Message to members of the APS Division of Materials Physics
Approved by Robert Nemanich, DMP Secretary/Treasurer

Boulder School for Condensed Matter and Materials Physics

July 3 – 28, 2017
Frustrated and Disordered Systems

Disordered and frustrated systems comprise a vibrant research area in condensed matter physics with applications in fields ranging from mathematics to biology. At their core, these systems share universal features – such as rough free energy landscapes and rich sets of phase transitions – that can be understood and unified with ideas from physics. This comprehension largely arises from the study of spin glasses, which since the 1980s has led to a rich array of concepts, methods and tools that describe systems as diverse as piles of grains, biological tissues and computer algorithms. The 2017 Boulder School will survey the intimate connection between these seemingly different problems, and introduce key notions in the physics of disordered systems.

The electronic application form (deadline January 15, 2017) as well as logistical information and more details on the program are available on the school's main webpage.

The Boulder School in Condensed Matter and Materials Physics provides education for advanced graduate students and postdoctoral fellows working in condensed matter physics, materials science and related fields. The goal is to enable students to work at the frontiers of science and technology by providing expert training not easily available within the traditional system of graduate education and postdoctoral apprenticeship. The school, which is supported by the National Science Foundation and the University of Colorado, will meet annually during July in Boulder, Colorado.