purpose of the workshop is to create an
interdisciplinary platform for the discussion of
the phenomenon of quantum reflection.
reflection is a classically counterintuitive
phenomenon whereby the motion of particles is
reverted "against the force" acting on them. This
effect manifests the wave nature of particles and
influences collisions of ultracold atoms and
interaction of atoms with solid surfaces.
reflection of cold atoms from surfaces occurs on
the attractive tails of long-range atom surface
potentials, and takes place at mesoscopic
distances on the order of a fraction of a micron.
Because of that, studies of quantum reflection are
closely related to studies of the long-range
atom-surface interactions and contribute to our
understanding of the interface between quantum
world and the macroscopic world in general.
of quantum reflection has become possible thanks
to recent advances in trapping and cooling atoms.
Utilization of this effect has only begun and
holds many exciting promises. The goal of the
workshop is to present the recent results and
applications of quantum reflection in the areas of
atomic, molecular, optical and surface physics,
and to discuss its potential for science and
technology, notably for the understanding of
quantum mechanics, for realization of experiments
testing quantum electrodynamics and gravity, and
for applications in the fields of quantum optics