619. WE-Heraeus-Seminar: Quantum Speed Limits

Quantum Speed Limits

Tu, 07.06.2016 17:00  –   Fr, 10.06.2016 12:15
Tommaso Calarco (U Ulm), Jacob Sherson (U Aarhus/DK)
Physikzentrum Bad Honnef
Hauptstr. 5, 53604 Bad Honnef, Germany

Event partner:
Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation
Contact person:
Tommaso Calarco,


619. Wilhelm und Else Heraeus-Seminar
Quantum Speed Limits
Physikzentrum Bad Honnef,
June 8 - 10, 2016

Scientific organizers: Tommaso Calarco and Jacob Friis Sherson

This seminar is funded by the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation.

Scientific background
Despite the prominent role that time-dependent, non-equilibrium quantum dynamics plays in contemporary physics, a series of open questions still exist concerning its limits in various aspects. One property recently emerged as best summarizing in a unified way the answer to most of these questions is the "Quantum Speed Limit", defined as the minimum time scale that it would take for a given system under the influence of a given set of external controls to perform a given evolution in its quantum state.

Pushing quantum evolution to its limits was originally a question of mainly fundamental interest, but it quickly acquired a relevant applied dimension, as quantum technological applications increasingly seek to achieve high-fidelity operation of qubit processing over the shortest possible time scale in order to prevent the interaction with the environment from deteriorating the coherence process.

It is the goal of the 619. Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Seminar to advance the state-of-art of the "Quantum Speed Limit" and to build a community around this topic by bringing together experienced researchers of various fields working on related topics. In addition, we want to give PhD students and young postdoctoral researchers an introduction to this new and rapidly developing field.
In particular, we will cover the topics of

Fundamental Aspects

Open Quantum Systems


Quantum Optimal Control

Many-Body Systems

For each of these topics we have been able to attract lecturers whose pioneering work has formed these fields.