SanD members participate in the 2014 AQIS Conference @ Kyoto

SanD graduate students Rona Barbarona and Francis Bayocboc, Jr. attended the 14th Asian Quantum Information Science (AQIS) Conference and presented their research posters in Kyoto last 20-24 August 2014. Rona, who is also a faculty member of the UPLB IMSP, reported non-analyticities in the spin-orbit entanglement entropy of 2D many electron systems at integer filling factors. Meanwhile, Francis demonstrated how an examination of work fluctuations in quantum quenches of an XY Heisenberg magnet can be used to locate its critical lines.

Rona's participation was supported by the UP OVPAA through Grant No. OVPAA-BPhD-2012-05, while Francis' was supported by the DOST-ASTHRDP through its Student Research Support Fund.

SanD celebrates ICTP@50

SanD and its members have benefited much from the training they received from the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste. SanD was formed in 2003 by Cristine Villagonzalo, who completed the ICTP Diploma Programme in Condensed Matter Physics in 1998. She developed SanD and mentored its students as Program Coordinator from 2003-2013. From 2013, Francis Paraan took over the role of SanD Program Coordinator. He is also an alumnus of the ICTP Diploma Programme in Condensed Matter Physics, graduating in 2008.

SanD call for graduate apprenticeship

There is a rolling call for graduate student apprentices who want to apply for SanD membership. Please send an email to the program coordinator with the following attachments: (a) a statement of purpose, (b) an updated CRS printout of grades, and (c) your CV. Label your email with the subject SanD application. Additional requirements are:

  • A demonstrated ability to pass core courses.
  • A scheduled interview with the program coordinator.