo Alto, Kanazawa, Grenoble, Beijing, Houston, Rio de Janeiro, Dresden, Tokyo, Washington and will now return to Switzerland: namely to Geneva from 23-28 August 2015.

For sponsoring and exhibition opportunitiesfollow this link.

We look forward to welcoming you in Geneva!

M2S2015 Organizing Committee

M2S2015 Conference
c/o Symporg SA
Rue Rousseau 30
1201 Genève

Tel: +41 22 839 84 84
Direct: +41 22 839 84 92
Fax:     +41 22 839 84 85

internet: www.m2s-2015.ch
Mail: m2s2015@symporg.ch

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M2S2015 Important Dates

15.02.2015: Abstract submission deadline
30.06.2015: Notifications of acceptance
31.05.2015: Early-bird deadline
23-28.08.2015: M2S2015 Conference


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PASREG 2015 to Be Held in Liège, Belgium

January 21, 2015 (A286). The 9th International Workshop on Processing and Applications of Superconducting (RE)BCO Large Grain Materials (PASREG 2015) will be held in Liège, Belgium,  from the 2nd to the 4th of September, 2015.  It will be a satellite of the EUCAS 2015 conference being held in Lyon (France) from the 6th to the 10th of September, 2015.  PASREG 2015 will be co-chaired by Philippe Vanderbemden, Benoit Vanderheyden, Herbert Freyhardt, and David Cardwell.

All the details about the conference topics, venue, and abstract submission can be found at the conference website: http://www.aimontefiore.org/pasreg2015/.  Note that the deadline for abstract submission is May 1, 2015.

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IEEE CSC Call for Awards Nominations

January 20, 2015 (A285). Nominations for the IEEE CSC Awards in Applied Superconductivity are now being accepted. Submit your nomination by February 28, 2015.

For more information use the link below!

 

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CEC/ICMC Abstract Submission Reminder
 
January 05, 2015 (A284). The CEC/ICMC is a major international forum for scientists and engineers to present and discuss the latest research results, ideas, and developments in all areas of cryogenic engineering and cryogenic materials. You are invited to submit your abstract(s) to the 20th joint Cryogenic Engineering Conference and International Cryogenic Materials Conference CEC/ICMC 2015, to be held at Tucson, Arizona, from June 28 - July 2, 2015.
 
Abstract Submission Deadline: January 21, 2015
For more information use the link below!
 
 

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New SNF Associate Editor, Materials and Large Scale Applications in New Zealand
 
January 5, 2015 (A283).  Effective immediately, the SNF Associate Editor, Materials and Large Scale Applications of Superconductivity in New Zealand, is Dr. Stuart Wimbush of Robinson Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (NZ).  In Materials coverage, Dr. Wimbush is joining Prof. Alexey Pan (University of Wollongong, Australia), who has been covering Materials activities also in NZ.  We warmly welcome our new Associate Editor.
 
We also announce an updated and simplified version of SNF “Guidelines for Authors” containing access to paper and paper highlight writing templates in both LaTex and WORD formats.

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MT 24 Call for Abstracts

December 29, 2014 (A282).  The 24th International Conference on Magnet Technology (MT24) will be held at COEX, Seoul, Korea from on October 18 to23, 2015.  The Chairs of MT24 wish to announce the following call for abstracts/papers:

MT 24 Call for Abstracts

Dear Colleagues,
 
We are pleased to invite you to submit your abstract(s) to the MT24 Conference.  The MT conference is a major international forum for scientists and engineers for presenting and discussing the latest research results, ideas, and developments in all areas of superconducting magnet technology and their applications.
 
Individuals involved in magnet science and technology are strongly encouraged to submit their contributions and attend the conference. Abstract submission will be open from January 5 to March 5, 2015. Please go to http://www.mt24.org and click on the Abstract Submission link.
 
Papers accepted after peer review will be published in the special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity. A Scientific and Industrial Exhibition will be held in line with the Conference. Companies and research institutes will display their activities and latest developments 
 
The Website (http://www.mt24.org) is the source of all conference-related information and will be updated frequently. If you have any questions, please e-mail us at mt@mt24.org.
 
Please circulate this announcement among your colleagues. We look forward to receiving your abstract(s) and hope to see you in Seoul!
 
Sincerely,
 
Gueesoo Cha, MT 24 Conference Chairman
Haigun Lee, MT 24 Scientific Program Committee Chairman 

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International Workshop on Cooling Systems for HTS Applications

December 29, 2014 (A281).  The Cryogenics and Superconductivity Society of Japan (SCSJ) announces the International Workshop on Cooling Systems for HTS applications (IWC-HTS) to be held on October 14 to 16, 2015 in Matsue, Japan.  The Workshop chairperson is Yasuharu Kamioka.

The purpose of IWC-HTS is effective exchange on up-to-date technologies assuring optimal and ultimate combination of HTS applications and cooling systems.  The methods of cooling HTS applications and state-of-the-art status of the cryocoolers will be also covered by this workshop. SCSJ looks forward to welcoming you to Matsue. All of the information for this event can be found on its website: http://www.asl.kuee.kyoto-u.ac.jp/index(IWC-HTS).html.  The PDF flyer is available here.  
This announcement serves as the call for papers.

The important deadlines are:
  • Abstract submission opens:
                           
                      The end of January 2015

  • Abstract submission deadline:

                       June 15, 2015

  • Conference and Exhibit registration opens:

                       May 15, 2015

  • Hotel reservation opens:

                       May 15, 2015

  • Early registration fee deadline:

                                 June 30, 2015

  • Hotel reservation deadline: 

                       September 20, 2015


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2015 Joint UK-Japan Workshop on Physics and Applications of Superconductivity

December 22, 2014 (A280).  The UK Institute of Physics (IOP) Superconductivity Group organizes the 2015 Joint UK-Japan Workshop on Physics and Applications of Superconductivity to be held at King's College in Cambridge, UK, from April 12 to 15, 2015.  This Workshop aims to bring together a critical mass of world-leading researchers of the physics and applications of superconductivity from the UK and Japan to encourage exchange of ideas and scientific discussions and to provide a platform for formal and informal international collaborations between researchers.  Information on this event can be found on its website: http://jwpas2015.iopconfs.org/256835.  The important deadlines are:

  • Abstract submission deadline:

9 January 2015

  • Early registration deadline:

13 March 2015

  • Registration deadline:

3 April 2015.


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Roadmap for Electric Power Systems: Questionnaire Deadline is December 15, 2014

 

December 2, 2014 (A279U).  The International Energy Agency’s Implementing Agreement on High Temperature Superconductivity (IEA IA-HTS) is developing a roadmap for electric power systems.   The first step in this activity is to collect relevant data from involved experts willing to fill the IEA-HTS Questionnaire.  The official deadline has been November 28, but thus far responses from some regions, for example the EU region, do not correlate well with the strength of HTS activities in these regions.  This announcement is to encourage the experts who did not yet provide any input to do it promptly, within the deadline now extended to December 15, 2014.  Respondents will receive a summary of the results.  The filled Questionnaire should be submitted by the new deadline to:

Brian Marchionini, PMP
Program Director
Energetics Incorporated
901 D St SW
Washington, DC 20024
202.406.4109
 
E-mail submissions are acceptable.
 
The data collected from this questionnaire will be used as input for a HTS Roadmap Document for 2015-2030. The HTS Roadmap Document will help to:
  • describe the current state of the art and where the industry and other stakeholders are heading in the future;
  • identify what the challenges and needs are for integrating superconducting based devices into electric grids across the world;
  • inform decision makers about benefits of HTS investments; and
  • ensure that HTS applications are part of both IEA and country energy strategy/initiatives to help modernize the energy sector.
We encourage experts working in relevant topical areas of applied superconductivity: materials, conductors, devices, electric power grid components and systems to fill and submit the IEA-HTS Questionnaire before or by the extended deadline.  Information collected will remain anonymous.

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Program with Abstracts of the International Workshop on Coated Conductors for Applications (CCA2014)

November 20, 2014 (A278). The International Workshop on Coated Conductors for Applications 2014 (CCA 2014) will be held on November 30 – December 03, 2014 at the Jeju Grand Hotel, Korea. 

The CCA 2014 is intending to provide a venue for discussions on potential applications of superconducting coated conductors (CCs). All the information on CCA 2014 is available on the Workshop’s webpage: http://www.cca2014.org. The full program with linked abstracts can be found here.

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2015 IEEE CSC Graduate Study Fellowship
November 18, 2014 (A277).  The IEEE Council on Superconductivity (CSC) distributed today the following announcement:
 
**Applications for the 2015 IEEE CSC Graduate Study Fellowship in Applied Superconductivity are now being accepted. Submit your application by January 15, 2015.**
 
Visit http://ieeecsc.org/awards/ieee-csc-fellowship-award for the application, further information and the list of past fellowship recipients.
 
Prize Items: Each IEEE CSC Graduate Study Fellowship in Applied Superconductivity will consist of an honorarium of US$ 5,000 and a suitably inscribed certificate.   
 
Description: The fellowship is awarded annually to a full-time graduate student pursuing a PhD (or equivalent) degree in the area of applied superconductivity, at an accredited college or university of recognized standing worldwide. The intention of the award is to encourage students to enter and contribute to the field of applied superconductivity.
 
Frequency: Annually, provided suitably qualified candidates are identified.
 
Funds:  IEEE Council on Superconductivity will provide the funding for these awards:
Each Award will have an associated honorarium of US $5,000. 
Funds for this award will be provided by the IEEE Council on Superconductivity.
The maximum number of awards in a given year will be determined by the number of highly qualified candidates and the total Fellowship budget provided by the Council on Superconductivity for that year.
The IEEE Council on Superconductivity’s budget will remain net positive with the inclusion of funding for these fellowships.
 
Administration: This award will be administered by the IEEE Council on Superconductivity.
 
Eligibility: To be eligible, the recipient must be pursuing full-time graduate work at an accredited college/university and pursuing or planning to pursue research activities in applied superconductivity.  The applicant must have majored in engineering, materials, chemistry, physics or a related area and have received a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent from an accredited college of recognized standing worldwide. Applicants are required to submit certified transcripts from all colleges/universities attended and three letters of recommendation from college/university professors familiar with the applicant's work.  Award recipients will be selected based upon the quality of their prior work, the impact of their current research or the impact of their potential research in superconductivity, and their financial need. We expect to distribute the Awards equally across the electronics, materials and large-scale areas of superconductivity.  In addition, the awards will be distributed across a diverse range of universities or colleges in terms of applications and geographical location.  The CSC Graduate Fellowship in Applied Superconductivity can be awarded to an individual no more than two times. The Eligibility and Selection process shall comply with procedures and regulation established in IEEE and Council governing documents, particularly with IEEE Policy 4.4 on Awards Limitations. 
 
Award Committee: The Graduate Fellowship Award Committee will consist of a Chair, appointed by the President of the Council on Superconductivity, and 7 members selected by the Chair, with the approval of the CSC President. The President of the IEEE Council on Superconductivity will be an ex-officio non-voting member. The President may appoint additional non-voting ex-officio members. The voting members should have diverse backgrounds and be distributed both geographically and among the 3 categories: electronics, materials and large-scale superconductivity.
 
Schedule: Applications must be received no later than January 15th of the year for which the Award may be granted. The committee will review the proposals and make a decision by April. The successful applicants will be informed of the award at least 8 weeks prior to the event at which the award is to be presented so that they can attend and be recognized.  It is not required that awardees attend the award event to receive the award.
 
Selection/Basis for Judging: Award recipients will be selected based upon, in rank order:  the quality of their prior work, the impact of their current research, impact of their potential research in superconductivity and their financial need. If a conflict of interest for any voting member or ex-officio member is identified with respect to an application for award, such as an application from a student with institutional or familial ties to the member, the member shall excuse themselves from the selection process for the application.
 
Presentation: Awards may be announced at the Applied Superconductivity Conference, at the Magnet Technology conference, or at other events designated by the President of the IEEE Council on Superconductivity.
 
If you have any questions, please contact the IEEE Council on Superconductivity Administrator, Jennifir McGillis at jmcgillis@conferencecatalysts.com.
 
Thank you and best regards,
 
Nate Newman
2015 Graduate Fellowship Award Committee Chair
IEEE Council on Superconductivity

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November 10, 2014 (A276). The European Society for Applied Superconductivity (ESAS) seeks nominations for the ESAS AWARD 2015, which will be awarded at the European Conference on Applied Superconductivity (EUCAS) 2015 in Lyon.

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Reminder: The International Workshop on Coated Conductors for Applications  to Start on November 30, 2014
 
October 31, 2014 (A275). The International Workshop on Coated Conductors for Applications 2014 (CCA 2014) will start in less than four weeks, on November 30, 2014.  It will take place at the Jeju Grand Hotel, Korea.  Jeju is a sub-tropical volcanic island selected by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve and geological park. 
 
The CCA 2014 is intending to provide a venue for discussions on potential applications of superconducting coated conductors (CCs).  All the information on CCA 2014 is available on the Workshop’s webpage: http://www.cca2014.org.  The full program should be available soon.

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Program of the IWSSD 2014 Announced
 
October 29, 2014 (A274U).  We obtained the program and abstracts of the 2nd International Workshop on Superconducting Sensors and Detectors (IWSSD) to be held in Shanghai, China November 5 to 8, 2014, before these will be accessible on that meeting’s website http://iwssd2014.csp.escience.cn/dct/page/65540. It features a number of prominent speakers from other countries and continents. The Proceedings will be published in Chinese Physics B.

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M2S 2015 Conference, Geneva
 
September 18, 2014 (A273). The 11th International Conference on Materials & Mechanisms of Superconductivity, M2S 2015, CICG Geneva, Switzerland, August 23 – 28, 2015 is now open for registration and abstract submission. Read more.

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Prepublication of ASC 2014 Manuscripts and Slide Presentations in SNF
 
August 11, 2014 (A272).  The IEEE CSC and ESAS Superconductivity News Forum (SNF) http://snf.ieeecsc.org/ invites each plenary and invited speaker at the ASC 2014 to pre-publish her/his manuscript of plenary talk or publish the plenary slide presentation in SNF, if no manuscript was prepared.   The submission deadline for inclusion in the October 2014 Issue of SNF is August 30, 2014. Later submissions (by November 15th, 2014) should appear in the January 2015 SNF Issue.   All submissions should be made electronically at superconductivityforum@ieee.org.
 
Each manuscript submitted to SNF will be reviewed by SNF Reviewers and Editors, independent of the ASC peer review.  Per IEEE Copyright we can only publish preprints of manuscript as submitted.  Consequently, only manuscripts not requiring any revision will be pre-published.  The manuscript must be identical with that submitted to ASC for possible publication in IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity (TAS) and should b either in the WORD or PDF format.  After the hardcopy publication in TAS, each preprint will be linked to the IEEE XPLORE final online version.
 
Note: Each plenary presentation will be video recorded on behalf of IEEE CSC and eventually will become accessible online at the IEEE CSC and SNF websites, but it might take some time before this happens.  Submitting to SNF a slide presentation, annotated to make it comprehensible to readers not present in the audience, guarantees the fastest wide dissemination of the presented material.   The PPT format provides the convenient option of annotating1.  Submission in the PPT format is preferable, but the PDF format is also acceptable. Annotations will be reviewed by SNF, but the slide topical content will not.
 
Furthermore, SNF invites authors of contributed ASC 2014 papers to the contest for best contributed papers in all ASC program categories.   They can compete for a very limited number of slots reserved for outstanding contributed papers.  The choice of contributions will be made by the SNF panel of reviewers and Editors.   Only preprints of manuscripts submitted to SNF which will be rated “excellent” or “very good” without requiring any revision will be pre-published in the January 2015 Issue.   The manuscript must be identical with that submitted to ASC for possible publication in TAS and should be either in the WORD or PDF format.  After the hardcopy publication in TAS, each preprint will be linked to the IEEE XPLORE final online version.  Submit to  superconductivityforum@ieee.org and indicate the presentation/program ID (this is mandatory).
 
Finally, all winners of the ASC2014 best student paper contest have the option to submit their manuscript to SNF for nearly immediate prepublication in SNF October Issue Preview without any topical SNF review, provided the manuscript doesn’t require any revision, even only formal such as typos, etc.  Submit to superconductivityforum@ieee.org and indicate the presentation/program ID (this is mandatory).
 
1To get an idea of what type of additional information is desirable and how the annotation is to be found in a published presentation, please look on an example of annotated presentation we published recently, for example, in the current SNF Issue No. 29 open  the plenary ICEC25-ICMC2014 presentation CRP44: http://snf.ieeecsc.org/sites/ieeecsc.org/files/documents/snf/abstracts/
CRP44_Duband_L_Space_Cryocooler_Developments__072914v3.pdf. The annotation of the third and following slides can be read when hovering the mouse arrow over the small pink/yellow square icon located near the upper left corner of a slide. Such icons can be found in all published annotated SNF presentations.

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German "KRYO" 2014 Workshop to be held in Berlin-Köpenick

July 16, 2013 (A271).  We announce belatedly that the annual German cryogenic workshop “KRYO” will be held this year at Berlin-Köpenick, Germany, from September 6th to 8th, 2013.  It is being organized under aegis of PTB (Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, the German National Metrology Institute).  The Workshop will be chaired by Dr. Thomas Schurig.

The program will include contributions in the following categories:
  • Superconducting devices/components and their characterization
     
  • New Josephson junctions and hybrid devices
     
  • SQUIDs, SQUIFs, Josephson networks/arrays
     
  • ​Voltage standards, SET, RSFQ
     
  • Macroscopic quantum coherence, qubits
     
  • Microwave components & properties
     
  • Integrated superconducting circuits
     
  • Cryogenic detectors
     
  • Cooling systems
Sunday afternoon tutorials (in English) will be:
  • Tutorial 1: Novel biomedical diagnostic techniques using SQUIDs ( SQUID basics, Low-field NMR, Nanoparticles)
     
  • Tutorial 2: Thermometry at low temperature (Low Temperature Scales, Practical Noise Thermometry) 
Traditionally, the presentations can be made either in German or in English (in 2013 most presentations were in English).  In the recent past the Workshop used to be attended also by participants from other European countries.  Foreign attendees are always welcome.

The homepage of the Workshop (in German only) is http://www.ptb.de/cms/fachabteilungen/abt7/kryo2014.html.  It contains all the
details, including the online registration form. The registration and fee payment deadline is August 1, 2014.  Fees to be paid by bank money transfer, please see http://www.ptb.de/cms/fileadmin/internet/fachabteilungen/abteilung
_7/veranstaltungen/KRYO_2014/Kryo_2014.pdf
.  

Hotel reservation (directly at the hotel): http://www.hotel-mueggelsee-berlin.de/, please
use the reference code „KRYO 2014 (preferred room rates: 79 EUR single, 89 EUR double occupancy).  The deadline for reservation is August 10, 2014.  After that date the rooms will
no longer be blocked for KRYO 2014 participants.

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1st Workshop on Superconductive Circuit Modelling and Layout Extraction
 
July 5, 2014 (A270).  The 1st Workshop on Superconductive Circuit Modelling and Layout Extraction will be hosted in Stellenbosch, South Africa, from September 1 to September 2, 2014.
 
Stellenbosch is a beautiful university town only 50 km from Cape Town, and is nestled between towering mountains and rolling hills. It is also the centre of wine production in South Africa, and a popular tourist destination.
 
The workshop schedule and flyer is accessible at:
 
Some of the topics covered during the workshop are:
Magnetic field calculations
Design challenges posed by bias currents in large-scale SFQ circuits
Magnetic field-tolerant SFQ circuits
Parameter extraction software development
Circuit modelling and parameter extraction with InductEx
HDL modelling of SFQ circuits
Grounding in multilayer processes
 
The workshop is an activity of the South Africa / Japan Joint Science and Technology Research Collaboration.  Information on the past SFQ VLSI Workshop in Japan can be found at http://mogami.ee.uec.ac.jp/SSV2013/index.html

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New SNF Co-editor, Large Scale Applications
 
July 2, 2014 (A269).  Effective immediately, the SNF Co-editor, Large Scale Applications of Superconductivity, is Dr. Kenichi Sato, presently Consultant to Sumitomo Electric.  We warmly welcome our new Co-editor and express our sincere thanks for dedicated service to Professor Liye Xiao, Director, Institute of Electrical Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IEE-CAS).  Professor Xiao expressed the wish to step down, because of excessive work load at IEE-CAS.  However, he agreed to assume the duties of an SNF Associate Editor, Large Scale Applications in China.  We welcome him in his new role.

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Awards and Fellowships to be presented at ASC 2014

June 30, 2014 (A268).  During the 2014 Applied Superconductivity Conference, a number of awards and prizes will be presented to outstanding engineers, scientists, and managers who have made significant contributions to the success of the field of applied superconductivity. 
 
The announcement of the recipients of these awards and prizes will be made during the Opening Session on Monday morning, 11 August 2014.   In addition, poster boards will be located in the conference venue to share the announcement of these awards and prizes with the applied superconductivity community.
 
The Awards, Prizes and Fellowships that will be presented during the 2014 Applied Superconductivity Conference include:
 
The IEEE Award for Continuing and Significant Contributions to the Field of Applied Superconductivity
Arnaud Devred   (ITER)
Catherine P Foley  (CSIRO, Australia)
Bruce Gamble (ASMC)
Kent D. Irwin (Stanford University)
Evangelos Trifon Laskaris (GE Global Research Center)
Justin Schwartz (North Carolina State University)
 
The IEEE Council on Superconductivity Dr. James Wong Award for Continuing and Significant Contributions to Applied Superconductor Materials Research  (New)
Peter J. Lee (Florida State University)
Venkat Selvamanickam (University of Houston)
 
The IEEE Council on Superconductivity Max Swerdlow Award for Sustained Service to the Applied Superconductivity Community
Paul C. W. Chu  (University of Houston)
Harold Weinstock   (Air Force Office of Scientific Research)
 
The IEEE Council on Superconductivity Carl H. Rosner Entrepreneurship Award
Christopher M. Rey (Energy-2-Power Solutions)
 
 The IEEE Council on Superconductivity van Duzer Prize
           
2012 VAN DUZER PRIZE PAPER (Tie)
 
Correlation Between In-Plane Grain Orientation and
the Reversible Strain Effect on Flux Pinning in
RE-Ba2Cu3O7−δ Coated Conductors
                                           
                                                that appeared in:
 
IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON APPLIED SUPERCONDUCTIVITY,
VOL. 22, NO. 1, FEBRUARY 2012, PAPER 8400707
                                       
                                         and was co-authored by:
D. C. van der Laan 
Advanced Conductor Technologies LLC, Boulder, CO, USA
and
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA
J. F. Douglas
Advanced Conductor Technologies LLC, Boulder, CO, USA
L. F. Goodrich
National Institute of Standards and Technology, Boulder, CO, USA
R. Semerad 
ceraco ceramic coating GmbH, Ismaning, Germany
M. Bauer
THEVA Dünnschichttechnik GmbH, Ismaning, Germany
 
          2012 VAN DUZER PRIZE (Tie)
 
A Hierarchical Three-Dimensional Multiscale
Electro–Magneto–Thermal Model of Quenching in
REBa2Cu3O7−δ Coated-Conductor-Based Coils
 
                                               that appeared in:
 
IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON APPLIED SUPERCONDUCTIVITY,
VOL. 22, NO. 5, OCTOBER 2012, Paper 4706010
 
                                         and was co-authored by:
Wan Kan Chan 
Justin Schwartz
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA
 
             2013  VAN DUZER PRIZE
 
Enhanced Quench Propagation in Bi2Sr2CaCu2Ox and YBa2Cu3O 7−x Coils
via a Nanoscale Doped-Titania-Based Thermally Conducting Electrical
Insulator
                 
                                                  that appeared in:
 
IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON APPLIED SUPERCONDUCTIVITY,
VOL. 23, NO. 5, OCTOBER 2013, Paper 7201311
 
                                          and was co-authored by:
Sasha Ishmael
Frank Hunte
X. T. Liu
Haojun Luo
John F. Muth
Golsa Naderi
Justin Schwartz
Liyang Ye
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC  USA
 
and
 
Andrew T. Hunt
Natalia Mandzy
Marvis White, 
nGimat, Lexington, KY  USA
 
IEEE Council on Superconductivity Graduate Study Fellowships in Applied Superconductivity
To be announced
 
Applied Superconductivity Conference Best Student Paper Contest
To be announced
 
Cryogenic Society of America Roger W. Boom Award

Danko van der Laan 
      Advanced Conductor Technologies LLC, Boulder, Colorado  USA

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Latest Update from the 19th International Conference on Biomagnetism 
 
June 20, 2014 (A267).  The latest update from the Chairs of the 19th International Conference on Biomagnetism (Biomag 2014) to be held at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, August 24-28, 2014:
 
Accommodations: 
The Delta Halifax is the official conference hotel for Biomag 2014 and we have negotiated special room rates for conference delegates. For details on the Delta Halifax, including how to reserve your room, please click here. Please remember to book your accommodations early as Halifax is typically busy with tourists in the summer months. 
 
