YES Meeting 2013 in Zurich

Thank you all for participating in the Young European Scientists Meeting (YES Meeting) which was held from 3 – 6 June in Zurich. Selected scientific lectures and supplementary training activities were part of the program, which you find below. This meeting is entirely organized by the CCQED fellows. All participants are encouraged to download the slides of the presentations from the members area of our web page.



Get-together on Sunday, 2 June 2013 in a relaxed atmosphere before the courses start. Meeting point is between 17.00 and 18.00 at the Lounge of our hotel:
Hotel Coronado | Schaffhauserstrasse 137 | CH-8037 Zürich | Tel. +41 44 360 26 26 | Fax +41 44 360 26 36 |

Monday, 3 June 2013:

Crash course on the 3D graphics software „Blender“ held by G. Moioli:
The course will focus on the use of Blender for the 3D representation for Physics. The lesson will be in English. Giampiero Moioli is professor at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera and Blender Foundation certified trainer.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013:

Public lectures and labtours:

9.00 – 9.45: Andreas Wallraff, Quantum Device Lab, ETHZ:
“Quantum Optics with Propagating Microwave Photons”

Using modern micro and nano-fabrication techniques combined with superconducting materials we realize quantum electronic circuits. We create, store, and manipulate individual microwave photons on chip. The strong interaction of photons with superconducting quantum two-level systems allows us to probe fundamental quantum properties of electromagnetic radiation and also to develop components for applications in quantum information technology. In this presentation, I will discuss how we realize on-demand single photon sources which we characterize using correlation function measurements and full quantum state tomography. For this purpose we have developed efficient methods to separate the quantum signals of interest from the noise added by the linear amplifiers used for quadrature amplitude detection. We now regularly employ our own superconducting parametric amplifiers to perform nearly quantum limited detection of propagating electromagnetic fields. These enable us to probe the entanglement which we generate on demand between stationary qubits and microwave photons freely propagating down a transmission line. Using two independent microwave single photon sources, we have recently performed Hong-Ou-Mandel experiments and have probed the coherence of two-mode multi-photon states at the output of the beam-splitter. The non-local nature of such states may prove to be useful for distributing entanglement in future small-scale quantum networks.

10.00 – 10.45: Charles Adams,  Atomic and Molecular Physics Group, Durham University:
“Rydberg quantum optics”

We store optical photons as Rydberg excitations in a cold atomic ensemble. Subsequently use microwave fields to control the stored light at a single photon level [1].
[1] D. Maxwell et al., “Storage and Control of Optical Photons Using Rydberg Polaritons”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 103001 (2013). See also the accompanying viewpoint.

11.00 – 11.45: Liesbeth Venema,  Nature Editor:
“Measuring up: what do Nature editors do?”

Nature receives over 10.000 submissions every year and we can publish only around 800 of them. The core of a manuscript editor’s job is to read papers, select them for peer review and manage the review process. But as scientific research progresses quickly we need to constantly develop our standards and criteria, identify new areas, commission review articles and stay in touch with the community by travelling to conferences and lab visits. These are certainly interesting times to work as a scientific editor, as many new publishing models are emerging and social media increasingly shape and determine the impact of scientific research. I will try to give some insight in what goes on inside Nature and scientific publishing in general.


13.30 – 15.00: Labtours: Esslinger Group and Quantum Device Lab, ETHZ

15.30 – 17.00: Julia Epp, Head of Third Party Funds and EU Office at MPQ:
“EU funding opportunities for young researchers”

In this talk, I will inform about EU funding possiblities for young researchers, such as the Marie Curie Fellowships for Post-dos. I will also give an outlook to the next EU’s research framework programme, Horizon 2020, including funding possibilities of the European Research Council (ERC). Presentations from successful applicants for the Marie Curie Fellowship scheme will give insight in the practical aspects of proposal preparation. The talk is targeted to PhD students and Post-docs who wish to plan their research career in a European context.

17.00 – 18.00: Magnus Albers, Sick AG, Waldkirch:
“From the quantum optics lab to industrial research and development”

In this talk Magnus Albert will report on his personal experiences as a physicist in industrial research and development. He will give a short presentation of the company he is working for, talk about his current field of work and will outline some of the differences between industrial research and development and fundamental science, and the prospects of fundamental researchers in industry.
About the Company: The SICK Group is an international corporation steeped in the tradition of a mid-sized family company. It was founded in 1946 by Erwin Sick and is headquartered in Waldkirch, Germany. Since its foundation, SICK has specialized in sensors and sensor solutions for industrial applications. Today SICK is one of the world leading producers of industrial sensors and present in more than 80 countries with 5’853 employees worldwide. As a technology and market leader, SICK’s sensors and application solutions create the basis for reliable and efficient control of industrial processes, for protecting people from accidents, and for preventing environmental damage. The product portfolio comprises more than 40,000 products and product variants, with a focus on factory automation, logistics automation and process automation.
About the speaker: Magnus Albert did his PhD in the ion trap group lead by Michael Drewsen at the University of Aarhus, where he worked on a Light-Matter interface based on ion Coulomb Crystals in an optical cavity. He continued his career in fundamental science at the Max-Planck Institute for Quantum Optics and at the Institute for Physics at the University of Freiburg. In 2012, he switched to industrial research and development and is now part of the pre-development group of the Industrial Safety division at SICK, where he is responsible for optics and systems. His main topics are LIDAR systems and optical sensor systems in industrial safety applications.


Wednesday, 5 June 2013 & Thursday, 6 June 2013:

Project Management Course  by C. Galli-Marxer

This course is very practical and allows students to learn basic project management (PM) methods and tools that can be immediately applied in own research projects. At the end of this course, participants will be able to answer the following questions:

- What is a project and what are the main impact factors?
- What should I do to insure a successful and innovative research project?
- How should I structure, plan and guide my project?

Day 1: Basics of PM, System analysis, Stakeholder analysis, Project objectives, Structuring projects
Day 2: Project planning, Project controlling, Risk management, Communication concept, Success factors in PM

Working methods: The different topics will be presented and illustrated by examples and deepened in various group exercises.

Procedures and working methods applied in this course require participants to tackle problems in depth at both subject and personal levels. Participants will also be required to bring project examples, issues and problems, which are of interest to other scientists.

Dr. Carine Galli Marxer studied Physics in Switzerland and Germany (1998), has a postgraduate master in teaching as well as in Project Management (MAS). During her career, she never stopped exploring new topics in interdisciplinary and intercultural environments, successfully leading innovative projects: PhD work about bio- implants and biosensors (CH), Postdoc about cell membranes (USA), Project manager of a EU research project in surface science (CH), Program manager of the Swiss Knowledge and Technology Transfer Initiative (CH), Project manager of a new Swiss strategic project in the field of radioprotection in medicine (CH).