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

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

Eugene Polzik, Copenhagen "Measurements Beyond the Heisenberg uncertainties"
Vlad Shalaev, Purdue
Jeff Steinhauer, Technion
John Martinis, UCSB
Jelena Vuckovic, Stanford


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


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

Joseph Subotnik, University of Pennsylvania, "Understanding photo-induced dynamics from scratch using the simplest, practical computational chemistry"
Frank Neese, MPI, "Pushing the boundaries of wavefunction based ab initio approaches"
Robert DiStasio Jr., Princeton University, "The microscopic structure, equilibrium density, and local environment of liquid water"


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: "Weak and Strong Localizations of Ultra-cold Atoms: Breaking the Time Reversal Symmetry"

Arno Rauschenbeutal, TU Wien
Andreas Wallraf, ETH, "Photon-Mediated Interactions between Artificial Atoms in One Dimension: Quantum Optics with Superconducting Circuits"
Dan Stamper-Kurn, UC Berkeley
Karl Berggren, MIT
Mark Raizen, University of Texas, Title: "An Alternative to Laser Cooling"
Michal Lipson, Cornell
Naomi Ginsberg, UC Berkeley
Tilman Pfau, Physikalisches Institut










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

Leo Gross, IBM-Zurich,  "Individual Molecules Investigated by Scanning Probe Microscopy with Atomically Funcionalized Tips".

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

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

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

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

Ivan Deutsch, University of New Mexico

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".

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"


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"



12/7/2011 Francesca Ferlaino, University of Innsbruck, Austrian Academy of Sciences, "Universal few-body physics with ultracold atoms"

12/1/2011 Immanuel Bloch, Max-Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, "Quantum Many-Body Systems Division"

11/9/2011 David Wineland, NIST, "Prospects for scaling trapped-ion quantum information processing"

10/12/2011 Brian DeMarco, U. of Illinois, "3D Anderson Localization of an Ultra-cold Fermi Gas"

10/5/2011 Gerard Meijer, Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft

9/28/2011 Maciej Lewenstein, ICF, "Ultracold Atoms in Synthetic Gauge Fields: From topological insulators to frustrated antiferromagnetism"

9/21/2011 Hanns-Christoph Nagerl, Institute for Experimental Physics, University of Innsbruck, "Molecools - Ultracold samples of ground-state molecules near quantum degeneracy"

8/09/2011 Simone Montangero, Institute for Quantum Information Processing, Univ. of Ulm. "Control of strongly correlated quantum systems"

5/04/2011 Paul Corkum, University of Ottawa, "Laser Induced Molecular Imaging"

4/27/2011 Stefan Kuhr, Max-Planck-Institut fur Quantenoptik, "Probing quantum States in Optical lattices with single-atom resolution"

4/26/2011 Stefan Kuhr, Max-Planck-Institut fur Quantenoptik, "Single-site-resolved detection and manipulation of atoms in an optical lattice"

4/13/2011 Prof. Dr. Hans Peter Buechler, Institute for Theoretical Physics, "Center for Free-Electron Laser Science, University of Hamburg"

3/30/2011 Robin Santra, Center for Free-Electron Laser Science, University of Hamburg "Ultrafast processes at high x-ray intensity"

3/09/2011 Gerald Gabrielse, Harvard University, "Probing for an electron edm with cold molecules" 

2/23/2011 Randolf Pohl, Max-Planck-Institut fur Quantenoptik, "The size of the proton"

2/09/2011 Oskar Painter, CalTech, "Radiation pressure at the nanoscale: classical- and quantum-optical application"


12/01/2010 Charles Mathy, ITAMP Postdoc, "Universal features of strongly polarized mass imbalanced fermi gases"

12/01/2010 Johannes Feist, ITAMP Postdoc, "Attosecond pump-probe setups for studying doubly excited wave packets in helium"

12/01/2010 Barbara Capogrosso-Sansone, ITAMP Postdoc, "Quantum phases of lattice bosons"

11/17/2010 Florian Schreck, Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, "Ultracold atoms at IQOQI: Strongly interacting 6Li 40K Fermi mixture & Quantum degenerate strontium gases"

11/10/2010 Phil Hemmer, Texas A&M, "Beyond the nitrogen-vacancy"

11/3/2010 Prof. Konrad Lehnert, JILA, "Can acoustics be quantum?"

