Ultracold Atoms Japan 2022

This conference will be a hybrid conference with both online and on-site attendees.  You can only attend on-site, if you are currently located within Japan.

12 - 14 April 2022, Okinawa, Japan

Ultracold atoms have in the past two decades become one of the most active and exciting research areas in physics. Cold atomic systems are low energy, pure and highly configurable and therefore allow to create setups in which new and advanced quantum mechanical effects can be studied and engineered. In fact, cold atomic systems are not only at the forefront for discovering fundamental new physics, they are also at the frontier in the development of advanced quantum technologies, such as quantum simulators or quantum metrology devices. The awarding of the Nobel Prizes in 2012, 2001 and 1997 to work in this area can be seen as a recognition of its groundbreaking potential.

The aim of the workshop is to bring together experts representing leading theoretical and experimental groups working in the area of ultracold atoms. In particular it will focus on the connection between the Japanese and the international community and provide platform for exchange and the creation of sustainable connections.

To facilitate this in the current time dominated by restrictions due to the pandemic, the meeting will have a hybrid format, where a fixed number of on-site participants from Japan will be joined by international speakers and participants via zoom. All remote and local presentations, invited and contributed, will be streamed via zoom.  While we would like to have an international on-site participation, this is unfortunately not possible at the moment due to the uncertainty about when the Japanese border will open again.

At Seaside House we will follow all regulations of the new-normal that are imposed and recommended at the time by the Okinawa Prefecture and by OIST. All on-site participants must be fully vaccinated and be willing to undergo a PCR test on day one (provided). The number of on-site participants is strictly regulated.

LocationOIST Seaside House, Okinawa, Japan

Speakers (more to be announced):


Ian Spielman (NIST, USA)
Floquet-engineering topological Dirac bands in an optical lattice

Joseph H. Thywissen (University of Toronto, Canada)
Orbital interactions in a spin-polarized Fermi gas

Tim Langen (Stuttgart University, Germany)
Dipolar supersolids

Monika Aidelsburger (LMU, Germany)
Towards QS of interacting topological phases: A new Cs quantum gas microscope

Yong-il Shin (Seoul National University, Korea)
Spontaneous defect formation in quenched Bose gases (Tentative)

Niels Kjærgaard (University of Otago, New Zealand)

Yuto Ashida (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
Nonperturbative cavity/waveguide quantum electrodynamics and dissipative quantum phase transition (Tentative)

Hannah Price (University of Birmingham, UK)
Bloch Oscillations Along a Synthetic Dimension of Atomic Trap States

Yoshiro Takahashi (Kyoto University, Japan)
Quantum simulation using two-electron atoms in an optical lattice and beyond

Takashi Mukaiyama (Osaka University, Japan)
Properties of spin-polarized fermions with p-wave interactions


Important Dates:

Application Open: 10 December 2021
Application Deadline: 30 January 2022 (on-site), 10 April 2022 (on-line)
Notification of Acceptance: soon thereafter
Participants arrive in Okinawa: 11 April 2022
Participants depart Okinawa:  15 April 2022

Main Details:
Participation fee
- Onsite participants: 15,000 JPY (includes accommodation in single room and food)
- Online participants: free

*OIST is deeply committed to the advancement of women in science, in Japan and worldwide.
Women are strongly encouraged to apply.*


Thomas Busch, OIST Graduate University
Shin Inouye, Osaka City University
Yuki Kawaguchi, Nagoya University
Munekazu Horikoshi, Osaka City University
Takeshi Fukuhara, Riken