514th WE-Heraeus Seminar


Bad Honnef
August 21 - 25, 2012



Quo vadis BEC? IV



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 August 2012, 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

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




Travel Information Bad Honnef



Research Topics

Strong Correlations
Dipolar Quantum Gases
Quantum Information
Disorder Effects
Spinor BEC
Degenerate Fermions
BEC/BCS crossover
Spin-Orbit Fields
Vortices and Transport


Invited Speakers

Gerhard Birkl

Darmstadt, Germany  

Jean Dalibard

Paris, France  

József Fortágh

Tübingen, Germany  

Kristian Helmerson

Monash, Australia  

Walter Hofstetter

Frankfurt, Germany  

Martin Holthaus

Oldenburg, Germany  

Randy Hulet

Houston, USA  

Manfred Mark

Innsbruck, Austria  

Giovanni Modugno

Firence, Italy  

Tilman Pfau

Stuttgart, Germany  

Laurent Sanchez-Palencia

Paris, France  

Luis Santos

Hannover, Germany  

Klaus Sengstock

Hamburg, Germany  

Kangjun Seo

Atlanta, USA  

Herwig Ott

Kaiserslautern, Germany  

Sandro Stringari

Trento, Italy  

David Thouless

Seattle, USA  

Martin Weitz

Bonn, Germany  

Ross Williams

Gaithersburg, USA  

Vyacheslav Yukalov

Dubna, Russia  

Wei Zhang

Beijing, China    


Preliminary program:

Program from August 15, 2012

List of Posters from August 15, 2012

Participants joined for a group photograph:


Latest news:

- The 514th Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Seminar Quo vadis BEC? IV will be funded by the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation.
- There will be no registration fee for participants. Lodging and meals will be fully covered at the Physikzentrum, Bad Honnef.
- Studens and reseachers, who would like to attend the 514th Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Seminar Quo vadis BEC? IV, should send an informal email to
axel.pelster ad fu-berlin.de
until June 8, 2012. In case that you would like to present a poster, please send its title.
- The accepted participants will be informed by the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation after the deadline June 8, 2012.
- Note that the 514th Wilhelm and Else Heraes Seminar will start on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 17.00 and will end on Saturday, August 25, 2012 after lunch time.

Satellite event:

- The integrated College for the Advancement of Postgraduate Education of the Collaborative Research Center SFB/TR 49 Condensed Matter Systems with Variable Many-Body Interactions, organizes the Summer School "Low-Dimensional Many-Body Quantum Systems", which will be open for international registration.
- The Sommer School takes place at the Hotel Deutscher Hof in Trier before the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Seminar in the period from Thursday, August 16, 2012 until Tuesday, August 21, 2012. Further information and registration details are available at the homepage.


Scientific Organizers:

Axel Pelster
Fachbereich Physik
Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
67663 Kaiserslautern, Germany
axel.pelster ad physik.uni-kl.de   
phone: 0049-631-205-2270
fax: 0049-631-205-3907
Carlos Sa de Melo
School of Physics
Georgia Institute of Technology
837 State Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0430, USA
carlos.sademelo[ad]physics.gatech.edu phone: 001-404-894-5088
fax: 001-404-894-9958
Both organizers: