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Topological Phases in Cold Atom Systems

Topological phases play an important role in condensed matter physics for understanding quantum effects like topological insulators and the quantum Hall effect. At the same time, cold atoms and ions have developed as testbeds to study complex quantum systems and are now used to generate, visualize and understand topological quantum states and phases. This program will bring together researchers from condensed matter and atomic physics, to share their knowledge how to describe and investigate topological quantum systems and to inspire collaborations between researchers of the two fields.

To facilitate the discussion between the cold atom and condensed matter communities, we plan to discuss different topics during the workshop. The timing will depend on the mix of participants, but the preliminary schedule of topics is

  • Artificial gauge fields
  • Driven and open quantum systems
  • Topological phases and their applications