Vibronic Coupling and Electron-Phonon Interactions in Molecules and Crystals:
XXIII International Symposium on the Jahn-Teller Effect

Tartu (Estonia), August 27th to September 1st, 2016

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Please visit Extras for conference photos and the materials shared by participants.
The book of abstracts is also available.

General information

The series of mostly biannual Jahn-Teller symposia started in 1976 and addresses topics involving the coupling between electronic and nuclear motions in molecules and solids in conditions of electronic degeneracy and pseudodegeneracy. The Jahn-Teller effect, pseudo Jahn-Teller effect, and related vibronic coupling and electron-phonon interactions are responsible for structural instabilities and dynamics in polyatomic systems, and play a key role in the explanation of seemingly diverse phenomena, such as spontaneous symmetry breakings, structural phase transitions, colossal magnetoresistance, peculiar molecular magnetism, superconductivity in fullerides, giant permittivity and flexoelectricity, and chemical reactions after thermo- or photoexcitation. The meeting brings together theoreticians and experimentalists working in molecular physics and chemistry with researches working in solid state physics.

We expect participants from physics, chemistry and materials science who are interested in the fundamental aspects and applications of the Jahn-Teller effect.

Topics of the symposium

  • Fundamental theory, computation, and experimental observation of vibronic coupling Jahn-Teller (JT), pseudo JT (PJT), and Renner-Teller effects
  • Vibronic coupling effects in structural, reactivity, and spectroscopy properties of molecules and clusters, fullerenes and fullerides, graphene, silicene, and related systems
  • Conical intersections, geometric phase effects, and nonadiabatic dynamics on intersecting potential energy surfaces; implications in photophysical and decay processes
  • Local and cooperative JT and PJT effects and electron-phonon interactions in solids: impurity centers, ferroelectrics, multiferroics, topological insulators, superconductors, spin-orbital and spin-crossover effects
  • Further applications of the JT and PJT effects in materials science: spintronics, magnetic-dipolar bistability, molecular magnets, permittivity, flexoelectricity, and electrostriction

International Steering Committee

  • Isaac Bersuker (chairman), University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • Arnout Ceulemans, University of Leuven, Belgium
  • Claude Daul, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Janette Dunn, University of Nottingham, UK
  • Wolfgang E. Ernst, Graz University of Technology, Austria
  • Pablo Garcia-Fernandez, University of Cantabri, Spain
  • Vladimir Hizhnyakov, University of Tartu, Estonia
  • Michael Kaplan, Simmons College, USA
  • Daniel I. Khomskii, University of Cologne, Germany
  • Horst Köppel, Heidelberg University, Germany
  • Hiroyasu Koizumi, University of Tsukuba, Japan
  • Susanta Mahapatra, University of Hyderabad, India
  • Nicola Manini, University of Milan, Italia
  • Spiridoula Matsika, Temple University, USA
  • Terry Miller, Ohio State University, USA
  • Tohru Sato, Kyoto University, Japan
  • John Stanton, University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • Boris Tsukerblat, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

Organizing Committee

  • Vladimir Hizhnyakov, University of Tartu, Estonia
  • Isaac Bersuker, University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • Reinhard K. Kremer, Max Planck Institute, Germany
  • Alexei Sherman, University of Tartu, Estonia
  • Taavi Vaikjärv, University of Tartu, Estonia

Supported by

  • Institute of Physics, University of Tartu, Estonia
  • Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart, Germany
  • European Union through the Regional Development Fund

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