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IAS Visiting Fellows 2016

The Warwick Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) has invited two leading Chinese professors with a theoretical and computational physics background to spend 1 week at the IAS in collaboration with the Warwick Centre for Scientific Computing, the GRP Materials (Multiscale Modelling) and the Department of Physics. Profs. Lin and Guan are senior professors in the Chinese academic environment. Both have returned from outside mainland China in the last 5 years to take up prestigious positions.

Purpose and objectives of the visit:
  • Establishing the basis for a long-term institutional partnership between Warwick’s Centre for Scientific Computing (CSC) and the Beijing Computational Science Research Centre (CSRC)
  • Establishing new and reconfirming existing collaborations between the research groups of Profs. Lin and Guan with the Theoretical Physics Research Group in Warwick’s Department of Physics and the GRP (Multiscale Modelling) Materials
  • Participating in the one-day "Warwick Theory Day" with colleagues in the Department of Physics as well as externals
  • Presenting recent research advances of Profs. Lin and Guan in physics and computational science to PG, postdoc and academic audiences at Warwick
  • Informing fellows of the Warwick Institute of Advanced Studies and interested members of the university on recent trends in Chinese science
  • Exploring possible future funding opportunities such as dedicated Chinese Academy of Science funds and/or UK-based funds such as the Global Challenges Fund
Planned schedule of visit:
  • Tuesday, May 31st: Setting up, meeting and greeting people (IAS, CSC, Physics).
  • Wednesday, June 1st: Participation in the TCM meeting, Prof. Lin's opening talk "Study of Superconductivity in Aromatic Hydrocarbons".
  • Thursday, June 2nd: ACE session on Thursday 2nd June and we are invited to attend the networking lunch at 1 pm and lecture session running until 2:30 pm.
  • Friday, June 3rd:
    • 13:00-14:00: talk by Prof. Guan on "Quantum magnetism of ultracold fermionic atoms in one dimension", PS0.17a
    • 14:00-15:00: Q&A session with Profs. Lin and Guan at in the Computer Science common room (CSC tea and cookies).
  • Monday, June 6th: Prof. Lin's talk "Introduction to quantum Monte Carlo" at 13:00-14:00 in CS0.07.
An introduction to the visiting fellows:

Prof. Hai-Qing LinProf. Lin is Director of the Beijing Computational Science Research Center. The Beijing CSRC is a multidisciplinary fundamental research centre of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. It was established in 2009 with 6 divisions. The University of Warwick, via CSC, has recently signed a memorandum of understanding with CSRC on joint research, teaching and facilities activities. The proposed visit is the first visit of a representative of the CSRC at Warwick, following on from a visit of Prof. Roemer to CSRC in 2015. Prior to coming to Beijing, Prof. Lin was head of the Physics Department of the Chinese University of Hongkong (CUHK), preceded by a distinguished career in major US national laboratories. He is a renowned computational physicist with a particular emphasis on condensed matter systems and materials. He chairs the Computational Physics commission (C20) of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics. His research and general academic experience and expertise will therefore by beneficial to the CSC, the Physics department and the Warwick GRP Materials as exemplified by the breadth of the nominations.

Prof. Xiwen GuanProf. Guan is a senior professor at the Wuhan Institute of Physics and Mathematics, a research institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He has been elected CN Yang Visiting Fellow at CUHK and holds appointments also at the Institute of Advanced Study, Tsinghua University as well as at the Australian National University, Canberra. Prof. Guan is a world leader in the field of interacting quantum many-body systems and their applications to the field of atomic gases and ultracold atoms. He has recently received a prestigious “key grant” in support of his work for 5 years from the Natural Science Foundation of China. While interacting quantum physics is studied at Warwick (d’Ambrumenil, Datta, Roemer, Staunton), its applications to cold atoms are new to us and we can certainly learn a lot from Prof. Guan’s expertise here.