ITAMP Seminars and Colloquia



    ITAMP sponsors and co-sponsors talks and presentations on forefront AMO/Condensed Matter Physics Topics from notable Scientists, Researchers and Professors. Future dates for talks, colloquiua and other events can be found on the ITAMP events Calendar http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/itamp/gcalendar.html. If you would like to be added to our e-mail list about our events please send the request to ITAMP Coordinator at: jptaylor at cfa dot harvard dot edu.

    The Joint Quantum Sciences Colloquium (JQSC) is co-sponsored by ITAMP and the Harvard Quantum Optics Center. These colloquia are held on Wednesdays during Term in Jefferson Lab 250 at 4:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Tea is served at 4 p.m. and provides a chance to scientific interaction before the talk.

    The Lunchtime Topical Discussion Series is held through the semester and features local scientists and visitors. These talks are informal in nature and cover a range of topics. Lunchtime talks are either brown bag optional or pizza is provided.  Talks are generally held in the Tea Room at the ITAMP offices at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.


Joint Quantum Sciences Seminar Series (with Chemistry)
by the Harvard Quantum Optics Center a the Department of Physics at Harvard
and by the ITAMP, Harvard-Smithsonian CFA

Monday, February 24, 2014, Joseph Subotnik, University of Pennsylvania, "Understanding photo-induced dynamics from scratch using the simplest, practical computational chemistry"

Monday, April 28, 2014, Frank Neese, MPI, Title: TBD  


Joint Quantum Sciences Seminar Series

Sponsored by the Harvard Quantum Optics Center a the Department of Physics at Harvard
and by the ITAMP, Harvard-Smithsonian CFA

Paola Cappelaro, MIT,  "Quantum Control of Efficient Metrology"
Francesca Ferlaino, University of Innsbruck,
Breaking dogmas with Ultracold Erbium Atoms
Tanya Zelevinsky, Columbia University, "Precision Measurements with Ultracold Molecules: Forbidden Transactions and molecular Clock."
Triple Feature Seminar:
Sarang Gopalakrishnan, HQOC, "Moving Magnetic Impurities in a Fermi Superfluid"
Tony Lee, ITAMP, "Quantum Synchronization of Quantum van der Pol Oscillators with Cold Atoms"
Thibault Peyronel, HQOC
, "Quantum Nonlinear Optics with Slow Photons and Strongly Interacting Cold Atoms"
Federico Capasso, Harvard, "Flat Optics with Metasurfaces"
Igor Lesanovsky, Nottingham, "Out-of-Equillibrium Dynamics of Strongly Interacting Rydberg Gases in a Dissipative Environment"

Alain Aspect, Institut d'Optique, Title: TBD


Joint Quantum Sciences Seminar Series (with Chemistry)
by the Harvard Quantum Optics Center a the Department of Physics at Harvard
and by the ITAMP, Harvard-Smithsonian CFA

Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 4:00-6:00 pm, Leo Gross, IBM-Zurich,  "Individual Molecules Investigated by Scanning Probe Microscopy with Atomically Funcionalized Tips".

Friday, April 19, 2013, Mark Tuckerman, NYU, "Structure and Transport of Topological Defects in Hydrogen Bond Networks: Studies of Water and Phosphates using First-Principle Molecular Dynamics" (Postponed).

Friday, May 10, 2013, Paul Brumer, U. Toronto,  "Environmentally Assisted Quantum Control of Molecular Processes (and possibly a little CMB).

Monday, May 13, 2013, Jiri Vanicek, LCPT, "Increasing the Efficiency and accuracy of time-resolved electronic spectra calculations".

Monday, September 16, 2013, Alexandre Tkatchenko, Fritz Haber Institute, Germany, "Collective van der Waals Interactions in Molecules and Solids".

Monday, October 21, 2013, Ivan Deutsch, University of New Mexico

Monday, October 28, 2013, Mark Tuckerman, New York University, "Structure and Transport of Topological Defects in Hydrogen Bond Networks: Studies of Water and Phosphates using First-Principle Molecular Dynamics".

Monday, December 9, 2013, John Tully, Yale University, "Chemical Dynamics Beyond Born-Oppenheimer".


