School on Light and Cold Atoms

March 6-17, 2023

São Paulo, Brazil



Progress made during the past four decades in techniques for producing and controlling cold matter gave rise to the experimental manipulation of quantum gases, exotic states of matter, and the implementation of quantum simulators for condensed matter Hamiltonians. In addition, progress in the production and manipulation of quantum states of light and the suppression of classical noise allowed for the emergence and control of special coherence properties and quantum statistics, for both matter and light. These developments brought the fields of quantum optics and ultracold matter closer to applications, for example, in quantum sensing and quantum information processing. This common field of research represents today a privileged platform for fundamental discoveries of non-classical properties of light and matter, and an incubator of new quantum technologies.

This school aims at training PhD students, post-docs and outstanding master students in the physics of optics and cold atoms, introducing them to the basics, and familiarizing them with applications in modern technologies.

This activity will be followed by the “Workshop on Low Dimensional Quantum Gases“. Candidates may apply either for one or both activities.

There is no registration fee and limited funds are available for travel and local expenses.

In order to have an idea of the kind of activities that take place during the course, please visit the homepages of the previous editions of this school at cold atoms 2017 and cold atoms 2019


  • Romain Bachelard (UFSCar, Brazil)
  • Patrícia Christina Marques Castilho (IFSC-USP, Brazil)
  • Mathilde Hugbart (Institut de Physique de Nice, France)
  • Raul Celistrino Teixeira (UFSCar, Brazil)


  • Philippe W Courteille (IFSC-USP, Brazil): Basics on light-atom interaction, laser cooling and trapping
  • Marcelo Martinelli (IFUSP – USP, Brazil): Quantum optics & quantum information
  • Gabriele Ferrari (University of Trento, Italy): Bose Gases
  • Eric Akkermans (Technion, Israel): Mesoscopic physics of photons
  • Tommaso Macrì (UFRN, Brazil): Long-range interactions in cold atomic gases
  • Joseph Thywissen (University of Toronto, Canada): Optical lattices
  • Frédéric Chevy (École Normale Supérieure-Paris, France): BEC-BCS crossover




Application is now closed

Preliminary program

Preliminary School Program: PDF updated on December 27, 2022


Additional Information

COVID-19: Fully vaccinated Brazilians and foreigners are required to present proof of vaccination, printed or electronically or a negative. Not vaccinated and not fully vaccinated passengers have to present a medical certificate with a negative test result before entering the country. Tests should be taken up to 24 hours before boarding.

Visa information: Nationals from several countries in Latin America and Europe, Australia, Canada, Japan and USA are exempt from tourist visa. Please check here which nationals need a tourist visa to enter Brazil.

Accommodation: Participants, whose accommodation will be provided by the institute, will stay at The Universe Flat. Hotel recommendations are available here

How to reach the Institute: The school will be held at ICTP South American Institute, located at IFT-UNESP, which is across the street from a major bus and subway terminal (Terminal Barra Funda). The address which is closer to the entrance of the IFT-UNESP building is R. Jornalista Aloysio Biondi, 120 – Barra Funda, São Paulo. The easiest way to reach us is by subway or bus, please find instructions here.