Openness as a resource: Accessing new quantum states with dissipation

International Workshop
31 January - 4 February 2022

Openness allows for mechanisms such as spontaneous relaxation and depolarization to disturb the  dynamics  of quantum systems and interfere with their, otherwise unitary,  evolution. Yet openness is not exclusively a nuisance, it can also be used as a resource: Dissipative mechanisms can be employed to fight decoherence and thus stabilize quantum states which otherwise do not survive in the asymptotic limit. Alike, those can be utilized to convert heat stemming from a dissipative environment into useful work. The agenda of this workshop is to address the following question: How can we grasp new class of quantum states by tuning dissipative mechanisms and simultaneously pushing quantum systems out of equilibrium?

Topics include

  • Open many-body systems
  • Dissipative quantum chaos
  • Open Floquet systems
  • Quantum heat engines
  • Quantum thermodynamics

Invited speakers

Dmitry Abanin (CH)
Dariusz Chruściński (PL)
Stephen R Clark (UK)
Adolfo del Campo (LU)
André Eckardt (DE)
Nicole Fabbri (IT)
Francesco Giazotto (IT)
John Goold (IE)
Francesco Piazza (DE)
Dario Poletti (SG)
Patrick Potts (CH)
Tomaž Prosen (SI)
Pedro Ribeiro (PT)
Davide Rossini (IT)
Alexander Schnell (DE)
Solve Selsto (NO)
Walter Strunz (DE)
Roberta Zambrini (ES)


Scientific Coordinators

Sergey Denisov
(Oslo Metropolitan University, Department of Computer Science, Norway)

Michele Campisi
(CNR Institute for Nanoscience, Pisa, Italy)

Peter Hänggi
(University of Augsburg, Germany)


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


We plan for a hybrid workshop with a number of participants on-site and the others connected remotely.
Online attendance will be possible in any case. The organizers will inform about an option of on-site attendance at a later stage.

Applications are welcome and should be made by using the application form. The application deadline is 15th December 2021.
For on-site participation the registration fee is 140 Euro; costs for accommodation and meals will be covered by the Max Planck Institute.
Limited funding is available to partially cover travel expenses.

No fee for remote participation.

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Scientific Program

The scientific program of the workshop will be available by mid January 2022.

Preliminary program structure:
The event will start on Monday, 31st January and end on February, 4th.
An on-site poster session is scheduled during the workshop week.

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