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Frontiers of Quantum Simulation with Synthetic Systems

Workshop | Monday, November 30, 2020 - Friday, December 11, 2020
Leonardo Fallani (University of Florence)
Mohammad Hafezi (University of Maryland)
Tommaso Macrì (Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte)
Cristiane Morais Smith (Utrecht University )




The simulation of quantum mechanics is a difficult computational problem, especially when concerning systems with a large number of degrees of freedom. However, this difficulty may be overcome by using some tunable quantum system to study another less controllable or accessible quantum system, in other words by quantum simulation. Nowadays quantum simulation is an exceptionally vivid field of research embracing several areas of physics, ranging from atomic, molecular, and optical physics, to condensed-matter, nuclear, gravitational and high-energy physics, as well as quantum information science. Advances in the quantum optical manipulation of atoms, molecules and solid-state devices have enabled the realization of experimental platforms whose exquisite control permits systematic investigations of complex many-body phenomena and their potential applications. Current progress continues to generate new challenges for experiments as well as for the theoretical description and conceptualization of such synthetic many-body systems.


These spectacular results have opened new directions of research and more ambitious challenges. The purpose of this event is to bring together young and experienced researchers in the rapidly developing field of quantum simulation with different synthetic platforms: ultracold atoms, photonic systems and electronic materials. The goal will be to allow a close interaction among them and to develop fresh ideas in a pleasant scientific environment. The conference will be divided into a school dedicated to young scientists entering the field, and an international workshop where the latest developments and major challenges, as well as the new directions, will be targeted and discussed. 




  • Quantum simulation with Cold Atom platforms
    Topological states with cold atoms
    Long-range interacting systems
    Large-spin systems and spinor physics
    Transport and dynamics in low-dimensional systems
    Quantum metrology and sensing


  • Quantum simulation with Photonic platforms
    Topology in photonics platforms
    Strong photon-photon interactions
    Synthetic gauge fields
    Many-body localization
    Chiral quantum optics
    Generation of interacting cluster state simulation
  • Quantum simulation with Electronic platforms
    Fractals in electronic systems
    Electronic topological insulators and superconductors
    Higher bands
    Collinear and non-collinear magnetism
    Topological defects
    Interaction effects




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Registration deadline: September 30, 2020



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Students = R$ 400 Brazilian reais

Postdocs/Professionals = R$ 800 Brazilian reais

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** Information about lodging will be posted soon.


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