large-scale facilities; advanced materials; research and teaching in Physics
Guguchia Z., Kerelsky A., Edelberg D., Banerjee S., von Rohr F., Scullion D., Augustin M., Scully M., Rhodes D. A., Shermadini Z., Luetkens H., Shengelaya A., Baines C., Morenzoni E., Amato A., Hone J. C., Khasanov R., Billinge S. J. L., Santos E., Pasupathy A. N., Uemura Y. J. (2018), Magnetism in semiconducting molybdenum dichalcogenides, in Science Advances
, 4(12), eaat3672-eaat3672.
Guguchia Z., von Rohr F., Shermadini Z., Lee A. T., Banerjee S., Wieteska A. R., Marianetti C. A., Frandsen B. A., Luetkens H., Gong Z., Cheung S. C., Baines C., Shengelaya A., Taniashvili G., Pasupathy A. N., Morenzoni E., Billinge S. J. L., Amato A., Cava R. J., Khasanov R., Uemura Y. J. (2017), Signatures of the topological s +− superconducting order parameter in the type-II Weyl semimetal T d-MoTe2, in Nature Communications
, 8(1), 1082-1082.
Guguchia Z., Roessli B., Khasanov R., Amato A., Pomjakushina E., Conder K., Uemura Y. J., Tranquada J. M., Keller H., Shengelaya A. (2017), Complementary Response of Static Spin-Stripe Order and Superconductivity to Nonmagnetic Impurities in Cuprates, in Physical Review Letters
, 119(8), 087002-087002.
Daraselia D., Japaridze D., Jibuti Z., Shengelaya A., Mueller K. A. (2017), Nonthermal effects in photostimulated solid state reaction of Mn doped SrTiO3, in JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS
, (14), 145104-1-145104-6.
Guguchia Z., Khasanov R., Shengelaya A., Pomjakushina E., Billinge S. J. L., Amato A., Morenzoni E., Keller H. (2016), Cooperative coupling of static magnetism and bulk superconductivity in the stripe phase of La2-xBaxCuO4: Pressure-and doping-dependent studies, in PHYSICAL REVIEW B
, (21), 214511-1-214511-15.
Science and research are essential for finding solutions to major societal challenges. In the last decades the discovery of new materials and development of new experimental techniques led to significant technological achievements. An important role in this progress is played by large-scale research facilities since they enable a concentration of technology, people and capital, creating an inspiring research environment. Therefore these facilities are crucial to achieve science advancement in all fields. Other important aspects of large-scale facilities include multidisciplinary environment stimulating training of young scientists and sharing of the knowledge. It should be noted that excellent science on large-scale facilities requires high quality materials, especially single crystals. Synthesis of such materials needs also highly educated scientists and a lot of infrastructure.Construction and maintaining of such facilities require an enormous amount of money. Georgia, as a country in a transition period, lacks necessary resources to build and operate large scale facilities. However, it is important that large-scale facilities research would contribute to capacity building by education, training and development of the knowledge in transition economy countries. The goal of the present Institutional Partnership (IP) is to use joint teaching, training and research initiatives and mobility programs to provide access of young Georgian researchers and students to the state-of-the-art materials synthesis and large-scale facilities at Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) in Switzerland. The project will take advantage of the existing long-term scientific and technical collaboration between Georgian and Swiss researchers involved in this project. The PSI is the largest research center for natural and engineering sciences within Switzerland, with its research activities concentrated on three main subject areas: Matter and Material, Energy and the Environment, and Health. At present PSI operates three large scale facilities: a third-generation synchrotron X-ray source (SLS), the only continuous spallation neutron source in the world (SINQ) and the world's most powerful continuous-beam µSR facility (SµS). Additionally, excellent materials synthesis facilities are available in Solid State Chemistry group within Laboratory of Development and Methods at PSI. The proposed IP project will give unique possibility to Georgian researchers to work and perform experiments at these excellent large scale instruments. By having access to a wide range of experimental techniques, students and young researchers will be trained not to restrict their focus only on the locally available methods, but to organize their research in a collaborative fashion by setting up active collaborations at national and international levels. The long-term impact will be a training of a new generation of scientists that will be able to work in an international environment.