MTI International Argonne Fall Workshop on Nanophysics VII, 2007

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General Information

The function of many quantum nanoscale devices such as quantum single-electron switches or q-bits for quantum computers occurs via change of their ground state under the action of external signals: external electric or magnetic fields, applied current, etc. The process of quantum switching is an inherently dynamical process. Thus, creation of a new generation of quantum electronics requires detailed understanding of quantum dynamics in materials on the nanometer scale, which is an appealing and yet only recently explored new field of fundamental research in quantum physics.

The Materials Theory Institute at Argonne National Laboratory has created a global network of the leading experts in the field getting together for a series of workshops for active collaborating work and initiating new projects in the area of nanophysics. This series consisted of one of the major extended workshop at Argonne (2-3 months) and two supplemental workshops in Western Europe and St. Petersburg, Russia. The workshops activity results in the series of publications and new research projects. The workshops consisted of two parts: long term visits (1-2 months, about 20 participants) and the one week conferences attracting both experimentalists and theorists. We have already held six extended workshops at Argonne (see and we are holding the Seventh Fall Workshop this coming fall.

There is certain interest in anchoring the extended Fall Workshops at the National Center for Theoretical Sciences or other venue in Taiwan. The interest is motivated by the active experimental development at local laboratories, the possibility of establishing more close ties to industry, and the possibility of attracting new young talents to nanoscience via organizing tutorial courses at local universities taught by the long term visitors during the fall semester of 2007.


The scope includes the following topics within the field of Superconductivity and Magnetism on the Nanoscale

  • Quantum transport in low-dimensional and mesoscopic metallic and superconducting systems
  • Charge and spin pumping and geometric phase effects, spin transport
  • Quantum phases and phase transitions; metal-insulator and superconductor-insulator transitions
  • Implementations for quantum computing and quantum information processing, noise and decoherence in nanoscale devices
  • Superconductors at high magnetic fields: glassy vortex phases and vortex physics at extreme scales and conditions

Information for Taiwan: Venue, Accommodation, Travel, and Visa

Venue: The conference in Hsinchu will be held at the National Center for Theoretical Sciences.

Accommodation: Invited speakers and participants can stay at the hotel near the campus.
The accomodation will be covered for invited speakers, otherwise the price is NTD 1800 - 2500 per night.
Current exchange rates for New Taiwan dollars: 100NTD=3USD=2.21EUR, or 1USD=33.10NTD; 1EUR=45.35NTD.
We will reserve the hotels for speakers and foreign participants.

Hotel (Near National Tsing Hua University):
Berkeley Hotel
272, Section 2 Kuang Fu Road
Hsinchu, Taiwan 300, R.O.C.
Tel: 886-3-572-8668
Fax: 886-3-572-8035

Travel: Arrive at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (former CKS). From there exists a very cheap public transportation to Hsinchu, however for visitors who do not speak or read Chinese direct taxi is simpler.
The taxi stop is located outside the arrival lobby. We can arrange your taxi between C.K.S. International Airport in Taipei and NCTS or the Hotel where you stay (30-40 minutes drive). The driver will hold a poster with your name written on it. It is therefore important for you to give us your arrival/departure times and flight numbers as soon as they are available.

Visa for Taiwan (Republic of China): For visitors from:
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands , New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, and USA
who stay less than 30 days no visa is required: Visa-Exempt Entry details. In special cases also a Landing Visa might be applicable.
For all other nationals a Visitor visa is neccessary. For countries without ROC embassies, the ROC maintains unofficial relations via Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Offices or "Taipei Representative Offices" that take on most of the functions of an official embassy, such as issuing visas. See

Additional and contact information

For question regarding the part of the workshop at Argonne, please contact Nancy Sanchez

For the workshop part in Taiwan and the conference, please contact

Mrs. Hetty Chang
Phone: +886-3-5731266
Fax: +886-3-5735086

For additional information about the National Center for Theoretical Sciences in Taiwan, please see the website:
The center is hosted jointly by the National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) and the National Chiao Tung University (NCTU) in the city of Hsinchu, approximately 85 km south of Taipei and in close proximity to the Hsinchu Science Park.


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