Murder Mystery Dinner

Murder Mystery Dinner

Our 2024 group dinner took place on the 18th of January at CasoinN da Giorgio restaurant, with a 1920’s Murder Mystery theme!

Christmas celebration

Christmas celebration

Our team participated at the christmas celebration of the Institute, this time at a hut above Innsbruck!

Glitches in supersolids: links between neutron stars and quantum matter

Glitches in supersolids: links between neutron stars and quantum matter

By emulating the connection between a rotating supersolid phase and an external solid phase, we were able to replicate “glitches” – sudden jumps in the solid angular momentum driven by quantum vortices leaving the supersolid.

Cluster of Excellence Quantum Science Austria granted

Cluster of Excellence Quantum Science Austria granted

Three Clus­ters of Excel­lence in Inns­bruck have been funded! With highly endowed clusters of excellence, the Austrian Science Fund FWF creates Austrian flagships of basic research. The University of Innsbruck will coordinate the Cluster of Excellence for Quantum Sciences.

Atoms in Tweezers

Atoms in Tweezers

In the T-REQS lab we have now loaded atoms in our optical tweezers.

Vortices in a dysprosium gas

Vortices in a dysprosium gas

By stirring the magnetic field which polarizes the atoms in a dysprosium condensate, we were able to generate vortices–tiny quantum tornadoes–in a dipolar gas for the first time!

Bloch Oscillations

Bloch Oscillations

By letting an erbium quantum droplet fall under gravity through an optical lattice, it is possible to understand the inter-atomic interactions and quantum fluctuations through variations of the Bloch oscillation.  

ERC Advanced Grant DymetEr has been funded!

ERC Advanced Grant DymetEr has been funded!

Happy 10th Birthday to the first Erbium BEC!

Happy 10th Birthday to the first Erbium BEC!

Phase coherence in out-of-equilibrium supersolid states of ultracold dipolar atoms

Phase coherence in out-of-equilibrium supersolid states of ultracold dipolar atoms

By quenching the contact interaction, it is possible to destroy the phase coherence in a dipolar supersolid. However, the supersolidity is “repaired” when reversing the dephasing process.  

Our group studies dipolar quantum gases made of  Erbium (Er) and Dysprosium (Dy) atoms. These extraordinarily magnetic species are a powerful new resource for reaching quantum simulation with strong connectivity, in which each atom is coupled to the other over long distances, and exploring exotic phases of matter that have no classical counterpart.

We have three labs: the ERBIUM LAB, where Er was Bose condensed for the first time ever, the Er-Dy LAB which studies quantum dipolar mixtures under a quantum-gas microscope, and the T-Reqs LAB, where we trap Er atoms in arrays of optical tweezers for Rydberg physics. Recently, we have established a theoretical subdivision aimed at studying and predicting dipolar phenomena in dipolar quantum gases and mixtures.

The group, led by Francesca Ferlaino, is jointly located at the  Institute for Experimental Physics (IExP) of the University of Innsbruck and at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and it is part of  the Innsbruck Center for Ultracold Atoms and Quantum Gases

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News from the labs
Together with our local ultracold theory collaborator Russell Bisset and external collaborator Blair Blakie and their teams, we investigate the excitation spectrum of binary supersolids, revealing new sound and Higgs modes that are unique to this system!
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Glitches--randomly distributed changes in a neutron star's rotation--also occur in supersolids! Now published in Phys. Rev. Lett.!
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With collaborators from the University of Otago, we investigate the excitation spectrum and compressibility at the superfluid-to-supersolid transition point, showing that the speeds of sound and the compressibility are discontinuous at the transition.
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Group news
Tag der MIP, the Day of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics took place on Thursday, February 22nd, 2024, demonstrating the science done at UIBK to ~400 high-school students.
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Francesca Ferlaino will be featured in RadioKulturhaus' "Was die Welt zusammenhält" program on March 6th 2024! 
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Our PhD student Elena is visiting for one month the group of Professor Blair Blakie at Otago University in New Zealand, as part of her DK-ALM research stay abroad.
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Welcome and goodbye
Welcome to Unai Trujols González, who is joining Eribum lab for his Masters' internship.
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Farewell to Nefeli Ioli Sonnberger who joined the Er-Dy team for her master thesis in March 2021!
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