The advent of graphene, a single atomic layer of graphite, in 2004 with extraordinary physical properties has pushed up the discovery of a number of atomic-thickness materials, including borophene, germanene, silicene, phosphorene, transition metal dichalcogenides, etc., which now form a novel class of so-called two-dimensional materials. Study of these materials has unveiled unique properties which are very promising for applications in various advanced technologies. Though much of knowledge has been achieved, the 2D materials are still the material objects attracting an intensive consideration in both fundamental and engineering researches. For the former, the 2D materials are used as a platform for studying novel physics of electrons in low-dimensional material lattices, and even for checking physical laws in other branches of physics, e.g., the high-energy physics and the relativistic physics. For the latter, the 2D materials are considered as fundamental bricks for constructing a new kind of material structures, namely van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures formed by stacking different 2D materials. The vdW heterostructures have been considered as building blocks for designing novel concepts of electronic and optoelectronic devices.
With the aim of bringing the latest achievements and skills for working in this novel direction of research in the field of condensed matter physics to Vietnamese and Asiatic students and young researchers, Rencontres du Vietnam, together with some other partners, organizes this winter school on the subject of “Two-dimensional materials and van der Waals heterostructures: from fundamentals to applications”. This school is actually in a series of the annual summer and/or winter schools of physics initiated in 1994 from the idea of bringing the knowledge and experience of world-class researchers in order to motivate students and young researchers in Vietnam and neighboring Asian countries according to the spirit of Rencontres de Moriond and Rencontres de Blois.
This winter school particularly aims at teaching learners fundamental physics of such kind of materials and their complex systems. Learners are also be taught and trained research skills in using efficient theoretical calculations and computational methods to explore these material objects. The lectures in this school are organized into 5 topics covering the issues of atomic structure, thermodynamic properties, electronic, optical, and transport properties of the 2D material systems. Especially, the first and last topics are devoted to highlighting the application potential of the 2D materials and their complex systems in a number of advanced technologies, e.g., nanoelectronics and nano-optoelectronics. Apart from the academic activities, the school is organized to open the opportunity for meeting and sharing values of science and cultures among the attendees.
Attending this school, learners will, in general, have the occasion of learning the reasons that motivate the intensive study of this new kind of materials and their complexes. A general picture of this field of research, encompassing aspects such as how these materials can be fabricated and processed and which fundamental properties can be exploited for applications in various technologies, etc., will be sketched through lectures given by experts coming from various research centers in the world.