The interplay of charge, spin and orbital degrees of freedom in oxide materials gives rise to a plethora of exciting phenomena, which includes high temperature superconductivity, colossal magnetoresistivity, metal-insulator transition, spin crossover, interface magnetism and conductivity etc. The rapid process of both experimental & theoretical techniques and simultaneous synthesis of new oxide materials have made this field a site of many activities. However, there remains several unsolved issues in connection to,
(a) Quality of samples - materials chemistry of oxides is challenging, fabrication is less developed compared to other materials,
(b) Understanding - Is difficult due to the presence of strong electron-electron correlation, poses challenge to existing theoretical tools
Susceptibility to small changes - Presence of competing
ordered states, makes small changes in conditions important.
It is thus rather important to discuss the issues related to oxides using a common platform in order to open dialogue between the physicists and chemists, between experimentalists and theoreticians.
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