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AIAS Associate Event: 2nd International Workshop on Rydberg Excitons in Semiconductors

3-4 May 2018


Excitons – bound pairs of electrons and holes in a semiconducting material – can be produced in excited internal states by means of laser excitation. More than 60 years after their discovery in cuprous oxide semiconductors, the investigation of such Rydberg excitons is currently attracting increasing world-wide interest due to their vastly exaggerated properties. Just like for their atomic counterparts, the enhanced external-field sensitivity and strong mutual interactions of such Rydberg states makes them attractive systems for fundamental studies of basic quantum phenomena and suggests exciting opportunities for future applications, such as nonlinear optical interfaces.

The workshop will bring together international researchers to share latest results, to discuss current challenges, and to explore future perspectives and new opportunities in this growing and vibrant field of research.


Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS), Aarhus University, Buildings 1630-1632, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 6B, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark. See location on a map.

Invited speakers:

  • Charles Adams, Durham University, UK
  • Alexey Chernikov, University of Regensburg, Germany
  • Harald Giessen, University of Stuttgart
  • Mikhail Glazov, Ioffe Institute, Russia
  • Michael Gullans. Princeton University, USA
  • Sebastian Hofferberth, SDU, Denmark
  • Matthew Jones, Durham University, UK
  • Wolfgang Langbein, Cardiff University, UK
  • Joerg Main, University of Stuttgart
  • Richard Schmidt, Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, Germany
  • Marina Semina, Ioffe Institute, Russia
  • Valentin Walther, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Sylwia Zielińska-Raczyńska, UTP University of Science and Technology, Poland
  • Ivan Shelykh, University of Iceland, Iceland
  • Marc Assmann, Technical University of Dortmund, Germany
  • Markus Kurz, University of Rostock, Germany




The workshop is open to all, and free of charge. To attend the workshop, prior registration is necessary.


DNRF – Niels Bohr Professorship, MAQMA

DFG – SPP 1929 GiRyd