January 21, 2013 to February 15, 2013
Europe/Stockholm timezone


Nordita, Stockholm, Sweden


The ability to cool, coherently manipulate and measure atomic gases make these systems good candidates for studies of quantum many-body phenomena. Current experimental techniques allow for a plethora of different setups to be studied. This four week program focuses on new directions within the field of ultracold atomic gases. Interesting topics include for example,

  • Synthetic gauge fields for cold atoms.
  • Multi-component atoms, spinor condensates.
  • Non-equilibrium physics, quantum thermalization...
  • Exotic states in optical lattices: topological matter, p-band physics…
  • Disorder.
  • Light-matter interface, cold atoms in optical cavities.
  • Dipolar and Rydberg gases.
  • Bistability, non-linearity, optomechanics with cold gases.

We aim to bring together theoreticians as well as experimentalists. Many of the above mentioned topics have seen experimental breakthroughs during the last few years, and we hope to hear more about this during the program. At the same time, since our field evolves rapidly, the list above is most likely to change somewhat before the program starts.

As a monthly program, the idea is that participants get the opportunity to get to know each other and establish contacts. Thereby, we strongly encourage the participants to stay at least for one week.

[Timetable - available from start of the program]


There will be only few talks per day with plenty of time for discussions in a relaxed atmosphere.

Invited Participants (preliminary)

  • Alexander Altland (University of Köln, Germany)
  • Immanuel Bloch (University of München, Germany)
  • Georg Bruun (Aarhus University, Denmark)
  • Jean Dalibard (CNRS, France)
  • Jens Eisert (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany)
  • Andre Eckardt (Max Planck Institute Dresden, Germany)
  • Tilman Esslinger (ETH, Zürich, Switzerland)
  • Axel Griesmaier (University of Stuttgardt, Germany)
  • Rudolf Grimm (University of Innsbruck, Austria)
  • Andreas Hemmerich (University of Hamburg, Germany)
  • Randy Hulet (Rice University, USA)
  • Massimo Inguscio (University of Florence, Italy)
  • Adrian Kantian (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Karyn Le Hur (Ecole Polytechnique Palaiseau, France)
  • Maciej Lewenstein (ICFO, Barcelona, Spain)
  • Vincent Liu (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
  • Boris Malomed (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
  • Cristiane Morais Smith (Utrecht University, Netherlands)
  • Silke Ospelkaus (Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany)
  • Stephanie Reimann (University of Lund, Sweden)
  • Luis Santos (Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany)
  • Achim Schwenk (Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany)
  • Klaus Sengstock (University of Hamburg, Germany)
  • Ian Spielman (NIST, Washington, USA)
  • Henk Stoof (Universiteit of Utrecht, Netherlands)
  • Masahito Ueda (University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Peter Zoller (University of Innsbruck, Austria)
  • Wilhelm Zwerger (Technische Universität München, Germany)


The registration is not yet open, but eventually if you want to apply for participation in the program, please fill in the application form. You will be informed by the organizers shortly after the application deadline whether your application has been approved. Due to space restrictions, the total number of participants is strictly limited.

Application deadline: 8 November 2012

A minimum stay of one working week is required and we encourage participants to stay for a period of at least two weeks.

There is no registration fee.

Travel Reimbursement

PhD students and young Postdoc fellows are eligible for travel grants to participate in the program. If you are interested in such a grant, please mark the corresponding field in the application form, briefly summarize your interest in the program in the comments field, and indicate an estimation of your expected travel expenses. Since only a limited number of grants is available, decision concerning the grants will be made on a case-by-case basis and you will be notified shortly after the application deadline.


Nordita provides a limited number of rooms in the Stockholm apartment hotel BizApartments free of charge for program participants.

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