Summer School Les Houches (France): Frontiers of condensed matter



two full weeks


Les Houches, France


International Doctoral Training Session - Frontiers of condensed matter - with lectures on Quantum thermodynamics, Topological phases, Quantum transport, Nanomechanics, Transport in hybrid systems, Strongly correlated systems.

Where: Les Houches, (France)

When: September 18-29, 2017

For whom: Casimir Pre-PhD students and PhD students

This Les Houches international doctoral training session aims at offering Master and PhD students a training program in the area of Condensed Matter Physics. It is organized jointly by the Ecole Doctorale de Physique de Grenoble (France), the Casimir Research School Delft-Leiden (Netherlands), and the Donostia International Physics Center, San Sebastian (Spain).

The program will consist of several courses. The duration of each course is 3 * 1.5 hours. The courses will be complemented by more specialized research seminars on timely topics.

During the session, there will be plenty of time for informal discussions between participants and lecturers. A poster session will be organized, including a short oral presentation at the beginning of the session enabling the participants to present their research interests to each other.

The session can host 70 participants, (including lecturers - limited by the size of the lecture hall), and is intended for experimentalists and theoreticians.

Confirmed lecturers & topics

  • Quantum transport - Y. Nazarov (Delft & “chaire d’excellence” Grenoble)
  • Topological phases - M. Houzet (Grenoble)
  • Quantum information - E. Solano (Bilbao)
  • Nanomechanics - G. Steele (Delft)
  • Quantum thermodynamics - J. Pekola (Aalto & “chaire d’excellence” Grenoble)
  • Strongly correlated systems - L. Fritz (Utrecht),

complemented by more specialized pedagogical seminars on timely topics, poster sessions, and discussion forums.

Confirmed seminar speakers: C. Bäuerle (Grenoble), P. Bertet (Saclay), T. Oosterkamp (Leiden), J.I. Pascual (San Sebastian), F. Pierre (Marcoussis), E. van Heumen (Amsterdam), R. Whitney (Grenoble).

Les Houches
Les Houches is a village in the Chamonix valley in the French Alps. Established in 1951, the Physics School is situated at 1150m above sea level in natural surroudings, with breathtaking views on the Mont Blanc mountain range. The Les Houches Physics School is affiliated with université Joseph Fourier (UJF) Grenoble. It is joint interuniversity facility of UJF and Grenoble-INP, supported by UJF, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and the Direction des Sciences de la Matière du Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (CEA/DSM).
Practical information

Students will be lodged at the Les Houches Physics Center for the duration of the school. The cost of the session including meals and accommodation is 650€. Click here for more information.


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