Recent Publications

Measuring the dynamics of a first order structural phase transition between two configurations of a superradiant crystal
Xiangliang Li; Davide Dreon; Philip Zupancic; Alexander Baumgärtner; Andrea Morales; Wei Zheng; Nigel R. Cooper; Tobias Donner; Tilman Esslinger
Arxiv preprint 2004.08398 (2020)
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Suppressing dissipation in a Floquet-Hubbard system
Konrad Viebahn; Joaquìn Minguzzi; Kilian Sandholzer; Anne-Sophie Walter; Frederik Görg; Tilman Esslinger
Arxiv preprint 2003.05937 (2020)
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Continuous feedback on a quantum gas coupled to an optical cavity
Katrin Kroger; Nishant Dogra; Rodrigo Rosa-Medina; Marcin Paluch; Francesco Ferri; Tobias Donner; Tilman Esslinger
Arxiv preprint 1912.02505 (2020)
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New Journal of Physics, , (2020)
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Dissipation Induced Structural Instability and Chiral Dynamics in a Quantum Gas
Nishant Dogra; Manuele Landini; Katrin Kroger; Lorenz Hruby; Tobias Donner; Tilman Esslinger
Arxiv preprint 1901.05974 (2019)
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Science, 366, 1496 (2019)
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Quantized Conductance through a Spin-Selective Atomic Point Contact
Lebrat Martin; Hausler Samuel; Fabritius Philipp; Husmann Dominik; Corman Laura; Esslinger Tilman
Arxiv preprint 1902.05516 (2019)
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Phys. Rev. Lett., 123, 193605 (2019)
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P-Band Induced Self-Organization and Dynamics with Repulsively Driven Ultracold Atoms in an Optical Cavity
Zupancic Philip; Dreon Davide; Li Xiangliang; Baumgärtner Alexander; Morales Andrea; Zheng Wei; Cooper Nigel R.; Esslinger Tilman; Donner Tobias
Arxiv preprint 1905.10377 (2019)
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Physical Review Letters, 123, (2019)
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Quantized conductance through a dissipative atomic point contact
Corman Laura; Fabritius Philipp; Hausler Samuel; Mohan Jeffrey; Dogra Lena H; Husmann Dominik; Lebrat Martin; Esslinger Tilman
Phys. Rev. A, 100, 053605 (2019)
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Welcome to
Prof. Tilman Esslinger's
Quantum Optics Group

In our research we use ultracold atoms to synthetically create key models in quantum many-body physics.

The properties of the trapped quantum gases are governed by the interplay between atomic motion and a well characterized interaction between the particles. This conceptual simplicity is unique in experimental physics and provides a direct link between the experiment and the model describing the system. It enables us to shine new light on a wide range of fundamental phenomena and address open challenges.

We explore the physics of quantum phase transitions and crossovers, low-dimensional systems and non-equilibrium dynamics, and thereby establish the basis for quantum simulation of many-body Hamiltonians.

For example, by loading a quantum degenerate gas of potassium atoms into the periodic potential of an optical lattice we realize Hubbard models with atoms and access superfluid, metallic and Mott-insulating phases. A many-body system with infinitely long-range interactions is formed by trapping a Bose-Einstein condensate inside an optical cavity, which has allowed us to observe the Dicke quantum phase transition from a normal to a superradiant phase. We also work on extending the concepts of quantum simulations to device-like structures connected to atomic reservoirs, using a combination of high-resolution microscopy and transport measurements.

We acknowledge funding from SNF and ETH Zürich, NCCR QSIT, SBFI QUIC and the European Union (ERC TransQ, ERC Marie Curie TopSpiD, ETN ColOpt).




01 July 2020
Zijie joins the group
Zijie Zhu started his PhD in the Lattice team. Welcome!

29 June 2020
Katrin defended her PhD thesis
Katrin Kröger successfully defended her PhD thesis. Congratulations!

1 May 2020
Welcome Philip
Philip Leindecker started his semester project in the impact team. Welcome!

24 February 2020
Welcome Leon
Leon Carl started his master project in the cavity team. Welcome!

19 February 2020
Welcome Justyna and Zhenning
Justyna Stefaniak and Zhenning Liu start their semester projects in our group. Welcome!