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Many-body Quantum Dynamics

Cavendish Laboratory

Welcome to our website!

We are studying many-body phenomena at the interface between quantum optics and solid state physics. Following a statement by P.W. Anderson, "More is Different", genuine many-body phenomena are emergent phenomena that only appear when many particles come together, typical examples being superfluidity or magnetism.

Our main tool are quantum gases and in particular ultracold atoms in optical lattices.

  • One avenue of research is the creation and analysis of novel synthetic quantum matter, that is novel many-body systems with fascinating properties, for instance novel types of order. Examples include topological systems or many-body localisation.
  • Another direction is quantum simulation. Here we aim to study existing problems such as the physics of strongly-correlated materials, which are in general impossible to model using classical supercomputers. The main workhorse here is the implementation of bosonic and fermionic Hubbard models in our experiments.
  • In particular, we are often interested in the non-equilibrium dynamics of the above systems.

Please read on if you want to learn more about our research.

Please contact us if you are interested in working with us as an undergraduate (e.g. for an external Master's thesis) or graduate student or Postdoc!

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Latest news

Localisation paper published in PRL

13 November 2020

Our latest work on Observing localisation in a 2D quasicrystalline optical lattice was published today in PRL. Quasicrystals are long-range ordered but not periodic, representing an interesting middle ground between order and disorder. We experimentally and numerically study the localization transition in the ground state...

Quasicrystal Paper covered in Physics World

9 April 2019

Our recent PRL on the connection between our 2D Quasicrystal and a 4D periodic crystal has been covered in Physics World.

Quasicrystal Paper published in PRL

20 March 2019

The first experimental result from the Quasicrystal lab, showing the fractal nature of the potential as well as the connection to a 4D crystal, has now been published as an Editor's suggestion in PRL.

Postdoc positions open - optical lattices

4 March 2019

Two Postdoc positions available to work on experimental many-body quantum dynamics using ultracold atomic gases and optical lattices. Application closes on 31/3/19.