Joint Quantum Sciences Seminar Series

by the Harvard Quantum Optics Center a the Department of Physics at Harvard
and by the ITAMP, Harvard-Smithsonian CFA

Yoshihisa Yamamoto, E.L. Ginzton Laboratory, Stanford University, "Coherent Ising Machine based on Laser/OPO Network"
Oskar Painter, Caltech "Quantum Nonlinear Regime in Cavity-Optomechanics: Challenges and Opportunities"
Keith Schwab, Caltech, "Experiments with Mechanical Systems at Quantum Limits: Current Status, Limitations, Ways forward".
Chris Greene, Purdue University, "3-Body Universal Efimov Physics Beyond the Zero-Range Model"
Romain Quidant (IFCO), "Shining a (Bright) Light on the Very Small"
Harold Hess, (HHMI), "3D Imaging at the limits with Photo-Activated Labels and Electrons"

Leo Kouwenhoven, (Delft), "Majorana Fermions on a Chip"

Matthias Troyer, ETH, Zurich (Postponed). 
Martin Plenio, University of Ulm, "Controlling Resonances for Quantum Sensing and Biology"
David Wineland, NIST, "Quantum Control of Trapped Atomic Ions", Abstract
Rainer Blatt, University of Innsbruck, "Open-Systems Quantum Simulations with Trapped Ions", Abstract


Joint Quantum Sciences Seminar Series (with Chemistry)
by the Harvard Quantum Optics Center a the Department of Physics at Harvard
and by the ITAMP, Harvard-Smithsonian CFA

Marivi Fernandez - Serra "Anatomy of Competing Quantum Effects in Liquid Water"


Lorenza Viola, Darthmouth College, "Quantum control of open quantum systems"


Joshua Shrier, Haverford College, "The Feasibility of Isotope Separation using Quantum Tunneling Effects in Nanostructures"


Jonathan Baugh, Institute for Quantum Computing and Departments of Chemistry and Physics, University of Waterloo, "Recent advances in magnetic resonance QIP"


Kenneth Brown, Schools of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Computational Science and Engineering; and Physics Georgia Institute of Technology, "Probing molecules with laser-cooled atomic ions"

2012 Joint Quantum Sciences Seminar Series
(Formerly JAQuOC)

by the Harvard Quantum Optics Center a the Department of Physics at Harvard
and by the ITAMP, Harvard-Smithsonian CFA

Eric Kessler, Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, "Dissipative Phase Transitions in Central Spin Systems".
Gerhard Rempe, Max Planck Institute For Quantum Optics, "Quantum Networks".
Alan Aspuru-Guzik, Harvard Univ., "Molecules as Quantum Processors: Ultrafast quantum process tomography to study exciton transport in molecule systems".
Alexey Rubtsov, Moscow State Univ., "Continuous-time Quantum Monte Carlo: at the heart of in silico modeling of correlated systems".


Jun Ye, JILA


Randy Hulet, Rice University


Charles Adams, Durham University, UK


Mark Brongersma, Stanford University, "Electrically Driven Plasmonic Nanocircuits"


Philip Walther.  University of Vienna, "Quantum Cloud Computing, Photonic Quantum Simulation and Quantum Discord as Resource"


Joachim Burgdorfer, Institute for Theoretical Physics Vienna University of Technology, "Attosecond streaking: probing time-dependent electronic dynamics in atoms, molecules, and solids"


Matthias Weidemuller Heidelberg University; Center for Quantum Dynamics,"Electromagnetically induced transparency in an ultracold Rydberg gas"


ETH, Atac Imamoglu, Zurich  "Spins in Quantum Dots: an Optical Investigation"


Greg Scholes, Univ. of Toronto


Peter Zoller (Innsbruck, IQOQI), "Rydberg interactions with polar molecules"


Peter Rabl, IQOQI, Innsbruck, "Photon Interactions and Photon Condensation in Optomechanical and Circuit QED Systems"


Markus Aspelmeyer, University of Vienna, "Quantum Opto-Mechanics: How to extend quantum experiments to massive mechanical objects"


Markus Greiner. Harvard University, Department of Physics, " Synthetic Quantum Matter under the Microscope"


Steven Johnson, MIT, "Nanostructures and Computation"


Tobias Kippenberg, EPFL, "Cavity Optomechanics"



12/7 Francesca Ferlaino, University of Innsbruck, Austrian Academy of Sciences, "Universal few-body physics with ultracold atoms"

