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From Condensed Matter Physics to Quantum Simulation - Summer School *POSTPONED until summer 2022 /New dates and info pending
Provider: Faculty of Science

Activity no.: 5911-20-11-31
Enrollment deadline: 13/04/2020
PlaceH.C. Ørsteds Institute
Universitetsparken 5, 2100 København Ø
Date and timeJune 2020 - July 2020
Regular seats
ECTS credits2.50
Contact personJulie Meier Hansen    E-mail address: juliemh@nbi.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserJens Paaske    E-mail address: paaske@nbi.ku.dk
Exam requirementsExam form and criteria for assessment: Passed/not passed by attendance and active participation
Course workload
Course workload categoryHours


The topics covered in this school belong to the emerging field of quantum simulation. The long-standing ambition to control quantum systems, and possibly their quantum coherence, has led to a number of recent experimental advances, which allow exquisite control of a range of different quantum devices. This opens an exciting perspective for simulating atoms, molecules, and even bulk materials, using assemblies of controllable quantum devices with built in functionality. The lecturers selected for this school represent different versions of this theme, including quantum dots, carbon nanotubes and twisted bilayer graphene, together with an instruction to the use of machine learning to deal with the challenging modelling of such systems. All Lecturers are leading experts in their fields and experienced teachers.

Learning outcome
The students are expected to learn about a selection of state-of-the-art controllable quantum devices, and to acquire an outlook to where this community is heading. This includes a more detailed insight into the respective advantages and shortcomings of the different systems, and a basic understanding of the relevant underlying quantum physics.

Scientific articles proposed by the main lecturers

Teaching and learning methods
Traditional lectures introduced by shorter instruction lectures given by local staff from UCPH. Exercise classes with local students and post-docs acting as teaching assistants. Finally, students present their own work (on their own topic) in a poster session.

Guest lecturers:

Associate Professor Liang Fu , Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Associate Professor Eun-Ah Kim, Cornell University, USA
Professor Shahal Ilani, Weizmann Institute of Technology, Israel

Local lecturers/Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen:

Associate Professor Mark Rudner
Associate Professor Karsten Flensberg
Associate Professor Jens Paaske

*Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, this summer school will unfortunately be postponed until summer 2022. New dates and information re. course description/lecturers to be updated once confirmed.

Preparation: Students will receive pdf-versions of the relevant scientific papers for reading by June 15, and are expected to study selected sections of this material before the course starts.

Self-study: Only the preparation is true self-study, since the intensive program during the week of the course leaves no time for homework. Evenings are kept free for socializing.

Evaluation: At the end of the course, students will be asked to fill an evaluation form.

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