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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.

Go to day
  • Monday, 19 September 2022
    • 08:30 - 17:20
      • 08:30 Registration formalities (conference) 1h0' ( Leonardo Building - Lobby )
        REGISTRATION: Upon arrival, Visitors who are attending conference only and are not staying in the ICTP Guest House, are kindly requested to complete registration formalities at the Leonardo Building Lobby from 8.30 till 9.30.
      • 09:30 Opening Ceremony 10'
      • 09:40 Matter-Waves lensing in Dynamic Wave-Guides 40'
        Speaker: Wolf von KLITZING (IESL-FORTH, Greece)
        Material: Abstract
      • 10:20 Coffee break 40'
      • 11:00 Joint mass-and-energy test of the equivalence principle with atom interferometers 40'
        Speaker: Mingsheng ZHAN (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
        Material: Abstract
      • 11:40 Conformer selection and enantiomer superpositions from matter-wave interference 20'
        Speaker: Benjamin Andreas STICKLER (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
      • 12:00 State-dependent potentials for trapped atom interferometry 20'
        Speaker: Thomas FERNHOLZ (University of Nottingham, UK)
      • 12:20 Lunch break 1h40'
      • 14:00 Superfluid quantum Bose gas on a shell 40'
        Speaker: Helene PERRIN (Universite' Sorbonne, France)
        Material: Abstract
      • 14:40 Accurate measurement of atom surface Casimir-Polder interaction 40'
        Speaker: Gabriel DUTIER (Universite' Sorbonne, France)
        Material: Abstract
      • 15:20 Quantum Gases in Space for Fundamental Physics and Earth Observation 40'
        Speaker: Naceur GAALOUL (Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany)
        Material: Abstract
      • 16:00 Coffee break 20'
      • 16:20 Fractional angular momentum quantization in Atomtronic circuits 20'
        Speaker: Juan POLO (Innovation Institute (TII), UAE)
      • 16:40 Interference dynamics of matter-waves of SU(N) fermions 20'
        Speaker: Wayne Jordan CHETCUTI (TII, UAE)
      • 17:00 The dipolar supersolid: a self-induced Josephson junction 20'
        Speaker: Giulio BIAGIONI (University of Florence, Italy)
    • 18:30 - 19:30
      • 18:30 Poster Session 1h0'
  • Tuesday, 20 September 2022
    • 09:00 - 17:20
      • 09:00 Observation of a gravitational Aharonov-Bohm effect and its implications for quantum superpositions of Newtonian gravitational fields 40'
        Speaker: Mark KASEVICH (Stanford University, USA)
        Material: Abstract
      • 09:40 Determination of the fine-structure constant using atom interferometry 40'
        Speaker: Saida GUELLATI-KHELIFA (Universite' Sorbonne, France)
        Material: Abstract
      • 10:20 Coffee break 40'
      • 11:00 Persistent currents for ultracold fermions on a ring 40' ( Online )
        Speaker: Anna MINGUZZI (Grenoble Alpes University, France)
        Material: Abstract
      • 11:40 LACENET — A machine learning approach for mask generations for matter-wave lithography 20'
        Speaker: Johannes FIEDLER (University of Bergen, Norway)
      • 12:00 Composite pulses for atom interferometry 20'
        Speaker: Timothy FREEGARDE (University of Southampton, UK)
      • 12:20 Lunch break 1h40'
      • 14:00 Clock Atom Interferometry and Floquet Atom Optics 40'
        Speaker: Jan RUDOLPH (Stanford University, USA)
        Material: Abstract
      • 14:40 Cold Atom Quantum Technology to Explore Fundamental Physics 40'
        Speaker: Oliver BUCHMUELLER (Imperial College London, UK)
        Material: Abstract
      • 15:20 Inferring non-equilibrium thermodynamics in continuously monitored systems: the role of information 40'
        Speaker: Mauro PATERNOSTRO (Queen's University Belfast, UK)
        Material: Abstract
      • 16:00 Coffee break 20'
      • 16:20 Efficient atomic lensing of quantum gas mixtures 20'
        Speaker: Matthias MEISTER (German Aerospace Center (DLR e.V.), Germany)
      • 16:40 Observation of the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox between two Bose-Einstein condensates 20'
        Speaker: Tilman ZIBOLD (University of Basel, Switzerland)
      • 17:00 TBA 20'
        Speaker: Philippe BOUYER (University of Amsterdam, TU/e Quantum Delta NL, Netherlands)
    • 18:30 - 19:30
      • 18:30 Poster session 1h0'
    • 20:00 - 21:00
      • 20:00 Welcome reception 1h0'
        All participants are cordially invited to the Welcome Reception.
