Victorian Summer School in Ultracold Physics

25th June — 6thJuly 2012

The second Victorian Summer School in Ultracold Atomic Physics will be held in Melbourne, Australia over a two week period during the June/July 2012 mid-year break. The School will incorporate approximately 6 lectures per day on current topics in ultracold physics presented by leaders in the field, leaving room for additional tutorials and discussions.

The primary target for this school will be graduate students, although other researchers starting out in this field will also likely find the programme useful.

At present, VSSUP 2012 is scheduled to include lectures and tutorials on the following topics:

  • The theory of Bose-Einstein Condensation
  • Atom interferometry
  • Bosonic Josephson junctions
  • BECs in optical lattices
  • Quantum technologies
  • Trapped ions and their applications
  • Polarons, molecules and critical phenomena in 1D Fermi gases
  • Spin-orbit coupling and spintronics
  • Entanglement and quantum causality

    More details - workshop web site

Regional Workshop on Ultracold Atoms 2011

28 - 30 November 2011

ANU Field Station, Kioloa, NSW South Coast

The aim of this workshop is to share our latest results and to enhance our collaborations in this field within ACQAO and our collaborators and potential collaborators in the region.

More details - workshop web site




22nd International Conference on Atomic Physics (ICAP 2010)

25-30 July 2010
Tropical North Queensland, Australia

The 22nd International Conference on Atomic Physics will be held in the city of Cairns, in Tropical North Queensland, Australia. Following the tradition of ICAP, the conference will present an outstanding program of invited speakers covering the most recent subjects in the field of atomic physics, such as precision measurement, atomic clocks, quantum information, trapped ions, quantum optics and cavity QED, Bose gases, Fermi gases, optical lattices, cold molecules, mesoscopic quantum systems and ultrafast phenomena. Contributed papers will be presented in active poster sessions.

Cairns is a tropical city of about 140,000 people close to the Great Barrier Reef, the Atherton Tableland and the World Heritage rainforests of the Daintree and Cape Tribulation.

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Cape Tribulation – ICAP Student workshop 2010

Thursday 22 July – Saturday 24 July 2010

This workshop offers an opportunity for PhD students to explore the latest of atomic physics and ultracold atoms. The foundations, latest developments and future ideas will be presented through a series of tutorials by world leading experts, through discussion sessions and student presentations, posters and talks.

The workshop complements the ICAP conference which covers the most recent advances in the broad field of atomic physics, such as atomic tests of fundamental physics and basic symmetries; precision measurements (including atomic clocks, atom interferometers and fundamental constants); ultracold gases and Bose Einstein Condensates; ultracold Fermi gases; ultracold molecules; quantum simulators with atoms and ions; few-body systems; quantum information with atoms and ions; quantum optics and cavity QED with atoms; hybrid and optomechanical systems; and ultrafast phenomena and free electron lasers.

The venue will be a tropical resort that can accommodate all participants.   The location is Cape Tribulation (map) in far north Queensland, a world heritage listed area north of Cairns amongst tropical rainforest and access to the tropical beach.

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Australasian Conference on Optics, Lasers and Spectroscopy and Australian Conference on Optical Fibre Technology (ACOLS/ACOFT 09)

29 Nov-3 Dec 2009
The Univeristy of Adelaide,
South Australia, Australia

in association with the International Workshop on Dissipative Solitons

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KOALA (Konference on Optics And Laser Applications) 2009 Student Conference

23rd-27th November
University of Sydney

(the week before ACOFT/ACOLS in Adelaide)

The KOALA '09 student conference in optics is now calling for submissions. Please see the workshop website for up to date information.

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Quantum-Atom Optics beyond Bells

26-28 November 2008
Grand Pacific Hotel,
Lorne, Victoria, Australia

This meeting is devoted to recent advances in quantum optics and ultracold quantum gases, both experimental and theoretical. It will be held in Lorne on Victoria's surf coast, not far from the world-renowned surf beach of Bells Beach, and on the world-renowned Great Ocean Road. It is timed to precede the Austrailan Institute of Physics Congress in Adelaide the following week.


