What does Emperor Napoleon’s birthplace have to do with a scientific conference on oxide electronics? They took place on the same island – the Island of Corsica. Hidden in the quaint island town lies the Institut d’Etudes Scientifiques de Cargèse which took one domestic flight, two international, and a 45-minute bus ride to get to. Visible from the plane’s decent into Ajaccio was a single line of mountains which serpentines along two-thirds of the island. Traveling from the capital city of Ajaccio to the Institut proved to be a precipitous bus ride overlooking the mountainous terrain of native Corsica.
There’s something irresistibly satisfying about rolling your fingers over a textured surface and watching the fibers fold over into a pattern. Back and forth, you trace the fibers with your hand and watch them align in the direction of your movement. It might be just as satisfying as making it a scientific analogy – in this case, to ferroelectric memory.