The Long-range workshop in Ercolano

This year, from 6.-9. September 2016, the third edition of the workshop on ‘Long-range interactions in the ultracold’, took place in Ercolano (Naples, IT). Since the event was organised by Francesca (together with Antoine Browaeys and Robert Löw), the whole team joined in for the event, rented a Minibus and drove all the way down to southern Italy.


Short video about the Erbium lab

Back in 2009, the Erbium experiment was starting with funding from the Austrian academy of science (through an FWF START-price) and an ERC Starting grant. Since the START price is now expired, the FWF send a Camera team to our lab for a short video. You can watch it here:

FWF video

Jan Hendrik Becher joins our group

Jan will work with us for a full year on the Erbium experiment as part of his PhD at the University of Heidelberg. After that, he continues his studies in the group of Selim Jochim.

Welcome Jan to our group! 🙂

Giulia joins the ERBIUM-Team

Giulia Faraoni is currently doing her PhD degree in Florence (Italy) at the LENS institute. To gather additional experience and skills, she will work with us for a full year on the Erbium experiment on dipolar quantum droplets.

Welcome to our group!

Extended Bose-Hubbard Model


Now in Science! In collaboration with the theory colleagues in Innsbruck (Zoller, Baranov, Cai), we have realized and studied the extended Bose-Hubbard Model with dipolar Er atoms and studied how the superfluid-to-Mott-insulator transition is modified under the influence of the anisotropic and long-range dipole-dipole interaction. [more]

Click here for the Press release.

Daniel gets 2nd poster price at YAO2016


The Young Atom Opticians (YAO) conference is a yearly meeting, organized by and for PhD candidates in the field of atomic, molecular and optical physics. This year it took place in Munich (, and the 2017 edition will take place in Paris.

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