SYQC: Symposium Quantum Cooperativity of Light and Matter

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At this year’s DPG spring meeting, the TRR 306 QuCoLiMa is organizing a Symposium on “Quantum Cooperativity of Light and Matter(SYQC). The symposium will consist of two sessions of 2h each:

Thursday, 17.03.2022: 10:30 – 12:30 & 14:00 – 16:00


Cooperative behavior is ubiquitous in nature. It can be understood as the enhanced response of a system of many particles with respect to isolated entities such that the ensemble behaves differently than a single unit. In the quantum domain the collective response is brought about by some mutual coupling among the particles establishing non-local and long-range quantum correlations in space and time. Quantum collective behavior induced by the buildup of quantum spatio-temporal corre- lations in mesoscopic light-matter systems is the topic of the Symposium Quantum Cooperativity of Light and Matter. The symposium brings together leading scientists with expertise in theoreti- cal and experimental quantum optics and condensed-matter physics to investigate a wide variety of experiments and platforms.

The invited talks are:

  • Thu 10:30 – Arno Rauschenbeutel (HU Berlin): Super- and subradiant states of an ensemble of cold atoms coupled to a nanophotonic waveguide 
  • Thu 12:00 – Paola Cappellaro (MIT, USA): Quantum simulation with coherent engineering of synthetic dimensions
  • Thu 14:00 – Susana F. Huelga (Ulm University): Cooperative Effects in Pigment-Protein Complexes: Vibronic Renormalisation of System Parameters in Complex Vibra- tional Environments
  • Thu 15:30 – Cristiane Morais-Smith (University of Utrecht, The Netherlands): Quantum Fractals

Additionally, eight contributed talks complete the symposium and seven further talks are associated with the symposium in a joint session on Friday, 10:30-12:15.

The entire program can be downloaded here or watched online at