Big Ideas Workshop on the Future of Light, Spectroscopy and Quantum Materials

organized by the Max Planck-New York City Center for Non-Equilibrium Quantum Phenomena

The Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter in Hamburg and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz together with the Columbia University and the Center for Computational Quantum Physics at the Flatiron Institute have successfully launched a joint enterprise: the “Max Planck-New York City Center for Non-Equilibrium Quantum Phenomena”. The center was officially inaugurated by all four partner organizations on November 18, 2019 at Columbia University, USA.

The Center’s ambitious collaborative effort aims to understand, control, and manipulate the uniquely useful properties of quantum materials and the control of non-equilibrium quantum phenomena in complex materials. We especially focus on applications of non-linear light-matter coupling that result in phases with no equilibrium counterparts i.e. strong coupling of light and matter; dynamical control of materials properties and chemical reactions; design of photo-susceptible materials.

In 2024 and to commemorate entering the final stages of the first funding period of the center, we are organizing a Big Ideas workshop on the future of Light, Spectroscopy, and Quantum Materials.

The time is right to address the question:

Can we capitalize on light manipulation, materials, and quantum optics advances to create a new era in Quantum Science?

We will bring together current and future leaders working in distinct areas, including novel spectroscopic and theoretical tools, artificial lattices of matter and light, quantum optics, and materials.

The workshop will include half-hour talks along with another half-hour of discussion. Each day concludes with a panel to discuss and brainstorm on how these approaches can come together to shape future scientific and technological advances

The event will take place in Palace Miramar, San Sebastian, from Tuesday, May 28th (arrival May 27th) until Friday, May 31st, 2024.

Scientific Organizing Committee:

Andrea Cavalleri (MPSD), Andrew Millis (Columbia & CCQ), Angel Rubio (MPSD & CCQ), and Kenneth Burch (Boston College)

Confirmed speakers:

  • Prof. Andrea Alù, City University of New York (CUNY)
  • Prof. Dmitri N. Basov, Columbia University
  • Prof. Immanuel Bloch, Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics and Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU)
  • Prof. Mischa Bonn, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research
  • Prof. Andrea Cavalleri, Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter
  • Prof. Eugene Demler, ETH Zurich
  • Prof. Dmitri Efetov, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU)
  • Prof. Michael Floger, University of California San Diego (UCSD)
  • Prof. Christophe Galland, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
  • Prof. Mohammad Hafezi, University of Maryland
  • Prof. Rupert Huber, University of Regensburg
  • Prof. Qiong Ma, Boston College
  • Prof. Andrew Millis, Columbia University and CCQ, the Flatiron Institute
  • Prof. Leslie Schoop, Princeton University
  • Prof. Javad Shabani, New York University (NYU)
  • Prof. Jie Shan, Cornell University
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