When booking your travel, make sure that you arrive in Halifax in time to participate in some of the satellite sessions taking place in the days leading up to and after the conference. For information on the satellite sessions please click here.
 
For further information on travel to and around Halifax please visit the Biomag website here
 
Other Accommodation Options:
Halifax is home to a number of hostels in the downtown core or if you are a looking for shared accommodations we have created a discussion board on the website here for you to use to find others looking to share a room.
 
Awards and Competitions:
The Biomag 2014 awards program supports and recognizes research excellence in the field of biomagnetism. Awards prizes will be presented at the awards ceremonies at the Biomag 2014 Gala Dinner being held on Wednesday, August 27th at Pier 21.
 
Award submission deadlines are as follows:
 
            Mid-Career Award (MCA) - July 1, 2014
 
            Best PhD Poster Awards (PPA) - July 1, 2014
 
            Young Investigator Awards (YIA) - July 1, 2014
For complete details on all of the various awards please visit the website.
 
Deadlines for the Data Analysis Competition are as follows: 
 
            Challenge 1: Brain Decoding - July 27, 2014
 
            Challenge 2: Causality Challenge - July 1, 2014
For complete details about this competition and their prizes please click here.
 
For full conference information please visit the Biomag 2014 website at www.biomag2014.org.  
 
Don’t forget to follow us on twitter for conference news and updates @Biomag2014.
To register for the conference please visit http://www.biomag2014.org/registration.shtml.
 
We look forward to seeing you in Halifax in August!
Your Conference Chairs: Ryan D'Arcy, Margot Taylor, Steven Beyea

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Summer Institute in Neurotechnology Innovation, Commercialization, and Entrepreneurship
 
June 14, 2014 (A266).  The Biomag 2014 organizing committee and the RADIANT CREATE program in neurotechnology innovation and commercialization are pleased to announce the third annual Summer Institute in Neurotechnology Innovation, Commercialization, and Entrepreneurship (NICE) — to be held August 11-22 at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada — the two weeks immediately before the Biomag conference.
 
NICE is aimed at providing students and postdoctoral fellows in areas such as cognitive neuroscience, computer science, and engineering with a grounding in innovation, design thinking, and technology commercialization. Offered in a 2-week "boot camp" format, students will form teams to develop an innovative solution to a real-world problem, and a business model around the innovation. The curriculum of NICE is grounded in "Starting Lean" methods, and will train students not just in the processes of commercialization, but in opportunity identification and how to build and test a business model. Faculty are drawn from across Canada and the United States, and include innovators from successful startup companies, entrepreneurship trainers, consultants to Fortune 500 companies, and venture capitalists. 
 
All successful applicants are awarded a fellowship to cover the costs of attending the Summer Institute, including tuition and lodging (excluding travel costs, meals, and incidentals). Students earn Dalhousie University credit which may be transferrable to their home university.
 
To find out more and to apply, please visit http://tinyurl.com/radiantsummer Applications will be evaluated beginning June 15, 2014. 
 
NICE and the RADIANT CREATE training program are funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Dalhousie University's Brain Repair Centre.
 
SNF Note: Neurotechnology significantly involves the SQUID sensor and readout technology, specifically in magnetoencephalography (MEG) multichannel SQUID systems. 

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Extension of Early Registration Deadline for LT 27 to July 01, 2014
 
June 03, 2014 (A265). The organizers of LT 27, the 27th International Conference on Low Temperature Physics at Buenos Aires (August 06 – 13, 2014), are promoting a broader participation by extending the early registration deadline to July 01, 2014 to partially mitigate the expenditures for the conference. Details are found here.

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New SNF Website to be Launched
 
May 28, 2014 (A264).  Over the period of about a year, the IEEE Council on Superconductivity (CSC) sponsored the development of new websites for CSC, SNF (Superconductivity News Forum) and the Europe Guide. Each of these new websites differs from its equivalent presently online both in improved software structure and in more attractive visual appearance and functionality, although respective contents at the juncture of launch should be identical. 
 
We are pleased to announce that the SNF new website will be launched on May 30, 2014.  Its new URL (website address) will be snf.ieeecsc.org.   After the launch the present website http://www.ewh.ieee.org/tc/csc/global/ will remain accessible online for some time (probably till the end of 2014), but it won’t be actualized any longer.  It will just serve as SNF archive covering the period from the Forum inception in 2007 until the date of the new website’s launch.  A link from the present website to the new one will be provided.  Further improvements in functionality and convenience of use of the new site will be gradually added in the relatively near future. 
 
We appeal to all SNF readers to signal to us (superconductivityforum@ieee.org) any difficulties encountered in using the new site, any lack of intended functionality and defects of any kind.  Although major effort was invested in testing, proofing and correcting these new CSC and ESAS websites over several months, errors and omissions are possible and probable, as in all new products launched.  Please help us to make the new SNF website steadily better and more useful!
 
For the time being, the present website of Europe Guide will not be replaced.  That should occur at a later time, also in conjunction with the already initiated preparation of two more Guides: the Americas Guide (North and South America) and the Asia Guide.  Each of these new websites will be announced separately.

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Richard L. Greene Dissertation Award in Experimental Condensed Matter or Materials Physics
 
May 22, 2014 (A263).  The American Physical Society accepts now nominations for the first Richard L. Greene Dissertation Award. This award, established by a generous gift from Richard L. Greene at the University of Maryland, will recognize an outstanding PhD thesis in experimental condensed matter or materials physics. The nomination deadline for the inaugural Greene Dissertation Award, for theses submitted after January 1, 2013, is September 1, 2014. For more information visit  http://www.aps.org/programs/honors/dissertation/greene.cfm
 
It is important to remember the membership of APS is diverse and global, so the Prize and Award winners should reflect that diversity. Nominations of women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and scientists from outside the United States are especially encouraged by APS.
 
SNF comment: Rich Greene has been devoting his professional career mainly to superconducting materials and superconductivity, both at IBM, and later at the University of Maryland.  It would be thus fitting for members of our community to submit deserving nominations.

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Update from ASC 2014
 
May 22, 2014 (A262).  We reproduce verbatim the latest update letter from the Applied Superconductivity Conference (ASC) 2014 organizers.

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ICEC25-ICMC2014: Information Update
 
ICEC25-ICMC2014: Information Update May 19, 2014 (A261) The joint conference of ICEC 25 and ICMC 2014 will be held in Enschede, The Netherlands in early July 2014. Updated information can be found here.

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Reminder: ESAS/IOP Superconductivity Group Summer School Early Registration Deadline
 
May 16, 2014 (A260).  The early registration deadline for the 2014 ESAS/ IOP Superconductivity Group Summer School, which will be at Wolfson College, Oxford, is now less than a three weeks away: on the 4th of June.
 
 The school will provide a broad overview of superconductivity with contributions spanning from theory to applications from leading workers in the field of superconductivity such as Prof. Archie Campbell, Prof. David Larbalestier, Prof. Harry Jones, Dr. Martin Wilson and Prof. Damian Hampshire among others. There will also be a visit to see the magnet production facilities of Oxford Instruments.
 
 For details please visit http://school.esas.org.

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ASC Announces Pre-Conference Short Courses
 
May 13, 2014 (A259).  The Applied Superconductivity Conference (ASC) 2014 to be held in Charlotte, NC, USA, on August 10 to 15, 2014, announced pre-conference Short Courses  (for extra fee) on August 9 and 10 (Saturday and Sunday).  Pre-registering is required.   The description of these courses is accessible here.   In addition, a Networking session for Women in Applied Superconductivity (http://ascinc.org/conference-program/networking-session/), a workshop for Women in Science & Engineering, and courses from the Cryogenic Society of America are also offered and can be found at: http://ascinc.org/conference-program/short-courses/.  General and detailed information on ASC and specifically the registration for all courses is provided at the Conference web site http://www.ascinc.org

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Program of WOLTE 11
 
May 12, 2014 (A258).  The program of WOLTE 11, including tutorials, is now accessible.  See http://www.wolte2014.org/ and A239 for full information on the WOLTE 11 International Workshop. 

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Videos of ASC 2012 Josephson Lectures
 
May 6, 2014 (A257).  The new CSC website, to be launched shortly, will include a link to video-recorded lectures commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Josephson theoretical discovery of tunneling between superconductors separated by a thin barrier.  The first two of these were given at a plenary session of Applied Superconductivity Conference (ASC) 2012, the remaining four were presented at the Josephson 50th Anniversary Special ASC Session on the same day.   The IEEE Council on Superconductivity sponsored recording of all six Josephson lectures.  These videos are now accessible here: http://ieeecsc.org/pages/csc-video-library.  SNF will also provide this link in its archival Issue No. 22 including selected ASC 2012 plenary and invited papers and/or slide presentations on which these papers are based.

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2014 James Zimmermann Prize Nomination Deadline
 
April 30, 2014 (A256).  The James Zimmerman Prize announcements_clip_image002_0000.gif(JZP) is an award celebrating the early pioneering work of James Zimmerman in the applications of SQUID technology.  It is awarded biannually by the International Conference on Biomagnetism (BioMag).  Its International Advisory Board (IAB) and the approaching BioMag2014 collaborate with the International Federation of Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE, http://ifmbe.org/) for the JZP. The IFMBE has agreed to sponsor the award (a JZP plaque and 1,000 euros) on a biannual basis during the BioMag conference.   The nomination deadline is May 15, 2014.  The conference accepts applications (i.e., self-nominations) by interested candidates.  This year’s Prize rules are:
 
  1. The prize is awarded for significant contributions to novel SQUID-based biomagnetic instrumentation, or new generation sensor developments, and applications of SQUIDs in the field of biomagnetism.  Such achievements needs to be supported by candidate’s  application letter, his CV and names of 3 references to be sent as a single file (Last name_JZP.pdf) to: awardsubmissions@biomag2014.org.   
  2. Participation is open to postdoctoral fellows, faculty and research scientists attending BioMag2014.  Applicants are allowed also to be nominated for the BioMag Young Investigator Award or Mid-Career Award, if they meet the criteria.
The Award Committee will notify the selected winner by June 1, 2014. The JZP winner will give a presentation at the BioMag 2014 plenary meeting.  All the information on this conference, the upcoming deadlines  and other awards is available at http://www.biomag2014.org/index.shtml.  See also our announcement A249.

CCA 2014: International Workshop on Coated Conductors for Applications 2014

April 23, 2014 (A255). The International Workshop on Coated Conductors for Applications 2014 (CCA2014) will take place at the Jeju Grand Hotel, Korea, from November 30th to December 3rd 2014. The CCA 2014 is primarily designed to provide a venue for the discussion of potential applications of CC’s in the new era of electricity. The security and role of electricity are becoming more and more significant due to the focus on high efficiency and strong reliability. Thanks to their extremely high current density, CC’s allow to build up a power network which has a much higher energy density. The fabrication lengths and critical currents of CC’s have been remarkably increased over the last 20 years through an intensive R&D. However, the technical improvement of CC’s for higher performance and lower cost is still strongly required for practical applications. The CCA 2014 will be a good opportunity for all participants to share their ideas and best practices with each other.
  • Important Dates
    • Abstract Submission : July 15 ~ September 25, 2014
    • Notification of the Acceptance : October 15, 2014
    • Pre-Registration Deadline : October 22, 2014
    • Paper Submission Deadline : November 26, 2014
  • Topics and Scope
    • Processing & Characterization of Coated Conductors
    • Coated Conductors Using Non-cuprate Materials
    • Industrial Innovation of Coated Conductors
    • Long-length Coated Conductors
    • Coated Conductors Application
  • Publication of proceedings in PSAC
Progress in Superconductivity and Cryogenics (PSAC, ISSN: 1229-3008) is an international journal published quarterly and jointly by the Korean Superconductivity Society and the Korea Institute of Applied Superconductivity and Cryogenics. PSAC aims to report latest developments in all areas of superconductivity and cryogenics research. The subjects include, but are not limited to, fundamental research (theories and physical properties), materials (growth and processing), electronic devices, cryogenics and large scale applications (magnets and heavy current machines). More details on submission of manuscripts will be updated soon on the websites and speakers will be accordingly notified. We hope that your contributions to PSAC will strengthen discussion in CCA 2014.
  • Organized by KISAC (The Korean Institute of Superconductivity an Cryogenics) and KICS (Korean Industries Confederation for Commercialization of Superconductivity)
  • Contact : manager@cca2014.org (Tel : +82-2-573-6210)
  • Committee
    • Conference Chair :
      • Gye-Won Hong (Korea Polytechnic University, Korea)
      • Sang-Soo O (KERI, Korea)
    • Program Chair :  Haigun lee (Korea University, Korea)
    • Local Organizing Chair :  Jeonwook Cho (KERI, Korea)
    • Publication Chair :  William Jo (Ewha Womans University, Korea)  

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ATOMS 2014: imminent deadline of abstracts submission
 
April 22, 2014 (A254).
 
Dear colleague,
 
We would like to call your attention to the imminent
 
DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSION - 30TH APRIL-
 
for participating at the conference "Advanced Topics in Magnetism and Superconductivity" (AToMS-2014), to be held in Bariloche, Patagonia, Argentina, from July 31st to August 4th 2014. This conference is a satellite to the "27th International Conference on Low Temperatures Physics (LT27)", starting the 6th of August in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
 
The main purpose of AToMS-2014 is the exchange of new ideas on current topics of Magnetism and Superconductivity. Additionally, we will dedicate one day (Saturday 2nd of August) to celebrate the research and academic career of Prof. Dr. J. Sereni and his contributions to the field. 
 
The list of invited speakers includes:
    Armando Aligia (Bariloche)
    Ernst Bauer (Vienna)
    Andrea Damascelli (British Columbia)
    Seamus Davis (Cornell & Brookhaven)
    Mari¬a Elena de la Cruz (Bariloche)
    Paco de la Cruz (Bariloche)
    Eduardo Fradkin (Urbana)
    Christoph Geibel (Dresden)
    Mauro Giovannini (Genova)
    Henri Godfrin (Grenoble)
    Santiago Grigera (La Plata)
    Hideo Hosono (Tokyo)
    Didier Jaccard (Geneva)
    Marcelo Jaime (Los Alamos)
    Ana Mari¬a LLois (Buenos Aires)
    Brian Maple (San Diego)
    Frank Steglich (Dresden) - to be confirmed
    Hideo Takagi (Tokio & Sttutgart)
    Jean-Marc Triscone (Geneva)
    Hilbert von Löhneysen (Karslruhe)
    Daniel Khomskii (Cologne) 
 
Invited and contributed papers will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Low Temperature Physics.
 
AToMS-2014 is organized by the Low-Temperatures Laboratory and the Solid-State-Theory Group of Gerencia de Fí¬sica, Centro Atómico Bariloche, Comisión Nacional de Energí¬a Atómica.
 
Looking forward to meeting you at Bariloche,
 
                               Local Organizing Committee of ATOMS2014
 
Important dates:
Deadline for abstract submission:                            April 30th
Deadline for early registration and payment:            May 31st
Deadline for manuscript submission:                        July 15th
 
For more information visit the conference website at

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Update from WOLTE 11: Extended Deadline
 
April 03, 2014 (A253).   The International Workshop on Low Temperature Electronics WOLTE 11 will be held in Grenoble, France, from July 7 to 9, 2014.  Its deadline for submission of papers has been extended from March 28 to April 15, 2014.  The updated final call for papers is accessible here and the Workshop website is www.wolte2014.org.  Our original announcement of this Workshop is A239.

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Superconductivity Workshop at the Hannover Fair

April 3, 2014 (A252).  At the 2014 Hannover Trade Fair in Germany, one of biggest worldwide, superconductivity and its applications are represented by a joint exhibition of industry and R&D institutions (Hall 13, stand C50) named “SuperConductingCity”.  It is part of the broader exhibit devoted to “Energy”, which covers the chain from energy generation, supply and storage, transmission & distribution to smart grids.  For the first time, the exhibit will be complemented by a Workshop „Superconductivity – Economical and Sustainable Technology“ to be held in English on Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 9:30 AM to about 1 PM.  Attendance is free of charge, but e-mail registration is required atsuperconductingcity@runcom.de. The Workshop will be held at the Trade Fair Convention Center, room “Frankfurt” (CC-EG). 
 
The full program is accessible at http://www.ivsupra.de/events/ankuendigungen.html and can be found here.  Topics covered include:
 
Superconductor Fault Current Limiter – Modern Grid Protection on its Way to Standardization
Superconductor Cables – High-efficiency Solutions for Urban Grids
AmpaCity – Superconductor Systems for the Essen City Grid (Case Study)
Introduction to Superconductor Wire (Basics / Production)
Round Table with Wire Manufacturers
Cryocooling (Enabling Technology)
Superconducting Motors and Drives (Application)
Magnetic Bearings (Application).
 
In addition, the “Smart Grid Forum” will include 30 min presentations on superconductivity topics starting at 12:30 in Hall 13, stand 35:
 
Tuesday, April 8:               Superconducting wires and their potential
Wednesday, April 9:         Industrial applications of superconductivity
Thursday, April 10:           Superconductivity in future grid networks.
SuperConductingCity and the associated Workshop and presentations are supported by the German Association of Superconductivity Industry “ivSupra” (www.ivsupra.de) and the VDI Technology Center (www.vditz.de).

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Update on German Physical Society Spring Meeting

March 20, 2014 (A251).  The program of the German Physical Society Spring Meeting, Topical Group “Low Temperatures” (TT), sessions directly related to superconductivity (in English), is now available and can be found here.  The whole program is accessible at: http://www.dpg-verhandlungen.de/year/2014/conference/dresden/parts?lang=de (sessions mostly in English, headings in German).  Our Announcement A243 contains the general information on that meeting to be held in Dresden, Germany, from March 31 to April 4, 2014.

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Update from ICEC 25/ICMC 2014

March 17, 2014 (A250).  The ICEC 25/ICMC 2014 Conference to be held at Enschede, The Netherlands, from July 7 to 11, 2014, extended the abstract submission. Post-deadline abstracts are now accepted up to Wednesday March 26, 2014. The detailed information can be found here.


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Update from the 19th International Conference on Biomagnetism.

March 10, 2014 (A249).  The 19th International Conference on Biomagnetism, Biomag 2014, will be hosted in Halifax, Nova Scotia from August 24 to 28, 2014.  Halifax is a beautiful, historic city located on the North Atlantic Ocean of Canada’s east coast. The conference will be held in the World Trade and Convention Centre – a world-class, modern facility in the heart of downtown Halifax.  Just steps away is the city’s quintessential waterfront boardwalk with multiple attractions. As is traditional with Biomag meetings, the scientific program will include technological, methodological, and high-level fundamental research in MEG and other biomagnetism fields.

Areas of focus for Biomag 2014 include:

  • Research in MEG and other biomagnetism fields
  • New and emerging techniques
  • Clinical applications
  • Multimodal imaging
  • Signal analysis and modelling
  • Translational Neuroimaging

Call for Abstracts:

The Call for Abstracts will be closing on Monday, March 31st, 2014 at 11:59 pm (AST). Further information can be found at: http://www.biomag2014.org/abstract.shtml.
Further details on Biomag 2014 can be found here.  For full conference information please visit the Biomag 2014 website at www.biomag2014.org.  Biomag 2014 is chaired by

  • Ryan D'Arcy
    • Professor and BC Leadership Chair,
      Medical Technologies;
      Faculty of Applied Sciences
      Simon Fraser University;
       Head, Health Sciences and Innovation
      Surrey Memorial Hospital
      Fraser Health Authority
  • Margot Taylor
    • Director of Functional Neuroimaging,
      Department of Diagnostic Imaging;
      Senior Scientist, Neurosciences& Mental Health, Research Institute
      Hospital for Sick Children;
      Professor, Departments of Psychology, Medical Imaging and Paediatrics,
      University of Toronto
  • Steven Beyea
    • Scientific Leader,
      Biomedical Translational Imaging Centre (BIOTIC)
      IWK & QEII Health Centres;
       Associate Professor of Diagnostic Radiology
      Cross-Appointment, School of Health Sciences, Dept. of Physics
      Dalhousie University

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MagLev 2014: The 22nd International Conference on Magnetically Levitated Systems and Linear Drives

March 09, 2014 (A248). Since the first International Conference on Magnetically Levitated Systems and Linear Drives (MAGLEV) in 1977, there were 7 conferences in Asia, 7 in Europe, 6 in North America and just one in the South Hemisphere. This year, from September 28 – October 01, 2014, the 22nd  MAGLEV Conference will be organized in Rio de Janeiro.
The conference will highlight (i) MagLev Development, Projects and Operational Results, (ii) Vehicle Levitation and Guidance, and (iii)  Propulsion, Linear Motors and Energy Supply, to address only a few.

For our applied superconductivity community, attention should be drawn to two essential technology developments, the superconducting magnetic levitation method on the one side and the electrodynamic method (EDL), which utilize superconducting coils.

Detailed information can be found under www.maglev2014.com.br .


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AToMS-2014: Advanced Topics in Magnetism and Superconductivity

March 06, 2014 (A247).  The conference on “Advanced Topics in Magnetism and Superconductivity” (AToMS-2014) is organized as a satellite to the “27th International Conference on Low Temperatures Physics (LT27)”, Buenos Aires, Argentina. AToMS-2014 will be held in Bariloche, Patagonia, Argentina, from July 31st to August 4th 2014, with the dedicated aim of exchanging new ideas on current topics of magnetism and superconductivity, particularly on:

  • frustration and exotic order in magnetic systems,
  • quantum phase transitions,
  • strongly correlated electronic systems,
  • coexistence between superconductivity and magnetism,
  • new superconductors,
  • soft condensed matter in superconducting and magnetic materials,
  • superconductivity at the mesoscopic-scale.

The detailed information can be found here.


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Update from ICEC 25/ICMC 2014

March 03, 2014 (A246).  The ICEC 25/ICMC 2014 Conference to be held at Enschede, The Netherlands, from July 7 to 11, 2014, extended the abstract submission. The extended abstract submission deadline is now Saturday March 15, 2014. The detailed information can be found here.


 

ESAS Summer School Registration is Open

February 28, 2014 (A245).  The Organizing Committee of the ESAS summer school, co-organized with the UK Institute of Physics, announced that participants’ registration is now open.

This three-day summer school on superconductivity, to be held from July 9 to 11, 2014 at Wolfson College, Oxford, UK, will deliver an introduction to superconducting materials and applications covering:

  • Fundamentals of superconductivity
  • Material
  • Applications
  • Modelling
  • Cables
  • Accelerators
  • Measurements

 In addition there will be an opportunity to visit Oxford Instruments' facility near Oxford which is not to be missed.

For all details please visit http://school.esas.org or http://super2014.iopconfs.org/Home.  A significantly reduced registration rate is available to ESAS members (i.e., those who attended EUCAS 2013); a discount is also available on the student rate to those students who are ESAS members. 

Reduced rate registration is available until the 5th June, 2013. Please also note that a further 30 GBP discount is applied to all those registering via credit card.


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Update from ICEC 25/ICMC 2014

February 21, 2014 (A244).  The ICEC 25/ICMC 2014 Conference to be held at Enschede, The Netherlands, from July 7 to 11, 2014, issued a second circular including names of plenary speakers and other information useful to potential attendees.  Unfortunately, that circular contains some mistakes.  The corrections can be found here.


 

2014 Spring Meeting of German Physical Society

February 17, 2013 (A243).  Spring Meetings of the German Physical Society (German acronym DPG) are among biggest gatherings of European physicists, with part of presentations in English.  The “Low Temperatures” segment of the Condensed Matter Section Meeting traditionally includes a rich program discussing various topical areas of superconductivity and to lesser extent also its applications.   In 2014 that Section meeting will be held in Dresden, Germany, from March 30 to April 4, 2014.  All the current information, including registration, lodging, etc., is available at http://dresden14.dpg-tagungen.de/index.html. The program of “Low Temperatures” is not yet accessible.  Early registration expires on February 20, 2014, so this is the last opportunity for those interested to register at a lower rate.  We plan to highlight the superconductivity program once it becomes available.


 

Update from ICSM 2014

February 11, 2014 (A242).  The 4th International Conference on Superconductivity and Magnetism (ICSM 2014) will be held in Antalya, Turkey between 27 April and 2 May 2014 at Kervansaray Lara Convention Center.  The meeting's General Secretary issued on behalf of ICSM 2014 the latest update, which is accessible here.


