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Condensed Matter Analogies in Mechanics, Optics and Cold Atoms
From Monday 01 April 2019
To Thursday 04 April 2019
Contact Yael Yogev (



Workshop's Poster

Workshop Description









Sebastian Huber (ETH Zürich, Switzerland) 
Roni Ilan (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
Yoav Lahini (
Tel Aviv University, Israel)
Erdal Oğuz (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
Yair Shokef (Tel Aviv University, Israel)


Workshop's Poster

The workshop's poster will be available soon. 

Workshop Description

Outstanding conceptual breakthroughs in science are often rooted in the exchange of knowledge between disciplines. Seemingly unrelated fields of research can sometimes find common themes that are not easily unraveled, yet these common concepts can plant the seeds for revolutionary ideas. A particularly exciting example is the emerging field of topological phases of matter, where concepts from the mathematical theory of topology have revolutionized the understanding of the solid state and electronic properties in crystalline materials [1-7]. Additionally, high energy physics and relativistic effects have recently been linked to the low energy physics in such materials, tying together theories of traditional condensed matter, special and general relativity, and even cosmology [8-10].

Recently it has been shown that topological phases of quantum matter such as topological insulators and semimetals, can be realized in acoustic, optical and mechanical systems as well as ultra-cold atoms in designed potentials [11-15]. These artificial materials - or metamaterials - raise considerable interest in the hard-condensed-matter community, as they offer the ability to control the potential and image the internal dynamics in ways that are hard to realize in electronic systems [16,17]. Moreover, metamaterials offer a way of introducing new physical elements such as nonlinearities and interactions, thus enriching the scope of topological phenomena and possibly shedding some light on the role of interactions in electronic topological systems [18-20]. From the metamaterials perspective, motivation for drawing ideas from the condensed-matter community has increased due to the notion that topological effects may introduce new mechanical, acoustic or photonic properties, and that topological band theory can be applied to the classification of Hamiltonians and band structures in both systems [21,22]. This correspondence between fields raises profound questions regarding the similarities and differences between quantum mechanical phenomena occurring on a microscopic scale and classical phenomena occurring at the macro scale, on the role of interactions and more.

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together leading scientists from the fields of electronic systems and mechanical, optical and quantum metamaterials, to exchange ideas in order to facilitate rapid progress in these distinct fields. The interface between disciplines can have far-reaching effects not only on the conceptual level, but also on the practical and applied level. Systems in which phenomena can arise naturally and are well understood can also be such in which effects are difficult to isolate, measure or utilize. Therefore, finding analog phenomena in other systems can be beneficial. For example, the state of the art engineering of metamaterials recently enabled direct access to analogs of exotic effects predicted to appear in electronic systems where they are not easily accessed due to material limitations [23-25].


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[6] M. Z. Hasan and C. L. Kane, Rev. Mod. Phys. 82, 3045 (2010).

[7] X. L. Qi and S. C. Zhang, Rev. Mod. Phys. 83, 1057 (2011).

[8] T. W. B. Kibble, Physica C 369, 87 (2002).

[9] T. W. B. Kibble and G. R. Pickett, Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 366, 2793 (2008).

[10] G. T. Horowitz, J. Phys.: Conf. Ser. 484, 012002 (2014).

[11] J. Paulose, B. G. Chen, and V. Vitelli, Nature Physics 11, 153 (2015).

[12] L. M. Nash, D. Kleckner, A. Read, V. Vitelli, A. M. Turner, and W. T. M. Irvine, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA 112, 14495 (2015).

[13] G. B. Jo, J. Guzman, C. K. Thomas, P. Hosur, A. Vishwanath, and D. M. Stamper-Kurn, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 045305 (2012).

[14] K. A. Madsen, E. J. Bergholtz, and P. W. Brouwer, Phys. Rev. B 88, 125118 (2013).

[15] Y. E. Kraus, Y. Lahini, Z. Ringel, M. Verbin, and Y. Zilberberg, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 106402 (2012).

[16] S. H. Kang, S. Shan, A. Košmrlj, W. L. Noorduin, S. Shian, J. C. Weaver, D. R. Clarke, and K. Bertoldi, Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 098701 (2014).

[17] C. Coulais, E. Teomy, K. de Reus, Y. Shokef, and M. van Hecke, Nature 535, 529 (2016).

[18] K. Bertoldi, V. Vitelli, J. Christensen, and M. van Hecke, Nature Rev. Mater. 2, 17066 (2017).

[19] R. Süsstrunk and S. D. Huber, Science 349, 47 (2015).

[20] M. Serra-Garcia, V. Peri, R. Süsstrunk, O. R. Bilal, T. Larsen, L. G. Villanueva, and S. D. Huber, Nature 555, 342 (2018).

[21] A. P. Schnyder, S. Ryu, A. Furusaki, and A. W. W. Ludwig, Phys. Rev. B 78, 195125 (2008).

[22] A. Kitaev, AIP Conference Proceedings 1134, 22 (2009).

[23] A. A. Soluyanov, D. Gresch, Z. Wang, Q. S. Wu, M. Troyer, X. Dai and B. A. Bernevig, Nature 527, 495 (2015).

