As the summer was drawing to a close, the annual Swiss Physical Society meeting took place in Lausanne. As usual, it was great to catch up with the local developments and plans.
I’ve presented our results on the many phases one can reach when perturbing different Kitaev materials and had some pleasant discussions on the topic. Most of the action, however was concentrated on the Swiss free electron laser, which has been nearing its completion and is just about to be launched for real measurements – many exciting discoveries to come.
This year, the HFM conference took place in Davis Ca, where a tranquil setting provided a contrasting backdrop to the many heated discussions. From the nature of excitations in the Kagome lattice, to the interactions in α-RuCl3, to the ground state in YbMgGaO4, there was excitement in several aspects of frustrated systems.
I presented our work on pressure-induced phase transition in Kitaev materials at March Meeting in LA. With a number of sessions aimed directly at bond-frustrated systems and materials with strong spin-orbit coupling, the whole week provided many learning opportunities and productive discussions.
At the beginning of the year I visited the Center for Physical Sciences and Technology in Vilnius, Lithuania and gave a seminar on Quantum Magnets. Thanks to Mažena Mackoit for the pictures.