List of invited speakers (tentative)
S. Bose (University College, London) H. Briegel (University of Innsbruck) P. Calabrese (University of Pisa) J. Eisert (University of Potsdam) T. Giamarchi (University of Geneve) M. Hartmann (Munich) M. B. Plenio (Imperial College, London) U. Schollwoeck (RWTH, Aachen) G. Santoro (SISSA, Trieste) S. Sorella (SISSA, Trieste) S. Trebst (Station Q) V. Vedral (University of Leeds & Singapore) F. Verstraete (University of Vienna) L. Viola (Dartmouth College) M. Wolf (Copenhagen University) W. Zurek (Los Alamos Natl. Lab.)
Over the last years it has indeed become evident that quantum information may lead to further insight into other areas where many-body systems where traditionally studied: condensed matter, quantum statistical mechanics and quantum field theory. Despite being at its infancy this field of research has already lead to a number of very important results. Methods developed in quantum information have proved to be extremely useful in the analysis of the state of many-body systems. At the same time experience built up over the years in condensed matter is helping in finding new protocols for quantum computation and communication. The amount of work at the interface between statistical mechanics and quantum information has grown tremendously during the last five years, shining light on many different aspects of both subjects. There has been an extensive analysis of entanglement in quantum critical models. Tools from quantum information theory also provided important support for numerical methods, as the density matrix renormalization group or the design of new efficient simulation strategies for many-body systems as the time-dependendent density matrix renormalization group. The design of variational methods (e.g. MPS, PEPS, MERA,..) to study the ground state and finite temperature properties of many-body Hamiltonian has been exploited in numerous interesting works. Spin networks have been proposed as quantum channels by exploiting the collective dynamics of their low lying excitations for transporting quantum information. Adiabatic quantum computation has important implications in a wide spectrum of problems ranging from the study of topological defects in the early universe and in superfluid systems to quantum annealing. Aim of the proposed QUROPE school is to give an introduction and overview of the research at the interface between quantum statistical mechanics and quantum information. The school is organized in such a way to provide basic introduction to the field. All the topics mentioned above will be covered by means of introductory lectures and advanced seminars each. In addition a series of seminars will be selected among the participants of the QUROPE school.