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  1. Bullet A number of established international and national researchers from all over the world who participated in ITAP academic activities, summer research schools, conferences as well as international and national organizers of meetings talk about ITAP, its accomplishments and the role it plays in the national, international and regional mission in top science. Due to funding limitations, we were able to make only a few of these videos in a large number of such activities. To reach the videos visit What they say about ITAP and its mission?

  1. Bullet ITAP researchers working on exciton condensates in double quantum wells theoretically predicted a new type of force that is not know yet in other condensed matter systems. The new effect, coined as Exciton Condensate Force, emerges due to the phenomenon of condensation and derives its origin from the Coulomb interaction. The strength of the force depends on the concentration of excitons and is in the approximate range of 10^(-9) Newtons for samples prepared with typical dimensions of 10^3 micron square. In addition to the theoretical description of the Exciton Condensate Force, experimental methods are proposed to measure the effect. A semi popular introduction of this new effect can be found with the references to the published work here.

  1. Bullet Energy Institute of the İstanbul Technical University (İTÜ) and ITAP signed an MOU for the establishment of a new organization for research and research training. The project entitled “International Research Platform on Quantum Technologies in Energy” is planned to operate on an inter university and international levels.

    The project is focused on advancing research in the areas of energy storage, energy transformation, new critical technologies, materials science and related fundamental and applied sciences between the nanoscopic and microscopic scales from low to room temperatures. The platform will also be in close collaboration with a large number of R&D companies nationally and internationally including the Energy Technopark of the İstanbul Technical University.

    In addition to the research efforts in these fields, the organization is planned to create a mobility of senior and young researchers, postdoctoral fellows and students. The organization, combining the efforts in İTÜ's İstanbul, ITAP's Turunç/Marmaris and other university campuses, will also continue international summer schools, workshops and conferences that have been organized by ITAP since 2006 under the general title of International Advanced Research School (IARS).

    The organization which will be steered by a scientific consortium formed by researchers nationwide, will also spend effort in finding, tracing and training specially talented national and international students to attract them to undergradute as well as graduate programs across the nation. Additionally, outreach programs for the preuniversity students and the society in general will be conducted throughout the country in collaboration with ITAP's Physics Olympiad School and Center for Science & Society.

  1. Bullet As the result of stimulating joint conferences and summer schools between ITAP and Greek scientists on a regular basis since 2008, we soon enter a new phase of collaboration between the two neighbours. Detailed information will be announced later.

  1. Bullet The 2013 Eurasia-Pacific meeting on strongly correlated electrons was organized as a conference held in Korea supported by APCTP/Korea, ITAP/Turkey and Academia Sinica (Taiwan). Nearly 120 participants and distinguished speakers were present from the Asia-Pacific, North American and European countries. This year the main themes were high temperature superconductors, topological insulators and topological superconductors. Reports and exciting discoveries on new materials with topological properties were presented. By the Eurasia Pacific 2013 organization committee's decision in Korea, the 2014 Eurasia-Pacific meeting is planned to continue in Turkey under the local organization of ITAP, supported by APCTP/Korea, Academia Sinica/Taiwan and the Chinese Academy of Sciences/China. Eurasia-Pacific meetings were started in 2011 and continued in 2012 and both held at ITAP campuses in Turunç. The main themes in the 2014 meeting will continue to be the most recent scientific and technological progress high temperature superconductivity and topological properties of new materials, and the meeting will be organized in the form of an international summer school followed by a workshop. For the group picture of the 2013 Eurasia-Pacific meeting click here.

  1. BulletITAP was invited to The International Workshop on Advances and Perspectives of Basic Sciences in Caucasus and Central Asian Region between November 1-3, 2011 in Tbilisi, Georgia at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University with support of Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics. The goal of the Workshop is to promote the progress of Science and foster the interest/research in Basic Sciences in the Region of Caucasus and Central Asia; to strengthen strong partnerships within the Region and global research community. There were talks and discussion sessions on the present problems of basic sciences in the region as well as discussion sessions on the future collaborations. The detailed information including the talk presented by ITAP entitled "Contributing to ICTP's mission in the Eurasia-Pacific Region: The past, the present and the future of Institute of Theoretical and Applied Physics (ITAP)" and discussion session records can be found in the meeting's web page.

  1. BulletTurkish Accelerator and Radiation Laboratory at Ankara (TARLA) a Facility of Turkish Accelerator Center (TAC) is under construction in Ankara University Gölbaşı Campus. TARLA will be a superconducting electron linac based infrared free electron laser (IR FEL) and Bremsstrahlung facility. TARLA’s thermionic DC gun flashed its first electron beam with 170 keV energy on April/11/2013, to drive the injector and the accelerator modules to reach 40 MeV. In the framework of the TAC project, a project team is working on the design of four proposed GeV scale accelerator facilities, also: SASE-FEL: A 1-6 GeV electron linear accelerator to generate x-rays via the Self Amplified Spontaneous Emission-Free Electron Laser. Synchrotron Radiation (SR): An electron synchrotron storage ring with an energy of at least 3 GeV which can be used as a third generation light source in the hard x-ray region using insertion devices. Proton Accelerator (PA): A proton accelerator complex with a final energy in the range 0.25-2 GeV, which could serve as a neutron spallation source, a radioactive ion beam facility, as well as a number of lower energy facilities for use in medicine and other sciences. Particle Factory (PF): A proposed super charm factory based on colliding a 1-GeV electron beam against a 3.6 GeV positron beam. More information about TAC project is available at: here.

