Pan-American Advanced Institute on “Frontiers of Casimir Physics”

Saturday, 6 October 2012 - Wednesday, 17 October 2012
Hotel Tolkeyen, Ushuaia, Argentina

Organizing Committee
Ricardo Decca (Indianapolis, USA)
Diego Dalvit (Los Alamos, USA)
Raul Esquivel-Sirvent (Mexico DF, Mexico)
Paulo Maia Neto (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Francisco Mazzitelli (S. C. de Bariloche, Argentina)
Hernan Pastoriza (S. C. de Bariloche, Argentina)


  1. Vladimir Aksyuk, NIST (USA)
  2. James Babb, ITAMP (USA)
  3. Vanderlei Bagnato, Universidade de Sao Carlos (Brazil)
  4. Ho-Bun Chan, Hong Kong (China)
  5. Viktor Dodonov, Universidade de Brasilia (Brazil)
  6. Jean-Jacques Greffet, Institut d’Optique (France)
  7. Steven Johnson, MIT (USA)
  8. Kimball Milton, University of Oklahoma (USA)
  9. Umar Mohideen, UC Riverside (USA)
  10. Cynthia Reichhardt, Los Alamos (USA)
  11. Serge Reynaud, Paris (France)
  12. Rodrigo Soto, Universidad de Chile (Chile)

Workshop Speakers

  1. Paul Davids, Sandia Laboratories (USA)
  2. Claudia Eberlein, University of Sussex (UK)
  3. Carlos Farina, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
  4. Cesar Fosco, Bariloche (Argentina)
  5. Noah Graham, Middlebury College (USA)
  6. Daniel López, Argonne (USA)
  7. Vladimir Mostepanenko, Leipzig University (Germany)
  8. Arvind Narayanaswamy, Columbia University (USA)
  9. Cecilia Noguez, Mexico DF (Mexico)
  10. George Palasantzas, Groeningen (Netherlands)
  11. Horia Petrache, IUPUI (USA)
  12. Mariel Santangelo, La Plata (Argentina)
  13. Alex Sushkov, Harvard University (USA)
  14. Christopher Wilson, Chalmers University (Sweden)

The location selected for the PASI, Ushuaia, will provide an attractive venue in South America. Ushuaia is in southern Argentinean Patagonia, and is the capital city of Tierra del Fuego province. It is commonly regarded as the southernmost city in the world. It is located in a majestic wide bay on the Beagle Channel, bounded on the north by the Martial mountain range. Ushuaia receives regular flights at Ushuaia – Malvinas Argentinas International Airport from Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. It has a subpolar oceanic climate. Temperatures average 1 °C (33 °F) in the coldest month and 9 °C (48 °F) in the warmest month. Ushuaia frequently hosts several conferences and conventions, and is one of the main tourist attractions in Argentina. These include the Tierra del Fuego National Park, the Lapataia Bay, and the Beagle Channel. Ushuaia serves as one of the main ports for cruises to Antartica. More information about the city of Ushuaia can be found at Lodging, meals, and all PASI activities will take place at the Hotel Tolkeyen. The hotel is located at approximately 4km from the downtown area, on the shoreline of the Beagle Channel close to Ushuaia’s international airport, and on the road that leads to the National Park, just 25km away from Ushuaia’s major summer and winter resorts. It has been arranged that the full hotel capacity and facilities will be dedicated to the PASI. More information about the hotel can be found at


National Science Foundation

European Science Foundation

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter

School of Science, IUPUI