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Superconductivity Program at APS March Meeting 2014

February 5, 2014 (A241).  The American Physical Society March Meeting 2014 will be held from March 3 to March 7, 2014 at Denver, Colorado, USA.  This world biggest annual meeting of physicists is expected to gather almost 10,000 of scientists and students from USA and the rest of the world.  It is THE world exchange on the latest advances in all branches of fundamental and applied physics.  As every year, the March Meeting program includes a significant superconductivity segment.  All the information on the meeting and its program is accessible at http://www.aps.org/meetings/march/ .  For the convenience of our readers, we extracted a selection of sessions directly involving superconductivity; it is accessible here.  In superconducting materials the dominant subject is clearly the study of Fe-based superconductors while in applications of superconducting electronics superconducting qubits and circuits are covered by a record high number of sessions (15).  By clicking on the session topic one can conveniently access each session’s program, including the abstract of each talk. Also many other sessions of the program include talks involving superconductivity, see for example Session Q24 on Novel Instrumentation and Measurements for Biomedical Research.


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CSA 4th International Workshop on Lunar Science Applications

February 5, 2014 (A240).  The Cryogenic Society of America (CSA) organizes the 4th International Workshop on Lunar Science Applications - Compact and Cryogenic Science and Technology Applications to be held in Cocoa Beach, FL, USA from April 8 to 11, 2014, see http://www.lsaworkshops.com for all the detailed information.   The session(s) on April 10 will cover Cryogenic and/or Compact Engineering Capabilities and Challenges, specifically:

  • Technology developments supporting science operational goals, especially low temperature electronics, power generation and storage, mechanisms, thermal and system design using new technologies (including high temperature superconductors) and existing technologies in an innovative fashion.
  • Discussion of cryogenic operation and compactness capabilities and limitations of technologies and their utilization now and in the near future. 

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WOLTE 11 Call for Papers

February 1, 2014 (A239).   The International Workshop on Low Temperature Electronics WOLTE 11 will be held in Grenoble, France, from July 7 to 9, 2014.  It is a biannual meeting devoted to presentation and exchange of most recent advances in low-temperature electronics and its applications.  Extended abstracts should be submitted to the Workshop’s website www.wolte2014.org by the deadline of March 28, 2014.  A template for downloading and all other information will be posted there.  The WOLTE 11 flyer is available here.

The topics covered by WOLTE 11 include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Low-temperature device physics
  • Semiconductor and superconductor devices at low temperatures
  • Low-temperature detectors and front end readouts
  • Optoelectronics at low temperatures
  • Cryogenic MEMS and NEMS and coupling to electronic readouts
  • Cryogenic systems
  • Cryoelectronics applications
  • Packaging and interconnects.

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Nominations for CSC Awards 2014

January 11, 2014 (A238).  The four Awards bestowed by the IEEE Council on Superconductivity (CSC) are:

This year, the deadline for nominations is February 28, 2014.  The links above provide all the information needed by nominators and endorsers.


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LT27

27th International Conference on Low Temperature Physics (LT27)

January 2, 2014 (A237).  The 27th International Conference on Low Temperature Physics (L27) will be held from August 6th to 13th, 2014 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  The venue will be the Palais Rouge Conference Center located in the Palermo Soho neighborhood. 

Registration and abstract submission will be open online from February 1st to April 1st, 2014, see the LT27 web page at http://lt27.df.uba.ar, which contains all the details.  

The program daily schedule will includes plenary and half-plenary talks in the morning, five parallel sessions during late morning and early afternoon, and poster sessions in the late afternoon.  Parallel sessions will cover the following topical areas:

  1. Quantum gases, fluids and solids
  2. Superconductivity
  3. Cryogenic techniques and applications
  4. Magnetism and quantum phases
  5. Electronic quantum transport in condensed matter 

Unfortunately this meeting overlaps with ASC 2014 (August 10th to 15th, 2014 in Charlotte, NC, USA).  Those having interest in both fundamental and applied superconductivity will have to make a difficult choice.


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Cryogenic Materials Award for Excellence: Call for Nominations

December 19, 2013 (A236).  The Board of Directors of the International Cryogenic Materials Conference (ICMC) request nominations for the newly created CRYOGENIC MATERIALS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE.  This award, which will be made for the first time at the ICEC/ICMC conference at Enschede, The Netherlands, July 7-11, 2014, is intended for a person under the age of 40 to recognize his or her excellence in advancing the knowledge of cryogenic materials over recent years, please see:
http://icec25-icmc2014.org/technical-program/awards1/icmc-cryogenic-materials-award-for-excellence.html.  The call for nominations was signed by Prof. David Cardwell, Chair of the Awards Committee. 

The deadline for nominations is April 7, 2014.


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Intl. Conference “Superconductivity for Energy 2014“

December 06, 2013 (A235). The International Conference “Superconductivity for Energy 2014” will be held in Paestum (SA), Italy from May 15th to 19th, 2014.  The main topics to be covered are:

  • High power applications of superconductors: materials, cables and magnets
  • Frontiers in high field magnet technology
  • Superconductors for Energy
  • Power devices (Motors, SMES, FCL)
  • High current superconductivity
  • Superconducting properties and functionalities for new applications.

One of Paestum temples.
 

The venue will be the Savoy Beach Hotel in Paestum www.savoybeachhotel.it, an ancient city founded in VIth century BC and one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites (see photo and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paestum).  All the information on this meeting will be available at its website http://s4e.fisica.unisa.it/index.html.   Preliminary information is also accessible here.  The most important deadlines are: abstract submission until March 1, 2014 and early registration deadline March 15, 2014.  Late registration will end on May 5th, 2014.


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ICEC 25-ICMC2014-CONFERENCE – Call for abstracts

December 02, 2013 (A234).  We are pleased to announce the joint ICEC-ICMC Call for Abstracts and Papers and we invite you to submit your abstracts from today onwards.

The joint ICEC-ICMC Conference in 2014 will take place at the Campus of the University of Twente, in the WAAIER Conference Centre, in Enschede, the Netherlands, from July  7  - July  11, 2014.

Traditionally the scope of the conference covers all aspects of cryogenics engineering and applications, from small cryocoolers to large scale cryogenic plants; and all aspects of cryogenic structural and superconducting materials ranging from the new superconducting materials like Pnictides to practical superconductors and their applications in magnet systems.  
We expect the latest results from all over the world to be presented and inspire you for the years to come.

This conference is the major event in the international community of cryogenics and cryogenic materials, an excellent opportunity for working on your network and meet colleagues and friends.
Please check your plans to attend this conference and submit your contribution. 
Abstract submission is now open from December 1, 2014 through March 1, 2014. 

All details can be found in the call attached and the conference webpage.
Particularly new this year are: on-line publishing of all oral and poster presentations during the conference; and a fast publication within 8 weeks of the papers in the open access journal Elsevier Conference series Procedia.
Also for the first time there are two new awards, the “ICMC – Cryogenic Materials Award for Excellence”, which is now open for nominations, and the “ICEC-Gustav and Ingrid Klipping Award”.

Last but not least, this conference is organized following the all-in concept meaning that there is a social program covering all lunches, all food and all drinks during all 4 days and evening events from Monday evening starting with the Welcome Reception, to Thursday evening when we close with the banquet.

On the Monday there are 3 free parallel courses on cryogenics and superconductivity and on Friday 3 technical excursions, read the attachment or website for details.

We look forward to receiving your abstracts and hope to see you on July 7!

Marcel ter Brake, Conference Chair for ICEC-25
Herman ten Kate, Conference Chair for ICMC-2014
Johan Bremer, ICEC-ICMC 2014 Program Chair


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2014 ESAS Summer School

2014 ESAS Summer School
3rd IOP Superconductivity Summer School

November 30, 2013 (A233).  The 2014 ESAS Summer School is co-organised with the 3rd Institute of Physics Superconductivity Group Summer School. The School will be held at the Wolfson College in Oxford from July 9th to 11th, 2014.  The early registration deadline is June 4, 2014 and the final deadline is June 26, 2014.  Informaton on opening the registration, fees, etc., will be available shortly.   

If you would like to register interest for this event and receive an email when registration is available, please contact conferences@iop.org with your name and the event you are interested in attending. All the forthcoming information on the school will be posted at http://school.esas.org.

The meeting is organised by Ziad Melhem (IOP, Oxford Instruments), Harry Jones (IOP, University of Oxford), John Durrell (ESAS, University of Cambridge) and David Cardwell (ESAS, University of Cambridge).

Summer School topics will include:

  • Fundamentals of superconductivity
  • Material
  • Applications
  • Modeling
  • Cables
  • Accelerators
  • Measurements
  • Visit to Oxford Instruments

The school is open to students, academics, engineers, consultants and other practitioners.


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ASC 2014 Call for Papers

ASC 2014 Call for Papers

November 24, 2013 (A232).  The 2014 Applied Superconductivity Conference (ASC 2014) will be held at the Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, North Carolina, from August 10 to 15, 2014.  The Conference announced now its ASC 2014 Call for Abstracts & Papers.

Abstract submission is open from November 15, 2013 through January 22, 2014.  Please go to http://ascinc.org/conference-program/ and follow the Call for Abstracts and Abstract Submission links.  Manuscripts accepted after peer review will be published in the IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity (TAS) and may be selectively pre-published in SNF. 

The conference program will be posted at the end of March 2014.  Registration and additional accommodation information will be posted at the end of February 2014.

The ASC 2014 website is the source of all Conference related information and will be updated frequently.  If you have any questions, please send e-mail to asc@centennialconferences.com.


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Fourth German National Workshop ZIEHL IV

November 5, 2013 (A231, updated January 31, 2014).  The fourth biannual German national Workshop ZIEHL IV devoted to high-temperature superconductivity (HTS) in energy applications will be again held in Bonn, Germany, this time on March 11th and 12th, 2014.  The Bonn venue will be the large “Beethovenhalle”.  ZIEHL IV flyer containing the Workshop’s program (session titles in German) and registration information is available here.  Online information is available at http://www.ivsupra.de/ziehl.html, unfortunately only in German.   In the past, actual presentations at the Workshop were made either in German or in English.  In spite of its national character, past Workshops were also attended by foreign participants.  Indeed, ZIEHL is one of prime vantage points for watching the progress in the dialogue between German and European energy industries and the applied superconductivity community in Germany.

From 2012, this biannual Workshop alternates with the “Braunschweig Seminar” dedicated to the same purpose.  Information on past ZIEHL and Braunschweig meetings can be found in SNF Event Highlights.

ZIEHL IV is organized with the support of the German Federal Ministry of Economy.  Its representative, Dr. Georg Menzen, issued a welcome statement of which we cite a short excerpt (our free translation with explanatory additions in brackets):
“The Federal Ministry of Economy (BMWi) supports superconductive technology (financially) and observes its progress with greatest interest.  I look forward to (hearing) reports at the ZIEHL meeting on the latest developments and perspectives of HTS technology.”


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Articles may be submitted to the IML’s manuscript website <http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/maglet-ieee>.  

IEEE Journals Accepting Submissions Related to Computing Using Superconductivity

October 21, 2013 (A230).  The IEEE Magnetics Letters (IML), a publication of IEEE Magnetics Society  
(http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/RecentIssue.jsp?punumber=5165412) has added a new subject category, “Cryogenic Memory,” for hybrid magnetic/superconductor memory devices designed for single-flux-quantum operation.  IML is a rapid, peer-reviewed, archival journal of the IEEE Magnetics Society. 

Also a new, free-access IEEE Journal of Exploratory Solid-State Computational Devices and Circuits (x-CDC) is in advanced planning and preparation stage.  The scope of this new open journal is supposed to include also quantum computing using superconducting qubits.


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Proceedings of the 14th International Superconductive Electronics Conference (ISEC 2013)

September 21, 2013 (A229).  The IEEE 14th International Superconductive Electronics Conference (ISEC 2013) was held in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA from July 7 to 11, 2013.  It is a biennial conference focused entirely on superconductive electronics. ISEC 2013 was an IEEE conference sponsored by the IEEE Council on Superconductivity.  It covered many rapidly developing areas such as SQUIDs, SQUID-array circuits and systems, energy-efficient digital and mixed signal circuits, memory circuits, quantum information processing circuits, detectors, metamaterials, superconducting spintronics, and novel devices.  These Proceedings contain IEEE-copyrighted conference papers, reviewed by the ISEC 2013 Program Committee, that record the research results presented at the conference.  The ISEC 2013 Proceedings are now available and can be accessed at: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/mostRecentIssue.jsp?punumber=6598362.  Access is limited to IEEE Xplore subscribers.  The IEEE Council on Superconductivity is looking into the possibility of providing free access over a limited time period.  In the case temporary free access is granted we’ll announce it immediately.


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The 4th International Conference on Superconductivity & Magnetism, 2014: Call for Papers

September 11, 2013 (A228).  The 4th International Conference on Superconductivity and Magnetism- ICSM2014 will be held at the Lara Kervansaray Hotel & Convention Center-Spa in Antalya, Turkey, from 27th April to 2nd May, 2014.  The ICSM2014 is expected to attract around 1500 participants all around the globe with plenary, half-plenary, key-note, invited, contributed oral and poster presentations together with an associated commercial exhibition involving unique networking opportunities. ICSM2014 will highlight recent advances in all major disciplines of Superconductivity, Magnetism and Cryogenics.  The call for papers and all other information can be found at http://icsm2014.org/, a website frequently updated.  The abstract submission deadline will be November 25, 2013.

The conference will be integrated with Educational Courses & Spring School to be held between 21st and 26th of April 2014, prior to the conference.  These are intended for students and young researchers.  The course program and the level of recommended background will be announced soon.


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Nominations Now Open for the Roger W. Boom Award presented by the Cryogenic Society of America

September 11, 2013 (A226).  Nominations are now open for one of the Cryogenic Society of America’s most prestigious awards – the Roger W. Boom Award. Nominations will be open until December 1, 2013.

This award is named in honor of the emeritus professor from the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Boom’s career spanned more than thirty years during which he motivated a large number of young scientists and engineers to pursue careers in cryogenic engineering and applied superconductivity.

The Boom Award was created by CSA to be given to a young professional (under 40 years of age) who shows promise for making significant contributions to the fields of cryogenic engineering and applied superconductivity. The spirit of the Boom Award is to recognize young people for their pursuit of excellence, demonstration of high standards and clear communications.

The Boom Award will be presented at the Applied Superconductivity Conference (ASC’14) to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, August 10-15, 2014.

Applicants will be judged by the selection committee, which consists of individuals familiar with Dr. Boom’s career. The committee is presently chaired by Dr. Terry Grimm, Niowave Inc., himself a Boom awardee. The CSA Board of Technical Directors will make the final determination of the award, which consists of a $2,000 check, a plaque, and a one-year complimentary membership in CSA. Dr. Boom’s family has generously endowed this award.

Roger Boom
Roger W. Boom

Boom awardees are leaders in their fields and are at the forefront of technologies like NMR, pulse tube refrigeration, high Tc thin films, SRF cavity development, and other areas of applied superconductivity, materials research and cryogenic engineering. Past awardees are:

Dr. Joel Ullom, Project Leader at NIST (2012)
Dr. Philippe J. Masson, University of Houston (2010)
Dr. Gregory Nellis, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2008)
Dr. Jeffrey Parrell, Oxford Instruments Superconductivity (2006)
Dr. Terry L. Grimm, Niowave, Inc. (2004)
Dr. Franz J. Baudenbacher, Vanderbilt University (2002)
Dr. Chao Wang, Cryomech, Inc. (2000)
Prof. Justin Schwartz, North Carolina State University (1998)
Dr. Christopher M. Rey, Vice President and founder of Tai-Yang Research Company (1996)


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Prepublication of EUCAS 2013 Preprints in SNF

August 23, 2013 (A225).  With the consent of Superconductor Science & Technology (SuST, IOP) and support of the EUCAS 2013 meeting to be held in Genova, Italy, September 15 to 19, 2013, we are pleased to announce prepublication of selected Conference preprints in SNF and also possible publication of invited slide presentations.  Specifically:

  • Authors of invited EUCAS manuscripts are invited to also submit for possible prepublication in SNF.  Manuscripts should be submitted in the required conference layout and format.
  • Invited presenters not submitting manuscripts may submit annotated slide presentations for possible publication in SNF.  Annotation is required to make these presentations fully comprehensible also without oral comments.  Please submit preferably in the PPT format (PDF also acceptable) to the address indicated above.
  • Authors of contributed manuscripts can enter the SNF contest for prepublication of selected best contributions.  Manuscripts should be submitted in the required conference layout and format. 

All EUCAS 2013 manuscripts and presentations should be electronically submitted to
superconductivityforum@ieee.org.   Submitted material will be subjected to a selection process performed by SNF Editors, members of the SNF International Editorial Board and volunteer reviewers.  All selected preprints will appear as submitted, with the authors having the option to later substitute the accepted version.

We plan to pre-publish the selected invited preprints in the October 2013 Issue of SNF (Global Edition).  Invited presentations and selected best contributions are tentatively scheduled for the January 2014 Issue.


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IEEE CSC

Conference Travel Support for Students

July 18, 2013 (A224).  The IEEE Council on Superconductivity (CSC) has dedicated a limited fund to provide financial assistance to students and recent graduates who are presenting at conferences related to applied superconductivity such as the Applied Superconductivity Conference (ASC), the International Superconductive Electronics Conference (ISEC), the Magnet Technology Conference (MT), and other Conferences that develop an agreement with CSC. Applicants are expected to be or become IEEE student members as well as members of one of the CSC-affiliated IEEE Societies.

Assistance is available in the form of travel support and, in some cases, additional support to cover part or all of the conference registration fee. Support will be limited to attendees who can demonstrate that they would not be able to attend without such support. Priority is given to students and young scientists from institutions and countries with limited means.

Financial assistance is normally provided on a “first-come, first-serve” basis, taking into account the above conditions.  To be considered for financial assistance, the following requirements must be met:

  • Applicant should have an accepted abstract and intends to present his/her work at a conference, either orally or as a poster.
  • Applicant should plan on attending the full length of a Conference.
  • Applicant should provide a letter of recommendation/reference from his/her scientific advisor.

For further details regarding application procedures please consult the website of each respective conference.


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CIMTEC 2014 to Include 7th Intl. Conference on Novel Superconductors

July 16, 2013 (A223).  The 13th International Conference on Modern Materials and Technologies, CIMTEC 2014, will include the 6th FORUM ON NEW MATERIALS to be held at Montecatini Terme, Italy, from June 15 to 20, 2014.  That Forum consists of Symposia and Conferences on diverse materials-related topics.  Among these is the 7th International Conference on Science and Engineering of Novel Superconductors Conference (symposium  code FN).  The session topics are:

FN-1 Materials, structure, physical chemistry and general properties
FN-2 New superconductors of the pnictides and related families
FN-3 Properties of superconductors (of any type)
FN-4 Theory and mechanisms ( for normal and superconducting states)
FN-5 Vortex lattice physics
FN-6 Synthesis and processing
FN-7 Power applications
FN-8 Low power applications and superconducting electronics.

All the information on the event is available at the CIMTEC website.  The deadline for abstracts is October 15, 2013.  Proceedings will be published by Trans Tech Publications (Switzerland) in the Techna Group series "Advances in Science and Technology" as volume 87 and onwards.  Registration form is also included in the website.


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German "KRYO" 2013 Workshop to be held in Bad Herrenalb

June 26, 2013 (A222).  The annual German cryogenic workshop “KRYO” will be held this year at Bad Herrenalb near Karlsruhe, Germany, from October 6th to 8th, 2013.  It is being organized under aegis of Prof. Michael Siegel, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.  The flyer of the meeting (in German only) is available here.  The homepage of the Workshop (in German only) is http://www.ims.kit.edu/kryo2013.php.  It contains all the details, including the online registration form.  The registration and fee payment deadline is July 28th, 2013.  Fees to be paid by bank money transfer.

The program will include contributions in the following categories:

  • New superconducting devices/components and their characterization
  • New Josephson junctions and hybrid devices
  • SQUIDs, SQUIFs, Josephson networks/arrays
  • Voltage standards, SET, RSFQ
  • Macroscopic quantum coherence, qubits
  • Microwave components & properties
  • Integrated superconducting circuits
  • Cryogenic detectors
  • Cooling systems

Traditionally, the presentations can be made either in German or in English.  In the recent past the Workshop used to be attended also by participants from other European countries.  Foreign attendees are always welcome.


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EUCAS 2013: Early Registration Reminder
 
 June 24, 2013 (A221).  Just a quick reminder that the early registration deadline for the 11th edition of  the Europan Conference on Applied Superconductivity (EUCAS 2013)  is next  Friday,  June, 28th,  at 12 pm local time.  The early registration offer is 550,00 euro (full registration), 350,00 euro  (student and retiree), and 110,00 (companion ).

All the registrations (but the companion)  include all the sessions, coffee breaks as well as invitations to the Welcome Cocktail and Conference  Dinner.

This year's Conference Dinner  is being held  at the Acquarium of Genoa, one of the most beautiful in Europe.  EUCAS 2013 will take place at the Magazzini del Cotone conference facility, located in the Porto Antico of Genoa, Italy.

The program at a glance is available on: www.eucas2013.org
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Superconductivity and Quantum Fluids Meeting in London

June 12, 2013 (A219).  A one-day “Superconductivity and Quantum Fluids” meeting will be held at Institute of Physics, London, UK, on July 08,  2013. This one day meeting is organised by the IOP Low Temperature Group and the IOP Superconductivity Group. The aim of this meeting  is to bring together research on superconductivity and quantum fluids and solids.  The confirmed speakers are:

  • Professor J C Séamus Davis, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
    "Imaging the Creation, Destruction and Cooper Pairing of Heavy Fermions"
  • Professor Vladimir P Mineev, CEA Grenoble, France
    "Magnetostatics and optics of noncentrosymmetric metals".

More information is available at   http://www.iop.org/events/scientific/conferences/.


 

Additional ESAS Summer School in 2013

June 11, 2013 (A218).  This year there will be held an additional ESAS Summer School devoted to Superconducting Quantum Detectors, please see http://esasschool.spin.cnr.it/.  It will be a satellite of EUCAS 2013, and it will be held in Genova, Italy, from September 9 to 13, 2013.  The registration is open as long as there are vacancies, first come first serve. The school admission limit is 30 participants and the registration fee is 50 EUR.  So rush if you’re interested!

Lodging reservations can be done at the hotel La Capannina, in the east sea side of the town.  The rate per person is in double bed or triple bed room 30€ per night, in single room 50€ per night. Buffet breakfast and free wifi (WLAN) included.


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Helium Stewardship Act: Action Requested

June 8, 2013 (A217).  We urge all our readers, who are United States citizens, to heed the request of the American Physical Society (APS) secretary: “….contact your Senators to inform them of the urgency of passing S. 783, the Helium Stewardship Act and to encourage those who use helium in their research to enroll in the In Kind program.”  The full text of APS request and links to related resources can be found here.


 

WOLTE 10 Held in Paris

June 4, 2013 (A216). The 10th International Workshop on Low Temperature Electronics, WOLTE10, will be held at Université Paris Diderot, in Paris, France, from October 14 to 17, 2013.

WOLTE is a biannual conference devoted to the presentation and exchange of the most recent advances in the field of low temperature electronics and its applications. This international forum is open to everyone in the field.

More information is available at http://wolte10.lpn.cnrs.fr and in the flyer.  The contact  address is: wolte10@lpn.cnrs.fr .  The abstract submission deadline is September 2nd, 2013.


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Upcoming Neuroimaging Workshops

May 29, 2013 (A215).  Neuroimaging is, in part, performed using instrumentation involving superconductivity, such as MEG and fMRI.  Therefore, some of our readers are interested, e.g., in inverse problem solutions, and functional mapping problems generally.  We thus announce the workshops organized by “Neurometrika”, an organization which intends to facilitate the logistics of offering teaching programs concerning research methods for structural and functional neuroimaging.  The current schedule of upcoming offerings is on the homepage: http://www.neurometrika.org .  Specifically, the next two upcoming workshops are:

Above, DCM is the acronym of Dynamic Causal Modeling and SPM stands for Statistic Parametric Mapping.  OHBM is the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, see www.humanbrainmapping.org/ .  The OHBM 2013 meeting will be held June 16-20, 2013 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA, USA.


 
Eccoflow Project Workshop

May 6, 2013 (A214).  An Eccoflow  EU project Workshop will be held in Palma de Mallorca (Spain) on September 20, 2013.
The main objective of this workshop is to present the EC Eccoflow project including the visit of the superconducting fault current limiter (SFCL) under operation in the ENDESA's substation and to exchange about the SFCL possibilities in grids as well as the requirements from the utilities and their needs.

Further information on theWorkshop can be found at: http://www.affccs.org/eccoflowworkshop/index.html.


