Topological Matter in Artificial Gauge Fields

International School
26 February - 2 March 2018

Gauge fields are fundamental for our modern  understanding of physics at all scales.
At high energies, the dynamics of elementary particles is governed by the exchange
of gauge bosons. At mesoscopic scales, external gauge fields can dramatically change
the  properties of a material,  seminal examples being the quantum Hall effects. 
Recently, the experimental realization of artificial gauge fields for neutral ultracold
atoms has opened a door to the quantum simulation of topological quantum effects
in well-controlled environments. The aim of this Winter School is to train a new
generation of young researchers on the subject of artificial gauge fields.

Topics include

  • Engineering artificial gauge fields in atomic quantum gases
  • Topological insulators and band structures
  • Topological order in strongly correlated states of matter
  • Floquet engineering
  • Hall ribbons from synthetic dimensions
  • Topological charge pumping
  • Gauge fields in photonic wave guides
  • Irradiated topological matter in solid state systems


Monika Aidelsburger (DE)
Nigel Cooper (UK)
André Eckardt (DE)
Fahad Mahmood (US)
Belén Paredes (DE)
Frank Pollmann (DE)
Ian Spielman (US)
Alexander Szameit (DE)


DFG via Research Unit FOR 2414
   "Artificial Gauge Fields and Interacting Topological Phases in Ultracold Atoms"

Scientific Coordinators

André Eckardt
(Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems,
Dresden, Germany)

Fabian Heidrich-Meisner (Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, Germany)

Christof Weitenberg
(Universität Hamburg, Germany)


Mandy Lochar
(Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany)


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