Workshop on POLAriton blockade effects in RYdberg atoms and Semiconductors
2-5 Dec 2014 Palaiseau (France)

Workshop Polarys 2014

The workshop POLARYS (POLAriton blockade effects in RYdberg atoms and Semiconductors) will take place at Institut d’Optique from Tuesday Dec. 2nd to Friday Dec. 5th, 2014. It will be devoted to excitation blockade mechanisms in Rydberg atomic ensembles and cavity excitonic polaritons.

This meeting is designed as an opportunity for two communities of Rydberg atoms and Semiconductors to discuss on similar phenomena, though different in their physical implementations, and their potential applications. A specific emphasis of the meeting will be quantum non-linear optics, but other topics such as polaritonic quantum fluids will be included also.

The program comprises four tutorials (50+10min), research oral presentations (35+5 min), as well as poster sessions.


Invited speakers


  • Prof. Thomas Pohl (Max-Planck-Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden Germany)
  • Prof. Cristiano Ciuti (Université Denis Diderot Paris 7 – France)
  • Prof. Dr. Atac Imamoglu (Institute of Quantum Electronics – ETH Zürich Switzerland)
  • Prof. Charles Adams (Department of Physics, Durham University – United Kingdom)



  • Dr. Sebastian Hofferberth (University of Stuttgart)
  • Prof. Pascale Senellart (Laboratoire de Photonique et de Nanostructures – Marcoussis, France)
  • Prof. Benoît Deveaud (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne – Switzerland)  
  • Dr. Maxime Richard (Institut Néel – Grenoble, France)
  • Prof. Jacqueline Bloch (Laboratoire de Photonique et de Nanostructures – Marcoussis, France) 
  • Dr. Stephan Dürr (Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik – Garching, Germany)
  • Prof. Klaus Moelmer (Aarhus University – Denmark)
  • Prof. Dr. Matthias Weidemüller (Heidelberg University – Germany) 
  • Prof. Elisabeth Giacobino (Laboratoire Kastler Brossel – Paris, France)
  • Dr. Alexey Gorshkov (Joint Quantum Institute NIST/University of Maryland)
  • Prof. Gregor Weihs (University of Innsbruck)


Registration and Submission

There is no registration fee but the attendance will be limited to 50-60 people.

The deadline for application is 1st november, 2014 and acceptance will be confirmed by email.

Participants are strongly encouraged to submit a contribution, please indicate whether oral or poster is preferred.

Please note that you have to create an account  (see 'Create an Account' in 'My Space' section on the left column) before

  • applying (see 'Register' in 'My Space' section) 
  • submitting a contribution (see 'Submit' in 'Main Menu' section).

Conference Dinner

The conference dinner will take place on Thursday Dec. 4th at 8pm at the restaurant Le Procope, 13 Rue de l'Ancienne Comédie, 75006 Paris.






Organizing committee

Philippe Grangier 

Laboratoire Charles Fabry 

Institut d'Optique (IOGS) 



Etienne Brion

Laboratoire Aimé Cotton

Université Paris Sud - ENS Cachan 


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