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Quantum Control of Light & Matter
Gordon Research Conference

Dates

July 31 - August 5, 2011

Location

Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA

Organizers

Chairs:
Ronnie B. Kosloff & Gustav G. Gerber

Vice Chairs:
Thomas C. Weinacht & Misha Ivanov

Meeting Description

Quantum control of light and matter is the quest to steer a physical process to a desirable outcome, employing constructive and destructive interference. Three basic questions address feasibility of quantum control:

  • The problem of controllability, does a control field exist for a preset initial and target state?
  • Synthesis, constructively finding the field that leads to the target.
  • Optimal Control Theory: optimizing the field that carries out this task.

These continue to be the fundamental theoretical questions to be addressed in the conference. How to realize control fields in the laboratory is an ongoing challenge. This task is very diverse viewing the emergence of control scenarios ranging from attoseconds to microseconds. How do the experimental observations reflect on the theoretical framework? The typical arena of quantum control is an open environment where much of the control is indirect. How are control scenarios realized in dissipative open systems? Can new control opportunities emerge? Can one null decoherence effects? An ideal setting for control is ultracold matter. The initial and final state can be defined more precisely. Coherent control unifies many fields of physical science. A lesson learned in one field can reflect on another. Currently quantum information processing has emerged as a primary target of control where the key issue is controlling quantum gate operation. Modern nonlinear spectroscopy has emerged as another primary field. The challenge is to unravel the dynamics of molecular systems undergoing strong interactions with the environment. Quantum optics where non-classical fields are to be generated and employed. Finally, coherent control is the basis for quantum engineering. These issues will be under the limelight of the Gordon conference on Quantum Control of Light and Matter.

Meeting Program

SUNDAY
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in (Office Closed 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmULTRACOLD CONTROL
7:40 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion Leader: Matthias Weidemüller (Universitaet Heidelberg)
8:00 pm - 8:40 pmJun Ye (JILA / NIST and University of Colorado)
"Precision Quantum Metrology - Probing and Controlling Ultracold Matter with Novel Light Source"
8:40 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:20 pmPhillip Gould (University of Connecticut)
"Coherent Control of Ultracold Collisions and Ultracold Molecular Formation"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:45 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmCONTROLABILITY
9:00 am - 9:20 am Discussion Leader: Paul Brumer (University of Toronto)
9:20 am - 9:50 amHideo Mabuchi (Stanford University)
"Principles and Applications of Coherent-Feedback Quantum Control"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:00 amNiels Chr. Nielsen (University of Aarhus)
"Optimal Control Applied to Design of NMR and MRI Experiments"
11:00 am - 11:10 amDiscussion
11:10 am - 11: 40 amUgo Boscain (CNRS Palaiseau)
"Controllability of the Bilinear Schrödinger Equation"
11:40 am - 11:50 amDiscussion
11:50 am - 12:20 pmDominique Sugny (Lab Interdicipliaire Carnot de Bourgogne)
"Optimal Control in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance: Theoretical Developments and Applications"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmPHOTONS
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion Leader: Mikhail D. Lukin (Harvard University)
"Quantum control of atom-like systems in solid state"
7:50 pm - 8:30 pmYaron Silberberg (Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot)
"Short pulses in scattering media: Shaping by temporal speckles"
8:30 pm - 8:40 pmDiscussion
8:40 pm - 9:20 pmMoshe Shapiro (Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot)
"Use of Quantum Light to Control Material Processes and Entanglements"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmCOHERENT CONTROL
9:00 am - 9:20 amDiscussion Leader: Kenji Ohmori (Institute for Molecular Science, Okazaki)
"Coherent Control; Present and Future"
9:20 am - 9:50 amBeatrice Chatel (CNRS-University of Toulouse)
"Robust Quantum Dot State Preparation via Adiabatic Passage With Chirped Ultrashort Pulses"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:00 am Robert J. Levis (Temple University, Philadelphia)
"The Consequence of Phase for Control"
11:00 am - 11:10 amDiscussion
11:10 am - 11:40 amNadav Katz (Jerusalem)
"Controlling the superconducting qudit"
11:40 am - 11:50 amDiscussion
11:50 am - 12:20 pmAephraim M. Steinberg (University of Toronto)
"Identifying and managing decoherence and loss, from photons to optical lattices"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmCONTROL OF ATOMS AND MOLECULES
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion Leader: Marcus Motzkus (Universitat Heidelberg)
"Treating Complex Quantum Systems with Shaped Laser Pulses"
7:50 pm - 8:30 pmTh. Baumert (University of Kassel)
"Ultrafast Laser Control of Ionization on Prototypes and Corresponding Perspectives"
8:30 pm - 8:40 pmDiscussion
8:40 pm - 9:20 pmDavid Tannor (Weizmann Institute, Rehovot)
"Quantum Control of Chemical Reactions and Multi-electron Dynamics"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmATOSECONDS
9:00 am - 9:20 amDiscussion Leader: Philip Bucksbaum (Stanford Linear Acceleroator Center)
9:20 am - 9:50 amPaul Corkum (NRC, Canada)
"Coherent control in high harmonic and attosecond Pulse generation"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:00 amLorenz Cederbaum (University of Heidelberg)
"Intermolecular Coulombic Delay and Ultrafast Energy Transfer"
11:00 am - 11:10 amDiscussion
11:10 am - 11:40 amHenry C. Kapteyn (University of Colorado)
"Coherent control in the VUV/EUV, and Attosecond science for x-ray generation"
11:40 am - 11:50 amDiscussion
11:50 am - 12:20 pm Yukiyoshi Ohtsuki (Tohoku University, Sendai)
"Application of Nonresonant Optimal Control Simulation to Molecular Alignment / Orientation"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 6:00 pmFree Time
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the next Vice Chair; Fill out Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss future Site & Scheduling preferences; Election of the next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmSTRONG FIELD CONTROL
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion Leader: Herschel Rabitz (Princeton University)
"A Perspective on the Quantum Control Road Ahead"
7:50 pm - 8:30 pmAlbert Stolow (National Research Council, Ottawa)
"Molecules in intermediate to strong laser fields"
8:30 pm - 8:40 pmDiscussion
8:40 pm - 9:20 pmLouis F. DiMauro (Ohio State University)
"Scaling of Intense Laser-Atom Interactions"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmCONTROL OF COMPLEX SYSTEMS
9:00 am - 9:20 amDiscussion Leader: Sanford Ruhman (Hebrew University, Jerusalem)
9:30 am - 10:00 amChris Middleton (University of Wisconsin)
"Using mid-IR Pulse Shaping and Quantum Control to Optimize 2D IR Spectroscopy"
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:00 amJennifer Herek (University of Twente, The Netherlands)
"Optimal Control CARS Spectroscopy and Imaging"
11:00 am - 11:10 amDiscussion
11:10 am - 11:40 amPeter Hommelhoff (Garching)
"Light-Field Control of Electrons Emitted from a Nanometric Metal Tip"
11:40 am - 11:50 amDiscussion
11:50 am - 12:20 pmVinod Kumarappan (Kansas State University)
"Laser-induced alignment of asymmetric top molecules"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmCONTROL AND QUANTUM INFORMATION
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion Leader: Lorenza Viola (Dartmouth College, New Hampshire)
7:50 pm - 8:30 pmBirgitta Whaley (UCAL, Berkeley)
"Quantum Control of Light Harvesting"
8:30 pm - 8:40 pmDiscussion
8:40 pm - 9:20 pmJoshua Combes (Dept of Physics & Astron., University of New Mexico)
"Extracting information from quantum systems using Measurement and feedback control"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
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