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On the top, in situ image of Bose-Einstein mini-condensates regularly spaced by the application of an optical lattice with 25 micron period. On the bottom, intensity profile of the condensate spatial distribution.


The research activity is carried out within the EC Projects:

NAMEQUAM - Nanodesigning of atomic and molecular quantum matter
Research area: 2007.8.0 FET Open
Funded under 7th FWP
Contract number: 225187
Project start date: 1st January 2009
Duration: 40 months

The Project investigates ultra-cold atom/molecule quantum matter technology for quantum information computational tasks. Our efforts concentrate on atoms/molecules confined in periodic nanostructures, either externally imposed by optical lattices, or self-generated by atomic/molecular interactions. Parallel quantum processing in periodic nanostructures is expected to lead to significant advances in different areas of quantum information...see more

COHERENCE - Cooperativity in Highly Excited Rydberg Ensembles - Control and Entanglement
FP7-PEOPLE-2010-ITN: Marie-Curie Action: "Initial Training Networks"
Duration: 48 months
Project start date: 1st September 2012

The central goal of the "COHERENCE" network is the training of Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) and Experienced Researchers (ERs) to the highest level of international excellence within the rapidly growing field of electronically highly excited (Rydberg) gases and aggregates. The systems range from single atoms to large mesoscopic ensembles with full control over motional and internal degrees of freedom. Recent scientific progress has primarily been made by a number of European experimental and theoretical groups which are all assembled within the network. The field of Rydberg gases is at the crossroads between various scientific areas, including condensed matter physics, biophysics, molecular physics, quantum optics and quantum information, surface science, plasma physics, and laser technology. As perspective applications of Rydberg systems are already in sight, two optics and laser development companies have joined the network delivering technological expertise and in-depth training in business matters. The elaborate and well-structured training programme includes a schedule of workshops, schools, and conferences. The training will be strongly focused on the individual researchers by assigning each of them an international Thesis Advisory Board and by designing Individual Career Development Plans. Based on the interdisciplinary character of the research, the training content will include a blend of broad scientific, technological, and complimentary skills providing excellent perspectives for successful careers in both academia and industry. ESRs will also profit from the extensive exchage programme among the participating teams based on cotutelles, short- and long-term secondments. The "COHERENCE" network will thus ensure that Europe maintains the leading role within an important area of research and will stimulate transformation of the generated knowledge into new technologies.


EMALI - Engineering, Manipulation and Characterization of Quantum States of Matter and Light
FP6 - Marie Curie Research Training Network
(1st October 2006 - 30th September 2010)

OLAQUI - Optical Lattices and Quantum Information FP6 - Specific Targeted Research Project
(1 February 2005 - 31 July 2008)

Nanocold RTD-IST - Nanodeposition of active ordered structures by cold atoms technologies
(1 January 2002 - 31 December 2004)

Cold Quantum Gases RTN Network
Research Training Network, FP5
(1 September 2001 - 31 August 2003)


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