Report on the 2nd IUVSTA Summer School
Quantum Devices and Nanostructures
July 19-27, 2001, Erice, Trapani, Italy
Sponsored by the International Union of Vacuum Science, Technique and Applications (IUVSTA)
European Physical Society
Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa
Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Office of Naval Research, International Field Office Europe
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Associazione Italiana del Vuoto
Sicilian Regional Government
Italian Ministry of Education
Italian Ministry of University and Scientific Research
The 2nd Quantum Devices and Nanostructures (QDN-2) provided an ideal environment for and opportunity to learn about recent developments in a broad range of topics dealing with the growth, preparation, fabrication and characterization of materials and devices at the nanoscale. QDN-2 was held in the broader framework of the International School of Solid State Physics of the Ettore Majorana Center and Foundation for Scientific Culture, in Erice, Italy in order to emphasize the close link between the numerous applications of nanoscience and the many underlying fundamental aspects of solid state physics.
The school provided tutorial style lectures by experts in a Gordon Conference format where afternoons were free for discussions. The school was intended for graduate students, post-doctoral scientists and young faculty members at the early stages of their career. The lectures opened with introductory material followed by an in-depth review of the topic. All of the invited talks contained some of the most recent results of the lecturers. This held the interest of both the students and invited speakers and provided a framework for detailed discussions during the discussion periods as well as during free time. The lack of distractions other than the small shops and majestic views from Erice lead to extensive interactions between all of the participants during throughout the day and well into the night. In many respects, all were sad to see the school end.
The breadth of QDN-2 is seen in the range of topics that were covered.
Program and Lecturers:
Olga Shenderova, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA, ?Introductory Remarks on Nanostructures?
R. Ferrando, University of Genova, Italy, "Nanoclusters: Structures, Thermodynamics and Growth"
Poul Erik Lindelof, Orsted Laboratory, Copenaghen, Denmark, ?Quantum Transport in Nanostructures?
Mark Reed, Yale University, New Haven, NY, USA, ?Molecular Electronics?
Paolo Milani, Universita? di Milano, Italy, ?Nanostructured Thin Films Via Cluster-Assembly?
Seigo Tarucha, University of Tokyo, Japan, ?Physics and Applications of Quantum Dot Structures?
Ugo Valbusa, Universita? di Genova, Italy, ?Nanostructuring Surfaces Via Ion Erosion?
John Ballato, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA, ?Micro-Photonics?
Norman Tolk, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA, ?Interface Analysis and Manipulation with Free Electron Lasers?
Rosario Fazio, Universita? di Catania, Italy, ?Mesoscopic Superconductivity?
Emanuele Cappelluti, Universita? di Roma La Sapienza, Italy, ?Electron-Phonon Interaction in Low Carrier Density Systems?
A poster session was held for the attendees of the Summer School. This provided many with an excellent opportunity to present their results in a short oral presentation prior to the poster session and to answer questions about their research on an individual basis during the afternoon poster session.
of the attendees from different European countries, as well as from
USA and Japan indicated the worldwide interest in this topic.