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Workshop on Inelastic Transport Phenomena

Confirmed speakers

Prof. Nicolas Agraït, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), Spain
Dr. Maite Alducin, Centro de Física de Materiales CFM-MPC, San Sebastian, Spain
Dr. Mads Brandbyge, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Dr. Jorge Cerdá, ICMM, Madrid
Dr. Luis Foà Torres, FaMAF, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina
Prof. Jean-Pierre Gauyacq, LCAM, CNRS-Paris Sud, France
Dr. Rafael Gutierrez, Dresden University of Technology, Germany
Prof. Wilson Ho, University of California Irvine, USA
Dr. Hiroyuki Ishii, University of Tsukuba, Japan
Prof. Abraham Nitzan, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Dr. Frederico Novaes, Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC), Spain
Dr. Frank Ortmann, CEA, Grenoble
Prof. Jose-Ignacio Pascual, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Dr. Magnus Paulsson, Kalmar University, Sweden
Dr. Alessandro Pecchia, University of Rome, Italy
Prof. Mats Persson, University of Liverpool, UK
Prof. Jan van Ruitenbeek, Leiden University, The Netherlands
Dr. Daniel Sanchez-Portal, DIPC and CFM-MPC, San Sebastian, Spain
Dr. Carlos Untiedt, Universitat d'Alacant, Spain
Dr. Lucia Vitali, DIPC, San Sebastian, Spain


Thomas Frederiksen
Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC), San Sebastian
A. Garcia-Lekue
Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC), San Sebastian

Steering committee

Prof. Andres Arnau
DIPC, Centro de Física de Materiales CFM-MPC, Dpto. Física de Materiales UPV/EHU
Dr. Nicolas Lorente
CIN2: Centre d'Investigació en Nanociència i Nanotecnologia (CSIC-ICN), Barcelona
Prof. Stephan Roche
CEA, SP2M, L_sim, Grenoble, France
Dr. Daniel Sanchez-Portal
DIPC, Centro de Física de Materiales CFM-MPC, Centro Mixto CSIC-UPV


The Workshop on Inelastic Transport Phenomena aims at the identification and promotion of the common elements developed in experimental and theoretical studies of inelastic transport phenomena, which are fundamental for the development of nanoelectronics. To accomplish this goal, the workshop brings together leading experts from the field of inelastic transport, including theoriticians and experimentalists with outstanding achievements within the theme of the workshop .

Therefore, this workshop provides a forum for experts to expose the most recent state-of-the-art theoretical and experimental developments in studying, understanding, and predicting the inelastic properties of electronic transport. Discussion between experts will be strongly encouraged, with special emphasis on the cross-fertilization between different subfields of inelastic transport. This workshop also aims to attract students and young researchers in the field.

The proposed workshop is organized by the Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC) to be held in San Sebastián (Spain), on September 1-3, 2010.

The call for participation will be mainly directed to students, young researches and scientists specialized on inelastic transport phenomena. We will limit the number of participants to 40, in order to ensure a maximum interaction between all the scientists participating. Attendance of graduate students and postdocs will be strongly encouraged through the inclusion of a poster session.

Scientific Objectives

The objective of this event is to get together experts in the field of electronic transport at the nanoscale, with special emphasis on the investigation of inelastic processes. In particular, great emphasis will be placed on the study and theoretical investigation of energy transfer processes between moving electrons and atomic nuclei, i.e., vibrational excitations and Joule effect in nanojunctions. Other inelasic effects such as those related to electron-electron interaction or spinflip processes wil also be discussed. The most relevant experimental aspects of the field will be covered by experts on scanning tunneling microscopy and break-junction technique.

Since the seminal work of I. K. Yanson, inelastic spectroscopy has become a standar experimental technique which allows to determine accurately the vibrational density of states of the materials forming a nanojunction. Equally, this technique allows the measurement of electron-phonon coupling as a function of incident electron energy. In recent years, this technique has been used to characterize molecular junctions and nanocontacts. In such systems, the excitation of vibrations localized in the contact region and the consequent detection of changes in the resistance of the junction, allow to determine the type of molecule in the junction, the geometry of its bond to the contacts and the nature of the chemical bonds involved in electronic propagation. For all these reasons, inelastic spectroscopy is believed to be an important technique in the emerging field of nanoelectrons.


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