579. WE-Heraeus Seminar: Quo vadis Bose-Einstein-Condensation?

Quo vadis Bose-Einstein-Condensation?

Tu, 16.12.2014 14:00  –   Sa, 20.12.2014 12:40
A. Pelster (TU Kaiserslautern), C. Sá de Melo (Gatech Atlanta/USA)
Physikzentrum Bad Honnef
Hauptstr. 5, 53604 Bad Honnef, Germany

Event partner:
Wilhelm and Else Heraeus-Foundation
Contact person:
Axel Pelster,


Quo vadis BEC? V


Since 1995, when Bose-Einstein condensation in ultracold atomic gases has been realized experimentally, there has been a number of further substantial breakthroughs. Today, systems of ultracold bosonic and/or fermionic quantum gases allow for experimental control on a very high level concerning, e.g., the underlying trap geometry and the interaction strength. Moreover, they lend themselves to precise theoretical calculations of their static and dynamic properties, thus leading to highly accurate comparisons of experiment and theory. Ultracold atomic and molecular matter can be employed to provide practically ideal realizations of paradigmatically important many-body models considered in various fields, such as atomic and molecular physics, solid-state physics, and even nuclear physics. The high degree of control over the interatomic interactions also allows to probe quantum fluids in regimes and under conditions hitherto unavailable. Thus, at present, the field of ultracold quantum gases is extremely active, and expanding in many different directions. In particular, a new area of research is forming itself on the borderlines between atomic and molecular physics, quantum optics, and condensed matter physics.

This seminar, which will bring together about 80 participants in December 2014, will provide a comprehensive survey of the different facets of this rapidly evolving subject. Leading international experts will review the present status of the most promising developments concerning ultracold quantum gases from both the experimental and the theoretical point of view, and will discuss future trends and perspectives. Participants are invited to present their current research in two poster sessions. In addition, 8 outstanding contributions will be selected for shorter talks.

Thus, the seminar will foster the exchange of information in this fast-developing field at the frontier of contemporary physics, and provide ample opportunity for scientific discussions. Similar to the previous workshops

Quo vadis BEC? I;
Free University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany,
October 27 -- 29, 2006

422nd Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Seminar Quo vadis BEC? II;
Physikzentrum, Bad Honnef, Germany,
October 29 -- 31, 2008

Summer School and Workshop Quo vadis BEC? III;
Max-Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany,
August 2 -- 20, 2010

514th Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Seminar Quo vadis BEC? IV;
Physikzentrum, Bad Honnef, Germany,
August 21 -- 25, 2012

it is also intended to initiate future collaborations amongst the participants.

Invited Speakers:

Vanderlei Bagnato
Sao Carlos, Brazil

Immanuel Bloch
Munich, Germany

Ippei Danshita
Kyoto, Japan

André Eckardt
Dresden, Germany

Francesca Ferlaino
Innsbruck, Austria

Chris Greene
West Lafayette, USA

Jason Ho
Columbus, USA

Markus Holzmann
Paris, France

Vincent Josse
Palaiseau, France

Michael Köhl
Bonn, Germany

Yonko Millev
PRL Editor

Silke Ospelkaus
Hannover, Germany

Tilman Pfau
Stuttgart, Germany

Christophe Salomon
Paris, France

Klaus Sengstock
Hamburg, Germany

Ian Spielman
Gaithersburg, USA

Boris Svistunov
Amherst, USA

Makoto Tsubota
Osaka, Japan

Susanne Viefers
Oslo, Norway

Artur Widera
Kaiserslautern, Germany