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Quantum Control of Light & Matter
Gordon Research Conference

Connecting Quantum Control and Quantum Technologies


August 6-11, 2017


Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA Site Information


Tobias Brixner & Tommaso Calarco

Vice Chairs:
Christiane P. Koch & Valery Milner

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by July 9, 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

In quantum control one seeks to exploit coherence properties of light together with quantum-mechanical matter interferences in order to reach a particular target state or realize desired dynamical behavior. The origins of the field are rooted in chemical reaction control, but meanwhile there has been a tremendous development into various other areas and a broadening of scope. For example, quantum systems may be atomic, molecular, or composed of nanostructures; successful control extends from the gas phase over liquids to surfaces and solid-state architectures; the control field may be weak on purpose, or strong fields may lead to new effects; and there is a huge range of possible control objectives.

This conference shall highlight experimental and theoretical aspects of quantum control and illustrate challenges, opportunities, methodological advances, fundamental questions, and applications. It will be discussed how the developments are mutually beneficial across research fields. Examples of successful interactions are found in time-resolved spectroscopy, ultrafast plasmonics, nonlinear and chemically selective microscopy, quantum information processing, single-particle spectroscopy, and many others.

A particular focus will also lie on the impact that quantum control strategies are having on the emerging field of "quantum technology", and vice versa, discussing the possibility to employ tailored pulse sequences in the context of quantum simulation, quantum computing, quantum sensing, and related aspects.

The goal is to bring together scientists pushing and extending the frontiers of the diverse aspects of quantum control and to illustrate cross links. The conference program is designed to reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the field, with emphasis on emerging directions and perspectives for future developments.

Every participant is encouraged to present highlights from their most recent work, preferentially unpublished, in the poster sessions that are an essential and very lively component of the conference. Several late-breaking topic talks will be selected from the poster contributions.


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 April 6, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Connecting Quantum Control and Quantum Technologies
    (Christiane Koch, Valery Milner / Ronnie Kosloff)
  • Coherences in Gas-Phase Systems
    (Tamar Seideman / Thomas Weinacht / Henrik Stapelfeldt / Thomas Baumert / Kenji Ohmori)
  • Coherences in Liquid-Phase Systems
    (Paul Brumer / Philipp Kukura / Elisabetta Collini)
  • Coherences in Nanostructured Systems
    (Haim Suchowski / Kimberly Hall / Peter Hommelhoff / Niek Van Hulst / Rupert Huber)
  • Quantum Control Challenges
    (Robert Gordon / Regina De Vivie-Riedle / Marcus Motzkus)
  • Impact of Quantum Control on Quantum Technologies
    (Steffen Glaser / Joerg Wrachtrup / Patrice Bertet / Jacob Sherson / Joerg Schmiedmayer)
  • Quantum Technology Applications
    (Birgitta Whaley / Mikhail Lukin / Michel Brune)
  • Quantum Technology Challenges
    (Paola Cappellaro / Wolfgang Lechner / Andreas Wallraff / John Martinis / Ferdinand Schmidt-Kaler)
  • Quantum Control Applications
    (David Tannor / Herschel Rabitz / Yaron Silberberg)
  • Power Hour
    (Christiane Koch)
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