International Meeting on Mesoscopic Physics with Matter and Waves

March 21-22, 2005


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Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, Orsay

Amphithéâtre André Blandin


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Observation of the Mott transition in cold matter.


(I. Bloch, Th. Hänsch et. al.)

SQUID under microwave irradiation: dynamics of a quantum particle in an anharmonic well.

(O. Buisson, F. Hekking et. al. )

Weak Localisation of photons in cold atomic gazes.

(D. Delande, Ch. Miniatura, R. Kaiser, et. al)

Anti-noise of elastic waves in a chaotic cavity

(J. De Rosny, M. Fink, etal.)

Organizers :



CNRS Groupement de Recherche 2426

Physique Mésocopique Quantique 




Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, Orsay



CNRS Groupement de Recherche 2253

Imagerie, Communication et Désordre 




Laboratoire de Physique et Modélisation des Milieux Condensés - Grenoble



This colloquium focuses on the mesoscopic physics of electrons, photons, matter waves and acoustic waves, in particular on their differences and their analogies. To this end we have invited internationally recognized scientists.


Lunch on Tuesday can be reserved for you at the local canteen (at the cost of 5 €, to be due on arrival). A conference dinner on Monday will be organized at the nearby Hotel du Guichet, at the reduced rate of 30 € per person. Posters can be presented during the coffee breaks.


Inscription is free for all interested scientists, including students and confirmed researchers.  Inscription is necessary if you wish to participate in lunch and dinner. To this end, please sign up by sending inscription-english or inscription-francais by E-mail to BEFORE March 1, 2005.


You are requested to arrange your own lodging and transport (A list of nearby hotels). Members of the GDR IMCODE or the GDR Physique Mésoscopique Quantique who are unable to cover their travel and lodging can request for partial support.


Program (with preliminary titles)

Monday, March 21, 2005


13.00 Registration


13.45  Opening


Alain Fontaine, Directeur Scientifique Adjoint du Département Sciences, Physiques et Mathématiques du CNRS.


Session « Noise and Speckle »


14.00 Markus Buttiker; University of Geneva, Switzerland. 

Shot Noise: From Schottky to Bell and beyond..



15.00 Carlo Beenakker, University of Leiden, the Netherlands.

Antibunching of photons produced by electronic shot noise



16.00 Coffee break


16.30    Christian Glattli, Service de Physique de l’Etats  Condensé - Saclay / Ecole Laboratoire Pierre Aigrain, ENS Paris.

Electronic noise and microwave photons


17.00    Julien De Rosny, Laboratoire Ondes et Acoustique, Paris. 

Mesoscopic physics inside ultrasonic cavities.



17.30 Eric Akkermans, Institute Technion, Haifa, Israel 

Correlations in speckle patterns: from mesoscopic metals to cold atomic gases


18.30 end





20.00 Dinner in Hotel du Guichet - Orsay

Tuesday, March 22, 2005


Session  « Quantum phase transitions »


9.00 Immanuel  Bloch, University of Mainz, Germany

Quantum phase transition from a superfluid to a Mott Insulator in a gas of cold atoms



10.00 Yvan Castin, Laboratoire Kastler Brossel, ENS – Paris

Matterwave localization in disordered cold atoms


11.00 coffee break


11.30  Ad Lagendijk, University of Twente, the Netherlands

Anderson Localization of Light


12.30 Lunch


Session « Decoherence »


14.00  Jean–Michel  Raimond

            Laboratoire Kastler Brossel, ENS – Paris.

Mesoscopic entangled states in cavity QED experiments


15.00   Frank Hekking , Laboratoire de Physique et Modélisation des Milieux Condensés – Grenoble.

Manipulating Q-bits in condensed matter


15.30     coffee break


16.00  Dominique Delande Laboratoire Kastler Brossel, ENS – Paris. Christian Miniatura , Institut Non-linéaire – Nice.

Weak Localization of photons in cold atom gazes


16.45   Hugues  Pothier, Service de Physique de l’Etat Condensé - Saclay

Electronic decoherence by Coulomb interactions and magnetic impurities



17.30     end/departure



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Physique Mésoscopique des Electrons et des Photons
E. Akkermans et G. Montambaux