Quantum Matter and Beyond 2021

December 15th – 17th, 2021

Hybrid Format (In-person/Remote)

At the Hampton Inn Oceanfront in Jacksonville Beach, FL

Sponsored and Hosted by:
University of North Florida
Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics
University of Connecticut
National High Magnetic Field Laboratory


Deadline:  December 12th, 2021
(Once you submit an abstract, you will be given the registration link to register for the conference)

If you plan on just attending and not presenting, please contact


We are requesting that all attendees wear masks and be fully vaccinated.

Deadline: December 1st, 2021

Deadline: December 12th, 2021

About the Workshop

Quantum matter and materials, like topological states, 2D materials, and Dirac and Weyl materials have grown to be an active area of modern condensed matter. Fascinating properties of quantum materials might lead to technological applications such as spintronics, quantum technologies and quantum sensors. The combination of new materials discoveries and development of new probes of quantum matter has helped shape these topics into an exciting area. Recent dynamic and pumped probe experiments reveal a strong promise of Dynamic Quantum Matter as a new research direction. We strive to measure, understand and predict transient correlations and coherences in quantum materials upon different driving conditions. Therefore, we introduce it as a new topic of this year’s quantum matter conference. We seek to have an active discussion on hidden, entangled and dynamic orders that emerge in quantum matter and the potential applications beyond it.

Main focus for this upcoming conference will be on the modeling and experimental observations of Quantum Matter and Beyond (QMB). Overall, the goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers to discuss and highlight emerging topics and develop ideas for future research.

Keywords: Magnon superfluidity, Spin transport, Superconductivity, Correlated systems, Dark Matter and Quantum Sensors, Dynamics in Quantum Matter, Topological matter

In-person Speakers

Alexander Balatsky – Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics and University of Connecticut

Filip Ronning – Los Alamos National Laboratory

Peng Xiong – Florida State University

Jed Pixley – Rutgers University

Lilia Woods – University of South Florida

Peter Hirschfeld – University of Florida

Maitri Warusawithrana – University of North Florida



Remote Speakers

Nagaosa Naoto – RIKEN

Gabriel Aeppli – PSI

Roxanne Tutchton – Los Alamos National Laboratory

Sinéad Griffin – Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Jian-Xin Zhu – Los Alamos National Laboratory

Felix von Oppen – Freie Universität Berlin

Niels Obers – Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics

Peter Littlewood – University of Chicago

Yinming Shao – Columbia University

Henrik Røising – Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics

James G. Analytis – University of California – Berkeley 

Ivar Martin – Argonne National Laboratory 

Marcel Franz – University of British Columbia

Dirk K. Morr – University of Illinois – Chicago

Topical Sessions

Wednesday, December 15th, 2021
Quantum Matter

8:00 am – Registration Open at Hotel

9:45 – 10:00 a.m. – Welcome and Introduction – Jason T. Haraldsen and Alexander Balatsky

Session I – Dynamics in Quantum Matter

10:00 – 10:40 a.m. – Alexander Balatsky – Dynamic orders in quantum matter

10:40 – 11:20 a.m. – Naoto Nagaosa – Geometric nature of nonlinear responses in quantum materials

11:20 – 12:00 p.m. – Ivar Martin – Quantum many body scars

12:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Lunch Break

Session II – Topological and Nodal Superconductivity

2:00 – 2:40 p.m. – Jed Pixley – Twisting nodal superconductors

2:40 – 3:20 p.m. – Felix von Oppen – Quantum magnetism and topological superconductivity in Yu-Shiba-Rusinov chains

3:20 – 4:00 p.m. – Marcel Franz – High-temperature topological superconductivity in twisted double-layer copper oxides

4:00 – 4:40 p.m. – Dirk K . Morr – Topological surface superconductivity in FeSe0.45Te0.55

4:20 – 6:00 p.m. – Open Discussion

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Dinner/Reception – Outside Patio

7:00 – 8:30 p.m. – Poster Session (In-Person Only)

Thursday, December 16th, 2021

Session III – Spin Transport

10:00 – 10:40 a.m. – Fillip Ronning – Developing materials specific tractable Hamiltonians for f-electron systems

10:40 – 11:10 a.m. – Peter Hirschfeld – Spin triplet superconductivity driven by finite momentum spin fluctuations

11:10 – 11:50 a.m. – James Analytis – Long-range, non-local switching of spin textures in a frustrated antiferromagnet

11:50 – 2:00 p.m. – Lunch Break

Session IV – Dark Matter and Quantum Systems

2:00 – 2:40 p.m. – Sinéad Griffin – How you can contribute to dark matter research

2:40 – 3:20 p.m. – Jian-Xin Zhu – Dark matter detection with strongly correlated topological Matter: Flatband Effect

3:20 – 4:00 p.m. – Niels Obers – Non-relativistic geometry and applications

4:00 – 4:30 p.m. – Gabriel Aeppli – TBA

4:30 – 6:00 p.m. – Open Discussion

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Dinner – Outside Patio

Friday, December 17th, 2021


Session V – Strongly Correlated Systems I

10:00 – 10:40 a.m. – Peter Littlewood – Polaron physics and ferroelectricity in SrTiO3

10:40 – 11:20 a.m. – Roxanne Tutchton – Frist principles study of the Fermi surface topology of CeCu2Si2

11:20 – 12:00 p.m. – Henrik Schou Røising – On the status of the superconducting order in Sr2RuO4

12:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Lunch Break

Session VI – Strongly Correlated Systems II

2:00 – 2:40 p.m. – Lilia Woods – Optical and spin response properties in novel materials from first principles

2:40 – 3:10 p.m. – Maitri Warusawithana – Asymmetric ferroelectricity: A quantum manifestation of breaking inversion symmetry

3:10 – 3:40 p.m. – Peng Xiong – Robust surface state of a topological insulator and its strong proximity coupling with a conventional superconductor

3:40 – 4:20 p.m. – Yinming Shao – Electronic correlations and nano-photocurrent in nodal semimetals

4:30  – Closing Remarks


Jason T. Haraldsen (University of North Florida) – Materials Theory Group
Alexander Balatsky (Nordita and University of Connecticut)

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Jason T. Haraldsen (j.t.haraldsen@unf.edu)