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Frontiers of Quantum and Mesoscopic Thermodynamics

25 - 30 July 2011, Prague, Czech Republic

Full Program | Sunday | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday

 
Sunday, 24 July 2011

17:00 - 21:00 Registration and welcome refreshment
Location: Pyramida Hotel - lobby

 
Monday, 25 July 2011

08:00 - 8:30 Opening addresses
Location: Pyramida Hotel Lecture Hall

08:30 - 10:00 1 session: Foundations of quantum mechanics
Location: Pyramida Hotel Lecture Hall
08:30 - 09:00 Anton Zeilinger
Recent experiments with photons: Testing the foundations of quantum physics and developing new tools for quantum information
09:00 - 09:30 Juerg Froehlich
Quantum friction and quantum Brownian motion
09:30 - 10:00 Markus Aspelmeyer
How to extend quantum experiments to massive mechanical objects: Prospects and challenges

10:00 - 10:20 Coffee break

10:20 - 12:00 2 session: Foundations of quantum mechanics
Location: Pyramida Hotel Lecture Hall
10:20 - 10:50 Gordon Baym
Two-slit diffraction with highly charged particles: Niels Bohr's consistency argument that the electromagnetic field must be quantized
10:50 - 11:20 Kimball Milton
Thermal issues in Casimir forces between conductors and semiconductors
11:20 - 11:40 Karl Hess
Hidden assumptions in proofs of Bell
11:40 - 12:00 Armen Allahverdyan, Roger Balian, and Theo Nieuwenhuizen
Dynamics in a model for quantum measurements and insight in the quantum measurement problem

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch

13:00 - 15:00 3 session: Foundations of quantum mechanics
Location: Pyramida Hotel Lecture Hall
13:00 - 13:30 Ralf Schuetzhold
Fundamental quantum effects in the laboratory
13:30 - 14:00 Ana María Cetto and Luis de la Peña
Implications of radiative corrections for the particle-zeropoint field system: establishing contact with quantum electrodynamics
14:00 - 14:30 Andrei Khrennikov
QM as theory of classical signals with noisy background
14:30 - 15:00 Victor Flambaum
Evidence for spatial variation of the fine structure constant

15:00 - 15:20 Coffee break

15:20 - 17:00 4 session: Quantum thermodynamics
Location: Pyramida Hotel Lecture Hall
15:20 - 15:50 Howard Wiseman and Raisa Karasik
Quantum jumps in non-thermal-equilibrium systems: How far beyond Einstein do we need to go?
15:50 - 16:20 Gershon Kurizki
Quantum engines via measurements on non-Markovian time scales
16:20 - 16:40 Noam Erez
Thermodynamics of quantum measurements
16:40 - 17:00 Lawrence Schulman
Non-thermodynamic behavior for non-ergodic interactions: Violation of the 0th law

17:00 - 17:45 Free time and transfer to Wallenstein Palace

17:45 - 19:30 Guided tour through Wallenstein Palace

19:30 - 23:00 Welcome party in the Wallenstein Palace Garden

 
Tuesday, 26 July 2011

08:00 - 10:00 1 session: Physics of quantum computing
Location: Pyramida Hotel Lecture Hall
08:00 - 08:30 Peter Zoller
Engineered dissipation for quantum information and many body physics
08:30 - 09:00 Y. Kubo, C. Grezes, F. R. Ong, P. Bertet, Denis Vion, V. Jacques, D. Zheng, A. Dréau, J.-F. Roch, A. Auffeves, F. Jelezko, J. Wrachtrup, M. F. Barthe, P. Bergonzo, and D. Esteve
Towards hybrid quantum circuits: Strong coupling of a spin ensemble to a superconducting resonator
09:00 - 09:30 Amnon Aharony, Shmuel Gurvitz, Ora Entin-Wohlman, and Sushanta Dattagupta
Retrieving quantum qubit information despite decoherence
09:30 - 10:00 Timothy C. Ralph, S. Jay Olson, Casey Myers, and Jacques Pienaar
Relativistic quantum information