12/1 Immanuel Bloch, Max-Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, "Quantum Many-Body Systems Division"

11/9  David Wineland, NIST, "Prospects for scaling trapped-ion quantum information processing"

10/12 Brian DeMarco, U. of Illinois, "3D Anderson Localization of an Ultra-cold Fermi Gas"

10/5 Gerard Meijer, Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft

9/28 Maciej Lewenstein, ICF, "Ultracold Atoms in Synthetic Gauge Fields: From topological insulators to frustrated antiferromagnetism"

9/21 Hanns-Christoph Nagerl, Institute for Experimental Physics, University of Innsbruck, "Molecools - Ultracold samples of ground-state molecules near quantum degeneracy"

8/09 Simone Montangero, Institute for Quantum Information Processing, Univ. of Ulm. "Control of strongly correlated quantum systems"

5/04 Paul Corkum, University of Ottawa, "Laser Induced Molecular Imaging"

4/27 Stefan Kuhr, Max-Planck-Institut fur Quantenoptik, "Probing quantum States in Optical lattices with single-atom resolution"

4/26 Stefan Kuhr, Max-Planck-Institut fur Quantenoptik, "Single-site-resolved detection and manipulation of atoms in an optical lattice"

4/13 Prof. Dr. Hans Peter Büchler, Institute for Theoretical Physics, "Center for Free-Electron Laser Science, University of Hamburg"

3/30 Robin Santra, Center for Free-Electron Laser Science, University of Hamburg "Ultrafast processes at high x-ray intensity"

3/09 Gerald Gabrielse, Harvard University, "Probing for an electron edm with cold molecules" 

2/23 Randolf Pohl, Max-Planck-Institut fur Quantenoptik, "The size of the proton"

2/09 Oskar Painter, CalTech, "Radiation pressure at the nanoscale: classical- and quantum-optical application"


12/01 Charles Mathy, ITAMP Postdoc, "Universal features of strongly polarized mass imbalanced fermi gases"

12/01 Johannes Feist, ITAMP Postdoc, "Attosecond pump-probe setups for studying doubly excited wave packets in helium"

12/01 Barbara Capogrosso-Sansone, ITAMP Postdoc, "Quantum phases of lattice bosons"

11/17 Florian Schreck, Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, "Ultracold atoms at IQOQI: Strongly interacting 6Li 40K Fermi mixture & Quantum degenerate strontium gases"

11/10 Phil Hemmer, Texas A&M, "Beyond the nitrogen-vacancy"

11/3 Prof. Konrad Lehnert, JILA, "Can acoustics be quantum?"

10/5 Dieter Meschede, Universitat Bonn, "Coherent Splitting, Rocking and Blinding of Single Atoms"

10/06 Florian Marquardt, Erlangen Germany, "Optomechanics - Interaction Between Light and Nanomechanical Motion"

6/03 Renate Pazourek, TU Wien, "Measurement of time delays in atomic photoionization through attosecond streaking"

5/20 Prof. Michael Moore, Michigan State University, "Biphoton generation from atomic vapors"

5/19 Joint ITAMP/CUA Special Seminar: Tilman Pfau-Stuttgart, "Coherent Control of Strongly Interacting Rydberg Atoms and Molecules"

5/12 Hanns-Christoph Naegerl, University of Innsbruck, "Quantum phase transitions, strong correlations, and novel many-body systems"

5/05 Prof. Poul Jessen, U. of Arizona, "Quantum Chaos and Entanglement in Atomic Spin Systems"

4/28 Prof. David DeMille, Yale University, "Laser cooling of a diatomic molecule"

4/21 Prof. Joerg Schmiedmayer, Univ of Vienna, "Probing coherence and correlations in 1d many body quantum systems"4/14 Prof. Luming Duan, University of Michigan, "Quantum simulation of many-body physics with cold atoms and trapped ions"

4/13/10  Guido Pupillo, IQOQI Innbruck, "Solids and supersolids with dipolar quantum gases"

4/08 Dr. Peter Rabl, ITAMP Postdoc, "Mechanical Systems In The Quantum Regime"

3/31 Marko Loncar, SEAS "Nanoscale Devices for Optical and Quantum Information Processing"

3/30 ITAMP/AMP Topical Talk: Prof. Mladen Pavicic, University of Zagreb, Phillips Auditorium, 60 Garden Street

3/24 Prof. Anders Sorensen, Bohr Institute, U. of Copenhagen, "Generating and detecting strongly correlated states of ultra cold atoms"3/18 Dr. Shannon Wang from the group of I. Chuang at MIT, "Heating of ions in cryogenic surface-electrode traps"

3/04 Dr. Kaden Hazzard Cornell University, “Measuring universal quantum critical behavior in cold gases.”

