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Higgs Modes in Condensed Matter and Quantum Gases

Overview-The international workshop "Higgs Modes in Condensed Matter and Quantum Gases" will be held on June 23-25, 2014 at the Yukawa Institute of Theoretical Physics (YITP), Kyoto University, Japan. The workshop is intended to provide opportunities to discuss recent developments of research on Higgs modes in condensed matter systems and quantum gases.

Scope-The discovery of the Higgs particle in 2012 by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider is one of the greatest achievements in physics in this century that confirmed the Standard Model in high-energy physics. The large impact of this discovery pervades not only the high-energy physics field but also the field of condensed matter physics, because of the deep connections of these two fields. A Higgs particle or a Higgs mode emerges as a collective oscillation of order parameter amplitude in various ordered phases of condensed matter systems. Indeed, Higgs modes have been widely observed in systems such as Bose gases in optical lattices, superfluid 3He, s-wave superconductors, CDW systems, and magnetic materials. Thus, understanding the fundamental role of the Higgs modes is expected to lead to a unified description of these condensed matter systems. We organize this workshop to bring together researchers in different condensed matter systems who are working on or interested in Higgs modes and other related collective modes such as Nambu-Goldstone modes, and provide opportunities to discuss novel properties and fundamental roles of those modes. Moreover, we also invite a few particle physicists in order to stimulate communication between high-energy and condensed-matter physics.

Invited speakers - K. Chen (UMass Amherst), T. Fukuhara (Max-Planck), K. Hamaguchi (Tokyo), Y. Hidaka (RIKEN), S. Huber (ETH), M. Ishino (Kyoto), H. Kuroe (Sophia U), P. Littlewood (Argonne), D. Manske (Max-Planck), F. Mahmood (MIT), M. Matsumoto (Shizuoka), D. Mihailovic (Jozef Stefan), H. Murayama (IPMU), W. Liu (Chinese Academy of Science), D. Podolsky (Technion), A. Rancon (Chicago), R. Shimano (Tokyo), C.Varma (UC Riverside), H. Watanabe (Berkeley), Y. Yamamoto (Stanford), E. Yuzbashyan (Rutgers), M. Zubkov (Western Ontario)

Organizing Committee -Ippei Danshita (YITP, Kyoto Univ.), Yusuke Kato (Univ. of Tokyo), Norio Kawakami (Kyoto Univ.), Muneto Nitta (Keio Univ.), Masaki Oshikawa (ISSP, Univ. of Tokyo), Yoshiro Takahashi (Kyoto Univ.), Keisuke Totsuka (YITP, Kyoto Univ.), Shunji Tsuchiya (Tokyo Univ. of Science), Naoto Tsuji (Univ. of Tokyo)

Dates -
April 1 Registration opens
May 7 Deadline for financial support
May 31 Deadline for registration and abstract submission
June 23-25 Workshop