Advances in Quantum Simulation with Ultracold Atoms

Workshop | Monday, October 29, 2018 - Friday, November 09, 2018
Directors:
Leonardo Fallani
Tommaso Macri
Christophe Salomon
Luis Santos

 

OVERVIEW

Quantum simulation is an exceptionally vivid field of research embracing several areas of physics, ranging from atomic, molecular, and optical physics, to condensed-matter, nuclear, gravitational and high-energy physics, as well as quantum information science. The goal of quantum simulation is to address important, yet unsolved quantum Hamiltonians by “synthesizing” them in experimental quantum systems so as to directly measure the properties of these models, otherwise very hard to be handled by classical computations. This approach is well summarized by Feynman's own words: 'Nature isn’t classical, dammit, and if you want to make a simulation of nature, you’d better make it quantum mechanical, and by golly it’s a wonderful problem, because it doesn’t look so easy'. Ultracold atomic quantum gases, in particular, offer a unique setting for quantum simulation of interacting many-body systems. The high degree of controllability, the novel detection possibilities and the extreme physical parameter regimes that can be reached provide an exciting complementary set-up compared e.g. with natural condensed-matter systems, allowing the study of novel quantum states of matter that are very hard to achieve, or are completely inaccessible in Nature.

 

In the last ten years, a worldwide effort has been devoted to pursuing these goals, bringing together researchers from very diverse disciplines. It has been experimentally proved that through quantum simulation, one can extract the equation of state of Bose and Fermi systems, map out phase diagrams, detect quantum critical behavior, realize new forms of strongly-correlated fermionic superfluids, and determine localization in disordered systems even in the presence of interactions, giving experimental support to the now popular field of many-body localization. At the same time, the breakthrough in controlling long-range interactions via Rydberg atoms, polar molecules and trapped ions, and the success in reaching quantum degeneracy for large-spin particles have opened up exciting possibilities of exploring new classes of magnetic Hamiltonians both in the ground state and their non trivial quantum dynamics. Moreover, the trapping of atoms with high magnetic moments led recently to the discovery of the quantum analogue of classical ferrofluid phases.

 

The realization of the quantum gas microscope, since recently available also for fermionic atoms, has opened up yet another set of amazing possibilities, from directly accessing correlations of quantum states, to directly probing the wave functions of many-body systems out of equilibrium through quantum quenches. One of the remarkable achievements in recent years has also been the realization of synthetic background gauge fields, akin to magnetic fields in electronic systems, and exact implementations of fundamental models of topological quantum matter, whose importance was recently recognized with the Nobel prize. Finally, the quantum simulation of dynamical abelian and non-abelian gauge fields using ultracold gases in optical lattices paved the way for the realization of toy models of quantum field theories leading to the big goal of solving yet unresolved mysteries of high-energy physics as well as topological quantum matter.

 

These spectacular results have opened new directions of research and more ambitious challenges. The purpose of this event is to bring together young and experienced researchers in the rapidly developing field of quantum simulation with ultracold atoms to interact and develop new ideas in a pleasant scientific environment. The conference will be divided into a school dedicated to young scientists entering the field, and an international workshop where the latest developments and major challenges, as well as the new directions, will be targeted and discussed.

 

List of topics to be presented:

 

  • Spin-orbit coupling and gauge fields

  • Topological quantum matter

  • Dipolar physics and Rydberg atoms

  • Quantum magnetism

  • Large-spin systems and spinor physics

  • Transport and dynamics in low-dimensional systems

  • Unitary fermions and bosons

  • Polarons

  • Disorder and many-body localization

  • Bosonic and fermionic quantum microscopes

  • Quantum metrology

  • Trapped ions

     

REGISTRATION 

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 Registration deadline: September 29, 2018

 

REGISTRATION FEE

The policy of the International Institute of Physics with respect to organization of events demands collecting a registration fee from the participants. Members of the local community (institutions in Natal) are considered as free listeners and are exempt from paying the fee.

