422nd WE-Heraeus Seminar


Bad Honnef
October 29 - 31, 2008



Quo vadis BEC?



Since 1995, when Bose-Einstein condensation in ultracold atomic gases has been realized experimentally, there has been a number of further substantial breakthroughs. Today, systems of ultracold bosonic and/or fermionic quantum gases allow for experimental control on a very high level concerning, e.g., the underlying trap geometry and the interaction strength. Moreover, they lend themselves to precise theoretical calculations of their static and dynamic properties, thus leading to highly accurate comparisons of experiment and theory. Ultracold atomic and molecular matter can be employed to provide practically ideal realizations of paradigmatically important many-body models considered in various fields, such as atomic and molecular physics, solid-state physics, and even nuclear physics. The high degree of control over the interatomic interactions also allows to probe quantum fluids in regimes and under conditions hitherto unavailable. Thus, at present, the field of ultracold quantum gases is extremely active, and expanding in many different directions. In particular, a new area of research is forming itself on the borderlines between atomic and molecular physics, quantum optics, and condensed matter physics.
This seminar, which will bring together about 85 participants in October 2008, will provide a comprehensive survey of the different facets of this rapidly evolving subject. Leading international experts will review the present status of the most promising developments concerning ultracold quantum gases from both the experimental and the theoretical point of view, and will discuss future trends and perspectives. Participants are invited to present their current research in two poster sessions. In addition, 8 outstanding contributions have been selected for shorter talks.
Thus, the seminar will foster the exchange of information in this fast-developing field at the frontier of contemporary physics, and provide ample opportunity for scientific discussions. Similar to the previous workshop 'Quo vadis BEC?' held in Berlin in 2006, it is also intended to initiate future collaborations amongst the participants.



 Travel Information Bad Honnef    


  aus dem Physik-Journal Januar 2009


update October 15, 2008

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Research Topics

Strong Correlations
Dipolar Gases
Quantum Information
Spinor BEC
Degenerate Fermions
BEC/BCS crossover

Invited Speakers

Alain Aspect CNRS, Université Paris Sud, France  
  Vanderlei Bagnato Instituto de Fisica de Sao Carlos, Brasil  
  Hans Peter Büchler Universität Stuttgart, Germany  
  Jens Eisert Imperial College London, UK  
  József Fortágh Universität Tübingen, Germany  
  Walter Hofstetter Universität Frankfurt, Germany  
  Murray Holland JILA, USA  
  Randall Hulet Rice University, Houston, USA  
  Maciej Lewenstein ICFO Barcelona, Spain  
  Oliver Morsch INFM, Universita  di Pisa, Italy  
  Markus Oberthaler Universität Heidelberg, Germany  
  Tilman Pfau Universität Stuttgart, Germany  
  Jörg Schmiedmayer Technische Universität Wien, Austria  
  Ralf Schützhold Universitüt Duisburg-Essen  
  Klaus Sengstock Universität Hamburg, Germany  
  Henk Stoof Universiteit Utrecht NL  
  Artur Widera Universität Bonn, Germany  
  Wilhelm Zwerger
Technische Universität München, Germany
Participants joined for a group photograph


Latest news:

By July 31 all applicants have been sent an e-mail, informing them whether they have been accepted as participants, or had to be deferred to a waiting list. The preliminary conference program will soon be made available.
Please note:
- There will be registration fee of 100 EUR which may be waived for students.
- Lodging and meals will be covered.

Scientific Organizers:

Martin Holthaus
Institut für Physik
Carl von Ossietzky Universität
26111 Oldenburg
phone: +49 (0)441 798-3960
fax: +49 (0)441 798-3080
Axel Pelster
Institut für Theoretische Physik (Gastprofessur)
Freie Universität Berlin
14195 Berlin
phone: +49 (0)30-838-54575
fax: +49 (0)30-838-56510
permanente Adresse:
Fachbereich Physik
Universität Duisburg-Essen
Lotharstrasse 1
47048 Duisburg

   last changes: December 2008