Coherence in Fermionic Matter: Fermion Pairing in Cold Atoms and Superconductors

Polish-German WE-Heraeus-Seminar

13 Oct - 16 Oct 2019


Physikzentrum Bad Honnef

Scientific organizers:

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Eckern, University of Augsburg, Germany • 
Prof. Dr. Andrzej M. Oleś, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland


This seminar in the new series of “Binational Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Seminars” is devoted to an interdisciplinary issue, namely quantum coherence in fermionic systems as they are realized in cold atom gases and in novel superconductors. Speakers from both areas will elucidate experimental and theoretical aspects of both fields, with the goal of clarifying conceptual similarities and differences on a fundamental level, review the current status of the fields and their interconnections, and discuss future perspectives. This seminar addresses graduate students and young researchers from both fields, and, in particular, from both countries, Poland and Germany. In addition to the invited speakers, which are from both countries, about 40 to 50 participants are expected. Invited speakers are encouraged to suggest participation to their younger collaborators and PhD students. The young researchers will have the opportunity to present their own results in the form of short talks and/or posters. The conference language shall be English. The Wilhelm and Else Heraeus-Foundation bears the cost of full-board accommodation for all participants.


On the initiative of the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation, the German Physical Society (DPG) together with the Foundation is pursuing a novel project called “Binational Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Seminars”. Considering the unfortunate fact of increasing and prevalent scepticism regarding Europe, these seminars are meant to set an example of commonly organised physics workshops between Germany and one of the countries France, the United Kingdom, and Poland, as a signal of conducive partnership and scientific cooperation between those countries and their learned societies. In particular, the idea is to initiate new or foster existing collaborations between research groups in these countries and Germany. An additional reason for focussing on the above mentioned countries is the long tradition of prestigious jointly-awarded prizes, namely the Gentner-Kastler-Award (Société Française de Physique & DPG), the Max-Born-Award (Institute of Physics & DPG), and the Marian Smoluchowski - Emil Warburg Physics Prize (Polskie Towarzystwo Fizyczne & DPG). In recognition of this notable tradition, the recent prize winners are invited to (co)organize one of the seminars.