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Johns Hopkins University to Host Physics Workshop

January 7, 2010

A public lecture by noted condensed matter physicist and renowned speaker Philip Phillips of the University of Illinois will be the centerpiece of a workshop on “Exotic Insulating States of Matter” to be hosted by The Johns Hopkins University’s Henry A. Rowland Department of Physics and Astronomy Thursday, Jan. 14 through Saturday, Jan. 16 on the Homewood campus.

Titled “From the Vulcanization of Rubber, to Quarks and High-Temperature Superconductivity: Physics at Strong Coupling,” the lecture is set for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14 at Schafler Auditorium in the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy. It is free and open to the public. Call 410-530-7882 for more information.

Phillips, a faculty member at University of Illinois since 1993, has earned an international reputation for his work in condensed matter physics. He will discuss how systems as disparate as rubber and superconductors show similarities in their behavior as a result of the correlated motion of their constituents. The lecture will be at a general level and no familiarity with the underlying concepts will be assumed.

Aimed at highlighting current progress and fundamental open questions on a variety of exotic insulating states of matter, the workshop will bring together physicists from all over the country, with speakers coming from Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, University of California, Osaka University , University of Maryland, Katholieke Universiteit of Belgium, and University of Geneva, Switzerland, among others.

“We are extremely excited about this workshop which addresses the underlying quantum mechanical basis for exotic insulating states and their relationship to other states of matter like superconductors,” said N. Peter Armitage, a Johns Hopkins University professor and one of the workshop’s organizers. “Leaders in this field from all over the world are coming to JHU. It is going to be a tremendously interesting three days.”

For more information on the workshop and lecture, go to http://icamconferences.org/jhu2010/

Directions to campus and parking information are available here: http://webapps.jhu.edu/jhuniverse/information_about_hopkins/campuses/homewood_campus/

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