10:00 - 10:20 Coffee break

10:20 - 12:00 2 session: Quantum measurement, entanglement and coherence
Location: Pyramida Hotel Lecture Hall
10:20 - 10:50 Barry Sanders and Alexander Hentschel
Efficient algorithm for optimizing adaptive quantum metrology processes
10:50 - 11:20 Andrew Jordan
Precision measurements and weak values
11:20 - 11:40 Oded Zilberberg, Alessandro Romito, and Yuval Gefen
Weak values in solid state systems: Charge sensing amplification and decoherence effects
11:40 - 12:00 Elisabetta Paladino, Rosario Lo Franco, Antonio D'Arrigo, and Giuseppe Falci
Degradation and protection of entanglement between solid state qubits

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch

13:00 - 15:00 3 session - A parallel: Mesoscopic systems
Location: Pyramida Hotel Lecture Hall
13:00 - 13:20 Frithjof Anders and Sebastian Schmitt
Nonequilibrium Zeeman-splitting in quantum transport through nanoscale junctions
13:20 - 13:40 Michael Galperin
Raman spectroscopy of molecular junctions
13:40 - 14:00 Sense Jan van der Molen, Constant Guedon, Hennie Valkenier, Troels Markussen, Kees Hummelen, and Kristian Thygesen
Quantum interference in molecular junctions
14:00 - 14:20 Fabio Taddei, Sebastiano Peotta, Fabrizio Dolcini, Marco Gibertini, Marco Polini, Diego Rainis, Lev B. Ioffe, Rosario Fazio, and Allan H. MacDonald
Blockade and counterflow supercurrent in exciton-condensate Josephson junctions
14:20 - 14:40 Avraham Schiller
From the adiabatic to the anti-adiabtic regime of phonon-assisted tunneling
14:40 - 15:00 Frank Hekking, Laëtitia Pascal, and Hervé Courtois
Circuit approach to photonic heat transport

13:00 - 15:00 3 session - B parallel: Quantum optics
Location: Pyramida Hotel Cinema Hall
13:00 - 13:20 E. Saglamyurek, N. Sinclair, J. Jin, Joshua A. Slater, D. Oblak, F. Bussières, M. George, R. Ricken, W. Sohler, and W. Tittel
Broadband waveguide quantum memory for entangled photons
13:20 - 13:40 Anil K. Patnaik, Sukesh Roy, and James R. Gord
Ultrafast thermometry using quantum coherence
13:40 - 14:00 Radim Filip and Petr Marek
Quantum and semiclassical noiseless amplifier
14:00 - 14:20 Jeremy Amstrong, Nikolaj Zinner, Dmitri Fedorov, and Aksel Jensen
Bound states in multilayers of cold polar molecules
14:20 - 14:40 Mark Fox
Phonon damping and renormalization of Rabi oscillations in InGaAs quantum dots
14:40 - 15:00 Howard Carmichael, David Norris, Luis Orozco, and Pablo Barberis-Blostein
Elastic light scattering from multi-level atoms: Ground-state quantum beats and evolution of coherence through quantum jumps

15:20 - 18:30 Free time and transfer to St. Simon and Juda Church

18:30 - 22:20 Evening session: Public lecture of Martin Rees and concert
Location: St. Simon and Juda Church

18:30 - 18:45 Music introduction and opening address

18:45 - 20:00 Public lecture
18:45 - 19:45 Martin Rees
From Big Bang to biospheres

19:45 - 20:00 Discussion after the lecture of Martin Rees

20:00 - 20:20 Break

20:20 - 21:10 Concert of classical music - first part

21:10 - 21:30 Break

21:30 - 22:20 Concert of classical music - second part

 
Wednesday, 27 July 2011

08:00 - 10:00 1 session: Nonequilibrium quantum statistical physics
Location: Pyramida Hotel Lecture Hall
08:00 - 08:30 Ulrich Weiss
Nonlinear quantum transport and noise statistics
08:30 - 09:00 Yuli Nazarov
Flows of quantum information quantities
09:00 - 09:30 Yoseph Imry
Slow relaxation and aging in the electron glass
09:30 - 10:00 Tamar Seideman
Driven electrons in strong laser fields

