Pioneer Symposia

2021 KPS Fall Meeting   October 20-22, 2021   Virtual Conference

Pioneer symposia are consisted of several invited talks on hot issues of physics sub-fields. Each symposium is made in English and extends at least 2 sessions in a meeting. Symposium titles and organizers of focus sessions for upcoming meeting are as follows.

1) Searching for New Particles to Shed Light on the Secrets of the Universe

   Time/Room: October 21 (Thursday) 09:00~12:46 / Room 01  


  [Organizers] YOUN SungWoo (IBS-CAPP), SEO Sunny (IBS-CUP), LEE Myeongjae (IBS-CAPP)

  [Invited Speakers]

  • CONRAD Janet (MIT, USA): "IsoDAR Project at Yemilab”
  • KIMBALL Jackson Derek, (Cal State, USA): "Dark Matter Searches with Global Networks of Atomic Magnetometers"
  • SHAEVITZ Mike (Columbia, USA): "Sterile Neutrino Search in Short-Baseline Neutrino Program"
  • POLLY Chris (Fermilab, USA): “Muon Programs at Fermilab”
  • PARK Seong Chan (Yonsei University): “Review of Recent Dark Matter Physics”
  • SEMERTZIDIS Yannis K. (IBS/KAIST): “Next 10 Years of Axion Search at CAPP”
  • KIM Youngduk (IBS): “AMORE Status and Prospects”


With the completion of the Standard Model (SM), the particle physics community began to put tremendous efforts into searching for new physics to understand our universe in a more comprehensive manner. In particular, many small-to-medium-scale experiments have been actively carried out in extreme environments such as deep underground, low temperatures, and high magnetic fields to find new elementary particles predicted beyond SM. Complementary efforts are also made to look for new physics through high-precision measurement experiments. In this regard, we would like to invite several prominent scholars to listen to and share their opinions on the latest status and prospects of research being conducted at home and abroad.

2) Novel Superconductivity and Topological Flat Bands

   Time/Room: October 21 (Thursday) 09:00~12:46 / Room 05  


  [Organizers] PARK Tuson, CHOI Kwang-Yong and HWANG Jungseek (Sungkyunkwan University)

  [Invited Speakers]

  • HASAN M. Z. (Princeton, USA): “Anomalous transport and chiral charge order in CsV3Sb5
  • CHEN X. H. (USTC, China): “Unusual completion between superconductivity and CDW phase in kagome metal”
  • NEUPERT Titus (Univ. of Zurich, Switzerland): “Flat bands with fragile topology”
  • GUGUCHIA Zurab (PSI, Switzerland): “muSR studies of Kagome metal magnets”
  • KIM Youngkuk (SKKU): “Theoretical aspects of V-based Kagome materials”
  • KIM Heung-Sik (Kangwon National Univ): “Nodal Surface in Mn-based Kagome metals”
  • LEE Han-Ho (SKKU): “V-based Kagome metals”
  • KANG Mingu (POSTECH): “Topological flat bands in Kagome metals”


Topological flat bands epitomize a notion of current condensed matter physics to realize emergent correlated phenomena. The sought-after states of matter within this platform are surface superconductivity, unconventional charge density wave, ferromagnetism, and Weyl, Dirac, or Majorana fermions on the surface of a system and inside vortex cores. Kagome-based metals are at the heart of flat band physics. This pioneering symposium overviews recent progress and offers an opportunity for in-depth discussions to domestic researchers.

3) Strong Field Nonlinear Physics in Condensed Matter

   Time/Room: October 21 (Thursday) 11:10~15:36 / Room 06  


  [Organizers] KIM Dong Eon (POSTECH), PARK Nojung (UNIST) and LEE Jaedong (DGIST)

  [Invited Speakers]

