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Atomic Physics
Gordon Research Conference

From Quantum Control to Tests of Fundamental Physics


June 11-16, 2017


Salve Regina University
Newport, RI Site Information


Marianna Safronova

Vice Chair:
Dietrich Leibfried

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by May 14, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

The Atomic Physics Gordon Conference has a long history of bringing together top researchers and future leaders in the fields of atomic, molecular, and optical physics, and of reporting exciting recent breakthroughs. The conference always features a great deal of lively and informal discussions between students, young speakers, and senior researchers. Equally important as the presentations are the discussions outside the lecture hall, where ideas are generated, collaborations form, and new connections are made.

The Atomic Physics Gordon Conference moves with the frontiers of atomic physics, relating this discipline to the other branches of the physical sciences whenever possible. The 2017 conference session themes include quantum degenerate gases, quantum information science, quantum optics, cold molecules, few- and many-body physics, precision measurements, atomic clocks, tests of fundamental symmetries in nature, searches for dark matter with atomic systems, and connections to condensed-matter, particle, and gravitational physics.

While we expect that a number of senior scientists will attend the 2017 conference, we also anticipate that, as in previous years, it will attract a large number of younger participants. We especially encourage the participation of graduate students and postdocs, and we anticipate that some financial support for these researchers may be available. A highlight of the Atomic Physics conference has been a pair of lively and stimulating poster sessions, and we encourage participants to share their work in this way again next summer. The beautiful setting of Salve Regina University affords many opportunities for informal scientific conversations, as well as afternoon activities both on-campus and in the city of Newport, Rhode Island.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Atomic Physics" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.


Preliminary Program

The topics and speakers for the conference sessions are displayed below (italics denote discussion leaders). The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program, which will include the complete meeting schedule, as well as the talk titles for all speakers. The detailed program will be available by February 11, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Precision Measurements
    (Piet Schmidt / Nils Huntemann / Andrew Ludlow / Thomas Udem)
  • From Few to Many-Body Physics
    (Ana Maria Rey / Doerte Blume / Tilman Esslinger)
  • Quantum Control
    (Jeff Kimble / Antoine Browaeys / Cindy Regal / Vladan Vuletic)
  • Quantum Information and Networks
    (Gerhard Rempe / Tracy Northup / Peter Zoller)
  • Dark Matter Searches
    (Dmitry Budker / Andrei Derevianko / Derek Jackson Kimball)
  • Cold Molecules
    (Tanya Zelevinsky / Chin Wen Chou / Martin Zeppenfeld)
  • Tests of Fundamental Physics
    (Eric Cornell / Jason Hogan / Holger Mueller / David Demille)
  • Trapped Ions and Their Applications
    (Christian Ospelkaus / Eric Hudson / Tania Mehlstaubler / Christian Roos)
  • Quantum Gases
    (Brian DeMarco / Gretchen Campbell / Francesca Ferlaino)
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