10:00 - 10:20 Coffee break

10:20 - 12:00 2 session - A parallel: Foundations of quantum mechanics
Location: Pyramida Hotel Lecture Hall A
10:20 - 10:40 Kristel Michielsen, Thomas Lippert, Marcus Richter, Bernard Barbara, Seiji Miyashita, and Hans De Raedt
Testing the applicability of quantum theory to event-based processes
10:40 - 11:00 Hans De Raedt, Kristel Michielsen, and Fengping Jin
Towards a corpuscular event-by-event simulation of optical phenomena
11:00 - 11:20 Luis de la Peña, Ana María Cetto, and Andrea Valdés-Hernández
Quantum nonlocality revisited from the point of view of a local stochastic theory
11:20 - 11:40 Čestmír ©imáně
Mesic forces in quantum mechanics
11:40 - 12:00 Miloą Lokajíček
Controversy between Einstein and Bohr after 75 years, its actual solution and the consequences for the present

10:20 - 12:00 2 session - B parallel: Mesoscopic systems
Location: Pyramida Hotel Lecture Hall B
10:20 - 10:40 Olov Karlström, Jonas N. Pedersen, Peter Samuelsson, and Andreas Wacker
Coherent tunneling and canyon of current suppression in quantum dots
10:40 - 11:00 Florian Bauer, Jan Heyder, David Borowski, Enrico Schubert, Daniela Taubert, Dieter Schuh, Werner Wegscheider, Stefan Ludwig, and Jan von Delft
The 0.7-anomaly in quantum point contacts: Evidence for a Nozières' Fermi liquid
11:00 - 11:20 Daniel Sheehan
Diodic electric fields in NEMS/MEMS devices: Toward a solid-state second law challenge
11:20 - 11:40 Peter Keefe
Relaxation phenomena in the adiabatic phase transition of Type I superconductor particles
11:40 - 12:00 Howard Brandt
Microcausality in quantum field theory

10:20 - 12:00 2 session - C parallel: Dissipation, noise and decoherence
Location: Pyramida Hotel Conference Room 3
10:20 - 10:40 Andrew Armour
Noise properties of cavity-driven mechanical oscillations
10:40 - 11:00 Tomáą Novotný, Federica Haupt, and Wolfgang Belzig
Inelastic effects on the electronic current noise through nanojunctions
11:00 - 11:20 Lea Santos
Quantum chaos and thermalization in isolated many-body systems
11:20 - 11:40 Andrei Zaikin and Andrew Semenov
Persistent current noise and electron-electron interactions
11:40 - 12:00 Francesco Petruccione
Open quantum random walks

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch

13:00 - 15:00 3 session - A parallel: Nonequilibrium quantum statistical physics
Location: Pyramida Hotel Lecture Hall A
13:00 - 13:20 James Freericks, Wen Shen, Brian Moritz, Thomas Devereaux, and Hulikal Krishnamurthy
Theory of time-resolved photoemission spectroscopy
13:20 - 13:40 Peter Schmitteckert
Transport in and through correlated nanostructures: A density matrix renormalization group perspective
13:40 - 14:00 Rafael Sánchez and Markus Büttiker
Transport from hot spots
14:00 - 14:20 Bozidar Novakovic and Irena Knezevic
Transient-regime transport in nanostructures
14:20 - 14:40 Ines Safi and Philippe Joyez
Time-dependent theory of non-linear response and current fluctuations

13:00 - 15:00 3 session - B parallel: Mesoscopic systems
Location: Pyramida Hotel Lecture Hall B
13:00 - 13:20 Joachim Ankerhold, Jürgen Stockburger, Rebecca Schmidt, Antonio Negretti, and Tommaso Calarco
Optimal control of open quantum systems in non-Markovian environments
13:20 - 13:40 Fabrice Debbasch and Giuseppe di Molfetta
Continuous limit of discrete time quantum walks
13:40 - 14:00 Dragos Victor Anghel
A new paradigm to describe mesoscopic systems by employing fractional exclusion statistics
14:00 - 14:20 Sigmund Kohler
Graphene ratchets
14:20 - 14:40 Jerzy Łuczka and Michał Januszewski
Indirect control of anomalous transport in a system of two coupled Brownian particles
14:40 - 15:00 Jiří J. Mareą, Václav ©pička, Pavel Hubík, Jaroslav ©esták, Jiří Stávek, and Jozef Kriątofik
Quantum thermostatics and generalization of Wien's law