[24] X. Wan, A. M. Turner, A. Vishwanath, and S. Y. Savrasov, Phys. Rev. B 83, 205101 (2011).

[25] V. Peri, M. Serra-Garcia, R. Ilan, and S. D. Huber, arXiv:1806.09628



Confirmed Invited Speakers (in alphabetic order)

Monika Aidelsburger (Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Garmany)

Eric Akkermans (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel) 

Gaurav Bahl (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA) 

Andrei Bernevig (Princeton University, USA) 

Immanuel Bloch (Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Germany)  

Yan-Feng Chen (Nanjing University, China)

Johan Christensen (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain)

Nigel Cooper (University of Cambridge, UK)

Corentin Coulais (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands) 

Emanuele Dalla Torre (Bar-Ilan University, Israel)

Nir Davidson (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel) 

Liang Fu (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA) 

Nathan Goldman (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium) 

Duncan Haldane (Princeton University, USA) 

Martin van Hecke (Leiden University & AMOLF, Netherlands) 

Xiao Hu (National Institute for Materials Science, Japan) 

Tom Iadecola (University of Maryland, USA)

Julian Léonard (Harvard University, USA)

Netanel Linder (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)

Ling Lu (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)

Tom Lubensky (University of Pennsylvania, USA) 

Florian Marquardt (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Germany)

Titus Neupert (University of Zürich, Switzerland)

Cristiano Nisoli (Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA)

Qian Niu (University of Texas at Austin, USA)

Hannah Price (University of Birmingham, UK)

Leo Radzihovsky (University of Colorado at Boulder, USA) 

Mikael Rechtsman (Pennsylvania State University, USA) 

Zeb Rocklin (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA) 

Andreas Schnyder (Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart, Germany)

Patrick Sebbah (Bar-Ilan University, Israel)

Moti Segev (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel) 

Alexey Soluyanov (University of Zurich, Switzerland)

Anton Souslov (University of Bath, UK)

Ronny Thomale (Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Germany)

Pietro Tierno (University of Barcelona, Spain) 

Ari Turner (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)

Maia Vergniory (University of the Basque Country, Spain)

Christof Weitenberg (Universität Hamburg, Germany)





The program will be available soon.



Please register HERE.

Registration fees:

  Early bird registration (till March 1st) Late/On-site registration 
Students/Post-Docs/Faculty  200 USD  250 USD
Invited Speakers  No registration fees  No registration fees


You can pay the registration fees HERE

Kindly note that the number of participants is limited, so please register at your earliest convenience.

If you are interested in presenting a poster - please send an abstract by email to with the title CMA_CECAM_ABSTRACT

You can also contact us directly at with any question.


From the airport: Once you exit the terminal at Ben-Gurion airport, you will find a good (and relatively affordable) taxi service that can take you to your hotel. More information regarding this and other transportation routes to and from the airport (and a lot of other relevant information) can be found on the webpage of the Ministry of Tourism.

By car: Nearest exit to us from the Ayalon is Rokach Boulevard.

By bus: Lines 74, 86, 572, 274, 604, and 475 of the Egged bus company stop near the campus. Lines 7, 13, 24, 25, 27, 45, 49, and 112 of the Dan bus company have also nearby stops.

By train: The Tel Aviv University train station is within walking distance of the campus. Bus 112 can be also used to go back and forth between the train station and the campus. For additional information, see the Israel Railways website.


Tel-Aviv University (TAU) has signed agreements with several hotels in the Tel-Aviv area to provide attractive prices for TAU affiliates. As participants of a CECAM activity you are entitled to book these hotels at a reduced price. Transportation will be provided every day between the hotels and the site of the Workshop and back.

Available Hotels:

  • Shalom Hotel
    Rate per single room per night including breakfast: 770 NIS
    Rate per double room per night including breakfast: 847 NIS

  • Melody Hotel or Tal Hotel
    Rate per single room per night including breakfast: 715 NIS
    Rate per double room per night including breakfast: 792 NIS

  • Artplus  Hotel or Yam Hotel 
    Rate per single room per night including breakfast: 600 NIS
    Rate per double room per night including breakfast: 666 NIS

As a business client, you can enjoy the following:

  • Free WIFI throughout the hotel
  • Complimentary newspaper available (in English, Russian or Hebrew)
  • Happy Hour; complimentary beverages & snacks available every week day from 17:00h – 19:00h.
  • Every guestroom comes equipped with coffee corner & mini-fridge
  • Free personal safe
  • In-room welcome refreshments
  • At the Artplus Hotel : Free dry sauna and gym.

For reservations - please fill and send the attached hotel registration form - Hotel Form- to Ms. Noa Adoram -


The workshop will be held at the Tel Aviv University Campus.


An interactive map of TAU campus can be found at:



You can check the exact forecast close to your arrival at: weather forecast.


Located in Lausanne, Switzerland, CECAM is a well established (since 1969) European organization devoted to the promotion of fundamental research on advanced computational methods and to their application to important problems in frontier areas of science and technology. CECAM's fields of interest include computational chemistry, materials science, physics, and biology.