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Pre-doc School: "Exploring new quantum gases"

Once again, we are organizing a pre-doctoral school to be held in Les Houches in September 14-25, 2015. The title of the school is "Exploring new quantum gases." It consists in a two week master course on the physics of cold atoms and the recent advances in this field.

The course is targeted at the advanced undergraduate level and emphasizes formal lectures building on textbook knowledge. This goal meets the requirements of the Les Houches pre-doctoral school program. The course is intended for PhD students in their first or second year. Undergraduates at the European Masters level who are planning a PhD study are also invited to apply. Young post-docs entering the field can also apply.

The lectures will be given (in English).

  • Philippe Verkerk (PV : 4 lectures) Light-Matter Interaction / Laser Cooling and Trapping
  • Jook Walraven (JW : 5 lectures) Quantum gases - elastic interactions
  • Dima Petrov (DP : 4 lectures) Degenerate gases
  • Charles S. Adams (CA : 4 lectures) Cold Rydberg atoms
  • Wim Vassen (WV : 3 lectures) Metastable Helium - Metrology
  • Michael Köhl (MK : 3 lectures) Cold Ions
  • Bruno Laburthe-Tolra (BL : 3 lectures) Dipolar gases
  • Leticia Tarruell (LT : 3 lectures) Fermionic gases

The course has been initiated several years ago by the International Cold Atom Network, InterCAN (, which is promoting European collaboration of research and education in the field of dilute atomic and molecular quantum systems. Now, the "GdR atomes froids" (French CNRS Research Network is keeping it running.

We think the topics of the school falls in your area. And you have probably a (or more) student starting his/her PhD who can benefit from the planned lectures. The school is also open to young Post-Docs who are entering the field (to maintain a coherent educational level of the participants, applications from experienced post-docs will be considered at the end of the selection process).

The application is done on-line, and students will have to up-load a file with his/her curriculum vitae. A recommendation letter by the student's advisor should follow by mail to The deadline for applications is June 28th. The selection of the applicants will be done during the first week of July.

The price for board and lodging in Les Houches is very low to facilitate the venue of young students (650 Euros for students in the first two years of PhD and 880 for the others). We have a very few grants to pay the board and lodging (not for travel expenses). Applications arriving after June 28th can be considered, if the number of participants remains reasonable. But no grant can be attributed to those arriving late.

Philippe Verkerk
(on behalf of the organizing committee)