School on Interaction of Light with Cold Atoms

September 16-27, 2019

São Paulo, Brazil




Light‐matter interaction is one of the oldest scientific topics, and also one of the broadest and most fundamental. Yet continuous developments of both new light scattering materials and new sources of light keep the interest in this topic alive. Impressive progress has been made during the past three decades in the preparation of cold matter and the suppression of classical noise, allowing for the emergence and even the experimental manipulation of special coherence properties of both matter and light. These developments generated applications in the fields of quantum optics and ultracold matter, for example, in quantum sensing and quantum information processing.

This school aims at training PhD and post‐doc students (and selected master´s students) in the physics of light interacting with cold atoms, introducing them to the basics and familiarizing them with applications in modern technology.

There is no registration fee and limited funds are available for travel and local expenses. The students are strongly encouraged to present their work at the poster session.


  • Romain P. M. Bachelard (UFSCar, Brazil)
  • Raul C. Teixeira  (UFSCar, Brazil)
  • Jook T. M. Walraven (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)


  • Eric Akkermans (Technion, Israel): Mesoscopic physics of photons
  • Mikhail Baranov (IQOQI, Innsbruck, Austria): Fermions
  • Michel Brune (ENS, France): Quantum optics & optical cavities
  • Philippe W Courteille (IFSC‐USP, Brazil): Introductory course (atom-light interaction and basic applications)
  • Luiz Davidovich (UFRJ, Brazil): Quantum information
  • Georgy Shlyapnikov (CEA-CRNS, France): Dipolar gases
  • Juliette Simonet (University of Hamburg, Germany): Optical lattices
  • Jook T. M. Walraven (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands): Quantum gases



Online application is now closed.


Preliminary program


Additional Information

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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.

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