  • Wednesday, 21 September 2022
    • 09:00 - 17:20
      • 09:00 One-minute coherence in an optical-lattice based atom interferometer 40'
        Speaker: Holger MUELLER (UC Berkeley, USA)
        Material: Abstract
      • 09:40 TBA 40'
        Speaker: Micheal HOLYNSKI (University of Birmingham, UK)
      • 10:20 Coffee break 40'
      • 11:00 Creating a massive minimal uncertainty wavepacket using Gross-Pitaevskii breathers 40'
        Speaker: Maxim OLSHANII (University of Massachusetts, USA)
        Material: Abstract
      • 11:40 Towards atomic diffraction through single-layer graphene 20'
        Speaker: Christian BRAND (German Aerospace Center, Institute of Quantum Technologies, Germany)
      • 12:00 Towards a large spatial separation atom interferometer for geometrical phase measurements 20'
        Speaker: Alexandre GAUGUET (LCAR - Universite' Toulouse III, France)
      • 12:20 Lunch break 1h40'
      • 14:00 Excursion 3h20'
  • Thursday, 22 September 2022
    • 09:00 - 13:50
      • 09:00 From new ways of free electron control to the coherence of multi-electron pulses 40'
        Speaker: Peter HOMMELHOFF (University of Erlangen, Germany)
        Material: Abstract
      • 09:40 Quantum control of an array of optically levitated nanoparticles 40'
        Speaker: Uros DELIC (University of Vienna, Austria)
        Material: Abstract
      • 10:20 Coffee break 40'
      • 11:00 Dark matter searches with matter wave interferometry 40'
        Speaker: Andrei DEREVIANKO (University of Nevada, USA)
        Material: Abstract
      • 11:40 Experimental observation of the Pendell ̈osung effect for neutrons under low-coherence conditions 20'
        Speaker: Juergen KLEPP (University of Vienna, Faculty of Physics, Austria)
      • 12:00 Poster winner talk & awards 20'
      • 12:20 Lunch break 1h30'
    • 14:00 - 18:30 Rauch Session
      Location: SISSA Main Auditorium
      • 14:00 Introduction 10'
        Speaker: Markus ARNDT (University of Vienna, Austria)
      • 14:10 Why we Test Quantum Physics. An hommage for Helmut Rauch 40'
        Speaker: Anton ZEILINGER (University of Vienna, Institute for Experimental Physics, Austria)
      • 14:50 Neutron interferometry for studies of experimental quantum mechanics 40'
        Speaker: Yuji HASEGAWA (Vienna University of Technology, Austria)
        Material: Abstract
      • 15:30 Probing Many Body Quantum Systems by Matter Wave Interference 40'
        Speaker: Hannes Joerg SCHMIEDMAYER (Institute of Atomic and Subatomic Physics, Austria)
        Material: Abstract
      • 16:10 Coffee break 20'
      • 16:30 From neutron to quantum-gas interferometry - dedicated to Helmut Rauch, a pioneer of matter-wave interferometry 40'
        Speaker: Ernst Maria RASEL (Universitaet Hannover, Institut fuer Quantenoptik, Germany)
        Material: Abstract
      • 17:10 Helmut Rauch and matter wave interferometry 40'
        Speaker: Wolfgang Peter SCHLEICH (Universitat Ulm, Abteilung Quantenphysik, Germany)
        Material: Abstract
      • 17:50 In memoriam Helmut Rauch 40'
        Speaker: Hartmut ABELE (TU Wien, Austria)
  • Friday, 23 September 2022
    • 09:00 - 14:00
      • 09:00 Strapdown Quantum Inertial Measurement Unit 40'
        Speaker: Baptiste BATTELIER (Universite' Bordeaux, France)
        Material: Abstract
      • 09:40 Multi-photon Atom Interferometry via cavity-enhanced Bragg Diffraction 40'
        Speaker: Dylan BANAHENE-SABULSKY (Universite' Bordeaux, France)
        Material: Abstract
      • 10:20 Coffee break 40'
      • 11:00 Very Long Baseline Atom Interferometry 20'
        Speaker: Dennis SCHLIPPERT (Leibniz University Hannover, Institute of Quantum Optics, Germany)
      • 11:20 Two-photon recoil interactions in a bow-tie cavity 20'
        Speaker: Hodei ENERIZ (INPHYNI, France)
      • 11:40 Internal (Phonon) Decoherence and Interferometry with Nanoparticles 20'
        Speaker: Carsten HENKEL (Institute of Physics and Astronomy, University of Potsdam, Germany)
      • 12:00 Testing the foundation of quantum physics in space via Interferometric and non-interferometric experiments with mesoscopic nanoparticles 20'
        Speaker: Matteo CARLESSO (University of Belfast, UK)
      • 12:20 Lunch 1h30'
      • 13:50 Closing Ceremony 10'
    • 15:00 - 16:30
      • 15:00 Joint ICTP-SISSA Colloquium by Prof. Ivano Tavernelli, IBM Quantum, Zurich, on "Quantum computing for applications in physics and chemistry" 1h30'
        All participants are most welcome to attend. 
        Further information can be found also at the following link:
        Material: Abstract