  • Quantum optics and atom optics
  • Atom-light entanglement
  • Bose Einstein condensates
  • Degenerate Fermi gases
  • Atom lasers
  • Atom chips
  • Atom interferometry
  • Molecular BECs
  • Bosons and fermions in lattices
  • Precision measurements using cold atoms
  • and other related topics

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Quantum-Atom Optics Downunder - Wollongong

December 3 – 6, 2007
In conjunction with the International Student Summer School on Quantum-Atom Optics, Kioloa November 28-December 1

This was the first conference devoted to the overlap of Quantum and Atom Optics - providing new fundamental insights and experimental realizations of concepts common to both fields. This conference brought together in Australia key researchers from across the world to discuss the latest results in areas such as:

  • BECs
  • atom lasers
  • degenerate quantum gases
  • the generation and measurement of macroscopic quantum states
  • optical entanglement and quantum imaging
  • applications of atom and light entanglement including quantum communication
  • quantum statistical effects and correlations and quantum properties of lattices and periodic systems.

Please refer to the links below for further information.

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International Workshop on Quantum Noise 2007

14-18 May 2007 at Grand Pacific Resort, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.

This workshop will cover hot topics in quantum optics and ultracold quantum gases, from both theory and experiment. A particular focus will be on quantum aspects of matter waves and macroscopic quantum states, going beyond the methods and predictions of mean-field theory. This will include advances in analytical and computational methods, the latest experimental results probing the quantum nature of BECs, and applications of BEC to quantum information.

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Quantum Engineering based on Atoms and Photons

February 26th - March 2nd, 2007 Hannover, Germany.

The workshop will be organized by the Sonderforschungsbereich 407, the Australian Research Centre of Excellence for Quantum-Atom Optics and the Institut Francilien de recherche sur les atomes froids.

More information coming soon...

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European–Australian Workshop on Quantum-Atom Optics

Sun 5 – Sun 12 February 2006, Canberra & Kioloa

This will be the third workshop in Quantum-Atom Optics which brings together students and researchers from the SFB Hannover, France and Australia. We will review the latest trends in quantum and atom optics and discuss the recent progress in this field. The topics will include: BEC, atom lasers, atom interferometry, quantum correlations and entanglement in photons and atoms, non-classical light, quantum information transfer and storage.

Quantum-Atom Optics Workshop in Queenstown

29 Nov - 1 Dec 2005, Queenstown, New Zealand

This international meeting, a satellite to ACOLS'05, will feature prominent international and local speakers. The meeting is hosted jointly by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Quantum-Atom Optics (ACQAO), and its New Zealand partners.

The New Zealand and Australian Quantum-Atom Optics Workshop

Quantum engineering with photons, atoms and molecules

14-17 Feb 2005, Les Houches, France

The second in a series of international workshop for young scientists in quantum and atom optics organised by the  Laboratoire Kastler Brossel ( Paris) Sonderforschungsbereich for Quantum Metrology (Hannover) and ACQAO. Many of the presentations were given by young scientists, in parallel to a small number of review and reports of recent results.  The outstanding location together with ample time for discussion made this a memorable and very productive event. This meeting was sponsored by the French and Australian governments.

Lecture Notes


ACQAO 2004 science workshop at Kioloa

5-8 Dec 2004, Kioloa, Australia

This workshop reviewed most of the work in atom and quantum optics in Australia together with highlighting many recent international achievements in this field. This workshop was based on short talks describing recent progress in experiments and theory. It brought together ten overseas visitors (US, Canada, France, Austria, Singapore), six from new Zealand with a large representation of Australian groups and ACQAO.

Lecture Notes

ACQAO Summer School 2004

29 Nov - 3 Dec 2004, Canberra, Australia

This summer school brought together pioneers in quantum and atom optics  with a group of 60 students and young scientists. The school provided a systematic introduction into the topics of atom optics (J.Close), atom lasers (J.Hope),  superfluidity (A.Griffin) and quantum optics (H.Bachor) followed by specialised lectures on simulation of BECs ( R. Ballagh, P.Drummond), current experiments with BECs (W.Philips) and a summary on entanglement (A.Aspect). This school was sponsored by ACQAO and the  ANU.

Lecture Notes

BECQI'03: Workshop on BEC and Quantum Information

16-20 February 2003, Caloundra, Australia

The first in the series of ACQAO workshops, this meeting covered hot topics in Bose-Einstein Condensation and Quantum Information, from both theory and experiment. A particular focus was on quantum aspects of matter waves and macroscopic quantum states, going beyond the methods and predictions of mean-field theory. This included advances in analytical and computational methods, the latest experimental results probing the quantum nature of BECs, and applications of BEC to quantum information.

Workshop Program brochure


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