Superconductivity and ferromagnetism are two antagonistic phenomena, given that a superconductor expels a magnetic field, which in turn destroys the superconductivity and, on the other hand, the ferromagnetism may be transformed into a special type of domain structure, while appearing in the superconducting phase.
The coexistence of superconductivity and ferromagnetism may easily be achieved in an artificially fabricated superconductor/ferromagnet heterostructures. In such a case we have a unique opportunity to study the properties of superconducting electrons under the influence of a large exchange field. In addition, it is possible to study the interplay between superconductivity and magnetism in a controlled manner.
In order to discuss the new developments recently achieved in this area, the International Institute of Physics of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (IIP-UFRN) will host from July 18 to September 02 the workshop “Interference of Magnetism and Superconductivity”, an event dedicated to gather scientists from different institutions of the world and the exchange of experiences.
Registration for the event will be open until June 01 at www.iip.ufrn.br/events, where more information about the main subject, list of speakers, and the discussion topics are available. Assistance is also available by the IIP Events manager, Ms Bia Pessoa, at