Current trends in open and nonequilibrium quantum optical systems

Workshop – 16 to 18 of July, 2018
Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (Erlangen, Germany)

From early on, quantum optics distinguished itself from other quantum disciplines for dealing with systems out of equilibrium (e.g., driven by lasers) that exchange energy and information with their environments. Hence, it has always been at the forefront in the field of open and nonequilibrium quantum systems. The significant theoretical and experimental achievements of the last decades, together with the promise of revolutionary quantum technologies (which will be implemented in quantum optical settings ultimately described as open and nonequilibrium systems), have put this field in the spotlight. By now, it has turned into a broad collection of different disciplines ranging from the most abstract to the most practical, and gathering physicists, mathematicians, engineers, computer scientists, etc.

This workshop aims at bringing the community together, and intends to gather a representation of all these broad range of disciplines that synergistically make up modern quantum optics. The list of topics includes, but is not restricted to:

  • Advances in theoretical and mathematical tools for open and/or nonequilibrium systems, including phase-space techniques, effective theories, Gaussian approximations and controlled non-Gaussian extensions, Keldysh formalism, tensor-network states, etc.
  • Advances in experimental platforms, including nonlinear optical cavities, integrated photonics, superconducting circuits, atomic systems, mechanical devices, quantum dots, defects in solid-state, 2D materials, exciton polaritons, etc.
  • Applications for quantum technologies, including quantum computation and simulation, quantum metrology, and quantum communication.
  • Many-body systems out of equilibrium and/or in the presence of dissipation.
  • Dissipative and/or dynamical phase transitions.
  • Topological phenomena and their extensions to open and/or nonequilibrium systems.
  • Low-dimensional, structured, and/or chiral environments.
  • Quantum thermodynamics.
  • Non-Markovian dynamics, feedback, and/or continuous monitoring of open systems.

Carlos Navarrete-Benlloch (main contact person: email)
Florian Marquardt
Gesine Murphy (administrative support)


Download the group photo here.

Invited speakers:
Monika Aidelsburger (LMU Munich, Germany)
Jan Carl Budich (TU Dresden, Germany)
Iacopo Carusotto (
INO-CNR BEC Center, Trento, Italy)
Johannes Fink (IST, Vienna, Austria)
Alejandro González-Tudela (MPI of Quantum Optics, Garching, Germany)
Simon Gröblacher (TU Delft, The Netherlands)
Markus Heyl (MPI for the Physics of Complex Systems,  Dresden, Germany)
Zaki Leghtas (Mines ParisTech, Paris, France)
Johannes Majer (TU Vienna, Austria)
Anja Metelmann (Free University of Berlin, Germany)
Giovanna Morigi (Saarland University, Germany)
Christine Muschik (University of Waterloo, Canada)
Beatriz Olmos (University of Nottingham, UK)
Hannes Pichler (Harvard University, MA USA)
Tao Shi (Institute of Theoretical Physics, Beijing, China)
Christine Silberhorn (Padeborn University, Germany)

Karolina Słowik (Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, Poland)
Andreas Wallraff (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)

Contributed speakers:
Matteo Brunelli (University of Cambridge, UK)
Inés de Vega (LMU Munich, Germany)
Augustine Kshetrimayum (Free University of Berlin, Germany)
Jonas Larson (Stockholm University, Sweden)
Amit Rai (NIT Rourkela, India)
Markus Schmitt (MPI for the Physics of Complex Systems,  Dresden, Germany)
Nathan Shammah (RIKEN, Saitama, Japan)
Swati Singh (Williams College, MA, USA)
Kanupriya Sinha (MPI for the Physics of Complex Systems,  Dresden, Germany)

The workshop will run from Monday 16th at 9:30 to Wednesday 18th at 15:05pm. Feel free to take a look at the concise schedule or the full book of abstracts.

When and Where: Monday to Wednesday, July 16 – 18, 2018, at the brand new building of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen, Germany.

Registration Information:
Registration is free of charge, but the number of spots is limited. Hence we encourage you to register as soon as possible by sending an email to Gesine Murphy with the following information:

1) Full Name
2) Institution
3) Do you want to apply for a talk? (deadline Sunday, May 13)
We have a few slots available for contributed talks. Provide a title and abstract (length and style at your discretion, but below two pages), or refer to your published article or preprint.
4) Will you be presenting a poster? All participants are welcome to do so (unlimited number).

Applicants for contributed talks will be informed of the outcome by Wednesday, May 16. Registration will stay open until Friday, June 22.

All lunches and Monday’s dinner are included.
All participants are welcome to attend the conference dinner on Tuesday at their.

Accommodation options:
While you can find several options for hotels or short-term rentals in the usual sites, here are a few hotel recommendations that can help you:
AB Hotel (very reasonably priced)
Hotel König Humbert (also reasonably priced)
Hotel Brasserie

You can find here the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light. It is in the south campus of Erlangen, about 30-40 minutes walk from the city center, but easy to reach by bus or bike.
In order to find the best routes and bus schedules, we recommend downloading the VGN app for public transportation in the Erlangen/Nuremberg area. Google Maps usually does a good job too, although the bus schedules might not be updated, so combine it with the VGN app.