A silver path for high temperature superconductivity

Superconductors are materials that conduct electricity without loss of energy when cooled to sufficiently low temperatures. This sort of perpetual movement of electrons allows the creation of large magnetic fields for applications such as magnetic resonance imaging, which is used … Read the rest

Two postdocs in complex materials applied to quantum technologies

The Rome-Sapienza Unit of the Institute for Complex Systems (ISC-CNR) is looking for two outstanding postdocs one experimental and one theoretical. Both postdocs will join an interdisciplinary team of nanoscience scientists, material science specialists, and theoreticians with the aim to … Read the rest


Superconduttori per Imaging Medicale e Aerospaziale ad Alte Prestazioni

Totale sovvenzione: € 149.999,80

Progetto di Ricerca, finanziato ai sensi della L.R. 13/08
Funding Body: Lazioinnova – Regione Lazio
Coordinatore: Jose’ Lorenzana
Altri membri del gruppo di Ricerca CNR ISC: Lara Read the rest

The soft side of hard matter

Soft condensed matter is characterized by gigantic responses to  external perturbations which is the reason why these systems are extremely useful for applications, like liquid crystals in our cell phones displays. In contrast, hard condensed matter a.k.a. solids respond more … Read the rest

Volume collapse transition in Ce

Crystalline Ce has a remarkable phase diagram in that is the solid state analogue of a Van der Walls system with a line of discontinuous transitions ending at a critical point.

The two phases alpha and gamma have the same … Read the rest


New density functionals for the electronic structure of correlated materials.

Funding Body: Italian Institute of Technology (IIT)
José Lorenzana
Correlated systems are poorly described by the local density approximation. The main aim of this project is to develop new … Read the rest

Competing orders in Iron based superconductors

In January 2008 a new family of superconductors has been discovered with FeAs layers. Iron is a magnetic ion and in traditional superconductors small amounts of magnetic impurities kill superconductivity so an iron based superconductor is at first sight surprising.… Read the rest

Frustrated Phase Separation

A large variety of systems with competing short and long range interactions self-organizes in domain patterns as reviewed by Seul and Andelman. Examples range from magnetic systems (left figure A) to organic systems (left figure B).

Inhomogeneous states display a … Read the rest

Inhomogeneities in Cuprates

If the mechanism of high-Tc superconductivity is electronic, to understand the electronic excitation spectrum is as important as to understand phonons was important to develop BCS theory. In this regard charge and spin inhomogeneous states, often found in … Read the rest