Topological Structures in Ferroic Materials

Workshop-School | Sunday, June 03, 2018 - Saturday, June 23, 2018
Jose Antonio Eiras
Igor A. Lukyanchuk
Jan Seidel



Current research interests in interfaces, domains, domain walls, vortices, spin currents and torques, spin textures and skyrmions in ferromagnets, ferroelectrics, multiferroics, and functional soft materials constitute an emerging field in solid state physics and material science. Connecting these research fields with topological concepts in physics will contribute to the fundamental understanding of these new phenomena.


The goal of the workshop-school is to overview the global situation in topological ferroic phases and bring together the leading scientists and young researchers working with different ferroic materials from ferroelectrics to ferromagnets and liquid crystals but studying their similar topological structures. It will help to the researchers working with different materials not only to find the contacts and the common language between each other but also to understand the conceptual emergent topological ideas of the modern condensed matter physics, such as skyrmions, homotopy groups, topological stability etc. on the simple ready-to-use level. The training of the early stage researchers will help to introduce the emergent topological concepts in solid state physics for the young generation of scientists.


In frame of the Workshop-School the International conference TOPO2018 will be held from 12 to 16 June 2018. See web-site for details.


The Workshop-School will generate synergies between research communities working on ferroelectric, magnetic and soft materials both in theory and experiment and stimulate the development of the durable collaboration links during the lasting working groups and of tutorials that will accompany the Workshop-School.


The non-exhaustive list of topics includes:


  • Domains and domain walls

  • Skyrmions and chiral spin textures

  • Vortex, anti-vortex and vertex structures in ferroics

  • Topological Phase transitions: from GL to BKT

  • Nanoelectronics using domain wall logic

  • Spin torque , spin waves and spintronics

  • Interfaces and topologies

  • Nanoscale characterisation of ferroics

  • Topological structures in soft matter, biology etc.


In order to assist the organizing staff to timely issue invitation and visa letters, book accommodation and communicate important information, the prospective particpants are kindly asked to regsiter by clicking on the "Register" button at the top of this page.


 Registration deadline: May 03, 2018


The policy of the International Institute of Physics with respect to organization of events demands collecting a registration fee from the participants. Members of the local community (institutions in Natal) are considered as free listeners and are exempt from paying the fee.


Students = R$ 400 Brazilian reais 

Postdocs/Professionals = R$ 800 Brazilian reais 


*Registration fee is accepted in cash only.

** Information about lodging will be posted soon.



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Lecturers Name Lectures
Adilson J A de Oliveira

Invited speaker


Magnetoelectric and magnetostrictive behavior in multiferroic composites: influences of dimensionality, magnetic and electric fields

Alexei Bogdanov,

Invited speaker

The Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden

Chiral magnetism, magnetic skyrmions

Alexei Gruverman

Invited speaker

University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Andre Marino Goncalves

Invited speaker


IIntrinsic Domain Walls Contribution to Dielectric Response of Ferroelectrics

Andres Cano

Invited speaker

CNRS & ETH Zürich

Formation and inner structure of topological defects in multiferroic hexagonal manganites

Anna Razumnaya

Invited speaker

University of Picardie

Strain engineering of ferroelastic domains in thin films and superlattices

Anquan Jiang

Invited speaker

Fudan University


Borys Ivanov

Invited speaker

Instif Magnetism, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine


Carlos Egues

Invited speaker


Edge states in topological metals and Chern insulators

Chan-Ho Yang

Invited speaker

Advanced Institute of Science and Technology


Eduardo Abramof

Invited speaker

Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais

Structural, electrical and surface properties of Bi2Te3 and Pb1-xSnxTe topological insulator thin films grown by molecular beam epitaxy

Efim Kats

Invited speaker

Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics

Pore formation in membranes.

Eudes Borges Araujo

Invited speaker


Nanoscale characterisation of ferroics

Filipp Rybakov

Invited speaker

KTH - Royal Institute of Technology

Particlelike states in chiral magnets

Ivair Aparecido dos Santos

Invited speaker

Maringá State University - UEM

Domains structure, domain walls and correlated properies in BiFeO3-PbTiO3 multiferroic compounds

Jiri Hlinka

Invited speaker

Insitute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Ginzburg-Landau-Devonshire model

Jorge Iniguez

Invited speaker

Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology

Second-principles methods for large scale simulations, and application to domain walls in ferroics

Julio Criginsky Cesar

Invited speaker

Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory, LNLS

Magnetic and electronic structure properties of multiferroic materials studied by soft X-rays tecniques

Laurent Bellaiche

Invited speaker

University of Arkansas

Topological defects in ferroelectrics

Marin Alexe

Invited speaker

University of Warwick

Transport mechanisms in ferroelectrics

Markus Garst

Invited speaker

Technical University Dresden

Magnonics in skyrmion-hosting chiral magnetic materials

Marty Gregg

Invited speaker

Queens University Belfast

Domain Walls as Functional Devices

Massimiliano Stengel

Invited speaker

Institut de Ciencia de Materials de Barcelona

First-principles theory of flexoelectricity and polar ferroelastic walls

Matthew Dawber

Invited speaker

Dept of Physics and Astronomy, Stony Brook University

Evolution of ferroelectric order and domain structure during the growth of ferroelectric multilayers

Nagarajan Valanoor

Invited speaker

UNSW Sydney

Bubble domains in ultrathin ferroelectrics

Oleg Lavrentovich

Invited speaker

Liquid Crystal Institute, Kent State University

Topological defects in liquid crystals and in active matter

Oleg Tretiakov

Invited speaker

Tohoku University

Lifetimes and Dynamics of Antiferromagnetic Skyrmions

Olena Gomonay

Invited speaker

Johan Guttenberg University of Mainz

Antiferromagnetic spintronics: dynamics and textures

Pavlo Zubko

Invited speaker

London Centre for Nanotechnology

X-ray nanodiffraction imaging of ferroelectric doman structures

Ramamoorthy Ramesh

Invited speaker

University of California, Berkeley


Robert Stamps

Invited speaker

University of Manitoba

Dynamics of chiral spin systems

Seraphin Mefire

Invited speaker

Institut Elie Cartan de Lorraine


Seungbum Hong

Invited speaker

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Ferroelectric Domain Imaging and Analysis Using Piezoresponse Force Microscopy

Stéphane Fusil

Invited speaker

Thales Laboratory, CNRS


Teruo Ono

Invited speaker

Kyoto University

Spin dynamics in antiferromagnets and ferrimagnets

Valerii Vinokur

Invited speaker

Argonne National Laboratory

Dynamics of topological defects

Vladimir Shur

Invited speaker

Ural Federal University

Topological instability of the domain shape in ferroelectrics

Yakov Kopelevich

Invited speaker

Superdiamagnetism in materials with frustrated magnetic interaction and its topological protection

Zdravko Kutnjak

Invited speaker

Jozef Stefan Institut

Stabilization of topological defect structures in Liquid Crystals by nanoparticles