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Quantum Science
Gordon Research Conference

Non-Equilibrium Quantum Matter and Scalable Quantum Computing


July 29 - August 3, 2018


Stonehill College
Easton, MA Site Information


Ana Maria Rey & Andrew Houck

Vice Chairs:
Markus Greiner & Eugene Demler

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by July 1, 2018. 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

Non-equilibrium quantum many-body systems are fundamental in nature and of interest in many fields in science ranging from physics, to chemistry, to biology and ultimately, for the broadest possible scope, life itself. They are the most powerful resources we have at hand for technological and metrological advances with capabilities far beyond the one offered by classical systems. However, the same quantum features that make of them an untapped resource, make their description extremely complex and the most powerful modern computers are frequently useless for simulating even moderately-sized quantum systems. It is clear that to understand and use their fascinating and non-trivial behavior we are in an urgent need to develop new methodologies to control, manipulate, and understand non-equilibrium quantum matter and ultimately create a general-purpose quantum computer capable to efficiently simulate any process that occurs in nature.

The 2018 GRC in quantum science will bring together a group of senior scientists, students and postdocs, all working at the frontier of quantum science to report and discuss ground-breaking experimental and theoretical advances of the past few years on non-equilibrium quantum matter and scalable quantum computing. The meeting will cover exciting developments on quantum information processing algorithms and architectures, recent accomplishments in precise quantum sensing and construction of interconnected and robust quantum systems, new ideas for quantum simulation in hybrid systems and applications, and connections between entanglement, thermalization and decoherence with corresponding implications in quantum information, atomic and molecular physics, condensed matter, high energy physics, and general relativity.

To encourage the participation of junior scientists, a Gordon Conference Seminar (GRS) for students and postdocs will be held on July 28-29 (just before GRC). We anticipate that some financial support for these researchers will be available

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Quantum Science" 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.


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Session Titles

The Conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The Conference Chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. The preliminary program will be available by November 15, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Progress in Quantum Computing Technology
  • Quantum Information and Condensed Matter
  • Quantum Sensing
  • Connecting Quantum Systems
  • Non-Equilibrium Quantum Matter
  • Quantum Computation Algorithms and Error Correction
  • Late-Breaking Topics
  • Light Matter Interactions and Many-Body Quantum Optics
  • Connections Between Quantum Science and Other Fields
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