This scientific axis covers the activities related to the research in materials science and more generally in hetero-systems (i.e., interfaces, alloys, composites materials, and confined systems). The topics cover the study of the detailed st ructure of nanoobjects, the interactions between nano-objects, and the role of nanost ructures in composite materials. The techniques used for these studies range from diffraction to small angle scattering and reflectivity.
This scientific axis encompasses research activities on a large variety of magnetic and/or strongly correlated electron systems. Included are studies of unconventional superconductors (cuprates, pnictides), geometrically frustrated pyrochlore magnets (spin ices), novel magnetic orders in 4f-electron systems (heavy fermions, Kondo insulators), multiferroic compounds with interplay between electric and magnetic orders, manganites with giant magnetoresistance properties, and molecular magnets.