Mapping the future of quantum simulators at Trieste

The International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste (Italy) hosted the workshop titled “The Quantum Simulators of the Future: From Dynamical Gauge Fields to Lattice Gauge Theories” from February 20th to 22nd, 2024. The meeting was co-organized by the Dynamite project. 62 people attended the workshop which aimed to explore and analyze the next generation of quantum simulators and their potential to increase our understanding of complex physical phenomena.

The 3-day-meeting delved on novel quantum simulators of statistical gauge fields, dynamical lattices and lattice gauge theory. The discussions pivoted around topics such as analog and digital quantum simulation of gauge theories, tensor network methods in lattice gauge theories and cold-atom simulators for gauge fields.

The workshop featured a total of 26 talks, 9 of them were invited talks, including those offered by several members of the Dynamite project team including Monika Aidelsburger (LMU), Phillip Hauke (University of Trento), Markus Oberthaler (ETHZ), Jakub Zakrzewski (Jagiellonian University), and Emanuele Tirrito (ICTP). Additionally, a poster session was held on Tuesday afternoon, showcasing a total of 15 posters.

“For the invited talks, we intentionally combined senior scientists with extraordinary group leaders in an earlier stage of their groups. They all made an effort to prepare a didactic talk about their research, which served as a good introduction to the related contributed talks that followed each session. Along the day, we also tried to alternate between experimental and theoretical talks to showcase the exciting moment that this field is experiencing.”, said Javier Argüello, ICFO researcher and workshop organizer.

Argüello recalls that “the call was very successful, and we received more contributed talks than we could accommodate in the program. To make the selections, not only did we try to balance the different topics and groups, but also scientists in different stages of their careers. This allowed more junior researchers to have a stage to share their work in front of the experts in the field.”

The workshop fostered collaboration and discussion on how to leverage the potential power of these technologies to build the next generation of quantum simulators, advanced tools that could unlock a deeper understanding and solve challenging problems of contemporary science ranging from quantum many body dynamics to the design of new materials.

The workshop organizing committee comprised  Maciej Lewenstein, Leticia Tarruell, and Javier Argüello, from ICFO; Tilman Esslinger from ETH-Zurich;  Jakub Zakrzewski from JZ Jagiellonian University,  and  Marcello Dalmonte from ICTP, who served as the local organizer, ensuring the smooth running of the event. All of them are members of the Dynamite team.

According to Dynamite project coordinator, Maciej Lewenstein, the event was extremely successful. Three things contributed to this success. The scientific level was outstanding, and all the speakers were at least excellent. The organization of the event by ICTP with the help of Marcello and the ICFO team was perfect. The atmosphere was uniquely joyful and creative. Finally, the weather and environment were great!!!”.

More information & materials

  • Booklet of talks abstracts. Download here
  • Find here the recorded talks
  • Booklet of posters abstracts. Download here