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  Quantum simulations with Bose-Einstein Condensates

   School of Physics and Astronomy

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  Prof Giovanni Barontini  Applications accepted all year round  Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

We use modern techniques of laser cooling and magnetic and optical trapping to reach the lowest temperatures in the universe – just a few billionths of a degree above absolute zero – in very dilute atomic samples. At such temperatures, the wave-like behaviour of matter clearly emerges and we can observe the fascinating phenomenon of Bose-Einstein condensation and access the realm of fully quantum mechanical motion. We are interested in exploring the physics that governs matter in this regime with the purpose of developing a quantum simulator.

In this project, you will be joining a team working with ultracold Bose-Einstein condensates and prodding these with arbitrarily shaped light fields. This will allow you to realize a quantum simulator to study in a controlled environment the physics that governs the inner core of neutron stars, the emission of Hawking radiation form black holes, the string-breaking in QCD or to create synthetic dimensions.

Desirable skills for this project are some experimental ability, in particular in optics, a good understanding of quantum mechanics and atomic physics. Necessary skills are a genuine passion for research and good sense of humour. Please visit our website for more information.

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Funding Notes

Funding is awarded by the school on a competitive basis, depending on the strength of the applicant. The funding is only available to EU citizens.

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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