Atomic tunneling Systems and fluctuating Spins interacting with superconducting Qubits

International Workshop
25 February - 1 March 2019

Atomic tunneling systems and fluctuating spins
constitute a serious nuisance for various Josephson
junction-based devices, where they act as a source
of noise and decoherence.
The workshop aims to advance the fundamental
understanding of tunneling systems, spins and
superconducting qubits and their interaction, and
to promote progress towards future applications
like quantum computing.

Topics include

  • origin of noise in Josephson junctions
  • relaxation processes and decoherence times in
    superconducting qubits
  • physics and dynamics of tunneling systems
  • microscopic nature of tunneling systems
  • probing individual tunneling systems
  • tunneling systems far from equilibrium
  • the role of nuclear spins in tunneling systems
    and Josephson junctions
  • fluctuating electric dipoles and magnetic
    moments in superconducting circuits
  • spin-glass physics
  • prospects of quantum computing
  • origin of 1/f noise in superconducting qubits
  • production and morphology of thin oxidebarriers
    in Josephson junction

Invited speakers

Yoakim Bergli (NO)
Alexander Burin (US)
Jared Cole (AU)
Martin Cyster (AU)
Mark Dykman (US)
Lara Faoro (FR)
Andrew Fefferman (FR)
Yuri Galperin (NO)
Sebastian de Graaf (UK)
Pertti Hakonen (FI)
Nadav Katz (IL)
Sebastian Kempf (DE)
Sergy Kubatkin (SE)
Jürgen Lisenfeld (DE)
John Martinis (US)
Shlomi Matityahu (IL)
Clemens Mueller (CH)
Peter Nalbach (DE)
Dmitry Parshin (RU)
Jukka Pekola (FI)
Kevin Osborn (US)
Yaniv Rosen (US)
Angel Rubio (DE)
Georg Weiss (DE)
Clare C. Yu (US)

Scientific Coordinators

Christian Enss
(University of Heidelberg, Germany)

Moshe Schechter
(Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Israel)

Alexander Shnirman
(University of Karlsruhe, Germany)


Maria Voigt
(Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany)



Applications are welcome and should be made by using the application form.

Applications received before 31 October 2018 are considered preferentially.

The number of attendees is limited. The registration fee for the international seminar and workshop is 140 Euro and should be paid by all participants. Costs for accommodation and meals will be covered by the Max Planck Institute. Limited funding is available to partially cover travel expenses.

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Scientific Program

The scientific program of the workshop will be available in December 2018.

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