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VORTEX VIII to be Held on Rhodes Island

May 3, 2013 (A212).  The eight international conference in school format “Vortex Matter in Nanostructured Superconductors” (VORTEX VIII) will be held on the Greek Island of Rhodes, from September 21 to 26, 2013.  It will be a satellite of EUCAS 2013 (see A204).  This 8th meeting is organized under the auspices of the new European Program (Action) “NanoSC” (see HE73).  The scope of VORTEX VIII includes:

  • The new COST-Action MP-1201, Introduction
  • Multigap Superconductivity
  • Vortices in mesoscopic Superconductors
  • Superconductivity at the Nanoscale
  • Nano-engineered Pinning Arrays
  • Superconductor/ferromagnet Hybrids
  • Josephson Junctions and their Arrays
  • Vortex Dynamics, Driven Vortex Lattices, Ratchets
  • Nanoscale imaging
  • Vortices in Bose-Einstein Condensates
  • Vortices in Superfluid Helium
  • Superconducting nanostructures for plasmonics

Important deadlines are: the abstract submission ends on June 7th, and the pre-registration deadline is June 21, 2013.  All the information on the conference, including the pre-registration, is available at  http://www.kuleuven.be/inpac/vortex/ .


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LTD-15 to be held at CalTech

April 30, 2013 (A211).  We announce the 15th International Workshop on Low-temperature Detectors (LTD-15), which is to be held on the campus of the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) in Pasadena, CA, USA, from June 24th to 28th, 2013.  Unfortunately, we were notified about this important event with undue delay.  The abstract deadline passed on April 15th, the early registration closes on May 1st.  The proceedings will be published again in J. Low Temp. Phys. (JLTP).  All the information on this Workshop can be found at http://conference.ipac.caltech.edu/ltd-15/.


 

Two Upcoming Chinese National Meetings

April 29, 2013 (A210 updated May 3).  Somewhat belatedly we announce two Chinese national meetings involving cryogenics and superconductivity:
 

  1. The 11th National Conference on Cryogenic Engineering of China will be held at Zunyi City, Guizhou Province, from August 22 to 26, 2013.  Abstract and full paper submission deadlines are May 20 and July 20 respectively.  Please see www.car.org.cn/c/cn/news/2012-11/29/news_2231.html for all pertinent inform-ation (in Chinese only).  The contact person is Prof. Chunmei Song, e-mail: zydwhy@zync.edu.cn.
     
  2. The 12th National Conference on Superconductivity of China will be held at Chengdu City, Sichuan Province from July 27 to August 1, 2013.  The abstract submission deadline is May 10.  Please see www.ncsc2013.uestc.edu.cn for all pertinent information (in Chinese only).

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Reminder on Upcoming ISEC Deadlines

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April 17, 2013 (A209).  The 14th International Superconductive Electronics Conference (ISEC 2013) will be held at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Cambridge, Massachusetts from July 7 – 11, 2013. 

For further and up-to-date information, please visit the ISEC 2013 website at http://www.isec-2013.org.


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3rd Annual New York State Superconductor Technology Summit

April 10, 2013 (A208).  The third annual New York State (NYS) Summit to be held at Albany, NY, USA, is currently scheduled for May 6-7, 2013. Two days of activities, talks, and discussions are planned. The first day will consist of tours of various facilities around the Albany area, as well as a reception at CNSE.

The NYS Superconductor Technology Summit brings together companies, universities, and individuals from numerous fields, including superconducting and quantum computing, magnetic resonance imaging, utility-scale power, cryogenic refrigeration, and power electronics. The Summit will be held at the University (CNSE), and is supported by the NYS Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The organization committee is headed by MTECH Labs, and includes HYPRES Inc., SuperPower Inc., CNSE, General Electric, NYSERDA, and Philips Medical Systems.

All the information on this event, including the tentative agenda, registration etc., is accessible at http://www.mtechlabs.com/sc_summit/about.html.  Additional information can be obtained by contacting Bill Wilson of MTECH Labs at

, or calling (US number) 1 (518) 885 6436.
The list of confirmed speakers include:

  • Panel 1: Energy & Power
    • John Love, NYSERDA (Moderator) 
    • Mark Johnson, ARPA-E
    • Qiang Li, Brookhaven National Laboratory
    • Wolfgang Stautner, General Electric
    • Zachary Wolff, ConEdison
  • Panel 2: Electronics & Computers
    • Britton Plourde, Syracuse University (Moderator) 
    • Michael Fancher, College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering 
    • Michael Hennessy, MTECH Laboratories 
    • Oleg Mukhanov, HYPRES Inc. 
    • Roman Sobolewski, University of Rochester 
  • Panel 3: Medicine, Science & Research
    • Derk Reefman, Philips (Moderator) 
    • Ramesh Gupta, Brookhaven National Laboratory 
    • Drew Hazelton, SuperPower Inc.
    • Luca Marinelli, General Electric
    • Chandra Reis, Philips
  • Panel 4: Superconductor Industry in NYS
    • Michael Tucker, Center for Economic Growth (Moderator) 
    • Quintin Bullock, Schenectady County Community College 
    • Daniel Liebert, Tech Valley High School 
    • Chuck Steiner, Schenectady Chamber of Commerce 
    • Laura Sweitzer, Union Graduate College. 

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16th International Conference on RF Superconductivity

April 08, 2013 (A207).  The 16th International Conference on RF Superconductivity (SRF 2013) will be held in Paris, France, from September 22nd to 27th, 2013.  Special tutorials will be held on September 19th to 21st at the GANIL location in Caen, France.  The deadline for submission of abstracts and lower rate registration is June 14th, 2013.  All the information on the abstract submission, registration, lodging, tutorials, etc., is available at the conference website www.srf2013.fr. Young scientists can apply for partial support of attendance.

RF superconductivity is now the key technology of many accelerators for particle physics, nuclear physics and, increasingly, light sources. SRF 2013 will cover the latest advances in the science, technology, and applications of superconducting RF. The program will consist of invited review talks, poster sessions and “hot-topic” discussion sessions (and also our traditional boat tour, trademark of this conference). An industrial exhibit will also take place during the conference.


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The  ICAM/CNRS School on Superconductivity

March 15, 2013 (A206).  We were asked to announce the ICAM/CNRS sponsored school/workshop on "Superconductivity--Theory, Experiments, and Phenomena" (STEP-2013)  to be held in Cargese, France, August 5-17 2013.   That school is not related to the regular annual ESAS Summer School on Applied Superconductivity, which in 2013 will be held in Karlsruhe, Germany (see A202).  The ESAS school is already heavily subscribed and there are only few openings left for the potential applicants.  Consequently, those interested can try their chance at the STEP-2013 school, which is more fundamental than applied.  The organizers of this school are Henri Alloul (Univ. Paris Sud, Orsay, France), Andrey Chubukov (Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison), Dirk van der Marel (Univ. of Geneva) and Joerg Schmalian (KIT, Karlsruhe).

The  STEP-2013 school will bring together both experts and young researchers, both theorists and experimentalists, working in the field of superconductivity. The program will feature lectures and scientific talks. Most of lecturers will stay in Cargèse for at least a week to have enough time to communicate with the students and other participants. We encourage students, postdocs, and senior researchers from around the world to apply.

The information about the school can be found at http://www.step-2013.org, and in the flyer.   A limited number of ICAM-sponsored fellowships for students and postdocs will be available.


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Announcement of Seventh Braunschweig Seminar

April 9, 2013 (A205 updated).  We were asked to announce that the seventh German National Seminar on superconductivity for power grid traditionally called the "Braunschweig Seminar" will be held this year on June 5 and 6, as usual in the Conference Center "Nordbahnhof" in Braunschweig, Germany.  The preliminary program and all the information on participation are announced here, unfortunately in German only.  The registration deadline is May 27, 2013, please write to m.blaz@tu-bs.de.

This meeting is usually characterized by a vivid and frank exchange of opinions between the power utilities and proponents of the HTS superconducting components for the power grid.  Presentations and comments in both German and English are possible, as can be also inferred from the preliminary program.


 

11th European Conference on Applied Superconductivity:

EUCAS 2013 Extends Abstracts Deadline to March 15th

March 11, 2013 (A204). Abstract Submission has been extended for the 11th European Conference on Applied Superconductivity:

Following many requests we have received, we have decided to postpone the abstract submission deadline:

The new deadline is Friday, March 15th 2013, at midnight (local time)

If you have not  submitted your abstract yet, we invite you to do so by this time, and  take part in what looks like is going  to be a very stimulating and well attended Conference!
EUCAS is the European Conference on Applied Superconductivity, now at its 11th edition, that takes place every two years in a different European venue, and attracts scientists working in the field of superconductivity and industrial researchers dealing with its industrial applications, coming from all over the world.

EUCAS is principally aimed at bringing out the most recent scientific developments in the investigation of superconducting materials, and at fostering discussion on new potential applications of superconductivity and on technology transfer to industry.

The Eucas 2013 Conference will take place at Magazzini del Cotone conference facility located in the Porto Antico of Genova.

Main topics:    
  -Materials      
-Wires, Tapes and Cables    
-Large scale applications      
-Electronics
 
Important Dates:     
  -Online Abstract Submission Opens 14 January 2013
  -Online Abstract Submission Deadline   15 March 2013
  -Registration Opens  02 April 2013
  -Early Registration Deadline    28 June 2013
  -Online Registration Cut-off        02 September 2013
   -Conference begins on    15 September 2013

Detailed info are available on the conference website: www.eucas2013.org
Chair:              Carlo Ferdeghini, CNR SPIN Genova
                        Ferdeghini@eucas2013.org

                        Marina Putti, University of Genova
                        Putti@eucas2013.org

Secretary:       Mariachiara Lupi
                        info@eucas2013.org

See you there!


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CSA Short Courses at CEC/ICMC 2013 in Anchorage/Alaska CSA

March 6, 2013 (A203).  As part of its goal to provide educational opportunities to professionals in cryogenics and related fields, the Cryogenic Society of America (CSA) will again offer short courses right before the Cryogenic Engineering Conference/International Cryogenic Materials Conference (CEC/ICMC).

Courses will be held on Sunday, June 16, 2013, at the Anchorage Marriott Downtown, Anchorage AK.

Attendees can choose one of two full-day courses or the half-day course. These will be taught by expert instructors who possess practical knowledge of the topics they teach. Each student will receive a copy of the course notes assembled by the instructors.

Pricing:
Full-Day Courses: $350 early (on or before April 13), $375 regular (after April 13), $200 full-time student with ID
Half-Day Course: $200 early (on or before April 13), $210 regular (after April 13), $115 full-time student with ID
For more information and to register click here: http://2csa.us/2013shortcourses. Online registration ends June 12, 2013.

Dr. Friedrich Haug teaches a CSA
Dr. Friedrich Haug teaches a CSA
short course at the 2011 CEC/ICMC.

Course Descriptions:

“Introduction to Cryogenic Engineering”
Instructors: Tom Peterson (Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory) and Dr. John G. Weisend II  (European Spallation Source)

This course provides a survey of the basics of cryogenic engineering. Topics covered include the following: properties of cryogenic fluids, cryogenic properties of materials, refrigeration and liquefaction, cryostat design, helium II, cryogenic equipment, instrumentation and safety in cryogenic systems. Extensive examples are drawn from the fields of accelerator cryogenics, superconductivity and space cryogenics. There is an emphasis on providing useful data and pointers to additional resources.

“Fundamentals of Cryocoolers with Applications to 4K Systems”
Instructors: Dr. Ray Radebaugh (ret. NIST) and Dr. Chao Wang (Cryomech, Inc.)

Cryogenic temperatures provide benefits in a wide variety of applications. However, various problems usually occur in achieving such temperatures that often hinder the development of applications. Developments in cryocoolers in the past twenty years or so have alleviated many of these problems, which have ushered in many more practical applications, especially many space and superconductor applications. This course will review many of the advances that have been made to overcome some of these problems. The course will begin with a study of cryocooler fundamentals and then will show how these principles are used in the various types of gas-cycle cryocoolers to achieve temperatures from about 2K to 150K. The operating principles of the major cryocooler types will be discussed, which includes Joule-Thomson, Brayton, Claude, Stirling, Gifford McMahon and pulse tube systems.

A new area to be covered in this course explores the advances that have been made recently to allow Gifford-McMahon and pulse tube cryocoolers to reach 4K. Because helium gas prices have been increasing rapidly in the last few years, many applications that previously had used liquid helium are now switching to the use of 4K cryocoolers. Some examples of 4K systems will be given in which the transition has been easy and others where certain challenges have had to be overcome. Some solutions for the existing liquid helium cryostat will also be introduced.

“Thermodynamic Fundamentals for Cryogenics”
Instructor: Dr. Friedrich Haug (CERN)

Knowledge of thermodynamics is essential for cryogenics engineering. This course is intended to describe fundamentals in thermodynamics with an emphasis on processes and cycles. A brief introduction is given with a historical description of early liquefaction attempts of gases and the physics concepts relevant for thermodynamics are reviewed. Processes and thermodynamic cycles of large and small scale refrigerators/liquefiers including cryocoolers are described, followed by a brief discussion on the methods to reach temperatures below 2K. A chapter of the course is dedicated to the assessment of the quality of real cycles. The course is primarily designed for beginners in the cryogenics field and suited for students and engineers new to the field.


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2013 ESAS Summer School on Materials and Applications of Superconductivity

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February 27, 2013 (A202).  The ESAS Summer School on Materials and Applications of Superconductivity will be held, at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, 29 July - 2 August, 2013.

This summer school will provide basic lectures on superconducting physics and important phenomena, state-of-the-art material development and a broad range of superconducting applications. Visits to the superconducting laboratories at the Institute of Technical Physics will be included, with opportunities to interact with the professional staff and graduate students.
Confirmed list of topics and lecturers:

  • Physics and introduction to superconductivity, Prof. René Flükiger, Geneva
  • YBCO materials, Dr. Bernd Holzapfel, IFW, Dresden
  • LTS materials, Dr. Klaus Schlenga, Bruker Energy & Supercon Technologies, Hanau
  • AC losses, Dr. Fedor Gömöry, Slovak Academy of Science, Bratislava
  • Simulation and modelling, Dr. Francesco Grilli, KIT, Karlsruhe
  • Fault current limiters, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Mathias Noe, KIT, Karlsruhe
  • Superconducting current leads, Dr. Reinhard Heller, KIT Karlsruhe
  • Superconducting cables, Dr. Mark Stemmle, Nexans, Hannover
  • Superconducting rotating machines, Dr. Wolfgang Nick, Siemens, Erlangen
  • Superconducting transformer & SMES, Dr. Pascal Tixador, Grenoble INP
  • Superconducting electronics, Prof. Michael Siegel, KIT, Karlsruhe
  • Cryogenic electrical insulation, Stefan Fink, KIT Karlsruhe
  • Cryogenics, Dr. Holger Neumann, KIT, Karlsruhe
  • Electro-mechanical properties of superconductors, Dr. Klaus Weiss, KIT, Karlsruhe

Other topics with lecturers not yet confirmed

  • BSCCO material,
  • MgB2 material,
  • Superconducting magnets.

All lectures are intended to give an overview about the state-of-the-art as well as specific details of their topic. Due to the small number of participants an intensive interaction with lecturers is encouraged.

Who should attend?

This summer school will be of interest for Students (Bachelor, Diploma, Master, Phd), for Post-Docs, for engineers and scientists, and for those who want to learn more about the fascination of superconductivity.
Links:

We provide links to Accomodation, Fees and Registration and Previous Schools.


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The APS March Meeting Invited Sessions

February 28, 2013 (A201).  In line with the ongoing transformation of our Forum from European into the global SNF, we announce for the first time the major US annual event in condensed matter physics: the American Physical Society (APS) March Meeting 2013.  It will be held in Baltimore, MD, from March 18 to 22, 2013.  All the information on the meeting, including registration, etc., is accessible at http://www.aps.org/meetings/march/index.cfm.  Below we list the invited sessions sponsored by DCMP (APS Division of Condensed Matter Physics), with links to abstracts.  Numerous sessions are devoted to superconductivity-related topics.

Invited Program:

 

A1. Spin Caloritronics
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A2. Novel Superconductivity in FE Selenide Superconductors
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A3. Second Landau Level: Quantum Phases
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B1. Logical Spin Qubits for Quantum Computation
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B2. 2D Charge Ordering in Under-Doped Cuprates
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B3. Frustration and Quantum Criticality
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B4. Cold Atoms on Higher Orbital Bands
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C1. Spin-Orbit-Controlled Ground States in Single-Crystal Iridates
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C2. Coulomb Drag and Exciton Condensation in Semiconductor and Graphene Double Layers
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C10. Stabilization and Dynamics of Magnetic Skyrmions
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F1. Physics from the Laboratory to the Universe: Davisson-Germer/Heineman/Onsager/Lilienfeld Prizes
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F2. Low Energy Excitations in Iridates
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F47. Solid-State Nanopores: Translocation and Applications
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G1. Anderson-Higgs Boson in Condensed Matter Physics
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G2. Superconductivity in Topological Insulators
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J1. Buckley Prize Session
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J2. Topological States and Plasmonics in Graphene
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J3. Colloidal Carbon Nanotubes
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M1. Tunable, Intense, Coherent THz Emission From a High Temperature Superconductor
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M2. Interaction-Driven Quantum Hall States in Graphene
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M3. Novel Quantum Phases in Artificial Lattices and Networks
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N1. Quantum Computing With Diamond
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N2. Electron Matter in FE-Based Superconductors
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N10. Smart Magnetic Particles: On-Chip Transport, Assembly and Biomedical Applications
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R1. Controllng Magnetism Without Magnetic Fields
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R2. New Developments in Organic Spintronics
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R3. Nonequilibrium Relaxation and Aging in Materials
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T1. Superfluids under Nanoscale Confinement
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T2. Valley Polarization Physics: Transition Metal Dichalcogenides and Other
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T3. From Cells to Tissues: The Material Properties of Living Matter
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T10. Superconducting Qubits
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U1. Hidden Order in URu2Si2 and Possibly Related Compounds
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U2. Topological Insulators: Surface State Transport
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U3. Application of the First-Principles and Atomistic Methods to Nuclear Detection Materials
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U4. Quantum Reservoir Engineering and Feedback
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W1. Superconductivity at High Pressure
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W2. Theory of Interacting Topological Insulators
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W9. Physics of Next Generation DNA Sequencing
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W10. Many Body Physics in Quantum Gases
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Y1. New Perspectives on Kondo Systems
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Y2. Magnetism and non-Fermi Liquid in Heavy Fermion Metals
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Y3. New Directions in Fractional Quantum Hall Phenomena
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Z1. Time- and Angle- Resolved Photoemission Spectroscopy of Complex Materials
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Z2. Jamming and Rheology of Disordered Systems
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ESAS Prizes 2013

February 28, 2013 (A200).  The European Society for Applied Superconductivity (ESAS, www.esas.org) awards four prizes biannually to researchers under the age of 30 for outstanding work presented in person by poster during the EUCAS conference. One prize is awarded in the subject areas of electronics, large-scale, wires and tapes applications and materials, corresponding to the main technical symposia of EUCAS. The main criteria for the award of these prizes are the originality of the work and the general quality of the poster presentation. Each prize-winner receives a printed certificate a monetary award of €500. 

The electronics prize is awarded in the memory of Professor Antonio Barone, who died in 2012 and who made an outstanding contribution to this field of superconductivity. This prize is sponsored by the CNR-SPIN Institute in Genoa, of which Professor Barone was a founding member.

Candidates are required to submit to the Awards Committee;

  1. A short CV (1 page)
  2. A summary of the work with a general statement of capabilities and accomplishments in the field (half a page), and a list of publications.

Successful candidates will be required to present their poster in person at EUCAS.
The deadline for ESAS prize submissions (CV and summary) is September 9, 2013.
The applications must be sent to secretary@esas.org.


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ICEC Klipping Award Call for Nominations

February 27, 2013 (A199).  The International Cryogenic Engineering Committee (ICEC) decided to award a young researcher for outstanding work in cryogenic engineering. The award is named after Gustav and Ingrid Klipping to commemorate their enormous contributions to the field of cryogenics and more specifically to recognize their active role in involving young researchers. The award will be given on the occasion of the International Cryogenic Engineering Conference, which is held every two years. The next Conference will be at University of Twente in The Netherlands, July 7- 11, 2014. The candidate shall be 35 years old or younger on the starting date of the conference. The awardee will receive a certificate and a check of 1000 CHF, plus a waiver of the registration fee of the ICEC conference at which the prize is to be awarded.

Those interested in nominating should follow instructions in the Klipping Award nomination flyer and fill in the nomination form The deadline for nominations is May 1st, 2013.


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ISEC 2013 Extends Abstracts Deadline to February28th

February 21, 2013 (A198).  The 14th International Superconductive Electronics Conference (ISEC 2013) will be held at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Cambridge, Massachusetts from July 7 – 11, 2013. 
Due to a large number of last-minute abstract submissions, ISEC extended the deadline to Thursday, February 28, 2013.
 A few confirmed Invited Speakers to date are:

  • Professor Akira Fujimaki from Nagoya University on recent progress in digital superconductor electronics in Japan.
  • Dr. Kent Irwin on applications of superconductor detectors.
  • Professor Irfan Siddiqi on engineering energy dissipation to tailor coherence.
  • Dr. Sam Benz on Precision Voltage measurements with Josephson devices.
  • Dr. Jerry Chow from IBM on building towards a fault-tolerant superconducting quantum computer.

To access the Call for Abstracts & Papers and Abstract Submission information, please visit the ISEC 2013 website at: http://www.isec-2013.org/author-information/.  Abstracts must be submitted online at: http://isec2013.abstractcentral.com/.
 For further and up-to-date Conference information, please visit http://www.isec-2013.org


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IARPA Proposers Day Announcement

February 13, 2013 (A197).  The United States Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) Office released on February 11, 2013 an “IARPA Proposers Day Announcement for the IARPA Cryogenic Computing Complexity (C3) Program”.  IARPA will host a Proposers' Day Conference for the Cryogenic Computing Complexity (C3) Program on March 12, 2013 in anticipation of the release of a new solicitation in support of the program. The Conference will be held from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM EST in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

IARPA notes, this announcement serves as a pre-solicitation notice and is issued solely for informational and planning purposes. The Proposers' Day Conference does not constitute a formal solicitation for proposals or proposal abstracts. The full text of the Announcement, including the technical background description is accessible at: https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=1d13904f9cc703e0b3ca3e734ce2ca8b&tab=core&_cview=0.

We note, the announcement above is the first major sign of renewed US interest in significantly supporting large-scale cryogenic computing using the RSFQ technology.  It was in limbo for nearly a decade, after the preliminary phase of the Petaflop Computer program, then performed by TRW, Redondo Beach, CA, was suspended.  

IARPA expects that the C3 program will be a five-year, two-phase program. Phase one, which encompasses the first three years, serves primarily to develop the technologies that are required to demonstrate a small superconducting processor. Phase two, for the final two years, will integrate those new technologies into a small-scale working model of a superconducting computer.

C3 Program thrusts will include:

  1. Cryogenic memory: New approaches to enable high performance computing systems with greatly improved memory capacity and energy efficiency.
  2. Logic, communications and systems: Development of advanced superconducting circuits and integration with memory and other components for demonstration of a limited superconducting computer system on which to measure performance metrics.

We would like to emphasize that the envisaged funding approach is much more cautious this time, as the program should be aiming only at a “small-scale working model of a superconducting computer”.  It remains to be seen whether the level of support in the first phase will be commensurate with what is needed to develop the technology.  The former Petapflop program was benefitting of the then existing TRW foundry, which promptly made significant progress towards fabrication technology at integration levels up to 105 Josepson junctions (JJ) on a chip.  A corresponding fabrication facility will have to be available and the experience then already gained re-created again.  Certainly, conceptual progress in RSFQ circuitry, also noted in the announcement, and in (e.g., hybrid) memory may help, especially at the design stage.  Nevertheless, if the speed (data rate) goals will be as ambitious as in the former program, a reliable multilayer technology of integrated circuits with submicron JJs having correspondingly high current densities must be at hand. 


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Abstract Submission Deadline of EUCAS 2013 Approaching

February 6, 2013 (A196).  We remind our readers that the deadline for submitting abstracts to EUCAS 2013 will expire on March 8th, 2013, end of the day.  The 11th European Conference on Applied Superconductivity (EUCAS 2013) will be held in Genova, Italy, from September 15 to 19, 2013.  All the information on this major European meeting is accessible at http://www.eucas2013.org/


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International Conference on Basic and Clinical Multimodal Imaging

February 6, 2013 (A195).  The International Conference on Basic and Clinical Multimodal Imaging (BACI 2013) will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from September 5 to 8, 2013.  This is a joint meeting of five international societies interested in the promotion and dissemination of non-invasive imaging methods that allow one to understand human brain functions and their disturbances in neurological and psychiatric diseases (ISFSI, ISBEM, ISNIP, ESNS, and ISBET). The meeting is an attempt to bring together basic and clinical scientists to discuss the newest methodological advances in imaging methodologies and their experimental and clinical applications.  It will assemble two groups of scientists who until now hold individual meetings.

