Seminars


Seminars

On an irregular basis various Special Seminars take place at the MPQ. The seminars are organized by scientists of our divisions, administration or staff representatives. The location will be announced with the event.
Room: Hörsaal, Raum B 0.32 / New lecture hall, Room B 0.32

Flat Optics: a new approach to structured light, polarization control and lenses (Prof. Federico Capasso)

Flat Optics: a new approach to structured light, polarization control and lenses
Metasurfaces enable arbitrary control of the wavefront of light by locally manipulating polarization in addition to amplitude and phase. As a result, multiple optical functions can be encoded with greatly reduced complexity that be accessed by changing the input polarization, wavelength and k-vector. Unique ways to generate structured light, a new polarization optics that greatly surpasses the capabilities of the standard and a new class of lenses that correct aberrations without requiring multiple stacked lenses have emerged from this approach. [more]

The 2nd Law: History and Fiction (Prof. Assa Auerbach)

The 2nd Law: History and Fiction
The talk The 2nd Law: History and Fiction discusses the history of Maxwell’s Demon, the Second Law of Thermodynamics, and its connection to Information Theory. It shows how these concepts can be explained to non-physicists in a comic book of an adventure story called “Max the Demon vs Entropy of Doom’’. [more]

Quantum physics with compound atom-ion systems (Dr. Antonio Negretti)

Quantum physics with compound atom-ion systems
In this talk I shall illustrate how ultracold quantum systems of atoms and ions can be used for quantum simulation and information processing as well as for investigating many-body quantum physics. I shall thus present a few theoretical examples on how to control an atomic bosonic Josephson junction with a single trapped ion, the formation of molecular ions, and how to engineer long-ranged atom-ion interactions with laser fields and Rydberg excitations. [more]
In this talk I will speak about our source of light-matter quantum states based on laser-cooled atoms. In particular, I will explain the capabilities developed in order to transfer photonic qubits from this system to another matter platform that consists on a crystal doped with rare-earth ions. Photonic qubits generated by the atomic cloud were frequency converted and temporally shaped in order to have an optimum interaction with the ions in the crystal. These capabilities enabled to perform quantum state transfer between these two very different matter systems: the laser-cooled gas and the crystal. [more]

Entanglement Renormalization for Weakly Interacting Fields (Ali Mollabashi)

Entanglement Renormalization for Weakly Interacting Fields
I will introduce a specific method how to generalize cMERA in presence of interactions. The method is based on Hamiltonian renormalization of spatial degrees of freedom. Using this method I will work out a circuit starting from an appropriate IR state and ending up with the vacuum state of phi^4 theory. [more]
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