Non-thermal Quantum Systems: glassiness, scrambling, and dynamical control

Workshop dates: March 11 – 14, 2018

Workshop location: Rajen Kilachand Center, 610 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215



In recent years, there has been dramatic progress understanding the quantum dynamics of many-body systems due to insights from many different sub-fields, including condensed matter, quantum optics, high energy physics and quantum information. Many of these developments have been stimulated by the cross-fertilization of ideas in small inter-disciplinary workshop settings. This BU-CUNY workshop continues in this tradition and aims to bring together a group of creative experts, young and old, to push the non-equilibrium frontier. In this workshop there are two main topics which will be discussed:

  1.  The attempt to unify concepts between classical mechanics and high energy physics on glassiness, scrambling, chaos and thermalization in the context of many-body quantum systems.
  2. Theoretical ideas in dynamical control of quantum information motivated by recent exciting experiments in superconducting and quantum optical platforms demonstrating small-scale coherent quantum computation.

This workshop shares many attributes with its predecessors, e.g. it adheres to the same formula with emphasis on short talks, long open discussion periods and a large fraction of junior participants including speakers.

Workshop Organizers:

  • Chris Laumann (BU)
  • Anushya Chandran (BU)
  • Anatoli Polkovnikov (BU)
  • Vadim Oganesyan (CUNY)
  • Sarang Gopalakrishnan (CUNY)

Workshop Student Organizers:

  • Phillip Weinberg (BU)

Workshop Sponsors:

  • Boston University
  • ICAM