The 72nd Okazaki Conference on "Ultimate Control of Coherence"

Date January 8-10, 2013
Venue Okazaki Conference Center, Okazaki, Japan
Organizers Kenji Ohmori, Institute for Molecular Science
Yasuhiro Ohshima, Institute for Molecular Science


The Okazaki conference has been one of the most important activities in Institute for Molecular Science (IMS), with its origin dated back to just after the foundation of IMS.  The Conference has been normally held once or twice per year, with focusing on some specific topic that is emerging as a fundamental issue in the field of molecular science and related research area.  The 72nd conference is designated as "Ultimate Control of Coherence", and organized so as to offer extensive discussions on:

  1. How far can we push the limit of control over quantum mechanical systems?
  2. What is the possible impact of such an unprecedented control, e.g., onto fundamental physics, quantum computation, and other application?
  3. What is the strategy to share a unified aspect in control of coherence between diverse systems and disciplines, e.g., ultracold physics and ultrafast chemistry?
  4. How far can we extend the boundary for implication of coherence to complex systems?
January 8th (Tuesday)
13:00-13:10 Welcome address
13:10-13:55 Prof. Hidetoshi Katori (Univ. Tokyo & RIKEN) 
“Optical lattice clocks at Riken”
13:55-14:35 Dr. Kazuhiro Hayasaka (NICT) 
“New implementations of a single-ion optical clock”
14:35-14:50 Coffee break
14:50-15:35 Prof. Seigo Tarucha (Univ. Tokyo)
“Generation and detection of quantum coherence and entanglement with quantum nanostructures”
15:35-16:15 Prof. Shin Inouye (Univ. Tokyo)
“Experiments on ultracold KRb molecules”
16:15-16:30 Coffee break
16:30-17:15 Prof. Wesley C. Campbell (UCLA)
“Emergence and frustration of magnetism in a trapped ion quantum simulator”
17:15-18:00 Prof. Yoshiro Takahashi (Kyoto Univ.)
“Quantum simulation using ultracold ytterbium atoms in an optical lattice”
18:00-20:00 Poster Session (with light meal and drink)


January 9th (Wednesday)
9:00 - 9:45 Prof. Guido Pupillo (Univ. Strasbourg)
“Rydberg-dressed atoms under control: many-body phases to molecular cooling”
9:45-10:25 Prof. Nobuyuki Takei (IMS)
“Ultrafast coherent control of an ultracold Rydberg gas”
10:25-10:40 Coffee break
10:40-11:25 Prof. Selim Jochim (MPI, Heidelberg) 
“One, two, many: From few- to many-body physics with ultracold atoms”
11:25-12:05 Prof. Norikazu Mizuochi (Osaka Univ.)
“Single spin coherence of NV center in diamond at room temperature”
12:05-13:15 Group Photo/Lunch
13:15-14:00 Prof. Makoto Kuwata-Gonokami (Univ. Tokyo)
“Exciton Bose-Einstein condensation in a bulk semiconductor crystal”
14:00-14:40 Prof. Yutaka Shikano (IMS)
“Exciton-polariton condensation in high excitation density regime”
14:40-14:55 Coffee break
14:55-15:40 Prof. Yasunobu Nakamura (Univ. Tokyo)
“Coherent control in superconducting circuits”
15:40-16:20 Prof. Atsushi Kubo (Tsukuba Univ.)
“Ultrafast dynamics of surface plasmon wave packet”
16:20-16:35 Coffee break
16:35-17:20 Prof. Peter Hommelhoff (MPI, Garching)
“Strong field physics at a nanoscale metal tip: controlling matter wave interference on attosecond time scales”
17:20-18:00 Prof. Jiro Itatani (Univ. Tokyo)
“Generation of sub-two-cycle, phase-stable, intense IR pulses in a BiBO-based OPCPA for high harmonic generation in the water window”
18:30-20:30 Conference dinner


January 10th (Thursday)
9:30-10:10 Prof. Reika Kanya (Univ. Tokyo)
“Observation of laser-assisted electron scattering and diffraction in femtosecond intense laser fields”
10:10-10:50 Prof. Satoshi Ashihara (Tokyo Univ. Agriculture & Technology) 
“Coherent control of vibrational excitations with shaped mid-IR pulses”
10:50-11:05 Coffee break
11:05-11:50 Prof. Greg Engel (Univ. Chicago)
“Imaging quantum effects in biological systems to elucidate design principles of coherent energy transfer”
11:50-12:30 Prof. Akihito Ishizaki (IMS)
“What do we learn about light harvesting systems from long-lived electronic coherence?”
12:30-12:40 Concluding remark



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