International Symposium on Quantum Optics and Mesoscopic Physics

The symposium was held on July 13 and 14, 1998, at the NTT Atsugi R&D Center in collaboration with the Yamamoto Quantum Fluctuation Project, ERATO, Japan Science and Technology Corporation (JST). Although it has been 70 years since the birth of quantum mechanics, the connections between the observed phenomena and the fundamental postulates of the theory are still rather remote. However, recent progress in experimental techniques, such as nanofabrication, has begun to shed light on the behavior of one photon and one electron. NTT Basic Research Laboratories and ERATO have led this field, and the symposium aspired to stimulate discussions in Japan and abroad.
Mr. Moritaka Nakamura, President of Japan Science and Technology Corporation and Dr. Koichi Matsuda, NTT Senior Vice President of the Science and Core Technology Laboratory Group, opened the symposium with welcoming remarks. Next, Professor Yoshihisa Yamamoto, Executive Scientist of NTT Basic Research Laboratories, Professor of Stanford University, and Project Director of Yamamoto Quantum Fluctuation Project, ERATO, JST, gave a plenary lecture.
On the 13th, the symposium focused on mesoscopic physics, such as single electronics, bosonic systems, fermionic systems, and scanning tunneling microscopy. The symposium was addressed by the leading scientists in this field, Professor Tord Claeson of Chalmers University of Technology, Goethenburg, and Professor Seigo Tarucha of the University of Tokyo and NTT Research Professor. There were 9 oral and 12 poster presentations.
On the 14th, the symposium focused on quantum optics, microlaser, cold atoms, quantum statistics of excitons and atoms, and quantum information. The symposium heard from the leading scientists in this field, Professor Serge Haroche of Ecole Normal Superieure, Paris, as well as Professor Masahito Ueda of Hiroshima University. There were 10 oral and 12 poster presentations.
The participants were 350 people (companies and universities: 120, NTT: 120, JST and ERATO: 110). One participant was strongly impressed by the new possibilities in this field for the future, and another was pleased to know that a new research field has been born in Japan. All slides used in the oral presentations were summarized as proceedings, which were distributed to researchers in Japan and abroad. The symposium was recorded on videotape and the tape has been used for public relations.