Workshop Motivation

The study of quantum fluids and solids (QFS) has and continues to play a pivotal role in the development of key concepts and ushering paradigm shifts in quantum many body physics in the condensed phases. This workshop aims to build a roadmap to meet the grand challenges of the field and to facilitate the interaction among the QFS and neighboring communities for concerted studies of the many exciting phenomena emerging across these disciplines. This workshop (August 7 – 9, 2015) will take place on the campus of the University at Buffalo and is organized in coordination with the 2015 International Symposium on Quantum Fluids and Solids.

The participation of the workshop is by invitation and the anticipated attendance is about 60. The workshop is especially interested in the active participation of young colleagues (e.g., post-docs and senior graduate students) interested in research careers in QFS and related fields. Interested young colleagues should consult their mentors and send an inquiry to one of the members of the Steering Committee. Room and board for the participants will be covered by the workshop and a fraction of the travel expenses will be reimbursed. Participants will be asked to pay a registration fee of $60 at the time of registration.

Scientific Topics

The scientific topics to be explored in the workshop include the most important and current subjects in condensed matter physics:

  • the search for Majorana Fermion in superfluid 3He
  • electrons on helium surface
  • nano-micromechanical oscillators near T=0
  • 1D and 2D helium systems
  • topological superfluidity
  • quantum turbulence

Each topic will be introduced by a few reviews outlining what are known and what are the most exciting outstanding questions to be studied. Ample time will be allotted for round table discussions among the participants.

Steering Committee

  • Moses Chan, Penn State (chair)
  • Frank Gasparini, University at Buffalo
  • Bill Halperin, Northwestern University
  • Eckhard Krotscheck, University at Buffalo
  • Yoonseok Lee, University of Florida
  • Jeevak Parpia, Cornell University

Workshop Sponsors

This workshop is sponsored by The Pennsylvania State University, the University at Buffalo and the National Science Foundation.