Frontiers in Correlated Matter

Silvertree Hotel, Snowmass  

Aspen Center for Physics

 5th – 8th August, 2004


The Symposium will begin at 6.00pm  on Thursday, August 5, 2004, and conclude by 4pm, August 8.  Each of the invited speakers is requested to act as discussion leader, preparing a ten minute (or less) presentation that will be followed by a discussion involving all the participants. Each presentation should include an electronic one-page vision statement, either powerpoint or pdf, listing the major open questions in the speaker’s area of correlated matter, and where the big challenges lie. The inclusion or addition of images that speak to these issues is warmly encouraged. These one page statements will be made available prior to the meeting.

There will be an opening reception and dinner on Thursday, Aug 5th, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Discussions on the 6th will be at the Silvertree Hotel, while those on the 7th and 8th will be held at the Aspen Center for Physics.   The most important aspect of this Symposium that differentiates it from traditional meetings is that discussions will be allotted at least the same time as the invited presentations.  The talks on Saturday afternoon will celebrate David Pines’ 80th birthday.


Provisonal Schedule: subject to change.



4th-5th  August



ICAM outreach  workshop “Telling the Emergent Matter Story”


(One day workshop to discuss efforts to develop outreach for condensed matter physics.)


5th August:

Thurs evening


6.00 pm

Frontiers of Correlated Matter


Opening  Reception – Silvertree Hotel.



Fri AM: Silvertree Hotel





 Chair: D. Pines




 Chair: E. Abrahams



Chair: G. Gollub



Introduction: Coleman

G. Whitesides


Z. Fisk


P. Pincus


G. Lonzarich 


P. Chaikin


P. Wolynes



 Debating the frontier.

"Synthesis: From Molecules to Complexity”


"Applying f-electron Physics"


“Electrodynamics in Soft Matter and Biophysics”  Vision

“First and second order Ferromagnetic quantum phase transitions” 

 "Packings, Jammings, Correlations
and Entropies in Condensed Matter and Candy"


“Disciplined Disorder and Disordered Disciplines: Themes in the emerging Science of Matter” (word version)

Fri PM


Chair:  M. Cates


Chair: L. Greene


Chair: G. Kotliar

Chair: S. Davis

P. Bouchaud

T. Witten

J. Schmalian


R. Goldstein

D. Weitz

M. Sarachik 

D. Scalapino 

R. Laughlin

“Glassy dynamics, aging and memory effects: can one reconcile mean-field landscape pictures with growing length-scale scenarios? ”    Vision: Why don't glasses flow?

“Solidity, liquidity and energy focusing”

Q: How do singularities form in collective matter and in spacetime?

“Are there gels in the quantum world?”  Talk.

"Large-Scale Coherence in Bacterial  Dynamics".

 "Mechanics and Statistical Mechanics of Living Cells" (Vision)


Strongly interacting electrons in 2D in the absence of magnetic field: Fermi liquid? New phases ?

 “Numerical studies of the cuprate problem” 




Dinner/Fanny Hill Tent
Ian Hobson: Piano Recital  


Sat AM:
Aspen Center for Physics




 Chair:  T. Witten





 Chair:  P. Chaikin




Chair:  P. Wolynes




J. Gollub


S. Davis


G. Kotliar


M. Cohen


M. Brenner

H. Alloul





 The Dynamics of Granular Flows 
(Vision statement)

"The Fourth State"


"Strongly correlated electrons: a dynamical mean field perspective"

"World Year of Physics: where is Physics going ?
-  The standard model for Solids"

"Some questions in optimal design"


"Experiments on correlated electron matter: their seminal role, their  importance for education : innovation versus engeneering" 

Sat PM

2:00 - 2:10     

2:10 - 2:30   

2:30 - 2:50

2:50 - 3:10

3:10 - 3: 50

3: 50 - 4: 10

4:10 - 4: 30

4:30 - 4:50       

4:50 - 5:10       

5:10 - 5:20       

5:20 - 5:30      

5:30-  6:15        

DP 80


Hans Frauenfelder,  LANL
Charlie Slichter, UIUC
Elihu Abrahams, Rutgers
Bob Laughlin, Stanford University
General discussion; spontaneous contributions, break
Gordon Baym  Univ. Illinois, Urbana
Leo Kadanoff  University of Chicago
Lev Gor'kov   Florida State
Phil Anderson  Princeton University

Kevin Bedell, Boston College

Greg Boebinger, NHMFL

General discussion, spontaneous contributions, stories.




Sat evening



Sun AM:
Aspen Center for Physics

9.00-10.00 am



 Chair:  R. Goldstein



Chair:  D. Pines




L. Greene



M. Cates 

F. Steglich



P. W. Anderson

General Discussion



"Unconventional  superconductors: Playgrounds for broken symmetries"   talk

"Landscape and Memory"        Vision:   talk slides

 "Experimental studies of quantum critical phenomena in heavy electron metals"  outline

"Some open questions for discussion"


Where do we go to from here?


Revised 2004-08-03