Casimir Spring School: Prizes won by Corentin Coulais and Thomas Ruytenberg


From May 6 through May 8, 120 of our PhD students and postdocs attended the Casimir Spring School 'Sun, Sailing and Science' in Arnemuiden. The keynote speakers for this edition of our biennial organised school were dr. Harald Janovjak from IST Austria, Austria (session 1: Biophysics / soft condensed matter), prof. Amir Yacoby from Harvard University, USA (session 2: Solid State Physics), and prof. Kurt Busch from Humboldt Universität Berlin, Germany (session 3: Quantum Optics).

The PhD students and postdocs also actively participated in the Spring School, either by presenting a poster during the poster session on Tuesday night or by giving a presentation during one of the lecture sessions. The poster prize was won by Thomas Ruytenberg for his poster on cavity QED with quantum dots in microcavities. The prize for best presentation was awarded to Corentin Coulais for his talk entitled "Snap-through buckling of meta-beams."

Apart from having fun together during the various social activities, the PhD students and postdocs that were present in Arnemuiden experienced the Casimir Spring School as a great opportunity to share their research with people from various backgrounds (a selection of the photos can be found here). The Spring School was organised by PhD students Jetty van Ginkel, Elena Beletkaia, Orkide Ordu, Vincent Mourik, Jelmer Renema, Mickael Perrin, Bob van Waarde and the Casimir Office.