Quantum Optics and Nanophotonics

2013-08-05 - 2013-08-30

Scientific Direction:
Claude Fabre Laboratoire Kastler Brossel, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France
Vahid Sandoghdar Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Erlangen, Germany
Nicolas Treps Laboratoire Kastler Brossel, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France

Long Courses:
Stephen Barnett (Strathclyde University, Glasgow) Basics of quantum information
Philippe Grangier (Institut d’Optique, Palaiseau) Quantum optics with continuous variables
Jean-Jacques Greffet (Institut d’Optique, Palaiseau) Basics of near-field optics and plasmonics
Jeffrey Kimble (Caltech, Pasadena) Basics of cavity QED and quantum networks, CQED with trapped atoms
Astrid Lambrecht (LKB, Paris) Casimir Forces
Ulf Leonhardt (University of Saint Andrews) Metamaterials
Gerd Leuchs (MPL - Erlangen) Basics of Quantum Optics
Mikhail Lukin (Harvard University) Quantum effects in atomic ensembles and NV centers
Michel Orrit (Leiden University) Single molecule optics
Oskar Painter (Caltech, Pasadena) Nanofabrication, photonic crystals, optomechanics
Aephraim Steinberg (University of Toronto) Quantum Measurements
Jelena Vukovic (Stanford University) Quantum Optics of quantum dots

Short Courses:
Around 15 seminars will complement the long lectures and will be announced on the website of the school.

Scientific Program:
Quantum optics is one of the best test benches for exploring the strangeness of the quantum world and has put forth potential applications to the domains of information and metrology. The field of nano-optics has also recently emerged, boosted by the development of nanoscience and nanotechnology, covering topics such as near-field optics, single-molecule microscopy, nano-antennas, plasmonics and metamaterials. These two domains naturally meet at the small length scales, where one gradually passes from classical physics to quantum physics. Phenomena such as the Casimir effect, ground-state cooling of mechanical oscillators, and plasmonic modification of the molecular radiation are some examples of the cross roads that have attracted interest. The aim of this school is to bring experts of these fields together with a new generation of physicists, and to trigger fruitful discussions between different communities.

Applications must reach the School before March 15, 2013 in order to be considered by the selection committee. The full cost per participant, including housing, meals and the book of lecture notes, is 1500 euros. Thanks to financial support by various funding agencies, we expect to cover part of these expenses; a contribution of about 1000 euros will be requested from each participant. A few additional grants will be available. All informations and application form can be found in the website of the school, hosted by the French research group on quantum information, foundations and applications: http://gdriqfa.unice.fr/spip.php?article608 or directly from Les Houches website: http://w3houches.ujf-grenoble.fr/.
One can also contact the School at

La Côte des Chavants
74310 LES HOUCHES, France

Directeur: Leticia Cugliandolo
Phone: +33 4 50 54 40 69 – Fax: +33 4 50 55 53 25
Email: houches0813 [at] ujf-grenoble [dot] fr

Les Houches is a village located in Chamonix valley, in the French Alps. Established in 1951, the Physics School is situated at 1150 m above sea level in natural surroundings, with breathtaking view on the Mont-Blanc range. A quiet place, ideal for intellectual activity.

Les Houches Physics School is affiliated with Université Joseph Fourier and Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, and is supported by the Ministère de l'Education Nationale et de la Recherche, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), the Direction des Sciences de la Matière du Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (CEA/DSM).


La Côte des Chavants
Les Houches 74310
45° 53' 41.2188" N, 6° 46' 16.14" E
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