Invited speakers

  • Hybrid Dirac photons in topological orbital lattices
    Alberto Amo (Université de Lille, France)

  • Topological properties of cavity polaritons in 1D lattices
    Jaqueline Bloch (CNRS-C2N, France)

  • Topological photonics: from integer to fractional quantum Hall effects with light
    Iacopo Carusotto (University of Trento, Italy)   

  • Random access quantum information processors using multimode circuit quantum electrodynamics
    Srivatsan Chakram, The University of Chicago, USA

  • On-chip microwave spectroscopy: the toolset to identify topological superconductivity
    Attila Geresdi (Delft University of Technology, Netherlands)

  • Superconducting quantum simulator for topological order and the Toric code
    Michael Hartmann (Heriot Watt University, UK)

  • 2D polariton lattices designed for Dirac-cone and flatband dispersions: A versatile platform for topological photonics
    Sven Höfling (University of St Andrews, UK) 

  • Enhancement of polariton interactions using fractional quantum Hall states
    Atac Imamoglu (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)

  • Synthetic spin orbit interaction for Majorana devices
    Takis Kontos (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France) 

  • Polariton polarization effects in 2D Lieb lattice and 1D topological zigzag chain of photonic microcavities
    Dimitri Krizhanovskii (University of Sheffield, UK)    

  • Topological states in the strong-coupling limit
    Karyn Le Hur (CPHT, Ecole Polytechnique, France)

  • Double-sided coaxial circuit QED for quantum computing
    Peter Leek (University of Oxford, UK)

  • Topological multi-terminal Josephson junctions
    Julia Meyer (University of Grenoble, France)

  • The dispersive ultra-strong coupling regime between two bosonic fields and is applications
    Pérola Milman (Université Paris Diderot – CNRS, Paris, France)  

  • Driven nonlinear cavities for quantum computation and simulations
    Shruti Puri (Yale University, USA)

  • Topological energy pumping and high dimensional topological states using synthetic photonic dimensions
    Gil Refael (California Institute of Technology, CA, USA)

  • Static and dynamic lattices for microcavity polaritons
    Paulo Santos (Paul-Drude-Institut für Festkörperelektronik, Germany)   

  • Topology and adiabatic limit in slowly driven quantum systems
    Babak Seradjeh (Indiana University, IN, USA)

Speaker biographies


Alberto Amo obtained his PhD in physics in 2008 from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain) with an experimental project on exciton dynamics in semiconductors. After a two year post-doc at Laboratoire Kastler Brossel in Paris he entered the French CNRS as an associate researcher at Laboratoire de Photonique et Nanostructures. In october 2018 he joined the laboratory PhLAM in Lille (France). His experimental research focuses on nonlinear properties of semiconductor microcavities, turbulence of light and topological photonics.


Jacqueline Bloch is CNRS Research director at the Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (C2N). She is an experimentalist, expert in light matter coupling in semiconductors. Making use of state of the art nanotechnology facilities available at C2N, her group has made pioneering contributions in the study of quantum fluids of light. She was awarded the 2015 Jean Ricard Prize and the 2017 CNR Silver medal.


Iacopo Carusotto ( earned his PhD in 2000 from SNS-Pisa (Italy) working in the solid-state group of prof. La Rocca and Bassani with a thesis on nonlinear and quantum optics of light and matter waves. He has then made a post-doc in Yvan Castin’s atomic physics group at LKB-ENS in Paris. Since 2003 he works at the BEC Center in Trento where since 2009 he holds a “Senior Researcher” position. His scientific interests range from nonlinear and quantum optics, to quantum fluids of atoms and of light, topological photonics, and analog models of gravity in condensed matter and optics.

  Attila Geresdi received his PhD in 2011 from the Budapest University of Technology working on electronic transport studies in superconducting-semiconductor nanostructures. Subsequently, he joined the group of Leo Kouwenhoven as a postdoctoral researcher at the Delft University of Technology and in 2015 became a senior researcher with QuTech in Delft. He is an experimental physicist, with a research interest in mesoscopic superconductivity and photon-assisted tunneling processes as well as topological electron states in hybrid nanostructures.
  Michael Hartmann studied physics at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich and received his PhD from University of Stuttgart in 2005. After working three years as a Feodor-Lynen Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at Imperial College London he was awarded an Emmy Noether fellowship of the German Research Foundation to build up his own research group at Technical University Munich in 2008. He joined Heriot-Watt University in 2013 as an Associate Professor. His research focuses on quantum many-body systems with light matter interactions, where he is particularly interested in superconducting circuit implementations and numerical methods for the simulation of such systems.
  Dr. Takis Kontos has been a permanent CNRS researcher at the ENS since 2005. He is an expert in mesoscopic physics, superconductivity and magnetism. He did a PhD thesis in the field of superconductivity where he studied the interplay of superconductivity and ferromagnetism. He is generally interested in the electronic properties of hybrid nanostructures. Recently, his main focus has been on coupling of quantum dot circuits with microwave cavities, and in particular, coherent spin/photon coupling and the use of circuit QED architecture as a probe for condensed matter problems, including topological superconductors
  Karyn Le Hur - I am a CNRS Research director at CPHT Ecole Polytechnique France, and professor PCC. I did my PhD in Orsay in 1998 and then followed an international career for almost 15 years before returning to France in 2012: post-doctoral fellow at ETH Zurich (1998-2000), Maitre Assistante at Geneva (2000-2002), assistant and associate professor at Sherbrooke Canada (2002-2006), associate professor at Yale University USA (2006-2011). I am a theorist, with activities in condensed-matter and quantum physics in a broad sense with new developments in topology, light-matter systems and CQED. I still maintain my international connections, for example, with Canada and Sherbrooke through the CIFAR.

Julia Meyer - I'm a condensed matter theorist, working at the Université Grenoble Alpes and the CEA Grenoble in France. My recent research focuses on topics such as the proximity effect in superconducting hybrid structures and topological properties of matter. For more information, see


Pérola Milman - I am a research director at CNRS at Laboratoire Matériaux et Phénomènes Quantiques, Paris (this means senior researcher in a way that sounds less…senior). I’m the co-head of QITE team (Quantum Information and Technologies) with Luca Guidoni. Our team has theoretical and experimental activities (on trapped ions and photonics). Even if I try to contribute to both, I’m a theorist. Our theoretical activities drift according to opportunities to collaborate with nice people and to be funded while doing so. They range from some fundamental aspects of quantum physics (Bell, contextuality and Leggett-Garg inequalities, for instance) to applied ones, in close collaboration with experimentalists (as modeling and helping the design and understanding of experiments using photons, superconducting circuits or atoms). In between, we can also find, for instance, quantum thermodynamics, decoherence protection, discrete to continuous quantum computing, erratically. Our theoretical team is also composed of Arne Keller and Thomas Coudreau, the two other PIs, about ten PhD candidates and one post-doc. Visitors and collaborators are always welcome. 


Babak Seradjeh is a condensed matter physicist with interests in dynamics, correlations, and topology in equilibrium and non-equilibrium phases of quantum matter. He earned his PhD in 2006 at Simon Fraser University in Canada on theories of phase-fluctuating two-dimensional d-wave superconductors relevant to cuprates. He then completed two postdoctoral fellowships at University of British Columbia and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, during which his interests shifted to topological effects and phases. He has been at Indiana University - Bloomington since 2011, where he started a new direction studying Floquet topological phases in periodically-driven systems. He is currently spending a sabbatical year at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems in Dresden, Germany.

Key dates

  • Abstract submission deadline: [extended]
    1 March 2018
  • Registration deadline:
    13 March 2018