The goal of this workshop is to bring together scientists, engineers and architects to discuss the structural and functional properties of jammed systems and to assess their potential for designed applications.
This scientific gathering, marking the 240th birthday of R. Stephen Berry, Stuart A. Rice, and Joshua Jortner, will focus on open, deep, difficult and important problems in chemical physics and related areas of science which require the advancement of novel concepts and experimental methods. Several central themes will be addressed which will be presented within the framework of three sessions: Complexity and Emergence; Dynamics under Extreme Conditions, and the Grandest Questions, Origins of Life and the Chemical Universe.
The workshop will focus on the theoretical and experimental studies of topological aspects of quantum-coherent states in new materials. Topics will include topological phenomena in band insulating materials, fractional quantum Hall effect, and p-wave superconductors.