Introductory Course on Ultracold Quantum Gases 
Innsbruck, 11-13 July 2017

The cigar-shaped particle cloud is locally heated with a power-modulated laser beam (green).including a colloquium of the Innsbruck-Vienna SFB “Foundations and Applications of Quantum Science (FoQuS)”


Rudolf Grimm (Institute for Experimental Physics, University of Innsbruck; IQOQI Innsbruck)

Hanns-Christoph Nägerl (Institute for Experimental Physics, University of Innsbruck)


Administrative Assistent:

Sabine Hofer sp-­

Scope of the Course

The short course from 11–13 July 2017 will give an introduction into the fascinating research field of cold atoms and ultracold quantum gases, which offers many exciting opportunities for young researchers. The course is addressed to students early in their master’s program and is also suitable for students just finishing their bachelor’s degree and first-year PhD students who have recently joined the field.  Specialized knowledge in the field is not required; students should have a basic knowledge of quantum physics and atomic, molecular, and optical physics at the undergraduate level.


Thirteen lectures given by experts from Innsbruck, Vienna and Trento (Italy) will cover the basic concepts of laser cooling and trapping, Bose-Einstein condensation, ultracold Fermi gases, ultracold molecules, strongly correlated quantum gases, and optical lattices. In addition, students will be given the opportunity to visit state-of-the-art laboratories at the University of Innsbruck and the Institute of Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI).

The school will start on the evening of Monday, 10 July with registration and a get-together. The lectures will conclude at midday on 13 July.

In the afternoon of 13 July, participants in the course are invited to attend a colloquium where overviews of current research in the Innsbruck-Vienna SFB will be presented. The program of the intensive course ends with a joint social event in the beautiful Tyrolean mountains (barbecue at Arzler Alm) in the evening of Thursday, 13 July. Students will depart Innsbruck on 14 July and are also welcome to attend the more specialized SFB colloquium talks on the morning of Friday, 14 July.


Confirmed speakers of the Summer School:

  • Mikhail Baranov (IQOQI Innsbruck)
  • Lauriane Chomaz (Institute for Experimental Physics, University of Innsbruck)
  • Gabriele Ferrari (BEC Center, University of Trento)
  • Stefano Giorgini (BEC Center, University of Trento)
  • Rudolf Grimm (Institute for Experimental Physics, University of Innsbruck; IQOQI Innsbruck)
  • Andreas Läuchli (Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Innsbruck)
  • Manfred Mark (Institute for Experimental Physics, University of Innsbruck)
  • Hanns-Christoph Nägerl (Institute for Experimental Physics, University of Innsbruck)
  • Thomas Schweigler (Institute of Atomic and Subatomics Physics, Vienna University of Technology)
  • Andrey Turlapov (Nizhny Novgorod State University)


Tentative Program


In addition to students from the three member universities of the SFB (University o Innsbruck, University of Vienna, and Vienna University of Technology), we invite external students to participate. We will be able to sponsor the participation of about 30 external students, covering travel costs of up to maximum 200 euros per participant as well as accommodation, including breakfast.


Please complete the online form before the application deadline of 8 June 2017. Also, please arrange for a letter of recommendation (which can be just a short e-mail message) to be sent to Ms. Sabine Hofer Brigo at by the application deadline. Applications will be notified on their acceptance no later than 12 June 2017.


The school is sponsored by the SFB project "Foundations and Applications of Quantum Science" (FoQus), the Innsbruck Physics Research Center (University of Innsbruck) and the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI). The accomodation will be organized by the Research Center. 


The school will take place at the Technik Campus of the University of Innsbruck. This campus is located on the west side of the city, close to the airport.

For information on how to reach the campus please, use the following link:

The map below shows the relevant locations on campus.  The reception and get-together will take place on Monday evening at 6:30 pm on the 3rd floor of the IQOQI building. The course lectures will be held in HSB 1.  The SFB colloquium lectures will be held in lecture hall A in the Viktor-Franz-Hess-Haus.

Important Dates

  • 08 June 2017: Deadline for registration
  • 12 June 2017: Participants notified by e-mail
  • 10 July 2017: Start of the course with the evening reception and get-together
  • 13 July 2017: End of the course (midday) and beginning of the SFB colloquium
  • 14 July 2017: Departure; end of SFB Colloquium (midday)

How to reach us


Please download the map of our campus here


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