Our Erbium MOT

Our Erbium MOT

we created our first MOT of Erbium atoms

Setting up the experiment

Setting up the experiment

View through the experiment into the atomic beam source

The team and the lab

The team and the lab

The team enjoying our new lab space

Optical tables in new lab

Optical tables in new lab

Our optical tables arrived an the new lab space

New lab space

New lab space

our empty new lab space before insertion of optical tables

T-REQS LAB

We are currently designing and building a new experimental apparatus to study Rydberg states of multi-valence electrons.

Using our strong experience from the ERBIUM and the RARE experiment, we will set up a similar apparatus exploiting a transversal cooling chamber, Zeeman-slower, and a main chamber with a 5-beam MOT. The main chamber will also feature a versatile electric-field control to provide precise control over the Rydberg atoms.

Rydberg states in multi-electron atoms

Rydberg atoms are well-known for their exaggerated properties, especially their strong long-range interaction due to their extremely large dipole moment. In recent years, tremendous progress has been made, in both experimental as well as theoretical work, in studying their properties and first applications for quantum simulation. However, most of these studies concentrate on single- or two-electron systems like alkali, alkaline-earth or alkaline-earth-like atomic species. We will extent the studies to a new class of atomic complexity by investigating the multi-electron atom erbium.

Lab news
In recognition of her outstanding achievements, Francesca Ferlaino was elected a Corresponding Member of the Mathematical and Natural Sciences Class of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
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After 5 productive years in the Dipolar Quantum Gas Group, Arno Trautmann is moving to the University of Tübingen as post-doc in the group of Professor Christian Groß. We wish you great success in your next adventure in physics
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Farwell to Daniel Petter and Philipp Ilzhöfer, who obtained their PhD toward the end of 2020 and are now heading for new challanges. We wish you every success in your future life!
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Philipp and Gianmaria held their defenses for their PhD thesis and are now officially Doctors of Philosophy. Congratulations and we wish you all the best for your future!
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Welcome to Amal El-Arrach and Simon Gschwendter, who have joined respectively the T-REQS and the Erbium teams for their master thesis.
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Hagai has been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship for quantum science and technology from the Israel Council of Higher Education.  As a postdoc, Hagai will study highly excited Erbium atoms trapped in a tweezer array in the T-REQS lab of Francesca Ferlaino.
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Lab Team

Francesca Ferlaino, Univ.-Prof. Dr.

Group Leader / PI

Manfred Mark, Dr.

Senior Scientist/ Research Assistant

Hagai Edri, Dr.

Post-Doc (T-REQS)

Antonio Ortu, Dr.

Post-Doc (T-REQS)

Julian Maloberti, MSc.

PhD Student (T-REQS)

Samuel White, MSci.

PhD Student (T-REQS)

Johanna Hennebichler Johanna Hennebichler

Johanna Hennebichler, BSc.

Master Student