New Excellence Fellowship Program for Visiting Master Students: Applications are now open!

We are pleased to announce the launching a novel excellence fellowship program to provide support to external master students willing to join our group for their research project. The call for application for the year 2020 is now open. Application should be submitted until April 15th 2020 for an internship starting, at the latest, end of November 2020.

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Deep Learning-Assisted Classification of Site-Resolved Quantum Gas Microscope Images

Now in Measurement Science and Technology!

Illustration of the convolutional neural network architecture used in the present work. The images are a sample of the features learned at each layer of the network. These are created using a version of the deepDream algorithm in MATLAB, shown as a grid of artificial images which most strongly activate those features.

In collaboration with our theory colleague at IQOQI (Rick van Bijnen) we present a novel method for the analysis of quantum gas microscope images. Our method uses deep learning to improve the fidelity with which lattice sites can be classified as occupied or unoccupied. This method is able to improve upon the fidelity of threshold-based methods, following training on large data sets of simulated images.

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Group retreat to Grenoble (FR)

The whole group moved to France to the mountain region of Grenoble to attend the special lecture within the “Cécile DeWitt-Morette / School of Physics Houches” prize (more info here). In this occasion, Francesca received the medal from l’Université Grenoble Alpes and gave a talk following the lecture from the Nobel laureate Kip Thorne.

During these days of retreat, we had the chance to discuss a lot of physics, future projects and updates from all the labs. Nice mountain hikes and good French cheeses have been always with us, of course.

“Cécile DeWitt-Morette” prize awarded to Francesca Ferlaino

The “Cécile DeWitt-Morette / School of Physics Houches” prize of the French Academy of Sciences was created in 2019 to honor the memory of Cécile DeWitt-Morette, notable scientist and founder of the École de Physique des Houches in 1951.

Francesca won the first edition for the “remarkable work on ultra-cold atom gases” ranging from the early investigation on Efimov physics to the more recent results on dipolar quantum gases of Erbium and Erbium-Dysprosium.

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Congratulations to Francesca for the Junior BEC Award

From left to right: Immanuel Bloch, Sandro Stringari, Francesca Ferlaino, Lev Pitaevskii, Thierry Giamarchi, Jürgen Stuhler

Last week Francesca Ferlaino has received the Junior BEC Award 2019 for her “pioneering work on Bose-Einstein condensation of dipolar Erbium atoms and more generally degenerate quantum gases with long-range interactions and for realizing novel quantum phases of matter with such systems”.
The award, honoring outstanding achievements in the field of Bose-Einstein condensation, was presented at the international BEC Conference in Sant Feliu de de Guíxols.

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Francesca Ferlaino named APS Fellow 2019

Experimental physicist Francesca Ferlaino was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) in September. With the Fellowship, the members of the Society honor outstanding scientific achievements of their colleagues. The outstanding work of the physicist was just recently honored with the Junior BEC Award in Spain.

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