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.

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


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

Satisfaction survey:


  • Eric Akkerman (Technion, Israel): Mesoscopic physics of photons
  • Mikhail Baranov (IQOQI, Innsbruck, Austria): Fermions (Summary)
  • Michel Brune (ENS, France): From cavity QED to quantum simulations with Rydberg atoms (Summary)
  • Philippe W Courteille (IFSC‐USP, Brazil): Introductory course (atom-light interaction and basic applications) (Summary)
  • Roberto Serra (UFABC, Brazil): Quantum information
  • Georgy Shlyapnikov (CEA-CRNS, France): Dipolar gases
  • Juliette Simonet (University of Hamburg, Germany): Optical lattices and Artificial Gauge Fields (Summary)
  • Jook T. M. Walraven (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands): Quantum gases (Summary)



Online application is now closed.



PAPERS for the work in groups:  DOWNLOAD ZIP file here

School Program: updated on September 19, 2019

List of abstracts: updated on August 26, 2019


School on Interaction of Light with Cold Atoms

Videos & Files

Atom-light interaction and basic applicationsPhilippe W. Courteille (IFSC‐USP, Brazil)

Quantum GasesJook T. M. Walraven (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Quantum optics & optical cavities Michel Brune (ENS, France)

FermionsMikhail Baranov (IQOQI, Innsbruck, Austria)

Quantum InformationRoberto Serra (UFABC, Brazil)

Mesoscopic Physics of Photons Eric Akkerman (Technion, Israel)

Dipolar GasesGeorgy Shlyapnikov (CEA-CRNS, France)

Dipolar LatticesJuliette Simonet (University of Hamburg, Germany)

Artigo Alunos (update in 23/09)


Additional Information

Registration: ALL participants should register. The registration will be on September 16 (Monday) at the institute at 08:00 am.

List of Participants:  Updated on September 10, 2019

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

BOARDING PASS: All participants, whose travel has been provided or will be reimbursed by the institute, should bring the boarding pass upon registration, and collect an envelope to send the return boarding pass to the institute.

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 InstituteThe 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.

Poster presentation: Participants who are presenting a poster MUST BRING A BANNER PRINTED. The banner size should be at most 1,5m x 1m. We do not accept A4 or A3 paper. Click here to see what a banner looks like:

Yellow fever vaccination is recommended for travellers going to Brazil. Note that the vaccine needs to be taken at least ten days before the trip to be effective. Information: