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Keywords: Nonequilibrium dynamics, many-body physics, quantum materials
Recent years have seen a surge of experimental discoveries in the field of ultrafast material science . The rich out-of-equilibrium behavior of driven quantum materials reported in experiments ranges from Higgs spectroscopy in superconductors subjected to THz laser pulses  via light-induced superconducting-like responses far above the equilibrium critical temperature  and coherent Floquet band-structure engineering  to dynamical optical switching and unraveling of hidden metastable phases through nonthermal pathways .
In turn, these findings have triggered theoretical efforts to understand these experiments but also to inspire novel ideas for future experiments. New ultrafast control paradigms have been suggested for chiral topological superconductors , dynamically modulated microscopic interactions have been identified as potential tuning knobs for long-range-ordered driven phases of matter , and prethermal driven states  or even heating-induced order due to symmetries  have been explored.
In this minicolloquium we would like to bring together a broad audience of experimentalists and theorists working on these topics in order to foster the scientific exchange and at the same time provide an opportunity to discuss potential new directions and a focus towards potential technologies that exploit nonequilibrium dynamics and nonthermal states of matter.
Open scientific questions and future challenges guiding this minicolloquium are for instance:
Figure 1: A quantum material is irradiated with a laser pulse, changing its emergent properties on femtosecond time scales. Figure taken from Ref. .
 A. De la Torre et al., Colloquium: Nonthermal pathways to ultrafast control in quantum materials, Rev. Mod. Phys. 93, 041002 (2021).
 H. Chu et al., Phase-resolved Higgs response in superconducting cuprates, Nature Comm. 11, 1793 (2020).
 M. Buzzi et al., Photomolecular High-Temperature Superconductivity, Phys. Rev. X. 10, 031028 (2020).
 F. Mahmood et al., Selective scattering between Floquet-Bloch and Volkov states in a topological insulator, Nature Physics 12, 306 (2016).
 L. Stojchevska et al., Ultrafast Switching to a Stable Hidden Quantum State in an Electronic Crystal, Science 344, 177 (2014).
 M. Claassen et al., Universal optical control of chiral superconductors and Majorana modes, Nature Physics 15, 766 (2019).
 J. Tindall et al., Dynamical Order and Superconductivity in a Frustrated Many-Body System, Phys. Rev. Lett. 125, 137001 (2020).
 M. Bukov et al., Prethermal Floquet steady states and instabilities in the periodically driven, weakly interacting Bose-Hubbard model, Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 205301 (2015).
 J. Tindall et al., Heating-induced long-range η pairing in the Hubbard model, Phys. Rev. Lett. 123, 030603 (2019).
Early registration deadline:
5 June 2022
21 July 2022
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