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Many-body Quantum Dynamics

Cavendish Laboratory

We have two postdoctoral positions on experiments with ultracold atoms and optical lattices.

In addition to our main experiments on Quantum Simulations in Optical Quasicrystals and a Kagome Quantum Gas Microscope, we are also starting a new activity on Atom Interferometry for detecting dark matter and gravitational waves.

Current Postdoc opportunities include fundamental many-body physics at the Kagome Quantum Gas Microscope, atom interferometry, or being part of the UK Quantum Technology Hub and developing schemes for local control and addressing of lattice-based quantum simulators.

We are looking for an experimental quantum-optics/cold-atoms expert with (or being close to completing) a PhD in physics or a related area. Specific experience with ultracold atoms, optical lattices, atom interferometry or other synthetic many-body systems is helpful,

The start date is flexible, the positions are available immediately and the envisioned start date is spring to summer.

Application closes on 3/1/21.

Latest news

News & Views on first-order phase transition

31 March 2022

Bryce Gadway wrote a News & Views article for Nature Physics on our paper on Realizing Discontionuous Phase Transitrions. Check it out:

Towards quantum simulation of false vacuum decay

20 January 2022

In our lastest work we have used a resonantly driven optical lattice to turn the Mott transition into a first-order (discontinuous) transition. We were able to directly observe the associated hysteresis and metastability, where the system remains stuck in its original phase (the false vacuum) even though the ground state...

First AION collaboration workshop

11 November 2021

Finally, we were able to hold teh first in-person collaboration of the new AION collaboration, where we want to develop large scale atom interferometers. aion_collaboration_nov21_2mp.jpg

Postdoc positions Open

2 December 2020

Two new Postdoc positions available to work with us on experiments with ultracold atoms in and out of optical lattices. Application closes on 3/1/21.

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...