UFOX Workshop focuses on the emerging physical phenomena of complex material systems, as due to the interplay of many competing degrees of freedom (e.g. spin, charge, orbital, lattice, etc.), and on their potential to transfer functional properties into novel devices.
Functional materials are generally marked by a wide variety of physical phenomena such as superconductivity, piezo- and ferro-electricity, colossal magnetoresistance, surface metallicity and anomalous electronic structure due to quantum topology, multiferroicity and a number of exotic magnetic, charge and orbital orderings. In this context, transition metal oxides (TMO) are prototype materials for their broad range of physical properties and applications that can be significantly modified by small variations of intrinsic or external sources. A special emphasis in UFOX is on hybrid TMO combinations (e.g. 3d-4d, 4d-5d, etc.) and oxide interfaces that can manifest features at the nanometer scale that are dramatically different from those of their building blocks, allowing the engineering of novel “effects” and functionalities.
The understanding of these materials requires a combined use of advanced probing techniques as well as insights from modeling and computation. Thanks to the state-of-art characterization approaches considerable strides have been made in the investigation of the physical properties of these systems, which are governed by elementary processes on atomic time and length scales involving ultrafast lattice and carrier dynamics, strong correlation effects, as well as the coupling of electronic and vibrational degrees of freedom. Yet, the exploration of such phenomena is far from being complete. Many efforts are being spent towards a more comprehensive explanation of the experimental outcomes as well as for achieving the controlled tailoring the response of such materials by efficiently combining the available degrees of freedom.
The aim of the UFOX Workshop is to join together leading scientists involved in advanced probes and modeling of correlated systems and transition metal oxide materials, in order to address their fundamental aspects and novel functionalities.
The joint expertise guarantees a stimulating environment to identify challenges and strategies about the tailoring of specific physical phenomena and the potential impact of functional materials for novel devices.