In modern condensed matter physics a number of very general concepts are functioning as pillars of science, such as symmetry, coherence, emergence, geometry, topology, and correlation. The phenomenon of superconductivity combines all these concepts into an exciting field of science, which holds promises to contribute to the solution of urgent problems humans face in future such as energy economy and clean technology. In this lecture, recent developments and trends that involve superconductivity and adjacent fields will be presented and put in context.
Matthias Eschrig holds the Chair of Condensed Matter Physics at University of Greifswald. He obtained his Ph.D. at University of Bayreuth, and his Habilitation degree at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. From 2012-2019 he was Professor of Physics at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK, where he also acted as Deputy Director of the Hubbard Theory Consortium. His research focuses on superconductivity, quantum transport, and quantum many body theory. He is co-founder of the emerging field of "superconducting spintronics". In 2015 he was awarded the Lars Onsager Professorship and Lars Onsager Medal of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.