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Strongly Interacting Quantum Systems out of Equilibrium : Lecture Notes of the Les Houches Summer School: Volume 99, August 2012, Hardback Book

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Over the last decade new experimental tools and theoretical concepts are providing new insights into collective nonequilibrium behavior of quantum systems.

The exquisite control provided by laser trapping and cooling techniques allows us to observe the behavior of condensed bose and degenerate Fermi gases under nonequilibrium drive or after `quenches' in which a Hamiltonian parameter is suddenly or slowly changed.

On the solid state front, high intensity short-timepulses and fast (femtosecond) probes allow solids to be put into highly excited states and probed before relaxation and dissipation occur.

Experimental developments are matched by progress in theoretical techniques ranging from exact solutions of strongly interacting nonequilibrium models to newapproaches to nonequilibrium numerics.

The summer school `Strongly interacting quantum systems out of equilibrium' held at the Les Houches School of Physics as its XCIX session was designed to summarize this progress, lay out the open questions and define directions for future work.

This books collects the lecture notes of the main courses given in this summer school.

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