From Static to Dynamical Gauge Fields with Ultracold Atoms




Marcello Dalmonte (ICTP), Leonardo Fallani (University of Florence), Massimo Inguscio (University of Florence and CNR), Guido Martinelli (University La Sapienza, Rome), Simone Montangero (University of Ulm), Ian Spielman (NIST, JQI), Sandro Stringari (University of Trento), and Uwe-Jens Wiese (University of Bern)

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  Period: from 22-05-2017 to 23-06-2017  

Extended deadline for applications: 22/02/2017


Gauge fields play a fundamental role in our understanding of complex natural phenomena. Static gauge fields, such as magnetic fields and spin orbit coupling, are responsible for most of the topological effects found in solid state materials, while dynamical gauge fields are the backbone of the standard model in particle physics, and are instrumental in describing quantum magnetism.

In recent years, quantum technologies have emerged as a novel, complementary approach to investigate paradigms of strongly correlated quantum matter related to gauge fields. On the one hand, cold atom systems, owing to their unparalleled degree of  control and versatility, represent an ideal experimental platform for the investigation of both static and dynamical gauge fields. From the other hand, novel numerical quantum information tools have been put forward as complementary methods to access regimes where Monte Carlo simulations are affected by  the sign problem.
The purpose of this workshop is to bring together researches in the fields of cold atoms, high-energy, and condensed matter physics, to discuss state-of-the-art perspectives and challenges in the field of synthetic gauge fields and related areas. Within this activity, we expect that the growing interdisciplinary field involving the aforementioned fields will be given a strong boost, paving the way toward the realization of quantum simulation platforms for gauge theories  and exotic superfluid and insulating states of matter.



- Spin-orbit-coupled Bose and Fermi gases
- Synthetic gauge fields in optical lattices
- Dynamical gauge fields and lattice gauge theories with ultracold atoms
- Matrix-product states and tensor network methods for lattice gauge theories.
- Quantum gases with SU(N) symmetry.
- Quantum magnetism and long-range interactions.
- Unitary Fermi gases and exotic (color, FFLO) Fermi superfluids.



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