13:00 - 15:00 3 session - C parallel: Spins systems, cold atoms, quantum optics
Location: Pyramida Hotel Conference Room 3
13:00 - 13:20 Gilles Montambaux
Engineering of Dirac cones in two-dimensional crystals
13:20 - 13:40 Thomas Schmidt, Adilet Imambekov, and Leonid Glazman
Spin-charge separation in one-dimensional fermion systems beyond Luttinger liquid theory
13:40 - 14:00 Jorge Dukelsky, Stefan Rombouts, Gerardo Ortiz, and Sergio Lerma
Phase diagram of the integrable px+ipy fermionic superfluid
14:00 - 14:20 Alexander Altland
Anderson transition in the cold atom kicked rotor
14:20 - 14:40 Norbert Kroo
Some novelties in nonlinear plasmonics
14:40 - 15:00 Yuri Rostovtsev
Mechanism of anomalous heating of trapped ions

15:00 - 15:20 Coffee break

15:20 - 17:00 4 session - A parallel: Physics of quantum computing
Location: Pyramida Hotel Lecture Hall A
15:20 - 15:40 Jens Koch
Superconducting qubits grow up: Quantum coherence in circuits with many degrees of freedom
15:40 - 16:00 Alex Retzker, Martin Plenio, Christof Wunderlich, Anders Varon, Michael Johanning, Ingo Baumgart, and Naula Timoney
Quantum computing with magnetic insensitive states
16:00 - 16:20 Robert O'Connell
Entanglement and coherence: Differences and similarities
16:20 - 16:40 Igor Pikovski, Michael Vanner, Markus Aspelmeyer, Caslav Brukner, and Myungshik Kim
Probing the canonical commutator of massive mechanical oscillators
16:40 - 17:00 Christoph Bruder
Quantum control of interacting qubits

15:20 - 17:00 4 session - B parallel: Spin systems, dissipation and noise
Location: Pyramida Hotel Lecture Hall B
15:20 - 15:40 Ora Entin-Wohlman
Spin-polarized electric currents in quantum transport
15:40 - 16:00 Vadim Cheianov, Volodya Fal'ko, and Yury Sherkunov
Statistical mechanics of magnetic impurities on graphene
16:00 - 16:20 Doron Cohen and Daniel Hurowitz
Quantum vs stochastic non-equilibrium steady state of driven systems
16:20 - 16:40 Boris Fine and Kai Ji
Emergence of non-thermal statistics in isolated many-particle quantum systems after multiple perturbations
16:40 - 17:00 Ivan Levkivskyi and Eugene Sukhorukov
Energy relaxation at the quantum Hall edge

15:20 - 17:00 4 session - C parallel: Cosmology, gravitation and astrophysics
Location: Pyramida Hotel Conference Room 3
15:20 - 15:40 Rudy Schild
Observations of Black Holes show the possibility of a widely separated accretion disk
15:40 - 16:00 Fumio Abe
MOA II gravitational microlensing survey
16:00 - 16:20 Hao Liu and Ti-Pei Li
Systematical effects in WMAP data and looking forward to the Planck data release
16:20 - 16:40 Carl H. Gibson
Hydro-gravitational-dynamics of the cosmological big bang and the biological big bang
16:40 - 17:00 Hagen Kleinert
The purely geometric part of ``dark matter'' -- A fresh playground for ``string theory''

17:00 - 20:00 Poster session
Location: Pyramida Hotel - first floor

17:00 - 20:00 Refreshment

20:00 - 23:00 Jazz concert
Location: Pyramida Hotel Cinema Hall

 
Thursday, 28 July 2011

08:00 - 10:00 1 Session: Quantum optics
Location: Pyramida Hotel Lecture Hall
08:00 - 08:30 Immanuel Bloch
Controlling and imaging quantum gases at the single atom level
08:30 - 09:00 Thomas Udem, Maximilian Herrmann, Sebastian Knünz, Valentin Batteiger, Guido Saathoff, and Kerry Vahala
A phonon laser
09:00 - 09:30 Gerd Schön
Lasing and transport in a quantum dot-resonator circuit
09:30 - 10:00 Helmut Rauch
Hadron interferometry with neutrons

