Experimental research on engineered quantum states in condensed matter and cold-atom systems is progressing rapidly, providing special opportunities and challenges for the theorist. While the basic motivation draws from the wish to understand the intriguing coherence and correlation effects featured by many of these states, the prospects to use them for processing and storing quantum information has given the field an additional boost. Examples span proposals for protected qubits in hybrid systems containing Dirac materials (e.g. topological insulators in the proximity of a superconductor) to novel designs for quantum simulators using laser-manipulated trapped ions. Vigorous research efforts push the frontier relentlessly, however, much of the activity in the field is fragmented and often narrowly focused on a particular design, idea, or type of system. The present Nordita program aims at furthering interactions among theorists working in different subfields of quantum engineered systems, offering an "interdisciplinary" forum where people can come together, learn, and start collaborating across boundaries. Themes to be explored include Quantum entanglement in correlated systems, quantum state and device engineering in atomic physics and quantum optics, devices for topological quantum computation and topological field theories, quantum protocols using quantum impurities, and more.
In the second week of the program, 18 - 23 August, will be scheduled an international Conference on Quantum Engineering of States and Devices, with leading theorists and experimentalists reporting on their latest results.
The program follows two highly successful meetings organized in 2010 and 2012; the first in Obergurgl, Austria, June 2010 Quantum Engineering of States and Devices: Theory and Experiments, the second in Natal, Brazil, August 2012 Advances in Quantum Technology: From Quantum Information to Quantum Devices.
In the first, third, and fourth weeks of the program (11 - 17 Aug, 25 Aug - 5 Sept) we aim at having one or two informal talks in the mornings with free time for discussions, collaborations, and work in the afternoons. The conference in the second week (18 - 23 August) will have some eight or ten invited and contributed talks each day, and one or two poster sessions.
Timetable - available from start of the program
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 (25 April 2014).
If you are interested to participate in the program, please go to the application page for more information. If you wish to attend the conference only (18-23 August), please register at the conference website. 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.
A minimum stay of one working week is required and we encourage participants to stay for a period of at least two weeks.
Application deadline: 7 May 2014