We include this meeting in our listing, because of inclusion in the program of biomagnetic imaging methods (MEG, MCG) involving superconducting sensors and modeling via inverse problem solutions.  All the information on the meeting is available at http://www.baci2013.ch/.  The deadlines for abstract submission and early registration are end of May, 2013.


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Postdoctoral Position in Coherent Quantum Phase-Slip Devices Available at UCL

February 1, 2013 (A194).  At the University College of London, UK (UCL), an opportunity is available to work on a new research project experimentally investigating the phenomenon of coherent quantum phase-slip in superconducting nanowires and developing devices harnessing the effect with a view to future applications in high-technology electronics. UCL is a public research and teaching university located in London, and the oldest and largest constituent college of the federal University of London.

The Postholder will develop and investigate novel superconducting-nanowirebased circuits and devices which utilise the phenomenon of coherent quantum phase-slip, including realising devices suggested by Hriscu and Nazarov [1].  Specifically, the Postholder will contribute to the set-up and development of electrical-measurement experiments on these devices at dc and at microwave frequencies ~100MHz-10GHz, and to conducting (and analysing the results from) these experiments which will be carried out at cryogenic temperatures using a range of equipment including a cryogen-free dilution refrigerator. He/she will also create superconducting-nanowire devices and associated circuit elements for the measurements, using electron-beam lithography and other equipment located in the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN).  The position, which is funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), will initially be for one year.

Applicants should have a PhD or equivalent (or at least have submitted their thesis) in condensed-matter physics, or a closely related area. They must have experience of operating cryogenic apparatus and a good knowledge and understanding of quantum solid-state physics, along with some of the following attributes: experience of conducting and setting up measurements involving microwave-frequency electrical signals / operating a dilution refrigerator / electron-beam lithography techniques; understanding of low-temperature physics / superconductivity / requirements for small-signal electrical measurements.

Further details of the position are available at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/jobs and reference number 1308047.  The closing date for applications is 1st March.

[1] A.M. Hriscu and Y.V. Nazarov, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106 077004 (2011); A.M. Hriscu and Y.V. Nazarov, Phys. Rev. B 83 174511 (2011).


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Two Editors from Asia Join ESNF Editorial Team

January 17, 2013 (A193).  We welcome Professor Liye Xiao as our new Co-editor for Large Scale Applications of Superconductivity and Dr. Teruo Izumi as Co-editor Materials. 

Prof. Xiao is currently Director of the Institute of Electrical Engineering, and Director of Applied Superconductivity Laboratory, Chinese Academy of Sciences (http://english.iee.cas.cn/). 

 Dr. Izumi is currently Director of Superconducting Tapes & Wires Division at the
Superconductivity Research Laboratory of the International Superconductivity Technology Center  (ISTEC) of Japan (http://www.istec.or.jp/index-E.html) .

Their joining the ESNF Editorial Team will initiate the transition from European to a global Superconductivity News Forum (SNF).  We expect to complete and announce that transition in the course of the current year 2013.  


 

MT-23 Deadline for Abstracts Approaching

January 8, 2013 (A192).  The 23rd International Magnet Technology Conference (MT-23) will be held at The Westin Copley Place Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts from July 14 – 19, 2013 (see our feature Major Intl. & US Conferences, CSC list).  The Conference issued now the reminder on the firm deadline for abstracts approaching: it is January 21, 2013.  Submission information can be found at the MT-23 website http://www.mt23.org/program/.


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The CEC/ICMC 2013 Deadline for Abstracts Extended by One Week

January 14, 2013 (A191-U).  Due to an overwhelming response in abstract submissions, CEC/ICMC 2013 decided to extend their deadline for abstracts by one week, until January 18, 2013.  Submission information can be found at the CEC/ICMC 2013 website http://www.cec-icmc.org/.

The 2013 Cryogenic Engineering Conference & International Cryogenic Materials Conference (CEC/ICMC 2013) will be held at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center, Anchorage, Alaska, USA, from June 17 to 21, 2013. 

CEC/ICMC 2013  

CEC/ICMC 2013 Deadline for Abstracts Approaching January 5, 2013 (A191).  The 2013 Cryogenic Engineering Conference & International Cryogenic Materials Conference (CEC/ICMC 2013) will be held at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center, Anchorage, Alaska, USA, from June 17 to 21, 2013 (see our feature Major Intl. & US Conferences, CSC list).  The Conference issued now the reminder on the firm deadline for abstracts approaching: it is January 11, 2013.  Submission information can be found at the CEC/ICMC 2013 website http://www.cec-icmc.org/.
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Sixth International Conference on Nanoscale Magnetism, ICNM-2013

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December 5, 2012 (A190).  The 6th International Conference on Nanoscale Magnetism (ICNM-2013) will be held from September 2nd to 6th, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. It is being organized organized by the Department of Physics and Nanomagnetism and Spintronic Research Center (NASAM) of Gebze Institute of Technology and Bahcesehir University.
The conference venue will be at the Besiktas Campus of Bahcesehir University, in the very heart of Istanbul on Bosphorus.  The abstract submission and registration are open now.  The abstract submission deadline is May 1st, 2013.  Please visit http://www.icnm2013.org/ for further details.  Questions can be addressed to secretariat@icnm2013.org. The program will include a roster of distinguished plenary speakers from around the world.


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ISEC 2013 Call for Abstracts

ISEC

December 4, 2012 (A189).  The International Superconductive Electronics Conference (ISEC) will be held in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA from July 7 to 11, 2013.  It will be chaired by Oleg Mukhanov of Hypres, Inc.  The Conference is now accepting abstracts.  The submission deadline is February 18, 2013. This deadline is firm.
To access the Call for Abstracts & Papers and Abstract Submission information, please visit the ISEC 2013 website at: http://www.isec-2013.org/author-information/.  For further and up-to-date Conference information, please visit http://www.isec-2013.org.


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CEC/ICMC 2013 Call for Abstracts

CEC/ICMC 2013

December 3, 2012 (A188).  The 2013 Cryogenic Engineering Conference & International Cryogenic Materials Conference (CEC/ICMC 2013) will be held June 17 – 21, 2013 at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center, Anchorage, Alaska, USA.  The meeting will co-chaired by Wilfried Goldacker of KIT, Germany, and Peter Shirron od NASA Goddard.  Abstracts are now being accepted and are due by January 11, 2013. This deadline is firm.
To access the Call for Abstracts and Abstract Submission information, please visit the Conference website at: http://www.cec-icmc.org/author-information.  For further and up-to-date information, please visit the CEC/ICMC 2013 website at http://www.cec-icmc.org.

Of several Awards presented at CEC/ICMC 2013 we mention the CEC Samuel C. Collins Award (nominations deadline is December 21st, 2012) and the ICMC Lifetime Achievement Award (nominations deadline is April 19, 2013).  The Cryogenic Society of America (CSA) also presents its awards at the Conference. 


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Fourth International Conference on Quantum Metrology

November 12, 2012 (A187).  The Fourth International Conference on Quantum Metrology (QM’2013) will be held in Poznań, Poland, from May 15th to 17th, 2013.  This historical Polish city was hosting also the QM’2011.  All details can be found in the QM’2013 conference flyer.  The deadline for submitting full papers is February 14, 2013.


 

Postdoctoral 2-years Position in France

November 12, 2012 (A186).  A post-doctoral position is available at the Laboratoire National de Métrologie et d'Essais (LNE), Paris area, France.  LNE is the French equivalent of the National Physical Laboratory in United Kingdom).  This opening will start in January 2013 for the duration of 24 months,

The general topic of the post doctoral research will be the quantum ampere: the realisation of the new SI ampere and quantum metrological triangle.  All the details can be found here.  Please forward this information to any person who could be interested.


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The Next Issue of ESNF

November 12, 2012 (A185).  We are finally back online after the prolonged power outage caused by the hurricane Sandy.   Our next issue will be delayed to make possible the prepublication of preprints of some invited and selected contributed papers presented at the Applied Superconductivity Conference 2012 held in Portland, OR, USA, from October 7th to 12th, 2012.  This next special issue dated October/November 2012 will be entirely dedicated to these papers.  The contributed papers are now being selected in a contest for best quality preprints.  We expect the issue to appear online by or shortly before the end of November.


 

ASC 2012 Plenary Presentations are Accessible Online

October 24, 2012 (A184).  All the plenary (slide) presentations given at the ASC 2012 are already accessible at http://www.ascinc.org/conference-program/plenary-presentations/.   To the best of our knowledge, most or even all of these presentations have not been submitted as manuscripts for future publication in IEEE Trans, App. Supercond.


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Prompt Prepublication of Selected ASC 2012 Contributed Papers

October 18, 2012 (A183).  In addition to pre-publishing invited papers, The European Superconductivity News Forum (ESNF, http://www.esas.org, click on “Superconductivity News”, or http://snf.ieeecsc.org/) will grant authors of contributed ASC 2012 papers a very limited number of prepublication slots reserved for outstanding ASC 2012 contributions. The choice of these contributions will be made by Editors and/or ESNF panel of reviewers.   Selected manuscripts should appear in the October/November 2012 Issue of ESNF.  Please submit immediately (the absolute deadline is October 31, 2012) to superconductivityforum@ieee.org and indicate the presentation or program ID number (this is mandatory).


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The CCA 2012 Deadline for Abstracts Extended

September 15, 2012 (A182).  We were notified today that the deadline for CCA 2012 abstract submission has been extended until September 20, 2012. The International Conference/Workshop on Coated Conductors and their Applications will be held at Heidelberg, Germany, from November 14th to 16th, 2012 (see A180).   
The homepage of this meeting provides all the available information at http://www.itep.kit.edu/cca2012/, registration forms inclusive. 


 

PASREG 2012 Workshop Call for Abstracts Extended until August 31, 2012

August 1, 2012 (A181).  The 8th International Workshop on Processing and Applications of Superconducting (RE)BCO Large Grain Materials(PASREG 2012) will be held at the National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan, from December 6th to 8th, 2012.  Its Call for Abstracts submission deadline, initially set at July 31st is now extended to August 31st, 2012.  This workshop will immediately follow the International Symposium on Superconductivity (ISS2012) being held from December 3rd to 5th in Tokyo, Japan.  The abstract submission website is : http://submission.pasreg2012.org/.  All the information on this meeting can be found at http://pasreg2012.org.  Co-Chairs of the 8th PASREG Workshop will be: David Cardwell (University of Cambridge, UK), Herbert C. Freyhardt (TcSUH/University of Houston) and Masato Murakami (Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan).

The topical categories for abstracts submitting are:

  • Innovative applications of bulk HTS, e.g., (RE)BCO, Bi-HTS, MgB2, pnictides and others,
  • Processing of bulk HTS,
  •  Characterization of bulk HTS,
  • Optimization of critical currents, flux pinning, grain size, strength of materials, etc.,
  • New materials: bulk MgB2, pnictides and others.

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The International Conference CCA 2012 to be held in Heidelberg, Germany

July 3, 2012 (A180).  The International Conference/Workshop on Coated Conductors and their Applications, CCA 2012, will be held at Heidelberg, Germany, from November 14th to 16th, 2012.  It will continue the series of former CCA-meetings held at Houston, Barcelona and Fukuoka.  The homepage of this meeting provides all the available information at http://www.itep.kit.edu/cca2012/, registration forms inclusive.  The important deadlines are:

  Abstracts Submission Deadline:  14th September 2012
  Early Registration Deadline:  9th October 2012
  Late Registration Deadline:  2nd November 2012
  Hotel Reservation Deadline: 9th October 2012
  Author Notification of Acceptance: 1st October 2012
  Extended abstract submission:   9th November 2012.

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German "KRYO" 2012 Workshop to be held in Freudenstadt
July 3, 2012 (A179).  The annual German cryogenic Workshop “KRYO” will be held this year at Freudenstadt-Lauterbad from September 30th to October 2nd, 2012.  It is being organized by Profs. Reinhold Kleiner and Dieter Koelle, University of Tübingen.  The flyer of the meeting is available here.  The homepage of the Workshop is
 www.physik.uni-tuebingen.de/fkp.  The registration and fee payment deadline is July 20th, 2012.

The program will include contributions in the following categories:

  • New superconducting devices/components and measurements
  • New Josephson junctions and hybrid devices
  • SQUIDs, SQUIFs, Josephson networks/arrays
  • Voltage standards, SET, RSFQ
  • Macroscopic quantum coherence, qubits
  • Integrated superconducting circuits
  • Cryogenic detectors
  • Cooling systems

Traditionally, the presentations can be made either in German or in English.  In the recent past the Workshop used to be attended also by participants from other European countries who are always welcome.


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8th International Workshop on Magnetism and Superconductivity at the Nanoscale

June 19, 2012 (A178).  Belatedly, we announce the upcoming 8th International Workshop on Magnetism and Superconductivity at the Nanoscale to be held at the Coma-ruga village, 70 km south of Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain, from July 1 to 5th, 2012.  This year’s Workshop has the short name “COMA-RUGA 2012”.  The registration was closed on June 10.  The workshop will consist mainly of 45 invited talks plus one poster session.  All the detailed information including the list of speakers and the program schedule (with speaker names indicated) is available at: http://www.ub.edu/gmag/comaruga/


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PASREG 2012 Workshop Issues Call for Abstracts

June 6, 2012 (A177).  The 8th International Workshop on Processing and Applications of Superconducting (RE)BCO Large Grain Materials(PASREG 2012) to be held at the National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan, from December 6th to 8th, 2012, issued the first Call for Abstracts.  The submission deadline is July 31st, 2012.  This workshop will immediately follow the International Symposium on Superconductivity (ISS2012) being held from December 3rd to 5th in Tokyo, Japan.  The abstract submission website is : http://submission.pasreg2012.org/.  All the information on this meeting can be found at http://pasreg2012.org.  Co-Chairs of the 8th PASREG Workshop will be: David Cardwell (University of Cambridge, UK), Herbert C. Freyhardt (TcSUH/University of Houston) and Masato Murakami (Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan).

The topical categories for abstracts submitting are:

  • Innovative applications of bulk HTS, e.g., (RE)BCO, Bi-HTS, MgB2, pnictides and others,
  • Processing of bulk HTS,
  •  Characterization of bulk HTS,
  • Optimization of critical currents, flux pinning, grain size, strength of materials, etc.,
  • New materials: bulk MgB2, pnictides and others.

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Deadline for BioMag 2012 Early Rate Registration Is Extended Until June 7th.

May 30, 2012 (A176).  In the past hours, some BioMag 2012 registrants were charged regular instead of early registration fees.  The organizers apologize for this unexpected problem with the registration procedure. They will either update your invoice to correct value, if it is to be paid by bank transfer or reimburse you, if you already paid by credit card.   If you have not registered yet, please go to:  http://www.biomag2012.org/content/conference-fees-and-registration.

Due to this irregularity, the early registration rate is extended until June 7th, 2012.


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James Zimmerman Prize Nominations Deadline

May 26, 2012 (A175).  Several prize awards will be presented at the 2012 Biomag 18th, to be held in Paris, France, from August 26 through 30, 2012 (see A165, A168).  Among these is the James Zimmermann Prize first awarded at the Biomag meeting in Dubrovnik, Croatia, in 2010.  The prize is awarded for “Significant contribution to novel SQUID-based sensors, new generation of sensor developments, and their applications in the field of biomagnetism”.  It is sponsored by Biomag jointly with the International Federation of Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE).  Applications can be submitted by postdoctoral fellows, faculty and research scientists attending BioMag 2012.

Unfortunately, we missed to announce the prize at the appropriate time.  However, the deadline for applications has been extended from June 1st to June 4th, 2012, so there is still a little time left to prepare such applications.  Please visit http://www.biomag2012.org/content/fellowships-and-awards to get more information on all awards, including the J. Zimmerman Prize (JZP).  Applications should be submitted by e-mail to awards@biomag2012.org.  The prize charter is accessible at JZP Charter.

The other three prizes to be awarded and can be applied for are:

  • Best-Poster
  • Young Investigator
  • Mid-Career Achievement.

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Additional Applications to the ESAS Superconductivity Summer School May Be Submitted

May 4, 2012 (A174).  While the deadline for applications to the ESAS Superconductivity Summer School expired on April 25th, we received today the information that additional applications may be submitted promptly as there still are a few free places.

This school can be of interest to students (Master, PhD), post-docs, engineers and scientists.
For more information, see http://www.affccs.org/esas/EcoleEsas2012/index.html.  The preliminary program is accessible here.  To apply, please send the following documents to esas.school2012@grenoble.cnrs.fr: (Please note: vacancies in the ESAS Superconductivity Summer School are now filled.)

- a short CV,
- a short description of your work,
- a letter of recommendation.


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Institute of Physics Superconductivity Summer School

April 24, 2012 (A173).  While the application deadline of the ESAS Superconductivity Summer School passed, interested applicants can still register for the Institute of Physics (IOP, UK) Summer School.  It is being organized by the IOP Superconductivity Group as a three-day event beginning on July 9th (Monday) morning and closing in the late afternoon of July 11th (Wednesday), 2012.  It will be held at the Wolfson College, Oxford, UK, where the last IOP Superconductivity Summer School (2010) was also held.  The program of invited lectures is already posted at: https://www.eventsforce.net/iop/frontend/reg/tOtherPage.csp?pageID=85597&ef_sel_menu=2318&eventID=222&eventID=222

It covers five topical areas listed below:

  • Fundamentals of superconductivity
  • Materials
  • Applications
  • Modelling
  • Measurements.

Confirmed speakers include David Larbalestier, Archie Campbell, Harry Jones and Martin Wilson.  Registration details and all other information can be also found at the website indicated above.  The early registration deadlines are: June 1st, (early) and July 4th, 2012 (regular).  Registration (including meals) is only GBP 245 for non-IOP member students (230 for members) and en-suite accommodation is 82 GBP per night at St Anns College, Oxford.

One very positive experience from the last IOP superconductivity school was that the event was well attended by junior researchers in both academia and industry which provided an excellent opportunity for networking between early career staff in these two domains of superconductivity research.


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PASREG 2012: 8th International Workshop on Processing and Applications of Superconducting (RE)BCO Large Grain Materials, December 06-08, 2012; Tainan, Taiwan

April 12, 2012 (A172) We are pleased to announce that the 8th International Workshop on Processing and Applications of Superconducting (RE)BCO Large Grain Materials (PASREG 2012) will be held at the National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, Taiwan from December 6th to 8th, 2012, following the International Symposium on Superconductivity (ISS2012) being held from December 3rd to 5th in Tokyo, Japan. National Cheng Kung University is located in Tainan, a well-known historical city in southwestern Taiwan that has a rich cultural heritage.

The PASREG 2012 Workshop will cover important processing and characterization aspects of bulk High Temperature Superconductors (HTS) and other bulk materials (including MgB2 and pnictides). The Workshop will also highlight materials processing, innovative applications utilizing bulk HTS materials, and novel developments in the field. PASREG 2012 is the eighth in a series of international workshops on the processing and applications of large grain (RE)BCO superconducting materials, previously held in Cambridge, UK. (1997), Morioka, Japan (1999), Seattle, USA (2001), Jena, Germany (2003), Tokyo, Japan (2005), Cambridge, UK(2007), and Washington D.C., USA (2010).

We look forward to seeing you in Tainan, Taiwan. For further information, please visit the workshop website: http://pasreg2012.org

The PASREG 2012 Organizing Committee -
Chair:
      In-Gann Chen (National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan)
Co-Chairs:
      David Cardwell (University of Cambridge, UK)
      Herbert C. Freyhardt (TcSUH/University of Houston)
      Murakami (Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan)


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SEFIRA, Superconducting Electronics Front-end InfrRAstructure
Journées SUPRA 2012, days of superconductivity 2012

March 20, 2012 (A171). From 02 – 04 April, 2012 the network SEFIRA will organize the ‘Journées SUPRA 2012’, the days of superconductivity 2012 at Cargèse/Corse with two invited talks from Benjamin Huard and Laura Gozzelino on the treatment of quantum information and prospects of MgB2, respectively.

All details can be found in the French announcement SEFIRA JOURNEES SUPRA 2012 or directly in the internet at http://www.sefira.org


 

European Summer School on Superconductivity 2012

March 20, 2012 (A170). The 2012 ESAS Summer School on Superconductivity will be held at Lans en Vercors, France from June 10 - 15, 2012. Information can be found under: http://esasschool2012.grenoble.cnrs.fr/

The application for participation is open: Up to 30 participants will be chosen based on their application, which should include a short CV, an abstract of the participant’s poster contribution, a summary of the research work/plan and a letter of recommendation from his/her supervisor.

Applications should be sent to esas.school2012@grenoble.cnrs.fr before April 22, 2012. Response will be given before April 30, 2012. It must be specified if the applicant needs a visa. Each participant should present a poster.


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The Book "100 Years of Superconductivity“ Appeared

March 5, 2012 (A169).  The delayed book "100 Years of Superconductivity“, to be distributed to attendees of the Superconductivity Centennial Conference in The Hague (September 18 to 23, 2011), see HE64, has been finally printed and distributed.  It should be also available in bookstores and via Internet stores for a price of £ 63.99 (hardback copy).  Unfortunately, it contains mistakes, which originated with the Publisher (CRC).   The book Editors, Profs. Horst Rogalla and Peter Kes, made every effort to prevent these mistakes from appearing in print, but without success.  According to a CRC leaflet we found in the book, the errata can be found online: http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781439849460.  Unfortunately we weren’t able to find these errata in that publicity webpage.


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Update on BIOMAG 2012

March 5, 2012 (A168).  As announced earlier (see A166), the 18th International Conference on Biomagnetism will be held in Paris, France, from Sunday, August 26th through Thursday, August 30th, 2012.  The call for abstracts was issued on January 26th and the submission deadline is March 15th, 2012.  We now received the announcement that the lists of symposia and satellite events are already available on the websites:
http://www.biomag2012.org/content/conference-program, and
http://www.biomag2012.org/content/satellite-meetings

Furthermore, a call for proposals to host the 2016 BIOMAG was recently issued and is accessible here.


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8th International Symposium on Intrinsic Josephson Effects and Plasma Oscillations in High-Tc Superconductors (PLASMA 2012)

Februray 14, 2012 (A167).  The 8th International Symposium on Intrinsic Josephson Effects and Plasma Oscillations in High-Tc Superconductors (PLASMA 2012) will be held at Cesme, Izmir, Turkey, from June 10 to 13, 2012. The extended abstract submission deadline is February 25, 2012.

The conference will focus on various topics related to Josephson junctions and novel phenomena in Josephson junction systems. The topics are: Terahertz oscillations and their applications, Macroscopic quantum phenomena and qubit applications, Josephson vortex dynamics and related topics, exotic and unconventional superconductors and their properties, others (including iron-based superconductors). The conference is intended to provide an opportunity to get together, to exchange information and ideas, to promote stimulating discussions and collaborations among participants, and also to foster young scientists.

A special session will be held to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Josephson effect. Submitting a paper to it and/or suggesting speakers for this session is welcome.

The venue will be a famous holiday destination of Aegean Sea, Cesme, Turkey. Cesme is 90 km away from Izmir connected with a toll express way.  Izmir is the third largest city of Turkey, connected with many countries via non-stop flights.

You could find details at Plasma 2012 web site, http://plasma2012.iyte.edu.tr; contact the organizers at plasma2012@iyte.edu.tr


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18th BioMag Conference Call for Abstracts

January 30, 2012 (A166).  The 18th International Conference on Biomagnetism will be held in Paris, France, from Sunday, August 26th through Thursday, August 30th, 2012.  The call for abstracts was issued on January 26th and the submission deadline is March 15th, 2012.
The meeting will be held in the beautiful 18th century Hotel de la Rochefoucauld d'Estissac, now a state-of-the-art meeting center located a few hundred meters away from the Eiffel tower, the Musée d'Orsay and the Saint Germain des Prés area.

The scientific program includes, but is not limited to, technological, methodological, clinical and fundamental research in biomagnetism. This year, the organizers intend to highlight the quickly growing field of human brain dynamics, taking the MEG perspective but also taking advantage of the multiple methods (EEG, fMRI) and recording levels (intracranial EEG, LFP, unit activity) now available. These issues will be addressed in five keynote lectures, twenty symposia and several poster sessions.

Abstracts should be submitted (by March 15th, 2012) through the BioMag website: http://www.biomag2012.org/submission/.  The Conference Registration is now open on the website http://www.biomag2012.org/.


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ASC 2012 Call for Abstracts and Papers

January 30, 2012 (A165).  The Applied Superconductivity Conference (ASC 2012) announced its Call for Abstracts and Papers.  The deadline for abstract submission is March 9, 2012.  To access the Call for Abstracts & Papers and the Abstract Submission information, please visit the ASC 2012 website at: http://www.ascinc.org/conference-program/.

Permanently sited in the United States of America, it is the largest and most established (since 1972) international meeting in Applied Superconductivity with attendance from overseas usually exceeding 50%.  The ASC 2012 will take place October 7 - 12, 2012 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon, USA.