10:00 - 10:20 Coffee break

10:20 - 12:00 2 session: Macroscopic quantum behaviour and cold atoms
Location: Pyramida Hotel Lecture Hall
10:20 - 10:50 Linda Elizabeth Reichl and Erich D. Gust
Relaxation processes in a Bose-Einstein condensate
10:50 - 11:20 Fernando Sols
Quantum transport of cold atoms
11:20 - 11:40 Eric Akkermans, Gerald Dunne, and Alexander Teplyaev
Bose-Einstein condensation, Casimir forces and quantum optics on fractal structures
11:40 - 12:00 Stephanie Reimann
Dipolar quantum gases from a few-body perspective

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch

13:00 - 15:00 3 session: Macroscpic quantum behaviour, interference, dissipation and noise
Location: Pyramida Hotel Lecture Hall
13:00 - 13:30 Pascal Simon, Francois Crépin, and Gergely Zarand
Bose Fermi mixture in a disordered one dimension potential: The Bose Fermi glass
13:30 - 14:00 Benjamin Gschösser, Immo N. Söllner, Patrick Mai, Zoltán Vörös, and Gregor Weihs
Multi-order interference and Born's rule
14:00 - 14:30 Wolfgang Belzig and Adam Bednorz
Quasiprobability and quantum paradoxes in electronic counting statistics
14:30 - 15:00 Aveek Bid, Nissim Ofek, Hiro Inoue, Merav Dolev, Yaron Gross, Charles Kane, Vladimir Umansky, Diana Mahalu, and Moty Heiblum
Observation of `neutral modes' in the QHE regime via shot noise measurements

15:00 - 18:30 Free time and transfer to Rudolfinum

18:30 - 21:40 Evening session: Public lecture of Claude Cohen-Tannoudji and concert
Location: Rudolfinum - Dvořák's Hall

18:30 - 18:45 Music introduction and opening address

18:45 - 20:00 Public lecture
18:45 - 19:45 Claude Cohen-Tannoudji
Laser manipulation of atoms

19:45 - 20:00 Discussion after the lecture of Claude Cohen-Tannoudji

20:00 - 20:20 Break

20:20 - 21:40 Concert of classical music

 
Friday, 29 July 2011

08:00 - 10:00 1 session: Spin systems and their dynamics
Location: Pyramida Hotel Lecture Hall
08:00 - 08:30 Yoram Alhassid
The coexistence of superconductivity and ferromagnetism in nanoscale metallic grains
08:30 - 09:00 Dietrich Belitz and Ted Kirkpatrick
Phases, broken symmetries, and Goldstone modes in helical magnets
09:00 - 09:20 Ted Kirkpatrick
Generic non-Fermi-liquid behavior in metallic helimagnets
09:20 - 09:40 Thomas Vojta, Paul Goldbart, Priyanka Mohan, Rajesh Narayanan, and John Toner
Anomalously elastic, intermediate phase in randomly layered superfluids, superconductors, and planar magnets
09:40 - 10:00 Branislav K. Nikolic, Farzad Mahfouzi, John Q. Xiao, and Naoto Nagaosa
Spin pumping in magnetic tunnel junctions and topological insulators: Theory and experiment

10:00 - 10:20 Coffee break

10:20 - 12:00 2 session: Non-equilibrium statistical physics
Location: Pyramida Hotel Lecture Hall
10:20 - 10:50 Miguel Rubi
Mesoscopic non-equilibrium thermodynamics
10:50 - 11:20 Udo Seifert
Optimization in stochastic thermodynamics: Efficiency of nano-machines (at maximum power)
11:20 - 11:40 Eric Lutz and Sebastian Deffner
Nonequilibrium entropy production for open quantum systems
11:40 - 12:00 Jens Eisert
Relaxation, thermalization, and a quantum algorithm to prepare Gibbs states