 

Students = R$ 400 Brazilian reais 

Postdocs/Professionals = R$ 800 Brazilian reais 

 

*Registration fee is accepted in cash only.

** Information about lodging will be posted soon.

 

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Available for those who qualify for financial help. You may apply for financial support when filling out your registration form (Registration page).  

 

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EVENT PROGRAM
Speakers Name Talk Title
Anna Minguzzi

Invited speaker

CNRS, Grenoble

TBA

Fabio Cinti

Invited speaker

NITheP, Stellenbosch

TBA

Ferdinand Schmidt-Kaler

Invited speaker

Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet, Mainz

TBA

Giacomo Roati

Invited speaker

LENS, Florence

TBA

Giovanna Morigi

Invited speaker

University of Saarland, Saarbruecken

TBA

Hans Peter Buchler

Invited speaker

University of Stuttgart

TBA

Herwig Ott

Invited speaker

University of Kaiserslautern

TBA

Igor Lesanovsky

Invited speaker

Nottingham University

TBA

Marcello Dalmonte

Invited speaker

ICTP, Trieste

TBA

Matteo Zaccanti

Invited speaker

LENS, Florence

TBA

Sandro Stringari

Invited speaker

University of Trento

TBA

Tilman Pfau

Invited speaker

Stuttgart University

TBA

Alexander Fetter

Invited speaker

Stanford University

TBA

Andre Eckardt

Invited speaker

MPI-PKS, Dresden

TBA

Andrea Trombettoni

Invited speaker

SISSA, Trieste

TBA

Antoine Browaeys

Invited speaker

Institute d'Optique, Palaiseau

TBA

Augusto Smerzi

Invited speaker

INO-CNR, Florence

TBA

Axel Pelster

Invited speaker

Technical University of Kaiserslautern

TBA

Charles Adams

Invited speaker

University of Durham

TBA

Chris Vale

Invited speaker

Swinburne University

TBA

Christian Gross

Invited speaker

Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics

TBA

Cristiane Morais Smith

Invited speaker

Utrecht University

TBA

Dan Stamper-Kurn

Invited speaker

University of California, Berkeley

TBA

Emanuel Henn

Invited speaker

USP-Sao Carlos

TBA

Enrique Rico

Invited speaker

University of Bilbao

TBA

Francois Dubin

Invited speaker

CNRS, Paris

TBA

Giuseppe Mussardo

Invited speaker

SISSA, Trieste

TBA

Gora Shlyapnikov

Invited speaker

LPTMS, Paris

TBA

John Bollinger

Invited speaker

NIST, Boulder

TBA

Kaden Hazzard

Invited speaker

Rice University, Houston

TBA

Klaus Sengstock

Invited speaker

University of Hamburg

TBA

Luca Pezze

Invited speaker

CNR-INO, Florence

TBA

Luca Salasnich

Invited speaker

University of Padova

TBA

Martin Weitz

Invited speaker

Bonn University

TBA

Masahito Ueda

Invited speaker

University of Tokyo

TBA

Matteo Rizzi

Invited speaker

Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet, Mainz

TBA

Nikolai Prokofiev

Invited speaker

University of Massachusetts

TBA

Peter Schauss

Invited speaker

Princeton University

TBA

Peter Zoller

Invited speaker

IQOQI, Innsbruck

TBA

Rodrigo Pereira

Invited speaker

International Institute of Physics - UFRN

TBA

Romain Bachelard

Invited speaker

Federal University of Sao Carlos

TBA

Rudi Grimm

Invited speaker

Innsbruck University

TBA

Sebastiano Pilati

Invited speaker

University of Camerino

TBA

Simone Montangero

Invited speaker

Ulm University

TBA

Simone Paganelli

Invited speaker

University of L'Aquila

TBA

Thereza C. de L. Paiva

Invited speaker

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

TBA

Thomas Pohl

Invited speaker

Aarhus university

TBA

Ulrich Schneider

Invited speaker

Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge

TBA

Vanderlei Bagnato

Invited speaker

USP - Sao Carlos

TBA