Master Class on Quantum Mathematics 

University of Copenhagen                                     May 26-29, 2015

The laws of quantum mechanics enable us to perform certain communication and computation tasks which are impossible with classical physics alone. The discovery of this fact has motivated significant theoretical research. Many of the most important open problems in this area lie at the intersection of quantum information and mathematical physics. Current theoretical research is likely to have a significant impact on the development of future quantum technologies.

This master class will consist of lectures by top experts in both quantum information and mathematical physics. There will also be significant opportunities for direct interaction. The primary aim is to expose graduate students and postdocs to the latest research on some of the most important open problems in this field. More senior researchers are also encouraged to apply. Speakers will include

  • Michael Freedman (Microsoft Research)
  • Bruno Nachtergaele (UC Davis)
  • Robert Seiringer (IST Austria)
  • Spiros Michalakis (Caltech)
  • Sergey Bravyi (IBM)
  • Daniel Stroock (MIT)

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By the end of the course, the participants will have received an up-to-date overview of some of the latest work in quantum information and mathematical physics, and should be prepared for further study and research.

The master class will take place at the University of Copenhagen, in Copenhagen, Denmark. Copenhagen is a beautiful harbor city, famous for being among the safest and most enjoyable places to live in the world. Participants of the master class will have the opportunity to explore the city from the water during an excursion. Conveniently, May and June are the sunniest months of the year in Copenhagen, with days lasting nearly 17 hours. 

The deadline for applications has passed. Questions about the master class can be directed to


The master class is organized by the QMath group at the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen. QMath is led by faculty members Jan Philip Solovej, Matthias Christandl, and Bergfinnur Durhuus, and is working in close collaboration with the Niels Bohr International Academy (NBIA), the Center for Quantum Devices (led by Charles Marcus) and the Center for Quantum Optics (led by Eugene Polzik), all hosted at the nearby Niels Bohr Institute (NBI).


An application is required to be able to participate in the master class. Participants will be selected on the basis of the applications. For (PhD) students, a short supporting e-mail from an academic supervisor is required. Accommodation might be offered to a number of excellent applicants who would not be able to participate in the master class without support.