Engineering Quantum Matter : From Understanding to Control (7821)
June 08, 2016 – June 10, 2016
St. Andrews, United Kingdom
Peter Wahl, University of St. Andrews/SUPA
Jean-Philippe Reid, University of St. Andrews/SUPA
Jonathan Keeling, University of St. Andrews/SUPA
Steve Simon, Oxford University, UK NESFE
Phil King, University of St. Andrews/SUPA
Peter Littlewood, Argonne National Laboratory
Sarah Webster, University of St. Andrews/SUPA
Through much of the 20th century, researchers in condensed matter physics have studied the properties of bulk materials, perhaps after refinement, in such a way that the range of accessible phenomena was limited by available materials. The first decades of the 21st century have started to change this, with the development of new techniques which allow engineering of synthetic emergent and topologically-protected quantum states. Varied examples include thin-film heterostructure, cold-atom systems and polaritonic metamaterials. These promise the possibility of an age where material properties are no longer limited by availability, but by imagination.
Despite this wide range of experimental realizations of emergent quantum states, we believe that they all share a common ground based on three main themes: entanglement, correlation effects, and non-equilibrium physics. While workshops addressing one or two of these fields are rather common, our workshop stands apart by focusing on all three. Our approach will allow each participant to view their work from a new perspective, a different angle.