43rd Karpacz Winter School of  Theoretical Physics

Ladek Zdroj, Poland, 5-11 February 2007



Condensed Matter Physics
in the Prime of XXI Century:

 Phenomena, Materials, Ideas, Methods

Organized by:


Institute of Theoretical Physics of  the University of Wroclaw  
Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research
Polish Academy of Sciences in Wroc_aw
Institute of Physics of the Wroclaw University of Technology
Leibniz-Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden
Sponsored by:
  • University of Wroc_aw
  • Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Wroclaw University of Technology
  • The Committee on Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences

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Table Of Contents
Organizing Committee The Scope Main Topics
Lecturers Programme Proceedings Participants
Location Travel Welcome to Wroclaw

Organizing Committee 

Directors: Secretary: Volodymyr Derzhko (Institute of Theoretical Physics of the University of Wroclaw)
Treasurer: Artur Duda (Institute of Theoretical Physics of the University of Wroclaw)

The Scope

The coming Karpacz Winter School is planned to be a genuine school, that is most of the lectures will be organized into coherent series (without substantial overlap) of about six talks of 45 minutes per topic (6-7 main topics). The lectures will provide a basis for discussions of current scientific issues in condensed matter physics, particularly in various systems of electrons. Besides scientific objectives, special emphasis will be put on transfer of knowledge to PhD students and young postdocs. A number of modern promising research directions in condensed matter physics will be presented to participants.

Main Topics

 Dynamical Mean Field Theory
 Density Functional  Method
 Carbon Nanostructures (fullerens, nanotubes, graphen)
 Quantum Spin Systems
 2D electron gas, quantum Hall effect
 Quantum dots


K. Byczuk
Center for Electronic Correlations and Magnetism, Institute for Physics, University of Augsburg, Germany
O. Derzhko
Institute for Condensed Matter Physics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Lviv, Ukraine
M. R. Geller
Department of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Georgia, Athens, USA
P. Hawrylak
Institute for Microstructural Sciences, National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
J. K. Jain
Department of Physics, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, USA
Participation Cancelled
B. Lundqvist
Department of Applied Physics, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden
P. Machnikowski
Institute of Physics of the Wroclaw University of Technology, Wroc_aw, Poland
J. A. Majewski
Institute of Theoretical Physics, Warsaw University, Poland
V. A. Osipov
Bogoliubov Laboratory of Theoretical Physics, Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna, Russia
R. Redmer
Institut für Physik, Universität Rostock, Germany
J. Richter
Institut für Theoretische Physik, Universität Magdeburg, Germany
M. Richter
Leibniz-Institut für Festkörper- und Werkstoffforschung Dresden e.V. , Germany
B. S. Shastry
Physics Department, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA
T. Story
Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland

Programme (Schedule)

