COST Action Nanoscale Quantum Optics WG4 Meeting at Aalto University, Finland

Cooperative effects, correlations, and many-body physics tailored by strongly confined optical fields.

26-27 September 2017, Aalto University, Finland


COST Participants at Aalto. Photo by Rui Guo 2017.

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About this event

The meeting for WG4 of the Nanoscale Quantum Optics COST Action will be held at Aalto University Design Factory in Espoo, Finland on 26 and 27 September 2017. The WG4 of the COST Action aims to investigate cooperative effects, correlations, and many-body physics tailored by strongly confined fields in nanoscale optical systems. The topics addressed by the WG4 and at this meeting include:

  • Numerical methods for (open) many-body systems
  • Atom-light interactions in 1D waveguides
  • Quantum Plasmonics
  • Collective effects and phase transitions in cavity QED
  • Optomechanical effects at the nanoscale

The meeting will provide an opportunity for participants to discuss their current and future work with others in the community and to plan for future collaborations, coordination, and events within the COST network.





You can pick up a printed copy of the programme on Monday evening at the Radisson or on Tuesday at Registration. Or, download: COSTAalto.pdf

Monday 25 September

Arrival day

20:00 Informal get-together at Radisson Blu Lobby Bar


Tuesday 26 September

9:00-10:00 Registration

10:00-10:30 Coffee break

10:30-12:00 Sessions

10:30-10:45 Peter Rabl

10:45-11:15 Caspar Ockeloen “Backaction evading measurements of collective mechanical modes”

11:15-11:30 Satu Mustalahti
“Studies of eGFP linked AgNP dimers for introducing strong coupling”

11:30-12:00 Gerrit Groenhof
“Multi-scale molecular dynamics simulations of polaritonic chemistry”

12:00-13:30 Lunch break

13:30-15:30 Sessions
13:30-14:00 Laurin Ostermann
“Subradiance via entanglement, quantum optics and collective emission in a multimode fiber”

14:00-14:30 Phillipp Schneeweiss
“Fictitious magnetic fields a tool for nanoscale quantum optics with cold atoms”

14:30-15:00 Jussi Toppari
“Effects of the Stokes shift on dynamics of strongly coupled modes between surface plasmon polaritons and molecules”

15:00-15:15 Siim Pikker
“Plasmonic strong coupling with large Stokes shift dyes”

15:15-15:30 Eero Hulkko
“Photoluminescence studies of Rhodamine-6G dyes under strong coupling with confined light”

15:30-16:00 Coffee break

16:00-17:00 Sessions

16:00-16:30 Päivi Törmä
“Bose-Einstein condensation in a plasmonic lattice”

16:30-17:00 Maria Moreno-Cardoner
“Subradiance and selective radiance in atomic arrays”

18:30 Transportation to sauna/dinner from Radisson Blu Otaniemi

19:30 Conference Sauna and 21:30 Dinner at Löyly (see Sauna below)


Wednesday 27 September

9:00-10:15 Sessions

9:00-9:30 Dror Fixler
“Light-metallic nanoparticles interaction: classical and quantum applications”

9:30-9:45 Benjamin Lang
“The effects of polarisation on the 1D atom”

9:45-10:15 David Nagy
“Self-organization as a non-equilibrium phase transition in cavity QED: The role of Markovian vs. non-Markovian environments”

10:15-10:45 Coffee break

10:45-11:30 Sessions

10:45-11:15 Humeyra Caglayan
“Controlling coherence in epsilon-near-zero metamaterials”

11:15-11:30 Jens Oppermann
“A unified approach to open cavity QED”

11:30-12:15 Discussions and future activities

12:15-14:45 Lunch at Dipoli
And visiting groups and lab tours
at Aalto University




To apply for the work workshop, please send an email to Mrs Sharon Marie Harvey (cost-nqo [at] uni-siegen [dot] de) with the requested information listed here. Preference will be given to applications received before 1 August and to registered members of the COST Action NQO. Other applications will be accepted on a case-by-case basis, depending on available funding. We particularly encourage female scientists, early stage researchers, and COST members from inclusiveness target countries to apply.

  • Name and affiliation:
  • COST NQO member: (yes/no)
  • Anticipated arrival/departure dates:
  • The relevance of your work for WG4 activities (1-2 sentences):
  • Request for travel support from COST: (yes/no)
  • Please indicate if you are female, an early stage researcher or from a COST inclusiveness target country:
  • Food allergies or dietary requirements:




birchfall3.jpg Travel and Accommodation

Aalto University Design Factory (conference venue) and the pre-reserved hotel for the workshop are conveniently located approximately thirty minutes from Helsinki-Vantaa Airport by taxi, in the town of Espoo (16 kilometers from Helsinki city centre). Those eligible for travel and accommodation reimbursement will be reimbursed directly through the COST office according to their policies.

Aalto has special group rates with the Radisson Blu Espoo hotel within walking distance. The rates listed below are per night, for a standard room (single or double use), including breakfast. To access the discounted rate, please arrange your reservation using the contact information below, and indicate that your visit is for the “COST WG4 Meeting at Aalto.” The payment will be directly made upon checkout.

100 euros single include “COST WG4 Meeting at Aalto” in your reservation

130 euros double “COST WG4 Meeting at Aalto” in your reservation

The distance between the hotel and the meeting venue is approximately 10 minutes walking.






Apply and questions about reimbursement

cost-nqo [at] uni-siegen [dot] de

Scientific Organizer

Prof. Peter Rabl, TU Wien

Local support

Prof. Päivi Törmä, Aalto University 

Write to: Dr Jani-Petri Martikainen | Dr Kostas Daskalakis



Sauna: local transportation, sauna information, dinner

Bring your swimsuit!

Tuesday 26 September

18:30 Transportation to evening in Helsinki from Radisson Blu Hotel

19:30 Conference Sauna and 21:30 Dinner at Löyly in Helsinki 

Please meet at the Radisson Blu Hotel for transportation to Helsinki's finest public sauna, Löyly.

The sauna has separate changing rooms for women and men, but towels and lockers will be provided. Bring your swimsuit! You can order personal snacks and drinks inside the sauna area from the check in desk.

Dinner will start at 21:30 in the restaurant at Löyly, so please make time to join everyone at the table. Your dietary needs were recorded when you registered for this meeting, but you can check this again when you register at the Design Factory on Tuesday morning to ensure a pleasant meal on Tuesday night.

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