By Leo Esaki (auth.), Leo Esaki (eds.)
This quantity comprises the court cases of the 1st NATO technological know-how discussion board "Highlights of the Eighties and destiny customers in Condensed topic Physics" (sponsored by means of the NATO medical Affairs Division), which came about in September, 1990, within the friendly atmosphere supplied through the inn du Palais at Biarritz, France. 100 amazing physicists from seventeen international locations, together with six Nobellaureates, have been invited to take part within the 4 and a part day assembly. targeting 3 evolving frontiers: semiconductor quantum constructions, together with the topic of the quantumHall impact (QHE), hot temperature superconductivity (HiTc) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), the discussion board supplied a chance to judge, intensive, all of the frontiers, through reviewing the development made over the last few years and, extra importantly, exploring their implications for the long run. notwithstanding critical scientists should not "prophets," all the members confirmed a powerful curiosity during this exact structure and addressed the questions of destiny customers, both by means of extrapolating from what has been recognized, or by way of a stretch in their "educated" imagination.