Thermalization, from Cold Atoms to Hot Quantum Chromodynamics

Participants of week 1

Organizers: Alexey Gorshkov ( NIST, QuICS, JQI, U. of Maryland), Niklas Mueller (IQuS, U. of Washington), Raju Venugopalan (BNL, C2QA), Nicole Yunger Halpern (NIST, QuICS, JQI, IPST,U. of Maryland)

Quantum computation and simulation promise rapid advances in understanding quantum thermalization, a challenging topic driving many fields. This workshop aims to initiate an interdisciplinary conversation between researchers from high energy and nuclear physics, ultra-cold atomic and molecular gases, condensed matter physics and quantum information science. Its goal is to overcome challenges by exchanging ideas and concepts, as well as developing tools such as lattice gauge theory, aimed at phenomena surrounding quantum thermalization and open quantum systems, from a theoretical and experimental perspective. The workshop will cover interdisciplinary aspects of topics such as Eigenstate Thermalization, Universality, Entanglement Structure and Tomography, Hydrodynamization, and Quantum Thermodynamics.

Confirmed participants include:

Monika Aidelsburger (MPI for Quantum Optics, LMU Munich), Alexei Bazavov (Michigan State), Jürgen Berges (Heidelberg University), Doerte Blume (University of Oklahoma), Ceren Dag (Harvard University), Andreas Elben (Caltech), Adrien Florio (Brookhaven National Lab), Alexey Gorshkov (University of Maryland / NIST), Mohammad Hafezi (University of Maryland / NIST), Luke Johns (UC Berkeley), Christina Manuel (CSIC-IEEC Barcelona), Duff Neill (Los Alamos National Lab), Rob Pisarski (Brookhaven National Lab), Anatoli Polkovnikov (Boston University), Felix Ringer (Old Dominion University), Alex Schuckert (University of Maryland), Mark Srednicki (UC Santa Barbara), Federica Surace (Caltech), Nicole Yunger Halpern (University of Maryland / NIST), Torsten Zache (University of Innsbruck)


Participants of week 2

Format and Scope:

The workshop has a lightly-planned schedule, with two talk sessions per day and plenty of time for interaction and collaboration between participants. In addition, there will be focussed “rump sessions” throughout both weeks. Reflecting the diverse (scientific) background of participants and the interdisciplinary scope, these will allow us to interconnect,  identify common goals and learn from each other strategies to reach them. Feel free to send us your expectations and suggestions beforehand, Or, to prepare in advance, let other participants know that you are excited to learn about what common interest you may share.

Repository of all talks:

Impact: See for an article about our workshop.

Hourly Schedule

Monday, September 11

9.30am - 10am
Welcome & Introduction
10am - 11am
Opening discussion: what are the interesting problems? (30min + 30min)
Mark Srednicki, UC Santa Barbara
3pm - 3.40pm
False vacuum decay in quantum spin chains (20min + 20min)
Federica Surace, Caltech

Tuesday, September 12

10am - 11am
What ultracold atoms can tell us about the real-time dynamics of QCD in extreme conditions (30min + 30min)
Jürgen Berges, University of Heidelberg
3pm - 3.40pm
Effective Field Theories for hot relativistic plasmas (20min + 20min)
Cristina Manuel, CSIC-IEEC Barcelona

Wednesday, September 13

10am - 11am
Quantum simulating the real-time dynamics of q-deformed gauge theories (30min + 30min)
Torsten Zache, University of Innsbruck
1.30pm - 2.30pm
Rump Session
3pm - 3.40pm
The quantum thermalization and its time-scales of Neutrinos qua Heisenberg Interactions (20min + 20min)
Duff Neill, Los Alamos National Lab

Thursday, September 14

10am - 11am
Prospects of correlated electron-photon systems for quantum simulation (30min + 30min)
Mohammad Hafezi, University of Maryland / NIST
3pm - 3.40pm
Transport and thermal equilibrium in spin quantum simulators (20min + 20min)
Alex Schuckert, University of Maryland
4pm - 4.45pm
Student Session

Friday, September 15

10am - 11am
Perspectives from the lattice (30min + 30min)
Alexei Bazavov, Michigan State
2pm - 2.40pm
Thermodynamics of oscillating neutrinos (20min + 20min)
Luke Johns, UC Berkeley

Monday, September 18

9.30am - 10am
Welcome & Introduction
10am - 11am
What can quantum thermodynamics do for you? (30min + 30min)
Nicole Yunger Halpern, University of Maryland / NIST
3pm - 3.40pm
Real-time non-perturbative dynamics of jet production in Schwinger model: quantum entanglement and vacuum modification (20min + 20min)
Adrien Florio, Brookhaven National Lab

Tuesday, September 19

10am - 11am
Quantum Simulation with Ultracold Atoms – From Hubbard Models to Gauge Theories (30min + 30min)
Monika Aidelsburger, MPI for Quantum Optics, LMU Munich
3pm - 3.40pm
Learning conservation laws in unknown quantum dynamics (20min + 20min)
Andreas Elben, Caltech

Wednesday, September 20

10am - 11am
The scent of Eigenstate Thermalization in hadronic collisions at high multiplicity (30min + 30min)
Rob Pisarski, Brookhaven National Lab
3pm - 4pm
Rump Session

Thursday, September 21

10am - 11am
Chaos and thermalization through adiabatic transformations
Anatoli Polkovnikov, Boston University
3pm - 3.40pm
Open quantum system dynamics within the Schwinger model (20min + 20min)
Felix Ringer, Old Dominion University
4pm - 4.45pm
Student Session

Friday, September 22

10am - 11am
Speed Limits on the Propagation of Quantum Information
Alexey Gorshkov, University of Maryland / NIST
2pm - 2.40pm
Quantum scars and regular eigenstates in chaotic spinor condensates (20min + 20min)
Ceren Dag, Harvard University
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Sep 11 - 22 2023


All Day
Institute for Nuclear Theory


Institute for Nuclear Theory
Pacific and 15th

Location 2

University of Washington PHYS/ASTR Building, Seattle, WA 98195


Alexey Gorshkov (NIST, QuICS, JQI, U. of Maryland), Niklas Mueller (IQuS, U. of Washington), Raju Venugopalan (BNL, C2QA), Nicole Yunger Halpern (NIST, QuICS, JQI, IPST,U. of Maryland)