For further information and future updates, please visit the ASC 2012 website at http://www.ascinc.org


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Third German National Workshop ZIEHL III

January 12, 2012 (A164).  The third biannual German national Workshop ZIEHL III on high-temperature superconductivity (HTS) in energy applications will be again held in Bonn, Germany, this time on March 6th and 7th, 2012.  The flyer containing the Workshop’s preliminary program (session titles in German) and registration information is available here.  Online information is available at http://www.ivsupra.de/ziehl.html, also only in German.   However, in the past, actual presentations were made either in German or in English.  Indeed, in spite of its national character, past Workshops were also attended by foreign participants.  Indeed, ZIEHL is a prime vantage point for watching the progress in the dialogue between German and European energy industries and the German applied superconductivity community.

Beginning this year, this biannual Workshop will alternate with the “Braunschweig Seminar” dedicated to the same purpose.  Information on some past ZIEHL and Braunschweig meetings can be found in ESNF Event Highlights.

ZIEHL III is organized with the support of the German Federal Ministry of Economy.  Its representative, Dr. Knut Kübler, issued the following welcome statement (our free translation wit explanatory additions in brackets):

“The energy strategy of the Federal Government opened a new chapter in the German energy history.  Germany proceeds on the path towards the epoch of renewable energies and will become one of the most energy efficient world economies.  The energy change1 opens simultaneously the chance for Germany to become a leader in the development of (new) energy technologies thus creating possibilities of economic growth and new permanent jobs.
HTS is a key technology as it enables economical use of regenerative energy sources such as wind and water, and also the extremely efficient and ecologically acceptable optimization and expansion of the electric grid.  In addition, HTS permits one to optimize the energy efficiency of a multitude of industrial processes.

The Federal Ministry for Economy (BMWi) sees in its support of superconductive technology a contribution to prospective safeguarding of German position in (world) economy.  In this spirit I welcome the third ZIEHL meeting of 2012, where the contributors will report on the already attained successes and new perspectives of the HTS technology in Germany.”

1Planned discontinuation of nuclear energy in Germany.


 
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 Conference on Materials & Mechanisms of Superconductivity

A163November 30, 2011 (A163).   The Materials & Mechanisms of Superconductivity Conference, M2S 2012, will be held at the Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington from Sunday, July 29 through Friday, August 3, 2012.  The M2S Conference originated as spontaneous response to the discovery of high-Tc superconductivity and is the successor of the former Rochester Conference.  We attract the attention of our readers to the M2S Call for Abstracts.  The firm deadline for submission is February 8th, 2012.  This call for abstracts includes the abstract categories and all other information currently available.


 

ICSM 2012 Final Abstract Deadline

November 28, 2012 (A162).  The final and ultimate abstract deadline for ICSM 2012
(see A152) was extended by the Organizers and is now December 7, 2012.  To submit an abstract, please visit http://www.icsm2012.org/, register and use the abstract template.


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IOP Superconductivity Summer School 2012

November 28, 2011 (A161). The Institute of Physics (IOP. UK) Superconductivity Group organizes a Superconductivity Summer School 2012 to be held at the Wolfson College, University of Oxford, from July 9 to 11, 2012.  The Chairs of this event are Dr Ziad Melhem of Oxford Instruments and Professor Harry Jones, University of Oxford.

This three day summer school on Superconductivity will deliver a brief introduction to superconducting materials and applications covering Fundamentals of superconductivity, Materials, Applications, Modeling, and Measurements.  The program may include a visit to Oxford Instruments. 

Early registration deadline will expire on June 1, 2012.  The final deadline will be July 4, 2012.  More information will be available soon at the School website.


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III International Workshop on HTS Numerical Modelling

November 26, 2011 (A160).  The III International Workshop on Numerical Modelling of High-temperature Superconductors (50 Years of Critical State) will be held in Barcelona on April 10 to 13, 2012.

The call for papers is open.  Early registration at reduced fee ends January 21, 2012.  All information on submissions, registration, hotel, venue, etc., can be found at the Workshop Website: http://www.icmab.es/htsmodelling2012/#home.


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The ZIEHL III Workshop to be held in Bonn

November 16, 2011 (A158).  The German National Workshop ZIEHL will be held for the third time in Bonn, Germany, on 6th and 7th of March 2012.  Its purpose will be to present and assess the status and readiness of superconductivity industry in the area of application of high-Tc superconductors in large-scale power/energy applications, and take stock of the progress accomplished since ZIEHL II.  Superconducting grid components are expected to enhance the energy efficiency of electrical grid and power systems and thus contribute to environmentally advantageous solutions. 

Similarly as the 1st and 2nd ZIEHL, the announced Workshop will be oriented principally at an audience not involved in applied superconductivity: the energy industry, engineers active in energy technology, potential future investors, and also decision makers in politics, economy, industry and environmental protection.  The meeting, again under the auspices of the German Federal Ministry of Economy, will be held mostly in German, but, as in the case of earlier ZIEHL Workshops, foreign participants are welcome.

The flyer of the Workshop can be viewed here.  It provides the overall program, plus information on lodging and registration fees.  The actual  registration occurs on the www.ivsupra.de. website.


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The 18th BioMag Conference to Be Held in Paris, France: Call for Symposia

November 14, 2011 (A157)  The 18th International Conference on Biomagnetism (BioMag 2012) will be held in Paris, France, from Sunday, August 26th through Thursday, August 30th, 2012.  The venue will be the beautiful 18th century Hotel de la Rochefoucauld d'Estissac, now a state-of-the-art meeting center located only a few hundred meters away from the Eiffel tower, the Musée d'Orsay and the Saint Germain des Prés quarter of Paris.

The scientific program is expected to include, but not be limited to, technological, methodological, clinical and fundamental research in biomagnetism.  The intended emphasis will be on the quickly growing field of human brain dynamics; from the MEG perspective but also taking advantage of the multiple methods (EEG, fMRI) and recording levels (intracranial EEG, LFP, unit activity) now available.

The organizers are now calling for the submission of proposals for up to 20 symposia. A symposium should last 2 hours and include 3-4 speakers. Submissions will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee. Please submit your proposal through the BioMag 2012 website http://www.biomag2012.org/ before November 22nd, 2011. The Scientific Committee may suggest to merge symposia addressing similar topics.

In addition, the organizers of BIOMAG 2012 invite other parties to organize workshops, educational courses, company-organized workshops and other types of activities for up to 5 Biomag 2012 satellite events. Satellite meetings will be held before BioMag, on August 25th and 26th.  Note that satellite events are not sponsored by BioMag 2012. Submissions will be reviewed and selected by the Scientific Committee. Proposals should be submitted to satellites@biomag2012.org.  Detailed information on the proposal contents, etc., can be found here.  The deadline of November 22nd applies also to satellite events.


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Reports on Progress in Physics Special Issue on Iron-based Superconductors

November 10, 2011 (A156)  To celebrate the centennial of superconductivity, Reports on Progress in Physics (ROPP, IOP) published a special issue of invited-only review articles on the topic of Iron-based Superconductors.  Edited by George Crabtree, Laura Greene and Peter Johnson, all contributions will be free to read until the end of 2011. Further articles will appear before the end of the year, so make sure you bookmark the page. View the full collection and don’t miss this opportunity.  Note that ROPP enjoys currently an extremely high impact factor of 13.857.  Also the ROPP collection of superconductivity-themed review articles published over the last 10 years (see A142) is still accessible free of charge.


 

IEEE CSC Graduate Study Fellowship

November 7, 2011 (A155).  We attract the attention of our potentially qualifying readers to the IEEE CSC Graduate Study Fellowship administered by the IEEE CSC. It is also posted on  the IEEE CSC website homepage.


 

Workshop on Superconducting Wind Turbine Generators

September 29, 2011 (A154).  A Workshop on superconducting generators for wind turbines will be held in Rome, Italy, on October 24, 2011.  The Italian Association, for Marine Renewable Energies in the Mediterranean and European Seas (OWEMES), is responsible for the organization of this Workshop.  All the information can be found in the flyer accessible at http://www.gse.it/media/ConvegniEventi/Documents/SowitBrochure2011.pdf


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Abstracts of the Seventh International Conference on Vortex Matter in Nanostructured Superconductors

September 12, 2011 (A153).  The Seveth International Conference on Vortex Matter in Nanostructured Superconductors, a satellite of EUCAS 2011, is currently (September 10 to 17th, 2011) held on the Rhodes Island, Greece.  Unfortunately, we failed to announce that Conference in time. However, we are now able to provide access to the Abstract Book of this meeting.  It might be of immediate interest to those readers who don’t attend the Conference.


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International Conference of Superconductivity and Magnetism: Abstract Submission

September 12, 2011 (A152).  The Chair of the International Conference on Superconductivity and Magnetism (ICSM 2012) announced last week that the abstract submission site has been activated. All invited speakers and contributing participants can upload their abstracts at the ICSM 2012 website (http://www.icsm2012.org/conference/ ).  Abstract submission can only be made electronically via that web-site while using the ICSM template.  Our information on the ICSM 2012 first announcement is A147.

Note that ICSM 2012 will be held at Artemis Marin Princess Hotel in Kumburgaz-Istanbul between 29 April- 4 May 2012, (for details: www.icsm2012.org ). All contributed abstracts received will be reviewed on the basis of scientific merit, novelty and practical application. Full-text papers will be subject to peer review before accepted for publication in a special issue of "Journal of Superconductivity and Novel Magnetism".


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Superconductivity Centennial Conference Update

September 11, 2011 (A151).  The Superconductivity Centennial Conference (SCC) to be held in The Hague, The Netherlands, will start in a week from today, on September 18th, 2011.  The technical program is now available on the Conference website; the program webpage is: www.eucas2011.org/Program.php.  Latest updates are available at  www.eucas2011.org/News.php.

Contrary to the earlier announcement (see A134), the Conference papers will be published not by IOP, but by Elsevier in the following form:

  • All Plenary Lectures and a selection of the Oral Presentations will be published in a special issue of Physica C. These contributions will be subject to Physica C peer review and publication standards. The authors will be contacted personally by the guest editors Horst Rogalla and Peter Kes with directions about the preparation and on-line submission of their papers via Elsevier's Editorial System (EES) at http://ees.elsevier.com/physc. Manuscripts can be submitted starting 1 August 2011; the submission deadline is November 30th, 2011. The length of the articles is about 10 printed pages.
  • All other contributed papers of both oral and poster presentations will be published in electronic form after review in a volume of Physics Procedia. Submission should be done electronically in order to facilitate the editorial and reviewing process. For each presented contribution a manuscript of 6 printed pages (maximum) may be submitted to the proceedings. The papers should describe original work of the author(s) which has not been previously published. Submission of manuscripts will be possible till September 24th, 2011.

Please note that the SCC Chairs consented to the prepublication of invited (only) manuscripts in ESNF and secured the permission of Elsevier.   Manuscripts submitted to ESNF by the deadline of November 30th (the same deadline as for Physica C), will be subjected to a prompt editorial review.  Those accepted will be pre-published as electronic preprints in the January 2012 Issue of ESNF.  We invite authors of all invited papers to use this opportunity. 

Interested invited authors should submit online to our usual submissions address: superconductivityforum@ieee.org.


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ESAS Prizes for Young Researchers

August 24, 2011 (A150). The European Society for Applied Superconductivity (ESAS, www.esas.org) awards biannually three prizes to researchers under the age of 30 - for outstanding work presented in person by poster or oral during the EUCAS Conference (in 2011 the Superconductivity Centennial Conference). One prize is awarded in each of the three subject areas EUCAS: electronics, large-scale applications and materials.

The main criteria for the award of these prizes are the originality of the work and the
general quality of the poster or oral presentation. Each prize-winner receives
a printed certificate and a monetary award. As the jury of the prize is not able to scrutinize all the presentations during the Conference, those researchers who believe to qualify for the award should step forward and submit their candidacy.

  1. Each interested candidate is required to submit via e-mail the following material for the Awards Committee:
    A short CV (1 page).
  2. A summary of the work with a general statement on capabilities and
    accomplishments in the field (half a page)
  3. A list of publications.

At EUCAS, all candidates will be required to present their poster or oral in person.

The deadline for ESAS prize candidacy submissions (items 1 to 3 above) is
September 9, 2011. Please send the file(s) to infos.esas@listes.grenoble.cnrs.fr.
In the e-mail subject please indicate: “ESAS Prize."


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E-MRS Fall Meeting Features Two Superconductor Symposia

August 17, 2011 (A149).  This year European MRS (E-MRS) Fall Meeting will be held in Warsaw, Poland, from September 19 to 23, 2011, immediately after the Superconductivity Centennial Conference (see A126).  Superconductors are the topics of the following two of the 13 parallel Symposia:

D.   Electronic and magnetic structure of ferropnictide high-Tc superconductors and related compounds  and

M.  Recent progress in new superconductors and related multifunctional materials.
The registration deadline for lower fees expired already.  The full rate registration is now EUR 480, student rate is EUR 330.  The venue of E-MRS will be the Warsaw University of Technology.  All the detailed information is available at the E-MRS website.


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The LTD-14 Program Is Accessible Online

June 24, 2011 (A148).  We announced earlier (see A136) that the 14th International Workshop on Low Temperature Detectors (LTD-14) will be held at the Kirchhoff-Institute for Physics of the Heidelberg University during the period of August 1 to 5, 2011, with a reception and early sign-in on July 31, 2011.  All the information is available at the LTD-14 website. (http://ltd-14.uni-hd.de/)

At this point we like to announce that the complete online program of the Workshop, including abstracts, is available online, but can be accessed only after logging in.  The program looks rather impressive to us; we would like to encourage attendance by all potentially interested researchers.


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The ICSM 2012 – First Announcement

June 20, 2011 (A147).  We received the first announcement of the "3rd International Conference on Superconductivity and Magnetism" (ICSM2012) to be held in a resort near Istanbul, Turkey, from April 29th to 4 May 4th, 2012. The conference web site is: http://www.icsm2012.org.  This first announcement and invitation to attend contains comprehensive information on all facets of this future event, including the important dates, and also many useful links.  Among these we highlight the link to the papers of the past Conference (2010), which are published in the Journal of Superconductivity and Novel Magnetism 24, No. 1-2, January 2011.  The first announcement was issued by Prof. Ali Gencer of Ankara University – on behalf of the Organizing Committee.


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ESNF to Pre-publish selected Papers Presented at CEC-ICMC 2011

May 26, 2011 (A146).  Authors of invited papers to be presented at the CEC-ICMC 2011 conference are invited to submit their manuscripts for possible prepublication in ESNF as electronic preprints.  Papers which directly address R&D in superconducting materials, large scale applications of superconductivity and related technologies, such as cryocooling, are eligible.  This invitation is supported by the CEC-ICMC organizers with a permission of AIP.  The American Institute of Physics is the Publisher of AIP Conference Proceedings (AIPCP), where both the “Advances in Cryogenic Engineering” and the “Advances in Cryogenic Engineering (Materials)” will eventually appear.  Prepublication in ESNF offers the interested authors a broad and prompt dissemination of their paper, much ahead of the eventual publication of the peer-reviewed AIPCP final version.  Selected preprints should appear in the July and October 2011 Issues of ESNF.  Individual invitations were issued to invited authors.

Contributing CEC-ICMC authors have the opportunity to compete for a limited number of prepublication slots.  The topical selection criteria are the same as for invited papers.  All the pertinent information can be found on the conference webpage, see http://cec-icmc.org/article/view/ESNF_pre_publication.  

The CEC-ICMC 2011 will be held in Spokane, Washington, USA, from June 13th to 17th, 2011. 


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Seventh Fuxonics RSFQ Design Workshop

May 19, 2011 (A145).  The annual (7th) Fuxonics RSFQ Design Workshop will be held in Ilmenau, Germany, from September 26th to 28th, 2011, immediately after the Centennial Conference in Hague (see A126).  The workshop is offered to those who want to get familiar with the design and simulation of superconductive electronic circuits and the development of emerging applications.  All the information on the registration, lodging, and the general program is available here.


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Open PhD Scholarship at DLR, Berlin

May 13, 2011 (A144).  The German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Berlin, Germany, has an open PhD scholarship position to perform research on superconducting nanowire single photon detectors for cryptography.  The DLR announcement is available here.  It provides all the necessary information on how to apply and on requirements to be met by interested candidates.


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Workshop on Cryoelectronic Devices, Kryo 2011

May 13, 2011, updated June 23, 2011 (A143).  The annual German national Workshop on Cryoelectronic Devices, will be held this year in Autrans near Grenoble, France, from October 2 to 4, 2011.  This meeting will be organized by IRAM (Institut de Radioastronomie Millimétrique), which is the reason for the Kryo 2011 venue outside of Germany. 

IRAM is a European collaboration between the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), the German MPG (Max-Planck-Gesellschaft) and the Spanish IGN (Instituto Geográfico Nacional), but its activities are global. Partnerships exist with many space research organisations including ESA, NASA and CNES. While developing and running its own observatories, IRAM is often a major contributor to other projects such as ALMA, the world's largest millimeter interferometer project currently under construction. 

The preliminary information on the Workshop is already available on the IRAM webpage, see http://www.iram-institute.org/EN/content-page-224-7-67-224-0-0.html.  Registration opened on June 1 and will end on July 30, 2011.  Note this is also the deadline for abstract submission.  The registration fee of EUR 220.00 covers also accommodation & meals. 
This meeting is traditionally attended also by scientists from neighboring countries, especially Austria, the Netherlands and Switzerland.  At past meetings (the last was held in 2010 in Zeuthen near Berlin, see HE49) the presentations could be made either in German or in English.  At the 2011 Workshop, English will be preferred to facilitate the participation of French colleagues.


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Selection of Papers from “Reports on Progress in Physics” 2000-2010

April 30, 2011 (A142).  To celebrate 100 years of superconductivity, the well-known IOP journal Reports on Progress in Physics (ROPP) announced free access to a “Back History Collection” of representative superconductivity-themed papers published between 2000 and 2010.  The free access opportunity will end on December 31, 2011.  To download the papers, please, go to http://iopscience.iop.org/0034-4885/page/Celebrating%20100%20years%20of%20superconductivity


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SuST Free Access Paper Highlights of 2010

April 21, 2011 (A141).  The journal Superconductor Science and Technology (SuST, IOP) announced free access to a collection of 26 papers selected by the Editorial Board to exemplify the work published in the journal in 2010.  To access this collection, please click on Highlights of 2010 Collection.


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Physics World Superconductivity Centennial Special Issue

Physics World Superconductivity Centennial Special Issue

April 13, 2011 (A140).  This month Physics World (IOP) is celebrating 100 years of Superconductivity with a special issue dedicated to the subject.  

 

As an extra bonus, the entire issue will be available to download as a free pdf file from the physicsworld.com  site throughout April 2011.  The link to the site is:        
http://physicsworld.com/cws/download/apr2011.


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Joint Annual Meeting of the Swiss Physical Society

April 11, 2011 (A139).  The joint Annual Meeting of the Swiss Physical Society and the Austrian Physical Society, together with Swiss and Austrian Societies for Astronomy and Astrophysics will be held at EPF Lausanne on June 15 to 17, 2011.  One of the topical sessions will be devoted to “100 Years (of) Superconductivity”.   Also, one of the plenary talks under the same title will be given by Øystein Fischer, University  of Genève, Switzerland.  The website of the meeting is: http://www.sps.ch/en/events/gemeinsame_jahrestagung_2011/ .  An English version is available.  The registration deadline is June 1, 2011.


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Sixth Braunschweig Superconductivity Seminar

March 26, 2011 (A138).  In our Announcement A128 we provided the advance information on the upcoming Sixth Braunschweig Superconductivity Seminar to be held in Braunschweig, Germany, on May 11th and 12th, 2011.  However, only now we obtained the flyer of the Seminar, which includes the program of this national event (held predominantly in German).   Prospective participants should refer to this flyer for all the information they might need.

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European Summer School 2011

March 25, 2011 (A137).  The European Summer School on Superconductivity will be held at the Harjattula Mansion near Turku, Finland, from June 12th to 17th, 2011.  The school is organized by the “Prizztech Magnet Technology Centre” in cooperation with other leading European and local Finnish institutions.  The deadline for applications is April 30th, 2011; up to 25 candidates will be accepted.  The school fee is EUR 500 + VAT.  Master and Ph.D. students, postdocs, and also other interested professionals can apply.

Topics covered by the school will include:

  • LTS & HTS theory
  • Flux dynamics
  • LTS materials
  • HTS materials
  • MgB2
  • Cryogenics
  • Cables & FCL
  • Stability and quench
  • AC Losses
  • Rotating Machines
  • SMES & Transformers
  • SQUID/Brain Research
  • Electronics
  • Roadmap of Superconductivity.

All the necessary details are provided in the “Call for Applications”, which can be viewed here.


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Low-temperature Detectors Workshop to Be Held at Heidelberg

March 24, 2011 (A136).  The 14th International Workshop on Low-temperature Detectors, LTD-14, will be held in Heidelberg, Germany, from August 1st to 5th, 2011.  The covered topics include detector physics and technology, absorber physics, signal read-out, multiplexing and sub-kelvin refrigerators.  Device applications will include: IR to UV single photon detection, high-resolution X-ray and gamma-ray spectroscopy, atomic, nuclear, neutrino and heavy ion physics, astronomy, cosmic microwave background and dark matter search.  The conference poster is accessible here.

Important upcoming dates are: abstract submission from April 1 until May 8 (deadline); the full paper deadline is July 17th, registration deadline (possible only after logging) is July 28th.  Hotel reservation deadline is June 1st.  The Workshop website containing this and all other pertinent and currently available information is: http://ltd-14.kip.uni-heidelberg.de.


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HTS4Fusion Conductor Workshop

March 16, 2011 (A135). HTS4Fusion Conductor Workshop, at KIT Karlsruhe, Germany, on May 26-27, 2011, targets the development of a HTS high current & high field conductor that answers the needs for fusion application. After clarifying the boundaries for DEMO, the status of HTS material and ideas for cable concept are addressed. Joint formation, electrical and mechanical stability, AC loss optimization and irradiation issues will be discussed. [poster]


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IOP to Publish Proceedings of the Centennial Conference
(Please see A151 for update.)

March 16, 2011 (A134). IOP Publishing (IOP) is delighted to announce that an agreement has been reached to publish the proceedings of the 2011 Superconductivity Centennial Conference in two IOP journals.

Professors Horst Rogalla of the University of Twente and Peter Kes of the University of Leiden and co-chairs of the Superconductivity Centennial Conference said of the deal "This event is the biggest highlight of the 2011 celebrations. IOP was the best choice for us as our partners in this venture as they have a well established relationship with our community and could provide our contributors with excellent visibility for their work."

The event is being held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Kamerlingh Onnes' discovery of superconductivity at Leiden University in 1911. Three conference organizations EUCAS (European Conference on Applied Superconductivity), ISEC  (International Superconductive Electronics Conference) and ICMC (International Cryogenic Materials Conference) have come together to host the event, which is expected to have 1000  participants.

Selected papers from the conference will be published in a special invited issue of Superconductor Science and Technology with the remaining papers to be published in the Journal of Physics: Conference Series.  All the papers published in Journal of Physics: Conference Series will be open access in perpetuity and the papers published in Superconductor Science and Technology will be free to read for 12 months. The proceedings are expected to be published in early 2012.

IOP Publishing is marking the centennial celebrations with the publication of a special collection of 100 hand picked articles from Superconductor Science and Technology, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, New Journal of Physics, EPL and Physica Scripta on the hottest topics to emerge in the field over the last decade including MgB2 and the newly discovered iron-based superconductors. The collection is available and free to read at http://iopscience.iop.org/centenary until 31 December 2011.

Links:
Superconductivity Centennial Conference http://www.eucas2011.org/index.php
Journal of Physics conference series: http://jpcs.iop.org
Superconductor Science and Technology: http://iopscience.org/sust

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European Roadmap on Superconductive Electronics

February 22, 2011 (A133).  The “European roadmap on superconductive electronics – status and perspectives” is a major result of the European (EU/EC) FP7 project S-PULSE.  It has been published by Elsevier as a special (November) issue of Physica C 470, 2079-2126 (2010); or see DOI 10.1016/j.physc.2010.07.005.

The contributions of 24 European co-authors have been edited by H.-G. Meyer, J.  Niemeyer, H. Rogalla, and H. Toepfer.  The authors emphasized that with superconductive electronics many excellent devices are possible, e.g. ultra-sensitive sensors, ultra-fast digital electronics, ultra-low dissipative interfaces, and ultra-precise standards.  The paper gives an overview on applications of superconductive electronics in industry, health care, security, research, etc.  Together with enabling technologies such as cryocooling and interfacing with semiconductor electronics, superconductive devices can be integrated into operational facilities.  The roadmap draws perspectives for this field in Europe for the next years. Only subscribers to Physica C have unlimited access to the full document.  Nonsubscribers can download it from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.physc.2010.07.005 against a fee of US $ 19.95. The executive summary is available in “New Papers and Results


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Applied Superconductivity Forum - Alert!

