In recent years there has been an explosion of activity on cold Rydberg
gases resulting in a diverse range of exciting developments that combine
aspects of atomic and molecular physics, nonlinear optics, statistical
physics, quantum information science, condensed matter and plasma physics.
This workshop was held to promote scientific exchange and interaction
between researchers working in these and related areas.
The workshop covered a range of topics, including the dynamics
and exotic phases of strongly interacting quantum systems, as occurring
in ultracold molecular and Rydberg gases, coherent control of Rydberg
atoms and molecules, with applications in quantum optics and quantum
information, formation of Rydberg and antimatter atoms and their interactions
with strong fields and solid state interfaces, as well as ultracold
The two week event was part of a Tandem Workshop program with
the Institute for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
(ITAMP) at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (see\\ http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/itamp/Rydberg09.html).
The first workshop week will consist of invited talks and contributed
poster presentations. During the second week we will provide extensive
time for informal talks and discussions among a smaller number of
researchers, intended to explore common interests and possibly initiate