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Many-body physics with photons and polaritons is a highly interdisciplinary field, merging diverse areas such as nano-photonics, quantum optics, condensed matter physics,  and quantum technologies. The inherent accessibility to local observables, and the ability to probe out-of-equilibrium phenomena make driven many-body photonic systems especially promising for a variety of applications in  quantum simulations and quantum computing, as well as in materials science and optical circuitry. Theory proposals and preliminary experimental works cover a wide range of systems, ranging from superconducting circuits and exciton-polariton systems, to slow light set ups, all the way to integrated nano-photonic structures.

The goal of this residential joint school and workshop,  is to help bringing the different scientific communities together, discuss the state of the art developments and the open challenges in this field, and provide training for young researchers in diverse topics ranging from quantum many-body systems all the way to quantum-nanophotonics.

The  meeting is co-organized by the COST  Action MP1403  Nanoscale Quantum Optics and it will be co-hosted with its annual WorkGroup 4 meeting. More information on the WorkGroup 4 meeting to follow soon.


This residential meeting will be hosted in the Conference Center of the Orthodox Academy of Creta (OAC), an exceptionally beautiful location only a few meters from the Mediterranean sea, half an hour drive west of Chania.

Key topics to be addressed  in the meeting include:

  • Platforms for realizing strongly correlated states of light: superconducting circuits,  atom nano-photonics interfaces, exciton-polaritons systems, Rydberg atoms and polaritons, and hybrid systems
  • Numerical and analytical methods for treating driven-dissipative many-body photonic systems: Tensor networks and Master equation approaches, Keldysh formalism and more
  • Generation and detection of many-body states of photons/polaritons and applications in quantum simulations
  • Out of equilibrium physics with driven-dissipative photonic systems
  • Optimal observables and characterization of many-body light-matter systems
  • Quantum transport, scattering and many-body quantum dynamics of multi-photon states in strongly coupled light-matter systems
  • Topologically protected phases and gauge fields in integrated photonic chips
  • Strongly correlated states of light and applications in quantum technologies
  • Quantum computation with strongly coupled light-matter systems

A typical day in the meeting will consist of core introductory training lectures with a slightly more focus on the  basics of the theoretical concepts from the topics, but with coverage of the basic physics of the main experimental quantum  platforms too. This will be followed by some  invited talks on the state of the art in the field.  There will also be a small number of contributed talks, as well as poster sessions, ideally delivered by junior researchers in selected hot topics areas. Each of these sessions will be separated by intermediate breaks that are long enough to both continue discussion generated at the lectures and also include collective activities such as hiking, swimming in the beach next to the conference site and resting.