Fundamentals of Solid State Quantum Information Processing
December 8 – 12, 2003
This workshop brought together a diverse group of theoretical and experimental physicists who shared an interest in the controlled creation and detection of multi-particle entanglement in the solid state. There were a limited number of scheduled talks during the workshop (no more than five talks of thirty minutes daily). The main goal was to create a stimulating environment for trying out new ideas and exploring connections between different approaches.
The workshop was timed such that it fell in the week preceding a large conference (300 participants) in Amsterdam on the same topic. Many of the participants combined both events, but some preferred to come only for our workshop.
We were very pleased with the response to our invitations of key participants. The great majority said "yes". Part of the attraction of this meeting, was the opportunity to interact with scientists from other fields. The field of quantum computing is much more developed in quantum optics than in condensed matter. The participants from quantum optics came looking for a new arena to apply their expertise and for fresh ideas. The participants from condensed matter were eager to draw parallels between what has been done with photons and what might be done with electrons. There was also a good balance between theory and experiment. We had key experimentalists from Delft, Stanford, Paris, Harvard, Santa Barbara, and Yale explain their latest findings to a diverse group of theoretical physicists. The ample free time made it possible to discuss and really understand the subtelties of interpretation of these experiments.
We received many enthousiastic "thank you" emails after the meeting was over. Several participants favorably compared the Lorentz Center with other centers in Europe with a similar mission. For us as organizers it was a rewarding task. The efficiency of the local staff allowed us to concentrate on the scientific aspects of the meeting.
C.W.J. Beenakker (Leiden Univ, Netherlands)
J.E. Mooij (TU Delft, The Netherlands)