The workshop is kindly supported by the

Wilhelm und Else Heraeus-Stiftung

Important Dates


  • 31st October 2017: 
    application deadline
  • 30th November 2017:
    registration deadline
  • 14th January 2018:
    arrivals at the venue


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Welcome to the 659. WE-Heraeus-Seminar  "Condensates of Light", to be held 14th to 17th January 2018 at the Physikzentrum Bad Honnef, Germany. The seminar is a follow-up on the successful 2016 workshop on "Condensates of Light" in Chicheley Hall

Bose-Einstein condensation, the macroscopic ground state occupation of a system of integer spin particles (bosons), has been observed in the last twenty years for dilute cold atomic gases and in solid state systems with both exciton-polaritons and magnons. More recently, Bose-Einstein condensation of photons has been demonstrated in a dye-filled optical microcavity, where, unlike in a blackbody radiator, the photon number does not vanish at low temperature but instead exhibits condensation to the lowest energetic cavity mode. In other experiments, interesting other collective manybody effects of light have been observed in optical cavities, and both theorists and experimentalists are beginning to exploit novel quantum fluids of light.

The aim of the seminar is to illuminate the present status of Bose-Einstein condensates and other quantum fluids of light in different physical areas, ranging from atomic and molecular physics to solid state physics, including:

  • Bose-Einstein condensation of light in dye-filled microcavities
  • Condensates of semiconductor exciton-polaritons
  • Organic polariton condensation
  • Classical condensation phenomena in optics
  • Superfluid light


Important Dates:

  • 31st October 2017: application submission deadline
  • 30th November 2017: abstract submission deadline
  • 14th January 2018: arrivals at the venue


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