Available student project - Quantum-Enhanced Gravimetry

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Project details

Atom interferometry allows for ultra-precise measurements of the gravitational field. Briefly, the wavefunction of an atom is split such that it travels along two paths, with the phase difference between the paths proportional to the strength of gravity. This allows for measurements of gravity more sensitive than any exisiting device, and allows for applications such as monitoring underground water reserves through their gravitational signature, and tests of the weak equivalence principle. 

These devices can be made even more precise by exploiting quantum entanglement between the atoms. This project will involve modelling the dynamics of the ANU Bose-Einstein Condensation experiment, with the goal of determining how best to generate inter-atom entanglement suitable for atom interferometry. 

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Project suitability

This research project can be tailored to suit students of the following type(s)

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Haine, Simon profile

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Hope, Joseph profile