Krzysztof Byczuk (Augsburg, Germany)
Dynamical mean-field theory for correlated and disordered electrons
The dynamical mean-field theory is a mathematical method to investigate electrons on a lattice in the presence of local interactions and/or local disorder. It is an exact solution of corresponding problems in the infinite dimension (coordination number). In the case of finite dimensional systems it can be used as an approximate but controlled solution. The mean-field theory is particularly useful whenever local time-dependent correlations determine the physics and space correlations can be omitted or treated later by a perturbation theory. In the present set of lectures I will: 1. present general introduction into the dynamical mean-field theory; 2. present explicit derivation of the mean-field equations and discuss how to solve them; 3. present selected intermediate coupling problems, which were solved rigorously by the dynamical mean-field theory; 4. present the application of the dynamical mean-field theory for systems with random disorder; 5. present general outlook on various applications of the dynamical mean-field theory in condensed matter physics.
Oleg Derzhko (Lviv, Ukraine)
Jordan-Wigner fermionization and the theory of low-dimensional quantum spin models.
Summary in .pdf format
Michael R. Geller (Athens, GA, USA)
Quantum gate design: From superconducting circuits to nanoelectromechanical systems
I will discuss methods we are developing for the design of quantum computing architectures based on superconducting circuits coupled to electromagnetic or nanoelectromechanical resonators, architectures which are currently being pursued experimentally at UC Santa Barbara. The methods allow one to theoretically determine the actual computational power of a proposed quantum computing architecture and to design and optimize real quantum gates and algorithm implementations. After an introduction to quantum electrical circuits and quantum nanoelectromechanical systems, the gate design methods will be used to develop quantum memory elements and controlled-NOT logic for the Santa Barbara architectures.
Pawel Hawrylak (Ottawa, Canada)
Quantum dots-Laboratory for correlated electron systems
Bengt Lundqvist (Göteborg, Sweden)
Density-Functional Theory of Dense and Sparse Matter
This review of the density-functional theory (DFT) first reminds ourselves about the basis of DFT. Particular focus is on the exchange-correlation energy, the so-called adiabatic-connection formula for it, and on some approximations for it, the local-density approximation (LDA), the general-gradient approximation (GGA), and a recently developed density functional for sparse matter (vdW-DF), i.e. one that accounts for van der Waals (vdW) forces. Then some examples of applications on dense and sparse matter are brought up from the author's experience. The wellknown applicability of DFT with GGA for dense systems is illustrated on bulk and surface properties of materials in hard tools, like TiC, TiN, and Al2O3. Applications to sparse systems, like graphite, benzene adsorption on graphite, and DNA base pairs, show the vdW-DF functional to be promising. Finally, an attempt is made to assess the value and the limitations of the DFT.
Lecture Notes
Pawel Machnikowski (Wroclaw, Poland)
Coherent optical control in quantum dots
Summary in .pdf format
Jacek A. Majewski (Warsaw, Poland)
Spintronics - achievements, prospects and challenges
Summary in .pdf format
Vladimir Andreevich Osipov (Dubna, Russia)
Physics of carbon nanostructures
Carbon is a prominent element that appears in various structures with new promising technological applications. The physics of carbon nanostructures is one of the hot topics in modern condensed matter theory. I plan to present a brief introduction into the theory of variously shaped carbon nanostructures paying special attention to generic field-theory models. The preliminary plan is the following:
(1) a brief historical excursus,
(2) the most interesting experimental observations,
(3) generic models for the description of electronic states in carbon nanoparticles (Dirac-type equations, defects, geometry, etc.),
(4) open problems.
Ronald Redmer (Rostock, Germany)
Quantum molecular dynamics simulations for warm dense matter
Summary in .pdf format
Johannes Richter (Magdeburg, Germany)
Introduction to quantum phase transitions in spin systems
Summary in .pdf format
Universal properties of strongly frustrated quantum magnets in high magnetic fields
Summary in .pdf format
Manuel Richter (Dresden, Germany)
Full-potential local-orbital (FPLO) approach to the electronic structure of solids and molecules
Summary in .pdf format
Orbital magnetism in itinerant magnets
Summary in .pdf format
Exchange-assisted Lifshitz transitions
Summary in .pdf format
B. Sriram Shastry (UCSC, Ca, USA)
Thermoelectric transport in correlated condensed matter: finite frequency theory
Summary in .pdf format
Tomasz Story (Warsaw, Poland)
Carrier concentration induced ferromagnetism in semiconductors
Summary in .pdf format


Lecture Notes of 43rd Karpacz Winter School will be published by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd as a Review Volume.
The lecturers are kindly asked to send their manuscripts before June 2007. The camera ready manuscript of the volume will be produced at the Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of Wroclaw.

Link to the book's site


The programe of the School will include poster presentations and evening sessions for brief oral communications.
To register please fill in registration form. Registration deadline: 5th January 2007.

The cost of the School (conference fee, full board, lodging (during 7 days in Ladek) and a special conference bus) is:

  • 340 Euro (1150 PLN), paid before January 10, 2007,
  • 370 Euro (1300 PLN), paid after.
  • 270 Euro (940 PLN) for accompanying persons, paid before January 10, 2007,
  • 320 Euro (1100 PLN), paid after
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    For payments in Euro, please use this account:

    name of account holder: Uniwersytet Wroclawski
    name of bank branch: Bank Zachodni WBK S.A. I O/Wroclaw
    International Bank Account Number (IBAN): PL 49 1090 2398 0000 0006 0800 5079
    purpose of payment: "reg. fee 1N-karp43"

    For payments in Polish Zlotys (participants from Poland) please use this account:

    name of account holder: Uniwersytet Wroclawski
    name of bank branch: Bank Zachodni WBK S.A. IV O/Wroclaw
    International Bank Account Number (IBAN): 71 1090 2503 0000 0006 3000 0004
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    Please do not forget to write down the purpose of the payment, otherwise we will have hard time identifying it! The number of participants is limited to about 40 persons ( excluding lecturers ).


    Ladek Zdroj is an old spa located at the foot of the Sudety Mountains, some 120 km south of Wroclaw, with good possibilities for nice mountain trips and skiing. The Symposium will be held in a high-standard resort house "GeoVita" ("Nad Potokiem").

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    The address of the hotel "GeoVita" ("Nad Potokiem"):

    ul. Graniczna 13
    57-540 Ladek Zdroj
    tel./fax.: (+48-74) 814 64 39 or 814 68 55

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    The hotel offers:

    The hotel has many health facilities: deseases of the locomotive organs, mainly of the vertebral column, limbs and joints, are treated.

    Travel information

    On Sunday, 4th February 2007 at 4pm, a special conference bus from Wroclaw to Ladek Zdroj will leave from the Institute of Theoretical Physics of the University of Wroclaw
    (Pl. Maksa Borna 9, 50-204 Wroclaw)

    On Sunday, 11th February 2007 at 2pm, a special conference bus from Ladek Zdroj to Wroclaw will leave from hotel "Nad Potokiem".

    Please note that February is rather cold in Ladek Zdroj.  Concerning wheather conditions please consult  Weather  in Ladek .

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