Summer School 2017

XXIV International Summer School ‘Nicolás Cabrera’

Quantum Transport in Topological Materials

Miraflores de la Sierra, Madrid, Sept. 4-8, 2017


Scope and goals

Topological materials constitute an exciting and very active research area in condensed matter physics. It studies new states of matter whose bulk properties are similar to those of ‘ordinary’ materials but that, at the same time, display edge or boundary states with very exotic properties. Since the discovery of topological insulators, roughly a decade ago, the field has rapidly expanded with the identification of other topological materials, such as topological superconductors and Weyl semimetals. This Summer School will gather leading international experts to provide an introduction to the basic concepts underlying topology in condensed matter systems, followed by a discussion of recent developments, with a focus on quantum transport and hybrid devices. The goal is to cover not only theoretical aspects, but to also address the experimental progress, including the detection and manipulation of states associated with these materials.


• Hybrid devices (quantum dots, nanowires, heterostrucutres).
• Topological insulators and superconductors.
• Weyl semimetals.
• Topological quantum computing.

Preliminary list of invited speakers

• Ramón Aguado (Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid)
• Jason Alicea* (Caltech)
• Alberto Cortijo (ICMM-CSIC)
• Silvano De Franceschi (CEA, Grenoble)
• Reinhold Egger (Heinrich-Heine University, Duesseldorf)
• Claudia Felser (Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics, Dresden)
• Marcelo Goffman, (CEA, Saclay)
• Sophie Guéron (University of Paris Sud)
• Jelena Klinovaja (University of Basel)
• Leo Kouwenhoven (QuTech, Delft)
• Nadya Mason (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
• Laurens Molenkamp (University of Wuerzburg)
• Fabrizio Nichele (Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen)
• Patrik Recher (TU Braunschweig)
• Seigo Tarucha (University of Tokyo)
• Felix von Oppen* (Freie Universitaet Berlin)
• Amir Yacoby (Harvard University)
• Shoucheng Zhang (Stanford University)

* To be confirmed.

History and venue

The International Summer School “Nicolás Cabrera”, funded by the BBVA Foundation, deals with current topics in materials science, condensed matter physics, nanophysics and biophysics since 1994. The School is a meeting point for numerous scientists all over the world, who share a few days in Madrid in a particularly pleasant and interacting environment.

The School is organized in the residence “La Cristalera” in Miraflores de la Sierra, a small village in the mountains near Madrid.


September 4th-8th, 2017


The full registration fee is 400 euros, and will fully cover accommodation expenses at ‘La Cristalera’ (including meals and coffee breaks), as well as the conference trip and dinner. There will be a limited number of fellowships for students presenting a poster, covering full registration fees.

The registration deadline is April 15th, 2017. For registration details and procedures follow this link.

Please note that due to limitations in the number of participants, applications received by the deadline might need to undergo a selection process.


Eduardo Lee, IFIMAC-UAM
Elsa Prada, IFIMAC-UAM
Alfredo Levy Yeyati, IFIMAC-UAM


Secreatary: Manuela Moreno
Phone: +34 91 497 4689