CQD 2018

Okinawa School in Physics 2018: Coherent Quantum Dynamics



CQD 2018     25 September - 4 October Okinawa, Japan


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The study of quantum coherent dynamics is currently one of the most active and exciting areas in physics. It holds the promise for the development of new technologies (quantum computing, quantum metrology,...) and, at the same time, has already delivered insights into the foundations of quantum mechanics. Its fast moving pace and new approach has attracted many young researchers and summer schools - at which leading experts share their knowledge and directly interact with the participants - have become an integral part of the community.

The school will consist of lectures delivered by Japanese and international experts on the fundamentals of the area.  This will be supplemented by accessible presentations (colloquia) on cutting-edge research problems.  All participants should present a poster based on their current research.  

Location: OIST Seaside House

Participants (twin share only):OIST Seaside House Onna, Okinawa
Lecturers: Moon Beach Hotel, Onna, Okinawa

OIST is deeply committed to the advancement of women in science, in Japan and worldwide. In order to assist principal child carers in participating at this workshop we can provide additional support (such as flights for the child(ren) and child care) where necessary.   Information available on request. 

Confirmed Lecturers

Markus Arndt, University of Vienna, Austria (L)   Lecture Topic: Matter-wave interferometry from atoms, over macro- and biomolecules to nanoparticles: From mind-bogglers of quantum optics  to quantum enhanced metrology

Jacqueline Bloch, Centre de Nanosciences et de Nanotechnologies, CNRS, Université Paris-Sud, Université Paris-Saclay, France (L)  Lecture Topic: Quantum fluids of light.  This will cover (i) basic physical properties, (ii) Bose Einstein condensation and superfluidity, and (iii) quantum fluids of light in lattice : toward quantum simulation

Claudiu Genes, Max Planck Institute for the science of light, Germany (L) Lecture Topic:  Light-matter interactions: lasing, cooling and subradiance

Michèle Heurs, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany (L) Lecture Topic: Quantum noise in gravitational wave detectors.  This will cover areas such as (i) fundamentals of noise in GWDs, (ii) the standard quantum limit of interferometry, and (iii) advanced interferometer techniques.

Mio Murao, The University of Tokyo, Japan (C) Colloquium Topic: Using quantum computers for manipulating and analyzing quantum systems

Patrik Öhberg, Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences (IPaQS), Heriot-Watt University, Scotland (L) Lecture Topic: Synthetic magnetism for ultracold atoms

William D. Oliver, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA (L) Lecture Topic: Superconducting Qubits

Noboru Sasao, Okayama University, Japan (C) Colloquium Topic: Atomic process in macroscopic coherence and its application to fundamental physics

Ferdinand Schmidt-Kaler, University of Mainz, Germany (L) Lecture Topic: Ion trapping to cover (i) Introduction: trapping, cooling, spectroscopy of single ions and coherent manipulation spin and motion, (ii) Two quantum computing applications: trapped ions as qubits, and single ion deterministic source for fabrication of solid qubit devices, and (iii) Single ion heat engines

Yosuke Takasu, Kyoto University, Japan (C) Colloquium Topic: Quantum simulation of many-body systems using ultracold ytterbium atoms: from thermal equilibrium state to non-equilibrium dynamics

Akihisa Tomita, Hokkaido University, Japan (C) Colloquium Topic:  Quantum Key Distribution - How do you know it's secure

Sebastian Wüster, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Bhopal, India (L) Lecture Topic: Ultracold Rydberg physics 

L: Lectures
C: Colloquium

Important Dates

  • Application Open: around 15 March 2018
  • Application Deadline: 04 June 2018 
  • Deadline for Reference Letters: 12 June 2018
  • Notification of Application Results:July 2018
  • Participants arrive on Okinawa: September 24, 2018
  • Participants depart Okinawa: October 05, 2018



  • Thomas Busch, OIST Graduate University: Organising and Programme Committee
  • Síle Nic Chormaic, OIST Graduate University: Organising and Programme Committee
  • Yasunobu Nakamura, The University of Tokyo: Programme Committee
  • Yoshiro Takahashi, Kyoto University: Programme Committee



The School is co-funded by the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (CSTI) through their ImPACT program on Advanced Information Society Infrastructure Linking Quantum Artificial Brains in Quantum Network



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