Collective, nonlinear dynamics and spontaneous self-organization are abundant in nature, sciences and technology. These processes are found in biology and chemistry, in nonlinear optics and condensed-matter physics, and across both the classical and the quantum regime. The understanding of such dynamics is important for fundamental sciences, where the non-equilibrium quantum dynamics is a major quest from a fundamental point of view, and for quantum technologies, with the demand for complex systems with robust quantum coherent dynamics.
A promising and versatile platform to study these processes in a highly controlled way is the collective interaction of light with laser-cooled cold or quantum-degenerate matter. This experimental setting explores the innovative control of matter through optomechanical effects, identifying novel quantum phases, investigating light transport in strongly scattering and disordered systems. Additionally, it is advancing our knowledge of long-range coupled systems in the presence of noise and driving fields.
This seminar focuses on collective effects and non-equilibrium quantum dynamics in systems with matter–light interaction. In addition to self-organization of matter in classical and quantized light fields, collective scattering involving coupled dipoles and finite-range interactions, via complex multi-mode light fields or via Rydberg atoms will be central topics in the workshop.
The full details of the workshop and application links are on the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation website.
Invited speakers include:
Andreas Nunnenkamp, University of Cambridge
Davide Dreon, ETH Zurich
Ehud Meron, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Giovanna Morigi, University of Saarland
Gordon Robb, University of Strathclyde
Igor Ferrier- Barbut, Laboratoire Charles Fabry Institut d’Optique
Lauriane Chomaz, University of Innsbruck
Michael Drewsen, Aarhus University
Monika Schleier-Smith, Stanford University
Nicolas Cherroret, Laboratoire Charles Fabry Institut d’Optique
Nir Davidson, Weizman Institute of Science
Oded Zilberberg, ETH Zurich
Oliver Steinbock, Florida State University
Peter Kirton, University of Strathclyde
Robin Kaiser, Université Côte d’Azur
Sonja Franke-Arnold, University of Glasgow
Thomas Pohl, Aarhus University
Vladan Vuletic, MIT
Venue and application
The venue for this seminar is the Physikzentrum Hauptstr. 5, 53604 Bad Honnef, Germany. Lectures, accommodation and meals will all take place at the Physikzentrum. Accommodation will be covered for admitted participants automatically by the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation. The event has capacity for around 70 participants.
Application deadline: 30th April 2020
Dr Tobias Donner, ETH Zürich • Prof. Dr Thorsten Ackemann, University of Strathclyde • Prof. Dr Sebastian Slama, University Tübingen