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The upcoming Molecular Frontiers Symposium ”Light at the Nanoscale – from Molecules to Quantum Computers” at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, will cover topics related to light-matter interaction, including quantum computing, super-resolution microscopy, nano optics, deep tissue imaging, and more. As always, participation is free of charge. Read more and register on Chalmers’ homepage.
If you cannot be there in person, you will be able to watch a livestream from the symposium, and we will publish the presentations on our YouTube channel (and on this page) after the event.

Time: Dec 5-6, 2019 Location: Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden

Preliminary program

Each presentation will be 30 minutes long. After two consecutive presentations, a 30 minute Q&A session will take place with the two speakers, where you will get the opportunity to ask questions.


08.30 – 09.15 Registration

09.15 – 09.30 Welcome address

09.30 – 10.00 Realizing Feynman’s Dream of a Quantum Simulator
Immanuel Bloch, Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik, Germany

10.00 – 10.30 The energetic side of quantum noise
Alexia Auffèves​, CNRS Grenoble, France

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break

11.00 – 11.30 Q&A with Prof Bloch and Prof Auffèves

11.30 – 12.00 New perspectives on quantum geometry, superconductivity and Bose-Einstein condensation
Päivi Törmä, Aalto University, Finland

12.00 – 13.15 Lunch served in Volvofoajén

13.15 – 13.45 MINFLUX Nanoscopy: Superresolution post Nobel
Stefan Hell, 2014 Nobel laureate in Chemistry, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Germany

13.45 – 14.15 Q & A with Prof Törmä and Prof Hell

14.15 – 14.45 The Alchemy of Vacuum
Thomas Ebbesen, USIAS & ISIS, University of Strasbourg, France

14.45 – 15.15 Coffee break

15.15 – 15.45 The light years: Nanophotonic methods to visualize dynamic chemical and cellular processes with near-atomic-scale resolution
Jennifer Dionne, Stanford University, United States

15.45 – 16.15 Q & A with Prof Ebbesen and Prof Dionne

16.15 – Photo session

16.30 – 18.30 Poster session in Volvofoajén. Drinks and snacks served.
Welcome reception for high school students in Student Union Building


Session 4
09.00 – 09.30 Quantum Computing with Superconducting Circuits
Andreas Wallraff, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

09.30 – 10.00 Sculpted light at nano- and microscale: from quantum atom optics to living cells
Halina Rubinsztein Dunlop, University of Queensland, Australia

10.00 – 10.30 Q & A with Prof Wallraff and Prof Rubinsztein Dunlop

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break

Session 5
11.00 – 11.30 From Faraday to tomorrow: nanoscale optics for sustainability and societal impact​
Naomi Halas, Rice University, United States

11.30 – 12.00 Power at the Nanoscale: Speed, Strength and Efficiency in Biological Motor
Carlos Bustamente, University of California, Berkeley, United States

12.00 – 13.15 Lunch served in Volvofoajén

13.15 – 13.45 Q & A with Prof Halas and Prof Bustamente

13.45 – 13.50 Announcement of the winners of the Area of Advance Materials Science Photo Contest

13.50 – 14.10 Announcement of the winners of the 2019 Molecular Frontiers Inquiry Prize

14:10 – 14:50 Panel discussion: How did I end up in science? Moderator: Jennifer Dionne

14:50 – 15:00 Concluding remarks