Our research focuses on ultracold strongly magnetic Lanthanides for realizing dipolar quantum matter. Lanthanides are a novel and powerful resource for accessing quantum many- and few-body physics because of their extremely rich atomic level spectra and their highly anisotropic interaction potentials. Our goal is to study the fascinating effects emerging from the dipole-dipole interaction and the anisotropic short-range van der Waal interaction at the interface between condensed matter, atomic and molecular physics.
We have two experimental apparatuses. The ERBIUM machine operates on Er atoms and produced the first Er Bose-Einstein condensate and degenerate Fermi gas. The RARE machine is currently under construction and aims at combining two different lanthanides: Er and Dy.