Speakers

Claude Cohen-Tannoudji

Short biography

Claude Cohen-Tannoudji was born in 1933. He completed his Ph.D. with Professors Alfred Kastler and Jean Brossel in 1962 at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. He then occupied a position of Professor at the University of Paris from 1964 to 1973. From 1973 to 2004, he was Professor of Atomic and Molecular Physics at the Collège de France in Paris. He has been a member of the French Académie des Sciences since 1981, and a foreign member associate of many Academies of Sciences over the world.

Amongst other distinctions, he received the Gold Medal of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. He shared the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics with William D. Phillips and Steven Chu.

He has been invited to give series of lectures in several Universities in Europe, United States, Canada, Israel, India, China, Indonesia, Korea, Brasil,….

He wrote about 200 theoretical and experimental papers dealing with various problems of atomic physics and quantum optics : optical pumping and light shifts, dressed atom approach for understanding the behaviour of atoms in intense RF or optical fields, quantum interference effects, resonance fluorescence, photon correlations, physical interpretation of radiative corrections, radiative forces, laser cooling and trapping, Bose-Einstein condensation. He is co-author of books on quantum mechanics, quantum electrodynamics, quantum optics, Levy statistics.

Talk title

Manipulating atoms with light

Jeffrey Hangst

Short biography

Jeffrey S. Hangst is a graduate of MIT (SB,SM) and of the University of Chicago (PhD).  He worked at Fermilab and at Argonne while doing his PhD at Chicago.  He moved to Aarhus University in Denmark in 1994 and has been there since.  Hangst received the European Physical Society’s 1996 accelerator award for a young scientist for his work on laser cooling of stored ion beams in the ASTRID storage ring in Aarhus. He has been stationed at CERN full-time since 2001. He is a founding member of the ATHENA antihydrogen collaboration and was the Physics Coordinator of the experiment that produced the first cold antihydrogen atoms at the CERN Antiproton Decelerator in 2002.  He is the founder and Spokesperson of the ALPHA collaboration, which demonstrated trapping of antihydrogen atoms and observed for the first time spectral lines of its electronic transitions.  Hangst was elected to fellowship of the APS, Division of Plasma Physics, in 2005.

Talk title

Latest developments in the ALPHA project

Yiwen Chu

Short biography

Yiwen Chu grew up in Beijing and Pittsburgh, and did her undergraduate studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where I received B.S. degrees in Physics and Mathematics. For her Ph.D., she studied defect centers in diamond and their uses in quantum optics in the group of Mihkail Lukin at Harvard. The experiments she worked on included entangling the spin of a nitrogen-vacancy center to an emitted photon and developing diamond-based nanophotonic structures. Her current research focuses on exploring new materials, designs, and geometries for creating the next generation of superconducting qubits and cavities.

Talk title

To be defined

Eric Lutz

Short biography

Eric Lutz obtained his PhD. in 1999 from the Max-Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, Heidelberg. He then worked as a PostDoc at the Geneva University, Yale University and the University of Ulm. He was later an Emmy Noether Research Fellow at the University of Augsburg. In 2013, he was appointed Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Erlangen-Nuernberg.

His investigations covered a variety of quantum nanosystems and explored their dat from equilibrium behaviour. Since 2018, he leads the Insitutute of Theoretical Physics at the University of Stuttgart.

Talk title

Irreversibility and the quantum arrow of time

João M. Penedones

Short biography

João Penedones studied physics at the University of Porto where he obtained his degree in 2002. He then got the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge in 2003. In 2007 he got the PhD from Universidade do Porto and École Normale Supérieure, Paris for his thesis “High Energy Scattering in the AdS/CFT Correspondence”. He then worked successively as a PostDoc until 2011 at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, and at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, Canada. From 2011 to 2016 he was Research Fellow at the Universidade do Porto, Portugal.

In February 2016, he was appointed Professor in Physics at EPFL. Currently, he leads the “Fields and Strings Laboratory”.

Talk title

Thought experiments about particle collisions