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Winter school on ultrafast thermodynamics

We're organizing a one-week winter school in condensed matter physics, focusing on ultrafast thermodynamics. This event bridges ultrafast dynamics in quantum materials with nonequilibrium statistical physics. The program is designed for PhD students, advanced Master's students, and PostDocs. Participants will explore cutting-edge theoretical and experimental methods, gaining a comprehensive understanding of this emerging research area.

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About the Winter School on Ultrafast Thermodynamics:

Quantum materials host a variety of intriguing phenomena, based on many-body interactions or topology. Due to tremendous experimental progress, these phenomena can now be controlled and probed on sub-picosecond time-scales, showing the dynamics of excitations, e.g., in terms of phonons (lattice), magnons (magnetization), excitons (electrons), and phase transitions.

This exciting progress requires extending our concepts of thermodynamics beyond classical and equilibrium regimes into the quantum and nonequilibrium domains. As a result, this dynamic and challenging research direction has emerged as a vibrant field of study.

To shape this promising research direction, the upcoming winter school aims to bring together experts from the fields of non-equilibrium statistical physics as well as ultrafast dynamics under the umbrella of ultrafast thermodynamics. The winter school provides an excellent opportunity for building future research collaborations and disseminating knowledge to the next generation of experts.

Topics of lectures 

  • Classical and quantum stochastic thermodynamics 
  • Active crystals
  • Stochastic dynamics in quantum materials
  • Ultrafast electron spectroscopy
  • Nanoscale thermodynamics and quantum transport
  • Time-resolved magneto-optical spectroscopy

Confirmed speakers

  • Camille Aron - École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Davide Bossini - University of Konstanz
  • Lorenzo Caprini -Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
  • Matthias Geilhufe - Chalmers
  • Katarzyna Macieszczak - University of Warwick
  • Juliette Monsel - Chalmers
  • Anne-Lise Viotti - Lund University
  • Janine Splettstößer - Chalmers

Participation and travel support

The Winter School is free of charge, with a maximum of 30 participants. Last day to register: January 26, 2024.

Food and board have to be covered by the participants themselves. We have the possibility to grant a small number of stipends for the travel costs. Please apply via the registration form.


The Winter School is designed such that it corresponds to 3 ECTS. There is going to be one week of participation and one week's work worth of reading.

Poster session

The poster session will be open to everyone interested, regardless of their participation in the Winter School.

How to submit a poster

  • The abstract should be submitted via this form and should not contain any graphs: Poster abstract submission
  • The format of the poster should be portrait.
  • In order to present a poster, you must be participant of the Winter School.
  • Deadline: January 31, 2024, 1 pm (GMT+1) 

Abstract booklet

Please see the Winter School's booklet for information on schedules, lecture abstracts, and more.

Workshop funding

We acknowledge financial support by the Carl Trygger Foundation and Chalmers' Nano Area of Advance.

Chalmers is committed to increase the diversity among the participants of the winter school. As one example, we would like to mention the "family room" which might be relevant for young parents. Please let us know if you would like to know more about this or other possible support measures.