February 22, 2011 (A132).  We were alerted to the fact that many members of the superconductivity community received most recently an announcement on an “Applied Superconductivity Forum” and “Applied Superconductivity Conference” to be held in Thailand in early May, 2011, with a registration deadline of March 10, 2011.  The announcement has been distributed by e-mail sent from “Ethos Asia [admin@ethosasia.com]”.

Please be aware that this “Applied Superconductivity Forum” has nothing to do with IEEE nor with the Applied Superconductivity Conference(www.ascinc.org ), nor with EUCAS (http://www.eucas2011.org) .


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Postdoctoral Position in France

February 19, 2011 (A131).  GREEN, a research laboratory associated with the University of Nancy, France (Université Henri Poincaré), has an open postdoctoral research associate position and is looking for interested candidates.  The Research subject is “Study and Optimization of Flux Trapping in YBCO Bulk by Pulsed Field Magnetization”.  The position is currently funded for one year.  The official announcement is available here.  It includes a short research and job description, a list of pertinent references, and the contact information.


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IOP Announces Free Access to 100 Superconductivity papers

January 27, 2010 (A130).  To celebrate the Superconductivity Centennial, t he Institute of Physics (IOP, UK) announced a list of 100 superconductivity papers accessible free-of-charge in IOP journals until the end of the centennial year: visit this IOP webpage.  The freely accessible papers are in the following categories:

  • Iron-based superconductors (57 papers)
  • Occurrence of superconductivity and potential candidates (13 papers)
  • Theories and models of superconducting state (26 papers)
  • Properties of superconductors (52 papers)
  • Transition temperature variations, phase diagrams (25 papers)
  • Superconducting materials other than cuprates (48 papers)
  • Cuprate superconductors (17 papers)
  • Superconducting films and low-dimensional structures (6 papers)
  • Superconducting devices and applications (6 papers).

Naturally, many of these 100 papers appear in more than one category.


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International Conference on Quantum Metrology to be Held in Poland

January 20, 2011 (A129).  The International Conference on Quantum metrology, QM’2011, will be held in the city of Poznań, Poland, from May 11 to 13, 2011.  The main topics of this conference include:

  • Josephson Effect and Quantum Voltage Standards
  • Quantum Hall Effect and Electric Resistance Standards
  • Atom Standards of Frequency
  • Single Electron Tunneling
  • Spintronics
  • Scanning Microscopy and Their Applications in Metrology
  • Applications of SQUIDs
  • Nanometrology
  • Measurement Systems for Quantum Metrology
  • The Quantum SI - a New System of Units
  • New Research Areas in Metrology

The meeting is co-organized by the Poznań University of Technology and the Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena, Germany.  The conference language is English only.  The call for papers requests full manuscripts by February 11, 2011, with the notification on acceptance promised by March 15, 2011.  The pre-registration deadline (including payment of the registration fee) is March 31, 2011.  The flyer of the conference is available here.  The conference website contains all the detailed information, see http://www.kwant.et.put.poznan.pl/index_pro.html.


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6th Braunschweig Superconductivity Seminar

January 12, 2011 (A128).  The Carolo-Wilhelmina University of Braunschweig, organizes the 6th Braunschweig Superconductivity Seminar to be held on 11th and 12th of May 2011 in Braunschweig, Germany.  The 6th Seminar follows in footsteps of the 5th such event, which was held in June 2010 (see HE47).  This annual national event is held essentially in German and its main motivation is to bring together the electric power utilities, the industry potentially interested in manufacturing large-scale superconducting power devices/machines, the developers of such equipment and the superconductivity researchers from academia and industry.

The main premise is that the increasing use of renewable and decentralized energy sources, such as wind and solar energy, leads unavoidably to changes in and modernization of the electrical power supply and distribution system.  The purpose of this year’s seminar is, as in the past, to seek answers to the following questions of interest to potential users and producers of superconducting devices and systems:

  • In what framework can superconductivity contribute to the new electric power supply system?
  • What requirements must meet the superconducting devices/machines and systems to be implemented?
  • What experience has been gained thus far from pilot projects implemented to date?
  • What economical and political boundary conditions are important for the implementation of superconductivity technology?

There is no website for this event.  The program, venue, hotel, etc., information will be announced soon.  There is no registration fee, but informal prior registration (no form to fill) is required at: m.blaz@tu-bs.de .  Registration by fax at: +49 (531) 391-8106 is also possible.  Any questions should be directed to Michael Blaz, phone number +49 (531) 391-7741.


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The 2nd International Workshop on Numerical Modelling of High-temperature Superconductors.

January 07, 2011 (A127).   The 2nd International Workshop on Numerical Modelling of High-temperature Superconductors will be held in Cambridge, UK, from April 11 to April 13, 2011.  This fully residential event will take place at the Cripp’s Court, Cambridge, a purpose-built conference facility sited in the historic college of Magdalene, University of Cambridge.

Modeling of high temperature superconductors is an important topic for the development of power systems applications such as fault currents limiters and power cables. This workshop should provide an opportunity for specialists and graduate students working in applied superconductivity to meet and exchange in details on modeling tricks and techniques, and is intended to speed up the developments in this area, which is usually not well covered in more general conferences.

The Workshop objectives are:

  • Allow a critical mass of researchers to sit together in view of generating new ideas about improving HTS modeling and finding solutions to current problems and challenges,
  • Improve the networking and exchanges between the researchers, otherwise quite dispersed worldwide, and often duplicating the same work,
  • Allow some of the participants to expose their work in much more details than in a conference, in a pedagogical perspective,
  • Establish a clearer view and organization of the field of HTS modeling, based on collective discussions and suggestions.

The registration is now open:  All the information and the program are available at
http://www-g.eng.cam.ac.uk/epec/HTSModellingWorkgroup/index.php.  The Workshop is organized by Magnifye Ltd., and co-sponsored by other industrial organizations. 

According to the organizers, the presentations are largely fixed but there are still some slots available; in particular they invite suggestions for an interactive session on the Tuesday afternoon and are especially interested in aural presentations from participants who are studying heat transfer and thermal effects.

All participants are invited to bring poster presentations and to submit abstracts for inclusion in the conference proceedings which will be preloaded onto a complimentary e-reader which will be provided for the conference in order to facilitate discussion.


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Superconductivity Centennial Conference
December 6, 2010 (A126).  The first announcement of the Superconductivity Centennial Conference was distributed online today.  It doesn’t yet contain the call for papers.  This meeting is planned as a joint event of three conferences: EUCAS, ISEC and ICMC, so the same information can be found at three websites: www.eucas2011.org, www.isec2011.org and www.icmc2011.org.  The first announcement itself is accessible here.


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Conference on Fundamental Problems of High Temperature Superconductivity to Be Held in Russia

November 10, 2010 (A125).  The 4th International Conference “Fundamental Problems of High Temperature Superconductivity” (FPS’11) will be held on October 3-7, 2011, at the recreation center “Zvenigorodskii” (40km to the west of Moscow, Russia).  The first announcement is available here.


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Prepublication of ASC Papers in ESNF

August 9, 2010 (A124).  We're pleased to inform our readers that with the approval of ASC, and of the IEEE Council on Superconductivity (CSC), ESNF may pre-publish manuscripts of invited ASC 2010 papers submitted to IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity (TAS).  Authors of such papers have the opportunity and are encouraged to submit their manuscript(s) for prepublication.  This requires separate (independent of TAS) online submission to: superconductivityforum@ieee.org. The submission deadline is August 20th, 2010.  Manuscripts of invited papers submitted by that deadline will be pre-published in the October 2010 Issue of ESNF, many (up to nine) months before the refereed final version will appear in TAS.  Manuscripts submitted to ESNF after the deadline of August 20th, but before November 20th, 2010, will appear in the January 2011 issue of ESNF.  Upon the publication in TAS, ESNF will provide a hyperlink to the abstract of the final online version of each pre-published paper.

We also give authors of contributed ASC 2010 papers the opportunity to compete for a limited number of open prepublication slots in "Electronics" (E), "Large Scale" (L), and "Materials" (M) segments of the ASC 2010 program.  Submitted manuscripts will be evaluated and selected by ESNF Editors and an ad hoc panel of ESNF reviewers.  Selected manuscripts may appear in the October 2010 Issue of ESNF, if submitted by August 20th, 2010.  Selected manuscripts of contributed papers submitted to ESNF by November 20th, 2010, may appear in the January 2011 Issue of ESNF.


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Philippe Masson Is Our New Co-editor

August 3, 2010 (A123).  We are happy to announce that, effective immediately, Dr. Philippe Masson, Senior Research Scientist at the Advanded Magnet Lab (AML) in Florida, USA, joins the editorial team of our Forum as the co-Editor responsible for "Large Scale" applications of superconductivity.  His address is included in our "Editorial Office" page.  Welcome, Philippe!


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Open Doctoral Study Positions in Superconducting Detectors of Synchrotron Radiation

July 23, 2010 (A122).  The Institute of Optics and Atomic Physics of the Technical University Berlin (Germany) announced two openings for physicists with a Diploma or Master degree qualifying for starting a doctoral study in Germany towards the Ph.D. degree.  Within the project “Correlation techniques for time-resolved terahertz/infrared spectroscopy at an electron storage ring” developed will be superconducting nanodetectors and correlation techniques for measurement of single electron bunches at terahertz and infrared frequencies (sub-ps time scale).

Accepted candidates will be remunerated by a salary corresponding to 50% of the German BAT IIa pay scale (for public service employees).  The full text of the announcement can be found here.  It contains the requirements a candidate must fulfill, and all the complete contact information.


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Open Tenure-Track Position in Cryogenic Cooling Technology

June 24, 2010 (A121).  The Faculty of Science & Technology (TNW) at the University of Twente, chair of Energy, Materials and Systems (EMS) seeks to strengthen its research effort by opening a TENURE-TRACK POSITION IN CRYOGENIC COOLING TECHNOLOGIES.  All the information on requirements and applying can be found in the TNW announcement here.  The deadline for applications is August 16th, 2010.


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Final Program of ESAS Summer School on Materials and Applications on Superconductivity

June 8, 2010  (A120).  We previously announced the ESAS Summer School to be held from July 12 to 16th, 2010 (see A115).  The response was such that all available slots have been filled immediately.  Therefore, applications are no longer possible.  The final program of the School has been now released and is available here.


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German Cryoelectronic Workshop

May 11, 2010 (A119).  The annual German Cryoelectronic Workshop “Kryo”, will be held this year in the Lake Hotel (“Seehotel) Zeuthen near Berlin, from October 3rd to 5th, 2010.  This year’s event will be sponsored by the Department for Experimental Planetary Physics of the Planetary Research Institute at the German Aerospace Center (DLR).  The organizers are Profs. H.-W. Hübers und A. Semenov.  Abstracts are solicited in the following topical areas:

  • New superconducting components and their characterization
  • Josephson junctions and hybrid structures
  • SQUIDs, SQUIFs and their applications
  • Cryodetectrors
  • Integrated superconducting circuits (digital)
  • Passive and active microwave components and their properties
  • Quantum dynamics and qubits
  • Cryocooling

As in preceding years, the meeting will start with a tutorial lecture (on Sunday, October 3rd at 15:00/3:00 PM).

Information on registration, abstract submission, lodging, etc., is already available at http://www.dlr.de/pf/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-6376/10449_read-23015/ .  The deadline for registration and abstracts is July 16th, 2010.  The language of oral presentations will be mostly German, but contributions in English are welcome, as are participants from abroad.  Traditionally, colleagues from neighboring countries participate in “Kryo”.


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IEEE ENERGYCON 2010 Paper Submission Deadline Extended

April 27, 2010 (A118).  In December 2009 we announced the IEEE ENERGYCON 2010 to be held in Manama, Bahrain, on December 18 to 21st, 2010 (see A99).  The reason we decided to publicize that planned event is that superconductivity is not mentioned explicitly in the listing of included topics.  We believe, it will be important to present at this conference all the options and benefits, for example in enhancing the energy efficiency, which could be derived from introducing superconducting components into the power grids of the future.  We thus encourage our readers and their organizations to consider submitting appropriate tutorial proposals and paper contributions describing the status of and outlook for superconducting devices and grid components.

At present, the organizers extended the paper submission deadline to June 1st, for both, full technical papers and “Industry Track Abstracts”.  The camera ready papers  will be due on October 1, 2010.

Topics of ENERGYCON 2010 include Reliable Energy Supply, Smart Grid and Power Delivery, Renewable and Clean Energy, Efficient Energy Consumption, and Information Technology. The conference will include several one/two-day tutorials, a one-day IEEE Standards Workshop and a large exhibition area for suppliers.  All the information can be found at the Conference website at: http://ieee-energycon.org/


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2nd Savoie Workshop - Reminder

April 21, 2010 (A117). Those interested, who did not yet register at the second S-PULSE Savoie Workshop, must do that before May 1st, because hotel reservations need to be settled soon. The workshop will be held at Chambery, France, from May 27 to May 28, 2010.

Registration can be done at the S-PULSE website: http://www.s-pulse.eu or http://www.lahc.univ-savoie.fr/sefira/spulse/2010/03/09/registration-is-open-for-2010-savoie-workshop-may-27-28-2010/.

This year, Dr Iwao Kawayama from the Osaka University will attend to present the last achievements in opto-electronic interfaces for superconducting circuits.

At the Workshop, discussed will be the hardware requirements to be met for constructing and testing complex autonomous RSFQ-based electronics systems.


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PASREG-2010 Workshop Preceding the 2010 ASC

April 12, 2010 (A116).  The PASREG-2010 Workshop will be held in Washington, D.C., USA, on July 29th to 31st, 2010, immediately preceding the 2010 Applied Superconductivity Conference (ASC) and at the same venue: the venerable historic Omni Shoreham Hotel.  The PASREG acronym stands for “Processing and Applications of Superconducting (RE)BCO Large Grains”.  The Workshop will cover processing and characterization of bulk High Temperature Superconductors (HTS) and should highlight all novel developments, including innovative applications that utilize bulk HTS materials. 

PASREG-2010, now featuring an extended scope, is the seventh in a series of international workshops on the processing and applications of large grain (RE)BCO superconducting materials, previously held in Cambridge, U.K. (1997), Morioka, Japan (1999), Seattle, USA (2001), Jena, Germany (2003), Tokyo, Japan (2005) and Cambridge, U.K. (2007).  Information on the Workshop can be found at http://pasreg2010.org/  and abstracts can be submitted via that web page.

The upcoming Workshop will critically evaluate the present state-of-the-art of materials processing, which should meet specifications needed for a broad spectrum of applications, e.g., for transportation or in electrical and power engineering. Answers to urgent questions will be sought.  For example, what roadblocks do we have to overcome? Can we assemble a roadmap for future developments and present the leading ideas in a white paper?  Significant effort was already invested in the organization of the Workshop and stimulating input was received from numerous colleagues active in this field.  Please, help to make this workshop a success, register early and distribute this information to your colleagues.


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ESAS Summer School on Materials and Applications on Superconductivity

March 24, 2010  (A115).  Every year ESAS stimulates and co-sponsors summer schools in superconductivity.  In 2010, the summer school session will extend from July 12 to 16th.  This summer school at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, will provide basic lectures on the physics of superconductivity and important related phenomena, state-of-the-art material development, and a broad range of superconductivity applications. Visits to the superconducting laboratories at the Institute of Technical Physics will be included, with opportunities to interact with the professional staff and graduate students. 

The first call issued by KIT contains more detailed information on the featured lectures, venue, registration accommodations, etc.  We emphasize that this year the number of accepted participants will be limited to 20, with acceptances on the “first come, first serve” basis.


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U.S. Particle Accelerator School Offers Superconductivity-related Courses

March 24, 2010 (A114).  In June 2010, the U.S. Particle Accelerator School, a U.S. National Consortium sited at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, will offer two courses directly involving superconductivity:

  • June 14-25: RF Superconductivity: Physics, Technology and Applications

(Full course; instructors: Jean Delayen, Gigi Ciovati and Anne-Marie Valente-Feliciano, all from Jefferson Laboratory)

  • June 14-18: Compact Superconducting Cyclotrons and their Applications

(Half course; instructor: Timothy Antaya, MIT).
The sponsoring university is Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the courses will be held in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.  The IEEE Council on Superconductivity (CSC) will be the co-sponsor.  The school is open to international participation.  MIT will issue to U.S. participants 3 credits for attending the two-week full course, and 1.5 credits for the one-week half course.  To foreign participants MIT can issue a letter to their advisor stating that "if they were allowed to take the course for credit, they would have received a grade of...".

The registration fee is U.S.$950 until April 1st, 2010, and U.S.$1,350 after that date.  All the information on offered courses, total cost estimate, the registration form, etc., can be found at the school website: http://uspas.fnal.gov/programs2/2010/mit/index.shtml.


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5th Braunschweig Superconductivity Seminar

March 23, 2010 (A113).  The Carolo-Wilhelmina University of Braunschweig, Institute of High-voltage Technology and Electrical Energy Systems organizes the 5th Braunschweig Superconductivity Seminar to be held on 23rd and 24th of June 2010 in Braunschweig, Germany.  The organizers are also helped by the Institute of Surface Technology (IOT) and the company PerCoTech.  The 5th Seminar follows in footsteps of the 4th such event,  which was held in May of 2009 (see HE33).  This national event is held essentially in German.  This year’s seminar is co-sponsored by the European energy provider Vattenfall, Siemens AG, VDE (German Association of Engineers) and the German industrial superconductivity promotion association “iv Supra”.

The seminar is supposed to serve as a platform of discussion between superconducting device developers, manufacturers, energy providers and utilities.  The main premise is that the increasing use of renewable and decentralized energy carriers, such as wind and solar energy, leads unavoidably to changes in and modernization of the electrical power supply and distribution system.  The purpose of this year’s seminar is to seek answers to the following questions of interest to potential users and producers of superconducting devices and systems:

  • What can be the role of superconductivity technology in the renovated/altered power grid?
  • What requirements must meet the superconducting devices/machines and systems to be profitably used?
  • What experience has been gained thus far from pilot projects implemented to date?
  • What technical, economical and political boundary conditions are essential for the implementation of superconductivity technology?

There is no website for this event.  The program, venue, hotel and organizer information, all in German, are provided here.  Planned presentations will cover coated conductors, cryocooling, development of devices/machines and their application in power plants.  The conditions for implementation in the power grid are discussed in a presentation from the side of EON/Avacon AG, an energy provider.  There is no registration fee, but informal prior registration (no form to fill) is required at: al.henning@tu-bs.de, or m.blaz@tu-bs.de .  Registration by fax at: +49 (531) 391-8106 is also possible.  Any questions should be directed to Alexander Henning and Michael Blaz, phone numbers +49 (531) 391-7759 (AH) and -7741 (MB).


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CIMTEC 2010 to Include the 6th International Conference “Science and Engineering of Novel Superconductors”

February 23, 2010 (A112).  CIMTEC 2010, International Conferences on Modern Materials and Technologies will be held in Montecatini Terme, Italy, June 6-18, 2010. CIMTEC 2010 will consist of the12th International Ceramics Congress (June 6-11, 2010) and of the 5th Forum on New Materials (June 13-18, 2010).

The 6th International Conference “Science and Engineering of Novel Supercond-uctors” will be held in the frame of the Forum on New Materials (June 13 -18), and will focus on recently discovered superconducting materials such as pnictides, their properties, theory and mechanisms, synthesis, processing and utilization as well as on the latest progress in other superconducting materials systems and in small- scale and large-scale devices.

More information and registration can be found at http://www.cimtec-congress.org/2010 Specific information on “Science and Engineering of Novel Superconductors” is available at http://www.cimtec-congress.org/2010/serial_conferences_fk.asp

HOT POSTER SUBMISSION

A “window” for HOT POSTER (Last Minute Poster) submission is open until April 20 to facilitate presentation of late news, i.e., results of recent research work. Abstracts can be submitted at: http://www.cimtec-congress.org/2010/abstract_submission.asp


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Savoie Superconducting Electronics Workshop

February 23, 2010 (A111-2).  The second Savoie Workshop dedicated to experimental considerations pertaining to superconducting electronics will take place at the University of Savoie in Chambéry, Savoie, France. It is organized within the European S-Pulse program.  It will start on Thursday, May 27 at 9 am to end after lunch on Friday, May 28, 2010. 

The scope of the workshop encompasses experimental techniques of measurements in superconducting electronics. It includes techniques of extraction of technological parameters, the measurements of digital RSFQ circuits and the characterization of detectors. It also includes cryogenic considerations related to superconducting device measurements and to optoelectronics techniques.

This workshop is open to all people interested in superconducting electronics, either analog (microwave, sensors) or digital.

The organizers encourage you to come and present your last results on any of these topics. The main objective of this Workshop is open exchange of ideas on all the issues related to experimental measurements and interfaces.  This exchange should also help to envision future approaches to solving technological obstacles in this domain.

Registration will be open on March 8 and accessible directly from S-PULSE website: http://www.s-pulse.eu.


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Twente Cooler Workshop

February 12, 2010 (A110).  The S-Pulse cooler workshop will be held at the University of Twente, in Enschede, The Netherlands, on Thursday, April 22nd and on Friday, April 23rd, 2010.  It is organized within the European S-Pulse program.  The venue will be the University’s conference hotel “Drienerburght”. The program will start in the morning of Thursday, continue full day, and end on Friday after lunch. More information will be available soon at: http://www.lahc.univ-savoie.fr/sefira/spulse/2010/02/08/twente-cooler-workshop-enschede-april-22-23-2010/


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Karlsruhe Detector Workshop

February 12, 2010 (A109).  The second Karlsruhe Detector Workshop will be held on March 2-3, 2010 in Karlsruhe, Germany.  It is organized within the European S-Pulse program.  The scientific program will begin on Tuesday, March 2nd at 9 am, and end on Wednesday, March 3rd, after lunch.  The main purpose is to review recent research and development results in the area of fundamental principles of operation and applications of superconducting detectors for X-ray, visible, infrared and THz spectral range.  Further topics included are readout electronics, system integration and cooling issues.

Members of the Local Organising Committee are: M. Siegel, K. Ilin and E. Crocoll (all from IMS, Karlsruhe University of Technology).  Any questions should be directed to E. Crocoll.  To register or/and submit an abstract, please visit the website of the University of Karlsruhe.


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Underground Science and Technology Conference

February 5, 2010 (A108).  The 3rd interdisciplinary Conference on Underground Science and Technology (iDUST) will be held at Apt, Provence, France, from June 9th to 11th, 2010.  The reason we announce this meeting in ESNF is that the program scope includes topics of possible interest to the electronic segment of the superconductivity community.  Examples of such topics are: high-sensitivity magnetometry (using SQUID), borehole instrumentation, sensor technology development and testing, etc.  The website of the meeting is http://lsbb.oca.eu/spip.php?article178 .  The summary submission deadline is March 31st, 2010.


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ASC 2010 Announces Call for Papers

January 28, 2010 (A107).  The Applied Superconductivity Conference, the thus far largest and most prominent meeting worldwide in this field (see www.ASCINC.org), announced its call for papers.  The firm deadline for electronic submission of abstracts is Friday, February 26th, 2010 at midnight (11:59 PM), US Eastern Standard Time (EST).  Only electronic submission of abstracts directly to the website indicated above is possible.  All other forms of submission won’t be accepted.  Instructions for abstracts are posted at the website.
This year’s ASC will be held in Washington, D.C., USA, from August 1st to 6th. 


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2010 Conference on Precision Electromagnetic Measurements

January 15, 2010 (A106).  The 2010 Conference on Precision Electromagnetic Measurements (CPEM 2010) will be held at Daejeon Convention Center (DCC) in Daejeon, Korea, from June 13th to 18th, 2010.  The meeting will be hosted by KRISS, the Korean Research Institute of Standards and Science.  Quantum metrology, and, therefore, also superconductive standards, detectors and readout methods usually represent a significant fraction of the program.  The extended abstract submission deadline is now January 31st, 2010, early registration deadline will be April 30th, 2010.  All the currently available information on CPEM 2010 can be found at the conference website: http://cpem2010.kriss.re.kr/index.php


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Vitaly Vysotsky Appointed Scientific Director at the Russian R&D Cable Institute

January 25, 2010 (A105).  On January 19, 2010, a member of ESNF Editorial Board, Dr. Vitaly Vysotsky, was appointed Scientific Director of Superconducting Wires and Cables and Head of the Department of Superconducting Cables and Wires in the “Russian Scientific R&D Cable Institute (JSC “VNIIKP). .  Dr. Vysotsky fills the vacancy created by Dr. Victor Sytnikov’s decision to leave VNIIKP.  We congratulate Vitaly on his appointment!  JSC VNIIKP, 5 Shosse Entuziastov, 111024, Moscow, Russia  Tel./Fax +7-495-542-22-70.


