Michigan summer school days in Ann Arbor
June 16-27, 2008
340 West Hall
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor Michigan

*Video of the lectures are now available online. Please visit the "Scientific Program" link to view such files.*

Quantum Physics is hailed as a cornerstone of 20th century science, with revolutionary and controversial implications that have changed the way we perceive nature.  The University of Michigan played an important role in the development of quantum physics by hosting the famous Michigan Summer Schools running from 1928-1942, attended by Bohr, Heisenberg, Dirac, Pauli, Fermi, and etc.  Quantum foundations are again on center stage now in the 21st century, as the new field of Quantum Information Science promises to exploit quantum phenomena for gains in the processing and communication of information.  Quantum Information Science calls for radical interpretations of measurement and reality, and is expected to push the limits on the fabrication of modern computing devices that operate in the quantum realm.

In the spirit of the historical Michigan summer schools, the Michigan Center for Theoretical Physics (MCTP), Michigan Quantum Institute (MQI), the FOCUS Physics Frontier Center, and the Joint Quantum Institute at the University of Maryland and NIST aims to continue this tradition with a summer school in Ann Arbor on “Quantum Foundations and Quantum Information” in late June 2008.  This two-week summer school will feature a series of lectures from world-leaders in these fields, with emphasis on

  1. Precision tests of fundamental physical laws and the foundations of quantum physics
  2. Quantum information theory
  3. Implementation of quantum information hardware

There will be 3-4 lectures each day over a period of 2 weeks, aimed at graduate students and others that have been exposed to quantum physics at an introductory level.  Short contributed talks by participant and poster sessions will be organized for communication on more spcific topics in this field. The school will enjoy a relaxed environment in the dynamic college town of Ann Arbor, with great opportunities for interaction between students and lecturers. 


Precision Measurments:

Eric Adelberger (fundamental test)
Eric Cornell (EDM, fundamental test)
Jim Hartle (Fundamental of quantum mechanics and quantum cosmology)
Zheng-Tian Lu (applications of precision measurement)
Jun Ye (optical clocks, frequency combs, fundamental test)

Quantum Information:

Hans Peter Buechler (implementation with molecules)
David Divincenzo (theory, superconducting qubits)
R. Laflamme (theory, NMR implementation)
M. Lukin (atomic ensemble & solid state systems)
Chris Monroe (experimental trapped ions)
B. Terhal (theory, fault tolerant quantum computation)
Luis Orozco (cavity QED systems )
S. Das Sarma (theory, topological quantum computation)
Lu Sham (theory, quantum dots)
A. Steinberg (optical qubits)
Duncan Steel (experimental quantum dots)
David Weiss (neutral atoms)
W. Zurek (decoherence theory)