  • RUBIO Angel (Max Planck Inst. for Structural Dynamics, Germany): “Ultrafast spectroscopic probes of condensed matter roadmap (tentative)”
  • BIEGERT Jens (ICFO, Spain): “Strong-field physics with mid-IR fields (tentative)”
  • J. M. KORT-KAMP Wilton (LANL, USA): “Nonlinear dynamics of topological Dirac fermions in spin-orbit coupled materials (tentative)”
  • VAMPA Guilio (University of Ottawa, Canada): “ Theoretical analysis of high-harmonic generation in solids (tentative)”
  • HUBER Rupert (University of Regensburg, Germany): “Tunable non-integer high-harmonic generation in a topological insulator (tentative)”
  • CHACON Alexis (Max Planck POSTECH.KOREA Res. Init.): "Strong-field physics in three-dimensional topological insulator”
  • LEE Jaedong ( DGIST), "TBD"
  • PARK Nojung (UNIST): "TBD"
  • KIM Jonghwan (POSTECH): "TBD"
  • KIM Heung-Sik (Kangwon National University): "TBD"


Purpose: The properties of a substance in an equilibrium are determined as a result of the interaction of microscopic factors such as lattice structure, charge, spin, and electron distribution, and also change sensitively to changes in these factors. A strong laser field can induce a sufficiently large change for a specific factor or several factors, thereby inducing a change in properties.
When a strong controlled laser field is applied to the quantum state of solid material, electrons reach a non-equilibrium state through tunneling ionization, interband transition, and intraband transition in a much shorter time than the period of the laser electric field. This nonlinear interaction between light and matter emits coherent radiations called high-order harmonics (HOH), which contain information about the material's mechanical structure, energy structure, and dynamics.
This symposium introduces the field of solid nonlinear phenomena and the manipulation of dynamic properties through them, which is newly emerging in the 21st century along with the fusion of optics and condensed matter physics. This symposium will promote Physics in Korea.

4) Quantum Coherent Control at a Nanoscale

   Time/Room: October 20 (Wednesday) 13:00~16:58 / Room 05  


  [Organizers] PHARK Soo-hyon, DONATI Fabio (Ewha Womans University, IBS-QNS) and LEE Donghun (Korea University)

  [Invited Speakers]

  • OTTE Sander (TU Delft, The Netherlands): “ESR-STM of Two Atomic Spin System on Surface”
  • LOTH Sebastian (U. Stuttgart, Germany): “Study on ultrafast atomic scale dynamics using THz-pulse STM”
  • MORELLO Andrea (U. New South Wales, Australia): “Coherent Qubit Control in Dopped Si”
  • SINGHA Aparajita (MPI, Germany): “NV-centers in Diamond”
  • YANG Kai (Chinese Academy of Sciences, Germany): “Quantum Coherent Control of Single Atom Spin Qubits on Surface”
  • PHARK Soo-hyon (IBS, Ewha W. U.): “Double Resonance Spectroscopy of Coupled Atomic Spins on Surface”
  • CHONG Yonuk (Sungkyunkwan Univ.): “Coherent Quantum Control of Superconducting Qubits”


This symposium aims at gathering experts in the field of quantum coherent nanoscience. One of the most important goals of this field is fabricating and controlling functional quantum devices with a nanoscale precision. The symposium will offer the opportunity to share the latest development of the researches using a variety of experimental techniques, such as electron spin resonance, scanning tunneling microscopy, NV center magnetometry. We plan to invite 5 international and 2 domestic scientists renowned in the field.

5) Seeking Novel Physics in Living Matter

   Time/Room: October 22 (Friday) 09:00~11:00, 15:00~17:00 / Room 13  


  [Organizers] JEONG Joonwoo, KIM Jaeup, KIM Chae Un, GHIM Cheol-Min (UNIST) and PAK Hyuk Kyu (UNIST, IBS CSLM)

  [Invited Speakers]

  • SERRA Francesca (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark): “Topological defects in cell layers”
  • YUNKER Peter (Georgia Tech): “Soft matter physics of the evolution of multicellularity”
  • TAKEUCHI Kazumasa (University of Tokyo): “3D-induced polar order and topological defects in growing bacterial populations”
  • SENGUPTA Anupam (University of Luxembourg): “Of Microbes, Mechanics and Materials”
  • THUTUPALLI Shashi (National Centre for Biological Sciences, India): “Active matter physics and eco-evolutionary dynamics in virus-bacteria interactions”
  • CHOI Myung Chul (KAIST): “Molecular Trigger Controlling Phase Transformations of Biological Molecules”
  • BAEK Yongjoo (Seoul National University): “Dynamic scaling behaviors of active phase segregation”
  • JEONG Joonwoo (UNIST): “Bacteria in Anisotropic Flatland”


One exciting frontier of physics is within our body and around us: living matter. Living matter ranging from proteins, bacteria, and tissue at nonequilibrium exhibits complex behaviors that have captivated physicists. We try to overlook various efforts to seek novel physics in living matter from statistical and soft matter physics perspectives during this symposium.