2/25 ITAMP Topical Discussions: Teragrid discussion

2/18 Prof. Agapi Emmanouilidou, Univ. College London & UMASS-Amherst, “Electronic correlation triggered by strong laser fields in atomic and molecular systems”

2/11 Prof. Selim Jochim, Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, informal discussion on ongoing work in his group on cold Fermi gases2/10 Prof. Selim Jochim, Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, “Few-body physics with ultracold atoms”

1/05 Special ITAMP/CMT Seminar, Mr. Chris Laumann, Princeton University, “Quantum Satisfiability


12/17 Chris Ticknor, "Scattering of Three Dipoles"

12/16 Prof. Liang Jiang, CalTech, “Repetitive Readout of a Single Electronic Spin via Quantum Logic with Nuclear Spin Ancillae”

12/10 ITAMP Topical Discussion, Yusuke Nishida, MIT, "Universal few-body and many-body physics in mixed dimensions"

12/08 Vladimir Yurovsky from Tel Aviv University, "The Memory of Initial Conditions in Incompletely-Chaotic Quantum Systems"

12/02 Prof. V. Sandoghdar, Laboratory of Physical Chemistry, ETH Zurich, “Cavity-free coherent coupling of photons and emitters”

11/12 Prof. Michael Fleischhauer, Fachbereich Physik, Uni Kaiserslautern, “Single- and many-body physics with stationary-light polaritons”

11/4 Prof. Thierry Giamarchi, DPMC-MaNEP, University of Geneva “Disorder in cold atomic gases”

11/3 Special Talk, Prof. Edward Gerjuoy, University of Pittsburgh, “Recollections of Oppenheimer and Schwinger”

10/21 Dr Sebastiaan van de Meerakker, Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, “Collision Experiments with Stark Decelerated Beams”

10/15 Dr. Seth Rittenhouse, ITAMP Postdoc., " Semi-Classical Methods and N-Body Recombination or why WKB is Smarter than you think"

10/7 Prof. Charles W. Clark, Joint Quantum Institute, National Institute of Standards and Technology and University of Maryland, “Relativity at a billionth of the speed of light”

9/23 Prof. Chris Greene, JILA and University of Colorado, “Four-body collisions, universality, and the Efimov effect”

9/17 Topical Discussion: Prof. Bo Gao, University of Toledo, "Quantum-defect theory for ion-atom interactions"

9/10 Topical Discussion: Dr. Christopher Ticknor, "Dipolar Scattering in 2D"

9/9 Prof. Ami Vardi, Ben Gurion University, “Dephasing and noise in weakly coupled Bose-Einstein condensates”

6/23 Special Event, Prof. Dmitry Fursa, Curtin University, Australia “Relativistic Convergent Close-Coupling method for excitation and ionization processes in electron collisions with atoms and ions”

6/04 Dr. Barbara Capogrosso-Sansone, ITAMP Postdoc., "Quantum Monte Carlo simulations of lattice models for cold atoms and molecules"

5/13 Prof. Andreas Buchleitner, Univ. of Freiburg, “Entanglement in open quantum systems”

4/29 Prof. Mark Raizen, UT-Austin, “Towards Trapping and Cooling of Atomic Tritium for Precision Measurement of Beta Decay”

4/22 Prof. Alexey Gorshkov, Harvard University, “Quantum Information and Quantum Simulation with Ultracold Alkaline-Earth Atoms in Optical Lattices”

4/1 Paul Julienne, NIST, “Ultracold Polar Molecules: A Case Study with KRb”

3/18 Andrei Derevianko, Univ of Nevada – Reno, “Improved test of the standard model of elementary particles with atomic parity violation”

3/4 Prof. John Bohn, JILA, University of Colorado-Boulder, “Which way is up? Or, How a BEC lives with dipolar interactions”

1/28 Prof. Tilman Pfau, University of Stuttgart, “Rydberg atoms in a Bose-Einstein Condensate


