Starts 19 Sep 2022
Ends 23 Sep 2022
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Matter-wave interferometry has remarkably advanced with systems as diverse as electrons, neutrons, cold atoms, molecules and nanoparticles. The conference Foundations of Matter-Wave Optics (FOMO) unites world experts in the field to review the state-of-art and to discuss new challenges.
Matter-wave interferometers are essential tools in the exploration of the foundations of physics and have been developed into modern quantum sensors with applications in precision measurements, inertial navigation or geodesy. Since its beginning in 2010, Frontiers of Matter Wave Optics (FOMO) has become the most comprehensive bi-annual conference series in the field of matter-wave science. It combines one week of Summer School (12-16.9) with an international conference (19-23.9.). In 2022 both meetings are hosted by the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste/Italy, which is known for scientific excellence combined with international hospitality and scenic beauty. Contributed talks, poster sessions and excursions provide ample opportunity for discussions. An afternoon session on Sept. 22, will also honor the late Helmut Rauch and the beginnings of neutron matter-wave optics, almost 50 years ago.
  • Foundations of matter wave interferometry
  • Matter-wave technologies: electrons, neutrons, atoms, macromolecules, nanoparticles
  • Matter-wave sensors: gravimetry and geodesy
  • Matter-waves in precision metrology: fundamental constants
  • Matter-wave enabled navigation 
  • Tests of quantum physics at the interface to General Relativity & the Classical World
  • Modeling of ultra-cold quantum devices
  • Matter-wave science & industry

Speakers include:
U. DELIC, University of Vienna, Austria
A. DEREVIANKO, University of Nevada, USA
G. DUTIER, Université Paris, France
N. GAALOUL, Universität Hannover, Germany
S. GUELLATI-KHELIFA, Sorbonne University, France  
Y. HASEGAWA, TU Wien, Austria
M. HOLYNSKI, University of Birmingham, UK
P. HOMMELHOFF, University of Erlangen, Germany
M. KASEVICH, Stanford University, USA
A. MINGUZZI, Université Grenoble Alpes, France
H. MÜLLER, UC Berkeley, USA
M. OLSHANII, Boston University, USA
M. PATERNOSTRO, Queen's University Belfast, UK
H. PERRIN, Université Sorbonne, France
E. RASEL, University of Hannover, Germany
J. RUDOLPH, Stanford University, USA
D. SABULSKY, Université Bordeaux, France
W. SCHLEICH, Ulm University, Germany
A. ZEILINGER, University of Vienna, Austria
M. ZHAN, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Participants are required to submit poster abstract and encouraged to submit abstracts for a talk. A number of posters abstracts will be selected for poster session and a number of short oral presentation slots will be available for some of them upon selection. During the application please make sure to use our templates to format your abstract in PDFs. Templates are available below for download.
Grants: A limited number of grants are available to support the attendance of selected participants, with priority given to participants from developing countries.
In person participation: As regards the COVID-19 policy, we advise to follow the updated rules available on the ICTP page Access Guidelines for Visitors.


Markus ARNDT (University of Vienna, Austria), Angelo BASSI (University of Trieste & INFN, Italy), Andrea TROMBETTONI (University of Trieste & INFN, Italy), Local Organiser: Rosario Fazio (ICTP)