6) Recent progress in trapped-ion quantum computer

   Time/Room: October 21 (Thursday) 09:00~12:46 / Room 17  


  [Organizers] KIM Junki (Sungkyunkwan University), KIM Taehyun (Seoul National University), CHOI Taeyoung (Ewha Womans University) and LEE Moonjoo (POSTECH)

  [Invited Speakers]

  • YALE Christopher (Sandia National Lab, USA): “An open quantum testbed based on trapped ions”
  • CETINA Marko (Duke University, USA): “A Large, ion-based Quantum computer”
  • BROWN Kenneth R (Duke University, USA): “Scaling Ion Trap Quantum Computers”
  • NIFFENEGGER Robert (UMass Amherst, USA): “Integrated photonic control of trapped ion qubits”
  • Taehyun Kim (Seoul National University): “fabrication of MEMS-based surface trap”
  • Junki Kim (Sungkyunkwan University): “Closed-cycle cryostate-based ion-trap quantum computer”


Trapped ion system is a leading quantum computing platform, which exhibits various advantages including long coherence time, high gate fidelity and extended qubit connectivity. In this pioneer session, we hear recent progress on building trapped-ion based universal quantum computers by leading groups. We also discuss the direction of full-stack ion-trap quantum computer development and scalability of such a system.

7) Beyond Moore’s law in Semiconductor Physics and Devices

   Time/Room: October 21 (Thursday) 09:00~13:10 / Room 18  


  [Organizers] CHO Yong-Hoon (KAIST), CHOI Sung-Yool (KAIST), HWANG Euyheon (Sungkyunkwan University) and CHO Sungjae (KAIST)

  [Invited Speakers]

  • IONESCU Adrian M. (EPFL, Switzerland): “Nanoelectronics”
  • FIORI Gianluca (University of Pisa, Italy): “Computational Electronics”
  • HUANG Ru (Peking University, China): “Semiconductor Physics and Devices”
  • DUAN Xiangfeng (UCLA, USA): “Nanoscience”
  • KIS Andras (EPFL, Switzerland): “Nanoscale Electronics”
  • LI Lain-Jong (University of Hong Kong):”next-generation devices”
  • Im Seong Il (Yonsei University): TBD
  • YOO Won Jong (SKKU): “Nanoelectronics”


The continuous down-scaling of transistors has been the key to the successful development of current information technology. However, with Moore’s law reaching its limits due to the increased power consumption, the understanding of new semiconductor physics and the development of novel transistors emerged as urgent agenda.

8) 7th KPS-CPS Joint Forum - Semiconductor Physics

   Time/Room: October 21 (Thursday) 14:00~16:24 / Room 18  


  [Organizers] SONG Jindong (KIST), YANG Woochul (Dongguk University), YANG Heejun (KAIST)

  [Invited Speakers]

  • ZHANG Zhi-Jun (Shanghai University, China): “Efficient and Tunable Mechanoluminescence from TM-Activated wide band-gap semiconductor of MZnSO”
  • ZHENG Shoujun (Beijing Institute of Technology, China): “Probing electronic and magnetic properties of two-dimensional materials via tunneling spectroscopy“
  • DU Juan (CAS-SIOM, China): “The high-performance micro-nano lasers based on low dimensional perovskites”
  • SHIN Byeong Ha (KAIST): TBD
  • HAN Gang Hee (Incheon National University): “Unusual Stacking in MoS2 and WS2 Vertical Heterostructure via One-pot Chemical Vapor Deposition“
  • LEE Do-Kwon (KIST): “Perovskite-Based Monolithic Tandem Solar Cells with Si or CIGS”


This KPS-CAP join Forum started in 2012 and discussed various topics in semiconductor physics while traveling between Korea and China until 2017. This pioneer session which has been disconnected since 2018, will be reconnected and the connection of new researchers on semiconductor physics will be strengthened.