Optimal
controltheory –
the set of methods developed to design systems
that can achieve a desired
behavior with limited resources and the biggest
possible probability of
success. Its applications cover such diverse
fields as aerodynamics and
ultrafast laser-assisted chemical reactions.

Aash Clerk (McGill
University, Canada)

Quantum
nanoscience – the detection and
manipulation of quantum
mechanical behavior in small mechanical structures.

Andrew Geraci (U.
Nevada Reno)

Mechanical
oscillators for
precision measurements –

i.
Precision force measurements using mechanical
oscilllators

ii.
Laser cooling and trapping of dielectric objects

iii.
Applications: Casimir effect and tests for
non-Newtonian gravity

Steven
Girvin (Yale)

Quantum
mechanics of mesoscopic systems –

Lecture
1. Quantizing superconducting electrical
circuits: photons and Josephson
junctions -what is a photon? What is
the electric field of a
superposition of 0 and 1 photon?

Lecture
2. Strong dispersive coupling: recent Yale
experiments on making giant photon
cat states - I will explain what a Wigner
function is and show recent
remarkable data.

Lecture
3. Quantum reservoir engineering – how to
manipulate the spectral density of
shot noise in a cavity for useful purposes such
as optomechanical cooling or
autonomous feedback to stabilize a coherent
superposition state of a quit (our
recent expt/theory paper with the Siddiqi group
at Berkeley) --I would
introduce the concepts of quantum noise spectral
density, shot noise,
parametric coupling, etc.

H. Jeff Kimble (Caltech)

Quantum
information and quantum optics–

Bell
inequalities, ii) flavors of entanglement in
QIS, iii) quantum teleportation

Pierre Meystre/Steve Steinke (U.
Arizona)

Theoretical
background– 2 lectures meant to
bring the participants
to a common level in preparation of the school
lectures.

Herschel Rabitz (Princeton)

Quantum
control – the active control of chemical
and physical
events. The theme of controlling events at the
molecular scale also extends to
research in systems biology. Studies in this
area involve the development of
analysis tools to identify the key linkages in
complex bionetworks to reveal
how they function as well as how to control them
through the introduction of
tailored chemicals.

Peter Rabl (TU
Vienna, Austria)

Hybrid
systems in quantum optomechanics –

brief
introduction on coupling nanomechanical to
different types of qubits. I
will then focus on the system of an NV
center coupled magnetically as an
example to discuss the basics of
laser cooling, state preparation
and the coupling of qubits via a
phonon quantum bus. For the cooling
I will present in more detail the general
theory of laser cooling in
the Lamb-Dicke regime and say a
little bit about semiclassical
laser cooling for this system. For
coupling of spins I will discuss
how to obtain effective Ising models
by eliminating the phonon modes
and make the connection to trapped
ion quantum computing. If time
permits, I will conclude with a few
basics aspects of strong
coupling OM.

Oriol Romero-Isart (MPI for
Quantum Optics, Germany)

Quantum
mechanics at the limit –

--
Discussion of the motivation of testing quantum
mechanics (including the
measurement problem, collapse models, the role
of gravity in quantum mechanics,
side applications, etc.)

--
Protocol to prepare large quantum superpositions
of massive objects, based on
freely expanding the ground-state cooled
center-of-mass of a massive object (in
a very general framework where the limits on the
mass of the object and the

superpositions
size are only given by unavoidable sources of
decoherence.)

--
Bounds that this protocol poses to collapse
models and comparison to other
experiments and proposals.

--
Implementation by either optical levitation of
dielectric nanospheres in a
high-finesse optical cavity or magnetic
levitation of superconducting
microspheres near a quantum circuit.

Keith
Schwab (Caltech)

Quantum
properties of nanoscale devices – probing
the fundamental quantum nature of the
physical world, applications in atomic and
quantum optics experiments,
furthering nanoscience and technology.

Dan
Stamper-Kurn (UC
Berkeley)

Ultracold
atoms and mesoscopic physics – exploiting
ultracold atoms as a resource for studying
aspects of condensed-matter and
many-body physics, quantum and precision
measurement, quantum optics and
quantum atom optics.

John
Teufel (NIST Boulder)

Microwave
optomechanics –

I.
Introduction to Microwave Optomechanics

II. Sideband Cooling and
Optomechanically Induced Transparency

III.
Quantum Limits of Measurement
in Mechanical Systems

The Winter School
is supported by grants from the Army Research
office (ARO) and the National Science
Foundation(NSF).