10/5/2010 Dieter Meschede, Universitat Bonn, "Coherent Splitting, Rocking and Blinding of Single Atoms"

10/06/2010 Florian Marquardt, Erlangen Germany, "Optomechanics - Interaction Between Light and Nanomechanical Motion"

6/03/2010 Renate Pazourek, TU Wien, "Measurement of time delays in atomic photoionization through attosecond streaking"

5/20/2010 Prof. Michael Moore, Michigan State University, "Biphoton generation from atomic vapors"

5/19/2010 Joint ITAMP/CUA Special Seminar: Tilman Pfau-Stuttgart, "Coherent Control of Strongly Interacting Rydberg Atoms and Molecules"

5/12/2010 Hanns-Christoph Naegerl, University of Innsbruck, "Quantum phase transitions, strong correlations, and novel many-body systems"

5/05/2010 Prof. Poul Jessen, U. of Arizona, "Quantum Chaos and Entanglement in Atomic Spin Systems"

4/28/2010 Prof. David DeMille, Yale University, "Laser cooling of a diatomic molecule"

4/21/2010 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"

4/13/2010  Guido Pupillo, IQOQI Innbruck, "Solids and supersolids with dipolar quantum gases"

4/08/2010 Dr. Peter Rabl, ITAMP Postdoc, "Mechanical Systems In The Quantum Regime"

3/31/2010 Marko Loncar, SEAS "Nanoscale Devices for Optical and Quantum Information Processing"

3/30/2010 ITAMP/AMP Topical Talk: Prof. Mladen Pavicic, University of Zagreb, Phillips Auditorium, 60 Garden Street

3/24/2010 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"

3/04/2010 Dr. Kaden Hazzard, Cornell University, "Measuring universal quantum critical behavior in cold gases."

2/25/2010 ITAMP Topical Discussions: Teragrid discussion

2/18/2010 Prof. Agapi Emmanouilidou, Univ. College London & UMASS-Amherst, "Electronic correlation triggered by strong laser fields in atomic and molecular systems"

2/11/2010 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"

1/05/2010 Special ITAMP/CMT Seminar, Mr. Chris Laumann, Princeton University, "Quantum Satisfiability"


12/17/2009 Chris Ticknor, "Scattering of Three Dipoles"

12/16/2009 Prof. Liang Jiang, CalTech, "Repetitive Readout of a Single Electronic Spin via Quantum Logic with Nuclear Spin Ancillae"

12/10/2009 ITAMP Topical Discussion, Yusuke Nishida, MIT, "Universal few-body and many-body physics in mixed dimensions"

12/08/2009 Vladimir Yurovsky from Tel Aviv University, "The Memory of Initial Conditions in Incompletely-Chaotic Quantum Systems"

12/02/2009 Prof. V. Sandoghdar, Laboratory of Physical Chemistry, ETH Zurich, "Cavity-free coherent coupling of photons and emitters"

11/12/2009 Prof. Michael Fleischhauer, Fachbereich Physik, Uni Kaiserslautern, "Single- and many-body physics with stationary-light polaritons"

11/4/2009 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”

10/21/2009 Dr Sebastiaan van de Meerakker, Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, "Collision Experiments with Stark Decelerated Beams"

10/15/2009 Dr. Seth Rittenhouse, ITAMP Postdoc., "Semi-Classical Methods and N-Body Recombination or why WKB is Smarter than you think"

10/7/2009 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"

9/23/2009 Prof. Chris Greene, JILA and University of Colorado, "Four-body collisions, universality, and the Efimov effect"

9/17/2009 Topical Discussion: Prof. Bo Gao, University of Toledo, "Quantum-defect theory for ion-atom interactions"

9/10/2009 Topical Discussion: Dr. Christopher Ticknor, "Dipolar Scattering in 2D"

9/9/2009 Prof. Ami Vardi, Ben Gurion University, "Dephasing and noise in weakly coupled Bose-Einstein condensates"

6/23/2009 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"

6/04/2009 Dr. Barbara Capogrosso-Sansone, ITAMP Postdoc., "Quantum Monte Carlo simulations of lattice models for cold atoms and molecules"

5/13/2009 Prof. Andreas Buchleitner, Univ. of Freiburg, "Entanglement in open quantum systems"

4/29/2009 Prof. Mark Raizen, UT-Austin, "Towards Trapping and Cooling of Atomic Tritium for Precision Measurement of Beta Decay"

4/22/2009 Prof. Alexey Gorshkov, Harvard University, "Quantum Information and Quantum Simulation with Ultracold Alkaline-Earth Atoms in Optical Lattices"

4/1/2009 Paul Julienne, NIST, "Ultracold Polar Molecules: A Case Study with KRb"

3/18/2009 Andrei Derevianko, Univ of Nevada, Reno, "Improved test of the standard model of elementary particles with atomic parity violation"

3/4/2009 Prof. John Bohn, JILA, University of Colorado-Boulder, "Which way is up? Or, How a BEC lives with dipolar interactions"

