The aim of this workshop is to bring together leaders in the field to focus on this next great challenge and to establish consensus of what the future milestones should be for engineering novel quantum states.

Through much of the 20th century, researchers in condensed matter physics have studied the properties of bulk materials, perhaps after refinement, in such a way that the range of accessible phenomena was limited by available materials. The first decades of the 21st century have started to change this, with the development of new techniques which allow engineering of synthetic emergent and topologically-protected quantum states. Varied examples include thin-film heterostructure, cold-atom systems and polaritonic metamaterials. These promise the possibility of an age where material properties are no longer limited by availability, but by imagination.
Despite this wide range of experimental realizations of emergent quantum states, we believe that they all share a common ground based on three main themes: entanglement, correlation effects, and non-equilibrium physics. While workshops addressing one or two of these fields are rather common, our workshop stands apart by focusing on all three. Our approach will allow each participant to view their work from a new perspective, a different angle.


  • «Dialing up» a property – towards controlling emergence, e.g. strain, ultra-fast pulses, preparing atomic lattices or heterostructures.

  • Engineering quantum devices – demonstration of actual device operation or theories for new device operation, e.g. manipulation of entangled states, computation using entanglement, quantum simulators.

  • Novel concepts – synthesizing emergent quantum states, covering new approaches and theoretical proposals for how to create artificial systems as hosts for emergent states


    Peter Wahl, University of St. Andrews/SUPA
    Jean-Philippe Reid, University of St. Andrews/SUPA
    Jonathan Keeling, University of St. Andrews/SUPA
    Steve Simon, Oxford University, UK NESFE
    Phil King, University of St. Andrews/SUPA
    Peter Littlewood, Argonne National Laboratory
    Sarah Webster, University of St. Andrews/SUPA

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