Pioneer Symposia

2024 KPS Spring Meeting   April 23-26, 2024   Daejeon Convention Center

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]

  • PARK Seong Chan (Yonsei University): “Boosting dark matter by neutrinos”
  • CONRAD Janet (MIT, USA): "Searching for Sterile Neutrinos and and Non-Standard Interactions Using the IsoDAR Neutrino Source at Yemilab”
  • JACKSON KIMBALL Derek F., (Cal State, USA): "Dark Matter Searches with Global Networks of Atomic Magnetometers "
  • SHAEVITZ Mike (Columbia, USA): "The Short-Baseline Sterile Neutrino Oscillation Program at Fermilab "
  • POLLY Chris (Fermilab, USA): “First Results from the Muon g-2 Experiment at Fermilab’s Muon Campus”
  • KIM Youngduk (IBS): “Neutrinoless double beta decay experiments - Focusing on AMoRE project”
  • SEMERTZIDIS Yannis Kyriakos (IBS/KAIST): “Axion dark matter searches at CAPP”


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]

  • WILSON Stephen D. (University of California, USA): “AV3Sb5 (A=K, Rb, Cs): A new class of topological kagome metals with superconducting and charge density wave instabilities”
  • NAKATSUJI Satoru (The University of Tokyo, Japan): “Electrical manipulation of the antiferromagnetic Weyl semimetal state in Mn3Sn”
  • CHEN Xianhui (University of Science and Technology of China, China): “Exotic physical properties of a kagome superconductor CsV3Sb5
  • KIM Youngkuk (Sungkyunkwan University): “V-based kagome metals in two dimensions”
  • KIM Heung-Sik (Kangwon National Univ): “Correlated nodal surface semimetal in Mn-based kagome compound Sc3Mn3Al7Si5
  • DAI Yaomin (Nanjing University, China): “Origin of the charge density wave in the kagome metal CsV3Sb5: an optical study”
  • YE Linda (Stanford University, USA): “A flat band-induced correlated kagome metal”
  • KANG Mingu (POSTECH): “Topology and correlation in flat band kagome systems”


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]

  • VAMPA Guilio (University of Ottawa, Canada): “High-harmonic polarimetry to resolve coherences in Van der waals crystals”
  • KORT-KAMP Wilton J. M. (Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA): “Ultrafast nonlinear photonics in Kane-Mele two-dimensional topological insulators”
  • KIM Heung-Sik (Kangwon National University): "Dynamical magnetoelectric coupling and optical effect in Ni3TeO6: from ab-initio simiulation of optical d-d excitation spectra"
  • CHACON Alexis (Max Planck POSTECH.KOREA Res. Init.): "High-non linear optical spectroscopy in quantum materials”
  • RUBIO Angel (Max Planck Inst. for Structural Dynamics, Germany): “Light-matter Quantum Materials engineering from first principles”
  • BIEGERT Jens (ICFO, Spain): “Energy Conversion Pathways in Graphite from Attosecond Soft X-ray Core-level Spectroscopy”
  • HUBER Rupert (University of Regensburg, Germany): “Non-integer high-harmonic generation in a topological insulator”
  • LEE Jaedong (DGIST), "Ultrafast dynamics of Berry curvature and topology in Dirac semiconductors "


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]

  • MORELLO Andrea (U. New South Wales, Australia): “Coherent electrical control of single-atom electron and nuclear spin qubits in silicon”
  • CHONG Yonuk (Sungkyunkwan Univ.): “Coherent Quantum Control of Superconducting Qubits”
  • OH Sangwon (KRISS): “Lock-in detection based Quantum diamond magnetometry”
  • SINGHA Aparajita (MPI, Germany): “Readout and coherent control of spin-qubits using shallow NV-sensors”
  • YANG Kai (Chinese Academy of Sciences, Germany): “Single-Atom Qubits on a Surface - Pulsed Electron Spin Resonance in an STM”
  • FARINACCI L. (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands): “Free coherent evolution of a coupled atomic spin system initialized by electron scattering”
  • PHARK Soo-hyon (IBS, Ewha W. U.): “Double Resonance Spectroscopy of Coupled Atomic Spins on Surface”
  • LOTH Sebastian (University of Stuttgart, Germany): “Spin sensing with stochastic dynamics in few-atom quantum magnets”


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]

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


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]

  • CETINA Marko (Duke University, USA): “Large, Individually-addressable Ion-based Quantum Information Processor : Performance and Applications”
  • YALE Christopher (Sandia National Lab, USA): “An open quantum testbed based on trapped ions”
  • KIM Junki (Sungkyunkwan University): “Engineering an ion trap to build a practical quantum computer”
  • BROWN Kenneth R (Duke University, USA): “Controlling Ion Qubits”
  • NIFFENEGGER Robert (UMass Amherst, USA): “Integrated photonic control of trapped ion qubits”
  • KIM Taehyun (Seoul National University): “Fabrication of MEMS-based surface trap and development towards full-stack quantum computer based on ion trap”


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]

  • DUAN Xiangfeng (UCLA, USA): “2D Transistors: Promises, Pitfalls and Prospects”
  • FIORI Gianluca (University of Pisa, Italy): “Ultimate scaled devices enabled by two-dimensional materials”
  • KIS Andras (EPFL, Switzerland): “Logic-in-Memory Based on an Atomically Thin Semiconductor”
  • IM Seong Il (Yonsei University): “Multilevel memory and multivalue logic devices using two dimensional TMD heterostack channel FETs”
  • LIU Fei (Peking University, China): “Emerging Steep-Slope and Ferroelectric devices for Low Power Applications”
  • IONESCU Adrian M. (EPFL, Switzerland): “Enabling energy efficiency beyond Morre's law: negativecapacitance in ferroelectrics as technology booster for FETs andtunnel FETs”
  • LI Lain-Jong (University of Hong Kong, China): ”Continuing Device Scaling with 2D Layered Materials”
  • YOO Won Jong (SKKU): “Prospects and challenges of 2D materials for low power transistor application”


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]

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


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.