Recent Publications

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 (2019)
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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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P-band induced self-organization and dynamics with repulsively driven ultracold atoms in an optical cavity
Philip Zupancic; Davide Dreon; Xiangliang Li; Alexander Baumgartner; Andrea Morales; Wei Zheng; Nigel R. Cooper.; Tilman Esslinger; Tobias Donner
Arxiv preprint 1905.10377 (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
Arxiv preprint ( 201)
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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).




20 January 2020
Mohsen joins the group
Mohsen Talebi started his PhD in the Lithium team. WELCOME !

18. November 2019
Open Postdoc position
We have a Postdoc position opening in the Lithium lab. Visit our open positions page for more informations and do not hesitate to contact Prof. Esslinger!

29. October 2019
Patrick joins the team
Patrick Helbingk started his education in electronics, coding and high frequency design. WELCOME !

02 September 2019
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05 August 2019
Fabian joins the group
Fabian Finger started his PhD in the Cavity team. Happy Welcome !