Quantum researchers around the globe gather at Aalto
The conference covers quantum effects and connects research directions at the frontiers of mesoscopic quantum coherence.
Aalto University Centre for Quantum Engineering is hosting an international quantum science conference in Espoo 5-8 August. The event brings together nearly 200 participants from twenty different countries. Over 40 presentations at the frontier of this rapidly developing field are heard in the multidisciplinary Mesoscopic Transport and Quantum Coherence 2017 conference – QTC 2017.
The event was opened with presentation of the recipient of the 2016 Olli V. Lounasmaa Memorial Prize, Prof. Michel Devoret (Yale University, USA). He participates as a keynote speaker and is awarded for his pioneering investigations and applications of macroscopic quantum phenomena at low temperatures. Olli V. Lounasmaa Memorial Prize consists of a 5,000 euro cash prize and travelling support to the awarding conference. It is sponsored by BlueFors Cryogenics, a 2008 spin-off company from the Low Temperature Laboratory of Aalto University (established by Lounasmaa in 1965).
QTC 2017 is part of the 28th International Conference on Low Temperature Physics LT28 in Gothenburg, Sweden (9-16 August 2017). Invited speakers include academics from institutions in Denmark, France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the United States, Israel, and Russia as well as a representative from Google. LT-conferences have been organized twice before in Helsinki, LT14 in 1972 and LT22 in 1999.
The researchers’ presentation topics offer a variety of approaches to quantum research and its applications. The topics handle, for example, quantum effects in electron transport, superconducting qubits and hybrid circuits, quantum thermodynamics, circuit QED, cavity optomechanics, topological and 2D materials. In addition to researchers, representatives from industry are among the guests and the audience. The programme also includes a boat trip to UNESCO’s World Heritage site, Suomenlinna, and dinner on the island.
The responsible organiser is Aalto University Professor Mika Sillanpää, who leads the Quantum Nanomechanics group in the School of Science's Department of Applied Physics.