The purpose of the Latin American Committee for Quantum Optics is to promote the development of quantum optics in latin america. Its central activity is to organize an international conference every two years. Each "Quantum Optics" meeting takes place in a different latin american country. It is a gathering that helps scientists of our region to carry out high quality research on different areas of quantum optics, quantum information, photonics, cold atom physics, etc.
The "Quantum Optics" conferences started in 2000. That year, "Quantum Optics I" was organized by Miguel Orszag in Santiago de Chile. This was a very timely event that was followed by many others. These conferences combine a rather strong community of researchers working in the region and attracted a large number of participants working in other parts of the world.
The "Quantum Optics" series includes: "Quantum Optics II" (organized in 2004 in Cozumel, Mexico), "Quantum Optics III" (organized in 2006 in Pucon, Chile), "Quantum Optics IV" (organized in 2008 in Jurere, Brazil), "Quantum Optics V" (organized in 2010 in Cozumel, Mexico) and "Quantum Optics VI" (organized in 2012 in Piriapolis, Uruguay). "Quantum Optics VII" will be organized in 2014 in Mar del Plata (Argentina).
The "Quantum Optics" conferences have provided a very good forum that enables discussing recent developments in Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, including topics such as: Non-Linear Optics, Atom Optics, Laser cooling, Atom and Ion trapping, Bose-Einstein Condensation, Quantum Interference, Entanglement, Atom Laser, Quantum Information Processing, etc.
Members of the Committee
- Luiz Davidovich (Instituto de Física - Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL)
- Andrei Klimov (Universidad de Guadalajara, MÉXICO)
- Miguel Larotonda (CEILAP CITEDEF, Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA)
- Arturo Lezama (Instituto de Física, Facultad de Ingeniería de la Universidad de la República, URUGUAY)
- Héctor Moya Cessa (Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica, MÉXICO)
- Paulo Nussenzveig (Instituto de Física da USP, Universidade de São Paulo, BRAZIL)
- Miguel Orszag (Facultad de Física, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, CHILE)
- Sebastião de Pádua (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais - Belo Horizonte - BRAZIL)
- Juan Pablo Paz (Universidad de Buenos Aires - IFIBA, ARGENTINA)
- Carlos Saavedra (Universidad de Concepción, CHILE)
- Paulo Souto Ribeiro (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL)