Okinawa School in Physics: Coherent Quantum Dynamics

Okinawa School in Physics 2024: Coherent Quantum Dynamics

CQD 2024   24 September -  4 October  Okinawa, Japan

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. These will be supplemented by accessible presentations (colloquia) on cutting-edge research problems.  The topics are chosen to be deliberately broad and will give the students a wide perspective on different aspects.  

All participants are expected to present a poster based on their current research.  

Location: OIST Seaside House

Accommodation: OIST Seaside House, Onna, Okinawa (twin-share only)

Registration Fee: 60,000 JPY (approx. 370 EUR or 400 USD, includes twin-share, ensuite accommodation and meals).  

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

Confirmed Lecturers:

Virginia D’Auria, Institut de Physique de Nice, France

  • Lecture 1, 2, 3: Continuous variable quantum optics: concepts and applications
  • Continuous variable quantum optics sources and detection schemes (intro)
  • Multimode quantum optical sources (source engineering for quantum information application)
  • Quantum states' manipulation in continuous variable regime (manipulation of quantum state via single photon subtraction) 

Johannes Hecker Denschlag, Ulm University, Germany

  • Lecture 1:  Non-adiabatic dynamics at an avoided crossing and decay (tentative)
  • Lecture 2:  Inelastic and reactive collisions of particles, Resonances (tentative)
  • Lecture 3:  Coupled - channel problems and interference effects (tentative)

Sebastian Hofferberth, Bonn University, Germany

  • Lecture 1, 2, and 3: Rydberg atoms - from atomic physics to quantum technology

Antia Lamas-Linares, Amazon Web Services (AWS) Center for Quantum Networking, USA

  • Lecture 1: Quantum Networking: Foundations and applications (tentative)
  • Lecture 2: Quantum Networking: Space to ground quantum communications (tentative)
  • Lecture 3: Quantum Networking: Transitioning to commercial applications (tentative)

Klaus Moelmer, Niels Bohr Institute of the University of Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Open seminar: From Quantum Optics to Bits and Pieces
  • Lecture 1 and 2: Quantum trajectories

Hui Khoon Ng, Yale-NUS College and CQT, The National University of Singapore

  • TBA

Yangqian Yan, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

  • Lecture 1, 2, and 3: Ultracold atoms at finite temperatures

Confirmed Colloquium Speakers:

Akihisa Goban, Nanofiber Quantum Technologies, Inc., Japan

  • TBA

Philipp Hoehn, OIST Graduate University, Japan 

  • Quantum reference frames and subsystem relativity

Erika Kawakami, RIKEN Center for Quantum Computing, Japan

  • Towards Quantum Computing Using Floating Electrons on Cryogenic Substrates

Kenji Ohmori, Institute for Molecular Science (IMS), National Institutes of Natural Sciences, Japan

  • Ultrafast quantum simulation and quantum computing with ultracold atom arrays at quantum speed limit


Important Dates - to be confirmed

  • Application Open:  mid-March 2024
  • Application Deadline: 15 June 2024 (any time zone)
  • Deadline for Reference Letters: 22 June 2024
  • Notification of Application Results: early July 2024
  • Participants arrive on Okinawa: 24 September 2024 *Check-in after 3PM
  • Participants depart Okinawa:  4 October 2024 *Check-out by 10AM
    *Transportation between Naha Airport and OIST Seaside House will be announced closer to the date.



  • Thomas Busch, OIST Graduate University: Organising and Programme Committee
  • Síle Nic Chormaic, OIST Graduate University: Organising and Programme Committee
  • Kae Nemoto, OIST Graduate University: Organising and Programme Committee

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