12/10 Prof. Markus Aspelmeyer, University of Vienna

11/19 Prof. Thad Walker, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “Observation of Rydberg Blockade between Pairs of Atoms”

10/22 Dr. Paul Lett, NIST, “Entangling images with four-wave mixing”

10/15 Dr. Franco Nori, RIKEN, “Designing superconducting qubit circuits that exhibit atomic-physics-like phenomena on a chip”

10/8 Prof. David Cory, MIT, “Error Finding and Control for Quantum Processors”

9/24 Prof. Maxim Olshanii, University of Massachusetts, Boston, “Eigenstate thermalization hypothesis and quantum thermodynamics”

6/11 Dr. Thomas Giesen, I. Physikalisches Institut, University of Cologne, Germany, “Terahertz Spectroscopy for Astrophysical Applications”

5/7 Dr. Eric Akkerman, Technion, “Photon localization and Dicke superradiance : a cross-over to small world networks”

4/30 Prof. Olga Kocharovskaya, “Coherent Control of the Atomic Optical and Nuclear Gamma-Ray Transitions in Solids”

4/23 Prof. Matthias Weidemuller, Physics Institute, Albert-Ludwig University Freiburg, Germany, “ ‘Rydberg Matter’- Many-body phenomena in an ultracold gas of Rydberg atoms”

4/22 Prof. V.G. Veselago, Prokhorov Institute of General Physics, Moscow, “Some Additional Remarks about Electrodynamics of LHM”

4/9 Prof. Sankar Das Sarma, University of Maryland, “Computing with Quantum Knots: Non-Abelian Anyons and Topological Quantum Computation”

3/19 Prof. Belen Paredes, University of Mainz, “Minimum instances of topological matter in an optical plaquette”

2/27 Prof. Anatoli Polkovnikov, Boston University, “ Interference and non-adiabaticity

2/13 Prof. Lorenza Viola, University of Dartmouth, “A quantum-entangled view of quantum critical phenomena”


12/12 Prof. David Weiss, Penn State University, “Experiments with gases in 0D, 1D and more”

12/05 Prof. Doerte Blume, Washington State University, “Microscopic Study of Fermi Gases at Unitarity”

11/28 Prof. Pierre Meystre, University of Arizona, “Cooling of nanoscale mirrors”

11/14 Prof. Austen Lamacraft, University of Virginia, “Long wavelength spin dynamics of ferromagnetic condensates”

10/25 Special Seminar, Prof. Immanuel Bloch, Johannes Gutenberg-University, “Exploring quantum matter in artificial crystals of light”

10/17 Prof. Marianna Safronova, University of Delaware, “Polarizabilities, atomic clocks, and magic wavelengths”

10/03 Prof. Alan Mills, UC Riverside, “Positronium molecules and the annihilation gamma ray laser”

5/23 Prof. Ignacio Cirac, Max-Planck, Garchig, “Quantum simulations with classical and quantum systems”

5/09 Prof. Tom Killian, Rice University, “Collisional and collisionless expansion of ultracold neutral plasmas”

5/02 Prof. Paolo Tombesi, University of Camerino, “A scheme for scalable quantum computers with electrons in Penning traps”

4/25 Prof. Lily Childress, Harvard University, “Coherent manipulation of single electronic and nuclear spins in diamond”

4/11 Dr. Tommaso Calarco, Harvard University, “Quantum Optimal Control: a tool for scalable Quantum Information Processing”

3/15 Prof. Gora Shlyapnikov, CNRS, Paris, “Anderson localization of expanding Bose-Einstein condensates”

3/14 Prof. Rudi Grimm, Universität Innsbruck, “Strongly interacting Fermi gases: recent results from Innsbruck”

3/14 Prof. Murray Batchelor, Australian National University, “Pairing and quantum phase transitions in the integrable 1D atomic Fermi gas”

2/28 Prof. Guifre Vidal, University of Brisbane, “Classical simulation of quantum many-body systems using a tensor network”

2/14 Dr. Jake Taylor, MIT, “Artificial atoms and molecules in quantum information science”

1/16 Prof. Dimitra Koutroumpa, Service d'Aeronomie du CNRS, France “Charge-Exchange Induced EUV/Soft X-ray emissions from the Heliosphere and Mars"