Non-Markovianity in Open Quantum Systems (23w5083)


(Memorial University of Newfoundland)

Susana Huelga (Ulm University)

Kavan Modi (Monash University)

(Stellenbosch University)

(National Institute of Standards and Technology)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Non-Markovianity in Open Quantum Systems" workshop in Banff from February 12 to February 17, 2023.

The workshop deals with the behaviour of quantum objects (atoms, molecules...) which are subjected to external noises (light, vibrations...). The objects are very `tiny'; they react drastically to the slightest contact with their surroundings. Understanding and modelling the dynamical processes is the central task of the {\em theory of open quantum systems}. Examples of open systems are molecules in plants exposed to sunlight ($\rightarrow$ photosynthesis), or basic building blocks (quantum bits) in a quantum computer, mounted on a substrate.

We focus on the role of memory in the open system dynamics, a situation occurring in many physically/chemically/biologically relevant situations. Information between the objects and the surroundings is passed back and forth (and not forgotten) during the interaction. This leads to challenging mathematical models and analytical problems, as well as to potentially very useful practical applications.

In this workshops we want to bring together beginning and experienced researchers from various scientific and cultural backgrounds. We plan presentations and discussions about the latest developments in the field, but there will also be introductory level lectures, as some of the participants will be graduate students and beginning researchers. Our goal is to amalgamate a diverse group of participants and to combine their research efforts into new collaborations.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).