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CATMIN (Cold ATom Molecule INteractions) meeting

CATMIN's objective is to strengthen the links between cold atom physics, molecular physics, chemistry and condensed matter physics, so that new concepts and breakthroughs can emerge. Ions, atoms and molecules are naturally made quantum systems that can be controlled with light and low frequency electromagnetic fields, thus lending themselves to precision investigations and use in quantum technologies. The second CATMIN conference will be held a few days before the ICAP, which is a major conference in AMO physics, with the idea that scientists can attend both meetings. The CATMIN meeting will be a two-day conference held at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, ON, centered on Rydberg-atom physics, cold ion physics and the interplay between these experimental platforms. Rydberg atom physics is experiencing a renaissance due to the application of the exaggerated properties of highly excited atoms for quantum information and quantum simulation. Rydberg states can even be observed in solids which is a subject of increasing interest. Cold ions, similarly, are exciting for quantum simulation and computing, becoming one of the central platforms in the race to build a quantum computer. Many exciting developments are also in progress in the area of cold-molecules. Long-range interactions open up fields of research such as the photo-association of cold atoms to form ultra-cold molecules, and the excitation of Rydberg molecules demonstrating novel kinds of molecular bonding. Strong long-range interactions in all the systems permit the investigation of the few-body and many-body regimes, including the few- to many-body transition. The conference aims to share the latest developments and results in these exciting fields among the various ICAP communities as well as the broader physics and chemistry communities. Overall, the conference can forward quantum science and the application of quantum science, which furthers these fields of research by concentrating interest to attract people and resources to the field.

Speakers include

  • Daniel Barredo, Institut d'Optique-CNRS & CINN-CSIC
  • Stephanie Bohaichuk, Quantum Valley Ideas Laboratories
  • Donatella Ciampini, Università di Pisa
  • Johannes Deiglmayr, Leipzig University
  • Thomas Killian, Rice University
  • Paul Kunz, Army Research Laboratories
  • Mikhail Lukin, Harvard University
  • Tilman Pfau, University of Stuttgart
  • Francis Robicheaux, Purdue University
  • Hossein Sadeghpour, Harvard University
  • Mark Saffman, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Meeting chairs:

  • James Shaffer, Quantum Valley Ideas Lab, Waterloo, Canada
  • Luis Marcassa, Instituto de Física de São Carlos, Brazil
  • Rosario Gonzalez-Ferez, University of Granada, Spain