Young Research Leaders in Topological Materials and Beyond

  • Organized by
  • Jennifer Cano, Ph.D.Affiliate Associate Research Scientist, CCQ, Flatiron Institute
  • Lukas Muechler, Ph.D.Flatiron Research Fellow, CCQ, Flatiron Institute
  • Liang Wu, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania
Date & Time


The goal of the workshop is to bring together young and untenured independent researchers to establish a collaborative and stimulating environment to discuss novel ideas and directions in the broad field of topological materials. We aim to cover a variety of topics, e.g. higher-order topological insulators, Moire lattices, non-linear Hall effect, and topological superconductivity both from a theoretical as well as experimental perspective.
The workshop follows from a series of “Young Research Leaders” workshops, initiated and partially funded by the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids (MPI-CPfS). The first meeting in 2016 was organized in collaboration with the University of Mainz (within the SPICE program). In 2017, we met jointly together with the Max Planck Institute of Solid-State Physics and the MPI-CPfS, while in 2018 the conference was held at the Weizmann Institute in Israel.
Support for this workshop is provide by The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation along with The Simons Foundation.
  • Invited Participantsplus--large
    Andrei BernevigPrinceton University
    Barry BradlynUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Kehan CaiKehan Cai
    Jennifer CanoCCQ
    Jiun-Haw ChuUniversity of Washington
    Fernando de JuanDonostia International Physics Center
    Haiming DengCUNY
    Philipp DumitrescuCCQ
    Yuan FangStony Brook University
    Sarang GopalakrishnanCUNY
    Adolfo GrushinNéel Institute, Grenoble (CNRS)
    Roni IllanTel-Aviv University
    Berthold JaeckPrinceton University
    Eslam KhalafHarvard University
    Lia KrusinCity College of New York
    Seunghun LeeUniversity of Maryland
    Yi LiJohns Hopkins University
    Kin Fai MakCornell University
    Kaustuv MannaMax-Planck-Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids
    Philip MollEPFL
    Lukas MuechlerCCQ
    Adrian PoMIT
    Raquel QueirozWeizmann Institute of Science
    Mallika RanderiaMIT
    Leslie SchoopPrinceton University
    Niels SchröterNiels Schröter
    Inti SodemannMax Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems
    Jörn VenderbosDrexel University
    Maia VergnioryDonsotia International Physics Center
    Jie WangCCQ
    Ben WiederPrinceton University
    Liang WuUniversity of Pennsylvania
    Binghai YanWeizmann Institute of Science
  • Agendaplus--large

    Thursday, September 19

    9:00 - 9:10 AMJennifer Cano, Lukas Muechler, Liang WuWelcome
    9:10 - 9:45 AMBarry BradlynChiral currents in a correlated insulator: Weyl-charge density waves
    9:45 - 10:20 AMRaquel QueirozBoundary Obstructed Topological Phases
    10:20 - 10:50 AMBreak
    10:50 - 11:25 AMBerthold JaeckObservation of a Majorana zero mode in a topologically protected edge channel
    11:25 - 12:00 PMMallika RanderiaImaging nematic quantum Hall states and their interacting boundary modes
    12:00 - 2:00 PMLunch and Discussion
    2:00 - 2:35 PMRoni IlanTopological superconductivity in TI nanowires
    2:35 - 3:10 PMAdolfo GrushinQuantization in chiral higher-order topological insulators
    3:10 - 3:40 PMBreak
    3:40 - 4:15 PMMaia Garcia VergnioryTopological semimetals, from theoretical prediction to experimental realization
    4:15 - 4:50 PMBinghai Yan New insights for magnetic topological materials

    Friday, September 20

    9:00 - 9:35 AMLeslie SchoopChemical bonds in square nets and their relation to topology
    9:35 - 10:10 AMNiels SchroterDiscovery of Chiral Topological Semimetals
    10:10 - 10:40 AMBreak
    10:40 - 11:15 AMInti SodemannThe Quantum Rectification Sum Rule and The Cyclotron Resonance of Spin Liquids
    11:15 - 11:50 AMKin Fai MakObservation of the nonlinear anomalous Hall effect
    11:50 - 12:25 PMJiun-Haw ChuStrain-tuned topological phase transition in ZrTe5
    12:25 - 2:20 PMLunch and Discussion
    2:20 - 2:55 PMFernando de JuanIntrinsic circular photocurrents in topological semimetals
    2:55 - 3:30 PMKaustuv MannaDiscovery of multifold fermions and observation of quantized Photocurrents in topological chiral crystals
    3:30 - 4:00 PMBreak
    4:00 - 4:35 PMSeunghun LeePerfect Andreev reflection due to Klein paradox in a topological superconducting state
    4:35 - 5:10 PMYi LiMonopole Harmonic Ordering

    Saturday, September 21

    9:00 - 9:35 AMEslam KhalafShift Insulators
    9:35 - 10:10 AMAdrian PoSymmetry indicators beyond time-reversal symmetric insulators
    10:10 - 10:40 AMBreak
    10:40 - 11:15 AMBen WiederHigher-Order Topology in Conventional Dirac Semimetals
    11:15 - 11:50 AMPhillip MollTopological metals: Dirac Fermion transport in the presence of large Fermi surfaces
    11:50 - 12:25 PMJörn VenderbosMany-body band inversions

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