Okinawa School in Physics 2016: Coherent Quantum Dynamics



CQD 2016     27 September - 6 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.  This will be supplemented by accessible presentations (colloquia) on cutting-edge research problems.  All participants should present a poster based on their current research.  

This year the school is co-funded by the CSTI ImPACT programme, one of whose aims is research towards quantum artificial brains and quantum simulations [link here]. Information about the programme will be available at the school.

Location: OIST Seaside House

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. 


Hideo Aoki (C), University of Tokyo, Japan (Member of the ImPACT project) ColloquiumSuperconductivity and topological properties designed and induced in condensed-matter and cold-atom systems.

Markus Aspelmeyer (L), University of Vienna / Vienna Center for Quantum Science and Technology, Austria
LecturesQuantum optomechanics: Physical principles, prospects and challenges. 
I: Introduction: Quantum optical control of micro- and nanomechanics
II: Applications: From quantum information technologies to gravitational wave detection
III: Foundations: Levitated optomechanics and the interface between quantum physics and gravity

Jean Dalibard (L), Collège de France / Ecole Polytechnique, France
Lectures: Introduction to artificial gauge fields
Open Seminar: The Bose gas in flatland, in and out of equilibrium

Kai Dieckmann (L), Centre for Quantum Technologies and National University of Singapore, Singapore
Lectures: Ultracold quantum gases 
I: Ultracold quantum gases and interactions
II: Experimental methods for ultracold atoms and molecules
III: Dipolar ground state molecules

Shin Inouye (C), Osaka City University, Japan 
Colloquium : A new tool for precision measurement: ultracold molecules.

Rina Kanamoto (C), Meiji University, Japan.  
Colloquium: Quantum self-oscillation, rotation, and synchronization in nonlinear mechanical systems.

Yuki Kawaguchi (C), Nagoya University, Japan 
Colloquium: Coherent quantum dynamics in Bose-Einstein condensates with spin degrees of freedom.

Peter Krüger (L), The University of Nottingham, U.K.
Lectures: Quantum sensors.
I: Principles of atom interferometry
II: Sensors based on matter wave interferometry and other quantum phenomena
III: Quantum technology in practice and emerging quantum devices

Mikhail (Misha) Lukin (L), Harvard University, USA
Lectures: Quantum dynamics of strongly interacting spins, atoms and photons.

Hideaki Obuse (L), Hokkaido University, Japan
Lectures: Quantum dynamics associated with topological phases in synthetic quantum systems.

Gerhard Rempe (L), Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics, Germany
Lectures:  Cavity QED: From quantum optics to quantum information.

Ana Maria Rey (L), University of Colorado Boulder, USA

Lectures: Building with crystals of light and quantum matter
I:  From superfluids to magnets
II:  From clocks to computers
III: From  atoms to molecules

Fam Le Kien (L), OIST Graduate University, Japan
Lectures: Selected topics of nanofiber optics

Important Dates

  • Application Open: 14 March 2016
  • Application Deadline: 12 June 2016  CLOSED
  • Deadline Reference Letters: 19 June 2016
  • Notification of Application Results: early July 2016
  • Participants arrive on Okinawa: September 26, 2016
  • Participants depart Okinawa: October 07, 2016



  • 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