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch

13:00 - 15:00 3 session: Non-equilibrium statistical physics
Location: Pyramida Hotel Lecture Hall
13:00 - 13:30 Pawel Danielewicz, Arnau Rios, Brent Barker, and Mark Buchler
Advancing quantum transport for nuclear reactions
13:30 - 14:00 Stefano Sanvito
Electron transport in large systems including fluctuating environment and many body effects
14:00 - 14:30 Antti-Pekka Jauho, Tue Gunst, Jing Tao Lü, Mads Brandbyge, and Troels Rasmussen
Heat conduction in nanostructured graphene
14:30 - 15:00 Dietrich Kremp, Thomas Bornath, and Dirk Semkat
Bound states in non-equilibrium statistical physics

15:00 - 15:20 Coffee break

15:20 - 17:20 4 session: Quantum measurement, entanglement and coherence
Location: Pyramida Hotel Lecture Hall
15:20 - 15:50 Dirk Bouwmeester
Towards quantum superpositions of a mirror
15:50 - 16:20 Paul G. Kwiat, Aditya Sharma, and Kevin McCusker
Finding hidden entanglement
16:20 - 16:40 Julien Laurat
Quantum-to-classical transition of single-photon counters
16:40 - 17:00 Jean-Daniel Bancal, Denis Rosset, Nicolas Gisin, Yeong-Cherng Liang, and Stefano Pironio
Device independent witnesses for genuine multipartite entanglement
17:00 - 17:20 Bruno Sanguinetti, Enrico Pomarico, Pavel Sekatski, Hugo Zbinden, and Nicolas Gisin
Can one see entanglement?

17:20 - 18:30 Free time and transfer to Prague Castle

18:30 - 24:00 Conference dinner and concert
Location: Prague Castle - Vikárka Restaurant and St. Vitus Cathedral

18:30 - 20:30 First part of the conference dinner

20:30 - 21:50 Concert in St. Vitus Cathedral

21:50 - 24:00 Second part of the conference dinner

 
Saturday, 30 July 2011

08:00 - 10:00 1 session: Biological systems, molecular motors
Location: Pyramida Hotel Lecture Hall
08:00 - 08:30 Andrew White
Simulating quantum systems in biology, chemistry and physics
08:30 - 09:00 Stefan Klumpp
Mechanisms and economy of molecular machines
09:00 - 09:30 Hans Frauenfelder, Robert D. Young, and Paul W. Fenimore
Quasielastic spectra in the Mössbauer effect and neutron scattering
09:30 - 10:00 Michael Bonitz
Strongly correlated few-fermion systems: From equilibrium properties to ultrafast dynamics

10:00 - 10:20 Coffee break

10:20 - 12:00 2 session: Foundations of quantum mechanics, macroscopic quantum behavior
Location: Pyramida Hotel Lecture Hall
10:20 - 10:50 Arkady Plotnitsky
What is quantum field theory, technologically, mathematically, and philosophically?
10:50 - 11:20 Raymond Y. Chiao, Stephen J. Minter, and Kirk Wegter-McNelly
Generation of gravitational radiation via superluminal quantum mass currents
11:20 - 11:40 Stephen J. Minter, Kirk Wegter-McNelly, and Raymond Y. Chiao
Using macroscopic discontinuities in magnetic susceptibility within a loop of type-II superconducting wire to measure global decoherence rate
11:40 - 12:00 Václav ©pička, Anděla Kalvová, and Bedřich Velický
Fast dynamics of molecular bridges

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch

13:00 - 14:20 3 session: Patent law, mesoscopic systems
Location: Pyramida Hotel Lecture Hall
13:00 - 13:20 William Blackman and Peter Keefe
International intellectual property issues of concern to scientists
13:20 - 13:50 Yaroslav M. Blanter
Backaction and self-oscillations in nanomechanical systems
13:50 - 14:20 Aashish Clerk
Full counting statistics of phonon and photon shot noise fluctuations

14:20 - 14:35 Closing address
Location: Pyramida Hotel Lecture Hall