Quantum Physics Beyond Simple Systems: Complex Dynamics, Decoherence, Topology and Information: January 29-February 4, 2012

Condensed matter physics has evolved greatly in recent years from studying bulk properties of naturally occurring materials to constructing complex materials and systems not found in nature, and to controlling rather than observing quantum mechanics. This dramatic broadening has been accompanied by corresponding advancement in experimental and theoretical tools.

Diversification has enriched the subject greatly but has also lead to specialization that inhibits understanding and progress. This symposium aims to develop a more unified view of quantum mechanics in these new systems. The focus will be on the most rapidly advancing fronts, with the goal of applying breakthroughs in one area to barriers to progress in others.

Topics to be addressed include out-of-equilibrium quantum states, graphene and similar materials, topology and Majorana physics, quantum Hall states, and qubits and entanglement. We also plan to conclude the symposium with an informal discussion of open problems across condensed matter physics.


Igor Aleiner Columbia University
Boris Altshuler Columbia University
Piet Brouwer Dahlem Center for Complex Quantum Systems
Sankar Das Sarma University of Maryland
Vladimir Falko Lancaster University
Matthew Fisher University of California, Santa Barbara
Michael Freedman Microsoft Station Q
Andre Geim The University of Manchester
Leonid Glazman Yale University
Bertrand Halperin Harvard University
Leo Kouwenhoven Delft University of Technology
Leonid Levitov Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Daniel Loss University of Basel
Charles Marcus Harvard University
Eugene John Mele University of Pennsylvania
Adiel Stern Weizmann Institute of Science
Amir Yacoby Harvard University

Agenda & Slides

Monday, January 30

Tuesday, January 31

Wednesday, February 1

Thursday, February 2

Friday, February 3