About the Conference

The International Workshop on Vortex Matter has completed fifteen editions in twenty years, hosted in thirteen different countries.

  • 1994 Palaiseau, France, June 26th – July 1st

  • 1995 Lake Forest, IL, USA, June 22nd – 28th

  • 1996 Shoresh, Israel, June 23rd – 30th

  • 1997 Monte Verita, Switzerland, June 17th – 23rd

  • 1998 Hachimantai, Japan, June 18th – 24th

  • 1999 Stanford University, CA, USA, June 19th-25th

  • 2000 Lunteren, the Netherlands, August 28th – September 1st

  • 2001 Bariloche, Argentina, November 27th – December 2nd

  • 2003 Ile d’Oleron, France, June 23rd – 27th

  • 2005 Mumbai, India, January 9th – 14th

  • 2006 Wroclaw, Poland, July 3rd – 8th

  • 2009 Lake Yamanaka, Japan, September 12nd – 16th

  • 2011 Chicago, USA, July 31st – August 5th

  • 2013 Nanjing, China, May 21st – 28th

  • 2015 El Escorial, Spain, May 10th – 15th

The International Workshop on Vortex Matter regards vortex physics as an unfolding field of research. Therefore it is committed to include the discussion of the most recent discoveries in superconductivity and superfluidity. Recently superconductivity was discovered in sulfur hydride under pressure, which is far beyond previously believed limits of critical temperature for conventional superconductivity. The record breaking superconductivity in a thin layer of FeSe deposited on a SrTiO3 substrate shows the importance of surface physics, as suggested by Vitaly Ginzburg more than half a century ago. New paradigms are being raised like the onset of transient superconductivity induced by mid-infrared femtosecond pulses in cuprate perovskites. Vortices are also observed in cold gases and in polariton condensates. The International Workshop on Vortex Matter is interested in other topics of condensed matter physics. Surface physics groups and materials scientists are studying another type of topological defect, the so-called skyrmion, a magnetic structure with strong similarities to vortices. Skyrmions have a quantized topological winding number associated to a magnetic flux and form a lattice with remarkable similarities with the Abrikosov vortex lattice in superconductors. Many of the ideas developed for vortex dynamic phases in superconductors with random, ordered, and asymmetric pinning arrays then can be explored in skyrmion systems. Other applications of vortex-related physics are found in the dislocation system of metals, domain walls in magnets, or even in polymer physics.

 Since 2011, the International Workshop on Vortex Matter awards the Abrikosov prize to physicists who have made distinguished contributions to the field of vortex physics. The Abrikosov prize was awarded in 2013 to Francisco de la Cruz (http://www.vortex2013.org/awards), and in 2015 was jointly awarded to Lev N. Bulaevskii, Alexei E. Koshelev and Masashi Tachiki (http://www.vortex2015.org/?page_id=71). Near to the realization of the workshop in 2017 the directors will make a call for suggestions for nominees of the 2017 edition of the Abrikosov prize.

We welcome the presence of students and hope to find ways to encourage their participation in the workshop in large numbers, especially those coming from South America, whose costs are lower than those coming from elsewhere.

In the 2017 edition, we will follow the drive of previous editions to incorporate new ideas and subjects. We aim at a final program that integrates new topics into the usual discussions of vortex physics, providing a varied set of topics with dedicated sessions to:

•  Vortex dynamics and pinning — phase diagrams

•  Thermal and disorder induced transitions

•  Strong pinning regime

•  Vortices in nanostructured and irradiated superconductors

•  Interface superconductivity — vortex pinning in 2D and layered superconductors

•  Quantum behavior in low dimensional superconductors

•  Vortices in iron superconductors

•  Topological insulators and superconductors

•  Vortex imaging in real and reciprocal space

• Vortex matter in a magnetic background — coexistence of magnetism and superconductivity

•  Mesoscopic effects in conventional and exotic superconductors

•  Critical currents, critical fields, power applications

•  Devices for high frequency radiation and detection

•  Vortex matter in multiband superconductors

•  Novel electronic and vortex states

•  Vortices in strongly correlated electron superconductors

•  Vortices in cold-atom systems

•  Bose-Einstein condensates

•  Vortices in superconductor–ferromagnetic hybrids

•  New technical improvements; novel insights to the vortex properties

•  Magnetic skyrmions: lattices and dynamics

•  Other topological excitations