QFS2012: International Conference on Quantum Fluids and Solids

15 – 21 August 2012, Physics Department, Lancaster University, UK

Co-chairs: S.N. Fisher and G.R. Pickett

The 2012 International Conference on Quantum Fluids and Solids will be held in Lancaster UK. The scientific programme will start on Thursday August 16th and end before lunch on Tuesday 21st August. This conference continues in the long-standing tradition of such conferences being held two out of every three years, skipping the year of the International Low Temperature Conference — the last such Low Temperature Conference (LT26) was held in Beijing, August 2011.

Poster prize winners:

Congratulations to the prize winners for the best poster in each of the four poster sessions:

      Martial Defoort CNRS Silicon nitride mechanical nano-resonators
      Lucy Sherwin Newcastle University Energy spectrum of counterflow turbulence
      Jacques  Tempère Universiteit Antwerpen Resonant enhancement of the FFLO superfluid state by a 1D optical potential
      Yu Iwata Keio University Ultrasound Attenuation of Confined 4He near the Quantum Critical Point


European Physical Society Prize best poster from a student

      Takashi Kashimura Keio University Magnetic properties and strong-coupling corrections in an ultracold Fermi gas with population imbalance

Conference Photograph:

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Recent QFS Conferences:

QFS2010 was held in Grenoble, QFS2009 in Evanston, QFS2007 in Kazan, QFS2006 in Kyoto, and QFS2004 in Trento. The history of the conference series is well-described by Bob Hallock.


The full programme is available here and includes the following topics:

  • Quantum fluids, solids, surfaces and cold gases
  • QFS topics in magnetism and superconductivity
  • Strongly correlated condensed systems
  • Condensed-matter systems at the quantum limit
  • QFS Model systems in cosmology, hydrodynamics and HEP
  • Novel ultralow temperature techniques, detectors and devices

The proceedings of the conference will be published in a special issue of The Journal of Low Temperature Physics.


If you need a visa, see 'Travel/Visas/Maps' section, we advise that you contact us (email: qfs2012@lancaster.ac.uk) as soon as possible as you will need a formal invitation letter. Obtaining a visa may take some time!

Lancaster University and surroundings

Lancaster University is situated on a campus 5 km south of the historic city of Lancaster. Good public transport links the University and the city.

The nearest airport, Manchester International Airport, is approximately an hour away by taxi or train. See Travel/Visa/Maps section.

The university campus is within excursion distance of two National Parks, the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales.