About the Project
Our group has recently realised a novel kind of laser which is itself made from a laser-cooled gas of potassium atoms at a temperature of only one thousandth of a degree above absolute zero. This work highlighted a variety of interesting behaviours, such as random switching of the laser emission between two output directions, and a controllable breaking of symmetry between light passing forwards and backwards through the gas of atoms. We are currently studying the coherence properties of the laser, with an eye towards realising new kinds of active quantum technologies for precision timing, magnetometry, and rotation sensing.
This work involves a wide range of experimental components and techniques including lasers, electronics, computing, and ultrahigh vacuum. Conceptually, the focus is on quantum atomic and optical physics. Prior experience is a plus, but strong motivation and a patient, methodical approach are essential.
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Non-EU Students: If you have the correct qualifications and access to your own funding, either from your home country or your own finances, your application to work on this project will be considered.
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In situ Raman gain between hyperfine ground states in a potassium magneto-optical trap
Collective strong coupling of cold potassium atoms in a ring cavity
Observing coherence effects in an overdamped quantum system
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