Master ClassMaster Class on Exotic Phases of Matter
University of Copenhagen May 15-19, 2017

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The discovery of exotic phases of matters, which has been awarded with a Nobel-prize in 2016, remains one of the most active and important research fields in quantum many-body theory both from a physical as well as from a mathematical point of view.

In recent years, methods developed in the context of quantum information have led to impressive advances of the field. At the forefront of these developments are the classification of topological phases and their application to the creation of stable quantum memories, as well as, the characterization of the many-body localized phase that violates the basic assumptions of statistical physics in the sense that they will not thermalize. Many of these issues are still poorly understood mathematically, but advanced mathematical tools developed to understand one-particle localization are likely to play an important role in a rigorous understanding.


Speakers will include:

  • Dmitry Abanin, University of Geneva
  • Sven Bachmann, LMU Munich
  • Xie Chen, California Institute of Technology
  • Mark Rudner, NBI, University of Copenhagen
  • Gunter Stolz, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Frank Verstraete, University of Vienna and Ghent University
  • Simone Warzel, TU Munich
  • Albert Werner, QMATH, University of Copenhagen


This master class will consist of lectures by top experts in both quantum information and mathematical physics. There will also be significant opportunities for direct interaction. The primary aim is to expose graduate students and postdocs to the latest research on some of the most important open problems in this field. More senior researchers are also encouraged to apply.

By the end of the course, the participants will have received an up-to-date overview of some of the latest work in quantum information and mathematical physics, and should be prepared for further study and research.

The master class will take place at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Copenhagen is a beautiful harbor city, famous for being among the safest and most enjoyable places to live in the world. Participants of the master class will have the opportunity to explore the city from the water during an excursion. Conveniently, May and June are the sunniest months of the year in Copenhagen, with days lasting nearly 17 hours. 


The master class is organized by the Villum Centre for the Mathematics of Quantum Theory (QMATH) at the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen. QMATH is led by faculty members Jan Philip Solovej, Matthias Christandl, and Bergfinnur Durhuus, and is working in close collaboration with the Niels Bohr International Academy (NBIA), the Center for Quantum Devices (led by Charles Marcus) and the Center for Quantum Optics (led by Eugene Polzik), all hosted at the nearby Niels Bohr Institute (NBI).

The Niels Bohr Institute organizes a Conference on New Directions in Condensed Matter May 21-24, 2017.



The lectures take place At the H.C. Ørsted Institute in Universitetsparken 5 and in Auditorium A of the historical part of the Niels Bohr Institute on Blegdamsvej. The QMATH group is located at the MATH department in the H.C. Ørsted Institute across the park. 


Any questions about the master class can be directed to: 

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