Workshop on Long-range Interactions and Synchronization May 28-31, 2018

The workshop on Long-range Interactions and Synchronization will take place in May, hosted by ICTP-SAIFR in São Paulo, Brazil
The workshop brings together statistical physicists and dynamical physicists to discuss common aspects of long-range and synchronizing systems, addressing both fundamental techniques (large deviations theory, kinetic theory, dimensional reduction, equilibrium and nonequilibrium statistical physical aspects, etc) and applications (networks, light-matter interactions, etc). Two colleagues from ColOpt are invited speakers Robin Kaiser (INLN) on Synchronization of cold atoms and Giovanna Morigi (USAAR) on Cavity quantum electrodynamics

Full details of the event are available on the organiser’s website:

Bad Honnef Physics School on Quantum Technologies, APPLICATION DEADLINE 30th APRIL 2018

5-10 August 2018
Physikzentrum, Bad Honnef, Germany

Application deadline is Monday, April 30, 2018.

Quantum technologies (QT) are expected to bring transformative innovation to science, economy and society. They emanate from basic research and require concerted efforts in education, theory and engineering to advance all of their application domains. The QT summer school aims at graduate students, PhDs, postdocs and people from industry with technical background. It offers an efficient, first-hand introduction into this exciting field and its current status in science and industry. All major areas of QT – quantum communication, simulation, computation, metrology and sensing – will be presented by leaders in their respective field, with emphasis on those who are particularly strong in Germany. In addition, start-ups and established companies will present their vision of what will enable QT and of what QT can achieve. The participants will have the opportunity to present their own work in the form of posters.

* Oliver Benson
* Dmitry Budker
* Christian Groß
* Rudolf Gross
* Fedor Jelezko
* Carsten Klempt
* Christoph Marquardt
* Peter Michler
* Thomas Monz
* Giovanna Morigi
* Tracy Northup
* Markus Oberthaler
* Gerhard Rempe
* Piet Schmidt
* Ferdinand Schmidt-Kaler
* Kilian Singer
* Jürgen Stuhler
* Harald Weinfurter
* Frank Wilhelm-Mauch

The application form is available at the Physics School website Application deadline is Monday, April 30, 2018.

200 € covering full board and lodging (100 € for members of the German Physical Society (DPG)).
The school is supported by the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation.

The organizers: Jürgen Stuhler (TOPTICA), Piet Oliver Schmidt (PTB Braunschweig / U Hannover), Fedor Jelezko (U Ulm), Harald Weinfurter (LMU München), Stephan Ritter (TOPTICA)

ColOpt Event 2: EKUT, Tuebingen 19th-23rd March 2018

This week the ColOpt network is hosted by C. Zimmermann, and S.Slama at the Physikalisches Institut der Universität Tübingen. All researchers will spend the week at the Institute with research skills training from S.Slama EKUT, Gian-Lucca Oppo USTRAT, N. Piovella UMIL, G.Morigi USAAR, C. Raab TOPTICA, and T. Ackemann USTRAT.

ColOpt Network event 1: University of Strathclyde

Our first network event took place on 17th -25th October 2017. Our 10 active ESRs spent the  first week at USTRAT and the second week on a residential course at Loch Lomond. The ColOpt Board came to USTRAT for 2 days for a meeting and to interact with the new researchers.Well done to the team that took on the challenge to climb Beinn Dubh.

QuAMP 2017

 This week QuAMP2017  the biennial international conference on Quantum, Atomic, Molecular and Plasma Physics is in Glasgow. The conference organising committee is chaired by Sonja Franke-Arnold (UGLAS), and involves other colleagues from Strathclyde, Glasgow, and the ColOpt network.

The meeting will covers quantum information and technology, quantum optics, ultra-cold matter, the interaction of light with molecules and plasmas.

Other ColOpt colleagues are also active at the conference.  We have our first conference poster from a ColOpt Early Stage Researcher. Fransesco Castellucci (UGLAS) will present his poster titled “Spatially dependent Electromagnetically Induced Transparency.”

Giovanna Morigi, (USAAR) will give an invited talk on Buckling transitions and clock order of two-dimensional coulomb crystals.


ERC Advance Grant Awarded to Tilman Esslinger

Tilman Esslinger (ETH) has recently been awarded an ERC Advanced Grant for his project “Mass, heat and spin transport in interlinked quantum gases”. The project is known as TransQ which aims to create to create a versatile experimental and methodological platform for exploring transport mechanisms with quantum gases. Full information is available on the ERC website

Congratulations to Tilman and his team at ETH.

Time, Einstein and the coolest stuff in the Universe – Bill Phillips@ Strathclyde

Courtesy of Aidan Arnold

Dr William (Bill ) Phillips, joint Nobel Laureate in 1997 gave a public physics Lecture on Thursday 20 July: Time, Einstein and the coolest stuff in the Universe

Bill delivered an inspiring, and engaging lecture showcasing physics.  The lecture was complemented by the fantastic interactive activities provided by the staff and students from University of Strathclyde’s physics department.

Liquid nitrogen brought even more excitement to lecture, and then generated ice cream for afterwards!

Courtesy of Marco Piani

Courtesy of Marco Piani