  1. BulletThe confirmation of the 2012 observations of the Higgs Boson was reported on March/14/2013 by CERN. The experiments were done at CERN-LHC's ATLAS and CMS detectors 53 years after it was predicted by Peter Higgs in 1960 and the Higgs mechanism was first used in the development of the Standart Model of Glashow-Weinberg and Salam between 1960 and 1967. We congratulate all theorists, experimentalists, engineers and technicians involved.

  1. BulletITAP and The TATA Institute for Fundamental Research/India including International Center for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS/Bangalore) and Homi Bhabha Center for Science Education (HBCSE/Mumbai) sign a five year renewable agreement for collaborations in academic research, joint research meetings, training of young researchers, exchange of scientists, outreach programs including olympiad training as well as science festivals. The agreement is strongly expected to enrich our enthusiasm and efforts for scientific collaboration in Asia.

  1. BulletITAP signs a five year renewable agreement for collaborations with The Georgian National Academy of Sciences as well as Ilia State University/Georgia in academic research, joint research meetings and training of young researchers. The agreement is strongly expected to enrich our efforts and enthusiasm for scientific collaboration with the Caucasus.

  1. BulletITAP and The Institute of Physics of The Academia Sinica (Taiwan) signed a five year renewable agreement on December/31/2012 for collaborations in academic research, joint research meetings, training of young researchers and exchange of scientists. The agreement is a strong addition to the efforts for building a scientific network in the Eurasia-Pacific region.

  1. BulletITAP and The Institute of Physics of The Chinese Academy of Sciences (IOP CAS) signed a five year renewable agreement on October/24/2012 in Beijing for collaborations in academic research, joint research meetings, training of young researchers and exchange of scientists. The agreement will have a strong impact for fostering interaction between as well as the mobility of researchers in the Eurasia-Pacific region.

    1. BulletITAP establishes a new NGO (ITAP Society) devoted to scientific research, research training, international/national collaborations and outreach programs. More details will be in the near future.

    1. BulletITAP signs agreements with large scale global institutions in China, India, Taiwan and some of the friendly neigbouring countries. More details will be in the near future.


    1. BulletITAP and The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) signed a three year institutional agreement for collaboration (memorandum of understanding) on May 26 2011 in Trieste covering the development and organization of joint programs including research, research training and outreach activities (such as international high school teacher programs and science and society activities). The agreement with ICTP as a global scientific institution of highest standards with an invaluable experience of nearly 50 years in international research, research training and outreach programs, will be highly beneficial for fostering science in our region and beyond.


    1. BulletITAP has expanded its scientific and accommodational infrastructure by extending into a 3000 squaremeters second campus. The new campus has the view of an alpine mountain village in the heavily forested outskirts of the Dereözü village in Turunç, and added to the 2000 squaremeters Turunç campus, ITAP's scientific capacity is more than doubled (5 lecture halls with a capacity of 90, 45, 35, 35 and an open air amphiteater for 100), visitor and organizational office spaces, a comfortable accommodational/full boarding capacity for 100 participants, two restaurants, three swimming pools, two large gardens for social gatherings and large free space to expand further.


    1. BulletITAP has been introduced to a wide range of physics institutes and universities around the globe in the 2010 issue of the yearly bulletin of the Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics. The 2010 APCTP bulletin (6.8 MB) is here. (The news of the ITAP-APCTP agreement: (pg. 6), the ITAP article: (pg. 43).


    1. BulletITAP Astronomical Observatory, thanks to the enthusiastic support of Nazife and Mehmet Oluğtugal, constructed a 4m. diameter, computer controlled astronomical dome for its 14" telescope. The construction of the dome is completed as of Feb.20 2011. We plan to start observations of the sun and the other deep sky objects soon with a much higher quality photos taken by our CCD cameras. Our main astronomical activities including small scale research on binary stars will then continue with higher quality observations. Our new dome also coincides with our plans to start in August 2011, exciting science/society activities and physics festivals targeting a wide range of participants including primary, secondary and high school students (together with the parents) and teachers, university students and the public. Check our 2011 program regularly for the announcements of the astronomy and physics festivals. Pictures of the observatory dome can be found here: 1, 2


    1. BulletA three-year institutional agreement of cooperation has been signed between ITAP and the National Institute of Science and Technology for Complex Systems (INCT-CS) of the Brazilian Center for Physics Research (CBPF) in Rio de Janeiro/Brazil on 30/September/2010. The agreement is based upon coordination of joint activities, exchange of researchers and lecturers as well as initiating joint research projects. The agreement can be extended upon the mutual consent of both institutions.


    1. BulletA three-year institutional agreement of cooperation has been signed between ITAP and the Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics (APCTP) in Pohang/South Korea on 8/March/2010. The agreement is based upon coordination of joint activities, exchange of researchers and lecturers as well as initiating joint research projects. The agreement can be extended upon the mutual consent of both institutions.


    1. BulletA one year institutional agreement of cooperation has been signed between ITAP and the Institute of Applied Physics (IAP) of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova (ASM) in Chisinau/Moldova on 13/Jan/2010. The agreement is based upon coordination of joint activities, exchange of researchers and lecturers as well as initiating joint research projects.


    1. BulletA one year institutional agreement of cooperation has been signed between ITAP and the Laboratory of Magnetic Resonance and Laser Spectroscopy in the Institute of Chemistry of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova (ASM) in Chisinau/Moldova on 13/Jan/2010. The agreement is based upon coordination of joint activities, exchange of researchers and lecturers as well as initiating joint research projects.

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