579th WE-Heraeus Seminar


Bad Honnef
December 16 - 20, 2014



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

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




Travel Information Bad Honnef



Research Topics

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


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  


Contributed Talks

Antun Balaz

Belgrade, Serbia  

Gerhard Birkl

Darmstadt, Germany  

Jeroen Devreese

Antwerpen, Belgium  

Catherine Klauss


Tim Langen


Anna Minguzzi

Grenoble, France  

Ernst Rasel

Hannover, Germany  

Xue-Feng Zhang

Kaiserslautern, Germany  


Participants joined for a group photograph:



Latest news:

- The 579th Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Seminar Quo vadis BEC? V 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 (Germany).
- Studens and reseachers, who would like to attend the 579th Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Seminar Quo vadis BEC? V, should send an informal email to
axel.pelster ad physik.uni-kl.de
until October 12, 2014
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 October 12, 2014.
- Note that the 579th Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Seminar will start on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 17.00 and will end on Saturday, December 20, 2014 after lunch time.
- As the 579th Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Seminar is scheduled just before Christmas 2014, we plan an excusion to the Christmas market in nearby Siegburg which specializes on medieval themes.


The program for the 579th Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Seminar Quo vadis BEC? V is available at the homepage.


The poster for the 579th Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Seminar Quo vadis BEC? V can be downloaded from the homepage.

Satellite event:

- The Volkswagen Foundation and the Collaborative Research Center SFB/TR 49 Condensed Matter Systems with Variable Many-Body Interactions, organize the International School and Workshop "Anyon Physics of Ultracold Atomic Gases", which will be open for international registration.
- The International School and Workshop takes place at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern (Germany) before the 579th Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Seminar in the period from Friday, December 12 until Monday, December 15, 2015. 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: