Light Matter

Workshop on quantum light-matter interactions in low dimensions
May 4-7 2017

About the workshop


Scope of the workshop

Recently, there has been a rapid growth in the number of systems to control and manipulate interactions between light and matter in low dimensions at the quantum level. These include circuit and waveguide QED, atom-nanophotonics interfaces, cavity arrays, optomechanical systems, and atomic Rydberg gases. These systems in turn potentially give rise to exciting phenomena such as strong photon-photon interactions, topological and chiral physics, access to strongly correlated systems out of equilibrium, and quantum information processing capabilities.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together experimentalists and theorists working in these complementary and emerging fields, in order to exchange ideas and stimulate new research directions.

The workshop will begin on Thursday, May 4 in the morning and end by early afternoon on Sunday, May 7.

About ICFO

ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences was created in 2002 by the government of Catalonia and the Technical University of Catalonia as a center of research excellence devoted to the science and technologies of light with a triple mission: to conduct frontier research, train the next generation of scientists, and provide knowledge and technology transfer. Today, it is one of the top research centres worldwide in its category as measured by the Mapping Scientific Excellence ranking.

Research at ICFO targets the forefront of science and technology based on light with programs directed at applications in Health, Renewable Energies, Information Technologies, Security and Industrial processes, among others. The institute hosts over 400 professionals based in a dedicated building situated in the Mediterranean Technology Park in the metropolitan area of Barcelona.

Researchers at ICFO publish in the most prestigious journals and collaborate with a wide range of companies around the world. The institute runs a vigorous technology transfer program in which more than 30 national and international industries participate. It has also created 5 spin-off companies to date. The institute is generously supported by Cellex Foundation Barcelona, which supports several frontier research projects and programs focused on young talented researchers.


Darrick Chang


Peter Lodahl

Niels Bohr Institute

Peter Rabl

TU Wien

SPEAKERS (partial list)

  • Ana Asenjo
  • Konstantin Bliokh
  • Antoine Browaeys
    Institut d’Optique
  • Giuseppe Calajo
    TU Wien
  • Barak Dayan
  • Juan Jose Garcia-Ripoll
  • Alejandro Gonzalez-Tudela
  • Alexey Gorshkov
  • Mohammad Hafezi
  • Stephen Hogan
  • Jeff Kimble
  • Gerhard Kirchmair
  • Julien Laurat
  • Sahand Mahmoodian
  • Florian Marquardt
  • Tracy Northup
  • Saverio Pascazio
  • Arno Rauschenbeutel
    TU Wien
  • Helmut Ritsch
  • Amir Safavi-Naeini
  • Vahid Sandoghdar
  • Martin Schuetz
  • Tao Shi
  • Neereja Sundaresan
  • Benoit Vermersch
  • Per Delsing


Thursday May 4

8:30 – 9:00Registration
9:00 – 9:10Welcoming remarks
9:10 – 9:50Helmut Ritsch (Univ. of Innsbruck)
Superfluorescence of a 1D chain of clock atoms in a hollow optical fiber
9:50 – 10:30Barak Dayan (Weizmann Institute)
Demonstration of a passive and deterministic photon-atom SWAP gate
10:30 – 11:00Coffee break
11:00 – 11:40Juan Jose Garcia-Ripoll (CSIC)
Ultrastrong coupling with propagating photons
11:40 – 12:20Antoine Browaeys (Institut d’Optique)
Experimental many-body physics using arrays of individual Rydberg atoms
12:20 – 13:00Saverio Pascazio (Univ. Bari)
Entanglement generation in one-dimensional QED
13:00 – 14:00Lunch
14:00 – 15:30Free discussion
15:30 – 16:10Stephen Hogan (Univ. College London)
Chip-based architectures for manipulating cold Rydberg atoms
16:10 – 16:50Mohammad Hafezi (Univ. of Maryland)
Topological and chiral quantum optics in photonic nanostructures
16:50 – 17:30Jeff Kimble (Caltech)
Quantum matter built from nanoscopic lattices of atoms and photons

Friday May 5

9:10 – 9:50Gerhard Kirchmair (Univ. of Innsbruck)
Using waveguide QED and superconducting qubits for analog quantum simulation
9:50 – 10:30Julien Laurat (Laboratoire Kastler Brossel)
Coupling atom arrays to nanofibers: generation, storage and reflection of single photons
10:30 – 11:00Coffee break
11:00 – 11:40Tracy Northup (Univ. of Innsbruck)
An ion-cavity interface for quantum state transfer
11:40 – 12:20Florian Marquardt (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light)
From optomechanics to optomagnonics
12:20 – 13:00Arno Rauschenbeutel (TU Wien)
Nonreciprocal quantum optical devices based on chiral interaction of confined light with spin-polarized atoms
13:00 – 14:00Lunch
14:00 – 15:30Free discussion
15:30 – 16:10Hugues de Riedmatten (ICFO)
Solid-state quantum light-matter interfaces with laser-written waveguides
16:15 – 18:30Poster session
19:30 – Workshop dinner (Fosbury Cafe, Castelldefels)

Saturday May 6

9:10 – 9:50Alexey Gorshkov (Joint Quantum Institute)
Few-body and many-body physics with Rydberg polaritons
9:50 – 10:30Amir Safavi-Naeni (Stanford Univ.)
On-chip quantum photonics
10:30 – 11:00Coffee break
11:00 – 11:40Vahid Sandoghdar (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light)
Organic molecules in optical nanoguides: engineering novel states of light and matter
11:40 – 12:20Martin Schuetz (Harvard Univ.)
Quantum acoustics: goals and opportunities
12:20 – 13:00Tao Shi (Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics)
Multi-photon transport and bound states
13:00 – 14:00Lunch
14:00 – 15:30Free discussion
15:30 – 16:10Neereja Sundaresan (Princeton Univ.)
Many-body quantum optics with superconducting circuits
16:10 – 16:50Benoit Vermersch (Univ. of Innsbruck)
Robust quantum state transfer in noisy and dirty quantum networks
16:50 – 17:30Per Delsing (Chalmers Univ. of Technology)
Quantum optics on chip. Artificial atoms interacting with microwaves

Sunday May 7

9:10 – 9:50Konstantin Bliokh (CEMS, RIKEN, Japan)
Extraordinary momentum and spin in structured light
9:50 – 10:30Alejandro Gonzalez-Tudela (Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics)
Quantum optics in low dimensions: from fundamentals to applications
10:30 – 11:00Coffee break
11:00 – 11:40Giuseppe Calajo (TU Wien)
Strong coupling between atoms and slow-light Cherenkov photons
11:40 – 12:20Sahand Mahmoodian (Niels Bohr Institute)
Quantum networks and photon-photon interactions using chiral quantum optics
12:20 – 13:00Ana Asenjo (Caltech)
Exponential improvement in photon storage fidelities in atomic arrays coupled to a nanofiber
13:00 – 13:10Closing remarks
13:10 – 14:00Lunch



ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences

Mediterranean Technology Park
Av. Carl Friedrich Gauss, 3
08860 Castelldefels (Barcelona), Spain


Hotel SB BCN Events

Ronda de Can Rabadà 22-24
08860 Castelldefels (Barcelona), Spain
Tel. +34 936 646 230

Accommodation for all participants will be covered by the workshop, for up to four nights (May 3-6). The hotel is located just a few minutes walk from ICFO


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