ESF Research Conferences

ESF-FWF Conference in Partnership with LFUI


Chaired by


TU-WienAtominstitut der Österreichischen UniversitätenPhysik AbteilungViennaAustria


University of InnsbruckInstitute for Theoretical PhysicsDepartment of Theoretical PhysicsInnsbruckAustria


24 February-1 March 2008


Universitätszentrum Obergurgl, Ötz Valley, near Innsbruck, Austria
The Obergurgl University Centre is located at an altitude of 1940 metres, in the highest glacial village in the Tyrol, at the end of the Ötz Valley and surrounded by numerous three-thousand metre peaks.
Group transportation will be arranged from/to Innsbruck airport, via Innsbruck train station, on arrival and departure days.

Final Programme & List of Participants

In the past years the field of quantum optics has begun to expand from its original domain covering basic photon(ic) and atom(ic) systems into the realm of molecular and solid state physics. Theory and experiment have progressed to the point where the traditional boundaries between the different areas have become less pronounced. The aim of this conference is to bring together scientists from these various fields now contributing to an increasing extent to quantum optics and adopting quantum optical approaches in order to study and discuss the similarities and synergies between the different realizations of quantum optical systems and to identify new trends and possible applications.                                                     

Quantum physics is fundamental for our understanding of nature, and it has thus been central for the development of new methods and technologies. Devices and applications are in general governed by classical physics, but more and more their basis is in the quantum world. Modern developments in the field of quantum optics and solid state physics show that quantum systems per se can be useful devices. For example, they can serve as small quantum computers or they can be used in a clock or interferometer for high-precision measurements. They find application in superconducting devices and can be used for secure quantum cryptography. A robust technological implementation of quantum physics has the potential to be one of the defining technologies of the 21st century.

Quantum physical concepts by themselves can have far reaching implications beyond their traditional applications. The concept of a quantum bit, contrasted to the classical bit, will force us to redefine our ways of classifying logical operations and consequently the complexity classes of computational and logical problems or even the concept of mathematical proofs. One of the great challenges in quantum optics today is to link different quantum systems to each other while preserving the quantum nature over the link. Another great challenge is to identify the border between the classical and the quantum world and to find ways to extend the quantum world into the mesoscopic regime.

The meeting is not just planned as a place to show results but will serve as the crystallization point for many new ideas in this rapidly developing field and provided a forum for building collaborations. There will be invited and contributed talks, as well as poster sessions and open discussions. Young people are especially encouraged to participate, as the meeting is very much looking forward to the future.

Final Programme PDF (81 KB) Last Updated 16-January-2008
List of Invited Speakers & Accepted Participants

Abstracts, Posters & Short Oral Contributions

There will be no short talks other than those listed on the final programme. All other abstracts are accepted for poster presentation.

BOOKLET OF ABSTRACTS - Last updated 21-February-2008

Posters can be fixed with magnets and pins onto poster panels. Recommended poster size is 140 cm high x 100 cm wide. Use letters and drawings that can be read from approximately 100 cm distance.

A prize will be awarded to the best poster.

Group Transportation & Practical Information Guide

Detailed information on all practical aspects of the conference (access to site, registration & fee payments, accommodation, travel reimbursements...) is available from the Practical Information Guide. Please read it fully and carefully...

Practical Information Guide PDF (305 KB) Last Updated 21-December-2007

Three buses will be arranged on arrival day from Innsbruck railway station, via Innsbruck airport, to Obergurgl. The journey from the airport takes approximately 75 minutes (an hour and a half from the station).

Bus departure times - Sunday 24 February:
- from Innsbruck railway station: 15.4517.00 - 18.15
- from Innsbruck airport: 16.0017.15 - 18.30

Airport departure point: the meeting point is located just outside the small airport building. The coaches will have a sign in the window indicating “ESF Research Conferences” for easy recognition.
Group transportation back to Innsbruck will be arranged in a similar way for the departure day, Saturday 01 March. Participants will be requested to sign up on the spot. Buses will be leaving after breakfast.

Please note that SINGLE accommodation is not available to participants except in very exceptional cases it can only be guaranteed to invited speakers. All other participants will have to share a TWIN room.  For exceptional cases only the TWIN conference fee (EUR 500) should be paid to the ESF when registering. The supplement for single (EUR 60) should be paid to Obergurgl University Centre.

Registration Form

All participants - including speakers & session chairs - are kindly expected to confirm their attendance (and, when applicable, to pay the conference fee) by filling in a Registration Form.
Closing date for registration & fee payment: 21 January 2008

Conference Fees


What the fees cover

EUR 500

conference, meals and twin room

EUR 380

non-resident: conference, meals (no room)

ESF Contact

Conference Officer

Phone: +32 (0)2 533 2025
Fax: +32 (0)2 538 8486
Please quote 08-252 in any correspondence.


This conference is organised by the European Science Foundation (ESF) in partnership with the Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung in Österreich (FWF)