Condensed Matter Theory Seminar

This is an informal seminar where students, postdocs and faculty discuss research progress as well as plans for future research.

Location: Bevill Building, Room 2006.

Time: Thursday, 5:00 p.m.

Contact: Georg Schwiete

Fall 2022

Date Speaker Topic
Aug 25 First meeting
Sep 8 Mahmud Shamim


Sep 22 Shakeel Ahmad TBA
Oct 6 Huan Nguyen / Upama Karki TBA
Oct 20 Gaurav Gupta TBA
Nov 3 Modi Ke TBA
Nov 17 Zahidul Jitu TBA
Dec 1 Nathaniel Lowe TBA


Previous Semesters:

Spring 2021

Date Speaker Topic
Jan 21 First meeting
Feb 18 Pieter Visscher


March 04 Zahidul Jitu TBA
March 18 Modi Ke

Anish Rai

April 1 Bhuwan Nepal

Arjun Sapkota

April 15 Ashok Pokhrel

Gaurav Gupta

Upama Karki



April 29 TBA TBA

Fall 2020

Date Speaker Topic
Aug 26 First meeting
Sept 24 Kayla Cole-Piepke

Observed effects of magnetism on the calculated stacking fault energies offcc Co and Co-based alloys

Oct 08 Gaurav Gupta

Ehsan Zolghadr

Hall Conductivity of Thin Films of Topological Insulators

PVDF microfiltration (MF) membrane modification to improve antibacterial performance for water treatment application


Oct 22 Modi Ke

Arjun Sapkota

Floquet topological insulators


Nov 5 Bhuwan Nepal

Upama Karki

Skyrmion based artificial neuron device

Investigation of competing anisotropies in exchange biased nanostructures

Nov 19 Ashok Pokhrel

Zahidul Islam Jitu

Micromagnetic simulations of the quasi-static properties of dissimilar bilayers

Thermopower of the two-dimensional disordered electron gas


Dec 3 Kaio Marques Review of Machine Learning Techniques to Identification and Characterization of Skyrmions

Spring 2020

Date Speaker Topic
Jan  16 Best research practices for PhD students
Jan 30 Georg Schwiete

Introduction to Boltzmann transport theory I

Feb 14 Georg Schwiete Introduction to Boltzmann transport theory II
Feb 27 Claudia Mewes Magnetic Materials and Micromagnetics
March 12 Gaurav Gupta

Zahidul Jitu

Integer Hall effect

Thermoelectric Transport in Electronic Systems at Low Temperatures

April 9 Bhuwan Nepal

Arjun Sapkota

Mahmoud Asmar


Magnetic skyrmion-based artificial neuron device

Floquet control of periodically driven magnetic lateral heterostructure

Dec 5 Ashok Pokhrel

Modi Ke

Bilayer Vertical inhomogeneity in Micromagnetics

Exchange Interaction Between Magnetic Adatoms in Irradiated Graphene

Fall 2019

Date Speaker Topic
Sept 12 Wang-Kong Tse Introduction to Interlayer Interaction in Layered 2D Materials
Sept 26 Arjun Sapkota

Anisotropic damping in multilayer spintronics devices

Oct 10 Gaurav Gupta

Zahidul Jitu

Oct 24 Ashok Pokhrel Determination of Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya Interaction in Ultrathin Films and Multilayer Structures Using First Principles
Nov 7 Modi Ke

Gaurav Gupta

Zahidul Jitu

Introduction to RKKY interaction

Light propagation through a 1D photonic lattice

Entropy, specific heat, susceptibility, and Rushbrooke inequality in percolation

Nov 21 Woo-Ram Lee

Kayla Cole-Piepke

Thermo-magneto-electric transport in correlated electron systems at intermediate temperatures

Observed effects of magnetism on calculated stacking fault energy of fcc Co

Spring 2019

Date Speaker Topic
Feb 14 Claudia Mewes Computational Methods in Magnetism: From First Principles to Magnetization Dynamics
Feb 28 Woo-Ram Lee

Electric and thermal transport in 2D disordered electron systems at intermediate temperatures

March 21 Arjun Sapkota Origin of higher order anisotropy and limitations of the macrospin approximation of materials with inhomogeneous perpendicular anisotropy
April 4 Phuong Nguyen Density Matrix Theory for Photo-Induced Valley Hall Conductivity in Two-Dimensional Dirac Semiconductors
April 18 Mahmoud Asmar Interlayer RKKY Coupling in Bulk Rashba Semiconductors under Topological Phase Transition
May 2 Modi Ke RKKY interaction of 2D material with light

Fall 2018

Date Speaker Topic
Sep 10 Arjun Sapkota Limitations of the macrospin approximation of materials with inhomogeneous perpendicular anisotropy
Sep 24 Georg Schwiete Transport of charge, heat and spin in electronic systems – recent progress and future plans
Oct 8 Ashok Pokhrel Determination of Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya Interaction in Ultrathin Films and Multilayer Structures using First Principles
Oct 22 Wang-Kong Tse Quantum Dynamics in Van Der Waals Materials
Nov 5 Kayla Cole First principles calculations of stacking fault energies of Co-based alloys
Nov 19 Mahmoud Asmar Interface symmetries and spin control in topological insulator-semiconductor heterostructures