Quantum mechanics is at the heart of our technology and economy - the laser and the transistor are quantum devices - but its full potential is far from being realized. Recent technological advances in optics, nanoscience and engineering allow experimentalists to create artificial structures or put microscopic and mesoscopic systems under new manipulable conditions in which quantum phenomena play a fundamental role.

Quantum technologies exploit these effects with practical purposes. The objective of Quantum Science is to discover, study, and control quantum efects at a fundamental level. These are two sides of a virtuous circle: new technologies lead to the discovery and study of new phenomena that will lead to new technologies.

Our aim is  to control and understand quantum phenomena in a multidisciplinary intersection of  Quantum Information, Quantum optics and cold atoms, Quantum Control, Spintronics, Quantum metrology, Atom interferometry, Superconducting qubits and Circuit QED and Foundations of Quantum Mechanics.

QUINST is funded in part as a “Grupo Consolidado” from the Basque Government (IT472-10, IT986-16, IT1470-22)  and functions as a network of groups with their own funding, structure, and specific goals.  


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Dr. M.M. Glazov, Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute, RAS, St.-Petersburg, Russia

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From: 11/2010 To: 11/2016


2009/10/21, Dr. M.M. Glazov, Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute, RAS, St.-Petersburg, Russia

Place: Sala de Seminarios del Departamento de Física Teórica e Historia de la Ciencia
Time: 12h.
Title: Spin-orbit coupling and electron-electron interaction in semiconductor nanostructures

The role of the spin-orbit coupling in electron-electron interaction is discussed for electrons in semiconductors. We demonstrate that the spin-orbit coupling strongly changes the electron-electron scattering making it spin-dependent. Various manifestations of the spin-orbit coupling effects are considered including spin relaxation caused by the electron-electron collisions and spin splitting of  the energy levels of localized electrons.