Quantum Science and Applications
When two point sources of light are close together, we just see one blurry patch. This project aims to use coherent measurement techniques in quantum optics to measure the separation between the point sources beyond the Rayleigh's limit.
Dr Syed Assad, Professor Ping Koy Lam
This project will theoretically model instability dynamics generated at the interface between two superfluids. This is an opportunity for a student to be involved in a theory project that will drive current experiments in the atom laser and sensors group.
Dr Angela White, Dr Nicholas Robins
This theoretical project will investigate and theoretically model how to create quantum entanglement within a Bose-Einstein condensate, with the motivation of improving the sensitvity of atom-interferometers used to measure gravitational fields.
Dr Simon Haine, Professor Joseph Hope
This theoretical physics project aims to develop novel schemes for generating long-lived, thermally-robust entanglement between individual pairs of cold atoms. Theoretical models developed in this project will inform optical tweezer experiments in the lab of Mikkel Andersen at the University of Otago.
Dr Stuart Szigeti
We create the coldest stuff in the Universe – a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) – by laser-cooling helium atoms to within a millionth of a degree Kelvin. At these extremely low temperatures particles behave more like waves. You will use the BEC to study fundamental quantum mechanics and for applications like atom interferometry.
Professor Andrew Truscott, Professor Kenneth Baldwin
This project will construct a 3D optical lattice apparatus for ultracold metastable Helium atoms, which will form an experimental quantum-simulator to investigate quantum many-body physics. A range of experiments will be performed such as studying higher order quantum correlations across the superfluid to Mott insulator phase transition.
Dr Sean Hodgman, Professor Andrew Truscott
This project will investigate the potential of various experimental platforms to search for effects of quantum gravity.
Dr Simon Haine
This theoretical physics project aims to optimise the performance of atom interferometry in a space-based environment. Space-based operation requires novel beamsplitting and atomic source production techniques, which will be developed in this project.
Dr Stuart Szigeti, Professor John Close
Quantum tunnelling is a fundamental process in physics. How this process occurs with composite (many-body) systems, and in particular how it relates to decoherence and dissipation, are still open questions.
Dr Cédric Simenel, Dr Edward Simpson
The strong correlations between entangled quantum systems can be explained only by giving up one of determinism, relativistic locality, or experimental free will. In the latter case, the choice of experimental settings is statistically dependent on hidden system variables. This project examines information properties of such a dependence.
Dr Michael Hall
This project will investigate how the dynamics of few quantum-vortices are altered in the presence of a moving second superfluid component.
Dr Angela White
This project aims to shed light on a fundamental physics question, what is the role of chaotic events in turbulent flows?
Dr Angela White