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Frontiers of Quantum and Mesoscopic Thermodynamics

18-24 July 2021, Prague, Czech Republic

Scope and Topics


FQMT'21 is the next event of the series of the previous, successful Prague conferences "Frontiers of Quantum and Mesoscopic Thermodynamics". The title of the conference is historical and survives due to tradition. Today its meaning corresponds only partly to the actual topics of the FQMT'21 conference, see below.

The contributions from the previous conferences are published in Physica E, vol. 29 (1-2), 2005, Physica E, vol. 42 (3), 2010, Physica Scripta vol. T151, 2012, Physica Scripta vol. T165, 2015, Fortschritte der Physik (Progress of Physics), vol. 65, 2017, and The European Physical Journal Special Topics, vol. 227, no. 15-16, 2019. For the history and details of the programs of the FQMT conferences, see FQMT history.



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Scope of the Conference

The main goal of the conference is to contribute to a better understanding of the behavior of quantum systems out of equilibrium. To reach this aim we also need to improve our knowledge of systems in equilibrium and steady state situations. The conference will thus address foundations of quantum physics, quantum many body physics, statistical physics, and thermodynamics relying on the theoretical and experimental methods of condensed matter physics and quantum optics. The systems considered will be mainly on the order of mesoscopic (nanoscale) size, and include those of both natural and artificial origin. Special attention will be given to non-equilibrium quantum systems, physics of quantum information and manifestation of quantum effects in biological systems. Subjects from astrophysics, gravitation or cosmology related to the above scope will also be included.


Multidisciplinary Character of the Conference

The aim of FQMT'21 is to create a bridge between the fields of non-equilibrium statistical physics, quantum many body physics, foundations of quantum physics, quantum thermodynamics, quantum optics, physics of quantum information, astrophysics, condensed matter physics, physics of mesoscopic systems, chemical physics and biophysics.

Following the tradition of the FQMT conferences, FQMT'21 will again bring together a unique combination of both young and experienced scientists across a disciplinary spectrum covering the above mentioned topics. The interdisciplinary character of the conference will be supported by the choice of key speakers who, apart from their specializations, are not only able to report specific results within their fields, but are also able to discuss the state of the art of their fields from the standpoint of a broader perspective of overlap with other fields. It is an objective to gather important scientists from overlapping branches of physics who can mutually benefit from the exchange of different views and ideas, experiences from studies of many different systems and various theoretical and experimental approaches to the study of current problems in physics. It is intended that this arrangement of the scientific program of the conference will again significantly contribute to the formulation of challenging questions and problems, as well as their related answers that are nowadays essential to improve the understanding of the foundations of quantum physics, many body physics, quantum statistical physics of systems far from equilibrium, the physics of nanoscale and biological systems, and further, will motivate new collaboration and intensive discussions between experts from differing fields of physics, chemistry, and biology.


Musical, Art and Social Programs

In keeping with the multidisciplinary character of the scientific program, the cultural richness of the city of Prague and the tradition of the previous FQMT conferences, the FQMT'21 program will again feature concerts of classical and jazz music performed by world-class musicians, held at outstanding venues of the city. The scientific, the fine arts, and the musical programs are intended as a complement to one another, where scientists, historians of the arts and musicians are encouraged to mingle and share their knowledge and experience.

An encompassing social program is planned which will include tours and a number of very special events unavailable to the general tourist.