MTI Nonconventional Insulators Workshop, 2012

The goal of the workshop is to bring together scientists from different communities actively working in the rapidly developing many-facet area of unconventional insulators where disorder and topological effects play a major role. † We aim at interdisciplinary discussions and an active dialogue between experiment, computational approaches, and theory.
The topics of the workshop include:
  • Localization effects
  • Superconductor-insulator and metal-insulator transitions
  • Glassy systems
  • Disorder-induced insulators
  • Topological insulators and related systems
  • Quantum transport in the presence of disorder
  • Physics of fluctuations in the presence of disorder
We plan to have about 30 invited talks, each 40 minutes plus 5 minutes discussion. The program can be found here.

Contact and Organization
Workshop Assistant:

Materials Science Division
Argonne National Laboratory
9700 South Cass Avenue
Argonne, Illinois, 60439

Registration information
All participants, including the invited speakers, should register for the workshop.
All speakers should submit their abstracts through this website using the supplied abstract template (one page in MS Word or RTF format, figures are welcome, but to total file size should not exceed 2MB).
The deadline for abstract submissions is September 23rd, 2012.

Site access and visas
Argonne National Laboratory is a controlled-access facility. When you visit Argonne (and APS) for the first time, you must obtain permission in advance, and you need a visitorís pass to enter the Argonne campus. Special access requirements apply for non-U.S. citizens who need to complete clearance forms.
In order to simplify this task of issuing these passes, please register in advance. After registration you will be contacted to fill in the clearance form, which is required for all non-U.S. citizens.
If you have not submitted your clearance form, please contact or send this to our conference assitant Nancy Sanchez immediately.

Conference participants should familiarize themselves with visa requirements well in advance of the conference. If you visit from outside the US and are not holding a US passport, residence card, or valid visa (including ESTA Visa Waiver authorization) for the time of the workshop, please either apply for the ESTA authorization if you are eligible or contact our conference assitant Nancy Sanchez if you need a visa as soon as possible (as this can take several weeks depending on your citizenship).

Additional information on the visa waiver program (VWP): We urge those who travel to the U.S. on the VWP to become familiar with ESTA and to finalize travel to the U.S. as early as possible. The ESTA application should be submitted as early as possible to allow time for a conventional visa application in the event of an ESTA denial so minimizing the possibility of travel delays. The 36 participating VWP countries can be found online at


The workshop will be held at Argonne National Laboratory from November 12th through 16th, 2012.
The venue will be in Building 200, Auditorium. Here a map of the location inside the Lab
workshop location inside ANL

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