ISIS workshop builds on promising scientific relationship with South Korea

Tuesday 01 May 2012

Attendees at the UK-Korea workshop on SCES

Attendees at the UK-Korea workshop on SCES
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South Korean scientists travelled over five thousand miles to Oxfordshire earlier this month to meet with leading UK researchers at STFC’s ISIS Neutron and Muon Source for the Fourth UK-Korea workshop on Strongly Correlated Electron Systems (SCES).

The workshops allow UK and Korean researchers to keep up-to-date with the latest materials discoveries and applications in materials with unusual and novel electrical, magnetic and superconducting properties.

‘’We have discovered that there are strong complementary research activities between the UK and Korean scientific communities. These workshops are a focus for this world leading research and have led directly to numerous UK-Korean collaborations,’’ said Professor Sean Langridge, an STFC Research Fellow at ISIS. 

Professor Je-Geun Park, from South Korea’s Seoul National University was one of the researchers to make the trip to ISIS at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.  He commented on why he thought these workshops were such a positive event: “There is a growing recognition amongst the scientific community in South Korea of the value of international collaboration to strengthen our research. Through these intellectually stimulating workshops we are learning of many potential opportunities for further collaborations with research teams in the UK.”

To explain the electrical and magnetic properties of many modern materials, physicists have found that thinking of electrons as isolated rigid particles cannot explain many observed effects. Instead they need to think of how the billions and billions of electrons in a material are interacting, flowing and influencing each other. Materials showing such ‘strongly correlated’ electron effects lead to a wide range of fascinating and useful physics, such as giant magneto-resistance used in computer hard drives or superconductivity used to transmit electricity without losing energy and generate high magnetic fields for medical imaging.

The UK-Korea workshops on strongly correlated electron systems are funded by grants from the UK Global Partnership Fund and from the National Research Foundation of Korea. They follow from the signing of a memorandum of understanding to increase scientific cooperation between STFC and the Korean Research Council of Fundamental Science (KRCF) in 2010.

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