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EUROSQIP Final Workshop

January 25, 2010 (A104).  The European project EUROSQIP (European Superconducting Quantum Information Processor) is approaching its end.  The final Workshop of the project, under the name “Solid-state Systems for Quantum Information Processing” (SOLID), will be held at Bilbao, Spain, from February 9th to 11th, 2010.  This final workshop will at the same time be the kick-off of the successor project under the same name (SOLID).  About 30 EUROSQIP and SOLID groups will participate.   Information on the SOLID 2010 Workshop is available at EUROSQIP website: http://mina4-49.mc2.chalmers.se/~eurosqip/.  This website contains also, among others, a comprehensive list of publications by participating groups.  The final review of EUROSQIP will be held in Oxford, UK, from July 6th to 8th, 2010.


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Workshop “Superconductivity in Reduced Dimensions”

January 22, 2010 (A102).  the International Workshop on “Superconductivity in Reduced Dimensions” will be held in Salzburg, Austria, from May 4th to 8th, 2010.  This workshop is being organized by the Research Networking Programme “Nanoscience and Engineering in Superconductivity” (NES) under the auspices of the European Science Foundation.
Preliminary information on this workshop, including the list of invited speakers, is already available at http://www.univie.ac.at/supraleitung/NES2010/.  As in the case of other NES meetings, the number of participants will be limited, but anyone interested can submit an abstract for evaluation by the organizers.  The scope of the workshop will include:

  • Nanostructuring of superconductors and possible applications
  • Heterostructures, superlattices, and oxide interfaces
  • Surface and grain boundary effects in superconductors
  • Nanocomposites, nano-dots, and artificial pinning sites
  • S/F hybrid systems
  • Vortex structure, dynamics, and related effects
  • Superconducting fluctuations
  • Josephson junctions and SQUIDs
  • Superconducting devices, qubits, radiation emission and detection
  • Novel superconducting materials
  • Measurement techniques for probing superconductivity at the nanoscale
  • Theoretical understanding of finite-size effects in superconductors.

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Biomag 2010 to Be Held in Dubrovnik, Croatia

December 22, 2009 (A102).  The 17th International Conference on Biomagnetism will be held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, March 28th to April 1st, 2010.  The program of this meeting traditionally includes biomagnetic applications of superconducting sensors especially the magnetoencephalography (MEG), and the magnetocardiography (MCG) or magnetic field imaging (MFI).  All the information on the conference, including the preliminary program, venue, registration, accommodation, etc., can be found at http://www.biomag2010.org/index.php/welcome.html.  

Early registration expires December 23rd 2009.

This year conference will celebrate the 40th anniversary of "medical uses of SQUID".  Below we reproduce part of the welcome note by the conference Chair:

“The interdisciplinary field of biomagnetism includes dynamic and evolving SQUID-based technologies offering advanced real-time methods for noninvasive assessments of magnetic signals from the brain, heart and other organs as well as a range of modeling, mathematical and computational methods for functional source localization approaches. Excellent spatial resolution and unique, millisecond, temporal resolution of biomagnetic techniques allow insights into cortical neurodynamics and neurobiological basis of the human brain and heart functions in health and disease. Biomag2010 will be a great opportunity for an exchange of ideas and presentation of the latest developments in instrumentation, modeling approaches, basic and clinical biomedical studies. We are particularly proud to announce the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the first SQUID-based MCG measurements published on April 1, 1970. Since then ''medical uses of SQUID'' were dynamic and growing, including the most recent developments in combination with low field MRI, toward a ''direct neuronal imaging''.


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SuST Focus Issue on Coated Conductors and their Applications

December 10, 2009 (A100).  Superconductor Science and Technology (SuST) published today the online version of its Focus Issue on Coated HTS Conductors and their applications (SuST, vol. 23 Number 1, January 2010). As a community service, this issue will be accessible free-of-charge until 31 March 2010 at http://www.iop.org/EJ/toc/0953-2048/23/1 So we immediately attract the attention of our readers to this opportunity. Below we reproduce almost verbatim the preface by the Guest Editors: Herbert C. Freyhardt, Dominic Lee, and Teruo Izumi.

The attractive perspectives offered by coated conductors, the 2nd generation (2G) of HTS conductors, triggered broad and fruitful R&D efforts towards making 2G ready for the marketplace. The anisotropic features of YBCO and its weak-linkbehavior require the processing of almost single-crystalline thin films, flat tapes of coated conductors, by basically two different methods, the RABiTS – rolling assisted bi-axially textured substrates - and IBAD – ion-beam assisted deposition - methods. Reliable processing technologies are now at hand, and critical current carrying capabilities could be raised to almost 10% – 20 % of the limiting depairing current density by optimizing flux pinning through a control and design of the microstructural landscapes. Optimized in-field properties, 2G wires with low ac losses as well as assembled conductors for high current application remain active development areas, and cost reduction is still a major issue. However, coated conductors now commence to penetrate the market, particularly for power and electrical engineering, where savings in energy become essential, but also where the unique features of an HTS material can be utilized.

It’s certainly true that not only general international conferences were devoted to following up the progress in this exciting realm, but also workshops and discussion meetings took up on this topic. Nonetheless, it was felt that a concise and up-to-date issue of Superconductor Science and Technology would be most welcome to summarize and collect the latest developments in processing and characterizing coated conductors, and to draw the attention to the most innovative applications.

The cover page of the Focus Issue is reproduced below.

SuST, vol. 23 Number 1, January 2010c


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ENERGYCON 2010

December 7, 2009 (A99).  We reproduce the full text of ENERGYCON 2010 call for papers (Click here).  One of the reasons we publicize that planned event is that superconductivity is not mentioned explicitly in the listing of included topics.  We believe, it will be important to present at this conference all the options and benefits, for example in enhancing the energy efficiency, which could be derived from introducing superconducting components into the power grids of the future.  We thus encourage our readers and their organizations to consider submitting appropriate tutorial proposals and paper contributions describing the status of and outlook for superconducting devices and grid components.


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Special Issue of Selected ISEC 2009 Papers Announced by SuST

October 20, 2009 (A98).  The special Issue of selected papers from the 12th International Superconductive Electronics Conference (held in June 2009 at Fukuoka, Japan) has been announced by the journal Superconductor Science & Technology (IOP).  Papers published in this issue represent a cross section of the work in this field including papers on digital/mixed signal processing, RF electronics, SQUIDs and their applications, mixers and detectors, as well as thin film materials, junctions and novel devices.  The issue is free to access online until March 31, 2010: click at http://www.iop.org/EJ/toc/0953-2048/22/11


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ZIEHL II to Be Held in Bonn

October 30, 2009 (A97).  The German National Workshop ZIEHL will be held again in Bonn, Germany, on 16th and 17th of March 2010.  Its purpose will be to present and assess the status and readiness of superconductivity industry in the area of application of high-Tc superconductors in large-scale power/energy applications, and take stock of the progress accomplished since ZIEHL I.  Superconducting grid components are expected to enhance the energy efficiency of electrical grid and power systems and contribute to environmentally advantageous solutions. 

Similarly as the 1st ZIEHL, the announced Workshop will be oriented principally at an audience not involved in applied superconductivity: the energy industry, engineers active in energy technology, potential future investors, and hopefully also decision makers in politics, economy, industry and environmental protection.  The meeting, under the auspices of the German Federal Ministry of Economy, will be held mostly in German, but, as in the case of ZIEHL I, foreign participants are welcome.

We highlighted the 1st ZIEHL of February 2008 (see HE14/H22) and published two introductory talks (see papers RN5 and RN6), which, judging from resonance we received, were rather widely read.  The Workshop program presented in the preliminary announcement of ZIEHL II contains two introductory talks by the same authors: K. Kübler (“Energy Efficiency and New Grid Technologies”) and W. Prusseit (“International Superconductivity Industry – Status and Perspectives”.  Also the basic technology talk (“Superconducting Wires and the Cryotechnology”) will be held again by Dr. Bernhard Holzapfel.  The preliminary announcement of ZIEHL II is available at http://www.ivsupra.de/content/view/90/71/ , the flyer can be viewed here.  The online registration is already open.


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BIOMAG 2010 Call for Abstracts and Proposals to Organize Symposia and Workshops

September 10, 2009 (A96).  The call is open for proposals to organize Symposia and Workshops at the BIOMAG 2010 Conference.  The proposal submission deadline is September 20, 2009.  The conference will be held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, March 28 to April 1, 2010.  This call is posted at: http://www.biomag2010.org/index.php/program/28-call-for-biomag2010-symposia-and-workshops.html.

Also open is the call for abstracts.  The deadline is October 15th, 2009.  The abstract submission instructions are available at: http://www.biomag2010.org/index.php/static/39-abstract-submission-instructions-.html.

Finally, the information on the BIOMAG2010 fellowships and awards is also posted at the conference website, see http://www.biomag2010.org/index.php/young-scientist-awards.html .  The following fellowships and prizes will be awarded during BIOMAG2010:

1. Fellowships for doctoral students
2. Young Investigator Awards (YIA)
3. Sam Williamson Prize (SWP)
4. James Zimmerman Prize (JZP)
5. Connectivity Challenge Award (CCA).


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Science and Engineering of Novel Superconductors

September 10, 2009 (A94).  The 6th International Conference “Science and Engineering of Novel Superconductors will be held in Montecatini Terme, Italy from June 13 to 18, 2010.  This meeting is being organized under the auspices of the 12th International Ceramic Congress to be held at the same location on June 6th to 11th, 2010.  The deadline for abstracts is short: October 15th, 2009.  The call for papers can be found here.  Preregistration is open now and those preregistered will obtain the provisional program by March 15, 2010.
Topics of the planned sessions include:

FK-1 Materials, structure, physical chemistry and general properties

  • Oxides (cuprates, insulating cuprates, cobaltates, ruthenates and other oxides)
  • Borides and borocarbides (MgB2 and other borides)
  • Carbon-based superconductors (fulleride, nanotubes, organic superconductors, intercaled graphite)
  • Heavy-fermions superconductors and quantum-critical materials

FK-2 New superconductors of the pnictides families

  • Structural properties (XRD, neutron scattering, electron diffraction, EXAFS, XANES, STM, SEM, TEM)
  • Material processing (powder synthesis, single crystal and film growth)
  • Order parameters, pseudo-gap, tunnelling, point-contact Andreev-reflection and related experiments
  • Phase competitions, quantum critical points and other mechanisms for superconductivity
  • Multiband character and related effects
  • Superconducting fluctuations and related effects

FK-3 Properties of superconductors (of any type)

  • Spectroscopic techniques (optical spectroscopy, IR, Microwave, Raman, NMR, ESR, µSR,inelastic neutron scattering, Mossabuer, AFM, XAS, acoustic spectroscopy)
  • Photoemission and ARPES
  • SQUID and tunneling spectroscopies
  • Thermal, magnetic and electrical properties

FK-4 Theory and mechanisms ( for normal and superconducting states)

  • Correlation effects, spin liquids and quantum criticality
  • Phonons, spin excitations and strong coupling
  • Inhomogeneous order parameters
  • Stripes, phases separation and granularity effects
  • Pressure induced superconductivity
  • CDW, SDW and superconductivity competition; coexistence of magnetism and superconductivity
  • Unconvential superconductors: experiment and theory

FK-5 Vortex lattice physics

  • Vortex dynamics
  • Understanding and control of flux pinning
  • Electromagnetic characterization of superconductors over wide parameters ranges
  • Vortex-defect interactions, defect structures, vortex penetration

FK-6 Synthesis and processing

  • Films, multilayer, wires, tapes and coated conductors
  • Josephson junction arrays
  • Nanostructured superconductors
  • Proximity and interface effects, hybrid structures

FK-7 Power applications

  • Cables, transformers, motors and generators, current limiters and magnets
  • Magnetic energy storage, high field magnets and accelerator technology
  • MRI and MEG novel devices
  • Prospective devices

FK-8 Low power applications and superconducting electronics


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4th Braunschweig Superconductivity Seminar

March 20, 2009 (A83).  The Carolo-Wilhelmina University of Braunschweig and the company PerCoTech AG organize the 4th Braunschweig Superconductivity Seminar to be held on 12th and 13th of May 2009 in Braunschweig, Germany.  The lead theme of this seminar is “Superconductivity: Application and Fabrication – a Dialog”.  This is a national event held essentially in German.  It is co-sponsored be the energy provider E.On, the ”iv Supra” Association, Siemens, and VDE (Association of German Engineers).
The purpose of the seminar is to provide a common discussion platform to potential users and producers of superconducting devices and systems.  The main questions asked are:

  • What are the application possibilities for superconductivity technology?
  • What requirements the devices and systems must meet to be used?
  • What economical and political boundary conditions are essential for the implementation of superconductivity technology?

There is no website for this event.  The program, venue, hotel and organizer information in German, are provided here.  There is no registration fee, but informal prior registration (no form to fill) is required at: al.henning@tu-bs.de, or by fax: +49 (531) 391-8106.


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Reports on Progress in Physics: 2008 Highlights

February 3, 2009 (A71).  The IOP journal Reports on Progress in Physics made accessible their annual selection of 2008 article highlights.  These articles (full text) are now accessible and can be downloaded free-of-charge until the end of 2009.  We recommend the whole excellent selection to interested readers.  To read the highlights, click on: http://herald.iop.org/reportsonphysicsinprogresshighlights2008/m191/zea/132364/link/2291.
This selection of 10 papers includes two articles discussing the high-Tc problem.  Click here to read their abbreviated abstracts.


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Lectures on Superconductivity Available Online

March 29, 2008 (A36).  A project to produce video lectures on superconductivity, featuring contributions from leading world experts in academia and industry, was announced in 2002 by the European Network for Superconductivity, SCENET-2.  This project was led by Dr. Bartek Glowacki, University of Cambridge, England, and received financial support from SCENET-2, Pi-Shift and the European Science Foundation.

The production and editing process have been finally completed, and the “Lectures on Superconductivity” are now available free-of-charge online at: http://www.msm.cam.ac.uk/ascg/lectures .  Some technical details on accessibility and formats can found here.

Although the films are available online, this is an on-going project to educate students and to celebrate the centenary of the discovery of superconductivity in 2008.  Dr. Glowacki and his colleagues aim to gradually add supporting text, questions and links to further reading and related videos, for each film.  It is also hoped that present films can eventually be updated, and coverage of some subjects increased, as the opportunity arises.

Contributions of supporting material from the superconductivity community are now being sought (see details here).  Please send your comments and contributions by e-mail to los@msm.cam.ac.uk .


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10th Anniversary Highlights of New Journal of Physics

March 3, 2008 (A32).  This year will mark the 10th anniversary of the free-to-read, online journal, New Journal of Physics (NJP) (co-owned by the Institute of Physics and German Physical Society).  To celebrate this milestone, the NJP Editorial Board and publishing staff have compiled a short list of some of their article highlights from right across physics that have been published in the journal since 1998.  To accompany the selection, they put together an exclusive '10th Anniversary Highlights' collection of non-specialist summaries written by the original authors themselves. The full list of selected articles, together with the collection of summaries and a series of interviews with some of the featured authors, can be read at http://herald.iop.org/NJP_10years/m274/crk/132364/link/1351.   Superconductivity-related articles of this selection are:

  • Dagotto, E.: “Open questions in CMR manganites, relevance of clustered states and analogies with other compounds including the cuprates
    Frigeri, P. A., Agterberg D. F. and Sigrist,M.: “Spin susceptibility in superconductors without inversion symmetry
  • Sekitani, T.; Matsuda, Y. H. and Miura, N.: “Measurement of the upper critical field of optimally-doped YBa2Cu3O7-δ in megagauss magnetic fields”.

Comments on the highlights, the summary collection and on the NJP in general should be directed to Dr. Tim Smith, Publisher, New Journal of Physics, E-mail: njp@iop.org , http://www.njp.org, Tel: +44 (0) 117 930 1204,  Fax: +44 (0)117 920 0948.


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New EU Seventh Framework “S-PULSE”

December 21, 2007 (A24).  The European 7th Framework Project “S-PULSE” (Shrink-Path of Ultra-Low Power Superconducting Electronics) will start on January 1st 2008 under the leadership (coordination) of the Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT) in Jena, Germany. The project consortium includes 15 partners from universities, research institutes and high-tech companies of Germany, France, The Netherlands, Sweden, Great Britain and South Africa.

The focus of the work will be to establish a new electronics family based on
quantum effects in superconductors. The Rapid Single Flux Quantum (RSFQ)
electronics provides an ultra-low power consumption of only 1atojoule per logic operation (10000 times less than a modern transistor) and is therefore a promising future alternatively to today’s CMOS electronics.  The RSFQ is capable to operate at clock frequencies above 100 GHz. The further growth of packaging density in conventional integrated CMOS circuits is already limited by their power density generating a massive thermal heating. The RSFQ electronics provides an interesting perspective for several special applications and should facilitate further progress beyond today’s scaling limits.

The first main target of the project is to disseminate the university knowledge of the RSFQ technique to potentially interested users.  Besides facilitating presentations at scientific conferences, the project S-PULSE aims at the education of researchers and engineers.  Industrial partners will be educated and supported in their long term project planning via special workshops and seminars on circuit design, packaging and example applications of RSFQ solutions.

The second main target is to enhance European competitiveness in
superconducting electronics, and to define and coordinate strategic research and
development activities, in a way similar to the semiconductor roadmap ITRS. New approaches to improving packaging density and device miniaturization down to nanostructures will be analyzed in several research studies.

The project should focus the strategic planning in Europe to keep track of the strong progress in this field, especially in Japan and the US.  Further information will become accessible via the new PULSE webpage of IPHT (of course with links from and to FLUXONICS).


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Russian Bulletin on Superconductors in Electric Power Industry

May 28. 2007 (A7).  Our readers familiar with Russian language might benefit from reading the Bulletin on “Superconductors in Electric Power Industry” http://perst.isssph.kiae.ru/supercond/  published by a dedicated team at the Moscow’s famous Kurchatov’s Institute (see teams group photo below), with collaboration of co-editors from other institutions active in the field. 

This Bulletin enjoys a rapidly growing readership: from April 27th, 2007, it had nearly 9000 online visitors!  The published material is largely based on foreign information sources, but it represents a very useful and interesting compilation.  It also facilitates direct access to these sources.  Simultaneously, the Bulletin provides excellent insight into the pertinent activities in Russia.

Russian Bull Team
Fig. 1: The team publishing the Russian Bulletin “Superconductors in Electric Power Industry”.  Standing from left to right: V.I. Scherbakov (Editor), O. K. Alekseeva, N. K. Morozova, D. I. Shutova, A. a. Nikonov, I. L. Furletova, V. V. Lobyncev and M. P. Smaev (Editor).  Sitting are, left to right: F. A. Shkliaruk, A. K. Tchernysheva, A. A. Veligshanin.


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Reorganization of Some French Laboratories Active in Superconductivity

April 30, 2007 (A4).  In France, superconductivity-related research and development activities are in-part conducted in the so-called “mixed laboratories” involving one or more universities (or an industrial organization), and an organizational unit (section) of the French “Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique” (CNRS, the French National Center of Scientific Research).  In these mixed laboratories, the research is conducted jointly, usually on the campus of one of the participating universities.  Examples of such laboratories are listed in the “Guide to European Superconductivity-related Activities”.  Effective January 1, 2007, several of these mixed laboratories have been or are being reorganized.  Consequently, the pertinent entries of that Guide might not be entirely relevant or functional.  Once the reorganization and the construction of corresponding new webpages will be completed, the pertinent CNRS entries to the Guide will be updated accordingly.
            At this juncture, we can already report that in the Grenoble area two major reorganizations took place:

  1. CRTBT, Laboratoire de Cristallographie, LLN and LEPES were integrated to form the new Néel Institute: http://neel.cnrs.fr/ , officially inaugurated on the 26th  and 27th of April, 2007.  Of these, the CRTBT and Laboratoire de Cristallographie are still listed in the Guide.  The new website of Néel Institute’s Superconductivity Group is: http://neel.cnrs.fr/spip.php?rubrique65 .
  2. LEG (listed in the Guide) and LEMD fusioned to form the G2Elab: http://www.leg.ensieg.inpg.fr/G2Elab/ .

At present, the new webpages indicated above are entirely or predominantly in French language.  The official rationale for the reorganization is to increase the visibility of these mixed laboratories. 


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New Profile of IPTH-Jena

April 18, 2007 (A3).  At the beginning of 2007, the Institute of Physical High Technology in Jena, Germany, was renamed to become “Institute of Photonic Technology”.  However, it retained the acronym “IPHT”.  The IPHT Department of Quantum Electronics, which since inception was active in superconducting electronics, both analog and digital, assumed a new profile and became the “Department of Quantum Detection”.  The change is related to the continuing shift in funding opportunities (away from superconductivity in the traditional sense) and also the retirement of Prof. Dr. Eckhardt Hoenig, who used to provide leadership in superconductivity- and magnetics-related activities.  The IPHT entry in the “Guide to European Superconductivity-related Activities” was updated accordingly.
Below we reproduce the official announcement of the Department of Quantum Detection:

From Quantum Electronics
to Quantum Detection – a Traditional Department with a New Profile

According to the strategic decision of IPHT Supervisory Board the Institute is going to focus its long-term research and development activities on photonic technologies. In 2006, the Department of Quantum Electronics has developed a concept to make its outstanding technological potential and its scientific experience available to the Institute and to join these new strategic goals. In the framework of this concept, the Department will rearrange its research activities towards the development and application of quantum limited detection systems. In the forthcoming years research and development will concentrate stepwise on quantum radiometry and quantum magnetometers to open up novel and profitable fields of application such as for example Terahertz imaging and spectroscopy, bio-molecule spectrometry, and magnetic field mapping in geophysics and medicine.

The quantum limited detection of radiation is based on the Department’s long standing detector development in radio astronomy. In the next few years, it will be extended to a much wider photonic spectrum ranging from Gamma- and X-rays down to T-rays and radio waves as well. For the extremely sensitive sensors anticipated here, superconducting amplifier technology shall play an important role. Including also optoelectronic sensors, a wide field for research and development is determined, which for example in respect of Terahertz technology is generally considered to have an excellent and promising application potential.

The new field of quantum magnetometry further extends the worldwide accepted experience and the technological leadership of the Department for complex, ultra precise measuring systems for geomagnetic exploration purposes to new areas such as biology and biochemistry. For this purpose, a new group of researchers investigating optically pumped magnetometers will be established. Once these sensors reach a sufficiently high sensitivity they may substitute superconducting quantum interference devices, this way providing a significantly wider application potential for ultra precise magnetometry.

The Department admits its responsibility for the European FLUXONICS Initiative and continues operating the circuit foundry, i.e., continues manufacturing SQUID and large scale integrated superconductive electronic circuits on customer’s request. The development and application of the customary SQUID sensors and the Josephson voltage standard are transferred to Supracon Ltd., the spin-off company of the Department.


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European Superconductivity News Forum - Results of the Poll

March 17, 2007 (A1).  In response to the CSC Europe Committee and ESAS poll of February 23rd, 2007, concerning the expected usefulness of the European Superconductivity News Forum project we obtained by March 15th, 2007 the following tally:

    Yes (%)      No (%) 
1. Do you see the need for our European Superconductivity News Forum?  165 (97.4)  4 (2.6)
2. Would you be interested to contribute online material to the Forum now? 110 (65.0) 36 (21.3)
3. Would you be interested to contribute in the foreseeable future? 145 (85.8)

17 (10.1)

4. Would you consider accepting invitation(s) to prepare a critical review(s)    
     of your specialty or field(s) of endeavor?
125 (74.0) 34 (20.1)

Comments:

  1. Balances to 100% are blanc votes.
  2. Answers “maybe”, “possibly” or “perhaps” were counted as blancs.
  3. Respondents, who used the questionnaire posted in Internet, could not differentiate between questions 2 and 3.  An answer “Yes” or “No” was thus applied to both 2 and 3.

Approximately 50% of those asked to participate responded, which represents a statistically valid and highly representative sample.  We extend our sincere thanks to all of you, who participated in the poll.  Clearly, an overwhelming majority sees the need for the News Forum, and very respectable majorities are interested to contribute now or in the future.    Indeed, the Forum can be sustained only if a sufficiently large fraction of the whole European superconductivity community contributes actively.  The overall sample size suggests that this is possible but not necessarily assured, especially that the numbers of those, who wish to contribute (answers to questions 2, 3, 4), are naturally lower than the overall number of respondents.  We’ll thus embark on this Forum project initially on the trial basis.  This European experiment might be discontinued by the end of 2008 if a sufficiently broad interest base and participation will not be attained.  However, we certainly hope that the Forum will meet the expectations of those, who voted “yes” and will prove informative, useful and rewarding.  In this case, the IEEE Council on Superconductivity might attempt to expand this project worldwide.

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