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Les Houches Summer School, Session CVII--Current Trends in Atomic Physics

July 4, 2016 to July 29, 2016
Scientific Direction

Antoine Browaeys (Institut d’Optique, CNRS, Palaiseau, France)
Thierry Lahaye (Institut d’Optique, CNRS, Palaiseau, France)
Trey Porto (JQI, University of Maryland, NIST, USA)
Charles S. Adams (JQC, Durham University, UK)
Matthias Weidemüller (Universität Heidelberg, Germany)


International Advisory Committee:

Dmitry Budker (UCB, USA)                     Jean Dalibard (Collège de France, Paris)
Daniel Estèves (CEA, France)                 Victor Galitski (UNM, USA)
Jeremy Hutson (Durham, UK)                 Atac Imamoglu (ETH, Switzerland)
Robin Kaiser (INLN, France)                    Maciej Lewenstein (ICFO, Spain)
Yann Mairesse (CELIA, France)               Gilles Montambaux (LPS, France)
William D. Phillips (JQI/NIST, USA)         Pierre Pillet (LAC, France)
David Wineland (NIST, USA)                   Peter Zoller (Innsbruck, Austria)

Sponsoring Institutions
  • Univ. franco-allernade Deutsch-Französische Hochschule
  • European Commission
  • Centre national de la recherche scientifique
  • Physics Frontier Center at the Joint Quantum Institute
Ecole D'ete De Physique Theorique
La Cote des Chavants
74310 Les Houches
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Scientific Programme:

Atomic physics provides a paradigm for exploring few-body quantum systems with unparalleled control. In recent years, this ability has been applied to shed light on open question in diverse areas including condensed matter physics, high energy physics, chemistry and ultra-fast phenomena as well as foundational aspects of quantum physics. This school will address these topics by presenting developments and current trends via a series of tutorials and lectures presented by international leading investigators.


Thierry Giamarchi (Geneva, Switzerland)                   Quantum simulation from a condensed-matter point of view
Christopher Monroe (JQI & U. Maryland, USA)          Quantum simulation with trapped ions
Immanuel Bloch (MPQ & LMU, Munich, Germany)     Quantum simulation with cold atoms
Frédéric Merkt (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)                   Cold chemistry and manipulation of cold molecules
Matthias Weidemüller (U. Heidelberg, Germany)      Ultra-cold chemistry
Anne Lhuillier (U. Lund, Sweden)                                 Introduction to ultra-fast processes
David DeMille (Yale, USA)                                             AMO tests of fundamental symmetries and high-energy physics
Thomas Udem (MPQ, Garching, Germany)                 High-precision measurements
Mark Kasevich (Stanford, USA)                                    Atom interferometry
Mikhail Lukin (Harvard, USA)                                       Artificial atoms: NV centers and quantum dots
Benoît Deveaud(EPFL, Switzerland)                            Introduction to the physics of composite bosons in solids
Steven Girvin (Yale University, USA)                            Artificial atoms: circuit QED
Alain Aspect (LCF, Palaiseau, France)                         Tests of the foundations of quantum mechanics
Wojciech Zurek (Los Alamos, USA)                             Quantum Theory of the Classical: Decoherence and Beyond
Ivan Deutsch (UNM, USA)                                            Quantum control, Measurement and Tomography

Short Courses:

Each tutorial will be illustrated by one or two short courses or seminars on more specific topics.

Alexander Kuleff (Universität Heidelberg, Germany): ""Ultrafast electron dynamics as a route to explore chemical processes""

Andreas Laüchli (Institut für Theoretische Physik, Universität Innsbruck, Austria): "Computational aspect of quantum simulation"

Markus Arndt (University of Vienna, Austria): "Test of the superposition principle using large objects"

Tristan Briant (LKB, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France): "Opto-mechanics"

Thorsten Schumm (Vienna University of Technology, Austria): "Prospect for a thorium clock"


Les Houches is a village located in Chamonix valley, in the French Alps. Established in 1951, the Physics School is situated at 1150 m above sea level in natural surroundings, with breathtaking view on the Mont-Blanc range. A quiet place, ideal for intellectual activity.


Applications must reach the School before March 15, 2016 in order to be considered by the selection committee. The full cost per participant, including housing, meals and the book of lecture notes, is 1500 euros. A few grants may be available to support some students. Application forms and additional information can be downloaded from the site: One can also contact the School at

La Côte des Chavants
74310 LES HOUCHES, France

Directeur : Leticia Cugliandolo
Email :
Phone : +33 –4 50 54 40 69 
Fax : +33 –4 50 55 53 25


Les Houches Physics School is affiliated with Université Grenoble Alpes and Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, and is supported by the Ministère de l'Education Nationale et de la Recherche, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), the Direction des Sciences de la Matière du Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (CEA/DSM). This session is also supported by the JQI Physics Frontier Center, the AFOSR, INTERCAN, the Université Franco-allemande / Deutsche-Französiche Hochschule, and the iXCORE Fondation pour la Recherche.


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