Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg


2nd Schöntal Workshop

Quantum Nonlocality – From Classical Locality to Quantum Teleportation

The idea of the Schöntal Workshop is to offer a platform for PhD students from all areas of physics to engage in discussion over topics that go beyond the normal curriculum of a lecture. The workshop is composed of discussion rounds which are conducted by the participants and aims to provide an environment for extensive immersion into the subject. Invited lecturers act as participants and offer their expertise whenever needed.

A meeting with all participants will be held one month before the workshop to distribute topics, discuss administrative points and provide suitable literature. Groups of two to three students will prepare one topic in more detail in order to give a short introduction and lead the discussion afterwards.

Note that a standard course on Quantum Mechanics provides sufficient basis for participating.

Workshop Poster


What are the axioms of quantum mechanics?
What are possible interpretations of QM?
What is the EPR paradox and does it contradict classical locality?
What is Bell's Theorem? How can one verify it experimentally?
What are applications of non-locality? (Quantum teleportation, quantum encryption etc.)

Invited Guests:

Prof. Dr. Selim Jochim
Prof. Dr. Björn Malte Schäfer


August 28–31, 2016


Bildungshaus Kloster Schöntal
Klosterhof 6
74214 Schöntal


Please apply through this link.
No registration fees for students of the HGSFP.


Elena Kozlikin
Robert Lilow
Robert Reischke



1st Schöntal Workshop

Paths to equilibrium – Relaxation, Virialisation and Thermalisation

The workshop will take place on September 23–25, 2015 in Kloster Schöntal and is intended for up to 14 PhD students of statistical physics and cosmology. It will provide the opportunity to discuss the topic of equilibration processes in a much more thorough fashion than is usually possible in a lecture course. For this, the 2.5 days are completely designated to open and vivid discussions about different aspects related to equilibration:

 1. Which assumptions enter when defining relaxation, virialisation and thermalisation? What are the requirements?
 2. Is it possible to define state functions in non-equilibrium systems?
 3. Which equilibrium solutions exist for specific physical systems, e.g. galaxy clusters?
 4. What is the interpretation of the different definitions of entropy? How can the apparent loss of information be explained?
 5. Is equilibrium defined in a reference frame independent way? How can seeming paradoxes be resolved?

Roughly two months before the workshop we will have a meeting with all participants to specify these discussion topics further, distribute literature, and clarify organisational details. Furthermore, two to three participants will be assigned to each discussion block to introduce it with a short talk and lead the discussion.

The workshop will also be accompanied by Prof. Dr. Matthias Bartelmann and Prof. Dr. Björn Malte Schäfer. Both will not participate in the discussions, but will offer their expertise in case it is needed.


The application can be found here and is open until July 19, 2015. All information regarding the workshop can also be found in this short overview. If you need further information, do not hesitate to contact us via mail: elena.kozlikin(at)

Update 26.08.15: Program and participants

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