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EPSRC Reference: EP/S002952/1
Title: Harnessing quantum optical phenomena in cold atomic ensembles
Principal Investigator: Ruostekoski, Professor J
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Project Partners:
Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz Max Planck Institutes (Grouped) University of Otago
University of Paris South (Paris XI)
Department: Physics
Organisation: Lancaster University
Scheme: EPSRC Fellowship
Starts: 01 April 2019 Ends: 31 March 2024 Value (£): 975,175
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Cold Atomic Species Light-Matter Interactions
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
12 Sep 2018 EPSRC Physical Sciences - September 2018 Announced
16 Oct 2018 EPSRC Physical Sciences Fellowship Interview Panel 17 October 2018 Announced
27 Feb 2019 EPSRC Physical Sciences Fellowship Interview Panel 27 and 28 February 2019 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Light can mediate strong interactions between cold and dense atomic ensembles, such that the atoms respond to light cooperatively. Some of the recent findings in experimental laboratories and numerical simulations for these systems have been incompatible with the textbook wisdom of standard optics in a dielectric medium. In this programme we want to explain some of these failings and also to develop a novel platform for utilizing these strong interactions in the manipulation of light. Individual quantum particles have now been accurately controlled in experiments already for quite some time. However, technologically important many-particle systems have so far been beyond such control. The goal of the programme is to improve the control and manipulation of atomic ensembles and to guide experimentalists to develop better next generation optical devices and technologies based on quantum physics.
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