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Fundamental Physics of Ferroelectrics and Related Materials 2013
Sunday, January 27 - Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Fundamental Physics of Ferroelectrics and Related Materials 2013
January 27 - 30, 2013
The Gateway Hotel and Convention Center
Ames, IA USA
Program Information:
The Fundamental Physics of Ferroelectrics and Related Materials workshop has been held every year since 1990, making 2013 the 24th annual meeting. This meeting features an international list of speakers focused on significant new ideas and cutting edge developments in the field of ferroelectric materials. The workshop is intended to bring together a diverse set of researchers from around the world in the fields of materials physics and engineering, both theorists and experimentalists, in order to facilitate the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas.

The physics underlying the ferroelectric response in materials is highly complicated. The structural instabilities responsible for the spontaneous polarization depend upon the interplay of multiple variables. Within a simple ferroelectric compound the atomic displacements, lattice strain, and local dipoles are coupled in a non-trivial fashion to determine the ferroelectric phase. These interactions are strongly affected by the application of thermal energy and electric fields. Understanding the complex effects that govern these materials has been a monumental challenge that has required the combined effort of the research community. This workshop series has played a significant role in fostering the multi-institutional collaborations necessary for the large scales studies devoted to understanding the fundamental physics. At these meetings new experimental methods are presented and theoretical techniques explained. The culture fostered by the regular attendees of this meeting encourages scientific discussions to extend into the breaks and dining periods.

This year the workshop will feature sessions focused on: Multiferroics, Ferroelectrics, Relaxors, Theory and Modeling, Characterization Methods, Domains and Nanostructure, Interfaces and Surfaces, Non-oxide Ferroelectrics, Material Synthesis and Growth, and Phase Transformations.

Registration and Abstract Submission Deadline is Tuesday January1, 2013
Hotel Registration Deadline is Sunday January 6, 2013

Conference Organizers:
Scott Beckman, Iowa State University: sbeckman@iastate.edu
Valentino Cooper, Oak Ridge National Laboratory: coopervr@ornl.gov
Peter Gehring, National Institute of Standards and Technology: peter.gehring@nist.gov

College of Engineering, Iowa State University
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Office of Naval Research
Ames Laboratory
Taylor and Francis
Department of Material Science and Engineering, Iowa State University
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Iowa State University
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Iowa State University
Department of Physics, Iowa State Univeristy

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