1/28/2009 Prof. Tilman Pfau, University of Stuttgart, "Rydberg atoms in a Bose-Einstein Condensate"



12/10/2008 Prof. Markus Aspelmeyer, University of Vienna

11/19/2008 Prof. Thad Walker, University of Wisconsin-Madison, "Observation of Rydberg Blockade between Pairs of Atoms"

10/22/2008 Dr. Paul Lett, NIST, "Entangling images with four-wave mixing"

10/15/2008 Dr. Franco Nori, RIKEN, "Designing superconducting qubit circuits that exhibit atomic-physics-like phenomena on a chip"

10/8/2008 Prof. David Cory, MIT, "Error Finding and Control for Quantum Processors"

9/24/2008 Prof. Maxim Olshanii, University of Massachusetts, Boston, "Eigenstate thermalization hypothesis and quantum thermodynamics"

6/11/2008 Dr. Thomas Giesen, I. Physikalisches Institut, University of Cologne, Germany, "Terahertz Spectroscopy for Astrophysical Applications"

5/7/2008 Dr. Eric Akkerman, Technion, "Photon localization and Dicke superradiance : a cross-over to small world networks"

4/30/2008 Prof. Olga Kocharovskaya, "Coherent Control of the Atomic Optical and Nuclear Gamma-Ray Transitions in Solids"

4/23/2008 Prof. Matthias Weidemuller, Physics Institute, Albert-Ludwig University Freiburg, Germany, "'Rydberg Matter' Many-body phenomena in an ultracold gas of Rydberg atoms"

4/22/2008 Prof. V.G. Veselago, Prokhorov Institute of General Physics, Moscow, "Some Additional Remarks about Electrodynamics of LHM"

4/9/2008 Prof. Sankar Das Sarma, University of Maryland, "Computing with Quantum Knots: Non-Abelian Anyons and Topological Quantum Computation"

3/19/2008 Prof. Belen Paredes, University of Mainz, "Minimum instances of topological matter in an optical plaquette"

2/27/2008 Prof. Anatoli Polkovnikov, Boston University, "Interference and non-adiabaticity"

2/13/2008 Prof. Lorenza Viola, University of Dartmouth, "A quantum-entangled view of quantum critical phenomena"



12/12/2007 Prof. David Weiss, Penn State University, "Experiments with gases in 0D, 1D and more"

12/05/2007 Prof. Doerte Blume, Washington State University, "Microscopic Study of Fermi Gases at Unitarity"

11/28/2007 Prof. Pierre Meystre, University of Arizona, "Cooling of nanoscale mirrors"

11/14/2007 Prof. Austen Lamacraft, University of Virginia, "Long wavelength spin dynamics of ferromagnetic condensates"

10/25/2007 Special Seminar, Prof. Immanuel Bloch, Johannes Gutenberg-University, "Exploring quantum matter in artificial crystals of light"

10/17/2007 Prof. Marianna Safronova, University of Delaware, "Polarizabilities, atomic clocks, and magic wavelengths"

10/03/2007 Prof. Alan Mills, UC Riverside, "Positronium molecules and the annihilation gamma ray laser"

5/23/2007 Prof. Ignacio Cirac, Max-Planck, Garchig, "Quantum simulations with classical and quantum systems"

5/09/2007 Prof. Tom Killian, Rice University, "Collisional and collisionless expansion of ultracold neutral plasmas"

5/02/2007 Prof. Paolo Tombesi, University of Camerino, "A scheme for scalable quantum computers with electrons in Penning traps"

4/25/2007 Prof. Lily Childress, Harvard University, "Coherent manipulation of single electronic and nuclear spins in diamond"

4/11/2007 Dr. Tommaso Calarco, Harvard University, "Quantum Optimal Control: a tool for scalable Quantum Information Processing"

3/15/2007 Prof. Gora Shlyapnikov, CNRS, Paris, "Anderson localization of expanding Bose-Einstein condensates"

3/14/2007 Prof. Rudi Grimm, Universitat Innsbruck, "Strongly interacting Fermi gases: recent results from Innsbruck"

3/14/2007 Prof. Murray Batchelor, Australian National University, "Pairing and quantum phase transitions in the integrable 1D atomic Fermi gas"

2/28/2007 Prof. Guifre Vidal, University of Brisbane, "Classical simulation of quantum many-body systems using a tensor network"

2/14/2007 Dr. Jake Taylor, MIT, "Artificial atoms and molecules in quantum information science"

1/16/2007 Prof. Dimitra Koutroumpa, Service d'Aeronomie du CNRS, France "Charge-Exchange Induced EUV/Soft X-ray emissions from the Heliosphere and Mars"