Since the 60s the state-of-the-art in the field of liquid and amorphous metals and alloys is the focus of an international conference, the “Liquid and Amorphous Metals conference” (LAM), which is today at its 17th edition. Born as a conference on liquid metals in 1966 at Brookhaven, since 1980 it has been renewed including amorphous metals (1980, Grenoble, France) and then has continued on a three years basis, with the last two editions held in Beijing, China, in 2013, and in Bonn, Germany, in 2016.
The aim of the LAM conferences is to attract scientists working in the field of liquid and amorphous metals in order to discuss new advances and future directions in this intriguing field of condensed matter physics, chemistry and materials sciences. Although mainly devoted to discuss the hottest topics in liquid and amorphous metals, some non-metallic systems have in the past found their place in the conference, such as semiconductors, quasicrystals, complex systems, with the aim of stimulating discussions and brainstorming.
The 17th edition of the LAM will be hosted by the Institut Lumière Matière (ILM), University of Lyon 1, INSA and CNRS in Lyon, from the 26th to the 30th of August 2019. This new edition will be the opportunity for broadening the purposes of the conference series to non-metallic materials, such as molecular glasses, polymers and colloids thus encouraging the interdisciplinary among different disordered materials fields, exploring universality of the observed properties, and stimulating novel discussions and collaborations among scientists from different communities. An accent will be given to breakthroughs and advances from cutting-edge large facilities as synchrotron radiation, neutrons and free-electron lasers facilities, for encouraging the community in exploring the potential of these advanced techniques for progressing in the understanding of liquid and amorphous materials.
The LAM conference will cover the following 12 topics:
1. Extreme conditions and metastability
2. Local and medium range order in liquids and amorphous
3. Novel experimental and theoretical approaches
4. Diffusion and relaxation processes in liquids and glasses
5. Jamming, avalanches and aging phenomena in out-of-equilibrium systems
6. Crystallization and glass transition
7. Thermal, transport properties and dynamics
8. Plasticity, mechanical behaviour, tribology and surface properties
9. Thin amorphous materials
10. Phase transitions
11. Metal specific or universal behaviours in disordered systems
12. New functional materials, comparison BMG-HEA
All participants will have the possibility to present their research in a special issue of the Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter (IOP-Science publisher, impact factor 2.617 in 2017). All contributions will be peer-reviewed as regular articles.